Review of the month's news in numbers5% increase in passengersPassenger load at airports nationwide last year rose 5% last year, with the KL International Airport topping the list at 24.11 million. Airports in Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Penang recorded between 3.9 and 3.1 million passengers, for both domestic and international flights. KLIA’s main terminal saw 23.21 million passengers last year while the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) has received 4.6 million passengers since it started operations on March 23 last year. Langkawi airport had the highest percentage of increase in passengers at 12.5%, followed by airports in Penang, Kota Baru and Tioman.
RM7,500 fine for bus driverAnithep Duangrueang, the Thai driver of the double-decker bus that crashed along the Batang Kali-Genting Highlands road, killing three Thailand Provincial Electricity Authority (TPEA) employees was fined RM7,500 after pleading guilty to careless and inconsiderate driving. According to the facts, he lost control of the bus while negotiating a turn at a slope while heading towards Batang Kali from Genting Highlands. As a result, the bus swerved and crashed, landing on its right side. The bus was carrying 47 Thai passengers and one Malaysian at that time. Twenty-one passengers were severely injured.
Passport in just 1 hourMalaysians applying for a new chip-based international passport will get the document in less than an hour, according to Home Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat. The on-the-spot processing and issuance of new passports will be made available first at the Home Affairs Ministry's new branch office in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, he said.
$175bln owed to Holocaust survivorsHolocaust survivors are still owed between $115 billion and $175 billion in restitution despite six decades of efforts to return everything the Nazis stole, from their homes to businesses, according to a new study released on Thursday, Jan 18. In the last decade, restitution efforts intensified due to the end of the Cold War, as well as public pressure spurred by new reports of the extent of Nazi looting and uproar over efforts by Swiss banks to conceal victim accounts, said the study's author, international economist Sidney Zabludoff.
RM20mil grant for alma matterDatuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's alma mater – the High School Bukit Mertajam (HSBM) – received a big boost when the Prime Minister announced that it would receive a RM20mil development fund. The allocation under the 9th Malaysia Plan is for the construction of a hostel, teachers' quarters, a sports pavilion and a laboratory. A further grant of RM3.5mil will be used to carry out repair works on the 80-year-old school. Abdullah announced the “gift” at the school's 80th anniversary dinner on Jan 18.
RM3.5mil:The amount Malaysia has pledged to help Lebanon in its rebuilding programme. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he would instruct Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar to make the donation as part of Malaysia's commitment to help the war-torn nation.
50,000:The number of customers HSBC is targeting for its latest Islamic banking offering - the HSBC Amanah Smart Account-i (Amanah Smart-i) - this year. Amanah Smart-i is an integrated savings and current account aimed at the “young and smart” market segment.
US$5.5M:The amount paid for a 1966 800-horsepower Shelby Cobra "Super Snake", once the personal car of Carroll Shelby, the racing veteran who developed the iconic vehicle, during an auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is a record for an American car. Shelby, 84, who created the Cobra in the '60s using Ford engines and a British sport car chassis, said he built the Super Snake - with twin superchargers on a 427 cubic inch V-8 - and drove it for years.
RM41.44mil:The amount of financial aid the Education Ministry has distributed to 141,992 poor primary school pupils in Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Labuan, Pahang, Kelantan and Johor. The financial aid is part of the RM131.87mil allocation under the Poor Students Provident Trust Fund (KWAPM), which entails schooling and general aid.