By Muhammad Syafiq Borhannuddin
(Muhammad Syafiq Borhannuddin is a Senior Research Officer at the Centre for Economics and Social Studies at the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM))
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The meanings and goals of development in Malaysia since independence have understandably been focused on the socio-economic domains of the nation. Indeed, millions of Malaysians today are living in improved material conditions than the generations before them.
To his credit, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his formulation of Vision 2020 sought to expand on the meaning of development to include also the spiritual, psychological, and cultural dimensions.
It is worthwhile however, for us to revisit the conceptual root of the term “development” with the aim of possibly offering a more coherent vision of development for the present context.
By Emeritus Professor Dato' Dr. Mustaffa Embong
(The writer, Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Mustaffa Embong is consultant diabetologist at the National Diabetes Institute (NADI).)
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- “What? Children have diabetes too?” exclaimed Hassan (not his real name) when told that his four-year-old daughter, Siti (not her real name), has diabetes.
“There is no diabetes in our family," he hold the doctor.
Hassan has the wrong impression that only adults suffer from diabetes. The truth is that children and adolescents too are not spared from the disease.
By Erda Khursyiah Basir
Over the past decade, there have been several shocking cases of children who were brutally assaulted and killed. This final of three articles zooms in on how social media usage can render children more vulnerable to sexual predators and paedophiles.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Posting children's photographs and their personal details on social media and giving them the freedom to access the Internet are an open invitation to online sexual grooming.
Malaysians Against Pornography (MAP) chairman Dr Shamsuriani Md Jamal said a report published in a 2018 edition of the Malaysian Journal of Psychology, citing the findings of a study, revealed that children with more social media accounts and used social media frequently were found to be more vulnerable towards online sexual grooming.
"This means the more frequently children use social media and the more accounts they have, the easier it is for them to be exposed to online sexual grooming," said Dr Shamsuriani, a lecturer and emergency medicine specialist at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre.
By Muhammad Hisyam Mohamad
(Muhammad Hisyam Mohamad is a Fellow at the Centre for Economics and Social Studies, the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM))
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Studies conducted by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), the OECD International Network on Financial Education (OECD/INFE), the Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency and the Malaysian Financial Planning Council (MFPC) between 2015 and 2018 show that the level of financial literacy among Malaysians has yet to reach a satisfactory standard.
The 2015 BNM’s Financial Capability and Inclusion Demand Side Survey, for instance, reveals that despite the availability of a well-developed financial infrastructure to promote access to financial products and services in the country, consumers still lack the ability to make good financial decisions.
The findings of the BNM’s survey concurred with the outcome of the OECD/INFE International Survey of Adult Financial Literacy Competencies conducted in 2016. In the OECD/INFE report, the level of financial literacy is indicated by combining scores on knowledge, attitude and behaviour.
By Kurniawati Kamarudin
CHUKAI (Bernama) -- One way of preventing plastic waste from wreaking havoc on the environment is by discovering innovative ways of using it for beneficial purposes.
Malaysia is currently carrying out a study on the use of plastic waste as a component, along with asphalt, for resurfacing roads.
Other countries like India have already experimented with its use and have been getting positive results as the roads have proven to be stronger and more durable.