Taman Sri Nibong RA Log

April 17, 2017

An Introduction to the Federal Constitution : Penang Institute Workshop

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Invitation

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An Introduction to the Malaysian Federal Constitution

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Dear Friends,

Penang Institute in KL, in collaboration with the Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee will conduct a half day workshop on the Federal Constitution. You are cordially invited to attend this workshop as scheduled below:-

Date     : 6 May 2017 (Saturday)
Time    : 10.00am – 1.00 (Registration start at 12.30am)
Venue  : Uppercase, APW, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

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How long has it been since you read the Malaysian Federal Constitution? As a citizen, do you know what this document means, and its role in our country?  Have you studied it with a view to understanding how it impacts your daily life?

Many of us know of the Constitution but fail to appreciate its significance as the highest source of law in the land.
This workshop aims to improve awareness and promote constitutionalism among Malaysians. In a two-module session, participants will be given an introduction to the principles enshrined in the Constitution, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

FREE ADMISSION! Due to limited seats, registration is encouraged.

Kindly register your interest at this link.
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Steven Sim

Member of Board of Directors,
Penang Institute

March 23, 2017

Silent Awareness Walk : Sunday 26 March 2017

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Date : 26th March 2017 ( Sunday)

Meeting point : Sunrise Gurney (in front of Wendy’s)

Walk from Kelawei Road and around to Gurney Drive

Time: 5.30 pm to meet at point and walking at 6 pm SHARP

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WE HAVE BEGUN. Silent Awareness Walk in Penang.

The start of a campaign to Respect Animals in our country.

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Calling all Penangnites to join us soon for the Silent Awareness Walk to reduce animal abandoning and abuse in Penang. This is not a protest –  it is a Peaceful Reminder to everybody out there.

How long do we still want to stay silent? Enough is enough to all the abandonments and cruelties inflicted on strays. Strays are man-made! It’s time to raise the level of awarenese in Penang. It’s wrong to let your pets breed. It’s wrong to abandon them at the markets, streets and shelters. It’s time to stop the cruelties and abused. Do we still want to stay silent while coming across so many cases of abuse and abandonment everyday in our state?

The onus is own us, those who really care for the strays to change their fate. There is only so much the overcrowded and overburdened shelters, the overstretched feeders and overworked independent rescuers can do. The resources are finite but not the supply of unwanted animals. So let us lend our voices to all the abandoned animals. Cut the births of unwanted kittens and puppies. Speak up and help facilitate spaying and neutering. Talk to the neighbours, managements, friends, families, acquaintances and even strangers! Educate them on the benefits of spaying and neutering their pets and street animals. Assist them if you can. If we want to see changes to the way our society treats the animals, the onus is really on us to make a difference! Change will not come if we wait for others to do it.

The least we can do is to speak out for those who cannot. Be the voice for the thousands of abused and abandoned animals in Penang by participating in this silent awareness walk. We firmly believe that we cannot be silent anymore with so many rampant cases of animal abuse and abandonment in the state. There needs to be a change of mindset to let these abusers and animal haters know that their acts are spiteful and those who abandoned animals are a disgrace. It is time for the silent animal lovers to not be silent anymore.

If you think that your little voice and small act do not matter, then you are right. You will forever don’t matter. Cumulative small acts and voices, your decisions and choices, can make a difference.

For the Silent Awareness Walk, everybody will need to wear a White top to symbolize Peace and to Respect all animals that have passed away through abuse or abandonment. Just show up in white tops and bring your own water.No animals are allowed. If you do not have a white top, you can wear a t-shirt from PGSR (all proceeds from purchasing a t-shirt (RM 25 ) from us goes to all our rescue dogs. Get one before the date if you do not have a white top. Sizes -Xs/S/M/XL/XXL

We need more of you to show up to show that animal lovers care and it’s time to make a real change to our society. Be silent no more! Kindly share and campaign for the voiceless.

THE PERMIT HAS BEEN OBTAINED

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Penang Stray Rescue shelter – PGSR shelter

https://www.facebook.com/penangstrayrescue/

 

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Please sign this petition to the Penang State Government for a 

STRAY FREE PENANG

March 22, 2017

URGENT SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN AT TSNRA AGAINST USAGE OF TSN ROADS FOR TRAFFIC FROM 3 HIGH RISE PROJECTS

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To all TSN residents and supporters,

TSNRA is organizing an urgent signature campaign against the cutting of  our Taman pavements and widening of our roads for new high-rise projects in the kampung land stretching across TSN behind Tingkat Bukit Kecil 2. These are 3 major development projects which many residents may not be aware of. Visit Penang Property Talk to view all housing projects around TSN. We are not against the building of the high rise apartments, but we are fighting against the usage of TSN roads to be used as traffic thoroughfare. All of us will be affected as we can expect an increase of 1000+ vehicles plying in and out of all our TSN entry & exit roads daily.

MBPP has already approved the planning permission to build 2 blocks of 43 and 44 storey apartments near Gerbang BK 1. The developer has also been approved to widen the access road. The widening will mostly be on one side of the road (Melati Apt side). The pavement, grass verge and the matured trees on the right (Melati) side will be removed to widen the road for tractors, heavy earth movers for the new high rise development in Gerbang BK 2. When the 3 apartment blocks are completed in about 3 years time, an estimated 1000+ vehicles will go through our Taman.

Do go to this link to view the high rise project involved in our petition : 

PRISMA BUMIRAYA SDN. BHD.

Residents of Taman Sri Nibong and supporters, please support us and sign this urgent petition if you have not done so. Volunteers will be at the Clubhouse daily from 6.00 – 7.00 pm to collect signatures. Do turn up in full force and help to inform neighbours & friends to oppose widening of our roads for greater traffic flow, creation of more entrances and exits in & out of our Taman, increased traffic congestion & parking and pollution problems.

We hope to get 2000+ signatures to present to MBPP. Moreover, we have to appear before an Appeals Board which is a Tribunal appointed by the State in accordance with the Town & Country Planning Act. It consists of 3 independent members chaired by a retired senior lawyer. The rest are distinguished professionals. The Appeals Board will hear objections from either party (developer or residents) if they do not agree with the decisions made by the Local Authorities. In this case, we the residents do not agree with the approval made by MBPP. The Appeals Board will listen to arguments made by both parties. The Appeals Board decision is binding but if either party does not agree with the decision, they can bring it up for judicial review ie. to the High Court and Appeals Court. This rarely happen as it can cost tens of thousands to fight all the way.

The developers will have very senior lawyers representing them. On our part, we must also get a lawyer experienced in such cases to represent us at this coming appeals hearing. To do this, we must collect donations from residents and supporters for the lawyer’s fee unless we can get a TSN lawyer who can volunteer to represent us. Please donate to help us through.

Please share widely to help us collect more signatures. Time is running out. 

Thank you all volunteers on duty daily at TSNRA to collect signatures. 

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Fyi, in 2013, we succeeded in our appeal in not allowing the developer of the 2 apartment blocks of 341 medium cost units) to have an access road through our Taman to the coastal highway. This project is now on hold.

Link:

https://tsnra.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/tsn-residents-meeting-with-3-lawyers-because-of-objections-over-high-rise-apartments/

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March 21, 2017

Bird Flu / Avian Influenza

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Malaysian authorities raised an alert for a northeastern state after the virulent H5N1 bird flu virus was found to have spread to poultry in more villages.

Some 24,000 birds have been culled in Kelantan state since the H5N1 strain was reported March 6 after several backyard poultry died.

Che Abdullah Mat Nawi, who heads Kelantan’s agricultural committee, said Thursday that free-range chickens reared by residents in 20 villages have been affected. He said the state is getting more manpower and resources to survey a wider area to contain the spread of the virus.

“The situation is getting more serious but it is not yet an emergency situation as there is no transmission of the virus from bird to human. We have raised the alert so that we can pool resources from different departments” to curb the spread of the virus, he told The Associated Press.

Che Abdullah said commercial bird farms in the state were not affected by the virus.

The H5N1 strain is highly contagious and linked by the World Health Organization to hundreds of deaths worldwide over the last decade.

Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said health officials have screened more than 3,500 villagers in the affected areas. More than a dozen people showing bird flu symptoms tested negative for the virus, he said.

Veterinary officials told local media that the virus could have been due to cockfighting activities involving roosters from neighboring countries.

Che Abdullah said officials believed the virus was imported but have not determined the cause of the outbreak.

Source : ABC News

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Be well equipped with info on bird flu to protect yourself and your family.

Go to links below :

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CDC Information on Avian Influenza

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WHO : Avian and other Zoonotic Influenza

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March 15, 2017

Photography in SEA – Penang Institute Nusantara Forum

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Photography in South East Asia

Dear Sir/Madam,
 
You are cordially invited to the event as follows:- 

As seats are limited, please register your interest here.

For further enquiries, please contact the secretariat at 04- 228 3306

or email to secretariat@penanginstitute.org.

Thank you. 

March 8, 2017

International Women’s Day 2017

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UN WOMEN LINK

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International Women’s Day 2017:

What is it, how did it start

and why is it so important?

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UN Secretary-General’s Message for International Women’s Day

Date: 06 March 2017

Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.

Historic imbalances in power relations between men and women, exacerbated by growing inequalities within and between societies and countries, are leading to greater discrimination against women and girls. Around the world, tradition, cultural values and religion are being misused to curtail women’s rights, to entrench sexism and defend misogynistic practices.

Women’s legal rights, which have never been equal to men’s on any continent, are being eroded further. Women’s rights over their own bodies are questioned and undermined. Women are routinely targeted for intimidation and harassment in cyberspace and in real life. In the worst cases, extremists and terrorists build their ideologies around the subjugation of women and girls and single them out for sexual and gender-based violence, forced marriage and virtual enslavement.

Despite some improvements, leadership positions across the board are still held by men, and the economic gender gap is widening, thanks to outdated attitudes and entrenched male chauvinism. We must change this, by empowering women at all levels, enabling their voices to be heard and giving them control over their own lives and over the future of our world.

Denying the rights of women and girls is not only wrong in itself; it has a serious social and economic impact that holds us all back. Gender equality has a transformative effect that is essential to fully functioning communities, societies and economies.

Women’s access to education and health services has benefits for their families and communities that extend to future generations. An extra year in school can add up to 25 per cent to a girl’s future income. When women participate fully in the labour force, it creates opportunities and generates growth. Closing the gender gap in employment could add $12 trillion to global GDP by 2025. Increasing the proportion of women in public institutions makes them more representative, increases innovation, improves decision-making and benefits whole societies.

Gender equality is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the global plan agreed by leaders of all countries to meet the challenges we face. Sustainable Development Goal 5 calls specifically for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and this is central to the achievement of all the 17 SDGs.

I am committed to increasing women’s participation in our peace and security work. Women negotiators increase the chances of sustainable peace, and women peacekeepers decrease the chances of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Within the UN, I am establishing a clear road map with benchmarks to achieve gender parity across the system, so that our Organization truly represents the people we serve. Previous targets have not been met. Now we must move from ambition to action.

On International Women’s Day, let us all pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

– See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2017/3/statement-sg-international-womens-day-2017#sthash.TU0HY3Zu.dpuf

March 4, 2017

LWEH Nursing Scholarships

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Link : LWEH Nursing Scholarships

LWEH International Women’s Day Public Talk

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Link : International Women’s Day Public Talk

February 21, 2017

Raising Smart & Healthy Kids – LWEH Free Workshop

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February 17, 2017

Penang Institute Invitation : One Belt, One Road -What’s in it for us?

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PENANG INSTITUTE


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Invitation

ONE BELT, ONE ROAD : WHAT’S IN IT FOR US?

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Penang Institute is proud to bring you a forum entitled One Belt, One Road – What’s In It For Us.
You are cordially invited to attend this seminar as scheduled below:-
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Date     : 25 February 2017 (Saturday)

Time    : 2.30pm – 4.30 (Registration start at 2.00pm)

Venue  : Conference Hall 1, Penang Institute

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Back in 2013, President Xi Jinping of People Republic of China (PRC) introduced his concept of ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR), or otherwise known as “Belt and Road” initiative. This initiative is derived from President Xi’s vision of an overland ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ and a ‘21st-Century Maritime Silk Road’. These are the two major routes along which China proposes to economically link Europe to China through countries across Eurasia and the Indian Ocean. The OBOR initiative also links to Africa and Oceania. In March 2015, the PRC issued an action plan for realising this initiative.The opportunities for countries along the ‘Belt and Road’ include large-scale developments in sectors such as infrastructure development, financial & professional services, e-commerce, cultural tourism & education, energy & resources, advanced manufacturing, and agriculture.However, there must be various questions that arise following the incident on 1 November 2016, when Malaysia signed 14 agreements with China amounting to RM 144 billion.Among others, what opportunities will be in store for Malaysian companies and individuals as a result of China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative? What are the challenges? How do we prepare for these opportunities and challenges beforehand? Will Malaysians be confined to bilateral trade and investment with China? Will there be business opportunities of a multi-lateral or multi-national nature?Join us at this lecture to hear from the industrial economist, Dr Peter Thong, regarding his perspectives to some of the questions raised above.

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ABOUT  THE  SPEAKER  
 Dr. Peter Thong is an Old China Hand living and working in China for 30 years. He experienced the transformation of China from poverty to prosperity. He is a much sought after subject matter speaker on China business. He spoke in international conferences in Australia, Greater China, Malaysia, the Philippines, UK and USA.Peter Thong is a Director of China International Council for the Promotion of Multinational Corporations (CICPMC). He was formerly managing director of the British Centre comprising of China Britain Business Council and the British Chamber of Commerce in China.Peter was also the Chief Representative of Malaysia Rubber Export Promotion Council in China, providing market information and advising on matters related to access to the Chinese market for Malaysian rubber product manufacturers.
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FREE ADMISSION! Due to limited seats, registration is encouraged.
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Kindly register your interest at this link.
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Steven Sim
Director
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