By Sakini Mohd Said
PETALING JAYA (Bernama) -- The lengthy wait to see a doctor or take a blood test at government clinics and hospitals has always been the bane of the B40 group who cannot afford private healthcare facilities.
In fact, many of them avoid going for routine health checks in government facilities simply because of the long waiting period.
According to UiTM Private Specialist Centre lung consultant Prof Dr Mohammed Fauzi Abdul Rani, many people in the B40 group who suffer from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are unaware of it as they do not go for health screenings.
By Siti Baaqiah Mamat
NUR-SULTAN (Kazakhstan) (Bernama) -- Asian writers have called for the sharing of literary works to forge unity among the people of the continent.
Writers and poets who attended the inaugural Forum of Asian Countries’ Writers in Kazakhstan's capital Nur-Sultan (formerly known as Astana) recently were also of the opinion that more of their works should be translated into other Asian languages to strengthen literary and cultural ties among the multiethnic communities of Asia.
Some 300 writers and poets participated in the three-day forum from Sept 4 to 6, which was organised by the Writers Union of Kazakhstan.
By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid
KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama) -- The sheer beauty of the emerald green waters of Lake Kenyir, dotted with verdant islands and merging with the azure blue sky in the horizon, is a sight to behold.
Its natural charms aside, the man-made lake -- the biggest in this country -- is a vital part of Terengganu's water resources, hence the sustainable management of the lake and its surroundings is something the state authorities view seriously.
To enhance public awareness and appreciation of the state's water resources, last month the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Malaysia, DID Terengganu and UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP) Malaysia organised a four-day expedition to Lake Kenyir for 77 participants comprising university lecturers, teachers and representatives of government agencies, non-governmental organisations and the media.
By Sakini Mohd Said
Bernama reporter Sakini Mohd Said recently had the opportunity to cover the 12th edition of the prestigious Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival, courtesy of the Uzbekistan Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
The six-day festival (Aug 25 to 30) took place on the grounds of the historic Registan Square in Samarkand.
SAMARKAND (Bernama) -- Neither wild horses nor the scorching summer heat could keep Jamila away from the 12th Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival here.
To catch the 7 pm performance, the 61-year-old retired civil servant, who only wanted to be identified by her first name, had to leave her house as early as 2 pm so that she could secure a "front-row" seat at the venue.
In fact, the event organisers encouraged the audience to turn up by 4 pm as all of them were required to go through stringent security checks and after 5 pm, no one was allowed into the venue.
By Nur-ul Afida Kamaludin
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (WKB 2030), which will be launched by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tomorrow, is poised to be the strategic driving force of the government in its endeavour to make Malaysia a developed and competitive nation.
The sustainable economic growth envisaged in its vision is set to plug the disparities in -- as well as elevate -- the incomes and living standards of the people.
This is in line with the government's commitment to continue fostering unity among the people and strengthening political stability.
By Kurniawati Kamarudin
This final of three articles on the government's affordable housing policy zooms in on how IR4.0 elements are being incorporated into the construction industry.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The transition of technology in the Industrialised Building System in line with Industrial Revolution 4.0 is set to accelerate the development of affordable housing projects in Malaysia.
The use of digital technology and automation will drive Construction 4.0, a term that is now being used widely to describe the digitalisation of the construction industry.
Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM) technical expert Prof Dr Zuhairi Abd Hamid said the use of new construction technologies would help to speed up the building of affordable housing units, thus enabling the government to meet the target envisaged in its National Affordable Housing Policy launched in May this year.
By Kurniawati Kamarudin
This is the second of three articles on the government's plan to build one million affordable homes over the coming decade as outlined in its National Affordable Housing Policy launched in May this year. This article looks at the shortfall in the supply of IBS components in this country which may hamper the government's efforts to build 100,000 affordable housing units a year.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The government wants to use Industrialised Building System (IBS) technology to meet its 100,000 affordable housing units a year target over the next 10 years. Digital IBS, that makes use of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) system, will speed up the completion of the prefabricated houses, as well as improve their quality.
However, Malaysia's current capacity for the production of IBS components is far less than what builders will require in order to attain the target set by the government.
According to Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM) technical expert Prof Dr Zuhairi Abd Hamid, local IBS manufacturers can only produce enough components to build about 25,000 housing units per year.