Friday, November 30, 2012

Lynas rare earth refinery starts operations

Lynas Corporation has announced the commencement of operations of its rare earth refinery here in Malaysia. The facility is located in Gebeng, Balok, a town in Kuantan, an east coast state in the peninsula.

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The Star reported that

The Australian miner said in a statement Friday that the first feed to kiln was now underway at its Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Gebeng here. More..Lynas rare earth refinery starts operations

Related article about the closing down of a previous rare earth facility.

Online database of stolen cars from next year

The increased incidents of stolen vehicles in the county has prompted the Association of General Insurance of Malaysia, the Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia (PIAM) to set up a database of reported stolen and total loss vehicles. This database will be available early next year as reported by The Star, article below:

KUALA LUMPUR: An online database of reported stolen and total loss vehicles will be available for checking by insurers and takaful operators at all points of sale, said Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia (PIAM).

This new initiative would come into effect early next year," it said in a statement today.

The move would see more stringent checks for possible stolen vehicles and total loss vehicles that have been reported to insurers and takaful operators before motor insurance cover can be issued, it said.

PIAM said the initiative was needed as the total overall number of vehicles including motorcycles reported stolen to insurance companies and takaful operators had decreased but the number of stolen private cars had increased by 2.5 per cent to 9,703 units last year from 9,467 units in 2010.

The association urged the public to be cautious when buying used cars as they may possibly be buying a stolen or total loss car.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

1Malaysia Clinics around the country

Malaysians are lucky in a way where healthcare is concerned. For just RM1 (One Ringgit) - equivalent to roughly US$0.30, one can get quality medical treatment. Such treatment is available at any government clinic just like the one in the image above. These 1Malaysia clinics have just recently been set up and more such 1Malaysia clinics around the country are in the plan for next year.

1Malaysia Clinics, which is an initiative under the Cost of Living NKRA (National Key Results Area), are community clinics located strategically around the country and are open daily from 10am to 10pm.

Source: The Star..More 1Malaysia clinics planned for next year, says Liow

Monday, November 19, 2012

Melbourne to take over issuing, renewal of Malaysian passports

This is good news for Malaysians in Australia especially in the states of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

The Star reported that:

The issuance and renewal of Malaysian passports in Australia will be moved from Canberra to Melbourne early next year. Dr Mohd Rameeze Yahaya, the Malaysian consul-general made the announcement at the Malaysian-Singapore Lasallian dinner Saturday night.

This relocation is in response from years of complaints that Malaysians had to travel to Canberra at great expense to renew or get new passports.

Most feel Melbourne is a far more interesting place to visit than Canberra.

The Malaysian consulate in Perth will continue to keep its passport office.

Another relocation involves the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) which would move from Sydney to Melbourne in February.

It will be housed in the same building as the consulate-general in St Kilda Road.

However, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority will remain in Sydney.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Free Egg McMuffin for breakfast at McDonald's

If you are up for breakfast at McDonald's tomorrow, be there between 7am - 10am for a free Egg McMuffin burger. You read right.

McDonald's will be giving away 200,000 free Egg McMuffin burgers to the first 1000 customers tomorrow, Nov 19.

Details..McDonald’s giving away 200,000 free Egg McMuffin burgers
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