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Are We Doing Enough?

By Ravindran Raman Kutty

The writer Ravindran Raman Kutty is an award-winning communications practitioner and a fellow of the Institute of Public Relations Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- As National Day approaches once again, we reflect on past and current events and question the level of unity that we have achieved so far and whether we have done, and are doing, enough for our nation.

Are we still weighing the differences among us or summing up the similarities that we share as one community?

Looking at other countries and their understanding of independence and unity, we have observed that the French are very patriotic; the Germans have forgotten the Berlin Wall and today are united as one; and China has gone on to become the biggest economic powerhouse of the world.

Unity Ribbons Symbol of Patriotism , Unity

By Nur-ul Afida Kamaludin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- In celebration of the upcoming 62nd National Day and Malaysia Day, a large group of Malaysians comprising the young and old have worked together to produce ribbons that remind Malaysians to stay together.

Inspired by the Malaysian flag, the red, white and blue ribbon features an icon of Malaysia’s founding father Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj in gold, signifying a message of patriotism and unity.

The image of Tunku Abdul Rahman, who is also Malaysia’s first prime minister, was chosen in recognition of his hard work and sacrifice in helping Malaya achieve its independence in 1957.

Gratitude for Being Chosen as "Guest of Allah"

By Fadzli Ramli

MAKKAH (Bernama) -- Four years ago, I sent my grandfather Mohtar Haron, 84, to the Senai International Airport in Johor. He was heading to Makkah to perform haj, and I remember him praying that our family members would one day be granted the same privilege of being the ‘guests of Allah’.

I smiled in response. I told him that I was not quite ready to go because the savings I had in my Tabung Haji (TH) account was not quite enough. Furthermore, I added, I was still young and had a lot to improve on before I can deem myself worthy of such privilege.

"You will go if Allah has decreed so. I will pray for you there,” he said.

Fikirlah: Unity Not A Thorny Issue with Durian

By Sakini Mohd Said

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- My friend and I were sipping hot 'teh o' one evening at a stall in Wangsa Maju here when suddenly, in between taking mouthfuls of crunchy 'goreng pisang', we spied a poster plastered on a nearby tree advertising a durian fest.

'Just pay RM50 and eat all you want till you faint', screamed the poster. No true-blue durian lover, including my pal Adila Abdul, 33,  would want to miss such an irresistible offer.

Adila is so smitten with the king of fruits that she cannot possibly go past any durian seller without stopping by to buy a fruit or two, her favourite being the kampung varieties that can be found in abundance at roadside stalls.

Honing Aesthetic Value Of Rattan

By Sakini Mohd Said

KOTA BAHARU (Bernama) -- Ask any rattan craftsman what is the most arduous part of their job and they will say it is the weaving process.

However, Megat Rahimi Megat Deris, who operates a rattan furniture workshop in Kampung Panji here, finds weaving relatively easy. It is the shellacking part that he finds most taxing because, according to the 38-year-old furniture maker, varnishing the finished products requires delicate skills.

"For me, the most difficult part (of making rattan furniture) is at the end when applying shellac on the rattan products. But many people think that is the easiest part and think that it can even be done by unskilled workers.

Enhancing The Status Of Malaysian Batik

By Erda Khursyiah Basir

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The definition of Malaysian batik as outlined in the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation Act 1979 has to be refined further to accord more significance to this traditional textile art and elevate the status of the batik industry.

Its current definition, according to Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia (Penyayang) chief executive officer Datuk Leela Mohd Ali, does not do justice to the heritage value of authentic Malaysian batik.

Under the Act, batik is listed as a handicraft product and it includes "any article, however produced, which bears a batik design on or at any part thereof".   

Teach Kids to Respect the Elders

By Erda Khursyiah Basir

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- A video clip of a senior citizen being bullied by a group of youths surfaced on social media during Ramadan and sparked public outrage.

The clip, which went viral, showed a group of teenagers circling a 59-year-old man, taking away his kopiah (skullcap) and pushing down his motorcycle. The incident is believed to have taken place in Sijangkang, Selangor.

One of the teenagers jabbed the victim’s head with a piece of cardboard while another appeared to try putting something on the victim’s head.