Coming up in 2016: From Olympic gold to the vape ban

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  • Friday, 01 Jan 2016

Vapers and traders held a peaceful demonstration over ban of such activities by the Kelantan government starting Jan 1 next year

There is no predicting what will happen in 2016, but here are some of the events slated for this year.


Johor and Kelantan ban vape

The debate on the legality of vaping over the past few months came to a head with some states talking about banning vape liquids and products.

In December, the National Fatwa Council declared the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping as haram for Muslims.

Starting 2016, vape shops in Johor and Kelantan will be forced to close after these state governments banned vape-related businesses.

1MDB final report

The Auditor-General’s final report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is expected to be presented to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

It was scheduled to be presented to the PAC last December but was deferred as the National Audit Department had to update some of the information in the report. The report comes about after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak directed the Auditor-General to carry out an audit of 1MDB with its findings tabled in Parliament in March 2015.

Briefing on Ampang LRT route line extension project LRT station..
Ampang LRT route line extension project.


Ampang line extension completed

The LRT extension project is expected to fully operate with 12 stations, linking Sri Petaling onwards to Kinrara and ending at Putra Heights.

The 18.1km extension, which is part of a RM10bil plan to expand Kuala Lumpur’s public transport network, is expected to help to alleviate traffic especially in the busy suburb of Puchong. There will be an interchange at the Putra Heights terminal which links to the Kelana Jaya Line.

Debates on TPPA

Parliament will sit for the first time in the year with important debates on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and the Child Act (Amendment) bill.

It only requires a simply majority for these bills to be passed.

The TPPA which allows for “free trade” among 12 participating countries, is expected to take effect some time in early 2018.

The Child (Amendment) Bill, meant to tweak the Child Act 2001, will allow for better protection and will replace the Coordinating Council for the Protection of Children with the National Council for Children.


Sarawak state election

All bets are on the state election taking place with Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem looking to lead Barisan Nasional for the first time.

Since assuming office as the fifth Chief Minister replacing Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud in February 2014, Adenan has proven immensely popular and is expected to be a significant influence in drawing votes for Barisan with his no-nonsense and outspoken approach. The elections are expected to take place before the state assembly automatically dissolves on June 20.

Station 6 of the Kelana Jaya LRT line under construction. Filepic


Kelana Jaya extension

The Kelana Jaya line extension which covers 13 stations from Kelana Jaya to Subang and ending at Putra Heights is expected to be completed. The line will have stations in popular residential areas such as Ara Damansara, Glenmarie and Subang Jaya.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak together with Chairman and Chief Executive of Genting Malaysia Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay ( second from left ) at the launching of the Twentieh Century Fox World and Genting Integrated Tourism Plan. Also present are from left President of Twentieth Century Fox , Jeffery Godsick, Ceputy Chairman of Genting Malaysia Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar and President and CEO of Genting Malaysia Datuk Seri Lee Choong Yan.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the launch of the Twentieth Century Fox World and Genting Integrated Tourism Plan. Filepic

Theme park opens

Resorts World Genting will open its doors to the much anticipated 20th Century Fox World outdoor theme park. It will feature characters, rides and activities centred around 20th Century Fox’s most popular and loved movies, from Epic and Rio to Planet of the Apes and Alien vs Predator.

The Sky Avenue and Sky Plaza shopping malls and a second cable car station will also be introduced with the theme park.

Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia hits a return against Tian Houwei of China in the mens singles final match of the Hong Kong Open badminton final at the Coliseum Arena in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE
Will Lee Chong Wei finally win gold at the Rio Olympics. Photo: AFP


Final attempt at Olympic gold

Datuk Lee Chong Wei will be going all out to claim Malaysia’s first ever gold medal at the Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

It will be the final attempt for the shuttler who won two silver medals in the last two Olympic games.

Lately, Lee has been on fire, winning three straight Superseries titles – French Open, China Open and Hong Kong Open.

So, here’s hoping he keeps his formidable form all the way to Rio!

Lewis Hamilton of team mercedes AMG petronas leading the rest in the first lap. Sebastian Vettel of team Scuderia Ferrari won the Malaysian GP at Sepang F1 circuit yesterday.(29/03/2015/S.S.KANESAN/The Star)
Sepang is expected to host the 18th F1 Grand Prix. Photo: The Star/S.S. Kanesan


F1 Grand Prix

The Malaysia Grand Prix will be held at the Sepang International Circuit, for the 18th year.

With the practice rounds on Sept 30, qualifying on Oct 1 and race day on Oct 2, fans can expect a thrilling event at the Malaysian chapter of the F1 calendar, which will feature a record 21 races worldwide.

Bono and Adam Clayton of Irish band U2. They are expected to perform in Malaysia at the end of the year. Photo: Reuters
Bono and Adam Clayton of Irish band U2. They are expected to perform in Malaysia at the end of the year. Photo: Reuters


U2 in Malaysia

Irish rock band U2 is slated to rock out Stadium Merdeka at the end of 2016.

Although the exact date is yet to be confirmed, this phenomenal band is expected to perform some time in November or early December. Organisers are predicting a crowd of some 30,000 fans from Malaysia and around the region.

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