Zoo Negara needs your help! Please help to circulate to get more visitors to preserve those time our memory lived
Zoo Negara needs your help! Please help to circulate to get more visitors to preserve those time our memory lived. Lets pay a visit soon! Its definitely some experience for our family and kids. A national Zoo shouldn't be close down. Here's some of the moment of Zoo Negara in the past.
Lets get them going on forever! It's should be one of the pride and symbol of our nation.
The below article is refer from www.nst.com.my
By Veena Babulal - May 17, 2019 @ 12:31pm
KUALA LUMPUR: Zoo Negara desperately needs more visitors and sponsors for its animals, particularly its Malayan tigers, to cover its operational costs and expansion in line with its status as a national zoo.
Zoo Negara Malaysia deputy president Rosly @ Rahmat Ahmat Lana said the management needed RM500,000 a year to care for its tigers.
“It costs RM100 a day to feed the Malayan tigers while the Bengal ones eat 10kg of meat, or RM200 worth, a day. This boils down to RM40,000 per tiger a year, including their medicine.
“Factoring in the zookeepers’ expenses, we need about RM500,000 a year. Ideally, to expand and make the zoo a focus of Asian tiger observation, we need about RM1 million annually.
“This can also come through private sponsorship, where companies can sponsor one or more animals for as long as they like. They can also name the newborns.”
He said five-year federal grants of RM5 million that the zoo used to receive had ended in 2004, and it now survived on one-off government aid for maintenance and upkeep.
“We have been spending RM1 million to RM1.2 million a month for the last three years and we need to have at least 500,000 visitors to break even from ticket sales, among others.
“The fact that we are spending all we are getting leaves no room for expansion of the zoo as a facility for education, conservation and scientific research.”
Rosly also lamented the decline in visitors from 2015 onwards.
Zoo Negara had clocked a record of 708,000 visitors in 2014, when China presented Malaysia with two giants pandas, Xing Xing and Liang Liang.
“In 2016, we had 435,000 visitors only and it sank to 345,000. But the figure recovered slightly with 368,000 people coming in last year. But it’s still an overall decline.”
He, however, said the zoo looked forward to meeting Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar, who is expected to open their new tiger “immersion centre”, complete with an elevated passageway that the ministry funded.
“We will be inviting Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Gombak member of parliament Datuk Seri Azmin Ali,
who is the economic affairs minister.
“We look forward to sitting down with the government to chart the way ahead for Zoo Negara as a conservation, education and research facility, as well as play a role as a stakeholder in drafting policies for conservation, zoos and captive breeding as a whole.
“We also hope that they actively campaign to publicise our zoo in Malaysia and internationally as it is the emblem for conservation.”
By Teh Athira Yusof - May 10, 2019 @ 7:52am
KUALA LUMPUR: Fresh questions have been raised on whether the West Coast Expressway (WCE) will open in time for Hari Raya Aidilfitri as promised, following the collapse of a section in Klang on Saturday.
The collapse of the 110m section caused water disruption in 65 areas in Klang due to three damaged main pipes under the 223km highway project, which connects Banting, Selangor, to Taiping, Perak.
WCE Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Neoh Soon Hiong rebutted claims that the project would not be completed by Hari Raya.
He said the company would announce soon whether the deadline would be met.
He said the project’s physical work was almost complete.
“Physically, we are almost complete. The four packages are 95 per cent done, but the remaining work that needs attention will take some time as there are certain agencies that need to go through federal gazettes, speed limit gazettes as well as safety gazettes.
“WCE will make an announcement on May 20 on whether the project will be ready in time for Aidilfitri or otherwise.”
On Wednesday, the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) said the highway’s completion could be postponed as there was still work to be done to ensure the stretch was safe for motorists.
On the collapsed section, Neoh said soil movement was involved, adding that it would be best to wait for the investigation report to be completed.
“It is best that we don’t jump to any conclusion and start pointing fingers before we receive the investigation report.
“A consultant has been appointed to look into the matter.”
On the road collapse, MHA director-general Datuk Aziz Abdullah said there were standard guidelines that need to be taken into account in such instances.
“There is a standard guideline, based on the highway’s traffic rate indicating the number and type of vehicles that ply the area, which needs to be adhered to ensure a safe environment.
“The safety, comfort and function of the road for motorists are our priority.
“MHA hopes to have the four packages opened before Hari Raya, but only after safety measures are taken.”
He said packages under the project were the Hutan Melintang-Teluk Intan line (19.1km), Lekir-Changkat Chermin line (28km) and Changkat Chermin-Beruas line (16.6km) in Perak and the Selangor package, which only involved the northern part of the state.
The Banting-Taiping WCE project, which was initiated in 2013 and divided into 11 packages, was set to be completed by 2020, but was postponed to 2021.
It is understood that about five packages were scheduled to be carried out this year.
WCE is expected to complete work on the highway, which stretches from Jalan Banting-KLIA (B18) to the Tanjong Karang interchange (93.8km) in Selangor and from Jalan Persekutuan (FR5) in Hutan Melintang to the Changkat Jering Plaza Toll (139.2km) in Perak, this year.
It is jointly developed by the Public Works Department and toll concessionaire WCE Holdings Bhd’s West Coast Expressway Sdn Bhd.
The articles is refer from https://www.nst.com.my
Monetary Policy Statement
Bank Negara Malaysia
07 May 2019
At its meeting today, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of Bank Negara Malaysia decided to reduce the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) to 3.00 percent. The ceiling and floor rates of the corridor for the OPR are correspondingly reduced to 3.25 percent and 2.75 percent respectively.
The global economy continues to expand moderately. While growth outcomes for several major economies were better than expected during the first quarter, underlying economic conditions continue to suggest moderation going forward. Considerable downside risks to global growth remain, stemming from unresolved trade tensions and prolonged country-specific weaknesses in the major economies, further dampening global trade and investment activities. Although the tightening in global financial conditions has eased somewhat, heightened policy uncertainties could lead to sharp financial market adjustments, further weighing on the overall outlook.
For Malaysia, latest developments point towards moderate economic activity in the first quarter of 2019. Looking ahead, slowing global demand conditions and subdued growth of key trading partners will continue to weigh on the external sector. Domestically, stable labour market conditions and capacity expansion in key sectors will continue to drive household and capital spending. The baseline projection is for the Malaysian economy to grow within the projected range of 4.3% - 4.8%. However, there are downside risks to growth from heightened uncertainties in the global and domestic environment, trade tensions and extended weakness in commodity-related sectors.
Headline inflation increased to 0.2% in March 2019 (February: -0.4%), due mainly to the less negative transport inflation at -3.0% (February: -6.8%). Underlying inflation, as measured by core inflation, remained stable at 1.6% in March 2019. In the immediate term, inflation is expected to remain low mainly due to policy measures. These include the price ceiling on domestic retail fuel prices until mid-2019 and the impact of the changes in consumption tax policy on headline inflation. For 2019 as a whole, average headline inflation is expected to be broadly stable compared to 2018. The trajectory of headline inflation will continue to be dependent on global oil prices. Underlying inflation is expected to remain stable, supported by the continued expansion in economic activity and in the absence of strong demand pressures.
The domestic financial markets have remained resilient, despite periods of volatility primarily due to global developments. While domestic monetary and financial conditions remain supportive of economic growth, there are some signs of tightening of financial conditions. The adjustment to the OPR is therefore intended to preserve the degree of monetary accommodativeness. This is consistent with the monetary policy stance of supporting a steady growth path amid price stability. The MPC will continue to monitor and assess the balance of risks surrounding the outlook for domestic growth and inflation.
 Core inflation is computed by excluding price-volatile and price-administered items. It also excludes the estimated direct impact of consumption tax policy changes.
Refer from Bank Negara Malaysia
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