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Flying Fox Maiden Flight Postponed.


11 Dec 13-001

Flying Fox Airways maiden flight to Medan, Indonesia scheduled for Friday 13 December has been postponed.

The announcement of the postponement was informed to the media by Flying Fox CEO Daniel Lee at a press conference held at his office barely 48 hours before its maiden flight touchdown

According to Lee he was informed in late November by the relevant authority to postpone the flight ‘for the time being as Sultan Azlan Shah Airport can only cater forATR-72 aircraft’ which is currently being used by Firefly Airlines.

Flying Fox Airways uses Boeing 737-400 aircraft and has a seating capacity of 160 passengers. Its flight schedule for December is two times per week increasing to 4x per week in January and daily by June.

Lee’s immediate task now was to reimburse customers who had purchased their tickets.

Meantime a spokesman from the Ministry of Transport when contacted stated that the runway is being upgraded and the flight has been postponed for safety reasons. The upgrading work tentatively would take four months to complete

Ipoh Airport including its runway was recently upgraded at a cost of RM42 million. It was completed in November 2012.


Mayor Bids Farewell


Mayor Bids Farewell

Ipoh City Council honoured media representatives with a dinner on Friday, November 22. The event, held at newly opened Symphony Suites along Jalan Gopeng, Ipoh, was attended by over 200 reporters, photographers and staff of news agencies in Ipoh.

It was a fitting occasion for all as the dinner was also to honour the mayor, Dato’ Roshidi Hashim, who will retire on January 2, 2014 after having helmed the Ipoh City Council for over five years.

Colour and pomp were deliberately added by the organisers led by the Council’s Public Relations Officer, Mohd Shahrizal, who insisted that attendees turn up in their most glamorous outfits to match the occasion.

The Academy Award lookalike event was accentuated with a pre-dinner red carpet welcome complete with a brief interview session at the foyer of the hotel.

Fathol Zaman Bukhari of Ipoh Echo spoke on behalf of the media representatives, as a prelude to the welcoming speech by the mayor. Roshidi was visibly moved by the overwhelming response, as most of the reporters were well acquainted with this affable man. He recounted his experiences helming the Council during his tenure as mayor and how the media had played a pivotal role in relaying his messages to Ipohites.

“I am truly indebted to you all,” he said. “For without you where would I be?” It struck a chord with the audience who gave the mayor a rousing applause for his honesty.

The dinner ended at almost midnight after prizes and gifts were given away.


Casuarina Is Back


Casuarina Is Back

Casuarina, one of Ipoh’s pioneer business-class hotel brands, is back, this time in the new township of Bandar Meru Raya.

Its management recently unveiled its best kept secret to members of the press – their convention centre, the first in Ipoh. This large, pillarless hall, now named Meru Raya Convention Centre (MRCC) has a theatre-style seating capacity of 2500 people or 150 to 170 round tables.

Casuarina@Meru also has an indoor exhibition area that can accommodate at least twenty booths of the standard size of 3ft x 3ft.

Strategically located in the heart of Bandar Meru Raya and just within walking distance from Terminal Amanjaya and Mydin Hypermarket, this 12-storey boutique, premier business-class hotel has a total of 150 guest rooms and suites, all tastefully crafted with an impeccable modern contemporary concept.

The hotel offers five room categories from Standard at a promotional rate of RM168 to Designer at RM488 per night. Promotional rates are valid from now until January 29, 2014. With the aim of making guests feel at home away from home, patrons can expect comfort in addition to a choice of a 24-hour coffee house, patisserie and club lounge.

Owned by Perak State Government’s Perak Corporation Bhd, the hotel also offers a business centre equipped with private workstation, internet, teleconferencing, fax and courier facilities, in addition to secretarial support service.



A Quality Lifestyle in the Heart of Ipoh



Fancy rubbing shoulders with the elite in Ipoh? Waking up to bird calls and the serenity of nature and still be at the shopping malls and supermarkets in mere minutes? Walking or jogging to the Polo Ground, going for a dip at the Royal Perak Golf Club and finishing off with a game of golf later in the day? Then, SE7EN @ Tun Dr Ismail is the residential address for you.

For those who are looking for something exclusive, SE7EN will be setting a new benchmark for luxurious living in Ipoh. With just 37 exclusive units in a low density 5-storey building on 1.55 acres of freehold land, SE7EN offers unparalleled quality living in the heart of Ipoh.

Each unit is painstakingly designed to ensure comfort and privacy. A fully-equipped designer kitchen with the assurance of German precision in their TEKA appliances, provides you with the option to cook up a storm. Other quality fittings include Daikin air-conditioners for full air-conditioned comfort, Hansgrohe bathroom fixtures and Hager light switches.


A choice of 1,400-3,500 sq. feet units all with 12-foot high ceilings await the discerning few while security keycard access and 24-hour security service will afford peace of mind to SE7EN’s residents.

While recreational facilities may appear to be limited, SE7EN offers an irresistible package that includes individual transferable membership at the Royal Perak Golf Club for every purchase of a unit. This membership not only gains you entry to one of the most prestigious golf clubs in Perak but with its international affiliations to the Royal Selangor Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, the Singapore Island Country Club and the Royal Hong Kong Golf Club, access to recognition and acceptance is but a flash of your card away when you travel.


With the Sultan Azlan Shah International Airport a 5-minute drive away and daily flights to Singapore offering you a world of connectivity, SE7EN is ideally situated for a quality lifestyle. And in the unfortunate event  of a health emergency, private hospitals like Perak Community Specialist Hospital, KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital, Pantai Hospital Ipoh and Hospital Fatimah are mere minutes away to cater to your healthcare needs.

SE7EN is ideal for those considering settling in Malaysia under Tourism Malaysia’s Malaysia My Second Home Programme.


Annual Coronation Gala Dinner


Perak Turf Club

The annual Coronation Gala Dinner, one of the most glittering and glamorous functions organised by the Perak Turf Club (PTC) in conjunction with the Coronation Cup race meeting, was held at the Grand Ballroom of Syuen Hotel on Friday, November  22.

It was held in honour of HRH Sultan Azlan Shah,  on the occasion of the 28th anniversary celebration of his installation as the Sultan of Perak.

Some one thousand invited guests, from the diplomatic service, high court judges, heads of government departments, business entrepreneurs, and those from the racing fraternity,  such as officials, owners and jockeys from Malaysia and abroad attended the dinner.

Chairman of Perak Turf Club, Tan Sri V. Jeyaratnam, in his speech, reminded guests of the Club’s tradition of donating for the betterment of the needy and the impoverished in Perak. “We’re quick to respond to national and world disasters and will donate generously as it’s part of our corporate social responsibility.”

Guests were entertained by a series of performances during the dinner. Wowing them were Malaysia’s very own Anita Mui who belted out popular Cantonese numbers from the 1980s, Bollywood talents Mast Millennium Dancers and top amateur Latin dance couple from Russia, Alexander Andreichev and Kristina Nikitorova, who kept the audience spell-bound.


National Horse Show


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The National Horse Show (NHS) is in town again this month and will be held on the grounds of the Perak Turf Club Equestrian Centre at Jalan Kelab Golf, Ipoh adjacent to the Perak Turf Club from December 5 to 8.  +

The four-day NHS event of equestrian sports will feature sports and farrier (person who shoes horses) competitions, exhibitions, carriage and pony rides as well as various fun programmes and activities for children. A trade expo (with individual booths) and local hawker food fair will also be available.

The main activity throughout the four-day event will be the equestrian sports competitions. These include show jumping, dressage (where the horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements) and derby events such as the cross country where participants will lead their horse through an obstacle course which includes water features.

According to Perak Turf Club General Manager Soo Lai Kwok, equestrian sports is a recognized Olympic event. As such this NHS is a government-sponsored event funded by the Totalisator Board of Malaysia and the Ministry of Finance.

The annual National Horse Show is organised in turn by the Turf Clubs of Penang, Selangor and Perak to encourage young Malaysians to participate in equestrian sports.

It is the biggest equestrian event on the equestrian sports calendar and draws competitors from all over Malaysia and abroad. The Singapore Turf Club and Bukit Kiara Equestrian Resort are participants in this year’s event. A total of 200 participants including officials will be participating this year.

Besides the pony and carriage rides, one of the fun activities this year will be the Man vs Horse Race. It is a 100-metre dash with the man given a handicap of 30 metres in front of the horse. According to Soo, there will be athlete sprinters taking part and should be a hilarious spectacle.

Another interesting equestrian activity this year is the rides for the disabled. Special saddles and harnesses will allow the disabled to sit atop a big horse which will provide a sense of achievement and confidence and be one of the main highlights for them.

The event will start on Thursday December 5 with the competitions. The official opening will be on Friday 6 December at 9.30am. Being the school holidays the weekends are anticipated to be busy. Entrance to the show and parking is all free, hence Ipohites are encouraged to visit the activities.


“Nasi Ganja” Outlet Reopens



Mari-mari makan Nasi Ayam Masak Merah

Restoran Nasi Ayam Masak Merah, popularly referred to as “Nasi Ganja”, at Jalan Yang Kalsom, Ipoh reopened for business on Monday, November 18, three days after a close-down order for “preparing food in an unhygienic environment”.

The outlet was ordered to close for two weeks by the Kinta District Health Department following a joint operation with Ipoh City Council, the Perak Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Department and the Perak Immigration Department on Thursday, November 14.

Mohd Nihmatullah (left) abided by all the Health Department requirements.

Restaurant manager, Mohd Nihmatullah Syed Mustafa, said he had immediately complied with the close-down order. Officials from the district health department returned on Sunday, November 17 for an inspection and, having found that conditions imposed were met, gave their approval for a reopening.

State Health Director, Dato’ Dr Nordiyanah bt Hj Hassan, when contacted said that so long as the outlet complied with all requirements it could reopen straight away.

The long queue was ‘conspicuously’ missing

According to Nihmatullah, the owner cleaned up the kitchen and abided by other health requirements, which included installing a new refrigerator. The overall cost was about RM10, 000.

During lunchtime on re-opening day, Monday, November 18, the long queue was conspicuously missing. Despite this, the restaurant was packed. Unlike before, it was a lot easier to find a seat.


Nihmatullah said that business was 40 percent below usual but he was happy, as many of his regular customers were present. “It’ll take sometime for normalcy to return,” he added.

Ang Kuang Ngiap, the proprietor of Yong Suan Coffee Shop, was glad that the whole episode was over. “The nasi kandar outlet has been with the shop since we started business in 1959 and when it was ordered to close we have to close too.”

Regular customer for 20 years,  Lee (2nd from right) with friends. “we will keep coming”

Mr Lee, a regular customer, said, “My friends and I have been eating at this restaurant for over 20 years. We’ll keep coming no matter what happened.”



Way Beyond Ketupat and Kimchi

Ketupat and Kimchi a wonderful cultural presentation

Ketupat is to Malaysia what Kimchi is to Korea. The culture and taste may be different but when brought together the beauty and joy each culture exudes is still a wonderful experience. Such was the cultural experience that was evident at the cultural extravaganza “Beyond Ketupat and Kimchi, Celebrating Our Cultural Inheritance” a Korean and Malaysian cultural dance presentation.

Cultural exchange. (left photo. l-r) Malaysian artist Khor, Howard Lee, Korea artist Josh Kim and Korea Embassy Secretary Chung. (right photo) Danielle Liang presenting certificates.

The presentation was organised by event company ‘The Brain Truster’ led by Danielle Liang and ‘Prospect’ an NGO headed by State Assemblyman for Pasir Pinji, Howard Lee Chuan How. Second Secretary & Consul Embassy of the Republic of Korea Chung Chi Won drove down from Kuala Lumpur to grace the event that evening.

Korean national dance team Branch 2 Dance.

Korean national dance team Branch 2 Dance performed the traditional Korean dances while MBI’s dance team Gema Warisan Budaya presented traditional Malaysian dances. While the Korea dances were graceful, steeped with traditional meaning and even romantic the Malaysian performances were upbeat but equally graceful.

According to Liang of The Brain Truster the purpose of organizing the event was to create awareness for cultural heritage preservation to which there was an abundance of culture and art that night.

Korean artist Josh Kim with some of his work.

At the foyer of the Town Hall where the event was held was an art exhibition featuring works by Korean artist Josh Kim Tae Hoo.

An abundance of culture and art in one night. Top left photo,  local artists Kenji Wong and Khor Seow Hee.

Local well known artist Khor Seow Hee displayed his works while young local artist Kenji Wong presented his ‘installation art’ abstract creations which were quite evocative.

The finale for the night was the Malaysia Joget number where both troupes danced together for a truly “Muhibbah” experience.

A ‘Muhibbah’ finale

Beyond Ketupat and Kimchi held two performances, the first at Penang PAC. According to Lee of Prospect this cultural presentation will be an annual event and next year his goal is to have a performance for a full week.


Shade for Railway Garden


Ipoh’s City Council planted 52 trees at the garden of the Railway Station recently. Fifty of the trees are the Spring Black Olive (Bucida Molineti) while two are the Rosy Trumpet Tree (Tabebuia rosea) which blossoms during the hot weather.

Mayor Roshidi plants a tree
Mayor Roshidi plants a tree

Led by Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim and assisted by 30 teachers and students from SMK Anglo Chinese School Ipoh, who earlier in August had etched their name in the Malaysia Book of Records when they created the largest flower formation using 31,000 plants in their Florathon project themed ‘Lets Green the Earth’. Dr D. Karthiresan, ACS’s Project Coordinator for the Florathon joined in with the students to plant trees that morning.

Students and teachers from SMK ACS assisted to plant the trees.

According to Roshidi the council initiated tree planting after receiving feedback from residents saying the area was bare. The feedback requested that trees be planted to provide shade for daytime visitors. Currently the sole large tree here is the Ipoh Tree in the centre of the garden.

The Railway Garden, located within the core of the Ipoh Old Town Heritage Trail, was recently upgraded and landscaped at a cost of RM2.3 million. It has a rhythmic water fountain and has been drawing crowds day and night since it started operations in August this year.

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The location where the trees were planted took into consideration that in future the trees would not block the view of the Heritage buildings and architectural design of the surrounding environment.

Roshidi stated that the total cost of the tree planting exercise was RM50K and the proposal was mooted a month ago.



Charity Ballet: Alice In Wonderland


A charity ballet in aid of Make-A-Wish Malaysia will be held on November 23 and 24 at Taman Budaya, Jalan Caldwell, off Jalan Raja DiHilir, Ipoh. The  performance is presented by Ipoh’s premier ballet school City Ballet in cooperation with the Lions Club of Ipoh Evergreen. This is in conjunction with City Ballet’s 30th anniversary.

Making Wishes Come True. Alice in Wonderland


Make-A-Wish Malaysia is the 35th affiliate of Make-A-Wish International, a charity which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their human experience.

There are over 20,000 children in Malaysia with such medical conditions and since 2010 has granted 150 local wishes. It aims to grant 72 more wishes in 2014. Some of the wishes granted so far was to a 9-year-old who wanted to be a flight stewardess and was put through a training programme thanks to Malaysia Airlines.

The Characters (l-r) The Queen, Alice, Mad Hatter and White Rabbit.

The Charity Ballet anticipates to raise RM50k and the proceeds from the charity will benefit Perakean children who are in need of that little hope, strength and joy in their lives.

At a press conference to announce the charity event media personnel met with the cast of Alice in Wonderland who included Alice, played by Carmen Pang, the Mad Hatter played by Charles Pooley and the Queen, Jaime Chang. Later the cast in full costume distributed pamphlets at the Polo Ground.


Admission to the ballet is by donations of RM150, RM100 and RM60 with discounts for students and senior citizens. For further info please contact Witzi Leong at 012 508 8818 or City Ballet at 05 253 7114.