Tuesday, May 1, 2007


With roots in Malay culture, its name is a Malay word that literally means 'rice in fat'. The name is derived from the cooking process whereby rice is soaked in rich coconut cream and then the mixture steamed. Sometimes knotted screwpine (pandan) leaves are thrown into the rice while steaming to give it more fragrance. Occasionally, other herbs such as ginger and lemon grass may also be added for additional fragrance.
Traditionally, this comes as a platter with cucumber slices, small dried anchovies (ikan bilis), roasted peanuts, stir fried water convolvulus (kangkong), hard boiled egg, pickled vegetables (achar) and hot spicy sauce (sambal). Nasi lemak can also come with any other accompaniments such as chicken, cuttlefish, cockle, beef curry (beef stewed in coconut milk and spices) or paru (beef lungs). Traditionally most of these accompaniments are spicy in nature.
Nasi lemak is traditionally a breakfast dish in Malaysia, and it is sold early in the morning at roadside stalls in Malaysia, where it is often sold packed in newspaper, brown paper or banana leaf. However, there are restaurants which serve it on a plate as noon or evening meals, making it possible for the dish to be treated as a delicacy. 'Nasi lemak panas' meaning hot nasi lemak is another name given to nasi lemak serve with hot cooked rice.

Hanoi!! Here I come!!

More good news for travelers! Now there’s an affordable way to fly into Vietnam, a country gaining a reputation as a tourist hotspot. Started October 4 last year i.e. 2006, Air Asia runs flights to Hanoi twice daily. The flight, which takes some 3 hours and 25 minutes, is priced differently according to demand, with the most expensive ticket priced at USD105 (about RM390) for a one-way flight. However, Air Asia’s CEO Tony Fernandes said at a press conference in Hanoi that he hopes to lower the fare to as low as USD9.99 when the route proves to be more successful and the group gets a license for opening a second route to Vietnam.

Sunday, April 29, 2007


These are the most wanted cars by all students around Malaysia.

Proton Saga

The Proton Saga is the first car produced by Malaysian auto manufacturer Proton, based on the 1983 Mitsubishi Lancer Fiore. It first debuted in September 1985. The first Proton Saga that rolled off the production line was presented to the Malaysian National Museum as a symbol of the beginning of the Malaysian automotive industry. Since then, the Proton Saga and its variants contributed to most of Proton's sales and revenues. The Saga variants are also popular among taxi drivers and operator who need cars with good fuel economy and low maintenance costs.

On 5 March 2007, Proton had launced the 50th Merdeka Anniversary Promotion in Malaysia, where the announced new price of the Proton Saga is now RM26,999. The promotion was made as a support to Malaysia's 50th Merdeka Day and also to thank Proton's customers for their support since Proton Saga was first launched.


The Wira was introduced in 1993 as a 4-door saloon and was based on the 1992 Mitsubishi Lancer design, but the styling was slightly modified to distinguish it from the Lancer.

Modifications include headlights from the 1992 Mitsubishi Colt, tail lights from the 1987 Mitsubishi Galant hatchback, bumpers from the Mitsubishi Mirage and a different dashboard. The frontal design continues the styling first shown on the Proton Iswara with a fluted bonnet that tapers towards the Proton badge on the grill.

The Mitsubishi 4G15 1.5-litre 12-valve engine used in the Iswara and its predecessor the Saga was carried over unchanged. The Mitsubishi 4G92 112ps 1.6L 16-valve SOHC engine with multi-point fuel injection was introduced together with an optional 4-speed automatic transmission.

In 1994, a 5-door hatchback version was introduced. Initially it was badged as the Wira Aeroback, like the 5-door Saga hatchback, though later the Aeroback name was dropped.

In the same year, exports to the United Kingdom began where it was marketed as the Persona. As with the Saga, all export models used multi-point fuel injection to comply with the Euro I emissions standards. The multi-point injection versions were badged as MPi, although this was only used on the engine, and never on the trim levels (unlike 1.5 MPi GLS in the previous car, the Saga, the trim levels were simply 1.5 GLS etc.)

A minor facelift was introduced in 1995 with a new grill and slimmer tail lights with clear indicators.

In 1995, the Mitsubishi 4G13 1.3-litre 12-valve engine also used in the Saga was introduced for the Wira. This was followed in 1996 by the 133bhp 1.8L 16-valve DOHC engine with multi-point fuel injection. At the same time, a 2.0-litre diesel-powered variant was also offered but was later phased out in later years because there was a lack of interest.


The Kancil was Perodua's first car after its founding in 1993. It is a small five-door hatchback vehicle on a monocoque framework that could seat five people.

The Kancil and its predecessors are actually a modified Daihatsu Mira through badge engineering. Badge engineering is prevalent in Malaysia's automotive industry since it began in 1985 with carmaker Proton. Subsequent Kancils were only rejuvenated cosmetically as Perodua maintained the monocoque structure and tweaked with its engines.

The little car became an instant success in Malaysia. The Kancil is popular with beginner drivers and is commonly used in Malaysian driving schools. It is also bought for its fuel efficiency and surprising interior space considering its size. In December 1995, Perodua produced its 50,000th Kancil. By January 1997, 100,000 Kancils had been manufactured, and by 1999 250,000 had been built.

In 1999, the Kancil was given a slight facelift consisting of body-coloured side mouldings, new grille and reprofiled front bumper with larger indicators.

In 2003, the Kancil received a more extensive facelift. It now has round headlights, modified taillights, and new front and rear bumpers. Its interior features a flushed dashboard with the combination instrumentation panel placed in the middle like the Toyota Yaris. However, it is still mechanically identical to its predecessor, except for the EZi automatic transmission option which is given a fuel-injected powerplant.

The Perodua Kancil is set to be replaced with a new model based on the new Daihatsu Mira in 2007. There have been sightings of the car being tested on Malaysian roads.


The Perodua Kelisa is a compact car based on a 5th generation Daihatsu Mira/Cuore, and manufactured by Perodua. The "Kelisa" is named after the Arowana fish native to Malaysia. It has a maximum speed of 88 mph and can achieve about 55 miles per gallon. The car has a three-cylinder 989cc petrol DOHC four-valve engine (EJ-DE engine)with electronic fuel injection system, it also comes with another variant that comes with a three-cylinder 847cc petrol engine with lower specifications.

This car is popular amongst Malaysian drivers for its relatively good power-to-weight ratio, affordable price and low fuel consumption. It was first introduced in August 2000. The limited-edition Kelisa, which is a two-toned colored variant of the standard Kelisa sports minor interior trim.

Manufactured in Malaysia, Perodua vehicles were launched in the UK in 1997 and the Kelisa has been around since January 2002 when it replaced the Nippa. The Kelisa range includes three models the entry level EX, the GXi and the automatic EZi.

In April 2007 Top Gear television presenter Jeremy Clarkson was criticized by the parliament of Malaysia for repeatedly insulting the Kelisa and its manufacturer. Clarkson also destroyed a Kelisa for a DVD, and that segment can be found on YouTube.

Saturday, April 28, 2007


It’s Earth Day today and climate change takes centre stage as the theme of celebrations around the world. What’s in store for Malaysia in the coming decades?

FORGET sumptuous seafood dinners.
Forget the occasional flashflood.

Forget about tanning.

Start worrying about rising sea levels gobbling up mangroves where fish and prawns shelter.

Invest in some stylish rubber “banjir” boots as flashfloods become more frequent.

And prepare an arsenal of umbrellas and sun block against rising temperatures and heat stress.

Climate change is on its way.

As the world warms over the coming decades, several challenges loom ahead for Malaysia. These include defending miles of vulnerable coastline, surviving weather extremes and protecting crops and food supply.

In its initial national report to the United Nations on climate change issues, Malaysia has identified several possible impacts: Lower crop yields As much as six per cent of land planted with oil palm and four per cent of land under rubber may be flooded and abandoned as a result of rising sea level.

And if the current mean annual temperature of 26°C to 28°C rises to 31°C, a fall in rubber crop yield is projected. Perlis, parts of Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu may experience a reduction in production.

A total of up to 15 per cent of existing rubber land may be affected under this scenario.

If higher temperatures lead to droughts, an estimated 12 per cent of existing oil palm areas will be considered close to unsuitable.

Drought-prone areas in parts of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Kedah, Perak, Negri Sembilan and Malacca are most vulnerable.

For every degree of temperature rise, rice yields may decline by 10 per cent.

If droughts are prolonged, it may be necessary to abandon flooded rice planting systems and develop dry land systems.

National food security may be threatened, says the report.

Sea level rise could inundate and destroy most coastal aquaculture activities while warmer temperatures mean livestock could suffer heat stress, leading to reduced meat production.

Stormy weather Increasing temperatures will result in higher evaporation and transpiration, reducing the amount of water available.

For every 1°C that temperature rises, about 90mm of moisture could be lost every year through these processes.

A 10 per cent reduction in rainfall coupled with a 1°C to 3°C temperature rise means less water will run off surfaces into rivers and dams.

If we lost just 20 per cent of domestic and industrial water supply, supplementing it would cost RM152 million, says the Initial National Communication report.

According to recent studies by the National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia, flashfloods are likely to become more frequent. The patterns of where and when rain falls will also change.

The forecasts show that the north-eastern, easterncentral and north-western regions of peninsular Malaysia will experience a small increase in rainfall.

But the western-central and southern regions are expected to have a slight decrease in rainfall for the years 2041 to 2050.

The national report predicts that an increase in storm frequency and intensity will mean that the country may have to spend more to contain floodwaters.

The social and economic costs of changing existinginfrastructure to cope with more frequent and severe flooding are likely to be significant, it adds.

Large storms also mean that there may be a higher risk of slope failure at riverbanks and hills as well as a faster rate of sedimentation.

For instance, if the river discharge increased by 20 per centin the Kelantan river, the amount of sediment created would increase by 33 per cent.

In Sabah and Sarawak, an increase of 20 per cent will raise sediment loads by 44 per cent.

Coasts in trouble The sea level is expected rise over a long period of time.

But only in the worst case scenario — if the sea level rises at a rate of 0.9cm per year up till 2100 — will peninsular Malaysia lose its protective mangroves, says the report.

If this happens, some 1,200 km2of land along the peninsula’s coast that now lies below sea level could be inundated. This is also on the condition that protective bunds are not shored up.

As the depth of the surrounding seas increase, larger waves are projected to break along the coastline — putting at risk facilities like highways and power plants.

Erosion will account for another few hundred metres of shoreline retreat and submergence of coral under rising waters is also projected.

The concerns of climate change The main economic loss, says the report, will be felt in agriculture and fisheries. This is especially along vulnerable stretches of coastline hit by sea level rise.

If we lose just 20 per cent of mangrove areas — the nursery of juvenile fish — we will suffer RM300 million in fisheries losses along with an estimated 70,000 tonnes in prawn production.

More severe weather also promises higher repair bills.

The report even states that a relocation of flood victims is possible but only in the worst-case scenario.

Sea level rise is also a major concern to electrical power producers because most of their thermal power plants are located near the sea.

The Paka power station in Terengganu, for instance, is already experiencing the effects of severe coastal erosion and has to be defended by costly structural works such as concrete sea walls.

If the temperature of sea water —which is used to cool plants — rises, the efficiency of steam turbines will also drop.

The potential increase in severe tropical storms will escalate operational and maintenance costs of producers.

Changes in the rainfall pattern and drought could limit the capacity of hydroelectric power generation with serious repercussions.

Sea level rise and frequent tropical storms could also ultimately increase the cost of offshore oil exploration and production.

The report also lists some general predictions on the health impacts of climate change, which includes deaths due to heat stress or respiratory diseases due to air pollution.

Indirect effects could include increased food and water-borne diseases as a result of changing rainfall patterns, the report says.

Steps Malaysia is taking In preparing the country’s second report to the United Nations, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry has set up a working group that will look into the country’s greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to the Earth’s warming.

This group will list emissions from various sectors of economy and calculate how much carbon dioxide —a greenhouse gas —is stored in intact forests.

Another group will identify areas vulnerable to the ravages of climate change and look for ways to adapt to the changes.

According to the ministry’s Conservation and Environment Management division, a third group will look into how to lessen the impacts of climate change.

The groups began work in October last year and will complete the report in 2009. The report is being prepared with a US$450,000 grant from the Global Environment Facility.

Malaysia is also assessing its ability to address environmental issues and fulfil its obligations to international conventions.

For instance, under the Convention on Biological Diversity, the country is supposed to be able to identify species that have gone extinct in the last decade or so.

Some conventions require the country to provide data it hasn’t been able to properly record, such as calculate greenhouse gas emissions and stores.

This study will tell the country which data, technical knowledge, personnel and policies it lacks in addressing environmental issues and help in planning the use of resources.

In its bid to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, Malaysia has begun several projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

Under this mechanism, industrialised countries invest in projects in developing countries which reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted into the atmosphere.

By doing this, the industrialised countries earn “credits”. They use the credits to offset their own emissions and meet the standards they have committed to under the Kyoto Protocol.

Malaysia has 15 CDMregistered projects that keep 1.8 million tonnes of greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere, says the division.

The benefit to the Malaysian businesses is that they get paid for not emitting.

For the country, it brings in cleaner and more efficient technology and knowledge.

My Best Badminton Player: ROSLIN HASHIM takes action!!!

ROSLIN Hashim is not forgiving the BA of Malaysia (BAM), and he instructed a lawyer on Thursday to commence legal action against the national body.

Roslin is taking this drastic stand despite BAM wanting to send a letter of apology, and with BAM president, Datuk Nadzmi Saleh, and the association’s executive council members also trying to ask Roslin to reconsider the decision.

Roslin’s name was unintentionally omitted from the Singapore (May 1-6) and Indonesia (May 8-13) Opens, and this has jeopardised his chances of qualifying for the World Championships in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 13-19.

Roslin said he had been told by his lawyer to produce the relevant documents to support his claim.

The 31-year-old shuttler said a legal notice will be sent to the BAM early next week.
"I’ve spoken to my lawyer and I need to provide the documents to prove that my name was left out by the association for the two tournaments. An official letter should reach BAM early next week," said Roslin yesterday.

"I was told by Kenny Goh (BAM general manager) that the president and the exco members want to see me but my decision is final.

"A meeting and a letter of apology will not change the fact that I cannot play in Singapore and Indonesia and that my world ranking may drop.

"I just want to make sure that I don’t miss another tournament because of someone else’s mistake."

A similar error had also led to Roslin missing the China Open last year and the Malaysia Open in January.

Roslin, ranked World No 18, is now in danger of missing the World Championships as the Singapore and Indonesia Opens are to act as the final evaluation before BAM confirms its entries for the men’s singles.

Lee Chong Wei, the World No 5, and Hafiz Hashim, the World No 9, have already confirmed their berths while Roslin is vying with Lee Tsuen Seng, ranked 16th, and Sairul Amar Ayob, ranked 22nd, for the third slot.



This is a little bit story about him

Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad became the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia on 16 July 1981.

Born on 20 December 1925 in Alor Setar, the capital of the State of Kedah, Tun Dr. Mahathir did his early and secondary education in his home town. In 1947, he gained admission into the King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore.

Upon graduation, he joined the Malaysian government service as a Medical Officer. He left in 1957 to set up his own practice in Alor Setar.

Tun Dr. Mahathir has been active in politics since 1945. He has been a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) since its inception in 1946.

He was first elected as a Member of Parliament following the General Elections in 1964. However, he lost his seat in the subsequent General Election in 1969.

Owing to his keen interest in the country's education, he was appointed Chairman of the first Higher Education Council in 1968, Member of the Higher Education Advisory Council in 1972, Member of the University Court and University of Malaya Council, and Chairman of the National University Council in 1974.

In 1973, Tun Dr. Mahathir was appointed a Senator. He relinquished this post in order to contest in the 1974 General Elections where he was returned unopposed. Following the elections, Tun Dr. Mahathir was appointed the Minister of Education.

In 1976, Tun Dr. Mahathir was made Deputy Prime Minister in addition to his Education portfolio. In a Cabinet reshuffle two years later, he relinquished the Education portfolio for that of Trade and Industry. As Minister of Trade and Industry, he led several investment promotion missions overseas.

Tun Dr. Mahathir was elected as one of the three Vice Presidents of UMNO in 1975. In 1978, he won the Deputy President seat and in 1981, he was appointed President of the party. He was returned unopposed as President in 1984.

In the 1987 party elections, Tun Dr. Mahathir defeated his challenger to retain the Presidency and in 1990 and 1993, he was again returned unopposed as party President. Under his leadership, the ruling party Barisan Nasional (National Front) won landslide victories in the 1982, 1986, 1990, 1995 and 1999 General Elections.

Tun Dr. Mahathir is married to a doctor, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah bt Mohd Ali, and they have seven children Marina, Mirzan, Melinda, Mokhzani, Mukhriz, Maizura and Mazhar.

Tun Dr. Mahathir stepped down as Prime Minister on October 31st 2003.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Never underestimate our local musicians; sometimes they give us goose bumps-in toe curling, not blood curdling, way-with their ‘electrifying’ stage presence. In conjunction with VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR, Deathstar Productions’ Rock the Casbah gig at the newly refurbished Central Market stage area provided a bash that was as guitar slaying as listening to Aerosmith. Giving the ‘Market’s Lepak’ culture youth (relaxing and fun culture) youth a chance to stand up and shout, acts from Malaysia rockstar like Fasy, Couple and Paku got them nicely excited, although others made like apathetic lemmings, preferring to stay seated with arms crossed.

Come and let’s have a rock at Central Market!!!!!!