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Prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has claimed that Proton was not a failure and had achieved much success while it was under good management, according to a report by Bernama.

Speaking at a dialogue session in the United Kingdom recently, the premiere said the national carmaker had at one point accumulated RM4 billion in reserves, allowing it to build a plant in Tanjung Malim without any financial assistance from the government or banks.

He added that Proton was a success until foreign cars were allowed to enter the country without (or with very little) restrictions but Malaysian-made cars were not allowed to be sold in some of these foreign countries due to the conditions imposed on imports.

“It’s all about importing their cars not exporting our cars. And of course, if you don’t export your cars you don’t earn foreign exchange. If you keep buying foreign cars then you will lose a lot of money every year,” he noted.

Focusing on the proposed third national car project, Mahathir stated the government did not have the money to fund the project and will have to request parties in the private sector to get it done. “Then you developed vendors, produce businesses producing parts as there are many (car) parts that will create jobs for the people and a lot of business for small businesses,” he added.

The project has attracted its fair share of proponents as well as detractors, with the former claiming it will help encourage the growth of the country’s economy and engineering capability. It has been previously reported that should a third national car project take off, Japanese carmakers would be roped in to provide assistance.

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On a Tuesday in  July, about 45 retirees, tourists and working folk on lunch break queue  silently at the Chinatown Complex food center in Singapore’s Smith  Street. They are sweating in the tight heat (it’s 90 degrees outside and there isn’t air conditioning), waiting to order at the metal-framed Hawker Chan Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle stall.

Hawker Chan sells plates of soy sauce chicken rice for 2 Singapore dollars (about $1.50) and gained global fame when it was awarded one star in  2016 in Singapore’s first Michelin guide, making it the world’s cheapest  Michelin-starred meal. Some devotees line up for more than an hour; this tableau of diners loyally waiting for their favorite dirt-cheap food is replicated in hawker centers across this island nation.

It’s a far cry from the Singapore depicted in the hit movie “Crazy Rich Asians,” based on the best-selling novel of the same title. Watch the film and the Lion City, as it’s known, appears exclusively populated by the immaculately coifed and buffed über-rich (true, there are plenty here) who live in lushly landscaped sprawling homes (many of those about) and  jet set to islands to escape the ennui of daily life (it happens).
But,  in the six years that I have lived in Singapore, a per capita G.D.P.  heavyweight, I’ve learned that the scene at Hawker Chan is much more reflective of life here. It is commonplace to live and have fun in the  city without breaking the bank.
Singapore gained independence in 1965, when it was mostly low-rise with shop houses and kampongs (villages)  where homes had tin and thatch roofs. A government drive led to the creation of the Housing Development Board, which replaced kampongs throughout the island with high-density towers known as H.D.B.s, no-frills blocks where four-fifths of the country’s 5.6 million residents today live.

With a strategic location in Asia and a history of receiving migrants from Southeast Asia, China, India and Europe, Singapore gradually prospered, the greatest leap occurring in the last two decades, when it shifted  from an industrial to financial capital and reworked its agenda to attract the rich through lifestyles. “Motor-racing and luxurious living became promoted systematically as part of the landscape, epitomized by the iconic Marina Bay Sands,”  said Dr. Liew Kai Khiun, an assistant professor at the Wee Kim Wee  School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University.

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SINGAPORE - Singapore's competition watchdog on Monday (Sept 24) fined ride-hailing firms Grab and Uber a combined $13 million for their  merger in March, which saw the sale of Uber's South-east Asian business to Grab for a 27.5 per cent stake in Grab.

Grab was fined about $6.4 million while Uber was fined about $6.58 million by the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS).

In a statement, the CCCS reiterated its decision that the deal between the two firms had reduced competition in the ride-hailing scene and said it had infringed Section 54 of the Competition Act, which  prohibits mergers that could significantly reduce competition in any market here.
"Mergers that substantially lessen competition are prohibited and CCCS has taken action against the Grab-Uber merger because it removed Grab's closest rival, to the detriment of Singapore drivers and riders," said CCCS chief executive Toh Han Li.

"Companies can continue to innovate in this market, through means other than anti-competitive mergers."

In addition, the CCCS directed both parties to lessen the impact of the transaction on drivers and riders, and to open up the market and level the playing field for new players.

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A 40-year-old Singaporean woman who claimed she was stocking up on heroin for her own use during the fasting month has failed in her bid to escape the death penalty.

Saridewi Djamani, who was charged with trafficking a total of 1kg of drugs containing 30.72g of pure heroin, also claimed she was suffering from persistent depressive disorder and severe substance use disorder.

In his grounds of decision released on Thursday (20 September), for his sentence delivered last Friday (14 September), High Court judge See Kee Oon noted that Saridewi did not deny selling heroin, methamphetamine, cannabis and Erimin from her HDB flat but sought to downplay the scale of her trafficking business.

The High Court had heard how on 17 June 2016, at about 3.35pm, Saridewi’s accomplice Muhammad Haikal Abdullah, 41, met her at the block of her flat. He passed her a plastic bag containing drugs in exchange for two envelopes containing $15,550 in total.

Unbeknownst to the duo, officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) were monitoring them. Haikal, a Malaysian, was intercepted at a traffic junction on his motorcycle shortly after he left the block.

Meanwhile, officers went to Saridewi’s flat to arrest her. Upon hearing movements outside the door, she threw plastic bags containing drugs out of her kitchen window on the 16th floor. Saridewi then let the CNB officers into her home before they could cut through the metal grille gate.

She was charged with trafficking 30.72g of heroin, while Haikal was charged with trafficking 28.22g of the drug. Under the law, those in possession of more than 2g of heroin are presumed to have the drug for trafficking, unless proven otherwise.

During the trial, Saridewi said she had wanted to keep 19.01g of heroin for her own use and sell the remaining 11.71g, claiming that it was due to the fasting month and that she predicted her heroin consumption would rise to as much as 12g a day. The death penalty applies to those who traffick more than 15g of heroin.

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According to the recently published Natwest Student Living Index, 64% of university students rated the stress of studying for their degree as seven or above out of ten. Other studies have estimated that up to 82% of UK university students suffer from stress and anxiety, and the number of students dropping out of university due to mental health problems is increasing.

The National Union of Students reports that the top three sources of stress among students are coursework deadlines, exams, and balancing study with other commitments. Going to university can also mean living away from home for the first time, less sleep, poor eating habits and money worries.

It’s clear that the majority of university students experience high levels of stress during their degree. But a few simple stress reduction techniques and small lifestyle changes can help with this. So if you’re a student, or heading off to university for the first time, here’s what you need to know about managing stress.

Talk or write about it

A major source of stress for university students living away from home for the first time can be a lack of perceived social support, if friends and family are no longer close by for a chat.

The most important thing if you start to feel stressed is that you don’t bottle up those feelings. Talk about it – with a parent, other family member, friend or a tutor. Or contact your university’s student well-being service.

Another approach could be to write about your feelings if nobody is around to talk to. Studies have suggested that writing about your emotions can be useful for managing stress.

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 Four years ago, I wrote a post in response to the NLB’s banning of the penguin books. Today, I’m writing a post in response to the 377A issue. I struggled with whether to post this because I know it will generate a lot of controversy from all sides, and I dislike conflict. Immensely.

However, I know many Christians have been grappling with this issue and I’ve been feeling a strong urge to share my views as a fellow Christian. I don’t know if you are for, against, or not sure which stance you are supposed to take. I will make it very clear – these are my views and I’m not forcing you to agree with me. We can agree to disagree. But if this post can somehow help you gain clarity on the issue, then that’s all I can ask for.

I believe 377A should be repealed. Here’s why:

1) Sin and crime are two very different things. Even if you believe homosexuality is a sin, as stated in the bible, it is unjust to call it a crime. I’ve said this before: some Christians feel like as long as LGBT is on the cards, they have to always take the other side. Stop and think about how ludicrous this is. If sins should be considered crimes, then why don’t we criminalise adultery? Or premarital sex? Or divorce? Or, as I jokingly mentioned on FB to the horror of my foodie friend, why not criminalise gluttony? Ban buffets!

2) The 377A is a sham because it is openly unenforced. What’s the point of it then? For this reason, having the 377A does not discourage homosexuality. It’s like having a law against speeding, then declaring that the law would never be enforced. Does the law deter speeding then? No. So if I say the law should be dropped, am I then saying that I support speeding? Of course not.

But by keeping 377A, we are legitimising hatred and prejudice towards the LGBT, which impinges on human rights. This is not just a secular issue. In the bible, we are told to seek justice for all as well.

As for the argument that we should uphold Asian values, guess what – 377A is not a law enacted by Singapore (and thus Asian). It is an antiquated British law introduced in 1938 that we inherited from our colonial past. So what Asian values are we talking about?

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Hi Gilbert,

Things are slowly turning I don’t know for the good or bad. The leasing company towed away my vehicle and started charging me for the excess for the accident despite the fact it was under Traffic Police investigation .

I urgently wanted the vehicle so I did not read the clause properly before signing up. Their accident excess even though on their insurance paper was $2000, they charge us driver $3000 and $6000 if it is overseas. Everything was impounded by them. I ended up on the streets with only my hp and power bank.

A friend who was also the Bailer for my 2nd attempted suicide has been helping me. He managed to find a bed space for me at $300 per month at Jurong West, but it will only be available on 15th this month.

Tried to reconcile with my parents only to get ignored. The social worker who helped me appeal for my public housing but HDB rejected it because I am not 35 yet. I asked only for a 2 room or 3 room which I saw at Bukit Batok, I have about $120k in my CPF ordinary account which I believed can cover most of the cost. They rejected me citing my age and asked me to buy from the open market, based on my understanding , even if I were to buy from the open market , it will also be rejected because I do not qualify for HLE , job and family nucleus factor.

I can frankly tell you, based on the address in the last GE in Whampoa and I voted for Workers Party. Last PE, I voted for Mr Tan Cheng Bock as I was raised in Teban where he was the MP for many years. I will never forgive the ruling party for making me lose my flat in Jurong East when I undergone my divorce in 2011. The MP Grace did nothing to help me to retain my flat.

I made the wrong decisions in life. Wanted to end my miserable life only to fail. What agonized me was the 2nd IO words – want die die further.

My dad who was the Bailer the first time I attempted suicide by swallowing 78 valiums at one go did not want to talk to me. I have again and again tried to talk to him but always got ignored. I did not even know I was on bail. I was released by TTSH without the yellow piece of bail bond. I went to see my sons and ex wife and that night, I took 120 valiums at one go.

End up again no problems but because I posted a comment on my Facebook that I could not take the pressure I got into trouble with the law again. These time 2 IOs talk to me – I was sent to IMH for assessment, doctors did not believe the amount I took till blood tests came out showing the concentration level.

I’m not mentally crazy but depressed. Discharged from IMH that night and a friend who straight away came to bail me after I asked him to.

No matter which methods I try. My parents ignored me. Friends told me my father won’t bail me if he did not care. I feel it’s more of a responsibility than care he came to bail. During this period I was also in touch with Pat from SOS. Believed it was one of the IOs who contact her as I did not email her for a very long time. Sadness. I lost myself. Confidence gone.

The leasing company who towed my vehicle back did not want to let go of my stuff like clothes. He only allows me to take back my medicine, my bail bond and my passport. He says he would dispose all of the stuff if I did not pay him in a week. I have 4 mobile phones there. One on loan from Uber. The vehicle is due to be scrapped this month but he is more interested in the amount he can make for my excess. Haiz. He purposely make things difficult after I rejected selling my 12 demerit points to him to cover the excess. I did not want to get into deeper troubles with the law. Those items apart from the 4 electronic devices are worth nothing.

I have entirely nothing left. Some advise me to return to IT. I asked them – in my current situation and appearance who will hire me? Yes I do have experience in IT and my last drawn salary was $3800. I am willing to drop but now with my stuff gone…who will hire me? One just wearing a T shirt and Bermudas.

I really don’t know what to do now. Lost my house, lost my family, in fact I lost myself.

Chit Chat Corner / School kills me.
« on: September 23, 2018, 01:30:28 pm »

Sorry for this shitpost. I just need to vent for a bit. So here's my story.  ​

School has only made my life worse. I was bullied from P5 to P6 by my classmates. I was ostracised and discriminated for offering my personal opinions. I has a crush back then and she meant everything to me - cute laugh, alluring voice and a smile that would warm my heart. One fateful day I confessed to her (through a letter) and it marked the beginning of my downfall. She never talked to me since and that letter got passed around to everyone and all my classmates had their own little joke about how "creepy" I was. The only time I was honest and expressed my true feelings for someone, I became a laughing stock. I was shattered inside as people teased and made fun of me over and over and over again, every single day.  ​

I became a punching bag. People saw that I was weakened from the mental damage I sustained and proceeded to take advantage of me - abusing me both physically and verbally.  ​

"Yeah I know you're desperate for her."  ​

"Come come guys lets move out of the way for Damster to stare at her again."  ​

"Your drawings are poot."  ​

"Ya la ya la you're so smart right? Go away lah, smart kid!"  ​

I still remember that time when my classmates made fun of me in public. I still remember that time when my classmates shamed me for coming from a "poor" family. I still remember that time when one of my classmates purposefully held my crush's hand just to make me feel jealous. Life back then was like a movie without a climax - absolutely miserable. I felt oppressed and worthless.  ​

Barely anyone talked to me during those two whole years of hell and sometimes I felt like I was going insane when sitting in a corner doodling. Doodling as I watched various cliques having so much fun. I was so lonely that I would cuddle with a stuffed toy, pretending that its a loved one, and crying myself to sleep day after day. I still do :')  ​

I lost my social skills and developed a speech impediment. I couldn't talk properly, I stuttered when asking questions. It got so bad to the point where I became terrified of ordering food and would go out of my way to avoid it. I grew thinner and thinner. I felt so tired that I didn't want to do anything at all.

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PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei is undergoing treatment in Taiwan to treat a career-threatening disease.

The 35-year-old will be in Taiwan for two months.

Lee suspected something was wrong after winning the Malaysian Open title in convincing fashion in Jakarta early this month.

The Malaysian superstar withdrew from the World Championships in Nanjing, China, which starts on Monday, and also the Asian Games in Indonesia from Aug 17 to Sept 2.

It is learnt that the Malaysian is determined to battle the disease and return to court.

Malaysians are praying for his recovery.

In a statement released by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) last week, the public and the media were asked to respect the privacy of Lee and his family.

Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei has been advised to rest and undergo treatment after competing in nine tournaments so far this year.

"We pray for his speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming him back," said the statement.

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An Indian factory supervisor is being sought by police after a prank he played on a subordinate went horribly wrong.

Rakesh Wagmore held a compressed air pipe to the rectum of worker Aditya Jadhav, who suffered such severe intestinal damage he died two weeks later.

The tragic incident occurred at a foundry in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra, India, earlier this month.

CCTV footage shows Mr Jadhav approaching his supervisor Mr Wagmore on the factory floor to ask something.

Mr Wagmore, who is holding the air pressure pipe, jokingly holds it against Mr Jadhav’s hair and back to blow compressed air on him.

He then holds the pipe to Mr Jadhav’s rectum, and the factory worker immediately collapses in agony.

He was rushed to a hospital, where he battled fatal injuries for 15 days before he passed away on September 18.

Doctors who attended to Mr Jadhav, said his intestines were severely damaged.

Local police are investigating the incident and are looking for Mr Wagmore, who has been missing since the day of the incident.

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) says he was just joking when he spoke about watching Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad being sworn in as Prime Minister on May 10 and feeling that it should have been him instead.

Channel News Asia reported the PKR president-elect as saying this during a lecture in Singapore on Thursday (Sept 20).

"I was just joking and that became the headline, " he said during a press conference at PKR headquarters here on Friday (Sept 21).

It was reported that during the dialogue session with hundreds of students from various schools at the Singapore Management University, he had said that if he was honest, he he did feel that the person being sworn in as prime minister should have been him, not Dr Mahathir.

Anwar said he was telling the students how delighted he was by the enormous support of the people for Pakatan Harapan having formed the government under Dr Mahathir.

"Then they questioned me about my personal feelings because I was supposed to lead (Pakatan).

"I said of course, if I was not in prison, then I wanted to be there. But at that time, I was still in prison. So they laughed.

Anwar reiterated that the support for Dr Mahathir from all Pakatan component parties must be firm.

EAST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who was apparently upset that his ex-wife had been awarded their home in their divorce was found dead early Thursday, several hours after he shot at her and later killed his own parents.

Bruce Rogal, 59, died after a manhunt and a police chase that ended when he crashed his car at the West Bradford Township home he had shared with his wife, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said.

State police said at least one trooper shot at Rogal following the crash, but it’s not clear if he returned fire. A gun was found in his car, authorities said, but a cause of death hasn’t been determined.

No troopers were injured, authorities said.

Rogal had received word of an order finalizing the divorce that authorities said was mailed on Wednesday and “that appears to be what set him off,” Hogan said.

Rogal first went to the house where his ex-wife was in the driveway changing her car’s oil, shot at her and missed. He then drove to a retirement center in East Goshen where he shot and killed his parents, William and Nancy Rogal, who were both in their late 80s.

Rogal then drove off, and police soon sent out an alert about the car he was driving. State police spotted the vehicle driving past the agency’s Embreeville Barracks shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday, and a chase ensued that also involved SWAT team members.

Aided by a police helicopter, the troopers were able to follow Rogal a few miles into the West Bradford neighborhood where his ex-wife lives and where the initial shooting incident happened.

The chase ended when Rogal’s crashed his car into the side of the house.

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After gathering close to 10,000 followers on Instagram, Nanyang Junior College (NYJC) student-run meme page @nyjcmememachine shut down abruptly last Sunday. All because an individual believed that a  shitpost — intentional and sometimes aggressive low-quality content,  i.e. posting shittily — about the September 11 attacks was serious enough to be deemed a threat to national security.

The Straits Times  reported that the page admins (identified as a group of NYJC students)  have since apologized after they came under police probe, apparently  over the post that was interpreted as one that intended to promote terrorism in Singapore. NYJC also noted to ST that the students have been counseled. A new Instagram page was set up with an apology post.

The controversial meme that came under scrutiny was part of a glut of  9/11 memes that arrived on the internet (beyond just @nyjcmememachine)  on the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City. The page’s shitpost took on the spoofed format of Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ad, but instead of the American athlete, it used a picture of Al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden alongside the burning World Trade Center towers. Overlaid on the image was the text: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing 3,000 lives and two steel towers”.

A problematic meme that’s way too spicy beyond good taste? Sure. But  on the scale of the entire internet and other terrible memes produced  about 9/11 during the 17-year span since the heinous acts of terror,  @nyjcmememachine’s shitpost is considerably tame. Even if it still is offensive and inappropriate.

The individual who reported the page to the police turned out to be someone who’s not even an NYJC student. ST reported that a 23-year-old undergraduate lodged the police report on grounds that it posed a threat to national security.

“We just need one person to be wayward and be self-radicalized to pose a threat to our security,” he said to ST. “It is not too far-fetched a possibility, seeing news reports all this while”.

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