Friday, March 31, 2006

Carmakers Cut Prices Again

Thursday, March 30, 2006

014 line for DIGI

DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd has introduced a new numbering prefix to meet the surging growth of subscribers to its service. The new prefix - 014-6XX XXXX - applies to both DiGi prepaid and postpaid subscribers.

Every benefit that applies to a current 016 subscriber will be made available to those holding the new numbering prefix.

DiGi will soon run out of 016 prefix numbers due to increasing demand for its prepaid and postpaid packages.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

StormPay is Gone...

There have been rumors for some time and now it's official... is Gone -- More or Less.

If you're using StormPay to accept payment on your website, you need to switch to another service right away.

So what's the story?

Well, if you log in to your StormPay account and scroll to the bottom of the page, you'll see a policy change that will rock the foundations of many online business owners.

Basically, as of 2 days ago, StormPay only handles payments for items bought and sold in StormPay Auctions. Yes, StormPay Auctions only -- nothing else. You can no longer accept payments on your website nor can you send or receive any kind of payments outside of StormPay Auctions.

According to their update, they've done this "to insure a safer online experience for both buyers and sellers" and to make sure "that sold items are within StormPay’s acceptable use policies".

This is probably down to StormPay's recent 'complications'. Run a search at for "stormpay autosurf" (without the quotes) to learn more about what's been going on.

Anyway, that seems to be it as far as StormPay is concerned. It's crazy to think that they didn't even contact their users to let them know.

In fact, the policy text itself is hidden away at the bottom of the page under the very happy-clappy title "What's New". Sort of an "Oh, by the way..." thing.

At least they're nice enough to "apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused".

Inconvenience? What inconvenience...!?

By the way, if you want to read the full text to StormPay's minor little policy change, You can view it online here:

Expecting Another 4 Golds from Badminton in Melbourne 2006

VETERAN Wong Choong Hann was the toast of the Malaysian badminton team yesterday, qualifying for two finals and ensuring that the gold and silver medals in both the men's competition will come home to Kuala Lumpur.

In the men's doubles, Choong Hann teamed up with Choong Tan Fook to see off second seed Anthony Clark-Robert Blair of England 21-12, 21-11 in the semi-finals. The pair will meet teammates and top seeds Chan Chong Ming-Koo Kien Keat in the final at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre tomorrow.

In the men's singles, Choong Hann was held by the throat by India's Chetan Anand in the second game but survived the scare to beat the Indian 21-11, 17-21, 21-13 in the semi-finals.
He will now take on teammate and hot favourite Lee Chong Wei in another all-Malaysian final tomorrow.

With top women singles Wong Mew Choo and top women's pair of Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty also reaching the finals yesterday, Malaysia can dream of four gold medals from badminton on Sunday.

A jaded Choong Hann, who played a total of four gruelling matches yesterday, was thrilled with his double final appearance.

“Reaching the men's doubles final is more special for me. This was my target from the start,” said the KL '98 Games singles gold medallist.

“The pressure is now off the men's singles and doubles. We already have the gold medals in our hands. I will be the underdog in both the events. I will just it give my best,” said Choong Hann.
He has become the first Malaysian to win three medals in Games badminton competition. He won the mixed team gold last week.

Just last week, Mew Choo had beaten the Englishwoman in a thrilling match during the mixed team event and she can brace herself for a backlash. She will be out to become the first Malaysian in 28 years to win the singles gold after Sylvia Ng's at the 1978 Edmonton Games.

The women's doubles final will be between Pei Tty-Eei Hui and Singapore's Jiang Yanmei-Li Yujia.

In the mixed doubles, Kien Keat-Pei Tty failed to make history for Malaysia. They crashed out 21-15, 14-21, 15-21 to New Zealand's Gordon Shirley-Sara Runesten Petersen in the semi-finals yesterday. They will now play off for bronze against Singapore's Hendra Saputra-Li Yujia today.

Carmakers Cut Their Prices

Two carmakers announced an immediate price reduction of some models of their cars while two others would follow suit.

Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) has lowered the price of its passenger models by 4%, except the Kancil Ex 660/850 manual, both of which will be cheaper by RM300.
There will be no price change for its Rusa and Kembara models.

Daimler Chrysler Malaysia, makers of Mercedes Benz, announced price reductions of 6.5% to 10% for all its completely knocked down (CKD) models.

Local carmaker Proton Holdings said it was discussing with the authorities before cutting prices by 2% to 5%.

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd’s new prices, between 5.6% and 11% less depending on model, would be announced next week.

Under the National Automotive Policy, import duties for qualifying Asean vehicles (those with at least 40% local content) were reduced from 15% to 5% from Thursday.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Did you know?

The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven!

Now, A little bit harder

This is continuous from the previous article. If you havent read it, please read it first before you try this. :)

The inverse rule could be used to do many other multiplications.
To multiply 99x101,
it is the same as (100+1)(100-1)=10000-1=9999

Similarly, 97*103 = 9991,

Difference in two squares using Quadratic Formula

Here is an interesting one to impress your friends that involves squares and quadratics.

This is quite a simple method for taking away two large squares in your head.

10012 - 9992
If you do that on a calculator you'll get 4,000 as your answer and now you ask "how can I do that in my mind"?
Simple, use the quadratic formula.
We know that:
a2 - b2 = (a - b)(a + b)
and so if we apply that to this problem we get...
(1001 - 999)(1001 + 999) = (2)(2000) = 2*2000 = 4000
Now... lets try something a little Harder (it looks like but with this formula its just as simple!)...

10 000 000 0012 - 9 999 999 9992
=(10000000001 - 9999999999)(10000000001 + 9999999999)
= (2)(200000000000)
= 400000000000

Enjoy!! :)

Interesting Facts about Pi

Now, It's time to know what is interesting in pi

What's Special About These Numbers?


Thoughts for the 21st Century Lifelessness. I have received this email and I don't know the original author but, there is a little reality in it. I personally have a much more optimistic outlook :-) Enjoy.


Our communication - Wireless
Our business - Cashless
Our telephone - Cordless
Our cooking - Fireless
Our youth - Jobless
Our religion - Creedless
Our food - Fatless
Our faith - Godless
Our labor - Effortless
Our conduct - Worthless
Our relation - Loveless
Our attitude - Careless
Our feelings - Heartless
Our politics - Shameless
Our education - Valueless
Our Follies - Countless
Our arguments - Baseless
Our commitment - Aimless
Our poor - Voiceless
Our life - Meaningless


1 x 8 + 1 == 9
12 x 8 + 2 == 98
123 x 8 + 3 == 987
1234 x 8 + 4 == 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 == 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 == 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 == 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 == 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 == 987654321

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Open a blank Word document and type the following:
Press 'Enter' afterwards... Wait 5 seconds! Foxy huh!?

2=3 It's True? Here is the Derivation...

Now this equation would prove that any value is equal to the other
(a - (a+b)/2) ^ 2 = (b - (a+b)/2) ^ 2
when a-b doesn't equal zero. Now plug in any two different values for a and b and see how they would equate each other.

Monday, March 20, 2006


A Interesting Statistic:
In Malaysia, A total of 485 corruption-related arrests were made last year, an increase of 43% from 2003

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Malaysia Narrows Astronaut Search to Four Candidates

An ethnic Indian female engineer was named Tuesday as one of four people shortlisted to become Malaysia's first astronaut and travel to the International Space Station (ISS) next year aboard a Russian rocket.

S. Vanajah, 35, and three Malay men will be sent to the Russian Space Agency in Moscow soon to undergo medical and technical tests that will determine who will take part in a scientific expedition on board the orbital station in 2007.

The other finalists are Malaysia Airlines pilot Mohammed Faiz Kamaluddin, 34; army dentist Faiz Khaleed, 26; and Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, a 34-year-old hospital medical officer, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak announced.

Vanajah, who outlasted more than 11,000 other Malaysians who applied for the astronaut selection process in 2003, made national headlines last month when she was named as the only woman in a shortlist of eight people remaining in the competition.

Ethnic Indians comprise about 8 percent of Malaysia's 26 million people. The other three shortlisted candidates are from the majority Malay community.

Vanajah has previously said she hopes to inspire other Malaysian women to participate in science-related projects, saying her achievement proved that women could compete alongside men in rigorous trials.

The finalists have endured a battery of physical and psychological examinations, and officials said the remaining four were chosen on the basis of physical fitness, personality and preparedness, including family support.

The upcoming two-week round of tests in Russia – meant to examine the finalists' neurological fitness and ability to adapt to a weightless environment – will whittle their ranks to two candidates, each of whom will undergo 18 months of training at the Russian Space Agency.
But only one will have the chance to spend up to 10 days in October 2007 in a planned scientific expedition aboard the ISS, officials have said.

Source :

There are always TWO sides

"Your difficulty is not contained, primarily, in the situation which gave rise to it, but in the mental state with which you regard that situation and which you bring to bear upon it." - Byways of Blessedness

It is one of the most difficult lessons to accept, understand and learn.

Circumstances are not negative or positive, circumstances are neutral. It is our thinking, our mental state, our perspective, that makes a circumstance positive or negative.

Bob Proctor does some of the best teaching on this subject, using a universal law he refers to as the Law of Polarity."

Everything in the universe has its opposite. There would be no inside to a room without an outside. You have a right and left side to your body, a front and a back. Every up has a down and every down has an up. The Law of Polarity not only states that everything has an opposite -- it is equal and opposite. If it was three feet from the floor up to the table, it would be three feet from the table down to the floor. If it is 150 miles from Manchester to London, by law it must be 150 miles from London to Manchester; it could not be any other way.

"If something you considered bad happens in your life, there has to be something good about it. If it was only a little bad, when you mentally work your way around to the other side, you will find it will only be a little good." Using Bob's example, when I find myself in trying circumstances I put the circumstance in the middle of a circle. I then mentally walk around the circumstance until I'm on the other side. Then I let my mind go to work examining things from that perspective. And I'm never disappointed at what I find.

During a tele-seminar I conducted with Randy Gage, he used a very good example of this. While the flat tire you have seems to be a negative circumstance to you, it’s a very positive circumstance for your local tire dealer. Looking even further it’s possible that while changing the tire the dealer discovers a much more serious problem that would have cost you a large sum of money if discovered later.

So it’s even more clear from Bob’s teaching that every circumstance can be viewed two ways. It’s the way we view a circumstance that determines it’s impact on our thinking and mental state. And we know from James Allen’s teaching that that determines the quality of life that we live.

No matter how bad the circumstance appears to be, taking another look, from another perspective, reveals to us the good. Or, as Napoleon Hill, author of the classic Think and Grow Rich, wrote, "Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit."

And that’s worth thinking about.

Source : James Allen E-mediatation

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Near 50% rise in all 1As students

There was a 43% increase in the number of students scoring straight 1As in last year’s Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations compared with the year before.
The best candidates in last year’s SPM, he said, were Esther Elizabeth Jack from SMK Raja Lumu, Klang, and Chin Shiang Jin from Kian Kok Middle School, Kota Kinabalu, who scored 15 1As each.

Haze Alert

Gloomy hazy days may just come back to haunt us, with fires spreading rapidly through some 20,000 hectares of forest in Riau, Sumatra.

Pekan Baru, the capital of Riau, along with several other districts in the province have been shrouded in thick smoke over the last two weeks, and drought in the province is worsening the situation.

Barely a year ago, forest fires in the same area resulted in haze here that breached the 300-point hazardous mark on the Air Pollution Index.

At the moment, smoke from Riau is blowing away from us, as we are still to reach the end of the North-East monsoon season. But as we approach the inter-monsoon period, the winds may occasionally blow towards us. If the fires are still not out as we approach April and early May, then there will be haze.

Sunday, March 12, 2006


Today, Since mornig I was thinking of doing my assginment for Engineers & Society. When I was doing slide, I found this picture. I think there is 1001 meaning in this picture.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Diploma Course with 20 Scholarships by England Optical

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 (Bernama) -- England Optical Group, the largest optical chain store in Malaysia with more than 100 outlets, is offering 20 scholarships worth RM1.6 million to Malaysian Indians.
Successful candidates will be enrolled for the four-year Fellow of British Dispensing Opticians diploma course conducted at the group's Optopreneur Institute here. Graduates of the programme will be employed by the group as opticians and have the opportunity to take up franchise offers later on.
The scholarship scheme was announced by Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Datuk G. Palanivel at a news conference, Wednesday. Also present was England Optical chief executive officer Datuk Dr Chin See Keat. Palanivel urged Indian students to think "out of the box" and venture into professions other than law and medicine.
"Indian students must think differently in term of choosing their careers," he said. The scholarship is open to Indian students nationwide. Applicants must be aged between 18 and 28 years and have at least credits in any four subjects such as mathematics, additional mathematics, general science, biology, chemistry and English language in their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination.

Entry Requirement:
Age between 17 - 28 years
SPM / STPM or equivalent.

Minimum requirement results for SPM:
Mathematics 1-6
Science 1-6
2 Optional subject 1-6
English (preferable) 1-6

Main Features of Scholarship Program EOG Scholarship Program worth RM 53,000 each. This> includes course fees, examination fees, membership fees, text books, accomodation etc. Cash Award will be given for those who past the examination at first attempts.

Intakes per year: Feb/April/July/Sept
All Malaysians are encouraged to apply. Applications can be submitted one month prior to the commencement date. Interested applicants are strongly advised to apply early as Scholarships are approved on first come first reserve basis. Remember limited scholarships are available.

Contact Person Phone number
Ms. Amanda Cheng 603-27159553
Ms. Zaliah 603- 27159553
Ms. Florence 603- 27159553
Mr. Gavyn Loh 603- 27159553

Nice Story

Hi Frends,

This story really touched my heart, please forward it to your friends.

After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to takeanother woman out to dinner and a movie. She said Ilove you but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.

The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was myMOTHER, who has been a widow for 19 years, but thedemands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.That night I called to invite her to go out for dinnerand a movie."What's wrong, are you well," she asked? My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night callor a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news."I thought that it would be pleasant to be with you," Iresponded. "Just the two of us."She thought about it for a moment, and then said, "Iwould like that very much."That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous.

When I arrived at her house, Inoticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about ourdate. She waited in the door with her coat on. She hadcurled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary.She smiled from a face that was as radiant as anangel's."I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed, "she said, as she gotinto the car. "They can't wait to hear about ourmeeting". We went to a restaurant that, although notelegant, was very nice and cozy.

My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat down,I had to read the menu. Half way throughthe entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sittingthere staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips "It was I who used to have to read the menu when youwere small," she said."Then it's time that you relax and let me return thefavor," I responded.

During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation -nothing extraordinary, but catching up on recentevents of each other's life. We talked so much that wemissed the movie. As we arrived at her house later, she said, "I'll goout with you again, but only if you let me inviteyou." I agreed."How was your dinner date?" asked my wife when I got home. "Very nice. Much more so than I could haveimagined," I answered.

A few days later, my mother died of a massive heartattack. It happened so suddenly that I did to not get to do anything for her.Some time later, I received an envelope with a copyof a restaurant receipt from the same place mother andI had dined.An attached note said: "I paid this bill in advance. Iwasn't sure that I could be there; but nevertheless, Ipaid for two plates - one for you and the other foryour wife. You will never know what that night meant for me. I love you, son."

At that moment, I understood the importance of sayingin time: "I LOVE YOU!" and to give our loved ones thetime that they deserve. Nothing in life is more important than God and your family. Give them thetime they deserve, because these things cannot be putoff till "some other time."

MOTOROLA Scholarship


If you have any siblings/ relatives/ friends pursuing Degree in Engineering, we have good news for you! We would like to extend our Motorola Scholarship for the excellent students! See below for more information.

- Pursuing Degree in Engineering (EE/ Mechanical/ Software)
- 2nd, 3rd year student
- CGPA 3.0 and above (upon 4.0)
- Malaysian citizen
- Not holding any Scholarship by other company/ organization/ JPA (PTPTN loan is allowed)
- Bumiputeras meeting the above requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

How To Apply?
Please send your resume (stated CGPA upon 4.0 or Grade in your resume) and Degree Transcript to before 13-Mar-06 by 12:00noon.
We are going to screen through your resume and short-list for interview.
Only short-listed candidates will be called for an interview at Motorola Penang on Saturday, 25-March-2006.

Payment of the award scholarship valued at RM7000.00 per year.
Scholarship holder will be required to work at Motorola after they have graduated from the university / institution, for the period as stated in agreement.

Penang Employee Communication (ECOM)


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