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Recent Events Reflect Maturity of Rulers, Say Observers

By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The manner in which the nation's rulers handled the recent developments involving the stepping down of Sultan Muhammad V as Yang di-Pertuan Agong reflects the maturity and robustness of the institution of monarchy, say observers.

If the situation had not been dealt with swiftly and sagaciously, it could have led to a crisis.

"It (recent events) was a maturing process for the institution of monarchy. We all saw how harmoniously the Conference of Rulers handled the issue, which could have triggered a crisis if it was not dealt with properly," constitutional law expert Associate Prof  Shamrahayu Abd Aziz told Bernama.

More Brides Favouring Bugis 'Baju Bodo

By Lucia Terey John

PONTIAN (Bernama) -- Baju Bodo is the traditional Bugis attire that is becoming an increasingly popular choice for bridal wear.

Fashion designer Khairul Fadzly Jamal, 37, says he has been receiving more requests for Baju Bodo wedding attire since he first promoted the outfit at a bridal fair a year ago.

Baju Bodo is for brides. The grooms wear Jas Tutu, a traditional Bugis male attire.

Need For a Think-Tank to Tackle Teenage Pregnancy

By Salbiah Said

This is the second of a two-part article on out of wedlock pregnancy involving teenage girls.   

PETALING JAYA (Bernama) -- World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics have revealed that about 16 million adolescent girls give birth every year, with most of them from low- and middle-income countries.

An estimated three million girls aged 15 to 19 undergo unsafe abortions every year. And, worldwide, one in five girls have given birth by the age of 18. 

It has been reported that in Malaysia, an average of 18,000 teenagers get pregnant each year. On an average, 1,500 young girls get pregnant each month or 50 a day nationwide, and medical attention is sought mostly at government clinics. 

Malaysia´s Way Forward

By Ravindran Raman Kutty

(This commentary is the personal view of the writer and is not reflective of Bernama's stand on the matter.)

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Malaysia has had an eventful 2018. The highlight of it was, of course, the Pakatan Harapan’s historical win during the 14th general election on May 9th, when it ended over 60 years of Barisan Nasional rule.

It has been a year of great changes for the nation and we now move into 2019 with greater hope and determination for the nation.

We have had several by-elections, some due to the demise of a few elected members and one to allow Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim entry into the Parliament. The clock is ticking and we have much to do and not much time to do it.

Family Keeps 120-Year-Old Business Alive

By Norul Akma Mohd Zain

NIBONG TEBAL (Bernama) -- Come 'Ponggal', the annual harvest festival celebrated by the Tamil community, clay pot maker D. Reguraj has his hands full as he has to make sure he has enough supply of pots to meet the high demand.

This is because it is a must for those celebrating to have a brand new clay or earthen pot to boil milk and prepare the sweet rice delicacy that is synonymous with the festival.

Ponggal, which falls tomorrow, is celebrated on the first day of the month of 'Thai' in the Tamil calendar, and it always falls in January.

Methadone Proven Effective for Opioid Abuse

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The Health Ministry's methadone therapy for opioid addiction has proven to be successful.

Introduced 14 years ago, this treatment approach is seen to be the most effective way to reduce the risk of  HIV infection among intravenous drug users who share infected needles, according to Health Ministry public health specialist Dr Fazidah Yuswan.

Methadone, a drug used to treat dependency on opioids such as heroin, has been used by several countries such as the United States since the 1960s but Malaysia only started using it in 2005.

New Minimum Wage to Benefit 1.28 Million Workers

By Sakini Mohd Said

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The new year has brought some cheer to private-sector blue-collar workers and employees in the lower salary scales with the enforcement of the higher minimum wage of RM1,100 a month or RM5.29 an hour starting Jan 1.

Announced by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng during the tabling of Budget 2019 on Nov 2, the new minimum wage will benefit some 1.28 million workers or 18.1 percent of the 7.05 million workforce in the private sector that work at least six hours a day or 20 days a month. (These statistics are based on the Department of Statistics Malaysia's 2017 Salaries and Wages Survey Report.)

This is also the first time the minimum wage is being standardised for the peninsula and Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.