Monday, August 31, 2009

Price of RON 95 at RM1.80 from Tuesday

I am not sure if the price of gasoline is higher or lower as compared to that of other countries but from Tuesday, the newly introduced RON 95 fuel will be priced at RM1.80 - five sen higher than the previous RM1.75.

Meanwhile, RON 97 is upgraded as a premium product and has gone up to RM2.05 from RM1.80.

Although the price is now 5 sen higher, the Government is still subsidising 33.81 sen per litre (of RON 95) which is equivalent to RM304mil monthly while for RON97, the Government is subsidising 42.72 sen per litre.

The cost for RON 95 went up 102% from USD$ 40.75 per barrel to USD$ 82.30 in December last year and August respectively. Future gas prices will be adjusted accordingly in tandem with changes in global prices

Malaysia's 52nd National Day

Today, Malaysia celebrates the 52nd anniversary of her national day. Malaysia gained independence from the British in 1957. The Prime Minister was then Tengku Abdul Rahman.

Happy Merdeka, Malaysians!

More about Merdeka celebration in Kuala Lumpur..

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Matta Fair '09 is Back

Studying in Malaysia

The Star reported today that Malaysia is currently the world’s 11th most preferred study destination.

The conclusion was based on the fact that 69,154 international students from more than 150 countries have chosen Malaysia as the country they wanted to study in.

Majority of the students are from Indonesia, China and the Middle East. Malaysia has 2% of the world’s international student population according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

The education ministry has already given the green light for Newcastle University of Medicine to set up a branch campus at Iskandar Malaysia’s Educity in Nusajaya, Johor.

There are ongoing negotiations with the following universities to set up branch campuses here in Malaysia: Korean Maritime University, Southampton University, Royal Holloway University, King’s College London, the University of Birmingham and Murdoch University.

So if you are a foreigner and are contemplating about sending your children overseas to further their studies, Malaysia welcomes your children.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Book Fest 2009

If you are a book-lover, you've got to visit the Book Fest at the KL Convention Centre. It's on now until August 31.

There are 509 booths showcasing products from 275 publishing houses, book and stationery distributors from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States, Britain, Singapore and Malaysia.

In view of the H1N1 flu, visitors are required to have their temperature checked at the entrance before entering the event hall, which is a good move, of course, making sure that the environment is H1N1-free.

There are many activities in store such as autograph sessions, cookout demonstrations and various contests. Authors, novelists, cartoonists, artistes, chefs and other personalities are slated to make special appearances as well.

Entrance fee is a mere RM2.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A Tiger Cub named Michael Jackson

One of the five tiger cubs born in the Saleng Zoo in Johor Baru recently is to be named after the deceased King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

If you are in Johor Baru, why not make a visit to the zoo to see its latest attraction.

The zoo opens daily from 9.30am to 7pm. The entrance fee is RM12 for adults and RM6 for children. The zoo is located at Lot 3777, Batu 17 1/2, Jalan Raya, Saleng, 81400 Senai, Johor.

Source: The Star

Strong Winds and High Waves Up North

If you are in the northern states of Perlis and Kedah, and Penang, you may want to avoid recreational sea activities these few days. Read the article from The Star below:

Strong winds with waves up to 3.5m are expected to occur over waters off Perlis, Kedah and Penang from Saturday until Tuesday.

State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the state Meteorological Department issued an alert that the high waves would be caused by the strong northwesterly winds at the speed of 40 - 50kmph.

“The condition of the strong winds and rough seas will be dangerous to small boats.

“The public should also avoid recreational sea activities and any sea sports during these three days,” he said.

NRD operating hours for fasting month

If you are making a trip to the National Registration Department (NRD), you may want to note the operating hours for fasting month: from 7.30am - 5pm

All National Registration Department offices nationwide are open from 7.30am until 5pm on normal days during the fasting month.

For offices which open on Monday to Friday, comprising the head office in Putrajaya and branches in the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan, Perlis, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Pahang, Sabah and Sarawak, it will be from this Monday.

For NRD branch offices which open on Sunday until Thursday, in Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, they will operate from 7.30am until 5pm from tomorrow.

The offices will resume operating according to normal working hours after the fasting month," said the department in a statement here today.

For enquiries the public can contact its Customer Service Office at 03-8880 7077 or 03-88807071/ 88807067/ 88807068/ 88808203/ 88808206. - Bernama

Source: the NST

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cuti Malaysia - Holiday Malaysia

With the Hari Raya Puasa holidays a month away, lots of people are already making plans for a vacation with the family.

Muslims who celebrate this festival will be going home to their hometowns to celebrate this happy occasion with their family. Others will be making their way to holiday destinations both local and overseas.

Cuti Malaysia has some awesome local holiday packages. If you have not made any plans, you may want to start now as rooms and packages are quickly being snapped up.

Subang-Kelana Link

THE toll-free Subang-Kelana link is now open to the public but many motorists who are unaware of this continue to use the normal route via the Federal Highway to Subang Jaya.

The link, which was opened on Wednesday, connects the Subang airport road to Jalan Kewajipan via a bridge across the Federal Highway.

Fasting month begins this Saturday

The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan begins this Saturday. This is the month of bazaars and crowds in markets and food squares, even along the roadside.

In view of the H1N1 flu pandemic, Ramadan bazaar traders and patrons are advised to wear masks to check the spread of the Influenza A (H1N1).

Traders with flu-like symptoms are to impose self-quarantine and stay home to avoid spreading the disease to others.

To all Muslims, Selamat Berpuasa.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Beijing Mosque in Kelantan

A landmark you will not be miss when you visit Kota Bharu, Kelantan (east coast state) is this Chinese-style mosque.

In Rantau Panjang, Kelantan, this RM8.8mil Sultan Ismail Petra Silver Jubilee Mosque, the first Chinese-style mosque in the country, is set to open its doors this Ramadan, the fasting month.

The mosque, known locally as the Beijing Mosque, has a unique design that combines Chinese and Islamic architecture similar to the more than 1,000-year-old Niujie mosque in Beijing.

Indian and Uzbek features are also incorporated in the interiors. The main complex consists of a two-storey building.

The first and mezzanine floors have amenities including a multipurpose hall, library, kindergarten and a bazaar while the second floor houses the main prayer hall and VIP rooms.

Image source: The Star

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Malaysia MegaSale Carnival

If you are on a shopping holiday in Kuala Lumpur, where would you go for shopping?

Of course, the downtown Bukit Bintang area where there is Sungei Wang Plaza and next to it, Bukit Bintang Plaza. Opposite these two plazas, there is Lot 10, KL Plaza and upscale shopping at Starhill. Right opposite it is The Pavilion which is the newest mall in town.

Looking for IT products? Head on over to the plaza for everything IT at the famous Low Yat Plaza.

Looking for some reading material? Borders bookstore is where you would want to go to. Borders is located in Berjaya Times Square which incidentally has a huge indoor themepark.

While in Kuala Lumpur, one place not to be missed is the Petronas Twin Towers. This pair of towers is still the tallest twin buildings in the world. A trip to the skybridge at levels 41 and 42 is not to be missed. Entrance is free via an entrance ticket which can be collected from a groundfloor counter. Be there early to be one of 500 visitors allowed admittance daily.

Of course, one also mustn't miss the shopping experience at Suria KLCC, just in the vicinity of the Petronas Twin Towers.

If you venture out of the city, the Mutiara Damansara Commercial Centre would be a great place to explore for bargains. The Curve, Ikano Power Centre and e@Curve, all part of the Mutiara Damansara Commercial Centre (MDCC.

What better time to visit Kuala Lumpur than now where we are in the midst of the MegaSale Carnival which ends on Aug 31.

As for hotels, this commercial area known as the Golden Triangle boasts of a number of 5-star hotels. There is The Westin, JW Marriott, Grand Millennium and Ritz-Carlton. Others include Dorsett Regency, Melia Hotel, Berjaya Times Square Hotel and a host of others.

Welcome to Malaysia and Happy Shopping!

Floating Library to dock in Kota Kinabalu

Check out latest update: Book Fair on board MV Logos Hope at Port Klang (Sep 22, 2011)

If you are in Kota Kinabalu or visiting from Aug 29, you may want to visit this floating library, mv Doulos, which will be docking at the Sabah state capital for three weeks from Aug 29.

There are about 6,000 titles on board covering books on cookery, health, education, marriage, family, gardening and music, as well as children’s books, novels and encyclopaedia.

While the ship is docked in Kota Kinabalu, a painting competition sponsored by Murobond Paints will be held on Aug 31 for Malaysians aged 13 years and above.

The contest is divided into three categories from 13-15 years, 16-18 years and above 19 years.

The closing date for entries is Aug 22.

The ship will be open to the public from 10am to 10pm (Tuesday-Saturday) and 2pm to 10pm (Sunday and Monday) with the exception of Aug 29 when it will open from 6pm to 10pm. On Aug 31, it will open from 10am to 10pm.

Entry forms and details of the painting competition are available at the Murobond Paints showroom, Lot 2, First Floor, Block B, Kolombong Industrial Develop-ment Complex, or by calling 088-436 339.

Source: The Star..Floating library to dock in KK for three weeks
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