JOHOR BAHRU, Feb 15 — “Kita Jaga Kita” (We take care of ourselves), which is the slogan of the Malaysian community in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as images of frontline personnel are among the important messages immortalised in a giant mural fronting the Columbia Asia-Hospital Tebrau, here.
The 152.4-metre wide and about six-metre high mural is the product of the outpouring of creative ideas of two local painters, Iskandar Noor Rahim, 41, and Muhamad Razali Abd Aziz, 36, as well as an assistant.
The mural is also part of the initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC), National Art Gallery and National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) in conjunction with the COVID-19’s “Embracing New Norms” campaign aimed at raising awareness of the disease and honouring the services of frontliners involved in the fight against the pandemic in six zones across the country.
According to Iskandar, also known as Akeem, during his artistic journey, this is his first experience painting a mural on COVID-19, and it is the largest and longest mural he has painted.
Apart from beautifying the area, the mural is also said to be a sign of appreciation for the sacrifices of the frontline staff, who are working hard to deal with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The message we want to convey is that we are all responsible for helping to curb the spread of COVID-19. We do not know and do not see this virus… but I hope the community can comply with the standard operating procedures (SOP) for our common good.
“I feel if people see murals like this on the side of the road, indirectly it will drive home the point to the public on how important SOPs are in life at this time,” he told Bernama recently.
According to Akeem, he and Muhamad Razali successfully completed the mural in 10 days using 80 cans of spray paint, four 15-litre paint cans and 10 five-litre paint cans of various colours.
“The main challenge is our idea to paint this COVID-19-themed mural. We do not want this work to replicate anything done before in other places.
“Actually, before we started painting this mural, we released about five designs but had to rectify them until the last design, which took us about three days to complete, was finally accepted by Columbia Hospital and the National Art Gallery,” said Akeem, who became interested in painting at the early age of five.
Akeem began full-time mural painting in 2010, and has done 200 paintings to date.
“Apart from this latest work, there is a mural painting which has a profound effect on me… it revolves around history that took place in Parit Sulong. I painted this in a water tank in 2019.
Meanwhile, Columbia Asia Hospital-Tebrau regional general manager Rahani Yaacob said the cooperation between them and government agencies had led to the realisation of the mural and that it would strengthen the hospital’s corporate image.
She hopes that with this mural, the community will be inspired to work together in preventing the spread of COVID-19 more effectively.
(Video) Parents Hold Banner With Their Child’s Name Near School Gate, Make Many People Entertained
Picking up children back from school has become a normal routine for parents. However, since the existence of the Covid-19 pandemic in our country, all schools have had to close in order to curb the spread of the epidemic. Recently, the government has allowed school sessions to reopen after positive cases were seen declining day by day.
But, less than a week after the school has opened, there was a funny video that went viral on the TikTok social platform. The video shows how the parents behave when they took their children back from school and it literally stole the attention of many netizens.
kelakar weiii hari pertama sekolah😂😂😂😂
Through the video uploaded by a TikTok user named FIRDAUS77, it can be seen parents are flooding the outside of the school are waiting for their children. However, what is more, funny is when most of the parents carry a banner with their child’s name on it.
The situation looks very familiar like they are in a riot in front of the school and Firdaus also had time to make a joke about it in the noisy atmosphere as if he was in a demonstration event. Most of the citizens were also find it hilarious to see the video and said the atmosphere was like outside the airport compound where the tour guide held a banner with the customer’s name.
Sources: TikTok Firdaus
Did You Know? Four Times More People Speak English As A Second Language Than Native Speakers?
English is possibly the world’s most accessible language due to its massive presence in the media and the internet. It is also the most widely spoken language in the world given history and accessibility. English grammar is also quite easy to learn to start in comparison to most other languages. Albeit, top-tier fluency in English is still quite hard to achieve but never impossible. The accessibility of the language made it that there are more non-native speakers than native speakers currently exist in the world.
English has various functions in our daily lives. English is the dominant language on the internet. Nearly 54 percent of the content on the internet is in English. Russian, at 6 percent, is a distant second. More than 50 percent of the world’s technical and scientific periodicals are in English.
People from 118 countries speak English and 59 countries recognized it as an official language.
Since the British Empire spread its wings for centuries, many countries forced to adapt the English language. But since the colonies gained independence, many still maintain English as part of their lives. Like in Malaysia, students learn English as a second language.
In total, are 378 million native speakers in English-speaking countries and 743 million non-native speakers in the world whether it is ESL (English as a Second Language) or EIL (English as International Language.
It’s fair to say that you will probably meet people that speak better English than you, native speakers or non-native speakers. The accessibility and wide-spread of the language are definitely proof of the language capabilities of the people.
Shop Review: ‘TRASH4CASH’ Helps You To Make Cash With Trash
Everybody in Malaysia has definitely been taught of the 3R that are reduced, reuse, and also recycle. But sometimes it can be quite a hassle for many people to go to the recycling center to dispose of all the reusable materials that we have collected in our eco-friendly efforts. Worry no more because now, there is a free service that will come to you and collect any recyclable items instead of heading to a recycling center.
‘TRASH4CASH’ is a company that comes with an app that will allow you to call in the experts to collect and remove domestic and non-hazardous waste from your homes, commercial areas, and other locations. Users can just simply need to download and install the T4C app on their phones and have an adorably pink T4C truck come straight to your door to weigh, collect and pay you for your recyclable trash.
1) Collection Services.
- Trash4Cash collection services cover the regions of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Kedah, and Perlis.
- This includes domestic and non-hazardous waste from households, commercial areas, and other premises are covered. This service consists of kerbside collection of recyclable waste such as cardboard, newspapers, papers, plastic containers, and glass bottles from residential and commercial areas.
2) Construction & Demolition Waste Collection
- Construction and demolition waste (C&D) is generated during the construction, renovation, and demolition of buildings or structures. These wastes include materials such as concrete, bricks, wood and lumber, roofing, drywall, landscape, and other wastes. Much of this waste can be recycled or reused.
3) Food Waste Management (Chicken Feed)
- Food waste is a serious problem that deserves serious attention. The amount of food wastage in Malaysia is enough to feed 12 million people three times a day which equivalent to 16,688 tonnes per day (2017).
- In ‘TRASH4CASH’, we provide expertise in food waste management and one of the solutions is to convert the waste info chicken feed on large scale.
4) Paper Shredding Services
- At Trash4Cash, we guaranteed that all confidential documents are destroyed and recycled safely. We provide on-site paper shredding services in Malaysia for all your small to mountain top volume of documents. A Certificate of Destruction will be issued after the paper destruction process is completed. You can rest assured.
5) Green Waste Management (Composting)
- Composting is the natural decomposition of organic material (from plants and animals) by microorganisms, into a dark brown crumbly organic substance called compost. Compost mixed with soil is beneficial for growing plants as the compost retains soil moisture, improves soil structure, and provides nutrients.
- Soils are the foundation for food production, and composting is a great way to build up the health of your soil while also diverting green waste from the landfill.
- At T4C, we provide solutions for green waste management through composting.
6) Bins & Containers
- Trash4Cash provides bins and containers.
‘TRASH4CASH’ users can also check the price of recyclable materials directly on the app and are recommended to separate their items accordingly such as cardboards, newspapers, papers, plastic containers glass bottles and other materials.
The service is available for Malaysians living in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor, Perak, Penang, Perlis, and Kedah, and users can receive their payments straight to their bank accounts.
Sources: TRASH4CASH Website.
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