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Published by pusatsumberkpt, 2021-12-17 02:54:57

The Sun 17.12.21

The Sun-17.12.21

‘Enforcement 4
No ‘blank cheque’ 2
of law must be
for taxman under done fairly’
new provision


No. 7927 PP 2644/12/2012 (031195) candidate for Bukit Assek Hii Tiong Huat gets down on his
knees at the junction of Jalan Lanang and Jalan Lanang
Barat in Sibu to plead for support in tomorrow’s state
election. The constituency sees incumbent Irene Mary
Chang Oi Ling (DAP) challenged by Chieng Jin Ek (GPS), Ting
Kee Nguan (PSB), Priscilla Lau (PBK), Jess Lau Kiu Ming
(Aspirasi) and Hii in a six-way fight. – BERNAMAPIX

City living no more

█ BY ASHIQIN ARIFFIN oRising costs pushing affordable
[email protected] homes further away from urban centres

PETALING JAYA: Affordable Estimates vary but most agree that provide for affordable housing for the
homes in or close to urban the expenditure on construction, working class,” he added.
centres, where most public inclusive of the cost of materials, Soam acknowledged that the
amenities are easily accessible account for 50% to 60% of the total cost. prices of building materials are
and economic activities are more dependent on global supply and
vibrant, may soon be a thing of the past. Soam pointed out that if the cost of demand forces. “What the government
building materials continues to rise, can do is to monitor the industry and
The cost of building materials, which developers would have no choice but to implement policies to prevent
accounts for a large proportion of the build landed properties in areas where profiteering among suppliers,”
cost of building a home, has risen by land is more easily available and at he added.
13% to 20% in the past year. This could lower prices, “and that is usually in rural For contractors, the greater
lead to a 10% rise in property prices for areas”. impact of the price increases
buyers. comes for projects that have
He said landed property would be already been launched and
To mitigate the rising costs, housing preferable, given that it costs less per construction is still under way.
developers have been forced to reduce unit to build a low-cost house than a As Aaron Asir of Skyline Ace
spending elsewhere, leading many of low-cost flat. Ventures pointed out, the
them to build further away from town construction costs would already
and city centres where the cost of land is Soam explained that the addition of have been agreed upon between the
lower. mechanical amenities such as elevators developer and the contractors before
and electrical fixtures for common areas work began.
Otherwise, developers will have to that are required for apartment “Contractors would end up
continue absorbing the additional costs buildings raises the construction costs absorbing the increase in
in order to ensure that affordable homes substantially. costs if the prices of Turn to
are still available for those in the lower materials rise during the
income group, said Real Estate and “Over and above that, we have to construction period,” he told —
Housing Developers Association provide for areas such as the lobby and
president Datuk Soam Heng Choon. staircases, that take up space yet cannot page 2
be included in the selling price,” he said.
He said it would reach a point where theSun.
developers would no longer be able to “With land prices so high in urban
cover such cost increases, and they will centres, it is even more difficult to
have to pass it on to the buyers.

“Buyers will ultimately suffer if the
situation persists,” he said.


No sweeping powers for C VID-19
taxman with new law UPDATE

As of noon yesterday

█ BY RAJVINDER SINGH o Inland Revenue Board does not have ‘blank Total 2,707,402
[email protected] cheque’ access to bank accounts of taxpayers, concafisremsed
PETALING JAYA: The Inland Revenue say experts
Board does not have a “blank cheque” Total
to access bank accounts of taxpayers, ac�ve cases cNaesews 4,262
experts say.
A partner with tax consultant
TraTax, Thenesh Kannaa, said the their bank accounts being taken for tax satisfy the sum due. Total
power of the board to obtain bank purposes without their consent,” The court will order the judgment recoveries Current
account information under the new he said. recovery 96.59%
Section 106A of the Income Tax Act is debtor’s bank to attach whatever 2,615,162
limited to cases where courts have He added there may be cases where amount in the judgment debtor’s bank rate
already granted judgments on civil the notice of assessment or additional account to satisfy the debt owed to the
recovery. assessment was never received by judgment creditor. Death 6,270Brought
taxpayers due to administrative issues toll
“Hence, it is applicable only to such as correspondence address, and Malaysian Association of Tax -in-Dead
limited cases, and the banking they would only find out about the Accountants deputy secretary-general 30,989
information obtained is not for the issue when money is missing from Dr Mohd Fairuz A. Razak said the
purpose of conducting tax audits but their bank accounts. public should not be worried about the PROGRESS STATISTICS FOR THE NATIONAL COVID-19 IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME
for application to court for a garnishee new section. As of December 14
order. Thenesh said to prevent such Received second doses
situations, the system should be He said the board can only act after
“A garnishee order allows the board improved to ensure that notice of it has obtained judgment from a court. 25,940,616 25,529,153
to utilise funds in a bank account assessment, additional assessments
against the tax overdue, but all of these and any documentation relating to “The banks would be required to ‘Govt cap effective in
apply only to cases where there are court proceedings actually reach the furnish the information about a preventing price hikes’
already court judgments on civil attention of taxpayers. person’s account after the judgment
recovery,” he told theSun. has been given. “We are not allowed to From his research on real estate
He urged taxpayers to always ensure revise the construction front said a 20% increase in the
Thenesh said the law prohibits that the address and contact details in “These are civil cases, allowing the cost to the developer and page prices of material would
financial institutions from disclosing tax records are up-to-date. board to garnish a person’s account.” that eats into our profit,” he not deprive developers of
the request to account holders. said. their profits.
The new requirement allows the Mohd Fairuz said the new section Nonetheless, he agreed that “After all, they sell their
He said it is understandable that the board to have direct access to had been added to prevent people price control implemented by houses or apartments at double
intention of such prohibition is to taxpayers’ bank accounts and prohibits from withdrawing money from their the government was effective in the price they pay to have them
prevent mass withdrawal from the the banks from informing taxpayers. account once they find out about such
bank account that would render the action.
garnishee order pointless. The section states that bank
representatives are liable to a fine of He added this will allow the board
“While this suits taxpayers who are between RM200 and RM20,000 or a to obtain the money faster from people
uncooperative and ill-intended, it maximum six-month jail term, or both. who owe them.
should be borne in mind that taxpayers
without any such intention should not A garnishee application may be He said there is already an
be put in a situation to find money from applied to attach monies owed from a existing section in the Income Tax Act,
judgment debtor’s bank account to which empowers the board to get any
information it wants from banks and
third parties.

putting a cap on further built,” he said.
increases in costs for builders. He agreed that it would make
Industry sources told theSun it more difficult for developers to
that some contractors have over- ensure an adequate supply of
estimated the volume of material affordable homes in urban areas
needed for each project to help because of the scarcity of land.
them cover cost increases “The demand is largely in
midway through construction. areas of established economic
They said otherwise, the activities like Kuala Lumpur,”
contractors would use material he said.
that are of lower quality and “Unfortunately, these houses
therefore cheaper. are now increasingly being built
Dr Rosli Said, an academic at in areas where there is little or no
Universiti Malaya who focuses economic activities,” he added.

Voters advised to cast ballots
at recommended time slots

KIND GESTURE ... One Hope Charity and Welfare chairman Datuk Chua Sui Hau chatting with trishaw riders after presenting food KUCHING: Voters for the 12th check their information in
baskets to 100 of them in Lebuh Armenian, George Town yesterday. – MASRY CHE ANI/THESUN Sarawak state election have advance before polling
been advised to cast their day through
Sarawak Bersatu to work with GPS in GE15 ballots according to the times h t t p s : / / p e n g u n d i . s p r. g ov. my ,
suggested by the Election MySPR Semak app or the EC
KUCHING: Sarawak Parti Pribumi Nasional) are friends, we have a strong GPS candidate during the campaign Commission (EC). Hotline at 03-8892 7018.
Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) will work understanding that Bersatu will support and held a briefing for the party’s
with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) on GPS in the polls and cooperate in supporters to vote for the candidate EC secretary Datuk “When checking, voters are
the possibility of fielding candidates in GE15. There are some seats for us to tomorrow. Ikmalrudin Ishak said through recommended to note and store
the 15th general election (GE15). work with GPS in the next general the MySPR Semak application, it information regarding their
election,” he told Bernama. He said Sarawak Bersatu was had stated the recommended polling centre, voting channel
Its chairman Senator Jaziri Alkaf committed and fully supported all GPS voting time for each voter. and number,” said Ikmalrudin.
Abdillah Suffian said preliminary Jaziri Alkaf said that Sarawak Bersatu candidates under the leadership of
discussions held between GPS is expected to defend the Saratok Abang Johari, who is also the chief He said that if voters could not He said voters are reminded
chairman Tan Sri Abang Johari Abang parliamentary seat currently held by minister, based on the understanding come to vote at the to bring their identity cards and
Openg and Bersatu president Tan Sri Datuk Ali Biju and Puncak Borneo that had been established between GPS recommended times for voting information records and
Muhyiddin Yassin established an (Datuk Willie Mongin) in GE15, besides and PN. whatever reason, they could still show them to the first polling
understanding that Bersatu would not considering adding candidates in cast their ballots between 7.30am clerk to facilitate checking of their
field a candidate in the state polls several constituencies, depending on an “We fully support all GPS candidates and 5pm, or the times stated at names as well as for smooth
tomorrow, but would consider running agreement by both parties. and at the same time, I am confident their respective polling centres. running of the voting process.
in the next general election. they can win and retain the seats
Jaziri Alkaf said the Sarawak Bersatu won previously in the state polls,” “However, voters are advised “Voters are advised to keep
“Both GPS and PN (Perikatan machinery also worked hard to help the he added. not to cast their ballots at the last their identity cards safe and not
minute and to always abide by all hand them to anyone except
laws, regulations and special election officials at their
guidelines on Covid-19 respective polling stations.”
prevention on polling day,” he
said in a statement yesterday. He said a total of 1,213,769 out
of 1,252,014 registered voters are
He also urged voters who eligible to cast their ballots
already know their voting while 20,360 were early voters
information to go directly to their and 17,885 voted by post.
designated voting channel and to – Bernama


Heartiest Congratulations

P.S.M., S.S.M.T.
on being conferred the




D.K.P., D.K.M., D.K., D.M.N., S.S.A.P., S.I.M.P., D.K.(Terengganu)., D.K.(Johor).,
S.P.M.J., D.K.M.B.(Brunei)., D.K.(Kedah)., D.K.(Perlis)., D.K.(Perak)., D.K.(Selangor).

on the occasion of


With Best Wishes From
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun, Founder/Chairman

Dato’ Sri Robin Tan, Deputy Chairman
Encik Jalil Rasheed, Group Chief Executive Officer

Board of Directors
Management and Staff

‘Enforcement of law
must be done fairly’

o Authorities urged to ensure no discrimination, double
standards in issuance of fines for SOP violations

█ BY ASHIQIN ARIFFIN and RM1,000 for individuals. particularly small and medium Free booster shots in Selangor
[email protected] Apart from the drastic increase in enterprises (SME).
PETALING JAYA: Fairness in law PETALING JAYA: Selangor Booking”, followed by “Booster
enforcement and dispensing of the penalty, there have also been “We must ensure that owners of residents who wish to get a booster Dose” to book an appointment.
penalties have been cited as important complaints of VIPs getting away with SME do not live in fear (of being dose of the Covid-19 vaccine
factors in addressing violations of the minimum fines while ordinary people punished with such heavy fines) when offered under the Selvax They are required to verify and
standard operating procedures (SOP) have had to pay huge fines. they should be focusing on running programme can now book a slot confirm their personal details
to curb the spread of Covid-19. the business.” on the Selangkah app. before choosing a date and SelCare
“No one is above the law, and (the clinic to get the shot.
More pertinent than the severity of expression) ‘justice is blind,’ should Yeoh said the penalties should not The clinics selected to
the penalty is fairness, said a social apply equally to those who go against be so severe that it hampers their administer the shots will not be At the checkout page, users
activist and members of the business the law, especially at times like this,” progress. conducting walk-in vaccinations. need to enter the voucher code to
community. Lee said, adding that he supports the offset the stated price for the
proposal to enhance the penalty He also said that awareness and The state government vaccine and tap on “Redeem
Alliance for Safe Community because low fines have failed to curb education would be the way to remind announced on Dec 7 that it was Voucher” to claim the free vaccine.
chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said such violations. people about the consequences of offering free Sinovac booster shots
the government should ensure that violating the SOP. for residents of Selangor who have The final step is to tap on
there is no discrimination or double “Errant companies, especially, are had the first two doses of the “Print” to download the receipt,
standards when imposing penalties not hurt by such small penalties.” Federation of Malaysian vaccine. that needs to be presented to the
for such violations. Manufacturers president Tan Sri Soh SelCare clinic before the vaccine
He proposed the penalties be Thian Lai said a fine of RM500,000 was A total of 157,000 doses of the can be administered.
He was commenting on a decision revised to strike a balance between the still too high. vaccine have been allocated for the
by the government to decrease fines need to preserve livelihood and booster shots under the Selvax Users are advised to take a
for companies and individuals despite ensure health. “The Bill should be withdrawn and vaccination programme. screenshot of the page that
having proposed a significant increase the government should consult with contains vital information such as
earlier. “It is important to ensure that more stakeholders to reach a win-win Since then, there have been the date and time of vaccination
people and businesses are not situation on this matter.” claims by some vaccine recipients and the location of the clinic.
Earlier this week, the Health severely burdened by hefty fines. that they had been asked to pay for
Ministry tabled a Bill to amend the Otherwise, efforts to stimulate the Soh raised concerns of the booster doses when they tried SelCare clinics are located
Prevention and Control of Infectious economy would be significantly entrepreneurs over a lack of to register for it, causing confusion. across Selangor and Kuala
Diseases Act 1988 to raise the fine for jeopardised,” he added. consistency in the execution and Lumpur.
such violations to RM1 million for interpretation of the law by different In a statement, the Selangor
businesses and RM10,000 for Small and Medium Enterprises authorities. government said those who have Booster shot recipients are
individuals. Association secretary-general Yeoh yet to register with Selangkah can advised to ensure that the
Seng Hooi also stressed on the need Under the proposed amendment, download the app onto their vaccination status is updated on
In response to widespread protests, for fair enforcement of the law. local enforcement agencies will be smartphone via App Store for iOS their MySejahtera app before
the quantum of the fines were then authorised to impose fines on users and Google Play Store for leaving the clinic.
lowered to RM500,000 for businesses He pointed out that while a heavy violators. However, many feel that Andriod users.
fine would serve as a deterrent to enforcement officers could sometimes The number of slots for each
repeat offenders, excessively high be overzealous, thereby leaving no On the main screen of the app, clinic is limited. If an appointment
penalties could also hurt businesses, room for moderation. users need to go to “Selvax is missed, another separate
(Vaccine)” and click on “Self- booking will need to be done
Second Omicron case detected again. – by Yusry Rofeman

KUALA LUMPUR: A second case of two, with both being imported cases,” RT-PCR test on the taxi driver who
the Omicron variant has been he said at Parliament yesterday. drove them home from KLIA was
detected, an eight-year-old girl who expected to be known soon. The RT-
returned on Dec 5 from Lagos, Nigeria. Khairy said the result of an RT-PCR PCR test result on her father, who
test taken by the girl, prior to returning arrived on Dec 12, was also negative.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to Malaysia with her mother and
said the case was detected after the younger sister, was negative. “There were 35 contacts during the
Institute of Medical Research (IMR) flight, namely those seated in the four
conducted PCR genotyping assay tests Upon arrival at the KL rows in front of and behind her, as well
on 52 Covid positive individuals International Airport (KLIA), the girl as on her left and right. Their RT-PCR
among travellers returning to Malaysia and her family had taken an RT-PCR test results on the day of arrival and on
between Dec 6 and 10. test and despite being asymptomatic, the fifth day all came back negative.
her test result came back positive on
“Of the total, only one sample Dec 7 and she was ordered to undergo “The Health Ministry, with state
identified the possible presence of the isolation at home for 14 days. health departments and district health
Omicron variant and a further test offices are conducting further
involving whole genome sequencing Khairy added that the results of the investigations on the contacts from
conducted on Dec 14 verified it. RT-PCR tests done on her mother and the flight. Right now, the cause of
sister on the day of arrival, as well as transmission of the case is still under
“This brings the cumulative total of on the fifth and eleventh day, all came probe,” he said. – Bernama
Omicron variant cases in Malaysia to back negative, while the result of an

Early Christmas for Orang Asli

PETALING JAYA: The joy of donation campaign.”
Christmas will come early this year Tan said the objective is to bring
for 1,000 Orang Asli families in cheer to the underprivileged, adding
Pahang. that the donation comprised food
Sports Toto has contributed provisions to help ease some of the
RM30,000 to launch a donation burden of the indigenous group.
campaign for Orang Asli Christian She expressed gratitude to Semoa
families. for agreeing to distribute food
The effort is in collaboration with packages, which begins tomorrow.
Strategic Education Methods and Sports Toto will also distribute
Ongoing Achievements Bhd Christmas gifts to 500 Orang Asli
(Semoa), a non-governmental children to ensure that they have a
organisation that works to improve memorable celebration.
the standard of living of the The collaboration with Semoa,
community. which has been in place since 2013, is
“As we are recovering from the part of the company’s corporate
Covid-19 pandemic, the social responsibility initiative called
underprivileged community needs Helping Hands.
all the help and support they can get,” The programme also supports
said Sports Toto executive director national sports development and
Nerine Tan. other social sustainability projects
“This is why Sports Toto has such as food banks and
chosen the Orang Asli community in environmental conservation
Pahang to benefit from our Christian campaigns. Sports Toto senior communications manager Giam Say Khoon presenting the contribution to Semoa founder Pastor Rajan
Velu yesterday.


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Jail sentence on
motorist upheld Court allows use of statements
by deceased witness
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court yesterday
upheld the two-year jail sentence on a o Judge grants deputy public prosecutor’s application for marks” in overall financial and technical
company director after he was found guilty of disclosure by late chairman of firm to MACC to be admissible evaluation, he said.
reckless driving and causing the death of a in former Penang chief minister’s graft trial
bodyguard at Maju Expressway (MEX) three According to the first amended charge, Lim,
years ago. KUALA LUMPUR: The sessions court yesterday Ewe to be admitted as exhibits in this case,” she 60, is accused of using his position as then
allowed statements, which were recorded from said. Penang chief minister to obtain a bribe of RM3.3
Judge Datuk Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh Ewein Bhd founder and executive chairman million for helping a company owned by Datuk
dismissed Yee Kin Sum’s appeal to set aside his Datuk Ewe Swee Keng before his death two Ewe, who was supposed to have been called Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli to secure the
conviction and sentence by the magistrate’s months ago, to be admitted as evidence in the as the 15th prosecution witness, died after he construction project worth RM6,341,383,702.
court on Sept 30, 2020. corruption trial of former Penang chief minister reportedly fell from a luxury condominium in
Lim Guan Eng. Jalan Kelawei, Penang, on Oct 5. The offence was allegedly committed at the
In his judgment, Ahmad Shahrir said the Penang Chief Minister’s Office, Level 28, Komtar
court found that no error had been committed Judge Azura Alwi granted an application by At earlier proceedings, defence lawyer in George Town between January 2011 and
by magistrate M. Saravanan to convict the deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Gobind Singh Deo objected to the statements, August 2017.
accused under Section 41(1) of the Road Wan Ladin for the statements of Ewe, 53, to be claiming that they were fabricated.
Transport Act 1987. marked as exhibits and used in Lim’s trial in On the second amended charge, Lim is
connection with the Penang undersea tunnel At yesterday’s hearing, the court heard the accused of soliciting bribes amounting to 10% of
“There was no reason to interfere with the and paired roads project. testimony of former Penang state financial the profits from Zarul Ahmad to be earned by the
findings. Therefore, the appeal against the officer Datuk Seri Mokhtar Mohd Jait, 64, who company as gratification for helping his
conviction and sentence is dismissed and the “The court is satisfied that the statements confirmed that the paired roads and undersea company to secure the project.
decision of the magistrate’s court is upheld.” were given by Ewe himself to the Malaysian Anti- tunnel construction project were awarded by
Corruption Commission (MACC) recording open tender to Consortium Zenith Beijing The offence was allegedly committed near
Deputy public prosecutor Fatin Hanum officer as part of an investigation under Section Urban Construction Group Sdn Bhd (CZBUCG). The Garden Hotels in Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid
Abdul Hadi appeared for the prosecution 30 of the MACC Act 2009, especially subsection Valley City in March 2011.
while counsel Zulkifli Awang represented Yee. 38 of the same Act. The 21st prosecution witness said the project
was offered to CZBUCG through a bidding The DAP secretary-general also faces two
On July 29 this year, Yee appealed against “Therefore, any dispute on non-compliance process according to the prescribed terms and charges of causing two plots of land, worth
his two-year jail sentence and a fine of with this subsection is rejected. In this conditions, Bernama reported. RM208.8 million, belonging to the Penang
RM7,000, or three months’ jail in default connection, the court allows the statements of government to be disposed to two companies,
imposed by the magistrate’s court after finding The firm was appointed to implement the which are linked to the undersea tunnel project,
the prosecution had succeeded in proving the project as the company had scored the “highest between February 2015 and March 2017.
case beyond reasonable doubt against the
accused’s defence. The offences were allegedly committed at the
Penang Land and Mines Office, Level 21, Komtar
The court also ordered that the accused’s between Feb 17, 2015 and March 22, 2017. The
driving licence be suspended for three years hearing continues today.
and the details of the offence endorsed on his
licence. Yee paid the fine.

He was charged with driving recklessly and
causing the death of Juhan Sabturani, 37, who
was a passenger in another car, at KM10.7 of
MEX at 3.30am on July 7, 2018. – Bernama

Fire and Rescue Department Cops forced to open
personnel patrolling the fire on reckless driver
Tanjung Balau beach looking
for victims of the boat tragedy. KUCHING: Police were forced to open fire on a
– BERNAMAPIX driver of a car in Jalan Simpang Tiga on
Wednesday night as he was driving recklessly,
Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail

“At about 7.20pm at the Jalan Simpang Tiga
intersection, Kuching district traffic police
opened fire while trying to stop a grey Proton
Saga driven in a dangerous manner,” he said in a
statement yesterday. He said medical officers
later confirmed that the suspect, a local in his
mid-20s, died at the scene.

“The case has been classified under Section 307
of the Penal Code and Section 8(a) of the Firearms
Act 1960. A detailed investigation will be conducted
to complete the investigation papers,” he said.

On Wednesday night, Bernama reported that
police shot dead a man who attempted to ram
his Proton Saga into a police patrol car in Jalan
Simpang Tiga.

Several other cars also suffered damage when
they were hit by the suspect’s car in his attempt
to escape. – Bernama

Boat capsized due to high waves, bad weather Labuan MP’s trial
to be heard on May 9
KOTA TINGGI: The boat that capsized in suspicious boat near Kampung Tengah and due to high waves and bad weather.
waters off Tanjung Balau near here on detected a group of illegal immigrants hiding Three more male bodies, believed to be KUALA LUMPUR: The trial of Labuan member of
Wednesday was supposed to drop off its in a bush in the village. Parliament (MP) Datuk Rozman Isli, who was
passengers in Kampung Tengah before taking victims of the Tanjung Balau boat tragedy, charged with using his position to secure a contract
another group of Indonesian nationals back to “Initial investigations found that they (the were recovered yesterday morning. for Syarikat Labuan Liberty Port Management Sdn
the republic. syndicate) wanted to drop off passengers at Bhd, will be held in May next year.
the Tanjung Balau beach, but the boat Earlier, the bodies of three men and two
However, the boat, which was said to have capsized after being hit by high waves,” he told women were recovered in the coastal area. Sessions court judge Rozina Ayob set five days
departed from Batam at about 11pm, was Bernama when met at the Malaysian Armed from May 9 to 13, 2022, for the trial and Feb 8 for
believed to have changed its direction and Forces post in Tanjung Sepang on Wednesday. The discovery has brought the total case management after deputy public prosecutor
headed towards the Tanjung Balau beach, number of fatalities from Wednesday’s Ahmad Akram Gharib told the court yesterday
which is located about 2km to 3km from the Meanwhile, Mohamed Ridzal said incident to 19, while 17 passengers are still that the prosecution would call 42 witnesses to
initial location. manpower shortage had been among the missing. testify, with most of them coming from Labuan.
challenges faced by his team in safeguarding
Seventh Royal Artillery Regiment the area. The Indonesian Consulate General in Johor On Oct 14, Rozman, 57, as an officer of a
commanding officer Lt-Kol Mohamed Ridzal Baru has set up a hotline service to assist government agency and deputy chairman of the
Radzuan, when disclosing the matter said the He said cooperation with other family members to obtain information on the Labuan Port Authority, had used his position to
boat, which was believed to be operated by a enforcement agencies such as the Royal incident in the waters off Tanjung Balau solicit a bribe, namely to secure a contract as the
syndicate, decided to change its direction after Malaysian Police and Malaysian Maritime yesterday. operator of Dermaga Merdeka Pelabuhan
the skipper noticed the presence of security Enforcement Agency through Op Benteng Labuan for Syarikat Labuan Liberty Port
forces in the area. would continue to be intensified. Its information and socio-cultural affairs Management Sdn Bhd in which his father and
officer Andita Putri Purnama said family younger brother have an interest.
He said his team had earlier spotted a In the 4.30am incident, 11 imigrants died members who want to know more about the
when a boat carrying 50 Indonesians capsized incident and victims can call 016-7700378 or The offence was allegedly committed at the
017-7716866. – Bernama TKSU meeting room, Level 9, Ministry of
Transport Malaysia in Jalan Tun Hussein, Precinct
4, Putrajaya, between 2.30pm and 5.30pm on
March 21, 2018. – Bernama



batters the Philippines TRAVEL FROM UK

DAPA: Thousands in the Philippines o Tens of thousands flee homes, beachfront typhoon season, with most cyclones PARIS: France is to tighten
fled their homes and beachfront resorts after storm makes landfall on southern developing between July and restrictions on travel from Britain
resorts as super typhoon Rai island of Siargoa amid warning of destruction October. to slow the spread of the Omicron
slammed into the country yesterday. variant of Covid-19 that is causing
rain-induced landslides. In Dapa, families slept on the It is the second super typhoon to record numbers of cases on the
Rai was packing maximum More than 90,000 people sought floor of a sports complex turned into threaten the country since other side of the Channel, the
sustained winds of 195km/h as it a temporary evacuation centre. September, when Chanthu grazed government said yesterday. “We
made landfall on the southern island emergency shelter as the storm the northeastern tip of the main will put in place a system of
of Siargao at 1.30pm local time, the charged across the Pacific Ocean, Scores of flights have been island of Luzon. controls tighter than the one we
state weather forecaster said. disaster agencies said. cancelled and dozens of ports have already,“ government
temporarily closed as the weather Scientists have long warned that spokesman Gabriel Attal told BFM
It is the strongest storm to hit the Evacuations were still under way bureau warned that several typhoons are becoming more television. He said returning
disaster-prone country this year. in areas in the typhoon’s path. metre-high storm surges could powerful, and strengthening more travellers would need a negative
cause “life-threatening flooding” in rapidly, as the world becomes test less than 24 hours old. A
“This monster storm is Among the evacuees were low-lying coastal areas. warmer because of man-made blanket quarantine would also be
frightening and threatens to hit domestic tourists visiting the climate change. enforced on return to France.
coastal communities like a freight country’s famed beaches and dive Weather forecaster Christopher – AFP
train,” said the Philippines spots ahead of Christmas. Perez said the winds could “topple A super typhoon is also known as
International Federation of Red electric posts and trees” and damage a Category Five hurricane in the INDONESIAN VOLCANO
Cross and Red Crescent Societies Foreign travellers are still banned houses made of light materials. United States. SEMERU ERUPTS AGAIN
head Alberto Bocanegra. from entering the Philippines under
Covid-19 restrictions. “Brace for heavy rains, brace for The Earth tends to experience JAKARTA: Indonesia’s Mount
“We are very concerned that strong winds too,” Perez said. around five storms of that power a Semeru erupted twice yesterday,
climate change is making typhoons Verified videos shot by tourists in year. belching a massive column of ash
more ferocious and unpredictable.” Siargao showed trees swaying Rai, locally named Odette, is into the sky followed by a flow of
violently as people waited for the full hitting the Philippines late in the Rai is expected to weaken slightly lava that sent hundreds of
The weather bureau warned impact of the typhoon. as it moves across the Visayas region, rescuers fleeing in panic. The
“very destructive” winds could and the Mindanao and Palawan highest mountain in Java erupted
cause “heavy to very heavy damage islands, before emerging on earlier this month, killing at least
to structures and vegetation”, along Saturday over the South China Sea 48 and leaving a dozen missing.
with widespread flooding and and heading towards Vietnam. – AFP Rescuers were digging through
the mud and volcanic debris
when ash, which reached 4.5km
from the peak, and lava flow from
the latest twin eruptions forced
them to suspend the mission.

US sanctions on GRACEFUL MOVES ... Two women performing the traditional folk dance ‘Nora’ in Su-ngai Padi district in MUSIC PRODUCER
Chinese drug Narathiwat, ahead of Unesco offically listing the art form as Thailand’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. – AFPPIX KILLED IN PLANE CRASH
firms slammed
Omicron multiplies 70 times faster SANTO DOMINGO: Nine people,
BEIJING: China hit out at the United than Delta in airways: HK study including Puerto Rican music
States yesterday for its decision to producer “Flow La Movie” died on
impose sanctions on Chinese LONDON: The Omicron variant of “It is also noted that, by “However, there is a lack of Wednesday when a private plane
painkiller makers as Washington coronavirus multiplies 70 times infecting many more people, a clarity as to how this 10-fold crashed at the Las Americas
tries to curb an addiction epidemic faster than Delta in human very infectious virus may cause reduction in lung infectivity in this airport in the Dominican Republic
that killed a record of 100,000 airways, according to researchers more severe disease and death,” lab-based study will translate in capital Santo Domingo, the
Americans last year. who said their work provides the said Chan. patients,” he said. aircraft’s owner Helidosa said.
first information on how it infects Music producer Jose Angel
As people dealing with addiction people. “Therefore, taken together with University of Leicester Hernandez, who went by “Flow La
increasingly turn to cheaper pills our recent studies showing that the honorary associate professor and Movie” was listed as among the
bought online from abroad, But the Hong Kong study also Omicron variant can partially clinical virologist in respiratory seven passengers and two crew
President Joe Biden signed an suggested that Omicron replicates escape immunity from vaccines sciences members killed in the crash. Local
executive order on Wednesday that less efficiently in human lung and past infection, the overall Dr Julian Tang said the Hong Kong media said Hernandez’s partner
makes it easier for the United States tissue compared with the original threat from the Omicron variant is university research teams were and his son were among the dead.
to target foreign drug traffickers. strain of the virus, which they said likely to be very significant.” “very experienced in investigating – AFP
could indicate a lower severity. emerging respiratory viruses”.
The actions “will help disrupt the Reacting to the university’s Four kids killed
global supply chain and the The study’s lead professor release on the study, the University “This new finding supports in bouncy
financial networks that enable warned that the “overall threat of Exeter senior clinical lecturer what we are starting to see castle tragedy
synthetic opioids and precursor from Omicron variant is likely to Dr David Strain said it was unclear epidemiologically – with rapid
chemicals to reach the United be very significant”. how the results of the laboratory- spread but milder disease – mostly SYDNEY: Four schoolchildren were
States,” said Secretary of State based work will compare to what is mediated by upper rather than killed and several others seriously
Antony Blinken. Dr Michael Chan Chi-wai said it seen in patients. lower respiratory tract infections.” injured when a gust of wind blew
is important to note “that the their bouncy castle into the air at an
“These kinds of erroneous acts, severity of disease in humans is “The 70-fold increase in He said it is in keeping with how end-of-term party in Australia
in which one side is sick but forces not determined only by virus replication is of concern, which a new virus tends to evolve “killing yesterday.
the other to take the medicine, is not replication but also by the host does account for the increased less, but infecting more”.
constructive,” Foreign Ministry immune response to the infection”. transmissibility of the virus. – The Independent Police said the pupils at a
spokesman Wang Wenbin told primary school in Devonport,
reporters. northern Tasmania were celebrating
the last week of class before the
US law enforcement said China Christmas break when they were
remains a major source of both thrown from a height of about 10m.
fentanyl and chemicals used to
make both the powerful opioid, as The victims were two boys and
well as other synthetic drugs. two girls aged about 10 to 12 from
grades five and six.
Beijing insists it has taken
measures to control fentanyl Images from the school showed
production and precursors. attending police officers in tears,
and blue tarpaulin sheets shielding
Under Biden’s new executive what officers described as “a very
order, the Treasury Department confronting and distressing scene”.
imposed sanctions on four Chinese
chemical companies and one A police investigation is under
individual, Chuen Fat Yip, whom it way.
described as “one of the largest, if
not the largest, producer of anabolic Australian Prime Minister Scott
steroids in the world”. Morrison said the incident was “just
shattering” and “unthinkably
The US State Department also heartbreaking”.
put up a reward of up to US$5
million (RM21 million) for the arrest “Young children on a fun day out,
of the 68-year-old, who is believed to together with their families and it
live in the Chinese city of Wuhan. turns to such horrific tragedy, at this
time of year, it just breaks your
In federal charges filed in 2018, heart,” he said.
his company was accused of
producing some US$280 million of “The purpose for the day is to
anabolic steroids over five years and celebrate a successful year and
sending ingredients for painkiller enjoy some fun activities with
fentanyl through small packages classmates,” the Hillcrest Primary
sent around the world. – AFP School posted on its Facebook page.

8 theSUN ON FRIDAY | DECEMBER 17, 2021


by Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Nazihah Noor

Stop vaccine
FAILURE to vaccinate most
in poor countries will Most LIC do not even book via
sustain the Covid-19 Covax – the global programme to
pandemic. Rich country distribute vaccines – as they
greed and patent monopolies are cannot afford to pay for them.
blocking developing countries Also, the programme has never
from affordably making the secured enough vaccine doses
means to protect themselves. since its inception. Covax was
Mutant menace supposed to provide two billion
The SARS-CoV-2 virus has been doses by end-2021, but under 576
mutating as it replicates. Some million were actually delivered by
mutations are more resilient than November. WHO’s appeal to G20
others. Early data suggest the countries to give Covax priority
Omicron variant is more has gone largely unheeded. With
transmissible than Delta, and LIC unable to vaccinate their
possibly more resistant to existing populations, the pandemic will go
treatments and vaccines. Health on for years. Unsurprisingly,
authorities are concerned the vaccine apartheid’s worst victims
World Health Organisation’s are in the LIC.
(WHO) latest “variant of concern” Blocking progress
may trigger a new wave of The World Trade Organisation
infections and deaths. (WTO) ministerial meetings
scheduled for Nov 30, that were
South Africans first identified expected to decide on a waiver
the new variant, alerting global proposal, had been postponed
health authorities immediately. indefinitely.
Instead of appreciating its prompt
action, southern African nations First proposed in October
are being punished with travel 2020, the waiver proposal is now
restrictions. In fact, Dutch health supported by over a hundred of
authorities acknowledge that WTO’s 164 member states. The
the new Omicron variant was proposal would allow others to
already in Western Europe before more affordably make the means
the South African cases. to fight the pandemic, without
Promises, promises fear of intellectual property (IP)
With huge inequalities in litigation. But over 14 months
vaccinations – especially between later, the proposal remains
high-income countries (HIC) and blocked. Most European
low-income countries (LIC) – the countries continue to oppose the
virus has been enabled to waiver request to temporarily
continue replicating, mutating, suspend IP rights protecting
infecting and killing, especially corporate monopolies on Covid-
those least protected. 19 medical technologies and
Richer countries have taken Profits against people
more than half the first 7.5 billion LIC have received around 1% of
vaccine doses. Rich countries all Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines and
have bought many – up to five – 0.2% of Moderna. Instead, the
times their populations’ needs. three have prioritised their
While some HIC have been profitable contracts with rich
shamed into pledging vaccine governments, while paying lip
doses to LIC and lower middle- service to poor countries.
income countries (MIC), delivery
has fallen short of their modest Pfizer expects to sell three
promises. By late October, only billion doses by year end, and four
about a tenth of the over 1.3 billion more in 2022. With Covid-
billion vaccine doses pledged had 19 now endemic, Pfizer CEO
been delivered. Alberto Bourla expects to sell
boosters for years to come, while
Most rich countries have Moderna recently announced an
ignored WHO appeals to suspend Omicron-specific booster.
boosters until the rest of the world
is vaccinated. Former UK premier Using the firms’ own earnings
Gordon Brown notes that for reports, the People’s Vaccine
every vaccine reaching LIC, there Alliance estimates mRNA vaccine
are six times as many boosters in manufacturers – Pfizer, BioNTech
rich nations. US President Joe and Moderna – will make pre-tax
Biden’s September summit set an profits of US$34 billion (RM143
end-2021 target of 40% billion) this year.
vaccination of the world’s 92
poorest countries, but at least 82 Maximising profits by blocking
are unlikely to meet this target. the waiver is effectively prolonging
the pandemic. Despite getting
As Brown observed, although over US$8 billion in public
the US accounts for half the funding, the three have refused to
vaccines donated, it has only transfer vaccine technology to
delivered a quarter of its pledge. developing countries. Bourla has
Most other countries have dismissed technology transfer to
delivered less than a fifth. Only developing countries as
China and New Zealand have “dangerous nonsense”.
given over half of what they Profitable catastrophe
promised. The main barrier to vaccinating
Apartheid victims the world is profits. Clearly, the
With vaccines being hoarded by Omicron danger is due to the
HIC, less than 3% of LIC world’s failure to vaccinate
population are fully vaccinated. billions of vulnerable people in
By late November, only 5.8% in developing countries. – IPS
LIC had at least one vaccine dose,
compared with 54% of the world. Comments:
[email protected]



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S█ BY MARINA MUHTAR o Have a be-yule-tiful
PARKLING Christmas trees, Christmas with these
the unique aroma of hot festive flicks!
cocoa, warm fuzzy blankets
and slippers, and being young boy finds that the Sticky
surrounded by your loved ones – it Bandits, Harry and Marv are back on
doesn’t get any better than this. the street. Now, Kevin is determined
Celebrating this joyful season is to prevent the crooks from stealing
more than just building gingerbread from an old man’s toy shop, just
houses and baking Christmas before Christmas.
themed cookies, it’s about revisiting
the classics and the best Christmas
movies as well. Here are six yuletide
movies that you can delve into to
make the best out of your holidays!

Last Christmas Daddy’s Home 2
Featuring two Malaysian celebrities, You know you’re in for a laugh when
Henry Golding and Tan Sri Michelle Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are
Yeoh, Last Christmas will definitely the main actors in a film. After finally
take you on an emotional becoming friends in Daddy’s Home
rollercoaster ride. Set in London, (2015), this sequel centres on two
this film tells the story of a self- reformed fathers, Brad and Dusty,
destructive young lady named Kate who must now work and deal with
who works as an elf in a year-round their own meddlesome fathers who
Christmas shop. While she are visiting during the festive season.
constantly messes things up, things
start to change when she meets In a log cabin located in Great
Tom, a charming young man. Barrington, Brad and Dusty gear up
Inspired by Tom’s compassion, Kate to make Christmas perfect for the
vows to be a better woman. As the children. Their fresh friendship soon
Christmas season creeps in, their gets tested when Dusty’s father Kurt
growing attraction transforms into starts to stick his nose into
the best gift anyone could ever ask everything. When Brad and Dusty
for – a yuletide love story. start fighting like cats and dogs, Brad
makes the decision to invite Dusty’s
stepdaughter’s biological father,
Roger, as payback for Dusty.

With Roger in the picture, will
these two succeed at making this
festive season the best Christmas

This Christmas Father Christmas’s youngest son, decides to blackmail her brother. As
Another movie that is bound to who is clumsy but kind-hearted. they prepare the trap to catch Santa,
touch your emotions is Preston A. When Arthur discovers that Santa’s their mission takes an unexpected
Whitmore II’s masterpiece, This hi-tech ship failed to deliver a girl’s turn and it starts becoming a
Christmas. Of course, everyone has gift, he goes on a mission to deliver journey that every child can only
their own issues to deal with, and the present before Christmas dream about.
that’s exactly how things are in this morning arrives. Through his
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York movie. As the family matriarch gem during Christmas, Arthur mission, he is accompanied by his
Does the phrase “Get outta here you Ma’Dere Whitfield gathers her large Christmas. If you would like to reckless grandfather, a group of
nosy little pervert, or I’m gonna slap family for the first time after several experience the true magic of rebellious yet passionate elves who
you silly” ring a bell? Although there years, everyone has unwittingly Christmas, you might want to give are obsessed with wrapping
are a number of fun new movies, booked their ticket for a classic this one a shot. This movie presents for children and a team of
there’s nothing quite like this family drama. When previously introduces you to Arthur Claus, eight tough, magical (but
Christmas classic that continues to hidden topics start to arise between inexperienced) reindeer.
stand the test of time, even 29 years The Whitfields, it usually ends up This Christmas Chronicles
after it was released! with a fight. One sister is trying to While the majority believe in the
encourage her siblings to sell the existence of Santa Claus, some are
While the rest of his family are en family dry cleaning business and still curious about his existence. This
route to Florida, Kevin McCallister divide the profits while the other movie’s plot focuses on two siblings,
pulls a classic Kevin move when he brother is trying to escape from loan Kate and Teddy Pierce, who join
loses track of his dad at the airport sharks. Meanwhile, another brother forces to capture Santa Claus on
and ends up on a plane to New York. is going AWOL from the Marine camera. When Kate watches an old
Of course, if you’ve watched the first Corps and another sister brings Christmas video, she spots a strange
Home Alone film, you’d know what along a man that she has been arm appear out of their fireplace.
to expect here. dating. With all these issues affecting She is then convinced that Santa is
the family’s dynamic, how will real and begins reaching out to her
Kevin is his usual mischievous Christmas turn out for The brother to prove Santa’s existence.
self, swindling his way into a Whitfields? When Teddy gets sceptical, she
luxurious room at the Plaza Hotel. Arthur Christmas
As he begins performing his usual From classic animated yuletide
antics alone in the Big Apple, the movies The Grinch and Tim Burton’s
The Nightmare before Christmas,
now comes another must-watch

/thesundaily theSun BUZZ ON FRIDAY | DECEMBER 17, 2021

█ BY THASHINE SELVAKUMARAN o Here is a list of the most popular foods consumed on Christmas Day excess. Start with the right type of
potatoes. Take your roast potatoes to
CHRISTMAS holidays are drink 5. Plum puddings with a rich roast, mashed potatoes is the next phase with the right amount
here, and we all know what and you No Christmas is complete without the definition of comfort food. If you of spices and cook up the perfect
that means. It’s all about can choose to exclude it from the Christmas pudding. December is the are going to be doing mashed Christmas roast potatoes to satisfy all
good music, pretty recipe if you want to. This chilled best time of the year to get involved in potatoes, it has to be done right with your loved ones.
decorations, classic Christmas food beverage is traditionally served in desserts. Plum puddings are boiled or the right recipe or it can get a little 8. Pineapple glazed ham
and lots of fun. There’s a lot that goes gatherings during holidays. A holiday steamed puddings that contain flour, disappointing. That means lots of Each traditional Christmas dinner
into planning a great Christmas classic! dried fruits, spice, breadcrumbs, a butter and full fat milk. These ultra- menu features a main course and
celebration. From gifts to clothes and Our Asian version of an eggnog is hint of brandy and are straight up creamy mashed potatoes can be ham is one of them. Pineapple glazed
list of menus of main dishes, known as bubble tea, and comes with delicious. It is a perfect make-ahead made ahead. That also means it saves ham’s sweet and salty taste will have
appetizers, desserts and cookies. As a variety of different flavours. This dessert, as the flavours get better over you a lot of time. everyone coming back for more. It
we all know, every family around the particular drink has gained time. Traditionally, coins are hidden 7. Roasted potatoes requires a few simple ingredients and
world has their own approved classic popularity around the world and inside the pudding and whomever Yes, potatoes are on the list again. turns into a delicious glaze that pairs
menu for Christmas every year. enjoyed by people of all ages. finds it when the pudding is being These sublime golden lumps of joy beautifully with ham. It is one of
However, here’s a list of what other cut, is said to have good fortune given are everyone favourite and a must those old school traditions that has
Christmas food the holiday season to them. have dish on the table. It is not a stayed around. It is a classic and has
has to offer! 6. Mashed potatoes Christmas dinner if there aren’t variety of flavour combinations to try
1. Gingerbread cookies Creamed mashed potatoes deserves crispy, golden roasties on the table. on. Paired with the best holiday sides,
Gingerbread is a Christmas tradition its rightful place on a Christmas Day They cover every base, from carbs, the ham will look gorgeous on your
in most of the families. The modern menu. It never goes out of style. Along crunch and salt, to fat and delicious dining table. Impress your guests,
tradition of making gingerbread has slice by slice.
even become a family event around 9. Stuffing
the world. Celebrating without it It is undeniable that a dish full of
would be just fine, but it doesn’t feel stuffing is very important on a
the same. The classic Christmas Christmas day. Not to mention, it is
flavour features cinnamon, ginger, one of the easiest dishes to make. At
spices and molasses that give a rich its simplest, stuffing is a seasoned
taste to it. Bake a batch of festive bread cube mixture of onion and
gingerbreads biscuits to give as gifts herbs. Tear your own bread, chop
or hang on the tree. Kids will love some veggies, toss some fresh herbs
decorating the yummy cookies and in there. A roast dinner without
ornate gingerbread houses. stuffing doesn’t feel right. There are a
2. Fruit cakes variety of stuffing recipes out there, so
Christmas isn’t Christmas you are able to choose your sweet and
without a few slices of fruit flavourful ones.
cake. A rich Christmas 10. Turkey and gravy
fruit cake contains fruits What is Christmas without the
and nuts and laced traditional turkey? It’s always the big
with alcohol. It gives bird that attracts people’s attention.
the cake a moist The star of every Christmas dinner
texture and allows it to that gets everyone in the holiday
be stored for long. An spirit, it’s moist and super flavorful.
easy, festive and Your dinner spread will look and taste
flavourful fruit cake to better. Making the best turkey gravy
enjoy all holiday season. comes down to one thing – those
Some people genuinely enjoy tasty, caramelised and flavoursome
the sticky, moist fruit cake but brown bits at the bottom of the pan
many don’t. However, they can’t after roasting the fowl, along with
seem to get rid of it, as it’s a Christmas some of the fat and pan juices. The
tradition and almost expected at combination of the classic turkey and
Christmas parties. turkey gravy gives a rich taste that
3. Roast carrots people cannot resist.
This dish always features as a part of
Christmas dinner. Even though it is
the holiday season, it isn’t healthy to
be eating sweet desserts all the time.
Roast carrots go perfectly with the
holiday mains, and balance your
Christmas dinner. As the main dishes
usually take up all the attention every
year, you can try to make your side
dishes stand out by cooking them
differently, with garlic parmesan or
maple syrup. Go creative this year so
that they do not have look and taste
boring compared to the richer dishes.

4. Eggnog
Eggnog is a traditional holiday drink
made from eggs, cream, milk, alcohol
and desired flavourings. However,
alcohol is not a necessity for this

S4 Buzz


(left) The
with a bucket
of KFC fried
chicken. –

(right) In
Guatemala, you
burn the devil,
along with all
your rubbish, in
order to get
better luck next
year. – FLICKR

Teenagers in
skate to
mass. –

(right) People (
in Greenland
eat mattak to e
mark the p
Christmas h
season. – 6
█ BY ANANSA JACOB o We explore some of the more unique Christmas traditions from around the world c
MOST of us are familiar with the figure which means “baby Jesus”. Krampus parades known as Krampuslauf taking served to guests visiting the home, or during ‘
of Santa Claus as the unofficial ‘face’ She recalled how when she was young, after place in major cities. major feasts and celebrations, such as Christmas. E
of Christmas, but in actual fact, he is 2. KFC Christmas dinner 4. Skating to church a
just one of the many different figures the family had finished their Christmas dinner, In Japan, having Christmas dinner means In Caracas, Venezuela, don’t be surprised if you y
that are part of the festive season. her father would excuse himself from the table. ordering a bucket of KFC. The origins of this see groups of youngsters heading to church on
specific tradition stem from a clever marketing rollerskates in the week leading up to Christmas.
Each country around the world has its own “He was gone for a bit and then we heard a campaign in the 1980s. At the time, the idea was During that time, Venezuelans attend a daily
unique traditions for the festive season, as I bell ring signifying Ježíšek was here! Me and my to introduce the traditional American holiday to church service called Misa de Aguinaldo (Early
found out recently from my 29-year-old friend sister ran to the tree to not miss him. But no the Japanese, but due to the difficulty of Morning Mass), which begins at the crack of
Gabriela, who lives in the Ústecký kraj (region) of matter how fast we ran (once even almost obtaining turkey (what most Americans dawn. In order to make it to the service on time,
the Czech Republic. bringing the door down in our hurry) we always traditionally eat for Christmas dinner), it was some teenagers decided to rollerskate there, and
missed him! decided that KFC would make a good alternative. eventually, more and more people began to do
“There are two major events in Czech Fortunately, the Japanese loved the idea, and the same. Indeed, so widespread is the practice,
children’s Christmas time, Mikuláš and Vánoce “But the tree was lit up and the presents were generations of Japanese have made it part of their that many roads in the capital are closed until
(Christmas),” Gabriela said. there so we quickly forgot about it.” seasonal celebration. During the run-up to 8am to provide Christmas worshippers with a
Christmas, Colonel Sanders statues outside safe passage.
“Mikuláš (St. Nicholas) comes on Dec 5, and Gabriela’s stories reminded me of the many KFC’s Japanese outlets wear Santa gear. The 5. Sinterklaas and shoes
he is accompanied by a čert (also known as a ways people in different cultures celebrate the chicken is also served in special holiday In the Netherlands, children look forward to
chort, a devil-like creature) and an anděl (an Christmas season. BUZZ decided to take a look a packaging. Demand is such that people can getting their presents on Dec 5, which is the eve
angel). The čert is the one to look out for, he has the different traditions in other countries, and order their Xmas Family Bucket in advance and of St. Nicholas (whom they call Sinterklaas) Day.
a chain that rattles as he walks, horns on his head what makes them unique. have it delivered. Tradition dictates that they must leave a pair of
and a sack to carry naughty children into hell. 1. Krampus 3. Eating whale skin shoes or wooden clogs (preferably brand new)
(We are very atheistic country, so hell is more like This is probably the most well-known of unusual While most people would love to tuck into a plate beside the fire before going to bed. If they have
something from fairy tales than not.) Christmas traditions, thanks to several horror of delicious fried chicken, in Greenland, no been good, they will usually wake up to find that
movies that have featured the fiendish Krampus Christmas dinner would be complete without a their shoes have been filled with candy or other
“After this trio enters the home, the child is figure. The legend originated in Alpine folklore, plate of mattak, or muktuk, otherwise known as small gifts. If they have been naughty, they will
asked about their behaviour for this past year … and today is celebrated in Austria, Germany as whale skin and blubber. While non-natives usually find a bar branch. The shoes are
they are then asked to sing a song, or say a poem. well as the German-speaking regions of Italy might balk at the idea of eating fat, Greenlanders supposedly filled up by Sinterklaas himself, as he
such as Friuli and Trentino Alto Adige. The view mattak as a highly-prized delicacy. Mattak is rides around on his horse, which is named
“If they behaved well, they get fruit, sweets, or Krampus is said to wander the streets in search of a rich source of Vitamin C and D, and is usually Amerigo, giving gifts to children. Some
even a small toy. If not, they get coal or potatoes. badly behaved children, while Santa Claus, or St.
And if parents complain a lot about their Nicholas, rewards good children. During the
offspring, the kid might get thrown into the sack.” month of December, you can expect to see
terrifying masked figures out and about scaring
Lest you are worried that the naughty kids and adults alike with ghastly pranks, with
children are really going to be carried off,
Gabriela reassures: “Most of them get returned
before the čert is out of the door!”

As for what takes place closer to Christmas
itself, Gabriela explained: “Christmas here
happens on the 24th. On that day you meet with
your family and have a festive dinner (fish soup
and potato salad with fried carp).”

In the Czech Republic, gifts are usually
delivered not by Santa Claus, but by Ježíšek,

Unusual traditions ...
(from right) Children
in the Netherlands
leave their shoes out
to get filled with
gifts; devilish figures
during a
Krampuslauf in
Austria; and Catalan
children hitting the
caga tio to get their
sweets. –

Buzz S5


Machida (second from left) with Tropicana executives during the launch of the new Jonetz by
Don Don Donki outlet. – AMIRUL SYAFIQ/THESUN

Don Don Donki opens biggest
outlet in Tropicana Gardens Mall

(above) Dolls of La Belfana, a witch who delivers gifts to the children in Italy after Christmas. – FLICKR IF YOU’RE looking for the best place to be opening the new outlet after a six-month
shop for Christmas candy – or even some delay due to the pandemic.
Gabriela (centre, last minute gifts – you can drop by the
with her face recently opened Jonetz by Don Don Donki “We hope our customers will enjoy our
hidden) and her store in Tropicana Gardens Mall. Japanese specialty – from snacks, groceries
mum and aunt and a variety of halal-certified Wagyu beef
who are dressed Spanning 42,243sq ft across levels CC platters to ready-to-eat meals and
up as the čerts. and G, the store is the first Jonetz by Don traditional sweets,” he said.
One has a pacifier Don Donki outlet to open in Selangor and
hanging off the also the largest in South-East Asia. Members of the media were given an
belt, while the exclusive tour of the outlet ahead of his
other has a chain The brand’s first store is located at Lot 10 official launch, and were able to explore the
and a bell. – Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur. variety of products and foodstuff available.
GABRIELA Shoppers can expect a wide variety of Besides the various confectionaries and
quality Japanese products such as snacks, ramen brands available, there was also
food, groceries and household products, in plenty of fresh fruits, most of them flown in
addition to its house brand Jonetsu Kakaku, direct from Japan, as well as prime wagyu
which offers a range of affordable products. beef cuts and delicious Japanese bento sets.

The new Jonetz by Don Don Donki Those looking to tuck in to their food
carries several new sections to cater to a could try them out at the 77-seat food court
wider range of customers, including located on the upper level.
CosmeDonki, featuring high quality health
and beauty products, Yatai, which is The new CosmeDon section featured a
modelled after small stalls that are popular variety of makeup products that are sure to
during summer in Japan, and a Halal please J-beauty fans, and there was also a
section, which carries Halal-certified row of gachapon (capsule) machines for
products including groceries and those looking to purchase some interesting
confectionaries to cater to Muslim or cute small toys.
customers who are interested in Japanese
food products. Just in time for the festive season, there
are also several in-store promotions for
At the launch, Pan Pacific Retail those looking to do their Christmas
Management (PPRM) Malaysia president shopping, as well as several promotions for
Satoshi Machida said that he was happy to those using the Donki mobile app. – by
Anansa Jacob

enterprising youngsters will leave little letters or until the log ‘excretes’ all its treats. Children
poems for Sinterklaas, and even a carrot for his especially enjoy this activity, and even adults
horse. enjoy the irreverant humour of this unique
6. The pooping log tradition.
The people of Catalonia, an autonomous region 7. Burning the devil
of Spain, have an extremely unusual tradition In Guatemala, cleanliness really is next to
known as caga tió, or the ‘defecating log.’ They Godliness. Locals believe that the devil and other
create a character out of a log, drawing a face on evil spirits live in the dark, dirty corners of your
it and giving it a hat. Then they spend a fortnight home. Therefore, they spend the week before
‘feeding’ it fruit, nuts and sweets. On Christmas Christmas sweeping up, collecting rubbish and
Eve, the entire family beats the log with sticks, then piling everything in a huge heap outside.
and sings a traditional song that translates to “if Finally, an effigy of the devil is placed on top and
you don’t crap well, I’ll beat you with a stick” the whole thing is set on fire, an act which is
known as La Quema del Diablo, the ‘Burning of
the Devil.’ The idea for Guatemalans is to burn all
the bad from the previous year and start a new
year from out of the ashes.

8. The Christmas witch You can get all
Italy has its own answer to Santa Claus, but it’s your Christmas
not a variation of St. Nicholas. Instead, it is an old snacks at the
witch known as La Belfana, who goes around new Jonetz by
delivering sweets and presents to little children Don Don
all around Italy. Legend has it that the three wise Donki outlet.
men who went to attend the birth of Christ – AMIRUL
invited La Belfana to join them, but she was too SYAFIQ/THES
busy to accompany them, and she decided to UN
make up for her tardiness by delivering gifts
instead. However, even in this she is still late, as
she goes around delivering presents on Jan 5,
almost two weeks after Christmas is over!



A Community Campaign

Hyundai Palisade

‘Versatile, ultimate
getaway’ SUV is here
HYUNDAI’S “ultimate
getaway vehicle”, its adventures as it brings nature closer torque at 5,200rpm. For Malaysia, it
flagship, E-segment, three- to passengers, all within the comfort comes only with 2WD.
row Palisade SUV was of the vehicle.
launched yesterday by Hyundai-Sime All of the SUV’s four variants are
Darby Motor Sdn Bhd (HSDM). Providing peace-of-mind on the available in the seven and eight-
road, the Palisade is equipped with seater options in five exterior colours
“Marrying a bold design with a Hyundai’s cutting-edge SmartSense, – white cream, lagoon silver, steel
touch of elegance, versatility is the an advanced driver assistance graphite, moonlight cloud and
hallmark of the Palisade, making it system. timeless black. Black-monotone and
perfect for everyday driving comfort navy colour packages are offered for
or even those seeking adventure,” A series of smart safety features the interior with the options of black
said the company. include forward collision-avoidance leather and burgundy or warm grey
assist, blind spot collision avoidance Nappa leather.
“The new Palisade is testament to assist, lane keeping assist and rear
HSDM’s drive for innovation and cross-traffic collision avoidance assist The four variants are Exec 7 and
smart safety, offering class-leading and safe exit alert, among others. Exec 8 for the diesel powertrain and
spaciousness that is suited for driver Luxe 7 and Luxe 8 for the petrol.
and passenger needs. Other remarkable smart features
are its six airbags, three-zone Their prices – excluding insurance
“Distinctive style and comfort are independent control fully-automatic and for West Malaysia – are
complemented with the multi- air-conditioning, blind spot view RM348,888 (Exec 7), RM328,888
purpose cabin space that can be monitor, head-up display and (Exec 8), RM358,888 (Luxe 7) and
easily transformed into a variety of adjustable smart power tailgate to RM338,888 (Luxe 8). All variants
second- and third-row suit preferred heights. come with two years or 50,000km
configurations to suit cargo or (whichever comes first) warranty.
passengers. With the third-row seats The Palisade comes in two
folded, the Palisade offers a generous powertrains, 2.2-litre diesel and 3.8- Optional upgrades are available
1,297 litres of cargo space.” litre petrol. for all variants by adding RM11,000
for Luxe 7 and Luxe 8; and RM12,000
Smart application features in the The four-cylinder, 2.2-litre for Exec 7 and Exec 8, to enjoy an
second-row seats include a smart common rail direct injection turbo upgrade of the vehicle warranty to
one-touch walk-in button that diesel engine produces 197hp at five years or 300,000km (whichever
automatically re-adjusts the second- 3,800rpm and 440Nm of torque at comes first) and free service
row seat position for easier third-row 1,750-2,750rpm. maintenance of three years or
entry and exit. 50,000km (whichever comes first).
It delivers power to the wheels via
For added spaciousness, rear seat an eight-speed automatic The Palisade can be viewed at the
passengers can enjoy a dual-wide transmission and offers the options Hyundai Ara Damansara at Sime
sunroof that not only brightens the of two- and four-wheel-drives (2WD Darby Motors City, Hyundai Old
interior of the large SUV but is also & 4WD). Klang Road (Kuala Lumpur), Gurney
well suited for countryside Paragon (Penang) and Skudai (Johor)
The V6, 3.8-litre, dual CVVT, showrooms.
direct injection petrol unit produces
291hp at 6,000rpm and 355Nm of

Public DC fast chargers at i dealers
BMW Group Malaysia yesterday local charging infrastructure network Group, we have long shared the belief
introduced the new DC fast chargers across the country. that the future is electric and we are
installed at Auto Bavaria Ara honoured to be amongst the first
Damansara (pix) for public use, the “We partnered with GreenTech dealerships to bring this vision into
first of many to be installed at BMW i Malaysia from the get-go to ensure a reality by installing the DC fast
dealers across the country. functioning ecosystem for chargers on our premises for public
electromobility to thrive in and are use. Our loyal customers will now
Leading up to the arrival of BMW’s continuing to deliver on that also be able to visit our dealerships
next-generation i fleet, the automaker commitment alongside our network and receive the full Electric
remains committed to accelerating of dedicated dealers – not just for Ownership Experience, as we work in
availability of charging BMW and MINI owners, but for tandem with BMW Group Malaysia
infrastructures in Malaysia, along electric vehicle owners in Malaysia. to accelerate the shift to
with rapid-charging DC chargers for We are confident that this move will electromobility in Malaysia.”
quick on-the-go charging at selected be mutually beneficial in ensuring
dealerships nationwide. charging infrastructures are more BMW Group Malaysia has been at
accessible across the country and the forefront of electrified mobility in
BMW Group Malaysia managing helps alleviate the concerns of Malaysia since 2015, the year in
director Hans de Visser said: “We potential EV owners in Malaysia such which the i was first introduced to the
have been driving the change as range anxiety.” country and has since delivered over
towards electrification not only with 21,000 electrified BMW and MINI
our growing portfolio of electrified Auto Bavaria managing director Vi locally.
vehicles, but also by expanding the Thim Juan said: “Much like the BMW

Out & About theSun on friday 7
DECEMBER 17, 2021

Book the 11th-gen Civic now
BOOKINGS can now be identity – a saloon with a sporty, the Sport mode providing powerful
placed for the 11th- sophisticated-yet-premium outlook. torque sensation and high comes with other safety features such remote engine start as well as a new
generation all-new Honda It will also see the sporty RS variant acceleration responsiveness which is as Honda LaneWatch, six airbags, safety feature for Civic – driver
Civic. being introduced into the line-up for “the core of Civic”, as demonstrated at vehicle stability assist, agile handling attention monitor.
Honda Malaysia anticipates that the first time. the Sepang F1 Circuit on Monday, assist, emergency stop signal, anti-
the new Civic is “the most fun to drive during a media event. lock braking system, electronic brake Interior images, prices, variants,
Civic ever made” and will excite the The focus on the new exterior distribution, auto brake hold, hill colours and other packages will be
market as well as retaining its C- design is exceptional visibility, with The new Civic RS comes equipped start assist, walk away auto lock, announced during the all-new Civic’s
segment leadership when it is an open feeling of spaciousness and with intuitive technologies, in launch next year.
launched in the first quarter of next uncluttered view, achieved via an particular, an enhanced Honda
year. expanded glass area. The signature Sensing which has improved
sporty and bold looks are functionality by offering natural and
Honda Malaysia managing accentuated by the RS exterior with smooth steering operation.
director and CEO Madoka Chujo black painted side mirrors, shark fin
said: “The 11th Generation Civic is a antenna, outer door handles, new The enhanced Honda Sensing
modern interpretation of the classic boot spoiler and 18-inch black matte also now comes with a new feature,
and timeless Honda values which is alloy rims. the lead car departure notification
human-centred in approach. This system, which notifies the driver of
model offers a piece of the future, The new LED headlamps with the start of the preceding car.
raising the benchmark of a C- daytime running lights come in a new
segment saloon in every way, while design while the Civic’s styling DNA During idle times such as the
maintaining the best of the Civic is clearly reflected in the new rear waiting at a traffic light, the system
DNA which is loved by Malaysians. combi LED tail lights. will alert driver about the departure
The all-new Civic is truly A Legacy, of the preceding car.
Reborn!” Besides a sporty styling, the Civic
DNA is also retained with its dynamic The full suite of enhanced Honda
Measuring 4,678mm in length, performance and efficient fuel Sensing safety features in all-new
1,802mm in width, with a height of consumption; the new Civic’s Civic RS are:
1,415mm and 2,735mm in its powertrain sees a major change with 0 Lead car departure notification
wheelbase, the all-new Civic is larger an enhanced 1.5-litre VTEC system
and wider with the expansion of rear turbocharged engine. 0 Adaptive cruise control
thread to provide low and wide 0 Low-speed follow
stance. Engine outputs have been raised 0 Collision mitigation braking
to a maximum power of 179.5hp and system
A Civic-first, which is a result of segment-leading 240Nm of torque, 0 Forward collision warning
Honda’s advanced manufacturing which is more powerful than a 2.4- 0 Lane keep assist system
technique and design approach, is litre engine performance. 0 Road departure mitigation
the Laser Brazing technology, aimed 0 Lane departure warning
at giving the all-new Civic a sleeker There are new drive mode 0 Auto high beam.
roofline and stronger body rigidity. options: Econ, Normal and Sport
modes which can be switched easily In addition to those,
The new Civic features a new with drive mode switch; the new Civic RS also
design that exudes a New Age

Latest Mercedes is ‘Pinnacle of Luxury’ Swift Sport at 1.18% interest

MERCEDES-BENZ Malaysia on NAZA Eastern Motors Sdn Bhd, automatic transmission with
Wednesday presented the arrival of the official distributor for the new paddle shifter that produces
its flagship luxury saloon, the new S- generation of Suzuki cars in 140hp/230Nm of torque from
Class. The saloon is offered only in Malaysia, recently announced 2,500rpm.
one variant, the S580e plug-in hybrid. their year-end promotion for the Kerb weight is 970kg, meaning a
Suzuki Swift Sport. nippy and adrenaline-pumping
Company vice-president of Future owners of the “hot drive from the superb torque-to-
passenger car sales and marketing hatch” can get their favourite weight ratio.
Michael Jopp said: “The S-Class is the vehicle at a lower interest rate of The car’s zero-to-100km/h
world’s best-selling luxury limousine 1.18% only. Swift Sports purchased sprint time is just under eight
and we are also pleased that the new during this promotion period will seconds.
S580e will be a locally-assembled come with free window tint and The Swift Sport illuminates the
variant as its predecessor. This is a full body coating worth RM4,000. road with its LED projector
testament of our commitment to “We are happy to offer Suzuki headlamps outlined by distinctive
reinforce our local commitment to enthusiasts the ability to own the daytime running lights. In-car
expand our local foothold in the new Suzuki Swift Sport at a much entertainment is taken care of by a
country. The vehicle underpins our lower interest rate. The seven-inch touchscreen
claim to produce the best automobile reintroduction of the new Swift multimedia that supports Apple
in the world. This is where covetable Sport in April this year received CarPlay. The hatchback also
luxury meets the greatest possible overwhelming response from comes with six airbags.
safety and highest level of comfort.” enthusiasts, so we have put Colour choices are Champion
general knowledge questions. In the seat but the seat belt is not fastened. together this attractive promotion Yellow, Pearl Pure White, Speedy
Among the new S-Class’ S580e, it can also be controlled from The new S-Class has the world’s campaign for the benefit of more Blue Metallic and Burning Red
amazingly-long list of innovations, the rear seat. future Swift Sport owners. The hot- Pearl Metallic.
special features and acronyms is that first rear airbags, to protect its left and hatchback has won the hearts of
it has become more intelligent in Using cameras in the overhead right rear seat passengers. The people due to its aggressive styling,
many areas; digital innovations such control panel and learning airbags are integrated into the front all-new drivetrain and responsive
as in the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User algorithms, MBUX Interior Assist seatbacks and deploy in a severe handling.” says Datuk Nik
Experience) are joined by recognises and anticipates the wishes frontal impact. Hamdam Nik Hassan, group
innovations that increase driving and intentions of the occupants. It CEO (automotive
enjoyment while making driving does this by interpreting head The locally-assembled S580e is group) of Naza
even safer. direction, hand movements and powered by a 3.0-litre inline-six Corporation Sdn
body language; and responds with engine and 9G-Tronic transmission. Bhd.
Its voice assistant “Hey Mercedes” corresponding vehicle functions. As It dashes from zero to 100km/h in just The Japanese-
is constantly learning, by activation of well as enhancing operating 5.2 seconds. Additionally, it offers an imported (CBU)
online services in the Mercedes me convenience, the Interior Assist estimated 100km pure electric Swift Sport comes
App. Certain actions can be improves safety. For example, even driving range, courtesy of its hybrid with the 1.4-litre
performed even without the before the journey begins it notifies electric motor. “Boosterjet” engine
activation keyword “Hey Mercedes”. the driver if the camera has detected paired to a six-speed
These include accepting a telephone a child seat on the front passenger The recommended retail price
call. Hey Mercedes now also explains (on-the-road, without insurance) will
vehicle functions and answers be announced soon.

8 theSun on friday Out & About
DECEMBER 17, 2021

BOON Siew Honda recently HNonedawbikcesolours, latest Goldie
introduced a new variant for the 2022 Clockwise from 61 litres, improving usability.
Honda CBR250RR, a new colour for top: The GL1800 0 New suede/synthetic leather
the Rebel 250 and releasing the all- seats, more relaxed pillion back rest
new GL1800 Gold Wing. Gold Wing, angle, improving the comfort of
CBR250RR Rebel and passenger. The angle of the pillion
The new variant for the best-in-class CBR250RR. back rest angle has been changed
250cc twin-cylinder supersport
motorcycle is called the “Trico from 17 degrees to 24.5 degrees, for
Edition”. more relaxed seating.
0 Superior audio with newly
Honda says the legendary “Trico” upgraded, lightweight speakers
(short for “Tricolour”) combination achieving superb sound quality with
has become an icon for decades as a vivid presence.
representation of the power of 0 Added Android Auto
Honda’s racing technology. “Inspired compatibility along with already-in-
by the racing spirit, the Tricolour is use Apple CarPlay improving
applied to a variety of high- convenience and connectivity.
performance Honda motorcycles, The 2021 Honda GL1800 Gold
including now the Honda Wing is exclusively available in Pearl
CBR250RR.” Glare White, for RM210,888*.
*Recommended showroom price
The Trico Edition is available excluding of road tax, insurance and
together with Mat Gunpowder Black registration. Boon Siew
Metallic option exclusively at Honda Honda offers two years
BigWing and Impian X dealerships. or 20,000km
Its price is RM25,999*. manufacturing
Rebel warranty
For 2022, the 471cc, eight-valve, (whichever comes
liquid-cooled parallel twin cylinder first).
Rebel cruiser, which made its
Malaysian debut in 2017, will be
available in a new colour – Pearl
Organic Green, while retaining
Graphite Black and Matte Jeans Blue

The Rebel’s price (for all colours)
is RM32,899*.

Gold Wing
The new, 2021 GL1800 Gold Wing
offers improvements on usability and
comfort with increased carrying
capacity, improved pillion comfort
and an audio upgrade.

Some of the highlights are:
0 Ample luggage capacity for
weekend touring; the volume of top
box increases by 11 litres to become

The R18 Special edition Benelli scooter
nental ‘First MFORCE Bike Holdings Sdn Bhd need,” says the company.
Edition’ (left) has released the latest variant “The telescopic type front
and R18 of the Benelli VZ125i Special
Bagger ‘First Edition (N1) scooter, which has suspension system and the
Edition’ changed graphics and colours. Kayaba (KYB) single shock
(bottom). absorber at the rear contribute
The selling price of this the ability to absorb well all
New First Edition Motorrads rolling in edition is RM5,838, excluding shocks. It will undoubtedly be a
BMW Motorrad Malaysia recently registration and road tax. much more comfortable ride,
announced the arrival of the new R18 especially while on uneven
Bagger and the new R18 “Designed by the Benelli routes.”
Transcontinental – both exclusively design team, the VZ125i’s looks
in the “First Edition” guise. are eye-catching and exciting. This scooter’s safety features
BMW Group Malaysia managing Its streamlined styling is include a single-disc front brake
dynamic and limitless, as and anti-theft magnetic lock
Benelli often does,” says the system.
Its other features include a
The VZ125i now has a new 4.9-litre fuel tank, an underseat
colour options – Yellow (pix), USB port, hanging hook behind
Red Brown and Light Blue. the front fairing and a small
space in the cockpit, for small
The scooter is powered by a items.
single overhead camshaft,
single-cylinder, four-stroke The VZ125i Special Edition
124cc engine with constant (N1) is now available on the
velocity transmission (CVT) market, at Benelli authorised
drive system. It produces 8.4hp dealers.
at 7,500rpm with a maximum
torque of 9.2Nm at 6,000rpm. It comes with two-
year/20,000km manufacturer’s
“The front end is trimmed warranty and an online spare
with LED headlights, complete parts purchase service by
with bright DRL. The digital MForce Bike Holdings.
meter display panel shows the
director Hans de Visser said: “The speedometer, tachometer, and
new BMW R18 Bagger and new BMW fuel level. All information is
R18 Transcontinental are the dream easy to read, even in the dark.
long-distance travel companions that With just a quick glance, you
are not just stunning to the eye, but can see the information you
are built for a comfortable and
powerful ride on the road.
“As cross-country road trips are
now possible and made even better
with the new cruisers – let us
continue to Make Life a Ride in the
New Normal, safely but surely.”
The R18 Bagger and R18
Transcontinental feature a defining elements such as the rigid The retail price (on the road,
streamlined form, creating an double-loop frame, open-running without insurance and with three-
elongated, teardrop-shaped and gloss nickel-plated universal year warranty and three-year
silhouette. shaft and classic housing for the rear- roadside assistance programmes) for
Echoing the early days of big axle gearbox, reminiscent of the the R18 Bagger and R18
cruisers built for touring, the overall legendary BMW “Big Boxers” of the Transcontinental are RM186,500 and
look of both bikes encompasses style- past. RM198,500, respectively.


TOP 10 AREAS IN MALAYSIA Rehda considering digital
ON HOUSE SEEKERS’RADAR marketing cert programme

These areas recorded the highest number o Key issues after months of lockdown – end-financing, slow development industry in Malaysia, particularly
of searches by visitors who browsed a‘For and lack of digital technology adoption, and negative buyer in marketing and sale of properties .
Sale’property listing on and market sentiment
from January to November 2021. Searches “We will upskill and improve the digital
BRIEFSare defined when a property consumer █ BY JUNE MOH conference yesterday by Rehda Malaysia and marketing capability of the property developers,
searches for a property in a location and [email protected] Rehda Institute on the key findings from a survey especially their marketing and sales teams, in
lands on a search result page on PETALING JAYA: The Real Estate and Housing and focus group discussions entitled “Rehda 2022. We hope more incentives will be made Developers’ Association Malaysia (Rehda) will Institute Marketing & Sales Research Report for available by the government and relevant
look at introducing the Digital Marketing the Property Industry”. agencies for the digitalisation initiatives of
1. Petaling Jaya (15.02%) Transformation Initiative (DMTI), a digital companies, including SME which consist of
2. Shah Alam (14.64%) marketing certification programme, in 2022 Tong said Rehda has proposed and small and medium-sized developers,” he added.
3. Cheras (14.56%), with several partners to assist property recommended solutions to the key issues,
4. Johor Baru (9.39%) developers and help steer the whole property including improving access to home financing for Meanwhile, Tong said the costs of building
5. Puchong (9.21%) marketing and sales ecosystem towards home buyers, the DMTI by Rehda Institute, and materials and commodities have been going up.
6. Subang Jaya (9.07%) digitalisation, said Rehda Malaysia vice- government role in continued economic recovery.
7. Kuala Lumpur City Centre (7.62%) president Datuk NK Tong. On this, Rehda Malaysia president Datuk
8. Kota Damansara (7.05%) “To achieve (home financing for home Soam Heng Choon said: “Construction cost has
9 . Ampang (6.77%) Tong shed light on the key issues faced by the buyers as outlined in Budget 2022 and the 12th gone up by 13% to 20%. Assuming that a total
10. Cyberjaya (6.67%) real estate and property development industry Malaysian Plan) and to improve construction cost is between 50% and 60% of the
in Malaysia following months of full lockdown. homeownership for the rakyat during and post- gross development value which is the selling
Source: pandemic, we urge financial institutions to price, if there is a 20% increase in the cost, it will
“Key issues include end-financing challenges expand their step-up financing and other translate to at least 10% increase in the selling
HONG LEONG BANK OFFERS relating to financial institutions in Malaysia, slow alternative financings that the government has price. A property priced at RM300,000 now has
FINANCING FACILITY FOR and lack of digital technology adoption from mentioned in the 12MP and Budget 2022. The to be sold at RM330,000.
HOME SOLAR PV SYSTEMS property developers in Malaysia, and negative government has to accelerate rent-to-own
buyers and market sentiment and pressure from schemes for the rakyat,” he said. “Ultimately, buyers have to suffer as when
PETALING JAYA: Hong Leong Bank and external market forces,” he said at a joint press developers have no ability to absorb the cost
Hong Leong Islamic Bank (HLB) have Tong said the survey detailed current anymore, it will be passed on to buyers.”
introduced a green energy financing implications for the real estate and property
facility called HLB Solar Plus He added that the government has been in
Loan/Financing-i for home owners to talks with stakeholders to address these issues.
install a solar-powered energy system.
The HLB Solar Plus Loan/Financing-i is The survey and focus group discussion
open to new and existing HLB Home conducted on Nov 16 was led by Tong from
Loan/Financing-i customers. The bank Rehda Institute in collaboration with Universiti
is offering a margin of financing up to Tunku Abdul Rahman and Stratos Pinnacle.
105% on the property value, with
flexible financing options. Space Alliance a good fit
for Signature International
GAMUDA’S BOOSTER HOME 2.0 PETALING JAYA: Signature International Bhd Signature International executive director
has proposed to acquire a 51% equity interest Chiau Haw Choon said: “Signature
PETALING JAYA: Catering for pent-up in Space Alliance Contracts Sdn Bhd for International is a one-stop kitchen and
residential demand and investor RM15.3 million cash to expand into a full- wardrobe solutions centre while Space
interest, Gamuda Land Bhd’s Booster fledged design and build interior fit-out Alliance is involved in the fit-out construction
Home 2.0 campaign offers a company. business. The proposed acquisition will
comprehensive range of financial enable Signature International to provide a
assistance solutions and incentives to The company yesterday signed a share sale one-stop design and build solution to its
help Malaysians find their dream home agreement with vendors Chang Chung Fei and existing customers and also tap into Space
as economic sectors and borders Ng Mun Moh to acquire 15.3% and 35.7% Alliance’s commercial fit-out construction
reopen. With only two weeks left, respectively in Space Alliance. The purchase market.”
Booster Home 2.0 offers home seekers acquisition is expected to be financed with
a flexible suite of purchasing packages, internally generated funds. Barring any Space Alliance is undertaking RM171.14
which they can customise according to unforeseen circumstances, the exercise is million worth of projects with expected
their own financial outlook. Sweetening expected to be completed by the second completion period between January 2022 up
the deal, Gamuda Land has partnered quarter of 2022. and until September 2023.
with interior design and renovation
platform for a hassle-free Space Alliance is a Grade 7 contractor Signature International is mainly involved in
moving in experience for buyers. registered with Construction Industry design, product development, manufacturing,
Development Board. It is principally engaged marketing and distribution of kitchen systems,
ALAIA TITIWANGSA LAUNCHED in building construction and renovation works wardrobe systems and built-in kitchen
of corporate offices, hospitalities, residences, appliances. Signature also fabricates and
PETALING JAYA: Boutique property public amenities and others. manufactures glass and aluminium products.
developer Tago (M) Sdn Bhd has
launched its latest development, Alaia
Titiwangsa, a 1.6-acre serviced
apartment project in Taman Tiara
Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur, with a gross
development value of RM273 million.
At its launch over the last weekend 83%
of the total 436 units were snapped up.

Spending real money on virtual property in the metaverse

FACEBOOK renamed itself Meta in named Ailin Graef. The virtual world called Next Earth Canadian investment firm attention to the metaverse. Meta has
November. That has caused a tsunami Back in 2005, the China-born goes even further. Virtual land in this Corp, which paid announced a RM42 billion fund to
of money to flow into the metaverse as digital world is equivalent to specific around RM10.6 million for a tract in invest in related technologies.
investors snapped up virtual real German invested RM42 on real estate parcels of real-world property. And the Fashion District of virtual world
estate – hoping its value will soar. in the game world of SecondLife. Malaysians are among the big buyers. Decentraland. Nvidia, Microsoft, and Roblox also
Within a year, her virtual property see the metaverse as the future of
Within days, metaverse property empire had grown enough to turn her One such buyer, according to a According to the Decentraland digital interaction. With many more
developer Republic Realm handed into a real-life US-dollar millionaire. recent media report, is Leo Tan. He marketplace, the largest estate that is tech giants expected to follow these
over RM18.2 million (US$4.3 million) Unfortunately, much of her fortune purchased the virtual land for RM486, now for sale in that virtual world costs leaders, humanity’s vision of reality
to a seller of digital land in the virtual disappeared when SecondLife’s where, in the real world, the Tun the equivalent of RM90.4 million. The may soon encompass both the
world called Sandbox. popularity plummeted and demand Razak Exchange sits. Another investor cheapest single parcel now for sale is physical world and the 3D, digital
Become a real millionaire for property in the world evaporated. acquired the virtual equivalent of the listed for about RM61,000. metaverse.
developing virtual real estate land under The Exchange 106.
People have bought virtual land in Like real property, virtual real That’s not cheap, but some buyers Would I consider buying virtual
virtual worlds for nearly two decades. estate is made more valuable by a Individual investors could never in cities where regular homes are land as an investment strategy? It is
Worlds and games like Entropia good location near desirable own this property in the real world. In unaffordable find that developing or the space that I will certainly follow
Universe, Mirandus, Sandbox, and neighbours and amenities. And once the virtual world, they can. speculating in virtual property is closely. Perhaps one day, I will put
Decentraland have all offered this you own your land, you can develop it Prices are rising more appealing simply because it is money where my mouth is.
capability in some way. Virtual worlds into an income-producing property, Prices for virtual land are rising, and more affordable than real-world real
may exist entirely online, but they work such as a hall for hosting virtual it is no longer just metaverse estate. The metaverse offers a lot of
just like a real-world real estate market. concerts or an online shopping mall aficionados buying. The RM18.2 excitement and potential. But virtual
whose retailers pay you rent. You can million buyer mentioned above is Boosters say that buying virtual real estate is still highly speculative
Probably, the first person to mint a also on-sell your property to others – partnering with well-known land in virtual worlds that are young and can be volatile. It is not for faint-
real-world fortune from virtual real hopefully, at a profit. videogame company Atari SA to and quickly growing is similar to hearted investors.
estate was a former schoolteacher Buy virtual copies of landmarks in develop some of its virtual properties. investing in empty real-world land on
and virtual real estate developer Kuala Lumpur a site destined for development. This article was contributed by
Another recent land buyer is Juwai IQI co-founder and group
Both the public and big
multinationals have turned their managing director Daniel Ho.

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48.5 Institutions 1163.4 1117.1 46.3

28.9 Retail 687.8 672.4 15.4

22.6 Foreign 500.8 562.5 -61.7 31.40
100.0 2352.0 2352.0 0.0 1.83 13.92 54.74 27.39 606.60 125.64 17.02
Preliminary stats (excluding trade amendments). For final data, please refer to 1,484.64 3,128.80 3,675.02 29,066.32 17,785.74 3,006.41
Source: Bursa Malaysia 23,475.50

KL MARKET SUMMARY Intel to invest RM30b to
December 16, 2021 expand facilities in M’sia

INDICES 10,829.67 CHANGE +14.23
FBMKLCI 1,484.64 +1.83
CONSTRUCTION 151.39 -0.29
FINANCIAL SERVICES 15,221.59 +114.67
ENERGY 683.39 +11.59
TELECOMMUNICATIONS 612.37 +1.71 for Malaysians.
HEALTH CARE 2,132.40 -1.29 o US tech giant also plans to build a new plant to scale “We are not hunters, we are farmers. We
TRANSPORTATION 841.88 -2.19 up production and move up the value chain of
PROPERTY 687.11 -1.74 technology transfer and capacity building come to build a rich ecosystem,
PLANTATION 6,359.16 -27.88 community, and partnership with another
FBMSHA 11,636.76 -3.51 start-up here to build up the overall
FBMACE 6,278.11 +79.98 technology capabilities of the Malaysian
TECHNOLOGY 95.33 +0.26 market.”
KUALA LUMPUR: Intel Corporation, one told a press conference to announce the
TURNOVER VALUE of the world’s largest chip manufacturers, new investment yesterday. Commenting on a worldwide shortage
2.828 BIL RM2.351 BIL will invest more than RM30 billion over the of semiconductors, he said the overall
next 10 years to expand its Malaysian Present was Senior Minister cum situation was quite significant that Intel and
5 MOST ACTIVES operations across Penang and Kulim, International Trade and Industry Minister the industry were responding to build
December 16, 2021 Kedah, said its CEO Patrick Gelsinger. Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and capacity, drive yield and supply as rapidly as
Malaysia Investment Development possible so that the overall semiconductor
STOCK VOL CLSG (sen) +/– (sen) He said Intel’s additional investment in Authority CEO Datuk Arham Abdul supply this year will grow more than it has
ATAIMS 311,913,400 68.0 -1.5 the country would include the expansion of Rahman. in the last two to three decades.
ATECH 187,041,300 170.0 34.0 the existing assembly test manufacturing
PASUKGB 55,864,300 2.5 UNCH facility, while also building up die prep Mohamed Azmin said Intel’s investment He said the semiconductor industry was
SAUDEE 52,552,200 6.0 UNCH capability with the additional of advanced underscores the 50-year long-term strategic growing at about 5% per year and was worth
IMPIANA 39,474,000 8.5 UNCH packaging capabilities. collaboration with Malaysia, and its world- about US$500 billion (RM2.1 trillion) pre-
class facilities would certainly put the Covid but the pandemic had disrupted the
5 TOP GAINERS The company also plans to have a new country at the forefront of the world’s supply chain thereafter.
December 16, 2021 facility in the country to enable it to scale up semiconductor sector.
on the volume of production and move up Demand for semiconductors, which has
STOCK VOL CLSG (RM) +/– RM the value chain of technology transfer and “This expansion is a testament to Intel’s exploded to 200% year-on-year versus
GENETEC 256,600 37.88 1.58 capacity building, he said. strong confidence in Malaysia as a preferred disrupted supply chain has created a large
HLBANK 1,251,200 18.78 0.66 investment hub,” he said. gap of supply that needs be filled, he said.
LPI 128,100 14.20 0.44 “The construction for the new expansion
MPI 138,800 48.66 0.44 involving Kulim and Penang is already Gelsinger said Intel is committed to “I predicted that the limitation and the
F&N 318,100 25.26 0.38 under way. The new facility that supports continuing to invest and innovate in the shortages will persist into 2023 because
Intel’s advance packaging technology is country, and the new investment is building new supply and building new
expected to gain production in 2024,” he expected to create over 4,000 new Intel facilities will take a long time. It takes time to
jobs, as well as over 5,000 construction jobs build this capacity to respond to this fight,”
he said. – Bernama

SC revises SPAC framework to promote capital market

5 TOP LOSERS PETALING JAYA: The Securities placements for QA. In addition, the been raised from 50 sen to RM2 to
December 16, 2021 Commission Malaysia (SC) yesterday minimum amount of funds required to ensure that it attracts investors who are
announced revisions to the Equity be raised by a SPAC through its initial able and willing to take on the unique
STOCK VOL CLSG (RM) +/– RM Guidelines in the enhanced Special Purpose public offering (IPO) has been reduced risks associated with investing in SPACs.
SAM 39,400 21.40 0.60 Acquisition Company (SPAC) framework to from RM150 million to RM100 million. 0 To limit dilution to existing shareholders,
KLK 691,000 21.00 0.30 facilitate greater access to fundraising in 0 Allow professionals with extensive new shares issued from the exercise of
RAPID 48,400 10.26 0.26 Malaysia, as part of its ongoing efforts to experience in private equity and venture warrants will be restricted to not more
PMBTECH-WA 2,000 9.35 0.25 promote the development of the Malaysian capital with asset sourcing
AMWAY 3,000 5.35 0.24 capital market. and deal making experience than 50% of the total number of
to steer SPACs. This could issued shares of the SPAC.
EXCHANGE RATES DECEMBER 16, 2021 “The SC re-evaluated the SPAC potentially broaden the
framework to ensure that it remains target asset universe and The framework for the listing of
Foreign currency Bank sell Bank buy Bank buy relevant and capable of spurring interest in spur mergers and SPACs in Malaysia was first
listings and deals involving SPACs, thereby acquisitions by Malaysian introduced in 2009 to promote
1 US DOLLAR TT/OD TT OD providing issuers with greater access to the corporations. private equity activities, spur
1 AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR 4.2900 4.1650 4.1550 capital market,” said SC chairman Datuk 0 To minimise the greenmail issue faced corporate transformation and
1 BRUNEI DOLLAR 3.0920 2.9690 2.9530 Syed Zaid Albar. by SPACs, the threshold for encourage mergers and
1 CANADIAN DOLLAR 3.1380 3.0470 3.0390 shareholders’ approval of the QA has acquisitions, all of which were intended to
1 EURO 3.3370 3.2470 3.2350 The revisions will, among others: been reduced from a special resolution enhance the depth, breadth and
1 NEWZEALAND DOLLAR 4.8480 4.6930 4.6730 0 Enable business combinations via of at least 75% majority to a simple competitiveness of the domestic capital
1 SINGAPORE DOLLAR 2.9150 2.8080 2.7920 majority approval by all shareholders market. The review of the SPAC framework
1 STERLING POUND 3.1380 3.0470 3.0390 issuance of securities as consideration present and voting. is in line with the Capital Market Masterplan
1 SWISS FRANC 5.6940 5.5150 5.4950 for the qualifying acquisition (QA). 0 To reflect the inherent risks of investing 3’s aspiration to create a capital market that
100 UAE DIRHAM 4.6240 4.5180 4.5030 Currently, SPACs may only meet the QA in SPACs, the minimum IPO price has is relevant, efficient and diversified.
100 BANGLADESHTAKA 118.1900 112.0800 111.8800 requirement by way of cash acquisitions. The revised SPAC framework will take
100 CHINESE RENMINBI 5.0900 4.7730 4.5730 0 Broaden the avenue for SPACs to obtain effect on Jan 1, 2022.
100 HONGKONG DOLLAR 67.4000 64.8000 additional financing by allowing private
100 INDIAN RUPEE 55.5800 52.8200 N/A
100 INDONESIAN RUPIAH 5.7100 5.3600 52.6200 New statutory debt limits to balance financing needs
100 JAPANESE YEN 0.0310 0.0280
100 NEWTAIWAN DOLLAR 3.7640 3.6460 5.1600 KUALA LUMPUR: The government’s 18% to revenue and the prudent level for the government’s financial sustainability in
100 PAKISTAN RUPEE 16.5000 0.0230 rationale for increasing the national DSC to revenue should not exceed 15% to the medium term.
100 PHILIPPINE PESO 2.4500 N/A 3.6360 statutory debt limit to 65% of GDP is to create fiscal money for other expenditures
100 QATAR RIYAL 8.6700 2.2900 balance the financing needs by taking into that can generate national revenue,” he said Answering an additional question from
100 SAUDI RIYAL 119.1700 8.1800 N/A account the country’s financial capability in parliament yesterday. Mohd Khairuddin who wanted to know to
100THAI BAHT 115.6600 113.1300 2.0900 and revenue. what extent the government was confident
13.4300 109.7900 7.9800 He was responding to an oral question that the new taxes and funding alternatives
11.9100 112.9300 Deputy Finance Minister II Yamani from Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman could cover the government’s rising debt
109.5900 Hafez Musa said the increase was made Razali (PAS-Kuala Nerus) who asked the burden now, Yamani Hafez said all the
11.5100 after taking into account the need to debt management measures planned by government’s plans in introducing new
finance the increase in the Covid-19 fund the government after the intention to raise taxes were not “a silver bullet to solve the
Source: Malayan Banking Berhad/Bernama ceiling and funding sources to implement the statutory debt limit to 65% compared to problem” but the government wants to find
the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP). 60% of GDP previously. creative ways to collect revenue without
impacting too much on the economy and
“Any increase in the debt limit will Apart from that, Yamani Hafez said the at the same time try to ease the debt burden
increase the government’s debt service proposed limit also took into account the at present. – Bernama
charges (DSC) which is projected to reach government’s indebtedness limit as well as

11theSUN ON FRIDAY | DECEMBER 17, 2021

Aurelius Technologies makes BRIEFS SAMAIDEN SECURES
respectable debut on Bursa RM98M SOLAR PV
o Group’s current
major focus is on PETALING JAYA: Samaiden
semiconductor Group Bhd has secured a
multicomponent RM98.2 million contract from
modules in Internet of Ramatex Group via its
Things space subsidiary, Ramatex Textiles
Industrial Sdn Bhd to develop a
█ BY AMIR IMRAN HUSAIN SAFRI rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV)
[email protected] system with a total capacity of
39 megawatt-peak. Samaiden
PETALING JAYA: Aurelius From left: Aurelius Technologies CFO Loh Hock Chiang, Lee, chairperson Datin Normaliza Kairon and Maybank Investment will undertake the engineering,
Technologies Bhd made a Bank CEO Datuk Fad’l Mohamed at the listing ceremony. procurement, construction, and
respectable debut in its maiden commissioning (EPCC) works
trading session on Bursa Malaysia’s looking into other areas which semiconductor multicomponent international exposure. for all six of Ramatex’s factories
Main Market yesterday, opening at include vertical integration and even modules used in IoT and other Lee said these are longstanding in Batu Pahat, Johor. The solar
RM1.41 a share, representing a 5 sen some downstream expansion.” related products will be our focus.” PV system is expected to be
or 3.7% increase over its offer price of relationships with some of them ready for commercial operations
RM1.36. Overall, Lee believes the electric Due to elevated demand in the having been Aurelius’ customers by the third quarter of 2022. It is
and electronic (E&E) industry is a key sector, Aurelius is operating at close since its inception and none of these estimated to generate up to
The counter hit an intraday high of economic driver for Malaysia which to 95% of its total capacity. pioneer clients have left. 52,745 MWh per year of green
RM1.83 at 12.35pm and subsequently will continue to grow. energy, reducing the equivalent
closed its first day’s trading at RM1.70, On this front, it shared that the When asked whether there is risk of approximately 33,704 tonnes
for a premium of 34 sen, or 25%, over “We see very strong demand factory expansion plans will be to issues relating to forced labour, he of carbon dioxide emissions in
the offer price. A total of 187 million worldwide for E&E industry and, with completed by the end of this year pointed out that 100% of its workforce the first year and more than
shares changed hands. the initial public offering (IPO) we are which will give the group an are made up of Malaysians. 670,000 tonnes over the next 20
in a better position to better grow our additional 70% production floor and years.
The electronic manufacturing business.” it will roll out its expansion plans Aurelius’ listing raised RM104.73
services player’s executive director once the factory is ready. million and it has allocated RM40 TALIWORKS BAGS
and CEO, Lee Chong Yeow, stated He opined that the semiconductor million of the proceeds to acquire DEAL FROM
that there are many areas it can look shortage is largely due to a higher Although the group cannot new machinery and equipment, AIR SELANGOR
at for growth and expansion. demand due the adoption of remote disclose the identity of their RM29.52 million for repayment of
working due to the Covid-19 pandemic. customers, it stated that the top five of borrowings, RM28.13 million for PETALING JAYA: Taliworks Corp
“But our major focus at this its customers are made up of working capital, and RM7.08 million Bhd has received a letter of
moment will be on the “We are particularly excited about multinational companies with to defray the listing expenses. award from Pengurusan Air
semiconductor multicomponent the field of IoT hence the Selangor Sdn Bhd for the
modules in the Internet of Things proposed development of Sg
(IoT) space, which is a very fast Rasau water treatment plant
growing space at the moment,” he and water supply scheme
told the media following the group’s (Phase 1), Selangor Darul
listing on Bursa. Ehsan Package 2 for the design
and build of proposed treated
“Having said that, we are also water pumping station, treated
water pumping mains to
existing Bukit Lipat Kajang
Reservoir, and distribution and
associated works amounting
RM602 million. The scope of
the award includes civil,
structural and building works,
pumping plant mechanical
works, electrical works,
instrumentation, controls and
automation works and building
services for 36 months from
Dec 29, 2021, with completion
on Dec 31, 2024.

Shareholders approve RM6.8b related party contract TM TO PROVIDE
PETALING JAYA: Lotte Chemical provide for the equity funding for our Malaysia Bhd (TM) has signed a
Titan Holding Bhd has secured portion, amounting to US$806 fibre-leasing service agreement
shareholders’ approval to award a million or equivalent to RM3.3 with Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB)
US$1.65 billion (RM6.8 billion) billion,” he said in a statement. to speed up the deployment of
engineering, procurement and the government-owned 5G
construction (EPCC) works contract Park gave an assurance that the network nationwide worth
for the downstream plants and group will not need to raise any form RM2 billion over 10 years. TM
complex facilities of the Lotte of additional equity funding from will provide DNB with 5G fibre-
Chemical Indonesia New Ethylene Lotte Chemical Corp. (KTA) of ethylene and 520 KTA of shareholders. leasing services for
(LINE) project to Korea-based related It stated the project has an propylene, as well as other connectivity between DNB’s
party Lotte Engineering & downstream and derivatives “The debt portion for the 5G mobile sites and nodes,
Construction Co Ltd (LEC). investment value of US$3.95 billion plants. development cost would be in the leveraging on TM’s domestic
(RM17 billion) and it is expected to form of project financing, which is fibre cable network spanning
The contract falls under the commence construction of the Its CEO and president, Park Hyun expected to be self-sustainable by the over 640,000km across
purview of related party transactions, integrated petrochemical facility with Chul, stated the project will be LINE Project post-completion.” Malaysia. DNB will be able to
hence it had sought minority various downstream petrochemical financed via a 60:40 debt-equity leverage on TM’s extensive
shareholders’ approval via an EGM. plants, next year with a completion structure arrangement and it plans to He elaborated the project will fibre and network
target by 2025. utilize internal funds for the equity provide incremental value creation infrastructure, and subscribe to
Previously, the group had financing on the 51%-stake owned in for shareholders as they could benefit TM’s 5G RAN-to-Edge Fronthaul
announced it is commencing Lotte Chemical said the project the joint venture. from the enlarged production and Backhaul solution for the
construction of the large-scale LINE entails the development of a capacity base of the group. provision of fibre connectivity,
expansion project in Merak, Cilegon, cracker plant utilising naphtha and “Our current strong net cash enabling DNB to provide 5G
Banten Province, Indonesia, in a joint liquefied petroleum gas to produce position in excess of RM5 billion as at In 2020, Lotte Chemical sought a network services nationwide.
venture with its parent company, 1,000 kilometric tonnes per annum Sept 30, 2021, would be sufficient to review for the project amid the
uncertainties brought upon by the
Covid-19 pandemic .

Nacra celebrates excellent Malaysian corporate reporting

PETALING JAYA: The National improvement of corporate reporting also be prepared to discuss how to with the updated Malaysian Code on organisations.”
Annual Corporate Report Awards in Malaysia. position the company to thrive once Corporate Governance (MCCG) In his speech, MIA and MICPA
(Nacra) 2021 saw CIMB Group the social and economic sectors have 2021, he pointed out the impetus to
Holdings Bhd, Sunway Bhd, In a congratulatory message, recovered from the pandemic,” he embrace ESG is clear as it is not a case president Dr Veerinderjeet Singh
Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Bhd Bursa Malaysia chairman Tan Sri said in a statement. of “nice to have” but a case for encouraged organisations to integrate
and Petroliam Nasional Bhd taking Abdul Wahid Omar highlighted the survival. sustainability-related considerations
top honours. need for better corporate reporting Moving forward, Wahid into all aspects of their business and
resulting from the Covid-19 anticipates a greater environmental, “In light of these developments, consider ESG in their strategies and
The awards are jointly organised pandemic. social and governance (ESG) finance professionals must realise reporting framework.
by Bursa Malaysia, Malaysian adoption post-pandemic, moving that their role now is no longer
Institute of Accountants (MIA) and “Companies must now examine into 2022, the global movement limited to just reporting financial “One recent development is the
the Malaysian Institute of Certified how to bring certain underlying towards sustainability will gain even metrics, but to play a key role in need for tax governance to also be
Public Accountants (MICPA) which company fundamentals to the more traction. embedding a clear and well-defined considered in the context of ESG as
strive towards excellence and forefront, rather than focusing solely ESG strategy within their tax transparency is also a global
on earnings highlights. They should Aside from the need to comply issue.”


o It could take place as early as Monday with AI startup set to Chinese buyers were likely to take nearly all of
maintain offering at US$767m, say sources the US$317 million worth of stock in the IPO not SYDNEY: Australian flag carrier
taken by cornerstone shareholders, two of the Qantas yesterday announced a
HONG KONG: Chinese artificial intelligence “Chinese military-industrial complex sources said. deal to buy 40 Airbus aircraft, to
startup SenseTime Group plans to keep its Hong companies,“ last week accusing it of having renew its domestic fleet. The
Kong initial public offering (IPO) at US$767 developed a facial recognition programme to SenseTime had not expected the US decision, purchase, which is expected to be
million (RM3.2 billion) as it considers re- determine a target’s ethnicity, with a focus on sources told Reuters at the time. It came as the finalised at the end of the next
launching the withdrawn deal as early as identifying ethnic Uyghurs. bookbuild to raise US$767 million was being financial year, is for 20 long-range
Monday, four people with direct knowledge of finalised. A321XLRs and 20 A220s. The
the matter said. SenseTime and its advisers were working order is a blow to US planemaker
yesterday to finalise the cornerstone investor The company was working to update its Boeing, which currently supplies
The people could not be identified as the stake in the new IPO, one of the sources said. prospectus to include the investment ban in its much of Qantas’ domestic fleet
information is not public. risk factor sections, sources had told Reuters. with its 737-800 and B717 models.
It was likely the cornerstone stake would be Qantas said the order, which is in
A spokesman for SenseTime, which withdrew about US$450 million, in line with the first IPO SenseTime could launch the deal on Monday addition to Jetstar’s existing
its Hong Kong IPO on Monday after the attempt, but the composition of investors could to raise the same amount as the initial Hong agreement with Airbus for over
administration of US President Biden put the change, they added. Kong IPO, they said, pending approval from the 100 aircraft in the A320neo family,
company on a blacklist, declined to comment to Hong Kong exchange of the amended risk would give the group “significant
Reuters. SenseTime is expected to price the deal by the disclosures. flexibility on timing and aircraft
end of next week and list on the Hong Kong Stock type/size.” The carrier added the
The US Treasury added SenseTime to a list of Exchange before Dec 31. SenseTime had planned to sell 1.5 billion larger, single-aisle A321XLR can
shares in a price range of HK$3.85 (RM2.09) to carry some 15% more passengers
HK$3.99 each, according to its initial filings. on each flight than the airline’s
existing B737-800s. – AFP
Bloomberg News first reported the deal’s
relaunch yesterday. US$500M LOAN FROM
Fed: Soaring inflation, not ECB ready to dial back RIDE-HAILING FIRM OLA
Omicron, the biggest risk stimulus one more notch
BENGALURU: Indian ride-hailing
WASHINGTON: The US meetings by the Bank of FRANKFURT: The European Central now moving in opposite directions, a company Ola said yesterday it had
Federal Reserve (Fed) didn’t England (BoE), European Bank (ECB) is all but certain to dial source of market turbulence in the past. raised US$500 milllion (RM2.1
beat around the bush on Central Bank (ECB) and the back stimulus one more notch billion) loan from international
Wednesday when it signalled Bank of Japan (BOJ). yesterday while pledging to keep The ECB’s compromise is likely to be institutional investors, as the
that raging inflation is its borrowing costs exceptionally low, clarity on its policy framework in 2022, SoftBank Group backed startup
biggest risk and not the Of the three, however, only sticking to its long-held view that with details to be filled in as preps to make its stock market
potential economic damage the BoE is likely to take more alarmingly high inflation will abate on policymakers gain confidence that debut next year. Ola, which has a
from the fast-spreading than a baby step in trimming its own. inflation, now running at more than majority share of India’s ride-
Omicron variant. the monumental support twice the bank’s 2% target level, comes hailing market where it competes
provided to its economy With the euro zone’s economy now down quickly in 2022. with Uber, has plans to raise up to
The Fed doubled the pace through the pandemic. back to its pre-pandemic size, pressure US$1 billion through an initial
at which it will reduce its is mounting on the bank to follow its What appears certain is that bond public offering. The proposed loan
bond purchases, while new Investors and economists global peers, particularly the US Federal buys under a €1.85 trillion (RM8.8 issuance got a staggering response
forecasts from policymakers are not expecting anything Reserve, in turning off the money taps. trillion) Pandemic Emergency from investors with interest and
signaled as many as three nearly as bold this week from Purchase Programme will be reduced commitment of about US$1.5
interest rate increases next either the ECB or BOJ. But policymakers are also fearful next quarter then wound down at the billion, the company said. – Reuters
year. Chair Jerome Powell that stepping back too quickly could end of March. A long-running Asset
then waxed enthusiastically The ECB is expected to be unravel years of work to rekindle once Purchase Programme, however, will be REDDIT ‘CONFIDENTIALLY’
about the strength of the US among the last to tighten anaemic inflation. ramped up, offsetting some of this lost FILES TO GO PUBLIC
job market. policy, and the current stimulus.
unusually vibrant debate is The ECB’s dilemma is encapsulated SAN FRANCISCO: Reddit Inc,
“The economy no longer focused on whether to dial by an unusually uncertain outlook, The effective cut in stimulus could known for its message boards
needs increasing amounts of back an exceptionally which could prompt rate-setters to be much smaller though as fresh that became the go-to
policy support,“ Powell told a generous stimulus scheme delay many of their big decisions until government debt issuance is expected destination for day traders during
news conference. “In my view, just a notch. the new year, leaving policy to fall, so the ECB will continue to this year’s meme stock frenzy,
we are making rapid progress exceptionally flexible with limited hoover up most of the new debt, said on Wednesday it had
toward maximum In Japan, the consumer- commitments. pinning borrowing costs near record confidentially filed for an initial
employment.” level inflation that is tearing lows. public offering with US securities
through other parts of the The Fed’s signal on Wednesday that regulators. Founded in 2005,
Whether any of the Fed’s globe remains largely absent. it would end pandemic-era bond The ECB is also likely to signal that it Reddit was valued at US$10
peers are ready to follow its As such, only a marginal purchases in March and raise rates will keep buying bonds throughout the billion (RM42 billion) in a private
lead, however, will become reduction in corporate asset three times next year further year, in a bid to keep yields in check and fundraising round earlier this
clear in the next 24 hours with purchases is under discussion complicates life for the ECB, as the to rule out any rate hike in 2022. – year. Reuters reported in
a rapid-fire succession of at today’s BOJ meeting. – world’s two biggest central banks are Reuters September that the company
Reuters was hoping for a more than
US$15 billion valuation by the
time an IPO takes place. The filing
comes as US IPOs touched record
highs in 2021, fuelled by ample
liquidity due to accommodative
monetary policies. – Reuters

13theSUN ON FRIDAY | DECEMBER 17, 2021

Senior Executive 201101005815 (933957-D) [Company No. 194601000054 Registration No: 200701037742 [Company No: 199301019141
(In Members’ Voluntary (823378-P))
Job Description: Winding Up) NOTICE OF SELECTIVE SHARE (1328-T)] (795771-U) (273879-W)]
· Design and develop online marketing strategies, CAPITAL REDUCTION BY WAY OF (IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY (In Members’ Voluntary Winding-Up) (IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY
digital roadmap, creative campaigns that aligned with (Incorporated in Malaysia) REPAYMENT OF SHARE CAPITAL At a General Meeting of the Company duly
the business goals and directions. NOTICE OF FINAL MEETING NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to LIQUIDATION) convened and held at Wisma Goshen, WINDING-UP)
· Provide creative ideas for content marketing. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Section 117(10) of the Companies Pursuant to Special Resolution 2nd Floor, 60, 62 & 64 Jalan SS 22/21,
· Plan and manage our social media platforms. pursuant to Section 459(1) of the Act, 2016, that a Special Resolution passed in the Extraordinary Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, NOTICE is hereby given that the Final
· Able to create content & produce graphics for social Companies Act 2016, the FINAL to reduce the share capital of General Meeting on 15 December Selangor Darul Ehsan on Thursday, 16th General Meeting pursuant to Section
media postings. MEETING of the Company will be held BLUEBROS E&C SDN. BHD. (CO. NO.: 2021 of the Company the following day of December, 2021, the following 459(1) of the Companies Act, 2016 of
· Prepare a copywriting for marketing campaign. at Suite 15, 6th Floor, IOI Business 200801022059 (823378-P)) (“the resolution was duly passed: special resolutions were duly passed: the abovenamed Company will be
Park, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47170 Company”) has been duly passed VOLUNTARY WINDING UP AND 1. THAT, the Company will be liquidated by held at No. 23, Jalan Sulam, Taman
Requirements: Puchong, Selangor on 18-01-2022 at by the Members on 14 DECEMBER APPOINTMENT OF LIQUIDATOR Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor
- Diploma/Degree in Marketing, Digital Marketing or 9.00 a.m. for the following purposes: - 2021. “That the company be wound up way of Members’ Voluntary Winding Up. on the 19th January 11.00
1. To receive the Liquidators’ An extract of the Special Resolution voluntarily; and that Mr. Ong Tee 2. THAT, Major (RTD) Hashim Bin Hussein a.m. for the following purposes:-
equivalent Statement of Account showing is set out below: Chew of Messrs. Kang & Cheah, (1) To receive and consider the
- Excellent understanding of digital marketing the manner in which the winding THAT pursuant to Section 117 of the Chartered Accountants, No. 175A, of Wisma Goshen, 2nd Floor, 60, 62 &
up has been conducted and the Companies Act, 2016 the Board of Jalan Chung Ah Ming, Pasir Puteh, 64, Jalan SS 22/21, Damansara Jaya, Liquidator’s Account showing
concepts and best practices property of the Company has been Directors be and is hereby given the 31650 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul the manner in which the winding
- Required Skill(s): Google Adwords, Google Analytics, disposed of, and of hearing any authority to:- be and is hereby appointed Ehsan be appointed as Liquidator to up has been conducted and to
explanation that may be given by Exercise the selective share capital liquidator for the purpose of such act for the purpose of winding-up the receive any explanation thereon.
SEO/SEM, Social media marketing and optimization the Liquidators. reduction from RM4,500,000 winding- up’. Company’s affairs and distributing its
Office based in Petaling Jaya 2. To destroy all the books and comprising 4,500,000 units of Dated this 15 December 2021 assets. (2) To determine pursuant to Section
records of the Company and of ordinary shares to RM2,000,000 Signed 3. THAT, the said Liquidator be authorised 518(3)(b) of the Companies Act,
Send in your application with your photo the liquidators, in digital, printed comprising 2,000,000 units Chuan Teik Khuan to divide amongst the members in 2016 the manner in which the
to [email protected] and any format that are relevant of ordinary shares by way of Director specie or kind, the whole or any part books, accounts and documents
to the affairs of the Company at the repayment of share capital of the assets of the Company and of the Company shall be disposed
expiry of two years from the date of amounted to RM2,500,000. IN THE MATTER OF THE may, for such purpose, set such value off after the expiration of three
dissolution of the Company and in Pursuant to Section 118(2) of the COMPANIES ACT, 2016 as he deem fair upon any property to (3) months from the date of the
accordance to the provisions of the Companies Act, 2016, any creditor be distributed as aforesaid and may dissolution of the company.
Companies Act 2016. of the Company may apply to the AND determine how such distribution shall
LAI CHUNG EN Court for the Special Resolution to IN THE MATTER OF be carried out to the members. Dated this: 20th December 2021
CHAN BEE LEE (F) be cancelled within six weeks from PERAK DISTRIBUTORS BERHAD Sultan Maracan Bin Nagor Pichi CHAI MIN YEAW
Liquidators the date of the Special Resolution. [Company No. 194601000054 Director Liquidator
Dated this 17-12-2021 A copy of the Solvency Statement Dated this 17th day of December, 2021. 23, Jalan Sulam,
Note : made by all the Directors of the (1328-T)] Taman Sentosa,
A member entitled to attend and vote Company in relation to the reduction (IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY IN THE MATTER OF THE 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor.
at the meeting is entitled to appoint a of share capital shall be available at COMPANIES ACT, 2016 Note:
proxy to attend and, on a poll, to vote the Company’s Registered Office at LIQUIDATION) Registered Office :
in his stead. A proxy may but need Wisma Bluebros, No. 28-3, Jalan NOTICE IS HEREBY given that the and 23, Jalan Sulam, Taman Sentosa,
not be a member of the Company. 8/23E, Taman Danau Kota, Off creditors of the above-named IN THE MATTER OF 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor
The proxy form must be deposited to Jalan Genting Kelang, Setapak, company, which is being wound- IWANZA SDN. BHD. A member entitled to attend and vote
the Liquidators’ address at Suite 15, 53300 Kuala Lumpur, W.P. Kuala up voluntarily, are required on or Registration No: 200701037742 at this meeting is also entitled to
6th Floor, IOI Business Park, Bandar Lumpur for inspection during before the 16 January 2022 to appoint a proxy or proxies to attend
Puchong Jaya, 47170 Puchong, business hours, by any creditor send in their names and addresses (795771-U) and vote on his/her stead.
Selangor at least 48 hours before the of the Company for a period of six and the particulars of their debts (In Members’ Voluntary Winding-Up) A proxy may but need not be a
date and time of the meeting. weeks from the date of the Special or claims and the names and NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the member of the Company.
Resolution. addresses of their solicitors (if creditors of the above Company are All form of proxies must be deposited
322 Notices LAM KONG FOO any) to the undersigned, the required to send in their names and at No.23, Jalan Sulam, Taman
Director liquidator of the said Company addresses and the particulars of their Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor
IN THE MATTER OF Date: 17 DECEMBER 2021 and, if so required in writing from debts or claims and the names and not less than 48 hours before the
THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016 AND the said liquidator, either by their addresses of their solicitors (if any), to time appointed for holding the
solicitors or personally to come the undersigned (the Liquidator of the Meeting.
IN THE MATTER OF in and prove the said debts or said Company) at the belowmentioned
TIMAH LANGAT HOLDINGS BERHAD claims at such time and place as address by 5.00 p.m. on 17th day of
shall be specified in such notice January, 2022:-
Company Registration No. or in default thereof they will be c/o Norvic Corporate Services Sdn. Bhd.
199201013193 (244696-P) excluded from the benefit of any
(IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY WINDING-UP) distribution made before such Reg. No. 200201033104 (600769-D)
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to debts are proved. Wisma Goshen, 2nd Floor
Section 439(2) of the Companies Act, 2016, Signed 60, 62 & 64 Jalan SS 22/21
that the Special Resolutions set out below ONG TEE CHEW Damansara Jaya
were duly passed by the members of the Liquidator 47400 Petaling Jaya
company on the 30th December 2020: C/o Kang & Cheah Chartered Selangor Darul Ehsan
“That the Company be wound up voluntarily Accountants 175A, Jalan Chung
by way of a members’ voluntary liquidation Ah Ming Pasir Puteh, 31650 Ipoh The creditors (either through their
and that NAGARAJAN A/L THAMBIAH [NRIC No: Perak Darul Ridzuan solicitors or personally) who do not
530523-10-5505] of 3rd Floor, No. 122, Jalan Dated this 17 December 2021 file their debts and claims on or before
Thamby Abdullah, Off Jalan Tun Sambanthan, the specified date and time above will
Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, be and is be excluded from the benefit of any
hereby appointed as Liquidator to act for the distribution made by Liquidator.
purpose of such winding up with effect from Major (RTD) Hashim Bin Hussein
1st June 2021 and thereafter completion of Liquidator
disposal of the assets of the Company. Dated this 17th day of December, 2021.
And That the Liquidator be indemnified by the
322 Notices Company against all losses, liabilities, claims,
demands, costs, expenses and payments
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR VOLUNTARY WINDING UP 322 Notices incurred or sustained by him in the execution 322 Notices 322 Notices
OF LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP and discharge of his duties in relation thereto
(Section 50(4)(a) of the IN THE MATTER OF THE including disposal of all properties to meet PERISYTIHARAN JUALAN PERISYTIHARAN JUALAN
Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2012) However due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, PERMOHONAN UNTUK PERLAKSANAAN NO: PA-38-199-08/2021 PERMOHONAN UNTUK PERLAKSANAAN NO: PA-38-195-08/2021
Notice is hereby given that EMART88 PLT (No. LLP0005474- AND Malaysian Government has further imposed
LGN) will be making an application to the Registrar IN THE MATTER OF Movement Control Order (MCO) with effect Dalam perkara mengenai Seksyen 256 dan 257 Kanun Tanah Negara, 1965 Dalam perkara mengenai Seksyen 256 dan 257 Kanun Tanah Negara, 1965
of Limited Liability Partnerships for a declaration of TKP MEETING AND 1 June 2021 and thus resulting in travel Dan Dan
dissolution pursuant to section 50(2) of the Limited Liability CONFERENCE (M) SDN. BHD. restriction, lockdown and other pre-cautionary Dalam perkara mengenai Gadaian Perserahan No: 0799SC2010042776 ( bertarikh : 12/11/2010) ke Dalam perkara mengenai Gadaian Perserahan No: 0799SC2016000333 ( bertarikh : 29/12/2015)
Partnerships Act 2012 within seven (7) days after the 201601036572 (1207513-A) measures. This has significantly impacted atas semua bahagian tanah yang dipegang di bawah GRN 50360,4454, Mukim 11, Daerah Seberang ke atas semua bahagian tanah yang dipegang di bawah PN 2254/M7/10/248, Lot 9334,
publication of this notice. Any partner or creditor of the LLP Malaysian economic and especially property Perai Utara, Pulau Pinang Mukim 12, Daerah Barat Daya, Pulau Pinang
desiring to object to the application may do so in writing to (In Members’ market in which Timah Langgat Holdings Dan Dan
the Companies Commission of Malaysia within thirty (30) Voluntary Winding-Up) Berhad operates. Dalam perkara mengenai Aturan 83 Kaedah-Kaedah Mahkamah, 2012 Dalam perkara mengenai Aturan 83 Kaedah-Kaedah Mahkamah, 2012
days from the date of this notice. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an As a result, Timah Langat Holdings Berhad
Date: 17 December 2021 Extraordinary General Meeting of the could not complete the disposal of assets ANTARA ANTARA
above company duly convened and held before the commencement of the winding up
on 17 December 2021 at 10.00 a.m., the as mandated and other operational/financial Public Bank Berhad (No. Syarikat: 6463-H) . .. PLAINTIF Public Islamic Bank Berhad (No. Syarikat: 14328-V) . .. PLAINTIF
following special resolutions were duly matters were delayed as well.
passed: Eventually this has delayed the date of DAN DAN
RESOLVED THAT the Company be wound- commencement of the winding up and the
Advertise with us IN THE MATTER OF THE up voluntarily pursuant to Section 439(1) Board of Directors on 9 December 2021 has Sun Beam Trading Sdn Bhd (No. Syarikat : 200701014664(772670-U) ...DEFENDAN Zulkefli Bin Md Saad (No. Kad Pengenalan: 750914085999)
& connect to our COMPANIES ACT 2016 of the Companies Act, 2016 and Mr. Wong resolved and agreed based on the evaluation Asmahlaili Binti Mohd. Noor (No. Kad Pengenalan: 760101086424)
urban readers. Kah Wai of B-04-14, 1 Tebrau, Jalan of the financials of the Company that the Menurut Perintah Mahkamah Tinggi Malaya di PULAU PINANG mengenai Perintah Jualan dan Perintah ...DEFENDAN
AND Tebrau Off, Jalan Seri Setanggi, Taman commencement of the members’ voluntary bertarikh 3 September 2020 dan 23 November 2021, adalah dengan ini diisytiharkan bahawa
KLANG VALLEY IN THE MATTER OF SUNNY Seri Setanggi, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor winding up shall take effect from 9 December Timbalan Pendaftar/Penolong Kanan Pendaftar Pusat Operasi e-Lelong di Kuantan Menurut Perintah Mahkamah Tinggi Malaya di PULAU PINANG mengenai Perintah Jualan dan
PENANG | KEDAH Darul Takzim be appointed Liquidator 2021, which essentially has been mandated Perintah bertarikh 21 April 2021 dan 23 November 2021, adalah dengan ini diisytiharkan
PERAK | PERLIS INSIGHT (M) SDN. BHD. of the Company for the purpose of such and approved by the shareholders previously AKAN MENJUAL SECARA bahawa Timbalan Pendaftar/Penolong Kanan Pendaftar Pusat Operasi e-Lelong di Kuantan
PAHANG | KELANTAN Company No. winding-up at a fee to be mutually agreed in the Extraordinary General Meeting held on LELONG AWAM
TERENGGANU 199501026592 upon. 30 December 2020. AKAN MENJUAL SECARA
(355797-M) RESOLVED THAT the Liquidator be and KAPT (B) ADMI BIN OTHMAN Pada Hari Rabu, 5 Januari 2022, Pada Jam 11:00 pagi, LELONG AWAM
MS. Shoba is hereby authorized to distribute either Director SECARA ELEKTRONIK Dl LAMAN WEB e-LELONG, PUSAT OPERASI e-LELONG,
TEL: 03-7784 8888 (In Members’ Voluntary in cash, specie or in kind amongst the Kuala Lumpur Pada Hari Rabu, 5 Januari 2022, Pada Jam 11:00 pagi,
FAX: 03-7784 4424 Liquidation) contributories, the assets of the Company 17 December 2021 KOMPLEKS MAHKAMAH KUANTAN, PAHANG DARUL MAKMUR SECARA ELEKTRONIK Dl LAMAN WEB e-LELONG, PUSAT OPERASI e-LELONG,
in accordance with their respective rights
MALACCA | NOTICE OF FINAL MEETING and interest therein. IN THE MATTER OF NOTA: Bakal pembeli adalah dinasihatkan agar membuat carian Hakmilik secara rasmi di KOMPLEKS MAHKAMAH KUANTAN, PAHANG DARUL MAKMUR
SEREMBAN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT RESOLVED THAT the Liquidator be THE COMPANIES ACT, 2016 AND Pejabat Tanah dan memeriksa semua tanggungan, bebanan serta mengenal pasti dengan tepat
pursuant to Section 459 of the indemnified by the Company against all hartanah tersebut sebelum jualan lelongan dijalankan. NOTA: Bakal pembeli adalah dinasihatkan agar membuat carian Hakmilik secara rasmi di
MR. Rajah Companies Act, 2016, a final costs, charges, expenses and liabilities IN THE MATTER OF Pejabat Tanah dan memeriksa semua tanggungan, bebanan serta mengenal pasti dengan
TEL: 012-628 2844 meeting of the members of incurred in or sustained by him in the TIMAH LANGAT HOLDINGS BERHAD Sila layari tepat hartanah tersebut sebelum jualan lelongan dijalankan.
FAX: 06-764 2051 the abovenamed Company execution and discharge of his duties as
will be held at 34B Jalan USJ Liquidator and in relation thereto. Company Registration No. BUTIR-BUTIR HAKMILIK: Sila layari
JOHOR BAHRU 10/1B, 47620 Subang Jaya, KAI YAMAZAKI 199201013193 (244696-P)
Selangor on Wednesday, 19 Director (IN MEMBERS’ VOLUNTARY WINDING-UP) No. Hakmilik : GRN 50360 BUTIR-BUTIR HAKMILIK:
MS. Anne Lim January, 2022 at 11.00 a.m. Dated this 17th day of December 2021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the creditors No. Lot : 4454
TEL: 013-770 6699 for the following purposes – IN THE MATTER OF THE of the above named company which is being Mukim/Daerah/Negeri : 11 / Seberang Perai Utara / Pulau Pinang No. Hakmilik : PN 2254/M7/10/248
FAX: 07-355 5549 1. To receive the Liquidator’s COMPANIES ACT, 2016 wound up voluntarily are required on or Pegangan : Hakmilik kekal No. Lot : Lot 9334
before 17 January 2022 to send their names No. Petak/No. Tingkat/No. : Mukim/Daerah/Negeri : 12 / Barat Daya / Pulau Pinang
Statement of Account and AND and addresses with particulars of their debts Bangunan : Pegangan : Hakmilik Pajakan
to hear any explanation IN THE MATTER OF or claims and the names and addresses of Keluasan Tanah : 1431.60 kaki persegi No. Petak/No. Tingkat/No. : 248 / 10 / M7
that may be given by the TKP MEETING AND their solicitors (if any) to the undersigned, Pemilik Berdaftar : 133.00 meter persegi Bangunan :
Liquidator; and CONFERENCE (M) SDN. BHD. the Liquidator of the said Company; and if so : Sun Beam Trading Sdn Bhd Keluasan Tanah : 818.00 kaki persegi
2. To determine pursuant 201601036572 (1207513-A) required in writing from the said Liquidator, Syarat Nyata Pemilik Berdaftar : 76.00 meter persegi
to Section 518(3) of the the creditors are to be represented by their (FIRST GRADE) The Land comprised in this title: : Zulkefli Bin Md Saad, Asmahlaili Binti Mohd. Noor
Companies Act, 2016 the (In Members’ solicitors or personally to come in and prove Sekatan Kepentingan (a)shall not be affected by any provision of the
manner in which the books, Voluntary Winding-Up) their debts or claims at such time and place as Bebanan / Lain-Lain National Land Code limiting the compensation Syarat Nyata : Petak ini hendaklah digunakan untuk tujuan pangsapuri
accounts and documents NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the shall be specified in such notice or in default Kawasan Rizab : payable on the exercise by the State Authority of a right of Sekatan Kepentingan sahaja.
of the Company and of the creditors of the above Company which is thereof they will be excluded from the benefits access or use conferred by Chapter 3 of Part Three of the
Liquidator thereof shall be being wound up voluntarily, are required of any distribution made before such debts Kaveat Code or on the creation of a Land Administrator’s right of Bebanan / Lain-Lain : Tanah yang diberimilik ini tidak boleh dipindah milik,
disposed of. on or before 17 January 2022, to send their are proven. way; Kawasan Rizab cagar, pajak, pajakan kecil atau dengan apa-apa urusan
Quah Jin Chew names and addresses with particulars of Kuala Lumpur : Tiada Kaveat sekalipun dilupuskan tanpa kebenaran bertulis daripada
Liquidator their debts or claims, and the names and 17 December 2021 : Pihak Berkuasa Negeri.
34B Jalan USJ10/1B, addresses of their solicitors (if any) to the NAGARAJAN A/L THAMBIAH :
47620 Subang Jaya, undersigned, the Liquidator at B-04-14, Liquidator No Pers 0799B2018000233 Kaveat Persendirian atas Tanah :
Selangor. 1 Tebrau, Jalan Tebrau Off, Jalan Seri 3rd Floor, No. 122, Jalan Thamby Abdullah, oleh CHARTERWAY REALTY SDN. BHD. No Syarikat: 960712- :
Date : 17 December, 2021 Setanggi, Taman Seri Setanggi, 80250 Off Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, M didaftarkan pada 9 Januari 2018 jam 11:25:39 pagi :
Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Takzim, and 50470 Kuala Lumpur. : No. Pers 0799B2020006131 Kaveat Pendaftar atas Tanah
if so required by notice in writing from didaftarkan pada 18 Ogos 2020 jam 9:29:50 pagi (No LOKASI DAN PERIHAL HARTANAH :
the Liquidator are by their solicitors or Rujukan Fail: PTG/PHMT/C/511/87(43) RUJ: 772670-U) Hartanah tersebut adalah pangsapuri tiga bilik yang beralamat di No. 11A-10-8, Persiaran
personally to come in and prove their Mayang Pasir 8, Halaman Cendana, 11950 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang. yang beralamat
debts or claims at such time and place LOKASI DAN PERIHAL HARTANAH : pos di No. 11A-10-8, Persiaran Mayang Pasir 8, Halaman Cendana, 11950 Bayan Lepas,
as shall be specified in such notice or in Hartanah tersebut adalah Hartanah dan hereditamen dikenali sebagai Geran No. Hakmilik: 50360, No. Pulau Pinang.
default thereof will be excluded from the Lot: 4454, Mukim 11, Daerah Seberang Perai Utara, Pulau Pinang yang beralamat pos di No. 48, Lorong
benefit or any distribution made before Murni 10, Taman Desa Murni, 13800 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang. HARGA RIZAB :
such debts or claims are proved. Hartanah tersebut akan dijual atas “sepertimana sedia ada” tertakluk kepada satu harga
Liquidator Hartanah tersebut akan dijual atas “sepertimana sedia ada” tertakluk kepada satu harga rizab SAHAJA) dan kepada syarat-syarat jualan yang dilampirkan. Pembida yang berminat hendaklah
B-04-14, 1 Tebrau, Jalan Tebrau Off, sebanyak RM 460,000.00 (RINGGIT MALAYSIA: EMPAT RATUS ENAM PULUH RIBU SAHAJA) dan mendepositkan 10% daripada harga rizab dalam bentuk Bank Draf di atas nama PUBLIC
Jalan Seri Setanggi, Taman Seri Setanggi, kepada syarat-syarat jualan yang dilampirkan. Pembida yang berminat hendaklah mendepositkan 10% ISLAMIC BANK BERHAD 1 HARI BEKERJA sebelum tarikh lelong awam. Baki harga belian
80250 Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Takzim. daripada harga rizab dalam bentuk Bank Draf di atas nama PUBLIC BANK BERHAD 1 HARI BEKERJA hendaklah dibayar oleh pembida yang berjaya kepada PUBLIC ISLAMIC BANK BERHAD dalam
Dated this 17th day of December 2021 sebelum tarikh lelong awam. Baki harga belian hendaklah dibayar oleh pembida yang berjaya kepada tempoh seratus dua puluh (120) hari dari tarikh jualan. Untuk butir-butir selanjutnya, sila
PUBLIC BANK BERHAD dalam tempoh seratus dua puluh (120) hari dari tarikh jualan. Untuk butir- berhubung dengan:-
butir selanjutnya, sila berhubung dengan:-

Firma Guaman : WONG-CHOOI & MOHD NOR Firma Guaman : WONG-CHOOI & MOHD NOR
Alamat : NO. 27, 1ST FLOOR Alamat : NO. 27, 1ST FLOOR
No. Rujukan : 04-5398855 No. Rujukan : 04-5398855
04-5395855 04-5395855
WCMN(BM)/PBB-HL/2020-012/SBTSB(RS/j) WCMN(BM)/PIBB-HL/2020-265/ZMS(RS/j)

14 theSUN ON FRIDAY | DECEMBER 17, 2021

Hamilton pulls plug on Max appeal Bottas cost Lewis F1 title, says Palmer

MERCEDES are preparing to drop best interests to go down the legal the participants, media and fans FORMULA ONE commentator Jolyon no such support, having fallen down
their plans to appeal the race result route. about the regulations to preserve the Palmer believes Valtteri Bottas let the grid at the start of the race and
from Sunday’s controversial Abu competitive nature of our sport while down Lewis Hamilton in the decisive become stuck in the pack.
Dhabi Grand Prix after Lewis Meanwhile, those in command at ensuring the safety of the drivers. and dramatic final race of the season.
Hamilton informed the Silver Arrows Mercedes have also reportedly been “Bottas had a shocker,” said Palmer.
that he does not want to win his placated by an FIA statement “Following that presentation and Max Verstappen passed Hamilton “Now, did that cost Hamilton the title?
eighth world title in court, according insisting that plenty of lessons will be an extensive discussion, the World on the final lap of the Abu Dhabi If Bottas is within a pit-stop window of
to reports. learnt from Sunday’s debacle ahead Council has decided to unanimously Grand Prix to controversially clinch his Verstappen, Verstappen is not having
of next season. support the president’s proposal.” maiden world championship after FIA ‘free’ stops willy nilly.
The Brit was cruelly denied a race director Michael Masi ended the
record-breaking Drivers’ “Following the presentation of a The development came on the late safety car period. “A great driver for the team for so
Championship triumph on the final report regarding the sequence of same day that Hamilton was formally many years, his last race he went
lap, with Max Verstappen forcing his events that took place following the knighted for services to motorsport However, Verstappen’s teammate at missing and it meant Verstappen had a
way into the lead to clinch his incident on lap 53, and in a constant by the Prince of Wales in a ceremony Red Bull, Sergio Perez, had already ‘free’ stop at the Virtual Safety Car.
maiden title in dramatic drive for improvement, the FIA at Windsor Castle. played a vital role in holding up
circumstances. president proposed to the World Hamilton as the Briton looked to be on “If you’ve got another Mercedes
Motor Sport Council that a detailed He is expected to appear at the course to win his record-breaking there within 23 seconds of him, in a
It is said that Hamilton has asked analysis and clarification exercise for FIA’s Prize Giving Ceremony eighth title. car that’s quicker with Lewis Hamilton
his team to stand down in order to the future with all relevant parties will overnight, with Mercedes due to at the wheel, he can’t do it and
avoid a long and drawn-out battle to now take place,” read the statement, accept their eighth successive After Hamilton made his first and Hamilton is the champion.
overturn Verstappen’s first title. which was released yesterday. Constructors’ Championship title. only pit stop, he emerged from the pit
lane behind Perez, who refused to be “Bottas has been solid but when it
Although the 36-year-old was “This will be discussed and Red Bull and Verstappen will also overtaken easily, with the pair’s duel counted, he couldn’t help his
deeply hurt by the manner of his addressed with all the teams and be in attendance for the 24-year-old allowing Verstappen to close the gap teammate, and Perez did everything
defeat in Abu Dhabi, he does not drivers to draw any lessons from this to receive the Drivers’ Championship significantly. he possibly could, and he was in
think that it would be in the sport’s situation and clarity to be provided to trophy for the very first time. – contention to do so.” – The
Express Newspapers However, Bottas offered Hamilton Independent

Kun’s lasting impression Messi pays touching
Aguero is City’s greatest goalscorer and scorer of their greatest goal tribute Argentina
█ ANDY HAMPSON In this file photo taken on May 31, 2021 –
former Man City and Argentine forward LIONEL MESSI has paid tribute to his close
SERGIO AGUERO is Sergio Aguero poses on the Nou Camp friend Sergio Aguero after the Barcelona
Manchester City’s greatest pitch during his official presentation in striker retired from football aged 33.
goalscorer and the scorer of Barcelona colours. Aguero was in tears
their greatest goal. (inset) on Wednesday after announcing his Aguero announced his retirement in a
Aguero has retired aged 33 after retirement from football at a press press conference at the Nou Camp on
a career that included spells at conference, just over a month after the 33- Wednesday, on the advice of doctors after
Independiente, Atletico Madrid, year-old was diagnosed with a heart leaving the field against Aalaves last month
Barcelona and two global titles won problem. – AFPPIX with chest pains.
with his country Argentina.
Paddy Kenny. Yet while it may begin many a Manuel Pellegrini, Aguero initially He was diagnosed with cardiac
But it was a 10-year stay in The clock read 93:20 as Aguero conversation, it is unlikely to end seemed an uneasy fit for the arrhythmia and, subsequently, has now
Manchester where he made a them for there is so much about Spaniard’s more demanding style in opted to end his time on the pitch, having
lasting impression on the club’s wheeled away whirling his shirt Aguero’s brilliant City career to which pressing opponents and been advised of medical risks if he
history books. around his head as pandemonium discuss. playing a bigger hand in build-up continued.
broke out on the touchline and in was more important.
With a club-record 260 goals to the stands. There have been plenty of Speculation over his future The former Atletico Madrid and
his name and 12 major trophies milestones along the way, most ramped up after the arrival of Manchester City striker said in an emotional
secured since his £38 million City had snatched the trophy on notably when he scored against Gabriel Jesus, a forward seemingly statement: “It is a very difficult moment. The
(RM213m) signing from Atletico goal difference at the death, capping Napoli in 2017 to overtake 1930s more in tune with Guardiola’s decision I have taken for my health; the
Madrid in 2011, City certainly got an extraordinary title race which star Eric Brook as City’s all-time thinking, but he responded by problem I had a month and a half ago.
their money’s worth. had already seen plenty of twists leading goalscorer with 178. He improving his all-round game and
and turns in a manner that was went on to become the first City once again becoming “I have been in good hands with the
Many could argue the prolific scarcely believable. player to pass 200 the following indispensable. medical staff. I made the decision 10 days
Argentinian actually repaid his fee year. He left City having posted ago after doing everything possible to have
several times over in the act of It was the club’s first title in 44 statistics that may not be beaten for some hope of playing on.
scoring just one of those goals, years and pipping United at the post There have been challenges too, many years – and scored a goal that
however. made it all the sweeter. the biggest being after the arrival of for many never will be. – The “I am very proud of my career. I always
Pep Guardiola as manager in 2016. Independent dreamed of a professional career since the
That came in 2012, when Aguero So, whenever Aguero returns to first time I touched a ball at five.”
struck not only the most famous Manchester in the future it will be After thriving as an out-and-out
goal of his glittering career, but this goal, above all, that people will striker under Roberto Mancini and Aguero is close with fellow Argentina
arguably the most memorable in want to talk to him about. international Messi, who is godfather to his
Premier League history. son. They never played at club level together,
with Aguero joining Barca last summer at the
In the most sensational finish same time as Messi finally left the Nou Camp
the competition has known, Aguero to joing Paris Saint-Germain, but shared
etched his name firmly into City many caps for their country.
folklore as he struck the goal that
clinched the title with virtually the Writing on Instagram, Messi said: “(We
last kick of the season. spent) practically an entire career together,
Kun (Aguero’s nickname). We have lived very
City had been trailing 2-1 to QPR beautiful moments and others not so, that
heading into stoppage time of their have made us unite more and more and to
final game of the campaign, be better friends, and we will continue to
apparently handing the crown to experience them together off the pitch.
arch-rivals Manchester United.
“The joy of raising the Copa America
Yet they turned it around in together, all the goals you have achieved in
dramatic fashion, first with an England.
equaliser from Edin Dzeko and then
Aguero’s remarkable late, late “The truth is that now you have to stop
intervention. doing what you like best because of what
happened to you.
Taking a return pass from a
prone Mario Balotelli, Aguero burst “You will continue to be happy because
into the area, skipped round a you are a person who transmits happiness
defender and smashed the ball past and everyone who loves you will always be
with you.

“Now starting a new phase of your life, I
am convinced that you will live it with the
smile you put in everything.” – The

ALEXANDER ZVEREV has named Novak Djokovic declared GOAT over Federer and Nadal While Zverev was able to get the
Djokovic the GOAT of men’s tennis. better of the top-ranked player
Nadal in the Grand Slam race this year. record seven. told Tennis Magazin. multiple times this year, he still
The world No. 3 denied the Serb The Serb won three of the four The “Big Three” members have “Novak has won the most Grand believes Djokovic is the greatest male
his dream of winning Olympic gold player over Federer and Nadal.
this year when he defeated him in the Majors in 2021 to level himself with been the subject of an ongoing GOAT Slams with Roger and Rafa. He’s been
Tokyo semifinal. his fellow Big Three members on 20 debate in men’s tennis, and now one No. 1 in the world for most weeks and “You can’t always go against the
Grand Slams each. of their successors has given his has finished No. 1 most years, Novak numbers and say that Roger or Rafa
He has now backed the world No. verdict on who will be the greatest in has won most of the Masters titles and are better because we’ve all been fans
1 in the best of all time debate, He also surpassed Federer’s record history. a lot more.” of them from an early age.
choosing him over Roger Federer and of 310 weeks at world No. 1 back in
Rafael Nadal with the trio all currently March, and beat his own shared “I know a lot of tennis fans are One of the only titles Djokovic has “Sometimes you have to look at
tied on 20 Grand Slam titles each. record with Pete Sampras for most more for Roger or Rafa, but you can’t not achieved in his career is that of an things realistically and Novak’s records
year-end No 1 finishes, making it a argue against the statistics,” Zverev Olympic gold medallist. are simply a fact.” – Express
Djokovic managed to catch up Newspapers
with his long-time rivals Federer and

15theSUN ON FRIDAY | DECEMBER 17, 2021

█ CARL MARKHAM Klopp won’t go looking for replacements “Whoever will play in the period
LIVERPOOL manager Jurgen Klopp when the three boys are not here, will
has no plans to find transfer window and be there and we knew that at least options to play and still to play football. line-ups for these games as well, and have a plan, and gives us a chance to
solutions for African Nations Cup two of them will go pretty far in the “The thing is there are so many that is the situation so you can never win a football game,” he added.
absentees Mohamed Salah, Sadio tournament,” said Klopp. be perfectly prepared for this.
Mane and Naby Keita games coming up when we are still “Can we play exactly the same kind
“Can you be prepared for together – that is the most intense “We are quite confident we will find of football? Probably not – but who
The Reds boss could be without at something like that, properly, period now – but then we have a lot of solutions.” cares? Then we play the football we are
least two members of that trio for a perfectly? Like a one-for-one games when Mo and Naby and Sadio able to play then.
month from the start of January and replacement for Sadio, a replacement are not here. Klopp accepts his side may not be
while Egyptian Salah and Senegal’s for Mo, one replacement for Naby? at their best without Salah and Mane “You cannot always have the
Mane will be huge misses, it is difficult “That means we have to find line- but he believes they will find a way to perfect solution. In this case we are far
to replace them. “That’s tricky in each situation but I ups for these games, even when we win games to keep them in the title away from being the perfect solution
am happy with the squad and we have have cup competitions we have to find race. without these players but we knew it
“We knew three would be qualified and we now we have to deal with it.” –


ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Arsenal 2 Another Saiss gives Wolves victory
(Martinelli 48, Smith Rowe 87) West Ham Covid blow at Brighton
0, Brighton 0 Wolves 1 (Saiss 45+1),
Crystal Palace 2 (Zaha 2, Ayew 65) ROMAIN SAISS struck a superb volley in
Southampton 2 (Ward-Prowse 32, Broja first half stoppage time to give
36). Wolverhampton Wanderers a 1-0 win at
Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier
P W D L F A Pts League yesterday as the home side’s
Man City 17 13 2 2 40 9 41 winless run extended to 11 League games.
Liverpool 16 11 4 1 45 12 37
Chelsea 16 11 3 2 38 11 36 The home side thought they had
Arsenal 17 9 2 6 23 22 29 cleared the danger from a corner just
West Ham 17 8 4 5 28 21 28 before the break, but Ruben Neves chipped
Man Utd 16 8 3 5 26 24 27 a beautiful ball over the defence and Saiss
Tottenham 14 8 1 5 16 17 25 was on hand to score with a deft volley.
Wolves 17 7 3 7 13 14 24
Leicester 16 6 4 6 27 27 22 Man Utd hit with 19 new Brighton, who have not won since
Aston Villa 17 7 1 9 23 25 22 Covid cases to leave beating Leicester City 2-1 on Sept 19, are
Crystal Palace 17 4 8 5 24 24 20 Brighton game in doubt 13th in the table on 20 points, with Wolves
Brentford 16 5 5 6 21 22 20 four points above them in eighth.
Brighton 16 4 8 4 14 17 20
Everton 16 5 3 8 20 28 18 “I’ve known Ruben very well for a lot of
Southampton 17 3 8 6 16 26 17 years and it was a fantastic pass but I
Leeds 17 3 7 7 17 32 16 deserve credit for the finish with my right
Watford 16 4 1 11 21 31 13 THE SCALE of Manchester United’s Covid- foot. I never use my right foot,” Saiss told BT
Burnley 15 1 8 6 14 21 11 19 outbreak has reportedly worsened, status of what would appear to be a severely Sport.
Newcastle 16 1 7 8 17 34 10 putting their clash with Brighton in serious depleted squad.
Norwich 17 2 4 11 8 34 10 doubt. Brighton coach Graham Potter was
The Red Devils were due to host Graham Potter’s While the Premier League granted the request to disappointed with the goal his side
BUNDESLIGA: Borussia Moenchenglad- men tomorrow, having already seen their trip to postpone the Brentford match, Tottenham and conceded. “(The) effort was there, it’s been
bach 2 Eintracht Frankfurt 3, Borussia Brentford called off earlier this week. Leicester’s requests to delay their own clash a difficult week for us, but not good
Dortmund 3 Greuther Fuerth 0, Bayer overnight were denied. enough tonight to get the three points,” he
Leverkusen Hoffenheim 2, Union Berlin United had been forced to shut down all first- said.
0 Freiburg 0, Augsburg 1 RB Leipzig 1. team operations ahead of that game after an Each request is being treated on a case-by-case
outbreak of the coronavirus ravaged Ralf Rangnick’s basis, but with United having one of the largest Palace hold Saints to 2-2 draw
TOP 10 P W D L F A Pts squad. squads in the top-flight, it remains to be seen if the
B. Munich 16 13 1 2 52 16 40 latest request will be granted. CRYSTAL PALACE forward Jordan Ayew
B. Dortmund 16 11 1 4 39 23 34 The Premier League ultimately postponed scored his first goal for the club in 13
B. Leverkusen 16 8 4 4 39 26 28 Tuesday’s match, with United unable to field a team Amid the outbreak, a full squad was not available months to secure a 2-2 home draw with
Hoffenheim 16 8 3 5 34 25 27 due to the impact of the virus. to train on Wednesday, with players tested in their Southampton in the Premier League
Freiburg 16 7 5 4 26 15 26 cars as they arrived. yesterday.
Mainz 05 16 7 3 6 25 16 24 Rangnick saw the club’s Carrington training base
E. Frankfurt 16 6 6 4 26 24 24 shut down for 24 hours from Monday in a bid to Burnley’s Premier League match at home to The Ghanaian netted from close range
Union Berlin 16 6 6 4 22 21 24 limit the spread of the outbreak. Watford yesterday was postponed because of an in the 65th minute after quickfire goals
RB Leipzig 16 6 4 6 30 20 22 ongoing Covid outbreak within the visitors’ squad. from James Ward-Prowse and Armando
Cologne 16 5 7 4 26 27 22 The base was then reopened for first-team Broja had cancelled out Wilfried Zaha’s early
players and staff on Wednesday, with those players Burnley made the announcement on social opener for Palace in a pulsating first half.
ITALIAN CUP 3RD RD: Verona 3 Empoli available to Rangnick taking part in a training media at 1am Malaysian time, with the game
4, Cagliari 3 Cittadella 2. session. scheduled to kick off at 3.30am. The result lifted Palace two places up to
11th on 20 points from 17 games while
SPANISH CUP 2ND RD: Bergantinos FC But it appears that the outbreak has been worse The Premier League said Watford had “an Southampton stayed 15th on 17 points, six
1 Rayo Vallecano 3, CE Andratx 1 Sevilla than first thought, putting Saturday’s game at Old insufficient number of first-team players available above the bottom three although 18th-
1 aet (Sevilla won 6-5 on pen), Zamora 0 Trafford in doubt. to fulfil the match”. placed Burnley have two games in hand.
Real Sociedad 3, Cultural Leonesa 2
Leganes 3, Castellon 1 Cartagena 2, According to The Telegraph, the Red Devils have It added that the decision was taken “with Palace manager Patrick Vieira was
Sporting Gijon 2 Alcorcon 1, Ponfer- seen 19 members of their first-team playing and regret” and apologised for “the inconvenience and unhappy after his team threw away an early
radina 2 UD Ibiza 1, Valladolid 3 Las coaching group test positive for Covid-19. disruption caused”. lead.
Palmas 1, Unionistas de Salamanca 0
Elche 1, Atletico Sanluqueno 1 Villarreal They are all currently self-isolating, though it is A statement read: “The Premier League “I don’t think we did enough. We started
7, Tenerife 1 Eibar 2. stated that not all of those cases are related to understands this decision will disappoint and well but they put us under pressure and we
“immediate first-team personnel”. frustrate fans who were due to attend this evening’s couldn’t build from the back.
Amid the large-scale outbreak, United have “At the end of the first half they were the
entered into talks with League officials over the It was the third Premier League match in the last better team and they wanted to win more
status of their squad. week to have been called off because of Covid than we did. We came back in the second
outbreaks after Tottenham’s trip to Brighton on half with better ambitions to compete,” said
United have so far refused to comment on the Sunday and Brentford vs United on Tuesday. – Viera.
Express Newspapers

EPL PREVIEWS & FIXTURES Southampton vs Brentford (11pm) Hammers beat Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham 2018-19, both teams have won two League games
This will be the first Premier League meeting between Hotspur at home this season and have 10 points from each (D2). Wolves have lost half their home games
MATCH-BY-MATCH facts and stats ahead of the the teams. Southampton last beat Brentford in April their last four games at the London Stadium. this season (W3 D1 L4).
18th round of English Premier League fixture. 2011, securing a 3-0 win in the third-tier League One. Newcastle vs Manchester City (10.15pm)
(All matches in Malaysian time) The last time they met was in September 2020, when SUNDAY Newcastle are winless in their last five meetings with
Brentford won 2-0 in the League Cup. The Saints have Manchester City in all competitions (D1 L4), with their
TOMORROW won only twice in eight home games this season (D5 Leeds vs Arsenal (1.30am) last victory coming in January 2019 when they won
L1). Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 10 games against 2-1 at home in the League. The two teams last met at
Manchester United vs Brighton (8.30pm) Watford vs Crystal Palace (11pm) Leeds in all competitions (W8 D2). The last time they St James’ Park in May, when City won 4-3 in the
Manchester United have won six of their eight Watford are unbeaten in their last six home games met was in October, when Arsenal won 2-0 in the Premier League. The Magpies’ 1-0 win over Burnley
Premier League games against Brighton (L2), with against Crystal Palace in all competitions (W3 D3) League Cup. Leeds last beat Arsenal in May 2003, win- earlier this month was their first and only victory at
both losses coming at the Amex Stadium. The since losing 2-1 in the FA Cup in April 2016. The ning 3-2 in the Premier League at Highbury. home this season.
Seagulls have won only three of the 26 meetings Hornets are on a four-match losing streak in the Everton vs Leicester (8pm)
between the two teams in all competitions (D5 L18) League and have lost eight of their last 10 games Everton last beat Leicester at home in July 2020, MONDAY
and lost 2-1 when the teams last met at Old Trafford (W2) but won 1-0 when the teams last met at securing a 2-1 victory in the Premier League while the
in April. Vicarage Road in the League Cup in August. Foxes have not won at Goodison Park since Tottenham vs Liverpool (12.30am)
AstonVilla vs Burnley (11pm) West Ham United vs Norwich City (11pm) December 2019, securing a 4-2 victory on penalties in Spurs have lost their last seven consecutive games
Aston Villa have won only one of their last six Premier West Ham are unbeaten in their last five Premier the League Cup. The Toffees have won only one of against Liverpool in all competitions, including the
League games against Burnley (D3 L2). Four of the League games against Norwich (W3 D2) since a 3-1 their last five matches at home (D1 L3). 2019 Champions League final. The two teams last
eight Premier League games between Villa and defeat at Carrow Road in November 2013. The Wolves vs Chelsea (10pm) met in the Premier League in January, when Liverpool
Burnley have ended in a draw, including the last Canaries have won only two of the 12 Premier League Wolves have won only three of their 14 Premier won 3-1. Spurs last beat Liverpool in October 2017,
meeting at Villa Park which ended goalless. The meetings between the two teams (D6 L4). The League meetings with Chelsea (D2 L9) and since winning 4-1 at home in the Premier League.
Villans’s last home win over The Clarets came in Wolves secured promotion to the Premier League in
October 2010 in the League Cup, when they won 2-1. Reuters


(We spent) practically an entire career
together, Kun (Aguero’s nickname). We
have lived very beautiful moments and others not so,
that have made us unite more and more and to be
better friends, and we will continue to experience
them together off the pitch.”

Lionel Messi pays tribute to Sergio Aguero

Leeds thrashing a big confidence boost, reveals De Bruyne

KEVIN DE BRUYNE played down his own return confidence boost for everybody.” Jack Grealish added a second shortly going to be any different in the second half,” the
to form after playing a starring role in De Bruyne had a slow start to the season after afterwards and De Bruyne made it 3-0 at the BT Sport pundit said.
Manchester City’s ruthless 7-0 thrashing of Leeds a disrupted summer. break. Riyad Mahrez scored a deflected fourth
The City playmaker scored twice, including a The 30-year-old missed the start of Euro 2020 and Foden had another disallowed before De “It doesn’t surprise me after seeing the first-
long-range thunderbolt in the second half, as the due to the facial injury he sustained during the Bruyne made no mistake from distance. half that they conceded seven goals.”
champions opened up a four-point lead at the Champions League final and then damaged Defenders John Stones and Nathan Ake also got
Premier League summit with a stunning seventh ankle ligaments later in the tournament. He then on the scoresheet. Fellow pundit Owen Hargreaves was in
successive victory on Tuesday. suffered a further setback when he contracted “We punished them at the right times,” said agreement with Lescott, admitting it was strange
Coming in his first League start since a spell Covid-19 last month. De Bruyne. “It was still a very hard game to see Leeds still trying to play such an open
out with coronavirus, De Bruyne stood out but “Obviously it has been a different season for physically and defensively they play almost man game.
the Belgian felt it was a team performance from me. I have had a lot of difficulties with head, to man, but if you beat your man you have a
which the whole side should take confidence. ankle, Covid,” De Bruyne added. chance of winning.” “They kept trying to play at five, six nil and as
“We started really well and I think we kept the “There is nothing much I can do, these are Bielsa’s calamitous tactical approach against Joleon was saying, you would’ve thought they’d
ball at the right times, and once we saw the moments that happen, but I came back and I am City left pundit Joleon Lescott baffled. try and tighten up a little bit defensively but they
openings in the defence I think we attacked working hard to come back to the level that I The former City defender questioned why the didn’t.”
them really well,” De Bruyne said. need to be. I’m feeling better day by day, so I’m Leeds boss did not contemplate damage
“Then when you score the goals and punish OK.” limitation. Leeds midfielder Stuart Dallas, who hit a post
them it gets really hard for them. It became apparent Leeds were in for a tough “I just find it baffling that Bielsa gets so much in a rare bright moment for the visitors,
“It was a great game for us. A lot of players night from the early stages. Bernardo Silva had credit for being this unique tactician but yet he apologised for the performance.
who didn’t play much in the last games played already missed a gilt-edged chance when Phil hasn’t been able to see that what he was doing
and they chipped in with goals. I think it is a big Foden opened the scoring after eight minutes. in the first half, how they were playing, wasn’t “We’re devastated,” the Northern Ireland
Gun salute international told LUTV. “It’s not good enough
from us.

“I can only apologise to the travelling fans
and everyone who has paid hard-earned money
to come and watch us.” – The Independent

Arsenal’s Gabriel (right) in
action with West Ham

United’s Michail Antonio
during the English Premier

League match at the
Emirates Stadium

yesterday. – REUTERSPIX

Arteta praises attitude of Arsenal players
after victory over West Ham
MIKEL ARTETA saluted the
“attitude and commitment” of his to his appraisal on Tuesday of Aubameyang,
Arsenal players after they beat who he said had failed to show the requisite
West Ham 2-0 to climb into the “commitment and passion”.
top four.
There remains doubt over Lacazette’s own
The Gunners won comfortably without future given his contract expires next
striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has summer, but it appears likely he will captain
been dropped and stripped of the captaincy Arsenal when selected over the coming
following a breach of discipline. weeks.

Instead it was youngsters Gabriel Arteta also has options to rotate the
Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe who captaincy among a “leadership group” of
grabbed their chance with second-half goals. senior players that includes Granit Xhaka,
Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding if Lacazette
It is quite a turnaround for Gunners boss is unavailable.
Arteta, who were rock bottom of the Premier
League after three matches of the season, The only blot on Lacazette’s copybook
without a point or a goal to their name. was a missed penalty after Vladimir Coufal
had brought him down in the area.
Arteta said: “I’m really happy with the
performance, the attitude, the commitment Coufal was sent off for a second yellow
and the quality we showed in the game, and card but former Gunners keeper Lukasz
the chemistry with the supporters. Fabianski saved the spotkick.

“To win at home is very important, against Weary-looking West Ham have won just
a really good side who are difficult to one of their last six matches as their
dominate. Champions League charge has slowed down
to a crawl.
“The players play for the club and with the
pride and the energy we expect from them. Boss David Moyes said: “I didn’t think an
From the beginning you could see how awful lot of our performance. I thought
focused they were. Arsenal played well.

“The performance, the attitude and “We weren’t quite able to deal with it but
commitment, was exactly what we asked, not we showed resilience to stick in the game. A
myself but as a club.” couple of poor bits of play led to the goals.

Arteta said there is “no news” on when “We went into the game fourth which is a
Aubameyang may return to the squad, but on great position for us, we were not in this
this evidence they are fine without him. position this time last year.

When quizzed on his relationship with the “All the players have performed brilliantly
striker, Arteta responded: “We will talk about well but we are in a time where we are not
that another day, I want to focus on the game. playing very well and the injuries have not
“He wasn’t eligible for this game and this
game has gone now.” “There are some good reasons why we are
not playing our best but if we can add people
In his absence Alexandre Lacazette wore who will make a difference in January we will
the captain’s armband, and Arteta added: try and do so.
“Alexandre is the next in line and he is taking
it the way everybody saw, with such pride “We gave the ball away for the second goal
and commitment. when we were a bit in the ascendency, even
with 10 men.
“I am really happy with the way he played.
Absolutely he has embraced the captaincy, “For the red card, he does get the ball first,
but Laca has always been like that in the but I thought he should have got more of the
dressing room. ball. But his timing means he catches the top
of the ball and follows through.
“You see the way he acts with the young
players, his willingness to help. It’s in his “That’s the reason the referee needed to
nature, he is not a selfish player, he is happy to make a decision. We gave him the
make the rest better.” opportunity to choose one. But I thought we
tried to have a go after that.” – The
Arteta’s comments were in stark contrast Independent/Express Newspapers/Agencies

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