2017年11月30日星期四

More evacuees in Kelantan and Terengganu

More evacuees in Kelantan and T’ganu

The number of flood evacuees in Kelantan and Tereng­ganu has risen with the flood situation in the two states growing more acute.

As of 1pm yesterday, the number reached 8,574, up from 6,961 at 8am, according to the Social Welfare Department’s infobanjir application.

The evacuees are being housed at 96 relief centres in nine districts, namely Kota Baru, Pasir Mas, Tumpat, Bachok, Tanah Merah, Pasir Puteh, Kuala Krai, Machang and Jeli.

Pasir Mas has the highest number of evacuees – 4,370 (1,694 families) put up at 38 centres.

The infobanjir.water.gov.my portal of the Drainage and Irrigation Department reported that the level of Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas, rose to 10.61m at noon yesterday, up from 10.56m at 8am. The danger level is 9m.

The ebanjir.kelantan.gov.my portal by the state government reported that all roads were passable to traffic.

Rain, at times heavy, was reported in several areas of the state until noon.

The number of flood victims in Terengganu increased to 2,432 (833 families) as of 8am yesterday, compared to 2,201 (765 families) at midnight.

The State Disaster Management Committee secretariat said 15 relief centres were opened in seven districts, bringing the total number of active centres to 64.

In Besut district, the number of victims rose to 842 (250 families) in 23 centres, compared to 637 (194 families) on Tuesday night.

~News courtesy of Bernama~

2017年11月23日星期四

Fanning new life into Terengganu batik craft

Fanning new life into Terengganu batik craft



Beautiful batik: Maryam showing off some of the items for sale at a pop-up booth in Publika.

It was while she was miles away from the country that Maryam Samirah Shamsuddin developed a love for one of Malaysia’s traditional crafts – batik.

Maryam, who is now in her mid-30s, said that she started collecting and learning about batik when she was studying in Britain.

“You miss home and Malaysian items are not accessible, so you start to dig around to find stuff that reminds you of home,” she said.

This love for batik led her to start Cotton and Sago, a social enterprise aimed at helping Kuala Terengganu’s batik artisans, over a year ago.

“At first I read about batik online and learnt how to differentiate the designs of each maker.

“Then I went to Kuala Tereng­ganu and found out that the number of batik producers had shrunk.

“In the 90s, they had over 300 batik artisans, but three years ago, when I visited, they had less than 10 who were still active,” she said, adding that hand-block batik manufacturing is a dying industry.

She said that the slowdown could be due to the fact that artisans were earning very low wages, which led to the younger generation’s reluctance to enter the trade.

“They were earning about 80 sen per sarong!” she added.

Seeing this situation, Maryam set about to create an enterprise that was not only focused on marketing the traditional hand-block batik, but one that will help create a sustainable future for the artisans.

She said that being a social enterprise, Cotton and Sago also tries to help raise the price of the batik products so that artisans can earn more.

“Now it is possible for them to earn a wage of RM1,000 per month, compared to about RM500 a month previously,” she said.

The profit that the enterprise earns, she said, is channelled into training and upskilling the artisans, including teaching them business skills.

Maryam said that there is a need to help revive the Terengganu traditional hand-block batik industry, as it is fast losing its skilled artisans to age.

“There is only one traditional blockmaker left in Terengganu. Now we have invested into getting a few young apprentices to learn from him,” she said.

“Otherwise there is only Pok Ya (Zakaria Ismail) and he is in his 60s.”

The tradition of producing batik needs to be preserved as batik tells the story of Malaysia, she said.

“The history of batik itself is about Malaysia. There is a theory that (the act of wearing) batik was a replacement for tattoos when Islam came into the country.

“The technique itself came from India. The (usage of) pastel colours came from the Chinese traders’ influences.

“Batik is a canvas and every culture that crosses our (country’s) path leaves a bit of its touch on it.”

~News courtesy of The Star~

2017年11月22日星期三

气象局预测东北季风期间 东海岸砂西部高雨量

气象局预测东北季风期间 东海岸砂西部高雨量



东北季风的来临,将使马来半岛东海岸和砂拉越西部出现可引发水灾的高雨量。

气象局预测,马来半岛东海岸州属和砂拉越西部,将在本月起至明年1月的东北季风期间,出现可引发水灾的高雨量现象。

科学、工艺与革新部长拿督斯里威弗烈丹敖指出,在这期间,我国将发生4至5次的强降雨,可造成大水灾。

他说,在马来半岛吉兰丹和登嘉楼所展开的天气预测,本月和12月的雨量料达约700毫米,彭亨和柔佛东部的雨量,预测将在下月和明年1月高达400毫米。

“这个情况可导致水灾,尤其是在河谷和低洼地区。”

他今天在国会下议院回答巫统巴力士隆区国会议员拿督诺莱妮博士的提问时,这么指出。

~以上新闻转自光华日报~

2017年11月15日星期三

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak



No visitors will leave Malaysia without tasting our very own Nasi Lemak. Hot cooked rice with pandan aroma steamed with coconut cream goes heavenly well with sizzling spicy sauce or “sambal”. 

Generous sprinklings of roasted peanuts and salty dried anchovies with a hard boiled egg perfect this dish. 

A platter of everything good all wrapped up in banana leaves to further enhance its unique taste. Nasi Lemak is truly a national heritage of Malaysia.

~Courtesy of Tourism Malaysia~

2017年11月13日星期一

Expect more rain until January, says weatherman

Expect more rain until January, says weatherman

The start of the northeast monsoon today will bring more rain to the east coast of the peninsula and parts of Sabah and Sarawak.

The wet season is expected to last until January.

MetMalaysia director-general Alui Bahari said the northeastern winds from the South China Sea will mark the start of the monsoon season.

“Right now, the winds are still from the southwest, they are variable, but by tomorrow, they will persist from the northeast,” said Alui when contacted yesterday.

He said an episode would range between three and four days of moderate to heavy rain.

This monsoon season is expected to see four to five such episodes.

MetMalaysia has its own colour coding for rainfall, with yellow indicating heavy rain is expected within the next one to three days, and if there is continuous rain, it will not last for more than six hours and the rainfall will be less than 60mm.

Meanwhile, orange indicates continuous heavy rain that will exceed six hours and rainfall collection of at least 60mm while red shows continuous heavy rain exceeding 240mm a day.

Alui said the department would also be monitoring wind speeds and wave heights, as monsoon winds could whip up waves.

For the day’s weather forecast, log on to www.met.gov.my/in/web/metmalaysia/forecasts/general/country.

~News courtesy of The Star~