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Published by xkbadlee, 2021-11-08 21:14:59

The Sun-09.11

The Sun-09.11


TELLING IT AS IT IS S’pore stays Best to keep
execution of retirement
2 3page page

M’sian in drug case age at 60

ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2021 PKR’s Datuk Seri Idris Harun (second from left), Dhanesh Basil of
Gerakan (fourth from left) and BN’s Fairul Nizam Roslan (sixth from
No. 7899 PP 2644/12/2012 (031195) left), who are involved in the six-way fight in Asahan, after filing their
nominations at the Selandar Community College. – BERNAMAPIX

Hot, yet cool

█ BY ALISHA NUR MOHD NOOR oMalacca polls seeing record number of expected to pose a meaningful challenge to
[email protected] contenders, but campaigning may be subdued the big three.

PETALING JAYA: The Malacca snap Pakatan Harapan (PH). polls, which will be held on Nov 20. Jeniri noted that with the standard
election is turning out to be an PH actually won the state in the 2018 When nominations closed yesterday, a operating procedure (SOP) to curb the spread
intense battle, yet the most sedate the of Covid-19 still in place, candidates will have
country has ever seen. general election but its government fell when total of 112 have thrown their hat in the ring. to be more creative in their strategy to get
As the country’s second smallest state, it several lawmakers switched camps in the Umno, which will lead the charge for BN, support.
has only 28 seats. Yet there are 112 infamous Sheraton Move in March last year
contenders. More than that, every seat will that also led to a change of administration at is contesting in 20 seats. Its partners MCA will “This will be especially tough for the
see at least a three-cornered fight. the federal level. vie for seven seats and the MIC will go for the newbies,” he said. Given that there will be no
last seat. house-to-house visits or ceramah, candidates
On the other hand, the ban on open BN then teamed up with Bersatu, which are most likely to bank on social media to
campaigning will also make it the most placid had spurned its partners in PH, as well as PAS From PN, Bersatu will field candidates in carry their message across to the voters.
ever. The main battles are likely to be fought to take charge of not just the federal 15 constituencies, PAS will have eight and
in cyberspace. government but several state governments, Gerakan will go for five. On the other hand, Jeniri said, the
including Malacca, as well. restrictions could work in favour of the
These conditions will make it all the more From PH, a total of 11 seats will be incumbents. Having had a record of serving
challenging for candidates to woo the voters But the new alliance was short-lived. Last contested by PKR. Amanah will take nine and their constituents, they are already familiar
for support. month, four lawmakers from BN announced the DAP eight. faces. “Unlike them, the younger contenders
that they no longer supported incumbent will have to win the confidence of the voters,”
It will be arduous, as political analyst Dr Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali, There are smaller parties such as Perkasa, he said.
Jeniri Amir of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak leading to the dissolution of the state which is contesting in five seats and Parti
pointed out. assembly and paving the way for the snap Perikatan India Muslim Nasional, which is The Election Commission (EC) is not
going for only one seat. Also in the fray are 22 without its challenges either. Jeniri said it
Ultimately, the election will be a battle independents, but collectively they are not would be tough for the EC to ensure that at
among three contending forces – the least 70% of the 495,195 voters will turn up to
Perikatan Nasional (PN), which is the cast their ballots.
incumbent, Barisan Nasional (BN) and
“This will be a real challenge,” he added.

2 theSUN ON TUESDAY | NOVEMBER 9, 2021 BN to launch
S’pore High Court grants
stay of execution ALOR GAJAH: Barisan Nasional (BN)
will be launching its manifesto
SINGAPORE: The Singapore High oPMIsmailSabrihaswrittento HsienLoong that country. virtually tomorrow for the Malacca
Court yesterday granted a stay of seeking leniency for M’sian on death row In Nagaenthran’s case, she said it election.
execution to a Malaysian who was to
be executed tomorrow for a drug and the judgment was delivered at His defence team’s contention would depend on the interpretation Malacca BN chairman Datuk Seri
trafficking conviction. 4pm. that he had been diagnosed with of the term “unsound mind” under Ab Rauf Yusoh said the manifesto
mental impediments and that the law in Singapore. would provide the best suggestions to
The decision was posted on On Sunday, it was reported that executing him would therefore be a develop the state if BN is given the
Facebook by M. Ravi, the lawyer of Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri violation of international treaties, “It may differ from that (which is mandate to return as the state
Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, 33 Ismail Sabri Yaakob had written to failed to hold with the judicial accepted) in Malaysia.” government.
the man on death row. his Singapore counterpart Lee authorities in Singapore.
Hsien Loong seeking leniency in the She said that Nagaenthran’s low He said this at a media conference
“The High Court has just ordered case. Psychologist Datin Dr Mariani FSIQ (full-scale intelligence at his house in Kampung Pulau,
a stay of execution pending the Md Nor said there is a fine line quotient) aside, there also has to be Masjid Tanah yesterday.
hearing of an appeal at the Court of The report said Ismail Sabri had between mental disability and evidence to prove beyond a
Appeal against the High Court’s asked the Singapore government to clarity at the time when a crime is reasonable doubt that the accused He said he considers the contest
decision,” said Ravi. look into staying the execution and being committed. could not tell that his actions were for the Tanjung Bidara state seat
sought a fresh application for against the law. involving himself, deputy minister in
The constitutional challenge presidential clemency. “In this case, if it is proven that the Prime Minister’s Department
against his execution was heard via there is (mental) disability, the death “Was the accused incapable of (Parliament and Law) Mas Ermieyati
Zoom yesterday, two days before his Nagaenthran was arrested at the penalty should not be imposed,” she knowing that his actions are defined Samsudin and Keadilan Masjid
Nov 10 execution date. Woodlands border checkpoint in said. as drug trafficking?” Tanah branch organising chairman,
April 2009 for carrying heroin into Zainal Hassan as a stiff one.
Nagaenthran was arrested in Singapore. In November 2010, he Criminologist and psychologist She also stressed that there are
2009 for bringing 42.72 grams of was found guilty and sentenced to Dr Geshina A. Mat Saat said anyone many forms of mental and “It involves a party that brings
heroin into Singapore. death under the republic’s Misuse of who commits a crime in another intellectual disabilities. sustainability in managing the people
Drugs Act. country will be subject to the laws of and other parties with their own
According to Ravi of K. K. Cheng “Even if a person suffers from one ideologies.
Law Llc, the Court gave a fair or more of these disabilities, it does
hearing, presided by Justice See Kee not mean that he does not know “This is not a contest for the
Oon. right from wrong and therefore, be individuals involved to show their
excluded from the harshest penalty popularity but of parties with
The hearing started at 2.30pm under the law,” she said. different ideologies.”

Reports lodged The Election Commission has set
against two Nov 20 for polling and Nov 16 for
candidates early voting, following the dissolution
of the state legislative assembly on
ALOR GAJAH: Malacca police have TOURISM DRAW ... The first Asean Underwater Mini Landmark at Pulau Bidong in Terengganu was launched by Oct 4 when four assemblymen
received two reports on candidates Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri yesterday. The project showcases 11 iconic Asean withdrew their support for the
bringing supporters to two landmarks on the island’s seabed. – BERNAMAPIX leadership of chief minister Datuk
nomination centres yesterday. Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.

Malacca deputy police chief Malacca has 28 state seats and
Datuk Razali Abu Samah said the 495,196 registered voters with 240,530
reports involved Dewan Kompleks or 48.57% males and 254,666 or
Japerun in Tanjung Bidara and 51.43% females. – Bernama
Kompleks Komuniti Desa Telok Mas
in Malacca Tengah. Ban on govt,
private functions
“There were 20 to 25 supporters
gathering about 100m from the MALACCA: All official government
nomination centres but were told to and private events will not be allowed
disperse by policemen on duty. in the state from Nov 4 to 27.

“A coordination-of-duty order The Malacca National Security
has been issued that police reports Council in a statement said that
should be made against those under standard operating procedures
bringing supporters to nomination of phase four of the National
centres,” he said after inspecting the Recovery Plan, all gatherings or social
nomination process at Dewan functions, including the launching of
Kompleks Japerun yesterday. election machinery are not allowed
from Oct 25 to Nov 27.
Dewan Kompleks Japerun in
Tanjung Bidara is the nomination Also listed among the prohibited
centre of candidates Datuk Seri Ab activities are events that could cause
Rauf Yusoh of Barisan Nasional (BN), large gatherings of people in one
Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin of place, which makes physical
Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Zainal distancing as well as complying with
Hassan of Pakatan Harapan (PH). the health director-general’s orders
In Telok Mas, the nomination of
candidates for the seat involves Party meetings in Malacca are
Datuk Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen allowed for fully vaccinated
of PN, Muhammad Ariff Adly individuals subject to a limit of 50% of
Mohammad (Independent), Datuk capacity and with physical
Ashraf Mukhlis Minghat (PH) and distancing.
Datuk Abdul Razak Abdul Rahman
(BN). – Bernama Media conferences after meetings
are allowed, provided physical
distancing and wearing of face masks
are ensured. – Bernama

EC spells out clear guidelines for Malacca polls

MALACCA: Public speeches and distribution of pamphlets face-to- to deliver campaign messages. should not exceed four times a week He added voters who test positive
face-to-face campaigns are not face to members of the public. He added that campaigning could with the presence of fully vaccinated for Covid-19 would not be allowed to
allowed during the Malacca state individuals, Bernama reported. leave treatment places such as
election, said Election Commission Meanwhile, his statement on the also be carried out using television hospitals, quarantine centres or
(EC) chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani SOP in the portal, stipulated that networks and local newspapers. For early voting and on polling houses, while patients under
Salleh. candidates or party machinery are day, agents of parties or candidates investigation and persons under
allowed to put up banners and Abdul Ghani said only candidates who have completed their duties, and surveillance who wish to vote would
He called on all parties involved in buntings during the election as well who have police permits are allowed voters who have finished casting their be allowed only with the approval of
the election to comply with the as place pamphlets in residents’ post to campaign using vehicles with loud ballots should leave polling stations district health officers.
standard operating procedures (SOP) boxes by observing physical hailers at stipulated times and places promptly. Voters can check voting
listed in the EC’s portal to prevent the distancing of at least one metre. Only to deliver ceramah. information through the mySPR Voters in areas under enhanced
spread of Covid-19. groups of three people are allowed to Semak app or Semakan Daftar movement control order need to
carry out the activity at a time. He added that only one Pemilih SPR portal. undergo RTK Ag tests 24 hours before
He was speaking at a media committee room (party operations voting date and only those who test
conference after the nomination of He said candidates are room) is allowed for each candidate He said that voters who have negative can get police approvals to
candidates yesterday. encouraged to use social media apps of a constituency during the symptoms such as cough, sore throat, cast their ballots.
such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, campaign period with a 50% capacity difficulty in breathing or temperature
He added that among the banned YouTube, Wechat, Snapchat, limit. exceeding 37.5°C, should be isolated “Victory celebrations by
activities during the polls are house- WhatsApp, Telegram and other apps and allowed to vote at a separate tent. candidates are not allowed,” he said.
to-house visits, walkabouts and the He said party meetings are limited
to only two hours and the frequency


Govt reviewing Best to keep retirement
laws related to
gambling age at 60: Experts

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is o They cite less opportunities for fresh grads and financial term contract basis to give employer and
reviewing the existing laws related to implications for govt as main concerns employee greater flexibility,” he added.
gambling for improvements to ensure that
they are relevant to changes in the modus █ BY ELWIN DAVA seniors on the job longer would raise the Syed Hussain said raising the retirement age
operandi of gambling syndicates, especially [email protected] remuneration budget for a civil service that is to 65 as proposed would increase
online gambling, according to the Home PETALING JAYA: While there are advantages to already considered bloated. unemployment among the younger people. He
Ministry. raising the retirement age, stakeholders and said that when the retirement age was raised in
experts agree that it may not be viable yet in He also pointed out that productivity may 2013, more than a million fresh graduates were
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Malaysia. not remain at peak levels as one ages. “With an left without opportunity for employment.
Ismail Mohamed Said said the Home older workforce, the country’s competitiveness
Ministry is involved in the study which is Among the concerns are greater challenges may diminish,” he said. “Employers could no longer absorb school-
being conducted by the Finance Ministry in getting jobs for the younger generation and leavers and fresh graduates to take up roles that
for improvements so as to be in line with the financial implications for the government. Rajah said health issues also arise with should have been left vacant by those who have
current developments. advanced age, and it may cost employers more reached retirement age,” he said.
Universiti Malaya professor of economics in healthcare.
He said it was among the steps taken Datuk Dr Rajah Rasiah noted that with life Syed Hussain said it is also not ideal now for
and planned by the government, expectancy rising, keeping older people On the comparisons with Singapore, he Malaysia to implement a blanket increase in the
especially the police, to detect and combat employed would reduce the dependency ratio pointed out that while both countries are net statutory retirement age given that the overall
gambling activities carried out either by as more of the productive population will be importers of labour, the island republic’s labour unemployment rate has risen to 4.6% in August.
individuals or syndicates. supporting the young and the old. market management has been more effective in
responding to demand-and-supply changes. “Among the youth, the unemployment rate is
“Another step taken is conducting “This will be a boost for the gross domestic now as high as 11%, thanks to the economic
continual operations and raids through product (GDP),” he told theSun. Singapore is raising the retirement age from uncertainty caused by the pandemic,” he said.
the Op Dadu operation, including 62 to 63 years from 2022, while the retirement
integrated operations in collaboration Rajah pointed out that it will also offer secure age in Malaysia was raised from 55 to 60 in 2013. He said the only way that the retirement age
with other agencies such as the Malaysian income for the senior years. “Withdrawals from can be raised is if Malaysia is able to attract more
Anti-Corruption Commission and local the EPF can also be delayed to soften the impact Malaysian Employers Federation president foreign direct investments (FDI), like Singapore.
authorities to curb these activities,” he of inflation,” he added. Datuk Dr Syed Hussain Syed Husman proposed
said during the question-and-answer that rather than raise the retirement age above The influx of FDI into Singapore has resulted
session at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday. He said this is more crucial now given that for 60, an employee could continue working based in a strong demand for labour. “We need to
a vast majority of employees, their EPF savings on mutual agreement with the employer. bring in more FDI so that there will be a bigger
He was replying to a question from have been significantly depleted through demand for labour, even for those aged 60 and
Noorita Sual (PH-Tenom) on the steps and withdrawals under the various schemes to meet “Such an agreement should take into above,” he said.
legal action taken to curb and combat the economic challenges of Covid-19. account factors such as the employee’s health,
online gambling, which is becoming performance and whether or not the company Syed Hussain said businesses are also
increasingly prevalent. For the government, Rajah said, keeping still requires his services,” he told theSun. concerned that employees aged 60 and above
may no longer be as adept at picking up new
Ismail said police are also working with “Older workers can be retained on a fixed- skills to meet the digitalisation needs of the
the Malaysian Communications and Fourth Industrial Revolution. “The younger
Multimedia Commission to block Talks on PH-PSB tie-up in S’wak polls on hold workers are more suited at mastering the fast-
gambling websites under Section 263(2) of evolving new technology,” he added.
the Communications and Multimedia Act MIRI: Discussions on cooperation between will happen in the future as we still have two
1998. Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Parti Sarawak months before the state election (must be Gig jobbers
Bersatu (PSB) to face the 12th Sarawak state held),” he told Bernama yesterday. not included
Police, he said, are also working with election have been put on hold following under definition
utility companies such as Tenaga Nasional overlapping seat requests. Prior to this, PSB presidential council of workers
Bhd and water concessionaires to cut off member Baru Bian had reached out to DAP to
electricity and water supply to premises As such, Sarawak PKR acting chairman cooperate in the coming state election. KUALA LUMPUR: Gig economy workers in the
often used by gambling syndicates. Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh said PH country are not included under the definition of
component parties, namely PKR, DAP and This was after Sarawak DAP chairman a worker under the Employment Act 1955 (Act
Apart from that, he said police are also Amanah will not enter into an agreement with Chong Chieng Jen was reported to have 265); Labour Ordinance (Sabah Chapter 67) and
taking action against parties involved in other opposition parties in the state for now. described PSB as a “suspicious” party due to the Labour Ordinance (Sarawak Chapter 76),
the activities, including premises “similarities” with GPS. the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday.
caretakers and those conducting “So far, we have not reached a consensus
gambling activities without a licence (with PSB). However, we do not know what Abang Zulkifli confirmed that Sarawak PKR Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk
under the provisions of existing gambling- will field candidates in 49 out of the 82 seats. Awang Hashim said so far, there was no record
related laws such as the Common Gaming or filing of labour cases regarding this group of
Houses Act 1957 and the Betting Act 1953. gig workers that could be used as a benchmark
(or a test case) that would allow gig economy
He added that a total of 2,294 charges workers to enjoy similar benefits as workers as
involving online gambling were recorded clearly defined under the country’s labour law.
nationwide in 2019; 2,911 charges in 2020;
and 2,165 this year. – Bernama “Under the gig employment system and
contract for service as agreed, gig economy
BEAR WITH ME ... Dressed up as characters from the cartoon Winnie-the-Pooh, two teachers of SK Pagar Besi in Kuala Nerus, Terrengganu, check the workers are not subject to the National Wages
body temperature of pupils on the first day of face-to-face schooling in the state yesterday following Terengganu’s progression to Phase Four of the Consultative Council Act 2011 (Act 732) and the
National Recovery Plan. – BERNAMAPIX Minimum Wages Order (PGM) 2020,” he said,
during a question-and-answer session at the
Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

However, he said the government, under the
Self-employment Social Security Act 2017 (Act
789), provided social security protection to self-
employed individuals, including gig economy
workers such as those engaged in food delivery
and e-hailing services, if they made
contribution under the Act.

He said this when replying to questions from
Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub (PH-Pulai) and
Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad (PH-Kuala
Selangor) who wanted clarification whether the
government has plans to introduce a minimum
wage under the gig economy business industry,
similar to what has been practised in the UK.

He said the definition of a worker under Act
265, Labour Ordinance (Sabah Chapter 67) and
Labour Ordinance (Sarawak Chapter 76) are
individuals who are bound under a service
contract with their employers.

Gig economy workers are individuals who
are self-employed and free, and are focused
only on the job scope and the duration that has
been decided with the payment already agreed
upon. – Bernama


All set for talks with UK over vaccinated Malaysian travellers

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is ready for Foreign, Commonwealth and Truss arrived in Malaysia on Currently, he added, only privileges when visiting UK.
to discuss with the United Kingdom Development Affairs Elizabeth Truss, Sunday as part of her first visit to Malaysian travellers who have Asked about the Delta AY.4.2
(UK) on opening up the vaccinated with the consent of Foreign Minister Southeast Asia since being appointed received certain types of vaccines are
travel lane (VTL) for its fully Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah during UK foreign secretary in September. allowed to enter the country without subvariant detected in two import
vaccinated citizens to enter Malaysia their meeting here yesterday. undergoing mandatory quarantine. cases in the country, Khairy said it
without having to undergo Khairy said he had informed was still categorised as a variant
quarantine. “We will discuss technical matters Truss on Malaysia’s hopes that the “I was informed that the UK would under investigation and had not been
and we will soon announce the VTL UK will consider allowing Malaysian be announcing some good news. I defined as a variant of concern.
Health Minister Khairy timeline for UK travellers who want travellers, who received the Sinovac hope it is about them recognising the
Jamaluddin said the matter had been to enter Malaysia,” he said after the vaccine, to also enter the UK without Sinovac vaccine, which would allow He said the subvariant is still
conveyed to the UK Secretary of State meeting with Truss. having to undergo quarantine. recipients to be given quarantine-free under investigation and is being
monitored in the country. – Bernama

Saying final farewell C VID-19
to police hero UPDATE

As of noon yesterday

o Late former top cop footsteps to join the police force four police hero as a mark of respect from concTafiosrtemasl ed 2,510,852
played significant role in years earlier.
Bukit Kepong the police and the country.
communist attack The Second World War had just He also expressed his
ended and the communist threat was condolences before handing the
PETALING JAYA: Former Bukit Aman a growing menace in Malaya, which Jalur Gemilang to the bereaved Total
management department director Tan was then under British rule. active cases cNaesews 4,543
Sri J. J. Raj Jr, who died aged 100 last family.
Saturday, was cremated at the Nirvana Raj said the communists had Raj, who hailed from Chemor, 64,623
Memorial Park in Shah Alam yesterday. struck the police station in the early Perak, was appointed Bukit Aman
hours of the day. When he received management director in 1974 before
He was admitted to the Ara the news, he led a squad to the scene. retiring with the rank of police
Damansara Medical Centre in Petaling commissioner two years later. Total
Jaya for a heart problem (cardiac They had to traverse the jungle Throughout his service in the recoveries Current
arrhythmia). and it took them three hours to reach police force, Raj had held several recovery 96.08%
the police station. By then, the important positions. Among them 2,412,395
In an interview with theSun in building was already in flames. rate
August, Raj recounted the days when
he was involved in the fight against The incident was later depicted in were Police chief of Pagoh (1950),
communists. the 1981 film starring Jins Tangkak (1952) Kuala Kangsar
Shamsuddin. (1954), Kulim (1955), Segamat
He vividly recalled the night of (1957), Kuala Lumpur (1958) and Death
Feb 23, 1950 when the communists Among those present at his Negri Sembilan deputy police chief toll 5,924Brought
attacked the Bukit Kepong police funeral to pay their last respects were in 1959.
station in Johor, killing 23 officers and Bukit Aman management 29,294 -in-Dead
men in a three-hour shootout. department director Datuk Zaini
Jass, principal assistant director of He was also appointed as the
He had followed his brother’s management (Police Retirees’ Affairs Pahang police chief (1961), Royal
Division) Datuk Sulaiman Salleh and Malaysian Police College
Sharul Lalli Masduki. As of November 8, 2021
commandant in Kuala Kubu Baru Received second doses
Zaini led the senior police officers
in giving their last salute to the late (1964), Negri Sembilan police chief 25,525,035 24,552,038
(1967), Sarawak deputy police
commissioner (1969) and Selangor
police chief (1973).
Malaysia, Singapore ready
to welcome visitors

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Bernama reported.
Singapore will launch a They were happy to note on
vaccinated travel lane (VTL)
between Changi Airport and KL the progress of ongoing
International Airport from Nov discussions on other vaccinated
29. travel scheme – to reopen travel
across the Causeway and the
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Second Link.
Ismail Sabri Yaakob and his
Singaporean counterpart Lee The VTL is another important
Hsien Loong issued a joint milestone in the Malaysia-
statement after both leaders Singapore cooperation as it will
spoke over the phone yesterday. will allow the two countries to
gradually reopen their borders,
Under the VTL, fully- said Ismail Sabri.
vaccinated travellers will be able
to travel between Malaysia and “I look forward to effective
Singapore, and be subjected to implementation of this travel
Covid-19 tests in lieu of serving scheme. I am very happy that
quarantine or Stay-Home Notice. both our countries are able to
restart cross-border travel. This
Both prime ministers also will help revive our economies
looked forward to restoring travel and strengthen our bilateral
across the land links as well, relationship,” Lee said.

Zaini handing the Jalur Gemilang to the late Raj’s family as a mark of respect from police and the country yesterday. ‘Education Ministry has biggest

17% of oral cancer patients from Sabah, says Hajiji group of unvaccinated staff’
PUTRAJAYA: Education Ministry the Human Resource Management
KOTA KINABALU: About 17.4% of and alcohol. consume betel nut, alcohol and staff members are believed to Information System and
patients diagnosed with oral cancer “(However), only about 50% of tobacco are 22 times more likely to constitute the biggest group of civil MySejahtera application of the
in the country are from Sabah. develop the disease. servants who have yet to be Health Ministry, he said.
Malaysians are aware that excessive vaccinated against Covid-19, said
Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor alcohol and betel nut consumption He added that it was also found Public Service Department (PSD) “As of today, the data is being
said this was based on the oral cancer can increase the risk of oral cancer,” that most of the oral cancer cases in director-general Tan Sri Mohd updated and the PSD will relook
screening conducted through the he said at an officiating ceremony at the country were detected late with Khairul Adib Abd Rahman. the reasons given by these civil
Health Ministry dental health the state-level Oral Health Cancer more than 60% were at an advanced servants for not wanting to be
programme last year, Bernama Awareness week held virtually stage. Without disclosing details, he vaccinated.
reported. yesterday. said the PSD is updating data of
Hajiji said among the main the civil servants who have not “Heads of department need to
He added that of the total 42,771 Hajiji said based on a study, the contributing factors for late detection been vaccinated and this process is go down to the field to understand
patients in Sabah screened through risk of oral cancer is six times higher was the lack of awareness on the expected to be completed in two the reasons given for refusing
the programme, 5,420 were at high among those with a habit of chewing importance of early screening, weeks, Bernama reported. vaccination,” he said after
risk of getting the disease due to betel nut. adding that oral cancer was a attending the #KeluargaMalaysia
excessive intake of tobacco, betel nut preventable disease. The PSD is matching the data of SiagaBencana 2021 National
Individuals who excessively unvaccinated civil servants using programme yesterday.


MP wins Those gullible easy prey
defamation suit

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here for scammers: IGP
yesterday ordered Kedah Mentri Besar
Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor to o Online crimes are on the rise despite enforcement by unreported as the losses involved were small.
pay RM50,000 in damages to Pokok Sena police and efforts to promote public awareness “Even if the amount is small, they should
member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Mahfuz
Omar over a defamatory statement made █ BY CHARLES RAMENDRAN “While technology for online transactions come forward to lodge police reports. This will
on Facebook two years ago. [email protected] has improved and has facilitated society, it has help police obtain details of the scammers such
KUALA LUMPUR: Gullibility, greed and a lack also opened doors to unscrupulous individuals as their bank account and telephone numbers,
Judicial Commissioner Datuk Mohd of awareness are among the factors that who have taken advantage of it to commit which we can then place in our blacklisted mule
Arief Emran Arifin made the order after have given online and phone scammers the crimes, like online scamming,” he said during account database. This will help others when
allowing a defamation suit filed by Mahfuz upper hand in deceiving their victims, the launch of the Commercial Crime Campaign they check the CCID’s (commercial crime
as the plaintiff against Muhammad Sanusi, Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl (online crimes) 2021 at the Berjaya Times investigation department) scam check website
the defendant. Sani Abdullah Sani said. Square Hotel here yesterday. (,” he said.

Lawyer Noorazmir Zakaria, who This has caused a steep rise in such cases He expressed concern for the growing trend Acryl Sani also cautioned the public about
represented Mahfuz, said the court had over the past decade. in such cases. Macau scams, with scammers posing as
ordered Muhammad Sanusi to pay the enforcement officials from the police and other
damages within 14 days from yesterday. Despite efforts taken by police to clamp “In 2019, there were 3,512 cases with agencies to fleece their victims.
down on the menace through enforcement and RM28 million lost. Last year, the number rose to
“The court also ordered the defendant to promote awareness to the public, the numbers 5,846, recording RM41 million in losses; and He advised the public against entertaining
write an apology to the plaintiff on the continue to rise. this year up until last month, we already have such calls as enforcement agencies would never
defendant’s Facebook page within 14 days, 8,061 cases with RM58 million lost to scammers. attempt to resolve a case through phone calls
besides paying legal costs to the plaintiff Last year, 17,109 cases were reported with a By year end, we believe the total number will but will only do so in person.
amounting to RM15,000. combined loss of RM510 million, while 17,537 triple to what we saw in 2019. This solely
cases, including various scams, were reported involves online scams and does not include The Commercial Crime Campaign (online
“Other orders imposed are an injunction this year between January and last month, with Macau scams, African scams and love scams.” crimes) 2021, themed “Commercial Crime
restraining the defendant or his agents from a total loss of almost RM450 million. Awareness for the Wellbeing of the Community”,
publishing defamatory words against the Acryl Sani said many cases may have gone will run throughout this month.
plaintiff in future,” he said via WhatsApp
after the decision was announced via online It is organised by the CCID in collaboration
proceedings yesterday. The proceedings with non-governmental organisations,
was also attended by lawyers Yusfarizal e-commerce platforms and social media
Yussoff and Mohd Faizi Che Abu, who personalities.
represented Muhammad Sanusi.The case
was heard on Aug 26, with two plaintiff
witnesses including Mahfuz, and defendant
Muhammad Sanusi, testifying. – Bernama

Appeals to
disqualify deputy
DPP dismissed

BUSTED ... Selangor Maritime PUTRAJAYA: Former prime minister Datuk Seri
Enforcement Agency director Maritime Najib Razak and his lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad
Kapt Mohd Rosli Kassim (right) next to the Shafee Abdullah failed in their appeals to
vessel that was detained after a syndicate disqualify Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram as senior
involved in smuggling illegal immigrants deputy public prosecutor (DPP) in their
was crippled, during a press conference in respective court cases.
Port Klang yesterday. – BERNAMAPIX
A three-man panel, comprising Justices
Govt fails in bid to forfeit assets of Najib, family and others Datuk Yaacob Md Sam, Datuk Lee Heng
Cheong and Datuk Che Mohd Ruzima Ghazali,
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here their two children, Nor Ashman Razak and only come to this conclusion based on unanimously decided to dismiss the appeals
yesterday dismissed an application by the Nooryana Najwa, as well as Najib’s stepson, presumption and it is insufficient as the brought by Najib and Muhammad Shafee.
government to forfeit luxury items seized Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz, were seized from applicant needs to credibly prove a direct
from former prime minister Datuk Seri premises occupied or previously occupied link between the monies that were allegedly “We have no doubt that Sri Ram is more than
Najib Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah by them and they are in any event from the illegally gained to the cash found and the qualified as a fit and proper person to be
Mansor, their children and several others. same family. properties bought,” he said. appointed as senior DPP,” said Yaacob, who
delivered the decision.
The items, including handbags of “No evidence has been proffered to show The judge also rejected the application
various brands, 27 vehicles and cash of that the properties seized from the five to forfeit a bungalow erected on two plots of He said the then attorney-general, Tan Sri
various currencies seized from Najib, respondents were bought using the monies land in Tanjung Bungah Park, Penang, as Tommy Thomas, was also satisfied that Sri Ram
Rosmah, their three children and five other in Najib’s bank account. The applicant well as the money kept in three Hong Leong was a fit and proper person within the meaning
respondents, were allegedly linked to (AGC) had in fact admitted that some of the bank accounts owned by the 13th of Section 376(3) of the Criminal Procedure
the 1Malaysia Development Bhd properties seized were gifts,” said the judge. respondent, Puan Sri Goh Gaik Ewe, who is Code (CPC) to be appointed as senior DPP.
(1MDB) scandal. the mother of fugitive businessman Low
Mohamed Zaini said the applicant had Taek Jho, or Jho Low. Yaacob said the court agreed with the High
Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan, in merely listed down the properties seized Court judge that there was nothing in Section
dismissing the application by the and their value, and in turn concluded that “The applicant had merely shown 376(3) of the CPC which provides that a fit and
Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to the five respondents did not have the means monies credited into the bank accounts but proper person to be a DPP must come from the
forfeit the items, said the AGC had failed to to have such a huge amount of cash to did not provide any evidence on how these judicial and legal services or public servant,
prove the nexus between the properties purchase these properties based on their bank accounts were related to or used for adding that there was no such requirement
seized and the unlawful activities income, or the lack of it. the commission of the unlawful activities,” in law.
he added. – Bernama
“The properties from Najib, Rosmah, “It is apparent that the applicant had The Court of Appeal judge said it was clear
that in amending section 376(3) of the CPC,
Parliament had intended to give power to the
attorney-general to appoint and designate any
fit and proper person as senior DPP.

Yaacob said the court was of the opinion that
Section 376(3) is a stand-alone provision on the
appointment of anyone who is considered a fit
and proper person to be appointed as DPP or
senior DPP.

He said that section was amended to allow
the attorney-general cum public prosecutor to
appoint a DPP so that the conduct of the
prosecution is handled by an experienced
DPP commensurate to the corresponding
complexity of the case.

He also said both Najib and Muhammad
Shafee had failed to prove that the
attorney-general had acted in contravention of
the laws, or acted in mala fide in appointing Sri
Ram as senior DPP.

“The High Court did not err in dismissing the
judicial review (brought by Najib and
Muhammad Shafee), which warrants an
appellate intervention,” he said.

Yaacob allowed the costs of RM10,000 fixed
by the High Court to be set aside. – Bernama


BRIEFS ORTEGA WINS‘SHAM’ Summit of political crackdown, repressive policies in
NICARAGUA VOTE elite opens in China regions like Xinjiang, Tibet and
Hong Kong, and an increasingly
MANAGUA: Daniel Ortega won a oXi expected to consolidate power year, at which Xi is widely expected assertive approach to foreign
fourth consecutive presidential at closed-door meeting to declare that he will serve a third relations.
term yesterday in elections term in office, cementing his
denounced by the United States position as China’s most powerful He has also created a leadership
as a “sham,“ with the Nicaraguan leader since Mao Zedong. cult that has quashed criticism,
leader deriding his opponents – State media has hailed Xi’s stamped out rivals and introduced
most of them jailed or in exile – as BEIJING: The top leaders of China’s – is being held behind closed doors. leadership in the run-up to this his own political theory – known as
“terrorists”. With ballots in 49% of ruling Communist Party yesterday State news agency Xinhua said Xi week’s meeting, with Xinhua Xi Jinping Thought – to school
polling stations counted, Ortega, started a pivotal meeting expected declaring he is “a man of profound students.
75, had 75% of votes, according to further firm President Xi Jinping’s opened the meeting with a work thoughts and feelings, a man who
to official partial results. With grip on power. report and “explanations on a draft inherited a legacy but dares to Chris Johnson, senior fellow at
seven would-be presidential resolution on the major the Centre for Strategic International
challengers detained since June, Some 400 members of the party’s achievements and historical Studies, told the Sinocism podcast
he was assured a new five-year powerful Central Committee experience” for the party through its the new resolution could mark
term. The five contenders he did gathered in Beijing for the four-day 100-year history. an opportunity for Xi “to tidy
face have been dismissed by plenary, which – like all meetings up some of the bits from history that
critics as regime loyalists. US of China’s secretive leadership The resolution will set the stage he doesn’t like”, including the
President Joe Biden said the for the 20th Party Congress next excesses of economic reforms in the
outcome was“rigged”long before 1990s.
the “sham” election. – AFP
Xi recently launched a campaign
ARMED MEN SEIZE innovate, and a man who has of “common prosperity”, designed to
forward-looking vision and is tackle wealth inequality and tighten
CONGO VILLAGES committed to working tirelessly”. oversight of home-grown business
GOMA: Gunmen seized at least giants.
two villages overnight in the Xi’s tenure has been marked by a
sprawling anti-corruption The Central Committee
eastern Democratic Republic of resolution would mark the third of
Congo near the border with its kind in the history of the Chinese
Uganda and Rwanda, a local Communist Party (CCP).
official said yesterday. Lt-Col
Muhindo Luanzo, assistant to the The first, passed under Mao in
administrator of Rutshuru 1945, helped cement his authority
territory, blamed fighters from over the CCP four years before it
the M23, a rebel group that seized seized power.
large swathes of territory in 2012
and 2013. Luanzo said the The second, under Deng
gunmen stormed the villages of Xiaoping in 1981, saw the regime
Tshanzu and Runyoni adopt economic reforms and
simultaneously at 11pm on recognise the “mistakes” of Mao’s
Sunday. “Now our troops are ways.
conducting counter-attack
operations,” he said. – Reuters The latest could see Xi “do in
effect to Deng what Deng did to
Winehouse dress IN DANGEROUS WATERS ... People bathing amidst the foam covering the polluted Yamuna River on a smoggy Mao, which is to criticise
sells for morning in New Delhi yesterday. – REUTERSPIX the excesses of Deng Xiaoping’s
US$243,200 reform and opening policies”,
Johnson said.
LOS ANGELES: The dress singer
Amy Winehouse wore for her final The timing is significant, coming
performance sold on Sunday for a year before Xi is expected to secure
US$243,200 (RM1 million), 16 times an unprecedented third term in
its estimated value, as part of a trove office at a twice-a-decade congress.
of memorabilia from the late diva’s
life auctioned in California. Having scrapped term limits in a
2018 constitutional amendment, Xi
Winehouse wore the green and has not appointed a clear successor
black bamboo print dress at a concert and is expected to lead until at least
in Belgrade in 2011. 2027.

A month later, on July 23, she died “Xi Jinping has already started to
from acute alcohol poisoning. rewrite the history of the party in
school books, universities, and the
She was 27. press ... greatly reducing the failures
The dress was the highlight of an – Great Leap Forward, Cultural
800-item collection of personal Revolution – and glorifying his
effects, ranging from bras and DVDs action as general secretary of the
to books and make-up that were sold party,” said Alice Ekman of the
by Winehouse’s parents, Mitch and European Union Institute for
Janis. Security Studies.
The entire collection brought in
US$4 million, twice the original The new resolution is “clearly
forecast, according to auction house part of Xi Jinping’s efforts to prolong
Julien’s, which managed the sale that his presence at the head of the party”,
ran from Saturday to Sunday. she said. – AFP
“Of course, there are fans and
museums and collectors all over the Rappers sued over Texas concert crush
world that will want to own some of
these items, care for them, show WASHINGTON: Rappers Travis the audience at Houston’s NRG Park County court, claims Scott “had and the “crowd mayhem continued”,
them at museums, keep her legacy Scott and Drake have been sued for when the crowd started pushing incited mayhem and chaos at prior it said.
and her memory alive and at the having “incited mayhem” after eight toward the stage as Scott was events” and that “defendants knew
same time raise some money for the people were killed and dozens performing, triggering chaotic or should have known of (Scott’s) High-profile attorney Ben
foundation,” Martin Nolan of Julien’s injured in a crush during a Texas scenes. prior conduct”. Crump announced on Sunday he
said ahead of the auction. concert. had also filed suit against Scott and
The proceeds will go to the Amy Texas resident Paredes, who is The suit also accuses Canadian Astroworld.
Winehouse Foundation, which Texas firm Thomas J. Henry Law also suing concert organisers Live rap superstar Drake, who joined
supports vulnerable young adults on Sunday tweeted a story Nation and the venue, “felt an Scott’s headline set, of contributing Crump specialises in civil rights
struggling with addiction. – AFP published by the Daily Mail on the immediate push” at the front of the to causing the surge toward the and personal injury, and has
suit, confirming it had filed “one of general admission section as Scott stage. represented families of police
the first lawsuits in Travis Scott got on stage, the complaint said. violence victims George Floyd and
Astroworld Festival tragedy”. “As Drake came onstage Breonna Taylor.
“The crowd became chaotic and alongside of Travis Scott he helped
The plaintiff is 23-year-old a stampede began. incite the crowd even though he He and co-counsel Bob Hilliard
concertgoer Kristian Paredes, who knew of Travis Scott’s prior filed suit on Sunday on behalf of
was one of those “severely injured” “Many begged security guards conduct,” the complaint said. concertgoer Noah Gutierrez, 21.
at the concert on the night of Nov 5. hired by Live Nation Entertainment
for help, but were ignored.” He continued to perform even as The lawyers said they expected to
Around 50,000 people were in the “crowd became out of control” file suits on behalf of other
The suit, filed in Houston’s Harris concertgoers during the week. – AFP

Floods hit Sri Lanka and India, killing nine

COLOMBO: Nine people are dead and two reported” across Sri Lanka since the rains began disaster management minister K.K.S.S.R. Residents were seen wading around the city
others missing after floods in Sri Lanka and at the end of last month, disaster management Ramachandran said on Sunday. ankle-deep in waters that also lapped up
parts of southern India caused by more than a official Pradeep Kodippili said yesterday. against the century-old offices of the municipal
week of pounding rains. Authorities had established more than government.
More floods are likely in the coming days 150 relief camps to distribute food and aid to
Nearly half of Sri Lanka’s 25 districts have with downpours set to move to the country’s those forced out of their homes, the minister Scientists say ever-more unpredictable and
been hit by the deluge, with the worst affected northern coast around the city of Jaffna, the said. extreme weather across South Asia has been
areas in and around the island’s tea-growing weather bureau warned. caused by climate change and exacerbated by
Central Highlands. Most main roads in state capital Chennai deforestation, damming and excessive
Four people have also died in “rain-related were underwater and trees were uprooted, development. – AFP
“Five deaths and two disappearances were incidents” across India’s Tamil Nadu state, local disrupting traffic.



America reopens borders BRIEFS45 MILLION PEOPLE
after 20 months FACE FAMINE: UN

o Long queues at ROME: The UN’s food agency
European airports as said yesterday the number of
flights to US resume people on the edge of famine
in 43 countries had risen to 45
WASHINGTON: The United States Runners crossing the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge during the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday. After a forced million. The jump from 42
reopened its land and air borders break last year, the marathon is back on for its 50th edition. – AFPPIX million people earlier in the
yesterday to foreign visitors fully year was largely down to a food
vaccinated against Covid-19, ending Zours had to miss a St Louis show by has implemented a special system to Starting yesterday, vaccines will be security assessment that found
20 months of travel restrictions that the rock group in September due to direct traffic, including installing required for “non-essential” trips – another three million people
separated families, hobbled tourism restrictions. portable toilets on the three bridges such as family visits or tourism – facing famine in Afghanistan,
and strained diplomatic ties. crossing into the United States “as although unvaccinated travellers will the World Food Programme
Now she plans to make up for lost waiting times of up to four hours are still be allowed into the country for (WFP) said. “We’ve got conflict,
The ban, imposed by former time. estimated”, said the local director of “essential” trips. climate change and Covid-19
president Donald Trump early last road safety Cesar Alberto Tapia. driving up the numbers of the
year and upheld by his successor Joe “I’ve got tickets for four (US) A second phase, beginning in acutely hungry,” said WFP
Biden, has been widely criticised and concerts,” she said. Lifting the travel ban will affect January, will require all visitors to be executive director David
become emblematic of the upheavals more than 30 countries, but entry into fully vaccinated to enter the US by Beasley. “Fuel costs are up, food
caused by the pandemic. To cope with surging demand, the US will not be totally unregulated. land, no matter the reason for their prices are soaring, fertiliser is
airlines have increased the number of trip. more expensive, and all of this
At airports in Europe, passengers transatlantic flights and plan to use US authorities plan to closely feeds into new crises like the
queued excitedly to board planes larger planes. monitor travelers’ vaccination status US health authorities have said all one unfolding now in
bound for the US east coast, while and will still require them to present vaccines approved by the Food and Afghanistan, as well as long-
long lines of masked people, cars and Underscoring anticipation of the negative Covid-19 tests. Drug Administration and the World standing emergencies like
motor homes were seen before dawn reopening, currency exchange Health Organisation would be Yemen and Syria,”he said. – AFP
at the borders with Mexico and centres in Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez city The reopening will happen in two accepted for entry by air. – AFP
Canada. were hit by a shortage of dollars. phases. NEPAL RECOVERS
The United States closed its The Ciudad Juarez government
borders after March last year to KATHMANDU: The bodies of
travellers from large parts of the three French climbers who
world, including the European disappeared in a remote corner
Union, Britain, China, India and of the Himalayas were
Brazil, in an effort to slow the spread recovered yesterday close to
of the coronavirus. where they went missing last
month, police in Nepal said. The
Overland visitors from Mexico and group were attempting to scale
Canada were also banned. Mingbo Eiger, a 6,000m peak
near Mount Everest, and were
At Charles de Gaulle airport in last heard from via satellite
Paris, Charlotte Boulais, 27, stood in phone at their camp on Oct 26.
the queue to drop off her luggage, Police said the bodies will now
excited at the prospect of seeing her be sent to Kathmandu for
friends again. post-mortem. Climbers have
started returning to Nepal after
“I’m going to New York, we’re the coronavirus pandemic
going to sightsee with my husband forced a complete shutdown of
and see friends who have been over its mountaineering industry
there for a year-and-a-half and who last year. – AFP
we haven’t seen because of Covid.”
Eastern Europe
Over at London Heathrow Airport, Covid infections
two planes from British Airways and at record levels
Virgin Atlantic heading to New York
took off at the same time from parallel KIEV: Global Covid-19 cases
runways, to mark the occasion. surpassed 250 million yesterday as
some countries in eastern Europe
In Berlin, 51-year-old Elisabeth experience record outbreaks, even as
Zours is ready to hit the road. the Delta variant surge eases and many
countries resume trade and tourism.
A lifelong Rolling Stones fan,
The daily average number of cases
Aussies skirt vaccine rules with fake certs has fallen by 36% over the past three
months, according to a Reuters
CANBERRA: A ban on unvaccinated multiple restaurants across the city. Pakistan for around US$500 apiece. Despite the risk of up to 10 years in analysis, but the virus is still infecting
Australians entering bars and “There was a link going around a Health experts worry that fake jail and fines topping US$7,400, some 50 million people worldwide every 90
restaurants nudged thousands to get Australians have bought the fake days due to the highly transmissible
jabbed – but it has also seen the rise few months ago: you put in your certificates put owners at risk, could certificates, or created their own Delta variant.
of a thriving black market in fake details, and it gives you a vaccine fuel outbreaks and complicate homemade workarounds.
Covid-19 vaccine certificates online. passport,” she said. contact tracing. By contrast, it took nearly a year to
Salim, 27 – who also asked for his record the first 50 million cases.
Molly – who asked to conceal her The link has since been removed, The number of fakes in circulation real name not to be used – created his
real name – is hitting the town. but Australian authorities are playing is difficult to estimate, but one own vaccine passport by using a Health experts are optimistic that
whack-a-mole with a host of similar Telegram channel touting fraudulent friend’s real one as a template. many nations have put the worst of
When Melbourne last month sites and apps that are keen to cash Australian certificates has more than the pandemic behind them thanks to
clambered out of 260-plus days of in. 64,000 members alone. He has successfully used it in vaccines and natural exposure,
sporadic lockdowns, the allure of the restaurants, gyms and salons, and is although they caution that colder
city’s vibrant social scene was too Across the country, Google “You can get them pretty easily on not deterred by any legal risks. weather and upcoming holiday
much to resist, even though the searches for fake certificates soared the dark web,” said Vince Hurley, a gatherings could increase cases.
24-year-old is unvaccinated. when rules for the non-vaccinated veteran detective who now teaches “I’m forced to do this because I
were announced early last month, criminology at Macquarie University. wasn’t given a choice. “We think between now and the
“I’m not anti-vaccine but I don’t surging again when they entered into end of 2022, this is the point where we
agree with it being so mandatory.” force. “The price ranges from A$100 to “I’m not robbing a bank, I’m not get control over this virus ... where we
AS$1,000 depending on the quality, hurting anyone. can significantly reduce severe
In the last few weeks, she has used One still-active website purports on the reputation of the person disease and death,” said World Health
a fake vaccine passport acquired to sell certificates from Australia, the selling and comments from other “I know at least 10 people who Organisation epidemiologist Maria
through social media to dine at United States, Britain, Ireland and individuals.” have fake vaccination papers,” he Van Kerkhove.
said. – AFP
Infections are still rising in 55 out
Russia shutdown ends despite coronavirus wave of 240 countries, with Russia, Ukraine
and Greece at or near record levels of
MOSCOW: Most of Russia yesterday authority to extend the period but as “That’s the right thing to do,” said Peskov said it was too early to say reported cases since the pandemic
ended a week-long paid holiday of yesterday only five had done so, Antonina Leontyeva, 75. whether the week-long shutdown started two years ago.
aimed at curbing the spread of the including the western region of would help reduce infections.
coronavirus, despite the country Bryansk and the northwestern region “Maybe there will be fewer Eastern Europe has among the
seeing thousands of new cases and of Novgorod. patients and fewer infections in a “This will only become clear in a lowest vaccination rates in the region.
more than 1,000 deaths per day. week.” week,” he told reporters.
A number of regions did introduce More than half of all new
President Vladimir Putin ordered or extend a requirement for proof of But others said they were growing With more than 8.8 million cases infections reported worldwide were
the paid holiday period from Oct 30 vaccination to visit restaurants, cafes exasperated. registered since the start of the from countries in Europe, with a
to Nov 7 in a bid to stem soaring and shopping centres. pandemic, Russia is one of the million new infections about every
infections and deaths exacerbated by “I do not like this, this makes me worst-hit countries in the world. four days, according to the analysis.
a slow vaccination drive. In Veliky Novgorod city where mad,” said Alexander Vorotilov, 19.
authorities extended the shutdown, Authorities yesterday reported In Germany, the infection rate
Individual regions had the some approved of the measure. “I cannot go anywhere without a 39,400 new cases and 1,190 fatalities rose to its highest level since the start
QR-code.” over the previous 24 hours. – AFP of the pandemic and doctors said
they would need to postpone
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry scheduled operations in coming
weeks to cope. – Reuters


Welfare and progressive economics

prospects”, according to the 2022 Fiscal Outlook more accurately better termed as “monetary
and Federal Government Revenue Estimates/FO financing” (MF).
COMMENT by Dr Rais Hussin and Jason Loh 2022. Income tax alone is projected to constitute
37.5% of Budget 2022. MF is simply what the advanced economies
BUDGET 2022 was in many respects one With such a figure that’s just slightly short of like the US, UK and Japan (and even the EU in
that tried to impress as prihatin (caring) help to stabilise prices (minimise fluctuations), half of the overall budgetary allocation sources, some sense via the European Central Bank/ECB)
and indeed the needs and concerns of especially in relation to the “penny stocks” income tax (individual, company, petroleum, do directly and indirectly. Countries that engage
the rakyat were addressed to a large (shares that are priced between RM1.50 and withholding, etc.) is expected to bear a heavy in MF typically also engage in structural debt
RM1.00 and below). financial burden. rollover.
extent. This was especially pertinent in relation to Now, are we proud if Bursa Malaysia is known But is such a projection realistic given an
welfare assistance – as there was no letting up in more for speculative aka gambling activities? environment of declined earnings during the This is because at each stage of the economic
the provision of cash handouts or transfers. In addition, CGT would counter-balance the lockdowns and hence any profit which will have life cycle, the government must first spend before
Under Strategy 1: “Restoring Lives and liberal availability of share margin financing to be offset by cash flow constraints? it can tax and/or borrow.
Livelihoods”, Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia (BKM) facilities (i.e., borrowing from a broker or bank to Borrowings and “use” (sales, lease, etc.) of
will be introduced to enhance Bantuan Prihatin buy shares), which could lead to an outcome of government’s assets are expected to make up In the US, tax liabilities are simply (literally)
Rakyat (BPR) as its amount is a bit higher “forced selling”, market volatility. only 29.5% of Budget 2022. This means that much extinguished. Taxes aren’t (intrinsically) needed
RM2000 compared with RM1800 and the Forced selling, of course, can have a of the borrowings will be utilised for debt rollover. to fund the Treasury, which spends by simply
coverage more targeted (e.g., additional potentially knock-on effect Under Section 4: Debt instructing the relevant Federal Reserve branch
assistance of RM500 to single-parent similar to a “boom and bust” Management of the FO 2022, “… to credit (from out of its account with the central
households). phenomenon, including just as federal government’s total gross bank) the account of whomever is the recipient.
“It’d beThe government is also treating the issue of critically on the banks that lend. borrowings are expected to record
social protection seriously. Budget 2022 will Think of non-performing loans RM210.8 billion or 13.9% to GDP in Already back in 1946, chairman of the Federal
2021 … RM110.4 billion (will be Reserve Bank of New York Beardsley Ruml made
awkward whenexpand the beneficiaries of the i-Saraan scheme (NPL) and “toxic” assets. deployed) for principal repayments the point in his speech titled, “Taxes for revenue
that’s for the self-employed and those not earning As in the case of regulated while (only) RM98.8 billion (is) for are obsolete”. But we can do quantitative easing
the purpose isregular income to save for retirement through short-selling (RSS) that’s (QE).
EPF contributions. The government will now also mentioned in EMIR Research deficit financing”.
Debt rollover is, of course, a QE will help keep the interests paid on our
to fill in gaps inmatch a minimum of 15% from the contributions article, “Budget 2022 & 12MP – normal fiscal policy practice. And Malaysian Government Securities (MGS) and
to a maximum of RM250 per year for those aged debt ceiling, windfall & capital EMIR Research has been consistently sukuk, etc low and represent an indirect method
the coffers andbetween 55 and 60 years. of MF.
gains taxes”, CGT can also help advocating that the government’s
Under Strategy 4: “Supporting Public Service complement existing measures to budget isn’t like a household. Any QE in a limited form will correspondingly
constraint is self-imposed. support a limited or mild form of MF – whereby
fund welfareDelivery”, a special financial assistance of RM700 reduce exposure to the risks of That said, we also recognise that Bank Negara can finance our fiscal spending
will be provided to 1.3 million civil servants margin calls (i.e., topping up the which can help to reduce the extent of our debt
there are limitations due to the rollover.
aid since itGrade 56 and below. And one million public accounts when the shares drop in position of our currency, not least.
sector pensioners will be given RM350. value). That is, instead of borrowing from our
means thatBut the government’s effort in ensuring institutional investors to rollover our pre-existing
In fact, precisely for the We surely don’t want to put debt, we are better off in using QE to pre-empt
equitable tax treatment has fallen short of reasons above, CGT would also ourselves in a situation where that (by way of the lenders off-loading their long-
currency speculators can smell blood. term bond holdings on to Bank Negara).
reimpositionexpectations as being too modest and lacking the be in line with Islamic values, not Towards that end, we caution the
political and bureaucratic mettle required. to mention that of other In short, Bank Negara can either just write off
comes at a timeThe announcement concerning the mainstream religions. the (limited) debt (of long-term bonds) or resell it
“prosperity tax” of 33% for the next chargeable It is noteworthy that Budget government on the existing extent of under, e.g., five-year reverse repo agreements
when the B40income at RM100 million alongside the stamp 2022 didn’t mention the its debt rollover arrangements and (half of 10-year MGS), i.e., resale of bonds in
duty increase on contract notes for trading of reintroduction of the Goods and urge that a (lower) “ratio” be self- exchange for cash from the commercial banks.
imposed, e.g., 3 to 1, i.e., for every
segment hasn’tlisted shares to 0.15%, from 0.1% and the Services Tax (GST). RM300 billion in deficit spending, Now this cash would come from the prior
concomitant removal of the RM200 cap triggered It would be awkward when the only RM100 billion is allocated for deficit spending of the government, either from
shrunk buta wave of selling pressure when the stock purpose is to fill in gaps in the taxes plus borrowings or borrowings alone.
exchange reopened on Nov 1. coffers and fund welfare aid since debt rollover. This is to ensure
increased withThis resulted in Bursa’s trading value of the it means that reimposition comes productive deployment of the In effect, instead of a debt rollover, i.e.,
shares’ market capitalisation wiped out to the at a time when the B40 segment borrowings. borrowing to directly pay off the borrowing:
Perhaps this should be 0 We have borrowing to spend first;
the inclusion oftune of RM33.8 billion, even though the FBM hasn’t shrunk but increased with incorporated into the forthcoming 0 The spending (fiscal injection – productive use
(FTSE Bursa Malaysia) KLCI (Kuala Lumpur the inclusion of 20% of Fiscal Responsibility Act. of borrowing) then appears as “reserves” in the
This should also bring our debt accounts of commercial banks in Bank Negara;
20% ofComposite Index) was down by only 2%. The households from the M40. service charges under control – since 0 Afterwards, the reserves are used to buy back
downtrend is expected to be short-lived. That is, the GST shouldn’t be the government bonds; and
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consultant Harvindar Singh of Harvey AND increasing purchasing power as a whole. “net financial assets” with no corresponding of the research team of EMIR Research, an
Associates, Vietnam’s stock market rose 14% last Moving on to revenue, Budget 2022 expects liabilities just like that i.e., for the Treasury, or independent think tank focused on strategic
year despite having a CGT tax. that revenue is projected to increase by 5.9% to even the central bank, but for the commercial policy recommendations based on rigorous
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T-ara is back! A group of Paredes and also names Scott and Live
teens leaving Nation among the defendants.
FOUR years after releasing their final mini- messages at a Notably, rapper Drake, who was a
album, What’s My Name, girl group T-ara memorial featured guest in Scott’s performance, was
makes a highly anticipated music comeback outside NRG also listed, whom the lawsuit alleges came on
this month, with a new single album set to Park, where stage and helped incite the crowd.
launch on Nov 15. the tragedy In the lawsuit, Paredes said that he was
occured. –
Media company Dingo Music recently
revealed its collaboration with the South ConcertGETTY tragedy
Korean superstar group. T-ara, on the other o Two lawsuits have been filed against Travis Scott
hand, had been dropping hints on its and Astroworld organisers over the deadly event standing at the front of the general admission
Instagram page with a colourful poster and section near the security barrier before he
caption that read “Coming Soon”. was trampled by the crowd surge at the
start of Scott’s headlining set.
The girl group was formed in 2009 by Mnet AROUND 50,000 people were at On social media, there have been
Media with five members, Jiae, Jiwo, Eunjung, Travis Scott’s Astroworld music The first lawsuit was filed videos that showed audience members
Hyomin, and Jiyeon. T-ara released their first festival in NRG Park in Houston, by Houston resident Manuel yelling at Scott to stop the show when
song titled Good Person for a television series, Texas last Friday night, where the Souza against Scott, Live people were injured, as well as videos
Cinderella Man. Unfortunately, Jiwon’s and densely packed crowd surged toward a stage, Nation, individuals affiliated of people climbing onto the camera
Jiae’s decision to leave the group delayed the killing at least eight people. with NRG Park and Scoremore tower to beg for help.
group’s debut appearance. Holdings, along with several “Many begged security guards hired
Scott – who has two prior misdemeanour other defendants. by Live Nation Entertainment for
They regrouped with six members, convictions for encouraging fans to jump According to the lawsuit, help, but were ignored,” the
launched their first single, Lie, and made their security barriers and rush the stage at Souza was one of the Astroworld filing reads.
first appearance on Radio Star’s MBC talk show. previous concerts – has since addressed the attendees who was trampled by Both plaintiffs are
It wasn’t until 2011 when their track Roly-Poly tragedy in an Instagram story, saying he was the crowd as security barriers seeking a trial by jury
became the best-selling single of the year on “devastated” by the situation. were breached by people and at least US$1
the Gaon chart in South Korea, launching them attempting to enter the million (RM4.16
to superstardom. “My prayers go out to the families and all music festival during the million) in
those impacted by what happened at early hours of the event. damages.
Their other notable tracks were Cry Cry, We Astroworld Festival,” Scott also wrote on The lawsuit also
Were in Love, and Lovey-Dovey from their Twitter. “Houston PD has my total support as cited previous violent
Korean album, Black Eyes. T-ara now consists of they continue to look into the tragic loss of incidents at Scott’s Scott has
four members, Qri, Eunjung, Hyomin and life.” concerts from 2015 to promised to aid
Jiyeon. 2019. authorities in
As investigations continue, two attendees The second lawsuit their
The teaser images heralding T-ara’s return. – who were injured at the event have filed was filed by Austin
DINGO MUSIC lawsuits against the rapper and the concert’s resident Kristian investigations.
organisers, including Live Nation – AP
Eternals dominates Entertainment.
box office
BTS contributes to Eternals’ buzz in S. Korea
MARVEL’S new superhero flick, Eternals made BTS fans have been excited about watching
an outstanding impression at the global box the latest Marvel production Eternals just to Advertisements in a theatre in South Korea promoting Jimin’s song on the
office over the weekend. witness Jimin’s name in the credits at the end Eternals’ soundtrack. – TWITTER
of the movie, with many buying tickets for the
The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie just to take recordings and photos of decision to use the song came “It’s because [Friends] is my favourite BTS
entry secured US$90.7 million (RM337.30 his name onscreen. from a personal song. I really like Jimin. He’s too cute,” she
million) in ticket sales during its international choice, as she shyly said.
opening debut, therefore, pushing its total There have also been nationwide shared her love
global amount to US$161.7 million (RM672.7 advertisements promoting his involvement, and bias towards Alongside her love for the group, Zhao
million). including in theatres showing the film. BTS during an also revealed that the song seemed like the
interview with perfect fit for the movie’s message.
Domestically in the US, the feature topped All in all, the inclusion of the song Friends, one of the film’s
the box office with $71 million (RM295.40 which was written, composed, and produced stars, Kit The song rightly speaks about friendship,
million), making it the fourth-highest opening by Jimin, has brought lots of publicity and Harington. and she believes that it closely resembles the
of the pandemic. revenue for the movie. relationships between the main characters
in the film.
Despite its impressive financial It would appear that both the movie’s
performance, the film failed to impress critics. production team and the film
In fact, it has been crowned the lowest-rated production company under which the
film in the MCU universe. While the movie was movie was released have taken note of
praised for its diverse cast, Eternals was heavily his impact in favour of the movie.
criticised for its overstuffed plot and limited
character development. On Nov 6, the Eternals official
account on Twitter posted a
In addition to that, the movie has been screenshot of Jimin’s name credited
banned in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait for under Friends as a songwriter, just as
featuring an openly gay superhero, a move fans have been doing, and the Marvel
which has drawn criticism from several of the Studios official account retweeted this
film’s cast members. tweet.

However, the movie will be screened in the The director of Marvel’s latest film,
United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Lebanon and Chloé Zhao explained that her
Egypt without featuring any intimate scenes.
Fans are
A scene from Eternals. – MARVEL STUDIOS celebrating
Jimin’s influence
on the Eternals
movie. – KPOP




SWEDISH pop sensation a nGeowingVooynage AFP before?” Andersson told Swedish
ABBA made a comeback on busy promotion schedules. daily Dagens Nyheter.
Friday with its new album o Legendary Swedish pop quartet ABBA
Voyage, nearly 40 years after returns with new album after a 40-year hiatus All promotion was halted for 24 To Swedish fan Peter Palmquist
the group split up, with a digital hours after two people died at a at least, the new album has struck
avatar concert planned in London. say girls and they said ‘Yeah’,” Benny He and Bjorn Ulvaeus, 76, have tribute concert north of Stockholm just the right note between old and
Andersson, 74, explained when the been promoting the album in recent last Tuesday evening. new.
Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni- album was announced. weeks, with 71-year-old Agnetha
Frid – forming the acronym ABBA – Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, In addition to the two songs “It’s true to ABBA’s sound but it’s
have not released any new music “Then I asked them ‘why don’t 75, opting to spare themselves from released in September, a third track not nostalgic, staying to where they
since their split in 1982, a year after we do a full album?’,” he added. from the album was published in are but to the people that they
their last album The Visitors. October, a modernised version of grown into today,” he said.
Just A Notion, originally recorded in
Voyage went live at midnight last 1978 but never before released. According to Jean-Marie Potiez,
Thursday in various time zones, to one of the group’s most well-known
the delight of longtime fans The newly released songs cannot international experts, age has given
worldwide. escape being compared to hits like some of the singers a new edge.
Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Mamma
“We are just in disbelief ... that it’s Mia, The Winner Takes It All and “Agnetha and Anni-Frid’s voices
something that we could experience Money, Money, Money, but the band have lost their high notes, which is
again in our lifetimes,” longtime members are not worried about normal given their age, but they
ABBA fan Jeffrey de Hart, 62, said at disappointing fans. have gained in depth and
a listening party in Stockholm for sensitivity.”
the Swedish band’s much- “We don’t have to prove
anticipated release. anything, what does it matter if “When they sing together, both of
people think we were better them, like on Don’t Shut Me Down,
After years of speculation and it’s the ABBA sound.”
several dropped hints, the group
finally announced the reunion and Despite two divorces – Bjorn and
new album in September, and Agnetha and Benny and Anni-Frid
released the singles I still have faith were both married for several years
in you and Don’t shut me down. – the four have remained good
The 10-track Voyage is not all the
group will be releasing. But Voyage, the band’s ninth
studio album, will indeed be their
They will also unveil digital last, which was confirmed in an
avatars – dubbed “ABBAtars” – at a interview with The Guardian at the
concert in London in May, end of October. – ETX Studio
resembling their 1979 selves.

The holograms are the product of
a years-long project, designed in
partnership with a special effects
company of Star Wars creator
George Lucas.

Repeatedly delayed by technical
difficulties, then by the Covid-19
pandemic, they will finally be
unveiled next May.
The ABBA sound
The group initially dreamed up the
idea of avatars, and then the music
followed suit.

By 2018, ABBA had confirmed
rumours of their return to the studio
and that at least two new songs were
being recorded.

But great pains were taken to
keep the music a secret.

“First it was just two songs, and
then we said: ‘Well maybe we
should do a few others’, what do you

Learn a little ABBA trivia Swedish pop
HERE are five things to know about tight satin costumes, ABBA exports torch. ABBA made a
Sweden’s most famous musical triumphed with Waterloo, relegating Even today, only three countries in Unofficial figures say ABBA has comeback on
export ... Grease diva Olivia Newton-John to the world export more music than Friday with
0 Four first names, and herring sixth place. they import: the US, the UK and sold as many as 400 million albums, their new
Formed in stages in the early 70s, the Sweden, according to a recent but according to Carl Magnus Palm, album Voyage.
group had its first successes in In front of millions of viewers, a independent study commissioned by author of several books on the group, – AFP
Sweden, but struggled to find an phenomenon was born. The song, industry group Export Music 150 to 200 million is closer to reality. But the trials of managing
identity. After ditching the name referencing Napoleon’s famous Sweden. In any case, the band is one of the relationships as superstars became
Festfolket and an unsuccessful defeat, topped charts across Europe. best-selling bands in the world. too much to bear and in 1979,
naming contest launched in a With hundreds of millions of 0 Two marriages and two divorces Agnetha and Bjorn divorced,
newspaper, bandmates Agnetha It was just the first of a string of albums sold, ABBA helped the While ABBA is a quartet, it also followed by Frida and Benny in 1981.
Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny hits, including Mamma Mia (1975) Nordic country of 10 million people formed two couples. Not letting a good heartbreak go to
Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Dancing Queen (1976) – first punch above its weight. waste, Agnetha and Bjorn’s break-up
finally settled on ABBA – an acronym performed at the wedding of Agnetha and Bjorn were married is believed to have inspired one of the
of their first names. Sweden’s King Carl XVI with Queen Bands like Roxette, Ace of Base, in 1971. Then in 1978, Frida and groups most iconic songs, The
Silvia in June 1976. The Cardigans, or more recently Benny, who had been together for Winner Takes It All (1980).
The only problem was that the 0 Crazy costumes Swedish House Mafia, Lykke Li and several years, also got hitched. In 1981, ABBA released a final
name was already used by a fish Initially intended to stand out from the late Avicii, have taken up the album and the following year the
cannery. After a phone call to the the crowd of Eurovision contestants, band split up. But their success
director of the company, Agnetha got the sparkling costumes became an continued, notably with the
permission to use the name in ABBA trademark. compilation ABBA Gold released in
exchange for an easy promise never 1992. – ETX Studio
to go into the fish business or “I asked Bjorn: ‘What would you
embarrass the company. Abba’s like, what can I produce for you?’ And
pickled herring is still sold in most he answered: ‘Nothing is too crazy,’”
supermarkets in Sweden, and a Owe Sandstrom, the designer of the
staple on Swedish dinner tables at group’s famous outfits, told AFP.
holidays such as Midsummer and
Christmas. It was a call to extravagance that
0 The triumph of ‘Waterloo the costume designer eagerly
After losing out in 1973 with the embraced, blending influences from
single Ring Ring, the quartet cabarets, the circus and the animal
managed to win Sweden’s kingdom.
Melodifestivalen, thereby getting to
represent their country at Eurovision Sequins, pearls, crystals and all
1974, held in Brighton in the south of that glitters were liberally draped over
England. the ABBA stars. One of Sandstrom’s
favourites was inspired by flamenco
With their star-shaped guitars and and worn by Bjorn during a
performance of hit Chiquitita (1979)
at a Unicef charity concert.
0 Sweden, a champion of musical



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█ BY S. TAMARAI CHELVI Go on an island
AFTER 20 months of not
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government’s decision to a relaxing island vacation
allow interstate travel has
been welcomed by many. Many Rest and relax with your loved ones to the soothing sound of the sea. – BERJAYA HOTELS AND RESORTS
Malaysians took the opportunity to
tick off their travel checklist to Swim with one of the most popular scuba diving species such as barracuda, manta
unwind and break away from their exotic marine spots for deep-sea divers in the world. rays and hammerhead sharks.
daily routines. life during
your Redang Other sites include the Coral So what are you waiting for? We
While international travel getaway. – Gardens, North Point, White-Tip should take this opportunity to enjoy
restrictions are still in place, there is BERJAYA Avenue and many more. the various travel packages available
still an abundance of local HOTELS AND and experience the many activities
destinations that one can try. Here RESORTS Apart from the famous green and our beautiful islands have to offer
are three islands, which you may have hawksbill turtles, the island is also before they is opened for
visited in the past but are definitely known for its magnificent international tourists!
worth a re-visit. underwater world with vast marine

At the same time, we can do our hatching season is between April to Enjoy your love
bit to help boost the local economy October. Or visit SEATRU Turtle Lab for the sun, beach
and local tourism industry. at the Taaras Resort to learn about
turtle conservation on the island. and sand at
While adhering to the safety Sipadan Island Sipadan Water
measures, enjoy and immerse in the Stunning Sipadan island, located Village Resort. –
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Langkawi 600m above sea level. The island is
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Langkawi, the most popular island in INSTAGRAM
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You can visit iconic structures like
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landmarks, an abundance of nature
including forests and waterfalsl,
endless shorelines and pristine
beaches like Pantai Cenang and enjoy
delicious fine dining cuisine at top

On Sept 16, 2021, the Langkawi
Development Authority (LADA)
launched the Langkawi Travel
Bubble 2021 for fully vaccinated
travellers. Visitors had to undergo a
Covid-19 test prior to boarding a
plane to fly to the crown jewel of

However, following the lifting of
interstate travel restrictions, a
mandatory Covid-19 test is not
needed anymore, which means you
can travel to the island right now!
Redang Island
Revel in the enchanting beauty of
Redang Island, which never ceases to
captivate visitors.

From the clear waters to the clear
sky, Redang – located 45km off the
coast of Terengganu – is home to a
wide range of beautiful and colourful
fish, along with two shipwrecks, the
H.M.S. Prince of Wales and the H.M.S
Repulse, which sank in the ocean
during World War II.

Enjoy a snorkelling trip to Redang
Marine Park Centre or go scuba
diving to 20 dive sites including
Terumbu Kili, Tanjung Tokong to
catch amazing views of diverse
marine life species. Explore the island
via a trekking trip to learn about the
flora and fauna.

Turtle lovers can check out turtles
swimming in the clear sea. Turtle



MSU’S involvement in the (right) MSU’s
medical and health Bangalore
sciences areas has led to campus.
the initiative towards
complementing the nation’s need for (left) MSU
qualified medical personnel serviced has trained
in Malaysia and the region. With the
MBBS programme being offered at to almost
the main campus in Shah Alam and two
its offshore campus in Bangalore,
India, MSU looks set to be a major thousand
provider of medical education in medical
graduates in
MSU’s International Medical
School (IMS) Dean, Professor Dr Nurturing doctorsMalaysia. of the future
Mohamad Khairuddin Abdul Wahab MSU focuses on o MSU provides a holistic and internationally excellence.
said: “There is no difference in the producing qualified recognised medical education Prof Dr Khairuddin added:
medical curriculum used at the main medical doctors who not
campus or our off-shore campus. only excel academically, “Becoming a doctor is not just producing qualified medical doctors “Things are looking very positive on
However, the campus in Bangalore but display excellent soft about helping to cure the sick. It is who not only excel academically, but MSU’s further involvement in the
provides the opportunity for students skills. display commendable soft skills as medical field for the next few years.
to experience an international setting well through engagement in various International Medical School is
as they pursue their medical about understanding the sick, thus personal enrichment activities and forward to being part of this historic
programme in MSU.” doctors must be able to community services. development.
communicate effectively with
He further added that “our patients. Effective This is to ensure a long-term “With the opening of the MSU
involvement in the Indian sub- communication is known to continuous effort from MSU towards Medical Centre (MSUMC), MSU has
continent is part and parcel of our help in the healing process,” building quality healthcare providers put itself as the first private university
international effort in branding and he added. that meet the nation’s objectives in in Malaysia with its own private
promoting Malaysian education Students at healthcare services. specialist hospital. The medical
globally.” MSU are centre will provide quality and up-to-
exposed to He further added, as part of its date healthcare services to the public,
Professor Dr Khairuddin who various kinds benchmarking initiative, MSU has and also offer job opportunities for
specialises in Orthopedic Surgery of activities linked itself with several international future graduates in medical and
believes that with the wealth of aimed at partner universities as well as health programmes of MSU.”
experience that he and his team of enriching their medical authorities, including the
local and international faculty learning Medical Council of India (MCI), Sri Intakes for MBBS programme are
members possess, they will be able to experience. Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and in April and October. Qualified
guide MSU along the right course In comparison to other Maldives Medical and Dental students are required to sit for the
to be among the leaders in medical schools in Malaysia, Council (MMDC). Medical Entry Test (MET) at the MSU
medical education and medical- one of the key features of campus in Shah Alam to determine
related disciplines. MSU’s MBBS programme is Such linkages would acquire their aptitude for the MBBS
the development of holistic, programme recognition and create programme.
Since its pioneering batch balanced and well- student and staff mobility activities as
of medical students rounded medical well as research between MSU and its Want to be a doctor and qualified
graduated in 2012, MSU has graduates. partners. All these are part of MSU’s to sit the Medical Entry Test (MET) at
contributed to almost 2,000 MSU focuses on commitment towards making MSU? Look out for more information
medical personnel that have Malaysia a hub for educational on scholarships and fee waivers.
gone into Malaysian Please call 03-5521-6868, email your
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acquired by our medical
students are sufficient to prepare
them for real-life medical
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Flying taxis by 2024?
o Technology is making a
big leap from science fiction Instagram has rolled out the “Link” sticker to all
to real life application its users, available in the “Story” format. – ETX
A NEW electric air taxi could be People look at a VoloCity drone, the innovative air taxi created by the German company
transporting passengers from Volocopter, displayed at the Piazza San Silvestro in Rome, recently. – ETX STUDIO New Instagram
Rome’s Fiumicino Airport to the city features!
centre within three years, according taxi, which costs €48 (RM231), or a 32-minute
to German company Volocopter, Rome’s train for €14 (RM67.35). GOOD news for influencers! Instagram has
airport operator ADR and transportation finally rekindled its collaboration with
infrastructure holding company Atlantia. Italy’s ancient capital suffers from a Twitter. As of Nov 3, it’s effectively possible to
notoriously creaky public transportation share your Instagram post on Twitter.
The project, called VoloCity – which is also system, with pothole-laden roads that wreak
planned for Paris and Singapore – promises to havoc on tyres, ageing buses that sporadically The social network, which is part of the
whisk people from the airport to the city in 20 go up in flames and metro stations often Facebook group – which recently changed
minutes, with no traffic and zero emissions, shuttered for months. The idea of flying taxis – its name to Meta – announced the good
travelling at a maximum speed of 110 eventually without pilots – has spread news on Twitter.
kilometres per hour. worldwide, part of a push to ease congestion
on roads and limit pollution. Twitter has also further embraced
Initially, the taxi will carry the pilot plus YouTube, allowing playback of the platform’s
one passenger, “until the aircraft will fly Various companies, including Uber and videos to launch directly on the social
completely autonomously”, when it will be General Motors, are working on “vertical take network. Building connections between
able to take two passengers, read a joint press off and landing aircraft” (VTOL), but major platforms in this way is helping to promote
release announcing plans. challenges remain, including regulatory sharing and interactivity across social media.
issues and safety concerns. – ETX Studio
Still required for the Fiumicino project is Instagram seems particularly keen on
the development of “vertiports” to allow the fostering engagement with its new tools.
taxis to take off and land vertically. One of the latest options is “Add Yours,“ a
new sticker found in the Story format, letting
In Rome late last week, the gleaming white users create public threads or chains where
Volocopter flying taxi was parked in a square people can respond by adding photos
near the Trevi Fountain where curious relating to the proposed content.
onlookers were allowed to board.
For example, with a hashtag like “#OOTD”
“I would have liked them to have thought or “Outfit Of The Day” – one of the most-used
more about the railway system before going keywords on the platform – a user could
up into the sky,” said 32-year-old Giuseppe, prompt followers to respond to by adding
who declined to give his last name. pictures of their own outfits.

Still, he conceded: “This is a leap into the It’s then possible to see the different
future. We talk about going to Mars, so this is additions to the chain by clicking on the
the least we can do.” sticker.

Local news reports put the price of the It’s a way to boost interactivity and
planned 20-minute ride from Fiumicino to the develop engagement among users and
city centre at €140 (RM673.45), compared to a followers. This new sticker is somewhat
reminiscent of the “Duet” function in TikTok,
Netflix launches mobile games worldwide which allows users to reply to video content
with their own videos.
TWO of the games are based on the hit Netflix All of the titles are tailored for play on Android- creators of paranormal thriller game
horror series Stranger Things and the powered smartphones or tablets and accessible Oxenfree. Instagram was already largely inspired by
remaining three are basic card or skill games, through Netflix accounts. – ETX STUDIO the Chinese social network when improving
according to the Silicon Valley based game studio, as the streaming giant bids to Netflix had indicated its intention to its search tool.
company. expand its entertainment empire with a push venture into video games in July, eyeing
into the lucrative gaming sector. potential hits based on the storylines of To further foster engagement on the
“We’re excited to take our first step in popular television series. platform, Instagram has finally rolled out the
launching Netflix games on mobile to the The company said it bought California- “Link” sticker to all its users. Initially available
world,“ the company said in a release. based Night School Studio, best known as the It has openly said it aims to compete with for verified accounts, any user can now insert
hit games such as Fortnite for people’s online a hyperlink with this new sticker, available in
“We want to begin to build a library of entertainment time, and analysts suggest the Story format.
games that offers something for everyone.” offering games could help attract new
subscribers. The social network chose to replace the
The games that went global last week had “Swipe-up” function, reserved for verified
already been available in Italy, Poland, and The global gaming market now exceeds accounts and those with more than 10,000
Spain. US$300 billion (RM1.25 trillion), according to followers, with the “Link” sticker to offer a
a study this year by consulting firm Accenture. better way of sharing links directly in Stories.
All of the titles are tailored for play on
Android-powered smartphones or tablets and Netflix has recruited a video game veteran, Still, users should be careful when using
are accessible through Netflix accounts. Facebook’s Mike Verdu, to lead its gaming the “Link” sticker. Instagram has suggested
team. that this option could be removed if a user
It was not disclosed when versions of the violates the rules of the platform by sharing
games might be available for iPhones or iPads, “Just like our series, films and specials, we too much fake news or hate speech. – ETX
which run on Apple software. want to design games for any level of play and Studio
every kind of player,” Netflix said. – ETX Studio
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Climate change: It’s now or never
WHILE we are all still busy
with the pandemic, This year will be the 26th annual If the the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement To date, no company has committed
nursing the after and on- summit, hence the name COP26. consumption fully operational. to align itself with reducing its own
going effects of the losses and demand emissions and its production and sale
we might have been subjected to, there With the UK as president, 114 reduce, the big Malaysia has made an ambitious of products in line with science-based
is a larger climate disaster waiting to leaders took a landmark step forward boys out there commitment to reduce the intensity of targets of 1.5°C, which is what the new
happen. Unfortunately also, we tend to at a convening of world leaders on will be forced its carbon emissions, notably a 40% UN report examines.
think it is not our business. forests, by committing to halt and to rethink their reduction by 2020 and a 45% reduction
reverse forest loss and land business by 2030, with 2005 as the benchmark Having said that, we know that
So much has been talked about, but degradation by 2030. strategies differentiator. humans are increasingly influencing
actions are still a far cry from achieving the climate and the earth’s temperature
our targets and it is said that most The pledge has been backed by The then elected government of by burning fossil fuels, cutting down
countries are not even hitting the 2030 US$12 billion (RM50b) and US$7.2 Malaysia in 2018 did affirm its forests and farming livestock.
climate goals. billion (RM30b) in public and private commitment to achieving this, but with
funding respectively, according to a the political power having changed This adds enormous amounts of
We need to know that as a press statement. hands multiple times, your guess is as greenhouse gases to those naturally
consequence of this, everyone will pay good as mine on how we are faring in occurring in the atmosphere,
the price. For the uninitiated, COP21 took this area. increasing the greenhouse effect and
place in Paris in 2015. For the first time global warming.
Untold human suffering is in our ever, something momentous Perhaps it is time for individuals,
future as nations miss their Paris happened, every country agreed to corporates and institutions to adopt Each of us can make a difference.
Agreement targets by a long shot. work together to limit global warming aggressive behavioural and attitudinal You may think your personal lifestyle
to well below 2°C and aim for 1.5°C to changes. changes won’t help climate change,
As I write, the climate change adapt to the impacts of a changing but remember that little changes can
summit is taking place in Glasgow. climate and make money available to For individuals, it can be as simple make a big difference if taken up by
deliver on these goals. as reducing the consumption of meat, enough people.
Dubbed COP26, we have world opting to use public transport and
leaders gathering and deliberating on The Paris Agreement was born. The energy efficient appliances and more. If the consumption and demand
climate issues, fully cognisant of the commitment to aim for 1.5°C is reduce, the big boys out there will be
fact that we have come to a “now or important because every fraction of a However, here is the thing, a report forced to rethink their business
never” situation. degree of warming will result in the loss by Climate Accountability Institute strategies. Show you care by making
of many more lives and damaged released in 2017 claims that 70% of the small changes that can bring about big
Never mind that some powerful livelihoods. world’s greenhouse gas emissions can impacts.
nations such as China and Russia did be traced back to just 100 companies.
not think it was worth their time. Under the Paris Agreement, Can we blame Swedish
countries committed to bring forward The report contends that these environmental activist Greta Thunberg
For nearly three decades the UN has national plans, setting out how much companies have some responsibility in for thinking COP26 is a failure and that
been bringing together almost every they would reduce their emissions, making sure their products do not it is nothing but a superficial show of
country on earth for global climate known as Nationally Determined harm human beings and the planet, support for objectives which have non-
summits called COP, which stands for Contributions, or “NDC”. but they have not taken up their existing or feeble action plans?
“Conference of the Parties”. responsibility in that regard.
A series of extreme weather events Happy Deepavali to all Malaysians.
During this time, climate change worldwide illustrates why COP26 is They are now trying to do so and Comments: [email protected]
has gone from being a peripheral issue thought to be the last chance to make trying to navigate how to address
to a global priority. climate change.

COMMENT by Datuk Sri Akhbar Satar LETTERS

Adequate laws for EC, authorities [email protected]
to pursue election crimes
Longing to see loved ones
POLITICAL parties and prospective not vote at all. years, fined RM5,000 or disqualified as an
candidates who will be standing for the Section 10 of the Election Offenses Act elected representative and loses the rights of HINDUS celebrated the festival of lights, adhering to
Malacca state election are advised to 1954 – Bribery a voter for five years from the conviction the standard operating procedures last week and it was
comply with specific rules related to Under Section 10 bribery is deemed to have period. the first festival that was celebrated on a grand scale
misconduct and corrupt activities as occurred when a candidate or any individual after a lapse of almost two years.
stipulated by the Election Offences Act 1954 offers “vote buying” either directly or These offences are “arrestable offences”
(EOA 1954), the Malaysian Anti-Corruption indirectly, such as giving or offering money, within the provisions of the Criminal Interstate travel was relaxed and people were able to
Commission Act 2009 (MACC Act 2009) and gifts, jobs, or loans during the election Procedure Code. travel and celebrate with loved ones across the country.
the Penal Code. process or promises of the such after the
election. Money politics is intolerable and The offender of corruption under the It was a joyous occasion of families gathering and
The necessary provisions already exist therefore, should not be practiced by any EOA 1954 can also be convicted of an visiting one another despite the fact that Covid-19 was
within local laws to enable the MACC, police political party. offence under the MACC Act 2009 which still an ever-present threat.
and Election Commission (EC) for stern carries a much heavier punishment as
action against corrupt practices in the lead To overcome money politics from both follows: But sadly, there are pockets of people who
up to the upcoming Malacca state election. sides of the political divide, the government 0 MACC Act 2009 – Offences and celebrated the festival without families and loved ones.
must introduce the Political Funds Act as Penalties
The provisions of EOA 1954 cover all soon as possible. The Act provides for a maximum The feature “Muniamah celebrates Deepavali with
forms of corruption, namely Sections 8 imprisonment term of 20 years, a fine of five friends” printed in a daily, highlights the plight of a 74-
(Treating), 9 (Undue influence), and 10 This Act will serve as a guide for political times the value of the bribe or RM10,000 year-old woman who celebrated the festival of lights
(Bribery during or after the election period). parties to differentiate between political whichever is higher. without her family for two years in a row.
funds and contributions and corruption. 0 Section 25 (1) and (2) of the MACC Act
While the existing laws can be further DUN election expenditure limit 2009 - Failure to Report gifts, promises, or Muniamah’s story is a familiar one facing some
strengthened, existing EC officers and Election expenditure limit is a commonly offers senior and aged parents in this country.
members of enforcement agencies are ready ignored provision of EOA 1954. It is almost Failure to report a bribe, promise or offer
and will monitor the election campaign unspoken of or written about in the media. under Section 25(1) and (2) of the MACC Act Luckily, she was rescued by an assemblyman’s
activities of candidates and their agents in 2009 shall result in a fine not exceeding special officer who placed her temporarily in a home
ensuring that no one violates the election According to Section 19 of EOA, the RM100,000 and imprisonment not and she has been there ever since.
campaign laws, rules and ethics. maximum limit for election expenditure is exceeding 10 years, or both.
Section 8 of the Election Offences Act 1954 RM150,000 for each state seat and 0 Section 25 (3) and (4) of the MACC Act No one from her family or loved ones has come to
– Treating RM200,000 for a parliamentary seat 2009 – Failure to Report request or obtain pick her up or see her. Most of them have families and
Under Section 8 of EOA 1954 candidates shall Further, when failing to report a request or loved ones, but sadly they do not visit them.
be considered committing corrupt practices The law is comprehensive. Unfortunately, obtain a bribe under Section 25(3) and (4) of
by offering food and drink to voters because the Election Commission does not have the the MACC Act 2009 will be fined not more I had to place my 93-year-old dad in a nursing home
their action shows appreciation to voters, power to enforce the Election Offences Act than RM10,000 or imprisonment of not when it became impossible to look him after he
especially when the candidate has the desire 1954 and take action against candidates who more than two years, or both. became immobile.
to vote for himself. violate the election law.
All candidates and their supporters He was messing himself and there was no one to stay
Excerpts of Section 8 are as follows: “…and The penalties related to corruption and should conduct their campaigning within and look after him. My mother was aged, and me and
every elector or voter who corruptly accepts abuse of power are under the jurisdiction of the provisions of our laws. The relevant law my wife were working so we had no choice but to place
or takes any such food, drink, or refreshment the MACC and police. enforcement agencies should enforce our him in a nursing home.
or provision or any such money or ticket or laws strictly to protect our democratic
who adopts such other means or device to Therefore, the EC can only give full process and allow for a free, clean, fair and It was the most painful and difficult decision of my
enable the procuring of such food, drink, cooperation by reporting to MACC for credible Malacca state election. life and he was put in a nursing home less than a
refreshment or provision shall be guilty of the actions to be taken if they find any kilometre away from my home.
offence of treating.” corruption and abuse of power, before and A political process with integrity can
during the election period. accelerate positive change. After this He was looked after well, and my wife and I took my
The key word is “corruptly” i.e. having election, the winning party is expected to mother after work every evening to see him.
intent to corrupt by giving the food or drink. Likewise, the matter of “undue influence” form a government with integrity and,
involving intimidation and use of force, together with the people, fight corruption to My dad was cheerful and looked forward every
Section 9 of the Election Offences Act directly or indirectly, must be channelled to the fullest. evening to the visitation and my mum would spend
1954 – Undue influence police. Datuk Sri Akhbar Satar is president of the hours at the home with him.
Punishment under the Election Offences
This section refers to “undue influence” Act 1954 Association of Certified Fraud Examiners No doubt I felt guilty each time I said goodbye to
whereby someone is deemed to be guilty of Anyone found guilty of the four offences – Malaysian Chapter. Comment: him, but it was the best that I could do for him.
undue influence if they use, may use or above, can be jailed for a maximum of two [email protected]
threaten to use, force or violence to unfairly He was cheerful and full of spirit, and understood
influence someone to vote a certain way, or our predicament.After four months there, he died from
a bacterial infection.

I saw many other aged and disabled people in the
nursing home, and most of them did not have visitors
or loved ones visiting them.

Hopefully families and loved ones visit their aged
and sickly parents.

They long to see you and like Muniamah though
surrounded by new friends, they have a silent wish and
hope that their families and loved ones would visit

Samuel Yesuiah

NOVEMBER 9, 2021
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37.4 Retail 803.0 789.7 13.3

19.8 Foreign 487.6 358.4 129.2 3.68 21.56 106.74 7.06 104.52 118.40 9.07 4.73
2131.8 2131.8 0.0
1,535.41 3,263.90 24,763.77 3,498.63 29,507.05 17,415.30 2,960.20 7,452.21
Source: Bursa Malaysia

November 8, 2021

KL MARKET SUMMARY Petronas Chemicals is Malaysia’s top sustainable employer
November 8, 2021

INDICES 11,365.13 CHANGE +1.00 PETALING JAYA: Petronas Chemicals their sustainability or annual reports, while to more people being concerned about
FBMEMAS Group Bhd has been named Malaysia’s top 23% of companies have successfully sustainability as a consequence of it,”
FBMKLCI 1,535.41 +3.68 sustainable employer by independent implemented 17 SDG goals. Sustainable Employer Research Centre said
CONSUMER PRODUCTS 607.98 +3.62 research centre Sustainable Employer in a statement.
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS 202.40 -0.16 Research Centre. “The top five sectors are chemicals,
CONSTRUCTION 164.80 -0.85 diversified industrials, banking, Among Malaysia’s top 100 sustainable
FINANCIAL SERVICES 15,171.29 +4.41 The research centre yesterday released transportation and logistics, and consumer employers in the list are Top Glove Corp Bhd
ENERGY 798.73 +16.11 an annual ranking on environmental, social products and services. Recycling and (seventh), Tenaga Nasional Bhd (eighth),
TELECOMMUNICATIONS 662.87 +0.22 and governance preparedness of corporate reusing of materials was stated as the most CIMB Group Holdings Bhd (15th), Malayan
HEALTH CARE 2,375.73 -37.92 boards of Malaysia’s largest publicly listed important thing a company should do to be Banking Bhd (42nd), Genting Malaysia Bhd
TRANSPORTATION 903.44 -4.44 companies, following a rigorous analysis of more sustainable. (43rd), Berjaya Corp Bhd (46th), Public Bank
PROPERTY 755.45 -2.42 930 companies. Bhd (47th), Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Bhd
PLANTATION 6,729.16 +2.59 “Despite many believing that the (58th), TMC Life Sciences Bhd (70th), and
FBMSHA A total of 48% of companies mentioned pandemic would divert attention from Nestle Malaysia Bhd (73rd).
FBMACE sustainable development goals (SDGs) in sustainability issues, the pandemic has led
12,398.45 -13.29 Wahid: Don’t ignore
7,053.83 -70.66
99.57 -1.07

TURNOVER VALUE sustainability issues
3.101 BIL RM2.131 BIL

November 8, 2021

STOCK VOL CLSG (sen) +/– (sen) o It is a matter of business survival, stock exchange chains as the country’s trading partners –
ECOMATE 145,441,700 48.5 +15.5 operator’s chairman warns corporate sector China, the US and the European Union – are
KANGER 99,943,400 3.5 UNCH also accelerating towards net zero.”
NWP 95,480,200 34.0 +2.0 In his keynote interview, Finance Minister
KNM 93,491,400 21.5 +0.5 Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz
CSH 79,734,400 12.0 +0.5

█ BY AMIR IMRAN HUSAIN SAFRI pointed out that Malaysia is among the 10
[email protected] integrating ESG into their investment- countries in the world which have fully
5 TOP GAINERS PETALING JAYA: Corporates, listed or making decision. Obviously, if you look at aligned its national budget to United Nations’
November 8, 2021 otherwise, must not ignore the growing risk, we don’t want to end up with stranded sustainable development goals.
movement of sustainability, warned Bursa assets,” she said. In Budget 2022, he said, the Finance
STOCK VOL CLSG (RM) +/– RM Malaysia Bhd’s executive chairman, Tan Sri Ministry has mapped out the government’s
WIDETEC 2,541,700 5.55 1.13 Abdul Wahid Omar (pix). Rohaya said the pension fund plans to initiatives on sustainable development
PETDAG 101,800 20.68 0.88 launch a sector-specific sustainability policy goals (SDGs), allowing Malaysia to better
BSLCORP 8,190,500 2.43 0.56 Should they ignore this issue, he framework as guidance for its future match the national landscape of financing
KHIND 1,055,900 4.84 0.55 surmised, they will not get institutional investments before the end of this year. The programmes with SDG-related projects.
TAFI 21,733,300 2.73 0.42 investors on board or loans from banks and EPF launched its first sustainability policy Overall, he added, Budget 2022 includes
have difficulties securing underwriting, as framework last year. transition towards low carbon practices,
well as trouble in attracting young talent who environment and diversity, community
5 TOP LOSERS are more conscious of sustainability issues. “The most important thing, everybody empowerment and Malaysia plans to issue
November 8, 2021 should realise ESG is mainstream and it is its first government
“You will also have difficulties selling an important consideration for investment.” sustainability
STOCK VOL CLSG (RM) +/– RM your product if you’re not sustainable. It’s sukuk in
GENETEC 365,600 47.00 1.44 not a case of nice to have but a matter of Citing ExxonMobil as an example, she ringgit.
MPI 83,200 48.00 0.90 business survival,” Wahid said yesterday said activist investor Engine No 1 took
F&N 142,000 26.62 0.68 during the virtual Sustainable Finance Week control of the board as it did not see any
SAM 93,800 22.94 0.66 in conjunction with Malaysia’s participation progress in pivoting or shifting away from
MGRC 18,298,800 1.64 0.36 at Expo 2020 in Dubai, hosted by the fossil fuels. The chief investment officer
Securities Commission Malaysia (SC). pointed out that companies should realise
EXCHANGE RATES NOVEMBER 8, 2021 the gravity of these issues and shareholders
He noted that listed companies also have to are taking action, as activism is on the rise.
Foreign currency Bank sell Bank buy Bank buy contend with the Malaysian Code on Corporate
Governance issued by the SC in April 2021 Maybank Kim Eng CEO Ami Moris said
1 US DOLLAR TT/OD TT OD which mandated boards and companies to Malaysia’s challenge, like that of other
1 AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR 4.2155 4.0905 4.0805 have due regard for sustainability issues in their developing countries, is to decarbonise.
1 BRUNEI DOLLAR 3.1330 3.0100 2.9940 strategy and business operations.
1 CANADIAN DOLLAR 3.1200 3.0300 3.0220 In this regard, Petroliam Nasional Bhd
1 EURO 3.3800 3.2900 3.2780 Employees Provident Fund (EPF) chief has pledged to align its net zero goals with
1 NEWZEALAND DOLLAR 4.8810 4.7240 4.7040 investment officer Rohaya Mohammad the country’s – to be carbon neutral by 2050,
1 SINGAPORE DOLLAR 3.0080 2.8970 2.8810 Yusof concurred, and she observed that which sets an example to other oil and gas
1 STERLING POUND 3.1200 3.0300 3.0220 environment, social, governance (ESG) has companies in the country.
1 SWISS FRANC 5.6930 5.5140 5.4940 become extremely important for two factors:
100 UAE DIRHAM 4.6070 4.5020 4.4870 risk mitigation and value enhancement. “Furthermore, Malaysia is an open
100 BANGLADESHTAKA 116.1100 110.1100 109.9100 economy, hence there is an
100 CHINESE RENMINBI 5.0000 4.6930 4.4930 “Hence a lot of investors are looking at expectation for us to match the pace
100 HONGKONG DOLLAR 65.9000 63.4000 of transition with international
100 INDIAN RUPEE 54.7400 52.0200 N/A norms or we risk being locked out
100 INDONESIAN RUPIAH 5.7800 5.4200 51.8200 of export markets and supply
100 JAPANESE YEN 0.0304 0.0276 5.2200
100 NEWTAIWAN DOLLAR 3.7160 3.6000 0.0226 Serba Dinamik takes Bursa Securities to court
100 PAKISTAN RUPEE 16.2000 3.5900
100 PHILIPPINE PESO 2.5300 N/A PETALING JAYA: Serba Dinamik Holdings Serba’s contention that Bursa’s instruction to requirements in the interest of maintaining
100 QATAR RIYAL 8.5200 2.3600 N/A Bhd filed an originating summons (OS) at the Serba dated Oct 22, 2021 to announce a an orderly and fair market.
100 SAUDI RIYAL 116.6300 8.0300 2.1600 Kuala Lumpur High Court last Wednesday ‘factual findings update’ made by EY is also
100THAI BAHT 113.6400 110.7200 7.8300 against Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd (Bursa in excess of its power and ought to be “Timely disclosure of material
13.2900 107.8800 110.5200 Securities) in view of the stock exchange’s declared as null and void,“ Serba Dinamik information is a key pillar of ensuring the
11.7900 107.6800 directive to conduct a special independent said in a stock exchange filing yesterday. market is well informed of the information
11.3900 review and to disclose the findings of the and all investors are treated equally and
review. Serba Dinamik contends that Bursa able to trade on equal footing in terms of
Source: Malayan Banking Berhad/Bernama Securities cannot exercise its power parity of disclosures. This is paramount to
“The circumstances leading to the filing purportedly in directing Serba Dinamik to enable Bursa Securities to discharge its
of the OS by Serba Dinamik are based on, appoint EY as a special auditor to conduct statutory duty,” it said in a statement.
inter alia, its contention that the instruction the special independent review. The
given by Bursa dated June 28, 2021 and July 2, company is also seeking interim injunctive Bursa Securities has engaged a legal
2021 respectively to Serba to appoint Ernst & relief and damages against Bursa Securities. counsel to advise it on this matter.
Young Consulting Sdn Bhd (EY) as a special
auditor to conduct a ‘special independent Bursa Securities said as a frontline “Bursa Securities will be defending its
review’ is in excess of Bursa’s power. It is also regulator of the capital market, it is entitled position vigorously and will not abdicate its
to exercise its power pursuant to the listing statutory roles and functions in the
marketplace,” it said.


Ecomate makes sizzling BRIEFS FIHB, SUNVIEW TO
o Proceeds raised
from listing will be PETALNG JAYA: Bursa Malaysia
used to add a Main Market-listed Federal
production line to International Holdings Bhd’s
Factory A and building (FIHB) joint-controlled entity
of third factory Warrants RE Assets Sdn Bhd
(WREA), has signed a
memorandum of understanding
(MoU) with Fabulous Sunview
Sdn Bhd (Sunview) for a business
collaboration on renewable
energy projects development in
Malaysia. Under the MoU, WREA
will identify and acquire solar
plants in Malaysia while Sunview
will be engaged as the main
contractor to carry out repairing
and upgrading works for all of
these plants.

PETALING JAYA: Muar-based Koh (fourth from left) and Ecomate executive director Koh Cheng Huat (fourth from right) together with board of directors HUNTSMAN: KL SITE
furniture specialist Ecomate Holdings and representatives from M&A Securities Sdn Bhd at its listing ceremony yesterday. OF ASIA PACIFIC HUB
Bhd debuted on the ACE Market of
Bursa Malaysia yesterday, opening its 67% to 787,200 units per annum from expected to stay buoyant,“ he said. as our customers understood the PETALING JAYA: Huntsman Corp,
maiden trading session at 68 sen, a the current output of 470,400 units per Commenting on Ecomate’s latest situation. We have since resumed full a global manufacturer and
106.1% or 35 sen premium over its annum. Factory C is slated for operations from mid-September and marketer of differentiated
issue price of 33 sen per share on 10.6 completion by 2024. second quarterly results for the are busy fulfilling the order backlogs to chemicals, is expanding its
million shares traded. financial period ended Aug 31, 2021, catch up on lost time,“ he said. shared services presence in Kuala
“We are upbeat on the future he said the company recorded a net Lumpur, where the company is
It hit an intraday high of 71 sen and prospect of the furniture industry. The loss of RM1.8 million on revenue of The RTA furniture specialist raised creating its global and regional
closed its first trading day at 48.5 sen, a demand for furniture products is RM6.5 million. a total of RM16.17 million from the Asia Pacific Global Business
46.97% or 15.5 sen premium over its underpinned by several factors such as public issue under its initial public Services (GBS) hub. The
issue price of 33 sen per share with over the prevailing geopolitical tension “The loss was expected given the offering, of which RM6 million or expansion is set to create
1.45 million shares changing hands. between North America and China operational halt that hit the entire 37.1% will be used to acquire new additional knowledge-worker
which has routed many furniture furniture industry during the full machinery and equipment. RM2 positions in Malaysia that will
Ecomate managing director Jason orders to Southeast Asia. Coupled with movement control order, which million or 12.4% will be allocated to bring an estimated economic
Koh Jian Hui said the strong opening the e-commerce activities gaining spanned across our reporting period of finance its new factory and hostel benefit to the area of RM12
performance of its stock demonstrates much stronger foothold recently as between June 1 and Aug 31, 2021. construction. Meanwhile, RM5.27 million to RM15 million annually.
the confidence that investors have in its more consumers choose to shop Additionally, we also incurred listing million or 32.6% will be allocated for The new GBS organisation will
business model and future prospects. online during the lockdown measures expenses of RM700,000 during the the purchase of raw material, and the provide high-value support to
implemented worldwide, purchases of quarter under review. balance RM2.9 million or 17.9% is Huntsman businesses across the
“With the proceeds raised from the ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture are earmarked for listing expenses. world, enabling the firm to better
listing exercise, we are excited to “On a positive note, there were no balance costs, service, value, and
embark on our next phase of growth. order cancellations during the stoppage speed, while embedding
Our immediate plan is to add a new continuous improvements in
production line in our Factory A to every facet of the business.
enhance our capacity considering we
are operating at near full utilisation JFTECH EYESTRANSFER
rate currently. We will also be TO MAIN MARKET
constructing our new third factory – PETALING JAYA: JF Technology
Factory C – which can house another Bhd has proposed a transfer of
three lines. Altogether, we will boost its listing from the ACE Market
our capacity by 316,800 units or about to the Main Market of Bursa
Malaysia Securities Bhd. JF
Tech managing director Datuk
Foong Wei Kuong said it has
A321neo freighter may not be part of AirAsia’s cargo plan met the criteria for the transfer,
which include satisfying the
profit track record
requirements, having healthy
financial position and liquidity
KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Group “meaningful chunk” of AirAsia’s orders freighters from AirAsia.” sources said. as well as having adequate
Bhd’s logistics arm Teleport is aiming for 362 A321neo passenger planes to a Teleport will look at freighters Chareonwongsak said Teleport had public shareholding spread.
to expand its fleet of cargo planes but potential newly built freighter model of
that may not involve tapping into its the A321neo. converted from passenger planes like a been involved in AirAsia and Airbus’ SIME DARBY, CENERGI
parent’s large order for Airbus SE Boeing 737-800 it inducted last week discussions about the feasibility of a INK MAINTENANCE
A321neos, Teleport’s CEO said “All I was saying was, if (Teleport is) as well as newly built freighters to grow dedicated A321neo freighter model. SERVICE AGREEMENT
yesterday. su ccessful, we’re talking about large its fleet, he said. PETALING JAYA: Sime Darby
orders in magnitude of freighters,“ He said Teleport aims to scale up its Bhd’s unit Sime Darby Industrial
In an interview with Reuters, Pete Chareonwongsak said. “Obviously, Airbus has not announced the freight business to a size that AirAsia Sdn Bhd (SDISB) has entered
Chareonwongsak backed away from AirAsia gives us a huge advantage, but development of a freighter model of would consider it for operating part of into an agreement with Cenergi
comments he made last week that that doesn’t automatically mean that the A321neo and it faces little or no its fleet for freight. Teleport could also SEA Bhd’s wholly owned unit
Teleport would look to convert a we can or we’re able to source pressure to win freighter sales to boost source freighters from other airlines or
the model’s production, industry cargo operators, he added. – Reuters

Ta Win breaks ground on new factory in Port Klang Cenergi RE Sdn Bhd for SDISB to
provide maintenance services
for Cenergi’s Caterpillar biogas
gensets installed at Cenergi’s
biogas power plants at various
PETALING JAYA: Copper product vehicles,“ he said in a statement. locations in Malaysia. The
manufacturer Ta Win Holdings Bhd’s The land acquisition follows Ta maintenance service
wholly owned subsidiary Ta Win agreement between SDISB and
Innotech Sdn Bhd has entered into a Win’s recent signing of an exclusive Cenergi is for five years effective
conditional sale and purchase supply contract with Posco Nov 1, 2021 and will also include
agreement with BRB Properties Sdn International Corp in South Korea, the maintenance of potential
Bhd for the acquisition of leasehold which will see the group exclusively additional Caterpillar gensets.
industrial land in West Port, Port Klang supplying 65,000 metric tons of copper
together with factory buildings on the Ngu (sixth from left) at the ground-breaking ceremony marking Ta Win’s new products to South Korean-based MYEG GETS RTD NOD
land for RM35 million. factory in Port Klang. copper foil manufacturers including TO START E-TESTING
their overseas production plants.
With a land area totalling four acres the next three years to supply premises to the newly acquired land PETALING JAYA: MY EG Services
and a total build-up area of 150,000 sq irradiated cross-linked wire and cable and factory in Port Klang. This will Ta Win expects to generate an Bhd has received the approval
ft, the proposed acquisition will enable products utilising the patented allow us to fully utilise the capacity of aggregated revenue of RM2.6 billion from the Road Transport
Ta Win to triple its total production electron beam cross-linked our Malacca facilities for the expansion based on the LME copper price of Department (RTD) to commence
capacity over the medium to long- technology, with the first plant to be of the signal and power solution US$9,440 per metric ton. the proof of concept (POC) to set
term, catering for the expected long- built in its existing manufacturing business, entailing manufacturing of up an Automated Training and
term demand growth for copper rods facility in Malacca. power and signal distribution systems, “Given the exclusive supply Driving Test System (e-Testing) to
and wires. The land is also strategically high tension cable, battery cable, and contract with Posco International, the assess the competencies of
located close to the port, allowing for “We have decided to relocate the other automotive components and proposed acquisition in Port Klang will candidates undergoing the
greater logistical efficiencies and cost manufacturing of our copper rods and parts for automobile and electric enable us to progressively triple our Drivers’ Learning Education
optimisation. wires business from our existing production capacity. This equips us Curriculum. The POC will allow
with the ability to cater to potential RTD to evaluate the
Ta Win group managing director increasing orders from Posco specifications and suitability of
Datuk Seri Ngu Tieng Ung said Ta Win International, existing and new clients the e-Testing system for
plans to set up three electron beam as well as our expansion downstream commercialisation.
irradiation plants in Malaysia within into electron beam cross-linked wire
and cable products,“ he said.


‘Blizzard’ blows SoftBank BRIEFS MAGNESIUM CRUNCH
into quarterly net loss NOT A PROBLEM FOR
o VisionFundinvestmentssour,Japaneseconglomerate a crackdown on tech firms as part of a drive to
plans share buyback of up to ¥1 trillion tighten their grip on the economy. BERLIN/LONDON: European
automakers reeling from a global
TOKYO: Japan’s SoftBank Group yesterday incurred by its Vision Fund operations. The firm also took a hit from DiDi Global, chip shortage have in recent days
suffered its first quarterly net loss in 18 months “We’re not proud of that,” Son said of the first- parent of Didi Chuxing, which has also been in hastened to assure shareholders
owing to a plunge in its Vision Fund investments, Beijing’s crosshairs. that shortages of magnesium are
including embattled Chinese ecommerce giant half results. “Our most important indicator, the not, for now, a risk to their
Alibaba and ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing. net asset value, has decreased by ¥6 trillion. Just The firm’s ¥1.66 trillion loss on investments production plans. However, car
in three months. This is a big deal.” during the quarter included a loss of ¥321 billion part suppliers and industry
The telecoms-firm-turned-investment giant for DiDi Global, and ¥1.21 trillion from its stake associations warn that if
posted a net loss of ¥397.9 billion (RM14.5 Even as the value of its assets slide, SoftBank in South Korean ecommerce firm Coupang. production in China, which
billion) in July-September, the first since said its stock is undervalued and will spend up to accounts for 85% of global
January-March 2020, dragging first-half net profit ¥1 trillion buying back nearly 15% of its shares. SoftBank's investments in volatile tech firms and magnesium supply, does not pick
down more than 80% on-year. startups have made for unpredictable earnings. up pace soon, automakers could
Son says the change in the value of the group's be facing significant shortfalls of
SoftBank Group has poured money into some assets rather than profit is the primary measure “The strategy of let’s create the perception of the material. Chip shortages have
of the tech world’s biggest names and hottest by which performance should be gauged. enhanced value by taking things public hasn’t already extended delivery times
new ventures, from AI to biotech, through its really worked this year,” Redex Research analyst for new cars, sometimes up to a
US$100 billion (RM416 billion) Vision Fund. “I am excited because we are discounted Kirk Boodry said. year. Without a speedy recovery in
compared to our true strength,” he said. China’s magnesium exports those
But those investments have proved Bright spots for the Vision Fund include its queues could lengthen, an auto
tumultuous, with CEO Masayoshi Son saying Son said the results could be boiled down to India portfolio with ride-hailer Ola and logistics industry source said. – Reuters
yesterday the firm was “in the middle of a blizzard”. one key factor: “In one word, Alibaba,” he said. firm Delhivery targeting listings.
SoftBank said its loss on investments during Shares in Alibaba Group Holding, SoftBank’s “The pipeline is very robust,” Navneet Govil, NEW HIGH IN OCTOBER
the quarter totalled ¥1.66 trillion, including those largest single investment, fell more than 30% in Vision Fund’s chief financial officer, told Reuters
the three months ended September, according to in an interview. TAIPEI: Taiwan’s exports rose for a
Bloomberg, as authorities in China embarked on 16th straight month in October to
The planned listing of Southeast Asian ride- a new high as the island’s
hailer Grab via a merger with a special purpose technology manufacturers faced
acquisition company will provide further sustained demand for consumer
valuation upside, Govil said. – AFP, Reuters electronics in the coming year-
end shopping season and amid a
Mobile payments firm Paytm kicks off India’s biggest IPO global shortage of computer
chips. Exports in October were
MUMBAI: India’s biggest-ever initial public A family in front of a billboard advertisement for Paytm in Mumbai on Sunday. The IPO is expected to the highest monthly figure on
offering (IPO) opened yesterday with digital make Paytm India’s most valuable tech company with a valuation of US$20 billion. – AFPPIX record, rising 24.6% from a year
payments platform Paytm looking to raise nearly earlier to US$40.14 billion
US$2.5 billion (RM10.4 billion), in what has at the end of June, according to the company’s of nearly 32 billion rupees. (RM166.8 billion), the Ministry of
already been a record year for share listings. regulatory filing. In 2020-21 it undertook “We expect to continue to incur net losses for Finance said yesterday. Imports
transactions worth more than US$54 billion. leapt 37.2%, above economists’
Paytm is backed by Chinese tycoon Jack Ma’s the foreseeable future and we may not achieve expectations for a 30.7% rise and
Ant Group, Japan’s SoftBank and Warren The number of mobile payments in India has profitability in the future,” the prospectus warned. an increase of 40.4% in
Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, which together skyrocketed, accounting for 26 billion September. – Reuters
own around a third of the company. transactions in the 2020-21 financial year. Paytm has reported negative cash flows for
Mumbai-based financial analysis firm Motilal the last three years, mainly on operational losses. INDONESIA BENCHMARK
The firm was founded barely a decade ago by Oswal estimates mobile digital payments will COAL PRICE AT NEW HIGH
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the son of a schoolteacher cross US$3.1 trillion in value by 2026. Ahead of the offer, Paytm raised 82.35 billion
who says he learned English by listening to rock rupees from 74 anchor investors including JAKARTA: Indonesia has set its
music. He was ranked India’s youngest dollar But Paytm has made continual losses and is BlackRock and the Canada Pension Plan benchmark coal price at a record
billionaire four years ago at the age of 38 and now not sure when it will make a profit. It reported a Investment Board last week. Paytm will issue high US$215.01 (RM893.64) per
has a net worth of US$2.4 billion, according to net loss of 17 billion rupees last year on revenues shares in a price band of 2,080-2,150 rupees in the tonne, up from October’s
Forbes. He owns a nearly 14% stake. offering, which is slated to close tomorrow. – AFP US$161.63 per tonne, the Energy
and Mineral Resources Ministry
Paytm was issuing fresh shares worth 83 said yesterday. The higher price
billion rupees (RM4.6 billion), with existing was set on the back of
shareholders selling stocks worth US$1.34 expectation of higher demand for
billion, according to the prospectus. winter, ministry spokesperson
Agung Pribadi said in a statement.
The IPO is expected to make Paytm India’s – Reuters
most valuable tech company with a valuation of
US$20 billion, up 25% from two years ago. Japan cuts
economic view
The platform was launched in 2010 and after key index
quickly became synonymous with digital falls to year’s low
payments in a country traditionally dominated
by cash transactions. It has benefited from the TOKYO: Japan cut its view on
government’s efforts to curb the use of cash – economic conditions for the first
including the demonetisation of nearly all time in more than two years after the
banknotes in circulation five years ago – and coincident indicator index extended
most recently, from Covid. its decline in September, falling to
the lowest in a year.
“I didn’t know corona would happen but
Paytm was very useful to me during the The index showing current
pandemic,” Mumbai grocery shop owner Naina economic conditions, compiled from
Thakur told AFP. data including factory output,
employment and retail sales, slipped
“It’s much easier than a bank transfer because a preliminary 3.8 points from the
they (customers) only need my mobile number previous month to 87.5, the Cabinet
to pay and I get the settlement within seven Office said, marking the third
hours,” she said. consecutive month of decline. The
fall was biggest since May 2020.
Paytm’s platform had 337 million customers
The government yesterday
Sydney Airport agrees to A$23.6b buyout by investor group lowered its assessment of the index
to “weakening” from “improving” in its
SYDNEY: Sydney Airport Holdings said yesterday A scheme implementation deed had been The Australian Competition and Consumer first downgrade since August 2019.
it has agreed to accept a A$23.6 billion (RM72.5 made yesterday and a scheme meeting would Commission is investigating the transaction’s
billion) takeover bid from an infrastructure take place in January, the company said. impact on competition, including the impact of The index of leading economic
investor group in one of Australia’s biggest the consortium’s ownership of multiple airports indicators, used to predict the
buyouts. It follows a sweetened offer by SAA of A$8.75 in the country. It is due to release its findings on direction of the economy a few
a share in September – 6% higher than its first Dec 16. months ahead, decreased 1.6 points
The company said in a statement it approach at A$8.25 – which convinced the in September to 99.7, a seven-month
unanimously recommended the buyout offer company’s board to give the consortium access In another development, Australian low, the government also said.
from Sydney Aviation Alliance (SAA), comprised to due diligence. Pharmaceutical Industries (API) said it had signed
of Australian investors IFM Investors, QSuper, an agreement with Wesfarmers Ltd for the retail Meanwhile, Kyodo news reported
AustralianSuper and US-based Global Sydney Airport shares closed up 2.79% at conglomerate to buy all of its shares in a deal that Japan is considering an
Infrastructure Partners. A$8.46 yesterday. valuing the pharmacy chain at A$763.6 million. economic stimulus package worth
more than ¥30 trillion (RM11 trillion)
The deal to buy Australia’s largest and only The deal is conditional on an independent API board in a statement unanimously aimed at easing the pain from the
listed airport operator comes as the country this expert’s report, approval from 75% of the airport recommended that shareholders vote in favour Covid-19 pandemic, a plan that would
month eased its international border restrictions operator’s shareholders and a green light from of the scheme implementation deed under require issuing new debt. – Reuters
for the first since the beginning of the competition regulators and the Foreign which Wesfarmers will offer A$1.55 per share in
coronavirus pandemic. Investment Review Board, a process that could cash to API shareholders. – Reuters
take months.



330022 Jobs Joker will have Djokovic’s
greatness will
WE ARE HIRING last laugh be recognised
THE tide is turning in tennis eventually, says
Digital Marketing legend Novak Djokovic’s 34-year-old Serbian won his semifinal Medvedev
favour in gaining the respect to assure himself of another milestone
Senior Executive he deserves from followers of – season-ending world No. 1 for a “I think that maybe 10 years after
the sport but he may have to wait for seventh time. he retires, because there is going to be
Job Description: people who will start watching tennis
· Design and develop online marketing strategies, who will not have seen him play,” said
digital roadmap, creative campaigns that aligned with For many years Djokovic has been Medvedev.
the business goals and directions. years post-retirement to be fully seen as the odd one out of the three “Just like me, I didn’t see (Pete)
· Provide creative ideas for content marketing. appreciated, says Daniil Medvedev. great rivals who have won 20 Grand Sampras play, I was too young but I
· Plan and manage our social media platforms. World No. 2 Medvedev was Slams apiece. heard he was amazing – it’s going to be
· Able to create content & produce graphics for social speaking after Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the same.
media postings. Djokovic had generally loved but the intense, deep- “There are going to be new people
· Prepare a copywriting for marketing campaign. come back from thinking Serbian provokes lukewarm coming to tennis who are just going to
a set down to sentiments. read in Wikipedia what were the
Requirements: beat him 4-6, Medvedev, though, believes the results.
- Diploma/Degree in Marketing, Digital Marketing or 6-3, 6-3 in the man he calls “his friend” will “Who was the World No. 1 for most
final in Paris eventually get the recognition he weeks, for most times in the end, and
equivalent for a record- deserves for his achievements. they are going to see Novak
- Excellent understanding of digital marketing breaking 37th “I have the feeling that people start everywhere.
Masters 1000 more and more to respect what he has “That’s when people are going to
concepts and best practices t i t l e done in tennis,” said Medvedev. start to understand, Okay, that’s
- Required Skill(s): Google Adwords, Google Analytics, yesterday. “Because, well, he continues to amazing what he has done.”
This came beat the records. Djokovic has a stock reply to
SEO/SEM, Social media marketing and optimization a day after the “I feel like unless they are real questions as to how he rates his
haters, which are not real fans, people achievements.
Send in your application with your photo start to see what he’s done and to “It’s kind of a surreal feeling. But,
to [email protected] see that he’s able to do more.” yes, I mean, in general terms, it’s just
Medvedev says this difficult for me to reflect fully on what
comprehension of just was achieved.
how great a player “Not just this week but just in
Djokovic is will not general in my career, I can’t really
reach full bloom devote myself to thinking about the
quickly. historic achievements.” – AFP

332222 Notices Shoaib has ‘butterflies’
over facing Australia

332222 Notices 332222 Notices VETERAN Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik good cricket and so are we, so it will be a
332222 Notices yesterday admitted a Twenty20 World Cup tough match for both teams,” said 39-year-old
IN THE MATTER OF semifinal against a formidable Australia will Shoaib after his man-of-the-match knock
COMPANIES ACT, 2016 give him “butterflies”. which contained six sixes and a four.

AND Pakistan completed the Super 12 stage “It will be a tough challenge for both
IN THE MATTER OF with five wins in as many games with a teams and will give us butterflies but that is
MECTRINIC SDN. BHD. clinical 72-run win over qualifiers Scotland in always encouraging.”
(in Liquidation) Shoaib, who has played in all seven
Company No. 201401034715 Shoaib smashed a quickfire 18-ball 54 not editions of the T20 World Cup, will treat
out – the fastest half century of the Thursday’s semifinal as “just another game”.
(1110813-D) tournament – as Pakistan scored 189-2 in 20
(Incorporated in Malaysia) overs before keeping Scotland down to 117-6. “We will take the semifinal as just another
game and I think if we do that then we will be
Members’ This gave Pakistan a mouth-watering able to plan things in a better way,” he said.
Voluntary Winding Up semifinal against Australia in Dubai – a repeat
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that of the 2010 T20 World Cup last-four which the “We will have a good rest, we are the form
pursuant to Section 459(2) of the Australians won on the last ball in St Lucia. team so we need to plan well for the semifinal
Companies Act, 2016 the Final and this rest will surely help in doing that,”
Meeting of the members of the “Of course, we are watching Australia play added Shoaib. – AFP
Company will be held at 27, Jalan
IN THE MATTER OF Soo Ah Yong, Taman Canning, Five things that went wrong for India
COMPANIES ACT, 2016 31400 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan
on 11th December, 2021 at 2:00 CRICKETING giants India exited the IPL FATIGUE
AND p.m. for the purpose of laying Twenty20 World Cup after New Zealand
IN THE MATTER OF before it an account showing beat Afghanistan to book the second India’s World Cup players regrouped as
NEW GOLDEN CONSTRUCTION how the winding up has been semifinal berth from Group 2 yesterday. a national side in the United Arab Emirates
conducted and the property of just two days after the Indian Premier
SDN. BHD. the Company has been disposed Virat Kohli’s team came into the League ended on Oct 15 in Dubai. A
(in Liquidation) of and of giving any explanation tournament as hot favourites but let their tournament that was supposed to provide
Company No. 201201031585 of the account and of determining future depend on other teams after big insight and good tune-up ahead of T20’s
by resolution the manner in which losses to rivals Pakistan and then the Kiwis. showpiece event seems to have backfired
(1016072-U) the books of accounts, documents as talk of bubble fatigue crept in.
(Incorporated in Malaysia) and records of the Company and He’s a look at five things that didn’t
of the liquidator shall be disposed work in India’s campaign.
Members’ off in accordance with Section
Voluntary Winding Up 518(3) of the Companies Act, BATTING FIRST TOO MANY COOKS?
pursuant to Section 459(2) of the Leong Chee Meng The famed Indian batting line-up India brought in former captain MS
Companies Act, 2016 the Final (Liquidator) including Virat and Rohit Sharma came Dhoni as mentor for the marquee event to
Meeting of the members of the c/o.27, Jalan Soo Ah Yong, under early attack against quality Pakistan pitch in with his experience. But former
Company will be held at 27, Jalan Taman Canning, bowling and then the New Zealand quicks. India batsman Gautam Gambhir wanted
Soo Ah Yong, Taman Canning, 31400 Ipoh, Perak. Invited to bat in both the matches, India explanations on the role of Dhoni sitting
31400 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan Dated:9th November, 2021 suffered a top-order failure and slipped to alongside the head coach (Ravi Shastri), the
on 11th December, 2021 at Note:A member entitled to attend losses – by 10 wickets and eight wickets assistant coach, and the bowling coach.
10:00 a.m. for the purpose of and vote at this meeting is respectively – that derailed their campaign
laying before it an account entitled to appoint another person at the start. VIRAT’S FAREWELL
showing how the winding up (whether a member or not) as his
has been conducted and the / her proxy to attend and vote in DEW PROCESS Virat had announced that the T20 World
property of the Company has his stead. Cup would be his last as captain in the
been disposed of and of giving The Indian bowlers got just two wickets shortest format and many spoke of India
any explanation of the account Advertise with us & in the first two matches with Jasprit getting the title as a farewell gift for the
and of determining by resolution connect to our urban Bumrah striking twice in what seemed an prolific batsman. Gambhir said the timing
the manner in which the books easy chase for the Kiwis. Dew did play a big of the announcement could make the
of accounts, documents and readers. part in all the evening matches in Dubai team “unsettled and emotional”. Whether it
records of the Company and of KLANG VALLEY but going wicketless against Pakistan hurt actually did or not, nobody can tell but
the liquidator shall be disposed PENANG | KEDAH the confidence of a side boasting an array “King Kohli” will surely leave the T20
off in accordance with Section PERAK | PERLIS of bowling talent. captaincy stage without a crown. – AFP
518(3) of the Companies Act, PAHANG | KELANTAN
Leong Chee Meng
(Liquidator) MS. Shoba
c/o.27, Jalan Soo Ah Yong, TEL: 03-7784 8888
Taman Canning, FAX: 03-7784 4424
31400 Ipoh, Perak.
Dated:9th November, 2021 MALACCA
Note:A member entitled to
attend and vote at this meeting MR. Rajah
is entitled to appoint another TEL: 012-628 2844
person (whether a member or FAX: 06-764 2051
not) as his / her proxy to attend
and vote in his stead. JOHOR BAHRU

MS. Anne Lim
TEL: 013-770 6699
FAX: 07-355 5549


BRIEFS Max-imum thrust RESULTS
Checo on cloud nine
Verstappen takes huge stride towards first F1 title MEXICO GRAND PRIX
SERGIO PEREZ was living the RED BULL’S Max Verstappen 1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
dream yesterday after becoming took a huge stride towards a He took the chequered flag a hefty Hamilton said his Mercedes was 2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
the first Mexican Formula One first Formula One title 16.555 seconds clear of Hamilton, no match for Verstappen’s Red Bull 3. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
driver to stand on the podium at yesterday by winning the who was only 1.197 seconds ahead of as his dream of a record eighth 4. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
his home race. The 31-year-old Red Bull’s local hero Sergio Perez and Formula One championship slips 5. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Red Bull driver, who was looking Mexico City Grand Prix with a start might have lost a place had they gone further from his grasp. 6. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
for a job only a year ago, also that showed all his bravery, skill and another lap. “Their car was far superior and 7. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
wrote history as the first Mexican aggression. The points haul left resurgent Red there was nothing we really could do 8. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
to lead at home before finishing about it,” Hamilton said. 9. Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
third in a race won by teammate With four races remaining, the 24- Bull just one point behind defending 10. Lando Norris (McLaren)
Max Verstappen. With 138,435 year-old Dutch driver surged 19 champions Mercedes in the “They’re just too quick. (We are) 11. Antonio Giovinazzi
fans packed into Mexico City’s points clear of Mercedes seven-times constructors’ standings. giving it absolutely everything we’ve
Autodromo Hermanos world champion Lewis Hamilton. They would have been equal had got but unfortunately it’s not enough (Alfa Romeo)
Rodriguez, and mostly there for Running three abreast on the long Valtteri Bottas not snatched the at the moment to compete with 12. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
the home hero, “Checo” run down to the first corner, fastest lap from Verstappen right at them.” 13. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
celebrated his third podium in Verstappen displayed precision and the end, denying Red Bull the bonus Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said it 14. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
three races – a first in his career. nerves of steel as he braked late and point. had been a question of damage 15. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
“It’s an unbelievable day,” said the took the two Mercedes cars around “Today’s been a massive day, a limitation for Hamilton in the 16. George Russell (Williams)
Mexican. “Being on the podium the outside to seize the lead. championship race, and hailed the 17. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
at your home Grand Prix is fantastic drive by Max. The most Briton for driving “a brilliant race 18. Nikita Mazepin (Ferrari)
something very special. “I knew the start was going to be important part was the start. He
Obviously I wanted more, I Fastest lap: Valtteri Bottas (Merc)
wanted to win the race and
obviously to finish one-two for really important and we went three nailed the start,” said team boss with the equipment he was given”. DNF: Mick Schumacher (Haas),
the team would have been wide towards turn one and it was all Christian Horner. “You have to congratulate Red Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
amazing, you know. We are such
competitive persons that if we about who was going to brake the Despite the points gain, Bull because the pace was just on World championship standings:
finish third, we really, really don’t latest,” said the 24-year-old, who Verstappen was still refusing to get another level. I don’t think we could DRIVERS PTS
enjoy it but today is one of those started third on the grid. carried away. have won the race even if we would 1. Max Verstappen (NED) 312.5
days that I must enjoy because of “Basically that made my race “There is a long way to go. It’s of have stayed ahead in the first corner,” 2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 293.5
the crowd and seeing so many because after that I could just do my course looking good but also it can said the Austrian. 3. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 185
people so happy.” own pace and control it from there,” turn around very quickly but I’m 4. Sergio Perez (MEX) 165
added Verstappen, who now has looking forward to Brazil (the next “It’s worse than we had hoped but 5. Lando Norris (GBR) 150
Late show in Germany you have to take it on the chin... 6. Charles Leclerc (MON) 138
nine wins for the season to race),” he said. “I have also very good overall it’s a day to forget for us.” –
BAYER LEVERKUSEN midfielder Hamilton’s five. memories there.” Reuters 7. Carlos Sainz (ESP) 130.5
Robert Andrich scored a 90th 8. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 105
minute equaliser to snatch his 9. Pierre Gasly (FRA) 86
team a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin 10. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 60
on a day of dramatic late goals in 11. Esteban Ocon (FRA) 46
the Bundesliga yesterday. It was 12. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 42
the first of a string of last-minute 13. Lance Stroll (CAN) 26
strikes in the German top flight, 14. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) 20
as Cologne grabbed a late 15. George Russell (GBR) 16
equaliser at home to Union 16. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) 10
Berlin, and Eintracht Frankfurt 17. Nicholas Latifi (CAN) 7
beat Greuther Fuerth in injury 18. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) 1
time. Having briefly drawn level 19. Mick Schumacher (GER) 0
on points with league leaders 20. Robert Kubica (POL) 0
Bayern Munich in October, 21. Nikita Mazepin (RUS) 0
Leverkusen have now dropped to
sixth after four games in a row Red Bull’s CONSTRUCTORS PTS
without a win. “This result will be Max Verstappen 1. Mercedes 478.5
good for our morale. We know 2. Red Bull-Honda 477.5
that results haven’t been good (right) and his 3. Ferrari 268.5
lately, but our young team fought teammate Sergio 4. McLaren-Mercedes 255
really hard today,” Leverkusen Perez celebrate after 5. AlphaTauri-Honda 106
goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky told winning first and 6. Alpine-Renault 106
broadcaster DAZN. Rafael Borre 7. Aston Martin-Mercedes 68
scored an injury-time winner to third place 8. Williams-Mercedes 23
hand Eintracht Frankfurt a much- respectively at the 9. Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 11
needed 2-1 win away to Fuerth. 10. Haas-Ferrari 0
“We played really well. It’s hard to F1 Mexico GP
explain why we didn’t win today,” yesterday. – AFPPIX
said Fuerth striker Branimir
Hrgota. Atletico capitulate, Sociedad reclaim top spot

Nice miss out ATLETICO MADRID conceded in the 92nd and It is the fifth time in six mini-resurgence for Jose Bordalas’ side, coming on
on second spot 96th minutes yesterday to surrender a two-goal matches that Atletico have the back of a 2-0 win over Villarreal. Valencia had
lead and draw 3-3 away at Valencia in La Liga. conceded two goals or more, previously gone seven matches without a win.
NICE suffered their third defeat of a period that has brought
the season when they were Atletico let another two points slip away at them just one win, with “The team never gave in, despite the unexpected
beaten 1-0 at home by Mestalla before Real Sociedad reclaimed top spot concern about their leaky blows that we received,” Bordalas said according to
Montpellier and missed out on with a 2-0 win away at Osasuna and Sevilla beat 10- defence growing.
second spot in Ligue 1 yesterday. man Real Betis by the same scoreline in the Seville “It’s difficult to explain,” said
Florent Mollet scored the only derby. Atleti captain Koke. “We have to “They took the lead when they weren’t creating
goal with his side’s second shot concentrate more, press chances, and the only mistake was for Suarez’ goal. In
on target after centrebacks Luis Suarez’s opener was cancelled out by a the second half we managed to draw level, and off a
Mamadou Sakho and Maxime Stefan Savic own goal early in the second half but more. It’s a lack of lost ball in the opposition half we let Griezmann
Esteve had been handling Nice’s when Antoine Griezmann (pix) and Sime attention in the shoot.
attacks with ease. The result left Vrsaljko put Atletico 3-1 up, victory look last few
Nice in third place after 13 games secured. minutes.” “I am happy with the effort put in by the players
on 23 points, 11 behind leaders Valencia (but) we lack authority.
Paris St Germain and ahead of Instead, Valencia pulled off an sit 10th but
fourth-placed Olympique de incredible comeback in added-time, Hugo the point “Drawing level in the final moments has merit,
Marseille on goal difference. RC Duro poking in a superb Jose Gaya cross continues a but I would have liked another script to have been
Lens reclaimed second spot and then equalising four minutes later, followed and we have to improve -because the
following Friday’s 4-0 demolition heading in to secure a dramatic point. second and third goals were avoidable.” –
of Troyes. Montpellier, who have AFP/Agencies
won two of their last three league
games, jumped up to sixth on 19 Milan and Inter share spoils in derby thriller
points. Olympique Lyonnais had
an opportunity to move within AC MILAN continued their unbeaten But Stefan de Vrij headed into his season in the league. Inter coach Simone Inzaghi saw
one point of Marseille, who were start to the Serie A season with a 1-1 own net to draw the Rossoneri level “The glass is half full, it was a the result in a different light to his
held goalless by bottom side draw against Inter Milan in an six minutes later, before Milan Milan counterpart Pioli.
Metz, and Nice, but they were enthralling Milan derby yesterday, keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu superbly complicated match. In the end the
completely overwhelmed in a 4-1 maintaining the Rossoneri’s seven- saved a Lautaro Martinez penalty in performance was positive against a “For us the glass is half empty
defeat by Stade Rennais. point lead over the reigning Italian a frantic first half. strong team, but we showed that we because with the chances we
champions. are also strong,” Pioli told DAZN. created and the penalty we missed,
Milan substitute Alexis we deserved more,” Inzaghi told
Hakan Calhanoglu, who crossed Saelemaekers was inches away “We were brave, especially in the DAZN.
the divide by joining Inter on a free from a stunning 90th-minute defensive phase. We attacked with a
transfer from Milan in the summer, winner when his powerful strike lot of players in the first half and “But we were up against a great
quickly made his mark against his cannoned off the foot of the post, showed great desire to bring home a team that is deservedly on top of the
former employers by winning and as Stefano Pioli’s side dropped big result. Only us and Napoli are still table. We are lagging behind, but
scoring a penalty 11 minutes in. points for just the second time this unbeaten in the top European there is still time and games like this
leagues.” make us more self-aware.” – Reuters


United’s indecision leaves them little choice but Solskjaer
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Arsenal 1 IN THE executive boxes around Old Trafford,
(Smith Rowe 56) Watford 0, Everton 0 the exasperation remained, but so did the A series of sources repeat the same words, that were mid-season appointments who were
Tottenham 0, Leeds 1 (Raphinha 26) expectations. There is currently no feeling that United “have no plan B”. They just did not envisage supposed to be short-term solutions: Thomas
Leicester 1 (Barnes 28), West Ham 3 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be moved on. it going this badly. Tuchel (Chelsea), Hansi Flick (Bayern Munich)
(Alisson 4-og, Fornals 67, Zouma 74) The Norwegian himself is planning for the and Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid). Before that, of
Liverpool 2 (Alexander-Arnold 41, Origi Watford game. If that is still the case by the end of Solskjaer has been the “long-term plan”, worthy course, there was the original Solskjaer figure:
83). the international break, the last for four months, of patience and trust, even though it is by now clear Roberto Di Matteo, in charge of Chelsea in 2012.
the only question will be why. that idea deserves neither. So, they have been
P W D L F A Pts scrambling to think of what next. This is why the Rangnick situation is so
Chelsea 11 8 2 1 27 4 26 It is by now obvious to virtually anyone this is tantalising. As the figure responsible for instigating
Man City 11 7 2 2 22 6 23 done. Even if Solskjaer had been a successful If United were to make a move, they would Germany’s coaching revolution, Rangnick might
West Ham 11 7 2 2 23 13 23 coach, which he hasn’t been, it looks like the sort of ideally have a top-class coach who could come be ideal for this. He is possibly the best available.
Liverpool 11 6 4 1 31 11 22 situation where any effect has worn off and it is straight in. None are currently available.
Arsenal 11 6 2 3 13 13 20 time for changes. All of the positives have gone. The problem is that promising a future director
Man United 11 5 2 4 19 17 17 The optimum current option is probably role in order to get Rangnick, who is currently head
Brighton 11 4 5 2 12 12 17 United are just left with negatives, right down to Mauricio Pochettino or Erik ten Hag in the of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow,
Wolves 11 5 1 5 11 12 16 the defensive approach against Manchester City. summer. may complicate the appointment of the next big
Tottenham 11 5 1 5 9 16 16 This squad badly need a new direction, as well as manager.
Crystal Palace 11 3 6 2 15 14 15 some electricity. The lack of football expertise has left them in a
Everton 11 4 3 4 16 16 15 situation where all of their main rivals as well as There is no obvious solution, but Solskjaer
Leicester 11 4 3 4 16 18 15 The view from sources close to the club and Tottenham Hotspur have the finest coaches in the remains an obvious problem.
Southampton 11 3 5 3 10 12 14 others within the game is that United’s executives game – maybe the best four in football right now –
Brentford 11 3 3 5 13 14 12 are by now well aware of this. and United have a figure who can’t even be It’s impossible not to feel like the cycle will
Leeds 11 2 5 4 11 18 11 described as a novice any more. continue, and keep going around, maybe even
Aston Villa 11 3 1 7 14 20 10 Some figures have even floated the idea of with a win against Watford in two weeks’ time.
Watford 11 3 1 7 12 19 10 bringing in the former RB Leipzig manager Ralf The great frustration for United should be that
Burnley 11 1 5 5 11 17 8 Rangnick as an interim, and he does already have a they could still win something this season – This is the purgatory United now find
Newcastle 11 0 5 6 12 24 5 relationship with the Old Trafford hierarchy. perhaps even the Champions League – with the themselves in, Solskjaer endlessly rolling the rock
Norwich 11 1 2 8 5 26 5 right interim coach. up the hill only to see it roll back down. – The
The German would be interested in any such Independent
LA LIGA: Villarreal 1 (Trigueros 10) role, but The Independent has been told that one Three of the last six Champions League winners
Getafe 0, Valencia 3 (Savic 50-o.g., Duro issue is that he would also want some kind of
90+2, 90+6) Atletico Madrid 3 (Suarez football position afterwards.
35, Griezmann 58, Vrsaljko 62), Real
Mallorca 2 (Salva Sevilla 72-pen, Maffeo That is where it gets complicated for United,
90+5) Elche 2 (Boye 68, 75), Osasuna 0 and where the source of so much indecision lies.
Real Sociedad 2 (Merino 72, Januzaj 82-
pen), Real Betis 0 Sevilla 2 (Acuna 55, Arteta defends Gunners after Ranieri accusation
Bellerin 81-og).
MIKEL ARTETA defended his Arsenal players after Watford
TOP 10 P W D L F A Pts boss Claudio Ranieri accused them of a lack of respect in the
Real Sociedad 13 8 4 1 19 10 28 build-up to Emile Smith Rowe’s winning goal.
Real Madrid 12 8 3 1 28 13 27
Sevilla 12 8 3 1 21 7 27 Smith Rowe struck in the second half to secure a 1-0 victory
Atletico 12 6 5 1 21 13 23 over the 10-man Hornets, who had Juraj Kucka sent off late on.
Real Betis 13 6 3 4 19 17 21
Vallecano 13 6 2 5 19 14 20 The result leaves Arsenal fifth in the Premier League
Osasuna 13 5 4 4 14 17 19 heading into the international break, with the result a battling
Bilbao 12 4 6 2 11 8 18 one after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a first-half penalty
Barcelona 12 4 5 3 19 15 17 saved.
Valencia 13 4 5 4 21 20 17
Bukayo Saka and Aubameyang also had the ball in the back
SERIE A: Lazio 3 (Immobile 31, Pedro 36, of the net only to see both efforts ruled out for offside.
Luis Alberto 69) Salernitana 0, AC Milan
1 (De Vrij 17-og) Inter Milan 1 (Calhanoglu But it was Smith Rowe’s winner – his fifth goal in eight
11-pen), Napoli 1 (Di Lorenzo 18) Hellas games – which caused controversy after Danny Rose had
Verona 1 (Simeone 13), Sampdoria 1 kicked the ball out for teammate Ozan Tufan to receive
(Thorsby 77) Bologna 2 (Svanberg 47, treatment.
Arnautovic 79), Udinese 3 (Deulofeu 8,
Frattesi 39-og, Beto 51) Sassuolo 2 The Turkey midfielder was quickly on his feet as Arsenal
(Berardi 15, Frattesi 28), Venezia 3 (Caldara played on, Smith Rowe rifling home with Isamaila Sarr also in a
3, Aramu 65-pen, Okereke 74) Roma 2 heap on the floor following an Ainsley Maitland-Niles
(Shomurodov 43, Abraham 45+2). challenge.

TOP 10 P W D L F A Pts “I told him there is no respect in that action,” Ranieri
Napoli 12 10 2 0 24 4 32 revealed after television cameras caught him arguing with
AC Milan 12 10 2 0 26 11 32 Arteta at fulltime.
Inter Milan 12 7 4 1 29 13 25 Watford head coach Claudio Ranieri (left) complains to Arsenal manager Mikel
Atalanta 12 6 4 2 22 15 22 Arteta after the final whistle at the Emirates Stadium yesterday. – AFPPIX “We put out the ball and everybody expected the Arsenal
Lazio 12 6 3 3 25 19 21 player to give it back… give the ball to us.
Roma 12 6 1 5 21 15 19
Fiorentina 12 6 0 5 16 14 18 “We put the ball out because there was an injured player,
but after this it was very strange.

“My opinion is there was a big foul (on Sarr), but nothing
happened and then they scored a goal. It was very strange.”

Arteta, though, disagreed with Ranieri’s take on the
incident and suggested his team are sometimes too honest for
their own good.

“I have to defend my players, my team and my club,” he
said. “I would say that we are the most honest team and in
some stages we can even become naive.

“But still if he felt like that towards our club, our team, I
have to apologise if that’s the case – but I am sure there is no
intention to take any advantage.” – The Independent

Juventus 12 5 3 4 16 15 18 Five Premier departures so far this season
Bologna 12 5 3 4 19 23 18
Hellas Verona 12 4 4 4 25 21 16

BUNDESLIGA: Hertha Berlin 1 Bayer DEAN SMITH’S sacking as Aston Villa boss on come to an end when the club’s Saudi-led yesterday’s goalless draw at Everton.
Leverkusen 1, Cologne 2 Union Berlin 2, Sunday took the number of managers parting takeover went through on Oct 7, and 13 days
Greuther Fuerth 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 2. company with clubs in the Premier League this later it was announced the 60-year-old had left Daniel Farke
season to five. Here’s a look at the quintet to by mutual consent. A 3-2 loss to Tottenham in
TOP 5 P W D L F A Pts have made exits. Bruce’s 1,000th match as a manager had just Norwich announced they had sacked Farke on
Bayern Munich11 9 1 1 40 11 28 extended the Magpies’ winless start to the season Sunday, just hours after a 2-1 victory at Brentford –
Dortmund 11 8 0 3 28 17 24 Xisco Munoz eight games. They have since gone another three their first League win of the season. Under the
Freiburg 11 6 4 1 18 9 22 without victory under interim boss Graeme German, appointed in 2017, the Canaries had won
Wolfsburg 11 6 1 4 12 12 19 The Spaniard, who got Watford promoted to Jones, seen Unai Emery rule himself out of the Championship title in 2019, finished bottom of
RB Leipzig 11 5 3 3 23 11 18 the top flight last term following his appointment succeeding Bruce, and are now understood to the Premier League the following season, then
in December, was axed by the club on Oct 3. The have agreed a deal in principle with Eddie Howe made an immediate return to the top-flight, again
FRENCH LIGUE 1: Marseille 0 Metz 0, Hornets had taken seven points from their opening who was among the crowd at Saturday’s 1-1 as champions.
Reims 0 Monaco 0, Nantes 2 Strasbourg seven games of the campaign and said results draw at Brighton.
2, Lorient 1 Brest 2, Saint-Etienne 3 “strongly indicate a negative trend at a time when Dean Smith
Clermont 2, Nice 0 Montpellier 1, Rennes team cohesion should be visibly improving”. Nuno Espirito Santo
4 Lyon 1. Claudio Ranieri was appointed the next day as Smith, who guided Aston Villa to promotion via
successor to Munoz, who subsequently became Nuno was sacked by Tottenham last week after the Championship playoffs in 2018-19 having
TOP 5 P W D L F A Pts boss at Huesca. only four months in charge, with the club having taken charge in the October of that campaign, was
Paris SG 13 11 1 1 29 13 34 lost five of their last seven Premier League games. dismissed by the club on Sunday after Friday’s 1-0
Lens 13 7 3 3 25 14 24 Steve Bruce Antonio Conte was confirmed as the Portuguese’s loss at Southampton made it five defeats on the
Nice 13 7 3 3 23 10 23 replacement 24 hours later and he has bounce. Villa had finished 17th in 2019-20 and
Marseille 13 6 5 2 20 12 23 It appeared a case of when rather than if subsequently overseen a 3-2 win over Vitesse then 11th last term.
Rennes 13 6 4 3 22 12 22 Bruce’s tenure as Newcastle head coach would Arnhem in the Europa Conference League and
The Independent


It’s an unbelievable day. Being on the
podium at your home Grand Prix is
something very special. Obviously I wanted more,
I wanted to win the race and obviously to finish
one-two for the team would have been amazing,
you know.”

Red Bull F1 driver Sergio Perez

New Spurs boss Conte satisfied despite stalemate at Goodison Park

NEW Tottenham manager Antonio Conte and we have a lot of space for improvement commitment from his squad if he is to knock “My view is very simple… To make a mistake
declared himself happy with their goalless draw tactically, physically but also mentality. them into the shape required to play his desired after watching VAR is impossible and I am sure in
at Everton despite a frustrating afternoon at style of football. this situation he took the right decision for him.”
Goodison Park “Today I saw the heart of my players, the
passion, the will to fight, the will to sacrifice, to That theme has been echoed in interviews Benitez, however, disagreed.
The home side had the better of the game, understand this was a very difficult moment for with Tottenham players since their new boss “It is a foul (if it happens) in the middle of the
but Giovani Lo Celso perhaps came closest to us and to see this makes me more confident for arrived – a need for the squad to also take pitch, it doesn’t matter if he touched the ball or
scoring with a shot against a post two minutes the future.” responsibility. not as Richarlison touched the ball after the
from time. keeper touched him,” he said.
Just 10 days ago, the commitment of the “For a player… If you have the right attitude VAR also intervened in the 90th-minute
However, although Spurs extended their Tottenham players was being questioned after a and the right will to work, you will only improve sending off of Mason Holgate eight minutes
Premier League run without an effort on target hapless 3-0 defeat by Manchester United that under a great manager like this,” midfielder after he had come on, but Benitez had no
to three hours and 47 minutes, their Italian proved the end of Nuno Espirito Santo’s short Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg told BBC Radio 5 Live. argument with that.
manager was satisfied to start with a point, tenure in north London. “He cleared the ball and after he had the
having taken charge for the first time in the “It’s a pleasure for me and the team to have a studs high, so it could be a red card and I
Europa League in midweek. Spurs moved quickly to install Conte, the man leader like the coach we have now with his couldn’t complain about that,” added the
they hope can bring some long-awaited coaching staff.” Spaniard, who was happy to see his side end a
“Honestly, I have to be happy for different silverware to the club and someone who has three-match losing run.
reasons,” he said. racked up five top-flight league titles since Things could have been different had referee “I said so many times the commitment is
Tottenham last won a trophy – the League Cup Chris Kavanagh not overturned his second-half there. We can make mistakes, concede goals and
“The first is that Goodison Park is not an easy in 2007-08. decision to award a penalty for a Hugo Lloris foul miss chances, but in terms of the commitment
place to come to play, especially after an on Richarlison, having viewed the pitchside we have seen the team, especially at home, have
intensive week emotionally for my players after Conte was late for his pre-match news monitor. that.” – The Independent
they played the game on Thursday. conference on Friday because a session overran,
a message if any of his players doubted it, that Conte and opposite number Rafael Benitez
“I have to be happy because I started to see the 52-year-old will demand complete were at odds over whether that was the correct
some tactical situations. For sure we can improve course of action.

Klopp cries foul Kurt Zouma (No. 4
shirt) scores West
Ham United’s third
goal during the
English Premier
League match
against Liverpool at
the London
Stadium yesterday.

Liverpool boss laments two key decisions as Hammers nail Reds unbeaten run

JURGEN KLOPP felt Liverpool were on the goal should not have stood as Angelo Ogbonna high defensive line after being caught out by the Liverpool into third place heading into the
wrong end of two key decisions as they had impeded Alisson, and he felt Aaron Cresswell Hammers. international break.
slipped to a 3-2 defeat at West Ham and should have been red-carded for a first-half
missed out on a slice of history. challenge over the top of the ball on Jordan West Ham hit Klopp’s side on the break “I think we’re there on merit. You can see the
Liverpool arrived at the London Stadium Henderson. throughout the match and scored their second quality and attitude of the players,” Hammers’
knowing that if they avoided defeat they would goal on the counter-attack. boss Moyes said.
extend their unbeaten run to 26 matches, beating “In the first half we had complete control of
the club’s all-time record set by Bob Paisley’s team game, scored a wonderful equaliser and were in Both Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk decided to “I want us to challenge the teams in the top
in 1982. charge of the game,” Klopp said. maintain their positions high up the pitch as four, whoever that may be. I’ve laid down that
David Moyes’ side broke forward, which backfired challenge to the players. Hopefully one of them
They looked on course to do just that following “In the second half they scored from a counter as Pablo Fornals beat the offside trap and fired could be us.
a wonderful freekick from Trent Alexander- and a set piece. But also that happened because past Alisson.
Arnold. we should have controlled the game still in the “Today was a challenge, Liverpool have been
second half. It looked like we lost patience. Commenting on Liverpool’s decision to in such good form, But we’ve got some resilience,
But West Ham have lofty ambitions themselves continue sticking with this approach, Carragher and counter-attacking and corner kicks are not a
this season and proved it in the second half when “So we lost that game. But I think it’s a clear believes it may be time for a bit more flexibility. bad recipe.
Pablo Fornals whose corner had been palmed in foul on Alisson, how can it not be? When you see
by Reds keeper Alisson for the opening goal, the dynamic of the situation how can that not be a “That is something Liverpool have done for a “The biggest thing is this is a busy workload for
broke away to score a second. foul? while and I can’t quite get my head around it. But any club. Look at the run of games we’ve got, while
then you look at the defensive record and it’s we are still growing the seeds of how we are going
Kurt Zouma then headed a third and although “Then I saw only the situation with Aaron and fantastic,” Carragher told Sky Sports. to become this better team.
Divock Origi pulled one back with seven minutes Hendo now, and the way I see it is it’s a clear red
remaining, the Hammers held on for a notable card. There is no discussion. You cannot go like “I just think when you’re in those positions, I “I want us to be competitive. I hope before now
victory. this into a challenge.” don’t know what you gain by holding the high people were thinking West Ham’s a tough game.
However, Klopp was adamant West Ham’s first Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher “Today’s opposition have very little
questioned Liverpool’s decision to keep playing a A memorable win, Moyes’ first in eight weaknesses. I want to give the players the credit
attempts against Klopp, saw West Ham leapfrog they deserve.” – The Independent/Agencies

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