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Former ruler of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah, dies
KUANTAN - The former ruler of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah, 88, passed away on Wednesday (May 22). His eldest son is the current Malaysian King, Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin. Announcing the death, Pahang Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the former ruler died at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur, at about 8.50am on Wednesday. The late sultan was born on Oct 24, 1930, at Istana Mangga Tunggal in the Pahang royal town of Pekan, and was the only son of Sultan Abu Bakar and Tengku Ampuan Fatimah. [...]
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Opioid Maker Agrees to Pay Oklahoma $85 Million Over Claims Company Helped Create Addiction Crisis
(Bloomberg) — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. agreed to pay $85 million to settle an Oklahoma lawsuit claiming that illegal marketing of its opioid painkillers contributed to a public health crisis in the state. The deal, announced Sunday, was reached just as the case was about to go to trial next week. The state had alleged Teva and co-defendant Johnson & Johnson persuaded doctors to boost prescriptions of the powerful medications to treat ailments for which they weren’t approved, causing overdose deaths and drug addiction. The trial against remaining defendant J&J, which the state has called the “kingpin” of the U.S. opioid crisis, is expected to start on Tuesday. The terms of the settlement may take up to two weeks to finalize, and the money will be used to “abate the opioid crisis in Oklahoma,” Attorney General Mike Hunter said in a statement. Oklahoma had been seeking at least $10 billion in damages and penalties. The trial will be the first test of public-nuisance laws against opioid manufacturers and distributors. At least 42 states and more than 1,600 municipalities have sued companies in the industry, demanding billions of dollars in damages. The last-minute deal in Oklahoma means some of the focus on opioid litigation shifts to Cleveland, where a federal judge has set two test trials for October to allow juries to consider public-nuisance claims over drug-marketing campaigns. The accord comes about two months after Purdue Pharma LP agreed to pay $270 million to resolve Oklahoma’s claims over sales pitches for its opioid-based painkiller, OxyContin. Purdue sought a deal to ease mounting liabilities that have threatened to push the company into bankruptcy. The money was earmarked for research and treatment. Oklahoma said J&J and Teva helped create a public-health crisis from opioid abuse that killed thousands of its residents. The state, in its lawsuit, accused the companies of overstating the painkillers’ benefits and understating their risks, which created a “devastating cycle of over-prescription’’ that was “built on addiction, dependence and a market saturated with misinformation regarding the benefits and safety of those drugs.” Teva’s settlement doesn’t establish any wrongdoing on the part of the company. The case is State of Oklahoma v. Purdue Pharma LP, CJ-2017-816, Cleveland County, Oklahoma, District Court (Norman). [...]
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The pros and cons of Internet-enabled home heating systems
Networked or Internet-enabled home heating systems than can be controlled remotely via a smartphone have been around for a while now, yet many people don't use them. [...]
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Facebook figures 5pc of accounts are fake
Facebook yesterday said it recently disabled billions of bogus accounts. ― AFP pic SAN FRANCISCO, May 24 — Facebook yesterday said it recently disabled billions of bogus accounts set up by “bad actors” and that 5 per cent of active accounts are likely fakes.An estimate of how many of the online social networks accounts are fake and actions taken against the creation of more during the first three months of this year was disclosed in Facebook’s latest report on enforcement activity.Facebook disabled 2.19 billion accounts in the first quarter of this year, nearly double the number of accounts nixed in the prior three-month period, according to vice president of integrity Guy Rosen.“The amount of accounts we took action on increased due to automated attacks by bad actors who attempt to create large volumes of accounts at one time,” Rosen said.Facebook apparently disabled the accounts as automated imposters were trying to establish them. The leading social network, meanwhile, estimated that five percent of its 2.4 billion monthly active users were fake accounts yet to be uncovered.The California-based company also said it has made progress in battling hate speech, automatically detecting 65 per cent of the content removed instead of needing to wait for users to report it.Facebook took down four million posts considered hate speech in the first quarter of this year and continues to invest in technology to better detect such material in various languages and regions, according to Rosen. — AFP [...]
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Sony Mobile exits from several markets including Southeast Asia
The Sony Xperia1 was only recently unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. — Reuters pic KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — It appears that Sony Mobile is almost as good as dead since it has announced its withdrawal from several markets worldwide. This comes after Sony had announced a consolidation of its Xperia mobile division with its TV, audio and camera business under a single Electronics Products and Solutions division.During Sony’s Corporate Strategy Meeting which was held a few days ago, it was revealed that Sony’s mobile business will be focusing only in Japan, Europe, Taiwan and Hong Kong, as illustrated in the slide above. The same slide also shows a vast number of defocused regions in red which is practically the rest of the world. This includes South-east Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Oceania, Africa and South America.We’ve seen this coming as Sony Mobile has stopped releasing new devices in Malaysia for quite some time now. The last Sony Mobile event to be held in locally was for the Xperia XZ2 and the last model to be sold here was the Xperia XZ2 Premium.It also appears that Sony Mobile had pulled out from Indonesia much earlier and the last device to be sold there appears to be the Sony Xperia Z5. Indonesia used to be a stronghold for Sony Mobile as they were the #2 brand in 2013.According to Sony’s FY2018 report, they had only sold 6.5 million smartphones which equates to just 0.46% market share. As a comparison, the former brand, Sony Ericsson, used to sell 103.4 million phones in 2007. The mobile brand was renamed to Sony in 2012 when they introduced the Xperia S.Despite the aggressive retreat, Sony assures that they are not giving up completely in the mobile business. According to a recent report by Reuters, Sony Corporation still sees mobile as an indispensable to its brand portfolio despite calls from investors to sell off the money-losing operation. The mobile business had reported an operating loss of ¥97.1 billion (RM3.7 billion) for last year.According to Sony Corp’s President and CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida, “We see smartphones as hardware for entertainment and a component necessary to make our hardware brand sustainable”. He added that “younger generations no longer watch TV. Their first touch point is smartphone.”To make their business profitable in the next financial year, Sony has ceased production in China and they will beef up their gaming capabilities of its smartphones to tap customers of its successful PlayStation gaming segment. The company aims to reduce operating cost by 50 per cent and overall cost by 57 per cent in FY2020 versus FY2017.At the moment, their hero product is the Sony Xperia 1 which was announced during MWC 2019. It features a 4K OLED display and a triple-camera setup. With this latest development, don’t expect to see Sony smartphones with the official warranty in our region very soon. Perhaps Sony will return once they become profitable again but looking at the competitive landscape, it is going to be extremely challenging.What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. — SoyaCincau [...]
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Charlton vs Sunderland result: Patrick Bauer seals League One play-off promotion with 94th-minute winner
Charlton Athletic 2-1 Sunderland: Dillon Phillips's early howler handed the north-east side the advantage but Addicks goalkeeper breathes a sigh of relief as Ben Purrington and Bauer secure promotion for the London side [...]
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Anti-vaccine movement labelled a “contagious disease”
Faced with a global resurgence of measles, health experts called on May 21, 2019, for countries to step up the fight against vaccine resistance, warning that the movement was spreading like a contagious disease. World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus joined experts and health ministers from a range of countries at an event on “promoting vaccine confidence”, amid rising concerns that resistance to immunisation is allowing preventable diseases to flourish. “No country can afford to be complacent about immunisation,” he told the meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, where the WHO was hosting its main annual gathering. The organisation says cases of measles – a highly contagious viral infection that can prove fatal – surged 300% in 2018. Resurgence of the once all-but-eradicated disease is linked to the growing anti-vaccine movement in richer nations, which has been identified as a major global health threat. “It’s a contagious disease,” said GAVI Vaccine Alliance chief executive officer Seth Berkley, warning that misinformation about vaccine safety “spreads at the speed of light”. The anti-vaccine phenomenon has adherents across all countries, but especially in the United States, where it has been fuelled by the spread on social media of medically baseless claims, debunked 20 years ago, that the jab could cause autism. The US, which sponsored the event with the European Union (EU) and Brazil, lamented the “misinformation” causing vaccination rates in the country to decline. “Vaccines are some of the most thoroughly tested medical products we have. Vaccines are safe, effective, and lifesaving,” US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told the meeting. He slammed “social media conspiracy groups (that) confuse well-meaning parents so they hesitate to get the recommended vaccinations.” “This misinformation has real impacts,” he said, pointing to the more than 700 measles cases in the US so far from January to May 2019. Azar dismissed questions about whether past statements by US President Donald Trump in support of some anti-vaccination movement claims may bear some responsibility for the problem. Pointing to recent comments by the president urging Americans to “get your kids vaccinated”, he stressed that Trump was “extremely firm” in his support of vaccination. EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukatis meanwhile suggested that vaccine scepticism was in part linked to the fact that vaccines have been so effective that most people have no concept of how devastating the diseases they prevent can be. “We have become victims of our own success,” he said. Among the measures being taken to inoculate populations against the spread of misinformation about vaccine safety was putting pressure on social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to remove or flag demonstrably false information. “This is wrong information that is killing people,” Berkley said. According to WHO, vaccines save some three million lives annually. “Vaccines do not cause autism. Vaccines actually cause adults,” said Katherine O’Brien, who heads WHO’s immunisation department. – AFP Relaxnews [...]
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Liverpool midfielder confirms he’s open to £25m transfer ahead of Champions League final
LIVERPOOL midfielder Harry Wilson has revealed he’s open to leaving the club on a permanent basis this summer. [...]
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Minister Liew denies interfering with Singapore case of death row Malaysian
Datuk Liew Vui Keong speaks to reporters at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya May 8, 2019. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — De facto law minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong has denied allegations that he tried to interfere with Singapore’s death sentence of a Malaysian citizen that a Singaporean court later stayed.Liew said he made a representation to the Singaporean government last Wednesday on Pannir Selvam Pranthaman’s case on “valid legal grounds” and had spoken to Singapore’s Senior Minister in the Ministry of Law, as Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam was unavailable.“The allegation that I have interfered with their judicial system is totally unfounded and baseless. It’s purely a figment of an imagination on someone’s part,” Liew said in a statement.The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said serious allegations had been made against him by “a certain quarter” across the Causeway. It is unclear who Liew is referring to.Singaporean leaders have responded strongly to the Malaysian case, with Shanmugam saying that it is “not tenable” for Singapore to go easy on Malaysian drug offenders arrested in their country.Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs also reportedly said Singapore President Halimah Yacob had acted on the Cabinet’s advice in not granting clemency to Pannir, besides noting that the public prosecutor had the sole discretion to deny Pannir a certificate of assistance.Liew noted that Pannir had applied for a stay of his execution last Wednesday by challenging the prosecution’s rejection of a certificate of assistance on Pannir’s claim of helping Singaporean police in a drug case. The certificate would have enabled the court to sentence Pannir to life imprisonment instead of death.Pannir was also challenging the Singaporean president’s rejection of his clemency petition that was purportedly served on the same day as his execution notice.The 32-year-old Malaysian, convicted of drug trafficking, was originally scheduled to hang last Friday, before Singapore’s Court of Appeal allowed last Thursday a stay of the execution to enable him to challenge the refusal of clemency.“Although I haven’t had the benefit of reading the grounds of decision of the Singapore’s Court of Appeal, what’s obvious is that the Singapore’s Court made its decision having considered the prevailing circumstances and the rule of law applicable to the case. It is therefore equally untenable to allege that there’s an interference on my part to their judicial process.“I, and so is everyone of us here in Malaysia, respect the decision of the Singapore’s Court,” said Liew.Liew noted that the Singaporean court had only granted Pannir a temporary reprieve to allow him to exhaust his rights by engaging a competent lawyer.“It is an absolute abhorrent to justice if he is denied such basic rights and get executed without being heard.”Pannir was convicted on June 27, 2017 by the Singapore High Court of allegedly trafficking 51.84g of diamorphine at the Woodlands Checkpoint on September 3, 2014. [...]
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Federer returns on opening day at Roland Garros
PARIS (Reuters) - Roger Federer tops the bill at the French Open on opening Sunday when he makes his long-awaited return to the Parisian clay with a first-round match against Italian Lorenzo Sonego. [...]
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Ad spend slides at The Star as print and radio revenue dips
Star Media Group posted a revenue of RM82.57 million during the first... The post Ad spend slides at The Star as print and radio revenue dips appeared first on Marketing Magazine Asia. [...]
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Rosmah has to declare her property acquisition
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has to declare her property acquisition after she failed to set aside a prosecution notice requiring her to declare assets from Jan 1, 2009, until Dec 31, 2017. In dismissing Rosmah’s application, Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan said he accepted the prosecution’s argument that  Section 49(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001, was pertaining to its power of investigation. The judge said the purpose of the section was to assist the prosecution in identifying assets belonging to a person suspected of money laundering. “This, therefore, negates the applicant’s (Rosmah) fear of having to disclose her defence or that the information obtained may be used against her in respect of these charges. “The applicant’s argument that she would be precluded from a right to a fair trial is therefore speculative and unmeritorious,” the judge said. The judge said Rosmah claim to a right to silence and privilege against self-incrimination was a right that will be accorded to her during a trial. “I would again take solace with the prosecution’s repeated assurance that the investigation process here has no bearing with the 17 chargers currently faced by the applicant. “I also concur with the prosecution’s argument that the right to remain silent and the privilege against self-incrimination are not constitutionality guaranteed rights,” the judge said. Rosmah’s lawyer Mohamed Reza Rahim applied for a stay of the ruling as the defence would file an appeal over the decision. However, Justice Mohamed Zaini ordered the defence to file a written application of the stay. Former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, who was appointed as senior deputy public prosecutor lead the prosecution team. Rosmah, 67,  who was not present in court today, was also represented by lawyers Manjeet Singh Dhillon, N. Rajivan and Datuk K. Kumaraendran. Rosmah filed the application on Feb 24 to set aside a notice issued by the public prosecutor on Nov 1 last year to compel her to declare all her assets from Jan 1, 2009, until Dec 31, 2017, under Section 49(1)(a) AMLATFPUAA. Failure to comply with the notice is an offence punishable by a maximum RM3 million fine, up to five years’ jail or both upon conviction. On Oct 4, 2018, Rosmah pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of money laundering, involving RM7,097,750, and five counts for failing to declare her income to the Inland Revenue Board. The offences were allegedly committed at Affin Bank Berhad, Bangunan Getah Asli branch, Ground Floor, 148 Jalan Ampang here between Dec 4, 2013, and June 8, 2017, and the Inland Revenue Board, Kompleks Bangunan Kerajaan, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim here between May 1, 2014, and May 1, 2018. The charges on money laundering were framed under Section 4(1) (a) of the AMLATFPUAA and punishable under Section 4(1) of the same law, which provides for imprisonment of up to 15 years and a fine of not less than five times the sum or value of the proceeds of unlawful activity or RM5 million, whichever is higher, if found guilty. The charges for not declaring income were made under Section 77(1) of the Income Tax Act 1967 which requires her to furnish returns of her income for the assessment years 2013 to 2017 to the IRB Director-General on or before April 30, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 without reasonable excuse contrary to Section 112 of the law. — BERNAMA   The post Rosmah has to declare her property acquisition appeared first on The Malaysian Reserve. [...]
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Dollar tumbles as trade war hits US economic data
NEW YORK: The dollar fell on Friday from a two-year high against a basket of major currencies after orders for U.S.-made capital goods fell, further evidence that manufacturing and the broader economy are slowing, due in part to the U.S.-China trade dispute. [...]
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Sabah dusk-to-dawn sea curfew extended by another two weeks
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah's dusk-to-dawn sea curfew will be extended for another two weeks until June 10, says Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah. [...]
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Govt committed to strengthening Malaysia-China ties, says PM
Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad before the bilateral meeting of the Second Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing April 25, 2019. — Reuters pic KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — The new Malaysian government that came to power in May last year is committed to strengthening Malaysia-China relations with even closer and more meaningful co-operation, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.The trade and investment growth between the two countries in recent years had been meteoric and this trend would continue to generate more opportunities in the areas of tourism, science and technology as well as cultural exchanges, he said in a message in the souvenir book published by the Malaysia-China Friendship Association, or better known as PPMC, to mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.Dr Mahathir said if in the initial stages, it was more of government-to-government relations, the partnership had scaled numerous levels and chalked up milestones that today made China to be Malaysia’s biggest trade partner.“China’s astonishing growth in the last few decades that catapulted it to become the world’s second biggest economy had contributed much to its extensive presence not only in Malaysia but in other parts of the world.“Our cooperation has grown at various levels and sectors. I believe apart from the roles played by government and political leaders, the various associations and non-governmental organisations from both nations, including PPMC, have contributed much to the strong and positive state of affairs enjoyed by both our countries,” he said.The prime minister said it was in June 1993 when he witnessed the signing of the memorandum of understanding between PPMC and its sister organisation, the China-Malaysia Friendship Association, in Beijing during one of his many official visits to China.“I wish to congratulate PPMC for being able to sustain the friendship through all these years and in fact, taking it to a higher level,” he said.Dr Mahathir said despite changes of leadership in both countries, the partnership had remained constant through the years, thanks to their adherence to the principle of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs and striving to be good neighbours.“I have always believed in the principle of ‘prosper thy neighbour’ and as China prospered, it has in turn prospered Malaysia as well,” he added.On China’s Belt and Road initiative, the prime minister said Malaysia had taken the position of supporting it for the benefits were mutually shared and distributed and for Malaysia, it was a continuation of the ancient trade that started way back during the Malacca empire and trading between both countries had never diminished for centuries.PPMC was formed in 1992 with active members comprising of entrepreneurs, investors, academicians, artists, educationists, politicians and professionals, as well as government officials sharing mutual interest in wanting to see a strong and sustained friendship, understanding and partnership between Malaysia and China.In April 2005, veteran diplomat and former Malaysian Ambassador to China Datuk Abdul Majid Ahmad Khan was elected PPMC president and he still holds the office till today. — Bernama [...]
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Now you can taste the Malaysian World Pastry Cup champions' winning desserts at this KL dessert cafe
Look for the adorable racoon eating ice cream for Tanuki by Crustz which is located at the quiet Taman Bukit Indah, just off Old Klang Road. — Pictures by Hari Anggara KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — We cheered when Malaysia clinched the coveted crown for this year's Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie (World Pastry Cup) in Lyon, France earlier this year. A first for us!But we'll bet everybody also wondered what those winning creations that captured the judges' hearts taste like?Well, here's your chance. You can finally taste them at Tanuki by Crustz (Tanuki) from today onwards.Making this happen is Tanuki's owner Xiao-Ly Koh who is friends with the World Pastry Cup winners: Tan Wei Loon, Otto Tay and Loi Ming Ai. Dine within the pretty Tanuki by Crutsz Connecting them together is The Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia where they once studied together and where Tan and Loi are now instructors.It's a rare opportunity to taste these creations as they are not available commercially."We want to showcase their creations as we don't want people to be disappointed they can't taste it," explained Koh.Kicking off the collaboration, Loi is showcasing his Le Papillon (butterfly in French). The ice cream dessert follows the competition's theme, "Nature, Flora and Fauna." At the World Pastry Cup, Loi created 'Le Papillion' as a larger ice cream cake complete with a spun sugar butterfly wing — Picture courtesy of Loi Ming Ai's Instagram At the competition, he was tasked to handle the ice cream dessert and ice sculpting.However, some changes have been made to the version served at Tanuki. The elements remain the same and you still get to taste the multitude of flavours but it had to be changed for practical purposes.The original featured a sugar spun butterfly wing and flower pattern inside which this scaled down version does not have.There's still the creamy yoghurt ice cream outside with one half of a butterfly wing drawn on it that is flecked with gold flakes. Taste the daintier version of World Pastry Cup's winner Loi Ming Ai's creation 'Le Papillion' at Tanuki by Crustz Cut it open to discover layers of raspberry sorbet and lychee sorbet paired with a pistachio sponge. You also have a layer of raspberry rose coulis followed by a lime streusel base.So, you are not really missing out on anything. Every mouthful is satisfaction guaranteed.In addition, Tanuki will be serving two more desserts from Loi. The first is simply called Lollipop. The whimsical dessert is entirely edible from the white chocolate label to the stick.Koh explained that they spun sugar to fashion the stick. Fashioned from ginger cream cheese ice cream on the outside, there's a calamansi sorbet centre followed by a lime sponge and lime biscuit base. The whimsical Lollipop is completely edible including the stick which is made from spun sugar Every bite is tangy because of the calamansi sorbet. Together with the ginger cheese ice cream, the flavours balance out beautifully. Think of it as a very strong (kaw) teh o limau ais!The second item is the eye-catching Ramen. Mimicking a bowl of ramen with swirls of noodles complete with chopsticks and egg, it's a marriage of creative ideas from Loi and Koh.The bowl is black sesame dacquoise enrobed in chocolate. Hidden within, there's raspberry coulis, orange cognac parfait and sesame feuilletine that gives it a nice crunch.Crowning it is a swirl of sesame ice cream with sesame cream to resemble the "noodles." You will find flecks of green tea crumbles on top. There is even a tiny chocolate chopsticks and fried egg on top. Delicious! The eye-catching Ramen is a playful creation by Loi and Xiao-Ly Koh Koh's original idea was to use chestnut flavours, similar to the Japanese Mont-Blanc. However, after testing it out they realised it's too sweet for the Malaysian palate.Instead, they opted for a black sesame flavour. This version uses a Taiwanese sourced paste, making it taste like the toasted black sesame tong sui! The desserts will be available for around two to three months together with Tanuki's existing ice cream offerings.Koh will also be introducing the other team members' creations at Tanuki and Xiao by Crustz later this year.Tanuki by Crustz is located at 26, Jalan Selera 1, Taman Bukit Indah, KL. It is open from 1pm to 10pm (Tuesday to Friday), 12pm to 10pm (Saturday) and 12pm to 6pm (Sunday). They are closed on Mondays. Enquiries can be made at 016-2110932 or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tanukibycrustz/ [...]
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