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Nasi kandar goes airborne on Malindo Air flights


PETALING JAYA: If you have enjoyed satay and chicken rice on a flight, there are more local dishes to savour now.

Malindo Air is serving nasi kandar, spicy chicken and mutton curry, chicken kurma and achar on board its flights – a first for an airline – prepared specially by the popular Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar restaurant chain.

The nasi kandar meals are free in Business Class and priced at RM12 each for economy class passengers.

"Travellers do not really like airline food so we decided to source for something different and since we introduced the nasi kandar meals last month, it has become the top selling meal on all our jet flights,'' said Malindo chief executive officer Chandran Rama Muthy.

Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar managing director Burhan Mohamed said this was the chain's first such arrangement with a commercial airline.

"We have been catering nasi kandar meals for VVIPs on private jets,'' he said during a flight to Langkawi.

Burhan operates eight nasi kandar outlets in the country – one in Penang and seven in the Klang Valley.

Malindo passengers are given a 10% discount for a limited period for meals at the eight restaurants but they must show their boarding passes within 24 hours of their travel.

Malindo is Malaysia's third airline which calls itself a hybrid airline – the in-between of full service and low cost airline – because it provides light snacks on board, offers 20kg free baggage, and free in-flight entertainment.

Malindo began operations seven months ago and now flies from Subang and KL Interna­tional Airport.

"Next, we are looking at introducing mamak mee goreng but that requires more planning,'' Chandran said.

Malaysia Airlines has been serving its award-winning satay for several years now, while AirAsia serves the famous Hainanese Chicken Rice on its flights.

Taxi driver brutally beaten after accident


KUALA LUMPUR: A taxi driver was beaten up so badly by a road bully that he is now fighting for his life and may face permanent paralysis.

Hiew Chen Guang (pic), 66, is now in coma at University Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC) as doctors struggle to save his life.

Chen Guang was driving his taxi along Old Klang Road at about 7am on Sept 30 when he accidentally hit a motorcyclist in front of him.

However, eyewitnesses said that as he was in the middle of a traffic light junction, he decided to drive a short distance away before stopping.

They also said they later saw a second man on a different, larger motorcycle drag him out and start raining punches on him.

Chen fell unconscious on the road before passers-by called an ambulance.

Chen Guang's son, Hiew Chun Wei, 37, said his father had a broken nose, severe bruises on his face and internal bleeding in the head.

"The doctors tried to stop the bleeding by performing an operation a few days ago but it has not stopped. If it continues, he will be in a vegetative state or may never wake up from his coma," he said yesterday.

Chun Wei added that it was unclear if the two motorcyclists knew each other as the first motorcyclist claimed in his police report that he did not see the beating.

Duo may have been kidnap victims


IPOH: Two friends who were found dead in a car boot at the south-bound Alor Pongsu rest area were believed to have been kidnapped in Penang.

Seu Hong Chee, 19, from Tangkak in Johor and Ting Liong Chin, 28, from Sabah were reported missing on Oct 2 from Nibong Tebal by a friend.

Their bodies were found tied with a rope on Friday, and their heads wrapped in plastic bags. There were bruises caused by a blunt object on them.

According to sources, the victims were salesmen for a hardware chain based in Kuala Lumpur, but Seu was transferred to the Penang outlet a few months ago.

On Oct 2, he and Ting went to collect a debt from a client in Jawi in Penang, in the same car in which they were found dead.

A source said they had called their office when they reached their destination, but they could not be contacted when a colleague tried to reach them after that.

After several attempts, the colleague lodged a police report.

Perak CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Dzuraidi Ibrahim said Penang police arrested three men in their 20s and 30s on Friday and yesterday in connection with the murders.

SAC Mohd Dzuraidi said a post-mortem at the Raja Permaisuri Hospital here showed that Seu was strangled while Ting suffocated from having his head covered with the plastic bag.

Both the Perak and Penang police are investigating the motive behind the murders, and trying to determine whether this was a case of a kidnap gone awry.

"We are trying to find out how the car with the bodies ended up in Perak," SAC Mohd Dzuraidi told reporters here yesterday.

The families of the victims identified the bodies at the hospital's mortuary at about 11.30am yesterday.

A relative of Seu said that when family members learnt of his disappearance, some of them put up his photograph on their Facebook page, asking if anyone had seen him.

Ting's family members declined to speak to reporters.

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