Epic meaning to building homes

Source: The Star Online

Home on the range: Volunteers undertaking the task of building and completing a home in three days under an Epic Homes programme. In the process they build a relationship too with the family they are building the home for. — Pictures courtesy of Epic Homes

Home on the range: Volunteers undertaking the task of building and completing a home in three days under an Epic Homes programme. In the process they build a relationship too with the family they are building the home for. — Pictures courtesy of Epic Homes

Being in their 20s and not wanting to be labelled a hypocrite got John-Son Oei and Jayne Kennedy started on a bigger cause of building homes for the orang asli.

IT all started with a challenge. Like many young people, John-Son Oei and Jayne Kennedy love parties, having fun and doing their own thing but at a young leadership programme, someone told them “you guys talk a lot but don’t do much”.

“We thought, how true! What are we doing to contribute?” says 27-year-old Kennedy.

They looked around for one project to do, says Oei, “so that we could just shrug off that label of being a hypocrite”.

The project they decided on was to build a toilet for an orang asli family in Kuala Kubu Baru and repaint some of the houses there.

When they put a call out on Facebook for volunteers, many signed on.

“That is when we realised that contrary to what some people say or think, a lot of people care and they want to help the poor. They want to get their hands dirty,” says Oei, who is 28.

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10 things about: Ambiga, human rights defender

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan - Pic by Choo Choy May

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan – Pic by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — After helming Bersih 2.0 and leading mass rallies of tens of thousands in the fight for free and fair elections, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan declares that she doesn’t like the spotlight “at all.”

The charismatic activist, who has since stepped down as chair of the electoral watchdog and is now president of the National Human Rights Society (Hakam), is no longer in the public eye as much as before, but says she still gets plenty of requests for speaking engagements. Read more

Malaysia good at hunting terrorist but poor at prosecuting them, says US report

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The US Department of State’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2014 released today commended the country’s anti-terrorism legislation to curb the influence of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (Isis) which it said it was effective only in theory.“However, as authorities were unable to file charges in roughly half of the terrorism-related arrests, a significant challenge is Malaysia’s need to strengthen proactive cooperation between police and prosecutors from the outset of an investigation,” it added.

The report said a significant challenge was for Malaysia to strengthen cooperation between police and prosecutors from the outset of an investigation.

The report said ‎Malaysia was not considered a terrorist safe haven, but some violent extremists have been known to operate and hide in isolated littoral areas of the Sulu/Sulawesi Seas between Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, it said. Read more