Saturday, July 2, 2016

Johor Sultan wins bid for prized F1 number plate

PETALING JAYA: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar (pic) has added one of the most sought-after registration number plates to his collection – F1.

He bid for it for RM836,660.

This was the highest amount the Sultan of Johor has paid for a number plate, having won W1N for RM748,000 in 2014 and WWW1 for RM520,000 in 2012.

The W1N and WWW1 plates were used on Sultan Ibrahim’s Proton Suprima S and Proton Satria Neo respectively.

The other winning bidders for the “F” prefix were Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V for F12 at RM110,000, Goh Fong Yee for F2 at RM514,800, Trans Penang Inns Sdn Bhd for F9 at RM404,800, PLI Trading Sdn Bhd for F7 at RM396,000, TSE Modul Inisiatif Sdn Bhd at RM385,000 for F8, Wee Ka Keng for F5 at RM366,520 and Herald Accord Sdn Bhd for F3 at RM344,300.

Other interesting bids were F333 which went to Lee Chan Char for RM355,000 and F888 which went to Wan Hazreek Putra Hussain Yusuf for RM188,000.

The Road Transport Depart­ment (JPJ) has received 11,683 registration forms bidding for the new Putrajaya “F” prefix, which is the second highest after the “WWW” series issued by JPJ in 2012.

On May 19, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said vehicles registered in Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur will have a new prefix of registration number beginning with “F” and “V” respectively.

*Taken from The Star Online

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Bandar Malaysia: A world-class integrated city

Bandar Malaysia is set to become the world’s most well-connected city. Yesterday, three landmark agreements were signed between Ministry of Finance Incorporated, Johor-China consortium IWCH-CREC Sdn Bhd and other parties. It will become a regional commercial hub, if not a global one. It will, too, become a regional transportation hub going south, connecting Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via the High-Speed Rail (HSR) link, a journey that will take a mere 90 minutes. Going north will be another HSR link that will reach Bangkok and beyond. Locally, it will be a multimodal transportation hub, with rail and tram links, and a road network not unlike KL Sentral, where every road, rail and bus link converges and disperses. 

Located in Sungai Besi, it is a 196.7ha mixed urban development intended as a catalyst for the transformation of Greater Kuala Lumpur. In its latest envisaged incarnation, it is designed to be a world-class integrated city, where commerce, leisure and living happen, again, not unlike KL Sentral, but on a much grander scale; globally linked to the Pan-Asia Railway Network that connects to Beijing and, most importantly, the New Silk Route, which China is developing in cooperation with Russia, Iran, India and most countries in the Eurasian continent. In short, an integrated HSR system will provide land links, thus, shrinking Earth’s largest land mass, Eurasia. That it will become the heart of Asean is not an exaggeration. Bandar Malaysia will be its transport dispersal and convergence centre, making it an attractive home for the regional headquarters of multinational corporations. As a major shareholder, China Railway Group Ltd (CREC) intends to build its regional centre, worth US$2 billion (RM8 billion), in Bandar Malaysia. This brings total Chinese foreign direct investment in Malaysia to new heights. CREC, with its joint-venture partner, Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn Bhd, which has interest held by Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor, paid RM7.41 billion to acquire a 60 per cent equity in Bandar Malaysia. 

The metropolis will have canals, lakes and a green belt that takes it to 16.2ha — a central park acting as a green lung. It will also house medical and international education hubs. Culture will be a large feature, reflecting Malaysia’s multicultural character. A sunken plaza will be the centre of the Bandar Malaysia integrated underground city, with pedestrian walkways leading to a theme park, a music theatre, and cultural and heritage venues. Ample parking bays and a 20km electric train route make the underground city a natural leisure and recreational centre. Cutting to the chase, Bandar Malaysia will be a modern mega city, featuring cutting-edge technology, whether green or cyber, which makes it a natural as a global business and financial centre. However, that is the physical infrastructure. To realise this vision, there needs to be a transformed mentality of efficiency, honesty and dedication among Malaysians. The people must share the dream if the intended harvest is to be reaped. “We build the future.”

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Antonov An-225 Mriya: World's largest plane in Malaysia for second time

SEPANG: The world's largest aircraft, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, has landed in Malaysia for its second time ever on Saturday, and the country remains the only Asean country where it has touched down.

The behemoth of a cargo plane touched down at the KL International Airport (KLIA) at 8.30am from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India, and is here for refuelling purposes.

KLIA is the plane's last refuelling stop after stopping at Prague, Turkmenistan and Hyderabad after taking off from Kiev in the Ukraine.

The plane has flown across three continents, namely Europe, Asia and Oceania, and is on schedule on its "special mission" to haul a generator weighing 130 tonnes to Perth, Australia on Sunday.

Chief pilot Antonov Dmytrov told Bernama that the plane, measuring 84m long and 18m high, is the world's longest and heaviest plane, which he described as equivalent to flying a five-storey building.

It has 32 tyres in its landing gear and a wingspan of 88m.

Antonov, who has 14 years' experience flying the huge plane, said it is powered by six engines and is able carry a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes.

"The airplane is way bigger than an Airbus A380 ... no other plane like this in the world.

"The airplane was developed in the 1980s for the (former) Soviet Union to carry a space shuttle on its back," he said.

Malaysia Airports Bhd airsite operations senior executive M. Kathi said this was the second time the plane landed at KLIA, after making its first touchdown here in 2007.

"In 2007, the plane landed here at KLIA and brought five helicopters for the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition.

"The plane was supposed to land at the Langkawi International Airport, but unfortunately the airport apron there could not cater for the plane's wingspan," he said.

Meanwhile, Norizam Ismail, passenger handling executive for Hasrat Asia Malaysia Sdn Bhd – the company responsible for bringing the airplane here for refuelling – said that the airplane will be taking off for Perth at 5.30am Sunday.

"All 21 crew, including the pilot will rest at the nearby hotel here," he said.

This historic event drew about 150 enthusiasts comprising staff from KLIA and other airlines to view the aircraft.

Malaysia Airlines technician Mohamad Nor Fathin Zulkifli, 24, said it was a rare experience to witness the moment the plane hit the tarmac.

"It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to see this plane as it is only operates once or twice a year," he said.

*Taken from The Star Online