Rizals ASEAN: And then there was light!

One of TN50’s 23 youth ambassadors, Ganesh Muran is tasked with inspiring the youths in Malaysia, as the country head towards 2050.

Ganesh’s passion is with the underserved communities in Malaysia and ASEAN.

Through Saora Industries – a social enterprise founded by Ganesh – the young chap hopes to address the needs of people in underprivileged communities by providing access to clean water and harnessing the opportunities of solar power.

Rizal’s ASEAN travelled with Ganesh to Labu, Negeri Sembilan to find out, first hand, issues affecting the community there including empowering the ‘orang asal’, social enterprise and his vision for 2050.

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2 Nigerians charged with cheating housewife of RM16,000


MO,12/2/2018, IPOH: Two Nigerians were charged at the magistrate’s court today with two counts of cheating a 56-year-old housewife to hand over RM16,000 to them last month. Arinze Chibuisi, 24, and Ekene Malachy, 28, were alleged to have cheated Tan So Pin by telling her that there was a gift package for her but she needed to pay tax to the Customs Department to get the gift.

They allegedly cheated Tan to hand over RM4,000 via CIMB account under the name of Yeoi Joo Phin at 2.15pm on Jan 15, and RM12,000 at 10.25am on Jan 16. The offences was allegedly committed at CIMB Persiaran Silibin Utara, near Jelapang Industrial area here. Arinze pleaded guilty, but Ekene pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Magistrate Nurul Hafizah Mohammad Pauzi set March 13 for remention. Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Qistina Qamarul Abrar prosecuted while the accused were represented by R. Raja Segaran. Meanwhile, the accused, together with their two countrymen, Emmanuel Jideanr, 34, and Thankgod, in his 30s, were also charged with staying in the country without valid travel documents.

They offences were allegedly committed when they were arrested at Shafah Restaurant, Taman Paik Siong, Puchong, Selangor, at 12.30am on Jan 29. All pleaded not guilty. Nurul Hafizah fixed March 13 for mention.She did not grant bail.


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Ceritalah ASEAN – Walking between worlds

ARIFIN KURNIAWAN towers over his 55-year-old father’s prostrate figure. With his hand placed firmly on the older man’s head, the blonde-haired son barks out instructions in Hokkien. 

Only moments before, the twenty-one-year-old Chinese-Indonesian had cut his tongue deliberately with a sword – using the blood to write Chinese characters on rice paper. Bathed in an eerie red light, with statues of countless deities lining the walls and the air filled with chanting, the Fat Cu Kung shrine is Arifin’s domain tonight. 

Surrounded by kneeling adherents, he strokes what would appear to be a chest-length beard imperiously. 

But on a normal day, the young man doesn’t speak Hokkien or even write Chinese. Neither does he have a beard. 

Founded in 1927, Tak Kie is one of the oldest Chinese-run coffee-shops in Indonesia. - Photo Ceritalah/ Muhammad Fadli
You see, Arifin is a spirit medium and that evening, he was possessed by Guan Gong, a deity based on a historical general called Guan Yu who lived in the tumultuous “Three Kingdoms” era of ancient China. As part of a ritual blessing, Guan Gong (popular with both police and triads because of his unwavering loyalty and courage) entered his body. 

As Arifin explained later, “Some nights, I can be possessed by four or even five spirits. To prepare, I must keep myself pure for at least three days: a vegetarian diet, no impure thoughts and a lot of meditation. I don’t become a god; that would be arrogant…I’m just a vessel.”

Arifin Kurniawan is a fashion model by day. - Photo Ceritalah/ Muhammad Fadli

Arifin and his father, Ah Kim, in an alleyway outside their house. - Foto  Ceritalah/  Muhammad Fadli
I first met Arifin a few hours earlier at Tak Kie, one of the oldest Chinese-run coffee-shops in Indonesia. Founded in 1927, the establishment is a local favourite in Glodok, the “Chinatown” of Jakarta. As he enters, Arifin is warmly greeted by several regulars as “Ah Fin”. 

Down a back alley from Tak Kie, Arifin’s family runs a tiny convenience store out of their 70m2 home. Its five minutes away from the Fat Cu Kung, where Ah Fin conducts prayers. Viirtually next to the shrine is the Vihara temple, where he practices lion dancing as part of a troupe he has been performing with since he was six-years-old. 

Arifin, possessed by the spirit of the Monkey King, Sun Wukong, gives out joss sticks to adherents. - Photo Ceritalah/ Muhammad Fadli
“This is my community. I try to serve any way I can, whether through helping out at the temple or keeping our traditions alive.”

After finishing secondary school, Arifin chose to start work right away. Tall, with a piercing gaze and a disarming smile, he found a job as a fashion model. Between lion dances, rituals, and strutting the runway, the hardworking young man also sells SIM cards at events to earn some side income. 

“I didn’t go to university because I wanted to earn money straightaway for my family. That’s what success is to me: being able to give back to my parents.”

The youngest of three, Arifin’s ability to walk the tightrope between modernity and tradition is perhaps a result of his diverse upbringing. While his father and elder brother are Buddhist, his mother is Muslim and his elder sister is Catholic. 

“We appreciate our differences. When it’s Christmas, we wish our sister Merry Christmas and when its fasting month, then we support our mother however we can.”

Ah Fin himself is a Buddhist who is dating a Muslim. 

“We’ll figure it out. I am willing to convert to Islam for her. My father’s only condition is that I continue to uphold my duties to the temple and that’s exactly what I intend on doing. I don’t see any contradictions in that—in our faiths, there is give and take.”

“I can be Chinese and Muslim, modern and traditional, a model at Instagramed fashion shows and a spirit medium at shrines—these things can all coexist in harmony. After all, Indonesia is the land of hundreds of races and religions; just look at myself and my family.”

Mindful of the wave of religious conservatism spearheaded by radical groups such as the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), I ask Ah Fin what he thinks of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (“Ahok”), the Chinese Christian former governor of Jakarta. 

“Talk less do more. That was Ahok to me. Under him, Jakarta was cleaner and more efficient. I think he was heading in the right direction: cracking down on corruption, reducing traffic, and modernizing the city.”

The temple volunteers attending to Arifin who is deep in a trance. - Photo Ceritalah/ Muhammad Fadli
And now that Ahok has been sentenced to two years in jail on blasphemy charges?

“I think it’s a pity. I don’t care about his race or his religion, just that he got the job done. My hope for Jakarta is simple: we should become a modern city. That means fixing traffic problems, more public transport and clean roads. We can’t go back to the 80s where it was rickshaws and rubbish all over the place.”

As Indonesia moves closer to 2018 regional elections and 2019’s presidential race, political fault lines are bound to deepen. 

Issues of race and religion that poisoned the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial contest may well rear its ugly head once more, challenging the republic’s motto: “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” (Unity in Diversity). Already, incidents are on the rise. On 11 February, a sword-wielding man attacked a church in Yogyakarta, injuring four and decapitating statues of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary.

The week before, the alleged eviction of a Buddhist monk from Tangerang went viral, outraging netizens. 

“The Indonesia I know and grew up with, that I believe in, it’s a place where we keep moving forwards—together. It doesn’t matter if you’re Christian or Muslim or Chinese or Javanese, this is Indonesia.”

To Arifin, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika is more than a mantra; it’s what it means to be Indonesian.

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Huawei Memfailkan Tanda Dagang Untuk Mate X – Amanz

Huawei pada tahun lepas telah pun sedia memperkenalkan Huawei Mate 10, sekaligus membawa kepada pelbagai spekulasi untuk apakah nama peranti generasi seterusnya. Penamaan baru ini dijangka selari dengan nama baru siri-P yang dijangka diumumkan pada bulan Mac 2018 kelak.

Buat masa ini, ia dispekulasikan Huawei mungkin memanggilnya sebagai Huawei P20, dan bukannya P11.

Seperti biasa, ia masih misteri buat masa ini, tetapi tidak menghentikan spekulasi baru hadir daripada pendaftaran tanda dagang, paten dan sebagainya.

Hari ini, ia didapati Huawei telah memfailkan tanda dagang untuk Mate X. Ia tidak diketahui lagi apakah Huawei akan menggunakannya pada produk mereka atau sekadar untuk melindungi jenama daripada diambil pihak lain dan sebagainya.

Huawei sebelum ini turut pernah hadir dengan peranti edisi khas dinamakan Mate S. Mungkinkah kita akan melihat sesuatu seumpamanya yang memperlihatkan penggunaan teknologi serba baru – ala-ala apa yang dilakukan oleh Apple melalui iPhone X. Atau mungkin kita sahaja yang berfikir pelbagai perkara, dan Huawei sekadar memfailkannya untuk melindungi tanda dagang yang tidak ditentukan penggunaanya lagi?

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Sultan of Johor raring to return to the Sport of Kings


MO,12/2/2018, JOHOR BARU: Sultan Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar had conveyed his desire to stay active in his favourite sporting event – polo. In a recent posting on his official Facebook page, the Johor ruler had stated desire to stay active in his favorite sporting event, despite sustaining an injury in the past.

Sultan Ibrahim had sustained an injury after falling of from his horse during a polo match and had to undergo a surgery. The Facebook posting also had photos of Sultan Ibrahim going for polo training at the Johor Royal Polo Club at Istana Pasir Pelangi.

The posting by the Royal Press Office also stated that Sultan Ibrahim had been going for daily practices and was accompanied by his two prince’s Tunku Panglima Johor Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tunku Putera Johor Tunku Abu Bakar.

“Sultan Ibrahim is going for daily training to strengthen his endurance and game skills before making a full comeback in Polo,” the statement said.


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Gloria Corina becomes first Dayak woman to be appointed as High Commissioner


MO,12/2/2018, PUTRAJAYA: Gloria Corina Peter Tiwet, the High Commissioner-designate to Nigeria, will be the first Sarawakian woman from the Dayak ethnic group to be appointed as a Malaysian High Commissioner. Together with four others, Gloria received her Letter of Credence from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, in a ceremony held at Istana Negara today. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican Naina Merican was also present at the ceremony.

Wisma Putra said Gloria was the director of Sarawak Regional Office of the Ministry since 2016 prior to her appointment as High Commissioner of Malaysia to Nigeria. “She was also previously the director of Asean Main Logistics Secretariat of the Ministry from 2015 to 2016; Minister Counsellor of the Malaysian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden from 2011 to 2015 and deputy director at the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, Kuala Lumpur from 2009 to 2011,” it said in a statement.

The other four new Heads of Mission that received their Letters of Credence from the King are:

– Ambassador Mohamad Nizan Mohamad High Commissioner-designate of Malaysia to the Republic of South Africa;

– Ambassador Chitra Devi V. Ramiah, Ambassador-designate to Poland;

– Ambassador Mohd Haniff Abd Rahman, Ambassador-designate to Egypt; and,

– Zahairi Baharim, Ambassador-designate to Myanmar

For Nizan, he began his service at the Foreign Ministry in 1994. He was the Undersecretary of Africa Division prior to his appointment as High Commissioner of Malaysia to South Africa. He was previously the Ambassador of Malaysia to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from 2015 to 2017, Minister at the Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok, Thailand from 2013 to 2015 and Minister at the Embassy of Malaysia in Harare, Zimbabwe from 2010 to 2013.

“Nizan had also served as Counsellor at the Embassy of Malaysia in Ottawa, Canada from 2003 to 2007 and as Second Secretary at the Embassy of Malaysia in Vientiane, Laos from 1996 to 2000,” said Wisma Putra. Wisma Putra said Chitra had joined the Malaysian Public Service in 1994. “She was the Ambassador of Malaysia to Timor-Leste since 2016 prior to her appointment as Ambassador of Malaysia to Poland,” it added.

She was previously the Consul General of Malaysia to Chennai from 2012 to 2016; Undersecretary of Development Division of the Ministry from 2008 to 2012 and Counsellor at the Embassy of Malaysia in Budapest, Hungary from 2005 to 2008. Chitra had also served as Principal Assistant Secretary of ASEAN Department of the Ministry from 2003 to 2005 and as Assistant Secretary of Organization of the Islamic Conference Division from 2002 to 2003.

Prior to his appointment as the Malaysian Ambassador to Egypt, Haniff was the Ambassador of Malaysia to Myanmar since 2014.

“He was previously the Consul General of Malaysia to Vancouver, Canada from 2011 to 2014, Undersecretary of the Middle East and North Africa Division of the Ministry from 2009 to 2011 and Liaison Officer at the Liaison Office of Malaysia to Pristina, Kosovo from 2000 to 2002,” said Wisma Putra.

It added Haniff had also served as First Secretary at the Embassy of Malaysia in Tokyo, Japan from 1997 to 2000 and as Second Secretary at the Embassy of Malaysia in Suva, Fiji from 1993 to 1997. For Zahairi, he was the Undersecretary of Multilateral Economic and Environment Division of the Ministry since 2016 prior to his appointment as Malaysian Ambassador to Myanmar.

“He was previously the Minister Counsellor at the High Commission of Malaysia in Pretoria, South Africa from 2012 to 2016, Principal Assistant Secretary of Multilateral Economic and Environment Division of the Ministry from 2011 to 2012 and First Secretary at the Embassy of Malaysia in Doha, Qatar from 2005 to 2008.

“Zahairi had also served as Second Secretary at the Embassy of Malaysia in Kuwait from 2004 to 2005 and as Second Secretary at the Embassy of Malaysia in Vientiane, Laos from 2000 to 2004.”


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Fazura dan Fattah Amin adakan majlis resepsi khas untuk peminat 11 Mac Ini

PELAKON Fazura mengesahkan bakal mengadakan satu majlis resepsi khas buat peminatnya pada 11 Mac ini.
Fazura memberitahu majlis yang akan diadakan pada 25 Februari ini diadakan secara tertutup dan hanya untuk ahli keluarganya sahaja.
“Saya minta maaf, majlis resepsi yang bakal diadakan pada 25 Februari ini akan diadakan secara tertutup untuk kedua-dua belah pihak keluarga sahaja.
“Namun saya dan Fattah akan adakan sebuah lagi majlis resepsi khas buat peminat kami pada 11 Mac ini.
“Sekarang saya sedang sibuk menyiapkan beberapa persiapan untuk perkahwinan kami,” katanya kepada Astro Gempak.

BACA: Pasangan Fattah dan Fazura pilih 25 Februari untuk majlis resepsi

BACA: Jangan terlalu obses dengan ‘FattZura’ – Fazura

BACA: Fattah-Fazura kongsi video detik manis majlis pernikahan di Instagram

Fazura dan Fattah Amin selamat melangsungkan pernikahan dalam majlis tertutup di sebuah hotel di ibu negara, 27 November tahun lalu.
Penyanyi lagu Sayangi Dirimu itu memberitahu dia sangat teruja untuk naik pelamin sekali lagi.
“Saya sangat teruja untuk naik pelamin dengan orang yang saya sayang sekali lagi.
“Berdebar itu mungkin ada tapi lebih kepada perasaan teruja untuk bersama-sama dengan orang yang selama ini menyokong dan bersama saya,” katanya lagi.
Fazura bakal muncul dalam supertelemovie Astro First Exclusive, Janji Zehan yang akan mula ditayangkan pada 14 Februari ini di Astro First (saluran 480).

Foto: Instagram @missfazura
Teks oleh: Syafiqah Jalal

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Aksem seizes RM70,000 smuggled goods from three lorries


MO,12/2/2018, BUKIT KAYU HITAM: The Malaysian Border Security Agency (Aksem) seized RM70,000 worth of smuggled goods from three lorries at Km2 of the North-South expressway near here last night. The southbound lorries were flagged down at 9.30pm by the agency which was carrying out an operation to curb smuggling of firecrackers for the Chinese New Year festive season.

According to Bukit Kayu Hitam Aksem commander Assistant Superintendent Mohd Khairi Abdullah the lorries were driven by Thai men, all aged 35. He said invoice for the lorries showed that it carried vegetables for the local market. “Inspection carried out by our team showed that hidden among the vegetables were 1,500kg of fragrant rice, 15 boxes of liquor and 12 boxes containing several types of food items including laksa noodle, instant noodle from Thailand.

“We also found in one of the lorries a tiger’s nail which is prohibited from being imported into this country,” he said at a press conference today. Preliminary investigation showed that the lorries were heading to Penang, Sungai Petani and Alor Star with the goods.

Khairi said the team had also crippled an attempt made by a 36-year-old man who tried to smuggle 30 sacks of cockle spats at the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security Complex here at 5pm yesterday.

He said the cockle spats weighing about 900kg and worth RM30,000 were hidden at the front and back seats of the Naza Ria MPV vehicle that the man was driving.

“We have detained the man from Kulim for questioning. Early investigation showed that the man had committed similar offence before but managed to avoid arrest,” he said.


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Kisah kontroversi di sebalik lagu paling popular di dunia

Jika ada yang bertanya lagu mana paling diminati, mungkin anda ada berdozen lagu dalam senarai. Namun jika ditanya lagu mana paling popular di dunia, majoriti akan menjawab Happy Birthday To You.

Bukan rahsia lagi, lagu ini didengari kebanyakan daripada kita sejak seawal usia setahun lagi. Apa juga bahasanya, melodinya tetap sama.

Di sebalik populariti lagu berkenaan ada kisah yang mungkin tidak kita ketahui. Sejarahnya agak panjang, tidak kurang kontroversi melibatkan hak cipta sehingga berlarutan bertahun-tahun di kamar mahkamah.

Bukan lirik asal

Melodi Happy Birthday To You ditulis pasangan beradik Mildred J. Hill (1859-1916) and Patty Smith Hill (1868-1946). Namun tidak ramai yang tahu judul asalnya adalah Good Morning To All.

Lagu ini dimuatkan dalam buku Song Stories for the Kindergarten yang ditulis  diterbitkan pasangan ini pada 1893.

Tidak dapat dipstikan siapakah yang bertanggungjawab menukar senikatanya kepada Happy Birthday To You. Namun versi hari jadi ini diterbitkan kali pertama pada 1924 dalam sebuah buku yang dikarang Robert H. Coleman.

Sepuluh tahun kemudian, populariti Happy Birthday To You mengatasi  Good Morning to All. Kontroversi bermula apabila Jessica Hill mengheret Mildred dan pasangan Patty ke mahkamah. Dia mendakwa penggunaan melodi Good Morning to You dalam lagu Happy Birthday to You sebagai tidak sah.

Pada 1935, Hill yang bertugas untuk Syarikat Clayton F. Summy mendaftar hak cipta untuk lagu Happy Birthday To You.

Kes mahkamah yang berpanjangan

Pada 1930-an, John F. Sengstack membeli Syarikat Clayton F. Summy yang kemudiannya dinamakan sebagai Birch TreeLtd. Syarikat ini kemudian dibeli Warner Chappell pada 1988 pada harga AS$25 juta.

Menurut Warner Chappell hak cipta lagu berkenaan di Amerika Syarikat (AS) adalah milik mereka sehingga tahun 2030. Ini secara tidak langsung bermakna pihak yang mempersembahkan lagu berkenaan tanpa izin syarikat itu sebagai melanggar undang-undang.

Pada 2013. Warner Chappell disaman atas dakwaan menuntut hak cipta palsu bagi lagu Happy Birthday To You.

Dua tahun kemudian hakim mahkamah persekutuan AS memutuskan tuntutan hak cipta oleh Warner Chappell itu sebagai tidak sah. Menurut hakim pendaftaran hak cipta hanya melibatkan versi piano, bukannya melodi dan lirik.

Pada 2016 Warner Chappell menyelesaikan kes berkenaan dengan nilai AS$14 juta. Mahkamah memutuskan Happy Birthday To You adalah hak milik awam dan sebarang persembahan melibatkan lagu ini tidak dikenakan sebarang bayaran royalti.

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Janji Zehan dedah bulan madu Fazura dengan lelaki Iran

KUALA LUMPUR: Filem televisyen terbaru Astro First Eksklusif – Janji Zehan buat julung kalinya menggandingkan lakonan Nur Fazura dan pelakon berbakat besar dari Iran, Amir Rezazadeh.

Filem yang judul asalnya ‘Lahzeye Bi Payan’ (dalam detik masa tidak berpenghujung) ini juga mengangkat keindahan panorama negara timur tengah itu dengan keunikan budaya masyarakatnya yang jarang diterokai filem tempatan.

Diarahkan Bernard Chauly dan Zabrina Fernandes, filem ini melakukan keseluruhan pengambaran di 43 lokasi sekitar Iran antaranya Shiraz, Kota Persepolis dan bandar tertua Yazd.

Menurut Bernard, Iran dipilih kerana beliau cuba lari dari stereotaip filem romantis yang kebanyakannya berlatar belakangkan negara Eropah.

“Bila bercakap mengenai bulan madu, ramai akan terfikirkan Paris, Itali dan sebagainya. Tapi itu yang kita cuba lakukan, lari dari kebiasaan. Iran adalah negara yang sangat cantik, romantik dan puitis – itu antara kelainan filem ini,” katanya.

Manakala bagi Zabrina, sebagai pengarah, beliau berkata selain kecantikan negara iran yang banyak ditonjolkan, lakonan matang Fazura juga antara sebab filem ini harus ditonton semua.

Bagi pelakon utamanya, Fazura, pengalaman berlakon di Iran sememangnya jauh meleset dari sangkaannya sebelum tiba di negara itu.

“Satu pengalaman yang baik untuk saya, walaupun ramai yang risau dengan keselamatan saya ketika di sana. Apa yang pasti apa yang kita dengar tentang Iran kebanyakannya tidak benar. Ia sebuah negara yang selamat, masyarakatnya yang baik dan pemandangan yang sangat cantik,” katanya.

Filem ini mengisahkan percintaan dua individu yang baru berkahwin dan penyesuaian latar belakang dan budaya Zehan (Fazura) serta Arman (Amir Rezazadeh).

Bakal menemui penonton mulai 14 Februari di saluran 480 Astro First Eksklusif dan platform digital On Demand.

Filem ini juga mendapat tajaan AirAsia dan kerjasama Kementerian Pelancongan Negara Iran serta Kedutaan Besar Republik Iran di Malaysia.

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