The fight against animal trafficking is also about education, conservation awareness
TODAY is International Women's Day. Celebrated for over a hundred years, contemporary women of the developed world are on the threshold of taking gender equality for granted -- well, almost. The fact that in far too many countries in the world, this remains an utopia on the distant horizon, however, accounts for the year's theme: "Inspiring Change For Greater Awareness Of Women's Equality". The new millennium, while touted as that where women are equally empowered, is proving to be a half truth. In some countries, especially the Scandinavian ones, women do hold their own. They are found in boardrooms, senior management positions and the corridors of power at percentages received as having acquired a momentum not easily reversed. In others, women are a rare view in the public sphere and considered oppressed. Some countries, for instance, still forbid women to drive.
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The road to a healthy environment is littered with ignorance
MALAYSIANS are so used to blaming others for the haze that it has come as a bit of a shock to discover the unhealthy level of air pollution is much homegrown. The initial finger pointing at Riau as the source was quickly quashed. Doubtless, it is not as bad as last year's haze, but the Air Pollution Index (API) in some parts of the peninsula is well over 100. Much of the Klang Valley, including Shah Alam, Subang Jaya and Petaling Jaya, is blanketed with a greyish smog impairing visibility and, of course, breathing for sufferers of respiratory problems. The culprit is said to be the extended dry and hot weather which, without the help of winds, is causing particles from the resulting open burning of peat, bush and forest fires to remain suspended in the air. And because the recent rains, though heavy, have been short, the air remains persistently dirty.
We have to be intolerant of intolerance, but, in a positive way
Building patriotism through indisputable symbols of success
Tools are very useful but they don't maketh the man
INANIMATE objects may cause pain to humans, but it would be the human who is to blame in the first place. By the same token, roads cannot be summarily blamed for the many accidents that occur on them, as recently happened where there were 15 road fatalities in a day spread around the peninsula. How does one blame roads when others using them to get from one destination to the next can arrive safely? Indeed, there are some roads that do have more than their fair share of crashes but even then, the roads cannot be faulted. Rather, the assumption here is that the authorities are not doing enough to ensure that roads are safe. So, whatever the perception, the human factor is paramount. For example, a vehicle is not roadworthy only because the owner is careless and has a negligible level of safety awareness.
Agreeing on Langat 2 is an important step for good federal-state cooperation