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ON FRIDAY APRIL 22, 2022 RAMADAN STAPLE ...
No. 8012 PP 2644/12/2012 (031195) www.thesundaily.my Volunteers preparing the seasonal
treat bubur lambuk for distribution
to the public at the Masjid India
Mosque in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
– ADIB RAWI YAHYA/THESUN
Ringgit on downtrend
█ BY SIVAA TANGAI RAJU
[email protected] oPeople’s purchasing power
being tested by undervalued
PETALING JAYA: Financial currency, says CAP
analysts and economists
have expressed concern Both indices are hovering below the market.”
over the fall of the ringgit, 100 point level. Subbarow said RM50 was
which traded at RM4.29 to the US
dollar at the close of business “There are market sentiments previously enough to buy food
yesterday. that are constantly changing and at for a week. But now, one needs at
the moment, issues revolving least RM100. This means that in
They said the ringgit is around higher interest rates in more a month, each family needs
undervalued due to the expectation advanced countries have been the about RM500 to buy
that the US Federal Reserve (Fed) main focus. Chief among them is vegetables, fish and other
would hasten its interest hike to the Fed, which is likely to be cooking essentials, including
curb inflation. aggressive in raising the Federal rice, oil, flour and grain.
Fund Rate at its May meeting.”
Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd chief “The hike in prices is giving
economist Mohd Afzanizam Abdul Consumers Association of a big headache to poor
Rashid predicted that the ringgit Penang senior education officer N.V. families as in many houses,
would continue to fluctuate in a Subbarow said the people’s people are not happy with
narrow range as market players purchasing power to maintain their their food because they can’t
await the Fed’s next move at its lifestyles was being tested by the buy what they want. Many
meeting next month. lower-valued currency. parents are upset that despite
working so hard, they are still
He said policy rates enforced by “Everything is so expensive. Poor unable to buy healthy food for their
other central banks, including the families, including parents who children.
Bank of England and Bank of have more than four children, are
Canada, were among factors that led unable to buy fish or chicken to “Some families skip breakfast to
to such fluctuation, adding that the cook. I went to a wet market eat lunch because they cannot
European Central Bank would soon yesterday and met many consumers afford to spend money on food three
follow suit. who were unhappy as they left the times a day,” he added.
“The ringgit is certainly
undervalued as we look at the
Nominal Effective Exchange Rate
and Real Effective Exchange Rate.
2 theSUN ON FRIDAY | APRIL 22, 2022
NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS
11-day price control ‘More EPF withdrawals
scheme for 22 items
PUTRAJAYA: The 2022 Hari Raya
may cause long-term woes’Aidilfitri Festive Season Maximum Price
Scheme will be implemented for 11 days
from April 26 to May 6, involving 22 types
of goods, said Domestic Trade and
Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri o Malaysians have to bear consequences of utilising GST is a good system.
Alexander Nanta Linggi yesterday. retirement money, says financial expert “Why are they not taxing those who can
He said the scheme, enforced under afford to buy cars? That is beyond me. It may
the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering help buyers in the short run but the country may
Act 2011, would be implemented to have to pay a higher price in the future,” he said,
stabilise the price of goods and their when commenting on the government’s
supply during Ramadan and the Hari █ BY SURAYA ALI members of EPF. automobile purchase tax waiver.
Raya Aidilfitri celebration, which falls [email protected] “What about the needy who are non- Wealth adviser Liza Rawiah Ishak said if the
on May 3. PETALING JAYA: It may be a popular short- members?” government was doing well, it would have
“The effective period for the scheme Neoh added that salaries in Malaysia are very provided the money.
is seven days before the festival, on the term move, but allowing another round of low. “There might not be another way out, maybe
festival day and three days after the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) withdrawals “Who is gaining from all this? It’s none other it’s the only solution for now,” she said, adding
festival day.” may cause long-term problems for the country, than business owners. The way our society that EPF withdrawals might be the fastest way to
Nanta said among the 22 items an expert cautioned. perpetuates things is also part of the problem, solve the issue and with Hari Raya celebrations
listed are local beef, imported beef Financial adviser Felix Neoh said allowing and the rich versus poor gap is very wide now.” coming up, it may be a short-term solution.
(maximum price for Sarawak only) further EPF withdrawals means the inevitable is He added that the way the economy is “For those who have to make a withdrawal,
and imported buffalo meat just being delayed. designed does not help to spread the wealth. remember to be committed to saving again.”
(maximum price for the peninsula, “It’s a very tough situation. Money is never “There is little that can be done with a Liza said those facing financial difficulties
Sabah and the Federal Territory of enough and at the end of the day, we have put minimum wage of RM1,500, yet employers are must think about increasing their income, or
Labuan only). ourselves in a situation where Malaysians will complaining about paying that to their workers.” else it will be very hard to save for the future.
Vegetables in the scheme include have to pay the price in the future,” he told He said business owners were prospering She added that Malaysians must take charge
tomatoes, red chillies, imported theSun. but workers were not. of their financial management if they want to
round cabbage (from Indonesia and Neoh said from a mathematical or financial Neoh said the problem is not only confined have a comfortable retirement.
China and does not include Beijing perspective, it is easy to make such decisions, to Malaysia but also most developed countries. “Know where every ringgit goes, manage
cabbage), long beans, long eggplant, but Malaysians should not touch their He added that the way Malaysians are being your money well, and be in control of your own
cucumber and imported old ginger. retirement money. taxed is also unfair. money. If after that, you still have a deficit, then
It also includes imported large red He said to complicate matters, not “The Goods and Services Tax (GST) was look for additional income through part-time
onions, Holland onions, garlic (from all Malaysians or the B40 group are much fairer. The politics behind it was bad, but work or a small business.”
China), dried chillies, groundnuts,
coconuts (wholesale only) and grated
coconuts (retail only). Haj quota this year set at 14,306 Saudi embassy
The National Action Council on KUALA LUMPUR: Only 14,306 Malaysian
Cost of Living at a special meeting last
Jan 31 decided to reduce the “Saudi Arabia only allows one million sponsors
maximum retail price for standard pilgrims are allowed to perform the haj this year, pilgrims to perform the haj this year, with
chicken by 20 sen to RM8.90 from the which is 45% of the normal quota allowed by foreign pilgrims getting a major chunk of 85% of
RM9.10 ceiling price. Saudi Arabia. the total number compared with 75% in 2019.” ‘iftar’ meals
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail The matter was announced by Minister in Haj pilgrims should have no chronic
the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious illnesses, possess a Covid-19 vaccination
Sabri Yaakob, who chaired the
meeting, said the price of chicken eggs Affairs) Datuk Idris Ahmad through a live certificate, have a negative result for the swab
for all grades would remain the same. broadcast on national television and social test within 72 hours before departure and not be KUALA LUMPUR: The Embassy of Saudi
– Bernama media platforms yesterday. older than 65. – Bernama Arabia has once again sponsored iftar meals
for students and academic staff at six public
universities in Malaysia, through its religious
The iftar of the Custodian of Two Holy
Mosques programme began with an iftar
ceremony at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, followed by Universiti
Teknologi Mara in Shah Alam and the
International Islamic University in Gombak.
The embassy also sponsored the prime
minister’s iftar ceremony on Wednesday,
organised by the University of Malaya
Academy of Islamic Studies. Deputy Minister
in the Prime Minister’s Department
(Religious Affairs) Datuk Ahmad Marzuk
Shaary officiated at the event.
Also present were Saudi Arabian
ambassador to Malaysia Mahmoud Hussien
Saeed Qattan, religious attache of the
embassy of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdul
Rahman Al-Rubaian, and University of
Malaya Academy of Islamic Studies director
Associate Professor Dr Mohd Fauzi Hamat.
Mahmoud Hussien said the embassy, in
collaboration with various government
agencies and private entities, aims to
distribute 15,000 packs of iftar food during
the month of Ramadan.
The embassy has also allocated 57,000
tonnes of dates to be distributed to Muslims
in Malaysia this year. It also aims to distribute
46,680 manuscripts of the Quran, including
ones with Malay translations.
The iftar programme will also be held at
several other public univerisities such as
Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti
GOING GREEN ... Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee (third from left) and his deputy Datuk Dr Nik Muhammad Sains Malaysia. The closing ceremony will be
Zawawi Salleh (second from left) looking at biodegradable packaging products at Free The Seed Sdn Bhd, which has partnered with Hotpack Packaging held at the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin
Industries LLC from United Arab Emirates at the firm’s plant at the Gurun Industrial Park in Kedah yesterday. – BERNAMAPIX Mosque in Putrajaya on April 28. – Bernama
Brunei minister on three-day working visit
PUTRAJAYA: Brunei’s Second Abdullah and discuss further Land Boundary Committee (Joint entered into cooperation on land Senior Minister Datuk Seri
Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri bilateral cooperation following Prime LBC), according to a Foreign Ministry boundary in 2012, the first Joint LBC Hishammuddin Hussein.
Setia Erywan Mohd Yusof is on a Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri statement. is a reiteration of commitment by
three-day working visit to Malaysia. Yaakob’s official visit to Brunei. both sides in finalising the Malaysia- Brunei was Malaysia’s 30th largest
The Joint LBC signifies yet another Brunei land boundary. trading partner last year, with total
During his April 20 to 22 visit, he is The visit is also in conjunction important milestone in the trade amounting to RM8.03 billion
scheduled to meet his Malaysian with Malaysia’s hosting of the first special relations shared between The statement said Erywan is also (US$1.87 billion), up by 70.4%
counterpart Datuk Seri Saifuddin meeting of the Joint Malaysia-Brunei both nations. Since the countries scheduled to hold talks with Defence compared with 2020. – Bernama
FIT FOR A KING ... The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri 3theSUN ON FRIDAY | APRIL 22, 2022
Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah visiting a stall at the Satok Ramadan Bazaar in Kuching, Sarawak yesterday. NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS
Advance notice needed: FMM to bridge Sabah,
o Firms need time to tweak logistical arrangements to operations, since selected heavy vehicles are peninsular gap’
comply with restrictions on heavy vehicles during Raya period permitted to be on roads during unrestricted
hours. SANDAKAN: Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah
█ BY SIVAA TANGAI RAJU been gazetted yet and we urge the government (PBRS) has pledged full support for the
[email protected] to do so soon to assist companies with the “Our move will help mitigate the risks on leadership of Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob
PETALING JAYA: The Federation of Malaysian necessary preparations for the restrictions,” he federal and state roads that motorists usually as prime minister as he has shown the best
Manufacturers (FMM) has welcomed the said. use to balik kampung, particularly to the East commitment in bridging the gaps between
Transport Ministry’s efforts to ease traffic Coast where there are fewer highways. Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula.
congestion during the Hari Raya celebrations He added that the gazette was important as Congestion may cause risky driver behaviour
when the annual balik kampung exodus begins. the restrictions would affect the majority of due to impatience, such as overtaking when PBRS deputy president Datuk Arthur
heavy vehicles although exemptions were unsafe to do so and causing collisions.” Joseph Kurup said this could be seen through
FMM president Tan Sri Soh Thian Lai said provided for those carrying industrial goods to the prime minister’s efforts to raise the status
while he was pleased with the exception and from the port or airport to industrial areas. Wee also said restrictions on heavy goods- of the two states to be on par with the
granted for Category Two and Three vehicles, They are allowed to operate from 8am to laden vehicles have been classified into three peninsular.
suggested that the authorities should notify midnight during the restrictive period. categories, with Category Two vehicles
manufacturers at least a month before prohibited from 12am to 8am and Category “This is a very important recognition to
implementing any restrictions on heavy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong Three barred from 6pm to 6am. Sabah, where if we follow the original
vehicles on roads so that logistical had earlier announced the prohibition of Malaysia Agreement 1963, we are on par with
arrangements with service providers can be heavy vehicle movement on roads at certain Category Two consists of container trucks the peninsular, and PBRS pledges full support
made earlier. hours to prevent accidents during Hari Raya. transporting products, those that carry to the prime minister who has shown
electronic or electrical products and industrial commitment to the interests of Sabah and
“We understand from media reports that Wee said it was a norm to regulate goods- resources, oil palm harvest and rubber goods Sarawak.
the transport minister has announced that laden vehicles during festive seasons to from plantations to manufacturing facilities as
restrictions on heavy vehicles for Hari Raya are mitigate the risks of heavy vehicles and regular well as freight trucks returning after being “We have tried other parties (as the
expected to be enforced from April 30 to May 2 traffic on federal and state roads, including unloaded. government), but failed, while BN (Barisan
and from May 7 to May 8. highways. Nasional) leaders have been successful, so for
The other types of heavy vehicles fall under sure we support BN to remain as the
“However, the enforcement dates have not He added that the restrictions would not Category One, that are not allowed to be on government,” he said when addressing the
cause any inconvenience as companies have roads during the specified periods. launch of PBRS Tanjung Papat and Sekong
been informed in advance to rearrange their divisions here on Wednesday night.
However, the restrictions are not applicable
to vehicles that transport products from a port At the event, he also presented letters of
or airport to an industrial location in the same appointment to Mohd Fazil Ajak as the PBRS
area. Sekong division pro-tem chief and Alvis Loo
Mun Yew as PBRS Tanjung Papat division
Penang encourages state NGOs to apply for Japanese grant pro-tem chief, besides receiving 2,183 new
membership application forms.
GEORGE TOWN: The Penang state non-profit organisations, including local education, poverty relief, public welfare and
government is encouraging non- NGOs. the environment,” he said in a statement Arthur said Ismail Sabri’s commitment
governmental organisations (NGO) based in here yesterday. could also be seen through his efforts to
the state to take advantage of the Grant He added that to date, 158 projects have ensure that the first phase of the Pan Borneo
Assistance for Grassroots Human Security been implemented, with funding assistance Chow said in 2020, two Penang NGO, Highway project in Sabah was completed
Projects (GGP), a small scale financial totalling over RM19.7 million. namely St. Nicholas’ Home and Eden within five years, which was greatly
assistance offered by the Japan government. Handicap Service Centre Bhd, had benefited appreciated by PBRS and the people of Sabah
“The maximum grant amount is from the GGP, receiving grants totalling in general.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said this approximately RM330,000 per project, with RM170,444 and RM241,448, respectively.
assistance scheme has been in Malaysia the aim of supporting projects that promote “With such commitment, the government
since 1989 to support grassroots projects by socio-economic development such as basic He said the application deadline for the will be more aggressive in completing the
human needs, primary healthcare, primary 2022 GGP is on May 31 this year. – Bernama construction of the highway infrastructure
which will further boost the country’s
economy, especially Sabah’s economy, to a
higher level,” he said. – Bernama
Shortage of Grade C
MALACCA: Malacca is facing a shortage of
Grade C chicken eggs due to high demand
from food traders, said State Unity,
Information, Human Resources and
Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Ngwe
He said the high demand for Grade C
chicken eggs was due to the price, which is the
cheapest, at only 37 sen each, compared with
Grade B (39 sen) and Grade A (41 sen).
“This problem had been detected since
December last year. It stabilised in January,
but in February the supply decreased due to
the Chinese New Year celebration,” he said
Ngwe said the situation stabilised again in
March, but by April there was shortage again
due to the fasting month.
He said Grade A and B chicken eggs were
plentiful in the local market, with some
exported to Singapore.
As such, he urged traders to use Grade A
and B eggs as the price did not differ much.
PM extends condolence to Ali Hamsa’s family
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri and his death is a huge loss for the country. served with the International Trade and Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku
Ismail Sabri Yaakob has expressed May his soul be showered with the blessings Industry Ministry, Transport Ministry, Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah
condolences to the family of former chief of Allah and placed with the righteous. Al- Economic Planning Unit and the National also conveyed their condolences to Ali’s
secretary to the government Tan Sri Ali Fatihah,” said Ismail Sabri in a post on his Institute of Public Administration. family.
Hamsa, who died yesterday. official Facebook page yesterday.
He also held several posts, including “Their Majesties pray that his soul will be
Ismail Sabri said he hoped the family Ali’s death at Dublin Hospital in chairman of the 1Malaysia Housing showered with blessings by Allah and placed
would remain calm and resolute during their Ireland was confirmed by his wife Puan Sri Programme, member of the United Nations with the righteous,” read a post on the Istana
bereavement. Rohani Abdullah in a statement. She also said Committee of Experts on Public Negara Facebook page yesterday.
funeral arrangements would be made in Administration and chairman of the
He described Ali, who served as the 13th Putrajaya. Malaysian Institute of Integrity. Their Majesties also expressed high
chief secretary for six years since 2012, as a appreciation and praise for his service, deeds
highly respected person in the civil service. Ali joined the civil service in 1981 as an Meanwhile, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al- and sacrifices to the public service and
administrative and diplomatic officer, and Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa country. – Bernama
“He contributed a lot during his service
4 theSUN ON FRIDAY | APRIL 22, 2022
NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS
Effort to rejuvenate economy lauded
o RM10 million initiative to aid MSME sector
would ensure stability of prices: Experts
█ BY SIVAA TANGAI RAJU to lack of resources and lower A trader selling songkok and baju Melayu at Jalan Masjid India in Kuala Lumpur. The government has also allocated
[email protected] margin. RM300,000 for sales promotions at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in conjunction with Aidilfitri. – ADIB RAWI YAHYA/THESUN
PETALING JAYA: Economists and
financial experts see the Domestic “Micro and small enterprises are subsidising businesses for their “There are various incentives living and inflation, effective
Trade and Consumer Affairs the ones most severely affected by the promotional activities. I suppose if provided by the multiple agencies. monitoring and the ability to rectify
Ministry’s move to allocate RM10 pandemic and right now, they are still the businesses are like small traders, But it is a question of how fast and the problems are perhaps the key
million for the Malaysia Sales unable to fully recover. micro and medium-sized effective these incentives can be elements to ensure that prices of
Programme campaign as an effort to enterprises, then the subsidies can channeled to the qualified recipient. goods and services are reasonably
rejuvenate the domestic economy “MSME contribute about 40% of help boost their sales campaigns. stable,” he said.
through micro, small and medium the economy and they are the biggest “In relation to the rising cost of
enterprises (MSME). employer in the country. So, every
sen spent on MSME will allow them
The government has also to reinvest in their business.”
allocated RM300,000 for sales
promotions at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Dass urged the ministry to also
Rahman in conjunction with check prices and avoid the use of
Aidilfitri. middlemen, that would increase
Economists said such incentives
was an opportunity to promote local “This is not the only way, but it is
traders after two years of movement one of many ways to boost the
restrictions and would ensure that economy. The ministry can keep
prices of goods and services prices in check, target subsidies and
remain stable. remove approved permits to remove
the middleman so both (producers
AmBank Group chief economist and) retailers can gain considerable
and Economic Action Council profit, and households can cope with
secretary Dr Anthony Dass said rising living costs,” he said.
efforts to address MSME challenges
were critical, as 97.4% of all business Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd chief
establishments in Malaysia as of last economist Dr Mohd Afzanizam
year comprised MSME. Abdul Rashid said the move would
revitalise the financial stability of
“Coming out from the Covid-19 MSME, which were severely affected
pandemic, we are seeing data that due to the effects of the pandemic.
indicates these segments of
enterprises are bearing the brunt However, he said strict adherence
compared with larger enterprises due to current legislation is required to
ensure that prices of products and
services remain stable.
“It seems the authorities are
Relocated mosque to open in June
KUALA LUMPUR: The Kampung Laut a “Heritage Village”, which included two other
Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in components – the Laman Warisan Seni and
Southeast Asia that was relocated to Nilam Laman Warisan Serunding.
Puri in Kota Baru, Kelantan, and now moved
back to original village, Kampung Laut, in Baidzawi said some of the original artifacts
Tumpat, Kelantan, is expected to open to the of the mosque, which were kept at other
public in June. mosques, had also been returned. They
included the bedok from Muhammadi
East Coast Economic Region Development Mosque, kolah from Masjid Baru Kampung
Council chief executive officer Datuk Laut and the pulpit, which is believed to be the
Baidzawi Che Mat said the 400-year-old oldest in the country, from Masjid Lama Pasir
mosque structure was reassembled back in Pekan.
the village after it was dismantled in Nilam
Puri in September 2020. The project manager for the reinstallation
of the mosque structure, Mazni Mahmod said
The historic mosque was built on the the process of dismantling and reinstalling the
banks of a river in Kampung Laut in the 18th mosque structure was carefully and
century by Muslim missionaries. After being meticulously done according to the guidelines
frequently hit by floods, including the major set by the National Heritage Department and
floods in 1926 and 1966, the mosque was monitored by a certified conservator.
relocated to Nilam Puri, about 20km from the
original site. Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad
Yakob described the success of the relocation
The uniqueness of the Kampung Laut as Sireh Pulang ke Gagang (bringing it back
Mosque is in its entire construction, which home), despite facing various challenges,
consists of cengal wood and built without the especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
use of any nails. Its intricate carvings are the
main attraction for tourists, researchers and He also said the state government would
architecture students. provide necessary assistance to agencies
involved towards making the mosque one of
The relocation of the mosque from Nilam the World Heritage Site under the United
Puri to Kampung Laut was carried out under Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
the Kampung Laut Redevelopment project as Organisation. – Bernama
Inspiring youths to read books
KUALA LUMPUR: Several studies conducted 85 books. I have so far read about 20 this year,”
in 2019 had shown Malaysians, on average, she said in conjunction with World Book Day
read only two books per year. which falls on Sunday.
She also scrolls TikTok for video content
Going against the trend, BookToker (an that are of interest from #BookTok, a new
influencer who encourages people to read) trend on TikTok. Within months, she became
Nurdayana Batrisya Mohamad Nasir, 21, who one of its creators.
was born in Sungai Petani, Kedah, managed to Nurdayana’s TikTok account,
break her personal record of reading 85 books @orchidslibrary, was established in April
last year. 2020. Her account has reached 215,100
followers, with her popular content garnering
For the young entrepreneur, the two-year hundreds of thousands of views, and on
lockdown, which saw tough measures certain days, more than a million.
enforced under the movement control order She keeps abreast of current trends and
due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was a blessing adopts viral ideas to share her excitement
in disguise as she had the luxury of spending about books through videos and pictures via
time reading books at home. Instagram as well. – Bernama
“I set a target to read at least 60 books a
year, with last year being a record breaker with
Court dismisses 5theSUN ON FRIDAY | APRIL 22, 2022
NFCorp NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS
appeal No law against bicycles
on roads: Miros chief
PUTRAJAYA: Former Pandan member of
Parliament Mohd Rafizi Ramli is not liable o Cyclists must meet safety requirements and are allowed lanes,” he said.
for defaming National Feedlot Corp Sdn only in the absence of signs prohibiting them Cycling enthusiast Mohd Syafiq, 38,
Bhd (NFCorp) executive chairman Datuk
Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail and his █ BY IMAN MUTTAQIN the most important thing on the subject of welcomed the idea of more bicycle lanes for the
company over his statements relating to [email protected] bicycle safety but it must be done along with cycling community.
alleged misuse of government funds, the PETALING JAYA: As long as bicycles comply education and a solutions-based approach.
Federal Court ruled yesterday. with safety requirements, they are allowed on “It is important to provide safe lanes for
any road unless stated otherwise on warning “This includes acknowledging safety devices, cyclists to encourage a healthy lifestyle. This
A three-man panel led by Chief Judge of signboards, said Malaysian Institute of Road better bicycle designs and even the road itself will motivate people to be more interested in
Malaya Tan Sri Azahar Mohamed Safety Research (Miros) president Prof Dr Wong are important, but they need to be cycling and use bicycles in their daily activities,
dismissed the appeals brought by Shaw Voon. supplemented with education, especially such as commuting to the office and other
Mohamad Salleh and NFCorp and ordered creating awareness among the public, places.”
them to pay costs of RM70,000 to Mohd “There are no specific laws saying bicycles particularly students,” he said.
Rafizi. cannot be on the highway as long as they follow On accidents involving bicycles that drew
the road traffic rules. For example, Rule 35 (2) On whether bicycles should have specific public ire, he said: “Only cyclists who do not
In the decision, Azahar said the and Rule 35 (3) of the Road Traffic Rules 1959 cycling lanes, Wong said if people were not adhere to road rules and traffic laws should be
statement made by Mohd Rafizi was say that bicycles must have front and rear lights using them, they would be a waste of money. slammed. But so should other road users who
without malice and that he could resort to installed that can be seen within a reasonable do the same. We cannot control everyone. As for
the defence of fair comment to defeat the distance. “Unless the lanes have physical barriers that cyclists, only two out of 10 riders may misbehave
defamation suit. prevent other vehicles such as cars, motorcycles on the roads.”
“Rule 42 (1) says that no one can ride a or lorries from entering, they would not be
Azahar said the High Court found that bicycle on the road unless it is equipped with useful. Syafiq said cycling in a group would rarely
Mohd Rafizi was not motivated by malice brakes that operate separately on both tyres and lead to dangerous situations as the leader would
when making the alleged defamatory have bells,” he said. “However, we need to look at how many usually control the cyclists in his group.
statements, adding that there was sufficient people are using bicycles for daily activities such
facts to warrant Mohd Rafizi’s statements. In the case of basikal lajak, enforcement is as going to work, the market and as a means of “When we cycle in groups, we will be more
having a healthy lifestyle. Then the government visible to other road users compared with
He said it was also the finding of the can make adjustments and design more bicycle riding alone. However, cyclists often
court that Mohd Rafizi had an honest belief encounter dangerous situations, especially
that his allegations were true and that he when motorists change lanes without
was performing a public duty in agitating signalling and pedestrians cross the road
for greater accountability for public funds. without looking,” he said.
“In my view, the respondent’s Rohingya detainees relocated to four depots in three states
conclusion that public funds were misused
as a leverage for a Public Bank loan was an ALOR STAR: A total of 448 Rohingya Perak (100 detainees) and the remaining 100 On Wednesday, the Kedah police launched
opinion and an inference that a fair-minded detainees at the Sungai Bakap Immigration detainees to the Bukit Jalil Depot in Selangor. Op Kesan to track down the remaining
person would have honestly made. Detention Depot, near Bandar Baru, have Rohingya detainees who escaped from the
been transferred to four depots in Selangor, “The transfer of the 448 detainees, Sungai Bakap Immigration Detention Depot at
“Therefore, Mohd Rafizi could not be Perak and Malacca following the dawn comprising 272 adult men, 83 adult women, about 4.30am.
liable for defamation,” said Azahar. breakout incident which happened on 36 boys and 57 girls, to the four depots was
Wednesday. conducted until midnight on Wednesday,” he Meanwhile, the Myanmar Ethnic
Federal Court judges Puan Sri Zaleha said yesterday. Rohingya Human Rights Organisation in
Yusof and Datuk Zabariah Mohd Yusof Kedah police chief DCP Wan Hassan Wan Malaysia is saddened by the fatal accident
concurred with Azahar’s decision. Ahmad said 144 of them were sent to the Wan Hassan said so far a total of 130 involving six Rohingya who escaped from the
Semenyih, Selangor, Machap Umboo Depot in detainees, comprising 99 adult men, 21 Sungai Bakap temporary detention camp on
Mohamad Salleh and NFCorp filed a suit Malacca (104 detainees), Langkap Depot in adult women, five boys and five girls have not April 20.
against Mohd Rafizi in 2 013 over his been found.
statements made on March 7, 2012 at a “We were saddened this tragedy, it is
media conference in the PKR office, An Immigration officer bars a press cameraman from taking pictures yesterday following the breakout of heartbreaking to see how they died, especially
alleging that Mohamad Salleh and his Rohingya detainees at the Sungai Bakap Immigration Detention Depot. – MASRY CHE ANI/THESUN the children. Although we do not know exactly
company had used a RM71 million what pushed them to escape we believe it was
government loan as collateral to purchase the long detention that led them to break out
eight office units in KL Eco City. of the detention camp.
Mohamad Salleh and NFCorp initially “Being genocide survivors, the Rohingya
won the suit in the High Court in 2016, suffer from trauma and other psychological
where Mohd Rafizi was ordered to pay issues that have been left untreated most of the
RM150,000 in damages to Mohamad Salleh time.”
and RM50,000 to NFCorp for defamation.
“We welcome the move by the Malaysian
However in 2019, the Court of Appeal government to conduct a thorough
ruled in favour of Mohd Rafizi, setting aside investigation into the incident. As pointed out
the High Court order for damages. by Human Rights Commission of Malaysia
(Suhakam) commissioner Jerald Joseph, the
In 2020, the Federal Court granted leave Rohingya were stateless and therefore, cannot
to Mohamad Salleh and NFCorp to pursue be returned to Myanmar.
the appeal after Mohd Rafizi’s lawyers did
not object as the appellate court’s decision “Therefore, it lies with the United Nations
relied on issues not raised in their case. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
– Bernama and the resettlement countries to provide
protection and a durable solution for the
Ex-Felda supervisor Rohingya in accordance with international
charged with fraud law.
KUANTAN: A former supervisor of the “Indefinite detention will definitely affect
Federal Land Development Authority their mental health as victims of genocide. As
(Felda) pleaded not guilty in the sessions a member of the United Nations Human
court here yesterday to a charge of falsifying Rights Council, we humbly request the
documents on the receipt list for cash Malaysian government allow the UNHCR
deposit payments to settlers two years ago. access to the detainees.
Muhammad Aizat Ziadi, 33, from “We hope the Malaysian government,
Temerloh, made the plea before Justice Suhakam and UNHCR will sit together to find
Datuk Ahmad Zamzani Mohd Zain. a durable solution for the Rohingya,” it said in
a statement. – Bernama
He was charged with falsifying the
signatures of settlers on the November 2020 Death row inmate’s mother begs for his life
Paysheet Cash Payment Receipt Account
List and December 2020 Advance Cash SINGAPORE: “Nagaenthran. Save him. Only The short video by a human rights’ Hailing from Perak, Nagaenthran was
Payment Receipt Account List at the Felda then will there be some relief. Sorry, he has non-profit organisation, Reprieve, was posted sentenced to death in 2010 for trafficking 42.72g
Sebertak Office, Bera. done wrong. Everyone please help.” by Singaporean lawyer M. Ravi on his of heroin in 2009 into Singapore which is known
Facebook page. to have among the world’s toughest narcotics
The charge, framed under Section (“Nagaenthran. Selamatkan dia. Baru hati laws.
464(a) of the Penal Code, provides an senang. Minta maaf dia sudah salah. Semua “Just received the heartbreaking news that
imprisonment for up to two years or with a orang tolong.”) Nagaenthran will be hanged next Wednesday,” Nagaenthran’s lawyers claim that he is
fine or both. he said in an earlier post. intellectually disabled.
This is the plea originally in the Malay
Muhammad Aizat was allowed bail of language made by Panchalai Supermaniam, the The Singapore Court of Appeal had on He was supposed to be hanged on Nov 10,
RM4,000 with one surety and ordered to mother to Malaysian death row inmate March 29 dismissed the last application of 2021, but found temporary respite on Nov 9
report to a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam to save her Nagaenthran’s appeal against his execution. after the court was told he had tested positive for
Commission office every month pending son’s life who is scheduled to be executed Covid-19 when he appeared for a last-bid
disposal of the case. – Bernama next week. Ravi has been providing technical assistance attempt against his death sentence. – Bernama
to Nagaenthran’s lawyer Violet Netto.
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Macron, Le Pen
resume campaigning Ukrainian servicemen firing a BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launch
after bitter debate system in Kharkiv region on Wednesday. – REUTERSPIX
PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron and Putin calls off plan to
far-right rival Marine Le Pen resumed storm Mariupol plant
campaigning yesterday in a final push
before France’s presidential election after o Better to seal off Ukrainian forces inside, says president three or four days to take control of the facility.
an acrimonious debate where they clashed Shoigu told Putin that Mariupol had
over relations with Russia.BRIEFS KYIV: President Vladimir Putin called off plans to call off the plan to storm it, saying it was
for the Russian military to storm the sprawling better to save the lives of Russian soldiers and symbolic importance for Russia because it was
France faces a stark choice in Sunday’s Azovstal steel plant in the Ukrainian port city of officers and to sit back and wait while what he called the de facto headquarters of the
second-round run-off between the centrist Mariupol and said yesterday he wanted Ukrainian forces ran out of supplies. far-right nationalist Azov battalion which
Macron and the anti-immigration Le Pen, Ukrainian forces there to be hermetically Moscow has promised to destroy.
who will seek to become the country’s first sealed in instead. “I consider the proposed storming of the
far-right head of state in an outcome that industrial zone unnecessary,” Putin told The Azovstal iron and steel works, one of
would send shockwaves around Europe. The full capture of Mariupol, which has Shoigu in a televised meeting at the Kremlin. Europe’s biggest metallurgical plants, lies in an
been besieged by Russian forces for weeks, is a industrial area that looks out to the Sea of Azov.
There are just two days of campaigning central part of Moscow’s plans to cut Ukraine “I order you to cancel it.
left as Saturday is a day of calm with no off from the Sea of Azov and forge a land bridge “There is no need to climb into these It houses a multitude of buildings, blast
campaigning allowed. connecting Russian-annexed Crimea to catacombs and crawl underground through furnaces and rail tracks and has extensive
Russia. these industrial facilities. underground facilities too.
Wednesday’s bruising three-hour live “Block off this industrial area so that a fly
televised debate saw Macron repeatedly Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Russia’s cannot not pass through.” ‘Putin congratulated his defence minister
seeking to land punches on Le Pen over her Chechnya region whose forces have been Putin called on the remaining Ukrainian for what he called the successful military
record, while she sought to keep the focus fighting in Mariupol, had suggested that the fighters in Azovstal to lay down their arms, operation to “liberate Mariupol” and asked
on the government’s performance. vast Azovstal facility, which covers more than saying Russia would treat them with respect him to pass on his thanks to Russian troops.
11sq km, would be stormed after Ukrainian and provide medical assistance to those
With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine forces holed up inside ignored Russian offers to injured. “I want them all to know: in our minds, in
overshadowing the campaign, Macron surrender. Shoigu had earlier told Putin that more the minds of all of Russia, they are heroes,”
angrily zeroed in on a loan Le Pen’s party than 2,000 Ukrainian fighters were still Putin said.
had taken from a Czech-Russian bank But Putin, in a Kremlin meeting with holed up in the plant and that it might take
ahead of her 2017 election campaign. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, gave the order Shoigu told Putin that Russia had killed
more than 4,000 Ukrainian troops in its
“You are dependent on the Russian campaign to take Mariupol and that 1,478 had
government and you are dependent on Mr given themselves up.
(Russian President Vladimir) Putin,”
Macron said. He said Russia had evacuated 142,711
civilians from the city too. – Reuters
“When you speak to Russia, you are
speaking to your banker.” Johnson in India for hard sell US retracts Kyiv
on anti-Russia action plane delivery claim
Macron also referred to Le Pen’s past
recognition of Russia’s 2014 annexation of NEW DELHI: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson But United Kingdom sources said it was seen WASHINGTON: The US Defence Department
the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. arrived in India yesterday touting job-creating as too important to put off again. on Wednesday retracted its claim Ukraine
investment but facing long odds to get his had been supplied with more aircraft, saying
“Why did you do this?” he asked. reluctant counterpart Narendra Modi to back Downing Street said it would seal two-way only parts had been delivered to enable Kyiv
Le Pen replied that she was “an Western action against Russia. investment deals worth more than £1 billion to put more jets into the fight against Russia.
absolutely and totally free woman”, arguing (RM5.6 billion), creating almost 11,000 jobs in
that her party had only taken that loan as it Johnson arrived in Gujarat, Modi’s home Britain. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby retracted
could not find financing in France where state and the ancestral home to half of the his statement from Tuesday that Ukraine had
banks refused to lend to her. United Kingdom’s British Indians, where he is However, London acknowledges that it is received fighter jets from an unnamed ally,
Macron adopted a variety of poses to meeting business leaders and taking a cultural some way off clinching a post-Brexit trade deal after weeks of speculation that a
express scepticism at her arguments, tour of the historic Ahmedabad city. with Modi’s government, which wants more neighbouring country might provide MiG-29s
raising his eyebrows, leaning his chin on his visas for Indians to work or study in the UK. to add to the Ukrainian air force’s capabilities.
fists and lamenting in apparent The premier will leave for New Delhi to meet
bewilderment “Madame Le Pen ... Madame his Indian counterpart today, providing Johnson India, meanwhile, has refused openly to While fixed-wing aircraft have been
Le Pen!” – AFP some respite from the “partygate” controversy condemn the Kremlin for its invasion of offered by an unidentified country to bolster
over his criminal violation of pandemic Ukraine, reliant as it is on Russian imports of Kyiv’s defences, “they have not received
U.S. LEADS G20 BOYCOTT lockdown rules. energy, agricultural goods and military whole aircraft from another nation”, he said.
OF RUSSIAN OFFICIALS hardware.
Johnson will miss a parliamentary vote early “I was mistaken,” Kirby told reporters.
JAKARTA: US Treasury Secretary Janet today into whether he deliberately misled the Foreign Secretary Liz Truss came away from “That said, Ukrainians have received
Yellen led a multinational group of House of Commons in previously denying any New Delhi empty-handed last month when she through US coordination and provision
finance chiefs on a walkout on Downing Street rule-breaking – normally a pressed the Indians to do more against Russia, enough spare parts and additional equipment
Wednesday as Russian officials spoke resigning matter. and Modi has also given short shrift to appeals such that they have been able to put in
during a meeting of the G20, in the latest from US President Joe Biden. operation more fixed-wing aircraft in their fleet
protest by Western nations over The India trip has been twice postponed than they had even two to three weeks ago.”
Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. British and because of Covid flare-ups in each country, and Johnson’s spokesman told reporters that Separately, a senior US defence official
Canadian officials also took part in the was briefly in doubt again this week when the Ukraine would feature in summit talks today. said the parts supply has enabled Ukraine to
boycott, officials said, underscoring the vote was announced, with opposition leaders add 20 previously inoperable jets to its active
boiling tensions at the gathering insisting Johnson stand down. But he said the intention was not to “lecture” fighter fleet. – AFP
convened to address global challenges Modi but to “broaden the (Western) coalition”.
like rising debt and a possible food crisis. – AFP
The Group of 20, chaired by Indonesia
this year, includes major economies like
the United States, China, India, Brazil,
Japan and several countries in Europe,
including Russia. Indonesian Finance
Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who led
the meeting, said the walkout was done
“without disrupting ... our discussion” on
the substance of the agenda. – AFP
MOSCOW COURT FINES
MOSCOW: A Russian court yesterday
slapped a series of small fines on Google
for failing to take down contentious
YouTube videos about the Kremlin’s
military operation in Ukraine. The
Moscow court ordered the US tech
behemoth to pay a total of 11 million
rubles (RM580,000) for ignoring the state
media regulator’s orders to remove posts
alleging heavy Russian losses in Ukraine.
One of the videos showed an alleged
phone conversation between Russian
soldiers and their relatives back home in
which the troops complained of
numerous casualties in their ranks,
Russian state news agencies reported.
Another alleged that soldiers who were
trying to move back from Ukrainian
counter-offensives were being shot by
retreat-blocking Russian detachments,
the state media reports said. – AFP
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China jet crash cause still a mystery*NEWSWITHOUTBORDERS
o Authorities provide Party moved quickly to control International Civil Aviation the plane abruptly dropped out of the guarded hotels and blocked reporters
few details in information, revving up its Organisation within 30 days. sky, nor were details shared about the who tried to approach them.
preliminary report censorship machinery as media two flight trackers or “black boxes”
outlets and local residents raced to According to that report, that were recovered. Meanwhile, China’s internet
BEIJING: The cause of China’s the crash site. investigators found no evidence of regulator announced it had scrubbed
deadliest air crash in decades “anything abnormal”, the country’s The devices – a cockpit voice vast amounts of “illegal information”
remains a mystery, with authorities It has maintained its tight grip Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) recorder and a flight data tracker – are on the crash from China’s tightly
giving few details in a preliminary over the narrative, with the said on Wednesday. being analysed at an American lab controlled web, as a social media
report on Wednesday while enforcing preliminary probe leaving key with the help of US government hashtag bearing the plane’s flight
strict censorship one month after the questions unanswered. However, CAAC has indicated that investigators. number appeared to be censored.
disaster. it will not make the preliminary
China Eastern Flight MU5375 was report available to the public and a After the fatal descent near the The information chokehold was a
In the immediate aftermath of the travelling from Kunming to full investigation may take years. southern city of Wuzhou, authorities far cry from past disasters, when
crash, China’s ruling Communist Guangzhou last month when it swiftly cordoned off a huge area, with Chinese reporters unearthed damning
inexplicably plunged from an altitude In a statement, the CAAC said staff officials initially denying access to evidence of government shortcomings
of 29,000 feet into a mountainside, had met safety requirements before AFP journalists. – notably the shoddy construction of
killing all 132 people on board. takeoff, the plane was not carrying thousands of government-built
dangerous goods and did not appear Attempts to reach the victims’ schools that collapsed during the 2008
Beijing was required to submit a to have run into inclement weather. relatives were rebuffed, as officials Sichuan earthquake. – AFP
preliminary report to the housed the bereaved in heavily
No reasoning was given as to why
South Korean leader’s team to review lifting curbs Australia won’t block
SEOUL: South Korean President-elect Yoon around 100,000, with hundreds of critically ill days of quarantine for international arrivals
Suk-yeol is at odds with a decision by the patients and deaths. and those testing positive remain, as do those CANBERRA: Australia will not challenge
outgoing government to lift nearly all for testing and vaccination. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition
coronavirus curbs this week, vowing to “It is not wise to lift all of those measures as to the United States and has confidence in the
reconsider a plan to exempt all patients from if Covid-19 does not exist,” transition team Yoon promised during his election British judicial system, a senior government
quarantine requirements from next month. spokesman Shin Yong-hyeon told a briefing. campaign to lift curbs that hamper small minister said yesterday.
businesses and the self-employed, but his
In a major step this week towards a return “The government’s decision to completely team said any return to normalcy should A British court issued a formal order on
to normal life, the government of President lift the quarantine mandate at the end of May bring measures to protect high-risk and Wednesday for the Australian national to be
Moon Jae-in lifted almost all its social is very premature. The next government vulnerable people. extradited to the United States, where he would
distancing curbs, such as midnight curfew for would lift that requirement when we see it face trial for the publication of a trove of secret
restaurants and a ban on gatherings of more possible after sufficient reviews.” Wednesday’s cases stood at 90,867, the files relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
than 10 people. Korea Disease Control and Prevention
Authorities plan to abolish the quarantine Agency said, with 846 of them critical, while If convicted, he could face up to 175 years in
But the transition team for Yoon, who takes rule, starting from late May, followed in two there were 147 deaths. prison.
office on May 10, called the move premature weeks by a review of whether to drop a
as daily numbers of new infections hover requirement for outdoor wearing of masks. The national tally of infections rose to “We have confidence in the independence
16,674,045, with 21,667 deaths. – Reuters and integrity of the British justice system,”
Requirements for mask-wearing and seven Australian Finance Minister Simon
Birmingham told national broadcaster ABC.
Australia’s government was not arguing
against the extradition, he said.
Following the court’s order, Assange’s lawyers
have until May 18 to make submissions to
Britain’s Interior Minister Priti Patel, with whom
the final decision about his extradition rests.
Birmingham noted that Assange’s right of
appeal remained – he can seek appeal to the
High Court – and said Australia would continue
to provide consular assistance to its jailed citizen.
A coalition of 25 human rights groups –
including the American Civil Liberties Union,
Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without
Borders – has challenged Assange’s extradition
saying it poses a “grave threat to press freedom
both in the United States and abroad”.
Assange has been fighting to avoid
extradition for more than a decade. – AFP
BRIEFS U.S. GOVT APPEALS
MASK MANDATE RULING
GO VEGAN ... People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals activists in dinosaur costumes holding placards yesterday ahead of Earth Day celebrations
in Manila, the Philippines. – REUTERSPIX WASHINGTON: The United States
government is appealing a court ruling that
Actor says ex-wife severed his fingertip controversially lifted a federal mask mandate
on public transport earlier this week, the
WASHINGTON: Pirates of the Caribbean star everything,” the 58-year-old Hollywood star “I would just go and lock myself in the Justice Department said on Wednesday.
Johnny Depp testified on Wednesday that his told the jury hearing the case in Fairfax bathroom. After the US Centres for Disease Control and
ex-wife Amber Heard would regularly County Circuit Court in Virginia. Prevention (CDC) assessed that masks
“verbally decimate” him and once threw a “If I stayed to argue, eventually I was sure remain “necessary to protect the public
vodka bottle at him, severing the tip of one of Heard, an actress who had a starring role in that it was going to escalate into violence and health, the Department has filed a notice of
his fingers. the movie Aquaman, would “verbally oftentimes it did. appeal”, spokesman Anthony Coley said. A
decimate me” with a “sort of rapid fire, federal judge on Monday struck down the
Depp, taking the witness stand for a endless parade of insults,” Depp said. “In her rage and her anger she would strike Covid-19 mask mandate, stating that it
second day of testimony in his blockbuster out. exceeded the CDC’s statutory authority.
defamation case against Heard, said their “It seemed like pure hatred for me.” Policymakers in Washington had decided
relationship began to deteriorate about a year The thrice Oscar-nominated actor, who “She would begin with a slap. just the prior week to extend it through May
after their 2015 marriage. was married to the Texas-born Heard from “It could begin with a shove. 3. The CDC “failed to adequately explain its
2015 to 2017, said he would frequently retreat “It could begin, you know, with throwing a decisions”, said Judge Kathryn Kimball
“I was suddenly just wrong about to another room to escape her rage. TV remote at my head. It could be throwing a Mizelle of the Middle District of Florida. – AFP
glass of wine in my face.” – AFP
CHILE ARRESTS MAN SOUGHT
OVER BEIRUT BLAST
SANTIAGO: Chilean police said on
Wednesday they had arrested a Portuguese
man wanted by Interpol over the 2020 Beirut
port blast that killed over 200 people. The
man, whose name was not divulged, arrived
in Santiago on a flight from Spain, and was
put on a plane back to Madrid. He is wanted
for allegedly having brought “explosive
elements” into Lebanon with links to the
August 2020 explosion, said airport police
official Christian Saez. The man was
prevented from entering Chile and put on a
plane back to Spain in coordination with
Interpol, said Saez. The massive Beirut blast
devastated entire neighborhoods. – AFP
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COMMENT by LimTeck Ghee and Murray Hunter
Time for a third force Opposition
WOULD a coupling of
Warisan, Muda, Gerak “The potential coalition must offer themselves to the resources from Warisan to stand in into an advantage utilising the
Independent (GI) and rakyat as a grouping that can seriously stand up as a strategic seats where Warisan may “David and Goliath” narrative.
Socialist Party of real Opposition.” have difficulty winning. Muda, on the Grassroots, and non-governmental
Malaysia (PSM) work for the 15th hustings and sharing ceramahs with organisations’ support will be needed
general election (GE15) and beyond? Kasim, former minister and one of elected representatives willing and Warisan in the state, may enhance to run a “shoestring” budget.
the people behind the Undi18 able to fight for them. At this point of the electoral fortunes of both parties,
Warisan president Shafie Apdal movement, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul time, it is clear that the rakyat is less something that the old Pakatan Warisan currently has seven
recently said his party was willing to Rahman, former Sungai Siput MP Dr concerned about past reform issues. Harapan did well during the federal members of Parliament.
work with any political coalition that Michael Jeyakumar and Junz Wong, Putting meals on the table, sending reformasi days. Muda has one, making a total of
secures the people’s mandate. The former state minister in Sabah, children to school and having a stable 4. Can GI and PSM win any seats? eight. If the grouping can pick up
leaders of Muda, and GI have made among those who can lead the income are much more important to Their best chance is under a wider another ten seats, that may make
similar statements. PSM, which has third force electoral campaign. This most of them. coalition of reform oriented them the second largest Opposition
the longest lived and developed multi-racial and much younger established parties that share a grouping to DAP after the general
programme of policy alternatives leadership can definitely provide the The potential coalition must offer common vision transcending race election. Combined with nearly 40
relating to the nation’s socio- electorate, who are disenchanted and themselves to the rakyat as a and religious issues, fighting seats that DAP may pick up, this
economic problems, has always disillusioned with the nation’s older grouping that can seriously stand up corruption but at the same time would give the grouping with a
cooperated with parties taking on the generation, the opportunity to break as a real Opposition. They do not addressing bread and butter friendly DAP some 50 something
ruling coalition. free from the previous restrictive have the baggage of the Pakatan concerns of the common people. seats in the new Parliament.
electoral mindset. Harapan government debacle,
With an electorally shaky Parti which Pakatan may pay for in the GI must embrace the coalition. With a good performance over the
Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), which has Together on one platform, the new general election. This is not inconsistent with being parliamentary term, this figure can be
performed poorly across the last coalition and its leaders can bring a independent. The fact that built upon in future elections. A post
three state elections, it makes sense much needed new thinking and drive However, the above proposal has a personality politics is important in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim PKR will
for Warisan, Muda, GI, and PSM to to break Malaysia free from number of questions attached: Malaysia means that GI members like be very different, and a small
combine forces in some sort of corruption, class, race and religious 1. Can the grouping really inspire Siti Kasim must aim for a national Amanah presence can build
electoral cooperation, or even ideologies as well as bring back some the young and get them out to vote? profile in the hope that it spins-off Opposition numbers back up to
coalition for the upcoming of the old magic and excitement from It appears the young are very into the seat she personally contests. nearly ninety. That would be a good
general election. the old “Reformasi” days. concerned about the future, but they The coalition must bring PSM into base to recapture the government in
have virtually no trust in the political the fold as an equal. GE16.
This new and potentially game For a start, the new grouping establishment. The key here will be to Start now
changing “Third Force” grouping has should organise symbolic mass break through and motivate the Espouse the struggle for the rakyat For this scenario to happen,
a number of strengths which can ceramahs around the country to youth to come out and vote. This is that PSM has done for years. Their conventional assumptions, prejudices
appeal to many voters. drum up national support and get much easier said than done, as the story is one most voters are not really and even enmities must be put aside,
voter attention. Projecting itself as a demographics of the Johor state aware of. This could be part of the but idealism, selflessness and humility
For example, Warisan and Muda multi-racial, inclusive, youth- election voters indicated. Muda has a message that the coalition really does will not be enough.
appear to be cooperating in Sabah orientated coalition, that will look key responsibility here. care for the rakyat.
and the peninsula, where Muda can after the well-being of the rakyat, the 2. Can Warisan win seats within the 5. Where should the new group The serious discussion and
focus on garnering youth vote. PSM grouping can provide young and old peninsula? contest? negotiation must begin now. And
has a history of struggle on behalf of voters alike, with a new sense of The best chance Warisan has is to The new coalition, while offering following consensus, even harder
the underclass and marginalised optimism and hope, that meaningful work with peninsula-centric groups itself as a third force should be open work lies ahead to convey the new
communities. Although this has not reform can take place through the under a common banner. Warisan to collaboration from the existing coalition’s electoral message to the
translated into electoral success due ballot box that can bring real change adds to the coalition’s sense of Opposition coalition as well as voters.
to the party’s lack of resources, the to them and better their daily lives. diversity, and where the coalition can independent members from the
current economic crisis which has honestly claim they are “truly ruling parties in seat negotiation. If the strategists in each grouping
badly affected the lower and middle The new grouping must focus Malaysian”. This should be on an open and can see the potential and let their
class provides an opening for parties upon the young and marginalised, 3. Can Muda win seats in East transparent basis to ensure that the egos go, there is an opportunity to
with grassroots appeal to shine in offering simple solutions to their pain Malaysia? new coalition’s electoral platform save the country from political
GE15. Gerak Independent, although and stresses they are suffering, with Muda needs mentoring and and principles are foremost in opportunism, but they must act now.
new, has potential to rally support the movement control orders over maintaining integrity.
from the urban based middle class the last two years. Lim Teck Ghee is a former senior
disenchanted with both the ruling Of course, this grouping will have official with the United Nations and
and Opposition coalitions. The voters want empathy and only a minute portion of the
resources, unlike Umno or PAS in World Bank. Murray Hunter is
The grouping also has a small their strongholds. This can be turned an independent researcher and
stable of political celebrities such as former professor with the Prince of
Shafie Apdal, former chief minister of
Sabah, lawyer and social activist Siti Songkla University and
Universiti Malaysia Perlis.
COMMENT by Ravi Saraogi
Using AI to optimise travel experiences
THE tourism and hospitality during and after travel. That is where rebuild guest and traveller loyalty. Scale self-service presents an offer connected with past
industries were among the hardest conversational artificial intelligence Optimising customer experience Conversational AI for traveller interactions at the destination.
hit during the pandemic. For (AI) and automation can help. self-service helps brands strengthen
Malaysia, a country that boasts a Seamless, personalised experience starts by understanding every engagement with customers and The guest is supported
thriving travel and tourism economy, Digital transformation accelerated conversation before, during and after improve satisfaction for routine throughout the trip with proactive
this led to adverse circumstances. In across nearly every industry during an agent/traveller interaction – from interactions before, during and after alerts based on location and is also
the first nine months of 2020, tourism the pandemic. The travel and self-service to agent assistance to a trip – while reducing the volume in offered requests such as scheduling a
receipts plunged 80.9% to RM12.6 hospitality sectors were no exception. after-call follow-up and fulfilling the contact centre by 15% or more. late checkout. Routine requests are
billion from RM66.1 billion. That Adopting digital touchpoints and promises made during the call. quickly handled so staff can focus on
said, the opening of the country’s services became a top priority versus Before the trip, an Intelligent more high-touch interactions to drive
borders on April 1 signals hope for a nice-to-have offering. A conversational automation Virtual Assistant (IVA) interacts with superior guest experiences. After the
the tourism industry. platform powered by AI, machine travellers to help them book their trip, the IVA proactively engages
Consumers that moved from in- learning and automation technology travel. For example, a customer can customers, for example to book their
While the tourism and hospitality person to online are not likely to can understand and optimise every call to make a reservation and next trip or complete a survey.
industries are on the road to return to old habits, meaning that conversation with travellers and interact with a voicebot IVA.
recovery, both these businesses are expectations are higher for a great agents. Conversational AI is the
grappling with new realities. Fewer user experience as they shop for, Automate conversations using AI Using natural language- foundation for travel and hospitality
business travellers, no-contact book and change travel plans online. Conversational AI is a set of advanced understanding technologies eliminate brands to transform the traveller and
preferences and higher overall technologies that recognise and friction in the reservation process to agent experience, drive customer
expectations are some of the factors However, when travellers are comprehend human language, and enable travellers to easily complete satisfaction and generate greater
that will continue to shape customer confronted with issues such as use this understanding to optimise, the booking. Seamlessly connected loyalty and revenue as travel demand
experience within the leisure, travel unexpected delays or cancellations, automate and analyse conversations with the reservation and customer continues to rebound.
and tourism industries in the region. they often want assistance from in and across multiple channels. With relationship management systems,
fellow humans. They want and this platform powered by AI, travel the IVA simplifies the transaction by The right platform that addresses
From contactless services such as expect a personalised, empathetic and hospitality contact centres automatically confirming the details the entire customer conversation
e-payments and digital room keys to experience with customer service, can use machines to automate required to book the travel and uses from self-service to post-interaction
more outdoor activities and being including interacting with agents conversations and augment agents to the customer’s previous travel history analytics can help a company deliver
assured that trips can be changed or who understand the issue and can achieve transformational results that to make personalised upsell offers. a positive, personalised and
cancelled without losing money, quickly help resolve it. can improve customer experiences, frictionless experience for customers.
wooing today’s traveller will require a increase Net Promoter Scores, During the trip, the IVA supports
focus on optimising a customer’s Alleviating the hassles and traveller/guest satisfaction ratings guests with services such as booking Ravi Saraogi, Co-founder
journey, eliminating friction and headaches of travel so they can get to and generate greater revenue. a reservation at a restaurant. Using and president of Asia Pacific,
personalising the experience before, their destination faster is what will geo-based alerts, the IVA proactively
greets the customer upon arrival and Uniphore. Comments:
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BUZZ speaks to Zero
Waste Malaysia on
>>> page S3
Doing our part to #InvestInOurPlanet >>> page S4&S5 Honda City
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█ BY JOHN TAN
IN recent years, our local
government has taken great
strides to become a low carbon
nation. Under the 12th Malaysia
Plan (12MP), the
efforts to promote
management in our
For instance, recycling
has become a top priority
to reduce domestic waste.
In fact, the country is
hoping to increase its
recycling rate by 2% per
year until the year 2025.
This is to achieve its target
of reaching a 40% recycling
rate by 2025.
“This target covers all
categories of waste which
can be recycled, such as
metal, paper, plastic, glass
and other materials like
fabric and rubber products,” the
Housing and Local Government Conserving
Ministry said in a statement. natural
Despite the brilliant efforts, resources helps
Malaysia still has a long way to go maintain
with its recycling practices, in part ecological
caused by a lack of awareness. So, in balance. -
conjunction with this, we have 123RF
compiled a list of reasons for why
recycling is essential for both our
environment and community.
Recycling plays a vital role in
0 Conserves natural resources saving the environment. - 123RF
Recycling, on a national and
international scale, helps maintain o Five incredible benefits that come from recycling on individual efforts, it is also a huge
ecological balance. Since we reduce industry on its own.
the number of natural resources for 0 Saves energy & money national economy. 0 More job opportunities
manufacturing, this ensures there Recycling also saves a lot of energy 0 Reduces pollution Apart from the environment and In fact, it has the potential to work
will be more to go around in the and money. On average, it takes a lot Climate change is a big concern for nature, recycling also benefits local for various communities across the
future. less energy and money to convert old our government. It was only last communities economically. nation.
materials into new products. December that the Klang Valley
If we utilised recycled papers suffered unexpected floods that were While recycling very much relies Whether it be in the city or smaller
instead, there will be more forests For instance, converting new caused by pollution and climate towns, recycling facilities can create
and trees.If we reduce the habit of aluminium from old products such change. So, it has never been more jobs for locals. This will work
making new glasses constantly, there as recycled cans and foil uses 95% apparent that we are in dire need of especially for those who want to
will be more raw materials like sand less energy, compared to making it ways to battle the issue. make a difference while earning a
and limestone. In other words, from scratch. steady income.
recycling helps the human race Reducing carbon dioxide and
survive by creating a sustainable In addition, creating paper from other greenhouse gases from While throwing the trash may
balance of consumption. recycled materials uses 40% less emitting into the air is one vital way create jobs for six to seven people at
energy than making paper from to do so. And recycling helps achieve best, recycling can easily offer 30
0 Protects ecosystem and wildlife brand new wood. The process for the this, as less energy is used during the individual pay checks at once.
This leads us to our next point – recycled items is shorter because the process of converting old materials
recycling helps save lives! Waste not old materials are not required to into new products. Recycling can
only can destroy nature, but also undergo an intense amount of help combat
wildlife. When we constantly seek out processing. What’s more, a lower amount of climate
natural resources for manufacturing, carbon footprint and emissions are change. -
we engage in the possibility of Many materials are already well- produced. A lower carbon footprint 123RF
destroying their homes. defined. Some even are sufficient is important for reducing methane-
enough to be converted right away! release trash from landfills, which
Both animals and other biological Thus, less time and materials contributes to climate change.
organisms are then vulnerable to required translates to less money
harm. Hence, drastically increasing spent, which is also beneficial for the
the chances for them to die and even
go extinct. But when we recycle, we
lessen the disruption of the natural
When we cut down fewer trees
and forests, for example, the harm to
the animals is lessened. And by this,
we help extend their lifetime.
It takes less
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█ BY MARIETTA MU It is our responsibility as consumers to be more mindful of what we buy. - PINTEREST
KHOR Sue Yee, one of the co- o LYFE speaks to the co-founder of Zero Waste Malaysia about how whenever we can, with the last R
founders and executive we can become more mindful consumers for Mother Nature being rot. “If you look at the
directors of Zero Waste hierarchy, recycle is actually the
Malaysia, started the group fourth R because recycling is a very
on Facebook in 2016. It was registered energy-intensive process. Recycling
as a non-profit organisation in 2018 also requires a lot of water to clean
and the aim of the organisation is to that product’s whole production line, people to take practical action right Zero Waste Malaysia advocates the trash and human labour is
increase awareness of sustainable and it would actually also create away and advocate individual actions the 5Rs principle by Bea Johnson, needed to sort the rubbish, so the cost
living and promote a zero waste unnecessary trash if they just such as voting with their buying who started the zero waste of recycling is actually quite high.”
lifestyle by advocating individual scrapped that product.” power. movement. We used to learn about If we look into the global recycling
actions. At the same time, they also the three R’s, which is reduce, reuse rate, it’s about 9% for plastic waste
serve as a resource platform for the So what actually is the problem “You might think that your and recycle, but at the top of the 5Rs alone. That’s why instead of
community to learn about local zero and whose responsibility is it? Khor individual action isn’t enough concept is refuse, depending on recycling our trash,
waste tips. says that overconsumption is part of because you’re just one person, but if which is the first we need to avoid making the
the responsibility of the consumers. all of us lead by example, you can thing we trash in the first place by
On the question of greenwashing, inspire the people around you.” should do refusing.
Khor explains that the term has a “Because we want the product, we On April 23,
different meaning to different people, then indirectly create the demand for And that was how Zero Waste tomorrow, Zero Waste
depending on their environmental the producer and brand owners. It Malaysia grew from just a Facebook Malaysia ia launching
values. For example, brands can [goes] both ways. I used also think group of fewer than 100 people to their Trash
portray themselves as being eco- that it’s the brand owners or the what it is today. Now, their group Encyclopedia event.
friendly when their values aren’t industry’s fault, but after taking a step consists of more than 41,000 people The event is for
actually aligned to that. back, I realised that it’s also because share their zero waste journey on a people of all ages
of consumers’ demands.” daily basis. where you can learn
For Khor, it is not a question of how to segregate
right or wrong. “You can also look at it Naturally, we’re drawn to beautiful “It’s about how we can create this your waste,
from another perspective. If they products, aesthetically-pleasing water ripple effect to normalise a zero alternative zero
actually didn’t do anything, packaging, and affordable prices, but waste lifestyle. Many people might waste solutions on
greenwashing wouldn’t be a thing. So most of us don’t consider the human thing that a zero waste lifestyle is only proper waste
in a sense, greenwashing came into labour and the environmental costs. for hippies or weird nature-loving management, and
existence because brands are starting people who are overly passionate debunk the recycling
to take action, despite how small it is.” In terms of education, Khor about the environment, but it’s not. myth. It will take place
explains that we also need to educate We want to show everyone that a zero from 11am to 5pm at The
Since the values of consumers are ourselves as consumers on how we waste lifestyle can be for anyone.” School @ Jaya One.
slowly changing, companies and can really be more mindful, instead of Register at
brands might greenwash so that they being easily swayed by social media According to Khor, having a zero bit.ly/mytrashpedia or check
can make the public think that they and advertising. waste lifestyle doesn’t mean that we out the website at
are doing something good for the can’t own anything. trashpedia.zerowastemalaysia.
environment. “We believe that we can use our org/en.
power to demand changes from “Some of us are also collectors, but
On top of being a zero waste companies or even brand owners by it’s not about how much things you
advocate, Khor has also had past choosing what we purchase, and by own, but how we can generate
experience working with large buying products that are aligned with less trash. In Zero Waste
corporations as a strategic sourcing our values. We want to inspire more Malaysia, we teach
consultant, and has a multifaceted people that there is no
view on greenwashing. such thing as a totally
zero waste lifestyle
“First of all, perhaps we need to and the term ‘zero’
look into their future plan as a whole. just means the
For example, maybe the company is goal. What we
starting with greenwashing but only want is people
as a short term plan, and they might to learn how
have a long term goal to be more to avoid
sustainable in the future. bringing
“A big company might greenwash trash into
because they can’t roll out their entire our
implementation plan all at once rubbish
because that will require a lot of bins.”
investment and cost. So instead, they
might start out with pilot projects first
to get feedback from the consumers.
“For example, a big skincare brand
might start a refillable solution but it’s
only available at one outlet and they
won’t allow the consumers to use
their own reusable bottles. Some
people might feel that that’s unfair,
but maybe the company had already
done their research and that was the
best solution to make sure that their
product is at its best quality. Perhaps
they have already invested a lot for
Khor is the
Greenwashing is the practice of marketing a company or organisation so they
appear more environmentally friendly or more ecological. - PINTEREST
theSun BUZZ ON FRIDAY | APRIL 22, 2022
█ BY THASHINE SELVAKUMARAN A young girl
doing her part
TODAY, the world celebrates to clean up the
Earth Day. This is a environment in
significant day for India. -
and fostering a worldwide
commitment to making the
world a better place.
Understanding how this
day came to be and how it
serves to unite people all
around the world in a
common cause is essential
for honouring this day.
After all, this is our
home, and we should all
work to keep it in good
condition, in order to
ensure a healthy and
sustainable future. Earth
Day is observed in many
different ways across the
world, with the
overarching goal of
raising awareness and teaching people
about the need of conserving our
In 2010, India Trust began presenting
environmental activities to coincide
with Earth Day. Earth Day is more than
just a day of celebration for the people of
India; it is a full-fledged movement.
In addition to significant programmes
around India, the agenda for Earth Day is
focused on the devastated ecosystems,
people, and endangered animals that call
India home. Many of the day’s festivities
are directly related to the endangered
JAPAN oMany cities extend the Earth Day celebration to
People gather in Tokyo, Japan, to last a whole week, often beginning on April 16 and
commemorate Earth Day Tokyo, which finishing on Earth Day, which falls today
is usually celebrated in Yoyogi Park.
According to Earth Day Tokyo, over 0 AUSTRALIA 0 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA The Arks of Gimokudan by Leeroy New is his first large-scale work to be shown in
100,000 tourists come with their families Even with the coronavirus epidemic, the San Francisco’s Earth Day street event
each year to learn about sustainability Restore Our Earth event has been will be held at the San Francisco Civic 0 SOUTH AFRICA sustainability in everyday living,
and environmentalism during a two-day hosted in Queensland, Australia since Center. Every April 22, South Africa observes an also honours the com
Earth Day celebration. 1990, and it appears that 2022 will be no earth-centred holiday known as responsibility that we all ha
different. Among the events are a sustainable International Mother Earth Day. safeguarding Mother Earth.
It’s a wonderful event for the entire chef showcase, organic food court, an Climate change is one of the most
family, and the custom has expanded to According to the University of eco-fashion exhibition, DIY workshops, serious concerns confronting mankind Celebrating Earth Day
other Japanese cities such as Hokkaido, Queensland, campaigners and eco- kid-friendly activities, an art gallery, and today, according to the South African awareness of critical environm
Chiba, Shonan, Toyama, Ishikawa, conscious followers will gather either plenty of live music. government, as it is for many other concerns and demonstrates that y
Nagano, Osaka, and Okinawa. virtually or in person to commemorate 0 SPAIN countries across the world. Their a part of a worldwide effort. Fes
0 LONDON Earth Day’s 51st anniversary. They plan The Global Unity and Regeneration celebration focuses on environmental emphasise thinking worldwide
At least seven bands are slated to to do this through information summits, Gathering is held every year in Lanjarón,
perform at The Hive in London for an open dialogue, movie parties, and even Granada, Spain. Eco-conscious
Earth Day concert sponsored by the a gardening event. individuals may meaningfully engage
Gaia Warriors, an activist and musical 0 CANADA with one another and the Earth through
group. The event, which will include The city of Vancouver is well-known for seminars and talks on
environmental speakers, dancing, yoga, its annual Earth Day procession and environmentalism, healing, and
shamans, a vegan cafe, and other festival (April 21), which includes live spiritual awakening.
activities, will generate cash for British music and food trucks. The event, which
charities and organisations combating has been going on since 2011, was Workshops in previous years have
climate change. started by a local high school’s climate included learning how to develop
justice organisation. spirulina pools and to create self-
For World Earth Day 2022, Filipino regenerating water systems.
artist-designer Leeroy New – who is best
known for transforming plastic waste
into brightly coloured works of art – will
be presenting his new creation, The Arks
of Gimokudan. Standing three metres
above the ground, the arks appear to
float, inviting visitors to imagine that
they are underwater.
Mother Earth at
the Global Unity
is held every
year in Lanjarón,
Granada, Spain. -
people for a day
of activities. -
theSun BUZZ ON FRIDAY | APRIL 22, 2022
The entrance to
Day event at
Yoyogi Park. -
An easy way
energy is by
LED lights. -
Energy saving tips
EVERY day we make hundreds of decisions Reheating
every day that affect our environment and our meals is easy
savings. We are all responsible for respecting with a
the Earth and adopting healthy and microwave
sustainable solutions that decrease our while
environmental effect. If you’re interested in consuming
becoming more energy efficient starting with less
Earth Day 2022, here are five tips to get you electricity. -
lower your water heater’s thermostat, or
Replace light bulbs with LEDs insulate your water heater and the first six feet
Upgrading your lights to the newest LED of hot- and cold-water pipes.
technology is one of the most proven methods
to significantly reduce your home’s energy use. If you are thinking about replacing your
Not unexpectedly, lighting is a major source of water heater with a more efficient one, you
power use in the home. Use your microwave instead of your stove
Modern LED lights consume less power should consider two things: the type Reheating meals, like other domestic duties, is
than incandescent bulbs and last longer, so of water heater that will fit your both essential and energy-intensive.
you may not need to replace them for another demands and the type of fuel Depending on your preferences, a stove may
five years. Furthermore, the price of these it will consume. help to maintain the flavour of food.
bulbs has dropped significantly in recent Upgrade to a smart
years, while the thermostat Regardless of preference, there is evidence
light quality and Smart thermostats learn to show that a microwave is more energy
diversity of Consider your habits and efficient. Because of the nature of a stove, it is
possibilities have upgrading to a preferred temperatures prone to energy loss. While consuming a lot of
also increased. and automatically electricity, a microwave uses relatively quick
With current smart regulate the temperature bursts of power over short periods of time.
pricing, your new termostat to in your house in the most Change your day-to-day habits
LED lights will effective way possible. You don’t have to go out and buy energy-effi-
decrease You may also remotely cient goods to lower energy use in your home
household and boost your energy savings. Turning off
pay for energy regulate the temperature of your house lights or appliances when they are not in use is
t h e m s e l v e s consumption. using an app. a simple way to conserve energy.
q u i c k l y , - DESERTCART
especially if there A programmable thermostat provide some You may also use less energy-intensive
are subsidies currently available from of the advantages of smart thermostats but appliances by conducting household
n the UK. – SOMERSETHOUSE.ORG power companies, who are aggressively need a little more effort on your side, as you activities manually, such as hanging your
urging people to make the transition. If you just will have to programme the temperature clothes to dry instead of putting them in the
, but it working locally, such as planting trees, make one energy-related pledge for Earth Day adjustments yourself. dryer, or hand-washing your dishes.
mmunal cleaning up water sources, or this year, replacing incandescent lightbulbs
volunteering in a community garden. It with LEDs is an excellent one. In any case, if you have an older thermostat, Using the air conditioner less frequently is a
ave in is vital to raise awareness in order to improving your thermostat game might be one behaviour change with the most potential for
raises have a good Earth Day celebration. Reduce water heating expenses of the greatest ways to begin decreasing your utility savings. In our tropical environment,
Water heating accounts for a significant home’s energy consumption. cooling expenditures account for
mental Translating flyers and teaching portion of your total energy use. Aside from approximately half of the average home’s
you are materials might help your event reach a acquiring an energy-efficient water heater, utility bills, thus these decreases in the
stivities wider audience. Find Earth Day there are three ways to reduce your water intensity and frequency of use are significant. –
e while celebrations near you to see how you heating expenses: simply use less hot water, by Thashine Selvakumaran
can participate in this important event.
The History of Earth Day
IN 1969, US Senator Gaylord the entire US population – to take President Bill Clinton to bestow the Today, Earth Day is generally global, national, and local policy
Nelson, intended to combine the to the streets, parks, and Presidential Medal of Freedom – regarded as the world’s largest changes. The struggle for a clean
energy of student anti-war rallies auditoriums to protest the effects the highest civilian honour in the secular celebration, with over a environment is now more urgent
with a rising public understanding of 150 years of industrial progress, United States – to Senator Nelson billion people participating each than ever, as the effects of climate
about air and water pollution after which had left a growing legacy of for his role as the founder of Earth year as a day of action to improve change become apparent day by
seeing the tragedy of a massive oil major human health repercussions. Day. human behaviour and generate day.
spill in Santa Barbara, California. He
approached the national media In 1990, a number of Every year, Earth Day provides a
with the notion of holding a teach- environmental leaders approached day of education about
in on college campuses. Hayes about organising another environmental challenges
large environmental campaign. impacting our globe.
He also enlisted the help of This year, Earth Day went Demonstrations on Earth Day also
Denis Hayes, a young activist, to worldwide, mobilising 200 million assist to communicate to our
organise the campus teach-ins, and people in 141 nations and bringing elected officials how essential
chose April 22, a weekday between environmental problems to the environmental action is to us, their
Spring Break to maximise student forefront of global debate. citizens.
involvement. They called it Earth
Day, which garnered national Earth Day 1990 provided a Earth Day provides us with a
media interest and quickly spread significant boost to recycling day each year to think on the
across the country. activities throughout the world, importance of the planet’s health
paving the stage for the 1992 and what we can all do to assist
Earth Day motivated 20 million United Nations Earth Summit in Rio guarantee that health.– by
Americans – at the time, 10% of de Janeiro. It also inspired Thashine Selvakumaran
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STOP! A Community Campaign
RS e:HEV variant.
█ BY AZLAN RAMLI SHonpdaoCrittyyHa,tchsbtacyklish, practical
THE new Honda City Hatchback was put o Not quite ‘hot hatch’ but its wins in many areas ... at the same time.
through its paces recently around Pulau To achieve tip-top efficiency, Honda has
Langkawi, during a media outing.
Two variants were provided for our two-day, combined these five world-leading systems: the
one-night stay on the island – the top-of-the- generation and drive motors, the 1.5-litre
range, hybrid RS e:HEV and the non-hybrid V. Atkinson-cycle dual overhead camshaft i-VTEC
engine, the lithium-ion battery, the engine-
While the drive around the island did not linked clutch and the power control unit.
really mirror the typical usage of such a car, it
was sufficient to learn of its mild mix of “To say that this is a major upgrade for
sportiness, practicality and stylishness, further Honda cars is an understatement. This engine’s
confirming Honda’s target audience for this car output is equal to a 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated
– younger audience with an active lifestyle, who engine, minus the consumption and emission.”
prefer a sporty-yet-premium hatchback and will
also appreciate the e:HEV (i.e. a type of hybrid) At the heart of this innovation is the i-MMD EV drive mode, Hybrid drive mode and Engine Fun, energetic
technology and first-in-segment advanced (intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) engine. It is a drive mode. In EV drive mode, you can achieve During its launch last December, Honda
features. combination of high-efficiency systems that cruising speed without using a single drop of Malaysia’s then-managing director and chief
Eh, what is e:HEV again? work to increase the driving distance by the petrol. executive officer Madoka Chujo promised that
Honda Malaysia’s explanation is this: It is a two- motor alone. the new City hatchback “will be absolutely fun
motor hybrid system. Unlike traditional Meanwhile, the Engine drive mode is where to drive”. She was right, as we had so much fun
hybrids, where the electric motor assists the The motor gives immediate and smooth the engine is running at optimum fuel efficiency with the new hatchback – which was designed
engine, in e:HEV the engine produces acceleration, featuring three modes of driving: to power the wheels while charging the battery under the “Energetic Hatchback” concept,
electricity which assists the motor. according to Honda – around the island,
including during the rainy first day. The thrilling
The result? An efficient and crisp climb up Gunung Raya during the rain was the
acceleration that does not sacrifice the comfort most memorable, for all of us!
and smoothness of the journey, all thanks to
Honda’s unique control technology. Each The RS e:HEV variant also boasts the
driving mode is shifted seamlessly and sportiest exterior, with its gloss black front grille,
autonomously, so the driver is able to solid wing and door mirrors, complemented by
experience his/her joy of driving with no exclusive shapes in the areas of its lower grille,
awkward transitions. fog lamp garnish and rear bumper.
“This is a mark of Honda’s initiative to The RS e:HEV, V-Sensing and V variants
minimise energy consumption, in line with feature LED headlamps with LED daytime
Honda’s brand vision, which is to electrify two- running lights, LED front fog lamps, tailgate
thirds of its global automobile unit sales by the spoiler and LED rear combi lights.
Those three variants are also fitted with 16-
“As we head into the future, sustainability inch alloy rims that complement the sleek
will continue to be at the forefront of Honda’s appearance of the hatchback.
technologies. The ‘e’ in e:Technology is a
symbol of Honda’s desire to energise its fans
and consumers by using electricity as its source
Ed: “HEV” stands for hybrid electric vehicle.
In The Driver's Seat theSun on friday 7
APRIL 22, 2022
RS e:HEV variant.
V variant. RS e:HEV variant.
V variant. pillars are filled with polyurethane spray foam convenience. Isofix I size type rear seat and rear seatbelt
Performance-wise, the RS e:HEV is powered in addition to the variable thickness sound Offering comfort and convenience, a much- reminder.
absorber fitted under the engine compartment
by the 1.5-litre Sports intelligent Multi-Mode to reduce noise and vibration. coveted and popular interior feature Meanwhile, the RS e:HEV, V-Sensing and V
Drive (i-MMD) powertrain and coupled with synonymous with the Jazz is also available in variants are equipped with six airbags. The RS
electric continuous variable transmission (e- The interior styling is sophisticated with high the new City Hatchback – the four-mode e:HEV variant, in particular, has automatic
CVT), with the powertrain delivering 107.5hp quality textures yet functional and practical in versatile Ultra Seats that can be configured into brake hold feature that provides the driver with
and segment-leading 253Nm of torque its approach. The RS e:HEV variant’s interior is Utility, Long, Tall or Refresh mode. extra convenience during stop-and-go traffic
equivalent to a D-segment, naturally-aspirated fitted with a sporty design of stylish red-stitched situations.
engine torque performance. Ultrasuede Seats*. The Ultra Seats allow owners the
convenience of utilising different modes at The new City Hatchback is the second
The non-hybrid V-Sensing (introduced on Meanwhile, the V-Sensing and V variants’ different occasions, while enjoying a boot model in Honda Malaysia’s line-up, after the
April 13), V, E and S variants are equipped with interior is trimmed with leather seats*. The RS capacity of 289 litres. City Sedan RS e:HEV, to feature the Honda
1.5-litre dual overhead camshaft i-VTEC e:HEV variant also features a seven-inch Connect, an innovative advanced technology
powertrain producing 119hp (the highest in its interactive thin film transistor meter that Another advanced feature in this B- which ensures safety, security and
segment) and a maximum torque of 145Nm. provides easy access to information according hatchback segment benchmark-setter is the convenience.
to the driver’s needs. electric parking brake, offered in the RS e:HEV
This efficient engine offers an ideal balance variant. In this model, the full range of telematics
of “fun to drive” performance and exceptional Another first-in-segment feature for the RS system is offered for the first time in the
fuel efficiency for a hatchback body type. e:HEV variant is rear air conditioning Owners of the RS e:HEV, V-Sensing, V and E segment. Applying smart telematics
ventilation for the comfort of rear passengers. variants can remotely turn on the engine and technology, Honda Connect allows users to
Furthermore, Honda’s research and air-conditioning before entering the car, via the connect with their cars with a touch of their
development department has engineered an The RS e:HEV, V-Sensing, V and E variants remote engine start feature. fingertips via a smartphone application.
enhanced body rigidity for the new City are furnished with an eight-inch display audio And safe too
Hatchback by 6%, compared to the old Jazz, to with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto** First in its segment for safety, the new City The technology within Honda Connect
realise high-rigidity frame for collision safety. connectivity as well as auto air-conditioning Hatchback features the Honda LaneWatch in embodies Honda’s vision of value creation for
panel and lower pocket two USB ports for extra the RS e:HEV, V-Sensing and V variants, a mobility and people’s daily lives. Key functions
To further provide the driver and passengers camera-based safety technology which of the telematics technology in Honda Connect
an enhanced cabin quietness, the A and B monitors incoming cars from the left and include vehicle diagnostics, remote
reduce blind spots using live visual in the applications, security applications, vehicle
infotainment system. tracking and support services – all of which are
aimed at easing owner’s accessibility to their
The RS e:HEV and V-Sensing variants are vehicle and its information at all times.
also equipped with the most complete
advanced safety features in its segment, the The new City Hatchback variants are priced
Honda Sensing. The Honda Sensing driver as follows*�:
assistance safety systems in the RS e:HEV and 0 RS e:HEV: RM107,783.09
V-Sensing variants (but not in the other 0 V-Sensing: RM91,708.51
variants) are: 0 V: RM87,860
0 E: RM83,080
1. Adaptive cruise control 0 S: RM75,670.
2. Collision mitigation braking
3. Forward collision warning Exterior colour options are Ignite Red
4. Lane keep assist Metallic*⁴, Meteoroid Grey Metallic*⁴, Platinum
5. Road departure mitigation White Pearl*⁴, Lunar Silver Metallic and Crystal
6. Lane departure warning Black Pearl.
7. Auto high beam *�Combination leather.
In addition to that, the new City Hatchback *� Android Auto will be available upon its
also comes with other standard safety features official launch in Malaysia.
such as vehicle stability assist, anti-lock braking *� Estimated on-the-road price without
system, electronic brake distribution, brake insurance. Sales tax exemption period ends on
assist, emergency stop signal, hill start assist, June 30. Terms and conditions apply.
*⁴ RS e:HEV variant only available in these
8 theSun on friday Out & About
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2022 Mazda MX-5 RF
Pay for snacks
with your extra ‘Engineered for the heart’
KM at Shell MAZDA Motor Corporation says that two-door
roadster, the MX-5 RF, is designed and “anti-lift” force that pulls the vehicle body down traffic alert, smart city brake support, driver
TO further excite the much- engineered with the company’s human-centric when the brakes are applied. attention alert and lane departure warning
anticipated balik kampung trips development philosophy in pursuit of the joy of system.
and hari Raya drives, Shell is driving. KPC takes full advantage of the
rewarding Malaysians the chance to characteristics of this suspension and applies a The 2022 MX-5 RF is fully-imported (CBU)
refuel and enjoy their favourite Winner of the 2017 Red Dot Award winner slight brake to the inner rear wheel when from Japan and comes standard with a Skyactiv-
snacks on-the-go with the “Ekstra for Best of the Best Design, the MX-5 RF cornering under conditions with high G-force, G 2.0-litre engine.
KM Belanja” campaign. represents Mazda’s unique “Kodo: the Soul of thereby suppressing roll and pulling the vehicle
Motion” design that features beautiful down to stabilise posture. The colour options include Soul Red Crystal,
The campaign is the first that proportions, flowing lines and dramatic Machine Grey, Snowflake White Pearl,
enables customers to use their contours that command a striking road All other specification on the MX-5 RF Polymetal Grey, Deep Crystal Blue and Jet
kilometres (KM) with Shell fuels as a presence. remains unchanged, which includes wireless Black.
currency to buy items at any Shell Apple CarPlay and a host of i-Activsense safety
Select, deli2go or Shell Lubricants “A dynamic bond of jinba-ittai, the Japanese features such as adaptive LED headlamps, blind The roadster is now available in Malaysia for
store. phrase that refers to the bond between driver RM265,964* (AT variant) and RM264,029* (MT
and car. The driver-centric design and spot monitoring, variant), inclusive of the 50% sales tax reduction
Customers will be rewarded with responsive handling of the Mazda MX-5 rear on CBU models and is valid till June 30.
more KM, the more they fuel at becomes a natural extension of one’s body that cross-
Shell’s outlets. As an added bonus, creates a unique and exhilarating relationship All new Mazda vehicles come with five years
40 lucky customers will be and experience,” the car company reminds us manufacturer warranty plus five years free
rewarded with one year worth of again of what that is all about. maintenance according to manufacturer’s
free fuel from Shell. standards inclusive of labour, parts and
The rear-wheel-drive 2022 MX-5 RF comes lubricants (except for Mazda BT50 pickup
“We imagine many would be equipped with Skyactiv-G 2.0 litre engine that truck).
travelling back to their hometowns delivers an inspiring 181hp with a maximum
after missing out from celebrating speed of 220km/h. Both manufacturer warranty and free
with their families and relatives for maintenance have a coverage of period of five
the past two years. Shell will That engine is paired with a six-speed years and a mileage limit of 100,000 km,
continue to accompany Malaysians manual transmission or quick-shifting whichever comes first.
wherever they choose to travel this automatic transmission with steering wheel * West Malaysia pricing, for private registration.
Hari Raya season, giving them extra paddle shifters. On-the-road without insurance.
value on their journey. Now our
customers ‘Ekstra KM’ can be used “The Mazda MX-5 RF is a pure driver’s car;
to purchase their travelling well-balanced, lightweight, and an outstanding
necessities when on the road, power-to-weight ratio that engages
adding on that extra joy to their performance and nimble handling, enabling
holiday journey. Wishing everyone the driver to feel every ounce of driving
a safe journey this coming holidays, enjoyment on the road.”
Selamat Hari Raya!” said Seow Lee
Ming, General Manager, Mobility The 2022 MX-5 RF variants have been
Malaysia and Singapore. enhanced with new technology features to
further deepen the sense of connection
From May 1 to June 30, between the driver and car.
customers can pay for Shell Select
and deli2go snacks using their KM Kinematic Posture Control
as currency by following the steps (KPC), equipped on both AT
and MT (manual-
1. Pump RM40 worth of Shell transmissioned) variants,
FuelSave 95 or collect 390KM with is a unique technology
Shell V-Power or Shell V-Power only available for the
2. Scan the QR code and upload For ride comfort
photos of receipts to the Shell and stability, the MX-5’s
“Ekstra KM Belanja” microsite to rear suspension is
start redeeming Shell Select offers designed to generate an
Local VW dealers honoured
Redemption period lasts until VOLKSWAGEN Passenger Cars Malaysia
July 10. Customers can choose from (VPCM) recently honoured the The Lee Motors Autohaus building. This photo was snapped by the company itself, which strangely
a wide array of offers, including the accomplishments of its dealerships through the excludes the top of the building in the frame, where the “Lee Motors” brand is.
favourites: Maggi Hot Cup, Nescafe, Dealer Awards 2021.
fresh pastries and many more road 0 Dealer of the Year: Lee Motors Autohaus performance of pre-owned vehicle activities, as
trip essentials from Shell Select, The Awards recognises and celebrates top (Volkswagen Alor Setar) well as adherence to standards and processes.
deli2go and Shell lubricants. performing dealers for their achievements in 0 Best Dealer - Category A: FA Wagen
supporting the Volkswagen brand in Malaysia. (Volkswagen Glenmarie) VPCM launched DWA in 2019 to provide
In addition, customers can use 0 Best Dealer - Category B: Lee Motors customers with the option to purchase certified
their KM to redeem items from The judging and scoring criteria for the Autohaus (Volkswagen Alor Setar) pre-owned vehicles with confidence and peace
deli2go’s new range of hot and dealerships were based on the dealer’s 0 Das WeltAuto: PHS Autohaus (Volkswagen of mind.
fresh food for those who prefer a achievements and efforts in sales, aftersales, Puchong).
more wholesome meal at their pit marketing, customer satisfaction and The programme is currently available in nine
stops, come this May. manpower qualification. Das WeltAuto (DWA) is a new award that was Volkswagen dealerships in the country.
introduced for the year 2021, in which DWA
Lee Motors Autohaus (Volkswagen Alor dealers are measured based on the The awards were presented by Winter,
Setar) was the star of the year as its team swept VPCM aftersales director Deenan Nadar and
up two out of four categories. It won the most sales and Das WeltAuto head Lee Wen Hsiang.
prestigious “Dealer of the Year 2021” and the
“Best Dealer for Category B”.
“The team consistently surpassed
expectations by going above and beyond for
both sales and aftersales initiatives. From
creative and well-executed campaigns to a solid
sales performance, attentive and top-notch
services; and excellent customer satisfaction
(CEM) results, Lee Motors Autohaus finished
the year strongly,” said VPCM managing
director Erik Winter
Expessing his appreciation towards the
support and hard work of Volkswagen dealers in
2021, he said: “The bar has been raised and this
year’s winners truly deserved the accolades. We
have achieved so much together - beyond
offering our products to the market, we have
further enhanced the ownership experience
with our Volkswagen Cares initiatives, as
evident in the Car.Advisor ratings given by
customers. I look forward to even higher levels
of excellence from our dealers in 2022.”
The Awards’ full list of winners according to
respective categories are:
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27.1 Retail 550.5 552.5 -2.0
25.0 Foreign 533.2 483.7 49.5 262.45 71.24 20.93
HANG SENG SCI TSEC
100.0 2034.3 2034.3 0 4.57 13.14 20,682.22 335.21 17,127.95 9.52 23.60
KLCI STI 3,079.81 NIKKEI KOSPI S&P/ASX200
Preliminary stats (excluding trade amendments). For final data, please refer to www.bursamalaysia.com 1,598.32 3,348.46 27,553.06 2,728.21
Source: Bursa Malaysia 7,592.80
KL MARKET SUMMARY PetChem remains
April 21, 2022
INDICES 11,484.30 CHANGE +34.31 bright-eyed on China
FBMKLCI 1,598.32 +4.57
CONSUMER PRODUCTS 588.56 +0.69
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS 216.55 +1.37
CONSTRUCTION 169.77 -2.21
FINANCIAL SERVICES 16,711.80 +133.40
ENERGY 768.54 +12.17 will not be a norm and will stabilise over
TELECOMMUNICATIONS 640.32 +1.62 o Chemical giant using alternative distribution time.”
HEALTH CARE 2,075.21 -0.64 routes to skirt locked-down areas in key market
TRANSPORTATION 889.16 +4.91 With regard to Malaysia’s transition
PROPERTY 725.10 +3.79 to an endemic phase of the Covid-19
PLANTATION 8,605.10 -2.28 situation this year as well as its overall
FBMSHA 12,134.40 +2.91 █ BY AMIR IMRAN HUSAIN SAFRI following the group’s AGM yesterday. outlook for 2022, Yusri outlined that
FBMACE 5,803.49 -6.40 [email protected] “We believe China will continue to PetChem remains cautious in view of
TECHNOLOGY 73.57 +0.52 PETALING JAYA: Petronas Chemicals the rising oil and commodity prices as
Group Bhd (PetChem) says hiccups in remain a key market for us.” well as geopolitical tensions that may
TURNOVER VALUE China due to the Covid-19 pandemic- According to the group’s annual impact the global economy.
2.846 BIL RM2.034 BIL led shutdowns are not expected to
dampen the performance of its key report, the Chinese market contributed Yusri stated that the group will
5 MOST ACTIVES market. 16% towards its top line last year. continue its operational and commercial
April 21, 2022 excellence, cost optimisation efforts and
Its managing director and CEO, On the ongoing Russia-Ukraine pursue growth opportunities in 2022.
STOCK VOL CLSG (sen) +/– (sen) Mohd Yusri Mohamed Yusof, disclosed conflict, Yusri said the situation has
MNC 141,854,100 3.00 +0.5 that the group projects the world’s created some instability in the “We are confident that our solid
VIZIONE 101,187,800 10.5 +0.5 second largest economy to continue to feedstock prices, particularly gas. He fundamentals will enable us to
VIZIONE-WE 87,231,800 2.5 UNCH grow at around 8% this year and its noted that the prices of products maximise opportunities while
SAPNRG 78,571,800 4.5 +0.5 demand for PetChem’s products will derived from gas, such as urea, have navigating uncertainties in a post-
TANCO 66,108,000 35.5 +3.5 remain. skyrocketed since the first quarter of pandemic world, while continuing to
this year. create sustainable value for all our
5 TOP GAINERS “From the perspective of Covid-19 stakeholders,” he said.
April 21, 2022 lockdown that is happening in China, In 2021, the average price of the
we are managing this by distributing to petrochemical stood at US$513 per At the briefing, PetChem said its
STOCK VOL CLSG (RM) +/– RM other ports and to channel products to tonne, more than double the preceding wholly owned subsidiary, BRB
HONGSENG-PA 8,100 3.49 0.59 other areas outside the affected area,” he year’s average of US$251 per tonne. International, strengthened its presence
NESTLE 16,900 132.80 0.50 told the media in a virtual briefing in the region as a key silicone
HEIM 87,700 24.14 0.38 However, the PetChem managing manufacturer with a new silicone
TEXCHEM 2,957,300 2.80 0.30 director/CEO believes the elevated blending facility in Gebeng, Pahang,
KLK 2,905,800 28.28 0.26 prices will be temporary . which has an annual capacity of 8,000
tonnes. The facility will allow it to have a
“Currently, we are benefiting but it diverse product range, enabling it to
enlarge its specialty portfolio and
5 TOP LOSERS gradually expand its product offerings to
April 21, 2022 its customers.
STOCK VOL CLSG (RM) +/– RM Additionally, PetChem recently
PETDAG 214,100 21.70 0.20 achieved final investment decision to
PMBTECH-WA 2,200 15.30 0.20 build a melamine plant in Gurun,
SP500-H13 4,000 1.64 0.19 Kedah, potentially making it the sole
FBMKLCI-CFG 40,000 0.145 0.155 melamine producer in Southeast Asia.
CHINAETF-MYR 23,700 4.76 0.14
As for the group’s Pengerang
EXCHANGE RATES APRIL 21, 2022 Integrated Complex (PIC), Yusri said it is
now in the final stage of start-up
Foreign currency Bank sell Bank buy Bank buy From left: Yusri, Petronas Chemicals chairman Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim and CFO Mohd readiness, which provides another
Azli Ishak at the AGM. platform to strengthen its position in
1 US DOLLAR TT/OD TT OD basic and specialty chemicals.
1 AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR 4.3520 4.2190 4.2090
1 BRUNEI DOLLAR 3.2500 3.1220 “We expect to commence start-up in
1 CANADIAN DOLLAR 3.1850 3.0920 .1060 the second quarter of 2022. With PIC, we
1 EURO 3.4760 3.3830 3.0840 will increase our production capacity
1 NEWZEALAND DOLLAR 4.7210 4.5690 3.3710 from 12.8 million up to 14.6 million
1 SINGAPORE DOLLAR 2.9580 2.8510 4.5490 tonne per annum.”
1 STERLING POUND 3.1850 3.0920 2.8350
1 SWISS FRANC 5.6840 5.5050 3.0840 On the merger and acquisition front,
100 UAE DIRHAM 4.5670 4.4620 5.4850 which PetChem has disclosed is one of
100 BANGLADESHTAKA 119.8100 113.6200 4.4470 its growth levers for this year, Yusri
100 CHINESE RENMINBI 5.1300 4.8150 113.4200 stated that it has identified several
100 HONGKONG DOLLAR 67.7000 65.1000 4.6150 targets and is working on them and will
100 INDIAN RUPEE 56.0400 53.2600 announce the progress once things have
100 INDONESIAN RUPIAH 5.8000 5.4400 N/A firmed up.
100 JAPANESE YEN 0.0313 0.0284 53.0600
100 NEWTAIWAN DOLLAR 3.3920 3.2860 LTAT plan to revive littoral combat
100 PAKISTAN RUPEE 16.0000 5.2400 ships project receives Cabinet approval
100 PHILIPPINE PESO 2.3800 N/A 0.0234
100 QATAR RIYAL 8.4200 2.2300 3.2760 PETALING JAYA: The Armed Forces Fund he said in a statement. the Malaysian Armed Forces.
100 SAUDI RIYAL 120.4400 7.9400 Board’s (LTAT) plan to revive the littoral LTAT has a direct exposure through its LTAT has looked into solutions to
100THAI BAHT 117.2800 114.3400 N/A combat ships (LCS) project has been
13.4400 111.3400 2.0300 approved by the Cabinet to protect the majority stake in Boustead Holdings Bhd revive the project in collaboration with the
11.9200 7.7400 fund from any negative impact. of 59.4% as well as a 61% effective stake in Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Finance,
114.1400 Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd. Royal Malaysian Navy and the Special
111.1400 LTAT chief executive Datuk Nazim Cabinet Committee, taking into
11.5200 Rahman said if this project fails to Nazim said the Cabinet’s approval of consideration all aspects, including
continue, the impending financial the LCS project revival plan has prevented financial implications to the government,
Source: Malayan Banking Berhad/Bernama domino effect will result in an impairment a financial disaster in LTAT and will enable as well as enhancing governance to
of up to RM2.1 billion, which is 21% out of the fund to continue to focus on its capital ensure all LCS will be delivered based on
the total amount of the retirement funds preservation and value enhancement, the stipulated timeline.
managed by LTAT. which in the long run will ensure that
LTAT’s financial position remains healthy. It is committed to providing full
“As a consequence, LTAT would not be This, in turn, will enable the fund to cooperation to ensure the recovery plan
able to continue to provide returns to provide sustainable and competitive can be realised in the interest of the
contributors for at least the next six years,” returns to its contributors, who are serving country, Nazim said.
10 theSUN ON FRIDAY | APRIL 22, 2022 FOLLOW ON YOUTUBE SCAN
MAG posts turnaround on March international
restructuring, cargo strength air traffic up 52%
from previous month
o Revamp allowed group to repair its balance sheet, to lead the market as the demand for cargo
resulting in a reduction of liabilities and elimination of debt movement in the Asia Pacific region is PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airports’ network of
expected to grow by 5%. airports nationwide recorded a 52% increase in
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Aviation Group balance sheet and address decades-long international traffic in March compared with the
(MAG) saw a turnaround in earnings before legacy issues, resulting in a reduction in the “Malaysian Airlines and its sister airlines preceding month.
interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation group’s liabilities of over RM15 billion, and will gradually add capacity for both domestic
of RM433 million for the financial year ended eliminating RM10 billion in debt. It pointed and international routes, expecting to achieve Malaysia Airports registered 420,000
2021 compared with a loss of RM1.76 billion out lower operating cost from its cost more than 70% capacity to pre-pandemic international passenger movements between
in the preceding year, following strategies savings/avoidance initiatives across the group level. Firefly has reinstated its jet operations Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket
underlined in its enhanced Long-Term as well as lower leasing cost post its successful from new hub Penang International Airport and Phnom Penh as well as between Penang and
Business Plan 2.0 (LTBP2.0). restructuring, further contributed to the starting April 11,” said the group in a Singapore due to the implementation of various
improved performance in 2021. statement yesterday. Vaccinated Travel Lane programmes prior to
It elaborated that this was driven through border reopening.
strong cargo performance by MAB Kargo, In April last year, the group had launched MAG also stated that the current Russia-
which generated RM3 billion revenue as a its Sustainability Blueprint which aims to Ukraine conflict has raised concerns and Malaysia Airlines resumed flights to five cities in
result of high global demand, allowing promote socio-economic development and challenges in managing operational cost, India in March, operating to New Delhi, Bangalore,
increased freighter and belly utilisation via achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in which is directly impacted by the escalating Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. Partner airlines
passenger-to cargo flights. which it saved 2.6 million kg of jet fuel across fuel price. also continued to resume more international
its cargo and commercial flights. routes such as Malindo Air flying to Perth upon the
Despite a 62% lower passenger traffic and It noted that fuel price at current levels of reopening of the Australian borders on March 3.
reduced capacity by 71% in 2021, Malaysia On outlook, MAG sees the gradual US$110 per barrel (pb) to US$130 pb makes
Airlines recorded 57% higher yield in reopening of international borders resulting up to 40-45% of the group’s total operational Additionally, KL International Airport
passenger revenue, assisted by its Airline in a strong uptake in passenger demand and cost, an increase of about 35-40% from a year welcomed a new international airline Air India
Revenue Maximization Solution. sales contributing to the group’s cash balance ago. Express, which serves a three-time weekly flight
which remains solid. from Tiruchirappalli International Airport in Tamil
MAG stated that the restructuring it took in “All companies within the group have Nadu, India on March 28.
2021 presented it an opportunity to repair its It believes cargo operations will continue taken immediate steps to manage the impact
of higher fuel cost,” it said. Malaysia Airports managing director Datuk
Iskandar Mizal Mahmood said the airports have
MAG also outlined that safety remains the been recording a daily average of 20,000
top priority, noting that measures have been international movements with the reopening of
taken to avoid the conflict zone. borders on April 1.
“We are expecting a further increase to this
number once Kota Kinabalu International Airport
(BKI) begins to receive international passengers
this month. Prior to the pandemic, BKI was our
third busiest airport for international traffic with an
average of 8,460 international passenger
movements per day,” he added.
Last month, the group recorded a total of 5.31
million passenger movements with its local
airports in Malaysia serving the majority of 57% or
3.03 million passengers. For Malaysia, the overall
passenger movements increased by 19% in March
from February. Its domestic passenger traffic
movements also increased by 15% at 2.61 million
passengers from the previous month.
BRIEFS PNB TO INVEST RM10B IN
GREEN AND TRANSITION ASSETS
MAG sees the gradual reopening of international borders resulting in a strong uptake in passenger demand while cargo operations will continue to
lead the market. - AFPPIX KUALA LUMPUR: Permodalan Nasional Bhd
(PNB) has introduced a sustainability
Reopening of international borders framework to define and internalise its goals
propels rise in air traffic rights applications for a more sustainable future amid a
changing global investment landscape.
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Aviation ATR approvals followed by MABKargo and ATR applications from airlines. This is an President and group CEO Ahmad Zulqarnain
Commission (Mavcom) has approved 95.4% MASwings, which both received two ATRs. encouraging development as it signals that Onn said the framework pulls together all
of the total 22 Air Traffic Rights (ATR) AirAsia X Bhd was awarded one ATR the industry is gradually transitioning towards that PNB has done over the years in diverse
applications, granting 21 approvals to eight approval. recovery. areas of sustainability into a clear and
airlines in the first quarter of 2022 (Q1’22). comprehensive plan, with 10 commitments
There has been a significant jump in ATR On the issue of high airfares to Sabah and for operations and investments under the
The 22 ATR applications submitted to the applications following the reopening of Sarawak, 1,141 flight frequencies have been three pillars of Environmental, Social, and
commission represent a slightly reduced Malaysia’s international borders on April 1. A approved for the routes between Peninsular Governance. Under the environment pillar,
application rate of 0.08% in contrast with the total of 15 ATR applications were submitted Malaysia to Kota Kinabalu, Tawau, Sandakan, Ahmad Zulqarnain said PNB seeks to align its
24 applications received in the corresponding between April 1 and April 15, comprising Sibu, Kuching, Bintulu, Miri and Labuan for sustainability efforts to support the
quarter of 2021, due to airlines awaiting the seven ATRs for the cargo sector including flights during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri travel transition towards a green economy with
reopening of Malaysia’s international borders. passenger-to-cargo flights, three ATRs for period of April 27 to May 8. three commitments, namely net zero
Of the 22 applications received, 14 were for passenger flights on domestic routes, and five enterprise by 2025, net zero portfolio by
international routes, while the remaining ATRs for passenger flights on international “Mavcom’s latest observation on April 21 2050 and investing RM10 billion in green and
eight were for domestic routes. routes. This represented an increase of 650% shows that most economy one-way airfares transition assets by 2030. – Bernama
in applications received during the 15-day for flights from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah
SKS Airways Sdn Bhd, which is among the period, compared to the two applications and Sarawak are around RM200 to RM500 LYC STRENGTHENS MOTHER
newest airlines in Malaysia, was awarded the received between March 1 and March 15. during the same travel period. This is due to AND CHILD PLATFORM VIA
highest number of ATR approvals with a total the increased flight frequency and more seats BEAUTY GROUP ACQUISITION
of four ATRs across domestic routes. Mavcom executive chairman Datuk Seri being made available for the public.”
Meanwhile, AirAsia Bhd, Malaysia Airlines Saripuddin Kasim said since the PETALING JAYA: LYC Healthcare Bhd via
Bhd, M Jets International Sdn Bhd and MyJet announcement of the reopening of Malaysia’s As for ATR applications for the cargo wholly owned unit LYC Beauty & Wellness
Xpress Airlines Sdn Bhd each received three international borders, there has been a spur of sector, Mavcom received and approved eight Sdn Bhd has proposed to acquire the entire
ATR applications in Q1’22. shareholding in Tao Global Ventures Sdn
Bhd, which owns and operates a medical
aesthetic clinic called Dr D Clinic and a
beauty and wellness centre called iBody by
Dr D for RM4 million. The group believes the
businesses of Tao Global is synergistic to its
existing women and children platform,
which primarily focuses in confinement care.
K-KOMM LAUNCHES DIGITAL
CONTENT GRANT FOR 2022
PETALING JAYA: The Ministry of
Communications and Multimedia Malaysia
(K-KOMM) through the Malaysia Digital
Economy Corp (MDEC) has launched the
Digital Content Grant (DCG) for 2022, which
offers up to RM500,000 worth of grants to
successful applicants to utilise for content
development. The DCG is aimed at assisting
Malaysian digital content creators to develop
new content or market existing content in
animation, interactive media, and digital
games, among others.
11theSUN ON FRIDAY | APRIL 22, 2022
Our deepest sympathies & heartfelt condolences to
Puan Sri Datuk Seri Rohani Parkash binti Abdullah & family
Independent Non-Executive Director of 7-Eleven Malaysia Holdings Berhad
on the demise of
Tan Sri Dr. Ali bin Hamsa
Former Chief Secretary to the Government
on 21 April 2022
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun, Founder / Chairman
Dato’ Sri Robin Tan, Deputy Chairman
Vivienne Cheng, Joint Group Chief Executive Officer
Syed Ali Shahul Hameed, Joint Group Chief Executive Officer
Board of Directors
Management and Staff
12 theSUN ON FRIDAY | APRIL 22, 2022
Japan agrees extra budget to tackle rising living costs
TOKYO: Japan’s ruling coalition agreed a relief measures including one-off ¥50,000 Kyodo news agency estimated at around ¥2.5 Covering the extra stimulus might involve
supplementary budget to support lower- (RM1,668) cash payouts to low-income trillion, was unexpected. Deputy Chief additional bond issues, which would further
income households and small firms, households with children, and expanding Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara said its details enlarge the industrial world’s heaviest public
signalling another round of spending for the subsidies to fuel wholesalers, a preliminary were still being worked out. debt burden, which stands at more than twice
heavily indebted nation as it battles document seen by Reuters yesterday showed. annual economic output.
inflationary pressures for the first time in The package should be approved during
decades. The governing coalition also aims to the current parliamentary session scheduled Japan entered a long period of close-to-
ensure stable supplies of oil and basic foods, to end in June, Toshimitsu Motegi, secretary- zero inflation in the early 1990s that
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s according to the draft. general at Kishida’s ruling Liberal Democratic determined the way policymakers managed
government aims to set out as early as Friday Party, said earlier. its economy for decades. – Reuters
News of the extra budget, whose value the
China oil giant CNOOC BRIEFS NESTLE REPELS COST INFLATION,
soars in Shanghai debut HELPED BY HIGHER PRICES
o Impressive listing defies weak market as investors seek offering (IPO) prices. ZURICH: Nestle yesterday confirmed it
shelters in big caps with low valuation and high dividends A third of the roughly 100 companies which expects to grow sales around 5% and
keep margins broadly stable this year
SHANGHAI: CNOOC Ltd shares surged as when oil prices are climbing and inflation have listed this year in Shanghai and Shenzhen after higher pet food, dairy and coffee
much as 44% in their Shanghai debut accelerating.” have fallen below their offer prices on debut, prices did not deter consumers in the first
yesterday, defying broad market weakness, as data from East Money Information show. quarter, forecasting more price increases
investors sought safety in the Chinese oil giant China’s largest offshore oil producer raised Some, including chipmaker Vanchip Tianjin ahead. So far the world’s biggest food
amid high energy prices and quickening 28.08 billion yuan (RM19 billion) in the Technology Co Ltd and electronics firm Rigol group has been able to pass higher costs
inflation. country’s 11th-biggest public stock offering. It Technologies Co Ltd , tumbled more than 30%. on to customers. The group based in Vevey
said it would use the proceeds to fund one gas on Lake Geneva confirmed it expects
After opening 20% higher, CNOOC shares and seven oilfield projects in China and Such debut performance – in sharp contrast organic sales to rise by around 5% this year,
immediately shot up 44% on the Shanghai overseas, and to replenish capital. with the first-day pop that once featured in with an underlying trading operating
Stock Exchange, hitting a price ceiling for the China’s stock markets – reflects the result of profit margin between 17% and 17.5%,
day and triggering a 30-minute trading halt. Chen Shuxian, an analyst at Cinda IPO reforms, as well bearish investor compared to 17.4% in 2021. Organic sales,
The stock ended the session up 27.7%. Securities, said in a note yesterday that sentiment. which strip out currency swings and M&A,
“CNOOC represents historic investment were up 7.6%, thanks to price increases of
It marked a bright spot in a bleak Shanghai opportunities, thanks to high oil prices, low China’s stock markets are the second worst 5.2%. “Organic growth now excludes the
market that slumped more than 2% amid valuation, and consistently high dividend performers globally this year after sanctions- Russia region, given significantly disrupted
Covid-19 lockdowns and geopolitical tensions. yields,“ adding the company’s market cap has hit Russia, as the economy grapples with trading conditions and Nestle's decision to
potential to double over the next few years. Covid-19 flare-ups, the Ukraine crisis, and US focus on providing essential food,” said the
“CNOOC is being chased by investors who monetary tightening. group. – Reuters
are seeking shelter in big caps with relatively CNOOC starts trading in Shanghai against
low valuation and high dividends,“ said Linus a backdrop of a downbeat stock market that The Shanghai sale came after CNOOC was RADISSON HOTEL GROUP
Yip, chief strategist at First Shanghai Group. has witnessed an increasing number of delisted in October by the New York Stock PLANS APAC EXPANSION
“The stock also whets market appetite at a time stocks falling below their initial public Exchange after the US government added the
firm to a trade blacklist citing suspected MANILA: Radisson Hotel Group plans to add
connections to China’s military. CNOOC said it 150 hotels in Asia-Pacific (Apac) this year as
had operated in accordance with local laws. – it banks on travel, tourism, and economic
Reuters recovery in the region, its CEO said
yesterday. Radisson, one of the world’s
Hong Kong reopens venues, extends dining hours as Covid cases fall largest hotel groups, is in the midst of a five-
year plan to double its properties to 3,200
HONG KONG: Hong Kong reopened gyms, massage parlours, while others visited temples mainland China, which aims to quash all hotels in 120 countries by 2025. Radisson
beauty parlours, theme parks and cinemas for and churches which had also been shut. outbreaks versus living with the virus as many last year signed deals to put up 200 hotels
the first time in more than four months countries are doing. worldwide, of which 137 are in Asia-Pacific.
yesterday, as authorities relax some of the The easing comes as the number of daily It takes three to five years for hotel deals to
world’s most stringent Covid restrictions that Covid-19 infections in the global financial hub Swimming pools and beaches remain shut, reach operation stage. Radisson sees its
have weighed on residents and businesses. dropped below 1,000 for the past six days from frustrating many athletes and residents. Bars, China and India portfolios increasing to
a peak of more than 70,000 on March 3. nightclubs and saunas are also still closed, with 1,000 and 200 hotels by 2025, its CEO
Many restaurants reported full bookings for many unable to stay afloat and others on Federico Gonzalez said, adding that around
the coming weeks as dining out has been While many residents are relieved at the borrowed time. 150 deals will be signed this year. – Reuters
extended until 10pm from 6pm, and group relaxation of rules, scores of businesses have
gatherings have been expanded to four people, already closed and tens of thousands of people While Hong Kong managed to keep the CARREFOUR SHARES FALL AS
from two previously. Many schools have also have fled the city as authorities re-imposed coronavirus at bay for much of 2021, a surge of FRENCH Q1 SALES DISAPPOINT
resumed in-person learning after months of measures in January that were first the highly contagious Omicron variant brought
online classes. implemented in 2020. the country to its knees in February, swamping PARIS: Shares in Carrefour fell yesterday
its world-class medical system as cases ripped after Europe’s largest food retailer reported
Residents flocked to gyms, salons and Hong Kong has grappled to impose a through the densely-packed city. – Reuters first quarter sales that showed a lacklustre
“dynamic zero” Covid policy similar to performance in its core French market
which overshadowed more robust growth
in Brazil. Carrefour reported that first
quarter sales reached €20.239 billion (RM94
billion), marking like-for-like growth of
3.4%, an acceleration from 0.7% sales
growth in the fourth quarter of 2021. French
sales, however, were flat in the quarter, with
hypermarket sales down by 1.1%. – Reuters
13theSUN ON FRIDAY | APRIL 22, 2022
302 Jobs 322 Notices 322 Notices 322 Notices
WE ARE HIRING IN THE MATTER OF IN THE MATTER OF Djokovic
THE COMPANIES ACT 2016 THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016
ASSISTANT MANAGER 322 Notices Djokovic survives scare compared to Monte Carlo where
AND AND in Belgrade I was not able to hold on
ADVERTISING SALES & MARKETING IN THE MATTER OF IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES IN THE MATTER OF physically in the third set.”
Job Description: BERJAYA ENAMELWARE SDN. BHD. ACT, 2016 AND IN THE MATTER OF RNC WORLDWIDE MARKETING NOVAK DJOKOVIC battled back
Registration No.: 197601002865 from a set and a break down to … and slams ban
• Building and sustaining strong working relationships with SAUJANA DO JAYA SDN. BHD. SDN. BHD. beat Laslo Djere in his opening on Russian and
advertising clients. (28838-W) 201101034182 (962317 - T) (COMPANY NO.: 198401013363 match of the ATP event in Belarusian players
(In Members’ Voluntary Liquidation) (IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY Belgrade yesterday, avoiding a
• Drive to perform and bring in sales revenue for the company on all At an Extraordinary General Meeting of [125923-H]) third consecutive defeat. WORLD NO. 1 Novak Djokovic
media platforms. the members of BERJAYA ENAMELWARE WINDING UP) (IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY said Wimbledon’s decision to
SDN. BHD. duly convened and held at Lot Notice is hereby given that the Final The world No. 1 trailed 4-3 in ban Russian and Belarusian
• Plan and executive new, creative, exciting and innovative 13-01A, Level 13 (East Wing), Berjaya General Meeting of the members of the WINDING-UP) the second set but won a players over Moscow’s invasion
marketing campaigns for the company Times Square, No. 1 Jalan Imbi, 55100 company will be held at the office of NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN dramatic encounter against his of Ukraine is “crazy”.
Kuala Lumpur on April 15, 2022, the the liquidator, 80-2, Jalan PPM 4, Plaza pursuant to Section 459 of the fellow Serb 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-
• Develop and continuously improve marketing materials, following Special Resolutions were duly Pandan Malim Business Park, 75250 Companies Act, 2016, 4) after three hours and 21 Wimbledon announced on
product/service presentations and proposals. passed :- Melaka on 27th May 2022 at 9.30a.m. the FINAL MEETING of the minutes. Wednesday that it had barred all
1) THAT the Company be wound up for the purpose of receiving the accounts members of the above Company Russian and Belarusian players
• Work closely with the respective department to improve revenue and report of the Liquidator in relation will be held at Lot 515, Block The 20-time Grand Slam from this year’s championships
generating platforms. voluntarily pursuant to Section 439(1) to the winding up of the company and A, Kelana Business Centre, No. champion is playing in just his due to the invasion, which
(b) of the Companies Act 2016 AND that pursuant to Section 518(3)(b) of 97, Jalan SS7/2, Kelana Jaya, third tournament of the season Russia calls a “special operation”.
Requirements: THAT Mr. Yeoh Sheong Lee be and is the Companies Act, 2016, the books 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor after being deported from
hereby appointed as the Liquidator of and papers of the Company and of the on Thursday, 26th May, 2022 Australia before the Australian Djokovic, who grew up in
• Minimum Diploma/Bachelor's degree in business, marketing, or the Company for the purposes of such Liquidator that are relevant to the affairs at 3.30p.m. for the purpose of Open over his Covid vaccination war-torn Serbia, said the athletes
any other related field. winding up. of the Company or subsequent to the having an account laid before status. had nothing to do with the
2) THAT the Liquidator will have all the commencement of the winding up of the them showing the manner in ongoing conflict.
• Minimum 5 years of experience in sales and marketing in print powers set out in Section 456 of the Company be destroyed accordingly. which the winding-up of the Djokovic also missed the
and digital media Companies Act 2016. Foo Seow Chin Company has been conducted Indian Wells and Miami Open “I will always condemn war, I
3) THAT the Liquidator be hereby Liquidator, Melaka and the property of the Company events in the United States. will never support war being
• Good communication, presentation, problem solving and authorised to distribute either in cash, disposed of and hearing any myself a child of war,” Djokovic
organizational skills specie or in kind any surplus assets IN THE MATTER explanation that may be given After a surprise quarterfinal told reporters at the Serbia
of the Company as he will think fit OF THE COMPANIES ACT 2016 by the Liquidator, and also to exit to unheralded Czech Jiri Open, an ATP 250 event in
• Possess own transport and willing to travel to the contributories of the Company pass a resolution directing the Vesely in Dubai in February, he Belgrade.
• Able to start immediately if successfully chosen in accordance with its rights and AND IN THE MATTER OF manner in which all books and returned at the Monte Carlo
• Successful candidate(s) will be based in the Petaling Jaya office interests therein. CHYE HOCK & LIMARDO SDN. BHD. papers of the Company and of the Masters last week but lost to “I know how much emotional
4) THAT the Liquidator be indemnified (Registration No. 198001005086 Liquidator shall be disposed of. eventual runner-up Alejandro trauma it leaves. In Serbia we all
SENIOR EXECUTIVE by the Company against all costs, LIM KOK HENG Davidovich Fokina in his first know what happened in 1999. In
charges, losses, expenses and (58871-H)) Liquidator match. the Balkans we have had many
DIGITAL MARKETING liabilities incurred in or sustained by (In Members’ Voluntary Winding Petaling Jaya. wars in recent history.
Job Description: him in the execution and discharges Date: 22nd April, 2022 “Djere was the better player
of his duties as the Liquidator and in Up) NOTE: today, he controlled the game, “However, I cannot support
• Design and develop online marketing strategies, digital roadmap relation thereto. At a General Meeting of the A member of the Company shall attacked, I didn’t feel good the decision of Wimbledon, I
and creative campaigns that aligned with the business goals and Dated this 22nd day of April, 2022. abovenamed Company held on 15th be entitled to appoint another about my game, I served badly,” think it is crazy.
directions. Tan Thiam Chai day of April, 2022, the following person as his proxy to exercise Djokovic told reporters.
Chryseis Tan Sheik Ling resolutions were duly passed:- all or any of his rights to attend, “When politics interferes with
• Provide creative ideas for content marketing. Directors “THAT pursuant to Section 439(1) participate, speak and vote on “But it’s a positive difference sport, the result is not good.”
• Manage all digital marketing channels NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the (b) of the Companies Act 2016, the his behalf.
• Plan and manage social media platforms. Creditors of the abovenamed Company, Company be wound up voluntarily.” A member may appoint more
• Able to create content & produce graphics for social media which is being voluntarily wound up, “THAT the Liquidator may exercise than one proxy provided that the
are required on or before 21st day of any powers in accordance with member specifies the proportion
postings. May, 2022 to send in their names and Section 456 and Eleventh Schedule of the member’s shareholdings to
• Prepare copywriting for the marketing campaign. addresses with particulars of their debts of the Companies Act 2016.” be represented by each proxy. The
and claims and of any security held by “THAT in accordance with the instrument appointing a proxy
Requirements: them, and the names, addresses of Articles of Association of the must be deposited at Lot 515,
their solicitor (if any) to the undersigned Company, the Liquidator may Block A, Kelana Business Centre,
• Diploma/Degree in Marketing, Digital Marketing or equivalent. Liquidator at Unit 26-5, Level 26, Tower distribute to the members in kind the No. 97, Jalan SS7/2,Kelana Jaya,
• Minimum 3 years of experience in implementing digital A, The Vertical Business Suites, Bangsar whole or any part of the assets of the 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
South City, No. 8 Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Company.” not less than 48 hours before the
marketing strategies Kuala Lumpur, and if so required by “THAT Mr. Ong Khai Jiet of Level time set for holding the meeting.
• Excellent understanding of digital marketing concepts and notice in writing from the said Liquidator, 7, 33B, Jalan Pahang, 10400
are, by their Solicitors or personally, to Georgetown, Pulau Pinang be and IN THE HIGH COURT OF
best practices. come and prove their debts or claims at is hereby appointed Liquidator to act MALAYA IN KUALA LUMPUR
• Required Skill(s): Google Adwords, Google Analytics, SEO/SEM, such time and place as shall be specified for the purpose of such winding-up COMPANIES (WINDING UP)
in such notice, or in default thereof they of the Company and that he shall NO.: WA-28NCC-161-02/2022
social media marketing and optimization. will be excluded from the benefits` of any be indemnified by the Shareholders IN THE MATTER OF SECTIONS 465(1)
• Team player distribution made before such debts or against all costs, charges, losses, (E) & (H) AND SECTION 466 OF THE
• Good time-management skills claims are proved. expenses and liabilities incurred or COMPANIES ACT 2016
• Great interpersonal and communication skills Dated this 22nd day of April, 2022. sustained by him in the execution
Yeoh Sheong Lee and discharge of his duties in AND
Office based in Petaling Jaya (5 days a week) The Liquidator relation thereto” IN THE MATTER OF KONTREK
Closing date - 30 April 2022 TERBITJAYA SDN. BHD. [COMPANY
IN THE HIGH COURT OF MALAYA AT OOI KIAN BENG NO.: 201301042845 (1072667-T)] 322 Notices
Send in your CV with your photo via email to : KUALA LUMPUR CHAIRMAN
[email protected] BETWEEN IN THE MATTER OF
IN THE STATE OF WILAYAH Dated this 22nd day of April, 2022. BRILLIANT STAR CONSTRUCTION (M) THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016
PERSEKUTUAN, MALAYSIA IN THE MATTER SDN. BHD.
(COMMERCIAL DIVISION) [COMPANY NO.: 1087157-U] AND
COMPANIES WINDING UP PETITION OF THE COMPANIES ACT 2016 IN THE MATTER OF
NO. WA-28NCC-280-04/2022 AND IN THE MATTER OF … PETITIONER FREIGHT MERIDIAN SDN. BHD.
AND [200401035282 (673791-M)]
IN CHYE HOCK & LIMARDO SDN. BHD. KONTREK TERBITJAYA SDN. BHD.
THE MATTER OF REGIONAL LAUNDRY (Registration No. 198001005086 [COMPANY NO.: 201301042845 (IN MEMBERS’
SDN. BHD. [REGISTRATION NO. (1072667-T)] VOLUNTARY WINDING UP)
201301041807 (1071631-M)] (58871-H)) At a Meeting of Members duly
(In Members’ Voluntary … RESPONDENT convened and held at No. 1310, 1st
AND ADVERTISEMENT OF PETITION Floor, Jalan Baru, Taman Chai Leng,
Winding Up) NOTICE is hereby given that a 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang on the
IN THE MATTER OF IN THE MATTER OF IN THE MATTER OF SECTIONS 464(1) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that petition for the winding-up of the 15th day of April 2022, the Special
THE COMPANIES ACT 2016 THE COMPANIES ACT 2016 (b),(2)(c), 465(1)(e) AND (h) AND 466(1) Creditors of CHYE HOCK & LIMARDO above-named company by the Resolutions set below were duly
(a) OF THE COMPANIES ACT 2016 SDN. BHD. which is being wound- High Court was, on the 23rd day passed :-
AND AND up voluntarily, are required on or of February 2022, presented by SPECIAL RESOLUTIONS
IN THE MATTER OF IN THE MATTER OF BETWEEN before 22nd May 2022 to send in BRILLIANT STAR CONSTRUCTION (M) That the Company be wound-up
ECKV INDUSTRIES SDN. BHD. CEMENTITIOUS PRODUCTS their names and addresses, the SDN. BHD. voluntarily by way of a members’
Registration No.: 202101002937 MANUFACTURING SDN. BHD. CLEANPRO LAUNDRY HOLDINGS particulars of their debts or claims And that the said petition is directed voluntary liquidation pursuant to Delhi kept
Registration No.: 199701031500 SDN. BHD. [Firm Registration No: and the names and addresses to be heard before the court sitting Section 439(1)(b) of the Companies focus, says
(1403235-K) 200801020529 (821842-P)] of their solicitors (if any) to the at the High Court of Malaya at Act, 2016 and that ARVIND A/L U GOPI Pant after
(IN MEMBERS’ (446999-A) undersigned, the Liquidators of the Kuala Lumpur at 9.00 o’clock in KUMAR (NRIC No. 850128-02-5663) of big win
VOLUNTARY WINDING UP) (In Members’ Voluntary Liquidation) …PETITIONER said Company at Level 7, 33B Jalan the morning, on the 29th day of No. 1310, 1st Floor, Jalan Baru, Taman
Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section At an Extraordinary General Meeting Pahang, 10400 Georgetown, Pulau June 2022; and any creditor or Chai Leng, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang DELHI CAPITALS skipper Rishabh Pant
439(2)(b) of the Companies Act 2016, that of the members of CEMENTITIOUS AND Pinang and, if so required by notice contributory of the said company be and is hereby appointed as the (pix) yesterday said they overcame
the Resolutions set out below were duly PRODUCTS MANUFACTURING SDN. BHD. in writing prove their debts and desiring to support or oppose the Liquidator for the purposes of such “nervousness” after a Covid outbreak in the
passed by the Members of the Company on duly convened and held at Lot 9, Jalan REGIONAL LAUNDRY SDN. BHD. claims at such time and place as making of an order on the said winding-up and that the Liquidator camp to keep their focus and hammer
15 April 2022: Sultan Mohamed 4, Selat Klang Utara, [Registration No.201301041807 shall be specified in such notice or in petition may appear at the time of be hereby authorised to distribute Punjab Kings by nine wickets in the IPL.
SPECIAL RESOLUTION - MEMBERS’ 42000 Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor Darul (1071631-M)] default thereof, they will be excluded hearing by himself or his counsel the surplus assets of the Company in
VOLUNTARY WINDING UP Ehsan on April 15, 2022, the following … RESPONDENT from the benefit of any distributions for that purpose; and a copy of the cash, specie or in kind and to exercise Delhi’s New Zealand import Tim Seifert
“That approval be and is hereby given for Special Resolutions were duly passed :- made before such debts are proved. petition will be furnished to any the powers of the Liquidator as set tested positive for Covid-19 just hours
the Company to proceed with a members’ 1) THAT the Company be wound up ADVERTISEMENT OF PETITION creditor or contributory of the said out in Section 456 of the Companies before the start of the match at Mumbai’s
voluntary winding up pursuant to Section voluntarily pursuant to Section ONG KHAI JIET company requiring the same from Act, 2016. Brabourne Stadium.
439(1)(b) of the Companies Act 2016.” 439(1)(b) of the Companies Act 2016 NOTICE is hereby given that a Petition LIQUIDATOR the undersigned on payment of the Dated this 22nd day of April 2022.
ORDINARY RESOLUTION - APPOINTMENT AND THAT Mr Lim Chee Khun, Tony for the Winding-Up of the above regulated charge for the same. SYAHIR BIN SYED BUHARI Seifert became the second overseas
OF LIQUIDATORS [Passport No.: E6591347H] be and is named company by the High Court Dated this 22nd day of April, 2022. The petitioner’s address is at PT DIRECTOR player of the side to test positive after
“That, subject to the passing of the hereby appointed as Liquidator of the was, on 06 April 2022 presented by 12491 (Tingkat 1), Jalan BBN 1/7D, Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh who
aforesaid special resolution, pursuant Company for the purposes of such the said Petitioner. And that the said Putra Indah, 71800 Nilai, Negeri IN THE MATTER OF was admitted to hospital on Monday. Four
to Section 445(1) of the Companies Act winding up. Petition is directed to be heard before Sembilan. THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016 support staff members have also
2016, Mr Cheai Weng Hoong of No. 1 Jalan 2) THAT the Liquidator will have all the the Court sitting at the High Court of The Petitioner’s solicitor is Messrs. contracted the virus.
Lasam, 30350 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan Malaya at Kuala Lumpur at 9.00 a.m. Amar Syiimir Izzat & Sham, solicitors AND
and Ms Benedette Lim Lang Siu of No. powers set out in Section 456 of the on Tuesday 23th August 2022; and for the abovenamed petitioner, IN THE MATTER OF But Delhi put on an inspired
1 Jalan Lasam, 30350 Ipoh, Perak Darul Companies Act 2016. any creditor or contributory of the whose address for service is at FREIGHT MERIDIAN SDN. BHD. performance to bowl out Punjab for 115
Ridzuan and be and are hereby appointed 3) THAT the Liquidator be hereby said company desiring to support C-09-06, Plaza Mont Kiara, No. 2 [200401035282 (673791-M)] after electing to field first and then
as the Liquidators for the purpose of the authorised to distribute either in cash, or oppose the making of an order Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara 50480 Kuala overhauled the target in 10.3 overs with
aforesaid winding up at a remuneration to specie or in kind any surplus assets on the said petition may appear at Lumpur. (IN MEMBERS’ David Warner hitting an unbeaten 60.
be determined by the directors.” of the Company as he will think fit to the time of hearing by himself or his VOLUNTARY WINDING UP)
Cheai Weng Hoong the contributories of the Company in counsel for that purpose; and a copy ………t.t……… NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the “Obviously there was confusion in our
Secretary accordance with its rights and interests of the petition will be furnished to Messrs. Amar Syiimir Izzat & Sham creditors of the above Company, camp because in the morning we got to
Ipoh therein. any creditor or contributory of the which is being wound up voluntarily, know that Tim is also positive,” Pant said.
Date: 22 April 2022 4) THAT the Liquidator be indemnified by said company requiring the same by Petitioner’s solicitor are required on or before 22 June
IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES the Company against all costs, charges, the undersigned on payment of the Any person who intends to appear 2022 to send in their names and “There was some confusion,
losses, expenses and liabilities regulated charge for the same. on the hearing of the said petition addresses with particulars of their nervousness and ‘What are we going to do
ACT 2016 incurred in or sustained by him in the The Petitioner’s address is at No.15, must serve on or send by post to debts and claims and the names and now’ feeling, but we spoke in the team
AND execution and discharges of his duty as Jalan TPP 14, Taman Perindustrian the above-named petitioner or addresses of their solicitors (if any) meeting and pointed out on what we can
Liquidator and in relation thereto. Putra, 47130 Puchong, Selangor. his advocate or solicitor, notice in to the undersigned Liquidator of No. focus.”
IN THE MATTER OF Dated this 22nd day of April, 2022. The Petitioner’s solicitor is Messrs writing of his intention to do so. 1310, 1st Floor, Jalan Baru, Taman Chai
ECKV INDUSTRIES SDN. BHD. Lim Khoon Aik Rajah, Lau & Associates of B-13-13, The notice must state the name and Leng, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang and if Left-arm spinner Axar Patel stood out
Registration No.: 202101002937 Lim Khoon Chua Block B, Unit 13, 13th Floor, Megan address of the person, or, if a firm, so required by notice in writing by the with figures of 2-10 while wrist spinner
Lim Chee Khun, Tony Avenue II, 12, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng the name and address of the firm, said Liquidator or by their solicitors or Kuldeep Yadav took 2-24 to be named
(1403235-K) Directors 50450 Kuala Lumpur. and must be signed by the person or personally are to come in and prove man of the match but said he will share
(IN MEMBERS’ NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Tel : 03-27105585, Fax : 03-27105589 firm, or his or their solicitor (if any) their said debts or claims at such time the award with Axar.
VOLUNTARY WINDING UP) Creditors of the abovenamed Company, and must be served, or, if posted, and place as shall be specified in such
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the creditors which is being voluntarily wound up, Rajah, Lau & Associates must be sent by post in sufficient notice, or in default thereof they will
of the abovenamed Company which is are required on or before 21st day of Solicitor for the Petitioner time to reach the above-named not be excluded from the benefit of any
being wound up voluntarily are required May, 2022 to send in their names and later than twelve o’clock noon of the distribution made before debts are
on or before 16 May 2022 to send their addresses with particulars of their debts Note: Any person who 28th June 2022 (the day before the proved.
names and addresses with particulars and claims and of any security held intends to appear on the hearing of day appointed for the hearing of the Dated this 22nd day of April 2022.
of their debts or claims and the names by them, and the names, addresses of the said petition must serve on or sent petition). ARVIND A/L U GOPI KUMAR
and addresses of their solicitors (if any) their solicitor (if any) to the undersigned by post to the above named Rajah, [Ref No.: ASIS/2022-16 LIQUIDATOR
to the undersigned Liquidators of the Liquidator at Lot 9, Jalan Sultan Mohamed Lau & Associates, notice in writing
abovenamed Company; and if so required 4, Selat Klang Utara, 42000 Pelabuhan of his intention so to do. The notice
by notice in writing from the Liquidators, Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, and if so must state the name and address
either by their solicitors or personally to required by notice in writing from the of the person, or if a firm, the name
come in and prove their debts or claims at said Liquidator, are, by their Solicitors or and address of the firm, and must be
such time and place as shall be specified personally, to come and prove their debts signed by the person or firm or his or
in such notice or in default thereof they or claims at such time and place as shall their solicitor (if any) and must be
will be excluded from the benefits of any be specified in such notice, or in default served, or, if posted, must be sent by
distribution made before such debts are thereof they will be excluded from the post in sufficient time to reach the
proved or such priority is established or benefits of any distribution made before above named solicitors not later than
as the case may be, from objecting to such such debts or claims are proved. 12.00 o’clock noon of 22th August
distribution. Dated this 22nd day of April, 2022. 2022.
Ipoh Lim Chee Khun, Tony [File Ref: EKC/WU/CP-
Date: 22 April 2022 Liquidator Regional/22.202] Email: [email protected]
Cheai Weng Hoong rajahlau.com
Benedette Lim Lang Siu
No. 1 Jalan Lasam
Perak Darul Ridzuan
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Juve set up Coppa showdown with Milan
JUVENTUS set up a Coppa Italia final showdown Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic, facing his left, Juve’s best chance of landing a trophy this challenge to win titles.
with Inter Milan after goals from Federico former club, saw his close-range effort saved season remains in the Coppa tournament, where “The thing that most disappoints me is losing
Bernardeschi and Danilo earned them a 2-0 win in before Bernardeschi’s fine finish gave the hosts they will face Inter in the May 11 final.
the second leg of their semifinal against the lead in the 32nd minute. the (Serie A) match against Inter (three weeks
Fiorentina yesterday, sealing a 3-0 aggregate Allegri has faced some criticism in the Italian ago), because that is the result that left us without
success. Adrien Rabiot had the ball in the net in the media with Juventus fourth in the Serie A a chance in the league.
second half but his strike was ruled out following standings and having seen his side again knocked
Having snatched a fortunate victory in the first a VAR review. With Fiorentina committing bodies out at the last-16 stage of the Champions League. “We should congratulate the lads, as reaching
leg in Florence thanks to a last-gasp own goal, forward down the other end, Danilo managed to the final against Inter was an objective for the
Juve set about dominating from the off in the put the game to bed in stoppage time. But the Italian coach insisted he is going season. It had been a tough few days after the
Juventus Stadium, but they struggled to turn nowhere after seeing off Fiorentina. draw with Bologna (at the weekend), when we
their possession into chances early on. With Massimiliano Allegri’s side trailing Serie A failed to make the most of many chances.” –
leaders AC Milan by eight points with five games “I am here for the next three years,” Allegri told Reuters
Mediaset. “Having said that, Juventus must always
Fury saves Madrid close in
fighting for on La Liga title … but keep one
eye on City after
the ring Osasuna win
WBC heavyweight title holder Tyson Fury (left) and Dillian Whyte at the KARIM BENZEMA missed game,” he said. on Wednesday and not securing the
pre-fight press conference at Wembley Stadium yesterday. – AFPPIX two penalties in seven “If there was another penalty, he league title.
minutes yesterday but Real
TYSON FURY showed off his diplomatic,” said Fury (31-0-1, 22KOs) Madrid still had enough to would have taken it and the next one “The title? We plan to prepare well
“diplomatic” side as he and Dillian after the press conference. “Both defeat Osasuna 3-1 as they continued he will take as well,” Ancelotti added for the next match, which is the
Whyte played peacemakers after teams were up on the stage so it was their march towards the La Liga title. as Madrid move 17 points clear at the semifinal of the Champions League,”
tensions rose and threatened to boil up to me to calm it all down and sort top of La Liga, ahead of Atletico he continued.
over between the fighters’ it out. Benzema was looking for his 45th Madrid, who missed the chance to
entourages. goal of the season but was twice pull away in the race for the top four “Then let’s see what happens. We
“Both men are getting paid to do denied by Osasuna goalkeeper after being held to a goalless draw by need to win. We are focused on the
Both heavyweights are renowned a fight, why do it for free days Sergio Herrera, who both times dived Granada. semifinal match and I think we are
for their unpredictable natures and before? There would be no point to his right and both times made the going to arrive in good form.”
there was uncertainty at how paying to see it. Let’s save it all for save with Madrid leading 2-1 at El Real Betis, who were beaten by
yesterday’s final pre-fight press the night and not all end up in a Sadar. Elche on Tuesday, are four points Atletico Madrid had earlier been
conference would unfold as Whyte police van.” behind Atletico in fifth. left frustrated by a goalless draw with
finally came face-to-face with Fury. But Osasuna were unable to find Granada.
Whyte swerved the press an equaliser in the second half and Ancelotti started Toni Kroos and
However, the pair were conference to officially announce the Madrid added a third in injury-time, Vinicius on the bench while Luka After six consecutive victories
complimentary towards each other, fight last month and was absent for Vinicius Junior teeing up Lucas Modric was left out of the squad between February and April, Atletico
even shaking hands after a Tuesday’s open workout session, so Vazquez for an easy finish. completely, with the first leg of have now managed just one win from
staredown that was interrupted by Fury was happy to belatedly see his Madrid’s Champions League their last five in all competitions,
Fury’s father John and a member of former sparring partner. David Alaba’s opener had earlier semifinal against Manchester City bringing back some of the concerns
Whyte’s camp having a heated been cancelled out by Osasuna’s less than a week away. that hung over the team earlier in the
exchange on stage. “It was nice to see Dillian after so Ante Budimir, before Marco Asensio season.
long,” said Fury. “It’s been seven years restored Madrid’s advantage on the Alaba went off in the second half
As matters threatened to since I last saw him, it was good.” stroke of half-time. but Ancelotti said the problem does Without Joao Felix, who will miss
escalate, two days out from Fury not seem serious. the rest of the season through injury,
defending his WBC title against Around 94,000 spectators are Carlo Ancelotti was unconcerned La Liga’s reigning champions lacked
Whyte at Wembley Stadium expected to be at England’s national by Benzema’s misses from the spot. “We’re optimistic,” he said. “It the thrust needed to break down a
tomorrow (11pm Malaysian time), it football stadium tomorrow, setting a doesn’t seem serious. His groin was determined Granada side, who were
was left to the combatants to defuse new British post-war record, where “Penalties are missed by those bothering him so we decided to take playing their first match under new
the situation. Whyte (28-2, 19KOs) is widely who take them, it won’t affect him off.” coach Aitor Karanka. Granada sit
regarded as the underdog. – The Benzema. Karim played a super 18th, a point behind Cadiz, who have
“Sometimes you have to be a bit Independent game, he’s going to score the next Ancelotti insists his focus will be a game in hand. – AFP/Agencies
solely on the Champions League tie
Mercedes needs more time
to pick up speed
MERCEDES boss Toto Wolff says “We know we haven’t got the Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema (centre) fights for the ball with
his team are ready to bring pace of the Ferrari and Red Bull Osasuna’s Jon Moncayola (left) and Nacho Vidal during the La
“improvements” into the Emilia right now,”Wolff told the Mercedes Liga match at El Sadar stadium yesterday. – AFPPIX
Romagna Grand Prix at Imola this website.
weekend but has admitted it “will
take time” for the team to turn their “But we’re working hard to
early season struggles around. reduce their advantage, and it’s
been brilliant to see everyone
Although Lewis Hamilton and across the factories pulling
George Russell have both secured together to achieve this.
podium positions over the first
three races of the season, “There’s been a lot of hard work
Mercedes have been considerably over the Easter weekend in the
off the early season pace set by factory to bring improvements to
Ferrari and Red Bull. the car and get it ready to head to
the next race. (But) we must be
Mercedes have had time to realistic, it will take time to make
work at those issue since the last the gains we want.” – The
race in Melbourne but Wolff Independent
conceded the race in Imola this
weekend may have come too soon
for those improvements to make a
difference in closing the gap to
Ferrari and Red Bull.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN won 3-0 away at Angers PSG title celebrations put on ice superior goal difference.
yesterday but will have to wait a little longer to They will be confirmed champions on
be confirmed as Ligue 1 champions after nearest leading scorer notched his 22nd of the season made to wait for the record-equalling 10th
challengers Marseille beat Nantes 3-2. just before the half-hour mark at the Stade French title in their history as Amine Harit’s strike Saturday with a point at home to Lens.
Raymond Kopa. gave Marseille victory at the Velodrome. “It is really important for us to win the
PSG started the day 15 points clear with six
games left and knew they could clinch their Sergio Ramos then marked a rare appearance OM came from behind twice against Nantes championship and I hope we can do it on
eighth Ligue 1 crown in 10 years if second- by doubling the lead in first-half stoppage time through Dimitri Payet penalties before Harit Saturday,” Pochettino told broadcaster Canal
placed Marseille slipped up. when he headed in Angel Di Maria’s cross, and struck in the 75th minute to make it 3-2 and Plus.
his central defensive colleague Marquinhos secure a precious win for Jorge Sampaoli’s side
Mauricio Pochettino’s side got the result they added a late third. as they chase Champions League qualification. “We always talk about wanting to win the
needed, brushing aside struggling Angers Champions League but there is also value in
despite being without the injured Lionel Messi However PSG, who had young midfielder PSG remain 15 points clear with just 15 winning the league,” he told reporters later.
and the suspended Neymar. Edouard Michut sent off in stoppage time, were points left to play for and also boast a far
“PSG must accord value to every competition
Kylian Mbappe put PSG in front as Ligue 1’s they play in. Let’s hope we can celebrate the
title together with our fans on Saturday.” – AFP
15theSUN ON FRIDAY | APRIL 22, 2022
EPL PREVIEWS & FIXTURES █ MARK CRITCHLEY United appoint Ten Hag as new manager
MATCH-BY-MATCH facts and stats ahead MANCHESTER UNITED have Ten Hag Reports state he has onwards. United have activated a €2 million
of the 34th round of the English Premier appointed Erik ten Hag as their new signed a three-year (RM9.3m) release clause for the Dutchman.
League (all in Malaysian time/10pm unless permanent manager, signing a contract, with the option
stated): three-year contract with the option to for an additional 12 “It is a great honour to be appointed manager
extend a further year. of Manchester United and I am hugely excited by
TOMORROW months, as well the challenge ahead.
The Ajax head coach becomes Old suggesting
Arsenal vs Man United (7.30pm) Trafford’s fifth permanent manager since he’ll have a “I know the history of this great club and the
Manchester United have lost their last three the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, final say on passion of the fans, and I am absolutely
away games in the Premier League while succeeding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and replacing transfer determined to develop a team capable of
Arsenal have won three of their last six League interim Ralf Rangnick. incomings delivering the success they deserve,”Ten Hag said.
games against United (D2 L1). The Red Devils and
have not won at the Emirates Stadium since Ten Hag will see out the remainder of the outgoings “It will be difficult to leave Ajax after these
January 2019 when the teams met in the FA season with Ajax, who he is hoping to lead to a from this incredible years, and I can assure our fans of my
Cup, with the visitors claiming a 3-1 victory. third Eredivisie title in three years, before taking summer complete commitment and focus on bringing this
Leicester vs Aston Villa up the reins at United this summer ahead of the season to a successful conclusion before I move
Leicester have won three of their last five home new campaign. to Manchester United.” – The Independent
games against Aston Villa (D1 L1) in all compe-
titions while the Villans have lost their last four Toffees fighting for survival
League games in a row. The Foxes have won
their last three home League games by a Lampard insists ‘anything is possible’ RESULTS & STANDINGS
single-goal margin. after Everton battle for point
Man City vs Watford ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Chelsea 2
Manchester City have yet to lose to Watford in (Werner 17, Azpilicueta 32) Arsenal 4
the Premier League, having won 11 of the 13 (Nketiah 13, 57, Smith Rowe 27, Saka 90-
meetings between the clubs. Four of Watford’s pen), Everton 1 (Richarlison 90)
six wins this season in the Premier League have Leicester 1 (Barnes 5), Manchester City
come from away games but The Hornets have 3 (Mahrez 53, Foden 65, Silva 82)
failed to score in five of their last seven away Brighton 0, Newcastle 1 (Almiron 32)
League games. Crystal Palace 0.
Norwich vs Newcastle P W D L F A Pts
Bottom side Norwich have won only one of Man City 32 24 5 3 75 20 77
their last nine League games. Newcastle last Everton’s Ben Liverpool 32 23 7 2 83 22 76
beat the Canaries in the Premier League in Godfrey (left) in Chelsea 31 18 8 5 66 27 62
October 2015, claiming a 6-2 victory at home action with Tottenham 32 18 3 11 56 38 57
but the Magpies have lost their last three away Leicester City’s Arsenal 32 18 3 11 49 39 57
League games. Kelechi Iheanacho Man Utd 33 15 9 9 52 48 54
during yesterday’s West Ham 33 15 7 11 52 43 52
SUNDAY English Premier Wolves 32 15 4 13 33 28 49
League match. – Leicester 31 11 8 12 47 51 41
Brentford vs Tottenham (12.30am) REUTERSPIX Brighton 33 9 13 11 29 40 40
The two teams have met only once in the Newcastle 33 10 10 13 37 55 40
Premier League, with Tottenham winning 2-0 Brentford 33 11 6 16 41 49 39
in December. Brentford have won five of their Southampton 32 9 12 11 38 52 39
last six games in the Premier League while Crystal Palace 32 8 13 11 43 41 37
Spurs have won four of their last six away Aston Villa 31 11 3 17 42 46 36
League games (L2). █ CARL MARKHAM Leeds 32 8 9 15 38 68 33
Burnley vs Wolves (9pm) second – and other games recently against West Everton 31 8 5 18 34 53 29
Burnley have won only one of their nine EVERTON manager Frank Lampard insists Ham and Burnley where are performances were Burnley 31 4 13 14 26 45 25
Premier League games (D4 L5). Both teams “anything is possible” if his relegation- good and we got nothing. Watford 32 6 4 22 30 62 22
played out a goalless draw in the reverse fixture threatened side continue to show the fight Norwich 32 5 6 21 22 66 21
earlier this season. Wolves last won against which saw them grab a late point in a 1-1 “As long as we stay in games and keep fighting in
Burnley in September 2018, claiming a 1-0 vic- draw at home to Leicester. games then anything is possible. LA LIGA: Atletico Madrid 0 Granada 0,
tory in the Premier League. Celta Vigo 0 Getafe 2 (Mayoral 23, 51),
Chelsea vs West Ham (9pm) Richarlison snatched the equaliser – his 50th for “It’s a small run but it is the bounce of coming off Osasuna 1 (Budimir 13) Real Madrid 3
Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in five of their the club on his 146th appearance – in the second a good result against Manchester United to get (Alaba 12, Asensio 45, Vazquez 90+6).
last eight Premier League games but have con- minute of additional time after the visitors failed to another point on the board. TOP 5 P W D L F A PTS
ceded four in each of their last two home add to Harvey Barnes’ fifth-minute opener. Real Madrid 33 24 6 3 69 29 78
games. West Ham are winless in their last five “It can be an easy thing to throw at the players Atletico Madrid 33 18 7 8 59 39 61
away games in the League (D1 L4) and It meant the Toffees recorded unbeaten back-to- that they lack spirit or desire and they certainly Barcelona 31 17 9 5 60 32 60
Hammers forward Michail Antonio has not back Premier League matches for the first time since don’t. Sevilla 32 16 12 4 46 25 60
scored in the League since their 3-2 win at October, having beaten Manchester United last time Real Betis 33 17 6 10 56 38 57
Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day – a run of 12 out, and moved them four points above 18th-placed “We are not in a time for pretty patterns and an
games. Burnley. idea of our philosophy for the next two or three ITALIAN CUP (Semifinals, 2nd leg):
Brighton vs Southampton (9pm) years, the first phase is can we fight or show Juventus 2 Fiorentina 0 (Juventus win
Brighton are winless in their last seven home But while they could still be in the bottom three character to stay in this league and they showed that 3-0 on agg).
Premier League games (D3 L4) and have not by the time they arrive at Anfield on Sunday for the tonight.”
scored in the last five while Southampton have Merseyside derby, Lampard is focusing on the GERMAN CUP (Semifinals): RB Leipzig 2
won three of the nine Premier League meetings positives. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers felt the only Union Berlin 1.
between the two teams (D5 L1). The reverse fix- thing lacking from the display was a cutting edge.
ture earlier this season ended in a 1-1 draw. “A late goal that gets you a draw feels a real FRENCH LIGUE 1: Bordeaux 2 Saint-
Liverpool vs Everton (11.30pm) positive,” he said. “That is something we want to “I thought performance-wise we were excellent,” Etienne 2, Lorient 1 Metz 0, Monaco 1
Liverpool have won their last 11 home Premier change. he said. Nice 0, Reims 2 Lille 1, Troyes 0 Clermont
League games and kept a clean sheet in nine of 1, Angers 0 Paris Saint-Germain 3, Brest
them while the Toffees have lost their last six “As the chances were coming and going towards “Once we get into the second half we just need a 2 Lyon 1, Lens 2 Montpellier 0, Marseille
away games in the League. Liverpool forward the end of the game – Seamus (Coleman) has a good wee bit more composure in the final third of the 3 Nantes 2, Strasbourg 2 Rennes 1.
Mohamed Salah leads the League’s goalscor- chance, Richy (Richarlison) had a good chance – you pitch to close the game out. TOP 5 P W D L F A PTS
ing charts with 22 goals, five ahead of worry. Paris SG 33 24 5 4 75 30 77
Tottenham’s Son Heung-min. “At 1-0 you always have to go right to the end and Marseille 33 18 8 7 55 33 62
“Something we haven’t been able to do well unfortunately just at the end we conceded the goal. Rennes 33 17 5 11 70 36 56
TUESDAY enough in my time here is draw games when we are
either are not playing as well as we should do – I “You think of the great result Everton had here 11
Crystal Palace vs Leeds (3am) think that was the case in the first half but not the days ago (beating Manchester United); this is our
Crystal Palace have won only one of their last fourth game in that period.
six home Premier League games while Leeds
have conceded the most number of goals this “The level the players played at was a really high
season (68). Only one Premier League meeting level. Overall, I’m delighted with how we played.” –
between the two teams has ended in a draw. The Independent
Palace have won three times while Leeds have
won five, including a 1-0 victory earlier this Howe delighted to match Toon record Strasbourg 33 15 11 7 55 35 56
season in November.
█ DAMIAN SPELLMAN Magpies’ head coach Howe said. him and he’s had a chance now in the team. I
Reuters EDDIE HOWE admitted his delight at matching “He’s the benchmark, really, around anything thought his goal today epitomised his
one of predecessor Sir Bobby Robson’s performance, really, pace to get in behind and
achievements as Newcastle took another step that you try to do here and it’s great to have then what a finish.”
towards Premier League safety. done that today.”
Palace boss Patrick Vieira was disappointed
The hard-fought 1-0 win over Crystal Palace The win left Newcastle in 11th place on 40 with his side’s opening 45 minutes as they
was the Magpies’ sixth successive top-flight points, and more significantly 15 clear of the attempted to shake off the disappointment of
victory at St. James’ Park, the first time they have relegation zone. their FA Cup semifinal defeat at the weekend,
achieved that feat since April 2004 under and frustrated that they were unable to turn
Robson. The points against Palace were secured by their domination after the break into goals.
Miguel Almiron’s superb first-half strike, aided by
“It is incredible because you’re talking about a committed second-half defensive display, and “The second half was quite positive in our
an absolute legend of the football club and quite Howe was delighted for his match-winner. way. Of course, losing in the FA Cup mentally,
rightly so, someone I always admired – I never physically, that was very challenging.
met him, but someone I admired from afar “He was excellent today, Miggy, he really was.
greatly for everything he achieved in the game,” But he’s someone that we’ve always liked. We “We struggled to get into the game in the
had a team that was settled and doing very well first half an hour. In the second half, we tried our
and he found it difficult to get in. best, but we couldn’t score.” – The Independent
“That didn’t change the way we think about
FRIDAY QUOTE OF THE DAY
APRIL 22, 2022 It is a great honour to be appointed
manager of Manchester United and I am
hugely excited by the challenge ahead. I know the
history of this great club and the passion of the fans,
and I am absolutely determined to develop a team
capable of delivering the success they deserve.”
Man United new permanent manager Erik ten Hag
Tuchel understands fan
frustration after Arsenal defeat
█ NICK PUREWAL did it for the last three matches.
“And they have to face the reality that it’s
THOMAS TUCHEL admitted empathising impossible to win matches if you make this
with the Chelsea supporter who confronted amount of mistakes of this calibre. It’s
captain Cesar Azpilicueta after the Blues’ 4-2 simply impossible.
Premier League loss to Arsenal. “I don’t see it in any other matches but I
A Blues fan was caught in a heated see it now in consecutive matches of our
exchange with Azpilicueta in the wake of games and it has to stop.”
Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge humbling While Tuchel was man enough to accept
yesterday, with the home skipper appearing blame for tactics and team selection, the
to give as good as he got. German took the Chelsea ground staff to
Eddie Nketiah’s first-ever Arsenal brace, task by pointing out difficulties with the
Bukayo Saka’s penalty and a neat Emile Stamford Bridge pitch.
Smith Rowe finish picked apart a sloppy “To say the pitch is difficult to play here,
Chelsea. it maybe sounds like an excuse but it is a
Chelsea have now leaked 11 goals in very, very difficult pitch that we have here.
their last three matches at Stamford Bridge, It’s not in our favour.”
leaving an unimpressed Tuchel refusing to England forward Saka blasted the late
defend his players. penalty to seal just Arsenal’s second win in
Asked about Azpilicueta’s exchange with six Premier League matches.
the supporter, Tuchel replied: “I was not part The victory puts the Gunners right back
of it, I saw it, but, honestly, I can also in the race for a top-four finish, drawing
understand the fan. Mikel Arteta’s side level on points with
“It was a totally wild and open game in fourth-placed Tottenham.
the first half, already at 2-2 after we came Saka banished the demons from his Euro
back twice. 2020 final shoot-out miss, by converting his
“We had a good start but again gave the first spotkick for the Gunners.
first goal away, which is impossible to do Arteta revealed Gabriel Martinelli was
these things in consecutive matches. But expected to take the penalty, but he hailed
we’re doing it. Saka for holding his nerve.
“We came back twice and we scored “I thought Gaby was going to take it,
Arsenal’s Ben White another two in the second half, when I saw that Bukayo took it, honestly,
(right) in action unfortunately for the wrong side. my first thing was that he was back in the
with Chelsea’s “It’s a level of mistakes, the number of summer and what happened,” said Arteta.
Timo Werner mistakes in consecutive games here at “When that happened to Bukayo that
during the English home, it’s impossible at this kind of level. happened for a reason, and he has come
Premier League You don’t see this. back so strongly since.
match at Stamford “It’s simply impossible, but we’re doing “But for him to have the courage to say
Bridge yesterday. this at the moment and you cannot win ‘I’m going to take it again’, it must have been
– REUTERSPIX football games like this. in the back of his mind. It was strong for
“It’s not about individual players. A him to say ‘I’m going to do it’.
No defensive performance is a team “I said to the players, if you want to be
performance and an offensive performance playing Champions League football, you
is a team performance. have to go these stadiums and beat the top
“You need to have the tactics right, teams.
which is doubtful I had this right, and you “So they have done it and I’m really
need the team selection right, again it’s proud of them, but I’m more proud of how
doubtful I had this right. we’ve reacted as a group in the past weeks.
“Then it’s a game for the players. They That gives me more energy to be here.” –
get full praise when they do it, when they The Independent
margin for error
Guardiola admits any slip by City would see Liverpool win title
█ ANDY HAMPSON
“It’s a pity we didn’t win against them here Algerian’s strike took a fortunate deflection. The downside for City, who face Real Madrid
PEP GUARDIOLA claimed any slip because we were better. Now we don’t have the De Bruyne then set up Bernardo Silva to in the Champions League semifinals next week,
would cost Manchester City the title (ability) to drop anything now. was a potential injury to defender John Stones
after his side claimed a critical 3-0 win wrap up victory late on after Phil Foden added a late in the game.
over Brighton. “We have just one month, maybe five weeks. second, also with aid of a deflection.
City scored three times after the break at a After 11 months it comes down to one month. Guardiola said: “John felt something with a
nervy Etihad Stadium to move back above Guardiola added: “We recovered many muscle, hopefully it’s nothing. He felt tight and
Liverpool at the top of the Premier League. “Three difficult away games (at Leeds, West things today and we were doing it against a side didn’t want to take a risk and we’ll see in the
Ham and Wolves) but it’s just six games and who beat Tottenham and Arsenal away. We next days.”
The champions are in control of their destiny we’ll do our best, after that who knows what is were so aggressive, we were patient.”
but, with six games still remaining and just a going to happen.” City had been frustrated throughout the first
one-point lead, City boss Guardiola says there is The victory secured City’s qualification for half by a resolute Brighton side.
no room for error. Guardiola praised the supporters for the Champions League next season and,
remaining with his side, who patiently waited to although that had long seemed a foregone Seagulls manager Graham Potter said:
“There are six games left and if we win all the find an opening goal. conclusion, Guardiola felt it should be “They’re a fantastic team, they played really
games, we are champions. If we don’t win all acknowledged. well and deserved to win.
the games, Liverpool will be champions,” the “I would say the fans were incredibly close to
Spaniard said. us. Sometimes they are more quiet. They saw He said: “Today, for the whole club, is one of “We defended really well in the first half but
how hungry we were without the ball. The the most important days of the season because we’re disappointed with how we were on the
“It happened three years ago when we won people in the stands see when the team is alive.” mathematically we will play in the Champions ball. We missed too many easy passes and, in
14 in a row to be champions. Liverpool are League next season. People take it for granted the end, their quality told, even though they had
going to win all their games but it’s not Kevin De Bruyne, returning to the side after but this is a huge success. a bit of fortune with the first two goals.
necessary to tell that to the players, they feel it. sitting out Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal loss to
Liverpool, provided the inspiration for City’s “When it happens mathematically it’s “You have to put it in perspective and move
“Liverpool are one of the best teams in the breakthrough. because we have done really well. If you ask on. There’s no shame in losing to them, they
history of football. One of the best ever. The every club what their target is, it is to qualify for were better than us.” – The Independent/
players know it. The Belgian provided the break to tee up the Champions League. We have done it again.” Agencies
City’s first for Riyad Mahrez, although the
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