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Going coconuts in Johor Bahru with a much-needed shake

JOHOR BAHRU, The hot and hazy weather that hit the country is currently giving a boost to a coconut shake trader in the city.

Checks by Bernama at the ‘Wonderful World Coconut Shake’ owned by Mazuri Lawan, 53, at Jalan Ayer Kolam, here, from noon to 2pm today, found that the booth had been receiving customers non-stop.

Apart from the original coconut shake that comes with vanilla ice cream, among other drinks on sale include coconut oreo, mango and soursop shakes.

Mazuri said on a typical day, he only sold between 40 and 50 cups of all the beverages, but he has increased to between 70 and 80 cups in the past two weeks.

The original coconut shake is always the first to go. Once customers start coming, I don’t have time to take a breather especially in the afternoon, said Mazuri who has been operating his business at the location for four years from 9am to 11pm daily.

According to Mazuri, original coconut, mango and soursop shakes are sold at RM4 a cup while coconut shake oreo is RM5.

He said about 50 mature and rose coconuts were used to produce original coconut and oreo coconut shakes with coconuts coming from Pontian and Kluang areas.

Amirah Balqis Makhadzir, 16, a student said she loved the original coconut shake and had visited the booth five times before.

Today, along with my friend, Mashita Ussaimiah Hamdan, 14, we are buying two original coconut shakes and two mango shakes for our other friends. The hot and hazy weather are perfect for these refreshing drinks, she said.

Private sector employee Mohd Firdaus Mohd Sulaman, 27, from Taman Perling also bought two original coconut shakes and two mango shakes.

It just so happens that I have something to do around here, so I thought I might as well get some shakes, said Mohd Firdaus who is also a regular customer.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Two couples blessed with Malaysia Day babies in Batu Pahat

BATU PAHAT, Two babies were born on Malaysia Day at the Pantai Hospital here today.

The first, at 6.09 am, was born to a young couple from Rengit here, Noor Fatin Liyana Amat Kadim, and her husband, Mohd Syazwan Mohd Isa, both 25. The baby girl, weighing 2 kg, is their first born.

My wife’s due date was Sept 21, but I brought her to hospital yesterday when she complained of pain, and the doctor expected her to deliver tomorrow, at the earliest, but the baby can’t wait to see the world and came out on this auspicious day, Malaysia Day, said Mohd Syazwan.

The couple named the baby Nur Dinara Safiya.

The second baby, weighing 3kg, was born at 6.19 am to Juliana Abd Rahim and Norfendi Md Shah, both 39 and from Taman Banang Height here. The baby boy is the couple’s fourth child.

Meanwhile, Batu Pahat Pantai Hospital chief operating officer Dr. Kamal Amzan said it had been the hospital’s tradition to celebrate special days with patients, especially on the birth of babies on auspicious occasions.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Two couples blessed with Malaysia Day babies in Batu Pahat

BATU PAHAT, Two babies were born on Malaysia Day at the Pantai Hospital here today.

The first, at 6.09 am, was born to a young couple from Rengit here, Noor Fatin Liyana Amat Kadim, and her husband, Mohd Syazwan Mohd Isa, both 25. The baby girl, weighing 2 kg, is their first born.

My wife’s due date was Sept 21, but I brought her to hospital yesterday when she complained of pain, and the doctor expected her to deliver tomorrow, at the earliest, but the baby can’t wait to see the world and came out on this auspicious day, Malaysia Day, said Mohd Syazwan.

The couple named the baby Nur Dinara Safiya.

The second baby, weighing 3kg, was born at 6.19 am to Juliana Abd Rahim and Norfendi Md Shah, both 39 and from Taman Banang Height here. The baby boy is the couple’s fourth child.

Meanwhile, Batu Pahat Pantai Hospital chief operating officer Dr. Kamal Amzan said it had been the hospital’s tradition to celebrate special days with patients, especially on the birth of babies on auspicious occasions.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Actor detained on suspicion of cheating producer

KUALA LUMPUR– Police have detained an actor to help in the investigations of a case of cheating a female director of her investments.

Selangor Deputy Police Chief Datuk Ab Rashid Ab Wahab said the 25-year-old man was detained after he turned up at the Ampang Jaya District Police Headquarters at about 12 p.m. today.

“The man was detained to help in the investigations under Section 4(1) of the Computer Crimes Act 1997, ” he told Bernama.

He said the remand application will be made at the Ampang Court tomorrow.

It is understood that in June this year, the director lodged a police report on the loss of her investment funds.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Rugby: Malaysia defends Under-18 Sevens Asian title

KUALA LUMPUR, The national rugby team successfully defended their title as champions in the Asia Rugby U-18 Boys Sevens, when they defeated China with a 14-10 win in the finals, in Kunming today.

Malaysia had defeated Taiwan 22-7, Hong Kong 21-12, South Korea 28-21, and China 19-14, prior to today’s win, to record a 100 per cent winning ratio just as it did in last year’s championship at Stadium EduCity in Johor, last December.

Just one week ago, the national senior squad took the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy in Jakarta.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Rugby: Malaysia defends Under-18 Sevens Asian title

KUALA LUMPUR, The national rugby team successfully defended their title as champions in the Asia Rugby U-18 Boys Sevens, when they defeated China with a 14-10 win in the finals, in Kunming today.

Malaysia had defeated Taiwan 22-7, Hong Kong 21-12, South Korea 28-21, and China 19-14, prior to today’s win, to record a 100 per cent winning ratio just as it did in last year’s championship at Stadium EduCity in Johor, last December.

Just one week ago, the national senior squad took the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy in Jakarta.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Singapore expresses great appreciation for Tun M’s presence at Bicentennial Parade

SINGAPORE, Singapore greatly appreciated the presence of Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali at this year’s Bicentennial National Day Parade on Friday evening, despite their hectic schedule.

Former Prime Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong and Singapore Prime Minister’s wife Ho Ching were among those who took on social media to express their delight and appreciation.

They honour Singapore with their presence at our 54th National Day. It underlines the strong, historical and inseparable ties between two neighbours. May our ties grow even stronger, Goh posted on his Facebook page today.

In his posting, he also attached two photos of him and the Malaysian premier at the parade, as both were set to be seated side by side.

Dr Mahathir was in Fukuoka, Japan, for two days from Wednesday (Aug 7). He reached home Thursday evening and kicked off his Friday with a four-eyed meeting with visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Putrajaya.

Joko, who is popularly known as Jokowi, and his wife, Iriana Joko Widodo, flew in Thursday (Aug 8) for a two-day visit to Malaysia.

Dr Mahathir had also taken Jokowi in a Proton Persona car, which he drove himself, to a luncheon he hosted at Seri Perdana, the prime minister’s official residence.

After performing Friday prayers at the Putra Mosque, both of them left for Singapore for the parade.

Mahathir is an amazing man. He flew to Japan to receive an honorary degree, stayed overnight, flew back to Kuala Lumpur to receive President Jokowi, then flew to Singapore and came directly from the airport to the Padang.

His wife Siti Hasmah is amazing too. Not a minute of rest. And looking fresh. Amazing couple, Goh wrote further.

Meanwhile, Ho Ching took on her Facebook as well to express her appreciation.

Greatly appreciate Tun Siti Hasmah and Tun Dr M for coming to join us for our NDP cum Bicentennial celebration, she said in her posting which was accompanied by a photo of her, her husband Lee Hsien Loong and the 94-year old couple.

In the same posting, Ho Ching also appended Bernama’s story on the arrival of Dr Mahathir and his wife to the republic.

They have had a tough schedule – one day in Hiroshima for the commemorative event on the atom bombing, got delayed by the typhoon, rushed back to KL to host Pak President Jokowi and Ibu Iriana for a one morning state visit, sending them off for their visit to SG, before hopping on a plane themselves to come just in time for the start of the ceremonial parade, she wrote.

At a reception right before the parade, Prime Minister Lee expressed appreciation to the visiting leaders for their attendance to Singapore’s National Day celebrations and reaffirmed the deep historical ties and friendship that Singapore has with Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The parade, which was held at the Padang, was also attended by the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

Singapore is celebrating its National Day on Aug 9 and this year’ celebration is special because it marks the nation’s bicentennial milestone, 200 years since Sir Stamford Raffles came to Singapore.

One interesting fact observed was that the parade commands were in the Malay language.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)