Monday, July 26, 2010


Received several enquiries pertaining to my earlier posting on errant e-biz operators. Just to be doubly sure on the right course of action to pursue, we trooped to the office of Companies Commission Malaysia (Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia) at the Greentown Mall, Ipoh last Tuesday. 

We were there two Tuesday ago (before the posted article) to register LT Watch Gallery as a sole proprietor enterprise specifically for online watch trading.

That bit of news as reported by the Star was a timely reminder and we thought it wise to revisit the SSM office and enquire what more need to be done. Prior to the registration of LT Watch Gallery as a sole proprietor enterprise dealing with watch trading, all products turnovers were reported in our private company's accounts. 

At the SSM, Ipoh, the officers on duty were extremely courteous and helpful providing whatever assistance and information required. The lady officer on duty at the counter today immediately recognised me and enquired the purpose of today's visit. 

That prompted me to show the STAR article. We were told we have satisfied the SSM requirement by registering LT Watch Gallery. 

What we need to do further is to maintain a proper set of accounts on all e-business transactions and proper upkeeping of all documentation pertaining to purchases, services and sales.  

We were then referred to another lady officer who obliged with  all information needed. 

1. Registration of E-Biz

Peninsular Malaysia and Labuan

E-Biz operators can register their business entity at the nearest Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia's (SSM) office. Bring along your IC, a photocopy of the IC plus the proposed name of E-Biz. The fee is RM 70 for the first year and thereafter a fee of RM 60 per annum upon renewal. 

Operators of e-biz have the choice of choosing to operate as a sole proprietor, partnership or a Sdn Bhd. If a Sdn Bhd entity is preferred then filing of company registration with a minimum of two promoters and a stated paid up capital need to be done by a qualified Company Secretary as provided in the Companies Act, 1965.

Products offered for online sales must be legally traded within the context of all Malaysian and International Laws.

For an e-biz with a small turnover, I suggest a sole proprietorship enterprise is adequate.

Registration can be conducted over the counter by coming personally to SSM office or online via E- Lodgement.

For further details, please log in at SSM website@

2. Sabah and Sarawak

E-Biz operators in Sabah and Sarawak wishing to register their online business need to do so at their respective Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan(PBT) or Local Authorities like Majlis Perbandaran Bintulu for someone in Bintulu or Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara for someone in Bandaraya Kuching Utara.

This piece of information was provided by the lady officer at the SSM, Ipoh office.

Details of registration fees at the PBTs are not available at the SSM office.

3.Process of Registration

The whole process of registration only took two hours from the time of arrival at the SSM office till the time the certificate of business is issued.

I must complement the efficiency of SSM to complete the registration process in such a simple manner and cheap too. 

No hassle and no fuss at all. Bravo SSM. 

Happy Registration to all fellow blog traders...



Wednesday, July 21, 2010


GEORGE TOWN: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has taken legal action against 400 local online e-business operators in the last two years for not registering as business entities.

Malaysia Business Ethics Institute (MBEI) chairman Dr Zainal Abidin Abdul Majid, said most of the operators were charged under Section 12(1)(a) of the Business Registration Act where they face up to 12 years in jail or a fine of up to RM50,000.

He said this yesterday after attending a business ethics dialogue which was launched by Deputy Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Rohani Abd Karim here.

Dr Zainal said the MBEI advised online site operators to upload their code of ethics onto their respective websites.

“Nowadays, in the globalised age, e-business is growing rapidly but at the same time, site operators must also promote strong business ethics to attract customers,” he added.

To read more, please refer to:


Just a piece of advise to fellow bloggers retailing whatever items, get your e-biz registered and stay within the right side of the law.

Friday, July 9, 2010


This clock tower was erected in 1957 to commemorate the independent of Malaya on 31 August 1957. it is located in the town of Kampar, a township bulit in the heart of Kinta Valley, Perak, one of the biggest tin mining region in the world at that time.

Tin mining has since ceased operations in the area when the tin price collapsed in the late eighties.

On 21 May 2009, the sub-district of kampar was officially elevated to a full district of the state of Perak by HRH the Sultan of Perak. The plaque of the district elevation is now prominently featured on one of this clock tower's walls. 

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Keeping awake on two successive nights was a daunting task. Eventually between frequent blinks and big yawns, managed to catch the goals that counted.

Holland and Spain booked their places in the Final of the World Cup after tough battles. Both teams have never won the World Cup although Holland has appeared twice in 1974 and 1978 but came out second best on both occasions. Whichever team wins, a new name will be engraved on the Cup. Both teams are equally skillful and excellent, capable of being a worthy winner.

What interest me though are the performances of some club rejects early in the season. Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben proved that they are world class players despite Real Madrid dumping them. Sneijder finding his footing in Inter Milan and Robben excelled in Bayern Munich. Both met in the European Cup final where Inter and Sneijder triumphed.

Sneijder and Robben are equally instrumental in placing Holland into the final. A total of seven goals were scored between them. I have always admired Sneijder operating intelligently in the middle of the park with his accurate distribution, clever positioning and ability to shoot from distance.

Arjen Robben is a very skilful and 'delicate' player. I might find his theatrical antics on the field at times distasteful but in the modern world of soccer every shred of skill is always an advantage.

As for Germany, much has been said about the foresight of the German Football Association and the shrewd strategy of the team coach, Joachim Loew in placing trust in youth which have paid dividends handsomely. The values of these little known players like Muller, Jerome Boateng, Sami Kedhira and Mesut Ozil have shot rocketed sky high.

The Bundesliga has again proved to be a good nursery of future stars ready to blitz the world soccer and probably may eclipse the path of Rooney, Ronaldo and Messi.

Unfortunately, in the game where it counted the most, the young German guns just could not raised their game against the experienced Spanish side. Without the drive of influential Muller, the team succumbed to Spain losing by the single fabulous headed goal of Puyol.

The encounter in World Cup 2010 final between two great soccer nations of Holland and Spain professing attractive attacking soccer is something to savior. Perhaps Torres who has been prowess at Liverpool can finally ignite and avoid being labelled a World Cup outcast.

Fans are expecting this final game could surpass the epic encounter of 1974 between Holland and Germany; the clash between Johan Cruff, Johan Neeskens and Resenbrink on the Dutch side against Beckenbauer, Breitner and Gerd Muller on the German side.  

I believe the outcome of the game will be determined by the battle of Sneijder and Robben on the Dutch side and Villa and Puyol on the Spanish side. If Sneijder and company can muscle their way and dictate the flow of the game, Holland can finally exorcised being labelled as a bridesmaid and lay claim on the elusive Cup.

To Holland and Spain, have a good and clean game.

May the best triumph...

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Four quarterfinal matches played to the highest quality. There were upsets, disappointments, youth brilliance, superb play acting and foul hands that determined the destiny of teams finally placing Holland, Germany, Spain from Europe and Uruguay from Latin American to compete for the two places in the final.

Such was the intensity of the competition of a game called soccer that was supposed to be played with both feet and head eventually ended in the frustration of the whole of Africa because stinking hands were used to deny Ghana from a semi final place in the World Cup due to an Uruguayan striker who decided both his hands were better served to prevent a certain winning goal for Ghana.

I was fascinated by the performance of Ghana, Africa's sole representative in the quarterfinals. Their silky skills and the fluidity of their game was sheer delight to watch. With Michael Essien missing from the squad, not much hope was given to the Ghana team yet the players were undeterred and played like African warriors. 

The blend of youth in Asamoah Gyan, Jonathan Mensah, Ayew and Kevin Prince Boateng and the experience of Sulley Muntari carried the African hope very well into the dying seconds of the quarterfinal match only to be denied what would have been the winning goal by the hands of Suarez. So cruel!

To be fair, I thought the referee should have allowed that goal and let Ghana took their rightful place in the semi final. Alas, soccer is not about fairness but about moving forward to make the game much more exciting to watch in the future. 

The match between Holland and Brazil managed to prove a point which I have noticed all along the tournament. Soccer is now one of the best places to perfect players acting skills. There were plenty of play acting executed perfectly that many players could easily walk into Hollywood or Bollywood to start acting careers when they finally hang their soccer boots. Such was the perfect play acting displays of some players that at moments, I felt like watching good Tamil movies.

Nonetheless, Holland was magnificent, coming back from a goal down to turn the table on Brazil. Sneijder was just phenomenal and I would love to see Sir Alex Ferguson bringing him over to Man United to bolster the average midfield. Well, just a wishful thinking...

The youthful German team again proved that with a proper youth development programme, a world beating team could be produced.  MÜller, Ozil, Boateng and Khedira were full of steam and plenty of skills.

In Neuer, Germany has a pair of safe hands to man the goal for many years to come.

Philip Lahm at 26 years old proved to be a very able captain leading by example. 

A four-goals present to Australia, another four-goals gift to England and yet another four more goals memento to Argentina  are real generous gifts indeed from the German youthful team spearheaded at the front by the master sharpshooter Miroslav Klose. 

Even, Chancellor Merkel was up and jumping with joy at the magical display of her German team.

The Argentine performance was plain mediocre. Messi, the world footballer of the year, after so much hype, like Rooney ended as World Cup flop, registering a zero goal throughout the tournament.

Diego Maradona, with all his skills and experiences as a player could only watched in despair from the sidelines.

Spain, one of the pre-tournament favourites, after the early stutter, managed to live up to the expectation. David Villa who is now the tournament top scorer is really outstanding.

The other Spanish players except for Xavi are still finding their mark to reproduce their clubs performances.

Fernando Torres in particular, is a real disappointment. He needs to pull up his socks fast to avoid being in the same World Cup rubbish bin as Messi and Rooney.

Simply love to see Uruguay and Germany in the final. Nothing would be more interesting that to watch a clash between Europe and Latin America.

Still, a repeat of 1974 final between Germany and Holland would not be too bad after all.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Saya menerima banyak sms daripada rakan yang bermula dengan kata 'Salam'.

Saya kurang pasti apa sebenar yang dimaksudkan. Adakah sang pengirim ingin menyampaikan salam secara ringkas atau terikut dengan amalan satu masyarakat yang memulakan bicara dengan kata 'Shalom'? Biarlah mereka dengan cara mereka, kita tentunya dengan cara kita. Jelik tapi benar... 

Itulah hakikat kini. Meringkaskan kata hingga hilang maksud dan makna serta kemanisan santun bicara.

Timbul dibenak, apakah terlalu sukar untuk menekan punat-punat butang telefon untuk mengejakan sepenuhnya kata azimat 'Assalamu alaikum' kalau pun tidak mampu menitip ungkapan 'assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh' dengan lengkap. Kan lebih sedap dipandang dan dibaca daripada kata ringkas 'salam'.

Sebenarnya kebaikan adalah berganda menuturkan ungkapan 'salam' dengan tatacara salam yang lengkap seperti yang dianjurkan oleh Rasullullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam.* 

Rakan saya dari Kaherah gemar memulakan smsnya dengan ungkapan 'Salmu Aliqum'. Sebutan 'a' didepan disepikan. Entahlah, mungkin ejaan ikut lidah Arab Mesir.

Apakah kerana manusia kini terlalu memburu masa dalam kekalutan kerja mewajarkan banyak perkara kita ringkaskan? Saya tidak punya jawapan kerana saya juga terkadang turut tersasul dalam kealpaan.

Barangkali kita boleh bermula hari ini membiasakan semula ungkapan "Assalamu alaikum' sebagai mukaddimah kata mula bicara tanda hidangan silaturrahim antara kita yang bernama insan muslim.

Dalam masa masih bersisa setengah tahun bagi 2010, sama-samalah kita mendoakan kesejahteraan dan kebahagiaan sekelian saudara-saudara kita seagama Islam.

* Rujuk Shahih Riyadhus Shalihin halaman 289 & 290

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