Creepy Real Experiments That Sound Like Science Fiction


Pig bladders regrowing human limbs

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Scientists have discovered that tissue from pig bladders can be dried into a powder called extracellular matrix and used to regrow human fingers. While typical mammals heal injuries by growing scar tissue, which prevents any future cell regrowth, the cells in the lining of pig’s bladder contain a protein that stimulates a total regrowth of tissue, similar to how lizards can regrow their tails. So far the treatment has been used to reattach severed fingers, develop new fingertips, and even help regenerate the destroyed muscles of an injured Iraq War veteran. Check out the most incredible medical breakthroughs of 2017.

Goats producing spider silk

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Scientists have been able to insert spider silk genes into goats. Why? The goats’ milk then contains the protein responsible for the silk, which could then be harvested in large quantities. Scientists hope to be able to use the spider silk, which can be up to five times stronger than steel, to enhance products ranging from artificial limbs to bulletproof vests.

Human brain cells growing in fetal mice

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Scientists have injected human embryonic stem cells into the brains of fetal mice still in the womb. After the mice were born, the human brain cells developed along with the mouse brain cells, proving that human stem cells can develop into human brain cells in another living animal. Scientists believe this technology could advance research on human brain disorders and improve testing of experimental medications. This is what happens when scientists experiment on themselves.

RFID implants tracking where you go

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Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips have been implanted in pets for years to help identify and return them if lost. But tracking people? The FDA has approved implantation in humans, meaning soon prisons, hospitals, and companies could use the chips to track people’s locations, medical history, and to grant or deny access to rooms and documents. Many state correctional facilities are already using the technology to monitor the inmates’ behavior and location.

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Extinct animals brought back to life

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Scientists have brought the genetic material of the Tasmanian tiger, extinct since 1936, back to life by splicing it into the DNA of a lab mouse. They have yet to successfully clone an extinct animal, although they’re working hard at developing a 21st century woolly mammoth using well-preserved 10,000-year-old blood.

Cows producing milk with human proteins

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A human-cow hybrid sounds like bizarre science-fiction, but a Dutch biotech company might be bringing this phenomenon to your table sooner than you think. Scientists have genetically engineered cows so their milk contains the human protein lactoferrin, most commonly found in human breast milk. The protein fights a wide range of infections and is an excellent immune system booster; the researchers hope to create dairy products using this protein-packed milk with similar health benefits and nutrients.

Living bacon growing in labs

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Imagine a world where bacon could be grown endlessly! Technology now allows researchers to use pig stem cells to grow pig muscle cells. The results are structurally identical to pork that’s currently consumed, although the muscles do require exercise to become palatable. Lab-grown meat could have a huge impact on the planet, including feeding the hungry and reducing environmental waste from processing plants. We bet you didn’t know that these world-changing discoveries resulted from complete accidents.

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Robots eating biomass

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The Energy Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) fuels itself by using claws and chainsaws to chop down biomass that is then burned in an interior furnace and turned into steam energy. The robot was heavily criticized after false reports claimed it could feed on human corpses, forcing the Robotic Technology Inc. to release a statement that the robot is strictly vegetarian. It is funded by an agency of the Department of Defense, who hope the robot will be able to perform long-range missions without needing manual refueling.

Space bots

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Humanoid robots that putter around fixing spaceships? It may sound like something out of a galaxy far, far away, but it’s actually happening right in Earth’s orbit! A few years ago, NASA developed the Robonaut, a robotic torso, head, and arms designed to help astronauts on the International Space Station with menial or life-threatening tasks. The success of the bot has been mixed—it spent a few years on the ISS cleaning things, doing tedious research tasks, and sending Earth-dwellers updates via Twitter. But then in early 2014, an attempt to upgrade it actually caused it to stop working as efficiently. In spring of 2018, Robonaut will be returning to Earth for repairs. Here are some amazing facts you never knew about the International Space Station.

Genetically modified pet pigs

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You’ve probably heard the hog horror stories: an unsuspecting person (like this guy!) adopts a precious-looking tiny pig. They salesperson has assured them—or perhaps they’ve read on the Internet—that it’s a type of animal called a “teacup” or “mini” pig, and that it will stay tiny just like a small dog. But then, a few months later, their house is home to a noisy porker the size of a mastiff. With the exception of a few very rare cases, “teacup pigs” are a total sham. Or…at least they used to be.

BGI, a genomics institute in China, has figured out a way to alter the genetic makeup of a type of pig called a Bama pig, causing the pigs to remain permanently puny. The experiment was originally developed as a way to model human diseases, since pigs are more genetically similar to humans than mice are, but the scientists decided that they would begin selling the pigs for the hefty price of $1600. They even promised that they could engineer the pigs’ coat colors to fit each paying customer’s wishes. Some other scientists, though, were concerned about the ethics of the project and its effects on the animals’ well-being. In July 2017, the company revealed that they were no longer going to market the pigs to consumers.

Dogs with super strength

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Could Underdog become more than just a comic-book fiction? Here’s a bizarre experiment that toes the line between amazing and terrifying: dogs with twice the normal muscle mass. In 2015, genetic engineers at China’s Nanjing University developed a way to delete the myostatin gene, which slows muscle growth in animals, from dog embryos. The resulting power pups, Hercules and Tiangou, became the first-ever dogs with edited genes. Scientists hope the experiment will help lead to a treatment for human diseases like muscular dystrophy. So no, its intention is not purely to create super-dogs…our canine friends have plenty of superpowers already.

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Lasers that can turn Earth invisible

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Whether or not we’re alone in the universe remains one of the cosmos’ biggest unsolved mysteries. But that hasn’t stopped scientists from trying to figure out what to do just in case there are some little green men out there that turn out to be not-so-friendly. Astronomers at Columbia University assessed the way we Earthlings find other planets. When we find a star somewhere out there in the cosmos, we look for tiny dimmings in its brightness, which can indicate that a planet is orbiting it. So the astronomers proposed that, by using lasers to counteract our own sun’s dimness, we could hide ourselves from anyone looking. They claimed that, not only could be theoretically do it, we do indeed have the technology capable of doing it. Cloaking an entire planet? Sounds like sci-fi to us, but there’s a chance it could become a reality.

While science has accomplished a lot, there are still lots of baffling scientific mysteries that have yet to be solved.



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14 maut bas bawa pasukan hoki bertembung trak di Kanada



EMPAT belas orang terbunuh apabila sebuah bas membawa pasukan hoki junior Humboldt Broncos bertembung dengan sebuah trak di Saskatchewan, Kanada.

Kejadian pada lewat Jumaat itu turut menyaksikan 14 individu yang lain mengalami kecederaan.

Menurut laporan The Canadian Press, kesemua mangsa telah dibawa ke hospital di sekitar Tisdale untuk menerima rawatan.

“Ingatkan serta doa sentiasa mengiringi keluarga kakitangan dan atlet, dan juga kepada semua yang terkesan oleh tragedi ngeri ini,” kata presiden pasukan itu, Kevin Garinger dalam satu kenyataan.

Pihak berkuasa memaklumkan, kejadian itu berlaku sekitar 5 petang waktu tempatan apabila sebuah trak bertembung dengan bas tersebut ketika pasukan itu sedang menuju ke perlawanan menentang Nipawin Hawks.



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Mandat kerajaan di tangan 14.8 juta pengundi


undi.jpg.transformed_0MO, 7/4/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Susulan pembubaran Parlimen yang berkuat kuasa hari ini, seramai 14,806,185 pemilih berdaftar dengan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) berpeluang memilih kerajaan yang akan mentadbir negara menerusi Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU-14).

Mereka adalah pemilih yang sudah mendaftar diri sebagai pemilih dengan SPR, sehingga suku ketiga 2017.

Sebanyak 222 kerusi Parlimen akan dipertandingkan dalam PRU-14 termasuk termasuk 31 kerusi di Sarawak.

Sejumlah 505 kerusi DUN akan dipertandingkan di peringkat negeri seluruh negara kecuali Sarawak yang sudah mengadakan Pilhan Raya Negeri pada 2017.

Antara elemen dalam PRU-14 termasuk penggunaan dakwat kekal yang dicelup pada jari telunjuk kiri semua pengundi.

Pengundian awal pula dibuat menggantikan undi pos bagi anggota polis dan tentera.

Undi pos pula dibenarkan kepada masyarakat Malaysia termasuk pelajar sepenuh masa yang mendaftar dan berada di luar negara serta warga media.

Turut dibenarkan mengundi secara pos ialah Jabatan Perkhidmatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia; petugas hospital dan klinik kerajaan; Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia; Jabatan Penjara; Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia; Angkatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia; Agensi Pengurusan Bencana Negara dan petugas Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN)di Pusat Transformasi Bandar (UTC).



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9 Jabatan lain turut layak mengundi pos


Mereka_yang_layak_sebagai_pengundi_pos_A_cropped.transformedMO, 6/4/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Selain petugas pilihan raya, polis, tentera dan pengamal media, anggota daripada sembilan jabatan serta agensi lain di Malaysia yang layak mengundi, turut boleh memohon sebagai pengundi pos.

Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) dalam satu kenyataan menerusi Facebook berkata, anggota jabatan dan agensi terbabit adalah petugas Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (APMM); Jabatan Penjara; Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat (JBPM); Jabatan Kesihatan (hospital dan klinik kerajaan sahaja); Sukarelawan Polis(PVR); Angkatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia (APM); Jabatan Imigresen (JIM); Agensi Pengurusan Bencana Negara (NADMA) dan Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) (yang bertugas di Pusat Transformasi Bandar sahaja) boleh memohon undi pos.

“Mereka yang termasuk dalam kategori berkenaan boleh memohon dengan menggunakan Borang 1C yang diisi lengkap sebelum dihantar kepada Ibu Pejabat SPR di Putrajaya.

“Borang 1C boleh dimuat turun dari laman sesawang SPR di www.spr.gov.my. http://www.spr.gov.my/sit…/default/files/BORANG%201CBaru.pdf,” menurut SPR dalam Facebook rasminya.

Permohonan untuk mengundi melalui pos dalam negara bagi kategori itu akan ditutup lima hari sebelum Hari Penamaan Calon.

“Setiap permohonan yang diterima akan diproses dan pemohon akan dimaklumkan oleh SPR mengenai status permohonan mereka itu sama ada diluluskan atau sebaliknya,” kata SPR.

Untuk pertanyaan berkenaan perkara ini, orang ramai boleh menghubungi talian 03-88810081 atau emel ke [email protected].



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Mysteries About the Human Body that No One Has Figured Out


Why do we have fingerprints?

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We all know that our fingerprints are so unique that no two people have the same ones, not even identical twins. But why do humans have these swirly patterns on their fingers in the first place? For many years, scientists thought they were there to help human fingers grip things… but it turns out, fingerprints actually allow less of our skin to come into contact with objects than perfectly smooth fingertips would. So they have nothing to do with gripping. While there are a few theories about the evolutionary purposes of these unique patterns, including that they protect our fingers or provide touch sensitivity, scientists haven’t been able to figure out a definitive explanation. We bet you didn’t know that these other body parts are as unique as our fingerprints.

Why do we have an appendix?

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As an organ that causes many people lots of pain and whose removal has absolutely no effect on our bodies, the appendix seems to be more trouble than it’s worth. For many years, scientists, all the way back to Charles Darwin, were in agreement that, while a plant-eating human ancestor needed an appendix for digestion, it was only left over from evolution and had no real function for modern humans. However, another theory has become more and more popular in the scientific community lately, postulating that the tube-like organ actually houses and protects a host of good bacteria. We’ll have to wait and see if this theory is proven and the appendix gets its groove back. Here are the reasons we have 7 other bizarre body parts.

Why do we have a dominant hand?

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We’re so used to having a dominant hand, and identifying people as “righties” or “lefties,” that we probably take it for granted. But when you really think about it, the fact that we have one hand with significantly better functionality than the other seems a bit odd. Given everything we know about evolution and “survival of the fittest,” why haven’t we evolved to have two totally adept hands? It’s one of the biggest human body mysteries out there. Of course, there are some people who can use both hands with equal skill. Check out these facts you never knew about ambidextrous people.

Why do we yawn?

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We’ve been yawning since we were in the womb, and yet scientists still have yet to find an explanation for why we do it. While there’s no shortage of theories, the true reason for yawning remains a mystery. One theory suggests that we yawn to regulate the temperature of our brains, since sleep deprivation or boredom can cause our brain temperature to drop. Another suggests that we yawn to give our bodies a jolt, since our heart rates tend to increase and our eye muscles tense up after we yawn. Maybe both are true.

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Why do we have blood types?

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Like the appendix, humans’ different blood types provide clues to our evolutionary history. Different blood types have varying abilities to fight off different infections, and scientists believe that they began evolving around 20 million years ago in human ancestors and other apes. “Combined with natural selection for certain blood types against certain infections, [evolution] produced the marvelous diversity of the human blood types that we see and recognize in this era,” explains Dr. Mohammad Mobayed of ProMedica Hematology/Oncology Associates. But what scientists don’t know is why. “No definitive theory or theories [explains] why blood types differ among humans,” says Dr. Mobayed. These are the reasons everyone should know their blood type.

Why do we dream?

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“Humans spent nearly a third of their lives asleep, yet science has still very little understanding of how and why we dream,” says Caleb Backe, a Health and Wellness Expert for Maple Holistics. We know that dreaming occurs during REM sleep and that our heart rates increase when we dream, but we’re unsure about what purpose dreaming serves. A popular theory suggests that dreaming is how your brain sorts through the memories of the day, deciding which ones are valuable and which are irrelevant. Other scientists, though, believe that dreaming actually serves no real function and that it’s just what our unconscious mind does when untethered by our awake selves.

Why do we have viruses inside our bodies?

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Convinced that the only living thing in your body is, well, you? Think again. Humans possess so many microbes inside (and on) their bodies that they actually account for a few pounds of our body weight. Plenty of them have good reasons to be there—they aid our digestion, they heal our cuts, or they battle illness. The majority, though, are viruses whose purposes we’re completely clueless about. Meet some of the microbes that live in and on our bodies.

Why are other primates so much stronger than us?

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In many ways, human bodies are extremely similar to those of other primates like chimps; they have very similar muscle structures. Despite that, though, our closest primate relatives are around 1.35 times stronger than we are. We developed more slow-twitch muscle fibers, which are less powerful muscle fibers, than other primates. However, these muscle fibers do allow humans to have greater endurance than other primates; they enabled early human behaviors like hunting and foraging. Today, they’re the reason a human can run a marathon while a monkey can’t. But despite all those human perks, the strength disparity is still significant enough to baffle scientists. If you’re feeling bad about your human weakness, have no fear: the human body still does plenty of incredible things every single minute.

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Why is laughter contagious?

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Yes, laughter is contagious, and not just metaphorically so. Scientists have found that powerful emotions can actually cause the brain activity of different people to sync up. “Studies show that [laughter] is linked to being social creatures. In fact, psychologists have found that humans are nearly 30 times more likely to laugh when in social situations,” explains Backe. “The current theory suggests that laughter is contagious because humans are empathetic beings.” Our brains release endorphins when we laugh, and these chemicals cause us to feel safe and at ease. So while we may not know exactly why our laughter is infectious, one thing we do know is that it feels good. So laugh away! Next, check out some other science mysteries no one has figured out (yet).



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PAS sedia, jangka tanding lebih 130 kerusi Parlimen


MARANG 06 APRIL 2018. Presiden PAS, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang semasa sidang media berhubung  pembubaran Parlimen hari ini di kediamannya Kampung Rusila. NSTP/GHAZALI KORI

MO, 7/4/2018, MARANG: PAS akan mengumumkan nama calonnya yang akan bertanding pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU-14) selepas Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) mengumumkan tarikh penamaan calon dan mengundi.

Presiden PAS, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, berkata parti itu juga berkemungkinan mempertaruhkan lebih daripada 130 calon untuk bertanding di kerusi parlimen dan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN), bergantung kepada permintaan daripada parti dalam pakatan mereka, Gagasan Sejahtera.

“Kita sudah buat persediaan awal, semua calon juga sudah bersedia dan nama mereka pun sudah diluluskan Majlis Syura Ulama.

“Paling kurang kita akan bertanding 130 kerusi kecuali ada permintaan di saat akhir daripada sahabat PAS dan NGO (badan bukan kerajaan),” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada media bagi mengulas pengumuman pembubaran Parlimen semalam.

Ditanya sama ada beliau akan bertanding di kerusi parlimen dan DUN yang disandangnya kini, Abdul Hadi berkata, perkara itu diserahkan sepenuhnya kepada parti.

“Saya ikut arahan parti, di mana pun bertanding saya serah kepada parti,” katanya.

Mengulas pengumuman pembubaran sementara pendaftaran Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) oleh Jabatan Pendaftaran Pertubuhan (RoS), Abdul Hadi berkata, beliau pasti perkara itu tidak akan berlaku sekiranya pucuk pimpinan PPBM memenuhi syarat ditetapkan.

“Saya tak tahu sama ada mereka (PPBM) sengaja atau tidak untuk penuhi syarat bagi membolehkan parti itu didaftarkan kerana pimpinan mereka pasti tahu perkara itu,” katanya.

Semalam, Jabatan Pendaftaran Pertubuhan (RoS) membubarkan sementara pendaftaran Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).

Pada masa sama, Abdul Hadi mengingatkan parti yang bertanding pada PRU-14 supaya tidak membuat salah laku dan memastikan negara dalam keadaan sejahtera.

“Walaupun kita mempunyai idealogi politik berbeza, sangat penting untuk kita kekalkan keamanan,” katanya.



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Tiga Snapchat Lenses Khusus Untuk iPhone X Dilancarkan – Amanz


iPhone X ialah peranti yang unik di pasaran kerana kamera hadapan yang mengimbas wajah pengguna secara tiga dimensi. Maklumat wajah ini digunakan untuk menghasilkan animasi Animoji yang tepat dan lancar tidak seperti yang ditemui pada peranti lain. Bagi menggunakan fungsi unik ini, tiga Snapchat Lenses baru dihasilkan khas untuk iPhone X.

Ketiga-tiga lensa akan meletakkan topeng pada wajah pengguna sama seperti lensa-lensa sebelum ini. Tetapi kerana penggunaan teknologi iPhone X, ia kelihatan lebih realistik dan bergerak mengikut wajah dengan lebih tepat. Snapchat ialah aplikasi yang sejak dari dahulu berfungsi lebih baik pada iOS berbanding Android. Dengan pengenalan Lenses baru ini, sekali lagi iOS mempunyai kelebihan berbanding sistem operasi dengan jumlah pengguna terbesar di dunia.



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Australian world champion says he is embarrassed after loss to Malaysian


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MO,7/4/2018, GOLD COAST: Cycling sprint world champion Matt Glaetzer said he felt embarrassed after he was dumped out in the early stages at the Commonwealth Games in front of a shocked Australian crowd on Saturday. Glaetzer was the hero on Friday when he romped to gold in the men’s keirin, but less than 24 hours later he was stunned by Malaysia’s Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom, who came a lowly 34th at the recent world championships.

Glaetzer, 25, a hot favourite for sprint gold on Australia’s Gold Coast, had qualified fastest and set a Commonwealth Games record of 9.583 seconds in the process. But he crashed out at the 1/8 finals stage, pipped by 0.024 sec to the line, and said: “That was exactly what I didn’t want to happen. I tried to get through with minimum effort. “I just needed to get my speed going, but the speed just wasn’t there. He got the jump on me, so I’m pretty gutted.

“It’s devastating, it’ll take a little while to get over this one. To lose like that is embarrassing.” “I was just coming into the bell too slow, I needed to be accelerating not just controlling.” The 22-year-old Firdaus, who had taken the last qualifying spot at Anna Meares Velodrome, was in shock. “It’s unbelievable because I’m fighting with a world champion and (Commonwealth) Games record holder. I just did what I can and it went to plan and I did it,” he said.

“Matthew Glaetzer is a world champion and he’s absolutely fast. “It’s hard to beat him and I’m very honoured by what I did today.”

–NSTP



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‘BN manifesto will have an impact on everyone’


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MO,7/4/2018, PUTRAJAYA: Barisan Nasional’s election manifesto, set to be unveiled by BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil tonight, promises to be one that will have an impact on all Malaysians through 14 thrusts and 300 initiatives. BN Strategic Communications director Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan described the manifesto, themed “Bersama BN Hebatkan Negaraku”, as “comprehensive, inclusive and full of new ideas” as it was prepared based on engagements with interest groups, such as component parties, non-governmental organisations, associations, as well as the public.

He hinted at several initiatives without divulging too many details.“One of them is a new mechanism for the rakyat to express their views and criticism on any issue, including government policies. This is our way of empowering the people. “For the private sector, BN will stress workers’ wages. There will also be an initiative to promote dialogues on togetherness and understanding between all races,” he said in an interview with New Straits Times Press recently.

He said BN would improve the ecosystem of the housing industry to provide opportunities for the rakyat to own affordable houses and protect their rights as housebuyers. “We will set up a single entity to monitor and streamline housing issues,” he said, adding that there would also be good news for the people in Sabah and Sarawak, especially relating to education. Also included are measures to streamline the prices of goods between the peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak.

Rahman, who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of the Economic Planning Unit, said the manifesto would touch on the pulse of the people, covering all segments of society. He said the manifesto’s 14 key thrusts would cover the people’s economy; national economy; housing; human capital and education; security; women; youth; elderly and the disabled; and nation-building. The manifesto, he said, would be in Bahasa Melayu, English, Chinese, Tamil, Iban and Kadazandusun. It will be made available in various formats, such as books, booklets, leaflets, mini booklets. It will also be available on the website.

“We are focusing on digital formats to reduce paper usage.” The manifesto, he said, should not be viewed on its own but read with other documents and plans, such as the 11th Malaysia Plan, the annual budgets, the National Transformation Plan and the National Transformation 2050 programme, as they bore the same spirit.

He said pledges made in the BN manifesto for GE14 were achievable, not mere rhetoric or empty promises.

–NSTP



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