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Have you encountered parking touts that demand a “guard fee” when you want to park your motorcycle or car? This matter is prevalent in many places around the National Capital despite the parking lot in question is a public area.

It is actually an offence and we can report such activities to the Police or City Hall.

Several days ago a parking tout was jailed for 30 days and fined by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall Magistrate’s Court (DBKL) after being found guilty of carrying out such illegal activities.

He along with seven individuals, including five foreigners, were accused in court after being arrested by the DBKL Enforcement Department through the Unlicensed Parking Guard Special Operation (Ops Jaga), last Thursday. The operations was carried out around Jalan Tun Sambathan, Jalan Sri Hartamas, Jalan Beremi, Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin, Jalan Alor and Jalan Raja Alang. These areas were identified as the focus of parking touts to “guard” and collect parking fees in public areas.

“A special operation was carried out from 12.30pm to 9.30pm, which resulted in arresting three local men and five foreigners consisting of three Indians, one Bangladeshi and one Myanmar national.

“They are then taken to the Enforcement Department for further action and documentation process (court prosecution/investigation papers).

“Yesterday, the DBKL Magistrate’s Court sentenced one individual to 30 days in prison, four others were sentenced to 14 days in prison while the other three were fined,” DBKL said.

Previously, the media reported the activities of parking touts in the capital operating unabated after they were seen often disturbing road users. The parking touts were spotted charging up to RM20 for a vehicle targeting crowded locations such as shopping areas, dining places and around entertainment centers.

Penang Police are hunting for a man who caused an accident on purpose and demanded money from the driver.

The police have received a report regarding a man who allegedly caused a road accident intentionally with the purpose of demanding a sum of money, supposedly as compensation from the owner of the car involved.

The man is said to cause accidents often around the city, Jalan Masjid Negeri, Bukit Gambir, Taman Lip Sin, and Taman Tun Sardon.

North East District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Razlam Ab Hamid, said the man is still being hunted by the police since receiving a complaint from the public last December. “So far a report has been received regarding the incident and efforts to track down the suspect are still ongoing.

“The case is being investigated according to Section 420 of the Penal Code which is cheating,” he said when contacted today.

Earlier, several photos and videos were circulated on social media showing the man riding a motorcycle deliberately hitting a car and claiming that the fault was caused by the owner of the vehicle involved.

Following the “violation,” the motorcyclist is said to be asking for damages of between RM20 and RM60 from the car owner on the grounds that his side mirror was broken in the incident.

Scams like this have happened several times and it makes the car dashboard camera or action camera for motorcyclists a must-have device.

All highway concession companies are instructed to prepare for the month of Ramadan, especially during peak hours to ensure comfortable, safe and smooth travel for users.

The Malaysian Highways Authority (LLM) informed that it expects an increase in the amount of traffic on tolled highways when going home or going to work during Ramadan which is expected to start this Tuesday.

“Among the initiatives that need to be implemented is re-coordinating the location and time of lane closures for maintenance works in line with the time of return or departure from work, whether in the government or private sector which will change compared to normal working hours.

“In addition, rescheduling the activation time of the tidal route or smartlane in accordance with the change in working hours and ensuring that all facilities are provided in rest and treatment areas, side stops and toll plazas in good condition.

“This includes aspects of water supply and cleanliness,” according to LLM while also asking the parties involved to identify focal locations and provide temporary additional facilities to deal with the increase in the number of users.

In addition, they hope that cooperation with the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) can be increased to help smooth traffic movement, especially at critical locations such as traffic lights after highway exits to avoid traffic overflowing onto the highway’s main route.

PETRONAS is calling on the public to be more vigilant against fake investment scams using the name of the company and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

PETRONAS said it has been informed about the online investment fraud that is active in the WhatsApp application.

According to them, the fraud involved the illegal use of the PETRONAS company name and logo, as well as the name of the PETRONAS Group President and Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Tengku Muhammad Taufik.

“The message included a fake news report purportedly from The Star with the headline used ‘Special Report: ‘PETRONAS opens joint investment platform with government support!’.

“It offers a scheme that promises returns through weekly investments in government operations related to natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) production,” PETRONAS said in the statement.

The report was also accompanied by a fake video of Tan Sri Tengku Muhammad Taufik, with his image and voice manipulated using artificial intelligence (AI) software.

PETRONAS management explained and emphasized that there is no such investment platform from them.

“We would like to call on everyone not to respond to this fake investment scheme,” the national petroleum and gas company added.

Goodyear will provide high compensation to their workers affected by the decision to close its factory in Shah Alam.

A transition process involving employee welfare was implemented prior to the announcement. This process includes collaboration with several companies such as Proton Holdings Bhd. to provide employment opportunities to affected workers.

This news was revealed by the Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz. He said Goodyear took those steps to ensure a smooth transition process for employees. In addition, Goodyear will provide higher compensation than is stipulated under the provisions of the law.

“This factory is closing because Goodyear aims to reduce costs up to US$1 billion a year by 2025. The closure of the factory in Shah Alam is part of the said cost reduction measures.

“Goodyear will also close two of its tire factories in Germany, involving 1,750 workers. A tire factory in the United Kingdom will also be closed. So, not only operations in Malaysia, but Goodyear’s operations around the world will also be affected,” he said in a post on social media on Friday.

Goodyear will reportedly close its factory in Shah Alam, Selangor after 50 years of operation, affecting approximately 550 employees.

He said, MITI and its agency MIDA have mobilized a special team involving SOCSO and the Department of Manpower through the Invest Malaysia Facilitation Center to facilitate job placement, as well as offer skill improvement and reskilling programs.

“Most importantly, all those efforts have been implemented before the announcement of the factory closure was made to ensure that the transition process for the workers goes smoothly,” he said.

Commenting further, Tengku Zafrul said that the government will ensure that Malaysia continues to receive investment that can help the country’s economy.

That is the main challenge at the moment given the current global economic landscape in ensuring that there is more inward investment than outward investment as is the case with Goodyear.

He said investment announcements of RM329.5 billion were approved last year, the highest in Malaysia’s history. A total of 5,310 projects have been approved and will generate nearly 130,000 job opportunities.

“In the manufacturing sector alone, 63 percent of the approved investments were from existing businesses expanding their operations.

National rider Qabil Irfan Azlan will race in the Spanish Superbike Championship (ESBK) for the 2024 season.

The plucky 12-year-old, who was the 2023 champion of the MiniGP World Series, will compete in the Moto4 Category with Spanish team VHC Frando Racing.

According to a statement released by ZK Racing, Qabil will leave for Spain this Sunday to attend pre-season tests on March 16 and 17 at the Jerez Circuit. He will then remain there for the opening races of the season on April 6 and 7.

“The ESBK championship will be held over 7 rounds. This Moto4 category includes riders aged 12 to 14 and will compete on circuits in Spain and Portugal,” according to ZK Racing.

After the race at the Jerez Circuit, Qabil is scheduled to continue his campaign at the Valencia Circuit, Spain (June 1 and 2); Estoril Circuit, Portugal (July 6 and 7); Circuit Catalunya, Spain (July 27 and 28); Estoril Circuit, Portugal (31 August and 1 September); Circuit Navarra, Spain (26 and 27 October) and return to Circuit Jerez to close the 2024 campaign on 2 and 3 November.

Qabil is under the ZK Racing development program since 2020 is expected to also participate in the FIM MiniGP Malaysia Series Championship in the 190cc category this year.

The Johor Government is making plans to reopen the Pasir Gudang Circuit, also known as the Johor Circuit. The historic circuit has been closed for the past nine years.

Chairman of the Youth and Sports Committee, Entrepreneur Development and State Cooperatives Mohd. Hairi Mad Shah said he along with Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi will meet the Acting Sultan of Johor Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sultan Ibrahim to present plans to reopen the circuit.

He said the re-opening of the circuit will cost a lot, but it will serve as the Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) Racing Team’s training ground with the participation of national rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah.

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“When there was a JDT Racing Team in Johor, many people asked about the Pasir Gudang Circuit, but (according to) a review, it will involve a relatively high cost for the overhaul.

“So, God willing, I and the Menteri Besar will go to the Acting Sultan of Johor to consider this circuit being reopened for the training of Hafizh Syahrin and motoring enthusiasts in the near future,” said Mohd. Happy birthday yesterday.

He also hoped that the re-opening of the circuit could further stimulate motor sports, thus becoming the location of choice for those involved in the sport.

JDT ventured into motor sports with Hafizh who will compete in the 2024 Asian Motorcycle Championship.


Cikgu Ben Zaid, affectionately known as Cikgu Offroad rides the Aveta Ranger Max Explorer.

Aveta Malaysia, the local motorcycle manufacturer, assembler, and distributor of the Aveta motorcycles presented Aveta Ranger Max Explorer all-terrain motorbikes to assist Cikgu Ben Zaid and two of his teaching colleagues in their effort to educate children in a remote Orang Asli community in Kelantan during. The “Off-Road Education Outreach: Teachers Rally with Aveta” handover ceremony was held at the Royale Chulan hotel in Mutiara Damansara yesterday.

Cikgu Ben Zaid and his colleagues traverse 60km of rough timber roads and jungle trails to reach and teach children of the Orang Asli community in Pos Balar, Kelantan, each weekend. Their journey into the interior takes around 3 hours under favourable weather. However, the trails would become treacherous during the rainy season, turning their journey into a 10-hour slog.

‘Cikgu Offroad’ as he is known on social media, recorded and shared videos of the teachers’ epic roundtrips to and from remote Orang Asli communities. As such, many Malaysian netizens contacted Aveta to highlight Cikgu Ben and his colleagues’ efforts following the launch of the Aveta Ranger Max Explorer in November 2023. They suggested that the company’s new motorbike’s off-road capabilities would greatly help the teachers in their trailblazing educational journeys into the jungle.

“Teaching my students in Pos Balar is a privilege which I gladly accept. No doubt there are challenges which we face in our teaching travels. However, education is crucial to enable everyone to participate in our country’s progress and this fuels me for my journeys. I am grateful to my channel subscribers who highlighted my mission to Aveta Malaysia and thankful to Aveta for the support that they are giving. There is no doubt that this donation will really help us to focus on our teaching responsibilities,” said Cikgu Ben Zaid at the handover ceremony.

He added, “The Ranger Max Explorer’s off-road features, including the double piston disc brake, dual-purpose tires, and high ground clearance, make our journeys to and from school a lot smoother. The patented double T-bone design ensures excellent stability and easy handling. Plus, the impressive loading capacity lets my colleagues and me carry more equipment and supplies for the children on each trip.”

Steven Lim, Managing Director of Aveta Malaysia, said “When we unveiled our Ranger Max Explorer, we received an outpouring of messages and comments from netizens, all highlighting the admirable dedication of Cikgu Ben and his fellow educators. Venturing off-road is a daunting feat, with only a select few motorcycles possessing the versatility for such endeavours. Amidst challenging terrain that tests both vehicle and driver, the perseverance of these teachers in educating Orang Asli children is truly inspiring. Their noble efforts moved us deeply, compelling us to lend a hand. With these three specially-equipped bikes, tailored precisely for this rugged terrain, we aim to alleviate the burdens of Cikgu Ben and his team, allowing them to focus wholeheartedly on their educational mission. Additionally, we are providing them with a 2-year warranty giving them peace of mind as they embark on their important educational trips. We hope this donation will make a valuable contribution to the education of the Orang Asli children in Pos Balar.” 

Steven continued, “The Malay saying goes ‘guru bagaikan pelita’. Teachers like Cikgu Ben and many across the country do their best to educate the next generation of Malaysian talents and prepare them for the future. As a Malaysian company through and through, we feel it is important to support them in their nation-building effort.” 

The Aveta Ranger Max Explorer excels in off-road conditions thanks to its impressive ground clearance and versatile dual-purpose tires. The bike features multi-spoke rims, and a sturdy, partially-exposed, patented double T-bone frame, along with an extra-large fuel tank. Comfort is enhanced by telescopic forks at the front and dual gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear.

Data from Malaysian authorities shows a very worrying statistic: One motorcyclist dies every two hours.

The statistics also show that 2023 is the most deadly year, with 6,443 deaths due to road accidents. It is the highest figure in five years.

Based on the data, there is an average of 18 deaths per day. It equates to one death every 80 minutes.

Motorcyclists are still the most high risk group, as two-thirds of those killed are motorcycle riders and pillions. A total of 4,480 motorcycle riders and passengers died in 2023.

This fact was revealed by the Malaysian Transport Minister, Dato’ Anthony Loke during a press conference at Parliament here, yesterday.

In another development, he also said that the Road Transport Department and the Royal Malaysian Police will publish information on the number of accidents and deaths due to road accidents in real time daily.

He hopes that this step can rasise public awareness toward road safety because road accidents are the main contributor to the death rate in this country. The method is akin to posting daily statistics for Covid-19 cases in the past.

The main difference is reporting on road accidents and deaths resulting from them daily, rather than traditionally as a total annually.

Do you remember when you sat for the Computerized Highway Code test (KPP01) otherwise known as ujian undang-undang before moving on to the practical test for your driver’s license?

Depending to the driving institute we chose, we have to go to another driving institute or computerized test center to sit for the Highway Code test. But this difficulty can be avoided or reduced soon. The government has announced that they allow driving institutes to operate computerised test centers at their respective premises starting this April.

The Minister of Transport, Anthony Loke said, this will enable candidates to take the KPP test and the circuit test at the same place thus making it easier for them and reducing the waiting time.

“However, the driving institute that intends to open the test center is required to offer eTesting for circuit testing. Approved driving institutes will be required to also provide an eTesting system within one year,” he said.

This is possible as the data and questions are centralized and under the full control of the Road Transport Department (JPJ), allowing for computerized tests to be conducted at the driving institutes’ premises.

“This ia an initiative by the ministry and JPJ to simplify the requirements of owning a Malaysian Driving License and further support digitalisation of services,” he said.

Loke also said the maximum price for the KPP test is set at RM17 for motorcycles and RM27 for other vehicles.

Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (PN-Kubang Kerian) urged the government to abolish the Gombak and Karak tolls to reduce traffic congestion on the highway.

According to him, users need to stop at four toll plazas to use the East Coast Highway (LPT).

“For example, on the east coast highway, we have four tolls where users have to stop. The Gombak Toll, the Bentong Toll, the Karak Toll and the exit. As for easing the burden on users, the government should use two methods. Only when entering and exiting.

“(As such) two tolls need to be abolished. The Gombak toll and the Karak toll do not need to be held because they cause slow traffic and congestion,” he said during the royal decree debate session.

Commenting further, Tuan Ibrahim who is also the Leader of the Pahang State Opposition and Deputy President of PAS claimed that highway congestion is now one of the failures of the ministry and operators.

“I see this as a failure on the part of the ministry and the operators who operate the highway. Highway congestion is extreme and occurs throughout the country, especially in toll plaza areas,” he said.

In the meantime, he also urged the government to ensure that there is no road repair or patching work during peak hours.

“Yesterday I came back from Kota Bharu. Concession workers are repairing the highway over the bridge in the highway area in Kemaman. There are many cars during peak hours and yet they chose to repair the patch on the bridge. This should not happen and we ask the government to make sure there is no road repairs at peak user times which cause extreme congestion,” he said.

Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn. Bhd. launched the 2024 Yamaha YZF-R25 with a new color. It is a white variation called Glacier White. The blue colour variant which is ever-popular since its launch, Racing Blue, is still on sale.

Buyers can find the new color 2024 Yamaha YZF-R25 at all official Yamaha dealers from March 4, 2024. The selling price remains the same as the 2023 price of RM 22,998.00, excluding registration and insurance. As usual every purchase includes a brake disc lock worth RM100.

The R25 engine remains the same, which is a 249cc, DOHC, parallel-twin. It produces 26.4 kW (35.4 HP) at 12,000 RPM and 22.6 Nm of torque at 10,000 RPM. Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) and LED signal lights are standard.

The R25 machine is still popular and well received among local motorcycle enthusiasts, even though it has been on the market since 2015. It has gone through several updates and upgrades since then, until the version that features the ABS braking system in 2023.

The arrival of the ABS version is a good move because the 250cc segment is one most intensely contested among motorcycle manufacturers. It is filled with brands such as Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, CFMoto, KTM, Modenas/Bajaj, Husqvarna.

Regardless, the Yamaha YZF-R25 still gets a lot of attention until now.


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