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Carbon tax will shift focus to renewable energy sources

Human activites are largely to blame for the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2), accounting for about two-thirds of greenhouse gases (GHGs). The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said the average global surface temperature from 1880 to 2012 has increased by 0.85ºCelcius, causing global sea level to increase by 19cm in 2010. The National Aeronautics and …

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Parliamentary scrutiny in the digital age

It has always been clear that politics and the youth don’t match. Most young people are only exposed to politics through snappy news headlines or viral videos. In this, we all understand. But to the youth, politics means boring procedures, unending conflicts and uppity politicians seeking popularity. Not to mention the vast fog of ignorance …

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Affordable housing, public transport big parts of urban design

Access to decent housing is recognised as a basic human right, as outlined in the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) . The UN outlined that decent housing does not only mean a place to stay, but it must be affordable, secure, in good location, habitable and accessible. Bank Negara states that providing adequate …

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We’re unaware that air pollution is a silent killer

Over the past decade, Malaysia has experienced industrial growth and urbanisation, and it aims to become a developed nation by next year. This process benefited the economy. However, as a consequence, human activities emit particulates and gasses that pollute the air. To make things worse, the polluted air has been proven to correlate with human …

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Open letter to the housing minister – easy credit will only inflate property prices

I read your tweet thanking Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) for fulfilling your ministry’s request to increase the threshold for the Fund for Affordable Home created by the central bank. On August 21, the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (Cache) released a report entitled Tackling the housing crisis: Is supply the answer? Besides debating on …

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Mental Health Institute: A proactive step

On the last day of the Dewan Rakyat, Health Minister YB Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad announced that the Ministry of Health would launch the “Let’s Talk Malaysia” campaign in October 2019. The campaign would be run with the cooperation of a non-governmental organization (NGO). This is one of the government’s initiatives to reduce stigma …

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Undi 18 dan pendidikan politik

Umum mengetahui, susulan Pindaan Perlembagaan baru-baru ini, Pilihanraya Umum ke-15 (PRU-15) akan datang bakal menyaksikan pertambahan 50% daripada 14.9 juta pengundi pada PRU-14 yang lalu. Dalam kata lain, jumlah pengundi pada PRU-15 diunjurkan akan mencecah 22.5 juta orang setelah diambilkira pertambahan pengundi 18 tahun dan pendaftaran automatik. Sesungguhnya pertambahan golongan muda sebagai pengundi ini harus …

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