Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pray For The Strays

The Hutan Bandar Putra in Kulaijaya has been regarded by some as a dumping ground of sort for stray cats. Last week, the maintenance workers there found 10 strays.

Not knowing what to do with the strays,  the workers built a shelter for the cats more than a year ago.

The shelter, located in a nursery near the urban park, had more than 50 cats at one time. Some have been adopted while some have died.

Azman Yusoff, 44, a Kulaijaya Municipal Council worker said he and his colleagues fork out their own money to take care of the cats.

Azman said they could only provide "apa yang kita mampu" (what we can afford).

It costs about RM500 a month to feed the cats but Azman said the biggest burden is the medical costs, as some of the strays have health problems.

The Society For Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA) Johor Baru deputy chairman Dr Edwin Singam (left) and committee member G. Rajakupal paid a visit to the shelter after the SPCA was alerted about the plight of the cats by a concerned animal lover.

Dr Edwin said some of the cats could be suffering from sporotrichosis, which can be transmitted to 

"I will also get the State Veterinary Department to check on the cats," Dr Edwin said, adding that animal shelters provide volunteer opportunities for veterinarians and veterinary students.

Dr Edwin also said there are more than 20 privately-funded animal shelters in Johor Bahru. Of these, 
10 are in deplorable condition.

This is Azman, a cat lover who has 11 cats at home.

Animal lovers have to step up efforts to re-home the strays. 

The concerned cat lover said the shelter fails to provide sufficient food and water for the cats and that some cats have died as the sick ones were in the same enclosure as those that were healthy.

I noticed that there was a lack of bowls filled with drinking water and some of the cats were in need of medical attention. Sigh.  On the other hand, roaming the streets and in coffee shops pose a threat to the animals' safety.

Which is better? A life on the streets where there will be variety and vicissitudes as well as peril, or a life in an enclosure where life is pretty much the same day in day out, and worse, if the shelter has unsanitary conditions? 

Pray for the Strays.

Friday, April 24, 2015

For Women Only

For the Bahasa Malaysia version, please go here

Women in their 50s are undergoing CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser treatments to restore the elasticity of the vagina, and are willing to spend thousands of ringgit to ensure they perform better in bed.

Patients would have to undergo a medical examination and three sessions of the CO2 treatments with each session costing about RM3,000.

Pinnacle Figure Aesthetic Clinic director, Dr Terence Teoh said the South Korean technology was gaining popularity in Johor Baru among women, including menopausal women.

The treatment is said to be able to restore the intimacy of husband and wife.

"The treatment is proposed to those who have given birth and who wants to tighten or restore their vagina," he said, adding that a majority of his patients are aged between 30 and 40 and were housewives.

"However, in recent years, many of my patients are in their 50s and even those who have reached menopause are keen to have their vaginas restored."

Dr Teoh gave his assurance that the treatment does not have any side effects and is safe.

"The reason that the women gave for undergoing the treatment was to maintain intimacy with their husbands.  Many of my patients also said they were able to overcome the problem of frequent urination after the treatment."

The clinic is located at Jalan Harimau Tarum in Taman Century, Johor Bahru. 

Dr Teoh has 15 years of medical experience in a specialist hospital before opening the clinic three years ago.

Dr Teoh's patients comprise of locals and those from Singapore, where the treatment is said to cost more in the republic.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Helping Others

Alvin has struck again. If you want to read what Rev. Deacon Dr Sherman Kuek has to say about Alvin's stunt, please click here

I like The Azan, Salib Rapped at Rocky's Bru.  It's the best wish anyone can make for someone like Alvin.

I used to think that Muslims would never want to set foot in a non-halal eatery till I met someone who didn't mind sitting in one and who even waited for me to finish my meal.

There are good and bad people in every race and religion.

Let's not give Alvin too much attention. Better to look at this 79-year-old  man with a great bod.

Or we could check on these two Johor MCA leaders to see what they have been up to lately.

Johor MCA bureau of coordinating government affairs chairman Michael Tay (pictured right) is helping Ahmad, a senior operations executive by day and pasar malam trader by night settle a RM28,000 debt which he accumulated after borrowing from 23 Ah Longs (illegal moneylenders).

Tay will try and talk to the loansharks and get them to allow Ahmad to settle his debts in instalments.

Former hair saloon operator, Wee Ah Mek, 68, from Kelantan, is crying because she had paid a 10 percent deposit for a RM208,000 terrace in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Johor Baru, in June 2012.  The vendors decided to sell the property to another buyer and promised to refund the deposit after they had signed a Deed of Revocation on October 2012.  To date, Wee has yet to get her money back.

MCA national public complaints bureau chief Jason Teoh (pictured, left) has called on Wee's lawyer and the vendors to come out to discuss how they can settle the matter amicably, or legal action will be taken.

According to Teoh, the lawyer was involved in the new sales transaction of the same property.  If that was the case, why did he fail to protect the interest of his client? Hmm ...

We wish Michael and Jason success in their endeavour to help Wee and Ahmad to get back their money and peace of mind respectively.  Isn't it more gallant and worthwhile to help others than indulging in self-sabotage?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


I would like to share a post from Life of Annie, which is an interesting read.

Nasib Penyokong Marhaen Najib

In this post, Annie shares the story of a couple where the husband had lost his job.  Their support and loyalty to a certain organisation had yielded to only disillusionment in return.

The betrayal,  the thought of being discarded or being treated like a second class citizen in return for one's dedication, hard work and beliefs.  This really sucks.  I wish the couple well, and hope that something good will come their way soon.

A good man will not be down for long.  You just need to have faith.

Some things are just so senseless, like Kiven's death in Farewell Kiven  

I, too, am disillusioned with the lies and the sandiwara. Many of us are.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Separate The Household Wastes

This is a good practice. Let's start now!

JOHOR BARU: It will be mandatory for all types of household wastes to be separated in an effort to promote a healthier and cleaner environment in six states and the Federal Territory from September.
Solid Waste Corporation (SWCorp) Johor Baru director Asri Amat said the Household Solid Waste Segregation Programme would take effect following months of awareness campaigns.
“Come September, each household must separate their recyclable items in separate transparent plastic bags while regular wastes such as food and organic wastes can be placed into plastic bags.
“Food waste bags should be thrown into the wheelie-bins while the transparent bags should be placed at the side of the bin along with any bulk waste,” he told The Star here yesterday.
The six states are Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perlis and Kedah.
Asri said the objective of the programme was to ensure that only lesser wastes was sent to the landfills thus prolonging the landfills’ life span.
“Currently, each of our landfills can take in rubbish for about 50 years but with this new programme, we are confident of increasing the life span of landfills to an average of 100 years, similar to Korea and Japan,” he said. 
Asri said the company had been conducting awareness campaigns in several areas in Johor to educate the public on the programme since March.
“We hope that with the ample time given, the public will comply with the new methods of waste management,” he said, adding that adopting the new method should not be a major problem as Johor has the highest number of recycling clubs in the country.
He said the numbers of landfills could be reduced through the new method as the centralisation system currently enforced in Johor had also reduced the number of landfills from 16 to seven over the past six years.
“Those who do not abide by the new regulations will be facing action under the Solid Waste and Public Cleanliness Act,” he said. 
Meanwhile, in Putrajaya, SWCorp chief executive officer Datuk Ab Rahim Md Noor said a company had been appointed to collect garbage in the six states and the Federal Territory.
“They will also observe and note households who flout the rule. Notices will be issued and a maximum compound of RM1,000 will be imposed on errant househols by 2016,” he told Bernama after giving out prizes to winners of a 3R (Reduce Reuse Recycle) marathon run yesterday.
source: Star online

Friday, April 17, 2015

Girls' Night Out

Apart from frivolity and fun, security is an important value when you are on a girls' night out.  Just came back from the Cantina Sports Pub and Cafe in the Ponderosa Golf and Country Club in Johor Bahru. It's quite late.

The registration number of every car that comes into the golf club is recorded, and motorcycles are not allowed entry. Parking is also free in the Ponderosa, which is surrounded by vast greenery.

The menu of the Cantina has cocktails and mocktails.  I chose 

a novito

and indulged in a prawn bruschetta.

Ponderosa has launched a membership card for ladies only at RM60 per year. Members enjoy vouchers and privileges such as dining at a discounted rate of 15%, a Javanese massage in a spa operated by Rina Nature Spa and Recreation Sdn Bhd (20%) and room rates (30%).

If you have any enquiries, please call 07-354 9999

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Plea For Peace

JOHOR BARU: Some 20 business operators along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee gathered with placards demanding peace, following an assault on a hairstylist and his guests on Sunday night. In the 11.50pm incident, Long Kok Ming, 31, was having a party with his family and friends when a misunderstanding occurred between the party-goers and a group of Bazaar Karat traders operating nearby. Trouble had been brewing between the traders and the businessmen for the last two years but the Sunday night incident involved physical violence. Long, who had been operating at a corner hair saloon for the last six years, said he holds a party there every year. “There is a garden beside my shop and my guests and I were having a barbecue party. “The children were playing with their water guns while my friend from Australia was playing music to entertain the guests. “I am not sure how the quarrel started. 

Before the gate crash

Perhaps water from the children’s water gun had splashed on one of the traders, or the water from our water hose while we were washing up... I am not sure what, but the trader got angry and rounded up his friends and they gate crashed the party. “They broke down the wooden fence, and the guests sitting nearby suffered bruises when the fence hit them as it came crashing down. “There were more than 10 of them and some were armed with knives and sticks. “When I tried to stop them, one of them held me by my neck and pointed the stick at me. He didn’t hit me but he challenged me to lodge a police report,” said Long adding that the men also wrecked the place by overturning the tables and chairs, and throwing the plates.


A police report was lodged the following morning. Long said there was one time when he told the trader who had assaulted him not to park his van in front of the shop. “Sometimes the traders would just pee in the alley, and they would park their vehicles and cause road congestion whenever they set up their makeshift stalls,” he said. Johor Baru Selatan deputy police chief Superintendent Abd Wahid bin Musa said the traders have been picked up and their statements have been recorded. The case is being investigated under Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt.

Long's little corner shop

source: http://www.nst.com.my/node/80535

Gem Of The City: Rubbish

Every time I pass by this busy stretch of road in the heart of the JB city, the words on the board beckons: "Kesulitan hari ini untuk keselesaan masa hadapan" (hardship now comfort in the future).

It has been reported that the 1.2km river which flows along Jalan Wong Ah Fook is going to be the "gem of the city" by the end of the year.

I'm so excited. Can't wait.

The opening up and cleaning of the Sungai Segget marks the ambitious plan to transform JB into a vibrant city, and the federal government has allocated RM260 million for its rehabilitation, rejuvenation and beautification.

The opening of the river is expected to be in June. It was also reported that the completion of the project in 2015 will elevate the water level and this will allow marine life in the river to thrive.

Really really excited now.

I decided to see what's behind the barricade since it has been put up for some time now and this is already April.


I certainly wasn't expecting this.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Just Curious

The Dewan Rakyat sitting on Friday which ended after a 12-hour debate was unprecedented. 

Many Members of Parliament didn't reach home till the wee hours of the morning, and there was a Cabinet Meeting the following day.  My colleagues covering the event had to do the reports after that. 

There were several bills passed, I read.  Among them was the Prevention of Terrorism Bill Act (Pota) 2015.  Don't really know much about all these laws and bills.

On that day, I had gone to watch Fast and Furious 7 and had posted my thoughts about the film, and the grocery shopping after the movie.   But I decided to take down the post, and to read it again, just in case I had unintentionally written something seditious.  

After reading through the post, I guess it was ok.  After all,  I only wrote about the movie and the price of coffee.

Today, I got to meet Nancy Shukri, a minister in the Prime Minister's Department.  I was surprised that she talked about the long debate in the Dewan Rakyat sitting.  She said she hoped such a thing would not happen again.  Even the MPs felt it was over the top.

Nancy said she didn't have any issue with Pota, she just felt there should be fairness in the tabling of laws in the future.  She suggested that the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) or the Law Reform Commission (LRC) to be brought back as this would shorten the time for the tabling of a bill.

She urged the government to follow the Australian and British system where proposed laws are discussed at a committee level before they are brought to parliament.

She also said lawmakers from both sides of the political divide want to be seen as professionals and not as "rubber stamps".

So, do you agree with Nancy that the LRC or PSC should be brought back, or should something new be introduced so that there won't be a repeat of another long debate?

Meanwhile, should I still write about the movie?  Ok, maybe just a bit.  For me, the movie has its exaggerated moments, the sweet, tender moments and the thrills and humour. 

One of my favourite scenes was when the team drove their vehicles out of the plane. I love the spirit and camaraderie of the team.

The scene where Dwayne Johnson's character Hobbs broke the cast on his arm and said he was going back to work was just admirable. When one loves one's job, one would do what Hobbs did. Do you agree?

About the coffee, I just want to say that the same type of coffee can cost RM17 in a sundry shop and   RM15 at a shopping mall.  And if there's a promotion, the price could even be lower.

One just needs to be more discerning.

The price of a Matcha green tea ice cream has also gone up to RM3.90 from RM3.50 after GST.

The End.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

One Clown Party Shop

Waltz into One Clown Party Shop if you're thinking of throwing a fun-filled party for kids or a surprise birthday bash for a friend or loved one, as the shop is a one-stop outlet for party supplies, decorations, costumes and accessories.

It is balloons galore and more at One Clown Party Shop, which offers balloon printing services, helium balloons (the floating kind) and costumes of superheroes and cartoon characters for rental, among other things.

Wan, the shop manager, says people have been coming in almost daily to enquire about their costume rental service since the shop started operations here six months ago.

He also says that balloons are trending now as they are used to convey messages.  

"For instance, when lovers have a fight, sorry may seem to be the hardest work so what do you do in an awkward situation, the boy or the girl will buy a balloon with the words "I'm Sorry" as a gift or token of apology.

"We can also print your face on the balloon.  And when a toddler turns ONE,  the parent can get a balloon with the words "1st Birthday".  Balloons with the Frozen theme are also popular among our customers."

Wan, who is a professional clown, says the shop has about 500 types of balloon designs and the foil balloons found here are imported from the US and UK.

"Our foil balloons can float in the air for as long has half a month unlike the cheaper ones that will deflate in a day or two," he said, addingthat a party package can start from RM800.

Located at No. 33, Jalan Padi Emas 3/1 in Bandar Baru Uda, Johor Bahru, the shop opens daily from 9am to 8pm.

For further enquiries, call 019-7024884

Monday, April 6, 2015

Big M Happy Wash

After he graduated from the University of South Australia in Adelaide in 2012, Chin Ming Wei worked for a year and a half in a bank.

The 26-year-old decided that he wanted to try something different, and left the banking industry.

He now owns and manages the BIG M HAPPY WASH, a 24-hour self-service laundry outlet located at 29, Jalan Temenggong 10, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah in Skudai, Johor Bahru.

Chin Ming Wei
Ming Wei (pictured) said he chose to venture into the laundry business because it is sprouting in Johor Bahru but has yet to become prevalent.

On his future plans, Ming Wei said he was going to "see where this goes" before deciding whether to expand his new venture.

For the opening, Big M will offer free wash from today (April 6) to April 10.

At the opening today Vinci Ee, in her 20s, was seen trying out the free wash.

"The water temperature was warm enough, and the shop is clean and cosy. I would definitely come again," Ee said.

Melanie Kan, in her 40s, who works in Singapore, said she would usually be too tired to do the laundry when she goes home after work.

"Don't be surprised. There are many customers who go to 24-hour laundry outlets in the middle of the night," she chuckled.

After the 5-day promotion, the prices will be as follows 9kg RM4 (cold water), RM5 (warm) and RM6 (hot). For a 14kg load, it is RM6 (cold), RM7 (warm) and RM8 (hot). Drying, which takes 24 minutes, is RM4.

The outlet has six washers and four dryers. The detergent, softerner and sanitiser are dispensed into the machines at no charge. Yes, percuma. 免费 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

What Community Leaders Say About VEP

JOHOR BARU: Community leaders have mixed views on the RM20 Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee to be imposed on Singapore-registered vehicles from August 1.

   Johor Baru Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JBCCI) president Loh Liam Hiang said the RM20 fee would not affect Singaporeans or stop them from coming here.

  Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Association of Malaysia president Teh Kee Sin shared Loh's sentiment, but called on the government to look at the bigger picture.

Teh Kee Sin
   "Iskandar Malaysia and Singapore should join forces to create a window for those in the Asean Economic Community (AEC), especially those who are not well-versed in the command of the English language like Japan and China.

  "Japanese and Chinese investors need assistance if they are thinking of investing in Malaysia, so if Iskandar Malaysia and Singapore were to work together, we could get even more investors from these regions to come here.

  "Imposing a VEP fee is akin to building a wall and that is not a very friendly gesture.  We should build more places of interest and try to get more tourists and investors to come in and get each family in a car to spend RM2,000 per trip than a mere RM20 on VEP charges," Teh said.

  "If the government is worried about congestion on the roads, then expedite the construction of the Rail Transit System (RTS) or the mass rapid transit (MRT).  Singapore has been one of the top three investors in Iskandar Malaysia for the past few years.  We should concentrate on better mobility in the face of globalisation.

  "The VEP charge is going to affect those who are not using the road. When a SME operator pays extra (when Singapore also revise their VEP charges when we implement ours),  consumers are going to bear the cost of any price increase, whether they use the road or not,"  he said.

  Petty Traders, Textile and Decorative Items Association president J. Theyagarajan said he welcomed the VEP charge but urged the government to revise downward the Goods and Service Tax (GST) rate since the VEP charge would generate income for the nation.

  "This will reduce the burden faced by the lower-income group."

  On Saturday, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the government is planning to impose the VEP on Singapore-registered vehicles on August 1, and to standardise the charges on all foregin-registered vehicles at all borders in phases.

source: New Straits Times

Friday, April 3, 2015

An Update On The VEP

Here's an update on the soon-to-be imposed VEP charges on foreign-registered vehicles entering Malaysia.

NST online

By Chuah Bee Kim - 4 April 2015 @ 11:03 AM 

JOHOR BARU: The Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) charges on Singapore-registered vehicles entering the country via Johor Baru is expected to be implemented on August 1.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the government plans to standardise the charges on all foregin-registered vehicles at all borders in phases.

“We will probably begin implementing charges on Thailand-registered vehicles next year,” Aziz said before launching the Funride and Criterium at the Dataran Bandaraya here today.

The event, which attracted more than 100 cycling enthusiasts from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore, was held in conjunction with the coronation of the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar last month.

The event was jointly organised by the Johor state government, the Johor Cycling Association, Johor Sports Council and Malaysian National Cycling Federation and sponsored by Iskandar Waterfront Holdings.

Aziz said the ministry was now in the process of procurement of the devices for the implementation of the RM20 charges on Singapore-registered vehicles, and Johor will be the first state to introduce VEP charges.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Baby Is Busy

This is quite a common sight. While the mother or guardian is eating at a food court, the toddler is given a handphone to play with.

"There's no other way to keep the child quiet long enough for me to eat," one young mother told me.

Besides the handphone, are there any other creative waya to capture a child's attention? Are the number the patients with eye problems  getting younger? Does this habit affect a young child's eye health in any way?

How do mothers from the older generation keep their children occupied while they dine? 

Several questions flash through my mind as I watch this young child. I don't have the answers. I'm just curious.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Going to Desaru, Anyone?

Tocang Girl --- I call her that because she likes to braid her hair at night, so that she will wake up with curls the next day --- asked me just now which is the better resort to stay in if she were to go to Desaru.

She was not the first one to ask me this.  Several months ago, a Singaporean friend also asked me the same question.

Lotus Desaru Beach Resort

Pulai Desaru Beach Resort

My answer then and now remain unchanged.  If you want rest and recreation (the thrill-seeking kind), Lotus Desaru Beach Resort would be the better choice.  If you want rest and relaxation (a massage and some peace and quiet), I would recommend Pulai Desaru Beach Resort, which is just next to the Lotus Desaru.  One can also play beach games at Pulai Desaru.

It's hard to say which is the better holiday resort.  For me, I would choose massage over paragliding.  But I had a pleasant and unforgettable stay at both resorts.

I've gained quite a fair bit of weight since I stayed at the resorts and am currently on a diet.  Anyway, the links are as follows:

Lotus Desaru

Thrill Seekers Head To Desaru

Water 爱人

Summer Vacation

Awaken To Life's Simple Pleasures

Pulai Desaru Resort

An Awesome Day

Honeymoon Suite

Anyone who have stayed in either Pulai Desaru Beach Resort or Lotus Desaru Beach Resort, or have any other suggestions for prospective holidaymakers, feel free to share your thoughts.

For Tocang Girl, I really don't know what to suggest.  She definitely isn't a sports enthusiast.  I think she will choose to try out thrilling twist braid styles over parasailing, and getting a body massage is not her thing either as she finds it to be extremely ticklish. 

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