Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Silver Inn



Just back from an overnight stay at the Silver Inn located at No. 2, Jalan Fatimah in Batu Pahat.  The standard room which I stayed in has a water dispenser and TV.


Toothbrush and toothpaste were among the items found in the bathroom.


A black horse's head hung as wall art.


It's an old place with antique furnitures, such as this chair with magnificent carvings that was in the lobby.


The room rates are RM88 nett (standard room), deluxe room (RM95 nett), super deluxe (RM140 nett) and family room (RM145 nett).

The inn is strategically-located in the town centre.



Thursday, December 17, 2015

Community Heroes To Fight Community Woes


Raymund Wee, founder of NANAS.  NST pic by Hairul Anuar Rahim

JOHOR BARU: It was a day of triple jubilation for Raymund Wee, founder and chairman of the Noah's Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary (Nanas) here, who scored big in the Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (IMSHA) on Thursday night.

Wee, who also turned 65 on Thursday, garnered the first trophy in the animal and wildlife category for non-governmental organisation, as well as the Tun Abdullah Badawi Award.

"Winning the two awards was also an unexpected birthday gift," said Wee, who started Nanas in the year 2000 after he opted for early retirement at the age of 42 in 1988.

Nanas currently houses 1,000 over animals, mainly abandoned dogs and cats.

"The stray dog and cat population is a problem that is contributed to by the community and so, it is the community who needs to solve it.

"(There is) no point playing the blame game. Dogs cannot be roaming in the streets as children may be frightened by stray dogs, and postmen may get bitten and road crashes may occur when a stray animal suddenly appears in the motorist's path.

"We need to work with the local authorities to solve the stray population problem," Wee said after his win. He added that animal lovers must not let their kindness rule their head.

There are 11 categories in this year's IMSHA 2015, held for the second time.

The inaugural event last year had attracted 170 nominations.

This year there were more than 200. The project, organised by the Iskandar Malaysia Sustainable Communities Network (IMSC) and coordinated by the IMSHA committee, is a collaboration between the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and non-governmental organisations (NGO).

It was organised to celebrate the unsung heroes of the community.

Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the patron of the event, was not able to attend to give out the awards. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed did the honours instead. Also present was IRDA chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim.

Other winners included Johor Malaysian Nature Society chairman Vincent Chow who won the environmental protection category and Dr Edwin Singam, who won the individual animal and wildlife category

source:  http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/12/117933/triple-jubilation-founder-animal-sanctuary



Congratulations to the winners of last night's IMSHA 2015.
JOHOR BARU: It was a day of triple jubilation for Raymund Wee, founder and chairman of the Noah's Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary (Nanas) here, who scored big in the Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (IMSHA) on Thursday night. Wee, who also turned 65 on Thursday, garnered the first trophy in the animal and wildlife category for non-governmental organisation, as well as the Tun Abdullah Badawi Award. "Winning the two awards was also an unexpected birthday gift," said Wee, who started Nanas in the year 2000 after he opted for early retirement at the age of 42 in 1988. Nanas currently houses 1,000 over animals, mainly abandoned dogs and cats. "The stray dog and cat population is a problem that is contributed to by the community and so, it is the community who needs to solve it. "(There is) no point playing the blame game. Dogs cannot be roaming in the streets as children may be frightened by stray dogs, and postmen may get bitten and road crashes may occur when a stray animal suddenly appears in the motorist's path. "We need to work with the local authorities to solve the stray population problem," Wee said after his win. He added that animal lovers must not let their kindness rule their head. There are 11 categories in this year's IMSHA 2015, held for the second time. The inaugural event last year had attracted 170 nominations. This year there were more than 200. The project, organised by the Iskandar Malaysia Sustainable Communities Network (IMSC) and coordinated by the IMSHA committee, is a collaboration between the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and non-governmental organisations (NGO). It was organised to celebrate the unsung heroes of the community. Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the patron of the event, was not able to attend to give out the awards. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed did the honours instead. Also present was IRDA chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim. Other winners included Johor Malaysian Nature Society chairman Vincent Chow who won the environmental protection category and Dr Edwin Singam, who won the individual animal and wildlife category

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/12/117933/triple-jubilation-founder-animal-sanctuary

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Everybody Loves Ian


A plethora of familiar faces were at the Afiniti Medini in Nusajaya to welcome the incoming Singapore Consul-General Rajpal Singh and bid adieu to the outgoing Consul-General Ian Mak.

Among the Who's Who of Iskandar Malaysia spotted at the reception were Johor Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (Rehda) branch chairman Hoe Mee Ling, Dynasty View Sdn Bhd chief executive officer KK Wong,  Johor Society for the Performing Arts founder Yap Siong Cheng and his wife Suzie Yap and Tanah Sutera Development Sdn Bhd assistant general manager (properties) Goh Lak Jin.

Developed by Pulau Indah Ventures Sdn Bhd, Afiniti Medini is a 50:50 joint venture between Khazanah Nasional Berhad and Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited.

Afiniti Medini located between Legoland and Gleneagles Hospital
 
The 1.9-hectare development, strategically-located between Legoland and Gleneagles Hospital features the Afiniti Residences, Sommerset Medini Serviced-Apartments, CIMB Leadership Academy, Afiniti Wellness Centre and retail spaces.


At the centre of the development is the Oasis, a tropical garden sprawling 8,082 sq metres that showcases water features and over 500 tree and plant species.
Johor Society for the Performing Arts founder Yap Siong Cheng and festival director Suzie Yap - See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/citynews/johor-baru/article/royal-patron-of-the-arts-visits-showcase/royal-patron-of-the-arts-visits-showcase#sthash.2BqT7KfF.dpuf
Johor Society for the Performing Arts founder Yap Siong Cheng and festival director Suzie Yap - See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/citynews/johor-baru/article/royal-patron-of-the-arts-visits-showcase/royal-patron-of-the-arts-visits-showcase#sthash.2BqT7KfF.dpuJohor Society for the Performing Arts founder Yap Siong Cheng and festival director Suzie YA 50:50 joint venture between Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Temasek Holdings (Private) Ltd, Afiniti Medini is made up of Afiniti Residences and Somerset Medini Serviced Apartments, the Afiniti Wellness Centre, CIMB Leadership Academy and retail spacesNestled within the five components is the Oasis, which is the centrepiece of the development featuring 8,082 sq metres of tropical garden with water features and over 500 species of plants and treehe 1.9 hectare development, strategically-located between Legoland and Gleneagles Hospital, are CIMB, The Ascott Ltd and Parkway Pantai Ltd.


Malaysian Bio-Xcell Sdn Bhd executive (business services) Aarti Dhillon and senior manager Zainalbidin Awalludin were at the event.
outgoing Singapore Consul-General Ian Mak and me

Ian has been at the helm of the Singapore Consulate-General office in Johor Baru for the last three years.  He is very down-to-earth, very charming, very cordial and is definitely a tough act to follow.

Welcome, Mr Rajpal.  See you again, Ian.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Purple Fiesta

university undergraduates registering for the Purple Fiesta

NUSAJAYA: Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation Sdn Bhd (BiotechCorp) is confident of achieving the targeted 160,000 workers needed by the bio-based economy in 2020.

Its chief operating officer Razwin Sulairee Hasnan Termizi said the optimism was based on the "sexiness" of the industry, as it has the edge that blends with the interest and enthusiasm of Generations Y and Z.

"We believe we can attract the talent to the field. We just need to give youths some exposure to biotechnology and excite them to the "sexiness" of the industry," Razwin said, adding that the entry-level salary is also competitive.

Razwin said there is a need to give youths exposure to biotechnology.

He said this before the launch of the Purple Fiesta, a two-day event that aims to attract over 400 participants.

"The event is a step forward for BiotechCorp to boost the bioeconomy workforce," said Razwin, who is also the chief executive officer of Bio-XCell Malaysia Sdn Bhd.


At the launch of the career campaign today, there were more than 270 university graduates, lecturers and industry players from the University of Kuala Lumpur (Malacca), Politeknik Nilai, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi MARA Johor, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia and Manipal International University.

The inaugural event which was held at Bio-XCell, a premier custom-built biotechnology park set up by BiotechCorp and UEM Sunrise Berhad, featured career coaching and corporate grooming. Razwin also said that the prime investments in Johor are the oil and gas, and food and agricultural sector, and he hopes to infuse biotechnology into these segments as a leverage.

 "We can add value to what the state already has and the availability of raw materials found here. We can develop our own niche, which also includes focusing on the industrial sector, for instance," he said. BiotechCorp is the bio-based economic development agency under the purview of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) to provide support, facilitation and advisory services for biotech and life sciences companies nation-wide.

On the 267 bionexus companies set up nationwide, Razwin said a few are in the pipelines for a listing on Bursa next year to enable them to penetrate the global market.




Razwin Sulairee Hasnan Termizi


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Holiday Mood

(from left) Dato Peter Yap, Dr Sri Ganesh Michiel, Lee Yean Fu and Datin Eunice Lee at the Press conference in Eight Days Hotel in Permas Mall, Bandar Baru Permas.




I've not heard of Airbnb until today.

First, I heard about it over the radio when the deejays said Airbnb tops the "Best Places To Work" list for 2016.  You can read about why Airbnb was chosen as No. 1 in Why, Airbnb?

And when I attended a press conference later in the day, the organisers of the event also mentioned Airbnb.

I think I need to check out Airbnb and book meself a holiday.

Anyway, this is the link to my NST online story

Airbnb, Homestays Hurting Our Business, Claim Johor Budget Hotel Operators

on the challenges faced by budget hotel operators today.

The RM5,000 deposit for applications and renewal of business licences was introduced two years ago under the Trade Licensing, Business and Industrial (MBJB) 2004 bylaw to ensure that those who carry out renovation works comply with the local council's guidelines, said JB mayor A. Rahim Nin.




Monday, December 7, 2015

Iskandar Putri, Iskandar Puteri


Updated


The first phase of Iskandar Putri, a 7-hectare commercial hub project which consist of 132 units of three and four storey shop offices and a commercial plot, is expected to be fully competed by the first quarter of next year.

A joint venture between Insan Makmur Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Emercon Group of Companies and  the Johor State Government, the development is situated at the edge of the Southern Industrial Logistic Cluster (SiLC) and fronting the bustling Pontian Highway.  It is currently 95 per cent completed.

The address of  Iskandar Putri will now be 79250 Bandar Iskandar Puteri, now that Johor’s administrative capital Nusajaya is renamed Iskandar Puteri. 
It was also announced yesterday that Ledang will be known as Tangkak and Kulaijaya will revert to  Kulai, as decreed by the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ups And Down

The price of RON95 is down by 10 sen to RM1.95 per litre as of Dec 1 but some things are going up


so, this is just a gentle reminder to cultivate the savings habit now, spend wisely, eat and live healthy and Be Your Own Saviour

Remember to pray, too.  Have a thriving Thursday.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"My Saviour, My Friend"

Michael 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).

In spite of the awareness campaigns urging people to steer clear of loansharks, and media reports of harassments and threats, Johor MCA bureau of coordinating government affairs chairman Michael Tay (pictured right) doesn't think the "Ah Long" issue will be going away.

"Don't be shocked if I tell you that some people are praising the Ah Longs.  About 60 per cent of those who turn to Ah Longs are to get a loan for their business, 20 per cent are for personal financial problems and 10 per cent for unexpected emergencies," Michael said.

"Many people are saying that the banks are turning people away. But this is because either the applicants' personal financial situation does not meet the lending criteria or they have been blacklisted for failing to service their loans or settle their credit card debts.

"Just get the current statistics of bank defaulters and the number of those who are blacklisted.  This is why the banks are tightening their credit," he said.

Michael said there are 3 types of moneylenders --- the small fish who gives out a loan of RM1,000 to RM3,000 but charges a high interest, the licenced moneylenders whose operation is similar to that of the unlicenced ones and of course, the unlicensded moneylenders commonly known as Ah Longs.

Of the 3, the Ah Long is the most aggressive when it comes to getting their clients to settle their debts.

The majority of people who have sought Michael's help are low-income earners and "two out of three" who called him almost daily are Malays.   However, Michael said even professionals have turned to Ah Long.

"For those who were able to settle their debts have regarded the Ah Longs as their friend and their saviour," he said. 

Note to self: It's better to be safe than sorry, start the habit of saving for a rainy day no matter what your life circumstances are.  Read Be Your Own Saviour


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