Malaysian squash superstar and World No. 1 Nicol David etched her name in sports history by outplaying long-time rival and world No. 2 Jenny Duncalf of England to become the first woman player to win a record six world championship squash titles.

Nicol played superbly to a straight games victory, winning 11-2, 11-5, 11-0 in just 29 minutes, at the Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam of Netherlands on Sunday.

Nicol David - the first woman player to win a record six world championship squash titles

It was her sixth appearance in the final of the world championships and she has won all now.

The Amsterdam-based Malaysian’s outstanding speed,  immaculate driving, incisive front court play, and an almost error-free performance culminated in her best performance in a world final.

Duncalf, though in excellent form, was unable to halt the record-breaker, even though she kept calm, made relatively few unforced errors herself, and tried to mix up the rallies.

The frustration of coping with David’s onslaught was shown when Duncalf once kicked the ball away, after she had launched a brilliant winning volley return of serve to score her first point in the second game.

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Indonesians monopolized the top 5 positions of t recently release Wall Street Journal’s Southeast Asia Power List of the 30 most influential business leaders in Southeast Asia while positions 6 to 10 on the list went to Malaysians.

Aburizal Bakrie, owner of Bakrie Group, takes the first position. He is one of Indonesia’s most prominent business and political leaders. The billionaire’s business group is part-owner of Bumi Resources Group, Indonesia’s biggest coal producer by output, of which he is also the Chairman. He also is chairman of Indonesia’s Golkar political party, a member of the ruling coalition.

Aburizal Bakrie

Ranked second on the list is Putra Sampoerna, Chairman of Sampoerna Group,  who is estimated to be worth more than $2 billion. After selling his tobacco businesses in 2005, he has been focusing on online gaming and agricultural businesses.

Putra Sampoerna

Ranked third is Anthoni Salim, CEO of Salim Group which has interests in everything from real estate to agriculture. Its Indofood Sukses Makmur has grown into one of the world’s largest instant-noodle makers.

Anthoni Salim

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I am sorry….three simple words but words that can repair a lot of relationships. Without admitting you are wrong, the bad feelings are allowed to fester until eventually they grow into something so big and ugly and almost beyond repair.

Digi is running the “Dear Malaysians” campaign in conjunction with Merdeka, calling for Malaysians to say sorry to fellow Malaysians. The message, simply, is that forgiveness doesn’t change the past but it certainly sets the stage for a superb future. Hopefully, it’ll teach us how to brighten someone’s day, one apology at a time.

There is nothing wrong in making mistakes and this is a great time to start making amend. Just because you think it is right doesn’t make it right. Part of a matured society is being tolerant and respecting each and everyone.

The three-minute “Dear Malaysians” video shows an array of people holding up cardboards with written apologies for past mistakes. It is a poignant exploration into the power of apologies and forgiveness.

One man says sorry to his children for smoking while another apologises for talking at the cinema. One lady feels sorry for being an impatient driver while another apologises for not supporting the national football team.

Forgive me for being an impatient driver.

The video has moved many, with more than 200,000 people liking it on Facebook since it was launched on Tuesday night.

Many admitted to having shed tears after watching the video, which has singer-songwriter Min’Z providing vocals for the background song.

The video has also prompted many to post apologies on social networking sites.

Many have apologised for their bad driving habits and parking skills while some have said sorry for not keeping in touch with their friends.

Wong Sen Kiat, associate creative director of advertising agency Naga DDB that came up with the campaign concept, said that since Hari Raya, Merdeka and Malaysia Day were around the corner, there was no better time to spread the joy of forgiveness.

“All of us make mistakes but how often do we try to atone for them?” he asked.

“It was not meant to be a tear-jerker but to hit a raw nerve. Many people can relate to not apologising enough.”

Wong himself was in the video, where he apologises to a taxi passenger for not returning a wallet he had found a long time ago.

Wong Sen Kiat with his apology

He said that while sorry was probably the most powerful word in the dictionary, it was one of the most difficult things for anyone to say.

Watch the video and share the joy of forgiveness:

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Digi, congratulations for a job well done!

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If the story about this yacht built for a mystery Malaysian businessman for a stunning Ł3 billion ($4.8 billion) is true, it will truly be the epitome of Malaysia Boleh.

Tongues have been wagging as to the identity of this mysterious Malaysian. Is he Robert Kuok, the richest man in Malaysia? Or Ananda Krishnan, the second richest Malaysian? However it is highly unlikely to be either of them as they are both shrewd businessmen who won’t splash such a substantial portion of their wealth on a single toy.

Hmmm…that would mean this mystery man could be a politician. Who can it be? I really don’t know. Try asking the Sarawakians.

The yacht, named History Supreme or Baia 100 Supreme, is the creation of renowned luxury goods designer Stuart Hughes. Stuart is the creator of the famous Ł5million diamond-wrapped iPhone.

The cost of the 100 feet long History Supreme even eclipses that of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s swanky 533 feet yacht Eclipse (cost Ł750million)  which is the world’s biggest private yacht.

Roman Abramovich's ECLIPSE (Photo image by ship and yacht photographer Klaus Kehrls)

History Supreme is made of 100,000 kilograms of solid gold and platinum and took over three years to be completed. It has a deck, dining area, rails, anchor, all crafted from precious metals. The base of the vessel is wrapped with solid gold, while the main sleeping quarter sports platinum accents with walls set in meteoric stone, that boasts of a genuine Tyrannosaurus Rex bone shaved in from the raptor T – REX.

History Supreme

Plush bedroom on History Supreme

Luxury dining room with surround views

Stunning gold and platinum-covered deck of History Supreme

Stuart Hughes said: “I was commissioned for the “History Supreme” project by an anonymous Malaysian business man who wanted something really special.”

“It was probably the most mammoth task I have undertaken so far, there was three years of planning and it was very difficult to get right.”

“The project uses 100,000 kilograms of solid gold and platinum and all features including the deck,” he said.

“It was probably the most mammoth task ever. I’ve covered all sorts of things in gold but this has got to be my most ambitious project yet. This will never be topped.

“The businessman just approached us and asked us whether we could do it. He wanted a plane doing as well, but the thing would never take off if we did.

“So he said, ‘Can you do the yacht?’ and I said, ‘We’ll give it a crack.’ Then it was pretty much a case of can you make this gold, can you make that gold?

“We just did what we were told and are delighted with the result.”

The yacht was built in Italy and completed in Malaysia two weeks ago.

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Malaysia, Truly Asia!

Someone should inform the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia about this new tourism ambassador for Malaysia. This ambassador goes by the name of Rosalinda…..and she has a “Welcome to Malaysia” music video on YouTube that is starting to go viral.

Rosalinda in Welcome to Malaysia

Teen singer Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ was badly panned and because of the huge publicity online, it became a massive viral hit. I personally think Rebecca Black is okay but if you think she is bad, then wait till you watch this video by Rosalinda.

I think a better title for Rosalinda’s video would be “Don’t Come To Malaysia.” Netizens have commented that this is a good example of how to chase away tourists from Malaysia.

In the video, Rosalinda prances around and sings in nearly unintelligible English, replete with cheesy video effects.

A sample of her singing: Letti Chentelmen, Letti Chentelmen, Let Go Let Go Chopping Let Go Let Go Chopping.

Need I say more? “Enjoy” her video now.

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Dayang Nur Atikah, better known as Atikah, was crowned recently as the winner of the prestigious Ford Models Supermodel of the World Search Malaysia 2011 held at the Sepang International Circuit.

Dayang Nur Atikah Is Supermodel World Malaysia 2011

Hailing from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 18-year-old Atikah is of Bajau and Brunei parentage and is the third of four siblings.

The leggy lass who idolises supermodel Chanel Iman , cites Iman’s personality and catwalk as her best inspiration in the modeling industry.

Atikah will now represent Malaysia at the Ford Models Supermodel of the World international finals in New York in August, which also marks the 30th anniversary of the renowned event.

As Malaysia’s new Ford Models Supermodel, Atikah took home the limited edition Heidi Klum 4-leave clover pendant from Mouawad, valued at RM100,000 and a modelling contract worth RM100,000 from international fashion brand F&F.

The final judging saw a panel of judges consisting STYLO International President and Chief Executive Officer Datuk Nancy Yeoh, Ford Models Licensee for Asia Pacific Calvin Cheng, and National Director of Ford Models Supermodel of the World Singapore 2011 and former Miss Singapore Colleen Pereira.

Gabrielle Boudville, 20, of Portuguese, French and Chinese heritage was the first runner-up, and Karen Lugun, 18, of Kelabit and Punjabi parentage emerged as second runner-up. Boudville hails from Kuala Lumpur while Lugun is from Kuching, Sarawak.

1st runner-up Gabrielle Boudville

2nd runner-up Karen Lugun

The 12 finalists were Dayang Nur Atikah, 18, Lee Tee Hooi, 21, Raja Alicia, 16, Renee Tan, 20, Gabrielle Ashley, 20, Jenilyn Lim, 21, Melissa Wong, 23, Loh Tze Shian, 18, Karen Lugun, 18, Casandra Azman, 18, Zana Chin, 22, and Phoebe How, 23. The 12 finalists were required to stay at the official Ford Models residence over the past one month.

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The Times They Are a-Changin’ is one of Bob Dylan’s most famous songs and happens to be one of my favourite songs. Dylan wrote the song as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the moment. In 1985, he said: “”This was definitely a song with a purpose. It was influenced of course by the Irish and Scottish ballads …’Come All Ye Bold Highway Men’, ‘Come All Ye Tender Hearted Maidens’. I wanted to write a big song, with short concise verses that piled up on each other in a hypnotic way. The civil rights movement and the folk music movement were pretty close for a while and allied together at that time.”

The following powerful YouTube video is a performance of Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Marco Magnani. Enjoy the video and be touched:

It is a song about change. And with the Sarawak elections this weekend, I have taken liberty with the lyrics of the song to come up with this poem for the Sarawak elections:

Come gather 'round people

Hear Pakatan Rakyat

And admit that Sarawak

Is in the doldrums

Virgin forests and land

They'll be soon be raped barren

If your life to you

Is worth livin'

Then you better start thinkin'

Or you'll sink like a stone

For the times they are a-changin'.

Come all Sarawakians

Exercise your right to vote

Do it for your kids

The chance is here again

Get rid of BN

And the widespread corruption

Make Sarawak great again

Let our Sarawak

Regains its glory

What a day that will be

For the times they are a-changin'.

Come all brothers and sisters

Please heed the call

Stand up and be counted

Hesitate no more

Vote for our future

People power will triumph

The battle is ragin’ now

United we stand

We'll soon change our future

And make it better

For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers

Throughout the land

Please do go and vote

Think what kind of future

Your sons and your daughters

Should deserve tomorrow

The BN is

Rapidly sinkin'

Please kick out the ole regime

Just lend your helping hand

For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn

Election is near

Give change a chance

Let’s all shout Ubah

Make BN tremble

By our calls for change

The onus is

Ours and ours alone

To ensure a bright

And better future

For our beloved

For the times they are a-changin'.

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Japan is facing severe trauma in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. The final death toll is expected to exceed 10,000. Indeed, this is Japan’s most difficult crisis since World War Two.

Malaysian newspaper Berita Harian, in a stupid display of bad taste and lack of compassion, published a caricature in their editor’s column today depicting popular Japanese cartoon character Ultraman trying to outrun an incoming tsunami.

Berita Harian's offending Ultraman/tsunami caricature

According to CNN iReport, a section of the site where the public reports the news, the newspaper has received tremendous criticism by readers, who accused the editors of being “inconsiderate and distasteful”.

Several political leaders have even stepped out and demand a public apology, to which the editors promptly made on their publication’s Facebook fan page. Angry people have left scathing remarks on the fan page, condemning the editors.

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Love hurts. Yes, it does. But for 22-year-old Malaysian Alviss Kong, love kills.

Alviss Kong, born 22nd May 1988, committed suicide in the wee hours of yesterday morning by jumping off the 14th floor of Ketumbar Heights, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur after succumbing to emotional distress brought about by the breakup with his girlfriend.

Alviss and his girlfriend had been an item for about four months only prior to their breakup. This was Aviss’ second relationship. It was reported in a local newspaper that Alviss also committed suicide after the breakup with his first girlfriend but was saved in the nick of time. The depression from the breakup with his second girlfriend seemed to have caused him to spiral out of control again, resulting in his suicide. And this time, he really met with his death.

Before committing suicide, he posted a farewell note on his Facebook profile page together with a photo that he tagged as the last photo of him alive. At 11.15 pm on Wednesday night, he posted on his Facebook wall this message “Count Down For 45 Mins…What should I do in this 45 mins?”. His sister and friends responded with messages, not realising the countdown was the countdown to his suicide. At about 11.29 pm, he posted a message to his sister asking her to take care of their mum. That must have freaked out her sister who responded with the message “Hello hello u freaking me out here.. Wats wrong wit you!!!!” Slightly over half an hour later, Alviss committed suicide.

Alviss lived in an apartment on the fifth floor of the building. Prior to his suicide, he had a drink at a tea stall near the building.

After he jumped, his body hit a car parked near the building, damaging the car on impact. He lay bleeding until he was rushed to the hospital. He passed away at about 9.00.a.m. yesterday.

Alviss Kong used to work in Berjaya Times Square. He went clubbing a lot, and often wore a cute plaster on his face as a fashion statement.

Alviss Kong with a cute plaster on his cheek

This picture is a newspaper report on the suicide.

Alviss Kong Commits Suicide

This is the message he posted on his Facebook account:

i love u…i said it i meant it…i’ll love u till the moment i die

devil bin this is the way how i love,perhaps ppl will think it was crazy

i’ve never tried to put down my pride my dignity my ego-ness on my first ex…but u were totally diff,i put down my pride my dignity my every shit

just to beg u….but i failed…as always im just a failure in a relation

but that’s just me,i’ll only do the things which i think its worth…

will i became ur memory forever ? who knows..since u were already special when the first sight i saw u…

perhaps,u’ll just fucking laugh at me…i bet there’s plenty of ppl will laugh too =) but who cares ?

that’s just me…that’s the way i are….

the last thing

i do appreciate everything about us….u were the light in my life..u given me determination for my future…but everything is gone…i don’t blame u actually…

because ~ so just wish u’ll have ya happy life in d future

ILY & IMY ~ sorry that i couldn’t brings u to walk until the end of the day

P/S : Please do not blame her….Im the one who decided this..she’s just the one given me the motivation n courage…..to my FAMILY,please..i beg of u all,dont ever blame on her…

To her future BF : IF U DID ANYTHINGS THAT WOULD HURT HER..I FUCKING SWEAR I’LL FUCKING HAUNT U DOWN EVEN IM JUST A SPIRIT =) !

The following photo was taken by Alviss shortly before he committed suicide. You can feel  his sorrow as tears flowed from his eyes.

first time i take a pic when i were crying..looks sucks...anyway thats the last pic of mine b4 i gg =)

You can read the entire message in Chinese and English and  comments from his friends at his Facebook account by going here. (oops! The Facebook  pages are currently unavailable and may have been disabled!)

The China Press news report about Alviss’ suicide is here. Please take note that the report is in Mandarin. Due to very heavy traffic, it may take ages for the page to load.

It is particularly  sad now to read Alviss’ blog post about his unforgettable day with his girlfriend knowing that he had committed suicide.

Love kills

scars you from the start.

It’s just a living pastime

ruling your heart line

won’t let you go.

Love kills

hey

drills you through your heart

Love kills

tears you right apart.

It won’t let go

it won’t let go

love kills

yeah


The following poem sums up it all:

Tragic Love by Kelsey

I love you

But you don’t seem to care

I know we aren’t together anymore

But still I love you

I can’t live life like this anymore

I pull out a razor blade

And slide it down my arm

I see the deep dark red of my blood

What have I done?

I’ve done nothing

The blood running down my arm

Was caused by you

If it wasn’t for you

Blood wouldn’t be running down my arm

Tears wouldn’t be running down my cheeks

And my heart wouldn’t be broken

RIP, Alviss!

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FHM Malaysia, Malaysia’s leading men’s magazine, has crowned Hannah Tan the hottest woman in the country for 2010 based on its annual poll results. This is the second time that the 29-year-old singer/model/TV presenter has won the coveted title as Malaysia’s sexiest woman. Interestingly, she has always been in the top 5 in the annual FHM  (For Him Magazine) poll since her first win in 2006.

Hannah Tan...the hottest woman in Malaysia!

“Votes this year were via email, and completely FOC (so, no SMS fees etc). We had a total of 1,153 votes,” says FHM editor, Simon Burgess.

Hannah was pitted against the likes of Andrea Fonseka, Marsha Milan Londoh, Deborah Henry, the Chong sisters and Sarah Lian.

“Hannah polled just over 50% of the votes. It was a landslide victory.”

“I want to thank all my fans for their years of support,” responded Hannah, who is still in Japan promoting her CD, in a recorded message. “This win means so much to me.”

Hannah Tan, aka Hannah T or Hannah Sarah Tan, was born on 25 October 1981 in Penang, Malaysia. She is a Malaysian of Chinese-Kelabit parentage. She holds two music diplomas, the first when she was 13; and she’s a Valedictorian (top college student) and honors graduate in Computer Science and Information.

Hannah Tan

She first shot into the limelight by winning a series of Beauty Pageants including Miss Penang Pesta Millenium in 2001/2002 and Miss Perak Petite in 2002/2003.

Hannah Tan was catapulted into the limelight when she represented Malaysia in the 2002 Miss Global Petite World Finals in Montreal where she won Second Runner-Up and the “Miss Congeniality” subsidiary title.

The success paved her way to her various modelling roles and TV appearances and she landed her first major TV hosting job in 2005. She also became popular magazine cover girl and product endorser, featuring in commercials for Animax Asia, Nescafe, Digi and Maxis.

Isn't she pretty?

Hannah also hosted a number of programs including What Women Want and Ringgit Sense. Hannah has appeared alongside Hong Kong star Karen Mok in a popular Lux TV commercial, and in print advertisements for Pantene, Vanessa Diamonds and Versace Makeup.

Hannah Tan released her debut English album Crossing Bridges in 2007, including three of her self-composed pieces. She made her acting debut in 2008, playing leading roles in two Malay films; and she also released a Malay song Indah the same year.

On 1st December 2007, Hannah Tan took on the Live Earth stage (also known as the biggest stage in the world) for Live&Loud 2007 with a half-hour full fledged performance with her band, dancers and multimedia team right before American Idol’s Eliott Yamin, Shaggy and the legendary Whitney Houston.

Isn't she hot?

In January 2008, Hannah made her debut into the Malay entertainment scene by playing the lead role in her very first Malay television movie, BEZANYA CINTA, directed by the infamous Zulkifli M. Osman. Hannah released an English single Angel in February 2009. Her plans to venture into the Japanese market materialized in September 2010 with the release of her debut Japanese single No More Game.

Hannah Tan is a 21st century woman who has everything – brains, beauty and a great personality. Her plethora of achievements is impressive, to say the least. She is without doubt one of the sexiest and smartest celebrities in Malaysia.  Hannah Tan, truly the hottest woman in Malaysia!

Sexy Hannah

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