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GKP, BPN Assistance Help Couple Grows Business Amid MCO

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KEPALA BATAS, March 2 — A couple who started a marinated lamb business during the Movement Control Order (MCO) last year using financial assistance provided by the government is grateful to be able to expand the business and to provide employment opportunities to others.

The husband and wife team, Rosnizam Ishak and Roazian Md Noor, both aged 44, had to close their restaurant and cookies factory due to the implementation of the MCO last year and almost went bankrupt due to lack of income, until they received assistance of RM3,000 of Geran Khas Prihatin (GKP) and RM1,000 under the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN).

Rosnizam said with assistance they received from the government, they started a marinated lamb business from home to generate income by selling directly to buyers and their agents.

“Alhamdulillah, with the help received from the government, we started the marinated lamb business in April last year. After more than eight months, we were able to restart the cookies business.

“During the MCO, cookies business and the restaurant suffered badly. We almost went bankrupt with several debts to settle at that time. However, thanks to our marinated lamb business, we use the profit  to reopen the cookies business and our restaurant as well as offering western dishes,” he told Bernama yesterday.

Rosnizam said since starting the marinated lamb business, they were able to generate monthly sales between RM30,000 to RM50,000 before putting aside some as savings to reopen the cookies factory and restaurant.

He said finally in December, they were able to reopen the cookies business and the restaurant.

They were also making making some improvements including selling marinated lamb at the restaurant and ready-mixed marinade ingredients (for lamb, chicken and beef) for those who want to prepare their own at home.

“We are very grateful to be able to provide employment opportunities to others, as in the cookies factory we have 30 permanent employees while in the restaurant there are six people. In addition to the 30 agents for the cookies business and six agents for marinated lamb.

“Apart from me and my wife, we are happy to help those affected during MCO by offering them jobs … Alhamdulillah, the cookies business seems to be showing good development, especially now, ahead of Aidilfitri,” he said.

Meanwhile, Roazian said now she and her husband can heave a sigh of relief and able to make repayment of the outstanding debts, especially the house and she hoped to be able to expand the business to help more people affected during this MCO.

She said the business was not just for them but they had promised to expand their business to help more people, especially those who do not have a job at the moment.

“Alhamdulillah, we always believe in sharing the ‘rezeki’ (sustenance) with others, that we managed to survive thus far and continue the business when at one time we almost went bankrupt. We are also grateful for assistance of the GKP and BPN to help us start the marinated lamb business and then slowly raise our capital,” she said.

She was also of the view that the marinated lamb business is one of the wisdom of MCO that they managed to create a new business opportunity and in turn help provide employment opportunities to others.

Sources: BERNAMA

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There Are Actually Many Bridges Made In Malaysia And These 5 Are Some of Them

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Sources: Ranker

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This Filipino Man Has The Largest Collection of Fast Food Toys In The World

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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’.

Source: SCMP, Oddity Central

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Truly Unexpected! Cats Used To Deliver Mail In A City In Belgium

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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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