IKLIM PERLABURAN: RICHARD BRANSON SELAR SIKAP ANWAR
KUALA LUMPUR 27 Sept. – Bilionair dan usahawan terkenal dunia, Sir Richard Branson menyelar sikap bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Anwar Ibrahim sebagai perosak kepada imej dan iklim pelaburan negara.
Beliau yang juga pengasas Kumpulan Virgin berkata, iklim pelaburan Malaysia di peringkat antarabangsa amat menggalakkan tetapi beberapa isu perlu ditangani agar tidak menjejaskan reputasi negara di kalangan pelabur asing. - Utusan
BRANSON SAYS ANWAR TRAIL DAMAGES MALAYSIA -minsioder
Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has called on the Malaysian prime minister to intervene in Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial, calling the issue “a thorn” in Malaysia’s otherwise good reputation.
“If you’re a bold leader, you should get rid of things like this which are damaging your reputation,” he said today at the “Dawn of the New Decade: Alternative Investments in Asia” conference here.
“This has gone on for a long, long time. It looks bad overseas.”
While Branson did not think Anwar’s Sodomy II trial was causing foreign investors to shy away from Malaysia in any major way, the mercurial entrepreneur nonetheless said more people would want to invest in Malaysia if it were more open and liberal.
He added that it was incumbent on the prime minister to address the “damaging” trial as good leaders looked after their citizens well, much like how good employers take care of their employees.
p/s- inilah akibat kalau bodoh bahasa inggeris lain yang di cakap lain yang di tulis wartawan malaysia hehe
A recent two-page spread in the New York Times, costing thousands of US dollars and featuring the prime minister’s wife, was placed on behalf of the Malaysian government.
the New York Times said: “The advertisement was placed by an ad agency on behalf of the Malaysian government.”
The response from New York Times executive director of community affairs and media relations, Diane McNulty, reveals that the ad was not placed by private individuals, as suggested by the last line in the ad’s congratulatory message.
McNulty, however, declined to disclose how much the ad cost, saying the company never discusses the cost of an individual ad as there are many variables and rates involved. These include the kind of schedule the ad purchaser has with the company, as well as the advertising category it falls within.
However, research on previous full-page ads taken out in the New York Times suggests that the cost of such advertisements ranges from US$180,000 to US$230,000. This amounts to between RM580,000 and RM740,000 for a one-page ad.
A two-page colour spread such as the one featuring Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor is expected to cost far more.
The ad was placed on 16 April 2010, on the last day of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak‘s visit to the US, to congratulate Rosmah on her being conferred a little-known International Peace and Harmony Award.
The ad welcomed Rosmah as Malaysia’s “First Lady” to New York, and carried the message: “In recognition of your effort to promote peace, harmony and understanding among the people of Malaysia and your courageous acts in making a difference to the lives of people and children around the world. Malaysia is proud of you.”
It was signed off: “Best wishes from family and friends in USA and Malaysia.”
The ad did not name the Business Council for International Understanding, the outfit that gave Rosmah the award.
Against a backdrop of controversies surrounding the hiring of media relations firm Apco Worldwide Sdn Bhd, and Rosmah‘s alleged interference in government matters, the two-page ad has stirred up gossip and blog postings about who paid for it.
It has also been noted that while Rosmah was prominently featured in the ad in a respected and established newspaper, US media coverage of Najib’s visit and meeting with PresidentBarack Obama was scant.
Malaysian Ambassador to the US Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis was pictured in Malaysian media showing US newspaper coverage in conjunction with Najib’s visit. But as the DAP’s Lim Kit Siang has pointed out, this appears to have been an advertorial in the Washington Times.
This is a collection of very short fictional stories. The taste can be sweet, juicy, spicy, tart, or crunchy! The flavours of Malaysia, in fact. So if this book could talk, it would say: "BiteMe."
This is the first book of fiction by writer/filmmaker Amir Muhammad, and has 60 stories with illustrations by Chin Yew.
Author Bio: Amir Muhammad is a writer, publisher and occasional movie-maker in Malaysia. He has been writing for the print media since the age of 14. Two of his documentaries, Lelaki Komunis Terakhir and Apa Khabar Orang Kampung, are banned at home. Aside from Rojak, his other books for 2010 are 120 Malay Movies (Matahari Books) and the text for the photography book KL Panorama (editions Didier Millet).
The Good: The book is funny. It’s actually a collection of Hishamuddin Rais’s articles written for The Edge from 2004 to 2009. Hishamuddin is a true Malaysian foodie. Not pretentious, he is obsessed with the Malay ulam. So obsessed, in fact, that I think he is part goat. No human can love the ulams that much. More of a travel book than a food book, Tapai reveals to the reader the secret foodie hideouts serving authentic Malaysian cuisine, i.e. ‘kampung’ food. Along the way, Hishamuddin writes about the lost art of Ghazal, helping to cook food for the homeless in Japan and his failed attempts at chatting up a French girl by telling her about the many kinds of belacan (prawn paste).
The Bad: He drinks like a fish and is not ashamed about it. Well, I suppose we have to applaud him for his honesty. From Tiger Beer to Chateau Whatever 1972, he’s gulped them all. He even had red wine when he stopped for a satay feast in Keramat and begrudgingly swallows boiled water while in Trengganu, which he calls a ‘dry state’. A self confessed “born again agnostic”, Hishamuddin detests art exhibits that do not serve free alcohol. But he takes the Eid celebration seriously, though. Not for the religious significance but for the tapai which her sister makes for the occasion.
The Ugly: None. The book has a cleverly designed cover (see above) that will definitely catch the eye. The paper is smooth and the book is peppered with colour photos.