Monthly Archives: August 2011

Marketing Executive

  • Marketing Degree an advantage
  • Must be eager & enthusiastic
  • Fresh graduates with no previous marketing experience are also encouraged to apply
  • On-the-Job training provided
  • Basic salary + Commission + phone & travel allowance
  • Must be fluent in English and Chinese – other languages would be an advantage
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No. 1,  Jalan Lasam, 30350 Ipoh.

Canning Constituency Gets 700 New Postal Voters


The state constituency of Canning registered over 700 new postal voters in the 2nd quarter of this year.

Its assemblyman Wong Kah Woh said he obtained the data following a survey done for the Parlimentary constituency of Ipoh Timor conducted by him recently. The Parlimentary constituency comprises Pasir Puteh, Tebing Tinggi and Canning, all of which registered more voters

Canning Assemblyman Wong Kah Woh with the list of new postal voters

However for Canning the increase was close to 700 new registered postal voters who had changed their addresses to Canning from April to June this year. These new postal voters reflected an over 70% increase. Wong is questioning this data saying that the process of a voter changing his address is tedious and is questioning the accuracy of the data.

Perak State Election Director Hj Ahmad Adli Abdullah

Responding to Wong’s query, Director of Perak Election Office Hj Ahmad Adli bin Abdullah said the procedure for transfer of address is “standard, which is to fill the relevant document and hand it over to the appointed registration officer for due process. The only difference is that armed forces personnel fill up a different form. He said if Wong has any inquiries he could submit an objection request whereby the department will do a check”

Meru Desa Park Offers Good Investment


How would you like to own a property just a stone’s throw away from the modern and efficient township of Meru Raya – the “Mini Putrajaya of Ipoh”?

Meru Properties Sdn. Bhd. is embarking on a mixed development of commercial shop-houses and residences on its Meru Desa Park, which is within the vicinity of 22 government departments, central bus terminal, Mydin hypermarket, hotels and Tenby International School, which will start construction in early 2012.

It is also easy access to the North-South Highway, Meru Valley Golf & Country Club, Chemor and Sungai Siput (N).

At its 1 Avenue site, there will be three types of shop-houses, totalling 92 units. The 3-storey shops, facing frontage – costing RM788,800 onwards; 2-storey shops, facing commercial complex – costing RM688,800 onwards and 3-storey dual frontage shops with covered pedestrian walkway – costing RM788,800 onwards.

Also at the Meru Desa Park, the company will develop gated and guarded residences with club-house facilities and 24-hour security with CCTV cameras on every street. This residential project consists of super size Double Storey Terrace Houses of 24’ x 90’, costing RM308,800 onwards and 80 units double-storey semi-detached and 24 units detached houses.

Buyers for terrace houses only pay 10% and the balance by VP. Terms and conditions apply. All legal fees and disbursement on SPA and Loan will be borne by the developer and zero interest during the construction period.

Jerry Francis

A Good Samaritan


I am in every way an old-fashioned man and hold strongly to my religious beliefs. Kindness will be rewarded with kindness and evil with evil, for it is predestined. After being around for three scores and a half and having seen how modernity affects the way we live and interact, I tend to be a little sceptical of people, no matter how well-meaning they may be. But one event, which happened recently, where I was an unwilling participant, has impacted my feelings for my fellow human beings.

I was about to leave for work from my house in First Garden one morning when the house bell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone, not early in the morning. I opened the door and saw a Malay couple in front of my gate. The wife was in a white nurse’s uniform. Obviously, she must be a nurse attached to the General Hospital. The husband, in a brownish outfit, introduced himself as Wan, an officer with a state-linked company.

In the man’s palm was a black leather wallet. It looked familiar. After ascertaining the identity of the owner, Wan handed the wallet to me. It belonged to my son, Jake. Wan found the wallet on the pavement along Jalan Sultan Idris Shah in downtown Ipoh. I checked the contents, all his personal documents, credit cards and RM500 in cash were intact.

I was lost for words. Never in my wildest dream would someone return a lost wallet, let alone trace the owner to his house. I thanked Wan profusely, took a RM50 note from my son’s wallet and offered him a reward. Wan refused it flatly insisting that it was his moral duty to return something which was not his. The couple were soon gone.

It took me awhile to regain my composure. How much have I underestimated the magnanimity and generosity of human beings, especially of Malaysians? In moments of angst there are still people who would walk the extra mile for the well being of others. It is totally unexpected.

Encik Wan, whoever you are, you made my day.

Ah Chin

Honouring Foo Yet Kai


Foo Yet Kai

Family members, friends and community leaders gathered at Lee Garden in Ipoh recently to honour the memory of well-known local businessman philanthropist Foo Yet Kai who was killed in his house during a robbery fifty years ago.

At the ceremony Dato’ Foo Wan Kien related in moving language how as a teenager in London he was rushed back to Ipoh with the message that his father had been shot. He described making the long journey back not knowing whether his father was dead or alive. Narrating the values his father lived by, he said that these values still continue to live in the family which remains totally united.

Dato’ Foo Wan Kien

The tribute paid to Foo Yet Kai by the many who spoke during the ceremony bore testimony to the greatness of this man. Considering that his life was cut short at the early age of 55 it is truly remarkable how much he managed to achieve.

The story of Foo Yet Kai is an inspiring story of from rags to riches. Born in Batu Gajah in 1907, when his father died when he was three, he moved to Yunting village in Fujian, China, with his mother. He spent the next 15 years in the village in abject poverty. Even then he is said to have demonstrated boldness and leadership earning the title ‘big brother’ amongst his peers. There is the story of him during the civil war, when only 11, confronting soldiers attempting to pillage his house, earning their respect and saving his home.

In 1924, at the age of 18, he returned to Malaya and began working in a tin mine under his uncle.  With the experience he had acquired he began his own mines. An entrepreneur at heart, soon after achieving success in mining he ventured into other businesses ending with significant investments in finance, property, timber and plantations.

He took great interest in the community, holding important positions in several associations. He was the first president of the Perak Yunting Association formed in 1947 and was the president of the Perak Kheh Association in 1955.

But most of all he was a philanthropist. He bought the Chung Thye Phin Villa and allowed the Sisters of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood to convert and run it as a hospital. Known as Our Lady’s hospital it operated between 1964 and 1983. It is now known as the Kinta Medical Centre.

In the field of education, in addition to making generous donations to several educational institutions in 1958, he led the setting up of Shen Jai High School.

Banjaran Muhibbah Dinner


Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh has concocted an appropriate dinner spread specially for its customers, ahead of Merdeka and Malaysia Day. It is a mixture of cuisines of the Malays, Chinese and Indians and is aptly named, Muhibbah Sunset Dinner Buffet. The highlights of the spread are the Perak-styled beef rendang of the Malays, the Indian traditional lamb varuval and the famous Chinese wok-fried Lumut flower crab. The menu comes with a good mix of local desserts which include bubur kacang merah, lin chee kang with lotus seed and Malay and nonya kuih and keseri. The dinner buffet is available at the Pomelo Restaurant from August 8 to September 16 between 7.00 to 9.00 p.m. Price RM85++ (Adult) and RM42++ (children 12 years and below). Call 05-2107777 for enquiries and reservations.

TAJ College launches its Racing Team


TAJ College officially launched its racing team with the motto ‘Safety First, Last and Always’. Mohd Azad Jasmi, Executive Director of the College, said that the college does not only emphasise academic qualification but also provides practical experience. It is as an extension of the college’s Automobile Engineering course. The drivers are trained in driving skills and practice in Kampong Gajah and Sepang tracks.

The aim is to promote sports tourism and the team would be a Flagship of Perak. The team would participate in local tournaments as well as those organised in the Asia Pacific Region. Perak Tourism Board has agreed to promote the team and give it publicity.

Dato’ Zainol Fadzi bin Haji Paharudin, chairman of state Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, officially launched the team by unveiling the sports car. He added that the initiative by the college would be a catalyst for others in the state to promote sports tourism. His department would support the team and wished it success.


Motivating the Orang Asli


Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan’s (YBU) efforts in connecting with the Orang Asli community continues with yet another motivational course in Langkawi recently. This time around, the foundation has the tacit support of Yayasan Perak and the Perak Education Department. The 5-day course, held at a renowned resort in Kuah, Langkawi, was attended by 117 primary school students from the community. Dato’ Zainal Abidin Omar, Chief Executive Officer of YBU, officiated at the opening ceremony. The reason for having the course in Langkawi said Dato’ Zainal was to provide them the opportunity to see the country. The island resort was chosen for its popularity and appeal. Zainal stressed the importance of education and how it could ensure one’s future. “You’ll be looked upon by your community and be a role model for the rest to emulate,” he reminded the young participants. He warned them regarding the dangers caused by truancy and how such negative behaviour would affect them. Present at the programme launch was the General Manager of Yayasan Perak, Dato’ Jamil Mat Kasa. The participants were later taken on a sight-seeing tour of the island.


Dr Lee Mun Wai - Retinal Surgeon’s Perspective

Eye Chat – from a Retinal Surgeon’s Perspective


Dr Lee Mun Wai

Welcome to the inaugural column on eye care from the perspective of Dr. Lee Mun Wai, Perak’s only fellowship-trained retinal surgeon. This column will serve as a forum for the discussion of eye diseases with an emphasis on the impact and treatment of diseases of the retina.

What is the Retina?

The retina is a light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye and is responsible for converting light rays into electrical impulses which are then transmitted to the brain for interpretation as images. If you think of the eye as a camera and the retina as the film of a camera, you will understand how a healthy intact retina is vital for normal vision.

Floaters in field of vision

What are floaters and what are their effects?

Floaters are specks, clouds or cobwebs moving in your field of vision and most often seen when looking at a plain background like a wall or the sky.

While floaters look as if they are moving outside the eye, they are actually tiny clumps of vitreous (gel-like substance) inside the eye. As we age, the vitreous thins and shrinks forming clumps and pulling away from the back wall of the eye; this is called a posterior vitreous detachment. Sometimes, as the vitreous pulls on the retina, one may experience flashes of light as well.

What causes a retinal detachment?

Partial loss of vision

In the vast majority of people with floaters, a posterior vitreous detachment is the cause and this is usually of no consequence. The floaters become less apparent with time and no treatment is usually necessary.

In some people, when the vitreous pulls on the retina, a tear can develop and this can eventually lead to a retinal detachment. This is the separation of the nerve layer of the retina from the wall of the eye. Somebody with a retinal detachment would also see floaters and flashes but in addition to that, there would be an initial partial loss of vision and if left untreated, this would progress to a total loss of vision.

Who is more likely to get retinal detachment?

People aged over 50 are at increased risk of developing a retinal detachment. Other risk factors include very short-sighted people (more than 600 degrees), people who have had previous eye injury or eye surgery and people with certain inherited conditions (such as Stickler’s or Marfan’s syndrome).

How is retinal detachment treated?

Surgery is the mainstay of treatment for retinal detachment. The procedure is usually performed by a retinal specialist – an ophthalmologist who has undergone advanced training in medical and surgical treatment of retinal disorders.

Generally, the sooner the retina is reattached, the better the chances that vision can be restored.  There are several procedures which can be used to treat a retinal detachment – pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckling and vitrectomy. More will be covered in future when Surgical Management of Retinal Diseases will be discussed.

Can you prevent a retinal detachment?

Unfortunately, with age being a significant risk factor, it is impossible to prevent or predict who is going to develop a retinal detachment. It is important however, to recognise the warning signs of floaters and flashes as potential harbingers of a serious visually threatening disease. This is particularly true for individuals who are at increased risk such as highly short-sighted people or those who are involved in contact sports. Early presentation to a retinal specialist could be vital to prevent further visual loss and hopefully restore vision.

Contact: Lee Eye Centre, Ipoh
Tel: 05-2540095

MBI Wins Hockey League


The Ipoh Hockey League Championship 2011 ended on an awesome note, thanks to the brilliant performance of the finalists in both the divisions at the Azlan Shah Hockey Stadium on Sunday, July 31.

The final in Division One between MBI and Perak Sikh Union (PSU) ended with a 2-2 draw at full time. However, MBI became champion with a golden goal scored during extra time.

“After five long years of trying we finally won. Hopefully, we can maintain this form for next year’s championship,” said MBI coach, Dalbir Singh.

In Division Two, the final between Teachers’ Team and Tsuyoi Club ended in a 2-2 deadlock at full time. The match was similarly decided by a golden goal during extra time in favour of the Teachers’ Team.

“I’m satisfied with the team’s performance and hope the victory will spur the players to greater heights,” said the team’s coach to Ipoh Echo.

A total of 15 teams took part in this year’s league, which stretched for a period of a month. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Gurdeep Perkash Singh, Patron of PSU and President of Old Andersonian Club, Dato’ Anuar Hassan, gave away the prizes.