Making Money Off Rubber Tree Leaves

By Muhammad Ekmal Hakim Abdullah

PADANG BESAR(Bernama) -- Syuhaida Samsudin used to think nothing of the rubber tree leaves falling around her home. To her, they were just dried leaves that needed to be swept into a heap and burned.

However, a shopping trip to Thailand opened her eyes to the money-making potential of rubber-leaf handicraft.

“After that, it seemed like every leaf that fell from the rubber tree was money. I kept thinking about the many rubber tree leaf handicraft I saw in Thailand and became determined to turn them into a source of income,” she told Bernama when met at her workshop at Titi Tinggi, about 7km from here.

Delhi Diary: A Discourse on Islam And Democracy In Delhi

By Shakir Husain

Bernama's correspondent in New Delhi Shakir Husain shares his take on the happenings in India.

NEW DELHI (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's India tour last week included a meeting with a group of Muslim intellectuals in Delhi.

It was an opportunity for a discourse on Islam, democracy and a host of contemporary issues.

Bukit Baginda a Potential Ecotourism Site

By Muhamad Najieb Ahmad Fuad

KUALA PILAH (Bernama) -- The wave rock formation at the summit of Bukit Baginda have become quite popular among hikers, attracting even those from other countries.

The mountain is located in Kampung Majau, Batu Kikir, near here. It is a three-kilometre trek from the car park area to the summit, with the last two kilometres being a rather challenging climb for beginners.

Standing at 450m above sea level, Bukit Baginda is not that tall. However, the 2km trail up the mountain is rather steep and slippery. As such, it can take around two hours to scale.

More Tips on Managing Diabetes

By Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Mustaffa Embong

The writer Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Mustaffa Embong is consultant diabetologist at the National Diabetes Institute (NADI).

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- In the first part of our article titled 'Tips on Managing Your Diabetes Well', we talked about keeping to a healthy and balanced diet, being physically active and the need to reduce excess weight.

We also encouraged you to monitor your blood glucose at home and to keep your HbA1c to at least less than 7.0 percent.

In the second part of the article, titled 'Keeping diabetes management on track', we encouraged you to look after your blood fats (cholesterol) and blood pressure as these two conditions are usually present in people with diabetes.

Recent Events Reflect Maturity of Rulers, Say Observers

By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The manner in which the nation's rulers handled the recent developments involving the stepping down of Sultan Muhammad V as Yang di-Pertuan Agong reflects the maturity and robustness of the institution of monarchy, say observers.

If the situation had not been dealt with swiftly and sagaciously, it could have led to a crisis.

"It (recent events) was a maturing process for the institution of monarchy. We all saw how harmoniously the Conference of Rulers handled the issue, which could have triggered a crisis if it was not dealt with properly," constitutional law expert Associate Prof  Shamrahayu Abd Aziz told Bernama.

More Brides Favouring Bugis 'Baju Bodo

By Lucia Terey John

PONTIAN (Bernama) -- Baju Bodo is the traditional Bugis attire that is becoming an increasingly popular choice for bridal wear.

Fashion designer Khairul Fadzly Jamal, 37, says he has been receiving more requests for Baju Bodo wedding attire since he first promoted the outfit at a bridal fair a year ago.

Baju Bodo is for brides. The grooms wear Jas Tutu, a traditional Bugis male attire.

Need For a Think-Tank to Tackle Teenage Pregnancy

By Salbiah Said

This is the second of a two-part article on out of wedlock pregnancy involving teenage girls.   

PETALING JAYA (Bernama) -- World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics have revealed that about 16 million adolescent girls give birth every year, with most of them from low- and middle-income countries.

An estimated three million girls aged 15 to 19 undergo unsafe abortions every year. And, worldwide, one in five girls have given birth by the age of 18. 

It has been reported that in Malaysia, an average of 18,000 teenagers get pregnant each year. On an average, 1,500 young girls get pregnant each month or 50 a day nationwide, and medical attention is sought mostly at government clinics.