Horror in Thai Paradise

Is Thailand dangerous for tourist ???

The naked bodies of two British tourists were found beaten to death on a Thai beach Monday, police said, sparking a murder hunt with the suspect believed to still be on the small resort island of Koh Tao.

The unidentified man and woman, both aged 24, were found early Monday with head wounds near a beachside bungalow on the island, a diving hot-spot near Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand.

A bloodied hoe was discovered 35 metres from the murder scene, local police official Jakkrapan Kaewkhao told AFP.

“They were murdered and found naked on the beach. Their bodies were found 30 metres from (the) bungalow,” he said, adding the pair arrived in Thailand on August 25.
The bodies were found around 6.30 am (2330 GMT Sunday) and police have spent the day interviewing witnesses but have yet to identify a suspect or motive, he added.

Provincial police chief Kiattipong Khawsamang said “most of the wounds were to their heads” adding the suspect – or suspects—were “probably still on the island”.

Checkpoints have been set-up on the island’s two piers as local police called in reinforcements from neighbouring Koh Phangan, while high seas prevented ferries and boats from leaving.

Distraught friends of the victims – who had seen the pair partying at a local bar just hours before the gruesome discovery of their bodies – gathered at the local police station, a third officer said.

“This is a very cruel crime,” Prachum Ruangthong, superintendent of Koh Phangan police station, told AFP, adding the bodies would be sent for forensic examination in Bangkok on Tuesday.

In a statement the British Embassy in Bangkok said officials were “urgently seeking information from local authorities”.

“Consular staff stand ready to provide assistance to friends and family at this tragic time,” it added.

Koh Tao, home to stunning white sand beaches and azure waters, is popular with divers but is smaller and more laid-back than neighbouring Koh Phangan – which draws hordes of backpackers to its hedonistic “full moon” party.

A shocked employee at the budget seaside resort where they were staying told AFP the bodies were found behind large rocks on the beach.

“It was the first time this has happened on the island, I have never seen anything like this,” the staff member added, requesting anonymity.

The murders are likely to heap more misery on Thailand’s lucrative tourism industry which has been battered in recent months after a prolonged political crisis ended in a coup.

The army swiftly blanketed the country with a curfew and strict martial law, frightening off visitors.

Although the curfew was soon lifted from key tourist hotspots, visitor numbers have yet to rebound and martial law remains in place.

Military leaders have vowed to restore the nation’s reputation as the “Land of Smiles” with a clean-up targeting tourist resorts after a series of complaints about scams, assaults and even police extortion.

Britain says Thailand is the country where its citizens are second most likely to require consular assistance if they visit, behind the Philippines.

There were 389 deaths of British nationals in Thailand in the year to March 2013 – about one for every 2,400 British visitors or residents – although that figure includes natural causes.

But it is rare for tourists to be murdered in Thailand, although visitors frequently perish in accidents.

In July last year a 51-year-old American tourist was stabbed to death after an apparent row in a bar in Krabi, another popular tourist haven.

His death came just weeks after another American was slashed to death by a taxi driver in Bangkok after an apparent argument over the fare. – AFP

Happy Malaysia Day

hari malaysia

What is Malaysia Day ?

  • Malaysia Day is held on 16 September every year to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same date in 1963. It marked the joining together of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak, and Singapore to form Malaysia.
  • The formation of the new federation was planned to occur on 1 June 1963, but was later postponed to 31 August 1963, in order to coincide with the sixth Hari Merdeka. Several issues related to the Indonesian and the Filipino objection to the formation of Malaysia delayed the declaration to 16 September of the same year. The postponement was also done to allow the United Nations team time to conduct referendums in North Borneo (now Sabah) and Sarawak regarding the two states participation in a new federation.
  • The formation of Malaysia was made possible through the introduction of the Malaysia Bill to the Malayan Parliament on 9 July 1963, and consent from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 29 August 1963.
  • Prior to the formation of Malaysia, Sarawak gained its transitional administration on 22 July 1963,while Singapore and North Borneo (which was renamed Sabah) began its transitional administration from the United Kingdom on 31 August 1963, thus coinciding with the sixth anniversary of the Malayan independence.

Metropolitan Today would like to wish all Malaysian ” Happy Malaysia Day”

 

Malaysia needs GST

In the face of continuing resistance towards the goods and services tax (GST) that will take effect next April, Putrajaya insisted again the tax is needed to prop up the economy.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the broad-based consumption tax was an important reform to help his administration to build a stronger, more sustainable and transparent economy.

“As a prime minister, it is my responsibility to make the right decisions for all Malaysians.

“I believe that the GST is the right tax at the right time for Malaysia,” he said in his keynote address at an international seminar on the GST in Malaysia today.

‎Putrajaya plans to scrap the current sales and services tax system and replace it with a broad-based 6% GST tax that will be levied on almost everything, except a list of essential goods, on April 1 next year.

Some of the exempted goods include fresh food, public transport, healthcare, domestic water and education fees.

Economists had welcomed the move which they say will help trim the nation’s high debt-to-GDP ratio but the tax has ‎attracted wide public opposition with up to 15,000 people turning up at an anti-GST rally on May 1, who feared it will burden consumers further.

Defending the implementation of GST, Najib who is also the finance minister, said the tax was needed to broaden the country’s tax base, since only one in 10 people paid personal income tax.

Moreover, 40% of the government’s revenue is from oil and gas, a resource that is finite.

“It is clear that Malaysia cannot sustain its growth and development based on current revenue streams alone.

“It is imperative we expand and diversify our tax base and implement a more effective and equitable tax system that allows us to secure our future,” he said, adding that GST would drive national development forward.

Despite Putrajaya’s multi-million ringgit marketing blitz to promote GST, surveys have shown that a majority of Malaysians are still against it.

A survey by UCSI poll research centre in June this year on 700 respondents showed that they did not accept the consumption tax, did not think the government could implement it effectively and that they were satisfied with the present tax system.

In May, independent pollster Merdeka Center released a survey which showed that 62% of its respondents were against the consumption tax.

The Merdeka Center survey also found that 33% of their respondents did not understand how the new system would work.

Great Incentives For Airlines Fly To Langkawi

ALOR SETAR: The Transport Ministry plans to give out incentives to airlines that bring in international passengers to Langkawi.

Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said doing so would boost tourism in the resort island as there were currently only two international flights going there weekly.

“When there are more routes overseas, we can bring in more international tourists to Langkawi as well,” he said.

“We’ll also be adding more chartered flights into the island besides the existing ones from Moscow,” Liow said after opening the Kedah MCA annual convention here yesterday.

On Singapore’s Land Transport Authority’s move to increase toll charges at its side of the Causeway by five-fold starting Oct 1, Liow said Malaysia and its southern neighbour had always enjoyed good bilateral relations.

“Both nations will continue to have discussions to ensure that the people are not burdened. I will look into the matter,” he said.

In his speech earlier, Liow, who is also MCA president, said the RM12.5bil Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified double-tracking project would stimulate economic growth in Kedah, Perlis, Penang and Perak upon its completion in November.

“We will see a tremendous economic multiplier effect in the four states,” he said.

In Kedah, he said it would bring economic benefits, especially to those in the tourism and agricultural industries.

Spanning 329km, the project links Ipoh in Perak to the northern end of the country at Padang Besar in Perlis.

In a message delivered by deputy MCA president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong at the Perlis MCA convention earlier, Liow, who is in Pengkalan Kubor for the by-election nominations, said the project would enable Arau, Bukit Keteri and Padang Besar to each have a modern train station.

Later in the evening, after opening the Penang MCA annual state convention, Liow said the Government would ensure the Malaysian team sent to recover the MH17 wreckage and search for passengers’ remains was fully equipped for the task.

In his speech earlier, Liow described Pakatan Rakyat as a troika which did not have a common understanding among its component parties.

Zahid Hamidi – Dont Disturb 4 Key Thrusts Of Social Contract

BESUT: All quarters have been reminded not to try to disturb the four key thrusts regarding racial relations enshrined in the Federal Constitution as the national social contract, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Umno vice-president, while stressing that Umno would be on the front line defending the thrusts, said any disruption would affect racial stability in the country.

The four main thrusts are Islam as the official religion in the Federal region, Malay Rulers, Malay rights and Bahasa Malaysia as the national language.

“Don’t try to disturb these four key thrusts because we, Umno, and the Government, will ensure that stern legal action will be taken against those who dare to do so.

“I would like to stress that there will be no compromise in this matter and to whom it may concern.

“Don’t try to challenge the Federal Constitution,” he said when opening the Besut Umno divisional delegates’ meeting in Kampung Gong Kemuntong, Jerteh, here Saturday.

Also present were Umno supreme council members Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and Tan Sri Dr Abdullah Mat Zin, as well as Besut Umno chief Nawi Mohamad.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the recent action taken against several individuals under the Sedition Act was proof that the Government had never compromised with any quarter who tried to create disharmony in the country.

Meanwhile, he said all quarters should put their trust in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in matters concerning the Sedition Act, which was said to be replaced with a new law with similar functions.

“Let’s not worry about the Sedition Act because it is still in effect and has yet to be tabled (in Parliament). Even if it is replaced with a new law, the essence of the law will still be found in the new law. – Bernama

South Indian Movie Award in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR: It was a night of glitz and glamour at the South Indian International Movie Awards (Siima) when south Indian stars descended here for the award ceremony.

Siima, in its third year, was held over two days at Stadium Negara for the first time.

Over 90 awards were given during the show, where Malayalam and Telugu stars were honoured on Friday.

Yesterday, Tamil and Kannada movie actors were presented with awards for their achievements in the entertainment industry.

Singer and musician Anirudh was presented with the Best Music Director award in Tamil, beating fellow nominee Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman.

Heartthrob Sivakarthkeyan accepted the award on his friend’s behalf and entertained the crowd.

Veteran star K. Bhagyaraj received the Lifetime Achievement Award from his friends and colleagues – actors Karthik, Chiranjeevi and Radhika, who regaled fans with anecdotes about the multi-talented actor and director.

South Indian film fans here were enamoured by the presence of celebrities such as Tamanna, Kushboo, Amala Paul, Silambarasan and Trisha.

The event was organised by Siima and supported by Malaysia Major Events (MME).

PM Harap Pengkalan Kubur Pilih Calon BN

PRK-Pengkalan-Kubur

Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berharap calon Barisan Nasional (BN) Mat Razi Mat Ail dapat mempertahankan kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Pengkalan Kubor untuk BN dalam pilihan raya kecil (PRK) kawasan itu.

“Saya yakin Ustaz Mat Razi merupakan calon BN yang paling ‘sung’ untuk PRK Pengkalan Kubor. Moga dapat mempertahankan kerusi BN,” kata Najib yang juga Pengerusi BN dalam catatan di laman Facebook beliau.

Rabu lalu, Timbalan Perdana Menteri merangkap Timbalan Pengerusi BN Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin menamakan Mat Razi, 48, bekas penolong pegawai pendidikan daerah Tumpat, sebagai calon BN bagi PRK itu 25 September ini.

Mat Razi adalah ahli Jawatankuasa Umno Tumpat. Beliau akan berdepan dengan calon PAS, Wan Rosdi Wan Ibrahim yang merupakan setiausaha PAS kawasan Tumpat.

PRK itu diadakan berikutan kematian Datuk Noor Zahidi Omar, 57, akibat kanser hati pada 20 Ogos lalu.

Pada pilihan raya umum lepas, Allahyarham mengalahkan calon PKR Saharun  Ibrahim dan calon Bebas Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary dengan majoriti 1,736 undi.

Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya menetapkan hari ini sebagai tarikh penamaan calon manakala hari pengundian pada 25 September.

 

Malaysia AgroBazaar in Singapore by Nuzila Rahim

Drop-in at Agrobazaar, Sultan Gate in Singapore. Taste the fresh delicious fruits and food stuffs from the best. Truly Malaysian. Buy Malaysian Product.

Agrobazaar Malaysia in Singapore is Malaysia’s 1st of it’s kind. The moment you enter the three lots double storey shoplots, you will be amazed with the beautiful vibrant lights and colors, the props, the fruits, the foodstuffs, the cafe corners, etc. They compliment one another and displaying a place you would love to hang out and have a durian feast. For those durian lovers out there, check out the delicious yellow creamy of Musang King. It never gets out of stock. 🙂

Agrobazaar serves as a One-Stop-Centre where you gets your grocery at first level and have your lunch or dinner at the dinning rooms at the second level or can have your durian or fruits served at the open roof-top restaurant. There is also a cafe bar at the first level for a taste of Malaysian truly black, white, habbastus sauda coffee. At another corner you can find the cakes, ice-creams, kinds of fruits beverages. Roselle cordial among the favourites. Can say the list goes on. All truly from Malaysian fruits.

Agrobazaar project is a brainchild of Malaysian’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak Tun Razak with perfect completion by FAMA (The Federal Agricultural and Marketing Authority). A three in one concept – fruits serving, grocery and eatery. The beauty of the concept is to provide customers or patrons with utmost conveniences. Good place, good shops, good foods make perfect day. 🙂

The setting-up of Agrobazaar Malaysia in Singapore :-
– To promote & increase sale of agro-food products in Singapore (locals & tourists)
– To introduce and increase awareness of Malaysian products to Singaporeans
– A platform for promoting SMEs best to Singapore market
– A One-Stop-Centre for consumers to obtain halal products from Malaysia.
FAMA is committed in providing the best from Malaysia delivers to Agrobazaar and FAMA has done an awesome job making it to perfection in meeting the objective of the project.

Customers or patrons can leisurely buy their grocery or having the taste of the fruits serve to them at a roof-top or having Malaysian traditional cuisine from the kitchen. All at affordable prices.