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Ministry cracks down on fakes


SEEKING OUT THE FAKES: Mohamad (centre) flanked by Roszaini (left) and Idrus during the press conference.

BINTULU: Adidas has earned a reputation as a producer of one of the best athletic apparel in the world.

Manufacturers try to mimic Adidas’ style but cannot touch the quality of its authentic products.

Yet fake Adidas gear like shoes and clothes are easily obtained in every corner of the country.

The Ministry of Domestic
Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (MDTCC) Bintulu branch with assistance from the MDTCC Miri enforcement officers and two Adidas representatives from Kuala Lumpur cracked down on fakes during a raid of business premises in Bintulu town yesterday.

During the inspection of two separate locations involving four premises, they found several fake Adidas gear like shoes and clothes.

MDTCC Bintulu branch enforcement chief Mohamad Drahman when met during a
press conference said fake
Adidas gear worth RM9,937.30 were seized by two teams of 15 enforcement officers led by MDTCC Miri assistant enforcement officer Roszaini Roskan and MDTCC Bintulu assistant enforcement officer Idrus Nalin.

“The inspection was made following claims by Adidas based in Kuala Lumpur that the fake Adidas gears were being sold in several premises in Bintulu.

“We are very concerned about complaints from owners of the products – every complaint will be followed with investigation and inspection and action would be taken against the infringers,” said Mohamad.

The offence he said would be investigated under Section 3(1) (b) of the Trade Descriptions Act 1972.

A first time offender could be fined up to RM100,000 or three years’ imprisonment while a second time offender will be fined double, which is RM200,000 or six years in prison.

Companies can be fined up to RM250,000 for first time offenders.

“I urge consumers to avoid buying fake items – not only Adidas but other brands as well. Traders are also warned not to sell fake goods because strict action will be taken against the infringers,” he said.

Bintulu has recorded five cases last year compared to only one this year. MDTCC welcomes product owners to lodge a complaint to protect their intellectual property right.

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Walking the talk on Vasthu Sastra


THE purpose of life is to serve people selflessly and unconditionally, according to author T Selva.

The writer of best-seller Vasthu Sastra Guide (Indian Feng Shui) feels he is on the correct path of helping people via his free talks worldwide.

He has, so far, presented 330 talks in London, Florida, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Chennai, New Delhi, Brunei, Singapore and all over Malaysia on how to create a ‘home sweet home’ using ancient Indian knowledge.

What is amazing about these talks is that they are free or for charity and   Selva, from Kuala Lumpur, believes the service he is doing is divine in nature and cannot carry a price.

“I studied Vasthu science under a seventh generation master in India and now I’m blessed with a valuable knowledge I would like to share with everyone. My philosophy of life is to spread the good values of ancient secrets so that everyone can live in peace, happiness and enjoy good health,” he said after presenting a Vasthu talk in Bintulu.

The talk, organised by the Bintulu Indian Association, was held at Bintulu Kiduorng Club’s Multi Purpose Hall.

Selva said every individual sought peace and    prosperity and to obtain this, one had to be in tune with the universal rhythm of creation.

“When building, staying or working in a building or property, one has to respect the five elements — ether, air, fire, water and earth — which influence our environment.

“Only when we are in harmony with these natural forces will we enjoy wealth and happiness. Failure to do so can bring misery and misfortune.”

He added that the five elements were present in every atom of the universe and needed to be present     in abundance within the home to make it vibrant    and filled with positive energy.

He said a critical study      of fundamental Indian beliefs stated that the elements had an interactive influence on all dwellers of a house.

“Our body comprises the same five elements in the form of the five senses — hearing, touch, sight, taste and smell.

“According to Vasthu Sastra, if a property is built according to the five elements, the internal   energy in the bodies of   those living there will be in tune with the universal energy, thus resulting in good health, wealth and happiness for those residents.”

Selva said the 5,000-year-old science of Vasthu Sastra was the equivalent of architecture plus a result-oriented science to ensure harmony and a person observing it was assured of his well-being.

He added that for centuries, Vasthu Sastra had been widely used in India in the purchase of properties and there was a growing global interest in it as in Chinese Feng Shui.

“Just like Feng Shui, the underlying principle of Vasthu is to live in harmony with the environment so that the energy surrounding us works for rather than against us.

“It’s based on the arrangements and balancing of the five elements in their proper order and proportions. It’s not magic, superstition or a religion although some of its advocates may  consider it part of their religious rituals.

“It also doesn’t work on a belief system — asking someone if they believe in Vasthu is like asking them if they believe in the weather. In short, Vasthu is not a question of faith but a fact of life,” said Selva who has written six books on ancient Indian wisdom.

He pointed out that based on his analysis on the huge number of queries related to health at his talks, a major challenge faced by many home dwellers was maintaining a healthy         life and being free from illness.

“Many want to know how Vasthu Sastra can help them alleviate their medical problems and lead a healthier and happier lifestyle. It’s imperative every house occupant  harnesses the power of Nature and lives in tune with it since we ourselves are evolved by Nature.

“Health is wealth and it’s vital that a couple occupies the correct space in a property and consumes food cooked in a kitchen located, according to the principle of Vasthu, to ensure good health.”

Selva urged dwellers to give their kitchen’s     location priority as food cooked in the southeast or northwest quadrants tasted better and digest more easily.

He said food prepared elsewhere could cause digestive problems and the dweller would tend to eat out more rather than at home.

Moreover, when choosing a plot to build a house, check the surroundings and ensure that the house is not close    to a funeral parlour, burial ground or places that attract large crowds, for example, a stadium or place of worship, he advised.

According to the ancient science of Vasthu, he said, such an environment was inauspicious and could affect the well-being of the occupants.

“If the plot has an extension or is cut in the southwest, it can affect their health too. This is because irregular shapes distort the flow of energy, thus resulting in the dweller experiencing health woes regularly.

“But the southwest is a favourable quadrant for the master of the house. If an occupant is a heart patient, he or she should avoid sleeping in the southeast quadrant of the property which is the fire corner.”

Selva said the southeast location could create       heat-related illnesses like fever, tension and stress.

He added that Vasthu research showed ailments related to the ear, nose and throat affected those who had a kitchen in the northeast — which is the water corner.

“It is possible some people may dismiss Vasthu Sastra as totally fictional and baseless and give it no importance in their life. But it has not been debunked by modern science and continues to yield amazing and powerful results in the lives of many individuals.

“My purpose of writing and giving talks is to share my discoveries and knowledge of this amazing science with people interested in harmony and peace of mind.

“Those who tend not to believe in these things must know that if following Vasthu does not benefit them, neither does it cause harm,” he said.

To get a copy of the Vasthu Sastra Guide book, contact 012-3299713. Selva can be contacted at tselvas@pd.jaring.my.

Sky’s the limit for young pilots


FIRST BATCH: Adam (right), Amira (third right) and the other young pilots at the convocation.

 SIXTEEN young pilots have graduated with flying colours from the Gulf Golden International Flying Academy (GGIFA) International College of Aviation, Bintulu.

They received their licence at the College’s inaugural convocation on Dec 8 at BDA Auditorium after completing their course for commercial pilot licence (CPL) and instrument rating (IR) with Frozen Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL).
 
They are now qualified to work for commercial airline companies in the country.

Adam Gumis, 20, was one of the pilots who received the Best Overall Performance Award (Kenyalang Award).

He said the cadets were given the best accommodation and treatment by the college throughout their studies.

“You feel like you’re actually at home. You have a foster family here and Datuk (Morshidi Abdul Rahman) and Datin (Joanna Lim Abdullah) take very good care of you,” Adam told thesundaypost after receiving the award. He was accompanied by his parents.

Adam said they had to work very hard to to complete their studies.

“I knew I had to slog to achieve my dream which is to be an airline pilot,” he added.

Adam’s father Gabriel Gumis, 53, said he was very proud of his son’s achievement, adding that the Bidayuh community also felt proud because “it is rare to have a Bidayuh pilot.”

Gumis believes his son will have a good future in the airline industry and most probably join local airline companies like Malaysia Airlines (MAS) or AirAsia.

To parents, who want to send their children to the Aviation College, Gumis said: “Young people have their own dreams. Let them achieve their dreams as long as they are good for them.”

He thanked the college management for looking after Adam and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) for giving him a study loan.

“Parents shouldn’t worry if their children face financial problems when applying to study at the Aviation College. They can get study loans more easily now,” he said.

Gumis has five children — the first is a lawyer, the second (Adam), a pilot and the third is studying medicine.

For Amira Nuria Anuar of Kuching, one of the female pilots who graduated from the College, it is a great challenge for a woman to compete with the male cadets.

However, she said the challenge could be overcome if the female students proved they were just as good if not better, than their male counterparts.

“It’s been over two years that I studied at the college. I have always wanted to be a pilot,” she added.

Her interest in becoming a pilot was kindled when she heard there were no female pilots in the country.

On the biggest challenge she had to overcome while studying at the College, she believed it was the ATPL ground paper called CAA6 and CAA2.

“I think everyone agrees it’s hard,” she said.

Amira logged165 flying hours in a single-engine aircraft and 35 flying hours in a twin-engine aircraft to meet the requirements for completing the course.

She flew in a single-engine aircraft to Mukah, Sibu and Miri.

Meanwhile, GGIFA executive chairman Datuk Morshidi Abdul Rahman said they were entering the third year of operation and this was the first graduation ceremony for the college’s first and second batches of graduates.

“They have gone through tough training to qualify as commercial pilots as well as air transport licence holders and believe me, it hasn’t been easy,” he added.

Morshidi said the young pilots had gone through hard training and flown many hours through good and bad weather, tears and fears and laughter and anxiety.

“But above all, most came as young boys and girls and we have groomed them into disciplined and responsible adults,” he said, adding that these young pilots would be flying with high discipline, self-esteem and confidence.

“We, as owner of the college, together with the staff and instructors have grown with them, trying to understand these young minds full of ideas and rebellious spirits.

“Yet today, we have, through the commitment of our instructors, mostly former air force officers and airline pilots, moulded the young cadets into pilots ready to take to the sky with confidence and dedication,” he added.

The instructors, Morshidi said, had even taken the “slow cadets,” under their wings, especially in the flying stages, to ensure that they improved and graduated at the end of the course.

He thanked the hangar boys who sweated in the hot sun to make the aircraft safe for flying.

“We are also appealing to banks like Bank Rakyat to give study loans to help young potential cadets pursue a career as a pilot. We do not foresee any problem for them to pay back their loans.”

To the graduating pilots, he said: “I’m sure one day when they grow older, they will look back and realise that all the tough training they had at the college was for their own good.”