After a short run alone at the top of the Android heap, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 has some serious competition. Huawei unveiled its latest flagship P30 and P30 Pro today, and they’re packed with some of the best specs we’ve ever seen in an Android phone.Just like the P20, Huawei is making a big deal out of the phones’ picture-taking skills. The Leica-branded triple-camera array that was introduced with the Mate 20 makes its way to the P30, while the P30 Pro gains a fourth time-of-flight (TOF) camera for better portraits and depth sensing:P30
40MP wide angle, f/1.8
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Huawei TOF camera
Aside from the lenses, however, Huawei has fine-tuned the processing behind the P30 cameras to provide even greater abilities, particularly with the P30 Pro. The new periscope telephoto camera offers 10x hybrid zoom and up to 50x digital zoom. A new RYYB color sensing rule allows more light for better nighttime shots. And the TOF camera allows for fine-tuning of portrait shots and professional long-exposure pictures at the touch of a button.To read this article in full, please click here [...]
Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail speaks at the 2019 Women’s Day Dinner organised by the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services. Bernama Photo
KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the government and private sectors must continue to play their respective roles in ensuring that their workers could strike a balance between their work and family.
She said that emphasis on the need for a balance in terms of work and home management was necessary so that every member in the entity concerned would not be affected by the busy schedule of their parents who were working.
“We want to ensure that every member of the family loved one another and spent time together so that our children would not be involved in any social problems,” said Wan Azizah, who is also Women and Family Development Minister.
She said this in her speech at the 2019 Women’s Day Dinner organised by the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (CUEPACS), here tonight.
Dr Wan Azizah said the balance could be achieved among other things through measures such as the implementation of flexible working hours and providing kindergartens at the work place.
In the speech, the Deputy Prime Minister also touched on the target of 30 per cent of Members of the Board of Directors comprising women in public listed companies which was announced in 2011.
Dr Wan Azizah said statistics for 2018 showed 1,010 or 15.7 per cent of the members of the board of directors of public listed companies were filled by women.
For the top 100 public listed companies, the participation of women as board of directors rose to 24.4 per cent in 2018 compared with 19.27 per cent in the previous year, she said.
Also present was CUEPACS president Datuk Azih Muda. – Bernama
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An Election Commission officer dips a voter’s finger in indelible ink at the polling station at SJK (C) Bertam Valley in Cameron Highlands January 26, 2019. — Picture by Farhan Najib
PORT DICKSON, March 26 — An interim report on improvements to the system and rules surrounding elections will be submitted by the Election Reform Committee (ERC) to the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad by the end of this year.ERC chief executive Amerul Muner Mohamad said the report contained 15 matters which should be given special attention by the government.Among them are those concerning the registration of voters, the registration of political parties, the electoral system used, re-delineation, the caretaker government, voter education, media management, political funding and the duties and responsibilities of the Election Commission (EC).For example, he said in terms the of re-delineation exercise, systems practised in other countries were studied to improve the existing process here.“In other countries, there is a separate commission for re-delineation, and is not done by the EC. That’s why we are studying to see if it’s okay to allow the EC to perform the re-delineation or (to hand it over to) another body,” he told Bernama when met after a workshop on civic awareness and voter education organised by the Voter Education Cluster here, today.The ERC, comprising 20 members from various backgrounds, was set up by the government on Aug 28, 2018, to come up with election reform proposals within two years. — Bernama [...]
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Ong said that the freshly issued APs were needed to stimulate competition in the automotive market, and to bar unfair control by existing permit holders. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Ong Kian Ming today said that the government has granted open Approved Permits (APs) to 164 companies, including 36 companies that received them in January.In his winding up speech on the Royal address in the Dewan Rakyat today, Ong said that the freshly issued APs were needed to stimulate competition in the automotive market, and to bar unfair control by existing permit holders.“For the information of the Dewan Rakyat, effective January 1, 2019, 164 companies were given open APs. This is out of the 283 companies which had applied. So, many were rejected and 36 new companies were given APs.“So the next question is, why the need to give APs to new companies? I think this is something that has been disputed because maybe, there are people suspecting that these 36 companies are owned by cronies, and if they qualify for APs.“First reason is to increase competition, because if we only give opportunities to existing AP holders, then I feel they will definitely become complacent. So with the additional new APs, I feel they can compete in terms of the quality of service and in terms of a more competitive price to the existing AP holders.“Another reason is that we want to give opportunities to new entrepreneurs,” Ong said.He added that details of the 36 new AP recipients would also be made available on the ministry’s website.Ong stressed that the rules for AP applicants have also been tightened under Pakatan Harapan’s watch.He explained that only companies with a minimum business operation experience of two years in the automotive industry, either in selling or distributing commercial vehicles and motorcycles, can qualify.He added that companies must also have a minimum paid up capital of RM1 million, and its management must not have a stake in other companies which already have Open APs.“At the same time, each company is given a limit.“For category 1, where the paid up capital is RM4 million, the number of APs that can be given to a company is 240. For the second category, the number will be lesser and for the fourth category, that is for new companies, they can apply for a maximum of 60 APs only,” Ong added.He further explained that if the companies fail to sell the number of cars they applied the APs for, the government will not grant them more of such permits, even with an increased paid up capital.“We want to give new APs to those who are not filthy rich, but to give these new players a chance,” he added. [...]
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Muar is a quaint little town just about an hour’s drive from Melaka. After the Sultan of Johor awarded Muar with the status of a royal town, Muar gained a new nickname: Bandar Maharani. After spending a fair amount of time in the ever-bustling Melaka, we decided to cross the state border to experience a slower pace. Here are some of the things to do in Muar, Johor which we enjoyed on our family trip.
Drive to Parit Jawa for Its Scrumptious Asam Pedas Fish
We started off our Muar adventure with a drive to the fishing village of Parit Jawa, about 20 km south of the city. Our aim was to get there early so we could get first dibs on Parit Jawa’s specialty – “asam pedas.”
Many asam pedas shops were located right in front of the dock — a good sign that they use fresh catch for each dish. Each stall was cooking, and occasionally stirring, their “asam pedas” fish in huge steel cauldrons with an equally gigantic ladle.
The red snapper we ordered was wonderful! Within seconds, the fish flesh melted in my mouth! The asam pedas broth is a stew of chilli, tamarind, lime and all sorts of spices. Equal parts sour and spicy, it was so addictive that we wiped the whole plate clean.
Check in to our Muar Hotel
With happy and full tummies, we headed back to the city centre and checked-in at Muar Traders Hotel. It is one of the few tall buildings in Muar and the only hotel located right by the riverside, serving an unfettered 360o panorama of the city.
We specifically asked for a room facing the Muar River. It was a sight to behold – the gaping wide river flowing into the Straits of Malacca, with the gorgeous Masjid Sultan Ismail beaming from a distance.
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Savour Muar’s Very Own Coffee at 434 Kopitiam
After resting in our cozy room, we dropped by Sai Kee Kopitiam for a much-needed caffeine fix before our evening stroll. This coffee shop is known for its 434 Coffee where the coffee beans are roasted with butter to give it a rich and creamy taste.
At first, we were surprised to see the shop looking like a hipster café instead of a typical coffee shop. The menu has both traditional and modern items – we tried the old-school “kopi ais” as well as the hipster ice-dripped coffee.
Stroll along Tanjung Emas Recreation Park
We then drove all the way to the other end of Muar for one spot: Tanjung Emas Recreation Park. A clean and lovely park by the banks of the Muar River, Tanjung Emas Recreation Park is well-loved by locals. When we were there, we saw many families spending time together, either jogging or picnicking.
We decided to take it easy and strolled along the riverbank to enjoy the breeze. Several anglers were fishing by the river too! We just couldn’t leave without taking a photo with the yellow clock tower, the classic icon of Johor.
Muar Food: Do As the Locals Do and Eat Satay for Breakfast
In Muar, if there’s light smoke coming out from a restaurant early in the morning, it most likely comes from a satay shop!
We started our second day with breakfast at R&H Café Sate Maharani. The restaurant was already packed by 8 in the morning so we shared a table with an elderly couple and engaged in small talk while waiting for our satay.
Once the plate of chicken and beef satay arrived, we quickly worked on finishing these sticks of yumminess. I loved the smoky flavour and the marinade, not to mention the thick “kuah kacang” aka peanut sauce. The meat was so tender that it easily fell off the sticks as well. After breakfast, we felt ready to take on the world!
Embark on a Self-Guided Heritage Walk of Muar Town
Our next destination was the self-guided heritage walk of the city. We began at Nan Hai Fei Lai Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Muar. Then we proceeded to Padang Nyiru, a pocket park with an antique English clock tower.
We side-tracked onto Jalan Meriam to check out another Muar attraction – Nattukottai Chettiar’s Temple, a mainstay of Muar’s Hindu community. There were a bunch of colonial-era buildings along the same road such as the old Courthouse, Police Station, District Office and the High School.
We ended our walk at the century-old Masjid Jamek Sultan Ibrahim, a blue-and-white royal mosque that looks more like a small palace with its brilliant mix of Eastern and Western architecture in its columns, domes and façade.
Muar Food: Slurp on Muar’s Iconic Mee Bandung
After a long morning of walking, we navigated through Muar’s busy streets to Restoran Abu Bakar Hanipah. Our goal was to try Mee Bandung, a staple among most Johoreans.
“Bandung” means “to mix” in local dialect and Mee Bandung is indeed a mixture of everything! The sweet and savoury broth is made of groundnuts, dried shrimp, chilli and onions. The mee bandung that we tried also had poached eggs and tofu, creating one hearty bowl of goodness.
Amongst the Dinosaurs at Don Hu Jurassic Park
Muar is also well-known for its eccentric attraction: Don Hu Jurassic Park garden. We decided to “travel back” to prehistoric times and walked among the 30 dinosaurs dominating the landscape.
From the scary Tyrannosaurus Rex to the long-neck Brachiosaurus, we were amazed at how realistic the sculptures were. A dinosaur mascot was roaming around the park, scaring children along the way!
Photo credit / Don Hu Jurassic Garden Muar
Photo credit: Don Hu Jurassic Garden Muar
Admire the Beautiful Masjid Sultan Ismail at Tanjung Agas
On our last day in Muar, we drove across the river to visit Masjid Sultan Ismail. This beautiful mosque was built right by the river and is a “mirror image” of Masjid Jamek Sultan Ibrahim, with similar colours and design.
After spending some time taking photos of every corner of the mosque, we returned to shore to admire the city’s skyline while boats and ships tugged along the river. Finally, a time to rest and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of Muar!
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Khalid said he saw Yeoh’s criticism as her merely doing her job as MP. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abd Samad said today the estimates for compensation to cancel the Rimba Kiara condominium project was based on a suit filed by developers.Khalid told Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh that developers had asked for RM150 million in damages and compensation in a suit filed against the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), when the authorities had revoked the project’s approval.“The cost is based on my understanding of what the developers had filed for,” Khalid, who is also the Shah Alam MP, said in a statement.“However, I was made to understand that the Court would ultimately decide the cost.”Yeoh, a deputy minister, said yesterday she was shocked by Khalid’s claim that cancelling the project would cost RM150 million, calling the figure “imaginary”.“This alleged ‘RM150 million compensation’ is an imaginary figure and needs to be supported by receipts or proof of payment for the alleged transactions,” she said.The Segambut MP has campaigned fiercely to have the project cancelled.Yesterday, an angry Yeoh said the entire Taman Rimba Kiara “must not be touched for development”.Khalid said he saw Yeoh’s criticism as her merely doing her job as MP.“I understand that YB Hannah is representing the views of her constituents,” he said.“It was a pledge made before the 14th General Election. But her claim that the RM150 million cost is imaginary/mythical is inaccurate.”Khalid reportedly said DBKL would be the one footing the compensation bill, as it had granted the development order to the developer.Local daily The Star reported Khalid as saying that the proposed project has been scaled down from the initial 4.9 hectares to 3.2 hectares, with half of it to be for the longhouse residents’ housing and the other half already rezoned for use as mixed development. [...]