Govt to introduce new initiatives for welfare of fishermen [ 51m ago ]


Fikirlah: Be More Civic-Minded

By Sakini Mohd Said

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- "What's your New Year resolution?" This is the oft-asked question each time a brand new year rolls up.

Jan 1 marked the start of 2020, which signifies the start of a new decade. I am sure many people took the opportunity to make firm resolutions for themselves and set out goals they wished to achieve this year.

Several netizens took to posting their resolutions on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Their resolutions include pursuing higher studies, changing their field of work or earning a higher income.

The Hypnotic Charm Of Omura

By Christine Lim

OMURA (Japan) -- The quiet and serene castle town of Omura, located within the Nagasaki prefecture in Japan's Kyushu region, is nestled in an enchanting sea of flowers and mesmerising landscapes that will hold any visitor spellbound and enthralled.

Boasting a history that goes back 900 years, Omura, which means large village in Japanese, has its origins in the 15th century when it became one of the first ports of call for Europeans travelling to Japan following the opening of a port near Omura Bay by Sumitada Omura, Japan's first Christian daimyo (Samurai warlord).     

Having been a city that was at the frontiers of European influence due to the expansion of trade and activities of Christian missionaries in the 16th century, Omura today seems largely forgotten in contrast with cities such as Kyoto, Osaka and its closest neighbour Nagasaki.

Encouraging Entrepreneurship In Orang Asli Communities

By Nur Natasha Aida Ismail

The Department for Orang Asli Development is on a mission to produce more Orang Asli entrepreneurs in order to improve their economic status and free them from the clutches of poverty. This second of a two-part arEncouraging Entrepreneurship In Orang Asli Communitiesticle looks at the department's efforts to help the Orang Asli to develop their entrepreneurial skills.


REMBAU (Bernama) -- About 15 kilometres from Port Dickson is the beautiful and tranquil village of Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Kepong in Pasir Panjang. 

Its scenic surroundings provide the perfect setting for a homestay and ecotourism business. Recognising the village's tourism potential, one of the Orang Asli villagers Faarezan Radzali and her family started offering a homestay programme about two years ago and have since never looked back.

The Orang Asli, particularly those communities dwelling not far from urban and suburban areas, are becoming increasingly receptive to modernising their livelihoods and this is exactly what the Department for Orang Asli Development (JAKOA) is aiming at.

Crafting a good future in business

By Nur Natasha Aida Ismail

The Department of Orang Asli Development is on a mission to produce more Orang Asli entrepreneurs in order to improve their economic status and free them from the clutches of poverty. This first of a two-part article focuses on a Temuan youth who has carved a niche for himself in business.

UMSC's Interdisciplinary Approach To Easing Pain

By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- For people suffering from chronic pain, even simple daily activities like taking a shower and getting dressed can be a torture. Anger, anxiety and even depression may ensue as a result of chronic pain, in view of the limitations they face and the debilitating nature of their condition.

In an exclusive interview with Bernama recently, experts from UM Specialist Centre (UMSC) shed light on pain management, a significant branch in medicine that utilises an interdisciplinary approach in easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of those living with pain.

Neurosurgery expert Dr Nor Faizal Ahmad Bahuri describes pain as an unpleasant sensation that can be felt whenever there is a tissue injury.

More People Reporting Paedophilia Cases - Perlis Police Chief

By Ahmad Muliady Abdul Majid

KANGAR (Bernama) -- The number of cases involving paedophilia in Perlis rose by 38 percent in 2019 compared to the previous year, according to state police chief Datuk Surina Saad.

She attributed the increase to the existence of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 and higher awareness of paedophilia among the public.

"The Act has helped the police to haul more child sex offenders before the court," she told Bernama, adding that the legislation has also facilitated the prosecution process as only the victim's statement, witness' evidence and video support are needed.

Prevalence of Sedentary Behaviour 'Relatively High' in Malaysia

By V. Sankara Subramaniam

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Do you sit for long hours all day? If the answer is yes, then you are at risk of developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Numerous studies have shown that sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity can increase the risk of developing NCDs, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes.

According to NCD global activist Datuk Seri Jessy Lai, the burden of NCDs on health systems in Malaysia is substantial as such disorders contribute to an estimated 73 percent of total inpatient deaths in government hospitals.