By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin
This article is in conjunction with the launch of the government's National Transport Policy tomorrow.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The transport industry players' long wait for a National Transport Policy will end tomorrow with the launch of NTP 2019-2030.
The plan, incorporating land, air and sea transport in one document, is a first for this country and is expected to pave the way for seamless passenger and cargo movements.
With a population of 32.58 million, Malaysia now has more than 200,000 kilometres of road networks; 2,900 km of railway tracks; 18 ports; and 22 airports.
By Kurniawati Kamarudin
This article is in conjunction with the launch of the National Transport Policy tomorrow (Oct 17).
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The yearly hike in the number of vehicles clogging up city roads has resulted in a pressing need for the adoption of more green transport initiatives in Malaysia.
Currently, about 90 percent of vehicles in Malaysia are fossil-fuelled and land transport is known to be among the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.
This situation warrants more aggressive mobilisation of measures to facilitate the transition from fossil fuels to green energy such as biofuels and energy harnessed from renewable sources such as solar, hydro and wind, said Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia senior lecturer in electrical and electronic engineering Associate Prof Dr Sawal Hamid Md Ali.
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.