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Radio presenters cook up a storm


SUBANG JAYA: Eight radio presenters took time out from work to labour for 90 minutes over stoves, kitchen utensils and raw food.

Shoppers at the Empire Shopping Gallery stopped to watch Suria FM deejays Halim Othman, Linda Onn, DJ Lin and news reader Haffiz compete against Red FM deejays Jeremy, Lil Kev, Fiqrie and Terry to cook a three-course meal for four judges at the Palm Oil Rocks Cook Off challenge yesterday.

"The most difficult aspect of this was time, as we do not usually rush like this at home," said Linda Onn, whose team struggled to finish before the bell rang.

The challenge is part of Star Radio Group's initiative to educate Malay­sians on the economic importance of palm oil and its various uses and benefits.

Meals cooked by the two teams contained palm oil as a key ingredient.

Red FM served up creamy pumpkin soup, salmon with yellow rice and sago gula melaka, while Suria FM presented Middle Eastern dishes of tabouleh and nasi Arab kabsa, along with caramel pudding.

Visitors to the event were tickled by the antics of the radio presenters, particularly the all-male Red FM team, which admitted to lacking cooking skills.

"We hardly even knew how we were going to cook what we had chosen, and we just bulldozed our way through," said Terry.

The four judges were the winner of Malaysia's first Masterchef Celebrity Datuk Fazley Yaakob, celebrity chef Sherson Lian, G Tower executive chef Johny Fua and Star Publications (M) Bhd acting group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai.

After evaluating the two teams' dishes based on taste and presentation, the judges declared the Suria FM team as the winners.

In delivering their verdicts, the judges praised both teams for their good work in producing dishes that tasted good within a limited time.

The event was organised by the Star Radio Group and prizes included Buruh and Carotino cooking oil as well as Maggi hampers.

Felda Global Ventures also contributed 100 oil palm seedlings which were distributed to the public after the event.

The Star's Meng wins another green accolade


SINGAPORE: The Star's assistant editor Meng Yew Choong garnered two awards at the second edition of the Asian Environmental Journalism Award (AEJA 2013) here.

Organised by the Singapore Environment Council (www.sec.org.sg), AEJA honours journalists, bloggers and photographers from all over the region for their outstanding work on environmental issues.

Meng, 44, won a merit award on Friday for the Coca-Cola Environmental Story of the Year for his story on the unseen dangers posed by improper disposal of compact fluorescent bulbs.

He also won another merit award as the City Developments Ltd (CDL) Environmental Journalist of the Year for his overall coverage that ranged from waste disposal to energy efficiency and conservation.

CDL is a major Singapore developer, which is supportive of green measures.

The Environmental Journalist of the Year was Jing Li from the South China Morning Post, who reported courageously from China on its manifold environmental problems.

Meng prevailed in a field of 84 entries from 14 countries, judged by a panel of 10.

A fortnight ago, Meng received the Green Tech Journalist of the Year award for English print media from the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation.

That award honours members of the media who have played a catalytic role in driving the nation's green agenda.

Wahid: PM to decide when to start GST


JOHOR BARU: The goods and services tax (GST) would help to boost the country's revenue but the enforcement would be decided by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"Also, the Government understands how the GST may cause uneasiness, especially for the lower income group, but measures will be taken to help and reduce their financial burden," said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar.

The Government was aware of the "unintended" negative impact of the GST if it is introduced, he said, but added it was something the country needed to incorporate.

"The GST will be the best way for us to significantly increase the country's revenue and the decision on when to implement it is solely up to the Prime Minister, who is also the Finance Minister," he said.

Abdul Wahid was speaking to reporters at a conference organised by the Singapore Eisenhower Fellowship Society and Eisenhower Fellows Association of Malaysia held in Nusajaya, near here, yesterday.

He said many countries had succeeded with the GST and they had also introduced various policies to help the lower income groups.

"Some of these policies can be adopted but there is no denying the need for GST to be introduced as soon as possible," he said.

Abdul Wahid also said there is a dire need for the country to slowly reduce subsidies.

"A large chunk of our income is pumped into paying off subsidies.

"For example, for fuel alone, the Government forks out about RM24bil yearly, which is approximately 12% of our total revenue," he said, adding that this was too much.

He said the reduction of subsidies would be done at an acceptable pace.

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