Resort ramps up festive cheer to greet visitors
GENTING HIGHLANDS: Visitors to the popular hilltop resort here during Chinese New Year can expect a whale of a time.
A host of activities have been lined up to celebrate the auspicious Year of the Dog, which will add to the festive mood and excitement of the occasion.
One of the highlights is the first “Dog Dance” show in the world – ‘The Prosperity of 9’ – with nine dog mascots and a parade.
The show also features a host of characters such as the Gods of Prosperity as well as lion dance performances.
The show will run from now until March 4 at hotel lobbies and the SkyAvenue mall.
Senior citizens get a ‘lift’ with gift of buggies
KANGAR: The Perlis Islamic Religion and Malay Customs Council (MAIPS) has contributed two buggies to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Palestine, for the use of its senior citizens and the handicapped.
A ceremony was held on Tuesday night to mark the handing over of the buggies by the Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, who is also MAIPS president, to the Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Dr Ekremah Sai’d Sabri.
Sheikh Dr Ekremah Sai’d, who is a former Mufti of Palestine, is in Perlis to deliver a speech in conjunction with the programme “Prihatin Al-Quds 201” organised by MAIPS at the Tuanku Syed Putra Mosque here.
Tuanku Syed Faizuddin also handed over a collection of RM102,500, which was raised for the Perlis Aqsa fund to Sheikh Dr Ekremah Sai’d. — Bernama
Senior official denies accepting gratification
KUANTAN: A senior official with the Works Ministry claimed trial to allegedly accepting RM42,000 as gratification.
Shaiful Azman Taha pleaded not guilty to the charge before Sessions Court judge Dazuki Ali here yesterday.
The accused, who is the contractors services centre director, was said to have accepted a bribe from Hamdan Mat Hasan, a technician for NZH Murni Enterprise, in order to release contractor bumiputra status certificates to the company.
The offence was allegedly committed between 3pm and 4pm at a house in Taman Pelindung Maju, here, on Dec 21, 2013.
Shaiful Azman, 39, was charged under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act, which carries a jail term of up to 20 years, a fine of not less than five times the amount of bribes, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Police probe viral video implicating shuttler
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have started investigations on a viral sex video implicating national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei.
Federal Commercial Crimes Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh said his officers were handling the case.
“We are investigating the case under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for improper use of network facilities,” he said during a press conference yesterday.
Comm Amar Singh said police have recorded Lee’s statement on the matter.
On Tuesday, Lee lodged a report regarding the viral video and vehemently denied being the person depicted in the video.
Over RM4mil raised at dinner for dialysis centre
MENTAKAB: A dinner to raise funds for the Pahang Buddhist Association new haemodialysis centre in Jalan Keruing, Taman Rimba, here received strong support from the public, which saw over 1,000 people showing up.
The centre’s fund-raising committee chairman Datuk Hiang A Li said over RM4mil was raised and more donations were still coming in.
Hiang expressed his gratitude for the generous contributions despite trying times.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, announced a sum of RM50,000 for the centre, through a representative at the event.
Also present were PBA president Datuk Franky Chua Goon Eng, PBA haemodialysis centre chairman Wong See Jau and Temerloh MCA division chief Datuk Henry Wong.
Melaka’s green city drive gets global platform
MELAKA: Melaka’s experience in managing an effective green technology city concept has earned the state a place to share its success stories on sustainable cities at the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9) in Kuala Lumpur.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said he was given the opportunity to table six working papers at the forum that was attended by representatives from 42 countries.
“Last Saturday, I presented a working paper with six related experts with regards to financial support groups involving the sustainable city programme,” he said.
Idris said the chance to present its papers has put Melaka on par with other developed countries.
“The earth’s population will exceed 7.5 billion in a few years, and 70% of them will be residing in cities.
“We need to have a framework to educate the communities, leaders, local authorities and NGOs on the importance of planning for the future,” he added.
The WUF9 is a gathering to formulate ideas on the development of sustainable cities.
Kelantan receives Federal aid to build clinics
KOTA BARU: The Federal Government has allocated RM85mil to Kelantan to build replacement clinics.
State Health Department chief Datuk Dr Ahmad Razin Ahmad Mahir said five clinics, costing a total of RM25mil, were already under construction.
“We are waiting for approval from the Public Works Department to proceed with construction and upgrading of 10 other clinics,” he told reporters during the ground-breaking ceremony to build a RM20.3mil health clinic in Penambang yesterday.
The replacement clinics will be built in Tanah Merah, Gua Musang, Kuala Krai, Machang, Tumpat and Pasir Mas.
Seeing clearly after trip to night bazaar
RAUB: Over 200 Raub residents took the opportunity to have their eyesight tested at the night bazaar here.
Raub MCA public complaints bureau head Ng Leap Pong led a group of volunteers in setting up a counter for the people.
“After the tests, about 122 people, mostly senior citizens with poor eyesight were given spectacles.
“The spectacles were given out for free, courtesy of MCA and sponsors,” he said, adding that the programme was mooted by MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun to look after the people’s welfare.
A similar exercise which was held recently in Sungai Bilut orang asli village benefited more than 25 villagers there.