By Zaphne Philip and Sakina Mohamed

KUCHING (Bernama) -- Jason Labunda is a huge metal fan.

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- When it comes to choosing painting media, we tend to think of watercolour, acrylic or oil paint.

Malaysia is now coming up with another painting medium called natural rubber-based paint, and it is a first in the world.

Named 'Getah Colour' (patent pending), the innovative product is by the Malaysian Rubber Board and set to become the world's newest painting medium for visual arts.


With 30 percent of its composition comprising natural latex, natural rubber-based paint is more environmentally friendly when compared with acrylic paint, which is petroleum based. Oil paint, meanwhile, could be a potential health hazard, said the Malaysian Rubber Board Director General Datuk Dr Zairossani Mohd Nor.

Although it might be slightly different from acrylic, watercolour or oil colour, natural rubber-based paint do come with several benefits that makes it ideal as a learning medium for school children and amateurs.

By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin

KUALA SELANGOR (Bernama) -- Of late there has been a growing chorus of support worldwide for the enactment of special legislation to check the propagation of fake news.

On Jan 1, Germany started enforcing a law that requires social media sites to remove within 24 hours any offensive or fake content that could arouse hatred. Sites that do not remove such posts could face fines of up to 50 million euro (RM241. 9 million).

The governments of countries like Britain, France and Singapore are currently considering drafting and enforcing similar legislation.

What is certain is that the circulation of hateful content on the Internet has become a matter of concern all over the world, leading to the ongoing debate on the need to draft laws to curtail the posting of fake news.

In the meantime, the authorities are constantly monitoring the situation and organising awareness campaigns to get the public to be wary of fake news.