Sunday, August 18, 2013

May be detail studies were carried out before Article 153 established in Malaysian Federal Constitution. Basically for longterm unity, acceptability and sustainability. BUT why some Malaysian questioning about this articles? We need to look at purely sharing understanding, information, respect and responsibility about the country, Malaysia.

Article 153 of the Federal Constitution states: “It shall be the responsibility of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to safeguard the special position of the Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak and the legitimate interests of other communities in accordance with the provisions of this Article.” Article 153 has been used to permit quotas in the provision of public scholarships, civil service positions, and business licences.

Read for some results of what Malaysian say about Malaysian Current Government Policy. We need to understand clearly about sharing power, economy, opportunity, and stability for harmony living. History shows we cannot touch on sensitive issues must tolerate if anything might cause disunity and stability of the country. Leaders must work hard for public unity and public cannot just follow the leaders bluntly and avoid hearsay.

It is about change, values, tradition,and culture. Very hard to change mindset and culture. Asean people still cannot change their mind set towards western. No way Asean will develop if we do not trust our own people. Religious teachers, phylosopher, scientists or any kind of ideology that we like to follow and technologies we want to adopt, we still trust foreigners rather than locals. WHY? Malaysia 56 years independent still inherit these culture. The questions asked by 100 youth representatives from 10 Asean countries still showing the old mind set. Malaysian youth must change NOW and lead Asean.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

In educating people on environment and sustainability, we need more support and volunteers. As I say in many occation it is very difficult to get thing done at high standard and big scale unless we spent a lot of money and make it as aceremonial and exhibition and public become a spectators not the participants. This AYVP is another new programme and approach in geeting support of young generation. The world is for them in the future.

About The ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme

About the AYVP

The ASEAN Youth Volunteers Program (AYVP) is a dedicated youth volunteerism platform that intends to create opportunities in knowledge-driven volunteerism, support the exchange of learning experiences, develop capacity, enhance cross-cultural understanding, and forge a sense of regional identity while making a sustainable difference to communities across ASEAN. This strongly aligns with the Strategic Roadmap for an ASEAN Community 2009-2015 in article 5 under the Sociocultural Community, which aims “to lift the quality of life of its peoples through cooperative activities that are people-oriented and environmentally friendly geared towards the promotion of sustainable development, contribute to building a strong foundation for greater understanding, good neighbourliness and a shared sense of responsibility.”

The AYVP also supports the goals in the people-to-people section of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity, which stresses strategies that “provide the needed impetus for concerted efforts in promoting awareness, collaboration, exchange, outreach and advocacy programmes to facilitate the on-going efforts to increase greater interactions between the peoples of ASEAN.” In addition, under engagement with the community in the ASCC Blueprints, one of the strategic objectives is to “explore the establishment of an ASEAN volunteers programme, to be composed of young professionals, with focus on supporting rural development and assisting communities to help themselves.”

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UPM already leading in promoting recycle activities through recycle to cycle programme. The question now how far the activities continue or just another ceremonial. It is very tough to change mindset, culture and life style of people.

The Prime Minister witnessing the launch of the program
Recycle for Nature with MNS is a Fund Raising programme to support MNS’s environmental conservation projects particularly towards the protection and conservation activities of Belum Temenggor Forest. The programme will initially focus on MNS corporate members, supporters, as well as its ordinary members where they are encouraged to adopt recycling and donate their Green Points to MNS. The systematic recycling mechanism is provided by Recycle and Reward which includes waste audits, training and education, collection and sorting and award of Green Points.
The objectives are:
Introduce an easy lifestyle change and a non technical approach to carbon emission reduction to Malaysians at large
Provide a systematic and effective recycling process with enhanced benefits
Offer attractive rewards and incentives to increase recycling efforts
Opportunity to  contribute directly towards MNS environmental conservation projects and activities
Corporate Champions/Partners stand to benefit greatly by having a solution to reduce operational and disposal costs, practice good Corporate Responsibility (CR) i,e education  for employees, perform Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), own recycling data and statistics, receive tax exemption for contribution of GREEN POINT to Malaysian Nature Society as well as being recognised as supporter of Government’s green technology and environmental protection policies.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

May be about time we need to encourage professors to go down the ground meeting school children and motivate them working hard, develop interest in science and thinking about nature. Government too need to change their mindset professors in lecture theater only. Professors must go beyond laboratory. More funding allocation needed from the government and coorporate sectors to support a special programme Professors with School Children.

Plagiarism among students and young scientists in certain university and countries are still practicing plagiarism. Now we can detect on line. So all must aware about plagiarism

Plagiarism is the "wrongful appropriation" and "purloining and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions," and the representation of them as one's own original work. The idea remains problematic with unclear definitions and unclear rules.

The modern concept of plagiarism as immoral and originality as an ideal emerged in Europe only in the 18th century, particularly with the Romantic movement. Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and a breach of journalistic ethics. It is subject to sanctions like expulsion. Plagiarism is not a crime per se but in academia and industry it is a serious ethical offense, and cases of plagiarism can constitute copyright infringement.

We used to have very strong philosopher at one time talking about the changing of mindset from weastern thinking and education focus to islamisation and eastern look. There are some activist until now but look silence. We succeded our look east policy for 30 years and may be we failed buy British last. We need to expand our new look east policy including korea, China and Japan with new approach and evaluation. Not to boycott but to chalenge out leadership in knowledge development and science and technology. We and the world know that Islamic Scientists leading the early modern development of science and technology. BUT why we are not leading now. Before Malaysia become like Iraq and Egypt, come we push forward for S&T in Malaysia.

Syed Muhammad al Naquib bin Ali al-Attas (Arabic: السيد محمد نقيب العطاسSaiyid Muḥammad Naqīb al-ʿAṭṭās; born September 5, 1931) is a prominent contemporary Muslim philosopher and thinker from Malaysia. He claims to be one of the few contemporary scholars who is thoroughly rooted in the traditional Islamic sciences and who is equally competent in theology, philosophy, metaphysics, history, and literature. He considers himself to be the pioneer in proposing the idea of Islamization of knowledge. Al-Attas' philosophy and methodology of education have one goal: Islamization of the mind, body and soul and its effects on the personal and collective life on Muslims as well as others, including the spiritual and physical non-human environment. He is the author of twenty-seven authoritative works on various aspects of Islamic thought and civilization, particularly on Sufism, cosmology, metaphysics, philosophy and Malay language and literature.

Every day the rainforests that endangered Borneo Orangutans depend on for their survival are destroyed to make way for palm plantations: Why donot we have a detail data on demand for oil palm, need to cut forest, economic dependent of the particular country on nature forest and oil palm, jobs for locals and planning for conservation.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

As top mega biodiversity in the world, Malaysia should emphasis more on research on biodiversity by allocating more fund for education and research NOT just on paper and signing on the table. We must act as we talk. More grants for biodiversity research.

Mangrove forest and mudflat along Matang and Kuala Gula Perak have been known as an Important Bird Area (IBA) internationally and recognised by the government. We need to have more information on birds, their habitat and potential threat. Continuous research needed, at least some activities be the university's students. Research grants needed from the government and corporate sectors.

The mangroves forest as well as the surrounding mudflat areas in Matang have been an attraction to many species of wildlife which among others include birds, marine mammals, reptiles/amphibians, fish and shellfish. These creatures are all oil sensitive and must be protected.
Birds are the main species populating the Matang forest and mudflat areas. Out of 650 bird species recorded in Peninsular Malaysia, more than 154 (nearly 25%) can be found in Matang (Keong, 1995). For example, in a short period of observation (15 days) made by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) together with the Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC) in 1993, there were 78 species of birds belonging to 33 families recorded (PERHILITAN-JWRC, 1994). The most popular birds are the highly endangered Milky Stork and Lesser Adjutant which reside almost entirely in the Kelumpang Island. In this place, there are also no less than five species of Egret, including the endangered Chinese Egret, which migrates during the cold winter months up North. Heron, e.g. Little Heron, Purple Heron, Chinese Pond Heron and Grey Heron can also be seen residing in this forest.

Larut Matang is also an attractive area to migratory coastal water birds. It is reported that about 49 species of these birds can be found in the Matang forests especially during the annual cold winter months - from July to April. During this period, as many as 180,000 birds are estimated to populate the area. They are believed to visit the same site year after year, provided their habitats are not disturbed. Some of these birds come from as far as Northern Russia and Siberia, making a stopover in China and Matang to rest before continuing their journey to Indonesia and Australia. The most common of these birds are the Common Redshank, Mongolian Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Terek Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Asian Golden Sandplover, Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew, Common Greenshank, bar-tailed Godwit and Grey Plover