‘Selling Death’: Only in Australia

20 11 2017

[AFP}- From the graveside to the dinner plate, olive oil is being harvested from centuries-old trees at a Australian cemetery in a bid to shake up people’s attitudes towards death and burial sites.

The full-bodied oil from Adelaide city’s West Terrace Cemetery is the latest effort by Australian authorities to attract not just the dead — but also the living — to the historic sites.

By reinventing cemeteries as unexplored, lush, green spaces in the heart of crowded cities, they hope to challenge the taboos surrounding death while breathing new life into the usually somber grounds.

“Trying to sell death is very hard, no-one wants to buy it,” Adelaide Cemeteries Authority chief executive Robert Pitt told AFP as olive trees rustled in the background above ageing headstones.

“However, if we’re selling olive oil or selling an experience… (it’s) where the real value of coming to a cemetery is. And there’s definitely a sense of place here. There’s a sense of reverence and a sense of history.”

This year’s limited-edition bottles of olive oil, released to mark the cemetery’s 180th anniversary, sold out in a flash despite their unusual source.

It shows that cemeteries are moving beyond their main role as sites “for the disposal of the dead”, said historian Cathy Dunn.

Older cemeteries such as West Terrace and Sydney’s Rookwood — the largest in the southern hemisphere — are also becoming tourist hotspots, she added.

Rookwood, a so-called “necropolis” that is the final resting place for more than one million people, has drawn crowds by hosting open days, annual sculpture walks and even bike races.

Its recent open day to commemorate 150 years featured live jazz music, grave-digging demonstrations and face-painting for children.

Rookwood chief executive George Simpson told AFP the industry was tapping into online genealogy to connect with as many people as possible.

In Adelaide, Pitt is considering offering augmented reality at cemeteries to bring grave sites to life with messages from the deceased.

FACING MORTALITY

There’s another pressing need for cemeteries to play a bigger part in people’s lives — death rates in Australia are set to more than double over the next few decades as the population ages.

“More and more people are going to be confronted by their own mortality, if not those of relatives and friends,” said Pitt.

His cemeteries authority has organised “Death Over Dinner” events — where guests share a meal and ask expert speakers about the end of life — to normalize discussions around dying.

“Our experience as cemetery operators and funeral coordinators is very much around that people who pre-plan… and think about their end of life before the time comes have a better outcome for the people left behind,” he added.

Not everyone is comfortable with the idea of cemeteries hosting entertainment. Media reports earlier this year highlighted the complaints of a Melbourne family upset after their grandmother’s funeral was delayed as it clashed with a historic food tour.

But Maree Edwards, who has witnessed the evolution of Rookwood since burying her father there 4 decades ago, is convinced the spruced-up grounds and changing attitudes towards death will open up the hidden world to more people.

“Twenty years ago, there was only a little, tiny tin-shed flower seller here at the entrance. But now, there’s coffee shops,” she said, adding that she hopes her daughter will one day join her for a weekend sojourn at Rookwood.

“You’ve got to come with a different mentality here and think, ‘Wow, this isn’t like a creepy, dead man’s land. It’s nice, it’s a cheery place,’.

“And it’s just a joy to be here, bizarre as it seems.”

© Agence France-Presse

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Gambar Majlis Perasmian Pusat Latihan DIAN IKSIM

19 11 2017

A picture of Dato’ Seri Jamil Khir talking to me after the officiating ceremony, Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo taken from the official Facebook page of Mejar Jeneral Dato’ Seri Jamil Khir Baharom)

Pusat Latihan DIAN IKSIM di Batang Kali, Selangor telah dirasmikan oleh Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Mejar Jeneral (B) Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom pada 16 November 2017.

Majlis perasmian ini telah dihadiri di antaranya oleh Ketua Pengarah JAKIM Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Othman Mustapha, ketua agensi-agensi di bawah JAKIM, Timbalan Ketua Pengarah BTN Tuan Haji Mohd Noor Rashid bin Mat Taharim, Pengarah Eksekutif Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF) Tuan Haji Zainal Zainuddin, warga IKSIM serta peserta Kursus Pemantapan DIAN (KPD) dari Kulim dan Kelantan.

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Tun Dr. Mahathir Berbohong Lagi !!!

16 11 2017





Memperkenalkan Kebebasan Media Dan Bersuara à la PKR

12 11 2017

Dua hari lepas, kerajaan negeri Selangor dibawah pimpinan Datuk Seri Azmin Ali memberi arahan kepada semua jabatan, agensi, dan anak syarikat kerajaan negeri Selangor untuk berhenti melanggan akhbar kumpulan Utusan dan Berita Harian.

Ini adalah sebuah berita yang agak menarik bagi saya, kerana selama ini pembangkanglah yang kononnya memperjuangkan hak kebebasan bersuara dan kebebasan media.

Menggunakan alasan kebebasan bersuara adalah satu hak yang diperuntukkan di dalam Perkara 10 Perlembagaan Persekutuan, mereka mahu media mereka diberi kebebasan berkata apa sahaja, walaupun perkara itu satu fitnah atau perkara itu boleh menggugat keselamatan negara.

Tetapi apabila Utusan dan Berita Harian tidak mengikut telunjuk mereka, boleh pula kerajaan PKR mengarahkan jabatan, agensi dan anak syarikat negeri Selangor berhenti melanggan akhbar-akhbar tersebut.

Jadi, di manakah kebebasan media dan kebebasab bersuara yang mereka perjuangkan selama ini?

Kita boleh lihat betapa tidak adilnya dan tidak beretikanya kerajaan pembangkang ini yang jelas mengamalkan sikap ‘double standard’.

‘Cakap tak serupa bikin’, nampaknya kebebasan bersuara hanyalah untuk mereka sahaja dan bukannya untuk semua orang.

Malah, akhbar Utusan Online melaporkan, “Ketua Penerangan UMNO, Tan Sri Annuar Musa berkata, tindakan itu menunjukkan Mohamed Azmin hanya hebat dalam mengharamkan akhbar Melayu, tetapi menikus dalam mengharamkan pesta arak dan penolakan usul memperkasa mahkamah syariah di negeri itu.”

Maka mungkin benarlah dakwaan bahawa Selangor Kini, Sinar Harian dan The Star adalah suara yang menyokong pembangkang!

Apa kata Bersih, COMANGO, C4 dan semua NGO yang selama ini memperjuangkan kebebasan bersuara dan kebebasan akhbar?

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Photos: Serene Dungun Vs Lively Pasar Malam

10 11 2017

A beautiful view of the near the river mouth of Sungai Dungun, Oct. 24, 2017.

Last month, we made a short trip to Dungun; and that was the first time I spent a night in the seaside town.

It is a lovely town, and I really enjoy the beautiful scenery.

I even visited the Pasar Malam, which was big and lively with rows and rows of stalls selling all kinds of food and drinks.

There are even traditional kuih and food that are not sold in Kuala Lumpur!

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Gambar: Banjir Besar Melanda Pulau Pinang

5 11 2017

Sebuah projek perumahan mewah di lereng bukit, Beverly Hills, di Tanjung Bungah di sini terjejas teruk dengan sebahagian binaannya runtuh akibat hujan lebat malam tadi. Nov. 5, 2017. Gambar The Star.

Hujan lebat dan angin kencang telah melanda Pulau Pinang semalam menyebabkan banjir, pokok tumbang dan tanah runtuh  di Georgetown dan Seberang Perai.

Keadaan bertambah buruk akibat peningkatan paras air di sungai utama di negeri itu seperti Sungai Pinang, Sungai Air Itam dan Sungai Dondang mencecah paras bahaya dengan masing-masing mencecah 2.83 meter, 6.58 meter dan 21.88 meter..

Menurut Berita Harian, di Georgetown, antara kawasan terjejas termasuk Kampung Masjid, Jalan P Ramlee, Sungai Pinang, Jalan Kebun Lama, Lebuh Carnovan, Jalan Anson dan Halaman Bukit Gambir.

Manakala antara kawasan terjejas di Seberang Perai ialah Taman Siakap, Permatang Rawa, Taman Senangin, Padang Lalang, Mak Mandin dan beberapa kawasan di Penanti.

Utusan Online melaporkan beberapa buah bot dan sampan nelayan di Teluk Bahang di sini dilaporkan rosak dan terdampar di daratan selepas ditolak ribut serta angin kencang dalam kejadian awal pagi tadi.

Sebuah feri milik Penang Port Sdn. Bhd. (Penang Port) turut dilaporkan rosak selepas ditolak ombak kuat dan melanggar bahagian jeti di Terminal Feri Raja Tun Uda, Butterworth di sini.

Pada 21 Oktober 2017, tragedi tanah runtuh di tapak pembinaan di Lengkok Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah telah mengorbankan 11 orang pekerja.

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WhatsApp’s New Emoji Set – A Huge Mistake Made in the Malaysian Flag

3 11 2017

Popular communicating app, WhatsApp, recently introduced their own design of emoticons or emoji, in their 2.17.386 update for Android.

The update which was released late last month replaced the use of the Apple emoji with their own unique versions.

This ranges from the usual smiley emoji to the flags of most of the countries in the world.

I was scrolling through the list of it’s flag emojis and realised that something is not right with the emoji of the Malaysian flag, so I took a closer look at the emoji.

I found that the new WhatsApp emoji of Jalur Gemilang has 7 short stripes (4 red stripes and 3 white stripes); whereas in the Malaysian flag, the short stripes should be 8 (4 red stripes and 4 white stripes) and not 7 like the emoji.

That makes it no longer the image of Jalur Gemilang flown proudly by all Malaysians.

The flag of a country reflects the identity of the country, hence country flags must be respected not only by its people but also by the people of other countries.

Such a mistake regarding a country flag is a grave mistake, and as a loyal citizen of Malaysia, I find that the WhatsApp emoji of the Malaysian flag as an insult to the country.

WhatsApp is a huge company running one of the biggest communication platforms in the world; hence the mistake in a country flag emoji is uncalled for and a taint to the image of the company.

WhatsApp must issue an official apology letter to the government of Malaysia for this mistake in their new set of emoji and fix the mistake as soon as possible if the company has high respect for national flags as I do.

 








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