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COVID-19 batas pergerakan, lebih masa bersama keluarga

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Penularan virus COVID-19 semakin membimbangkan malah telah diisytihar ke tahap pandemik oleh Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO).

Bagi mengekang dan memerangi virus berkenaan, semua negara di minta untuk mengambil tindakan segera dan agresif dan ia tidak terkecuali kepada negara kita, Malaysia.

Kawalan pergerakan

Bagi membendung penularan COVID-19, kerajaan telah mengarahkan pelaksanaan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan mulai 18 sehingga 31 Mac 2020 yang antaranya larangan menyeluruh pergerakan dan perhimpunan ramai di seluruh negara.

Selain sekatan perjalanan rakyat Malaysia ke luar negara serta penutupan semua sekolah kerajaan dan swasta.

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Cuti sekolah

Di Malaysia, penularan COVID-19 turut menjejaskan perancangan musim cuti sekolah setiap ibu bapa bersama anak-anak yang bermula 14 Mac lalu.

Ada yang sudah menempah hotel, tiket penerbangan, semuanya perlu dibatalkan demi mengikut nasihat pihak berwajib.

Tidak setakat itu, banyak tempat tumpuan pelancong dan orang ramai ketika ini juga mengambil keputusan untuk menutup sementara operasi mereka.

Di ibu negara, Kuala Lumpur, antara tempat yang biasanya menjadi tumpuan semasa cuti sekolah iaitu Pusat Sains Negara dan Planetarium Negara juga ditutup untuk orang awam.

Kementerian Pelancongan, Kesenian dan Kebudayaan juga telah mengeluarkan arahan untuk menutup sementara fasiliti awam di bawah kendalian jabatan dan agensi kementerian berkenaan.

Antara yang terlibat ialah Muzium Negara, Balai Seni Negara, Kompleks Kraf dan Perpustakaan Negara.

Buat apa di rumah?

Oleh itu, langkah yang terbaik bagi menghadapi keadaan seperti ini adalah untuk berada di dalam rumah.

Betul, anak-anak akan sering mengadu bosan, hanya terperap di dalam rumah.

Jadi apa aktiviti menarik yang boleh kita dilakukan bersama anak-anak? Di sini kami berikan lima aktiviti yang boleh dijalankan hanya di rumah, anak-anak tentu seronok malah hubungan kekeluargaan juga bertambah erat.

Memasak bersama

Kesibukan kerja seharian kadangkala menyebabkan ibu bapa jarang memasak di rumah, beli sahaja lebih mudah.

Waktu yang ada pada hujung minggu juga selalunya kita tidak lekat di rumah, jadi masa yang ketika ini apa salahnya kita luangkan masa dengan memasak.

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Lebih menarik, kita lakukannya bersama anak-anak. Resipi yang ringkas juga sudah memadai, dapatkan daripada Google sahaja.

Minta anak-anak pilih, apa yang mahu di masak, beri peluang mereka letakkan bahan-bahan perencah, menggoreng dan sebagainya.

Sedap atau tidak, belakang kira, tetapi momen masak bersama itu kekal selamanya.

Bersihkan rumah

Tugas mengemas rumah, membersihkan habuk-habuk, mencuci lantai di rumah jika dilakukan sendirian memang memenatkan namun jika ia dilakukan bersama-sama, tentu lebih seronok.

Cuba libatkan bersama dengan anak-anak, agihkan tugas masing-masing, ajarkan mereka erti tanggungjawab.

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Selain dapat mengajar mereka tentang kepentingan kebersihan, tugas membersihkan rumah juga lebih pantas dapat disiapkan.

Kenderaan anda sudah lama tak dibersihkan? asyik hantar kedai sahaja? cuba kali ni basuh sendiri di rumah.

Ajak sekali anak-anak, mereka memang gemar bermain dengan air dan sabun, mereka pantang diajak dalam hal-hal begini.

Tonton filem dan TV

Siaran televisyen bukan macam dahulu lagi, ditambah dengan saluran berbayar, banyak masa anda boleh diisi dengan hanya berada di hadapan televisyen.

Tontonlah filem bersama anak-anak anda, sebaiknya pilihlah filem yang mempunyai banyak pengajaran.

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Kadangkala layankan anak-anak anda untuk menonton kartun kegemaran, cuba kenali setiap watak-watak kartun berkenaan, jadikan ia topik perbualan anda selepas itu.

Menonton dokumentari juga menarik untuk dilakukan bersama, banyak ilmu yang boleh dipelajari bersama anak-anak.

Baca buku bersama

Minat membaca harus dipupuk sejak awal lagi, jadi gunakanlah waktu yang ada ni dengan meluangkan masa dengan membaca bersama mereka.

Jika anak anda masih kecil dan belum tahu membaca, pilihlah lah buku bergambar, anda bacalah juga dengan penuh gaya dan pelbagai intonasi.

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Jadikan penceritaan anda itu lebih menarik dan daripada situ anak anda akan ternanti-nanti untuk cerita di dalam buku seterusnya.

Belilah surat khabar. Galakkan anak anda untuk membaca surat khabar, di samping dapat meningkat tahap penguasaan bahasa dan tatabahasa, tentunya anak anda dapat menguasai pengetahuan awam selain mengetahui isu-isu terkini.

Mereka juga boleh mendapatkan maklumat yang sahih berhubung pandemik COVID-19.

Berkebun

Ajarlah anak anda menanam pokok dan berkebun. Tidak kira sama ada sayur-sayuran ataupun tumbuhan hiasan seperti pokok bunga.

Bermula dengan meletakkan pasir, tanah di dalam pasu, seterusnya biji benih dan kemudiannya menyiramnya dengan air. Aktiviti memang sesuai dilakukan bersama.

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Tanamlah tumbuhan yang lekas tumbuh, setiap perkembangan pokok berkenaan akan terus menarik minat anak-anak.

Aktiviti ini walaupun memerlukan anak anda sedikit ‘kotor’ tetapi ia amat menyeronokkan. Ia sedikit sebanyak mengajar anda untuk lebih menyayangi alam sekitar.

Erat hubungan kekeluargaan

Duduk di rumah tidak sepatutnya membataskan aktiviti anda dan anak-anak.

Jangan hanya membiarkan anak anda terlalu asyik dengan gajet semasa di rumah.

Gunakan situasi semasa ekoran pandemik COVID-19 yang melanda negara dan seluruh dunia pada hari ini untuk kita saling eratkan hubungan kekeluargaan. – RED ANGPOW

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Reforestation is such a lonely word

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Reforestation seems to be the buzzword among environmentalists all around the world these days.

Perhaps, no other single person in the world has contributed as much effort as Jadav ‘Molai’ Payeng toward the noble cause.

Popularly known as ‘the Forest Man of India’, he has been reforesting a considerably large area in the heart of a barren wasteland since 1979.

The Molai forest

Jadav began by planting 20 bamboo seedlings on Majuli island, near Kokilamukh in the Jorhat District of Assam, India.

The lush green area is now known as the Molai forest (named after him, of course) and it spreads about 550 hectares on the river island.

That is more than five times the size of Putrajaya Botanical Garden, the largest of its kind in Malaysia.

Sheer determination

Born in 1963, Jadav started his project at the young age of 16 when the social forestry division of Golaghat district implemented a tree plantation scheme on an area covering 200 hectares in Aruna Chapori.

He was one of the workers involved in the project which took five years to complete.

When his fellow workers left the site, Jadav chose to stay there to take care of the young trees they had planted.

More than that, he planted more trees all by himself and determined to turn the formerly barren area into a forest.

Home of Bengal tigers

Now, the Molai forest is the home of animals like Bengal tigers, Indian rhinoceros, deer, rabbits, monkeys, and a variety of birds, including vultures.

Around 100 elephants visit the area every year and they usually stay there for about six months.

Thousands of trees

The trees are growing into the thousands now and bamboo alone covers 300 hectares of the Molai forest area.

Other trees include arjun (Terminalia arjuna), ejar (Lagerstroemia speciosa), goldmohur (Delonix regia), koroi (Albizia procera), moj (Archidendron bigeminum), and himolu (Bombax ceiba).

Accidental discovery

Jadav’s solitary effort at reforestation was only known to the public 29 years after he had started it.

Forest department officials discovered the Molai forest while they were searching for a herd of 115 elephants that had damaged property in the nearby village of Aruna Chapori.

They were surprised to know the existence of a large and dense forest in the area and since then, the officials visited the site frequently.

Photo: Dionidream

Poachers

There was an attempt by poachers to kill the rhinoceros living in the forest in 2013.

However, they failed to do so after Jadav alerted forest department officials about the illegal activity.

Some items used by the poachers were then seized by the officials.

Accolades

Jadav’s contribution to reforestation didn’t go unnoticed.

He was named ‘the Forest Man of India’ by Jawaharlal Nehru University vice-chancellor, Sudhir Kumar Sopory at a public event organized by the university’s School of Environmental Sciences on 22 April 2012.

Besides that, Jadav was honored with Padma Shri, the fourth-highest award for civilians in India in 2015.

He also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Assam Cultural University and Kaziranga University for contributions.

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Shri Jadav Payeng, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 08, 2015. Photo: President’s Secretariat

The story of Molai

The life and work of the Forest Man of India were featured in a documentary titled ‘Foresting Life’ directed by Aarti Shrivastava in 2013.

In the same year, William Douglas McMaster produced another documentary about Jadav’s lone effort.

The documentary, Forest Man, was named the Best Documentary award at the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase in the American Pavilion during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Indian writer, Vinayak Varma also immortalized Jadav by making him the main character in children’s book, Jadav and the Tree-Place.

The book was published by an open-source platform, StoryWeaver and funded by a grant from the Oracle Giving Initiative.

https://youtu.be/HkZDSqyE1do

Nurturing forest people

Despite Jadav’s relentless effort, reforestation has not been given serious consideration by the world community.

Timber companies keep cutting down trees in the forests without sticking to the promise to replant them.

What we need to do is to educate the younger generation on the importance of reforestation in conserving the Earth’s sustainability.

Let them grow up to be the ‘forest people’ who will make the world green and lovely again. – RED ANGPOW

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Seeding a new Earth story in Wurruk’an

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Perhaps, the peculiar name of Wurruk’an doesn’t strike a chord with some of us.

I have never heard of that place too until I stumbled upon an interesting documentary about that community on YouTube recently.

The documentary titled “A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity” was released in June 2016.

It was written and produced by Jordan Osmond (Happen Films) and Samuel Alexander (Simplicity Institute).

Where did the name come from?

To begin with, the word “wurruk” is an Australian indigenous term that has two meanings: “Earth” and “story”.

Consequently, “k’an” is a Mayan word for “seed”,

As a whole, the name Wurruk’an can be interpreted as the community members’ desire to express their endeavor to “seed a new Earth story”.

How did they get the idea?

It began with a small group of people who wanted to demonstrate a ‘simpler way’ of living based on the concept of permaculture.

For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, permaculture means “the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient”.

The term was coined by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison in 1978.

Back then, Holmgren was a graduate student at the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education’s Department of Environmental Design.

Mollison was a senior lecturer in Environmental Psychology at the University of Tasmania.

The location

What the pioneers of Wurruk’an had in mind had in 2015 was the idea of creating an inclusive gathering place where they can promote permaculture as an alternative way of life in the modern world.

They then decided to start their small community on a humble but beautiful body of land, water, and forest in the Gunai District of Gippsland, Victoria. Australia.

The 20-acre wide area is located about 2 hours from Melbourne.

About 40 percent of the land has been cleared for dwellings and farming while native forest still occupies the rest of it (12 acres).

The principles

Wurruk’an was built on these principles:

  • building a new world from within the shell of the old;
  • learning the skills of self-sufficiency;
  • experimenting with alternative technologies;
  • reconnecting with nature;
  • moving toward systems of renewable energy;
  • seeking to envision and prefigure a world that respects people, place, and the planet; and
  • provoking a broader social conversation about the need to transcend consumer culture based on notions of sufficiency, frugality, mindfulness, local economy, non-violence, and appropriate technology.

The activities

So, what the residents of Wurruk’an do every day?

All of them are involved in various sorts of community activities including farming, meetings, cooking, eating and building infrastructures especially houses.

Farm plots there mainly filled with fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, garlic, quinoa, pumpkins, potatoes, and zucchinis.

Animals like cows, chickens, ducks, and geese are reared here too.

Organic farming is practiced in Wurruk’an, in parallel with the community main objectives.

Cooking is done using wood stoves and foods are commonly shared among neighbors.

Buildings, mostly houses, were constructed from recycled or salvaged materials, costing as low as $400.

Photo: Wurruk’an Facebook

Simple living ain’t free

Community members in Wurruk’an are expected to contribute around $250 per month.

The money will then go to garden projects, designing new tools, maintaining infrastructures, utilities, internet, bulk food orders, and animal feed.

Enough is plenty

In their vision statement, the founders of Wurruk’an mention that the notion of “simpler way” doesn’t mean the community has to go back to the Stone Age.

They are neither anti-development nor anti-progress.

Photo: Wurruk’an website

Not surprisingly, the inhabitants of Wurruk’an still enjoy modern devices like personal computers, smartphones, and the internet.

As in the way they put it, voluntary simplicity is “a way of life based on very modest material and energy needs but which is nevertheless rich in other dimensions”.

Wurruk’an is also about “creating an economy based on sufficiency, knowing how much to live well, and discovering that enough is plenty.”

Interested?

From time to time, Wurruk’an opens two or three slots for new residents.

Just check their blog regularly to find out when the opportunity to experiment living in a simpler way becomes available. – RED ANGPOW

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Rumah mampu milik untuk warga Wilayah Persekutuan

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Anda lahir atau tinggal di Wilayah Persekutuan? Masih belum mempunyai rumah sendiri? Jangan bimbang.

Ini kerana, projek perumahan Residensi Wilayah menyediakan rumah mampu milik kepada pembeli rumah pertama, khusus buat warga Wilayah Persekutuan yang berpendapatan rendah dan sederhana.

Residensi Wilayah

Tak pernah dengar pun, projek baharu ke?

Sebenarnya, inisiatif oleh Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan ini merupakan penjenamaan semula projek Rumah Mampu Milik Wilayah Persekutuan (RUMAWIP).

Selepas penjenamaan semula, segala urusan berkaitan rumah mampu milik di Wilayah Persekutuan tidak lagi menggunakan jenama RUMAWIP.

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Residensi Akasia Jubilee, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Gambar: Residensi Wilayah

Selesa dan berkualiti

Menurut laman sesawang Residensi Wilayah, program ini diwujudkan bagi menyediakan rumah yang selesa lagi berkualiti serta mampu dimiliki warga Wilayah Persekutuan.

Ia selepas mengambil kira harga rumah yang tinggi pada masa kini yang menyebabkan warga kota terutama daripada golongan berpendapatan sederhana sukar untuk membeli dan memiliki rumah sendiri.

Mampu milik

Dengan slogan “Residensi Wilayah Residensiku” projek perumahan ini menyediakan rumah mampu milik di Wilayah Persekutuan dengan harga jualan sehingga RM300,000 seunit.

Dalam tempoh sepuluh tahun iaitu bermula 2019 hingga 2028, sebanyak 80,000 unit rumah Residensi Wilayah disasar untuk dibina.

Jumlah itu juga selaras dengan sasaran kerajaan untuk merealisasikan pembinaan sebanyak sejuta rumah mampu milik di seluruh negara dalam tempoh 10 tahun.

Syarat-syarat kelayakan

Untuk membeli rumah Residensi Wilayah ini, syarat utama kepada pemohon sudah tentulah seorang warganegara Malaysia.

Berusia 21 tahun ke atas, pemohon juga mestilah dilahirkan, menetap ataupun bekerja di Wilayah Persekutuan.

Bagi memastikan inisiatif ini sampai kepada golongan yang benar-benar memerlukan, pemohon projek perumahan ini juga mestilah mempunyai pendapatan kasar bulanan di bawah RM10,000 (bujang) dan RM15,000 (berkahwin).

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Apartmen Lili Petaling, Seputeh, Kuala Lumpur. Gambar: Residensi Wilayah

Jenis rumah

Projek perumahan Residensi Wilayah ini menawarkan rumah yang mempunyai tiga bilik tidur, dua bilik air, dapur, ruang tamu, ruang makan serta jenis rumah berstrata.

Saiz rumah yang tidak kurang daripada daripada 900 kaki selain satu tempat letak kereta berbumbung.

Kemudahan-kemudahan awam dan keperluan sosial yang lengkap juga disediakan di bawah projek perumahan Residensi Wilayah untuk mewujudkan persekitaran berdaya huni yang kondusif.

Kemudahan awam yang wajib dan menjadi syarat penyediaan kepada pemaju antaranya seperti surau dan bilik solat, dewan serbaguna atau bilik mesyuarat, pejabat pengurusan, taska dan tadika, kedai dan gerai komuniti serta perpustakaan.

Cara memohon

Permohonan bagi Residensi Wilayah boleh dibuat secara dalam talian di sini.

Pemohon perlu memastikan alamat emel adalah tepat kerana semua notifikasi akan dihantar melalui emel.

Tiada ejen

Oleh kerana permohonan untuk membeli rumah Residensi Wilayah hanya boleh dilakukan secara dalam talian, Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan mengesahkan tidak pernah melantik mana-mana pihak sebagai ejen untuk permohonan projek perumahan berkenaan.

Segala urusan permohonan, termasuk urusan surat-menyurat, adalah melalui janaan sistem dan secara dalam talian.

Residensi Armani Petaling, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. Gambar: Residensi Wilayah

Iklan palsu

Orang ramai juga dinasihatkan agar tidak terpedaya dengan iklan palsu berhubung tawaran projek RUMAWIP.

Pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab didakwa menggunakan logo Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan dan RUMAWIP untuk mengelirukan pembeli.

Malah, mereka menggunakan kepala surat palsu yang ditandatangani ‘pegawai’ yang sebenarnya tidak wujud. – RED ANGPOW

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Free our oceans from plastic pollution

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Plastic pollution in the oceans has been known as one of the main causes that endanger millions of marine life throughout the world.

Whales, turtles, dolphins, birds, and fish keep on perishing due to our reckless act of dumping plastics to their habitats.

Overall, eight million metric tons of plastic goes into our oceans every year.

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Maybe we did not commit the heinous act ourselves but our behavior might encourage plastic pollution to continue.

Some of us are even reluctant to support the government’s campaign to eliminate the use of plastic bags.

Malaysia is No. 8

In fact, Malaysia is currently ranked eighth among the top 10 worst plastic polluters globally.

Of course, this is not an “achievement” that we all can be proud of.

For your information, most of the plastic production in Malaysia is used for packaging.

Other uses of the material include making electronic components, automotive parts, household items, and others.

Kind of scary, huh?

Plastic bags or their microparticles pose a great danger to the survival of marine life.

Unfortunate incidents involving turtles eating plastic bags mistakenly for jellyfish are not new.

Fish, seabirds, prawns, crabs, and coral can also be the victims.

Whether we realize it or not, microplastics tend to find their way into our stomachs when we eat fish, prawns, crabs or mussels.

Plastic-eating humans

The worst thing of all, plastics have additives which can make them last for hundreds of years.

Some experts even estimated it will take more than 400 years for plastics to disintegrate.

Certainly, once those tiny plastic particles are inside our bodies, their effects on our health can be disastrous.

Animals have been found dead with symptoms like blocked digestive tracts or pierced organs, caused by plastics they ate.

Some of them have been starved to death because their stomachs were filled by plastics, thus causing them to lose the appetite to eat.

Although it has not been medically proven yet, humans may also face the same health risks especially those who love to eat seafood.

Plastic tsunami

About 50% of all plastics manufactured in the world have been produced within the last 15 years.

Besides, the production of plastics has increased almost 200 times in 65 years.

Photo by Shutterstock / Rich Carey / WWF

In comparison, around 2.3 million tons were produced in 1950 and the figure rose sharply to 448 million tons by 2015.

Not only that, production may double by the next 30 years.

Call for action

Clearly, we cannot wait until 2050 to find and implement solutions to the plastic pollution issue.

Humans will also feel the heat when the fish population in the oceans dwindle, thus causing less food to eat.

The solutions are quite simple yet they require strong political will and cooperation from the public.

Most importantly, we must ensure plastic waste will not enter our rivers, seas, and oceans.

To do that, we must improve the waste management system and recycling.

Product designs should also consider the aspect of disposable packaging, which has a shorter life than plastics.

Finally, all countries need to adopt policies that discourage the production and consumption of single-use plastics. – RED ANGPOW

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Kissing canopies, looking so lovely

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Kissing canopies are now becoming rare sights along the streets of our rapidly developing cities.

We can hardly see them lining the roads in residential areas these days, especially in big cities like Kuala Lumpur.

Sad but true, the very existence of green areas in our cities is constantly under threat from the seemingly unstoppable horde of urbanization.

Definition

What is the meaning of a ‘kissing canopy’?

Brent Toderian, a Canadian city planner and urbanist tweeted on this subject recently.

As in the way he described it, a kissing canopy is formed “when tree canopies above a street, sidewalk or path grow enough to touch overhead.”

Certainly, to make that happen, trees must be planted along both sides of the street, sidewalk or path.

Where art thou, oh kissing trees?

Kissing canopies are hard to find in the ever-increasing concrete jungle.

Yet, their scarcity makes them one of the most valued natural treasures that should be preserved forever.

Let us take a look at some of the places where the public and tourists can relish the beautiful scenery created by kissing trees.

Putrajaya Botanical Garden, Malaysia

Located in the administrative capital of Malaysia, the Putrajaya Botanical Garden covers an area of 93 hectares wide.

Visitors may expect to see an abundance of tropical trees forming green canopies along the walkways in the garden.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
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Photo: Grinnel Gallery

Established in the 1800s, these beautiful gardens are about 10 kilometers away from Kandy.

Besides strolling under the cool shades of tree canopies, visitors should not miss seeing the huge and spectacular Javan fig tree there.

The largest tree canopy in the world covers an area of 1,600 square meters.

Lomanstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The view of the renowned X trees here is exceptionally breathtaking and frequently photographed by tourists.

Lined by magnificent honey locust trees, this popular street in Amsterdam is located in the posh neighborhood of the Ouid-Zuid (Old South) district.

Paris, France

People always associate Paris with the views of Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe.

The city of love also has remarkable kissing canopies lining both sides of its pedestrian walkways and roads.

Nami Island, South Korea
Photo: T. Dallas / Shutterstock.com

This island is one of the most popular tourist spots in South Korea, especially among those who have watched the Winter Sonata telenovela.

Many people are willing to brave the cold winter temperature just to get themselves photographed between the two lines of metasequoia trees.

Last but not least…

It will be a great idea if municipalities in Malaysia adopt a policy of encouraging tree planting in cities and towns.

Besides, the green and refreshing scenery, planting trees in urban areas have many benefits as represented in the infographic below.

For the sake of environmental conservation, always remember that we need to plant more trees while at the same time, avoid cutting them down indiscriminately. – RED ANGPOW

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Malakat Mall tarikan beli-belah baharu di Cyberjaya

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Pembukaan Malakat Mall pada 1 Mac 2020 akan memberi lebih banyak pilihan kepada warga Cyberjaya untuk membeli-belah.

Terletak di Raudhah City, gedung beli-belah setinggi tiga tingkat itu mengetengahkan konsep Islamik.

Malakat Mall
Gambar: Farid Janudin

Ia bakal menghimpunkan produk-produk keluaran usahawan bumiputera dan Muslim, selaras dengan lokasinya di kawasan kejiranan Raudhah City.

Pada masa yang sama, gedung beli-belah berkenaan turut membuka 20 peratus daripada 48 lot runcitnya kepada syarikat bukan bumiputera atau syarikat asing.

Nama

Dari mana pula datangnya nama Malakat Mall?

‘Malakat’ merupakan perkataan Arab yang bermaksud ‘perhimpunan segala pedagang’.

Malakat Mall
Gambar: Farid Janudin

Malah, Melaka pada zaman kegemilangannya pernah digelar ‘Malakat’ oleh pedagang-pedagang Arab yang berurus niaga di situ.

Pengasas

Individu yang bertanggungjawab mengasaskan gedung beli-belah ini ialah Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Malakat Mall Sdn Bhd, Mohd Fadzil Hashim.

Beliau juga merupakan pengasas Kumpulan Brainy Bunch dan Raudhah City.

Objektif

Malakat Mall ditubuhkan dengan objektif untuk merancakkan pembangunan ekonomi di Raudhah City dan Cyberjaya.

Selain itu, ia juga membuka ruang dan peluang kepada usahawan bumiputera dan Muslim untuk memasarkan produk mereka.

Secara tidak langsung, usaha tersebut berupaya meningkatkan lagi penyertaan usahawan bumiputera dan Muslim dalam sektor peruncitan di Malaysia.

Gedung beli-belah itu juga mampu mewujudkan komponen pasaran dalam ekosistem ekonomi bumiputera melalui promosi perniagaan berkualiti tinggi.

Malah, ia akan menjadi pusat transformasi perniagaan dari segi penyediaan perkhidmatan jualan pukal dan berpusat untuk jenama usahawan tempatan.

Penyewa Utama

Pasar raya Raudhah Grocer menjadi penyewa utama sekali gus berperanan sebagai pusat makanan halal.

Ruang niaga yang lain akan diisi oleh para usahawan yang menawarkan pelbagai jenis barangan kepada pelanggan.

Produk yang bakal dijual merangkumi buku, peralatan bertukang, alat tulis, makanan dan minuman, pencuci, kosmetik dan penjagaan diri serta pakaian.

Karnival

Warga Cyberjaya tidak perlu memandu ke Kuala Lumpur untuk membeli-belah barangan keperluan untuk Ramadan dan Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Mereka boleh mendapatkan barangan seperti pakaian, aksesori, kuih raya dan beraneka jenis kerepek di Malakat Mall.

Karnival Jualan Raya akan berlangsung mulai 15 Mac hingga 23 Mei 2020, dari pukul 10 pagi hingga 10 malam.

Perancangan

Difahamkan, pengurusan Malakat Mall merancang untuk membina sebanyak 100 gedung beli-belah di seluruh negara.

Masa yang diambil untuk mencapai sasaran tersebut adalah 10 tahun.

Semoga Malakat Mall terus berkembang maju dalam usaha memperkasakan usahawan bumiputera dan Muslim di negara ini.

Artikel ini ditulis oleh Badrul Hafizan Mat Isa dan disunting oleh Hussaini Amran.

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Beware of fraudsters impersonating PR1MA sales agents

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Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia (PR1MA) advises the public to exercise caution when approached by individuals claiming to be the sales agents of that corporation.

A statement released by PR1MA mentioned there were several cases where potential homebuyers were fraudulently deceived by those crooks.

Modus operandi

First, the scammers claimed they were acting as sales agents for PR1MA.

Then, they would ask the victims to pay a certain sum of money as deposits.

They also allegedly told the victims that deposits were required since the houses were selling at prices lower than published.

Besides, those so-called “sales agents” misled potential buyers by telling them those houses were cheaper because they were part of a program co-organized between PR1MA and government agencies.

Certainly, the fraudsters would falsely claim that the program aimed to help more people from the lower-income group or the B40s to purchase homes.

The real SOP

What the public should know is PR1MA has a standard operating procedure (SOP) in regards to purchasing homes.

Most importantly, potential homebuyers do not have to pay any registration fee to PR1MA.

Other than that, PR1MA does not appoint any agent or third-party offering form-filling services or special allocations for PR1MA homes.

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Photo: PR1MA

Booking fee

Well, the real deal is, after registration, a potential homebuyer is required to submit a booking fee of RM500 in the form of a cheque or bank draft.

The booking fee is payable to PERBADANAN PR1MA MALAYSIA or if you are in Sarawak, to PR1MA DEVELOPMENT SDN BHD.

Words of caution

PR1MA encourages potential homebuyers to take extra measures to ensure they only deal with registered PR1MA agents.

To do that, they must always insist individuals claiming to be PR1MA sales agents to present their proof of appointment first.

An extensive list of PR1MA sales partners is available on the corporation’s web site.

What else you must do?

If you have any inquiries especially in terms of the booking process or booking fee, please contact PR1MA’s official channels.

The public may send their queries via e-mail to info@pr1ma.my.

Photo: PR1MA

Alternatively, they may also contact the PR1MA Call Centre at 03-7628 9898, from Monday to Friday (9 am to 6 pm).

Besides, it is easier and more convenient to register online via the PR1MA web site.

Updates on PR1MA homes

Currently, there are 56 housing projects under PR1MA open for application by the public.

Out of that figure, 11 projects are in Perak, followed by Melaka (9), Kedah (8), and Sabah (7).

Photo: PR1MA

Meanwhile, Selangor, Johor, Pahang, and Sarawak have four PR1MA housing projects open for application in each state.

For the rest, Negeri Sembilan has three projects, followed by Kelantan (2), Pulau Pinang (2), and Perlis (1).

Further information on those housing projects is available here.

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Harmonizing the future landscape of Kampung Baru

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The redevelopment of Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur has been a hot topic for debate since the last few decades.

There are three different lines of thought championed by various factions with vested interests in that matter.

Contrasting points of view

On the popular side, the traditionalists want the government to preserve the Malay traditional houses.

In other words, the main objective is retaining the identity of Kampung Baru as the last bastion of Malay heritage in the heart of metropolitan Kuala Lumpur.

Meanwhile, the modernists have a completely different view.

They prefer to see new ultramodern high-rise structures in place of the old wooden houses that have always been synonymous with the Malay enclave for about 200 years.

However, there is another point of view which highlights on achieving the balance between the old and the new.

Designing the public realm

In September 2017, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) published a paper titled “Kuala Lumpur: Designing the Public Realm”.

The research program was co-organized by Harvard University GSD and AECOM, a global design, engineering, and construction company.

A section of that research studio program, prepared by three Harvard University GSD students, discussed the issue of redeveloping Kampung Baru.

In brief, William Baumgardner, Chengyuan Du, and Dandi Zhang presented their interesting ideas in a project named “Micro-Infrastructure as Community Preservation”.

The need for public space

An intimate public space is hard to find in the hustle and bustle of a big city like Kuala Lumpur.

Yet, that objective has been one of the main concerns in the “new Kampung Baru” proposed by Baumgardner, Du, and Zhang.

Seven villages

They suggested that the empty lots and green spaces within seven villages in Kampung Baru be utilized as public spaces.

In case you don’t know, Kampung Baru actually comprises Kampung Atas A, Kampung Atas B, Kampung Hujung Pasir, Kampung Periok, Kampung Pindah, and Kampung Masjid.

Then, village meetings can be organized in those public spaces where the Kampung Baru folks can use, among other things, for resting or gathering.

Central network

Besides, the public spaces will be connected by a central network, contributing to pedestrian circulation.

In the meantime, it will also promote engagement in the neighborhood.

As the students put it in their own words:

“Each village has an opportunity to make its potential public spaces into unique anchors of the community.

“These spaces capitalize on the distinct cultural identities of the people, their houses, and the surrounding landscape.”

Development typologies

The project proposed two sets of typologies that can be used to redevelop the three most common zones in Kampung Baru.

Specifically, those three zones are residential, commercial and mixed-use.

Firstly, the new buildings in Kampung Baru will maintain the vernacular roof structures and at the same time, raise them.

Theoretically, this method can create new spaces for commercial or housing units.

Vernacular culture

Additionally, these roof structures accentuate a vernacular culture and architectural language that seems more significant with Petronas Twin Towers as its backdrop.

Furthermore, another typology suggests to abstract the roof’s form and orients it according to the zoning designation.

In summary, this typology enables the public to recognize the function of each building as they stroll around the area.

Architectural design

For both typologies, the students suggested the one- to two-floor existing buildings to be raised to three- to seven-floor buildings.

They also proposed those buildings to use a grid of 5 x 5 x 3 meters.

Photo: Kuala Lumpur: Designing The Public Realm

As a result, this grid will permit flexibility and modulating in the future.

In addition, other elements like wall units and balconies are modular to allow landlords to work within the provided parameters.

Certainly, uniform zoning regulations in Kampung Baru would ensure the continuation of the variety that already exists there.

Public spaces and sky bridges

Other than pedestrian walkways, the paper also suggested the inclusion of other amenities in public areas.

For example, outdoor theaters, galleries, botanical gardens, amphitheaters, and markets.

Besides, those public spaces will help to construct a continuous transition from indoor to outdoor and private to public.

Sky bridges can also link every parcel in Kampung Baru hence adding another layer of pedestrian circulation.

Where do we go from here?

Yes, the idea is practical and brilliant, if and only if, we live a perfect world.

To make it happen, the government needs to resolve some haunting issues.

Those issues include locating absentee landowners and dealing with current residents who are mostly migrant workers.

Until now, negotiations regarding the future of Kampung Baru with over 5,000 landowners are going nowhere.

In summary, we hope there will be a win-win solution that is beneficial and satisfactory to all stakeholders in Kampung Baru.

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Sejuk mata memandang di Taman Botani Putrajaya

Tempoh bacaan: 3 minit

Taman Botani Putrajaya merupakan salah satu lokasi yang menarik untuk dikunjungi di pusat pentadbiran Malaysia itu.

Pemandangan taman hijau dengan landskap yang menarik serta tasik yang menenangkan memang bertepatan dengan gelaran Putrajaya sebagai bandar dalam taman.

Tidak hanya dikunjungi penduduk setempat, taman yang terbesar di Malaysia itu turut menjadi pilihan orang ramai yang tinggal di kawasan berhampiran seperti Kuala Lumpur dan Bangi.

Malah, ada pengunjung yang sanggup datang dari Seremban semata-mata kerana ingin meluangkan masa bersama keluarga di taman berkenaan.

Dalam kalangan penggemar aktiviti beriadah, joging, berbasikal mahupun yang gemar mengambil gambar, taman yang terletak di Presint 1 itu sentiasa menjadi pilihan mereka.

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Terlalu banyak tarikan di sini sehingga menjadikan Taman Botani Putrajaya lokasi tumpuan orang ramai pada cuti hujung minggu.

Kehadiran pengunjung tetap menggalakkan sehingga ke lewat petang termasuk pada hari bekerja.

Namun, mungkin tidak ramai yang tahu taman botani yang dibuka sejak 2001 ini bukanlah semata-mata untuk tujuan rekreasi atau riadah.

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Ia sebenarnya berfungsi sebagai kawasan perlindungan dan pusat pembelajaran serta kajian khazanah alam negara.

Malah, ia menempatkan kira-kira 700 spesies tumbuhan daripada benua berbeza di atas tanah berkeluasan 92 hektar.

Makan angin

Kawasan yang luas dan memiliki landskap yang menarik menjadikan taman ini sangat sesuai untuk bersiar-siar bersama keluarga.

Anda boleh memilih sama ada untuk berjalan kaki, berjoging ataupun berbasikal.

Tetapi bagi mereka yang ada anak kecil, berjalan kaki untuk meneroka keseluruhan kawasan tanaman bukanlah pilihan yang sesuai.

Jangan bimbang, jika anda tidak membawa basikal sendiri, anda boleh menyewanya pada kadar serendah RM8 sejam.

Untuk pengalaman yang lebih menarik, pengunjung juga boleh menaiki buggy atau tram yang disediakan.

Tambah ilmu

Bagi mereka yang menggemari tumbuh-tumbuhan dan bunga-bungaan, inilah tempatnya untuk menambah ilmu pengetahuan anda.

Bayangkan, beratus-ratus spesies tumbuhan dari seluruh dunia ada di taman ini.

Menariknya, setiap daripada pokok yang ditanam itu disertakan dengan maklumat saintifik.

Tujuannya jelas iaitu bagi memudahkan pengunjung untuk mengenal asal usul pokok dan tumbuhan itu.

Kesemua pokok, tumbuhan dan bunga tersebut ada di dalam taman ini yang dibahagikan mengikut taman-taman bertema yang terdapat sebanyak 13 bahagian kesemuanya.

Antara taman tema itu adalah tanaman Afrika, tanaman Amerika Tropika, tanaman Asia Pasifik, terowong bunga kertas dan paku pakis.

Bergambar

Taman Botani Putrajaya juga merupakan lokasi yang sangat sesuai untuk mereka yang suka bergambar.

Bagi yang mempunyai hobi berfoto, di sinilah tempatnya untuk anda memantapkan kemahiran bergambar anda.

Landskap yang pelbagai sangat tentu mempesonakan malah bagi pasangan pengantin, sangat digalakkan untuk mengabadikan gambar kenangan perkahwinan anda di sini.

Di taman ini juga terdapat satu lagi tarikan, iaitu Astaka Morocco yang menawarkan keindahan seni bina dan ukiran Islamik pada replika istana Morocco yang dipamerkan di sana.

Khabarnya, ada bayaran yang dikenakan untuk pengunjung yang ingin bergambar di Astaka Morocco.

Berkelah di pinggiran tasik

Berkelah di tepi sungai dan pantai sudah menjadi kebiasaan bagi rakyat di negara ini.

Anda boleh mengalami suasana baharu dengan berkelah di tepi tasik di Taman Botani Putrajaya.

Gambar: Facebook Taman Botani Putrajaya

Nikmati pula hembusan angin yang mendamaikan dari tasik dan pada masa sama, anda boleh melakukan aktiviti-aktiviti sampingan lain.

Anak-anak juga boleh berlari sepuas-puasnya di lapangan hijau yang luas selain memberi makanan kepada ikan-ikan yang ada di dalam tasik.

Sudah tentu semua kegiatan itu menyeronokkan!

Ringkasnya, tempoh sehari memang tidak cukup untuk meneroka seluruh kawasan Taman Botani Putrajaya.

Keindahan dan ketenangan yang ada pasti menggamit pengunjung untuk kembali ke sana.

Diiktiraf sebagai antara 40 taman tercantik di Asia, Taman Botani Putrajaya ini pasti akan meninggalkan kenangan indah untuk mereka yang pernah mengunjunginya.

Ia juga tempat terbaik untuk membina hubungan kekeluargaan dan tidak perlu kos yang besar.

Memanglah tak perlu keluar duit yang banyak sebab masuk pun percuma!

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House rental rates nearby the Kelana Jaya LRT line

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Some of us may wonder how the Kelana Jaya light railway transit (LRT) line has affected the rental rates of nearby houses.

Our team at RED ANGPOW has performed an analysis on that subject matter recently.

We have gathered data on rental prices of more than 90 residential areas along the Kelana Jaya LRT line that covers the distance of 46.4 kilometers and 37 stations.

Then, by using our very own tool, we formulated some graphical analyses to describe the patterns of rental rates along that LRT line.

The first analysis

Kelana Jaya LRT line

Firstly, we have detected there are 39 residential areas with the rental rates lower than RM2,000 per month.

On the contrary, tenants in 58 residential areas need to fork out more than RM2,000 every month to pay for their rents.

The second analysis

Kelana Jaya LRT line

Secondly, we have also analyzed the range of rental rates for apartments, condominiums, link houses, and serviced residences and compared their distances from the Kuala Lumpur city center.

For houses located in residential areas within the distance of 19 km from the city center, the rents range from RM900 to RM8,500 per month.

Most of the houses in those residential areas are rented out at the rates of between RM1,000 and RM5,000 per month.

Only two residential areas have rental rates of below RM1,000 per month while five residential areas comprise houses with rents higher than RM5,000 per month.

The third analysis

Kelana Jaya LRT line

Thirdly, we will take a look at rental rates for houses nearby stations along the Kelana Jaya LRT line.

From the chart, we can see that a 4-bedroom house nearby Ampang Park LRT station can be rented out at a rate of about RM7,000 per month.

On the other end, tenants are expected to pay the monthly rent of RM1,300 for a 3-bedroom house nearby Wawasan LRT station.

If you think a single bedroom house can be rented at a lower rate, then you are in for a surprise.

A single bedroom house located in the vicinity of Kerinchi LRT station may contribute around RM4,000 to the landlord’s income every month.

The final analysis

Lastly, let’s find out the median rental rates for 3-bedroom houses in residential areas located nearby the Kelana Jaya LRT line.

Altogether, there are 19 residential areas with 3 bedrooms around 11 LRT stations which comprise 16 condominiums, 2 apartments, and 1 serviced residence.

Those LRT stations are Wawasan, Lembah Subang, Kelana Jaya, Taman Melati, Wangsa Maju, Gombak, Ara Damansara, Sri Rampai, Universiti, Bangsar and Dato’ Keramat.

Any unit at The Haute condominium which is located about 1 kilometer from Dato’ Keramat LRT station can be rented out at the rate of RM2,000 per month.

The second place goes to Menara Pelangi apartment (about 10-minute walk from Bangsar LRT Station) with the rental rate almost equalling The Haute.

For those who plan to rent a 3-bedroom house with the rental rates lower than RM1,500, they may look around somewhere near Wawasan LRT Station.

Rhythm Avenue, The 19 USJ City Mall and Goodyear Court 10 will be the right places for them to start searching.

All those three residential areas are conveniently located about 1 kilometer away from the Wawasan LRT Station.

Before we go…

In the future, RED ANGPOW will perform similar analysis on Sri Petaling and Ampang LRT lines.

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A housing scheme up for grabs for the young ones

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Maybe some young people in this country are unaware of the Youth Housing Scheme, an initiative that allows them to get full financing to purchase their dream homes.

For their information, Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) has been appointed by the Malaysian government to implement this scheme effective from 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2021.

To make your life easier, RED ANGPOW has compiled five essential facts about this scheme.

Who is eligible?

If you are a Malaysian youth between 25 to 40 years old with a household income of less than RM10,000 a month, you may apply for this scheme.

Please bear in mind, you must be married.

For those who are still singles, better tie the knot first before filling in the application form.

Yup, the scheme only covers first-time homebuyers.

Details on financing

Amount: Up to 100% from the minimum of RM100,000 to RM500,000.

Tenure: Up to a maximum of 35 years or not exceeding the age of 65 years, whichever comes first.

Interest/profit rate: Up to a maximum base lending rate (BLR) / base financing rate (BFR) -2.4%.

Financing concept: Islamic and conventional.

What do you get from the government?

Homebuyers under this scheme need to pay an installment of RM200 every month for the first two years, starting from the first loan drawdown.

Furthermore, they are eligible to receive a 50% discount on stamp duty for the loan agreement.

Documents you must bring to the bank

Besides the BSN loan application form, you have to present proof of purchase such as sales and purchase agreement, the receipt for the deposit or proforma purchase order.

Don’t forget to attach a copy of Mykad, payslip and bank statement.

Please refer to the BSN website for further details.

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Photo: BSN

Other information

Payment will be made via monthly crediting to GIRO/GIRO-i account.

Also, homebuyers are responsible for paying the legal fee.

Just in case you don’t know, this scheme is implemented through a smart partnership with Cagamas and Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF).

So, you may also opt for withdrawal from your EPF account.

Finally, loan applications are subjected to credit guidelines set by BSN.

Before we depart

The Youth Housing Scheme is only limited to 20,000 homebuyers during the two years of its implementation.

What you are waiting for, young people?

Hurry up and submit your application while stocks last.

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