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Malaysian fishermen have been paying protection money to pirates in the Straits of Malacca for 'safe fishing certificates', a Fisheries Department official said.
The East Coast is known for a wide range of good food, but mention French cuisine, and you would probably get a confused look. If you are in Kuantan, fret no more. Head for Le Parisien, a restaurant operated by Frenchman Alexandre Stephane, and his Malaysian wife, Azrita Abdullah. Now into its fourth year of operation, Le Parisien started off in Kuantan town before Stephane decided to move it to its present location two years ago.
B>MANILA:/BIn its provocative decision to send tourists to the disputed Spratlys, Vietnam is incurring the ire not only of the other claimants but also of Asean. Vietnam is showing the arrogance that is not to be expected of a relatively new member of Asean that, after all, is committed to fostering comity and understanding in the region.
DID you know that salt, cattle and even cowrie shells were once used as money? As it is, the word 'salary' comes from the Latin word I>salarium/I>, meaning 'of salt', and 'fee' comes from the German word for cattle. You can learn such interesting trivia on money matters at Trigometric, a currency specialist shop and gallery in Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya.
A recent article in I>Newsweek/Imagazine haughtily trumpeted that 'for the truly status-conscious, it's not where you go that matters; it's where you stay.' By that token, the destination hotel in Borneo - with all due credit to the island's attraction and mystique - must surely be the luxurious Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort (STAR) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.