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Malaysians A Wasteful Lot

By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Malaysians could do more to abate climate change and help the country’s deteriorating environmental condition by being more prudent in using energy and natural resources, particularly water.

During the Malaysia Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit 2019 recently, it was reported that Malaysians domestic use of water is an average of 210 litre per capita daily –way above the United Nation recommendation of between 50 to 100 litres per capita.

Furthermore, the country’s electrical consumption per capita was over 4,600 kilowatt per hour. This is 33 percent higher than that of upper middle income countries, which consume around 3,500 kilowatts per hour.

Family Keeps Nyonya Kebaya Heritage Alive

By Shaidathul Suhana Ros

MELAKA (Bernama) -- Focusing intently on the embroidery pattern she was drawing on a sheet of oil paper, Emmy Sahar's mind suddenly drifted to the distant past when she and her siblings used to play at their mother's boutique that specialised in stitching the exquisite nyonya kebaya. 

The late Roslalainy Marhum had opened her Toko Ce Rose boutique way back in 1959 at Jalan Laksamana here, which is now part of Melaka's historical quarter.  

Roslalainy's fee for stitching a pair of nyonya kebaya was about five dollars (as the ringgit was known as then) and she had a steady stream of customers from the Baba Nyonya or Peranakan, Portuguese, Chetti and Malabar (people from the Malabar coast on the south-west coast of India), as well Indian and Chinese, communities.

Cycling Through the Ages

By Shahrizan Jefri Aziz

SUNGAI BULUH (Bernama) -- I was completely awestruck watching Abang Zaidi and Abang Mat cycle up the steep hill energetically. They then descended with control and expertise as they ride their way around the oil palm plantation.

You would be amazed too, if you saw them. Abang Zaidi, whose full name was Abu Zaidi Abu Hassan and Abang Mat, or Mohd Som Mahat, are both 60 and 61 years old!

At 39, my fitness level was nowhere near theirs. I huffed and puffed as I struggled to push my KHS mountain bike uphill.

Humanity Backbone of Volunteer's Success

By Tengku Faezah Tengku Yusof

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- She is a successful career woman, wife, mother and active volunteer all rolled into one.

Even as a five-year-old growing up in Ghent, Belgium, Datin Raja Riza Shazmin Raja Badrul Shah – who has participated in humanitarian missions overseas – was quite unlike other children her age.

Instead of playing and having fun all day long, she preferred to spend her time going from house to house selling apples to raise funds for charity.

Can Yoga Be the New 'Insulin' to Control Diabetes?

By V. Sankara Subramaniam

(This article is released in conjunction with World Diabetes Day which falls on Nov 14)

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- A fitness regime is something doctors would recommend for diabetes patients. Dr H. R. Nagendra, who is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's yoga consultant, strongly believes that the ancient Indian practice is an effective treatment for the prevention and management of the disease.  

The 77-year-old yoga exponent, who is from Bengaluru in the South Indian state of Karnataka, said people in countries like India, China and Malaysia were genetically prone to type 2 diabetes mellitus and hence, the necessity for them to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

He said leading experts from notable yoga associations in India have studied how yoga can control the symptoms and complications associated with type 2 diabetes.

Haven For Wildlife, Nature Lovers

By Rohana Nasrah

The recent discovery of three Borneo pygmy elephant carcasses in the space of five weeks in Sabah has raised concern over the conservation of this endangered species, found only in this part of the world. This final of a five-part series covers the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to Sabah’s unique wildlife.

KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) -- It was a sight to behold and worth the three-hour wait. An up-close view of the famed Borneo pygmy elephants of Sabah browsing on assorted vegetation in their natural habitat is a rare opportunity for most people.

This writer got what she wanted when she recently set out for Kampung Bilit, about 375 kilometres from here, in Kinabatangan district. From the jetty at Kampung Bilit, she and her photographer colleague took a 30-minute boat ride to the lower banks of Sungai Kinabatangan, which is part of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. They were not the only people there. About 13 other boats were there too, each with six to eight tourists who were equally eager to see these unique jumbos that are relatively smaller in size and more sociable than the typical Asian species.

The atmosphere livened up when the “stars” appeared. Not one or two but 16 of them, including two calves. They grazed on the grass and ambled over to the river to quench their thirst, unperturbed by all that attention they were getting. Occasionally, the sound of an elephant trumpeting rang out and it almost seemed like they were greeting the humans who were obviously enchanted by them.

E-cigarettes a burning issue

By Erda Khursyiah Basir

SEOUL (Bernama) -- The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or vaping has become an issue and has triggered polemics around the world, including in Malaysia.

One reason for this may be the report by United States authorities about 33 deaths and 1,479 confirmed and probable cases from a ‘mysterious’ respiratory illness linked to vaping. 

There is global concern that the use of e-cigarettes or vaping among youths, especially school children, can cause a decline in the morals of the younger generation and create more social problems.