Last weekend, Kuala Lumpur was abuzz with activity because it was the venue Formula One Grand Prix and look who came to town.
A Ferrari fan all dressed up as a Roman soldier complete with a Trojan helmet, a sword and a mock prancing horse attached to his costume, property developer, Kwai Hau, was definitely a sight to behold at the Formula 1 last Sunday. The horse was to symbolise the logo of his favourite team.
Hau, who’s originally from Hong Kong and currently living in Britain, became an instant “celebrity” when he arrived at the Sepang circuit's mall area.
He was stopped by many F1 fans for pictures as they were amused by his costume.
Hau said he would usually dress up in interesting costumes to add to the excitement.
“Last year, I was in a car. This year, my friends made me this costume,” said Hau, who has been an F1 fan since 1983.
The pineapple industry is one of Malaysia's oldest agro-based export-oriented industries. In West Malaysia, the industry is concentrated in the southern region of Johore.
A museum in Johor has been set up to showcase the history of the pineapple, the evolution of the industry and the tools used to plant and harvest the fruit.
IF you want to know all about pineapples, head for Muzium Nenas in Pontian, Johor. The museum is located at KM53 off Jalan Johor-Pontian, in a small town called Pekan Nenas, literally translated as Pineapple Town.
The general section provides insights on how the fruit and industry have developed since it was brought in from South America in the early 20th century.
On display is a wide array of pineapple-related equipment, from grading, peeling and cutting to canning and labelling, are on display at the product section. Pineapples for export are in various forms - canned pineapple single-strength juice or pineapple concentrate and fresh fruit.
The museum is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm daily. The entrance fee for adults is RM2, while admission is free for children under 12.
Those who are used to taking the SMAR Tunnel will have to use the route they were using due to it being closed for flood-mitigation works.
The Star reported that the Stormwater Management And Road Tunnel (SMART) has been closed since 6pm Saturday for flood-mitigation works because of heavy rains, and its management is unsure when it will be re-opened.
Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel Sdn Bhd experts will meet Monday to determine when the tunnel can be reopened, a spokesman told The Star.
The company is a joint venture between Gamuda Bhd and Malaysian Mining Corporation Bhd.
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced his new administration this morning, trimming his Cabinet from 32 to 27 seats, of which more than half featured new faces.
He also scrapped the post of parliamentary secretary and dropped big guns such as Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz (former International Trade and Industry Minister), Datuk Azmi Khalid (Home Affairs Minister) and Datuk Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis (Science, Technology and Innovations Minister).
He also merged the Home Affairs and Internal Security ministries, saying that they had many overlapping functions, and named former Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar as its minister.
The full list:
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim Datuk Amirsham Abdul Aziz
Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Johari Baharom Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim Datuk K. Devamany Datuk Hassan Malik
Finance Minister - Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Second Finance Minister - Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop Deputies - Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, Datuk Kong Cho Ha
Defence Minister - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Deputy - Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop
Internal Security and Home Affairs Minister - Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar Deputies - Datuk Chor Chee Heong, Senator Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh
Housing and Local Government Minister -Datuk Ong Ka Chuan Deputies - Datuk Robert Lau , Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin
Works Minister Minister - Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamad Deputy- Datuk Yong Khoon Seng
Energy, Water and Communications Minister - Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor Deputy- Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister - Datuk Mustapa Mohamed Deputy - Datin Paduka Rohani Abdul Karim
International Trade and Industry Minister -Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin Deputies- Loh Wei Keong, Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan
Foreign Affairs Minister -Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim Deputy- Tunku Azlan Abu Bakar
Education Minister -Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein Deputies -Datuk Wee Ka Siong, Datuk Razali Ismail
Higher Education Minister - Datuk Khaled Nordin Deputies - Khoo Kok Choong, Datuk Idris Harun
Transport Datuk Ong Tee Keat Deputy - Anifah Aman
Human Resources Datuk S. Subramaniam Deputy- Datuk Noraini Ahmad
Women, Family and Community Development Minister-Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen Deputy- Noriah Kasnon
National Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister- Datuk Shafie Apdal Deputy-Datuk Teng Boon Soon
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister- Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili Deputy- Fadilah Yusof
Entrepreneurial and Cooperative Development Minister - Datuk Noh Omar Deputy- Datuk Saiffuddin Abdullah
Natural Resources and Environment Minister - Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas Deputy - Datuk Abu Ghapur Salleh
Rural and Regional Development Minister - Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib Deputy- Tan Sri Joseph Kurup
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister - Datuk Shahrir Samad Deputy - Jelaing Mersat
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister - Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui Deputy- Senator A. Kohilan
Youth and Sports Minister - Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaacob Deputy - Wee Jack Seng
Health Minister - Datuk Liow Tiong Lai Deputy- Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad
Information Minister - Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek Deputy- Datuk Tan Lian Hoe
Tourism Minister - Datuk Azalina Othman Deputy - Datuk Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abu Taib
FT Minister - Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique Deputy- M. Saravanan
Malaysians went to the polls yesterday, March 8. The election results have shocked the nation as five states have been won by the Opposition comprising DAP, PKR and PAS.
However, Barisan Nasional will form the next government having won more than half of the Parliamentary seats and the federal territory. Barisan National is reeling from its worst ever election performance.
The five states won by the Opposition are Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor and Kelantan.
The State of Parliament stands at: BN = 136; Opposition = 80 (PKR = 29; DAP = 28; PAS = 23).
Among the results yesterday were:
- The Barisan lost Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor,
- PAS strengthened grip on Kelantan,
- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting won in their seats,
- Among ministers who lost their seats were Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin,
- Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon lost to Dr P. Ramasamy in the Batu Kawan parliamentary seat.
Meanwhile, party leaders urged for calm and police have banned all victory celebrations.
Video clip of the PM's post-election press conference