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Reviving Spirit Of Appreciation Of Rukun Negara

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PUTRAJAYA, Sept 16  — In the past, as Merdeka Day approached, schoolchildren were required to bring along with them to school coconut leaf sticks and glue, recalled Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique.

The National Unity Minister said the pupils will draw the National Flag, color it with crayons and stick it to a coconut leaf stick.

In those days, there was no such thing as buying a ready-made flag as can be done now, said Halimah in relating her days as a teacher at Sekolah Kebangsaan Assunta Convent in Kuantan before she ventured into politics.

She also said that the events of Merdeka Day, now referred to as National Day, will include singing the Negaraku national anthem and reading out the Rukun Negara pledge in class.

Making the national flag is a learning process that enables the pupils to understand the meaning of the red and white stripes, the blue color and the yellow crescent moon and star on the flag, the Jalur Gemilang, she said.

“Although some people may see it as just drawing a flag, the pupils had a very high appreciation of the Rukun Negara principles and they were visibly excited,” she said.

Convinced that the key to unity is through appreciation of the Rukun Negara, Halimah is determined to revive the spirit and appreciation of the five principles to the state it was in the past.

“Like how our predecessors used to say … back to the original. So, we have to look back at the spirit that prevailed in the past and how to revive that.

“This is so that the Rukun Negara does not remain just on the back covers of books, not merely as a decoration but something that is put into practice. There must be an appreciation for it to be put into practice,” she said in an interview for a Bernama special documentary entitled ‘Rukun Negara: A Nation United’, here.

The two-episode documentary was recorded by Bernama in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Rukun Negara for broadcast between Aug 31 and Sept 19 over BernamaTV on Channel 502 ASTRO, Njoi 502, UnifiTV 631, and MyFreeView 121, besides on the BernamaTV official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Recognizing the fact that the national philosophy has to be fostered from an early age, she said, the ministry has set up a Rukun Negara education committee chaired by the ministry secretary-general and with the secretaries-general of the Communications and Multimedia Ministry, Higher Education Ministry, and Education Ministry as members.

The role of the committee, among others, is to look into proposals to assimilate Rukun Negara education in the school curriculum from the kindergarten level to the secondary school level in the effort to foster an appreciation for the Rukun Negara and strengthen unity in the country, she said.

“We used to have Civics Education. We learned everything about our King, our flag, and things that we needed to know as citizens.

“On that basis, we want to re-introduce Rukun Negara education with some amendments to the national education system,” she said.

Halimah said that while the process is being finalized, the Rukun Negara clubs in the 6,621 primary and secondary schools and the 172 Rukun Negara secretariats in the public and private institutions of higher learning will be strengthened by conducting various programs to promote understanding and the importance of the Rukun Negara.

She also said that the government is preparing the National Unity Action Plan 2021-2025 by gathering all the views and aspirations of the people through roadshow programs that are expected to be completed this month.

“We have presented the implementation paper on the National Unity Action Plan 2021-2025 feedback to the Cabinet. The launch of the feedback campaign will be implemented by all the states.

“I am excited that the feedback campaign for the National Unity Action Plan is welcomed by all the states. Fostering unity is a shared responsibility, regardless of political affiliation. The question of unity transcends everything,” she said.

Halimah said a National Unity Advisory Council has been set up to strengthen unity and national integration.

It will, through the ministry, advise the government on matters pertaining to unity, discuss unity matters, efforts on national integration from all aspects, and propose solutions to address unity issues and challenges in strengthening the national unity agenda.

“I hope this existing structure will help my ministry nurture the people’s hopes and the country’s aspirations into establishing a strong national unity agenda.

“I also hope we can create a principle for the unity of Malaysians based on the Rukun Negara and that it can be translated into the plans that we are implementing,” she said.

The Rukun Negara was declared on Aug 31, 1970, by the fourth Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the late Tuanku Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Zainal Abidin.

The five principles of the Rukun Negara are Belief in God; Loyalty to King and Country; Upholding the Constitution; Rule of Law; and Good Behaviour and Morality.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Brazilian Teen Allegedly Cries Blood And Doctors Have No Idea Why

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Brazil, a 15-year-old girl has baffled doctors after allegedly crying blood from her eyes for over a week. Doctors claim that they can’t understand what is happing with the girl.

Doris started feeling sick on September 12, her mother then decided to take her to the hospital in her home city of Sao Paolo. The girl said that she felt uncomfortable in her abdomen and doctors diagnosed her with kidney stones. The medication was given for the pain and she was sent home.

Unfortunately, on Sunday morning, she was rushed to the emergency room for the second time as blood coming out from one of her eyes. She was examined but doctors couldn’t determine the cause of the blood tears. When she told the doctors there was no discomfort nor pain caused by the blood, she was once again sent home.

The girl’s mother, Juliana Teixeira de Miranda, said, “My daughter did countless tests, but they couldn’t find any problems. The doctors released her and we returned home at dawn on Monday.”

“We are going to do whatever the professionals ask, we want to find out what’s really going on.”

Juliana said that her daughter had blood flowing from both the girl’s eyes, worrying the family even more. Doris, once again, was taken to the hospital, but still, no one had any clues about her condition.

“She underwent a tomography and several other tests, but the doctors found nothing that could justify the blood tears. As there are no answers, the doctors asked her to do some more tests this week to try to find the cause,” Doris’ mother said.

It said that the hospital where she was admitted wanted to do more tests on her in order to determine the exact cause of the bizarre symptom.

Ophthalmologist Rafael Antonio Barbosa Delsin said, “The presence of blood in the tear is called hemolacria, a condition already described in the medical literature. Treatment depends on the cause, but sometimes it disappears as suddenly as it appeared, without treatment and without a conclusive diagnosis,”.

“Most of the time it is a problem in the patient’s body. Although it causes certain amazement, they are not complicated cases to treat. Depending on the cause, it can be treated with antibiotics and hormonal remedies. This situation rarely causes other health problems for the patient,” Leandro Fonseca added.

Source: Oddity Central

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LATEST: Ron95 and Ron97 Up Five Sen, Diesel Four Sen Higher

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According to the statement release by the Ministry of Finance, RON95 petrol will be priced at RM1.68 per litre, up five sen per litre from the RM1.63 it was last week.

Meanwhile, RON97 petrol also sees a five sen hike to RM1.98 compare to RM1.93 last week.

These prices remain in effect until October 2, 2020.

Sources: MOF

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Mine-Detecting Rat Named Magawa Wins The PDSA Gold Medal

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Magawa, an African giant pouched rat has been successfully rewarded a prestigious gold medal for his work and dedication for helping out to detect land mines. This rat has sniffed out 39 landmines and also 28 unexploded munitions throughout his career.

Magawa has been presented with its Gold Medal by the UK veterinary charity PDSA. The award was given to the African giant pouched rat for “life-saving devotion to duty, in the location and also clearance of deadly landmines in Cambodia”. Magawa has saved the place from a total of up to six million landmines in the southeast Asian country.

The PDSA’s Gold Medal has been inscribed with the words “For animal gallantry or devotion to duty”. Out of all the 30 animal recipients of the award, Magawa is the first rat that has been proudly awarded. This seven-year-old rodent has been trained by the one and only Belgium-registered charity called Apopo which is based in Tanzania. This specific facility has been raising all the animals. It also is famously known as HeroRATs. The purpose of Apopo to train all these animals are to detect landmines and also tuberculosis since the 1990s era. The animals will be certified after a year of hard work and also training.

Christophe Cox who is Apopo’s chief executive told the Press Association news agency, “To receive this medal is really an honor for us”. He also added, “But also it is big for the people in Cambodia, and all the people around the world who are suffering from landmines”.

According to the facts stated by Apopo, Magawa is a born and raised African giant pouched rat in Tanzania. He weighs 1.2kg (2.6lb) and also is 70cm (28in) long. Even though his size is far larger than many other rat species, Magawa is still considered to be small enough and light enough that he does not trigger mines if he walks over them.

All the rats there are trained to detect and to be familiar with a chemical compound within the explosives. This means that they totally ignore the scrap metal and is able to search for mines more quickly. Once they find an explosive, they will immediately scratch the top to alert their human co-workers. Magawa is one of then rats that is capable of searching a field the size of a tennis court in just 20 minutes. This ability is something Apopo says would take a person with a metal detector between one and four days to be done.

Magawa only works for half an hour a day in the mornings and he also is nearing retirement age. The PDSA director-general that is Jan McLoughlin said his work with Apopo was a very “truly unique and outstanding” experience. Jan McLoughlin said, “Magawa’s work directly saves and changes the lives of men, women, and children who are impacted by these landmines”. She also added, “Every discovery he makes reduces the risk of injury or death for local people”.

Sources: BBC News.

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