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Phone buyers aim for gold


KUALA LUMPUR: Champagne gold proves to be a hit among most Malaysians as they lined up to be among the first in the country to grab the latest iPhone 5s at local telcos.

Most said that they were hoping to get their hands on the new Apple smartphones before they run out of stock. The iPhone 5s went on sale in Malaysia from 12.01am yesterday.

At the Celcom Blue Cube store at Sunway Pyramid, over 200 customers waited in line – some even before the outlet opened for business – to be the first customers to pick up the new phones.

First in line was network presentation editor Mohd Abdullah Mohd Azam, 26, who had been waiting with his pregnant wife since 8.45am.

"I have been using the iPhone 4s for the past two years and am going to switch to the champagne gold 32GB iPhone 5s," he said.

Both Mohd Abdullah and his wife had intended to buy the iPhones, but were instead rewarded for being first in line with a free champagne gold iPhone 5s each by Celcom.

Ahmad Izzudin Ahmad Borhanudin, 26, who was second in line at Blue Cube, was also hoping for the gold iPhone 5s, adding that it was unique as the colour was a first for Apple products.

The DiGi launch at the company's store in SS2, Petaling Jaya, was similarly crowded, with people gathering a little later in the evening for the midnight launch.

First in line was designer Jason Ooi Seng Oon, 21, who had been waiting since 5.30pm.

Ooi, who was also aiming for the gold iPhone 5s, said he was formerly a BlackBerry user.

"The main reason I am getting an iPhone is because my friends who were BlackBerry users convinced me to change to an iPhone after they did," said Ooi.

Maxis Berhad was the only local telco that did not have a public launching for the new Apple smartphones, opting instead to hold a private event for Maxis One Club customers.

In terms of pricing, there are varying plans available from each telco – depending on the iPhone model and amount of data subscribed to – with detailed rates available on their websites.

Apple has reportedly had problems keeping up with demand for the new iPhones, especially for the gold coloured one.

IGP: Beware of copycat robberies by security guards


KUALA LUMPUR: Police are not ruling out the possibility of more cases of rogue security guards.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that it was possible that the latest case yesterday, where a security guard robbed a jewellery store where he worked at, was a copycat crime.

"It is possible that this security guard got the idea from the security guard from the AmBank robbery. I do not rule out more cases involving security guards who rob their employers," he said.

Khalid also urged all security companies to check their personnel thoroughly.

"If there is any doubt or red flags, please contact the police and we will help you," he said.

He also revealed police were paying closer attention to security guards now and random checks were ongoing nationwide.

"My men will be conducting spot checks on all security guards, on their documents, including licence to carry firearms," he said.

Security Services Association of Malaysia (SSAM) president Datuk Shaheen Mirza Habib said the security firm that hired the guard involved in the jewellery shop heist should be investigated to see if the rogue guard was vetted properly by his employers.

"If it turns out to be a similar case as the AmBank robbery, serious action should be taken," said Shaheen.

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MIC: Polls crucial to ensure right faces are in place


PETALING JAYA: The MIC elections is crucial as a new line of leaders will emerge, including young ones, who will form the second echelon, said Federal Territory MIC information chief Anbumani Balan (pic).

Party delegates' decision, he said, would be crucial for the party's new direction. MIC needs a young and dynamic second echelon who are visionary and able to help the Indian community with strategic ideas and proper plans.

"Every vote is important. The team that is selected will lead the party into the next general election.

"Delegates must choose leaders who will perform and have the best interests of the party and the community at heart," he said.

Anbumani said the community, especially the youths, would be watching the elections closely to see the new line-up – from the vice-presidents to the central working committee (CWC) members.

"This is the time to choose the very best leaders to build the party. MIC needs reforms at every level," he said.

Anbumani also commended party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel for not condoning a "presidential line-up" as previously practised by the party.

"He has made the right move as in doing this, all eligible leaders will have the opportunity to contest," he added.

Palanivel had earlier said that although he had received text messages from party members seeking his "blessings" to contest, he did not reply them because he had decided not to endorse any candidate.

The elections for the deputy presidency, three vice-presidencies and 23 CWC posts will be held during the Nov 30 MIC general assembly in Malacca.

MIC Youth chief Datuk T. Mohan and Wanita chief Datin Paduka Komala Krishnamoorthy are not defending their posts.

MIC Youth secretary C. Sivarraajh is expected to be challenged by deputy Youth chief V. Mugilan for the Youth chief post with lawyers R. Thinalan facing Sashi Kumar Kannan for the deputy post.

Deputy Wanita chief Datin Dr. C.V. Premakumari will face MIC social and welfare bureau head Mohana Muniandy for the top post in the wing.

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