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Samalaju new township will have resort hotel, golf and public facilities

Artist impression of Samalaju International resort hotel.
Artist impression of Samalaju International resort hotel.

Samalaju is not a merely industrial zone for smelting aluminium, polysilicon but a vibrant new township of it own according to Regional Corridor Development Authority or RECODA.

The vision is to transform the once swampy, inhabit part of Simalajau into a vibrant new township complete with own golf course and resort facilities.

The township landmark resort hotel a boast a 177-room international standard hotel sited on 10.6 hectares of land along the cliffs of the Samalaju peninsula.

It was initially slated for completion by the end of this year.

Singapore Training Aircraft Skids At Sibu Airport

A light plane skidded at Sibu Airport
A light plane King Air C90B skidded at Sibu Airport

A King Air C90B flight training aircraft from Singapore skidded on the runway during landing at the Sibu Airport here at noon today.

Sibu Airport manager Zainuddin Abu Nasir said the unscheduled flight from Seletar Airport, Singapore, carried a pilot with Singapore citizenship and two foreign trainees.

“The plane veered onto the grass when landing at runway 13. The three people on board were unhurt,” he told a media conference at the Sibu Airport Management office here this evening.

Seven flights were affected after the management of the airport closed the runway to pull out the aircraft soon after the incident, he said.

Individuals, hot spots identified in UPSR exam papers leaked

Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh standing.
Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh standing.

PUTRAJAYA: Four hot spots and several individuals have been identified over the leaked Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) 2014 Science and English Language subject papers.

Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said this discovery was based on the initial investigations carried out by the police, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Education Ministry.

“We hope the culprits involved will be brought to justice soonest possible and given the sternest punishment,” he said at a press conference on the leaked examination papers.

However, Idris declined to comment on or imply the involvement of inside people in the case as he wants the police and MCMC to conduct a thorough investigation first.

The UPSR English Language papers 014/1 and 014/2, already sat by the candidates, were cancelled while the sitting for the Science 018, 028 and 038 papers were postponed to Sept 30 together with the English subject papers after these exam papers were found to have been leaked.

Peninsular Malaysia property sales slowed down in 1st Half of 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Sales of properties in Malaysia slightly declined in the first half of 2014 despite the high demand due to the cooling measures announced by the government in Budget 2014, says the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association (Rehda).

Fateh Iskandar Mohamed Mansor
Its president Datuk Seri Fateh Iskandar Mohamed Mansor said among the key measures affecting the sales were the 70 per cent loan-to-value ratio, the impending implementation of the Goods and Services Tax and the higher real property gains tax as well as responsible lending guidelines introduced by Bank Negara.

Speaking at a media briefing on the findings of the Rehda Property Industry Survey 1H2014 yesterday, he said close to 90 per cent of respondents experienced a slowdown, although the numbers of unsold units were manageable.

He said although the Malaysian economy is growing, the property sector is facing difficulty now, with unreleased Bumiputera lots cited as the major problem besides low demand or interest in certain areas and odd corner or special lots.

GST will see reduction in prices should stimulate demand motor vehicles

Malaysian Automotive Institute
Malaysian Automotive Institute

KUALA LUMPUR: The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in 2015 should stimulate demand for vehicles with the reduction of prices due to the abolishment of the Sales and Services Tax (SST), said Malaysian Automotive Institute (MAI) chief executive officer (CEO) Mohamad Madani Sahari.

The SST of 10 per cent will be abolished on April 1, 2015 and replaced with the GST which is set at six per cent.

“This should stimulate demand for cars and we do not expect any major impact on prices due to the implementation of the GST,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the MAI-Lafarge Automotive and Logistics Safety Exhibition 2014 here.

Asked whether sales of vehicles would declined since consumers adopt a wait-and-see approach prior to the GST, Mohamad Madani said so far sales had shown positive growth in spite of that.

“The total industry volume (TIV) is better this year compared to last year driven by aggressive sales campaign by industry players,” he said.

“The TIV forecast for this year of 670,000 units has been renewed to 680,000 units,” he said.