Friday, August 31, 2018

Malaysia National Day, August 31

Today, Malaysia celebrates her 61st National Day.

This is the very first National Day celebration for the new government, Pakatan Harapan after a resounding victory on May 9 of the former Barisan National government who had been the single party running the country the past 60 years.

'Merdeka' is truly fitting this year. Merdeka is the local Malay word for independence.

Let's all have A Happy National Day!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Former PM Najib to be charged in Court today

Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was arrested yesterday and was detained at the MACC in Kuala Lumpur. He is to be charged in court today.

According to The Star, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to face several charges for committing offences under two Acts, sources said.

Chronology of events this morning:

Highly placed sources at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission (MACC) said Attorney General Tommy Thomas is expected to lead the prosecution team and Najib will be brought to court about 8.30am.

8.25am: Najib arrives at Jalan Duta Courts complex

8.05am: More than a dozen police personnel are stationed outside the Sessions Court where Najib is expected to be charged. They instruct reporters to register a representative per publisher, due to limited seats in the courtroom.

6.55pm: Court gates open to allow a convoy of police vehicles to enter. Police officers from the canine unit are also seen inspecting the car park and courts complex, while officers use metal detectors on nearby plant pots and garbage bins.

You can follow updates on The Star.

The former prime minister would be represented by senior lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Source: The Star

Further updates:
Najib's arrest makes headlines around the world
Najib charged with criminal breach of trust
Najib charged with getting RM42mil bribe to approve RM4bil loan from pension fund to SRC (updated)
It's 7 vs 11 in Najib's trial
Najib pleads not guilty (Live Updates)
12.43pm: The court has fixed 19 days for trial between February and March next year (Feb 18 - 28; March 4 - 8, March 11 - 15, 2019) to hear Najib's case.

12.32pm: Aug 8 fixed for case management.

12.24pm: Court granted Shafee's request for an interim gag order against both digital and print media from discussing merits of the case.

11.53am: Bail for Najib fixed at RM1mil in cash and two sureties. He will also surrender both his normal and diplomatic passports. Najib's lawyer says bail payment of RM500,000 will be made today and the balance of RM500,000 be made before 3pm on Monday.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Pakatan Wins, Forms the new Government after GE14


Malaysia is making her own history. A new era has begun.

After nearly 61 years of rule by the same party since independence in 1957, today, May 10, 2018, marks the first day of rule by the other party (the Opposition until yesterday), the day of the General Election (GE14).

The results show a shocking turnaround. Almost all west coast states of the peninsula with the exception of Perlis, switched to the Opposition.

On the east coast, Pahang remains a BN stronghold. PAS the Islamist Party has managed to retain Kelantan and has even managed to wrest Terengganu from BN. What a change it will be for Terengganu. By the way, Club Med is located in Terengganu, so is the popular tourist island resort of Perhentian.

Over in Borneo, Sabah saw a hung assembly with 29 seats to BN and 29 seats to the Opposition parties combined. This makes a third party Sabah STAR party the kingmaker garnering 2 seats. Sabah STAR decided to go with BN giving BN a simple majority to rule Sabah.

Kedah and Perak also face a similar fate - a hung assembly.

Sarawak remains under BN.


- the Opposition has won in Penang (retained) Kedah, Perak, Selangor (retained), Negeri Sembilan, Malacca and Johore, the southernmost state neighbour to Singapore. And tied in Sabah.

- BN retains Perlis, the northernmost state, Pahang and Sarawak.

- PAS, the Islamist Party, added Terengganu to the retained Kelantan.

To give you a better picture of where the states are, here is a map of Malaysia.


For detail GE results..

Thursday and Friday declared public holiday.

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Malaysia Boleh! Malaysia can do it!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

GE14 - Malaysian General Election

Malaysians go to the Polls today, May 9. Booths open from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.

Below depicts a typical polling station. Schools double as polling stations during General Elections which take place every five years.

Source: The Star

The Election Commission said voter turnout was at 55 percent out of the total 14,449,200 voters in GE14 as of 1pm.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

C is for Cameron Highlands

C is for Cameron Highlands.

Cameron Highlands is a popular holiday destination in Malaysia. The cool temperate weather is one of the main draws to this hill station with elevations ranging from 1,100 metres (3,600 ft) to 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) above sea level.

Developed in the 1930s, the tableland is one of the oldest tourist spots in Malaysia. Apart from its tea estates, the plateau is also noted for its cool weather, orchards, nurseries, farmlands, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, wildlife, mossy forest, golf course, hotels, places of worship, bungalows, Land Rovers, museum and its aborigines (Orang Asli).

Tea plantations in Cameron Highlands.. Wikipedia

The Time Tunnel museum located within the Kok Lim Strawberry Farm.. Wikipedia

Situated at the northwestern tip of Pahang, the “Camerons” is approximately 90 kilometres (56 mi) from Ipoh, roughly 200 kilometres (120 mi) from Kuala Lumpur or about 355 kilometres (221 mi) from Kuantan, the capital of Pahang.

During the colonial era, the “Camerons” was a haven for those who were homesick. Today, it is a stopover for those who want to escape from the heat of the lowlands. [36] Over the years, there have been many improvements at the province. Some landmarks have withstood the test of time such as this, Ye Olde SmokeHouse Hotel, an English Tudor boutique style hotel, built in 1939 and is situated adjacent to a beautiful golf course.

As you can see from the map below (courtesy of Ye Olde SmokeHouse Hotel), there is a lot of things to partake in at Cameron Highlands.

Here's a You Tube video to give you an idea of one of the attractions or what's in store for you on a weekend visit to Cameron Highlands.

This video was published recently, May 20, 2017. Here's what the publisher, Expat Angela, has to say:

The next time you're headed up to the gorgeous hill stations of Cameron Highlands, plan your trip around the weekend so you can explore the delicious and fun night market there. Malaysia's Cameron Highlands Pasar Malam is the ONLY night market in all of the Cameron Highlands and it is full of some unique and tasty treats, tons of fruits and vegetables from local farmers, homemade honey and juices, and even locally made wooden and other handicrafts. And if you're coo coo for strawberries, well this place is your nirvana because they have everything from organic fresh berries to keychains and strawberry umbrellas!

I honestly had so much fun. My only regret was that it was raining and I had to hold my camera with only one hand! I ate a ton, shopped a bit, and really enjoyed the lovely friendliness of everyone I encountered.