2K18 – What Lies Ahead?

Assalamualaikum (to all my fellow Muslims)! Happy Twenty Eighteen or Two-Thousand-and-Eighteen (whatever or whichever).

First of all, Good New Year News. For those of you who often ply Sg Rasau and Batu Tiga in the Klang Valley as well as the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) in JB and Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah, you will be delighted to know that starting today, at the stroke of midnight,when the fireworks come off, all collections at those 4 toll plazas will cease. That announcement came from our (Malaysia’s) very own (6th) Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Allahyarham Tun Abdul Razak during his tabling of this year’s (2018) budget on the 27th of October last year (2017).

As speculated, the fourteenth edition of the (Malaysia) General Election will eventually take place this year. Will Najib-led Barisan Nasional (BN) finally be able to recapture Selangor, Penang, and long-time Kelantan this time around?


Here are sporting events that will take place this year.

2 Olympiads, the Winter and the Youth Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea and in Buenos Aires, Argentina, respectively.

The XXII Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

The FIFA World Cup football (soccer) tournament will be held in Russia from 14th June to 15th of July.


These people will turn a year old (or young).

20 (b.1998)

Liza Soberano (4 January)

Bindi Irwin (24 July)

25 (b.1993)

Ariana Grande (26 June)

Taylor Momsen (26 July)

Meghan Trainor (22 December)

30 (b. 1988)

Anzalna Nasir (9 January)

Rihanna (18 February)

Adele (5 May)

Sarah Geronimo (Philippines’ answer to Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza) (25 July)

Maja (pronounced ‘Maha’) Salvador (5 October)

40 (b. 1978)

AJ McLean (BSB) (9 January)

Ashton Kutcher (7 February)

Judy Ann Santos (11 May)

Daphne Iking (6 July)

Usher (14 October)

Kathrine Heigl (24 November)

John Legend (23 December)

50 (b. 1968)

Celine Dion (30 March)

Ziana Zain (30 May)

Will Smith (25 September)

60 (b. 1958)

Madonna (16 August)

Belinda Carlisle (17 August)

2K18 – What Lies Ahead?

LPT (ECE) Goes Cashless Today!

For those of you who are driving along the East Coast Expressway (ECE) at this point of time, you will know that starting today, all 31 toll plazas on both phases will accept Touch n Go and its companion, SmartTAG, making them the last to do so. This year alone, toll plazas from Juru to Jalan Duta and Sungai Besi to Skudai went cashless. This is in line with the full implementation of cashless payment at toll plazas this year (2017). The first were Sungai Rasau and Batu Tiga toll plazas in 2012.

LPT (ECE) Goes Cashless Today!

MRT SBK Line is Now Complete!

First, it was the KTM Komuter. Then came the LRTs, followed by KL Monorail. Get set for another rail transit, the Mass Rapid Transit, (MRT), the first in Malaysia as well as the third in South-east Asia after the Philippines and Singapore as the first phase of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line operates today. It was, by the way launched on the 16th December last year (2016) by our (Malaysia’s) Honourable Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak. There are altogether 31 stations on the entire SBK line. The second phase of the SBK line (Semantan to Kajang) was launched today, also by PM.

Here are the stations in entirety:

SBK01  – Sungai Buloh  –  Integrated with the upcoming 2nd MRT line [Sungai Buloh- Putrajaya (SSP)] and KTM Komuter.

SBK02 – Kampung Selamat

SBK03 – Kwasa Damansara

SBK04 – Kwasa Sentral

SBK05 – Kota Damansara

SBK06 – Surian

SBK07 – Mutiara Damansara

SBK08 – Bandar Utama – Integrated with the upcoming 3rd LRT line (Bandar Utama-Johan Setia)

SBK09 – Taman Tun Dr Ismail

SBK10 – Phileo Damansara

SBK11 – Pusat Bandar Damansara

SBK12 – Semantan

SBK13 – Muzium Negara – Connecting station to KL Sentral

SBK14 – Pasar Seni – Integrated with LRT Kelana Jaya Line (KJ17) and KTM Komuter

SBK15 – Merdeka – Integrated with LRT Plaza Rakyat Station 

SBK16 – Bukit Bintang [Integrated with KL Monorail (MR5)]

SBK17 – Tun Razak Exchange

SBK18 – Cochrane

SBK19 – Maluri – Integrated with LRT Ampang Line (AG5)

SBK20 – Taman Pertama

SBK21 – Taman Midah

SBK22 – Taman Mutiara

SBK23 – Taman Connaught

SBK24 – Taman Suntex

SBK25 – Sri Raya

SBK26 – Bandar Tun Hussein Onn

SBK27 – Batu 11 Cheras

SBK28 – Bukit Dukung

SBK29 – Sungai Jernih

SBK30 – Stadium Kajang

SBK31 – Kajang – Integrated with KTM Komuter.

For those of you who read this, you may or should take yourselves in for a free ride today from 1600 to 2330 between Muzium Negara and Kajang stations. On the other hand, from tomorrow to Merdeka Day (31 August), you will enjoy 50% fare on both Ampang and Kelana Jaya LRT lines, KL Monorail, and MRT SBK Line (both phases). Also, in conjunction with the opening of the 2nd phase of the SBK MRT line, POS Malaysia will be launching stamps and first-day covers today.

(Remark : The bolded text denotes underground stations.)

MRT SBK Line is Now Complete!

libra1002’s Take on Father’s Day

First of all, I would like to wish myself and my beloved ayah, a Happy Father’s Day!
In Islam, a father is indeed THE (‘duh’) leader of the family. When a baby is born to a Muslim parent, he/she will carry what is called the nasab.
Father’s Day celebration falls on the third Sunday of June. Everyone in the world will want to treat his/her favourite hero for a treat. Malaysia is not spared of that. In this country which practises Islam as the official religion, Muslims children will pay tribute to his sacrifices for the family. During Ramadan, for example, many grown-up children who have a job will head to Dataran Merdeka (Square of Independence) in Kuala Lumpur for Iftar@KL 2017/1438 which ends this weekend.
I wonder why most hotels did not mention Father’s Day during Ramadan Buka Puasa offerings? Do they not realise that Father’s Day is also a Muslim. They should offer discount for those who are fathers on Father’s Day.

libra1002’s Take on Father’s Day

Cashless Toll Payments at 10 Plazas, Effective Today

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) has announced that ten more toll plazas will only accept electronic toll payments starting today at 12pm.

Road users will need to use either PLUSMiles, Touch ‘n Go or SmartTAG at the toll plazas on the Maju Expressway (MEX), New Pantai Expressway (NPE), Cheras-Kajang Highway (Grand Saga) and Kemuning Shah Alam Expressway (LKSA).

The toll plazas involved include Salak Selatan (MEX), Putrajaya (MEX), Seri Kembangan (MEX), PJS2 (NPE), PJS5 (NPE), Pantai Dalam (NPE), Batu 9 (Grand Saga), Batu 11 (Grand Saga), Seri Muda (LKSA) and Alam Impian (LKSA).

Highway concessionaires will ensure that top-up counters and Touch ‘n Go sales will operate on a 24-hour basis and that staff will be present to assist with any issues faced by users.

Highway users are advised to follow road regulations and signages at all the toll plazas to ensure a seamless journey to their destinations.

Further enquiries on the new system can be directed to MHA’s Traffic Centre hotline at 1800-88-7752 or any customer service center of the relevant highways.

Cashless Toll Payments at 10 Plazas, Effective Today

ARD : I shall [NOT I will] Boycott Bersih-backed Companies

PETALING JAYA: Companies which support illegal assemblies will be blacklisted immediately from getting government contracts, says Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said he would request the Economic Planning Unit, which he heads, and the Public-Private Partnership Unit (UKAS) to look into the background of all the companies which apply for government tenders through these two entities.

“I am sure there are other companies that could give the same, if not better, terms and conditions to the Government if they are given the chance.

“The time for being soft and tolerant is over.

“I shall [NOT I will] boycott companies which help movements that threaten the country’s economic security,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Abdul Rahman was responding to an opinion piece written by Awang Selamat in yesterday’s Mingguan Malaysia.

The article spoke “about the exis­tence of companies and entrepreneurs, which are said to have received government contracts, but are sponsoring Bersih rallies with the intention to topple the Government”.

“I agree with Awang Selamat that these companies should be blacklisted,” added Abdul Rahman yesterday.

UKAS of the Prime Minister’s Department is the core agency tasked with the responsibility to coordinate public-private partnership projects which can receive the facilitation fund set up under 10th Malaysia Plan.

[Source : The Star Online]

ARD : I shall [NOT I will] Boycott Bersih-backed Companies

Toll Collection on East Coast Expressway 2 to Begin Today!

KAJANG: Toll collection on the East Coast Expressway Phase 2 (LPT2) will commence at 12.01am today. In a statement recently, the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) said the toll rate would start from 12 sen per kilometre for Class One vehicles. LPT2 will implement a closed toll collection system where the toll rate is calculated based on toll-able distance. The 184-kilometre highway which starts from Jabor, Pahang to Kampung Gemuroh, Terengganu is a two-way four lane highway consisting of 10 elevated intersections, three rest and service areas (RSAs) and two lay-bys. The government has appointed Lebuhraya Pantai Timur 2 Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PLUS Malaysia Berhad to carry out the operations, maintenance and toll collection of LPT2. The collection of toll is crucial to cover the cost of maintenance and operation for patrol services, RSAs and other facilities to ensure the safety and comfort of highway users. There will be 10 toll plazas along the LPT2. They are: • Cheneh toll plaza • Chukai toll plaza • Kijal toll plaza • Kerteh toll plaza • Paka toll plaza • Kuala Dungun toll plaza • Bukit Besi toll plaza • Ajil toll plaza • Telemong toll plaza • Kuala Terengganu toll plaza

Toll Collection on East Coast Expressway 2 to Begin Today!