Friday, May 30, 2008

Malaysia National Service - Pusat Latihan Khidmat Negara (PLKN)

This is my baby brother - Mohamad Hazman or Jemang. He is currently 18 years old and the apple of my eye.. he knows it too from the things he asked for free lots of time.

Currently he is undergoing the compulsory Latihan Khidmat Negara or the Malaysia National Services Program for youths aged 18 years old after they had finished their schooling.

The PLKN first started in 2003 with the aim to bond the Malaysian youth together abd create a Malaysian nation.

From what I observed, the program is beneficial for my brother esp. as I see that he had become more confident, bit more worldly, interact better with people from different races (esp. Malaysian has diverse population from Malays, Chinese, Indian, ethnic Sabah and Sarawakian as well) and also more responsible.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Malaysia - East Coast Exporter

I was actually not surprise to see that, as of today - the East Coast exporters are listed among the minimum in the Malaysia Exporter Database.

Kelantan: 76
Terengganu: 98
Pahang: 135

Total: 309 out of 13,658 total exporters registered with MATRADE which is only 2.26%.

I believe those that registered consists of traders, associations, craft industries (batik and keropok lekor), maybe one or two oil and gas (Petronas as the most notable) and maybe ICT industry. Tourism may also be included though in statistics it will be categorised in a completely different section.

Total EC Manufacturers : 243
Kelantan : 59
Terengganu : 72
Pahang : 112

Total EC Services Providers : 45
Kelantan : 8
Terengganu : 20
Pahang : 17

* EC - East Coast

Monday, May 26, 2008

Flower - Bunga Raya Malaysia National Flower

Bunga Raya or Hibuscus was chosen by Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Malaysian Prime Minister as the National Flower of Malaysian in 1960.

The species of Malaysia's Bunga Raya is Hibiscus Rosa Sintesis which is quite a simple variety, red in colour (representing courage) and five petals (representing Malaysia's Rukun Negara or Pilars of the Nation). The five pilars are:
- Kepercayaan kepada Tuhan (Belief in God);
- Kesetiaan kepada Raja dan Negara (Loyalty to King and Country)
- Keluhuran Perlembagaan (Supremacy of the Constitution)
- Kedaulatan Undang-undang (Rule of Law)
- Kesopanan dan Kesusilaan (Mutual Respect and Morality)

Now, found in abundance, the first flower arrived in Malaysia from Far East before the 12th century.

Among the benefits of the Bunga Raya are:
- Roots can be used to cure fever;
- Juice from the leaves and roots can relieve skin eruptions and grandular troubles;
- Petals are used as cosmetic to darken and highlight women eyebrows;
- Petals and leaves can be used to facilitate hair growth and blackness (esp. for Asian hair which is generally black)

Malaysia - Key Trade Statistic for 2007

Gross Domestic Products (GDP - Current Price): RM 572,555 million (2006)
GDP Growth Rate (Constant Year 2000): 5.9% (2006)
Gross National Income Per Capita: RM20,841 (2006)

Total Trade 2007: RM 1,109,667.9 million (Total Export: RM 605,099.4 million, Total Import: RM504,568.5 million and Trade Balance RM 100,530.9 million).

Top Major Export: Electrical and Electronic Products (E&E); Palm Oil; Crude Petroleum; Chemical and Chemical Products; Liquified Natural Gas (LNG); Refined Petroleum Products; Machinery, Appliances and Parts; Manufactures of Metal; Wood Products; Optical and Scientific Equipment; Rubber Products, Iron and Steel Products; and Textile and Clothing.

Major Export Market:
ASEAN, USA, EU, Japan, China, Hong Kong SAR and ROK (Republic of Korea).

Source:
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)
Department of Statistics (DOS)Malaysia

Malaysia - East Coast Economic Region (ECER)


Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang (plus Mersing district of Johore) are aimed to be developed state by year 2020 using the East Coast reach natural resources, talent and heritage.

To achieve the goal ECER will use the rich oil and gas reserve, algicultire as well as the existing tradional practice and craftmanship. A RM6 billion special fund is allocated to implement several high impact projects beneficial to the region.

ECER is expected to attract RM112 billion of investments in sector such as tourism, oil and has, manufacturing, agricultural and education in the next 13 years. 47% of the investment is expected to come from the private sector, while the remainder from the government. Is is expected that the development of transportaion infrastructure alone would take up 40% of the total investment.

Under ECER, the region's gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to incresed at the faster rate of 7.2% compared to the whole of Malaysia's GDP of 6.3% by 2020. An additional 561,000 jobs creation and expected and the ECER household income will expect to increased to RM5,227 from RM2,267 currently.

The ECER population consists of 14.5% of Malaysia's current population (26.8 million)in which Bumiputras are the majority at 86.6% followed by Chinese (7.8%), Indian (1.8%) and Others (3.8%). ECER will also rectify the imbalance of the economy as Kelantan and Terengganu are the states with highest level of poverty in Malaysia at 10.6% and 15.4% of Malaysia's poverty.

Petronas, the Master Planner of ECER has among others, identify several factors crucial to the ECER developments:
- Identification of 50,000 - 100,000 acres of land for rubber tree cultivation as source of wood;
- Kelantan for cultivation of poultry and herbs;
- Terengganu for goat rearing and citrus valley;
- Pahang for cattle farming and pineapple orchards;
- Optimal usage of Malay reserve land (consisting of 40% of land in ECER) in which a trust is proposed to buy the land for developments and landowners will become members of the trust fund.

The ECER is under the purview of the Act of Parliement in which its implementation with be reviewed by a council presided by the Prime Minister. The Council is consisted by the Deputy Prime Minister, Mentris Besar of the four states, two Federal Government Ministers, the Federal Government's Chief Secretary, two representatives from the public sector, two representatives from the private sector, and the council’s Ehief Executive Officer. The Council power will be extensive and includes authorisation of projects on behalf of the Government.

ECER is part of the high impact implementation plan that also includes the Iskandar Development Region in Johore, the Northern Coridor (Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Northern Perak) and Serawak Economic Region.

Source: The Star and The Edge Daily.

Link to ECER Website.

Malaysia - Factsheet



Name: Malaysia
Previously: Malaya
Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Administrative Division:
States: 13 - Selangor, Johor, Kedah, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu, Perak, Perlis, Pulau Pinang, Sabah and Sarawak.
Fedaral Territories - Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya (also administrative centre and Labuan)

Population: 25.3 million (July 08 est)
Etchnic Group: Malays (50.4%0, Chinese (23.7%), Indian (7.1%) Others (7.8%)
Religion: Muslim (60.4%), Buddhist (19.2%), Christian (9.1%), Hindu (6.3%) and others includes Confucianism, Taonism and unknown.
Language: Bahasa Malaysia (official), English (widely spoken), Chinese, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Punjabi, Thai, Iban, Murut and Kadazan.
Area : Total (329,750 sq km - Land: 328,550 sq km, Water: 1,200 sq. km)
Climate: Tropical, moonsoon season starts from October til February
Natural Resources : Tin (long time ago), petroleum (most important now), timber, copper, iron ore, natural gas, bauxite

Fact from www.cia.gov and www.bnm.gov.my

Researching Malaysia...

Today I will do a bit of research on Malaysia especially the Peninsular East Coast part (Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang) that would be my states of coverage when I start working over my new office. Be a bit embarrassing if I do not know the fact myself should people asked for it he he he....

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Moving Out Week!


I haven't got much time this week to update my blog. Been busy with packing up my things, doing urgent things that suddenly cropped up as soon as my time in Kuala Lumpur becoming low.

Well, I think May is passing much too quickly for me.. it seems just like yesterday that Labour Day was celebrated. Hmmm.. I hope that after moving to Kuala Terengganu, there'll be ample time again for me to be up to date again.

So, I'll be moving there on Saturday. Sunday will be busy with house arrangement (I haven't got one yet!!!!), then the whole week I will be busy with the new office set up. Hope nobody arranges meetings for me yet that week!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Selangor - Kuala Selangor Kuantan Village Fireflies

Entrance to the K.Kuantan fireflies centre. Pic a bit blurry.

Info Board - Fireflies is a type of beetle, active at night. Their tails give out a sort of light in unison at night so that a colony of them will produce a glittering brightness such as thousand of stars or nearer example on earth - glittering cristmas lights.

View of the pier at sunset. Nice ain't it?

The other side of the small pier. Here is the embarkment point before the tour starts.

Ticketing centre. I believe that it is RM40 per boat (have to recheck). Phone +603 - 3289 1439 / 7046.

Singboard - equating the fireflies to saving electricity. Telekom Malaysia is Malaysia's electricity company.

The actual reason for coming to Kuala Selangor - cheap seafood - my sis bought 2 kgs of prawns for her stock ... to bad that I won't be in KL to help her finish that up he he he....

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Terengganu - My House

Today I don't feel so good cz the house I'm supposed to move in to has been leased to someone else.. very annoying. Thank god I checked cz if not, I wouldn't know and they do not have to courtesy to notify me.

How can I get a new house in the next 9 days? I'm supposed to start working in my new office on June 2. Want to settle the moving house part before that. Annoying annoying!

Sri Lanka - Buddist Temple

Most of the Sri Lankan are Buddist with some other relegion thrown in such as Hindu and Moslem. I was surprised to find that Sri Lankan converse in English. Must be due to the invasion by foreigners before it reached its independence.

The Bodhi tree. This three is from one of the sapling from the original Bodhi tree where Buddha reached his "enlightened" stage.

Elephant skulls. Don't know why its there. Maybe due to its valuable tusks.

Hundreds of Buddha statues.

One of the relics.

Carvings from elephant tusks.

Some of the jewellery and also gems. Can see how old they are.

Buddha's face. It was spooky to see that when you moved, the face seemed to be following you.

A small fragment of Buddha's bone is in the centre.

Statue of Buddha at the final stages of his "enlightment". He fasted and fasted till his body shrunk to this proportion. Hmm.. remember Keanu Reeves once acted in a Buddha film. Hunky!

Sri Lanka - Ceylon Gem Museum

Entrance to the museum cum jewellery shop.

Our tut-tut ride and the daredevil driver.

Kandian Sinhalese gem cutter in Sri Lanka, 1930s

Gems... gems.. gems.... Actually Sri Lanka is one of the motherlodes for gems.

The tiger eye (my birth & lucky stone) that I bought for RM300. Was told later by others, that I should've got it cheaper.

The owner... I've forgotten his name already after two years.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sri Lanka - Elephant Orphanage

Elephant orphanage at Pinnawala, Sri Lanka. Some of the elephants were left behind by their group and gathered at this orphanage. For this, I used my Nokia 3230. My younger brother has that phone now.

Souvenior shop. Better selection at the river side for the elephant theme souvenior.

Elephant-themed restaurant.

Elephant and his handler. Some sort of exercise moving things around.

Elephants intheir natural enclosure.

Breaktime! Going to the river for bath time!

Baby elephant.

Bath time! Some of the tourist joined in.

Some of the souvenior, I like this chair actually.

Sri Lanka Visitor

I saw from my visitor map counter that maybe one visitor from my site live in Sri Lanka. I did went there about two years ago. So, when I was shifting tru my computer. I saw some interesting pictures there. I am a bit busy at the moment but I aim to put those pics up in the next few days!

Pahang - Bukit Tinggi's Colmar Tropicale Rabbit Farm

The Rabbit Farm. The house is where you can sit and have your drinks while watching rabbits hopping. Can also buy the very small packet of Rabbit food for RM1. Oh before I forgot, if you want to visit Colmar, the fee to get to all their attractions is RM20/adult but if you stay there, you get free entrance to all their attactions.

Baby rabbit enclosure.

A cute rabbit up close. Got a nasty experiance once when my pet rabbit (which my family kept about 15 years ago) peed on me. Nasty! So, that's why I am not keen to hold one.

An orphan murai (mynah). Think he's a young orphan bird cz when we move our hand, he opened his mouth asking to be feed. I manages to put in around three bit size of Twisties actually. A bit tempted to bring him home. I hope he is ok. Don't see any cats lurking around so I think he sould be safe!

Pahang - Bukit Tinggi's Colmar Tropicale Japanese Garden

On the way up. Colmar Tropicale boasted the first Japanese Garden set up in a tropical rainforest.

Botanical garden map. This should be below he he he.... (to lazy to change the setting)

Koi Pond. When I came here earlier a few years ago, it was better. The water was flowing. Now some of the stream had dried out so it is a bit unkempt.

Coming up to the Japanese house.

Zen.

The Japanese house up close. If you want, there's a tea ceremony for RM20. You can also hire the kimono for photo session (RM40).

Koi pond. Again, I think the water level had receded since the last time I came here.

View from the smaller Japanese house a bit in front of the Japanese house.

Japanese Spa.

Restaurant. Can get authentic Japanese soba here. There is also a herb garden (the map is above, the one I'm too lazy to move down here he he)

Herb Garden.

Souvenior shop.