Friday, March 31, 2017
PETALING JAYA: A fitness expert has urged gymnasium owners to refine their sense of responsibility towards users in the interest of their safety.
The call follows the online distribution of a video recording of an accident in which a man suffered a broken leg from the use of a leg press machine.
“Gyms need to appoint people who look out for beginners who seem like they’re not too sure of what they’re doing or who seem to be using the machines or weights wrongly,” said Raja Mohammed Firhad Azidin, who heads UiTM’s Sports Science Studies department.
He said this was a question of work ethics.
“It is unethical to allow someone to continue performing an exercise improperly.”
He urged gyms in the country to look into the need to enforce health and safety regulations.
“If you go to gyms in Australia and the UK, you’ll see there are certain regulations that have to be enforced such as that the pieces of equipment have to be placed a certain distance from each other.
“In Malaysia, you can see that the gyms are very compact and this just makes it evident that the health and safety regulations are not being addressed.”
He affirmed, however, that though there was a risk of getting injured in a gym, the positive impacts of going to one far outweighed the negatives.
“People shouldn’t be afraid of going to the gym as long as they exercise a certain sense of caution and are knowledgeable about the proper technique for any given exercise,” he said, adding that nowadays the information on proper techniques was easily attainable.
“There are mobile applications that can help you, there are social circles out there with people who can teach you the proper techniques and there’s also the internet. It’s not as hard as it was in the past.” -FMT
PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Najib Razak has paid a grand tribute to the contributions of Malaysians of Indian origin.
He says the country would not be doing so well if not for Malaysian Indians, in an opinion piece in The Hindustan Times of India.
Saying Malaysia has the highest percentage of the Indian diaspora outside India, with fully 7% of the population being of Indian origin, he adds:
“And these Malaysian Indians have played a vital role in building our country.”
He adds: “I can truly say that without Malaysian Indians, Malaysia simply would not be what it is today, and they constitute a very special reason why it is so natural for our two countries to forge ever closer and friendlier relations.”
Najib, who is on a six-day visit to India, talks mainly about the warm and growing India-Malaysia relations and the Indian diaspora residing in Malaysia in the piece.
Najib says: “Malaysian Indians have always been at the forefront of governance in Malaysia; of our civil service, business, entertainment, education, and of course, food – which as you may know, is very important to Malaysians!
“Malaysian Indians are a crucial part of our unique diversity, and their cultures and faiths help make up the rich and varied tapestry of our nation – many races and religions, but 1Malaysia.”
He goes on to say that Malaysian Indians have helped the nation keep growth on track, at 4.2% last year.
“They have helped us keep unemployment and inflation low, create millions of new jobs, and build a society that is sustainable, inclusive and heading towards high income status nation – a nation at ease with itself and with its neighbours.”
On the role of the two nations in the world arena, Najib says: “In this, the Asian Century, India and Malaysia have so much to offer each other, the region, and beyond – as examples of moderate, civilised, peaceful countries that prize education, the safety and well-being of our peoples, and the equitable and sustainable pursuit of growth.
“Both our countries are already recognised as leaders in the new emerging order in Asia and the world. Let us continue to work together to build a future based on stability, prosperity and understanding as the centre of the globe moves inexorably to the East.”
He says arriving in India, he was yet again struck by the many similarities between the two nations.
“Malaysia and India have deep and historical ties, going back many centuries. We have both always been trading nations; outward-looking and keen to forge friendships with our neighbours and partners in the region.”
He notes that this year marks the 60th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between both nations and that Malaysia’s father of independence, Tunku Abdul Rahman, visited India in 1962 while Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, visited Malaya in 1937.
Since 1998, Najib says, India has been Malaysia’s largest export destination in the South Asian region, and over the last decade or so trade has increased by more than four-fold.
He gives some figures and rankings regarding trade between both nations, including the fact that India is Malaysia’s twentieth largest investor, with total investment worth US$2.31 billion.
Malaysia, meanwhile, is ranked as the twenty-first largest foreign investor in India globally, and the second largest from Asean.
Najib ends with: “It is always a pleasure to be here in India. I hope that on this visit, our family-like bonds will grow even stronger, for the benefit of both our countries and both our peoples.” -FMT
By Aaron Ong
I operate an engineering company.
Scott Ng’s article “Things may get worse for young job seekers” was a good read for all university graduates and academia as it was spot on.
Even my engineering company has stopped hiring fresh graduates as none of them are mature enough or equipped with proper human and personal (don’t talk about technical) skills that enable them to overcome the daily challenges that come their way.
For example, a fresh graduate employee was tasked to go to a site to measure and produce a simple drawing. I can easily complete this job in three days. Six weeks and many follow-ups later, the drawing has yet to be completed with various excuses i.e. no AutoCAD, no internet, computer breakdown, car needs servicing, site too far, grandfather’s birthday approaching, etc.
When berated for his lack of results, the employee said the company was acting in an unfair manner, that the pressure was too great. As a result of this mindset, many resign just a month or two down the road, at the drop of a hat, for the flimsiest of excuses.
This is not something made up, but actually happened with a graduate from the University of *******.
Another graduate from our local University of *******, having a master’s degree in chemical engineering, surreptitiously plagiarised two major reports. When discovered and fined RM50, he angrily threatened to report us to the labour office, saying that our action was unlawful and insisting we abide by the law.
He did not realise the company was giving him a chance to make amends. He subsequently got an official show cause letter, the first step towards dismissal. He replied to the letter and, too cowardly to face the upcoming Domestic Inquiry, promptly resigned. Joined Oct 7, 2015, resigned Nov 5, 2015 – not even a month. He was the last of 16 employees. 100% of these fresh graduates are failures, despite holding degrees from reputable universities.
Young graduates on average think the company, society and industry owe them a living. Their salaries are a God-given right, and delivery of results can be thrown out the window. Instead, they relish the opportunity to cheat and pilfer here and there, like petty thieves.
The orders of their bosses/superiors are ignored, and if it can’t be ignored, it is to be frustrated as much as possible. Far from being humble, they are egoistic, antagonistic and defensive when challenged.
All company action, whether good or bad, is taken in a negative light. When fined RM50 for plagiarism, this particular young graduate put up a fight, not realising the company was giving him a rare chance to make amends without going through painful paperwork.
When asked to travel to a certain site, many complain about the mileage allowance given, yet are not able to prove their mileage allowance is insufficient to cover costs. No appreciation is given to the company.
When given the opportunity to go to the US for training, they complain that they have to pay for their own passport and visa, conveniently forgetting that the company is investing RM17,000 in them.
The concepts of honesty, sacrifice, appreciation, loyalty, results and perseverance are not in a fresh graduate’s vocabulary.
Aaron Ong is an FMT reader.
The PAS Ulama Syura Council will make the final decision on whether the party needs to sever its relations with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) or otherwise.
PAS spiritual leader Hashim Jasin said even though the PAS annual general assembly scheduled for the end of April might reach a consensus with the delegates on the matter, it must get the council to agree on the decision made.
"PAS has its guidelines to decide on befriending or opposing any party or staying neutral with them.
"The syura council is the final body to evaluate the resolutions of the assembly," Hashim said when opening the Kuala Kedah PAS meeting in Alor Setar this evening.
The Kelana Jaya Light Rail Transit Line faced service disruption tonight due to "technical issues".
This was confirmed by its operator, Prasarana Malaysia Bhd, through the RapidKL Twitter account.
"We are currently facing a technical issue at the moment and our team is rectifying the issue," it said in a posting on the micro-blogging site.
KJ Line: We are currently facing a technical issue at the moment and our team is rectifying the issue. Updates to follow.
Commuters left stranded along the line also took to Twitter to air their grouses.
"RapidKL needs to improve (the) Kelana Jaya line. Entire line down for past hour," said Robert Lim.
"Whole of Kelana Jaya LRT line stop at least one hour and 10 minutes," said Vincent Chen.
"What's happening at the Kelana Jaya line now? Is it delayed or is there a problem?" Fahmi Ab Rahman quizzed RapidKL.
The line went offline at around 8.30pm. At around 10.30pm, RapidKL said the trains commenced operations but under "manual operation".
RapidKL said on Twitter that the delay was expected to take more than an hour and offered refunds.
"Affected customers that decided not to conitnue their journey and want to exit paid area, proceed to our customer service counters for refund," it said.
It added that shuttle buses would also be provided as an alternative.
RapidKL did not specify what the technical issue was but posted a photograph of its technicians troubleshooting the line's signalling system.
KJ Line Update : Troubleshooting of the signalling system in progress.
This is not the first time the Kelana Jaya line has faced service disruption.
In September last year, a power trip amid heavy rain left thousands of commuters stranded during the morning rush hour.- Mkini