By Kurniawati Kamarudin
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The first meeting of the first session of the 14th Parliament next Monday is something Malaysians are eagerly awaiting as it also heralds the opening of a new chapter in the Dewan Rakyat.
The changeover at the federal government level - the first after six decades of rule by the Barisan Nasional - has Pakatan Harapan ruling the roost in the august House but whether or not its much-touted New Malaysia will be evident in the form of greater parliamentary independence remains to be seen.
The return of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed as Prime Minister and Member of Parliament (Langkawi) to the House of Representatives, as well as the presence of young and enthusiastic MPs like Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, 25 (Muar) and P. Prabakaran, 22 (Batu), are bound to spice up the debates this time around.
All 222 MPs, including 121 representing Pakatan Harapan, will be sworn-in next Monday. Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V will deliver his Royal address at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The first meeting of the 14th Parliament will run for 20 days between July 16 and Aug 16.
RELEVANCE OF PARLIAMENTARY SERVICES ACT
As a symbol of this nation's democracy, Parliament is the foremost institution where the voices of the common people are heard and where laws are drafted, amended or repealed.
By Safira Pratiwi Satriyandinar
The writer Safira Pratiwi Satriyandinar, who is from Jakarta, Indonesia, and currently pursuing a degree in communications at the International Islamic University Malaysia, is fascinated with the local favourite "nasi lemak" that has a close resemblance to her country's "nasi uduk''.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- "Nasi lemak", a favourite dish of Malaysians, has such a wide appeal that even fast-food chains feature it in their menus.
Even its Indonesian close cousin, "nasi uduk" was available at the McDonald's outlets over there for a limited period.
Not only are the two dishes almost similar to each other, they are also very popular among the people.
Nasi uduk has its origins in Jakarta itself and was the traditional food of the Betawi ethnic community who are natives of this city. Nasi uduk is, of course, now available all over Indonesia.
Incidentally, nasi lemak is popular on the east coast of Sumatra where Malay communities live.
By Ravindran Raman Kutty
In this write-up by Ravindran Raman Kutty - an avid writer, community worker, award-winning communications practitioner and social activist with a profound love for the environment ? he shares his views on curbing food waste.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- We welcome our new government that feels the pulse of the people who are awed by the reform agenda and the daily shake-ups taking place. I am inspired to draw the attention of the newly appointed Housing and Local Government Minister to the serious issue of food waste in our country.
One in every nine people in the world has no access to sufficient food to lead a healthy life. More are reported to die from hunger every day in comparison to AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
On the other hand, nearly one-third of the food that is produced in the world is lost or wasted. Food wastage, which includes both food loss and food waste, is not only morally irresponsible but a huge contributor to economic loss and damage to the world environment.
Food loss takes place as a result of insufficient skills, natural calamities, lack of proper infrastructure and poor practices. Food waste occurs when edible food is intentionally discarded by people when they fail to plan their meals or store food properly until it goes past the expiry date. Food waste can also happen due to oversupply in markets. Retailers tend to reject food that does not conform to their quality and aesthetic standards. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reports that nearly one-third of all food produced in the world for human consumption does not find its way to our tables.
More than 50 per cent of the waste occurs during the post-harvest handling and storage phase, whilst another 50 per cent is wasted during the processing, distribution and consumption stage.