KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 – In celebrating its 88th anniversary, discipline remains the core of the Malaysian Army’s identity in facing various challenges in safeguarding the country’s interests and sovereignty.
Throughout the period, various challenges were encountered, and they included in terms of planning for replacement of assets and acquisition of new high-tech assets to make the Malaysian Army a credible and relevant force.
Army Commander General Tan Sri Zamrose Mohd Zain said there were also challenges in relations to the adaptation of army personnel in the complex environment, thus ensuring the team’s fighting spirit is not affected.
“The Malaysian Army personnel are currently in a very challenging social environment. Negative environment, if not curbed through comprehensive action by the organisation, will cause losses to human resources and in turn will affect the fighting spirit of the Malaysian Army.
“Outside attraction and negative influences make it difficult for the organisation to build and maintain the identity of its members … (but) as you know, the core of the soldiers’ discipline is good identity,” he said in an exclusive interview in conjunction with the 88th Army Day at Kem Perdana Sungai Besi here.
Zamrose said various plans had been drawn up since he took over the helm of the Malaysian Army in June last year, with the five pillars (5T), namely readiness and mission continuity; strengthening organisational integrity; safeguarding the well-being of Army personnel; strengthening defence relations and enhancing civil-military relations used as the main guide.
“To date, the action plans that were drawn up have begun to show positive achievements, despite us still facing various challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the world since the beginning of last year,” he added.
Recalling the army’s achievements in 2020, Zamrose said they managed to continue with the restructuring of the Malaysian Army holistically to enhance its asset capacity and human resources in the Army Field Command East (Sabah and Sarawak).
In line with efforts to enhance its capabilities, several acquisitions of new assets have also been carried out, including the acquisition of the 8 X 8 Gempita Armoured Car and the 105MM Cannon.
Other successes included in the aspect of operations, administration and logistics, he added.
Zamrose said among the organisation’s other achievements was the effectiveness of operations conducted in helping the government to manage disasters.
He said the team was also directly involved in controlling the spread of COVID-19 through Op Benteng and in assisting flood victims through cooperation with other authorities in Op Penawar and Op Murni.
In ensuring the morale and welfare of army personnel, the comfort of the Armed Forces Family Home and technical buildings is enhanced through welfare initiatives carried out by the organisation.
The Malaysian Army has also intensified welfare visits and provides better opportunities for promotion to its members, he added.
There Are Actually Many Bridges Made In Malaysia And These 5 Are Some of Them
In Malaysia, there are actually so many bridges that have been made in many places. Each of the bridges made has its own uniqueness and also specialties because they have their own uses towards the communities. From the earliest arch and beam bridges to the newest suspension and truss bridges, these are some examples of bridges in Malaysia.
We build bridges to span obstacles, be it a valley, waterway, or another road. A bridge’s function designates its design. A bridge can be temporary, or it can last for millennia. Many Roman bridges are still standing today. No surprise then that bridges often become iconic landmarks for their region.
These are 5 examples of bridges in Malaysia:
1) ASEAN Bridge
The Batang Baram Bridge or ASEAN Bridge is the longest bridge in Miri Division, Sarawak, Malaysia. The bridge is located along Miri-Baram Highway. The ASEAN Bridge is located approximately 2 km upstream of the New Miri Port Complex. The bridge and access road directly link Sarawak with Brunei across the Batang Baram via the existing Immigration Checkpoint at Sungai Tujuh. Construction of the ASEAN Bridge and access road commenced on 17 January 2001 and was completed in August 2003. The bridge is designed in accordance with the latest British Standard BS 5400. The bridge has 19 spans with a total of 1040 meters.
2) Iskandariah Bridge
Iskandariah Bridge or Sultan Iskandar Bridge is one of four major bridges in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia with the other one being the Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah Bridge. The 308-meter bridge crosses the Perak River near the town and is made out of steel. The bridge remains the longest steel arch bridge in Malaysia. Traffic on the bridge, however, was greatly reduced when the Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah Bridge a little further downstream was opened to traffic in 2003 in conjunction with the completion of the North-South Expressway.
3) Seri Bakti Bridge
The Seri Bakti Bridge is one of the main bridges in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The bridge links the secondary road to Seri Satria, the Deputy Prime Minister’s Residence, connecting the Government Precinct in the north to Precinct 16 in the south. The concept design was developed from several shorter spans, with a precast pretension “Super-T” beam slab deck with spans up to 35 m (115 ft). The total structure length is 270 m (890 ft). There are dual two-lane carriageways, 2 m (6.6 ft) median, walkway, and cycle track.
4) Putra Bridge
Putra Bridge is the main bridge in Putrajaya, Malaysia. It is analogous to Khaju Bridge in Esfahan, Iran. With a span of 435 meters, this bridge connects the Government Precinct to the Mixed Development Precinct and links Putra Square with the Boulevard. It was constructed in 1997. The upper level of the bridge forms part of the Boulevard. This huge three-deck bridge provides vehicle, monorail, and pedestrian access. Besides providing the link between Precinct 1 and Precinct 2 on the Core Island, it has been designed to be a special feature of Putrajaya. The piers also accommodate fine dining restaurants within its main pillar supports.
5) Sultan Ahmad Shah II Bridge
Sultan Ahmad Shah II Bridge or Semantan Bridge is the longest highway bridge in the East Coast Expressway network. It bridges the Pahang River in Pahang, Malaysia. This 700-meter bridge was opened when the East Coast Expressway was built. It crosses the Pahang River, the longest river in west Malaysia. At the entrance of the bridge, there are 2 elephant trunks that symbolize Pahang. There also many colorful lights around this bridge. This bridge was opened by Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah on 22 April 2004. Near the bridge is the Temerloh Rest and Service Area.
This Filipino Man Has The Largest Collection of Fast Food Toys In The World
We all have memories of going to fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s and KFC and get free toys buying their meals. A man from the Philippines has the largest collection of fast food toys in the world.
Percival Lugue, has been collecting toys from fast-food chains since he was five. Now, at 50, he holds the Guinness Record for the most fast food toys in the world with over 20,000 of them.
Although most of the 20,000 toys in Percival’s collection come from personal purchases, he admits that he did have some help from friends and family. Sometimes he would “guide” them toward helping him, by inviting them to have lunch at a fast-food restaurant, and would manage to complete a whole set of toys in one sitting.
Ever since he got his first toy, he always took care of them. “The toy is like a storyteller in itself. It gives me a glimpse of that particular period when I got it, the story of what’s going on, what are the incidents that are attached in the acquisition.”
Working as a graphic artist, he has a three-story house in Apalit, Pampanga Province to store his collection. He dreams of putting the toys on display and gives people a chance to ‘revisit their own childhood memories’.
Truly Unexpected! Cats Used To Deliver Mail In A City In Belgium
Before email and modern transportations, carrier pigeons are used to deliver mail as well as horses, camels, dogs, and even reindeer in Alaska. However, did you know in Belgium, cats were used to deliver the news?
In 1876, members of the Belgian Society for the Elevation of the Domestic Cat trained 37 domestic cats to deliver mail in the Liège. Waterproof bags with letters tied around the cats’ necks and they were driven out of the countryside. Once within five hours to destination, they make their way and found their way back in 24 hours.
This scheme however never got its full potential as it lacks inefficiency.
In 2007, Gretchen Lamont wrote The Mail-Carrier Cats of Liège a book about the whole affair. Because quite a few details about the origin are missing. Although, some say it is slightly fictional.
It is quite possible that the Belgian Society for the Elevation of the Domestic Cat got its inspiration for the mail cats scheme from a practice called cat racing, which was supposedly popular in northern Europe around the 1860s.
In a book by Harrison Weir called Our Cats and All About Them, the first cat to make its way home won a prize hamper of ham, sausages, cigars, and other goodies.
It is still practiced until recently at the annual Curruñao festival in San Luis. However, in 2013 the festival was suspended for animal cruelty. Peruvian magistrate Maria Luyo was quoted as saying the event “caused grave social damage and damaged public health” in her ruling – good news for animal-lovers everywhere.
Source: The Culture Trip
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