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Youths Meet To Call Attention To Sea Pollution

By Ravindran Raman Kutty

The writer Ravindran Raman Kutty is an award-winning communications practitioner and a fellow of the Institute of Public Relations Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Last month, about 80 youths from various countries came together to address a serious issue which is often overlooked, namely marine pollution.

Coming from the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Yemen, China and Malaysia, the youths held discussions to find solutions to ocean issues pertaining to marine pollution.

They were participating in the International Conference on Youth, Ocean and SDG14 that was held at a hotel in Melaka from July 1 to 5 and was organised by World Youth Foundation, a non-governmental organisation associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information.

 

NGO Offers Suicide Prevention Helpline

By Kenny Teng Khoon Hock

BUTTERWORTH (Bernama) -- A non-governmental organisation here has launched a toll-free helpline (1800 22 5757) to provide counselling and emotional support to those who are depressed or are having suicidal thoughts.

Offered by Sneham Malaysia Welfare Association, the helpline has been functioning since Jan 14 this year and its services are targeted at those who wish to communicate primarily in Tamil and also in Bahasa Malaysia and English.

According to Sneham Malaysia, it is the first NGO in Malaysia to offer counselling services in Tamil.

Taekwondo Fosters Positive Self-Development

By Shahrizan Jefri Aziz

SHAH ALAM (Bernama) -- She may only be nine years old but the confidence she exudes as she enters the ring to face her opponent belies her age.

Looking very focused, Nur Irish Qistina Azli does her level best to win the match even if it is just a training session.

This is her routine thrice a week at the Koryo Taekwondo Gymnasium Club in Setia Alam here, where she is attending taekwondo classes.

UMK Study Shows Kuala Koh Rivers May Be Contaminated

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The mystery over the cause of death of several Orang Asli in Kampung Kuala Koh in Gua Musang, Kelantan, remains unresolved.

However, a recent study by a local university has indicated the possible presence of toxic substances in samples taken from the rivers used by the locals as their water source.

Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) is conducting an ongoing study on samples of water, sediments and suspended particles taken from the main river Sungai Lebir and some of its tributaries flowing near the settlement. 

'Asset Declaration A Powerful Tool To Prevent Corruption'

By Erda Khursyiah Basir

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Compelling all Members of Parliament (MPs) to declare their assets is a huge step forward in the government's efforts to uphold the principles of integrity and transparency, analysts said.

Political analyst Prof Dr Nik Ahmad Kamal Nik Mahmod said the passing of a special motion by the Dewan Rakyat recently to make it mandatory for MPs to declare their assets has indirectly placed Malaysia on a par with first world nations where such a ruling has been in place for years and is enshrined in their laws and policies.

"According to a World Bank report, asset declaration is regarded as a powerful tool to prevent corruption and conflict of interest and to identify ill-gotten gains among public officers," said Nik Ahmad Kamal, a law lecturer at the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Musang King Cendol Wins Big After Viral Incident

By Shaidathul Suhana Ros

MELAKA (Bernama) -- RM38 for a bowl of cendol heaped with dollops of Musang King durian.

Peeved at the price, one customer proceeded to upload a photo of the receipt showing RM114 for three bowls of cendol on his/her Facebook account. 

The photo soon went viral and many netizens agreed that the cendol was overpriced. But it all ended with the cendol seller concerned laughing all the way to the bank. Meet Muhammad Ariff Qayyum Mohd Zamri, the owner of a stall named Raja Cendol Taming Sari in Bandar Hilir here, whose sales tripled after the receipt spread virally sometime in February.

Can GLCs Adopt MNC Culture?

By Ravindran Raman Kutty

The writer Ravindran Raman Kutty is an award-winning communications practitioner and a fellow of the Institute of Public Relations Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Why can't government-linked companies (GLCs) be as successful as multi-national corporations (MNCs)? This was the question on my mind as I surfed the Internet to find out more about this topic.

My mind was bombarded with other related questions. Why is the management style in an MNC so dynamic? Why is the culture of an MNC so cohesive and encouraging?  What makes the MNC environment so inviting and customer-centric? Why is the leadership style of an MNC so dynamic and participative?

Whilst surfing the Net, I was extremely surprised to find that hardly anyone has actually done a study or considered this subject as a topic for their dissertation programme.