Monday, January 30, 2012

A success story : Malaysia's leprosy colony closes

Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish on 28 Jan 2012 - The last residents of what was the world's second largest leprosy colony are looking to its future as centre of tolerance and enlightenment but with some trepidation.

All of its former patients are cured of the disease but they say a stigma still remains. Now they hope to establish a museum in its place to educate people about the disease.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A mandatory death sentence according to Malaysian law? Who will shoulder that responsibility?

Cocaine discovered in UN mailroom

Uploaded by PressTVGlobalNews on 28 Jan 2012 Cocaine shipments are regularly intercepted coming to New York. But bags of the illegal substance were found in an unlikely spot this week - The diplomatic processing center of the United Nations. The package weighing 16 kilos has a street value of two million dollars.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Selamat Tahun Baru Cina

Ketua Pemuda PAS : Uploaded by tvpas09 on 20 Jan 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

AirAsia in trouble in Australia ...

... over hidden fees

(FILES) This file photo dated 14 April, 2006 shows an AirAsia Airbus A320 (foreground) sitting on the tarmac while another AirAsia aircraft taxis at the low-cost air carrier terminal of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. British billionaire Richard Branson of Virgin Group is to take a 20 percent stake in Malaysia's AirAsia long-haul budget carrier to help get it off the ground, a report said 07 August 2007.    AFP PHOTO / FILES / TENGKU BAHAR
AirAsia has been taken to the Federal Court by the ACCC. Photo: AFP
THE consumer watchdog has taken legal action against budget airline AirAsia for allegedly failing to disclose the full price of fares for flights from Australia to destinations overseas.

The same day AirAsia executives were spruiking launch fares as low as $99 for one-way flights on its new route from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur, it has emerged that the regulator began legal proceedings in Melbourne seeking both penalties and orders for the Malaysian airline to issue corrective notices on its website.

In documents filed in the Federal Court on Tuesday, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission claims that fares sold on the airline's website disclosed only part of the total price for flights from Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Perth to destinations in Asia, Europe and India because they excluded taxes, fees and other charges.

The regulator wants the court to order the airline to publish on its website a notice stating that it failed to ''specify, in a prominent way, the single price for air travel on its website … since at least September''.

The ACCC has shown a growing willingness to take action against airlines for running foul of consumer laws.

Last year it pursued budget airline Tiger Airways for selling tickets after the air-safety regulator had grounded its fleet of aircraft in July due to safety concerns.

The regulator also took Qantas to task for the amount of compensation it offered passengers disrupted by its decision to ground its entire fleet on October 29.

Read more: The Edge

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

School for bamboo scaffolders, Hong Kong.

Bamboo still holding its own : Hong Kong may have a stunning skyline of high rise buildings and spectacular skyscrapers - but much of it has been propped up at one time or another by bamboo.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A happy birthday to "the greatest".

.. he is a national icon celebrating his 70th birthday.

Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish on 15 Jan 2012- He was the world heavyweight champion with an appeal that went beyond sport. The boxing star's dramatic life always grabbed media attention.

The public have been witness to life filled with drama, controversy and thrills including: his court battle to avoid jail for refusing to fight in Vietnam, his three world heavyweight championship wins, his conversion to Islam and his humanitarian work.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

MP Machang terima anugerah Datuk.

ALOR STAR: DYMM Sultan Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah berkenan menganugerahkan Darjah Setia Diraja Kedah (DSDK) yang membawa gelaran Datuk kepada Setiausaha Agung KEADILAN, Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

Anugerah itu adalah sempena ulang tahun keputeraan baginda yang ke-84.

Saifuddin menerima anugerah itu Istana Anak Bukit, Alor Star 15 Januari.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012 : some opening statistic on Malaysia.

Malaysia Census: Population hits 27.5m mark

By Yow Hong Chieh | Dec 22, 2011 - PUTRAJAYA, Dec 22 — Malaysia’s population has increased to 27.5 million last year from 22.2 million in 2000, according to the latest census by the Statistics Department.
Malays were the largest ethnic group in the country, comprising 50.1 per cent of the 27,484,596 total.
They were followed by the Chinese (22.5 per cent), non-Malay Bumiputeras (11.8 per cent), Indians (6.7 per cent), and others (0.7 per cent).
Non-Malaysian citizens numbered 2.25 million or 8.2 per cent of the population.
Malays made up the highest proportion of the population in Terengganu (95 per cent), Putrajaya (94.6 per cent) and Kelantan (92.7 per cent).
The highest proportion of Chinese could be found in Penang (42.9 per cent) while the greatest concentration of Indians was in Negri Sembilan (14.3 per cent).
Seventy-one per cent of Malaysians now live in urban areas, compared to just 27 per cent in 1957 when Malaysia achieved independence.
In 2010, Malaysia also recorded 475,816 births, 17.5 per 1,000 population, versus 129,327 deaths or 4.8 for every 1,000 population.
Fertility rates were highest in the Bumiputera community at 2.6, down from 3.5 in 2000, while it fell to 1.5 from 2.6 among the Chinese and to 1.7 from 2.5 in the Indian community over the past decade.
Chief statistician Dr Abdul Rahman Hasan said the lower fertility rates could be explained by the growing number of women who are entering the workforce and increased access to contraceptives.
“When women participate in the economy, the age of marriage will go up.
“But more importantly, women can now make their own choice, contraceptives and so forth,” he said, adding that the average age of marriage for women was now 26.
Average life expectancy was 71.9 years for men and 77 years for women, with Chinese women boasting the highest life expectancy of any group, at 79.8 years.
Some 67 per cent of the population was aged between 15 and 64 while about five per cent of Malaysians were aged 65 and above.
Despite the increase in the proportion of over-65s, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop assured reporters that Malaysia was not an ageing nation.
“The international definition is more than seven per cent above the age of 65. And for us more than 65 we are only five per cent. So not yet; we’re still young and strong.
“According to our projections, we will be an ageing society only in 2025, after we have achieved Vision 2020,” he quipped.
Nor Mohamed added that fertility rates were projected to decrease slowly to the replacement rate of 2.1 in 2090, when the population of Malaysia is expected to peak at 57 million.

Original article : here 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Anonymous : the 10 commandments of modern society.

Uploaded by derkontrahent on 20 Dec 2011 :