Sunday, September 30, 2012

Effective working hours for productive staff and productivity of the instutution or department can be measured and KPI can be achieved.

1. have a good systems and clear objectives of individual department or institution.
2. follow the systems and plan for objectives, KPI and target.
3. 8-9 a.m. come to office, record what to do, what to achieve for to day.
4. implement task and record the achievement.
5. 4-5 p.m. record all achievement in the system.
6. the issues now why we cannot discipline our self?
7. may be we are not doing our jobs and asked to do others jobs.
8. administrators must focus to their jobs not competing to show your jobs by calling people filling empty seat and attending too many courses as Welfare Department.
9. Organise your KPI and plan for the activities.
10. In the university please respect the academic systems and activities, if you like help the processes please do not increase unnecessary jobs to those involve in academic (lecturers and students).

No point we invited 25 Nobel Prize winners to talk to us, spent a lot of money, time and energy BUT just organised it. If we list down all nobel prize that we attended their lectures, list down their suggestions and check what we responded the their suggestion.

We need to rebranding
our department or institution!!!

A Wing In Ground-effect vehicle (WIG): future transportation especially for a short distance on sea. Do we need to explain to get budget from government and after we proof it working OR we are behind all the time.

A Wing In Ground-effect vehicle (WIG), is a vehicle that cruises little more than a few feet over flat surfaces, most often water. It can be seen as a transition between a hovercraft and an aircraft. As it flies just above a surface, it is also classified as WISE or WISES (Wing In Surface Effect Ship). WIGs are also classified as Ground Effect Vehicles, or Sea Skimmers. The IMO has classifed the WIGs as ship, with effect of (GEV).  In conventional aircraft, "flare" is the rotation of the aircraft's nose up, used at the final part of landing to arrest the descent rate before touch down. In WIG vehicles, this is the basic attitude to sustain level flight.
How birds can give ideas to scientists to design a future transportation. How they glide above the surface of the ocean; shape and material of wings, feathers, structures, arrangement and skeleton of the birds guide engineers and scientists design future transport.
 From birds to hoovercraft then big carieer. good for short distance on sea surface. Better, safer, cleaner and faster than ship. 
All these crazy ideas lets the professors and the students do. BUT we spent more time filling forms, meeting and listening to motivation talk instead of working or doing thind and thinking. Professors are paid to think, proactive, creative, teaching and transfer knowledge to their students. The professors have their own KPI teaching, supervise studens, research, publication, consultation, community services. So do not disturb them. provide facilities for them to report their annual achievement OR every three months.

healthy life for current life style where every body busy and very individualistic. We need to design our local healthy food from planting, harvesting technology, processing healthy food and packing for easy consumption.

Health Benefits of Ginger

 1. Ovarian cancer treatment
 2. Colon cancer prevention
 3. Morning sickness relief
 4. Motion sickness remedy 
 5. Reduces pain and inflammation
 6. Heartburn relief
 7. Prevention of diabetic
 8. Migraine relief
 9. Menstrual cramp relief
 10. Cold and flu prevention

Saturday, September 29, 2012

If UPM rresponded well or AMIC follow through the ideas the algae biofuel project can be materialised by now. May be they do not see or dream about this new innovation. Typical developing country the officers like to visit and see first then the minister visit then no more money to start. Never refer to the local expert. Need to have shifting in mindset ant atttitude.

Ini projek yang UPM terlibat tak cukup duit, tidak diyakini dan tiada yang nak sponsor. Tetapi menjadi rujukan orang luar.
Ini pula imaginasi saintis amerika untuk laksanakan idea orang Malaysia di Amerika. 

UPM was announced as lead university for biofuel project under AMIC long time ago and PM has said it again in LIMA last year. How far UPM responded to those statements. As RU and have many experts in algae the project should have been established and by now at least the biomass production of algae.

The Star: Saturday September 29, 2012

RM600mil boost for five research universities
THE Government will allocate RM600mil to the five research universities to conduct high-impact research in strategic fields such as nanotechnology, automotive, biotechnology and aerospace.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said research and development (R&D) activities would continue to be emphasised.
Universiti Sains Malaysia vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Omar Osman said this was a positive move for research universities and a long-term commitment realised by the Government.
“This will help the university to move forward in research, innovation and commercialisation,” he said.
Universiti Putra Malaysia vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Radin Umar Radin Sohadi said the RM600mil allocation would further enhance the institution’s research, post-graduate and innovation agenda.
“UPM is a lead university under the Aerospace Malaysian Innova­tion Centre, which is a consortium established via the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology to spearhead research into the aerospace industry together with global players,” he said.
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Zaini Ujang said the allocation was a strategic investment to allow innovation to blossom in Malaysia.
“It provides an ecosystem for intellectual capability as well as a high-end job market and intangible wealth creation,” he said.
Universiti Malaya vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dr Ghauth Jasmon said the university already had strong ongoing research into biotechnology and nanotechnology.
“We are looking into employing at least 200 post-doctoral fellows over the next three years in these areas,” he said.
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin said the budget has taken technological innovations for wealth creation to a higher level.
“We are also happy with the incentives for the commercialisation of research products which apply to university start-ups as well,” she said.
She was referring to the proposal that the current tax incentives for the commercialisation of resource-based R&D findings be extended to non-resource based findings, which are products promoted under the Promotion of Investment Act 1986.

Starting Agressive Recycling Activities in Universiti Putra Malaysia

Rewards for recycling:

The Star Saturday 14 April 2012

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) students will be fashionably rewarded for doing their part to save the Earth when they bring in PET (plastic bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate) to be recycled.
In collaboration with UPM, Coca-Cola Malaysia is encouraging students and faculty members to bring in empty PET beverage bottles for recycling.
In exchange for the bottles, they get a refreshing drink, T-shirts or tote bags. These T-shirts and tote bags are no ordinary items, as they are actually made from recycled post- consumer PET bottles.
Amazing gifts: UPM students with the T-shirts and tote bags they receive for bringing in PET bottles for recycling. The items are made from recycled PET bottles.
The T-shirts and bags also carry slogans and graphics, which promote the recycling of used beverage bottles into renewable, reusable products.
Each T-shirt, which can be obtained with 30 empty bottles, also features a number on the inside of the collar which indicates the number of PET bottles recovered and reused to create each garment.
“It’s a great way to create some impactful awareness about the benefits of recycling and there is a nice incentive for doing so this time, as we continue to educate the public about recycling,” said Coca-Cola Malaysia’s public affairs and communications director Kadri Taib.
“We hope that activities such as this will get consumers to think twice and reduce waste before throwing a bottle in the trash or, worse, by the side of the road,” said Kadri.
UPM has long been recognised as a green campus with its verdant landscape of plants of various sizes and species.
Besides the green environment, UPM is aggressively promoting green activities such as reducing motor vehicles on campus, providing bus services, encouraging students and staff to use bicycles, promoting programmes such as recycling, e-filing, save energy, water and papers and many more.
“UPM is not just educating and aggressively promoting green awareness among the students and public but also actively conducting research and development in related fields of green activities and technologies,” said Prof Dr Ahmad Ismail, head of the university’s Biology Department under the Faculty of Science.
“The recycling activity in collaboration with Coca-Cola to collect empty PET plastic bottles in exchange for merchandise made from recycled materials is one of UPM’s continuous efforts to maintain its status as a green campus.
“The involvement of the corporate sector will enhance and speed up awareness among the young generation of hazardous chemical pollution and how recycling programmes can help the health of the environment which in turn will reduce threats to human health,” added Prof Ahmad.

Integrated research activities needed for better results in agriculture. need to focus and priority especially on the green and sustainable environment, food technology and high income society. University and basic sciences needed.

The Government continues to give priority to the agriculture sector to enhance the national income and ensure food security. For this, a sum of RM5.8 billion is allocated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry. The Government will also allocate RM30 million for agricultural development programmes, including high-technology applications in fruit and vegetable production, increase the supply of high-quality seedlings, price stabilisation through direct selling from farms, establishment of fish markets for the rakyat as well as improving agricultural training institutions. The Government will also allocate RM75 million to increase the output of food and health products.

The tourism industry is one of the key economic growth sectors, contributing almost 12% to GDP. Total revenue generated from the tourism sector is estimated to increase to RM62 billion in 2012. In conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2013/2014, the Government has allocated RM358 million under development expenditure, an increase of 42%, to target 26.8 million tourist arrivals. In addition, for tour operators who bring in at least 750 foreign tourists or handle 1,500 local tourists a year, the Government proposes that the income tax exemption be extended for 3 years.

Environmental Education for Tourism need to be more aggressive because tourist come to Malaysia for nature and a little for shopping, health and education. Sabah, Sarawak and other states with nature may share the benefit. MNS have to take this oportunity.

Another debate on annual budget and repeating a unended issues on Education, Science and Mathematic education and Bahasa Melayu and English.RM38.7bil to improve quality of education in the country with an additional RM500mil to training teachers in the core subjects of English, Bahasa Malaysia, Science and Maths.

 good budget proposal for lower and needy groups and maintain the status quo.  Need a mini budget discussion to look for missing group, eg the academician in the government universities.
Looking at our journey for developed country in 2020, more attention need to be given to human resources, professors the human resources generators, important private sectors supporting government mission, and artists for the youth economic and moral growth and do not forget the researchers too for the food security, sustainability of environmental and human health.

Friday, September 28, 2012

25 Nobel Laurette visited Malaysia in past years. How much money we spent and how much advice and motivation we heard. Now what are our strategies and actions. Any check list of achievement that we can refer to? or continue with motivation and similar questions to all nobel laurette from grandfather (retired Professors) to son or daughter (young professor) and grand children (Postgraduate students)

about time we need changes: strategies, put right dynamic, creative and idealistic leaders then we can have dreams into actions. Think of our vision 2020.
We have many dialoges on building national commitments in Science and Technology, but how far we implement it or just a ceremonials. Look at salaries, position, research money, promotion, allowances, respect, values, opportunities. Many professors waisted their knowledge and experiences  because less allocation for going overseas for research attachment, visits and exchange knowledge. Think and change now if we want to move forwards.

Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival?--A Scientific Detective Story

Networking and strategic communication is very important in applying ideas and knowledge into actions. Meeting right people for the right ideas and right outcomes. Usuallly your ideas are not respected by your neighbours and relatives until you do it for them.

Prof Ahmad Ismail (Vice President Malaysian Nature Society), Shah Reza (Executive Director, MNS), Dato Seri Mustapha Muhamad (Minister of Ministery of International Trade and Industry-MITI) and David Hashim (Varitas Architect).

High quality food (look nice, tasty, packing, fresh, smell good, large volume supply,.....) for passangers in flight is another opportunity for food industry from farm to feces. High technology in agriculture, food preparation and packing design are needed and very dynamic. There a lot of challenges for young students to plan for their future career.

Another future students from Saudi Arabia. Another potential international linkage in Middle East beside Oman,

Silent Spring and Our Stole Future (refer to my previous blog) make ecotoxicology course important and interesting to study. Knowledge on hazardous chemicals and how it effect the environmental health and human health and national economy.

50 Years After “Silent Spring,” What Would Rachel Say?

What would Rachel Carson have to say about the environment if she were alive today?
Tomorrow is the 50th birthday of Carson’s “Silent Spring.” First published in serial form in the New Yorker and then as a Houghton Mifflin best seller in 1962, this densely researched and beautifully written attack on the indiscriminate use of pesticides caused a revolution in public opinion. Eventually it was a major factor in the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970.
I came to this book late in its life, discovering it on my bedside table when I was attending a writers’ colony in upstate New York some fifteen years ago. But there was something perfect about being in my bucolic cabin in the Catskills and absorbing Carson’s carefully detailed arguments warning the public about the long term effects of misusing pesticides, while reminding us that we are a vulnerable part of the natural world subject to the same damage as the rest of the ecosystem.
She did not, in fact, call for the abandonment of all chemical pesticides. She asked instead for a ban on the more insidious, long-lasting chemicals like DDT, against which there was increasing evidence of harmful effects to many living things.
She asked also that the other chemicals be used more judiciously and that the regulations for their manufacture and sale be tightened. Finally, she sent out a plea for alternative methods for fighting pests, so that the flow of deadly poisons into the environment might be restricted.
And she largely succeeded: laws and regulations have been tightened, and most of the chemicals whose use she criticized have been banned.
But what would Carson have to say about our environment today?
What would Carson have to say BPA, or Bisphenol A? BPA is an estrogen-mimicking chemical that can seep into food. Public concern about the chemicals has grown in the wake of studies such as one that found that, in 2,000 people, over 90 percent had BPA in their urine, not to mention a 2010 US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement about the “potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.”
This could be our DDT.
Earlier this year, the FDA banned BPA from baby bottles and children’s sippy cups, but they have refused to ban it elsewhere, stating that the scientific evidence at this time does not suggest that the very low levels of human exposure to BPA through the diet are unsafe.
This is in spite of the fact that BPA has already been banned in children’s products in Canada, the European Union, China, Malaysia, South Africa and Argentina, as well as in 11 US states. Australia and Japan have banned it outright.
DDT may have been banned for use in the U.S.40 years ago, but a new study offers evidence about the dangerous effects of pesticides on honey bees. Care2′s Kristina Chew reports that biologists at the University of California at San Diego have found that a commonly used crop pesticide makes honey bees picky eaters.
The chemical in question is imidacloprid, which is a type of neonicotinoid — which has been linked to bees’ deaths. Imidacloprid has come under increasing scrutiny in the US and is banned for use in some crops in some parts of Europe. James Nieh, a professor of biology at UC San Diego who also authored the study, notes in Science Daily that, in 2006, imidacloprid was the sixth most commonly used pesticide in California. Besides being used in agriculture, it is also used in home gardens.
And while DDT may not be used in the U.S., there are numerous chemical pesticides used to control insects and other pests in livestock facilities. Industrial farms apply these chemicals directly to the skin, fur and feathers of livestock such as cattle, pigs and poultry in order to kill off flies, mites, spiders, cockroaches, ticks and other pests.
And then there’s all the concern about Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide.
Carson would be anxious about BPA and about today’s pesticides, but I believe she would also be thrilled at the size of the movement that she started. For surely, without Carson, we might not even be questioning these environmental disasters.
Millions of us around the world are calling out for the truth, refusing to let the Big Corporations smother us with their lies, and demanding action.
We must honor Carson’s memory and not remain silent.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Congratulation Malaysian Nature Society!!!!! you can join now as a member and active in nature conservation in Malaysia.

Malaysian Nature Society leading in Environmental Education in Malaysia. We have collaboration with Ministry of Education Malaysia under "Kelab Pencinta Alam (KPA)"

Summer Programmes at UPM for foreign students in tropical ecology: course work learning on tropical ecology; coastal, wetlands, mangrove, highland and lowland forest focusing on wildlife, fishes, insects and flora.

 At the Department of Biology Universiti Putra Malaysia foreign students can enjoy trips to various types of ecology; coastal, mangrove, high and lowlands forest focusing on the mammals, birds, frogs, fishes, snakes and flora such as orchids, Ginger, bamboo, etc......We have visitors from Korea, Japan, England, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Indonesia, Oman  for short courses on tropical ecology and final year (honours year) project students attachment for three months doing short research on wildlife ecology and biodiversity.
Bitna Kim from Korea study on Medaka Fishes
Ros and Jim From Reading University, England study on frog ecology
Students from Finland studies on migratory shorebirds

Probosis monkeys habitat shrinking along the river systems of Sabah. Oilpalm plantation right at the riverbanks. Now they realised about the conservation of probosis monkeys which are only in Borneo, then the plantation companies take initiatives to attract tourists and protect the monkeys. An they are making some more money. May be in the future 100 m from the riverbanks the oilpalm will be kept undisturbe and lets the forest grow again.


Orang utan in sipilok Sabah is the world example of animals conservation and rehabilitation. may be one day whole world will be together to support orang utan, like panda.

 a lot of foreigners, australian, british, german, italian, japanese,....

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Conservation, tourism and business: can they go along and how far tourist understand tourism, conservation and nature? MNS need to do more education and awareness activities on eco- or nature-tourism.

dah terlampau jinak, tak malu langsung

Repetition, listening, talking, thinking, analysing facts and presenting make the students more understanding. With basic concept and examples and mini exercises will make the students understanding better. We must throw away all old habits that listening in lectures, take notes and wait for examinations.

non-stop environmental education activities by Malaysian Nature Society at Kuala selangor nature park (KSNP) if sponsored by companies.

Pesta Wau SKSS: the first one we did for SKSS where students and parents involve. Now we invite more schools near Subang Jaya. But many kites were basic and not much showing our culture. may be next year we will try to organise more local wau rather imported plastic kites. this part of understanding culture in skss.

 understanding local culture: if we do not doing it now, young generation will miss it and forget our local culture. if you are at our skss pesta wau, you will see the gap of understanding culture between father, mother and children and between parents. some the grand father helping the granddaughters.

Sometimes our thinking very narrow and microscopic. If we already made decision to protect and conserve the area, we have to accept and continue the decision. Not as what happened to Templer Park area. May be we can redevelop the forest but just for decoration no more natural.


We may have many activities on the environmental education. Further more the activities were done by the NGOs and volunteers. Many are doing similar activities and approaches. They are very exited doing it with clear mission to protect and conserve nature. But no tools to assess the achievement. Therefore the problems continues.

Hot debate on Environmental Education (EE) in Sandakan recently. About 150 EE activists gathered to review past activities and discuss on the future approaches including the structure, modules, implementation, financial and other related issues. Malaysian Nature Society still champion in this EE.

How Malaysia can develop as what the Prime Minister want (including Tun Mahathir's Vision) if our scientist think small and act micro. Ministry involve (MOSTI) thinking is lower than managing football club in Malaysia. We have little number of experts and we continuously depending old microscopic thinking of scientist to assess our futuristic proposal. We are behind because of these two groups of people. Secretariat at MOSTI and "little experts".

Monday, September 24, 2012

Environmental Education activities is a continuous programmes and life long processes. We can start from preschool to retired person. Of course in different modules and activities. We need more volunteers to make public understand about the environmental issues and how to solve them.

Environmental education (EE) is a learning process in which the individual acquires skills, knowledge, awareness and values for promoting environmental conservation and sustainable environmental management. EE is, therefore, considered to be an important element in planning, procedure and actions.