Category Archives: General/Thoughts

Single-Use Plastic Ban at Government Events: Sort out Practical Implications

Recently, the Malaysian government reportedly proposed to ban single-use plastics – including the distribution of bottled water and plastic-wrapped food – at government-organised events from 2020.

The proposal came amidst growing concern about the environmental damage caused by the rising amounts of plastic waste, both globally and in the country. Many surveys and reports have pointed to Malaysia being one of the biggest consumers of plastics globally. According to a 2015 study, the country reportedly ranks eighth among the largest producers of mismanaged plastic waste in the world

If that is not bad enough, China’s ban on solid waste imports in 2018 has left many countries around the world looking for an alternative dumping ground – and Malaysia finds itself becoming one such site.

Full article on Aliran website.

Three Ways to Encourage Youths to Go Beyond Mother-Tongue Comfort Zones

Recently, there have been calls over social media in Malaysia to refrain from speaking in one’s mother tongue in a mixed public or professional setting.

These calls have come at a time when divisive issues continue to plague multiracial Malaysia.

As a lecturer who has been serving in the education sector for the past 10 years, I have noticed this phenomenon isn’t something new; it has always been there, whether in a professional setting or in the classroom.

I have taught students of different ethnic backgrounds and witnessed how there will always be certain groups or individuals who find it a challenge to speak in a common language (other than their first language). It bothers me every time I come across those who are present but who do not understand the language being used and see the look on their faces change from puzzled to annoyed.

Full article on Aliran website.