Malaysia Polls Could Be In Late April Or Early May

(ST) – Malaysia could dissolve Parliament this month, cutting short its current sitting and paving the way for polls next month or in May, sources told The Straits Times.

As government and opposition leaders criss-crossed the country this past month to prepare for the upcoming polls, Prime Minister Najib Razak is expected to table new electoral maps next week, which critics say favour his ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN).

Approval of these new maps could be the last business for this Parliament, which had been scheduled to sit until April 5. The new boundaries could be passed by lawmakers and given royal assent within days.

Parliament had earlier been expected to also debate a proposed law to curb fake news, but this may be abandoned as the draft Bill is not ready yet. (more…)

Patriotisme Raja Melayu

SEGALA puji ke hadrat Allah SWT yang telah menghiasi hati para kekasihNya dengan cahaya-cahaya pe­­­tunjukNya, serta yang te­lah mengangkat darjat para hamba yang memurnikanNya, sehingga nama mereka agung di dunia dan akhirat. Selawat serta salam ke atas junjungan besar Nabi Muhammad SAW.

Setinggi-tinggi syukur saya panjatkan ke hadrat Ilahi kerana de­ngan limpah dan inayah­Nya juga, dapat saya berangkat ke satu majlis ilmu anjuran Mubarak. Sesungguhnya, Nabi Muhammad SAW bersabda da­lam satu hadis yang diriwayatkan oleh Abu Daud yang bermaksud: “Barang siapa me­nempuh suatu jalan untuk menuntut ilmu, maka Allah memudahkan jalannya menuju syurga”.

Pada majlis ilmu hari ini, saya akan mengupas idea dan menzahirkan pandangan saya dalam satu wacana yang bertema “Raja, Perlembagaan dan Patriotisme”. (more…)

Kenapa muslim di Malaysia ada “bin dan binti” pada nama mereka?

Why Malaysian Muslims have ‘bin’ or ‘binti’ in their names

Source : Themalaymail Online

Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed has clarified that the NRD inserts ‘bin’ or ‘binti’ for all Muslim children, regardless of their ethnicity, for legal reasons such as determining lineage for inheritance purposes. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10 ― Though many cultures have the title “bin” or “binti” inserted as part of their names, the practice is most widespread among Muslims in Malaysia, where it has caused controversy in recent years due to reports of unilateral insertion by the National Registration Department (NRD).

Amid the buzz, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed clarified to Malay Mail Online that the NRD inserts the titles for all Muslim children, regardless of their ethnicity, for legal reasons such as determining lineage for inheritance purposes. (more…)

High blood pressure is redefined as 130/80 mm Hg in US instead of 140/80 mm Hg

LOS ANGELES: High blood pressure was redefined Monday (Nov 13) by the American Heart Association, which said the disease should be treated sooner, when it reaches 130/80 mm Hg, not the previous limit of 140/90.

Doctors now recognise that complications “can occur at those lower numbers,” said the first update to comprehensive US guidelines on blood pressure detection and treatment since 2003.

A diagnosis of the new high blood pressure does not necessarily mean a person needs to take medication, but that “it’s a yellow light that you need to be lowering your blood pressure, mainly with non-drug approaches,” said Paul Whelton, lead author of the guidelines published in the American Heart Association journal, Hypertension, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Healthy lifestyle changes include losing weight, exercising more, eating healthier, avoiding alcohol and salt, quitting smoking and avoiding stress.

Previously, one in three (32%) had the condition, which is the second leading cause of preventable heart disease and stroke, after cigarette smoking. (more…)