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The Sun-13.07.23

The Sun-13.07.23


TELLING IT AS IT IS ‘Holistic approach No issue with

to targeted page education system: page
fuel subsidy’ G25 co-founder
2 3


No. 8064 PP 2644/12/2012 (031195) An excavator removing logs and other
debris yesterday in Kampung Iboi in
Kedah’s Baling district in the aftermath of
the devastating floods last Monday.

Denial of fair trial?
[email protected] oAcute shortage of court interpreters,
who help ensure equal access to justice,
PETALING JAYA: Can any court is a serious concern, says lawyer
mete out justice effectively if
defendants or witnesses cannot Kokila added that language barriers before a trial to engage their
understand questions put to could interfere with the court’s ability to services. Providing interpreters is
them? This is what the country is facing accurately evaluate the facts based on vital to ensuring justice is delivered
due to a shortage of court interpreters, witness testimonies and fairly administer to all parties,” she said.
especially in Tamil and Chinese languages. justice. Kokila said great care must be
taken to ensure that defendants
Court interpreters are the unseen “Hence, interpreter services in understand the charges they face,
heroes who, during court proceedings, Malaysia are a must for equal access to their (the charges’) full implications,
translate questions into the witnesses’ justice and should be maintained and and how a defence may be raised.
languages. continued for as long as our country She suggested the government
retains its present cultural and linguistic procure and request interpreters
But while figures are unavailable, complexity,” she told theSun. from selected companies that offer
lawyers confirm that over the years, the professional translation services or
number of court interpreters has dwindled Kokila said there is much evidence to work directly with freelancers by
due to a lack of career prospects and poor substantiate that people who have offering them an attractive
salaries, before the minimum wage of presented themselves before the courts remuneration, including internet
RM1,500 came into force on May 1. without professional translation services services, good quality laptops and
were unable to protect or enforce their mobile phones for work purposes.
Lawyer Kokila Vaani Vadiveloo said: legal rights, adding that this led to dire “It is common nowadays for courts
“There is now an acute shortage of consequences to their lives, liberty, family to opt for online hearings due to
Chinese and Tamil interpreters, which is a and property interests. Covid-19 and litigants’ unstable
serious concern. income. This is one of the
“In my recent experience, the Shah most disturbing
“The Chinese language can be Alam and Kuala Lumpur courts do not concerns, apart from Turn to
Mandarin or any of the Chinese dialects provide Chinese interpreters anymore but working via virtual
such as Hakka, Cantonese, Hokkien, civil litigants are given the liberty to bring interpretation platforms,” —
Teochew or Kheng Chew. Languages of their Chinese interpreters if required.
Indian origin can be Tamil, Telugu, page 3
Malayalam and Punjabi, which are still “However, the courts are still providing
spoken by members of those ethnic Tamil interpreters, but litigants must write she said.
communities. in to the officer in charge at least one week

“This shortage is caused by interpreters
choosing different career paths with better
remuneration packages, as their starting
salary was a low RM658.72,” she said.

2 theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JULY 13, 2022


King grants audience to Chinese foreign minister

KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang The King and Wang discussed various matters related to bilateral relations yesterday. – BERNAMAPIX
di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah
Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah He said the King also extended an investment projects of Chinese Chinese government because the Malaysia’s largest trading partner and
granted an audience to Chinese invitation to China’s President Xi companies in Pahang, especially in projects were a catalyst for economic accounted for 18.9% of the country’s
Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi at Jinping for an official visit to Malaysia. the Malaysia-China Kuantan growth, especially in Pahang and total trade last year. China’s trade
Istana Negara yesterday. Industrial Park in Gebeng. Malaysia’s East Coast Economic volume with Malaysia also reached a
The last time Xi visited Malaysia Region, Bernama reported. record high of US$101.55 billion
Comptroller of the Royal was in 2013. Ahmad Fadil said the King (RM450.6 billion) last year.
Household of Istana Negara Datuk expressed appreciation to the Since 2009, China has been
Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the The King and Wang also discussed
audience was the first for Wang, who
is on a two-day official visit to

Also present were Foreign
Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin
Abdullah, Chinese Ambassador to
Malaysia Ouyang Yujing and Foreign
Ministry Secretary-General Datuk
Amran Mohamed Zin.

Ahmad Fadil added that during
their meeting, which lasted 45
minutes, the King and Wang
discussed various matters on
bilateral relations, which have existed
since 1974.

“The discussions also touched on
efforts to bring trade and economic
cooperation between the two
countries to greater heights following
the elevation of Malaysia-China
relations to Comprehensive Strategic
Partnership in 2013.”

Ahmad Fadil said Al-Sultan
Abdullah expressed his appreciation
and happiness for the close and
special relationship between
Malaysia and China in various
aspects, including the assistance
extended by the Chinese government
and cooperation between the two
countries in combating the spread of
Covid-19 and in post-pandemic

“His Majesty expresses his
appreciation to His Excellency Wang
Yi for the invitation to make an
official visit to China.”

Causes of RoL infrastructure Mechanism for
targeted fuel subsidy

damage identified KUALA LUMPUR: Finance Minister Datuk Seri
Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz said the mechanism
o City Hall to carry out scheduled preventive and newspaper in 2019. Among the other for a targeted fuel subsidy system would be a
corrective maintenance more often to overcome problem waterfronts that made it to the list were the holistic solution to ensure that its execution is
Shibuya Stream in Japan, Elizabeth Quay in seamless.
█ BY MUHAMMAD YUSRY the time under our supervision. We hope that Australia and Clarke Quay in Singapore.
[email protected] all parties and authorities will play their roles He said the government is in the process of
PETALING JAYA: Floods, heavy rains, heat in keeping RoL’s infrastructure and area clean, The spokesman said the RoL project was selecting the mechanism and it would be
waves and a high number of visitors are safe, and pleasant for the public.” estimated to have 35,000 residents, with about presented to the Cabinet, Bernama reported
among factors that contributed to the damage 93,000sq m for commercial purposes, creating
of infrastructure at the Kuala Lumpur River of The spokesman said doing so will ensure more than 27,000 jobs, increasing the usage of “Work in progress. We want to give people
Life (RoL) tourist attraction, according to that RoL is kept in a good condition for many public transport and reducing traffic the choice on the platform used so that the B40
Kuala Lumpur City Hall. years to come and remain one of Kuala congestion by 15%. (Bottom 40) and M40 (Middle 40) income
Lumpur’s key attractions for foreign and local groups do not miss out,” he said after officiating
The explanation came in the wake of visitors. A total of RM4.4 billion had been “RoL received a high number of tourists at the launch of the EPF i-Lindung Insurance
photographs shared by the public on social invested for the RoL project to transform the since its opening to the public in 2017, as the and Takaful Facility yesterday.
media, showing cracks and damage to RoL’s waterfront. attraction is one of the many places in Kuala
infrastructure. Questions were raised whether Lumpur that people frequent, especially on He said credibility and confidence are
it is being properly maintained. The project kicked off in 2011 to revive the weekends and during school holidays. important in executing the system as it would
Klang and Gombak rivers in the city and be a major exercise covering the entire country.
A Kuala Lumpur City Hall spokesman said transform their banks into waterfront areas “As a result, it affected its infrastructure,
it would conduct scheduled preventive and with potential for economic and commercial with some damage due to foot traffic, weather “The implementation depends on the
corrective maintenance more often to value through river cleaning, beautification conditions and floods that happened in the Cabinet and the prime minister.”
overcome the problem. and land development. area. Wear and tear also contributed to the
cracks and damage,” the spokesman said. He said the ministry would ensure that the
“Maintenance, monitoring and regulation As a result, the RoL was listed as among the right solution is found and work with Domestic
are not one-off actions, as they are done all “World’s 10 Best Waterfront Districts” by the RoL is located near Masjid Jamek Sultan Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.
United Kingdom’s The Independent Abdul Samad, the oldest mosque in the city.
Other popular attractions near it are Central It was estimated that subsidies for this year
Market and Dataran Merdeka. would reach RM77.7 billion, meaning that the
fuel subsidy would reach RM30 billion.
The nearby attractions are only a walking
distance from RoL. 1,250 commissioned
as firefighters
‘Disposing outdated, ineffective systems could facilitate reform’
PUTRAJAYA: A total of 1,250 new members and
KUALA LUMPUR: A better world can be premium and as such, there is a need to Party Parliamentary Group Malaysia for officers of the Fire and Rescue Department were
achieved by replacing some of the national network, upscale best practices as well as Sustainable Development Goals commissioned this year to fill vacancies in the
and international political, economic, trade improve capacities and mainstream work on co-organised a side event entitled “Building fire operations and safety division, said its
and financial architectures and systems that the goals as the top agenda of leaders. Back Better in Localising SDG: A Case Study of director-general Datuk Seri Mohammad
are either archaic, unjust, or unable to address Malaysia and Three Southeast Asian Country Hamdan Wahid.
challenges, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin shared this in his tweets after Experiences of the Partnership Model”.
Saifuddin Abdullah. attending a virtual panel discussion on The panel discussion highlighted He said the commissioning involved 1,000
Monday night, held on the margins of the Malaysia’s experience, as well as three other Grade KB19 members and 250 Grade KB29 and
He said Sustainable Development Goals 2022 High Level Political Forum on Southeast Asian countries namely, Indonesia, KB41 fire officers, who would be stationed
(SDG) remain the best international Sustainable Development at the United the Philippines and Thailand, on the nationwide especially at new fire stations.
agreement available today to reform the said Nations headquarters in New York. achievements and challenges in localising the
architectures and systems. SDG. – Bernama “In 2020 and 2021, many had retired but we
The Foreign Ministry and the Economic could not recruit new officers due to the Covid-
He added that localising the SDG is Planning Unit, in collaboration with the All 19 pandemic,” he said after attending an
Aidiladha sacrificial ceremony yesterday.

Mohammad Hamdan said with the
recruitment of new members and officers, there
are a total of 15,300 firefighters at 332 fire and
rescue stations nationwide. – Bernama

3theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JULY 13, 2022

‘No issue with education system’

o Quality of delivery needs improvement, with parents because the money is spent on their children’s system may be heading for failure.
calling for more emphasis on English lessons: G25 co-founder private tuition. Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE)

█ BY AZMAN UJANG schools, so their children are better qualified for “Some sacrifice everything by sending them to president Datin Azmah Abdul Rahim said it was
[email protected] the job market. private schools. Alternatively, if they can’t afford frustrating to see the top administration
PETALING JAYA: A co-founder of G25, a group of it, they send their children to Chinese vernacular responsible for the nation’s education system not
25 ex-senior civil servants, Tan Sri Mohd Sherif “There are also complaints that the primary schools instead.” realising their shortcomings.
Kassim, said there was no issue with “quantity school curriculum spends too much time on
education” as Malaysia has a favourable teacher- religion for Malay students. During religious Mohd Sheriff urged the government to reform “They have failed to see what they are missing
to-pupil ratio that is among the best in the world. classes, the Malay and non-Malays have to be national schools to make them the first choice for and therefore, any changes or revamps that are
physically separated. parents. done are superficial and do not solve the bigger
“The quality needs improvement. The problem,” said Azimah.
weakness is also in school discipline. In remote “As religion takes up a lot of teaching hours, He said Malaysia has all the physical facilities
areas, teacher absenteeism is rampant. Some there is not enough time for English language and teachers but what is lacking is the political A former secondary school teacher, who
teachers bring their agenda on race and religion lessons. English proficiency also comes from courage to empower the local district education provided his name only as Asri, said changes in
into the classroom.” extra-curricular activities like concerts and office and headmasters to carry out the the education system were mainly in the syllabus
debating classes. Teachers have no time for these Education Ministry’s policy of making schools but teachers were not given the right tools to
Mohd Sheriff said parents also wanted more character-building activities,” said Mohd Sheriff. truly multicultural to attract all races to study educate students.
teaching hours in primary schools for English, under one roof.
Mathematics and Science, just like in Chinese He added that it is for these reasons that “I hope the Education Ministry realises that
although parents today are economically better “By making national schools the first choice for whatever it is doing is not working and requires
off, many middle-income families do not feel it parents, Chinese school enrolment will fall and an in-depth relook. A good result on paper is like
private schools will lose their glamour,” he said. giving students false hope. When they go out into
the real world or to other countries for further
A recent report in theSun quoted some studies, then they might realise where they
stakeholders as saying that despite numerous stand,” he added.
revamps and policy changes, the education

Probe on foreign oil palm bunches sold in Sarawak Make career more
attractive, govt urged
KUCHING: The Plantation Industries and in Sarawak. He said the situation was temporary, with
Commodities Ministry will investigate an “We cannot compromise on this matter the price of FFB expected to be not less than For criminal cases, she said there is the
allegation that oil palm fresh fruit bunches RM500 per tonne and requested oil palm Legal Practising Certificate Unit, which is
(FFB) from Kalimantan in Indonesia were because it can disrupt the (income) of oil palm farmers to be patient and wait for positive responsible for managing and
being sold in Sarawak. growers in our state,” he told a press changes in the price. providing foreign interpreter
conference at his service centre at Senaruh Hill From services throughout
Its deputy minister Datuk Willie Mongin yesterday. Mongin added that Indonesia’s decision to front Malaysia. This is done via
said stern action would be taken if the claims export more FFB, which caused increased page an online app known as
were verified as the ministry has not issued any He said if there were such cases happening dumping of the commodity in the e-Jurubahasa.
licence to import FFB from other countries. in Sarawak, it must be reported to the ministry international market, combined with the “It covers criminal cases
through the Malaysian Palm Oil Board for situation of buyers not having used up their old involving accused persons or witnesses who
Mongin, who is also Puncak Borneo follow-up action. stock, was one of the factors affecting prices.
member of Parliament, was commenting on a
video on social media purportedly showing On the plummeting price of FFB, Mongin “I can’t say (when prices will rise), but I
Indonesian farmers selling FFB to buyers urged oil palm farmers in the state not to hope it recovers soon,” he said. – Bernama
replace their trees with other crops.

require translators in foreign languages,
sign language, Sabah and Sarawak dialects
as well as Orang Asli languages. As such, the
same could be adopted for civil cases in the
country,” she said.
Former Bar Council president Salim
Bashir said the Federal Constitution and
Criminal Procedure Code enshrine the
rights of individuals involved in court
“Court interpretation in Malaysia has
long been beset by problems caused by the
shortage of interpreters. There is so far
substantial evidence of dissatisfaction from
various quarters, including lawyers on this
“The government should look into
increasing professionalism in the career of
interpreters. Adequately trained
interpreters who are not left to learn
haphazardly on the job will be an incentive
to those interested in joining the
interpreting service.
“Also, look into increasing remuneration
and promotions for interpreters as this will
help increase interest in the field,” he said.

POST-RAYA SHOPPING ... Outstation visitors to the Pasar Kedai Payang Central Market in Kuala Terengganu browsing for bargain buys yesterday New Customs DG
before leaving for home after the extended Aidiladha weekend. – BERNAMAPIX appointed

Bersatu info chief no longer PTPTN chairman PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Zazuli Johan has been
appointed as the new director-general of
JITRA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia “I am quite proud of the record that I have He added that when he took over as PTPTN Customs, effective July 8.
(Bersatu) Information chief Datuk Wan Saiful achieved as chairman for four years. chairman, the corporation’s annual deposit
Wan Jan has confirmed that he was no longer collection was about RM700 million and after The appointment was announced by
chairman of the National Higher Education “We were focusing on a long-term solution four years, the collection reached RM4 billion Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri
Fund Corporation (PTPTN). to the debt problem of young people and the a year. Mohd Zuki Ali yesterday.
solution is to encourage savings,” he told
He said his contract of service expired on reporters at an Aidiladha event in Kampung Wan Saiful was appointed as PTPTN Zazuli, previously deputy director-
June 17 and it was not extended. Machang, Tunjang yesterday. chairman on June 18, 2018. – Bernama general of Customs (Customs and Inland
Revenue), replaces Datuk Seri Abdul Latif
Abdul Kadir, whose contract ended on
March 24.

Mohd Zuki said in a statement yesterday
that Zazuli, 59, had extensive experience in
various fields, including import-export
control, compliance management, Goods
and Service Tax, Customs and taxation.

“I believe with his experience, knowledge
and credibility, he will be able to continue
the aspirations of theCustoms Department
towards achieving a world-class Customs
administration,” he said.

Mohd Zuki expressed appreciation and
thanks to Abdul Latif for his services and
deeds to the country as a civil servant for 37
years. – Bernama

4 theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JULY 13, 2022

Sarawak to proceed with English language initiative

SIBU: Sarawak will move on and their studies and have a bright future. obtain 1,000 books to meet the needs months and would then be rotated way to record data on how many
ignore negative comments on its “If they don’t like English, let them of primary school pupils from 22 among the longhouses involved. books the students read to ensure the
decision to use the English language longhouses in his constituency. effectiveness of the programme.
alongside Bahasa Malaysia in its be but for us, we are moving on with Stressing that reading was
administration, said its Deputy our efforts to improve English “The books are suitable for that important for one to gain knowledge, “I’ll talk to my IT assistants on how
Minister of Education, Innovation proficiency among our students,” he age and focuses on STEM (science, he expressed hope that the effort to record the data. We will probably
and Talent Development Dr Annuar said after presenting books and technology, engineering and maths) would help inculcate a reading habit create an app for it as data is crucial in
Rapaee. learning aids to nine schools in the such as about the galaxy, animals and among such children. ensuring its effectiveness,” he added.
Nangka state constituency yesterday. plants, which cost no more that RM20
He said the state government had each,” he said. “In three to five years’ time, they Apart from the reading
also been going all out to ensure its The event was part of initiatives by can become excellent students. But programme, his service centre has
students would be well-versed in the Annuar as Nangka assemblyman, in Annuar added that about 100 the question now is how to ensure resumed free tuition classes for
language to enable them to excel in collaboration with local education books would be kept at each that they would read the books pupils, which were halted during
establishment Farley Foundation to longhouse for a period of three provided for them? There must be a Covid-19 restrictions. – Bernama

█ BY SURAYA ALI Community farm Penang records
[email protected] facing closure second highest
PETALING JAYA: A community garden in booster rate
Bangsar is facing eviction by Kuala Lumpur o Free produce initiative by Bangsar residents snagged by
City Hall following a complaint by a resident. eviction notice over complaint about livestock NIBONG TEBAL: Penang has the second
highest Covid-19 vaccine booster dose rate
Kebun-Kebun Bangsar (KKB) founder Ng the number of animals on the farm by 75%,” he Shahidan Kassim and invite them to visit of 60.9%, after the Klang Valley, which
Sek San, 62, said despite the eviction notice, said, adding that the animals had an important the farm. achieved 69.9%, said Chief Minister Chow
the urban farm that currently sits on a 2.8ha role at the farm as they practise organic Kon Yeow.
plot in Bangsar was still receiving support from farming, without pesticides or chemicals. Nadzim said the urban farm is a community
local communities. attraction that offers educational values, is He said individuals who had not yet
“The animals also help to control weed and environment-friendly and helps green received the booster dose were encouraged
“With only eight square metres per capita of grass overgrowth, reducing noise caused by the the earth. to get it fast.
urban green space (UGS), Kuala Lumpur is not use of machines.”
on par with the World Health Organisation “Many of those who cannot afford fresh “Senior citizens and those with a history
(WHO) recommendation of a minimum of Meanwhile, Malaysia Muslim Consumer produce may come and request vegetables and of chronic diseases are encouraged to also
nine square metres of UGS per person that Organisation chief activist Nadzim Johan said fruits from the farm at no charge. What is more get the fourth dose, in line with the call made
must be accessible, safe and functional,” he KKB was a good project, especially with the interesting is the farm is self-sustaining and by the Health Ministry,” he said at a
said on Tuesday. ongoing food crisis. does not depend on corporate funding.” groundbreaking ceremony for the Nibong
Tebal Arena project yesterday.
Ng added that based on research by “I suggest people visit the place before Nadzim expressed hope that companies
University Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has making any assumptions, and take their time would be more involved in developing urban On Monday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri
lost the equivalent of 2,843 football fields or to see for themselves what KKB is about,” he farms such as KKB and the authorities would Ismail Sabri Yaakob said seven million
12% of UGS in the city area in the past 10 years said, adding that he would write to Prime stop closing down good community initiatives. Malaysians had not received the booster
due to development. Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and dose and advised them to do so.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri
The former landscape architect said he He said although it was not compulsory, it
applied for a Temporary Occupation Licence was very important to get the booster shot in
for the project in 2016. view of the number of positive cases being
back on the rise, apart from the risk of new
“Since then, we have had over 2,000 variants of the virus, especially the Omicron
volunteers and (provided food) to numerous BA.5, which was more contagious.
local communities through several non-
governmental organisations.” On the project, Chow said construction of
the badminton courts and 7,316m
Ng said the first complaint he received was multipurpose hall costing RM8.78 million at
two years ago about cattle that were donated to the Nibong Tebal Arena was expected to be
the farm. completed in March 2023.

“When we first heard of the complaint, we “The state government believes this
proceeded to reduce project could add value to the development
of the South Seberang Perai district.

“Penang’s future development lies in the
Seberang Perai area and the state
government is committed to ensuring that
Seberang Perai would be the catalyst for
growth of the state in future,” he added.
– Bernama

Water supply
disruption in

Ng (left) showing Nadzim around at the farm in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. – HAFIZ SOHAIMI/THESUN MALACCA: Some 7,816 Syarikat Bekalan Air
Melaka (SAMB) account holders will
Supermoon phenomenon visible today experience scheduled water supply
disruption on July 20 due to cleaning works
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians will once again distance of 357,263km. “During a supermoon, a full moon can at the Durian Tunggal pump house.
have the opportunity to witness a supermoon “The moon revolves around the earth in an appear up to 7% larger than a normal full
phenomenon, which is expected to occur moon, and appear 14% larger and 30% brighter According to SAMB, the operation will
beginning at 5.09pm today, Bernama reported. elliptical orbit with a mean eccentricity of than a ‘micromoon,’” it said. disrupt water supply to consumers in
0.0549. Thus, the average distance of the moon Central Malacca, Alor Gajah and Jasin from
The Malaysian Space Agency announced from the earth (centre to centre) varies at all The most recent supermoon phenomenon 9pm, with supply expected to be restored at
on its official portal that the phenomenon will times, with the closest average distance occurred on June 14 and images of it were 9am the following day.
occur due to the position of the moon being at (perigee) being 363,396km and the farthest successfully recorded by the Langkawi
its closest to earth, referred to as perigee, with a average distance (apogee) being 405,504km. National Observatory Telescope system. “Implementation of this (cleaning)
operation has been approved by the
National Water Services Commission to
upgrade the water supply system for the
convenience of consumers,” it said.

Among the areas that will be affected in
Central Malacca are Ayer Keroh Country
Golf, Vista Kirana, Tiara Golf, Taman Melaka
Perdana, Alor Gajah (Paya Mengkuang,
Tanjong Bidara, Jalan Padang Keladi, Taman
Nuri, Belimbing Dalam), Jasin (Kampung Air
Pasir, Kampung Baru) Selandar and the
whole of Kampung Bukit Senggeh,
Selandar town), Bernama reported.

SAMB advises consumers to store
adequate water for use during the disruption
period. For inquiries and more information,
consumers can contact the SAMB Customer
Service Centre which operates 24 hours at
15800 or SMS/WhatsApp to 013-751 5800.

5theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JULY 13, 2022

Woman accused of insulting Islam to be charged

█ BY CHARLES RAMENDRAN Act 1998. woman, who wore a baju kurung, stepped It was learned that the video was taken
[email protected] She added that the AGC said the on stage during an open mic session at the club more than a month ago when
KUALA LUMPUR: A 28-year-old woman, purportedly to perform a stand-up the woman and her boyfriend turned up
who was arrested on Sunday for allegedly woman’s boyfriend Alexander Navin comedy routine. and sought consent to perform.
insulting Islam and committing an Vijayachandran would also face the same
indecent act, is expected to be charged charge. She introduced herself as a Muslim A club official who was unaware of the
with misusing network facilities. from Kuala Kangsar in Perak and claimed nature of the act allowed the woman to
Noorsiah said the remand order on Siti to have memorised 15 chapters of perform but was taken aback upon
Police secretary Datuk Noorsiah Mohd Nuramira, which expired yesterday, has the Quran. learning what she had done.
Saaduddin said the investigation papers on been extended by another day.
the case were submitted to the She then went on to take off the baju The duo were later banned from
Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and The duo are expected to be charged in kurung to reveal a skimpy blouse and short the club.
orders were received yesterday to charge court today. skirt she had on underneath, leaving the
Siti Nuramira Abdullah with misusing crowd at the venue in shock. On Saturday, a video of the act surfaced
network facilities under Section 233 of the Police commenced investigations after and was widely shared on social media.
Communications and Multimedia a video of the woman, taken at the The club owner, who was unaware of the
Crackhouse Comedy Club in Taman Tun woman’s plan, later lodged a police report. The Federal Territory Islamic Affairs
Dr Ismail, was widely shared on social Department condemned the act, which it
media. On Monday, her boyfriend who is in his called an insult to Islam and is carrying out
early 30s, was remanded for three days. its own investigations.
In the nearly minute-long video, the

Chow (right) and PBAPP chief executive officer Jaseni Maidinsa (second from right) inspecting the Sungai Dua water treatment plant recently. Cops warned
– MASRY CHE ANI/THESUN not to protect
Penang seeks federal help traffickers
with water issues
KUALA KANGSAR: All Perak police
o Chief minister suggests government set up authority to To minimise the risk of such incidents personnel have been warned not
conserve, manage and protect Sungai Muda river basin happening again, Chow, who is also PBAPP to be involved in protecting illegal
chairman, suggested that the federal activities, especially in the
GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government and Sungai Muda. government set up an Ulu Muda Basin smuggling of illegal immigrants at
Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn As such, any incident involving Sungai Authority to conserve, manage and protect the the state’s borders.
Bhd (PBAPP) have requested federal Sungai Muda river basin as a water asset in the
government assistance to reduce the risk of Muda would affect water supply services to Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER). Perak police chief Datuk Mior
another water supply issue in the state. about 80% of the population in Penang. Faridalatrash Wahid said stern
For the purpose of developing the NCER, he action would be taken against its
This was in the wake of a recent incident “The effects of the recent flash floods in said focus should be given to water resources officers and personnel if they are
where thousands of households in the state Baling, Kedah, have proven that this is a fact. as supply issues were not good for business found to have been involved in
were left without water because the Sungai On July 6, the floods caused the turbidity of raw and would cause millions of people to suffer. encroachments into the country’s
Dua water treatment plant had to be shut down water from Sungai Muda to suddenly increase borders, especually in Pengkalan
due to the extreme turbidity of Sungai Muda, to 3,000 NTU (nephelometric turbidity units). Chow also said the federal government Hulu and Betong in the Yala
caused by floodwaters from Baling, Bernama should speed up the completion of the province in southern Thailand and
reported. “The turbidity of Sungai Muda water was Mengkuang Dam expansion project, its waters.
such that PBAPP was forced to shut down the implement the Sungai Perak Raw Water
In a statement yesterday, Chief Minister Sungai Dua water treatment plant. Distribution Scheme, stop logging in Ulu “Thailand’s decision to allow
Chow Kon Yeow said more than 80% of raw Muda and prevent Kedah from implementing the use of ganja for medical
water drawn daily by PBAPP came from “The water treatment plant closure affected the Kulim airport and proposed rare earth purposes will surely have an effect
water supply services here for six days,” mining proposals in order to protect water on security at our borders.
he said. sources and keep such disruptions from
happening again. “If any of them are involved, we
will not hesitate to take action
Retired businessman shot dead against them under the Security
Offences (Special Measures) Act
KUALA LUMPUR: A 63-year-old man was house at the Amarin Kiara residential estate at “According to a witness, the man had 2012.
gunned down by an unknown assailant after Jalan Desa Kiara 1 for a game of mahjong. walked to the carpark at 12.10am when he
visiting a friend at a housing estate in was shot. “But no reports have been
Mont’Kiara yesterday. He said after the man was done at about received involving the state’s
midnight, he stepped out of his friend’s house The victim was found on the ground contingent.
Brickfields police chief ACP Amihizam and walked towards his car, which he had bleeding profusely next to his car.”
Abdul Shukor said the victim, a retired parked outside the compound of the gated “As such, Perak police are
businessman, had earlier gone to his friend’s residential area. Amihizam said investigations are ongoing intensifying checks at the borders
and a hunt for the killer has been launched. in an effort to tackle activities to
smuggle goods into the country,”
he said at the Kuala Kangsar
district police headquarters

He added that all district police
chiefs in the Perak contingent had
been told to step up their crime
prevention planning and
strategies by mobilising the
existing workforce systematically
and effectively. – Bernama

Two teens
killed in crash

teenagers were killed when the
car they were travelling in skidded
near the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium
in Gelang Patah yesterday.

Iskandar Puteri Fire and Rescue
station head senior assistant
superintendent Mohd Khairi
Zainuddin said a team of eight
firefighters from the station
rushed to the scene after receiving
a distress call at 12.23am.

He said the car is believed to
have spun, causing the driver,
identified as Lee Kah Lok, 19, and
a female passenger, Ng Kui Ying,
15, to be thrown out of the

Both the victims died at the
scene, he said in a statement

The bodies were handed to
police for further action.
– Bernama


Portugal on Japan bids sombre farewell to former PM Abe
high alert as
temperatures soar TOKYO: Family and friends of has told police he targeted Abe great prime minister who did a lot to overseeing national police, pledged
assassinated former prime minister because he believed the politician elevate Japan’s presence” on the yesterday to hold a full review of any
LISBON: Bracing for soaring Shinzo Abe gathered at a Tokyo was linked to an organisation he global stage. security failings.
temperatures, Portugal raised its alert temple yesterday for a private resented.
level to its third highest of four levels on funeral, as mourners outside “It is despicable,” said Yuko Local police have already
Monday, with the government saying condemned the leader’s Although the funeral rites were Takehisa, a 51-year-old assistant admitted flaws in their guarding
thousands of firefighters are ready to “despicable” murder. for family members and close nurse who lives in Kanagawa, near programme for the high-profile
act, but it also urged people to prevent associates only, long lines of people, Tokyo. politician, who was approached
blazes. Abe was shot at close range last some dressed in black, came to the from behind and shot in broad
Friday while giving a campaign Zojoji temple to pay their last “More could have been done to daylight.
Under the state of contingency, speech in the city of Nara, days respects to Japan’s longest-serving prevent it,” she said, complaining
which is in place until Friday but could ahead of upper house elections that prime minister. that “no one reported” Yamagami Police searches of the suspect’s
be extended, the government has saw his ruling party strengthen its to police despite reports he had home have found pellets and other
banned the public from accessing hold on power. “I can’t get over my sadness, so I test-fired a handmade gun. possible components for building a
forests deemed to be at risk and came here to lay flowers and say a gun, Japanese media reported
prohibited slash-and-burn land The murder suspect, 41-year-old prayer,” consultant Tsukasa Yokawa, Satoshi Ninoyu, the chairman of yesterday, citing unnamed
clearances. Tetsuya Yamagami, is in custody and 41, told AFP, describing Abe as “a the National Public Safety investigative sources. – AFP
Commission, a Cabinet position
Multiple wildfires erupted in
Portugal in recent days but according A woman lays
to authorities, the worst is yet to come flowers as
as temperatures across most of the people mourn
country were expected to surpass 40⁰C. the late Abe in
Tokyo yesterday.
Weather agency IPMA said in some – REUTERSPIX
areas, including in Alentejo, a southern
region known for its plain pastures, Sri Lanka president’s his behind at the presidential palace
temperatures could reach 46⁰C to 47⁰C. attempt to flee foiled when the Rajapaksas beat a hasty
The hottest temperature on record was retreat to avoid mobs, a diplomatic
47.3⁰C in 2003. oAirport immigration staff block the night at a military base after source said.
Gotabaya from leaving country missing four flights that could have
“This is not a very normal situation,” taken them to the United Arab Official sources said a suitcase full
IPMA meteorologist Patricia Gomes COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s embattled before tens of thousands of Emirates. of documents had also been left
told SIC TV. “It is serious in all aspects, president was stuck in his own protesters overran it last Saturday behind at the stately mansion along
even for our health. It is not usual to see country yesterday in a humiliating and wanted to travel to Dubai, Gotabaya’s youngest brother Basil with 17.85 million rupees in cash,
such long periods with such high standoff, with airport immigration officials said. Rajapaksa, who resigned in April as now in the custody of a Colombo
temperatures.” staff blocking his exit to safety finance minister, missed his own court.
abroad, official sources said As president, Gotabaya enjoys Emirates flight to Dubai early
Prime Minister Antonio Costa said yesterday. immunity from arrest, and he is yesterday after a similar standoff. There was no official word from
13,000 firefighters were available to believed to want to go abroad before the president’s office about his
combat blazes but warned they would Gotabaya Rajapaksa has stepping down to avoid the Basil tried to use the paid whereabouts, but he remained
only be able to do so if people promised to resign today and clear possibility of being detained. concierge service for business commander-in-chief of the armed
cooperate: “Each one of us has an the way for a “peaceful transition travellers, but airport and forces with military resources at his
important role to play: Not putting out of power” following widespread But immigration officers were immigration staff said they were disposal.
fires but preventing them.”– Reuters protests against him over the refusing to go to the VIP suite to withdrawing from the fast track
country’s unprecedented economic stamp his passport, while he insisted service with immediate effect. One option still open to him
Paris 2015 crisis. he would not go through public would be to take a navy vessel to
attacker’s facilities fearing reprisals from other “There were some other either India or the Maldives, a
sentence stands The 73-year-old leader fled his airport users. passengers who protested against defence source said.
official residence in Colombo just Basil boarding their flight,” an airport
PARIS: The sole surviving member of The president and his wife spent official told AFP. “It was a tense If Gotabaya steps down as
an Islamic State group cell that killed situation, so he left the airport.” promised, Prime Minister Ranil
130 people in Paris in 2015 has not Wickremesinghe will automatically
appealed his whole-life sentence for Basil, a US dual citizen, had to become acting president until
the killings, the Paris chief prosecutor obtain a new passport after leaving Parliament elects a member of
said yesterday. Parliament to serve out the
presidential term, which ends in
Salah Abdeslam, a 32-year-old November 2024.
Frenchman of Moroccan origin, was
captured alive four months after the Rajapaksa is accused of
bloodbath at the Bataclan concert hall mismanaging the economy to a point
and other locations, the worst peace- where the country has run out of
time atrocity in modern French history. foreign exchange to finance essential
imports, leading to severe hardships
He was sentenced to life in prison for the 22 million population. – AFP
with only a tiny chance of parole after
30 years, the toughest possible
punishment under French law, which
had only been pronounced four times
previously since entering into law in
1994. The 19 others sentenced for their
role leading up to and following the
attacks also declined to appeal,
prosecutor Remy Heitz told AFP.

They had 10 days to lodge any
appeal after their sentencing, a
deadline that expired at midnight on
Monday. The decision of the special
court handling the cases “has now
acquired permanent status and there
will not be an appeal trial”, he said.

The trial has been the culmination
of a six-year international investigation.

Pacific leaders struggle to keep focus on climate at summit

SUVA: US-China rivalry and divisions and ever-more-powerful storms, membership of the forum altogether, “breakdown in our connections” with gives the region of small island states
over regional leadership threatened to China’s bid to play a bigger regional fracturing a region that puts a high the Micronesian nations, of which heft in global climate negotiations.
overshadow a landmark summit of security role looks set to dominate the value on unity and consensus. Kiribati is a part, that has occurred in
island leaders that got under way agenda. recent years. Tuvaluan foreign minister Simon
yestersday in the Fijian capital, Suva. The remaining leaders are Kofe told AFP he was “surprised and
The Solomon Islands in April expected to discuss a strategy to guide It had been hoped a carefully saddened” by Kiribati’s departure, but
This year’s Pacific Islands Forum is signed a highly contentious security the Pacific through to 2050, keenly negotiated agreement with was optimistic the nation could be
the most important meeting in years, agreement with China, upsetting focused on the existential threat posed Micronesia would be enough to heal a enticed to rejoin.
coming after a Covid-enforced hiatus decades-old alliances with the West. by climate change. schism that emerged when the
and as low-lying tropical isles run out region’s chosen candidate to lead the Last year, Kofe made headlines
of time for climate action. And on the eve of the summit, But Fiji president and chair of the forum was snubbed. But Kiribati’s exit when he addressed the Conference of
Beijing-allied leaders in the tiny Pacific Islands Forum, Voreqe sparked concerns about a fracturing of the Parties summit standing knee-
But instead of a singular focus on nation of Kiribati announced the Bainimarama, used his opening the Pacific’s closely held unity, which deep in water to draw attention to the
the threat posed by rising sea levels country would be renouncing remarks to acknowledge the threat climate change poses. – AFP

7theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JULY 13, 2022

Ukraine prepares for fresh BRIEFS SHARPEST VIEW OF
assault by Russian invaders UNIVERSE REVEALED
WASHINGTON: Humanity’s
view of the distant cosmos will
never be the same. The James
Webb Space Telescope, the
most powerful to be placed in
orbit, has revealed the clearest
image to date of the early
universe, going back 13 billion
years, US space agency Nasa
said on Monday. The shot,
o Kyiv aims to amass ‘million- released in a White House
strong’ army to retake briefing by President Joe
southern territories, says Biden, is overflowing with
defence minister thousands of galaxies and
features some of the faintest
objects observed, colourised
in blue, orange and white
tones. Known as Webb’s First
Deep Field, it shows the galaxy
cluster SMACS 0723, which
KYIV/LONDON: Ukraine expects a fresh assault acts as a gravitational lens,
by Russian ground forces, following widespread bending light from more
shelling which killed more than 30 people, as distant galaxies behind it
Kyiv’s Western allies brace for a worsening of the towards the observatory, in a
global energy crisis if Russia cuts its supply of oil cosmic magnification effect.
and gas. “Fantastic – galaxies upon
galaxies upon galaxies,” chair
Ukraine’s general staff said the shelling across of the astronomy department
the country amounted to preparations for an at Cornell University Jonathan
intensification of hostilities as Russia seeks to Lunine told AFP. “Even though
seize Donetsk province, and control the whole of this is by no means the
Ukraine’s Donbas industrial heartland. farthest Webb can see, it is the
deepest image ever taken, and
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said shows the power of this
Russia had carried out 34 air strikes since remarkable telescope:
Saturday, with one hitting a five-storey Tremendous sensitivity, a
apartment and killing 31 people and trapping broad range of wavelengths,
dozens. Firefighters respond after a military strike hit a building in Kharkiv, Ukraine on Monday. – REUTERSPIX and sharp image clarity.” – AFP

Moscow denies targeting civilians but many Zelensky has told Ukraine’s military to retake counteroffensive yet, Reznikov said “politically, it YOSEMITE BLAZE
Ukrainian cities, towns and villages have been coastal areas vital to the country’s economy, is very necessary for our country” to retake parts CONTAINED
left in ruins, as the human cost of Russia’s Reznikov said. of the south.
invasion, Europe’s biggest conflict since World YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK:
War Two, mounts going into its fifth month. In a public appeal for Ukraine’s allies to But analysts suggest that the defence About four days after a wildfire
expedite weapons shipments, Reznikov warned minister’s comments were more of a broad started in Yosemite National
Russian state news agency TASS reported a that “each day we are waiting for howitzers, we rallying cry than a precise statement of intent, Park, firefighters in California
Ukrainian attack on the Russian-held town of can lose a hundred soldiers”, adding: “Give us the according to the BBC. have begun to contain the
Nova Kakhovka in Ukraine’s southern Kherson tools, we will finish the job.” blaze, which has threatened
region killed six people and left many injured. “It is not a million-strong force that will be some of the oldest Giant
Suggesting that The North Atlantic Treaty conducting a counterattack,” Dr Jack Watling, Sequoia trees in the world,
“There are six people dead and many dozens Organisation had initially underestimated Kyiv’s senior research fellow at the Royal United officials said on Monday. None
injured with shrapnel wounds,” the report said, determination and overestimated Russia’s Services Institute, told the broadcaster. of the park’s landmark Giant
citing Vladimir Leontyev, head of the Russian- strength, the minister said he believed that Sequoias, the world’s largest
installed Kakhovka District military-civilian Western countries were stepping up arms “Normally, you would want operational tree species by mass, have
administration in the Kherson region. supplies now because Ukrainians had proved surprise when you launch a counterattack. been reported destroyed by
that they could fight. the fire, officials said. “We
“There are still many people under the rubble. “So, announcing it publicly is partly about are starting to see some
The injured are being taken to the hospital, but “I tried to explain that after eight years of forcing the Russians to have to commit resources containment,“ Matt Ahearn,
many people are trapped in their apartments and hybrid war, we have more than 400,000 veterans more widely to guard against this threat.” operations section chief
houses,” Leontyev added. plus their relatives in different parts of the world,” with California Interagency
he told The Times. Meanwhile, the lower house of the Russian Incident Management Team
Reuters could not independently verify Parliament will gather on July 15 for an 13, said in a video briefing. A
battlefield accounts. “Workers from Poland to Portugal decided to extraordinary session, its council decided on press statement published
return to Ukraine to defend their country.” Monday, just days after Russian President after Ahearn’s briefing said
Meanwhile, Ukraine is planning to arm a Vladimir Putin warned he had not even started to there was zero percent
million-strong force with Western-supplied Despite reports that Western leaders have get serious in the war in Ukraine. – Reuters/The containment. A public
weapons as it seeks to retake southern territories advised Ukraine not to attempt a major Independent information officer for the fire
seized by Russia, Kyiv’s defence minister Oleksii incident management team
Reznikov has claimed. said he was looking into the
inconsistency but added he
Johnson’s replacement to be announced on Sept 5 was aware of areas of
containment on the incident’s
LONDON: Britain’s new prime minister will be will be eliminated before another vote follows “There seems to be a quite a big field at the latest fire map and expected
announced on Sept 5, with the first votes to begin tomorrow. Nearly all the contenders have moment, a lively contest,” Brady said. “I hope we the incident to report some
eliminating candidates in a crowded and promised extensive tax cuts to win over the will have a constructive contest, but also a really containment. The fire has
increasingly unpredictable and divisive contest support of their colleagues. good opportunity for a proper, healthy, burned 2,044 acres (827ha),
to replace Boris Johnson coming this week. constructive debate about the future direction of Ahearn said, without giving a
“I am very keen we get this concluded as the Conservative Party.” number on its containment
So far, 11 candidates have thrown their hat in smoothly, cleanly and rapidly as possible,” said level. The park’s Mariposa
the ring to succeed Johnson as leader of the Graham Brady, the committee’s chair. Sunak, who oversaw the country’s response to Grove, home to over 500 giant
ruling Conservative Party and prime minister the Covid-19 pandemic and provided about sequoias, has been closed
after he quit following a dramatic rebellion by his The field will be whittled down to a final two £400 billion (RM2.13 trillion) in economic since Friday. The community
own lawmakers and ministers after a series of candidates by lawmakers, before a postal ballot support, is one of the favourites to replace of Wawona – which is located
scandals. of the Conservative Party’s members, who Johnson and has the largest support among in the park and includes
number fewer than 200,000, takes place over the Conservative lawmakers. Wawona Hotel and a camp
The 1922 committee of Conservative summer. ground – was evacuated. The
members of Parliament, which organises the The battle to secure the top job comes after rest of the park remains open.
leadership contest, said hopefuls would need at A poll for the Conservative Home website on one of the most tumultuous periods in modern – Reuters
least 20 nominations from the party’s 358 Monday found former defence minister Penny British political history, when more than 50
lawmakers to proceed to the first round of votes Mordaunt was the most popular with members, government ministers and aides quit,
today. followed by equalities minister Kemi Badenoch denouncing Johnson’s character, integrity and
and Rishi Sunak, whose resignation as finance inability to tell the truth. – Reuters
Anyone who then received less than 30 votes minister helped bring down Johnson.

Biden’s age in the spotlight, major issue in re-election bid

WASHINGTON: Is Joe Biden too old to be too old for the next election,” The Atlantic Biden’s “age has become an uncomfortable But his appearance betrays the heavy toll
president? concluded in recent article, while sharply issue for him and his party,” the New York Times taken by the office: His white hair is increasingly
criticising right-wing claims that Biden is wrote last Saturday, describing a White House thin, his gait cautious.
It is a question that has provided ample suffering from dementia. that has become protective, even anxious.
fodder for Republicans and right-wing outlets, He sometimes loses his train of thought or
while Democrats and most of the American Disenchantment with Biden runs deep Like his predecessors, Biden has exhausting stumbles while reading from a teleprompter,
media have been reluctant to broach it. inside his own camp, with a New York Times responsibilities, from the war in Ukraine and and the stutter he overcame as a child
poll released Monday showing that 64% of runaway inflation to gun violence plaguing the periodically resurfaces.
But as the oldest person ever elected to the Democratic voters would prefer another country and a fiercely conservative Supreme
top US office prepares for a grueling Middle candidate in 2024. His age was cited as the main Court. The White House has several times had to
East tour, debate is mounting over his apparent reason for those who want a change. walk back inopportune remarks by the
desire to run again in 2024. There are certainly many Americans who president on sensitive diplomatic issues.
The president would be 82 at the beginning envy his health, with a checkup last November
The issue puts Democrats in a difficult of a second term, and 86 at its conclusion. By concluding that he is a “vigorous” man Biden gives fewer news conferences and
position as there is no clear alternative to Biden comparison, former president Ronald Reagan suffering from mild problems with acid reflux interviews than his predecessors, preferring to
– who turns 80 on Nov 20. was 77 when he left office in 1989. and arthritis. publish op-eds in newspapers, the content of
which can be carefully controlled. – AFP
“He is fit to be president right now. But he is


COMMENT by Chandra Muzaffar Fantasists making Johnson
look like the grown-up
Ukraine: End the war,
lift all sanctions █ BY TOM PECK page of The Daily Telegraph, as “the
THE war in Ukraine is KICKING out a prime minister who death of Conservatism” and not
dragging on. Today, July 13 their position. all the main actors in this crisis and won a massive 80-seat majority is without good reason.
will be the 140th day of the Besides, there is nothing to leaders of important nations and quite a drastic thing for a party to do,
armed conflict, which began regional and international especially when it appears to have They raised taxes to their highest
on Feb 24 when Russian president indicate that Nato is willing to organisations to explore short, taken the Tory party well under 24 level in 80 years, self-evidently
Vladimir Putin declared that Russia exercise restraint over its eastward medium and long-term solutions to hours to forget why it did it. because they felt like they had no
was launching a special military push towards Russia or refrain from the crisis confronting us, which choice.
operation in Ukraine. incorporating Ukraine into Nato, began in 2014. The main problem with Boris
which were the principal reasons Johnson was that, when faced with a Do Zahawi, Truss, Sajid Javid and
As expected, thousands have why Russia was provoked into At the crux of it is of course the difficult decision, or finding himself everybody else not allow themselves
been killed so far on both sides. invading Ukraine in the first place. current war in Ukraine. The backed into a tricky corner, all he just a moment’s concern that all
Among Ukrainians, both soldiers conference must, at all costs, bring knew how to do was ease the pressure they’ve done in their leadership
and civilians are victims. Russian If anything, the strategy the war to an immediate end. on himself by telling barefaced lies campaigns is to make grandiose
casualties have been mainly soldiers. document adopted by Nato at the until the problem went away for a few promises that the most I’ll-Say-
end of its summit in Madrid in June In doing so, it should conduct an seconds, the consequences of which Anything politician the country has
There has also been massive 2022, asserts emphatically that the honest examination of the trends could be worried about later. ever had couldn’t quite bring himself
infrastructure destruction in doors of Nato “remain open to all and forces that led to the war. to make?
Ukraine. European democracies that share He overpromised and
the values of our alliance” and It must also analyse the central underdelivered. It’s not merely that he Precious few people believe these
The outflow of refugees from “decisions on membership are taken security concerns of our time with a pretended parties hadn’t happened, tax cuts stand any chance of
Ukraine to Poland and other by Nato allies and no third party has clear aim of constructing a viable even though he’d attended them. happening. But we will all be forced to
European countries has been a say in this process”. global security architecture. go through the motions anyway.
heartbreaking. What was just as damaging, in the
Nato’s hardline position on This architecture should end, was that everything was going to Thus far, the main highlight has
The other consequence of the expansion and membership is eliminate the hegemonic power of be “world-beating” – even when it been Penny Mordaunt having to edit
war has been the imposition of further reinforced by a motive, any one nation or cluster of nations didn’t exist. Government as a form of hers to remove from his prominent
severe economic sanctions on which has become more obvious over the international system. sociopathic narcissism had run out of position the convicted murderer
Russia by the US and other Western throughout the course of the war. road. Oscar Pistorius.
countries. Given the disastrous
Some members of Nato and the consequences of sanctions, the And yet, here we are, on what feels And the fuss over that caused the
The sanctioning on the export of US leadership are keen to exploit the conference should also eliminate all rather a lot like day one of the Tory British paralympic sprinter Jonnie
oil and gas from Russia has plunged war to emasculate Russia as a unilateral sanctions and subject party leadership contest, and they’re Peacock to also “officially” ask to be
a number of European countries into military power. collective sanctions undertaken absolutely all at it. removed.
an economic crisis. through the UN to strict controls and
This is why they would like to checks by the UN General Assembly There is hardly a candidate in the Javid hasn’t even bothered to
Inflation has soared sky high and prolong the war. In Ukraine itself, the (GA). field, as things currently stand, that make another video, instead just
people are struggling to make ends government in Kyiv, the capital, and hasn’t already promised to cut taxes. republishing the 2019 one, because
meet, especially in countries where a substantial segment of the For instance, only when 90% of what could be more inspiring than
incomes have stagnated for some populace in the Western part of the GA members vote for a sanction Nadhim Zahawi reckons he’ll cut that? Sunak’s expecting the whole
time. country perceive themselves as part should it then be applied. the basic rate of income tax twice over country to be #ReadyforRishi.
of Western Europe and want to see the next two years. Jeremy Hunt has
Since Russia is also a major Nato emerge triumphant in the war. Its implementation should be promised to “cut all taxes”, just like he You would imagine the more
exporter of wheat, Western sanctions monitored by a special committee of did three years ago. Liz Truss is going important question would be Sunak’s
have also multiplied the suffering of The Kyiv government is GA members who will recommend to “cut taxes from day one as prime readiness, as opposed to the rest of
people in poor wheat-importing determined to retake territory lost to when the sanction should be lifted. minister”. the country, whom he seems to think
countries such as Egypt. Russia in recent weeks. has some kind of obligation to
Finally, who in the international Do any of them possibly see a prepare itself for his arrival.
Like the fuel supply chain, the It is because these two positions arena should initiate the proposed problem here? They are trying to
global food supply chain has been are antagonistic to one another that conference? replace the grandest fantasist of them Once upon a time, not that long
strained more by the sanctions than the Russian stance, on the one hand, all. after the EU referendum, David
by the war itself. and the Ukraine/Nato/Western All its shortcomings, Cameron and Johnson went for
stance, on the other, appear so notwithstanding, the office of the UN The guy who would say, and do, dinner together. Johnson is meant to
Despite what sanctions and the irreconcilable. Secretary-General is the best almost anything if he could see have asked him, “What happened to
war have done to families and institution to take up the challenge. political self-interest in it. you?”
economies thousands of kilometres This may also explain why sincere
away from the scene of the conflict, efforts by Indonesian President Joko It is an office that commands And Johnson is an instinctive tax Cameron, as far as Johnson was
there are parties on both sides who Widodo and head of the Catholic legitimacy in relation to the task at cutter. And so is the person currently concerned, was an even bigger
want the war to go on. Church and Vatican Pope Francis hand. most likely to replace him – Rishi Eurosceptic than he was, but hadn’t
have not borne any fruit so far. Sunak. had the courage to follow his
There are many Russians who Besides, the UN Secretary- conviction. Cameron’s reply was to
argue that since they have gained Nonetheless, men and women of General has the authority to do so. It And yet, when borne down with tell him: “I grew up.”
control of almost all of southern and goodwill everywhere should keep is urgent. And he must act the realities of government both these
eastern Ukraine, known as Donbas, trying. immediately. men, and especially Johnson, saw He understood, in other words,
(which is where many Russian– Dr Chandra Muzaffar is the President very clearly that there was a massive that the business of government
speaking Ukrainians live) they It is in that spirit that we are crisis in social care funding, that involves rather more compromise
should press ahead and consolidate proposing an international of the International Movement for a public services were on the brink of than is ideal.
conference that will bring together Just World (JUST). Comments: collapse and they’d also just
[email protected] borrowed about £400 billion (RM2.1 Absurd though it seems to say
trillion) to deal with Covid. such a thing, from the available
evidence, Johnson looks rather a lot
And so, what did they do? They like the grown-up.
raised taxes.
Whoever follows him will be in for
Johnson and Sunak’s most recent a political rude awakening, and it will
budget was described, on the front be ordinary people picking up the tab,
yet again. – The Independent

9theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JULY 13, 2022

Performing Haj is not just about rituals

COMMENT of rituals. Haj is not about going through the
by Muzaffar Syah Mallow Each person walks counter-clockwise motions but about honouring what
Allah has made sacred. – REUTERSPIX
CURRENTLY, millions of seven times around the Kaaba (a cube-
Muslims around the world, shaped building and the direction of Even though As a result, we have witnessed over the world to undergo and perform
including thousands from prayer for Muslims), walks briskly back Islam teaches situations where pilgrims were trampled their sacred duty.
Malaysia, are gathering in the and forth between the hills of Safa and Muslims about to death during a stampede incident,
Holy City of Mecca – the holiest city in Marwah seven times, then drinks from these values, suffered injuries during the “stoning of They must also be aware that their
Islam – to perform the fifth and last pillar the Zamzam Well, goes to the plains of many of them the devil” process or were pushed over attitudes throughout the rituals are not
of the Islamic faith, the Haj pilgrimage. Mount Arafat to stand in vigil, spends a seem to take while walking in the middle of the crowd, only being watched by fellow Muslims
night in the plain of Muzdalifa, and the matter and more. but by people of various races and
Performing the Haj this year is more performs the symbolic Stoning of the lightly and religions around the world through
meaningful for Muslims as many of them Devil by throwing stones at three pillars. instead put It is important for pilgrims to come television and social media.
were unable to perform the pilgrimage more focus on back and be aware of the basic purpose
for more than two years due to Covid-19 After the sacrifice of an animal (which performing or objective of undergoing the As such, they must constantly
in 2020. can be accomplished by using a the ritual pilgrimage, which is to inculcate a spirit maintain all the good virtues and
voucher), the pilgrims then are required without fully of virtue within oneself and be respectful manners when carrying out all the
The Haj has been performed since the to either shave or trim their heads (for understanding towards others. necessary rituals during the Haj.
time of Prophet Muhammad more than males) or trim the ends of their hair (for the
14 centuries ago. females). A celebration of Eid al-Adha significance Pilgrims must be patient and tolerant It is important to note, that Haj is not
takes place afterwards. behind towards each other and show mutual about going through the motions but
However, many Islamic historical performing respect, not shout at each other or jostle about honouring what Allah has made
scholars have said that such rituals date Performing the Haj has been them to begin and shove one another while striving to sacred.
back to a much earlier period during the considered by some as the most with observe the rites of Haj.
time of Prophet Ibrahim thousands of significant among all forms of ibadah They glorify Allah by carrying out the
years ago. (worship) in Islam as it is only during this They should maintain their pride and rites of Haj, and they should know that
period that Muslim pilgrims are required dignity, and exhibit good manners at all their shoving and jostling acts to carry
With Muslims numbering more than to give up their work and leave their times. out the rites do not attain Allah’s favour,
a billion, the Haj can be considered the loved ones for a certain period and but rather their piety and good character.
largest annual gathering of people in the undertake the long journey to the Holy They should not be selfish and think
world. City of Mecca. only about themselves when performing Muzaffar Syah Mallow is an associate
all the rituals. professor at the Faculty of Syariah and
The pilgrimage is a process of They have to give up on all the
bringing all Muslims together as one pleasures and amenities of life they have They should have mercy and love Laws (FSU) in Universiti Sains Islam
from all countries, and a demonstration enjoyed for many years and live a simple planted in their hearts towards their Malaysia (USIM). Comments:
of their solidarity and submission to and moderate lifestyle. fellow pilgrims, who have come from all [email protected]
All these painstaking steps, discipline,
Performing Haj is one of the most observations and the hard life which they
long-awaited moments for every faithful have to endure during this time are
Muslim, which must be performed at merely for the love of Allah.
least once in their lifetime provided they
are mentally, physically as well as We need to realise that undergoing
financially fit to undertake the long the Haj pilgrimage is not just about
journey to the holy city itself and performing all the rituals.
performing all the obligatory rituals.
Carrying them out together with a
All the recommended Haj rituals are huge crowd of fellow Muslims from all
normally performed over five to six days over the globe will teach pilgrims about
between the eighth and 13th day of the the virtues of patience, good conduct and
12th month Dhul Hijjah of the lunar love towards fellow pilgrims, other
calendar, which is also the last month Muslims, non-Muslims and all creatures.
according to the Islamic calendar.
Even though Islam teaches Muslims
During the Haj, pilgrims join about these values, many of them seem
processions of millions of people, who to take the matter lightly and instead put
simultaneously converge on Mecca for more focus on performing the ritual
the week of the Haj, and perform a series without fully understanding the
significance behind performing them to
begin with.

Protect your pets from dangerous diseases LETTERS

COMMENT is essential. doesn’t survive outside a cat’s body for very [email protected]
by DrThiba Rajoo 0 Feline herpesvirus (FHV): This long, but it can be transmitted by bites and
contagious virus causes upper respiratory scratches, especially if they’re deep enough to Urgent maintenance
VACCINATING your pets protects them from infections in cats. FHV causes sneezing, a cause bleeding. needed at Taman Negara
specific diseases. runny nose and conjunctivitis. Many cats have
antibodies against FHV, which means they Most pet owners know vaccines can help I JUST returned from a nice, satisfying trip to
Vaccines contain weakened or killed have been exposed to it and produced their pets stay healthy. But did you know that Taman Negara Kuala Tahan in Pahang, spending
organisms that are safe and effective at antibodies to fight it off. But if your cat hasn’t vaccinations also reduce the likelihood of four wonderful nights there.
preventing illness. been vaccinated for FHV yet, it could still having to make expensive trips to the vet?
become ill from the disease. Thanks and congratulations to Mutiara
The vaccine produces an immune 0 Feline Calicivirus (FCV): This virus Just one visit to a veterinarian can set you Resort, Perhilitan (Wildlife) department and
response in your pet, which causes the body to causes upper respiratory infections in cats. It back hundreds of ringgit, and if your pet has Tourism Malaysia, custodians of the resort, park
develop antibodies that help fight infection. is spread through contact with infected cats or multiple health issues that number can maintenance and international promotion
contaminated objects like bowls or litter quickly add up. respectively, among others.
They are given to puppies and kittens at six boxes. FCV causes sneezing, runny nose and
to eight weeks and then again at 12 to 14 watery eyes similar to those seen with FHV You can save money in the long run by Being a regular visitor since 1989, I was happy
weeks. infection. The good news is that most cats keeping your pet’s vaccinations up to date. to see a new set of visitors from Italy, Denmark,
have antibodies against FCV, so they can Arab nations besides the regular Germans,
Annual boosters are then required usually fight off an infection without Vaccinations are a safe and effective way to Australians and Dutch.
throughout the lifetime of your pet. treatment. But if your cat hasn’t been protect your pet from diseases that can cause
vaccinated yet, it could become ill with FCV severe illness or even death. This indicates we have something interesting
Here are some of the diseases that are too. here in Taman Negara, attracting new entrants.
preventable through vaccinations: 0 Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR): This The immune system is like the military that What disappoints me is the maintenance, which
0 Canine Distemper Virus (CDV): This fatal virus causes a highly contagious upper fights off invaders. can be better.
virus attacks a dogs’ respiratory, digestive and respiratory infection that causes inflammation
nervous systems. Symptoms include fever, of the nose, mouth and throat. It can also They stimulate the immune system to Some of the boardwalks to the Canopy Walk
cough, diarrhoea, seizures and paralysis. cause conjunctivitis and upper respiratory recognise and attack specific viruses or are in bad shape and in need of immediate
Vaccines can prevent these diseases as there is distress. FVR is caused by a coronavirus, bacteria. repair. Safety should not be compromised.
no cure for CDV. Thus, prevention through which spreads quickly through contact with
vaccination is essential for all dogs. infected cats, kitten litters and contaminated Vaccines also protect you and your family The 20-minute trek to Lubok Simpon from
0 Canine Parvovirus (CPV): This virus surfaces. from zoonotic diseases, which are illnesses the park headquarters, my favourite swimming
attacks many organs, including the lungs, 0 Feline Panleukopenia: This is the most that can be transmitted between humans and and picnicking area, was a messy disjointed
gastrointestinal tract, liver and kidneys, common and vital vaccine used in feline animals. boardwalk that no one wanted to go.
resulting in severe vomiting and bloody vaccination programmes. This vaccine is
diarrhoea. There is no cure for CPV, so given to cats to protect them against a deadly Rabies is an example of a zoonotic disease The monkeys are becoming a menace in Park
prevention through vaccination is essential for virus that causes fever, diarrhoea, vomiting that may cause disability or death in humans if HQ and Perhilitan needs to act fast.
all dogs. and dehydration. It can be hazardous in young not treated quickly after exposure.
0 Canine Coronavirus: The canine kittens and can even cause death. Perhilitans need to study why our northern
coronavirus is a relatively mild upper 0 Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV): It is a Vaccinating your cat or dog is one of the and southern neighbours can maintain their
respiratory infection affecting dogs of all ages. common disease that causes cancer and other most important things you can do to ensure known parks diligently well. If they can do
The disease is transmitted via direct contact health issues in cats. It’s spread through bodily their long, healthy life. regular and preventive maintenance, I am
with other dogs or by inhalation of infected fluids such as blood and saliva. The virus certain more funding will emerge.
particles in the air. As no vaccines are available It’s not only a financial investment for your
to prevent canine coronavirus infections, pet but also a physical one – it’s an investment More urgency is needed on priorities and
vaccinating your dog against this disease in their overall health and well-being. Perhilitan needs to be more aggressive in the
name of safety and tourism, which helps
With a few shots under their collar, you can everyone in the trade.
rest easy knowing that your pet is protected
from many diseases and ailments. Harban Singh
Dr Thiba Rajoo is a veterinary surgeon at the Subang Jaya

Ministre of Pets. Comments:
[email protected]

10 theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JULY 13, 2022

Bringing Setulus Kasih to
those in need
SETEL and Siti Khadijah have exemplify the quality of our service
completed their joint initiative, in a way that is meaningful by (centre, from left) Zulkifli Baharuddin, PR (Media) Officer of MyFundAction, Mohammad Munzir Aminuddin, Group CEO of Siti Khadijah,
Setulus Kasih – supported by delivering joy to these charity Faizal Sulaiman, CEO of Setel Express, and Suraiya Jabarudin, PR (Corporate) Officer of MyFundAction, with recipients from MyFundAction.
logistics partner Setel Express, to homes and orphanages across the
donate RM100,000 worth of country. our organisations to give back to those confident have been serving our Remaja Puteri Raudhatus Sakinah,
telekung to 98 charity homes and in need. customers for the delivery of their Siti Rumah Kebajikan Anak-Anak Yatim Al
orphanages for single mothers, “It is our hope to continue to Khadijah purchases very well too.” Hijrah, Kompleks Darul Kifayah, as well
women as well as girls in need. provide seamless and reliable “The efficient delivery of our as Yayasan Kebajikan Muslim (also
delivery services to our customers telekung via Setel Express to the four The four main benefiting charity known as MyFundAction) which
Setel Express CEO Faizal nationwide as part of the overall charity homes/NGOs have proven the homes/organisations of the Setulus manages 95 charity homes.
Sulaiman: “We are humbled by the Setel ecosystem offering to our quality of their service, which we are Kasih initiative are Pusat Bimbingan
wonderful support we received for merchant partners and end
the Setulus Kasih initiative and are consumers.”
equally grateful to have been a part
of this joint effort between Setel Siti Khadijah Group CEO
and Siti Khadijah to give back to Mohammad Munzir Aminuddin
underprivileged communities. added: “This collaboration with
Setel and their delivery arm, Setel
“With Setel Express as the Express, has been both a rewarding
delivery partner, we were able to and humbling opportunity for both

Sony Music Group launches
global scholars programme
SONY Music Group (SMG)
announced the Sony Music o Applications open for full-time students
Group Global Scholars studying music or music business-related fields
Programme, a new initiative
designed to provide scholarships for
students around the world enrolled in a
wide range of leading music and music In countries where college and recipients that have excelled
business-related fields of study at university are publicly funded or academically and exude a passion for MSU Community outreach week
accredited colleges and universities. subsidised, student applicants are music,” said Towalame Austin,
SMG’s goal is to help eligible to apply for Executive Vice President, Philanthropy
lessen the financial funding to assist with and Social Impact, Sony Music Group. MANAGEMENT and Science shall be receiving a cash aid of
burden for up to 50 mandatory university University (MSU) has launched RM100 and an MSU box
students from diverse costs such as books, “Through the power of education, the MSU Community Outreach containing daily provisions to
backgrounds. equipment, university this signature programme will provide Week 2022 here recently. the tune of RM150.
Students will receive service costs and opportunities for the music industry’s Officiating the launchat the A hundred MSU boxes will
annual financial more. The next generation of global leaders to MSU Chancellor Hall on be delivered by event organiser
support for the programme’s funding bring diverse perspectives to campus in Shah Alam Section MSU Student and Career
period of the degree has been provided by corporations, artists, songwriters and 13 was MSU President and MSU Development (SCD)
programme or upon Sony Music Group’s composers.” Foundation Chairman Department with the three
completion, Global Social Justice Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr faculties and four schools of
whichever is sooner, Fund, which is The programme is a partnership Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid. Management and Science
depending on dedicated to between Sony Music Group and The Supporting the Sustainable University (MSU). Eighty boxes
financial need and supporting anti-racist Institute of International Education Development Goals (SDGs) 1 will be delivered by the MSU
region. initiatives and (IIE). for No Poverty, 2 for Zero Learning Centre KL Sentral and
The Sony Music educational Hunger, 11 for Sustainable the ten branches of MSU
Group Global opportunities globally “We are honoured to be working Cities and Communities, and 17 College in Shah Alam, Sungai
Scholars Programme will provide a that foster equal rights. with Sony Music Group on this for Partnerships for the Goals, Petani, Pulau Pinang, Ipoh,
wide range of enrichment programmes Eligible candidates include those incredible new scholarship the community engagement Terengganu, Kota Bharu, Johor
for accepted students including planning to enrol full-time in an programme – the only one of its kind in effort aiming to aid the less Bharu, Seremban, Sabah, and
advanced instruction and support for accredited college or university degree the world to focus on creating access to fortunate fosters the Giving and Sarawak. Twenty boxes are
university assignments, as well as in music or music business-related education and careers in music. We Grateful (2G) culture among going out to Bangalore and
structured events and webinars to fields during the 2022-2023 academic look forward to collaborating with MSUrians. Jakarta; respectively delivered
connect students with SMG and year. Additional information can be SMG to build a diverse, global cohort A total of 200 families across by MSU International Medical
industry experts to cultivate an found at full of talented young people in the the states of Malaysia as well as School (IMS) offshore campus
international cohort of future music “We look forward to awarding these industry and applaud Sony for its communities in Bangalore, and Jakarta Global University
industry professionals. scholarships to an incredible group of landmark investment in creating a India and Jakarta, Indonesia (JGU).
more diverse, equitable future,” shared
IIE’s Senior Vice President Jonah

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43.6 Institutions 524.4 584.8 -60.4

28.8 Retail 384.8 346.3 38.5

27.6 Foreign 362.1 340.2 21.9 279.46 32.12 389.91 22.51
100.0 1271.3 1271.3 0 0.29 14.51 20,844.74 475.64 2,317.76 4.10
KLCI STI 3,281.47 NIKKEI 13,950.62 S&P/ASX200
Preliminary stats (excluding trade amendments). For final data, please refer to 1,426.08 3,145.77 26,336.66
Source: Bursa Malaysia 6,606.30

KL MARKET SUMMARY Malaysia well positioned
JULY 12, 2022

INDICES 10,116.00 CHANGE -20.45 to withstand slowdown
FBMKLCI 1,426.08 +0.29
CONSTRUCTION 153.28 -0.70
FINANCIAL SERVICES 16,088.20 +11.10
ENERGY 625.77 -10.67
TELECOMMUNICATIONS 553.70 -1.88 o Economy viewed as
HEALTH CARE 1,645.31 +16.87 one of the outperformers
TRANSPORTATION 786.28 -1.96 from a macro perspective
PROPERTY 617.46 -1.71 compared with others,
PLANTATION 6,719.93 +85.07 says Manulife
FBMSHA 10,156.90 -37.01
FBMACE 4,578.51 -89.30
TECHNOLOGY 58.03 -1.92

2.364 BIL RM1.271 BIL

JULY 12, 2022 [email protected]
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s economy may
STOCK VOL CLSG (sen) +/– (sen) experience only a mild slowdown in the
TWL 338,162,900 7.0 +0.5 second half of the year compared with other
MTRONIC 140,410,700 8.0 -1.5 economies on the back of good tailwinds
YONGTAI 136,556,700 6.0 -2.0 such as being one of the biggest
TOPGLOV 84,449,800 +2.0 beneficiaries of food and energy price surge,
HSI-CJB 63,025,800 101.0 -21.5 as well as light exposure to the potential
49.0 liquidity shock, according to Manulife
Investment Management.
5 TOP GAINERS Clockwise from left: Manulife Investment Management managing director, head of media
JULY 12, 2022 Manulife Asia head of macro strategy Sue relations and social for Asia, Carl Wong (moderator), Giubin, Trinh and Manulife Asia fixed
Trinh said Malaysia was identified as one of income chief investment officer Murray Collis.
the outperformers from a macro
STOCK VOL CLSG (RM) +/– RM perspective, relative to the economies that it tightening cycle is expected to be more a recovery to high single digit or low double
AJI 1,700 12.18 +0.46 looked at. muted, similar to many central banks in digits next year.
PPB 183,300 16.00 +0.40 Asia.
KLK 452,500 21.00 +0.38 “The economy has rebounded very “If we look at the weakness in the
HSI-HEB 8,300 1.52 +0.32 strongly from last year’s Covid outbreak. “Inflation is much lower in Malaysia than earnings picture for this year, we see
HSI-HB6 10,690,000 0.805 +0.305 There is some downside risks with growth in many parts of the world, relative to other potential weakness in some of the exporters,
set to slow and foreign demand slowing in emerging markets, thanks to the generous mostly on the tech side, but strength in some
5 TOP LOSERS terms of Malaysia’s goods exports, but the subsidy from the government, which of the commodities. The domestic demand
JULY 12, 2022 slowdown is likely to be relatively mild,” said accounted for 3% of GDP. definitely has a positive impact, particularly
Trinh at its 2022 Mid-Year Investment as the country opens up,” Giubin said.
STOCK VOL CLSG (RM) +/– RM Outlook media briefing yesterday. “Headline inflation is probably going to
MPI 132,500 27.82 -0.38 stay within a range of 2-3.5%, in terms of In terms of valuation of the stock market,
CHINAETF-MYR 86,600 5.49 -0.34 Additionally, she said international upside risk. Nothing to sound an alarm bell Giubin said it is viewed as constructive
PANAMY 26.24 -0.32 border reopening is going to continue and we doubt Bank Negara is pressing on the despite falling under “derating”.
HSI-CJC 2,900 0.795 -0.285 providing a decent outlook for tourism, panic button anytime soon in regard of its
BYD-C10 1,381,800 0.565 -0.28 which accounts for 6% of GDP pre- tightening cycle,” added Trinh. “Many Asean countries that are coming
pandemic. out of the pandemic, we are seeing strong
260,000 On the broad outlook of Malaysia’s post-Covid recovery. From a domestic
The central bank’s recent monetary corporate earnings, Manulife equities senior demand standpoint, certainly seeing strong
policy meeting sounded upbeat in terms of portfolio manager Marco Giubin said the sales growth in retail, as a lot of Asean
the prospect of recovery and Trinh said team expected flattish earnings this year and markets,” he said.
Manulife would concur. Besides, Malaysia’s

EXCHANGE RATES JULY 12, 2022 EPF launches i-Lindung for purchase of insurance products

Foreign currency Bank sell Bank buy Bank buy KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident purchased will also be provided, allowing In his opening address, EPF chairman Tan
Fund (EPF) yesterday launched the i- members to refer to it instantly and securely. Sri Ahmad Badri Mohd Zahir remarked that
1 US DOLLAR TT/OD TT OD Lindung platform under the Members the Members Protection Plan is another
1 AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR 4.4980 4.3650 4.3550 Protection Plan to facilitate the purchase of For added value, the insurance milestone for the EPF as it provides an
1 BRUNEI DOLLAR 3.0440 2.9240 2.9080 insurance and takaful products consisting companies and takaful operators in the i- avenue of social protection and financial
1 CANADIAN DOLLAR 3.1970 3.1050 3.0970 of life and critical illness protection at security to its members should anything
1 EURO 3.4530 3.3610 3.3490 affordable premium from Account Lindung platform are able to provide unfortunate were to happen.
1 NEWZEALAND DOLLAR 4.5210 4.3760 4.3560 2. additional coverage and customise “Protection through insurance and
1 SINGAPORE DOLLAR 2.7610 2.6600 2.6440 the price of their products takaful is one of the key components of
1 STERLING POUND 3.1970 3.1050 3.0970 The protection offerings are according to members’ financial wellbeing which we highly
1 SWISS FRANC 5.3560 5.1870 5.1670 available to EPF members with affordability. No medical check- encourage our members to obtain in order to
100 UAE DIRHAM 4.5630 4.4590 4.4440 immediate effect. Members who up is required. be protected against financial uncertainties.
100 BANGLADESHTAKA 123.8900 117.5000 117.3000 wish to purchase insurance and Meanwhile, Finance Minister The i-Lindung facility is especially beneficial
100 CHINESE RENMINBI 4.9160 4.5600 4.3600 participate in takaful products Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul for EPF members where the EPF has worked
100 HONGKONG DOLLAR 66.9000 64.4000 offered by EPF-approved insurance Aziz said the GLC Transformation together with the insurance companies and
100 INDIAN RUPEE 57.9100 55.0400 N/A companies and takaful operators can do so takaful operators to offer the most affordable
100 INDONESIAN RUPIAH 5.7600 5.4000 54.8400 via the i-Lindung platform within the EPF i- Programme was implemented by the rate to our members,” said Ahmad Badri.
100 JAPANESE YEN 0.0311 0.0281 Akaun (Member) portal. government to drive the recovery and Members below age 55 with sufficient
100 NEWTAIWAN DOLLAR 3.2810 3.1770 5.2000 rebuilding of the post-pandemic economy balance in Account 2, is a Malaysian citizen
100 PAKISTAN RUPEE 16.1000 0.0231 The participating insurance companies through the ecosystem of the government and are registered i-Akaun users, are
100 PHILIPPINE PESO 2.2100 N/A 3.1670 and takaful operators are FWD Takaful Bhd, linked companies and government linked eligible to purchase the products under i-
100 QATAR RIYAL 8.1500 2.0600 Prudential Assurance Malaysia Bhd, investment companies. One of the most Lindung. Those above age 55 can also
100 SAUDI RIYAL 123.8600 7.6800 N/A Prudential BSN Takaful Bhd, Etiqa Life important aspects is reinforcing social purchase products under i-
100THAI BAHT 121.1600 117.5900 1.8600 Insurance Bhd, and Etiqa Family Takaful protection and this responsibility has been Lindung provided they are
12.9800 115.0200 7.4800 Bhd. given to the EPF. within the eligible entry
11.5200 117.3900 age of the related products See
114.8200 Additionally, the i-Lindung self-service “So far, this strategy has materialised, with and maintain a minimum also
11.1200 platform allows members to obtain new member registrations up 57% to 146,000 RM100 in their Akaun 55 or page 13
information on available products and prices members in the first quarter of 2022, while
Source: Malayan Banking Berhad/Bernama as well as get a quotation before purchasing voluntary contributors accumulated under Akaun Emas.
the preferred product at anytime or anywhere. the i-Saraan programme jumped 77% to
A single view of the policy or certificate 599,000 people,” he pointed out during the
EPF i-Lindung launch.


PETALING JAYA: There will be at BNM likely to raise OPR by
least one more 25bps hike from Bank another 25bps in September
Negara Malaysia (BNM) this year,
with a high likelihood of it taking o Central bank might put a hold on hike in growth at 5.7% y-o-y, a measured
place in the next immediate meeting November to assess the balance between uptick from 5.4% before.
on Sept 8, said OCBC Bank chief inflation and recession risks before taking any Furthermore, should growth
economist Selena Ling (pix). further action: OCBC economist outturns in major export
destinations such as China and the
“It might then pause in the last that Malaysia had started the year its own and on account of how it US slow down markedly from here,
meeting of the year in November to on a strong footing, with GDP feeds to the overall economy Malaysia’s growth trajectory will be
assess the balance between inflation growth clocking a higher-than- through employment recovery, weighed down as well,
and recession risks before expected 5% y-o-y, for instance. Still, especially. unfortunately, even if remains
undertaking any action thereafter,” the potential headwinds posed by a respectable.”
she said in a statement yesterday. slowdown in the major economies “Hence, even though our forecast
are likely to present tougher times for the full-year GDP growth would When it comes to the exchange
Going forward, the bank sees for the Malaysian economy. As naturally go up to account for the rate movement, Ling views that the
more rate hikes coming from BNM. fortunate as it is to enjoy a domestic upside surprise in Q1, the outturn recent relative weakening in the
Against the backdrop of rising global demand uplift, the exports for the later parts of the year looks ringgit vis-à-vis the US dollar should
interest rate settings and some component cannot be ignored, on less promising than before. In net be seen in the context of the broad
domestic inflation pressure, there is terms, it now sees the full-year 2022 dollar strength, rather than a move
also a growing chance of back-to- pertaining to the ringgit. Against a
back rate hikes rather than a more basket of currencies, the ringgit has
drawn-out cycle. recently rebounded and is trading at
levels near the peak strength since
“For the year as a whole, we see September 2020.
inflation to be averaging 2.9% year-
on-year (y-o-y) for Malaysia. While
the food prices may remain a major
driver of inflation, the upside is likely
to remain capped by continuing
subsidy schemes by the government.
Indeed, by the Finance Minister’s
telling, the inflation rate could have
been quadruple of existing level if
not for such subsidies.”

Ling said it is heartening to note

Transform operations to tackle disruptions, family offices told BRIEFS M’SIA WELCOMES MORE
PETALING JAYA: Family offices – non-financial and climate disclosure changes as reflected in this EY study. FROM CHINA: MINISTER
organisations that support the (28%). “The upcoming family
purpose, legacy and ambitions of the generations appreciate the KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia
world’s most prominent families – While most respondents (83%) professionalism in operating in a welcomes more investment
need to adapt and transform their believe that tracking non-financial complex environment from a from China in the area of digital
strategy and operations to address a metrics does matter, only 30% of SFO corporate governance perspective economy, said Malaysian
series of disruptions brought on by respondents currently have any and complying with constant Foreign Minister Datuk Seri
rapid global economic, social, significant measurement of regulatory changes. Multinational Saifuddin Abdullah. In a joint
regulatory, geopolitical and performance beyond traditional corporations and large organisations press conference with his
technological change, according to financial metrics. have the necessary support and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi
the new EY Single Family Office financial strength from their yesterday, he emphasised the
Study. SFO respondents are taking shareholders to adapt to such importance of the two
action to pursue more diverse changes whilst SFO must rely on countries working more closely
The study examines the views of strategies and robust governance their family stewardship to protect in the areas relating to digital
more than 250 single family offices frameworks to help ensure their their family legacy. The unexpected economy as well as cooperation
(SFO) in 12 countries around the ambitions are being met. One area of effects from the Covid-19 pandemic between telecommunication
world, including more than 50 from focus is social responsibility, with have also pressured SFO to make companies. SaIfuddin pointed
Asia-Pacific. It also explores the 44% of SFO respondents now actively changes to their current way of doing out that the “Community of
challenges and opportunities SFO excluding investments that clash businesses and adapt to the Shared Future” concept, a
are facing as a result of with their ethics and values, and the disruptions highlighted in this study. brainchild of President Xi
unprecedented changes related to same percentage say they plan to respondents have experienced a We see this as great learnings for SFO Jinping, is very much aligned
issues including wealth and make social or environmental cyber breach in recent years. in Malaysia and a chance to work with the concept of “The World
regulation, digital transformation, investments over the next 12 months. Currently, 72% do not have a cyber with local regulators to build this is a Family” that is being
risk and reputation, and strategy and incident plan and 61% do not have niche industry in Malaysia.” pronounced by the Malaysian
governance. The study reveals that SFO are processes in place to detect IT EY Asia-Pacific family enterprise prime minister. – Bernama
concerned about several current breaches, which may leave them leader Desmond Teo said while
A hot topic among many families regulatory issues. About 53% of exposed to future attacks. Looking digital transformation provides great CHIN HIN SUBSIDIARY
and their SFO is the expanding respondents are worried about ahead, 81% plan to take action, opportunities, it also comes with BAGS RM330M
definition of value and purpose increasing requirements for global indicating that they will invest in risks. Cybersecurity is a key focus INTEL PENANG PROJECT
beyond traditional performance transparency and information three or more digital technologies area, not just for the family office but
indicators to encompass exchange, the increasing complexity over the next two years. the entire ecosystem which includes PETALING JAYA: Chin Hin Group
environmental, social and of cross-border tax compliance the families themselves and Property Bhd’s 65%-owned
governance criteria, and the impacts (48%), and concerns around Another area covered in the connected businesses. subsidiary Kayangan Kemas Sdn
on human capital, communities, increased regulatory uncertainty in survey is broader risk management. “More than 75% of SFO in Asia- Bhd has secured a RM330
customers and stakeholders. the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic Currently, 49% of SFO respondents Pacific are also concerned about million contract works from
(46%). With many family members are confident that they have the regulatory demands due to Exyte Malaysia Sdn Bhd to
The study observes that 58% of traveling regularly across borders, processes in place required to heightened government undertake the supply, execution
SFO respondents who monitor non- 72% of SFO respondents highlight identify risks on the horizon, while requirements for global transparency and completion of the shell &
financial metrics to a significant concerns around the potential tax 31% acknowledge that decisions and information exchange, alongside core works site substructure &
extent also perform above their implications of remote working. about risks facing their organisations changing mandatory reporting superstructure – beta site for
expectations, a higher proportion are not taken at the highest levels. disclosures globally and within Asia- the Intel Pelican project in
than those who don’t measure non- The study reveals that almost two- Pacific. SFO in Asia-Pacific should Penang. The contract is for a
financial metrics. thirds of respondents are not Ernst & Young Tax Consultants look into implementing a more duration of 15 months and will
confident that their tax operations Sdn Bhd Malaysia EY private tax structured process for identifying be completed by the third
SFO are also facing increasing are high performing, with leader and partner, Bernard Yap (pix) risks on various fronts and address quarter of 2023. The contract is
pressure to improve performance respondents pointing to areas said as SFO become more prominent them accordingly and professionalise expected to contribute positively
beyond traditional financial around processes, people, for entrepreneurs to facilitate their these systems to align with the to the earnings and net assets of
measures. Factors contributing to technology, cost management and investment and operations, there will family’s purpose and priorities.” Chin Hin for the financial year
this pressure include the growing risk monitoring. always be risks and opportunities to ending Dec 31, 2022 and
influence of Gen Z (34%), actions by appreciate from constant global onwards, during the duration of
competitors (32%) and the Examining SFOs’ approach to the contract.
emergence of new regulation on digitalisation and security, the study
reveals that almost three quarters of

Foreigners net sold RM120.6m of equities last week

PETALING JAYA: Foreign investors with a total net outflow of RM7.78 observed was on Monday at RM79.4 turning to net sellers at the end of the RM44.6 million, RM42.5 million and
net sold RM120.6 million of billion. Local retailers have been net million. week at RM4 million. RM32.6 million respectively. The top
Malaysian equities last week, half of buyers for 18 out of 27 weeks of 2022. three sectors (out of four) with the
the RM320.3 million net sold in the Year-to-date, they have been net Local institutions remained to be Local retailers were on a net highest net inflow were financial
previous week, marking the fifth buyers at RM1.83 billion,” MIDF net buyers for two consecutive weeks buying spree last week except on services (RM20.6 million), healthcare
consecutive week of foreign fund Research said in its fund flow report after buying RM29.9 million last week. Friday when they net sold RM7.4 (RM16.4 million) and plantation
outflows on Bursa Malaysia. yesterday. They were net buyers on Monday at million. The highest net buying (RM8.8 million).
RM50.2 million and turned to net recorded was on Wednesday which
“To date, international funds have Foreign investors were net sellers sellers on Tuesday by net selling amounted to RM55.9 million. In terms of participation, the
been net buyers for 17 out of the 27 for the whole of last week except on RM22.2 million. They turned to net average daily trade value declines
weeks of 2022, with a total net inflow Tuesday and Friday when they net buyers again on Wednesday and On a sectoral basis, industrial 18.2% for foreign investors, 21% for
of RM5.95 billion. Local institutions bought RM13.7 million and RM11.4 Thursday to the tune of RM5.32 million products and services, technology institutional investors and 14.2% for
were net sellers for 20 out of 27 weeks, million. The heaviest outflow and RM0.6 million respectively, before and transportation sectors saw the retailers.
highest net outflow last week with

13theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JULY 13, 2022

Govt optimistic economy will achieve
5.3-6.3% growth this year: Tengku Zafrul

Tengku Zafrul says the country’s fiscal █ BY GLORIA HARRY BEATTY launch of EPF i-Lindung yesterday. Tengku Zafrul said the government will
space is better than in 2021, given the [email protected] Tengku Zafrul said Malaysia’s fiscal deficit is monitor global growth. For now, based on the
growth in the economy. KUALA LUMPUR: The government is optimistic data, the growth projections remain unchanged
that Malaysia is on track to achieve 5.3% to 6.3% within the target of 6% and it is dependent on gross because Malaysia’s economy is diversified,
economic growth this year based on upgraded domestic product (GDP) growth. Since the although it is uneven across sectors. So far, sectors
outlooks for the country by global analysts, said economic growth is projected to be within 5.3% to such as oil and gas, palm oil and manufacturing
Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul 6.3%, the targeted deficit will continue to be in the are doing well.
Aziz. same range. He added that the government will
continuously monitor the situation. As to whether Malaysia is ready for a global
In March 2022, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) recession, he said the country, together with other
projected that the country’s economy will expand Last week, it was reported that the IMF’s global countries, will have to be prepared for any
between 5.3% and 6.3% in 2022, driven by outlook has “darkened significantly” since April eventualities.
continued external demand and improved and it could not rule out a global recession for 2023
domestic economic activity. due to the elevated risks. Tengku Zafrul said the country’s fiscal space is
better than in 2021, given the growth in the
Recently, global entities such as S&P Global Asked to comment, Tengku Zafrul remarked economy.
Ratings (6.1%), the International Monetary Fund that the US, China and the global economy are
(IMF) (5.75%) and the World Bank (5.5%) have under pressure and, based on global analysts, the On inflation, he said the government is aware of
upgraded their outlooks for Malaysia. forecast for the second quarter will be “quite bad” the impact of what is happening globally on
for the global economy. For Malaysia, he said, Malaysia. He added that the government recently
“This is again not just from me, the Ministry of preliminary figures show strong second quarter increased Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia, which is
Finance or BNM, but also S&P Global Ratings, growth and the country’s growth momentum will the largest cash assistance thus far at RM8 billion.
which has upgraded the outlook for Malaysia; continue into the third quarter.
IMF, and the World Bank which validated the “So the fiscal space is still there, we still need to
growth figures. For today, our target continues to “For today, the numbers and data show that continue and the government soon will be looking
be within that range,” he told reporters during the Malaysia continues to be on track to achieve the into ways to save money to ensure that, we can
5.3% to 6.3% growth. We have factored in the channel the money to the right people who needs
slowdown of the US economy.” the support from the government,” he said.

Malaysia’s end-June palm oil
stocks climb to 7-month high

o Exports slide, rise in production smaller than expected shipments.
Indonesia last week said it plans to increase
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s palm oil stocks at oil inventory went up 11.83% to 773,774 tonnes Omesti is expanding its footprint in healthcare
end-June rose to their highest in seven months from 691,911 tonnes, it said. the content of palm oil-based fuel in its via a joint venture with 360 Medic.
as its exports were throttled by rival Indonesia’s biodiesel to 35%, known as B35, from 30%,
policies to boost its own shipments, industry CPO production climbed 5.76% from May starting on July 20. It is also mulling a cut to its Omesti ventures into
regulator data showed yesterday. to 1.55 million tonnes, also at a seven-month export levy to spur exports and reduce high diagnostic and
peak. However, the production rise was smaller inventories. screening services
Inventories in Malaysia, the world’s second- than expected, underscoring continuous
largest producer, rose 8.76% from the previous supply disruptions at most plantations due to The B35 biodiesel policy will help raise PETALING JAYA: Technology group Omesti
month to 1.66 million tonnes, its highest since labour shortages, a Kuala Lumpur-based trader domestic palm oil usage, reduce stocks and Bhd is expanding its portfolio of healthcare
November, according to the Malaysian Palm said. improve domestic price sentiment, Ivy Ng, activities by entering into a joint venture to
Oil Board (MPOB). regional head of plantations research at CGS- provide diagnostic and screening services.
Exports plunged 13.26% to 1.19 million CIMB Research, said in a note.
Crude palm oil (CPO) stocks rose 6.19% to tonnes after Indonesia reversed a short-lived Omesti Holdings Bhd and 360 Medic
881,299 tonnes from 829,915 tonnes recorded export ban in May and instead imposed a However, it will take time for the policy to Holdings Sdn Bhd, a company involved in the
in the previous month while processed palm string of rules to encourage overseas effectively lower inventories as the additional operation of clinics and other medical
absorption rate of crude palm oil is estimated at facilities, will form Aurora 360 Sdn Bhd, the
134,000 tonnes a month, she added. – Reuters, joint-venture company that will set up and
Bernama operate diagnostic and screening centres. The
first centre is expected to be launched in
AME Elite to build HQ Pack’s sixth facility in i-Park@Indahpura Aurora Place, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

PETALING JAYA: Integrated industrial space From left: AME Elite director of construction division Eric Kang, Lee, HQ Pack Malaysia & Singapore The screening services to be provided by
solutions provider AME Elite Consortium Bhd managing director Fadi Younis, AME Elite executive director Simon Lee and group financial the centre include ultrasound, MRI, CT scan,
is expediting the continued expansion of its controller Gregory Lui at the groundbreaking ceremony for the facility. X-ray, bone marrow densitometry test,
repeat customer HQ Pack Sdn Bhd by mammogram, stress test, biochemistry test,
constructing its sixth facility in i-Park@Indahpura, “HQ Pack’s fast-paced expansions would first quarter of 2022, inclusive of foreign and and immunoassay test.
Johor. also have a positive multiplier effect on job domestic investments in the manufacturing
creation in Johor, with HQ Pack’s workforce and services sectors. Omesti executive director Gerard
The contract comes on the heels of HQ expected to exceed 400-strong by 2023 from Monteiro said Aurora 360 will be able to
Pack taking delivery of its recently completed 210 currently. Beyond quantity, the quality of The i-Park@Indahpura is a gated and leverage the considerable expertise and
60,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in i- workforce would also be enhanced, given HQ guarded full-service industrial park spanning resources of 360 Medic Holdings, combined
Park@Indahpura in November 2021. The Pack’s high-technology expertise. 205 acres. It houses numerous Malaysian and with its technology expertise, helping to
high-tech integrated facility, built by AME, international companies across various further increase Omesti’s footprint in the
includes specialised engineered spaces such as “Continued large-scale investments such as sectors, including electrical and electronics, healthcare sector.
ISO Class 6 cleanrooms and ISO Class 5 this affirm Johor’s position as one of the top five medical devices, precision engineering, and
darkrooms, a dust-controlled wood workshop states in Malaysia for total approved food industries. “Going forward, our mission is to leverage
and controlled environment foam assembly. investments. Our industrial parks endeavour to our technology expertise and track record to
continue attracting both foreign and domestic AME is constructing three integrated help bring digitalisation in the healthcare
HQ Pack held the groundbreaking ceremony direct investments to become a formidable industrial parks in Johor: i-Park@Indahpura space, putting the patient and consumer at
for its sixth facility in i-Park@Indahpura growth engine for the state and nation,” he said (Phase 3), i-Park@Senai Airport City (Phases 1, the heart of the ecosystem. This can benefit
yesterday. The latest facility will feature an in a statement. 2 and 3) and i-TechValley. All these industrial the entire medical requirements chain, with
agreed lettable area of 100,000 sq ft, comprising parks feature custom-built industrial buildings services ranging from e-consultations with
a warehouse and an office block. It is slated for Malaysian Investment Development within a well-planned gated and guarded medical professionals to diagnosis, through to
completion in the second half of 2023. Authority reported that it had approved a total compound, complemented by recreational prescription issue and fulfilment, follow-up
of RM3.3 billion investments in Johor in the facilities and workers’ dormitories. consultation and purchase of general medical
HQ Pack, a subsidiary of Netherlands- supplies,” added Monteiro.
based high-tech packaging manufacturer HQ
Pack BV, has established a presence in Malaysia This latest initiative follows Omesti’s
since 2010. Together with facilities in Singapore earlier expansion into the healthcare sector
and the US, it develops, produces and through its investment in the Bemed Group of
distributes packaging for high-quality and companies, which operates a chain of
fragile industrial products for leading pharmacies in the Klang Valley area.
companies in the semiconductor, electronics,
medical, optical, aerospace, machine
construction and mechanical components

AME Elite group managing director Kelvin
Lee Chai said in being entrusted with the
responsibility of building HQ Pack’s sixth
facility, AME is extending its business
relationship with this growth-centric company
for close to a decade.

14 theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JULY 13, 2022

Temasek expects to slow down its investments after record year

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Temasek Holdings inflation and economic disruption caused by likely to extend through this year and Along with other global investors, Temasek
anticipates slowing down its investments due to Russia’s war in Ukraine, Temasek executives potentially into 2023. “We are more cautious had invested in Ant.
a deteriorating global economy, after posting a told a news conference yesterday. than we would have been a year ago.”
nearly 6% rise in its portfolio value to a record Temasek’s key public holdings include DBS
S$403 billion (RM1.27 trillion) in the year to Ranked among the top 10 investors in the Sipahimalani, however, said most of the Group, Singtel, China Construction Bank and
March 2022. world, Temasek is anchored in Asia, with a 63% regulatory headwinds in China were over and Standard Chartered. Its unlisted holdings rose
exposure to the region as measured by the country remained an important market for to a record 52% of its portfolio as of March 31.
The cautious stance comes as world stock underlying assets of its portfolio companies, Temasek. Unlisted assets comprise real estate developer
markets have shed more than US$20 trillion most of which are in Singapore and China. Mapletree Investments, port operator PSA
(RM88.7 trillion) since hitting record highs in Beijing has in recent months softened its stance International and Singapore Power Group.
January, as major central banks struggle to stem “The economic outlook is not looking very over a wide-ranging crackdown that started in late
surging inflation without derailing fledgling growth. good. We see further downside in the markets,” 2020 with the authorities abruptly pulling the plug Temasek executives said the portfolio value
Temasek’s chief investment officer Rohit on fintech giant Ant Group’s mega IPO and later of its unlisted holdings had increased by about
The expected slowdown in investments Sipahimalani said. expanded to multiple industries, including four times to S$210 billion over the past decade.
comes amid weakening global growth, rising technology, private education and property. – Reuters
He said the global economic slowdown is

Three Arrows collapse jolts BRIEFS THAI CHAMBER: 500,000
Singapore’s crypto aspirations MORE MIGRANT WORKERS
o In the wake of recent events, it is likely that regulators will and trading platform Vauld said last week that it
get tougher on digital assets would suspend withdrawals, and the following BANGKOK: Thailand is short more
day a rival crypto lender said it planned to than half a million migrant workers,
HONG KONG/SINGAPORE: Singapore’s encourage crypto-related services, a sharp acquire the company. the country’s Chamber of Commerce
ambitious cryptocurrency sector, by some contrast with China’s ban, a crypto tax in India said yesterday, as Southeast Asia’s
measures Asia-Pacific’s largest, faces an that has crippled trading, and incoming rules in Another fund, Mirana, is suing 3AC in second-largest economy struggles
uncertain future after the recent collapse of Hong Kong restricting crypto investing to Singapore over a loan agreement, local media with a slow post-pandemic recovery.
crypto fund Three Arrows Capital, a high-profile professionals. reported, citing court filings which are not Demand for workers is high in
casualty of the global digital currency downturn. available publicly. Mirana did not reply to labour-intensive sectors including
Over 150 crypto companies applied for a requests for comment. agricultural goods and food
Crypto players in Southeast Asia’s financial new crypto payments licence from the MAS in processing for exports, construction,
hub are bracing for further bankruptcies and 2020, although so far only a handful have In the United States, crypto lender Voyager and tourism and services, Poj
legal tussles, and expect that regulators at the received one. Digital filed for bankruptcy last week, days after Aramwattananont, vice chairman of
Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), whose 3AC defaulted on a crypto loan worth US$650 the Thai Chamber of Commerce, told
welcoming approach helped to attract firms But the picture has grown murky with the million it was owed, while crypto exchanges a news conference. “Today, workers
from China, India and elsewhere, may become collapse of Three Arrows Capital (3AC), which Genesis and have also are a big issue for driving the
less accommodating. began liquidation proceedings in the British disclosed losses on their dealings with 3AC. economy,”he said, adding the country
Virgin Islands on June 27, court filings showed, would need a total of at least 3 to 4
“After recent events it appears likely that the after the global downturn in digital currencies Sector players are also wary of how million migrant workers to get the
MAS will get tougher on crypto and digital left it unable to meet hundreds of millions of Singapore’s regulators may react. economy moving forward. – Reuters
assets,” said Hoi Tak Leung, a senior technology dollars in obligations.
sector lawyer at Ashurst. “If Singapore decides to take a more hawkish HK MUST ALLOW FREE
3AC did not respond to a request for approach towards crypto businesses in future, TRAVEL TO KEEP FINANCE
Investment in Singapore’s crypto and comment, and its liquidators told a US other countries in (Southeast Asia) could follow CENTRE STATUS: REPORT
blockchain companies surged to US$1.48 billion bankruptcy court they cannot locate the fund’s suit,” said Jeff Mei, chief marketing officer at
(RM6.56 billion) in 2021, according to KPMG, ten founders, Kyle Davies and Zhu Su. ChainUp, a Singapore crypto company. HONG KONG: Hong Kong needs to
times the previous year and nearly half the Asia allow financial sector employees to
Pacific total for 2021. The ripple effects of 3AC’s collapse – and the “(This) could open a gap for Hong Kong to travel freely to retain its global
subsequent market turmoil – have been swift step into the arena more meaningfully.” investment and banking hub status,
Regulators at the MAS have said they hope to and severe. Singapore-based crypto lending an industry report said, as the city
MAS did not comment on the matter, but on continues to maintain some of the
June 30 it issued a rare public reprimand to 3AC strictest coronavirus regulations in
for breaching fund rules, and added it was the world. “It is critical that a delicate
investigating the company on potential further balance is struck giving proper
breaches. – Reuters recognition to Hong Kong’s stature as
an international financial centre and
broader local public health
considerations,” said the report from the
Alternative Investment Management
Association and PwC released yesterday.
– Reuters

Hyundai Motor to EV sales continue to soar US, Japan agree to tackle
build its first currency, economic
S. Korean EV factory Battery electric vehicle sales in the first quarter of 2022 were more than impact of Ukraine war
double those recorded in the corresponding period last year, with China
SEOUL: Hyundai Motor Co said yesterday it would
build a dedicated electric vehicle (EV) factory in responsible for seven in 10 of all battery EV sales
South Korea that will become its first automobile
plant to open in the country in almost three All EV sales* (first quarter 2021 and 2022) TOKYO: US Treasury Secretary which hit a fresh 24-year low
decades. Janet Yellen and Japanese beyond ¥137 to the dollar on
U.S. China South Korea Japan Western Europe 5+5† Finance Minister Shunichi Monday, has given up about
Production is due to begin by 2025, the Suzuki agreed yesterday to 16% against the greenback
company’s union said in a statement, relaying a 281,373 60,699 313,615 work together to tackle rising this year.
pledge that the company had made in wage prices of food and energy, as
negotiations. 560,406 892,053 Total: 2,108,146 well as volatility in currency The two leaders also said
markets, exacerbated by they were united in their“strong
Hyundai Motor gave no further details in its 1,300,629 1,011,810 Russia’s war in Ukraine. condemnation of Russia’s
statement. unprovoked, unjustifiable, and
403,423 76,025 327,032 Total: 3,118,919 They said the war had illegal war against Ukraine”,
In May, Hyundai Motor Group, which houses Battery EV sales (first quarter) 150,560 raised exchange rate volatility, adding they continued to
Hyundai Motor and Kia Corp, said it would invest 63 144,108 which could pose adverse increase Russia’s cost of its war
trillion won (RM213 billion) in South Korea through 5,176 75,347 8,191 implications for economic and by imposing economic and
to 2025. financial stability, and pledged financial sanctions.
210,940 to cooperate “as appropriate”
Hyundai Motor’s unionised workers in South on currency issues. Russia has described the
Korea voted this month for a possible strike for the 668,066 1,391,235 invasion of Ukraine as “a
first time in four years over demands for higher “We will continue to special military operation”.
wages. They were also angry at management 2021 2022 consult closely on exchange
prioritising investment outside the country. markets and cooperate as Yellen and Suzuki also
432,000 1,000,000 appropriate on currency urged China and other non-
Hyundai Motor, South Korea’s largest automaker, 71.9% of all issues, in line with our G7 and Paris Club creditors to
last opened an automobile factory in South Korea in 11,435 21,544 battery EV sales G20 commitments,” the two cooperate “constructively” in
1996. But it said in May it would invest US$5.5 billion sides said in a joint statement helping low-income countries
(RM24.4 billion) to build full EV and battery *Battery-powered, plug-in hybrid and hybrid electric. after the meeting, referring to facing debt distress, while also
manufacturing facilities in Georgia. †France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK plus Austria, the Group of Seven and Group touching on issues such as
Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland of 20 economies. climate change and global tax
The EV facility in Georgia is scheduled to break reforms.
ground in early 2023 and begin commercial Sources: Bloomberg, Strategy&, PwC Network Picture: Getty Images © GRAPHIC NEWS Later yesterday, Yellen
production in the first half of 2025, according to acknowledged the yen’s China’s lack of
Hyundai Motor. substantial depreciation in cooperation on debt
recent weeks, but said the US restructuring for low-income
“Sales of internal-combustion-engine vehicles view remained that currency countries has been “quite
are scheduled to be banned in certain markets so intervention was warranted frustrating” and Washington
the new EV factory is vital to Hyundai Motor’s only in “rare and exceptional has discussed the issue with
survival,“ said Chang Moon-su, an analyst at Hyundai circumstances”. Beijing several times, Yellen
Motor Securities, a subsidiary of the automaker. – told reporters after the
Reuters The Japanese currency, meeting. – Reuters

Calamari Pakora. The vegetarian banana leaf meal. W E D N E S DAY
13 JULY 2022

Ricksha’s best seller, Prawn Briyani.

█ BY THASHINE SELVAKUMARAN The vibrant banana leaf
spread. – ALL PIX BY
WANT to spice up your next lunch AMIRUL SYAFIQ MOHD
break with a cultural experience? DIN/THESUN
The Kuala Lumpur suburb of
Bangsar is home to dozens of Relish the taste of India
Indian eateries, making it a banana leaf rice oIt’s more than just a serving of banana leaf rice, it’s an experience
most importantly – rich in satisfying flavours.
And among all of these, a relatively new According to Raj, Ricksha does not take
establishment known as Ricksha has made its reservations on weekends since they value their
name as one of the best. walk-in customers. You may, however, reserve a
spot during weekdays.
This self-described boutique banana leaf
restaurant celebrates the culinary traditions of He mentioned his desire to open a new
four South Indian states: Tamil Nadu, Andhra branch, but is being cautious for the time being
Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala. It delivers real since he wants to maintain the food quality.
banana leaf dishes made from fresh ingredients,
with rich flavours in ample portions to fulfil “It’s definitely my long-term goal ... so I’m
your banana leaf cravings. being careful.”

Launched in 2020, Ricksha’s decor draws Ricksha has perfected all of the basic
influence from India’s street scenes, featuring elements. This is probably some of the best
themed illustrations drawn on its walls and an banana leaf rice I have tasted in a long time.
unmissable colourful rickshaw hanging over
the street below the first floor premises. For more updates on Ricksha, check out
their social media pages @ricksha.bangsar
“I began this [restaurant] during the (Instagram) and @rickshabangsar (TikTok).
pandemic,” explained Ricksha’s owner, who
wished to be known as Raj. Raj, who is Address: 9A (First Floor), Jalan Telawi 5,
enthusiastic about cooking, confessed that he Bangsar, 59100, Wilayah Perseketuan, Kuala
had always wanted to start a banana leaf Lumpur.
restaurant since it was his favourite food. Hours: 11am to 9.30pm, open Tuesdays to
Sundays (including public holidays)
“I’ve eaten at a number of banana leaf Phone: 03-2202 0770, 03-2202 2580
restaurants, and there’s always something that Mobile: 018-2181 420
could be improved or done better at every
place,” he said. Note: Proceed upstairs to find Ricksha, which is
located on the first floor. All prices are subject to
“As a result, I made the initiative to ensure 6% SST & 10% service charge. Ricksha is a cozy place for a nice meal with friends and family.
Ricksha has everything that delivers real cuisine
that would make banana leaf rice tasty.”

When asked what differentiates Ricksha
from other banana leaf restaurants, he stated
that meals are cooked on the spot after an order
is placed to keep the heat and crunchiness, and,
of course, no MSG is used in any of its dishes.

“This isn’t your usual banana leaf restaurant,
we do not serve cabbage, cucumber or bean
sprouts. [Those are] overrated.”

Their banana leaf set comes with two
choices of rice (white or parboiled), as well as
four different types of vegetables, one fried
vegetable and one curry of your choosing.
Curries come in a variety of flavours, including
chicken, mutton, fish, crab, salted fish, and

Homemade garlic pickle, papadam, moore
mozhega, and thovayal are served together.
They also provide sambar, vendhayam, thanni
saaru, and rasam for vegetarians.

“Our seafood and meat meals are our best
sellers,” Raj remarked. All of their seafood is
fished fresh in Kuala Selangor, which explains
why their prawn biryani is so popular, as well as
fresh, thick, and juicy.

Not to mention, their strong Bru coffee,
freshly made from the coffee machine, is the
ideal complement to your banana leaf rice dish.
It’s pleasant on the tongue and not too sweet –
just right!

Weekend specialties include Chetinad Hot
Plate Mutton Masala, Nalli Ezhumbu
Chukka/Perattal, Nall Ezhumbu Briyani
(mutton), and Ernakulam Mixed Seafood Hot
Plate. Ricksha also serves vegan side dishes
including Vegan Briyani (mushroom),
vegetarian chicken perattal, fish tokku,
mushroom 65, mushroom masala, and plant-
based chicken in three variations. In Ricksha,
customers may also preorder crowd-pleasing
side dishes including crab, lobster, and fish

Food was served quick, efficient, clean, and –

ENTERTAINMENT Actor Chris Hemsworth (left) and
Waititi on the set of the VFX-heavy
16 theSun LYFE ON WEDNESDAY | JULY 13, 2022 Thor Ragnarok. – MARVEL STUDIOS

Pugh beat the haters
with her fearless
attitude. – INSTAGRAM

Florence Pugh shuts VFX artists call out Marvel
down body shamers THE drama surrounding the VFX oThesuperherofranchisestudiohasbeenaccusedof
industry in regards to Hollywood’s underpayingandabusingartistswhoworkonitsproductions
FLORENCE PUGH received a backlash after reliance on them continues to
turning heads in a sheer, see-through pink expand, as VFX artist Dhruv Govil growing library of productions. and Thunder.
Valentino dress at the Italian fashion label’s haute has added his voice to the rising chorus of the Many commenters still active in the field “Does this look real?,” he asks Valkyrie
couture show in Rome last Friday. VFX industry speaking out against Marvel.
note that they specifically request not to be actress Tessa Thompson, who laughs in
Pugh then addressed the“vulgar”insults “Working on Marvel shows is what assigned Marvel projects due to a variety of response. Waititi has come under fire on
through her personal Instagram on Sunday, pushed me to leave the VFX industry,” Govil factors such as pay that was said to be not Twitter for his seemingly tone-deaf and
writing:“Listen, I knew when I wore that wrote on Twitter. equivalent to the effort placed into the work, “insensitive” remarks.
incredible Valentino dress that there was no way and unreasonable deadlines and turnaround
there wouldn’t be a commentary on it. Whether it “They’re a horrible client, and I’ve seen times. While the MCU is known for featuring an
be negative or positive, we all knew what we way too many colleagues break down after extensive array of VFX technology, recent
were doing.” being overworked, while Marvel tightens the These are sentiments previously shared entries in the sprawling franchise have been
purse strings.” by Todd Sheridan Perry, a VFX artist who criticised by fans who have been
She added: “What’s been interesting to watch worked on Black Panther. Perry stated that disappointed with the CGI.
and witness is just how easy it is for men to Govil has been credited with contributing Marvel Studios rushed the development of
totally destroy a woman’s body, publicly, proudly, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) the film’s climactic final battle, resulting in a Most recently, the Disney+ series She-
for everyone to see. You even do it with your job blockbusters Guardians of the Galaxy and sequence that he felt was unsatisfying. Hulk: Attorney at Law was grilled by fans who
titles and work emails in your bio?” Spider-Man: Homecoming. felt that Jennifer Walters’ (Tatiana Maslany)
Ironically, on the same day as Govil’s green alter-ego looked unconvincing.
The Don’t Worry Darling star acknowledged His tweet was in response to a Reddit tweet, a clip of Taika Waititi was uploaded,
that this“isn’t the first time and certainly won’t be thread that similarly criticised Marvel showing him mocking the CGI of his At the time of writing, Marvel Studios and
the last time a woman will hear what’s wrong Studios’ treatment of VFX workers. character Korg in the new Thor: Love Disney have yet to respond. – by Mark
with her body from a crowd of strangers.” Mathen Victor
Initially written by user “Independent-
The English actress’s confidence has not been Ad419”, the post is filled with VFX artists
rattled by the severe criticism, and she continued sharing their negative experiences regarding
her powerful statement, asking:“Why are you so their contributions to the MCU’s ever-
scared of breasts? Small? Large? Left? Right? Only
one? Maybe none?” Paul Rudd shows support for lonely boy
HOLLYWOOD actor Paul Rudd recently
Pugh concluded her post by offering advice: reached out to Brody Rider, a 12-year-old The signed helmet he sent to Rudd proved
“Grow up. Respect people. Respect bodies. Colorado child who had been bullied at the young fan. – FACEBOOK that he has a
Respect all women. Respect humans. Life will get school for months. of the event last month, addressing
a whole lot easier, I promise.” fan questions and playing softball with big heart.
Cassandra Ridder, the boy’s mother, celebrity mates like Adam Scott and Rob – AFP
Pugh’s article shows how body-shaming expressed her heartbreak on social media Riggle.
women may backfire. The culture should be after learning that no one wanted to sign his Brody sent Rudd a message that said: and the actor replied: “You’re mine.”
halted immediately, and actors shouldn’t be yearbook. She said that Brody penned a “Your my favourite superhero,” according to a After receiving the item, Brody’s tearful
afraid to speak out about it. – by Hazique Zairill statement in his yearbook to himself that screenshot Cassandra shared on Facebook,
said: “Hope you made some more friends. – mother commented: “Guys, more tears. Paul
Fans are Brody Rider.” Rudd is an amazing human being. Brody
defending and Paul are on texting terms now.”
Jisoo after a “2 teachers and a total of 2 students wrote
seemingly in his yearbook. My heart is shattered; teach Rudd is indeed a true, real-life hero. – by
disparaging your kids kindness,” she wrote. Thashine Selvakumaran
article. –
TWITTER The story went viral, catching Rudd’s
notice, and he reached out to him directly
BLACKPINK fans angry over Facetime. Days later, he sent Brody a
over Jisoo ‘disrespect’ heartwarming letter in which he referred to
him as “the coolest kid ever” and sent him
BLACKPINK fans are angry over an article in an autographed Ant-Man helmet.
Rolling Stone Korea that claimed that Jisoo“does
not possess the most outstanding talent”. The Ant-Man star wrote: “It’s important
to remember that even when life is tough
The article stated that“Jisoo does not possess that things get better.
the most outstanding talent in the group as a
vocalist or dancer, but her growth is much more “There are so many people that love you
apparent.” and think you’re the coolest kid there is – me
being one of them! I can’t wait to see all the
Fans took to social media to express their amazing things you’re going to accomplish.”
anger and demand the magazine apologise to
Jisoo for the backhanded statement. Rudd has a record of helping students in
need. The actor is one of the founders of Big
In addition, fans also noted that the same Sleek Celebrity Weekend, a celebrity-
article appeared to be taking a swipe against studded charity event that benefits
Jisoo’s bandmate Lisa, with a line pointing out Children’s Mercy, a children’s health
the latter’s“exotic appearance”and referring to organisation. Rudd visited the 2022 edition
her as a“foreign member”of the group.

While the magazine has since amended the
online version of the article, removing most of
the contentious phrases, fans are still demanding
that the publication offer up a formal apology.

So far, neither BLACKPINK nor Rolling Stone
Korea have commented further on the issue. – by
S. Tamarai Chelvi

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The Russia plotline was at times monotonous. Gaten Matarazzo (right) and Sadie Sink continue to put out memorable performances.


THERE is very little room to argue that
Netflix began the culture of digital
“bingewatching” when the streaming
platform’s popularity rose in the
middle 2010s, and when the first season of
Stranger Things premiered all at once on July
16, 2016, things changed meteorically.

The immediate popularity of the series
certainly helped in shooting the culture into the
universal stratosphere, with each successive
season becoming an event to be anticipated
and looked forward to.

With the release of Matt and Ross Duffer’s
fourth season of Stranger Things concluding on
July 1, things have changed once more.

More popularly known as the Duffer
Brothers, the duo pushed the envelope of what
constitutes traditional television series
runtimes and the idea of binge-watching, as
every episode in the latest season were well
beyond an hour each, with the last episode
being as long as a modern feature-length film.

Gone were the days of fans sitting down and
binge-watching an entire season of Stranger
Things within a single night or a couple of days.

Volume One Stranger Things’ fourth season is bloated ... but the payoff is worth it. – ALL PIX VIA NETFLIX
Split into two “volumes” or parts, Stranger The fourth
Things’ fourth season debuted its first batch of season’s
seven episodes on May 27, and the last batch of villain,
two episodes on July 1.
Psychic battles Vecnais
Having watched the season in its entirety, it revealed to
makes sense why the season seems bloated; be behind
there is a lot that happens, and almost nothing everything
can be edited out to shorten any of the episodes in Stranger
due to everything being critical to the narrative.
and darker Things.
Picking up eight months after the third storytelling
season’s last episode, the main cast have been o Stranger Things’ fourth season moves towards finality
split up into three separate plotlines that
eventually intersect. never received proper scriptwriting attention in Certain new characters in the season, such as Eddie (middle) might never return despite their popularity.
previous seasons, such as Noah Schnapp’s Will,
The main plotline involves (yet another) who was always sort of “just there” in other welcome one, because this season has truly when the fifth season is eventually made, there
series of supernatural murders that begin seasons getting character development that proved that Brown just isn’t that good of an will be a “time jump” so that the real ages of the
happening in the fictional town of Hawkins, may hint to his sexual orientation as he actress. actors better match the age of their characters.
with the group consisting of Steve Harrington, becomes older.
Nancy Wheeler, Robin Buckley, Dustin How the series moves forward towards its As the dust settles over what remains of
Henderson, Max Mayfield, Lucas and Erica Fan favourite Max also becomes central to final, fifth season will be interesting to see, Hawkins, Stranger Things is proving to become
Sinclair attempting to figure out whether the the narrative as she is pursued by the main especially with how the brothers have said an epic of sorts.
otherworldly “Upside Down” is responsible. antagonist, as the character’s actress Sadie Sink
really flexes her acting prowess, with one
As this is going on in Hawkins, the new pivotal sequence featuring Max causing singer
addition to the cast, Eddie Munson (Joseph Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill to explode in
Quinn) is blamed for the murders that are popularity.
inspired by the real world “Satanic panic” that
became prevalent in America in the late ‘80s. The creative choice to pivot the story around
Max also paves the way for Caleb McLaughlin
On the opposite end of America, the second to shine as Lucas Sinclair. As both these
plotline occurs with Mike Wheeler, Will and characters are in a complicated romance, a
Jonathan Byers, and new character Argyle crucial scene towards the end has McLaughlin
(Eduardo Franco), with the group attempting out-performing everyone else in the cast with a
to find Jane Hopper/Eleven, who is elsewhere heartwrenching performance.
attempting to get her psychic powers back.
For new characters such as Argyle and
It doesn’t stop there. In the third plotline, all Eddie, Stranger Things does it again, with Eddie
the way in Russia, Joyce Byers and Murray in particular having what is destined to become
Bauman are attempting to rescue Jim Hopper a classic television scene involving Metallica’s
from a Soviet Union prison. Master Of Puppets.

As much as it great seeing all these Though this might be controversial to say,
characters again, there is simply too much the choice to put other characters and their
going on, and some of the story beats were actors at the forefront instead of the series’ lead
simply a drag – like the almost everything in character, Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven is a

The first volume also introduces and sets up
the season’s main villain, dubbed Vecna, a
humanoid being capable of similar psychic
feats as the series’ lead, Eleven, due to their
shared past.
Volume Two
By the end of the final episode of the season in
the second volume, it became easier to digest
why the Duffer Brothers chose this “long-
format” television storytelling.

The episodes needed the extra time to
properly tell its story, and to flesh out
characters who are either fan-favourites or


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Everybody wants to roll around on a bed of cash.

Inside the heist
o Five things you probably didn’t know about
Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area In the remake, the Professor and gang out to ‘liberate’ 4 trillion won from the Unified Korean Mint.

KOREA’S new heist series has The Hahoe mask, as director Kim as a foundation for the new union, The Korean Hahoe mask replaces the iconic Dali mask from the original.
stolen the hearts of explains, has a vein of humour as it and the only objective of la banda is Was Money Heist inspired by the crime spree of a local gang? Maybe the Professor
audiences around the has a horrific-looking smile on the to steal four trillion won. The unified has the answer.
world, with Money Heist: face akin to red-lipped clowns. currency used in the series features
Korea – Joint Economic Area topping portraits of historical figures
the Global Non-English Top 10 last Artistic director Seo Sung-kyung including Korean independence
week. The reimagining of the Spanish experimented with different models activists Yoo Gwan-soon and Ahn
mega-hit series La Casa de Papel, using various materials including Jung-geun, the heroes of the modern
which offers a fresh take on the plastic, chromium, steel, and rubber and contemporary history of the two
genius heist strategist and crew of and ended up swapping the original Koreas.
thieves with a Korean flair, was also Dali masks’ warm wooden brown 5. Money Heist Inspired by
the #1 show in South Korea, colour for a white glossy finish with Malaysia?
Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and black eyebrows. Detektif Hamdahn a.k.a. Abe Dahn
Thailand. 3. Inside the Unified Korea Mint a.k.a. Luqman Podolski returns in
(UKM) another episode of D’Netflix Report
A little birdie told us that the cast The Korea Unified Mint building and with a brand new theory – could the
and showrunners behind the series its surroundings have also been most notorious Money Heist be
spilled some tea about the remake, so designed with Korean elements in inspired by a groundbreaking case …
here are all the things you might not mind. The inside of the Mint is in Malaysia? That’s right! In the 1990s,
have known about Money Heist: architecturally adapted from the there was a gang in Malaysia called
Korea – Joint Economic Area. traditional Korean house Hanok, the Mamak Gang, who stole gold bars
1. The Formation of the Joint where a courtyard with pine trees and that were worth a whopping 12
Economic Area rocks sits in the middle alongside million ringgit.
The original La Casa de Papel is walls decorated with paintings.
known for its thrilling storyline that What’s more, is the resemblance
leaves the viewer no time to catch a As the story takes place in a of the Professor’s crew member’s
breath. In this remake, the story is set limited space, director Kim Hong-sun names who are named after famous
in a Korean peninsula that was added depth to its visual storytelling cities. Malaysians have been doing
divided after the liberation in 1945 with the use of lighting direction and this for a long time, but instead of
and will soon be unified in 2026. The colour to illustrate incidents that are naming people after cities, we name
two Koreas establish a ‘Joint happening at the same time. With cities after people. Think Iskandar
Economic Area,’ a demilitarised zone this, the Mint was designed to Puteri in Johor or Gohtong Jaya in
that guarantees free travel and accommodate various light changes honour of Lim Gohtong in Bentong.
economic activity, as well as a Unified including its ceilings, courtyard, and See if we’re right and watch
Korea Mint (UKM) to produce a use of projection bricks. #DONECLAIM on Instagram,
unified currency. 4. Eyes On the Cash Prize Facebook, or Twitter.
With the reunification of the two
“As a big fan of the original Koreas come a new unified currency Part 1 of Money Heist: Korea - Joint
Spanish series, I felt intrigued to tell Economic Area is currently streaming
this vibrant story in a Korean context,” on Netflix.
says writer Ryu Yong-jae. Director
Kim Hong-sun adds: “With the global
K-drama phenomenon, fans will be
curious about the added narrative of
the Korean Peninsula.”

The joint task force, powered by
both North and South, struggles to
see eye to eye as they have different
convictions, while also keeping
hostages in check. Intense mind
games unfold between the top-class
thieves with a bold plan to steal four
trillion won from the Unified Korean
Mint (UKM).

2. The Traditional Korean Hahoe The Unified Korean Mint set was designed to accommodate various light changes. – ALL PIX VIA NETFLIX
The series is not only drawing
attention for being uniquely Korean
in its setting, as the influence of
Korean culture goes beyond the
confines of its story. The visuals of the
series are also packed with Korean
characteristics and symbolism,
bringing a new identity to the new

The iconic Dali mask has been
swapped out for the traditional
Korean Hahoe mask, which many of
its cast members have pointed out as
their favourite concept of the series.
Park Hae-soo, who plays Berlin, has
called the Hahoe mask “a symbol of
irony and rebellion against an unjust
upper class”, which perfectly
summarises the intention behind the
crew’s heist.


19theSun LYFE ON WEDNESDAY | JULY 13, 2022

█ BY MARK MATHEN VICTOR What it means Real life mimics art, as Ellie’s
to be human revenge was mimicked by
IN the final scene of the 2013 gamers. - ALL PIX BY
game The Last of Us, protagonist o We take a closer look at the universally NAUGHTY DOG
Joel Miller (Troy Baker) and his acclaimed, controversial zombie survival game
adoptive daughter, Ellie (Ashley The Last of Us Part II The death of Joel (left), the lead of the first game, was a hard pill to swallow for
Johnson) have settled down after many.
their fight for survival against the And almost all of them “review Though fans and critics outside Though as personal as ever, the stakes in TLOU2 remain high.
“zombies” and militant group the bombed” the game’s Metacritic page the aforementioned groups
Fireflies. with negative scores. overwhelmingly praised the game,
criticisms were still leveled at parts of
In 2020, players were thrown into While Covid-19 was being toxic TLOU2, such as its pacing when the
the game’s sequel, The Last of Us Part outside, gamers were being toxic “perspective shift” occurs, or the
II (TLOU2), with Joel and Ellie now at inside. sequencing of events, but discourse
odds against each other for a yet-to- was far healthier on this front,
be-revealed reason. At no point during this mass compared to the toxicity on the other
hysteria did anyone in any of these end of the spectrum.
Less than two hours into game, an groups decide to play the game in its
unknown militia group led by Abby entirety before judging it. Furthermore, after its release,
Anderson (Laura Bailey) from Onwards and outwards TLOU2 sold four million copies in its
Washington arrive, and brutally snuff Though the outcry against the game release week, the fastest of any
out Joel’s life. was deafening, it formed but a small PlayStation 4 exclusive, and currently
minority of the larger playerbase that has the most Game of the Year
Players and fans were left completed TLOU2 in its entirety. awards out of any video game ever
bewildered at the death of Joel, a fan
favourite character that for the last
seven years was heralded as one of
the best written and acted characters
in the history of video games.

Needless to say, gamers were
frothing at the mouth, and being as
toxic as the Star Wars fandom, chose
to begin a figurative war.

However, the anger did not begin
on the day TLOU2 was released; it
started almost three months earlier.

In media res
At the start of April 2020 and
throughout the month, pieces of the
game began being leaked, before
snowballing into all the big moments
being spoiled.

The Internet, being the place that
it is, saw these rumours (some true,
most false) spreading like wildfire.

A big point of contention in the
rising outrage was how the leaks
revealed that TLOU2 would “shift the
perspective”, by forcing players to
play as Joel’s killer Abby halfway into
the game.

To add further fuel to the fire, at
some point, rumours (falsely) began
to swirl that Abby was a transexual
woman solely due to her muscular

When the game was finally
released, the toxicity had become so
radioactive, that it was past the point
of no return. Fans who were angry at
developer Naughty Dog’s creative
choices when it came to the story that
was leaked decided to boycott the
game. Others who bought the game
went into it ready to hate it.

Another group in the middle of
the Venn diagram of the previous
two, decided to watch other players
play it via live stream or on Youtube,
and spoil the game for everyone else.

The grotesque “mushroom zombies” still exist in TLOU2, but take a backseat to the

made. despite the off, with the enduring legacy the
Ironically, game has forged bringing a remake of
bludgeoning the game and its TLOU with the upcoming The Last of
creators received (and continue to Us Part I for the PlayStation 5 in
receive), Naughty Dog announced on September this year, and a future live
June 19 this year that TLOU2 has action television adaptation for HBO,
surpassed over 10 million copies starring The Mandalorian and Game
sold. of Thrones star Pedro Pascal as Joel
For all intents and purposes, and Bella Ramsey as Ellie.
TLOU2 was gamble by Sony to
publish, and a risk for Naughty Dog to However, the question remains,
develop, write and create knowing while Ellie eventually moved on from
how gamers tend to behave. the death and trauma of losing her
Abby was rumoured to be a transgender, as gamers found it hard to believe women could have muscles. It’s a risk that has seemingly paid father-figure, have gamers done the
same from two years ago?

20 theSun LYFE ON WEDNESDAY | JULY 13, 2022 /theSunMedia

Staying ahead of
o Apple devices getting opponents, activists and journalists.
beefed-up defense against Apple is suing NSO Group in US federal Apple unveiled a new way for activists, journalists and other targets of state-sponsored espionage to
cyberattacks protect themselves from spyware. – AFP
court, saying the Israeli firm’s spyware was used
APPLE unveiled last week a new way for to attack a small number of iPhone users victims being aware. Apple’s Lockdown Mode is designed to
activists, journalists and other targets worldwide. Google said it warned Android users block or disable some features and capabilities
of state-sponsored espionage to to prevent them from being taken advantage of
protect themselves from spyware. “State-sponsored actors like the NSO Group targeted by the spyware and ramped up by spyware.
A Lockdown Mode being added to iPhones, spend millions of dollars on sophisticated software defences. The Google threat team is
iPads, and Mac computers are intended to surveillance technologies without effective tracking more than 30 companies that sell The extreme, optional mode “hardens
counter threats from a thriving industry that accountability,” Apple senior vice president of surveillance capabilities to governments, device defences and strictly limits certain
provides sophisticated espionage tools to software engineering Craig Federighi said when according to the Alphabet-owned tech titan. functionalities, sharply reducing the attack
governments. the suit was filed late last year. surface that potentially could be exploited by
That needs to change “The commercial spyware industry is highly targeted mercenary spyware,” Apple said.
“While the vast majority of users will never Pegasus infiltrates mobile phones to extract thriving and growing at a significant rate,” – ETX Studio
be the victims of highly targeted cyberattacks, data or activate a camera or microphone to spy Google said.
we will work tirelessly to protect the small on their owners. NSO Group says the software is
number of users who are,” Apple head of only sold to government agencies to target
security engineering Ivan Krstic said in a blog criminals and terrorists with the green light of
post. Israeli authorities.

The tech giant is upping the bounty it pays A Spanish court last month said a judge
researchers for uncovering vulnerabilities in its wants to visit Israel to quiz the NSO Group’s top
software when it comes to Lockdown Mode, executive over a top-level hacking scandal
raising the maximum reward to US$2 million involving the Spanish premier’s phone.
(RM8.85 million).
Meanwhile, Google last month said that an
Concerns over digital snooping have been Italy-based firm’s hacking tools were used to spy
fueled by media outlets reporting that Pegasus on Apple and Android smartphones in Italy and
spyware made by NSO Group in Israel was Kazakhstan, casting a light on a “flourishing”
being used by governments to surveil spyware industry.

Google’s threat analysis team said spyware
made by RCS Lab targeted the phones using a
combination of tactics including unusual
“drive-by downloads” that happen without

What video content does TikTok remove the most? Smart contact lenses
A WATCHWORD for TikTok these days is for AR vision
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lifted the veil on the type of content that most all videos uploaded to TikTok,“ the social disclosure of personal data or any AFTER virtual reality headsets and glasses, get
often got removed from its platform during its network outlined. – AFP information that could identify a person. ready for augmented reality contact lenses.
first quarter of 2022. Fake accounts, nudity activity involving minors’ sub-policy prohibits That’s what the American startup Mojo Vision
involving minors, illegal activities ... Here’s a a broad range of content, including ‘minors in The United States remains the country recently demonstrated, with a lens integrating a
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199501030570 (359776-U)) MAJOR CREST CONSULTANTS SDN. BHD. hereby appointed as liquidator for 2. “THAT MR KAM CHAI HONG of fourth successive Wimbledon title the US. I mean come on. This is
E-13A-05, PLAZA MONT KIARA, the purpose of winding up the affairs C.H. Kam Consultancy (2005) Sdn. but is currently unable to enter the ridiculous. You can agree to be
BETWEEN NO. 2, JALAN KIARA and distributing the assets of the Bhd., 55-A, Jalan Perang, Taman US due to his vaccination tested. There’s got to be a way
KAOYANG & SONS SDN. BHD 50480 KUALA LUMPUR Company in specie or otherwise. Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor status. around this.”
(COMPANY NO: 198201001740 Tel : 03-62111926 KOH FOOK HAI be appointed as Liquidator to act “I’m not vaccinated Djokovic’s coach,
(81486-T)) Dated : 12.07.2022 Director for the purpose of winding up the
Dated this 13th July, 2022 company’s affairs and distributing
… PETITIONER IN THE MATTER OF IN THE MATTER OF IN THE MATTER OF its assets.” and I’m not planning Goran Ivanisevic,
AND THE COMPANIES ACT 2016 THE COMPANIES ACT 2016 THE COMPANIES ACT 2016 “THAT the Liquidator be indemnified to get vaccinated so hailed the Serbian’s
KAOYANG INDUSTRIES SDN. BHD by the Company against all costs, the only good news “heroic” ability to
(COMPANY NO: 199501030570 AND AND AND charges, losses, expenses and I can have is them recover from his
(359776-U)) IN THE MATTER OF IN THE MATTER OF IN THE MATTER OF liabilities incurred or sustained by removing the experience in
TPT360 TECHNOLOGY SDN BHD JIN HENG (JH) SDN BHD URBAN LINE DESIGNS SDN. BHD. him in the execution and discharge of mandated green Australia and
… RESPONDENT [201601042208 (1213150-D)] [202001032474 (1388794-H)] (Company No. 201401012335 his duties in relation thereto.” vaccine card to suggested it would
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a (1088415-H)) Chairman States,” said players into
Petition for the Winding-Up of the WINDING-UP) WINDING-UP) (In Members’ Dated : 13 July 2022 Djokovic after his retirement.
above named Company by the High NOTICE OF RESOLUTION NOTICE OF RESOLUTION Voluntary Winding-Up) victory. “It’s very
Court dated 23/6/2022 presented NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at the NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at the NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that IN THE MATTER OF “I’ll wait hopefully emotional,” said
by KAOYANG & SONS SDN BHD Extraordinary General Meeting of the Extraordinary General Meeting of the the Creditors of the abovenamed THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016 for some good news from Ivanisevic. “It was a s***
(COMPANY NO: 198201001740(81486- Company held at No. 21-2, Jalan Puteri Company held at No. 21-2, Jalan Puteri Company, which is being voluntarily the US because I would year, a tough year. Being there
T) the above said Petitioning Company 2/3, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, 2/3, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, wound-up, are required on or before AND really love to go there. That would in Australia… for some people,
and that the said Petition is directed Selangor Darul Ehsan on the 7th day of Selangor Darul Ehsan on the 7th day of 5 August 2022 to send in their names IN THE MATTER OF be the next big tournament. they don’t recover.
to be heard before the Court sitting July, 2022 the Special Resolution was July, 2022 the Special Resolution was and addresses with particulars of BRIGHT COUNTRYSIDE SDN. BHD. “If that doesn’t happen, then I “They will never play tennis.
at the High Court of Malaya at Kuala duly passed:- duly passed:- their debts or claims and of any Company No: 199501026292 have to see what the schedule This was a big shock. It was a shock
Lumpur at 9.00 o’clock in the morning, TPT360 TECHNOLOGY SDN BHD be JIN HENG (JH) SDN BHD be wound up security held by them, and the names, looks like. I will not burden myself for me, and I was free. Imagine for
on the 21/2/2023; and any creditor wound up voluntarily and that JAMES voluntarily and that LEE SHIH MEI be addresses of their solicitor (if any) to (355497-K) to have to go and play tournaments him.
or contributory of the said Company LOW JIN YOU be appointed liquidator for appointed liquidator for the purpose of the undersigned liquidator at Suite (IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY and get points. “It’s really heroic. He’s a great
desiring to support or oppose the the purpose of winding up the company. winding up the company. A24, 2nd Floor, Podium A, Plaza “I don’t feel I’m in a rush really champion. This is the result. This
making of an order on the said Petition JAMES LOW JIN YOU LEE SHIH MEI Pekeliling, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, if LIQUIDATION) anywhere to end my career in a trophy, this joy on Centre Court.
may appear at the time of hearing Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur so required in writing from the said NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT year’s time or two years’ time or It’s so beautiful.
by himself or his Counsel for the Dated this Dated this 12th day of July, 2022 liquidator, are to come personally the Creditors of the abovenamed whatever.” “Maybe Biden will change his
purpose and a copy of the Petition 12th day of July, 2022 or by their Solicitors and prove their Company which is being voluntarily McEnroe criticised Australia’s mind. A lot of crazy things are
will be furnished to any creditor or IN THE MATTER OF debts or claims at such time and wound up, are required on or before handling of the Djokovic saga in happening in the world. Every day
contributory of the said Company IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES ACT 2016 place as shall be specified in such 14 August 2022 to send in their names January and said he hopes Joe something is changing.” – The
requiring the same by the undersigned THE COMPANIES ACT 2016 notice or in default thereof they will and addresses with particulars of their Biden will ease restrictions in time Independent
on payment to the regulated charge for AND be excluded from the benefits of any debts and claims and the names and
the same. AND IN THE MATTER OF distribution made before such debts addresses of their solicitors (if any) to 322 Notices TRAMLINES
The Petitioner’s address is at No. Unit IN THE MATTER OF JIN HENG (JH) SDN BHD or claims are proved. the undersigned Liquidator and, if so Hope springs eternal for Novak
A-6-2A, Wisma Yoon Cheng, No. 726, TPT360 TECHNOLOGY SDN BHD [202001032474 (1388794-H)] LEE OOI CHOO (f) required by notice in writing from the IN THE MATTER OF
Batu 4 1/2, Jalan Ipoh, 51200 Kuala [201601042208 (1213150-D)] NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Liquidator said Liquidator, or by their solicitors or THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016 NOVAK DJOKOVIC is hoping to be allowed
Lumpur. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the creditors of the abovementioned Dated this 13th July, 2022 personally to come in and prove the to play at the Australian Open next year
The Petitioner’s solicitors are Messrs creditors of the abovementioned Company which is being wound up said debts and claims at such time AND despite being kicked out of the country
Gary Wong & Co address is at No. Company which is being wound up voluntarily, are required on or before DALAM MAHKAMAH MAJISTRET DI and place as shall be specified in such IN THE MATTER OF over his vaccination status in January, the
BL-8, Prima Court, Jalan Ukay Prima, voluntarily, are required on or before 12th day of August, 2022 to send their KAJANG notice, or in default thereof, they will INTEGRAL RESOURCES SDN. BHD. Serbian told state television RTS yesterday.
Saujana Melawati, 53100 Kuala 12th day of August, 2022 to send their names and addresses with particulars be excluded from the benefit of any Company No: 199501017068 “As things stand now, I cannot travel to
Lumpur. names and addresses with particulars of their debts or claims and the names DALAM NEGERI SELANGOR DARUL distribution made before such debts Australia and the United States, but I am
of their debts or claims and the names and addresses of their solicitors (if any) EHSAN, MALAYSIA and claims are proved. (346271-D) hoping to get positive news,” Djokovic told
MESSRS GARY WONG & CO and addresses of their solicitors (if any) to the undersigned, the liquidator of GUAMAN SIVIL NO: Liquidator (IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY RTS after being greeted by thousands of
Solicitors for the Petitioner to the undersigned, the liquidator of the said Company, and if so required Kam Chai Hong fans in front of Belgrade City Hall. “I believe
NOTE:- the said Company, and if so required in writing prove their debts or claims BH-A72NCvC-33-03/2022 55-A, Jalan Perang, LIQUIDATION) things will change for Australian Open. For
Any person who intends to appear on in writing prove their debts or claims at such time and place as shall be ANTARA Taman Pelangi, At an Extraordinary General Meeting the US Open there is not much time, but
the hearing of the said Petition must at such time and place as shall be specified in such notice or in default 80400 Johor Bahru. of the members of INTEGRAL hope dies last. I would like to play at the US
serve on or send by post to the above specified in such notice or in default thereof, they will be excluded from the TENAGA NASIONAL BERHAD Dated this 13th day of July 2022 RESOURCES SDN. BHD. held on 12 Open and Australia Open, but even if I do
named Solicitors for the Petitoner thereof, they will be excluded from the benefits of any distribution made before (No. Syarikat: 199001009294) July 2022, the following Special not it’s not the end of the world. It’s
notice in writing of this intention to benefits of any distribution made before such debts are proven. 322 Notices Resolutions were duly passed :- important to me to stay healthy, physically
do so. The notice must state the name such debts are proven. LEE SHIH MEI … PLAINTIF 1. “THAT the Company will be and mentally, so I can still play for a long
and address of the person, or, if a firm, JAMES LOW JIN YOU Liquidator DAN IN THE HIGH COURT OF MALAYA time and the chances to do so will certainly
the name and address of the firm and Liquidator No. 3A, Jalan Kencana 20/1, GUNASEELAN A/L THANGIAH AT SHAH ALAM liquidated by way of members’ come,” he added.
must be signed by the person or firm, Level 3A, Sunway Visio Tower Lingkaran Taman Kencana, (No. K/P: 710705-10-5977) IN THE STATE OF voluntary winding up pursuant to
or his or their Solicitors (if any) and SV, 55100 Kuala Lumpur. 56100 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. [berniaga atas nama BUMI TULIN TRADING Section 439 (1)(b) of the Companies Barty has no regrets
must be served, or, if posted, must Dated this 12th day of July, 2022 Dated this 12th day of July, 2022 No. Pendaftaran Perniagaan: 201303046131 SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN, MALAYSIA Act, 2016.”
be sent by post in sufficient time to (002203509-V)] (COMMERCIAL DIVISION) 2. “THAT MR KAM CHAI HONG of FORMER world No. 1 Ash Barty has no
reach the above named not later than PERISYTIHARAN JUALAN C.H. Kam Consultancy (2005) Sdn. regrets about retiring from tennis in March
12.00 o’clock noon of the 20/2/2023 DALAM MAHKAMAH TINGGI MALAYA DI PULAU PINANG … DEFENDAN COMPANIES (WINDING UP) NO: Bhd., 55-A, Jalan Perang, Taman aged 25 and also does not plan to start
(the day before the day appointed PERMOHONAN UNTUK PERLAKSANAAN NO: PA-38-215-04/2022 NOTIS PENGIKLANAN BA-28NCC-362-06/2022 Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor playing golf professionally, ending
for the hearing of the Petition). [This (Dalam Perkara mengenai Penyampaian be appointed as Liquidator to act speculation that she would now focus her
Advertisement of Petition is prepared Dalam perkara mengenai Seksyen 256 dan 257 Kanun Tanah Negara, 1965 Ganti Writ Saman dan Pernyataan Tuntutan In the matter of Section 465(1)(e) and for the purpose of winding up the career on that sport. Barty sent shockwaves
Messrs Gary Wong & Co address Dan bertarikh 1.3.2022 melalui Perintah 466(1)(a) of the Companies Act, 2016 company’s affairs and distributing around the tennis world when she
No. BL-8, Prima Court, Jalan Ukay Dalam perkara mengenai Gadaian Perserahan No: 0799SC2013019740 (bertarikh Mahkamah bertarikh 24.6.2022) its assets.” unexpectedly announced her retirement at
Prima, Saujana Melawati, 53100 15/06/2012) ke atas semua bahagian tanah yang dipegang di bawah Geran No. 102918, Kepada:- And “THAT the Liquidator be indemnified the peak of her game just two months after
Kuala Lumpur, solicitors for Petitioner 1732, Mukim 11, Daerah Seberang Perai Tengah, Pulau Pinang GUNASEELAN A/L THANGIAH In the matter of PYONGSAN (M) SDN. by the Company against all costs, claiming a third Grand Slam title at the
Solicitors for the Petitioner. Dan (No. K/P: 710705-10-5977) BHD. [Company No: 200101017130 charges, losses, expenses and Australian Open. She had added fuel to the
(Our ref: GWC(94)LIT/WINDING- Dalam perkara mengenai Aturan 83 Kaedah-Kaedah Mahkamah, 2012 PT 12217, Jalan Cheras (552887-M)] liabilities incurred or sustained by him speculation she would become a
UP(KSSB)/3-2022/G) Batu 9 ½ Hulu Langat in the execution and discharge of his professional golfer in April by signing up
ANTARA 43200 Cheras BETWEEN duties in relation thereto.” for a series of exhibition tournaments
PUBLIC BANK BERHAD (No. Syarikat : 6463-H) Selangor UCM INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION BERHAD LIM JIT SOUN featuring 23 other celebrities from the
dan/atau [Company No.: 198501000727 (Authorised Corporate Representative world of sport. “I have no regrets about
...PLAINTIF GUNASEELAN A/L THANGIAH (133170-W)] of Golden Spaniel Sdn. Bhd.) retiring. Not one. I knew it was the right
DAN (No. K/P: 710705-10-5977) Dated : 13 July 2022 time for me. It was what I wanted to do,”
HONG KAM CHOON sebagai Wakil Diri kepada Estet Hong Kam Seng, si mati Blok 25-02-10 … PETITIONER she told The Guardian in an interview
(No. Kad Pengenalan : 660202075005) Flat Sri Johor AND IN THE MATTER OF yesterday. “Golf is a hobby and it always will
Batu 3 ½ Jalan Cheras PYONGSAN (M) SDN. BHD. THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016 be. I know what it takes to get to the very
...DEFENDAN 56100 Kuala Lumpur [Company No.: 200101017130 top of any sport, and I don’t have the desire
AMBIL PERHATIAN bahawa satu Writ Saman (552887-M)] AND or want to do the work required,” she
Menurut Perintah Mahkamah Tinggi Malaya di PULAU PINANG mengenai Perintah dan Pernyataan Tuntutan bertarikh 1.3.2022 IN THE MATTER OF added.
Jualan dan Perintah bertarikh 19 Januari 2022 dan 15 Jun 2022, adalah dengan (“Writ tersebut”) dan satu Perintah Untuk … RESPONDENT INTEGRAL RESOURCES SDN. BHD.
ini diisytiharkan bahawa Timbalan Pendaftar/Penolong Kanan Pendaftar Pusat Operasi Penyampaian Ganti bertarikh 24.6.2022 ADVERTISEMENT OF PETITION Company No: 199501017068
e-Lelong di Kuantan (“Perintah tersebut”) telah dikeluarkan NOTICE is hereby given that a petition
terhadap kamu di Mahkamah Majistret for the winding-up of the above-named (346271-D)
AKAN MENJUAL SECARA Kajang oleh Tenaga Nasional Berhad (No. company by the High Court of Malaya at (IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY
LELONG AWAM Syarikat: 199001009294) yang mempunyai Shah Alam was, on the 20th day of June,
alamat penyampaian di Pejabat Setiausaha 2022 presented to the said court by the LIQUIDATION)
Pada Hari Khamis, 4 Ogos 2022, Pada Jam 11:00 pagi, SECARA ELEKTRONIK DI Syarikat, Tingkat 2, Ibu Pejabat Tenaga abovenamed Petitioner, UCM Industrial NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the
LAMAN WEB e-LELONG, PUSAT OPERASI e-LELONG, Nasional Berhad, No. 129, Jalan Bangsar, Corporation Berhad [No Syarikat: Creditors of the abovenamed Company
59200, Kuala Lumpur dan Mahkamah telah 198501000727 (133170-W)] And that which is being voluntarily wound up,
KOMPLEKS MAHKAMAH KUANTAN, PAHANG DARUL MAKMUR memerintahkan supaya Writ dan Perintah the said petition is directed to be heard are required on or before 14 August
tersebut disampaikan keatas kamu secara before the Court sitting at Shah Alam at 2022 to send in their names and
NOTA: Bakal pembeli adalah dinasihatkan agar membuat carian Hakmilik penyampaian ganti dengan menampalkan 9.00 o’clock in the morning, on the 21st addresses with particulars of their
secara rasmi di Pejabat Tanah dan memeriksa semua tanggungan, bebanan sesalinan Writ tersebut berserta dengan day of September, 2022; and any creditor debts and claims and the names and
serta mengenal pasti dengan tepat hartanah tersebut sebelum jualan lelongan sesalinan Perintah tersebut di Papan or contributory of the said company addresses of their solicitors (if any) to
dijalankan. Notis Mahkamah Majistret Petaling Jaya, desiring to support or oppose the making the undersigned Liquidator and, if so
dengan menghantar sesalinan Writ tersebut of an order on the said petition may required by notice in writing from the
Sila Iayari berserta dengan sesalinan Perintah appear at the time of hearing by himself said Liquidator, or by their solicitors or
tersebut ke alamat-alamat Defendan or his counsel for that purpose; and a personally to come in and prove the
BUTIR-BUTIR HAKMILIK: : Geran No. 102918 seperti yang tertera pada Writ Saman copy of the petition will be furnished to said debts and claims at such time
No. Hakmilik : 1732 tersebut yang merupakan alamat Defendan any creditor or contributory of the said and place as shall be specified in such
No. lot : 11 / Seberang Perai Tengah / Pulau Pinang tersebut yang terakhir diketahui, dengan company requiring the same by the notice, or in default thereof, they will
Mukim / Daerah / Negeri : Hakmilik Kekal menampalkan sesalinan Writ Saman dan undersigned on payment of the regulated be excluded from the benefit of any
Pegangan : Pernyataan Tuntutan tersebut berserta charge for the same. distribution made before such debts
No. Petak/No. Tingkat/ : 2799.00 kaki persegi dengan sesalinan Perintah ini di Mahkamah The Petitioner’s address is at No. 42 – 46, and claims are proved.
No. Bangunan Majistret Kajang dan dengan mengiklankan Level 2, Jalan SS 19/D, 47500 Subang Liquidator
Keluasan Tanah 260.00 meter persegi satu Notis sekali dalam akhbar “The Sun”. Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia. Kam Chai Hong
Pemilik Berdaftar : HONG KAM SENG DAN BAHAWA penampalan dan pengiklanan The Petitioner’s Solicitors is Messrs. 55-A, Jalan Perang,
Syarat Nyata : This Grant is issued subject to the payment of a tersebut hendaklah dianggap sebagai Kandasamy of Unit No. B-03-06, Blok B, Taman Pelangi,
penyampaian yang sempurna dan Casa Kiara 1, No. 20, Jalan Kiara 3, Mont 80400 Johor Bahru.
Sekatan Kepentingan royalty of 10% of the gross produce of rock materials mencukupi Writ Saman dan Pernyataan Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Dated this 13th day of July 2022
Bebanan / Lain-Lain extracted and removed beyond the boundaries of the Tuntutan tersebut keatas Defendan tujuh (7)
Kawasan Rizab land hari selepas pelaksanaan terakhir tindakan Signed
Kaveat : Tiada penampalan-penampalan dan pengiklanan ................................
: tersebut. Messrs. Kandasamy
: DAN AMBIL PERHATIAN SELANJUTNYA Solicitors for the Petitioner
: bahawa Saman tersebut tersebut akan NOTE:
didengar di Kompleks Mahkamah Kajang, Any person who intends to appear on the
LOKASI DAN PERIHAL HARTANAH: 43000 Kajang, Selangor Darul Ehsan pada hearing of the said petition must serve
Hartanah tersebut adalah Rumah Berkembar Satu Tingkat yang beralamat pos di No. 22.7.2022, pukul 9.00 pagi di hadapan on or send by post to the abovenamed
5, Tingkat Binjai 10, Taman Sri Rambai, 14000, Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang. Majistret Tuan Syahrul Sazly bin Md. Messrs. Kandasamy of Unit No. B-03-
Saindi mana kamu perlu menghadirkan 06, Blok B, Casa Kiara 1, No. 20, Jalan
HARGA RIZAB : diri pada tarikh tersebut. Jika kamu Kiara 3, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur,
Hartanah tersebut akan dijual atas “sepertimana sedia ada” tertakluk kepada satu gagal menghadirkan diri pada tarikh notice in writing of his intention so to
harga rizab sebanyak RM 320,000.00 (RINGGIT MALAYSIA: TIGA RATUS DUA PULUH tersebut, suatu penghakiman ingkar boleh do. The notice must state the name and
RIBU SAHAJA) dan kepada syarat-syarat jualan yang dilampirkan. Pembida yang dikeluarkan terhadap kamu. address of the person, or, if a firm, the
berminat hendaklah mendepositkan 10% daripada harga rizab dalam bentuk Bank Draf Sesalinan Writ Saman dan Pernyataan name and address of the firm, and must
di atas nama PUBLIC BANK BERHAD 1 HARI BEKERJA sebelum tarikh lelong awam. Tuntutan tersebut dan Perintah tersebut be signed by the person or firm, or his or
Baki harga belian hendaklah dibayar oleh pembida yang berjaya kepada PUBLIC BANK boleh diperiksa oleh kamu atas permintaan their solicitor (if any) and must be served,
BERHAD dalam tempoh seratus dua puluh (120) hari dari tarikh jualan. Untuk butir- di Mahkamah ini. or, if posted, must be sent by post in
butir selanjutnya, sila berhubung dengan:- Bertarikh 30 haribulan Jun 2022 sufficient time to reach the abovenamed
not later than twelve o’clock noon of the
Firma Guaman : TOH THEAM HOCK & CO. t.t. 20th day of September, 2022 (the day
Alamat : NO. 155, 1ST FLOOR ............................... before the day appointed for the hearing
No. Telefon Peguamcara Plaintif of the petition).
No. Rujukan TAMAN INDERAWASIH, 13600, PG, MY oleh Tetuan Vin Law Co. yang beralamat filed by Messrs. Kandasamy, Solicitors
: 04-3981918 di Suite 6.05, Tingkat 6, Wisma E&C, No. 2, for the abovenamed Petitioner, whose
: 04-3981921 Lorong Dungun Kiri, Damansara Heights, address for service is at Unit No. B-03-
: TTH/PBB/HL16/2019//0SY/INA 50490 Kuala Lumpur, peguamcara bagi 06, Blok B, Casa Kiara 1, No. 20, Jalan
pihak Plaintif. Tel: 03-2093 3300 Faks: 03- Kiara 3, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
2093 2200 / emel: [email protected] Ref:K/0107/UCM-PMSB/21/VK/L
(Ruj: VR/LIT/07/2021/TNB-BUMI)

22 theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JULY 13, 2022 Woods ‘feeling good’ despite defeat to former winners
FOUR FORMER winners of the Open at St. Georgia Hall and Lee Trevino. contention on the back nine come Sunday.”
Six players to watch Andrews unsurprisingly came out on top in The 15-time major winner pulled out of McIlroy admitted he found being part of
at the British Open the Celebration of Champions ahead of this
week’s 150th Open. the US PGA Championship in May the event “a little bit emotional”.
THE 150th British Open starts in St. Andrews tomorrow, following a third round of 79 and skipped “If you told a 10-year-old Rory I would
returning to the Old Course for the first time since 2015. Nick Faldo, John Daly, Louis Oosthuizen the US Open in order to give himself the
Here’s a look at six leading contenders to win the Claret and Zach Johnson teamed up to shoot 6- best chance of playing at St. Andrews, be doing this I wouldn’t have believed you,
Jug. under in the light-hearted, four-hole event scene of his Open victories in 2000 and ” the four-time major winner added.
over the first, second, 17th and 18th holes 2005.
Scottie Scheffler (USA) on the Old Course yesterday. “To get my name on the Claret Jug, to
Asked how he was feeling, the 46-year- be as close as I am to my hero growing up
Age: 26 That gave the illustrious quartet – old – who suffered severe leg injuries in a (Woods) and to be doing this, the
World ranking: 1 winners at St. Andrews in 1990, 1995, 2010 car accident in February last year – said: “I’m Champions Dinner tomorrow in the R&A
Major titles: 1 (2022 Masters) and 2015 respectively – a three-shot win feeling good. clubhouse… it’s sort of pinch yourself
over the teams captained by Laura Davies moments.
It has been a remarkable year for Scheffler, who won his and Tiger Woods. “Game day is Thursday so I just have to
first title on the PGA Tour in February, won two more in pace myself until then and get after it and “It’s really, really cool and I am so
March to become world No. 1, and then in April won the Woods was partnered by Rory McIlroy, hopefully we can put ourselves in privileged and humbled to be part of it all.”
Masters, finishing three shots clear of Rory McIlroy to take – The Independent
the green jacket and his first major. Raised in Texas,
Scheffler then finished in a tie for second at last month’s US Rahm. – AFPPIX
Open at Brookline. Finished in a tie for eighth on his Open
debut at Royal St. George’s last year. Ready to
Rory McIlroy (NIR)
‘It’s a very different feeling when you stand on the 18th at St. Andrews’
Age: 33
World ranking: 2 █ TOM KERSHAW year-old) son, he doesn’t care “I’m fully aware I haven’t and after the Ryder Cup, yes, I
Major titles: 4 (2011 US Open, 2012 and 2014 PGA what I’ve done, he just wants played as well as last year, but needed a break.”
Championship, 2014 British Open) JON RAHM isn’t too proud his dad. It helps me switch that doesn’t happen very
to admit that the pain of that flick from golf very, very often. You’re a fool if you The mention of Woods
When a 25-year-old McIlroy won the 2014 Open at near misses used to eat quickly.” think in life you’re going to invariably leads Rahm to St
Hoylake and then added the PGA Championship a few him up. He had always improve every single year. Andrews this week. It is a
weeks later, the Northern Irishman looked unstoppable. Yet played with a fierce passion, It is not to say the fire has course laced with Spanish
he has not added to his tally of four majors in the eight but the only source of genuine been doused a great deal “Just because Scottie history too, thanks to Seve
years since. He has come close though, not least at the last “hate” had been reserved for either, though. Rahm has only Scheffler has won four times Ballesteros’s heroics in 1984
Open in Scotland in 2018, when he finished tied second at golf’s most reviled honour: played once since Brookline, this year doesn’t mean I’m when he holed a birdie putt at
Carnoustie. McIlroy also came second at the Masters in the best player not to win a at last week’s Scottish Open not still playing pretty damn the last to beat Tom Watson to
April, falling short of winning the one major he needs to major. where he finished in a tie for good. the Claret Jug.
complete a career Grand Slam. Since then he has won the 55th, and there have been
Canadian Open and come tied fifth at the US Open, It weighed heavily until last quiet murmurs about a slight “It’s like people saying Right up until his death in
confirming his fine form coming to St. Andrews. year’s US Open when he holed drop in form, even accounting Lewis Hamilton lost his form, 2011, Ballesteros maintained
two behemoth putts to snatch for his win at the Mexico no, he’s just having one bad that it was “the happiest
Jon Rahm (ESP) victory at the last, and it made Championship in May. The year. moment of my whole sporting
defeat easier to swallow when whispers, it is safe to say, have life”.
Age: 27 a turbulent final round not gone unnoticed. “Tiger (Woods) had a bad
World ranking: 3 wrecked his chances of year in ’98 and then came “St. Andrews has a
Major titles: 1 (2021 US Open) keeping that title from Matt “People like to talk so back in ’99 and won eight connection with the past that
Fitzpatrick just a few weeks much, to me it’s funny,” he times. He had a bad 2004 and you don’t really get in many
Rahm can become the second Spaniard to win the ago in Boston. says. “I keep hearing all these then won six times. It other places and that’s what
Open and follow in the footsteps of the late great Seve things, I think I’ve played 13 happens. It’s golf. makes it so special,” Rahm
Ballesteros, a three-time champion whose fist-pump “It’s a little bit easier to get events this year and I’ve had six said.
celebration after winning in St. Andrews in 1984 is one of over it,” he says. “And when I top-10s and a win. I’m sorry if “What I would say is I
golf’s iconic images. The 27-year-old won his first major at get home and see my (one- that’s bad form for people. needed a break. I became a “It’s a very different feeling
last year’s US Open and came tied third in the British Open father, I got important wins, I when you stand on that 18th
at Royal St George’s but his form this year has been less became No. 1 in the world green.” – The Independent
inspiring, with tied 12th at the US Open his best major
performance. Nicklaus not concerned about low scores

Collin Morikawa (USA) █ PHIL CASEY However, Nicklaus had a completely yesterday’s Celebration of Champions or
THREE-TIME Open champion Jack different response when asked about the attend the Champions’ Dinner.
Age: 25 Nicklaus insists he has no concerns about chances of that happening during the
World ranking: 4 the Old Course yielding a record low score 150th Open this week. Norman is the CEO of LIV Golf and he
Major titles: 2 (2020 PGA Championship, 2021 British this week. and Nicklaus have clashed over claims that
Open) “So what?” the 18-time major winner Nicklaus originally approved of the Saudi-
Branden Grace created history when he said. “That’s sort of the way I look at it. backed circuit before later saying he had
The Californian lifted the Claret Jug at Royal St George’s became the first man to shoot 62 in a turned down an opportunity to be
last year to become the first player in almost two decades major during the 2017 Open at Royal “They’re shooting low now compared involved.
to win the Open on his debut. Now he is hoping to become Birkdale, while Ross Fisher holds the to what they shot 100 years ago. But times
the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2007 and 2008 course record at St Andrews after a 61 in change and golfers get better, equipment “Let me just sum this up with a couple
to win golf’s oldest tournament in successive years. the Dunhill Links three months later. gets better, conditions get better. of words,” Nicklaus said. “First of all, Greg is
Morikawa has already shown up well this year, finishing an icon in the game of golf. He’s a great
fifth in Augusta and tied fifth at the US Open having led at If a lack of wind leaves the Old Course “But I don’t think it really makes a player.
halfway. However, he will be acquainting himself with the vulnerable to similar scoring, Colin whole lot of difference, frankly. It’s St.
home of golf for the first time. Montgomerie is among those to fear a Andrews and it is what it is, and it will “We’ve been friends for a long time,
sub-60 score could be possible, telling Golf produce a good champion. It always has. and regardless of what happens, he’s
Jordan Spieth (USA) Monthly recently: “It doesn’t deserve to That’s the way I look at it.” going to remain a friend.
have a 59 on it.”
Age: 28 Nicklaus refused to be drawn on the “Unfortunately, he and I just don’t see
World ranking: 12 R&A’s decision not to invite two-time Open eye to eye on what’s going on. I’ll basically
Major titles: 3 (2015 Masters, 2015 US Open, 2017 winner Greg Norman to compete in leave it at that.” – The Independent
British Open)

Spieth was brilliant in winning the Open at Birkdale
in 2017 but that was the last of his three major triumphs
to date. However, he was the runner-up to Morikawa
last year. Seven years ago he came to St. Andrews
having just won both the Masters and the US Open, and
just missed out on a place in the playoff eventually won
by Zach Johnson. That past record makes him one to
watch, even if he has not finished in the top 30 at a
major this year and has won just once on tour, at the
RBC Heritage in April.

Will Zalatoris (USA)

Age: 25
World ranking: 13
Major titles: None

Last year’s PGA Tour rookie of the year has quickly
earned a reputation as golf’s newest “Nearly Man” with
three second-place finishes already from only nine career
major starts. He came second at last year’s Masters, while
already this year he has finished tied sixth at the Masters
and come second at the PGA Championship, losing a
playoff to Justin Thomas. He then also came second at the
US Open, finishing a stroke behind Matt Fitzpatrick.
Zalatoris will be hoping for better luck at the Open than last
year, when he withdrew injured after the first round. – AFP



‘Not for sale’WilsherereturnstoArsenal
FORMER Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere
said he wants to implement the style and Ten Hag insists Ronaldo remains part of Devils’ plans for new season
ideas of ex-manager Arsene Wenger and
current boss Mikel Arteta after taking the █ SIMON PEACH forward to working with him. United are working hard to complement
reins of the club’s U-18 side following his “He hasn’t told me (he wants to leave). I the acquisition of Feyenoord leftback Tyrell
retirement from football. Wilshere, who ERIK TEN HAG says Manchester Malacia, with the pursuit of Barcelona
made 197 appearances for Arsenal under United star Cristiano Ronaldo is “not have read, but what I say is Cristiano is not for midfielder Frenkie de Jong rumbling on as a
Wenger and played alongside Arteta for for sale” and “in our plans” for the sale. Cristiano is in our plans and we want to move for free agent Christian Eriksen edges
five seasons, announced last week that he coming season. get success together.” closer.
was bringing an end to his injury-plagued It recently emerged the 37-year-old
career at the age of 30. Wilshere said he had asked to leave Old Trafford if an United have been adamant this summer Lisandro Martinez, the Ajax defender, is
wanted a team that dominates possession acceptable offer arrived following a that Ronaldo is staying put and Ten Hag another target as Ten Hag looks to bolster his
and tries to win the ball back as high as disappointing first season back with options.
possible, as quickly as possible. “Working a club he won medals aplenty at says he spoke to the veteran star
under Arsene and people like that, they between 2003 and 2009. before his family issue arose. “He has the profile for the modern fullback,”
instilled that in us from a young age,” he The Dutchman said it was “a he said of Malacia. “Defending good, tough to
said. “If I can bring that in, along with Ronaldo was due to report for really good talk” but did not beat and in offence a really good contribution,
Mikel’s thoughts and ideas, I think that’s a pre-season training last week but a want to provide any details of that’s why.
recipe for success.” family issue saw him miss the his conversation with a player
whole week and Friday’s flight whose availability for “The rest we know what we want – and we not
Nani joins Melbourne Victory to Thailand for the start of United’s three matches in only want new players, we want the right new
United’s pre-season tour. Australia is unclear. players.
FORMER Manchester United forward Nani “I cannot tell because, as I
has joined Melbourne Victory on a two- Ten Hag spoke for the first time said, his absence (for family “We have a good squad, there’s huge
year contract, the A-League club said since his unveiling ahead of the reasons),” Ten Hag said. “I potential, so only when we find what is really an
yesterday. The Portuguese winger had Liverpool friendly in Bangkok, where have already explained and that improvement to our squad will we do (business).
signed an 18-month deal with Serie A side the Portuguese dominated the line of is it for this moment.”
Venezia in January but left by mutual questioning in a packed press Ronaldo’s future is sure to “My first press conference I said already
consent last week after making 10 conference. rumble on during a tour that definitely we are searching for players in
appearances for the relegated club. The recently appointed manager midfield, there we have a need and also in
35-year-old spent eight years in England “He’s not with us and it’s due to Ten Hag begins with just offence. We are still looking for players.
with United, where he won four Premier personal issues,” Ten Hag said. one new signing.
League titles and the Champions League “We are planning with “It’s going to be a long season but a season
in 2008. “We’re proud to be able to recruit Cristiano Ronaldo that is quite unusual due to the World Cup, so
a player like Nani to our club and believe this season so you need to be prepared for this and need more
he will be an incredible asset for that’s it. I’m players than in a normal season.”
Melbourne Victory and the entire A- looking
League,” coach Tony Popovic said. “He has Ten Hag also confirmed in yesterday’s pre-
enjoyed an incredibly successful career at match press conference that England defender
both club level and international level and Harry Maguire will remain as United captain
we believe his quality and experience will
be key in achieving our ambitions this after widespread discussion.
season.” Four-times league champions “Harry Maguire is the captain,” he
Melbourne Victory will face Manchester
United in a friendly at Melbourne Cricket said of the defender. “He’s an
Ground on Friday. established captain and he’s
achieved lot of success, so I don’t
Fulham sign Pereira have doubts about this issue.” –
from United The Independent

FULHAM have signed Brazilian midfielder Gareth Bale holds the
Andreas Pereira from Manchester United LAFC jersey during a
on a four-year contract, the newly news conference after
promoted Premier League club said he was introduced at
yesterday. British media reported that
Fulham paid an initial fee in the region of Banc of California
£9m (RM50m) for the 26-year-old, who had Stadium. – AFPPIX
a year left on his United deal. “I want to
help Fulham as much as I can to be where To Euro 2024 and beyond for Bale
they belong,” Pereira, who has the option
of extending his contract by a further 12 GARETH BALE believes his move into Major here for six or 12 months, I’ve come here to try but the players were really welcoming.
months, told the club website. “(Manager) League Soccer will help extend his to be here as long as possible. “Hopefully I can help to improve the team
Marco Silva was very important for this. I international career to the 2024 European
spoke a lot with him, and he was a key Championships and beyond. “I want to try to leave my mark on this team, and we’ll see – our goal is to try to win a trophy
factor in me being here.” Pereira becomes and being here gives me the best possible and a Championship.”
the latest player to leave United following Bale was unveiled by Los Angeles FC chance to make it to the Euros and maybe one
the departures of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, yesterday having agreed a one-year deal which more. I feel like I’m here to play a big part.” Bale’s unveiling came on the same day
Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard as new will help his preparations for Wales’World Cup Wayne Rooney agreed a deal to become the
manager Erik ten Hag continues to rebuild finals appearance in Qatar. Bale had his first training session with his new coach of DC United, and the Welshman
the squad. Fulham, who won the new LA teammates yesterday, and could be in said he welcomed the influx of big names into
Championship last season, open their top- But Bale, who turns 33 at the end of this line to make his debut for the Western the competition.
flight campaign at home to Liverpool on week, revealed he has longer-term ambitions Conference leaders against Nashville next
Aug 6. with LA and sees no reason why he will not week. “It’s great for the MLS and for the sport in
remain Stateside well beyond the terms of his the US,” Bale said. “I think to get big names and
Chelsea, PSG enter current deal. “It was nice to get started because it’s been more people watching is only going to do
race for Lewandowski a while and I was eager to get going,” added great things for the MLS, and it’s great to be
Bale said: “I haven’t come here just to be Bale. “I need to get some training under my belt part of it.” – The Independent
CHELSEA and Paris Saint-Germain have
made moves to try and sign Robert Barcelona, United agree on De Jong deal
Lewandowski, as a planned switch to
Barcelona stalls. While the LaLiga club IN WHAT could be a major United have been in talks with each for his signing. could be pocketing.
remain the striker’s first choice, there is an development in the Frenkie de Jong other for the transfer of De Jong for The Manchester United officials However, the decision of a
awareness it may prove difficult to transfer saga, Barcelona have months now, but the two parties
complete due to Bayern Munich insisting reportedly reached an agreement were yet to agree a deal due to met with Barcelona director Mateu transfer now rests with De Jong
that they receive the entire €50m with Manchester United over a sale differences in valuations. Alemany, advisor Jordi Cruyff and himself, who has been reluctant to
(RM225m) fee up front as a consequence for a fee of €85 million (RM476m). vice-president Rafa Yuste at a leave Barcelona. But he is believed
of Barcelona’s financial situation. The However, Manchester United restaurant. to have been disappointed by
Bundesliga champions have otherwise This claim comes from journalist CEO Richard Arnold and director Barca’s attempts at selling him this
accepted the reality of the situation and Oriol Domenech on Onze TV3, who John Murtough were pictured in And, it seems like an agreement summer.
are willing to let Lewandowski leave, states that the two clubs have finally Barcelona yesterday, with the pair has been struck over a total fee of
meaning the 33-year-old will not need to struck a deal for the transfer of the having travelled to advance the deal €85m, including variables. Whether that changes his stance
go on strike when the Bayern squad meet Netherlands international. for De Jong amid reports that However, the report does not over a transfer to Old Trafford
for pre-season today. The situation entirely Chelsea had also entered the race specify the exact amount of fixed remains to be seen. – The
depends on what Barcelona do next, and Barcelona and Manchester payments and add-ons that Barca Independent/Agencies
whether they finally agree to meet
Bayern’s demands. For now, however, the
possibility of Lewandowski joining PSG or
Chelsea is open.


He’s not with us and it’s due to personal
issues… He hasn’t told me (he wants to
leave). I have read, but what I say is Cristiano
(Ronaldo) is not for sale. Cristiano is in our plans
and we want to get success together… I have
already explained and that is it for this moment.”

Manchester Unied manager Erik ten Hag

Haaland hints at joy of simplicity as City embrace tactical puzzle

█ RICHARD JOLLY last two clubs, Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Haaland was smiling but guarded, ticking the And yet he has not been hired to be part of it;
A COUPLE of Norway flags gleamed in the Dortmund, showed Haaland tends to be a crowd- right boxes without talking himself into trouble. A not as another passer. He is the specialist finisher
Manchester sun. In front of the stage where the pleaser on the pitch. player who can average a goal a game did not set for the team who won successive Premier Leagues
new signings were paraded, a Norwegian’s sky himself a target. with a false No. 9; or, to be more precise, a coterie
blue shirt was held aloft. “Haaland 15,” it read. Perhaps the surprise, after some of his There was no disguising that his dream is to of them.
monosyllabic interviews at his previous clubs, were win the Champions League. He has already Last season, the creator-in-chief Kevin de
The shirt was a couple of decades old and Alf his attempts to be one off the field, too. finished a season as its top scorer, in 2020-21, with Bruyne got a mere eight assists as he instead took
Inge Haaland, who turns 50 in November, was Dortmund. on the mantle of the top scorer.
there to see it. At his unveiling, he geed the crowd gathered City nevertheless eliminated them that year; if “I hope for him he will get more assists this
outside the Etihad Stadium up in chants of “City.” their shortcoming was an inability to score in the season,” said the likely beneficiary of the Belgian’s
It was outnumbered, however, by a newer kit, He supplied answers that came with a guarantee 2021 final defeat to Chelsea, they kept their new supply line.
with his surname on it, but the No. 9. Without even of popularity. recruit quiet in both legs of the quarterfinal. His arrival poses tactical conundrums for
making his debut, Erling Haaland’s fan club already Possession, he explained, was the best form of Guardiola, a man with a famously large number of
appears rather larger than his father’s ever was Asked which game he was most looking defence as he experienced the difficulties of facing theories and an occasional propensity to plump for
during his 47 games as a defensive midfielder. forward to, he replied: “I don’t like to say the word City. the wrong one.
but… United.” “You see something on TV and then when you Haaland, his sunny demeanour to the fore, said
It is not merely the inflation of transfer fees that meet it is completely different,” Haaland said. five times his aim was just to enjoy himself. He
meant one Haaland cost £2.5 million (RM14m) and He appears Sergio Aguero’s belated successor “I didn’t touch the ball for 25 minutes and it is rationalised: “Overthinking is not a good thing for
the other feels a bargain at £51m (RM285m). and revealed he has one of the Argen tinian’s shirts like: ‘(Ilkay) Gundogan, please stop playing tiki- every human being.”
at home. taka.’ It is a different level how they play and that is It may be advice Guardiola should heed, but he
The rapturous reception reflected his status as, what I want to be a part of.” almost certainly won’t. – The Independent
along with Kylian Mbappe, the most coveted “He is a legend, one of the best ever to play in of seven
young forward in world football. the Premier League,” he elaborated. “I remember a
lot of goals he scored, especially the 93:20 goal.”
As a record of 115 goals in 116 outings for his That required no explanation for any City

Djokovic’s Wimbledon triumph shows Kyrgios 2011 2014
what is required for grand slam success

█ JAMIE BRAIDWOOD the previous set, looked to be cruising to an 2015 2018
important hold at 4-4 in the third.
ONCE the dust had settled on his 2019 2021
seventh Wimbledon title, Novak For a player who through the tournament
Djokovic remained just as clinical in had held 97% of his service games after winning PICTURE COMBO: Djokovic holding up his last
identifying the moments the match the opening point, being 40-0 up should have six Wimbledon trophies. – AFPPIX
began to turn. been an unassailable lead. to be choppy waters, even as he came into a
match against one of the best players of all time
Djokovic had steadied after dropping the But the irritation built, a backhand into the and a serial champion carrying a 27-match win
opening set to Nick Kyrgios, like a machine net was followed by a double fault, and at deuce streak at Wimbledon.
analysing its opponent’s serve and learning new the sight of Kyrgios grumbling to his box was like
behaviours, and after levelling the match he waving a red flag in front of the bull. “In best-of-five against these guys, you feel
continued to tighten his grip with a faultless like you win the first set, you still have to climb up
display of hitting from the baseline. “He knew on this stage, when Nick starts to Mount Everest to get it done,” Kyrgios said, and
talk, he’s going to be vulnerable,” Djokovic’s yet the unravelling began early in the second set
The key breakthrough in the coach, and the former Wimbledon champion, and at the first signs of trouble when Djokovic
third, though, was Goran Ivanisevic revealed. broke to love.
“presented” to him.
Kyrgios, still reeling “I felt maybe that’s the moment where I could It remained an absorbing contest and while it
from a missed break his serve, which happened,” Djokovic can be hard to take your eyes off Kyrgios at times
opportunity to shrugged. “It was a huge momentum shift.” amid the invention and spontaneity of play, as
break Djokovic well as the antics at the back of the court, the
from 0-40 Djokovic, by then, had found a remarkable sight of Djokovic adjusting to his opponent and
at the level. The 35-year-old made just one unforced breaking down the serve was just as compelling.
end error throughout the third set and did not give
of away a single point on the forehand side. Djokovic has a knack for producing
important victories in SW19, and this seventh
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic smiles as he holds The gambles he was taking on the Kyrgios title may rank above the rest. – The Independent
the trophy after defeating Australia’s Nick serve were increasingly coming up in his favour,
Kyrgios (not in picture) during the 2022 the returns sliced and blocked deep into the
Wimbledon men’s singles final at The All court.
England Tennis Club on Sunday. – AFPPIX
Still, with a weapon like the Kyrgios serve, it
remained close. “Even,” Djokovic suggested. But,
he added, “We know that he has his ups and
downs in the match.”

Kyrgios quite rightly took pride in his run to
the Wimbledon final, and the confidence it will
give him moving forward. He had put himself in
a position to threaten Djokovic after taking a
brilliant first set, but appeared to develop a
newfound respect for the 21-time grand slam
champion that he did not go through similar
dips of emotion.

“In big moments, it just felt like he was never
rattled,” Kyrgios said. “I feel like that’s his greatest

There was, though, a reluctance to learn from
it. In one of several contradictions throughout
his post-match press conference, Kyrgios then
labelled a question suggesting that he could look
to emulate Djokovic by improving his own
composure as a “dig”.

“I think the other 126 players in the draw
could improve their composure,” Kyrgios replied,
but when he hit “rocky” spells in the match it was
the Australian who reacted by looking to blame
anything and everything around him.

Kyrgios, it seems, was not prepared for there

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