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Category: Development EN

Indigenous residents’ associations in Sarawak urge the government to resolve the problems faced by rural communities

On November 28, 2023, we, the representatives of nine residents’ associations of villages in Marudi, Baram Tengah, Bakong and Niah attended a meeting organised by Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) in Marudi to discuss several development issues faced by the residents of our villages. As a result of this meeting, today, in conjunction with the celebration of the Human Rights Day 2023, a memorandum...
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Building Under Construction Collapses: Authorities Need To Take Strong Action

The Penang Consumer Association (CAP) is shocked and disappointed when another building under construction collapsed. A Commission of Inquiry should be established immediately to investigate this incident. The accident involving the collapse occurred at a logistics warehouse under construction in Batu Maung, Bayan Lepas, Penang with three confirmed dead while two were seriously injured. CAP...
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WHY YOU SHOULDN’T STOP LEARNING

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. So goes a popular quote. There is no end to education. Learning is a lifelong process. “Research shows that you begin learning in the womb and go right on learning until the moment you pass on. Your brain has a capacity for learning that is virtually limitless, which makes every human a potential...
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LET CHILDREN LEARN, GROW & DEVELOP… AT THEIR OWN PACE

Parents, don’t fall into the comparison trap. Comparing our children – whether to siblings or peers – breeds insecurity, fosters sibling rivalry, produces stress and anxiety, and creates distance in our relationships. As a popular quote goes, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” No two children are the same. They have different talents and interests, develop at different rates, and have...
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LIVING STREETS

Frustrated by the growing danger of motor traffic, in the 1970s, residents of Delft's Tuinstraat (“Garden Street”) illicitly erected barriers to curb traffic. They inadvertently invented the woonerf (living street), a common space for play and socialization, especially for kids. (Melissa & Chris Bruntlett, author of “Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality”)...
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You ARE Traffic

This signage is a good reminder: When you’re driving, you’re not stuck in traffic. You ARE traffic. You ARE why congestion, bumper-to-bumper queues, and gridlock form. A typical response from traffic planners has often been “let’s widen the roads and build even more of them, too.” But new roads attract more traffic – a concept known as “induced demand”. As the great American...
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Malaysia must return to prefab low and low-medium cost homes

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) urges the government to revert to prefabricated low and low-medium cost flats and apartments. Malaysia adopted a prefabricated building system (also known as ‘prefab’) in the late 1960s, building low-cost flats in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, being the first Asian country to do so. Rifle Range, Kampung Melayu, and Noordin Street Ghaut flats in Penang;...
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