By Associate Prof Dr Rasyikah Md Khalid
(The writer, Associate Prof Dr Rasyikah Md Khalid, is the deputy dean (Research and Innovation) at the Faculty of Law, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.)
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- At end-February 2019, Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Yeo Bee Yin revealed that there were 25 'dead' rivers in Malaysia.
Sixteen of the rivers were in Johor, five in Selangor, three in Penang and one in Melaka. These rivers were categorised under Class 4 and 5, reserved for rivers that are highly polluted and in which aquatic life cannot survive.
According to the National Water Quality Standards, Malaysia's main rivers are divided into three categories, namely clean, slightly polluted and polluted.
The following is the full speech given by the Head of the Council of the Eminent Persons, Tun Daim Zainuddin, at UTM Skudai in Johor on March 19.
To understand our current political climate, it is important to look back at our history. Kusut di hujung, balik ke pangkal.
The history of the Malays starts from long before the formation of Tanah Melayu. We are descendants of great empires, from Langkasuka, to Srivijaya, to Majapahit, to Melaka. Melaka, of course, is our most popular tale, that of a world-famous port whose global success led to its eventual colonisation.
And when Melaka fell to the Portuguese, those descendants of Sultan Melaka who survived founded a new empire here in Johor. They took control of the southern Malay Peninsula, spreading across Riau, Anambas, Natuna, Tambelan, Borneo, and Sumatra. Their success was attributed to the wisdom of their rulers, and their openness to international trade.
By Christine Lim
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- After a glittering career as a model and actress in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Japan, Sherine Wong Sook Ling, who won the Miss Malaysia Universe title in 1998, is now embarking on a new journey as an international jazz singer.
She had just released her first jazz album in Hong Kong, where she is now based, featuring a compilation of English and Chinese songs, as well as in online music streaming platforms such as in Spotify and iTunes.
Her second album, which is expected to be released this year, will be recorded in four major cities in Holland, the United States, Japan and Malaysia.
By Kurniawati Kamarudin
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- How many people are concerned about the quality of the air they are breathing every day? Not many, perhaps, unless a thick haze chokes the nation as it did in September 2015.
Usually, data related to the Air Pollutant Index (API) is obtained by the Department of Environment (DOE) through its 64 monitoring stations located nationwide.
Two Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) senior lecturers Dr Mohd Shahrul Mohd Nadzir and Associate Prof Dr Sawal Hamid Md Ali have developed an air monitoring device and smartphone application to enable air quality readings to be at one's fingertips.
By Dr Nik Roskiman Abdul Samad
(Dr Nik Roskiman Abdul Samad is the Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Shariah, Law and Politics.)
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Clamouring for justice perhaps has become the norm of the day. From East to West, people demand justice from their respective governments which have admitted to giving their best to restore justice or to put it in place.
But what is the real meaning of “justice”? Are we, and the governments, talking about the same justice, in all its forms and functions? Or, perhaps, the form of justice from the perspective of the government differs from that of the peoples’?
So, in all honesty, are both even online when it comes to justice? As nothing will come out of it if either one is offline.
By Kurniawati Kamarudin
KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- An atmospheric science and climate change expert has urged the authorities to continuously monitor the air in not only Pasir Gudang but also other areas nearby to determine the concentration and movement of harmful gases.
Dr Mohd Shahrul Mohd Nadzir, a senior lecturer at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's Faculty of Science and Technology, said it was not impossible for more gases to be emitted from the chemicals dumped into Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang, Johor.
Some 947 people, including students, had to seek medical treatment since March 7 after they reportedly inhaled methane fumes from the chemical spill and experienced symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting.