Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) was established under the EPF Act 1951. The EPF is a statutory organization that is responsible for providing financial security in the form of savings for its members upon their retirement.
Until 1958, the Director of Post administered the Fund and subsequent to that, the Board took over its operations. The EPF received its first monthly contributions, totaling RM2.6 million from 518 948 members in August 1951. Fifty years later, its membership increased to 9.7 million with annual contributions of RM20.97 billion.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The Thomas Cup is the symbol of men’s team badminton supremacy.
In 1939, Sir George Alan Thomas presented this 78cm tall gilt trophy to the IBF as the challenge trophy for the world badminton tournament, the first of which was to be held in the same year. Unfortunately the Second World War broke out.
Sir George Thomas was an outstanding player in his time. He won many titles including four All-England singles title. He was also the first president of the IBF (1934-1955).
The first tournament at Preston, England in 1949, Malaya (now known as Malaysia) won the Cup after defeating Denmark 8 – 1 in the Finals. Malaysia has won the Cup four other times –in 1952, 1955, 1967 and 1992. Indonesia and China are the only other two winners throughout the history of the tournament.
A similar tournament for women was proposed by Mrs H. S. Uber, who herself was an outstanding player. In 1956, she presented the personally designed Uber Cup to the IBF.
In 1957, the first tournament for women was held in England. USA won the Cup beating Denmark 6 – 1.
USA went on to win next two championships. Japan won the Cup from USA in the fourth tournament in 1966. China and Indonesia are the other two winners.
From 1984, the Thomas/Uber Cup tournaments are held every two years.
The first tournament of the new millennium was held in Kuala Lumpur.
Monday, August 23, 2010
P. Ramlee Artist Supreme
Tan Sri P. Ramlee left us near a half of century ago but the legacy of his greatness in the Malaysian arts scene lingers on freshly in the nation’s consciousness. Born with name Teuku Zakaria bin Teuku Nyak Puteh in Pulau Pinang on 22 March 1929, he grew to become the nation’s ‘Artist Supreme’. This is the multi-talented and much loved P. Ramlee the actor, director, singer, songwriter…and more.
In his early artistic career between the years 1948 and 1955, he acted in 25 films. His foray into film direction met with equal acclaim. After moving to Kuala Lumpur in 1964, his main artistic period took root during which time he acted in and directed a further 18 films and wrote some one thousand songs and musical pieces, many of which are still very popular today. His contributions to films and music prior to his death in 1973 have won many awards and accolades and he has been bestowed two royal titles by the third and ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
KL International Airport
KL International Airport at Sepang replaced the existing Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airport (formerly known as the Subang International Airport) as the main international gateway to Malaysia. Located on a 10 000 hectare plot of land and 65 kilometers south of the capital city Kuala Lumpur and future air traffic demands.
Following the completion of the masterplan study of the KLIA, construction of the airport began with the award of the earthworks in late 1993. Physical construction of the airport facilities and installation of equipment and systems were completed in early 1998 and the airport opened for commercial operations in June 1998.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Malaysian Red Crescent Society
In 1864, sixteen countries signed the “Charter”, which brought the Red Cross into existence. It laid down that in war, sick and injured soldiers, friend or foe should be protected, nursed and cared for. This charter came to be known as First Geneva Convention.
Each state within Malaysia and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan constitute a Branch of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) a.k.a PBSMM. Membership of the MRCS is open to all in Malaysia, without discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, station in life, religion or political inclinations.
The year 1998 marks 50 years of humanitarian services by the Red Cross and the Red Crescent movement in Malaysia.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
50 Years of Organised Philately