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E-Safety Education Vital

By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The Government has to empower the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to delete defamatory and racist remarks on social media.

Faculty of computer science and information technology of Universiti Putra Malaysia Prof Madya Dr Nur Izura Udzir said the move could curb negative content from being widely spread in cyberspace.

It is also important to create a safe Internet environment for everyone, especially children and adolescents who are susceptible to pornographic content and violence capable of damaging their thoughts.

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Include Idle Land Development In National Agriculture Policy: Experts

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

The vast tracts of agricultural land abandoned by their owners due to old age or other reasons are a matter of concern. If put to good use, its output can help the nation to slash its yearly food import bill that now runs into billions of ringgit. This second of a four-part series of articles focuses on the need for more detailed studies on idle land.

 

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The government must formulate a more comprehensive agriculture policy to empower the nation's food production sector so as to ensure food security for Malaysians.

The policy should also chart out long-term, medium-term and short-term strategies to develop abandoned agricultural land in order to optimise productivity, say experts.

Land Professionals Society of Malaysia president Prof Dr Ismail Omar said the national agricultural policies thus far lacked a proper approach to developing the vast tracts of agricultural land lying idle throughout the country.

Unlock Potential Of Idle Land To Reduce Food Imports: Expert

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

The vast tracts of agricultural land abandoned by their owners due to old age or other reasons are a matter of concern. If put to good use, its output can help slash the nation's food import bill that now runs into billions of ringgit yearly. This is the first of a four-part series of articles on the issue of idle land.

 

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Malaysia's food import bill that reportedly hits billions of ringgit a year seems irrational considering the vast tracts of land lying idle in the nation that has the potential for agricultural development.

According to the Department of Agriculture's (DoA) 2014 statistics, no less than 119,273 hectares of land suitable for agricultural use was left idle throughout the nation, with about 117,198 ha located in the peninsula. 

Statistics from the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) show that Malaysia's fruit and vegetable import bill for 2018 touched RM8.5 billion, and RM8.9 billion the previous year. In 2015, its total food import bill came to an astronomical RM45 billion.

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