By Suhainie Mohd Khalid
JOHOR BAHRU (Bernama) -- Naim Hamid Hamidin is only 16 and already going places.
This fifth former from Sekolah Seni Malaysia Johor (SSeM) in Pasir Gudang is a talented landscape and portrait artist and has so far produced 30 paintings.
His works have graced exhibitions locally and abroad, with one of his paintings reportedly sold for RM6,000.
By Balkish Awang
??????BUKIT MERTAJAM (Bernama) -- Having been upgraded to city status on Sept 16, the Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) is now making its way towards becoming a low carbon city by 2022.
New mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said that the council was also working towards making Seberang Perai a carbon neutral city by 2030.
“A low carbon city is a city that is able to cater to its basic development without compromising the needs of the residents and at the same time able to keep the release of greenhouses gases under the global average.
"MBSP is setting a carbon emission reduction target from 8.0 tonnes CO2e per capita to 4.65 tonnes CO2e per capita by 2022. We are also striving towards becoming a carbon neutral city by 2030,” he told Bernama in an exclusive interview recently.
By Erda Khursyiah Basir
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Just mention the names of people like badminton legend Datuk Lee Chong Wei, United Kingdom-based trainee surgeon Dr Nur Amalina Che Bakri and Asia’s Got Talent Season 3 runner-up Yaashwin Sarawanan (better known as the Human Calculator) and all Malaysians will swell with pride.
A glance at their social media accounts will reveal the outpouring of support and appreciation from the public, more so youths, for these Malaysians who brought glory to the nation.
Malaysian youths, in general, have never shied away from giving their unstinted support and encouragement to their national heroes, regardless of their race and religion. And, when the need arises, they can always be seen rallying around to carry out community services and help the unfortunate.
By Norsyafawati Ab Wahab
BANDA ACEH (Bernama) -- A visit to Aceh, a popular destination among Malaysian tourists, is not all about viewing its post-tsunami rehabilitation.
As this writer discovered during her maiden tour of the Indonesian province last month, there are also other attractions such as Taman Putroe Phang which has relics that indicate the existence of close ties between Aceh and the state of Pahang some four centuries back.
Aceh has been in the news ever since it was struck by the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami on Boxing Day in 2004 which left more than 170,000 people dead and many more homeless.
By Sakini Mohd Said
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA) director Distinguished Professor Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin once asked his students to list 10 things related to the Indian community and he was shocked when tosai (thin pancake made of rice and lentil batter) came out tops.
"They couldn't think of anything other than a food item. This cannot be taken lightly as it is a clear indication of how shallow their understanding of another community is," he said during a discourse titled 'Malaysia After 62 Years of Merdeka', organised by newspapers Sin Chew Daily and Sinar Harian recently.
The event took place at Sin Chew Daily's headquarters, here, and was attended by about 80 people.
By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- From the pre-independence era till to date, Bahasa Melayu has been the lingua franca that united Malaysia's multiracial communities.
Hence, being the national language, it is only fitting that Bahasa Melayu be acknowledged as the "language of unity", said National Laureate Datuk Dr Zurinah Hassan.
She, however, felt that there was a need to change the public perception that Bahasa Melayu only belonged to the Malays.
By Nur Adila Abdul Wahab
GEORGE TOWN (Bernama) -- The unstinted research efforts by a Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) academic has led to about 3,000 people in rural communities nationwide being equipped with skills to produce high-quality honey from kelulut or stingless bees.
Dr Mohd Zulkifli Mustafa, who has been carrying out research on stingless bees and honey since 2012, said he and his team have trained them on the proper beekeeping techniques and use of hygienic practices to harvest honey.
Most of those trained were housewives and people from the economically-deprived B40 group for whom the stingless bee honey industry can be a sustainable source of income.