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Mt Kinabalu, Surroundings On Track For National Geopark Status

By Noorazlina Jindeh

The proposed Kinabalu Geopark is now undergoing the final round of evaluation prior to its recognition as a national geopark. This first of a two-part article focuses on the geological and cultural significance of some of the geosites located in Ranau.

 

RANAU (Bernama) -- Mount Kinabalu has the distinction of being the highest peak in Malaysia but not many people may know that its geological formation had spanned millions of years before glacial erosion and sedimentation that occurred 10,000 to 30,000 years ago left it in its present form.

Not surprisingly, the geological and topographical elements of Kinabalu Park, dominated by the 4,095-metre high mountain, in Kundasang here, are also evident in the surrounding areas.

A total of 30 sites with geological, cultural and biological heritage value has been identified in an area encompassing part of Ranau district and the entire districts of Kota Belud and Kota Marudu. In line with the state government's aspiration to have this area declared as a national geopark, the National Geoparks Committee recently carried out an evaluation of the sites concerned.

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.

Language Core Strength Of Any Writing Field -- Johan Jaaffar

By Mohamad Letfee Ahmad

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- "To be honest, this is the first time I'm being interviewed for a whole one hour," confessed veteran newsman Tan Sri Johan Jaaffar, fresh from being conferred the 'Tokoh Wartawan Negara' or National Journalist Award 2018 by the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI).

He said this to the host of Bernama News Channel's 'Ruang Bicara' programme in which he appeared as a guest recently.

When he was at the peak of his career, the former Media Prima Bhd chairman had barely any time to entertain requests for interviews but the irony of it all was that when he hosted television shows like RTM TV1's 'Isu Semasa' and 'Debat Perdana' and TV3's ' Soal Rakyat', he used to hurl a barrage of tough questions at his guests.

Fake News Keeps Haunting Malaysians

By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin

CYBERJAYA  (Bernama) -- Fraud through the Internet including fake news continues to haunt Malaysians as more and more people having been falling into the trap of cybercrime since 2016.

CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) through its official complaints centre Cyber999 has divided the reports on cybercrime into nine categories,  namely content-related, cyber harassment, denial of service, fraud, intrusion, intrusion attempt, malicious code, spam and vulnerabilities.

Out of 2,977 reported incidents from January to April this year, cyber fraud recorded the highest number of incidents with 1,963 cases followed by malicious code (390), intrusion (339), content-related (100), cyber harassment (88), spam (37), intrusion attempt (34), vulnerabilities  (21) and denial of service (five).

Idle Land Development Yields Success Stories

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 final of a four-part series of articles tracks the experiences of two people who have successfully rehabilitated their idle land.

 

TEMERLOH (Bernama) -- Shahrizal Salleh's two-hectare plot of land in Kampung Paya Jejawi here, that has been lying idle for five years, is now thriving with 250 young coconut and 2,000 banana trees planted there.

Cultivated a year ago, the 'berangan' bananas will be ripe for harvesting by September while it will take another three to four years before the yellow Malayan coconuts can be harvested.

Previously overrun by unsightly weed, bushes and undergrowth, the plot's transformation was made possible through the Department of Agriculture's (DoA) Idle Land Development programme, an initiative it introduced in 2007 to encourage landowners to utilise land that has been left unused for agricultural purposes.

 

DoA Lends A Helping Hand To Develop Idle Land

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 third of a four-part series of articles looks at the Department of Agriculture's initiatives to develop idle land.

 

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) --  The development of abandoned agricultural land first came on the radar of the Department of Agriculture (DoA) when the Eighth Malaysia Plan (2001-2005) was implemented.

However, it was only in 2007 that the department introduced the Idle Land Development Programme to encourage owners of unused land to cultivate their plots or lease it out to others.

The programme was aimed at optimising the nation's valuable land resources and preventing them from going to waste in order to increase food production capacities and reduce the nation's dependence on food imports.

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.