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By Erda Khursyiah Basir

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- In the olden days, folks used to worry more about raising their daughters than their sons.

However, these days, more people have come to realise that it does not matter whether they are raising boys or girls - raising children is in itself simply challenging.

Parents of yesteryears only had to glare at their children to gain their compliance. However, today, parents would have to do a lot more to get their children on the right track. Even then, some may find that their efforts are simply an exercise in futility. Why is that the case?

It is sadly common today to hear of youths heavily involved in social issues like drug abuse and bullying, whether in school of higher institutes of learning.

Several months ago, the nation was rocked by the circumstances surrounding the violent death of Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain, 21. It is believed that he was tortured to death by his university friends after being accused of stealing a laptop.


By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Whilst indulging in a RM30 cup of coffee and slice of cake at a cafe in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, recently, it suddenly occurred to me the list of perishable items I could have bought with that same amount of money at the night market I go to every Monday.

RM30 would have got me a kilogramme of ikan kembung (short bodied mackerel) and two or three types of vegetables, enough to cook lunch for my family.

I am not being calculative as I know it is alright for me to give myself a treat once in a while. Still, I have to exercise self-restraint lest I end up spending more than I earn!

Usually, those aged between 20 and 40 will find it a real challenge trying to meet their financial commitments.

For the twenty-somethings who have just embarked on their careers and joined the workforce, the amount they earn each month is probably just sufficient to feed them and help them settle their car loan installments.


By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Ensnaring wild tekukur (spotted dove) is a pastime that typically takes place in the jungle.

However, Syed Umno Syed Yahya found that it could also be carried out within the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur.

Today, the 62-year-old would go to the Kampung Boyan Flood Retention Pond to catch the doves armed with his ?tools?.

This comprises a jebak (trapper), denak (another dove used as a decoy/call-bird) and racik (small lasso used to hook a bird's legs).

Along with his friend who wants to be known and only Pak Din, they will set up three jebak on a tree branch and a tekukur to call for the wild bird.


By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- "During my first year in jail, I went through severe depression. My emotions ran wild thinking of the burden my wife had to shoulder in sustaining the family out there, " recalled Ameng, a former rock star who fell from grace after being jailed for a drug offence.

Ameng, whose real name is Wan Aminuddin Wan Ismail, was the vocalist of Spring, a popular rock group of the 1990s. In 2011, he was handed down an eight-year prison sentence with 10 strokes of canning after he was found guilty of a drug related charge.

After earning a remission for good behaviour, he was released on 14 June 2016, three years earlier that his original jail term. The five-year prison stay provided invaluable lessons for Ameng and helped him start over again with profound piety to the creator.

The former pop culture idol's transformation is now the inspiration for the thousands of drug addicts and people who want to head in the path of righteousness.

At the 'Gema Wahyu' programme at Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad Kuala Lumpur (MJSASKL) on Aug 31 hundreds of parents, teenagers and children including this writer heard Ameng sharing his transformation journey with the audience.


By Nurul Halawati Mohamad Azhari

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The name Aunur Rofiq Lil Firdaus may not ring a bell to Indonesian music lovers across Malaysia.


By Erda Khursyiah Basir

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Malaysians were recently jolted with the "Muslim Only Launderette" episode in Muar, Johor that most felt highlighted the insensitivity of some to the feelings of the country's plural society.


By Muhammad Amin Azfar Ab Aziz

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama)

Securing financing can be very challenging for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Financial constraints can pose an obstacle to their expansion plans or add to their cash flow woes.