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  1. Source: https://mothership.sg/2021/09/malaysia-singapore-water-prices-talks-covid-19/ Malaysia's Minister of Environment Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said on Sep. 21 that Malaysia and Singapore will resume talks on reviewing the price of raw water once the Covid-19 pandemic in both countries has "recovered completely", Malaysian Chinese daily Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported. Malaysia insists it has the right to revise the price Tuan Ibrahim was responding to a parliamentary question filed by a member of parliament Xavier Jayakumar. In his written reply, he stated that while the matter is being overseen by the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia's stance on the issue is "very clear and consistent", which is that Malaysia has the right to revise the price of raw water it sells to Singapore as stipulated under the 1962 Johor River Water Agreement. He said both countries have been discussing the issue since July 2018, and that leaders from both sides have met in person from Dec. 2, 2019 to Jan. 30, 2020, to discuss the issue. Singapore: Malaysia has lost the right of review Singapore has repeated its stance on the issue on numerous occasions. Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan said in March last year that Singapore is of the position that Malaysia has lost the right to review the water prices under the 1962 Water Agreement. This was conveyed to Malaysia "as early as 2002", he said, adding that "Malaysia cannot unilaterally revise the price of water". Nevertheless, he said that "in the spirit of bilateral cooperation", Singapore has "been willing to listen to and discuss Malaysia's proposals, on the basis that there is a balance of benefits for both sides". In addition, he said that any review of the price of raw water sold to Singapore will also mean a review of the price of treated water sold to Johor. The water price issue between Singapore and Malaysia was revived when former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad retook office in May 2018. This is the first time it was brought up again by Malaysia since Mahathir stepped down in February 2020.
  2. Roughly how much for a decent lifestyle excluding overseas travel? 3,000RM per couple? 5,000RM per couple? For views, thanks.
  3. https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Coronavirus/Malaysia-s-island-paradise-reopening-stirs-hope-for-tourism-revival?utm_campaign=GL_asia_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=NA_newsletter&utm_content=article_link&del_type=1&pub_date=20210920123000&seq_num=11&si=44594 Malaysia's island paradise reopening stirs hope for tourism revival Langkawi hotels cheer return of domestic visitors but COVID fears linger ][/img] A seaside restaurant prepares to reopen to domestic tourists in Langkawi, Malaysia, on Sept. 16. © Reuters P PREM KUMAR, Nikkei staff writerSeptember 19, 2021 10:31 JST LANGKAWI, Malaysia -- With six children in tow, Khatijah Ibrahim was soaking in the ocean breezes and picturesque scenery of Malaysia's Langkawi on Saturday. "It's definitely a relief that we can finally step out from Kuala Lumpur to a beautiful island," said the accountant. Although she had some concerns about the trip, due to COVID-19, she said it was worth it to relieve the pandemic's mental strain. "In the last year, it has been the shuttle between work and home for me. It has been the worst for my children. So it's great to finally get some fresh air," she said. Since Thursday, thousands of Malaysians like Khatijah and foreign residents have been streaming back to the island tourist haven that served as a backdrop for movies like "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Anna and the King." The government that day reopened the duty-free resort area to domestic travelers who have received two COVID-19 vaccine doses, in a pilot project aimed at reviving the tourism industry. All visitors are subject to virus tests before entry, which detected nine positives in the first two days. Industry watchers hope the Langkawi bubble will be a precursor to allowing interstate travel -- which remains restricted as the country fights a persistent wave of infections -- and ultimately international arrivals. The government has warned that it could reverse the Langkawi reopening if it proves too risky. But for now, businesses are simply relieved to see planeloads of passengers return. Visitors arrive at Langkawi's airport as the resort area reopens to vaccinated domestic travelers on Sept. 16. © Reuters David Macklin, general manager of the swanky Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, told Nikkei Asia that the hotel has seen a rise in reservations and inquiries since the reopening announcement was made. "Many of our guests are already making reservations for the fourth quarter of 2021," he said. "We are excited to see that the fourth quarter of 2021 will be our best quarter since the first quarter of 2020," Macklin said. "We also have reservations coming in 2022 already, and some of those are international tourists waiting for borders to reopen." The excitement is mixed with a sense of caution, however. Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who represents Langkawi in parliament, told Nikkei Asia that the reopening effort is to be welcomed but that the government should sharpen the regulations. "We need to improve the standard operating procedures further because the main issue I see among the tourists is a lack of social distancing, especially on flights inbound to Langkawi," the 96-year-old said during a walkabout to greet visitors and local residents. Mahathir and others look to Thailand's reopening of Phuket to vaccinated international travelers this year for lessons. The island subsequently saw a flare-up of COVID-19 cases, largely among local residents. "In Thailand, they opened and made their people too free to move while their [nationwide] vaccination rate was low," he said. Despite his concerns about social distancing, Mahathir said the Langkawi reopening was "more strict." Eugene Dass, a member of the Malaysian Association of Hotels board, echoed the need to draw on Thailand's experience. "It should be a lesson learned by all, both to the hotels and the authorities," he said. "As for hotels, we have put in place COVID-19 prevention and care measures and all hotel staff on the island are also fully vaccinated." Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who represents Langkawi in parliament, tours the area on Sept. 18 after it reopened to visitors. (Photo by P Prem Kumar) Still, the reopening of Langkawi to domestic visitors is a much-needed glimmer of hope for an economy that relies heavily on small and midsize enterprises, tourism and leisure. Malaysia's economy has not been fully open since its first cases of COVID-19 were detected in February 2020. The country's economic heart -- the Greater Klang Valley, which includes the capital Kuala Lumpur -- remains in the "recovery" phase, with all economic sectors allowed to operate at only half capacity. Unemployment has jumped since the initial movement control orders were imposed in March last year. As of August 2021, the rate stood at 4.8%, equivalent to about 770,000 people, according to the Department of Statistics. The country is still locked in a serious battle with COVID-19, with infections remaining close to 20,000 a day. As of Friday, total cases had surpassed 2 million with more than 22,000 deaths. On the other hand, Malaysia is making significant progress with vaccinations. The country is inoculating over 200,000 people daily and has given double doses to about 56% of its adult population, with 67% having taken one shot. That has allowed initiatives like the Langkawi reopening -- and allowed people like businessman Mokhtar Ibrahim to finally get away. Mokhtar is on a long-delayed honeymoon with his wife. The couple got married in January of this year, as COVID-19 cases surged in the country and enhanced movement controls were imposed. "We got married at home with our parents as witnesses. We thought we could use the money for our honeymoon, and we have been eagerly waiting for this opportunity," he said. "Thank God it's Langkawi and not some other place." Read Next
  4. https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/transport/porsche-to-open-malaysia-factory-first-outside-europe Malaysia boleh! Porsche buatan Malaya 🙂 [KUALA LUMPUR] German luxury carmaker Porsche will open its first factory outside Europe next year in Malaysia, officials said on Friday, seeking to meet strong demand in the Southeast Asian country. The manufacturing site in the northern state of Kedah will carry out final assembly of specific models for the local market, the company and Malaysian officials said. Malaysian Trade Minister Azmin Ali said the move was a "strategic decision by Porsche signifying its commitment to build a long-term presence in" Southeast Asia. Albrecht Reimold, a board member of the Volkswagen-owned brand, said the new plant, being established in collaboration with a local partner, was a "standalone project and modest in size and capacity". But he added that "it signals our willingness to learn and adapt to specific local market conditions". Should be interesting, but many questions abound: How will the QC be? Can we get our hands on a cheap Porsche.. https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/porsches-entry-malaysia-create-highquality-jobs-niche-tech-capabilities-says-azmin Current Malaysian prices: https://www.porsche.com/pap/_malaysia_/ I'm guessing they will get lower?
  5. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/malaysia-ismail-sabri-next-prime-minister-king-sultan-abdullah-palace-2119971 Ismail Sabri Yaakob is Malaysia's next prime minister: Palace statement Ismail Sabri Yaakob is Malaysia's next prime minister: Palace statement A view of the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng 20 Aug 2021 05:06PM (Updated: 20 Aug 2021 05:11PM) Bookmark Share KUALA LUMPUR: Mr Ismail Sabri Yaakob will be the next prime minister of Malaysia, the palace said on Friday (Aug 20), following several days of political uncertainty. Comptroller of the Royal Family and Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, in a statement said that as 114 lawmakers have nominated Mr Ismail Sabri as their candidate for prime minister, the majority is sufficient to form a new government. Advertisement “In line with that and in line with Article 40(2)(a) and 43(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution, His Majesty has consented to appoint Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Bera MP) as the ninth prime minister of Malaysia," the statement read. The swearing-in ceremony will be held on Saturday at 2.30pm. Muhyiddin Yassin's resignation on Monday had plunged Putrajaya into political turmoil. The king accepted his resignation and appointed him caretaker prime minister until a new government can be formed. On Tuesday, the king summoned all major political party leaders to the palace, as he sought to identify a new prime minister. There are currently 220 MPs and two vacant seats in the Lower House. All members of parliament (MPs) were asked to submit a declaration letter to the national palace to state an individual they support to be the next prime minister by 4pm on Wednesday. Advertisement The king also said on Wednesday the new prime minister should table a confidence motion in the parliament as soon as possible. He summoned the 114 lawmakers who pledged support for Mr Ismail Sabri on Thursday, in order to verify their stand. A special meeting of the Malay rulers was convened on Friday, during which the king shared the decision of the MPs with regard to who they backed as the next prime minister. Source: CNA/aw
  6. Let's start the ball rolling. Come share your latest rates and place for money changers. Someone even said on HWZ forum on creating a UOB savings account to withdraw ringgit in Malaysia on even better rates with no extra charges at all. No TCSS or off-topic here. Arcade - 257 AMK Hub - 256
  7. Looks like here we go again... A reshuffle? Dissolve ?
  8. Important of Leadership and people mindset.. https://www.wapcar.my/news/40-years-ago-china-can’t-even-ckd-a-car-how-did-they-overtake-proton-and-perodua-31163 40 years ago China can’t even CKD a car, how did they overtake Proton and Perodua? Hans·Jul 26, 2021 02:07 PM When Proton was established in 1983, China didn’t even have a single modern car plant. By 1983, when Malaysia had become the first country outside of Germany to assemble a W126 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, China was still clobbering together ‘60s era Soviet sedans. We were once a rising Asian Tiger. At its peak in FY2010, Proton exported 22,000 cars (including CKD kits), not the highest but it was pretty decent for 100 percent Malaysia-developed products. Our technical competency was ahead of Thailand and Indonesia. Export of Proton cars to the UK, early '90s Today, Proton exports less than 2,000 cars annually. Meanwhile, Perodua exported 8,000 units in 2014. This has since dropped to just 2,825 cars in 2019. What happened to Malaysia's automotive industry? Perodua Myvi is exported to the Indonesia as a Sirion, but sales are limited by import quotas Also read: Why the Perodua Myvi continues to struggle in export markets? Meanwhile, China is now the world’s most important car market, selling over 25 million cars annually, and is the world’s capital of EVs. Once a technological backwater, China is now home to brands like Nio, which challenges the best EVs from BMW and Mercedes-Benz China's success was not supposed to happened, neither was Malaysia's decline Critics will say that comparison with China is unfair because of its huge domestic market, which grants it huge economies of scale. But that’s an overly simplistic view because India (1.38 billion population) is just as big but is still not yet an automotive powerhouse. Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous country, with over 270 million people but yet its Timor national car project failed. Remember that 10 million population Sweden is home to Volvo (Trucks), Scania, Volvo Cars, Koenigsegg, and SKF. Magna Steyr-made G-Class. Austria has a small population of just 9 million, but it does contract manufacturing for many legendary nameplates. Austria has a population of just 9 million but it is home to Magna Steyr, the world's most famous automotive contract manufacturer. Thanks to its many automotive engineering consultancies and specialist suppliers, it's hard to find a European car that doesn't have input from Austria. And don't forget that the 6 million population Singapore will be making Hyundai EVs soon. So while economies of scale is important, the world is too big and too complex for a binary yes/no, right/wrong view. Geely's Zeeker 001 is an EV styled like a Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo To say that China had it easy because of its huge domestic market also glosses over the fact that Chinese companies had to overcome hardships unimaginable by comfortable middle-class Malaysians. Remember that China endured what's known in history as the 'Century of Humiliation', facing one war after another, from being bullied by Western powers to legalize opium and cede control of its territories, to dealing with its many civil wars, it’s a miracle that China is still intact today. German, Japanese or Korean? It's Chinese. This is a Changan Uni-T. The company is owned by the Chongqing state government. When Volkswagen first set up business in China in the 1983, the same year Proton was established, VW found China to have no industrial base to support a modern automotive industry. STAC's Anting plant in 1983. Posth was shocked at the conditions - parts strewn everywhere, half-completed body shells left outside, broken windows allowed rain to enter VW executive board member Martin Posth, who was tasked to setup the first modern car factory in China, said in his memoir 1,000 Days in Shanghai, “The building had nothing in common with my understanding of a production facility.” Shanghai SH760A Posth was recounting his first visit to the state-owned Shanghai Automobile Tractor Corporation’s (precursor to today’s SAIC) plant in Anting, the site selected for VW to launch its entry into China. It was the ‘80s but the plant was still producing a Shanghai SH760A, a lightly modified ‘60s era Soviet sedan, using very rudimentary means. Chinese plants were using ropes and bamboo structures to manually move cars. Compared to China, Malaysian plants were like a sci-fi movie set. All photos taken in 1983 “I couldn’t for the life of me imagine the dilapidated factory producing even a single car that would come near being acceptable, based on our standards,” he added, questioning his bosses at Wolfsburg's rationale on working with the Chinese! China's rudimentary body shop before VW's entry vs Malaysia's highly automated facilities Malaysia, once the rising Asian Tiger Meanwhile, Malaysia has been making modern cars since 1967 – the Volvo 144S, the first country outside of Sweden to build Volvos. We know how to run car plants and make basic car parts – tyres, air filters, seats, instrument clusters, rubber parts, 12V batteries, windshields and windows, headlights, interior plastics etc. Swedish Motor Assemblers (now known as Volvo Car Manufacturing Malaysia) in 1967. Even until the '80s, Chinese car plants still couldn't match '60s Malaysia Our generally English-speaking work force makes it easy for foreign manufacturers to work with us and our economy was booming. Every major car producing nation had a vehicle assembly operation in Malaysia. CKD cars in Malaysia in 1981. There were nearly twice as many brands as today. From the British to the Americans, to the Japanese, Swedes, French, Italians, and German, everyone had local assembly operations here. If you were to go further back, the Australians (Holden) would be represented too. Only the Koreans were not on the list but that's because they haven't started exporting. Also read: Once poorer than Malaysia, how Korea’s car industry progressed further than ours? Even Dr. Carl Hahn, then Chairman of the Volkswagen Group and one of the most powerful figures in the automotive industry, saw it necessary to pay a visit to Malaysia. Foreign manufactures found it very easy to invest in Malaysia. Skilled workforce is plenty. Meanwhile, China had very few mechanics outside the military. We were not just good in manufacturing, Malaysians were running the entire end-to-end cycle of the car business, from financing to after-sales to marketing, and we were known to be among the best in Asia outside of Japan. Foreign manufacturers could trust skilled Malaysians to run the business. Yes, that's a very young Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh of Bermaz. This was in 1984, when he was with Daihatsu. The Germans at Daimler were so impressed with Cycle & Carriage that they gave the city of Ipoh, which had one of the highest concentration of Mercedes-Benzes for any city in the world (buoyed by the tin mining boom in the ‘50s), a giant logo to be put on top of the limestone hill at the city’s entrance. The now-closed down AMIM plant, Shah Alam Later, they returned to Malaysia to inspect the now defunct AMIM plant in Shah Alam, liked what they saw and moved heavens and mountains to allow Malaysia to become the first country outside of Germany to assemble an S-Class. The Italians noted City Motors’ marketing prowess. Buoyed by the tin mining boom, the Guilia and the Alfetta were the BMW 3 Series of the '60s and '70s. Malaysia was then one of Alfa Romeo's most important markets in Asia and the first country outside of Italy to use Alfa Romeo as police cars. PDRM's Alfa Romeo Alfetta. Credit: Alfista Malaysia In its heydays, Nissan saw Tan Chong as its most influential overseas distributor in Asia. Meanwhile in China, Posth said that the Chinese weren’t just starting from zero, but below zero. Machinery was lacking in China then. Modernization of VW's plant in China were done with manual labour. The only Chinese with a driver’s license were military personnel and nobody outside the military knew how to fix cars, never mind finding a local Chinese who knew anything about running a car company. VW Santana, the first modern car built in China, 11-April 1983. The first 100 units were made using imported German parts, as a trial to see if the Germans and Chinese could work together. The Shanghai-VW joint venture would only be formalized in 1985 “No matter what you touch, you lay your hands on a dozen of problems,” said Posth. From these extremely difficult beginnings, Posth would lay the foundation to make Volkswagen the No.1 brand in the world’s most important car market. The same year Shanghai-VW joint venture was formed, Malaysia was already making its own car. Today, Chinese brands are on their way to catchup with foreign rivals. They are not quite there yet, but are damn close. What was missing in Malaysia? Studying the development of China’s automotive industry against Malaysia’s, the biggest difference is not economies of scale (not relevant in ‘80s China), but the lack of meritocracy on our part. The early days of Proton and Perodua were left under the care of government-appointed bureaucrats who weren’t very good at looking after the interest of Malaysia. Proton entered a deal with Mitsubishi Motors, paying high royalties but could not export the Proton Saga without the approval of Mitsubishi, so much for being a national car. Hyundai too relied on Mitsubishi engines for their early models but faced no such export restrictions because this was the first and most important requirement for the Koreans. Hyundai made sure no such nonsense would happen. Also read: That one time when Proton and Dr. Mahathir were conned into a USA-export deal As for the first Perodua Kancil, it was based on an older generation Daihatsu Mira that was no longer produced in Japan. Japan had switched to fuel injection engines but Malaysia accepted a deal that involved closing off a portion of the market so Daihatsu could offload its old carburetor engines to Malaysia. From its first rollout in 1994 until it was discontinued in 2010, Perodua sold a shocking 725,870 units of the Kancil! One of the pre-conditions for the Volkswagen deal in China was that the car must be of current technology. The Santana (Passat B2) that VW gave China had just been launched in Germany one year earlier. The other pre-condition was that the joint venture must be funded with foreign currency, since China was too poor to afford more currency outflow. The game plan for the Chinese was quite simple – invite the foreigners, keep the partnership under tight Chinese control, keep the money within China. The last part was most crucial. Contract signing between STAC and VW in 1982 China was then too poor to be in any position of bargaining power but they pulled it off anyway. Explaining how they did it requires another post, but the short story is that while Shanghai officials were baiting Volkswagen, their peers in the neighbouring province of Jilin were baiting Toyota (via FAW). To get a better deal, Shanghai later opened talks with GM, which in 1997, offered SAIC the then-new Buick Century to China, while VW was still flogging its 14-year old Santana. Beijing was pitting VW against Toyota and GM to get a better deal for China. In contrast, Malaysia decided that it was a fair deal to block out foreign competition for Mitsubishi (and now Geely) and Daihatsu to profit from Malaysia uncontested. Whatever few cards the Chinese government had, they played it very well. Which brings us to another point about Chinese government officials. It’s not about market size or technology, it’s about humans The Chinese civil service model is quite different from the West. Instead, the Chinese civil works like a private company (ironic given it’s a communist background), where civil servants are graded based on their performance on economic growth of their region, job creation, and more recently, air quality – before they can be promoted (and sometimes, demoted). One cannot be appointed into a ministerial position until one has proven himself / herself at say, a mayor level. Chinese civil service structure. Credit: Eric Li, Ted Talk, A Tale of Two Political Systems Over in Malaysia, the position of a minister and chairman of GLCs are awarded based political patronage, not their qualifications. Remember Prasarana's gaffe? Consider the architect of China’s latest national automotive policy, Wan Gang, who until 2018, served as China’s Minister of Science and Technology. He is often credited as the person who made China the world’s capital for EV technology. Prior to working for the government, Wan was Tongji University’s professor of automotive engineering. He holds a doctorate from Germany’s Technical University of Clausthal, and before that, he was an engineer for Audi AG, serving as program manager for the B5-generation Audi A4. No permanent protection for China’s ‘national’ brands Another element of meritocracy in China is its treatment of local car manufacturers. Chinese manufacturers are protected from foreign competition by a 1994 rule that requires all foreigners looking to set up business in China to form joint ventures (JVs) with local manufacturers, with equity of the foreign company capped at 50 percent – it’s a way to protect local manufacturers, allowing them to quickly learn Western technology. In 2014, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology warned Chinese manufacturers that after 20 years, it is time to remove all protection. Chinese government will remove all protection for Chinese car manufacturers by 2022. By 2018, Beijing removed the equity cap for JVs for electrified vehicle. Soon, Tesla started plans to build a plant in Shanghai - the first 100% foreign-owned car plant. Chinese EV models will now have to compete directly with Tesla. By 2022, the equity cap will be abolished for all vehicle types. Not only that, import taxes on CBU cars have been slashed from 25 percent to 15 percent. This is inevitable as China needs to ease trade war tensions with USA and Europe. Turning the attention back to Malaysia, is Proton and Perodua stronger than when it started? From a domestic sales stand point, yes they are but when judged on merit, they made little progress in exports. Since two of our biggest brands don’t export much, our local parts suppliers are also not very competitive. According to the last manufacturing census done in 2015, only 167 out of 525 Malaysian parts manufacturers were engaged in exports. Malaysia has since lost 40% of foreign brands doing CKD Meanwhile, more foreign brands are pulling out from manufacturing in Malaysia. In the early ’80s, before Proton, Malaysia had 21 foreign brands with CKD operations here. Today, we only have 12, down by nearly half. Of course, the value of investments from the remaining manufacturers have also increased multiple folds but so have our neighbours Thailand and Indonesia. A child who lives off his parent’s money doesn’t get credit for growing taller right? Actually, the outcome of Malaysia’s national car and the eventual rise of China was evident from the moment the Proton-Mitsubishi Motors and Shanghai-VW partnership were established. Kenji Iwabuchi, standing next to Dr. Mahathir Despite enjoying generous government protection, Proton was losing money, mostly due to rapid increase in Yen value following the signing of the Plaza Accord by France, Germany, USA, UK, and Japan (but the Yen appreciation problem affects everyone equally). By 1988, 3 years after the Saga’s launch, Dr. Mahathir lost his patience and to keep the program going, he replaced the local management of Proton with Mitsubishi Motor’s Kenji Iwabuchi, and later Mitsuo Hattori - thus defeating the purpose of a national car. The then Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin reportedly expressed his disappointment with the local managers, saying “If that happens to a Japanese (losing money despite no competition), he commits hara-kiri.” (actually, the correct term is Seppuku). Meanwhile over in China, Posth’s German colleagues at Wolfsburg would often laugh at his Chinese project by asking him “How are your Chinese Micky Mice getting on?” Posth saw first-hand how fast Shanghai-VW's Anting plant was catching up with the West But Posth knew the inevitable outcome, that China will eventually surpass everyone else. Every German engineer who arrived in China to teach the locals were amazed at their eagerness to learn and catch up with the West. Xpeng P7 says, "Sorry, BMW i what?" “The Chinese understood anything that had to do with manual labour in next to no time. In the shortest time imaginable, they were assembling cars better and more quickly than anywhere else in the world – and this has not changed right up to the present day,” he noted in his book, but added to the journey ahead will be long and arduous. China wasn't the only automotive force that started way behind Malaysia. Korea too had a very difficult start. It emerged from the Korean War as one of the poorest countries in the world. This next post is a story of how Korea’s car industry overtook Malaysia's.
  9. Lockdown announce liao wor.. 1 june onwards PETALING JAYA: A nationwide full lockdown, similar to the first movement control order in March last year, will be in place from June 1 to 14. Except for essential economic and service sectors, all other sectors will not be allowed to operate during this period. A special National Security Council meeting chaired by the Prime Minister on Friday (May 28) made the decision to implement 14-day full lockdown. https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/05/28/covid-19-nsc-decides-nationwide-lockdown-from-june-1-to-14
  10. https://mothership.sg/2021/07/goat-die-bestiality-malaysia-kambing//amp
  11. Any recommendation for towing service in Malaysia to bring back the car back to Singapore without burning your pocket.
  12. If you have fifteen minutes to spare. This is quite harrowing to listen. 😥
  13. https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Coronavirus/Malaysians-white-flags-put-COVID-economic-pain-on-full-display?utm_campaign=GL_asia_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=NA_newsletter&utm_content=article_link&del_type=1&pub_date=20210706190000&seq_num=11&si=44594 Malaysians' white flags put COVID economic pain on full display Cash-strapped citizens cry for help as severe outbreak prolongs lockdown A man who lost his job amid Malaysia's coronavirus restrictions hangs a white flag outside his Kuala Lumpur home on July 5. © Reuters P PREM KUMAR, Nikkei staff writerJuly 6, 2021 15:02 JST KUALA LUMPUR -- In normal times, passersby would assume Karupiah Rangan had hung his white dhoti up to dry. But when the factory worker raised the traditional Indian sarong outside his wooden house this week, it was a plea for help. Karupiah, 54, joined thousands of Malaysians seeking aid by displaying the international symbol of surrender. These people are telling the world they have lost the battle for financial survival through the various COVID-19 restrictions imposed since March 2020. A year and a half into the pandemic, the country of about 32 million people is now fighting one of the region's most serious outbreaks. Despite a nationwide "total lockdown" imposed on June 1 and extended indefinitely, daily cases have climbed back above 6,000 after briefly dropping below 5,000, keeping the health system under intense pressure. Per million people in the population, Malaysia's seven-day average of more than 190 daily cases exceeds the rate of over 80 in devastated Indonesia, according to the statistics website Our World in Data. For the government of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, the crisis poses a grave test. For Karupiah and others like him, it is all too much to bear. "We have been eating rice porridge for 10 days now," Karupiah said at his home on the edge of Kuala Lumpur's neighboring Selangor state. Karupiah was the sole breadwinner for his family of six, including his ailing mother and cancer-surviving wife. He had been a production line leader at a garment plant in Rawang, about 32 km from the capital. The company decided to cease operations due to the lockdown, which prohibits non-essential factories from operating. Without Karupiah's monthly salary of 2,300 ringgit ($553), the family is depending on public welfare while he shuttles between operational factories and oil palm estates in search of another job. Many have given up. Malaysia recorded 468 suicides in the first five months of 2021, compared with 631 for all of last year. Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah last week acknowledged the toll the pandemic has taken on mental health around the world, including in Malaysia, and warned some individuals are at high risk of depression and other conditions due to overwhelming stress and isolation. While restrictions have been eased at times, the country has not seen a full economic reopening since the first curbs were put in place in March 2020. Gross domestic product shrank 5.6% in 2020 and 0.5% in the first quarter of 2021. Only five secondary states entered the second phase of the government's recovery plan on Monday, allowing the resumption of certain economic sectors. On the other hand, parts of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor came under even tighter restrictions over the weekend, including an 8 p.m. curfew. To ease the pain, Muhyiddin's government has dished out almost 500 billion ringgit ($125 billion) in economic stimulus packages throughout the pandemic, including 150 billion ringgit worth of handouts and other measures announced last week. Nevertheless, the white flags make the suffering on the ground all too apparent. Non-governmental organizations and some good Samaritans have been on the lookout for houses with the flags, delivering groceries and basic essentials. "The cry for help we are receiving every day is just overwhelming, especially with the indefinite extension of [the full movement control order]," Makan Kongsi 2.0, a group that helps poor families and marginalized people, wrote on Facebook. The organization says it has raised almost $100,000 to date and helped over 21,000 beneficiaries nationwide. "Most of them are retrenched workers and a few of them include elderly couples who were doing small businesses before this," said one of its volunteers, who did not want to be named. Some politicians have frowned upon the white flag movement, apparently taking it as criticism of official failings. But celebrities and supermarkets have responded by supporting food banks and launching crowdfunding efforts. It remains to be seen how much the grim conditions will affect the government politically, with parliament due to reopen on July 26 after a long emergency suspension. The stoppage has shielded Muhyiddin from direct opposition challenges over his handling of the pandemic and questions over how much legislative support he actually commands. As for public opinion, one poll by the Merdeka Center for Opinion Research in April gave Muhyiddin a 67% approval rating, but that was before the worst of the latest coronavirus wave. Economically and politically -- not to mention matters of life and death -- much depends on the country's vaccination drive. Malaysia is working to accelerate the inoculations under a four-phased plan that calls for a full recovery by the end of the year. Officials aim to increase daily shots to 300,000 this month, up from about 200,000, as 12 million additional doses arrive in July alone. Among them are 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from Japan and another 1 million Pfizer doses from the U.S., which arrived on Monday. About 6.4 million Malaysians had been inoculated as of Monday, 2.6 million of whom had completed their double doses -- a full immunization rate of roughly 8%. Malaysia is expected to receive the one-shot CanSino vaccine, made in China, later this month as well. Malaysia hopes wider inoculations will begin to stem the tide of active cases, which now stand at about 70,000. All told, the country has recorded over 785,000 infections and 5,500 deaths.
  14. Genie47

    Pharmacy purchases in Malaysia

    For those who like to venture up north for shopping, don't forget to buy medicine. I will start first. Location: Tebrau City Shop: Watson's Medicine: Arcoxia (etoricoxib, an NSAID) Manufacturer: MSD Price: MYR3.80 per 90mg tablet, MYR38 for a strip of 10.
  15. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-muhyiddin-yassin-covid19-mco-interview-economy-safety-14869452 A full COVID-19 lockdown with all sectors shut like what was imposed last year would guarantee people’s safety, but there is a risk that the economy could collapse, said Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Speaking in an interview aired by RTM and Bernama TV on Sunday (May 23), he noted that there have been calls for stricter curbs during the current Movement Control Order (MCO) to match what was first imposed between March and May last year. “We (could) close everything and sit quietly, factories close and everyone stays at home and that guarantees safety. It is easy for the government and Ministry of Health to manage our lives," he said. “We saw the cases rise ... so I made a decision to close everything (last year) ... At that time, the cases were few, it was easy to manage - just a few clusters, but not widespread in our community ... The impact on the economy was very big,” he recounted. He noted that the economy almost collapsed back then, with the country losing RM2.4 billion (US$579 million) per day. The government rolled out RM340 billion worth of economic assistance. Mr Muhyiddin said that things are different now, with a majority of the cases in the community. “If we need to do it again (and roll out economic assistance), we need more money. RM340 billion will not be enough because the impact is worse. I would need to set aside half a trillion. But do we have half a trillion?" “That is why we have learnt over the last year, we cannot close the economy. We have to balance life and livelihoods ... I think life is important because I do not want people to die because of our or their carelessness. But I also do not want our economy to collapse to a point where people have no money to eat," he said. He added: "Now we are at MCO 3.0, which is a little restricted ... Why did we not go back to MCO 1.0? We can, but what about the impact (to the economy)? People have to understand." On Saturday, the government announced tighter restrictions that will kick in on May 25 under the current MCO 3.0. These include more people being made to work from home, while business operating hours were reduced to between 8am to 8pm, among others. During the interview on Sunday, the prime minister urged people to play their part in helping Malaysia and the world safe. “This is a challenge for all of us. Not just me or you, it’s all of us. As mentioned before, it’s about the whole of society, all of us are involved together. “We are presently at war, and usually during a war, we look for cover. We do not go out in the open, or we will get shot. So as I mentioned earlier, what is most safe is we sit at home, most safe is we follow SOPs (standard operating procedures), I’ve said this many times." He added: “People ask me why not impose a lockdown? I say, you do your own lockdown, a self-lockdown. Just stay at home to be safe and tell others to do the same.” Mr Muhyiddin was also asked to comment on how the more infectious COVID-19 variants, such as those originating from South Africa and India, have been detected in Malaysia despite border closures. Mr Muhyiddin stressed that even though the borders are mostly closed to visitors, there was no sure way to prevent these variants from entering the country. However, he maintained that the government was taking precautions to prevent this from happening as much as possible. “Seriously, it’s difficult to say the variant have entered because of (lax) border restrictions … Regardless of how we manage, there is no 100 per cent guarantee the variant will not enter this country,” he said. He added: “Our borders are expansive, not just the peninsula, there’s also Sabah and Sarawak where we are neighbours with the Philippines, Indonesia, where workers from Bangladesh also enter from these borders." The prime minister reiterated that besides taking steps to manage Malaysia’s borders, what was “more important” is that Malaysians take care of themselves, by adhering to protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19. “From a healthcare perspective … what is important is we are constantly being careful." Good luck and all the best to our family, relatives and friends across the causeway. Stay home and stay safe till we meet again! Xoxo.
  16. Here's a case of bad driving judgement gone wrong. Spotted on ROADS.sg facebook page - this red Bentley Continental blocked by a road hogger on CTE towards the City on 18/4/21. The impatient driver overtakes by filtering two lanes to the left but realises that the lane leads off the expressway. In a flash, the driver signals and swerves back to the right and smacks into the innocent bike on the centre lane. Thankfully the cam car managed to catch the Bentley driver in the act. Naturally, all the keyboard warriors waste no youth blaming the Bentley for the accident... https://www.facebook.com/roadssg/videos/142665334476260
  17. Malaysia to impose MCO for 2 weeks from Jan 13 in several states to curb Covid-19 cases: Muhyiddin https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/pm-muhyiddin-to-hold-press-conference-at-6pm-as-malaysia-mulls-partial-lockdown-to-curb "this is not unexpected" ...
  18. Respect. someone really dare to check their PM's personal bank account! http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10130211234592774869404581083700187014570 Prime Minister Najib’s bank accounts are scrutinized in probe of investment fund 1MDB. By Tom Wright And Simon Clark July 2, 2015 4:42 p.m. ET KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Malaysian investigators scrutinizing a controversial government investment fund have traced nearly $700 million of deposits into what investigators believe are the personal bank accounts of Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak, according to documents from a government probe. The investigation documents mark the first time Mr. Najib has been directly connected to the probes into state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd., or 1MDB. Mr. Najib, who founded 1MDB and heads its board of advisors, has been under growing political pressure over the fund, which amassed $11 billion in debt it is struggling to repay. The government probe documents what investigators believe to be the movement of cash among government agencies, banks and companies linked to 1MDB before it ended up in Mr. Najib’s personal accounts. Documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal include bank transfer forms and flow charts put together by government investigators that reflect their understanding of the path of the cash. The original source of the money is unclear and the government investigation doesn’t detail what happened to the money that went into Mr. Najib’s personal accounts. Advertisement “The prime minister has not taken any funds for personal use,” said a Malaysian government spokesman. “The prime minister’s political opponents, unwilling to accept his record or the facts, continue to try to undermine him with baseless smears and rumours for pure political gain.” Mr. Najib has previously denied wrongdoing in relation to 1MDB and has urged critics to wait for the conclusion of four official investigations that are ongoing into 1MDB’s activities. Investigators have identified five separate deposits into Mr. Najib’s accounts that came from two sources, according to the documents viewed by the Journal. By far the largest transactions were two deposits of $620 million and $61 million in March 2013, during a heated election campaign in Malaysia, the documents show. The cash came from a company registered in the British Virgin Islands via a Swiss bank owned by an Abu Dhabi state fund. The fund, International Petroleum Investment Co., or IPIC, has guaranteed billions of dollars of 1MDB’s bonds and in May injected $1 billion in capital into the fund to help meet looming debt repayments. A spokeswoman for IPIC couldn’t be reached for comment. The British Virgin Islands company, Tanore Finance Corp., couldn’t be reached. ENLARGE Another set of transfers, totaling 42 million ringgit ($11.1 million), originated within the Malaysian government, according to the investigation. Investigators believe the money came from an entity known as SRC International Sdn. Bhd., an energy company that originally was controlled by 1MDB but was transferred to the Finance Ministry in 2012. Mr. Najib is also the finance minister. The money moved through another company owned by SRC International and then to a company that works exclusively for 1MDB, and finally to Mr. Najib’s personal accounts in three separate deposits, the government documents show. Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, a director of SRC International, declined to comment. Mr. Kamil had power of attorney over Mr. Najib’s accounts, according to documents that were part of the government investigation. A 1MDB spokesman said, referring to the transfers into Mr. Najib’s account: “1MDB is not aware of any such transactions, nor has it seen any documents to this effect.” The spokesman cautioned that doctored documents have been used in the past to discredit 1MDB and the government. For months, concerns about 1MDB’s debt and lack of transparency have dominated political discussion in Malaysia, a close ally of the U.S. and a counterweight to China in Southeast Asia. When he founded 1MDB in 2009, Mr. Najib promised it would kick-start new industries and turn Kuala Lumpur into a global financial center. Instead, the fund bought power plants overseas and invested in energy joint ventures that failed to get off the ground. The fund this year has rescheduled debt payments. The Journal last month detailed how 1MDB had been used to indirectly help Mr. Najib’s election campaign in 2013. The fund appeared to overpay for a power plant from a Malaysian company. The company then donated money to a Najib-linked charity that made donations, including to local schools, which Mr. Najib was able to tout as he campaigned. “We only acquire assets when we are convinced that they represent long-term value, and to suggest that any of our acquisitions were driven by political considerations is simply false,” 1MDB said last month. The four probes into 1MDB are being conducted by the nation’s central bank, a parliamentary committee, the auditor general and police. A spokeswoman for Bank Negara Malaysia, the central bank, declined to comment. Malaysia’s police chief and a member of the parliamentary committee also had no comment. The auditor general said this week it had completed an interim report on 1MDB’s accounts and would hand it to the parliament on July 9. The prime minister is facing increasing pressure over 1MDB. The country’s longest-serving prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, who left office in 2003, publicly has urged Mr. Najib to resign. This week, Malaysia’s home minister threatened to withdraw publishing licenses from a local media group, citing what he said were inaccurate reports on 1MDB. The $11.1 million of transfers to Mr. Najib’s bank account occurred at the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, according to the government investigation. Among the companies that investigators say it passed through was Ihsan Perdana Sdn. Bhd., which provides corporate social responsibility programs for 1MDB’s charitable foundation, according to company registration documents. Attempts to reach the managing director of Ihsan Perdana weren’t successful. Documents tied to the transfer said its purpose was for “CSR,” or corporate social responsibility, programs. The Wall Street Journal examination of the use of funds tied to 1MDB for Mr. Najib’s election campaign showed that the money was slated to be used for corporate social responsibility programs as well. The government probe documents detail how investigators believe SRC International transferred 40 million ringgit on Dec. 24 last year to a wholly owned subsidiary. This company on the same day wired the money to Ihsan Perdana, according to the documents. Two days after receiving the money, Ihsan Perdana wired 27 million ringgit and five million ringgit in two separate transfers to two different bank accounts owned by Mr. Najib, the government documents show. In February, 10 million ringgit entered the prime minister’s account, also from SRC International via Ihsan Perdana, the documents show. The remittance documents don’t name Mr. Najib as the beneficiary but detail account numbers at a branch of AmIslamic Bank Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur. Two flow charts from the government investigation name the owner of these accounts as “Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Hj Abd Razak,” the prime minister’s official name. A spokesman for AmIslamic Bank declined to comment. In another transaction, Tanore Finance, the British Virgin Islands-based company, transferred $681 million in two tranches to a different account at another Kuala Lumpur branch of AmIslamic Bank. The government probe said the account was owned by Mr. Najib, according to the documents. The transfers came from an account held by Tanore Finance at a Singapore branch of Falcon Private Bank, a Swiss bank which is owned by IPIC, the Abu Dhabi fund, according to the documents. A spokesman for Falcon Private Bank declined to comment. The $681 million was transferred to Mr. Najib’s accounts on March 21 and March 25, 2013, the government documents show. Write to Tom Wright at tom.wright@wsj.com and Simon Clark at simon.clark@wsj.com
  19. Terminated KL-Singapore High Speed Rail terminated, after Singapore and Malaysia fail to reach agreement on project https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/politics/kl-singapore-high-speed-rail-terminated-after-singapore-and-malaysia-fail-to
  20. Public announcement service for those who dun drive to msia... No updates on pricing yet... Used to take the taxis Rochor to Larkin and Larkin back to Rochor before I started driving.. Larkin still arnd?? M’sia taxis to S’pore now available as 24-hour taxi stand opposite JB City Square opened on Oct. 15, 2019 The taxi stand is located outside the KTM Berhad Museum building, which is the old railway station. The taxi stand provides 24-hour taxi service back to Singapore.
  21. So a quick disclaimer before we continue - We don't know what might happen after the Traffic Police gets alerted to this video evidence, or they might have even stopped the truck driver after the video got cut off. But what's happening in the video seems rather peculiar. Shared on SG Road Vigilante's page is this video of a Malaysian truck doing more than 90km/h on lane 1 on PIE heading towards Tuas on the 22nd of February 2021. Sometime later in the video, the Traffic Police closed in in their car and it looked like they had the intention to notify the Scania truck of its offence. Naturally, most of us would go "haha the truck sure get it from the Police!" but no, nothing happened! What a miracle for the truck driver. But, as I mentioned at the start of this post, the Traffic Police might act after watching the video. It's a little too early to celebrate yet Mr Truck Driver. Here's what some netizens had to say about the matter. What do we think? Well, if he got off without any punishment, he should consider himself lucky and not do it again.
  22. Touch your heart and ask yourself when was the last time you’ve seen a Malaysian plated-car at our petrol station pumping petrol?? My answer : NEVER in my 18 years driving here.
  23. JOHOR BARU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has announced that the Government has decided to implement the Vehicle Entry Permit fee for all foreign vehicles entering Johor. Najib said that the decision was made following a request made by the state. "I have discussed the matter with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and have also informed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Wahid Omar of our decision. "I have instructed him to inform the Road Transport Department (JPJ) so they can work out the details before the VEP is implemented," he said during a buka puasa event organised by the state Wednesday. "We will make an announcement later on the date of implementation and the rates for the VEP," he said. Najib also assured that a portion of the collection would be channelled to the state Government.
  24. StreetFight3r

    The God of Fortune disapproves ahhhh

    Huat ah! On 13 Jan, ICA officers at Woodlands Checkpoint foiled an attempt to smuggle 11,285 cartons and 7,685 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes into Singapore using a Malaysia-registered lorry. The officers noticed anomalies in the x-ray images of the consignments (i.e. Lunar New Year-related figurines) transported by the lorry. During the course of checks, they uncovered contraband cigarettes concealed inside these figurines. The case was referred to Singapore Customs for further investigation. This method of concealment is a cause for concern as similar methods may be used by people with ill intent to smuggle security items into Singapore. The ICA will continue to conduct security checks on passengers, goods and vehicles so as to safeguard Singapore’s security. Taken from ICA page Huat ahhhhhhhhhh So much effort into designing and manufacturing the statue Money sure is gooooood (if manage to smuggle in) Now God of Fortune disapproves liao
  25. Msia 18th to 30th march -total ban on public movement and mass activities -all businesses and places of worship closed except for shops and supermarkets -total ban for all overseas travel -self quarantine 14 days for those returning to Malaysia -total ban of foreign visitors -closure of all kindergarten, schools, colleges -closure of all except essential services water, transport, oil & gas, electricity, health, emergency services