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8 theSun | MONDAY DECEMBER 22 2008

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Putting M’sia on the world briefs

Checks on double-tracking project site
GEORGE TOWN: Public works and utilities committee chairman

map via hydro tech

Lim Hock Seng will conduct inspections on the double-tracking
project works by MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd now under
way at Seberang Perai.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said there have been complaints
from residents in the area and he will inspect the sites to ensure
that works are being carried out properly.
by Karen Arukesamy compared with conventional engineers have been perfecting On Gamuda’s allegation that land was not surrendered to them, systems of uncontrolled feed. the invention for more than a year thus causing a delay in the RM12.5 billion double-tracking project
“Hydrogen is then fed into the with successful trials on local buses link between Ipoh and Padang Besar, Lim said the state government
SHAH ALAM: Hydro-powered car combustion chambers thereby showing impressive improvements has given its approval for land acquisition in north Seberang Perai.
technology may soon put Malaysia reducing the need for pure diesel of at least 50% savings in fuel “But we’ve not done so for central Seberang Perai and southern
on the world map for automotive or petrol to run the internal consumption.” Seberang Perai because it involved a lot of houses,” he told report-
innovation when a local invention combustion engine. This ensures Woo said Sirim is expected to ers after chairing a closed-door meeting at a hotel yesterday.
is approved by Sirim Berhad for not only lower fuel consumption issue a certificate of fitness for He said 420 residential houses in Seberang Perai and 45
safety and commercialisation. but also much cleaner exhaust mass production and use in motor houses in southern Seberang Perai are involved while there are
The H-Fuel system, featuring emissions without sacrificing vehicles by next month. 35 temples and two surau involved in these two areas.
a Brain Chip to control engine engine performance.” “Once the certification is issued,
combustion and water, has been An additional advantage of EGR Tech will market the system Unesco reps to visit heritage site
submitted to Sirim for tests and the H-Fuel system is that the not only in Malaysia but within RAWANG: Two Unesco representatives will arrive by today
patent registration by EGR Tech engine also runs cleaner with Asean and Taiwan,” Woo said, to get a first-hand look at the ongoing development projects
Sdn Bhd. high possibilities of reduced adding that Sirim will also test and at the World Heritage Site in George Town, said Unity, Cul-
Should the Road Transport maintenance cost and longer certify the other applications that ture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.
Department approve the system engine life. include industrial burners, marine Four high-rise hotel projects in the buffer zone of the
based on Sirim’s findings, the “The indirect benefit would and even aviation engines. The indirect World Heritage Site in George Town have raised concerns
government plans to make its be for people who enjoy a “Our first stage after certification benefit would as to whether they would have a negative impact on their
use mandatory for commercial cleaner environment, cheaper and RTD approval is to aggressively World Heritage status.
vehicles such as buses and lorries transportation costs and products, go into buses and trucks. be for people
George Town and Malacca were accorded World Heritage
to save fossil fuel and lower engine and longer use of petroleum “This is because we see the who enjoy Site status by Unesco on July 7.
emissions. reserves,” added Woo. need for logistic and transportation a cleaner The two cities would be developed as tourism centres
The system breaks down water EGR Tech technology director sectors to obtain a fuel-saving environment, and, as such, more research would be conducted for their
into oxygen and hydrogen in a Lee Eng Khim said: “Hydrogen is system,” he stressed.
manner controlled by an engine three times more powerful than “After that, we will move to
cheaper development, he told reporters after attending the minis-
transportation try’s Family Day at the National Craft Institute yesterday.
control unit or Brain Chip. gasoline while the burn rate of smaller vehicles like fishing boats, Under stringent heritage guidelines, only a maximum
The hydrogen is used for hydrogen is 10 times faster than ferries, tugboats and eventually costs and height of 18m or roughly five storeys is allowed for new
internal combustion and can cut gasoline. That is why in its power planes and helicopters,” said Woo. products, and buildings in the two World Heritage Site buffer zones in
down on car exhaust emissions. stroke the fast burn rate will give Sirim president and chief longer use George Town and Malacca. – Bernama
The invention, it is claimed, maximum kinetic energy.” executive Yahaya Ahmad
can save millions of ringgit on He said the current combustion told theSun at the signing of a of petroleum
petroleum-based fuel consumption energy is based on the fact that memorandum of understanding reserves.” Treat addicts at places of worship
for all types of engine applications. burn rate is slow and is due to the with EGR Tech on Friday: “Sirim KUALA LUMPUR: There is an urgent need for a paradigm shift in
Explaining the system, EGR 30% kinetic energy and 70% heat. will do the tests on whatever EGR Tech CEO the venue for treating drug addicts from the present rehabilita-
Tech CEO K.B. Woo said: “The “That is why the car engine is hot,” aspects and performance claimed K.B. Woo tion centres to mosques and other places of worship, addiction
Brain Chip safely controls the he said. by EGR Tech and validate whether psychiatrist Prof Dr Mohamad Hussian Habil said yesterday.
extraction rate and distribution “However, with hydrogen, it all the claims are accurate. He said the shift would provide dual benefits in that the ad-
of hydrogen during its entire is a reverse effect where there “Sirim does not set the standard dicts would be at ease in the serene and peaceful environment of
operation. This means a more is 70% kinetic energy and 30% for the product’s performance but the mosque and it would also help them to satisfy their spiritual
precise and safer feed of the volatile heat. It is much cooler,” said Lee, it confirms whether the product’s needs, Bernama reports.
gas into the combustion chambers adding that EGR Tech’s team of claims are true.” In addition, the shift would also reduce substantially govern-
ment expenditure on the rehabilitation of these addicts.
The government spends about RM300 million annually to main-
tain and run these centres spread around the country.
PAS Youth demo against I-Dance ‘regrettable’ There are an estimated one million drug addicts in the country.

GEORGE TOWN: Penang PAS Youth disallow Muslims from participating the state government and the Jerit teaches the young to become
should have met with DAP or the in it, Loke said the Penang PAS has organisers. protesters, says IGP
state government to discuss any already agreed to the event. Their only requirement was for
misgiving over the Penang state “Even the national PAS Youth Muslim male and female dancers Obama KUALA LUMPUR: The organisers of street demonstrations
I-Dance Competition instead of pub- does not have any problem. Only to dance separately. have not only tarnished the image of the country but also
licly demonstrating their displeasure the Penang PAS Youth has a problem However, last week, Penang
signals indoctrinated the younger generation to become protesters,
over the event being held, said DAPsy with it,” he said. PAS Youth held a demonstration break with said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan.
chief Loke Siew Fook. On Penang PAS Youth’s demand and protested against the competi- Bush in He lashed out at Jerit (Oppressed People’s Network) for
“We would have gladly explained that Muslims should not take part in tion, calling for it to be cancelled, enlisting under-aged teenagers in street protests as they
to them about the dance competi- the event, Loke said: “This is open to claiming that the event can lead to
new exposed them to danger.
tion. It is regrettable that they all races and people of all religions so social ills among youths. science “The teenagers have been exploited for personal interest
chose to take such drastic action to there should not be any restrictions The preliminary round of the team and they suffered mental and physical torture,” he told
oppose a healthy activity through a at all.” competition was held on Saturday. reporters after officiating a programme at Pulapol (Police
demonstration,” he said at a press Penang PAS had earlier pro- The final will be held on Dec 27 at
pg 13 Training Centre), here yesterday.
conference yesterday. tested against the controversial Queensbay Mall and the competi- Jerit had launched a “Ride for Change’ campaign from
While criticising Penang PAS Penang state I-Dance Competition tion will culminate in a results Perlis to Perak to express its views and protests over certain
Youth for openly criticising the event but they later gave the green light show and dance jamboree at New issues. Sungai Siput police on Dec 10 detained 50 members
and asking for it to be cancelled or to for the event after a meeting with World Park on Dec 28. of Jerit, who were cycling from Kuala Kangsar to the city, to
record their statements. – Bernama