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Deputy Minister of Education Teo Nie Ching is seen at Parliament in Kuala Lumpur July 18, 2019. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 — The Education Ministry is studying the need to establish Tamil national type secondary school to improve the education level of the Indian community.Its deputy minister Teo Nie Ching said the ministry had set up an Indian Community Education Advisory Committee to study the matter.“This recommendation requires a thorough and holistic study so long-term solutions can be obtained.“This extensive study will cover various important aspects such as standard criteria, student projections, legal aspect and government financial capabilities,” he said at the Dewan Negara today.He said this in his reply to Senator Datuk T. Mohan who wanted to know the status of the first Tamil national-type secondary school financed entirely by the federal government as contained in the Pakatan Harapan Manifesto Fifth Promise: Special Commitment to the Indian Community.Teo said the government would also consider the views and suggestions of various stakeholders, especially from the Indian community in the study.He added that the setting up of a secondary school is subject to the provisions under Section 30 and 31 of the Education Act 1996 (Act 550). — Bernama [...]
If you thought the Galaxy Note 10 and Pixel 4 were the only phones worth waiting for, Asus wants to prove you wrong. The Zenfone maker has unveiled the follow-up to its first gaming phone, appropriately named the ROG Phone II, and it’s nothing less than a monster.When the ROG Phone released, it was a novel, if flawed concept, with things like a second side USB-C port, a clip-on fan, and RGB lighting. The ROG II absolutely doubles down on the concept, with a similar aesthetic but massively improved specs that pretty much include everything but 5G:
Display: 6.59-inch FHD+ 2340 x 1080 AMOLED
Processor: Snapdragon 855 Plus
Rear camera: Dual 48MP, f/1.8 + 13MP ultra-wide
Front camera: 24MP
When it comes to the display, Asus has bumped not only the size but also the refresh rate from 90Hz to 120Hz to match the Razer Phone, and it also brings a 240Hz touch sampling rate, twice that of the iPhone XS. The 512GB of base storage uses the ultra-fast UFS 3.0 protocol, while the gigantic battery uses 30W fast charging to fill it up.To read this article in full, please click here [...]
Former AmBank relationship manager Joanna Yu Ging Ping is seen at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex July 22, 2019. — Picture by Hari Anggara
KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 — A former AmBank banker today denied allegations that she was a rogue banker or that she conspired with fugitive financier Low Taek Jho to carry out fraudulent transactions involving Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts.Joanna Yu Ging Ping, the former relationship manager for Najib’s personal bank accounts with AmBank, denied that she was in cahoots with Low, also known as Jho Low, to see through unauthorised transactions involving these three accounts registered under the bank.Yu, the prosecution’s 54th witness in Najib’s RM42 Million SRC International Sdn Bhd corruption trial, told ad hoc prosecutor Datuk V. Sithambaram all actions she had taken regarding Najib’s personal bank accounts were to address issues of it being overdrawn and nothing more.Sithambaram: Did you out act of conspiracy with Jho Low to carry out unauthorised or fraudulent transactions when you were the relationship manager of these accounts?Yu: No.Sithambaram: You may know, we also heard allegations that you are a rogue banker, acting in concert with Jho Low that resulted in the present charges against the accused. Yu: We didn’t act on anything, there is no conspiracy. Whenever the account was overdrawn, we contacted the person mandated by the account holder... we just notified them, otherwise the cheque would be dishonoured concerning Datuk Seri Najib’s accounts which would not be good. That was all we did.Yu had during her testimony explained how Najib’s personal bank accounts were controlled by mandated nominee Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, whose approval would be required before any transactions were carried out.However, she did testify that in the event that Nik Faisal was unreachable, Jho Low was the alternative contact person to verify instructions and notify the account holder of AmBank’s issues, usually concerning overdraft issues.Yu had also testified that it was Low who would regularly enquire about the account balance more than Nik Faisal, saying the close relationship the duo had with Najib led her to believe she would able to obtain a quick response from Low if Nik Faisal was unavailable.This was revealed today when prosecutors went through several Blackberry Messenger (BBM) chat logs obtained from Yu’s previously confiscated smartphone.Among the chats read out in court were her one-to-one communication with Low, along with her BBM thread chats with Nik Faisal.Allegations of Yu being a rogue banker surfaced in April and were brought forward by Najib’s lead defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who claimed she could be in conspiracy with the runaway financier.Shafee had claimed that the BBM conversations between Yu and Low would prove that Najib was a victim of conspiracy by Low and his “gang.”Najib, who is also Pekan MP, is currently on trial for alleged abuse of position, money-laundering and criminal breach of trust over RM42 million of funds from SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).The trial before High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali resumes tomorrow. [...]
PETALING JAYA: The National Water Services Commission (Span) has lodged a police report on the two incidents of river pollution in Sungai Selangor that have caused major water treatment plants to be shut down in the last few days. [...]
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Palestinian distiller Nader Muaddi displays his Arak bottles in the West Bank village of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem June 16, 2019. — AFP pic
BETHLEHEM, July 22 — In his Bethlehem cellar, distiller Nader Muaddi made fewer than 500 bottles of his liquor last year but has won international accolades and now aims to help revive interest at home in the traditional drink.On the outskirts of the city famed for Jesus’ birth, the 35-year-old illustrates the handcrafted way he makes Arak, an anise-flavoured drink popular in the Middle East and similar to Greek Ouzo, French Pastis or Italian Sambuca.The cramped basement contains three small stills, six barrels and a testing area. All the grapes come from local farmers and he largely works alone, testing each barrel by hand.This year, for the first time, he entered his Arak Muaddi in three prestigious competitions, going up against hundreds of others from across the globe.In the London Spirits Competition, he took home a bronze medal in his category, while in New York he took silver and the Arak of the Year award.And at the Berlin International Spirits Competition, he went one better and took home gold, as well as Arak of the Year.In a small Palestinian Arak sector, Muaddi’s boutique spirit sells for 150 shekels a bottle (RM165) — significantly more than others on the market.“I am very happy that out of my basement — using hobby equipment in the West Bank and all local ingredients — that I am able to go up against multimillion dollar operations and still dominate and beat them,” Muaddi told AFP.‘Bordeaux of Palestine’ Muaddi, who was born in the United States and has dual American and Palestinian citizenship, said Arak — made with grapes and aniseed — was a staple growing up in the Arab community in the US.
Palestinian distiller Nader Muaddi fills a distiller with anise seeds in the West Bank village of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem June 16, 2019. — AFP pic
It is supposed to be sipped slowly with ice as an accompaniment to food, acting as a palate cleanser between dishes during long, lazy lunches.Most of what they drank in the US was produced in Lebanon, which has a significant Christian community and a vibrant alcohol sector.In the Palestinian territories, where Christians now constitute only a tiny percentage of the population and non-observant Muslims are less common, the alcohol market is small.In production terms, there are just a handful of wineries, breweries and distilleries, and alcohol sales and consumption can, like other traded goods, be buffeted by events in the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Muaddi, who works full-time for an international charity, said Arak production had declined decades ago and quality suffered.So, 10 years ago he began making his own Arak as a hobby, ordering how-to books on Amazon.Gradually he developed his own blend, based on the triple distillation technique long used by his forefathers.“I want to educate people about how Arak was made in the past and how proper Arak should be made,” he said.His home is in part of the occupied West Bank under full Israeli control and a road connecting settlements to Jerusalem cuts through the mountain under his home.Settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.Farmers working in the area, which he dubs the “Bordeaux of Palestine” for its long history of grape and wine production, are regularly threatened by settlers, he said.“A lot of times they themselves are subject to settler violence — sometimes they have their crop fields burned down, sometimes they have them cut up,” Muaddi said.“So it is kind of tricky trying to ensure supply.”Palestinian farmers regularly accuse settlers of destroying their crops, with rights groups saying some incidents are revenge following attacks on Israelis but others have little motivation other than to destroy Palestinian property.Israeli settlers charge that their crops are also destroyed by Palestinians.‘Unlike any Arak’ Despite the recent recognition, Muaddi’s remains a small-scale operation.Deliveries involve him packing a crate of six bottles into the back of his car and driving to a nearby store.Steve Shahwan, who works at the Vodka & More shop in Bethlehem, said their biggest seller was whisky but Arak was gaining popularity due to a better selection being on offer.“Arak is something more traditional. People love it when they eat a large meal.”Shahwan said that the awards had helped raise interest in Muaddi’s drink, which he himself tried for the first time recently.“I love it very much, it feels flavourful and clean — unlike any Arak I have tried in my life.”And while Muaddi wants to use the buzz to grow — this year setting the target of 1,500 bottles — he doesn’t want to risk producing an inferior product.“I am not willing to grow at a pace where it would jeopardise the quality of my drink. I will always be focused on quality over quantity,” he said.“I want to produce the best Arak in the world.” — AFP [...]
There is fried chicken and then there is Korean fried chicken. Anyone who’s ever tucked into a plate of Korean fried chicken will understand that there’s nothing on earth quite like the sensation of biting into perfectly crispy chicken skin that melds fluidly into juicy (oh, how juicy!) succulent meat inside.
It’s a yin-yang balance of crunch and tenderness that has in turn created a global obsession.
Interestingly, Korean fried chicken is relatively new even in its South Korean birthplace. As recently as the 1960s, Koreans were still struggling economically so chicken was hardly ever on the table.
As the country’s financial situation improved, chicken became a facet of everyday life.
It began with the arrival of rotisserie chicken in the 1960s and became ingrained in Korean food culture with the debut of Korea’s first fried chicken franchise, Lim’s Chicken, in 1977.
By the 1990s, modern versions of Korean fried chicken had well and truly arrived with the inception of restaurants like KyoChon 1991 and Nene Chicken, both of which opened in the 1990s.
These new modern restaurants popularised different flavour options for fried chicken; KyoChon for example, has almost single-handedly been responsible for the creation of the soy-infused fried chicken variant.
KyoChon 1991 is incredibly popular in Malaysia, with more expansion planned for this year. Photo: KyoChon 1991
Another notable creation is the crazily-popular yangnyeom fried chicken, which sees fried chicken thinly coated in a sweet-spicy sauce that makes use of another Korean staple – the spicy gojuchang paste.
In Korea, fried chicken isn’t fried chicken without a side-serving of beer, hence the word “chimaek” – a portmanteau of the words “chi” from “chicken” and “maek” from “maekju” (which means beer).
Although you can opt for a non-alcoholic beverage to pair with your fried chicken, beer remains the tipple of choice.
While Korean fried chicken is undoubtedly a hit in its homeland – in 2017, the number of fried chicken joints in Korea was 36,000! – what’s surprising is how feverishly the rest of the world has caught on to this hot Korean chick.
Korean fried chicken is now a huge international export, with chains like Bonchon, KyoChon and celebrity chef David Chang’s popular Momofuku, having a lot to do with expanding the poultry’s popularity to places as far-flung as the United States, Australia, Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam and Singapore.
In Malaysia, numerous Korean fried chicken outlets pepper the local scene, from KyoChon to Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory, Nene Chicken and many others.
According to KyoChon 1991’s operations director Joyce Chin, just for their original and red pepper variety of fried chicken, the brand sells an average of 35,000 chicken wings daily across their 14 nationwide outlets. This number surges to 52,000 on weekends.
Chir Chir’s fried chicken comes in all forms, including the delicious crispy fried chicken (left) and garlicky chicken (right), both of which boast crispy skin and juicy meat.
In line with the growing demand for Korean fried chicken, by the end of this year, Chin estimates that they will have 21 stores and a total of 600 employees.
Chin says there are many factors that have likely contributed to Korean fried chicken’s rise on the local front but most prominent among them is the taste factor.
“Everyone has different reasons for liking Korean fried chicken but my personal opinion is that it’s much more flavourful with unique flavours such as aromatic soy garlic, burning red pepper and sweet-on-the-lips honey.
“It’s also less oily and the very thin batter allows for a paper-thin like crispiness which is different from traditional Western style fried chicken,” she says.
This crispiness is also what is most difficult to nail if you’re a home cook attempting to make this fried chicken yourself at home.
Korean fried chicken is typically lightly battered in corn starch (sometimes wheat flour or rice flour is added too) and then fried not once, but twice.
This is key to solidifying a whisper-thin crispy exterior while retaining moistness in the meat.
It is also what makes it different from Southern-style fried chicken, which is typically soaked in buttermilk first to obtain a thicker crust.
As the chickens used for Korean fried chicken are typically smaller, they crisp up well and are less likely to be tough.
When frying the chicken, you’ll have to be patient and wait for the oil to heat up to the required temperature (it should bubble furiously when you put a piece of chicken in). And trust me when I say patience is a virtue, because if you get restless and toss the chicken into the frying pan too early, you’ll end up with a soggy, greasy mess that no respectable Korean fried chicken would want to be associated with.
In the end, if you’re willing to put in the effort to make it work, you’ll end up with that most elusive of homemade creations: Perfect Korean fried chicken.
SPICY KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN (YANGNYEOM CHICKEN)
Serves 2 to 4
For the sauce
1 tsp minced ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp soy sauce
3-4 tbsp vinegar
2 1/2 tbsp gojuchang paste
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp sesame oil
3 tbsp tomato ketchup
For the chicken
8 chicken wings, cut into drummets and mid-wings, tips removed
1 tsp grated ginger
sea salt to taste
coarse black pepper to taste
1/2 cup potato starch
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp lightly toasted sesame seeds
spring onions, for garnish
To make the sauce
In a pot, combine all the sauce ingredients and cook until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens up. Remove from the heat and set aside.
To cook chicken
Clean and dry chicken well. Marinate chicken with salt, pepper and ginger.
In another bowl, put potato starch. Drop chicken one by one into starch and coat thoroughly. Shake off excess starch.
In a large frying pan, heat up enough oil to [...]
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Abang Johari (third right) officiates the Kuala Kemena Jepak Bridge earth breaking ceremony while others look on.
BINTULU: The construction of the Kuala Kemena Jepak Bridge will be a catalyst towards the development of Bintulu economy while at the same time opening up new areas.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari said that the infrastructure would be able to provide services to the people in the rural areas, irrespective of their backgrounds.
“Everyone will be benefited from the project, even those who oppose us,” said Abang Johari when officiating the RM467 million Kuala Kemena Jepak Bridge earth breaking ceremony here today.
Abang Johari said that the bridge construction project was withdrawn by the federal government together with other bridge projects in the state but the state government proceeded with the project instead as Bintulu had contributed greatly to the state economy.
“They (federal government) maybe think that we will beg (for money) from Kuala Lumpur but the ministers in Sarawak are not ‘paloi’ (stupid),” said Abang Johari.
On the other hand, Assistant Minister of Coastal Road Datuk Julaihi Narawi, who was also present at the ceremony, said that the Kuala Kemena Jepak Bridge, which is connecting Kuala Kemena to Bintulu Town, is expected to be completed within 48 months.
“The design of the bridge is via ‘cabled stayed’ and it will shortened the journey from Bintulu airport to Bintulu Town from 20 kilometres to about six kilometres,” said Julaihi.
Julaihi also concurred with the chief minister that the development of the bridge, which is part of the grand coastal road projects, will be the pulse of developments in the state where the impact of the project will be felt throughout the state.
Meanwhile, Abang Johari thanked deputy chief ministers and Minister of Infrastructure Development and Transportation Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing and Julaihi for contributing towards the development of coastal roads and bridges in the rural areas, connecting villages to longhouses.
“The Gabungan Parti Sarawak state government will honour its promises made to the community in the rural areas such as to build bridges, electricity and water. We meant what we said,” he said.
Among those in attendance were deputy chief Datuk Amar Douglas Embas and other cabinet ministers.
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Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali speaks to the press after visiting Felcra residents at the Dewan Besar Seberang Perak, Kampung Gajah July 22, 2019. — Picture by Farhan Najib
KAMPUNG GAJAH, July 22 — Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali today said that the ministry has approved an allocation of RM2 million to the Perak government to conduct a preliminary study ahead of the declaration of Pangkor as a duty-free island, starting January 1.Azmin said that the allocation was part of the total RM468 million allocation to develop the infrastructure on the island as duty free.He added that the allocation was approved today during his meeting with Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu in Ipoh this morning.“We agree with the state government to start a preliminary study. It is important to have this study, because only then we can know what infrastructure is needed on the island,” he told reporters after attending the meet and greet programme with the FELCRA residents here.Last November, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng announced Pulau Pangkor as duty-free island when tabling Budget 2019 at Parliament.Azmin also said Perak has a lot of industries that need to be developed, including automotive and tourism, to attract more investors to the state.“We also want connectivity to attract big investments like highway networks, the internet can be improved,” he added. [...]
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