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3Cops start probe on trainer
who assaulted police recruit
4Alcohol consumption does
not affect Covid vaccine: MMA


No. 7734 PP 2644/12/2012 (031195)


Former nurse Normaisarah Ibrahim
is a source of pride for women all
over as the Kelantanese lass
combines her passion for ‘heavy

tasks’ with her medical background
to serve in the Negri Sembilan Fire

and Rescue Department.
theSun wishes all women ‘Happy

Women’s Day’. – BERNAMAPIX

Hindered by tradition

█ BY SHIVANI SUPRAMANI oPatriarchal social structure puts
[email protected] women at disadvantage

PETALING JAYA: Despite the to archaic ideas of gender roles. Both women said they were getting fewer
progress that has been made, genders need to work and bring in the opportunities than men, and six in 10
Malaysian society remains income to support the demands of a women feel they have missed out on
largely patriarchal. The growing family and support each other raises and promotions.
preference for sons over daughters is a in the care responsibilities.” Sociologist Dr Nor Azlili Hassan said
symptom of this condition. gender inequality in familial and
Suguna added that the assumption household responsibilities are to blame
It is this social structure, which that men are better than women persists for the sense of inequity.
affirms the power of men over women, despite the fact that women are better at She said in a patriarchal society,
that has left women with fewer multi-tasking, an essential quality in women are economically weaker than
opportunities, experts told theSun. business. men, making them dependent on their
male partner.
According to Selangor Friends of She said businesses should enable “There is also the perception that
Women Association secretary Suguna care responsibilities to be brought to the women are not able to lead as well as
Papachan, the conditioning starts from workplace to enable women to perform men. As a result, they are rarely given
childhood. their professional duties without opportunities for promotion, especially
compromising their domestic needs. to top positions that require them to
“Unlike boys, girls are the ones who lead other employees,” she told theSun.
stand in for the mother in looking after “This is possible, as demonstrated by Nor Azlili pointed out that often, the
their younger siblings and to take on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda balance in empowerment and
household chores. Through this, girls Arden.” opportunities are tipped in
learn the skills of caring.” favour of men, leaving
Arden was in New York to address women more vulnerable. Turn to
She added that coupled with the United Nations General Assembly in “As a result, the negative
conservative religious concepts, the September 2018, with her six-week-old —
patriarchy structure makes women feel daughter Neve Te Aroha in tow, making
trapped and deny them employment her the first world leader to bring her impact of a pandemic on page 3
opportunities. baby along for the assembly. women is usually far greater.”

“Some women, especially those who Suguna was commenting on a recent
are assertive, manage to break out of the LinkedIn study that showed 45% of
grasp of this structure, but how many
are prepared to do so?

“Ours is a modern society with
technological advances, yet we hold on

2 theSUN ON MONDAY | MARCH 8, 2021

MCA to stay put in Barisan Nasional

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president general assembly yesterday. Wee, who is also transport and mindset. take the failure of Pakatan Harapan as
Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the “Therefore, in the coming GE15, minister, said GE15 is very important MCA should move with the times, a lesson so that the party would not
party will remain with Barisan to MCA as it will determine the commit the same mistake.
Nasional (BN) in the 15th general MCA will continue with BN to ensure party’s future and whether it will taking into consideration views
election (GE15). victory. If there is a need, we will also regain the people’s support and expressed to remain relevant and to Wee also said MCA, which is part
be with other parties in the spirit of mandate. fulfil its main objective of winning of the Perikatan Nasional
He said since its establishment, diversity and moderation for the sake and restoring the party to its former administration, would continue to
MCA had faced various challenges of safeguarding the country.” “For us, the coming polls will be a glory, he said. play its role in the government for the
and gone through thick and thin very big challenge because we need sake of the people, especially in
together with BN. The general assembly was to ensure MCA wins more seats to get “We do not want any internal fighting the pandemic and reviving
conducted in a hybrid format due to a bigger mandate and strengthen the conflict or dispute in the party as it is the economy.
“Celebrating cultural diversity, the Covid-19 pandemic, with 95 party.” destructive and can bring us all
moderation and an inclusive nature delegates present physically at the down. We need to ensure victory in Wee launched the 72nd
as instilled and practised by BN is in MCA headquarters and the He said under the new normal, the next GE. Do not let internal anniversary celebration of MCA
line with MCA’s struggle,” he said in remaining 1,030 delegates attending MCA could no longer afford to struggles compromise our party.” yesterday, which included musical
his opening address at the 67th MCA virtually. compete based on the old model performances. – Bernama
He also urged MCA members to

Fewer Malaysians on rich list Buskers back in

o Number of high net worth individuals fell by 8%, from business opportunities caused by the KUALA TERENGGANU: Buskers are rejoicing
17,936 in 2019 to 16,442 last year: Report pandemic and subsequent disruptions in the as they can play music again with the lifting of
global supply chain. the movement control order (MCO) in
█ BY HAKEM HASSAN said the decline in the number of rich people Terengganu.
[email protected] is inevitable given the overall 5.6% drop in the The Knight Frank 2021 report said the
PETALING JAYA: As expected, the Covid-19 nation’s real income. “The HNWIs, who built number of UHNWIs rose by 2.4% globally They are now allowed to perform in public
pandemic has taken a toll on wealth. their fortunes through hotels and restaurants, from 2019 to 2020, which was a third of the places, subject to strict adherence to standard
aviation, leisure, tourism, hospitality and previous year’s quantum. Even so, the world operating procedures.
While the world continues to see an retail, would have experienced significant saw more than 520,000 new millionaires and
increase in the number of rich individuals, the losses in business income and asset values,” billionaires. “We are relieved that the government has
quantum of increase fell last year, compared Yeah told theSun. given us the green light to play again,” one of
with previous years. It also forecast that Asia-Pacific’s UHNWI them, Iswandee Ismail, 43, said.
Datuk Dr Rajah Rasiah, Professor of population will likely grow by a third to
However, Malaysia is bucking the global Economics at the Asia-Europe Institute at 168,567 in 2025, ahead of the global average of The past few months had been difficult for
and even Asia-Pacific trends, with more Universiti Malaya, said the slump (in net 663,483 or 27%. him. “When the MCO was imposed, I began to
people exiting the rich list. worth) was imminent even before Covid-19. sell tauhu begedil (a local snack) that my wife
Indonesia will lead the charge with an made.
According to the latest report by Knight “The economy was already slowing down, expected 67% growth, followed by India
Frank, a real estate agency and residential and thanks to the US-China trade war under US (63%), New Zealand (52%) and China (46%). “That was our only source of income as I do
commercial property consultancy based in president Donald Trump’s administration.” not have any skills apart from playing music.”
London, the number of high net worth Over the next five years, the number of
individuals (HNWI) in Malaysia dropped by Rajah cited the more predictable and millionaires and billionaires in Asia-Pacific is Others like him had resorted to working as e-
8%, from 17,936 in 2019 to 16,442 in 2020. stable financial situation elsewhere, such as in set to rise by 37% and 46% respectively. hailing drivers and food delivery men. With the
Singapore, which saw an impressive increase MCO lifted, they are hopeful that they can start
In the same period, the number of ultra of 10.2% in the number of UHNWIs. The Asia-Pacific region is now home to performing at corporate events or weddings
high net worth individuals (UHNWI) declined 36% of the world’s billionaires, higher than again or be signed up for regular performances
by 3%, from 626 in 2019 to 606 last year. Yeah believes the sharp rise in the demand any other region. at cafes and restaurants. This was their main
for medical supplies and various ICT source of income before the Covid-19
The report defines a HNWI as one with a products and services, led by the growing According to Yeah, Malaysia can easily pandemic.
net worth of at least US$1 million (RM4.26 work-from-home trend, helped to boost the match the global growth. “Our strong
million) while a UHNWI is one with a net fortunes of countries where these products entrepreneurial spirit and talents, coupled Another musician here, Ahmad Aiman
worth of at least US$30 million (RM127.8 are manufactured. with a business-friendly environment and Matin Raduan, 32, had to dip into his savings to
million). level playing field are all that is necessary to make ends meet.
Another fact, he said, also in relation to help us meet the projected growth in the
Sunway University Business School Singapore, is the success of its entrepreneurs number of wealthy individuals.” “I know of some who have given up music
Professor of Economics Dr Yeah Kim Leng capitalising on the shift in economic and but not me. I have been doing this for 11 years
However, he also cautioned against and I will continue as long as I can.”
widening the gap between the haves and
have-nots. “Without inclusive growth, the Ahmad Aiman has already been signed up to
country’s economic progress is unlikely to be perform at several restaurants here. “We can’t
sustainable or socially and politically stable.” be too choosy as there are not many jobs

But the “down time” during the MCO did not
go to waste. “I spent it brushing up on my music

Affandi Hamzah, the owner of Uptown
Kontena-Dapo Pata, a bazaar and
entertainment centre, said the government’s
decision to allow busking would help revive the
tourism business.

“Apart from buskers, we have other creative
people here, such as mural artists and
photography enthusiasts.” – Bernama

RELIGIOUS DUTY ... Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman performed the umrah on Saturday. Umno-Bersatu ties
Muhyiddin is on a four-day official visit to Saudi Arabia. – BERNAMAPIX good for Sabah

SANDAKAN: The decision of Sabah Umno to
continue working with Parti Pribumi Bersatu
Malaysia (Bersatu) through Gabungan Rakyat
Sabah (GRS) is key to preserving political
stability in the state via various economic
development programmes.

Bersatu vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ronald
Kiandee said last year’s state election results
were a reflection of the people’s desire for
political stability and unity within the GRS

“The people have hopes that any approach
taken is one that promises a better future for the
country,” Kiandee, who is Beluran MP, said in a
statement yesterday.

Kiandee, who is also Agriculture and Food
Industry minister, said Sabah Umno’s stand
should preferably be emulated at the national
level to establish a strong political coalition that
can promise political stability.

Yesterday, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji
Noor, who is also Sabah Bersatu chairman, and
Deputy Chief Minister and Sabah Umno chief
Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin said cooperation
between the two parties in Sabah had not been
affected by political developments at the
national level. – Bernama

3theSUN ON MONDAY | MARCH 8, 2021


Police begin probe into Greater
assault of recruit empowerment for
women sought

o27-year-old rank-and-file sustains It is learnt the victim, whose KUALA LUMPUR: The formulation
ruptured eardrum after being hit by mother is a former armed forces of bills and policies aimed at
corporal during basic training doctor based in Kuala Lumpur, had providing gender equality and
chosen not to lodge a police report increasing the number of motions on
█ BY CHARLES RAMENDRAN Sources said the 27-year-old a doctor that he had suffered severe nor inform his family of the incident. women empowerment to be debated
[email protected] rank-and-file was undergoing basic rupture to his left eardrum, which in Parliament are among the targets
SEREMBAN: Police have training at the centre at about 7am would require surgery. He is expected to undergo set by the Council of Malaysian
commenced investigations into a when his 38-year-old police trainer surgery at the Kuala Pilah Hospital Women Political Leaders (Comwel).
police trainer who allegedly turned hostile. A senior officer of the training next month.
assaulted a recruit at the Ayer Hitam centre got wind of the assault and Comwel comprises 13 women
Police Training Centre (Pulapol) in The corporal, who was carrying lodged a police report. Jempol police chief Supt Hoo MPs and 31 members of state
Jempol, near here, causing him to out marching exercises on a group Chang Hook (pix) said yesterday assemblies.
suffer severe injuries in an ear. of recruits, became upset with the that investigations are ongoing and
victim’s performance and allegedly both parties will be summoned to The council said in a statement
It is learnt the incident occurred slapped him on the head. have their statements recorded. yesterday that it agreed with the joint
on Nov 11 last year but a police statement issued by women MPs
report was only lodged on Friday Although he suffered injuries to “We will conclude the urging the Dewan Rakyat to be more
after the case was brought to the his left ear, the victim kept mum investigations by the end of the week gender-sensitive, adding that it
attention of a senior officer of the about the incident. However, two and submit our findings to state would like to join in the efforts to
centre. weeks ago, the victim sought police and Bukit Aman before it goes realise the agenda.
treatment at a specialist clinic at the to the Attorney-General’s
Kuala Pilah Hospital and was told by Chambers,” he told theSun. “The effort to make the Malaysian
Parliament as a gender-sensitive
He said an internal investigation institution is a progressive effort that
will also be carried out by the requires the comprehensive
Pulapol Ayer Hitam’s police Integrity cooperation of all parties, whether in
and Standard Compliance the government bloc or the
Department. Opposition,” Comwel said in the
SPARE ... A It said the nation should also
resident of Taman strike a gender balance among
Seroja Bandar Baru delegates in Parliament, fight for
in Salak Tinggi, budgets and allocations that are
Sepang, Selangor more women-friendly and gender-
is seen taking sensitive.
pictures of his
vehicle, which two In conjunction with International
uprooted trees Women’s Day today, it expressed
narrowly missed hope that women’s empowerment
during a storm on agenda and gender mainstreaming
Saturday evening. would be intensified accordingly to
The storm allow women in Malaysia to be viable
damaged about and successful, it said.
100 homes.
– BERNAMAPIX Women leaders should unite
beyond the political divide as this
would accelerate the women
empowerment agenda to achieve the
set targets that would in turn benefit
all women in Malaysia, it said.
- Bernama

Ancient route connecting villages found in Perak
JELI: The 12th Malaysia Plan
IPOH: A study by a heritage published in 1916, we discovered relayed to the relevant parties to that there is a unique H-shaped (12MP) will be tabled once
association has uncovered an traces of a route that had been used enable further studies to be water pool in the hill area,” he said. Parliament is allowed to sit,
ancient route that connected two in ancient times. conducted in more detail at the Minister in the Prime Minister’s
villages in the southern part of location gazetted as a quarry zone Mohd Fadly said if the cave there Department (Economy) Datuk
Gunung Lanno, Simpang Pulai, “Among our findings were a long under the administration of the could be developed as a tourist Seri Mustapa Mohamed said. He
near here. tunnel and a stair-shaped stone Batu Gajah District Council. attraction, it would be the first to said the 12MP is ready for tabling
structure in a cave,” he said when offer water activities, especially and it is constantly being
It is believed that the route was met by reporters in the area. “Besides that, the area is unique kayaking, in Perak. updated, among others, in terms
last used more than 100 years ago. and we believe has the potential to of numbers and strategies as it
He said the route was also be developed into a conservation He said GeoNat is conducting takes into account the impact of
Perak Geotourism Association believed to have been used for centre and even suitable as a further studies on the rock structure the Covid-19 pandemic. “The
(GeoNat) chairman Mohd Fadly Md connecting two villages, namely location for activities such as and environment of the cave area as updating process is continuous.
Noor said a team explored the area Teluk Kangor and Serba Jadi, during kayaking or tourism because there is well as safety aspects including As soon as the government
after receiving information from the British colonial era at the time of a pool in the area. identifying suitable times to visit announces the tabling (of the
locals about this three months ago. the World War I (1914-1918), but based on water level and weather 12MP), we will do so and we are
most of the villages there had now “Further research can be carried factors together with diving and ready,” he told reporters after
“We were asked to conduct a been turned into an industrial area. out by historians or institutes of waterfall experts and nurses. visiting the armed forces family
study and after the exploration higher learning because we found - Bernama housing project site near here,
based on an old topographic map He said the findings would be yesterday. - Bernama

KUANTAN: The Communications
and Multimedia Ministry will
continue to play its role by
assisting the Tourism, Arts and
Culture Ministry in restoring the
country’s tourism industry now
that inter-district travel is
allowed. Communications and
Multimedia Minister Datuk
Saifuddin Abdullah said the
ministry had offered its assistance
to help the Tourism Ministry to
promote places of interest
One in four women workers in non-formal sectors through broadcasts by Radio
Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) and
the Malaysian National News
Agency (Bernama). “Apart from
She said a pandemic, such employment and are either vulnerable to reduced or loss of for them to acquire the necessary RTM and Bernama, we also have
as the Covid-19 scourge that self-employed, informal income during the pandemic.” professional skills, undergo
has swept across the globe, from workers or unpaid family training or be given guidance the Malaysian National Film
also has a greater negative front workers. As a result, they do She said other issues that through networking and Development Corporation
impact on women’s career page not have security guarantees separate women from men in the connections. These are barriers (Finas), which can help in reviving
labour market are lack of education that deny women of opportunities the tourism sector by publishing
progression. like those enjoyed by workers and experience as well as the for advancement in the workforce,” short videos and documentaries,”
About a quarter of women in in the formal sectors, she added. quality of paid occupation. she added.
Malaysia are in non-permanent “This makes them particularly he said. - Bernama
“There are fewer opportunities

4 theSUN ON MONDAY | MARCH 8, 2021

Helping women financially
impacted by pandemic

KUALA LUMPUR: Being a She said the programmes
frontliner in the fight against included the MADCash
Covid-19 is not an easy task, programme, where three women ALL GOOD ...
especially for women. micro-entrepreneurs were given Former prime
Although health workers and RM1,000 each. minister Tun Dr
security personnel play a key role Mahathir
during the pandemic, those “behind “This helped to generate income Mohamad and
the scenes” who help in restoring of about RM16,000 during the last wife Tun Dr Siti
the economy and people’s income Hari Raya celebrations for the three Hasmah Mohd Ali
also play a huge role. recipients.” give the thumbs
One of them is Women up after receiving
Entrepreneur Network Association She said through Wena, a total of their Covid-19
(Wena) president Nuraizah Shamsul 30 women micro-entrepreneurs vaccination at the
Baharin, who voluntarily came were given financial assistance. Vaccine Dispensing
forward to help cultivate the spirit of They were enrolled at an academy to Centre at the
“women help women”. help them improve their business Langkawi Sports
Nuraizah said the effects of the skills with the help of funding from Complex yesterday.
pandemic had been a great blow to the US Embassy. – BERNAMAPIX
the community’s economy,
especially women “In June, we will get another Malaysia’s test kits can detect Nigerian variant
micro-entrepreneurs, and she and round of funding from the US
her association felt it was their duty Embassy.
to help.
“Many of these “This is to help more than 50 KUALA LUMPUR: The Nigerian variants, such as those from South a finance professional who worked in
micro-entrepreneurs are badly micro-entrepreneurs, who will then variant of Covid-19, known as B1.525, Africa (B.1.351) and Brazil (P.1), have Dubai the past two years. The family
affected by the pandemic, some be enrolled in an academy to has important mutations but it does been associated with some level of was in Malaysia because the husband
even had to close down their improve their business skills and not affect the health authorities’ resistance to neutralising antibodies had received a job offer.
enterprises,” she said. their businesses.” ability to detect anyone infected with that are essential to give protection.
“It made us wonder what we the variant. The husband was initially
could do (to help). Apart from the Nuraizah said through the He said the resistance meant that admitted to the low-risk Covid-19
assistance provided by the “BangKIT Bank Islam” programme, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr there would be a possible reduction quarantine and treatment centre but
government, we also need to help MadCat, as the “change maker”, Noor Hisham Abdullah said the in the effectiveness of natural or was transferred to a private medical
them restore their source of received funding of between RM500 polymerase chain reaction test kit vaccine-driven immunity. centre a day later upon his request.
income,” she told Bernama and RM20,000 to help about 100 uses multiple targets to detect He was discharged on Feb 9.
yesterday. micro-entrepreneurs. variants of the virus that causes Other mutations, such as the
Nuraizah, who is also managing Covid-19. D614G and Q677H, have also been The wife and son were admitted
director of Madcat World Sdn Bhd, a “We are still in the process of found to be more transmissible. to the Sungai Buloh Hospital.
company that develops mobile selecting the recipients,” she added. There is also no data to suggest
applications, said Wena had that this variant is more virulent or The first case of the Nigerian She was discharged on Feb 15.
implemented three programmes As a working woman and a causes increased fatality, he said in a variant was detected in a couple, The family arrived in Malaysia on
since the Covid-19 outbreak to help mother of one, Nuraizah said her media statement issued on Saturday aged 36 and 33. Jan 31 and were tested on their
women micro-entrepreneurs. aim was to create an ecosystem of in response to questions about the arrival at the KL International Airport
women helping women. Nigerian variant. They are Indian nationals who because they did not have
were travelling with their six-year-old predeparture Covid-19 screening.
“Women do not live for On the other hand, he said other son. – Bernama
themselves, but also for their
children, husband and parents Noor Hisham said the husband is affected
because they are taught to be strong
and to serve the country and
society,” she said.

313,460 Vaccine not
by drinking alcohol

20,333 291,958 1,169 o Moderate consumption unlikely to diminish efficacy
of Covid-19 drug, say experts

1,683 174 2,506 3 █ BY HAKEM HASSAN “However, that depends on many factors,
[email protected] such as tolerance to alcohol, drinking
24 PETALING JAYA: Drinkers would be relieved pattern, type of beverage consumed and even
to know that moderate consumption of gender,” she said.
15 12 alcohol is unlikely to diminish the efficacy of
10 the Covid-19 vaccine. On the other hand, it would be ideal to
172 8 avoid or minimise alcohol consumption
48 12 Apart from those whose liver is already before and after Covid-19 vaccination to help
48 damaged, or have other health issues, a drink the body develop adequate immunogenicity
746 or two will not weaken their immunity against (the ability of a foreign substance, such as an
99 Covid-19, several doctors told theSun. antigen, to trigger an immune response) so
125 as not to defeat the purpose of vaccination.
2 Malaysian Medical Association president
Datuk Dr M. Subramaniam said “Studies have shown that there is
3 consumption of alcohol “should not have any significant reduction in immune cells in the
effect” as long as it is not excessive. blood before and after consumption of four
158 to six units of alcohol,” she said (a can of beer
Virologist Prof Dr Sandy Loh of Universiti typically contains one to two units of
201 Nottingham Malaysia said while high levels of alcohol).
alcohol consumption can hinder one’s
immunity response, it also depends on the Malaysian Society of Allergy and
amount taken and the individual’s level of Immunology president Dr Amir Hamzah Abd
tolerance. Latiff said it would make sense to reduce
alcohol consumption to have an optimum
They were commenting on a report that immune system which is ready to engage and
anyone who has taken the Covid-19 vaccine respond.
should abstain from drinking for 45 days. The
report quoted India’s Covid-19 task force “But there’s still the exposure to endemic
chairman Dr M.K. Sudarshan as saying that viruses daily that can also decrease our
immunity response could be hindered. immune response,” he pointed out.

In December, a health official in Russia Amir, who is also a virologist, said curbing
said people should not consume alcohol for or reducing alcohol intake would be advisable
42 days after taking the Sputnik V vaccine but for one or two days before and
the vaccine developer later said moderate after vaccination but “any longer does not
consumption was allowed. make sense”.

Loh said there are scientific reports that “What I would say is to have good amounts
state high levels of alcohol consumption can of rest before and after vaccination, avoid
compromise a body’s immune system and hectic routines and ease up on hefty exercises
raise the risk of infection. during those one or two days before and after
the vaccine,” he added.

MH370: Still no closure 5theSUN ON MONDAY | MARCH 8, 2021
seven years on * SPEAK UP

COMMENT Nevertheless, being a retired pilot, l can handling of the case, insinuating there was a LETTERS
say from my perspective what could cover-up in the investigation. What interest
by Capt Mohd Kamil Abu Bakar possibly have happened. would that be to us when we were the [email protected]
victims? For no reason, we lost an aircraft,
TIME flies, 2,555 days have gone by. One theory speculated was that it was a 12 crew members and the lives of 227 Provide multiple
Today, March 8, marks the seventh murder/suicide case, which is highly passengers on board. channels for
anniversary of Malaysia Airlines preposterous. vaccine registration
flight MH370’s disappearance. Another theory postulated by the French
It was supposed to be a routine six-hour I knew the commander, Captain Zaharie journalist was that the aircraft had been THE public vaccination project, which began
flight to the Chinese capital Beijing, when Ahmad Shah, personally. He was my co- accidentally shot down by a “jet fighter, about two weeks ago, is indeed a timely
upon its handover to Ho Chi Minh control, it pilot during the early days. missile or a new laser-guided weapon response on the part of the government to
went incommunicado and its transponder system”. Indeed, if that is so where is the control the Covid-19 pandemic and to achieve
code disappeared from the air traffic I knew him to be a gentle, soft spoken debris? the desired herd immunity of 80%.
controllers’ radar screen. and humble person, well-liked by
everybody. Despite a very thorough search by However, one cannot help noticing that the
The last voice transmission from the International Naval Forces, not a single emphasis seems to be on Malaysians having
Boeing 777 which sounded perfectly normal It is hard to believe, besides there was no piece of debris was found around the area touch-screen smartphones to register
was the now infamous, “Good night, reason whatsoever for him to commit such a where it was purportedly shot down. themselves via the MySejahtera application.
Malaysian Three Seven Zero”. heinous act.
In any case, my full rebuttal to Sarawak Such an approach, though it may seem as
So much has been said, written and He had so much to live for, happily Report on the theories covered in the book intending to expedite the registration process,
speculated about the disappearance of married with grown-up daughters studying The Disappearing Act and other theories actually excludes those who do not have
MH370, arguably the biggest mystery in in Melbourne, Australia. that appeared in UK Express, Daily smartphones or similar gadgets, and those
modern aviation history. Telegraph, The Atlantic Daily and The Star, who do not know how to use these devices to
On the other hand, from the ensuing are contained in my soon to be released register themselves, particularly senior citizens.
The internet is full of such stories, with tracking on military radar, it was possible book Malaysia Aviation – The Untold
videos about what could possibly have that the aircraft could have been taken over Stories. There are many B40 Malaysians living in
happened to the flight appearing on YouTube. by somebody unknown. low-cost apartments and flats who do not
The fact that after seven years no have these sophisticated mobile digital
All sorts of hypotheses and theories were Though post-Sept 11 aviation security wreckage was found and nothing has been devices.
made by “experts” regarding the incident. has become tighter, among the measures, heard about those on board, though it might
the cockpit door is to be locked at all times. sound heartless, it is best that we just forget Moreover, Malaysians with special needs,
The fate of the 239 people on board the about the whole thing and move on with life. irrespective of their age, may also not have
twin-engine wide body jetliner – two pilots, However, somebody with a motive would access to vaccine registration.
10 cabin crew and 227 passengers – remains be able to find an opportunity to gain entry to Let us, however, say some prayers for the
unknown. the pilots’ station and sieze control of the flight. 239 people who needlessly perished We would request the government to
together with the aircraft. provide multiple access channels for
Admittedly, all l know about its All it would take was a lapse in security registration by asking the Ministry of Health to
disappearance was from the media. measures by the crew, for example when Capt Mohd Kamil Abu Bakar is a former open customer service counters in all public
bringing in drinks or food to the pilots. director of flight operations at Malaysia hospitals and health clinics countrywide, and
Without any plausible evidence, there is assign staff to register all those who do not
not much that can be adduced to the many Very recently, another book was Airlines. Comments: have smartphones, as well as those with
speculations already made. published, written by French journalist [email protected] special needs who need assistance.
Florence de Changy.
Prof S. Venkateswaran
Sarawak Report, in its narration of the Secretary-General
book titled The Disappearing Act, was highly
critical of the Malaysian government’s Building Management Association of

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BRIEFS TWEET AUCTION DRAWS NLD official dies in custody
o Protests erupt in half Security forces cracked down on many of the “What will we do if we don’t revolt against
WASHINGTON: Twitter boss Jack a dozen Myanmar cities protests across the country yesterday. them? We must revolt.”
Dorsey is selling his first tweet via
auction, with bidding on Saturday YANGON: An official from deposed Myanmar Police fired tear gas and stun grenades in the Yangon residents said soldiers and police
reaching US$2 million. “just setting leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for direction of protesters in Yangon and in the moved into several districts overnight, firing
up my twttr,“ Dorsey tweeted on Democracy (NLD) party died in police custody, town of Lashio in the northern Shan region, shots.
March 21, 2006. On Friday, he associates said yesterday, while protests were videos showed.
posted a link to “Valuables @Cent,“ held in at least half a dozen cities in some of the They arrested at least three people in
an online marketplace for tweets most widespread action against the coup that A witness said police opened fire to break up Kyauktada Township, residents there said.
where, the site says, collectors can erupted last month. a protest in the historic temple town of Bagan,
“buy and sell tweets autographed and several residents said in social media posts They did not know the reason for the arrests.
by their creators”. The top bid for The cause of Khin Maung Latt’s death was that live bullets were used. “They are asking to take out my father and
Dorsey’s tweet – US$2 million – not known, but Reuters saw a photograph of his brother. Is no one going to help us? Don’t you
came from Justin Sun, who heads body with a bloodstained cloth around the There was no word of any casualties. even touch my father and brother. Take us too if
the BitTorrent streaming platform. head. Video posted by media group Myanmar you want to take them,” one woman screamed
Buying a tweet means purchasing “a Now showed soldiers beating up men in as an actor and his son were led off.
digital certificate of the tweet, Sithu Maung, a member of the dissolved Yangon, where at least three protests were held Well over 1,700 people had been detained
unique because it has been signed parliament, said in a Facebook post that Khin despite overnight raids by security forces on under the military junta by Saturday, according
and verified by the creator“, Maung Latt was his campaign manager and campaign leaders and opposition activists. to figures from the Assistance Association for
according to Valuables. – AFP was arrested on Saturday night in the Pabedan The United Nations said security forces have Political Prisoners advocacy group.
district of Yangon. killed more than 50 people to stamp out daily “Detainees were punched and kicked with
AUCKLAND EMERGES demonstrations and strikes since the military military boots, beaten with police batons and
FROM LOCKDOWN Police declined to comment. overthrew and detained Suu Kyi on Feb 1. then dragged into police vehicles.
“They are killing people just like killing birds “Security forces entered residential areas
WELLINGTON: Auckland, New and chickens,” one protest leader said to the and tried to arrest further protesters, and shot at
Zealand’s biggest city, emerged crowd in Dawei, a town in Myanmar’s south. the homes, destroying many.” – Reuters
yesterday from a strict weeklong
lockdown imposed after a Pope Francis visits Mosul, hears testimonies
community cluster of the more
contagious British coronavirus BAGHDAD: Muslim and Christian residents and an international military coalition to Adel Kallo, pastor of the destroyed Church of
variant was found. There were no of Mosul told Pope Francis of their lives under drive out Islamic State. the Annunciation, told how in 2014 he left
new local cases recorded yesterday, the brutal rule of Islamic State yesterday as the Corruption and infighting among Iraqi with 500 Christian families and how fewer
marking a full week of no pontiff blessed their vow to rise up from ashes, politicians still slow efforts to rebuild Mosul than 70 families are present now.
community transmissions across the telling them that “fraternity is more durable and large parts of the city remain in ruins.
country. Footage on TVNZ showed than fratricide”. The pope, visibly moved by the “The majority have emigrated and are
people lining up at coffee shops devastation around him, prayed for all of afraid to return,” he said.
early yesterday, with many saying Francis, on a historic trip to Iraq, flew into Mosul’s dead.
they were feeling relieved. Australia Mosul by helicopter to encourage the binding “How cruel it is that this country, the “But I live here, with two million Muslims
also had no local Covid cases of sectarian wounds and to pray for the dead cradle of civilisation, should have been who call me father and I am living my
yesterday, making it the 37th day of any religion. afflicted by so barbarous a blow, with ancient mission with them,” he said, telling the pope
without infections this year. places of worship destroyed and many of a committee of Mosul families who
– Reuters The 84-year-old pope walked past ruins of thousands of people – Muslims, promote peaceful coexistence among
houses and churches to a square that was Muslims and Christians. – Reuters
CHINA MINISTER once the thriving centre of the old town.
DEFENDS HK REFORMS Christians, Yazidis and others –
The northern city was occupied by Islamic forcibly displaced or killed,” he said.
BEIJING: Beijing’s proposal to State from 2014 to 2017. “Today, however, we reaffirm
introduce new veto powers on our conviction that fraternity is
Hong Kong’s legislative elections are “Together, we say no to fundamentalism. more durable than
“lawful, just and reasonable“, China’s No to sectarianism and no to corruption,” the fratricide, that hope is
foreign minister Wang Yi said Chaldean archbishop of Mosul, Najeeb more powerful than
yesterday, after the move was Michaeel, told the pope. hatred, that peace more
criticised as an attack on the city’s powerful than war.”
freedoms. Legislation to allow Francis sat on a white chair surrounded by Iraq’s Christian
China’s rulers to vet all election skeletons of buildings and dangling community, one of the oldest
candidates in Hong Kong was put in the world, has been
forward on Friday at the opening of staircases. particularly devastated by the
the parliament in Beijing. Wang said Mosul’s Old City is home to years of conflict, falling to
the proposed change was necessary ancient about 300,000 from about 1.5
to “maintain enduring peace and churches and million before the US invasion
stability in Hong Kong” following mosques that of 2003 and the militant
huge rallies in 2019. He said the were violence that followed.
proposed rules would promote destroyed in Father Raid
“Hong Kong’s transition from chaos 2017 during
to governance”. – AFP the bloody
battle by Iraqi
Pope Francis releasing a white dove near the ruins of the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception yesterday. – AFPPIX
SANAA: The Saudi-led coalition
engaged in Yemen said yesterday
that it destroyed 10 armed drones
launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi
movement, including at least five
sent towards Saudi Arabia. The
coalition did not specify locations in
the kingdom but said the drones
were aimed at “civilian sites”. On
Saturday, the coalition said it
intercepted seven drones over 24
hours launched towards Khamis
Mushait and one towards Jazan,
both in southern Saudi Arabia. The
Houthis, who have been battling the
coalition since it intervened in
Yemen’s civil war in 2015, recently
stepped up missile and drone
attacks on Saudi Arabia. – Reuters

American cop tackles and pepper sprays woman with toddler

WASHINGTON: Police in the New The woman, carrying her tiny screaming daughter, a police officer said it was “disturbed” by the video, Department “needs to fundamentally
York city of Rochester are under daughter in one arm, insists that she used pepper spray to subdue her and which it released. change its organisational culture”.
scrutiny after body-cam video shows stole nothing and partially empties force her back to the ground.
them forcing a woman, holding her her purse to show the officer. Board chairman Shani Wilson told City Council president Loretta
three-year-old daughter, to the “Stop. What is wrong with her?” reporters that there were “troubling Scott said “the amount of force used,
ground and pepper spraying her. But when the officer refuses to let one officer is heard saying. parallels” to an incident in late coupled with the emotional damage
her leave, the woman suddenly turns January in which a nine-year-old girl on the child, was disproportionate to
The video of the Feb 22 incident, and runs, her child still in her arms. The child was not pepper sprayed was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed. the alleged crime”.
which was released last week, shows directly, according to the Democrat &
an officer stopping a woman on the Several officers give chase, catch Chronicle newspaper, but officials “Both involved black people The woman was ultimately
snow-covered shoulder of a road and up with her and force her to the who saw the footage said she could obviously in crisis, both involved charged with trespassing and the
telling her a nearby business had ground. have been exposed. officers using pepper spray on or arresting officer was placed on
accused her of stealing. around a black child,” Wilson said. administrative leave pending an
When the woman struggles back The city’s Police Accountability internal investigation. – AFP
to her feet and grabs for her Board, made up entirely of civilians, She said the Rochester Police



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a cooking guru to many Hip-hop figure maker
>>> Page 3 tells his story


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A scene from Zhen. – PICTURE
‘The Dogs’. – COURTESY OF
ANDY DARREL Love in pandemic times

THE Covid-19 pandemic COURTESY OF
encourages us to GERALDINE PIONG
practise social Gomez’s idea for
distancing. We have less the film was
communication with our inspired by the
colleagues, classmates, friends o Andy Darrel Gomez used Zoom to direct ‘The Dogs’ ‘new normal’ of the
and lovers. We use modern times we live in. –
technology such as the Zoom PICTURE
app to stay in touch with our changes of their new States. character. COURTESY OF
loved ones. atmosphere. “Right now, I would like to “I have dealt with ANDY DARREL
In the spirit of this new GOMEZ
normal, filmmaker Andy Darrel “You might be questioning if balance myself between loneliness and puppy love
Gomez used Zoom to direct a the couple are really in love,” teaching film and telling stories in the past. My character
16-minute short film called The said the filmmaker, who was through filmmaking. can be self-absorbed and
Dogs. born in Malacca and raised in has a lot of attachment
Shot last June, it will be Kuala Lumpur. “I cannot choose between issues. But I have grown
screened at the Cinema Del the two. I believe both has the since and am no longer like
Cefalu festival in Italy, in June. While shooting the film, the same aim. Teaching allows me my character.
The story centres on a Zoom actress Geraldine Piong was to make my students become
conversation between two staying in her grandmother’s critical thinkers while He added that many
young lovers named Nigel and house in Kajang while the actor filmmaking also allows me to couples were faced with
May. Like us, the couple also Nigel Zhen was in his make my audience become break-ups during the
face restrictions because of the hometown in Miri, Sarawak. critical thinkers.” lockdown period.
pandemic. The film shows the Both are students who are set to
tension and sometimes graduate this month with a On the short film, Piong said “I believe the
humourous moments diploma in performing arts. she knew her lecturer was fact that they
encountered by the love birds. dabbling in something cannot see
“Art is always a response to “I was shooting their actual experimental. each other
what is happening around us,” room,” said Gomez, who is an physically
said the 31-year-old filmmaker, English Linguistics and “I fully trusted him with the takes a toll on
who is a lecturer in the Performing Arts graduate from project and I also trusted myself their
Department of Performance University Putra Malaysia. to say yes to the opportunity,” relationship.”
and Media at Sunway said Piong, who also aspires to
University. He asked his actors to send be a filmmaker. Like
“We are currently adapting to pictures of their rooms and he Piong, Zhen
the changes that the pandemic sculpted his narrative based on About her role, Piong said: “I also wants to
has brought to our lives. We are the things he found in their think she brings the emotional be a
going through some kind of rooms. baggage from her past into the f i l m m a k e r.
transition. I captured the current relationship. I feel He said he
emotions of this transition Gomez was active on stage everyone can connect with her. would love to
between the couple in my film.” and screen and some of his Sometimes, we find difficulty try his luck
Gomez does not deny that prominent stage works include cutting ties with our past.” outside
there are times the audience Veil at the launch of the Yasmin Malaysia, in
might feel the couple are using Ahmad museum in 2014 and Piong, who is a freelance the film
each other as a coping Tiga, supported by the Five Arts photographer, said she loves industries in
mechanism to adapt to the Centre in 2017. telling stories through images, Thailand and
adding: “Filmmaking makes my Brazil, and gain
In cinema, he works life purposeful.“ new perspectives in
predominantly as a writer and filmmaking in the
actor where some of his short Zhen said he was excited process.
films were screened at film about the prospect of being a
festivals in Japan and the United part of the project, and that he
could easily relate to his

THREE decades after his death, Gainsbourg still a global influence
French singer-songwriter Serge
Gainsbourg (left) remains a go-to For many of Gainsbourg’s indie all works around guitar-bass- group Django Django, up-and-
reference point for British and heirs, the key touchstone is his drums. And then you come across coming indie-soul star Arlo Parks
American artists trying to tap his seminal 1971 album Histoire de Melody Nelson and you’re plunged and singer-songwriter Buzzy Lee
distinctive blend of musical risk- Melody Nelson. into a film,” said Jinte Deprez, of (real name Sasha Spielberg,
taking and louche style. Belgian group Balthazar. daughter of the famous director).
“Abroad, he’s often reduced to
Strands of Gainsbourg’s music ‘Je t’aime ... moi non plus,’ but for “Listening to that album, we “He has a great honesty, his way
proved as popular in 1990s US hip- connoisseurs of music, it’s all started to arrange our music of showing respect and
hop – cropping up in songs by Nas, about Melody Nelson,” his differently. We were always understanding to the language and
the Wu Tang Clan and Busta daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg influenced by Air but we didn’t to music,” said Parks.
Rhymes – as they have with his told AFP. know where their sound came
more obvious, singer-songwriter from until we realised it was It was also the try-everything,
successors of recent years. US indie star Beck sampled Gainsbourg under its skin,” he louche-to-the-point-of-anarchic
heavily from that album for his added. that made him popular among
The ball was already rolling just own low-key masterpiece Sea punks long before he was
before his death on March 2, 1991, Change in 2002. In a 2016 article on his rediscovered by the indie
when De La Soul used two samples influence, US magazine Pitchfork cognoscenti in the 1990s.
from his oeuvre for their album De “There’s an ambition, a noted the striking way in which
La Soul is Dead of that year. conceptual depth to Melody Nelson different musicians drew different “When you write pop songs, at
that’s incredibly hard to pull off but inspirations from his work. some point you have no choice but
Gainsbourg’s wounded ennui which Gainsbourg does to look at this iconic guy,” said
and Gallic swoon soon cast a spell completely... It’s one of the greatest “Some acts are attracted to the Deprez of Gainsbourg’s far
over everything from trip-hop marriages of rock band and sheer sound, others to the roiling reaching influence.
(Both Massive Attack and orchestra that I’ve ever heard,”Beck undercurrent of sleaze, others find
Portishead were explicit about his wrote in the liner notes for a reissue inspiration in the arch For the great man’s daughter,
influence) to later dream pop by US label Light in the Attic. appreciation of pop art or perhaps these are moving tributes.
bands such as Beach House and ‘Signifiers of sophistication’ Gainsbourg’s underpinnings in
Tame Impala. For others, Gainsbourg helped poetry and jazz as signifiers of “He would have been so proud,”
define their entire approach to sophistication,” it said. she told AFP.
Pop stars, too, have been known music.
to inject a little European class into It’s a reference that keeps “There’s all this admiration
their set lists: Kylie Minogue “When you’re young and you cropping up. around him that my father never
reworked his duet with Brigitte start a pop band, you think that it knew in his lifetime. Success came
Bardot, Bonnie And Clyde, for her In recent interviews with AFP, very late for him so he never took it
2007 single Sensitized. his name has been cited by British for granted. He would have been
very touched.” – ETX Studio


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Creative inspiration
o Chef Santhi Raj Barr adds unique twists
CELEB SPEAK to traditional cuisines

█ BY S. TAMARAI CHELVI amazing and hands-down best- nutritious meals that have no
tasting dishes that always gets me additional preservatives or
CHEF Santhi Raj Barr craving for more. She has always anything harmful to their health
makes it look simple, encouraged me to add a twist to in the long term. I think mothers
whether she is cooking her recipes. Honestly, after having out there will agree with me that
aromatic Asian or Western my home-cooked meals, I always wholesome meals are the
cuisines. crave for her cooking, which supplements the body needs, in
warms me up from inside and terms of not falling ill easily.
The home chef (with a TV makes my day better. I must say What is your favourite or guilty
show) can whip up a dish within that her consistency to pleasure food?
minutes, but when she cooked for shower love and I love spicy food and that brings
the first time, she took five hours to care through the Thai food to the top of my
complete one dish – sotong meals she favourite food list! I must have
sambal. prepares has spice in my food as much as
taught me so possible. As for my guilty pleasure
Now, self-taught Santhi has many lessons food, it has to be my mother’s
become a cooking guru to many. in the kitchen home-cooked mutton dish, which
that is so she does with her special and
Who inspires you in terms of relevant and secret recipe, something that I
cooking? valuable for can’t get anywhere else, not even
It’s without a doubt my me in my life if I make it myself.
amazing mother, Pushpa to become a Tell us about your furry kids?
Rani. She’s a traditional better My furry kids mean the world to
cook who daughter, wife, me! I can’t imagine going back to
whips up an empty home. Scotch is two-
some of and-a-half years old while
the Spencer will be one in January
most 2021. Beemer is a rescue cat found
inside our car tyre. Many people
mother and are surprised at how they all get
member of along. Probably, it is because I let
the them share one bowl of milk the
community. day I brought Beemer into the Santhi with
house. I thought I was not a cat some of her
What do you person, but I guess when the time homecooked Barr is also the man behind Chef two from him. He does the best-
love about comes, your motherly instinct dishes. – Santhi! He saw how passionate I grilled salmon but he claims that I
cooking? kicks in, and all fear goes away. PICTURE am and has been my rock in my do it better than him. As they say,
What I love Tell us about your marriage and COURTESY OF cooking journey. I must say that I a family that eats together, stays
most has to be your family. SANTHI RAJ wouldn’t have explored cooking if together. I want to continue
the fact that I I am very excited to start this BARR it was not for him. Since 2017, he cooking up a storm to keep us
know exactly journey with someone I see as my Santhi adores has been everything a woman happy together. I have found my
what goes into each soulmate, a friend, my greatest her furkids. – needs to become the best version happiness. I hope every woman
and every dish I companion and the best dad I PICTURE of herself. I am very thankful to will, too.
prepare and serve on could ever have imagined for my COURTESY OF God for bringing us together.
the table for my son, Akshay. My husband Rayan SANTHI RAJ Being a foodie himself, he often As for her future plans, Santhi
family. It gives me BARR joins me in the kitchen and gives hopes to start a YouTube cooking
great joy and me an honest opinion. channel – Sizzle with Santhi,
satisfaction to see where she hopes to share more of
them relishing the When it comes to Western her recipes with a wider
dishes I prepare every dishes, I have learned a trick or audience.
day. It also allows me
to sleep peacefully,
knowing that they get

People sit on Japanese theatre’s new approach
a car as they THE lights dim, as at the start of the dancers. been encouraging, only 30
watch a any theatre performance, and “We intentionally created people are allowed in the
screening of the audience leans forward to audience at each show. This does
the Sudanese look through a letter-box slot or small holes and slots resembling not cover the cost of the
European peephole in the door in front of mailbox slots,” said Nobuyoshi performance, including safety
Film Festival them as the performers break out Asai, the theatre’s artistic director measures such as disinfecting
at an into dance. and choreographer, explaining the venue. Government
outdoor, how limiting the scope of subsidies barely help the
drive- Japanese dance company viewing allows the audience to company make ends meet.
through Moonlight Mobile Theater has become more absorbed in the
cinema for come up with a novel way of performance. While acknowledging the
visitors, bringing people back to their difficulties, Asai is steadfast in the
adhering to avant-garde performances while The theatre company began advantages of this idea.
coronavirus maintaining social distancing. this peephole viewing in
restrictions, December after cancelling most “If we don’t do it, artists will
in Khartoum, Audience members sit on of its shows last year because of lose opportunities to dance and
Sudan on stools in separated cubicles the pandemic. Since December, act,” he said. “We want to
Feb 28. surrounding the stage, each with all 12 of the peephole propose this as a model to bring
its own door and letter-drop slots performances have sold out. audiences back to theatres.” –
A treat for Sudanese film lovers through which they can watch Reuters
Though this response has

SUDANESE moviegoers are enjoying Islamist regime of former President Audience
their first drive-in cinema after a festival Omar al-Bashir, who was toppled in members
showcasing the country’s resurgent, 2019, public spaces in Sudan are being watch the
post-uprising film scene moved slowly reclaimed. Moonlight
outdoors this year due to the Covid-19 Mobile
pandemic. Films from Sudan’s small cinema Theater’s
industry have won awards at major dance
About 100 vehicles gathered in a festivals, and Sudan submitted its first show
Khartoum parking lot across from giant film, You Will Die at Twenty, to the through
screens showing Sudanese and Academy Awards in 2020. peepholes
European films on Feb 26, the start of a at a
week-long festival organised by the “This festival expanded to include shopping
British Council. Sudanese films in 2018,” said British mall in
Council country director Robin Davies, Nagoya,
“We’re watching films from our cars, but health precautions prompted a Japan, on
and that’s something that has never change of format. Feb 19.
happened before in Sudan,” said Asmaa,
among festival attendees sitting inside, “I’m so happy that the festival has
next to, and on top of their cars for the Sudanese films, and we encourage all
nighttime screenings. the creatives and young people to
produce movies,” said Rabab al-Haj,
Once heavily regulated by the another moviegoer. – Reuters


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Hip-hop figure maker
o Former ticket seller and
dancer Mohd Saiful Zainal that dream come true. and not a factory,” he added.
turns a childhood skill into a “It was a tough call. To let go of a stable Some of his works are one-of-a-kind. In
income was not an easy decision despite my these cases, he would send the original mould
█ BY AZIZUL RAHMAN ISMAIL confidence in my skills. I discussed it with my with the figure to the client. However, when it
wife and we decided to take the leap,” he comes to a cast that he can reuse, he would
HIS creations are highly sought after recalled. never make more than 30 copies of a figure.
in the international market. Each
figure he makes fetches an Within a year, his art improved with every With fame comes a lot of challenges as well.
average price of US$400 project. He targeted the hip-hop market and As the bulk of the figures he makes are in the
(RM1,600). Last year during the using his marketing intuition, he made figures likeness of hip-hop artistes done in graffiti
pandemic, demand for his work of famous Bboys, which he sent to them. Word style, some of the artistes do not appreciate it.
surpassed his wildest dreams. But about his figures started to spread and clients
the journey of Mohd Saiful Zainal started pouring in. “It was scary at first. Some of
was never easy, and it involved these artistes warned me against
making tough decisions. However, despite his talent, art and using their likeness and I
marketing sense, he lacked business acumen. would take down any photos
Known in the art scene as or videos of them when
BboyBlackz, Saiful, 40, recounted In 2019, Saiful hit rock bottom. requested.
his younger days when he had to “I only had RM5,000 when I quit
make his own toys. He loved robots my job. When I made a profit from “But my fans would
and action figures and his parents the figures, I spent it all buying stand up for me. They
could not afford any, so he used to stuff for the workshop. I didn’t know that my work is
make them on his own using whatever save. I didn’t know how to run a based on clients’ requests,
he could find. business. I had to turn to my and I do not mass produce
friends for help, and thanks to them.
He began experimenting when he was in friends like Mufizal, I was able
secondary school, by sculpting plasticine and to get back up.” “My figures are seen
later developed his skills using Sculpey, where In 2019, Saiful learnt to as fan art, done with
his creations were baked. Now, he casts resin streamline his business, sourced respect for the subject,
figures based on his clients’ requests. for materials locally, and found a for someone who loves
balance between profit and hip-hop culture, not a
His fascination with hip-hop also began demand. commercial product.”
when he was young. He was a member of a “For example, I used to use a
Bboy group and was known as Black. That is So, does he keep any of the
how Saiful got his name, BboyBlackz. commercial resin to cast my figures in the figures that he has made?
beginning. Now, I source them straight from a
His talent in Bboying, also referred to as local factory. Also, after a lot of trial and error, I “No, my mother would not let
breakdancing, took him around the world and found supplies and materials locally that me. She said I can make them but I
while he travelled, he soaked up the hip-hop works with what I do,” Saiful explained. can’t keep them,” Saiful quipped.
Most of Saiful’s clients are from overseas,
Nevertheless, he did not choose dancing as especially the US and Canada, where the hip-
a career. Instead, he worked long hours at a hop scene thrives.
cinema to make ends meet.
“My clients range from fans of hip-hop,
Sculpting, casting, painting and making shop owners, to hip-hop artistes themselves.
figures began as a side gig for Saiful in 2007.
Initially, he only made figures on personal “Each figure takes between a couple of
requests because despite having the talent, weeks to over a year to complete. It depends on
Saiful lacked skills. my inspiration. Sometimes, I use an iPad to
make sketches first. Other times, I go straight
“Although I developed skills in sculpting on to sculpting.”
my own, I learned about casting and refined
my skills further with the help of renowned As demand for his figures
sculptor and art director Mufizal Mokhtar,” he increased and boomed
said. in 2020, he was not
able to deliver on
After years of going home late at night and time, having to offer
working early in the morning, refunds to his clients.
Saiful decided to quit his day
job in 2018. The long hours “They would refuse
had taken a toll on him and to take refunds
he wanted a better life for because they know
his wife and children, and they can’t get my
he believed that figures anywhere
his figures else. So, they are
could make very patient.
They know
that I am just
one person

Some of his


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Sparking a
movement with art
BRITISH artist Sacha Jafri has ‘Humanity-inspired’
unveiled 70 framed sections of For Jafri, the devastating
his work Journey of Humanity, impact of the coronavirus
the world’s largest painting on pandemic across the globe has
canvas, which will be resonated with him,
auctioned off to raise millions highlighting a break between
for charity. humanity and the planet and
The 44-year-old driving him to focus his efforts
contemporary artist hopes his on connecting people to
Guinness World Record- counter its impact on children.
holding painting, which
spanned 1,595.76 square “When humanity becomes
metres (17,176 sq ft) of the disconnected from the soul of
ballroom at Dubai’s Atlantis, the Earth, it’s a far bigger
The Palm hotel, will spark a problem than Covid-19 will
humanitarian movement. ever be,” he said.
The colourful painting now
adorns the walls of the luxury “We were allowing the
hotel’s ballroom in 70 separate destruction of the planet, that’s
framed pieces of varying sizes well known, but what isn’t well
that will be sold at auctions in known is that we were allowing
the coming years. the destruction of humanity.
The aim is to raise at least That’s unforgivable,” added
US$30 million (RM122 million) Jafri, sporting a paint-
to fund health, sanitation and splattered blazer over jeans, a
education initiatives for white T-shirt and cowboy
children in impoverished parts boots.
of the world.
But Jafri, who is currently The “humanity-inspired”
based in Dubai in the United artwork took Jafri seven
Arab Emirates, said he has an months to complete – working
even bigger goal. at a pace of 18 to 20 hours a day
“I don’t want this to be a – and using more than 6,000
one-off thing ... I want to litres (1,500 gallons) of paint
actually help change the world, and over 1,000 brushes to lay
and the way to do that is we’re down almost 300 layers of
going to put the internet in colour on the massive canvas.
all the poorest communities
of the world,” the artist told Children from 140 countries
AFP. submitted artwork online to be
“Then we can bring included in Jafri’s creation,
education in, and give which was completed at the
(children) a real education... end of September, shortly
and where are they going to before it was confirmed by
put that? Back into their Guinness World Records as the
community. “Largest Art Canvas”.
“All you need is five success
stories from those “It depicts the soul of the
communities, and you can Earth, nature, humanity, the
change the world. That’s what love and nurture of the mother,
Saiful gave up a stable we’re going to try to do. It’s the guidance and protection of
income to pursue his going to take 10 years, but we the father, as they guide their
passion. – PICTURES can do it.” child through life and enable
COURTESY OF MOHD them to feel safe, loved and
SAIFUL ZAINAL brave, so they can grow their
wings, make their dreams
come true and take them into
the solar system.” – ETX Studio

RUN DMC and Slick
Rick figures.

The timeless mullet and ‘stache

THE mullet has supposedly been making a we can now see some remarkable
comeback for months, but what if this detail. His hairstyle and
legendary hairstyle had always been at the mustache are clear, which
cutting edge of fashion? That’s what a small might be indicative of current
Iron Age figurine seems to suggest, in any trends or perhaps ‘typical’ for
case. This 5-cm figure of a deity can be seen depictions of this particular
sporting a mustache and a mullet, a deity,” explains Shannon
potentially popular hairstyle at the time, Hogan, National Trust
according to archeologists. Archaeologist for the East of
England. “We have
Love it or loathe it, the mullet hairstyle has extremely limited
spanned the ages. Although often associated knowledge of what
with superstars like Billy Ray Cyrus and ordinary people of
David Bowie, this cut may also have been England at that
popular in Roman Britain. National Trust time looked like,
archaeologists and colleagues from Oxford so this
Archaeology East came to this conclusion beautifully
thanks to a copper-alloy figurine made in the detailed figure
1st century AD discovered in 2018 in might just be
Cambridgeshire, a county in the East of giving us a
England. tantalising
glimpse into their
The artifact depicts a human figure with appearance, or how
oval eyes, a mustache, and a mullet haircut, they imagined their Archeologists
which the specialists think represents an gods.” discovered a
unknown Celtic deity. The figure is also This figurine copper-alloy
holding a torc, an open-ended metal neck was discovered on figurine made
ring popular in Celtic times and associated the National Trust’s in the 1st
with status. Such details reinforce the Wimpole Estate, together with century AD
archeologists’ thinking that the figurine 300 other metal objects including coins, during an Jafri standing on his record-breaking painting entitled ‘The Journey
probably served as a decorative handle of a cosmetic implements, brooches, and Roman excavation in of Humanity’ on Sept 23, 2020.
spatula. 2018.
military uniform fittings. – ETX Studio
“This figure is an exceptional find and
thanks to careful conservation and cleaning,


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█ BY ANANSA JACOB Loving a Be more adventurous and try out new dishes.
stress-free diet new cuisines in your area or have fun
SO many of us live in fear of changes comparing different options.
to our bodies; especially changes o Sometimes the best way to enjoy food is by learning to
that we perceive as negative such as eat with our heart instead of with our brain Letting go of the idea of the perfect diet
weight gain, changing body shape, frees up your energy to focus on
and declining health which may lead to out the fibre-less foods. Take it slow and let A more relaxed the things you enjoy, or
chronic illness or disease. your body and the way it feels guide you. approach to finding tasty ways to eat
There is no rush. dieting will more produce and whole
This fear leads us to try and control our allow you to grains. If you’re
bodies through diet. We may think that if we 3. Stop eating before you are enjoy your food struggling with the
just follow a diet exactly, we’ll lose weight uncomfortably full. Pay attention to the fully. nagging feeling that
and be healthy. But the truth is, there is no different sensations of fullness. See if you you’re letting yourself
perfect diet, especially none which is one- can stop eating before the point at which go by not following a
size-fits-all. The perfect diet doesn’t exist you usually stop, and leave some food on strict diet, focus on
because our lives are constantly changing your plate if need be. Take a 20- minute all the positive ways
and as a result, our nutritional needs pause. that self-acceptance
change as well. is allowing you to
4. Be more adventurous and try out new take better care of
Perfectionism doesn’t make room for dishes. Counter to popular belief, yourself.
real life to occur; it doesn’t allow for those sometimes the best way to diet is by eating
everyday situations that knock you off track. a larger variety of foods. Eating as an
These events are a normal part of life, and if exploration is a great way to break out of the
your plan doesn’t allow you to adapt, your confines of what you ‘should’ eat. In this
forward progress and your motivation will sense, eating can be a means of discovering
come to a grinding halt. new cultures and experiencing new
flavours. If you’re dining out, you can seek
Our daily nutritional needs are affected
by a variety of factors:

Age: How you eat now is extremely
different from what you ate when you were
a baby. Newborns rely solely on breast milk
or formula to thrive and grow. Then, as
children grow, they require different
nutrients. Nutritional needs change
through adulthood as well. Therefore, we
can’t have one perfect diet because we have
different nutritional needs over time.

Lifestyle: Some individuals work at a
desk all day, while others perform physical
labour. Some people train for competitive
sports on a daily basis, while others prefer
more leisurely activities. Based on these
differences, your lifestyle should determine
your nutritional needs.

Season: Environmental temperatures
affect our body temperatures which may
influence our preference for hot or cold
foods, amount of liquids or portion sizes.
Living in a tropical country, we tend to have
a preference for ‘cooling’ foods including
fruits and vegetables. At the same time,
during cooler months such as during the
rainy season, we tend to crave hot soups
and curries more often.

How and what we eat is an ongoing
process of learning and discovery. With age,
lifestyle and season, our nutritional needs
will change. Instead of fearing change, we
should embrace it.

Instead of focusing on following a
‘perfect diet,’ here’s how to change your
relationship with food for the better:

1. Eat only when you feel true physical
hunger. And if you tend to have subtle
hunger cues, begin eating when you first
begin to sense a bit of hunger.

2. Pay attention to your cravings. This
doesn’t mean eat candy and fried food
because you’re craving sugar and fat – try to
satisfy your cravings by selecting nutrient-
rich, unprocessed, whole foods full of fibre.
Nutrient-rich foods, especially leafy green
vegetables and fruits, send a message to our
nutrient receptors to turn off our appetite.
Try to add unprocessed whole plant foods
to your daily eating plan and slowly crowd

One in four people will have hearing problems by 2050: WHO
ONE in four of the world’s population will increase more than 1.5-fold during the next “Even among health-care providers,
suffer from hearing problems by 2050, the WHO is three decades” to 2.5 billion people – up knowledge relevant to prevention, early
World Health Organisation warned calling for from 1.6 billion in 2019. identification and management of hearing
Tuesday, calling for extra investment in extra loss and ear diseases is commonly lacking,”
prevention and treatment. investment in Of the 2.5 billion, 700 million would in it noted.
prevention 2050 have a serious enough condition to
The first-ever global report on hearing and require some kind of treatment, it added – The report proposed a package of
said that the causes of many of the treatment for up from 430 million in 2019. measures, including public health
problems – such as infections, diseases, hearing initiatives from reducing noise in public
birth defects, noise exposure and lifestyle problems. Much of the expected rise is due to spaces to increasing vaccinations for
choices – could be prevented. demographic and population trends, it diseases such as meningitis that can cause
added. hearing loss.
The report proposed a package of Poor access to treatment
measures, which it calculated would cost A major contributor to hearing problems is It also recommended systematic
US$1.33 (RM5.32) per person per year. a lack of access to care, which is particularly screening to identify the problem at key
striking in low-income countries where points in people’s lives.
Against that, it set the figure of nearly a there are far fewer professionals available to
trillion US dollars lost every year because treat them. Among children, it said, hearing loss
the issue was not being properly could be prevented in 60% of cases.
addressed. Since nearly 80% of people with hearing
loss live in such countries, most are not “An estimated one trillion US dollars is
“Failure to act will be costly in terms getting the help they need. lost each year due to our collective failure to
of the health and well-being of those adequately address hearing loss,” WHO
affected, and the financial losses arising Even in richer countries with better director-general Tedros Adhanom
from their exclusion from facilities, access to care is often uneven, said Ghebreyesus said in the report.
communication, education and the report.
employment,” said the report. “While the financial burden is
And a lack of accurate information and enormous, what cannot be quantified is the
One in five people worldwide have the stigma surrounding ear disease and distress caused by the loss of
hearing problems currently, it said. hearing loss also prevents people getting communication, education and social
the care they need. interaction that accompanies unaddressed
But the report warned: “The number hearing loss.” – ETX Studio
of people with hearing loss may


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Healthy L’MIÈRE dual-
radiance sided silicone
Tula Brush. –
CETAPHIL understands that great
skincare leads to glowing, beautiful, PICTURE
healthy skin and that healthy skin is COURTESY OF
integral to leading a healthy life.
The new Cetaphil Bright Healthy MING
Radiance range of products will gently
cleanse away impurities and deeply L’MIÈRE Pandora Box capsule masks. –
hydrate the skin for smooth and soft PICTURE COURTESY OF LAU KAH MING
skin. Formulated to brighten and even
skin tone, leaving the skin to be more The rise of inflammation and protect the skin from
vibrant and radiant throughout the day functional beauty premature ageing and sun damage by
while it corrects and revives the skin speeding up collagen production for a
complexion during night time. younger, bouncier looking complexion.

The skincare features Gentle Bright L’MIÈRE’s star product, Pandora Box, is
Technology, a combination of sea a series of three capsule masks – the Glacier
daffodil, a plant extract proven to help Mud Soothing & Rejuvenating Mask, Yogurt
reduce the size and colour of dark spots, Infused Venom Repairing Mask and Bye-
by regulating melanin synthesis and Bye Sugar Sleeping Mask – that offer a
inhibiting overproduction of melanin in three-step intense facial repair treatment.
the skin, and niacinamide, a gentle yet
powerful antioxidant that lightens and “It makes sense that we provide only the
evens out skin tone by controlling right solution to target specific skin
melanin transfer to upper layers of the concerns. The Pandora Box is able to visibly
skin, that will visibly correct dark spots improve skin health at your own
without irritation, boosts brightness, and convenience, and it’s also a form of
evens skin tone in four weeks. Made in indulgence and self-love,” said Lau.
Korea, this range is the healthy way to
visibly brighter skin. o Homegrown skincare brand L’MIÈRE redefines Do you believe that skincare is ‘one size
mundane skincare routine with high-performance fits all’?
The Bright Healthy Radiance range ingredients and a bit of fun Maybe that is appropriate to certain people
consists of the Cetaphil Brightness but different lifestyles would call for
Reveal Creamy Cleanser (RM39), different forms of self-care and self-love
Cetaphil Brightness Refresh Toner methods.
(RM59), Cetaphil Brightening Day
Protection Cream (RM113), and That said, there is absolutely nothing
Cetaphil Brightening Night Comfort wrong with one size fits all. A lot of great
Cream (RM113). All of the products in skincare brands are coming out with
the Bright Healthy Radiance series are products that are effective and well-
suitable for dry to normal skin types, tolerated to be used by most skin types.
including sensitive skin.
At L’MIÈRE, our range of products are
Blemish-free suitable for all skin types. However, there
skin are different ways of using them according
to each skin type and concerns.
MAMONDE, the flower expert, is
introducing its latest innovation █ BY JASON LIM believe we are able to fulfil and celebrate Why is the Fairy Balle Facial Cleanser
– the Rose Blemish Clearing shaped like a ball?
Serum to help consumers FUNCTIONAL skincare brand those needs.” We believe skincare should be fun. I cleanse
achieve L’MIÈRE puts the “fun” in The brand’s rather modest range of my skin twice a day, sometimes up to three
brighter Cetaphil “functional” to bring out the best in skincare includes the Fairy Balle Facial times a day, and to do something so boring
blemish-free Bright Healthy you, not the stress. The idea is to Cleanser that challenges traditional so often, I would love for something that I
clear skin. The Radiance incorporate effective and multi- methods of cleansing with its sphere- can have fun with.
rose inspired, range. like jelly texture, designed to
multi-action We have reformulated the texture of the
serum, which is performance skincare products instead of transform the way you spring into facial cleanser numerous times to make it
also the latest serving a single purpose to support a multi- your skincare routine with elation.
addition to tasking lifestyle. Never has there been instances soft and bouncy. Imagine it like a
Mamonde’s all- No one wants an overwhelming skincare where one is as excited to cleanse stress ball where you give it a
time bestseller - squeeze every morning and night
the Rose Water to cleanse the face, each squeeze
range, does not
only help in makes you feel less stressed out.
relieving blemishes
and traces of routine, it gives the impression that the only their face, hence this ball What is it that makes Pandora
breakouts, but it way to achieve radiant skin is by cleanser will show you Box so special?
also works using several different products. what the fun is all It is our star product. It plays
synergically to help L’MIÈRE cofounder Lau about. Perhaps you with the idea of a three-step
soothe, hydrate and Kah Ming said: “While most are using it out of facial spa in the comfort of your
brighten the skin in just seven days! people see skincare as a curiosity to see how it own home in just 30 minutes.
form of routine, we see it as works its magic but As we spend more time at
Formulated with Triple-Rose Complex a way to escape from our nonetheless, the home in the midst of the pandemic,
that is derived from three types of roses, Mamonde’s already routine-oriented anticipation and the we want to make the skincare
namely the Damask Rose, White Rose new Rose life. It’s all about cultivating a thrill is exactly what routine easier by integrating it into
and Centifolia Rose, the serum is holistic experience to get our L’MIÈRE set out to our daily activities so you can
especially suitable for both acne-prone Blemish mood moving in the right create. comfortably do it anywhere and
and sensitive skin as it comes with a mild Clearing direction. We call it the everywhere at your own
formulation. Serum. L’MIÈRE experience, that drives Simply run it under convenience, even when doing
some water, rub it in your
For best results, the Mamonde new anticipation and pleasure through hands to produce a frothy foam house chores.
Rose Blemish Clearing Serum (RM125, skincare. to lather on your face.
30ml) can be paired with the Rose Water “Truth be told, we are all Its key ingredients feature L’MIÈRE Fairy How do you think
Toner and the Rose Water Gel Cream. chasing after the finer 24K gold flakes, diamond Balle Facial skincare will evolve in
and simpler powder, chamomile Cleanser. – 2021?
things in extract and PICTURE With everyone
life, hyaluronic acid COURTESY OF embracing a sense of
Food Science a n d LAU KAH MING responsibility for the
and Nutrition w e to gently environment, 2020 has
graduate Lau the certainly focused a great
skin, deal on sustainability with refillable
has always calm options, 100% recyclable packaging and
been working
in the health eco-friendlier products. Beauty brands will
never cease to find innovative ways to
and wellness become even more eco-conscious as 2021
industry, with a
focus on continues.
We are also falling back to the basics,
pharmaceutical focusing on skin-soothing ingredients to
and medical
devices. – combat maskne, such as the spotlight on
niacinamide in 2020. We are likely to expect
PICTURE full transparency from the product
LAU KAH development and manufacturing process
to provide customers peace of mind and a
MING better user experience.


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31 days of celebration
o Celebrate the missed occasions with Guinness during the month-long
St. Patrick’s celebration

THE past year has been very overwhelming, sweet tooth and juicy at-home BBQ platters. Guinness Mish Mash, Cake By X and Three Tiers Ice Cream Above: BBQ
many people missed many different partnered with various vendors across the Klang Valley in Penang. Platter –
celebrations. Be it birthdays, wedding and Penang to create these masterpieces, namely Makhan by
anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, graduation myBurgerLab with Tipsy Boar, Coley, Makhan By Available only throughout the St. Patrick’s Kitchen Mafia.
ceremonies, or even just gatherings with friends, Kitchen Mafia, The Ice Cream Bar and Anniekins Month between March 1 and 31, fans who wish Left: Guinness
Malaysians are longing to bring back the to purchase these kits instead can do so too at Tumblers.
missed fun and be part of a celebratory Cakehouse in the Klang Valley as each vendor’s respective outlets or platforms.
ambiance again. With that notion in well as Below: Koh said
mind, Guinness wants to spark little sips That’s not all! For an added touch of St. Great Eastern
of optimism and give everyone a Patrick’s merriment, Guinness lovers can also has been
chance to celebrate all last year’s score themselves a free limited-edition introducing
missed occasions this St. Patrick’s Guinness tumbler that comes in three designs, initiatives to
month. with any purchase of Guinness Draught or support their
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout all through March. customers on
For 31 days in a row, Guinness will It is time for fans to check out participating every journey
spread joyful St. Patrick’s spirit to its outlets nationwide or e-commerce platforms during these
fans in Klang Valley and Penang with too, and pick up a Guinness to make it up to all unprecedented
the Guinness St. Patrick’s Celebration their missed celebrations! times.
Kits. These kits are curated exclusively
for fans to catch up on their missed Promotions are available to non-Muslims
celebrations. All they have to do is tell aged 21 and above only. Guinness Malaysia
Guinness their missed occasions by advocates responsible consumption and urges
sliding into the comments section or
chat box on Guinness’s Facebook or consumers to not drink and drive. For full
Instagram pages, and top five terms and conditions and to find out more
submissions will be selected daily for about Guinness St. Patrick’s Month, visit
31 days and rewarded with the kits. or Guinness
Malaysia’s social media pages at
The exclusive Guinness St. Patrick’s
Celebration Kits vary according to fans’
missed occasions. Each kit is carefully and Slainte!
curated with a dash of Guinness and St.
Patrick’s elements to it, ranging from
scrumptious burger platters, mouthwatering
cakes, exquisite cocktails, ice creams for the

Great Eastern pledges RM1 million
Covid-19 vaccine fund

GREAT EASTERN pledges a total of RM1 million under a Covid-19 vaccine or from date of admission to hospital
the Covid-19 Vaccine Fund to help customers following due to AEFI.
the recent roll-out of the National Covid-19
Immunisation Programme. “As the leading life insurer in Malaysia, safeguarding
the physical and financial wellbeing of our customers
The fund is extended to customers of Great Eastern has always been at the core of everything we do. Since
Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad, Great Eastern the onset of Covid-19, we have been introducing
General Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad and Great Eastern initiatives to support our customers on every journey
Takaful Berhad. Customers of Great Eastern Life during these unprecedented times. The Covid-19
Assurance (Malaysia) must be a registered e-Connect Vaccine Fund is another such initiative, as they prepare
user whose policies are in-force during the fund’s for their vaccination,” said Datuk Koh Yaw Hui, Chief
coverage period, from now until Dec 31 or when the Executive Officer of Great Eastern Life Assurance
fund has reached its RM1 million limit. (Malaysia) Berhad.

The fund aims to support customers with daily The Covid-19 Vaccine Fund is in addition to its RM2
hospital cash benefit of RM200 per day, up to a million Financial Assistance Programme announced in
maximum of seven days for hospitalisation due to February 2020 to help customers mitigate the effects of
adverse effects following immunisation (AEFI), within the pandemic, which was fully utilised.
14 days of receiving an approved Covid-19 vaccination.
Additionally, a lump sum of RM10,000 is provided for For more information, customers may contact Great
AEFI related deaths occurring within 30 days of receiving Eastern Customer Service at 1300-1300 88 or email
[email protected].

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38.3 Retail 1994.5 1953.0 41.5

17.0 Foreign 896.2 854.1 42.1 0.93 138.50 1.50 65.79 51.18 17.23 49.86
100.0 5152.8 5152.8 0.0 18.86 3,013.85 29,098.29 3,501.99 28,864.32 15,855.23 3,026.26
KLCI 6,710.85
Preliminary stats (excluding trade amendments). For final data, please refer to 1,600.12
Source: Burs Malaysia

KL MARKET SUMMARY Diversity ups productivity
March 5, 2021

INDICES 11,695.26 CHANGE +74.59
FBMKLCI 1,600.12 +18.86 o In the male-dominated logistics industry, women work better together,” explained Sandra.
CONSUMER PRODUCTS 622.33 -2.58 can excel too, and inspire and encourage others The logistics industry is working to make
CONSTRUCTION 173.14 +2.07 changes to attract a more diverse workforce
FINANCIAL SERVICES 15,452.74 +265.09 but, in doing so, it is important that there is
ENERGY 951.51 +29.03 a focus on hiring women in positions where
TELECOMMUNICATIONS 718.68 +1.03 █ BY EE ANN NEE Southeast Asia with over 1,000 hubs and they have visibility to inspire and encourage
HEALTH CARE 3,109.42 +1.11 [email protected] more than 20,000 employees. Over the past other women into the industry.
TRANSPORTATION 12 months, Ninja Van Malaysia has achieved
PROPERTY 799.40 +1.06 100% Peninsular Malaysia coverage, Sandra, who has been in the customer
PLANTATION 701.93 +5.10 PETALING JAYA: Fostering a diverse doubled its number of Ninja points, service line for the past 15 years across
FBMSHA 7,163.42 +13.96 workforce and creating an equal and achieved an 80% growth in fleet size with various industries, said dealing with upset
FBMACE 12,935.83 +18.77 inclusive working environment can millions of parcel deliveries monthly. Ninja and angry customers is simply part and
TECHNOLOGY 10,407.99 +13.73 contribute to a company’s creativity, Van Malaysia is the guaranteed next-day parcel of the logistics industry.
84.99 -2.92 expertise, performance, innovation and delivery partners for Lazada and Zalora.
productivity, as seen in the male-dominated “Having said that, we do have processes
TURNOVER VALUE logistics and supply chain sector where Over 15% of Ninja Van Malaysia’s in place to ensure we continue to provide a
7.986 BIL RM5.152 BIL women have steadily advanced. workforce are women, and they make up consistent level of operational excellence to
In tech-enabled express logistics both its management and operations our customers at all times. One of the ways
company Ninja Van Malaysia, unit head of teams. Sandra, for instance, is responsible we do this is working with our operations
5 MOST ACTIVES customer service Sandra Anne Samuel (pix) for managing overall customer satisfaction, team to identify and analyse existing issues
March 5, 2021 pointed out that one of the biggest developing and reviewing the process and and how we can eradicate them.
challenges when it comes to customer innovation frameworks as well as
STOCK VOL CLSG (sen) +/– (sen) service in logistics is to learn the ins and outs spearheading initiatives. She manages over “2020 was a challenging year due to the
KOMARK 254,333,000 43.5 -17.5 of a male-dominated industry, along with 120 staff across seven teams. pandemic. As we are considered essential
VELESTO 231,913,600 17.5 +1 the jargon and logistics services, we’ve had to make quite a few
ARMADA 213,990,200 45.5 +3 technology that can Ninja Van is modernising its workplace changes to our process, such as implementing
THHEAVY 206,325,400 13.5 +1.5 get technical and to achieve gender equality and to close the the practices of contactless deliveries instead
SAPNRG 162,441,700 15 +0.5 tricky. gender gap to increase productivity, and is of getting customers’ signatures as proof of
committed to breaking down barriers in delivery. During this time, our team played a
“My advice the male-dominated logistics industry. crucial role in ensuring that we update and
would be to start Women are succeeding at top levels at educate our customers on these changes and
5 TOP GAINERS learning from the Ninja Van with their strong work ethic, why they were required.”
March 5, 2021 groun up. Although passion for supply chain and logistics and
customer service is have the ability to be comfortable as one of She stressed that good customer service
STOCK VOL CLSG (RM) RM just one part of a few women in a room. usually increases loyalty and customers will
CGB 4,110,200 1.41 0.31 logistics, we have to most likely return if they have a good
TOPGLOV 42,665,900 5.25 0.29 understand every “I have learnt that it is crucial to step out experience.
LATITUD 448,200 4.50 0.27 part of the of our comfort zone. It takes courage for
HLBANK 2,163,500 18.68 0.26 operation from women to strive in an environment “Being a tech-enabled company, we
ARTRONIQ 61,321,000 1.05 0.245 warehousing, dominated by men. However, we must not have improvised with tech-savvy solutions
like contactless deliveries and live chat
deliveries and be limited by our gender. We implementation to further enhance how we
sorting parcels to should focus on the qualities continue to offer hassle-free delivery
5 TOP LOSERS ensure we have we bring to the table and be services during the pandemic. During this
March 5, 2021 the full picture of proud of the role we can time, we’ve also scaled up our operations
how the company play. We must also and capacity to ensure that we are able to
STOCK VOL CLSG (RM) RM works,” she told support and empower meet the demands of our customers.
MPI 1,226,400 39.40 2.44 SunBiz. each other. That
NESTLE 246,500 135.50 2.30 Since its means women “To understand a customer, the most
HEIM 324,600 24.70 1.28 inception in 2014, working together, important thing is to put ourselves into their
FANG-2XL 12.32 0.68 Ninja Van has but also in shoes. By doing this, we actually experience
HSI-CFA 1,400 2.56 0.61 grown across six collaborative what they experience, and we are able to
2,900 countries in partnerships relate to their frustrations. Then naturally,
with men – we the words and actions will follow along to
help resolve and offer the right resolutions
tailored to their specific requests and
requirements,” said Sandra.

EXCHANGE RATES MARCH 5, 2021 Proportion of M’sian women in senior roles at record 37%

Foreign currency Bank sell Bank buy Bank buy PETALING JAYA: The proportion of information officers, up 3pp to 20%. businesses last year to 54% of businesses
women holding senior leadership positions However, the proportion of women this year,” Seah commented.
1 US DOLLAR TT/OD TT OD in Malaysia has hit 37%, the highest ever
1 AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR 4.1305 4.0055 3.9955 recorded despite the Covid-19 pandemic holding CEO positions was down slightly at In terms of ensuring employee
1 BRUNEI DOLLAR 3.2010 3.0740 3.0580 affecting economies around the world, 10% (-5pp), and has trended lower since 2019. engagement and inclusion, more than half
1 CANADIAN DOLLAR 3.0850 2.9960 2.9880 according to Grant Thornton’s annual of Malaysian businesses (56%) have an
1 EURO 3.2530 3.1660 3.1540 Women in Business Report. According to the research, Malaysia has environment where employees can “speak
1 NEWZEALAND DOLLAR 4.9480 4.7880 4.7680 the most businesses with female chief up” with ideas, issues and questions. They
1 SINGAPORE DOLLAR 2.9740 2.8640 2.8480 The Asean region, too, has performed marketing officers (36%) in Asean. Besides are also promoting work/life/balance
1 STERLING POUND 3.0850 2.9960 2.9880 positively, having improved from 35% last that, the proportion of women in the more and/or flexibility for employees (54%) and
1 SWISS FRANC 5.7450 5.5630 5.5430 year to 38% this year. traditional senior HR roles increased instilling new working practices to better
100 UAE DIRHAM 4.4330 4.3300 4.3150 slightly at 54% (+2pp from 2020). engage all employees (50%).
100 BANGLADESHTAKA 113.7400 107.8500 107.6500 Grant Thornton Malaysia national tax
100 CHINESE RENMINBI 4.9510 4.6480 4.4480 practice leader Seah Siew Yun said: “Seeing Passing the 30% of women in senior While the number of women in
100 HONGKONG DOLLAR 63.8000 61.3000 the proportion of women leaders in roles globally is an important milestone for leadership roles has grown, questions
100 INDIAN RUPEE 53.7700 51.1000 N/A Malaysia rise from 31% last year to 37% this businesses, but it is not the end goal. remain over the impact of the Covid-19
100 INDONESIAN RUPIAH 5.7400 5.3900 50.9000 year is encouraging. This figure is also pandemic on women, particularly working
100 JAPANESE YEN 0.0300 0.0271 above the global figure of 31%. More The research has shown that Malaysian mothers. The report reveals that over half
100 NEWTAIWAN DOLLAR 3.8320 3.7120 5.1900 importantly, it is also above the crucial 30% businesses are taking positive actions and (56%) of respondents in Malaysia agree that
100 PAKISTAN RUPEE 15.9000 0.0221 threshold, which research shows is the the top three actions taken to improve the in their organisations, new working
100 PHILIPPINE PESO 2.6700 N/A 3.7020 minimum representation needed to gender balance of their leadership team practices as a result of Covid-19 will benefit
100 QATAR RIYAL 8.6200 2.5000 change decision-making processes.” were creating an inclusive culture (54%), women’s career trajectories in the long term.
100 SAUDI RIYAL 112.9700 8.1200 N/A ensuring equal access to developmental
100THAI BAHT 111.3100 107.2500 2.3000 Another encouraging finding is the work opportunities (48%), and providing “Breaking the 30% barrier certainly does
14.1700 105.6700 7.9200 types of leadership roles women are mentoring and coaching (47%). represent progress – having grown from
12.5700 107.0500 occupying. Grant Thornton’s research 23% 14 years ago when we first started
105.4700 reveals there are higher numbers of women “Recognising the importance of a gender tracking this – but these gains can easily be
12.1700 across operational C-suite roles in Malaysia balanced leadership team, more businesses lost. Reassuringly, 85% of businesses in
compared with last year, with the are now walking the talk. It is encouraging to Malaysia say they are taking action to
Source: Malayan Banking Berhad/Bernama proportion of female chief financial officers see more businesses placing a priority in ensure the engagement and inclusion of
up 12pp to 41%, female chief marketing creating an inclusive culture in their their employees against the negative
officers up 14pp to 36%, and female chief workplace. The research has shown that the backdrop of the pandemic.”
number of businesses taking this initiative
has increased the highest, from 17% of

8 theSUN ON MONDAY | MARCH 8, 2021

Collecting taxes without
denying taxpayer rights

From left: Pan, Lye, CSCD representative Cindy Leong and Tok at the mock cheque presentation to the Community Service THE government of Malaysia has transpired to support the
Centre For The Deaf recently. – ASYRAF RASID/THESUN been generously supporting economic activities during those
businesses and the rakyat through years will require time beyond the
Mach 1 brings in JCB’s various stimulus packages usual 14 or at the maximum 21
electric mini excavator announced in 2020 and 2021. days provided by the IRB to reply to
Apart from the RM322 billion their enquiries. It is common
█ BY AMIR IMRAN HUSAIN SAFRI o The E-Tech 19C-1E is quieter than its diesel expenditure allocated in Budget practice of the IRB to provide an
[email protected] counterpart and and has zero emissions at point 2021, a further RM330 billion
SHAH ALAM: Mach 1 Construction of use worth of economic extension of time, but such
Equipment Sdn Bhd has introduced stimulus packages were extensions are sometimes
JCB’s E-Tech 19C-1E to the country, the Tun Razak Exchange and KLCC. help him start his own business with provided. inadequate to fully
first fully electric mini excavator with Aside from that, the rig could also be guidance from PAJPBM in the explain the taxpayer’s
zero emissions at the point of use. principles of running the business. This One of the perspective.
utilised in renovation works such as equipment loan will not only help Tan, important sources of Some of these
In a virtual address, JCB Southeast underground car parks, hospitals and but will also provide a huge financing the above records may be in
Asia general manager Rajbir Sandhu schools as well as other environments contribution to the local community by “giveaways” will archives or if they are
stated that the mini excavator is a with noise restrictions. supporting vital infrastructure projects come from the in a softcopy form,
testament to the equipment across the region. income tax collection the data in those
manufacturer’s commitment to a zero “Aside from the mini excavator, which is expected in records may be
carbon future. there are also plans to bring bigger “Be The Boss’ allows us to support 2021 to be in the region in corrupted or the
excavators, telehandlers and backhoes small contractors in Malaysia, and we RM144 billion versus the
Compared to its diesel counterpart, which utilise electricity in the future,” are delighted to be helping Tan with six actual collection in 2020 of RM123 accounting systems may have
he said that the electric variant is said Tok. months use of a JCB backhow loader. billion. In the current economic changed and will require software
quieter while still able to do a full day’s This is a fantastic opportunity for him to climate, this will be a big challenge experts to retrieve the lost data.
work. To illustrate the savings from electric build his own business, and Mach 1 for the Inland Revenue Board
machinery compared to its diesel and the team at JCB will be fully (IRB), especially when 2021 has There are other circumstances
Mach 1 group executive director powered counterpart, he guided that a supporting him in realising this kicked off on a weak note with where the taxpayer requires more
Pan Chee Seng highlighted that regular telehandler machine would ambition,” said Tok. various forms of lockdowns. time to retrieve information and
innovation is the main motivation for consume about 10 liter per hour which recollect the events especially
its partnership with the multinational translates to RM100 for four hours of In addition, the launch also Attempting to collect increased cases involving capital statements
equipment manufacturer. work compared to the cost of a full included the presentation of a RM3,888 taxes in the current situation which requires scrutinising entries
charge. donation by Mach 1 to the Community requires delicate handling. Lately, in bank accounts, credit card
“The E-Tech 19C-1E shows that JCB Service Centre For The Deaf (CSCD) it is becoming evident that IRB, in statements, mutual fund
is at the forefront of innovation and “However, it’s not a matter of savings towards its revitalisation project, for the its desire to collect taxes, has been statements, share transactions,
commitment towards building a but whether the machine suits the construction of its cafe and learning intensifying and increasing the director accounts, etc.
carbon neutral Malaysia,” he told environment. In noise-sensitive and centre, organised by PAJPBM’s legal level of audit and investigation
SunBiz at the launching ceremony of other restrictive environments, this is adviser Datuk Dr Lye Wing Voi. activities. There are increasingly
the excavator last Friday. the perfect tool for the job, but for a occasional circumstances where
more intensive infrastructure work site “I am grateful and touched by Mach Whilst it is their absolute right to the tax officials inform taxpayers
According to the group, the mini a diesel engine would be more suitable” 1 and its sales team’s kindness and their examine taxpayer returns and that a case has gone on based on
excavator which weighs less than two generous spirit of giving back to identify taxpayers who have not the internal guidelines beyond a
tonnes with a maximum dig depth and The event also saw the handover of a society,” he said. complied with the tax laws or have particular period, and therefore
dump height of 2.8m, is priced at JCB backhoe loader to Tan Lek Chong, underpaid their taxes or taxpayers the case is abruptly brought to a
£53,000 (RM298,305) excluding taxes. the winner of the ‘Be The Boss” the To date, Lye has raised over who have not filed any tax returns, close, and at times, without
corporate social responsibility project RM120,000 for the charity and hopes to etc, taxpayer rights, especially to be providing a final set of findings to
Should Malaysia’s regulations and organised by Mach 1 and the Malaysia reach the RM200,000 mark to obtain a heard, should not be denied. the taxpayer and giving him an
environmental standards align with the Heavy Construction Equipment matching grant by Malaysian Global opportunity to answer.
global benchmark, Mach 1 JCB Owners Association (PAJPBM). Innovation and Creativity Centre under The taxpayer should be given all
executive director Bill Tok projected it the Penjana “Social Impact Matching” the opportunities to provide The impact is severe on
would sell at least five units per year. Tan, who lost his job during the grant. explanations to the issues raised by taxpayers since the taxpayer must
Covid-19 pandemic, has been granted the IRB. It is clearly stated in the pay the tax within 30 days of the
He explained that this is due to the a six month usage of the equipment to Tax Audit Framework that IRB will issuance of the assessment.
machine’s small size and selected explain any tax adjustments and Appeals to the court are time
application which is particularly provide reasonable time for the consuming and expensive.
suitable for landscaping and taxpayer to give responses to the Recommendation
earthworks on buildings such as the issues raised and ensure the rights Although the country needs an
and interests of the taxpayer and increase in tax collection,
tax agent are safeguarded. hastening the audit or
Time should be given to listen to investigation process without
taxpayer providing the full opportunity to
There is no objection to the IRB listen to taxpayers will be
having internal guidelines on the unproductive to both the country
expected timeline to complete an and the IRB because businesses
audit or investigation. This is just are already in financial difficulties
good practice for internal and making them pay taxes on
productivity purposes. disputable assessments will only
antagonise taxpayers.
Since these cases can go back
five years for income tax and seven This article was contributed by
years for transfer pricing matters, Thannees Tax Consulting Services
collecting information, and
recollecting the events that Sdn Bhd managing director
SM Thanneermalai.

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AND Kohli sets sights on World Test Championship final
IN THE MATTER OF SKIPPER Virat Kohli said India were task of needing to win Test series matches.
322 Notices 322 Notices GION UNIVERSAL SPORT “relieved” to make the inaugural away in Australia and at home India twice bounced back from
World Test Championship final and against England to make the final.
IN THE MATTER OF IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES SDN. BHD. would now focus on that “one big opening losses in four-match series to
THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016 ACT, 2016 200301004395 (606815-D) game” against New Zealand in June “We are relieved that now we have beat Australia 2-1 and England 3-1,
AND ( IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY after seeing off England. made it to the final,” Kohli told Board with each game throwing up new
AND of Control for Cricket in India TV. heroes, notably wicketkeeper-
IN THE MATTER OF IN THE MATTER OF LIQUIDATION ) India crushed Joe Root’s side batsman Rishabh Pant.
SYABAS IRAMA SDN. BHD. DSR MANAGEMENT SDN. BHD. NOTICE OF FINAL MEETING inside three days in the fourth Test in “Probably if you look at the last
Company No. 199601028387 Company No. 197901001302 (45585-H) Ahmedabad on Saturday to clinch two-and-half years how we have The left-handed Pant, who played
UNDER SECTION 459 (1) the series 3-1 and finish top of the played, we deserve to be in that final. a key part in the win Down Under in
(400739 T) (IN MEMBERS’ OF THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016 Test Championship table ahead of January, hit 101 on Friday to set up
(IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY WINDING UP) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant New Zealand. “Now it’s just about getting India’s latest victory by an innings and
VOLUNTARY WINDING UP) NOTICE OF FINAL MEETING to Section 459 (2) of the Companies together as a group again and 25 runs.
NOTICE OF FINAL MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT pursuant Act, 2016 that the Final Meeting of India had led the standings until focusing on that one big game which
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT pursuant to the Companies Act, 2016 that a Final the abovenamed Company will be November, when a change in the is quite exciting for all of us.” Pace bowler Mohammed Siraj, all-
to the Companies Act, 2016 that a Final Meeting of the abovenamed Company held at No. 11-1, Jalan 1/57A, Batu points system because of disruption rounder Washington Sundar and
Meeting of the abovenamed Company will be held at No. 43, 1st Floor, Jalan Ros, 3, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 51200 brought by the coronavirus New Zealand’s berth in the final spinner Axar Patel also burst into the
will be held at No. 43, 1st Floor, Jalan Ros, 85000 Segamat, Johor Darul Takzim on 12 Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, 13 April pandemic promoted Australia to top was secured when the Test series side making an immediate impact.
85000 Segamat, Johor Darul Takzim on 12 April, 2021 at 2.00 p.m. for the purposes: 2021 at 10:00 a.m. for the following spot. between South Africa and Australia
April, 2021 at 10.00 a.m. for the purposes: (i) To receive and consider the Liquidator’s purposes:- was postponed last month. Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said
(i) To receive and consider the Liquidator’s Statement of Accounts showing the 1) To receive an account from the The new system, based on that for players like himself and fast
Statement of Accounts showing the manner in which the winding-up has Liquidator showing the manner percentage of points instead of total Kohli had maintained that the bowler Ishant Sharma, who mostly
manner in which the winding-up has been conducted and of hearing any in which the winding-up has points, left India with the daunting championship race was merely a feature in Tests, the final is “like
been conducted and of hearing any explanation that may be given by the been conducted and the property “distraction” for his team, who did not literally the World Cup”. – AFP
explanation that may be given by the Liquidator; and of the Company disposed of and need any further incentive to win Test
Liquidator; and (ii) To resolve under Section 518(3)(b) of to hear any explanation that may
(ii) To resolve under Section 518(3)(b) of the Companies Act, 2016 that after be given by the Liquidator. Djoker eyes Slam history
the Companies Act, 2016 that after the expiration of three (3) months 2) To determine pursuant to Section
the expiration of three (3) months from the date of the Final Meeting the 518 (3)(b) of the Act , the manner 322 Notices … after surpassing Federer’s world No. 1 record
from the date of the Final Meeting the books, accounts and documents of in which the books, accounts and
books, accounts and documents of the Company and of the Liquidator be documents of the Company and IN THE MATTER OF Grand Slams MEN: WEEKS AT WORLD NO.1
the Company and of the Liquidator be destroyed. of the Liquidator thereof, shall be THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016
destroyed. Dated this 8th day of March, 2021 disposed of. 18 Novak Djokovic SRB Longest streak (wks): 123 311
Dated this 8th day of March, 2021 ONG CHEE YOW NG YING HUEY AND
ONG CHEE YOW Liquidator LIQUIDATOR IN THE MATTER OF 20 Roger Federer SUI 237 310
Liquidator Dated this: 8 March 2021 SUGIRANI ENGINEERING
322 Notices No. 11-1, Jalan 1/57A, 14 Pete Sampras USA 102 286
IN THE MATTER OF Batu 3, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, SDN. BHD.
COMPANIES ACT, 2016 IN THE MATTER OF 51200 Kuala Lumpur. 198601004674 (153832-A) 8 Ivan Lendl CZE 157 270
COMPANIES ACT, 2016 Note : A member entitled to attend ( IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY
AND and vote at this Final Meeting 8 Jimmy Connors USA 160 268
IN THE MATTER OF AND is entitled to appoint a proxy to LIQUIDATION )
SJ RISK CONSULTANTS IN THE MATTER OF attend and vote in his stead. A NOTICE OF FINAL MEETING 20 Rafael Nadal ESP 56 209
SDN. BHD. (855984-U) TECHCREME SDN. proxy must be a member of the
(IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY BHD. (1040616-V) (IN Company. UNDER SECTION 459 (1) NOVAK DJODKJOOVKIOCVwICill:tCodAaRyEsEeRt aTIMwELilIlNslEip out of the toTpufrivnee.d pro: 2003
MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY OF THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016 new landmark of 311 weeks as Djokovic made his top 100 debut in July
LIQUIDATION) IN THE MATTER OF NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant FweodreldrerNwoh.Aou1s,setshruaorllpidaanossnOinapgreeRncootgritdele-r 2fi0rs0t5R, ojulasWnt dwimGeebakrlsreodasof.tenr Nadal had won his
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN LIQUIDATION) THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016 to Section 459 (2) of the Companies feiqrmualylliinngth2e0SeGrbr’ Gtiatlrersosis now theHfierswt taUims.Steo.ipnO5Op0cetinonbJeurn2e002600a6n,dtotopp2100fboyr
that pursuant to Section NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Act, 2016 that the Final Meeting of The 33-year-old Djokovic, already the March 2007.
459 of the Companies Act, that pursuant to Section AND the abovenamed Company will be winner of 18 tmuranjoinrgs,4h0aWisnotAimruldgeuNosnto. .h1israsindkeing24 He first became world No. 1 at the age of
2016 a Final Meeting of the 459 of the Companies Act, IN THE MATTER OF held at No. 11-1, Jalan 1/57A, Batu with Federer on July 4, 2011, the day after winning
Members of the abovenamed 2016 a Final Meeting of the ROBAMTEC ELECTRIC (M) 3, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 51200 He is also a year younger than Rafael Wimbledon for the first time, beating
Company will be held at Members of the abovenamed Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, 13 April
1A-3, Plaza Mayang, Jalan Company will be held at SDN. BHD. 2021 at 2:00 p.m. for the following Nadal who also has 202m0a0j8ors. 2009 2N0a1d0al in th2e0f1in1al. 2012 2013
SS26/9, 47301 Petaling Jaya, 1A-3, Plaza Mayang, Jalan 201701002837 (1216987-P) purposes:- “Now that I’ve become the historic No. Only a six-month injury absence in
Selangor Darul Ehsan on 9 SS26/9, 47301 Petaling Jaya, ( IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY 1) To receive an account from the 1, I’m relieved,” said Djokovic after 2017 saw his ranking plunge, all the way to
April 2021 at 11.00 a.m. for Selangor Darul Ehsan on 9 Liquidator showing the manner sweeping to a ninth Australian Open last 22 the following summer.
the purpose of: April 2021 at 10.00 a.m. for LIQUIDATION ) in which the winding-up has month which guaranteed his extended stay It was just a blip – Djokovic was back at
1. Having an account laid the purpose of: NOTICE OF FINAL MEETING been conducted and the property at the top. 2N0o1.51 agai2n01b6y Nove2m0b1e7r and 2w0it1h8 the
1. Having an account laid of the Company disposed of and 2014
before the members, UNDER SECTION 459 (1) to hear any explanation that may “Now, I’m going to be able to focus exception of November 2019 until January
showing the manner in before the members, OF THE COMPANIES ACT 2016 be given by the Liquidator. mainly on the Grand Slams.” last year, when Nadal reclaimed pole
which the winding up has showing the manner in NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant 2) To determine pursuant to Section Djokovic reclaimed the top ranking 2pcA0aou2mssD0itterjiaoolkniiaon,nvhi2e2cO,00hwp12ae6h1sn,obsseheetahlnsoaSP©nrnoioccGeutocRuFrFkcmrAereesdPe::fooneHGAlrrcIiTeCedthPtart.NybO(EIlsmpyWiexaSn)gmeatsointrldee
been conducted and of which the winding up has to Section 459 (2) of the Companies 518 (3)(b) of the Act , the manner from Nadal in February 2020 and finished
hearing any explanation been conducted and of Act, 2016 that the Final Meeting of in which the books, accounts and as year-end No. 1 for the sixth tim20e,1t9ying
that may be given by the hearing any explanation the abovenamed Company will be documents of the Company and the mark set by Pete Sampras.
Liquidator. that may be given by the held at No. 11-1, Jalan 1/57A, Batu of the Liquidator thereof, He is currently in his fifth different spell Nadal (one).
2. To resolve under Section Liquidator. 3, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 51200 shall be disposed of. atop the rankings. His Wimbledon total stands at five to
518(3)(b) of the Companies 2. To resolve under Section Kuala Lumpur on Monday, 12 April NG YING HUEY Nadal, currently at No. 2, has been at Federer’s eight and Nadal’s two.
Act 2016, that the books, 518(3)(b) of the Companies 2021 at 10.00 a.m. for the following LIQUIDATOR the top for “only” 209 weeks in total At the US Open, he has three to
accounts and documents Act 2016, that the books, purposes:- Dated this: 8 March 2021 although the 13-time Roland Garros Federer’s five and Nadal’s four.
of the Company and of the accounts and documents 1) To receive an account from the No. 11-1, Jalan 1/57A, champion can boast being a top 10 ever- “Obviously I have in my mind to win
Liquidator be destroyed of the Company and of the Liquidator showing the manner Batu 3, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, present since April 2005. He will, however, more Gralnd Slam titles and to break
after the expiration of three Liquidator be destroyed in which the winding-up has 51200 Kuala Lumpur. lose his world No. 2 spot to Daniil records.
(3) months from the date of after the expiration of three been conducted and the property Note : A member entitled to attend Medvedev. “Until I retire from the tour, I will be
the final meeting. (3) months from the date of of the Company disposed of and and vote at this Final Meeting Federer, who returns to action in Doha devoting most of my attention and energy
Dated this 8 March 2021 the final meeting. to hear any explanation that may is entitled to appoint a proxy to this week after more than a year out of to winning the other major titles,” Djokovic
CHAI YAH KANG Dated this 8 March 2021 be given by the Liquidator. attend and vote in his stead. A action to recover from two knee surgeries, said. – AFP
Liquidator MOK SENG CHEW 2) To determine pursuant to proxy must be a member of the
Liquidator Section 518 (3)(b) of the Act , Company. BRIEFS Bradley were on 207 and England’s Tommy
322 Notices the manner in which the books, Westwood grabs Bay Hill lead Fleetwood was sixth on 209.
322 Notices accounts and documents of the IN THE MATTER OF
IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES Company and of the Liquidator THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016 BRITAIN’S Lee Westwood curled in a 28- Rublev takes down Tsitsipas
ACT, 2016 PRIN AD SDN. BHD. thereof, shall be disposed of. foot closing birdie putt after an eagle at 16
AND (198601006198) NG YING HUEY AND to seize a one-stroke lead after the third ANDREY RUBLEV beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-
(In Creditors’ Voluntary LIQUIDATOR IN THE MATTER OF round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 3, 7-6 (7-2) yesterday to advance to the final
IN THE MATTER OF NAZAL HYDRAULIC Dated this: 8 March 2021 PROMAIR TECHNICAL SERVICES Miami, Florida. The 47-year-old Englishman in Rotterdam and extend his winning run in
LINE SDN. BHD. Winding Up) No. 11-1, Jalan 1/57A, made eight birdies and an eagle against ATP 500 events to 19 matches. Fourth seed
NOTICE OF FINAL MEETING Batu 3, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, SDN. BHD. three bogeys to shoot a 7-unde 65 and Rublev broke Tsitsipas twice in the opening
[Registration No. 200101015327 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN 51200 Kuala Lumpur. 199801005384 (461511-T) stand on 11-under 205 after 54 holes at set and put the second-seeded Greek away
(551084-U)] (In Members’ Voluntary pursuant to Section 459 of Note : A member entitled to attend ( IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY rain-softened Bay Hill. “I’m not surprised,” with a dominant tie-break to secure victory
the Companies Act, 2016 that and vote at this Final Meeting Westwood said. “I know I’m still capable of in 97 minutes. Rublev, through to a fourth
Winding-Up) a Final Meeting of Members is entitled to appoint a proxy to LIQUIDATION ) playing well when it matters. I haven’t lost straight ATP 500 final, will face Marton
NOTICE OF RESOLUTION and Creditors of the Company attend and vote in his stead. A NOTICE OF FINAL MEETING any of my length and I haven’t lost any of Fucsovics after the qualifier from Hungary
An Extraordinary General Meeting of will be held at Suite 9-3A, proxy must be a member of the my enthusiasm to go and work in the gym.” swept past Borna Coric 6-4, 6-1. “(I play
Members of the abovenamed Company 9th Floor, Wisma Zelan, No. Company. UNDER SECTION 459 (1) Reigning US Open champion Bryson tennis) to play at the best level, to play at
was duly convened and held on the 3rd 1, Jalan Tasik Permaisuri 2, OF THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016 DeChambeau shot 68 to share second on the best tournaments, to try to compete,
day of March 2021 at No. 52A-M, Lebuh Bandar Tun Razak, 56000 IN THE MATTER OF NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant 206 with Canadian Corey Conners while then to go deep and to try to win them,”
Enggang, 41150 Klang, Selangor and the Kuala Lumpur on 9th April THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016 to Section 459 (2) of the Companies Americans Jordan Spieth and Keegan Rublev said. “A final is always special, so I am
following Special Resolution was duly 2021 at 11.30 a.m. for the Act, 2016 that the Final Meeting of going to try to do my best tomorrow.”
passed:- following purposes: AND the abovenamed Company will be
“THAT the Company be wound up AGENDA IN THE MATTER OF held at No. 11-1, Jalan 1/57A, Batu
voluntarily pursuant to Section 439(1)(b) of 1. To receive and consider LI YING HOLDINGS SDN. BHD. 3, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 51200
the Companies Act 2016 and that Mr Ng 200401030092 (668600-W) Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, 13 April
Chin Hock (NRIC No. 720111-10-5805) of the account of the ( IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY 2021 at 9:00 a.m. for the following
No. 17, Jalan Pendamar Indah 1C, Taman liquidation and giving any purposes:-
Pendamar Indah KS5, 42000 Port Klang, explanations thereof. LIQUIDATION ) 1) To receive an account from the
Selangor be and is hereby appointed 2. To consider pursuant to NOTICE OF FINAL MEETING Liquidator showing the manner
Liquidator for the purpose of such winding Section 518(3)(c) of the in which the winding-up has
up with power to distribute surplus assets Companies Act, 2016, UNDER SECTION 459 (1) been conducted and the property
in specie to members and to exercise the books, paper and OF THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016 of the Company disposed of and
the power of the Liquidator as set out in documents of the Company NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to hear any explanation that
Section 456 of the Companies Act 2016.” be destroyed after three (3) to Section 459 (2) of the Companies may be given by the Liquidator.
NG CHIN HOCK months from the date of Act, 2016 that the Final Meeting of 2) To determine pursuant to Section
Director the final meeting. the abovenamed Company will be 518 (3)(b) of the Act , the manner
Dated: 8th March 2021. Yew Fooi held at No. 11-1, Jalan 1/57A, Batu in which the books, accounts and
IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES Liquidator 3, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 51200 documents of the Company and
Tel no: 03-9173 2295 Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, 13 April of the Liquidator thereof,
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10 theSUN ON MONDAY | MARCH 8, 2021

Koeman’s youth policy paying off
BARCELONA cranked up the pressure on
leaders Atletico Madrid by beating Teen Moriba latest to impress as Barcelona close in on leaders Atletico
Osasuna 2-0 yesterday to edge two points
behind their city rivals. “It was a great goal,” Koeman told Spanish to stay in the La Liga title “The run of form is important. Let’s hope we
Lionel Messi set up both goals in Pamplona as sports daily Marca. “Every time he comes into the race, where Atletico can stay on the right track.”
Jordi Alba hammered home in the first half before team, he adds something. He’s good on the ball Madrid and Real
the 18-year-old Ilaix Moriba came off the bench to and is a strong boy physically. He’s pushing to be Madrid will face As for their European hopes, Barcelona will
curl in an impressive shot late in the second. in the first team more often. each other head to Paris in midweek for the second leg of
overnight. their Champions League tie with Paris Saint-
“Thankfully Leo gave me the pass and I don’t “We’re really proud of being able to bring “We need Germain.
know how I cut in and shot with my left foot, I’m younger players through the ranks. We do it to keep
just glad it went in,” Moriba said. “I will never because they deserve to have opportunities. w i n n i n g ,” “We need to rest and we have to prepare for
forget it, I will take that goal to my grave.” Koeman said. that game,” Koeman added. “I don’t want to say it’s
“People like Pedri, Ilaix, Riqui, Mingueza and “It wasn’t our impossible, but we’re going to go there to get a
Moriba’s strike was his first goal in La Liga and Araujo show they have a big future. As a coach, best game, but good result.”
another breakthrough moment for a Barca I’ve always given opportunities to youngsters we were okay
youngster, who joins Pedri, Ansu Fati, Ronald because they are a club’s future. They deserve and we deserved While Barcelona sustained momentum from
Araujo, Oscar Mingueza and Riqui Puig in the these opportunities.” to win. I’m happy. their midweek victory in the cup, Sevilla failed to
senior squad. bounce back, instead sinking to another loss away
Barcelona have now won four matches in a at Elche in an earlier match.
5252/2021 07/03/2021 (SUN) row in all competitions as they strive
Raul Guti and Guido Carrillo sealed a crucial 2-
Barcelona’s Ilaix 1 win for Elche, with Luuk de Jong adding a late
Moriba (right) consolation for Sevilla, who have now lost three
celebrates with consecutive matches in eight days.
Lionel Messi They sit six points ahead of Real Sociedad in
after scoring fifth. Elche climb to 17th, two points above the
during their bottom three. – AFP/Agencies
Spanish La Liga
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02818 28184 Lewandowski shows who’s the boss
0281 8184 ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI scored a said Bayern coach Hansi Flick.
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11theSUN ON MONDAY | MARCH 8, 2021

RESULTS & STANDINGS Klopp not worried

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: West Bromwich Liverpool manager makes confident FSG claim about his future
Albion 0 Newcastle United 0, Burnley 1 (Wood LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp is
39) Arsenal 1 (Aubameyang 6), Sheffield United confident that he still has the support suffering from burnout due to his intensity. continued.
0 Southampton 2 (Ward-Prowse 32-pen, Adams of the club’s owners, Fenway Sports But the Reds boss is adamant that he has “So it is not that easy. It is somewhere in
49), Aston Villa 0 Wolves 0, Brighton 1 (Lallana Group, despite the team’s terrible run
10) Leicester 2 (Iheanacho 62, Amartey 87). the full support of the club, and believes the between.You need to find belief, optimism
owners don’t want him to go anywhere. and positivity before a game to go and play.
P W D L F A Pts
Man City 27 20 5 2 56 17 65
Leicester 28 16 5 7 48 32 53
Man Utd 27 14 9 4 53 32 51 of form. “We cannot do other than our best and And that’s what we kind of always did.
Chelsea 27 13 8 6 42 25 47 The reigning Premier League champions that’s how it always is,” Klopp said. “Most of the time at least I saw that in the
Everton 26 14 4 8 39 33 46 are going through a torrid spell at the “And if there is somebody who thinks games. We had our share in games, we had
West Ham 26 13 6 7 40 31 45 moment, having lost five of their last six there is another manager who can do better big parts of the game and we lost them.
Liverpool 27 12 7 8 47 35 43 League games. then they have to make the decision, that’s “After Chelsea I spoke to Thomas Tuchel.
Tottenham 26 12 6 8 42 27 42 They’ve picked up less points at home clear. He analysed us and he didn’t understand
Aston Villa 26 12 4 10 38 27 40 than any other team in the football league in “But I don’t think that’s the case. Not that how we lost the game.
Arsenal 27 11 5 11 35 28 38 2021. nobody can do it better, but that I don’t think “If you lose a game because you perform
Leeds 26 11 2 13 43 44 35 Liverpool fans are calling for a squad any of the people who decide my future have bad, you can change it. But if you play good
Wolves 28 9 8 11 28 37 35 overhaul this summer, with the Reds set to go that opinion – at least nobody told me.” and lose it anyway, not because the
Crystal Palace 27 9 7 11 29 43 34 after a new striker and centreback. Klopp also discussed Liverpool’s recent opponent is better but because you made a
Southampton27 9 6 12 33 44 33 Klopp’s future has also been called into form and believes his side are playing well mistake or were unlucky then we had so
Burnley 28 7 9 12 20 36 30 question recently, with reports suggesting he enough to win games – and should have many of these defeats this year.
Newcastle 27 7 6 14 27 44 27 could leave this summer if the Germany job beaten Chelsea last week. “Not many with us performing
Brighton 27 5 11 11 27 35 26 becomes available. “When we win football games we’re not completely under our ability, maybe only
Fulham 27 4 11 12 21 33 23 Speculation suggests that he could opt to constantly partying and if we lose them we Aston Villa – but even that game was strange.”
West Brom 28 3 9 16 20 56 18 walk away this summer, and that he is simply are not punching each other’s face,” Klopp – Express Newspapers
Sheffield Utd 28 4 2 22 16 45 14

CHAMPIONSHIP: Huddersfield 0 Cardiff 0,
Barnsley 1 Birmingham 0, Bristol City 0 QPR 2,
Coventry 1 Derby 0, Millwall 0 Blackburn 2,
Norwich 3 Luton 0, Preston 1 Bournemouth 1,
Reading 3 Sheffield Wednesday 0, Stoke 2
Wycombe 0, Swansea 2 Middlesbrough 1,
Watford 1 Nottingham Forest 0.

TOP 10 P W DL FA Pts
Norwich 35 23 7 5 51 25 76
Watford 35 19 9 7 46 24 66
Swansea 33 19 8 6 43 24 65
Brentford 34 18 9 7 61 36 63
Reading 35 18 6 11 49 37 60
Barnsley 34 17 6 11 42 37 57
Bournemouth35 15 11 9 50 34 56
Cardiff 35 15 9 11 53 35 54
Mid’boro 35 14 8 13 41 38 50
Stoke 35 12 12 11 41 39 48
Cardiff City’s Will
LA LIGA: Valladolid 2 (Plano 14, Weissman 24) Cardiff play out Vaulks (left) in action
Getafe 1 (Mata 37), Elche 2 (Gutierrez Parejo 70, frustrating stalemate
Carrillo 76) Sevilla 1 (L. de Jong 90), Cadiz 1 during Saturday’s
(Negredo 40) Eibar 0, Osasuna 0 Barcelona 2 English Championship
(Alba 30, Moriba 83).
match against
TOP 10 P W D L F A Pts Huddersfield Town.

Atletico 24 18 4 2 47 16 58 CARDIFF CITY missed the chance to are looking increasingly light.
Barcelona 26 17 5 4 57 22 56 move back into the Championship’s top The bitter blow of losing Bagan to a
Real Madrid 25 16 5 4 43 20 53 six after a scrappy goalless draw at
Sevilla 25 15 3 7 35 20 48 Huddersfield Town. dislocated shoulder perhaps hampered
Sociedad 25 11 9 5 42 21 42 the Bluebirds’ rhythm, with the youngster
Real Betis 25 12 3 10 33 38 39 Chances were sparse during a contest now facing a long spell out.
Villarreal 26 8 13 5 34 29 37 which, on the whole, perhaps wasn’t the
Granada 25 9 6 10 31 42 33 tub-thumping spectacle Mick McCarthy Certainly not the ideal performance,
Levante 25 7 11 7 35 34 32 would have liked on his 1,000th game in but a clean sheet and another game
Bilbao 24 8 6 10 34 28 30 management. without defeat – Cardiff’s run now
stretching to 11 under McCarthy – will
SERIE A: Spezia 1 (Verde 71) Benevento 1 (Gaich The Bluebirds, carrying several injury perhaps be seen as a positive.
24), Udinese 2 (Llorente 42, Pereyra 90+3) concerns, were unable to really find their
Sassuolo 0, Juventus 3 (Rabiot 39, Morata 57, 60- usual attacking fluency in West Yorkshire, “A really tough game. We haven’t
pen) Lazio 1 (Correa 14). and may well consider themselves lucky played particularly well in it, although we
to leave with a point after Yaya Sanogo have been really solid,” McCarthy told
TOP 10 P W D L F A Pts missed from the spot deep into the BBC Sport Wales.
Inter Milan 25 18 5 2 62 25 59 second half.
AC Milan 25 16 5 4 48 30 53 “They have had a tough schedule as
Juventus 25 15 7 3 51 21 52 McCarthy will have plenty to ponder, well but we got done I think with the
Atalanta 25 14 7 4 60 32 49 particularly after seeing Joel Bagan Wednesday-Saturday and Tuesday-Friday,
Roma 25 14 5 6 50 38 47 forced off before the break. with our energy levels I guess.
Napoli 24 14 2 8 52 28 44
Lazio 25 13 4 8 39 35 43 With Joe Bennett already a long-term “We have had to scrap it out, but if
injury concern, and Perry Ng left out due you cant win it, don’t get beat. We’ve
to a knock, McCarthy’s fullback options ended up with a good point.” –

Hellas Verona 25 10 8 7 34 27 38 SIDENETTING should’ve gone in ahead,”Villans bosss
Sassuolo 25 9 9 7 40 39 36 Game of two halves Dean Smith, told BBC’s Match of the Day.
Udinese 26 8 8 10 29 34 32
ASTON VILLA’S European hopes suffered Saints finally win
BUNDESLIGA: Freiburg 0 RB Leipzig 3, Hertha another setback as they were held to a
Berlin 2 Augsburg 1, Borussia Moenchenglad- goalless draw by Wolves in their West SOUTHAMPTON won for the first time in
bach 0 Bayer Leverkusen 1, Hoffenheim 2 VfL Midlands derby. The hosts, who suffered a 10 Premier League matches as Che Adams’
Wolfsburg 1, Eintracht Frankfurt 1 VfB Stuttgart surprise loss to Sheffield United in spectacular strike helped Ralph
1, Bayern Munich 4 Borussia Dortmund 2. midweek, dominated the early stages with Hasenhuttl’s side claim a 2-0 win at
Ollie Watkins and Ezri Konsa both hitting Sheffield United, whose slim survival
TOP 10 P W D L F A Pts the crossbar. But with the influential Jack hopes took another blow at Bramall Lane.
Bayern 24 17 4 3 71 34 55 Grealish again missing as he recovers from Adams rifled a half-volley into the top
RB Leipzig 24 16 5 3 46 20 53 injury, Villa faded after the break as Wolves corner four minutes into the second half,
Wolfsburg 24 12 9 3 38 21 45 sparked into life. Having failed to create a ending a run of 16 games without a goal
E. Frankfurt 24 11 10 3 47 33 43 chance of note during the first period, in all competitions. Saints had broken the
Leverkusen 24 11 7 6 42 26 40 Nuno Espirito Santo’s visitors somehow deadlock when James Ward-Prowse sent
Dortmund 23 12 3 8 48 31 39 contrived to miss several gilt-edged Aaron Ramsdale the wrong way from the
Union Berlin 23 8 10 5 36 26 34 chances to snatch all three points. The penalty spot following Ethan Ampadu’s
Freiburg 24 9 7 8 37 38 34 result leaves Villa ninth in the table on 40 clumsy challenge on Nathan Tella. “The
Stuttgart 24 8 9 7 45 37 33 points while Wolves remain 12th, five first win after such a long time is always
M’gladbach 24 8 9 7 40 37 33 points further back. “We were good first the most difficult one, now we have to
half, created some good chances and keep on improving,“ Hasenhuttl told BBC
FRENCH CUP (Last 32, selected): Red Star 3 Lens Sport afterwards.
2, Ales 1 Montpellier 2, Valenciennes 0 Metz 4,
Lyon 5 Sochaux 2, Brest 0 Paris Saint-Germain 3.


Foxes We cannot do other than our best and
that’s how it always is. And if there is somebody
who thinks there is another manager who can do
better then they have to make the decision, that’s
clear. But I don’t think that’s the case…”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

ready to fight
Rodgers praises team for stepping up after come-from-behind win against Seagulls

DANIEL AMARTEY scored a after the postponement because of everything,” Rodgers said on thankfully we got one and it paid off. another season in the top flight.
late winner as Leicester the coronavirus pandemic. Iheanacho to the “We deserved to win by the end of Brighton manager Graham Potter
City came from behind to
beat Brighton 2-1 and boost Talisman Jamie Vardy has scored the second half and that was what told BBC Sport: “It feels sore. Overall
their bid for Champions League only once in his past 11 League “He’s come up trumps a few times mattered. our performance – certainly the first
qualification. games, but Iheanacho is producing recently, if you remember at Fulham half – was good. We were close to
the goals to fill the void. he scored that important header. “There were a lot of changes and a getting a second.
The defender stooped low to head lot of attacking players out, but we
into an empty net after Brighton Having rescued a point at Burnley “In the first half it got away from don’t want to use that as an excuse. “In the second half, Leicester
keeper Robert Sanchez failed to claim last week, Iheanacho latched on to him too much, he had too many I’m delighted for the team, it a very responded and we didn’t play as well.
Marc Albrighton’s corner. Youri Tielemans’ exquisite no-look touches and was losing possession, good win against a good side. Still, we had some opportunities but
through ball to lift the ball over but when he intensified his game, he it felt like a draw might have been the
Kelechi Iheanacho began the Sanchez for the equaliser. played quicker and his finish was A City win seemed a long way off right result.
fightback with his second goal in as superb. That’s the level of confidence in the first half, when Lallana scored
many games. Amartey was the beneficiary when he’s at. and Brighton routinely sliced “There was no problem with the
Albrighton whipped in an excellent through the visitors’ midfield and approach and intention of the team.
He cancelled out Adam Lallana’s late corner and Sanchez was unable “He worked well for the team and defence. We made a few too many errors
first Brighton goal, which ended a to free his arms and punch the ball his contribution was valuable.” against a team going for the
503-day drought without scoring. clear in the melee of bodies. “We were deservingly behind,” Champions League. The goal at the
On the winning goal, Rodgers Rodgers said. “In the second half, we end is a bit of a blow.
Yesterday’s victory extended Leicester have the best away added: “I’m not sure Dan knew it hit adjusted the mentality, we were in
Leicester’s unbeaten away run to 10 record in the division, and with key him! We haven’t been good enough contention, there was tempo to the “Adam Lallana did some really
League games while Brighton remain playmaker James Maddison likely to from corners. We’ve got to make running. Everything was how we nice touches, nice combinations. He
three points above the relegation return before the end of the season, more first contacts, but helped the team, kept us going. He
zone in 16th. their credentials are looking strong. would usually play.” was a positive for us.” – Express
The Seagulls are in Newspapers/Agencies
The Foxes were on course for a In the meantime, Iheanacho is
top-four finish making the most of his chances danger of being sucked
last season and is ensuring his side continue into the bottom three
before to pick up points. but keeping
falling Lallana fit may
away “He has a be their best
bit of route to

Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey (2nd
left) celebrates scoring his team’s
second goal during their English
Premier League match against
Brighton and Hove Albion at the
American Express Community
Stadium yesterday. – AFPPIX

Arteta fumes at VAR for snubbing ‘obvious’ penalty in Burnley draw

MIKEL ARTETA felt Arsenal were denied a “clear” could not take advantage. do not get decisions, it is complicated to win they had the only chance they had in the game. It
and “obvious” penalty in the Gunners’ draw with Dani Ceballos struck the post in stoppage time football games. If that is not a penalty, then can happen when you play short and long, this is
Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday – but admitted someone needs to explain what one is. football.
his charges can ultimately only look at themselves as Arsenal threw everything at Burnley, who
for not winning the game having dominated in stood strong with a resilient defensive display to “From what we produced, you have to come “But obviously when you miss the chances
the first half. clinch a point that moves them slightly further here and win. When you do not, you have to look that we missed today, in this ground obviously
clear of the relegation zone. at yourself. We completely dominated the first you’re going to have moments where they put
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the half but they make it difficult with a lot of long you under pressure and it becomes the game
scoring inside six minutes with his eighth Premier Yet the visitors were also frustrated not to have ball. they want.
League goal against Burnley, squeezing a shot been given a penalty after Pepe tried to take the
past Nick Pope at his near post. ball beyond Erik Pieters inside the box only for it “We generated chances and we should have “Then you don’t get the decision when it is an
to clearly strike the Dutchman’s outstretched arm. won by two or three goals. if you give any hope to obvious penalty, because somebody has to
Arsenal were comfortably the superior side any team in the Premier League, they are going to explain to me what a penalty is.”
after that with Burnley struggling to match them A penalty was not awarded by on-pitch official take it.”
– until the 39th minute. Andre Marrinier and that decision was backed up Burnley manager Sean Dyche told BBC Sport:
by Kevin Friend in the VAR boot, with the On the comical goal that his side conceded, “We had to work very hard against a decent
Just before the break, the Clarets were gifted a explanation that the spot-kick was not given due Arteta added: “It’s something that we work on Arsenal side but the mentality of the players was
way back into the game after Granit Xhaka, to the proximity between Pieters and Pepe when and we’re going to keep doing. outstanding.
played into pressure by Bernd Leno, inadvertently the ball came into contact with the former’s hand.
fired the ball off Chris Wood’s midriff and into the “The first goal we scored is through Bernd, On the VAR incident, Dyche said: “I don’t think
back of the Arsenal net. But Arteta was baffled by the decision and Bernd starts the whole thing then we score a goal he (Pieters) has thrown his arm up and I do not
said to BT Sport: “It’s a really tough place to come with Aubameyang. Then we made a mistake that believe it was deliberate. The referee had his red
Both sides had chances in the second-half, on a difficult pitch, but I have to say we should cost us a goal. card out in a millisecond but that is what VAR is
goalscorer Wood and substitute Nicolas Pepe have scored the big chances we had. for… today we got the right use of VAR.” – Express
squandering the best of them for either team, but “But the only chance they had, it was a long Newspapers/Agencies
“When you miss the chances we had, and you kick from Bernd. We are in open structure and

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