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NCVI provides initial impression on vulnerability of coastal areas in Malaysia – PlanMalaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 (Bernama) — The National Coastal Vulnerability Index (NCVI), which is a vital indicator in the 2nd National Coastal Zone Physical Plan (RPP-2), provides an initial indication on the level of vulnerability or damage to coastal areas in the country.

PlanMalaysia deputy director-general (Planning) Md Nazri Abdullah said that relevant authorities could evaluate the risk of disasters that hit the country in the future using the index, and also plan for various controlled development to be done in the area.

“If previously, we only focused on a small scope, such as looking at the risk of flooding, coastal erosion and such, but the current situation has changed due to global warming and the rising sea levels, so we (PlanMalaysia) have discussed and agreed with stakeholders, including the Department of Irrigation and Drainage as well as the Malaysian National Water Research Institute to include this index in the RPP-2.

“The aim is to provide basic information on the level of vulnerability (damage) for certain areas because we conduct this study (RPP-2) on a large scale, we need a basis to give us an initial view,” he said as a guest on Bernama TV’s Ruang Bicara programme tonight that discussed the RPP-2.

RPP-2, which was launched by Housing and Local Goverment Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican on June 14, is a guiding document for planning development in coastal areas to create a Liveable Malaysia.

According to Reezal Merican, it was created as a preparatory step to tackle climate change and to ensure conservation and preservation of environmentally-sensitive areas, especially in coastal regions.

Md Nazri said NCVI was created after taking into consideration the data that showed almost 24 per cent of residents in Malaysia live in coastal areas.

“So commitment from all parties, including the state local authorities, to react to changes in the environment around them and realise the risk of vulnerability to areas where 24 per cent of Malaysians live is important,” he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Aiman Ridhwan, Sofizah emerge national Al-Quran recitation champions

JOHOR BAHRU, June 17 (Bernama) — Perak qari (male reciter) Aiman Ridhwan Mohamad Ramlan and qariah (female reciter) Sofizah Mousin from Selangor were crowned as the 1443H/2020 national-level Al-Quran recitation champions in their respective categories at the Iskandar Islamic Centre here tonight.

Both took home RM15,000 in cash each with an additional RM10,000 to perform the Haj, as well as a souvenir and a participation certificate.

The runners-up position went to qari Muhammad Umar Syazuli Mohd Tahir from Penang and qariah Sarrul Munirah Haris from Melaka, who each received RM10,000 in cash and RM10,000 to perform the Haj, along with a souvenir and a participation certificate.

Third place was won by qari Azraie Abdul Hak from Melaka and qariah Nurul Syafiqah Nardi from Perak and each received RM7,500, in addition to RM10,000 to perform the Haj, a souvenir and a certificate.

In the 30 juzuk (chapters) memorisation event for hafiz (someone who knows the entire al-Quran by heart), Abdullah Ulwan Ismail of Kelantan was crowned the winner, followed by Shahrul Hanifi Shahrul Yusri from Negeri Sembilan, and Ahmad Huzaifah Ahmad Fauzi of Selangor in third.

Nurjahidah Hadirah Alliar@Ilyas of Johor was announced as the winner in the women’s memorisation category, followed by Asma’ Insyirah Salleh Sani from Negeri Sembilan and Athirah Salihah Al-Azmi from the Federal Territory came in third.

The champion took home RM12,000 in cash and an additional RM10,000 to perform the Haj and a trophy, while the runner-up got RM8,000 with RM10,000 to perform the Haj, and third place won RM6,500 in cash as well as RM10,000 to perform the Haj. Other contestants received a consolation prize of RM2,000 each.

In the 20 juzuk memorisation event, Ahmad Ikmal Mohd Ridhuan from Johor emerged champion followed by Muhammad Adib Ahmad Rozaini from Perak and Ahmad Adil Luqman Nor Ismail from Selangor in third place.

In the women’s category, Nurul Husna Abdul Aziz from Kedah was announced as the winner followed by Auni Nasuha Md Noh from Negeri Sembilan and Aqilah Sulhi Ahmad Rozaini from Perak in third.

The champion took home RM7,000 in cash and an additional RM7,000 to perform the Umrah while the runner-up won RM5,000 and third place, RM3,000. Other contestants received a consolation prize of RM1,500 each.

Meanwhile, for the 10 juzuk recitation event, Muhammad Jibril Mohd Hanafiah from Pahang was announced as the winner followed by Danish Farhan Abdul Razak from Penang and Muhammad Asyraf Amir from Johor in third place.

In the woman’s category, Fatimah Azzahra Mohd Shahrol from Johor was crowned as champion, followed by Siti Nabilah Zamri from Melaka in and Nur Izzati Norazmi from the Federal Territory in third.

The champion took home RM5,000 in cash and a trophy while the runner-up got RM4,000 and third place received RM2,000. Other contestants received a consolation prize of RM1,000.

Earlier, the Regent of Johor Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and his wife Che’ Puan Besar Khaleeda Bustamam consented to closing the event and handing over the prizes to the winners, which also saw Johor emerging as overall champions.

Also present were the Menteri Besar of Johor Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Idris Ahmad.

The event was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on June 12 and took place for six days with 110 participants representing 14 states who were judged by 12 recitation judges and 14 memorisation judges.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

First batch of whole chicken stockpile to arrive today – LPP

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 (Bernama) — The National Farmers’ Organisation (NAFAS) has started importing whole chickens from poultry producers with the first stockpile of 21 metric tonnes in one container set to arrive today.

Farmers Organisation Board (LPP), in a statement, said the supply was imported from poultry producers that had obtained approval from the Department of Veterinary Services.

“The next chicken supply will be brought into the country on Monday, namely three containers that will be placed in the NAFAS freezer room in Sungai Bakap, Penang,” the statement read.

It added that LPP, through NAFAS and State Farmers’ Organisations (PPN), has been given the main task of implementing the chicken buffer stock programme to stabilise the country’s chicken supply needs.

According to LPP, the programme would be implemented in stages, in collaboration with the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) and PPN, especially in terms of cold room facilities usage.

In addition, LPP said that the distribution of chicken would be done through PPN, Area Farmers’ Organisations (PPK) and FAMA networks, while LPP would monitor the implementation of import scheduling by NAFAS.

The Selangor, Johor and Perak PPNs have been selected to assist NAFAS in carrying out the programme and other PPNs would also be included based on current needs.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Perkampungan Sunnah receives overwhelming response

KANGAR, June 18 (Bernama) — After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing seventh edition of the Perkampungan Sunnah (Sunnah Village), held from June 17 to 19, at the Alwi Mosque, received an overwhelming response.

Hafiz Ahmad Hafiz Jaafar, the programme director, said that as of today, more than 20,000 visitors had attended the programme, most of whom were young.

“Apart from the overwhelming response, the presence of youths is a positive sign that they are increasingly interested in the religious programme and want to find the truth,” he told Bernama here today.

He said apart from the people of Perlis, visitors from Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Cambodia also participated in the programme.

“Due to a large number of visitors and most of the hotels are fully booked, the organisers have requested cooperation from the management of Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail Mosque and Darul Ibadah Mosque to give permission to some visitors to use the facilities and sleep in the mosque,” he said.

Hafiz Ahmad said the programme, themed ‘Bangkit Membela Sunnah’, has lined up various activities such as religious lectures and forums related to the Sunnah to provide necessary information to the public.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Health problems not a hindrance to excel in SPM

JELI, June 18 (Bernama) — Suffering from ‘prolapsed intervertebral disc’ or slipped disc from the age of 16 did not deter Wan Muhammad Akram Zahid from Sekolah Menengah Sains Jeli from scoring 9As in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2021 examination.

Wan Muhammad Akram, 18, said he did not expect to excel in the examination as he had once given up on continuing his studies for fear of having to bother his parents, teachers and friends.

“I used to think what is the point of me studying hard when I can’t work well due to this illness.

“Nevertheless, I persevere to stay motivated because I want to repay my parents for everything that they have sacrificed for me,” he told Bernama when met at his school recently.

The youngest of four siblings from Kampung Laut, Tumpat, said due to his illness, he could not sit or stand for more than 10 minutes and even had to study in a prone position in the school dormitory.

“I was absent from school for two months due to my health problems and had to attend online tuition classes so as not to miss lessons.

“I would like to thank the school for providing a special chair to allow me to sit comfortably in the classroom,” said Wan Muhammad Akram who hoped to become an orthopaedic specialist in the future.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Tuanku Zara expresses appreciation to teachers

TANJUNG MALIM, June 18 (Bernama) — The Raja Permaisuri of Perak Tuanku Zara Salim today recorded her appreciation to all teachers who have completed the heavy tasks entrusted to them.

Her Royal Highness who is also Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) Chancellor said the responsibility was fulfilled, even under any circumstances such as the lack of resources, especially those teaching in areas with limited Internet access.

“The teachers have displayed extraordinary special qualities, patience, diligence, perseverance and determination,” she said at the 23rd UPSI Convocation Ceremony at Dewan Tuanku Canselor, Sultan Azlan Shah Campus, here today.

Tuanku Zara said the challenges faced by teachers when implementing home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) was a new educational experience that should be codified.

She said as an education university that closely related to the teaching profession, UPSI should conduct a study and produce a report on the teachers’ experiences when implementing PdPR.

“The study and report should identify the weaknesses and shortcomings as well as provide suggestions for improvements. Further studies and reports can be submitted as important feedback to the government.

The findings of the study on PdPR should serve as an eye opener for the government and the teaching profession to explore effective, practical and realistic teaching and learning methods during the emergency and outside the norm,” she said.

Meanwhile, UPSI Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Md Amin Md Taff in his speech said the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 had recognised UPSI as the 801st university in the world and the eighth best public higher education institution in the country.

“UPSI is also ranked 176th in the world in the education subject and has secured 164th position in the Asia University Rankings for the first time,” he said.

A total of 6,606 graduates received degree and diploma scrolls at the convocation ceremony which lasted for eight days beginning today.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

King: Malaysia must strive to produce high-value graduates in defence, security

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 (Bernama) — Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said the country should continue to strive to produce local graduates to fill high-value professions in the increasingly dynamic field of defence and security strategy.

Therefore, His Majesty said the relevant parties such as Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) must continue to explore the latest fields of knowledge to ensure that the country always has a line of thinkers and scholars who are able to formulate long-term plans to protect the country’s strategic interests.

“All UPNM’s strategic partners, especially the Ministry of Defence, the Malaysian Armed Forces and the defence industry continue to strengthen the synergies that have been established to elevate UPNM to a higher level,” said His Majesty in conjunction with the UPNM 11th Convocation Ceremony’s First Session at the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur here, today.

Also in attendance was Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad and UPNM vice-chancellor Lt Gen Datuk Hasagaya Abdullah were also present.

Al-Sultan Abdullah, who is also the chancellor of UPNM, said the country needs to be equipped with modern and high-tech defence and security assets.

His Majesty said this was to face the challenges in the security landscape which have undergone various evolutions and are increasingly complex as they involve new forms of cyber and electronic threats.

“Therefore, an integrated strategy should be formulated to ensure that Malaysia has a strong digital ecosystem to remain competitive in facing digital transformation,” he said.

In congratulating the graduates, Al-Sultan Abdullah also expressed his pride in the achievements of UPNM, which continues to excel in dominating the graduate marketability chart among public universities.

“This clearly proves that this university has been producing quality graduates with ideal personalities,” he said.

In the meantime, His Majesty also said that students in all public and private institutions of higher learning should be inculcated with the spirit of helping and loving one another across racial and religious boundaries.

“Such a spirit should be nurtured in an effort to form a caring and united society to create a distinguished nation,” he said.

At this convocation, a total of 2,229 students have successfully completed their studies for 2020 and 2021.

They include 32 recipients who received their doctorate degree; master’s degree (118); bachelor’s degree (1,518) and diploma (561).

UPNM also conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy to three national defence figures.

One of the recipients is the UPNM pro-chancellor, Admiral (Rtd) Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor, who is also the 13th Chief of Defence Force, who received the Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Maritime Technology.

General (Rtd) Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal who is also the 14th Chief of Defence Force, received the Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Strategy and International Relations.

Meanwhile, UPNM board chairman and Weststar group managing director, Tan Sri Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim received the Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Aeronautical Engineering.

The ceremony also witnessed a total of 83 bachelor’s degree graduates receiving the 2020 and 2021 academic awards.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency