Archive for June, 2014

Reducing the pain of osteoarthritis

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Osteoarthritis is a common condition that usually affects us as we grow older.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. The term was coined by Dr John Kent Spender of England in 1889. It is also known as “degenerative joint disease”.

Over 60% of people over 65 have some form of arthritis. About 90% of adults are affected by the age of 40.

The commonest joints involved include the knees (41%), hands (30%) and hips (19%). It is currently understood to be a process rather than a disease that may be triggered by various constitutional and environmental factors.

The knee is one of the joints most prone to injury. The knee is the joint between the two longest bones of the body (the femur, which is the bone of the thigh, and the tibia, which is the bone of the lower leg).

It is more prone to injury because the entire weight of the body is transferred through the knee to the foot. About 13% of women and 10% of men aged 60 years and older have symptomatic knee OA.

Recent studies suggest that OA of the hand may predict the later development of OA in the hip or knee. It was found that those with hand OA were three times more likely to develop hip arthritis.

It was noted from the studies that OA of the hand also slightly increased the risk for knee OA.


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Too many trafficking cases, too few nabbed

Monday, June 30th, 2014

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia identified 650 human trafficking victims last year but only nine traffickers were caught and convicted.

This is among the main reasons why the country has dropped to Tier 3 in the Trafficking in Persons (TiP) 2014 report – the lowest ranking, leaving it in the same category as Thailand, Venezuela, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.

Malaysia must now work on closing the gap between the number of victims and the number of people brought to justice, according to US State Department ambassador-at-large Luis CdeBaca (pic).

The 2014 TiP report states that Malaysia decreased its anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts and reported fewer investigations and convictions in 2013 as compared with 2012.

CdeBaca, who heads the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, said the treatment of victims was also critical.

“It is well known that if you treat your victims correctly, they will be good witnesses for you in court,” CdeBaca told The Star in a phone interview from Washington.

He said this included providing psychological care and feeling of safety for victims.

CdeBaca also urged Malaysia to provide better support for non-government organisations (NGOs) involved in helping human trafficking victims.

“Countries which engage strongly with civil society in the fight against human trafficking end up being most successful,” he said.

He pointed out that NGOs were unlikely to refer cases to authorities if victims are kept in detention centres and deported.

Citing cases of victims who were were held in shelters for almost a year, he said: “There is no freedom of movement.


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Former Unduk Ngadau wins Miss Earth Sabah 2014.

Monday, June 30th, 2014
From left, Sandhu, Lojuki, Benggon and Galing.

KOTA KINABALU: Former Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2013, Immaculate Lojuki, added another pageant title to her name after winning Miss Earth Sabah 2014 on Saturday night.

She went home with RM2,000 cash, a crown, a trophy, a return air ticket to Kuala Lumpur and a sash.

Second place went to Natasha Jalius Benggon who took home RM1,500 cash, a crown, a trophy, a return air ticket to Kuala Lumpur and a sash.

In third place was Gurjit Kaur Sandhu who received RM1,000 cash prize while Valentina Eddie Galing took home the consolation prize of RM700 cash.

The top three winners will represent Sabah at the national level Miss Malaysia Earth 2014 which will be held in Ipoh on July 20.

The finale was held at Pacific Sutera ballroom on Saturday, where winners of other subsidiary titles were also announced.

The Miss Sabah Earth Best In Eco Wear category was won by Kong Sue Mei while Janet Fabian and Lojuki were in second and third places respectively.

Taking the Miss Sabah Earth Best In Evening Dress category was Galing with Lojuki and Aiwen Tsen Oi Wen in second and third places respectively.

The other subsidiary titles went to Ranjani Rajamanickam (Miss Sabah Earth Most Photogenic), Adriani Durahim (Miss Sabah Earth Body Beautiful), Sandhu (Most Popular via Online Choice) and Genevie Epen (Most Popular Finalist By Audience Choice).

Organizing chairman Victor Bryan in his welcoming address said with the theme ‘Beauty for A Good Cause’, Miss Sabah Earth is a pageant that not only showcases the beautiful young Sabahan ladies but also aims to educate and impart the knowledge of environmental protection and conservation that are crucially needed by our society.

“Contestants will become the ambassador for Mother Earth in advocating environmental issues that have to be addressed by all of us.

“Other than strongly emphasizing on environmental protection programs, the pageant also aims to showcase and promote tourism destinations. It is indeed setting a legacy of beauty and responsibility,” he said, adding that this is the second year that his team from Asia Pro Entertainment has been entrusted with the important mission to search for Miss Sabah Earth.

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Malaysia can descend into chaos with abolition of sedition act: Tun M

Monday, June 30th, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today Malaysia could descend into chaos if the government went ahead with a proposal to abolish the Sedition Act 1948.

He said the proposed new law to replace the act would not be able to prevent all kinds of sedition that would occur.

“The people will be subjected to all kinds of sedition, including incitement to amend the Federal Constitution. It is not inconceivable that they would agitate for the institution of the monarchy to be abolished,” he said in his latest post on his blog.

Dr Mahathir said the abolition of the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Banishment Act had resulted in a rise in various kinds of crime in the country.

“Sedition, despite its occurrence, has not exceeded the limits,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said that without the Sedition Act, the extremists among the people would be free to openly criticise the rulers and the monarchy and eventually call for the abolition of the institution of the monarchy.

“No other law can stop them after the abolition of the ISA and the Sedition Act,” he said, adding that Malaysia did not have legislation that could prevent any ridicule of the rulers and the monarchy like the ‘Lese Majeste’ in Thailand.

He said many people might be angered by the agitation to abolish the monarchy but, because sedition was allowed, those interested in making Malaysia a republic would have the right and freedom to proceed with their campaign.

“The possibility is that chaos will occur in the country. This is a result of the liberal attitude that we exalt now,” he said.

The government announced on May 30 a proposal to introduce a new law to replace the Sedition Act and confirmed having received the drafts of three bills on national harmony.

This followed an announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in 2012 to abolish the controversial act to, among other things, enhance freedom of expression among the people.


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Don’t shed responsibilities in aspects of children’s security, parents told

Monday, June 30th, 2014

TAWAU: Parents must not shed their responsibilities in the aspect of the security of their children, said Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation vice chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

He said there have been several instances lately where parents failed in discharging their responsibilities to secure the safety of their young children.

“We must not waiver in our duties when bringing up young children,” he said adding that society must not give chance for evil things to happen like kidnapping of children.

As parents, if they have to leave their vehicles, they should not at any time leave their children behind in the car, he said.

He added that time and again, criminals would take the opportunity to drive away the vehicle with the child inside.

“If everybody is constantly aware of the dangers around them, such incident would not have happened,” he told reporters here yesterday.

Lee who is also the National Institute of Safety and Hazard (Niosh) urged schools and colleges to set up safety and security committees.

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SMK Kemabong wins at innovation contest

Monday, June 30th, 2014

KOTA KINABALU: Rural school, SMK Kemabong from Tenom impressed judges at the Sabah Invention & Design Exhibition (SINDEX) recently with their innovations, “Paddy Pen” and “Savy-U”.

Paddy Pen is a simple tool to help rice farmers plant seedlings whereas Savy-U is an innovation that prevents hangers from falling off a clothesline.

SINDEX was held on 21 June at Wisma Wanita here and attracted 46 schools from all over Sabah and Labuan. The state-level competition is held once every two years.

It was the first time that SMK Kemabong was chosen to represent the district Tenom in the contest.

Both teams from the school won several accolades including three special awards.

Team Paddy Pen won the prestigious Young Inventor’s Award, Best Prototype prize, a gold medal and second place overall.

Each member received an Apple iPad sponsored by Monash University as well as prize money. They were Jaicyka Kasuman, Rexzueline Ambing, Azryen Linus and Muliani Andisan who were led by their teacher, Mitchelle Perera.

The other winning team Savy-U was led by teacher, Hafizi Fazli Bakar and consisted of Juvenos Utar, Tuina Kolotor, Nelsyevi Atum and Azurah Udi. They won the Best Innovation Award, a gold medal, were placed sixth overall and received prize money.

Paddy Pen was designed especially for rice farmers. The students realised that when planting seedlings, the farmer would first have to make holes on dry soil using a traditional technique called “mengasok”. The womenfolk would then fill the holes with padi grains while squatting and this process can take hours to complete which is detrimental to health over the long-run.

The team invented a prototype that used a 2-in-1 mechanism to complete the task so that one person can make a hole and fill it with grains at the same time.

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Instill Safety, Health Knowledge From Pre-school – Mary Yap

Monday, June 30th, 2014

TAWAU: - Occupational safety and health knowledge needed to be instilled as part of pre-school education, said Second Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching.

She said such an awareness among school children was vital to enhance the image, quality and excellence of the learning institutions.

“As such the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) through its corporate social responsibilities has introduced the occupational safety and health programme in schools to extend its campaigns at the school level,” she told reporters after launching the programme at the Vocational College here Saturday.

She was confident the campaign could be extended to other schools to protect the students and create an environment that was suitable to the physical and psychology requirement of the workers, including teaching staff.


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Cabotage simply must go: Chamber

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The Chinese business community has made a stand that the Cabotage Policy must be abolished because it not only increases business costs but is a stumbling block for investors to come to Sabah.

Sabah United Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SUCCC) President Datuk Seri Gan Sau Wah said the policy has been the main reason for higher freight charges and directly causing the price of goods to rise steeply.

“It is the main reason for the prices of goods in Sabah being 30 per cent higher than in Semenajung,” he said in his speech at the 68th Association Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Malaysia (ACCCIM) in Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, Saturday.

Under the 30-year old policy only Malaysian-flagged ships are allowed to transport locally-manufactured goods from the peninsula to Sabah.

This means probably less than 200 containers a month may be coming into the state.

After numerous calls, the Federal Government finally agreed in 2009 to liberalise the cabotage policy for containerised transshipment cargoes for sectors between Sepanggar, Bintulu, Kuching and Tanjung Pelepas and vice-versa.

But this was only partially or selective liberalisation since foreign ships carrying containers meant for Sabah still have to go to Port Klang before being re-directed to the port in Sabah.

Gan said the policy not only caused problems to companies in Sabah to venture out to overseas markets but is also burdening the people who have to face a higher cost of living.

There was no doubt that the Cabotage Policy was formulated to protect the country’s shipping industry but the chambers felt it was not suitable for Malaysia in view of the geographic differences between Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.

“If the Peninsular and East Malaysia are located on the same land mass it is a different story but the problem is we are separated by the vast South China Sea whereby the distance between Port Klang is quite far from East Malaysia.

“If protecting the interest of shipping companies in the country means having to sacrifice East Malaysians’ right to enjoy similar price of goods then this is not fair.

“For this reason, the Cabotage Policy must be abolished or rectified for the sake of all the people in the country,” he said.

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Sabah a seafood paradise

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

IT’S hard not to profit from the seafood business in Sabah. The abundance, variety and quality have earned the industry a “blue-ribbon” reputation.

Fshmonger Jamil Abdul Rahm showing a fish sold at the market.

The state capital, for instance, boasts more than 10 seafood restaurants that enjoy their fair share of exposure in television shows, travel advisories, magazines, blogs and by word of mouth.

Google the likes of Portview, Ocean, Welcome, Sri Mutiara, Suang Tain, Dowish, Golden, Gayang, Salut, Windbell and Kampung Nelayan; the results will definitely point to Sabah seafood restaurants.

But success, according to the operators, comes with a lot of work, diligence and innovative ideas.

Keeping their supplies fresh and alive in tanks, introducing new recipes and adding value to their products have kept the competition going.

The manager of Welcome Seafood Restaurant, known only as Lee, says the customers comprise local and foreign tourists.

“Compared with where they come from, our prices here are cheaper and we get our supply straight from our tanks. To the locals here, it may seem expensive, but not to outsiders.

“We also go to great lengths to maintain the quality of our supply,” he says, revealing that live seafood is kept for up to three days.

Patrons pay between RM30 and RM200 per meal, depending on the order.

Premium products, such as prawns, range from RM30 per kg to RM30 per piece, or lobsters from between RM120 and RM480 per kg.

Fish cost between RM80 and RM200 per kg. There are also other exotic seafood, such as molluscs, coconut crabs, slipper lobsters, mantis prawns, abalone and scallops.

Seafood supplier Billy Tan says the bigger restaurants could easily earn up to RM50,000 per day or more on exceptional days.

“But bear in mind the cost of running their operations are quite high, too.”

There are 130 members under the Sabah Restaurants Fellowship Association, an umbrella body that looks after the welfare of eateries and seafood restaurant operators.

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Becoming good people

Sunday, June 29th, 2014


Our columnist is both surprised and humbled at the attitude and changes she sees in a former student, during a chance meeting.

THEY say it’s some kind of ‘school teacher instinct’ that has evolved through the many years of responding to sentences beginning with “Teacher”.

Whatever the reason, if you are a Malaysian school teacher, the minute you hear someone call out ‘teacher’ when you are in a public place, you instinctively turn around thinking they meant you, even if you are in a group of another 100 teachers.

So, when I was browsing through the food shelf in a local store, and I heard someone call “Teacher” from another aisle, I immediately turned around expecting to see a student in uniform.

When I saw the cheerful, round face with the familiar lopsided grin revealing the gap between his front teeth, I hastily tried to recall who among my former students he was. And then I remembered that it was Dev from 5G who had left school a few years ago.

He had lost some weight and was dressed smartly in a long sleeved shirt and trousers.

I had been Dev’s class teacher that year and remembered that he had failed in almost every subject.

But then, so had most of his classmates, and quite frankly this was a class of students the school wasn’t exactly counting on to help increase the overall percentage passes for the public exams.

These were students who somehow through flaws or strengths in the system, depending on which way you viewed it, had managed to make it to Form Five although for the most part, their academic aptitudes seemed to reflect the level of students who were in much lower grades.

Challenging class

At best, teachers who taught that class could only describe it as being “very, very challenging”.


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