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Cool dude, cool show

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 04:03 PM PDT

The Edge On Red is one extraordinary show to tune in to.

THE Edge On Red revolves around music and the young. The ultra-hip show is aired weekdays from 7pm to 10pm where Fiqrie highlights YouTube videos that show cool twists to common hits.

The show also features chart-toppers that have been remixed in Red Reworked while Old Skool/New Skool features an artiste's first single and current hit. Fiqrie also highlights live or concert versions of well-known songs.

On Fridays, he tells you about international chart-toppers in places like Germany, New Zealand and Indonesia. Listeners can also look forward to interviews of their favourite local and international singers.

But that's not all as of late, Fiqrie has added two more segments to his show. The first one is revolutionary to Malaysian radio. It's called Red Unsigned and it highlights unsigned artistes in the country who are trying to showcase their craft and talent. These budding stars are either well known in the underground scene, in the event circuit, or simply starting out as performers. Throughout the month, Fiqrie will interview one artiste or a band every Wednesday. Then the show is taken on-ground: these artistes get together to showcase their talent at Laundry Bar, the Curve in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, once a month.

"The segment has done really well. People come up to me on the street to talk about their band or a new single that they have come up with," says Fiqrie, almost like a proud dad bragging about his favourite child.

"Red Unsigned is really catching on, even the well-known indie rock band Pesawat is fully supportive of it and has offered to introduce upcoming bands that are highly talented."

The other segment is R.AGE On Red. It has done so well in such a short time that it has now been extended from one to two hours of broadcast time. R.AGE On Red happens every Friday with the R.AGE team in the studio helping to facilitate the topic of the day. It talks about what affects Malaysian youth and addresses their concerns.

"It gives young people a platform to express their views, I think Malaysian media should recognise and even applaud our young people. After all, they are our future," says Fiqrie with a smug smile.

Fiqrie being young himself is very proud that R.AGE On Red is unique to Malaysian radio. The topic is first featured in The Star's R.AGE and then is discussed on Twitter. Following that, an interview is done on Red FM, and then the show becomes a forum where everyone gets their say via Twitter, Facebook, SMS and calls.

"The discussions are on-going, if a topic gets big enough, then we will delve even deeper to address the concerns and opinions of our listeners."

When asked what was his most memorable R.AGE topic, Fiqrie says: "It was when we talked to Tunku Abdul Rahman's great granddaughter about Merdeka. She had so much insight and wisdom for a woman who is in her 20s. Listening to her speak was more inspiring than Lincoln's speech," he says. "She was so eloquent, embodying the true spirit of Merdeka for all Malaysians. She definitely did our founding father proud."

To wrap up, the host of The Edge On Red gave some insight into his future plans for the show. "This Thursday you can look forward to an interview with DJ Goldfish and Blink. Fans can e-mail their questions for the Remix whizz on or send a message on my Facebook page

"I am also interviewing Diana Danielle in the upcoming weeks. I am working very hard to make sure the show is worthy of our listeners. They know their stuff and have taught me more than I can ever expect to learn. This show is an exciting journey and I truly hope listeners are enjoying the ride. Come join me if you haven't sampled the show already. I am always open to ideas on how I can make it better."

For more information, log on to Join the Red FM Malaysia Facebook fan page on and follow us on Twitter @iloveredfm.

Red FM is owned and operated by The Star.

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

It takes two

Posted: 11 Sep 2012 03:14 AM PDT

Cool partners onscreen spice up TV time.

FROM Fred and Barney of The Flintsones to the Winchester brothers of the hit series Supernatural, the landscape of television programming has always been dominated by dynamic duos. Partnerships like Abbott and Costello (The Abbott & Costello Show), Laverne and Shirley (Laverne & Shirley) and Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz (I Love Lucy) were legendary but I never really got to know them. These were shows in the 1950s and 1960s and at best, I only caught a couple of episodes of each at some point or other, but not enough time to form any sort of virtual bond with a particular character.

Some of the early duos I do remember are Fred and Barney, Donny and Marie Osmond (The Donny And Marie Show), Andy Taylor and Barney Fife (The Andy Griffith Show), Dave Starsky and Ken Hutchinson (Starsky And Hutch) and Officer Poncherello and Officer Baker (CHiPs).

Successful partnerships between characters – be it romantic, professional or just plain ol' bonds of friendship – go a long way in making a show compelling. If there is no chemistry between characters, or no bond to anchor a show, chances are, even the greatest story will not take off.

The X-Files, for example, just didn't work after Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) left the show in Season Eight. The X-Files had some awesome stories but without the Mulder-Scully (Dana Scully, played by Gillian Anderson) partnership, it kind of flatlined. (Also, the plot got a little muddled for my liking!). Mulder and Scully were surely one of my all-time favourite TV duos.

Partnerships between TV cops have continued to be a winning formula. I loved detectives Mary Beth Lacey and Christine Cagney in Cagney & Lacey as well as detectives Rick Hunter and Dee Dee McCall in Hunter back in the 1980s. These days, it's got to be Law & Order: SVU's Detective Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson that have my heart (even though Stabler, played by Christopher Meloni, is no longer with the show). Though much of the show focuses on the horrific cases they handle, SVU also subtly explores the relationship between the two. There is a strong friendship and, correct me if I am wrong, some underlying sexual tension, too. But I think I like it that they are primarily passionate about their jobs. A romance between the two will surely ruin the show (think Maddie Hayes and David Addison on Moonlighting) and we wouldn't want an end to this show, right?

Then there are the friendships. Top of my list? House and Wilson on House M.D. Talk about an enduring friendship! These two have been through an awful lot together and though it looks like Wilson has the raw end of the deal here (House can be a pretty mean guy), it's a dynamic that has worked. Let's face it, friendships are almost always lopsided but like all true friends, these two are there for each other when it really counts. S. Indramalar

Equal standing

Dynamic duos on TV? Numerous pop to mind – Mulder and Scully (The X-Files), Starsky and Hutch, Cagney and Lacey, Crockett and Tubbs (Miami Vice), Hunter and Dee Dee McCall (Hunter), Castle and Beckett (Castle). I guess cops always come with partners, so they are easy to spot. There have been a couple of private investigators that came in intriguing pairs as well; David Addison and Maddie Hayes (Moonlighting) left a lasting impression only because Bruce Willis was such a refreshing change from everyone else on TV then.

There were other shows before and after which had great duos, including Scarecrow And Mrs King, Remington Steele and Simon And Simon (oooh! I had a huge crush on Jameson Parker!).

I like some duos in space, too – Apollo and Starbuck come straight to mind. In the new (and improved) version of Battlestar Galactica, this partnership wasn't explored as much as before, but I remember growing up thinking Dirk Benedict and Richard Hatch were such a handsome pair of friends. I guess in space, it's good to have a trusted wingman ... or woman, as is the case for Mal and Zoey (in Joss Whedon's Firefly). These two have a great relationship – I always wondered why Zoey wasn't more enamoured by Mal, but that's probably because she had Alan Tudyk to lust after.

What I liked about the Mal-Zoey partnership was that they were equals. In fact, now that I think about it, that's exactly what makes a partnership (TV or otherwise) great – when two people treat each other as equal and compliment each other in every way.

They don't necessarily have to like each other, though. Take Niles and CeeCee (of The Nanny), for instance. Niles (Daniel Davis) and CeeCee (Lauren Lane) are always at each other's throats but this is precisely what makes their partnership special. I'm not sure if most people would agree that they are "partners", but I think they are because one brings the other to life in the most interesting manner. The conflicting elements of their personalities are played off against each other and this makes for great comedy. I suppose this is a technique which the writers have used to death, but Davis and Lane play their parts down to a T.

I believe the same sort of things goes on quite frequently in cartoons – think of the duo of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner from The Road Runner Show. Created by animation director Chuck Jones in 1948, the duo of Coyote and Road Runner was initially meant to parody chase cartoons like Tom And Jerry. But it became such a success that Jones was forced to carry on making it! Coyote uses absurdly complex contraptions (usually made by Acme Corporation) and elaborate plans to pursue the ground cuckoo. (I had to look up what type of bird the Road Runner actually is and wiki answers says say "ground cuckoo").

But I digress. My point about partnerships here is that one cannot exist without the other. Without the Coyote, Road Runner's days would be listless and vice versa. Beep! Beep!

Last but not least (and I have come to enjoy this partnership very much), is that of cartoon characters Phineas Flynn and his English stepbrother Ferb Fletcher, who seem to be on a perpetual summer vacation. Every day, the boys embark on some grand new project, which annoys their sister, Candace, who is always trying to get them into trouble with their mum. What I like about the brothers is that one speaks and the other doesn't or hardly ever does.

Ferb, an engineering genius, allows Phineas to do most of the talking. But the two of them get on like a house on fire (actually, sometimes the house does get on fire) and come up with all kinds of hokey projects and devices and great play activities. One does the talking, the other takes care of the action, and the combination works like a charm.

Where's my Ferb? Ann Marie Chandy


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Britain says goodbye to Games with victory parade

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 05:42 AM PDT

LONDON: Britain was bidding a fond farewell Monday to a golden summer of Olympic and Paralympic sport with a victory parade by athletes through London ending up at Buckingham Palace.

Tens of thousands of people were expected to line the streets through the centre of the capital, including the army of volunteers who worked on the Games, to cheer on Britain's medal-winning heroes.

Sunday night's Paralympics closing ceremony extinguished the flame in the Olympic Stadium, bringing the curtain down with a spectacular celebration of the human spirit, amid claims the Games had led to a "seismic" shift in attitudes towards disability.

Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z headlined a three-hour "Festival of the Flame" in front of 80,000 spectators, complete with flame-throwers, fantastical vehicles and stunning aerial acrobatics.

Prime Minister David Cameron, surrounded by volunteers in their purple and orange shirts, said Monday it had been a golden summer for Britain, with the Games following celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee.

"For countries to succeed in this competitive and difficult world, you need to have confidence that you can do big things and get them right... that you can take on the best, be the best, beat the best," Cameron said.

"We've absolutely done that as a country.

"Once the celebration has ended, some of that spirit inevitably will fade as everyone knuckes down and gets back to work after this magical summer.

"But I think we'll always have that knowledge of what we can be as a country.

"This summer brought out the best in Britain for the world to see and that spirit we must cling to."

The parade was to begin at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London, before passing St Paul's Cathedral, the former newspaper industry headquarters Fleet Street, and Trafalgar Square.

The athletes, travelling on 21 open-top floats grouped in alphabetical order by their sport, were then to head down The Mall, the processional route leading to Buckingham Palace, the queen's residence in London.

The Mall will be open to 14,000 ticket-holding volunteers, the emergency services and the military who worked on the Games; athletes' coaches, support staff and family; plus schoolchildren from across London.

Organisers hailed the Paralympics as the biggest and most high-profile in its 52-year history, with more media attention and a record number of athletes from more than 160 countries.

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe said that with 2.7 million tickets sold, packed venues and vocal crowds, the Games had created a global platform for elite disabled sport and also helped change perceptions of people with disabilities.

London was awarded the Olympics and Paralympics in 2005 and has had to face doubts in particular over the 9.3 billion ($14.9 billion, 11.6 billion euro) cost of the project, security and whether the city's creaking transport system could cope with a massive influx of visitors.

But the efficient running of both events and the public response has defied naysayers who predicted chaos and a lack of enthusiasm.

"The Olympics showed that we can carry out the most difficult logistical operation demanded of any country in peacetime, and do it with efficiency and style," London Mayor Boris Johnson wrote in The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

"The Paralympics have shown that Britain remains a beacon of enlightenment.

"The Games have changed not only much of London; they have changed the world's attitude to Britain, and our own view of this country and what it can do." - AFP

Port Adelaide player dies in Las Vegas

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 01:08 AM PDT

SYDNEY: An Australian Rules footballer has died while on holiday in Las Vegas after falling from a hotel, his Port Adelaide club said Monday.

John McCarthy was one a group of players in the United States for an end of season holiday but the 22-year-old midfielder was not believed to be with any of his teammates at the time of his death.

"The club was informed by US authorities in Las Vegas this morning (Monday) that John had died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall from a building," Port Adelaide said in a statement.

"The circumstances of the tragedy are still being investigated."

McCarthy played eight games for Collingwood in 2011 but made the move to Port Adelaide in 2012, playing 21 of the 22 games this season.

"John embraced Port Adelaide and we embraced him, and we are deeply shocked and saddened by his passing," Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas said. - AFP


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Win-win situation in the development of Rubber City near Malaysia-Thai border

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 06:49 PM PDT

THE latest joint-effort between two of the world's largest rubber producers Malaysia and Thailand to develop a "Rubber City" near Kedah-Thai border must be applauded and is certainly a move in the right direction.

Apart from just being big natural rubber producers prone to the volatile nature of the commodity price movement, these two countries are taking giant steps to possibly develop large-scale rubber and rubber-based industries.

Malaysia currently is the largest rubber gloves producer, commanding over 60% of the total global demand while Thailand is world-renowned as the producer of many internationally branded automobile tyres.

More interestingly, the Malaysian Government will be seeking the assistance of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to lead the study on the Rubber City joint-proposal and identify suitable projects for implementation.

The choice was most apt as Dr Mahathir has been known to be a vocal and ardent supporter of the rubber industry and has given his advice on the growth of the industry over the past decades. Hewill be delivering a keynote address on "Vision for the Rubber Industry" at the International Rubber Technology and Economic Conference in KL next month.

As pointers, Malaysia also has well-known rubber authorities such as the Malaysian Rubber Board and the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council which would be most willing to impart their skills in R&D and marketing experience in rubber-related products for the proposed Rubber City.

Thailand has the labour strength and consistent supply of natural rubber - the main raw material for making many various types of rubber-based products.

Both countries could harness and share their capabilities and resources into making the "Rubber City" proposal a success.

From another aspect, the efforts towards the development a large-scale rubber and rubber industry-based development could be considered to be a way to protect the livelihood of rubber smallholders who are dependent on the commodity.

As many would know, rubber is synonymous with a rubber smallholder's crop. In fact, smallholders in many rubber producing countries contributed over 90% of the total rubber production.

Via the development of various rubber-related industries in Kedah, both smallholders from Malaysia and Thailand would be able to get good remunerative prices for their rubber, hence providing an uninterrupted supply of the raw material to these manufacturing facilities.

Malaysia is fast becoming an importer of natural rubber and dependent on Thailand and Indonesia for supply.

Malaysia is currently not producing enough natural rubber to cater to its booming rubber-based manufacturing industries such as rubber gloves, medical gloves and other latex-based health services products.

Furthermore, the rubber industry in Malaysia is important in the development of the national economy and providing opportunities for an estimated 300,000 smallholders.

The implementation of the Malaysian Rubber Industry Strategies and the inclusion of the industry as one of the National Key Economic Area projects is expected to stimulate further growth of the industry.

  • Deputy news editor Hanim Adnan, who fully supports the collaboration between Malaysia and Thailand on the Rubber City, hopes the proposal will turn out to be a big success for all.

Genovasi way to the next level

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 06:40 PM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: As the Asean region bustles with development and economic activity, Malaysia is latching onto the momentum and continues to seek ways for further nation development.

One of the initiatives most recently announced was Genovasi, an initiative launched early August by the Prime Minister to produce innovation ambassadors who will have the competency to innovate.

The ambassadors, somewhat like students, go through a structured programme to pick up skills to innovate and bring it back to the workforce to be applied to real jobs.

Genovasi was established by Unit Inovasi Khas (UNIK), a unit under the Prime Minister's Department, last month. UNIK chief executive Datuk Kamal Jit Singh says that Genovasi is a way to address the shortage of innovative minds in multi-national companies (MNCs).

"We will be collaborating with all MNCs because one of the key things that they require is skilled people. That is what they are crying out for," Kamal told StarBiz.

He said talent was one thing Malaysia had advantage over lower cost countries like Vietnam, Cambodia and China. "We have the hard skills. We've got the common soft skills. What Genovasi is meant for is to build the next level of skills the MNCs require."

Kamal explained that MNCs had the demand for innovative talents while Genovasi was the supply side of these coveted talents.

"Currently there isn't a place in Malaysia where you can go and say you want to learn to innovate. Genovasi is filling a gap in the market," he noted.

He added that the initiative aimed to promote innovative thinking among youths. "When we are dealing with our juniors we often tell them that they need to think out of the box. But how do they do that? That's the gap Genovasi fills."

Aside from MNCs, Kamal said that innovation skills were important to local companies and SMEs as well.

"MNCs really need innovation skills, that's given, but if the SMEs hope to move up the value chain and meet the needs of the customers, many of which are MNCs, then they would need the same skills," he said.

To this, Kamal pointed out that many SMEs, because they were run by the older generation, were somewhat resistant towards innovation.

"A lot of the people operating the shops and smaller enterprises are senior and do not seek new ways of doing things or respond to changes well. That hampers innovation," he said.

Kamal added that through innovation, businesses could run more efficiently thus creating a direct impact on the local economy.

"When we talk about the Economic Transformation Programme, it is completely driven by the private sector. If the private sector wants to move up, it has to innovate. It needs people who can innovate," he said, adding that Genovasi could upskill the people so that they could innovate for the private sector and create new products and services that would lend to direct economic impact.

"Part of that training will include applying the skills to a practical project so that they know how to transfer that skills to their work," Kamal further explained, noting that innovating was a structured approach, "nothing is left to chance in innovation."

The Genovasi initiative, which Kamal described as a boutique academy, includes partnerships with institutions like Germany's Hasso-Plattner Institute and Stanford University for their expertise in innovative learning to teach participants the skills and methodologies.

In his announcement, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that Genovasi would produce at least 5,000 innovation ambassadors over the next five years, with 1,000 at end of next year.

Genovasi will be open to working adults as well as university students and will start recruiting its first batch of ambassadors at the beginning of next year.

There will be three tracks for the participants to learn innovative skills community-centric projects benefiting the society, economic-focused projects and government-enhancement projects.

Merchantrade sets new target

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 06:35 PM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and remittance service provider Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd targets to increase its market share to 30% in three years with the launch of Doowit, a mobile remittance service focusing on the foreign workers market.

Managing director Ramasamy Veeran said he expected Merchantrade's market share in money transfer for the migrant workforce to increase from the current 10% to 30%, with collections valued at RM3.5bil, within three years.

"56 agents have already signed up. We are going to roll-out 200 (cash-in-agents) by the end of the year and 700 agents within the next 24 months," he said after the launch.

Currently, Merchantrade has 64 branches nationwide which make transactions valued at close to RM1.5bil.

"Doowit offers remittance payouts to nine countries Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines and Sri Lanka," he said, adding that company would extend the service to China in another one month.

The service is available to Merchantrade's 300,000 prepaid mobile service subscribers, supported by Celcom Axiata Bhd. Merchantrade expects its subscriber base to double with the introduction of Doowit.

Ramasamy added that the new service would be able to strengthen customer loyalty thus reducing churn.

Going forward, Celcom Axiata chief executive officer Datuk Seri Shazalli Ramly said there was a possibility for the two companies to work on expanding the mobile remittance service to overseas so that users could remit money to their families in Malaysia.

He said: "If this (service) is proven to be very successful, the idea of expanding this outside Malaysia is almost obvious."

Shazalli said the synergy formed between the two companies could ride on Axiata Group Bhd's network which covered Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and Singapore.


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Student’s screams save her from would-be rapist in varsity toilet

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 08:28 AM PDT

MALACCA: A student's screams scared away a would-be rapist at the toilet of a university, here.

Malacca Criminal Investigation Department chief ACP Raja Shahrom Raja Abdullah said the alleged incident took place at 8.30pm on Sunday.

He said the student, 21, was studying in the reading room on the second floor of the university, in Bukit Beruang, before going to the toilet on the same level.

"The student heard someone entering the cubicle next to hers. She took a look and saw a man. Suddenly her eyes was sprayed with a liquid which had a burning sensation," he told Bernama when contacted, here Monday.

The students started shouting for help and the man ran away.

He said the victim went to the Malacca Hospital for treatment before lodging a police report. He said a forensic team visited the scene to gather evidence, including looking for the suspect's fingerprints.

Malacca police chief Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye said a meeting would be held with the university management soon to discuss steps to boost security.

Meanwhile, the victim who only wanted to be known as Chin, when met, said the suspect tried to put his hand inside her blouse but she managed to ward off his advances.

She said the man also punched her on the face when she tried to defend herself. - Bernama

Fatimah: No child should be denied an education

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 06:40 AM PDT

KUCHING: Schools must accept children without proper identification papers, said state Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah on Monday.

Community leaders' verification could be used to register the children in lieu of proper documents, she said.

This was in line with a 2008 Cabinet decision that all children, regardless of their identity, could be accepted by schools, she said.

"No child should be denied an education opportunity although he or she may not have proper identification papers," she said Monday.

She said every child had a right to an education as stipulated under Article 28(1)(a) of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Based on a survey conducted by the Education Ministry in 2009, she said 43,973 children, ranging from age 7 to 17, without proper identification, had been deprived of opportunity for education in the country.

"Out of this, 5,271 or 12% are Malaysians while 38,702 or 88% are not citizens of this country or due to uncertain citizenship.

"The second category is more prevalent in Sabah and not in Sarawak," she told reporters after receiving a memorandum from representatives of Chinese schools for the setting up of a trust fund.

Unisel financial report not finalised, says Abdul Khalid

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 05:33 AM PDT

SHAH ALAM: Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said Monday the Universiti Selangor (Unisel) audited financial report which purportedly showed an after-tax loss of RM54.8mil, was not finalised.

He said they needed time to present the state-owned University's financial report as it had to be approved at the Annual General Meeting and undergo an independent audit.

"The audit report takes time as the state government is in the process of taking over the University's debts. The report has to be re-audited because Unisel owes the bank," he told reporters after the Selangor state departments' monthly gathering at the State Secretariat building here.

He was commenting on Selangor Umno Liaison Chairman Datuk Seri Noh Omar's claim Sunday that Unisel's audited financial reports showed after-tax losses of up to RM54.8mil, after three years under Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

According to Noh, a copy of the Unisel Audited Report for 2009-2010 showed after-tax losses of RM1.63mil for 2008, RM13.55mil in 2009 and RM39.68mil in 2010.

Abdul Khalid neither denied nor acknowledged the said report.

He said Noh could publish the audited report to the public and the state government would explain the issue through existing channels. - Bernama


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A fresh site for art

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 12:36 AM PDT

Yusof Ghani fulfils life-long dream with new gallery.

A CHANCE to study in the United States turned out to be a double blessing for Yusof Ghani as he got the opportunity to meet Walter Kravitz, a professor in painting, who introduced him to fine arts. Kravitz was an inspiration to Yusof, who then began to stamp his mark as an artist.

Upon completing his master's degree at the Catholic University in Washington DC in 1983, the Malaysian held his first solo exhibition, Protest, at the Anton Gallery in the capital. The series was a hit and drew rave reviews from Washington Post art critic Jo Ann Lewis.

After six years in America, he returned to Malaysia and continued with his work in Kuala Lumpur. He created an impressive repertoire of series, among which were Tari, Topeng, Wayang, Hijau, Segerak, Biring and Wajah .

Having visited many exhibitions and galleries around the world, the artist began to nurse a dream to have his own gallery. That became a reality when he set up Tapak Gallery in Shah Alam, Selangor, in April this year. The 62-year-old artist had bought a vacant lot near his house to build the RM2mil gallery.

Tapak (site in Malay) showcases art works by many Malaysian artists but two months ago, he brought in creations by Japanese ceramic sculptor Masaaki Shibata for an exhibition titled Form Of Time.

Yusof says he has already achieved his first goal of building an educational centre through Tapak, where young artists can learn about and appreciate the value of Malaysian fine arts. Many students from UiTM and other universities have visited his gallery, to do research on art, and for classes with the man himself.

His next goal is to create awareness among Malaysians about the beauty and power of contemporary arts.

Yusof, a fan of American Abstract Expressionism by Pollock and de Kooning, is also an avid art collector of works by noted Malaysian artists. His collection was assembled over 30 years and he cherishes every piece.

Awang Damit, Zainal Abidin Musa, Zulkifli Yusoff, Ng Bee and Lee Wang Fatt, Latiff Mohidin, Chang Fee Ming, Khalil Ibrahim and Ahmad Zakii Anwar are among those works are on show at Tapak.

Yusof hopes to add to his personal collection of artworks and make Tapak a centre where Malaysian artists can showcase their talents. Thus art lovers can expect to see more exhibitions in the coming months.

Right now, he is working on a new series titled Ombak, which will be exhibited at his gallery on October.

"It may have taken long time for me to fulfil my dream but it is all worth it, and I hope this journey will prosper in the years to come!"

> Tapak Gallery is at No.1, 8/28, Jalan Tanjung, Seksyen 8, Shah Alam, Selangor. Opening hours are 10.30am to 6.30pm daily, Tuesday to Sunday. An enhanced version of this story is available on The Star Apps.


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Metro Watch

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 06:01 AM PDT


The Forest Research Institute Malaysia is currently running a photography competition until Sep 30 to enhance environmental awareness and appreciation of FRIM that was declared a national heritage on May 10 this year. The theme is "Uniquely FRIM" and submissions must be of photographs taken around the FRIM main campus in Kepong or the FRIM Research Stations in Pasoh, Negeri Sembilan, Bidor, Perak or Mata Ayer, Perlis, between 1 and 30 Sept. There is an open, FRIM research stations and student categories with prizes up to RM3,000 up for grabs. For details, visit or call 03-6279 7000.


The Philatelic Society of Malaysia is organising a Stamp Fair on Sep 15 and 16 from 9.30am to 5.30pm at the Petaling Jaya Community Library, 389, Jalan Selangor, Section 3, PJ. There will be stamp dealers with a range of local, foreign and thematic stamps, philatelic exhibitis, first day covers and more. Entrance is free. For details, call 012-604 3563 (Maniam) or 012-679 7931 (Wong).


In conjunction with World Mental Health Day, the Malaysian Mental Health Association is organising its 3rd Biennial Big Walk on Oct 7 at Taman Tasik Permaisuri, Bandar Tun Razak, KL. The event is aimed at creating more awareness on mental health, destigmatising mental illnesss and raising funds for its activities. For details, visit or call 03-7782 5499.


The right lanes of both ways along Jalan Cheras between Leisure Mall and Plaza Phoenix will be closed every night beginning today until Oct 31 from 11pm to 5.30am except Saturdays and public holidays. This is to facilitate MRT utility piloting and related pre-construction works. Safety barriers, hoardings and traffic cones will be installed to ensure roadusers and pedestrians are pre-warned of ongoing works. For details, visit or call 1800-82-6868 (MRT Hotline).

Putra Azrul finishes second in 2,000m steeplechase in Yakutsk

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 05:59 AM PDT

IT WAS a joyful outing for youngster Putra Azrul Syazwan Azman in the Children of Asia International Sports Games in Yakutsk, Sakha Republic recently.

Putra Azrul and two others — Mohd Ammar Zakuan and Ku Amir Syazwan Ku Shariff — were Malaysia's representatives in athletics in the Games held every four years since 1996.

The 15-year-old Putra Azrul, a Form Three student at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), won a silver in the 2,000m steeplechase. Putra Azrul clocked a personal best of 6:28.33 and finished behind Kazakhstan's Amangos Islam, who was timed 6:22.99. In third place was Moscow's Anufrie Nikiea on 6:28.47.

Putra Azrul certainly had reasons to be proud as he was the youngest among the 12 participants in the event. The competition was for the Under-16 age group.

"I am indeed happy to return with a medal. I have to thank my coaches for their guidance,'' said Putra Azrul.

He also took part in the 1,000m but only managed a sixth spot in a personal best of 2:36.80.

BJSS athletics coach S. Entheren, who accompanied the three athletics to the championships, said Putra Azrul was impressive in the race.

"He is basically a 800m and 1,500m runner. But in Yakutsk there were only the 1,000m and 2,000m steeplechase events. The weather was also not favourable. But he managed to overcome the odds to give a good account,'' said Entheren.

Putra Azrul has been impressive in competitions this season. In the Milo-Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) athletics championships in Kangar, Perlis, he won golds in the 800m and 1,500m. Putra Azrul also made his presence felt in the Western Australia Little Athletics championships in Perth when he won the gold in the 800m and silver in the 1,500m.

Putra Azrul has resumed training. He is preparing for the 2013 season. There are several local and international competitions lined up. The international events are the SEA Youth athletics championships in Vietnam and the Asian Youth Games in China.

Although Mohd Ammar and Ku Amir were not on podium in Yakutsk, they also clocked personal best in their respective events. Mohd Ammar finished fourth in both the 110m and 400m hurdles. In the 110m hurdles, Mohd Ammar clocked 14.95 while in the 400m he was timed 57.06.

Ku Amir was in action in the 400m and 200m. In the one-lap race, Ku Amir clocked 50.99 and finished fourth but in the 200m he crossed the finishing line in a personal best of 23.00.


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A ‘distressed’ foetus

Posted: 08 Sep 2012 08:43 PM PDT

Non-reassuring foetal status in labour is usually something that just happens without any foreseeable reason. There is nothing that the mother could have done to prevent it.

THE term "foetal distress" is commonly used to describe the signs indicating that the foetus is not well or not coping well with labour.

However, it is an imprecise and non-specific term as it has poor predictive value in those who are at increased risk. It is often associated with a baby who is born in good condition, as evidenced by the Apgar score (a simple, rapid method that assesses the health of newborns), umbilical cord blood gas analysis, or both. Because of the implications of the term "foetal distress", inappropriate actions like unnecessary urgent delivery have often been taken.

As such, most obstetricians, acknowledging the imprecision in data interpretation, use the phrase "non-reassuring foetal status" instead.

Challenges to foetal health

Challenges to foetal health can occur in pregnancy, or more commonly, during labour. The reasons are varied, and include insufficient oxygen, biochemical changes, and a sick foetus.

Insufficient oxygen can occur when there is inadequate blood flow to the foetus through the placenta and umbilical cord. It can occur during a contraction in labour.

However, when the uterus relaxes, the blood flow increases. This process is normal, and does not affect a healthy foetus.

However, there are situations in which the blood flow to the foetus is reduced, leading to oxygen insufficiency over time, or suddenly, if it is acute.

The situations include placental insufficiency – in which placental function is less than optimum due to maternal high blood pressure, bleeding in late pregnancy, maternal heart conditions, or growth-retarded or post-date foetuses; excessive uterine contractions in augmented or induced labour; marked decrease in maternal blood pressure, as in heavy bleeding, epidural analgesia and prolonged lying on the back in labour; umbilical cord compression or prolapse; and placental abruption, in which the placenta separates prematurely from the uterine wall, and when twins share one placenta.

Maternal biochemical changes in an ill mother can affect the foetus. This can occur in conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, or reduction of the flow of bile from the liver to the intestine.

The foetus may be unwell for a variety of reasons, like a foetal abnormality, an inherited condition, infection and maternal fever.

The foetus can cope with many of the challenges to its health. However, the likelihood of the foetus being affected is increased if there is maternal diabetes or high blood pressure, multiple pregnancy, or increased maternal age.

Assessment of foetal well being

Foetal movements

Foetal movements are the best form of reassurance that the foetus is well. They have been described as a kick or flutter.

Most women are aware of foetal movements at 18 to 20 weeks gestation. The first-time mother may be aware after 20 weeks, and the mother who has been pregnant before may be aware as early as 16 weeks.

The movements are felt throughout pregnancy and during labour. Its frequency and type change with advancing pregnancy. There are periods of maximum activity, and there are periods when the foetus is asleep, lasting 20 to 40 minutes, during which there will be no movements.

The number of movements increases until 32 weeks gestation, and remain the same until delivery, although the type may alter nearer to the estimated date of delivery.

Foetal movements are less noticeable if one is busy, and during labour.

There is no specific number of movements that is considered normal. Every mother should be aware of their child's individual pattern of movements.

If you're unsure whether there is a reduction, all that is needed is to lie on the left side and concentrate on the movements for the next two hours. If there are less than 10 or more separate movements during this time, medical attention should be sought. This should be done immediately if the pregnancy is more than 28 weeks.

Foetal heart rate

The foetal heart rate (FHR) is monitored during pregnancy and labour by the midwife, who will ask the attending doctor to check mother and foetus, if she has any concerns. It is measured either at regular intervals (intermittent), or continuously during labour. The former is the usual mode of monitoring when there are no pregnancy complications.

In addition to intermittent monitoring, the FHR will also be checked before and after vaginal examinations, or when the membranes rupture.

There are situations in which continuous FHR monitoring will be advised. This would include maternal or foetal health, labour reasons, or abnormal FHR on intermittent monitoring, ie less than 110, or more than 160, beats per minute, or slowing of the heart rate (deceleration) after a contraction. The maternal reasons include raised blood pressure, diabetes, infection, and heart or kidney problems. The foetal reasons include pregnancy past 42 weeks, foetus that is small for date or premature, attempted vaginal breech delivery, and multiple pregnancies.

Continuous monitoring is also advised when the mother's labour is augmented or induced, there is vaginal bleeding prior to or during labour, significant meconium staining of the liquor, maternal fever, and if the mother had a previous Caesarean section, or has epidural or spinal analgesia. Some mothers who have no pregnancy or labour problems may also request continuous monitoring.

There are two graphs on the cardiotocograph (CTG) – the upper graph records the FHR in beats per minute, and the lower graph, the maternal contractions in millimetre mercury.

The normal FHR is between 120 and 160 beats per minute. The constant up and down fluctuations of five to 25 beats from the baseline (variability) reflects a healthy foetus. An increase above the baseline with foetal movement is reassuring.

The FHR may decrease slightly during a contraction (deceleration). This is normal, provided the FHR recovers rapidly once the contraction stops.

Decelerations are described as early or late, depending on its occurrence in relation to uterine contractions.

Change in the baseline, especially if prolonged, has loss of or increase in variability, and late or prolonged decelerations are not reassuring.

False positive CTGs (ie changes indicative of a problem when there is none) are common. They are associated with increased assisted deliveries with ventouse or forceps, and Caesarean sections. This is the reason why the term non-reassuring foetal status is preferred.


Meconium is produced by the foetal gut, and comprises materials ingested by the foetus in the uterus, ie intestinal epithelial cells, lanugo, mucous, amniotic fluid, bile, and water. It is the earliest faeces of an infant, and is dark green, almost odourless, viscous, and sticky like tar. It is usually stored in the foetal gut until after birth, but sometimes, it is expelled into the amniotic fluid before or during labour, and delivery.

It is completely passed after the first few days of life, with the stools becoming yellow.

Amniotic fluid is usually clear. But if it is of various shades of green or brown, it is an indicator that the foetus has passed meconium. Meconium may be a sign that the foetus has problems, although it is common to find meconium in the amniotic fluid of women past their estimated date of delivery.

Thick meconium is of concern as it may get into the foetal airways and cause meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS). Meconium irritates the lungs, causes infection of the airways and may block it, thereby leading to breathing difficulties at birth.

Foetal blood sampling

Foetal blood sampling (FBS) assists in clarifying the significance of abnormal FHR changes and confirms if the foetus is short of oxygen (hypoxic). It involves taking a few drops of blood from the foetal scalp through the vagina.

It is checked for the levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide and pH. This will provide information about how the foetus is coping with the stress of labour.

FBS is not carried out sometimes because of maternal infection or when such facilities are not available in the hospital.

Dealing with non-reassuring foetal status

If the FBS results are within normal range, labour will usually be allowed to proceed. The FBS may be repeated if they are borderline normal.

If there are concerns about the results, the therapeutic measures taken will include giving the mother oxygen by face mask; turning her to her left to reduce uterine pressure on a large vein in the back (vena cava), thereby improving the blood flow back to the heart and consequent blood flow to the placenta and foetus; temporarily stopping medicines that increase uterine contractions; and increasing fluid intake through an intravenous drip.

If the above measures do not lead to an improvement in the FHR, delivery of the foetus will be expedited. Depending on the stage of labour and the cervical dilatation, assisted vaginal delivery with a forceps or ventouse, or emergency Caesarean section will be carried out.

As the patient may be alarmed at the turn of events, the obstetrician or midwife will provide an explanation and the reasons for the measures being taken.

Dr Milton Lum is a member of the board of Medical Defence Malaysia. This article is not intended to replace, dictate or define evaluation by a qualified doctor. The views expressed do not represent that of any organisation the writer is associated with. For further information, e-mail The information provided is for educational and communication purposes only and it should not be construed as personal medical advice. Information published in this article is not intended to replace, supplant or augment a consultation with a health professional regarding the reader's own medical care. The Star does not give any warranty on accuracy, completeness, functionality, usefulness or other assurances as to the content appearing in this column. The Star disclaims all responsibility for any losses, damage to property or personal injury suffered directly or indirectly from reliance on such information.

Mummy, peeing hurts!

Posted: 08 Sep 2012 08:42 PM PDT

If your child runs to the washroom frequently or complains of pain while urinating, it's possible the cause is a urinary tract infection.

A URINARY tract infection (UTI) is an infection affecting the urinary system, most commonly caused by the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli), which resides in the intestinal tract. The urinary tract, which makes and carries urine out of the body, includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.

How does bacteria get in and cause UTI?

Bacteria or germs usually get into the body through the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to be passed outside. Once inside the urethra, these germs may travel up into the bladder and cause cystitis, the most common type of UTI.

If this bladder infection is not swiftly treated, it can spread to the kidneys and cause pyelonephritis, a more serious type of kidney infection. While bladder infections can cause slight discomfort and inconvenience, a kidney infection can cause back pains and abdominal pains, high fever, cloudy or bloody urine, nausea and vomiting.

Girls tend to get UTIs more frequently than boys. A probable reason for this is that the urethra of a female is shorter than that of a male, thus making it easier for bacteria to move up into the bladder.

Another reason is the close proximity of the urethral opening to the vagina and rectum, where bacteria are likely to be.

Some children may get UTIs more frequently because they have other problems, like an abnormality in the urinary tract that makes them more prone to infection.

A child is more likely to get a UTI if he or she does not drink enough water or fluids to keep the bladder active and bacteria-free.

The chances of getting a bladder infection are higher if something blocks the flow of urine from the bladder, for example, having kidney stones or an enlarged prostate gland in adults.

In babies and children, a congenital abnormality of the urinary system is a possible cause.

Those who are sexually active also face the risk of UTI. During sexual intercourse, the germs or bacteria in the vaginal area may be pushed into the urethra and up into the bladder, where the urine provides a good environment for the bacteria to grow.

Bacteria can also get into a girl's bladder when she wipes from back to front after urination and bowel movement.

Bladder infection symptoms may include:

·Frequent urination

·A burning sensation or pain during urination

·Feeling the need to urinate, but little or no urine comes out

·Pain above the pubic bone

·Mild fever and fatigue

In babies less than one month old, infection usually starts from the blood. However, because blood very seldom appears in a baby's urine, it cannot be assumed that he or she does not have a UTI.

Babies will not complain of pain during urination. They will just have fever, painful or tender abdomen, reduced feeding, or cry incessantly. You may also notice prolonged jaundice in these babies. Therefore, admission and aggressive treatment is required for a baby with a UTI as this could be an early sign that the baby's urinary tract is not normal.

Urine needs to be collected to confirm the infection, and appropriate treatment commenced. Repeated or persistent bacteria in the urine will need further investigation to look at any abnormality in the urinary tract.

Young children who can already talk may complain of pain when passing urine, or in the abdomen near the kidneys. Bed-wetting in a child who previously stayed "dry" all night may also be a symptom of a UTI.

If your child has any of the above symptoms, take him or her to see a doctor right away. These symptoms will not simply disappear, and may become worse. The earlier your child is treated, the less uncomfortable he or she will be.

Fighting the infection

If your child or teenager suffers from most of the above symptoms, the doctor will confirm if he or she has a UTI by taking a urine sample for urinalysis. If your child's symptoms and urinalysis show an uncomplicated urinary tract infection, then the doctor will probably prescribe antibiotics.

However, if unusual UTI symptoms occur, such as symptoms that last longer than seven days of UTI in infants, or symptoms of a kidney infection, then the doctor will order a a urine culture to identify what type of bacteria is causing the infection, so that the most effective antibiotic for that bacteria can be used.

He or she may proceed to do other tests to look at the kidneys. Your child will be prescribed antibiotics for seven to 14 days, and the entire course must be completed so that the bacteria can be completely killed.

Preventing UTIs

There are several ways to reduce your child's risk of getting a UTI.

Advise your child to always go to the bathroom as frequently as possible, and to keep the genital area clean and dry after washing up.

For girls, after urination or bowel movement, advise her to wipe from front to back to avoid the spread of germs from the rectal area to the urethra.

For those who are sexually active, be sure to wash the genital area after intercourse in order to remove bacteria.

Advise your child to refrain from holding in urine for long periods of time. He or she should also drink the equivalent of eight glasses of water a day.

Girls should change their tampons or sanitary pads regularly during menstruation. Advise them to avoid prolonged exposure of moisture in the genital area by not wearing wet undergarments, and to limit the use of feminine hygiene sprays as this may irritate the urethra.

Although UTIs are often painful and uncomfortable, they can be easily treated and prevented.

If you suspect that your child may be suffering from a UTI, take him or her to a doctor immediately. In such circumstances, taking swift action is the most important thing to do.

Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail is a consultant paediatrician and paediatric cardiologist. This article is courtesy of Positive Parenting Programme by Malaysian Paediatric Association. The opinions expressed in the article are the view of the author. For more information, please visit

Exposing Malaysian hearts

Posted: 08 Sep 2012 08:38 PM PDT

Heart exhibition aims to educate Malaysians about heart disease.

HEART disease has been the number one killer of Malaysians for more than three decades. Not only do the statistics show no signs of decreasing, but the figures are actually rising at quite a startling rate.

Today, we have 10 million Malaysians who have unhealthy cholesterol levels; one in five Malaysians are diabetic; and just under 50% are overweight or obese. They are all at increased risk of heart disease. Not very reassuring, is it?

Cognizant of these dismal figures, Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) and Yayasan Jantung Malaysia (YJM) have initiated an awareness programme, The Heart 2012.

The event is currently on at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

The Heart 2012 aims to provide you, your family and friends with a fun-filled, yet educational exhibition. Today is the second and last day of the two-day event.

There will be free health screenings and counselling by qualified professionals, and what's more, you need not pay a hefty bill to get tips and advice from cardiologists and heart-health professionals at the exhibition.

The event will also feature Malaysia's first 3-D mega heart structure. Here's your chance to take an adventurous ride through one of the most vital organs in our bodies – the heart.

There's no better way to understand one's own cardiovascular health than to begin with recognising the structure and functioning of the heart, inside-out.

You can also learn about how arteries clog up, and other interesting heart-related facts.

Other major attractions throughout the two-day event will be hourly lucky draws, premiums and special discounts by over 25 exhibitors.

For more information on the exhibition, visit


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PKR man receives death threat

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 03:11 AM PDT

JOHOR BARU: PKR Johor State Election Committee coordinator B. Ravinthran received a death threat in a voice mail from a disgruntled man late Thurday night.

Ravinthran said that he was in the midst of preparing for a PKR walkabout programme in Johor when he received the shocking message.

"I noticed that I had a missed call and a voice mail and when I retrieved it, I received the threatening message.

"The caller was speaking in Tamil and had called me a "bloody PKR fella" and said that he was going to kill me," he said when contacted by StarMetro.

Ravinthran said the person also used vulgar words and said that he knew that Ravinthran would be taking part in the walkabout programme on Aug 25 and would kill him then.

"I was so shocked after receiving the threat after being involved with the party since 2009.

"All we do during the walkabout is hand out flyers and speak to people about the party," he said, adding that he did not have any enemies nor had he been threatened or had disagreements with anyone recently.

Ravinthran said he had lodged a police report on the matter and police had informed him that the call was made from a public phone.

"This is a democratic country and it is sad and worrying that some people are resorting to making death threats because of my political affiliations," he said.

Meanwhile, Johor Baru (North) deputy OCPD Supt Beh Eng Lai confirmed the case and said that the police were trying to trace the caller involved.

"We will also ensure that Ravinthran and his group of people are safe during the walkabout on Sunday (Aug 25)," he said.

Cuban envoy pays homage to victims of 1977 MAS crash

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 03:14 AM PDT

JOHOR BARU: It was a trip tinged with sad memories here for Cuban Ambassador to Malaysia Ruben Perez Valdes and his wife Illeana Garcia de Perez.

Bleary-eyed, they read the names at the cenotaph that was erected in memory of the 93 passengers and seven crew members who perished in a MAS crash, near here, nearly 35 years ago.

Among the names on the list were the first Cuban ambassador Mario Garcia Inchaustegui and his wife Gladys. They were killed when the ill-fated MH653 flight went down on Dec 4, 1977.

Other notable names etched on the memorial were that of then agriculture minister Datuk Ali Ahmad and public works department head Datuk Mahfuz Khalid.

The remains of those who died in the tragedy were laid to rest at a common memorial cemetery in Jalan Kebun Teh, where Perez and Illeana also laid a wreath.

The Boeing 737-2H6 aircraft crashed into a swamp at Kampung Ladang, Tanjung Kupang near Gelang Patah, at around 8.36pm on that tragic day.

It was the first and worst fatal accident in the history of Malaysia Airlines.

There was speculation that the flight was hijacked although the circumstances leading to such a theory and subsequently the crash remained unsolved.

Perez has been the Cuban envoy to Malaysia for about six months.

Financial publication gives recognition to Irda

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 03:15 AM PDT

NUSAJAYA: Iskandar Malaysia's achievements have been noticed at the international level and the economic growth corridor is now a place to watch for investors.

The fDi magazine, an international publication owned by The Financial Times Ltd, has ranked Iskandar Malaysia fourth among the 50 economic zones in the world.

"This is indeed a recognition that will help "bookmark" Iskandar Malaysia in the mind of businessmen, corporate leaders and policy makers,"said Iskandar Regional Development Authority chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim.

He said this at the opening of Frost & Sullivan Global Innovation Centre here by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority CEO Datuk Noharuddin Nordin and Frost & Sullivan global president and managing partner Aroop Zutshi.

In the "Global Free Zones of the Future 2012/13", Dubai Airport Free Zone and Dubai International Financial, both in the United Arab Emirates were on the top and second spots respectively.

Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in China occupies the third spot.

"We at Irda aim to improve Iskandar Malaysia's ranking in the future and to do that, all stakeholders have to work even harder in our endeavors,"said Ismail.

Iskandar Malaysia is the only two economic zones in Asean that made it to the top 50 in the global ranking — the other one is the Clark Freeport Zone in the Phillipines.

He said when Iskandar Malaysia was first launched on Nov 4, 2006, there were many non-believers than believers as they were skeptical whether the growth corridor would succeed.

"The trend has reversed now and Iskandar Malaysia is moving in the right direction amidst operating in the uncertainties of the global economic environment,"added Ismail.

He said all stakeholders from the public and the private sectors have to continue working hand-in-hand in order to make Iskandar Malaysia a preferred choice of investment destination for domestic and foreign investors.

Since 2006 until June this year, Iskandar Malaysia has recorded a cumulative committed investment of RM95.45bil, of which 43% have been spent on various projects.

Domestic investments constitute 62% (RM58.95bil) of the total investments of RM95.45bil, while the remaining 38% (RM36.50bil), are foreign investments.

"We are continually working on wooing new investments and expansion of existing investments and target to achieve the RM100bil mark by the year-end,"said Ismail.


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