Archive | May, 2012

Nurul Pilih Gaya Eropah

31 May

BERBUNGA hati sang pelantun lagu Cinta Azali ketika ini pada saat menjelang hari bahagianya. Melalui perkahwinan keduanya Noorul Huda Abdul Wahab, 35, dengan duda Perancis, Eric Daniel Depp, 47, penyanyi dan pelakon itu mengharapkan apa yang diimpikan dalam sebuah perkahwinan akan tercapai.

Dulu dia pernah juga berangan-angan mengadakan majlis perkahwinan mengikut cita rasa sendiri, namun ia tidak menjadi kerana lebih menuruti kehendak keluarga.

Lalu bagi acara pada 6 Jun ini, Nurul sudah siap dengan segala perancangan selepas lima tahun menjanda.

“Dulu saya berkahwin mengikut istiadat Melayu 100 peratus, namun sekarang ia lebih kepada ala Inggeris. Dulu saya ikut saja cakap keluarga dan tidak membantah.


“Sekarang saya menguruskan sendiri majlis perkahwinan ini maklumlah, mak ayah pun sudah meninggal dunia. Sedih pula tanpa ibu dan ayah melihat hari indah saya.


“Apapun untuk perkahwinan kali ini, saya mahukan suasana majlis yang lebih intim dengan tetamu dan menjadi kenangan untuk semua. Jemputan hanya seramai 200 orang dan mereka terdiri daripada keluarga terdekat, ‘client’ dan kawan-kawan rapat saja.

“Pihak media yang saya undang pun adalah mereka yang sudah saya anggap sebagai sahabat dan tidak pernah jemu-jemu menyokong karier seni saya selama ini.

“Kembali kepada konsep perkahwinan itu, memandangkan bakal suami saya warga Perancis, Nurul gabungkan budaya Melayu dan Eropah. Mereka yang mendapat undangan Nurul tidak semestinya perlu berpakaian Melayu atau kurung saja, tetapi boleh juga mengenakan sut mahupun gaun petang,” katanya.

Nurul berkata, majlis pernikahan dan persandingannya itu akan diadakan di Duchess Place, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

Berkonsepkan perkahwinan dalam taman, rekaan Zaha Wedding Planner (ZWP), Nurul bakal menyarung busana yang direka dan ditaja khas Rizman Ruzaini.

Manakala, sut Eric pula menampilkan hasil sentuhan Bon Zainal yang turut bertindak salah seorang penaja termasuk Jakel selaku penaja fabrik selain mekap oleh Deq Sha.

Lapan hari selepas majlis persandingan itu, resepsi sebelah lelaki akan diadakan dan kali ini bakal mempelai memilih untuk melangsungkan di Bali pada 14 Jun nanti.

Jelas penyanyi dari Pulau Mutiara itu, dia dan bakal suaminya memilih Bali kerana tertarik dengan keindahan sebuah lokasi yang pernah dikunjungi mereka tahun lalu dan sejak itu mereka berangan-angan untuk mengadakan majlis perkahwinan di situ.

“Eric dan saya memang sukakan Bali. Kami memilih Bali untuk resepsi dan berbulan madu. Eric pernah cakap pada saya, dia juga mahu membeli rumah di sana untuk kami menetap di situ. Pernah juga saya tanya kenapa tidak di Perancis saja, dia kata dia lebih suka kehidupan di Bali,” kata Nurul lagi.

Eric secara rasminya memeluk Islam pada 13 Februari lalu, bertugas sebagai konsultan dan perunding kesihatan sebuah syarikat nutrisi antarabangsa yang beroperasi di Kuala Lumpur.

Perkenalan yang berlandaskan persahabatan bertukar menjadi cinta apabila Nurul mahupun Eric tertarik dengan keperibadian masing-masing.

“Sama seperti saya, Eric juga pernah mengalami kegagalan rumah tangga sebelum ini. Kekurangan dalam kehidupan kami masa lalu, sudah pasti akan diperbaiki.

“Syukur, dua tahun mengenalinya, saya nampak Eric ada ciri-ciri seorang suami yang baik. Dia ringkas, berfikiran terbuka dan sangat menghormati budaya dan agama lain.

“Paling menyentuh perasaan Nurul, dia memeluk Islam bukan sekadar memenuhi syarat untuk mengahwini wanita Muslim tapi dia sendiri memang tertarik dengan Islam. Kesungguhannya untuk mempelajari dan memeluk agama Islam menambah lagi keyakinan Nurul untuk mengakhiri hubungan kami ke jinjang pelamin.

“Satu lagi ciri yang saya suka, Eric juga sayangkan kanak-kanak. Pada awalnya Ayu (anak Nurul bersama bekas suami, Ajai) tidak berapa setuju dengan pilihan saya kerana dia bimbang Nurul kecewa lagi tapi selepas beberapa kali bertemu Eric, Ayu sendiri meminta izin saya untuk memanggil Eric sebagai ‘daddy’,” katanya.

Lebih istimewa dan membuatkannya tambah terharu menjelang perkahwinan itu, apabila ramai pihak memberikan penajaan dan salah satunya adalah produk penjagaan wajah, Skinz Infinate.

Sejak dua bulan lalu, Nurul menjadi ‘testimoni’ produk Skinz Infinate untuk melihat sejauh mana keberkesanan produk itu, sekali gus membantu membangkitkan seri wajahnya.

“Sebagai artis Nurul amat mementingkan penjagaan diri bagaimanapun, kalau boleh Nurul menolak untuk melakukan pembedahan kerana ia tidak kekal dan boleh memudaratkan diri. Jadi kalau ada produk yang dibuat menggunakan bahan semula jadi dan berkesan untuk kulit, saya akan mencubanya.

“Kali pertama Nurul menggunakan pencuci muka HydraClean Cleansing Cream, saya dapat merasakan kesan apabila kulit muka saya terasa segar dan lembab. Kemudian sesudah mencuba semua rangkaian produk itu secara konsisten, garisan pada mata dan leher semakin berkurangan selain kulit wajah saya menjadi lebih cerah,” katanya dengan gembira.

Harian Metro

High Demand For Kallang-Whampoa & Sengkang BTO Projects

31 May

SINGAPORE: Kallang-Whampoa and Sengkang appear to be the most popular areas in the latest Build-To-Order (BTO) launch in May.

Four-room units in Sengkang were especially popular with the units oversubscribed by 1.7 times.

There was also high demand for these units in Kallang-Whampoa despite the relatively high prices of between S$460,000 and S$590,000.

As of 5pm on 31 May, close to 3,500 applicants had applied for more than 4,600 BTO units.

The next BTO launch will be in July.

– CNA/ck

Channel News Asia

Rochor Road-Victoria Street Junction Is Safe, Says LTA

31 May

It has done checks but some drivers, experts point out potential hazards
Published on May 29, 2012

Three potential hazards at the Rochor Road-Victoria Street juncton pointed out by some drivers and experts. — ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
By
Christopher Tan, Senior Correspondent

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has checked the Rochor Road-Victoria Street junction where two recent high-profile accidents took place, and found it to be safe.

The checks were done in the day as well as in the middle of the night after the accidents.

But ‘as an added precautionary measure’, the LTA said it will ‘synchronise the green phase’ of the pedestrian crossing signals and the Victoria Street signal lights, so that both will be green at the same time.

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ABIDE BY THE RULES

We cannot over-emphasise the importance for motorists to abide by the mandatory traffic signals and keep to the speed limits, and not to drive if they drink.

– LTA group director of road operations Chin Kian Keong

It added that it will reinstate a set of overhead traffic signals once MRT works in the area are completed next year.

Straits Times

Kenangan Aku Sudirman

31 May

BIARPUN jasadnya sudah tiada, namun jasa yang ditinggalkan tak pernah hilang. Bersandarkan cinta yang dalam pada kerjaya seni Allahyarham Datuk Sudirman Haji Arshad berjaya melakarkan sejarahnya tersendiri. Bahkan, semangat patriotik dalam karya dendangannya masih segar hingga kini.

Menyedari impak besar Sudirman yang pernah mendapat jolokan Penghibur Milik Masyarakat dan Seniman Rakyat itu, Astro melancarkan kempen ‘Aku Sudirman’ sejak 11 Mei lalu.

Hampir sebulan berlangsung, kempen memberi peluang kepada generasi muda untuk lebih mengenali siapa Sudirman dan perjuangannya sampai ke kemuncak.

Sehubungan itu, pada Ahad ini, jam 8.30 malam akan berlangsung Konsert Kenangan Aku Sudirman di Stadium Bola Sepak, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur yang membabitkan artis popular tanah air seperti Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, Datuk AC Mizal, Jaclyn Victor, Ziana Zain, Misha Omar, Hafiz, Adira, Azlan and The Typewriter, Hujan, Hazama, Alyah, Rahim Maarof dan Osbon.


Tidak ketinggalan, konsert itu turut disertai barisan pelakon filem HOORE! HOORE! arahan Saw Teong Hin seperti Akim, Kilafairy dan bintang baru, Norfarah.

Masuk adalah percuma dan kehadiran orang ramai sangat dialu-alukan untuk menyaksikan konsert nostalgia ini.

Mengimbau sejarah lalu, ketika hayatnya Sudirman pernah menempa nama dalam Malaysia Book of Records pada 1986 kerana kejayaan mengadakan konsert gergasi percuma di Jalan Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur. Konsert menghiburkan itu berjaya memukau hampir 100,000 warga kota yang hadir.

Bukan itu saja, Sudirman yang juga anak jati Pahang berjaya melengkapkan coretan indah pada era kegemilangannya apabila menjadi artis pertama memenangi Anugerah Penyanyi Asia di Albert Hall, London pada 1989. Hingga kini, kejayaan itu menjadi kebanggaan negara.

Bagaikan ‘mutiara’ yang bersinar, Sudirman cukup dikenali penyanyi, penghibur, penggubah lagu, peguam, penulis, pengarang (buku kanak-kanak), pelukis kartun, usahawan dan pelakon. Malah, sepanjang pembabitan arwah dalam industri muzik, sebanyak 168 buah lagu sudah dirakamkan.

Melengkapi pelbagai genre lagu, Sudirman berjaya menyemarakkan semangat patriotik ke dalam jiwa masyarakat menerusi sumbangan seninya. Ini berikutan, kebanyakan lirik lagu Sudirman cukup menyentuh jiwa masyarakat.

Oleh itu, bagi melengkapkan kempen khas anjuran Astro, kerjasama dijalin dengan syarikat rakaman Warner Music Malaysia Sdn Bhd untuk menerbitkan album Aku Sudirman – Satu Interpretasi yang memuatkan lagu popular arwah. Antara artis generasi muda terbabit seperti AwanBand, The Kebayas (Suki, Adira, Shamini), XPDC Junior, Hujan, Altimet & DJ Fuzz dan Taxi.

Album yang diberi nama Aku Sudirman – Suatu Interpretasi itu sudah berada di pasaran sejak hujung Mei lalu.

Di platform TV juga, Astro melalui saluran Astro Ria, Astro Prima, Astro Awani dan Hitz TV berselang-seli menayangkan program berkaitan Allahyarham seperti Di Sebalik Pembikinan Filem HOORE! HOORE!, Trek Selebriti Sudirman, Cerita Artis Malaysia (Noorkumalasari), Konsert Hoore Hoore Aznil, filem Kami.

Pastinya, kenangan dan semangat juang yang tinggi Allahyarham Sudirman kini dapat dirasakan generasi muda tanah air selepas mengetahui latar belakang penyanyi bertubuh genit itu.

Sempena kempen ini juga Harian Metro sebagai rakan media rasmi memberi peluang kepada pembaca memperoleh dua keping tiket untuk menyaksikan Konsert Kenangan Aku Sudirman di bahagian hadapan pentas.

Hanya membawa satu keratan asal artikel ini, penukaran perlu dibuat esok, Jumaat (1 Jun 2012), bertempat di lobi Balai Berita The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad, 31, Jalan Riong, Kuala Lumpur bermula jam 10 pagi.

Selain tiket, turut ditawar 100 helai t-shirt, 100 bekas minuman dan 15 unit album Aku Sudirman – Satu Interpretasi bagi pembaca yang datang membuat pertukaran awal.

Memandangkan jumlah tiket dan cenderamata yang terhad sila buat penebusan dengan segera dan berkonsepkan ‘siapa cepat, dia dapat’.

Harian Metro

Straits Times, Zaobao Challenge Low’s Remarks

31 May

SINGAPORE – The Hougang by-election may be over, but its ramifications are still being felt.

Following Workers’ Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang’s criticism of sections of the media at its press conference on Saturday, Lianhe Zaobao and the Straits Times have weighed on the issue.

In a commentary published on Monday, Zaobao editor Goh Sin Teck described Mr Low’s remarks as “irresponsible” and “unfair” and said he should not use the media as a “target board”.

Mr Goh also questioned why Mr Low only made these accusations after the elections. He noted that the WP had faced questions during the campaign period over party discipline and whether its candidate Png Eng Huat had been upfront about not being selected as a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament.

However, the WP chose not to address them and instead levelled accusations at the media.

He also defended the paper’s handling of the “Secret Squirrel” episode – where minutes of a WP central executive council meeting were leaked by a source who called itself that – saying it had acted professionally in verifying the facts and had given the WP the chance to respond.

According to Mr Goh, the reporters tried to contact the WP, but its designated spokesperson did not respond. WP chairman Sylvia Lim replied after midnight that the issue would be addressed the next day.

Without any response from the WP, Mr Goh said the newspaper decided to go ahead and publish the story after determining – based on experience – that the minutes were authentic.

Low responds to Zaobao editor

In a response to Mr Goh’s commentary, which was published in Zaobao yesterday, Mr Low stood by his remarks. Nevertheless, he clarified that he did not accuse the media of being the perpetrators of an attempt to discredit the party.

Mr Low said that what he had said at the press conference was that the media was being used as a powerful tool by those seeking to hurt the WP, and that he did not accuse any media outlet of behind a “thug” of the People’s Action Party (PAP).

He also pointed out that he had spoken on the need for an independent media during the WP’s final rally on May 24. Mr Low reiterated that, by allowing itself to be used for political gains, the media would encourage others to do the same in future.

Referring to the “Secret Squirrel” incident, Mr Low directed criticisms at MyPaper, which had interviewed the anonymous source. Mr Low questioned if MyPaper knew for a fact that “Secret Squirrel” is a WP member.

Mr Low said: “If the media does not verify the veracity of its sources, or even the identity of its source … it misleads readers and could lead to public mistrust of the media.”

Straits Times weighs in

During the press conference, Mr Low had criticised, in particular, the Straits Times’ use of photographs and its headlines.

The Straits Times joined in the fray yesterday: In an editorial, the newspaper pointed out the developments in the run-up to Polling Day “were no fabrications by the media but emanated from within the party”. It added that “far more damaging material” on the WP could be found on the Internet, “which the mainstream media mostly chose not to pick up, as it was unsubstantiated and possibly defamatory”.

The editorial added: “Mr Low’s charges that the mainstream media was used as a ‘political tool’ by the ruling People’s Action Party were therefore unwarranted and unfounded. His post-election outburst, scripted and delivered live on national television, seemed designed for political effect, firing a salvo at his political opponents, with the media caught in the crossfire. That is lamentable, not least since anyone who claims to promote the idea of a First World democracy should take care to uphold its institutions, including the media.”

Speaking to TODAY, PAP Member of Parliament Baey Yam Keng, who sits on the Government Parliamentary Committee for Information, Communications and the Arts, reiterated that “no one can control the media and any responsible media would want full editorial independence”.

Mr Baey said: “Sometimes reports may not be what the newsmaker wants it to be, because there may be neutrality by the media, so it’s not always what the newsmaker wants.”

He disagreed with Mr Low’s assertion during Saturday’s press conference that the conduct of the by-election was regressive.

Mr Baey said: “I don’t think we have gone back 20 years, I think the balance of coverage now is quite fair in that you have more profiling of the Opposition parties than you did before, perhaps even more than what the PAP would like. Readers will have to decide for themselves, and nowadays social media also plays a big role … They can look at what is out there and form their own opinion.”

Today Online

Vinexpo Event In HK Attracts Thousands Of Traders

31 May

HONG KONG : Tens of thousands of traders are flocking to the region’s biggest international wine and spirits expo in Hong Kong.

The 7th Vinexpo Asia-Pacific has attracted 14,000 industry professionals, with over 1,000 exhibitors from 28 countries.

In a bid to establish itself as the wine hub of Asia, Hong Kong scrapped wine taxes in 2008.

Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, said: “Since then, Hong Kong has reaped a great harvest as a major wine trading and distribution centre in Asia. As a duty-free port, Hong Kong has become a much more cost-effective and competitive entry and exit point for wine trading in the region.”

A little known fact is that on a per capita basis, Hong Kong has the region’s biggest wine drinkers, with an average adult consuming 5 litres per year.

According to a Vinexpo study, Asia will see the strongest boom in its wine markets over the next five years with 5 per cent annual growth, compared to the world average of less than 1 per cent.

And with the wine market becoming saturated in Europe, exhibitors are tipping their glasses towards Asia .

Jose Salvacao Barreto, export manager at Pernod Ricard Portugal, said: “The China market – it’s giant. And it is still unexplored for the Portuguese wines and spirits. But there is a huge potential.”

And it seems Hong Kong certainly has a taste for bubbly as well. Organisers said the city consumes double the amount of sparkling wine and champagne, compared to the rest of the region combined.

Gabrielle Breitinger, export manager at Champagne Dampierre, said: “Champagne is pleasure, fun, going to the racecourse, being in a restaurant, going for fine dining, having people around, having parties. Champagne is joy…”

Vinexpo Asia-Pacific is held once every two years.

– CNA/ms

Channel News Asia

Unlicensed And Drunk Driver Jailed Over Fatal Accident

31 May

Published on May 29, 2012

Sikandar Singh Gill, 28, who used to run his own cleaning services firm, was jailed for 28 months on Tuesday for causing death by dangerous driving and other offences. He was also banned from driving for 10 years for the fatal accident along Corporation Road on July 4, 2010. — PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
By
Elena Chong

A man who had no licence and drank before taking his friends home was jailed for 28 months on Tuesday for causing death by dangerous driving and other offences.

Sikandar Singh Gill, 28, who used to run his own cleaning services firm, was also banned from driving for 10 years for the fatal accident along Corporation Road on July 4, 2010.

He pleaded guilty to causing the death of his close friend, Mr Harinder Singh, 25, by driving in a dangerous manner, causing grievous hurt to his front and rear left passengers, drink driving, and driving without a valid Class 3 licence.

The court heard that before the accident, he, Mr Harinder Singh, a security officer, and the two victims, Mr Gurdial Singh, 27, and Haji Maideen Shaik Dawood, 37, both Indian nationals, had been drinking at a park near Block 208 Boon Lay Place.

Straits Times