By Erda Khursyiah Basir
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- "Whether we are white, black, brown or blue, we are all Malaysians, right?" This was part of a dialogue spouted by actress/director Susan Lankester in the 1983 Malay movie "Mekanik".
The celebrity, who is of English-Chinese parentage and speaks Bahasa Malaysia fluently, later on shared those words on her Twitter account.
Those words may seem simple but if examined closely there is a hidden message behind it.
By Nor Baizura Basri
JOHOR BAHRU (Bernama) -- It was shocking when Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin revealed that there were 46 areas in Pasir Gudang, Johor, that could potentially be polluted by toxic chemicals.
The locations were discovered via satellite imagery whilst the authorities were trying to find the source or location of the chemical leak at Sungai Kim Kim that led to hundreds of people, including students, seeking medical care after they developed symptoms such as vomiting, shortness of breath, nausea and fainting more than a week ago.
Now it is not about Sungai Kim Kim anymore but the reality the residents of Pasir Gudang has been confronting for many years. They live in an industrial area and the factories there include 252 plants believed to be involved in processing chemical substances. Illegal dumping of waste is believed to be a daily occurrence over there.
By Dr Shaikh Mohd Saifuddeen Shaikh Mohd Salleh
(The writer, Dr Shaikh Mohd Saifuddeen Shaikh Mohd Salleh is the Director for the Centre for Science and Environment Studies at the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM).)
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- We are living in exciting times. Advancements are being made in many areas of science and technology which promise to not only change, but also challenge, the way in which we live life. For Muslims, these exciting times can also be challenging.
We acknowledge that advancements in science and technology such as artificial intelligence and neuroscience, to quote two examples, are driven by scientists, technologists and medical practitioners. Having said that, we must equally recognise that these developments would affect many parties outside the realm of science and technology.
Arising from this, we must also acknowledge that any discussion on science and technology development also entails ethical deliberations. As such, the stakeholders of any ethical discourse of science and technology are similarly diverse.
By Nurhafizah Tan
HANOI (Bernama) -- A visit to Vietnam by this writer two months ago revealed that the socialist republic has much more to offer than the textile markets it is famous for.
This former French colony has incredibly beautiful landscapes comprising mountain ranges, beaches, rivers and, surprisingly, even desert terrain.
Travelling with four friends, we set out for the mountain town of Sa Pa in the northern part of the country after landing at the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.
By Associate Prof Dr Rasyikah Md Khalid
(The writer, Associate Prof Dr Rasyikah Md Khalid, is the deputy dean (Research and Innovation) at the Faculty of Law, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.)
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- At end-February 2019, Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Yeo Bee Yin revealed that there were 25 'dead' rivers in Malaysia.
Sixteen of the rivers were in Johor, five in Selangor, three in Penang and one in Melaka. These rivers were categorised under Class 4 and 5, reserved for rivers that are highly polluted and in which aquatic life cannot survive.
According to the National Water Quality Standards, Malaysia's main rivers are divided into three categories, namely clean, slightly polluted and polluted.
The following is the full speech given by the Head of the Council of the Eminent Persons, Tun Daim Zainuddin, at UTM Skudai in Johor on March 19.
To understand our current political climate, it is important to look back at our history. Kusut di hujung, balik ke pangkal.
The history of the Malays starts from long before the formation of Tanah Melayu. We are descendants of great empires, from Langkasuka, to Srivijaya, to Majapahit, to Melaka. Melaka, of course, is our most popular tale, that of a world-famous port whose global success led to its eventual colonisation.
And when Melaka fell to the Portuguese, those descendants of Sultan Melaka who survived founded a new empire here in Johor. They took control of the southern Malay Peninsula, spreading across Riau, Anambas, Natuna, Tambelan, Borneo, and Sumatra. Their success was attributed to the wisdom of their rulers, and their openness to international trade.
By Christine Lim
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- After a glittering career as a model and actress in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Japan, Sherine Wong Sook Ling, who won the Miss Malaysia Universe title in 1998, is now embarking on a new journey as an international jazz singer.
She had just released her first jazz album in Hong Kong, where she is now based, featuring a compilation of English and Chinese songs, as well as in online music streaming platforms such as in Spotify and iTunes.
Her second album, which is expected to be released this year, will be recorded in four major cities in Holland, the United States, Japan and Malaysia.