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The Sun Daily - 08 June 22



ON WEDNESDAY JUNE 8, 2022 page

No. 8040 PP 2644/12/2012 (031195) 2Ministry allocates RM10m
for rural B40 community
3Leadership not
gender-specific: Awam

Foreign tourists are back in droves but
hoteliers are worried their business would be
hard hit again if the worker shortage is not

Tourism dilemma
█ BY MUHAMMAD YUSRY o Industry-wide worker shortage
[email protected] may lead to hotels rejecting
bookings, projecting a negative
PETALING JAYA: While upbeat impression of Malaysia
over tourist arrivals this year, the
Malaysian Association of Hotels Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri had She said the industry has
(MAH) has warned the tourism said on June 4 that the country had attempted to hire Malaysians for such
industry would not be able to service its attracted over one million arrivals as of jobs, but the response has not been
projected five million arrivals if the the end of May, which is half the targeted encouraging.
Human Resources Ministry fails to two million international tourists set by “We have also reached out to local
process work permit applications. the government, industry players were employment agencies to fill the
expecting some five million tourists to vacancies, especially since hoteliers
Its president Christina Toh said MAH arrive in the country by the end of the are rushing to jump-start their
reached out to the ministry three weeks year,” she said, adding that the figure is businesses.
ago, hoping it would expedite the work based on the encouraging number of “We even provided training to
permits of foreign workers, but had not hotel bookings made so far. current hotel employees so that they
received a response. could be multi-skilled. We reskilled
Toh said the industry-wide worker others too, and even tried to hire
The ministry had not replied to shortage includes kitchen staff such as part-timers.
request for comment as of press time. chefs and support personnel, front office “So, we are not
staff, chambermaids, stewards, waiters, complaining without doing Turn to
“When the Covid-19 pandemic and others who had taken other jobs anything to help ourselves.
started, we were one of the first sectors to during the Covid-19 pandemic when But we need to bring in the —
be affected. Now, we want to revive our many hotels were forced to close due to a
industry and the number of tourists as of lack of business. page 3
last month shows that we are on the right
track. foreign workers now.”

“However, we need the extra
workforce to help us.”

She said her members were facing “a
very serious shortage” of workers to meet
the needs of tourist arrivals since the
country reopened its borders on April 1.

“While Tourism, Arts and Culture

2 theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JUNE 8, 2022

Ismail Sabri with Huazong ‘Let PKR election
leaders at the meeting panel verify result
yesterday. – BERNAMAPIX of branch chief post ’

PM receives courtesy call from Huazong leaders SHAH ALAM: Doubts over the result of the
election of PKR Gombak branch chief held
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Datuk Ong Seng Khek, vice-president Datuk It plays a role in protecting the interests of recently should be referred to the party’s election
Ismail Sabri Yaakob yesterday received a Lam Kuang Yau, secretary-general Datuk Dr the Chinese community on issues related to committee for verification, said Selangor PKR
courtesy call from key leaders of the Wong Aik Loung and treasurer Tan Sri Tan economy, culture, education as well as social leadership council chairman Datuk Seri
Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia Kean Soon. development. Amirudin Shari.
(Huazong), who shared their views on the
economy and current issues, among others. Founded in 1991, Huazong is a non- Huazong also mediates communications Amirudin, who is the incumbent head of the
governmental organisation that brings between the Chinese community and the Gombak branch, said the allegation that his
Those present at the one-hour meeting at together 13 Chinese associations as well as government and fosters the spirit of unity opponent Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak
Perdana Putra included Huazong president organisations in every state and region in among the Chinese community through won the post should be decided by the
Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan, deputy president Malaysia. cultural activities. – Bernama committee.

Ministry allocates RM10m “It is also not fair for me to say that the matter
for rural B40 community is technically correct or not. Let the committee
verify it. Let it show the evidence. Do not try to
o Income Enhancement Programme to be used to boost production, our latest initiatives have been prove with propaganda,” he told the media after
food production while uplifting the poor expanded to assist them to produce on a launching the Selangor Public Health Advisory
larger scale. Council yesterday.
█ BY SURAYA ALI entrepreneurship to increase their incomes
[email protected] and lift them out of poverty. “For example, poultry farmers can Commenting on protests by Otai Reformis
PETALING JAYA: The Rural Development expand their chicken coops to increase 1998, which alleged the state government was
Ministry has allocated RM10 million for an “The government is currently engaged in production. Vegetable farmers can use more clearing the Kuala Langat Forest Reserve to plant
Income Enhancement Programme for the increasing food production to ensure food sophisticated machines and equipment to corn to be used for chicken feed, Amirudin said
rural community as well as ensure food security in the country. Therefore, the increase yields, which can then be marketed the site is a land-use rights area.
supplies for the country. Income Enhancement Programme will be to the Federal Agricultural Marketing
used as a mechanism to ensure that the Authority or sold directly.” “The one we are opening (for corn cultivation)
Its Deputy Minister I Datuk Sri Abdul rural community also ventures into is in the Bukit Cheeding area, Kuala Langat. There
Rahman Mohamad said the concept of the agriculture, fisheries and livestock Abdul Rahman said his ministry, through is no issue of degazetting and they need to check
programme under the ministry’s agencies production.” the Kedah Regional Development Authority, the issue before attacking.”
will be developed and include strategies to had allocated RM800,000 for the
boost food production. Abdul Rahman said at present the programme in Kedah and will continue to On Monday, a portal reported that Otai
programme is more focused on small-scale play its role in planning and implementing Reformis 1998 secretary Abdul Razak Ismail
“Currently, the programme is more businesses such as food and beverage sales integrated developments through various objected to the state government’s move to clear
focused on providing assistance in the form as well as services such as tailoring, comprehensive programmes to help the Kuala Langat Forest Reserve area for maize
of machinery, equipment, raw materials and barbershops, spas and women’s beauty improve living standards and the socio- cultivation. – Bernama
guidance to members of the rural B40 enterprises. economic status of rural communities.
community to venture into businesses and Projects to proceed
“For the B40 rural community involved in He added that agencies under the despite hike in costs
agriculture, fisheries and livestock ministry will continue to look at other
approaches to ensure rural communities are ALOR GAJAH: The implementation of all
protected and given priority through various infrastructure and housing projects under the
large and small-scale projects. Rural Development Ministry has not been
postponed despite the rising cost of raw
Harapan Rakyat chief: Stop slandering Kukusan rep materials.

TAWAU: Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah He said Rina should be given the politics and Warisan was my initial struggle Its minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said
(Harapan Rakyat) president Tan Sri Liew Yun opportunity to prove to the people that she is but I will continue that struggle with Harapan the assurance is being given although the cost of
Fah has called on all parties to stop slandering hardworking and cares for the constituents of Rakyat, and I am fighting for Sabah for raw materials had increased by more than 15%.
Kukusan assemblyman Rina Jainal, who Kukusan. Sabahans.”
joined the party allegedly for rewards. He said the cost of building materials has been
“Give her three months. If Rina cannot She added that her participation in rising due to the impact of Covid-19 as well as the
Liew said Rina, who quit Parti Warisan work but can only talk, then she deserves to Harapan Rakyat, despite it being a small shortage of workers faced by the construction
(Warisan) to join Harapan Rakyat, did not be reprimanded for joining Harapan Rakyat party, is because she believes helping the sector.
receive any reward from any party. for rewards.” people is easier as the party president lives in
Tawau. “So, we are waiting for the Works Ministry to
“For me, Rina is a brave person to join my Rina said she was ready to face decide on new prices soon,” he told Bernama
party, which is a small party led by a Chinese accusations and resistance after deciding to Rina said many programmes that had after officiating at the closing of a Kemas District
leader. I have reminded her that she would switch to a small local party which focused on been planned before for the Kukusan area 2022 management course yesterday.
face slanders,” he said at a media conference issues in Tawau. would be continued from time to time.
with Rina yesterday. – Bernama He said the projects, which had been
“I am aware that I am a newcomer to awarded under the ministry, including those
for village connecting roads and housing,
would proceed as scheduled while others will
have to wait for new prices to be decided by the
Works Ministry.

He said now RM56,000 is insufficient to build
a hardcore poor housing unit as many
contractors have said they are unable to build at
that price and have asked for a slight increase in
price. – Bernama

Religious dept to be
consulted on festival

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government will
consult the state Islamic religious department on
the Bon Odori dance, that is alleged to contain
elements of other religions, said Mentri Besar
Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

He said the state government would also
liaise with the Japanese embassy and researchers
on the matter, to gather detailed information on
the Bon Odori Festival.

Amirudin said the Selangor government had
never received any advice or views on the festival
and had always considered it a cultural event.

“We noticed that the ban on participating in
the festival came a few days ago through
Wikipedia. But, before this, there was no issue
about the festival,” he told reporters after
launching the Selangor Public Health Advisory
Council yesterday.

Amirudin was commenting on a statement by
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department
(Religious Affairs) Datuk Idris Ahmad, who
advised Muslims to avoid the Bon Odori Festival
to be held at the Shah Alam Sports Complex on
July 16 as the festival contains elements of other
religions. – Bernama


‘Leadership not gender-specific’

o Stereotyping women with slanted mindset Nurulhidayah has unknowingly opinion that a person’s ability to lead schooling and seeking higher
roles detrimental on multiple levels, perpetuated a systematic should be judged on their qualities, education shatters their dreams and
say activists discrimination against women. performance and skills instead of further spreads this broken mindset.”
gender, race or creed.
█ BY SHIVANI SUPRAMANI Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk “Such effects would be Dayanandan added that women
[email protected] Nurulhidayah, who said women were unacceptably amplified, as she is an The duo, who are affiliated with are not just mothers and sisters but
not born to be leaders like men, Tan influential public figure from a the Students Not Brides group, a also doctors who heal, educators who
PETALING JAYA: Gender should not said: “She misinterpreted an prominent political family whose faceless entity of concerned teach and frontliners who put their
determine an individual’s leadership important fact. She also failed to opinions would carry (weight) Malaysians, believe that because of lives on the line for the country.
abilities, said women’s rights recognise that ‘men as leaders’ is just among communities with which she this mindset, women are
activists. as much a gender role (stereotype) as engages,” Tan said. discriminated against in many areas. “Diah Permata Megawati
All Women’s Action Society ‘women as housewives.’ Gender roles Setiawati Sukarnoputri was
(Awam) information and are socially constructed, and thus can “Rights are inalienable and “There are still parents who stop Indonesia’s first woman president.
communications officer Jernell Tan evolve over time and are not indivisible by nature. When rights are their daughters from schooling and She led an entire country. If she could
said leadership can be learned and biological in nature and rigidly partially fulfilled or only granted seeking higher education because do it, then why are we holding back
practised by anyone and is thus not contingent on sex like ovaries and under limited conditions, they are they believe it is a waste to educate our own women?
gender-specific. testes,” she told theSun. still violated. How are women’s basic their daughters. Women are still
In response to comments by the rights to free choice of employment forced into child marriages because “They are the key to resuscitating
daughter of Umno president Datuk “With just a mere few words that and standard of living, health and their parents fail to recognise their our economy for the improvement of
essentialise leadership and gender, well-being guaranteed when daughters’ potential,” Siinthujaa said. our nation. We must also push for
leadership opportunities are limited? greater change in this world. We have
This is baffling.” “We work and fight for our progressed more than the last
children daily because so many generation and I believe that the
Meanwhile, social activists Dr parents today still believe that it is not future generation will progress
Siinthujaa Supramaniam and Dr worth educating their own daughter. further than us as we continue to
Dayanandan Dinakaran shared the Their decision to stop them from advance,” said Dayanandan.

Risk of losing business if issue not resolved Foreign labour
“(Otherwise), we would have to turn down if we do not have enough workers to service thus far. in final phase
hotel bookings, which would damage the tourists. Hoteliers would be hit hard again and “The number of hotel bookings from
country’s image and project a very negative lose business that they sorely need to TAPAH: The issue of recruiting foreign
impression of tourism in Malaysia.” revive the industry, if the worker Australians, Indians and Europeans is workers from three countries is expected to
Toh said the industry has carried out From shortage is not resolved.” encouraging and I expect that within the next be resolved soon, said Human Resources
aggressive marketing in Turkey and the Malaysian Association of Tour six months, we can meet the projection of five Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.
Middle East to promote Malaysia, adding front and Travel Agents president Datuk million tourists.”
page He said the final process is being refined
that the demand is there and industry Tan Kok Liang concurred with Toh’s He said Malaysia was currently in an and they included technical matters,
players are confident of hitting the target of projection of having five million tourist advantageous position to revive tourism as recruitment procedures and the signing of
five million tourist arrivals by year-end. arrivals this year, based on the number of our Covid-19 SOP requirements for border memoranda between the agencies or parties
“Our services would be seriously hampered hotel bookings entry are not as strict as South Korea’s, for of the countries involved.
example, and we should capitalise on that.
Saravanan was speaking after presenting
COMMUNAL CARE ... Volunteers 100 laptops to B40 students to increase the
cleaning up a stretch of Pantai Batu Buruk in marketability of graduates and also to bridge
Kuala Terengganu yesterday during a the digital divide among low-income
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency earners.
event held in conjunction with World Ocean
Week. – BERNAMAPIX The initiative organised by national
agency TalentCorp as one of its corporate
social responsibility programmes aims to
ensure students are prepared for the post-
Covid-19 work environment through the
contribution of digital learning devices.

Saravanan said the ministry has received
over 200,000 online applications for foreign
workers from Indonesia, Bangladesh and
Cambodia for various sectors.

“The recruitment of workers from
Indonesia involves procedures between the
ministry of manpower and a related agency
in the neighbouring country.

“The process involving workers from
Bangladesh has also been completed. There
is only one thing that I have not done
finalising, that is Malaysia’s agreement with
Cambodia to bring in Muslim maids.

“I will be there in July and will most likely
settle it. Apart from Indonesia, Cambodia
has a large number of domestic helpers from
its Muslim community.”

It was reported that a lack of workers was
causing many businesses, including
restaurants, from operating 24 hours despite
being able to do so after the country entered
the transition to endemic phase. – Bernama

SPM results to be
released on June 16

PUTRAJAYA: The results of the 2021 Sijil
Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) will be published
on June 16, said the Education Ministry,
adding that candidates can obtain the results
from their respective schools at 10am while
SPM result slips would be sent by post to
Saudi foreign minister on official visit to M’sia private candidates.
In a statement yesterday, the ministry
said school and private candidates can
PUTRAJAYA: Foreign Minister Datuk Seri They will also exchange views on regional Hishammuddin Hussein and Senior Minister check their results at
Saifuddin Abdullah will be hosting his Saudi and international developments of interest to of International Trade and Investment Datuk from 10am on
Arabia counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan the two countries. Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, the statement June 16 until 6pm on June 24.
during his inaugural two-day official visit that added. The results can also be obtained through
began yesterday. Prince Faisal was also scheduled to have an short messaging service by typing
audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Saudi Arabia is Malaysia’s second-largest SPMNoKPAngkaGiliran and sending it to
The Foreign Mistry said in a statement Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa trading partner and the largest source of 15888.
yesterday the two ministers will hold a bilateral Billah Shah, in addition to meetings with Prime imports among West Asian countries. The total The system will be activated from 10am
meeting to chart a way forward for the existing Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Malaysia-Saudi Arabia trade in 2021 was on June 16 until 6pm on June 22. – Bernama
strong Malaysia-Saudi Arabia relations. Senior Minister of Defence Datuk Seri valued at RM17.56 billion. – Bernama


Raring to climb world’s Ministry mulls
highest peak a fourth time upgrading food
safety division

SEPANG: The Health Ministry is
considering upgrading the Food
Safety and Quality Division (FSQD)
as the Food Safety Authority, said
o Having conquered Health Minister Khairy
Mount Everest three Jamaluddin.
times and losing eight Speaking during a press
fingertips to frostbite, conference after officiating at the
mountaineer aims to 2022 National World Food Safety
do it again next year Day yesterday, Khairy said it was in
– without the use of line with the rapid development of
oxygen tanks technology and future needs of
food safety and quality.
“I would say it is a medium-term
plan,” he said commenting on the
proposal to upgrade FSQD.
Khairy said the proposal was
also part of a study on the
amendments to the Food Act 1983
(Act 281) that was currently being
carried out by the ministry.
█ BY ELLY FAZANIZA “We need to review the existing
[email protected] legal structure from time to time to

PETALING JAYA: From getting ensure it is in line with the current
frostbite to losing eight fingers on needs,” he added.
one of his mountaineering The Act, which came into force
expeditions, mountaineer T. in March 1983, was last amended in
Ravichandran remains an optimist June 2006.
at heart as he prepares for his fourth It aims to protect the public
mission to Mount Everest next year. against health hazards and fraud in
the preparation, sale and
Ravichandran, popularly known consumption of food, and other
as Ravi Everest, recently made related matters.
headlines after conquering the Meanwhile, Khairy encouraged
8,849m peak for the third time on home-based food entrepreneurs
May 12. Ravi believes all his experiences on mountains have made him a better person. – HAFIZ SOHAIMI/THESUN and handlers to register their
business with FSQD to enable them
This was achieved after he had a competition with nature,” he said. were higher to build our confidence. behind. I’d isolate myself from my to be listed as holders of home-
conquered Everest alone twice, in His dream to climb the tallest My profile then was not exciting clients because we would be affected based food provider certificates
2006 and 2007. when it came to dealing with emotionally by what we saw. recognised by the ministry.
peak in the world was initially met sponsorship. Though it initially “Although it is not compulsory,
“This time it was different as I was with fear by his family and friends. bothered me, the situation built “Frostbite, snow blindness and the certificates provide a guarantee
carrying the responsibility of having resilience in myself,” he said. dealing with avalanches are of safety for the food products
two people with me,” he told theSun “There was some hesitation to let somethings that I’ve come across, so produced,” he said.
at his office in Ampang. me try as there were unknown Ravi disclosed that during I can share these experiences with On the registration process,
dangers. Many people then were not recovery from each expedition, his the community. The fear is still there, Khairy said every food provider had
Ravi, 57, who hails from Kuala aware of the challenges that we “muscles became very weak, the but it makes me a better person. to submit supporting application
Pilah in Negri Sembilan, said his love could face on Mount Everest. My tissues saggy”. Losing the tips of eight of my fingers documents such as a registration
of nature and hiking as a youngster friends had even asked if I had gone due to frostbite at Mount Manaslu in slip of their premises, anti-typhoid
led him on the path to becoming a mad wanting to pursue it. “I needed to rebuild my strength 2012 was a harrowing experience but vaccination certificate, food
professional mountaineer. He at the gym and play football. We’d it made me a better person.” handler training certificate from a
decided to try hiking at Nepal’s “The experience is just part and lose 10kg after an 8,000m expedition recognised food handler training
Everest Base Camp at the age of 35. parcel of the mountaineering and I’d also take protein as part of my Meanwhile, on his determination school and food label. – Bernama
process. I believe that every hiker recovery programme.” to conquer Mount Everest for the
“I noticed there was a difference will have a dream to climb and go fourth time next year, he said Almost 40%
during my stay with fellow through the same process. While at the base camp, he thorough preparations to continue children fully
mountaineers, who were trying spends extra time with his clients to his climbing mission are being vaccinated
various hiking trails. While speaking “There was no condition under ensure that everyone is prepared made, this time without having to
to them, I noticed there was a which I could practise. Mount mentally. use oxygen cylinders.
different way of life. It wasn’t people Kinabalu was the best I could do at
competing with each other, but it was 4,000m. We didn’t have peaks that “We’ve seen people being left

Over 82,000 HFMD cases reported

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 82,846 Selangor contributed the largest within the community this year were (32.2%), followed by Selangor at 208 KUALA LUMPUR: A total of
cases of hand, foot and mouth number of HFMD cases, with 23,305 Enterovirus 71 (EV71), Coksackie A6 (11.9%) and Sarawak at 206 (11.8%). 1,202,212 or 33.9% of children aged
disease (HFMD) were reported as of cases (28.13%), followed by Kuala (CA6) and Coxsackie A16 (CA16). five to 11 in the country have
the last day of epidemiological week Lumpur and Putrajaya with 9,540 “The majority of the disease completed their vaccination under
(ME) 22/2022 (June 4), said Health cases (11.52%), Perak with 8,032 He said to date, there were three outbreaks occurred in nurseries, the National Covid-19 Immunisation
Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor cases (9.7%), Kelantan with 5,782 HFMD cases admitted to intensive kindergartens and pre-schools with Programme for Children (PICKids) as
Hisham Abdullah. cases (6.98%) and Johor with 5,234 care units (ICU). 1,059 outbreaks or 61% of the total of Monday.
cases (6.32%). cases, followed by private homes
He said this showed a 32-fold The first and second cases were with 605 outbreaks or 35% and According to the CovidNOW
increase compared with 2,485 cases “Most of the HFMD cases admitted to ICU due to childcare centres, with 56 outbreaks portal, a total of 1,733,437 or 48.9% of
recorded in the same period last year occurred among children aged six inflammation of the brain (3%),” he said. the group have received at least one
and a 1.7-fold increase compared and below, at 74,841 cases (90%), (encephalitis) and were under close dose of the vaccine.
with 30,489 cases reported in 2019. followed by those aged seven to 12, monitoring while the third case had According to Noor Hisham, as of
at 6,520 cases (8%) and those over recovered and was allowed to go June 4 a total of 1,346 nurseries, For teenagers aged 12 to 17, a total
However, he said a total of 16,954 the age of 12 with 1,485 cases (2%),” home on May 31. kindergartens and pre-schools were of 2,914,353 or 93.7% have completed
cases were reported nationwide he said in a statement yesterday. closed, out of which 305 were closed their vaccination while 3,009,343 or
during ME22 week, a 9.3% decrease Meanwhile, a total of 1,746 voluntarily while 1,041 premises 96.8% of them have received at least
compared with 18,688 cases Noor Hisham said based on outbreaks were reported in Malaysia were closed under the Prevention one dose of the vaccine.
recorded in ME21. surveillance, the three main viruses with three states recording the and Control of Infectious Diseases
that caused transmission of HFMD highest number, namely Kuala Act 1988. – Bernama Meanwhile, a total of 16,106,736
Noor Hisham said as of June 4, Lumpur and Putrajaya at 562 individuals or 68.5% of adults in the
country have taken their booster dose
Low participation in B40 free health screening initiative while 22,981,301 or 97.7% have
completed two doses and 23,258,115
LABUAN: Only 10.5% or slightly over will be conducting briefings “The PeKa B40 scheme was screening rate at 17%, followed by or 98.9% had received at least one
620,000 of the 5.9 million Malaysians nationwide in collaboration with launched in April 2019 but there is Negri Sembilan with 14%, Malacca dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
in the bottom 40% income (B40) state health departments to raise still a big gap between the eligible and Sarawak (13%), Perak (12%),
bracket have utilised the PeKa B40 awareness on the campaign. number and the number of those Penang (11%) and Putrajaya (10%). On Monday, a total of 1,904 doses
free health screening scheme as of who have utilised the scheme,” he of Covid-19 vaccine were dispensed
May 31 this year, according to ProtectHealth Corp CEO Datuk said at the Millennium Clinic here States with take-up rates below with 176 as the first dose, 1,287 as
ProtectHealth Corp Sdn Bhd. Dr Anas Alam Faizli said it was a yesterday. 10% are Terengganu and Sabah (9%), the second dose and 441 as booster
great challenge to meet the target of Johor (7%), Pahang (5%), and Kuala dose, bringing the cumulative
In view of the low take-up, the getting all the 5.9 million eligible He said Perlis, Kedah and Lumpur, Federal Territory of Labuan number of vaccines administered
Health Ministry-owned company Malaysians screened. Kelantan had recorded the highest and Selangor (4%). – Bernama under the National Covid-19
Immunisation Programme to
70,991,146. – Bernama


‘1MDB was set up as BN political fund’

KUALA LUMPUR: Former chief secretary to that he was aware that they were related to there was no 1MDB board of advisers of advisers was only to supplement his
the government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan allegations of misuse of funds. meetings held throughout my time as a income (as chief secretary to the
told the High Court yesterday that according to member and (why) no 1MDB representatives government), that according to Najib, was
his understanding, strategic investment “I was also aware from newspaper reports had reported to me on operations and considered low.
company 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) that investigations on 1MDB were being investments made by the company.”
was set up as a political fund for the then ruling conducted by local agencies such as the “When Datuk Seri Najib was prime minister,
party, Barisan Nasional (BN). Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Mohd Sidek said this when reading his he once asked me about my salary as chief
(MACC), but I was never briefed or given witness statement during examination-in- secretary to the government, and said he felt
Mohd Sidek, 71, said as such, he had never further details on them. chief by deputy public prosecutor Mohamad that it was quite low,” said Mohd Sidek, who
asked former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Mustaffa P. Kunyalam in Najib’s trial over the held the post of chief secretary to the
Abdul Razak or any party in 1MDB about the “I can confirm that Datuk Seri Najib Abdul misappropriation of RM2.3 billion in funds government from September 2006 to June 2012.
problems in the company. Razak, as the then prime minister, had never from 1MDB.
informed me of issues in 1MDB, although I had On his appointment as a member of the
He said the issues that troubled 1MDB were been appointed as a member of the 1MDB Mohd Sidek, who is the 19th prosecution 1MDB advisery board, Mohd Sidek said it was
only known to him through the mass media board of advisers. witness, said he was of the opinion that his made official through a letter issued by Najib
such as newspapers and the internet, adding appointment as a member of the 1MDB board dated Aug 30, 2012. – Bernama
“I had never asked Datuk Seri Najib why

CAP: Build affordable Accountant charged
homes on Penang island with power abuse

o Association also suggests state govt monitor cheaper,” he told theSun. KUALA TERENGGANU: A senior assistant
projects to ensure contractors do not compromise Mohideen said the authorities must accountant of a district council in the state
on quality pleaded not guilty at the sessions court here
monitor affordable housing projects closely to yesterday to one count of abuse of power.
█ BY MUHAMMAD YUSRY Penangites have more residential areas to ensure that contractors do not compromise
[email protected] live in. on quality. Sazawati Salleh, 49, made the plea after the
PETALING JAYA: The Consumers’ charge was read out to her before judge
Association of Penang (CAP) has suggested “The state government must keep this in “We have received complaints about Dazuki Ali.
that the state government provide affordable mind when planning such housing in the certain affordable high-rise units developed
housing on the island as well and not just on future. by private companies that were of low quality The accused was charged with using her
the mainland. It also said that government because they cut corners. position as a senior assistant accountant in
land allocated for the purpose should be “Private developers are interested in the Marang District Council for gratification,
given to government-linked companies and maximising profits and their so-called “People have complained about cracks in namely by proposing a quotation from Edaran
state agencies to develop and not be handed ‘affordable houses’ are beyond the means of the walls, bad finishing and bad plumbing. Sepakat Trading, which her husband
to private companies. ordinary people. indirectly had interests in, to carry out carpet
“Quality housing is not just important for installation work in the office space and
Its president Mohideen Abdul Kader said “Very often when private developers are Penangites. Everyone deserves to live in officer’s room of the Marang District Council
CAP welcomes the state government efforts to given state land to build affordable housing, homes that are of good quality.” finance division, worth RM10,640.
provide housing at affordable prices to only a small percentage is used for the
Penangites. purpose and the rest is used for luxury Mohideen urged the state government to The offence was allegedly committed on
high-rise buildings. implement more rent-to-own schemes so that Jan 12, 2021, at the Marang District Council
“While this is a positive endeavour, it is even those in the lower tier of the B40 group finance division.
important to build affordable housing in all “As such, land belonging to the can own their own houses.
areas of the island and mainland so that government should not be given to private The charge was framed under Section 23(1)
companies. There are government agencies A recent report said the Penang of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption
that should be able to handle this and they Development Corporation’s latest Commission (MACC) Act 2009 and is
should be able to develop and sell the houses affordable housing project in Batu Kawan punishable under Section 24(1) of the
called “Suria 2” would begin at the end of same Act.
this year, adding that “Suria 1” had been
completed. It provides for imprisonment of up to 20
years and a fine of five times the value of the
“The Suria affordable housing project in gratification, or RM10,000, whichever is
Batu Kawan has helped make it an attractive higher.
area for Penangites to live,” said Mohideen.
Dazuki allowed bail of RM5,000 in one
surety and ordered Sazawati to surrender her
passport and to report to the MACC office
every month.

The court set July 17 for mention.
– Bernama

Accused in Ahmad Jefferi (centre)
fatal crash showing the slabs of
claims trial compacted ganja that
were seized in a raid on

SEREMBAN: A utility Cops nab three with 145 slabs of ganja
company research officer
pleaded not guilty at the SHAH ALAM: Selangor police arrested three local wrapping, are believed to be of high grade and June 1 under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure
magistrates’ court here men and confiscated 145 slabs of compacted ganja meant for distribution in the Klang Valley.” Code.
yesterday to a charge of at a supermarket car park in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
dangerous driving, which at about 2pm on May 31. He said the three suspects have drug and The case is being investigated under Section 39B
resulted in the death of a criminal records and are believed to have begun of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
72-year-old cyclist on June 1. Selangor Narcotics Criminal Investigation their illegal activities four months ago.
Department chief ACP Ahmad Jefferi Abdullah said The offence carries the death sentence, or life
Munirah Stapah@Salleh, police moved in when three men, aged between 23 “Two of the suspects tested positive for drugs,” he imprisonment and whipping of not less than 15
26, made the plea after the and 49, finished loading the drugs into a car. said, adding that three vehicles worth RM138,000 strokes.
charge was read before were also seized during the raid.
magistrate Intan Syafinaz “The confiscated drugs, weighing 142.1kg worth “The investigation is still ongoing and we believe
Ros’lin. RM355,250, that were covered in gold-coloured Ahmad Jefferi said the three, who are there are other members of the syndicate,” said
unemployed, were remanded for seven days from Ahmad Jefferi. – Bernama
According to the charge, in
the 8.25am incident at Jalan
Temiang-Pantai, the accused
had allegedly driven a car at
high speed or recklessly and
caused the death of Khalid
Mohd Isa.

The charge, framed under
Section 41(1) of the Road
Transport Act 1987, provides
for a maximum jail term of 10
years and a maximum fine not
exceeding RM50,000.

ASP M. Shanmugavel
appeared for the prosecution,
while Munirah was not

The court later allowed the
accused bail of RM3,500 in one
surety, apart from having her
driving licence suspended.

The case has been fixed for
remention on June 21.
– Bernama

6 theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JUNE 8, 2022


Johnson survives confidence vote

o Embattled British Johnson won the vote by 211 votes he would use the meeting to set out his heart of government and criticism of the narrow win left Johnson’s political
prime minister vows to to 148 – enough to avoid having to vision for the coming weeks, including his response to an inflation-fuelled authority badly dented and his party
‘get on with the job’ immediately resign but with a larger new policies to reduce the cost of surge in the cost of living. even more divided.
than anticipated rebellion within his childcare and to help more people buy
LONDON: British Prime Minister party that leaves him politically their own homes. The front pages of British “If Mr Johnson is to avoid leading
Boris Johnson will seek to shore up wounded and battling to win back newspapers offered little comfort that the Tories (Conservatives) to a
his position by setting out a raft of the confidence of his colleagues and “This is a government that delivers the vote was, as Johnson described it calamitous defeat in the next election,
new policies to senior ministers after the general public. on what the people of this country in the aftermath, a decisive result that he will need to show a degree of grip
he survived a confidence vote care about most,” Johnson said. allows him to refocus on his political and focus that has been largely absent
yesterday that revealed the scale of His first challenge will be to priorities. so far in his premiership,” it said.
the threat to his position. convince his most senior allies, some “We are on the side of
of whom would have likely run to hard-working British people, and we The Daily Telegraph called the Conservative Party rules mean
replace him if he had been forced out, are going to get on with the job.” result a “hollow victory”. Johnson is safe from another
that he would be able to move on confidence vote for the next 12
from questions about his leadership. Lawmakers in Johnson’s party The Sun tabloid declared “PM months, but those rules could
called the confidence vote after survives ... Just”. technically be changed if there is
His office issued a statement saying months of scandal over enough political will to do so. – Reuters
lockdown-breaking parties at the Calling the result a “pyrrhic
victory”, the Times leader column said

Battle for Ukraine city shifting ‘every hour’ Mexico arrests
alleged leader of
KYIV: Street fighting raged yesterday for Severodonetsk – the largest city still in port of Odessa, and Zelensky said Ukraine global child sex ring
control of Ukraine’s flashpoint city of Ukrainian hands in the Lugansk region of the had up to 25 million tonnes of grain that could
Severodonetsk, with the situation changing Donbas – has been the focal point in recent not be exported. MEXICO CITY: Police have arrested a Dutch
“every hour”, an official said, as Kyiv warned its weeks, and officials described a fast-changing citizen accused of being the leader of a global
troops were outnumbered by Russian forces. situation on the ground. “In the autumn, that could be 70 to 75 pedophile ring, Mexico City attorney-general
million tonnes,” said the president, whose Ernestina Godoy said on Monday.
Just days ago, Moscow seemed close to “The situation is changing every hour but country was the world’s fourth biggest grain
taking the strategic industrial hub in the east at the same time, there’s enough forces and exporter before the war. The man, identified only as Nelson ‘N,’ was
but Ukrainian forces have managed to resources to repel attacks,” said mayor caught “in flagrante delicto”, said Godoy, adding
hold out. Oleksandr Striuk on Monday. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken he is the “possible leader of an international
added his voice to the criticism. association of pedophiles created in 1982”.
“Our heroes are holding their positions in Zelensky warned Ukrainian forces in the
Severodonetsk. Fierce street fights continue in key city were outnumbered and the Russians “Right now, a Russian naval blockade in The arrest was the result of a “broad
the city,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr “are stronger”. the Black Sea is preventing Ukraine’s crops investigation” by prosecutors in collaboration
Zelensky said in a video address on Monday. from being shipped to their normal with the non-governmental organisation
The Russian invasion of Ukraine, destinations.” Operation Underground Railroad (OUR),
After being repelled from other parts of the combined with supply chain snarls and Godoy said in a video posted on social media.
country, Russia has concentrated its assault climate change, has triggered stark warnings Blinken said it was a deliberate strategy by
on the eastern Donbas region and had been of global food shortages. President Vladimir Putin to force the rest of OUR, dedicated to combating sexual
making slow but steady progress. the world “to give in to him” and eliminate exploitation of children, reported the man’s
Moscow has blockaded the key Black Sea sanctions on Russia. – AFP presence in Mexico to the authorities.

Ukrainian soldiers The group “had information that Nelson ‘N’
firing a shell from an was in our country, possibly in order to expand
M777 Howitzer in his human trafficking and child pornography
the Donetsk region. network”, Godoy said.
“A covert operation was carried out that
allowed him to be detained in flagrante delicto”
at a public transportation station near the central
Bosque de Chapultepec park, Godoy said.

The prosecutor’s office is working on the
investigation, which will be presented before a
judge, and it has also requested consular
assistance to “safeguard his rights as a
foreigner”, Godoy said.

Authorities also searched the place where he
was believed to be staying in the north of the city
and said they found photographs featuring child
pornography, as well as computers, hard drives,
memory cards and two Dutch passports. – AFP

Homeless man drowns as US cops watch
WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden’s plan to
WASHINGTON: A homeless man drowned in officers speaking to his partner, then Bickings, “No, you’re not ... go to the pylon and hold reboot US engagement with Latin America
the US state of Arizona while three police who after a few minutes climbs over a fence on,” another officer responded. took a hit after key partner Mexico snubbed a
officers watched, according to a video and and slowly wades into the lake. regional summit opening in Los Angeles on
transcript released to the public on Monday. “I can’t. I can’t” said Bickings. Monday to protest Washington’s exclusion of
The officers tell him swimming in the lake “Okay, I’m not jumping in after you,” said three far-left countries. What was meant to be
The officers have been suspended pending is not allowed, but he continues to swim out the second officer. a week-long showcase of cooperation risks
the results of multiple investigations into the and under a pedestrian bridge. The officers again tell the homeless man to becoming a display of division, underlining
incident, according to a statement by the city swim, while trying to control his partner’s diminishing US clout over the region. A senior
of Tempe. The video then stops, with the city increasingly frantic behaviour. White House official confirmed that Cuba,
claiming the remainder is too “sensitive” and “Can you hear me?” were the last words Nicaragua and Venezuela were barred from
On May 28, police responded to a instead offers a transcript of the audio. attributed to Bickings in the transcript. the Summit of the Americas due to “lack of
“reported disturbance” between 34-year-old One of the officers later noted that Bickings democratic space and the human rights
Sean Bickings, and his partner, who were near “So what’s your plan right now?” asks one “hasn’t surfaced in about 30 seconds”. situations”. In response, Mexican President
an artificial lake, the statement said. of the officers, according to the transcript. His body was later recovered. – AFP Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he too
would stay away. – AFP
Video footage released by the city shows “I’m going to drown. I’m going to drown,”

WASHINGTON: A two-year-old boy
accidentally shot and killed his father in
Florida after his parents left a loaded gun
unattended, local authorities said on
Monday. When police officers, alerted by a
911 call, arrived at the victim’s home near
Orlando on May 26, they found the child’s
mother Marie Ayala providing CPR to her
husband Reggie Mabry. The 26-year-old died
shortly afterward in hospital. The eldest of the
couple’s three children told investigators that
the trigger was pulled by his two-year-old
brother. The gun was in a bag that Mabry had
left on the ground and the child came across
it and shot his father in the back while he was
playing a video game on a computer. – AFP



‘Ex-Afghan leader unlikely BRIEFS GRAFT-ACCUSED
to have fled with US$169m’ BROTHERS ARRESTED

WASHINGTON: Former Afghan o Cash taken from presidential palace may be US$440,000 belonging to the Afghan PRETORIA: Two Indian-born
president Ashraf Ghani almost closer to US$500,000, says watchdog government,” the report said. businessmen brothers have
certainly did not flee Kabul as it fell to been arrested in Dubai and are
the Taliban with millions of dollars in Ashraf has always fiercely denied bills, stacked end to end, would form “Sigar also identified suspicious facing extradition to South
stolen cash, a US government the claims. a block seven feet long, three feet circumstances in which Africa, where they were
watchdog report said on Monday. wide, and three feet tall. This block approximately US$5 million in cash allegedly at the centre of a web
“Although Sigar found that some would have weighed 3,722 pounds, or was allegedly left behind at the of state corruption, police said
The Special Inspector General for cash was taken from the grounds of nearly two tons,” Sigar noted, adding presidential palace.” yesterday. Atul and Rajesh
Afghanistan Reconstruction (Sigar) the palace and loaded onto the that witnesses reported “minimal Gupta are accused of paying
report is an interim document, as the helicopters, evidence indicates that luggage” on the helicopters, which It was not clear where the money bribes for state contracts and
office is still awaiting answers to the number did not exceed US$1 had no cargo holds. came from or what it was for, “but it influence over ministerial
questions sent to Ashraf. million and may have been closer in was supposedly divided by members appointments in a scandal that
value to US$500,000,” the report said. Instead, one official carried of the Presidential Protective Service dogged former South African
First reported on by Politico, it around US$200,000, another carried after the helicopters departed but president Jacob Zuma’s
interviews witnesses as well as It based that assessment heavily some US$240,000 and others had before the Taliban captured the administration. “Police made
officials who were in the helicopter on interviews with the witnesses and “US$5,000 to US$10,000 in their palace”, the report said. the arrest after receiving a red
convoy with Ashraf as they hastily fled officials involved, all of whom said pockets. No one had millions”, one notice for the Gupta brothers
the presidential palace in Kabul while they saw no signs of such large former senior official told Sigar. It said there appears to have been by Interpol,”Dubai police said in
the Taliban marched into the capital amounts of cash on the helicopters “ample opportunity and effort to a statement.“The force has also
on Aug 15 last year. already overloaded with people “If true, this puts the total amount plunder Afghan government coffers”. coordinated with authorities in
fleeing for their lives. of cash on board the three helicopters South Africa regarding the
In subsequent days, multiple at approximately US$500,000, with But the watchdog said it “does not extradition file to complete the
reports suggested that Ashraf and the “US$169 million in hundred dollar have sufficient evidence to determine legal procedures.” – AFP
other officials took up to US$169 with certainty whether hundreds of
million (RM742 million) in Afghan millions of dollars were removed MAN TO HANG FOR
government money with them. from the country by Afghan officials HOLY CITY BOMBINGS
as the government collapsed”. – AFP
NEW DELHI: An Indian court has
FOR THOSE sentenced a man to death over
WE LOST ... deadly bomb blasts that rocked
Members of the the Hindu holy city of Varanasi,
Sommilito in a trial that took 16 years to
Sangskritik Jote reach a verdict. Wasiullah Khan
organisation was convicted on murder and
taking part in a terrorism charges last week
candlelight vigil over the 2006 attacks, which
in remembrance targeted an ancient temple
of the victims of packed with worshippers and a
a fire that broke nearby railway station. Around
out in an inland 20 people were killed in the
container depot blasts while dozens more were
near the injured. Other unexploded
Bangladeshi city bombs were also found and
of Chittagong. disarmed by police including at
– REUTERSPIX Dashashwamedh Ghat, a
popular riverside prayer site.
Japan to open to tourists after two years “The accused has been found
guilty of murder. He will be
TOKYO: Foreign tourists visiting have to ensure they wear their masks. banning the entry of almost all groups of 50 people last month, most hanged until death,” the trial
Japan will be required to wear masks, “Tour guides should frequently non-residents. of them travel agents, but one of the judge said in a court order
take out private medical insurance participants tested positive for Covid. released on Monday. – AFP
and be chaperoned throughout their remind tour participants of necessary As most of the rest of the world
stay, the government said yesterday, infection prevention measures, opens up from Covid lockdowns, James Jang, a travel agent from Aussies clucking
as it plans a gradual opening from including wearing and removing Japan is also relaxing its rules. Australia who took part in one of the mad over
two years of Covid-19 restrictions. masks, at each stage of the tour. test tours, said the rules would likely KFC’s lettuce to
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has put some people off for now. cabbage switch
Only visitors on package tours will “Even outdoors, the wearing of pledged to bring border measures
be allowed in during the first phase masks should continue in situations into line with other wealthy nations. “Clients will be OK with wearing a CANBERRA: Fried chicken chain
of reopening, from June 10, the where people are conversing in close mask indoors but wearing them 24 KFC said yesterday that high lettuce
Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) proximity,” the JTA said in its guidelines The government has recently hours is a hassle. prices in Australia have forced it to
said, adding that travel agency begun relaxing mask guidance for the switch to a cabbage mix in burgers
guides accompanying visitors will Japan has imposed some of the general public although the “The cost of having a guide at all and other products, prompting
strictest border controls in the world coverings are ubiquitous. times may deter clients until later when customers to complain the result is
over the course of the pandemic, they have more flexibility.” – Reuters less than “finger lickin’ good”.
Japan conducted “test tours” of
The local price of the verdant
US, South Korea in warplanes display after missile tests by North leaf has soared by as much as
300% in recent months, forcing the
SEOUL: South Korea and the United squadron over the West Sea – also The manoeuvres, which involved US and South Korean officials fast-food chain to tweak the
States flew warplanes including known as the Yellow Sea – to 20 warplanes, come a day after the have been warning for weeks that Colonel’s recipe in some stores.
stealth fighter jets over waters around “respond to the enemy threat”, allies fired eight ballistic missiles into Kim Jong Un’s regime is preparing to
the Korean peninsula yesterday in a Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a the Sea of Japan in the wake of carry out a fresh nuclear test. “We’re currently experiencing
fresh show of force following recent statement. Pyongyang’s Sunday weapons tests. a lettuce shortage. So, we’re using
missile tests by the North. US Deputy Secretary of State a lettuce and cabbage blend on all
The allies “demonstrated their On Sunday, North Korea fired Wendy Sherman warned there would products containing lettuce until
Sixteen South Korean warplanes, strong ability and will to strike quickly eight ballistic missiles from four be a “swift and forceful” response were further notice,” KFC told
including F-35 stealth fighters and and accurately against any different locations in the space of 30 Pyongyang to go ahead with what customers.
four US F-16 jets, formed an attack provocation from North Korea”, it said. minutes – one of its largest-ever tests. would be its seventh such test. – AFP
The company blamed
widespread flooding in the
country’s east for the problem.

But supply chain expert Flavio
Macau of Edith Cowan University
said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
was also a factor, pushing up
diesel and fertiliser prices.

The company told customers:
“If that’s not your bag, simply click
‘customise’ on your chosen
product and remove lettuce from
the recipe :)”

The change was certainly not
the “bag” of some social media

“The fact that you are replacing
lettuce with cabbage makes me
rethink my whole meal at KFC.
There’s four or five other things I
would eat before cabbage. It’s
such a weird choice,” said one
disgruntled tweeter.

“Feels like a sign of the
apocalypse,” said another. – AFP

SPEAK UP /theSunMedia

WOMEN have lately been Predators with LETTERS
getting a dressing down an eye on women
again, for revealing skin [email protected]
beneath the knee. Security “Gone are the victim blaming mean that a criminal of kith and kin, and women could wear
guards at government complexes are days when should be declared innocent if the leafy Stone Age clothing without fear of Kudos to bank
barring ladies whose attire fails to cover humans lived victim is careless? Does any court apply molest as security concerns were that cares
their entire calves. in closely knit such reasoning? focused on keeping wild animals at bay. for seniors
primitive Today’s security threats to women are
The dress code also applies to men. societies of Someone who commits a crime has coming from male predators within AFTER a lapse of three
Last year, two men wearing shorts had kith and kin, breached the Penal Code and must be civilised society. months, I felt the need to
to drape themselves in long black cloth, and women punished. A thief is always to blame, no go to the bank to attend to
provided by a police station, before could wear matter if you leave your car door Men are drawn towards the sight of some personal matters.
they were allowed to enter. leafy Stone unlocked or your house door ajar. women. The Buddha observed 2,500
Age clothing There is no provision in the Penal Code years ago that there is “no other single As business was back to
But it is more usual to pick out the without fear for absolving a predator of his crime form so enticing, so desirable, so the good old times, with
dames. One guard was reported to have of molest, as under such extenuating circumstances intoxicating, so binding … as a woman’s many restrictions lifted, I
told a woman, who was judged to be security as “the victim was careless and left her form.” The Catholic Church, mindful was not expecting anything
wearing a dress made of see-through concerns were purse unzipped”. that Jesus admonished “anyone who favourable for me, being a
material, to put on a pair of pants. If focused on looks lustfully at a woman”, included in senior citizen.
that is the recommended wear, why not keeping wild The thief goes to jail but – this is very its Catechism a definition of modesty
just simplify the dress code for easy animals important – the victim does not get as “refusing to unveil what should After parking my car and
compliance. at bay. back her money because it is gone. It is remain hidden”. taking a slow walk, I
the same thing in rape. The rapist goes noticed a long queue
Government facilities should put up to jail but the victim is devastated and Before “Women-only” subway train outside the bank. I decided
a standard sign that reads, “Dress code may never regain her normalcy. Thus, it coaches were introduced in Japan, to go into the bank anyway
for men and women: Shirt down to is best to avoid falling victim. Take a leaf schoolgirls in uniforms with short skirts and take a chance.
elbows and trousers down to ankles.” from the animal world. A hungry lion were frequently surrounded by
What is simpler than uniform dressing? surveys a herd of deer and looks out for predators, who would grope their An elderly security
any individual that has fallen out of step thighs during the journey. Eleven years guard was at the entrance,
Needless to say, all staff in and compromised its own safety. This is ago, a mini-skirted girl was raped in a and I politely told him that I
government departments must also the individual that the lion attacks. A public minivan in Jakarta, prompting a am a senior citizen and if
comply with a “shirt and trousers” dress predator looks for opportunity. street demonstration by women there was a different queue
code to promote collective harmony activists who held up placards that for them.
and discipline. In 2003 a Japanese Cabinet minister read: “Don’t tell us how to dress. Tell
found himself in a storm when he said them not to rape.” To my pleasant surprise,
Forget saris, baju kurung, shorts or that “men are black panthers”, and that he immediately told me to
long skirts, blouses, men’s shorts and many women risked their own safety by Activists demand that men should head to the customer
tee shirts when entering or working in a dressing in a provocative manner. police their own conduct and women service counter. I got to see
government building. Nevertheless, his remarks had some should not be expected to conceal their the officer-in-charge within
logic to it as in 1991 two researchers bodies to avoid men’s sexual minutes, and he gave me a
A simple uniform dress code will polled American psychiatrists on the transgressions. But the reality is that ticket with a number.
free the guards to perform their real relationship between dress and sex. civilised societies are concrete jungles
duties, and that is, provide security and The majority agreed that skimpy teeming with “panthers”, and even the It was only a short wait
make sure no one gets in to commit a dressing tended to increase the risk of US, which has the world’s best before my number flashed
crime. Check for weapons and bad sex crimes. educational and law enforcement on the screen. I happily
intentions, not size up the length of a networks, cannot protect schoolchildren went to the counter, and
woman’s apparel. Back in 1988, a British judge stirred from being gunned down in their own the teller attended to my
up a fierce debate when he said at the classrooms. needs in a professional
A guard’s scope of works should not sentencing of a molester that every girl manner, which only took a
include fashion policing. But should we was entitled to dress provocatively. In Malaysia, scammers posing as few minutes. Too good to
be preoccupied with clothing? Yes, Many influential Britons, while cops are having a field day calling be true.
there are deviants on the prowl. Even if agreeing with the jail sentence, mobile numbers and scaring young and
only 3% of the adult population is disputed the judge’s opinion on skimpy old into sending them all their money. I would like to thank the
deviant, it totals up to 180,000 clothing. Actress Jenny Seagrove said: If our hi-tech society is incapable of management of CIMB at
predators in Klang Valley and 702,000 “The judge would be right if we were jamming scam calls or stopping scam Bukit Tinggi in Klang for the
throughout the nation. living in an ideal world … but in the fund transfers, how can it protect you privilege accorded to me as
REAL world, men do get provoked.” from rapists who have you targeted? a senior citizen.
Two months ago, a 19-year-old
salesgirl, dressed in skirts, sat in the Psychiatrist Dr Catherine Storr Dress for safety. In a 5-star seaside Many thanks to the
front seat of an e-hailing vehicle when declared sensibly: “We should never hotel beach event, you can don a security staff, the customer
the driver asked her to do so. The driver forget that our clothes very much micro-mini and still be safe. But walk service officer and the lady
then groped her thighs. When the indicate how we expect people to treat along a public street in the same at counter two for making
vehicle slowed down, the girl opened us. We are responsible for what we revealing attire and you will likely be my day.
the door and jumped out. About two signal to other people. I don’t believe dragged into a kidnapper’s car.
weeks later, a 21-year-old female women can wear exactly what they like I believe credit should
cosplayer was stalked by a predator at a and expect nothing to happen.” The writer champions be given where it is due.
cosplay event in a shopping mall. When interfaith harmony.
she reported to police, an officer told Gone are the days when humans It is good to know that
her that she was stalked due to her lived in closely knit primitive societies Comments: [email protected] there are banks that still
attire and was partly to blame. have a heart. A caring
society and Keluarga
Such a comment is termed “victim Malaysia still do exist.
blaming”, and last month a woman
lawyer, in calling for the laws on sexual Thiagarajan
violence to be improved, said there was Mathiaparanam
a need to prevent “discriminatory
evidential burdens such as victim Klang
blaming” and shaming. However,
victim blaming is a skimpy emotional
term that makes no real sense. Does


COMMENT By Dr Musa Mohd Nordin, DrYapWei Aun, Asst Prof Dr Farhan Mohammad Rusli

Reform healthcare ecosystem
REFORMS of the healthcare
system are long overdue and National Health and Morbidity Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan and will reframe the national health greater risk of NCD, lost productivity
urgent. The Seventh Survey, 1.7 million (8.1%) live with all Japan on the HAQ Index for the years agenda. and increased healthcare costs and
Malaysia Plan (1996-2000) the three non-communicable (NCD) 1990-2015. premature deaths.
promised a new district hospital in and 3.4 million with two NCD. And The people’s health needs to be
Lawas. Kam Agong, a resident there, 73.6% of total health loss was due Key determinants for health valued as an asset, and health aspects There are multiple compounding
who was pregnant with her eighth to NCD. transformation must be considered by the factors that need to be addressed
child in 2002, died from excessive Inequalities in health are rife. The As alluded to by researchers at the government across all its policies. holistically which goes beyond the
bleeding after delivery. She was only Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) The government needs to drive reform agenda. This includes
44 years old and otherwise in good reports wide inequalities. as recently as April 2022, there is policy decisions which would create addressing the low-income status of
health. Life expectancy is shorter in states extensive evidence to show that social, economical, commercial, families, alleviating poverty, offering
with lower incomes. societal factors such as environmental and educational better housing and social security
Twenty years after her death, the Diabetes, education, housing, situations, for the people’s healthier safety net, improving health
hospital remains an unfulfilled “The people’shypertension and welfare, environment and life. education and ensuring food
promise. High-risk pregnant women occupation have a greater security.
still need to undertake long arduous hypercholesterolemia Apart from the reformation of the
journeys to either Miri or Kota health needs toare more prevalent in impact on nurturing the healthcare system, these wider and The reformed system should
Kinabalu for specialist care and public’s long term health. more powerful social determinants of invest in better preventative
caesarean sections. lower income groups. health must be prioritised, and the healthcare services (68% of total
be valued as anMental health Often described as inequalities in health addressed health expenditure spent on curative
There have been 14 studies since the social determinants appropriately and urgently. care services in 2018), which would
1985, with near unanimous problems are more ensure good antenatal care, exclusive
consensus, but yet reforms have common in lower asset, and the of health; social, The social determinants can only breastfeeding in the first six months
been amiss. income families. economical, commercial, be successful if it is incorporated of life, optimum complementary
Challenges to our health system governmentSuch data provides environmental and within the context of health in all feeding in the first two years and
Our past leaders had bequeath us a educational conditions policies (HiAP) of the government. optimising family-based diet for two
health system which performed evidence that tragic to five year olds.
above its expectations and was needs to drivestories such as Kam are undoubtedly the most HiAP takes health implications
respected globally. In the previous powerful influencers of seriously across all sectors, to ensure The collaboration and synergy of
century, deaths of pregnant women, Agong are not mere they synergise to enhance population multiple ministries and agencies are
infants and children were relatively policy decisionsanecdotes, but a people’s health. and health equity, and avoid harmful essential to ensure success of
low, given Malaysia’s economic In as much as the health impacts. nurturing the good health of our
status compared with countries with systemic problem for young and most vulnerable, within
similar economic development. Malaysia. which would reforms of the Health One of the most difficult the context of HiAP.
Much ink has been Ministry (MoH) is conundrums of a health reform
However, improvements in such create social,spilled to highlight the overdue, it is not the be all agenda is the lack or failure of multi- The major areas in the healthcare
critical indicators in the 21st century and end all of the state of sectoral integration of agencies and ecosystem that need to be reformed
has stagnated – deaths among everyday experience relevant authorities. are, namely, transformation of the
pregnant women, infants and economical,of Malaysians faced the nation’s health. public health sector and regulatory
children made no discernable We would be missing As MoH labours on the reforms of the private health sector,
progress for the last two decades with inadequate seriousness of NCD, to tackle it does enabled by sustainable financing.
since 2000. commercial,public investment in the forest from the trees if not only involve reform.
the nation is yet again led This new paradigm in healthcare
Similarly, although life expectancy health – the auditor The neighbourhood and built is captured in the maxim,
has been improving, the pace of environmentalgeneral in 2018 to think that a better and environment play crucial roles in “Technology-native, person-centred
improvement in life expectancy reformed MoH would enabling the practices of healthy integrated care, based on value and
among males who have reached the reported that hospitals lifestyle. choice, supported within a health
age of 60 – proxy for non- and educationalwere understaffed, transform the people’s empowering ecosystem”.
communicable diseases – is glacial, health. The nation faces We tell people to exercise yet there
compared with comparator overcrowded and are no safe paths within the vicinity And as the dictum goes, health is
countries. There were only 11 years situations, for aunderfunded. multiple challenges to of the community, no proper bike wealth. Good health leads to the
(male) and 12 years (female) gain of Much praise has reduce health inequalities lanes, poor road works that support people’s well-being, enhances their
life expectancy over a 50-year period, been heaped on our healthier life. and improving it. pedestrian and bicycle use, and productivity and better contributes
from 1970 to 2020. healthcare services, It is obvious from the poor facilities for hiking trails and to the well-being and prosperity of
especially for hospitals KRI report that one of the nature reserves. the nation.
Furthermore, although Malaysians that service expatriates most powerful drivers of
are living longer, they are not and high income good health is the ability to Stunting (low height for age) of Dr Musa Mohd Nordin,
spending those extra years in good individuals, but the secure an adequate our children below five years has Paediatrician, Dr Yap Wei Aun,
health. According to the 2019 reality for the masses is that we are income. The Covid-19 pandemic has increased from 13.4% in 2015 to Public Health Physician, Asst Prof Dr
only ranked 84th on the Healthcare further amplified this problem. 21.8% in 2019. Short term effects of
Access and Quality (HAQ) Index. The number of families and malnutrition includes impaired brain Farhan Mohammad Rusli,
The HAQ Index measures a children experiencing poverty has development, lower IQ and a Public Health Physician.
person’s access to quality healthcare increased from a poverty rate at weakened immune system, with
that would protect one from 5.6% in 2019 to at least 8.4% of recurrent infections, while in the Comments: [email protected]
amenable mortalities due to 32 all households in 2020 due to long term, it leads to shorter adults,
different diseases. And we are well the pandemic.
behind our neighbours Sri Lanka, We are hopeful the White Paper

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Vikram, a movie made in bad taste School counsellors must
be professionally trained
I WILL start this piece with a disclaimer 26,000 are members of one gang or here. A movie like Vikram cannot be
that this is not a review but an outright the other. censored in parts as the entire movie sits THE article “Trained staff have at least a counselling
rejection of Kamal Haasan’s recent film on gun violence, lawlessness, brutal killing, needed to impart sexual diploma qualification for entry
Vikram. I have great regard for Haasan’s For a population of about 32 million, slaughtering of humans and fights that health awareness” (June 3, level school counseling
versatility and his superb acting skills, and I with Indians making up about two million, give viewers a trance-like feeling. theSun) validates the reasoned positions. To be registered as a
think he has done justice to his role this is a staggering figure, and the number view of Federation of fully qualified counsellor in
in Vikram. is not easing up. There have been many It is no secret that action films usually Reproductive Health schools or workplace, staff
research and studies done to identify the end up as box office hits and are deemed Associations Malaysia need to complete a tertiary
What I abhor is the movie glorifies root cause of gangsterism in Malaysia, and to be in demand by the people, hence, it chairman Dr Dinesh level in Bachelor of
cold-blooded killings, with which the poverty tops the list. makes sense for filmmakers to make films Mahalingam that teachers Counselling, and must be
movie starts and ends. The black-ops cops that will sell, and the tendency to make may not have the knowledge equipped with practical
who go undercover in masks make killing Lack of education and job such films has increased. or skills to approach topics training.
justifiable through perverse logic and a opportunities add to the woes of the involving adolescent students.
twisted sense of right and wrong. Indians in the country. Gangsterism is an Particularly post pandemic, there has Counselling graduates are
escapism where the members get to live been a deluge of action movies with Simply put, it is “horses for properly trained, and have the
In the dark world, there is an obscure life on the fast last with their own rules. The weighty violence that have not gone courses”. In this challenging skills and competency to
line between right and wrong, and if one is mainstay of gangsterism is violence, and wrong in terms of popularity, but how do education environment, deliver a range of counselling
not careful, the distinction disappears and movies like Vikram can influence youths we evaluate and strike a balance between teachers have more than programmes that can guide
what rules is the momentary, external who are at the verge and brink of choices. profits and social obligation? enough on their plates, than students on important
influence that draws you into the to counsel students. emotional, social and sexual
wrong side. An evocative movie such as Vikram, There have been defensive statements health-related issues.
with megastars in the line-up, make it on this topic by filmmakers such as,“It is However, trained
I decided to watch the movie for all the impactful and is taken as representation of only entertainment. It does not influence counsellors or staff have Research has found that
hype that was abuzz, and from the reviews, life and reality. Just because Haasan takes anybody”;“We just reflect reality. Don’t undergone specialised studies students trust specialist
one would think it would be a worthwhile to correcting the misdeeds in the blame us, blame the society”; and“We give and training, and are best counsellors as they are reliable
three hours spent at the cinema. I have no community and takes to violent slaughters, the public what it wants. If people don’t placed to raise awareness of in delivering information
issue with the length and it was definitely they do not make them right. Two wrongs like it, they can always turn it off.” the many key sex health about sexual issues, including
gripping with action and dripping do not make a right, but rational thinking issues, including sexually giving sound advice. As such,
in blood. has no place in a movie like this. If the end game and message is to transmitted diseases and students are able to make
sacrifice some people to save the world infections. good reasoned choices.
Indian youths in Malaysia are a It is a tad sensitive and may be from the effects of drugs that would
disillusioned lot. They hover between unpopular but Vikram is a movie that will proliferate and destroy millions, the end In other countries, Sze Loong Ngeow
reality and faked idealism from the Indian scar the society, which is already bleeding. does not justify the means. including Australia, Kajang
movies they watch. A 2021 report quoted If the bottom line is the only concern of the counsellors are required to
that 72% of gang members identified in producers, then our censorship board Bhavani Krishna Iyer
Malaysia were Indians and that more than should have perhaps banned the movie Kuala Lumpur

10 theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JUNE 8, 2022

A step forward for Baki
o Sim Leisure Group welcomes Baki Zainal as its Brand Ambassador

MALAYSIA’S very own He has also hosted notable multifaceted nature and richness of but also internationally. We’ve got a Ambassador for GoPro.
international themed and international events for the Malaysia and Malaysians. So, when I lot of plans in store and are already More recently, Baki was back at
leisure entertainment entertainment industry, including the was approached by the group to be working with him on several
specialist and creators of Asian Television Awards in 2016 and their first-ever Brand Ambassador, I engagements to take our brands and ESCAPE Penang to champion two of
the ESCAPE brand of theme parks, 2017 in Singapore. As an actor, Baki did not hesitate to jump on the attractions to even greater heights!” the park’s Guinness World Record-
Sim Leisure Group (SLG), has has appeared in several hit sitcoms, opportunity. It’s going to be exciting breaking attractions at the launch of
announced celebrity host and including Kopitiam and Mr Siao’s and I’m truly looking forward to Baki’s affinity for the Sim Leisure the Pepsi Challenge on the World’s
television presenter Baki Zainal as its Mandarin Class, and the hit film, Sini working with them.” Group and its brands was noted long Longest Water Tube Slide, and
first-ever Brand Ambassador. Ada Hantu. before his appointment as Brand subsequently, the launch of the
Sim Leisure Group founder and Ambassador. In 2020, he took up the World’s Longest Zip Coaster.
Baki will anchor and champion He is also an avid traveller, CEO Sim Choo Kheng said: “We are Million Dollar video challenge by
prominent brands under the group, adrenaline junkie and thrill seeker, thrilled to have Baki on board as our GoPro, by filming himself in ESCAPE And he’s only just getting started –
including the group’s proprietary making his appointment as SLG’s first ever Brand Ambassador. We’ve Penang, and was one of the 45 with many more events and plans in
ESCAPE brand of nature-inspired brand ambassador a natural one. had a wonderful working relationship winners out of more than 42,000 the pipeline, fans of Baki and the
theme parks. with him in the past, as he has hosted entries from across 104 countries. He brands under the Sim Leisure Group
Baki said: “I have always had a lot the launch of many of our attractions. would later go on to become a Global can certainly look forward to seeing
Baki is known as a multilingual TV of respect for Sim Leisure Group and In addition to his natural charm and more of him in the near future.
host, conversing effortlessly in its founder, Sim Choo Kheng, magnetic personality, his spirit of
English, Bahasa Melayu and especially for the ESCAPE brand of excitement and adventure has truly
Mandarin, amassing a wide-reaching themed attractions. They are a fine stood out, making him the perfect fit
audience and fan base. example of a homegrown Malaysian for this role. Moreover, his
success story, who has made their involvement with various travel and
Among the more notable hosting mark in the international travel and tourism bodies around the world
stints under his belt include 8TV’s leisure industry. And as a TV and bodes well for the group’s ongoing
Mandarin travel showcase, Step travel show host, this is something I expansion plans, not only in Malaysia
Forward and the award-winning Let’s try to promote and portray – the
Cycle show.

Le Méridien Petaling Jaya offers new hospitality option in Klang Valley
LE MÉRIDIEN Hotels & Resorts creating a colourful and vibrant The eight meeting rooms, all with
recently announced the opening of Le General Manager of Le Méridien Petaling Jaya Christopher Moore (second from setting to elevate the local market natural light, are customisable into
Méridien Petaling Jaya. Owned by left) with Marriott International representatives. experience. flexible venues perfect for smaller
Jelas Puri Sdn Bhd, the new hotel corporate and social gatherings. Each
features 300 timeless chic guestrooms, bamboo flooring to convey both meet for business. The Residence Set atop the 30th floor, PJ’s Bar & venue is illuminated with functional
distinctive dining options and unique tactile warmth and a feeling of Club is open to Platinum, Titanium, Grill is the largest rooftop bar in reflective dimmers to evoke a sense of
brand programmes for guests to spaciousness. With sleek furnishings and Ambassador Elite Marriott Petaling Jaya and doubles as a space with classic imprints of the
savour the good life. Taking cues from and marble-clad bathrooms to create Bonvoy members and guests who stay sophisticated restaurant specialising Malaysian Wau to signify the influence
the brand’s mid-century modern an element of opulence, every room is on suite floors, offering in grilled dishes, tantalising of local charm.
design aesthetic, Le Méridien decked with unique local-themed complimentary breakfast, all-day appetisers, and creative cocktails
Petaling Jaya will bring Le Méridien’s artwork and design for a sense of place refreshments, and evening cocktails. accompanied by a private cigar “We are delighted with the opening
distinctive European heritage to the that is proudly Malaysian. lounge. of Le Méridien Petaling Jaya in one of
city of Petaling Jaya. Guests can savour the good life at most recognisable commercial and
Guests will also be able to enjoy the hotel’s two destination dining The rooftop also houses a 300- residential hubs in Malaysia. We look
“We are thrilled to announce the premium bathroom amenities by outlets. The hotel’s all-day dining square-metre rooftop infinity-edge forward to welcoming guests to
opening of Le Méridien Petaling Jaya MALIN+GOETZ which was restaurant, Pasar Baru presents pool that offers refreshing swims and a unlock the sights, sounds, and aromas
in Malaysia. The opening marks the specifically developed for the Le Malaysia’s multi-cultural mélange of wide-open deck for some fun in the of the destination, showcasing
fourth hotel by the Le Méridien brand Méridien brand. Malay, Indian and Chinese flavours in sun. The fitness centre is located on European-inspired hospitality and
in the country. We are committed to a lively market-style setting. the 29th floor with sweeping views of enriching experiences to savour the
bringing the best hospitality Designed to emulate a residential Traditional mosaic tiles synonymous the city and the latest state-of-the-art moment,” said Christopher Moore,
experiences and continue expanding style living room, the hotel’s executive with the local Peranakan heritage equipment. General Manager of Le Méridien
our portfolio further to offer distinctive lounge, The Residence Club is the adorns the walls of the restaurant Petaling Jaya.
and personalised experiences for perfect space to relax, socialise or For the younger guests, the Le
travellers in the region,” said Rivero Méridien Family programme invites To celebrate its presence galore, Le
Delgado, Area Vice President, make-believers, aspiring inventors, Méridien Petaling Jaya is offering a
Singapore, Malaysia, Maldives, junior culinarians and little culture- special room package starting from
Marriott International. seekers into an immersive world RM330+ for a one night’s stay in a
where toying, tinkering and free-play Deluxe Room inclusive of breakfast for
Le Méridien Petaling Jaya is are celebrated. two, Internet access, 20% discount at
strategically situated in the heart of the all F&B venues (excluding alcohol and
town and with proximity to some of The hotel also offers extensive tobacco) with 1000 Marriott Bonvoy
the city’s places of interest such as event spaces for hosting meetings, points.
Batu Caves, PJ Performing Arts Centre, business conferences, social
and more. gatherings, and weddings. The The package is valid until June 30,
comprehensive array of meeting and 2022. For more information, call the
The 300 thoughtfully designed event spaces includes a 1,700-square- hotel at 03-7682 0000 or book at
guestrooms and suites feature metre pillarless grand ballroom that
can accommodate up to 1,000 guests.



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KL MARKET SUMMARY IHH Healthcare to divest medical education
June 7, 2022 arm for RM1.35 billion to consortium

INDICES 10,941.58 CHANGE -71.36
FBMKLCI 1,525.93 -11.90 PETALING JAYA: IHH Healthcare has TPG senior adviser Tunku Ali
CONSUMER PRODUCTS 584.83 +2.26 entered into an agreement for the sale of its Redhauddin Tuanku Muhriz said the
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS 197.13 -2.64 fully owned medical education arm investment is part of a thematic focus
CONSTRUCTION 161.31 -0.94 International Medical University (IMU) to a globally on professional education in the
FINANCIAL SERVICES 16,546.78 -72.01 consortium of investors led by The Rise medical sector and will be a strong addition
ENERGY 801.96 -8.85 Fund, TPG’s multi-sector global impact to the extensive healthcare and education
TELECOMMUNICATIONS 589.43 -4.20 investing platform and Hong Leong Group portfolio that TPG has.
HEALTH CARE 1,879.28 +0.58 for RM1.35 billion.
TRANSPORTATION 855.22 +2.24 The transaction is expected to be
PROPERTY 673.35 -6.90 IMU is the largest medical and completed by the third quarter of 2023.
PLANTATION 7,786.92 -124.71 healthcare-focused higher education
FBMSHA 11,276.79 -87.70 institute in Malaysia. The sale includes an The Rise Fund’s investment in IMU is its
FBMACE 5,249.88 -22.07 under-construction hospital that IMU owns, second medical education investment this
TECHNOLOGY 68.83 -0.88 which will be acquired by Columbia Asia. markets based on its cluster strategy year. In February, through investments in
approach and which it has good operating the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
TURNOVER VALUE The divestment is a continuation of the knowledge of,” it said in a statement. and Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine,
2.618 BIL RM1.776 BIL group’s strategy to drive capital-efficient it launched the Center for Health Education
growth, which includes an ongoing review IHH managing director and CEO Dr and Access in the US.
5 MOST ACTIVES of its portfolio and capital deployment to Kelvin Loh said the recalibration of its
June 7, 2022 prioritise returns and focus on long-term portfolio is a considered decision as part of a TPG investments in healthcare and
core assets. new strategy. education sectors in Malaysia include
STOCK VOL CLSG (sen) +/– (sen) Gribbles, Lablink, Clinipath and Quantum –
SAPNRG 204,794,400 5.0 -0.5 “With the monetisation of this asset, IHH “We will deploy the proceeds to optimise as part of Pathology Asia – Columbia Asia,
YEWLEE 162,380,500 29.0 +1.0 will focus on strengthening its healthcare our operations and clinical services plus invest CVSKL, Beacon and Alty, as well as Sri KDU,
GPACKET 119,294,200 7.5 +0.5 operations in existing markets, and into new growth peaks for IHH,” he added. Real Schools and GEMS as part of XCL
G3 111,315,200 5.0 +0.5 extending its footprint into new adjacent Education.
JETSON 53,039,800 31.5 +6.5
Bright spots amid subdued
5 TOP GAINERS outlook for M’sian equities
June 7, 2022

STOCK VOL CLSG (RM) +/– RM o HSBC investment
NESTLE 70,200 133.80 0.70 expert points to
AJI 15,200 12.96 0.26 semiconductor and
CHINTEK 58,500 9.70 0.25 commodity companies,
PPB 498,000 16.56 0.24 notes that economy is on
IMASPRO 35,900 3.80 0.21 fairly solid growth path

June 7, 2022

KLK 1,905,000 25.46 0.54
MPI 176,300 33.10 0.40
HSTECH-HJ 0.53 0.335
MEITUAN-H3 3,900 0.225 0.285
HSI-HB6 1,200 0.815 0.235

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Foreign currency Bank sell Bank buy Bank buy PETALING JAYA: Although the outlook for expands at around 5%, impact of pandemic consumption over the long term? My
the Malaysian equity market in the second restrictions receding, economy reopens, (answer) is ‘no.’
1 US DOLLAR TT/OD TT OD half of 2022 (H2’22) remains dismal, there are private consumption is going to bounce
1 AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR 4.4620 4.3260 4.3160 selective opportunities in semiconductors back, investments are likely to also be quite “The increase in GST is seen in many
1 BRUNEI DOLLAR 3.2190 3.0900 3.0740 and commodity-related companies as robust,” Cheo said. markets across the world. The pandemic
1 CANADIAN DOLLAR 3.2350 3.1400 3.1320 Malaysia has a prominent semiconductor has forced inflationary phenomena.
1 EURO 3.5390 3.4420 3.4300 supply chain as well as being one of the HSBC projects Malaysia’s gross domestic Governments across the world have
1 NEWZEALAND DOLLAR 4.7740 4.6170 4.5970 major global net oil and gas exporters. product for 2022 to be around 5.5% due to borrowed extensively to provide fiscal
1 SINGAPORE DOLLAR 2.9010 2.7930 2.7770 tailwinds associated with manufacturing stimulus to help economies recover. So
1 STERLING POUND 3.2350 3.1400 3.1320 HSBC Global Private Banking and and higher commodity prices. However, it right now as the world is recovering,
1 SWISS FRANC 5.5930 5.4130 5.3930 Wealth chief investment officer for still depends on what the central bank does government’s fiscal authorities are starting
100 UAE DIRHAM 4.5790 4.4710 4.4560 Southeast Asia James Cheo (pix) said the in terms of interest rates. to claw back some of what they’ve spent in
100 BANGLADESHTAKA 122.8900 116.4600 116.2600 outlook for the Malaysian equity market in terms of fiscal stimulus over the last few
100 CHINESE RENMINBI 4.9710 4.6250 4.4250 H2’22 relies on global appetite for risk “Recently Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) years and that’s manifesting in GST,” Cheo
100 HONGKONG DOLLAR 67.0000 64.4000 assets, and general risk sentiment in the lifted its policy rate by 25 basis points and stated.
100 INDIAN RUPEE 57.4700 54.5900 N/A global economy is still “very fragile”, thus its we expect BNM to increase the policy rate
100 INDONESIAN RUPIAH 5.8300 5.4700 54.3900 “neutral” call on Malaysian equities. by another 50 basis points, ending the year The government has been mulling the
100 JAPANESE YEN 0.0319 0.0289 at around 2.5%,” Cheo said. reintroduction of GST to increase national
100 NEWTAIWAN DOLLAR 3.3770 3.2690 5.2700 “(This is) until we see a more concrete income although no decision has been
100 PAKISTAN RUPEE 16.2000 0.0239 kind of improvement in global dynamics, Moreover, he said, Malaysia should not made yet. A 6% GST was introduced in 2015
100 PHILIPPINE PESO 2.2700 N/A 3.2590 particularly in how the recovery is, in the worry about the reintroduction of the goods before being replaced with SST in 2018. The
100 QATAR RIYAL 8.5600 2.1200 peaking of inflation and the slowing of and services tax (GST) as it will not affect current rate for sales tax is 5-10% while the
100 SAUDI RIYAL 123.2200 8.0600 N/A growth. Having said that, although we are consumption although prices will rise as service tax is 6%.
100THAI BAHT 120.2300 116.9700 1.9200 neutral on Malaysian equities, there are long as the economy is strong, productivity
13.5400 114.1400 7.8600 opportunities (in semiconductors and and wage are growing. On currencies, Cheo remarked that the
12.0100 116.7700 commodities-related companies) because ringgit will stabilise towards RM4.28 to the
113.9400 various parts of the economy are doing “In the short term, investors and US dollar by year-end when market
11.6100 well,” he told the media at HSBC H2’22 consumers might pause some of the sentiment improves globally.
investment outlook virtual press conference purchases but would it really curtail
Source: Malayan Banking Berhad/Bernama yesterday.

“Malaysia is on a fairly solid growth path
in a few dimensions. This really helps in
terms of (its) economy. The economy

12 theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JUNE 8, 2022

Diversify to remain relevant, rubber industry players told

KUALA LUMPUR: Rubber industry pepper and others. Our rubber institutions, universities, commercialisation viability to to drive rapid technological
players need to diversify into the gloves production become the institutions of higher learning and attract investment in the Malaysian development,” she said.
non-medical area to continue to be number one in the country because companies based in and outside rubber industry.
among the main contributors to the of the pandemic. Malaysia,” she said. She said the ministry would
economy moving forward, Minister She said a special committee “Industries, universities and continue to support rubber product
of Plantation Industries and “But now, the pandemic is over, comprising industry and technical research institutions are the development innovations that have
Commodities Datuk Zuraida probably we can diversify a bit and experts from the public and private nation’s best mind centres that have the potential to drive the country’s
Kamaruddin said. move into the non-medical area,” sectors has been established to a pool of experts from various economic growth as well as be
she said at the launch of the Global conduct technical and financial fields,” she said. committed to ensure that the
She said during the Covid-19 Funding for Rubber Innovation evaluations on research proposal rubber industry continued to
pandemic, Malaysia emerged (GFRI) yesterday. papers that meet the requirements Therefore, she said researchers remain competitive in the global
among the top global exporters of of the funding program. from various organisations played market.
medical rubber gloves due to the She said the Malaysian Rubber Zuraida said GFRI’s main an important role in generating
country’s ability to meet the Council (MRC), through GFRI, is objective is to encourage the innovations that could contribute She added that Malaysia’s
growing demand. providing a start-up fund of RM10 generation of ideas, innovations to economic prosperity. rubber products are now exported
million as research grants. and inventions for rubber products to 189 countries with a growth of
“During Covid-19, our and technologies with high “In this regard, Malaysia can use 50.6% to RM61.7 billion in 2021
commodities are doing well, “This research fund is open to all technical expertise from developed from RM40.1 billion in 2020. –
whether its palm oil, rubber, timber, local and foreign researchers from countries such as the US, Europe Bernama
various public and private research and Japan which has the potential

Yew Lee opens at 28.5 sen BRIEFS BINTAI KINDEN UNIT IS
for 1.79% premium in debut DISTRIBUTOR OF UK’S
o Group raises RM37.27m from listing on ACE Market, aims to brush up its market
position in Malaysia PETALING JAYA: Bintai Kinden Corp Bhd unit
Bintai Energy Sdn Bhd has been appointed
█ BY GLORIA HARRY BEATTY as the authorised distributor of Wolff
[email protected] Pipelines Ltd’s piping products. The
company received an appointment letter
KUALA LUMPUR: Yew Lee Pacific Group Bhd From left: Yew Lee Pacific Group Bhd directors Andrea Huong, Lim See Tow, Andrew Yaw, Ang Poh from Wolff for stock and supply of stainless
made its debut on the ACE Market of Bursa Yee, Mahdzir, managing director Ang Lee Leong, executive directors Chee Wai Ying and Ang Lee and carbon steel pipes, flanges and fittings
Malaysia Securities yesterday, opening at 28.5 Seng, M&A Securities Sdn Bhd managing director of corporate finance Datuk Bill Tan, deputy head in accordance with the American and
sen above its initial public offering (IPO) price of of corporate finance Danny Wong, and Eco Asia Capital Advisory Sdn Bhd financial adviser Woon European standards for the oil and gas
28 sen per share, chalking up a 0.5 sen or 1.79% Soon Fai at the listing ceremony. (O&G) market in Malaysia. Wolff is the
premium. producer of quality seamless and welded
equipment is also to automate production 23.88%), for construction of warehouse facility pipes and tubes that has contributed to the
The stock hit an intraday high of 30 sen and processes and reduce labour costs,” said and office building in Pusing, Perak (RM7.3 growth and development of O&G sector by
closed at 29 sen with 162.38 million shares Mahdzir. million or 19.58%), for working capital serving engineering, procurement and
changing hands. It was the second most actively requirements (RM4.57 million or 12.26%), for construction contractors, as well as
traded stock yesterday. COO and executive director Ang Poh Yee said listing expenses (RM3.8 million or 10.19%) and supplying distributors and trading
the group is confident that its results for FY22 will for renovation of new office in Klang, Selangor companies with quality piping products.
The Perak-based group is an industrial brush reflect stable profit margins and growth in the (RM1.8 million or 4.83%).
manufacturer and trader of machinery parts and revenue. It recently declared a first interim SARAWAK CONSOLIDATED
industrial hardware. dividend of 0.3 sen per share in respect of FY22 to Meanwhile, the group plans to automate GETS RM31M EPCC PROJECT
be paid on July 12, 2022. more of its operations to reduce dependency on
Chairman Mahdzir Othman said the group is labour and intends to expand market share in the PETALING JAYA: Sarawak Consolidated
pleased with the positive response to its debut on “(Our) Sales volume has stabilised since the trading of machinery parts in the central region Industries Bhd (SCIB) wholly owned
the ACE Market and that it will continue to last quarter,” Ang told a virtual press conference of Peninsular Malaysia as well as have a bigger subsidiary SCIB Properties Sdn Bhd has
strengthen its market position as one of the key following its listing yesterday, when asked presence in Indonesia and Thailand through accepted an engineering, procurement,
industry players in the industrial brush industry whether the group’s sales order were Yew Lee Indonesia and Yew Lee Thailand, both construction, and commissioning contract
in Malaysia. consistent. of which were established in 2019. worth RM30.75 million from Ennova Sdn
Bhd. The contract will see SCIB Properties
Currently, the group has an estimated market The group is raising RM37.27 million from the M&A Securities Sdn Bhd is the principal providing engineering services on the
share of 12.4% of the total size of the industrial IPO exercise. The IPO proceeds will primarily be adviser, sponsor, underwriter and placement replacement of Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s
brush industry in Malaysia of RM254.5 million in utilised for purchase of additional machinery agent for Yew Lee’s IPO while Eco Asia Capital integrated smart lamp pole. SCIB Properties
2021, based on its revenue from the and equipment (RM10.9 million or 29.25%), for Advisory Sdn Bhd is the financial adviser. will be replacing 200 units of the smart lamp
manufacturing of industrial brushes segment of repayment of bank borrowings (RM8.9 million or pole within the Klang Valley. The project will
RM31.6 million during the financial year ending commence from June 2022 to May 2023.
Dec 31, 2021 (FY21).
“We see this listing as an opportunity to ROOFTOP SOLAR CONTRACTS
realise our future plans and strategies including
expansion and upgrading of our production PETALING JAYA: Reservoir Link Energy Bhd
facilities as well as developing a range of subsidiary RL Sunseap Energy Sdn Bhd has
customisable industrial brushes catering to a secured a contract from Osram Opto
diverse customer base. Semiconductors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd to
develop solar rooftops as well as Building
“As such, we have also allocated RM3.6 Integrated Photovoltaics power generation
million from our IPO to make advance purchases facilities on rooftops, existing covered
on materials to support the increase in our carparks and BIPV carparks located in Kulim,
manufacturing activities in tandem with the rise Kedah with a combined installed capacity of
in demand of our range of brushes. This will 7,708.6 kWp and export capacity of 6,285
improve our inventory and availability levels and kWac. This solar agreement is expected to
shorten overall lead time for delivery. The have a tenure of 25 years. RL Sunseap Energy
purchase of additional machinery and has also been contracted to perform the
operations and maintenance of the solar
RM477.5 million net foreign buying on Bursa last week photovoltaic (PV) system through the
contracted tenure. In addition, RL Sunseap
PETALING JAYA: Foreign investors returned as Meanwhile, local retails were net sellers sold RM8.5 billion of equities.” Energy has also signed a rooftop solar supply
net buyers to the tune of RM477.5 million last once again after being net buyers the previous Local retailers were net sellers every day of agreement with PE Land (Penang) Sdn Bhd
week, after one week of net selling. week. Net outflows from them this week on May 25, 2022. To date, Reservoir Link has
summed up to RM121.4 million. Meanwhile, the week except on Thursday, when they net secured four contracts to provide rooftop
In its fund flow report yesterday, MIDF the local institutions stay as net sellers for the bought at RM10.5 million of equities. They have solar PV systems totalling 10 Megawatts.
Research said the previous occurrence when four-consecutive week with RM356.1 million. been net buyers for 13 out of 22 weeks of 2022.
foreign investors were the sole net buyers was Year-to-date, local retailers have been net BOUSTEAD PLANTATIONS
on the week ended May 20. The research house said to date, buyers at RM1.1 billion. SECURES RM45M GREEN
international funds have been net buyers for 17 FINANCING FROM CHINA BANK
“Net buying from foreign investors came in out of the 22 weeks of 2022, with a total net In terms of participation, MIDF said all
on Monday through to Wednesday. The highest inflow of RM7.4 billion. investor classes except for local retailers KUALA LUMPUR: Boustead Plantations Bhd
was on Tuesday where it amounted to RM320.8 showed an improvement for the week. Foreign (BPB) has sealed a RM45 million green
million while lowest was on Wednesday with “Local institutions were net sellers for only investors and local institutions saw an increase financing agreement with China
RM111.2 million. In terms of net selling by the first three days to a total of RM426.1 million. in the average daily trade value (ADTV) by Construction Bank (M) Bhd to facilitate its
foreign investors, it came in at RM67.3 million Their heaviest outflow came on Tuesday at 110.3% and 24% respectively. Meanwhile, local sustainable replanting exercise as part of its
and RM9.3 million on Thursday and Friday RM284 million. They have been net sellers for retailers were the only one posted decline of commitment towards environmental, social
respectively,” it added. 19 out of 22 weeks this year. To date, they have 2.5% in ADTV. and governance efforts. BPB, one of
Malaysia’s major palm oil companies, seeks to
leverage financing to maximise its ongoing
accelerated sustainable replanting
programme, particularly for its plantation
assets in Sabah, from this year until 2024.
“The green financing agreement would allow
BPB to complement its ongoing plantations
performance improvement programme by
optimising the potential of its plantation
assets in Sabah,” its CEO Zainal Abidin Shariff
said in a statement yesterday. – Bernama

13theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JUNE 8, 2022

CGS-CIMB expects expansionary Budget 2023 to be tabled earlier than usual

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is expected be released. According to the research house, the in subsidy spending,” it added.
to table Budget 2023 earlier than usual as the “The pre-budget statement did not mention government maintains its 2022 fiscal deficit Meanwhile, it said the pre-budget statement
general election is likely to be around the target at 6% of gross domestic product (GDP)
corner, said CGS-CIMB. the prospects of reimplementation of GST. despite higher subsidy spending, likely offset by did not mention a deficit target for 2023 although
Given the sensitivity, we do not expect the higher dividend payouts. it highlighted the need for continued fiscal
It said in a note that an expansionary election government to commit to GST although consolidation towards -3.5% of GDP by 2025.
budget is expected to be released, with issues chances are that we may see a return of the tax “We believe this could only be achieved
such as the goods and services tax (GST) likely to in one form or another,” it said. through higher dividend payouts by CGS-CIMB pinned further improvement in
be tackled post-election by the new government. government-linked companies, particularly deficit to -5% of GDP in 2023 from -6% in 2022.
The shift away from GST to sales and service Petronas. We believe Petronas would be able to
“The pre-budget statement came early this tax (SST) in 2018 caused the government a loss surpass its initial commitment of RM25 billion “We maintain our GDP growth forecasts of
year on June 3 versus Aug 31 last year, of about RM20 billion which would be needed dividend payment in 2022 as well, as the 5.6% year on year for the 2022 forecast and 5.0%
reiterating the government’s plans for more to plug the fiscal gap left by higher subsidies and government expects an additional RM30 billion for the 2023 forecast, our 2023 Consumer Price
targeted subsidies although the details are yet to pursue fiscal consolidation, said CGS-CIMB. Index forecast of 2% may see an upside after the
subsidy adjustment,” it said. – Bernama

complicates policy outlook RESULTS IN RM100M
o Degree of cost pass-
through from companies to KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Digital Economy
households in Malaysia is Corporation (MDEC) has garnered over
mitigatedby subsidiesand RM100 million in qualified digital
price controls, rating and opportunities through its recent business
research agency says mission to Indonesia.The business mission,
the first since international borders were
PETALING JAYA: Inflation is expected to pick Rising food prices is a policy concern as at least 20% of the expenditure of most Malaysian reopened in March 2022, is an extension
up in 2022 as the effects of ongoing global households goes towards food, RAM says. Picture for representation purpose only. – BERNAMAPIX of MDEC’s Gateway, Amplify, Investor,
supply chain disruptions are transmitted to Nurture Programme, serving to
Malaysia’s consumer prices, and the nature of “We expect Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) economic recovery. accelerate local technology companies to
this cost-push inflation limits the effectiveness to mainly adjust interest rates on the basis of It added that the fiscal cost of managing the global stage. Owing to the travel
of conventional monetary policy while the economic recovery while also responding to restrictions enforced during the Covid-19
government’s various price control efforts will the risk of demand-pull induced second- subsidies and mitigating price pressures is pandemic, the programmes for 2020 and
impose an exorbitant fiscal cost, said RAM order effects and inflation pervasiveness. substantial. For example, an oil price 2021 were conducted online. – Bernama
Ratings. While increasingly widespread, the extent of assumption of US$100 per barrel coupled with
price increases is currently less severe than current retail pump prices will lead to JOHOR CONFIDENT OF
It said the prices of raw commodities (food that seen in previous rapid inflationary projected fuel subsidy expenditure of RM34 ACHIEVING HIGHER
and fuel) and their derivative products episodes. billion this year (14.6% of Budget 2022’s INVESTMENTS THIS YEAR
(fertiliser and metals) have escalated operating budget). Higher oil-and-gas-related
significantly. “At the same time, second-round price revenues will be insufficient to fully offset this JOHOR BARU: Johor expects to attract
effects or a wage-price spiral are not fiscal strain, thus necessitating the realignment more investments this year following the
The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) immediately evident as labour market or consolidation of various operating reopening of the country’s borders. Johor
aggregate global commodity price index conditions have yet to fully recover. expenditure items. This may have implications State Investment, Trade and Consumer
jumped 52.7% year-to-date in April 2022, Nevertheless, rising food prices is a policy for some federal government-led support Affairs Committee chairman Lee Ting Han
markedly faster than the pre-Covid-19 concern as at least 20% of the expenditure of programmes. said many inquiries on investment in
pandemic trend of 1.9% annually between most Malaysian households goes towards Johor involving the manufacturing and
2010 and 2019. These broad-based price food. Further, the impact of the rising cost of “Given the nature of current price pressures, a services sectors have been received. He
increases come amid an extended period of necessities is disproportionately felt by the near-term normalisation of inflation conditions said the almost RM7 billion in
unfavourable global supply conditions on the more marginalised segments of the economy,“ is not expected. Domestic supply-side policies – investments last year has strengthened
back of the Russia-Ukraine war and economic RAM explained in a statement. such as improving domestic logistics and the state government’s confidence in
lockdowns in key Chinese cities. Export production capabilities, favourable trade targeting higher investments this year.
controls in major commodity exporting As secondary inflation risks remain limited agreements with suppliers of key commodities, “This year we expect Johor to achieve a
countries compound these effects. As a result, at this juncture, it expects the Overnight and streamlining administrative bottlenecks – higher figure because the international
most firms globally will face higher production Policy Rate to gradually normalise to end the will be key in managing inflationary pressures borders have been opened and we have
costs. year at 2.25% in line with the pace of this and next year,” RAM said. received many inquiries from foreign
investors, especially from Singapore,
In Malaysia, the degree of cost pass-through China and South Korea,”he said at a press
from companies to households is somewhat conference after the Deloitte Malaysia
mitigated by existing subsidies and price branch opening ceremony here yesterday.
controls, RAM said. However, as labour- – Bernama
intensive and commodity or import-
dependent firms will be most affected by 12MP AIMS TO SHIFT M’SIA
current conditions, the degree of cost pass- TO SUSTAINABLE CIRCULAR
through would be significant for these firms. In ECONOMY, SAYS MUSTAPA
particular, the general price of food is expected
to climb faster than the 4% uptick registered in KUALA LUMPUR: The 12th Malaysia Plan
the first four months of 2022 (pre-pandemic (12MP) aims to shift the country’s
average: 3.3%) if supply conditions remain conventional linear economy model,
unresolved. which has been proven to be harmful to
the environment, to the sustainable
Dialog unit to acquire Pan Orient Energy for US$38.7m circular economy model, says Minister in the
Prime Minister’s Department (Economy)
KUALA LUMPUR: Dialog Group Bhd’s and Dialog Group will acquire 100% equity first upstream venture outside Malaysia for Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. Such a shift
wholly owned Singapore subsidiary, Dialog interest in Pan Orient Petroleum Pte Ltd,” it mature upstream oil-producing fields, paving will enable Malaysia to achieve a systemic
Systems (Asia) Pte Ltd has entered into a said. the way for the group to move up the value move towards long-term resilience,
conditional agreement with Pan Orient chain in the upstream business. eliminate unsustainable consumption and
Energy Corp to acquire its entire Pan Orient Petroleum, which is Pan Orient production practices as well as to address
equity interest for US$38.7 million Energy’s wholly owned Singapore The proposed acquisition is in line with the issues of climate change, environmental
(RM170 million) cash. subsidiary, also holds 50.01% the group’s strategy to continue to expand and degradation, and biodiversity loss, he said in
equity interest in Pan Orient diversify across the upstream, midstream, his opening remarks at a roundtable
In a filing with Bursa Malaysia Energy (Siam) Ltd, which is the downstream and renewable businesses of the discussion co-organised by the United
yesterday, the group said the operator of Concession L53/48, energy sector, thereby increasing Nations Global Compact Network
agreement was signed between onshore Thailand. opportunities for synergies within the group, Malaysia and Brunei and Bloomberg here
Dialog Systems’ 100%-owned Canadian it said. yesterday. – Bernama
company Alberta Ltd and Pan Orient Energy. Dialog Group said the purchase price will
be funded internally and/or with external Barring any unforeseen circumstances, CIMB COMMITS RM100M IN
“Upon finalisation of the proposed borrowing, including proceeds from sukuk Dialog Group said, the proposed acquisition FINANCING TO FIRMS FOR
acquisition, Pan Orient Energy will be issuance. is expected to be completed by the third SUSTAINABILITY ADOPTION
delisted from Canada’s TSX Venture Exchange quarter of 2022. – Bernama
It added that the proposed acquisition is its KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Group has
committed RM100 million in financing
through the Low Carbon Transition
Facility (LCTF) to encourage and
empower businesses to adopt low
carbon and sustainable practices for
business resilience. Businesses, including
small and medium enterprises (SME), will
benefit from collateral-free financing of
up to RM10 million with a repayment
period of up to 10 years at an interest rate
of up to 5% per annum. The LCTF, which
is offered through CIMB Bank and CIMB
Islamic Bank, reinforces the group’s
ambition of mobilising RM30 billion in
sustainable finance by 2024 as part of its
Forward23+ strategic plan. – Bernama


Citigroup to hire 3,000 in LONDON: The pay gap
Asia for institutional business between workers and CEOs at
300 publicly listed US
o Expansion comes companies with the lowest
on top of plans to median wage jumped in 2021,
recruit about 2,300 a study from the Institute for
staff by2025for Policy Studies showed
bank’s wealth yesterday. The average gap
management unit was 670 to 1, up from 604 to 1
in the prior year, while 49
HONG KONG: Citigroup Inc plans to Citi’s institutional business includes investment banking, and corporate and commercial banking units that provide trade companies had ratios above
hire around 3,000 new staff for its Asia finance, cash management, payments, and custody services, among others. – AFPPIX 1,000 to 1, the study showed.
institutional business in the next few Average CEO pay in the group
years, sharpening its focus in a fast- management unit. affluent segment as well as ultra-high global solutions that we can provide for climbed US$2.5 million (RM11
growing region where it has exited Citi said last year that US$7 billion net worth individuals. The Asia wealth that wealth are increasingly relevant for million) to US$10.6 million,
consumer banking in most markets, its business is also centered in Singapore our Asian clients.” while median worker pay rose
Asia Pacific CEO said. in capital released from divestment of and Hong Kong, hubs where the bank US$3,556 to US$23,968. The
consumer banking businesses in 13 still retains its consumer banking units. Babej believes the wealth that’s study found that at 106 of the
The previously unreported staff markets, 10 of which were in Asia, been accumulated, and continues to companies, median worker
expansion plans underline Citi’s would be either returned to Wealth managers at the big global grow, in China is “very significant”, pay failed to keep pace with
ambition to make institutional banking shareholders or invested in lucrative banks are tempering their expectations despite macroeconomic headwinds, the 4.7% average US inflation
and wealth management engines of institutional banking and wealth for Asia, after China’s regulatory uncertainties around Beijing’s so- rate over the period. – Reuters
growth, seeking to bolster revenue in a management units. crackdown and Covid-driven called ‘common prosperity’ drive, and
region that has become a battleground slowdown helped to push clients to the challenges from Covid control SWEDEN WON’T INJECT
for global banks looking to tap its vast The bank’s main regional sidelines, bankers and analysts told measures. MORE CAPITAL INTO SAS
economies and growing wealth. institutional business are in Hong Kong Reuters last month.
and Singapore, and Babej said that “Even at a lower GDP (gross OSLO: The Swedish government
Citi’s institutional business includes these two hubs would be a key focus of “As global growth slows down, Asia domestic product) growth rate, it’s will not inject new capital into
investment banking, and corporate the 3,000 additional headcount for the slows down as well, but the relative something that actually grows faster loss-making airline SAS and does
and commercial banking units that unit. It does not disclose the existing growth is still higher than most other than it does in the rest of the world,“ not aim to be a long-term
provide trade finance, cash headcount for the business. places in the world,“ said Babej. Babej said, noting the common shareholder in the company,
management, payments, and custody prosperity drive’s impact on clients’ Industry Minister Karl-Petter
services, among others. Last year, Citi created a single “And that growth, which translates international investing was hard to Thorwaldsson told a news
wealth management business, to into portfolio wealth, is one that we’re predict. – Reuters conference yesterday. Part-
“We’re talking about real meat on deliver services to clients from the incredibly excited about, and the owned by Sweden and Denmark,
the bones on growing our business the airline last week said it had
across Asia,“ Asia-Pacific CEO Peter not made sufficient progress on
Babej told Reuters in an interview. its restructuring plan, known as
SAS Forward. Sweden has
Citi has around US$200 billion injected 8.2 billion Swedish
(RM878 billion) in wealth assets in crowns (RM3.7 billion) into the
Asia, and the bank was “on track” to airline over recent decades,
grow client assets by US$150 billion by including via loans to rescue the
2025, a spokesman said, despite global company from collapse during
economic and markets uncertainties. the Covid-19 pandemic. The
minister said he would propose
The bank’s expansion of Asian to parliament that SAS should be
institutional business comes on top of allowed to convert debt it owes
plans announced last year to hire about to the government into equity
2,300 people by 2025 for its wealth capital. – Reuters

Cryptoverse: Early birds betting bitcoin’s bottoming out THAI PM: CENTRAL
BENGALURU: As the crypto winter the pain is already endured, and we’re indicate some investors are returning to returns this year as the crypto market KEEP RATE STEADY
creeps into June, the first signs of a thaw closer to the bottom than we are to the crypto, albeit into the perceived safety of has tanked.
are emerging. top,“ said Ben McMillan, chief exchange-traded products with their BANGKOK: Thailand’s central
investment officer of Arizona-based IDX promise of greater liquidity and security. US digital assets funds have lost 46% bank has told the finance
Some investors are now betting that Digital Assets. on average so far in 2022, posting losses ministry that it will keep its
bitcoin is bottoming out, judging by the The assets under management of of 22% in May, according to policy rate at the current level to
money heading into listed It’s hard to know whether the several bitcoin-futures ETFs have risen Morningstar. support the economy, Prime
cryptocurrency funds, which represent tentative flows will last, though, or if the in the past week, according to Kraken Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told
just a slice of the market yet are popular nascent trend will be replicated across Intelligence. The assets of the ProShares All listed digital asset investment reporters yesterday. Prayuth also
among institutional and retail players the wider market. Bitcoin Strategy ETF’s have grown 6%, products tracked by CryptoCompare said the finance ministry, central
alike. while those of the Global X Blockchain & lost money in May, with the worst bank, commercial banks and the
Many people will also think twice Bitcoin Strategy ETF and VanEck Bitcoin performer being Grayscale’s Digital private sector in Thailand
Overall flows into such funds turned before piling into the market again, Strategy ETF have climbed over 3%. Large Cap Fund product, with a 38.5% needed to do more to keep
positive last month, with a weekly having been mightily clobbered as fall. inflation in check. Thailand’s
average inflow of US$66.5 million crypto was buffeted by worries over In an indication investors are being headline inflation rose at a much
(RM292 million), a reversal from a global monetary tightening and rising selective and cautious, only bitcoin “Bitcoin has been rangebound in faster pace than expected in
dismal April when they saw a weekly inflation. Bitcoin has lost roughly half its funds have received inflows while funds concert with the broader market activity May, hitting its highest level in
average outflow of US$49.6 million, value since a November peak, it is down focused on ethereum and other crypto of late, investors are looking for a bottom nearly 14 years on soaring
according to data provider by a third in 2022 and has been still experienced outflows. and are uncertain where that is,“ said energy prices and the end of
CryptoCompare. languishing at around US$30,000 for a Jack McDonald, CEO of PolySign, which some government support
month. But let’s not forget, while the fortunes specializes in digital asset custody measures. The Bank of Thailand’s
“It’s largely institutional, and to a of some funds may potentially be solutions for institutional investors. – monetary policy committee is
degree retail investors, recognising that The data from funds nonetheless turning up, most have posted poor Reuters widely expected to keep its key
rate unchanged at a record low
Australia’s central bank raises rates by 50 bps in hawkish surprise of 0.5%, and possibly for the rest
of the year, to support the
SYDNEY: Australia’s central bank Board decided to move by 50 basis taking. Bonds took a beating as three- already hit a 20-year peak of 5.1% in recovery. – Reuters
yesterday raised interest rates by the points today,“ said RBA Governor year yields shot up 16 basis points to the first quarter and could approach
most in 22 years and flagged more Philip Lowe in a statement. 3.27%, levels not seen since early 2012. 6% this quarter amid rising costs for SRI LANKA NEEDS US$5B,
tightening to come as it battles to energy, food, rents and home building. HELP FROM CHINA
restrain surging inflation, stunning “The Board expects to take further Futures shifted to price in the real FOR ESSENTIALS
markets and sending bond yields steps in the process of normalising risk of another 50 basis point rise in “Higher prices for electricity and
flying. monetary conditions over the months July and rates around 1.5% by August gas and recent increases in petrol COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will need
ahead.” following the release of inflation prices mean that, in the near term, US$5 billion (RM22 billion) over
Wrapping up its June policy figures for the second quarter, which inflation is likely to be higher than was the next six months to ensure
meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia The central bank had already lifted are expected to be red-hot. expected a month ago,“ said Lowe. basic living standards, and is
(RBA) lifted its cash rate by 50 basis rates by a quarter point in May, the first renegotiating the terms of a yuan-
points to 0.85%, wrong footing increase since 2010, and many had “The door is open to further 50bp With inflation looking set to stay denominated swap worth US$1.5
investors who had wagered on a move thought it would stick to quarter-point hikes with inflation pretty much the high for longer, investors are wagering billion with China so as to fund
of either 25 or 40 basis points. moves. The last time it hiked by more sole focus, similar to the front-loading the RBA will have to raise rates to near essential imports, the prime
was in early 2000. of hikes we have seen by other central 3% by the end of the year making it minister said yesterday. The
“Given the current inflation banks,“ said Alvin Tan, an analyst at easily one of the most aggressive nation’s worst economic crisis in
pressures in the economy, and the still Investors initially sent the local RBC Capital Markets. tightening campaigns on record. – seven decades led to a shortage
very low level of interest rates, the dollar up half a cent to as far as Reuters of foreign exchange that stalled
US$0.7248, where it ran into profit- Consumer price inflation had imports of essential items such as
fuel, medicine and fertiliser,
provoking devaluation, street
protests and a change of
government. The nation is
negotiating a loan package worth
about US$3 billion from the IMF,
in addition to help from countries
such as China, India and Japan. –

8 JUNE 2022

█ BY S. TAMARAI CHELVI Get the popcorn ready

THE local cinema industry is o As moviegoers are returning to theatres, we have picked a list of movies for you to look out for
slowly opening up as more
and more people are anticipated movies, Top Gun Madness was postponed three times. rejoice over the fact that many of the movies, which will entice you to get
returning to theatres, ever Maverick, was supposed to be These recent movies have been SOPs like temperature checking are back to the cinema halls to enjoy the
since Malaysia moved from the released in 2020, while the screening no longer required. movies as we have been missing
Covid-19 pandemic stage to the of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of luring viewers to return to the them for more than two years.
endemic phase on April 1, 2022. cinema. Besides, film enthusiasts can Here, we have chosen some big

In addition, more big budget
movies are being released after one
or two years of delays due to the

For example, one of the most


Jurrassic World Dominion shows is what happens when dinosaurs rule the earth. – Who can forget any of the Jurassic In the final section of Fallen appearance in the franchise.
UNIVERSAL PICTURES Park movies? Kingdom, animals were seen fleeing We could thrill scenes with great
to the forest and urban areas. The
Every scene from the first Jurassic new movie takes place four years visual effects and, most of all, the
Park, directed by Steven Spielberg in after Isla Nublar was destroyed, and surprising entry of these animal
1993, to the most recent, Jurassic now humans have to co-exist with scenes. Apart from the dinasours,
World: Fallen Kingdom, released in the dangerous dinosaurs. the return of the original cast from the
2018, is etched in our minds, despite first movie is exciting.
the fact that the franchise is more It looks like the main ‘villain’ of the
than 30 years old. movie, T’Rex, is returning along with Sam Neil, who played the role of
other raptors like the Velociraptor, Dr. Alan Grant, and Oscar winner
The latest franchise, which is said which roams freely and causes Laura Dern (Dr. Ellie Sattler), along
to be the epic conclusion of the massive damage to buildings and with Jeff Goldblum (Dr. Ian
Jurassic Era, seems more exciting structures. Malcolm), are reprising their roles.
than the previous one.
Blue, one of the velociraptor Another intriguing aspect would
In this movie, Owen Grady under Owen’s care, is coming back be how the original cast will work
(played by Chris Pratt) and Claire while new or never-seen-before with Owen and Claire.
Dearing (played by Bryce Dallas creatures, which actually lived in the
Howard) are back with more action Jurassic era, seem to make an The movie, directed by Colin
and more thrilling scenes. Trevorrow, is currently screening in
all theatres.

After 12 years, the long awaited AVATAR 2: THE WAY OF WATER
sequel to 2009’s science fiction epic
Avatar will hit the big screen on Dec corporate mission to mine the planet. Kate Winslet will also play a Fans have been waiting 12 years to return to Pandora. – 20TH CENTURY FOX
15, 2022. valuable mineral unobtanium on character in a new tribe in the
the alien planet Pandora. The planet movie.
Although there are still many is also home to the giant blue
months to go, we can’t wait to see humanoid Na’vi tribe. Avatar is the highest grossing
the visually stunning Pandora and film in the world, collecting US$2.8
the imaginary creatures that live on Jake falls in love with Neytri billion (RM12.23 billion). Even the
the planet. (played by Zoe Saldana) from the superhero film Avengers: Endgame
tribe, and turns against the fell short of surpassing Avatar, with
It took 12 years for the director corporation to protect the planet. a total collection of just US$2.7
James Cameron to make this fantasy billion (RM11.8 billion).
movie, possibly due to the massive In the latest movie, Jake now lives
amount of work that went into with Neytri permanently on The movie was directed by none
creating the visual effects of the Pandora and he becomes the new other than James Cameron, the
imaginary world in the film, so one leader of the tribe, but the company director who gave us all the
could expect some amazing scenes. return to revive mining operations, unforgettable Titanic.
causing Jake and Neytri to run away
In the first movie, which was to other parts of the planet. Apart from Avatar: The Way of
released in 2009, Jake Sully (played Water, three more sequels are
by Sam Worthington) is a paraplegic The second movie explores the planned for release in 2024, 2026,
who replaces his twin to go on a marine and underwater areas of the and 2028.


Love and Thunder finds Thor meeting his match in the Mighty Thor. – MARVEL Thor Odinson has returned! To fight against the villain Gorr
We can expect another adventure, and to find out the real reason behind
his intention to kill all gods, Thor
fight scenes, and perhaps, romance ropes in his friends – King Valkyrie
between Thor (played by Chris (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika
Hemsworth) and his ex-girlfriend Waititi) and Jane – to help him, and
Jane Foster (played by Natalie they go on an adventure deep into
Portman), who has now become the space.
female Thor, or Mighty Thor.
The movie is directed by Taika
In this fourth movie, Thor decides Waititi, who also voices fan-favourite
to embark on a journey to attain Korg, and is produced by Marvel
inner peace, but a new villain Studios. The film is expected to be
emerges and interrupts his plan. released on July 7, 2022.
(Incidentally, Waititi is also the
Christian Bale plays the villain Gorr director of the hit Thor: Ragnarok
the God Butcher, raising curiosity as movie, which was released in 2017.)
the actor appears bald and draped in
white cloth in the trailer.

The Bullet Train is an action- THE BULLET TRAIN The Bullet Train sees Brad Pitt play an assassin in Japan. – SONY PICTURES
thriller movie set in modern-day
Japan and stars one of the biggest learn that all of them are
names in Hollywood, Brad Pitt. connected in some way, but each
has very conflicting goals.
Brad Pitt stars as Ladybug, an
unlucky assassin who aims to The movie is based on a
execute his target peacefully, as Japanese novel written by author
some of his earlier missions have Kotaro Isaka. The movie has action
gone off the rails. scenes set inside a fast moving
train and comedy scenes that are
He gets a new mission, in which hilarious to watch.
he ends up with other assassins on
a fast-moving bullet train. The movie, directed by David
Leitch (who also directed
The five assassins, who come Deadpool 2), was shot in both the
from different parts of the world, US and Japan, and shows some
are travelling from Tokyo to scenes of the country. It is set for
Morioka with just a few stops. release on July 28, 2022.

During their journey, they


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Netflix gets Sandman is the most
spooky anticipated new
release. – NETFLIX
oNetflix Geeked Week reveals a
Campbell’s last horror role was in the Scream 5 slew of supernatural, horror fare
Wednesday brings to life
Neve Campbell the most iconic Addams
confirms Scream 6 family member. – NETFLIX
A screenshot from the
ACTRESS Neve Campbell has said that she Cabinet of Curiosities
would not be appearing in the forthcoming teaser. – NETFLIX
Scream sequel, after receiving an inadequate
offer to star in the sixth chapter of the horror FOR the second year in a row, Netflix is Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, a Raccoon City to New Raccoon City. The
franchise. providing its viewers with a glimpse of horror anthology series for Netflix. series premieres on July 14.
upcoming genre projects all week In line with the spooky shows Netflix has
Campbell confessed that she had turned long through its Geeked Week, which Del Toro, the mind behind Pan’s lined up, the teaser for Tim Burton’s series on
down a deal to reprise Sidney, while also is streaming daily until June 10 on Netflix’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water has Wednesday Addams was finally revealed,
effectively bidding farewell to the fans. social media channels. assembled an all-star horror creative team of with actress Jenna Ortega walking into frame
directors and actors for the anthology, such wearing Wednesday’s iconic dress and
“Sadly, I won’t be making the next Scream One of the biggest highlights from Geeked as The Babadook’s director Jennifer Kent and braids, with the disembodied hand of Thing
film,” Campbell said in a statement, giving the Week is the long-awaited adaptation of Neil lead actress Essie Davis, A Girl Walks Home also appearing.
impression she is finally done with the role. “As a Gaiman’s The Sandman, which announced a Alone at Night’s director Ana Lily Amirpour The Wednesday series will follow the
woman, I have had to work extremely hard in release date on Aug 5. and others such as actor Andrew Lincoln titular character’s years as a student and will
my career to establish my value, especially (The Walking Dead), Peter Weller (Robocop), involve sleuthing and supernatural-infused
when it comes to Scream. I felt the offer that A new trailer was released which provides Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) and many more. mystery, and will also star
was presented to me did not equate to the a closer look at the story of The Sandman’s Catherine Zeta-Jones as
value I have brought to the franchise.” Dream (Tom Sturridge), who was captured For fans of the Resident Evil Scan the QR Morticia Addams, and
and held prisoner for a century. The show videogames, the trailer for code for Luis Guzman as Gomez
“It’s been a very difficult decision to move will have him restoring order across different Netflix’s live-action Resident Evil Sandman Addams. – by Mark
on. To all my Scream fans, I love you. You’ve worlds, as he runs into other characters on series has also dropped, moving trailer Mathen Victor
always been so incredibly supportive to me. I’m his journey. the zombies and monsters of the
forever grateful to you and to what this Umbrella Corporation from
franchise has given me over the past 25 years,” Another big reveal was the first teaser for
Campbell added in her statement.
The Boys takes aim at NRA, says creator
Campbell has already talked about the quest CREATOR Eric Kripke is equally forthright
for fair pay with Jamie Lee in a conversation and unapologetic when expressing his own on the Black Lives Matter movement, which Kripke (left) with actor
with Variety. Campbell recounted a situation opinions on the Amazon Prime Video’s was front page news when the season was Karl Urban on the set of
with Scream 3 in 2000, stating she performed blockbuster superhero satire, The Boys, with written in the summer of 2020, after George The Boys. – AMAZON
fine but did not receive a back-end, robbing her its graphic violence and extremely NSFW Floyd’s death in police custody. NEW
of a cut of the earnings. language. dominated by mass shootings from Buffalo to
And with 2022 headlines already Uvalde, Kripke predicts the NRA will remain
Scream 6 will be directed by Matt Bettinelli- The first three episodes of the third season a target in a fourth season.
Olpin and Tyler Gillett from a script written by of the series take direct aim at the always- The Boys is currently streaming on Prime
James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. Filming is set controversial National Rifle Association Video. – by Hazique Zairill
to begin this summer, with a theatrical release (NRA), which is back in the news following
date of March 31, 2023. – by Thashine the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas that
Selvakumaran took 19 lives.

Aespa recently announced an international tour. Even while the season was created long in
– ALLKPOP advance of recent issues, Kripke tells Yahoo
Entertainment that it accurately portrays the
Aespa to hold SYNK NRA’s role in America’s ongoing debate over
shows in LA and Japan gun regulation.

KOREAN girl band Aespa will hold their first “I think the NRA is f***ing insane,” he says
ever Showcase SYNK in LA (based on the word with maximum candor. “And I think our gun
“synchronise”, whereby the group members will culture in this country is insane. It was insane
communicate with their look-alike avatars with when we wrote [these episodes] a year and a
the help of a computer system). half ago, and it’s insane today, and it keeps
The ‘showcase’ will take place at the YouTube
Theatre on June 26, with tickets going on sale “I just wanted to point out the absolutely
on Friday. terrifying insanity of it. It’s f***ing tragic that
it’s current, but it also happens again and
This will be the group’s first solo stage again and again and again,” added Kripke.
performance in the US, after their landmark
appearance at Coachella last month. Gun control isn’t the only hot-button
issue in the current season of The Boys,
Recently, it was announced that they would adapted from the comic book by Garth Ennis.
also perform at the show in Los Angeles There’s also a narrative thread that touches

Aespa also announced that they will hold
another SYNK in Yokohama, Japan in early

Meanwhile, the group is preparing for the
release of its second mini album, Girls, on July
8. – by S. Tamarai Chelvi

/thesundaily 17theSun LYFE ON WEDNESDAY | JUNE 8, 2022

Secondhand heart Vikander gets into
character as Irma
Vep. – HBO GO

o Olivier Assayas’ Irma Vep shooting another film, to finding herself
remake is an uncomfortable increasingly becoming drawn in to the
love letter to Maggie Cheung mystique and the freedom she experiences as
her character Irma, who mostly slinks around
█ BY ANANSA JACOB the set dressed in a skin tight velvet catsuit.

HALFWAY through reviewing Irma However, the most intriguing character to
Vep, one thing is painfully clear: me is the director René, and it becomes clear
maybe writer-director Olivier Assayas that he is a stand-in for the series’ actual
should just pick up the phone and director Assayas in more ways than one. For
call his ex-wife. But I’m getting ahead of myself. one, it’s revealed that this new production is
René’s second crack at remaking a previous
I watched the original Irma Vep (1996) many version of Irma Vep, which also featured a Hong
years ago, and I remember it being a quirky, Kong actress whom René eventually married.
somewhat confusing film that featured Cheung,
one of my favourite Hong Kong stars – This all culminates in one pivotal scene, in
essentially playing herself – as an actress hired which René holds a conversation with the
for an avant-garde French remake of a 1915 manifestation of his ex-wife. It truly does make
silent film. Cheung and the film’s (real-life) you feel as though Assayas might have some
director Assayas would later go on to marry, unresolved issues with Cheung, and that this
before divorcing after three years. entire thing is just his way of sending a message
to her.
Now, Assayas is revisiting his cult classic
film, in a miniseries remake. This time, it is Why he chose to do it through an eight
Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander starring as Mira, a episode miniseries instead of a phone call or
Hollywood starlet best known for her roles in email is beyond me.
superhero movies, and who takes on this indie
French film as a way to challenge herself and However, that is not to say that Irma Vep the
prove her skills as a ‘real actress.’ miniseries is an irredeemable vanity project.
While the original film was a Cheung star
The (in-movie) director is René Vidal vehicle, the miniseries is an ensemble effort,
(played by Vincent Macaigne), a neurotic and everyone is pulling their weight.
auteur who is battling not just studio execs who
are doubtful of his capabilities, but also his own What I found most intriguing was all the
growing mental health issues, which worsen as meta references to the original film, and movie
the film production drags. production in general. Irma Vep might be a leap
in logic for some new viewers, anyone who has
The modern miniseries format gives Assayas even a passing knowledge of the original film
more time to flesh out the basic story, and will find the series intriguing. It may not be for
allows him to focus on the various supporting everyone, but there is certainly something
characters. This includes the egomaniacal worth watching here.
leading man Edmond (Vincent Lacoste), the Irma Vep is currently airing every Tuesday on
crack addict German co-star Gottfried (Lars HBO GO and at 10pm on HBO (Astro Ch 411).
Eidinger) and the various (stressed out) crew
members who must help keep the film running. Magaigne’s director has an unhealthy obsession with the project. – HBO GO An increasingly egomaniac leading man adds to the tension on set. – HBO GO

We also get to see snippets of the production,
which is a shot-for-shot remake of the original
silent film. In contrast to the (mostly) French
dialogue spoken by the French actors and crew,
the remake is being shot in English, and the
clunky lines read out in thick French accents
lends a surreal air to the whole affair.

As the series progresses, it becomes clear
that Mira is having her own issues. These range
from dealing with a heartbreak involving a
former lover (who dumped her to marry the
director of Mira’s last film) to rekindling a
romance with an ex-flame who is also in Paris

Universal Music Malaysia launches Islamic sub-label Masyhur
UNIVERSAL Music Malaysia has
officially introduced Masyhur, its very Universal Music Malaysia’s recent open house saw the launch of its new sub-label, Masyhur. – UNIVERSAL MUSIC MALAYSIA
first Islamic sub-label. Joining hands
with Def Jam Recordings and Kim Lim, managing director of Aside from this, the sub-label will Local music group DOLLA performed at the event.
Celebrity 360, the music label Universal Music Malaysia. also oversee the new releases this
organised a Hari Raya Aidilfitri open of artists and followers who strives to year from prominent artists such as
house at the Sheraton Petaling Jaya to promote positive, uplifting content Fattah Amin, Mestica & Dato Hattan,
mark the official launch of Masyhur. and develop business opportunities and a compilation album in
within the Halal sector. collaboration with Begood Music
The event was graced with the titled Zikir Rintihan Hati.
presence of its brand partners, guests As part of its launch, Masyhur will
and media friends. The label’s run a talent search initiative through Masyhur’s collaboration with
superstars such as DOLLA, a web series called Masyhur Begood Music extends further with a
Insomniacks, The Gadys, and Asyraf Redefined. The series will see local six-part YouTube series, Kongsi
Nasir also performed Raya-themed singer Faizal Tahir as the primary Rezeki. Filmed last year, the series
musical numbers during the event. judge alongside celebrity judges as showcases the spirit of volunteerism
mentors to young aspiring Malaysian and the importance of community-
“Having the chance to celebrate musicians. building relationships amongst local
Aidilfitri with the team, our artistes citizens and artistes such as
and partners together with our media Yonnyboii, Shalma Eliana, and Asyraf
friends, it’s made what seemed a Nasir. – by John Tan
challenging last two’s worth it,” said
Kim Lim, Universal Music Malaysia’s
managing director.

Lim continued: “I’m truly
honoured to celebrate Universal
Music Malaysia’s expansion through
its continuous objective in
diversifying our music releases,
business portfolio and creative
marketing initiatives.

“I look forward to what the
upcoming years have in store for all of

Masyhur, which was established
in 2020, aspires to build a community


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Warding off muscoskeletal issues
o Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong,
and healthy, and we need that flexibility to
maintain a range of motion in the joints

█ BY MARK MATHEN VICTOR The rotator cuff muscles are important Hip health is important for the overall legs. – 123RF
in strengthening and pulling back the
AS Malaysia settles back into shoulders. – FREEPIK pressing together – until there is a The wrists might seem
the ‘new-old-new normal’ being used and the tendons in the stretch. Repeat until relief is felt. unimportant until you
of being strapped into their wrists are used excessively. Shoulder Strain think about everything
office chairs in the 9-5 It does not matter whether your arms you need them for. –
deskjob life while living with Covid- These tendons are parallel to each are outstretched in front of you, or if FREEPIK
19, it is important to remember that other. The repeated motion of the you’re seated with your hands
it’s not just the virus that has to be hand on the keyboard and mouse holding a phone, there is a lot of
kept at bay. causes friction by the tendons which strain the shoulders are taking
becomes microtrauma that leads to because they are being internally
There are also the muscoskeletal inflammation. rotated.
problems to be worried about, and
these problems tend to get worse There is also the dreaded carpal As the shoulders require full
over time until it’s an agony to just tunnel syndrome. mobility, both externally and
move around in one’s old age. internally, forcing the shoulders into
To relieve tension in the wrists, internal rotation will cause shoulder
Contrary to the perception that perform a “prayer stretch”. impingement because the rotator cuff
desk jobs have fewer work-associated muscles on a person’s back gradually
injuries compared to, say, Place the fingers and palms becomes weak.
construction, electrical engineering together, with the hands in front of
or any other labour-intensive jobs, the chest. The fingers have to point An effective way to remedy this is
the reality is that office work poses its upward, with the elbows pointing out through an exercise called ‘band pull
own health hazards. to the sides. aparts,’ which requires a resistance
band and can be done anywhere.
This is purely because the human Now lower the hands – still
body did not evolve over hundreds of After gripping the ends of the
thousands of years to end up sitting in resistance band with each hand
the same position for 8+ hours every outstretched in front of you, simply
day. pull your hands apart slowly, focusing
on squeezing the shoulder blades
The lack of movement coupled together. This forces the shoulders
with how the body ‘contorts’ in ways into external rotation and works the
it biomechanically should not can rotator cuff muscles to ease shoulder
lead to a spinal issues, stress, muscle stress.
tension and weakness, and a host of
other issues that in the long term Aim for a total of 100 repetitions in
ends up being catastrophic. a day, moving your hands closer
gradually, as your shoulder and back
Here is a little experiment if you’re become stronger with each rotation
working in an office environment. movement.

Look around at your co-workers.
How many are walking upright, with
their chest out, shoulders retracted?

Now, how many are walking
hunched or have odd bends in their

Here are some basic stretching
exercises that can be done to work
common stress points on the body.
Wrist Strain
When working a desk job, especially
for 8+ hours, you’re more than likely
using the keyboard and mouse.
During this time, only the wrists are

Back issues left
unchecked can lead to
bad conditions, such
as scoliosis. – 123RF

Hip Tightness the butt until a good stretch is felt in the upper body in one direction,
Depending on the condition of your hip of the leg that you’re kneeling twisting as far as you can.
chair in the office, this might vary down upon. Then switch to the other
greatly but everyone is guaranteed to leg. Do this a few times in a day. After several repetitions, bring the
have tight hip flexors because their Lower Back Pain elbow towards the outside of the
legs are forced into a static position, Arguably the most common out of same side knee. Now repeat on the
with little to no flexing at any angle. everything in this list, lower back pain other side.
is a given when seated for long Benefits of routine stretching:
The hip flexors are located at the periods of time, as the human body 0 Keeps or encourages blood flow
front of the hips and are responsible tends to eventually become tired and through muscles and tissue that
for hip flexibility, lower back strength, slouch as the lower back gives way become dormant due to sitting down
glute activation and even quadriceps due to not being strong enough. for hours
(the thighs) strength. 0 Maintains and even improves
To stretch out the lumbar spine muscle and tendon flexibility
To stretch out the hip flexors, kneel and relieve tension in the back, place 0 Improves posture gradually, which
on one knee, while the other foot is both hands behind your head, in turn improves overall health
placed at a 90-degree angle. Imagine interlacing the fingers together, with 0 Refreshes the mind due to physical
proposing to someone; this is the the elbows pointing out. Now rotate activity

Now shift the pelvis forward,
bending the knee at the front to tuck

20 theSun LYFE ON WEDNESDAY | JUNE 8, 2022 /thesundaily

Imperative need The 70mai dashcam series An artificial
for dashcam is leading the local market intelligence
model has been
for a good reason. developed to
– SHOPEE help detect the
signs of burnout.
– 123RF

o Dashcams are an How AI could help
effective way to record detect burnout
how we drive, and useful
for finding out who was at BURNOUT is an increasingly important subject at a
fault in a car accident time when a part of the population seems to be
close to professional exhaustion. A new method
█ BY MARK MATHEN VICTOR The A800S + RC06 model is the best bang for Blueskysea B1W based on artificial intelligence and text analysis
the buck dashcam. – SHOPEE (Price range on Shopee: RM200-RM250) could help diagnose the condition more efficiently.
THERE has been an Unlike its counterparts and rivals, the B1W is
undeniable rise in road Coming with its own car charger, the discreet due to its miniature design, which Could artificial intelligence help facilitate the
accidents, road rage 70mai Pro also has valuable the Parking doesn’t obscure the driver’s view while driving diagnosis of burnout? While many tools and tests
incidents and criminal Surveillance Mode. This allows the dashcam and also decreases the likelihood of theft. exist online to try to address the issue, a new
vehicular behaviour over the to record automatically when motion is method, based on artificial intelligence and the use
past few years, which goes detected even while the car is turned off. The B1W’s swivel design allows of natural language processing, could offer new
hand-in-hand with a visible the camera to be turned 360 perspectives. NLP (Natural Language Processing) is
surge in the number of This dashcam is considered the best degrees. a technology that involves automatically analysing
vehicles on the road recently. selling on e-commerce platforms, and most sentences formulated by humans in order to make
widely used model. Unfortunately, while the a decision or identify a behavior.
In light of these video quality is good in daylight,
‘developments’, there has been it drops somewhat considerably In order to detect signs of burnout in texts
a strong rallying cry for at night, and in some really using this kind of model, a large amount of data
Malaysian road users to start lowlight conditions, not even needed to be accumulated and analyzed. This was
installing dashcams within their number plates are clear. achieved through the Reddit platform. The data
cars as an added preventive measure, gathering phase involved storing anonymous texts
on top of their existing auto insurance. The B1W also does not have about all kinds of experiences with no less than
a screen, which means the only 13,568 samples.
LYFE has gone through countless way to watch captured footages
advertisements, listings, reviews and tech is through WiFi. In this mass of stories, 352 were related to
specifications of dashcams on the current 70mai A800S + RC06 burnout and 979 to depression. The objective for
market and picked a few for readers to (Price range on Shopee: RM450- the model is to succeed in automatically detecting
consider. RM600) which statements are related to burnout. This
Unlike the other 70mai on this list, the A800S’ method achieved a success rate of about 93% in
These relatively cheap dashcams were parking mode begins auto recording when an identifying burnout cases.
considered based on their applications on impact is detected on the vehicle. But that isn’t
the road, along with potential downsides. the real draw of the model. “Natural language processing effectively
Xiaomi 70mai Dash Cam Pro Plus A500 What makes the A800S great is that comes detects burnout and does it relatively efficiently,
(Price range on Shopee: RM300-RM500) with not just a front camera, but also a rear which is very promising,“ explains Mascha Kurpicz-
Footage captured with this model is in one. Briki, professor of data engineering at the Bern
2592p x 1944p, making the number plates The front camera records at 4K resolution, University of Applied Sciences in Biel, Switzerland,
of other vehicles more than legible. which enables it to capture great videos both who oversaw the project.
day and at night. The rear camera on the other
Video footage can be watched on, hand, captures footage in 1080p. Given how According to the French National Authority for
transferred to and shared to the phone many accidents occur from being rear ended, Health (HAS), burnout is defined as physical,
through the 70mai app over Wi-Fi. the camera’s resolution is more than emotional and mental exhaustion resulting from
acceptable. prolonged investment in emotionally demanding
Users often pair GOQ D208 Dual Camera Dash Cam work situations. The main symptoms can be
the B1W with (Price range on Shopee: RM100-RM200) physical, emotional or even cognitive, with the
other dashcams to The most ‘budget’ of all the dashcams on this onset of sleep disorders, anxiety or emotional
offset missing list, the D208 is a simple model that has Full fatigue.
features. –SHOPEE HD capture, with the front camera recording
either 720p or 1080p, while the rear camera is The World Health Organisation characterises
a much lower 640p x 480p. the condition by feelings of low energy or
You get what you pay for with the D208. exhaustion; increased mental distance from a job,
or feelings of negativism or cynicism relating to
This robot can do the dishes! that job; and reduced professional efficacy.
WASHING dishes, putting away latest prototypes under mysterious about the state of its
toys and cleaning a sofa are just development in its laboratories. progress. If these robots could one As promising as the results from this text-
some of the household tasks that a It was at the International day be used in our homes, they will analyzing AI model may be, human input should
future autonomous robot from Conference on Robotics and probably first be offered in not be overlooked, according to the study authors.
Dyson could one day perform. The Automation (ICRA) in professional settings, in the Instead of replacing health professionals and
British manufacturer, which Philadelphia that Dyson unveiled restaurant industry, for example. mental health specialists, this technology should
specializes in premium household In the meantime, Dyson wants to no doubt remain an additional support tool to aid
appliances including vacuum recruit several hundred experts to their decision-making.
cleaners, air purifiers and the help develop these solutions.
Supersonic hairdryer, is moving To further verify the model’s results, the next
into robotics with a particularly Note that Dyson caused a step will be to use this AI system on real cases in a
ambitious program. sensation earlier this year by representative sample of the population rather
presenting the very first audio than on anonymous testimonies. – ETX Studio
After the pizza-making robot headphones that also act as an air
and the automatic bartender, here purifier, and vice versa. In addition Dyson shared a
comes the autonomous household to mitigating noise pollution, these glimpse of a
helper. And this time, it’s Dyson headphones also promise
that’s driving the project, with a protection from gases, allergens, robot that can
new robotics division that’s viruses and other fine particles clean dishes
growing fast. To showcase the that can be hazardous for health. without
progress of its work, Dyson has However, it is not expected to be
posted a video presenting the released before 2023. – ETX Studio breaking them.

its work on these intriguing robots.
The manufacturer is proving
highly ambitious, and wants to
develop an autonomous robot
capable of performing several
household tasks on its own. The
machines in development can, in
any case, grab objects and
manipulate them in order to put
them away or clean them, for
example. One of them is even
capable of intelligently loading a
Despite sharing this short
video, Dyson remains somewhat

21theSUN ON WEDNESDAY | JUNE 8, 2022

‘Fighting in his DNA’302 Jobs
322 Notices

WE ARE HIRING 12GOLF SPORTS SDN. BHD. Nadal’s uncle Toni plays down Rafa’s retirement fears
(201601023423 RAFAEL NADAL’S uncle
ADVERTISING SALES & (1194362-M)) believes the Spanish fails, he could be faced with career- continues and tries again. That is
MARKETING superstar will keep playing threatening surgery. the sporting greatness of my
(In Members’ Voluntary tennis “because fighting nephew. I have seen him suffer
1)ASSISTANT MANAGER / MANAGER Liquidation) Australian Open winner Nadal many times.
2)EXECUTIVE / SENIOR EXECUTIVE sounded like Andy Murray in 2019
(Incorporated in Malaysia) until the end is in his DNA”. before his second hip surgery. “I know that there comes a time
Job Description: NOTICE OF FINAL MEETING And Toni Nadal revealed the new And his former coach Toni told when the body cannot give anymore,
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT French Open champion nearly Cadena SER: “I think that fighting I trust that this moment has not
• Building and sustaining strong working relationships with pursuant to Section 459 (3), (4) skipped the event in 2020 because until the end is in his DNA, come and that I can see him several
advertising clients. of the Companies Act, 2016, the pain in his foot was so severe. especially when you see that he is more times.”
the Final Meeting of Members The Spanish superstar posed winning two Grand Slams this year. Like fine wine, 36-year-old Nadal
• Plan and executive new, creative, exciting and innovative of the Company will be held with the Coupe de Mousquetaires You know you’re at a great level is getting better with age. Since the
marketing campaigns for the company at Venue: GOOGLE MALAYSIA for the 14th time in central Paris and you want to keep fighting. start of 2017, he has won eight Slams
SDN. BHD., of Physical on Monday. But his next stop “Rafael has been living while Novak Djokovic has claimed
• Develop and continuously improve marketing materials, Address at Axiata Tower, Level will be Barcelona for nerve with pain since 2005. I seven and Roger Federer three to
product/service presentations and proposals. 20, 9, Jalan Stesen Sentral treatment on his chronic remember after a loss lead the GOAT race by two.
5, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, foot injury which will in Monte Carlo And Mats Wilander claimed: “I
• Passionate in serving client accounts to improve sales revenue 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Federal decide whether he will travel in 2020, find his tennis now more fun to
Territory of Kuala Lumpur to Wimbledon and beyond. he told watch than Roger or Novak. It is like
Requirements: and Meeting hosted virtually The new world No. 4 me he watching Federer when he was at the
at revealed he won his 22nd was not top of his game.”
• Minimum Diploma/Bachelor's degree in business, marketing, amn-swqq-yyz on 12th July, Grand Slam with the playing at Toni added: “What is incredible is
or any other related field. 2022 at 11.00 a.m. for the help of painkilling Roland Garros. that my nephew, with a car which is
following purposes - injections but He told me he not working properly, is still winning.
• Assistant Manager/Manager: minimum 5 years of experience in 1. To receive and consider insisted he was tired of It shows that he is the best driver
sales and marketing in media industry could not the pain. there is.” – Express Newspapers
the Liquidator’s Statement “continue “But the
• Executive/Senior Executive: at least 2 years of sales and of Accounts showing like this” reality is Britain's Emma Raducanu during a
marketing experience in media industry the manner in which the and he that he practice session. – REUTERSPIX
winding-up has been
• Good communication, presentation, problem solving and conducted and the property would
organizational skills disposed of and of hearing seek a
any explanation that may be longer-
• Possess own transport and willing to travel given by the Liquidator. term
• Able to start work immediately. 2. To determine by ordinary solution.
resolution the manner and If the
DIGITAL MARKETING period in which the books, radio
accounts and documents frequency
EXECUTIVE / SENIOR EXECUTIVE of the Company and of the ablation
Liquidator shall be disposed treatment
Job Description: of.
WONG CHEE SIONG 322 Notices Raducanu ‘proud’ despite
• Design and develop online marketing strategies, digital roadmap Liquidator recent struggles
and creative campaigns that aligned with the business goals and Johor Bahru SSEEBBUUTTAANN 1144..66..22002222
directions. 08th June, 2022 DDAALLAAMM MMAAHHKKAAMMAAHH TTIINNGGGGII MMAALLAAYYAA EMMA RADUCANU has admitted she’s “I’m quite proud of what I’ve achieved in
“stopped thinking about results” and the last 12 months and definitely not being
• Provide creative ideas for content marketing. 322 Notices DDII KKUUAALLAA LLUUMMPPUURR doesn’t know how she’ll get on at too hard on myself,” she replied.
• Manage all digital marketing channels DDAALLAAMM NNEEGGEERRII WWIILLAAYYAAHH Wimbledon after refusing to set herself any
• Plan and manage social media platforms. IINN TTHHEE HHIIGGHH CCOOUURRTT OOFF PPEERRSSEEKKUUTTUUAANN KKUUAALLAA LLUUMMPPUURR,, targets for the grass-court season. However, when asked how competitive
• Able to create content & produce graphics for social media MMAALLAAYYAA AATT PPEENNAANNGG she will be on grass, and ultimately at
DDIIVVOORRCCEE PPEETTIITTIIOONN MMAALLAAYYSSIIAA Following her second-round exit in the Wimbledon, the 19-year-old sounded
postings. NNOO:: PPAA--3333-- 6666--0033//22002222 ((MMAAHHKKAAMMAAHH KKEELLUUAARRGGAA)) French Open, the British No. 1 has been caution.
• Prepare copywriting for the marketing campaign. IInn tthhee mmaatttteerr ooff SSeeccttiioonn 5533 aanndd SSeeccttiioonn PPEETTIISSYYEENN PPEERRCCEERRAAIIAANN handed a wildcard into this week’s
5544 ooff tthhee LLaaww RReeffoorrmm ((MMaarrrriiaaggee NNOO :: WWAA--3333--8800--0022//22002222 Rothesay Open in Nottingham. “I love the grass but there are so many
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• Diploma/Degree in Marketing, Digital Marketing or equivalent. AAnndd UUnnddaanngg ((PPeerrkkaahhwwiinnaann ddaann PPeerrcceerraaiiaann)) to win a Grand Slam, beating fellow the day, how you match up against your
• At least 2 years of experience in implementing digital marketing IInn tthhee mmaatttteerr ooff SSeeccttiioonn 110066 11997766 teenager Leylah Fernandez to claim the US opponent and so on.”
ooff tthhee LLaaww RReeffoorrmm ((MMaarrrriiaaggee Open at Flushing Meadows.
strategies aanndd DDiivvoorrccee)) AAcctt 11997766 ((AAcctt 116644)) DDAANN And she added she wouldn’t be fretting
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AAnndd KKaaeeddaahh--KKaaeeddaahh PPrroossiiddiinngg PPeerrcceerraaiiaann replicate her form in New York, exiting in point, I kinda stopped thinking about it
best practices. IInn tthhee mmaatttteerr ooff RRuullee 88((22)) ooff tthhee DDiivvoorrccee DDaann HHaall EEhhwwaall SSuuaammii IIsstteerrii 11998800.. the second round of this season’s because there is no use in doing that.
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• Team player IInn tthhee mmaatttteerr ooff tthhee RRuulleess ooff CCoouurrtt 22001122 …… PPEEMMPPEETTIISSYYEENN disruption with the star splitting with As for her coaching situation, Raducanu
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BBeettwweeeenn KKHHOOOO BBOOOO KKEEOONNGG just five months of the pair working appointment.
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Send in your CV with your photo via email to : ……PPEETTIITTIIOONNEERR NNOOTTIISS PPEENNGGIIKKLLAANNAANN PPEENNYYAAMMPPAAIIAANN Nottingham yesterday, she outlined her anything right now,” she added. – Express
AANNDD progress in the past year: Newspapers
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Lefty spearheads rebel tour SHORTS
Netflix in battle to secure
Mickelson joins Saudi-backed golf series, plans to play US Open F1 broadcast rights in America
yesterday he has signed to play in the “I’m uncertain how I will play given that I and Sergio Garcia. NETFLIX is involved in a titanic battle to
lucrative Saudi-backed LIV Golf haven’t played in a few months,” Mickelson Players opting into LIV Golf have done so secure the rights to broadcast F1 in the US.
Invitational Series, saying he also told SI. “But I’m optimistic.”
despite PGA Tour warnings of disciplinary The giant streaming platform is home
Mickelson has not played since the action. to the popular series Drive to Survive, which
plans to play major events, including next publication of comments in February where Several PGA Tour golfers had requested offers fans a behind-the-scenes look at the
week’s US Open. he criticised the PGA Tour and LIV Golf’s releases to play this week’s LIV event, which drivers and races during an F1 season.
The six-time major winner will be in the Saudi backers. clashes with the PGA’s Canadian Open, but
field of 48 at the controversial new tour’s “There’s a lot of things I regret,” Mickelson were refused. Now they would like to take their
inaugural event in London this week. told SI. “I made a lot of mistakes. I hurt a lot of Mickelson denied he turned to LIV due to coverage of the sport to the next level and
“I am ready to come back to play the game people and I’m really sorry.” gambling debts, telling SI, “My family and I move toward a new subscription model in
I love but after 32 years this new path is a fresh Mickelson said in his statement that he are, and have been, financially secure for 2023 and the F1 broadcasting rights would
start,” Mickelson wrote in a statement posted remains in therapy. some time.” be an ideal fit.
on Twitter. “Time away and self-reflecting has been Mickelson said his gambling had become
Mickelson later Monday told Sports very humbling,” Mickelson said. “I still have a “reckless and embarrassing” and said he has According to Insider’s Chief Media
Illustrated that he plans to play all eight LIV long way to go but I am embracing the work addressed it for several years and in therapy. Correspondent Claire Atkinson, F1 is now
Golf events and compete in majors after talks ahead.” “It isn’t a threat to me or my financial aiming for a price of US$100 million
with major sanctioning bodies. During his absence, however, LIV Golf has security,” he said. “It was just a number of poor (RM440m).
“I’m looking forward to playing the US torn at the fabric of world golf, with dozens of decisions.”
Open,” Mickelson told SI. “I’m under the household names joining the new tour. Mickelson became the oldest major ESPN, whose deal to show the sport in
understanding that I’m able to play.” Last week, former world No. 1 Dustin winner at age 50 by capturing the 2021 PGA the States expires at the end of this year,
Mickelson told SI he will keep his US PGA Johnson joined the money-spinning new Championship and in 2012 was inducted into has made a new bid of US$70m (RM308m),
Tour membership, unlike some who joined series, whose tournaments will offer among the World Golf Hall of Fame. more than 10 times as much as the current
LIV Golf, but has not spoken with PGA Tour the richest purses in golf history. “Phil Mickelson is unequivocally one of the deal, but F1 have yet to commit to a
commissioner Jay Monahan or long-time rival Others going to LIV Golf include European greatest golfers of this generation,” Norman potential buyer.
Tiger Woods. Ryder Cup stars Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood said. “We are grateful to have him.” – AFP
The mega companies face stiff
‘Why should I stop?’ competition from NBCUniversal and
Amazon; the former previously held the
LEWIS HAMILTON has again rejected sixth after seven races, with just 50 points retirement plans. “Why should I stop?” he rights until 2017 but lost them to ESPN.
suggestions he could walk away from accumulated so far – and told Corriere della Sera.
Mercedes and retire during or after this teammate George Russell 34 The popularity of F1 in the United
season. ahead of him in fourth. “Let’s take this season: I probably won’t States is at an all-time high, with the
Martin Brundle win the title, but I feel the same pleasure of acclaimed Netflix series playing a
The seven-time world claimed after the competing as when I started. significant role.
champion has been unable to Spanish Grand Prix
recapture form and that Hamilton’s “Maybe one day I won’t be able to take The country hosted its first-ever Miami
consistency to engage in willingness to the pressure any more, I’ll be tired, but that Grand Prix at the International Autodrome
another title fight with Max exit the day hasn’t come yet.” around the Hard Rock Stadium last month,
Verstappen, with his team race which attracted large audiences both at
not yet ensuring the new car initially Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has the track and around the world over the
design for the 2022 season was an already tipped his veteran racer to bounce successful weekend.
is in perfect working order. “alarming” back strongly once handling issues with the
indication of his car are fixed, with Hamilton himself offering Next year the sport will host its first Las
A series of finishes low discomfort this the team the target of the British Grand Vegas GP, which will see the States host
down the leaderboard season, while the Prix, in July, to make the car competitive three F1 races next season, along with the
has Hamilton only British driver himself again. race at the Circuit of the Americas in
said he was “losing Austin, Texas which has been part of the
his mind” after more “I’m hoping by Silverstone that we have circuit since 2012.
struggles at the the car where we need it, at least by then,
Monaco Grand Prix. to be able to fight these guys for the win,” Schumacher Haas to watch out
But that’s far from he said.
suggesting he’s ready to MICK SCHUMACHER has been warned the
walk and he offered a blunt “That’s what I’m working every day for, “brutal” nature of F1 could see him axed
response when asked about so that we can fight on home turf and give from Haas if he continues to struggle this
them the best race that we can. season.

“I know everyone back at the factory is The German driver, son of legendary
working as hard as they can to continue to seven-time world champion Michael, failed
make advances with the car, and I have no to score a point in his debut season with
doubts that we will.” – The Independent the American team in 2021, and that
theme has continued this year.
Maybe one day I
Four underwhelming displays followed,
won’t be able to before another harrowing incident at the
take the pressure any Monaco Grand Prix where Schumacher, 23,
more, I’ll be tired, but that crashed at the Swimming Pool Chicane,
day hasn’t come yet.” with his vehicle breaking in two in the
– Lewis Hamilton
To compound matters, new teammate
Kevin Magnussen has out-performed him.

“He simply has far too many accidents
at the moment, all of which cost a lot, a lot
of money,” former World Rally champion
Walter Rohrl told Bild am Sonntag.

“If nothing comes, they won’t keep
going indefinitely. Formula 1 is brutal and

Rohrl thinks the displays of Magnussen
have exacerbated the pressure.

“That is currently bitter for Mick
Schumacher, because Kevin Magnussen,
who has returned to Formula 1 after a one-
year break, has him well in hand,” Rohrl
told the German newspaper.

“That puts additional pressure on him,
brings explosiveness into the team and
doesn’t make it any easier.”

FORMER world No. 1 golfer Dustin Johnson quits PGA Tour as Tiger rejects enormous offer It was estimated earlier this year
Johnson confirmed yesterday he has that Woods has earned north of $1.7
resigned his membership of the US for members to play in LIV Golf’s decision to play in the breakaway Tiger Woods to join its league. billion (RM9.5b) from golf over the
PGA Tour to play in the breakaway opener. series. Johnson accepted “around £100 course of his 26-year career, meaning
LIV Golf Invitational Series. such a sum isn’t quite as significant to
But he has now quit, following a “Right now, I’ve resigned my million” (RM560m) to leave golf’s him as it would be to most other
The decision effectively rules the similar decision by veteran US golfer membership from the Tour. I’m going establishment behind, according to stars.
US two-time major winner out of Kevin Na, who is also in the field for to play here for now and that’s the the Telegraph.
participating in the Ryder Cup, which the event in St Albans. plan,” he said. The LIV Golf Series is planning to
pits the United States against Europe. As astonishing as that offer host eight events in 2022, each of
“I’m very thankful to the PGA Tour “The Ryder Cup is unbelievable sounds, it appears Woods waved on which will feature a US$25m
Johnson was speaking at a press and everything that it’s done for and has definitely meant a lot to me. an even grander sum in order to (RM110m) prize purse.
conference at Centurion Club, near me… but this is something I felt was Hopefully I will get a chance to do remain with the PGA.
London, ahead of the opening event best for me and my family and I’m that again, but I don’t make the The competition is bankrolled by
of the Saudi-backed breakaway tour, very excited about playing,” said rules.” The 15-time major champion’s Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment
which starts tomorrow. Johnson. contract offer was “mind-blowingly Fund (PIF), which is furthering its
Meanwhile, Greg Norman has enormous; we’re talking about high western sports investments after
The world No. 15 said in February The 37-year-old said it was difficult revealed LIV Golf Investments made a nine digits,” Norman told the purchasing Newcastle United last
he was committed to playing on the to predict the consequences of his “mind-blowingly enormous” offer for Washington Post. year. – Express Newspapers
PGA Tour, which has refused releases


TOUCHLINES Kramaric to the rescue
Croatia salvage draw against France as Denmark edge Austria in Vienna
REAL MADRID could look to hijack ANDREJ KRAMARIC scored a late penalty
Arsenal’s bid to sign Gabriel Jesus as Croatia salvaged a 1-1 draw at home to France and Croatia have just one point apiece in points after defeating Austria 2-1.
from Manchester City this summer. world champions France yesterday that League A, Group 1. France were beaten 2-1 by Jens Stryger Larsen’s late winner guided
Atletico Madrid are also interested in left both teams still chasing a first win in Denmark in their opening game at home last week,
the Brazil forward. the Nations League. while Croatia crashed to a 3-0 loss to Austria. Denmark to a nervy win after kickoff was delayed
MANCHESTER CITY have ramped up On a night Luka Modric earned his 150th cap for by 90 minutes due to a power outage in Vienna.
their interest in Arsenal and England After a cagey start, Denmark took the lead in the
winger Bukayo Saka, 20. Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot fired France Croatia, Deschamps handed a number of fringe 27th minute when midfielder Pierre-Emile
NETHERLANDS manager Louis van ahead on 52 minutes in Split as coach Didier players the chance to make an impression before Hojbjerg started the move with a pass out to the
Gaal says Dutch forward Steven Deschamps selected an inexperienced side the World Cup starts in Qatar in November. right flank and sprinted into the box to get on the
Bergwijn, 24, needs to leave without star forwards Kylian Mbappe and Karim Rabiot broke the deadlock when he was played receiving end of Rasmus Kristensen’s cross to
Tottenham and join Ajax“as soon as Benzema. in by a superb ball from Wissam Ben Yedder, score.
possible.” Croatia equalised seven minutes from time sweeping clinically inside the near post for only his But Ralf Rangnick’s Austria dominated after the
SPURS want a fee of £25.6m (RM141) in when Andrej Kramaric won and converted a spot- second international goal. restart and their persistence with the high press
order to let Bergwijn join another club kick. Substitute Antoine Griezmann saw a shot eventually paid off when the home side nicked the
this summer. The player is also a target “We did some good things taking into account repelled by Livakovic shortly before Croatia were ball off keeper Kasper Schmeichel in Denmark’s
for Premier League rivals Everton, with all the changes. We were ahead and we could have awarded a penalty following a VAR review after it box before Xaver Schlager fired home the equaliser.
Dutch champions Ajax still working on got the second goal. It’s a shame we gave them the was initially overruled for offside. Marko Arnautovic, playing his 100th game for
an official bid. equaliser with the penalty,” Deschamps told M6. Mike Maignan saved at the feet of Luka Sucic, Austria, hit the post after rounding Schmeichel and
CHELSEA are interested in Juventus’s “Of course the result doesn’t fully satisfy me. But but Jonathan Clauss caught Kramaric from behind, Denmark made him pay in the 84th minute when
Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt, 22, there’s tiredness to factor in and with all the other the Hoffenheim striker calmly rolling in from the Larsen curled a shot past the keeper to grab the
but Blues bossThomasTuchel’s main matches I’m forced to make changes. It’s an ideal spot after a lengthy wait to review the incident. winner, scored at the stroke of midnight. –
defensive target is still 23-year-old preparation for the World Cup.” In Vienna, Denmark top the section on six AFP/Reuters
Sevilla and France centreback Jules
Kounde. United ‘ready to pay’ for De Jong SHORTS
ANGEL DI MARIA, 34, has emerged as Son’s teammates made 100th
a low-cost option for Barcelona with BARCELONA are ‘ready to hand over’ Jong recently confessed that appearance memorable
the Argentina winger leaving Paris St- Frenkie de Jong now Manchester United his preference was to remain
Germain when his contract expires in have highlighted their willingness to pay at Barca, in a blow to United. SOUTH KOREA forward Son Heung-min
the summer. Barca are also keen on up to £69 million (RM380m) for the thanked his teammates for making his
Raphinha, 25, but have been put off by Dutchman, according to reports in But it doesn’t seem to 100th appearance in national colours
Leeds’valuation of £51.3m (RM282m) Germany. have put Ten Hag off, with one to remember after they recovered
for their Brazil winger. the United boss now from a drubbing against Brazil last week
NEWCASTLE are not planning to sign The Red Devils are seemingly prepared encouraging a formal bid. to ease past Chile yesterday.
Manchester United’s Dean to launch a blockbuster move for the 25-
Henderson, 25, this summer despite year-old upon the request of Erik ten Hag, “I have enough Son marked the landmark with a
being constantly linked with the who is refusing to give up on a reunion confidence in myself (to be a stunning late freekick to seal the 2-0 win
England goalkeeper. Moves for with his former Ajax star. success at Barcelona). I am not over 10-man Chile after Hwang Hee-
Everton and England forward afraid,” he said. chan had put the hosts in front with a
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 25, and De Jong has already made it clear he first half strike.
Manchester City and Netherlands wishes to continue with Barcelona but the “I recently spoke
defender Nathan Ake, 27, are prov- Spanish giants remain open-minded about extensively with the trainer “More so than my goal, I want to
ing difficult. a sale. (Xavi). That was a very good thank my teammates for competing in
AC MILAN, Inter Milan, and Arsenal are conversation. this match with such a great attitude,”
all pursuing Sassuolo and Italy forward That’s because a sizeable fee from Son was quoted as saying by the
Gianluca Scamacca, 23, who scored 16 United would go a long way to helping “I will not go into that (the Yonhap News Agency after the win in
goals in Serie A last term. Barca resolve their financial struggles off links to United). Not even about Daegu.
MANCHESTER UNITED and Bayern the field. other names or clubs. I used to
Munich are keen on singing Inter be naive and open-minded “It’s always difficult to bounce back
Milan’s highly rated Dutch rightback According to Sky Germany’s Marc about it. I don’t do that anymore. I so quickly after the kind of loss we had
Denzel Dumfries, 26, this summer. Behrenbeck, United are continuing to understand that that link is made. against Brazil. But everyone showed a
NEWCASTLE sporting director Dan probe for De Jong. lot of mental toughness. I am so happy
Ashworth has reportedly made it a top “That sum is not that difficult, it to have won my 100th match.”
priority to bring in a new right winger So much so, that Barcelona are is logical. I have enjoyed working with
this summer, with Bayer Leverkusen reportedly ‘ready to hand him over’ to the Ten Hag at Ajax – and I can’t look The World Cup-bound Koreans were
and France international Moussa Diaby, Red Devils. into the future, of course. But I thumped 5-1 by Brazil in Seoul last
22, and Watford and Senegal forward prefer to stay at Barcelona.” Thursday, with Son later saying that he
Ismaila Sarr, 24, two players on the list. United are willing to pay as much as – Express was hopeful that the defeat would be a
DUTCH defender Sven Botman, 22, £69m to get a deal over the line and the Newspapers learning experience for his side.
who has been linked with a move to Dutch international would seemingly
Newcastle, says AC Milan are still replace the departing Paul Pogba. De Jong “It would have been awkward if
working on a deal to complete his people had congratulated me on my
signing from Lille. De Jong has failed to reach the heights 100th match after a loss,” added the 29-
ENGLISH centreback James Tomkins, expected of him following his move to year-old.
33, has reportedly signed a new one- Barcelona in January 2019.
year contract with Crystal Palace, while Korea will host Paraguay in a friendly
Scottish midfielder James McArthur, 34, Now Barca have decided they will on Friday before taking on Egypt four
is also understood to have agreed a consider a surprise sale, providing they can days later.
fresh deal at Selhurst Park. make their money back.
Study shows Mbappe
RESULTS United appear to have given up on the is world’s MVP
likes of Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE following a lack of joy in their pursuit of the PARIS ST GERMAIN forward Kylian
League A, Group 1: Croatia 1 England internationals. Mbappe is the most valuable football
(Kramaric 83-pen) France 1 (Rabiot player in the world, according Swiss
52), Austria 1 (Schlager 67) Denmark Instead, De Jong has become the research group CIES Football
2 (Hojbjerg 28, Stryger 84). subject of strong interest that is being Observatory, followed by Real Madrid’s
LEAGUE B, GROUP 2: Iceland 1 driven by Ten Hag. Vinicius Jr and new Manchester City
(Thorsteinsson 49) Albania 1 (Seferi recruit Erling Haaland.
30). Old Trafford chiefs have now held
LEAGUE C, GROUP 3: Slovakia 0 discussions with Barcelona, in which it’s Mbappe, who turned down Real and
Kazakhstan 1 (Darabayev 26), understood they have outlined their desire signed a new three-year deal at PSG last
Belarus 0 Azerbaijan 0. to spend big on the player. month, topped the list with an
LEAGUE D, GROUP 1: Andorra 0 estimated transfer value of €205.6
Moldova 0, Latvia 1 (Zjuzins 73) While away on international duty, De million (RM967m), beating Vinicius
Liechtenstein 0. €185.3 (RM871) and Haaland €152.6m
... but De Ligt rules out Red Devils move (RM718m).

MATTHIJS DE LIGT would only consider a move to same report says United would not be willing to Mbappe’s PSG teammate Neymar
four teams this summer and Manchester United are match De Ligt’s £10.2m demands and therefore is not holds the current transfer record. The
not one of them, reports claim. an attractive proposition for the centreback. French champions paid Barcelona
€222m (RM1.05 billion) for his signature
United have been linked with a move for the Juve are yet to receive any official offer for the 22- in 2017.
Juventus defender but they are not part of the quartet year-old former Ajax star. But there are only four teams
who would stand a chance of landing his signature, he would move to if the financial offer was right. The top five was rounded off by
though Liverpool are. Barca youngster Pedri €135.1m
Liverpool are named alongside reigning Premier (RM636m) and Borussia Dortmund’s
De Ligt’s contract at Juve expires in 2024 and the League champions Manchester City. Paris Saint- English midfielder Jude Bellingham
Serie A giants are hoping to extend the deal and Germain are also mentioned alongside Real Madrid, €133.7m (RM629m).
protect his value. The Dutchman is said to be on an though the latter’s free transfer signing of Antonio
annual salary of around £10.2 million (RM56m). Rudiger makes that option unlikely. The CIES Football Observatory uses
such indicators as player age,
However, Italian outlet CalcioMercato claims Juve De Ligt would happily leave Juve if either of the performance, career progression and
are wanting to reduce his wages. They want to use four teams showed a willingness to pay his £10.2m contract duration to arrive at a transfer
Dusan Vlahovic’s £6.5m (RM35.8m) wage as a wage demands. United’s failure to qualify for the value.
benchmark for their top earner at the club. Champions League may well be another reason for
them not being in the forefront of De Ligt’s mind. –
The proposal to De Ligt is £6.5m a year plus Express Newspapers
bonuses but he will not renew at those figures. The


Milner believes We did some good things taking into
account all the changes. We were ahead and we
could have got the second goal. It's a shame we
gave them the equaliser with the penalty. Of course
the result doesn’t fully satisfy me…”

France manager Didier Deschamps

he still has a lot to offer Liverpool

JAMES MILNER’S belief he can still Milner thought and that was a big factor in League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA is for a fee in excess of £25 million
contribute to Liverpool’s success me extending my contract. Super Cup and, this year, a domestic (RM140m), providing they have a
convinced him to sign a new 12- “As long as I can still play my cup double. suitable replacement lined up.
month contract. part, that’s not something easy to
walk away from.” “Last season was extraordinary, Mane has yet to make his
The 36-year-old’s existing deal was Milner made 39 even though it didn’t have the ending intentions clear to the club but the
due to expire at the end of the month appearances last season, we hoped it would, but I think that will Bundesliga champions are looking for
and the fact he is understood to have although only 14 were starts, only make us all even hungrier for a potential replacement for Robert
agreed to reduced personal but there was little more success, to be honest,” added Lewandowski, who is likely to leave
terms shows how negotiation needed with the Milner. this summer.
important remaining at midfielder, who chose to
Anfield was to him. wait until the end of an epic “I felt that after the parade and that Mane’s stint at Liverpool appears to
63-game season which played a part in my decision-making be over, regardless of whether Bayern’s
A significant factor culminated in defeat to also. It’s a unique club. first offer was slapped down.
was manager Jurgen Real Madrid in the
Klopp’s desire to retain Champions League final “Now this is signed, I’m already Fans may feel aggrieved by how the
the services of a player just over a week ago looking forward to getting back with winger may have given them false
who has such a huge before making his decision. everyone, refocusing and going again. hope before last month’s Champions
influence on the dressing He is believed to have It’s a brilliant dressing room to be part League final defeat to Real Madrid.
room. turned down offers from at of.”
least one Premier League club “Come back to me and I will give
“I have never taken playing for and two from overseas in order to Five players – Mohamed Salah, you the best answer you want to hear,
this club for granted and I never stay at Anfield. Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Naby for sure,” he said.
will,” Milner, who is set to play in a 20th Since joining from Manchester Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain –
consecutive Premier League campaign City, where he won two League are about to enter the final 12 months “It’s special. I will give you all you
next season, told titles, two FA Cups and a League of their existing contracts. want to hear then. I love what I am
Cup, in 2015 Milner has won the doing and I sacrifice myself all the time.
“An overriding feeling for me – and Champions League, Premier While negotiations have dragged
a vitally important one in the process – on with Salah, fellow forward Mane is “I am working hard every single day
was the belief I can still contribute to attracting interest from Bayern Munich. on the pitch and in the gym and I get
the team. better and better, that’s the most
Liverpool will not allow the 30-year- important. I am trying my best to help
“The gaffer was clear what he old Senegal international, who scored the team.” – The Indepenndent/Express
23 goals this season, to leave unless it Newspapers

Seismic shock
CARDIFF CITY’S efforts to sign Wales captain and former Real Madrid star
Gareth Bale stepped up in earnest Bale linked with move to Cardiff City
yesterday with chairman Mehmet
Dalman preparing to head up the his next club. Gareth Bale
negotiations for a deal to sign the Wales “He’s already extremely
captain. would provide a welcome injection
wealthy, Gareth is probably of star quality that could inspire the
The prospect of signing the Welsh the richest footballer Magpies to challenge for a top-six
talisman took a giant leap forward after Britain has produced,” finish in the Premier League at the
Wales secured their place at the 2022 World said Barnett last month. very next time of asking.
Cup in Qatar on Monday.
“In any case, no club AC Milan, like Newcastle, will have
Reports from the BBC on Monday that on earth would be plenty of money to spend over the
Dalman has decided to fly back into the UK able to pay what he’s course of this summer following the
to lead the talks have been confirmed on at the moment, Gareth completion of their billion-pound
yesterday to WalesOnline. realises that. Money is not takeover by RedBird Capital Partners,
important to him.” which is expected to be pushed
The Bluebirds have been waiting through over the coming weeks.
patiently for Wales’ World Cup playoff final Bale joining Malaysian
match against Ukraine, holding the belief business tycoon and A move to the San Siro would also
that if Rob Page’s side does qualify for the Cardiff City owner Tan provide Bale with the opportunity to
November tournament, it puts them in a Sri Vincent Tan’s play Champions League football,
good place to secure Bale’s signature. club would which could give Milan an advantage
“make sense”, over the likes of Newcastle and
Bale himself said that the outcome of according to his Cardiff in the race to secure his
that Wales-Ukraine match would be Wales manager signature. – WalesOnline/Express
significant in deciding his future. Page. Newspapers/Agencies

“I’ll decide (my future) after the game. “It ticks all the
There is a lot of ifs and buts, but I think we boxes,” says Page.
need to see what happens and (the result) “Ultimately, it’s Gareth’s
is the key to everything.” decision and Cardiff City’s.

It is now understood Cardiff have seen “It makes a lot of sense. He can base
that result at Cardiff City Stadium as a himself at a training ground he’s familiar
tentative green light to press ahead with with.”
their attempts to thrash out a deal to sign
the Wales captain, 32. One club he will not be joining is
Tottenham, who reportedly have no plans
Bale was born in Cardiff but, having had to bring him back to north London over the
spells at Southampton, Tottenham and coming weeks and months.
Real Madrid, he has never played club
football in Wales. Antonio Conte is not interested in
sanctioning a move for Bale in spite of his
Cardiff are seen as an option because status as a club legend, with the Italian
Bale’s primary consideration is to lead coach instead looking to pursue his other
Wales in their first World Cup for 64 years. attacking targets, according to The
But Cardiff are looking beyond Qatar in
November and December. They hope that Other clubs that have been linked to
offering Bale the chance to lead them back Bale include Newcastle United and AC
into the Premier League will be a driving Milan.
factor behind him signing a contract even
beyond the 2022-23 season. Newcastle’s newly-found riches could
allow them to meet the Welshman’s salary
Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, recently demands while Bale’s presence at Tyneside
hinted at the possibility of his client
joining Cardiff by insisting that money
would not be an issue in terms of choosing

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