By Kurniawati Kamarudin
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Throughout 2019, the Klang Valley experienced disruptions in water supply at least nine times, a good number of which were due to contamination of the raw water supply.
Water disruptions can also be caused by technical problems, maintenance works at treatment plants, burst pipes and high turbidity levels of the river water but the most worrying among them is the contamination of raw water as a result of oil and diesel spills and discharge of toxic effluents into rivers by unscrupulous factory operators.
River basins are most vulnerable to pollution for that is where solid waste such as furniture and, of more concern, illegal industrial effluents are usually disposed of.
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By Soon Li Wei
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- No Chinese New Year meal is complete without partaking of the traditional yee sang dish.
Consisting of a colourful array of ingredients such as stripped carrot, radish, pomelo and ginger, as well as slices of raw fish (usually salmon), and topped with condiments like crushed nuts and laced with plum sauce and lime juice, yee sang is as appetising as it looks.
Most of the dishes served during the Lunar New Year hold special significance for the Chinese as they symbolise luxury, wealth, happiness and prosperity.
By Fadzli Ramli
MELAKA (Bernama) -- Well-known 15th century mariner and explorer Admiral Cheng Ho's legacy is the game-changer that set the foundation for China's One Belt, One Road initiative, according to academics and historians.
Speaking at a seminar held in conjunction with the International Cheng Ho Festival here recently, they said the Chinese policy's roots can be traced to Cheng Ho's voyages which saw him building diplomatic relations with the countries he sailed to.
(China's Belt and Road initiative is an ambitious development strategy aimed at boosting trade and stimulating economic growth across Asia and beyond.)