Thursday, 17 August 2017

Country Heights Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew has paid RM22.707mil to settle the tax liabilities

Lee settles Country Heights group’s remaining tax liabilities

All in, Lee has loaned RM33.5mil to the group to settle its tax liabilities.
All in, Lee has loaned RM33.5mil to the group to settle its tax liabilities.
KUALA LUMPUR: Country Heights Holdings Bhd executive chairman Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew has paid RM22.707mil to settle the tax liabilities, including penalties, claimed by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) against the company’s unit Country Heights Sdn Bhd (CHSB).

“The settlement is made by Tan Sri Lee as the major shareholder of the company and not his personal liability,” the property developer and hotel owner said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the IRB has withdrawn its winding-up petition against CHSB, which was accordingly struck out by the Shah Alam High Court.

In May, the IRB seized Lee’s fixed deposits placed with a foreign-owned bank amounting to about RM126.0mil.
The total tax liabilities of CHSB for the years of assessment 1997 and 1998 amounted to RM22.5mil.

In its May 9 announcement to the stock exchange, Country Heights said Lee had informed that he was agreeable to allow his fixed deposits seized by the IRB to be used to settle the tax liability, provided that the company acknowledged the sum used to settle the tax liability as an amount due and owing to him and that Country Heights undertook to settle the amount as soon as it had sufficient funds to do so.

Lee further agreed that the sum would be non-interest bearing.

Last December, Lee gave Country Heights an interest-free loan of RM10.76mil to settle the tax liabilities of three of the group’s subsidiaries - Mega Palm Sdn Bhd, Mines Waterfront Business Park Sdn Bhd, and Tindak Murni Sdn Bhd.

With regards to CHSB, however, the company wrote to the Finance Minister to appeal against the IRB’s decision, as its tax liabilities were incurred during the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and 1998.


Please stop sharing photos of my father, pleads daughter of biker who died in gruesome accident

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Please stop sharing photos of my father, pleads daughter of biker who died in gruesome accident

Halim Said
New Straits TimesAugust 16, 2017

KULAI: Moh Halmi Haroon (correct) was unusually quiet this past week after telling family members about his intention to sell his high-powered motorcycle which he rode for almost two years.

The 53-year-old contractor's BMW S1000 RR was up for sale on the website and there were no takers until a friend told him about a potential buyer in Johor Baru.

Riding on the same motorcycle he intended to sell, he set out from his Taman Lim Poon home in Batu Pahat today to meet his friend in Johor Baru, but he never made it to his destination.

He was killed when he was flung into the air and landed on the slow lane of Km26.9 of the North-south expressway.

His mangled body was crushed by several oncoming vehicles in a gruesome incident at about 9.30am.

Halmui's son, Mohd Syazwan, 28, said his father was unlike his cheerful self prior to his death and he wondered if it had anything to do with his plan to sell his motorcycle, which was one of two he owned.

"He left the family home in Taman Lim Poon, Batu Pahat today and was heading to Johor Baru to meet a friend who was helping in the sale of his bike.

"He had been talking about selling the bike for a week. He told us about putting up for sale on," said Halmi, who works in his father's contractor company.

He said the family received a call from police about 30 minutes after the crash occured, and his mother Julia Omar, 53, and his four other siblings rushed to Kulai.

It was not long till they saw photos and a video taken of their father's remains in the gruesome expressway incident.

Halmi's daughter Aliya, 20, pleaded with the public to stop uploading the photos out of respect for their father.

"I hope the photos could be taken off from any social media platform as it is too personal for the family," she said.

Halmi's biker friend Jaafar Sup, 51, said he was shocked to find out about Halmi's death through a riders’ WhatsApp group.

"We later confirmed it and about 20 of us decided to gather at the mortuary to pay our last respects.

"He was friendly and caring. He's been riding for 20 years and he was close to many of us in the group," he said.

Meanwhile, Kulai district police chief Superintendant Razak Md Said said initial checks showed that Halmi tried to evade collision with a car which was on the fast lane.

He said the victim, however, crashed into the rear of the car and was flung into the air before landing on the left lane.

"Several oncoming vehicles, which we are still identifying, ran over the victim," said Razak, adding that Halmi's remains were recovered by police and sent to the Temenggong Seri Maharaja Tun Ibrahim Hospital, Kulai.

Halmi's family later claimed his remains from the hospital mortuary. He is expected to be buried at the Bukit Cermai Muslim cemetery in Batu Pahat later today.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona 2-0 16.8.2017

Malaysia's Ah Fu Fairytale Ride

From Tanjung Sepat to instant millionaire: Ah Fu's Dota 2 fairytale

New Straits TimesAugust 16, 2017

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KUALA LUMPUR: For 23-year-old Malaysian gamer Tue Soon Chuan (Ah Fu), his life-changing triumph at the prestigious The International Dota 2 tournament has not quite sunk in yet.

Tue, who hails from the little fishing town of Tanjung Sepat, Selangor, said he would never have imagined that his favourite pastime could one day turn him into an instant millionaire.

“I started playing Dota for fun when I was 13. That was 10 years ago,” he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

Driven by his love for competition and inspired by the exploding eSports industry, Tue decided to take the plunge and become a professional Dota 2 player when he turned 20.

“One day, I told my parents about my plans, and that I would do my best to achieve my dreams. They seemed supportive of my decision and I just went for it... never looked back,” he said.

Tue, who started playing for an amateur team at 18, broke into the professional scene after being signed by Chinese team LGD.Forever Young (LFY), in a high-profile transfer in May.

Tue and his team eventually placed third at the seventh edition of The International tournament last weekend and won more than US$2.6 million (RM11.2 million) in prize money.

Dubbed as one of the breakout stars this year, Tue joins a select lineup of Malaysians who have been able to call themselves the absolute best in professional Dota 2.

Despite all the international recognition he has received, Tue said he is humbled and honoured by the opportunity to entertain millions of Dota 2 fans around the world.

“My team and I headed into the tournament with zero expectations. We just wanted to try our best and have fun. I’m obviously happy with the result, but the reality hasn’t quite sunk in yet,” he said.

Fresh from his victory, Tue said he has no plans to return to Malaysia anytime soon.

“I plan to continue my career in China. I joined LFY because I felt I needed to improve myself and I still have a lot to learn,” he said, adding that his ultimate aim is to win The International next year.

Only one Malaysian has managed to lift the coveted trophy so far. Wong Hock Chuan, who played for another Chinese team Invictus Gaming, was inducted into Dota 2’s hall of fame by winning the event in 2012.

“To achieve success, you need to work very, very hard. Otherwise, it’s just a waste of time,” Tue told aspiring professional gamers.

As for his newfound wealth, Tue said he will put the money to good use. But his immediate plan is to buy himself a new pair of shoes

Malaysia Beats Singapore 2-1 at the SEA GAMES 2017 16.8.2017

SEA Games: Super subs give Malaysia second straight win

Nor Azam jumps in joy after scoring against Singapore during their Group A match of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games at the Shah Alam Stadium. GLENN GUAN/The Star
Nor Azam jumps in joy after scoring against Singapore during their Group A match of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games at the Shah Alam Stadium. GLENN GUAN/The Star
SHAH ALAM: Two inspired substitutions from Datuk Ong Kim Swee made the difference as Malaysia completed a 2-1 comeback win over bitter rivals Singapore in their second 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games Group A match at the Shah Alam Stadium.
Last night, Singapore took a shock lead through midfielder Amiruldin Mohd Nodin in the 37th minute but second half substitutes -  midfielder Muhd Nor Azam Abdul Azih  and striker N. Thanabalan - were on target on the 67th and 73rd minute to chalk up their second win in the competition.
Kim Swee made six changes and shuffled up the line-up which beat Brunei 2-1 in their opening game last Monday.
Goalkeeper Haziq Nadzli, defender Arif Farhan Md Isa, winger Syahmi Safari, striker S. Kumaahran,  midfielders Amirul Hisyam Awang Kechik and Syamer Kutty Abba were handed a start ahead of goalkeeper Mohd Ifwat Chek Kassim, left winger Muhd Syazwan Andik Mohd Ishak, midfielders Muhd Daniel Amier Norhisham and Muhd Nor Azam Abdul Azih and strikers Jafri Firdaus Chew and Syafiq Ahmad.
Despite the changes the Malaysians dominated the match but their waves of attacks were denied by the Singapore backline lead by skipper Irfan Fandi Ahmad.
Singapore scored against the run of play after Amiruldin pounced on a lose ball off Syamer and fired a shot outside the box in the 37th minute.
Stung by the goal the Malaysians doubled their effort to get back into the game and striker Safawi Rasid's freekick in the last minute of the added time dissapointingly hit the crossbar.
Kim Swee made two changes before the second half bringing striker N. Thanabalan for Syahmi and midfielder Azam for Amirul. The changes added more urgency to the game and added more bite upfront.
The Singaporeans however kept the waves of Malaysian attacks at bay with their resolute defending.
Midfielder Azam put Malaysia back into the game with his equaliser as he collected a pass from Safawi and rifled it in from the edge of the box past the diving Singapore goalkeeper Muhd Zharfan Rohaizad in the 67th minute.
Bouyed by the equaliser, Malaysia continued pressing and it was substitute Thanabalan's turn to score as he tucked the ball from the close range to make it 2-1 for Malaysia in the 73rd minute.
Kim Swee's men continued to press on to add on the goal tally but their own wastefulness saw the match end with a 2-1 win.
Malaysia will next take on Myanmar at the Shah Alam Stadium on Monday.


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Astro's exclusivity as the sole satellite pay-TV operator in the country has come to an end with new player Ansa Broadcast

Astro to face competition from new cable TV operator Ansa Broadcast

According to the research house, Ansa Broadcast was previously known as U-television, a cable TV operator that is a subsidiary of tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan’s Berjaya group. (File pic shows Astro's building)
According to the research house, Ansa Broadcast was previously known as U-television, a cable TV operator that is a subsidiary of tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan’s Berjaya group. (File pic shows Astro's building)
PETALING JAYA: Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd’s exclusivity as the sole satellite pay-TV operator in the country has come to an end, as it will soon face competition from a new cable TV operator called Ansa Broadcast.
Hong Leong Investment Bank (HLIB) said its channel checks revealed that a new player in the form of Ansa Broadcast is in the midst of entering the satellite pay-TV segment.
According to the research house, Ansa Broadcast was previously known as U-television, a cable TV operator that is a subsidiary of tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan’s Berjaya group.
“While details remain scarce, we understand that Ansa is currently deciding which satellite solution to adopt, either to lease bandwidth from operators or launch its own satellite. Implementation may take some time before service is officially launched,” it said in its report yesterday.
With Ansa’s entrance as a new direct-to-home (DTH) satellite player, Astro will face the pressure which had been absent for past 20 years. Astro’s exclusivity clause finally ended in February 2017.
While many non-satellite broadcasters such as ABNXcess, MiTV and Mega TV had failed historically, Ansa Broadcast is not expected to be an overnight success but it can be disruptive, offering aggressive pricing and content variances, HLIB noted.
The research firm has downgraded Astro to a “hold”, with a lower target price of RM2.47 from RM2.98 based on a discounted cash flow valuation.
“Astro is facing dismal advertising expenditure (adex) growth due to weak consumer sentiment. Besides, the challenging business environment from aggressive shifts in the media platform from traditional to digital is leaving the company in a tough position,” it added.
According to HLIB, Astro is reportedly seeking fair ground against the over-the-top (OTT) players in Malaysia and wants these players to be regulated by the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998.
“Astro believes that with a level playing field upon regulation, it will be in a better position, as it owns most of the broadcasting rights in Malaysia.”
Shares of Astro closed two sen lower to RM2.69.


13 Detained So Far in relation to riot at Nothing to Hide 2.0

Three more arrested over Nothing to Hide forum fracas

A chair being thrown, allegedly by a troublemaker, after a flare landed on the floor during the Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum.
A chair being thrown, allegedly by a troublemaker, after a flare landed on the floor during the Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum.
KUALA LUMPUR: Three more men have been detained in connection with the fracas at the Nothing To Hide 2.0 Forum in Shah Alam, said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
The Inspector-General of Police said the latest arrests bring the total of those detained to 13 as of Wednesday morning.
"We are currently focusing on investigating the ruckus at the forum.
"Those who caused trouble will not be spared," he told a press conference after a handing over ceremony at Bukit Aman.
He added that the organisers of the event would also be called in to have their statements recorded.
Khalid also slammed the organiser for blaming the police for the fracas at Sunday's event.
"Under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012, the responsibility to maintain the safety of participants and the location falls on the organiser.
"It is unfair for them (the organiser) to blame the police," he said.
The country's top cop said police were stationed outside the hall, where the event was held on Sunday.
"They should have asked for our advice to ensure the security of the event.
"They should have prohibited certain items such as flares from being brought into the hall," he said.
On Sungai Besar Umno Division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos's plan to host his own version of Nothing To Hide, the IGP reminded him to abide by regulations stipulated in the PAA.
The forum featuring Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad descended into an almost free-for-all session as a slipper, a shoe, bottles and a chair were thrown and two flares were flung into the crowd at the Dewan Raja Muda Musa hall in Shah Alam.
The session with the Pakatan Harapan chairman had to be halted abruptly after about 90 minutes when the former prime minister was answering a question on the 1985 Kampung Memali tragedy in Baling, Kedah.
He had been asked if he would take responsibility for the bloodshed which left 18 people, including four policemen, dead.
Dr Mahathir, who was standing on the stage, responded that police action at that time was done according to their standard operating procedures.
But even as he started speaking, a slipper was flung from the crowd towards the stage, followed by a shoe, several mineral water bottles and a chair.
The hall erupted into chaos as two flares were also thrown, one of them towards the section where members of the media were seated.


Malaysia Wins First Gold At Sea Games 2017

Malaysia bag first gold with chinlone linking win

KUALA LUMPUR: The Jalur Gemilang was raised for the first time at the 29th edition of the SEA Games as Malaysia claimed gold in the men's chinlone linking competition.
Malaysia scored 391 points to beat Philippines, which managed just 271 points, in the final at the Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium on Wednesday.
Chinlone is a traditional caneball sport originating from Myanmar.
The sport, which sees six players taking turns to perform juggling skills in a circle, made its debut in the SEA Games in Myanmar in 2013. Malaysia have never won gold in the event.



Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad remanded for five days

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 | MYT 12:17 PM

Isa Samad remanded five days in graft probe

PUTRAJAYA: Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad (pic) has been remanded for five days in a graft probe into the purchase of a hotel in London by Felda Investment Corporation (FIC).
Registrar of Subordinate Courts Datuk Zainal Abidin Kamarudin granted the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) application for the former Felda chairman to be held until Aug 20.
He is being investigated under Section 16 of the MACC Act.
Mohd Isa, 68, arrived at the Putrajaya courts complex at 9.08am in a black MPV.
Clad in the MACC's orange lock-up attire, he was closely guarded by investigators due to the sizable crowd waiting for him.
Among those present outside the court was his wife Puan Sri Bibi Sharliza Mohd Khalid.
Mohd Isa was arrested at 4.24pm on Tuesday at the MACC's headquarters, where he was called earlier to have his statement recorded over FIC's purchase of hotels in London and Kuching.



How your cat sleeps lets you know how it’s feeling

How your cat sleeps lets you know how it’s feeling
“Swooner has definitely settled in,” I was telling my neighbour. “He’s sitting on the sofa, looking totally at home.”
“He is looking nicely fat,” she replied. “But how can we really tell what animals are feeling?”
It’s a great question, and when I went back inside, it got me thinking. Cats can be rather mysterious creatures but body language can signal how your pet is feeling. Sleeping positions are really excellent insight into the inner kitty because this is when they are at their most vulnerable.
The One Eye Open pose is a favourite of kitchen cats who are expecting trouble from dogs and other enemies. By lying with the paws down, the kitty can zoom off easily if startled. However, it’s also fairly comfy.
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The One Eye Open pose is a favourite of kitchen cats who are expecting trouble from dogs and other enemies. Photos: Ellen Whyte
Target lies this way when Swooner is on the prowl. When our senior boy is pounced on, the front paws come up. If Target is in a good mood, Swooner is wrestled down and the two boys nip at each others’ ears and bunny-kick in a mock fight. Sometimes, though, Swooner has his ears boxed.
The Donut is where you get a curled up cat, tucking face, tail and paws together. As it’s very hard to switch from this into flight, this relaxed pose means your kitty is feeling safe.
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The relaxed Donut pose means this kitty is feeling safe.
Interestingly, cold climate cats also conserve heat this way. If you have an air-conditioned home, you may see more of this than someone who uses just fans.
Our Guido lies this way often, usually on the corner of the sofa, right underneath the ceiling fan. I think being curled up makes him feel toasty and comfy, and the way the fan ripples his fur, he gets to be nice and cool too.
The Face Plaff is where your kitty lies prone and buries his face in his pillow. The paws come up too for extra protection, covering the eyes.
cat sleeping positions
The Face Plaff, with paws up for extra protection, signals I do not want to be disturbed.
This is one of Target’s favourite moves at the end of a busy day and it signals, “I do not want to be disturbed”. If you pet him, he will raise his head, and meow in a very irritated way. Then he’ll sigh and stomp off to go and sleep somewhere else.
This pose always tempts me to be evil because when I hide my head under my pillow on a Sunday morning, and Target decides he needs my attention, the naughty fuzz has no problems fishing under it with his paws, poking my nose until I wake up.
This is not one I’ve ever seen in the kitchen cats, probably because the Do Not Disturb message is one their enemies would ignore.
The Full Spread where your pet lies flat on his back, all four paws in the air, vulnerable tummy exposed to any who pass by, is very clearly the most relaxed of all poses.
cat sleeping positions
The Spread is the most relaxed of all poses, and means the cat is happy.
I never see the kitchen cats lie this way. It’s probably far too dangerous. However, I believe that this is the most common pose among happy pet cats in tropical climates because it’s very cooling. My furries tend to lie this way in the afternoons, strategically placed under a ceiling fan.
What’s interesting about this pose is that it’s the one where cats and people often have misunderstandings. The cat is communicating that he feels safe and happy, but the human sees it as an invitation to tickle the sweet, fluffy tummy.
The thing about kitty tummies is that they tend to be super-private. Anyone who takes liberties will be gripped with the paws and chastised. This can then offend the human who doesn’t understand the miscommunication.
Worse, a cat who has been fast asleep may mistake a friendly tickle for an attack, and respond with claws and teeth. If this happens to you, don’t get angry: your pet thought it was defending itself from danger. If you have kids, be sure to explain they must never rub the belly of a sleeping cat, no matter how cute they think the kitty looks.
cat sleeping positions
In this pose, Swooner seems to be signalling that he’d like a beer.
If you must pet the tummy, wait till your pet is awake, and rub gently. Generally speaking, kittens will always see a belly rub as an invitation for play. They’ll roughhouse and bunny-kick and have a lovely time doing so.
Older cats can be ticklish, see it as too invasive or they love it. Guido and Target think it’s absolute heaven. Target likes it so much that he’ll come and lie next to me, roll on to his back, and curl his paws while meowing at me.
For our senior cat, tummy rubs are our special time and after a few minutes he’s so happy that he gets up and head-butts me, purring and nipping, just as if I were a cat pal.
So, thinking back to my neighbour’s question, how do we really know what our pets are feeling, I had another look at Swooner. He wasn’t asleep but I got a clear message about what he was thinking, anyway.
He was sitting on the sofa, watching TV with my other half, in a pose that clearly signalled he’d like a beer. What do you think?

Safe places for a happy nap

A happy relaxed cat will go and find his own favourite sleeping spots. However, if you’ve just adopted a kitty, and he’s shy, you can help create a few snuggle spots that will help your pet feel secure when he’s asleep.
cat sleeping positions
A cardboard box is a cat’s castle. Take one that’s slightly bigger than your pet, and turn it on to its side. Leave the top and one side flap closed. Your kitty will crawl inside, and may pull the second flap closed for complete privacy. When your pet is inside, consider him to have put up the Do Not Disturb sign.
Leave the laundry stack in a quiet corner. Any heap of clothes means your pet can bury himself in soft goodness. Super-shy cats may go totally camo and cover themselves with your tee or towel. If your pet chooses the dirty laundry pile, he’ll get used to your scent too, which may help bonding.
Leave a cupboard door open, preferably one with a shelf. Cats like to sleep in spaces where their enemies can’t get to them, which is why strays will sleep on roofs and the tops of doors. If you have a shelf in your wardrobe, your pet may want to adopt this as a safe snooze spot. Be helpful and arrange for easy access and exit. If you have a bookcase, that can be a nice alternative.


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