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'Men In Black' director to helm 'Beverly Hills Cop' TV project

Posted: 13 Feb 2013 08:19 PM PST

According to Deadline.com, Barry Sonnenfeld (pic) will direct the pilot episode of the Beverly Hills Cop TV adaptation.

CBS has chosen the director of the three Men In Black films to direct the next phase of the franchise in which Eddie Murphy starred.

The series will focus on Aaron Foley, the son of the hero of the first three films, Axel Foley. Aaron, who is also a police officer in Beverly Hills, will try and step out of his father's shadow.

Brandon T. Jackson, seen in Tropic Thunder and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, will play the lead role.

Eddie Murphy will make a cameo in the pilot episode written and produced by Shawn Ryan (The Shield).

If the series is successful, it will be aired in the Fall.


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PM lobbied Canada over Petronas takeover deal

Posted: 13 Feb 2013 02:58 PM PST

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has reversed an initial rejection of Petronas' C$5.2bil (RM16bil) takeover of Progress Energy Resources Corp following an intervention by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Correspondence between the two leaders showed that Malaysia promised that Petronas would invest C$68bil to C$70bil (RM209.4bil to RM215.6bil) over 30 years to develop the natural gas reserves of Calgary-based Progress, according to a Nov 2 letter obtained by Bloomberg News.

The Malaysian Prime Minister expressed concern about the rejection and reassured Harper that the Government "does not interfere with the commercial decisions and operations" of Petronas.

The diplomatic intervention showed the need for financial commitments and political hurdles facing foreign companies looking to acquire energy assets in Canada, home to the world's third largest oil reserves and the third-largest supply of natural gas.

Canada initially blocked the Petronas offer on Oct 19, saying it didn't provide the "net benefit" to the country that its foreign-takeover law requires.

Harper reversed the decision on Dec 7, at the same time he approved Beijing-based Cnooc Ltd's US$15bil (RM45bil) acquisition of Nexen Inc.

Najib dispatched Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala for a Nov 7 meeting with Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, according to a memo to Harper stamped "secret" from his top public servant Wayne Wouters.

Petronas closed its acquisition of Progress on Dec 18. Cnooc, China's biggest oil and gas producer, yesterday won approval to acquire Nexen's US assets, the last regulatory hurdle in the purchase.

Malaysia helped make the case that Petronas operates in a similar way to publicly traded companies, said Michael Culbert, chief executive officer of Progress Energy Canada Ltd.

"What Petronas really put forward was that not all SOEs (state-owned enterprise) really are exactly the same," Culbert said yesterday.

"Their plans for Progress Energy are to have Progress have Canadian management and a fair amount of autonomy."

In approving the Petronas and Cnooc deals, Harper said that under new rules for acquisitions by SOEs, his government would only approve further acquisitions under "exceptional circumstances".

Canada will consider "free-enterprise principles" and "industry efficiency" in reviewing such deals, Harper said in a letter to Najib written after the Petronas offer was approved, documents showed.

In his letter to Harper, Najib said Petronas' investment in Canada would create 3,000 "direct and indirect" jobs.

Less than a week before Canada approved the deal, the companies said they would make a final decision in 2014 on a proposed liquefied natural gas facility near the coastal community of Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

The facility would cost C$9bil to C$11bil (RM27.3bil to RM33.9bil), create as many as 3,500 construction jobs and employ 200 to 300 people to operate the terminal. - Bloomberg

Help unite Indians, philanthropist urges politicians

Posted: 13 Feb 2013 02:58 PM PST

UNITY among Indians in Malaysia is currently at its lowest ebb due to infighting among them, reported Makkal Osai.

Quoting philanthropist and social worker Ratnavalli Ammaiyar, the paper said that while many influential Indians held positions in political parties, they were not bothered about the problems faced by the community.

Calling on these leaders to come together to combat the social problems among Indians, she said: "They should unite under one umbrella and find ways to solve problems plaguing the community. Most problems can be solved if there is unity among us."

Ratnavalli advised parents to be exemplary role models to their children by practising Indian traditions and customs at home and encouraging the young to attend religious classes.

> A loan shark at a Madurai village in Tamil Nadu held a young girl captive after her parents failed to service the loan over the past four months for a Rs20,000 (RM1,148) credit they took from the moneylender.

The couple, who have three sons, lodged a police report against the moneylender, a woman known to them as Karuthammal, after she abducted their daughter, Tamil Nesan reported.

S. Sinnalan, 55, and his wife, V. Palaniammal, 50, claimed they had taken a loan from the woman 10 years ago to finance the wedding of their eldest son and had since paid back Rs1,000 (RM57).

They recently went to the home of Palaniammal's sister in Neelakottai to attend a family function. To their surprise, the moneylender was there, too.

Upon seeing the couple's daughter, Karuthammal snatched the girl and fled.

Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

Here’s your RM7,500 bouquet, now can I marry you?

Posted: 13 Feb 2013 02:57 PM PST

A GIANT rose bouquet made with 600 pieces of RM10 notes was specially made at the request of a man who wanted to propose to his girlfriend.

Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press reported that the bouquet had 100 stalks of "roses" and was about half the height of an adult.

Each "rose" was made with six pieces of RM10 note. The bouquet was completed in two weeks.

Florist Aw Min Chin said the hardest part was to make the base of each stalk, which took up to 15 minutes.

China Press reported that the bouquet was worth RM7,500, which included the notes.

When the bouquet was completed and displayed at the shop, Aw said many passers-by, including couples and tourists, posed for photographs with it.

Aw said she requested RM1 donation from each person who wished to take a photograph.

"The money will be handed over to the would-be owner to be donated," she added.

> China Press reported that a youth from Singapore lamented about the measly amount of money he received as ang pow, while another asked his girlfriend to share her ang pow money with him.

The paper said a 14-year-old teenager took a photo of his S$700 (RM1,680) ang pow and posted it on his Instagram news feed, commenting: "That's all".

In another case, one guy took to Facebook to ask his girlfriend to split half of her ang pow with him on Facebook, as she received more than he did.

Both incidents have been widely circulated within the local youth portals and social media websites, with many Netizens calling their actions "distasteful and shameless".

> Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported that a large number of single women in Shenzhen, China, chose not to return home for Chinese New Year to avoid questions over their plans for marriage and children.

It was reported that many office workers preferred to spend the holidays in the city, away from their families, instead.

Advertising firm executive Xiao Xiao said she had had enough of being asked awkward questions each time she returned home.

"I can handle my concerned parents but not the overly concerned aunts," said the 29-year-old, adding that Chinese New Year holidays were a chance for family members to reconnect. "Raising private or sensitive questions simply ruins the atmosphere."

Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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Metro Watch

Posted: 13 Feb 2013 04:26 AM PST


Besraya (M) Sdn Bhd will be temporarily closing Jalan Pandan 1, heading to MRR2 and also the turnoff heading to Maluri and Shamelin on Feb 14 and 15 to facilitate the building of the BR 8 bridge for the Sungai Besi Highway link project. The closure will take place between midnight and 5am. Road users from Maluri or Shamelin heading to MRR2 are advised to use Jalan Pandan 2 heading to Jalan Pandan 3 and head out via Jalan Pandan 1 while motorists from MRR2 headed towards Maluri and Shamelin are advised to use Jalan Pandan 3 head to Jalan 1 via and Jalan Pandan 2.


The slip road from Taman Mutiara Barat to Jalan Cheras, beside the flyover to Taman Segar, will be temporarily closed until May 11 to facilitate piling work and pile cap construction for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line. Motorists coming from Jalan Dato' Harun are advised to use Jalan Mutiara Raya to get onto Jalan Cheras.


Some 100 forest monks who have been travelling on foot from Chiangmai, Myanmar, to Pattaya under the leadership of Azhan Konkeuy will be residing in Chempaka Buddhist Lodge tomorrow at 3pm. There will be a chanting and blessing ceremony on Friday from 9.30am to 5pm, and on Saturday from 9.30am to 2pm at Chempaka Buddhist Lodge (60, Jalan SS23/25, Taman SEA, Petaling Jaya, Selangor). For details, call 03-7880 3936, email: info@chempaka.org.my or log on to www.facebook.com./cblpju


The Woman's Auxilliary (WA) Of The Spastic Children's Association Of Selangor and Federal Territory will be having its monthly Charity Cooking Demonstration on Feb 23 at 10am at the Ground Floor of the Spastic Centre (behind Crystal Crown Hotel), No 14, Lorong Utara A, off Jalan Utara, Petal?ng Jaya. All are welcome. For details, call 012-394 4231 (Datin Faridah Abu Bakar) or 012-912 7203 (Margaret Cheng).


The International School of Kuala Lumpur invites students and parents who are interested to know more about the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme to an informational evening on Feb 19 at 7.30 pm, at ISKL Ampang Campus. For details, call 03-4259 5622/23 or email communications@iskl.edu.my.


For those interested in pursuing scriptwriting for local television, part-time or full-time, this is the chance to be part of Malaysia Broadcast digitalisation 2014. Limited seats only. Acquire knowledge about the local entertainment industry and its opportunities for screen writers. For details, call 010-254 9838 (Vania).


The Africa Asia Destitute Relief Foundation's 5th Volunteerism Training will be held on Feb 23 at 20, Jln 20/18, Paramount Garden, Petaling Jaya, from 10.30am to 1pm. Registration is now open. No entrance fee is required. To register, call 03-7865 3648(Asya) or 012-210 2404 (Dr Sharon).

Senior bowlers get chance to strut their stuff

Posted: 13 Feb 2013 04:26 AM PST

SPORTSUNITE has teamed up with Nestle Cornflakes and Sunway Mega Lanes to host the inaugural Seniors Doubles Unity Bowling Carnival catering to senior graded and social bowlers at the Sunway Mega Lanes in Sunway Pyramid on March 9.

Bowlers from two races will form the combination of women's doubles, men's doubles and mixed doubles in the meet for women's graded bowlers 35 years and above and men's graded bowlers 40 years and above.

Besides promoting the spirit of unity and social integration, they have drawn up the handicap structure for the competitors based on their age-groups for women and men in creating a level playing field.

Each bowler is required to complete four games each and the combined scores of both bowlers in the team including their respective handicaps will determine the winners.

The champions will pocket RM1,000 while the runners-up and third placed pairs will settle for RM800 and RM600 respectively.

The fourth pair will secure RM500 and the fifth pair will earn RM400.

Pairs finishing in sixth and 10th positions will also receive RM200 each.

Medals and hampers will also be given away to the high game winners.

A maximum of 72 pairs are expected to join the action.

Entry fee is RM60 per pair.

Those interested in taking part can call 012-209 6012 (Michelle Wong), 017-339 2212 (Micky) or 03-7492 6307/8/9 (Norma).

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Thousands from all walks of life attend CNY open house

Posted: 12 Feb 2013 03:58 PM PST

BATU PAHAT: A large crowd thronged an empty field in Taman Makmur here to take part in an alfresco-style outdoor Chinese New Year open house.

Besides several stage performances and a dragon dance, visitors were also treated to an array of local delicacies including Satay and Nasi Beryani.

The highlight of the evening was a dazzling fire works display and also giving out of red packets by the God of Property.

The MCA's double-decker blue bus, which was parked at the entrance of the field, also attracted a lot of curious onlookers including some snapping photographs of the vehicle with their mobile phones.

Housewife Rozela Khalid, 36, who attended the open house for the first time together with her husband and friends said she enjoyed the performances and the food that was served.

"This is the first time I am attending such a celebration after a long time. We decided to come and see after we heard music playing and also the fireworks," she said.

Rozela said although she did not understand the Chinese language, she was happy to participate in the event.

"I also found the bus which was draped in blue unique as it has a stage on the top floor," she added.

Another visitor C. S Boh, 44, from Malacca, said each year he and his family would take part in the celebrations organised by the Batu Pahat MCA division.

"Usually the event will be held in a hall and this is the first time it is being held in the open. It is nice to catch up with old friends at the event," Boh, a training manager, said adding that he has two young children.

For retiree V.T Singam, 78, from the Batu Pahat senior citizens club, said that such events was a good way to maintain rapport with their elected representatives including the future candidate for the Penggaram state seat.

Singam, who retired from Tenaga Nasional, said that the new candidate Dr King Ban Siang has been going around engaging with the local residents and non-governmental organisations for some time.

He said that the locals were hoping for better roads out of Batu Pahat and also improvements in terms of the drainage in the area.

Meanwhile Dr King, who is also Batu Pahat 1MCA Medical Foundation bureau chief, said that the response from the local community was good with the huge turnout at the event.

"This is the first time in 27 years that our Chinese New Year open house is held in this "open concept".

"It is also a good way to be close to the people," he said.

Meanwhile, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek who was present at the event together with other MCA leaders, outlined the many projects being carried out by the Barisan National government under the leadership of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

He also urged the people not to be hood-winked by the opposition's populist policies, which would bankrupt the country within two years.

Shahrir: Opposition’s claim of racial issues in state baseless

Posted: 12 Feb 2013 03:54 PM PST

JOHOR BARU: Barisan Nasional is not playing on racial issues in Johor as the state does not have such problems as alleged by the Opposition parties in their ceramahs, said Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Samad.

He said parties like PAS and DAP would always play up racial issues during their ceramahs held in the state just to instil fear among the rakyat by saying that the Barisan government and Umno only favour the Malays.

"We have examples such as a seat with a majority of Malay voters who voted for a Chinese candidate in Simpang Renggam parliamentary seat and vice versa in the Ledang parliamentary seat in the last general election.

"Johoreans know that this was a baseless claim and I would like to see a Malay DAP leader contest and win in the next general election to prove that they are the multi-racial party as they claimed they are," he said.

Simpang Renggam parliamentary seat is currently held by Gerakan deputy secretary-general Liang Teck Meng while Ledang parliamentary seat is held by Hamim Samuri.

Shahrir, who is also Johor Baru Umno division chief, was speaking to reporters when attending a groundbreaking ceremony for a new canteen and administrative building at SJKC Foon Yew 1 here recently.

"The cost of the new building, which includes a new canteen and administrative offices, is RM5mil and the Prime Minister has allocated RM2.5mil for the construction and I will try to aid the school in raising more funds soon," he said.

The new four-storey building was slated to complete within a year.

Working together to fight crime

Posted: 12 Feb 2013 03:56 PM PST

JOHOR BARU: The Johor and the Singapore police are working hand in hand in crime prevention in both countries by handing out crime prevention pamphlets at the entry points.

State deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ismail Yatim said the move would help to create better awareness between Malaysians and Singaporeans from falling victim of crimes.

He added that the state police would distribute 30,000 crime prevention pamphlets at main entrance points including at the Causeway here and Second Link Crossing in Tuas near Gelang Patah.

SAC Ismail said among others the pamphlets have tips on crime prevention and the hotline numbers of each police districts in Johor together with the state police hotline for Singaporeans to report on any crime cases involving them.

"Over the years the number of Singaporeans becoming crime victims in Johor has increased, from 400 in 2011 to 466 last year.

"Most of the cases involving Singaporean are vehicle theft where motorcycle thefts are the bulk of it," he said.

He added that the republic's Jurong police district would also issue similar pamphlets at the Singapore entry points.

"With the Iskandar Malaysia progressing well and the influx of Singaporean investors, we want to ensure that Johor is a safe place for them to do business," he said.

He said this in a press conference after the launching of the pamphlets with Singapore Police Force Deputy Comm T. Raja Kumar at AEON Bukit Indah here recently.

Meanwhile, DCP Raja Kumar applauded the initiatives from both the Malaysia and Singapore police force.

"The cooperation between the two has long been established where sharing of intelligence from both sides has help solve and arrest criminals in both countries.

"In today's borderless world, the initiatives taken will to ensure the safety and security of Malaysia and Singapore," he said.

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Dave Clark Five bassist Rick Huxley dies aged 72

Posted: 12 Feb 2013 09:09 PM PST

Rick Huxley, the bassist for the 1960s British Invasion pop-rock group the Dave Clark Five, has died, the band's leader said on Tuesday. He was 72.

Huxley died unexpectedly at his home in the English countryside on Monday, Dave Clark told Reuters.

The band scored No. 1 hits on both sides of the Atlantic during its decade-long run from 1960-1970.

"Glad All Over" holds the honor of knocking the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" out of the top spot on the UK chart in 1964, while "Over and Over" topped the U.S. chart in 1965.

The cause of death was not immediately known, said Clark, who added that Huxley had been "sprightly and in good shape" despite suffering from emphysema for several years.

"I spoke to him on Friday and he was in great spirits," Clark said in a telephone call. "He went through a recent doctor's check and had a good, clean bill of health. This came totally out of the blue, and I'm just devastated."

Clark remembered Huxley for his modest demeanor and humor.

"He always made me smile and I'll miss that immensely," Clark said. "He was never arrogant and flashy. He was a gentleman and very low key. He was a very, very talented musician and a great friend."

The Dave Clark Five was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Huxley was born in Dartford, England, east of London, the same town that is home to the Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards.

Huxley is survived by two sons and a daughter. -Reuters

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