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Scamsters Eyeing Retirees For Rich Pickings

By Sakini Mohd Said

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The prospect of going into business after retirement may seem appealing to many people as it will keep them gainfully occupied.

However, financial consultant Shamsuddin Abdul Kadir is concerned over the increasing number of retirees who, in their enthusiasm to have their own business, are ending up as victims of fraudulent syndicates who lure them with their attractive business proposals and returns.

Speaking during a recent Islamic finance workshop here, organised by the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM), he said it worried him that more and more retirees were being drawn to the entrepreneurial world and investing their retirement savings.

Recycling Clothes The Right Way

By Soon Li Wei

KLANG (Bernama) -- What do we do with our old clothes? We know that if they are still in good condition, we can sell them on the cheap or donate them to the needy.

But what if they are damaged beyond repair? Tossing them into the garbage bin will cause them to ultimately end up in landfills. As the fabrics disintegrate, the thousands of chemicals used in clothe manufacturing releases toxic substances into the environment.

Fortunately, there is another way to give a second lease on life to these old clothes while protecting the environment.

Food Bank A Relief For Hard-Pressed Malaysians

By Erda Khursyiah Basir

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The Food Bank Malaysia programme, an initiative of the Pakatan Harapan government to ease the cost of living, has benefited 85,489 recipients between last August and March this year.

The programme, targeted at the B40 households and public university students, is the brainchild of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and was officially launched on Dec 22 last year.

Under the programme, surplus foodstuff such as bread, vegetables and fruits from various supermarkets will be channelled to about 186,354 heads of households nationwide living below the poverty line. 

Art Livens Up China Factory Space

By Amirul Mohd Sajadi

BEIJING (Bernama) -- This writer had mixed feelings when he set foot in 798 Art Zone in Beijing, China. While the cluster of abandoned factories there looked formidable, the art galleries housed inside them looked amazing.   

Located in the Dashanzi district, about 16 kilometres northeast of Beijing city, the hub is well-known for its exhibits of contemporary Chinese art.

During the 1950s, Dashanzi was an industrial district occupied by some state-owned enterprises, including factories that manufactured military equipment.

Need For Counter-Narratives To Correct Misunderstanding Of Islam

By Dr Shaikh Mohd Saifuddeen Shaikh Mohd Salleh (IKIM)

(Dr Shaikh Mohd Saifuddeen Shaikh Mohd Salleh is the Director of Centre for Science and Environment Studies at the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM)

 

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama ) -- The sheer terror of the mass shootings on Friday, 15 March 2019 at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand sends chills down one’s spine. The terrorist act which was aired live on Facebook left 51 people dead, some 50 people injured and several missing.

The massacre was the deadliest in New Zealand’s history, so much so that Jacinda Arden, the Prime Minister said that it was one of “New Zealand’s darkest days.” Almost all media highlighted that the shooter is an Australian whose beliefs include far-right extremism, eco-fascism and Islamophobia.

Three days after the New Zealand mass shooting, came news of the Utrecht tram shooting which left three people killed and five others injured. While the shooter has been arrested, Dutch authorities are looking into possible terrorist motive behind the shooting, although later reports indicated that the attack was most probably due to personal and family disputes.

Exploring Sago's Potential In Batik Production

By Sakini Mohd Said

MUKAH (Bernama) -- Who would have thought that 'linut', a traditional delicacy of the Melanau and Bisaya communities in Sarawak, can be used as a resist for making batik?

Linut, made of fresh sago flour mixed with hot or boiling water, is usually eaten with sambal or other dishes. Also a popular dish in Sabah and Brunei, linut is usually served during festivals or get-togethers with relatives.

When hot water is added to the sago flour, the mixture develops a glue-like texture which makes it an ideal replacement for candle wax, which is commonly used as a resist in the batik-making process.

VATS & SBRT: The Future Of Lung Cancer Treatment In UMSC

By Jenny Imanina Lanong Abdullah dan Murni Mat Nasri

This is the second of a two-part article on lung cancer treatment.          

 

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Traditionally, surgery for lung cancer is done via a thoracotomy, which requires the cutting of muscles and spreading of the ribs before entering the chest to remove the cancer.

In 1997, Tokyo National Cancer Hospital vice director Tsuguo Naruke led a team of surgeons in a successful operation on a 69-year-old woman who was diagnosed with an early stage lung cancer. 

The operation, performed via the Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) was reported as the first of its kind in the world.