An informed source has revealed to me that at one upmarket seafront apartment suites complex in northern Penang Island, the actual occupancy rate is just 10 per cent, even though the apartments have been sold out. Contrary to popular belief that much of the property speculation/investment in high-end properties in Penang is by foreigners, the rough breakdown by nationality of owners of these particular apartments is as follows: Malaysians based in the country (60 per cent), Malaysians residing/working abroad (20 per cent), and foreigners/others (20 per cent).
I notice that a group calling themselves ‘British Victims of Investing in Malaysia’ have protested in London over funds they lost in Doxport Technologies Sdn Bhd, a firm reportedly owned by former Umno treasurer-general Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi.
The Bishop of Rome, Francis, is visiting the Italian town of Assisi, the hometown of the great 13th century saints Francis and Claire, who longed to see a church of the poor.
This is a must-watch movie about how Francis was called to rebuild the church through poverty and simplicity some 800 years ago. Haunting songs and breathtaking scenes from the countryside too.
How about this for bridge building among people of different faiths? One small community in Scotland is breaking down the barriers of prejudice.