Wednesday, April 16, 2014

PORT DICKSON International Triathlon 2014

Kenyir Lake International Triathlon - 16 March 2014 (Results)
Kapas Marang International Swimathon - 20 April 2014
(CLOSED)
KLANG Premiere Ride - 25 May 2014 (Open. Closing date: 18 April)
SCORE Run - 8 June 2014 (Open. Closing date: 25 April)
Port Dickson International Triathlon - 9-10 August 2014 (Open. Closing date: 1 July)
Morib Triathlon
Nusajaya Triathlon


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14 April 2014


PORT DICKSON International Triathlon 2014

Date : 9 - 10 August 2014
Registration OPEN


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http://www.triathlonmalaysia.com/

ERNEST ZACKAREVIC ARTS : ART IS RUBBISH IS ART

ERNEST ZACKAREVIC ARTS : ART IS RUBBISH IS ART

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During our trip to Penang, we get the opportunity to witness the famous street art artist Ernest Zackarevic arts in the Hin Company Bus depots. The success of Ernest Zackarevic who drew pieces of arts around the town had indeed improve he tourism industry in Malaysia and now he had showcase his arts which is made from rubbish the private place now. The exhibition will be ending this coming 14 February 2014
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Before you entered the exhibition, you can see the theme from Zach which is “Art is Rubbish is Art”. In here, you can find the beautiful art showcase.
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Ernest and Kopi Gold is simply a beautiful art to capture my eyes when I entered into the exhibition. More arts which is available in the art gallery includes
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Girl in Pink which is the art by using pink spray and drawing.
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The Horse
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Girl with balloon
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Japanese Girl with Rubberband
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Trishaw guy
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Michael Jackson- the usual drink in Penang
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Lego crook waiting for the girl is one of the highlight in the arts itself.
Some of others in his collection includes
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The location for this exhibition is at Hin Bus Company. Behind Gama.
Address: Hin Company Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara,
George Town, Penang
Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/250908208397502/

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

NAP 2014 Malaysia's First Step Towards Progressive Market Liberalisation, Says Frost And Sullivan

NAP 2014 Malaysia's First Step Towards Progressive Market Liberalisation, Says Frost And Sullivan

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 (Bernama) -- The newly unveiled revised National Automotive Policy 2014 (NAP 2014) is Malaysia's first step towards a progressive market liberalisation and an attempt to find common path of liberalisation, given the political, economic and technological constraints, says Frost and Sullivan.

Kavan Mukhtyar, Asia-Pacific partner and head of the automotive and transportation practice, said the policy was a "balancing act" between the priorities of attracting new investments, developing sustainable industry competitiveness and safeguarding the interests of existing investors and stakeholders.

"The policy indicates that Malaysia has chosen the path of progressive liberalisation rather than disruptive liberalisation," he said in a statement.

Mukhtyar said the NAP 2014 has been developed with various stakeholders' goal such as making national carmakers more competitive and sustainable while attracting foreign automakers to increase investments and value addition, and use Malaysia as a regional hub for production.

He said the policy also intended to develop the capabilities of local vendors to achieve sustainable growth and export and expand the participation of Bumiputeras in the value chain.

For consumers, the policy has set a progressive car price reduction and increase safety quality, while for the government, the NAP 2014 will enable them to ensure sustainable employment growth in the automotive industry and prudent fiscal management, he said.

"The NAP 2014 seems to try and balance the strategic priorities so that the short-term interests of these various stakeholders do not converge.

"As such, it can be seen as a long-term policy framework that gives a direction to the various stakeholders rather than make a disruptive change in the industry," he said.

However, there are few challenges in implementing the policy such as the unclear incentives available in the Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEV) programme, he said.

Mukhtyar said the EEV programme imposed no investment conditions and offered a great degree of flexibility with incentives depending on automakers level of investments and localisation commitment.

"From an automaker standpoint, their commitments will depend on the extent of incentives available. So, there could be a high degree of interdependency," he said.

He said the customised incentive approach could work if a clear methodology was in place on the factors determining the extent of incentives but if the incentives are purely on a case-by-case iterative process, then it could lead to prolonged negotiations and uncertainty for the automakers.

Mukhtyar said the country also need to develop a strong ecosystem of suppliers that feeds into the EEV supply chain while ensuring the local demand for such vehicles are large enough for the investment to be economically viable.

He said the success or failure of the programme would depend on the speed and the clarity with which it was implemented.

On the local vendors, Mukhtyar said the Malaysian automotive parts industry faced several structural issues like lack of economies of scale, productivity, quality issues and overdependence on national automakers, and urgent efforts need to be made to build these capabilities in right earnest.

Muktyar said a pragmatic strategy for the government would be to focus on building the capabilities of the best among the auto part vendors.

"Consolidation of capabilities should be encouraged so that Malaysia can develop a group of globally competitive part vendors that can grow regionally," he said.

He said the capability development grants should be linked to a transparent approach to continuously monitor the progress of the vendors towards competitiveness.

On car price reduction, Muktyar said the approach of intensified market competition was driving price reduction to soft land the average price in the marketplace over the next four to five years.

He said while car prices would go through a process of gradual downward adjustment rather than sharp decline, the push to energy-efficient vehicles would also focus on bringing down the overall cost of ownership which benefitted consumers in the long run.

-- BERNAMA

http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v7/bu/newsbusiness.php?id=1009563

Friday, December 27, 2013

15 people go missing a day

 Published: Friday February 1, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 17, 2013 MYT 12:01:43 PM

15 people go missing a day          

 PETALING JAYA: A startling average of 15 people went missing every day in Malaysia last year, nearly a quarter of them Malay girls aged between 13 and 17.

According to police records, 4,804 people were reported missing from January to October last year and more than half of them did not make it back home.
In 2011, 5,961 people went missing.
Police blamed peer pressure and social problems for the majority of missing person cases involving teenagers.
Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said a number of missing people came from broken homes, where the parents were either divorced or separated.
“It is a domino effect, where teenagers from broken families are at an increased risk of peer pressure to run away from home,” he said.
Some who went missing were school dropouts while others, especially girls, ran away with their boyfriends.
The records also show that those aged between 13 and 17 are the highest age group reported to have disappeared from home.
Of this, Malay girls form the biggest group, making up 1,124 missing cases from January till October in 2012 and close to four times the total of their male counterparts.
Comm Mohd Bakri said there were isolated cases of missing people being victims of sexual predators and human traffickers.
The numbers also do not include cases of kidnapping, where the abductors have asked for ransom.
“The police have been working tirelessly to track down those who have gone missing.
“It is an uphill task but we try our best to find each and everyone who is missing,” he said.
Comm Mohd Bakri said there were mechanisms, such as the NUR (National Urgent Response) alert for children below 12 who went missing, but members of society, especially family, should play their part as well.
“It is of the utmost importance that a missing person's report be lodged as fast as possible as it will assist us in mobilising our resources quickly,” he said.
Every child and teenager aged 18 and below who goes missing and are located will be sent for counselling with the Welfare Department.
Those who are abducted would undergo therapy to recover from their trauma, said department director-general Datuk Norani Mohd Hashim.
“The children will be given counselling until they can adapt themselves back into society without worry.”
Related Stories: Missing teens need the same attention Family pines for missing 21-year-old and child.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/02/01/15-people-go-missing-a-day.aspx/

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

12% Malaysians suffer from some forms of mental illness

12% Malaysians suffer from some forms of mental illness

Sunday, December 1, 2013

8th century temple site in Bujang Valley demolished

8th century temple site in Bujang Valley demolished

B Nantha Kumar  | November 29, 2013 
 
PETALING JAYA: A housing developer has demolished several temples sites, including an 8th century heritage site, in Bujang Valley, Kedah, and the authorities are not taking any action to stop the act.
Non-governmental organisation Bujang Valley Study Circle chairman V Nadarajan has urged the Tourism and Culture Ministry to stop the developer from further destroying the area and preserve the site.
Nadarajan said several ancient temples, called Candi, had been demolished in the last few years to make way for development.
He said the developer had now demolished the most famous 8th century temple remnants known as Candi Sungai Batu estate or Bujang Valley site 11.
Nadarajan, who is a lawyer, urged Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz to stop the demolition process.
“The temple in Sungai Batu estate is the most famous tourism spot in Bujang Valley, but now it is gone,” he said.
Nadarajan, who has written a book on the Bujang Valley heritage site, said the authorities had failed to stop the demolition.
“The National Heritage Department, Museum, Kedah state tourism committee and Sungai Petani Municipal Council should have protected the sites but they have turned a blind eye to the demolition work,” he added.
Area is packed with historical artifacts
He said that he was not sure when the Candi Sungai Batu was demolished but believes it was done earlier this week. He only realised it was demolished when he visited the Candi two days ago.
“This entire area is packed with historical artifacts. Most of them are hidden away from our view. This particular temple site is famous with tourists.
“The developer is greedy and willing to pay the fine for the demolishing the temples (and its remnants) because they will make a huge profit from the housing project.
“I am surprised why the Malaysian government is so careless in Bujang Valley when countries like Indonesia and Cambodia are proud of their heritage sites,” said Nadarajan.
The Bujang Valley is an archeological site and excavation had revealed jetty remains, iron-smelting areas and a clay-brick monument dating back 110AD making it the oldest man-made structure to be recorded in South-east Asia.
“It is the most important entry port before Malacca (15th century) and Singapore (19th century). Bujang Valley has been a mid-way hub to Arab nations, India and China,” said Nadarajah.
“We should be proud of the heritage and not give the site to profit-minded individuals,” he added.
Nadarajan urged the ministry to issue a stop-work order to the developer and preserve the remaining sites.
 http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/11/29/8th-century-temple-site-in-bujang-valley-demolished/

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Disgorge in Kuala Lumpur 8.18.2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Disgorge in Kuala Lumpur 8.18.2013

Jello Biafra once remarked that death metal "is the first form of rock music that has caught on with poor people over the world"; he also noted that the bands "sound more than a little bit alike." I'm not sure that fans in Malaysia would appreciate being lumped in with Jello's "poor people", but the sentiment is spot on, and seems to be especially true about "slam". What started off as a New York-centric style is now a worldwide phenomenon, with Suffocation's disciples popping up everywhere from Las Vegas to Laos. That all the bands seem virtually identical hasn't slowed its spread one iota; message board C.H.U.D.s can't seem to get enough gurgling vocals and palm muted chugging. I only recently warmed to the style but as someone always whinging about the death metal scene in KL (or rather, the lack thereof), I'm not in a position to be picky.

I regret missing PunahRanah, who are one of the better death/grind bands in the scene (actual songs!) and who I haven't seen since the end of last year. By the time I arrived, Sick Society were onstage and had a pit going - five people running into each other like bumper cars still counts, right? Despite ostensibly playing "brutal death metal", their songs occasionally betray that "Roots Bloody Roots" and "Territory" are probably closer to their hearts than any Devourment album...but that was probably true of their audience as well.

When I saw Flesh Disgorged at Singapore Deathfest, the cavernous hall and marble floor conspired together to make them sound like the world's most gore-obsessed cement grinder; the only way I could tell their groove parts from their blasts was when their singer leaped in the air. This time, the sound was clear enough to show that the Singaporeans aren't just fast, but ridiculously tight. They made sure to bring their stage gore with them, making me wonder what their white t-shirt budget is (because there's no way they're washing and reusing them, right?). Their setlist was almost as long as the headliners, but no one seemed to mind. Bloody good fun.


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Infectious Maggots are scene veterans, one of the few still playing shows. Seeing various Rumah Api mainstays watching reverently in the front row says a lot about IM's status in the scene, as did their vocalist's playful and relaxed banter. Their material doesn't sound dated even though the bulk of it was recorded in the 90's. At a time when most metalheads are victims of nostalgia for an era they didn't actually experience, it's always a pleasure to see an old band and not just one trying to be "old school".

Here's an honest admission: I know virtually nothing about headliners Disgorge, except that there's more than one band with that name. Between subwoofer-rupturing bellows, their vocalist paced back and forth as if he was in the middle of Hulking out. Despite his intimidating presence, his calls to "fuck shit up" sounded less like a demand and more of a polite invitation; but one the crowd was still eager to take him up on. Disgorge are as no-frills as brutal death gets; even their slam riffs go straight for the throat without the "ohhhhhhh shit" pandering that made deathcore devolve into self-parody so quickly. But their set was over way sooner than it should have been. I don't know, I thought all the kids climbing over each other to high five the band would have encouraged Disgorge to go for another 15 minutes at least. But after the obligatory single encore, they wisely slipped away before they could get mobbed by all the kids and their cell phone cameras.

STRAY BULLETS

Since most of the audience at the Disgorge show seemed to be new to the whole "death metal concert" thing, a few tips on etiquette:

• You don't have to hold hands in the circle pit. This isn't a Greek wedding.

• Attempting to crowd-surf and then headbanging while you're in the air only encourages the rest of us to drop you. Which we will do, because you're making our arms tired.

• Yes, I know it sucks that the promoters kept pushing you off the stage when you were up there headbanging with Disgorge, but people paid to see the band and not you. There's a stage for a reason. If you're up there longer than 10 seconds, you're just asking for a shove.

• Headscarf with skulls beats patch jackets in the KVLT sweepstakes any day.

http://adriansol2.blogspot.com/2013/08/disgorge-in-kuala-lumpur-8182013.html