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Friday frenzy

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 04:21 PM PDT

IT is very rewarding listening to Red FM, honestly! Throughout the day, this ever-growing English radio station is giving out a portion of RM100,000 in Red FM's Sure Can Win, the easiest contest ever.

What's so special and easy about it? Well, all you need to do is just be yourself. What's not to love about this contest when there is also a bonus hour where you could see yourself walking away with RM1,000?

Tune in to the all-new The Red Breakfast show with Lil' Kev and Sarimah and you get the first chance of the day to win your share of the prize money.

On Sept 4, the second day of Red FM's Sure Can Win, The Red Breakfast had the bonus hour of the day. Chee Chin Yen, who has been a big fan of the show for the past few years, was rewarded with RM1,000 for tuning in. A first-time winner on Red FM, she found it even more special since she was the bonus hour winner. When she called in, she was not aware of it. "I heard Scorpio, female lawyer, and I immediately called in!" She plans to spend the money on travelling, which she enjoys very much. So far this Penang lawyer has travelled to Australia, Turkey, China and the Perhentian Islands in Terengganu.

The giving away of cash doesn't stop with The Red Breakfast show, it keeps going till The Edge On Red with Fiqrie. When you hear the cue to call, give Fiqrie a buzz should you match the profile he dishes out.

The Edge On Red features the latest in music. He has the latest scoop on which artiste is on the rise, the next big hit and album reviews. But not only is he a whiz on music, he is also in the know on the latest independent movies. All this week Fiqrie is giving away passes to the grand opening of the Japanese Film Festival held in GSC Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur. He will be giving away tickets to the Japanese movie Key Of Life. Today is the last day for this giveaway so do not miss out on this opportunity.

With the phone lines in the Red FM studio being jammed with frenzied callers wanting to get their hands on part of the RM100,000 prize money, Red FM has decided to make it even easier to win. Only for today, it will be "Friday Frenzy" with listeners getting a chance to win every hour from 9am to 7pm. RM200 is allocated for each hour and you stand to take home RM500 at bonus hour.

For more information, log on to Join the Red FM Malaysia Facebook fan page on and follow them on Twitter (@iloveredfm). Red FM is owned and operated by The Star.

Red FM's Station Frequencies: Taiping, Kedah, Perlis & Pulau Langkawi: 98.1FM; George Town & Seberang Prai: 107.6FM; Ipoh, Perak: 106.4FM; Klang Valley, Negri Sembilan & Tapah: 104.9FM; Kuantan, Pahang: 91.6FM; Batu Pahat & Malacca: 98.9FM; Johor Baru & Singapore: 92.8FM.


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Matrix Concepts to issue 62.5mil shares for listing

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 04:22 PM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: Property developer Matrix Concepts Holdings Bhd is seeking a listing on Bursa Malaysia with a public issuance of 62.5 million new shares.

Of these, 10 million shares would be made available to the public, 8.8 million for eligible directors and employees, and 43.69 million for private placement to selected investors.

The company said in its prospectus exposure on the Securities Commission website that it was appointing Hong Leong Investment Bank Bhd as the adviser, underwriter and placement agent for the listing.

Matrix Concepts said it intended to use 82.4% of the proceeds for infrastructure, common facilities and working capital.

The rest would be for the construction of a clubhouse, repayment of bank borrowings and for listing expenses.

Sole distributor for Secret Garden

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 04:21 PM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: KFC Marketing Sdn Bhd, which has been appointed the sole distributor of one of its house brand products Secret Garden, aims to increase the brand's sales growth by 25% next year.

Secret Garden is currently registering double-digit growth year-on-year.

In terms of percentage, it has less than 10% sales growth.

"We're eyeing to clinch RM5mil in sales for the second half of this year," said KFC Marketing managing director Foo Peng Peng. - Bernama

RM1.55bil MRT rolling stock award soon for Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 04:20 PM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: MRT Corp is expected to award the rolling stock package for the first line of mass rapid transit (MRT) system, the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line, in a few weeks, said chief executive Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid.

"We have finished the evaluation of the bids and we are now preparing the report to be presented to the tender committee. Our budget for the rolling stock is about RM1.55bil.

"The company that wins the award will be responsible for the building of 58 sets of four-car train," he told StarBiz at the company's Hari Raya open house yesterday.

On other work packages, Azhar said that almost all civil works packages had been awarded and the balance would be done in a couple of weeks.

"We still have some multi-storey carpark work packages to be awarded and there are about 16 of that with carpark bays ranging from 250 to 500 each to be constructed along the SBK Line.

"We are also going to award the system packages very soon. It is inclusive of work packages for the train system, signalling, power supply, automated face control system, etc.

"Most of the bidders for the system packages are foreign companies with local partners. This is to help our local companies climb up the value chain through transfer of technology. We view the transfer of technology effort very seriously as we have engaged Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) to make sure the transfer of technology effort is intact," he said.

It was recently reported that about 40 of a total 85 contract packages worth RM16bil had been awarded so far. That leaves 17 work packages in the process of being awarded and a further 28 yet to be called for tender.

Azhar said after all the bigger work packages were done the company would look at smaller packages such as elevators, LED lights and signages.

On the progress of the SBK Line construction, Azhar said with a smile that the works had become quite a nuisance for road users.

"But, seriously I am happy with the way things are going so far and that's supported by facts and figures.

"At this juncture, I just want to thank the majority of the public who have been so supportive of the project. We have to be clear that this is done by the Government for the people.

"From the very beginning the Government has stated that it wanted to make sure this MRT project is delivered on time and within the stipulated cost," he said.

The 51km SBK Line is poised to be the nation biggest construction project so far. On completion, it will have 31 stations and serve 1.2 million people along the route.

Danainfra Nasional Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ministry of Finance Inc which responsible for the financing of the MRT, was reported as saying the total cost of the MRT project would be known when all the tender packages had been awarded by the year-end and envisaged finalising the funding by the end of the first quarter of next year.

To-date, Danainfra has announced an RM8bil Islamic commercial papers/Islamic medium-term notes programme. This facility would part finance the MRT project up to June 30, 2013.


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Tennis: Ferrer beats Tipsarevic in epic to reach Open semis

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 05:01 PM PDT

NEW YORK: Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer matched his best Grand Slam showing by advancing to the US Open semi-finals on Thursday, downing Serb eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).

Ferrer will play on Saturday for a berth in the final against the winner of a later quarter-final between defending champion Novak Djokovic, the Serbian second seed, and Argentine seventh seed Juan Martin Del Potro, the 2009 winner.

The Spaniard is 5-2 all-time against Del Potro and 5-8 in his career against Djokovic.

British third seed Andy Murray and Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych will meet in the other semi-final.

This will be the first time since the 2004 French Open that the semi-finals at a Grand Slam will not feature either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, a run of 33 Slams in a row.

In a marathon battle that lasted four hours and 31 minutes, Ferrer rallied from 4-1 down in the final set to force a tie-breaker, then won five of the final six points of the match, the last when Tipsarevic netted a backhand.

"I'm really happy," Ferrer said. "It was a very emotional match. It was a really tough match. Janko, he's an amazing player and he really fought a lot. He deserved to win today too."

Ferrer improved to 17-9 in career five-set matches while Tipsarevic fell to 15-8.

"It was a lottery in the fifth set," Ferrer said. "I had a break down but I was fighting also and I won. I had to fight a lot and be focused every point."

Ferrer, whose five tour titles this year are second only to six by Federer, matched his best Grand Slam result runs to the last four of the 2007 US Open, 2011 Australian Open and 2012 French Open.

In the fifth set, Tipsarevic broke Ferrer's first service with a backhand volley winner for a 2-0 lead on the way to a 4-1 edge.

But the Serb slipped and fell on his left side going for a Ferrer backhand in the sixth game, which Ferrer held to pull within 4-2.

Ferrer, held, broke back in the seventh game, held again to pull even at 4-4 and earned two break points in the ninth game before Tipsarevic called for a trainer, having his right upper leg taped after reaching toward his right groin during a rally.

The Serb responded with a forehand volley winner and three service winners to hold and each man held into the final tie-breaker. - AFP

Tennis: Serbian Savic lifetime match-fix ban upheld

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 04:37 PM PDT

NEW YORK: Serbian journeyman David Savic had his lifetime ban from tennis upheld on Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The 27-year-old, who is listed as the world 363 in the latest ATP rankings, was found guilty of match-fixing in October 2011 and fined $100,000.

"The Court of Arbitration for Sport has confirmed the decision to rule that David Savic be permanently ineligible to participate in any event organised or sanctioned by any tennis governing body," said a CAS statement issued in Lausanne.

"However, the CAS has decided to set aside the fine of $100,000 which had been imposed on the player."

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said in October last year that Savic had been found guilty on three counts of corruption with the violations taking place in October 2010. - AFP

Tennis: Errani doing double duty at US Open

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 04:36 PM PDT

NEW YORK: Women's doubles World No. 1 Sara Errani is bidding for a rare two-title run at the US Open, advancing to the women's doubles final Thursday after having booked a berth in the singles semi-finals.

Italy's Errani and best friend Roberta Vinci defeated Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain 6-3, 6-2 to reach a spot in Sunday's women's doubles final.

Errani, a 10th seed in singles, also will play 14-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in Friday's women's singles semi-finals after defeating Vinci 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday in an all-Italian quarter-final.

Not since Williams in 1999 has a woman won US Open singles and doubles crowns, Williams beating Martina Hingis in the singles final and pairing with sister Venus to capture the doubles.

Other women who have done the US Open singles-doubles twin wins in the Open era include Martina Navratilova, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Billie Jean King and Margaret Court.

Many times a player that goes deep in singles will quit in doubles but Errani sees one as helping the other.

"It's very good if you win the doubles. It's a good thing for your confidence," Errani said. "It's a good day to practice for singles but also a good day to play doubles and have fun on the court."

Errani, who became the first Italian woman in the Open era to reach the last four in New York, made her Grand Slam singles final debut last June at the French Open, losing to Maria Sharapova on the red clay of Roland Garros.

Vinci and Errani have won seven doubles titles in 2012, including the French Open crown. Vinci ranks second in the world in doubles, but not in Errani's eyes.

"We're happy to be No. 1. It's a dream for us," Errani said. "We are No. 1 together. It's not me No. 1 and her second."

Vinci has seen Errani's game change over the past few years since she turned pro at age 20 in 2008.

"She's a little bit different. She's mature. She's more sure of herself," Vinci said. "On the court, she is unbelievable."

Errani credits older Italian women's players like Francesca Schiavone and Vinci with helping her develop into a stronger player.

"They had me start when I was little on the WTA, learn how to practice, how to do the right things," Errani said. "I saw them and I wanted to make things similar to them."

Errani will make at least $475,000 in singles alone from the Flushing Meadows fortnight and a singles crown would pay $1.9 million. But unlike at the French Open, she has not even thought about how she might spend it.

"At Paris I was looking much more," she said. "This time, more relaxed. I haven't thought about it yet." - AFP


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Government starts disbursing RM100mil to missionary schools

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 07:39 AM PDT

PUTRAJAYA: The Government has started disbursing the RM100mill allocations announced in the 2012 Budget to 428 missionary schools throughout the country.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said for a start, 75 schools from the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Pahang, Selangor and Negri Sembilan received their allocation Thursday.

"The amount of allocation differs from one school to another as it depends on their requirement," he told reporters after presenting the allocation here.

Dr Koh said before the distribution was made, the matter was discussed with each school to ensure that the amount given was fair and reasonable.

"So on average, each school receives between RM40,000 and RM50,000, while some schools might get more as they are being repaired or expanded," he said. - Bernama

Pollution-mapping to be complete by end of 2012, says Douglas Uggah

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 07:26 AM PDT

PUTRAJAYA: The pollution-mapping project to identify the sources of river pollution in the country is expected to be completed by the end of this year, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas said Thursday.

He said the Department of Environment (DOE) was conducting the pollution-mapping for rivers, especially in the urban areas to identify the major sources of river pollution in the country.

"We are embarking on identifying the sources, especially in the cities, towns, industrial areas and also illegal manufacturing sites.

"Once we know that (sources of river pollution), we will focus on enforcement in the areas concerned, as now, the agencies' enforcement is spread throughout the country and we are not focusing on a particular area.

"We hope the pollution-mapping will be completed by the year-end. With this, we can identify the most polluted areas and stern action will be taken against the polluters under the Environmental Quality (Amendment) Act 2012," he told reporters after opening the National River Forum, here.

The one-day forum, themed "Sustainable River Management: Living River - Getting Everyone Involved" is an initiative by Guinness Anchor Berhad (GAB) Foundation in collaboration with the Global Environmental Centre (GEC) and Putrajaya Corporation.

Two local and five foreign experts shared best practices on river management from Malaysia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and Vietnam with more than 200 participants.

From water-quality monitoring of 464 rivers undertaken by DOE last year, Uggah said 59.3 percent of the rivers were categorised as clean, 32.3 percent as slightly polluted and 8.4 percent as polluted, showing an improvement compared to 2010 when 51.4 percent of the rivers were categorised as clean, 35.6 percent as slightly polluted and 13 percent as polluted.

"The government will continue to view river pollution as a serious matter. This is due to the fact that about 97 percent of our raw water supply are derived from surface water sources, primarily," he said.

Meanwhile, Uggah said the 'One State One River' programme to rehabilitate and restore degraded rivers to their original condition would be extended to more rivers in certain states which had more polluted rivers.

"The 'One State One River' programme is one of my Key Performance Indicators (KPI). I scored quite good in that. We will move beyond 'One State One River' as states like Johor has four or five rivers which need to be clean up, so we will extend (the programme)."

He said that under the 10th Malaysian Plan (2011-2015), a total of RM26mil had been allocated for the programme.

Uggah welcomed GAB Foundation in collaborating with GEC in its Working Actively Through Education and Rehabilitation (W.A.T.E.R) project to rehabilitate Sungai Way, Selangor, as well as the "Rehabilitation of Lutong River" project in Sarawak by Shell Malaysia.

"I hope these initiatives will be emulated by others in the corporate sector to support the government's efforts to rehabilitate polluted rivers," he said.

On logging in the Sembrong Forest Reserve, Mersing, Uggah said the two rubber plantation companies would only start the logging activity once they submitted the required Environmental Management Plan (EMP).

Home alone baby in flat fire dies

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 07:23 AM PDT

GEORGE TOWN: A six-month-old baby boy, who suffered 70 percent burns after being left alone in a flat that caught fire in Mak Mandin in Butterworth, died at 6.40pm Thursday.

Y. Meysshvin failed to recover from the severe burns he suffered on Aug 15 when the flat caught fire.

His 48-year-old babysitter had allegedly left the sleeping baby alone in the flat to go to the market.

Meysshvin was rescued by neighbour J.P. Supermaniam, 60, who risked his life by rushing into the burning unit.

The baby was rushed into the Penang Hospital's paediatric intensive care unit but the baby's condition deteriorated and some of his fingers and toes turned black.

Meysshvin's mother Ranjeeta Kaur, 28, said the doctors told the family on Wednesday to be prepared for the worst as the baby's chance of survival was low.

"He (baby) had been having breathing difficulty for the last 24 hours," she said, holding back tears, when met at the mortuary here Thursday.

"We hope that other babysitters are careful when looking after children and not to leave them unattended," she said.

The family is expected to pick up the baby's body on Friday.

Sarojaha claimed trial on Aug 24 after being charged in a Magistrate's court for neglecting the baby.

She was alleged to have committed the offence at unit No. 4, fourth floor, Block 6, Mak Mandin Flat in Butterworth between 10am and 10.30am on Aug 15.

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Posted: 06 Sep 2012 06:30 AM PDT


THE Philatelic Society of Malaysia is organising a Stamp Fair on Sept 15 and 16 at the PJ Community Library, Jalan Selangor, Seksyen 3, PJ from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Philatelic exhibits including first day covers will be on display. Stamp dealers with a wide range of Malaysia/Malaya, foreign and thematic stamps will also participate in the event. For details, call 012-604 3563(Maniam) or 012-679 7931(Wong).


Life Enrichment Centre will be holding a talk on dyslexia on Sept 15 at Block D-3-3A, Oasis Ara Damansara, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, from 10.30am to 12pm. Participants will learn to recognise dyslexia symptoms and how to overcome it. Admission is free. For details, call 016-227 1308 (Judy Chong)/012-373 8041 (Ninder) or email


The Kiwanis Club of Metro Kuala Lumpur, together with the Wynette Whirl Line Dance Studio of Klang, will be organising the Dance For Fund Charity Dinner and Dance on Sept 22 to raise RM100,000 to expand the Kiwanis Job Training Centre. For details, call 019-222 5751 (Robert Ng).


The National Council of Spastic Children's Associations in Malaysia, an umbrella body concerned with the care and welfare of children with Cerebral Palsy, will be having its 17th National Seminar on Cerebral Palsy on Sept 22 and 23 at Crystal Crown Hotel, PJ. Among others, the seminar aims to address areas pertaining to CP care. For details, call 03-7958 2393/ 03-7955 0296 or email


IEM Toastmasters will host Area E2 Humourous Speech and Evaluation Contests on Sept 13 at 7.30pm at 3rd Floor, Bangunan Ingenieur, Jln 52/4. Witness champion speakers from six clubs deliver speeches and evaluations to improve communication skills. Admission is free. For details, call 012-28 37621 (Alex) /019-332 7585 (Anthony).


TAIWANESE heartthrob Yoga Lin will be making an appearance at the Sungei Wang Plaza on Sept 8 from 8pm to 9pm to promote his concert in March next year. For details, call 03-2148 6109 or visit or


TROPICANA Medical Centre will be organising a free public forum on lung cancer awareness to educate the public on symptoms and available treatments on Sept 8 from 10am–1pm in its auditorium on the seventh floor. The forum will be conducted in English. To register, call 03-6287 1206 (Mei Yee) or 016-211 1362 (Yati) or email


Part of New Pantai Expresssway will be closed to traffic on Sept 9 from 3am until 11am for the 'Adidas King of The Road 2012" run.

Smashing time for media

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 06:30 AM PDT

MCA emerged as the Division One champions in the Datuk Theng Book Cup Malaysia Media Badminton Tournament at the Sport Challenger Badminton Hall in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, recently.

In the final, MCA defeated 1Titan 3-1 to pocket RM2,888, a challenge trophy, badminton racquets, prizes and medals while 1Titan received RM1,888, badminton racquets, medals and prizes.

The Star finished third after edging out Sin Chew 3-2 in a keenly contested battle. They received RM1,288.

Media Prima took honours in the Division Two by edging out 8TV 3-2 in the final. For their effort Media Prima earned RM688 while 8TV received RM488.

Astro beat Kepong 3-1 to finish third and take home RM388.

Organising chairman Datuk Theng Book said the teams had shown tremendous progress since last year.

"Most of the teams had trained hard to participate in this tournament.

"It was a friendly environment. The players were mingling with each other,'' said Theng.

Theng played a match with Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong who was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony.

Cheerleaders from SMK Catholic added excitement to the championships with an energetic performance.

The sponsors are ManagePay Systems Berhad, AJIYA, Ebara Pumps, Fleet, Kaspersky, Revive, Milo, Guinness Anchor Berhad, Astro, CNI and 3M.


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A musical journey

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 01:31 AM PDT

MENTION the word "orchestra", and the viola is probably not the first instrument that immediately comes to mind. The viola is often neglected, although an important instrument in the orchestra.

Jasmine Seng and her husband Tan Chin Seng, both founders of Deciso, came to that realisation and decided to ride on that opportunity and they are hosting A Lusting Voyage With Viola.

The event will be held at Deciso Violin Gallery in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, where more than 10 viola masterpieces will be on display throughout the exhibition.

According to Seng, all handmade violas are distinct as each represents its master luthier's own personality and characteristics.

"Violists often face lack of resources in finding a good viola in the local market," she said. "Therefore, we hope to introduce the beauty of viola during the exhibition."

Deciso Violin Gallery has a wide range of violins, violas and cellos that cater to the needs and preferences of each musician, through collecting and working closely with selected master makers of the instruments.

Master makers that are having their beautifully crafted work exhibited includes award-winning Bertrand Yves Delisle, David Ayache, Han Zhao Sheng and Edrio Edrev.

"We are inviting these makers to visit Malaysia for three to four months," said Seng. "We do not see violin, viola or the cello simply as an instrument, it is an art by itself."

To the musicians, a bow is equally important as the instrument. As string instruments like the viola cannot be played without a bow, Deciso is also taking this opportunity to invite French bow-maker Georges Tepho to join the event. Often regarded as one of the top bow-makers, Tepho will showcase his master-crafted bows at the exhibition for the public to admire his work.

Besides staging a viola exhibition, A Lusting Voyage With Viola will also be featuring a violin and viola masterclass along with a viola ensemble.

The masterclass will be a one-on-one session conducted by Lim Soon Lee, the associate principal of String Performance at Singapore's School Of The Arts (SOTA). The fee is RM200 per hour, and interested participants can visit Deciso's Facebook page to check availability as well as booking details.

"Participants will be able to learn the skills and techniques that are used in playing selected pieces during the masterclass," Seng shared.

The audience can look forward to enjoying the violin ensemble where Angela Lou and friends will be giving a rare performance, aside from a special guest performance by Lim. The one-hour ensemble will feature a total of eight music pieces, and the performances will include other instruments such as the oboe, violin and piano.

"There is no age limitation to A Lusting Voyage With Viola," said Seng.

Violin & viola masterclass

Date & Time: Sept 6-8 (10am-5pm) Fee: RM200 per hour

Viola ensemble

Date & Time: Sept 7 and 8 (8pm)

Fee: RM30 per ticket

Viola exhibition

Date & Time: Sept 6-16 (2pm-8pm)

Venue: Deciso Violin Gallery 5114-3 Off Jalan Besar Kepong

Kepong, Kuala Lumpur (GPS: 3.214099, 101.635895)

Entry is free.

For enquiries, e-mail to or call 03-6277 6278 / 017-333 3713 (Tan).


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