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Category: Development EN

What is the outcome of discussions between the Ministry of Information and MCMC with Astro?

Astro has already started billing subscribers with the new rates despite the many objections raised by subscribers and Parliament. Contradicting statements were made by various authorities leaving subscribers confused. Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has been inundated with calls from aggrieved subscribers. In early June 2011, Astro announced its plan to revise the monthly subscription...
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The kitchen is the heart of our home

As food for the family is prepared in the kitchen it has an important role to play in the lives of families. Nothing warms the heart of a husband like the smell of dinner cooking as he walks in from a hard day’s work. Besides, having a meal together can bring the family closer. Unfortunately times have changed, cooking and eating together among family members is no longer the norm for many...
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Astro’s monopoly has short-changed Malaysian TV viewers

Malaysians are gullible enough to be taken for a long ride by Astro, as the government has given Astro too much leeway. This has caused Malaysian TV viewers to be short-changed and at the same time snuffed out other operators from entering the market and providing better service. Such a phenomenon is only seen in Malaysia, with only one pay TV operator given exclusive licence for 20 years. The...
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Sending of unsolicited messages to mobile phones must be stopped

Short messaging service (SMS) is one of the medium of communication being used commonly nowadays by hand phone users. However SMS can also be used to commit crime and fraud by various parties. Mobile phones are now being blasted with so many unwanted or unsolicited short messages. Unsolicited messages include advertisement-linked messages, contest winning messages, pornographic messages and so...
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Takeover the IPPs, not renegotiate

CAP is concerned that the government is already renegotiating with independent power producers (IPPs) whose contracts will be expiring soon. Why are contract negotiations being carried out with IPPs  which have been a drain on the resources of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and a burden to the consumers? Why not let TNB take over the IPPs? This is not a radical suggestion considering that in 1982...
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Strict safety measures needed for electric bicycles

CAP opines that as long as all necessary safety measures are strictly followed, a certain category of electric bicycles may be introduced in Malaysia. There are many definitions and categories of electric bicycles and the laws in different countries differ accordingly. There are electric bicycles that are capable of attaining a top speed of 60Kph. Since they travel silently at such high speed and...
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What happens when our main source of knowledge is ads?

By Ed Ayres Recently I recalled a TV commercial I had seen, in which it was suggested to us that eating fast food while watching solitary TV is a good way to “get on with your life”. I thought that ad was “criminal”. In retrospect, I think maybe my use of that term was too impulsive. The commercial I described probably didn’t break any laws. When you’re paying US$2 million for 30...
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The most beautiful flower

The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read beneath the long, straggly branches of an old willow tree Disillusioned by life, with good reason to frown for the world was intent on dragging me down And if that weren’t enough to ruin my day a young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play He stood right before me with his head tilted down and said with great excitement, “Look...
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TV retards your child’s development

"A 'good' brain for learning develops strong and widespread neural highways that can quickly and efficiently assign different aspects of a task to the most efficient system… Such efficiency is developed only by active practice in thinking and learning which, in turn, builds increasingly stronger connections. A growing suspicion among brain researchers is that excessive television viewing may...
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More arguments against TV

Excessive TV watching can also lead to a wide range of physical, psychological and social problems. Here are 17 more arguments for the elimination of television. HYPERACTIVITY INDUCER THERE is mounting evidence that the rapid movements of sounds and images on TV is a major cause of hyperactivity. The worst thing one can do for a hyperactive child is to put him in front of the TV set. The physical...
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