By Erda Khursyiah Basir
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- In its bid to transform Malaysia's image in the eyes of the world, the Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) is determined to get rid of its 'kleptocrat nation' label.
"What do people mean when they talk about the new Malaysia? Was Malaysia not good before this? After Merdeka, Malaysia became known globally and was highly respected because of its achievements.
"But over the last few years (before Pakatan Harapan formed the government) outsiders have been viewing Malaysia as if it was a kleptocratic nation," said GIACC deputy director-general Datuk Dr Anis Yusal Yusoff.
By Prof Datuk Dr Mohammad Shatar Sabran
The writer Prof Datuk Dr Mohammad Shatar Sabran is the vice-chancellor of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.
IPOH (Bernama) -- In Malaysia, national schools are among the main pathways to early education.
More than 7,700 national schools have been established by the government in Malaysia since the nation attained independence in 1957.
The sizeable number of such schools can be attributed to the high demand from the people who wished to send their children to national schools.
By Fadzli Ramli
MAKKAH (Bernama) -- I remember brushing up on my English and learning some Arabic prior to my recent trip to Makkah and Madinah for work and worship.
I had assumed that English and Arabic would be the main languages of communication. However, soon after I entered the Khair Al Bilad Dates store at the Al-haram Hotel in Madinah, I learned that this was a misperception.
The traders – a 25-year-old Pakistani-Arab named Mustaffa and his friend Ahmad Ansyar, 22 – greeted me in a Kelantanese Malay dialect.
By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid
This article is in conjunction with World Arthritis Day which falls on Saturday, Oct 12.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- It happened suddenly. One morning in 2006, Lokasundari Vijaya Sankar, a former lecturer from Petaling Jaya, woke up with her whole body feeling stiff.
She could hardly move. Of course, it took her a very long time to get to the bathroom that day.
She somehow was able to guess what was happening to her. Two years before the incident, Lokasundari was tested positive for rheumatoid factor
By Erda Khursyiah Basir
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The shortage of facilities for people with disabilities (OKU) is one of the main reasons why many public and private institutions of higher learning are reluctant to accept disabled students.
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) economics lecturer Prof Dr Ruzita Mohd Amin, who is also head of the university's Disability Services Unit, said the reluctance stemmed from concerns over their ability to meet the needs of OKU students.
"Their fear has unwittingly denied disabled students of the right to pursue tertiary education and it does seem as if universities are not giving equal opportunities to OKU students," she told Bernama.
By Sakini Mohd Said
PETALING JAYA (Bernama) -- The lengthy wait to see a doctor or take a blood test at government clinics and hospitals has always been the bane of the B40 group who cannot afford private healthcare facilities.
In fact, many of them avoid going for routine health checks in government facilities simply because of the long waiting period.
According to UiTM Private Specialist Centre lung consultant Prof Dr Mohammed Fauzi Abdul Rani, many people in the B40 group who suffer from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are unaware of it as they do not go for health screenings.
By Siti Baaqiah Mamat
NUR-SULTAN (Kazakhstan) (Bernama) -- Asian writers have called for the sharing of literary works to forge unity among the people of the continent.
Writers and poets who attended the inaugural Forum of Asian Countries’ Writers in Kazakhstan's capital Nur-Sultan (formerly known as Astana) recently were also of the opinion that more of their works should be translated into other Asian languages to strengthen literary and cultural ties among the multiethnic communities of Asia.
Some 300 writers and poets participated in the three-day forum from Sept 4 to 6, which was organised by the Writers Union of Kazakhstan.