Thursday, November 27, 2008

Medical college’s Class of 1958 gather in Cameron Highlands

Medical college’s Class of 1958 gather in Cameron Highlands
Thursday November 27, 2008

IN October 1952, over a hundred undergraduates enrolled to study medicine at the King Edward VII Medical College at the University of Malaya in Singapore.

It was a milestone for the university as it was the single largest batch of undergraduates thus far to enrol at the Faculty of Medicine.

Among them were 10 female freshmen (again the biggest number to date) and also for the first time a freshman from Terengganu and Sabah.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Boy falls off bus during field trip

Boy falls off bus during field trip
Sunday November 16, 2008

PUTRAJAYA: A 12-year-old boy was badly injured after falling off a bus when the emergency door accidentally opened during a field trip.

In the 9am incident yesterday, Hwo Hsien Hwang is believed to be leaning against the door at the back of the schoolbus.

Hsien Hwang, who recently sat for the UPSR exam at SRJK (C) Chin Ming in Tangkak, Johor, was thrown on the road as the door opened at Precinct 12. The bus driver stopped after the other children alerted him.

An ambulance took Hsien Hwang to Putrajaya Hospital where he was warded in the Intensive Care Unit. It is learnt that he broke both his arms and legs.

Hsien Hwang was with 78 students and seven teachers in two buses visiting Kuala Lumpur, Pulau Pangkor, Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands.

Bus driver Mohd Isa Moh said he believed that Hsien Hwang was playing with the emergency door as the safety latch was unlocked. --- The Star News

Remains of RAF crew airlifted from jungle

Remains of RAF crew airlifted from jungle
By Ian McIntyre
Sunday November 16, 2008

KOTA BARU: The skeletal remains of 12 crew members of the British Royal Air Force flight KN630 who died in an air crash 58 years ago were removed from their jungle grave in Gua Musang late Friday.

The remains were exhumed on Thursday, placed in boxes and airlifted by a Nuri helicopter to the Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia forensic unit here.

Authorities are hoping the remains would belong to nine British military personnel and three Malaysians who perished during the height of the communist insurgency.

Awaiting identification: Army museum officer Kapt Zuraimi Abdul Ghani carrying the skeletal remains of the crew members Saturday.

The hospital will perform DNA testing and the results are expected to be ready in a month.

High adventure in Pahang

High adventure in Pahang
Sunday November 16, 2008

From the sandy white beaches to the highest peak in the peninsula, Pahang offers more than just a holiday. It gives an opportunity to be one with nature and to learn about the environment besides appreciating the natural heritage.


Long stretches of white sandy beaches on which one can just laze around and do nothing but enjoy and drink in the beauty of the sea. With turquoise blue waters and nice green hills across the horizons, it is a beautiful place to be to enjoy peace or alternatively to ride the rolling waves.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Tanah Rata assemblyman may join the Opposition

Tanah Rata assemblyman may join the Opposition
Friday November 14, 2008

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Tanah Rata assemblyman Ho Yip Kap will join the Opposition if his application to rejoin the MCA is not approved in three weeks.

Ho, who contested the March general election as an independent in a three-cornered fight, said he could serve the people better under the MCA and Barisan Nasional.

“However, there has been no favourable response (to the application since April).

“I am tired of waiting and within the next three weeks, I will announce my decision.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Genting Trailblazer: one tough adventure race

One tough adventure race
By Stuart Michael
Wednesday November 12, 2008

TRIATHLETE Eugene Chan, who made his debut in the Genting Trailblazer at Awana Genting Highlands Golf and Country Resort (AGHGCR) last weekend, felt the competition was tougher than the triathlon.

Chan, an active triathlete for the past 10 years, said the trailblazer was more of an adventure race.

“It may be tough for the triathletes but fun for those who love nature and don’t mind getting wet and dirty,” he said.

Green the earth: Struys (centre) with Sieh (left) and Mohamed Amin Osman planting a tree just before the race was flagged off at Awana Genting Highlands.
Green the earth: Struys (centre) with Sieh (left) and Mohamed Amin Osman planting a tree just before the race was flagged off at Awana Genting Highlands.

The participants went through a series of obstacles to finish the race and in the process, they had to brave through muddy terrains and hill-climbing.

“The toughest part for me was to climb the waterfall because my shoes were filled with mud and it was slippery. Running was not a problem but the high altitude made it difficult to breathe,’’ said Chan.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Plan needed to sustain tourism spots

Plan needed to sustain tourism spots
Friday November 7, 2008

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: A master plan is needed to ensure that tourism projects are run without sacrificing the environment.

The Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, said it would be a waste of money and efforts if tourism plans end up destroying the environment.

Tengku Abdullah cited as an example the tourist-popular Cameron Highlands in Pahang which is known for its cool temperature but is facing destruction because of too much development.

“Tourists come here (Cameron Highlands) for its natural environment and if there is too much development and high-rise buildings, sooner or later it will affect the environment. In time to come, fewer visitors will come here,” he said after flagging-off the participants in the Pahang National Park Eco-Challenge here yesterday.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Family in seventh heaven with contest win

Family in seventh heaven with contest win
Sunday November 2, 2008

TAMPIN: Seven proved to be a lucky number for a family here.

The seven put their heads together and came up with seven winning entries for the seventh week of The Star 8 Wonders “Rank and Win” contest.

Retiree Soon Poh Suan, 55, said the winners, who include her husband Lim Eng Kian, 54, son Eu Jern, 20, daughter, Pei Shen, 28, sister, Poh Lean, 49, brother, Seong Khim, 39, and her daughter’s boyfriend Heng Aik Jong, 28, decided they would stand a greater chance of winning if they worked together on the entries.

“We brainstormed and agreed upon a common solution before sending out our entries. We’ve been at it since Week One,” said the former teacher.

“We felt there was no point in splitting up the entries or giving different answers and true enough our decision has paid off.”

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Kuala Kubu Baru Flyingrhino Guest House Ecotours

Bliss in Kuala Kubu Baru
By Rose Yasmin Karim
Saturday November 1, 2008

Close to Kuala Lumpur and closer still to some white water action, Kuala Kubu Baru is a place to play hard and rest well.

There are some things that Kuala Lumpur, for all its attractions, cannot compete with Kuala Kubu Baru — namely, the air that’s noticeably fresher, quiet waterfalls and the absence of a single chain café.

Testament to the outdoor possibilities of this small town are the number of SUVs with offroad bicycles strapped to the roof that make a beeline here.

Larry and Anna co-own The Flyingrhino Guest House & Ecotours in Kuala Kubu Baru.
Larry and Anna co-own The Flyingrhino Guest House & Ecotours in Kuala Kubu Baru.

Living their dream in this beautiful place is Larry Swccato, 37, and Anna Pierrot, 27. Free-spirited in the way you wish your friends were, the European couple are the co-owners of The Flyingrhino Guest House & Ecotours.

“It’s a full house today. There’s a funeral going on next door and some of our neighbour’s relatives and friends are staying over,” said Larry, ushering me into the double storey, pre-WWII shophouse painted a bright orange.

Tacked to the door are red scrolls, a Chinese tradition that carry messages of luck and prosperity.

“These were given to me by the lion dancers during the official opening ceremony of the guesthouse. It looks very nice, so I’m keeping it there for awhile,” said the Mandarin-speaking Italian, who had lived in China for a decade.