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An Oasis in the Wilderness of Pos Sinderut

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LIPIS (Bernama) -- The tarred road leading to the Orang Asli settlement of Pos Sinderut must have seen better days. Opened end-2016, the road is now filled with potholes due to poor maintenance.

What would have been a 20- to 30-minute drive to the settlement from the junction of the Raub-Sungai Koyan trunk road now takes nearly 75 minutes, no thanks to the rough road conditions.

Fortunately, the long stretches of forests, punctuated by Orang Asli villages, flanking the route to Pos Sinderut provide some respite from the uncomfortable journey.


Profiting From Bamboo

By Sakini Mohd Said

SUNGAI SIPUT (Bernama) -- Striding towards a clump of healthy-looking bamboos growing about 12 metres away from his house, here, Ahmad Mazlan Othman inspects the structure of the stem and leaves of one of the tall woody plants.

Whilst flicking through the leaves and softly knocking on the stem to find out if the bamboo was mature, he said: "This particular one that I'm looking at is the 'Betong' bamboo -- it is Asia's best and most hardy bamboo species and has, in fact, been dubbed the 'king of Asian bamboos'."

Ahmad Mazlan, 61, who is a civil engineer by profession and a bamboo enthusiast as well, said 'Betong' was among the 70 bamboo species found in Malaysian forests. Worldwide, there are about 1,500 bamboo species.

Bomba Diver Training Not For the Faint-Hearted

By Nur Firdaus Abdul Rahim and Wan Zuratikah Iffah Wan Zulkifli


KUALA TERENGGANU, Feb 21 (Bernama) -- Divers of the Fire and Rescue Department (JPBM) are risking their lives every time they take a plunge.

Not many are aware of the kind of rigorous training needed to become a diver in JBPM’s Water Rescue Unit (PPDA), or the level of danger they are routinely exposed to.

Operations can often pose unexpected challenges in the form of merciless waves, dangerous predators like snakes or crocodiles, conditions that lead to low or zero visibility and diving disorders.

Malaysian Diplomats Extend Aid to Rohingya In Delhi

By Shakir Husain

Bernama's correspondent in New Delhi Shakir Husain shares his take on the happenings in India.

NEW DELHI (Bernama) -- Shabbily dressed and barefoot children extended their little hands to receive packets of biscuits while women gathered to receive bags of foodstuffs.

The children, smiling and displaying an innocence disconnected with the reasons behind their misery, ran towards a group of Malaysian diplomats visiting their desolated Rohingya refugee camp in New Delhi.

It was a small gesture of aid made by some members of the Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Service Association (PPTD) through the High Commission of Malaysia.

Businesses Find It Difficult To Become Shariah-Compliant

By Assoc Prof Dr Fauziah Mahat

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – A Shariah-compliant product is a product that ensures all elements and transactions adhere to the Islamic law.

There should also be Shariah-compliancy in product structuring where products must not contain elements that are haram (unlawful) or against Shariah law such as riba (usury), gharar (excessive uncertainty) or gambling.

The concept of Shariah-compliancy should also be employed in financial management practices like business operation costs and investments. For example, the capital used to start a business must be from a halal (lawful) sources and investment transactions must not involve interests.

Learning From the Thais in Caring For Abandoned Children

By Sharifah Hunaini Syed Ismail

BANGKOK (Bernama) -- A care centre at Henry Dunant Road in Bangkok, mooted by a Thai princess some 38 years ago, has brought solace and hope to more than 600 abandoned and underprivileged children. 

The Thai Red Cross Children’s Home (RCCH), founded on Sept 17, 1981, is located in the Vajiralongkorn Building of the Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, where the abandoned children are given love, care and education to help them realise their full potential in terms of physical, mental and social development.

The home was born out of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's concern for the physical, mental and social well-being of the abandoned babies left behind by their mothers after birth at hospitals around Bangkok. The princess is also executive vice-president of Thailand's Red Cross Society.

Enhancing Women's Participation in Stem, Nuclear Industry

By Sheriffah Noor Khamseah Al-Idid Dato Syed Ahmad Idid

LONDON (Bernama) -- Women in Nuclear Global (WIN Global) member Sheriffah Noor Khamseah Al-Idid Datuk Syed Ahmad Idid recently highlighted strategies to address the gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and enhance women's participation in STEM.

She presented her strategies to the executive board members of Women in Nuclear United Kingdom (WIN UK) when she was in London in December to attend Nuclear 2018, the industry's leading annual nuclear conference organised by the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) at Victoria Park Plaza hotel.

The strategies covered girls aged 16, women in STEM careers in the government, universities and research institutes, women in STEM businesses as well as STEM occupations and management.