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  • Umno MP admits to Facebook photos of Karpal in death
    Umno MP admits to Facebook photos of Karpal in death

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — Under-fire Umno lawmaker Datuk Nawawi Ahmad admitted today to uploading photos of slain DAP leader, Karpal Singh on the Internet using his smartphone. The Langkawi MP... …

  • We love you, Tiger of Jelutong, grandchildren bid Karpal farewell
    We love you, Tiger of Jelutong, grandchildren bid Karpal farewell

    The late Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh was given a moving tribute and farewell by his grandchildren tonight, who vowed to take up the mantle of Tiger of Jelutong. The 11 grandchildren, aged between 1½ years and 11, showed the media a poster which they had made together. "Singh is King. We love you, Tiger of Jelutong. We will miss you. Jangan... …

  • ‘I’ll be the next Tiger of Jelutong’, says Karpal’s eldest grandson
    ‘I’ll be the next Tiger of Jelutong’, says Karpal’s eldest grandson

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  • More seats will check gerrymandering, says opposition
    More seats will check gerrymandering, says opposition

    While Pakatan Rakyat supports the creation of more parliamentary seats in the next redelineation exercise as a means to check malapportionment, academics and non-governmental organisations have warned that it will not necessarily improve the quality of elected representatives. PAS election director Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli said the opposition pact... …

  • Learner drivers can take test in auto cars from June – Bernama

    The Road Transport Department (RTD) will allow learner drivers to be tested in automatic transmission vehicles starting in June. Deputy director-general of RTD Datuk Yusoff Ayob said there had been delays in implementing the move because of technical problems involving the printing of the driving education curriculum. "The printing of the... …

  • In Karpal, slain Beng Hock’s kin saw a beacon of hope
    In Karpal, slain Beng Hock’s kin saw a beacon of hope

    GEORGE TOWN, April 19 — The house at Number 144A Jalan Utama has seen a ceaseless stream of visitors since morning. They came from all walks of life, mostly in groups, sometimes alone to offer... …

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Tong Kooi Ong continues to believe in the prospects of Iskandar Malaysia and hopes to continue playing a part in forging closer ties between Malaysia and Singapore despite his decision to resign from the board of UEM Land Holdings Bhd come Jan 1, 2013.

In a statement yesterday, Tong said he would remain as a director of M+S Pte Ltd -- a vehicle 60:40 owned by Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Singapore’s state-owned Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd -- which has been tasked to develop what’s broadly known as the KTM railway land tract in Singapore that is worth S$11 billion (RM27.4 billion) in gross development value (GDV).

“Its significance is beyond monetary valuations as it also symbolises the strong relationship between the governments of Malaysia and Singapore. This involvement has taken a substantial part of my time and I expect it to be even more demanding in the months ahead,” Tong said of the M+S venture, whose formation in June 2011 was hailed as a breakthrough in Malaysia-Singapore relations.

On his tenure with UEM Land -- which he took on from February 2011 after the company’s acquisition of Sunrise Bhd -- Tong, who was chairman of Sunrise, said: “I believe I have contributed much and have learnt even more. Over the past two years, I had the opportunity to learn and work on Iskandar Malaysia in general and Nusajaya in particular.”

Gerbang Nusajaya is an integrated 4,500-acre development with a GDV of RM40 billion that is expected to create 76,000 new jobs.

“Dreams are turning into reality. The planned industrial development by Ascendas has put ink to paper. Other planned projects are also accelerating at a good pace … The success of areas like Puteri Harbour is beyond my expectations, in terms of demand, prices and activities. I believe this success will generate its own momentum,” Tong said, expressing confidence in the current state of both UEM Land and the Iskandar development.

Besides his role as a Khazanah-appointee to M+S, Tong said he looked forward to working closely with both Khazanah and UEM Land to build on the growing success of Iskandar Malaysia.

“I’ve developed good relationships with international investors and entrepreneurs, many of whom I believe are now interested in Iskandar. I hope to bring such investments and participate in the development and future success of Iskandar,” he said.

Tong is chairman of The Edge Communications Sdn Bhd, which publishes The Edge Malaysia weekly, The Edge Financial Daily and Personal Money magazine. In Singapore, he is chairman of The Edge Publishing Pte Ltd, which publishes The Edge Singapore.

He is also executive chairman and CEO of SGX-listed UPP Holdings Ltd, which in October signed a memorandum of understanding with Myanmar’s ministry of electric power on the setting-up of a new gas-generating power plant project in Yangon.

Tong held a 26.91% stake in UPP as at Oct 17, while Singapore billionaire “remisier king” Peter Lim Eng Hock had a 23.25% stake.

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  • Langkawi MP unrepentant, continues insults on late Karpal, says Facebook user The Malaysian Insider
    Langkawi MP unrepentant, continues insults on late Karpal, says Facebook user

    A Barisan Nasional MP whose Facebook posting poking fun at the death of Karpal Singh shocked Malaysians has again insulted the late DAP leader, this time comparing him to a hostile figure in Islamic history who fought against Prophet Muhammad. Facebook user Shamsul Kamal Ariffin Mohd Nasir, 42, told The Malaysian Insider that Langkawi MP,... …

  • Karpal’s car crashed into lorry, not the other way around, says Perak police The Malaysian Insider
    Karpal’s car crashed into lorry, not the other way around, says Perak police

    Initial investigations have revealed that Karpal Singh’s Toyota Alphard crashed into a five-ton lorry in the accident yesterday that claimed his life and that of his assistant, Perak police said today. State police chief Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani also dismissed rumours and speculation that the accident was caused by the lorry crashing... …

  • Told to ‘shut up’ on Twitter, Zul Noordin lashes back at Khairy The Malay Mail Online
    Told to ‘shut up’ on Twitter, Zul Noordin lashes back at Khairy

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — A feud is breaking out between former Perkasa vice president Datuk Zulkifli Noordin and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin on Twitter. Told unequivocally by the minister... …