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ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 29, 2021 Batik, poetry
lighten mood in


No. 7893 PP 2644/12/2012 (031195)


With Deepavali just five days 4
away, N. Bavaani, 20, wastes
no time in trying on some of Lockdown
her favourite traditional impact on drug
bangles at a shop in Penang. rehabilitation

Battle royale
█ BY SHIVANI SUPRAMANI oMalacca polls seen as balance between preserving democratic rights and ensuring safety
[email protected]
Election watchdog group Bersih under the NRP, regardless of party “If they are found wanting, then legitimacy. What we need are clearer
PETALING JAYA: The 2.0 chairman Thomas Fann affiliation. compounds should be issued,” he guidelines from the Election
Malacca election has described the outright ban on said, adding that disallowing any Commission and fair enforcement of
highlighted a need for a physical gatherings as “unreasonable Fann was commenting on a form of physical campaigning the SOP on the ground.”
balance between democratic and inconsistent”, given that under RM10,000 fine imposed on Barisan without providing a viable alternative Former deputy health minister Dr
principles on one side and health the National Recovery Plan (NRP), Nasional over a recent mass such as equitable coverage in Lee Boon Chye agreed that SOP for
and safety needs on the other. Malacca is already in Phase Four of gathering at the World Trade Centre government-owned media is a elections should be consistent with
the recovery process. Kuala Lumpur. suppression of the rights of those in the NRP.
Those with political interests have candidates and voters to express “If there is an imbalance in the
decried the decision of the Health Under this phase, public places The Health Ministry shared a themselves. SOP, then it can be seen as politically
Ministry to impose a ban on open such as malls and restaurants have snapshot of the compound issued to “A total ban is likely to give the motivated. Slap those who violate the
campaigning to prevent a surge in reopened for business. the executive secretary of the ruling coalition an unfair advantage SOP with fines in accordance with
Covid-19 infections. coalition for violating the Prevention as it has access to the broadcast and the law, regardless of party and carry
He said the standard operating and Control of Infectious Diseases print media, and also as in the past, out routine screening on those who
On the other hand, medical procedures (SOP) for the election Act 1988. many campaigns are done in the are involved in campaigning to
experts want tight controls in place to should be in line with the NRP, with name of discharging official curb the risk of cross-
ensure Malaysia does not see social gatherings allowed but subject The Malaysian United duties,” he pointed out. Turn to transmission,” he told theSun.
another “wildfire” the likes of Sabah. to 50% capacity and social Democratic Alliance has also been “This would render the However, Lee agreed that
distancing. penalised for holding a press —
The snap election in Sabah in conference on the Malacca election.
September last year led to a surge in He added that the penalty for conduct of the election unfair page 3 there is no “safe” number of
infections across the country as violating the SOP during elections Fann said political parties should and the outcome lacking attendees for gatherings.
voters travelled home to cast their should also be in line with provisions be able to comply with the SOP if
votes and then returned to other given the chance.
states where they live and work.

2 theSUN ON FRIDAY | OCTOBER 29, 2021


Timah whiskey to get new name

KUALA LUMPUR: It looks like the o Manufacturer agrees to amendment and replace brand image on We have to educate our community
last round of Timah whiskey has product labelaftermeetingwithgovtofficials so that they are able to think
been served. more logically.”
debate over the name. Tristam Speedy, who was a economic contributor.
Winepak Corporation (M) Sdn Rusnah Aluai (PH-Tangga Batu) prominent figure during the colonial Rusnah said it was also not good In sharing Azalina’s views,
Bhd, the manufacturer of the local- period. He was said to have helped Domestic Trade and Consumer
blended alcoholic beverage, has said the name gave the impression to end the Larut Wars in Perak at the for women because “Timah” is a Affairs Deputy Minister Datuk Rosol
agreed to change its name and that those who drink the beverage request of Ngah Ibrahim, a local name for Malay women. “We have Wahid said the Timah episode
replace the brand image on its label. were “drinking a Malay woman” chieftain. Kak Timah, Mak Timah, Mak Cik should not be allowed to become a
because the brand is associated with Timah. So, if we consume the precedent.
Domestic Trade and Consumer a Malay woman’s name. Rusnah said she wondered why whiskey, it is as though we are
Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Captain Speedy was shown wearing drinking a Malay woman,” she said. “After this, someone will say that
Alexander Nanta Linggi said She reiterated the view that the the kopiah rather than a hat and why the (A&W signature drink) root beer
yesterday that representatives from name “Timah” is deeply confusing the drink was named “Timah” and However, some members of will get you drunk. There will be no
the company met government for the Muslim community. not “The Mines”, given its Parliament (MP) were not on the end to it.”
officials on Wednesday, and after a association with tin mining. same page as Rusnah.
round of discussions, agreed to the Furthermore, she said the image He also expressed the view that
change. of Captain Speedy wearing a Muslim Winepak had reiterated several Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said the Timah issue has been
“kopiah” on the label caused even times that the word “Timah” was a (BN-Pengerang), said when she was over-sensationalised.
“The company has asked for a more confusion to Muslims. reference to tin, and the name of the a child, she enjoyed eating A&W hot
week’s grace because the matter has whiskey was in association to the dogs. Khalid Samad (PH-Shah Alam)
to be raised for discussion among The label bears the slogan “1871 – days when tin mining was a major said some MP might have turned it
directors and shareholders,” he said The Legend of Captain Speedy”, “If my child likes hot dogs, it does into a racial and religious issue, and
in a statement yesterday. which is a reference to Captain not mean that he is eating a hot dog. expressed his sympathy for “those
unfortunate Muslims who still
However, it did not stop believe they are under attack by
lawmakers from continuing with the non-Muslims”.

BRIEFS RM1.2M FROM S’WAK Decision to allow
HOMESTAY INDUSTRY radioactive waste
storage questioned
THE homestay industry through the
implementation of the Malaysia AN opposition lawmaker questioned the
Homestay Experience Programme in government’s rationale yesterday for
Sarawak generated more that RM1.2 allowing Lynas Malaysia to build a
million last year with the participation permanent disposal facility (PDF) for its
of nearly 9,700 visitors, said Tourism, radioactive waste in Gebeng, Kuantan.
Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri
Nancy Shukri. She said the Fuziah Salleh (PH-Kuantan) cited an
programme’s turnover benefitted 676 environmental impact assessment report
homestay operators in 50 villages (EIA) by the rare earth processing
registered under the ministry and that company to prove her point that it was a
prior to the outbreak of Covid-19, the hazard.
revenue generated in 2018 and 2019
was in excess of RM4 million. “With the However, Science, Technology and
reopening of domestic tourism Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham
activities and interstate travel allowed, Baba refuted her claims, saying that the
we hope these homestay operators will PDF would be safe.
get better incomes,” she said in
response to a question from Mordi Fuziah said according to the Lynas EIA,
Bimol (PH-Mas Gading). – Bernama which was completed in 2018, the PDF
would be constructed in a locality where
SPECIAL LANES FOR Opposition Leader and Port Dickson MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim flanked by Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng and the groundwater level is only a metre
S’PORE-M’SIA TRAVEL Kota Raja MP Mohamad Sabu dressed in batik in Parliament yesterday. – BERNAMAPIX deep.

THE government plans to set up special Lawmakers make it a bright, “How can you have a PDF in the area?
vaccinated travel lanes for those who colourful day at the House The radioactive waste has a half-life of 1.4
travel between Malaysia and Singapore billion years,” she added to highlight the
to facilitate cross-border travel. DEWAN RAKYAT members added not just colour you to the MP here who are donning their batik risk of a leak in the long term.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister but also poetry to the august House. Malaysia outfit. You all deserve applause and to
Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said celebrate this historic day, all Malaysians will get She also noted that another site, Bukit
discussions on the matter involving Many of them turned up in batik outfits and a cash rebate of RM30 for every purchase of Ketam, was picked earlier but it was
several ministries from both countries some even waxed lyrical about the change from RM100 at any Kraftangan Malaysia outlet.” rejected by the Department of
were under way. She said once staid business outfits that have traditionally been Environment (DoE) because it was in a
approved, the establishment of the worn by men when they turn up to speak on She then reminded MP that there is also a water catchment area.
special travel lanes would be behalf of their constituents. Kraftangan Malaysia outlet in the Parliament
announced by Prime Minister Datuk building. In response, Adham said the PDF
Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. “Other The “batik day” was a suggestion by Tourism, would be five metres above the
ministers will also discuss it with their Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Kasthuri Patto (PH-Batu Kawan) followed up groundwater and sea level, making
counterparts from Singapore to ensure Shukri to show support for the country’s heritage. with another pantun before realising that she had Gebeng a safe place for the facility.
everything goes ahead smoothly.” stood up to pose a question to Communications
– Bernama In a proposal that was read to the House by and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa. Nonetheless, he said an evaluation is
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department being carried out and its report will be
‘UNDI 18 APPLICABLE ONLY (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi “Looking at the Dewan Rakyat Speaker in batik sent to the Atomic Energy Licensing Board
AFTER DEC 31’ Tuanku Jaafar on Oct 11, Nancy had proposed today, I (almost) forgot to ask my question,” she (AELB) and the DoE, and a final decision
that all lawmakers wear batik every Thursday. said. will be made next month.
EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD Malaysians will
be allowed to vote in the Sarawak state Among those who turned up in batik yesterday Kasthuri then thanked Nurul Izzah Anwar Earlier, Adham said the government is
election if it is held after Dec 31. was Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun. (PH-Permatang Pauh) and Muhammad Bakhtiar aware of low-level radioactive emissions
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Wan Chik (PH-Balik Pulau) for helping to ensure in the area, making it necessary to speed
Department (Parliament and Law) Nancy made the first reference on the batik that the MP donned their batik outfits to make the up the construction of the PDF.
Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku outfits by expressing her delight with the support “batik day” a reality.
Jaafar said voting for 18 year olds given by members of Parliament (MP) in a According to the AELB, the PDF must
should be implemented, as had been pantun. Annuar also recited a batik pantun, which pass the Radiological Impact Assessment
ordered by the Kuching High Court. He helped to lighten the mood. and the EIA.
was responding to Mohamed Hanipa “I want to take this opportunity to say thank
Maidin (PH-Sepang), when winding up Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai
the debate on the Advocates (BN-Bentong) pointed out that there
Ordinance (Sabah) (Amendment) Bill remains more than a million metric
tonnes of radioactive waste behind the
2021. – Bernama Lynas plant in Gebeng.

Options available to pay Astro bills without service charge “Anything can happen, given the risk of
floods or a tsunami as a result of climate
ASTRO customers have options to pay their bills Astro 200 channel. know why the 50 sen extra charge is imposed on change,” he said. “This is not child’s play.
without having to incur a service charge, “Since January this year, a 50 sen service Astro customers who pay their bills manually at We cannot take it for granted.”
including auto debit, that can be activated via the post offices.
Astro Self-Service Portal or by visiting any Astro charge for Astro bill payment has been Liow said the government should have
customer service centre branch. implemented by collection agents, while Pos Annuar explained that the charge was also a required Lynas to identify a location for its
Malaysia Bhd has imposed the same charge on commercial arrangement between Astro and PDF before extending its operating licence
Communications and Multimedia Minister those who pay the bills at its counters, beginning Pos Malaysia, Bernama reported. to 2023.
Tan Sri Annuar Musa said customers can also Sept 1.”
pay their bills via Astro Quick Pay, the My Astro He said Pos Malaysia, which was corporatised “It’s been more than 10 years now, and
app, JomPAY platform or by tuning in to the He was responding to a question from in 1992 and listed on Bursa Malaysia in 2001, is Lynas has yet to fulfil the conditions for it
Kasthuri Patto (PH-Batu Kawan), who wanted to now a subsidiary of DRB-Hicom Bhd Group. being allowed to process rare earth in

Lynas, an Australian company, mines
the rare earth ore in Mount Weld, Western
Australia and ships it to Kuantan for

3theSUN ON FRIDAY | OCTOBER 29, 2021

MMA backs Berjaya Sports Toto denies allegation of collaboration
ban decision
PETALING JAYA: Berjaya Sports would “never be involved in any Commission. She was responding to also to the nation as they are the
“There will always be gatherings, Toto Bhd has refuted allegations illegal activity”. an Oct 23 report on a blog managed main cause of all sorts of social
not just political ones. Every that it is collaborating with illegal by an illegal gaming operator problems,” she said.
party should submit a list gaming operators. Its chief executive In a statement issued to the claiming that it was collaborating
of those who will be officer, Nerine Tan, stressed that as a media yesterday, Tan said the with Berjaya Sports Toto. “We want the people to be aware
present so that routine responsible and law-abiding company would lodge a report with of this incident so that they will not
screening can be done,” corporate citizen, the company the police and the Malaysian “Illegal gaming activities are a fall victim to these illegal gaming
he said. Communications and Multimedia cancer not only to the industry but syndicates.”

From Home ownership remains

Meanwhile, Malaysian
Medical Association (MMA)
president Dr Koh Kar Chai stood by
the government’s decision to ban all
physical campaigning. a pipe dream for many
“MMA notes with dismay the
continued flouting of the SOP. After
one and a half years of the
pandemic, there should no longer be
any difficulty in adhering to the SOP,”
he said. oIndustry players on ways to make reduced, the cost of building to put a cap on land prices. “So many
“It underlines the fact that those houses more affordable for materials will come down. That will factors determine the price of land,
who can afford the fines will the average Malaysian family bring some benefits to the end-user.” such as the zoning status, the
continue to treat the law with location and the title,” he said.
disdain. But worse is that certain Tan pointed out that it would also
politicians who wish to earn the be difficult for the government to Tan and Toh agreed that
support of voters are not even willing determine the price of land. temporary occupational licences
to lead by example.” (TOL) could be converted into
He suggested higher fines be █ BY ELLY FAZANIZA However, it is not as simple as “Ours is a market-driven permanent tiles to make more land
imposed on politicians and political [email protected] abolishing taxes on building economy and the price of land is available for affordable housing.
parties for SOP violations. PETALING JAYA: A home is a basic materials and putting a cap on land determined by market forces,” he
“As long as it does not dent their necessity but for many, acquiring prices to make houses more said. “In places where there is a A TOL is a short-term permit to
massive election budget, it will not one is just an unattainable goal. affordable for the average Malaysian higher demand for property, prices occupy a piece of land for
be effective.” family. will, of course, be higher.” agriculture or housing. The permit
Apart from that, he said those For some, even renting a house is has to be renewed annually or every
who attend political gatherings a luxury. Tan Hun Beng, chairman of the For instance, he said, land along two years, depending on the land
should be reported to the Penang chapter of the Real Estate Gurney Drive in George Town, code of each state.
authorities. However, little can be done to and Housing Developers Penang costs RM1,200 to RM2,300
“The authorities should also be ensure that it is within the means of Association (Rehda), pointed out per square foot. In contrast, the price Tan proposed that to
informed if a banner promoting a every family to have a house they that levying taxes is a source of of land in mainland Penang may be accommodate the need for
political talk appears so that they can can call their own. revenue for the government. as low as RM30 to RM40 per square affordable housing, the government
stop the organisers from foot. “And the distance between should first launch a survey to
proceeding.” The numbers are just not in their “If taxes are eliminated these two areas is only 50km.” determine the level of affordability
Koh added that even if a mini or favour. According to the National altogether, there will be nothing left in each location, based on average
scaled-down gathering is allowed, it Property Information Centre, the for the government,” he told theSun. However, property developer income and land prices.
could eventually snowball to a huge median price of a house now is Datuk Toh Chin Leong agreed that
crowd. RM295,000. But data from Bank “It is not unusual for taxes to be tax exemptions for selected items “We have to find a balance.
Negara Malaysia shows that the imposed on these items (building could help in bringing home Otherwise, there will be an over-
BRIEFS GET JABBED BEFORE median household income is only materials),” he said. ownership to a wider community. supply. After all, affordability differs
NOV 1, SAYS PSD RM5,873. from one place to another,” he said.
Tan agreed that taxes in Brunei Nonetheless, Toh told theSun,
PUTRAJAYA: Public Service At that level of income, a family and some countries in the Middle such exemption should be limited On the other hand, Toh said
Department (PSD) Director- cannot afford anything that costs East are waived but only because only to affordable home projects. social housing should be a
General Tan Sri Mohd Khairul more than RM211,000. That puts they have an abundance of other responsibility of the government.
Adib Abd Rahman yesterday most houses beyond their reach. resources. “The best way forward is “This can entice developers to “The government can use revenue
reminded all civil servants that to scale down taxes. With taxes help meet the market demand for from corporate taxes to finance such
they should complete their affordable housing,” he said. projects,” he added.
Covid-19 vaccination before Nov
1. Speaking at PSD’s monthly Toh also agreed that it is difficult
gathering held virtually
yesterday, Mohd Khairul Adib BLOOMING
said at present, the number of BUSINESS ... Florist
civil servants who have yet to be Yelamah Muniandy,
vaccinated was small compared 68, arranging flowers
with the majority of them who at her make-shift stall
are fully vaccinated. However, he at the entrance to the
said the hesitancy of the small Christian cemetery in
group still had implications for Jalan Utama, George
the government’s vaccination Town yesterday. The
programme, and portrayed a blossoms are readily
negative image of civil servants picked up by people
as a whole, besides affecting who come to pay
service delivery. A PSD circular respects to their
stated that federal civil servants departed loved ones.
who fail to complete their Covid- – MASRY CHE
19 immunisation would be ANI/THESUN
subjected to disciplinary action
or termination of service when
the new policy of immunisation
involving civil servants is
implemented from Nov 1.
– Bernama

PM GETS COURTESY RM620m lost through non-compliance with financial management
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob KUALA LUMPUR: Non- million loss in public funds, departments,” he said. revenue collection (RM72.24
yesterday received a courtesy call compliance of federal ministries RM81.69 million involved He said this in a statement to million).
from Indonesian Defence and departments with financial unclaimed penalties not imposed
Minister Prabowo Subianto at a management has led to issues by the Immigration Department, Bernama after the Auditor- On the federal government’s
hotel here. The prime minister involving irregular payments, loss of RM4.79 million involved equipment General’s Report on the federal financial statements, the auditor-
spent about 45 minutes in public funds and wastage that was received late and not government’s financial statements general stated that the federal
conversation with Prabowo amounting to RM620.07 million in installed at Istana Budaya. and the 2020 Federal Ministries and government’s debt in 2020
during the visit. After the 2020. Departments Compliance Audit amounted to RM879.56 billion or
courtesy call, Prabowo and his “To enable corrective action and was tabled at the Dewan Rakyat 62.1% of gross domestic product.
delegation are scheduled to hold Auditor-General Datuk Nik improvements to be taken, the yesterday.
bilateral talks with his Azman Nik Abdul Majid said of the auditor-general has submitted 29 Federal debt increased by
counterpart, Senior Defence RM510.49 million in irregular recommendations, namely four Nik Azman said compliance RM86.562 billion or 10.9%
Minister Datuk Seri payments, RM499.19 million recommendations for verification of audits involving a total of RM899.44 compared with RM792.998 billion
Hishammuddin Hussein, and the involved payments for maintenance financial statements and 25 million had been carried out on or 52.4% in 2019.
Malaysian Armed Forces. service claims without being recommendations for compliance three ministries and five federal
– Bernama verified at the National Security audits of federal ministries and departments, covering aspects of The auditor-general said 50.4% or
Council level. departments to be considered for contract management amounting to RM98.058 billion of the RM194.555
implementation by ministries and RM772.40 million, government billion of new loans in 2020 was
Meanwhile, of the RM104.79 procurement (RM54.8 million) and used to finance the principal
repayment of matured loans.


Religious harmony at its finest in village

KAMPAR: After years of waiting, their village in Sungai Gapes, Sahom, will have a capacity of 40 people. gather at the home of Muslim convert 1996. She is also Wah Icha’s younger
Orang Asli Muslims in a village near about 18km from here, to build their A non-governmental Nur Halimah Abdullah@Bah Tarek, sister, Bernama reported.
here will finally have their own surau, surau on her land. 49, for their religious activities.
and it is all thanks to a Christian organisation, Street Dakwah, has “I hope the construction of the
neighbour. Standing nearby is a church, raised RM40,000 through public Nur Halimah, fondly known as new surau can be expedited so that
another sign of the religious harmony donations to underwrite the cost of Amek (“mother” in the Semai we as well as those visiting this village
Wah Icha Bahtarek, 56, has agreed among the villagers. building the surau. language), embraced Islam when she can use it for prayers and other
to allow her Muslim neighbours in married a man from Kota Baru in religious programmes,” said Amek.
The new surau, when completed, Currently, Muslims in the village

Lockdown impact C VID-19
on rehabilitation UPDATE

As of noon yesterday

Total 2,454,749
o Success of methadone replacement therapy programme
compromised due to inaccessibility to treatment Total
ac�ve cases cNaesews 6,377

KAJANG: Movement controls records of my patients at two of my consultation fee of RM5 to RM15 per 71,713
imposed nationwide since last year clinics located in Kampung Baru dose per day (methadone is provided
have had a major impact on the (Kuala Lumpur) and Kajang free to private clinics). Total
rehabilitation of drug addicts, (Selangor).” recoveries Current
particularly those on methadone Mohd Khafidz said to overcome recovery 95.65%
replacement therapy (MRT), MRT is among the harm reduction addiction to opioids, methadone has 2,347,985
according to a drug addiction expert. programmes established by the to be taken continuously for two to rate
Health Ministry for opioid abusers. three years to stabilise the patient’s
Dr Mohd Khafidz Mohd Ishak, Methadone is given in replacement of thinking, and after that, the dosage Death 5,803Brought
who is also president of Persatuan opioids such as heroin and morphine will be reduced gradually if he/she toll
Insaf Murni Malaysia – an in order to reduce the cravings and has attained a certain level of stability. -in-Dead
organisation dedicated to eradicating withdrawal symptoms experienced by 28,674
drug abuse and helping former patients, Bernama reported. He said 30% of his patients have
addicts to improve their quality of life succeeded in stopping methadone PROGRESS STATISTICS FOR THE NATIONAL COVID-19 IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME
– said in the 21 years he has been Mohd Khafidz said many patients treatment after three to four years. As of October 27
involved in providing treatment to who were undergoing MRT and had a Received second doses
addicts, the movement control order good record of staying away from Stressing that the issue of MRT
(MCO) and enhanced MCO periods opioids have now returned to using patients returning to drugs should not 25,431,328 24,165,940
have proven to be the most the prohibited substances. be viewed lightly, Mohd Khafidz said
challenging. many of them were in the productive Restoring cross-border
In Malaysia, methadone workforce group aged between 22 and value chains
He said more than 50% of his treatments are provided by 55 and were at high risk of contracting
patients who were not able to get their government hospitals and clinics, and HIV or AIDS and hepatitis B and C
treatment during the lockdown private clinics as well. While the due to the sharing of syringes.
started using drugs again. treatment is provided free of charge at
government health facilities, private Their risk of contracting HIV or
“This is based on the attendance clinics charge a management or AIDS and hepatitis C stood at 70% and
90% respectively, he added.

UTM produces 3D manual prosthetic hand KUALA LUMPUR: Member EAGA.
countries of the Brunei- “This includes the Pan Borneo
Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines Highway, border townships and
JOHOR BARU: Universiti Teknologi Its design is especially suited to will be assessed and monitored by the East Asean Growth Area (BIMP- Customs, immigration,
Malaysia (UTM) has produced a individuals who still have use of the NGO. EAGA) should look for quarantine and security
three-dimensional (3D) manual wrist, Bernama reported. opportunities to restore cross- facilities,” he said.
prosthetic hand to assist children with He said the production of the border value chains, many of In order for BIMP-EAGA to
disabilities in Yemen. He said the prosthetic can be used prosthetic could also be relevant to which have fragmented since the achieve a sustained and resilient
as a therapy option to train users to Yemeni students at UTM who were closure of international borders post-pandemic recovery, Ismail
The prosthetic was produced by a use hand aids and would help the studying biomedical engineering as following the Covid-19 Sabri stressed that participating
group of researchers from the child regain confidence. such knowledge could be applied pandemic. countries must put in place fresh
university’s school of biomedical upon their return to Yemen. Prime Minister Datuk Seri and bold strategies through a
engineering and health sciences in its “It would assist individuals to Ismail Sabri Yaakob said at the whole-of-nation approach in
Faculty of Engineering, in familiarise themselves to use hand “We hope that after they finish their 14th BIMP-EAGA Summit their respective countries, while
collaboration with a 3D printing aids and would be especially helpful studies here, they can share their yesterday that Malaysia has been maintaining regional
company, MyVista. for those who have recently been knowledge and technological doing its part to make this cooperation.
involved in accidents and such.” expertise back home to help their happen, as it values BIMPE- Citing tourism as an example,
UTM head of project and senior community.” EAGA as an important platform he said in reviving the struggling
lecturer Dr Mohd Mohd Najeb said 30 units of the to enable a more balanced and industry, member countries
Najeb Jamaludin prosthetic hand will be sent in Mohd Najeb added that UTM has inclusive regional development. should explore the possibility of
said the prosthetic November to the Tahadi Institution for been collaborating with MyVista since “Reflecting this commitment, having a standardised approach
hand would benefit the Care and Rehabilitation of the 2015 in terms of expertise to improve sub regional cooperation under that permits vaccinated
children aged six to Disabled, a non-governmental various 3D prosthetic hand designs as BIMP-EAGA was further individuals to travel freely and
10, whether their organisation (NGO). well as to channel electronics donated mainstreamed and prioritised safely across borders with
disability is from by the company to persons under the recently launched 12th minimal quarantine or
birth or due to an He added that children involved in with disabilities of various Malaysia Plan 2021-2025,” he complicated approval processes.
accident or war. the project will be provided with a age groups in the
manual in Arabic on the use of the country.
prosthetic, and they

said. Pursuant to the plan, “For a start, this may be
implemented in selected pilot
Universiti Ismail Sabri said sites.”
Teknologi cooperation under On green initiatives, Ismail
Malaysia student BIMP-EAGA will focus on Sabri said Malaysia will be
Nur Amalina Ras increasing cross-border working closely with Asian
showing two economic activities and Development Bank and Local
units of the strengthening value chains. Governments for Sustainability
prosthetic hand. Under the 12th Malaysia in developing Green City Action
– BERNAMAPIX Plan, Malaysia’s federal Plans (GCAP).

government will continue He said Malaysia will develop
to accelerate development at least two GCAP under the 12th
in Labuan, Sabah and Malaysia Plan for BIMP-EAGA
Sarawak. member cities in Malaysia as its
“Measures will continue to contribution towards
be undertaken to improve accelerating the implementation
infrastructure accessibility of the BIMP-EAGA green cities
and connectivity by initiative, in line with Malaysia’s
accelerating the commitment to become a carbon
implementation of priority neutral nation by 2050.
infrastructure projects in BIMP- – Bernama


MOVE TO FORMULATEBRIEFS ‘Many facing prosecution
QURAN-BASED POLICIES also carry honorary titles’

KOTA BARU: The Kelantan government o Individual, who wishes to travel while facing criminal movement, liberty and presumption of
is carrying out engagement sessions charges, must give special or exceptional reasons: Lawyer innocence.
with experts in relevant fields for the
formulation of state policies that are █ BY ELWIN DAVA absolute discretion on whether to require a “A person may get his passport back to travel
based on the Quran and the Sunnah. [email protected] person facing charges in court to surrender his ‘only to Singapore’ but in reality, Malaysian
Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob said PETALING JAYA: While a lot has been said passport as a condition for bail. authorities are in no position to stop him from
the policies are on senior citizens, about selected personalities being allowed to proceeding to another country after he has
women, investment, cleanliness and travel abroad despite facing charges in court, the “It is done to reduce the ‘flight risk’ when the passed the Malaysian immigration checkpoint.
leadership. He was speaking at the 31st claim that they are privileged is more a person is out of the court’s jurisdiction,” he said.
anniversary of the state government’s perception than reality. To ensure that these VIPs do not get away
administration in developing Islam Foong was commenting on the controversy with breaching the law and fleeing to another
yesterday. Ahmad said the policy aims According to legal experts, the fundamental surrounding the decision to allow former prime country, Foong suggested that rules and
to uphold justice without neglecting aspect of the rule of law is that it is applicable to minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and his regulations should be in place to allow the
progress in all fields, including all. wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor to travel to Immigration Department to immediately
economics and education as well as Singapore to visit their daughter, who is cancel the person’s passport if he violates the
fostering unity towards a developed Lawyer Kitson Foong said the perception that expected to deliver her baby soon. court’s ruling.
and prosperous Kelantan. – Bernama there are more “VIP criminals” in Malaysia than
elsewhere could stem from the fact that many Foong said under the law, there are Litigation lawyer Etrus Tan said an
MACC TO MONITOR who are facing criminal prosecution also carry provisions to allow a person who is on trial to individual, who wishes to travel while facing
MALACCA POLLS PROCESS honorary titles. have his passport returned to him to enable him criminal charges, is required to show special or
to travel out of the local jurisdiction. exceptional reasons in his application.
MALACCA: Malaysian Anti-Corruption “There is also an affinity among the press in
Commission (MACC) personnel will be Malaysia to focus on public figures such as “It also depends on whether the prosecution In the case of Supermax Corp Bhd group
on field duty to monitor the Malacca business people, professionals, politicians and objects to it (and) whether the prosecution executive director Datin Seri Cheryl Tan Bee
election process. “We will conduct celebrities who have been charged in court,” he believes the reasons given are valid.” Geok, Etrus said granting the application is a
monitoring by focusing on the told theSun. matter of judicial discretion. She was granted
nomination process during the He said the court must also be able to strike a permission to travel when she was still on trial.
campaign period and polling day,” said Taking the passport as an example, Foong balance between the risk of the individual
Malacca MACC director Mohd Shahril said as far as the judiciary is concerned, it has fleeing, and his fundamental rights under the Etrus said when evaluating the use of judicial
Che Saad. “We will also focus on efforts Federal Constitution to the freedom of discretion, established legal principles must be
to prevent corruption, which involve considered.
elements of abuse of power at the
field,” he said yesterday. The Election “In addition, the facts and evidence as well as
Commission has set Nov 20 as polling prevailing circumstances must be properly
day for the polls, with nomination day evaluated to ensure fairness,” he added.
on Nov 8 and early voting on Nov 16.
– Bernama RM81m lost in
unimposed fines
Rubber hose ploy to
smuggle petrol foiled KUALA LUMPUR: The Immigration
Department suffered losses amounting to
PASIR MAS: A plan to siphon petrol from Govt moves to forfeit seized RM500,000 RM81.69 million due to penalties not imposed
Malaysia to Thailand using a rubber hose on a company that handled online collection of
across the bed of a boundary river has been KUALA LUMPUR: The government is seeking December 2020 and January this year, were Temporary Employment Visit Pass (TEVP)
foiled by the 9th Battalion General to forfeit more than RM500,000 that was seized allegedly proceeds obtained from unlawful revenue.
Operations Force (GOF). by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption activities, namely online gambling and
Commission (MACC) from businessman cryptocurrency trading, which are offences According to the Auditor-General’s Report
GOF commanding officer Supt Nor Alvin Goh Leong Yeong and Alyaa Syuhaila under the Anti-Money Laundering, 2020 published yesterday, it was found that the
Azizan Yusof said the latest modus Mohamad Sharif, who is the wife of “Datuk Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of department had failed to impose penalties for
operandi to smuggle fuel out of the country Addy Kana”, as well as their companies. Unlawful Activities Act 2001. late delivery of TEVP stickers amounting to
was detected by its personnel on patrol at RM73.89 million, as well as delayed remittance
an illegal jetty at the Malaysian-Thai border In the notices of motion filed against Goh, The High Court set Dec 29 for case penalties and penalties for printing the stickers
on Wednesday. the prosecution is seeking to forfeit management for parties to advise the status of wrongly that amounted to RM490,000 and
RM60,232.01 in three bank accounts the publication of the gazette of notices to RM7.31 million.
“At 9am, the team ambushed a vehicle belonging to him as well as RM10,588.94 and third parties.
near a jetty at Gual Tok Deh in Rantau RM16,721.75 belonging to his companies, “The audit also found that the TEVP service
Panjang. They found two drums of petrol in Malaysian House of Internet and Network The notice in the gazette is to allow third charge claim by the service company
the vehicle and also an engine pump that Computer. parties to appear in person or represented by amounting to RM25.94 million was not paid due
was fitted with a rubber hose that trailed to counsel to contest the forfeiture action before to the Home Ministry’s delay in finalising the
a makeshift cement cylinder in the ground,” In the case against Alyaa, the prosecution is a hearing. additional agreement,” the report stated.
he said. seeking to forfeit RM353,723.81 in five bank
accounts and another RM75,846.82 belonging In yesterday’s proceedings, the prosecution The report also said the audit had
Nor Azizan said the driver was detained, to her company, Nine Nine International. was conducted by deputy public prosecutor recommended that the Immigration
adding that all the items and equipment Ahmad Akram Gharib. Goh was represented Department make improvements and take
were handed to the Domestic Trade and The applications were filed on the grounds by Lim Jin Wen while Alyaa was represented appropriate action to ensure that terms and
Consumer Affairs Ministry for further that the money, which was seized in by Effa Azuin Aidrul Hisyam. – Bernama clauses of the agreement were complied with,
action. – Bernama and subsequently enforced to safeguard the
interests of the government.
HIGH-TECH ‘EYES’ ... Bukit Aman Traffic
Investigation and Enforcement Department “Any exemption must obtain a written
director Datuk Mat Kasim Karim at the launch of a approval from an authorising party. The
vehicle registration number plate scanning Immigration Department must also establish a
device in Kangar, Perlis yesterday. – BERNAMAPIX periodic monitoring mechanism for services
provided by the said company.”

The report also recommended that the
department carry out monitoring, especially in
relation to unused and damaged TEVP stickers,
as well as late delivery to ensure that the stickers
were handed to users within the stipulated time
and that they were not misused.

The report also recommended that the
Home Ministry and the Immigration
Department ensure that additional agreements
are finalised as soon as possible.

“The period of the TEVP renewal online
service agreement between the Home Ministry
and the service company was from May 2015 to
May 2020. The Home Ministry had applied for
for an extension to the Finance Ministry on May
20, 2020.

“The Finance Ministry had approved the
application for a period of three years from May
23, 2020 to May 22, 2023.

“However, the audit found that the
additional agreement was not finalised,” the
report said. – Bernama

6 theSUN ON FRIDAY | OCTOBER 29, 2021

Iran agrees to Taiwan confirms US troop
restart nuke talks training presence

TEHRAN: Iran’s talks with six world oPresident expresses ‘faith’ Americans China, Tsai replied: “I do have faith.” by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang,
powers aimed at reviving a 2015 will defend island Speaking to Taiwan lawmakers Biden said the US was “deeply
nuclear deal will resume by the end concerned by China’s coercive and
of next month, its top nuclear TAIPEI: President Tsai Ing-wen has The presence of US troops was yesterday, Defence Minister Chiu proactive actions across the Taiwan
negotiator said on Wednesday. confirmed a small number of first confirmed to AFP and other Kuo-cheng said US and Taiwanese Strait”.
American troops are present in media by a Pentagon official earlier troops have long had contacts with
“Had a very serious & Taiwan to help with training, adding this month. each other. Such actions “threaten regional
constructive dialogue with she had “faith” that the US military peace and stability”, Biden told the
@enriquemora_ on the essential would defend the island in the event Tsai’s comments are the first time “We have personnel exchanges closed-door session, according to a
elements for successful negotiations. of a Chinese attack. a Taiwanese leader has publicly and they (US soldiers) would be recording of his remarks.
We agree to start negotiations before made such an admission since the here for military cooperation, but
the end of November,” Ali Bagheri The remarks sparked a strident last US garrison left in 1979 when this is different, according to my Biden last week told a televised
Kani wrote on Twitter after meeting rebuke yesterday from China which Washington switched diplomatic definition, from having ‘troops forum the US was ready to defend
European Union officials in Brussels. accused the US of trying to “stir up recognition to Beijing. stationed’ here.” Taiwan from any Chinese invasion.
trouble” and that it “firmly opposes”
“Exact date would be announced any official or military contacts Asked how many US troops were China regards self-ruled Taiwan The White House quickly walked
in the course of the next week.” between Taipei and Washington. in Taiwan, she replied “not as many as its own territory and has vowed to back those comments amid warnings
as people thought”. one day seize the island, by force if from Beijing, continuing a strategy of
In April, Tehran and six powers In an interview with CNN, Tsai needed. ambiguity on whether it would
started to discuss ways to salvage the described Taiwan as a regional “We have a wide range of intervene militarily if China attacked.
2015 nuclear pact, which three years “beacon” of democracy that is cooperation with the US aiming at Beijing’s sabre-rattling has
ago then-US president Donald facing down a giant authoritarian increasing our defence capability.” ramped up in recent years, While the US switched
Trump abandoned. neighbour as the threat from Beijing exacerbating fears the island of 23 diplomatic recognition to Beijing, it
grew “every day”. When asked if she was confident million people could become a opposes any forced change to
Trump then reimposed sanctions that the United States would help major global flashpoint. Taiwan’s status.
on Iran that have devastated its defend Taiwan if necessary against
economy by squeezing its oil exports. On Wednesday, US President Joe A decades-old act of Congress
Biden rebuked Beijing at a virtual also obligates the US to help
But the talks have been on hold summit over its actions near Taiwan. maintain Taiwan’s defensive
since the election of Iran’s hardline capabilities. – AFP
President Ebrahim Raisi in June. At the East Asia summit, attended

Ebrahim wants results-oriented India arrests those who celebrated Pakistan cricket win
talks aimed at bringing Tehran and
Washington back into fullBRIEFS NEW DELHI: Indian police have taken into custody on Wednesday in demanding the arrest of the three from her job, apologised for her
compliance with the pact. arrested three students and a the northern city of Agra for students, according to press reports. conduct in a video message seen by
teacher for celebrating the Pakistan “promoting enmity” and disrupting AFP, saying she never intended to
In response to Trump’s pressure, cricket team’s crushing victory over religious harmony, police said. Also on Wednesday, teacher hurt anyone’s sentiments.
Tehran has breached the deal by India at the Twenty20 World Cup on Nafeesa Attari was arrested in the
rebuilding stockpiles of enriched Sunday, officials said yesterday. The case was lodged after western city of Udaipur for posting “I am an Indian and I love my
uranium, refining it to higher fissile right-wing nationalist groups “we won” on her WhatsApp status. country. I love India as much as
purity and installing advanced The students, originally from barged into the Raja Balwant Singh anyone else does. As soon as I
centrifuges to speed up output. Indian-administered Kashmir, were Engineering Technical College She was later released on bail. realised I have made a mistake I
Attari, who was also dismissed deleted my post,” she said.
For months, the West has urged
Iran to return to negotiations and said RIVER ROAD ... Residents sitting on a raft as they make their way through floodwaters on the outskirts of Phnom The Times of India said two more
time is running out as the nuclear Penh yesterday following heavy monsoon rains. – AFPPIX people were arrested for displaying
programme advances well beyond pro-Pakistan slogans in the
the limits set by the deal. – Reuters northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

‘MYANMAR INTEGRAL The arrests came after police
PART OF ASEAN’ launched an investigation into
several hundred students who burst
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: into celebrations in Kashmir
Myanmar remains an “integral following the T20 clash watched by
part” of Association of Southeast millions across South Asia.
Asian Nations (Asean), Brunei said
yesterday, despite the country Anti-India sentiment is
boycotting the bloc’s annual talks widespread and deep in Kashmir, a
in protest at a ban on its junta Himalayan territory claimed in its
chief.“Myanmar is an integral part entirety by both India and Pakistan.
of the Asean family, and their
membership has not been Police are reportedly looking to
questioned,” said Brunei ruler book the “ringleaders” of the
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, host of Kashmir celebration under harsh
the bloc’s virtual summit this anti-terror legislation that allows
week. However, he told reporters suspects to be held for six months
the bloc hopes “Myanmar will without charge.
return to normalcy, in accordance
with the will of its people”. – AFP Officers also detained for
questioning six residents in the
LAOS POLICE SEIZE Jammu region of the territory after a
55 MILLION METH PILLS video emerged on social media
showing them supporting Pakistan’s
VIENTIANE: Laotian police have cricket team.
netted Asia’s biggest-ever single
seizure of illegal drugs, finding 55 On Monday, a group of Kashmiri
million methamphetamine pills students in the northern state of
in the back of a beer truck, a Punjab reported being attacked after
United Nations (UN) official said they celebrated Pakistan’s victory.
yesterday. The 55.6 million meth
tablets and 1.5 tonnes of crystal Analysts said right-wing groups
meth seized on Wednesday is a have been emboldened and space
record for a single seizure in the for dissent has shrunk since Prime
region, UN Office of Drugs and Minister Narendra Modi stormed to
Crime regional representative power in 2014. – AFP
Jeremy Douglas said. “It is three
times the meth tablets that Laos
seized last year, and close to a
third of the crystal meth.” – AFP

New Delhi tests missile in ‘stern signal’ to Beijing

NEW DELHI: India has tested a minimum deterrence’ that underpins The nuclear-armed rivals have The Financial Times reported this targets more quickly, and are
ballistic missile capable of carrying a the commitment to ‘no first use’ (of since reinforced the frontier with tens month that China had tested a manoeuvrable.
nuclear warhead up to 5,000km, the nuclear weapons),” said the ministry of thousands of extra troops. hypersonic missile that circled the
Defence Ministry said, in what media in a statement. Earth at low orbit before descending The United States, Russia, China
called a “stern signal” to China as the India has deepened defence towards, but missing, its target. and North Korea have all tested
two remain locked in a border spat. The 17m missile has been tested cooperation with the West in recent hypersonic missiles and several
several times before, but not at night, years, including in the Quad alliance Beijing denied the report, insisting others are developing the technology,
The Agni-5 missile blasted off and local media said the timing was with the US, Japan and Australia. it was a routine test of a reusable including reportedly India.
from Abdul Kalam Island off India’s aimed at sending a signal to Beijing. space vehicle.
east coast on Wednesday and New Delhi is also a major buyer of According to the Times of India,
splashed into the Bay of Bengal. Tensions with China have been Russian military hardware, and Hypersonics are the new frontier New Delhi is working on enabling the
running high since 20 Indian soldiers ordered Moscow’s S-400 missile in missile technology, because they Agni-5 to carry several nuclear
“The successful test is in line with died in clashes on their disputed defence system despite the threat of fly lower and are harder to detect warheads at once so they can split up
India’s stated policy to have ‘credible Himalayas border in June last year. US sanctions over the deal. than ballistic missiles, can reach and hit different targets. – AFP

7theSUN ON FRIDAY | OCTOBER 29, 2021

Singapore probes unusual surge in Covid cases

SINGAPORE: The city-state is rate is nearing 80%, despite a “The Ministry of Health is looking intensive care units or were critically patients, can add 100 more at short
looking into an “unusual surge” of population that is 84% fully into this unusual surge in cases ill and intubated there. notice.
5,324 new Covid-19 infections, its vaccinated, with 14% receiving within a relatively short window, and
highest daily figure since the booster doses. closely monitoring the trends for the About 72 ICU beds were vacant by Last week, it extended some social
beginning of the pandemic, as beds next few days,” it said. Wednesday, at an overall ICU use rate curbs for about a month, to rein in the
in intensive care units fill up. “The infection numbers are of 79.8%, with 142 Covid sufferers spread of Covid-19 and ease pressure
unusually high today, mostly due to While nearly 98.7% of the past accounting for half of occupied beds. on healthcare facilities.
Ten new deaths on Wednesday many Covid-positive cases detected month’s 90,203 cases had no
carried the toll to 349, after 3,277 by the testing laboratories within a symptoms, or only mild ones, about The ministry said it was adding Authorities reinstated curbs
infections the previous day, while the few hours in the afternoon,” said the 0.2% of those had died, and 0.1% more ICU beds. limiting social interactions and
intensive care unit (ICU) utilisation Health Ministry in a statement. each were being monitored closely in dining out to two people, so as to slow
Singapore, which has set aside 200 infections. – Reuters
ICU beds to be used by Covid-19

Filipinos flock to cemeteries Moscow shuts down
ahead of closure as Russia sees
record infections
o Govt fears ‘day of the dead’ people have poured into the sprawling Manila Flower vendor Bebe Fernandez told AFP
could turn into virus North Cemetery over the past few days where her sales have plunged this year. MOSCOW: Russia reported record numbers
superspreader event many poor people live in shanties and the of daily coronavirus cases and deaths
mausoleums. “People have no money because of this yesterday as the capital shut down
pandemic,” said Fernandez, whose bouquets non-essential services for 11 days to combat
After passing through a temperature check, cost 35 pesos (RM2.90) each. the surge in infections.
relatives placed small bouquets of white
flowers and lit candles on tombs – and then Covid-19 restrictions have devastated the The country hardest-hit in Europe by the
left. economy and thrown millions out of work pandemic, Russia has struggled with low
MANILA: Thousands of people flocked to Hours before the gates were locked during the pandemic, which has seen more vaccination rates despite developing several
cemeteries in the Catholic-majority yesterday, Eloisa Sebastian visited the grave of than 2.7 million people infected and over of its own jabs.
Philippines yesterday for their last chance to her 60-year-old mother, Erly, who died 42,000 killed.
visit dead loved ones ahead of a suddenly in April. Recent weeks have seen daily numbers of
government-ordered nationwide closure of “We used to run to her whenever we had In the pet section of the cemetery, Zia cases and deaths hit the highest of the
graveyards for All Saints’ Day. problems so it’s difficult to accept (she’s gone),” Garcia and her mother cleaned the gravestone pandemic, with the official government tally
Filipinos usually pour into cemeteries on said Sebastian. of their Pomeranian-Shih Tzu mix dog yesterday reporting new records of 40,096
Nov 1 for the ancient Christian tradition, many “I still cry almost every day, even at work.” Queenie, who died in February. infections and 1,159 fatalities.
holding family reunions at the gravesites of Major cemeteries in Manila are usually
relatives. crowded for All Saints’ Day – a tradition dating Flowers and candles were placed on the Authorities have shied away from the
But for the second year in a row, the back centuries to the ancient practice in Rome, plaque engraved with the epitaph “We love you kind of severe lockdowns imposed in many
government has ordered the shuttering of which honours all saints and martyrs who died forever”. countries, but have shut down all
cemeteries for fear the “day of the dead” could for the faith. non-essential services in Moscow from
turn into a coronavirus superspreader event. But the atmosphere was quiet and sombre She was “like my sister because I’m an only yesterday until Nov 7.
An official tally shows more than 60,000 yesterday with relatively few visitors. child”, said Garcia, 23, wearing a mask and face
shield. Retail outlets, restaurants, and sporting
and entertainment venues are all closed,
“It’s really sad because we grew up together. along with schools and kindergartens.
My best friend and sister does not exist
anymore.” – AFP Only shops selling food, medicine and
other essentials are allowed to remain open.

President Vladimir Putin’s government
has been pinning its hopes on homegrown
vaccines such as Sputnik V, but Russians
have proven stubbornly resistant to being

As of yesterday, only 32% of Russia’s
population had been fully vaccinated,
according to the Gogov website, which tallies
Covid-19 data from the regions.

Putin last week ordered a nationwide
paid holiday between Oct 30 and Nov 7 in a
bid to reverse rising infections, and Moscow
authorities followed suit by ordering the
shutdown of non-essential services in the
capital from yesterday. – AFP

A child receiving a Covid shot at a school in Handan on Wednesday after the city began vaccinating children aged between three and 11. – AFPPIX
LONDON: A British teenager who
Third China city placed under lockdown murdered two sisters in a London park
as part of a pact he believed he had
BEIJING: China placed a third city under The resurgence prompted officials this were not allowed to leave the city. made with demonic forces to kill women
lockdown yesterday to tackle Covid-19 week to lock down Lanzhou city – with a China reported 23 new domestic cases every six months in exchange for a
numbers, with around six million people now population of over four million – and Ejin in the future lottery win has been jailed for a
under orders to stay home as Beijing chases Inner Mongolia region. yesterday, less than half of the previous day’s minimum of 35 years. Danyal Hussein,
zero cases before the upcoming Winter number, in a sign that the country’s tough now 19, stabbed to death Bibaa Henry,
Olympics. After confirming one new case, authorities disease controls may be working. 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, in a savage
in Heihe in Heilongjiang province followed suit attack in a country park in northwest
The country has taken a zero tolerance yesterday, ordering people to stay at home and Lanzhou, which has been under lockdown London in June last year. Danyal had
approach to the virus since it first emerged in forbidding residents from leaving the far since Tuesday, recorded just one new case, carried out the murders to fulfil his side
central China in 2019, stamping out emerging northern city except in emergencies, according while Ejin – home to around 35,000 – added of a “contract” with the demon “Mighty
flare-ups with border closures, targeted to a local government statement. seven, according to government statements. King Lucifuge Rofocale”, which he
lockdowns and strict quarantines. signed using his own blood, promising
Officials in the city – which borders Russia Tens of thousands more people remain to “perform a minimum of six sacrifices
Although the hardline measures have kept to the north – have also begun testing 1.6 under targeted lockdowns of housing every six months”. – Reuters
the number of new cases far lower than most million residents and tracing close contacts of compounds in several cities, including Beijing.
countries, the world’s most populous nation is the infected person, the statement said. SUDAN ANTI-COUP
currently grappling with small outbreaks in at The capital, which will host the Winter PROTESTS DEFY MILITARY
least 11 provinces. State media reported that bus and Games in February, has also curbed access to
taxi services had been suspended and vehicles tourist sites and urged residents not to leave KHARTOUM: Protests against Sudan’s
unless necessary. – AFP military coup that has sparked
international condemnation entered a
fourth day yesterday, as demonstrators
rebuilt barricades demolished by
security forces. Seven protesters have
been confirmed killed since Monday by
morgues in Khartoum and its sister city
Omdurman, a health official said, adding
that more corpses had since been
received, some with wounds caused by
“sharp tools”. “Security forces have been
trying to remove all our barricades, firing
tear gas and rubber bullets,” said
protester Hatem Ahmed.“But we go and
rebuild them as soon as they leave. We
will only remove the barricades when
the civilian government is back.” – AFP

8 theSUN ON FRIDAY | OCTOBER 29, 2021

Reconstructing digital sovereignty

COMMENT with theirs in the same economic space Research in the article “Building blocks
by Dr Rais Hussin and Dr Margarita Peredaryenko on price or quality. for Malaysia 5.0” from
Dec 1, 2020).
DIGITAL sovereignty is defined becoming someone else’s raw material However, the onboarding of the local
as independence in the field of appendage is real for any country rich in MSME is another source of revenue for Unfortunately, despite the urgent
digital technology or, as the natural resources but poor in digital them. call, there is no evidence of policy
World Economic Forum puts infrastructure. attempts to transform our education
it, “the ability to have control over your And if the local MSME see an system until now.
own digital destiny – the data, hardware As real is the possibility of falling exploitative 30% cut into their profit
and software that you rely on and victim to uncontrolled access to its It is high time prohibitive enough to be onboarded, the We also do not want to produce these
create”. markets. to put things in aggregators without shame approach well-rounded citizens and competitive
However, this narrow definition does order in our our government agencies for grants to IT manufacturers to be employed in a
not even begin to paint the importance The uncontrolled and exploitative digital space by subsidise the onboarding. foreign land.
of this term and why it should be the access to our economic space is already re-establishing
number one agenda in the national a day-to-day reality for Malaysia, and it its boundaries Finally, and most outrageously, our Therefore, it is crucial to ramp up the
plans by all the countries pursued is just the beginning. and agencies entertain them probably due to speed and scale of the country’s
simply relentlessly and hurriedly. formulating a widespread corruption, speed-to-spend innovative potential, scientific progress,
In generalised management theory For example, the e-commerce distinctive and mentality and general disregard for ability to carry out and apply research
terminology, an object loses its platform space is nearly entirely clear strategy actual societal outcomes and impacts. for industry development and
sovereignty when it becomes simply a dominated by Shopee (Singapore, Sea towards transformation.
subject of a hierarchically higher Limited) and Lazada (China, Alibaba forming a new Furthermore, by increasing our
management structure. Group). component complacency and reliance on them, In the new century, emphasis on
Against the backdrop of the critical for the these tech-savvy intruders stall the national production and import
dominance of several developed Malaysians constitute close to 15% nation’s growth and development of our substitution in as many areas as
countries in information technology and 12% of the active user base for survival, cyberpower (deconstructing our digital possible, especially where high-tech
and the emergence of global Shopee and Lazada, respectively. “digital” sovereignty). elements are used, is becoming an
monopolies that control digital network sovereignty absolute dominant of the renewed
infrastructure, digital information flows Therefore, while Lazada has The scientific publications recently sovereignty.
and databases, there is a severe threat of recorded US$1 billion in revenue in 2020 more and more often place the state’s
digital colonialisation to the countries and Shopee’s revenue is expected to cyberpower or a measure of the ability to Narrow specialisation, the tale of
weak in the digital realm and largely reach at least US$4.7 billion this year, enforce one’s will in cyberspace as the competitive advantage and economies
reliant on world tech giants. that makes us lose close to US$1 billion primary antecedent of its “digital of scale are becoming the relics of
Furthermore, the fact that to just these two aggregators. sovereignty”. colonial past under the equalising
technology highly permeates every power and efficiency of 4IR.
aspect of contemporary human life and The online travel and lifestyle In other words, to stop intruders from
exists as a ubiquitous layer tracing every services segment in Malaysia is led by juxtaposing their cyberspace on our No national market can ever be too
object or event in the physical world foreign-owned companies such as physical territory and in our economic small for a well-developed sovereign
adds gravity to the situation. Therefore, (Dutch), Traveloka space only for the purpose of extracting 4IR.
digital sovereignty is synonymous with (Indonesia), Agoda (Thailand), while resources, we need to start creating our
many other sovereignties. Grab (Singapore) or Foodpanda own rakyat-centred cyberspace, as However, above all, we need
For example, information (Germany) overshadow the e-hailing envisioned under the concept of adequate national legislation that
sovereignty could be defined as the right and food delivery. Malaysia 5.0. ensures the achievement of such goals.
of a country to independently form
information policy (and therefore state And the list can go on for the entire Only such rakyat-centred cyberspace The government’s sincere desire,
administration), manage information technology-infused creation and can empower, liberate, and provide seriousness, and integrated capability to
flows, ensure information security delivery of lifestyle products and economic growth and prosperity to the create robust strategies for conquering
regardless of external influence. services expected only to grow in their entire societal ecosystem leaving no one cyberspace are even more fundamental
On the other hand, the countries command of consumers’ lives. behind, including our natural habitat. and primary to the factors listed above.
whose own digital infrastructure is weak
open wide doors for supranational Of course, some may argue that the The building blocks for such a cyber- A consistent, coherent and clear
administration, control and entry of these foreign aggregators and sovereign future are long-time known. theory-driven and outcome-impact-
administration performed on their unicorns into our economic space is oriented policy (cyber strategy) is
territory over their resources but not in good as it creates employment and As the foundation, we need needed before we become complete
their national interests. economic activity. infrastructure elements essential for the digital Kunta Kinte of other nations
This again touches all aspects of functioning of cyberspace, starting with beyond the point of no return.
citizens’ lives and creates a serious Yes, no one can argue that the dense cable landing, which leads to
threat to the lives of public colonisation always creates economic an abundance of connectivity and Unfortunately, as it currently stands,
administrators themselves. activity and “employment”, but bandwidth. national policies haphazardly defend
However, information sovereignty unfortunately never to the ultimate digital sovereignty where there is an
might be of lesser concern to a country benefit of those employed and The latter only naturally attracts the opportunity to build our cyberpower
that historically did not play a deployed. data centres industry, which is crucial and close the eyes on actual digital
prominent role in the global geopolitical and currently lacking in Malaysia. colonisation.
projects. This probably could be a book
Nevertheless, the danger of example of how one strategic Note that Malaysia has just missed It is high time to put things in order in
manoeuvre can solve the whole vector the perfect opportunity to fill this void our digital space by re-establishing its
of goals. due to resistance to reinstate cabotage boundaries and formulating a
exemption that had been previously in distinctive and clear strategy towards
First, the foreign intruders benefit by place for submarine cable repair vessels. forming a new component critical for
exploiting our economic space the nation’s survival, “digital”
(expanding the economic space for their This exemption has nothing to do sovereignty.
products and services). with defending digital sovereignty but
only hurting it at the most fundamental Rais Hussin and Margarita
Also, they do not mind onboarding level. Peredaryenko are part of the research
our micro, small and medium team at EMIR Research, an independent
entrepreneurs (MSME) because they Furthermore, the country needs to
know that our products cannot compete ensure a stable supply of well-rounded think tank focused on strategic policy
citizens who are well positioned and recommendations based on rigorous
empowered to face, navigate, and thrive research. Comment: letters@thesundaily
4IR and 5IR (as elaborated by EMIR

Let’s get real about the economy

COMMENT grassroots sentiments on the budget. ringgit for other fiscal spending comprising job fiscal space is tricky, but it is what the
by Harith Ismail Post-pandemic economic restoration will creation, reskilling and upskilling, food basket government is there for.
programmes, vaccination, on-boarding SME
MALAYSIA is currently in a tricky position, require the government to spend plenty on digitally, soft loans and electricity discounts, to It is, however, not a ticket for the government
fiscally speaking. Fitch Solutions Country Risk development projects, social security, healthcare name a few. to stop working hard for the rakyat.
and Industry Research recently revised its 2021 and other socio-economic programmes.
fiscal deficit forecast for the country to 7.4% of What I am pleading for the public to realise is They still need to be held accountable and
GDP, up from 6.4% previously. Nothing in the world is free and the that resources are finite and as such the formulate longer term plans that would
government will have to pick and choose government will need to prioritise its efforts. positively impact other sectors of the economy
This largely stems from decreased revenue carefully which sectors need to be prioritised. and society which may not need immediate
and increased stimulus spending to kickstart the Economies everywhere, including ours, are attention.
economy from a pandemic-induced slump. Cursorily, the sectors most in need of set to present deficit budgets, but in doing so it is
government aid are retail, hospitality and not a silver bullet that ensures everyone gets To this end, I laud the government’s move to
As such, given Malaysia’s tight fiscal space, tourism. what they have asked for. introduce the Fiscal Responsibility Act in 2022.
Malaysians should by large be wary about
expecting too much from the government in the In terms of social welfare, the B40 and miskin A deficit budget simply means that we do not Right now, it is up to us the rakyat to do our
short term. Of primary concern is the upcoming tegar (hardcore poor) categories are the most earn enough to fund our needs, which must be part in ensuring that no pandemic will have a
budget, which is set to be the first litmus test for vulnerable in the population that most financed through borrowings. stranglehold on our economy, by adhering to the
the newly minted prime minister. desperately need government help and standard operating procedures to contain the
subsidies. The more we borrow, the bigger the debt spread of the virus.
There has been plenty of talk about the burden on our children and grandchildren.
budget being the main catalyst for the economy As such, it is highly likely that government It is the least we can do to honour the
as we move into the post-Covid-19 new normal. expenditure will be targeted towards those that As responsible citizens, we should also be immense sacrifice of our frontliners, quite a few
need it the most. pertinently aware of our obligations to our of whom have lost their lives to Covid-19 during
As such, all quarters of society are clamouring country in terms of paying our taxes on time and their call of duty.
to have their voices and aspirations heard. To its credit, the government has spent in full.
roughly RM30 billion in the past 20 months to The country cannot afford another wave of
The government, to its credit, has been hard help put food on the table for vulnerable As it were, our tax base is still incredibly infections which is sure to hit our fiscal pockets
at work listening to numerous sectors and segments, more than RM18 billion for wage narrow and if despite this, we fail to pay our taxes hard. I hope that this sentiment travels into the
subsidies to retain jobs and over RM6 billion as the government would not be able to assist the coming months as the budget is unveiled.
grants for micro small and medium-sized rakyat and businesses in Malaysia.
enterprises (mSME); not to mention billions of Comments: [email protected]
Balancing public expectations within a tight


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█ BY MARINA MUHTAR o Here is a selection of spooky shows for
the perfect Halloween movie marathon
IT IS finally that perfect time of
the year, where we get to sit in
our living room on Halloween
night with the lights switched off
and our legs tucked under the blanket
while we binge on horror films.

While spooky decorations and
festive candies contribute to an
unforgettable trick-or-treat season,
horror films will certainly elevate the
occasion to the next level.

We have compiled a list of films
from Western and Asian countries –
as well as our own – that are
guaranteed to send shivers down
your spine.

This psychological horror movie is
supposedly based on a true event.
Heartbroken by the death of their
unborn baby, a couple, Kate and
John, decide to adopt a child. Upon
arriving at the orphanage, the couple
are drawn to a nine-year-old girl
named Esther and decide to bring her
home. Soon, a dangerous and
mysterious series of events start to

Lights Out dead and the other alive. After the
Rebecca lives in an apartment by incident, Nuar begins to experience a
herself, away from her mother series of weird events. He realises the
Sophie, and brother Martin, hoping mysterious case needs to be solved
to leave her childhood fears behind. immediately, as those who are related
Until the day her mother’s mental to the twins begin to die one by one.
illness and depression resurfaces,
and her mother begins talking to an Histeria
imaginary “friend”. What starts off as a prank for a group
of young highschoolers, where one of
Her brother begins experiencing the girls pretends to be possessed,
similar mysterious and frightening turns into a nightmare.
events, including seeing a woman in
the shadows every time he switches When their teachers and local
off the lights. Rebecca is forced to shaman find out they are lying, the
confront her fears to protect Martin shaman tells them off that bad things
from a vengeful supernatural creature will befall them. The girls are then
that has a mysteriously attachment to punished by being forced to stay in
their mother. the old wing dormitory of the school
doing chores while the rest of the
Hereditary recovers the footage and witnesses his a young woman decides to visit her students go on a long school break.
When her mentally ill mother passes friend cowering in fear at something father’s old villa in search of answers
away, miniature artist Annie, her he had seen. As Chen reruns the film, about his mysterious illness. As she One of the girls sees the school
husband and their two children all he finds his friend inside the movie spends the night there with her step- gardener planting an object in a
turn to different means to handle with his eyes gouged out. Chen soon family, they began to uncover secluded area in the school and
their grief, including Annie and her discovers the dark secret behind the terrifying and dark truths from the decides to dig it up, without realising
daughter both flirting with the horror film. past. The family is then forced to pay that it is a demon.
supernatural. They each begin to Satan’s Slaves for their father’s horrible mistakes. Jangan Pandang Belakang
have disturbing, otherworldly Get ready to hide under the covers Pusaka Traumatised by the mysterious
experiences linked to the sinister with this Indonesian horror film. A veteran detective, Inspector Nuar suicide of his fiancé, Rose, Darma
secrets and emotional trauma that Ishak, stumbles upon a daunting case decides to investigate the reasons for
have been passed through the After the death of a family’s involving twins, Balqis and Qistina. her death with the help of her twin
generations of their family. beloved matriarch, a struggling Nuar finds the twins locked up in an sister, Seri. As they go deeper into
Coming Soon widower with four children begins to abandoned house, with one found their investigation, Darma is left in a
This Thai horror film follows a young discover that she might not be disturbed state of mind which affects
projectionist, Chen, who promises to completely gone after all. his life and career. As he gets closer to
illegally record a highly-anticipated solving his fiancé’s suicide, Darma
horror movie that tells the story of a As the family begins to experience finds out Rose was being haunted by a
vengeful spirit of a woman who was strange sights and incidents, these malicious spirit.
hanged after she kidnapped and experiences quickly become
blinded her own children. dangerous, and they find themselves
in peril.
When Chen’s friend who was May the Devil Take You
recording the movie with his DV-cam After the death of her estranged father,
mysteriously disappeares, Chen

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(left) Singer
Ciara dressed
up her entire
family in Black
costumes. –

In this blast from the past, sisters Elle and Dakota (right) Jamie
Fanning are adorable as Scarlett O’Hara and Mary Lee Curtis
Poppins. – GETTY really got into
the spirit of
things when
promoting her
latest film, the
Halloween Kills,
by dressing up
as her mum
Janet Leigh in
the Hitchcock
classic, Psycho.

o Even our favourite Hollywood celebrities like to dress up for the occasion

Jessica Biel
HALLOWEEN is the time when everyone can and Justin
pretend to be someone else, and even some of the Timberlake
biggest Hollywood stars are not immune to the going full
occasion. Lego Batman
It’s even more fun when celebrities get to pay tribute to with their
their favourite movie characters by dressing up as them costumes. –
during Halloween, and we’ve managed to compile some INSTAGRAM
pictures of our favourites over the years.

(left) Here is a (left) Joe
pre-Kanye Jonas and
Kim Sophie
Kardashian Turner
getting all looking
dolled up as stylish and
Wonder gloomy as
Woman. – Gomez and
GETTY Morticia
Addams. –

Dylan Sprouse and Barbara Palvin showing No Halloween costume list would be complete Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka
their love of anime as Dragon Ball’s Trunks without supermodel Heidi Klum, who joined husband bringing back the nostalgia as The Princess Bride’s
and Naruto’s Gaara. – Getty Tom Kaulitz to dress up as Fiona and Shrek. – GETTY Wesley and Inigo Montoya. – GETTY

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Paranormal investigators who visited this castle swear that they
experience paranormal activity. – CARPEDIEMEIRE

Penang’s 99 Door Mansion is widely reputed to be one of the █ BY MARINA MUHTAR o In the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve
most haunted locations in Malaysia. – SERENASANDS the most haunted loc
Locals in the Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan believe this spooky SERVING as a time capsule, these locations
looking bridge to be haunted by vengeful spirits. – 123RF have gained a reputation for supernatural
Japan’s Aokigahara has a sightings. While these places may be popular
chilling history of people being tourist destinations, the dark history and
left to die. – CNN secrets behind these establishments is often buried
deep down.

Some are haunted by tortured souls of the dead,
while others have been abandoned as a result of the
uncanny beings residing in them.
99 Door Mansion, Penang
Built by the Ramsdens, a rich British colonial family
who lived here in the 1800s, this mansion was once
known as Caledonia House before the name was
changed to 99 Door Mansion due to its unusual
arrangement of five to six doors that were fitted into
each room. In fact, the house was designed to have
ten rooms and a total of 90 doors.

Home owner John St Maur Ramsden was
mysteriously murdered in the mansion, shot twice
in the back of his head while walking up the
staircase. Visitors claim to hear growling noises and
the sound of ritual drums, while some were even
possessed. Some have said that the 100th door
appears as a gateway to the spirit world, and allows
evil entities to enter our world every day at midnight.

The Lizzie Borden House, Massachusetts Vietnam’s Tao Dan Park is said to be haunted by a sprit
A Sunday school teacher, Lizzie Borden became roams the grounds looking for his lover. – 123RF
infamous after she was accused of brutally
murdering her father and stepmother with an axe in others who also drowned in the river, and that the
1892. Her father Andrew Borden was found on the island is now cursed. More dolls have since been
living room coach with his face nearly split in two, hung up by tourists.
while her stepmother Abby Borden was found Aokigahara (The Suicide Forest), Japan
upstairs in a pool of blood. It was revealed that Abby The history behind its name is linked to a tale where
had been struck 19 times with a hatchet, whereas Aokigahara was once a place where people
Andrew 11 times with the same weapon. practiced Ubasute. Ubasute was the act of taking an
elderly or sick relative to a secluded area and leaving
Ghost hunters claim that the house is haunted by them to die.
Abby, Andrew, Lizzie and their neighbour next door
– a mother who murdered both her children. Some Unfortunately, this deep forest has since become
report hearing creaking noises, footsteps and a place for people who are considering suicide. In
children’s laughter, seeing a ghostly face on a wall in 2003, the bodies of 105 suicide victims were
the basement and a Lady in Red. The Borden house discovered. Japanese psychics believe that the
now operates as a bed and breakfast as well as a mournful spirits or yurei (those abandoned by
museum. Ubasute) are attached to the trees. Legends claim
Island of the Dolls (Isla de las Mucenas), Mexico these souls are vengeful and are devoted to torturing
This eerie island is a hot spot for tourists. Legend has visitors and enticing those who are sad.
it that Don Julian Santana Barrera found the body of Oiran Buchi Bridge, Japan
a drowned girl in the river where his home was Besides The Suicide Forest, the Oiran Buchi Bridge
located. A doll was found floating in the same river is also one of the most haunted places in Japan.
not long afterwards. In memory of the little girl, Legends said the area had gold mines that were run
Barrera took the doll and hung it on a tree.

He then started hanging more dolls to calm the
girl’s spirit. His close friends revealed that Barrera
believed the dolls were possessed. In 2001, Barrera
drowned himself in the same river.

Locals believe that his spirit had joined those of

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Headless ghosts are said to roam around The beautiful Casaloma is said to be haunted by the spirits
the grounds of Lawang Sewu in of its first owners - PIX VIA WIKICOMMONS
The beautiful Predjama Castle was once the site of horrible
e, BUZZ takes a look at some of tortures and executions. – LONELYPLANET
ocations in the world

The spooky Island of Dolls will Inside the infamous Lizzie
who definitely creep visitors out. – Borden house. –

by the Takeda Clan who kept high-ranking Teige barging into a room, now known as the bloody Predjama Castle, Slovenia never happened.
prostitutes. After losing a battle, they did not want chapel, and driving his sword through Thaddeus, This beautiful castle was constructed inside a However, according to an article in Cong An
the location of the mine to fall into their enemies’ who was preaching to his family members. cave in the midst of a towering cliff, Predjama.
hands. When Erasmus of Lueg, Slovenia’s own Robin newspaper, a murder did take place in 1989
The dark histories behind the castle have led to Hood, resided in the castle in the 15th century, where a young man named Tuan was killed
They lined up a total of 55 prostitutes on the numerous reports of supernatural sightings. he built hidden passageways throughout it. and robbed of his motorcycle. However, locals
bridge and chopped the ropes, intending to silence Thaddeus’s spirit is said to roami around the bloody However, during a siege battle with the claim they have never witnessed anything
them. The women fell to their deaths, and it is said chapel and several of the rooms. Habsburgs, one of his servants was bribed to strange in the park, and believe that these tales
that their vengeful screams can be heard to this day. Casa Loma, Toronto betray his leader. Erasmus was killed in the only exist to attract tourists.
This popular tourist destination is located at the castle, and is said to still haunt it. Lawang Sewu, Indonesia
Locals believe that this area is haunted as the peak of Davenport Hill in the middle of a modern Tao Dan Park, Vietnam Built by the Dutch colonialists in 1907, the
highway outside the bridge has been a hotspot for city, Toronto. Although the architecture is Tao Dan Park may resemble paradise with lush building was utilised as a central office for a
various deadly accidents. breathtaking, Casa Loma holds various secrets. greens surrounding the 10-hectare land, railway company. However, it was seized by
Leap Castle, Ireland however, it is said to be one of the most Japanese soldiers during World War II. The
Built by the O’Bannon family in the 15th century, Financier Sir Henry Pellatt was the ‘king’ of the haunted places in the world. It is rumoured that basement of the building was then used as a
this castle is also known as the Bloody Castle due to palace and built the mansion with 98 rooms, 30 a spirit of a young man roams around in search torture room and prison.
its violent history. A family named O’Carroll then bathrooms and 25 fireplaces. Tourists have reported of his long lost lover. Legends say that the
took over the castle and were said to be a ruthless seeing The White Lady, who was believed to be a couple were enjoying a picnic about 10 years What was once an office later turned into
clan. According to one tale, various monstrous maid who worked at the mansion in the early 1900s. ago, when they were attacked. While the the site of a bloody brawl between the Dutch
incidents took place within the walls of the castle woman escaped, the man was killed. and Indonesians. After the horrifying tragedy,
during the O’Carroll’s possession. The spirits of Sir Henry and his wife, Lady Pellatt, Lawang Sewu gained its own haunting
have also been seen roaming around. Its haunting Despite such rumours, the managers of the reputation. The ghost of a young Dutch woman
Problems start to surface when the family leader reputation stemmed from the dissatisfied spirits of park have said that the harrowing incident who died by suicide has been seen roaming
passed away and his two sons, Thaddeus and Teige, the owners who were forced to evacuate the around, along with headless ghosts.
started fighting for power. Their feud ended with mansion due to monetary reasons.


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‘Aggressive’ CR-V Black Edition
HONDA Malaysia yesterday
introduced the CR-V Black Edition, a The striking black exterior into the interior of also carried through to the seats, and the front Other standard features in the CR-V Black
new variant for its “undisputed the vehicle, where its steering wheel, seven- seats have “Black Edition” embroidery. Edition include remote engine start, hands-free
leader in the SUV segment”.* inch interactive thin film transistor (TFT) meter power tailgate and a full suite of Honda Sensing
Available exclusively in 1.5L TC-P 2WD with and air-conditioning garnish are finished in Under the bonnet is a 1.5-litre VTEC with eight safety features in addition to other
Crystal Black Pearl colour, the CR-V Black piano black. turbocharged engine that generates a standard and unique safety functions.
Edition stands out with its bold and rugged maximum power output of 190hp and *Non-national segment.
appearance, combined with Honda’s Next The centre console, dashboard and door maximum torque of 243Nm, which is more **On-the-road price without insurance. Sales
Generation Advanced Safety Technology and trims sport a black wood garnish and at the powerful than a 2.4-litre engine’s performance, tax exemption period ends on Dec 31. Terms
premium features. same time, the new headlining is accented by to provide exhilarating driving experience while and conditions apply.
black colour finishing. The all-black theme is maintaining fuel efficiency.
Priced at RM161,913.99**, it is the fourth
variant in the CR-V line-up, alongside the existing
2.0L 2WD, 1.5L TC-P 2WD and 1.5L TC-P 4WD.

Honda Malaysia managing director and
CEO Madoka Chujo said in view of the good
local market acceptance for the CR-V, the
company introduced the Black Edition to
provide more options for those who prefer an
SUV with a full package of spaciousness,
comfort, safety, performance and next-level

The CR-V Black Edition features all-dark
finishes that embody “stylishness and absolute
confidence”. Enhancing its aggressive look are
the new black front grille with Honda signature
LED headlights and new black front bumper

Its new black rear bumper garnish further
highlights its masculine styling at the rear
design. The exterior upgrades alongside the 18-
inch alloy wheels are finished in high-quality
piano black that complements the model’s new
body colour.

First-ever iX3 EV has arrived

BMW Malaysia on Monday announced RM335,800 and RM 354,800 for the 0 with Extended Warranty and Service
the arrival of two variants of the first-ever, “Impressive” variant – both of which Package: RM349,800
mid-sized, all-electric Sports Activity include the BMW Service & Repair 0 with Power Package:
Vehicle (SAV), the BMW iX3, both Inclusive five-year extended warranty and RM341,360
available for pre-booking at selected six-year service package, as well as the 0 with Extended Warranty
authorised BMW dealerships nationwide. Power Package which comes with the and Service Package and also
BMW i Wallbox and BMW Standard Power Package: RM354,800.
Both variants are equipped with the M Charging Cable. *The Worldwide Harmon-
Sport package as standard, offering an ised Light Vehicle Test
expressive exterior design language that is Owners will also receive an eight-year, Procedure (WLTP) was
even more dynamic. 160,000km battery warranty. developed by the European
Union as a global test cycle
Powering the SAV is an efficient The retail pricing (on the road, without across different world
electric motor with an 80kWh lithium-ion insurance) for the iX3 are: regions, so pollutant and
battery that offers an impressive range of iX3 M Sport Inspiring: RM317,360 carbon dioxide (CO2)
up to 461km (WLTP*). 0 with Extended Warranty and Service emissions as well as fuel
Package: RM330,800 consumption values would
The iX3 supports DC fast charging at 0 with Power Package: RM322,360 be comparable worldwide.
rates of up to 150kW for 80% charge in 32 0 with Extended Warranty and Service **Prices stated are for
minutes, while AC charging at up to 11kW Package and also Power Package: Peninsular Malaysia.
is supported via a Type 2 connection for RM335,800.
100% in approximately seven-and-a-half iX3 M Sport Impressive: RM336,360

The prices** for the iX3 “Inspiring”
variant in Peninsular Malaysia is

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OCTOBER 29, 2021

‘MPV extraordinaire’ Staria is here
HYUNDAI-SIME Darby Motors (HSDM) seats recline automatically to a posture that lush interior atmosphere. The harmonious avoidance assist, driver attention warning with
officially launched the Staria seven-seater MPV comfortably disperses the passenger’s weight direct and indirect lighting can selectively leading vehicle departure alert, parking
on Wednesday, the brand’s first “luxurious” and improves overall body balance. Even when illuminate the cockpit, console, doors and cargo distance warning, surround view monitor, rear
MPV. the seats are reclined by this mode, there is areas. The premium feeling is further enhanced occupant alert, safe exit warning and high beam
enough room for an adult passenger to sit by the Bose sound system. assist that allows for hands-free operation of the
The company said the Staria – available only comfortably in the third row, thanks to its high- and low- beam headlights when
in the Premium variant – aims to offer unique spacious interior layout. The MPV’s newly-improved diesel-powered oncoming traffic is detected.
value propositions for customers seeking a 2.2-litre CRDi engine is mated to an eight-speed
luxurious experience in an MPV. The cargo space availability varies automatic transmission, delivering an The Staria Premium retails at RM358,888
depending on the arrangement of the seat estimated power output of 175hp and 431Nm of (on-the-road price for Peninsula Malaysia,
“The Staria is revolutionary. Hyundai has configurations; the two-seat middle row and torque at 1,500-2,500rpm. Its high-efficiency, inclusive of the Penjana sales tax waiver but
once again demonstrated its outstanding three-seat third row, optimised for business air-cooled turbocharger has an improved excludes insurance) with a two-year or
design and architecture capabilities with the use, offers maximum cargo space of almost compressor and turbine wheel performance for 50,000km (whichever comes first) warranty; or
introduction of the MPV extraordinaire. Its 5,000 litres. better low-speed torque performance. RM368,888 (on-the-road price for Peninsula
variant-exclusive finishes give the Staria Malaysia, inclusive of the Penjana sales tax
Premium a more luxurious look and feel than The driver’s seat has a futuristic high-tech The Staria has the highest level of vehicle waiver but excludes insurance) with a five-year
the Grand Starex,” said HSDM managing look with an advanced 10.25-inch front display safety. It is fully equipped with Hyundai or 300,000km (whichever comes first) warranty
director Low Yuan Lung. screen, touch-based centre fascia and a button- Smartsense, active safety and driving assistance and a three-year or 50,000km (whichever
type electronic shift lever. technologies. Included in the Hyundai comes first) free maintenance service.
“In terms of where the Staria Premium sits in Smartsense suite are blind-spot view monitor,
the segment, it’s a notch higher from the Grand The digital cluster is located on top of the blind-spot collision avoidance assist with rear An add-on package which consists of a roof
Starex. It’s Hyundai’s first luxurious MPV that is dashboard, providing an unobstructed view for cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, lane monitor infotainment, retractable side-step and
at par with premium Japanese MPV models.” the driver. Hyundai’s smart infotainment keeping assist, lane following assist, smart 3M premium tinting is also available at
system that is equipped with a wide-angle cruise control with stop-and-go that keeps the RM20,000.
The MPV also comes with Premium camera also enables the driver and front cruise control running even when the vehicle
“relaxation seats” in the second row that recline passenger to view rear passengers in the back comes to a complete stop. You can view the Staria Premium at Sime
electronically with sliding capabilities, for easy seat on display screen. Darby Auto Hyundai’s showroom in Ara
reach or to maximise cargo space. Other features are forward collision Damansara, Petaling Jaya.
A 64-colour ambient mood lamp provides a
The one-touch relaxation mode makes the

Hayabusa, V-Strom 1050XT unleashed

JUST two months after reintroducing itself in four-piston Brembo style front brake callipers the background to ensure the rider can enjoy all engine delivers a deep rumble in the low rpm
the Malaysian market and surprising paired with 320mm outer diameter discs. of the power squeezed out from the Hayabusa. range, strong and linear torque in the mid-
enthusiasts as well as its competitors with the V-Strom 1050XT range (101Nm at 4,000 rpm) and a maximum
launch of five new middleweight and high- One of the best features on this latest This one has a RM81,900 suggested retail price power of 106hp at 8,500 rpm.
performance motorcycles, Suzuki Malaysia Sdn generation Hayabusa is the Suzuki Intelligent (without insurance and registration). Its colours
Bhd on Tuesday unleashed two heavyweights Ride System (SIRS), which combines a set of are Metallic Oort Gray No.3/Glass Sparkle Black For the Malaysian market, the V-Strom
in the form of the legendary Hayabusa sports five electronic features that helps the rider to and Pearl Brilliant White/Glass Blaze Orange. 1050XT comes standard with a set of Suzuki
bike (pix, left) and the V-Strom 1050XT (pix, enjoy the bike’s maximum performance from genuine aluminium side case set (silver) that
right) sports adventure tourer series. the modern engine and the rigidity of its new The 2021 V-Strom 1050XT sports sharper will add more to the bike’s practicality, allowing
chassis and suspension set-up. The five are styling, with a more pronounced “beak” design you to ride even farther.
Hayabusa power mode selector, anti-lift control system, that pays tribute to Suzuki’s legendary DR-Z
Its suggested retail price is RM111,200 (without bi-directional quick shift system, engine brake desert racer and the large commercial off-road Apart from being practical, it also comes
insurance and registration) and it is available in control system and motion track traction model affectionately referred to as “DR Big”. with an array of exclusive equipment such as an
Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Burnt Gold, Metallic control system. aluminium under cowling, accessory bar, LED
Matte Sword Silver/Candy Daring Red and Its new and improved liquid-cooled,
Pearl Brilliant White/Metallic Matte Using the input from its Inertial DOHC, 1,037cc 90-degree V-twin engine has turn lights, knuckle guards, an
Stellar Blue. Measurement Unit, the system constantly also evolved to meet new Euro 5 emissions adjustable seat and windscreen and
Powered by a four-stroke, four- monitors the bike’s lean angle to limit tyre slips control standards, while achieving high a 12V DC socket. Also standard
cylinder, liquid-cooled, in corners or even on the straights. Working power and maintaining low fuel would be the centre stand, which
DOHC, 1,340cc engine, the together in tandem, these five features are is what any adventure
Hayabusa produces a consumption. motorcycle must have.
quietly The Both the Hayabusa and V-
working in Strom 1050XT are available at
Suzuki Big Bike World
maximum power of showrooms throughout
187hp at 9,700rpm, with a the country. Suzuki
maximum torque of motorcycles come with
150Nm at 7,000rpm. a standard two-year
Its other standard or 20,000km full
features are 50:50 factory warranty,
front-rear weight backed by an
distribution, fully- experienced sales
adjustable 43mm and service
outer diameter KYB network of 70
inverted front forks and dealerships
KYB rear suspension and nationwide.

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OCTOBER 29, 2021

SFuuzunki SVa65l0lA-rounder
█ BY AZLAN RAMLI crucial when faced with those idiotic and
abrupt lane-changing motorists, who most hands of a very seasoned, track day-enthusiast, With its sporty personality, spirited and
SUZUKI’S SV series of motorcycles was often don’t use their indicators too. Grrr... it can be a peg-scraping terror along such a super-smooth V-twin engine, excellent
created back in 1999 and is still doing road. I’m not that type but the Suzi was handling characteristics and relatively low
well till today, which says a lot about The seat’s front-most part is a bit too firm to confidence-inspiring enough to let me push purchase price, the SV650A is my top
what Suzuki had set out to do, basically a deal with bad roads but it provides a good “feel” and enjoy it, sans any scrapes. Its suspension recommendation to those seeking a
standard motorcycle with mid-sized V-twin for corner-attacking fun; further back is soft and did feel a bit too soft for me, but during those middleweight bike that is both very easy to
engine and medium performance components. nice for touring. Also, despite the sufficient leans, quick changes to opposite angles and operate in the cities and offers lots of thrills on
pillion seat size, it is not so well-padded and this blasting out of corners, the Suzi was still a very the outskirts.
Motorcycle manufacturers refer to a bike like Suzi is not so pillion-friendly, thanks to the fun bike for me. Some simple upgrades and/or
this SV650A as “standard”, but somewhere along absence of any grab rail. If you don’t mind your tweaks to its suspension system will surely Suzuki should and must keep on refining the
the way, some motorcycle journalist came up friend hugging you, carry on! make me enjoy it even more. SV series. After all, it has stayed relevant since its
with the word “naked” for machines like it, Away from them all Super middleweight 1999 debut, where it became popular with
because, well, it’s obviously sexier! Thankfully, the media was allowed to cross The SV650A, also available in Glass Sparkle racers which prompted a rebirth of the
state borders (for “work”) during the Movement Black, sells for RM37,289 (excluding insurance, “lightweight twins” racing classes across North
At Suzuki Malaysia Sdn Bhd, I was presented Control Order and the SV650A is a very nice and road tax and registration fee) and comes with a America, outselling some of its rivals which
with the SV650A (“A” indicates the ABS/anti- fun excuse to do just that. My hometown Ipoh is two-year or 20,000km standard warranty previously populated the class.
lock braking system-equipped variant, the only a good not-so-far destination for a night’s stay, (whichever comes first). It is sold at all Suzuki
one available for our market) in Pearl Brilliant for some local cuisines and also a short zig- Big Bike World and Suzuki Station Plus outlets Such popularity also created a myriad of
White and a red frame. Without decals, stripes zaggy ride heading towards Cameron in Malaysia. aftermarket parts, performance upgrades,
and flashy graphics on its tank – the only part Highlands. conversion kits and accessories industry for it,
with that shade of white – it looks even more where owners can go crazy customising their
naked, but nowhere near sexy. It’s not a feast for As a true naked bike, only the necessities are SV650A’s, as long as the wallet allows.
the eyes but more of a look-carefully-to- on this bike that has no extra fat on and in it, not
appreciate its, umm... naked-ness. even riding modes, traction control and other
techno tricks. For the Ipoh ride, I had to be
With a 785cm seat height, the seating/riding creative with my bungee cords to firmly secure
position is rather comfortable for me. It’s very my bag on the pillion seat, since there are no
much sitting “in” the bike rather than “on” it. specific anchor points for it. Once the bag is
For my wee 165cm height, I did not lean secured and after performing some very high-
forward much and my feet are not far back, tech, static pre-ride “shake-shake” test by hand,
which makes riding it in the city comfortable. I was ready to go to Ipoh, via the North-South
The machine feels very compact (it’s in the highway, curious about how the little Suzi
middleweight category, anyway) and with me handles itself at much higher speeds.
straddling it, I feel very much “one” with the
bike and that’s a very good sign. This Suzi did not disappoint. Sprints, top
gear acceleration during mid-range overtakes
Riding it around the city for a couple of days and high-speed stability, it performed all very
was very enjoyable, as its 72hp liquid-cooled, well indeed and eagerly, at that. I really like that
twin overhead camshaft, 90-degree, dual spark, top gear acceleration from mid-range; I
V-twin 645cc engine works so well in an urban constantly played with this Suzi’s fun ability,
environment, perfectly and smoothly pulling playing catch-up with a friend and fellow
away with enthusiasm from idle up to its journalist who’s testing the current Katana
10,000rpm redline, to easily deal with the lethal (GSX-S1000S).
Klang Valley motorists. The close-ratio six-
speed transmission makes the bike superbly It was all fun and thrilling until the Suzi starts
adept for commuting and also spirited riding. to mumble some complaints at around
Complementing the experience is the 200km/h. Beeing a naked bike, I had nowhere
pleasurable boom out of its beefy muffler, to hide from the windblast and I’m not the
especially during acceleration. petite type. No matter, there are so many kinds
of SV650-specific and universal aftermarket
Riding the Suzi in the city is even nicer with fairings, screens and cowlings you can find out
its Low-RPM Assist feature. Seamlessly there, to address this issue.
adjusting engine speed during take-off and low- Corner attack
speed running, for smoother power delivery After all the makans and catching-up-with-old-
and optimum combustion efficiency, it lets you friends were done in Ipoh, the next day was all
concentrate more on the clutch (lever) about that ride along the Federal Route FT185
operations rather than both clutch and throttle. connecting Simpang Pulai (Ipoh) with Blue
This is even more helpful when making U- Valley (Pahang), before heading home. The
turns. This may seem trivia to seasoned riders plan was not going all the way to the Pahang
but even such riders unintentionally stall their border, but turning back after a brief stop for
bikes, sometimes. Abrupt stalling can even be photos and chilly air at a landslide-prone area,
risky in very heavy traffic congestion, especially which happens to have a breathtaking vista.
with a 200kg bike...
Along the stretch, the SV650A proved it can
Its dual four-piston Tokico front brake also be a fun corner-attack machine. In the
calipers with 290mm fully-floating stainless
steel rotors is equipped with the
aforementioned ABS, which is even more

9theSUN ON FRIDAY | OCTOBER 29, 2021

BRIEFS SIME DARBY PROPERTY Malaysians expect home
LAUNCHES HAMILTON CITY prices to climb: Juwai survey

PETALING JAYA: Sime Darby Property Bhd o The need to have more space in a home has become a top become a top priority for many buyers.
has launched Hamilton City in Nilai, Negri priority for many buyers as a result of the pandemic A total of 83% of respondents said a home
Sembilan, to strengthen its commitment
to develop the new growth corridor in PETALING JAYA: Malaysians believe property about property prices. office or study space is more important than
Malaysia Vision Valley 2.0 (MVV 2.0). The prices will climb higher by December 2022 and “We also asked the survey takers if they before the pandemic. Having a larger home
2,723-acre Hamilton City is a full-fledged that buyer preferences have changed has become more important for 72% of
managed industrial township in MVV 2.0 dramatically during the pandemic, according believe this is a good time to buy a house or an respondents. Private green space is more
focusing on medium to heavy to Juwai IQI’s survey of Malaysian consumers. apartment. 90% of respondents believe this is a important for 68% of respondents.
manufacturing-based industries to drive good time to buy. Consumers are very positive
direct investments into the development The survey conducted from Sept 28 to Oct about home prices over the next 14 months. “Perhaps because of the long lockdown,
as well as to generate socio-economic 21 asked consumers if they believe real estate Undoubtedly, some consumers feel an homebuyers today have an intense desire for
improvement in the township. MVV 2.0 is prices will be higher by the end of 2022, which urgency to buy before prices climb further.” space. They want to be able to work from home.
an integrated economic region 87% of respondents said yes. Buyers today want it all. While most Malaysians
complementing the development of Kashif said Covid has changed the way want more space, 53% of respondents also say
Greater Kuala Lumpur and National Juwai IQI co-founder and group CEO Kashif Malaysians want to live. Buyer preferences building amenities are more important today
Conurbation. Ansari said the ratio was almost identical for today are dramatically different than before the than before the pandemic.”
both male and female respondents. That is a pandemic. What Malaysians would like to have
KWASA LAND IN TIE-UP FOR change from past surveys, when men were in their homes has significantly changed. The He said developers are responding by re-
RUMAH SELANGORKU PROJECT almost uniformly more optimistic than women need to have more space in a home has drawing floor-plans for their new projects. In
some cases, they are choosing to build where
PETALING JAYA: Kwasa Land Sdn Bhd, a land is cheaper so they can afford to offer larger
wholly owned unit of the Employees homes.
Provident Fund Board and Kwasa
Damansara township’s master developer, The survey also asked Malaysians how
has collaborated with Gagasan Nadi important location is to them. 64% of
Cergas Bhd to develop its first affordable respondents said being close to the central city
housing project under Rumah Selangorku. is more important today than before the
Following Budget 2020, the pension fund pandemic. 60% said being close to a hospital or
has reaffirmed its commitment towards a clinic was also more important than before
providing housing to the bottom 40 (B40) Covid struck.
and middle 40 (M40) income groups. For
the project, it has identified two residential “The pandemic is bringing massive changes
plots with an estimated combined land to the real estate industry, the way that
area of 39.12 acres for the development of Malaysians choose to live is different today.
3,990 units. Our lifestyle will undoubtably keep changing
in the years to come. This is only the beginning.
QLASSIC SCORE OF 86% “Will the desire for larger homes lead to de-
urbanisation as people move to rural
PETALING JAYA: Perdana ParkCity Sdn locations? I don’t think so. The economic and
Bhd, the township developer of Desa employment activity of the major urban
ParkCity, has been certified by centers in Malaysia is still too important. The
Construction Research Institute of cities are centres off gravity that still pull
Malaysia (Cream) with a Quality everyone in. I think we are more likely to say an
Assessment System in Construction increase in activity in the urban areas that until
(Qlassic) score of 86% for its luxurious now have been second-tier. These are
residential development project South locations where land is cheaper and larger
Brooks at Desa ParkCity, which is the homes can be built. They are also still close
highest Qlassic score under the high-rise enough to central city amenities and
residential category in Malaysia. Sitting employment centres.”
on 7.16 acres of land, South Brooks
consists of two blocks of 40-storey 78 abandoned housing projects in Peninsular M’sia
residential apartments with a total of
920 units and built-up areas ranging KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 78 private sector Reezal Merican said in Selangor alone, of abandoned private housing projects that
from 876 sq ft to 1,537 sq ft. projects involving 17,605 housing units with there were 32 abandoned projects comprising have been occupied by buyers but due to
11,735 buyers involved have been classified as 10,855 residential units. incomplete infrastructure, the housing has not
ECOFIRST TAPS DEMAND ‘abandoned’ in Peninsular Malaysia, said yet obtained a Certificate of Completion and
FOR AFFORDABLE UNITS Minister of Housing and Local Government “In the Selayang area, including Taman Compliance (CCC) or CFO,” he added.
(KPKT) Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Mutiara, there are seven abandoned projects
PETALING JAYA: EcoFirst Consolidated Bhd Merican. involving 3,002 residential units,“ he said. On the abandoned project in Taman
has priced the majority of its new launches Selayang Mutiara (Kristal), Reezal Merican
under RM500,000 per unit as it aims to tap Reezal Merican said this year his ministry He added that KPKT is examining all said his ministry had completed the
into the shortages of affordable homes in had rescued seven abandoned housing housing projects that are “sick”, delayed and procurement process to restore the Kristal
Malaysia. CEO Datuk Tiong Kwing Hee said projects through an intervention of abandoned through the establishment of a block of 500 units including two units for a
Malaysia continues to see a demand and negotiations, facilitation and enforcement. “War Room” for government intervention, nursery and a surau.
supply mismatch in the property market, which he is personally chairing.
and the property overhang situation in the “So far, four projects (a total of 82) have “A contractor, Sunissa Sdn Bhd, was
country is something that property been successfully restored and three more “The role of this War Room is to see a appointed as the rescue contractor on June 11,
developers have been grappling with even projects are expected to be completed by end concerted effort to rehabilitate abandoned 2021 with a contract period of two years.
prior to the pandemic. The group has of 2021,“ he told media after a walkabout at an projects so that they can be inhabited in line
engaged independent market study to abandoned housing project in Taman with the goals of a ‘Liveable Malaysia’. “A total of 489 buyers out of 498 units (nine
gauge the demand-supply dynamics of Selayang Mutiara (Kristal), Selayang units unsold) will stand to benefit when their
the location, products and branding yesterday. “KPKT is also studying how to improve the homes are completed in mid-2024,” he said. –
before embarking on new development project rehabilitation criteria with Bernama
projects. government funds in addressing the problem

PROPERTYGURU HOSTS MGB launches affordable homes under Rumah Selangorku Idaman MBI
PETALING JAYA: MGB Bhd, which is involved (Cybersouth), Idaman Perdana (Bandar amenities such as police stations, hospitals,
PETALING JAYA: PropertyGuru Malaysia in construction and property development, Puncak Alam), Idaman Cahaya (Shah Alam), fire stations, schools and shopping malls.
will be hosting its inaugural virtual has launched Idaman BSP in Bandar Saujana Idaman Sari (Puchong) and Idaman Melur
property expo in the country from Oct Putra, which is the first launch out of its six (Cybersouth), consists of high-rise residential MGB plans to launch its five remaining
28 to Nov 27. PropertyGuru has created a Rumah Selangorku Idaman MBI projects it has homes starting from RM250,000 with three Rumah Selangorku Idaman MBI projects by
3D virtual expo experience for secured. bedrooms and two bathrooms and a the end of 2022.
consumers to explore the showcase of minimum built-up size of 1,000 sq ft per unit.
over 40+ projects nationwide. Property Rumah Selangorku Idaman MBI which The unit also comes with two carparks, three Rumah Selangorku Idaman MBI is an
seekers will be able to navigate the comprises 7,210 units of affordable homes will air-conditioners, one-unit television, initiative launched by the state government of
virtual booths in real time, while tap on MGB’s in-house Industrialised Building television cabinet and kitchen cabinets, three Selangor to deliver affordable houses to
interacting with participating developers System (IBS) pre-cast technology. wardrobes, a refrigerator and two water qualifying citizens. Under this initiative,
and property experts. heaters. Malaysian citizens aged 18 years and above
MGB had entered into a joint venture with with a household income range between
EXSIM PROJECTS IN M’SIA TO PNSB Construction Sdn Bhd to form PCSB- Idaman BSP is situated in the fast-growing RM3,001– RM10,000 per month and a first-
HAVE LOCKIN SMART LOCKS MGB Consortium with the aim of building Bandar Saujana Putra property township with time home buyer in Selangor may apply.
Rumah Selangorku Idaman MBI affordable easy accessibility to towns, cities and major
PETALING JAYA: Smart lock company homes in infrastructure locations. highways. It is located next to Cyberjaya and MGB group executive vice-chairman Tan
Lockin Malaysia recently signed a Puchong which has convenient public Sri Lim Hock San said it support the state
memorandum of understanding (MoU) Rumah Selangorku Idaman MBI, which is government of Selangor’s goal to build 30,000
with Exsim Group to bring smart home namely Idaman BSP, Idaman Kita affordable homes by 2025.
locks to market. The smart locks,
branded as Lockin in Malaysia and the
first-star product launched by
subscription-based online shopping
platform Subplace, will be installed in all
Exsim projects as part of the MoU.

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% RM m RM m RM m

44.8 Institutions 1211.6 1237.5 -25.9

34.7 Retail 986.8 908.3 78.5

20.5 Foreign 533.9 586.5 -52.6 16.22 14.35 73.01 43.89 278.15 32.92 15.94 18.33
100.0 2732.3 2732.3 0.0 1,566.86 3,203.82 28,820.09 17,041.63 3,009.55
25,555.73 3,518.42 7,430.38
Preliminary stats (excluding trade amendments). For final data, please refer to
Source: Bursa Malaysia

KL MARKET SUMMARY September exports jump to new high of RM110.8b
October 28, 2021

INDICES 11,576.51 CHANGE -89.25 PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s exports surged to RM84.7 billion, registered a growth of 22.2%, respectively,” Uzir he said.
FBMEMAS 24.7% year-on-year (y-o-y) to a record high 26.5% or RM17.7 billion compared with Out of 254 commodity groups for
FBMKLCI 1,566.86 -16.22 of RM110.8 billion in September 2021, same month in 2020.
CONSUMER PRODUCTS 614.55 -2.60 supported by both domestic exports and exports, 168 showed increases compared
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS 205.64 -3.05 re-exports, the Statistics Department said. Malaysia’s trade performance in the with the same period of the previous year.
CONSTRUCTION 171.71 +0.06 same month increased 25.5% to RM195.5 As for imports, 147 of 260 groups posted
FINANCIAL SERVICES 15,686.73 -63.11 “This was the 13th consecutive month of billion. The trade surplus expanded by positive growth.
ENERGY 800.15 -12.03 y-o-y expansion since September 2020. 19.1% to RM26.1 billion.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS 677.48 -5.64 Domestic exports amounted to RM87.7 The rise in exports was attributable
HEALTH CARE 2,415.62 -19.59 billion and contributed 79.1% to total “Along with the recovery in domestic mainly to the higher exports to Singapore
TRANSPORTATION 916.09 -1.97 exports, expanded by 22.4%. Re-exports economic activity due to the (RM4 billion) followed by China (RM3
PROPERTY 789.36 +18.26 with a value of RM23.2 billion, grew by implementation of National Recovery Plan billion) and the United States (RM2 billion).
PLANTATION 6,863.05 -91.74 34.15, y-o-y,” said Chief Statistician (NRP) in June 2021, the month-on-month
FBMSHA 12,589.48 -118.10 Malaysia Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin. performance of exports, imports, total China continued to be the major
FBMACE trade and trade surplus were also showing contributor to the higher imports (RM4.6
TECHNOLOGY Imports in September 2021 amounting sturdy growth of 16%, 14.2%, 15.2%, and billion), followed by Singapore (RM2.1 billion)
and the European Union (RM1.9 billion).

7,035.43 -86.23 AirAsia eyes Asean’s top
98.64 +0.29

4.049 BIL RM2.732 BIL

5 MOST ACTIVES online travel agency spot
October 28, 2021

STOCK VOL CLSG (sen) +/– (sen) o Airlines see group as a marketing engine and a brand, audience providing a feeder market to open
KANGER 458,973,300 4.5 -1.0 not merely an aviation firm, says AirAsia Super App CEO up Asean to these global airlines. The group
BENALEC 177,691,800 15.5 +1.0 aims to provide a platform which provides
SCIB 81,869,500 23.0 -6.0 value not just to consumers but also to the
DATAPRP 66,038,800 95.0 airlines.
ECOWLD 59,091,900 110.0 +10.0
+14.5 “Airlines see us now as a marketing
engine, we’re no longer just an airline
5 TOP GAINERS █ BY AMIR IMRAN HUSAIN SAFRI lowest prices guaranteed on many select aviation company but a brand, and they see
October 28, 2021 [email protected] offerings. We also have access to a wealth of how we link together, that is the most
KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Group Bhd big and rich travel data, as we have always important philosophy for this OTA direction.”
STOCK VOL CLSG (RM) +/– RM aims to be the number one online travel been a digitally-driven business since day
NESTLE 33,400 134.20 0.40 agency (OTA) in Asean, according to one, 20 years ago,” she told the media at a With its direct partners, the app is able to
HSI-HMI 2,000 1.66 0.27 AirAsia Super App CEO Amanda Woo. briefing yesterday. offer virtual interlining which combines the
MILUX 12,501,600 1.33 0.21 network of these airlines translating to 145
AYER 9,600 6.30 0.20 “In just over two years, we are now one Currently, the app has more than 700 unique routes that are 30% cheaper than the
SPSETIA-C41 1,883,500 0.53 0.195 of the top three leading online travel international airline brands flying to over market rate.
agencies (OTAs) in Asean based on website 3,000 destinations and promoting thousands
5 TOP LOSERS traffic, with over 100 million average page of hotels worldwide. In addition, it has AirAsia head of flight Rajiv Kumar stated
October 28, 2021 views monthly. engaged over 20 new airlines as its direct that the 20-plus new partners are just a start
partners, including Air Canada, KLM, Qatar and it aims to accumulate more.
STOCK VOL CLSG (RM) +/– RM “What gives us a unique advantage is Airways and Turkish Airlines.
GENETEC 350,900 45.00 0.92 the fact we are the only OTA that also owns “The target is to have all the airlines that
PMBTECH-LA 1,000 12.70 0.90 an airline, which has allowed us to leverage With more than 600 million passengers are flying from Asean into the world as well
MPI 63,500 45.40 0.70 on our experience with flights to ensure having flown with AirAsia over the years, as hubs where we can connect more
KLK 559,500 21.78 0.66 Woo believes this translates into a captive extensively, such as the Middle East. In
PMBTECH 341,000 13.02 0.52 addition, we are also looking to touch base
in the US and Europe, to capture the
EXCHANGE RATES OCTOBER 28, 2021 consumers in those markets as well,” he said.

Foreign currency Bank sell Bank buy Bank buy Woo and Rajiv introducing AirAsia’s new airline partners on the app On the question of recovery, the super
app CEO believes there is a promising year
1 AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR 4.2145 4.0895 4.0795
1 BRUNEI DOLLAR 3.1770 3.0520 3.0360 “In the last few weeks of the reopening
1 CANADIAN DOLLAR 3.1210 3.0310 3.0230 announcement we have seen a super spike
1 EURO 3.4040 3.3120 3.3000 in demand for our airlines, hotels and travel
1 NEWZEALAND DOLLAR 4.8920 4.7350 4.7150 packages,” Woo said.
1 SINGAPORE DOLLAR 3.0300 2.9180 2.9020
1 STERLING POUND 3.1210 3.0310 3.0230 She predicted a very strong recovery in
1 SWISS FRANC 5.7920 5.6110 5.5910 the next 12 months, but said that whether
100 UAE DIRHAM 4.5730 4.4690 4.4540 this will be a full recovery remains to be
100 BANGLADESHTAKA 116.0900 110.0700 109.8700 seen.
100 CHINESE RENMINBI 5.0100 4.6910 4.4910
100 HONGKONG DOLLAR 66.0000 63.4000 “Based on what we are seeing, there will
100 INDIAN RUPEE 54.7600 52.0400 N/A be a sharp v-shaped recovery in the coming
100 INDONESIAN RUPIAH 5.7100 5.3600 51.8400 months, especially for domestic.
100 JAPANESE YEN 0.0308 0.0279 5.1600 Internationally, there are more companies
100 NEWTAIWAN DOLLAR 3.7070 3.5910 0.0229 opening up and the SOPs are getting better
100 PAKISTAN RUPEE 16.3000 and more standardised.”
100 PHILIPPINE PESO 2.4700 N/A 3.5810
100 QATAR RIYAL 8.4300 2.3100 N/A Harps calls off plan to list on Bursa’s Main Market
100 SAUDI RIYAL 117.0400 7.9500
100THAI BAHT 113.6200 111.1100 2.1100 PETALING JAYA: Harps Holdings Bhd has investor engagement process, in stakeholders and various discussions with
13.2100 107.8600 7.7500 decided not to proceed with its proposed particular broad-based investor shareholders, board of directors, principal
11.7300 110.9100 initial public offering (IPO) on Bursa sentiments and hesitancy over the adviser and joint global coordinators, the
107.6600 Malaysia’s Main Market due to Malaysian glove sector, coupled with the group believes this is the most appropriate
11.3300 unfavourable market conditions. outlook for it (that differed) from the decision for Harps at this juncture.
time the company submitted its IPO
Source: Malayan Banking Berhad/Bernama The listing exercise of the glove application to the regulators. “We continue to maintain a positive
manufacturer and distributor involving a outlook on Harps’ future and are focused
total of 2.6 billion shares via institutional “We have made this very difficult on steering Harps to be a market leader in
and retail offerings, was expected to take decision not to proceed with the proposed the glove sector. We will continue to push
place by end-2021. listing despite obtaining the approval from ahead with our growth plans, which
the Securities Commission on June 21, includes increasing our total annual
Harps founder, managing director 2021,” he said in a statement yesterday. installed capacity to 19.5 billion gloves by
and CEO Haziq Zairel Oh said the end 2023,” he said.
decision considered feedback during the After considering the interests of all

11theSUN ON FRIDAY | OCTOBER 29, 2021

Southern Cable to ride on nation’s infrastructure growth, 5G expansion

█ BY JUNE MOH with gradually improving economic the region by 2030. We will supply not price hikes had not affected the group’s the group is able to mitigate the
[email protected] activities as more states in Malaysia only more communication cables and cash flow. shortages because imported raw
PETALING JAYA: Cable and wire enter Phase 3 and 4 of the National wires, but also related materials such as copper and
manufacturer Southern Cable Group Recovery Plan. communications equipment such as “The group has short term purchase aluminum were not affected; while the
Bhd is targeting to ride on higher rectifiers, and power and distribution orders and long term contracts. We are group was impacted by local supply
demand for cables and wires, as the Southern Cable managing director systems,” Tung told reporters during able to pass down these (increased) raw materials such as sawn timber
nation embarks on its infrastructure Tung Eng Hai said the group is the virtual press conference yesterday costs to the customers in the short term shortage that affected wooden cable
growth and 5G network expansion optimistic of higher power cable and in conjunction with its transfer of purchase orders as we quote our drum manufacturing.
plans. wire sales going forward, which will listing to the Main Market of Bursa customers based on daily price. Our
also be supported by new projects Malaysia Securities Bhd, from ACE long term contracts are with public “Currently, we are in a recovery
Recently the group had seen higher under the 12th Malaysian Plan and Market previously. utility companies such as TNB but the stage and will do better in the fourth
orders for power cables and wires, upcoming Budget 2022. price is subject to change every three quarter,“ Ooi said.
including from the power, renewable The prices of raw materials have months so we will minimise the risk of
energy, telecommunications, and “We are upbeat on significant increased due to uncertainty in global commodity price fluctuations,“ Ooi The group’s current orderbook
construction and infrastructure investments into new data centres and commodity prices in the past 12 said. stood at RM324 million as of Sept 30,
sectors. The larger orders are in line rollout of the 5G network nationwide, months, but Southern Cable group 2021 from public utility companies
in line with Malaysia’s target to general manager Ooi In Keong said the Although the group saw supply such as TNB, Telekom, and energy
become a digital economy leader in chain shortages during MCOs, he said sector in East Malaysia.

DHL’s groundbreaking ceremony to mark the commencement of the gateway construction, which is due to be completed by first-quarter 2023.
PETALING JAYA: The Securities
DHL Express to build fully Commission Malaysia (SC) is seeking
auto sort gateway at KLIA information from members of the public
to locate Gan Boon Aun, the former CEO
o RM200m facility will be equipped with system that can has seen a significant rise in import and export and executive director of Transmile
handle 10,000 packages an hour, 24 hours a day; second of volumes in Malaysia. Group Bhd. The SC had obtained a
its kind in Southeast Asia after Singapore’s warrant of arrest on Oct 18 against Gan.
“The fully auto sort gateway will enable us to The warrant of arrest was issued by the
PETALING JAYA: DHL Express will invest “The new Kuala Lumpur Gateway will manage the increasing growth of shipment and High Court when Gan failed to appear at
RM200 million to build its first fully auto sort strengthen our logistics capabilities to support parcel volume driven by the rise of cross- the High Court for the hearing of his
gateway at the Kuala Lumpur International the growth of trade in Southeast Asia as it border e-commerce, and help us to continue appeal after several attempts were
Airport (KLIA), its largest investment in occupies a strategic position along key trade meeting Malaysian consumers’ ever growing made to secure his attendance. Gan was
Malaysia to date and part of the company’s lanes between Malaysia and countries like demand for efficient logistical services.” convicted on Aug 27, 2020 for
expansion plans to meet the demands of Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China,” he knowingly furnishing a misleading
Malaysia’s growing logistics sector. said yesterday. DHL’s new Kuala Lumpur Gateway will be statement relating to Transmile’s
equipped with state-of-the-art technologies revenue in the company’s quarterly
Located at the KLIA Air Cargo Terminal 1, Ministry of Transport secretary-general and designed for optimal shipment processing report on unaudited consolidated
the 13,422 sqm gateway will nearly triple the Datuk Isham Ishak said the expansion efficiency including a high-speed results for the financial year ended Dec
size of DHL Express’ current facility, also demonstrated the importance of Malaysia in dimensioning and weighing system. 31, 2006.
located at KLIA, and will increase the shipment DHL Express’ Asia Pacific network.
processing capacity by more than 400%. “In line with DHL Express’ commitment to MMAG GETS AIR SERVICE,
“The new Kuala Lumpur Gateway will the security of customers’ shipments, the GROUND-HANDLING
The facility will be equipped with an strengthen our logistics capabilities to support gateway will be equipped with more than 250 LICENCES FROM MAVCOM
automated sort system that can handle 10,000 the growth of trade in Southeast Asia as it closed circuit television and high-speed X-ray
packages per hour, 24 hours a day, compared to occupies a strategic position along key trade screening systems. A 500 kilowatt-peak solar PETALING JAYA: MMAG Holdings Bhd’s
the current 2,400 packages per hour. This will lanes between Malaysia and countries like system and energy-efficient lighting systems 80% owned subsidiary M Jets
be the second auto sort facility in DHL Express’ Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China,” he will also be outfitted at the gateway, as part of International Sdn Bhd yesterday
Southeast Asia network after Singapore. said. the company’s commitment towards achieving received the notification from Malaysian
its zero emissions target by 2050,“ it said. Aviation Commission (Mavcom) that M
DHL Express Asia Pacific CEO Ken Lee said DHL Express Malaysia and Brunei Jets has obtained both the Air Service
the expansion demonstrates the importance of managing director Julian Neo said in recent The new gateway will see two dedicated Licence (ASL) and Ground Handling
Malaysia in DHL Express’ Asia Pacific network. years, even prior to the pandemic, DHL Express aircraft flying five times a week to and from Licence (GHL) granted by Mavcom. The
Hong Kong, and four times-a week to and from ASL is for M Jets to provide scheduled air
Singapore. Presently, DHL Express has six transport services in accordance with
international gateways in Malaysia, which are the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act
in Penang, Johor Baru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, 2015 [Act 771] whilst GHL is for M Jets to
Subang, and Kuala Lumpur. carry out ground handling services for
air craft and cargo in Malaysia.
RAM: Banking sector not out of the woods, but remains resilient
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian banking sector anchor growth next year with mortgages as the Although most banks will likely extend MATERIAL UNCERTAINTY
is expected to stay resilient in 2022 amid the main driver, similar with what was seen in further relief to borrowers who are still viable IN FY21 AUDIT
challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, according previous years. when the nationwide opt-in moratorium
to RAM Rating Services Bhd. expires in H1’22, RAM expects some PETALING JAYA: Only World Group
She said it is projecting a slight pick-up for impairments to start crystallising in the later Holdings Bhd’s independent auditor
Even as impairments begin to surface in the businesses as most firms are currently operating part of the year. As such, RAM projects the gross Crowe Malaysia Plt has expressed
coming year, it said credit losses will be amply below capacity. Even as the economy gradually impaired loan ratio to rise to between 2.3% and material uncertainty related to going
cushioned by healthy earnings accretion, recovers, firms would not rush to invest or 2.5% in 2022 from the current 1.7% that has been concern for the group’s audited
comfortable provisioning buffers and solid expand just yet. contained by wide-ranging loan repayment financial statement for the financial
capitalisation. assistance and moratorium. As at end-July 2021, year ended June 30, 2021 (FY21). The
“Funding and liquidity conditions is about 30% of total loans were under relief. auditor highlighted that Only World
“In the next 12 months, most ratings in envisaged to stay healthy. Banks’ liquidity had incurred a net loss of RM42.04
RAM’s banking portfolio will remain intact,“ it coverage ratio has generally hovered around “Based on our discussions with some banks, million for FY21 against a recorded net
said in a statement yesterday. 150%, well above the 100% minimum. We majority of their borrowers under relief cash operating outflows of RM2.46
believe that Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has a stemmed from the middle- and higher-income million. Furthermore, Crowe pointed
RAM projects loan growth to come in at 4% strong incentive to ensure ample liquidity in the brackets. We are of the view that a sizeable out the travel and border restriction
in 2022, in line with the anticipated economic financial system and the many regulatory portion of borrowers had taken the moratorium imposed by the government has led to
recovery. This is a higher rate than the 3% flexibilities introduced since the onset of the as a precautionary measure, given that bulk of a significant fall in demand for the
forecast for 2021 and the 2.5% recorded in pandemic is a testament of that,“ said Loh Kit these relief loans actually have zero arrears,” said tourism industry which impacted Only
August. Yoong, RAM senior analyst with financial Loh. World’s ability to continue as a going
institution ratings. concern.
RAM co-head of financial institution ratings
Wong Yin Ching said the household sector will SHOPEEPAY, GHL TEAM UP

PETALING JAYA: Shopee’s mobile wallet
ShopeePay is partnering with GHL
Systems Bhd to expand digital payment
acceptance in the Philippines, bringing
cashless payment solutions for
businesses and consumers to over
83,000 merchant points nationwide.
Payment solutions provider GHL, with a
vast footprint of 383,600 payment
touchpoints across the region, coupled
with ShopeePay’s vast and reliable
clientele, is poised to drive Philippines
digital payments ahead to catalyse
contactless payments, in line with
consumers’ payment behaviors that are
shifting towards a safer and more
convenient options in the wake of the


Shell says break-up of group will not work in real life

LONDON: Breaking up oil major sound really interesting from a financial yesterday, below an analysts forecast The company has pledged to distribute US$7 billion (RM29 billion) to
Royal Dutch Shell into separate fossil perspective,” Uhl told reporters. provided by the company of US$5.31 become a net-zero emissions its shareholders from next year after a
fuels and renewables companies billion. company by 2050, but is under US$9.5 billion deal to sell its US Permian
might be financially compelling but “But in terms of real solutions, I pressure to make faster progress, with assets to ConocoPhillips closes.
would not work in real life, finance think that breaks down and our It also set itself a tougher a Dutch court ordering it in May to
chief Jessica Uhl said yesterday. ability to integrate and bring these emissions-cutting targets for its direct cut all of its emissions – including Its third-quarter adjusted earnings
different pieces of the puzzle together emissions, aiming to halve them by Scope 3 – by 45% by 2030. Shell is came in below an average analyst
Activist hedge fund Third Point, will be how we uniquely make a 2030 in absolute terms. appealing the court ruling. forecast provided by the company for a
which has built a large stake in Shell, difference in the energy transition.” US$5.31 billion profit. Earnings were
on Wednesday called for the oil major Previously, it only had intensity- The oil major said it would cut US$5.53 billion in the previous quarter
to split into multiple companies to Shell chief executive Ben van based emissions cut targets for that absolute emissions from its and US$955 million a year ago.
increase its performance and market Beurden told reporters that Shell’s time frame. Shell's direct emissions operations and the electricity it uses,
value. strategy is coherent and well understood are dwarfed by the emissions caused known as Scope 1 and 2 emissions, by Shell plans to invest around US$20
by a majority of its shareholders. by the combustion of its products half by 2030 compared with 2016. billion this year, compared with
“If you were to split that into through its customers, known as previous guidance for spending to
component pieces, I think that can Shell reported third-quarter profit Scope 3. As previously flagged, Shell will stay below US$22 billion. – Reuters
of US$4.13 billion (RM17.1 billion)

could affect chip demand IN Q3, RAISES YEAR’S OUTLOOK

o SouthKoreantechcompanysaysthereismuch personal computer chips is expected to be PARIS: European planemaker Airbus said
uncertainty due to various macro issues robust in 2022 despite uncertainties, it said. year day it was again raising its full-year
profit target after turning in a profit in the
SEOUL: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said normal,’ component supply and raw material Samsung said falling memory chip prices third quarter of this year. Airbus booked net
yesterday it expects component shortages to price hikes,” said Han Jin-man, executive vice were not a huge cause of concern because the profit of €404 million (RM1.94 billion) in the
affect chip demand from some customers in president of memory business. chips are now used in a wider variety of period from July to September, compared
the final three months of the year, after devices than just personal computers, making with a loss of Ç767 million euros a year
reporting its highest quarterly profit in three “But ... component supply issues seem to cyclical price fluctuations weaker and shorter earlier. Airbus said it also flew back into the
years. stem more from mismatches in supply chain than in the past. Chipmakers were also black on its bottom line in the first nine
management rather than from an absolute carrying lean inventory levels, leaving room months of 2021, when it turned in a net
The warning comes as producers of goods lack of supply ... so the situation may improve for a build-up without being forced to sell at a profit of €2.635 billion from a year-earlier
from televisions to cars have faced a host of from the second half of next year.” low price. loss of €2.686 billion. Airbus said it now
supply chain issues ranging from a shortage of expects an operating profit of €4.5 billion in
logic chip parts, manpower shortages, Samsung said demand for server DRAM The world’s top maker of memory chips and 2021, up from the €4 billion previously
logistics snarls, and delays at parts plants due chips, which temporarily save data, and smartphones posted a 28% jump in operating forecast. – AFP
to power cuts in China. NAND flash chips that serve the data storage profit in the July-September quarter to 15.8
market, is expected to stay robust in the fourth trillion won (RM56 billion) on the back of an STELLANTIS’CAR OUTPUT
“A longer-than-expected component supply quarter due to expansion of data centre 82% on-year profit surge in its chip business, CHOPPED BY CHIP CRUNCH
issue may need to be monitored” for potential investments, while personal computer where earnings rose to 10.1 trillion won.
impact on devices that use memory chips, manufacturing growth is expected to hold in PARIS: Automaker Stellantis said yesterday
Samsung said, although it added there was line with the previous quarter. Operating profit at Samsung’s mobile that the shortage of computer chips
“strong fundamental demand” for server chips. division slid about 24% on-year to 3.36 trillion plaguing the car industry caused its
Although supply chain issues could limit won on the third quarter, as sales of production to come in nearly a third below
“There is much uncertainty due to various demand from some mobile chip customers in Samsung’s new foldable smartphones were plans. The group which includes the Jeep,
macro issues including the effect of ‘back-to- the fourth quarter, demand for server and tempered by marketing costs. Chrysler, Fiat, Peugeot and Citroen brands,
said it manufactured 600,000 vehicles, or
Net profit rose 31% to 12.3 trillion won. 30% fewer than it had planned, during the
Revenue rose 10% to a record 74 trillion won. July through September period. Sales, at 1.1
– Reuters million vehicles, were down by 27% from
the same period last year, before the Fiat-
Carlsberg lifts full-year earnings view after Q3 revenue tops forecast Chrysler and PSA groups merged. The
company said supplies were now stabilising.
COPENHAGEN: Danish brewer Carlsberg growth in the third quarter,” chief executive the quarter, beating analyst expectations of It believes the lost output should not exceed
raised its full-year profit guidance on Cees ‘t Hart said in a statement. “It is 6%, helped by 13% growth in Asia. 1.4 million vehicles for the year. – AFP
Wednesday after reporting third-quarter encouraging that many beer markets in
revenue slightly above expectations, helped by Europe are recovering from the pandemic.” Third-quarter sales rose 14% to 19.74 CHINA SETS PRICE TARGET
a recovery of beer sales in Europe and China. billion Danish crowns (RM12.77 billion), FOR THERMAL COAL
Sales in China continued a “positive compared with 19.31 billion forecast by
The world’s third-largest brewer now trajectory”, while beer markets in Laos, analysts in a poll compiled by the company. BEIJING: China’s state planner has set an
expects operating profit to grow by between Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore declined immediate price target for thermal coal in
10% and 12% this year, up from 8-11% due to coronavirus lockdown measures, The company said it would launch its its most direct intervention yet to cool the
previously. Carlsberg said. fourth quarterly share buyback programme market for the key power-generating fuel
this year today amounting to 1.25 billion amid a severe power crunch, trading and
“We’re satisfied with the value and volume Carlsberg increased organic sales by 7% in crowns. – Reuters power firm sources told Reuters. The price
target was revealed at meetings on Tuesday
and Wednesday between the National
Development & Reform Commission and
coal miners and distributors, as well as
power firms. The top macro planner wants
to cap ex-mine pit prices for 5,500
kilocalorie thermal coal at 1,200 yuan
(RM778) a tonne, sources said.

322 Notices 322 Notices TERATAI JERNIH HOLDINGS IN THE MATTER OF Revenge Murraydefiant
in ViennaPANISH teenager Carlos Alcaraz after defeat by
322 Notices IN THE MATTER OF THE (MALAYSIA) SDN. BHD. PRODUCTS avenged his Indian Wells defeat to Spanish teenager
COMPANIES ACT 2016 AND IN 200101031639 (567398-D) MANUFACTURING SDN BHD Andy Murray yesterday to reach the Alcaraz
IN THE HIGH COURT OF (In Members’ Voluntary Company Number: Squarterfinals of the ATP event in Berrettini or Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia
SDN. BHD. (200601035717 Winding-up) 197501002355 (24074-T) Vienna. for a place in the semifinals.
MALAYA AT KUALA LUMPUR (755476-W)) (In member’s voluntary winding-up)
COMPANIES (WINDING-UP) (In Members’ Voluntary pursuant to Section 272 of At an Extraordinary General Meeting of of the Vienna Open yesterday was just
Winding-Up) the Companies Act, 1965 Products Manufacturing Sdn Bhd duly another bump in the road and the former
NO. WA-28NCC-709-10/2021 that a Final Meeting of the convened and held on 22/10/2021, the Alcaraz, 16 years younger than former world No. 1 is convinced it is just a matter of
In the matter of Section 465(1)(h) of At the General Meeting of the abovementioned Company following resolutions was passed to world No. 1 and three-time major winner time before he is going deep into
the Companies Act 2016; members of Esquire Chef Sdn. Bhd. will be held at Unit 30-01, approve a members’ voluntary winding Murray, clinched a 6-3, 6-4 win. tournaments and winning again.
(In Members’ Voluntary Winding- Level 30, Tower A Vertical up of the Company: - “For me it’s a great feeling to play against “I’m not going to keep losing in the second
And Up) duly convened and held at the Business Suite, Avenue 3, SPECIAL RESOLUTIONS: Andy Murray and to be able to beat him,” said and third round of tournaments,” said
In the matter of PAN REWARDS SDN Registered Office of the Company, Bangsar South, No. 8, Jalan (i) That the Company be wound up Alcaraz after a match which featured 25 break Murray.
BHD (Company No. 702695-W / 47A Jalan Chung Ah Ming, Pasir Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, voluntarily by way of a members’ points and seven breaks of serve. “I will get better and I will improve and I
200501020571) Puteh, 31650 Ipoh, Perak Darul on Tuesday, 30 November voluntary winding up pursuant to “I played really, really well and I’m just will break through in one week, or two weeks,
Ridzuan on Friday, 22 October 2021, 2021 at 10.30 a.m. for the Section 439(1)(b) of the Companies really happy for the performance today.” or a few months. It will happen. I obviously
BETWEEN the following resolutions were duly following purposes:- Act 2016; Last month, Murray, now ranked 156 in would like it to be happening quicker than
CHAN KONG HONG passed:- 1. To receive an account from (ii) That the Liquidator be granted the the world, had stunned his 42nd-ranked what it is.
[NRIC No. 680117-06-5281] THAT the Company will be liquidated powers to distribute part or the opponent in three sets in the second round of “If I continue on that path and build up a
by way of members’ voluntary the Liquidator showing whole of the Company’s assets in the prestigious Masters tournament in the little bit more consistency, be that little bit
…PETITIONER winding-up AND THAT Ms Ng Yuet the manner in which the specie or in kind in accordance to Californian desert. more clinical and a bit more ruthless, I will
AND Seam of 47A Jalan Chung Ah Ming, winding-up has been the Company’s Articles of Association. “Indian Wells was the first time that I met start winning more and have some deep runs,
1. PAN REWARDS SDN BHD Pasir Puteh, 31650 Ipoh, Perak Darul conducted and to hear (iii) That the Liquidator be authorised Andy on court and now I knew a little bit but it’s tough.”
[Company No. 702695-W / Ridzuan be appointed as Liquidator explanations that may be to exercise his powers as set out in more, I just knew his game, how to play,” Meanwhile, Italian seventh seed Jannik
200501020571] to act for the purpose of winding- given by the Liquidator. Section 456 and Eleventh Schedule added Alcaraz. Sinner defeated big-serving American Reilly
2. YAP CHONG BENG up the Company’s affairs and 2. To determine pursuant to of the Companies Act, 2016. The young Spaniard will face either third- Opelka 6-4, 6-2 and will next play Austria’s
[NRIC No. 680309-10-6623] distributing its assets AND THAT the Section 284(3)(b) of the ORDINARY RESOLUTION: seeded Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Dennis Novak. – AFP/Reuters
Liquidator be hereby indemnified Companies Act, 1965 the (i) That in accordance with Section
…RESPONDENTS by the Company against all losses, manner in which the books, 445(1) of the Companies Act 2016, England’s T20 campaign proves
ADVERTISEMENT OF PETITION damages, causes of action, claims, accounts and documents of Mr. Loo Hin Lam of Messrs Infosearch white-ball growth: Morgan
NOTICE is hereby given that a demands whatsoever, whether at the Company and Liquidator Consultancy PLT, 42B, Jalan SS6/8,
Petition for the Winding-Up of law or in equity, including legal fees, thereof, shall be disposed. Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, ENGLAND continued their march towards the triumphed with 5.5 overs to spare.
the abovenamed 1st Respondent incurred or sustained by her in the LEONG KIN KONG Selangor Darul Ehsan, be hereby semifinals of the Twenty20 World Cup with “The bowlers have started the tournament
Company by the High Court was, execution and discharge of her duty Liquidator appointed as the Liquidator for the their second successive victory, an eight-wicket exceptionally well,” captain Eoin Morgan said as
on the 5th day of October, 2021 as liquidator and in relation thereto. Kuala Lumpur purposes of such winding up. romp against Bangladesh in a England maintained their top spot in the six-
presented by Chan Kong Hong By Order of the Board Dated this (ii) THAT the Liquidator be indemnified by Group I match in Abu team group.
of 7, Jalan DU6/5, Ambrosia @ NG YUET SEAM (MAICSA 7005639) 29th day of October 2021. the company against all cost, losses, Dhabi, on Wednesday. “Again today, very disciplined and backed
Kinrara Residence, Taman Damai CHEN PEAK HOOI (MAICSA 7035780) expenses and liabilities sustained by Spinner Moeen Ali up with really good catching and ground
Utama, 47180, Selangor Darul Secretaries In the Matter of the Companies him in the execution and discharge of (2-18) struck in the fielding.
Ehsan, and that the said Petition 29 October 2021 Act, 2016 his duties as Liquidator and in relation powerplay “It’s nice for Roy and Dawid (Malan)
is directed to be heard before the NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that and hereto. and Tymal to get some time at the wicket. The
Court sitting at Kuala Lumpur at the creditors of the abovenamed LOO HIN LAM Mills (3-27) way Jason plays is so imposing,”
9:00 o’clock in the forenoon, on Company which is wound up In the Matter of Liquidator dominated the Morgan added.
the 8th day of February 2022; voluntarily, are required on or APEX CONTAINER LINE (M) SDN. BHD Petaling Jaya death-overs to restrict “When you play like that on a really
and any creditor or contributory of before 28 November 2021 to send Dated this: 29 October 2021 Bangladesh to a below- slow wicket, it’s difficult to set fields.”
the said 1st Respondent Company in their names and addresses 200601014300 (734051-V) par 124-9. England’s red-hot form is further evidence
desiring to support or oppose the with particulars of their debts and (In Members’ Voluntary Winding Up) IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES Opener Jason Roy of how far their white-ball cricket has grown
making of an Order on the said claims, and names and addresses Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section ACT, 2016 smashed 61 off 38 balls as in the recent years, Morgan said.
Petition may appear at the time of of their solicitor (if any) to the 439(2) of the Companies Act, 2016 that the AND England, bidding to become Asked if the performance of someone
hearing by himself or his Counsel undersigned Liquidator at 47A Jalan Special Resolutions set below were duly the first team to hold the like Mills indicated of England’s
for that purpose; and a copy of the Chung Ah Ming, Pasir Puteh, 31650 passed by the members of the Company IN THE MATTER OF PRIVILEGED 50-overs and 20-overs formidable strength in squad, Morgan
Petition will be furnished to any Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan and, if on 21-10-2021. HONOUR SDN. BHD. World Cups at the said: “I think it does.
creditor or contributory of the said so required by notice in writing “That the Company be wound up same time, “I think it’s also a huge
1st Respondent Company requiring from the said Liquidator, or by its voluntarily pursuant to Section 439(1) (Company No. 441296-V) compliment to how far our white-
the same by the undersigned on solicitors, to come in and prove (b) of the Companies Act, 2016 and that (IN MEMBERS VOLUNTARY ball cricket in general has come
payment of the regulated charge their said debts and claims at such Mr Teo Mong Nguan (MACS00579), NRIC along.
for the same. time and place as shall be specified No. 490423-01-5197 from Advance WINDING UP) “Quite a big squad of players have
The Petitioner’s address is 7, in such notice, or in default thereof Management Services Sdn. Bhd. The following Special Resolution was duly 322 Notices been part of the 2019 success in ODI
Jalan DU6/5, Ambrosia @ Kinrara they will be excluded from the 197901008899 (53183-M), be and is passed by the members of PRIVILEGED
Residence, Taman Damai Utama, benefits of any distribution made hereby appointed as Liquidator of the HONOUR SDN. BHD., on the 29th October IN THE MATTER OF THE cricket. And I think that’s lent itself to
47180, Selangor Darul Ehsan. before such debts or claims are Company for the purpose of such winding- 2021 in accordance with Section 439 of COMPANIES ACT 2016 the T20 game as well.
The Petitioner’s solicitors are proved. up at a fee to be approved by the Director. the Companies Act, 2016. AND “Yes, they have been sort of fighting
Messrs Meng Wai & Associates of NG YUET SEAM That the said Liquidator be empowered ‘That the Company be wound up
Unit 39-3(2nd Floor), No. 8, Jalan Liquidator to distribute part or the whole of the voluntarily pursuant to Section 439 of the IN THE MATTER OF
Anggerik Vanilla BE 31/BE, Kota 29 October 2021 Company’s assets either in cash, specie or Companies Act, 2016 and that Mr. Wong FIT MARKETING SDN BHD
Kemuning, 40460 Shah Alam, in kind in pursuant to Section 456 of the Eng Kin of No 5, Jalan 1/15, Seksyen 1, Registration Eoin Morgan for places but they haven’t been too far
Selangor Darul Ehsan. 322 Notices Companies Act, 2016. 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor be and away at any given stage.”
That the said Liquidator be indemnified by is hereby appointed Liquidator for the No.: 201001008451(893075-M)
MENG WAI & ASSOCIATES NOTICE the Company against all costs, charges, purpose of such winding-up’ (In Members’ Voluntary England face Ashes rivals Australia in
Solicitors for the Petitioner IN THE MATTER OF losses, expenses and liabilities incurred Dated this: 29th October 2021 Winding Up) their next Group I match in Dubai
NOTE- THE COMPANIES ACT 2016 or sustained by him in the execution and Sgnd tomorrow. – Reuters
Any person who intends to appear discharge of his duties in relation thereto.” ……………………… Notice is hereby given that pursuant
on the hearing of the said Petition AND Dated 29-10-2021. (LEE CHONG MENG) to Section 459(2) of the Companies
must serve on or send by post IN THE MATTER OF Chong Fong Yee DIRECTOR Act 2016, a Final Meeting of the
to the abovenamed Meng Wai & MELWEI RESOURCES SDN. BHD. Director Members of Fit Marketing Sdn Bhd
Associates, notice in writing of his (Company No. 199001000640 IN THE MATTER OF will be held at the Liquidators’ office
intention so to do. The Notice must In the Matter of the Companies THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016 at D-3-7, Greentown Square, Jalan INSIDE EDGE tournament. We wish him a
state the name and address of the (192198-X)) Act, 2016 Dato’ Seri Ahmad Said, 30450 Ipoh, Holder replaces McCoy speedy recovery and hope to see
person, or, if a firm, the name and (In Members’ And AND Perak Darul Ridzuan on Tuesday, 30 him back on the field ready to go
address of the firm, and must be Voluntary Winding-Up) IN THE MATTER OF PRIVILEGED November 2021 at 10.00 a.m. for the WEST INDIES fast bowler Obel again in the near future.”
signed by the person or firm, or By a Written Resolution of the In the Matter of following purposes:
his or their solicitors (if any) and Members of Melwei Resources Sdn. APEX CONTAINER LINE (M) SDN. BHD HONOUR SDN. BHD.
must be served, or, if posted, must Bhd. duly passed on the 25th October (Company No. 441296-V) AGENDA
be sent by post in sufficient time 2021, the special resolutions set out 200601014300 (734051-V)
to reach the abovenamed not later below were duly passed. (In Members’ Voluntary Winding Up) (In Members 1. To receive and adopt the account McCoy has been ruled out of the De Kock says sorry
than twelve o’clock noon of the 7th THAT the Company be wound up NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the creditors Voluntary Winding Up) from the Liquidator showing the Twenty20 World Cup with a right
day of February 2022. voluntarily pursuant to Section 439(1) of APEX CONTAINER LINE (M) SDN. BHD Notice is hereby given that the creditors manner in which the winding up SOUTH AFRICAN star Quinton
(b) of the Companies Act 2016 and 200601014300 (734051-V) which is being of the above named Company, which is has been conducted and to hear shin injury, the country’s cricket de Kock has apologised for
that Mr. Neoh Chin Wah of Insol-i voluntarily wound up are required on or being voluntarily wound up, are required any explanation that may be given board (CWI) said yesterday.
Corporate Recovery PLT, 3rd Floor, before 29-11-2021 to send their names on or before 29th November 2021 by the Liquidator.
Acctax Corporate Centre, No. 2, Jalan and addresses with particulars of their (30 days from advertised date ) to send
Bawasah, 10050 Georgetown, Penang debts and claims, and of any security held in their names and addresses with 2. To determine pursuant to Section McCoy, 24, played in the Group I refusing to take the knee in his
be appointed as Liquidator to act for by them, and the names and addresses of particulars of their debts and claims and of 518(3)(b) of the Companies Act opener against England last team’s Twenty20 World Cup
the purpose of the winding-up. their solicitors (if any) to:- any security held by them, and the names, 2016, the manner in which the weekend but missed Tuesday’s match and said he would be
Dated this 29th October 2021 Teo Mong Nguan (Liquidator) addresses of their solicitors (if any) to the books, accounts and documents of match against South Africa. All- “happy” to do it. “I would like to
Sgd Suite 19-02D, 19th Floor, Menara Zurich, undersigned Liquidator at No 5 Jalan 1/15, the Company and of the Liquidator rounder Jason Holder, who was start by saying sorry to my
........................... No. 15, Jalan Dato’ Abdullah Tahir, 80300 Seksyen 1, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, thereof shall be disposed of.
Boey Swee Guan @ Mooi Sooi Guan Johor Bahru, Johor and if so required by notice in writing from
Director and if so required by notice in writing from the said Liquidator, are by their Solicitors CHEAI WENG HOONG initially named as a travelling teammates, and the fans back
IN THE MATTER OF the aforesaid Liquidator, or personally or personally to come in and prove their BENEDETTE LIM LANG SIU reserve for the tournament, will home,” De Kock said in statement
THE COMPANIES ACT 2016 or by their solicitors required to write in debts and claims at such time and place Liquidators
and prove their said debts and claims at as shall be specified in such notice or in
AND such time and place shall be specified default thereof they shall be excluded from Date: 29 October 2021 replace McCoy in the 15-man yesterday. “If me taking a knee
IN THE MATTER OF in such notice, or in default thereof, they the benefit of any distribution made before Note:A member entitled to attend squad. “McCoy did really well in helps to educate others, and
MELWEI RESOURCES SDN. BHD. will be excluded from the benefit of any such debts or claims are proven. and vote at the meeting is entitled the T20Is earlier this year and makes the lives of others better, I
(Company No. 199001000640 distribution made before such debts and Dated this: 29th October 2021 to appoint a proxy to attend and adapted well in the opening am more than happy to do so.”
claims are proved. Sgnd vote instead of him. A proxy may match against England,” CWI lead De Kock pulled out of Tuesday’s
(192198-X)) Dated : 29-10-2021 ………………………………. but need not be a member of the selector Roger Harper said in a match against holders West
(In Members’ Teo Mong Nguan (Liquidator) WONG ENG KIN Company. The instrument appointing statement. “He was a key Indies for “personal reasons”,
Voluntary Winding-Up) Liquidator a proxy must be deposited at D-3-7
Notice is hereby given that the Greentown Square, Jalan Dato’ Seri
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thereof, shall be disposed.
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Bayern suffer historic
thrashing at Gladbach Real back on top after Osasuna stalemate

SHELL-SHOCKED Bayern Munich suffered their REAL MADRID returned to the top of La Liga “La Liga is very even, there are lots of teams the hype.
heaviest defeat in the German Cup yesterday when yesterday, despite being held to a goalless draw up there. I don’t think it’s going to take 100 Only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
their star-studded team was thrashed 5-0 at by Osasuna, but Barcelona dropped to ninth points to win it this season,” said Carlo Ancelotti.
Borussia Moenchengladbach. after losing 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano, with Radamel have better goals per game ratios in La Liga
Falcao scoring the winner. The 35-year-old Falcao continues to roll back than Falcao, who replaced Sergio Aguero at
Full-strength Bayern conceded the first goal after the years at Rayo after scoring his fourth goal in Atletico Madrid in 2011, and now faced the
just 71 seconds and were 3-0 down with 21 minutes Karim Benzema struck the bar in the second six games for his new club and surely the Argentinian again.
played. half at the Santiago Bernabeu but Osasuna sweetest, coming against Barca, whom he last
could have won it too, with Kike Garcia missing scored against in 2013. The last time Aguero and Falcao were on the
It was the first time for 27 years Bayern have the best chance of the game when he hit the same pitch together they scored two goals
conceded so many goals so early in any post from five yards. Rayo stay above Barca, and only two points each in a 5-3 win for Manchester City against
competition. off fourth, maintaining their perfect record at Monaco, but this was Falcao’s night.
Madrid jump above Sevilla, Real Betis and home this term with a fifth win out of five.
It is Bayern’s heaviest German Cup defeat, Real Sociedad – all four of them with 21 points At 35 years and 220 days, he is the oldest
eclipsing a 5-1 quarterfinal defeat at Cologne in – on goal difference while Osasuna sit sixth Falcao joined on a free transfer in the player to score four or more goals in his first six
1972. after extending their strong start to the season. summer and after shirts with his name on games for the same club in La Liga this century.
the back sold out, he has so far lived up to – AFP
French midfielder Kouadio Kone grabbed his first
goal for Gladbach with barely a minute gone, then Koeman sacked
Algerian defender Ramy Bensebaini and Swiss Xavi favourite to come in for axed Barcelona coach
striker Breel Embolo both scored twice in the rout. RONALD KOEMAN (pix)
has been sacked as coach as first team coach. Barcelona as a player and is much trust between the pair.
This is the second time in consecutive seasons of Barcelona, the club “The president of the club, Joan considered a club legend after Laporta told Koeman in the
Bayern have been dumped out of the cup in the announced yesterday, scoring the winning goal in the
second round having lost at Holstein Kiel last Laporta, informed him of the 1992 European Cup final against summer he wanted two weeks to
January after a penalty shootout. decision after the defeat against look for a replacement while
with former midfielder Xavi Rayo Vallecano. Ronald Koeman Sampdoria. Koeman reacted badly last month
There were plenty of off-field distractions for Hernandez the favourite to replace will say goodbye to the He was appointed coach by to Laporta suggesting coaches do
Bayern in the build up. him. squad on Thursday at Barca’s previous president not have all the power.
Koeman was dismissed after a the Ciutat Josep Maria Bartomeu in “He spoke too much,” Koeman
Hours before kickoff, France defender Lucas 1-0 defeat by Rayo Vallecano left Esportiva. August 2020 and said.
Hernandez heard he will escape being jailed in the team sitting ninth in La Liga. “FC enjoyed some success No replacement was found or
Spain for violating a restraining order in 2017 after a Barca have won only two of B a r c e l o n a in his first season, could be persuaded to take over,
Madrid court accepted his appeal. their last seven league games wishes to winning the Copa perhaps in part because of
under Koeman, a run that thank him del Rey and bringing Barcelona’s perilous financial
Midfielder Joshua Kimmich has also been the included losing to Real Madrid in for his a disillusioned problems.
centre of fierce debate in Germany after revealing Sunday’s Clasico at Nou Camp. service to Lionel Messi back The club had to watch Messi
he opted against being vaccinated for Covid-19. A poor start to the season has the Club onside. join PSG in August after failing to
raised the possibility of the team and wishes Laporta was re- renew the Argentinian’s contract,
Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann was failing to qualify for next season’s him all the elected as Antoine Griezmann also departed
missing as he remains in isolation at home after Champions League, which would best in his president in March without being adequately replaced
testing positive for the coronavirus. have enormous consequences for professional and while he as Sergio Aguero and Memphis
the club’s already dire financial career.” allowed Koeman to Depay both arrived on free
Moenchengladbach completely dominated the situation. Koeman continue as coach transfers and Luuk de Jong came
opening exchanges by converting two of their six Xavi, who is currently in charge spent six years this season, there from Sevilla on loan.
shots on goal. of Qatari club Al Sadd, is a t was never “The team has lost balance in
considered Koeman’s most likely the squad, lost very effective
In contrast, Bayern, top of the Bundesliga table successor. players, which shows,” said
while Gladbach are 12th, failed to get a shot on Barcelona B coach Sergi Koeman after his last game in
target in the opening 20 minutes. – AFP Barjuan could take charge of charge against Rayo. “In recent
the first team on an interim years other clubs have
SIDENETTING basis, with games against strengthened every season
Leverkusen out of German Cup Alaves, Dynamo Kiev in and we haven’t, which also
the Champions League, shows.”
BUNDESLIGA side Bayer Leverkusen suffered a and Celta Vigo to come Koeman’s honest
German Cup upset yesterday when they were before the next approach was largely
beaten 2-1 at home by second division Karlsruhe. international break. accepted and even
Leverkusen are fourth in the Bundesliga table but River Plate coach appreciated last season but
were stunned as South Korean forward Choi Marcelo Gallardo and his downbeat assessment of
Kyoung-rok hit the winner in the second-round tie. Ajax’s Erik ten Hag his squad this term was seen
Leverkusen's 16-year-old Spanish striker Iker Bravo, have also been by many as counter-
signed from Barcelona in the summer, had a debut linked with productive and not befitting
to forget when he came off the bench and blasted Barcelona but of a Barcelona coach.
over two golden chances. At 16 years, nine months might be reluctant Laporta said before the
and 15 days, Bravo became the youngest player in to leave their international break Koeman
Leverkusen's history, eclipsing team-mate Florian respective posts “deserved the benefit of the
Wirtz, who was 17 months, 15 days old when he mid-season. doubt”, moving to end
made his debut last year. A club speculation that he would lose
statement his job after the defeat by Atletico.
Nice, Marseille draw two months after released after But faced with an early exit in
game kicked-off midnight in Spain the Champions League and the
yesterday read: “FC possibility of failing to make the
NICE and Marseille drew 1-1 in French Ligue 1 Barcelona has top four in La Liga, Laporta, who
yesterday, two months after the original fixture was relieved Ronald was at Vallecas, decided to act. –
abandoned due to crowd trouble. The rescheduled Koeman of his duties AFP
game, played behind closed doors at Troyes, saw
Nice take the lead through Amine Gouiri after just Inter back to winning ways, Juventus slip to last-gasp defeat
six minutes. Dimitri Payet levelled for Marseille just
before the half-time interval. “The draw seems the CHAMPIONS Inter Milan got back to winning leaders AC Milan. Empoli drop to 12th on 12 adrift of Juve.
fairest outcome,“ said Marseille cach Jorge ways with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Empoli points. “There are games that if you don’t win you
Sampaoli. “In the first half Nice produced a lot and Juventus slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat at
more, but in the second half we had control and home to Sassuolo in Serie A yesterday. “For some years now we have been thinking can’t afford to lose,” Allegri told DAZN. “A draw
we could have scored a second goal.” However, as one group and it is thanks to the collective would have meant we extended the unbeaten
Nice coach Christophe Galtier said he was Inter had started brightly – grew into the that we managed to win the Scudetto last run and we would not have lost twice at home
disappointed not to have take all three points. contest and edged in front thanks to Danilo season,” D’Ambrosio told Sky Sport Italia. (this season) already.
“There is frustration and disappointment for my D’Ambrosio’s well-timed header in the 34th
boys. With our scoring chances, I believe that my minute. “We have to think about ourselves, without “We have to be realistic. We have to play in
players deserved to win,“ said Galtier. relying on the results of others. We have another way and be more careful, especially if
Inter were in total control after Empoli’s players who can make a difference with single you meet teams like Sassuolo.”
Lamela earns point for Sevilla Samuele Ricci was sent off for a reckless tackle plays as happened with Sanchez’s assist for my
on Nicolo Barella just six minutes into the goal. In Serie A’s late kickoffs, goals from Ibanez
ERIK LAMELA came off the bench to earn Sevilla a second half. and captain Lorenzo Pellegrini helped AS Roma
point and joint top spot in La Liga with a stunning “The current ideas of the coach are come from behind to win 2-1 at Cagliari to stay
second half equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to Real Simone Inzaghi’s side made the most of interesting and I think we are on the right fourth in the table, while Spaniard Pedro’s goal
Mallorca yesterday. Sevilla moved briefly top with their numerical advantage when Federico path.” was enough for Lazio to climb above Fiorentina
21 points from 10 games, ahead of Real Sociedad Dimarco put them 2-0 up in the 66th minute. into sixth after beating them 1-0 in Rome.
and Real Betis on goal difference, although Real The surprise defeat, Juve’s first in 10
Madrid replaced them later despite drawing 0-0 at Inter took their foot off the gas and cruised matches in all competitions, dropped Allegri’s Atalanta remain in fifth after coming from
home to Osasuna. Real also have 21 points. the final period of the match, earning their first side to seventh in the standings with 15 points. behind to beat Sampdoria 3-1, while Antonin
Mallorca, who were hugely relieved to gain a point victory in three league games to stay third in They trail leaders AC Milan by 13 points after 10 Barak's late penalty earned Hellas Verona a 1-1
after conceding twice in stoppage time in a 2-2 the standings on 21 points, seven behind games. Sassuolo climbed to ninth, a point draw at Udinese. – Reuters
draw at Valencia on Saturday, are in 12th place with
13 points. “If they tell us that we are going to draw
against Sevilla at home, anyone would have signed
for it,“ golascoer Sanchez said. “Once again the
team played a very good game and it would have
been a hard blow to have lost today.”


EPL PREVIEWS & FIXTURES From mess into magic

MATCH-BY-MATCH facts and statistics Ignore the myths, Conte is ‘tactical master’ with spectacular record of winning silverware
ahead of the 10th round of Premier League
fixtures from Oct 30 to Nov 1. (All matches in
Malaysian time)

SATURDAY █ MELISSA REDDY challenge of moulding them out of the mess they down in the same manner or to the exact scale as
are. Mourinho, with all of his clubs still in a healthy
LEICESTER CITY VS ARSENAL (7.30pm) THE only manager to breach the 90-point state post his exit.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has scored more mark in the Premier League this decade The reaction to his candidacy has been
Premier League goals against Arsenal than he not named Pep Guardiola or Jurgen overwhelming odd, a series of takes that are not Chelsea, for example, finished third and won
has against any other side in the league (11). Klopp is Antonio Conte (pix). quite truth and marry into myth rather than the Europa League the following season, under
Leicester have won four of their last seven games Unlike his counterparts, he achieved that feat reality. Maurizio Sarri; a manager the majority didn’t
against the north London club in the league (D1 in his first season on these shores, in the much- want.
L2). Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has marketed “Most Competitive Division in the First, yes: Conte can be abrasive, demanding
been involved in five goals (four goals and one World”. and has fallen out with the powers that be at Conte has been filtered into a tactical box,
assist) in his last six Premier League games. every club, chiefly over transfers he didn’t want suggesting he can only play three at the back
BURNLEY VS BRENTFORD (10pm) It is has been curious, then, to witness the or changes of direction without his input. “I’m when the entirety of his career illustrates a
Brentford are unbeaten away from home in the recasting of the Italian as Jose Mourinho’s craftiness in setting up to maximise the strengths
Premier League this season (P4 W2 D2). Burnley slightly less evil, slightly less blockbuster, and not an a**-licker,” he famously told of a squad.
have not won any of their last five home league slightly less credible twin. L’Equipe.
matches against promoted sides (D3 L2). There have been To paint him as a defensive coach is flawed,
LIVERPOOL VS BRIGHTON (10pm) We live in mad times, but even still, this is clashes with especially as he is a devoted advocate to the
Having beaten Watford and Manchester United quite an insane contortion. Here’s the short of players: Diego progressive high-press.
5-0 each, Liverpool are looking to become the it: Conte has won five league titles and three Costa being
third team to win three Premier League matches domestic cups with Juventus, Chelsea and the most Having supreme organisation without the
in a row by five or more goals. Inter Milan. obvious ball is core to success in possession: Klopp and
MAN CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACE (10pm) reference Guardiola preach the same tenet.
This will be City manager Pep Guardiola’s 200th These were not gimmes or guarantees. point. But
Premier League match in charge. Since Palace His three consecutive Scudetti at Juve it is a Conte has a habit of drastically improving
returned to the Premier League in the 2013-14 preceded successive seventh-placed finishes twisting of individuals: think Marcus Alonso, David Luiz,
season, they have conceded 39 goals in 16 before his arrival. Chelsea had imploded, the facts to Victor Moses, Romelu Lukaku. The list is lengthy
Premier League games against City, keeping one sitting a shocking 10th when Conte walked in suggest he and it is that way because he is a mastermind of
clean sheet. and transformed them into “a war machine”. burns the finding solutions to match his players’ strengths.
Newcastle have lost five of their last six Premier He reached the Europa League final in his “Tactically, he is a master,” Guardiola has said
League games against Chelsea, winning the first season with Inter before delivering the holy of Conte. “He’s superb, maybe he’s the best. He’s
other 1-0 in January 2020. Chelsea are looking to grail: Inter’s first league title for 11 years. an excellent manager, I learn a lot when I see his
win four consecutive Premier League matches teams.
under Thomas Tuchel for the second time. Italy did not want to lose him
WATFORD VS SOUTHAMPTON (10pm) after Euro 2016, which ended “I like to do that because you see what they
Watford are looking to win successive Premier with a quarterfinal defeat to want to do. Their teams control a lot of
League matches for the first time since July 2020. champions Germany on aspects. It’s a good lesson for me to
Watford's Joshua King is looking to score in penalties, but Conte was see his teams and learn.
back-to-back Premier League matches for the desperate to return to the “What Antonio has done
first time since January 2019. Southampton's thick of club management. here in the Premier League,
James Ward-Prowse has scored more Premier And he is very, very, very maybe the people don’t
League goals (four) against Watford than any good at that. realise. He introduced another
other side. way to attack with five at the
The 52-year-old has back, another system, a lot of
SUNDAY been linked with teams, even Arsenal, had to
Manchester United, do a lot of imitating to do
TOTTENHAM VS MAN UNITED (12.30am) who continue to limp that.”
Tottenham have lost more Premier League on with Ole Gunnar Conte’s golden gift is
matches (36) against United than they have Solskjaer, and has turning a mess into magic.
versus any other side in the competition. put out word that However short it is, it comes
Tottenham’s Son Heung-min was involved in he’d like the with a sweet silverware lining. –
four goals (three goals, one assist) in his two The Independent
matches against United last season. United’s
Mason Greenwood has scored five goals in his Rashford ‘embarrassed’ by Liverpool thrashing
last seven Premier League away games.
NORWICH CITY VS LEEDS UNITED (10pm) MANCHESTER UNITED were humiliated by to prevent further damage. Anthony Taylor was taking pity upon United for
Norwich have won four of their six Premier Liverpool at home on Sunday in arguably their And the local-born England international their poor performance when they felt the Red
League games against Leeds (D1 L1), though this worst defeat of the Premier League era – and Devils could have had five red cards.
is their first game against each other in the com- Marcus Rashford has spoken out on the issued an apology on Twitter yesterday about
petition since May 1995. Leeds have lost only one incident, stating he was ‘embarrassed’ by what the result, claiming he was embarrassed by the Harry Maguire stopped Diogo Jota as the
of their last five away league games against happened. game. last man and only received a yellow, whilst Fred
Norwich (W2 D2), winning 3-0 in their last visit to and Cristiano Ronaldo could also have been
Carrow Road in August 2018. A Mohamed Salah brace following goals He wrote on Twitter: “I can’t lie you haven’t dismissed.
from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota meant heard from me on here because as a United fan
MONDAY Liverpool went into the interval four goals to I didn’t really know what to say after Sunday. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called it his
the good at the home of their arch-rivals. ‘darkest day’ as a United manager.
ASTON VILLA VS WEST HAM (12.30am) “I was embarrassed. I am embarrassed.
Villa are winless in their last six Premier League Salah’s third improved Liverpool’s fortunes “Our fans are everything and you didn’t “It’s not easy to say something apart from
meetings with West Ham (D3 L3). Villa have lost and a red card for Paul Pogba saw Liverpool deserve that. We’re working hard to try and fix it’s the darkest day I’ve had leading these
their last three Premier League games, last then slow the game down and see it out for a this. players and we weren’t good enough,
having a longer such run in the competition in 5-0 win. “We have to redeem ourselves.” individually and as a team,” he said.
February-March 2020 (four games). West Ham Liverpool staff were baffled as to how the
are unbeaten in their last seven away Premier Rashford was one of the players who started United squad didn’t pick up more than one red “You can’t give a team like Liverpool those
League matches (W5 D2). at Old Trafford, but following Pogba’s dismissal card in the game. chances, unfortunately we did.
he was hooked for Diogo Dalot in an attempt Sources claimed that they felt referee
TUESDAY “The whole performance wasn’t good
United tell Pogba he can leave for nothing enough, that’s for sure.” – Express Newspapers
Wolves have won just one of their last six home PAUL POGBA has been told he can leave Pogba would cost them per annum in terms RESULTS
Premier League games against Everton (D3 L2). Manchester United for nothing at the end of of fees and wages – and decided the risk of
Wolves have won only one of their 10 Premier this season. losing him for nothing was worth the risk at ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP (4th round): Preston 0
League home games played on Monday (D3 L6). the time. Liverpool 2 (Minamino 62, Origi 84), West Ham
Everton’s Demarai Gray has been directly United have given up hope of keeping 0 Man City 0 – West Ham win 5-3 on penalties,
involved in five goals (three goals and two Pogba after seeing him reject the offer of a The club has run out of patience with Leicester 2 (Barnes 6, Lookman 45+5) Brighton
assists) in nine Premier League matches this bumper new deal. Pogba, who was axed for last weekend’s 2 (Webster 45+3, Mwepu 71) – Leicester win 4-2
season. humiliating 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool and on penalties, Burnley 0 Tottenham 1 (Moura
One option would be to sell him to the then sent off after going on as a substitute. 68), Stoke 1 (Sawyers 57) Brentford 2 (Canos 22,
Reuters highest bidder in the January transfer Toney 40).
window, but Old Trafford bosses would prefer The World Cup winner has been SERIE A: Cagliari 1 Roma 2, Empoli 0 Inter
to keep him until the summer to give them disillusioned at United for more than 12 Milan 2, Juventus 1 Sassuolo 2, Lazio 1
more time to find his replacement. months and is plotting to join either Real Fiorentina 0, Sampdoria 1 Atalanta 3, Udinese 1
Madrid or Paris Saint Germain. Verona 1.
United have targeted England and Leeds GERMAN CUP (2nd round): Borussia
midfielder Kalvin Phillips, but know it would He knows his chances of joining a Moenchengladbach 5 Bayern Munich 0, VfB
be impossible to sign him during the middle European giant will be boosted by the fact he Stuttgart 0 Cologne 2, Hanover 96 3 Fortuna
of the current campaign. will be available on a free transfer and can Duesseldorf 0, VfL Bochum 2 Augsburg 2 (AET)
start negotiating with a rival club in January. – Bochum won 5-4 on penalties, Waldhof
Pogba’s current deal runs out at the end of Mannheim 1 Union Berlin 3 (AET), Dynamo
this season and United are comfortable A large section of United supporters will Dresden 2 St. Pauli 3 (AET), Bayer Leverkusen 1
about letting him go on a free transfer. not be sorry to see Pogba go, considering the Karlsruhe 2.
28-year-old has struggled to make a FRENCH LIGUE 1: Nice 1 (Gouiri 6) Marseille 1
Failing to get a fee for the French enigma significant impact since returning to the club (Payet 42).
was factored into the £90 million (RM513m) and hasn’t even managed to nail down his
deal when United re-signed him from best position in the team. – Express
Juventus back in 2016. Newspaper

United bosses worked out how much


Tactically, he (Antonio Conte) is a master.
He’s superb, maybe he’s the best. He’s an
excellent manager, I learn a lot when I see his teams…
What Antonio has done here in the Premier League,
maybe the people don’t realise. He introduced another
way to attack with five at the back…”

Pep Guardiola

Klopp hails six youngsters after ‘perfect’ Preston League Cup win

LIVERPOOL manager Jurgen Klopp picked out six The German boss said: “We started quite well. better football but when you don’t feel the game, Bonner] deserved just a few minutes. That’s how it
youngsters for praise after the Reds booked their Then they played long balls and they were tricky to you play a little bit too much the position and not is.
spot in the quarterfinals of the League Cup defend. They had their moments. The game was enough the game, it looks a little bit stiff. “I think everybody knows Owen Beck played in
yesterday by beating Preston 2-0 at Deepdale. kind of open. “We had these moments tonight. We stood in pre-season for us some real good games. Another
The Reds required third-choice goalkeeper “You could see we lost our structure which each other’s way and didn’t find the right spaces. talent.
Adrian to make some fine stops in the first half and never helps in football, especially not tonight I’ve seen games like this more often than I wanted “I like that we could give the boys opportunities
Neco Williams needed to make a goalline block. when you have the ball that much. and it can happen. even if it’s only a few minutes. It’s only the start for
But a youthful eleven, which consisted of 11 “We couldn’t create too much in the first half. “We had to stay in the game, we defended the them. It’s the first game for some, now they can
changes from Sunday’s thrashing of Manchester Then second half, I think the little change helped. situations. We needed Adrian with some incredible build on that.”
United, improved after the break after a toothless Obviously the game for Harvey in the first half was saves in the first half and in the end, clean sheet, Rightback and man of the match Williams said
first 45 minutes. really not easy. two goals scored, not too long a drive home. All post-match: “We knew it weren’t going to be easy.
Liverpool finally broke the deadlock against “Second half we didn’t really involve him but good.” Preston are a good side and gave us a tough game.
their Championship opponents in the 62nd when you cannot train a lot together, these things He added of the club’s young players: “They We didn’t play our best football but we did enough
minute thanks to Takumi Minamino’s cute finish happen. We decided to change things and push learned a lot I’m pretty sure. You can see Tyler to get the win and we’re happy with that.
from a Williams cross. Neco higher and bring Conor on. Both did really Morton. We have to send him directly to the gym “I’ve got to thank Taki and Divock for them
And Divock Origi made sure of Liverpool’s well and were really involved. pretty much because if he gets a body he’s a goals, they saved me there but great finishes. The
victory with a brilliantly improvised goal that saw “Neco in the first goal, nice finish. Second goal brilliant footballer. team put a shift in and we worked our balls off and
him backheel the ball over his own head into the was a bit of a strange one but Divock showed his “There’s still some things to come physique- we got the win.
back of the net late on. skills in that moment. Could’ve scored a third goal, wise but the football brain is outstanding. “All the lads put a shift in from the goalkeeper
The win means Liverpool are unbeaten in 23 would’ve been nice but it’s not important. “Harvey is a real talent but offensive players to the strikers. I’m thankful we got the win and I
matches across all competitions stretching back to “Preston played a really inspired game I would they need passes, they need the right moments. made contributions to the goals.”
last season and will have a last-eight tie in this say, atmosphere was nice, no-one got injured. You can’t expect in the first game against a Liverpool will learn their quarterfinal
competition to look forward to. Perfect night! challenging team that he outplays four players and opponents on Saturday with the last-eight draw
Klopp hailed man of the match Williams and “Especially when he played higher up the field, then puts the ball in the far corner. being conducted on Soccer AM.
also reserved praise for Tyler Morton, debutant Neco was good. It was really good. Before then he “Conor Bradley is a real talent. I like his heart, Arsenal, Chelsea, Sunderland, Tottenham,
Harvey Blair, and substitutes Conor Bradley, Elijah couldn’t find the position as well. he’s playing with a lot of heart and his speed in the Leicester, Brentford and West Ham are the possible
Dixon-Bonner and Owen Beck too. “You could see all the boys can play so much solo run he showed was really nice. Elijah [Dixon- opponents. – Express Newspapers
End of City’s reign

Guardiola’s side crashed out on penalties, finally breaking their four-year stranglehold on the trophy

HOLDERS Manchester minutes and dispatched the first Manchester City’s
City were eliminated penalty in the shootout. Raheem Sterling (left)
from the League Cup by vies with West Ham
West Ham United after a “He’s been a wonderful captain United’s Ben Johnson
penalty shootout at London of this club, and a great role model,” during the English
Stadium on Wednesday, ending added Pearce. League Cup round of
Pep Guardiola’s team’s four-year 16 match at The
domination of the competition. “He inspires from within the London Stadium
dressing room. Credit to him, he’s yesterday. – AFPPIX
The game went to penalties after not had a lot of games this year but
ending goalless and the Hammers when he was asked to come in and
triumphed 5-3 in the spot kicks to lead the team tonight he was
progress to the quarterfinals. incredible.”

With Manchester United Guardiola was full of praise for
knocked out in the previous round, West Ham and reflected on his
also by West Ham, it means the Cup club’s remarkable record in the
will be won by a non-Manchester competition.
club for the first time since 2015.
“An incredible run has finished.
Guardiola and West Ham boss We finished in a good way. We
David Moyes made largescale played in a really good way,
changes to the line-ups from the creating chances against a team
weekend’s Premier League games who defended deep,” he said.
but there was no shortage of
competitive desire from either side. “On penalties they were better.
Congratulations to West Ham. Next
Substitute Phil Foden missed year we will be back,” he added.
the first penalty for City and Said
Benrahma converted the final kick “One of our toughest games at
to give the Hammers victory in home last season was against them.
what is becoming an excellent
season for the East London club. “They are doing well in the
Premier League, the Europa
“You win some you lose some League and now they are in the
but with the resilience and the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup. A
honesty we showed, we deserved to fantastic team, a fantastic
get over the line,” said West Ham manager.”
assistant manager Stuart Pearce.
Leicester City edged out
“A really good night for this Brighton and Hove Albion on
football club with 60,000 in the penalties after the game ended 2-2
stadium. The players deserve all the after 90 minutes.
credit and a bit to our manager as
well who drives this club on a daily Tottenham Hotspur also
basis,” he said. progressed after a 1-0 win at
Burnley with Lucas Moura
“Absolutely superb, and the grabbing the 68th minute winner
players deserve all the credit, while with a header from a Emerson
the manager drives this club on in a Royal cross in a disappointing
daily basis. He’s done a wonderful game.
job at this club.”
Premier League Brentford took
Pearce singled out club captain care of business against
Mark Noble, who at 34 and in his Championship Stoke City with
farewell season put in a tireless 90 Sergi Canos and Ivan Toney on
target for the London club in a 2-1
win. – Reuters/The Independent

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