GEORGE TOWN: There is nothing wrong in establishing the Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI), said former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng (pix) at the High Court here today. He said even the auditor general did not question CMI, which is Penang’s investment arm. Lim was testifying in his defamation suit against acting Gerakan Youth chief Jason Loo pertaining to the sale of land in Peel Avenue to Island Hospital. He said the CMI was set up to manage assets and properties belonging to the state government and all decisions were done by the Penang Executive Councillor (Exco). “Since the inception of CMI in 2009, the auditor-general did not make any comment on CMI and there is no problem of it being the state investment arm,“ he said. Lim said one of the reasons for the CMI to be formed was that the state government had limitation on land matters. “CMI does not have its own account and all the operational expenses go to the state consolidated fund. We do not want to … [Read more...] about Lim: Even Auditor General does not question CMI
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The two-storey structure used to be an old prison known as the Yan Lone Kyan Correctional Facility. It now serves as a treatment centre for dozens of local drug dependents from the town and the surrounding areas within the Kokang Self-Administered Region. During a visit by the Myanmar Times to the facility, a small group of men gathered in front of the steps of the rundown building, as the sun set behind the surrounding mountains and hills in the area. “While I was using drugs near ward No.1, Kokang police caught me red-handed. I had to stay for two days in a detention cell and then I was transferred here for rehabilitation,” said 35-year old Yone Chan, one of the inhabitants of the centre. He is an ethnic Kokang who speaks a little Myanmar language. He used to be a photographer before he sank into drugs that eventually forced him to become a dealer so he could sustain his addiction. It all started just for fun, Yone Chan recalled; popping a pill or two during … [Read more...] about Arduous struggle back to a normal life for drug addicts
Will we be seeing Sharla Cheung on our screens again? It's been 16 years since the Hong Kong actress last appeared in Chinese movie The Sixth Sense. The 51-year-old, who relocated to Beijing, recently visited her family in Hong Kong over the Labour Day holidays. And her star quality hasn't diminished over the years, as she still drew eyes while she was out and about with a friend at Causeway Bay. When asked by Apple Daily whether she would be making a comeback, she gave a seemingly positive response. "I still have to work anyway. It takes a lot of time to learn and practise Buddhism, but my senior (who is also Sharla's boyfriend) said that I can do all of them together due to the worldly dharma law." "It means that you can do perfectly well in everything you do, then will it all be perfect. So I can still work." Since she bowed out of the entertainment industry, Sharla has been visiting monasteries in China and listening to Buddhist scriptures. Before fans get too excited … [Read more...] about Will Hong Kong actress Sharla Cheung be making a comeback?
BEIJING: Two children were killed in China after a tornado flipped over an inflatable bounce house in the northern province of Hebei on Thursday (May 2), state media reported, in the second such incident in two months.A tornado had struck a central plaza in Laiyuan county, overturning the bouncy castle in a freak accident that injured seven others, the Beijing Youth Daily said, citing local authorities.Pictures posted on social media by the newspaper showed a partially deflated bouncy castle toppled over several cars.Three people have been detained in connection with the incident and investigations are underway, the Beijing Youth Daily said.In April, a dust tornado sent an inflatable bounce house flying in central China, killing two children and injuring 18 others. … [Read more...] about Two children dead after tornado tips bouncy castle in China