Saturday, May 21, 2011

Al Fatihah

Orphans buried alive in landslide UPDATED!

KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty-four people were buried alive when a landslide hit an orphanage in Kampung Gahal in Hulu Langat, near here today.

The victims were mostly orphans and staff of the Rumah Anak-anak Yatim dan Anak-anak Hidayah Madrasah Al-Taqwa in Jalan Sungai Semungkis which was struck
by a landslide.

As at 6.30pm, nine orphans had been pulled out of the debris by a search and
rescue team from the Fire and Rescue Department, police and the Civil Defence Department.

Selangor Police Chief, Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said three of the victims, aged between 11 and 14, died at the scene and their remains had been sent to the
Ampang Hospital for autopsy.

Six others who were injured, aged between 11 and 17, were sent to Kajang Hospital for treatment.

"We learnt that two landslides occurred simultaneously at the orphanage. All the victims did not have time to escape," he said at a press conference at the
orphanage for boys.

He said the body of the first victim was pulled out from the debris at about 4.30pm while the second body was retrieved at 5pm and the third at 6.10pm.

Bernama was made to understand that the landslide occurred at about 2.30pm when all the children at the home were in the multipurpose hall at the
orphanage. -- Bernama

Al-Fatihah to all those who perished in the landslide.

Suggest ways to save up on the inflation of prices

Finding various ways to tighten their belts

PETALING JAYA: Cutting down on eating out at restaurants and scouring newspaper advertisements for grocery promotions are just some of the steps Malaysians are taking to meet the impending price increases.

For housewife Tan Peck Yoke, quitting her job more than a year ago to take care of her two young daughters has resulted in the family spending less.

“Previously, both of us were busy working and had no time to cook at home so we had to eat out a lot at restaurants.

“Having our children with us, I cook at home most of the time to ensure that they get a balanced diet and that helps us save a lot on our expenses,” she said yesterday.

She added that she used to buy more clothes and toys for her children but now they shared the items.

The Government has urged Malaysians to be mentally prepared for an increase in prices on various products due to the increase in oil prices and reduction in food supply caused by changes in the global climate.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin urged Malaysians to be thrifty to lessen the impact when inflation hits.

Civil engineer Jonathan Lim, who got married last month, said he and his wife always checked for newspaper advertisements to see if there were any promotions on groceries.

Lim, 27, said instead of going to expensive restaurants, they normally ate at food courts.

“We only go to fancy restaurants once a month after payday,” he said.

“Sometimes, we also check out special promotions at newly-opened restaurants for less expensive meals.”

National Heart Institute dietetics and food services senior manager Mary Easaw-John urged the public to start packing food to school and to the office to save on their daily expenses.

“For example, a two-piece sandwich pack costs about RM2.50 but it is much cheaper if we make it ourselves at home by putting some tomatoes, lettuce, tuna and cheese together with some bread,” she said.

She said parents should be more creative in food preparation for their children to ensure they did not get bored.

For her 11-year-old daughter, Easaw-John said she packed different types of sandwiches, pancakes, beehoon and spaghetti for her to take to school.

She said her family would also bring their own drinking water from home whenever they went out for food to cut down on their expenses and sugar intake.

Aircraft engineer Darren Hansraj Bennedict, 38, said instead of going to the cinemas, he spent more time watching television at home, adding that he made sure he did not spend too lavishly on food.

“I still go for branded goods when I shop for clothing but I will only buy when there is a sale,” he said.

The Star

The people should be more frugal and save up more for their children's education which is much more important.

I also eat out once a month at an expensive restaurant and cook at home to save up on spending on eating out.

Men should be as efficient as women and learn to cook so that they can also save up on eating out.

Besides saving on spending more on eating out, it is also much hygienic.