Najib Meets Abu Sayyaf Kidnap Victims

Posted on : 26-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUALA LUMPUR– Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today met two of the five Malaysian nationals who were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf terrorists in the Philippines in July last year.

They are Tayudin Anjut, 46, and Abdul Rahim Summas, 63, who arrived at the Prime Minister’s residence at Jalan Taman Duta here at 8 am, where their family members were also waiting to welcome them home.

During the meeting the two men, who were on wheel-chairs, and visually impaired, related the incident and the bad treatment by their kidnappers.

They were overwhelmed by emotions when expressing their gratitude in being able to be back with their families.

The Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, was also present.

Tayudin and Abdul Rahim were crew members of the tugboat Serudong Tiga who were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf terrorists in the Dent Haven waters in Lahad Datu on July 18.

They were rescued by Filipino security forces in an operation in the south of the republic last Thursday and arrived at the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang last night.

To date, three other Malaysian nationals were still detained by Abu Sayyaf terrorists.

They were Fandy Bakran, 27, Mohd Jumadil Rahim, 24, and Mohd Ridzuan Ismail, 33, who were also crew members of the tugboat Serudong Tiga.


Alibaba set to transform KLIA Aeropolis into eFulfillment hub

Posted on : 23-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUALA LUMPUR – China’s Alibaba Group is set to transform up to 45 hectares at KLIA Aeropolis into an eFulfillment hub, an e-commerce and logistics hub to facilitate faster clearance of imports and exports.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the establishment of the hub, which was in line with Malaysia’s roadmap for transformation into a digital economy, would be the first in the world outside China.

“Hangzhou is the hub for China and Aeropolis is for Malaysia and Association of South-East Asian Nations. We will make this (hub) exciting and big,” he said at the launch of the Digital Free-Trade Zone (DGTZ) here today.

The eFulfillment hub is part of Malaysia’s DGTZ initiative.

Later, at a press conference, Malaysia Digital Economy Corp’s (MDEC) Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, said the physical zone would be located at the eight-hectare site in Aeropolis, which was previously the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal.

Under the memorandum of understanding signed today between Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd and Alibaba’s logistics affiliate, Cainiao Network, the giant retail commerce company would also be looking at possible extension into the 37ha that adjourned the site, she said.

She said the initial phase of the eFulfillment hub would be rolled out before year-end.

On the projected spending, Alibaba Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Zhang, said there were no specific amount as of now given the hub was designed for a long-term commitment.

“We will have tangible investment which is in the hub and other intangible assets such as the knowledge, experience, and technology. This will benefit the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia,” he said.

Zhang said Malaysia’s similar vision with Alibaba in terms of digitalisation, coupled with its strategic location, were the reasons the country was picked as its regional hub.

DFTZ is an initiative to capitalise on the confluence and exponential growth of the Internet economy and cross-border e-commerce activities.

It consists of three main components that combine both physical and virtual zones.

The physical zone comprises the eFulfillment hub and satellite services hub, while the virtual zone consists of the eServices platform.

Najib had earlier said the independent satellite services hub facility would be located in Bandar Malaysia.

“Malaysia will offer 500,000 sq ft of Bandar Malaysia for SMEs, entrepreneurs, accelerators and venture firms to set up their businesses there.

“They will under one roof in Bandar Malaysia,” he said.


Local prowees in science and technology must be appreciated

Posted on : 23-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

SINTOK — There must be appreciation and confidence in the ability of Malaysians in science and technology to enable the country to continue spurring successes in both fields.

Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau said some quarters still doubted the prowess of Malaysians in creating products which were recognised as high technologies.

“The time has come for a change of this attitude. We (local-born) actually have many skills in numerous technological fields but most are still not appreciated.

“For example, the seismic rubber bearings which are widely used in Malaysia and, in fact, several other countries were invented by the Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre.

“So, we should emulate South Korea and Japan which despite having only land and their people, and were at one time poor, are still proud of their own products and technology which make them progressive today,” he said.

He said this to reporters after launching the Mosti Social Innovation Project (MSI) – Agrosis, Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme and Agriculture Economy through Schizophyllum Commune (cendawan kukur) Planting Project on the University Utara Malaysia (UUM) agrofarm site here, today.

Throughout the implementation of the project, Norsym Sdn Bhd, an MTDC Fund recipient, will conduct courses and provide basic ways on how to cultivate the mushroom.

In the meantime, Madius lauded Malaysia’s participation at international level in inventing technologies related to oil palm via robotics innovations organised by the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities.


Jack Ma: Malaysia efficient, Business-Friendly nation

Posted on : 23-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUALA LUMPUR: Alibaba Group founder and executive chairman Jack Ma has described Malaysia as an efficient and very business-friendly nation to establish digital economy collaborations.

“Many asked me why I chose Malaysia to work together on the digital free trade zone (DFTZ).

“I told them that Malaysia is very business-friendly and much more efficient than I thought,” he said in his opening speech before jointly launching the DFTZ with Prime Minister Najib Razak here today.

Ma said the Multimedia Super Corridor project inspired him to pursue the digital world idea and made Alibaba and Malaysia establish the e-hub near Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

“The DFTZ is the first digital free trade zone outside China, which will be utilising new technology to empower small businesses and young entrepreneurs.

“There will be a logistic hub to cater for the e-commerce business with a one stop service centre.

“It can grow to become a regional logistic hub that could deliver packages within 72 hours in the next 20 years.”

He was optimistic that a digital economy would help increase gross domestic product (GDP) contribution from small businesses in Malaysia to at least 80%.

Currently, small businesses in Malaysia contributed less than 40% of the nation’s GDP with small and medium-sized enterprises accounting for about 97% of total businesses.


Malaysia ranked fourth happiest country in Asia

Posted on : 21-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is now the fourth happiest country in Asia, according to this year’s World Happiness Report.

The latest raking also put Malaysia as the 42nd happiest country among 155 nations, five places up from last year’s report.

Other neighbouring countries which saw a more cheery placing included Thailand (32 from 33), Taiwan (33 from 42 ), Vietnam (94 from 96) and the Philippines (72 from 82).

Singaporeans appeared to be a less delighted lot in the past year, falling from 22nd place to 26th.

The top 10 happiest places remained somewhat the same.

Norway, the Land of the Midnight Sun, is right on top, followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland.

The report, which started in 2012, is produced by the Sustainable Solutions Network and relies on data gathered by the Gallup World Poll.

“All of the top four countries rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance,” the report said.

Countries are ranked using three-year averages of data collected with the latest report covering 2014-2016.

Some 3,000 respondents from each country were asked to rate their life evaluations.

By the way, you may not want to be in Central African Republic, Burundi and Tanzania.

These are the three unhappiest countries in the world, according to the report.


LIMA’17 (Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace 2017): More than 550 aerospace, maritime exhibitors

Posted on : 21-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUALA LUMPUR– More than 550 aerospace and maritime exhibitors from 36 countries will showcase their products at the five-day Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace 2017 (LIMA’17) exhibition which begins tomorrow.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said LIMA’17 to be held at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) and Resorts World Tanjung Malai Langkawi is a great marketplace for the industry players to share knowledge and technology, as well as a networking platform and opportunity.

“LIMA’17 promises a more meaningful involvement of the maritime sector and aviation industry with the direct involvement of the larger commercial sector,” he said in a statement today.

According to the statement, LIMA’17 would involve the largest participation in the history including various ministries and more than 30 agencies and government-linked corporations such as Defence Ministry, International Trade and Industry Ministry and Civil Aviation Department as co-organisers.

Liow said the Ministry of Transport (MOT) would bring together 31 departments, agencies and industry players at the LIMA’17 to provide a comprehensive overview about the country’s transport industry and the role of the ministry as the industry facilitator.

On another note he said, the second edition of the ASEAN Aviation Summit will be jointly organised by MOT and Department Civil Aviation with the theme ‘Global Sustainable Green Aviation,’.

With more than 250 international and local delegates expected, the summit is timely, given the recent adoption of International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Global Market Based Measure during the 39th session of ICAO general assembly.

Among the top speakers at the summit are AirAsia chief executive officer Aireen Omar and Singapore Civil Aviation Authority director general, Kevin Shum.


University (Uni Teknologi Petronas) produces biopesticide to control paddy fields pests

Posted on : 08-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

SERI ISKANDAR– A group of researchers from Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) here have produced an organic-based ‘biopesticide’ to overcome the issue of pests while increasing paddy yield.
The ‘biopesticide’ was developed by five lecturers and 15 UTP students since 2015 under UTP’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.

Its project leader Prof Madya Dr Suzana Yusup said the project which was a collaborative effort between UTP and the Agriculture Department as well as Bio-X Techno Sdn Bhd successfully proved that organic insecticides can overcome attacks from insects such as the brown plant hopper, locust and bugs.

“Farmers from the Perak Tengah district had suffered great losses which affected their source of income. Thus, UTP together with the government department and the private sector took the initiative to address the issue,” she told Bernama after attending a briefing on the project at the Bota/Lambor Farmers Association, in Titi Gantong, near Bota Kiri, here today.

“Organic poison does not affect consumer’s health nor damage the environment as it is made from plants in Malaysia,” said Suzana who is also a lecturer at UTP’s Chemical Engineering Department.

She said the study was conducted to identify the effectiveness of organic poison used for three seasons on paddy planting areas at the Paddy Centre of Excellence, in Titi Serong Agriculture Department.

“We have carried out two comparisons using organic poison and chemical poison. The findings of the study revealed that the (paddy) yield slightly increased although with unpredictable weather,” she said.

Suzana added that UTP intends to promote the product in the domestic and foreign market while improving the quality of the ‘biopesticide’.

Meanwhile, UTP Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Prof Dr Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani said the project won second place in the Elsevier Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge held in Germany last year.

“Among the five hundred proposals submitted to the challenge, Suzana’s project was chosen among the top five finalists. This success has gained recognition for UTP at the international level,” he said.

Ahmad Fadzil added, UTP, as a higher learning institution that is greatly concerned about the sustainability of nature, conducted the research as part of the university’s social responsibility in research related to engineering, technology and the society.


PM: Trade & investment between M’sia-Saudi Arabia to improve further

Posted on : 07-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Razak is confident that economic and trade relations, as well as, two-way investment between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia will improve further in the future.

This is especially so after the visit of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and the signing of the new partnership between Petronas and Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco).

“Moreover, during the visit, we signed a large number of memorandums of understanding between private sector companies in both countries worth more than nine billion ringgit.

“This is evidence of a great desire on both sides to increase business volume and strengthen economic ties,” he said in a recent interview with Al Arabia News Channel General Manager Turki Aldakhil.

Najib was asked on the cooperation between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf Cooperation Council.

The Prime Minister said total trade todate between Malaysia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) amounted to RM45 billion, with United Arab Emirates ranking first in trade exchanges followed by Saudi Arabia.

The GCC groups Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Meanwhile, King Salman led a 600-member powerful entourage to Malaysia from Feb 26 to March 1, 2017 as part of his month-long Asian tour which also included visits to Indonesia, Brunei, Japan, China, the Maldives and Jordan.

The visit to Malaysia was reported to have yielded RM40 billion in potential investments with the biggest chunk coming from Petronas-Aramco share purchase agreement worth RM31 billion.

Seven Memorandum of Understandings, with an estimated value of RM9.74 billion, were signed between Malaysian and Saudi companies, covering areas such as construction, halal cooperation, aerospace and haj services.

Malaysia already has a strong presence in Saudi Arabia’s construction sector with 19 contracts, worth RM18.5 billion, awarded to Malaysian companies, to date.

In terms of trade, total trade between both countries increased by 27.8% to RM14 billion last year from RM11 billion in 2015.


Malaysia will continue sending students to Japan and South Korea – PM (an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya News Channel in conjunction with Saudi Arabia’s King recent visit to Malaysia.)

Posted on : 07-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUALA LUMPUR– Malaysia has sent many of its students to Japan and South Korea, and will continue to do so, as well as to almost parts of the world, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

He said sending Malaysian students to study in Japanese and Korean universities, for instance, had helped them to acquire the Japanese work ethics.

“I can tell you that this step has contributed to the achievement of our development, but it was not only limited to the adoption of economic policies, there are other reasons to which we owe the success achieved in our country today,” he said in an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya News Channel in conjunction with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz al Saud’s recent historical visit to Malaysia.

Starting from 1981, Malaysia has adopted the ‘Look East’ policy. This policy looked at Korea and Japan and sought to use these countries as examples.

In the interview which was conducted by Al Arabiya general manager Turki Aldakhil recently, Najib was asked to what degree has the Japanese model helped in the success of Malaysia’s experience.

“Yes, in the beginning we have benefited from theirs and we have adopted a policy that echoed the two Japanese and Korean experiences because they were the success stories of the seventies and eighties of the last century.

“We believed that these were the economic plans that we should follow in their footsteps. We have learned from these two experiments and embraced some of their components. We focused on economic policies and work ethic in both,” he said.

Commenting on ethnic and religios diversity, the Prime Minister said although the Malaysian society is characterized by great diversity the people had been successful in working together as one nation.

He said despite facing many challenges, Malaysia still made a great success because its relied on the strengths of each ethnic group and had adopted a policy to build a national unity.

“When I assumed my duty I launched the concept of ‘1Malaysia’ in order to emphasize some of the core values that promote a sense of loyalty and collaboration.

“When we have won our independence, many people were not optimistic about our ability to achieve success as a nation but we proved our critics wrong,” he said.

Najib said the diversity had its merits but it also posed challenges and the most important of these challenges was to avoid internal conflicts between different ethnic groups.

“We have succeeded in that to a large extent. But most importantly we need to move forward as one synergistic nation.

“This is what we must work on and I realize that despite the peace and harmony which we enjoy today we need to work to promote national integration and national unity,” he added.


Tourism: Diving a top draw for M’sia

Posted on : 05-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

LABUAN: Diving is a top draw in attracting tourists to Malaysia as the country offers over 40 diving destinations and marine parks, said Tourism Malaysia (TM) Deputy Director-General (Tourism) Datuk Seri Abdul Khani Daud.

He said these dive sites did not only serve as ecotourism wonders but also as a source of knowledge for future generations.

“We must not view these attractions simply in financial terms but conserving the environment and maintaining the biodiversity of these ecosystems,” he said in conjunction with the Mega Familiarisation Programme for Foreign Participants of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) -Course Director Training Course (CDTC) here last night.

His speech was delivered by TM deputy senior director (Package Development Division) Khairul Hilmi A. Manap.

Nineteen participants (professional certified divers) from China, Germany, Japan, Latvia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States were brought to this duty-free island for a four-day familiarisation programme to help promote Labuan dive sites and well-known destinations for wreck diving.


Malaysia’s largest laser projection mapping latest attraction in Langkawi

Posted on : 10-02-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

LANGKAWI: A 556m², three-dimensional (3D) laser projection mapping, the largest of its kind in Malaysia, is the latest tourist attraction featured at the Oriental Village’s 3D Art Langkawi Museum, here.

The state-of-the art show which utilises creative technology display has been recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) as a new achievement.

“This will definitely be another addition to the unique products in Langkawi to attract more tourists,” said Langkawi Development Authority (Lada) chief executive officer, Datuk Azizan Noordin after the product launch, today.

In addition, he said, the museum was also recognised by MBR today for having the biggest 3D mural in the country with a size of 1,200.73m².

He said Lada’s subsidiary, Panorama Langkawi Sdn Bhd, had formed a partnership with a private company which had invested about RM3.5 million to set up the laser projection equipment which could display various scenes from around the world.

“These scenes will give tourists the feeling of being in places like the Niagara Falls, ancient Egypt, the fantasy world and during the Roman empire age, said Azizan.

Meanwhile, the waiting time for tourists wishing to experience the Langkawi Sky Cab cable car ride at the Oriental Village has been shortened following the addition of 20 new gondolas.

Azizan said the new units had increased the number of gondolas to 80 to enable the waiting time to be shortened from around one hour to 30 minutes.

“The new products and additional improvements made on the existing ones augur well with our target of bringing in four million tourists to Langkawi this year,” he added.


National Space Policy 2030 to drive development in space sector

Posted on : 07-02-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

PUTRAJAYA— The National Science Council (NSC) today agreed to create the 2030 National Space Policy to drive development in the national space sector.

The policy aimed to ensure that benefits could be obtained from the space sector and contribute toward a new and strategic economic growth.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who chaired the first meeting of the NSC for this year, said the policy was in line the national objective of remaining to be excellent in the field of outer space science.

He said that the extraordinary success of Malaysia’s young scientists in the field of astrophysics scientific research that uncovered the existence of supermassive black holes should encourage and provide inspiration to the young generation.

“I hope that this success can become an incentive and inspiration to the young generation to venture into the fields of astronomy and astrophysics in Malaysia and inject motivation and spirit to local researchers in physics and astronomy,” he said in his opening speech at the NSC meeting, here today.

The NSC, which was set up last year, was based on the rationale that the Science, Technology and Innovations (STI) agenda could be monitored and coordinated under one council only to avoid duplication.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations (MOSTI), Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said the formulation of the National Space Policy enabled the planning and development of the national space sector to be implemented in a more proper manner for efficient management.

He said the policy formed the basis for the formulation of the Outer Space Act aimed at supervising activities and operations relating to the space sector such as the launching and operation of satellites, registration of objects launched into outer space, the operation of an Earth station and related activities.

“Malaysia also needs the act to enable the government to ratify several international outer space agreements that had been signed,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the NSC today agreed to adopt ‘The Malaysian Code of Responsible Conduct in Research’ (MCRCR) as a code of ethics and major source of reference for all types of researches in the country.

MCRCR is a code of ethics that covers all aspects of researches and principles as well as a responsible conduct of practice.

The implementation of the MCRCR will improve the national ecosystem on research management and subsequently improve the level of research integrity and public trust on the outcome of researches in Malaysia.

Najib said the MCRCR was formulated as a code of ethics to improve national competitiveness in research, development and innovations that would become a major reference and adopted by interested parties.

“The code of ethics in research is very important for researchers to defend the reputation of a particular research.

“Unfortunately, reports of malpractices by researchers such as plagiarism and manipulating facts in their research are also often heard. Such malpractices should be curbed,” he said.

Najib said the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) were also important to prepare career opportunities for the future and as a preparation for the country to face the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“According to the World Economic Forum, 65 per cent of the children entering primary school today are expected to work in new types of occupation which has yet to exist presently that is based on STEM,” he said.

At the meeting, the NSC agreed on the proposal to implement a collaborative network mechanism to create a new industry based on STI such as the Fintech 4.0 Industry in Islamic Finance, Cyber Health Delivery System and the Halal Industry Network.


M’sian graduate from London creates Nasi Lemak Ice-Cream

Posted on : 31-01-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

ALOR SETAR: ‘Nasi Lemak Ice-Cream’ does sound strange and awkward but Melissa Tan Chia Hui, 25, has succeeded in creating this innovative product – nasi lemak flavoured ice-cream.

Melissa a graduate of Middlesex University, London is determined to leave her graphic design career in Penang to concentrate on her products, which are marketed under the brand name ‘Skream Softserve’.

A nasi lemak lover, Melissa said she came up with the idea to give a new dimension to this traditional Malay dish, which is very much loved by all races in the country.

“This is not a gimmick and I am not a hipster trying to seek attention.

“My aim is to produce something delicious, get people to like it and finally agree that this really is nasi lemak ice-cream,” she said.

“Although there is no rice served, the main nasi lemak condiments such as peanuts, anchovies, ’sambal’, quail eggs and cucumber will be sprinkled over the nasi lemak ice-cream,” she told Bernama when met at Diem Cafe at Jalan Penjara,  Pekan Cina here.

Melissa said lemongrass and coconut milk were used as ingredients for the ice-cream to make it taste just like nasi lemak.

“All the ingredients are fresh and free of preservatives and chemicals,” said Melissa adding that it took three months of research before she came up with the perfect nasi lemak flavour.

According to Melissa on the first day she managed to sell 30 cups but yesterday she sold 144 cups which were priced at RM10 per cup.

“I received a lot of negative comments over social media.

“To those who say that I am crazy and my product is disgusting, why not have a taste of it before judging,” she added.


RISDA (The Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority) allocates RM27 mln to help smallholders make extra income

Posted on : 16-01-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

JOHOR BAHRU– The Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA) has allocated RM27 million to assist smallholders nationwide to improve their standard of living.

Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said these smallholders are low-income earners (B40) and the assistance would help increase their income by cultivating cash crops as additional source of income.

“Apart from relying on rubber, the smallholders have to make additional income to cover their daily expenses and the best way is by planting pineapple.

“These extra activities should at least earn them RM500 per month. This year, RISDA has allocated RM27 million to conduct Entrepreneurship Economic Supplementary Activities For Smallholders,” he told reporters after opening the Johor RISDA new office here, today.

Among the activities to increase income are kelulut honey, oyster mushroom farming, pineapple and banana cultivation and rearing of kampung chicken.

Earlier, Ismail Sabri witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between RISDA and Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (LPNM) to help B40 group under to grow pineapple in their rubber or oil palm plantations.

This MoU was an initiative under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) on collaboration efforts between agencies to improve the income of smallholders under RISDA through MD2 pineapple integrated project to be implemented this January until the end of 2018.

“LPNM will play a role in supplying 10,000 pineapple suckers (seedling) per acre with a minimum area of 2.5 acres or maximum of 15 acres per participant apart from assistance in the form of RM0.15 sen per sucker or RM1,500 per acre.

“Meanwhile, RISDA will provide participants of rubber or oil palm integrated replanting schmes with assistance of RM9,230 per hectare for rubber and RM7,000 per hectare for oil palm and other necessary assistance.

“The pineapple will be planted among the rubber trees or other crops that can help them generate more income and not be too dependent on rubber,” he said.

MD2 pineapple variety comes from Hawaii and brought into Malaysia in 2008.

Among its main criteria are sweeter taste, weather and disease resistant, contains vitamin C four times higher than common varieties.

The MD2 pineapple could fetch RM3.50 per kilogramme in the market and smallholders could earn an average of RM6,000 per harvest as the crops could produce up to 20 tonnes of fruits per hectare.

The maturity of the rubber trees were between three to six years while the pineapple plant’s maturity time was only 15 months.

Ismail Sabri also said that they would help smallholders to have access to affordable housing through its Rumah Bina Negara (Rumah BN) programme.

BN homes will be sold at RM40,000 per unit after government subsidy of RM20,000 from its original price of RM60,000.


Faiz wins FIFA Puskas Award

Posted on : 10-01-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

PETALING JAYA: Mohd Faiz Subri has won the 2016 FIFA Puskas award with his spectacular free kick goal for Penang against Pahang in a local league match in February last year.
Faiz is the first Malaysian to win, let alone be nominated for, an award from the world football governing body.
He received his award during the 2016 FIFA Awards event held in Zurich, Switzerland, last night.
Speaking in English during his brief acceptance speech, he thanked God, his family, the Penang Football Association and the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).
“Honestly, it would never have crossed my mind that I would be at this level and be able to stand with world-class players.
“I would like to say thank you to my team, my coach, my family, my father, my mother and all the people who voted for me. Thank you very much,” he said
Playing for Penang, Faiz scored the goal with a free-kick in the 4-1 victory against Pahang in a Super League Match at the City Stadium in George Town on Feb 16 last year.
Faiz’s spectacular swerving free-kick had received more votes than the two other shortlisted nominees, namely Brazil’s Marlone, 24 and Venezuela’s Daniuska Rodriguez.
The trophy was presented by Brazilian football legend and 2002 World Cup winner, Ronaldo.
The trio made it to the shortlist after receiving the most online votes from an initial list of 10 which included Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar.
The video of Faiz’s physics-defying goal has since been viewed more than 2.3 million times on FIFATV at YouTube.

PETALING JAYA: Mohd Faiz Subri has won the 2016 FIFA Puskas award with his spectacular free kick goal for Penang against Pahang in a local league match in February last year.

Faiz is the first Malaysian to win, let alone be nominated for, an award from the world football governing body.

He received his award during the 2016 FIFA Awards event held in Zurich, Switzerland, last night.

Speaking in English during his brief acceptance speech, he thanked God, his family, the Penang Football Association and the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

“Honestly, it would never have crossed my mind that I would be at this level and be able to stand with world-class players.

“I would like to say thank you to my team, my coach, my family, my father, my mother and all the people who voted for me. Thank you very much,” he said

Playing for Penang, Faiz scored the goal with a free-kick in the 4-1 victory against Pahang in a Super League Match at the City Stadium in George Town on Feb 16 last year.

Faiz’s spectacular swerving free-kick had received more votes than the two other shortlisted nominees, namely Brazil’s Marlone, 24 and Venezuela’s Daniuska Rodriguez.

The trophy was presented by Brazilian football legend and 2002 World Cup winner, Ronaldo.

The trio made it to the shortlist after receiving the most online votes from an initial list of 10 which included Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar.

The video of Faiz’s physics-defying goal has since been viewed more than 2.3 million times on FIFATV at YouTube.