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Saturday, 30 April 2016

(The Star) Indonesian airlines to ply routes in Malacca

MALACCA: Indonesian airlines - Xpressair will make its maiden landing at the Batu Berendam International Airport (LTAM) soon.
State Transportation and Project Rehabilitation Committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong said the flight from here will ply routes like Pekan Baru, Palembang, Tanjung Pinang and Lampung.
He said the maiden flight from Pekan Baru to Malacca will arrive at LTAM in the afternoon and make its journey to Pekan Baru on the same day.
“For the initial stage, the airlines will use Dornier 328, which has 32 seats, to and from Pekan Baru.”
“The flight will depart from Pekan Baru to Malacca at 11.55am four times per week every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday,” he said during a press conference here recently.
Lim added that with the new airlines, Malacca now has two airlines operating at LTAM and subsequently would add more flights to Indonesia.
“In future, if there is demand for the flight, Xpressair will use Boeing 737 which can carry 120 passengers at a time,” he said.
The airlines service is expected to lead to more tourist arrivals to the state, especially in the health service and tourist sectors.
Also present during the press conference were Xpressair area manager Noval Zulkarnain Jusuf, Airport manager of Malaysia Airports Suhaimi Abdul Sani and Director of Civil Aviation Department (DCA) Irman Ismail.
Lim said Xpressair is now operating at Jakarta and Bandung and at the same time expanding its flights to other routes as well.
“They chose Malacca as more visitors are coming to the state for vacations and also for medical treatment,” he said.

Currently, there is only Malindo Air operating from LTAM where 20,000 passengers were recorded arriving via LTAM for the first three months of this year.

(The Star) Promoting educational tours

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Johor government is actively promoting educational tours to encourage students from local and foreign higher learning institutions to visit tourism destinations in the country.
Johor Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said there are several tourist destinations that can be showcased, including Tanjung Piai National Park, Taman Negara Pulau Kukup near Pontian, fruit orchards and the fireflies in Desaru near Kota Tinggi and lego robotics at the Legoland Theme Park, here.
“At the Endau-Rompin National Park near Mersing, university students can also carry out jungle trekking, rafting, kayaking, hill climbing, camping and identifying flora and fauna species activities,” he said.
He said this in reply to a question asked by Norshida Ibrahim (BN-Buloh Kasap), who wanted to know about the state’s tourism product development plans based on education, at the Johor State Assembly sitting in Kota Iskandar recently.
Tee said the concept of tourism combining recreation and education such as summer camps and motivational camps are popular in western countries and a programme of choice during school holidays.

Responding to a supplementary question from Norshida about homestay programmes as a tourism product based on education that could potentially be developed, Tee said homestays in Johor had attracted foreign students, particularly university students from Japan, South Korea and Europe. – Bernama

(The Star) Govt to fund further works on Baleh road

KUCHING: Construction on the next phase of the Baleh access road, which will lead to the Baleh hydroelectric project, will begin soon with funding from the Federal Government.
The Public Works Department has signed contracts with four construction firms to start work on the 73km road from Nanga Mujung to Sungai Dapu.
The road, expected to be completed by the end of 2019, is crucial for the construction of the 1,285MW Baleh hydroelectric project which is expected to begin this year.
It is also poised to open up new areas in the region for agriculture and commercial forestry and help create job and business opportunities for the local communities.
This project is the first big public-funded road infrastructure for Tunoh Growth Node in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
For the more than 9,000 people living along Batang Baleh, the new access road will also give them a more convenient commute to Kapit town, as the journey by road would take only one hour compared to three hours by express boat.
The access road project, which began in 2009, involves the construction of 73km of R3-standard road and 27 concrete bridges from Nanga Mujung to Sungai Dapu, as well as construction of 3m-wide paved roads to seven longhouses in the area.
The RM77mil Batang Baleh Bridge, under Package B (Phase 1) of the project, was completed in December last year.
Under the 11th Malaysia Plan, the access road project will be implemented at an approved cost of RM1.4bil.
It will be implemented through 15 phases in three main packages: Package A (Phases 1-7) consisting of roads from KM0 to KM36.258, including eight bridges; Package B (Phases 2-4) from KM36.258 to KM50.698, including 10 bridges; and Package C (Phases 1-5) from KM50.698 to KM73.3, including nine bridges.
Meanwhile, the 36-month contracts for Package A (Phases 2-7) were signed between PWD, represented by director Zuraimi Sabki, and Debessa Development Sdn Bhd, Pekerjaan Piasau Konkerit Sdn Bhd, Untang Jaya Sdn Bhd and Samado Sdn Bhd.

The signing was witnessed by Land Development Minister Tan Sri James Masing, Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin, Kapit Resident Joseph Belayong and Recoda chief executive Tan Sri Wilson Baya Dandot.

(The Star) From online to doorstep

Startup logistics provider, Zyllem, is looking to establish a foothold in the Malaysian logistics market, offering on-demand same-day delivery services for regular customers as well as businesses, following its successful two-year run in Singapore.
Zyllem Malaysia country managing director Nabil Feisal Bamadhaj expects its business to grow strongly in Malaysia, thanks to the shift in the market toward e-commerce.
“We are seeing an unprecedented trend in which the e-commerce scene has exploded with thousands of new e-retailers shipping a wide range of products.
“At Zyllem, we believe that we are able to help provide a unique solution to this increasingly complex industry through our open platform, while empowering our customers and drivers at the same time,” he said.
He noted that advances in Internet technology in recent years have given rise to a booming e-commerce market that provides businesses with greater opportunities to reach out to more customers.
On the other hand, modern consumers have become more impatient, demanding quicker services due to an increasingly hectic lifestyle and technological conveniences.
As such, customers are beginning to demand express delivery services that deliver the next day, if not the same day.
However, this usually comes at a much higher price for both the customers and businesses.
Zyllem hopes its entry into the Malaysian market would bridge the gap between convenience and cost by offering on-demand parcel delivery service that is not only fast, but also secure and reliable for prices as low as RM9.
This is done through its proprietary open logistics network that connects drivers with customers within the Klang Valley.
This allows businesses and customers to seamlessly tap into a growing pool of delivery partners to offer a wide range of parcel delivery services with flexible delivery windows ranging from standard four-hour service to a premium one-hour express.
Accessible via mobile application or online, Zyllem’s open network is designed to allow for greater transparency and security while remaining open to all delivery partners and customers to join in without any cost to create a vibrant ecosystem of supply and demand within the Klang Valley.
Zyllem Malaysia currently has a dedicated team of more than 700 active delivery partners, who are given full control to choose what jobs they wish to take and how often they deliver for Zyllem.
“We aim to be the one-stop solution for all our customers’ urgent delivery needs and to give them peace of mind through our lower pricing and reliable service.

“As for our delivery partners, we are empowering them with the tools and freedom to seek greater job and financial opportunities that easily integrate with their existing lifestyles,” Nabil added.

(The Star) Addressing rising costs of living

The Giant hypermarket chain is set to increase its house brand products to 1,000 by the end the year, to keep prices of necessities low for consumers.
GCH Retail (M) Sdn Bhd regional director for Malaysia and Brunei Datuk Tim Ashdown said that the Giant brand currently offers over 600 products consisting of food and non-food groceries, and also perishable items.
“The house brand was introduced to keep prices of daily necessities low and offer consumers alternatives with quality products that offer more savings and are cost effective.
“Giant house brand also comes with halal certification and is approved by the Health Ministry,” he said at the launch of the house brand recently.
Ashdown said that customers have expressed concern about the rising costs of living, and Giant recognised its role in helping to keep the cost of food shopping as low as possible for many Malaysian families.
“The current house brand products comprise daily essential items such as rice, oil, flour, noodles, household cleaning products, personal care and baby care products, including non-groceries such as yoghurt, ice cream and sausages.
“If you compare our 20 best-selling products with the leading national brand for the same category, our prices are 35% cheaper, as Giant offers best value with great quality for customers.
“Today, we have over 600 house brand products, and there will be 1,000 by the end of the year,” he said, adding that the new distinctive packaging with more pictures in the design also made product identification easier for customers.
Ashdown noted that the house brand products were launched after 18 months of hard work, with each having gone through consumer tasting and tests to ensure quality and consistency.
“Our suppliers’ factories are also inspected by independent auditors to guarantee manufacturing conditions while the products are reviewed from time to time.”
While nearly 90% of the Giant house brand products are produced in Malaysia, Ashdown said that 95% of its suppliers are Malaysian and 67% of the products are supplied by Malaysian small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
“We are proud of the locally sourced products we sell and the number of local suppliers we worked with over the years.
“In this regard, the Giant brand has become a huge success,” he said, adding that the products were also being exported to GCH Retail’s dairy farm businesses in Singapore, Cambodia and Brunei.
GCH Retail, which also operates Cold Storage, Mercato and Jasons Food Hall, currently has 145 stores nationwide which serve 2.3 million customers every week.
In conjunction with the house brand products launch, customers stand a chance to win shopping vouchers worth up to RM10,000 in a Stamp & Win Contest which will run until May 4.

Customers only need to purchase a minimum RM15 of Giant house brand products and get 12 stamps at different stamp stations in the store before submitting the form at the customer service counter at any Giant store nationwide.

(The Star) Airport launches new library that offers free e-books to travellers

Travelling can now be a more enjoyable experience at KL International Airport (KLIA), especially for book lovers.
Those who fly regularly will appreciate a new facility which grants passengers access to electronic books (e-books) at no cost.
This smart facility operates through the use of Bluetooth beacon signals which work on the principles of geo-fencing micro-location technology.
It communicates with passengers’ smartphone applications, allowing them to access a special virtual library of e-books.
These e-books can be downloaded for free at KLIA and subsequently kept in private devices including smartphones for two days.
Once the e-book has been downloaded, passengers are able to read the e-book even without Internet facilities, meaning they will be able to read it during a flight.
This facility, which has 40 e-book beacons strategically placed within KLIA Main Terminal and KLIA2, is the first of its kind in the world.
(From left) Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) Commercial Services manager Raslan Shahrin, e-Sentral chief executive officer Faiz Al-Shahab, Syed Munawar and MAHB senior manager Mohd Fauzi Ahmad at the e-book kiosk at KLIA2.
(From left) Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) Commercial Services manager Raslan Shahrin, e-Sentral chief executive officer Faiz Al-Shahab, Syed Munawar and MAHB senior manager Mohd Fauzi Ahmad at the e-book kiosk at KLIA2. 
The airport is part of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), where new technology is actively pursued.
Hence, it is no surprise that as the operator of KLIA, Malaysia Airports has joined hands with e-Sentral and Perbadanan Kota Buku, to introduce this technology.
Currently, travellers in KLIA Main Terminal have more than 800 e-book titles from various genres in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese. Each person is able to borrow a maximum of two titles at any one time.
This inaugural e-book beacon infrastructure was first demonstrated in conjunction with World Book Day 2016 during an event in KLIA2.
“This Bluetooth beacon programming simplifies the whole process for e-book borrowing, which is an innovative idea that complements traditional books. With this pioneering facility, we hope KLIA can be a model to the rest of the world,” said Perbadanan Kota Buku chief executive officer Syed Munawar Syed Mustar.
Commenting on Malaysia Airports’ objective in this collaboration, its general manager Zainol Mohd Isa said: “Malaysia Airports places high priority on improving the total airport experience for our passengers.
“Therefore, we are always on the lookout to implement initiatives that will transform KLIA into an innovative digitised environment which will resonate well with our mission of creating joyful experiences.”

Since the start of this e-book facility, more than 10,000 passengers have used it at KLIA Main Terminal and KLIA2.

(The Star) Wet through on way to the top

It was still dark at 6.30am when I reached the rendezvous to carpool to Karak town before trekking to the Sungai Kerau Falls.
Upon reaching Karak, and after a quick breakfast, we headed for the trailhead and set off shortly after 9am.
Having been told it was a three-hour trek each way to the falls, I was prepared and even looked forward to the hike, which would include several river crossings.
Though narrow, the gently undulating, clearly-marked trail was quite easy walking.
The river continuing upstream at the upper falls.
The river continuing upstream at the upper falls. 
I totally enjoyed meandering along the shaded paths, listening to the forest sounds as the path wound around the side of the slope into a valley.
Every so often, we would have to negotiate an obstacle, further enhancing the hiking experience.
Take, for example, the time we scrambled down and had to squeeze through huge boulders, looking for firm footholds and using our hands for additional support.
Fallen trunks, 2m deep ditches, log bridges and river crossings were some of the other challenges along the way.
Given the terrain and conditions, leeches and mosquitoes were almost guaranteed.
The 7km route traverses a variety of terrain from hard-packed dirt to grassy trails and from muddy ground to the sandy banks of the river.
After passing through a lovely bamboo forest, we came upon the first river crossing.
We waded across the shallowest part, with the water rising to mid-thigh at its deepest.
We marvelled at nature’s beauty throughout the hike.
We marvelled at nature’s beauty throughout the hike.  
At the next crossing, we walked upriver a little way, looking for a suitable spot to cross.
All in all, there are four river crossings to get to the base of the waterfall — a large natural pool with a 30-foot tall thundering waterfalls looming over it.
When we arrived, some hikers were already enjoying a dip in the pool, washing away their weariness.
I asked for directions to the upper falls and nearly balked when I saw the waist-deep churning water I would first have to get through.
Fearful but determined, I sealed my camera in a waterproof bag, strapped my waist pouch over my shoulder, climbed down the rocks and carefully entered the water.
I gladly accepted a helping hand from a fellow hiker, and went along with his prescribed route to the other side.
I had a heart-stopping moment when my foot slipped on the rocks and I sank up to mid-chest but I managed to straighten up, steadied myself on the slimy rocks and kept going until I reached a calmer spot.
A layer of moss covers the trunk bridge, making it a bit tricky to negotiate.
A layer of moss covers the trunk bridge, making it a bit tricky to negotiate. 
Safely on land again, I refused to dwell on the return crossing.
The path to the upper falls is steep and narrow.
It was also the most strenuous part of the entire hike, with tight trails hemmed in by trees, rock faces and low shrubs.
At the upper level, the river flattens out in the upstream direction.
Downstream, the rushing water flows into a series of cascading pools, gathering momentum before disappearing over the edge.
The highlight of the day was to dip in the icy cold water and be buffeted by the forceful spray of the waterfalls.
After chilling for 30 minutes, I felt ready to take on the world again.
I also learnt of another way to get back on-trail without getting wet. A fallen tree wedged between huge boulders was my bridge across the water.
I gladly took this option and was safely across in two minutes flat.
Scrambling through the huge boulders proved to be a tight squeeze.
Scrambling through the huge boulders proved to be a tight squeeze.  
The journey back took two-and-a-half hours, compared to the three hours going in.
We got back to the trail head at 5pm, having trekked an amazing 15.5km.

Sungai Kerau Falls is located within the Kerau Forest Reserve in Pahang and the nearest town is Karak.

(The Star) New logo for KL may be changed

The new Kuala Lumpur logo, which had drawn a lot of flak on social media, could be changed, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz (pic) said.
He said everyone had their own opinion on it with some good and some bad.
“It can be improvised and improved depending on the tourism bureau.
“The changes could be made based on feedback from the public,” he said after a meeting with Kuala Lumpur MPs.
Some Kuala Lumpur MPs who attended the meeting also voiced their dissatisfaction with the new logo.
Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar said some MPs said the design was “bland” and there was nothing memorable about it.
“However, the mayor did say that he would take our suggestions into consideration but he said it had been funded by a private company.
“I think the whole process lacked transparency and accountability, ending up with this disastrous branding for the country,” she said.
She said DBKL should have followed due process and set out to find the best designers in the country.
“It is quite mind-boggling that we already have a horrible product and no one actually knows how much was spent on it and from where,” she said, adding that there had been no mention of how much the private company had spent.
Meanwhile, Amin Nordin also said that the 50% discount for development charges that had been given from September last year would be stopped by the end of June.
“We found out that the projects that had been approved did not start work within the six months we had given them after approval,” he said.
Because of this, he explained, DBKL was losing revenue of RM400mil.
“We will take action against developers by pulling back the discount,” he said.
He said he did not have the figures in hand on the number of projects approved with the discount.
It was reported on Sept 25 last year that property developers had rejoiced as City Hall announced the discount for high-density projects starting that month.

DBKL Urban Planning Department director Sharom Ujang said the discount served as an incentive to encourage developers to continue building the city despite the slow economy.

(The Star) MPSJ plans to turn stalls into mobile food trucks

The Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) is looking at turning food stalls into food trucks.
Speaking to the press after the monthly fullboard meeting, MPSJ Licensing Department director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid said the current trend in food trucks had seen a boom in the business.
Currently, MPSJ issues permits to food truck operators to operate in SS15, USJ 1, and Jalan Kenari 1, Puchong.
“Some local authorities issue licences to food trucks while others don’t. Currently, the state is still drafting guidelines for these food trucks.
“We are looking at turning vendors such as the banana fretters seller under umbrellas by the roadside into food truck operators,” he said.
The council also saw an increase in coconut and beverage stalls but not an increase in applications for licences as some are operating illegally, especially in Puchong Prima and Puchong Perdana.
Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) president Datuk Puasa Md Taib had said in the council’s full board meeting, held the day before, that coconut sellers who operated in Subang Jaya were dumping waste in the Sepang municipality.
In response, MPSJ president Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said MPSJ would take action against the wrong-doers.
“We will try to legalise those who are eligible but foreigners will still not be allowed to operate,” he said.
During the full board meeting, it was highlighted that MPSJ will add a divider to the road in the Jalan Kenari commercial area and turn the type of parking into angled parking starting next month in an attempt to improve traffic flow.
Nor Hisham also asked the media personnel present if they had noticed any improvements to the pothole problem recently, saying he was determined to solve the problem.
“We are waiting for the state’s decision on using Waze to locate pothole locations.
It had been reported that the state was in discussions with Waze to use the app to identify pothole.

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali was quoted as saying, “Motorists can ‘flag’ any potholes and this will be linked to the local councils’ IT system so they will know the exact coordinates.”

Friday, 29 April 2016

(NST) RM743 Million allocated to build roads in rural areas of Sarawak: Zahid


MIRI: The government has allocated RM743 million for the construction of roads in the rural areas of Sarawak under the Armed Forces Jiwa Murni programme said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. 

The Deputy Prime Minister said the projects to build roads over a distance of 1,223km would be carried out by the Armed Forces engineering unit. 

"Projects carried out will be either upgrading former logging tracks into paved gravel roads or build new roads to improve connectivity or connect existing roads to interior parts on long houses," he told reporters after launching a Jiwa Murni Project to upgrade the road at the Sepupuk settlement scheme in Niah, about 80km from here today. 

Ahmad Zahid said the RM743 million allocation was approved by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and channeled through the Defence Ministry and Rural and Regional Development Ministry but did not state when the project would start or the duration of the project. 

"What is important is that the people of Sarawak, especially those in rural and interior areas, are able to enjoy cheaper goods due to the availability of proper transportation infrastructure. 

"In the past the cost of a gas cylinder was about RM50 but now it is between RM24 and RM28. When transportation cost is reduced, the prices of goods are also reduced," he said. 

"With proper roads built through the Jiwa Murni programme, the people are able to reduce their travel time from 10 to 20 hours or even days because some will have to walk to their destinations, use heavy vehicles or motorcycles. 

"However, with roads available, their children can drive home in their own cars or vehicles during the festive season like Christmas, New Year etc. in a few hours instead," he said adding that the Jiwa Murni Projects had started in 2009. 

Ahmad Zahid said by using the expertise of the Armed Forces, the government is able to reduce the construction cost compared to engaging other parties. 

"According to the Public Works Department's estimation, the cost for each kilometre is RM6 million but Armed Forces can do it at a cost of RM2 million a kilometre. The government can save RM4 million a kilometre and the job can be done quicker," he said. 

Ahmad Zahid said the Rural and Regional Development Ministry had also approved a project to supply water to the Bekenu constituency through an allocation of RM94.5 million and another RM1.5 million to build houses for the hardcore poor under the Hardcore Poor Housing project. 

In Sepupuk, upgrading works on an 18km stretch of road had started on April 13, 2016 and expected to be completed on April 12, 2017, under the Jiwa Murni programme using a new approach at a cost of RM35.5 million and benefit about 4,000 residents. 

Ahmad Zahid said the Rural and Regional Development Ministry had also allocated RM200 million to upgrade or build new roads in Sarawak. 

"That is why the people need to retain BN in power because the BN does not give empty promises but approves allocations for project even before going to the polls. 

"Imagine when BN wins the election. Certainly there will be more," he said. 

Also present were Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, Armed Forces chief Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin and BN candidate for Bekenu, Rosey Yunus. -- BERNAMA

(The Star) Spicy Korean goodness

Jinggo Dakgalbi at Elit Avenue in Bayan Baru, Penang, has been delighting diners with its varied selection of dakgalbi, a popular Korean stir-fried chicken dish in a gochujang (chilli pepper paste) sauce.
This dish is generally made by stir-frying marinated diced chicken, sliced cabbage, sweet potato, carrot, scallion, onion and tteok (rice cake) with the sweet and spicy sauce on a hot plate (built-in grill) right at the table.
However, for more variety, Jinggo has come up with seafood dakgalbi and Kurobuta pork galbi.
Originating from Japan, the premium Kurobuta is highly prized for its marbled meat and texture.
Patrons can opt for the standard chicken dakgalbi at RM25 per person inclusive of a drink (minimum order for two persons) or the set menu options (priced from RM64 to RM104) that come with cheese, drinks and one or two add-on items depending on the set.
The add-ons are cheese, fried rice, ramen, udon, mushrooms, sweet potato, rice cake, sausage, scallops, mussels, prawns, octopus and chicken.
The seafood dakgalbi comprising octopus, prawns, mussels and scallops is available for RM68 (for two to three persons) and RM88 (three to four persons). Those with big appetites can pay extra for the add-on items.
The rice cake ramen hotpot is bursting with fresh ingredients like egg, ham,mushrooms and spring onion.
The rice cake ramen hotpot is bursting with fresh ingredients like egg, ham, mushrooms and spring onion.
Selling at RM118 and RM168, the Kurobuta sets include the pork dakgalbi, drinks and seaweed dumpling soup. The dakgalbi is topped with grilled bacon for that added oomph.
Dakgalbi is known in South Korea as a communal dish that is shared among friends, with everyone sampling items hot off the skillet. That is why the restaurant is named Jinggo (which means ‘friends’ in Korean).
Jinggo stands out with its own version of the gochujang sauce which is not too sweet but with a peppery spiciness and the inclusion of Thai basil (optional) for enhanced aroma.
The dish is simply scrumptuous with all the ingredients mixed together for that bold sensation. Diners can also wrap the dakgalbi in lettuce Korean-style.
Besides dakgalbi, Jinggo also serves Golden Platter (fried chicken, melted cheese with either red beans or rice cake) and a selection of side dishes – spring onion/seafood/cheese pancake, soup or fried dumplings.
Catering to three or four persons, the platter is a delight. Dip the chicken drumstick, crab stick and popcorn into the melted cheese and indulge.
Signature chicken dakgalbi hot off the skillet.
Signature chicken dakgalbi hot off the skillet.
Also on the menu are rice cake ramen hotpot, kimchi soup, ramen soup (spicy), cheese ramen (non-spicy) and bibimbap. The hotpot with clear or spicy stock is filled with rice cake, ramen, egg, ham, mushroom, spring onion and tomato.
Another option is the Sizz Ring set lunch served from 11am to 3pm daily and priced from RM18.90 to RM23.90.
Choose pork, chicken or seafood and your preparation style – cream cheese, curry, bulgogi, mushroom or Korean-fried rice.
Also included are kimchi, rice, danmuji (yellow pickled radish), salad and a drink. The bulgogi is, however, available the whole day.
The seafood pancake is a tasty side dish.
The seafood pancake is a tasty side dish.
Every table comes with complimentary kimchi and danmuji.
Operating hours are from 11am to 3pm and from 5.30pm to 9.30pm on weekdays, and from 11am to 9.30pm on weekends.

For reservations, call 04-2401168 or 012-4270113 or check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jinggodakgalbi.

(The Star) CM defends master plan

The state government is surprised by the call of a group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which questioned the size of the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).
“If you reject and cancel the plan, then what are the alternatives to solve traffic congestions?” asked Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
He said the PTMP was vital, especially in connecting the mainland and the island.
“We are putting an LRT line across the sea to connect both places but if the plan is rejected, then the people on the mainland would not have it.
“I find that there is a sudden concerted effort to reject the plan, starting with the state’s Opposition and now by the NGOs.
“I hope the public would support the plan,” Lim told reporters after opening a basketball tournament in Taman Bagan, Jalan Bagan 13, Butterworth, on Wednesday night.
It was earlier reported that the NGOs had questioned the size of the project, which they claimed was a massive scheme at tremendous cost estimated at RM40bil.
The 15 signatories of the NGOs include the Penang Forum, Penang Heritage Trust, Aliran, Sahabat Alam Malaysia, Consu-mers Association of Penang, Malaysian Nature Society, Women Centre for Change and Suaram.
They also said the scheme lacked vision and was still car-centric.
When contacted, Dr Lim Mah Hui, who is part of the Penang Forum, said they did not reject the idea of a transport master plan.
“In fact, it was the NGOs which conceived the idea of a transport master plan in 2009.
“We are the originator of the concept of a transport master plan and the need for it.
“However, we do not support the current scheme.
“We support the need to prioritise public transport over the present private car-centric transport system,” he said, adding that the current plan contained many ‘fundamental flaws’.
Dr Lim said ‘modern generation trams’ or light rail vehicles (LRV) were more manoeuvrable, flexible and less costly to build and operate.
“Why do we need four poorly integrated public transport systems,” he asked, referring to the LRT, monorail, tram and bus rapid transit.

“The alternative is just one seamless network or public transport system on the ground,” he said.