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Bags lost after tour bus strands passengers at Malaysia customs

SINGAPORE – About 20 bus passengers returning from Malaysia have alleged that the tour bus they were on drove away with their belongings, a report said. The travellers who are from Singapore were left stranded at the Malaysia customs on Wednesday (June 28) around midnight, Shin Min Daily News reported. They were returning to Singapore from Kuala Lumpur via the second link, passenger Ms Chua, 28, told the Chinese evening Daily. Ms Chua, an insurance agent who gave only one name, said that they alighted the bus when they reachedRead More

6 Singapore companies to establish partnership for KL-Singapore high-speed rail

SINGAPORE – Six Singapore companies have teamed up to bid for high speed rail projects, the companies and International Enterprise (IE) Singapore said on Sunday (July 2). The six companies are Clifford Capital, DBS, Sembcorp Design & Construction, SMRT International, Surbana Jurong and Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST Electronics). The companies have plans to collaborate with international players to “jointly participate in high speed rail projects starting with the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (KL-SG HSR)”, they said in a statemen The 350km rail project between the Governments of Singapore and Malaysia isRead More

Singaporean linked to terror activities in southern Philippines: MHA

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean man has been implicated in terrorism-related activities in the southern Philippines, said a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spokesperson on Friday (May 26). He has been identified as Muhamad Ali Abdul Rahiman @ Muawiya, and has been in the southern Philippines since the 1990s. However, MHA said there is no information about whether he is involved in the armed insurgency in Marawi City on Mindanao island, where the Philippine army has been trying to flush out rebels of the Islamic State-linked Maute group. MHA was responding to mediaRead More

Jitters over China projects with axing of Bandar Malaysia deal

Malaysia’s decision to scrap the sale of a 60 per cent stake in its signature Bandar Malaysia project to a Malaysia-China consortium came as a rude shock, with the fallout set to spread from the 197ha township earmarked to house a terminus for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail, to the rest of the economy. Optimism over the perceived impact of massive Chinese deals – RM144 billion (S$47 billion) of which was unveiled in November after Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit to Beijing – was deflated overnight. The immediate effect wasRead More

Thousands of motorcyclists stuck at JB customs for 2nd day in a row due to MBIKE gantry malfunction

JOHOR BARU – Thousands of motorcyclists rushing to Singapore for work were stuck at the Johor Baru immigration checkpoint on Tuesday (Feb 21) after newly-implemented automated gantries malfunctioned for a second consecutive day. Swamps of motorcycles were stucked in snaking queues at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex early on Tuesday morning, Sin Chew Daily reported. The problem stems from a days-old automated gantry system called MBIKE, which was fully implemented on Feb 16. MBIKE was introduced to help reduce congestion at entry points between MalaysiaRead More

Malaysia confirms its eighth Zika virus case

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia confirmed an eighth Zika virus case on Sunday, involving a 67-year-old man who first showed symptoms in late November. An online statement from the Health Ministry’s director general, Noor Hisham Abdullah, did not specify if the man from the state of Selangor contracted the case locally or overseas. The statement said that during Nov 14 to 28, the man was in Kuala Lumpur, in the Selangor city of Shah Alam and in Perak state, north of Selangor. “His family members were questioned and their blood and urineRead More

KL, Singapore sign deal for high-speed rail

Line will be up by end-2026; PM Lee hails pact as a significant milestone in bilateral ties Royston Sim Assistant Political EditorIn Putrajaya Singapore and Malaysia yesterday signed a historic agreement to construct a high-speed rail line that is slated to start by Dec 31, 2026. The line between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur will be 350km long and have eight stations. It will go across the Strait of Johor via a 25m- high bridge near the Second Link. The landmark deal will transform the way both countries interact and do business,Read More

Live A Low-Cost Lifestyle In Welcoming Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a prime destination for foreigners from all over the world. From pristine beaches to towering mountains, ancient temples to super-modern cities, there is something for everybody here. It’s possible to live quite comfortably in Southeast Asia for a fraction of what it costs to live a comparable lifestyle in the U.S. Housing, groceries, utilities, dining out, transportation, and dental care are just a few of the major bargains. Costs aren’t less because the quality is less either. Your money goes a lot farther than you would expect.Read More