33 suspected ‘Gang 24 Apache’ members to be charged tomorrow

Thirty-three suspected members of 'Gang 24 Apache’ are expected to be charged at Klang Sessions court tomorrow. The group was said to be involved in cases that included murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking and extortion. Bernama Photo

PETALING JAYA: Thirty-three suspected members of ‘Gang 24 Apache’ are expected to be charged at Klang Sessions court tomorrow.

Selangor police chief Datuk Mazlan Mansor said those detained were being investigated under Section 130V of the Penal Code for being a member of organised criminal group and Section 130W for assisting an organised criminal group.

“They have been detained for 28 days under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) and will be brought to court tomorrow,” he said.

It is learnt that more than 100 policemen will escort the 33 individuals, who are currently held in Sungai Buloh and Kajang prison.

Other than Sosma, the police had taken action on some them for being involved in the underworld under Prevention of Crime Act (Poca).

Between January and July, Mazlan said a total of 266 people have been arrested under Poca.

He said police are also looking for 15 more individuals, in their 20s and 40s, believed to be members of the same gang.

They are:

1. A.Sivabala,30, last known address at No. 86 Jalan 10, Pandamaran Indah, Klang

2. M.Komandass, 37, No. 36 Lorong Selar 1, Jalan Tepi Sungai Klang

3. R.Ragunathan,27, No.30 Lorong Sutera 3, Taman Maznah, Klang

4. P.Vellasamy, 35, No. 32 Jalan Hulubalang 28, Taman Sentosa, Klang

5. A.Sinakaruppan,29, Lot 2884 Kampung Jawa Sungai Kandis, Jalan Kampung Jawa, Klang

6. K.Murugan,40, No. 1 Lorong Dato Abd Hamid 20, Taman Sri Sentosa, Klang

7. N.Hilavarasan,25, No. 3 Lorong Kerongsang 10A Bandar Puteri Klang

8. R.Suthagar,39, No. 73 Jalan Takwa 25/27 Taman Seri Muda Shah Alam

9. G.Prabakaran ,32, No. 5 Jalan Nagasari 36/1 Taman Desa Latania, Seksyen 36, Shah Alam

10. A.Ramakrishnan,32, D-45 Apartmen Bayu Villa, Jalan Batu Unjur 10, Taman Bayu Perdana, Klang

11. A.A Parameswaran,37, B-6 Lot 9879 Batu 4, Jalan Sellathevan Kampung Jawa, Klang

12. P. Jayanathan,39, No. 12 Jalan Dato Yusuf Shahbudin 3, Taman Sentosa Klang

13. L. Sathiya Seelan,34, No. 13 Batu 21/2 Kampung Jawa, Klang

14. M. Thilip Kumar,32, Lot 6292C Sungai Pinang, Batu 2, Jalan Kapar, Klang

15. S. Harvindran,21, Lot 10435 21 Jalan Kampung Jawa 4, Klang

The group was said to be involved in cases that included murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking and extortion.

The ‘Op Cantas Khas’ in Selangor came after two separate videos of a group of motorcyclists causing a commotion and acting rowdy outside a school went viral in April.

Those in the clip were seen holding banners; one bore the letter “24”, “TD4” and a black swastika.

In the first video, which lasted 1.1 minutes, the group was seen shouting and reviving their motorcycle engines outside the school.

Meanwhile, the second video started with a close-up of a cake with a picture of a man with a native American headdress and words “SMK Sri Andalas”, “24” and “Apache” written on it.

One of the motorcyclists causing the commotion was wearing a school uniform.

Both videos seemed to be recorded at the same location.

Mazlan was speaking to reporters after launching a crime prevention programme “Polis Selangor dan Komuniti Bersama Memerangi Jenayah’ at KDU International School here.

Also present was Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

Arrive two hours earlier for SEA games opening, says organiser

Billboards featuring athlete’s picture can be seen along the road nearby KL Sport City in Bukit Jalil ahead of KL 2017 Sea Games in Selangor Aug 7, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 — Members of the public who attending the 29th SEA Games opening ceremony at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil have been advised to arrive two hours earlier to reduce congestion around the stadium.

The Malaysia SEA Games Organising Committee (MASOC) in a statement today said the people are also encouraged to use public transport to ease traffic at the stadium.

“Stadium gates will be opened as early as 4pm while the pre-event programme will start at 6pm before the official opening at 8pm,” the statement added.

MASOC said it had worked with Prasarana and the Land Public Transport Commission to take several initiatives including extending LRT operation hours for the Sri Petaling route at Bukit Jalil station to 1am.

“KTM Komuter service will also be extended and its details will be announced shortly,” said MASOC.

For bus service, MASOC said RapidKL would be providing a special service with 10 to 15 minutes frequency from seven locations to the National Stadium namely Jalan Reko Terminal, Kajang; Ampang Point, Ampang; Greenwood, Gombak; Hentian Bandar Shah Alam; KLCC bus stop; Platform C, Pasar Seni; and in front of NU Sentral, KL Sentral.

“The service to the National Stadium will start from 5pm to 8pm while the service from the stadium will operate from 10.30pm to 1am,” the statement said.

To facilitate the people to take public transport, MASOC said there are 18,000 parking bays in its service network along the route to Bukit Jalil.

It further said there are 3,500 more parking bays available at the Selangor Turf Club starting from 3pm and the fee is RM5 per vehicle.

“A free shuttle service will be provided in 10-minute frequency to ferry people from the car park to the stadium,” the statement added.

MASOC also reminded the people not to park their cars on the roadside in the stadium area as they would be towed away.

Members of the public are also reminded that the drop-off points have been designated at Arena Green Apartment and the area near Sri Petaling LRT station as well as the entrance of the National Sports Council Complex near Bukit Jalil Sports School.

“MASOC hopes the people will plan their journeys especially for the opening ceremony as well as adhering to guidelines to prevent traffic congestion,” the statement said.

Members of the public can obtain the latest information at KL2017 social media : http://kualalumpur2017.com.my/Facebook :Kuala Lumpur 2017 ; Twitter: @KL2017Instagram: kualalumpur2017; and Youtube: Kuala Lumpur 2017.

— Bernama

Seychelles discovers possible plane debris, notifies Malaysia

Few traces of Flight MH370 have turned up over more than three years of searching since it disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew aboard soon after take-off from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, bound for Beijing. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

VICTORIA, July 14 — Seychelles reported yesterday the discovery of two pieces of debris that seemed to be from an aircraft and said it had notified Malaysia, whose Flight MH370 vanished in 2014 with 239 people aboard.

The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) said scientists researching birds and turtles had found the debris washed up on Farqhar, one of the islands that make up the tropical Indian Ocean nation.

“The direction of flow of the sea currents make it likely that the (debris) came from the general direction where other parts (of MH370) have been found in Indian Ocean countries,” a senior SCAA official who asked not to be named told Reuters.

Michael Payet, a spokesman for the state agency that manages all Seychelles islands, said the largest of the two bits of debris was about 120 cm (3.94 feet) long and 30 cm (one foot)wide and appeared to be made of aluminium and carbon fibre.

“It could be part of an engine cover,” he said.

The SCAA was in contact with Malaysian authorities, “who have shown an interest, and with whom we expect to work closely”, the aviation authority said in a statement.

Few traces of the Boeing 777 airliner have turned up over more than three years of searching since it disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew aboard soon after take-off from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, bound for Beijing. — Reuters

1,428 fraudulent online business transactions reported this year

KPDNKK’s Enforcement director Datuk Mohd Roslan Mahayudin said action could be taken against untrustworthy sellers online in addition to cooperation with the MCMC to block access to fraudulent websites. — AFP pic

PUTRAJAYA, July 14 —  The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) received 1,428 complaints regarding fraudulent online transactions this year.

KPDNKK’s Enforcement director Datuk Mohd Roslan Mahayudin said of the total, 50 advertisement content on the online marketplace was blocked.

“The most popular cases are that of buyers receiving different items from what they had initially ordered. For example, there was a case where a buyer had purchased a handphone online, but instead received a mortar and pestle.

“Another common case is the goods received are not the same as the items advertised,” he told a press conference, here yesterday.

He said that last year the number of complaints received were 2,279 cases and some have been taken action on.

Mohd Roslan said the most unique case of advertising on an online market site last year was involving a man who rents his father’s house.

“The deposit was given to the man and when the tenant wanted to move in, it was still occupied by the father of the man. Apparently the house was advertised without his father’s knowledge,” he said.

However, he said the case was resolved and the deposit was returned to the tenant.

Mohd Roslan said action could be taken against untrustworthy sellers online, under the Consumer Protection Act 1999 and Trade Description Act 2011, in addition to cooperation with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to block access to fraudulent websites.

He said currently, the ministry does not require any online marketplace operator such as Mudah.my, Lazada, Auctions and 11street to check the seller’s identity card number before allowing them to advertise items for sale.

Mohd Roslan said the ministry only required them to store and maintain the name, address and telephone number of the seller under the Consumer Protection (Electronic Trading Transaction) Regulations 2012 so that the authorities could detect the seller if there was any consumer issues.

He said, in order to seek damages in case of any fraud, the victim could lodge a claim with the Tribunal for Consumer Claims and some platforms also provide their own online dispute resolutions and redress channels mechanisms such as Lazada, 11Street, Ebay and Amazon.

He also called for buyers to be smart when shopping online by comparing the price of items and conducting checks on the seller’s record. — Bernama

Escaped convict case: Eight cops released on police bail

Some of the police officers being taken to the George Town magistrate’s court yesterday. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

GEORGE TOWN, July 14 — Eight policemen who were remanded to assist in the investigation of a detainee who escaped on Sunday were released on police bail after their remand period expired.

Penang police chief Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye the policemen, aged between 27 and 59, were suspended from work pending investigation of the case.

“The remand order of a 56-year-old fisherman who was also detained has been extended for another three days for further investigation while the policemen will be charged in court if found to be involved,” he told reporters after attending an Aidilfitri function at the Penang contingent level here yesterday.

In the 2am incident on Sunday, three convicts were brought out from their prison cell in Bayan Baru on the pretext of seeking medical attention. However, investigation revealed that the convicts were brought to meet their families in Sungai Ara.

One of the convicts, a 43-year-old detainee held under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, fled when he was believed to have met up with a friend in Sungai Nibong after meeting his family in Sungai Ara.

“To date, the statement of 15 witnesses who have information on the incident, including the family members of the escaped convict have been recorded. I believe that the investigation paper will be completed soon,” he said, adding that the report would be submitted to Bukit Aman and Penang’s head of prosecution unit for further action.

Meanwhile, in another incident, Chuah said a female student, aged 21, from a private college in Penang who worked as a part-time hostess at an entertainment centre claimed to have been molested by the 40-year-old special assistant of a state assemblyman, at a parking lot outside the premises in Lebuh Pantai, yesterday. — Bernama

As sperm counts drop in China, the fertility market cashes in

Overseas hospital operators like IHH Healthcare Bhd, which is listed in Malaysia and Singapore, are among those likely to benefit from increased patronage from Chinese patients. — Reuters pic

BEIJING, July 13 — On a recent afternoon, a visitor from northern China took a smoke break outside the Beijing Perfect Family Hospital. Cigarettes were one reason he had come to the capital: He reckons his nicotine habit played a part in damaging his fertility.

The 38-year-old construction businessman, who asked to be identified by his last name, Zhang, worked hard to build a business with his wife, who is 35. But when they were finally ready to have kids, it was a struggle. So the Zhangs became one more couple among millions of Chinese to turn to an assisted reproductive-health market that has the potential to be worth about US$15 billion (RM64.3 billion).

A paradox has emerged in China: As the country finally relaxes its one-child policy, factors like lower sperm counts, later pregnancies and other health barriers are making it harder for many to get pregnant. As a result, businesses from China to Australia, and even California are lining up to help — and profit from — the growing market of hopeful prospective parents.

Families in the world’s most populous country are willing to pay top dollar for fertility therapies. Zhang said his package for IVF, or in vitro fertilisation, was 100,000 yuan for each round.

“Now that our economic conditions are better, we all want children but it’s hard for a lot of us,” he said, puffing on his second cigarette. “All the years of smoking and drinking and business dinners take a toll. It’s difficult for me and my wife to conceive naturally and we needed help.”

Changing lifestyles

For decades, couples in urban China were only allowed to have one child, but the country, which is trying to boost its shrinking workforce, now allows two. China’s market for IVF alone was worth US$670 million in 2016 and is expected to surge to US$1.5 billion in 2022, according to BIS Research. Assuming that 65 per cent of infertile couples choose to seek treatment, the total assisted reproductive health market could someday be worth about 107 billion yuan using an average cost of as much as 40,000 yuan, brokerage firm Hua Chuang Securities Co estimates.

Sperm counts (measured by the number of sperm per millilitre) dropped very significantly from 100 million in the early 1970s to as low as 20 million in 2012 in China, according to Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. The higher stress levels accompanying economic development, pollution, late marriage and late childbirth, smoking and alcohol use could be contributing factors, he said.

A study in central China showed that only about 18 per cent of those tested had healthy enough semen to be sperm donors in 2015. That number had been much higher at 56 per cent in 2001, according the study, which was published this year in the medical journal Fertility & Sterility. Many Chinese women, meanwhile, are choosing to have children later as they pursue their careers.

Yet the desire to have biological children looms large, and that’s driving demand for services like IVF.

Global business

Virtus Health Ltd, an Australian company that offers fertility treatments, receives regular approaches from Chinese firms looking for partnerships, but getting a local licence is difficult. So, Virtus works with medical tourism agencies in China that help patients get to its Australian and Singapore clinics. It has Chinese-speaking fertility specialists, scientists and nurses and its websites are translated into Chinese, according to the firm’s chief executive officer, Sue Channon.

Thousands of miles away, Mark Surrey, co-founder and medical director of the Southern California Reproductive Center in Beverly Hills, says about 20 per cent of its patients came from China over the past year.

“There are increasing numbers of people in China who have the socioeconomic means to choose what kind of reproductive technology that they would like,” Surrey said. Among other services, the centre’s California-based clinics offer tests to learn the gender of the embryo. Such services can be particularly attractive to patients from mainland China, where gender selection is banned.

Local market

At home, China’s “public facilities are currently quite overburdened, which significantly impacts the patient experience,” said Roberta Lipson, chief executive officer at United Family Healthcare, partly owned by China’s Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group.

Her company has been conducting IVF and fertility services in the northern city of Tianjin for over two years, with clinical expertise from around China, as well as from the UK and Australia. “We hope to get licensed in our other cities throughout China to provide a more convenient option for private patients,” Lipson said in an email.

Still, Chinese patients face a number of regulatory hurdles at home. Single women, for instance, aren’t allowed to freeze their eggs in the country. Such restrictions have many patients considering trips abroad.

As of last year, the country had 451 sperm banks and medical institutions licensed to provide reproductive care, the National Health and Family Planning Commission estimates. But that’s outpaced by demand in a country of 1.4 billion people.

“Assisted reproduction has become one of the fastest-growing, high-potential fields in China’s medical market,” analysts with Haitong Securities wrote in a January report.

Overseas hospital operators like IHH Healthcare Bhd, which is listed in Malaysia and Singapore, Thailand’s Bumrungrad Hospital PCL and Bangkok Dusit Medical Services PCL are among those likely to benefit from increased patronage from Chinese patients, said Laura Nelson Carney, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein.

Zhang, standing on the busy and narrow street in downtown Beijing, said he knows many others with similar troubles. “Our friends can talk about it openly,” he said. “Many of them used IVF too.”

The process requires multiple visits to Beijing: They visited in November for the extraction of eggs and sperm, and again in March for preparations. Still, he will likely consider having two children — if the first attempt doesn’t result in twins. — Bloomberg

MACC to quiz Customs officers over ‘missing’ military radar

KUALA LUMPUR, July 3 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said today it would investigate the brief disappearance of a military radar shipment that was later found to have reached its Netherlands destination.

The anti-graft body said its investigating team would head to the Tanjung Pelepas Port in Johor, where the container of the equipment was reported missing, and verify if there were elements of corruption and abuse of power in the incident.

“The MACC will take statements from a few officers from the Royal Malaysian Customs Department to assist with investigations.

“Besides that, the MACC will work with the police that are also investigating claims of the disappearance of the high-tech military radar equipment. However, MACC’s investigation will solely be focused on elements of corruption and abuse of power and will not interfere with the police investigation,” MACC said in a statement.

The Customs Department clarified last Thursday that the military radar shipment was not missing as reported and had actually reached its Rotterdam Port destination in the Netherlands.

Local daily The Star had reported that the consignment of military radar worth millions of ringgit had arrived from Australia last month and was to be shipped to Netherlands via Johor.

However, the consignment was held at the port as it did not have the necessary permits. It was then reportedly found missing during a recent audit, leading to a police report being lodged.

Authorities to launch nationwide hunt for illegal immigrants at midnight

Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali speaks during a press conference at the headquarters of the Immigration Department in Kuala Lumpur, June 30, 2017. ― Bernama pic

PUTRAJAYA, June 30 ― At midnight tonight, the Immigration authorities are to launch a large-scale operation to flush out illegal immigrants in the country, following the passing of the deadline to register for the Enforcement Card or E-card.

As of 8am today, a total of 155,680 illegal immigrants working for 26,957 employers had applied for the E-card and 140,746 of the cards were issued. This is only 23 per cent of the 600,000 cards targeted by the Immigration Department.

Director-General of Immigration Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali is not amused. In fact, he is disappointed with the attitude of the employers. The registration exercise was launched on February 15.

“I emphasised many times that the deadline for registration is midnight tonight, and the deadline will not be extended,” he said at a press conference.

He said that after the deadline passed, the department would arrest illegal immigrants and prosecute their employers under sections 56(1) and 55B of the Immigration Act 1959/1963, including those employing immigrants with student passes.

A check by reporters today found the Immigration Department headquarters crowded with employers and their illegal immigrant workers waiting to register for the E-card at the 11th hour.

“While the deadline for applications is midnight, we expect our officers to be working up to 7 am tomorrow to process all the documents received,” said Mustafar.

He said the applications received after 11.30am had to be kept aside to complete processing those received earlier.

The most number of applicants were illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, followed by those from Indonesia, Myanmar and Nepal, he said.

Mustafar also said that immigration authorities had arrested several people who took advantage of the E-card registration to offer their services as agents.

“They were issuing false E-cards,” he said, adding that employers had to apply for the cards without going through middle-men. ― Bernama.

Immigration confirms extending Singaporeans’ detention, but denies abuse

Quek Chin Fern and her daughter, Cheryl Lim, had on June 19 pleaded guilty to shoplifting in a Kluang court and subsequently sentenced to a day’s imprisonment. — IStock.com pic via AFP

KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 ― Two Singaporeans were detained beyond their one-day prison sentence due to a separate and ongoing case, the Immigration Department said when rejecting claims of abuse in the matter.

Immigration director-general Datuk Mustafar Ali explained that Quek Chin Fern and her daughter, Cheryl Lim, had on June 19 pleaded guilty to shoplifting in a Kluang court and subsequently sentenced to a day’s imprisonment.

“JIM Johor issued a [detain and deport order] for 14 days for the two detainees to the Prisons Department according to SOP as the transfer of ‘banduan dagang’ (ex prisoner) from prison was delayed due to the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays. The detainees were passed to the Detention Depot on 27/6,” he said in a response to Malay Mail Online on Wednesday evening.

According to the Prisons Department’s website, the term “banduan dagang” refers to foreign nationals who are detained pending deportation and includes those who have completed their jail term and those being held under the Immigration Act.

“At the same time, there is a case related to Immigration that is ongoing and will be decided on 24/7. Subject is detained until the court case is resolved,” he said.

Mustafar was referring to the August 2016 case in which Quek and her two children ― Cheryl and Miguel Lim ― were charged under Section 56(1)(g) of the Immigration Act with allegedly refusing to cooperate with Immigration officials during inspection at the Sultan Iskandar Building Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) checkpoint in Johor at the Malaysia-Singapore border.

Mustafar said the Special Sessions Court at the Pekan Nanas Immigration depot had at the end of the prosecution’s case decided to acquit and release the two children, while Quek was ordered to enter her defence. He noted the decision for her case will be delivered on July 24.

The Immigration also appealed to the High Court against the two children’s acquittal, he said.

He also said Quek was given bail by the court and lives on a special pass along with her children.

“In conclusion, there was no abuse of power towards detainees Quek and her daughter. All detention orders are according to SOP and laws that have been stipulated for foreigners that commit an offence in Malaysia,” he concluded when commenting on the two Singaporeans.

On Monday, local human rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) condemned the extended detention of the two Singaporeans as an alleged violation of the Federal Constitution and the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Quek’s son, Miguel Lim, told Malay Mail Online of his concerns for his detained 43-year-old mother and sister, both of whom he has not seen since their detention following the June 22 jail sentence. His sister turned 19 on June 25 while in Johor’s Kluang prison, he said.

He said he only managed to speak with Quek once on June 23 after she pleaded with the authorities for a phone call, adding that his mother claimed to have dislocated her arm after her arrest and was allegedly not given medical attention.

As for the August 2016 court case, Miguel said that the trio have been stuck in Malaysia since then as their passports, car, and his handphone were seized. He said Quek is a single parent as his father had passed away.

The trio’s lawyer, Hassan Karim, earlier this week confirmed to Malay Mail Online that Quek’s two children were acquitted on May 8 as the special Sessions court had found that the prosecution had failed to show that there was a prima facie case against them, with their case to now be mentioned in the Johor Baru High Court on July 13 as the prosecution has appealed.

Hassan expressed concern over the “human rights issue” in the duo’s detention, noting that he had written and faxed a letter yesterday morning to the depot’s director to request for a visit, but was informed that he could not visit his clients without clearance from the investigating officer.

Hassan said he managed to obtain permission yesterday from the investigating officer at the Johor Baru CIQ Immigration office for him to see the duo within office hours, but will only be able to visit on Sunday as Friday and Saturday are officially off days in Johor.

Miguel said he went to the depot yesterday to try and visit his mother and sister, but was not allowed to do so, adding that he will now leave it to Hassan since the latter had obtained clearance and will be visiting this Sunday.

Miguel said the Singapore High Commission was however allowed to visit his family yesterday, claiming that it was the second time where the embassy requested for medical attention to be given.

Interview with Miss Tourism Malaysia and Miss Tourism International – Ranjani Rajamanickam

Environmental Scientist Ranjani Rajamanickam one day decided to see the world. Now she is an air stewardess with Emirates. She is thankful to God and Emirates for paving the path to see the world. She gave an exclusive interview to LaysaLaysa.com. Let’s hear from her more.image04


Tell us about yourself.
I’m just your typical girl next door who is working hard to achieve my big dreams. Being raised in a middle-class family has nurtured good qualities in me like being humble, being appreciative, being modest and being kind. I love giving to the world by an act of goodness or with just a smile. I always want to be centre of attraction and I was never shy about it. My loved ones feel, I am born to stand out always. I wish to be someone who inspires and ignites the fire within others to achieve.

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Why did you switch career?
It was something out of the blue where one day I said to myself, let’s try something different. Being an air stewardess has always seemed so cool and glamorous. I have adored many as they walk past me at the airport. It wasn’t easy to convince my mom about my decision and took her a good one month to say okay.

My time as an Environmental Scientist has thought me the importance of science and its application in daily life. Helping organisations building environmentally conscious structures and providing a better environment for the wildlife has made me happier than ever. Maybe someday in future, you will be seeing me back in action, trying to save our mother nature.

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Why would you think you’re fit to be a model?
It will be a lie if I tell you that I’ve always seen myself as a perfect girl to walk the runaway or to be a cover face on the magazine. But anyone can dream, can’t they?

Fortunately, I’ve lived my dream. While in Miss Earth Sabah, Miss Tourism Malaysia, and Miss Tourism International, I’ve walked the runaway and been the face for several sponsors and brands that I’m proud to present. Moreover, I’ve always seen myself as courageous and hardworking. Together with my passion, I believe I will deliver the best for any given task.

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Do you eat nutritiously?
Yes and No. Life will be so boring if we do the right thing all the time. I usually try to steer clear of unnecessary carbohydrates and fats during weekdays. If I do crave for some sweetness, I’ll take it only in the morning. The weekend is when I can be truly be an Asian. On the side note, be moderate on your food consumption during your cheat day/s.

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How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
I practice home workout. At the moment, I’m sweating it all out with an app called My Trainer Carmen. You usually require a yoga mat and basic dumbbells for the home workout. I’ve also got myself some ankle weights, sandbags and gym balls to spice things up. Due to my ever changing schedule, I try to work out 3-5 days a week with 50 to 60 minutes per session.

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How do you feel about travel?
Traveling takes an individual to whole new level. Traveling teaches you things that you can never get from reading any books. Memories created and stay forever in your brain which later helps you to understand why certain things work such way. I’ve never failed to thank God and Emirates for giving me the chance to do what might seem a dream for others.

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What qualities do you think are necessary to be a leader?
A leader has to be someone who is positive, a team player and also attentive to the need of others. It isn’t about taking control but instead keeping everything under control.

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If you could change three things about yourself, what would they be?
I would say my height, the color of my eyes, and my cute smile. Trying to crack a silly joke there (laughing). It’s going be my obsession for footwear!

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How do you define success?
Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm – Winston Churchill.

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Do you have any plans for any feature films locally and internationally?
To become an actress has always been my dream. When I was a kid, I will stand in front of the mirror and act out movie scenes. Those who are close to me have always referred me as a drama queen. Due to work requirement, I am always on the go, however, if ever an opportunity comes knocking, I will grab it.

Please contact Ranjani Rajamanickam if you have any acting opportunities for her.

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