Apt that this race took place on the same day as Tour of Flanders. I felt and looked decidedly Flandrian when I finally made it to the sanctuary of my shower at 4pm. Covered in muck, soaking wet and freezing cold. The race was a real departure from our usual fair of local dignitaries, catamarans and dodgy karaoke award ceremonies.
The day started well. A small group of 8 - Mavs, Direct Asia & Lapierre- rode up to the border in fine weather. Pete, Will and myself represented TDA. Things went smoother than my newly shaved forearms until we got within about 1km of the circuit. We accidentally took a turn one junction early at that point - resulting in 45 mins and 20km of searching till we finally found the circuit. Pasir Gudang is clearly a hot bed of sooper seekret research as it failed to show on any of the GPS in the group.
The extra km allowed my bowels to fully ferment my pre-race blessing to the toilet gods and I was proud of managing to drop another 2kg of my body weight just prior to the start. The toilet cleaner was likely less impressed as I just happened to visit the cubicle with the broken flusher 😞
My joy was short lived as the sky suddenly let loose with an apocalyptic dump of its own - and a full on monsoon lightning storm quickly ensued. They let us do a quick warm up to try the circuit and it was dodgy but rideable. The rain increased again and they started taking down the finish flag whilst we were out.
Another half hour and much discussion with Cycosports and a few brave souls tried another test lap. Visibility was little more than a blur at this point and there were literally waves rolling across the track. We waited another 20 mins and then jointly agreed to go for it (at our own risk) with a rolling start to the race.
I rode the 1st lap but the combination of the water, oil on the track and my dubious descending skills was like giving a firebomb to a baby. I played it safe and got off to watch the race from the pit building rooftop. In a fit of Alanis Morrisette styled irony, the rain slowed and it got slightly brighter as soon as I stopped…
The race itself was super exciting with new boy Will in a break with Bastian for the first half of the race. He continued marshaling the chase until being robbed off potential glory by a puncture with 2 to go. Great first appearance for the team.
Pete finished safely in the pack but also had some rare stints on the front for a lap. Noel Mav took the sprint by an inch over one of the Lapierres - although the initial results controversially said different.
Ladies cat also proved interesting after a mix-up on the number of laps due to some dodgy mid- race communication. Lizzie hodges took the sprint on lap 7 - despite the Organiser trying to say there were actually 10 laps! Full marks to the girls as they then refused to race further.
The ride back home was where things got especially epic. A three way of Malaysian highways, heavy rain and 20 tired cyclists was always going to have some dodgyness and so it proved very quickly.
One of the CTA riders was the first victim with a double puncture - he was then ceremonially ditched in enemy country at the side of the road by his teammates. Thankfully the Mavs, DA and later (in a car) the joyriders also pulled up to help. Great camaraderie was shown in a frankly shitty situation but you simply couldn’t leave someone stranded in such bad conditions in their own.
Pete Bennett was next when his tub managed to pick up 6 different holes in a 2 inch patch. Tyre Weld foam tried to regain some much needed credibility by saving the day but again fluffed it. It did provide some amusement though when a bukkake spray of foam hit one of the party in the face! We soldiered on and eventually made it back home about 3 hours after leaving the circuit.
Kira-kira 16 keluarga di Kampung Sungai Rinting C, Taman Rinting Masai di sini terpaksa hidup dalam keadaan sehelai sepinggang apabila rumah setinggan yang mereka diami musnah dijilat api dalam kebakaran petang tadi.
Pegawai Operasi Bomba dan Penyelamat Pasir Gudang, Yaakob Mariman berkata, kejadian yang berlaku kira-kira jam 3.30 petang itu hanya membabitkan 15 buah rumah daripada 50 yang berada di kawasan berkenaan.
Menurutnya, kawasan setinggan itu pula berada di kawasan paya yang sukar untuk dimasuki jentera bomba serta mendapatkan bekalan air.
“Tidak ada kemalangan jiwa berlaku dalam kejadian itu dan bomba dapat mengawal api daripada menjilat rumah yang lain dengan mengambil tempoh lebih kurang tiga jam,” katanya ketika dihubungi The Rakyat Post, Isnin.
Menceritakan mengenai kejadian itu, Yaakob berkata, pihaknya menerima panggilan berhubung kejadian itu daripada seorang penghuni setinggan kira-kira jam 3.53 petang dan tiba di lokasi dengan hanya mengambil masa lapan minit.
Enam buah jentera dikejarkan ke lokasi kejadian bersama 20 anggota dari Balai Bomba Pasir Gudang dan Johor Bahru.
Katanya, sejurus tiba, pihaknya mendapati tujuh buah rumah yang berada di kawasan itu sedang dijilat api.
Pihaknya menghadapi kesukaran untuk mendapatkan air bagi memadam kebakaran ekoran tidak pili bomba di kawasan tersebut.
Tambah beliau, bomba terpaksa menggunakan air dari sebuah telaga yang berada di tengah-tengah kawasan setinggan untuk memadam api.
Beliau berkata, pihaknya kini sedang menyiasat punca kejadian tersebut.
Bomba berjaya memadam sepenuhnya kebakaran kira-kira jam 7.30 malam.
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Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) akan meneruskan loji tenaga Track 4A di Pasir Gudang dan menjangka memuktamadkan kos projek dengan kontraktor kejuruteraan, perolehan serta pembinaan, menjelang awal bulan depan.
Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutifnya, Datuk Seri Azman Mohd berkata, syarikat itu juga sedang berunding mengenai perjanjian pegangan saham dengan SIPP Energy Sdn Bhd, selepas memeterai satu perjanjian dengan syarikat itu, Julai lalu.
“Kami juga akan membentangkan kos pengeluaran kepada Suruhanjaya Tenaga dan terpulang kepada mereka untuk memutuskan sama ada akan meneruskannya atau tidak,” katanya selepas pengumuman keputusan syarikat pada Jumaat.
Loji tenaga gas 1,000 hingga 1,400 megawatt (MW) mempunyai syarat ditetapkan Suruhanjaya Tenaga untuk tarif pengeluaran, bagi memastikan ia setanding 1,071 MW loji tenaga gabungan Prai yang diberikan pada 2012.
Projek berkenaan pada mulanya diberikan kepada konsortium terdiri daripada YTL Power Corp Bhd, SIPP dan TNB melalui rundingan terus dan dijangka menelan kos RM11 bilion hingga RM13 bilion.
YTL Power bagaimanapun kemudiannya menarik diri daripada konsortium itu.
Mengenai status projek Janamanjung Unit 4 dan Unit 5, Azman berkata, projek itu masing-masing sudah 99 peratus dan 19 peratus siap, dengan jangkaan tarikh operasi komersil pada 31 Mac tahun depan dan 1 Oktober 2017.
Loji tenaga hidro TNB di Ulu Jelai pula sudah 64 peratus siap dan dijadual diserahkan dalam dua peringkat, iaitu masing-masing pada Disember 2015 dan Mac 2016.
Sebuah lagi loji hidro di Hulu Terengganu sudah 85 peratus siap dan akan diserahkan dalam dua peringkat, iaitu September dan Disember tahun depan.
Mengenai perbelanjaan modal (Capex), Azman berkata, TNB akan melabur RM24 bilion dalam tempoh empat tahun, mulai 2014 untuk pengedaran dan penghantaran.
Ketua Pegawai Kewangan, Fazlur Rahman berkata, Capex akan dibiayai melalui dana dalaman dan lain-lain instrumen hutang serta akan menyumbang kepada peningkatan tahap hutang syarikat yang kini mencecah RM25 bilion.
Sementara itu, mengenai mekanisme kos bahan api yang dilepaskan kepada pengguna, Pengerusi TNB, Tan Sri Leo Moggie berkata, berikutan harga minyak yang rendah, kini adalah masa tepat untuk melaksanakannya.
Menurutnya, pelaksanaan mekanisme itu tidak akan meningkatkan kos unit TNB dan tidak akan menaikkan tarif sehingga akhir tahun ini.
21-year old and nephew killed in head-on collision with trailer
BESUT: A 21-year-old man and his seven-year-old nephew were killed, while another child escaped with light injuries when the Perodua Myvi they were travelling in collided head-on with a trailer near Jalan Kampung Tok Dor, today.
District police chief Superintendent Khalid Che Lah said the driver, Muhammad Faizal Mohd Rani, died of serious head and body injuries at the Besut Hospital while his nephew Muhammad Danish Iskandar Zahari died at the scene.
Khalid said another child, Muhammad Amirul Danial Zahari, who is Faizal’s nephew, was sent to the hospital and received outpatient treatment for his injuries in the 5am incident.
Khalid said Faizal, a factory worker in Johor and his two nephews were heading towards their hometown in Pasir Mas, Kelantan, from Pasir Gudang, Johor Baru, for the Chinese New Year vacation period.
“ Faizal’s car failed to overtake a vehicle before colliding head-on with the trailer from the opposite direction. The 27-year-old driver from Kampung Langkap and his 18-year-old assistant from Permaisuri escaped unhurt,” he said.
He said the case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road and Transport Act 1987 for reckless driving and causing death.
First phase of Johor Halal Park expected to be ready by year-end
ISKANDAR PUTERI: United Malayan Land Bhd (UMLand) is optimistic of completing the first phase of the Johor Halal Park project in Pasir Gudang near here by year-end.
The project, which began in 2014, is already 45 per cent completed, Mohd Noor Abdul Salam, Chief Executive Officer of Tentu Teguh Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of UMLand, said.
He said the first phase of the project, spanning over 20.23 hectares, entailed the construction of 89 factories, 36 office units and a science laboratory for local and foreign companies involved in the halal sector.
“The whole of Johor Halal Park costing RM1.5 billion is being developed in three phases covering over a 141.64-hectare site,” he said at a question and answer session following a media briefing on the project, here today.
He said the second phase of the project, starting in the middle of this year, would be completed in 2018, while the third phase, taking off the ground in 2017, would be ready in 2020.
Mohd Noor said despite the economic slowdown and cautious investor sentiment, the company was confident that the project would succeed.
“The halal sector is new to Malaysia and government agencies, including the Islamic Development Department, have been active in promoting the halal accreditation to attract investors to Johor Halal Park.
“The project is expected to attract investors from the Middle East, Europe, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia,” he said. – Bernama
Collapsed bridge in Johor leaves 500 people stranded
JOHOR BAHARU, Feb 8 — A 50-metre bridge across Sungai Kopok which is the main access bridge for residents in Kampung Perigi Acheh, near Pasir Gudang, collapsed early this morning, leaving about 500 people stranded.
Village head, Saad Awang, said the 16-year-old bridge collapsed about 2 am after the river rose sharply, with strong currents.
“The bridge was already bending over a period of five to six months and we had referred the matter to the relevant authorities including the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG).
“It should have been in the process of being repaired, but we did not expect the bridge to collapse so fast,” he told reporters at the scene today.
Saad said for now, they were looking for ways to provide an alternative route for the villagers to cross the river to go to town.
“We fear that in case of an emergency like what happened this morning when an infant had breathing difficulties, we had to take the baby via the bridge on foot before taking a car on the other side of the bridge,” he said.
Most of the residents are affected by this incident because factory workers and school pupils in the area need to cross the bridge to get to their destinations.
“This evening, a military bridge will be installed. Meanwhile, MPPG will work with the Public Works Department to repair the damaged bridge,” said Tanjung Puteri Zone MPPG councillor, Syahrin Md Jamaluddin.
He said a free shuttle service was also being provided to facilitate travel for villagers comprising 200 families who were cut off because their vehicles were stranded in the village. — Bernama