Abu Dhabi fund's propositions will be closely watched

WHETHER by design or otherwise, the latest annual report issued by 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has much higher standards of disclosure compared to reports in the previous years.

Ipoh’s Star Barber is back in business!

Whatever happened to all those old-school barbershops? So many, like the Star Air-Conditioned Hair Dressing Salon at Jalan Sultan Yusuff (formerly known as Jalan Belfield), Ipoh, have closed down in favour of modern salons with wifi and “hair spa” treatments.

Selangor exco apportions blame for unreturned bibles to AG

The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) advised the Selangor government to withhold bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) pending the conclusion of a probe, state exco member Elizabeth Wong has said.

Syabas slams ‘water for sale’ claims

Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) has lodged a police report on allegations that it sold water to industrial and commercial consumers.

RM10m to buy pumps to raise Sg Selangor dam level

The Selangor executive council has approved RM10 million to pump water into the Sungai Selangor dam from former mining pools nearby in a bid to raise the dam’s water level.

‘Malaysia among countries with low power tariff’

MALAYSIA is among the few countries in the region that offers low electricity tariff, which is very crucial for heavy industries, said Japan’s NTT Communication Corp (NTT Com).
The company, which operates four data centres on a 6.31ha site here through its local outfit NTT MSC Sdn Bh...

What’s the rush with hudud?

By insisting to seek Parliament’s approval to implement hudud in Kelantan this year, Islamist party PAS has certainly put all other political parties in terribly awkward positions.

Umno backs Najib on hudud

THE Umno supreme council yesterday  endorsed the Federal Government's stand on hudud and the complexity surrounding the implementation of Islamic law in the country.


Appeals Court voids provision in Peaceful Assembly Act

The Court of Appeal yesterday struck down Section 9(5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012, which imposes a maximum fine of RM10,000 if a 10-day notice is not given before a peaceful assembly is held.

IMF commends Malaysia’s financial system

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has bestowed compliments on Malaysia’s financial system, citing it withstood the global financial crisis and that there were no major deficits in liquidity.

Daihatsu eyes 35pc share of truck and van market

Daihatsu (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is confident of increasing its market share in pick-ups and panel vans to 35 per cent by year-end, from 28 per cent currently, on the back of its upgraded Gran Max range.

Nestle’s water contingency plan

Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd’s Shah Alam manufacturing plant has put in place contingency measures to cope with water cuts.

MAHB Q1 earnings rise 2.1pc

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) earnings increased 2.1 per cent to RM128.7 million  from RM126 million for the first quarter ended March 31 2014, but revenue fell 24 per cent  to RM781 million from RM1.03 billion in the same period a year ago.

Illegal hawkers defy City Hall

THE joy of driving in smooth traffic for motorists in Pusat Bandar Damansara after recent roadworks was short-lived thanks to illegal hawkers plying their trade at a stretch here.

Najib, Obama and Legacy 370

PRESIDENT Barack Obama and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak have no shortage of subjects to discuss when the American president comes to Malaysia.

1MDB not doing what it has been designed to do

By design, 1MDB’s concentration should be in Malaysia. But what’s perplexing is that it has placed a substantial portion of its cash raised from the capital markets outside Malaysia.


The latest amount to be invested overseas is a sum of US$1.58bil (RM4.9bil)...

Altel on track to be full-fledged telco

ALTEL Communications Sdn Bhd, which plans to spend RM1 billion on network infrastructure over five years, has teamed up with Huawei Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd for the rolling-out of its own super-fast fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband services.

Is there a need to privatise PLUS?

Many politicians and analysts are in agreement that recent calls for the nationalisation of Malaysia’s longest highway that stretches from the Thai border to Singapore are illogical as the North-South Expressway (NSE) was nationalised four years ago.

KLIA2 now certified fit for use

KLIA2 is now certified fit for use, just two weeks before it opens its doors on May 2. This is a major milestone, given that structural issues had earlier cast doubts on what will be Asia’s biggest and most modern low-cost air terminal.

Let’s have more thought for food

IS Malaysia serious about food security? Or for that matter, should this country be at all concerned about food security?

This is how the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) explains food security: “A situation that exists when all people, at all times, h...

Be that change we need

I am alive, but sadly, no longer young. How I envy all of you, with most of your adulthood and your entire working lives ahead of you.

Wordsworth wrote those words during the French Revolution. You are graduating during the throes of the information revolution. At just a click of a butt...

622 HMs get New Deal award

A TOTAL OF 622 headmasters, 566 primary schools and eight senior assistants of administration have been rewarded for achieving their academic and administrative targets, while raising the academic quality of their students.

Hotel guest bemoans charges for use of Internet, TV

Project manager Khoo Peng Wai from Kuala Lumpur is dissatisfied with the 24-hour charge he received from Tune Hotels for Internet services and use of television as he did not fully utilise the facilities in the hotel room.

Let’s get real about Asean community

Like Rome, the Asean community is not going to be built in a day. Community-building is a long road with many milestones. Even when advanced, there can be reversals, as can be seen in nation-states, the most developed contemporary organisation of communities. <p>

Every nation has ...

1MDB, TNB seal solar deal

1MALAYSIA Development Bhd (1MDB) has sealed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) in relation to a mega solar power project in Kedah.

'Causeway not being replaced'

THE proposed Malaysia-Singapore Friendship Bridge will not serve as a replacement for the current Causeway linking the two countries, but will complement it.

MRCB deal injects new life into company

In a lull since 2008, real estate investment trust (REIT) Quill Capita Trust Bhd is being injected with a new lease of life.

From coffee cup rings to portrait made from 64,000 chopsticks

“I was incredibly honoured to present my art video to the 10,000 people at the concert and talk about the piece,” recalled the artist nicknamed Red who famously said she “loves to paint, but not with a paintbrush”.

Hong even appeared with Chan in the video, where...

Wasted cops and money — show us some integrity

The sentiments of my wife aside, here we have the men in blue whom we trust to make sure our society is free (or almost free) of criminal activities. For that, I am willing to whip out my identification card, driving licence and even flash a smile each time they pull me over. -

KL-Singapore rapid-rail link to be based in former Sungai Besi airbase

Bandar Malaysia, an urban redevelopment project of the former Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Sungai Besi here, will be home to the Malaysian end of the proposed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail.

Malakoff to acquire PD Power from Sime Darby

Malakoff Corp Bhd, a 51% owned subsidiary of MMC Corp Bhd, has entered into agreements with Sime Darby Bhd to acquire the latter’s 75% stake in Port Dickson Power Bhd (PD Power) and 100% stake in Sime Darby Biofuels Sdn Bhd for a total cash consideration of RM300 million.

Malaysian Internet traffic up 51% in 2013

Malaysia's Internet traffic increased by 51% to 349,227 Mbps in 2013 from 230,631 Mbps in 2012, says statistics from the Malaysian Internet Exchange (MyIX).

Govt must explain solar plant award to 1MDB

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar has called on the government to explain why it decided to embark on a direct tender exercise in awarding the 50MW solar plant project in Kedah to government-linked 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which could cost up to RM900 millioin to build.

Water deadlock continues

Despite numerous announcements that the federal government is prepared to invoke Section 114 of the Water Services Industry Act 2006 (WASIA) to end the impasse in Selangor, the commencement date of the invocation remains unknown.

8 Easy Tricks to Eat Healthy While Dining Out in Malaysia

FROM the mamak breakfast in the morning, the coffee shop lunch at work, to the shopping mall dinner, your weekday meals are probably all covered outside your home. When the weekend kicks in, you hang out with your mates at the mamak watching a football game till the wee hours of the morning.


Reports: Forced water deal will shake investors’ confidence

A win-win solution can be reached between the Selangor state government and the water concessionaires in the state without the need to invoke Section 114 of the Water Services and Industries Act (Wasia) 2006.

Minister: No proof surveillance software, server used in Malaysia

There is no proof that the Fin Fisher server exists or hasbeen used in Malaysia  to monitor the activities of Malaysians or people around the world. This is  because such an act of surveillance is a violation ofthe country’s law,  Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk ...

Former Malaysian construction magnate dies in Brisbane

A former leading Malaysian construction magnate, who was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II for his philanthropy and business work in Queensland, has died in Brisbane. Dr Peter Yeoh Tiong Yong, who was from the acclaimed Yeoh family of Malaysia passed away on Thursday after a protracted illness. He w...

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Most powerful experience for hotel employees

US President Barack Obama’s easy demeanour struck a chord with hotel staff during his stay at The Ritz-Carlton here. The most powerful man in the world was very down to earth, said hotel general manager Mahmoud Skaf. “He had a ready sm...

Gaya Island Resort's turtle number four's health steadily improving, named 'Ninja' in competition

Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre’s latest patient, Turtle Number Four was named ‘Ninja’ in a 10-day contest that included past, current and future guests of the resort. The juvenile Green Turtle was rescued on April 4th, 2014 when the Wildlife Rescue Unit’s Dr. Nathan Sen contacted the re...

Doing more to consume less

Ruth Yeoh, Executive Director, YTL Singapore Pte Ltd


ENVIRONMENTAL responsibility in industrial, commercial and large-scale manufacturing entities not only serve to influence the behaviour of others and set new benchmarks but also have a very real impact in materially reduc...

Good demand for YTL Land's latest project

“Although we had received more than 5,000 registrants, it was humbling to see our customers’ confidence in Midfields 2,” said YTL Land & Development executive director Datuk Yeoh Seok Kian in a statement.

“It proves that a competitively priced product in the right location is al...

YTL Land’s Midfields 2 sold out over weekend

YTL Land & Development’s latest offering, Midfields 2, defied all market expectations when consumers snapped up 650 units over the weekend, setting a new record for the developer.

Comprising 2 blocks with standard layouts of 1044...

YTL Cement fills earnings gap

Most of this was due to the privatisation of YTL Cement (YTLC) but the trend in earnings rebalancing and growth is expected to continue with 30% more capacity at YTLC kicking in and the extension of the Express Rail Link (ERL) to KLIA2 expected to...

YTL’s earnings CAGR forecast at 7.7% over next three years

Initiating coverage with add call and target price of RM2: Our target price is
based on a 20% discount to revised net asset value and offers an upside potential of 29%. A group­wide privatisation exercise could act as a key catalyst for t...

YTL's Midfields 2 preview draws 5,000 registrants

More than 5,000 registrants have signed up to attend the preview of YTL Land & Development Bhd’s Midfields 2 at Starhill Gallery in the city centre this weekend.  Midfields 2 is a 9.26­acre (3.75ha) condominium project in Jalan ...

Paradigm shift - CIMB initiates coverage with ''OUTPERFORM'' on YTL Corp with target price RM2.00

YTL Corp (YTL) used to be a proxy for exposure to YTL Power (YTLP) but it’s earnings profile is becoming evenly balanced following the privatisation YTL Cement (YTLC). 
YTL is believed to have gone ex-growth because of its size and reliance on YTLP for its earnings but not onl...

Art Immersion at The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

To celebrate its appointment as the official hotel partner for the PRUDENTIAL MALAYSIAN EYE exhibition (March 29 – April 30, 2014), The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur is delighted to announce the launch of its own satellite art exhibition to hel...

YTL Land's Midfields 2 is available for preview this weekend

Dato’ Yeoh Seok Kian, Executive Director of YTL Land, said, “There has been tremendous interest for Midfields 2 with more than 5,000 registrants. This proves a competitively priced product in the right location is always attractive to ...

Lessons On Marine Life

Dave Fox befriends a rescued sea turtle and learns about the sex lives of fishes on Gaya Island in Sabah.

ERL service to KLIA2 opens on May 2

The Express Rail Link from KL Sentral to KLIA2 will commence operations when the airport terminal opens to the public on May 2. There is more good news in store.

CIMB Research starts coverage of YTL Corp

KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Equities Research has started coverage of YTL Corp with an Add rating and a target price of RM2, which is based on a 20% discount to realised  net asset value (RNAV) and offers an upside potential of 29%.

“A group-wide privatisation exercise could act as a key cata...

IT key thrust to power M'sia towards 2020 - Musa

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman said the government had equipped 10,000 schools nationwide with YTL's Yes 4G Internet and virtual learning platform which could be used by teachers, students and parents through the 1BestariNet. Musa also s...

''Students in rural areas are enjoying better 4G Internet connectivity and a safer learning environment within schools with the 1Bestari programme by the department and YTL Communications''

The 1Bestari virtual teaching and learning programme is being implemented in over 90% of rural and urban schools in the state, said State Education Department director Datuk Jame Alip.

“Students in rural areas are enjoying better 4G ...

ERL keen to bid for HSR project

Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL), the operator of KLIA Expres and KLIA Transit train services, will likely bid for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project once its tender is out.

Its chief executive officer Noormah Mohd Nor...

Public invited to visit klia2 on Sunday

MEMBERS of the public who are keen to visit the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) can get a free ride on the KLIA Ekspres from KL Sentral Station on Sunday.

Express Rail Link ready to welcome passengers to KLIA2 on 2nd May 2014

Both the KLIA Ekspres and the KLIA Transit services have been extended to KLIA2, and will start commercial operations on 2nd May 2014 together with the opening of the KLIA2 airport terminal. YBhg. Tan Sri Dato' Seri Syed Hamid and the senior manag...

ERL keen to bid for KL-Singapore HST project

"Technically, we have delivered the 57km ERL project from KL Sentral to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), and the extention to klia2, which was completed ahead of the schedule and within the budget.

"It's not as simple as running a normal train project. We already have the expe...

ERL to KLIA2 to commence on May 2

The Express Rail Link from KL Sentral to KLIA2 will commence operations when the airport terminal opens to the public on May 2. ERL added that 1,000 members of the public can have a free trial ride to KLIA2 on Malaysian Airports Holdings Berhad's KLIA2 Open Day on Sun, Apr 27. Those interested ca...

Sabah to enjoy YTL’s Yes 4G service by year-end

“I am pleased to share that, to date, more than 60 per cent of the population in Sabah can enjoy the same world-class Yes 4G services as the rest of the Malaysia,” said its Executive Director Yeoh Soo Keng at the official launch of the service by Chief Minister of Sabah Datuk Seri Musa Aman.<...

Malaysia’s Largest 4G Network, Now in Sabah

At the launch, Dato’ Yeoh Soo Keng shared, “When we started building our 4G network infrastructure, we made sure that we would cover the urban and rural areas throughout Malaysia in our network rollout. We began connecting Sabah to the Yes network since 16 September 2013, in conjunction with ...

1BestariNet to produce quality and skilled generation: Musa

The 1BestariNet programme initiated by the Government will provide the maximum impact to produce a quality and skilled future generation for Sabah.

"Carry on participating in dialogues with the Campion School Virtual Learning Environment (...

YTL PowerSeraya offers new scholarship to nurture talent in power sector

YTL PowerSeraya Pte Ltd and five other power sector companies will be offering the Energy-Industry Scholarship (EIS) to develop and nurture talent for the power sector.

 Mr Chee Hong Tat, chief executive of Energy Market Authority ...

Frog wins award at UK's leading training and resources event

The judges said of Frog, “Frog’s tailored support approach makes its customer service second to none. Its ‘how do I’ portal and live online chat also means that schools can ‘self-help’ at a time that’s rig...

Shaking up classrooms with 'Word Mania Challenge'

In a short two months, the ’Word Mania Challenge’ saw 1,618,550 games played nationwide, 35,000,000 words spelled, 2,760 supportive teachers, 70,000 student participants and 2,000 schools involved.

All of this was achieved with...

Jersey Boys has universal appeal, just like Vistana Hotel

The Vistana Hotel here decided to sponsor the Jersey Boys Broadway production as the musical has international evergreen appeal, just like the hotel offers its patrons. "Jersey Boys appeal to worldwide audiences both young and old - similar to wha...

YTL MD Tan Sri Francis Yeoh hosts CEO of Kering François-Henri Pinault

A family-controlled, listed company, Kering is a world leader in apparel and accessories, which develops an ensemble of powerful brands. Formerly known as PPR, the brand first invested in the luxury sector, with a 42% acquisition of Gucci Group NV. More acquisitions followed to build a stronger l...

Radical revamp of Malaysia's education by Idris Jala

Subsequently in 2013, we enrolled 5,000 English teachers who have not met minimum C1 proficiency into an upskilling course or ProELT programme conducted by the British Council. Preliminary results of 4,350 teachers shows that 76.4% managed to impr...

''Being an environmentalist isn't a choice'', says Ruth Yeoh, YTL

"One is an environmentalist whether one likes it or not." So says Ruth Yeoh, Executive Director for YTL Singapore, Director at YTL's in-house carbon credit and clean development mechanism (CDM) consultancy, and winner of the inaugural Singapore En...

YTL Corp wins Gold award for Best Workplace Practices at Global CSR Awards 2014

YTL Corporation Berhad was presented with the Gold Award for "Best Workplace Practices" adding to their accolades. YTL Group's previous wins at the Global CSR Award include Bronze award for Product Excellence in 2012 (YTL Communications), Silver A...

Glamour takes centre stage at Starhill Gallery Fashion Week

Some of the biggest brand names in the fashion industry took to the catwalk during the event including international designers Valentino, Kenzo, M Missoni, McQ by Alexander McQueen, RED Valentino, Khoon Hooi and creations from the designers of Deb...

Saying Yes all the way to Rio

YTL Communications Sdn Bhd launched a new online game contest in conjunction with the 2014 FIFA World Cup, this year’s most anticipated sporting competition.

Called YesToRio, the nationwide contest by Yes was launched by YTL Communications CEO Wing K Lee and deputy CEO Jacob Yeoh at L...

Confiscated turtle recovering at marine centre

A Green Sea Turtle which was confiscated from a fisherman in Papar, is now recovering at Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre. The Wildlife Rescue Unit coordinated the transfer of the turtle to Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre’s Turtle Rescue Unit where it is being treated.

Gaya Island Resort’s Turtle Hotline In Action

On the evening of April 4th Gaya Island Resort’s Turtle Hotline number received a report that there was a distressed Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) confiscated from a fisherman in the Papar Area. In Sabah sea turtles are listed as a schedule 1 totally protected species with RM 50,000 in fine...



YTL hosts sports legends at The Majestic Hotel KL

World renowned sports legends took Kuala Lumpur by storm for the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards held here recently. On their arrival in Kuala Lumpur, the academy held a dinner at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur to celebrate the gathering of the ...

YTL's Shook! Shanghai wins 3rd best restaurant for dinning in DiningCity's Shanghai Restaurant Week

YTL's Shook! Shanghai recently won 3rd best restaurant for dining at Shanghai's Restaurant Week. Organised by DiningCity, the leading worldwide restaurant guide, Restaurant Week selected eleven winning restaurants worldwide for this year's edition...