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The 3D-printed CAR

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The 3D-printed CAR: Makers claims Urbee is 'the greenest practical car ever made'The U.S. engineering firm said it took three months to print the three-wheeled car, which is several years away from going into productionUrbee 2 weighs just 1,200 pounds and the prototype model is expected to consume just 10 gallons of ethanol fuel on an epic journey across the U.SThe shell and interior of the vehicle are 3D printed and it has a hybrid engine using ethanol and an electric motor BySARAH GRIFFITHS PUBLISHED:15:10 GMT, 28 November 2013|UPDATED:17:45 GMT, 28 November 2013



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3D printing has been used to make household objects and even guns, but now a team of engineers has created a futuristic car using the additive manufacturing technique.

How to Fix Malaysia In Five Easy Steps

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How to Fix Malaysia In Five Easy StepsLETTERS/SURAT
Tuesday, 26 November 2013  The question then is why isn't it being done if it is in fact that easy? Politics. It does not matter if it is in fact Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat, neither gives two hoots for the public. Vivegavalen Vadi Valu  You often read about the never-ending issues ailing our country and sometimes we get tired and frustrated by the politicians *cough* [idiots] who run the country. The thing is, have you stopped to think that all our problems are actually a repeated cycle and can be solved easily? Today, the Prime Minister is quoted to say "it's either GST or face bankruptcy". Now, while the statement may seem exaggerated it is not in fact that far off the actual reality facing Malaysia's looming economic disaster.

In 1993, the World Bank produced a 400 page report on the Asian Economics, and Malaysia was dubbed the “Tiger of Asia” with an annual growth of 9% in comparison with South Korea’s 6…

PM has failed to look into our welfare

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PM has failed to look into our welfareSelena Tay | November 27, 2013 The price of everything has gone up since the general election but the prime minister is not listening to the people or looking into their welfare. COMMENT Since the conclusion of the 13th general election, prices of goods have been periodically going up and so far nothing has been done to counter this. Instead the situation has only gotten worse with the impending hike in electricity tariff early next year. Before GE13, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has promised that he will listen to the voice of the people and look into their welfare. Thus, the sky-rocketting cost of living is certainly not in line with his promise. He has always accused the opposition of not keeping their promises but here it is the case of the pot calling the kettle black. And it is much worse for him because he is the Prime Minister whereas the opposition does not have recourse to federal funding. Definitely many people can now see clearly tha…

GST will only make BN richer

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GST will only make BN richerAli Cordoba | November 26, 2013 Analysts have been spewing their take on the GST. But, is this tax a necessity in keeping the country afloat? COMMENT The much maligned goods and services tax (GST) is seen as a necessary evil by many experts who do not have to worry about the little dent it will make in their pockets, while they overlook the real implications of such a taxing method on the ordinary folks’ wallet. One analyst attempting to coax the people into believing that the GST would be the downfall of the ruling party said: “Putrajaya’s contentious plan to roll out a consumption tax system in 2015 could give the opposition the perfect campaign fodder.” The analysts added that it could potentially unseat the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in the next national polls. However, I beg to differ with this expert. Among the most prominent comments of how the GST would benefit the people were those from government officials who defended the GST, which they den…

Taib’s family involved in quarrying valuable granite?

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Taib’s family involved in quarrying valuable granite?Winston Way | November 25, 2013 Angry Bidayuhs in Bau have written five letters to the Land and Survey Department and most recently to Chief Minister Taib Mahmud but have yet to receive a response from either. KUCHING: Amidst rare calls by Sarawak Barisan Nasional’s Bidayuh assemblymen for the state Land and Survey Department to steer clear of sacred mountains in Bau following revelations of quarrying and logging within communal and ancestral forests, comes the latest disclosure that one of the companies involved allegedly belongs to Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s kin. Taib’s billionaire sister Raziah and her husband Robert Genied apparently own Serambu Quarry Sdn Bhd, the company that is surreptitiously hacking away valuable granite for profit on historical Mount Serumbu in Bau. The latest disclosure adds to mounting anger against the Land and Survey Department for allegedly issuing logging permits in another sacred hill – Mount Sado…

Plagiarism: Not just storm in Tee cup

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Plagiarism: Not just storm in Tee cupLim Teck Ghee | November 25, 2013 A serious charge of academic dishonesty has been allowed to remain unanswered since 2010 when the authorities were first notified about it. COMMENT The case of prominent Utusan Malaysia columnist, Ridhuan Tee Abdullah, who has been accused of plagiarism should be of public concern for several reasons. Firstly, within academia, there are few worst sins than plagiarism. The term “sin” may appear to be too strong but Ridhuan Tee who, regularly from his Utusan Malaysia pulpit, dishes out his pseudo-intellectual views on developments in the country from a supposedly Islamic perspective probably will understand better the use of this term in the context of the wrongdoing he is alleged to have committed. Or then again, perhaps he does not. Generally, university students enrolled in any university in the world – whether reputable or not – are taught right from the start that they cannot simply lift or copy the work of othe…

Nnn-Malays non-support of BN

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Clear message but BN washing its hands off non-MalaysNEWS/COMMENTARIES
Monday, 25 November 2013
Sonia Ramachandran, The Ant Daily Most of the non-Malays turned away from the ruling Barisan Nasional in the 13th general election, with both MIC and MCA getting a drubbing. This swing towards the opposition Pakatan Rakyat carried a clear, unmistakable message: the government of the day has not been doing enough for the Indian and Chinese communities. It should have prompted the BN government to rectify the situation; instead the government appeared to have washed its hands off the Indian community. This seemed to be the attitude taken by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim who said the “Indians at the top should help their own kind who are ‘at the bottom’ instead of blaming the government over problems faced by the community”. It was a puzzling remark to political analyst Prof James Chin who asked: “Why doesn’t he [Shahidan] say that the top Malays should …

Sustaining Proton is wrong

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Sustaining Proton: You’re wrong Dr MCT Ali | November 25, 2013 Malaysia, a leader in the development of AFTA, cannot continue to protect its domestic market indefinitely. COMMENT Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his speech to the Kuala Lumpur International Automotive Conference on Nov 13 said that he was of the opinion that the national auto industry must be sustained if we are going to have a positive balance in our trade. What exactly does he mean by “being sustained” and for long is the industry to be sustained? And more to the point, will the national auto industry really be able to ensure that Malaysia will have a positive balance in our trade in the future? From 1967 when tariffs on completed cars were raised drastically, the automobile industry in Malaysia has been a tool used by the BN government to achieve not national interests but the vested interest of those in Umno and their cronies! What had characterized this industry are the hasty policies implemented from time to time desig…