Huazong hopes high speed rail project will take off


Compiled by SIRA HABIBU, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

HUAZONG (the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia) hopes the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project, which has been suspended since 2018, could be revived, reported Sin Chew Daily.

Its president Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan said the 350km railway project could shorten the travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to only 90 minutes and would benefit the people of the two countries.

In a statement, he lauded the efforts of International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali’s efforts

in securing a second deferment on the project from May 31 to Dec 31,2020.

On Sept 5,2018, both governments had agreed to suspend the construction of the bilateral project until May 31,2020, to find the best way forward for the project.

The Malaysian government was reported to be reviewing the project with MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd on cost reduction options such as relooking at and optimising the alignment, station locations and business model.



> Not only was a mock online auction by a Malaysian celebrity surprisingly well received, he had even managed to sell quirky items such as a bottle of air from his home, the daily also reported.

Local DJ and comic Jack Lim experimented with the idea of live streaming an auction on his Facebook page on Monday by selling his DVDs and other merchandise.

But before he kicked off the auction, he jokingly said that he was offering a bottle of air from his home for sale.

To his surprise, not only did viewers bid for his bottle of air, they bought all 200 items he had for sale under 10 minutes.

“Online sales have become a new trend.

“Before the movement control order (MCO), I hardly bought anything online. But after the MCO began, I have found that it could be fun.

“Since live streaming has become a trend, I wanted to try and see everyone’s response to it, ” he said.

Lim added that he was now considering selling proper goods online, which could potentially be 40% to 50% cheaper than retail prices.

“I can also make extra income; it’s a win-win solution, ” he said.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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