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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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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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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.

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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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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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Sejuk mata memandang di Taman Botani Putrajaya

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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.

Taman Etnobotani, Taman Botani Putrajaya

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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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Membakar mercun jangan sampai putus jari, buta mata

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Tradisi membakar mercun menang sinonim dengan perayaan Tahun Baharu Cina yang disambut oleh masyarakat Cina di seluruh dunia termasuk di Malaysia.

Malah, amalan itu turut ditiru oleh kaum-kaum lain di negara ini seperti semasa menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri dan Deepavali.

Mengapa orang Cina bakar mercun?

Selain sebagai tanda permulaan Tahun Baharu, masyarakat Cina percaya amalan membakar mercun dapat menghalau dan menakutkan roh-roh jahat dan hantu serta mengelakkan nasib malang.

Bagi mereka, bunyi mercun yang kuat akan menghalau segala nasib malang, menolak bala serta menghalau roh dan semangat jahat keluar dari kawasan rumah.

Selesai membakar mercun, mereka berharap segala tuah pula akan datang dengan melimpah-ruah.

Bagi orang Melayu dan India pula, kegiatan membakar mercun dilakukan hanya sekadar untuk menambah keceriaan suasana sambutan Hari Raya Aidilfitri dan Deepavali.

Cuma agak hairan apabila melihat tiada kecederaan atau kemalangan jiwa dilaporkan akibat membakar mercun semasa Tahun Baharu Cina, berbeza dengan tragedi yang kita sering dengar menjelang Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Seterusnya, mari kita lihat sebab-sebab mengapa kemalangan berkaitan mercun sering melibatkan orang Melayu.

Terlebih ‘kreatif’

Kes kecederaan serius seperti putus jari, buta mata akibat bermain mercun buatan sendiri bukanlah perkara baharu.

Saban tahun pasti kes serupa dilaporkan dan kebiasaan mangsa-mangsa dalam kemalangan tersebut adalah kanak-kanak Melayu.

Tak dapat dinafikan, mereka cukup ‘kreatif’ dalam hal-hal begini.

Ada yang memasukkan mercun ke dalam tin dan botol, semata-mata mahu bunyi yang lebih kuat, lebih kuat lebih seronok bagi mereka.

Perbuatan mengubah suai mercun mengikut cita rasa sendiri itu sangat berbahaya kerana serbuk belerang yang dimampatkan boleh meletup jika dimampatkan dengan tidak mengikut prosedur yang selamat.

Golongan muda Cina kurang main mercun

Rakan penulis yang berketurunan Cina pernah memberitahu, anak-anak muda dan remaja kaum itu kini jarang bermain mercun terutamanya mereka yang tinggal di bandar.

Katanya, kegiatan bermain mercun hanya terhad untuk perayaan dan majlis tertentu seperti Tahun Baharu Cina.

Mereka pun cuma bermain mercun papan dan beberapa jenis mercun lain.

Bakar mercun buatan sendiri? Tidak sama sekali.

Berbeza pula dengan orang Melayu yang bermain mercun mulai awal Ramadan sehingga Syawal berakhir.

Tempoh yang panjang itu mendedahkan mereka kepada risiko mengalami kemalangan yang lebih besar semasa membakar mercun.

Kurang pemantauan

Memang selalu kita lihat kanak-kanak Melayu lebih-lebih lagi di kawasan kampung bebas bermain mercun tanpa dipantau oleh orang dewasa.

Golongan remaja Melayu pula kebiasaannya memilih untuk membakar mercun di lokasi yang agak jauh dari rumah mereka.

Keadaan ini boleh mengundang padah kerana kanak-kanak dan remaja lebih cenderung mencari keseronokan tanpa memikirkan akibat perbuatan mereka.

Gambar: Utusan Online

Oleh itu, awasi pergerakan anak-anak dan bertegaslah dengan mereka agar bukan kita yang menangis kemudian.

Jiran sekampung juga perlu bersikap ambil peduli dalam hal ini dengan menegur atau sekurang-kurangnya memberitahu ibu bapa remaja dan kanak-kanak terbabit.

Mudah dapat bekalan mercun

Kebiasaannya, kejadian kemalangan akibat bermain mercun sering dilaporkan di negeri-negeri pantai timur dan utara berikutan lokasinya yang berhampiran dengan negara jiran.

Bekalan mercun yang mudah didapati di negeri-negeri tersebut menyebabkan kanak-kanak dan remaja yang majoritinya berbangsa Melayu lebih terdedah dengan risiko kecederaan akibat bermain mercun dan bunga api.

Memang kurang meriah musim perayaan seperti Hari Raya Aidilfitri dan Tahun Baharu Cina tanpa dentuman mercun dan percikan bunga api.

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Tetapi undang-undang mesti dipatuhi dan harus diingat, bermain mercun dan bunga api masih lagi dilarang di bawah Akta Bahan Letupan 1957 (Akta 207).

Namun mengikut maklumat terkini yang dilaporkan media, Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) memberi kelulusan bagi 44 jenis bunga api jenis ‘Happy Boom’ dan ‘Pop Pop’ untuk dijual secara umum.

Supaya tidak menimbulkan kacau ganggu terhadap orang lain, tempoh bermain mercun dihadkan sehingga pukul 12 tengah malam dan hanya boleh dilakukan di kawasan lapang dan selamat.

Bak kata pepatah, malang memang tidak berbau justeru amatlah wajar kita mengambil pendekatan berhati-hati dalam setiap perbuatan lebih-lebih lagi dalam soal membakar mercun.

Utamakan keselamatan dan sayangilah satu-satunya nyawa yang kita ada.

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

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Hot air balloons floating over Putrajaya this March

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Fancy floating high in hot air balloons to enjoy the breathtaking view over Putrajaya?

Well, you will get the chance to do so during Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2020.

The much-awaited event, also popularly known as MyBalloonFiesta, will return for the 11th year to Putrajaya starting from 19 to 22 March 2020.

Yup, you may bring your kids along to enjoy the amazing view from 60 feet above the ground as schools are closed for the mid-term break during the festival.

Even better, you and your family can take a ride in any of the balloons or just to enjoy watching those weird-shaped ones, e.g. octopus, teapot and clown head.

Details

The exact location of the event is Monumen Alaf Baru, Precinct 2, Putrajaya and entrance is free.

Visitors to MyBalloonFiesta may come anytime from 7 am to 9 pm and that means, you can also watch glowing hot air balloons floating in the darkness of the night.

Besides Malaysia, there will be hot air balloons coming from other countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Tickets

Visitors don’t have to pay anything to enter the venue and to watch the hot air balloons floating across Putrajaya skyline.

But, if you want to get an up-close and personal view of the balloons and the pilots who operate them, please set aside some money to pay for the tickets.

Riding the balloon with your family members or friends will require some extra cash too.

Since the early bird offer has expired (27 – 28 December 2019), visitors may purchase tickets online from 29 December 2019 to 18 March 2020 to enjoy cheaper prices.

Tethered Balloon Ride: Passengers will be enthralled by the experience of watching the wonderful view from the hot air balloons from 60 feet above the ground between five to seven minutes.

Launching Field Access: Visitors can enter the balloon zone to watch the pilots set up and inflate the hot air balloons besides learning briefly on how to handle the balloons.

Night Glow Access: Feel the groove as you see all hot air balloons are inflated and lit up to the beat of the music.

Other activities

There will be plenty of other fun activities available and of course, you can enjoy them after paying the required fees:

Bull Ride – RM15
Wall Climbing (RM15)
Inflatables Zone (RM20)
Water Orb (RM15)
Roller Orb (RM10)
Reverse Bungee (RM30)
Fishing (RM5)
Beca Mini (RM15)
ChuChu Train (RM7)
Beca Royale (RM40)
Beca Animasi (RM30)
Pedal Go-Kart (RM15)

More details

Please visit MyBalloonFiesta website for further information. – RED ANGPOW

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It’s a season for sharing red ang pows

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The giving of ang pows has always been one of the activities eagerly awaited by children and unmarried adults during Chinese New Year.

That is quite understandable because as ordinary human beings, we find it hard to resist money and the temptation it brings.

Perhaps, you can get enough ang pows to buy that brand-new smartphone or take a backpacking trip to South Korea.

The legend of Sui

The origin of ang pow giving goes back to more than 2,000 years ago during the era of Qin Dynasty. As told by legends, there was a demon called ‘Sui’ who did nothing but scaring off little children one day before New Year.

All Sui had to do was touched their heads and then those little ones would get very sick and some of them even departed with this world.

Not everybody could stand with the terror of Sui, particularly a couple who was worried about the safety of their beloved child.

So, they prayed to their god and eventually, that god sent eight fairies to protect the kid.

Interestingly, the fairies came to the rescue in the form of eight coins wrapped in red paper that was placed under the child’s pillow (not sure whether the child was a boy or a girl).

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As soon as everyone in that family dozed off, the evil Sui tried to touch the child’s head but it just couldn’t do so after seeing a bright light coming from the coins.

Since then, the Chinese started giving ang pows to their unmarried children as a symbolic act of wishing them a safe and peaceful year and to prevent bad luck.

Simply red

Red has always been the most favorite color during Chinese New Year especially when it comes to ang pow packets.

Yes, there are ang pow packets in gold and yellow, but their popularity has never surpassed the ones in red.

The color red is usually viewed as the symbol for energy, luck and happiness.

Thus, the act of giving red ang pows can also be interpreted as wishing for someone’s luck.

Another interesting fact, red ang pows are also called ya sui qian (压岁钱). For those of you who don’t speak Mandarin, that means ‘suppressing ghost money’.

You can guess that name could have related to the legend of Sui and the eight coins (or fairies) packed in red ang pow.

Giving and receiving

Traditionally, ang pows are given by the elderlies and married couples to children and singles.

But in modern times, singles who have earned income also choose to give ang pows to their ageing parents or grandparents.

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Well, how much you should give? The answer is quite simple: it is up to you. But, just make sure you don’t give away all the cash you have.

Besides, don’t put money in the amount that has the digit ‘4’ inside the ang pow. For example, RM4, RM49, RM154 and so on.

The Chinese believe 4 is an unlucky number in since it is nearly homophonous to the word “death”.

The rise of e-Angpow

We have seen the emergence of electronic ang pow (e-Angpow) since a few years back in the form of additional service provided by banks for their customers who observe the tradition.

Some people still prefer to do it the old ways as they believe e-Angpow eliminates the custom of giving money wrapped in red packets.

On the other hand, transferring money via e-Angpow sure seems convenient to uncles and aunties who live so far away from home and yet, they don’t want to miss the opportunity to share their prosperity with the younger members in their families.

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We at Red Angpow would like to take this opportunity to wish a Happy Chinese New Year to our Chinese friends and may we all have a prosperous and fruitful year ahead.

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Gotong-royong lebih syok bila 5 spesies ini ada

Menurut kamus Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, maksud gotong-royong adalah “sama-sama mengerjakan sesuatu atau saling membantu ketika membuat sesuatu”.

Ramai yang menganggap aktiviti bergotong-royong dalam kalangan masyarakat masa kini semakin kurang diberikan perhatian malah semakin jarang dilihat.

Pendapat itu tidak salah kerana masyarakat kini semakin sibuk dengan urusan seharian masing-masing.

Jadi, hujung minggu dan cuti umum yang ada mereka rasa perlu digunakan untuk berehat dan mengisi waktu dengan keluarga berbanding bersama jiran tetangga.

Walaupun aktiviti kemasyarakatan ini dilihat semakin pudar, tidak dapat dinafikan masih terdapat kawasan kejiranan terutamanya kawasan perumahan di bandar yang masih menjalankan aktiviti gotong-royong.

Bagi mereka, ini sahajalah peluang untuk mengeratkan perhubungan antara jiran selain memperkukuhkan perpaduan terutamanya yang berlainan bangsa dan agama.

Gotong-royong tidaklah terhad kepada aktiviti kebersihan dan mengindahkan kawasan persekitaran tempat tinggal sahaja.

Asalkan ia dilakukan bersama-sama, itu boleh dianggap sebagai aktiviti bergotong-royong, termasuklah memasak semasa majlis kenduri, menganjurkan majlis keramaian serta ibadat korban.

Aktiviti bergotong-royong ni memang menyeronokkan kerana dalam masa yang ada itulah kita boleh berjumpa jiran tertangga, berbual dan bertanya khabar antara satu sama lain.

Yang lebih seronok tentulah golongan wanita, isteri dan ibu yang memanfaatkan aktiviti gotong-royong untuk ‘membawang’.

Bila berkumpul ramai-ramai, kita boleh perhatikan macam-macam ragam dan perangai.

Ada yang boleh dijadikan bahan lawak dan tidak kurang juga yang menyakitkan hati. Oleh itu, kesabaran yang tinggi daripada yang lain dituntut, bimbang tujuan asal untuk mengeratkan persaudaraan tetapi akhirnya ada yang bermasam muka.

Mari kita lihat lima jenis perangai dan golongan mereka yang terlibat dalam aktiviti gotong-royong yang seringkali kita lihat.

Orang kuat

Golongan ini kebiasaannya digelar sebagai ‘orang kuat’ taman. Dalam apa juga acara gotong-royong, muka-muka mereka ini selalu di hadapan. Selalunya orang lelaki lah.

Pisau dan parang selalu menjadi teman karib mereka. Kalau aktiviti tebas menebas serahkan sahaja kepada mereka.

Kalau semasa aktiviti korban, mereka juga yang selalu melapah daging-daging.

Sama juga kalau dalam kenduri kendara, mereka juga yang memasak dan tukang basuh periuk dan pinggan.

Namun mereka ini ada kelemahan. Kalau tak ada rokok, kerja tak jalan. Boleh lemah dan lemau satu badan. Itu kata mereka lah.

Selalunya mereka juga sukakan aktiviti berkebun. Cuba tengok di luar rumah mereka, mesti banyak pokok buah, paling tidak pun pokok daun kari, kunyit atau bunga kertas. Apa? Ingat orang lelaki tak suka tanam bunga?

Mandur

Mereka memang pandai memberi arahan sahaja. Bukan mereka tak menghulurkan bantuan, tetapi sikit-sikit, peluh pun tak keluar.

Apa yang banyak keluar adalah arahan dari mulut. Nak marah pun tak boleh sebab biasanya golongan ini mereka yang sudah otai, ataupun sudah berusia.

Alasan mereka, “biarlah yang muda-muda buat” tetapi selalunya tak ramai golongan muda belia yang mahu turut serta jadi siapa lagi yang mahu buat kerja?

Mahu tak mahu, dengar sahajalah arahan pakcik-pakcik mandur, nanti melawan di katakan tidak hormat orang tua pula. Tak apalah, mereka yang dulu makan garam.

Wartawan sambilan

Dalam zaman media sosial ketika ini bertambah satu lagi golongan dan perangai masyarakat yang selalu kita lihat dalam gotong-royong.

Telefon tak lepas dari tangan, setiap detik acara semuanya dirakam dengan telefon pintar. Sebab itu mereka digelar wartawan sambilan kampung atau taman.

Gambar-gambar itu nanti dengan pantas akan dimuat naik dalam laman sosial peribadi selepas dimasukkan dalam kumpulan WhatsApp penduduk terlebih dahulu.

Apabila sibuk mengambil gambar, mereka ini memang jaranglah hendak pegang cangkul atau penyapu mahupun plastik sampah.

Kadang-kadang ada juga kebaikan golongan seperti ini, sekurang-kurangnya kenangan bergotong-royong boleh disimpan untuk masa hadapan.

Biskut Chipsmore

Ingat tak iklan biskut Chipsmore? Sekejap ada, sekejap tak ada. Spesies ini juga muncul dalam kejiranan kita semasa aktiviti gotong-royong.

Pada awal acara, muka mereka memang ada, bersemangat, tetapi kita boleh perhatikan lebih awal, mereka datang tanpa membawa apa-apa peralatan. Datang bawa perut sahaja.

Mereka akan berdiri jauh-jauh daripada yang lain. Sebab apa? nanti mudah bila mereka nak balik rumah. Yalah, rumah bukan jauh sangat pun.

Tetapi yang peliknya, selepas gotong-royong selesai mereka akan muncul semula. Biasalah, selalunya ada makan minum atau acara cabutan nombor bertuah. Kalau nombor naik, dapatlah hamper.

Asalkan tunjuk muka

Golongan ini sukar diduga perangai dan sikap mereka. Kehadiran mereka juga sukar dijangka, sama ada akan datang pada awal, pertengahan atau akhir acara.

Biasanya juga mereka ini terdiri daripada mereka yang dipaksa hadir, sama ada oleh ibu bapa atau isteri tercinta.

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“Pergilah bang, tunjuk muka sikit, bergaullah dengan jiran-jiran jangan duduk rumah je,” omel si isteri.

Kalau kita dapat tengok, golongan ini muka mereka masam mencuka. Kalau senyum pun seperti dibuat-buat sahaja. Lantaklah, asalkan tunjuk muka.

Anda pula masuk dalam golongan peserta gotong-royong yang mana?

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

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So you want to hire a real estate agent

Buying a home, including in Malaysia, can be a nerve-wracking experience especially when it comes to negotiating the price. The more so for those who are just about to purchase their first houses without the assistance of any real estate agent.

Unless you are good at haggling, the probability of getting the seller to come into agreement with your proposed price is quite slim. Even worse, you may skip negotiating after being dazzled by the glittering first impression the house gives you.

The most convenient way to keep those butterflies away from your stomach when confronting the seller is by hiring a real estate agent.

An experienced and honest real estate agent will be your worthy companion in the process of negotiation since he or she knows every trick of the game in the industry. Besides, they speak in the same language as the seller or his or her agent.

That is understandable because they make a living by negotiating for the best price on behalf of their clients and most importantly, they help you make an informed decision.

Why hire an agent?

There are a number of reasons for hiring a real estate agent. First, they are well-trained and experienced in the art of negotiating the most favorable price possible for their clients.

Maybe you are a good haggler yourself and capable of persuading the seller to give you a 3% discount. Yet, hiring a real estate agent may get you a better deal, let say, a 5% discount on the final price.

To make it clearer, if the seller opens the price at RM500,000, you may get the house at RM485,000 after you are done haggling by yourself.

In comparison, the agent may get the seller to agree to part with his or her property at RM475,000. Do the simple math and you will find there is a RM10,000 difference between those two approaches.

Second, real estate agents can also be your only true friends in this cruel and wicked world. Well, that sounds a little bit melodramatic.

In some ways, a good real estate agent performs better than your Facebook BFFs. He or she is willing to go the extra mile to ensure you get the best deal for the house by checking the defects, applying for a home loan and insurance, identifying nearby amenities or finding out the crime rate in the area.

The fees ain’t free

The best things in life are free, so they say. But, that saying is not applicable to real estate agents. That is understandable because negotiating for the sale and purchase of real estate is their main source of income.

As stated by the Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA), the commission fee for real estate agents is set at a maximum of 3% of the property sale price. That rate is only applicable for the sale and purchase of properties in Malaysia.

How about the minimum rate? Well, the least you must pay is RM1,000 per property. Let say the sale price of the property is 30,000 and if you apply the maximum commission fee of 3%, by rights you are supposed to pay only RM900 to the agent.

But, in this case, you still have to pay a minimum commission fee of RM1,000 to the real estate agent.

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So, take some time to do the calculation first to help you decide whether it will be moneywise to appoint a real estate agent to deal on your behalf.

Technically, the burden of paying the agent’s commission fee is borne by the seller. Nevertheless, the seller may transfer the cost to the buyer by adding the commission fee to the final price.

Don’t be surprised, you may end up paying the very same price that the seller asks initially.

Calm as a cucumber

After some deliberate thinking, you agree to appoint a real estate agent. Then, comes the moment for both of you to take a look at the house you are interested in buying.

The best thing to do is to let the agent do all the talking and negotiating. After all, that is the main reason you hire him or her.

Yes, you may chip in once in a while but keep it at a bare minimum. Avoid being perky and showing you are very interested while inspecting the house; otherwise, the agent will have a hard time to get the best price from the seller.

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Taking a picture of the house or a selfie in front of it is definitely a no-no. Don’t do that, even when the seller is not around.

Some nosy neighbors may see you doing that and relay the information to the seller. Once the seller learns you are excited about the house, it will be hard for the agent to get the best deal for you.

Words of advice

Please make an effort to verify you are dealing with a REAL real estate agent. If someone approaches you and present his or her business card with the Real Estate Negotiator (REN) number printed on it, don’t take it at face value yet.

Run a check with relevant authorities such as MIEA first. In fact, you can go to the MIEA website and perform a search there.

Or, to save you from the trouble of appointing a fake real estate agent, just pick one that suits your criteria from the long list of REN members listed on the MIEA website.

Happy hunting and may you get the best deal for your dream house.

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Cheap prices don’t last forever

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More than a year has passed since the abolishment of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in June 2018 and the reintroduction of Sales and Services Tax (SST) three months later.

From the very first day of its implementation, GST has been accused as the culprit in driving prices up, especially essential consumer items like food and non-alcoholic beverages.

So, most Malaysians expected prices would at least be stabilized after GST was no longer enforced.

Yes, the prices on a great number of products were cheaper when the GST rate was set to zero from June to August 2018 though the same situation was virtually nonexistent for services.

But, good things don’t last forever, especially when it comes to cheap prices.

The usual suspects

That was evident in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Malaysia November 2019 report released by the Department of Statistics, Malaysia on 20 December 2019.

CPI (read: inflation) has increased by 0.9% within a span of one year from November 2018 (121.0) to November 2019 (122.1).

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Well, the usual suspects in driving the overall index up were Miscellaneous Goods & Services (2.5%), Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels (1.7%), Education (1.6%), Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages (1.5%), Communication (1.5%), and Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance (1.5%).

Besides, the CPI has also increased slightly by 0.1% within a month since October 2019.

The spike was contributed by the increase in the index of Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels by 0.4%, Miscellaneous Goods & Services (0.4%), and Health (0.2%).

In the same manner, the first 11 months of 2019 witnessed an increase in price index at the rate of 0.7% compared to the same period a year before.

For Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages, the index has increased by 1.5% in November 2019 in comparison with November 2018.

To be more specific, the hike was caused by the food sub-group of Vegetables (2.0%), Food Products not elsewhere classified (1.6%), Milk & Eggs (1.4%), Fish & Seafood (1.3%), and Fruits (1.1%).

Costs more to eat out

Since prices of food items are generally up, the cost of eating out was a bit higher in November 2019 when compared to the same month in 2018.

The increase of the price index of this sub-group was caused by the rise in the prices of Rice with Side Dishes, Food Made from Noodles, and Fried Chicken.

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Absolutely, cooking at home will always be the cheaper alternative for those who are not willing to fork out extra money for dining out.

The expensive states

Meanwhile, two federal territories and two states had CPI higher than the national rate of 0.9% in November 2019 and the winners were Kuala Lumpur (1.4%), Selangor & Putrajaya (1.3&), and Pulau Pinang (1.1%).

While all 14 states experienced an increase in the index of Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages, six states and two federal territories registered rates higher than the national index for that category in November 2019.

The highest rate was recorded in Selangor and Putrajaya (2.0%), trailed by Kuala Lumpur and Pulau Pinang (1.9%), Perak and Johor (1.8%), and Kedah and Perlis (1.6%).

Core index

For core index, the rate climbed by 1.4% from November 2018 to November 2019 and three groups which contributed significantly to the increase were Miscellaneous Goods & Services (2.5%), Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels (2.1%) and Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages (1.8%).

Please take note that the Department of Statistics, Malaysia excludes the most volatile items of fresh food and administered prices of goods and services from the calculation of core index.

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Up, down, or stay the same?

What lies await for us in 2020? Will the first year of the new decade see the utopian dream of zero inflation rate finally come true?

With the introduction of sugar tax last year and digital tax this month, let us all pray the dream won’t turn to a nightmare.

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