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Banjaran Muhibbah Dinner


Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh has concocted an appropriate dinner spread specially for its customers, ahead of Merdeka and Malaysia Day. It is a mixture of cuisines of the Malays, Chinese and Indians and is aptly named, Muhibbah Sunset Dinner Buffet. The highlights of the spread are the Perak-styled beef rendang of the Malays, the Indian traditional lamb varuval and the famous Chinese wok-fried Lumut flower crab. The menu comes with a good mix of local desserts which include bubur kacang merah, lin chee kang with lotus seed and Malay and nonya kuih and keseri. The dinner buffet is available at the Pomelo Restaurant from August 8 to September 16 between 7.00 to 9.00 p.m. Price RM85++ (Adult) and RM42++ (children 12 years and below). Call 05-2107777 for enquiries and reservations.

TAJ College launches its Racing Team


TAJ College officially launched its racing team with the motto ‘Safety First, Last and Always’. Mohd Azad Jasmi, Executive Director of the College, said that the college does not only emphasise academic qualification but also provides practical experience. It is as an extension of the college’s Automobile Engineering course. The drivers are trained in driving skills and practice in Kampong Gajah and Sepang tracks.

The aim is to promote sports tourism and the team would be a Flagship of Perak. The team would participate in local tournaments as well as those organised in the Asia Pacific Region. Perak Tourism Board has agreed to promote the team and give it publicity.

Dato’ Zainol Fadzi bin Haji Paharudin, chairman of state Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, officially launched the team by unveiling the sports car. He added that the initiative by the college would be a catalyst for others in the state to promote sports tourism. His department would support the team and wished it success.


Motivating the Orang Asli


Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan’s (YBU) efforts in connecting with the Orang Asli community continues with yet another motivational course in Langkawi recently. This time around, the foundation has the tacit support of Yayasan Perak and the Perak Education Department. The 5-day course, held at a renowned resort in Kuah, Langkawi, was attended by 117 primary school students from the community. Dato’ Zainal Abidin Omar, Chief Executive Officer of YBU, officiated at the opening ceremony. The reason for having the course in Langkawi said Dato’ Zainal was to provide them the opportunity to see the country. The island resort was chosen for its popularity and appeal. Zainal stressed the importance of education and how it could ensure one’s future. “You’ll be looked upon by your community and be a role model for the rest to emulate,” he reminded the young participants. He warned them regarding the dangers caused by truancy and how such negative behaviour would affect them. Present at the programme launch was the General Manager of Yayasan Perak, Dato’ Jamil Mat Kasa. The participants were later taken on a sight-seeing tour of the island.


Dr Lee Mun Wai - Retinal Surgeon’s Perspective

Eye Chat – from a Retinal Surgeon’s Perspective


Dr Lee Mun Wai

Welcome to the inaugural column on eye care from the perspective of Dr. Lee Mun Wai, Perak’s only fellowship-trained retinal surgeon. This column will serve as a forum for the discussion of eye diseases with an emphasis on the impact and treatment of diseases of the retina.

What is the Retina?

The retina is a light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye and is responsible for converting light rays into electrical impulses which are then transmitted to the brain for interpretation as images. If you think of the eye as a camera and the retina as the film of a camera, you will understand how a healthy intact retina is vital for normal vision.

Floaters in field of vision

What are floaters and what are their effects?

Floaters are specks, clouds or cobwebs moving in your field of vision and most often seen when looking at a plain background like a wall or the sky.

While floaters look as if they are moving outside the eye, they are actually tiny clumps of vitreous (gel-like substance) inside the eye. As we age, the vitreous thins and shrinks forming clumps and pulling away from the back wall of the eye; this is called a posterior vitreous detachment. Sometimes, as the vitreous pulls on the retina, one may experience flashes of light as well.

What causes a retinal detachment?

Partial loss of vision

In the vast majority of people with floaters, a posterior vitreous detachment is the cause and this is usually of no consequence. The floaters become less apparent with time and no treatment is usually necessary.

In some people, when the vitreous pulls on the retina, a tear can develop and this can eventually lead to a retinal detachment. This is the separation of the nerve layer of the retina from the wall of the eye. Somebody with a retinal detachment would also see floaters and flashes but in addition to that, there would be an initial partial loss of vision and if left untreated, this would progress to a total loss of vision.

Who is more likely to get retinal detachment?

People aged over 50 are at increased risk of developing a retinal detachment. Other risk factors include very short-sighted people (more than 600 degrees), people who have had previous eye injury or eye surgery and people with certain inherited conditions (such as Stickler’s or Marfan’s syndrome).

How is retinal detachment treated?

Surgery is the mainstay of treatment for retinal detachment. The procedure is usually performed by a retinal specialist – an ophthalmologist who has undergone advanced training in medical and surgical treatment of retinal disorders.

Generally, the sooner the retina is reattached, the better the chances that vision can be restored.  There are several procedures which can be used to treat a retinal detachment – pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckling and vitrectomy. More will be covered in future when Surgical Management of Retinal Diseases will be discussed.

Can you prevent a retinal detachment?

Unfortunately, with age being a significant risk factor, it is impossible to prevent or predict who is going to develop a retinal detachment. It is important however, to recognise the warning signs of floaters and flashes as potential harbingers of a serious visually threatening disease. This is particularly true for individuals who are at increased risk such as highly short-sighted people or those who are involved in contact sports. Early presentation to a retinal specialist could be vital to prevent further visual loss and hopefully restore vision.

Contact: Lee Eye Centre, Ipoh
Tel: 05-2540095

MBI Wins Hockey League


The Ipoh Hockey League Championship 2011 ended on an awesome note, thanks to the brilliant performance of the finalists in both the divisions at the Azlan Shah Hockey Stadium on Sunday, July 31.

The final in Division One between MBI and Perak Sikh Union (PSU) ended with a 2-2 draw at full time. However, MBI became champion with a golden goal scored during extra time.

“After five long years of trying we finally won. Hopefully, we can maintain this form for next year’s championship,” said MBI coach, Dalbir Singh.

In Division Two, the final between Teachers’ Team and Tsuyoi Club ended in a 2-2 deadlock at full time. The match was similarly decided by a golden goal during extra time in favour of the Teachers’ Team.

“I’m satisfied with the team’s performance and hope the victory will spur the players to greater heights,” said the team’s coach to Ipoh Echo.

A total of 15 teams took part in this year’s league, which stretched for a period of a month. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Gurdeep Perkash Singh, Patron of PSU and President of Old Andersonian Club, Dato’ Anuar Hassan, gave away the prizes.


PUO Wins Gold Medal


Polyteknik Ungku Omar (PUO) created history by winning a gold medal in their first ever attempt at the annual Malaysian Nuclear Innovation Competition 2011 organised by the Malaysian Nuclear Agency held at the agency recently.

The four-day competition was aimed at procuring the most innovative invention pertaining to nuclear technology from participants. The polytechnic was represented by students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Lecturer Zulkarnain Jamak said that his team had worked hard for the competition and was mentally prepared for the occasion.

“We gave our best shot. We’re elated to know that we won the gold medal. This goes to prove that PUO has what it takes to be in the forefront of nuclear technology,” he told Ipoh Echo when met.

Teams from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Sains Malaysia and some private institutions also took part.


Talented Writers Revealed


An essay writing competition held to honour the 83rd birthday anniversary of Perak’s Sultan Azlan Shah, revealed talented writers from small town schools and rural areas.

Bagan Datoh’s SK Selekoh student, Aina Athirah Mohammad Amin (pic left) who emerged top in the category A is ecstatic with her win as she feels honoured to receive her prize from the Sultan’s hands.

The winners received their prizes during a high-tea event at the Perak Royal Golf Club’s Jubilee Hall in Ipoh recently.

The Essay writing competition was divided into four categories which were Primary Students category, Category B comprising lower secondary students, Category C for higher secondary students, and Category D for undergrads.

The main objective of the competition was to increase the understanding and awareness of the sultanate system in Perak.


Spreading the Word on Do’s and Don’ts


Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) conducted another successful workshop for students in Taiping recently. The society’s mission to teach youngsters on differentiating between appropriate and inappropriate behaviour was made easier when they were invited to speak to students of SMJK Hua Lian, Taiping.

The PWW team engaged the participants, which consisted of lower secondary students numbering some 130, at the school hall. Subjects on personal safety, respect and friendship were discussed. The objective was on creating awareness in youths, especially girls not to be too trusting and not to give in to sexual advances too easily.

To reinforce the lessons, a short film entitled, “Abang Angkatku” was screened. The film depicted some unsavoury situations which youths need to learn to avoid. Students’ participation was active, proving once more that education is an effective tool to counter social ills.

The society is prepared to provide classes for free when requested. Call PWW at 05-5469715 for details.


Moved By Generosity


To these fortunate 49 Perakeans, the month of Ramadan heralds a new beginning for them. They are now proud house-owners; something beyond their wildest dreams awhile ago. The recipients include single mothers, the aged and infirm and the physically handicapped. They arecgroup in the state as per listed on Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan’s (YBU) e-kasih database.

Adun for Sungai Manik, Executive Councillor Dato’ Fadzi Paharuddin, handed the house keys to the recipients at a simple ceremony held at the community hall in Chikus, Langkap recently. Present at the ceremony was YBU’s Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Zainal Abidin Omar.

The 49 houses cost the government RM1.33 million to build and will be completed in full before Hari Raya Puasa. “Political affiliation is not a consideration when short-listing the candidates,” said Dato Fadzi. “They’re given on the basis of an individual’s needs,” he added.

Hamsiah Ahmad, 48, a single mother from Kampong Gajah, was visibly moved by the generosity. “This is totally unexpected. I never dreamed that I would own a house one day,” she said in between sobs. Satiyah Osman, 58, from Kampong Teluk was similarly moved by the gesture. “Who’d believe that a man with physical disabilities like me would get a house?” he remarked.


QUEST International University Open Day


QUEST International University held its first Open Day in line with next month’s intake. Academic Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr. V.G. Kumar Das, who launched the ceremony, said that since the university was new, it needs publicity. The aim of the university is to provide quality education at an affordable price.

Within three years the university will move to its own campus in Gua Tempurung from the present site at Plaza Teh Teng Seng on Kampar Road. The university will emphasise skills training and work closely with SMEs and local industries to produce graduates who can fulfil the requirements of employers.

Being an international university, it aims to have up to 40% overseas students. The medical faculty will be operational soon.

The university is offering scholarships worth RM1.5m for their foundation courses for Perak-born applicants. There is also a waiver of 50% on the fees for first-year students joining bachelor degree programmes for next month’s intake.