Daily Archives: September 26, 2020

Former Terengganu City FC player dies at age 24

KUALA TERENGGANU Former Terengganu City FC (TCFC) player, Mohamad Solihin Mahamad died at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital (HSNZ) last night due to a heart attack.

His brother-in-law, Mohd Sayuzi Mansor said Muhammad Solihin, 24, vomited before collapsing on the pitch during a friendly match at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium while representing his team, Gong Parit FC against Tualang FC.

“He breathed his last at 7 pm yesterday, and was buried at the Kampung Bukit Depu Muslim Cemetery at 9 pm,” he said, adding that the youngest of eight siblings, who was still single, did not have any health problems prior to this.

According to Mohd Sayuzi, Mohamad Solihin had previously expressed his ambition to represent Terengganu in the country’s upper-tier football leagues, and had turned down an offer to play for the Red Giants last year.

He also helped TCFC emerge champions of the 2018 FAM Cup, besides playing for Negeri Sembilan in the President’s Cup in 2017.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

TNB powers Malaysia Airlines’ buildings at KLIA with green energy

KUALA LUMPUR Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), through its renewable energy retail arm GSPARX Sdn Bhd, has inked an agreement with Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) to install solar panels on four of MAB’s buildings at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Under the solar supply agreement (SSA), MAB is expected to save almost RM15 million in electricity bills throughout a 21-year period as it taps into GSPARX’s expertise in the installation and operation of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

The PV panels to be installed will have a capacity of 2.210-megawatt peak (MWp), capable of generating about 2.86-gigawatt hours of clean energy per year, said TNB in a statement today.

MAB chief financial officer Boo Hui Yee and TNB chief retail officer Ir. Megat Jalaluddin Megat Hassan signed the agreement at Malaysia Airlines’ Engineering Complex in the KLIA South Support Zone yesterday.

The ceremony was witnessed by Malaysia Airlines Group chief executive officer Capt Izham Ismail and TNB president and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan.

TNB said the project was the largest installation at a single site for GSPARX.

The project will benefit MAB in its long-term pursuit of reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Once completed in April 2021, the green energy generated from the project is expected to offset about 2,022 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emission for the first year, or approximately 56,638 metric tonnes of emission until 2050.

This translates to approximately 12,197 cars taken off the road or 933,520 trees grown, said Amir Hamzah.

He also said that at a time when nations are struggling to cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, corporations like Malaysia Airlines and TNB are taking strong positions on climate change efforts, particularly in the reduction of carbon emissions.

“TNB has taken a firm position with its recently renewed aspiration to be a leading provider of sustainable energy solutions in Malaysia and internationally.

“To this end, we will be driving a significant shift in our generation portfolio towards more renewable sources, and have stated our intent to make the recently commissioned Jimah East Power Plant in Negeri Sembilan, TNB’s last greenfield coal-fired power plant,” he said.

Amir Hamzah added that TNB was steadily building on its renewable energy (RE) portfolio both domestically and abroad, with a view to achieve 1,700 MW by 2025, and to support the nation’s target of 20 per cent RE by 2025.

Apart from large-scale generation assets, TNB is also actively supporting RE growth in the distributed generation space, through partnerships like the solar PV project with MAB, to help customers become “prosumers” (individuals who consume and produce value).

Amir Hamzah also highlighted that RE partnerships that TNB undertook were also at the core of effecting a chain of economic activity towards building a solar manufacturing hub in Malaysia.

“This is aligned with a set of six focus areas TNB is championing to support the nation’s economic recovery post-Movement Control Order and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Besides building a global solar manufacturing hub, the other focus areas include investing in the grid, energy efficiency, electrifying mobility, advancing connectivity, and reskilling,” he said.

Izham, meanwhile, said the agreement was another important step in the carrier’s journey towards becoming a greener and sustainable airline.

“Sustainability encompasses the entire supply chain of a business, and we believe anything that has a beneficial impact on the planet can also have a positive financial impact.

“Malaysia Airlines and its sister companies under the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) have introduced more than 40 initiatives in the past three years to reduce its carbon footprint – including the adoption of new aircraft technology (with its A350-900), improved operating processes, sustainable alternative fuels and working towards the targets outlined as part of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) programme,” he said.

This new milestone marked the next step in MAG’s long-term commitment to play a greater role in driving sustainability efforts for Malaysia and the aviation industry, as evident in its collaboration with GSPARX, Izham added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

No material development in Boustead’s privatisation proposal – LTAT

KUALA LUMPUR The Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) said there has been no material development with regards to the proposed privatisation of its most prized possession, Boustead Holdings Bhd (BHB), as it is subject to finalisation of the structure of the proposal.

LTAT, the controlling shareholder of BHB, said this in a statement today following its previous press notices in relation to the proposal.

On May 28, LTAT said it was mulling a proposal to privatise the company at an offer price of 80 sen per share.

The group announced on July 27 that the Securities Commission had approved its application for an extension until Oct 27 for the fund to announce its firm intention on the proposal.

Meanwhile, on Aug 27, it said Bank Negara Malaysia had, vide its letter dated Aug 7, 2020, stated that it had no objection for the fund to commence negotiations with BHB on the possible privatisation exercise.

“We wish to inform that there has been no material proposal subsequent to the press notices. As being highlighted in the notices, the proposal is subject to amongst others, the finalisation of the structure of the proposal, the requisite funding and the required regulatory.

“We wish to highlight that this notification does not amount to a firm intention that we will undertake the proposal. Accordingly, there can be no certainty that we will proceed with the proposal,” it said.

It added subsequent announcement(s) would be made on any material development in relation to the proposal in accordance with the Rules on Take-overs, Mergers and Compulsory Acquisitions.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Termination letter issued to Dhaya Maju over KVDT2 project

KUALA LUMPUR The Government has issued a letter of termination to Dhaya Maju LTAT Sdn Bhd in relation to the contract for the Klang Valley Double Tracking Phase 2 (KVDT2) project, the High Court heard today.

Senior Federal Counsel Nik Mohd Noor Nik Kar informed High Court judge (Construction Division) Datuk Aliza Sulaiman that the letter was issued to the company yesterday.

“To update the court, I was informed by the Attorney-General’s Chambers this afternoon that the letter of termination was sent to Dhaya Maju LTAT through registered post on Thursday,” he said.

The court was scheduled to hear Dhaya Maju LTAT’s application for an Erinford injunction today.

A party appealing against a court decision may apply for an Erinford injunction, which is used to stop the other parties from dealing with the subject of a legal action until the disposal of the appeal.

Dhaya Maju LTAT had, on Sept 7, filed a suit against the government and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, among others, seeking a declaration that there exists a valid and binding contract between the company and the government by way of a Letter of Acceptance dated Aug 19, 2019.

The project came under fire after Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz released a list of 101 projects awarded via direct negotiations worth RM6.61 billion during the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration. It includes the KVDT2 project awarded to Dhaya Maju LTAT worth RM4.475 billion.

On Aug 28, Wee in a statement said that the ministry will reopen the tender for the KVDT2 project after taking into consideration the results of extensive study and investigation which found that the cost of the said project under Dhaya Maju-LTAT was overpriced during the PH administration.

Nik Mohd Noor who was representing the government and Wee said they needed to put the letter in the affidavit in relation to the plaintiff’s injunction application.

“We have limited time to prepare the affidavit. If possible, we seek for the defendants (government and Wee) to be granted time to prepare the affidavit until next Wednesday, and perhaps we can hear the matter (injunction application) next Friday,” he said.

Counsel Kuhendran Thanapalasingam acted for Dhaya Maju LTAT, however, said that his client did not receive any notice of termination (of the KVDT2 project).

“My friend (Nik Mohd Noor) said there is a letter of termination, but he has not produced a copy of the letter today.

“My clients are here… we checked with the receptionist to the director. Nobody has received the letter,” Kuhendran said while urging the court to hear the injunction application today.

Justice Aliza said she had to take the same position as the earlier injunction application last week and maintained her view that an injunction could not be issued to restrain the government and officials from performing their public duties.

“I may be wrong, but I think this may be a point to bring it all the way up to Federal Court. The application (Erinford injunction) is dismissed with no order as to costs,” she said.

On Sept 18, Justice Aliza dismissed Dhaya Maju LTAT’s application for an interim injunction to restrain and prevent the Government from cancelling or terminating its contract for KVDT2 project, pending disposal of its main lawsuit.

After the decision Dhaya Maju LTAT’s counsel told the court that the company will file an appeal against the decision at the appellate court and will also file an Erinford injunction.

According to the suit, the company is also seeking a declaration that any termination or cancellation of the contract by the defendants will be invalid, unlawful and wrongful, besides, an injunction against both defendants to restrain and prevent them from acting or taking any steps in connection with any cancellation or termination of the contract.

Dhaya Maju LTAT, among others, seeks the outstanding sum of RM137,054,534.21 from the government with interest of five per cent per annum on the outstanding sum until the date of judgment and final settlement.

The company also seeks damages to be assessed for Wee’s liability, interests, costs and other reliefs that the court deems fit and proper to grant.

In its statement of claim, the plaintiff, an 80:20 joint-venture company between Dhaya Maju Infrastructure (Asia) Sdn Bhd and Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT) incorporated on June 5, 2017, under the Companies Act 2016, was awarded the KVDT2 project by way of a Letter of Acceptance dated April 4, 2018, with the original contract valued at the sum of RM5.58 billion.

The company said it had immediately commenced work on the project upon issuance of the original contract but the change in government after the 14th General Election resulted in the original contract being unilaterally terminated on Oct 19, 2018, via a notice of termination issued by the Secretary-General of the Transport Ministry purportedly on grounds of public interest or national security or national interest.

The plaintiff said following the termination of the original contract, various meetings or discussions were held between the parties which culminated with the settlement agreement being executed on Aug 19, 2019.

The company said, in line with the terms of the settlement agreement, it was re-awarded with the project with the revised contract sum of RM4.475 billion, and that it had duly carried out its obligations which enabled the project to achieve a healthy progress of 24 per cent, made possible with a dedicated 1,512 employees and 261 numbers of supply and services companies.

To date, the plaintiff said it has completed works which has been certified for payment in excess of RM300,763,033.12 as at the period ending June 30, 2020.

The company said, in March 2020, there was again a change in Malaysia’s political landscape which saw a new coalition government known as Perikatan Nasional coming into power and that, once again, resulted with the plaintiff landing itself in the middle of controversy, confusion and uncertainty in regards to the project.

The plaintiff said for reasons unknown to it, both defendants refused or failed to execute the relevant contract documents notwithstanding the fact that there is an express requirement for them to do so within a period of four months from the date of issuance of the letter of acceptance pursuant to the relevant Treasury Circular, which to date, the plaintiff said, the relevant documents have yet to be signed.

It said despite the existing contract between the plaintiff and the government, Wee had on Aug 28, via a press release, inter alia, announced the decision to cancel or terminate the contract with the plaintiff and to reopen the bidding process for the project via an open tender system.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Community internet centres help small entrepreneur expand online businesses – MCMC

CYBERJAYA The Community Internet Centres (PIK) have helped small entrepreneurs, especially those in rural areas, increase their income and expand their online business.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in a statement today said with the various training and programmes provided at Teluk Rimba PIK in Muar, Johor for example, entrepreneurs who have started on a small scale were now promoting their products, such as mini curry puffs and otak-otak, to bigger markets including overseas.

With trainings provided for travel agents and small-time food traders at Taman Desa Permai PIK in Marang, Terengganu, more job opportunities are now available for the local community, the statement said.

In Yan, Kedah, small entrepreneurs who produce spices, pastes, scarves and pickled food as well as home stay operators and those providing paragliding sports adventure for tourists too have benefited from the courses conducted at Kampung Titi Teras PIK.

In Sabah it said, the Kiulu PIK has helped small entrepreneurs to promote their aquaponics and tourism products including home stay accommodation as well as recreational activities such as rafting.

Earlier the MCMC announced that it was empowering 1,064 community internet centres nationwide to become digital transformation centres for local communities.

The focus is not only for the centres to generate new job opportunities but also to enable youth to have access to knowledge and ample opportunities to create innovations and new ideas in the digital economy era, it added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

KUCHING Sarawak is on red alert of those returning to the state after the Sabah state election, says Deputy Chief Minister I and State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas. He said Sabah was now a red zone for COVID-19 with an alarming number of new cases while Sarawak had recorded zero cases in the last few days. “Yesterday, we sent some 500 policemen from the state to Sabah to assist their counterparts while there will be voters going there to cast their votes, as well as local senior politicians going there to campaign. “Recent reports have indicated that those returning from Sabah had tested positive for (COVID-19) ,” he said at a ceremony to honour 33 Public Works Department (PWD) retirees and staff nearing retirement in Betong, about 250 km from here, today. Looking at that situation, he said Sarawakians could not consider themselves to be spared from the COVID-19 spread and SDMC had set a number of new requirements for those returning from Sabah. “We have to form a protective shield around Sarawak against another possible outbreak and this will be inconvenient or difficult for those concerned, but everyone must comply with the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs),” he said. On another issue, Uggah said a number of development projects had been affected by the Movement Control Order because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “People would have blamed us politicians for any delay under normal circumstances but they understand the situation and I must thank the PWD for earnestly continuing from where they had stopped (the projects affected by the Movement Control Order), for instance, in Betong Division. “The Betong PWD teams have risen to the occasion, repairing roads and bridges affected by the recent heavy rain, flood and landslides,” he added. Source: BERNAMA News Agency KUCHING Sarawak is on red alert of those returning to the state after the Sabah state election, says Deputy Chief Minister I and State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas. He said Sabah was now a red zone for COVID-19 with an alarming number of new cases while Sarawak had recorded zero cases in the last few days. “Yesterday, we sent some 500 policemen from the state to Sabah to assist their counterparts while there will be voters going there to cast their votes, as well as local senior politicians going there to campaign. “Recent reports have indicated that those returning from Sabah had tested positive for (COVID-19) ,” he said at a ceremony to honour 33 Public Works Department (PWD) retirees and staff nearing retirement in Betong, about 250 km from here, today. Looking at that situation, he said Sarawakians could not consider themselves to be spared from the COVID-19 spread and SDMC had set a number of new requirements for those returning from Sabah. “We have to form a protective shield around Sarawak against another possible outbreak and this will be inconvenient or difficult for those concerned, but everyone must comply with the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs),” he said. On another issue, Uggah said a number of development projects had been affected by the Movement Control Order because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “People would have blamed us politicians for any delay under normal circumstances but they understand the situation and I must thank the PWD for earnestly continuing from where they had stopped (the projects affected by the Movement Control Order), for instance, in Betong Division. “The Betong PWD teams have risen to the occasion, repairing roads and bridges affected by the recent heavy rain, flood and landslides,” he added. Source: BERNAMA News Agency KUCHING Sarawak is on red alert of those returning to the state after the Sabah state election, says Deputy Chief Minister I and State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas. He said Sabah was now a red zone for COVID-19 with an alarming number of new cases while Sarawak had recorded zero cases in the last few days. “Yesterday, we sent some 500 policemen from the state to Sabah to assist their counterparts while there will be voters going there to cast their votes, as well as local senior politicians going there to campaign. “Recent reports have indicated that those returning from Sabah had tested positive for (COVID-19) ,” he said at a ceremony to honour 33 Public Works Department (PWD) retirees and staff nearing retirement in Betong, about 250 km from here, today. Looking at that situation, he said Sarawakians could not consider themselves to be spared from the COVID-19 spread and SDMC had set a number of new requirements for those returning from Sabah. “We have to form a protective shield around Sarawak against another possible outbreak and this will be inconvenient or difficult for those concerned, but everyone must comply with the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs),” he said. On another issue, Uggah said a number of development projects had been affected by the Movement Control Order because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “People would have blamed us politicians for any delay under normal circumstances but they understand the situation and I must thank the PWD for earnestly continuing from where they had stopped (the projects affected by the Movement Control Order), for instance, in Betong Division. “The Betong PWD teams have risen to the occasion, repairing roads and bridges affected by the recent heavy rain, flood and landslides,” he added. Source: BERNAMA News Agency Former Terengganu City FC player dies at age 24

KUALA TERENGGANU Former Terengganu City FC (TCFC) player, Mohamad Solihin Mahamad died at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital (HSNZ) last night due to a heart attack.

His brother-in-law, Mohd Sayuzi Mansor said Muhammad Solihin, 24, vomited before collapsing on the pitch during a friendly match at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium while representing his team, Gong Parit FC against Tualang FC.

“He breathed his last at 7 pm yesterday, and was buried at the Kampung Bukit Depu Muslim Cemetery at 9 pm,” he said, adding that the youngest of eight siblings, who was still single, did not have any health problems prior to this.

According to Mohd Sayuzi, Mohamad Solihin had previously expressed his ambition to represent Terengganu in the country’s upper-tier football leagues, and had turned down an offer to play for the Red Giants last year.

He also helped TCFC emerge champions of the 2018 FAM Cup, besides playing for Negeri Sembilan in the President’s Cup in 2017.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: Sarawak on alert of travellers from Sabah state election – Uggah

KUCHING Sarawak is on red alert of those returning to the state after the Sabah state election, says Deputy Chief Minister I and State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

He said Sabah was now a red zone for COVID-19 with an alarming number of new cases while Sarawak had recorded zero cases in the last few days.

“Yesterday, we sent some 500 policemen from the state to Sabah to assist their counterparts while there will be voters going there to cast their votes, as well as local senior politicians going there to campaign.

“Recent reports have indicated that those returning from Sabah had tested positive for (COVID-19) ,” he said at a ceremony to honour 33 Public Works Department (PWD) retirees and staff nearing retirement in Betong, about 250 km from here, today.

Looking at that situation, he said Sarawakians could not consider themselves to be spared from the COVID-19 spread and SDMC had set a number of new requirements for those returning from Sabah.

“We have to form a protective shield around Sarawak against another possible outbreak and this will be inconvenient or difficult for those concerned, but everyone must comply with the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs),” he said.

On another issue, Uggah said a number of development projects had been affected by the Movement Control Order because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“People would have blamed us politicians for any delay under normal circumstances but they understand the situation and I must thank the PWD for earnestly continuing from where they had stopped (the projects affected by the Movement Control Order), for instance, in Betong Division.

“The Betong PWD teams have risen to the occasion, repairing roads and bridges affected by the recent heavy rain, flood and landslides,” he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency