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Towering Issue

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pic and story source: https://www.nst.com.my/actionline/2017/05/243576/telco-tower-worries-residents


About 400 residents in Taman Mount Austin Phase Two in Johor are worried about a transmission tower which they claim suddenly sprang up within the water tank area of their neighbourhood.
   “The tower came up within five days. After the structure came up, outsiders kept coming into our neighbourhood and they are arguing with the security guards every day.
   “The outsiders, mainly from telecommunications companies, do not even have letters of authorisation from their companies.
   “When the security guards demand to see their identification and their reasons for entering the neighbourhood, they would argue that they have valid reasons as they must work on the tower,” said K.H. Wong, a spokesman from the Taman Mount Austin Phase Two Residents Association.
Wong added that it was all right if Syarikat Air Johor (SAJ) Holdings Sdn Bhd wanted to do work on the water storage ar…

Harmony Run

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I have not been consciously planting seeds for quite some time.  But today's press conference at the Sutera Mall in Johor Bahru, made me want to start planting again.

Planting and nurturing the seed till it bears fruition.  Thanks to Tanah Sutera Development Sdn Bhd general manager Steven Shum's sharing that "times may be bad, but if you plant good deeds in fertile ground, the seed will bear fruit in due time", adding in jest that the "returns" is not guaranteed though.


Steven said this at a media gathering to announce the Harmony Run, organised in conjunction with the company's annual Muhibbah Night and Carnival, on September 16, 2017.

For the past two decades, Tanah Sutera has been organising events to build better communities, bringing residents of different races together.

The event also coincides with Malaysia Day, whichcommemorates the establishment of the Malaysian federation on September 16 in 1963.

The run, which will be held at the Sutera Sq…

Eighty Percent Of Accidents At Malaysian Construction Sites Go Unreported

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JOHOR BARU: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has urged employers to report workplace incidents, even ‘near misses’, to the Department of Occupational and Safety Hazard (DOSH).
  NIOSH chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said only 20 per cent of accidents at construction sites nationwide were reported to DOSH between 2009 and 2014.
  A review, carried out by researchers from NIOSH and two public universities, revealed that out of 31,347 accident cases which occurred in the construction sector in that period, only 787 were investigated by DOSH.
  "Employers tried to hide the cases and the big gap between the number of cases that occurred and the number that were investigated showed that many cases have gone unreported.
   "I'm raising this matter because this year's theme for the World Health and Safety Day, celebrated worldwide on April 28, is to ‘optimise the collection and use of Occupational Safety and Health data’," Lee said after l…

European Theme

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Welcome to the European-themed service suite, recently launched by Capital City Property Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Capital World Limited.

The development, located in the Tampoi Industrial Estate, Johor Bahru --- next to Kilang Bateri and opposite the Country Garden Central Park --- will offer 630 units of service suites of European, Asian and American themes.

It also comprises a 6-storeys shopping mall and a hotel --- the Garden Inn by Hilton --- along with 690 units of service apartments to be launched soon.  The development includes recreation facilities and a convention hall.



BMW Regional Parts Distribution Centre in Senai

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JOHOR BARU: BMW Group has expanded its presence in Malaysia with the launch of a new Regional Parts Distribution Centre in Senai here on Thursday.

Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) chief executive officer Datuk Azman Mahmud said the opening of the centre was timely in capturing growing market opportunities in the region.

"The existing strategic free trade agreements and the upcoming Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) makes the investment timely and also shows that BMW is serious about its investments in Malaysia," Azman told reporters at the RM130 million facility.

BMW Group had initially set up a facility in the Port of Tanjong Pelepas in 2004. It has now tripled its capacity to 45,000sqm with the new facility, which employs 80 local staff.

"The group plans to expand the facility to 65,000sqm by 2025," Azman said.

The group currently also engages 55 local service providers with an annual contract value of more than RM25 million a…

Mob Encounter

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What Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said about people having a lack of tolerance and understanding which had led to the fracas outside a surau in Taman Austin Perdana, Johor Bahru, on May 5, was very true.

On Saturday night, I too had an unpleasant encounter with an angry group, but my encounter did not escalate into an altercation.

The mob was judgemental and very angry.

Today, I re-visited the carpark where the incident took place.


After dinner, I paid the parking fee of RM5 and headed straight to the car park.


After paying, the management allocates 15 minutes for you to take your car out.


As there were cars that were not parked inside the parking lots on Saturday and many more cars by the side, front and back, it took me a bit of time to get my car out.

Actually, a young man came along and helped me to drive my car out.  The handsome fellow had to drive in reverse.


And when I finally got to the gantry, I had to wait some time for the car in front of me to get out ev…