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Indonesian Fans Must Mend Their Ways

By Mohd Shukri Ishak

Bernama's correspondent in Jakarta, Mohd Shukri Ishak shares his take on the happenings in Indonesia.

JAKARTA (Bernama) -- The 2018 World Cup drew to a close last Sunday with France being crowned the champion. The day before the final match, Malaysia too created history by winning the AFF Cup Under-19 Championship for the very first time. The football competition took place in Surabaya, Indonesia.

However, before Malaysia met Myanmar at the finals, the national team had to contend with an unpleasant incident during its semi-final match with the host team.

The incident saw angry Indonesian fans throwing bottles and stones at the Malaysian team. This happened after Malaysia defeated Indonesia 3-2 on penalties after the two teams were tied at 1-1. The Indonesian fans also mocked the Malaysian team when their national anthem, "NegaraKu", was played.

However, the Indonesian media did not consider the local fans' unsavoury behaviour as "important news". Either the incident did not interest them or they did not want to make an issue of it.


Hazmat Team On Standby At Kulim High-tech Park

By Shanika Abdul Latib

KULIM (Bernama) -- Spread over 1,700 hectares of land, the Kulim Hi-Tech Industrial Park (KHTP), here, has become a model for the development and operations of high-technology companies in a conducive and safe environment.

Opened in 1996, it is the only high-tech industrial park in the country where the Fire and Rescue Department has a fire station that comes complete with a Hazardous Material (Hazmat) unit.

The Hazmat team has the expertise to, among others, handle hazardous chemical spills and fires caused by hazardous materials.

A total of 39 companies are currently operating at KHTP, 90 per cent of which use hazardous materials for their operations - the only difference among them is the quantity and hazard level of the substances used. One of the factories, in fact, uses radiation in its operations.

KHTP Fire and Rescue Station chief Hamizul Azwan Hamdan said the high-tech park in Kulim required the services of a Hazmat unit because it is categorised as a high-risk area where chemical spillages, leakages and contamination could occur.


Crucial For Doctors To Have Indemnity Insurance

By Cecilia Jeyanthi Victor

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Medical practitioners are highly respected professionals who work tirelessly to save lives and provide treatment to the sick. However, doctors are humans too and can make mistakes.


The Epileptic Journey

By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- A lecturer from Kuala Lumpur, who only wants to be known as Christina, has been living with epilepsy for 10 years.

The 38-year-old belongs to the one per cent of the overall Malaysian population who are diagnosed with this condition.

Worldwide, approximately 50 million people suffer from epilepsy, with 80 per cent of the cases reported in developing countries, including Malaysia.

Despite the prevalence of this disease, there is still a significant lack of awareness of epilepsy among the public. Often, individuals suffering from epileptic convulsions are negatively perceived as being possessed by "otherworldly spirits".

Christina found that people struggled to fully comprehend her situation and felt that a lack of understanding of epilepsy also invited the danger of judging and stigmatising the sufferers.


Fikirlah: Learn More Languages To Foster Unity

By Farahanim Mohd Esa

(This article is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect Bernama's stand on the matter.)

KAJANG (Bernama) -- It was a busy Saturday at the automobile workshop that I have always preferred to go to.

Its owner Ah Keong usually keeps the workshop open during weekends and public holidays, and did so during the recent Hari Raya holidays.

While waiting for my car to be attended to, I sat down to observe the scene around me.

A nine-year-old girl was playing near the Chinese restaurant next to the workshop.

"Come and have some, " a restaurant worker called out to the girl as she indicated to the bread she was eating.


Spare A Thought For The Garbage Man

By Ravindran Raman Kutty

In this write-up by Ravindran Raman Kutty, an avid writer, community worker, award-winning communications practitioner and social activist with a profound love for the environment - he points out to the need to celebrate waste collectors and the work they do.

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- If the waste workers decide to take a day off from work, we would worry; if they continue to be absent for a week, we would start to panic.

In Malaysia, they collect five to eight kilogrammes of waste per household per day, which works out to 150kg to 200 kg per month. Imagine each household generating 1.5 tonnes of waste each year.

Once we toss the blue or black plastic bags of garbage out, we simply forget about it - out of sight, out of mind. However, very few of us actually wonder about the waste collection. How many of us think of the important role played by the garbage collectors and their heavy responsibility to collect our waste, clean our environment and make the new day brighter and cleaner for all of us?

If the waste management industry were to cease operations for a day, especially on a public holiday, we would see heaps and heaps of rubbish at our waste chambers, roadsides, corners and walk paths.

Global Garbage Man Day was observed on June 17, 2018. How many of us knew this? I don't think any person has celebrated the trash collectors, dumpster haulers, sewage workers, street cleaners and just about anyone who does the dirty job that we would not want to do.

A city's highest allocation goes to garbage collection, followed by the police, fire and health departments. We have Police Day, Fireman's Day, Doctor's Day and Nurse's Day in honour of the work they do. I would firmly say that it is essential and appropriate for us to honour and respect the waste management workers as well.


Wanted: More Orang Asli Academic Success Stories

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Suhairyzal Majid is the epitome of a successful Orang Asli student who has done well academically despite living in the interior and having to make do with limited facilities.

A Form Four student at Sekolah Menengah Sains Tuanku Jaafar in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, the 16-year-old's siblings have also done well for themselves.

Suhairyzal and his family belong to the Temuan ethnic group and they are from Kampung Orang Asli Guntur, situated about 38 kilometres from Kuala Pilah. His six older brothers and sisters are all graduates and are now working as a pharmacist, bank officer, accountant, engineer, teacher and doctor.

This Orang Asli family's academic success is ample proof that living in the interior regions is no longer an excuse not to go to school and get an education.

In fact, nothing is impossible if one has the steely determination to make good in life, as Suhairyzal and his siblings have proven.