Tuesday, 3 November 2015

City Hall tests electric vehicles for street patrols

Kuala Lumpur City Hall is attempting to reduce its carbon footprint by using electric cars for everyday patrols across the city.

The council has acquired four Renault Twizy electric cars on a one year trial basis to gauge their effectiveness.

Two of the vehicles will be used by City Hall Safety and Enforcement Department, while the other two vehicles are being used by the Landscape Department.

 City Hall Safety and Enforcement Department director Mohd Sauffi Muhamad said the vehicles started patrolling the streets last week.
"We are currently testing out the vehicles at Masjid India and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. The feedback thus far has been positive in terms of cost savings, because there is no need for fuel and the their manoeuvrability during peak hours is good," he said.

Sauffi said that City Hall is determined to try to reduce carbon emissions and look into cost savings.

"We are renting the vehicles at RM1,950 a month each. The cost of a vehicle is about RM80,000. After a year, we will review their effectiveness and decide if we want to buy or continue to rent them," he said.

The electric cars can run for four hours on a single charge and reach a speed of up to 80km/h. They can be charged at any power socket.

Sauffi also said that City Hall had acquired five Segway electric scooters, which have been deployed to patrol the Dataran Merdeka area.

"Officers on the Segways will patrol the area to ensure smooth traffic flow, cleanliness, and engage and assist tourists," he said, adding that they were continuously looking at ways to multitask while on the ground.

Meanwhile, Sauffi said that 32 enforcement officers had been deployed to patrol the bicycle lane from Mid Valley to Dataran Merdeka.

"We want to increase our presence and the security of users. Officers will be patrolling the lanes in two shifts from 8am to 5pm and from 3pm to midnight," he said. – November 3, 2015.

Monday, 2 November 2015

PBB gesa pembebasan Anwar, dakwa langgar undang-undang antarabangsa

Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) menyifatkan penahanan bekas ketua pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim melanggar undang-undang antarabangsa dan menggesa pembebasan beliau dengan segera.

Keputusan itu diputuskan Kumpulan Kerja Penahanan Arbitrari PBB (UNWGAD) yang menyifatkan perbicaraan membabitkan Anwar adalah haram dan perlu dibebaskan serta-merta.

"Kumpulan Kerja Penahanan Arbitrari mengeluarkan pendapat berikut: Pemenjaraan Saudara Anwar Ibrahim adalah arbitrari... mengambil kira semua hal dalam kes itu, kumpulan kerja berpendapat jalan untuk membetulkan keadaan adalah membebaskan Saudara Anwar dengan serta-merta dan memastikan hak-hak politik beliau yang dirampas kerana pemenjaraan beliau ini dikembalikan," kata kumpulan kerja itu yang dibacakan Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah Anwar di Parlimen pagi ini.

Nurul Izzah bersyukur dengan pendirian PBB itu sekali gus memberi isyarat jelas kepada Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak untuk menurut saranan mereka.
"Pendirian tegas sebegini, bersolidariti bersama-sama Anwar menghantar satu mesej jelas kepada Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan memastikan kemerosotan hak-hak asasi manusia yang berlaku di bawah kepimpinan beliau tidak diabaikan dunia," katanya.

Kumpulan kerja tersebut dilantik oleh Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia PBB, yang terdiri daripada pakar Australia, Benin, Mexico, Korea Selatan dan Ukraine.

"Kerajaan Malaysia wajib mematuhi dapatan PBB ini serta cadangan yang diberikan," kata Nurul Izzah.

Terdahulu, Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamad semasa sesi soal jawab dalam Dewan Rakyat mahu Nurul Izzah menghormati keputusan dibuat mahkamah Malaysia selepas anak perempuan Anwar itu mempersoalkan hukuman penjara ke atas bapanya.

Peguam Anwar, N Surendran juga senada dengan Nurul Izzah mendesak supaya Putrajaya menerima saranan dibuat badan dunia tersebut.

"Kumpulan tersebut sudah menggesa Anwar dibebaskan dan dikembalikan semula hak politiknya," kata Surendran pada sidang media sama di Parlimen.

Surendran memberi amaran Putrajaya tidak boleh menghiraukan keputusan PBB tersebut atau reputasi negara di mata dunia akan terjejas.

Bekas ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh itu sedang menjalani hukuman penjara 5 tahun sejak 10 Februari lalu kerana kesalahan meliwat bekas pembantunya Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. – 2 November, 2015.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Pledge Socks For the Kids!

As you are all aware, in conjunction to McDonald's Show Your Stripes campaign themed #DemiRMHC – I'm For the Kids! all McDonald's Malaysia restaurants will begin to sell red and white striped socks on
Saturday, 7 Nov '15 in efforts to raise more than RM500K for the recipients of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Malaysia. Each socks is sold for RM10 a pair (GST included).

We, at RSC, can also do our part for Malaysia's needy children in need by pledging any socks quantity you require. Please write your required quantity in the order form available at your respective level's pantry by Thursday, 29 October '15 The pledged socks can be paid & collected on Wed, 4 Nov '15  from 4pm-5pm at McChicken room.

The person with the highest pledged quantity will receive a complimentary gift from RMHC.

So, let's start asking family and friends of their quantity required and "Sama-Sama", we can make a difference for Malaysia's children in need.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Indonesia's lost opportunity?

The Jakarta Post
Published: October 20, 2015 08:11 PM

On September 5, negotiators from 12 countries in the Pacific Rim agreed to a trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Although a free trade agreement, it also covers a wide range of issues beyond trade, such as investment, government procurement and intellectual property rights.

The agreement can be influential to world trade, as the economy of its 12 member countries accounts for around 11 per cent of the world population and 37 per cent of the global economy.

These 12 countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States.

The pact promises to usher in closer economic relations between members and become a benchmark for future trade deals.

Although Indonesia has at times expressed interest, it has never been a part of the negotiations. And unlike Japan, neither did it join at later negotiating stages. Indonesia is paying a price for excluding itself from the TPP.

First is the lost chance to shape the agreement. The TPP is an open-accession agreement; countries can join it later on. Given its benefits, Indonesia has expressed interest in joining the TPP on separate occasions. But countries that do will not be able to shape the agreed provisions.

By not being a member since the TPP's inception, Indonesia deprived itself of the ability to mold the provisions according to its national interests. For example, there are reports that some countries were pushing for provisions that afford 12 years of data exclusivity for pharmaceutical patent holders.

As a developing country, Indonesia has an interest to lower this data exclusivity period in order to produce cheaper generic drugs for its populace. Indonesia lost the opportunity to influence this provision by not becoming a TPP negotiating member.

Second is the potential trade diversion from the agreement. A free trade agreement tends to increase trade between members, called trade creation. Conversely, it tends to decrease trade between members and non-members, called trade diversion.

The threat of trade diversion looms especially large between countries of similar profile in their export products. Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam are exporters of manufactured goods, such as textiles, automotive parts, tires and electronics.

With Vietnam and Malaysia being members of TPP, producers of such manufactured goods there will gain preferential tariffs and better access to markets in the US and Japan. Better access translates to more orders and production.

Such a threat to textile exports is especially alarming, as the US textile market is the largest for Indonesian exporters, accounting for 36 per cent in 2014, according to data from the Indonesian Textile Association.

By being excluded from the TPP, Indonesia's manufacturing exports might stagnate and lose out to its peers in Vietnam and Malaysia. This also runs contrary to the goal of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to reorient Indonesia's exports from commodities to manufactured goods.

Considering the price Indonesia is paying, one might wonder why the government was not a TPP negotiating member. The perception that Indonesia 'is not ready' is often cited as the reason. TPP will require high standards in areas such as trade in services, intellectual property rights, government procurement and investor-state dispute settlement.

Yet this argument can be easily reversed. The TPP can be used as an impetus for furthering Indonesia's domestic reforms. It can be used as an opportunity to accelerate Indonesia's service liberalization, strengthen its intellectual property rights regime, ensure efficiency and transparency in government procurement and spur much-needed foreign investment.

The recent announcement by Trade Minister Thomas Trikasih Lembong that the country could join the pact in the next two years is welcome news.

However, as explained in the first point above, Indonesia has lost the opportunity to shape the agreement. This calls for the government to pay attention to the timing of entering a pact and its negotiations.

Yet, on the second point, the government can still prevent Vietnam and Malaysia from grabbing Indonesia's market share in the US by joining the agreement. Indonesia could still reap the benefits from the TPP. — The Jakarta Post

* The writer is a researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta.

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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Guangdong minat bidang pelancongan dan perindustrian di Melaka

MELAKA: Gabenor Wilayah Guangdong, Zhu Xiodan, menyatakan minat beliau dalam bidang pelancongan dan perindustrian di Melaka, yang berpotensi diteroka bersama oleh Melaka dan Guangdong.

Ketua Menteri Melaka Datuk Seri Idris Haron berkata Zhu menyatakan minat dalam projek pelabuhan pelancongan yang kini dalam peringkat kajian oleh Melaka dan kawasan industri maritim yang bakal mewujudkan beberapa kawasan perindustrian.

"Saya telah mengatakan kepada beliau (Zhu) kawasan di sini (di Pulau Melaka) cukup sesuai untuk pelabuhan pelancongan itu dan sememangnya antara tujuan asal ia (Pulau Melaka) dibina.

"Beliau yang bersikap terbuka dan progresif dalam menilai potensi Melaka, turut menyatakan tidak salah beliau datang dan memilih Melaka dalam lawatan pertamanya ke Malaysia," katanya pada sidang akhbar di sini hari ini.

Terdahulu, beliau mengiringi Zhu melawat projek pembangunan hartanah mega Melaka Gateway di Pulau Melaka, Bandar Hilir di sini.

Zhu dalam rangka lawatan kerja selama sehari ke Melaka hari ini.

Idris berkata Zhu turut meminta laporan tentang kemajuan Melaka Gateway bagi memudahkan beliau mempromosikan projek itu kepada pelabur dan penggiat industri di Gunagdong.

Beliau berkata Zhu mahukan hubungan dua hala yang sistematik dengan Melaka, yang dijalin secara berperingkat-peringkat, dengan meletakan penanda aras yang perlu dicapai pada setiap peringkat.

"Saya melihat sendiri kesungguhan dan semangat beliau dalam memastikan hubungan dua hala ini terjalin dengan sempurna, kukuh dan mampu menguntungkan kedua-dua belah pihak, saya akan pastikan hubungan ini berjaya," katanya.
Untuk itu, kerajaan negeri akan mewujudkan portfolio baharu, perdagangan antarabangsa, yang akan diletakkan di bawah tanggungjawab Exco Pengangkutan dan Pemulihan Projek Melaka Datuk Lim Ban Hong.

"Melalui portfolio ini, kerajaan negeri akan dapat meneliti semua urusan perdagangan antarabangsa terutama melibatkan hubungan antara Melaka dan Guangdong," katanya.

Kongsi melalui applikasi iPhone Astro Awani


Thursday, 27 August 2015


Dear friends,

The most anticipated film in 2015 will be coming soon (please join me to pray hard on this).
Meantime, please enjoy the film trailer below.

Filem Hanyut ini adalah arahan Uwei Haji Saari dan dibintangi oleh Peter O'Brien,Diana Danielle, Ady Putra dan Sofia Jane. Ini adalah filem termahal yang pernah dibikin oleh mana-mana pengarah di Malaysia.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Dayang Nurfaizah - Tak Pernah Menyerah OFFICIAL MV

Tak pernah menyerah
Untuk selalu mencuba
Menjadi yang terbaik untukmu
Dan segalanya
Check out Dayang Nurfaizah's latest music video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/R24lzCfvdX0

My 2 cent is this new single is not as melancholic as Di Pintu Syurga but it slowly grows in you. As always, Dayang Nurfaizah really connect with you, with her awesome's penghayatan. Also, the single is good for a theme song. If you don't know what a theme song is, please watch Ally McBeal's Theme of Life episode.

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