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Halal Status Boosts Marketability Of Local Products

By Erda Khursyiah Basir

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- For a majority of consumers in this country, the halal status is one of the main considerations in their choice of food and beverage products when they go shopping.

The halal stamp on the food and beverage packagings is a value-added feature as it gives locally made products an edge over imported ones.

One local company that has given much emphasis to the halal status is Mamee-Double Decker Sdn Bhd (Mamee) which produces the popular Mamee brand instant noodles and snacks.

Suffering In Silence

By Shanika AbdulLatib

(This article is released in conjunction with International Day for People with Disabilities which falls on Dec 3.)

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- While local universities are striving to create a more inclusive environment for disabled students by providing them with the necessary facilities, they seem to be neglecting the emotional needs of these undergraduates, as testified by two of them studying at a local university.

When Muhamad Nur Aqmal Khatiman enrolled in the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in Gombak, Selangor, more than two years ago, he had no idea of the trials and tribulations that awaited him.

The 21-year-old third-year computer science student, who appears to look normal but has impaired movements due to poor coordination caused by cerebral palsy -- a condition he was born with -- faces a tough time during examinations as he cannot complete his papers in the same time frame as the other students.

However, he is not given any leeway by the lecturers who would collect his papers whether or not he has completed answering them.

Homegrown 'Telekung' Brand Going Places

By Sakini Mohd Said

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Wear a Siti Khadijah telekung (the one- or two-piece prayer attire worn by Muslim girls and women) at a mosque and fellow members of the congregation are bound to recognise the brand.

A product's instant recognition, even without its label exposed, is a clear indication of its popularity.

Siti Khadijah -- better known as SK -- is a homegrown label that has been in the market for 10 years now and is known for its premium telekung collection priced at between RM150 and RM1,500 each. 

Learning Sign Language To Understand The Deaf

By Sakini Mohd Said

(This article is released in conjunction with International Day for People with Disabilities which falls on Dec 3.) 

PETALING JAYA (Bernama) -- Administrative assistant Nurhawa Aina Mohd regretted not learning sign language when her sister who is deaf met with an accident and was hospitalised.

"My sister was in pain and under a lot of stress as well as she was unable to explain to the doctor and nurses about the pain she was experiencing.

"I was of no help as I didn't know sign language and neither did my other family members," said Nurhawa Aina, 24.

Social Enterprise Offers Prosthetic Limbs At Half Price

By Muhammad Basir Roslan

(This article is released in conjunction with International Day for People with Disabilities which falls on Dec 3)

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- A couple's social enterprise that makes and supplies reasonably-priced prosthetic legs has brought a ray of sunshine to disabled people from needy communities.

Kedidi Global Enterprise, owned by Datuk Abdullah Md Yunus, 64, and his wife Datin Noorshan Ibrahim, 63, offers the artificial limbs for half the market price.

Interestingly, Kedidi Global Enterprise -- located in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, and incorporated in November 2017 -- produces 100 percent handmade prosthetics that are not only of good quality but also light and durable.

Lake Kenyir's Age-Old Fish Ecology Unique -- Researcher

By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin

KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama) -- Kenyir Lake may be man-made but its fish ecology dates back to ancient times, according to Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) researcher Dr Mohd Fazrul Hisam Abd Aziz.

The existence of primitive species such as the arowana fish is proof of the age-old ecology of the lake bed, he said.   

"The arowana is an ancient species of fish that's very sensitive to the water environment and cannot survive in polluted water. Its ability to survive in Kenyir Lake proves the stability of the ecology that has formed here, which even has primitive elements even though the lake itself is an artificial one," explained Mohd Fazrul, who is a senior lecturer in fishery technology and fish ecology at UMT.