Wednesday, 3 February 2016

What Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz says .....

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PETALING JAYA: Leaders are not made by dragging other people down because leadership has nothing to do with posts, positions or designations, said Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz (pic).
Commenting on the “Kedah fiasco” in a posting on her Facebook page on Wednesday, the former Cabinet minister said leadership had to do with the qualities of an individual and how he leads, performs, makes decisions and governs.
“It is about qualities that make us look up to them and entrust our well being with them,” she said.
Rafidah also feared that there would be more unresolved problems for the country.
“Things seem to be flaring up like crackers around us, one issue after another, one unresolved problem followed by several others.
“It is like we have our hands, fingers and toes in some sticky glue that refuses to be brushed or cleaned off, the feeling that we are stuck in a rut,” she said.
She said the Kedah political crisis was reflective of the political culture to which Malaysians seem to subscribe, “a political culture of self-interest and toppling down others to grab whatever position that is being eyed”.
“(It is) A culture that continues to divide rather than unite (people) for common good,” she said, adding that it could be regarded as greed.
She stressed that the nation would be better if everyone worked as a team, “complementing each other for collective strength to achieve common good”.
“Let good sense prevail and let us get down to repairing the damage which has already been done, because the country does not need more shenanigans,” she said.

source : Star on line

Thursday, 7 January 2016

NETFLIX now available for local TV subscriber

Impactful: A man scrolls through a selection of viewing choices on the Netflix application on a tablet device. Consumers in Malaysia are entitled to a 30-day free trial with subsequent monthly plans ranging from RM33 up to RM51. – Bloomberg

Firm’s entry to impact TV market
PETALING JAYA: On-demand Internet streaming entertainment provider Netflix Inc is now available in Malaysia, fuelling talk on how it would impact local pay-TV content provider Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd and recently launched Internet TV service provider iflix.
Netflix announced yesterday that it has expanded to more than 130 new countries, with the exception of China.
Consumers are entitled to a 30-day free trial with subsequent monthly plans ranging from as low as RM33 up to RM51.
It enables users to stream movies and television shows to their smart televisions, game consoles, computers, tablets and other devices.
Meanwhile, the six-month old iflix is offering its streaming services for as low as RM8 per month for movies and entire seasons of TV shows from the United States, South Korea, China and Malaysia, made available over all smart devices.
iflix Malaysia group COO and CEO Azran Osman-Rani said the announcement by Netflix was great for the industry. He said it reaffirmed the shift in entertainment consumption to on-demand was a global phenomenon.
“For consumers, it is great that at least a subset of the Netflix branded content is now legally available without a VPN,” he said.
iflix could have gotten the shorter end of the stick as it has similar content to Netflix, but is so far only available in standard definition.
Netflix offers consumers three different packages, standard definition, high definition or ultra high definition.
Note that just a month ago, iflix teamed up with Telekom Malaysia (TM) to provide its content to TM home UniFi and Streamyx high speed broadband customers. From mid-December 2015, all Unifi and Streamyx customers would receive a 12-month iflix subscription (valued at RM96) bundled with their existing TM service, at no additional charge.
“From an iflix perspective, we are obsessively focused on the unique challenges of emerging markets whether it be pricing, payments, infrastructure challenges, cultural preferences, or local programming and language.
“We will continue to provide the broadest most relevant selection of content for the local consumers at a price that everyone can afford,” Azran added in a statement.
Some market watchers are concerned that Netflix’s entrance into the Malaysian market could lead to existing Astro customers switching to the new service provider.
However, analysts are not too concerned with this, given Astro’s wide customer base.
“Astro actually has very loyal customers, especially for those that subscribe to the vernacular packages. It has a very different set of customers, so I don’t really see Netflix impacting Astro much,” an analyst said.
That said, it is possible that some urban customers may switch their Astro entertainment packages out for a Netflix subscription.
Customers could either downgrade their Astro subscription package, or do away with their entertainment packages entirely.
To counter this, it would depend on how Astro chooses to package its content, the analyst said.
“Netflix doesn’t have news or sports content, so Astro subscribers would definitely keep those packages,” the analyst added.

source  < Star online

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Most Affordable Travel Destination in Asia during This winter 2015 ... KL the 5th

Jakarta, Indonesia has emerged the most affordable travel destination in Asia for US travellers this winter, according to the number crunchers at TripAdvisor.
In fact, for Americans who’ve long had Asia on their minds, there’s perhaps no better time to book a trip than this winter, as the average price of a one-week trip to the Far East has dropped 12% compared to the same period last year.
Moreover, most of the destinations that cracked the top 10 list are located in South-East Asia, where temperatures are still mild and the sun high.
For travellers on a budget, the Indonesian capital is a good bet, having recorded the biggest drop at 32%.
The total price tag for a seven-night trip to Jakarta – including flight and hotel – clocks in at US$1,343 (RM5,795), the lowest rate of 20 cities covered in the index.
That compares to Hong Kong, the priciest destination on the list, with a one-week trip costing US$2,590 (RM11,177), mostly due to a six percent spike in airfare recorded this season.
“Asia consistently provides outstanding accommodation value and this year US travellers can also take advantage of significantly lower airfares, so winter is a great time for Americans to explore the Far East, with both the weather and prices more moderate,”said TripAdvisor spokesperson Brooke Ferencsik.
Overall, Thailand and Vietnam are the most budget-friendly countries in Asia Thailand landed three spots on the top 10 list, while Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, both in Vietnam, took the second and third spots.
For the ranking, analysts looked at the average price of a one-week trip to 20 popular Asian cities between Nov1, 2015 and Apr 30, 2016.
Here are the top 10 most affordable destinations in Asia this winter, according to TripAdvisor:
1. Jakarta, Indonesia, US$1,343 (RM5,795)
2. Hanoi, Vietnam, US$1,366 (RM5,894)
3. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, US$1,434 (RM6,188)
4. Chiang Mai, Thailand, US$1,577 (RM6,805)
5. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, US$1,589 (RM6,857)
6. Shanghai, China, US$1,665 (RM7,185)
7. Bangkok, Thailand, US$1,680 (RM7,250)
8. New Delhi, US$1,877 (RM8,100)
9. Siem Reap, Cambodia, US$1,895 (RM8,177)
10. Kathu, Thailand, US$1,902 (RM8,208)
– AFP Relaxnews

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Malaysia is wonderful .... I will be back said Arnold Schwarzenegger

KUALA LUMPUR:  Arnold Schwarzenegger is clearly bowled over by the warmth and hospitality shown by the people he encountered here.
The former California governor and bodybuilder, who is in town for the Global Transformation Forum, was only here for 48 hours but is leaving with a positive impression of Malaysia.
“I have not seen much of the city and the country, but what I did see is that you have the warmest people here,” he said after his keynote address at the international forum on Thursday.
Schwarzenegger said that he was looking forward to coming back to Malaysia with his children in the future, and congratulated Malaysians for being “wonderful people”.
“From the hotel I stayed, to the restaurants I’ve been, the gym where I work out and to the organisers at the forum, everyone was so inclusive and so warm.
“Congratulations you wonderful people, and I will be back,” he said to loud cheers from the audience.

courtesy from the star on line

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Saturday, 17 October 2015

Toll hike 15th October 2015

Government finally agreed to imposed Toll hike on the 15 of Oct 2015 . My opinion  , for  the timing  , the government  is really play safe which they announced on the hive  before they tabled out the budget .
Well,  nothing in the world is free and price become cheaper and cheaper , however  to some extend on this issue , I believe the government have a concreate reason for doing this But due to the current scenerio , its worth to reconsidered back .

Some good point been address :

1. Imposed low fare during OFF Peak hours / on top of the proposed increment .
2. Discuss with Tol Konsesi , no automatic tol hive . Tol increment quantum  based on the study of the income that they recorded . Rule of the thumb , as year passing by , more and more motorist registered  means more income to them . Think what's idea that  you can generate RM more by  " thinking  out of the box " on the mechanism ! .....increase of the toll rate at this economic situation will hurts more to rakyat !


The Edge Weekly ...... WELCOME BACK

Cameo news from The Edge Weekly :

After almost two decades of near-full employment in the labour market, low unemployment has become a cornerstone of Malaysia’s economic fundamentals, and might even be taken for granted despite the growing economic headwinds, according to The Edge Weekly.
In its latest edition, the magazine’s writer Ben Shane Lim questioned that as growth decelerates and confidence falters, was it realistic to continue assuming that the low unemployment seen since the 1997 Asian financial crisis can be maintained?
After all, news of retrenchments have been cropping up regularly, and with household debt approaching 88% of GDP, the resilience of the job market has never been more critical, said The Edge.
The magazine highlighted that the latest round of retrenchments saw Shell Malaysia announce that it would cut 1,300 upstream jobs from its 6,500-strong workforce over the next two years.
For perspective, there were over 10,000 retrenchments in 2014. In the 12 months ended June, there have been almost 12,000 already – not including Shell’s, it said.
The Edge said job cuts in the oil and gas industry may be expected because of the collapse of oil prices but there has also been a wave of retrenchments in the banking sector this year.
It began with Standard Chartered Bank cutting its Malaysian workforce by 11%, followed by CIMB Group Holdings Bhd (3,599 employees, or 11% of its headcount) and RHB Capital Bhd (2,700 employees, 15% of workforce), said the magazine.
It said that more recently, it was reported that AffinHwang Capital Sdn Bhd is in the midst of retrenching a couple of hundred employees as well.
The Edge said some manufacturers have also made the news for trimming their workforce, such as Naza Automotive Manufacturing Sdn Bhd, which let go of 255 workers from its plant in Gurun, Kedah. CCM Fertilisers Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Chemical Company of Malaysia Bhd, also announced that 232 employees will be affected by the shutdown of one of its plants in June next year.
The magazine added that against this backdrop, Malaysian Airline Systems Bhd (MAS) retrenched nearly 6,000 employees as part of Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s plan to restructure the loss-making national carrier.
“Are the retrenchment figures something that we should be worried about? I think, yes. Apart from the retrenchment of about 11,000 to 12,000 workers, employers are not hiring. With the economic slowdown and uncertainty, employers are taking a wait-and-see approach,” it qouted Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan, executive director of the Malaysian Employers Federation, as saying.
The Edge said the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research’s Consumer Sentiment Index (CSI) for example, has fallen to a new six-year low of 71.7 points, which is comparable to the 2008 global financial crisis levels.
It explained there was no crash in the job market back in 2008, but then, Malaysia was relatively insulated from the shocks to the global economy.
The saving grace was that Asia was the sweet spot for economic growth when the western world was hit hard by the US subprime mortage crisis, it said. – The Edge Weekly, October 17, 2015

My comment :

1. The truth had been lined out but we cannot just lying down and wait for our death . Yes , we are facing world economic turmoil plus political instability in our country . But in order to move forward think and behave positive , there 1001 potentials or chances to be grabs in front of you . Just be in right circle , right logistic , right mentors , right action and don't forget to pray to Allah , Insyaallah with that , success will never wait no man !
2. Its seem that jobless growth in Malaysia will be more for next few year . Government have to review back the foreign labor policy at certain sector . Today you can see a lot of  Indonesian ,Nepalese , Bangladesh , Myanmar to name the few .... concurred most of job opportunity for locals . Yes , we do need them at certain sector like labor for plantation and high rise building but I don't accept it when now they are working as salesman , salesgirl , chef , hotel receptionist , waiter , waitress , technicians , oil & gas manpower ... ../// The boss always say that local had a bad altitude ... but .. it is because of altitude or the paycheck ! ...or profit oriented ! Its time for  Malaysian to change , we have our own people to build together our own nation . Follow by example the Korean and Japanese , they doing everything from A to Z ...
3. The boss will say , I got the job with low profit margin , so I cannot offer job to locals which we know the salary scheme . This is really an issue . To my opinion ,  the landlord or "Big boss " have to underline a policy , award the doer , the contract if they  meet  " Big boss "  budget instead of the lowest quoted price . And of course plus other important criteria both technical and integrity .
Try this and everybody is safe ! End of the day , we don't need SPRM !!! .....  but remember ALLAH always watching us !

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Selamat Hari Raya Aidi Adha 2015

The meaning of Hari Raya AidiladhaAidiladha is also commonly known as Hari Raya Korban or Hari Raya Haji in Malaysia. Celebrated about two months after Hari Raya Aidilfitri, on the 10th day of Zulhijjah, the 12th (last) month of the Muslim calendar, it marks the end of the haj pilgrimage period (about two weeks).

Cheerful moments