What’s Hot in Penang this Week (18-24 JAN 2009)

Straits Times

3 out of Penang PKR line-up
Straits Times, Singapore – 24 Jan 2009
GEORGE TOWN – PARTI Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has dropped three top leaders from their posts in a key party committee in Penang, raising afresh talk of a
Deputy CM out of Penang PKR line-up Malaysia Star
Shake-up in Penang PKR exposes deep rifts New Straits Times
Penang PKR drops three from line-up Daily Express
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Human skull used by punters found
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – 24 Jan 2009
He then called the police who subsequently took the skull and handed it over to the Penang Hospital. There were also some alphabets and numbers written on
Human skull used by punters to get 4D numbers AsiaOne
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New allied health sciences college
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – 24 Jan 2009
DR SHARAVANAN: Students who study at Surya College will have a ready pathway to further their studies at Penang International Dental College or Vinayaka

Earthtimes (press release)

Dengue Cases Rising, Public Advised To Be Cautious
Bernama, Malaysia – 24 Jan 2009
He said besides the Klang Valley, other states, particularly Penang and Kedah were also recording a higher number of dengue cases lately. From Jan 1 to 23,
Selangor tops list as dengue cases continue to rise Malaysia Star
Malaysian sees sharp increase in dengue fever cases Monsters and Critics.com
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Abdul Kalam’s trail of lessons
Sun2Surf, Malaysia – 24 Jan 2009
The 77-year old Abdul Kalam, who was president of India from 2002 to 2007, arrived in Penang for two days last weekend in an official visit organised by
Kalam For Global Anti-Terror Force Under the UN India Journal
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Malaysia Star

A sure sign of trust
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – 24 Jan 2009
Over in Penang, several Chinese schools have promised to use the government’s timely “ang pau” wisely. SMJK Heng Ee principal Goh Boon Poh describes the

Malaysia Star
Penang resumes free inner city shuttle service
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – 23 Jan 2009
By PRISCILLA DIELENBERG GEORGE TOWN: Penang has re-introduced the free shuttle bus service within George Town’s inner city, which will operate from 6am to …
23-01-2009: Penang to create temporary jobs for unemployed The Edge Daily
Reduction In Electricity Tariff Can Help Reduce Retrenchment Bernama
Making Penang a pearl again Malaysia Star
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Penang PKR drops three from committee
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – 23 Jan 2009
BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Penang PKR liaison committee dropped three state executive councillors from its line-up and appointed several leaders into the committee …
23-01-2009: Penang PKR wants more prominent role in state govt The Edge Daily
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BBC News
Intel factory in Cavite closed by second half of 2009
ABS CBN News, Philippines – 23 Jan 2009
The world’s biggest chip maker decided to close the Philippine factory, two more assembly plants in Penang, Malaysia, and a wafer fabrication facility in …
Intel axes five plants, 5000 workers Register
Intel shuts older manufacturing facilities TMCnet
Intel to shut down five plants VNUNet.com
Inquirer.netEE Times UK
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Penang Approves RM10mil To Help Unemployed Get Jobs
Bernama, Malaysia – 22 Jan 2009
PENANG, Jan 22 (Bernama) — The Penang state government has approved a RM10-million grant for the Career Assistance and Training (CAT) centre to help the …
Be efficient to help lure investors to Penang, civil servants told Malaysia Star
Intel in Penang – closing or not closing? Cnet Asia
No mistaking who’s the boss The Sun Daily
The Edge DailySin Chew Jit Poh
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Intel to close two Penang plants but no layoffs
AsiaOne, Singapore – 23 Jan 2009
Its Penang corporate affairs manager Loo Cheng Cheng said the 1000 employees affected by the closure would be offered comparable job positions at the …
750 free WiFi hotspots for Penang in two years
The Sun Daily, Malaysia – 21 Jan 2009
GEORGE TOWN (Jan 21, 2009) : Penang will have up to 750 free WiFi hotspots in two years’ time despite protests from various anti-WiFi groups about the …
Good News, Bad News, Slow News
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia – 23 Jan 2009
Bad news: Intel to shutter factories in Penang. Slow news: After a long wait, the RM7 billion stimulus package would only be carried out two weeks later. …
Women held in illegal 4D shop bust
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – 23 Jan 2009
He said police had raided 33 illegal lottery counting centres in Penang and arrested 20 people in the first 20 days of the year, adding that 588 centres …
Cops bust illegal lottery centre New Straits Times
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Sin Chew Jit Poh
Taiwanese New Year Dishes To Ease Homesickness
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia – 23 Jan 2009
(Photo courtesy: Guang Ming Daily) PENANG: Malaysian Chinese always prepare exotic dishes during Chinese New Year while Taiwanese Hakka would eat the best …

Malaysia Star
Firefly eyes 1.4 million passengers this year
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – 23 Jan 2009
It wants four daily flights from Subang and several daily flights from points such as Malacca, Kuala Terengganu, Penang and Kuantan. …
23-01-2009: Firefly eyes Singapore route by April, additional … The Edge Daily
Firefly opens latest ticketing office at Terminal 3 in Subang Malaysia Star
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Malaysia Star
Plan to build car park for Kek Lok Si Temple visitors
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – 23 Jan 2009
THE Penang Government and the Kek Lok Si Temple at the Air Itam hills will build a multi-storey car park at the foot of the hill. …
Kek Lok Si lights up for peace and luck New Straits Times
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The Edge Daily
Najib: gradual freeze on intake of foreign workers
The Sun Daily, Malaysia – 22 Jan 2009
Asked about Intel Corporation in Penang said to dismiss some 6000 workers, Najib said: “We are not sure about the numbers but we are monitoring it very …
Gradual layoff for foreigners Malaysia Star
Govt To Reduce Foreign Workers In Stages – Najib Bernama
POLITICS-MALAYSIA: By-Poll Debacle May Hit Reforms Inter Press Service
Asia Times Online
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20-01-2009: Penang’s WiMAX coverage to hit 70% in 18 months
The Edge Daily, Malaysia – 19 Jan 2009
by Regina William GEORGE TOWN: The first batch of the seven locations for Wireless@Penang WiMAX coverage commenced with a test drive launch yesterday of …
Wimax services under Wireless@Penang begin Telecompaper
P1 begins WiMAX in Penang, 70% coverage of the state expected in … TeleGeography
Packet One invests RM30mil in WiMAX broadband Malaysia Star
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Free Bus Ride At Penang Heritage Site
Bernama, Malaysia – 20 Jan 2009
PENANG, Jan 20 (Bernama) — Visitors to the World Heritage site in Georgetown can enjoy a free bus ride in the area ride starting Friday. …
Penang Sentral project hits another snag
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – 20 Jan 2009
By DERRICK VINESH BUTTERWORTH: The RM2bil Penang Sentral transportation and logistics hub project has hit another snag with the Seberang Prai Municipal …
AirAsia To Launch Penang-Macau Route From March 1
Bernama, Malaysia – 18 Jan 2009
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 (Bernama) — AirAsia will launch its new international route from Penang to Macau beginning March 1 this year. …
Capturing life’s intricacies
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – 23 Jan 2009
He is currently exhibiting 33 oil on canvas pieces in Penang at the Galeri Seni Mutiara. His first ever solo, themed Bewilder, features artworks that range …
Fund to aid Campbell Street fire victims
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – 8 hours ago
The Monday blaze in Penang left 18 persons homeless. Komtar assemblyman Ng Wei Aik (pic) said a photo exhibition of the fire would also be set up at the …

The Edge Daily
23-01-2009: Fall in consumer spending hits retail sector
The Edge Daily, Malaysia – 23 Jan 2009
Meanwhile, OSK Research analyst Eing Kar Mei said the slowing retail sales would be particularly felt in Penang as several key manufacturing firms were …
One In A Million returns to 8TV
New Straits Times, Malaysia – 23 Jan 2009
Today’s two episodes will showcase the audition sessions in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Johor Baru and Kuala Lumpur. Penang and Johor Baru were thronged …

Simple fun
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – 23 Jan 2009
However, I was cornered into promising to take her for the fifth edition of the Penang Island Jazz Festival last month, and braced myself for what I …
66 hawkers in limbo
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – 21 Jan 2009
Penang Public Works, Utilities and Transportation Commit- tee chairman Lim Hock Seng said the hawkers would be “homeless” for about six months to facilitate …
Markets to undergo massive cleanup Malaysia Star
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Penang CM: Consider building a LCCT in Penang
New Straits Times, Malaysia – 16 Jan 2009
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng wants the Ministry of Transport to urgently consider the state’s proposal to build a Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT). …
‘Penang won’t boycott American goods’ New Straits Times
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Police detain seven over gambling and illegal lottery activities
New Straits Times, Malaysia – 22 Jan 2009
The Penang police have arrested three men and four women in connection with gambling and illegal lottery activities, following two separate raids here. …
20-01-2009: Plenitude to launch maiden Penang project
The Edge Daily, Malaysia – 19 Jan 2009
PENANG: Plenitude Bhd subsidiary Plenitude Heights Sdn Bhd will officially launch its maiden Penang property development in Bayu Ferringhi on Jan 30. …
100 Employees In Penang May Lose Jobs
Bernama, Malaysia – 16 Jan 2009
PENANG, Jan 16 (Bernama) — Penang is feeling the impact of the global economic meltdown, with the state government expecting about 100 employees in various …
16-01-2009: Penang has no intention of boycotting US goods The Edge Daily
16-01-2009: MNCs in Penang pledge not to lay off workers The Edge Daily
We Don’t Practise Double Standards – Guan Eng Bernama
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ACMS Provides Twinning Programme With Ireland Universities
Bernama, Malaysia – 22 Jan 2009
PENANG, Jan 22 (Bernama) — The Allianze College of Medical Sciences (ACMS) will offer a medical degree via a twinning programme with two established …
AirAsia lobbies Penang for LCCT
New Straits Times, Malaysia – 14 Jan 2009
By Marina Emmanuelmarinae@nst.com.my PENANG: Low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd is looking at Penang as a potential hub for a low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT). …
PRESS DIGEST – Malaysia – Jan 23
Reuters – 23 Jan 2009
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will implement infrastructure projects this year that will unlock the value of state-owned land and equip the state with …
PRESS DIGEST – Malaysia – Jan 22 Reuters
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Malaysia Star
NY Times readers choose Penang as No 2 must-visit destination for 2009
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – 17 Jan 2009
By CHRISTINA CHIN GEORGE TOWN: Readers of The New York Times have chosen Penang as the second best destination among “44 Places To Go in 2009”. …