By Siti Salwa Shaari
KUANTAN (Bernama) -- When Datuk Franky Chua Goon Eng first looked at building a home to spend his sunset years in, he had no idea it would eventually lead to the development of an upscale resort.
"I was initially just looking for a serene place to build a house to live in after my retirement. It never crossed my mind to build a resort, what more one of a five-star ranking.
"I invited several friends over to discuss the house plan but they ended up suggesting that I build a resort instead, " the 63-year-old recounted.
He mulled the idea over while surveying potential sites and evaluating the processes required before eventually deciding to take up the challenge.
Guided by his motto of 'only the best as a benchmark', Chua started drawing out plans for what was to become the Mangala Resort and Spa.
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By Kurniawati Kamarudin
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The first meeting of the first session of the 14th Parliament next Monday is something Malaysians are eagerly awaiting as it also heralds the opening of a new chapter in the Dewan Rakyat.
The changeover at the federal government level - the first after six decades of rule by the Barisan Nasional - has Pakatan Harapan ruling the roost in the august House but whether or not its much-touted New Malaysia will be evident in the form of greater parliamentary independence remains to be seen.
The return of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed as Prime Minister and Member of Parliament (Langkawi) to the House of Representatives, as well as the presence of young and enthusiastic MPs like Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, 25 (Muar) and P. Prabakaran, 22 (Batu), are bound to spice up the debates this time around.
All 222 MPs, including 121 representing Pakatan Harapan, will be sworn-in next Monday. Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V will deliver his Royal address at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The first meeting of the 14th Parliament will run for 20 days between July 16 and Aug 16.
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