photo of (L-R): H.E. Narong Sasitorn, Ambassador of Thailand to Malaysia; H.E. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Former Minister of Transport Thailand; YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Chairman, Bumiputera Agenda Steering Unit (Teraju) and Member of Parliament for P30 Jeli; and Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman, CIMB ASEAN Research Institute and President, ASEAN Business Club.


Malaysia and Thailand to lead the way in pursuit of an integrated ASEAN through facilitating greater connectivity between both economies, catalysing greater regionalism within the bloc KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Former ministers from Malaysia and Thailand believe that ASEAN’s third- and second-largest economies in ASEAN respectively, can lead the way in pushing for an integrated region encompassing infrastructure, trade and investments, and people. This can be facilitated through better connectivity between both economies, catalysing greater regionalism within the bloc itself. This was the call made during the ASEAN Roundtable Series organised by the CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) in … Continued

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‘This is a time for facts, not fear,’ says WHO chief as COVID-19 virus spreads

  The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday cautioned against panic over COVID-19 but also urged governments to step up their efforts to prepare for the virus, saying “it’s impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take.” As the number of coronavirus cases reportedly passed 60,000, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told foreign policy and security experts gathered for the Munich Security Conference that the UN agency was encouraged that there has not yet been widespread community transmission of the virus, now named COVID-19, outside of China. WHO was also encouraged that “the global research community … Continued

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Coronavirus emergency: here’s what we know so far

A new strain of coronavirus (officially named COVID-19), which has caused respiratory diseases in China, and spread to 24 other countries, has been declared a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO). Here are some basic facts you need to know about the virus. Hundreds have now died from the COVID-19 virus, which first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. Tens of thousands of cases have been confirmed in China, and experts say they expect the numbers to rise further. Although the vast majority of cases have been in China, … Continued

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The year ahead in Disability Sports

By Selina Khoo and Payam Ansari 2020 is going to be an exciting year for disability sport with two multi-sport and multi-disability competitions scheduled. The first is the ASEAN Para Games in Manila, New Clark City, and Subic Bay in the Philippines from 20 to 28 March. And of course the Paralympic Games in Tokyo from 25 August to 6 September. Mark the dates in your calendar!   Malaysia first took part in the Paralympic Games in 1972 in Heidelberg, Germany and won a medal (bronze medal in powerlifting by Mariappan Perumal) in the second outing at the 1988 Seoul … Continued

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Inclusive sports at the University of Malaya

  by Selina Khoo & Yuhanis Adnan   According to the 2018 Higher Education Statistics by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia, there were 1,874 students with disabilities enrolled in the 20 public universities. The University of Malaya (UM) has approximately 80 students with disabilities enrolled in various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The university has several initiatives in place to become in inclusive university, including an Inclusive University Policy which was established in 2014. The policy has the following four objectives: *Protect the rights of students with disabilities so they can gain access to learning as well as life on campus … Continued

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Barcelona 1992 Legacy Transforms Lives through Accessible Transport

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office have published a second short film that showcases the transportation legacy of the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games. The film, part of the “Transforming Lives Makes Sense for Everyone” campaign, focuses on some of the post-Games accessibility improvements made in transportation. It can be watched on YouTube here The transport arrangements laid on for Para athletes during the Games provided a glimpse of how the integrated transport system of the future would look like. Before the Paralympics, the city’s infrastructure and transport was not accessible for persons with disabilities. … Continued

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IPC bans Russian powerlifter Sergey Sychev for life

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has suspended Russian powerlifter Sergey Sychev for life for committing a third anti-doping violation within a 10-year period. The 2008 and 2012 Paralympian, who competed in the up to 72kg class, returned an adverse analytical finding for dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone metabolite 4α-chloro-17β-hydroxymethyl-17α-methyl-18-nor-5α-androst-13-en-3α-ol (DHCMT metabolite) in a urine sample provided on 4 July 2018 in an out of competition test in Bryansk, Russia. This substance is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2018 Prohibited List under the category S1.1A Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids. As a result of his third violation, Sychev faces a lifetime period of ineligibility … Continued

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MAJ. GEN. OSOTH BHAVILLAI, President of ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF)   The ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF), Southeast Asia’s Para sports governing body, expresses its concern over the situation which led to the postponement of the 10th ASEAN Para Games Philippines 2020, originally scheduled from 18 to 24 January, 2020. Whilst expressing regret over the postponement and its impact, APSF acknowledges that the current situation, which involved the Games budget and disbursement of funding from the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) to the Philippines ASEAN Para Games Organizing Committee (PHILAPGOC) have left the Organizing Committee with no alternative but to … Continued

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I am Althea Geraldine Valberg, Ryan’s mother. I would like to share about our journey with Ryan. Being a mother with four children, Ryan was the third child and I knew he was different as my other children was my bench mark. Back in 1998, many people were still oblivious about special needs and therefore getting a diagnosis was not easy. We seek medical advice but was told, there was nothing wrong with Ryan. But somehow, we just knew Ryan was different as the only word he could say clearly was “daddy”,  There were no social skills and he had … Continued

A cake cutting ceremony as Bayer celebrates 10 years of managing healthy hearts for Malaysians. (L-R: Associate Professor Dr Sazzli Kasim, Head of Cardiology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Technology MARA; Dr Kenneth Sim, Country Medical Director, Bayer Pharmaceuticals Division, Singapore & Malaysia; Dr Feisul Idzwan, Consultant Public Health Physician & Deputy Director, Non-communicable Disease, Ministry of Health, Malaysia)


Bayer Co. (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Bayer) today commemorated its 10 years of managing healthy hearts for Malaysians with the launch of the Healthy Hearts, Healthy Aging Malaysia Report.   The Malaysia Report examines the burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) on the national health system, which is rising in tandem with Malaysia’s aging population, and calls for the adoption of innovative technologies and therapies through active collaboration with stakeholders from government, public, private, and communities to achieve better prevention, treatment and care for CVDs.   Developed in partnership with NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS), … Continued