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Old 26-06-2006, 12:48 PM
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Default Chilling tales surround Kellie's Castle in Perak

Report from The New Straits Times dated Saturday 24 June 2006 :-

Chilling tales surround Kellie's Castle in Perak

BATU GAJAH : It was almost dusk and Kamazan Yeop was on his usual patrol of the sprawling Kellie’s Castle, making sure no tourist was left behind after it closed its doors at 6pm.

From the front hallway and into the courtyard, Kamazan (Pak Naman to the kampung folk), walked around the castle with a shotgun slung over his right shoulder.


As he walked past an angsana tree with overhanging leafy branches behind the castle, he heard a rustling sound. He stopped in his tracks and looked back. What he saw made his blood curdle. A white apparition with long black hair had appeared beside the tree and was making its way towards him. He muttered some Quranic verses, raised his shotgun, aimed and shot at the thing. Nothing happened. The phantasm simply glided by and floated away.

Pak Naman’s encounter with the vampire, or "langsui" as he calls it, is just one of many chilling tales surrounding Kellie’s Castle, the haunted mansion of William Kellie Smith, a Scottish planter who built the castle as an expression of love for his wife, Agnes, in 1915.

Smith had come to Malaya in 1890 and made his fortune in rubber and tin mining.

His grandiose plan to have the one and only castle in the small town of Batu Gajah never materialised, because Smith died in 1926 of pneumonia before the castle was completed.

His wife sold the estate to the Harrisons and Crosfield plantations concern, and it became part of the Kinta Kellas Estate.

With the passing of time and the end of colonial rule, the castle faded into obscurity.

Speaking at his home recently, Pak Naman, now 74, said the incident happened about nine years ago while he was employed as a security guard at the castle.

Pak Naman said he saw a second apparition at a surau near the castle several days later.

This time it was just a figure in white.

"I couldn’t see its face and it glided by me. But strangely enough at that time I didn’t feel afraid," he said.

Tajuddin Yaacob, director of Aqfast Enterprise, which manages the castle and operates tours, said the castle had acquired a reputation for being haunted because it had not been completed and had been left in ruins for many years.

"Supernatural beings are often said to reside in such abandoned dwellings," Tajuddin said.

"I remember leading a group of tourists through the castle a few weeks ago, and suddenly one of them came up to me and said he felt someone pulling at his trousers."
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Report from The New Straits Times dated Saturday 24 June 2006 :-

Datuk K paid ‘casual visit’

KUALA LUMPUR : The country’s top singer, Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin, romantically-linked to Datuk Khalid Mohd Jiwa, confirmed the businessman visited her family home in Kuala Lipis on Friday.

"But it was just a casual visit, nothing more," she said in an obvious attempt to "de-link" the visit to speculation that the 47-year-old Datuk had asked for her hand in marriage.

Siti Nurhaliza, approached by reporters after launching a revamped entertainment magazine at Berjaya Times Square yesterday, said she was not even aware of Khalid’s visit.

"I was not at home when he came. In fact, I was not even aware of it until a family member called to inform me."

Siti Nurhaliza said she had not asked her parents the purpose of Khalid’s visit but admitted reading about it in the newspapers.

"What I can say is that it was a casual visit and had nothing to do with merisik (enquire) or engagement," she said.



Reiterating her stand on the matter, the popular singer said she would not announce her marriage plans until they were certain.

"That’s my principle. Be patient. When the time comes, I will make the announcement."

Pressed on whether she was busy preparing for her wedding, the 27-year-old multiple-awards winner denied it but reiterated that she was ready to settle down.

Khalid, popularly known as "Datuk K", reportedly stopped by Siti Nurhaliza’s family home in Kampung Sungai Kerpan, Kuala Lipis, for several hours.

There have been reports that he and Siti Nurhaliza planned to tie the knot in August.

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Laporan daripada Harian Metro bertarikh Isnin 26hb 2006 :-

Siti terus nikah?

KUALA LUMPUR : Keluarga Datuk Khalid Mohd Jiwa atau lebih dikenali dengan Datuk K dipercayai tidak bercadang mengadakan majlis merisik dan bertunang, sebaliknya terus dinikahkan dengan Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin bagi memudahkan semua pihak.

Difahamkan, mereka sedang memilih tarikh bersesuaian untuk majlis pernikahan dan persandingan itu.

Keluarga Datuk K juga dikatakan mahu mengadakan majlis berkenaan pada waktu terdekat tetapi tarikhnya belum ditetapkan secara khusus walaupun dikatakan pada 8 Ogos depan.

Sementara itu, Siti Nurhaliza, 27, mengaku Datuk K, 47, mengunjungi keluarganya di Kampung Sungai Kerpan, dekat Kuala Lipis, Pahang, petang Jumaat lalu.

“Saya mengaku Datuk K ada menemui keluarga saya tetapi menganggap kunjungan itu sebagai lawatan biasa dan tiada kena-mengena langsung dengan sebarang upacara merisik atau meminang.

“Sebenarnya saya sendiri tidak tahu Datuk K dan keluarganya akan datang sehingga seorang daripada ahli keluarga memaklumkan kepada saya.

“Saya juga tidak tahu apa yang mereka bincang tetapi yang pasti bukan mengenai perkahwinan,” katanya ketika ditemui selepas pelancaran wajah baru sebuah majalah hiburan di pusat beli-belah Berjaya Times Square di sini, semalam.

Sebaik meninggalkan majlis, Siti diserbu wartawan untuk mendapatkan penjelasan lanjut mengenai tujuan Datuk K menemui keluarganya di Kuala Lipis.

Dia kemudian bergegas ke Jaya Jusco, Bukit Raja, Klang, sebagai duta pusat beli-belah itu bagi menyerahkan sumbangan Yayasan Jusco Malaysia kepada wakil Pertubuhan Kebajikan Islam Malaysia, Yayasan Latihan Insan Istimewa Perak Malaysia, Persatuan Ehsan Wanita dan Anak-Anak KL serta Persatuan Guru Dharma.

Menurut Siti, dia tiada di rumah keluarganya ketika Datuk K datang bersama kakak, Zaiton dan ibu mereka, Siti Zainab Hanafi.

Siti bagaimanapun menjelaskan, dalam usia 27 tahun sekarang, dia sudah bersedia mendirikan mahligai bahagia tetapi belum membuat sebarang persediaan ke arah itu.

Dia sekali lagi menegaskan bahawa dia berpegang kepada prinsip tidak akan membuat sebarang kenyataan mengenai perkahwinannya selagi belum tiba masanya.

“Saya membaca laporan akhbar semalam (Sabtu) dan okey. Kalau betul ada perkara yang ingin saya umumkan, saya akan buat secara rasmi dan tidak akan membuat media begini (tertanya-tanya).

“Seperti saya katakan tadi, saya tiada di rumah ketika Datuk K dan keluarganya berjumpa keluarga saya dan saya tidak tahu apa yang mereka bincangkan.

“Untuk pengetahuan semua, apa yang pasti saya belum bertunang atau bernikah dengan sesiapa,” katanya yang menafikan desas-desus dia sudah membeli cincin pertunangan bernilai RM400,000 di Paris.

Siti turut menolak dakwaan dia malu untuk mengumumkan hari perkahwinannya.

“Buat masa ini tidak perlulah saya bercerita lebih lanjut (mengenai perkahwinan) dan kalau peminat hendak tahu juga tunggulah. Saya akan umumkan pada satu masa yang sesuai nanti.

“Jangan salah faham. Bukan niat saya mahu mempermainkan media tetapi ia pendirian saya. Apapun keputusannya nanti, saya akan melakukannya mengikut cara betul,” katanya.

Menurut laporan akhbar kelmarin, Datuk K yang sekian lama digosipkan mempunyai hubungan intim dengan Siti, tiba ke kediaman keluarga Siti selepas solat Jumaat kira-kira jam 2 petang.

Rombongan usahawan itu yang datang dari Kuala Lumpur kelihatan membawa anggur dan epal sebagai buah tangan.

Mereka kemudian beredar dari situ jam 4 petang.

Ketika dihubungi Harian Metro, Datuk K menafikan kunjungan berkenaan untuk merisik penyanyi itu, sebaliknya sekadar lawatan biasa.

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Report from The STAR dated Tuesday 27 June 2006 :-

Penang Esplanade : Where fun and memories are

ASK any old timer about his nostalgic memory of Penang's Esplanade (also known as Padang Kota Lama) and his answer could be anything from the many relaxing strolls he had taken at the popular waterfront promenade, watching children run wild at the Esplanade field, attending political rallies, reading, snoozing, chatting and even romancing under the stars!

The promenade, situated along Light Street to the west of the Fort Cornwallis, stretches from Penang Municipal Council-built hawker's food complex at one end to the clock tower at Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakhbah.

A visitor will be able to see the vast field in the centre, which is currently undergoing upgrading works, shady trees and the cool sea breeze beating against one's face in the back ground.

There is also a cenotaph in honour of soldiers who died during World War I, a basketball court, skating ring and the Millennium Plaza beside the seafront promenade. The cenotaph along the Esplanade in honour of soldiers who died in World War 1.

COOL AND SHADY:The fountain,located next to the Town Hall,serves as a nice spot for one to relax and unwind.

STATELY BUILDING:The majestic City Hall.

The RM500,000 plaza bears marks of vandalism with the panelling on one side of the 1.2m-high sundial cone dislodged and exposing the cement underneath.


Some copper plaques inscribed with a brief story and pictures of historical buildings were stolen last year.

At the fringe of the field are the colonial-era structures of City Hall and Town Hall and the hawker's complexes.

The Medan Renong hawker's complex was built to accommodate the 40-odd traders who previously operated along the Esplanade.

The promenade has been an ideal open-air venue for community events and political campaigns since the early days.

Security assistant Md Iqbal Mydin, 57, recalled that the annual Pesta Pulau Pinang which was held at the Esplanade grounds about 30 years ago.

“It used to be a carnival-like atmosphere and when you have the City Hall and Town Hall buildings in the background with the sea , it was one of the most memorable events ,'' he said.

Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association vice-president K. Koris remembers listening to the country's former prime ministers Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Abdul Razak, former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, former Singapore president Devan Nair delivering their political speeches at the field some 30 years ago.

Koris also said visitors should be more civic-minded about keeping the place clean.

In the early days, the Esplanade was used as a ground for firing practice by sepoy regiments and later with the arrival of the British in numbers, the field was used for sports such as football, cricket and lawn bowling.

A Filipino band, known as the Manila Band, also used to perform here, serenading people who were at the Esplanade for a stroll.

Today, the Esplanade is the venue for walks, sports, concerts, assemblies, New Year and Chap Goh Meh celebrations,, as well as parades such as chingay and vintage cars.

Until last year, the most looked forward event at the Esplanade was the Chap Goh Meh celebrations when orange-throwing competitions were held. The event saw young maidens throwing oranges to young lads waiting on their sampans to catch the oranges.

Dondang sayang shows are also held at the Esplanade during Chap Goh Meh with singers coming from as far as Singapore.

Standing proudly beside the Esplanade field is the City Hall and Town Hall buildings.

The City Hall, which was opened in 1903, with its British Palladian architecture featuring magnificent Corinthian columns and huge windows, was once the seat of the local government.

The City Hall was restored at a cost of RM4.5mil and works were completed in August last year.

The two-storey building is currently used by the Penang Municipal Council to house the Licensing and Urban Services Departments while the other departments, once sited in this building, have since been moved to Komtar.

Next door to the City Hall is the stately Town Hall, supposedly the oldest council building built in 1879.

Records show that Governor Sir Archibald Edward Harbord Anson laid the foundation for the building of the Town Hall on January 1, 1879 and a year later, Governor Sir Federick Weld opened the building.

The Victorian neo-classical building was originally used by elite Europeans as a social meeting place, thus earning the building the name “The European Club''.

The building was used as the state library from 1880 to 1886 and was leased to Kolej Damansara Utama from 1991 to 1998.
In 1999, the building was used for the shooting of the movie Anna and The King.
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Report from The STAR dated Tuesday 27 June 2006 :-

Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse : Shedding light on days gone by


HAVE you ever wondered about what is found inside a lighthouse?

For many of us, a lighthouse is merely a towering structure sending out light to plying ships.

In the early days, there were caretakers who lived in the grounds where these lighthouses were located.

Some of the items found in the living quarters and operations rooms of these lighthouses are now a treasure trove of sorts dating back to the 19th century. They are just like mini museums

The first lighthouse in Penang, the Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse, is among the few ones here where some of the historic items can be found.

TOWERING STRUCTURES:The lighthouse(right)and the watchtower at Fort Cornwallis.

This could be attributed to the fact that the lighthouse is located within the grounds of the fort itself.


Originally known as the Fort Point Lighthouse, its operations room stores a mysterious chest dating back to 1882, the year the lighthouse was built, lying locked away in a corner.

Marine Department assistant marine officer Mohd Sazali Mohd Saad said the chest, which was found lying on a wooden stand, had been left in the same condition ever since.

However, until today the lighthouse caretaker and the department have not been able to find the keys to unlock the chest.

Also found are early generator sets and gas tanks made in Eng-land, dating back to the time the lighthouse was built, a battery box, buoys, a navigation light control unit and different flasher units.

Mohd Sazali said most of these items were well-maintained although they were no longer in use.

He said the flasher unit at the Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse today uses solar energy while the one at the Muka Head Lighthouse operates on the automatic generator system.

“The Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse is the second lighthouse serving ships coming in from the North Channel. Ships coming in from the channel will have to first pass the first one at Muka Head,” he said.

It is believed to be the only one that does not serve any navigational purpose as it is no longer used to guide ships. Located near Padang Kota Lama and surrounded by the fort, the white iron structure today stands out as a tourist attraction.

Just next to the 21m-tall light-house is a watchtower, built on the same year and of the same height, to serve as a lookout post for pirates. The watchtower is unique because it is the only one in the country that looks like the mast of a ship.

In 1914, the lighthouse was renamed Penang Harbour Light-house and later, it became to be known as Fort Cornwallis Light-house due to its proximity to the fort.

The lighthouse has the intensity of 2,400 candelas and its light can be seen from as far as 16 nautical miles.

Its flasher unit is powered by halogen bulbs and it gives out a flash red light every two seconds.

Mohd Sazali explained that the flasher unit was activated around 7pm at sunset and would auto-matically switch off about 7am.

He also said if the main flasher unit malfunctioned, an automatic flasher unit would be activated.

“At the moment, the lighthouse is undergoing some mainte- nance works such as painting and works to reinforce the structure,” he said, adding that there were many visitors to the light- house during school and public holidays.

He said apart from its historical value, visitors could also go to the top of the lighthouse to get a bird’s eye view of the surroundings.

However, because the structure was old, only a caretaker and two visitors would be allowed at any one time.
Entrance to the lighthouse is free with permission from the Marine Department in Glugor.
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Report from The STAR dated Thursday 29 June 2006 :-

Oon named youngest MBA grad


Oon: Obtained his MBA from the University of Sydney
PENANG : The youngest Malaysian to obtain a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) 11 years ago was only given due recognition by the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) recently.

Oon Soon Teik, now 33, had obtained his MBA from the University of Sydney in 1995 when he was 22 years and six months old.

He was pronounced the “Youngest MBA Graduate” at the MBR’s 10th anniversary edition and awards night 2006 in Kuala Lumpur on June 6.

“People said my MBA might be capalang (of inferior quality) with so many fake MBAs around, so I wanted mine verified. I wrote to MBR last year and they took several months to do some research before granting me the recognition,” said Oon.

Oon, who runs a management network company, said he never intended to seek recognition from MBR, but at least he could now “satisfy people's curiosity”.

“After Form Five, I completed my Diploma in Business and Diploma in Computer Studies within two years before venturing into sales and marketing,” he said, adding that while he worked he continued taking business-related courses and was also lecturing.

He said that with his two-and-a-half years of working and lecturing experience he was allowed into the MBA programme, although he did not have the required degree qualification.

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Report from The STAR dated Thursday 29 June 2006 :-

Hard Rock Cafe may open in Penang


PENANG :Batu Ferringhi, the hive of nightlife activities on the island in the early 1990s, may soon regain its reputation as the happening area if plans for Hard Rock Cafe to operate there go through.

Talk is rife that Hard Rock Cafe will open its latest outlet at the Casuarina Beach Hotel, which has been in operation since 1973.

At present, the only Hard Rock Cafe is in Kuala Lumpur, next to the Concorde Hotel.

Sources said the Malaysian franchise holder, the Concorde Group, is awaiting approval from the London-based leisure company, The Rank Group Plc, which owns the Hard Rock brand worldwide.

In the mid-1990s, the nightlife scene shifted to Pulau Tikus, Gurney Drive and Upper Penang Road.
For months now, the Concorde Group has been scouting for a suitable site to locate the famous pub and restaurant on the island.
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Report from The New Straits Times dated Sunday 2 July 2006 :-

Has fame taken its toll on Mawi? ( Part 1 )


KULAI : A year ago, he could do no wrong with the close-knit community of Felda Taib Andak and his legions of fans.


When Asmawi Ani, or Mawi as he is popularly known, took the country by storm and won the Akademi Fantasia reality show, they hailed him as a true blue kampung boy and extolled his virtues.

Posters adorned stalls and restaurants and massive banners greeted visitors at the entrance to the Felda settlement in Johor where his family and fiancee lived.

It was nothing but rave reviews. Not a negative word was uttered against him.

Yesterday, however, not a single poster was in sight as the "tsumawi" seems to have receded, following news of his break-up with his fiancee, Nor Diana Mohd Naim.

While his decision to end the 18-month engagement to Nor Diana, 22, did not come as a shock to many of his fans in the little Felda community, the way he did it did not go down well, even with his staunchest supporters.

Villagers have long suspected that fame had strained the relationship between the 24-year-old singing sensation and his fiancee, but they were horrified at how he handled the break-up.

None was more upset than Nor Diana’s father, Mohd Naim Samijan, 51. He described Mawi’s decision to call off his engagement over the telephone as crude and uncouth. However, he accepted Mawi’s decision.

"At least now I know that Mawi prefers to be separated from Nor Diana," he said at his house at Felcra Sungai Ara, Kota Tinggi, yesterday.

He said the only thing to do now was to wait for Mawi’s family to visit them and officially call off the engagement. "It is only right for them to call off the engagement officially."

Mawi and Nor Diana were engaged about three months before he auditioned for Akademi Fantasia last year. They were supposed to have married last month.

Naim said the break-off was perhaps the best thing for everybody.

"There is no point for them to get married if Mawi’s family do not want to give their blessings and accept Nor Diana as their daughter-in-law.

"We would rather not have any complications later. All we want is for Nor Diana to be happy."

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