The Learning City Award Jury commended PJ's free bus service, which also doubled as information disseminators through the on-board screens inside the buses. — Picture courtesy of Prasarana Berhad
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 3 — Petaling Jaya (PJ) has been named as one of the 10 winners of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (Unesco) Learning City Award, alongside nine other cities worldwide.PJ shares the stage with Aswan (Egypt), Chengdu (China), Heraklion (Greece), Ibadan (Nigeria), Medellín (Colombia), Melitopol (Ukraine), Santiago (Mexico), Seodaemun-gu (Republic of Korea), and Sonderborg (Denmark).In a statement posted on January 31 last month, Unesco said that the awards will be delivered during a ceremony at the 2019 International Conference on Learning Cities in Medellín, Colombia.“According to the Learning City Award Jury, these cities have shown exemplary progress and commitment in promoting education and lifelong learning at the local level.“Despite their very different starting points and the various economic, political, social and environmental contexts, all of the Unesco Learning City Award 2019 winners have initiated innovative and target-specific policies and programmes that provide fruitful opportunities for their communities to benefit from lifelong learning,” Unesco posted in a statement on its website.It said that PJ had made significant strides to improve accessibility to public learning spaces, and provided free bus services covering four routes, which also doubled as information disseminators through the on-board screens inside the buses.“The city is also making good use of the resources provided by the partners,” Unesco said.Unesco said that in Aswan, the city deployed a strategy integrating several projects, which includes gardening, water-conservation programmes in schools, as well as diverse entrepreneurial training opportunities for all groups of society.“In Chengdu, China, several examples of best practice in lifelong learning are taking place: for instance, an innovative programme that combines learning with walks around the city has been established, with each route focusing on a different subject area such as regional features, traditional cultures and modern industry, demonstrating a smart use of public and non-public resources.” it added.The Greek city of Heraklion, according to Unesco, found an innovative and fun way to bring its citizens and the refugees residing in the city closer together by promoting equity and inclusion through sports and educational activities based on subjects such as local culture and tradition.In Ibadan, Nigeria, It said that a recent festival of learning offered interactive and varied activities, as well as workshops for different target audiences,to reinforce lifelong learning in the community.The city of Medellín, in Colombia, meanwhile has been coordinating a number of programmes, including one that has helped to successfully reintegrate over 4,650 school drop-outs by engaging with them on a one-to-one basis.“The ‘How Are We Doing?’ monitoring and evaluation project is another important component of Medellin’s learning city initiative,” Unesco noted.In Ukraine, the city of Melitopol has been making marked progress, Unesco said, to becoming a learning city, and has channeled considerable effort into the retraining of internally displaced people who were previously working in the mining industry.In the Mexican city of Santiago, Unesco said that its citizens have been given access to an impressive range of free classes, including robotic courses for children and anti-bullying training.“In a great example of how to optimally utilise one’s surroundings, Seodaemun-gu, in the Republic of Korea, has taken advantage of its many high-rise apartments by creating small learning communities that teach 50 courses each year in citizens’ living rooms. The city also counts with a strong monitoring and evaluation mechanism.“Finally, the Danish city of Sønderborg has promoted sustainability far beyond its formal education system, and created a coordinated structure for stakeholder involvement that will ensure continued progress as a learning city,” Unesco said.It added that Sønderborg has developed a ‘4–17–42’ strategy, with ‘4’ representing the city’s four political commitments (environmental, economic, social and cultural), ‘17’ represents the city’s commitment to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and ‘42’ representing the 42 features included in the Unesco GNLC’s Key Features of Learning Cities. [...]
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 — SK Tanah Hitam in the town of Chemor, Perak, was recognised as the primary school with the cleanest public toilet this year with its Touch N Toilet concept that keeps track of students entering the loo through a scan of their identity cards.The high tech concept introduced Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology last year for the male toilets, where students are required to tap their identity cards and have them scanned each time they enter and exit, Utusan Malaysia reported today.SK Tanah Hitam’s principal Halimatus Sadiah Mohd Sharif said a special software could analyse the frequency of students’ visits to the toilets, based on the scanning of their identity cards.“This initiative by the school will indirectly avoid students from playing truant (loitering in the toilet for too long) besides overcoming the problem of vandalism or bullies in an enclosed space such as the toilets,” she was quoted as saying.She said the system could be emulated by other schools as it emphasises on security, cleanliness and cheerfulness in toilets.According to Utusan Malaysia, students are further required to remove their shoes outside the toilet and wear the slippers provided inside.The Malay daily added that the toilets for male students are equipped with faucets with infra-red technology to save water, close-circuit television cameras have been installed outside the toilet where a prayer for entry and exit of toilets is also on display.In a separate report by Sinar Harian, the Touch N Toilet system was implemented following discussions from all teaching staff at the school.Sinar Harian said only two out of nine toilets (four for male students, four for female students, and one for the disabled) are currently using the Touch N Toilet system.Sinar Harian said it sighted video clips in the toilets that provided tutorials on the correct way to wash hands, as well as how to tap in and out of the toilets using the chip-embedded cards.The paper said the award was given to the school last Saturday in conjunction with World Toilet Day celebrations at Stadium Indera Mulia in Ipoh, Perak.World Toilet Day, which the United Nations’ website says is intended to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis, falls on November 19 every year.It is unclear if the Touch N Toilet concept is a spin on the Touch ‘N Go concept, including cashless systems which among other things involve users tapping their cards to pay for toll and parking.The company Touch ‘N Go was last year reported to be seeking to pilot the use of RFID technology through stickers placed in cars for cashless payment of tolls, replacing the current card-based system of SmartTAG. [...]
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Fire and Rescue Deptment personnel carry Muhammad Adib’s coffin out of the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital’s Forensic Department, December 18, 2018. — Picture by Hari Anggara
PETALING JAYA, Dec 25 — DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang today proposed the creation of an annual award in the name of Fire and Rescue Department personnel Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.He suggested that the award be conferred on Malaysians who dedicate themselves to the building of a new and united nation.“Adib is not just a Malay hero, but a hero for all Malaysians.“He must be honoured as an inspiration to build a new and united Malaysia which can be a world showcase of a successful plural nation,” the Iskandar Puteri MP said in a statement this morning.Lim also said that the award, dubbed the Adib Award, should be introduced next year on National Day, which falls on August 31, to honour Adib’s service and sacrifice.“There are those who want to use Adib’s death to incite racial and religious tensions and unrest in the country.“I don’t think this is what Adib would want to see, as he would want to dedicate his life to the building of a united, harmonious, successful and prosperous multiracial, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multicultural Malaysian nation,” he added.Adib, 24, who was a member of the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) unit, died at the National Heart Institute (IJN) last Monday after allegedly being beaten up during a riot at the Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple in Subang Jaya, Selangor on November 27.To date, 24 people have been charged over the incident. [...]
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Yayasan Sime Darby received the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Patron Award at the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Gala Dinner 2018 last night. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 — The past few years have been tough on non-governmental organisations.With funding limited, the Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) was among the NGOs trying to make things work for those who still needed its help.Enter Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) that duly worked with MAF and committed a total of RM6 million for raising awareness, providing subsidised medication to underprivileged patients and helping the communities directly affected by HIV/AIDS.“MAF came to us in 2013 asking for assistance because they needed funds to sustain the HIV/AIDS situation in Malaysia. Budgets were being cut and they explained to us that if they did not get enough funding they were going to struggle.“They talked to us about HIV/AIDS. I knew very little about it, but I saw the passion and the impact they have created over the years. I brought it up to the council and they immediately agreed,” YSD chief executive officer Yatela Zainal Abidin told Malay Mail.YSD was awarded the patron’s award for corporate social responsibility excellence by MAF at the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award Gala Dinner last night. “What caught my attention even during the earlier meetings was how I saw a potential that we at Yayasan Sime Darby could create, impact and raise awareness within our organisation to other Malaysians through working with MAF, and true enough, it has made us better individuals,” she added.Among the first few programmes that MAF introduced was the syringe exchange programme.It left a lasting impression on Yatela that led to YSD’s involvement in several other projects such as MAF’s Pal Scheme, which was launched in 1998 to assist the people living with HIV through medication. “What I like about this programme is the number of individuals I’ve worked with who inspired me,” she said.She related a story of a HIV-positive lady who had to bring up five children on her own, but was fired by her company after they found out about her status.The lady also had to have second line anti-retroviral treatment (the first line medication which is provided free by the government was not working).She duly contacted MAF and received help through the PAL scheme.“She was so resilient to overcome the challenge and has since even built a shelter home for women and children who suffers from HIV.“This shows that every HIV patient is similar to other Malaysians,” she said.About RM2.7 million out of the RM6 million supports the PAL scheme which has assisted 106 patients in the span of three years and is in the midst of helping another 40.“It’s not just about putting the money there. We want HIV patients to lead normal lives and thrive,” she said, adding that YSD has also supported the Malaysian AIDS Council with an advocacy manager.Besides the Pal Scheme, YSD and MAF has also worked on expanding the Red Ribbon Youth Club, which consists of 10,000 teenagers and young adults aged between 17 and 21.“The younger generation are our future. So, while we work alongside various stakeholders too, we need to get them on board and address the importance of ending stigma and discrimination.“They make up a huge number of our population and we want to get the message out there in the shortest time possible,” she said.Sime Darby, in 2016, received the Asean Red Ribbon for Outstanding Workplace Award, in recognition of its non-discriminatory human resource policy and corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts to improve the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS. Other initiatives by YSD include funding the establishment of Rumah Sahabat in Kelantan, the first-ever palliative shelter home to meet the needs of people living with HIV in the state.“We are humbled by the recognition, but we know there is so much more that needs to be done. We hope more corporations can come on board to assist MAC and MAF,” said Yatela of the patron’s award,” she said.“We know the country can achieve its objective to reach zero new HIV cases and its ambition of ending AIDS 2030.”Malay Mail was the media partner for the event. [...]
Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah and Award winner Matron Fadzilah Abdul Hamid during the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award Gala Dinner 2018 at Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel December 16, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 — The Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award Gala Dinner 2018 truly lived up to expectations at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur yesterday.The gala dinner, hosted to recognise individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution towards meeting the goal of ending AIDS by 2030, managed to raise RM1.68 million in the process.The night kicked off with the arrival of Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali at 8.15pm, with hundreds of honourable guests, celebrities and members of the media greeting her along the red carpet.“I’m so grateful Tun Dr Siti Hasmah made time to come to the event. Her presence alone was something special and made it an even more memorable event,” MAF chairman Prof Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman told Malay Mail.Among the VIP guests at the gala dinner included Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Ancom Berhad executive chairman Datuk Siew Ka Wei, human rights lawyer Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan and Hilton Malaysia regional general manager Jamie Mead.
Ancom Berhad chairman Datuk Siew Ka Wei (left) with Former Bersih leader Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan (R) during the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award Gala Dinner 2018 at Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel December 16, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
Guests were then treated to a four-course menu, which consisted of prawn and avocado with grapefruit guacamole as a starter, and a choice of a main course between the grilled Australian tenderloin beef and herb crusted sea bass fillet.There was no shortage of entertainment too as MAF Red Ribbon Celebrity Supporters Dayang Nurfaizah and Bob Yusof dazzled the audience with five songs each before the guests closed their dining session with a chocolate dessert.
MAF chairman Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman speaks during the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award Gala Dinner 2018 at Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel December 16, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
Dr Adeeba described the gala dinner as a success when interviewed by Malay Mail after the event.“The dinner was a success, kudos to the chef. We managed to make RM1.68 million which is an amazing amount considering the times we live in.“There’s still a lot to be done to reach our goal but I felt the support of everyone in the room here today.“When everyone works together, the time frame of achieving a goal will eventually be shortened,” she said.
Dayang Nurfaizahs perform during the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award Gala Dinner 2018 at Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel December 16, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
The highlight of the night, however, was of course the awards ceremony.Rumah Solehah’s Matron Fadzilah Abdul Hamid received the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award for her contribution towards the cause and walked away with a cash prize of RM10,000 and a certificate of excellence.For the first time too, MAF awarded five Patron’s Awards to various organisations and individuals.Yayasan Sime Darby was awarded the Patron’s Award for excellence in corporate social responsibility, while Teratak Kasih Tok Nan Project was recognised for its outstanding contribution to ending AIDS.Three others were recognised with the long service award, namely Datuk Maznah Jalil, Datin Mina Cheah-Foong and Hisham Hussein.\
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad speaks during the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award Gala Dinner 2018 at Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel December 16, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) president Bakhtiar Talhah echoed Dr Adeeba’s sentiments and described it as something magnificent.“It’s heartening for me to see the support given by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, although he couldn’t be here with us today but through his speech, he showed that he is ready to support programmes that we have to do within the country.“The ballroom, entertainment and food were elegant. It’s nice to see big corporations lending their support to be part of our effort to end AIDS,” Bakhtiar said.Malay Mail was the media partner for the event.
Bob Yusof performs during the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award Gala Dinner 2018 at Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel December 16, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif [...]
The wedding outfits of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Harry, Duke of Sussex, are on display ahead of the exhibition A Royal Wedding, soon to open at Windsor Castle, in Windsor October 25, 2018. — Reuters pic
LONDON, Dec 11 ― Givenchy’s artistic director Clare Waight Keller yesterday received the British designer of the year womenswear award from Meghan Markle, whose dress she designed for her wedding to Prince Harry.“It is such a pleasure to be here celebrating British fashion,” Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, said at the star-studded annual Fashion Awards at the Albert Hall.The former US actress, who is pregnant, praised the “vision”, “creativity” and also “the incredible kindness” of Waight Keller.The two women met in early 2018, before the designer created the dress worn by Meghan for her wedding to Harry on May 19.The British Fashion Awards also recognised Vivienne Westwood, winner of the award for positive change, for her commitment to the environment.The 77-old high priestess of punk took the opportunity to denounce the “rotten financial system” which the dame said was “the cause of all our problems”.A long-time political campaigner, she also took aim at French President Emmanuel Macron who recently cancelled fuel tax increases in the face of the “yellow vest” protests.“This tax hurts the poor more than anybody,” Westwood said, adding “he’s not thinking that he has already given all these tax breaks to the rich people. So of course everybody is going to be annoyed.”The model of the year award went to 17-year-old Kaia Gerber, following in the footsteps of her mother, former supermodel Cindy Crawford.“It’s such an honour,” said the young American, on the verge of tears. “I have just a small role in making a creative vision come to life but I’m so beyond grateful to be a part of it.”Among the other awards, Italian fashion house Gucci was named brand of the year and Italian Pierpaolo Piccioli, artistic director of Valentino, won the best designer award. ― AFP [...]
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Wong said he had not asked for the award, but accepted it to avoid being seen as insulting the state governor. — Picture via Facebook/Wong Fort Pin
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 ― Datuk Wong Fort Pin has offered to return the Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka conferred upon him during the 80th birthday of the Melaka Yang di-Pertua last week after being chastised by his party leaders for accepting the state award.The DAP lawmaker who is also deputy Speaker in the Melaka state legislative assembly explained that he had not asked for the award, but accepted it to avoid being seen as insulting the state governor, Malay daily Sinar Harian reported today.“If the party leadership asks to return the award, I am ready to do so.“I’m stuck, and feel guilty. But because I respect the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, it’s not polite for me to reject the award, not because we asked for it, but it was given,” Wong was quoted saying.The Bemban assemblyman was further reported admitting that he not paid sufficient attention to his party’s principles.Wong’s reported remarks comes after DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng chided party members who accepted state or federal awards that confer them with titles, like “Datuk”, pointing out that even the Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari did not accept the award.Lim, who spoke at the Perak DAP convention in Taiping, Perak yesterday, said it was important for party members to show integrity by rejecting such state awards to prove they were not after titles or positions while in public service.He advised them to wait until retirement to accept, following in the example of former deputy prime minister, the late Tun Ghafar Baba.The DAP central executive committee, its highest leadership council, is to meet on the matter this week. [...]
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