Friday, March 21, 2014

So who's telanjang now, Chef Wan?

As the search and rescue operations for the missing MH370 aircraft enters its 14th day today where it is now focused in the southern Indian Ocean, southwest of Perth, this bit of stupidity really pisses the Spanker off:

Local celebrity Datuk Chef Wan early today ridiculed the discovery of two objects by Australia which could be related to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on his Instagram account @chefwan58.

In his post, Chef Wan posed with an object which he claimed was part of the missing MH370 aircraft which disappeared on March 8.

Then in an apparent attempt at a joke, Chef Wan said the object was actually part of a toilet door from a house on the beach in Morib.

His distasteful (pun intended) post  has since been deleted after receiving 701 comments and much criticism from his Instagram followers.


Chef Wan's distasteful "joke" comes at a time when tensions are running high among family members of the 239 passengers and crew on the missing plane.


Compare this with Flight Steward Mohd Hazrin Mohamed Hasnan, who was on board MH370 and who happily took a picture with Chef Wan on an earlier flight to Dubai. Hazrin later posted his picture with a joke about nasi lemak: "@chefwan58 jom makan nasi lemak.. heheheh.. anyways its being a pleasure serving u onboard flight to dxb. Such a humble person."

Those who follow local news will know the media ruckus Chef Wan kicked up after being served Nasi Lemak without anchovies and fried peanuts, calling it "Nasi Lemak Telanjang" (Naked Nasi Lemak).

Upon being informed of Mohd Hazrin posting the picture with him and his current missing status, Chef Wan posted on 8th March "I discovered that he was on board the MAS flight to Beijing. Over the years he has attended to me on several flight abroad and we spoke and laughed about many things. A very sad and tragic news indeed".
  
Now Chef Wan is highly regarded among his peers locally and around the world. He is also a Tourism Ambassador and a Malaysian Culinary Ambassador. 

Yet 2 weeks later he does an about turn and insults Hazrin, his family and indeed all Malaysians with a tasteless and insensitive stunt like that.

So who's telanjang now, Chef?


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

MH370 - You Just Can't Beat Malaysians' Bevahavior





I was at the #UniteforMH370 event at the Curve last night. It was heartening to see many Malaysians of all shapes, colors and sizes come together to pray for the 239 "lost" souls.
 
The plight of MH370 should be a unifying factor for all Malaysians. Irrespective of our race or religion or political beliefs we should come together as one and collectively stand united in hope and prayer for the 227 passengers and 12 crew.


Instead, with the empowerment of social media – everyone’s now an overnight aviation expert and we have unsolicited opinions, conspiracy theories, rumours, crass jokes, puerile parodies, insensitive comments, outright lies and greedy opportunistic attention seekers.

Where’s Air Asia in all this? It and its vast resources are conspicuously missing when they can be rendering much needed assistance to the nation. The same nation that’s made its Directors fabulously rich, by the way.

Worst of all are the scum from both sides of the political divide who choose to milk this unfortunate turn of events for furthering their own devious agendas.

When caught with his pants down (pun intended) lying, here’s the Grand Master of spin doing what he does best…

source: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK 

After initially denying it, Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has now admitted that Malaysia Airlines MH370 pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah is related to his son's in-laws.

"I am not denying that he (Zaharie) is related to one of my in-laws and that I have met him on several occasions.

"In fact, he is a close friend of (PKR supreme council member and Subang MP) R. Sivarasa, as we said before," Anwar told reporters at the Parliament lobby here on Tuesday.

Earlier, Anwar was quoted by South China Morning Post as saying: "I don't recollect the name (Zaharie), but when the photographs were shown, I remembered I had seen him at party meetings," he said.

He also said they had had no personal contact, but Capt Zaharie was a follower of his Twitter account.

On Sunday, his party Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) dismissed a British tabloid report which claimed Capt Zaharie is a "political fanatic".

PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said the Daily Mail report was "wild allegations" and the paper "is a sensationalist tabloid known for cooking up stories".

The tabloid claimed that Capt Zaharie commanded the doomed flight about several hours after he had attended Anwar's sodomy trial.

In case you’re in the mood for more lies, read PKR’s bare faced denials here

Friday, March 14, 2014

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Kinrara Damansara Skyway





At a press conference held yesterday, Kidex Sdn Bhd chief executive officer (CEO) , Director and founding member of HSS Group of companies shared this information with members of the media:  

The Kinrara Damansara (Kidex) Skyway is a 14.9km and 90% elevated highway which will soar above Petaling Jaya to connect Bandar Damansara from Bandar Utama to Bandar Kinrara 2 at an estimated cost of RM2.42 billion. Work is expected to begin early next year and may take up to four years to complete. The acquisition of land could start as early as the end of this year

The government has awarded the Kidex contract to Zabima Engineering Construction Sdn Bhd and Emrail Sdn Bhd. Both contractors will be involved in the construction of the highway.

According to their respective websites, the shareholders of Zabima Engineering include Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun, Datuk Haji Yahya Yaacob, Dr Shaharizuan bin Shafiei, and Captain Admi Othman, while the directors at Emrail are Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun, Tan Sri Dato Hari Narayanan Govindasamy, Toh Puan Nik Sazlina Mohd Zain and Datuk Ghazali Mat Ariff.

Datuk Mohd Nor Idrus Mohd, the newly appointed CEO is a veteran in construction and transportation whose previous stints include being the Managing Director of Zelan Bhd and President of UEM Construction and Engineering Division.

The highway will start from the New Klang Valley Expressway Damansara toll plaza. It includes seven interchanges, passes through Petaling Jaya and Puchong, before linking up to the Bukit Jalil Highway.

Datuk Mohd Nor said the project was waiting for the condition precedent (CP) approval from the federal government, expected by year-end, and that the tolled road would be the “catalyst for growth and spur development” along the proposed corridor, especially Kinrara, Selangor, similar to the construct ion of the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) in 1999 which enhanced the growth of both Damansara and Puchong.

Once the CP is obtained, the project will start early next year, to be completed within three years from that period. CP refers to a state of affairs required before an approval is granted. In this case, it includes the land acquisition and the financing structure.

Datuk Mohd Nor also said that Kidex will not entail any government funding and may get a 40-year long concession period. The concessionaire might probably opt for a funding combination of 80% debt and 20% equity.

“We are not getting any sort of government funding. No soft loans, no grants,”

He said Kidex has proposed to the government a 40-year concession period, but the matter is still under negotiation.

Mohd Nor said the toll rates will be decided by the federal government once the project is completed.

Regarding the number of houses that would be acquired for the construction of the highway, Mohd Nor Idrus said that in view of the high population density in its catchment area and the large number of built-up structures along its alignment, he said the highway would primarily travel along existing local roads. Hence, he said only about 380 lots of land would be acquired.

“The issue of land acquisition and compensation is under the Government’s jurisdiction. Of the 3,784 lots that will be affected by the land freeze, only less than 10% will be acquired. Most of it will be industrial lots,” he said.

He reiterated that Kidex would pass through one of the most densely built-up environments in Petaling Jaya. Mohd Nor said the independent valuers have been appointed to assess the value of the affected properties and offer fair compensation once the project is fully approved.

On the need for the skyway, Mohd Nor said the traffic situation in Klang Valley has gone bad, adding that it will reduce travel time between Damansara and Kinrara by approximately 25%, while journey time will be shortened.

Another spokesman, Ir Siva, walked the media through the proposed route and stressed that when Kidex is ready, it will reduce travelling time between Damansara and Kinrara by about 25%. The traffic volume will also be reduced by 50% in both directions from Puchong to Petaling Jaya.

It is estimated that traffic volume will reduce by about 30% from Taman Tun Dr Ismail, the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) and Bandar Utama to Petaling Jaya. Some 40% of the elevated highway will be 24m above the ground, another 40% will be 16m above the ground while the remaining 20% will be 8m above ground.

“Kidex Sdn Bhd only signed the concession agreement in November last year and we want to engage with residents and community leaders to provide all the necessary details. We want to be transparent and I welcome feedback from the public. We want to provide all the details required,” said Mohd Nor Idrus.

Mohd Nor Idrus said the one-way loop planned by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), involving Jalan Utara and Jalan Barat, can still be implemented as planned as the elevated highway would be built over it.  The highway will be approximately 14.9km in length, 11.2km of it are on elevated structures with dual-lane carriageways.

Seven interchanges are planned — including ramps at NKVE, Bandar Utama, Sprint Highway, Federal Highway Route 2 (FHR2), New Pantai Expressway (NPE), Kesas Highway and Bukit Jalil Highway.

There will be an open toll system with two mainline toll plazas at SS2 and Taman Medan Baru and another two ramp toll plazas at the exisiting Damansara toll.

The project’s public display to allow for public feedback is being held at Menara MBPJ (Petaling Jaya City Council) and the Tropicana City Mall for the whole of this month, according to a statement from the company.

For details, visit the Kidex exhibition booths mentioned above or log on to www.kidexskyway.com.


Monday, March 3, 2014

What Really Went Down In The Water Deal

Here are the details of the water solution agreement between the Selangor state government and the federal government, as best as the Spanker understands it:


The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim on Feb 26 with Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili, witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

In essence, Selangor through state investment arm Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad (KDEB) pays RM9.65 billion to buy over four water concessionaires - Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (M) Sdn Bhd (Syabas) which handles distribution and treatment companies Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (SPLASH), Puncak Niaga (M) Sdn Bhd (PNSB) and Konsortium ABASS Sdn Bhd (ABASS).

The federal government will also inject RM2 billion to facilitate KDEB’s takeover of these companies.

In return, the state government will issue a development order for the construction of the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant (Langat 2) and its distribution system (LRAL2) (Package 2A).

It also undertakes a RM900 million mitigation project funded by Putrajaya and commences a Horas (Hybrid Off River Augmentation System) in Sungai Selangor which will provide between 600 to 700 million litres of clean water a day or 3 billion litres by 2050.

Selangor also undertakes to reduce the non-revenue water percentage from the present 33% within six months.

While the Federal Government appears to have drawn the shorter end of the stick, the LRA2 that draws water from Pahang will see Putrajaya getting vast tracks of land for the purpose of developing the infrastructure for the said project.

This includes forest reserves that will be allocated for the purpose of LRA2. The Federal Government will also have equity ownership of all water companies purchased by KDEB.

It is no secret that Tan Sri Abdul Khalid’s sudden agreement after road-blocking the Federal Government’s attempts to restructure water assets in Selangor had taken PKR de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim by surprise as no one had expected him to sign the deal.