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Keeping It Halal

By Associate Prof Dr Suhaimi Ab Rahman

Associate Prof Dr Suhaimi Ab Rahman is the Deputy Dean of Research & Industry and Community Relations at the Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). He is also a Shariah Council Member of QSR Brands Sdn Bhd.

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- In business, “halal” is a strong brand and a marketing tool with a pull.

The halal industry is a US$3.1 trillion market that covers products, services and the Islamic financial market.

The figure is expected to steadily increase with increasing consumer demand and the growth of the Muslim population, which is estimated to be at 2.2 billion by 2030.

No Room For Hate-Mongering In Malaysia

By Janie Tan Poo Choo

The writer, Janie Tan Poo Choo, is a cluster administrative officer at the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN). She was recently awarded a certificate of accreditation and appointment as a 'Munsyi Muda Bahasa' in the public services sector for her proficiency in Bahasa Melayu by the Public Services Department and Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.

In the first of a two-part article, written through the lens of a Malaysian of Chinese descent, Tan shares her thoughts on unity.

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Considering that this nation attained independence some six decades ago, do Malaysians, in general, have knowledge of our country's historical background?

Do Malaysians know the purpose, as well as the meaning, of our forefathers' struggle during British colonial rule? Or do we see it purely as history?

These days, there may be people from the younger generation who are not interested in the history subject. If that is the case, it will be tedious for the nation's educators to teach their students the history of Malaysia's formation.

Deriving Great Satisfaction From Volunteering

By Nurqalby Mohd Reda

SHAH ALAM (Bernama) -- Volunteering is fast gaining popularity today among Malaysians with more people now willing to lend a helping hand to ease the hardship and misery of the needy.

Even youths are veering towards volunteering although they neither get paid nor earn recognition for their services.

One good example is Maziiana Mohd Azhari, 36, who has been volunteering for Al-I’tisam Relief Malaysia, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) involved in humanitarian missions in and outside the country, for the last nine years.

UPSI Hotel In Campus To Boost Revenue

By Nor Amirah Mahmuddin

TANJUNG MALIM (Bernama) -- Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), which is among the nation's premier teachers' training institutions, is beefing up its commercial arm by venturing into the hospitality industry.

Taking advantage of Tanjung Malim's scenic surroundings, waterfalls and abundant flora and fauna, the university has opened a hotel called Scholar's Suites at its Sultan Azlan Shah campus that overlooks the mist-shrouded hills of the Titiwangsa range.

The three-star hotel, which was opened on Oct 11, 2018, is operated by UPSI Holdings Sdn Bhd (UHSB), which is wholly owned by UPSI. 

YSS Platform for Creating Global Volunteers

By Noraizura Ahmad

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Sathesh Kumar Seluaraj used to feel shy, unsure of himself and struggled when talking to people.

That was before the 21-year-old joined the Student Volunteer Foundation (YSS).

The Building Services Engineering student at Sultan Azlan Shah Polytechnic said that working with YSS had not only boosted his self-confidence but also helped in character-building and self-management.

Teenage Pregnancy: Who Is To Blame?

By Salbiah Said

This is the first of a two-part article on out of wedlock pregnancy involving teenage girls.

PETALING JAYA (Bernama) -- Research has shown that an average of 18,000 teenage girls in Malaysia get pregnant each year. Out of this number, 25 percent or about 4,500 cases involve pregnancy out of wedlock.

Citing the Ministry of Health's 2015 statistics, experts from UM Specialist Centre (UMSC) said while the latest figures for 2018 have not been released, they believe teenage pregnancy is on the rise.

"These numbers could be the tip of the iceberg as many cases are likely unreported," UMSC obstetrician and gynaecologist Associate Prof Dr Aizura Syafinaz Ahmad Adlan told Bernama during a joint interview with her sister, UMSC psychiatrist Dr Aida Syarinaz, recently.