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Brazilian-style Wonder Goal

Faiz Subri Scorer of the Penang Wonder Goal

Midfielder Mohamad Faiz Subri yesterday said the extraordinary swerving free-kick he scored for Penang State in the Malaysian Super League was no fluke, after the goal prompted comparisons to Roberto Carlos’ thunderbolt for Brazil against France in 1997.

Footage of the the 28-year-old scoring on Tuesday from a free-kick 35m out in the 62nd minute has gone viral and made him a sensation.

Many fans on social media compared Faiz’s wonder strike with the goal by former Brazil and Real Madrid star Carlos.

“What a goal by Faiz Subri for Penang! ... like Roberto Carlos. GK did not know to come or stay,” one Twitter user posted.

Faiz’s shot swerved from left to the top right of the net after sending the hapless Pahang State goalkeeper the wrong way.

“This is no fluke goal. My coach makes me practice the kick after the usual training. I intend to score more of such goals God willing,” Faiz said.

Recalling the moments before the goal, his second in the 4-1 win over Pahang, Faiz said: “I looked for a target area, was calm and used the outer side of my right leg to fire a powerful shot at goal.”

Roberto Carlos (Brazil)

“I am happy that I have made Malaysia proud and it is a big honor to be mentioned with the likes of legend Roberto Carlos,” he added.

Carlos scored with a notorious banana strike from a 35m free-kick with no direct sight of goal.

Faiz could now even be a contender for the coveted FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year in January next year.

“This is an award every football player longs for. I hope I will be short-listed,” he said.

Penang FA vice president Gary Nair said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng would award Faiz US$2,400 for the outstanding goal, and described it as “the most magnificent” he had seen in Malaysian football.

Lim had earlier posted on Twitter: “Definitely the best M’sian free kick goal ever n best in the world so far for 2016. Penang football team making waves.”

Compare the free kicks below:

Faiz Subri Free Kick 2016

Roberto Carlos Free Kick 1997

City Hall

Penang City Hall - Excellent example of Victorian architecture
Penang City Hall – Excellent example of Victorian architecture

Colonial Penang is best imagined through its period Victorian architecture and none come finer than the City hall completed in 1903. Located on the Esplanade facing Penang’s historic field, Padang Kota, where today festivals and large-scale gatherings are still to be found. Today, City Hall is home to the Penang Municipal Council meetings.

Clock Tower

Victoria Clock Tower Penang
Victoria Clock Tower Penang

The Clock Tower is another colonial reminder of the British Empire and the importance of Penang. Built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee in the reign of Queen Victoria in 1897, the Clock Tower was a gift to the British authorities from a local Millionaire, Cheah Chen Eok. In line with local Islamic architecture the Moorish influenced design with a minaret-like appearance from afar, is a famous local landmark.


Komtar George Town Penang
Komtar George Town Penang

A far more modern and prominent landmark is the Kopleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR) which houses government departments, commercial offices, department stores and restaurants. This 65-storey complex also houses theatres, squash courts and a dome covered multi-purpose hall. On the 55th floor can be found a panoramic view of the city and on a clear day as far as Gunung Jerai in the mainland state of Kedah.


Snake Temple

Penang Snake Temple
Penang Snake Temple

Built in 1805 in the memory of the renowned Chinese monk Chor Soo Kong, the Snake Temple is situated in the small town of Bayan Lepas and is famous for the fact that it has pit vipers living on the temple ground. Legend has it, that Chor Soo Kong, who was also a healer, gave shelter to the snakes of jungle. After the completion of the temple, snakes appeared on their own accord. Today the snake population of the Temple of the Azure Cloud is very small, due to the urbanization of the area, but you can still see them coiled up on the altar tables, and touch them if you are brave enough. Originally the snakes were said to be rendered inoffensive by the smell of the incenses, but just for good measure, today the resident vipers are devenomed.


The origins of snake temples and snake worship go back thousands of years. According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, the snake represented many things to different religions – he was Apollo (the moon god) to the Grecians or Ra (the sun god) to the Egyptians.

The snake has also been variously described as a phallic deity, as a solar deity and as a god of death. The ancient Toltec and Aztec peoples worshiped a colourful feathered serpent called Quetzalcoatl, a half-divine, half-human being who was the great teacher of mankind.

In the field of medicine, the staff of Aesculapius with a coiled serpent became the traditional symbol of medicine and healing. It is told in Genesis that Moses held up a bronze serpent on a staff to cure the Jews of snakebite.

Closer to home, the Hindus, Burmese and Siamese people worshiped the snake as a demon who also had good aspects. The present-day worship of Krishna and Vishnu includes elements borrowed from primitive Hindu snake cults. The shedding of the snake’s skin is interpreted by Buddhists as a form of regenerative power.

In China the serpent assumes the form of a dragon, a mythical being which is both fierce yet protective. In Penang, the so-called snake temple was actually built to honour a human deity – the snakes appeared soon after completion of the building.

Front View Penang Snake Temple

A monk journeying to Penang from China in the 1800s had in his possession the statue of a famous deity called Cheng-Swee Chor-Soo or Chor Soo Kong, whose name means “an eminent historic figure who is continuously revered by a community generation after generation”.

The monk also brought with him myths and legends of this particular deity’s power in healing sickness and granting favours to believers. Thus when British resident David Brown (owner of Glugor Estate) heard of this deity and was subsequently cured of an illness in 1873 after praying to him, he donated a tract of land so a temple may be built in homage of the deity who healed him. It is on this land which the Snake Temple has stood for over a century.

The architecture of the temple is a design commonly found in Southern China. Three dimensional sculptures constructed using a technique knows as Chien Nien (cut and paste) from shards of coloured porcelain decorate the roof.

Legend has it that after the temple was built, snakes from the surrounding forest mysteriously appeared in the building. Sensing this phenomenon as a good omen, the monk immediately gave shelter to the snakes and allowed them to take up residence in the sacred halls. They were even allowed to breed. A 600 pound bell made in China during the Manchurian Dynasty (1886) still hangs in the main hall.It is rung on the 1st and 15th days of every month of the Chinese calendar to invite the denizens of heaven and hell to pray.

Balloon Fiesta Parking Solution

THERE will be 1,300 free parking lots available for cars for the upcoming Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2016 at the Polo Ground on Feb 9-10.

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2016 at the Polo Ground on Feb 9-10. (image credit)

Penang Global Tourism chief executive officer Ooi Chok Yan said the parking lots are located at SK Jalan Residensi, SM Tuanku Puan Habsah, SMK (P) St. George, St. Christopher International Primary School, Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society and Taman Jajar in York Road. The empty parking space opposite Disted College will only be available on Feb 9.

“Visitors to the fiesta can park at these places for free,” he told a press conference in Komtar, Penang, on Monday.

Ooi said Sepoy Lines Road beside the Polo Ground would be closed to traffic from 10pm on Feb 8 to 10pm on Feb 10 while Tull Road would be temporarily turned into a one-way street on Feb 9 and 10, with traffic heading towards Gaol Road/Barrack Road.

He also said that the Penang Sports Club had granted permission for its field to be used as a helipad should there be a need for emergency helicopter transport for the Penang Hospital.

For those who prefer not to drive to the venue, there will be free shuttle buses from the Rapid Penang bus terminal in Weld Quay, Tesco Tanjung Tokong and Queensbay Mall on 30-minute or hourly intervals from 7am to 10pm.

Penang Global Tourism chief executive officer Ooi Chok Yan. (image credit)

Ooi said visitors could also opt for the MyTeksi app which is offering RM8 discount for passengers each way using the promotion code – HAB16.

The Hop-On Hop-Off bus City Route will also have extra drop-off stops near Polo Ground on both days.

Northeast district traffic police officer Asst Supt M. Matavan warned motorists not to park their vehicles along roadsides near the venue.

“They would be issued summonses and their vehicles towed away”.

The fiesta, to be held from 7am to 9.30pm on both days, will feature 15 hot air balloons, a ‘night glow’ show, free flying balloons and other family-orientated activities. It is organised by AKA Balloons, endorsed by the state government and supported by the Penang Island City Council and Penang Global Tourism.

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Need To Find New Fishing Grounds

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Fishermen in the south coast of Penang island believe that they will have to fish off the southwest coast of the island in the next few years.

Fishermen in the south coast of Penang island believe that they will have to fish off the southwest coast of the island in the next few years.

Southern Penang Fisherman Association president Arshad Omar said that when work on two artificial islands (provided for under the Penang Transport Master Plan) to be sited in their fishing ground starts, they would have to seek greener pastures.

“If the reclamation project follows through, we will have to fish near the southwest.

“It’s already crowded over there with more than 1,000 fishermen and their daily catch has dwindled over the years.

“Can you imagine if we all move there? It would definitely be a congested sea,” he said during the question-and-answer session held by the master plan’s delivery partner SRS Consortium with fishermen at Kompleks Tabung Haji yesterday.

Penang fishermen protesting to protect their futures.

“Also present were Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, state Local Government, Traffic and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow, state Agriculture, Agro-Based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin, Batu Maung assemblyman Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim and about 400 association members.

Arshad pleaded with the Pakatan bigwigs to seek an alternative to the man-made islands and ‘not make fishermen the victims’.

Ten other fishermen also voiced their misgivings over the man-made islands proposal.

One described monetary compensation in exchange for their livelihood as ‘not a fair exchange’.

Lim urged the association to provide a solid explanation to debunk the study done by SRS Consortium.

Penang Company Growing On Solar Demand

KUALA LUMPUR: Tek Seng Holdings Bhd , a Penang-based polyvinyl chloride (PVC) product manufacturer, which is ramping up its solar energy business, expects the segment to drive earnings growth as the world shifts further towards energy efficiency and sustainability.

Penang is tailor-made for solar energy with so many days of brilliant sunshine

Interest in solar products should see rising interest after the Paris Climate Conference last month, as nearly 200 countries have agreed to limit temperature rises by cutting down fossil consumption in power generation.

Tek Seng, which derived most of its earnings from PVC flooring and packaging product business, ventured into the solar energy business when it became clear that the segment would not be able to generate double-digit growth in years to come.

“Earlier, we projected that [the] PVC business may continue to post double-digit growth in the next three years, but given the current market situation, we think it is not realistic anymore,” its executive chairman Loh Kok Beng told The Edge Financial Daily in an interview recently.

But it is not all doom and gloom for the group. Its solar segment has started to gain a stronger foothold and reversed its losses in the third quarter ended Sept 30, 2015 (3QFY15).

“Based on the segment’s track record, we expect the revenue contribution of the solar segment to grow to 60% from 40% currently in the current financial year ending Dec 31, 2016 (FY16), while the PVC segment’s contribution may fall to 40% from 60% presently,” Loh said.

With the strong performance of the solar segment, Loh is optimistic that the group is likely to achieve double-digit growth in revenue in FY15 and FY16.

“The order book for this year and [the] first quarter of 2017 has been filled up,” Loh said, expecting more orders to continue to flow in as China, the world’s second-largest economy, plans to increase solar power capacity to reduce environmental pollution.

“Further, we are not bound to the anti-dumping duties and this could further boost our sales,” he added.

Tek Seng is based in Penang Science Park and dedicated to the research, development, and production of high-quality solar cells, modules, and PV systems.

Tek Seng’s solar cells are sold mainly to Taiwan, China and Eastern Europe. Taiwan and China accounted for 80% of the total sales.

In view of rising demand, Loh said the group had set aside RM200 million in FY16 to boost its production capacity to capture growth of the multibillion business.

According to him, the funds will be utilised for the installation of four additional new production lines, which would boost its total production capacity to 490mw from 210mw currently.

“One of the new lines is expected to start operation by early next month, while the other three, which will be housed in the new plant, will commence operation in phases towards the end of the year,” he said.

Currently, Tek Seng has three solar production lines at its solar energy plant in Penang, which gives it a total manufacturing capacity of 210mw per annum or 70mw per line.

“According to our internal estimation, each of the production line has the potential to generate about RM100 million in revenue per year, should it run at an average utilisation rate of 97%,” Loh added.

Claiming it as the only solar cell maker in the country, Tek Seng is in the midst of constructing its second solar energy plant, which can house approximately 10 new manufacturing lines, bringing its total production capacity to 680mw.

“The construction work is expected to be completed by [the] third quarter of this year,” Loh said.

Penang Science Park map (click to enlarge)

Tek Seng’s solar segment swung back to profitability in 3QFY15 with a profit of RM7.53 million from a loss of RM3.65 million in 2QFY15. It registered revenue of RM55.77 million in 3QFY15, accounting for 56% of the group’s total turnover.

On its PVC business, Loh is hopeful that the segment could maintain its performance in FY16 as production costs come down amid low commodity prices.

“Last year, the segment’s orders declined as much as 20%, mainly impacted by a stronger US dollar against all major currencies. But orders normalised after we slashed our prices by about 10%,” he said.

“Our products are mainly exported to emerging countries, such as Indonesia, [the] Middle East and Africa, and a strong [US] dollar will erode our clients’ purchasing power,” he explained.

Although currency volatility has hurt the company’s performance, it has no plan to hedge itself.

Instead, Loh said the group plans to offer various options, for example, a client can choose to pay according to the exchange rate on the invoice date or goods delivery date, whichever deemed best for them.

“We are also considering to bill our clients in other currencies that would benefit them,” he added.

Tek Seng posted a net profit of RM5.04 million in 3QFY15, a 183% jump from RM1.78 million in 3QFY14, while revenue surged 63.5% to RM99.33 million from RM60.75 million.

Shares in Tek Seng hit their all-time high of RM1.25 on Jan 11, and have been hovering between RM1.13 and RM1.21 after coming off the peak.

Loh’s family is the single largest shareholder of Tek Seng, with a collective shareholding of 57.15%.

Greed Lures Scam Victims Into The Trap

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GREED and low awareness are among the reasons people fall victim to commercial crimes.

DCP Thaiveegan speaking to the public during the launch of the commercial crime awareness campaign at Queensbay Mall. With him is Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Lai Fah Hin.

Penang deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan said most victims do not deal with scam syndicate members face to face.

“The most popular way is through the Internet.

“Some of the popular commercial crimes are parcel scam, love scam, spoofing, phishing and scratch-and-win contests,” he told a press conference during the launch of a commercial crime awareness campaign at Queensbay Mall in Penang on Tuesday.

DCP Thaiveegan added that most victims were “blinded” by the large amounts of money offered in the scams and didn’t think twice.

He also said commercial crime cases in Penang recorded a 13.3% increase last year compared to 2014.

He said a total of 19,553 cases were reported in 2015 compared with 16,960 cases in 2014.

“The 13.3% increase is equivalent to 2,593 cases,” he added.

DCP Thaiveegan said police would continue their efforts to educate the public about commercial crimes.