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To die for

Posted: 22 Jun 2011 03:48 AM PDT

There's enough fluff and mystery in Pretty Little Liars to keep one entertained.

THE fact that Pretty Little Liars is a teen drama – based on Sara Shepard's book series – should be reason enough to trigger the "stay away" alarm in most of us. Personally, some of the shows that I have a strong dislike for are from this genre – 90210, Melrose Place, Kyle XY, Roswell and The Twilight Saga films. But to be fair, some of my all-time favourites are from this category as well – Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars and My So-Called Life.

However, unlike the three shows that gave us Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristen Bell and Claire Danes respectively, Pretty Little Liars (PLL) features four actresses who have yet to make a convincing case for their talents.

Two of them wear the same expression to convey almost every emotion, and the other two just try too hard. Because of this – and so many other cliches along the way – it's not hard to find yourself snobbishly dismissing the show, especially when it comes to certain scenes. For example, a character gets hit by a speeding car but she lands ever so gracefully still looking like a gorgeous made-up doll (perfect hair and makeup, Barbie would be proud) and not a drop of blood anywhere. Ridiculous, right?

But, here's the thing. The ridiculousness makes for half the fun. PLL knows how to work the formula to gain the audience's attention. Besides the wonderful opening sequence – featuring an apt song titled Secret by The Pierces – PLL has a mystery character that turns the main characters' lives into a living hell. Now who wouldn't want to see pretty people in peril?

Sure, the storyline involving Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale), who has an affair with her English teacher – Ezra Fitz (Ian Harding) – is so tedious that it may bring out the violent tendencies in you (strangling both of them sounds good). Maybe their story is purposely awful so it becomes a sort of a cautionary tale for the teens. Similarly, although it's good, and a growing number of series are acknowledging the crossroads teenagers arrive at regarding their sexual orientation, it's hard to be on Emily Fields' side when she comes out of the closet. She never quite wins us over with her meek personality. Some of the fault lies with the actress, Shay Mitchell. As beautiful as she is, the girl does not have a handle on her character who is supposed to be brave but naive.

The other two, thankfully, are quite tolerable even if they fall into stereotype. Hanna (Ashley Benson) used to be fat, now she's the queen bee. Spencer Hasting (Troian Bellisario) is the girl with the brains; she also wears clothes that look way too adult.

Nonetheless, stick with the series and it starts to go to interesting places (although Aria's storyline never does). For one, PLL isn't hard to sit through as the fluff-y material allows you to just use half your brain power (which means you can get some housework done while following what's happening). And in between all those chores, when you do happen to steal a glance, you're almost bound to see an attractive person. I wonder if there's a sign outside the fictional town of Rosewood that says "Only pretty people can live here."

When a villanous character that goes by the name of "A" taunts the four girlfriends, we are happy to see them all panic. The only "A" they know, who knew all their secrets, is Alison, who went missing during one of the girls' slumber parties. Yet this "A" who text messages the four girls at the most inopportune times seems to know all their secrets. Is it Alison? Apparently not, as Alison's body is found later on. So now it's a guessing game as to who "A" is and who killed Alison. Since this is not a police procedural, clues are not of the highest priority. Obviously, there is only so much these pretty young things can figure out. Near the end of the season, we even get a villain wearing black gloves! Delicious.

PLL is far from perfect, but it can be a sinfully good guilty pleasure.

Pretty Little Liars is aired every Monday on 8TV at 10.30pm.

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Playing with fire

Posted: 22 Jun 2011 03:48 AM PDT

What goes around, comes around, and new black magic-inspired series Sijundai warns of the perils of this contentious art form.

BLACK magic is a questionable practice that has existed since time immemorial in nearly every culture in the world, and its use is more often than not, entrenched in matters of the heart. That's the message that new 20-episode drama series Sijundai is trying to convey.

"Sijundai" is a Minangkabau word which describes the black magic practice among the Minangkabau community in Sumatera, Indonesia.

Sijundai revolves around the lives of a family which is destroyed by black magic.

It tells the story of Sarah, who despite her father Amran's objection, still pursues her love for dancing by enrolling at a university.

There she meets Mega, a Sumateran, who captures her heart with his exceptional talents in playing the traditional musical instrument salung.

However, the new lovers face obstacles when Gema's former girlfriend Desi suddenly appears, creating chaos in their lives. Taking her deviant behaviour further, Desi – unknown to the lovers – uses black magic to separate Gema and Sarah for good.

Despite the controversial subject matter, established director Fairuz Loy finds directing the thriller series just another day at work.

According to Fairuz, the filming of the series – which boasts new faces such as Azam Pitt, Wan Sharmilla, Nabila Huda, Faralyna and Tasha Shilla – has been smooth sailing.

"Thankfully, everything has gone well so far," said the director, who also directed horror drama series Susuk for two seasons for TV3 in 2007.

"There are some similarities between Sijundai and Susuk as both are based on black magic practices among certain communities," said Fairuz whose other directorial credits include drama series Puteri Aurora Beradu, Ayyad, Jersi 9, Na O Mei, KL Menjerit The Series and 6 Progresif.

"What I'm trying to portray in Sijundai is how the practice is still being used by different generations.

"What I'm trying to do is to tell people, what goes around comes around. Amran used Sijundai to woo his wife and now, years later, his daughter Sarah is involved with a man who practices the same thing.

Fairuz said that he did encounter some strange things during the pre-production stage. "I think I'm okay when it comes to this kind of thing, you know, with my experience directing Susuk. However, when we were still doing some research on Sijundai, we encountered some strange things. For instance, when we listened to the mantra being recited, I got goose bumps. I cautioned the producer to be careful because the mantras we use are the original ones (used in real life).

"But so far so good, and I'm very happy with the young cast as they deliver their roles well," said Fairuz, adding that the team has completed nine episodes so far and is in the midst of filming the rest at various locations around the Klang Valley.

Sijundai airs on TV3 from Mondays to Thursdays at 4pm.

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Fasha’s other side

Posted: 22 Jun 2011 03:48 AM PDT

New TV series Dewa Cinta – which takes a charming love story and puts a potentially disturbing spin on it – displays a different side to actress Fasha Sandha.

FASHA Sandha needs little introduction, especially since her debut movie, 2003's thriller, Black Maria.

With more than 20 movies and drama series tucked under her belt, there's no denying the 27-year-old's star power, particularly after receiving the accolade of (again for the fourth year) "Most Popular Actress" in the annual roll-call event, Anugerah Bintang Popular, in April.

And the beautiful Fasha also has had more than her fair share of controversies in recent years where her private life is concerned. Now, putting all those indiscretions behind her, Fasha wants to focus on her career.

"I guess my secret (of being in the industry) is hard work, discipline and commitment," said the young lass, referring to how she has stayed strong in the fickle-minded movie fraternity.

"Since my first day in this industry, I have always reminded myself that this is the line that I've chosen and I'm not taking anything for granted," said Fasha during the launch of her new drama series, Dewa Cinta, last week.

"I'm here to earn a living and I realise that being highly disciplined and committed to my work is the only way forward." Hence, despite all the controversies, offers for her talents keep pouring in.

Her previous works include popular drama series like Samson Dan Delaila, Dia Atilia, Kasih ... Relaku Pujuk, Songket Cinta Bertenun Duka, Natasha, Natasha 2, Dengan Nama Cinta, Rumah Itu Duniaku, Mentari Jingga, Usia, Seiras, Sutera Maya, Spa Qistina, Duyung Aridinata and Chinta. Then there's the upcoming 5 Tahun 5 Minit, as well.

When asked about movies, Fasha said that she had to turn down offers to concentrate on her drama series.

"It's hard to turn down the movie offers but I don't want to be greedy, and I like to stay focused on one character at a time, be it drama or movie.

"Granted I have acted in several dramas lately. But seriously, I accepted the offer (of dramas) because all the characters give me a chance to try something new and different. Consequently, it has helped me develop my acting skills," said Fasha, whose movie credits include Skrip 7707, Cicakman, Cicakman 2: Planet Hitam, Cinta U-Turn, Evolusi KL Drift, Anak Halal, Nana Tanjung 2, 9 September, Cinta, Nana Tanjung and Gong.

"Besides, I also feel that my dramas have brought me closer to my fans, especially those who live outside the big cities.

The 24-episode Dewa Cinta is directed by Haris Fadzillah and features Iqram Dinzly, Aida Khalida, Nabila Huda, Bkay Nair and singer Black (of Mentor fame).

Here, fans can see a different side to Fasha, who is known for her goody two-shoes characters. Fasha plays the lead role of Dewi Junita Anastasia, or June, a rebel with a secret past.

"I think what really attracted me to Dewa Cinta is the strong storyline and how the character develops in the series.

"And get this, in Dewa Cinta, June is a singer/musician at a night club and to play her convincingly, I had to learn to play the guitar.

"I really have to thank Black for being so patient with me, teaching me how to play the instrument. If that's not enough, the fans will be able to see me singing for the first time ever. I performed Endless Love and Dewa Cinta. It was really exciting!"

Based on the best-selling novel of the same title by singer-turned-writer Dhila Hussein, Dewa Cinta is about Iqbal, an adopted son from a wealthy family who falls for older girl, June. Unfortunately for Iqbal, June is waiting for her boyfriend to return from abroad to pursue their dream of becoming musicians together.

Somehow, their friendship blossoms into romance as Iqbal and June find they share so much in common. However, the romance comes to a screeching halt when the lovers are dealt some tragic news.

Dewa Cinta airs on TV3 from Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm.

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U.S., Japan drop 2014 Okinawa base-transfer deadline

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 08:54 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Japan have agreed to drop a 2014 deadline for building a new airstrip on Okinawa and transferring about 8,000 U.S. Marines from that Japanese island to Guam, the allies said on Tuesday.

"Completion of the FRF (Futenma Replacement Facility) and the Marine relocation will not meet the previously targeted date of 2014," the two allies said in a statement following cabinet-level talks in Washington.

They vowed to complete the projects "at the earliest possible date after 2014" and Japanese officials said Tokyo would renew efforts to win support in Okinawa for the base plan, which would lighten the burden on the crowded, subtropical island.

The widely anticipated delay in the troop realignment was announced after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates hosted Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto and Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa for Security Consultative Committee talks.

The allies, holding their first so-called "2+2" ministerial meeting under the Obama administration, agreed to work for the denuclearization of North Korea, and deal with other problems posed by Pyongyang, including ballistic missiles, crime and humanitarian concerns.

Washington and Tokyo would "encourage China's responsible and constructive role in regional stability and prosperity, its cooperation on global issues, and its adherence to international norms of behavior," said the statement.


The United States and Japan agreed in 2006 to shift the U.S. Marines' Futenma airbase in Okinawa to a less crowded area on the island, which is host to about half of the 47,000 U.S. troops in Japan.

But successive Tokyo governments have yet to win support for that plan from local residents of Okinawa, who associate U.S. bases with noise, pollution and crime.

Japan's March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor disaster has caused further delays in decision-making in Tokyo.

"The decision announced today on the Futenma replacement facility configuration along with other elements of the 2006 realignment roadmap shows we are making steady progress toward modernizing U.S. forward presence in the region," Gates said.

"It is critical that we move forward with the relocation of Futenma and the construction of facilities in Guam for the U.S. Marines. ... Doing so will reduce the impact of our presence on local residents in Okinawa while allowing us to maintain capabilities critical to the alliance in Japan," he said.

Kitazawa said the Japanese government would continue to work to build consensus on Futenma with the Okinawa government and residents.

"In the aftermath of the earthquake, the understanding of the significance of the stationing of U.S. forces in Japan including the Marine Corps in Okinawa I believe has been understood," he said, referring to major aid work by the U.S. military after the disasters which killed some 23,000 people.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has agreed to step down in the coming weeks or months, but Foreign Ministry spokesman Satoru Satoh said whoever replaces Kan "should continue efforts" to secure funding and support on Okinawa for the base consolidation.

(Additional reporting by Andrew Quinn; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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Greek govt survives vote as protesters chant insults

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 08:23 PM PDT

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's embattled government survived a confidence vote on Wednesday that was crucial to avoiding a sovereign debt default as thousands of protesters chanted insults outside parliament

Greece's Prime Minister George Papandreou addresses parliamentarians during a session in Athens June 21, 2011. (REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis)

The assembly voted confidence in the government, reshuffled by Prime Minister George Papandreou to stiffen resolve behind a painful new austerity programme, by 155 votes to 143 with two abstentions.

All Papandreou's Socialist Party deputies voted solidly with the government.

"If we are afraid, if we throw away this opportunity, then history will judge us very harshly," Papandreou said in a final appeal for support before the vote.

Protesters had besieged the parliament building during the vote, shouting insults at politicians and shining hundreds of green laser lights at the building and at Greek police. They held up a mock gallows with several nooses.

The crowd mostly dispersed afterwards, but police in full riot gear fired several rounds of tear gas to disperse a smaller group of youths continuing to protest. There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests.

The successful poll, closely watched outside Greece, immediately spiked the euro higher , but the gains were short-lived as traders cited concerns about implementation of the deeply unpopular austerity measures.

"The reaction of the people is going to be critical. If we see cars burning and protests tomorrow, then all this short term success is going to get sucked out the window," said William Larkin, a fixed-income portfolio manager at Cabot Money Management in Salem, Massachusetts.

European Commission President Manuel Barroso expressed immediate relief. "Tonight's vote in the Greek Parliament removes an element of uncertainty from an already very difficult situation," he said, adding that Papandreou could now concentrate on implementing the reforms.

"Although this clearly is not going to be a long-term fix, investors see this as a chance that the can will be kicked further down the road and so I think we are going to see tomorrow a world-wide push to risk assets," said David Dietze, Chief Investment strategist at Point View Financial Services.

Papandreou's government must rapidly pass two more tests -- enacting the austerity plan and the laws needed to implement it -- to win a new bailout to avert the euro zone's first sovereign default and possible global economic disaster.


The vote follows a European ultimatum requiring the debt-choked Mediterranean state implement a new five-year package of deeply unpopular reforms in two weeks or miss out on a 12-billion euro aid tranche and plunge into bankruptcy.

Barroso had piled on pressure before the vote, saying that Greece faced a "moment of truth" and needed to show it was genuinely committed to the reforms.

"No-one can be helped against their will," he said.

Acting IMF chief John Lipsky sent a similar message, saying international lenders were willing to help peripheral euro zone economies as long as they tried to carry out reforms.

He said the Greek fiscal system was broken but could be fixed with the right political will.

As parliament debated the confidence motion, demonstrators stepped up their protests in the square, where hundreds have camped for weeks to show their opposition to more austerity, which has deepened the worst recession for 37 years.

"I believe we should go bankrupt and get it over with. These measures are slowly killing us," said 22-year-old student Efi Koloverou. "We want competent people to take over."

Glykeria Madaraki, a 39-year-old unemployed woman, said: "God help us. There is no way these people are getting us out of the crisis. I feel insecure and I see my country being sold off. They didn't ask what we think about all this. I want elections."

Inside parliament the opposition poured similar disdain on the government. "This is not a programme to salvage the economy, it's a programme for pillage before bankruptcy," said Alexis Tsipras, head of the small opposition Left Coalition.

Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, in an attempt to answer a key grievance of protesters, told parliament the government's top priority would be to build a fairer tax system.

Papandreou stifled dissent within the party last week by replacing unpopular government figures with critics of the plan. The government must hammer through the five-year package of 28 billion euro ($39.84 billion) in tax hikes and spending cuts by June 28.

It must then push through laws implementing the reforms -- potentially more difficult as it will tackle individual privatisations, tax measures and spending cuts -- in time for an extraordinary meeting of euro zone finance ministers on July 3.

The cabinet will meet on Wednesday afternoon to approve a draft bill implementing the measures, officials said.

The government had been widely expected to survive the confidence vote. Defeat would have led to political chaos and early elections which PASOK would likely lose.

Greek bank shares gained more than 6.0 percent and 10-year Greek bonds rose in a sign of optimism on Tuesday. European and U.S. shares also rose, with the Nasdaq showing its biggest gain since October.

Having already missed targets agreed in its first, year-old bailout, Athens needs the reforms if it wants to receive the next tranche of those funds and secure a second bailout worth an estimated 120 billion euros.

The new mid-term plan envisions raising 50 billion euros by selling off state firms and includes 6.5 billion in 2011 fiscal consolidation, almost doubling existing measures that have helped extend a deep recession into its third year.

Most analysts remain sceptical that Greece will be able to reduce its vast sovereign debt pile of 340 billion euros, or more than 30,000 euros for each of its 11.3 million people, even if the reforms are implemented.

Inspectors from the International Monetary Fund and European Union arrived on Tuesday to examine a request by newly appointed Finance Minister Venizelos for changes to the mid-term plan. Greece's government has said the lenders' inspectors would discuss changes "at a technical level."

Euro zone officials have told Reuters the plan for the new bailout, meant to extend Greece's year-old 110-billion-euro deal and fund it into late 2014, would feature up to 60 billion euros of fresh official loans, 30 billion euros from the private sector and 30 billion euros from privatisations.

(Additional reporting by Renee Maltezou, Lefteris Papadimas in Athens and John O'Donnell in Brussels; writing by Barry Moody and David Lawder; editing by Alistair Lyon)

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Sectarian violence erupts for second night in N.Ireland

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 06:19 PM PDT

Belfast (Reuters) - A press photographer was shot in the leg and two other people were injured when riots broke out between Protestants and Catholics in Belfast for a second successive night on Tuesday.

Police in armoured jeeps come under attack from youths throwing missiles on the Newtonards Road, Belfast June 21, 2011. (REUTERS/Stringer)

Police said around 700 people threw fireworks, petrol bombs and other missiles in the Newtonards area of the city, a night after two people suffered gunshot wounds in what politicians described as the worst violence of its kind in the area for a decade.

The male photographer was shot in the leg by a gunman on the sidelines of the clashes, witnesses told Reuters and in an unusual move, the police urged all journalists and camera crews to stay out of the area "for their own safety".

The two men who were injured were suffering from burns, police said.

The police, who had brought reinforcements to the area, responded by firing stun grenades for a second night in a row and local media reported that they had brought two water canon vehicles to the area but had yet to use them.

Some 500 people, many of them youths with their faces covered, fought in the Short Strand area, an enclave of Catholic houses in the predominantly Protestant east side of the city, on the previous night when shots were fired by both sides.

The violence comes at the start of Northern Ireland's marching season, a time of annual parades by Protestants which has triggered violent protests by Catholics in the past.

"I cannot remember in the last decade a situation like this in the Short Strand," Colm McKevitt, a member of the regional parliament for the Irish nationalist SDLP party told Irish state broadcaster RTE.

"It does not augur well for the city at the outset of the marching season after a few relatively good few years."

Police blamed members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), one of the deadliest pro-British paramilitary groups of Northern Ireland's bloody past, for initiating the first night of disorder.

The UVF said two years ago that it had completed the decommissioning of its weapons in line with other militant groups after a 1998 peace agreement mostly ended three decades of violence in the British-controlled province.

Northern Ireland was torn apart during the violent "Troubles" between loyalists, mostly Protestants, who want it to remain part of the United Kingdom, and Republicans, mostly Catholics, who want it to form part of a united Ireland.

The peace deal paved the way for a power-sharing government of loyalists and Republicans. Violence has subsided over the years, but there are still dissident armed groups.

The parades mainly commemmorate historical events, particularly notable British victories, and are regarded by marchers as an expression of cultural identity. Many Catholics see them as provocative.

(Reporting by Ivan Little, Writing by Conor Humphries; Editing by Elizabeth Fullerton)

Copyright © 2011 Reuters

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Shares on Bursa Malaysia higher in early trade

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 06:55 PM PDT

Published: Wednesday June 22, 2011 MYT 9:51:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday June 22, 2011 MYT 9:55:09 AM

PETALING JAYA:The FBM-KLCI was up 4.14 points at 9.30am to 1,564.93, the FBMACE was down 3.28 points to 4,222.55 and the FBMEmas was up 25.30 points to 10,730.85.

There were 198 gainers, 102 losers and 170 counters traded unchanged on the Bursa Malaysia with turnover of 108.083 million shares valued at RM130.669mil.

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Car sales impacted by amended Hire-Purchase Act

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 05:16 PM PDT

PETALING JAYA: Worried about the possibility of trickling cashflow, a rise in booking cancellations and longer leadtime for completion of sales, many stakeholders in the automotive sector say the recent amendments to the Hire-Purchase Act 1967 (HPA) will hurt the car retail trade. Already, there are complaints of a slowdown in sales.

While some car marque franchise holders and dealers said they were supportive of the amendments, which aim to protect vehicle buyers from losing their booking fees and deposits paid to unscrupulous sales advisors and car dealers, among other benefits, many automotive stakeholders have described the amended Act as "confusing" and "troublesome."

One car dealership's general manager said the situation was "unbelievable" and the amended Act overly protected consumers to the detriment of car retailers.

The Proton Edar Dealers Association Malaysia (PEDA) and Federation of Motor and Credit Companies Association of Malaysia have urged the Government to defer and review the amendments to the Act.

PEDA president Armin Baniaz Pahamin claimed that Proton car sales had dropped by 50% since last week. Another car dealership's general manager claimed that the sales of a Japanese car marque had also dipped significantly.

"Normally, the Japanese principal allocates between 150 and 200 cars to its dealers each week. In the last few days, the allocation dropped to only 10 cars. This is because until we have firm orders (meaning booking fees), we will not order the cars from the principal," he claimed.

Under the amendments, effective June 15, all used vehicles for sale will undergo Puspakom's 18-point inspection to ensure their roadworthiness.

Another issue of contention was the 1% maximum booking fee (based on the total selling price) mandated by the amended Act, which requires car sellers to refund customers 90% of the booking fee if the deal falls through.

Armin pointed out that unlike in the past, presently car sellers or dealers could not accept booking fees before the car buyer was served with a Second Schedule notice.

"The Second Schedule notice can only be completed and served, in practise, usually after the hire purchase loan application is approved.," he said yesterday. The remaining 9% downpayment on the car can only be paid when the hire purchase agreement has been prepared, with details such as the car's chassis number included.

This means the hire purchase agreement can only be prepared after the actual car unit has been allocated to the dealership.

"Now, with the amended Act, a car buyer can place phantom bookings' at several different car dealerships without paying booking fees. This will result in a waste of loan application resources and inefficiencies for banks and car dealers," said Armin.

He said car buyers would have to pay more visits to car dealers or banks to sign documents.

With the amended Act, car dealers would face cashflow problems as they would lack the booking fees and downpayments as working capital to pay for the cars ordered from their principals.

Armin claimed that the Government did not consult stakeholders before implementing the amended Act.

Meanwhile, car dealers and marque franchise holders have expressed unhappiness over the issue and said the car buying process now involved more paperwork.

"We are studying the implications on our current vehicle-promotion packages," said an industry source.

One car dealership manager in Alor Setar said the amended Act made it tough for dealers to offer "zero downpayment" or "full loan" packages.

Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said while the company supported the amended Act, automakers that sold cars in high volumes might see sales impacted.

"We may not be able to efficiently register the vehicles on time for our customers, especially during the month-end rush.

"This is due to the longer process flow that requires detailed paperwork between the banks, Perodua and our customers."

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Greek PM survives confidence vote in parliament

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 05:04 PM PDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The Greek prime minister survived a crucial confidence vote early Wednesday, keeping alive a government dedicated to averting a debt default that could spark a financial maelstrom around the world.

Lawmakers voted 155 to 143 along party lines to back George Papandreou, who now faces a critical vote next week on a massive austerity package that Greece's international creditors have said must pass by the end of June.

He is seeking 28 billion ($40.24 billion) in budget cuts and new taxes and 50 billion worth of privatization of public assets. Unless the new measures pass, Greece will not receive the next batch of bailout funds, worth 12 billion, and will face a disastrous default in July, when it runs out of money.

A default by Greece could drag down Greek and European banks and renew fears over the finances of other eurozone countries such as Portugal, Ireland and Spain.

Papandreou must still convince all lawmakers of his Socialist party to support the austerity bill, which has provoked strikes, riots and a slump in his popularity. While all 155 Socialists voted in favor in the confidence motion, several have publicly criticized the austerity measures and at least one has said he will not back them.

After the vote, riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to push back a group of about 200 protesters who had broken off from a main rally of several thousand to throw bottles and other objects at the police lines guarding Parliament.

"We will do everything in our power to end the state of insecurity face Greek families and exit this crisis in a safe way. We have a plan, we have prospects," Papandreou said during a debate before his victory. "Regardless of the panic caused by some, we are on an organized course, helped by the international community with massive loans - the largest every given in the history of our planet."

Papandreou's government came to the brink of collapse last week as protesters rioted on the streets of Athens, two party rebels resigned their parliamentary seats and talks with the opposition conservatives over forming a pro-austerity coalition government fell apart. In response, he reshuffled his cabinet, replaced his increasingly unpopular finance minister with a party heavyweight - his main internal rival - and called for the confidence vote.

European officials have been pressing opposition leader Antonis Samaras to back the austerity bill, which will run to 2015, two years beyond the current government's mandate. But Samaras has insisted the thinking behind it is wrong, saying it is keeping Greece in a recession. He has called for a renegotiation of the initial bailout deal.

Papandreou's losing the confidence vote would have likely led to early elections and thrown into question whether Greece could pass the new austerity. Expectations he would win lifted world markets earlier in the day.

As deputies voted, several thousand protesters gathered outside Parliament chanting "Thieves! thieves!", shining green laser lights at the parliament building and into the eyes of riot police protecting it. Continuing strikes by electricity company workers objecting to privatization caused a second day of rolling blackouts.

"I understand the anger, the fear, and the question whether we will make it," Papandreou said. "My answer is that we have been making it every day for the last 20 months, with difficulties and mistakes, with a price to pay and with sacrifices but we are succeeding."

Greece is being kept financially afloat by 110 billion ($157 billion) package of bailout loans granted by other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund last year, and has implemented strict austerity measures in return, cutting public sector salaries and pensions, increasing taxes and overhauling its welfare system.

But the country has struggled to meet it targets, missing many, and is now in negotiations for a second bailout, which Papandreou has said will be roughly the same size as the first.

Officials from the IMF, European Commission and European Central Bank who have been overseeing Greece's reforms were in Athens Wednesday to discuss the new austerity measures.

On Tuesday the new finance minister, Evangelos Venizelos, promised that parliament will pass the unpopular austerity package by the end of June.

"We must follow this course to save the country," Venizelos said.

"Our European partners ... face us with distrust," he said. "This is an atmosphere that we have to change."

Papandreou's popularity has been hammered by the latest austerity measures, with an opinion poll published Tuesday giving the Socialists a 20.1 percent approval rating. Rival conservatives faired marginally better, at 21 percent, in the GPO survey for private Mega television of 1,000 adults. No margin of error was given. - AP

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McIlroy's star rising, with limited US appearances

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 06:08 PM PDT

BETHESDA, Maryland (AP) - When Rory McIlroy walked onto the first tee Sunday at the U.S. Open, he briefly acknowledged one golf official and quickly extended his hand to warmly greet two others, USGA executive director Mike Davis and USGA president Jim Hyler.

The first official who got little more than a nod was PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.

That scene was a reminder that while a star was born outside the nation's capital, McIlroy is only a part-time golfer in America.

McIlroy decided last year not to renew his PGA Tour membership, which required him to play 15 times (including the four majors and three World Golf Championships). He now can play only 10 events a year on the PGA Tour. The tour amended its policy so The Players Championship would not count against the 10, but McIlroy chose not to play that, either.

There are no hard feelings with the PGA Tour, or with Finchem. The 22-year-old McIlroy simply found himself playing too much golf right about the time the FedEx Cup playoffs got under way in late August, which would be the reason to take up membership in America in the first place.

Still, it leaves the PGA Tour with limited exposure of golf's new Boy Wonder.

And that wouldn't seem to help as the tour negotiates a new television contract that expires after 2012.

"Rory's performance in the U.S. Open has generated a lot of interest and a lot of excitement," PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said Tuesday. "Who knows what the future holds with respect to his membership status."

There is talk that McIlroy might consider joining the PGA Tour again, although likely not until the 2013 season. His agent, Chubby Chandler, suggested Sunday evening that man from Northern Ireland has "a duty to be over here a little bit more being the Open champion."

"So I think obviously there's a good chance that he'll play a little bit more over here," Chandler said. "But he won't play a lot because he can't do both tours."

Tour officials likely will bring up its membership policies, as they do just about every year, and decide if anything needs to be changed. One policy that seems to unfairly punish McIlroy is that he is restricted to 10 events (not including The Players) because he gave up his membership, while Martin Kaymer and Alvaro Quiros can play 12 U.S. tour events because they never joined the PGA Tour.

Finchem was an observer in the final group, and after seeing that record-setting performance said it would only help golf.

"Rory's victory this week creates a lot of interest globally," Finchem said. "It's a global game. That's the way you have to look at it. We'd love to have him play a little bit more, but there's an integration of tournament and competition - that's what the fans are into. Candidly, it's in our interest for the European tour to be very, very strong. So if he's playing more on the European tour and we have Paul Casey and Luke Donald playing more over here, that's a good thing.

"So it's all good," he said. "There's no downside to it."

MICKELSON'S LAMENT: For only the third time since he has been playing all four majors, Phil Mickelson heads to the British Open without having finished in the top 10 in the first two majors of the year.

"I just didn't play how I had hoped," Mickelson said after finishing 23 shots off the lead, his largest gap ever at the U.S. Open. "It just gets me more geared up to look forward to the British. We had some big tournaments - the British and the PGA - coming up, as well as the FedEx Cup. So I'll have the next two weeks to try and get my game ready and head over to Europe." Mickelson's next start is the Scottish Open, played this year at Castle Stuart.

Mickelson has finished out of the top 10 in four straight majors.

THE BIGGER, THE BETTER: Padraig Harrington thinks the U.S. Open is fairer when it starts out on a big, strong course like Bethpage Black or Torrey Pines and Congressional, giving it room to scale back and still challenge the players.

His concern is the smaller courses, and he only hopes the USGA doesn't go to extremes to compensate for their lack of length. The first test figures to be Olympic, followed by a return to Merion in 2013.

"The problem has always been when you went to a tricky golf course, all of a sudden you've got to find a way to protect it," he said. "It's much better off going to a big, strong golf course. I've got to say, Augusta before the changes, the pin positions were getting right on top of the slopes. Now that it's a bigger golf course, the pins are three or four paces from the ridge."

DIVOTS: Jason Day has been runner-up in the last two majors. The last time a player was a runner-up in the successive majors without winning was Tiger Woods in the 2007 Masters and U.S. Open. Day also is the only player who has finished in the top 10 at the last three majors. ... One similarity between Rory McIlroy's U.S. Open title at Congressional and Tiger Woods' win at Pebble Beach - McIlroy was 37 shots ahead of last place, while Woods was 41 shots ahead of last place in 2000. ... Charl Schwartzel has shot 66 in the final round of both majors this year. ... Because only the majors count this year, the Ryder Cup standings for the American team start with Bo Van Pelt, Kevin Chappell and Robert Garrigus.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Rory McIlroy has shot par or better in 14 of his last 16 rounds in the majors.

FINAL WORD: "They evidently think there is value in advice from an old man." - Jack Nicklaus, on meeting with Rory McIlroy and other young players in recent years.

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Archery coach to try out untested combination in world championships

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 04:14 PM PDT

PETALING JAYA: National coach Lee Jae-hyung is willing to gamble on an untested combination to achieve qualification for the London Olympics at the World Archery Championships in Turin from July 3-10.

The Korean coach pulled off a surprise by naming rookies Haziq Kamaruddin and Khairul Anuar Mohd to combine with the experienced Cheng Chu Sian for the team recurve event at the world meet.

Chu Sian is the only seasoned campaigner picked from the Road to London programme and he will lead the challenge for the individual recurve competition as well.

Three other elite archers under the Road to London programme – Wan Khalmizam Wan Aziz, Mohd Izzuddin Rahim and Arif Farhan Putra – were excluded.

Wan Khalmizam competed alongside Chu Sian and Marbawi Sulaiman, now a coach, at the last Olympics in Beijing three years ago, but he has since suffered a big drop in form.

First round exits at the hands of the United States and unheralded Mexico in the first two legs of the World Cup series in Porec (Croatia) and Antalya (Turkey) have only served notice of how much Malaysia have lost ground since reaching the quarter-finals at the Beijing Olympics.

Malaysia also failed to impress at the Guangzhou Asian Games last November where they were targeted for a medal.

Malaysia are only represented by the men's squad for the world meet and Jae-hyung is hoping that Haziq and Khairul will click with Chu Sian.

"Chu Sian is the only consistent performer in the elite squad so far, justifying his status as the top ranked recurve archer for Malaysia," said Jae-hyung.

"The others have not been performing well and we have to do something to turn things things.

"I hope Haziq and Khairul can click with Chu Sian. They did well (with partner Fazli Hisyam) to better the national record for the team by four points when they won the team gold medal in the Asian Grand Prix circuit in Laos earlier this year ... so this is the oppotunity to test them for the world meet."

The previous national record of 228 points was set by Chu Sian, Khalmizam and Marbawi at the world meet in Germany in 2007.

There will be 32 spots for London up for grabs at the world meet. The top eight teams will qualify a total of 24 archers.

The remaining tickets will be for the best eight finishers in the individual competition if his country fail to qualify for the team event.

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Hafieenaz wants to end his winless streak in Teluk Intan

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 04:14 PM PDT

PETALING JAYA: Mohd Hafieenaz Mohd Ali is hoping to overcome an inconsistent start to the season by nailing his first win in Round 5 of the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship in Teluk Intan this weekend.

The Petronas Syntium Moto Yamaha AHM rider, whose best finish so far was a third placing in Round 2 at Batu Kawan, Penang, is far from happy with his performance.

"The first four rounds have been a roller-coaster ride for me and I even blew multiple chances to finish in the top three," said the 25-year-old Hafieenaz.

"There is no problem with the bike or its settings ... it's just that I haven't had much luck.

"In the opening leg in Kangar, I crashed into S. Sasitharen and finished a disappointing 16th. Then, in Round 3 at Kuala Terengganu, my bike developed technical problems."

Hafieenaz is currently joint sixth overall with 31 points together with Motul Yamaha YY Pang's Mohd Rozaiman Mohd Said.

Rozaiman's team-mate, Zaidy Mohd Zaifaizal leads the way with 76 points, followed by Hafieenaz's team-mate, Shahril Izzuwan Mohd Noor (61pts).

With the championship moving into the halfway stage, the Ipoh-born Hafieenaz intends to put his recent disappointments behind him at his "home" race.

"I am eager to win in Teluk Intan in front of my family and friends. Hopefully, luck will be on my side this time," he said.

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Borders promotes books for dads with tie attack

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 06:45 PM PDT

WHATEVER did ties do wrong to Borders? The bookstore chain has begun an ad campaign that says "Die, tie, die!".

But look closer at the ad (right) and you'll realise that it's not the ubiquitous neck adornment that Borders has a problem with; it's cliched Father's Day gifts in general. Clever campaign!

The bookstore, which pitches itself as being "Beyond books", suggests that there are other more interesting gifts items for dad than the boring tie every year. There is, for instance, a full range of Moleskine products, including – for dad's latest love of his life – the iPad folder.

But the main deal are the books, of course, with tons that would be great for fathers of all sorts. Among them, Adel Faber's How To Talk So Kids Will Listen (hint, hint, dad!) or those titles by macho, macho men like Mario Puzo (The Godfather) and Ernest Hemingway (For Whom The Bell Tolls) as well as something for fathers who feed (he'll love the convenience of Jamie Oliver's Jamie's 30-Minute Meals) and fathers who want to feed their brains (try Bill Bryson's A Short History Of Nearly Everything or, for some self-discovery, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari).

Look out for stickered books; for every purchase of such items, there is a discount of 50% on the second one (the least expensive item is discounted).

Just don't expect to see any ties anywhere....

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Challenging bestsellers

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 06:43 PM PDT

They're bestsellers — and also so controversial, some people want them off library shelves.

AMERICAN author Suzanne Collins didn't expect everyone to approve of The Hunger Games.

"I've read in passing that people were concerned about the level of violence in the books," Collins says of her dystopian trilogy that's sold more than a million copies around the world. "That's not unreasonable. They are violent. It's a war trilogy."

In what's become a virtual rite of passage for young adult fiction sensations, a Collins novel has made its first appearance on the American Library Association's (ALA) annual top 10 list of books most criticised in their communities. The Hunger Games, the title work of Collins' series about young people forced to hunt and kill each other on live television, has been cited for violence and sexual content. In recent years, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books and Stephenie Meyer's vampire novels (The Twilight Saga) also have been on the association's list.

Hunger Games ranked No.5 this year and was joined by Meyer's Twilight (No.10), which made its debut on the list last year, as did Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian, winner in 2007 of the National Book Award for young people's literature. Criticisms of Alexie's novel include language, racism and sexual content.

"It almost makes me happy to hear books still have that kind of power," Alexie says. He laughs at the idea his work might be harmful, noting that he receives fan mail every day from readers thanking him for his story of a bright but bullied teen estranged from his fellow Native American Indians on a reservation and from the rich white kids at the high school he attends.

Alexie acknowledges one disappointment; his book only ranked No.2, trailing And Tango Makes Three, a picture story by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell about two male penguins who hatch a donated egg and raise the baby penguin. It's the fourth time in five years Tango has been No.1, with reasons for criticism including the book's discussion of homosexuality.

The library association reported 348 challenges to books in 2010 and at least 53 outright bans, with other challenges and bans likely undocumented. The ALA defines a challenge as an effort "to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves."

Barbara M. Jones, director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, says some books on the list reflect current trends and changes in technology, including Hunger Games, inspired in part by reality television; Aldous Huxley's classic Brave New World, (No.3), which anticipates antidepressants and artificial fertilisation; and a work of non-fiction: Nickel And Dimed (No.8), Barbara Ehrenreich's despairing account of trying to get by as a waitress, maid and supermarket worker.

"The closer books come to things that are really happening in a lot of lives, the more they become a reminder of what people don't like to think about," Jones says, noting that Ehrenreich's book "really hits hard on what it's like to have a low-paying job".

Nickel And Dimed has been criticised for language, drugs and for its political and religious viewpoints.

Also on the list: Crank by Ellen Hopkins (drugs, language, sexual content); Lush by Natasha Friend (language, sexual content); What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones (sexism, sexual content); and Revolutionary Voices, a collection of gay-themed stories edited by Amy Sonnie (homosexuality, sexual content). – AP

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SMS to win in Popular-The Star Readers’ Choice Awards

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 06:42 PM PDT

DID you know you can vote via SMS in the Popular-The Star Readers' Choice Awards?

In this fourth instalment of the only local literary award that rewards local authors as well as participating readers, registering your vote is as easy as texting from your phone.

Choose your top three books from the lists below; that is, your top three fiction and top three non-fiction titles.

If you are one of 100 readers whose ranking matches the overall vote, you will receive a RM50 gift voucher as well as a one-year-free-membership Popular card.

And your favourite authors will be rewarded, too, with cash, trophies and certificates of recognition.

If you haven't read all the books, check The Star Online ( for last Sunday's introduction of this year's fiction nominees and look out for the non-fiction intro this Sunday. You go can also go to to find out more about all 20 books.

To vote via your phone, note that RCAF is the SMS code for fiction and RCAN is the code for non-fiction.

Once you've decided on your choice, type RCAFNRICCODESSLOGAN (not more than 120 characters) and send to 36600. For non-fiction, type RCAN, followed by the rest.

Here's an example of what your text message should look like: RCAF 123456011234 AFI Reading enriches the mind, heart and soul and can bring people, families and nations together. (Note that each SMS will cost RM.0.30; terms and conditions apply.)

Apart from SMS voting, you can also vote online at (keep refreshing your screen until you see the contest banner). Also, look out for entry forms in Star2 On Sunday's Reads pages that you can mail in.

Entry forms are also available at all Popular and Harris bookstores nationwide and can be downloaded from and book

The deadline for entries is July 17, 2010.

Fiction (SMS code: RCAF)

1.       Rojak: Bite-Sized Stories by Amir Muhammad (SMS code: A)

2.       Madness Aboard! by Yvonne Lee (SMS code: B)

3.       The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka (SMS code: C)

4.       Kebaya Tales by Lee Su Kim (SMS code: D)

5.       Orang Asli Animal Tales by Lim Boo Liat (SMS code: E)

6.       The Embrace Of Harlots by David T.K. Wong (SMS code: F)

7.       A Bit Of Earth by Lim Suchen (SMS code: G)

8.       Inspector Singh Investigates: A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul by Shamini Flint (SMS code: H)

9.       Sweet Offerings by Chan Ling Yap (SMS code: I)

10.       Under The Sun by O Thiam Chin (SMS code: J)

Non-fiction (SMS code: RCAN)

1.       Lim Lian Geok: Soul Of The Malaysian Chinese by Dr Kua Kia Soong (SMS code: A)

2.       Moving Forward: Malays For The 21st Century by Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (SMS code: B)

3.       The Man From Borneo: An Autobiography by Brother Michael Jacques (SMS code: C)

4.       From Poor Migrant To Millionaire by Chan King Nui (SMS code: D)

5.       Islam In Malaysia: Perceptions And Facts by Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin (SMS code: E)

6.       Katz Tales: Living Under The Velvet Paw by Ellen Whyte (SMS code: F)

7.       Behind That Shiny Resume by Jasmine Yow (SMS code: G)

8.       Syed Hussein Alatas: The Life In The Writing by Masturah Alatas (SMS code: H)

9.       The Quran And I by Anas Zubedy (SMS code: I)

10.       Footprints In The Paddy Fields by Tina Kisil (SMS code: J)

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MACC investigator slashed by parang-wielding robbers

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 06:08 AM PDT

SERDANG: A Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) forensic investigator was attacked by six robbers armed with parangs outside his home in Taman Sungai Besi Indah.

Moses Lawrence, 36, suffered multiple slash wounds to his hands in the incident that occurred at around 6.30am Tuesday.

Serdang deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Lam Chien Fei said that Moses was leaving his house together with his wife and children when the six men attacked him.

"The men only managed to slash his hands before he ran into his car to flee the scene," he said adding that his wife and children were in the car when he was attacked.

DSP Lam said that police were investigating the case as attempted robbery.

"Moses is currently undergoing medical treatment at Hospital Serdang," he said.

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10 Taiwanese nabbed for phone scams deported

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 06:07 AM PDT

KOTA KINABALU: Ten Taiwanese, who were among 37 people arrested following a police crackdown on an international internet phone scam here, have been deported to their home country.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said Tuesday the 10 were put on a flight to Taiwan on Monday.

He said police were awaiting immigration clearance for the deportation of 27 China nationals who were arrested on June 9 together with the Taiwanese following a raid on a condominium here.

The foreigners, aged between 23 and 55, used the condominium to make calls to their victims in China, claiming that their relatives had run foul of the law.

The syndicate also gave out certain telephone numbers in China that were routed to the syndicates' operations base here or six other Asian countries where they had also set up similar call centres.

The syndicate members would then try to intimidate potential victims into forking out money to secure the quick release of their next-of-kin to avoid a legal hassle.

Those detained here were part of a coordinated arrest of nearly 600 suspects by police in Taiwan, China, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand that saw the crippling of the gang and the arrest of a Taiwanese mastermind in Sabah.

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Water cut Wed-Fri to hit a million Klang Valley consumers: Syabas

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 05:49 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: About a million consumers in the Klang Valley will be affected by a water supply cut from 8am on Wednesday to 8am on Friday when the Sungei Selangor water treatment plant is shut for maintenance and upgrading works.

The cut would affect consumers in Kuala Lumpur, Gombak, Petaling and Hulu Selangor, said Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) corporate affairs department executive director Abdul Halem Mat Som on Tuesday.

The Sungai Selangor water treatment plant Phase 1 (SSP1) in Bukit Badong, Ijok, will be shut for maintenance by Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd (Splash) and upgrading work by Syabas, he said.

"Splash is fixing the sluice valves and pumps and cleaning the water treatment plant. We are upgrading the water supply systems," he said.

"We will have our emergency response plan (ERP) on standby to provide water tankers to consumers. But we advise the public to store water,'' he said.

The public can call the Syabas Hotline at 1-800-88-5252 for details on the areas affected as well to get water tanker services.

"We have activated a pre-recorded voice mail service to help you,'' he said.

The affected areas are:

Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Kiara, Royal Selangor Club, Bukit Kiara Resort, Bukit Kiara Sports Complex, National Science Complex,

National Institute of Public Administration, Securities Commission, Sime Darby Convention Centre, Jalan Segambir; Jalan Belimbing; Jalan Setiabistari; Jalan Setiamurni 1 hingga 12; Jalan Setiabudi; Jalan Setiarasa; jalan Setiaraya; Jalan Setiajaya; Jalan Medan Setia; Jalan Setiabakti; Jalan Setiakasih; Plaza Damansara; Taman Seri Beringin.

Hulu Selangor District

Kampung Serai, Kuang; Kampung Kuang, Kuang; Kampung Cempedak, Kuang; Kampung Gombak, Kuang; Kampung Baru, Kundang; Kampung Melayu Sri, Kundang; Kampung Permata, Kundang; Taman Desa, Kundang; Bandar Baru Kundang, Kundang; Kundang Jaya, Kundang; Taman Rahmat Jaya, Kundang; Industrial zone Kundang; and Bandar Tasik Puteri.

Gombak District

Bandar Sri Damansara; Kepong Industrial Park; Industrial Park Tago; Sunway SPK; Wangsa Permai; Desa Park City; Taman Bukit Maluri; Manjalara Kepong; Desa Aman Puri; Medan Putra.

Petaling District

Taman Bukit Mayang Mas, PJU 1; Kampung Cempaka, PJU1; Dataran Prima; PJU 1; Taman Aman Sari, PJU 1; Taman Bukit Emas, PJU 1; Taman Megah Mas, PJU 1; Ara Damansara; Taman Sunway Mas; Eastin Hotel; Phileo Damansara; Universiti Malaya; Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya; Seksyen 17, Seksyen 17A, Seksyen 19 22; SS1 hingga SS9 Kelana Jaya; SS 20 hingga SS 26 Damansara; Subang airport (MAS Kargo, MAS Catering, APAC); keseluruhan Kota Damansara; Kampung Baru Sungai Buloh; Mah Sing; Pinggiran Subang; Subang Bestari; Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara (Jalan Kekwa dan Jalan Dahlia), Damansara; Damansara Idaman (PJU 1A), Damansara; Damansara Lagenda (PJU 1A), Damansara; Damansara Indah (PJU 3), Damansara; Tropicana Golf & Country Resort (PJU 3), Damansara; Tropicana Indah (PJU 3), Damansara; Pelangi Damansara, Damansara; Bandar Utama (PJU 6), Petaling Jaya; Bukit Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh; Bukit Rahman Putra industrial area; Taman Seri Putra, Sungai Buloh; Taman Impian Indah, Sungai Buloh; Taman Matang Jaya, Sungai Buloh; Saujana Akasia, Sungai Buloh; Kampung Matang Pagar, Sungai Buloh; Seksyen 11, 12, 13, 14 dan 16; Seksyen 51A; Kampung Sungai Penchala/ Bukit Lanjan; keseluruhan TTDI; Mutiara Damansara (PJU 7); Damansara Perdana (PJU 8); Flora Damansara (PJU 8).

For details, call 1-800-88-5252 or SMS PUSPEL and send to 39222 or log on to

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