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.
By Kurniawati Kamarudin
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- With 90 new Members of Parliament making their debut at the Dewan Rakyat on Monday - the biggest ever number of new faces in the nation's parliamentary history - a great deal of excitement will be in the air as the brand new 'Yang Berhormats' feel their way and try to make their mark in the august House.
The opening of the 14th Parliament will also be a historic moment because for the first time in 60 years Barisan Nasional will sit on the opposition bench having been unseated by Pakatan Harapan in the 14th General Election on May 9.
All eyes will be on the PH MPs, who are the voice of the new Malaysia, as the people are eager to see their elected representatives in action in the Dewan Rakyat.
PROCEEDINGS TO START WITH APPOINTMENT OF SPEAKER
The first meeting of the first session of the 14th Parliament will run for 20 days between July 16 and Aug 16. The proceedings on the first day will begin with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tabling the first motion for the election of the Dewan Rakyat Speaker, whose identity has yet to be revealed.
Over the last three weeks, several names had cropped up as possible candidates for the post, including retired judge Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof who is being seen as the most qualified person for the crucial post.
By Mohd Shukri Ishak
Bernama's correspondent in Jakarta, Mohd Shukri Ishak shares his observation on Indonesia and its people.
JAKARTA (Bernama) -- The big question in Indonesian politics these days is who will be nominated for the country's deputy president post in the 2019 Presidential Election (Pilpres 2019).
The current President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has already been nominated for the presidential post for the 2019-2024 term by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), when its leader Megawati Soekarnoputri officially made the announcement on Feb 23.
It is believed that Megawati will also be determining the candidate to be paired with Jokowi for the post of deputy president.
The deadline for the registration of presidential candidate pairs for next year's election is Aug 10.
Indonesian political analysts and media view Jokowi, 57 as the strongest candidate for the presidential post and predicted an easy win for him in Pilpres 2019.
By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The recent Tham Luang cave episode in Thailand that riveted people around the world has triggered memories of an incident in Perlis in March 1999 where 44 university students and three guides were trapped in a cave near Gua Kelam, not far from the Malaysia-Thai border, for more than 24 hours.
The students, who were members of the International Islamic University Recreation Club, were stranded on the banks of a slippery subterranean pool about 350 metres from the cave entrance before they were rescued by Perlis Fire and Rescue Service Department personnel.
According to Malaysia Speleological Association president Zainul Fikri Mohd Idris, awareness of safe caving practices was generally low among the Malaysian public and even among companies that provide cave exploration and tourism activities. (The term speleology refers to the study or exploration of caves.)
He told Bernama that the absence of regulations and proper guidelines pertaining to cave exploration has led to cavers and their guides taking a lax approach to safety.
Furthermore, he added, there is no requirement for guides who lead cave expeditions to be properly qualified or have the necessary accreditation.
By Kurniawati Kamarudin
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The first meeting of the first session of the 14th Parliament next Monday is something Malaysians are eagerly awaiting as it also heralds the opening of a new chapter in the Dewan Rakyat.
The changeover at the federal government level - the first after six decades of rule by the Barisan Nasional - has Pakatan Harapan ruling the roost in the august House but whether or not its much-touted New Malaysia will be evident in the form of greater parliamentary independence remains to be seen.
The return of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed as Prime Minister and Member of Parliament (Langkawi) to the House of Representatives, as well as the presence of young and enthusiastic MPs like Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, 25 (Muar) and P. Prabakaran, 22 (Batu), are bound to spice up the debates this time around.
All 222 MPs, including 121 representing Pakatan Harapan, will be sworn-in next Monday. Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V will deliver his Royal address at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The first meeting of the 14th Parliament will run for 20 days between July 16 and Aug 16.
RELEVANCE OF PARLIAMENTARY SERVICES ACT
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