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Published by g-40332846, 2021-10-19 22:41:11

The Sun-20.10

The Sun-20.10

INSIDE

TELLING IT AS IT IS Back to work at Non-vaccinated
the office civil servants to
3 4page page

- yay or nay? face action

ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20, 2021 FESTIVE SHOPPING ... A woman takes

No. 7886 PP 2644/12/2012 (031195) www.thesundaily.my advantage of the Maulidur Rasul public holiday yesterday
to pick up some Deepavali decorative items from a stall at
Market Street in Penang. – MASRY CHE ANI/THESUN

When rights go wrong

█ BY ELWIN DAVA oLaws in place to protect children, but poor rights of children are protected,” he said.
[email protected] enforcement leaves many vulnerable To ensure accountability, he said the OCC
could be required to publish monthly or
PETALING JAYA: Children in Malaysia annual reports outlining its activities and the
are generally adequately protected. financial outlay involved.
There are legislations in place to “This report should be made available to
guarantee their rights. the public. It would guarantee transparency
Yet, legal experts say many remain at risk be addressed are child marriage and unilateral and Social Development, said last week that and accountability and to ensure proper use of
due to poor enforcement of the law as well as religious conversion of underage children. the commission should also be given sufficient the government’s money,” he added.
cultural and religious practices that are no funds by the government to ensure that it plays Tan said apart from protecting their rights,
longer suitable in current times. He proposed the government work with a proper role in protecting children. children should also be sheltered from social
civil society to improve public awareness on problems such as poverty.
“The core issue here is how well has the law the dangers of child marriage and to initiate However, Tan said it was not necessary to “This is another major concern that
been enforced,” said litigation lawyer Etrus discussions on the issue with religious set up a separate commission for children, Malaysian children confront, particularly in
Tan, adding that more often than not, child authorities with a view to creating legislations given that the Office of the Children’s the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
abuse cases are linked to poor enforcement of that will protect children from such unions. Commissioner (OCC) within the Human According to a recent statement by Women,
the law. Rights Commission of Malaysia is already Family and Community
Tan was commenting on a proposal by playing the role of safeguarding the rights of Development Minister Datuk Seri
“Parents, teachers and even some Pengerang MP Datuk Seri Azalina Othman children. Rina Harun, a total of 4,422 Turn to
policemen are generally not well versed in the Said that an independent children’s children have lost a parent, a
law. I have come across a battered wife and commission be set up under an Act of “There is no pressing need for such a —
children who did not know what they could do Parliament. commission. Rather, the government could guardian or both parents to page 2
to protect themselves.” devote more funds and manpower to the OCC Covid-19 as of Sept 13.
Azalina, who is also chairman of the Select to enable it to be more effective in ensuring the
Tan said other sensitive issues that need to Committee on Women and Children’s Affairs

2 theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | OCTOBER 20, 2021 Learn from Prophet’s
NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS experiences: Sultan

Maulidur Rasul celebrated in compliance with SOP KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor ruler Sultan
Sharafuddin Idris Shah has urged Muslims to have
KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims in the country next phase under the NRP to ensure that the Religious Council president, said Muslims are a greater appreciation of experiences in Prophet
commemorated the birthday of Prophet state continues to prosper and its people live the largest group in the state and should Muhammad’s life.
Muhammad yesterday in compliance with in harmony, said the ruler in conjunction with contribute towards enhancing the harmony
standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the online state-level Maulidur Rasul and welfare of the state. In a post on the Selangor Royal Office Facebook
the government. celebrations yesterday. In Malacca, the Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun page yesterday in conjunction with the Maulidur
Most states observed the day by holding “Strengthen unity among us and cultivate Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam presented the Rasul celebration, Sultan Sharafuddin urged
virtual events to ensure that Covid-19 pure values, in line with the virtues exhibited Maulidur Rasul Special Award to 10 recipients Muslims to emulate the personal virtues of Prophet
infections continued to decline. by Prophet Muhammad.” for their contributions and services in Muhammad and to follow all his teachings
State leaders reminded Muslims to The Regent of Pahang Tengku Hassanal conjunction with the state-level celebrations. contained in the sunnah (traditions and practices).
emulate the good virtues of Prophet Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah In Sabah, the Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun
Muhammad while continuing efforts to curb Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah attended Juhar Mahiruddin and Chief Minister Datuk “The Sultan of Selangor also urges all Muslims
the spread of Covid. a closed-door Maulidur Rasul celebration to Hajiji Noor attended the celebrations held at to send their salutations to Prophet Muhammad
The Sultan of Kedah Al Aminul Karim comply with the SOP at a hotel in Kuantan. the Sabah International Convention Centre and may all of us be worthy of his blessings in the
Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah urged In Penang, Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk with a limited number of guests. hereafter,” it read.
the people to continue to comply with the Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abd Rahman called on In his speech, Juhar reminded Muslims in
National Recovery Plan (NRP), including the Muslims to emulate the personality and Sabah not to neglect the obligation to Sultan Sharafuddin and Tengku Permaisuri
National Covid-19 Immunisation follow the high moral standards portrayed by transform themselves to be better people, Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin wished all
Programme. Prophet Muhammad. apart from maintaining unity in the face of Muslims, especially in Selangor, a Happy Maulidur
It is a strategy for Kedah to transition to the Zakiyuddin, who is also the state Islamic religious and ethnic diversity. – Bernama Rasul 1443 Hijrah, Bernama reported.

‘Forge unity with bonds Meanwhile, the Sultan of Terengganu Sultan
of love, tolerance’ Mizan Zainal Abidin reminded citizens in the state
to look out for neighbours in need of support and
o Treat differences as advantage, similarities as source of prosperity of the country.” assistance in light of the ongoing Covid-19
strength in dealing with economic and health crises, says PM He said the Prophet, among others, outbreak.

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Malaysian Family.” introduced Sahifah Madinah, or the He said that many had suffered greatly since the
Yaakob has called on Malaysians to treat He said this in a special message in Constitution of Madinah for political stability. outbreak began last March, and they should be
differences as an advantage rather than a Its core values aim to create elements of given the attention that they deserve.
weakness, and similarities as a source of conjunction with the Maulidur Rasul togetherness and mutual respect among the
strength to deal with the current crises of celebration that was broadcast live on RTM1 communities, thus uniting them as one “Due to the pandemic, some of us have lost our
economy and health. yesterday. Ismail Sabri said the rise and fall of family, Bernama reported. loved ones, children have become orphans, others
a race and country are dependent on unity have lost their jobs, while many have lower
The prime minister said as a Malaysian and solidarity. Ismail Sabri said that in the context of incomes, and require assistance,” he said at the
Family, everyone needs to work together to humanity, the Prophet was a model in online launch of Maulidur Rasul celebrations.
revive the country and adapt to new norms. He added that the government would upholding the brotherhood of humanity
continue to emulate the initiatives when he sought to eliminate any form of Training needed
“Let us forge and strengthen unity with the implemented by the Prophet as a guide in the discrimination based on religion, race, skin to help victims
bonds of love and tolerance as a big Malaysian administration of the country for the colour or descent.
Family. prosperity of the Malaysian Family. Tan said greater attention should be focused
“This shows that Islam is a religion that is on these children, and noted that while Malaysian
“Whoever we are, whether a father, “To this end, various policies, initiatives built on the principle of takrim al-insan, or children aged six to 12 are required by law to
mother, child, neighbour, employee, head of and incentives will be planned and honouring of humanity. attend school, similar privileges are not
an office, community leader, religious leader introduced by the government to ensure that accorded to children born abroad
or political leader, we have to play the role to no member of the Malaysian Family is left “It is also in line with the Federal or children of refugees.
revive the country for the well-being of the behind from enjoying the wealth and Constitution, including Article 12, which Rina has on several occasions From
accords the right to education to all citizens
without any discrimination on the basis of raised the issue of the rights of front
their religion, race, descent, gender or place
of birth.” children born abroad to page

Malaysian mothers, describing it
as a “work in progress”.
According to Teach for Malaysia, a
non-governmental organisation that focuses on
ensuring equal opportunity to education for all
children, an issue that has to be dealt with
urgently is abuse or harassment of children.
Its head of coaching and support, Chew Mei
Yee, attributed the condition to a lack of cultural
understanding and informed processes in
schools to handle such matters.
“Schools could inculcate in students the
knowledge of their rights and make them aware of
how they can seek help in the event they are
abused.
“Teachers should also be equipped with the
knowledge and training to help students who
have been exposed to domestic violence,
harassment or other traumatic events,”
she added.

Perlis banking on
Budget 2022

CHILLING OUT ... People spending time outdoors with their families during the Maulidur Rasul public holiday in the city centre yesterday. KANGAR: The Perlis government is placing
– ADIB RAWI YAHYA/THESUN high hopes on Budget 2022, which is expected
to ensure that the state’s development is rolled
out according to plans.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man said the
state has engaged with the federal government
on several fronts encompassing development
and the welfare of the rakyat.

“We place our hopes on two initiatives for
the state’s progress. We have big, moderate and
small-scale projects and our hope is that they
will be accepted and approved as planned,” he
told Bernama yesterday.

He was referring to Budget 2022, which will
be presented by Finance Minister Tengku Datuk
Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz on Oct 29 at the Dewan
Rakyat.

Azlan said he had also expressed views and
concerns to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail
Sabri at a recent meeting.

He said the prime minister had given a
positive response and had promised to examine
his views closely before a decision is reached.

Earlier, Azlan handed house keys in a new
state housing scheme to Sharifah Abu Bakar, 46,
a resident at Kampung Nesam near here.

3theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | OCTOBER 20, 2021
NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS

Gaining trust remains a major challenge for men in political office

COMMENT for journalists, who came in at 32%. bad press. True or false, broken promises or in at 65%.
byYeoh Guan Jin Even so, they both did better than the global outright lies have been singled out as their worst Teachers emerged at the top of the table in
traits.
THE widely accepted belief that politicians average of just 25% for the clergy and 23% for the the previous survey two years ago.
don’t do well in the trust barometer is not based men who bring you the news. When the time comes to rally supporters and There is no doubt that had it not been for our
purely on conjecture. win over detractors, they are out there, kissing
But politicians, the men who seek public babies and pressing palms, posing for photo ops healthcare workers the country would not have
In a recently completed “Trust in Profession” office in the name of doing good for the nation, and, last but no least, making promises. come so far in the battle against Covid-19.
survey by global marketing outfit Ipsos, they have yet to gain the trust of their constituents. It
ended up at the bottom of the table, together does make one wonder how they get the votes in At the other end of the spectrum, doctors and They put their lives at risk every hour of the
with government ministers, journalists and even the first place. teachers easily win hearts and minds. day so others may be safe.
men of God.
They have won the trust of a measly 19% of The fact that doctors have pipped teachers There will be other health challenges, but we
Only 29% of those surveyed in Malaysia those surveyed in Malaysia, but in comparison, into second place in the 2021 survey can be can trust our doctors and nurses to be there
expressed a trust in the clergy, slightly below that the yang berhormat here have done better than attributed in part to their dedication in taking on when we need them.
their counterparts elsewhere. The global the Covid-19 scourge.
average for politicians is a low 10%. For the record, scientists, soldiers and judges
In Malaysia, doctors scored a high 68% in the round off the top five in the trust score sheet
But then again, politicians have always had a trust scale, slightly ahead of teachers who came while among those at the bottom are advertising
executives and business leaders.

Challenges of
reversing
WFH policy

o Clocking in on time, observance of code of conduct
among foreseeable problems facing workers

█ BY ALISHA NUR MOHD NOOR entertain the thought of putting her son in a SNACK TIME ... A worker feeds the panda, Zoo Negara’s main attraction. The zoo, which
[email protected] situation where he could get infected. reopened to the public last Friday, yesterday saw a steady stream of visitors, in conjunction
PETALING JAYA: For better or worse, it is time to with the public holiday. – BERNAMAPIX
go back to work at the office. Nabilah said she also saves on food and
transport costs by working from home. Minister agrees with mufti’s call to
However, any assumption that things will address Timah whiskey issue
return to pre-Covid-19 days is misplaced. Fortunately for her, the company has agreed
to allow her to continue working from home KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime whiskey had been given the brand name
While some look forward to the camaradarie although the order for all employees to return to Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Timah and displayed a bearded man with a
that is possible only at the workplace, others the office has been issued. Idris Ahmad agrees with Penang mufti skull cap (kopiah) resembling a religious
have become so used to the work-at-home Datuk Seri Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor’s call man.
(WFH) practice that they no longer want to clock Human resource administrator Nur Hidayah for a local alcoholic beverage company to
in to their cubicle. Zoolkapli, 31, agrees that the current situation immediately change its Timah brand and In addition, Idris said he would discuss
calls for some flexibility. the picture used on the bottle. the matter with the Home Ministry and the
In the meantime, employers must also realise Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
that the world has changed, and they will have to “At the end of the day, we need every Idris said such things should not happen Ministry.
make adjustments. employee to be fully productive, and the as they are provocative while the use of the
company must understand that if the staff can name could cause confusion to the In a separate development, Idris said the
One person who is happy to be going back to get things done efficiently from home, he should community and religion. department was ready to provide
work at the office is 28-year-old Afiqah Aqilah be given that option,” she told theSun. counselling services to Muhammad Sajjad
Kamaruddin. “We do not agree with the principle of Kamarul Zaman or Nur Sajat if the
Nur Hidayah said there are three options for using the Timah brand name. What does cosmetics entrepreneur returns to Malaysia.
“Having to work from home for almost two employers – require all employees to resume the company mean by that name? Is there
years has been the most depressing experience,” work at the office, allow then to continue a new normalisation?... this is what we are On Monday, media reported that Nur
she told theSun. working from home or have a hybrid of both. worried about,” he told reporters when met Sajat confirmed that she has permanently
at the Federal Territory 2021 Maulidur Rasul left for Australia and does not plan to
As finance officer, she has to continuously “Whatever they decide on, it is the level of celebration here yesterday. return to Malaysia.
refer to old data and that meant transferring a lot productivity that matters,” she said.
of files into her laptop. On Monday, Wan Salim, in a statement, Muhammad Sajjad, 36, is sought by the
She said companies may, in the end, be expressed disappointment over an authorities after the Shah Alam Syariah
“The process takes time, uses up a lot of forced to be flexible to retain the good advertisement that has gone viral on social High Court issued an arrest warrant on Feb
energy and it has taken up a lot of space in my employees. media, which stated that a locally-made 23 for failing to attend proceedings over a
laptop,” she said. charge of dressing as a woman. – Bernama
However, Nur Hidayah also warned that with
Afiqah said she is also working longer hours. the resumption of operations at the office, new MA63 council all for equal status
Sometimes, my team leader would call for a problems could emerge, and on top of the list is
meeting at 7pm, and most days I don’t finish time management.
work before 8pm,” she added.
“Some people may have become so used to
For her, returning to the office would be a working remotely that they will find it difficult to
relief. clock in at the stipulated hour,” she said.

On the other hand, Nabilah Fuad, 30, has She said some employees may also have
grown comfortable with the WFH practice. She trouble observing the code of conduct set by
now has an eight-month-old son to watch, so their employers.
working from home is an advantage.
“For instance, some may turn up with
As a data analyst at a local research company, improper outfits. While many companies
there is little need for her to be at the office all the prioritise results over appearance, in some
time, anyway. businesses, dressing up properly for work is still
a must,” she pointed out.
“My husband works offshore, so he is seldom
home. It is up to me to take care of our baby,” Finally, she said, employers should consider
Nabilah told theSun. reinstating full salary for their employees if they
are required to return to work at the office.
Given the Covid-19 pandemic now, she is
also wary about sending her son to a daycare “Perhaps they should also consider new
centre. Just like any mother, she would not benefits such as medical coverage for Covid-19
infection,” Nur Hidayah added.

Nafas channels RM4.79m to PPN, PPK KOTA KINABALU: The special council on statement yesterday.
Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MKMA63) has Ongkili said the proposal was tabled by
JERTEH: The National Farmers Organisation “As for Terengganu, the PPN and all 33 PPK will agreed to the proposed amendments to
(Nafas) has allocated RM4.79 million to be get a total of RM225,000, of which RM160,000 is Article 1(2) and Article 160(2) of the Federal Minister in the Prime Minister’s
distributed to state farmers organisations (PPN) for the provision of zakat to 1,600 members and Constitution that would return Sabah and Department (Law and Parliament) Datuk
and area farmers organisations (PPK) nationwide the rest is for management purposes,” he said in Sarawak to equal status with the peninsula. Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, adding
to benefit 32,120 members. his speech at the presentation ceremony of that the current proposed amendments
Covid-19 aid in Gerai PPK here yesterday. Minister in the Prime Minister’s were very different from the ones
Nafas board of directors chairman Datuk Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) proposed by the Pakatan Harapan
Zamri Yaakob said of the total, RM3.2 million was At the ceremony, a total of 378 members of Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the government in 2018.
allocated for the distribution of zakat (tithe) to the Gerai PPK, comprising farmers who had been decision was made during the nearly three-
members. infected with Covid-19 and were affected by the hour MKMA63 meeting, chaired by Prime Wan Junaidi explained that the
pandemic, received contributions in the form of Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on amendments would define the status of all
“Each PPN will receive RM70,000 while PPK basic necessities. – Bernama Monday. states in Malaysia in line with the
will receive RM8,000. Federation of Malaya Agreement 1957,
“The amendments will redefine the MA63 and the position following
meaning of federation,” he said in a Singapore’s exit in 1965. – Bernama

4 theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | OCTOBER 20, 2021 READ OUR HERE SCAN
NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS ME
/thesundaily

Unvaccinated civil Service award for Covid-19
funeral manager

servants to face action MALACCA: The task of have never felt worried about
managing more than 100 bodies getting infected with the virus
KUALA LUMPUR: Civil servants who o Federal employees who refuse to be inoculated of Covid-19 victims since last because we followed the set
fail to get vaccinated will be subject to subject to tough disciplinary measures under new year was never a burden for standard operating procedures,”
disciplinary action or termination of policy, including termination Hasnul Hussien, 52, who he said.
service when a new policy involving considers it a responsibility to
government employees is fulfill the demands of fardard Earlier, he received the Abu
implemented from Nov 1. kifayah (obligation). Thalhah Award in conjunction
The matter is stated in the Service with the state level Maulidur
Circular No 4/2021 on the Covid-19 He said as the Covid-19 Rasul 1443 Hijrah Special Award
Immunisation Implementation Policy head of department to undergo a instructing the officers to undergo funeral manager at Malacca Presentation Ceremony at the
for Federal Public Service Officers. Covid-19 test if they have been Covid-19 screening at their own Hospital, he was not tired of the Al-Azim mosque auditorium in
Signed by Public Service confirmed unfit to receive the expense. job despite often finding himself Bukit Palah.
Department (PSD) Director-General vaccination for health reasons, drenched in sweat because he
Tan Sri Mohd Khairul Adib Abd Bernama reported. However, the government will pay had to wear personal protective The awards for various
Rahman, it said officers could be for tests for those who are not eligible to equipment in hot and narrow categories of contributions and
instructed to complete their “Officers are responsible for complete their vaccination due to spaces. services of recipients were
vaccination from that date. obtaining a complete Covid-19 health reasons. presented by the Yang di-Pertua
“On or after Nov 1, any officer who immunisation as prescribed by the He said managing the remains Negri of Malacca Tun Mohd Ali
fails to comply with the head of government. This is to ensure a safe All civil servants are subject to was quite challenging, as it was Mohd Rustam. Also present was
department’s instructions may face work environment and service provisions under Clause (2) of Article different from other funeral Chief Minister Datuk Seri
disciplinary action or termination of delivery, as well as to ensure public 132 of the Federal Constitution and are processes because it involved Sulaiman Md Ali.
service,” stated the circular, that was service productivity are at an optimal bound by the Letter of Undertaking tayammum (dry cleaning of the
uploaded on the PSD website level.” that they have signed under remains and ablution with clean Hasnul said since September,
yesterday. sub-regulation 20(3) of the Public earth) and funeral prayers until he noticed a decrease in the
Meanwhile, officers who could not Heads of department can also at any Officers (Appointment, Promotion the remains are put in a van to be number of bodies managed
complete the vaccination due to health time order officers who have not and Termination of Service) taken to the cemetery. every day compared to the
completed their vaccination to Regulations 2012. previous few months.
undergo a health examination to “The team and I will be on
determine their health status. In a statement on Sept 30, PSD duty in the early morning and if “The situation has changed
announced that all federal civil needed, will manage the remains and is getting better, with only
They are also allowed to use servants were required to be fully in the evening as well. one or two remains a day and
appropriate methods to manage vaccinated against the Covid-19 before sometimes, there are no Covid
unvaccinated officers, including Nov 1. “As long as the work is related deaths that need to be
considered as an act of worship, I dealt with.” – Bernama

factors could be instructed to undergo New income criteria for food aid
a medical check-up with a registered
medical practitioner.
They may also be instructed by the
MALACCA: The Ministry of nearly RM94 million in aid to
GOOD Women, Family and Community 24,838 recipients in the state
TIMES Development has adopted a food from January to September,
AGAIN ... poverty line income (PLI) limit of compared to RM90.27 million
Street artist RM1,169 for the distribution of involving 24,913 recipients last
Olyhairy aid involving the hardcore poor. year.
Othman
working on a Its minister Datuk Seri Rina She said the aid included
drawing at Mohd Harun said the previous financial assistance for children,
Penang Hill PLI was RM980, before it was senior citizens assistance,
yesterday as increased based on a 2019 study allowance for disabled workers,
visitors throng conducted by the Statistics state general assistance and
the tourist Department. launch grants.
location after
movement She was speaking after “Apart from financial and
restrictions and handing offer letters to welfare psychosocial assistance, we also
the interstate assistance recipients under the look at the recipients’ other needs
travel ban were Social Welfare Department in such as helping their children get
lifted. – MASRY Cheng yesterday. jobs through cooperation
CHE ANI/ between the department and
THESUN Also present were the other agencies.”
department’s deputy director-
general for operations Fatimah She also advised the disabled
Zuraidah Salleh and its Malacca to register with the department so
director, Burhanuddin Bachik. that they can receive 32 benefits
provided by the government to
Meanwhile, Rina said the ease their burden. – Bernama
department had distributed

C VID-19
UPDATE

As of noon yesterday

Social media apps way to teach Total 2,401,866
concafisremsed

KUALA LUMPUR: The use of TikTok construct sentences. subject that needs to be understood Total
as a knowledge sharing platform is Ahmad Shahrul, who is a Master’s and appreciated. Therefore, I use a ac�ve cases cNaesews 5,745
beneficial not only to students but also more casual approach as I want my
the general public, irrespective of race, degree holder in Teaching English as followers to fall in love with the 89,173
age and background. Second Language (TESL), has 447,000 subject,” he added.
followers on his @Sir aSai account. Total
Ahmad Shahrul Azhan Ibrahim, an Muhammad Syahmi, who has over recoveries Current
English teacher at Sekolah Menengah He expressed hope that his videos 538,000 followers on TikTok, believes recovery 94.88%
Kebangsaan Long Ghafar 2 in Kota would help the community to be more that learning history can help instil the 2,278,955
Baru, Kelantan, said the short video confident in speaking English. spirit of love for the country and rate
app has helped him in delivering and strengthen racial harmony.
sharing informative messages about Another TikTok user, Muhammad Death 5,655Brought
certain topics, Bernama reported. Syahmi Azizi, 29, frequently uploads Meanwhile, Ammar Hamizan toll
videos on historical facts on his Muhammad Balyan, 24, has taken the -in-Dead
“My intention is to share knowledge account @sirsyahmi92, using pictures initiative to teach drawing techniques 27,993
in a casual manner. For that reason, I as well as simple and easy-to- through his @amamijan account after
usually do videos that are within 30 to understand language. receiving many requests from his PROGRESS STATISTICS FOR THE NATIONAL COVID-19 IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME
60 seconds so that the audience do not followers on Instagram. As of October 18
get bored and can easily understand Syahmi, who has a bachelor’s Received second doses
the content,” he said. degree in geology from Universiti “To me, anyone can draw as long as
Malaya, said his aim was to share there is a deep interest and willingness 25,240,631 22,934,377
Through the app, the 45-year-old knowledge with the community, and to learn new things. With persistence
shares content to help his followers make his followers, especially and hard work, anyone can be good at
master English, such as tips on youngsters, more historically literate. drawing,” said the Klang-born student,
grammar, pronunciation and how to who has over 900,000 followers.
“Often, I hear people say that history
is boring. It is actually a very important

5theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | OCTOBER 20, 2021
NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS

‘Be mindful when giving religious talks on social media’

KUALA LUMPUR: Speakers are reminded to intellectual capacity of the community when knowledge from recognised scholars. the Multaqa Daie programme with Minister in
exercise mindfulness when using social media delivering religious talks to avoid prolonged “If there are doubts, refer to an authoritative the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious
platforms to deliver religious talks. polemics, Bernama reported. Affairs) Senator Idris Ahmad on Oct 28 at the
source such as state Islamic religious Islamic Training Institute Malaysia in Bangi.
Malaysian Islamic Development The speakers are also urged to obtain departments or a state mufti office.
Department director-general Datuk Abdul Aziz credentials from religious authorities in their “The programme, which will bring together
Jusoh said sharing religious knowledge on respective states when intending to give talks. “The department seeks cooperation and religious teachers in the country, aims to
social media can have a positive impact, but They are reminded to abide by the given support from all parties to maintain the exchange views on issues of mutual
bringing up sensitive issues could result in conditions and rules for the benefit of all harmony of the Malaysian Family. Seeds of importance, and to strengthen the relationship
controversy and should be avoided. parties,” he said in statement yesterday. hatred must be avoided because it is clearly between the ulama and umara (leaders)
prohibited in Islam.” towards achieving Malaysian Family,” he said.
He said speakers must take into account the Abdul Aziz also advised Muslims to acquire
Abdul Aziz said the department would hold

Against all odds RM2,000 aid each
for 91 handicraft
Making it in a world entrepreneurs
without sight
IPOH: The Perak government has allocated
o Vision impaired lecturer determined RM182,000 for 91 handicraft entrepreneurs
to excel, takes challenges in his stride who have not received any aid before under
the Bantuan Sejahtera Usahawan Kraftangan
█ BY ELLY FAZANIZA Perak.
[email protected]
Mentri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad said
LIVING in a world of perpetual darkness is a Thavasothy said the Malaysian Association Thavasothy using a white cane to get the one-off aid of RM2,000 for each recipient
challenge sighted people cannot begin to for the Blind introduced him to the white cane around. – AMIRUL SYAFIQ/THESUN could help them revive their handicraft
comprehend. when he turned 18. obstacles in their surroundings. business after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Onlookers would also be able to give
But Thavasothy S. Mailvaganam Pillai, who “They told me the advantages of using one, appropriate help, if needed. “As a show of support, I have asked all
was born blind, takes it in his stride. From an but it took me three months to get used to it. Thavasothy said in some instances, the state agencies and government-linked
early age, he developed a keen sense of At first, I thought it was embarrassing to be behaviour of motorists is unpredictable. companies (GLC) to use the entrepreneurs’
hearing that prompted his parents to enrol using the cane,” he said. “We don’t know if they will slow down and products for official souvenirs,” Saarani said
him in Indian classical dance classes. stop for us,” he said. at a news conference yesterday.
“I soon learned the importance of the Thavasothy is happy to be an advocate for
He developed a love for music, and radio white cane as it helps the visually impaired the visually impaired. He is also a lecturer and He said the Perak State Entrepreneurs
was his constant companion. He even lead a more independent life.” a father of two children who now have Secretariat (STeP) would be coordinating a
dreamed of becoming a radio producer. successful careers as doctors. list of the handicraft items that would be
The white cane allows users to detect given to the agencies and GLC.
Thavasothy, 69, eventually grew out of his
childhood fantasy, but his determination to Meanwhile, he said efforts at promoting
excel continued to drive him on. the business digitalisation concept among
entrepreneurs had shown positive results,
His parents first noticed his visual especially in marketing of products.
impairment when he started crawling.
“Sales have increased, with some seeing a
“They took me to see specialists in rise in income during the movement control
Singapore, India, Sri Lanka and Kuala order period,” he added.
Lumpur, but nothing could be done to save
my eyes,” he told theSun in an interview in Saarani said the Perak government,
conjunction with White Cane Day last Friday. through the state economic planning unit,
STeP and Institut Darul Ridzuan, would
The Pillai family had moved to Malaysia continue to find ways to help entrepreneurs
from India when Thavasothy’s father was revive their businesses after the pandemic.
offered a job as an engineer with Keretapi
Tanah Melayu. They lived in a railway He added the state government had
quarters in Bangsar. announced various economic stimulus
packages amounting to RM46.5 million,
Thavasothy remembered his father particularly to assist the micro, small and
helping him with his homework and reading medium enterprises impacted by the
to him after returning from work. pandemic.

“There were very few books in Braille back “Among them are the one-off special aid
then.” of RM300 each for 41,730 hawkers and petty
traders registered with local authorities.
He was enrolled at the Princess Elizabeth
School for the Blind in Johor Baru when he “We have also allocated about RM1.85
was nine. million for the Perak Entrepreneurs Grant
that will benefit 619 recipients,” he said.
“I started at a later age because my parents – Bernama
were unaware there were schools for children
with special needs,” he said. Govt seeks help to get
Penans vaccinated
But being away from home was difficult.
“Apart from missing my siblings, I also MIRI: The Sarawak Disaster Management
longed for home-cooked food. I was a Committee will find ways to get the Penans, a
vegetarian, so adjusting to non-vegetarian minority ethnic group in Ulu Baram who
food was difficult,” he said. refused to be vaccinated against
Thavasothy would make up stories about Covid-19, to get their jabs soon.
being bullied in the hope that he would be
taken out of school. Its chairman, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah
Fortunately for him, the stint at the Embas, said the government would seek the
boarding school was short-lived. assistance of non-governmental organisations
A year later, he enrolled at the St Gabriel’s and elected representatives to persuade them.
School in Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur
that had started a government programme to “We are now ready with the supply of
integrate special needs children into normal CanSino vaccine. This single dose vaccine is a
classes. good option for them and our medical
Thavasothy said his classmates adjusted personnel are going into their areas,“ he said
quickly to the clickety-clack sound of his in a statement after attending a briefing on
Braille typewriter. Covid-19 booster dose and adolescent
He was later transferred to the St John’s vaccination programmes in the Miri division
Boys School in Jalan Ampang before enrolling yesterday.
in Universiti Malaya where he majored in
TESL (Teaching of English as a Second Uggah said Miri division health officer
Language) and did a minor in History. Dr Raviwharmman Packierisamy said they had
By then, the government was replacing tried six different engagements to persuade
English with Malay as the medium of the Penans to be vaccinated.
instruction at all educational institutions.
Thavasothy was unfazed and sat for his “We have tried through government
exams in Malay. officers, elected representatives, influential
members of the community, non-government
organisations and Borneo Evangelical Malaysia
to persuade the Penans, to no avail.

“While they have no issue with normal
medical treatment or procedures, they will
reject the jab outright. They will disappear into
the deep jungle when our vaccination teams
arrive. This situation remains one of our great
challenges in our vaccination programme,“
Raviwharmman said. – Bernama

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Ecuador declares emergency over drug violence

QUITO: Ecuador’s President force in the streets because we are Ecuador has gone from being a drug 1,400 in all of last year, according to The president also appointed
Guillermo Lasso on Monday decreeing a state of emergency trafficking country to one that also the government. retired general Luis Hernandez as the
declared a state of emergency in the throughout the national territory,” consumes drugs”. new defence minister, citing
country grappling with a surge in said the president in a speech The state of emergency imposed “inadequate public safety” in the
drug-related violence, and ordered broadcast by the state channel Violence has been spiking for 60 days allows the government to South American nation.
the mobilisation of police and EcuadorTV. dramatically in Ecuador in recent mobilise 3,600 soldiers and police to
military in the streets. months. patrol 65 prisons, which are grappling “Ecuador is experiencing a period
“In the streets of Ecuador there is with a spate of bloody riots. of insecurity, an insecurity that has as
“Starting immediately, our armed only one enemy: drug trafficking,” he Between January and October this its origin several factors, one of them
forces and police will be felt with said, adding that “in recent years, year, the country registered almost Lasso said that police will also be drug trafficking.” – AFP
1,900 homicides, compared to about patrolling the streets.

North Korea tests Five critically
sub-launched missile endangered
monkeys shot dead
o American and South’s The launch, reported by officials in South 2019, when a Pukguksong-3 missile was fired
envoys meet to discuss Korea and Japan, came after US and South from an underwater platform, flying 450km to HANOI: Poachers in Vietnam have shot
nuclear standoff Korean envoys met in Washington on Monday a maximum altitude of 910km. dead five critically endangered langurs, a
to discuss the nuclear standoff with the North. type of monkey killed for bushmeat and
SEOUL: North Korea fired a Kim Dong-yup, a former South Korea navy traditional medicine, state media said
submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) The launch is the latest weapons test by officer who is a professor at Seoul’s Kyungnam yesterday.
off its east coast yesterday, pulling Japan’s new North Korea, which has persisted with military University, said the latest test probably
prime minister off the campaign trail and development despite international sanctions involved an SLBM recently unveiled by North Rangers and police found the dead
overshadowing the opening of a major arms over its nuclear weapons and missile Korea. grey-shanked douc langurs during a regular
fair in Seoul. programmes. patrol of forests in Quang Ngai province.
The North has also been working on what
The United States military’s Indo-Pacific “Our military is closely monitoring the would be its first operational submarine Restricted to the forests of central
Command condemned the launch as situation and maintaining readiness posture in capable of launching an SLBM, South Korean Vietnam, the known global population of
destabilising, but judged it did not pose an close cooperation with the United States, to officials said. this type of langur is less than 1,000,
immediate threat to the US or its allies. prepare for possible additional launches,” said according to conservation group Fauna and
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff in a The Washington-based Nuclear Threat Flora International (FFI).
South Korean and US officials were statement. Initiative has said SLBM capability could
investigating if the missile was a smaller, provide North Korea with additional options The primate is a regular victim of the
previously unseen version displayed last week They said the missile was launched at for nuclear launch, and a hedge against illegal wildlife trade, and is sought after for
at an exhibit in Pyongyang, a South Korean 10.17am from the sea in the vicinity of Sinpo, destruction of land-based nuclear systems. bushmeat, traditional medicine and the pet
military source said, citing ongoing analysis. where North Korea keeps submarines as well trade, FFI said.
as equipment for test firing SLBMs. South Korea’s national security council
They were also examining whether the expressed regret over the test and urged the They are also threatened by
missile was fired from North Korea’s It was not immediately clear if the missile North to resume talks. deforestation.
experimental Gorae-class submarine, he said. was fired from a submarine or from a
submersible test barge, as in most previous Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida It is listed as “critically endangered”, the
tests. said two ballistic missiles had been detected, highest risk category under the Convention
adding it was regrettable that North Korea held on International Trade in Endangered
A military source said it flew about 450km to a string of missile tests in recent weeks. Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
a maximum altitude of 60km.
The incident prompted Kishida to cancel In Quang Ngai, the poachers ran off,
North Korea’s last SLBM test was in October scheduled campaign appearances. – Reuters leaving behind a motorbike, bullets and
silencers, VNExpress news site said in a
report.

The grey-shanked douc langur is listed in
Vietnam’s “red book”, making it a criminal
offence to kill one.

But law enforcement is a huge issue.
“Authorities must find those responsible,”
said Ha Thang Long, director of GreenViet,
which works in biodiversity conservation in
Vietnam’s central regions.
“If we fail to bring them to justice, this will
continue to happen.”
Under Vietnamese law, poachers in such
a case could face seven years in jail, he said.
– AFP

BRIEFS WAR CRIMES SUSPECT, 96,
GOES ON TRIAL
Detainees released from Insein Prison celebrating with the crowd in Yangon yesterday. – AFPPIX
BERLIN: A 96-year-old German woman
Myanmar protesters reunited with families who was caught shortly after going on
the run ahead of a court hearing last
YANGON: Newly released anti-coup “I’ve missed you so much,” a mother wept said, urging people to “move forward for the month on charges of committing war
protesters were reunited with their families over her newly released son, as he cradled future”. crimes during World War II appeared
outside a prison here yesterday in tearful his young child. before a judge yesterday in the town of
scenes on the second day of a junta amnesty as “I’m happy for my release. But I will have Itzehoe. Irmgard Furchner, accused of
international pressure mounts on the regime. Hundreds gathered again yesterday to try for those who are not released.” having contributed as an 18-year-old to
outside the colonial-era Insein prison in the murder of 11,412 people when she
The country has been in chaos since a coup Yangon, some carrying flowers and placards The amnesty was “a tactical response to a was a typist at the Stutthof
in February, with more than 1,100 civilians bearing the names of their relatives. pretty hostile domestic and international concentration camp between 1943 and
killed in a bloody crackdown on dissent and environment”, said International Crisis 1945, was taken into the sparse
more than 8,000 arrested, according to a local Buses pulled out, with former detainees Group official Richard Horsey. courtroom in a wheelchair. The trial was
monitoring group. inside giving the thumbs up gesture through postponed after Furchner left her home
the windows to the cheering crowd, some of “These kinds of cynical moves may have early on Sept 30 and went on the run for
On Monday, the military said it would whom flashed the three-fingered salute – a worked 20 years ago but it will do nothing to several hours before being detained
free more than 5,000 people to mark the sign adopted by the democracy movement. improve the standing of this regime.” later that day. – Reuters
three-day Buddhist Thadingyut festival,
sending anxious families rushing to prisons, Than Toe Aung Was – imprisoned for On Friday, the Association of Southeast LEBANESE PARLIAMENT
joyful at the prospect of reunions after around six months – was greeted by his Asian Nations decided to exclude junta leader CONFIRMS MARCH POLLS
months apart. jubilant sister outside. Min Aung Hlaing from an upcoming summit
of the bloc over doubts about his commitment BEIRUT: Lebanon’s parliament voted
“I will not say why I was arrested,” he to defusing the bloody crisis. – AFP yesterday to hold legislative elections
on March 27, parliamentary sources
said, amid a deepening economic
meltdown. The currency has lost 90% of
its value and three quarters of the
population have been propelled into
poverty. Shortages of basic goods such
as fuel and medicines have made daily
life a struggle. Prime Minister Najib
Mikati had vowed to make sure
elections are held with no delay. On
Thursday, Beirut witnessed the worst
street violence in over a decade, with
seven people killed by gunfire. The
bloodshed added to fears for the
stability of a country that is awash with
weapons. – Reuters

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Singapore expands BRIEFS GLACIERS SHRINK
quarantine-free travel DESPITE HEAVY SNOW

o Scheme open including leisure, families and island, it’s nice to have a chance to Markit Asia Pacific chief economist GENEVA: Switzerland’s glaciers are
to fully vaccinated business travel.” get away and know that that’s Rajiv Biswas. continuing to shrink as a result of
visitors from eight possible pretty soon.” climate change, even if snowfall
more countries Passengers arriving as part of this The scheme may also provide a was heavy this year and the
scheme – which will include South The city-state initially fought the shot in the arm for the summer comparatively cool, a top
SINGAPORE: The city-state Korea from Nov 15 – will not have to Covid-19 pandemic by shutting pandemic-hammered airline and scientific panel said yesterday.
yesterday began quarantine-free quarantine if they have been fully borders, imposing lockdowns of tourism industries, analysts said. “The volume of Swiss glaciers
entry for fully vaccinated passengers vaccinated and test negative for the varying intensity and aggressive decreased by almost 1% in 2021,
from eight countries, part of a plan to virus before they depart and when contact tracing. Before the pandemic, tourism in spite of plentiful snow in winter
ease restrictions as it gears up to live they arrive. accounted for about 5% of and a pretty cool summer,” the
with the coronavirus. But with more than 80% of the Singapore’s gross domestic product, Cryospheric Commission of the
To enable families to travel, population fully vaccinated, said CIMB Private Banking regional Swiss Academy of Sciences said in
The latest easing expanded a Singapore has allowed entry to authorities are keen to revive the economist Song Seng Wun. a report. “In terms of weather, the
programme that began with unvaccinated children aged 12 years economy. conditions were right in 2021 to
vaccinated air travel lanes with and under if they are accompanied “We used to get 1.6 million give the glaciers a breather,”it said.
Germany and Brunei last month, by someone flying under the “Singapore cannot stay locked tourists every month, our airport “Unfortunately, in times of climate
and is now open to passengers from scheme. down and closed off indefinitely,” used to handle over a thousand change, even a ‘good’ year is not
the United States, Canada, Britain, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong flights a day pre-pandemic. good enough for the glaciers. The
Denmark, France, Italy, Spain and In the almost deserted tourist said earlier this month when he loss of ice continued, albeit at a
the Netherlands. district, restaurant manager Raj announced a raft of measures under “Now it is just over 300 flights a slower pace, despite abundant
Samuel said he was optimistic about the “Living with Covid-19” strategy. day,” he said. snow in the winter and a
“We have seen very strong the potential for more business. comparatively cool and mixed
demand for our Vaccinated Travel The regional offices of thousands Statistics from the Singapore summer weather.” – AFP
Lane flights,” Singapore Airlines told “I think it’s an excellent of multi-national corporations are in tourism board showed international
AFP. move by the country to help open up Singapore, which rely on its status as visitor arrivals plunging to less than BOAT SINKS AFTER
the economy, especially for the a business and aviation hub for their 2.8 million last year from a record RAMMING WARSHIP
“This is across all cabin classes, as food and beverage sector,” said the operations. 19.1 million in 2019.
well as various travel segments, 36-year-old. COLOMBO: An Indian fishing
Vaccinated travel is a “very Allowing in travellers without trawler has sunk after allegedly
20 jailed over Kylie Jens, a 29-year-old lawyer significant step forward in quarantine “instils a bit of fear” in ramming a Sri Lankan navy vessel
quarantine hotel from New Zealand based in re-establishing Singapore’s role as some people, said Singaporean that was driving out poachers
collapse Singapore, said she was planning to one of the Asia-Pacific’s leading Simon Chow, 22, but added that from the island nation’s
go to Britain for Christmas under the international hubs for finance, people need to live with the virus. prawn-rich waters, officials said
scheme. regional headquartering and yesterday. The two countries are
commercial aviation,” said IHS “At the end of the day, we’re a separated by the narrow Palk
“Singapore is just such a small country that needs travel,” he said. Strait known for its jumbo prawns,
– AFP with Sri Lankan fishermen long
accusing their Indian neighbours
BEIJING: China jailed 20 people for HEAVY TASK ... Rescue workers pushing an overturned vehicle stuck in the mud and debris at the site of a landslide of poaching in their territory. The
corruption over their role in the caused by heavy rains in the Indian village of Kokkayar on Monday. – AFPPIX incident took place on Monday,
deadly collapse of a quarantine hotel with rescuers still searching
last year, prompting online outrage US to allow vaccine booster ‘mix and match’ yesterday for one of the trawler’s
yesterday over poor building missing crew members, the navy
standards in the country. WASHINGTON: The US Food and recommended over another, and the The US study on boosters, which said in a statement. Two other
Drug Administration (FDA) is FDA could say using the same vaccine has not yet been peer-reviewed, has fishermen from the boat were
Twenty-nine people died and 50 preparing to allow “mix and match” is preferable when possible. several limitations. rescued, it said. – AFP
were injured when the Xinjia Hotel coronavirus vaccine boosting, in
in southern China’s Quanzhou city which people get a different “People should generally get the The number of participants was New Zealand
caved in last March. additional shot to the dose they same vaccine as their initial series,” a small, and the immune response Covid cases hit
initially received, American media federal official told the Washington could evolve beyond the 15 days record high
At the time, the 66-room hotel reported. Post. observed during the study.
was housing dozens of people who WELLINGTON: New Zealand
had been ordered to quarantine Citing sources familiar with the Proponents of mixing and In the United States, over-65s, recorded its highest number of daily
after recently travelling to Covid-hit situation, the New York Times said the matching point to its benefits in terms adults with high-risk medical coronavirus cases since the start of
regions as part of China’s strict FDA might make the announcement of simplifying vaccine rollout, and conditions, and those in jobs where the pandemic yesterday as a
measures to contain the virus. today when it is also expected to ensuring those who need boosters they are frequently exposed to the Delta-variant outbreak that dashed
authorise boosters for the Moderna can get them regardless of which jab virus are eligible to receive booster the nation’s “Covid Zero” hopes
An official probe later found three and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. they initially had. shots. showed no signs of easing.
floors had been illegally added to the
originally four-storey structure, and A preliminary study released in the “From a public health perspective, The World Health Organisation’s Authorities announced 94 new
safety auditors had collaborated United States last week showed that there’s a clear need in some situations vaccine advisers recommended last virus cases, exceeding the previous
with the hotel’s owner to create false people who have received the for individuals to receive a different week that people with weakened daily record of 89 set in April last year
reports about the building. Johnson & Johnson vaccine may vaccine,” Centres for Disease Control immune systems should be offered during the first wave of infections.
benefit from a booster dose of a and Prevention official Amanda Cohn an additional dose.
Hotel proprietor Yang Jinqiang different, messenger-RNA vaccine told the New York Times. While case numbers remain low
has been sentenced to 20 years in such as Pfizer or Moderna. But the agency wants a by most international standards, they
prison for causing a serious In July, World Health Organisation moratorium on booster doses for the have been steadily growing since the
accident, forging official documents But multiple reports quoted chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan general population until the end of highly transmissible Delta variant
and offering bribes, a Quanzhou people familiar with the discussions said mixing and matching vaccines the year to prioritise first doses in the was first found in New Zealand in
court said in an online statement as saying one shot may not be was “a bit of a data-free, evidence-free dozens of nations starved of vaccines. mid-August.
dated Sunday. zone”. – AFP
The outbreak, centred on
Twelve other people received jail Auckland, has forced Prime Minister
terms between two and a half years Jacinda Ardern to drop her core policy
and 13 years for similar offences. goal of eliminating the virus in favour
of ramping up vaccination efforts.
Additionally, seven public
officials were handed jail time She is set to unveil a new strategy
ranging from two years and over six on Friday that will allow for greater
years for crimes including freedoms once vaccination targets
bribe-taking and dereliction of duty. have been reached.

Social media users slammed the Around two-thirds of the eligible
prevalence of poorly constructed population have now been fully
buildings in China that are known to inoculated.
collapse with relative frequency.
“We know vaccinations are already
“These ‘tofu-dreg’ projects making a significant difference to the
harmed other people, but ultimately outbreak in Auckland, but so too are
they also harmed those who built people following the rules,” Ardern
them,” wrote one commenter on told reporters.
China’s Weibo platform, using a
byword for shoddy constructions. Before the arrival of Delta, New
Zealand won widespread praise for
Another said the officials should its hardline approach, which involved
have received harsher sentences for strict lockdowns, rigorous contact
causing deaths. tracing and tight border restrictions.

More than 50 million people had The measures paid off, with just 28
viewed threads on the topic by deaths in a population of five million
yesterday. – AFP and domestic life near normal for
long periods.

But Ardern has conceded Delta
was a “game-changer”, spreading at a
rate too fast for contract-tracers to
keep up. – AFP

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Travel agents of the future
Vital for teachers,
COMMENT redundant except for travellers that have not Although Uber had lost billions of dollars staff to get
embraced technology, but they are a dying annually, the company’s valuation is worth vaccinated
byYS Chan breed. much more.
Even for dining in locally, the MySejahtera It is the same with homegrown Grab that PROBLEMS facing anti-vaxxers due to own
IN Malaysia, legitimate tour operators and app must be used for scanning QR codes and relocated to Singapore and would soon be attitude: PM Ismail Sabri, online theSun Oct
travel agents manage businesses licensed showing the double vaccination certificate listed in the Nasdaq Stock Market, an 18 refers, is about his strong plea to
by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and when asked. American stock exchange based in New York teachers, who have yet to get their jabs, to
Culture (Motac) under the Tour Operating As for inbound and domestic tour City. do so immediately as schools reopen in
Business and Travel Agency Business (Tobtab) operators that merely act as intermediaries by In order to go public, Grab has chosen to phases starting Oct 31.
regulations that were introduced in 1987. arranging services for their customers to be merge with a publicly traded special purpose
provided by suppliers, their prospects are just acquisition company. It will strongly resonate with the
Licences for tour operating businesses can as bleak as travel agents. The merged company, to be known as majority parents or carers.
be for inbound or outbound. The traditional role of the middlemen has GRAB, would be valued at US$39.6 billion.
been greatly diminished by technology. Upon listing, the company would keep Teachers, of all people would
Those with inbound licence may also Only tourism operators that US$4.5 billion in cash, equivalent understand the valid view that
operate tour buses and vans or rental vehicles. provide real services such as to RM18.75 billion. responsibilities to the wider society
running their own tour buses for While cash flow is the lifeline override their narrow personal attitudes or
These commercial vehicles require airport transfers, sightseeing tours “Travel agents for normal businesses, huge beliefs.
individual permits that are granted only to or overland transfers will of the future funding by venture capitalists
companies with an inbound tour licence. continue to be indispensable, just could keep lossmaking startups Put simply, vaccine refusers, or anti-
like hotels that provide rooms for afloat. vaxxers refusing the most effective
Travel agency businesses are firms that act will be superaccommodation and restaurants New businesses with the intervention (that is vaccination), are
as agents for principals such as airlines and highest growth potential are people risking not only their own lives but
hotels. for food and beverage. the lives of many around them.
apps whereOutbound tour operators those that can build up a
They used to play a pivotal role as one-stop gargantuan customer database This includes students and staff at their
centres where customers could secure and traditionally depended on tour that may initially begin with just workplace and family members at home.
usually pay less for flights and travellers cangroups that are escorted by tour one service.
accommodations than prices charged by For example, Grab has Given the horrors of Covid-19 suffering
airlines or hotels to the public. leaders for overseas travel. Many introduced more than 10 on- and deaths, it is reasonable that many in
shop for theearned extra income through our society will struggle to sympathise with
Also, it would be a hassle for would-be demand ride-hailing services that people who will not protect themselves.
travellers to go from one airline office to shopping commissions and include taxis, private cars, car-
another until they settle for a suitable flight. best optionsoptional tours that could be Noted medical experts worldwide have
pooling, bicycle sharing, shuttle ad nauseam stressed the need to get
Airlines too could not afford to operate too shared with their tour leaders, services, and bike taxis. vaccinated.
many branches just to sell their own services. and prices,local tour guides or inbound tour
With high overheads, these cost centres would It has already ventured into Some people may have good sound
slash overall earnings. operators. multiple consumer services such medical reasons or exemptions for not
But most international tourists and make as hotel bookings, on-demand getting a shot.
Therefore, travel agencies were highly are free independent travellers bookings video platform, ticket purchasing,
valued and wooed by airlines and hotels until and still growing. directly as and food ordering, grocery shopping But most people who refuse vaccination
the advent of the internet in Malaysia from the when required and a wide range of financial do not seem to be acting on vigorous
mid-1990s. While travel agents have services. researched scientific data or evidence.
become largely redundant as
In 2001, the new owners of AirAsia intermediaries and soon to be It will be no surprise if super Teachers, out of everyone would
converted the airline into a budget carrier and followed suit by inbound and apps decimate traditional travel understand the importance of relying on
facilitated travellers to make bookings directly domestic operators merely acting proven scientific advice.
online. as middlemen, what about
without goingoutbound operators? agents by promoting travel passes It is simply not good enough for vaccine
By 2008, airlines had stopped paying Sadly, they too will eventually at various destinations offering refusals or hesitants to rely on their weak
commissions to travel agencies in Malaysia for throughsuffer the same fate. It is a matter the greatest variety of options for argument of mistrust of government or
the sale of air tickets, which were 5% for hotel stay, meals, sightseeing, scientific authorities, nor to insist on their
domestic flights and 9% for international of time before super apps for transfers, entrance tickets and misguided notion of freedom of choice not
flights. intermediaries.international travellers become other activities that tourists desire to jab.
but at half the normal prices.
Customers that refused to pay for service available and are used by most Please note that vaccine refusals simply
charged by travel agencies learned to book international tourists in the same mean that they and other people, will face
online. way giant e-hailing apps have Hence, travel agents of the high risks of getting infected and will need
succeeded in cornering the future will be super apps where care and may die needlessly and horribly.
With the introduction of smartphones later, market away from traditional taxis. travellers can shop for the best options and
a wide range of information became easily Giant online travel agents have long prices, and make bookings directly as and when Therefore, it is vital that all teachers and
accessible. captured the lion’s share of flight and hotel required without going through intermediaries. school staff get vaccinated to provide a
bookings that even brick and mortar travel They no longer ask around for information that safe environment for children to attend
The availability of many mobile apps agents buy from them and online marketplace may be inaccurate or out of date. schools, which provide critical face-to face
allowed users to book and pay for services on for lodging had taken away the market share learning experience and stimulation for
the go, and they could navigate without using from hotels by offering cheaper private YS Chan is a master trainer for Mesra kids’ learning.
large foldable maps or asking for directions. accommodation. Malaysia and an Asean Tourism Master
Those developing super apps for Trainer. He is also a tourism and transport The need to attend schools cannot be
Travellers could now go anywhere international travel are likely to borrow a leaf business consultant and writer, and overemphasised as experts have found
independently and confidently as they could from Uber, which steamrolled the taxi industry researcher for the Travel Industry that online learning has caused children to
move about easily in any large city using e- globally by subsidising 58% of the fares Occupational Framework published by the fall behind academically.
hailing services and were no longer at the resulting in customers paying drivers only 42% Department of Skills Development.
mercy or antics of local taxi drivers. of the fare. Comments: [email protected] Sze Loong Steve Ngeow
Kajang
For longer distances, they could also
compare options between bus services and
trains.

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o Beatlemania is set to be unleashed on a whole new generation of music lovers

THE Beatles are back this autumn with a happened is that he normally had a lot of input “But they were having fun at the same time was just shocking (when the original film came
new book, reworked final album and into the arrangements, and he didn’t with as being angry,” he told AFP. out) because no one had seen them argue
much-anticipated documentary that Spector.” before,” he added.
sheds new light on their fraught final Ups and downs “Because of the well-publicised argument Lazy b****rs
days. More important to the band’s history may be between George and Paul in the original movie, It may also be time to re-evaluate who was
the new documentary The Beatles: Get Back people have interpreted the mood of the period responsible for the split, often pinned on
Let It Be, released in 1970, has long been coming next month from Lord of the Rings as being a downer, but I never saw it that way. McCartney since it was his announcement that
considered the legendary group’s breakup director Peter Jackson, and set to be distributed finalised things in April 1970.
album. by The Walt Disney Company. “They were having fun, especially at the
rooftop concert.” But Stormo says Lennon had effectively
That is partly because it was the last album He went through the many hours of sounded the death knell the previous
they released, and also because it was followed outtakes from the original film to show a much That was the famous moment when the September.
by a making-of documentary that showed deep more upbeat side of the Let It Be sessions. band gave an impromptu gig on the roof of
tensions among the fab four. their headquarters in central London – which Paul was often the most demanding, and
Ringo Starr is a fan. ultimately proved to be their final performance. openly critical of Harrison’s songwriting.
However it’s not that simple: Let It Be was “We had ups and downs, but even around
actually recorded before 1969’s Abbey Road all that – which you’ll see with the Peter Jackson Conversations from the documentary have But he was also the workhorse of the group,
but sat on the shelf for a year because the band edit – we were having fun, which (the original also been reproduced for a glossy new book. and the one who played on Harrison’s songs
weren’t satisfied with it. documentary) never showed, joy and fooling while Lennon largely sat them out.
around and shouting at each other. It’s what Rock historian Michka Assayas said it
In fact, Paul McCartney was never satisfied, four guys do,” Starr told Ultimate Classic Rock. should put the nail in the coffin of the idea that “If Paul hadn’t been in the band, we’d
having been left out of the mixing sessions by Roger Stormo, editor of The Daily Beatle, the group was falling apart at the time of Let It probably have made two albums because we
fabled producer Phil Spector. said there were definite tensions, with George Be. were lazy b****rs,” Starr told the BBC recently.
Harrison storming out for several days because
A new remix of the album by Giles Martin – he felt sidelined by Paul McCartney and John “I was the first to believe in all sorts of myths “But Paul’s a workaholic. John and I would
son of The Beatles’ usual producer George Lennon. like ‘Paul and John hated each other, didn’t be sitting in the garden taking in the colour
Martin – aims to bring it closer to the band’s speak much’. But what we see from the green from the tree, and the phone would ring,
wishes. conversations is that they were extremely close and we would know: ‘Hey lads, you want to
... things were working well in early 1969,” come in? Let’s go in the studio!’” – ETX Studio
But speaking to NME this week, Giles Martin Assayas told AFP.
admitted that “Paul’s main issue with what
“Every band has arguments in the studio. It

Choices, choices ... Customers already face a bewildering
TODAY it is streaming platforms that are the rest. array of streaming options, from free
engaged in an increasingly expensive battle for “As the first really to develop strong Fatigue platforms funded by advertising, to niche
control of the world’s eyeballs. The stakes are high. Turbo-boosted by the streamers. – AFP
international content ... Netflix is in a really good pandemic, video streaming is growing by more arthouse films.
HBO Max is the latest to launch an offensive. position even now, because it’s the one service than 20 percent a year and is expected to be a Wikipedia currently lists 36 different
Debuting in the US last year, it is coming to six that a lot of people feel they must have,” said US$220 billion (RM914.75 billion) industry by streaming platforms with more than a million
European territories this month, 21 more by the Julia Alexander, of Parrot Analytics. 2027, according to Research and Markets. subscribers.
end of 2022, and plans to be in 190 countries by Competition Customers will reward companies that make
2026. However, a growing pack of powerful That will put it roughly on a par with the GDP searching for content clear and easy, said Bailly.
competitors – everyone from Hollywood studios of New Zealand or Portugal. “Lost among thousands of increasingly
Even the Bond villains themselves aren’t to TV stations to niche specialists – are gaining abundant offers, there is a risk of customer
safe: they were bought by Amazon as part of an ground. But like any long war, fatigue is a threat. fatigue. You can’t keep piling on new offers
$8 billion purchase of the 007 franchise earlier Customers already face a bewildering array month after month,” he said.
this year as the streamers throw vast sums into HBO Max is owned by WarnerMedia, giving of options, from free streaming platforms “If we want to avoid losing the consumer, we
attracting viewers. them serious firepower with a vast catalogue funded by advertising, to niche streamers have to get back to something simpler.” - ETX
that includes everything from Friends to Game featuring Japanese anime, classic British TV or Studio
Netflix remains the one to beat with around of Thrones and Harry Potter to Dune.
200 million subscribers, thanks largely to its
heavy investments around the world in search And Disney+, which has an army of
of new global hits. superheroes and star warriors, has also made
rapid advances – reaching 116 million
It has proved a highly successful strategy, as subscribers just 18 months after it launched.
the global mania for South Korean dystopian
show Squid Game proved again in recent weeks. “Not all the cards have been played yet – the
Authentic stories game is still evolving,” said Philippe Bailly of
Netflix is now opening up the African front. It media experts NPA Conseil.
has already provided scholarships and US$1.5
million (RM6.24 million) in pandemic relief Up to now, most major US players such as
funds for artists in Nigeria and South Africa. Viacom, Paramount or NBCUniversal have
focused on their domestic audiences, since that
And on Thursday, it announced a contest is still where the big bucks are made.
alongside the UN’s cultural body Unesco to find
young film-makers from sub-Saharan Africa to But increasingly they are looking to spread
bring local folktales to its service. their tentacles into the world, often by
combining their assets into one big platform.
“What we are seing very clearly, is that the
more authentic the stories are, the more they “Netflix is going to see really increased
travel,” Ben Amadasun, head of Netflix Africa, competition,” said Alexander.
told AFP.
Still, she said the new entrants will need fresh
The company is also experimenting with content to catch up.
ways to hook in viewers across Africa, a region
with less disposable income, including with its Although subscribers stick around for deep
first free service in Kenya, giving away some back-catalogues, what attracts them to sign up
content in the hope people will start paying for in the first place tends to be a hotly anticipated
new show – think Bridgerton on Netflix or Star
Wars spinoff The Mandalorian on Disney+.

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Healing
the mind

o Nyawa’s Jernell Tan speaks
about mental health in Malaysia

█ BY MARK MATHEN VICTOR collaboratively established. undertake such public aetiology, with biological, psychosocial,
“(We have to work) with education efforts, with behavioural and cultural factors interacting in
IN conjunction with World Mental Health possibly greater and long- complex ways and filtered through an
Day on Oct 10, theSun reached out to them to address other issues term impact being seen individual’s lifetime of experiences,” she said.
Nyawa, a Malaysian mental health that are important to them, due to their deeper
organisation that has been engaged with but are affected by mental understanding of the “In addition, most mental disorders are
activities and programmes to generate mental health – such as community and their complex combinations of psychological
health awareness. education, employment. standing among other symptoms, manifesting at different intensities
community members”. across people. A one-size-fits-all solution for
“Currently, most of Nyawa’s work focuses on “In engagements Tan acknowledges any mental disorder would be impossible.”
public education,” said its advocacy lead Jernell with these groups, that there is no clear-
Tan Chia Ee. mental health should cut “cure” for mental Nevertheless, Tan said a “cure” for any
be linked to issues that health issues, and part particular individual is still possible, if he or she
Due to Malaysia’s diverse communities with they can identify with, of advocating mental manages to address the factors that contribute
different values, cultures and interests, Nyawa and communicated in health awareness to the development of his or her mental health
believes that strategic collaborations and a way that they involves being transparent issue.
content relatability are important to spread understand,” she said. about this.
mental health awareness. “Research has shown “To find this ‘cure’ is challenging when we
“Through capacity- that psychopathology arises still have an incomplete understanding of
Although there are many triggers that can building and long-term from a multifactorial mental disorders.”
lead to different mental health issues, 2020 and strategic partnerships, More work to be done
2021 saw two reasons which caused the highest community leaders or On Oct 7, some light appeared on the horizon,
spikes in both suicides and calls to helplines – members can be empowered to as the Home Ministry and the Attorney
economic stress and unemployment. General’s Chambers were reported to have
agreed to abolish Section 309 of the Penal Code
“Loss of employment and income were that criminalises attempted suicide.
among the main causes identified for the
mental health distress calls received by the Though one hurdle has been cleared, mental
Health Ministy from March 2020 to May 2021.” health specialists and advocates continue to
face an uphill battle in deploying the necessary
Tan said the same was observed during help where they are needed.
international research studies that were
conducted during the pandemic. “One significant challenge would be
limitations in resource distribution. Together
While the statistics are certainly alarming, with other factors that are concurrently at work
Tan said Malaysia is still able to handle the such as the diverse communities with different
rising number of mental health cases as tools, needs, and competing priorities, this interplay
services and programmes are readily available. of factors makes it challenging to fully address
everyone’s mental health needs,” said Tan.
“Aside from providing access to quality and
evidence-based suicide prevention and mental Another significant challenge she noted was
health services, government responses must the dynamic nature of needs due to shifting
also include efforts to address the effects of circumstances versus the agility and
mass unemployment and poverty, as well as adaptability of systems in reacting and
minimise long-term damage to career responding to these changing needs.
prospects of youth who are recovering from
disruptions to education and transition to “This is especially evident during the
employment at a time of labour market pandemic, whereby time is needed for
upheaval,” she said. mental health infrastructure to adjust to

Nyawa is collaborating with different new norms of going online and gradually
individuals and organisations from diverse mobilise resources to cater to the sudden
backgrounds and with different community surge in mental health services.
reach – such as Muar member of parliament
Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, social media “Specialists and advocates work
influencers, non-governmental organisations interdependently in a larger mental
and media companies using various health ecosystem with these mental
communication and creative mediums to health infrastructure, in that the
create mental health conversations. respective parties undertake different
functions and processes to achieve the
Varied roadblocks Tan is also involved with the All wider goal of addressing the mental health
Another challenge faced by Nyawa and other Women’s Action Society and needs of all”.
organisations is that there are those that believe the Child Awareness Project. – Tan said the failure of these mental health
mental health issues are caused by “spirits”. COURTESY OF JERNELL TAN infrastructure to cope in dynamic situations
with constantly-changing needs can effectively
Tan does not believe in directly confronting cripple their work and the fulfilment of the
these traditional values and ideologies, but overarching goal.
instead believes a common ground need to be

LIFESTYLE Yee modelling a shirt
called ‘Q Shirt’.
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Treasures in thrift stores

o Qrated co-founder Yee
Yuin Kit shares how he
opened his dream business

█ BY MARIETTA MU

AS THE years go by and fashion trends
evolve, sometimes styles are recycled
as well. This is why thrifting or buying
second-hand garments is a popular
way to shop for clothes.

Yee Yuin Kit, 25, is the co-founder of Qrated,
a thrift clothing business he runs with his
partners while also indulging in his other
interest as a part-time barista.

How did Qrated come about?
“I’ve been wanting to open a thrift shop since
three or four years back, but I wasn’t mentally
ready to start it yet. I was modelling part-time
and met Jeremy Wong, who was modelling as
well. We clicked the first time we met and had
a similar style, so we started talking about
fashion.

“After Jeremy and I became friends, we went
thrifting together, and the idea for an online
thrift store came about, since both of us liked
fashion. After that, I met Meli Mok through
Jeremy and she joined us after we launched the
first season of Qrated.

“Yee is mainly in charge of the thrifting
aspect of the store, while Jeremy does the
designs and Meli takes care of the upcycled
and reworked clothing.”

How did you get into modelling? Second chances ... Some thrifted items get reworked into a completely different piece. – ALL
“A few years ago, a brand was looking for PICTURES COURTESY OF YEE YUIN KIT
models for their new release when I was
working in a cafe. One of my friends an inexpensive and sustainable way to try with one single concept as each thrifted item
encouraged me to try it out since I was into different clothes. I really like the different can be styled many different ways.
fashion, so I decided to give it a shot. cuttings and styles you get as they’re clothes
from different eras that you don’t see “Since we had many concepts, we decided
“After that, I started posting pictures of me nowadays, which is precious to me as you to rebrand to make everything more coherent
styling different clothing on Instagram and don’t usually find them in a typical clothing and stick with one single concept. So now, it’s a
slowly, my photographer friends would ask me store. normcore version of our first season style.
to model for their shoots. So, that was how I
started.” “Overall, it’s a very enjoyable experience for “Since the team is made up of the three
Why thrifting? me and you never know what kind of clothing creative directors, it takes a lot of
“At first, it was mostly curiosity. Ever since I was you’d find since most of them are unique communication between the team to agree on
a kid, I’ve been inclined towards fashion. I pieces that let you stand out.” one concept.”
would follow my mum to shop Why is Qrated rebranding? What takes up most of your mental energy
and even choose outfits for “We’re not a typical clothing brand as we have when running your business?
her. I’ve always thrifted items, an upcycled section, and we “I would say having to think of new ideas
experimented with also manufacture our own clothes. For every constantly, because it takes a bit of
fashion to find what brainstorming to come up with new concepts.
my style is. I watched season that we had, it’s a different concept Also, the handpicked thrifted stuff is harder to
YouTube videos of each time. come by now.
people in the US
thrifting for outfits “For example, the first season was more “As for starting the business, it was relatively
and getting vintage of a Japanese/Korean concept, then the smooth-sailing (apart from) the mental block
clothing that you before actually starting it and taking the first
couldn’t get anywhere second season was steps. Personally, I think it was because there
else. That sparked my athletic wear- was still some stigma about dressing up in my
interest and that was how inspired. And for hometown.
I started thrifting. our third
season, it was “Perhaps people aren’t used to seeing
“Besides that, an early people wearing something so different, and
thrifting is also 2000s that was why my partners and I started Qrated.
concept. We wanted to be a platform for people who are
That made into fashion, who might be afraid of the
it hard for judgments, and to be an inspiration for them to
us to go start wearing what they want, to express
themselves.”

Yee added that he and his partners
intend to have a physical store soon and
also expand their online business.
“I hope more people will start
thrifting and upcycling because we want
to show that you don’t need to wear
luxury brands to be fashionable, and to
have your own unique sense of style.”
Despite being a culinary graduate,
Yee started embracing fashion as a
hobby. He grew to love fashion
after college and said fashion was
the way he built his confidence.
He said being able to explore
his many passions such as
modelling, photography and
fashion allowed the
multipotentiality in him to
flourish.
“If I had listened to
everyone or been worried
about their judgments, I
Yee pictured here with wouldn’t be who I am today, and
his mother Maria Goh. neither would I have my dream

business now.”

LIFESTYLE

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Yee in a ‘Space
Cowboy Acid
Washed Shirt’.

Organising your home makes it easier for you to find your household items. – PEXELS.COM

Declutter your mess

WHO would not want to own a tidy and File holders
neatly organised home that resembles a Another reusable item is your file holder. This
palace? item can be used to keep a variety of
household items.
Making sure your aesthetic style works
cohesively with your home should never be a For example, tupperware lids, food wraps,
hassle, or force you to break your bank. You washcloths, shopping bags and toilet paper.
can organise your home with items you
already have. Aside from achieving a tidy aesthetic, this
tip will provide more space for your cabinets.
Simplifying areas of your house makes it
easier for you to grab and find things that you Shoe organiser
are looking for, especially when you are in a Of course, no one wants to come home to a
rush. cluttered kitchen. If you already own a shoe
organiser that hangs over your door, you can
While organising seems relatively easy, it reuse it to store your pantry items such as
is important to note that this process can be your energy bars, biscuits, jelly cups or even
overwhelming and hinder you from the your baking supplies, sprinkles, baking soda
entire process. and candles.

Starting from a small area is essential as The clear pockets on the shoe organiser
organising is not a one-time episode. provide an added advantage as you are able
to spot your items easily.
These beginner hacks will make your
organising journey easier, especially if you Baby food jars
are doing it on your own. Do not throw away your baby’s food jars! You
Toilet paper roll can transform them into a spice or office
Owning a beautiful organised home while storage item.
saving the environment is a bonus.
For your spice storage, you can purchase
One of the ways to recycle your toilet magnetic lids to stick them on your fridge
paper roll is by using them as a form of and add labels.
storage for your unused cables.
You can also repaint the lids to suit your
Simply roll up each cable and place it office theme! You can utilise them as storage
inside the emptied toilet paper roll. for your paperclips and thumbtack pins.

This will prevent your cables from Cereal boxes
tangling up, and also protect them from If you are a collector, you can save your
getting damaged. money from purchasing a letter tray by using
Milk powder tin can cereal boxes.
If you have an empty milk powder tin can
with a plastic lid in your house, you can reuse All you need to do is trim off the top of the
it as a storage for plastic bags. Simply remove cereal box, wrap it with your preferred choice
the label, wrap it up and cut a large cross on of wrapping paper, and glue them together
the centre of the lid. with another cereal box.

Fill it up with your plastic bags and place This way, you will no longer have trouble
the lid back on. You will be able to find your finding important documents while keeping
plastic bags easily while also keeping the control of your paper messes. – by Marina
mess out of your sight. Muhtar

YOUTH

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Next Gen █ BY S. TAMARAI CHELVI Mathura with her
colleagues from
WHILE many young people youth movement
struggled to land a job, Ascendance with
especially during the their Diana Award.
pandemic, 25-year-old – COURTESY OF
Mathura A. Kannan stepped down as MATHURA A.
chief executive officer of youth
movement Ascendance, a position she Youth and money mattersKANNAN
held since the age of 19. o A recent Diana Award recipient sets her sights on can handle the obstacles and come out
educating the younger generation in financial literacy stronger.
While she serves as an advisor to the
movement, she has decided to dedicate commitments. individuals on various topics related to “In Personal Finance Coaching, I
her time to pursuing her passion of “I started questioning how I managed personal finance, business finance and guide young adults regularly to set into
educating youth on financial literacy. my finances. I started learning a lot about entrepreneurship. We have featured over the right habit patterns in managing
it and making small changes. 25 entrepreneurs and individuals from personal finances. I help them to analyse
Mathura, who is on track to becoming “Eventually, I did progress and grow in various backgrounds, who shared their their current standing, goals and progress
a chartered accountant through the terms of my personal finance. I also personal experiences. as well as help them to build basic habit
Institute of Chartered Accountants in realised that I wanted to share this with “(I also conduct) talks or mini- patterns that would enable them to reach
England and Wales, has been conducting more youngsters so that they do not workshops. I have been fortunate to be their financial goals.”
various activities to raise awareness on make the mistakes I did.” invited to several universities and Why is it important for youth to have
the issue. colleges in Malaysia to speak on the topic knowledge on financial literacy?
What kind of activities of personal finance and how young “It is one of the basic things to know
She recently earned The Diana Award, do you conduct? adults can get started.” about as a human beings in this era.
which was established in memory of “The Money Matters
Diana, Princess of Wales, and is given to a talk show, which is How do your personal finance “We can choose to complain about
young person aged nine to 25 for conducted weekly workshops and coaching help avoid this not being taught when we are young,
performing social action or humanitarian on Sundays at 3pm financial crisis? but as youngsters, we need to take charge
work in the United Kingdom. on Facebook and “The Personal Finance Workshop of our destiny and learn what needs to be
YouTube. I conducted quarterly with my mentor learned.
“It was a true honour to receive the i n t e r v i e w Joyce Lim is a four-hour workshop
Diana Award in 2019 alongside my co- specially for young adults, where “Money is just a tool to achieve our
founders of Ascendance. Through this they learn the basics of goals and if we can understand how it
platform, we have been able to connect what they can do to works, how we behave with it and more,
with many more young change-makers \TRIVIA start managing their we can achieve all of our goals much
from around the world,” said Mathura. personal finances. faster.
What challenges did you face as a “This workshop has
young CEO? What is your favourite book? benefited individuals “My advice is to start now and find
“I think just like any young entrepreneur, “The Seven Basic Laws of Nature. who have constantly someone to guide you. It can be me or
the biggest obstacle I faced was my lack of It is a book that changed my faced issues with their anyone else who can meet your needs.
experience and awareness. We learned life.” finances and have No amount of theory can beat
everything with a lot of trial and error. experience. So, start as
What do you read to keep developed a certain soon as possible and this will give you the
“However, as much as this was a yourself updated with level of fear towards the needed advantage.”
challenge, we were able to handle it finance? topic. In this workshop, What is your future goal?
because of the support and guidance we “Catch Up on Google Finances we break it down into “My goal is to build a generation of
had from our mentors at ET Ideas (a Watchlist News mostly.” simple steps and youngsters who understand that money
platform for youngsters to find their principles they can is a tool and use it as such. A generation
passion). They helped us and guided us work towards. that will value people more than money.
so much, from organising events, What skills did you pick “By interacting with Together with my teams in Ascendance
preparing content, doing proposals, to during the MCO? other people, and Simply Empowering, I believe we
presenting to corporate partners.” “Cooking. I never did it before participants usually can build a generation that can do so.
What inspired you to raise the MCO.” come to realise that
awareness about financial “In fact, one of our upcoming
literacy among youth? they are not alone and ventures, which is a book that I will be
“I have always been releasing soon in December, will serve as
fascinated with money a guide for the younger generation and
and business since I pave the way towards making this vision
was a child. However, a reality.”
I never took much
effort to learn
about personal
finance.
Despite doing
accounts for
business and
discussing
how they can
manage their finances better, my own
finances were in a horrible condition.

“I did not have a savings habit, I
did not have any motivation to
increase my income and become
independent. I just did not know
about any of it. At one point, I had a
reduction in my income and I could
barely cover my monthly

CAREERS 7

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TRAVEL

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Where are the tourists? BALI reopened to Arab Emirates, Dubai and New
international flights from Zealand, authorities said.
Bali reopens to international flights but no tourists in sight select countries last
Thursday, including China, The partial reopening, however,
Airport officers stand Japan and France, as the pandemic- does not include Australians – a key
in the international struck Indonesian holiday island source of the millions of tourists who
departure terminal took a step toward welcoming back flocked to the palm-fringed island
at Ngurah Rai airport tourists. before the pandemic.
in Tuban on
Indonesia’s resort But authorities in Bali, which lost Indonesia was previously
island of Bali. its primary source of income as devastated by the highly contagious
tourism dried up, said there were no Delta variant of the virus – recording
international flights expected that more than 56,000 new Covid cases in
day. just one day in mid-July.

Foreign visitors must be The government announced
vaccinated, quarantine in a hotel for emergency restrictions in the
five days and follow strict visa hardest-hit areas, shutting down
requirements under new entry rules non-essential businesses and
for travellers. limiting people’s movement.

“We’re ready and waiting for But case numbers are now falling
international flights,” said airport nationwide as the government
spokesman Taufan Yudhistira. ramps up vaccinations across the
Southeast Asian archipelago of 270
“But so far there’s nothing million people.
scheduled today.”
Authorities have begun a steady
Bali’s Ngurah Rai International easing of restrictions as the country
Airport was open to travellers from sees a decrease in daily confirmed
19 countries including South Korea, Covid cases and deaths. – ETX
China, Japan, France, the United Studio

Berlin citizens call for car free zone
A BERLIN collective is this is why this increasingly
campaigning for the German popular initiative could well be
capital’s entire city centre to be on the road to success. In the best
closed to cars and become a zone case, a referendum could take
reserved for pedestrians, public place in 2023 and the project
transport, bicycles and scooters, could really come to life after a
for example. A petition that four-year transition period.
counts more than 50,000
signatures is calling for the Berliners who support the
launch of a referendum, with a idea of a virtually car-free city
view to implementing the project centre are in line with the times,
by 2027. as so-called “low-emission
For the citizens behind this zones” are now springing up
initiative, called Berlin Autofrei everywhere.
(Car-free Berlin), a car-free city
centre ensures a better quality of As soon as 2022, Paris will set
life, cleaner air, more space for an example, by reducing traffic in
everyone, safer streets and, of the very centre of the city, which
course, is better for the will then be closed to most cars.
environment. The idea is to Elsewhere in Europe, cities such
prohibit access to private cars in as Barcelona in Spain, Bristol in
an 88 sq km zone, delimited by England and Leuven in Belgium
the “S-Bahn-Ring” railway line are adopting similar policies. In
that encircles the city center. Canada, Montreal tested the
Berliners have the concept this summer by making
opportunity to pass certain laws many of its shopping streets
in their city by referendum. And pedestrian – a solution that could Berlin could be looking to a car-free future, making more space for bikes and pedestrians.
soon become permanent in
certain areas. – ETX Studio

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RUKUN NEGARA: THE PRINCIPLES THE OBJECTIVES

BELIEF LOYALTY TO KING TO achieve greater unity TO maintain a TO create a just society in which
IN GOD AND COUNTRY among Malaysians democratic way of life the wealth of the nation shall be equitably shared

THE SUPREMACY OF THE RULE COURTESY AND TO ensure a liberal approach to her rich TO build a progressive society which shall be
THE CONSTITUTION OF LAW MORALITY and diverse cultural traditions oriented to modern science and technology

No value in waiting to open borders

COMMENT economic cost of border closures Mutual reduce the time it takes to determine The only countries in Southeast Asia
by Jayant Menon accelerates. recognition of the risks carried by new variants, say that have started opening their borders
vaccination from the genetic sequencing alone, but to non-essential international travel are
INTERNATIONAL borders remain So far, most of the actions to support certificates this is not yet possible. Singapore and Thailand.
mostly closed in Malaysia despite the economy in Malaysia and Southeast and other
vaccination rates surpassing 90% Asia have focused on easing domestic administrative Until it is, border measures will not Singapore has opened up to more
of its adult population. restrictions. Border restrictions have protocols to protect us from future variants but than 10 countries with low infection
Yet the same stringency has not hardly featured in the calculus. open borders improved domestic protocols might. and high vaccination rates, most of
applied to domestic mobility unilaterally which have been reciprocated.
restrictions, which have been trending Because borders must remain or with Therefore, keeping borders closed in
downwards and culminating with the mostly closed, the economic imperative reciprocity the hope that it will protect us from the The single most important border
opening of state borders on Oct 11. has required so much domestic easing can be done next variant is futile. policy change that Malaysia and
that health risks have risen sharply, as expeditiously Singapore can do to support economic
The announcement on the easing of evidenced by soaring infection rates in Now that the Delta variant has taken recovery is to open up to each other.
interstate travel by Prime Minister Malaysia and Southeast Asia. off in Southeast Asia, imported cases
Datuk Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob also make up just a small fraction of total Thailand has employed the sandbox
noted that travel overseas by If this lopsided approach was infections. or “micro herd immunity” approach in
Malaysians would be allowed, but suboptimal before, it is becoming the resort islands of Phuket and Koh
subject to a 14-day quarantine on unsustainable with the Delta outbreak. It is small not because border Samui, opening up unilaterally to a
return. measures are working but because they large number of countries.
Border measures carry a premium did not, and therefore failed to keep out
This appears inconsistent since the only while they keep new variants out. a highly transmissible variant that then There have been no community
same requirement is not being applied spread rapidly domestically. outbreaks linked to international
to interstate travel in a country that has Once they fail, as they inevitably arrivals, although Phuket had to ban
had one of the world’s highest infection have, their value diminishes rapidly. Once this happens, the value of domestic arrivals after a surge in
rates on a population-adjusted basis. They fail for two reasons. border relative to domestic restrictions domestically imported cases.
starts to fall sharply.
If it is safe to open internal borders First, borders are never completely The experience from Phuket’s
despite an ongoing community closed by design because it would be This suggests that shifting the focus opening highlights the relative risks of
outbreak, it should be safe to do the both impractical and unsustainable to from border to domestic restrictions, for domestic versus international travel.
same with external borders, at least for do so. any given health-economy trade-off,
returning Malaysians or tourists from would be beneficial. It should not be surprising that it is
countries with high vaccination and Even the most vigilant about closing domestic tourism that has been riskier
low infection rates. borders, countries like Australia and Such a shift would better address in a country still battling a local
New Zealand, have chosen not to do so economic considerations while outbreak.
The finance minister has indicated despite having the advantage of providing the best opportunity to
that Malaysia might open international geographic isolation. contain community spread. There are lessons here for Malaysia,
borders by year-end to support growth. which has opened Langkawi to
But why wait until then? Second, because borders are not The recalibration should not go too domestic but not international tourists.
completely shut, domestic safeguards far in restricting domestic mobility or it
As the Delta strain has become need to be close to perfect, but they are will deter foreign arrivals. Mutual recognition of vaccination
dominant in Malaysia and elsewhere, it not. Domestic protocols can slip, as certificates and other administrative
has called into question many things, they have in Australia and New Now that interstate movement has protocols to open borders unilaterally
including the usefulness of the current Zealand, leading to breakthrough been allowed, the opening of or with reciprocity can be done
combination of mobility restrictions at infections during quarantine. international borders is likely to be expeditiously.
and within borders. more successful in attracting foreign
Travel bans are an attempt at tourists. Now that vaccination rates have
The variant’s high transmissibility completely closing the border to select reached 90%, there is no value in
has eroded the health-protective effects countries and have been employed, Most countries in Europe and North waiting to open borders but only costs.
of border closures relative to domestic unsuccessfully, with the emergence of America have also struck this balance Jayant Menon is visiting senior fellow at
mobility restrictions, while the each new variant. and removed quarantine, but not
testing for vaccinated travellers from the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute,
By the time they are instituted countries with low infection rates. Singapore, and former lead economist
against countries where the new variant
has been spreading, it is simply too late It is time that Malaysia and other of the Asian Development Bank in
to stop them. Southeast Asian countries with Manila. Comments:
sufficient healthcare capacity start
Travel bans could work if we could planning for the same. [email protected]

Set up RCI to investigate financial outflows to secret accounts

COMMENT For illicit capital flight, Malaysia ranks fifth Security officials estimate that illegal flows seeking secrecy or fleeing corporate
by Mohideen Abdul Kader in the world after China, Russia, India and online gambling syndicates earn up to US$2.4 taxes seem likely to be exactly the kind that
Mexico. The Pandora Papers revealed that billion a year from illegal gambling activities exacerbates the finance curse, worsening
THE Consumers Association of Penang there was a RM900 billion outflow from in Malaysia. inequality, increasing vulnerability to crises,
welcomes the assurance given by the prime Malaysia to tax havens. and dealing unquantifiable political damage
minister that the government will not Much of these ill-gotten gains are likely to as secrecy-shrouded capital infiltrates
interfere with investigations by enforcement According to the 2015 Global Financial end up in tax havens like Singapore, which is Western political systems. And as financial
agencies into the secret accounts in tax Integrity report, Malaysia had lost an also a gateway to other tax havens. capital flows from poorer countries to rich-
havens operated by Malaysians, as revealed in accumulated amount of RM1.67 trillion in the world tax havens, labour migration will follow”.
the Pandora Papers. period 2004-2013, an average of RM167.4 In 2010, the government set up the High
billion per year. Level Multi-Agency Special Task Force to Malaysia needs to strengthen its legal
We also reiterate our call made eight reduce illicit financial flows. institutional framework to eliminate tax
months ago that the government set up a The illicit outflow of large sums of money avoidance and evasion, and curb the outflow
Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to has been going on for over a decade, Has the task force investigated the financial of much-needed capital to tax havens.
investigate the outflow of financial assets from depriving the nation of much-needed outflows from Malaysia to secret accounts in
Malaysia to secret accounts in tax havens, development funds. tax havens as disclosed in the Panama Papers The European Union has placed Malaysia
which has adverse impacts on our economy. and Paradise Papers? What were its findings in its “grey list” of non-cooperative
The development expenditure under the and recommendations? jurisdictions for tax purposes after the
The Cabinet must take the decision to set 12th Malaysia Plan (2021-2025) is RM400 Pandora Papers revelations.
up the RCI. Investigation by agencies is not billion, less than half the financial outflow Outflow of funds to tax havens has become
enough to address the issue. revealed by the Pandora Papers. a major global problem, adversely affecting We call on the government to:
development in Third World countries. 0 Set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI)
The RCI must identify the weaknesses in In 2015, the Panama Papers revealed that to investigate the outflow of financial assets
our laws and institutions that enable illicit 2,300 Malaysian individuals and entities were According to an International Monetary from Malaysia to secret accounts in tax havens
money outflows, and make recommendations hiding money in offshore tax havens. Fund (IMF) paper, tax havens collectively cost and make recommendations
to strengthen our legal institutional governments between US$500 billion and 0 Work with other nations to put in place:
framework to tackle the problem. In 2016, the Paradise Papers exposed how US$600 billion a year in lost corporate tax a) Automatic exchange of financial
multinationals and super-rich individuals revenue through legal and not-so-legal information across borders
With the revelation by the Pandora Papers moved money to and from 19 tax havens to means. b) Public disclosure of the ultimate human
of Malaysians hiding their money in secret evade or avoid taxes. What is their reason for beneficiaries of companies, trusts and
accounts in tax havens, it is imperative that hiding the money and what is its source? Low-income economies lost around foundations
the RCI be set up without any delay. US$200 billion, a higher percentage of their c) Country-by-country reporting for
The Papers reveal that many offshore GDP compared with developed countries. multinational corporations
Other countries like India, Spain, Ireland, companies are “sham” entities engaged in tax d) Unitary tax with formula apportionment to
Mexico, Germany, Pakistan, Bulgaria, evasion/avoidance, manipulation of the American Fortune 500 companies alone prevent tax avoidance
Australia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Paraguay and market, money laundering, round tripping held an estimated US$2.6 trillion offshore in e) A system to identify, contain and reduce
Panama, whose citizens were named in the (taking untaxed money out of the country 2017, though a small portion of that has been transfer-mispricing by companies artificially
Pandora Papers, have vowed to take action. through inflated invoices and then bringing it repatriated following US tax reforms in 2018. inflating their costs and deflating profits
Malaysia should not lag behind these nations. back as investment), parking black money, through intra-company transactions.
bribery, etc. Individuals have stashed in tax havens
A thorough investigation of those named in US$8.7 trillion by one estimate and, by Mohideen Abdul Kader is Consumers
the Pandora Papers and the earlier Panama These illicit funds come from transnational another, US$36 trillion. Association of Penang president. Comments:
Papers and Paradise Papers should be carried crimes, corruption, and tax evasion. Billions
out and the report published. of ringgit are involved in illegal activities. Both, assuming very different rates of [email protected]
return, put global individual income tax losses
The prostitution industry, which is linked at around US$200 billion a year, which must
to human trafficking, is estimated to be worth be added to the corporate total.
US$963.8 million, or RM3.68 billion.
On the impact of capital outflows to tax
havens, the IMF paper warns that “financial

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KL MARKET SUMMARY Fitch: Political developments continue
OCTOBER 18, 2021 to hinder Malaysia’s economic revival

INDICES 11,814.37 CHANGE +45.50
FBMEMAS
FBMKLCI 1,605.97 +7.69
CONSUMER PRODUCTS 619.98 +0.35 PETALING JAYA: Political uncertainty Developments in Malaysia Affect Its Credit The latest change in government led by
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS 213.41 +0.47 continues to weigh on the economic policy Profile?”, which is part of the “What Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri
CONSTRUCTION 176.16 +1.65 outlook, according to Fitch Ratings, as it Investors Want to Know: Emerging-Market Yaakob is the third since May 2018.
FINANCIAL SERVICES 15,845.29 +139.83 remains to be seen how long the Sovereigns – Q4’21” report. Support for the previous government, in
ENERGY 850.03 +4.66 government’s memorandum of power since March 2020, had gradually
TELECOMMUNICATIONS 691.49 +0.55 understanding with the opposition will He said political dynamics may also eroded with political infighting and the
HEALTH CARE 2,525.48 +13.96 last. weigh on prospects for an improvement in impact of the pandemic.
TRANSPORTATION 922.15 -5.70 governance standards. Measures to
PROPERTY 775.73 +0.76 It added that the government could still improve transparency were introduced in “The new majority government and
PLANTATION 7,038.30 -1.74 lose its narrow majority before the next 2018, and it remains to be seen whether memorandum of understanding with the
FBMSHA 12,893.65 +16.64 elections to be held by July 2023; while the new government will continue to opposition should make it easier to pass
FBMACE 7,241.71 +55.40 government spending pressures could also implement them.” bills in Parliament including the budget, to
TECHNOLOGY 97.51 -0.26 arise. be presented next Friday, and a bill to raise
“Near-term political risk has been the debt ceiling to 65% of GDP from 60%.
TURNOVER VALUE “Uncertainty over medium-term alleviated following a change in Financial markets appear to have
4.613 BIL RM2.913 BIL policies could continue to undermine government in August and a working welcomed the new government, with the
investor sentiment and constrain agreement reached soon thereafter ringgit appreciating 1.1% against the US
5 MOST ACTIVES economic growth. Private investment was between the governing coalition and the dollar.
OCTOBER 18, 2021 already weak pre-pandemic, contributing opposition. Nevertheless, uncertainty
on average only 0.4pp to GDP growth year- about medium-term economic policies Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri
STOCK VOL CLSG (sen) +/– (sen) on-year in the six quarters following the remains. We downgraded Malaysia to Zafrul Abdul Aziz was reappointed in the
MACPIE 146,196,900 13.0 2.5 2018 elections, compared to 1.2pp in the ‘BBB+’/Stable in December 2020 new cabinet, a signal of policy continuity.
JOE 119,618,900 4.5 UNCH previous six quarters. This is particularly reflecting, in part, lingering political Work has also continued on medium-term
JOE-WB 89,378,700 1.5 UNCH striking considering Malaysia’s high scores uncertainty. We affirmed the rating in July, policies contained, for example, in a draft
TIGER 76,092,300 4.5 0.5 on international competitiveness when we also emphasised medium-term fiscal responsibility act and the recently
MTOUCHE 74,749,500 11.0 0.5 rankings,“ Fitch Rating sovereigns director trends in the government debt-to-GDP presented 12th Malaysia Plan, which sets
Thomas Rookmaaker said in a ratio and governance standards as key out an economic strategy for the next five
commentary “How Do Recent Political rating sensitivities.” years.

5 TOP GAINERS Cyber threats – how can
OCTOBER 18, 2021

STOCK VOL CLSG (RM) +/– RM businesses prepare?
FANG-2XL 3,000 15.50 1.80
AEONCR 233,000 13.58 0.48
GENETEC 202,100 45.38 0.38
KSENG 304,100 3.85 0.36
PMBTECH-LA 6,800 15.50 0.30

5 TOP LOSERS o Companies urged to invest in cybersecurity training Security Agency has outlined five pillars to
OCTOBER 18, 2021 for employees as well as install reputable anti-virus address national readiness in
software to protect their office devices cybersecurity. These efforts will be able to
STOCK VOL CLSG (RM) +/– RM guide businesses to the right readiness,” he
SAM 312,700 22.38 0.88 █ BY JUNE MOH The Malaysian Cyber Security Strategy said.
NESTLE 49,600 133.30 0.70 [email protected] (MCSS) announced in the 12MP is
ALLIANZ-PA 25,000 13.20 0.28 PETALING JAYA: Cybersecurity adoption implemented to manage cyber threats and According to Kaspersky’s Global
OPCOM 28,009,000 1.17 0.21 is no longer an option, but critical to large address the identified gaps in cybersecurity, Research and Analysis Team 2020, the top
PANAMY 17,700 30.00 0.20 and small businesses to carry out their cyberattacks, and cybercrime. targets for advanced persistent threats
normal operations as it keeps the business (APT) were governments, banks, financial
EXCHANGE RATES OCTOBER 18, 2021 running successfully. “Many organisations, especially small institutions, and diplomatic,
and medium-sized enterprises (SME), are telecommunication, educational, defence,
Foreign currency Bank sell Bank buy Bank buy “Cybersecurity threats have been short of resources, experience, tools, and energy, military, and IT companies.
evolving for the past 20 years. It used to be budget to address growing cyber-attacks
1 US DOLLAR TT/OD TT OD common for a mass outbreak of worms or as compared to the larger organisations. Kaspersky Southeast Asia general
1 AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR 4.2200 4.0950 4.0850 malware, however, this has evolved into Hence, SMEs become easy targets. MDEC manager Yeo Siang Tiong recommended
1 BRUNEI DOLLAR 3.1450 3.0210 3.0050 targeted attacks via social engineering encourages businesses to leverage businesses to protect their businesses from
1 CANADIAN DOLLAR 3.1280 3.0370 3.0290 involving ransomware, which has relevant programmes offered by the cyberthreats through employees’ training,
1 EURO 3.4060 3.3140 3.3020 happened to many organisations. government such as the Matrix perform risk assessment, antivirus
1 NEWZEALAND DOLLAR 4.8960 4.7390 4.7190 Cybersecurity for SMEs. software, as well as choosing the right
1 SINGAPORE DOLLAR 3.0010 2.8910 2.8750 “Cyberattacks will continue to increase cybersecurity company, keeping software
1 STERLING POUND 3.1280 3.0370 3.0290 and grow more rampant as they have now “Matrix is a collaborative programme updated, backing up files regularly,
1 SWISS FRANC 5.8090 5.6270 5.6070 become financially motivated,” Malaysia between the government and Malaysia’s enabling ransomware protection for all
100 UAE DIRHAM 4.5530 4.4490 4.4340 Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) digital cybersecurity industry partners designed endpoints, and install Protection from
100 BANGLADESHTAKA 116.2300 110.2400 110.0400 infrastructure and services director Wan for SMEs. Matrix covers four targeted attacks (anti-APT) and Endpoint
100 CHINESE RENMINBI 5.0090 4.7030 4.5030 Murdani Wan Mohamad told SunBiz. implementation areas such as 24/7 Detection and Response solutions that
100 HONGKONG DOLLAR security monitoring, protection for critical enable capabilities for advanced threat
100 INDIAN RUPEE N/A N/A N/A In the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), assets, digital signature, and secure web discovery and detection, investigation and
100 INDONESIAN RUPIAH 54.8300 52.1100 51.9100 cybersecurity is listed as an issue or access. It will bridge the gap in timely remediation of incidents.
100 JAPANESE YEN 5.3700 5.1700 challenge that contributed to the slow cybersecurity adoption and as a result,
100 NEWTAIWAN DOLLAR 5.7200 0.0281 0.0231 growth of the digital economy. The high ensures that businesses can continue to “Invest cybersecurity training for
100 PAKISTAN RUPEE 0.0310 3.5820 3.5720 cost of adoption and the lack of awareness operate in a risk mitigated, trusted and your employees. Research shows that
100 PHILIPPINE PESO 3.6980 of the importance of cybersecurity hinder safer environment,” Wan Murdani said. 43% of data loss stems from internal
100 QATAR RIYAL N/A N/A the adoption to improve cybersecurity. employees who either maliciously or
100 SAUDI RIYAL N/A 2.3600 2.1600 For regulated businesses, he said, Risk carelessly give cybercriminals access to
100THAI BAHT 2.5200 7.9600 7.7600 The lack of awareness of cybersecurity Management in Technology by Bank your network.
8.4500 110.6900 110.4900 has increased the vulnerability of Negara Malaysia served as a reference for
116.5900 108.0000 107.8000 businesses and communities to cyber minimum cybersecurity requirements for “Evaluate potential risks that might
113.7700 11.7000 11.3000 threats. This adds to the concern that businesses to adapt to mitigate compromise the security of your
13.1800 people and human behaviour is often the cybersecurity risk. It could be practised by company’s networks, systems and
weakest link in security, regardless of other regulated sectors. information. Install anti-virus software that
Source: Malayan Banking Berhad/Bernama advancements in cybersecurity can protect all of your devices from viruses,
technology. “The introduction of the national spyware, ransomware, and phishing
strategy of MCSS led by National Cyber scams. Make sure the software not only
offers protection but also technology that
helps you clean computers as needed and
resets them to their pre-infected state,” he
said.

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MCGPI: Malaysia’s retirement system ranked third in Asiatoincreasetheirsustainableinvestments

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s ((5776..58)),anfdoTlhaleodtweoqpeudtharcebye,yfiatcsstoaurissdtt.ahiant wabouillidtyencoucloroaongketinpeuaoetpsletowtoraiinyscser,etahtsoeetghoeivinrescrurnsetmaaisneeanbtlecthainnevestmbseyonstttshempsublaircouanndd private pension income system (84.2) has been
retirement system has been ranked the world. In named the world’s best in its debut,
third in Asia and 23rd globally despite Malaysia is ranked 15th in the minimum level of support for the Malaysia, the issue is further closely followed by the Netherlands
a slight decrease in the country’s 66 52 45sustainability sub-index, which poorest retirees as well as the labour exacerbated by inadequate financial (83.5) and Denmark (82).
overall index value from 60.1 in 2020 measures the tolipk%reolvihidoeodbenoeffitsthine force apgaertsi.cipat%ion rate, especially at liteMracaylaaymsiaonw%genMtaflraoymsiaanCs.+” rating to
to 59.6 in 2021, the 13th annual system’s ability older For each sub-index, the systems
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Index (MCGPI) revealed. cfaocntfoidrsenwcehdiniiecvnleihvsetthrinsaegbfesfruetetscettratirirneeattmuhbrleynesnct istyizsetenms’ loefvhelouosfmoseunheshftowuaouniinltdhdsasebmaishlloiaitogryvenlpideinrndefgfodwesrerimtehbanatmnct,ieodysnitlowwilel rhtehlpe pfeeantusirftiotrheoniessmi,snsutvyhsbetsesauttpiemntramoebvnalietdltteshhroaaottf has some good for adequacy (82.7) and sustainability
major risks or (84.6) and Finland for integrity (93.1).
The study of 43 retirement income are considered; and 34th for boost both the adequacy and shortcomings that should be The systems with the lowest values
systems across the globe, which adequacy, which considers how the sustainability scores, and eventually addressed. The Malaysian system across the sub-indices were India for
measures each retirement system country’s system is designed to the overall index value for its achieved the same grade as a number adequacy (33.5), Italy for
through three weighted sub-indices provide adequate retirement benefits, retirement system.” of other Asian economies like China, sustainability (21.3) and the
(adequacy, sustainability and a statement on the study said However, Justin Ong, president of Indonesia and Taiwan. Philippines for integrity (35.0).
integrity), includes four new systems yesterday. CFA Society Malaysia, said, “The The 2021 Global Pension Index
– those of Iceland, Taiwan, the United Janet Li, Mercer’s Wealth Business ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has also found that Asia’s retirement The Global Pension Index is a
Arab Emirates (UAE) and Uruguay. Leader for Asia, said: “It is made it even harder for Malaysians to systems continue to lag the rest of the collaborative research project
encouraging that Malaysia continued retire peacefully. Less for more is a world’s. Asia’s overall index value sponsored by CFA Institute, the global
Of the three sub-indices measured to achieve scores that were well global trend, where low interest rates average was 52.2, against a global association of investment professionals,
in the 2021 Global Pension Index, above the Asia average in each of the and an increasing life expectancy average of 61. in collaboration with the Monash
Malaysia saw an improvement in its three sub-indices. As life expectancy have put unprecedented pressure on Globally, Iceland’s retirement Centre for Financial Studies, part of
adequacy score to 50.6 this year. The Monash Business School at Monash
country scored highest for integrity University, and Mercer. – Bernama

Malaysians warm up Auto sector expects
to sustainable investing Budget 2022 to have
measures to drive
o Covid -19 has propelled Most people in Malaysia would withdraw green mobility agenda
environment issues and their money from investments in the
societal considerations up event of a major scandal KUALA LUMPUR: Automotive players expect
the ladder, Schroders study initiatives to strengthen the local electric vehicle
shows The corporate disasters that would result in (EV) industry and green technology ecosystems
people withdrawing their investment to be announced in the upcoming Budget 2022.

PETALING JAYA: Sustainability is more A financial or accounting scandal This is in line with the national aspiration of
important now than before the Covid-19 low carbon mobility objectives and green
pandemic in Malaysia as a climate change 65% mobility agenda as spelt out in the 12th
catastrophe such as oil spill and emissions Malaysian Plan (12MP) unveiled last month.
scandal is one of the top three corporate A data privacy breach, or cyber hack
disasters that would result in Malaysians Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia
withdrawing their investments, the Schroders 62% (VPCM) managing director Erik Winter said the
Global Investor Study has found. group is encouraged by the government’s
A climate change catastrophe e.g. oil spill, emissions scandal ambition as envisaged in the 12MP to enhance
It revealed that Malaysians feel positive electro mobility (e-mobility).
about the idea of investing only in sustainable 59%
funds, with 62% having a positive sentiment “Malaysia should not lose out on the
around moving to a sustainable portfolio, A human rights scandal opportunities that EVs can bring, so we hope the
assuming the same level of risk and government will allocate funding in Budget 2022
diversification. 57% in developing an e-mobility roadmap for
Malaysia.
This year, Malaysians are attracted to A scandal relating to treatment of the company's workforce
sustainable funds because of the wider “We need to look into creating a holistic EV
environmental impact (66%), they are more 56% ecosystem, expanding proper infrastructures,
likely to offer higher returns (45%) and their introducing tax incentives for both businesses
societal principles (44%). A scandal relating to internal culture and customers, and more. We at VPCM are
always ready to support the government with
The top three factors that would encourage 52% industry insights and knowledge wherever
people to increase their sustainable needed,” he told Bernama.
investments are data/evidence that shows Source: Schroders
investing sustainably delivers better returns Winter said the government’s ambition in the
(66%), my financial adviser providing me with issues. However, 65% still believe that Indeed, 62% of Southeast Asian investors 12MP to enhance e-mobility is a crucial step for
more information on funds aligned with my data/evidence demonstrating that investing said the environmental impact of investing the country to become a low-carbon nation.
sustainability preferences (52%) and self- sustainably delivers better returns would sustainably was the most appealing factor,
certification from the provider of the encourage them to increase their allocations. ahead of 48% who cited having greater chances Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd president and chief
investment that is sustainable (45%). SchArodfuerrstchomemr i4ss7io%nedoRfaicnonvteeusrtMoerdsiawanoduIrledselairkchetotocosneduect an iondfepheingdhenet ronlrineetusurrvnesy oaf 2n3d,95403p%eoplwe (h21o,147bNeolnie-rveteiredit& is operating officer Sarly Adle Sarkum said Honda
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Indonesia, found that 67% and 66% of Southeast sadomcuemenlteavnedltheosef mraiysckhanagne.d diversification was investors and guardians of our clients’ assets, the government’s effort to extend the sales tax
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Credit Companies Association of Malaysia
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regulated by the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (OJK). This material has not been reviewed by the OJK.
President Datuk Tony Khor said FMCCAM’s
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has secured a contract to build a 660- Purchase recently to supply electricity to the increase the use of imported LNG. “During the movement control order (MCO)
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construction contract to build the liquefied would like the government to support and provide
some grants for us to enhance and introduce new
digital features to the online platform.”

Khor, who manages over 4,500 registered
dealers under the FMCCAM umbrella, said some
of the members are in dire need of help to
survive. “We hope the government can provide
soft business loans to our members in order for
them to ride through these tough periods and
sustain until the economy picks up again in the
near future.”

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12 theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | OCTOBER 20, 2021 BRIEFS TESCO OPENS FIRST
SUNBIZ CHECKOUT-FREE
STORE IN LONDON
‘Evergrande makes onshore
bond coupon payment‘ LONDON: Britain’s biggest retailer
Tesco yesterday opened its first
SHANGHAI: China Evergrande o Flagship unit Hengda Real Estate Group has paid a coupon due Oct 16 and it checkout-free store in central
Group has paid an onshore bond pays 122m yuan; developer wants to prioritise plans to transfer funds for a coupon London, allowing customers to
coupon due yesterday, four people its limited funds for home market, say sources worth US$35.85 million due Oct 22 shop and pay without scanning a
with knowledge of the matter said, by tomorrow. product or interacting with a
amid concerns about a possible issued by Chinese property debt, which is dominated by cashier. Tesco’s move follows
offshore default by the cash- developers have been especially property developer issuers, has seen In the past few days, the People’s similar trials by rivals, including
strapped developer later this week. hammered. spreads tighten from last week’s Bank of China has said spillover Amazon, Aldi and Morrisons. The
record levels to around 1,484 points effects on the banking system from roll-out of “GetGo” to the Tesco
Hengda Real Estate Group Co, An Evergrande bond due March yesterday. Evergrande’s debt problems were Express store at High Holborn
Evergrande’s flagship unit, has 23, 2022 will officially be in default if controllable and that China’s follows a successful trial at a staff
remitted funds to pay an onshore the company does not make good Sunac China, which has a economy was “doing well”. store on the retailer’s headquarters
bond coupon of 121.8 million yuan after a 30-day grace period for a US$27.14 million payment due campus at Welwyn Garden City,
(RM79 million), the people said. missed coupon payment that had yesterday, has paid its bondholders, Bonds from Chinese developers north of London, which has been
been due on Sept. 23. a source with direct knowledge of that gained yesterday included in place since 2019, the firm said.
One of the people said the matter said. Modern Land’s 2022 bonds which Customers with the Tesco.com app
Evergrande, China’s No. 2 developer, But the offshore bond market has bounced over 8% to 40.250 cents on will be able to check-in to the store,
needs to prioritises its limited funds responded positively after China The source was not authorised to the dollar, while Central China Real pick up the groceries they need
towards domestic market where the central bank’s assuring comment speak to media and declined to be Estate’s 2024 bonds climbed over 5% and walk straight out without
stakes are much higher for the and coupon payments of two major identified. A Sunac representative to 44.843 cents. visiting a checkout. A combination
country’s financial system. developers. declined to comment. of cameras and weight-sensors will
On Monday, smaller developer establish what customers have
The liquidity crisis at Evergrande, An index of China high-yield Kaisa Group said on Monday it Sinic Holdings defaulted on US$246 picked up and charge them for
which has US$300 billion (RM1.2 million in bonds as expected. It had products directly through the app
trillion) in debt and has missed a warned of the default last week, when they leave the store.
series in bond payments, has roiled saying it did not have sufficient Customers will receive a receipt on
global markets. High-yield bonds financial resources. – Reuters their phone within a few minutes
of leaving the store. – Reuters
Bitcoin nears record high ahead of futures ETF listing
XIAOMI CEO SAYS FIRM
SINGAPORE: Bitcoin hit a six-month Bitcoin rose as high as US$62,991 yesterday, its strongest level since the record peak of US$64,895 in April. – REUTERSPIX TO MASS PRODUCE ITS
high and was within striking distance OWN CARS IN H1 2024
of a record yesterday as traders bet an said cryptocurrency analysts at VanEck and Valkyrie are among fund bitcoin ETF, CNBC has reported.
anticipated listing of a futures-based Arcane Research. managers pursuing US-listed ETF ProShares ETF is set to begin SHANGHAI: Xiaomi Corp CEO Lei
US exchange traded fund could products, although Invesco on Jun said the Chinese smartphone
herald investment flows into bitcoin “This could lead to more constant Monday dropped its plans for a trade on Tuesday after a 75-day maker will mass produce its own
and cryptocurrency assets. buying pressure on CME, causing the futures-based ETF. period during which the SEC could cars in the first half of 2024, a
open interest to rise. This will attract object to its listing elapsed on company spokesperson said
Bitcoin, the world’s biggest more cash and carry opportunities, The Nasdaq on Friday approved Monday. yesterday. The comments, which
cryptocurrency by market value, rose leading to buying pressure in the spot the listing of the Valkyrie Bitcoin were made at an investor event,
as far as 1.5% during the Asia session market,“ they said in a note. Strategy ETF and Grayscale, the Ether the second-largest were first reported by local media
to US$62,991 (RM262,428), its world’s largest digital currency cryptocurrency, has tracked bitcoin’s and later confirmed by the
strongest level since the record peak Crypto ETFs have launched this manager, is planning to convert its rise and also traded firmly on company. Zang Ziyuan, a director
of US$64,895 in April. year in Canada and Europe amid Grayscale Bitcoin Trust into a spot Tuesday. It was last up 1.2% at in Xiaomi’s international
surging interest in digital assets. US$3,790. – Reuters marketing department, also
It is up some 40% in October on posted the news on his verified
hopes that the advent of bitcoin Weibo account. The date marks
exchange traded funds (ETF), of the next major target for the
which several are in the works, will company’s fledgling electric
allow billions of dollars managed by vehicle division, which Xiaomi
pension funds and other formally announced earlier this
institutional investors to flow into the year. In March, Xiaomi said it
sector. would commit to investing $10
billion in a new electric car division
ProShares’ Bitcoin Strategy ETF is over the next ten years. – Reuters
expected to list yesterday under the
ticker BITO, provided the US DELIVERY HERO BUYS
regulator, the Securities and MINORITY STAKE IN
Exchange Commission, does not STARTUP GORILLAS
object.
BERLIN: Delivery Hero said
Analysts cautioned that the fund yesterday it had invested US$235
will not invest directly in bitcoin – million (RM979 million) in the
rather in Chicago-traded futures – Berlin-based grocery delivery
and so may not have any immediate company Gorillas, amid a boom in
implications for flows. But rapid delivery services. The
speculators have been wagering its purchase means Delivery Hero
launch is a positive signal for spot will own 8% of the fast-growing
prices anyway. startup which operates in nine
countries and has coveted
Bitcoin futures rose yesterday, last ‘unicorn’ status little more than a
trading at US$62,690, and spot prices year after its foundation. The
could rise if cash keeps flowing in, investment is part of a series C
funding round which has raised
close to US$1 billion and saw
participation by China’s Tencent
and Coatue, among other top-tier
investors. – Reuters

Challenges abound as Tata draws up flight plan for Air India

NEW DELHI: Tata Sons’ US$2.4 commercial pilot. to refurbish Air India’s 141 planes and CEO of lessor BOC Aviation said at a Dilip Cherian, an image consultant.
billion (RM10 billion) purchase of But since the mid-2000s, its up to US$300 million to retrain staff CAPA Centre for Aviation event last The company also owns the luxury
debt-ridden, government-owned Air and improve operations and service. week. car brand Jaguar as well as
India will give the conglomerate reputation has fallen as financial information technology firms, steel
immediate access to valuable flying troubles mounted. It flew widebody Air India’s biggest competitive Foreign carriers dominated concerns and other businesses.
rights and landing slots that will help planes with business class seats in advantage is its ability to fly non-stop international traffic to and from India
it claw back market share from poor repair and grounded some of its to destinations like the United States before the pandemic hit, with Air Tata also owns majority stakes in
foreign rivals. new Boeing 787 Dreamliners to use and Europe, where it enjoys lucrative India holding a 19.3% share, Vistara, a premium joint venture with
for spare parts. Customers faced landing rights. Foreign hub carriers including its low-cost arm Air India Singapore Airlines and AirAsia India,
But industry executives warn any many delays and staff and suppliers such as Emirates and Etihad Airways Express, in the final quarter of 2019, a low-cost carrier with AirAsia Group.
success will be a long and were not always paid on time, can only compete with one-stop according to government statistics. Tata has benefited from its partners’
complicated process that could cost it executives said. options. expertise but neither venture is
more than US$1 billion and require Air India also needs a charismatic profitable.
fixing myriad problems, including its The ownership transfer from the Many industry experts predict that and experienced leader along the
worn-out fleet, poor service and the government to Tata is expected to go after the pandemic, non-stop flights lines of JRD Tata or Richard Branson Having three airlines is likely to
lack of a charismatic leader. through by the end of the year. The will become even more popular, to help rebuild a service culture at the put Tata in a strong bargaining
company will then have until particularly with lucrative business airline, experts said. position with aircraft manufacturers,
Air India was once renowned for summer 2022, when a post-Covid travellers. engine makers and lessors, as well as
its lavishly decorated planes and demand surge is expected, to fix the Tata’s experience of building with suppliers, airport operators and
stellar service championed by the issues, the person added, estimating “I’m a big believer if a passenger India’s largest hospitality chain, with fuel companies, analysts say. –
airline’s founder JRD Tata, India’s first it would cost more than US$1 billion has a choice their strong preference is Taj hotels as the flag-bearer, could Reuters
to fly point to point,“ Robert Martin, help with the staff and service, said

13theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | OCTOBER 20, 2021

* SPORTS

Storm brewing Djokovicunsureover Norrie credits
Thiem trick
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declined to reveal whether thinking about it’, they will take “I am following the situation tennis in Turin next month after
PPIINNWWEEEE CCHHIICCKKEENN he has been vaccinated advantage.” revealing a local Italian restaurant
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220000220011002277119911 ((559944885544--WW)) if he would defend his title at next year’s including the last three editions. weeks. I believe there will be a lot of The new British No. 1 beat Nikoloz
Australian Open. The 34-year-old last competed at the restrictions just like this year, but I doubt Basilashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to secure his
((IInn MMeemmbbeerrss’’ The state of Victoria, where the Grand US Open, where his bid to complete the there will be too many changes. first ATP Masters 1000 title at the BNP
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NNoo.. 5555 JJaallaann SSuullttaann AAhhmmaadd SShhaahh,, don’t know if I will go to Melbourne,” ending ATP Finals in Victoria state premier Dan Andrews said dining every night at the lucky
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ddeessttrrooyyeedd oonnee ((11)) mmoonntthh aafftteerr tthhee Andrews also indicated that Norrie, who started the year
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DDaann PPUUBBLLIICC BBAANNKK BBEERRHHAADD CURTIS CAMPHER took four thinking about it,” said Campher in Abu Dhabi as they dispatched
DDaallaamm ppeerrkkaarraa mmeennggeennaaii KKaaeeddaahh-- ((NNoo.. SSyyaarriikkaatt::66446633--HH)) wickets in four balls as Ireland eased after the game. tournament debutants Namibia also
KKaaeeddaahh ((PPeenngggguulluunnggaann)) SSyyaarriikkaatt,,11997722 past the Netherlands at the T20 by seven wickets.
PPeemmppeettiissyyeenn World Cup on Monday while Sri “Maybe it will set in a little bit
AAnnttaarraa DDaann Lanka spinners Maheesh later. To be honest I’m just happy Theekshana returned figures of
BBAADDAANN PPEENNGGUURRUUSSAANN BBEERRSSAAMMAA DDEE SSVVTTEECCHH EENNGGIINNEEEERRIINNGG SSDDNN.. BBHHDD.. Theekshana and Wanindu with the win and that’s all that 3-25 and Hasaranga took two
CCEENNTTRRUUMM MMAALLLL [[NNOO.. PPEENNDDAAFFTTAARRAANN:: 220011110011003333008899 Hasaranga set up their win over matters.” wickets to help dismiss Namibia for
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…… PPEEMMPPEETTIISSYYEENN In reply, Ireland lost two early
DDaann RReessppoonnddeenn South African-born Campher wickets but veteran opener Paul Namibia hurt Sri Lanka with
DDAATTAARRAANN RRIINNGGGGIITT SSDDNN BBHHDD IIKKLLAANN PPEETTIISSYYEENN took a hattrick and then struck Stirling, who made an unbeaten 30, three wickets in the chase but
((NNoo.. SSyyaarriikkaatt::11000066330022--WW)) NNOOTTIISS AADDAALLAAHH DDEENNGGAANN IINNII DDIIBBEERRII again to return figures of 4-26 and and Gareth Delany, who scored 44, Avishka Fernando (30) and Bhanuka
bbaahhaawwaa ssuuaattuu PPeettiissyyeenn uunnttuukk reduce the Dutch from 51-2 to 51-6, put on 59 runs for the third wicket Rajapaksa (42) put on an unbeaten
……RREESSPPOONNDDEENN ppeenngggguulluunnggaann SSyyaarriikkaatt yyaanngg Ireland going on to dismiss them for to ease into their chase. stand of 74 to steer the team home
PPEENNGGIIKKLLAANNAANN PPEETTIISSYYEENN ddiinnaammaakkaann ddii aattaass oolleehh MMaahhkkaammaahh 106 in the Group A opener in Abu in 13.3 overs.
NNOOTTIISS ddiibbeerrii ddii ssiinnii bbaahhaawwaa ssuuaattuu TTiinnggggii,, tteellaahh ppaaddaa 2200--0099--22002211 Dhabi. Ireland cruised to a seven-wicket
ppeettiissyyeenn uunnttuukk ppeenngggguulluunnggaann ssyyaarriikkaatt ddiikkeemmuukkaakkaann oolleehh PPuubblliicc BBaannkk win with 4.5 overs to spare as “We want to get through this
yyaannggddiinnaammaakkaannddiiaattaassoolleehhMMaahhkkaammaahh BBeerrhhaadd ((66446633--HH)) yyaanngg bbeerraallaammaatt ddii The 22-year-old medium-pacer player-of-the-match Campher hit qualifying stage. All well went for
TTiinnggggii tteellaahh ppaaddaa 2200//0099//22002211 ddiiffaaiillkkaann 22nndd FFlloooorr,,WWiissmmaa MMaatthhiivvaannaann,,NNoo.. 8822,, joined Rashid Khan and Lasith the winning runs for his team’s first us,” said Sri Lanka Dasun Shanaka.
oolleehh BBaaddaann PPeenngguurruussaann BBeerrssaammaa LLeebbuuhh BBiisshhoopp,,1100220000 PPeennaanngg.. Malinga as the only bowlers to take win over the Netherlands in a World
DDee CCeennttrruumm MMaalll,, PPeemmppeettiissyyeenn yyaanngg DDAANN bbaahhaawwaa PPeettiissyyeenn tteerrsseebbuutt a four wickets in four balls in T20s. Cup. “Winning all three games will
ddiinnaammaakkaannddiiaattaassddaannppeettiissyyeenntteerrsseebbuutt ddiiaarraahhkkaann ssuuppaayyaa ddiibbiiccaarraakkaann ddii definitely put us in a good state of
aaddaallaahh ddiitteettaappkkaann uunnttuukk ddiiddeennggaarr ddii MMaahhkkaammaahh TTiinnggggii ddii PPuullaauu PPiinnaanngg,, “To be honest, I wasn’t really Former champions Sri Lanka mind, adjusting to conditions will
hhaaddaappaann MMaahhkkaammaahh bbeerrssiiddaanngg ddii KKuuaallaa ppaaddaa ppuukkuull 99..0000 ppaaggii ppaaddaa 2266--1111-- were the other winners in Group A help in the main tournament.” – AFP
LLuummppuurr ppaaddaa ppuukkuull 99..0000 ppaaggii,, ppaaddaa 22002211..
0055//0011//22002222 ddaann mmaannaa--mmaannaa ppeemmiiuuttaanngg DDAANN mmaannaa ppiihhaakk ppeemmiiuuttaanngg aattaauu SHORTS Duo headline golf’s return to Asia
aattaauu kkoonnttrriibbuuttoorrii ssyyaarriikkaatt tteerrsseebbuutt ppeennyyuummbbaanngg SSyyaarriikkaatt tteerrsseebbuutt Top class field for Woods’World Challenge
yyaanngg bbeerrnniiaatt uunnttuukk mmeennyyookkoonngg aattaauu yyaanngg bbeerrnniiaatt uunnttuukk mmeennyyookkoonngg THE US PGA Tour returns to Asia for the first time since the
mmeemmbbaannttaahh ssuuaattuu ppeerriinnttaahh ddiibbuuaatt kkee aattaauu mmeenneennttaanngg sseessuuaattuu ppeerriinnttaahh
aattaass ppeettiissyyeenn tteerrsseebbuutt bboolleehh hhaaddiirr ppaaddaa mmeennggiikkuutt PPeettiissyyeenn tteerrsseebbuutt bboolleehh
mmaassaa ppeerrbbiiccaarraaaann sseeccaarraa ddiirrii sseennddiirrii hhaaddiirr ddeennggaann ttuujjuuaann iittuu sseeccaarraa
aattaauu mmeellaalluuii ppeegguuaammbbeellaannyyaa uunnttuukk ppeerriibbaaddii aattaauu mmeellaalluuii ppeegguuaammbbeellaannyyaa
ttuujjuuaann tteerrsseebbuutt;; ddaann sseessaalliinnaann ppeettiissyyeenn ppaaddaa mmaassaa bbiiccaarraaaann ddaann sseessaalliinnaann
bboolleehh ddiibbeekkaallkkaann kkeeppaaddaa mmaannaa--mmaannaa PPeettiissyyeenn tteerrsseebbuutt aakkaann ddiibbeekkaallkkaann
ppeemmiiuuttaanngg aattaauu kkoonnttrriibbuuttoorrii ssyyaarriikkaatt oolleehh ppiihhaakk yyaanngg bbeerrttaannddaattaannggaann
tteerrsseebbuutt yyaanngg mmeenngghheennddaakkii ddaarriippaaddaa ddii bbaawwaahh iinnii kkeeppaaddaa mmaannaa--mmaannaa
ppeegguuaammccaarraa PPeemmppeettiissyyeenn ddeennggaann ppeemmiiuuttaanngg aattaauu ppeennyyuummbbaanngg
ppeemmbbaayyaarraann ccaajj yyaanngg ddiippeerruunnttuukkkkaann SSyyaarriikkaatt tteerrsseebbuutt yyaanngg mmeemmiinnttaannyyaa
uunnttuukk hhaall tteerrsseebbuutt.. ddeennggaann mmeemmbbuuaatt bbaayyaarraann yyaanngg
ddiitteettaappkkaann..

AAllaammaatt PPeemmppeettiissyyeenn iiaallaahh ddii AAllaammaatt PPeemmppeettiissyyeenn aaddaallaahh ddii 22nndd FIFTEEN of the top 20 in the world golf rankings will head coronavirus pandemic when Japan hosts the Zozo
MMaannaaggeemmeenntt OOffffiiccee,, CCoorrppoorraattee BBlloocckk,, FFlloooorr,, WWiissmmaa MMaatthhiivvaannaann,, NNoo.. 8822,, to the Bahamas for the Hero World Challenge in December. Championship this week, with home hero Hideki
UUnniippaarrkk SSuurriiaa,, JJaallaann IIkkrraamm--UUnniitteenn,, LLeebbuuhh BBiisshhoopp,,1100220000 PPeennaanngg.. Matsuyama and Olympic gold medallist Xander Schauffele
4433000000 KKaajjaanngg,,SSeellaannggoorr.. PPeegguuaammccaarraa PPeemmppeettiissyyeenn iiaallaahh The Dec 2-5 tournament, a benefit for Tiger Woods’TGR headlining a strong field.
TTeettuuaann WWoonngg--CChhooooii && MMoohhdd.. NNoorr Foundation and other charities, will include 20 players, up
PPeegguuaammccaarraa bbaaggii PPeemmppeettiissyyeenn iiaallaahh yyaanngg bbeerraallaammaatt ddii NNoo.. 2277,, TTiinnggkkaatt 11,, from 18 last year. Two-time major winner Collin Morikawa will also be in
TTeettuuaann KK HH CChhoonngg && AAssssoocciiaatteess yyaanngg LLoorroonngg MMaajjuu JJaayyaa,, PPuussaatt PPeerrnniiaaggaaaann action at the US$9.95 million (RM41m) event at Accordia
bbeerraallaammaatt ddii EE--1111--1144,,PPllaazzaa MMoonntt’’ KKiiaarraa,, MMaajjuu JJaayyaa,, 1144000000 BBuukkiitt MMeerrttaajjaamm,, The field features world No. 3 Collin Morikawa, the Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, east of Tokyo, from
NNoo.. 22,, JJaallaann KKiiaarraa,, MMoonntt’’ KKiiaarraa,, 5500448800 PPuullaauu PPiinnaanngg.. reigning Open Championship winner, and No. 18 Hideki tomorrow.
KKuuaallaa LLuummppuurr.. Matsuyama of Japan, the reigning Masters champion and
..............................tt..tt.............................. the 2016 Hero World Challenge winner. Other big names in the 78-man field include Tommy
BBeerrttaarriikkhh ppaaddaa 2200//0099//22002211 PPeegguuaammccaarraa PPeemmppeettiissyyeenn Fleetwood and Rickie Fowler, with 5,000 spectators allowed
PPeegguuaammccaarraa bbaaggii PPeemmppeettiissyyeenn PPEERRIINNGGAATTAANN -- SSeessiiaappaa yyaanngg iinnggiinn Two other past winners of the event, Jordan Spieth to watch each day as long as they wear masks at all times.
NNoottaa -- MMaannaa--mmaannaa oorraanngg yyaanngg bbeerrnniiaatt hhaaddiirr ppaaddaa ppeerrbbiiccaarraaaann PPeettiissyyeenn (2014) and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (2019), also will
uunnttuukk mmeenngghhaaddiirrii ppeennddeennggaarraann tteerrsseebbuutt hheennddaakkllaahh mmeennyyaammppaaiikkaann,, compete. Masters champion Matsuyama will be the focus of
ppeettiissyyeenn tteerrsseebbuutt hheennddaakkllaahh mmeennyyeerraahh aattaauu mmeenngghhaannttaarr ddeennggaann ppooss,, kkeeppaaddaa intense home interest, while for the American Schauffele –
aattaauu mmeenngghhaannttaarr mmeellaalluuii ppooss kkeeppaaddaa TTeettuuaann WWoonngg-- CChhooooii && MMoohhdd.. NNoorr The only missing players among the top 20 in the whose family has ties to Japan – it will be a return to the
TTeettuuaann KK HH CChhoonngg && AAssssoocciiaatteess,, yyaanngg ddiinnaammaakkaann ddii aattaass ssuuaattuu nnoottiiss rankings are No. 1 Jon Rahm of Spain, the reigning US country where he won Olympic gold in August.
PPeegguuaammccaarraa yyaanngg ddiinnaammaakkaann ddii aattaass,, bbeerrttuulliiss tteennttaanngg nniiaattnnyyaa sseebbeeggiittuu.. Open champion; No. 2 Dustin Johnson; No. 9 Louis
ssuuaattuu nnoottiiss bbeerrttuulliiss mmeennggeennaaii nniiaattnnyyaa NNoottiiss tteerrsseebbuutt mmeessttiillaahh mmeennyyaattaakkaann Oosthuizen of South Africa; No. 18 Sam Burns and No. 20 Morikawa will also be popular because he is half-
uunnttuukk bbeerrbbuuaatt ddeemmiikkiiaann.. NNoottiiss iittuu nnaammaa ddaann aallaammaatt ppiihhaakk bbeerrkkeennaaaann,, Billy Horschel. Japanese.
hheennddaakkllaahh mmeennyyaattaakkaann nnaammaa ddaann aattaauu jjiikkaa iiaa sseebbuuaahh ffiirrmmaa,, nnaammaa
aallaammaatt oorraanngg tteerrsseebbuutt,,aattaauu jjiikkaa sseebbuuaahh ddaann aallaammaatt ffiirrmmaa,, ddaann mmeessttiillaahh Woods won the event five times before it moved from “Playing there (Zozo) in 2019, I was able to start my
ffiirrmmaa,, nnaammaa ddaann aallaammaatt ffiirrmmaa tteerrsseebbuutt,, ddiittaannddaattaannggaannii oolleehh ppiihhaakk aattaauu ffiirrmmaa Southern California to Albany, Bahamas, in 2015. The professional career... So I look forward to hopefully
ddaann hheennddaakkllaahh ddiisseerraahhkkaann,, aattaauu,, jjiikkaa bbeerrkkeennaaaann aattaauu ppeegguuaammccaarraannyyaa,, tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus contending and trying to win in Japan for the first time,”
ddiippoosskkaann,, hheennddaakkllaahh ddiihhaannttaarr mmeellaalluuii jjiikkaa aaddaa.. NNoottiiss hheennddaakkllaahh pandemic. Morikawa said.
ppooss ddaallaamm mmaassaa yyaanngg mmeennccuukkuuppii uunnttuukk ddiissaammppaaiikkaann,, aattaauu jjiikkaa ddiihhaannttaarr
mmeennccaappaaii nnaammaa ddii aattaass ttiiddaakk lleewwaatt ddeennggaann ppooss,, hheennddaakkllaahh ddiihhaannttaarr
ddaarriippaaddaa ppuukkuull dduuaa bbeellaass tteennggaahhaarrii,, ddaallaamm jjaannggkkaammaassaa mmeennccuukkuuppii,,
hhaarrii SSeellaassaa ppaaddaa 0044//0011//22002222 ((ssaattuu hhaarrii ssuuppaayyaa ssaammppaaii kkeeppaaddaa ppiihhaakk yyaanngg
sseebbeelluumm ttaarriikkhh ppeennddeennggaarraann ppeettiissyyeenn ddiinnaammaakkaann ddii aattaass sseebbeelluumm ppuukkuull 1122
ddiitteettaappkkaann)).. tteennggaahh hhaarrii ppaaddaa 2255//1111//22002211..

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Defensive Sane turns whistles into ovations

AFTER he was mercilessly whistled by Bayern opposition’s half. would be tough (at Bayern) because there is a lot “It’s not advisable to always discuss everything
Munich fans in August, Leroy Sane has beefed up As Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann of pressure on you here.” repeatedly. You just have to let him play.”
his defence to silence disgruntled supporters and
justify his €45 million (RM260m) transfer from points out, Sane has been “throwing himself into The proof that he has won over Bayern fans Sane’s work ethic has also been noted on the
Manchester City. the defensive work full force. He has made came when Sane received a standing ovation international stage.
incredible steps in counter-pressing”. when substituted after a strong display – with
Sane is set to start away to Benfica in Lisbon and without the ball – in a 7-0 thrashing of He scored against Liechtenstein and Iceland in
tomorrow (3am) with visitors Bayern chasing a It’s a far cry from the whistles Sane endured in Bochum in September when he scored with a September before sitting on the bench as
third straight Champions League victory to stay a league game against Cologne in August when stunning freekick. Germany wrapped up qualification for next year’s
top of Group E after wins last month over disgruntled Bayern fans made their feelings World Cup in last Monday’s 4-0 win over North
Barcelona and Dynamo Kiev. known after too many of his passes went astray “It is important for every player to have a clear Macedonia.
and he did little to win the ball back. head so that he can perform at his best,” said
Neither club managed to score past Bayern, Nagelsmann. “He floats across the pitch with an ease. Leroy
who have scored eight goals without reply so “I didn’t want to experience that again,” Sane has outstanding skills, but his self-confidence has
far in Europe, and Sane deserves some of the later admitted. “We haven’t given Leroy any special returned,” Germany coach Hansi Flick told SID.
credit after improving his pressing in the treatment, not even after the whistles against
“I knew I needed time, but it’s not like I sat Cologne. “Now he also has the impulse to want to
back. I always work hard on myself and knew it retrieve lost balls”. – AFP

‘Dream teens’ SHORTS
give Koeman hope Bartomeu has regrets but
wows to return to Barca
Time is now for Barca as bid for Champions League recovery begins
IT WON’T come as a surprise for many
BARCELONA want to build for the distance even further between them and Barcelona fans to hear that Josep Maria
future with the tantalising prospect Europe’s elite. Bartomeu has regrets about the time
of another group of teenage talents There would be more tangible costs too. he spent as president at the Nou Camp.
emerging together, but for now With total debts of €1.35 billion (RM6.5b),
reality still bites. Barcelona can ill-afford to have a key source The ex-president of the club, having
of revenue slashed, just as the club’s been removed from the club in
After successive 3-0 losses to Bayern president Joan Laporta is hoping to begin the disgrace, now admits to wishing he
Munich and Benfica in Group E, another loss recovery with the return of fans to the Nou had started to change things as soon
at home to Dynamo Kiev tomorrow Camp. as the Blaugrana fell to their
(12.45am Malaysian time) would leave them A 3-1 victory over Valencia in La Liga on humiliating Champions League defeat
on the brink of Champions League Sunday offered a positive start to a crunch to Liverpool at Anfield.
elimination. week that could prove regenerative
if two big games now go “Not assessing things after the
It would bring closer the possibility of Barcelona’s way. Liverpool loss was a mistake,” Bartomeu
failing to reach the knockout stage for the For weeks, Koeman has confessed to Esport3 and reported by
first time since 2003, when Barca had not insisted performances Spanish sports daily Marca. “We had to
qualified for the competition. would improve once have a generational change.
injured players returned.
The last time the club played in the group Ansu Fati, back after 11 “I listened to the players and I was
stage and crashed out was 2001, when they months out, is leading wrong. We were at our limit financially
dropped into the UEFA Cup where a team the charge while Sergio and then the pandemic caught us all
featuring Pep Guardiola and Patrick Kluivert Aguero came off the by surprise.”
lost to eventual winners Liverpool in the bench against Valencia to
semifinals. finally make his debut. Lionel Messi’s exit left the club in an
Fati, Pedri, Gavi and Nicolas even more troubled situation.
Many of Europe’s most prestigious clubs Gonzalez are among those
have recently endured outings in Europe’s Barca are dubbing the “His departure has been a problem,”
secondary competition. Manchester United, “Dream Teen” as the Bartomeu said. “We’re a buying club,
Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid club attempt to not sellers.
and Juventus have all featured in the Europa harness some of the
League over the last decade. growing optimism “I fought a lot in the summer of
and good will 2020 so that he’d continue but then
But for Barcelona, relegation would be surrounding their everything broke down. We’ll have to
particularly deflating, especially coming latest crop of talents. ask Messi why.”
after the departure of Lionel Messi to Paris But if that is the
Saint-Germain. future, Dynamo Before wrapping up, Bartomeu
Kiev is the present, confirmed the news that not many
Unlike the Premier League, where six the need for results Barcelona supporters will want to hear,
teams have for the best part of 10 years is pressing. and he hasn’t finished with the club
traded blows in the race for Champions “The game just yet.
League places, La Liga’s leading duo have against Dynamo is
hardly ever looked like missing out on the very important. We “I will present myself for elections
top four. have to continue with again,” Bartomeu said. “I have spent 12
this attitude and seasons with the club, with (Joan)
In financial terms, the gaps have been energy,” said Koeman on Laporta and then as president myself.
bigger in La Liga, with first to fifth separated Sunday night.
by €600 million (RM2.9b) of revenue in the “Before then I have two “It was worth it. It was changed by
last figures recorded before the pandemic, days of calm and I’m going CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Ansu Covid. From then it was a poisoned
while in the Premier League the difference Fati, Nicolas Gonzalez, Pedri and Gavi. chalice.”
was more like €150m (RM720m). to make the most of it.” –
AFP Modric snubs biennial WC
It means Barcelona’s place in the
Champions League has been more assured, REAL MADRID midfielder Luka Modric
even if they have still shown impressive has criticised FIFA’s plans for a biennial
consistency during the Messi era to advance World Cup and expressed dismay that
to the last 16. players have not been consulted.

Ending that run this year would be a blow World football's governing body
to their sense of status, stretching the announced on Monday that it will hold
talks with national team coaches this
Les start from the top to erase racism in football week over the controversial idea, which
has been met by opposition from
RACISM could be eradicated from football if the Budapest while playing Hungary in a 2022 World something about it.” European and South American
authorities cared enough, Les Ferdinand, the Cup qualifier. Ferdinand says he got so fed up he stopped governing bodies UEFA and
former Newcastle and England forward and now CONMEBOL, as well as the
director of football at London club QPR, has told “Football has been an arena in the past where addressing the issue for a long time simply because International Olympic Committee.
AFP. people could come and voice their opinions on “that’s all we seem to do, talk about it,” with nothing
your colour and throw bananas onto the pitch and being done. Modric won the Ballon d’Or after
The 54-year-old affectionately known as “Sir Les” walk away without any consequences,” Ferdinand leading Croatia to the final of the last
was one of the most feared marksmen in his days told AFP. The lack of diversity in football management World Cup in 2018 and the 36-year-old
at Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle and Tottenham also riles Ferdinand – only seven of the 92 league said yesterday he is against the latest
– and endured years of racial abuse from “OK that’s changed and people are now being clubs in England and Wales have black managers. proposal.
supporters. held accountable for their actions when they do
things like that. “I know Sol Campbell still wants to be a “I don’t see the point of a World Cup
Racism has reared its ugly head this year when manager,” said Ferdinand, of the former England, every two years,” said Modric in a press
black England players Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho “(Racism) is a societal problem and you’ll never Arsenal and Tottenham defender. conference ahead of Real Madrid's
and Marcus Rashford were abused on social media eradicate it from society, but we can eradicate it Champions League game away at
following their penalty misses in the Euro 2020 final from football if we want to. “He had to go to Macclesfield and no disrespect Shakhtar Donestsk overnight.
shootout with Italy. to Macclesfield, but (look) where they were in the
“But the people in the higher positions and the league at the time. “A World Cup is special because it’s
England players too have been abused in position to do something about it, don’t care about every four years and because everyone
it enough because if they did they would do “To get an opportunity Paul Ince had to go to is looking forward to it so much, that’s
the same club.” – AFP why it's special.

“I wouldn’t like to see a World Cup
every two years. But they are not
asking us.

“They are trying to do things
without asking the players or the
coaches what they think about it.

“Let's see what happens with this,
but I don’t see it.”

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RESULTS & STANDINGS Neville criticises disjointed United

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Arsenal GARY NEVILLE criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s “Manchester United were appalling all the way and “pose questions” about the current mood at
2 (Aubameyang 7, Lacazette 90+5) decision to play the “struggling” Harry Maguire through the second half. The big change came at the club.
Crystal Palace 2 (Benteke 50, Edouard against Leicester City on the weekend and halftime – I don’t know if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has
73), Everton 0 West Ham 1 (Ogbonna described Manchester United’s performance as said ‘go higher up the pitch’, or whether the “It doesn’t sit well with me. If I was in a
74), Newcastle 2 (Wilson 2, Dier 89-og) “appalling”. players have gone a little bit rogue – but they are changing room and a teammate had said that, I
Tottenham 3 (Ndombele 17, Kane 22, stretched, they are baggy. The front of the team wouldn’t be happy, I’ve got to be honest,”
Son 45+4). United lost 4-2 at the King Power after and the back of the team are disconnected, Ferdinand told the Vibe With Five podcast.
conceding three goals during a dismal second
Chelsea P W D L F A Pts half, and Neville said the pressure is building on “The front five, the egos, the great players, the “I’d be straight in, saying: ‘What does that
8 6 1 1 16 3 19 his former teammate Solskjaer after making a world-class ones, and the back five – mean? I don’t quite understand what you’re
Liverpool 8 5 3 0 22 6 18 mistake in rushing captain Maguire back from disconnected. So individual errors, Maguire saying,’ unless I actually agree.
Man City 8 5 2 1 16 3 17 injury to play in the game. struggling, and a disconnected team.”
Brighton 8 4 3 1 8 5 15 “Pogba’s an honest guy, that’s what I like about
Tottenham 8 5 0 3 9 12 15 “It’s not just the goals, generally he was Meanwhile Rio Ferdinand believes public Paul. He’s very passionate, wants to win, wants to
Man Utd 8 4 2 2 16 10 14 nowhere near it,” Neville said of Maguire’s criticism from Paul Pogba suggests there is be the best he can be.
West Ham 8 4 2 2 15 10 14 performance, speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday “underlying frustration” at United but does not
Everton 8 4 2 2 13 9 14 Night Football. expect a “knee-jerk” reaction regarding the future “And that says to me that there’s an underlying
Brentford 8 3 3 2 10 7 12 of manager Solskjaer. frustration within the camp and he can’t hide it.
Wolves 8 4 0 4 8 8 12 “(Eric) Bailly should have played alongside He’s not hiding it.
Leicester 8 3 2 3 13 14 11 (Victor) Lindelof, that was (Solskjaer’s) biggest Former United defender Ferdinand feels the
Arsenal 8 3 2 3 7 12 11 mistake. He had not played for four weeks. France international’s comments are concerning “Normally you get bog-standard answers (to
interview questions) but he’s said a few things
Lacazette there that pose questions.” – The Independent

Aston Villa 8 3 1 4 12 12 10 rescues Gunners
Crystal Palace 8 1 5 2 10 13 8
Southampton 8 1 4 3 6 10 7
Watford 8 2 1 5 7 15 7
Leeds 8 1 3 4 7 15 6
Burnley 8 0 3 5 5 13 3
Newcastle 8 0 3 5 10 19 3 Vieira frustrated after Palace throw away win
Norwich 8 0 2 6 2 16 2
CRYSTAL PALACE manager
LA LIGA: Alaves 0 Real Betis 1 (Iglesias Patrick Vieira was conceding late goals in “I am frustrated for “We gave the ball away two times
89), Espanyol 2 (de Tomas 45+2, disappointed after a last- order to turn draws them, they were brave for the two goals. It (the dip in
Melamed 65) Cadiz 0. gasp equaliser from into wins. performance) was for a long period
substitute Alexandre Lacazette and showed which is worrying. We gave cheap
P W D L F A Pts denied them a win against his former “It was so close character. We have goals away.
Real Sociedad 9 6 2 1 12 7 20 club Arsenal in a pulsating Premier but we have been to put our sleeves
Real Madrid 8 5 2 1 22 10 17 League clash yesterday. saying that a little up and put our “The most positive thing is we
Sevilla 8 5 2 1 11 3 17 bit too often,” he bodies on the kept going. They kept believing until
Atletico Madrid 8 5 2 1 11 6 17 Having fallen behind to an early told Sky Sports. line. We were the end and that’s how we managed
Osasuna 9 5 2 2 13 12 17 Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang goal, “We have to learn really unlucky to get a point.”
Rayo Vallecano 9 5 1 3 15 9 16 Palace stormed back through from the games today, it is the way
Barcelona 8 4 3 1 14 8 15 Christian Benteke and Odsonne we played it is but I believe Arsenal looked set to lose their
Real Betis 9 4 3 2 12 9 15 Edouard before Lacazette struck with there is more to unbeaten streak as the full-time
Athletic Bilbao 8 3 4 1 7 4 13 the last kick of the game. Alexandre come. whistle approached, but Lacazette’s
Valencia 9 3 3 3 13 11 12 Lacazette “The players were scrappy finish at the death saw the
Espanyol 9 3 3 3 8 8 12 Vieira, who won three previously. I points shared in spite of a lacklustre
Villarreal 8 2 5 1 9 5 11 League titles and four am really really frustrated team performance from his side.
Real Mallorca 9 3 2 4 7 13 11 FA cups with disappointed because we threw
Elche 9 2 3 4 6 10 9 Arsenal as a because the way away two points. The Gunners will face a tough test
Celta Vigo 9 2 1 6 7 12 7 player, said the team came To concede a in returning to winning ways against
Cadiz 9 1 4 4 7 13 7 Palace back in the second goal like that is Aston Villa in their next outing on
Granada 8 1 3 4 6 12 6 needed half, they deserved really difficult Saturday, but Lacazette is confident
Levante 9 0 5 4 6 13 5 to to win. to accept but in Arteta’s ability to inspire a positive
Alaves 8 1 0 7 2 13 3 stop these games response.
Getafe 9 0 2 7 3 13 2 will make us
stronger.” “This is a question for the team,
SERIE A: Venezia 1 (Aramu 36) Arsenal this is a hard question for the
Fiorentina 0. boss Mikel manager,” he told Sky Sports.
Arteta criticised
Napoli P W D L F A Pts his players for “That’s why he’s the manager so
AC Milan 8 8 0 0 19 3 24 switching off we trust him. We know he’s going to
Inter Milan 8 7 1 0 18 7 22 after taking the give us the solution to be better in the
Roma 8 5 2 1 23 11 17 lead. next game.”
Lazio 8 5 0 3 16 9 15 “We
Atalanta 8 4 2 2 18 13 14 started Lacazette went on to insist that a
Juventus 8 4 2 2 14 10 14 the draw against Palace can only be seen
Bologna 8 4 2 2 12 10 14 game as a positive result based on Arsenal’s
Fiorentina 8 3 3 2 13 15 12 very collective performance, stressing that
Udinese 8 4 0 4 10 12 12 plenty of work needs to be done on
Empoli 8 2 3 3 10 12 9 well the training ground in order to make
Torino 8 3 0 5 10 16 9 but after amends.
Hellas Verona 82249 8 8 the goal
Sassuolo 8 2 2 4 17 17 8 we didn’t “At the end we could draw, the
Venezia 8 2 2 4 9 11 8 manage it main thing was to avoid the loss,”
Spezia 8 2 2 4 6 12 8 enough,” he told added the former Lyon man.
Sampdoria 8 2 1 5 10 20 7 the BBC.
Genoa 8 1 3 4 11 16 6 “We wanted to win, we
Cagliari 8 1 3 4 12 18 6 “We didn’t have started well but then
Salernitana 8 1 3 4 11 17 6 composure or control. The stopped playing. I think
8 1 1 6 6 17 4 game was stretched. You this is something we have to
have uncertainty, you have work on in the future.
to defend deep. “We showed we have
character. Even when we
are down we don’t give

up.” – Reuters/Express
Newspapers

Zidane could be managerial solution for Devils SIDENETTING Bruce will be‘relieved’to get
De Bruyne‘understands’ the sacked: Redknapp
GARY NEVILLE has suggested that Zinedine and Zinedine Zidane, where you have a Sterling’s frustrations
Zidane could be the answer to Manchester collection of great players that win games in STEVE BRUCE will be “relieved” when he is
United’s struggles, with the team sitting sixth the moment. KEVIN DE BRUYNE has said he “understands” sacked as Newcastle manager, according to
in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Raheem Sterling’s frustrations over his lack of Jamie Redknapp. Despite the club’s takeover by
Solskjaer and already out of one cup “PSG are like it at the moment under game time at Manchester City. Sterling made a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium last week,
competition. Mauricio Pochettino – they aren’t really a just his third Premier League start of the Bruce remained in charge of the team for his
Pochettino team. He’s got great players and season in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Burnley 1,000th match as a manager on Sunday but
“There is a lot of emotion on Manchester big names. but said before the match that he would be Newcastle’s winless start to the Premier League
United over the past 48 hours, and rightly so – “open” to leaving the club and “go season continued as they were beaten 3-2 by
the performances have not been right this “Ole has got a bit of that now. Ole somehow somewhere else for more game time”. Tottenham. Newcastle’s new owners are
season, nowhere near good enough for the has to bring that group together and find a “Rotation is important because playing four expected to replace Bruce and Redknapp says
players in that squad,” Neville told Sky Sports on basic, simple way of playing defensively where competitions, and mostly going far in them, the 60-year-old will welcome the decision. “My
Monday night. the players buy into it. And allow the talented it’s a tough ask sometimes,” De Bruyne said. feeling when I look at him is that he’d almost
players to win the game for him.” “But I understand the frustration because I’m like to be put out of his misery as well,”
“That is causing massive problems for the a player and you have some players who Redknapp told Sky Sports. “He looks like a man
manager at this moment in time. “That’s the only way he’s going to get the need more rhythm to get into it. Maybe Raz who has done as much as he can, and he is a
season back on track. (Raheem) is someone who needs more. I’m a symbol of the previous regime. He’ll be hating
“They’ve got six grenades where the pins player that needs that also.” every second of it, nobody enjoys that unless
have been pulled out in the dressing room. “This lot are an odd bunch and they could you have something wrong with you.”
come out and do Liverpool on Sunday, but
“That can work,” Neville continued. “I’ve they’ve got to get that dynamic and spirit
seen Vicente del Bosque do it at Real Madrid right. Ole has to do that.”– The Independent

WEDNESDAY • OCTOBER 20, 2021 QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It was so close but we have been
saying that a little bit too often. We have to learn
from the games we played previously. I am really
disappointed because the way the team came
back in the second half, they deserved to win.”

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Viera

Tuchel gets Silva, Rudiger boost but hopes Lukaku shows up

THIAGO SILVA and Antonio Rudiger Thiago Silva The Blues head coach will know widely viewed as the missing piece of
have bolstered Chelsea’s defensive Antonio Rudiger another slip-up will be hugely the puzzle for Chelsea.
options ahead of tomorrow’s (3am damaging to his side’s hopes of He scored on his second Chelsea
Malaysian time) Champions League reaching the knockout stages of debut against Arsenal and netted
clash with Malmo. Europe’s premier club competition. twice against Aston Villa in his third
Yet rotation is also required to League match.
The centreback pair missed ensure the first-team squad is fresh for He followed that brace with a
Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League win at further challenges in the Premier trademark header in a tight 1-0 win
Brentford but were both back in League. over Zenit St Petersburg in the
training on Monday. Malmo, meanwhile, are the group’s Champions League. But since then
also-rans, which was somewhat there has been nothing.
Experienced centreback Silva only expected. The Swedish side have After drawing a blank in the 1-0
returned from Brazil duty on Friday suffered 3-0 and 4-0 defeats thus far win over Brentford, Lukaku is now on
afternoon, leaving the 37-year-old and appear to have little chance a six-game barren run in front of goal.
short of preparation time for the of claiming victory on their Lukaku was fairly anonymous
Brentford trip. visit to west London. against the Bees on Saturday and
But shocks happen: was substituted after 76 minutes, but
Germany defender Rudiger picked Real Madrid’s defeat Tuchel insisted after the final whistle
up a minor back issue on national team on home soil to that he was not worried by Lukaku’s
duty and was forced to sit out the Sheriff Tiraspol form.
Blues’ gritty win on the road. last month is “Both of them, Romelu and Timo
very much (Werner), were too far away to help
Senegal stopper Edouard Mendy proof of that. us escape the pressure,”Tuchel said.
pulled off a string of five saves against So Tuchel will “That was the problem, but I have no
the Bees in a pivotal showing that have to be concerns.
helped push Chelsea back to the wary, “Normally the best thing is that he
top of the League. complacency scores but he is very unselfish at the
can’t become moment, looking for Timo in good
And now defender Andreas a factor. situations.”
Christensen has lauded the Blues While That may well be true – and his
keeper’s stellar form. Chelsea are performances are of less concern
top of the when the team is winning – but
“He showed on Saturday he is Premier Lukaku’s primary role is to score
one of the top keepers in the world, League goals.
not just the Premier League,” and flying Although Tuchel might not be
Christensen told Chelsea’s official high worried, Lukaku will want to silence
club website. under his critics, who include former West
Tuchel, Ham striker Paolo di Canio, who
“He is a top goalkeeper. You can one small, branded the striker “dull” and
see how important he is to us, to the nagging “functional”.
team. Yet again we are lucky we have worry for the Luckily for him, Chelsea have a
him.” Blues at this favourable run of fixtures on the
stage in the season horizon.
After their opening two is the form of Romelu After Malmo tomorrow, the Blues
Champions League matches, Lukaku. next run of games reads: Norwich (H),
Chelsea sit second in Group H. The Lukaku was signed for Southampton (H), Newcastle (A),
reigning European champions trail £97.5 million (RM565m) Malmo (A) and Burnley (H).
Juventus, who secured a narrow from Inter Milan in the Tuchel could hardly have hand-
1-0 victory over Tuchel’s side summer transfer picked better fixtures for his misfiring
in Turin by three points. window and was striker. – The Independent/Agencies
running out
Time
United fans call for manager’s scalp as Sancho pays price for Solskjaer’s struggles

MANCHESTER UNITED manager and followed that with the impressive capture their investment with no goals or assists in his “We might have to change. Do we need more
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left with of four-time Champions League winner first 10 appearances for the club. legs in there?”
no excuses in his quest to end the Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.
club’s four-year trophy drought The 21-year-old has not been helped by Sancho may well be the fall guy, making way
when Cristiano Ronaldo headlined a starry But Ronaldo’s return relegated Sancho’s persistent tinkering with his role. for an extra body in midfield, but that would
transfer window. signing to the shadows. again highlight the muddled thinking that has
Initially signed to fill United’s need for a right epitomised United’s years of decline since Alex
But the Norwegian has failed to match The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored winger, he has found himself more often Ferguson’s departure as manager in 2013.
expectations and Saturday’s 4-2 loss at Leicester five times in eight games since returning to the playing from the left with Mason Greenwood
left United five points adrift in the Premier club where he made his name. forced onto the right by Ronaldo’s presence After the club spent nearly two years
League title race and already out of the League through the middle. pursuing his signature, it has taken barely two
Cup. However, United have won only three of months for Sancho’s role in the team to be
those eight games. Now Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani questioned.
The scrutiny on Solskjaer is increasing ahead are coming back to fitness.
of Atalanta’s visit to Old Trafford in the “The performances have been so shoddy all As pressure mounts on Solskjaer, former
Champions League tomorrow (3am Malaysian season in terms of team performances,” said Solskjaer has so far tried to accommodate as teammate Neville said he would never go out of
time) with progress to the last 16 of Europe’s former Manchester United captain Gary many of his arsenal of attacking players as his way to call for the manager’s head.
premier club competition far from certain. Neville. possible with a front three backed up by Bruno
Fernandes and Paul Pogba in midfield. “I have Manchester United fans on my
Failure to reach the knockout stages could be “There’s been some good results and some social media saying you won’t call him out
the final blow to Solskjaer’s credibility among a great individual goals, but the overall Pogba and Fernandes have already spoken because he’s your mate,” Neville said.
fanbase beginning to turn on the man who performances and the unit in and out of out at the need for a clearer tactical plan.
famously won them the Champions League possession have been shoddy.” Solskjaer hinted after Saturday’s loss that he has “No I won’t. I won’t call out any manager
with a stoppage time goal against Bayern tough choices to make. and ask for them to be sacked.
Munich in 1999. Sancho has embodied those struggles more
than most. “We need to look at the whole set-up and “He should be under massive pressure
United spent £73 million (RM423m) to sign balance of the team and maybe something has because he’s been there for two years, 100%,”
Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund in July He was a prolific scorer and creator during to give. Lately, we have not been in great form, added Neville.
four seasons in Germany, where he blossomed we’ve lost too many points and that is
into one of Europe’s most promising attacking something we have to look at,” said Solskjaer. “I think you give him until the end of the
talents, but United are yet to see any return on season.” – AFP/Express Newspapers

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