Sunday, May 13, 2007

"I am well. Don't worry"

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Fainting PM? It's Been Officially Denied. Period.

UPDATED: Some snapshots from TV3's Nightline news at 12am.


" [...] of sleep and the heat, I'm relieved now, at first I was worried too."


Journalists bombarding him with questions...


....and more questions....

His physician, Dr Sanjiv Joshi, said everything is normal (refer to the below Bernama news).

The Sensintrovert stands by the usage of the word 'fainting'. Nobody knows (well, he denied it) whether he had fainted/collapsed.

Earlier breaking news by Rockybru here.

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The fainting PM? It's been denied. Officially. Period. Well, almost:

May 13, 2007 21:43 PM

Abdullah Says Not To Worry, He's Alright

LUMUT, May 13 (Bernama) -- "I am well. Don't worry," said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, refuting a claim spread through the Internet that he had fainted while attending a people's feast at the launching of the Hadhari Square in Teluk Batik here Sunday afternoon.

"I will continue with the programmes that been arranged for me," he told reporters here Sunday night.

"The doctor had conducted several tests on me including ECG, blood and blood pressure and these were found to be normal," added Abdullah who was examined by his personal physician Dr Sanjiv Joshi.

Earlier when presenting the keys to nine recipients of houses built under the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) community service programme, at the people's feast, Abdullah appeared to be losing balance and almost collapsed but was held by Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali and BNBBC acting chairman Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar.

Abdullah who arrived in Perak this morning to close the BNBBC community programme, had earlier joined the BNBBC members in building homes for three families in Kampung Tanjung Burung in Ujung Pasir, Pantai Remis.

The Prime Minister continued with the gotong-royong by planting trees at Kampung Batu 4, Segari, near here, before moving on to Teluk Batik to close the community programme and join the people's feast.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

“Our PM is not fond of chicken. For drinks, he prefers just kopi-O’’

Nasi Kandar Perth Chap Lap? Nevermind, You Fly Them To Melbourne!

Perth chap lap (close shop)?

Picture by Phil Brown via Screenshots.

Nevermind! You fly chefs all the way from KL to Melbourne!

Savouring nasi kandar in Melbourne

IT was not just a Malaysian cultural feast in the bustling city of Melbourne last week. Australians were also feted to Malaysia’s best-known dish – nasi kandar – in a posh five-star hotel ambience.

And how they all enjoyed tucking in to the various aromatic dishes prepared by five specially selected cooks from Original Kayu Nasi Kandar Sdn Bhd, who were flown from Kuala Lumpur to take on the challenge.

Playing host at the posh Crown Towers Hotel for 200 dinner guests was Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his daughter, Nori.

Hard at work: Original Kayu Nasi Kandar catering manager Kosol Napatalung (right) and three cooks preparing the ingredients for the nasi kandar feast at the Crown Towers Hotel in Melbourne.
The special guest at the nasi kandar dinner was Janette Howard, wife of Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

Also present was newly-posted Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, Penny Williams, and The Star’s group chief editor, Michael Aeria.

Earlier in the morning, Abdullah and Janette jointly launched a Nyonya Kebaya exhibition at the Immigration Museum. Most of the kebaya exhibits belonged to Abdullah’s late wife, Datin Seri Endon Mahmood.

Those invited to the opening ceremony on May 3 were automatically on the list of the private dinner Abdullah hosted at 8.30pm the same day.

Original Kayu Nasi Kandar proprietor Buruhan Mohamad, who led his team of cooks to Melbourne, said it was a personal accomplishment for him since starting his nasi kandar businesss back in 1974.

“Australia has very strict food requirements and we were very impressed with their standards. We were put to the test and passed,’’ he added upon returning.

His nasi kandar fare is much proven here, but Buruhan knew that it would be back to square one as far as Australian taste buds were concerned.

Grand dinner: Original Kayu Nasi Kandar Sdn Bhd proprietor Buruhan Mohamad (standing, in suit) at the VVIP table, as a waiter serves Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (seated, centre) with kuih as dessert. At Abdullah’s right is Janette Howard, wife of Australian Prime Minister John Howard, while at his left is Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim. The nasi kandar dinner was held at the Crown Towers Hotel in Melbourne on May 3.
“It was our first overseas engagement, and it was an important event for Malaysia. I flew there a week earlier to prepare ahead, came back to get the necessary stuff and flew back again,’’ he revealed.

Some 40kg of spices were flown in from Malaysia. Fresh meat, fish and vegetables were sourced Down Under.

After negotiating with the Crown Towers senior management for use of a section of the kitchen for cooking purposes, Buruhan’s team set out to work at 10am.

By the time it was 8.30pm, piping hot nasi kandar dishes were all ready to be savoured.

Buruhan’s catering manager, Kosol Napatalung, took charge of serving the VVIP table, where Abdullah, Janette, and Nori were joined by, among others, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim and his wife Datin Seri Maznah, and Nori’s husband, Khairy Jamaluddin.

The opening course comprised roti canai and murtabak served with dhal gravy with lamb, followed by briyani with ayam rendang, beef rendang, kari ikan, sotong sambal and udang goreng.

“We were delighted when Janette asked for more briyani,’’ quipped Kosol, who is a Thai.

Buruhan said he was well-aware of Abdullah’s likings, and planned the menu accordingly.

Our PM is not fond of chicken. For drinks, he prefers just kopi-O,’’ he revealed.

As such, desert consisted of pulut panggang, kuih talam, kuih bengkang, seri muka, teh tarik and kopi-O.

“We ordered 500 pieces of various kuih which were prepared by several wives of Malaysians residing in Melbourne,’’ he added.

Oh, he doesn't like chicken. But prefers to be one himself? ;-)

Thank you to The Star for this timely nasi kandar piece of article.

"Maybank must be fair to all"

MayBank Debates Continue

Yesterday, Perak Malay Chamber of Commerce youth chairman Saiful Adli Mohd Arshad said the chamber fully supported Maybank’s requirement because it would help increase bumiputra equity, especially among professionals.

Maybank should always be “fair and just” to all, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The Prime Minister said the bank’s requirement that legal firms dealing with them must have a bumiputra partner with at least a 50% stake was never a government directive.

“It was their own internal administrative policy,” he said.

Catrade Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk IIyas Mohamed said the Cabinet directive appeared to be inconsistent with its own policy of assisting Malays in getting their share in the distribution of the nation’s wealth.

However, a Malay newspaper reported yesterday that Malay intellectuals were asking for Maybank to retain the 50% bumiputra stake requirement.

Asked about this, Abdullah, who is also Finance Minister, said there was “no need to ask Maybank to do this and that.” “They know what is needed,” he added.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

"Bring on United"

SIL Must Be Pestering PIL...

...when the front page of a national newspaper look like this:



Malaysia MSM 101: Especially when a person carries your grandchild, just turn your local newspaper into your personal scrapbook.

Monday, May 7, 2007

"Civil servants to get pay rise"

Monday Blues Washed Out With 'Civil Servant Pay Rise'; Elections on 19th May?

How great it is if you're a civil servant enjoying your minum teh break warming up to your work and hearing this piece of news.

May 07, 2007 09:29 AM

Civil Servants To Get Pay Rise - PM

KUALA LUMPUR, May 7(Bernama) -- Civil servants will get pay rise because they deserve it, Primie Minister DatuK Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said in Putrajaya today.

-- BERNAMA