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Ten major outlets offering price cuts

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

SERDANG: Ten major supermarkets and hypermarkets nationwide will reduce prices of 4,000 selected products by up to 70% to ease the burden of the rakyat due to the rising cost of living.

"Today, we are laun­ching a Price Reduction Campaign and 10 major companies with 955 outlets nationwide will participate," Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said when launching the campaign at AEON Balakong here yesterday.

He said that discounts of between 15% and 70% would be offered on some 4,000 selected products for a period of six months.

"The price reductions are big and this will surely be felt and enjoyed by the rakyat," he said, adding that the exercise is part of the Govern­ment's effort to cushion the rising cost of living.

The companies participating in the campaign are AEON, AEON BIG, Econosave, Mydin, NSK, 99 Speed­mart, Sego Fresh Mart, Giant, KK Mart and Tesco.

Price check: Najib touring the vegetable section of the AEON hypermarket in Balakong after launching the Price Reduction Campign. — FAIHAN GHANI / The Star

Price check: Najib touring the vegetable section of the AEON hypermarket in Balakong after launching the Price Reduction Campign. — FAIHAN GHANI / The Star

Among the 4,000 on the reduced-priced list are fresh produce, frozen food, dried food, canned food, drinks, baby and children products and non-food items.

"As an open economy, Malaysia is surely exposed to external factors that are beyond our control.

"The issue of rising prices must be tackled by all quarters as it was be­­yond one's control, including that of the Government," he said.

Najib said mandarin oranges from China were costing more this Chi­nese New Year as poor weather in China had greatly reduced the supply of the item.

"From what I had gathered, similar oranges imported from Pakistan are being sold two ringgit cheaper than those from China.

"I am giving this as an example so that consumers will make informed decisions," he added.

Family of three detained for possessing drugs and firearms

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

BALIK PULAU: Three family members have been detained for possession of drugs and firearms at their house in Pulau Betong here.

Acting on a tip-off, a team from the South-West district Narcotics CID found the items at various parts of the house during a raid.

Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Lai Fah Hin said the three suspects, all fishermen, comprised a 46-year-old man, his 18-year-old son and their 27-year-old relative.

"We found three small packets of powder suspected to be syabu (methamphetamine) weighing 4.1g, nine 12-bore shotgun bullets, seven packets of ketum juice, an air gun, a rifle, 50 ball bearings and a blade in the Monday evening raid.

"The father and son tested positive for methamphetamine while the other man had finished serving jail time for possessing stolen goods," he told a press conference at the district police headquarters here yesterday.

The three are on remand until Feb 3 to facilitate with investigation under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, Section 30(3) of the Poisons Act 1952 and Section 8 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act.

Police have also crippled two gangs and arrested seven men on Monday in connection with gang robbery and house break-ins.

Supt Lai said among those who were nabbed at a house in Sungai Pinang were four members of Gang Tocang.

"After investigation, we found that they had committed eight break-ins in the Balik Pulau area," he said.

In another case, police had arrested three suspects from Gang Vinod believed to have been responsible for seven gang robberies in various locations.

All three have criminal records and are expected to be charged at the Balik Pulau court today under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code for gang robbery.

Hashtag still going strong on Twitter

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

PETALING JAYA: On rapidly evolving social media platforms like Twitter, hashtags on some topics tend to diminish as quickly as they are created.

However, one local hashtag not only survived for three years, thanks to tweets from Malaysians, but made it to Twitter's worldwide trending list on Jan 28.

The hashtag #youknowyouremalaysianwhen was first used on Nov 5, 2011 when user @ashrafhilmy tweeted "#youknowyouremalaysianwhen you eat fat rice (nasi lemak) for breakfast".

Since then, many other users have contributed their tweets using the hashtag, sometimes to comment on typically Malaysian attitudes and quirks and, at other times, giving a comic twist to current affairs.

On the day the hashtag was trending, many users reposted an image which lamented a lack of "freedom to tweet", as users had to think many times before posting something "for fear of someone trying to spot our mistakes".

Other users also took a swipe at the recent spate of jokes related to "kangkung", as user @hri_my tweeted "#youknowyouremalaysianwhen you laugh at all the kangkung jokes".

Although the hashtag was created in 2011, it took a dip the following year, with only two tweets linked to it in 2012.

The hashtag regained popularity a few weeks after the 13th general election, when user Niresh Kaur tweeted "#YouKnowYoureMalaysianWhen you can swear in Chinese, Tamil, Punjabi and Malay #multiracial".

Usage of the hashtag escalated in November last year, with more comments focused on Malaysian practices.

Tobias Eaton (@NarryAllDWay) commented on the practice in schools where students were expected to stand and greet teachers as they enter the classroom.

"#youknowyouremalaysianwhen you have to stand up and greet the teachers every time they walk into your class and wait until you are allowed to sit," he said.

One recent tweet by user Mohd Ameer was "#youknowyouremalaysianwhen you put your handphone over your ears to hear a song, instead of using earphones".

The hashtag is an adaptation from similar ones used by other countries, such as #youknowyoureamericanwhen (United States), #youknowyourebritishwhen (Britain), and #youknowyoureaustralianwhen (Australia).


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