It has been half a century since the transition from pound to dollar.
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 yesterday by our 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) will start in July.
Here are the stations:
SBK01 – Sungai Buloh – Integrated with the upcoming 2nd MRT line (Sungai Buloh- Putrajaya) 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
SBK14 – Pasar Seni – Integrated with LRT Kelana Jaya Line (KJ17) and KTM Komuter
SBK15 – Merdeka – Integrated with KL Monorail (MR3)
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
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]
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
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.
How are you getting on?
Here are events that will take place this year.
11th Sarawak State Legislature Elections.
The United States of America will go to the polls. Hilary Rodham, wife of 42nd President of the US of A, Bill Clinton, will bid for her presidency. If Rodham wins, she will make history for being the country’s first female president, succeeding Barack Obama.
18th Malaysia Games – Sarawak will host this biennial sporting event for the second time. The last time this Hornbill State played host to it was in 1990. And since it is held during the Sarawak state legislature elections, I wonder if the Opposition wins these state polls, will it affect the athletes?
Olympics – If in 2014, Rio de Janiero hosted the FiFA World Cup, this year, this capital city of Brazil will see yet another sporting event. And yes, Neymar and Co will play football (soccer) for gold medal.
These people will turn a milestone old or young.
20 (b. 1996)
Kathryn Bernardo (26 March)
Abigail Breslin (14 April)
Ella Cruz (17 August)
Lorde (7 November)
Hailee Steinfeld (11 December)
Ed Sheeran (17 February)
Atikah Suhaime (15 March)
Jamie-Lynn Spears (Younger Sister of Britney Spears) (4 Apr)
Shailene Woodley (15 November)
Charlie Puth (2 December)
30 (b 1986)
Lady GaGa (20 March)
Lisa Surihani (23 March)
Shia LeBouf (11 June)
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (13 June)
Lindsay Lohan (2 July)
Christina Perri (19 August)
Camilla Belle (2 Oct)
Angelica Panganiban (4 Nov)
40 (b. 1976)
Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton (21 January)
Isla Fisher (3 February)
Freddie Prinze, Jr. (8 March)
Chester Bennington (20 March)
Keri Russell (23 March)
Colin Ferrell (31 May)
Alicia Silverstone (4 October)
50 (b. 1966)
Sharon Cuneta (6 January)
Rick Astley (6 February)
Ella (31 July)
Adam Sandler (9 September)
Ross Yusof (15 September)
60 (b. 1956)
Mel Gibson (3 January)
Geena Davis (21 January)
Randy Jackson (23 June)
Kim Catrall (21 August)
Tsai Ing-Wen (31 August)
Yesterday (Sunday, 20th December 2015/8 Rabiulawal 1437H) marked yet another milestone in the aviation industry of Malaysia as Rayani Air, the country’s first Syariah-compliant airline’s inaugural flight, RN0600, took off from its main hub, Langkawi International Airport (LGK) and touched down at klia2 (KUL) at 1000.
What sets this new airline apart?
First, Muslim female cabin crew are compelled to wear the tudung (hijab). But, that does not mean that non-Muslims are neglected.
Second, there is a doa recitation by the lead steward before take-off of every flight.
Third, all foods and drinks are 100% halal.
For the record, it will deploy 2 Boeing 737-400s for starters,with Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) . Other destinations from klia2 include Kota Bharu (KBR), Kota Kinabalu (BKI), and Kuching (KCH). Plans are afoot to expand the network to include umrah and haj packages and international destinations within South-east Asia, Australia, and China.
Anyway, I would like to say Mabruk (Arabic for Congratulations) to RN for addressing the concerns that Muslims may have when it comes to travelling by air. I hope Malaysia Airlines (MAS) including its subsidiary FireFly (FY) and MASwings, AirAsia (AK,QZ,D7,etc), and Malindo Air (OD) will emulate this noble effort. This should deserve the entry to the Malaysia Book of Records as the first (or possibly THE only] Syariah-compliant airline in Malaysia.
Finally, I shall say that amid the tragedies of MH370, MH17, and QZ8501 last year (in 2014), there is indeed a hope for aviation industry in Malaysia. Insya-Allah [God Willing], I shall [NOT will] fly RN, and I urge my fellow Malaysian Muslims to support this new airline.It’s very good for you (or rather us all).