Cracks and leaks in structures do not correspond with the progress of our building construction technology. Nevertheless, the building codes — Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 and Uniform Building By-Laws 1984 — contain prescriptive requirements. Perhaps the time has come for us to relook at archaic building codes in view of the rapid progress in building technology. Moreover, what is the reference for building managers to evaluate concrete structures and assessment of the method of repair thereof? Unlike steel structures, concrete structures do not suffer from fatigue failure with a sudden collapse.
October 13, 2019 16:07 UTC
The world needs local heroes like Anand, ordinary people who do heroic deeds in the course of day-to-day events. We, Malaysians, too, have our fair share of local heroes. One, the English teacher at SK Runchang, an Orang Asli school in Pekan, Samuel Isaiah, 32, who is well-loved by his pupils. Let’s celebrate our local heroes, their feats and achievements. Local authorities, schools, political parties and the media — identify our heroes, seek them out and glorify them.
October 13, 2019 15:56 UTC
PONTIAN (Bernama): The Housing and Local Government Ministry will hold discussions with the Finance Ministry on lowering the threshold for foreigners to purchase condominiums and apartments in urban areas from RM1mil to RM600,000. Its Minister Zuraida Kamarudin said there was a need to re-examine the policy, as many Malaysians disagreed with it. According to Zuraida, many were still unclear about the policy, and perceived that it had been proposed by her ministry, while it was actually under the jurisdiction of the Finance Ministry. "I will refer back to the Finance Ministry on whether there is a need for it to be reviewed. She said her ministry was currently focusing on promoting the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme by providing attractive packages in collaboration with the Home Ministry and Tourism, Culture and Arts Ministry.
October 13, 2019 15:11 UTC
The Star Vancouver’s Joanna Chiu is hunting for a home in Vancouver. VANCOUVER—I lived overseas for most of the past decade, but every time I came home to Vancouver, it seemed like all everyone talked about was the soaring rents and housing prices. I took one look at Craigslist, spied the eye-watering rents (did they accidentally add an extra “0” to the listings?) Ahead of the federal election on Oct. 21, candidates are making various promises about how they will address Metro Vancouver’s housing crisis. Vancouver has changed a lot, and changed quickly, with most people’s salary increases not coming close to the surge in cost of living.
October 13, 2019 15:00 UTC
BANGKOK (Bernama): Volunteer ambulances and rescue vehicles are being used by drug traffickers in their latest modus operandi to smuggle drugs across the border into Thailand. Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONBC) chief, Niyom Termsrisuk said the culprits used various official logos on volunteer ambulances and rescue vehicles to deceive security officials at border checkpoints. "We have arrested 21 suspects in seven cases of using medical service vehicles to smuggle drugs since November 2016 to September this year. Citing one case, Niyom said northern province police in September arrested two suspects who drove a volunteer rescue vehicle to transport 692,000 Yaba pills from the border province to Chiang Mai. Niyom said the drug syndicates’ ploy of using volunteer ambulances and rescue vehicles had affected medical emergency services as in some cases, the latter were stopped by authorities for inspection.
October 13, 2019 13:41 UTC
NAGANO, Japan: Japan sent tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers on Sunday to save stranded residents and fight floods caused by one of the worst typhoons to hit the country in recent history. At least 26 people were killed in the typhoon and vast sections of towns were left under water. Another 18 were missing and 175 injured after Typhoon Hagibis, which paralysed Tokyo on Saturday, dumped record levels of rain, public broadcaster NHK said. Elderly people evacuated from a nursing home flooded by Typhoon Hagibis are moved to another facility in Nagano, Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, 13 October 2019. Japan's Self-Defense Force's vehicles and personnel prepare for a rescue operation at a typhoon Hagibis flooded area in Nagano, Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, 13 October 2019.
October 13, 2019 13:18 UTC
Crimeni said Carson Crimeni, who was also 14, was bullied relentlessly. “My heart goes out to the mother,” Crimeni said. “If I was a parent, I’d be alarmed at what my child may be witnessing at school,” she said. The hallmarks of the Positive Effective Behaviour Supports philosophy, which Morse believes was first used in the United States, involve teaching students empathy, compassion and responsibility. In fact the boy was stabbed in front of his mother, outside his school.
October 13, 2019 13:15 UTC
When did “renewing wedding vows” become a thing? These joyous lunatics who are now proudly renewing their wedding vows are no different than gun nuts or hardcore vegans. There should actually be a law punishable by five to nine years of hard time for people who voluntarily renew their wedding vows. Renewing your wedding vows is like taking a citizenship test a second time after nailing it: you’re already in the country. I know some of you are already composing your angry emails: “Renewing your wedding vows is beautiful and romantic!
October 13, 2019 12:56 UTC
GEORGE TOWN (Bernama): The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry hopes the targeted fuel subsidy programme (PSP) for recipients of the cost of living aid (BSH) or B40 will be implemented simultaneously with those from the middle income group (M40) category, beginning January next year. Its Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said his ministry would hold discussions with the Finance Ministry (MoF) to obtain the data of the eligible recipients and to refine the required mechanisms. "As for the B40, we already have the data of about 2.9 million eligible people which I announced on Monday (Oct 7) but for the M40... thus far, we still don't have any information on the recipients. Saifuddin, who is also Pantai Jerejak assemblyman, estimated that the number of recipients from the M40 group could reach of up to five million. - BernamaRelated stories:Fuel subsidy programme to begin in JanuarySubsidy for 1 car per person
October 13, 2019 12:45 UTC
TAPAH: A one-year-old toddler was killed in an accident at KM67 of Jalan Ipoh - Kuala Lumpur here today. The victim N. Eshwaran died at the scene, while his mother M. Lavania, 22, and his mother’s cousin, R. K. Ammukutty, 16, who was riding pillion sustained injuries in the 3.20pm accident. Kampar police chief district, Superintendent Wan Azharuddin Wan Ismail said the accident happened when the motorcycle they were riding on collided with a tanker lorry parked by the roadside. Upon reaching the scene, the victim’s mother was believed to have lost control of the vehicle before ramming into the rear side of the lorry. “Due to the impact, the baby which was in the arms of the pillion rider died on the spot, while his mother and the pillion rider sustained injuries on the legs and face respectively,” he said.
October 13, 2019 12:33 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Heavy rain lasting more than two hours yesterday caused the retaining wall at the construction site of a residential project in Kampung Tengah, Ampang here, to collapse, which damaged at least five houses in the vicinity. One of the affected residents, Azman Sabtu, 43, said the drain built to channel the water along the wall had been gushing out water and mud whenever it was raining. He opined that due to the exceptionally heavy rain yesterday, the retaining wall gave way and subsequently damaged the houses. “In the past, there have been several incidents that have endangered residents such as flash floods, rock blasts that hit residents’ homes. Eight families whose homes affected by the incident were housed in temporary accommodation provided by the developer.
October 13, 2019 12:11 UTC
Her brother Faizul Rohban said he and other family members would ensure her legacy continues and her products do well in the market. At the same time time, he said he would also also focus on his own pre-mix coffee products, especially Manja Kaseh and Arjuna Kaseh. "I will ensure her business as well as mine, thrive not only in the local market but also overseas," he added. Manja Kaseh and Arjuna Kaseh received the “Consumer-Pre-mix Coffee” award at the World Halal Bestbrands Awards in Kuala Lumpur last month. So far, Manja Kaseh and Arjuna Kaseh pre-mix coffee only sell locally, but from next year, they are targeted for the overseas market as well.
October 13, 2019 12:00 UTC
BERA: Although it is a long way to go before the 15th General Election( GE15), the goodies and incentives announced by the government under 2020 Budget last Friday was akin to an election budget. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said while the previous government only made such announcements in the run-up to the general election, the Pakatan Harapan(PH) government would ensure such a budget is tabled annually. He said while the previous government tabled such budget (goodies) to win the election, PH was going the extra mile to bring changes and improve the people's livelihood. "This is the New Malaysia and we table an inclusive budget to ensure no one of left out," he said. "When Budget 2020 was tabled, the opposition claimed that it will not become a reality ... this as they never tried it in the past," he said.
October 13, 2019 12:00 UTC
LIPIS (Bernama): Four of six victims in the balloon explosion incident at Dataran Putrajaya on Saturday (Oct 12) are expected to be discharged from the Putrajaya Hospital. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pic) said the four comprised three adults and a girl. Dr Dzulkefly said a Mental Health and Psychological Support team would provide counselling to victims who are still in hospital. In another development, the minister said the Bera Hospital project, which had been abandoned since January 2015, is expected to begin operations in the first quarter of next year. Meanwhile, Dr Dzulkefly said the two-day health carnival, which began Saturday, drew more than 9,000 people.
October 13, 2019 11:48 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Heavy rain lasting more than two hours on Saturday (Oct 12) caused a retaining wall at the construction site of a residential project in Kampung Tengah, Ampang here to collapse, damaging at least five houses in the vicinity. The incident also resulted in eight families being forced to vacate their homes while a 14-year-old boy suffered a broken leg after he was hit by a car that crashed due to the wall’s fallen debris. "In the past, there have been several incidents that have endangered residents such as flash floods and rock blasts that hit residents’ homes. The injured victim was taken to the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital (HUKM) for further treatment. Eight families whose homes affected by the incident were housed in temporary accommodation provided by the developer.
October 13, 2019 11:26 UTC