Random video taken while driving home from Danga Bay, Johore

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Just some random video. Not to be taken too seriously 🙂

– benjamin wong | sent from my samsung vibrant

On the way home from Danga Bay, Johore after 2011 new year countdown

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Just a random video I took while driving home from the aforementioned location 🙂

CCTV cameras help solve ‘six crimes a day’ in London, says Metropolitan Police — Engadget

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Fiabee : A browser & android based alternative to dropbox

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Check it out =)

A Spartan Will Rise | Halo: Reach Trailer

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Cool video from the guys in Bungie =)

Cousin’s Wedding @ Kampar, Perak, Malaysia

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Watch “The TV Theme Medley (FreddeGredde)” on YouTube

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– benjamin wong | sent from my samsung vibrant

Loving the supercurio Voodoo fix for the Samsung Vibrant. My phone now is blazing fast.

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The Nero V3 with the Voodoo fix baked in is the best thing that ever happened to my phone.

Sure upgrading needs more steps but it is worth it 🙂

Foreign entry set to alter local auto landscape | Volkswagon Entering Malaysia

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Stiffer competition likely, especially for below-1,800cc segment

PETALING JAYA: The entry of foreign luxury car manufacturers, the latest being Volkswagen AG (VW), will likely result in a shake-up of sorts for the local automotive industry, as customers will now have access to some new models with affordable price tags.

“If these players also offer passenger cars below 1,800cc, it will lead to more intense competition in the local automotive market, especially for the below 1,800cc segment. Ultimately, it’s the customers that win,” said an analyst.

On Tuesday, DRB-HICOM Bhd signed a collaboration and licence agreement with Volkswagen AG to manufacture VW cars at the former’s production plant in Pekan, Pahang.

Local assembly means prices of the cars will be cheaper. The manufacture of the first VW model is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of next year.

“Dominant players within this (below 1,800cc) segment will have to fight harder to maintain or grow their share of the profit pool. They need to become more innovative and competitive,” the analyst said.

Visitors viewing cars on display at the recent Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show. Analysts say the entry of a renowned car manufacturer will spur the introduction of new technology and technical expertise

DRB HICOM and VW have decided that the first cars to be rolled out of the Pekan plant will be the Passat and Jetta models. Neither party has revealed the engine capacity of the vehicles.

According to Christian Klinger, VW’s member of the board of management for sales and marketing, the Passat was launched at the Paris Motorshow earlier this year.

If this information is anything to go by, the seventh generation Passat that was launched at the Paris Motorshow comprises a range of advanced and highly efficient petrol and diesel engines.

The petrol line-up comes with 1.4, 1.8, 2.0 and 3.6-litre engines while the frugal diesel range comes with a 1.6-litre engine. The Jetta is likely to be above the 1,800cc range.

Given that the segment below 1,800cc is already over saturated with many makes, customers looking to upgrade would be more inclined to graduate to the luxury segment, said another analyst.

“The only thing more attractive than a luxury car is a luxury car that’s more affordable,” he said, adding that the luxury segment would become more attractive to prospective buyers, going forward.

“On a broader scale, the entry of a renowned car manufacturer will also spur the introduction of new technology and technical expertise, create more employment opportunities and encourage more foreign direct investment into the county,” the analyst added.

HwangDBS Vickers said in a research report the tie-up with Volkswagen would help bolster sales for DRB-HICOM in the medium term.

“We have not imputed any earnings contribution from VW or factored it into our standard operating procedures value.

“In our view, growth in the medium term could be exponential when production ramps up to include Asean markets. DRB-HICOM will also have the first right of refusal for new VW passenger cars in Malaysia.”

According to HwangDBS, DRB-HICOM’s VW passenger cars sales in the 10-month period ended October rose to 1,501 units from 501 in the previous corresponding period.

The Passat, Polo and Jetta contributed 348 units, or 23%, of sales. The best-selling Golf accounted for 48%, it said.

YAY !! Deutche Automobil !! =)

Thai rangers killed in rebel ambush | Reuters

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(Reuters) – Suspected separatist insurgents shot dead two paramilitary rangers in Thailand’s restive deep south on Thursday, police said, the latest violence in the troubled region bordering Malaysia.

The attack came as Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva announced plans to start a gradual lifting of a controversial emergency decree, in place across Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani provinces for six years.

The two rangers were gunned down in a rebel ambush while patrolling a road in Narathiwat, Police Colonel Suchart Acharajindawat said.

More than 4,300 people have been killed in nearly seven years of unrest as shadowy ethnic Malay Muslim rebels fight for autonomy from the predominantly Buddhist Thai state. The rubber-rich region was an independent sultanate before annexation a century ago.

More than 80 percent of the local population of almost 2 million people are Malay Muslims, who largely oppose the presence of tens of thousands of police, soldiers and state-armed paramilitary guards.

Abhisit said the number of attacks in the region, which has been plagued by bombings and drive-by shootings, was on the decline and the emergency decree could be lifted in the safer areas, starting with Mae Laen, a district of Pattani.

“We have assessed the situation in the area for some time and there has been no violence,” Abhisit told reporters, adding that the authorities would carry out similar assessments before lifting the law in other districts.

The law, which bans gatherings of more than five people and allows detention of suspects for 30 days without court approval, has been criticized by rights groups, which say it’s use adds to the long-standing grievances that are fuelling the conflict.

(Reporting by Surapan Boonthanom; Writing by Ambika Ahuja; Editing by Martin Petty)

Sigh, guess shit is REALLY hitting the fan now eh?

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