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First all-women CNY event for Wanita MCA

Posted: 22 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita MCA is hold­ing its first all-women Chinese New Year event here next month.

Movement head Datuk Heng Seai Kie (pic) said the Feb 15 dinner at the Xin Cuisine restaurant in Concorde Hotel will be aimed at enhancing networking and closer ties between the wing and women-based organisations.

They include guilds, clan-based associations, community groups and Barisan Nasional component parties, she told a press conference here yesterday. She said the wing will also organise a dialogue between petty traders and the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry to tackle the problems faced by the traders.

She said the meeting will be held soon. Heng said Wanita MCA will also hold programmes to educate consumers on wise spending and savings. On the 15% electricity tariffs hike, the wing urged Tenaga Nasional Bhd to make it gradual and in stages.

Regarding the flash mob on the kangkung issue by Macang Bubuk assemblyman Lee Khai Loon, she said the PKR representative had shown a bad example to youngsters and had instilled hatred for national leaders by disgracing the Prime Minister.

"We strongly condemn the despicable act and will not support such unhealthy political culture," said Heng, referring to the Jan 15 incident in which Lee and his followers stuffed the vegetable into an effigy of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

More Singaporeans opting for reunion dinners in JB

Posted: 22 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

JOHOR BARU: More Singaporeans are taking advantage of the attractive exchange rates and celebrating with their loved ones at Chinese restaurants here this year.

Checks by The Star revealed that an average Chinese New Year eight-course meal for 10 in Singapore was more than twice the price of a similar meal in Johor Baru.

An average eight-course meal for a table of 10 at Chinese restaurants in Singapore costs between S$530 (RM1,380) and S$2,988 (RM7,777) while in Johor Baru it was between RM789 and RM2,088.

M Suite Hotel general manager Dev Singh said the hotel's Ming Court Chinese restaurant was almost fully booked.

"We can see a 15% increase in bookings from Singaporeans this year compared to last year," he said.

Mutiara Hotel's Meisan Szechuan restaurant assistant supervisor Joanne Chan said the restaurant had to split into two sessions to meet demands for Chinese New Year eve. Both sessions were also almost fully booked.

The Wan Li restaurant at Renais­sance Hotel here had also been receiving similar response.

The restaurant's manager Ng Shen-ynn said the restaurant also had to split into two sessions to accommodate the crowd.

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Rush for restaurant reunions

Assailants hijack lorry and drive off with RM4mil in hard disks

Posted: 22 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

PETALING JAYA: A lorry carrying RM4mil worth of hard disks was hijacked by four parang-wielding men en route to the KL International Airport (KLIA).

The incident, which happened near the Kelana Jaya Customs complex along the Damansara–Puchong Expressway on Tuesday night, also left the lorry driver hospitalised when he suffered a heart attack.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed said the 44-year-old driver had left the manufacturing plant in Sungai Way at 11.15pm. The lorry carried some 20 tonnes of the electronic devices.

"The lorry was followed by a four-wheel-drive escort. They travelled some 200m before stopping at a traffic light.

"Then three cars, a Hyundai Sonata, a Proton Waja and a BMW, pulled up next to them, blocking the lorry. The driver could not reverse as the escort vehicle was in the way," he said.

Four men armed with parang alighted from the vehicles and smashed the windscreen of the lorry and dragged the driver out.

"He was not hurt but he suffered a heart attack and has been hospitalised. The suspects drove off with the lorry and the BMW, leaving the Sonata and Waja," said ACP Arjunaidi.

He added that there were no CCTVs in the area and police were on the lookout for the assailants who are believed to be in their 20s.


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