Locked out of people’s housing

Source: The Star

CHA N BOON KAI/The Star

No place to go: Affected tenants showing their eviction notices and appeal letters to Ooi (second left). — CHA N BOON KAI/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: Scores of residents are now staring at a bleak future after being locked out from their homes at the People’s Housing Projects (PPR) in Rifle Range.

Although they have been given a lifeline until today, many of them fear they have no other places to go after being served with an eviction notice.

Indian national Jamrahth Nisha Hajah Mydeen, 28, said she had been staying at the unit with her mother and three siblings for more than 16 years.

“Where should we go now? We don’t have relatives and only one of my three siblings is working now.

“We cannot afford to rent another place,” she said during a press conference organised by Gerakan Kebun Bunga coordinator Ooi Zhi Yi at the block yesterday. Read more

Cry for change echoes in the Land Beneath the Wind

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Cry for change echoes in the Land Beneath the Wind

Many have become rich harvesting the low-lying jungles leading to the mighty Mount Trusmadi, the second highest peak in Borneo. – Pic from the writer, December 12, 2017.

IT was well past the usual dinner hour when two vanloads of travel-weary medical camp volunteers stumbled up the rocky gravel path into a two-storey, one-bathroom wooden house in Kampung Sinua.

The second half of the six-hour journey from the Kota Kinabalu airport, across the Crocker Range, passing by Keningau and Sook was uneventful except for the many unpredictable stops to negotiate around herds of village cows and buffaloes settling down for the night, which was cold, on the warm road surface.

Dinner was simple but good with loads of steamed rice, stir-fried vegetables and a melon-chicken soup shared among the many of us and the host family. Our kind hosts, including the children, had
waited many hours for us to arrive. In keeping with custom, they would only eat after the guests had done so.

The chilly night breeze carried tales of those who had made great fortunes harvesting the rich low-lying jungles leading to the mighty Mt Trusmadi, the second highest peak in Borneo.

The landscape, once clean and green, is now scarred by the crude, muddy tracks of timber-laden lorries and tractors. The once pristine streams of the lower slopes are now polluted and their water unfit for humans. Read more

A quarter of toddlers in Putrajaya stunted due to malnutrition, says report

Source: The Malaysian Insight

The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 1, 2017.

A study has revealed that nearly one in four children under the age of five in Malaysia suffers nutritional stunting. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 1, 2017.

MORE than a quarter of children aged one to nearly two in Putrajaya are stunted, a study has revealed.

The Edge Markets in a report said the fact was revealed in the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2016, which found that 28% of children aged 12 to 23 months in the administrative capital suffer from stunting, or less than normal height growth.

The chief cause of stunting is chronic undernutrition.

The prevalence of stunted growth in Putrajaya is just 2% away from being called a health emergency by the World Health Organisation.

Nationally, it has been found that 20.7% of children under the age of five are stunted. This was reported in June in Malaysia’s first voluntary national review of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, presented to the UN General Assembly in New York. Read more