Archive | May, 2012

Drama Menarik Hari Gawai

31 May

KISAH kehidupan masyarakat di Sarawak sering menarik perhatian ramai. Tidak kira pelancong, penonton juga teruja menyaksikan drama yang membawakan kisah masyarakat ini yang dianggap unik dan penuh tradisi.

Menerusi telefilem terbaru Kumang, Sulu, Ati Aku, ia mengisahkan perhubungan cinta antara dua individu berbeza latar belakang agama dan budaya yang dipertemukan atas dasar cinta.

Mengambil salah satu kisah masyarakat di Sarawak, watak utama David, lelaki India bekerja di Kuala Lumpur (KL) jatuh cinta pada seorang gadis keturunan Iban iaitu Cynthia yang tinggal di Sarawak.

Perasaan cinta David pada gadis itu semakin kuat apabila tiba perayaan Hari Gawai. Acara keramaian masyarakat Iban itu mengingatkan David kenangan ketika pertama kali menjejakkan kaki di negeri Bumi Kenyalang itu.


Ketika itu, David berkunjung ke sana kerana ingin mencari bahan menarik untuk majalah syarikat dia bekerja. Pada masa itu, David berkenalan dengan Cynthia yang menang pertandingan Kumang iaitu wanita tercantik yang memakai pakaian tradisi Iban.


Bermula dengan perkenalan, percintaan mereka tidak mampu dipisahkan Laut China Selatan. Cynthia akhirnya mengambil keputusan lari mengikut David ke Kuala Lumpur selepas difitnah Jombet yang menyatakan cintanya tidak dibalas gadis itu.

Tujuh tahun berlalu selepas David dan Cynthia mengambil keputusan mendirikan rumah tangga, mereka dikurniakan cahaya mata iaitu Felicia. Di sebalik kebahagiaan keluarga ini, perasaan David sentiasa dibelenggu perasaan bersalah terhadap ibu bapa Cynthia iaitu Apai dan Indai.

Dalam diam, Cynthia juga bersedih setiap kali Hari Gawai tiba dan situasi itu turut dirasai suaminya. Suatu hari, David tekad membawa Cynthia pulang ke kampung isterinya bertemu semula dengan ibu bapanya.

Kepulangan yang dinanti ini memberi harapan kepada David agar dia tidak lagi dibelenggu perasaan bersalah selepas berkahwin dengan wanita itu.

Kehadiran David dan Cynthia tidak disambut mesra Apai tetapi perasaan kasih anak pada bapa akhirnya membuatkan lelaki itu lembut hati untuk menerima anaknya semula.

Bagi penonton setia RTM, jangan lepaskan peluang menyaksikan telefilem menarik ini yang disiarkan menerusi slot Sutera On 2 pada hari ini, 31 Mei ini, jam 2 petang.

Telefilem ini dijayakan Shashi Tharan, Jennifer Jack, Iwan Dasri, Ferra Zillah dan Hanson T Rapah.

Turut disiarkan sempena Hari Gawai, drama Pengayau Kumang dibintangi Chomatt Samad, Tony Eusoff, Aripah Damanhuri dan Nadia Mustafa mengisahkan bagaimana Tingang yang tinggal di Melbourne mengambil keputusan pulang ke Sarawak untuk menyambut Hari Gawai selepas 20 tahun berlalu.

Begitu juga kepulangan Tingang menyingkap semula kenangan silam sehingga mengetahui anak angkatnya, Kevin adalah anak Idai yang sudah sekian lama tidak berjumpa.

Telefilem Pengayau Kumang pula disiarkan pada 1 Jun, jam 2.30 petang.

Kedua-dua telefilem menarik ini disiarkan menerusi TV2.

Harian Metro

CPF Minimum Sum To Be Raised To S$139,000

31 May

SINGAPORE – Central Provident Fund (CPF) members who turn 55 between July this year and Jun 30 next year have to set aside a Minimum Sum (MS) of S$139,000, higher than the S$131,000 last year.

The CPF Board and Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a statement today that the MS has been adjusted over the years to account for inflation, longer life expectancies and Singaporeans’ rising expectations of their quality of life after retirement.

They said that since 2004, the MS has been increased by S$4,000 each year to reach S$120,000 in 2013, as recommended by the Economic Review Committee in 2003.

The actual increases in MS are also adjusted for inflation each year, and therefore have to be more than S$4,000 a year since the increase must account for inflation between 2003 and the time the increase is made.

The S$120,000 target in 2003 dollars is also adjusted for inflation between 2003 and the time the target is met, to preserves the real value of the target.

Based on inflation last year and incorporating the annual S$4,000 (in 2003 dollars) adjustment, the increase in MS due this year would have been S$12,000, which is relatively large compared with previous years.

In response to concerns over large increases in MS in any given year, the CPF Board and the MOM said they will spread out the remaining MS increases needed to reach the S$120,000 target over a longer period of four years. This means they will reach the target in 2015, instead of 2013.

With this change, the 2012 MS will be S$139,000, an increase of 6 per cent, or S$8,000, over last year. Without the change, the MS this year would have been S$143,000, or a 9-per cent increase, over last year.

Changes will also be made for contributions to the Medisave Minimum Sum (MMS) to help Singaporeans plan for their long-term healthcare needs.

From Jul 1, the MMS will be raised to S$38,500, from S$36,000 – an increase of 7 per cent.

The MMS is the amount that a person who turns 55 needs to set aside for hospitalisation expenses in subsidised Class B2 and C wards, subsidised outpatient treatment for selected chronic conditions and basic MediShield and ElderShield premiums.

Members will be able to withdraw their Medisave savings in excess of the MMS at or after age 55.

Another change – also from July – is in the Medisave Contribution Ceiling (MCC).

This is the maximum balance a member may have in his Medisave Account, and it is set at S$5,000 above MMS and would be increased correspondingly to S$43,500, from S$41,000.

Any Medisave contribution in excess of the prevailing MCC will be transferred to the Special Account if the member is below age 55, or to his Retirement Account if he is above age 55 and has a MS shortfall. CHANNEL NEWSASIA

Today Online

Singapore To Set Up First Centre For Re-Manufacturing In Asia

31 May

SINGAPORE: Singapore unveils Asia’s first re-manufacturing centre in a bid to drive value-added activities in its manufacturing sector.

The partnership involves various key players in research and development and the manufacturing industry to develop new technologies in re-manufacturing.

Six industry players signed a memorandum of understanding with the Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Centre of Singapore (ARTC) on Thursday, to bridge the technological gaps in re-manufacturing in the aerospace, oil and gas, marine, energy, automotive and engineering industries.

Re-manufacturing technologies allow companies to process end-of-life products into “good as new” ones for the market.

This can reduce material costs by up to 30 per cent and generate higher margins of up to 50 to 60 per cent.

Dr Hamid Mughal, chairman of Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre ARTC Programme Board, executive vice president, Rolls Royce plc, said: “You get better finish, you get high quality finish, you get conformity to design specification, you get high quality service and feature and that gives you an edge on quality. So your re-manufacturing product getting closer and closer to original manufacturing.”

The centre is partially-funded by Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A’STAR).

Eight local small and medium enterprises have also joined the centre to co-develop technologies along with key industry players such as Boeing, Rolls Royce plc and Siemens Industry Software.

This will help cultivate the local supply chain in this new growth area.

Dr Raj Thampuran, executive director, A’STAR, said: “This is a much more profound capability, much more profound skill than repairing or recycling. Like in fine art paintings, the ability to restore requires people of extreme expertise, deep skill to bring things that are original back to life and give it a second life.”

The centre is modeled against successful centres in the United Kingdom and belongs to a network of seven advanced manufacturing centres globally.

It hopes to expand to 40 industry players when it moves into its new premises in 2014.

A report by Global Industry Analysts predicts that the global automotive re-manufacturing market will reach US$104.8 billion by 2015.

In the US, the re-manufacturing industry constitutes US$53 billion, employing 480,000 workers.

– CNA/ck

Channel News Asia

US Police Shoots Dead Naked Man Eating Another Man’s Face

31 May

Published on May 29, 2012

Miami police in the United States shot dead a naked man found eating another man’s face late on Sunday. — PHOTO: MIAMI HERALD

Miami police shot dead a naked man found eating another man’s face on Sunday.

The attack beside a Miami expressway led to police officers shooting dead the suspect, who continued to bite at his victim’s face even after he was wounded by the police.

The victim is in critical condition in hospital and neither man has been identified. A witness described shouting at the attacker to get off his victim, before police arrived and repeated the demand.

As a police officer drew his gun and called for an end to the disgusting attack, ‘the guy just stood … with pieces of flesh in his mouth and he growled,’ Mr Larry Vega told US television station, WSVN-TV.

Straits Times

Terpaksa Berkasih

31 May

SESUDAH hubungan yang terjalin selama lebih lima bulan terlerai tidak mampu diselamatkan penghujung Februari lalu, bintang muda yang makin jelita, Miera Liyana dan Shahrizal Jaszle akhirnya dipertemukan kembali menerusi drama 13 episod berjudul Harapan.

Meskipun janggal dan mengakui tidak selesa, komitmen dan tanggungjawab sebagai seorang anak seni perlu didahulukan.

Usik Miera yang ditanya mengenai perasaan dan persediaan emosinya apabila digandingkan semula dengan bekas kekasihnya yang juga aktor popular itu, itulah cabaran dan asam garam menjadi anak seni yang perlu ditempuh.

“Bohong kalau saya katakan tidak rasa apa-apa mengenai perkara ini, namun apa yang mampu saya lakukan. Inilah periuk nasi saya dan apa yang perlu dilakukan sekarang adalah profesional dan hanya melunaskan tanggungjawab menghidupkan watak yang diberi walaupun sukar dinafikan, saya berasa amat janggal dan sedikit kekok.


“Bayangkan, kami terpaksa berlakon sebagai pasangan kekasih semula dan itu adalah satu cabaran besar buat saya untuk mengawal emosi dan hanya memandang ke depan tanpa memikirkan lagi soal sejarah kami berdua sebelum ini. Maklumlah, watak yang kami pegang adalah pasangan kekasih yang mana menuntut babak bertentang mana, romantik dan berpelukan. Itu lebih membuatkan saya rasa janggal.


“Alhamdulillah setakat ini saya mampu berdepan dengan situasi itu dan kekal profesional. Apa yang penting, saya hanya memastikan watak yang saya lakonkan itu berkesan dan hanya berkomunikasi untuk hal kerja saja. Selebihnya, saya hanya mengasingkan diri dan melakukan hal peribadi saja di lokasi penggambaran,” katanya.

Hubungan gadis lincah yang punya personaliti besar berusia 19 tahun ini berpisah dengan Shahrizal juga pelakon utama filem Azura dan drama siri Asmara pada Februari lalu kerana lelaki itu dikatakan berlaku curang.

Rentetan dari kisah pergolakan hubungan mereka, Miera dikatakan tidak dapat menerima lagi Shahrizal dan hanya menyifatkan segala-galanya sebagai fasa yang memberi pengalaman untuk mematangkan dirinya.

Drama 13 episod ini, Harapan diarahkan pengarah dari India iaitu Ishal dan mengangkat konsep cinta remaja yang penuh warna hingga akhirnya mampu mengundang pelbagai emosi kepada penonton.

Diusik mengenai keputusannya menerima tawaran untuk berlakon bersama sedangkan pernah punya sejarah bersama, Miera yang begitu bijak menyusun kata mengatakan tawaran tersebut diperolehnya lebih awal sebelum dimaklumkan pihak produksi bahawa Shahrizal turut serta dalam drama berkenaan.

“Sebaik saya menerima tawaran untuk membintangi drama ini dan meneliti perjalanan skripnya, saya tertarik dengan idea dan konsep drama itu yang bertemakan percintaan remaja yang kebanyakan warna dalam plot ceritanya bukan kebiasaan. Sebab itu, saya menerima tawaran tersebut tanpa memikirkan soal siapa pula yang menjadi hero. Saya tidak sangka pula dia (Shahrizal) juga ditawarkan untuk memegang watak utamanya.

“Mungkin juga saya tidak akan mengambil tawaran ini jika saya tahu daripada awal yang dia akan berlakon sama. Bukan mengikutkan perasaan atau tidak profesional, namun apa yang pernah kami lalui masih baru dan belum sepenuhnya saya dapat melupakannya.

“Bagaimanapun, saya menetapkan syarat kepada syarikat produksi iaitu kami hanya berlakon atas dasar profesional dan tiada isu peribadi perlu dilibatkan sepanjang penggambaran,” katanya lagi yang turut terbabit dengan penggambaran drama Pencinta terbitan Grand Brilliance.

Harian Metro

Sailor Charged In Australia

31 May

SINGAPORE – A regular serviceman from the Republic of Singapore Navy, Benedict Ang Yong Chuean, was charged yesterday by the Australian court for alleged acts of indecency against a female cadet.

Ang, 21, who holds the rank of lieutenant, had been training at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra. He was arrested on Sunday after he was alleged to have entered the room of a female cadet and sexually assaulted her on May 6, according to Australian media reports.

Ang appeared before the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecency without consent. He was accompanied by his lawyer and a Singapore High Commission official.

A bail extension was granted on the condition that he does not make contact with five other cadets at the academy. The court heard he had handed over his passport to the authorities.

Responding to media queries, Ministry of Defence public affairs director Kenneth Liow confirmed that Ang “is being investigated by the Australian Federal Police for alleged personal misconduct”.

Ang is reportedly a Sword of Honour recipient, a recognition given to the top officer cadet in his training cohort. According to Colonel Liow, Ang has been suspended from duty. He will appear in court again on Aug 9.

Col Liow reiterated that the Singapore Armed Forces “take a serious view of the conduct and discipline of its servicemen and will take appropriate action where necessary”.

Col Liow added: “As the case is pending court proceedings, it would not be appropriate for the Ministry of Defence to comment on the case.”

Today Online

More SMEs To Benefit From Innovation And Capability Voucher Scheme

31 May

SINGAPORE : SPRING Singapore on Thursday said more small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will benefit from the Innovation and Capability Voucher (ICV) scheme from 1 June 2012.

In a statement, SPRING said the ICV, formerly known as the Innovation Voucher Scheme (IVS), will be expanded to cover three more areas – productivity, human resources and financial management

It added that the expanded scope will allow more SMEs to take the first step to upgrade their capabilities.

And it will help firms to better manage costs, be more productive and strengthen their business operations to achieve sustainable growth.

SPRING said companies can apply for vouchers valued at S$5,000 each, to be used for diagnostics, feasibility studies, process upgrading, customised training, product or services development, and adoption of quality and standards.

The voucher can be redeemed at more than 120 participating service providers.

SPRING has set aside S$32 million to assist some 1,600 SMEs a year, or 6,400 SMEs over four years.

The IVS was introduced in March 2009 to encourage SMEs tap on technology to try out innovative ideas.

SPRING said close to 700 SMEs have benefited from the technology services provided by 22 knowledge institutions, including polytechnics and research institutes.

– CNA/ms

Channel News Asia