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Raising Income Of Farmers Tops FAMA Chairman's Agenda

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) --  Come September, it will be 54 years since the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) was established to serve as the national agricultural marketing agency under the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry.

Today, FAMA still stands strong and continues to drive the domestic and international markets, expanding market access for the local agriculture and agro-based industry products and making sure they are made available to consumers at affordable prices.    

Ishak Ismail, whose appointment as FAMA chairman took effect on Nov 1, 2018, is determined to continue the efforts made by his predecessors to ensure FAMA meets its mission and vision.

Tempting Demand For Beranang Lemongrass

By Fatin Nabihah Marzuki

SEMENYIH (Bernama) -- From a distance, the sprawling green fields of tufted grass in Kampung Sasapan Batu Minangkabau resemble padi fields.

However, come closer and one will get to see clumps of lemongrass, or 'serai' as it is known in Bahasa Malaysia, growing there.

Incidentally, this rustic village and the surrounding areas of Beranang, about 10 kilometres from Semenyih in the Hulu Langat district of Selangor, are among the largest producers of high-quality lemongrass in the country.

Ex-Silat Champion Yearns For Revival Of Malay Martial Art

By Ahmad Muliady Abdul Majid

MELAKA (Bernama) -- Amidst the clanking of the frying ladle and wok as Norazman Naim cooks up a storm at his stall here, he often cannot help but fondly recall memories of him wielding his keris at the World Pencak Silat Championship in 1987 at Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur.

It took place more than 30 years ago but the event where he defeated his challenger Zainal Zaluddin to clinch the gold medal remains vivid in his mind.

Now aged 56, Norazman, who is better known as Man Putra, has traded his keris for a frying ladle and is showing off his culinary skills and ability to dish out a mean 'mi bodo' -- the nickname given to noodles fried with the bare minimum of ingredients.

Teenager Hones Carpentry Skills Via YouTube

By Nur Adila Abdul Wahab

KEPALA BATAS (Bernama) -- Unlike other teenagers who while away their time on social media or surfing the net, Mohamad Afiif Zhoriff Aminuddin turns to YouTube whenever he is free to learn the ins and outs of carpentry.

And, having grown up observing his father, a carpenter, at work, the 18-year-old has become quite adept at making a variety of wood products -- to think that he has not even attended a single carpentry or woodwork class at any institution.

Mohamad Afiif Zhoriff said besides the YouTube tutorials, he also learnt a lot from his father Aminuddin Abu Bakar, 50, whose workshop is located near their house in Rantau Panjang, about 14 kilometres from here.

Wat-er Relief For 500 People In Remote Sarawak Village

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- For the last 28 years, some 500 Kenyah people in the remote village of Long Puak in Sarawak were forced to depend on rainfall as their main source of water supply.

Finally, on May 17, they were relieved of this hardship when they started receiving clean piped water, made possible by the Malaysian Humanitarian Movement (MHM).

The villagers were in seventh heaven the moment running water flowed through the taps in the 30-door longhouse where they lived and tears of happiness streamed down their cheeks. 

Fighting Mental Illness By Volunteering

By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid

SHAH ALAM (Bernama) --The slightly built, bespectacled woman looked confident and sounded bold and purposeful as she addressed the audience at the almost full 200-seat hall of Raja Tun Uda Library here recently.

It was hard to believe that she suffered from a mental disorder and, what was more, she had the courage to talk about her illness publicly.

She is Fatiha Shuib, a 28-year-old social entrepreneur and founder of 1moment4them, a non-governmental organisation that focuses on providing support services to people with mental illness, as well as carrying out humanitarian activities for refugees and needy communities.

Kelantan's Floating Works Of Art Dying Out

By Adnan Mohamad

KOTA BHARU (Bernama) -- The vibrantly painted boats docked at the jetty at Kampung Pulau Gajah seem all set for participation in some sea carnival.

That, as a matter of fact, is far from the truth as those are the boats the local fishermen use daily when they head out to sea.    

It is these visually striking fishing boats, locally known as 'perahu kolek', that make the village of Kampung Pulau Gajah at Pantai Sabak in Pengkalan Chepa, about 15 kilometres from here, rather unique.