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Taiping’s First Matta Fair


Taiping is noted for its many firsts in the country. It took another bold step by planning to organise the town’s first Malaysian Travel and Tour Agency (MATTA) Fair slated for December 21 to 23.

Taiping's First Matta FairThe event, jointly organised by the Taiping Tourist Association (TTA) and MATTA (Perak Chapter), is expected to attract about 60 exhibitors. It will be held at Raintown Plaza in Panorama Hotel, Jalan Kota. The fair will be among the highlights of the Taiping Fiesta coming at the tail end of Visit Perak Year 2012.

Taiping Tourism Association Chairman, Abdul Halim Yahaya, said the objective is to promote the town’s heritage attractions and nature destinations to local and foreign as well as first-time visitors. The selection of the dates is to coincide with the on-going Taiping Zoorama and Lake Gardens Carnival.

The fair has the tacit support of the state government, Tourism Malaysia, the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority, Taiping Municipal Council, Perak Tourist Association and is sponsored by mineral water giant, Spritzer.

Entrance is free. Among the attractions are lucky draws, stage shows, complimentary air tickets, travel and holiday packages, product discounts and special offers. There will be free shuttle services to ferry visitors from the Taiping Zoo to Raintown Plaza.

Executive Councillor for Tourism, Dato’ Hamidah Osman, will officiate at the launch.

Nirmal Ariyapala

Transfer of Technology Seminar and Exhibition


Perak Academy marked its 10th Anniversary by organising the Transfer of Technology Seminar and Exhibition 2012 in conjunction with Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) in Kinta RiverFront Hotel.

Transfer of Technology Seminar & ExhibitionIn his welcome address, Lee Chee Meng, Chairman Board of Governors, Perak Academy said that the aim of the seminar is to introduce investment opportunities available in the oil-palm based technologies. Consumption of oil palm has increased and there is growing competition from other producers. There are also other issues such as environmental, land use and labour shortage.

Dr A. Kushairi Din, MPOB Deputy Director General, informed the audience that more than 40 technologies related to oil palm plantations have been launched by the Board. They include farm mechanisation, biomass, biofuel, farm based food products, oleo chemicals and palm-related nutraceuticals (food products) which were displayed at the exhibition. It is up to the industry players and entrepreneurs to adopt the new technologies and commercialise the products. The seminar offers an opportunity to explore and discover new investment potentials.

Dato’ Hamidah Osman, Chairman, Committee for Investment who officially opened the seminar said that oil palm takes up about 70% of agricultural land use in the country and is the fourth largest contributor to the national economy. Perak is the third largest state in oil palm cultivation in Peninsular Malaysia and has the second largest number of smallholders.

Six papers were presented at the seminar highlighting various aspects of oil palm cultivation including livestock integration in the plantations.


Maids, Slaves or Saviours?


by Mariam Mokhtar

Thinking AllowedNoor, not her real name, returned to Indonesia to look after an ailing relative. Several months later, when the relative had recovered, Noor contacted her former employer to see if she could return to work. The employer sent her sufficient funds to cover her expenses for the journey from her village, and flight to Malaysia. Noor’s husband took this money and told her to take the cheaper crossing by boat. A distraught Noor phoned her employer to tell her she had arrived, but not at the airport. Many Indonesian women are easy prey – not just from members of their own family who see them as easy sources of income, but also from some Malaysians, who treat them like slaves.

Many Perak households function smoothly because of Indonesian women, several businesses would have difficulty operating without them, many of our market traders and small retail shops are manned by them, and the oil palm industry relies on them. The Indonesian worker, principally the domestic maid, can be a godsend or a bearer of grief.

Recently, the Indonesian authorities sought to dissuade her citizens from working as maids in Malaysia, following the latest scandal. The warning came after police freed 105 women, 95 of whom were Indonesians, six Filipinas and four Cambodians, who had been imprisoned against their will. By day, these women worked as housemaids and had been forced to work without pay; at night, they were locked away in a building.

Lessons have not been learnt despite a ban on Indonesian maids in 2009. Many of the women who seek employment in Malaysia face an uncertain future with little or no provision for their safety and well-being. A few endure poor working conditions.

Reports of Malaysian employers offering low wages, abuse and rape have deterred many Indonesian women. Although the 2009 ban has been lifted, thousands of women are believed to have been lured by promises of well paid jobs and entered the country illegally. Despite many press reports, Malaysian authorities have continued to fail to protect these women.

For years, the NGO Tenaganita has criticised the treatment of migrant workers, but instead of investigating their complaints, the Malaysian government has harassed its leader and accused her of sedition.

The ill-treatment of maids is not a new phenomenon, but our authorities are slow to resolve the points raised by concerned NGOs, the maids and employers. Complaints against maid agencies have increased, but the failure to investigate these companies has prompted cries of collusion in a major cover-up exercise by the authorities and agencies.

Thirty years ago, most domestic help was sourced locally. With education and industrialisation, many Malaysian women from the rural areas preferred to work in factories, light industry and the retail trade. They cited better wages and the ability to socialise as opposed to life as a live-in domestic, where freedom was curbed, wages were low and they had to toil from sunrise to midnight without decent breaks, or any days off.

Many employers say that having a maid frees-up their own time thus enabling the wife and mother freedom to work. Today, some households treat their maids as one of the family and years after they have parted company, both employer and employee keep in touch, paying visits to each other. In a few cases, the employers have become a godparent to the maid’s children.

Although a maid is a blessing, the downside is that some women have become totally dependent on their maids and have become lazy people, who spend very little time with their children. In some households, children have become spoilt and pampered, and rely on the maid to do everything for them.

Every enlightening story about maids is accompanied by an equal number of horror stories. Some maids get homesick and want to return as soon as they have arrived, some are too sickly or are not interested in working, whilst others run off.

In a few households, the man of the house has taken sexual advantage of the maid, in his wife’s absence. There have been cases of maids abusing babies and toddlers. More brazen maids will entertain male visitors, when their employers are at work.

Despite all the problems, Malaysia’s development could not have happened without the help of these foreign workers. We preferred migrant workers because they are willing to accept wages which are below the cost of living in Malaysia; however, this resulted in the exclusion of many Malaysians from the lower end of the labour market, with concomitant social problems.

If migrant workers were to down tools, our businesses would stop functioning, our households would be chaotic and market traders might have to scale down or cease operations altogether.

Many foreigners, especially from the west, are appalled at the treatment meted-out to some maids. On the other hand, Malaysians feel entitled to treat the maids as they please because they have provided a wage, food and accommodation.

If we would treat maids more like human beings and not modern slaves, the incidents of maid abuse would plummet. It is all a matter of attitude.

SeeFoon is served with heart and soul


musings on food - food reviewsby See Foon Chan-Koppen

I have been going to Citrus Wine and Dine since they opened in June 2005. Those were the early days when people would complain that they were located too far out of the mainstream dining areas, too quiet and unsafe at night, too…too…too, and as is typical of Ipohites, predicting doom and gloom for the restaurant.

Citrus Wine &  Dine
Simon and Erica Lee

    What people hadn’t reckoned with was the hardworking and enterprising husband and wife team behind the restaurant, Chef Simon Lee and his wife Erica. It’s been seven years since Citrus opened and in that time, I have watched this duo go from strength to strength.

I have always had a personal conviction that the most successful restaurants have chefs helming the kitchen. Having the spouse in the front of the house taking care of the service is a bonus and almost a sure recipe for success.

Citrus is a case in point. Their philosophy of “Cook with Heart and Serve with Soul” is embodied by Simon’s culinary skills and Erica’s deft handling of the service. Simon graduated at Shatec Singapore in 1990 and started working as the Commis Cook II at the Pan Pacific Hotel and was promoted to Demi Chef after working for three years. Then, he joined the Four Seasons Hotel as Banquet Sous Chef from 1994 to 2004. He was posted to Regent Auckland in 2005 for a year. He represented the Regent Auckland in a competition and obtained a Gold with Excellent for the Three Course Meal Presented Cold in New Zealand. He also represented Singapore as the National Team for the World Food Competition in Basel in 1998 where the Singapore team was the 1st runner up.

Citrus Wine &  DineWith that kind of culinary background and with his wife Erica by his side, Ipoh is fortunate to have a restaurant where food of a high international standard is offered at prices which will not burn a hole in one’s pocket. A case in point is their set lunch of: soup, choice of either chicken or pasta main course, dessert and drink for a very affordable price of RM19.90++. Some may scoff and complain that certain ala carte items are very pricey, as in the latest promotion of Master Kobe Ribeye at 100g for RM120, 150g for RM170 and 200g for RM210 or their Live Tasmanian Oyster at RM8 per piece, but when I last tasted the Kobe beef, which came in well glazed chunks, grilled to perfection, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Considering that anywhere else in the world, we’d be paying double or triple for the same portions I will venture to say that it was worth every bite.

Citrus Wine &  DineA recent dinner for the Ipoh branch of the International Wine and Food Society held in their banquet facilities with its two rooms which can cater to upwards of 100 people upstairs, saw us tucking into a lush Tapas appetizer that had the best fusion of Japanese and French nuances. Scallop Tartar with Iwashi Tatami, soba salad with Shimeji mushrooms, Foie Gras Terrine, Feta and Quick seared Tuna and Brie Cheese with dried fruit chutney; bite-sized portions of contrasting and complementary flavours, creating a symphony of tastes and textures. The main course was equally delectable, with a choice of grilled Australian Black Angus Tenderloin served with Wasabi mashed potato, pan seared Atlantic Cod fish with Hokkaido sea scallop, and grilled Espresso marinated Rack of Lamb with onion confit, each dish cooked to perfection and served as ‘eye candy’ with clever plating. The Sticky Date Pudding with Toffee Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream ended the meal with panache.

Citrus Wine &  DineDon’t be misled into thinking that Citrus only serves fancy fusion dishes. Their regular menu is a potpourri of reliable standard dishes. Their pasta is always al dente, and there is a choice of 10 different sauces to choose from ranging from the Aglio Oglio (olive oil and garlic) at RM15, the classic Spaghetti Bolognese with beef or chicken at RM18 to the Aglio Oglio with seafood at RM28 (my favourite) and with King Prawns at RM30.

Their Wild Mushroom Soup as a starter is always reliable and delectable at RM9.50 and I have always enjoyed their Golden Crab Cake served with mango salsa and garden greens – RM20. Sometimes when I want just a light meal, I would order their Thai Beef Salad which is a generous bowl of garden greens with juicy beef chunks tossed in a yummy Thai salad dressing – RM17.

The pièce de résistance for me at Citrus is their Foie Gras appetizer. This is one dish I would inevitably order everytime I go, high cholesterol notwithstanding and knowing that my doctor is shaking his head in sheer disapproval. Foie Gras or goose liver is a delicacy that is hard to come by and harder to prepare. Over done and it becomes hard and underdone, it is like eating bloody jelly. Here at Citrus, the goose liver is fried to the right degree of doneness, still pink on the inside and slightly charred on the edges, served with caramelized apples and a garden salad, it arrives, plated like a still life painting, tempting to the eye as well as to the palate – RM45.

The menu at Citrus is extensive with a dish to suit most tastes and palates. Christmas will see them offering a 4-course meal on Christmas Eve and Christmas day and night for RM93++. What caught my eye was the interesting Cream of Corn & Smoked Duck Chowder and there is choice of Turkey with all the traditional trimmings of Chestnut Mushroom Stuffing, Cranberry chutney and laced with Giblet sauce; Beef and Fish; ending with the divine Sticky Date Pudding.

Do hurry and make your reservations.

Citrus Wine &  DineCitrus Wine and Dine
38-42 Laluan Ipoh Perdana
Tel: 05 545 1010 – Erica: 012 527 1210
Closed: Mondays – Pork Free

Eye health - Dr S.S. Gill

Eye Myths or Facts

Resident Consultant Ophthalmologist, Hospital Fatimah Ipoh
Dr S.S. Gill

Ipoh Echo’s EYE HEALTH series continues with Consultant Eye Surgeon Dr S.S. GILL talking to us about EYE MYTHS AND FACTS.

The eyes are windows to the world around us. There are many myths that surround the eyes. You may not be blessed with perfect vision but you can take your blinkers off when it comes to eye-care. Here are some common myths about eye-care:

If you wear glasses, you get dependent on them

When you are prescribed a pair of spectacles to correct your vision because you have blurred vision, excessive use does not weaken your eyes. Wearing these prescription glasses allows you to see clearly and puts less strain on your eyes. It does not make you get dependent on the spectacles but rather, it just allows you to enjoy good vision.

Nothing can be done to prevent vision loss in old age

If you experience any eye symptoms such as blurred vision, eye pain, or floaters, do see a doctor. There are many causes of eyesight loss or blurring vision and most of them can be treated especially so if they are detected early enough. So, if you have blurring vision, seek professional help.Eye health - Dr S.S. Gill

Eating carrots improves vision

Will eating carrots all day long give you bionic eyes? Actually, it’s the overall DIET that’s important. Although carrots are foods that are high in Vitamin A and does play a role in maintaining eye health, having an excess of the vitamin does not enhance vision further. Foods like spinach, broccoli and dark green leafy vegetables can help the eyes. So, you do not have to be eating carrots like a rabbit.

 Reading in dim light is bad for you

Reading in dim light does not cause permanent harm to your vision but it can cause eye fatigue that can affect you significantly. It is best to avoid reading under dim light to avoid unnecessary eye fatigue. Going through the day results in enough fatigue in itself, so do the right thing and read under adequate lighting. If you do get tired, simply stop what you are doing for a while. The 20-20-20 rule is helpful – take a break every 20 minutes for about 20 seconds by looking at objects that are 20 feet away from you.

Working at a computer damages your eyes

When someone works on a computer, he or she tends to blink less times in one minute. This causes discomfort especially when you work with a computer for long. It is because the eye lubrication gets compromised, making the eyes less moist. The person’s eyes end up feeling dry, gritty and sometimes with a burning sensation.  Again, the key is to take a regular break in between computer work, applying the 20-20-20 rule. Applying moistening or lubricating eye drops do help. Avoid eye drops with antihistamines in them! Reducing the brightness of your monitor to a comfortable level is also helpful.

People with bad eyesight shouldn’t wear out their eyes by doing detailed work

If you have weak eyes, doing fine-print reading does not make them worse. The eye is not a muscle. The eye is like a camera. Therefore, it will not wear out just because you use it to take photographs that have fine detail.

Dr Gill will share more in the next issue of Ipoh Echo.

For more information, call Gill Eye Specialist Centre at Hospital Fatimah (05-5455582) or email gilleyecentre@dr.com.

FA Foreign Signings Finalised

FA Foreign Signings Finalised
Karim Nouani

Perak FA has confirmed the signing of defender Rafael Novais and forward Karim Rouani as their two foreign players for the 2013 football season.

  The Seladangs have been on a revamping mode since their dismal Malaysia Cup outing earlier this year. But despite making early initiatives to rebuild the squad, they had to rush to secure the two foreign players, as the registration period ended on Thursday, December 6.

With rumours linking them to players such as Frederic Mendy and John Carew, Perak secured their first foreign signing by snapping up former Bangkok Glass defender, Rafael Novais. The tall defender had previously played for Palmeiras and Rio Branco in 2009 and 2010, before making the move to Asia with Thai side, Buriram PEA.

The suspense heightened with Perak fans hoping for the signing of former West Ham player, John Carew, to fill the one remaining foreign slot. But as the negotiations faltered at the very last minute, Perak rushed to complete the signing of Karim Nouani, who was rejected by PKNS FC prior to this.

FA Foreign Signings Finalised
Azraai Khor

The French forward was previously playing for Budapest Honved in the Hungarian league before joining BEC Tero Sasana in the Thai league. However, Karim’s time there was cut short after a dispute with some club officials. And though there are doubts about his true form, Azraai Khor is optimistic about the prospects of Karim playing for Perak FA next year. “Karim certainly has the qualities of an excellent forward. I believe he’ll bond with the other players in due time,” said Azraai to reporters.

As for the man himself, Karim is certainly looking forward to playing in the Malaysian Super League after having heard plenty of positive things about it. “I was only with BEC Tero Sasana for six months, but I am looking forward to playing in the Malaysian Super League now. I hope I can play a lot of games for Perak and make a big impact on the team.”

As far as the Perak FA is concerned, their bid to shine in the 2013 season begins in earnest now. Preparations have already begun with players grouping-in for pre-season training in Ipoh. Azraai Khor has a much bigger challenge ahead. After the massive squad revamp, it will be interesting to see how he is going to find the right concoction to inspire the team forward.


Demand for High-End Properties in Ipoh a Reality


Known derogatorily as a “piss stop city”, Ipoh is rapidly developing over the past three years to the delight of property developers, owners and investors. New residential developments are fetching over a million ringgit per unit, something unheard of just a few years ago. Surprisingly, for a city with ample land, condominiums are much sought after too. The property market in Ipoh is more vibrant than what many thought.

 Views From Developers

Sunrise Palace Sdn Bhd recently launched Clearwater Bay Resort (Phase 2B) in Bandar Lahat Mines, Lahat with 26 units of 2½-storey Zero Bungalows. Standard lots are priced from RM1,088,880, and so far, twenty units have been booked. Although not a new developer in Ipoh, this is the company’s first million-ringgit residential development. According to company director Rodney Lee, the reason they decided to venture into the uncharted high-end residential market is because there is a demand for such properties. The majority of buyers of these million-ringgit Zero Bungalows are from Ipoh, while the rest are from Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, Sitiawan and Penang.

Demand for High-End Properties in Ipoh a Reality3When asked about the profile of buyers, Lee revealed that they are business people purchasing them for investment purposes. According to him, it is a good sign for property investors, as Ipoh property prices continue to rise. The reason properties here are selling “like hot cakes” is because properties in more developed cities like Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru are too highly priced. The unobstructed view of the nearby lake of Clearwater Bay Resort’s 2½-storey Zero Bungalows is a major selling point.

Taiko-Straits Developments Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Taiko Properties Sdn Bhd., is the developer of The Thompson Bungalows, along Jalan Tun Dr Ismail (formerly Thompson Road), which is right in the centre of Ipoh. Thirty eight out of the 47 available units (almost 81 per cent) are already sold, despite its hefty price tag of RM2.95 million and above.

Eunice Foo, manager of Taiko-Straits Developments Sdn Bhd, said that their buyers are mainly from Ipoh. They chose The Thompson Bungalows in order to upgrade their lifestyle. Others are foreigners from Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland and England, who bought them as holiday homes. A Japanese expatriate bought one for his family and was pleasantly surprised when the value of his property rose by almost RM500,000 within eight months!

The major selling points of The Thompson Bungalows are their strategic location and freehold land status. The other is its coveted neighbourhood. The name, “Thompson” too has an intrinsic advantage.

One of the early high-end gated-community developers in Ipoh, Megayear Corporation Sdn Bhd, sold out all 15 of its million-ringgit bungalows in Taman Tawas Idaman. Company director Rave Lim decided to venture into the high-end market upon acquiring the company from his father, because he wanted to bring the concept of upscale living to Ipohites. It is not a surprise that all 15 buyers are from Ipoh. They like the contemporary concept and the security that Tasek Square Residence offer. The value of houses has since appreciated by 20%.

Riding on the success of The Enclave, Anjung Hijau Sdn Bhd owned by KAB Group who also owns the IMPIANA group of hotels, launched Enclave 11 a few months ago. Sales have been brisk with almost 50 per cent of its units sold.

Francis Chung
Francis Chung

According to Francis Chung, IMPIANA Group’s Executive Director Corporate Strategies and Hotel Operations, who also oversees the Sales and Marketing activities of Anjung Hijau Sdn Bhd, The Enclave is located at the best prime address in Ipoh – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah or better known as “Tiger Lane”. It is the “Bangsar of Ipoh”.

Chung said that upgrading to The Enclave is a natural progression for any property buyers looking for a premier address. Besides, Anjung Hijau is one of the first developers to introduce modern and innovative designs that were previously only found in the Klang Valley.

Peter Chan, Chief Executive Officer of Superboom Projects Sdn Bhd, the developer of The Haven Lakeside Residences, stressed that Ipoh property market is playing catch up with more developed cities in Malaysia and there is still plenty of room for appreciation. With its laid back lifestyle and fresh air, Ipoh is a very attractive city to live in. Many people bypass Ipoh and do not appreciate what it offers; hence, the city has been underrated thus far.

Chan shared that about 50 per cent of purchasers of The Haven are from Ipoh, while 25 per cent are from outside of the city. The rest are foreigners buying as holiday homes. When asked why these buyers opted for condominium-living, he said, “They want the security and the vast range of facilities that we offer. Moreover, the natural surroundings appeal to them.” The Haven Lakeside Residences are slated to complete by the third quarter of 2013.

Demand for High-End Properties in Ipoh a Reality5 Views From Property Valuers

Thoo Sing Choon, Director of Jordan Lee and Jaafar Sdn Bhd said that not only are people buying million-ringgit homes, they are also willing to pay a huge sum of money to purchase old houses, demolish and rebuild them according to their taste and design.

A fine example is Canning Garden, an upper-middle-class residential area in Ipoh, where facilities and services are already in place. He said, “Canning Garden is in a prime location, a short distance from city centre. Compared to newer housing developments, this area is not secluded, with easy access to the North-South Expressway. Although land size is relatively small, averaging between 5000 to 6000 sq ft, houses here are currently going at a minimum rate of RM100 psf.”

Director of Landmark Valuers & Consultants, Loh Nyit Mee, identified prestige as the deciding factor for this group of buyers who are rebuilding houses in older residential areas, like Housing Trust. The others are infrastructure and accessibility.

D.Henrey Arther
D.Henrey Arther

The Principal of D.Henry Valuers Realtor, D.Henrey Arther, was of the opinion that it is a seller’s market for high-end properties in Ipoh. Buyers are willing to purchase for the location, especially if it is a gated and guarded neighbourhood within an affluent area. The reason why purchasers relocate themselves to older residential areas, according to Henrey, is because of the freehold land status and secured neighbourhood.

 Discerning Buyers

With improving lifestyle, it is little wonder that high-end properties in Ipoh are selling like hot cakes. Most of the buyers of such properties are from Ipoh, some worked overseas and are back to replant roots and to retire here, while a smaller number of buyers are foreigners looking for a second, or retirement home. The costs of living and housing in Ipoh are relatively cheaper compared to other major cities in Malaysia.

Buyers of Ipoh’s high-end properties are very discerning. They look for security, quality, space, sports and recreational facilities within their community. Demanding they may be, they are willing to pay good money for these conveniences in a modern-concept neighbourhood, especially one with an alluring address.

Francis Chung of IMPIANA Group stressed that Ipoh is the perfect city for retirees and young married couples. He said, “I strongly believe there is a huge potential for the property market here, especially developments that are strategically located. Ipoh is just two hours away from Kuala Lumpur by road or rail. Shopping centres and private hospitals are just within ten minutes’ drive from city centre. And there is an international school to cater to the expatriate community.”

He added, “The average price of high-end landed properties in prime locations in Ipoh is between RM400-RM480 psf, whereas it is between RM800-RM1200 psf in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor.”

 Bubble or Boom?

The upscale housing market in Ipoh may seem all rosy at this point in time, but is the Ipoh residential property market in a bubble or is it a normal housing boom?

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an officer with a leading bank who is in charge of housing loans does not think that there is a bubble. The increase in land value along with costs of building materials and workmanship, plus strong demand from both local and foreign buyers, contribute to the increase in prices of high-end condominiums and houses.

If at all an economic meltdown happens, purchasers would have to bear the consequences and continue servicing their housing loans. There is, however, the option to refinance or reschedule repayment.

And since the majority of buyers of upscale properties are from the moneyed class, chances of them going bust are unlikely. They buy the properties based on several factors; perceived value and the prestige the properties offer them. And having made a life-time commitment, there is little likelihood they will retract.

Healy Mac’s Officially Opened

Healy Mac's official opening event.
Healy Mac’s official opening event.

Healy Mac’s Irish Bar and Restaurant at Greentown held their official opening recently.

(left photo,l-r) Irishmen Liam Healy  (2nd from left) Dato Bro Vincent, Jerry Galvin. (right photo l-r) Bryan Fogerty with friend Titus.
(left photo,l-r) Irishmen Liam Healy (2nd from left) Dato Bro Vincent and Jerry Galvin. (right photo l-r) Bryan Fogerty with friend Titus.

With premises packed to the gills, several Irish were present that evening such as Healy Mac’s proprietor Liam Healy seated together with his brother John, cousin Vivian, Jerry Galvin, Healy Mac’s manager and Bryan Fogerty from Galway, Ireland currently based at Tronoh.

Patrons in Irish accessories add to the atmosphere.
Patrons in Irish accessories add to the atmosphere.

Undoubtedly the most prominent Irishman present that night was Dato’ Brother Vincent Corkery who did the honours of cutting the ribbon and officially opening the restaurant.

(l-r) Regular couples Danis and Howell at Healy Mac...'enjoy the food here'
(l-r) Regular couples Danis’s and Howell’s at Healy Mac’s…’enjoy the food and ambience here’

As the night wore on, in the lilt of Irish laughter you actually could hear the angels sing with smiling eyes to steal your heart away.


Coronation Cup 2012


The most prestigious annual classic race for Class 1 horses, the Coronation Cup, was raced over a 1600-metre long course on Sunday, November 25 at the Perak Turf Club (PTC).

Coronation Cup 2012The 2010 Cup winner, “Speed Baby“ of Golden Knight Stable owned by Beh Chin Pheng and ridden by jockey Azhar Ismail, was the runaway winner this year. The horse won by 1¼ lengths from its runner-up. South African Kevin Coetzee was the trainer.

The Coronation Cup Race was inaugurated in 1985 to honour HRH Sultan Azlan Shah, on his installation as Sultan of Perak. It carries PTC’s highest stakes money of RM700,000 together with a golden challenge trophy.

At the prize presentation ceremony, where trophies and prizes were given away for the Coronation Cup as well as the Perak Turf Club Charity Cup, 52 charitable organisations and homes were presented with donations amounting to RM200,000.

Beneficiaries included the Red Crescent Society (Perak), Vision Home, Kelab Orang Berida Perak, Persatuan Warga Istimewa Perak, and Persatuan Penganut Sri Muniswarar Ipoh.


Peter Chan Bags Another Award


The Haven IpohIt is definitely an acknowledgement of sorts for Peter Chan’s onerous struggle to put Ipoh and, in default, Perak, on the world map. His project, the Haven Lakeside Residences in Tambun earned him another prestigious property award recently. And this time around it is not the run-of-the mill “back-patting” award that is reserved for those who tow the line for some inexplicable reasons.

The Editors Choice Property Awards, incidentally, is given to projects, services, companies or personalities which editors feel have contributed to the betterment of the property market over that particular year. The editors who do the bidding are from publications that dabble in properties, namely the Malaysian Reserve, Get Real of the Malay Mail and the independent Property Times.my. Their credentials are significantly attractive to warrant their views and comments in arriving at a conclusive decision on the winners of the award.

The Editors Choice 2012 Property Awards was held at the ballroom of the Sunway Resort and Spa in Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya on Friday, November 23. Peter was one of the winners in the Personalities and Companies category, one of the four in contention. He bagged the Best Perak Developer Award thus proving his temperament as a developer of standing in Perak. The fact that he had won the same award not once but twice is an excellent endorsement of his ability to meet challenges head-on.

The selection of winners is a rigorous process that involves the evaluation of reports plus onsite inspections of properties before a conclusive decision is made. Past and present articles written on the short-listed properties are a major criterion in the selection process. The fact that property publications took the trouble to highlight Peter’s Haven Lakeside Residences vis-à-vis its role in preserving the environment is proof of his insistence on quality and adherence to local needs. Peter Chan’s achievement in a market marked by uncertainties peculiar to Ipoh is the icing on top of the cake. Suffice to say that he has come a long way to be where he is today. The Haven Lakeside Residences in Tambun should no longer be viewed with askance.

Kudos Peter, you have done Perak proud.