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KEUNIKAN MAKANAN TRADISIONAL TERENGGANU

Kepelbagaian dan keunikan makanan tradisional Terengganu sememangnya telah tersohor di pelosok dunia. Bab kata orang tak sah kalau ke Terengganu kalau tak merasai makanan tradisionalnya. Antara yang selalu menjadi tarikan para pelancong adalah Nasi Dagang, Keropok Lekor, Pulut Lepa, Sata, Ketupat Sotong, Laksam, Akok, Dodol Daun Palas, Rojak Kateh, Puteri Mandi, Loklit dan banyak lagi.

Nasi Dagang

Keropok Lekor

Pulut Lepa

Sata

Ketupat Sotong

Ini adalah antara sebahagian makanan tradisional Terengganu yang sememangnya popular di negara kita. Jom pakat gi ke Terengganu. Jangan lepaskan peluang mencuba serta merasai keunikan dan kelazatan makanannya.

“Rugi kalau dok try……”

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Lukisan Jalanan

"Budak dengan Motorsikal" Ah Quee Street, George Town, Penang

Kita seringkali disogok dengan kata-kata bahawa menconteng dinding atau tembok atau mana-mana lokasi terutamanya di kawasan bandar adalah satu perbuatan budak nakal yang sia-sia serta tidak memberi faedah. Bagaimanapun, adakah kita tidak perasan ada segelintir daripada lukisan ini sangat menarik dan menceriakan kawasan tersebut? Hasil lukisan mereka kadangkala memberikan impak seni yang berupaya menjadi tarikan serta ingatan kepada orang ramai yang berkunjung ke sana.

Lukisan jalanan adalah satu seni yang terhasil daripada kreativiti individu yang tidak mengharapkan apa-apa melainkan sekadar berpuas hati kerana berjaya melakarkan idea yang tercetus di minda mereka. Bagaimanapun, kadangkala hasil kreativiti mereka ini sangat cantik dan mengagumkan sesiapa sahaja yang memandang.

Jeti Chew
Jalan Muntri
Jalan Penang
“Sungai Klang” di Stesen LRT Pasar Seni

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BICYCLE-FRIENDLY- ARE WE THERE YET? (Part 1)


I didn’t have the opportunity to cycle to school in my primary days (in the sixties) because the little kampung school nearby my home then was a sekolah kebangsaan where the medium of instruction was Bahasa Melayu.  Father insisted that I went to a sekolah orang putih (every subject was taught in English except for Bahasa Melayu). So, I had to go to school in town by the school bus (that’s about 2 miles, yes, it was the imperial system then, or approximately 3.2 km now), which meant waiting for the bus in the wee hours of the morning, in the dark (around 6.00 am). The bus took us on a round-trip, picking up school kids along the way for about one and a half hours before school started.

Oh how I envied friends who cycled to school.  There were no bicycle lanes then, but then there were also relatively fewer cars too and we didn’t hear of bicycle-car accidents. Well, at least none of my bicycle-peddling friends were even grazed by cars. But anyway, my consolation as I see it now is, by taking the school bus, I was supporting the local public transport company (also, less carbon emissions) as compared to having my father send me to school by car. We were then already practicing “going green”.

Neither did I have the opportunity to cycle to school in my secondary school days since staying in a boarding school didn’t require one to cycle.  We walked everywhere within the school compound, it was a pedestrian-friendly campus. Eventually, walking was also my main form of transport in college days. Of course I was so much healthier and a lot fitter then!

Fast forward 30 years later, staying in Alor Setar where the house we stayed in was a mere 800 meters to the primary school my kids were studying in, I still did not have the luxury of letting them cycle to school.  It was too high a risk, there were no bicycle lanes and there were too many cars on the road to let them cycle safely to school. Walking was a better option even though there was no pedestrian walkway to school either!. The kids had to share the same road space with cars, school buses, motorcyclists and bicyclists, come rain or shine.

The present situation is no less different than in the 60s or the 90s. We still do not have safe access by bicycles to schools nor anywhere! There is yet an example of a town or city in Malaysia that can be termed as bicycle-friendly where the mode of transport to work or school (except recreation) is by bicycle. You could perhaps count Putrajaya, whereby Perbadanan Putrajaya is consciously making efforts at having cycle infrastructure for its residents as well as tourists. However, more and more residential neighbourhoods are coming up with designs for use of bicycles, more so for recreational purposes.

Bicycle-friendly cities around the world

Cycling indisputably offer numerous benefits compared to motor vehicles, including exercise (healthier lifestyle), an alternative to the use of fossil fuels (fast depleting, non-renewable), no air nor noise pollution, much reduced traffic congestion, no-hassle parking, and access to both roads and paths. It offers less financial costs, causes less damage to roads and less pavement is required. However it may require longer travel time (except in densely populated areas) and is more vulnerable to weather conditions, especially in a hot, humid and wet country like ours. But nevertheless, the merits still outweigh its disadvantages especially if we strive to become the 20th most liveable city in the world in 2020, as in the case of Greater Kuala Lumpur.

The internet offers a lot of websites with a wide range of information regarding cities which are the world’s most bicycle-friendly. Many of them are opinion pieces while others use various criteria in making up the list. Going by hard facts, copenhagenize.com1 came up with a list reflecting the percentage of trips made by bicycle in various cities. The rationale is that the “percentage of people choosing the bicycle in a city indicates that cycling infrastructure is in place, that the culture is bicycle-friendly, that there is a will to transform cities into more liveable places and that cycling is, or has been, promoted positively”.  The listing features large and small cities with percentages of people choosing to cycle (Appendix 1). These cities include Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Malmo, Basel, Osaka, and Tokyo to name a few. However, this may be a biased outlook because most of the cities are within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries whilst relatively very few cities are from the USA or Asia-Pacific for that matter.

Another website by askmen.com2 has listed the 10 most bicycle-friendly cities in the world, namely Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Bogota, Curitiba, Montreal, Portland, Basel, Barcelona, Beijing and Trondheim (Table 1). All these cities have consciously made efforts towards improving bicycle infrastructure and spent a lot of public expenditure in making sure biking remains the top mode of non-motorized transport in their countries.

What about the practice in Malaysia? Where we are now? Please continue reading in:

Part 2: The Malaysian Case?

By :
Nazirah Mahmud
National Physical Planning Division
January 2013

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BICYCLE-FRIENDLY- ARE WE THERE YET? (Part 2)

The Malaysian Case?

There is currently no written documentation with regards to the status of bicycle infrastructure facilities or planning for bicycle infrastructure in Malaysia.  Efforts at making cycling as a mode of transport for work in Malaysia are still at its infancy. Cycling remains largely a form of recreation for the moment and to a larger extent, for sports whereby we have two velodromes (Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur) built for such purposes. We also have the annual LeTour de Langkawi which is a major international cycling event that Malaysia hosts. Although a few towns/cities do have bicycle tracks/lanes, they are mostly not comprehensive enough for the whole town but rather limited to certain recreational spots. The infrastructure is certainly not as complete as those in the bicycle cities of the world as the bicycle lanes here lack continuity and limited in its infrastructure. There are hardly any traffic lights for bicycles!  Perhaps the signage on the bicycle lane is the only visible item that reflects the existence of cycling facilities in an area. Among the towns or cities which do have or plan to have bicycle tracks/lanes include Putrajaya, Petaling Jaya and Kuching, to name a few.

Putrajaya

Putrajaya, being the new administrative centre of the country has managed to incorporate some cycle tracks, more so for recreational purposes. The tourism ministry has recently introduced eight “1Malaysia Holidays Cycling Packages” to boost tourism in Putrajaya3. A typical two-night cycling package costs around RM450.00 with accommodation and RM250.00 without. Among the recreational areas that offer cycling facilities in Putrajaya include the Wetlands Park and the Botanical Gardens.  Putrajaya Corporation undertakes upgrading its cycling lanes which would connect eight public parks around Putrajaya, namely Taman Botani, Taman Warisan Pertanian, Taman Wawasan, Taman Wetland, Taman Ekuastrian Putrajaya, Taman Putra Perdana, Taman Rimba Alam, and  Taman Selatan. Elsewhere in Putrajaya, certain housing areas are provided with limited cycle tracks which are shared with pedestrian walkways, mainly for recreation as well.

Petaling Jaya

The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) had its first blue coloured bicycle lane in Damansara Damai on Saturday 14 July 2012, which runs 5.6 km starting in Jalan PJU 10/14. This is just one-tenth of the 56km bicycle lanes which the council plans to link the city including cycle racks to be created behind bus-stops leading to the Damansara Damai Urban Park. The council’s enforcement officers will patrol the lane for the next few months to ensure safety of the cyclists. The bicycle lane’s targeted users for the moment are school children, teenagers and hobbyists. MBPJ plans to have the next stretch of bicycle lanes linking the park and Kota Damansara through Jalan Kepong-Kuala Selangor.

As criteria for its development projects, MBPJ will also make bicycle lanes an element to be considered in its planning applications. This is definitely a positive move towards sustainable transport for MBPJ. In promoting an efficient, reasonably-priced and environmentally-friendly transportation system, MBPJ also plans to improve the bus service and proposes to have trams, water taxis and electric trishaws in the city5.

Kuching

In February 2012, the Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) announced its plans to introduce special bicycle lanes in Petra Jaya6 and for a start, only certain routes would have these special lanes. This pilot project will be extended to other parts of the city once it is proven successful in usage and safety. This is a part of DBKU’s Safe City Plan which also includes provision of bicycle parking bays at public transport nodes.

As part of its Local Agenda initiative, the council will also work with police to draw up plans for the bicycle parking bays and bicycle lanes to ensure the safety of cyclists and their properties. This would also enable the city to combat traffic congestion, while promoting the usage of public transport so as to achieve its objective of an environment-friendly city.

Conclusion

We have seen the contrasts and comparison made between bicycle-friendly cities around the world and the relatively few Malaysian examples. What’s clear is a marked contrast between ‘them’ and ‘us’. Whilst the overseas examples show their seriousness in making the bicycle a choice transport mode for work and leisure with complete bicycle infrastructure and integration with other modes of transport, ours is definitely at its infancy and bicycling is mainly for leisure and sports only. Nevertheless, a few local authorities have begun to seriously think of making the bicycle an important component in development projects as in the case of MBPJ, while Putrajaya has already incorporated bicycle lanes in its development, even coming up with cycling packages. DBKU is also following suit, definitely aiming for a more environment-friendly and sustainable means of transportation system.

As for other towns and cities, very little has been reported in the media about planning for bicycles.  Once in a while, we do come across advertisements for housing projects with recreational bicycling as important selling points.

We have all these while actually planned our metropolitan areas based on automobiles and not people. Hence, there are no facilities for cyclists and the cycling culture has almost disappeared in Malaysia. There is a definitely lack of dedicated lanes nor traffic signals for bicycles as provided for in most other cities as indicated in Table 1. However, we have recently started to build back bicycling as an important means of transportation and we are definitely not too late. Well, it’s certainly a great move, isn’t it?

Ref:

  1. Copenhagenize.com is the largest website in the world. The website is currently located in the United States. was created on March 8th, 2008,
  2. www.askmen.com  has been the largest and most trusted source of men’s lifestyle content on the web, earning the loyalty of 19 million readers each month.
  3. The Star, December 11th 2011
  4. The Star, July 16th , 2012
  5. The Star, July 12th,  2012
  6. The Borneo Post, February 20th,2012.

* Please refer to National Physical Plan Division Facebook for a more detailed article (http://www.facebook.com/adminrfn.townplan)

By :
Nazirah Mahmud
National Physical Planning Division
January 2013

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SELAMAT TAHUN BARU 2013 DARIPADA WARGA BPKSP UNTUK SEMUA…

Tahun baru 2013 Masihi ber. 1434 Hijrah membuka lembaran baru. Kepada semua warga JPBDSM, JPBD Negeri, Pej.2 Projek, Unit2 Rancangan Pembangunan dan seluruh warga kerja, kami daripada BPKSP ingin mengucapkan SELAMAT MENYAMBUT TAHUN BARU 2013 semoga apa yang kita rancang tahun ini lebih baik dari tahun2 sebelumnya. InsyaAllah.

Sempena tahun baru ini, marilah sama-sama kita tanamkan azam dan Istiqamah dalam diri kita semua agar melaksanakan tugas dengan penuh ketaqwaan, komitmen, keindahan, konsistensi, kesopanan, kemesraan, kebolehpercayaan, kecemerlangan, kreativiti dan inovasi serta kesegeraan sebagaimana budaya kerja JPBD (10K)…

Dalam pada itu, sama2lah kita dikalangan warga kerja JPBDSM mengeratkan silatulrahim dan ukhwah antara kita agar semangat kekitaan dan tolong-menolong menjadi budaya kita semua tanpa mengira agama, bangsa ataupun keturunan.

Semoga JPBDSM menjadi satu Jabatan yang cemerlang dalam pelbagai bidang hendaknya.

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