Friday, November 3, 2017

Look the other way

The scale and beauty of the project was astounding, but I couldn't help feeling a little overwhelmed as I ventured into the site.

The heartache will heal and so will the eco-system but it will take time.

Friday, September 22, 2017

A Corporate New-bee

From NST to Forest City

I'm new in the Forest, and so many things are new to me.  Am learning something new each moment.

I will always be grateful to the people and experiences that crossed my path when I was with the New Straits Times.

It's time to move on now to a new chapter.  Into the forest I go, joining new friends, and hopefully, old friends will continue to be with me, on this journey to build a new city.

Hoping very much to make this a remarkable journey.

Click  HERE  to read Seth Godin's definition on "how to be remarkable" (being remark worthy).

Have a great Saturday.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Mosquitoes trying to enter a septic tank with holes in a school in Johor Baru are prevented from doing so when there is a wire netting installed on top of the septic tank as a temporary measure until there is allocation for the septic tank to be repaired or replaced.

RCJBS takes on mosquitoes to curb JB's surging dengue cases

In fight against dengue, Rotary group raises funds to help Johor schools improve facilities

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Towering Issue

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About 400 residents in Taman Mount Austin Phase Two in Johor are worried about a transmission tower which they claim suddenly sprang up within the water tank area of their neighbourhood.
   “The tower came up within five days. After the structure came up, outsiders kept coming into our neighbourhood and they are arguing with the security guards every day.
   “The outsiders, mainly from telecommunications companies, do not even have letters of authorisation from their companies.
   “When the security guards demand to see their identification and their reasons for entering the neighbourhood, they would argue that they have valid reasons as they must work on the tower,” said K.H. Wong, a spokesman from the Taman Mount Austin Phase Two Residents Association.
Wong added that it was all right if Syarikat Air Johor (SAJ) Holdings Sdn Bhd wanted to do work on the water storage area, but it was not right if telco companies were entering the neighbourhood and harrassing the guards in the process.
   The New Straits Times team visited the site and were also confronted by two men in an SAJ van who said that no unauthorised person should be in the vicinity.
   When asked if the tower was an SAJ project, the van driver denied it was their project.
   “If it was not SAJ’s project, then how can outsiders come in as and when they like, claiming that they have work to do at the site?” asked Wong.
   The residents have also conducted their own research on electromagnetic radiation health effects in exposed and non-exposed residents and found that based on a study conducted by academicians in 2014, those who lived within the radius of 100m from a telco tower suffered dizziness, irritability and loss of memory more than those who lived beyond the 200m radius.

  Tebrau member of parliament Khoo Soo Seang disputed the 2014 findings and said that based on other studies that he had come across, the electromagnetic radiation health effects from transmission towers actually affected those who lived further away from the tower than those living nearby.
  “It is a misconception that the radiation emitted from nearby transmission towers can pose a threat to health.
  “On the contrary, if the phone signal is weak, the phone user’s health is more at risk.
  “When there is a strong signal, the phone user is exposed to less radiation. You do not need to take my word for it, there are reports that prove this,” he said, adding that when the signal was weak, people would also complain about the telco’s service.
  Johor Baru mayor A. Rahim Nin said the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) would look into the matter and check the distance between the transmission tower and the houses and other buildings nearby, as there were guidelines on the approval of such towers

Friday, May 19, 2017

Harmony Run

I have not been consciously planting seeds for quite some time.  But today's press conference at the Sutera Mall in Johor Bahru, made me want to start planting again.

Planting and nurturing the seed till it bears fruition.  Thanks to Tanah Sutera Development Sdn Bhd general manager Steven Shum's sharing that "times may be bad, but if you plant good deeds in fertile ground, the seed will bear fruit in due time", adding in jest that the "returns" is not guaranteed though.

Steven said this at a media gathering to announce the Harmony Run, organised in conjunction with the company's annual Muhibbah Night and Carnival, on September 16, 2017.

For the past two decades, Tanah Sutera has been organising events to build better communities, bringing residents of different races together.

The event also coincides with Malaysia Day, which commemorates the establishment of the Malaysian federation on September 16 in 1963.

The run, which will be held at the Sutera Square, Sutera Mall, is targeting 10,000 participants and hopes to raise RM1 million for 5 beneficiaries ---

*Kiwanis Careheart Centre
*Persatuan Hospice Ark
*Calvary Victory Centre
*Fo Guang Shan HsingMa Si Education Centre
*I-Care Cancer Support Association

Besides helping the 5 non-governmental organisation to raise funds, Tanah Sutera also wants to create a wider awareness for the beneficiaries and encourage the public to lead a healthier lifestyle.

The run will be divided into three categories --- 5km (RM50) for individuals as well as (RM180) for groups of 4,  and 10km (RM70) for individuals.  Registration for the run is at the Sutera Mall sales booth at Level 2 from May 21 to Sept 2, 2017.

For more info, go to Harmony Run 2017 (Facebook) or email
Registration for the Harmony Run will be from May 21 to Sept 2, 2017.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Eighty Percent Of Accidents At Malaysian Construction Sites Go Unreported

JOHOR BARU: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has urged employers to report workplace incidents, even ‘near misses’, to the Department of Occupational and Safety Hazard (DOSH).
  NIOSH chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said only 20 per cent of accidents at construction sites nationwide were reported to DOSH between 2009 and 2014.
  A review, carried out by researchers from NIOSH and two public universities, revealed that out of 31,347 accident cases which occurred in the construction sector in that period, only 787 were investigated by DOSH.
  "Employers tried to hide the cases and the big gap between the number of cases that occurred and the number that were investigated showed that many cases have gone unreported.
   "I'm raising this matter because this year's theme for the World Health and Safety Day, celebrated worldwide on April 28, is to ‘optimise the collection and use of Occupational Safety and Health data’," Lee said after launching the state-level World Health and Safety Day at NIOSH in Senai today.

JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) fully supports the move by the police to arrest 16 police officers and personnel for dealings with drug syndicates and underworld figures.
  MCPF senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said police officers should be disciplined, committed in their fight against crime and honour the pledge they have taken.
  "The drug menace is the number one public enemy to a society and the action of the officers involved was a big disappointment.
  "Stiff action should be taken against the corrupt police officers," Lee said in response to a question on the recent announcement by Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim on the major reshuffle in Bukit Aman's Narcotics Department.
  Lee was speaking to reporters after launching the state-level World Health and Safety Day at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Senai here.


Look the other way

The scale and beauty of the project was astounding, but I couldn't help feeling a little overwhelmed as I ventured into the site. Th...