Makna sets up halfway house in Johor Baru for cancer patients

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KUALA LUMPUR: Makna launched a new Halfway House (Rumah Perantaraan Makna Johor) in Taman Austin Perdana Johor Baru.
The house, the first of nine that Makna planned to open in the peninsular and East Malaysia, provides temporary accommodation to cancer patients seeking treatment at Hospital Sultan Ismail (HSI) or Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA).
This service was started in 2008 in Johor Baru where Makna opened its first halfway house in collaboration with HSI, with the objective of providing accommodation to patients, especially those undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, to avoid having to travel back and forth between the hospitals and their homes for the duration of their treatment.
Many of these patients are unable to afford the expenses incurred by the travels while some may not be physically fit to undertake the journey repeatedly.
As a result, patients are prone to discontinue or abandon their treatment before completion, thus jeopardising their chances of recovery.

By providing short-term, free-of-charge accommodation for patients and their caregivers, Makna hopes to ease their burden and to help patients continue their treatments without interruption.
The first halfway house accommodated 89 patients since it opened its doors in 2008 until 2015. The launch of the house in Taman Austin Perdana marks the beginning of a new generation of Halfway Houses by Makna where not just accommodation but also a better, more condusive and relaxing atmosphere is provided to ensure patients feel at home and are comfortable during their stay.

In a project that is expected to span two years, Makna plans to launch a total of nine new generation Halfway Houses.
These houses will be located near government hospitals that provide radiotherapy and chemotherapy services, with emphasis on providing a more homely atmosphere for patients.
The launch was officiated by Head of Social Welfare Department of HSI Norlija Kassim, accompanied by deputy general manager of Makna Vemanna Appannah.

“The Halfway House is one of the many services Makna provides for patients who are in need of aid as they undergo treatment to battle cancer.
“Through our interaction with patients we have found that one of the major obstacles they face when seeking treatment was having to travel the distance between their homes and the hospitals, which could be both physically and financially draining, especially for treatment such as radiotherapy that requires repeated, frequent visits.
“Having such a facility would help ease patients’ burden,” said Vemanna.
“We hope this would encourage patients to continue with their treatments, especially those from remote areas who would have to travel long distances from their homes to the hospitals,” he added.

The Halfway House in Taman Austin Perdana comes with four fully furnished bedrooms and a living room in addition to a kitchen with basic items. Simple breakfast is provided for free by Makna.
The house is located 10 minutes away from HSI and 30 minutes from HSA – near enough to the hospitals to enable patients to receive quick medical attention in the event of an emergency.
Makna also provides transport for patients to and from the hospitals for the entire duration of their stay.
Much thought has been put into the interior of the house as well.

“We want patients to feel at home. Most importantly, we hope to provide a healthy, calming and supportive environment for patients as they undergo treatment,” said Vemanna.

The Halfway House in Taman Austin Perdana is the first of nine that Makna plans to launch nationwide, including in East Malaysia, as a move to expand on this much needed service and to better serve cancer patients.

Lapan Rumah Perantaraan Makna Bakal Dibuka Di Seluruh Negara Tahun Ini

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JOHOR BAHARU, 17 Mac (Bernama) — Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna) merancang untuk membuka lapan lagi Rumah Perantaraan MAKNA di seluruh negara, tahun ini.

Timbalan Pengurus Besar Makna, V. Appannah berkata pembukaan baharu itu termasuk tiga yang dirancang masing-masing di Bertam, Pulau Pinang; Kubang Krian, Kelantan dan Kuching, Sarawak.

Katanya, Makna buat masa ini hanya mempunyai sebuah rumah perantaraan iaitu di Taman Austin Perdana, Johor Baharu yang berupaya menampung sembilan pesakit kanser dalam setiap bilik pada satu masa.

“Pesakit yang menginap di rumah ini terdiri daripada mereka yang membuat rawatan di Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) dan Hospital Sultan Ismail (HSI) yang memerlukan tempat penginapan yang selesa seperti berada di rumah.

Turut disediakan, pengangkutan secara percuma bagi memudahkan mereka bergerak sama ada ke hospital atau mana-mana tempat rawatan.

Selain itu, setiap rumah juga ditempatkan seorang jururawat terlatih dan pembantu kesihatan bagi memantau dan memberi bantuan kepada pesakit,” katanya pemberita selepas merasmikan pembukaan Rumah Perantaraan Makna, di sini hari ini.

Dari segi kos, Appanah berkata, penyediaan rumah perantaraan menelan kos lebih RM45,000 bagi penyediaan reka bentuk dan kemudahan yang bersesuaian untuk pesakit kanser.

Katanya, ia dikhususkan kepada pesakit kanser yang kurang berkemampuan dan tinggal jauh daripada hospital kerajaan supaya mereka dapat menguruskan diri ketika mendapatkan rawatan kimoterapi dan radioterapi.

Ini sekali gus dapat membantu memulihkan semangat pesakit kanser selain menggalakkan mereka untuk tidak mudah mengalah dan sering berikhtiar untuk pulih dari penyakit berkenaan, tambahnya.

Lapan lagi rumah perantaraan Makna bakal dibuka tahun ini

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JOHOR BAHARU 17 Mac – Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna) merancang untuk membuka lapan lagi Rumah Perantaraan Makna di seluruh negara, tahun ini.

Timbalan Pengurus Besar Makna, V. Appannah berkata, pembukaan baharu itu termasuk tiga yang dirancang masing-masing di Bertam, Pulau Pinang; Kubang Krian, Kelantan dan Kuching, Sarawak.

Katanya, Makna buat masa ini hanya mempunyai sebuah rumah perantaraan iaitu di Taman Austin Perdana, Johor Baharu yang berupaya menampung sembilan pesakit kanser dalam setiap bilik pada satu masa.

“Pesakit yang menginap di rumah ini terdiri daripada mereka yang membuat rawatan di Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) dan Hospital Sultan Ismail (HSI) yang memerlukan tempat penginapan yang selesa seperti berada di rumah.

Turut disediakan, pengangkutan secara percuma bagi memudahkan mereka bergerak sama ada ke hospital atau mana-mana tempat rawatan.
Selain itu, setiap rumah juga ditempatkan seorang jururawat terlatih dan pembantu kesihatan bagi memantau dan memberi bantuan kepada pesakit,” katanya pemberita selepas merasmikan pembukaan Rumah Perantaraan Makna, di sini hari ini.
Dari segi kos, Appanah berkata, penyediaan rumah perantaraan menelan kos lebih RM45,000 bagi penyediaan reka bentuk dan kemudahan yang bersesuaian untuk pesakit kanser.
Katanya, ia dikhususkan kepada pesakit kanser yang kurang berkemampuan dan tinggal jauh daripada hospital kerajaan supaya mereka dapat menguruskan diri ketika mendapatkan rawatan kimoterapi dan radioterapi.
Ini sekali gus dapat membantu memulihkan semangat pesakit kanser selain menggalakkan mereka untuk tidak mudah mengalah dan sering berikhtiar untuk pulih dari penyakit berkenaan, tambahnya.- BERNAMA

More travel deals within Malaysia snapped up


THE unmistakable circular, brightly-coloured icons caught the eyes of children and adults alike as they walked past the Angry Birds Activity Park booth at the MATTA Fair.

Siblings Muhammad Aliuddin Akmal Mohd Nazrol, 12, and Nur Wani Syahirah Mohd Nazrol, 11, were among those seen stopping for a photo opportunity with the giant Angry Birds plushies.

Their father Mohd Nazrol Kamrudin, 39, said the family made the trip to MATTA Fair to shop for deals for local destinations, particularly those featuring theme parks.

“My children love theme parks. We’ve also bought passes to Kidzania and Berjaya Times Square Theme Park in Kuala Lumpur.

“Besides the Angry Birds Activity Park, we are planning to look for passes to other theme parks in Johor as those are nearer to us,” said the civil servant who lives in Kempas, Johor.

Abdullah Rahim Saun, who planned to travel to Terengganu, said the current economic situation in Malaysia had influenced his family’s travel plans.

PWTC’s halls were packed to the brim throughout the three-day fair, which is estimated to have recorded a 120,000-strong crowd. — Photos: RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star PWTC’s halls were packed to the brim throughout the three-day fair, which is estimated to have recorded a 120,000-strong crowd. — Photos: RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

“Things such as GST are in the back of my mind,” he said.

A group of students shared similar sentiments, with Serene Liew saying she and her friends would only visiting only Penang this year.

Khairul Amizan Abdul Rahman from Bangi said his travelling plans were influenced by the current economic situation.

“Package prices play an important role when I plan for trips. The cheaper the package, the better it is for us consumers,” he said.

Besides price, safety is a priority for Iris Woon Lee Lee and Pamela Lee Peng Peng.

Lee said, “Despite the increased costs and safety concerns, I still believe in travelling.

“Life is too short. We just have to enjoy travelling no matter the offer — time away from work and a getaway with friends.”


Many visitors were seen shopping for various packages and deals. Many visitors were seen shopping for various packages and deals.
Woon also brought up how Malaysia’s currency strength influenced her destination choices.
On umrah packages, Faisal Kassim observed that there were fewer visitors at the fair’s umrah hall this year.

“It may be caused by the current economic situation in our country.

“I brought only my parents to survey package prices. We don’t intend to buy or sign up for anything today,” said the Petaling Jaya resident.

Hazali Shamsudin, who purchased a package in the umrah hall, said his family would be visiting Mecca only this time because of time constraints.

MATTA president Datuk Hamzah Rahmat was optimistic that the three-day fair which ended on Sunday would attract a 120,000-strong crowd, which is the highest number of visitors ever.

“Considering the current challenging economic situation, 120,000 visitors is a very good figure as our target was set at 90,000,” he said, adding that the previous record was 110,000 visitors in 2003.


(From left) Ain Nur Arasyie Mohd Sabri, Uzzy Zafriena Zafria, Racheal Divya Joseph and Sit Maisarah Mohd Zamree promoting various Langkawi attractions at the Bin Ali Holidays booth. (Left) (From left) Ain Nur Arasyie Mohd Sabri, Uzzy Zafriena Zafria, Racheal Divya Joseph and Sit Maisarah Mohd Zamree promoting various Langkawi attractions at the Bin Ali Holidays booth.

Hamzah attributed the high visitor count to the aggressive promotion of domestic tourism as well as marketing tactics by destination partners such as Japan and Indonesia.

“We started encouraging Malaysians to travel domestically since last year due to the global uncertainties.

“We now have dedicated halls for domestic tourism, with one hall just for Malaysian destinations and another for both Malaysian and Asean destinations. It is also more organised in terms of traffic flow.

“We picked one state to profile at the more recent editions of MATTA Fair. We are highlighting Johor this round, and this serves as an opportunity for the state to sell its travel and tourism products,” he said.

Hamzah said another element that was fairly new to the fair was the umrah hall, which served as a dedicated venue for those wanting to make enquiries about umrah packages.

“The umrah hall is a permanent feature since the September 2015 fair. This section was started to provide peace of mind to travellers, as the deals are offered by licensed travel agents.


Angry Bird booth promoters explaining the packages available at the park to (from right) Nur Wani Syahirah, Nureen Adveanna and Muhammad Aliuddin Akmal. Angry Bird booth promoters explaining the packages available at the park to (from right) Nur Wani Syahirah, Nureen Adveanna and Muhammad Aliuddin Akmal.

“These agents are members of MATTA and have to abide by a certain code of ethics, as we don’t want the MATTA brand to be tarnished,” he said.

“We also support the efforts of the government and non-governmental organisations by providing some space for them to highlight what they do.

“These include a blood donation campaign by the National Blood Bank and awareness campaigns for the National Cancer Council and Traffic wildlife trade monitoring network.”

Hamzah said the three-day fair was estimated to see RM150mil in sales, with some 40% of visitors shopping for domestic tourism deals.

The 41st edition of the MATTA Fair featured a total of 1,214 booths occupying a 27,400sq m of exhibition space.

The event included activities such as cultural shows, blogger sharing sessions and career talk by MATTA Academy, as well as contests for buyers offering air tickets, hotel stays and theme park passes as prizes.

Malang bertimpa pesakit kanser hidung

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PASIR MAS – Bagaikan sudah jatuh ditimpa tangga. Itulah nasib ditanggung seorang pesakit barah hidung apabila dirinya tidak mampu lagi bekerja berikutan penyakit yang dihidapi sejak beberapa tahun lalu.
Zakaria Salleh, 62, yang sebelum ini adalah seorang tukang rumah di Kampung Bakong berkata, keadaan berkenaan memaksa anak dan isterinya bekerja sebagai pembantu juru masak di kantin sebuah sekolah untuk terus menyara kehidupan mereka sekeluarga.
Akibat penyakit tersebut, dia mengalami alahan teruk terutama jika berada di kawasan pembinaan.

“Saya dah hampir putus asa disebabkan penyakit ni. Tapi, bila fikirkan kecekalan anak-anak dan isteri, saya berasa sedikit tenang,” katanya, selepas menerima lawatan Pegawai Kerja Sosial Perubatan Jabatan Kerja Sosial Perubatan Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II, Rosnani Ab Manaf, semalam.

Beliau turut menyerahkan Surat Bantuan Kelulusan Bantuan Pesakit Kanser daripada Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna).
Beliau berkata, Zakaria akan menerima bantuan sebanyak RM250 selama enam bulan, sebagai bantuan kos rawatan penyakit tersebut.
Sementara itu, Pegawai Jasa Meranti, Ahmad Anuar Husin berkata, bantuan ini menunjukkan keprihatinan kerajaan membantu rakyat dalam kesulitan.

“Kami harap Zakaria dan keluarga tidak berputus asa untuk sembuh daripada penyakit tersebut,” katanya.

“Go for medical exams to detect cancer early’

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KUALA LUMPUR: The public should go for scheduled medical examinations at least twice a year in order to detect cancer, said Health deputy director-general (medical) Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai.
He said the public should get medical examinations done to detect cancer at an early stage.

“This lack of concern and not wanting to take medical tests are among the challenges in the management of cancer in this country. Health examinations can be done twice a year, and early detection could reduce the mortality rate from cancer,” he said in the programme ‘Breakfast Talk’ 2/2016 series, held at the Malaysian Integrity Institute yesterday.
Dr Jeyaindran said in 2014, an estimated 90,000 people were treated as cancer patients.
Meanwhile, general manager of the National Cancer Council Farahida Mohd Farid said according to the 2013 Makna report, 45,000 Malaysians were reported to have cancer and the number was increasing each year.
“The easiest way to prevent cancer is to change eating habits and have an active lifestyle as medical experts have acknowledged that these could improve the blood circulation system and promote better immunisation,” she said.

A stage-four lung cancer survivor Mohd Zulhaimi Suderman, 39, said he regretted not going for medical checks to detect the disease early but was grateful that he had fully recovered from it a year ago.

“I often felt pain in my chest and was always coughing for 18 months, I did not expect it to be a sign of lung cancer.
“My advice is not to take any pain that you experience lightly. I encourage you to refer to a doctor before it becomes worse,” he said.

The ‘Breakfast Talk’ 2/2016 series programme which focused on issues and challenges relating to cancer management, was held in conjunction with World Cancer Day on Feb 4. — Bernama

Be More Concerned About Personal Health – Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 (Bernama) — The public should go for scheduled medical examinations at least twice a year in order to detect cancer, said Health deputy director-general (medical) Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai.

He said the public should get medical examinations done to detect cancer at an early stage. “This lack of concern and not wanting to take medical tests are among the challenges in the management of cancer in this country.

“Health examinations can be done twice a year, and early detection could reduce the mortality rate from cancer,” he said in the programme “Breakfast Talk” 2/2016 series, held at the Malaysian Integrity Institute Wednesday.

Dr Jeyaindran said in 2014, an estimated 90,000 people were treated as cancer patients.

Meanwhile, General Manager of the National Cancer Council Farahida Mohd Farid said according to the 2013 Makna report, 45,000 Malaysians were reported to have cancer and the number was increasing each year.

“The easiest way to prevent cancer is to change eating habits and have an active lifestyle as medical experts have acknowledged that these could improve the blood circulation system and promote better immunisation,” she said.

A stage-four lung cancer survivor Mohd Zulhaimi Suderman, 39, said he regretted not going for medical checks to detect the disease early but was grateful that he had fully recovered from it a year ago.

“I often felt pain in my chest and was always coughing for 18 months, I did not expect it to be a sign of lung cancer.
My advice is not to take any pain that you experience lightly. I encourage you to refer to a doctor before it becomes worse,” he said.

The “Breakfast Talk” 2/2016 series programme which focused on issues and challenges relating to cancer management, was held in conjunction with World Cancer Day on Feb 4.

Kikis Sikap Tidak Ambil Peduli Demi Kesihatan Diri – Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai

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KUALA LUMPUR, 17 Feb (Bernama) — Sikap tidak mengambil peduli dan tidak mahu melakukan pemeriksaan kesihatan merupakan antara cabaran dalam pengurusan penyakit kanser di negara ini, kata Timbalan Ketua Pengarah (Perubatan) Kesihatan Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai.

Sehubungan itu, beliau menggesa orang ramai agar melakukan pemeriksaan kesihatan secara berkala sekurang-kurangnya dua kali setahun sebagai langkah awal bagi mengesan kanser.

“Pemeriksaan kesihatan boleh dibuat dua kali setahun mengikut nasihat doktor dan pengesanan awal mungkin dapat mengurangkan kadar kematian disebabkan kanser,” katanya pada program ‘Breakfast Talk’ Siri 2/2016 di Institut Integriti Malaysia (IIM), di sini hari ini.

Dr Jeyaindran berkata pada 2014, sejumlah 90,000 pesakit dirawat sebagai pesakit kanser.

Sementara itu, Pengurus Besar Majlis Kanser Negara (Makna) Farahida Mohd Farid berkata mengikut laporan Makna 2013, sejumlah 45,000 rakyat Malaysia dilaporkan menghidap kanser dan jumlah itu dilaporkan meningkat setiap tahun.

“Langkah yang paling mudah untuk mencegah adalah dengan menukar pola pemakanan dan mengamalkan gaya hidup aktif yang diakui pakar perubatan bahawa ia mampu menjadikan sistem peredaran darah lebih baik serta menjadikan sistem imunisasi tinggi,” katanya.

Seorang bekas pesakit kanser paru-paru tahap empat, Mohd Zulhaimi Suderman, 39, melahirkan kekesalan kerana tidak menjalani pemeriksaan kesihatan bagi mengesan penyakit itu lebih awal namun bersyukur kerana pulih sepenuhnya setahun lalu.

“Saya sering sakit dada serta batuk berpanjangan selama setahun setengah dan tidak menyangka ia adalah petanda penyakit kanser paru-paru.

“Nasihat saya, janganlah sesekali menganggap setiap kesakitan yang anda alami adalah perkara biasa. Saya mohon agar anda merujuk kepada doktor sebelum ia menjadi lebih mudarat,” katanya.

Program ‘Breakfast Talk’ Siri 2/2016 yang berlangsung setengah hari itu memberi fokus kepada isu dan cabaran menangani aspek ‘Penjagaan Kesihatan Kanser, Tanggungjawab Kita: Perspektif Integriti’ diadakan sempena sambutan Hari Kanser Sedunia pada 4 Feb.

Check up to detect cancer twice a year: Deputy DG

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Kuala Lumpur:

The public should go for scheduled medical examinations at least twice a year in order to detect cancer, said Health Deputy Director-General (medical) Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai.
He said the public should get medical examinations done to detect cancer at an early stage.
“This lack of concern and not wanting to take medical tests are among the challenges in the management of cancer in this country.Health examinations can be done twice a year, and early detection could reduce the mortality rate from cancer,” he said in the programme “Breakfast Talk” 2/2016 series, held at the Malaysian Integrity Institute, Wednesday.

Dr Jeyaindran said in 2014, an estimated 90,000 people were treated as cancer patients. Meanwhile, General Manager of the National Cancer Council Farahida Mohd Farid said according to the 2013 Makna report, 45,000 Malaysians were reported to have cancer and the number was increasing each year.

“The easiest way to prevent cancer is to change eating habits and have an active lifestyle as medical experts have acknowledged that these could improve the blood circulation system and promote better immunisation,” she said.
A stage-four lung cancer survivor Mohd Zulhaimi Suderman, 39, said he regretted not going for medical checks to detect the disease early but was grateful that he had fully recovered from it a year ago.
“I often felt pain in my chest and was always coughing for 18 months, I did not expect it to be a sign of lung cancer.
“My advice is not to take any pain that you experience lightly. I encourage you to refer to a doctor before it becomes worse,” he said.

The “Breakfast Talk” 2/2016 series programme which focused on issues and challenges relating to cancer management, was held in conjunction with World Cancer Day on Feb 4.
Meanwhile, the Selangor Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) will hold a public hearing on dengue on Feb 23, said its Chairman Hannah Yeoh.
She said the committee decided to look into the matter after the state had recorded the highest dengue fever cases in Malaysia.

According to the State Health Department, a total of 63,198 dengue cases were reported last year while the Ministry of Health reported that 7,335 cases were recorded from Jan 1 to Feb 2.

Bincang idea, inisiatif lawan kanser

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Sampai hari ini, perkataan kanser itu begitu menggerunkan apatah lagi apabila ia menimpa diri sendiri. Meskipun sudah banyak usaha menyebarkan maklumat dan kesedaran mengenai kanser, masih ada yang kurang tahu mengenainya dan tidak kurang yang berputus asa untuk meneruskan hidup tatkala disahkan menghidapnya.
Justeru itu, sempena sambutan Hari Kanser Sedunia tahun ini, Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) menganjurkan simposium bertajuk ‘Kami Boleh. Saya Boleh – Bersama Melawan Kanser di Malaysia’.

Objektif simposium jelas untuk menjadi platform supaya semua pihak sama ada kerajaan, korporat atau persatuan sosial dapat tampil bagi membincangkan idea dan inisiatif melawan kanser selain mengurangkan beban yang ditanggung akibat penyakit yang menggerunkan ini.

Pengurus Besar MAKNA Farahida Mohd Farid menegaskan kepentingan semua pihak berpadu tenaga dan merangka pelan serta polisi yang lebih baik untuk masa depan rakyat negara ini khususnya dalam penjagaan kanser.
Antara ahli panel dalam simposium berkenaan adalah Perunding Klinikal Onkologi Hospital Sultan Ismail Johor Bahru Dr Mohd Roslan yang mewakili Institut Kanser Kebangsaan Malaysia, Pengurus Kanan Pengaktifan Jenama WWF Suan Tan dan Pengarah Urusan I First International Consultancy Dr Sudeep Mohandas.

Apabila bercakap mengenai kanser, selama ini perhatian diberikan kepada aktiviti meningkatkan kesedaran dan pengumpulan dana tetapi kali ini ahli panel simposium mahukan pendekatan yang lebih baik demi manfaat semua pihak selain membincangkan keperluan kajian berterusan bagi mengetahui punca sebenar kanser supaya ia dapat dicegah.

Menurut statistik yang dibentangkan oleh Dr Roslan, kanser berada di tangga keempat dalam menyebabkan kematian rakyat negara ini. Secara umumnya antara kanser utama yang ba¬nyak mengorbankan nyawa adalah kanser payudara, usus, paru-paru, serviks dan nasofarinks (farinks terletak di atas lelangit lembut dan bersambung dengan lubang hidung).
Satu perkara lagi yang tidak kurang penting ialah penjagaan bersepadu bagi ahli keluarga yang kehila¬ngan orang tersayang akibat kanser. Penjagaan dan sokongan yang sewajarnya amat penting tetapi ia sering diketepikan.
Akhir sekali ialah membangunkan strategi baru untuk mengurangkan risiko gaya hidup khususnya merokok, pengambilan alkohol, diet dan tabiat pemakanan serta senaman.

Hari Kanser Sedunia diraikan pada 4 Februari setiap tahun di seluruh dunia dengan satu tema yang sama. Ia bertujuan mengurangkan kematian akibat kanser melalui pelbagai aktiviti bagi meningkatkan kesedaran masyarakat dan menggesa kerajaan untuk mengambil tindakan sewajarnya.

Kempen tiga tahun dengan slogan ‘Kita Boleh. Saya Boleh’ dipilih untuk mengetahui bagaimana setiap anggota masyarakat boleh mengambil bahagian dalam usaha mengurangkan beban akibat kanser. Untuk maklumat lanjut boleh layari laman Facebook MAKNA di www.facebook.com/maknacancer atau www.worldcancerday.org.

Five things you need to know about your financial aid contribution to MAKNA

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KUALA LUMPUR: Spreading the knowledge and understanding of cancer is a priority for the National Cancer Council or MAKNA.

Over the years, the education part has grown in importance with the number of cancer patients increasing every year.

But, where does financial aid contributed to National Cancer Council (MAKNA) go to?

The following breakdown gives a picture of the percentages of expenses incurred by MAKNA for the services offered to cancer patients and the public:

For every RM1.00:

43 sen – is allocated to MAKNA’s Bursary Assistance Programme, which is a monetary assistance project that provides financially-challenged cancer patients with the required support

24 sen – is for others, including digital mobile mammograms, fundraising and volunteer activities, etc.

23 sen – is invested in the purchase of cancer-related medication and treatment at UKMMC-MAKNA Cancer Centre

8 sen – is put aside for cancer awareness programmes and educational activities

2 sen – is channelled to cancer research

Source: National Cancer Council (MAKNA)

Makna brings breast cancer awareness to Felda schemes

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Felda scheme residents in the state are urged to go for regular tests to check for breast cancer.
Felda Palong 7 and 8 clinic health panel member, Mohd Noor Wahid said it was tragic that when they did finally go for a test, the cancer would have reached an advanced stage.

“Don’t take the matter lightly. Do a test immediately, before it’s too late,” he urged, at the launch of the National Cancer Council (Makna) Breast Cancer Mobile Screening Test programme at Felda Palong 7 Secondary School in Jempol, east of Seremban.

Mohd Noor, who is the programme coordinator, said men were also susceptible to breast cancer.

“This programme is conducted to educate Felda residents about breast cancer to save lives,” he said.

Makna service department deputy chief Nisha-Sanita Mohd Norha said the programme targeted women without breast cancer.

“Our targets are non breast cancer patients, women aged 40 to 65 and those with a history of cancer in the family,” she said.

Makna is a not-for-profit social enterprise tasked to pool and utilise every effort, expertise and welfare from every faction of society to fight cancer and to reduce the pain, suffering and morbidity that cancer patients often experience.
It aims to provide curative and preventive care, cancer research and support services to cancer patients and their families, high-risk groups and the general public. – December 24, 2015.

Ultimate Shave Off Sempena MOVEMBER MAKNA

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Kempen Movember kini semakin menjadi perhatian ramai warga kota dalam menyokong kempen badan-badan terlibat dalam memberikan sokongan moral dan juga derma bagi menyokong aktiviti MAKNA dan beberapa badan lain yang telibat dalam penyakit Kanser. MrJocko kali ini terlibat dalam Ultimate Shave Off sempena MOVEMBER MAKNA.

Bersama beberapa rakan dari Ducati Club Malaysia, MrJocko dan rakan-rakan berkonvoi dari Solaris Mont Kiara menuju ke Great Eastern Mall Ampang bagi menyokong usaha penaja terutamanya MAKNA sempena kempen kesedaran penyakit Kanser ini.


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MOVEMBER sebenarnya dikenali juga dengan nama Moustache dan November. Ia dimulakan di Australia pada tahun 1999, di mana ia bertujuan meningkatkan kesedaran tentang penyakit Kanser dan langkah-langkah pencegahan khas untuk kesihatan orang lelaki termasuk kanser prostate dan juga penyakit berkaitan kanser yang lain.

Tahun ini, pihak Truefitt & Hill turut berkerjasama dalam menyokong usaha murni ini. Tahun ini Truefitt & Hill, salah sebuah ‘outlet barber shop’ yang terkenal di dunia menawarkan sesi ‘cukur’ percuma kepada rakan-rakan yang turut sama menyertai kempen ini. Truefitt & Hill memperkenalkan ‘The Ultimate Shavine Experience’ kepada mereka-mereka yang ini merasai pengalaman bercukur dengan kepakaran tukang cukur terbaik dari Truefitt & Hill.

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Selama sebulan lebih MrJocko tidak bercukur, terasa memang agak rimas. Maklum la, MrJocko jarang simpan Jambang dan Misai. Selalunya MrJocko simpan janggut sahaja. Kini selepas sebulan lebih, terasa semua panjang dan agak merimaskan. Tetapi demi menyokong usaha dan kempen kesedaran penyakit Kanser kepada kaum lelaki khasnya Kanser Prostate dan juga penyakit kanser lain, MrJocko teruskan.

Kini, tiba masa untuk bercukur dan Alhamdulillah, tajaan bercukur kali ini diberikan oleh pihak Truefitt & Hill, jenama Barber Shop pertama di dunia yang kini anda boleh dapati di Malaysia. Untuk info, anda boleh mencuba pengalaman bercukur dengan selesa di Truefitt & Hill di lokasi outlet Great Eastern Mall Ampang, Bangsar Shopping Center dan juga JW Mariott Kuala Lumpur.

Sempena dengan event The Ultimate Shave Off Movember ini juga, pihak Rainbow Team telah menyerahkan sejumlah RM200,000 sumbangan hasil kutipan mereka sejak September hingga November 2015. Ia di serahkan sendiri oleh Rainbow Team Leader Dato’ Dr Arunan Selvaraj kepada pihak MAKNA.

Berkenaan MAKNA, sehingga hari ini, lebih dari 450,000 pesakit kanser menerima bantuan dari pihak MAKNA. Sejak dari itu, MAKNA telah membelanjakan lebih dari RM63 juta untuk tujuan kos perubatan dan berkaitan untuk pesakit kanser di seluruh Malaysia.

Sehingga hari ini, ada lebih dari 200 Volunteer yang aktif dalam membantu operasi dan menganjurkan lebih dari 150 aktiviti atau inisiatif setiap tahun.

Tidak lupa, sejak dari tahun 2000 lagi, MAKNA memperuntukkan lebih RM10 juta untuk tujuan research & development dalam usaha membantu pesakit kanser. Dalam masa yang sama, pihak MAKNA berkerjasama dengan pihak Akademi Sains Malaysia dengan belanja sebanyak RM1.2 juta dalam pembangunan penyelidikkan saintis muda sejak tahun 2001.

Untuk maklumat lanjut tentang MAKNA, sila layari laman web rasmi http://www.makna.org.my

#Movember Selepas 2 bulan, penyampai Astro AWANI akhirnya bercukur

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KUALA LUMPUR : Selepas dua bulan berjambang, penyampai Astro AWANI Syah Hairizal akhirnya bercukur dalam satu acara kemuncak yang dilakukan secara beramai-ramai hari ini.

Syah meyimpan misai dan janggut untuk tempoh dua bulan bagi menyatakan sokongan kami kepada kempen #Movember anjuran Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA).

Kempen itu dilancarkan bagi memberikan kesedaran tetang kanser prostat dan kanser testis untuk meraih dana.

Acara kemuncak kempen tiga bulan “Movember-The Ultimate Shave off’ berlangsung pagi ini, di Great Eastern Mall di Ampang.

Menurut MAKNA, pelancaran kempen ini berjaya membawa objektifnya malah dana yang besar juga telah diperolehi menerusi kempen Movember ini.

Difahamkan, MAKNA berjaya meraih dana sebanyak RM180,000 sementara ketua kumpulan sukarelawan Rainbow, Dato’Dr Arunan berjaya memungut dana sebanyak RM 20,000 yang membawa kepada jumlah kutipan sebanyak RM200,000.

Lebih membanggakan, jumlah kutipan yang diperolehi menerusi kempen ini telah membatasi sasaran mereka iaitu sebanyak RM 130,000.

“Ia sungguh menggembirakan untuk melihat tahap sokongan yang diberi oleh semua lapisan masyarakat sejak dari mula lagi.

“Usaha kerjasama selebriti, artis, orang ramai, ahli korporat, dan juga bekas pesakit kanser yang telah menyumbangkan kreativiti serta masa mereka telah menjayakan kempen ini.” Kata Pengurus Besar MAKNA, Farahida Mohd Farid.

Selain Syah, kempen ini turut menerima sokongan daripada RJ MIX FM, Rod Monteiro, Celebrity chef, Micheal Imran, RJ Minnal FM, Theivegan dan Pengarah Eksekutif Blublack Productions, Sha’arin Razali.

Peserta-peserta kempen ini telah dicukur oleh Truefitt & Hill, yang merupakan penaja rasmi bagi kempen kesedaran ini.

Datuk Dr Arunan juga mengucapkan terima kasih kepada penjana mereka yang telah menghulurkan sokongan untuk menjayakan kempen ini.

“Tanpa sokongan dan sumbangan mereka, kempen ini sudah pasti tidak akan kejayaan,” kata Dr Arunan.

Antara penaja mereka ialah Truefitt & Hill, Golden Screen Cinema Sdn Bhd, MIX FM, Great Eastern Mall serta Ducati Club Malaysia.
Kempen Movember dimulakan di Australia pada 1999 bagi meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap isu kesihatan lelaki termasuk kanser prostat.

Di Malaysia, beberapa pertubuhan dan individu sudah menyokong kempen ini atas inisiatif mereka sendiri.

Going bald for a good cause

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THE University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) ceo and provost Prof Christine Ennew was cheered on and supported by staff and students recently as they gathered to watch her head being shaved. She had earlier pledged to do so if RM20,000 was raised as part of the Jom Botak campaign organised by the university’s Ace Society and the National Cancer Council Malaysia (Makna).

“Our students have been fundraising to help Makna enhance treatment and support for cancer sufferers from disadvantaged backgrounds giving them the best possible chance to fight the disease.
“They have worked hard and I wanted to offer them my support in the best way I could.
“It’s a small price to pay to be able to raise so much to support this important cause,” said Prof Ennew.
The Jom Botak campaign was held for the fourth consecutive year at UNMC from Oct 28 to Nov 5, to raise funds, increase awareness and show support to cancer patients throughout Malaysia.
“We have raised over RM20,000. Money continues to come in. We were thrilled to get Prof Ennew on board towards this pledge,” said UNMC Jom Botak campaign organising chairman and second year international business management student He Manli.

Several staff members and students also got their heads shaved as part of the campaign while others donated towards the individual pledges.

“I was very pleased to take part in thes initiative,” said Dr Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz from the School of Geography.

Donors can contribute to the campaign until Nov 30 at http://simplygiving.com/jombotakshaveforlife

LeBlanc Communications employees shave it off for cancer awareness

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LeBlanc Communications Sdn Bhd today launched the Shave It Off campaign, with the participation of TFP Solutions Bhd and Malaysia National Cancer Council (Makna), to raise awareness of the risks of cancer.
LeBlanc Communications managing director Kuna Muno and TFP Solutions group managing director Quah Tek Jin joined 21 employees in fulfilling their pledge to shave their heads to show solidarity with cancer patients.
Kuna, who recently lost a family member to cancer, said there should be better awareness of the disease which affected many Malaysians as early detection could save lives.

“Our understanding of the seriousness of the matter drove us to help not only our people, but other cancer patients as well with the Shave It Off: In support of cancer awareness campaign.
“We look forward to a lasting relationship with Makna as we hope to be more involved in the effort to spread awareness and help make things better for those in need,” he said.

The provider of end-to-end wireless telecommunications network infrastructure raised RM165,000 for Makna’s awareness programmes through the campaign.

Muno said the sum was raised from individuals and organisations through the volunteers’ pledges to shave their heads in sympathy with cancer patients, who tended to suffer hair loss as a side effect of their treatments.
The volunteers were shaved by a barber on stage in front of a crowd shouting encouragement today. – November 20, 2015.

Professor Christine Ennew goes bald for cancer awareness

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Professor Christine Ennew, CEO and Provost of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) pledged to shave her head if RM 20,000 was raised as part of the Jom Botak campaign organised by Ace Society of UNMC and MAKNA.

“Our students have been fundraising to help MAKNA enhance treatment and support for cancer suffers from disadvantaged backgrounds giving them the best possible chance to fight this devastating disease. They have worked tremendously hard and I wanted to offer them my support in the best way I could. It’s a small price to pay to be able to raise so much to support this important cause,” said Professor Ennew.
The “Jom Botak” campaign is running for the fourth year in UNMC to raise funds, to increase awareness and to show support to cancer patients throughout Malaysia. This year the campaign ran from 28 Oct to Nov 5.
“We have raised over RM 20,000 and money continues to come in and on November 5 we were thrilled to get our CEO on board towards this pledge,” said He Manli, the Organising Chairperson of Jom Botak who is an 2nd year international business management student at UNMC.
Several staff members and students also got their heads shaved as part of this campaign while others donated towards the individual pledges.
“I was very pleased to participate in this initiative by MAKNA and UNMC’s student association. In Malaysia there is a risk that 15 percent of people would suffer from cancer before the age of 75. Early cancer diagnosis saves many lives. For this reason, awareness and campaigns like Jom Botak are very important,” said Dr Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz, who went bald and is also growing a beard in conjunction with Movember.
“At the University we are hugely supportive of initiatives which are student led and bring benefits to our broader community, so losing hair, which will soon grow is something is really not too difficult to do,” Professor Ennew said after having her head shaved at the Student Association Circle on November 17.

Professor Ennew received the cheers and support by many students and staff who gathered at 1 pm on November 17 to witness a bold move by the CEO and Provost of UNMC to show her support towards those affected by cancer.
Jom Botak at UNMC

The campaign involved a “Go Bald Auction” which was opened for members of staff and students at UNMC. The participants were required to be included in an auction list with a pre determined price tag. When the said auction amount had been reached, the participant shaved his or her head.
Donors are welcomed to donate until November 30 via the http://simplygiving.com/jombotakshaveforlife.
Jom Botak Campaign in 2012.

About Jom Botak
Jom Botak simply means to go bald, an initiative by MAKNA (Majlis Kanser Nasional) to get involved in the fight against cancer. For more information on starting your own Jom Botak campaign please consult: http://www.peoplegiving.org/makna-jom-botak.

UNMC’s 15th Anniversary
One of the world’s truly global universities, with campuses in Malaysia, the UK and China, 2015 marks the 15th year since setting up as UK’s first full-fledged international campus in Malaysia and all three campuses continue to enrich the lives of students across the world through global education, ground-breaking research and community engagement.
(Article Image: Professor Christine Ennew with (from left to right) UNMC Student Association President, Muhammadh Aqeel Shums Deen and Afrah Ismail, SA Vice President.)

Ukir senyuman pesakit kanak-kanak

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SUASANA ketika menerima rawatan hemodialisis pada pagi itu sedikit suram buat si genit Airen Nurain Nazemir, 8, apabila bayang-bayang sang penghibur tidak muncul di wad kanak-kanak Hospital Selayang, Selangor.

“Mana Doktor Badut? Kenapa dia belum datang lagi? Doktor Badut janji nak datang hari ini tapi kenapa tak sampai lagi,” tanya Airen Nurain kepada ibunya dengan perasaan sedikit kecewa.

Sambil menanti kehadiran sang penghibur, dia bermain permainan video di telefon pintar.
Ketika sedang leka dengan telefon pintarnya kelihatan kelibat seorang lelaki berpakaian putih dan berhidung merah muncul di bilik rawatan tersebut.
Wajah Airen Nurain yang muram terus tersenyum riang sebaik melihat sang penghibur muncul bersama seekor maskot burung berwarna hijau.

“Doktor kenapa lambat? Saya nak doktor menari ikut lagu ini,” pintanya kepada sang penghibur.

Tanpa melengahkan masa Doktor Badut tersebut memenuhi permintaan anak kecil itu.
Riak wajah Airen Nurain kelihatan seperti kanak-kanak normal, namun di sebalik setiap senyuman di wajahnya seakan-akan mahu menyembunyikan kesakitan yang dialaminya setelah disahkan menghidap penyakit buah pinggang sejak berumur dua tahun.
Menjadi rutin harian Airen Nurain untuk datang ke Hospital Selayang tiga kali seminggu bagi menjalani rawatan dialisis.
Menurut ibunya, Siti Mahfuzah Makpol, 38, pada hari Isnin, Rabu dan Jumaat Airen Nurain akan ke hospital itu bagi menerima rawatan.

“Rabu adalah hari yang ditunggu-tunggunya kerana dia akan berjumpa dan dihiburkan oleh Doktor Badut.
“Saya turut gembira setelah melihat senyuman terukir di wajahnya setiap kali berjumpa Doktor Badut,” jelasnya.

Walaupun memiliki Ijazah Kejuruteraan Kimia dari Universiti Bradford, England insan bernama Iskandar Syah Ismail, 39, atau dikenali sebagai Doktor Badut lebih gemar melakukan kerja amal dengan menghiburkan pesakit kanak-kanak.
Menurut Iskandar Syah, jiwanya lebih suka melakukan kerja amal dan dia memperoleh satu kepuasan berharga apabila dapat menceriakan pesakit kanak-kanak di hospital.

“Walaupun kerjaya ini tidak menjanjikan pendapatan yang lumayan tetapi ia memberi kepuasan kepada saya apabila dapat mengurangkan seketika penderitaan yang dialami oleh pesakit kanak-kanak,” jelasnya.

Tambahnya, idea untuk menjadi Doktor Badut ini tercetus ketika menjadi sukarelawan di Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna).
Ketika berkhidmat dengan Makna, dia sering melawat wad kanak-kanak yang menghidap penyakit kanser.

“Saya boleh rasakan mereka bosan di hospital tetapi akan mengukir senyuman bila dihiburkan,” katanya.
Pada tahun 2000, Iskandar Syah terbang ke Amerika Syarikat dengan perbelanjaan sendiri bagi mengikuti program Doktor Badut.
“Setelah mendapat tahu bahawa di Amerika Syarikat ada program Doktor Badut yang beroperasi sejak 1986, saya memutuskan untuk mendalami ilmu di sana.
“Saya mempelajari ilmu dan teknik untuk menghibur serta berinteraksi dengan kanak-kanak yang menghidap penyakit serius,” ujarnya.

Selain itu, Iskandar Syah juga pernah ke Australia dan Sepanyol untuk mempelajari kaedah Doktor Badut di negara tersebut.
Tambahnya, Doktor Badut sebenarnya mempunyai kepentingan dalam perkembangan positif buat pesakit terutamanya kanak-kanak yang menghidap penyakit kronik dan kritikal seperti kanser.
Tujuan utama Doktor Badut adalah membantu pesakit melupakan seketika penderitaan yang dialami mereka.

“Dalam bidang tugas ini saya meletakkan sensitiviti pesakit di tangga teratas kerana konsepnya berbeza daripada badut penghibur yang lain.

“Apabila bertugas di hospital, saya hanya memerlukan hidung merah dan tidak perlu memakai mekap tebal supaya tidak menakutkan pesakit terutamanya kanak-kanak,” tuturnya.

Tambah anak kelahiran Jerantut, Pahang itu, sebagai Doktor Badut, dia banyak menggunakan teknik improvisasi ketika berhadapan dengan pesakit kanak-kanak.
Jika pesakit adalah bayi dan kanak-kanak berusia bawah enam tahun, dia akan menggunakan buih sabun dan peti muzik mini untuk menghiburkan mereka. Bagi pesakit berumur enam hingga 12 tahun pula dia menggunakan kaedah silap mata, nyanyian, tarian dan beberapa prop untuk menarik perhatian mereka.

Iskandar Syah yang merupakan anak ketiga daripada tujuh beradik berkata, Doktor Badut mempunyai cabaran tersendiri dan antaranya meyakinkan pihak Hospital mengenai keberkesanan program tersebut.
Sepanjang menjadi Doktor Badut, Iskandar Syah pernah menitiskan air mata setelah dapat menunaikan hajat seorang kanak-kanak penghidap kanser sebelum pesakit itu menghembuskan nafas terakhir.

“Ayah pesakit tersebut menyatakan anaknya mahu saya menghiburkannya sempena sambutan hari jadinya. Saya datang pada majlis tersebut dan menghiburkannya walaupun ketika itu dia sudah tenat.
“Beberapa hari selepas itu, saya mendapat panggilan bahawa pesakit tersebut telah menghembuskan nafas terakhirnya. Namun, saya berasa puas hati kerana telah menunaikan hajat terakhirnya,” jelasnya.

Dalam pada itu, kegigihan Iskandar Syah dalam menghiburkan pesakit kanak-kanak ini telah menjadikannya peneraju Doktor Badut di Malaysia dengan tertubuhnya Persatuan Penghibur Kanak-Kanak Buih Merah Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor atau lebih dikenali sebagai Red Bubbles yang menyediakan khidmat sukarelawan untuk menghiburkan pesakit di hospital.
Sebelum ini Iskandar Syah bergerak secara solo sebelum dia menubuhkan Red Bubbles yang kemudiannya disertai lagi dua orang Doktor Badut dan empat orang ahli yang membantu mencari dana untuk mereka menjalankan kerja sukarelawan itu.
Sehingga kini, Iskandar bersama Doktor Badut yang lain akan meluangkan masa kira-kira tiga jam untuk mengadakan lawatan berkala seminggu sekali di wad kanak-kanak di Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) dan Hospital Selayang.
Kami sememangnya memerlukan dana bagi meneruskan kerja amal ini dan mereka yang berhasrat untuk menyumbang dana kepada Red Bubbles dalam membantu menghiburkan pesakit kanak-kanak ini boleh menyampaikan sumbangan ke dalam akaun Maybank 5640 7000 2826.

Gaya hidup punca kanser payudara


Habiba (duduk, tengah) bersama peserta dari Pertubuhan Ibu Tunggal Kebangsaan Malaysia Cawangan Negeri Sembilan dan Persatuan Ibu Tunggal Mas merah Wilayah Persekutuan dan Selangor

SEREMBAN – Faktor gaya hidup dan pemakanan menjadi punca ramai wanita menghidap kanser payudara.

Fasilitator Program Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna), Habiba Abd Rahman berkata, wanita yang mengamalkan pemakanan tidak sihat dan merokok mudah mendapat kanser payudara.

“Wanita yang tidak mementingkan kesihatan dengan memakan makanan berlemak dan kurang bersenam mudah mendapat kanser
“Mereka yang sering kali stres dengan kehidupan juga penyumbang kepada penyakit kanser kerana stres akan mempengaruhi hormon yang memudahkan pelbagai penyakit datang,” katanya.

Menurutnya, kurang kesedaran terhadap pemeriksaan payudara sendiri juga menyebabkan ramai wanita tidak menyedari mereka penghidap kanser payudara.

“Kanser boleh diubati sekiranya kita dapat mengesannya pada peringkat awal dan sebab itu pentingnya untuk kita melakukan pemeriksaan payudara sendiri
“Jika kita malu untuk membuat pemeriksaan di klinik atau hospital, kita boleh melakukannya di rumah dengan mengikut kaedah yang betul. Sebaiknya, buang perasaan malu itu dan buat pemeriksaan di hospital,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas Majlis Kempen ‘Kekal Aktif, Hidup Sihat, Sayangi Payudara Anda’ di Kilang Yakult, di sini, semalam.
Pada program berkenaan, seramai 50 ibu tunggal dari Pertubuhan Ibu Tunggal Kebangsaan Malaysia Cawangan Negeri Sembilan dan Persatuan Ibu Tunggal Mas merah Wilayah Persekutuan dan Selangor hadir menyertai aktiviti kesihatan yang dianjurkan Yakult.
Antara aktiviti yang dijalankan ialah Zumba, ceramah kesihatan payudara oleh Makna dan pemeriksaan kesihatan dan payudara.

AIRASIA BERJAYA KUMPULKAN RM120,945.64 UNTUK MAJLIS KANSER NASIONAL | CAMPAIGN #AIRASIAMAKNA

Pada 18th October, Iday and Islam menghadiri majlis penyerahan cek antara AirAsia dan Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) yang bertempat di Fahrenheit88. AirAsia berjaya mengumpulkan RM120 945.64 melalui kempen amal mereka iaitu #AirAsiaMAKNA yang berlangsung selama 5 bulan.

Banyak kan dana terkumpul semasa kempen #AirAsiaMakna? Tahniah AirAsia :)

Kalau nak tahu, dana yang terkumpul ni menerusi kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA di mana baju-T edisi istimewa dengan rekaan ikonik uniform krew penerbangan dan kapten juruterbang AirAsia dijual bagi meningkatkan kesedaran mengenai kanser.

Baju-T edisi terhad ini, direka oleh AirAsia Allstars (kakitangan AirAsia) dijual pada RM30 sehelai di 23 lokasi di serata Malaysia, serta laman membeli-belah MAKNA.

“Menurut statistik yang dikeluarkan, 1 dari 4 rakyat Malaysia terjejas akibat kanser. Kami di AirAsia ingin memainkan peranan dalam mendidik masyarakat awam mengenai pencegahan awal begitu juga dalam memberi semula kepada komuniti yang menerima perkhidmatan kami.
Di setiap lokasi jualan #AirAsiaMAKNA, MAKNA turut berada di sana bagi memberi informasi dan panduan kepada masyarakat awam, mendorong mereka untuk mengetahui mengenai kanser dan membantu mereka yang memerlukan. Tambahan dari itu, kami juga menggunakan kekuatan laman media sosial kami untuk menyebarkan informasi mudah mengenai kanser. Ini telah menerima sambutan positif dari masyarakat tempatan” – Aireen Omar, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AirAsia Berhad

Sebenarnya memang betul, Iday baru je dengar talk tentang breast cancer. Kebanyakan mereka yang menghidap kanser memerlukan support bukan dari segi kewangan tapi dari segi moral.

MAKNA pula ditubuhkan dengan tujuan mengerakkan sumber- sumber dalam memberi perkhidmatan menyembuh, mencegah dan membantu pesakit kanser, keluarga mereka, kumpulan berisiko tinggi, serta masyarakat awam di Malaysia dan rantau ini. Adalah menjadi misi organisasi ini untuk melawan kanser dan mengurangkan kesakitan berkaitan, dan kesengsaraan yang dilalui oleh pesakit kanser.

Menurut Aireen Omar lagi, MAKNA telah berjaya melakukan pelbagai aktiviti yang bagus dalam membantu pesakit kanser di negara sepanjang dua dekad ini, dan kami berharap dana yang terkumpul menerusi kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA dapat membantu mereka untuk meneruskan usaha mereka.

Sepanjang kempen ini, AirAsia telah mengadakan 1 instagram contest dimana, sesiapa yang membeli Baju edisi-T #AirAsiaMAKNA hendaklah memuat naik gambar kreatif dengan memakai baju edisi-T tersebut dengan hashtag #AirAsiaMakna berpeluang memenangi sepasang tiket penerbangan ke Maldives atau Sapporo! Gila kentang! :)

RM120,945.64 Tanda Sokongan Air Asia Terhadap Kempen Kesedaran Kanser #AirAsiaMAKNA


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RM120,945.64 Tanda Sokongan Air Asia Terhadap Kempen Kesedaran Kanser #AirAsiaMAKNA |AirAsia menyokong inisiatif kesedaran kanser di negara menerusi kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA

AirAsia menyerahkan cek berjumlah RM120,945.64 kepada Majlis Kanser Nasional, dana terkumpul menerusi kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA yang berlansung selama 5 bulan di mana baju-T edisi istimewa dengan rekaan ikonik uniform krew penerbangan dan kapten juruterbang AirAsia dijual bagi meningkatkan kesedaran mengenai kanser.

Baju-T edisi terhad ini, direka oleh AirAsia Allstars (kakitangan AirAsia) dijual pada RM30 sehelai di 23 lokasi di serata Malaysia, serta laman membeli-belah MAKNA.

Aireen Omar, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AirAsia Berhad menyerahkan dana terkumpul menerusi kempen ini kepada Farahida Mohd Farid, Pengurus Besar MAKNA di majlis penyerahan cek pada 18 Oktober 2015 di Fahrenheit 88, penaja lokasi acara ini.

Selebriti tempatan juga turut hadir menyokong kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA serta bertemu pesakit kanser, bekas pengidap kanser dan keluarga mereka yang telah bermanfaat dari inisiatif-inisiatif MAKNA.

Aireen Omar, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AirAsia Berhad berkata, “Menurut statistik yang dikeluarkan, 1 dari 4 rakyat Malaysia terjejas akibat kanser. Kami di AirAsia ingin memainkan peranan dalam mendidik masyarakat awam mengenai pencegahan awal begitu juga dalam memberi semula kepada komuniti yang menerima perkhidmatan kami. Di setiap lokasi jualan #AirAsiaMAKNA, MAKNA turut berada di sana bagi memberi informasi dan panduan kepada masyarakat awam, mendorong mereka untuk mengetahui mengenai kanser dan membantu mereka yang memerlukan. Tambahan dari itu, kami juga menggunakan kekuatan laman media sosial kami untuk menyebarkan informasi mudah mengenai kanser. Ini telah menerima sambutan positif dari masyarakat tempatan”.

“MAKNA telah berjaya melakukan pelbagai aktiviti yang bagus dalam membantu pesakit kanser di negara sepanjang dua dekad ini, dan kami berharap dana yang terkumpul menerusi kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA dapat membantu mereka untuk meneruskan usaha mereka” tambah beliau.

Sebagai sebahagian dari kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA, syarikat penerbangan tersebut menganjurkan peraduan Instagram di mana orang ramai yang telah mendapatkan baju T boleh memuat naik gambar kreatif memakai baju T rekaan krew penerbangan dan juruterbang, dan hashtag #AirAsiaMAKNA dan boleh memenangi sepasang tiket penerbangan ke Maldives atau Sapporo!

Peraduan ini telah menyaksikan lebih dari 750 penyertaan dan dua pemenang bertuah dipilih oleh Aireen Omar dan diumumkan semasa majlis hari ini juga. Pemenang-pemenang adalah @shaarin dan @suzanekassim. Hadiah untuk mereka ialah tiket penerbangan ke Maldives dan Sapporo.. bertuahnyaaaa…!!

Farahida Mohd Farid, Pengurus Besar MAKNA berkata “Kempen ini bukan sahaja untuk mengumpul dana, tetapi juga memberi kesedaran. Ini membolehkan MAKNA bertemu lebih ramai orang dan menyebarkan informasi yang diperlukan yang juga penting. Lebih banyak kita berbicara mengenai kanser, lebih ramai akan memahami dan mengambil tindakan dalam menjaga kesihatan mereka. Dengan kempen ini, AirAsia bukan sahaja menunjukkan kesedaran sosial, tetapi juga terus dengan semangat serba boleh dan inovatif. MAKNA berbesar hati menerima penyertaan AirAsia dalam misi ini.”

MAKNA ditubuhkan dengan tujuan mengerakkan sumber- sumber dalam memberi perkhidmatan menyembuh, mencegah dan membantu pesakit kanser, keluarga mereka, kumpulan berisiko tinggi, serta masyarakat awam di Malaysia dan rantau ini. Adalah menjadi misi organisasi ini untuk melawan kanser dan mengurangkan kesakitan berkaitan, dan kesengsaraan yang dilalui oleh pesakit kanser.

AirAsia komited membawa perubahan terhadap perkara ini dan telah turut berkerjasama dengan Media Prima Berhad bagi menyokong kempen Travelling Beruang; yang bertujuan meningkatkan kesedaran masyarakat awam mengenai kanser di kalangan kanak-kanak di .Malaysia. ‘Travelling Beruang’ menjelajah ke seluruh dunia menjadi mata dan telinga bagi kanak-kanak yang mengidap kanser yang tidak boleh melancong. Patung beruang comel ‘Travelling Beruang’ ini tersedia untuk pembelian dalam penerbangan AirAsia untuk hanya RM 65 sahaja. Hasil jualan juga akan akan disalurkan kepada MAKNA, dan kempen ini telah mendapat sokongan memberangsangkan dari orang ramai dengan hashtag #travellingberuang di sosial media.

Kepada yang belum membeli t-shirt boleh mendapatkannya dari Majlis Kanser Nasional. Air Asia tak jual dah. Klik kat link MAKNA yang aku bagi tu.

Ikuti perkembangan terkini AirAsia menerusi Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) dan Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia) serta ketahui lebih lanjut fakta pantas mengenai kanser.

Providing a human touch to cancer care

Publication: The Malysian Insider
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Makna’s home visit team consists of two plucky and dedicated women, Suhaila Nik (left) and Noraini Khalid (right), who travel throught the country every month. They are seen here with patients in Kuala Terengganu. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, September 13, 2015
Cancer is a disease that often robs its victim of more than just health. The emotional and physiological toll can sometimes be more crippling than the physical trauma caused by cancer.
In trying to soothe the pain suffered by patients, two women who make up the Home Visit Department of the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (Makna) play an important role in offering a human touch in the entire process of care and rehabilitation.

Suhaila Nik and Noraini Abdul Khalid’s jobs take them to rural areas all over Malaysia for 10-15 days a month to visit, interview and check up on patients who are recipients of Makna’s financial support.
The work can be both physically and mentally draining, as when the duo aren’t travelling, they are preparing reports, dealing with financers and office administration.

“We are looking for people to join the unit, and we get many people coming in for interviews,” said Noraini.

“The thing is, during interviews, they perform well, but after one or two days with us, and realising the emotional and physical strain they would have to go through, seeing cancer up close, it frightens them,” she told The Malaysian Insider recently during a home visit to patients in the state of Terengganu.

During this trip, patients ranged in age from 10 to 60 years old. The visits yielded many surprises, some heartbreaking, as the duo discovered that some patients had died from their illness.
Apart from providing a human touch and face to Makna, the home visits also play a very practical role in providing Makna with information and details such as financial welfare, health and care of patients.
The visits also help to weed out those who were abusing the provision of state assistance, from genuine cases of needy patients – the ladies have “caught” patients who had successful businesses of their own.
In spite of the occasional physical and mental fatigue, the women find fulfillment in the roles they play, especially when they find themselves doubling up as family and friends to cancer patients who have been abandoned by those closest to them.

“You have to be strong when you visit these patients. It’s not just about their illness and care, but you get to know about how people treat the unfortunate.
“The first time I did it, it hurt. But I learned,” said Suhaila.
Noraini summed up their roles as being both state administrators, and providers of comfort to the patients.
“This is not a job for weak people,” she said. – The Malaysian Insider, September 13, 2015.

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Karnival 3K attracts 1,000 residents

Publication: NST Online
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SHAH ALAM: “Karnival 3K”, a yearly affair organised by Electrical Engineering Department of Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, has attracted about 1,000 residents in the vicinity and polytechnic students, to take part in the event, today. About 16 agencies from various government, private sectors and non-government organisation were involved in the one-day programme. Among the agencies are, National Cancer Council (MAKNA), Advance Pact Sdn. Bhd, iM4U, Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), Petaling district health office, Fire and Rescue Department, Kota Anggerik, National Transplant Centre and many more. The polytechnic deputy director Mohd Zin Hassan said the annual programme was aimed to raise awareness on hygiene, health and safety of all parties.

Besides creating awareness, he said, the programme is a platform to build a bridge between the local community and the students including the agencies. In his speech, he said, currently the life expectancy of senior citizens is increasing and according to National Statistics Department, studied showed that the population of senior citizens, aged 60 years old has increased to 2 million in year 2009, as compared to 1.5 million in year 2000 in the country. “The number is expected to increase to 3.4 million of senior citizens, by 2035.

This is because the way healthy lifestyle is practised,” he said. He said he was happy to see the number of the students’ participation. “Many of the students have donated blood and pledge for organ donation. We are happy that the programme was a success. I think without the students and the residents’ cooperation, I do not think that we may able to hit our targets, in blood donation and organ donation,” he said, after closing ceremony of the carnival, held at its main campus. Meanwhile, the one-day carnival carried out activities such as, free health screen, blood donation, gotong-royong, book sales, exhibitions and many more.

Bringing hope and solace to cancer patiencs

Publication: The Malaysian Insider
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09 Sep 2015 — Makna, the not-for-profit cancer council of Malaysia, organises home visits in every state. The home visits allow Makna to gauge the health of patients under its assistance. Patients wanting support register with the states’ Health Department and government hospitals, which will then be in touch with Makna. Patients receive an allowance which goes towards transport for chemotherapy treatments at the hospitals and medicine. The home visit team goes to rural, and semi-urban areas as many of the patients are from the lower-income group, or have lost income because of their illness. In some cases, they are abandoned and shunned by their families. They find solace and hope in the visits.

Sarimah Ismail suffers from rectal cancer and is in remission. Feisty and humorous, she looks forward to the day she can function like before as she ‘is bored being sick’. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

A lorry blocking the road to a kampung is among the obstacles faced by members of the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (Makna) during their rounds in Kuala Terengganu. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Ezuraimi Mohd Nor, 47, from Kampung Tasek Padang Kabar Bukit Payong, Marang, has been suffering from stage 4 breast cancer since 2014, and and has undergone chemotherapy six times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Books and treatment schedule of Esah Ismail, 53 from Kampung Wakaf Paya Besar Marang, who has been suffering from infiltrating ductal cancer since 2014. She has undergone chemotherapy six times and radiotherapy 20 times. Her daughter, Natasha Mansor, 27, stopped working to take care of her. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Jarismi Yahya showing his abdominal scars. He gave up on conventional medicine and started on naturopathy which healed him. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Jarismi Yahya, 52, from Kampung Baru Rhu Muda Marang has been suffering from sigmoid carcinoma since 2014 and has undergone chemotherapy three times. He has had to stop work as a car wash worker. His son was also a leukaemia victim and died in 2007. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Many cancer patients believe in the healing properties of soursop (durian Belanda). – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Wan Kamariah Wan Othman, 42, from Kampung Teratak Baru Marang, has been a breast cancer patient since 2012 and underwent chemotherapy six times and radiotherapy 25 times. She has also tried traditional cures, such as soursop (durian Belanda) and Sabah snake grass (daun belalai gajah). – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

It’s a long day for the home visit team, but they do it because ‘we want to know if our patients are doing well. If we don’t visit them, we feel lost’. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Che Amid Mohd Amin, 49, from Kampung Jenang Marang, suffers from T-cell lymphoma (mouth and nose) and has since lost his voice. He has six children and undergone chemotherapy six times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Che Amid Mohd Amin is truly a survivor. He has undergone chemotherapy six times and radiotherapy 10 times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.
Cancer is an equal-opportunity illness. It strikes anyone of all ages and backgrounds. Arif Hakimi Awang Sofa, 10, was struck with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2010. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Omar Ali, 54, from Kuala Ibai, has been suffering from colon cancer since 2011 and has undergone chemotherapy 24 times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Omar Ali runs a roti canai warong in Kuala Ibai and is now in remission. He’s grateful to be alive and be with his family. ‘That’s all you can ask for from Allah.’ – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

The communications team goes along with the home visit team to provide support. The Terengganu visit is just one of the many trips they do. ‘We do it because of dedication. No one else will.’ – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Makna’s home visit team consists of two plucky and dedicated women, Suhaila Nik (left) and Noraini Khalid (right), who travel in the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak every month. They are with patients in Kuala Terengganu. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2105.

Peek Chin Kok and his wife moved to a newer but smaller home to make ends meet. Chin Kok has been suffering from thyroid cancer and underwent surgery twice. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Many of the patients are delighted to receive guests. They often offer a drink or a snack. Mohd Badrul Hisyan Ngah, 36, from Kampung Pengadang Baru, is suffering from diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, diagnosed in 2013, and has undergone chemotherapy 12 times. His wife (not in picture) suffers from breast cancer. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Che Ani Abdul Ghani, 59, from Kampung Pengkalan Atap Batu Rakit, Kuala Terengganu, with his grandchild. Che Ani has been suffering from diffuse large B-cell lymphoma for the last 10 year and is still on treatment. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Alias Mat Nor, 52, with his wife Norlalieza Mamat, 36, (right) and stepdaughter Nuramiera Hadi, 13, from Kampung Mengabang Lekor Batu Rakit, Kuala Terengganu, is suffering from colon cancer. He was diagnosed in 2014 and has learnt to change his colostomy bag. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Alias Mat Nor, 52, from Kampung Mengabang Lekor Batu Rakit, Kuala Terengganu, died from colon cancer shortly after The Malaysian Insider chronicled his suffering. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Time to grow a moustache, guys

Publication: The Star Online
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PROSTATE and testicular cancer will be the focus of a three-month awareness and fundraising campaign, known as Movember – The Ultimate Shave Off, organised by Makna (National Cancer Council) together with the Rainbow Team volunteer group.

Movember (a portmanteau of “Moustache” and “November”), which started in Australia in 1999 had become synonymous with efforts to raise awareness on men’s health issues, including prostate and other male-related cancers, with the growing of moustache in the month of November.

Makna is carrying the campaign to increase awareness and encourage more open and frequent conversation about prostate and testicular cancer that are not getting as much exposure compared to other forms of cancer.
Under the campaign, men need to grow their moustache or beard from September until November, then have an ‘Ultimate Shave Off’.
The growing of moustache or beard is symbolic as many cancer patients lose their hair while undergoing treatment.

Therefore, the idea behind this campaign is for men to lend their voice to the cause and create meaningful conversations regarding male cancer awareness by stirring the curiosities of family, friends and colleagues with the growing of facial hair and ultimately shaving it off.
Makna founder and president Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin said: “Often in this fast-paced world that we live in, our health becomes the least of our concern.

“For this reason, Makna, as a cancer organisation, took upon itself to remind the public on the importance of regular health checks and early detection in maintaining one’s well-being in general, and in fighting and preventing cancer in particular.”

Makna and the Rainbow Team have also released a theme song and music video.
The song was composed by local artistes Dr Sakthi and Caprice.
The music video also features cancer survivors and some of the best-known names in the local entertainment, sports and beauty scenes, including Jehan Miskin, Hans Isaac, Thanuja Ananthan, Carol Lee, Wilson Tan, Safee Sali, Pandelela Rinong, and Prem Shankar – all of whom generously contributed their time to the making of this video.

In total, 58 celebrities, artistes and personalities, as well as countless cancer survivors and students from five schools in and around Kuala Lumpur had come together to make the music video possible.
The campaign’s cinema partner, Golden Screen Cinemas Sdn Bhd, played the 60-second version of the video in cinemas nationwide from August.

Also planned is an online contest for the most creative video calls for the submission of videos to send messages to men on the importance of regular health checks.
An entry donation of minimum RM38 is required to participate in the video contest.

All are welcome to participate in the Selfie Your “Stache Challenge” competition where they are required to either grow and/or wear fake moustache, take a selfie, and upload it to Makna social media (#theultimateshaveoff), or they can even challenge their friends to it!
Instagram your selfie at Maknacancer and hashtag #theultimateshaveoff
Tweet @Maknashaveoff on Twitter
Facebook it on www.facebook.com/theultimateshaveoff

A grand finale is planned at the Great Eastern Mall in Jalan Ampang for the closing of this campaign.
At the finale, men with their moustache and beard will be shaven off by barbers from Truefitt & Hill, whose outlet is on the second floor of the mall.

Anyone with creatively and outstandingly groomed moustache and beard can also walk in to the finale location and stand a chance to be awarded a surprise gift.
Malaysia.

Ministry: Selangor should adopt law on mandatory waste separation

Publication: The Star Online
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SERDANG: Selangor should adopt the law on mandatory waste separation for households as it is already facing a garbage disposal crisis, said Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry.
Its minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Selangor and Penang had the largest populations and stood to gain by enforcing the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act.
“I hope they consider adopting the Act because it is really comprehensive,” he said.
Starting yesterday, households in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya as well as six states – Pahang, Johor, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis and Kedah – are required to separate their trash accordingly to facilitate recycling.
He said Solid Waste Management (SWCorp) had invested RM1bil in equipment and systems to ensure the success of the policy.
Selangor, he said, was still using outmoded methods including open top lorries.

Taking out the trash: Neighbourhood friends Christine Chong, 22, and Leroy Choong, 23, bringing kitchen waste and recyclable items to be thrown at a designated place near their house in Bangsar yesterday.

“Their systems are not up to date and they don’t have an effective monitoring system,” he said.

Abdul Rahman said his ministry now spent RM2bil on solid waste management and the money saved by recycling could be put to better use.
Recycling, he said, could also extend the life of landfills.

“No one wants a landfill in their backyards and we are faced with strong protest every time we open one,” he said.

Abdul Rahman said the ministry’s focus now was on educating the public. No fines will be imposed until next year.
From June 1, 2016 households which fail to separate their waste would face fines of up to RM1,000 besides being hauled to court.
Abdul Rahman said Joint Management Bodies would also face the same penalties despite concerns about it being a burden on them.
At an event yesterday, SWCorp concluded the “1 Million Bottles One Dream” campaign which was launched to mark the start of the waste disposal ruling.
Over one million plastic bottles worth RM12,000 was collected during the campaign and the proceeds was handed to National Cancer Council Malaysia (Makna) and Persatuan Mata Hati Malaysia.

Kompaun RM50 jika gagal asing sisa pepejal

Publication: Sinar Online
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SERDANG – Kompaun sebanyak RM50 akan dikenakan bagi kesalahan pertama pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca mulai 1 Jun 2016, kata Menteri Kesejahteraan Bandar, Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Sementara kompaun bagi kesalahan kedua dan ketiga di bawah Akta 672 iaitu Akta Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam 2007 pula ialah sebanyak RM100 dan RM200, katanya.

Jika pengguna masih berdegil untuk melaksanakan amalan pengasingan sisa pepejal baharulah mereka di bawah ke mahkamah dan boleh didenda tidak melebihi RM1,000, katanya.

“Dalam tempoh sembilan bulan sehingga 1 Jun, kerajaan akan menggunakan pendekatan mendidik masyarakat mengenai pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca diikuti dengan notis dan amaran,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas melancarkan pelaksanaan pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca di sini hari ini.

Tujuh negeri terlibat dalam pelaksanaan sisa pepejal di punca yang bermula hari ini iaitu Wilayah Persekutuan, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Perlis dan Pahang.

Abdul Rahman berkata, kerajaan tidak mahu menekankan tindakan mendenda terhadap mereka yang tidak mengasingkan sisa pepejal kerana ingin menyemai kesedaran tersebut terlebih dahulu.

“Masyarakat yang mempunyai amalan kitar semula yang tinggi merupakan masyarakat yang tinggi peradabannya,” katanya.

Mengulas mengenai pelaksanaan peraturan itu, Abdul Rahman berkata, ia (pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca) bukanlah sesuatu yang baharu kerana amalan berkenaan sudah diguna pakai di kebanyakan taman perumahan sejak September tahun lepas.

Bagi penduduk yang menetap di bangunan berstrata, Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Bersama pangsapuri atau kondominium akan berperanan mengingatkan penduduk untuk mengasingkan sisa pepejal masing-masing, katanya.

Pada majlis hari ini juga, 1.35 juta botol plastik bernilai RM12,000 berjaya dikumpulkan oleh SW Corp Malaysia sehingga dicatatkan dalam Malaysia Books of Record sebagai ‘pengumpulan botol kita semula terbanyak’.

Botol-botol plastik berkenaan akan dijual kepada vendor yang dilantik dan wang yang diraih akan disumbangkan kepada pertubuhan bukan kerajaan termasuk Majlis Kanser Nasional. – Bernama

Kompaun RM50 Bagi Kesalahan Pertama Gagal Asing Sisa Pepejal Mulai 1 Jun 2016

Publication: Berita Wilayah Online
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SERDANG, 1 Sept (Bernama) — Kompaun sebanyak RM50 akan dikenakan bagi kesalahan pertama pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca mulai 1 Jun 2016, kata Menteri Kesejahteraan Bandar, Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Manakala kompaun bagi kesalahan kedua dan ketiga di bawah Akta 672 iaitu Akta Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam 2007 pula ialah sebanyak RM100 dan RM200, katanya.

Jika pengguna masih berdegil untuk melaksanakan amalan pengasingan sisa pepejal baharulah mereka di bawah ke mahkamah dan boleh didenda tidak melebihi RM1,000, katanya.

“Dalam tempoh sembilan bulan sehingga 1 Jun, kerajaan akan menggunakan pendekatan mendidik masyarakat mengenai pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca diikuti dengan notis dan amaran,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas melancarkan pelaksanaan pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca di sini Selasa.

Tujuh negeri terlibat dalam pelaksanaan sisa pepejal di punca yang bermula hari ini iaitu Wilayah Persekutuan, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Perlis dan Pahang.

Abdul Rahman berkata kerajaan tidak mahu menekankan tindakan mendenda terhadap mereka yang tidak mengasingkan sisa pepejal kerana ingin menyemai kesedaran tersebut terlebih dahulu.

“Masyarakat yang mempunyai amalan kitar semula yang tinggi merupakan masyarakat yang tinggi peradabannya,” katanya.

Mengulas mengenai pelaksanaan peraturan itu, Abdul Rahman berkata ia bukanlah sesuatu yang baharu kerana amalan berkenaan sudah diguna pakai di kebanyakan taman perumahan sejak September tahun lepas.

Bagi penduduk yang menetap di bangunan berstrata, Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Bersama pangsapuri atau kondominium akan berperanan mengingatkan penduduk untuk mengasingkan sisa pepejal masing-masing, katanya.

Pada majlis hari ini juga, 1.35 juta botol plastik bernilai RM12,000 berjaya dikumpulkan oleh SW Corp Malaysia sehingga dicatatkan dalam Malaysia Books of Record sebagai ‘pengumpulan botol kita semula terbanyak’.

Botol-botol plastik berkenaan akan dijual kepada vendor yang dilantik dan wang yang diraih akan disumbangkan kepada pertubuhan bukan kerajaan termasuk Majlis Kanser Nasional.

– BERNAMA

Smoking out the truth about vaping

Source: NST Online

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Smoking out the truth about vaping 19 AUGUST 2015 @ 12:01 PM TTHE New Sunday Times’ front-page story “Scent of danger” (Aug 16) highlighted the complexity of the issues related to tobacco and drug abuse. The recent comments made by the health minister on e-cigarettes and vaping are, therefore, welcome, although overdue. The use of e-cigarettes among Malaysians, especially the younger generation, became widespread more than year ago when the novelty caught the attention of smokers. Believing that it was “safer”, people used the product, with the absence of restrictions and advice against their sale and use.

The minister is right in pointing out that e-cigarettes are not harmless, despite them allegedly being devoid of tar. This means that, just like conventional cigarettes, there are other toxic substances present, including cancer-inducing agents, in addition to the highly-addictive poison, nicotine. In a nutshell, let’s not be distracted by the use of jargon like vaping, so long as it is a way to cause long-term debilitating effects on people. We have yet to come out convincingly against the use of shisha, attempted many years ago, and now e-cigarettes are rearing their ugly heads.

Some are said to be laced with dangerous drugs. As it stands, the scent of danger will be the next scent of death, adding to the 20,000 Malaysians who die annually from smoking-related diseases. This is, thus, a life-threatening matter. On that note, the ambivalent stance of “yet-to-decide” while gathering input from other authorities or agencies for the next two months add to the disappointment. This is especially when statements regarding e-cigarette use as “haram” were made almost in the same breath. More so when several countries that are known to be progressive in matters of tobacco control and health of their citizens had banned the products long before this.

Such decisions could have been a credible template for Malaysia to avert the “yet-to-decide” excuse. Moreover, it boggles the mind as to what could be expected from the “yet-to-decide” attitude when there is no longer any major dispute about the dangers of using e-cigarettes, as the minister explained, and is supported by health professionals and civil societies, including the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations and Consumers Association of Penang.

In fact, the minister recognised that it is “globally accepted to be a harmful practice”. Add to this the number of deaths related to tobacco use, which continues to rise, the “yet-to-decide” cliché sounds irresponsible, since for every moment delayed, more lives will be lost, which is what the Health Ministry has sworn to minimise, if not prevent. In contrast, the delay tends to send an ambivalent signal to e-cigarette sellers, who are resisting government control. On the contrary, the ministry, armed with grim statistics, should have been at the forefront, taking the lead and asserting its authority in defence of the right to a healthy life for Malaysians.

This is in line with the oft-mentioned slogan “rakyat didahulukan.” What else should it be, when it comes to health matters, where even the ministry advocates “Utamakan Kesihatan”? Even worse, if it is “haram”, what is there to “wait” for? It is incumbent on the Muslim personnel in the ministry to clarify what the “haram” ruling actually entails, to the minister. In short, there is no room for any delay in decision-making if the people’s health is of the utmost concern, and certainly not for two months. Moreover, learning from experience, there seems to be a trend where positions taken by the Health Ministry on tobacco issues were softened, including resulting in delays, based on business and commercial considerations as articulated by vested groups, even at the expense of the wellbeing of the people. That is also why our policies and actions on tobacco control are lagging compared with Thailand and Singapore, for example. All these add to the anxiety of the predicament, signalling to the nation the slogan “Utamakan Kesihatan”, can be compromised as the shisha case demonstrates, in addition to the case in point illustrated below. If the shisha and e-cigarette issues are not confusing enough, add to this the issue of daun ketum, which is about to be legally classified as “dadah berbahaya” (dangerous drugs). While the classification is justifiable and welcome, it is problematic when compared with cigarettes, including e-cigarettes.

Far from being classified as “dangerous” (despite them being so), tobacco is regarded as a legally- tradeable commodity where the government collects millions of revenue on them. The stark fact is that tobacco is more addictive and deadly than ketum. From the comparative numbers of deaths and cases of addiction, there is ample evidence to bear this out. Moreover, while ketum trees grow mostly in the wild and are less accessible because of their height and location, tobacco is grown legally in specially-approved economic zones and protected from being harmed or destroyed. It is then harvested and turned into even more toxic products, like cigarettes, to be sold in the open market, some with special points of sale enhanced by sexy promotional counters. Yet, the minister has gone on record to dismiss the suggestions to farm ketum for economic purposes. As to what scientific basis and technical explanations that necessitate such stark “double standards” really needs explaining. On the contrary, what is obvious is that it makes a mockery of the decisions taken against ketum in favour of the more insidious killer tobacco products, especially cigarettes.

The time, therefore, has come for the ministry to account and rationalise this scientifically and convincingly, so that everyone is well-aware as to how the decisions are arrived at in ensuring the health of the people without compromising the ideals of “Utamakan Kesihatan.” One way or another, this will have implications on the confidence of the people as to how resolved is the ministry to deal with the even more complicated issues of e-cigarettes or e-“shisha” without having to resort to a “yet-to-decide” stance, bearing in mind that we have yet to see a clear impact on control of shisha use, which was mounted many moons ago. Let us not waste any more time as the scent of death is in the air. Dzulkifli A. Razak, Member of the Board of Trustees, National Cancer Council Malaysia (MAKNA)

Simpan Misai Untuk Kempen Kesedaran Kanser Prostat

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KUALA LUMPUR: Bersedia untuk menyimpan misai dan janggut bagi menyokong kempen tiga bulan ‘Movember- The Ultimate Shave Off’ anjuran Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna) bersama kumpulan sukarelawan Rainbow untuk meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap kanser prostat.

Menerusi kempen itu, lelaki digalakkan menyimpan misai atau janggut dari Sept hingga Nov, sebelum dicukur pada penghujung kempen sebagai simbolik kepada pesakit kanser yang kehilangan rambut mereka ketika menjalani rawatan.
Pengasas dan Presiden Makna, Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin berkata, kempen mengumpulkan dana itu juga bagi menggalakkan orang ramai berbincang secara terbuka mengenai kanser prostat yang jarang didedahkan berbanding kanser yang lain.

“Ia seperti kempen yang mudah tapi kami berharap mesejnya sampai kepada kaum lelaki mengenai pentingnya pemeriksaan kesihatan berkala serta usaha awal mengesan penyakit ini,” katanya.

Kempen ini dimulakan di Australia pada 1999 bagi meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap isu kesihatan lelaki termasuk kanser prostat, dengan menyimpan misai pada November.
Seorang pesakit kanser, Harikrishnan Maniam, 26, berkata pembabitan orang awam dalam kempen ini sangat dihargai kerana penderita kanser sememangnya memerlukan sokongan moral dan kewangan.

“Ketika saya menjalani rawatan dulu, saya kehilangan rambut dan menjadi botak, jadi saya tahu bagaimana perasaan tanpa rambut,” katanya.

Seorang lagi bekas pesakit kanser, May Lui, 41, berkata inisiatif itu harus diadakan secara tahunan bagi mengalakkan masyarakat lebih memahami penyakit tersebut sambil mewujudkan kesedaran mengenai kanser prostat.
Kanser prostat adalah penyakit keempat daripada 10 kanser yang sering berlaku di kalangan lelaki Malaysia.—Bernama

Simpan misai sokong kempen kesedaran kanser prostat.

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Bersedia untuk menyimpan misai dan janggut bagi menyokong kempen tiga bulan ‘Movember- The Ultimate Shave Off’ anjuran Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna) bersama kumpulan sukarelawan Rainbow untuk meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap kanser prostat.
Menerusi kempen itu, lelaki digalakkan menyimpan misai atau janggut dari Sept hingga Nov, sebelum dicukur pada penghujung kempen sebagai simbolik kepada pesakit kanser yang kehilangan rambut mereka ketika menjalani rawatan.

Pengasas dan Presiden Makna, Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin berkata, kempen mengumpulkan dana itu juga bagi menggalakkan orang ramai berbincang secara terbuka mengenai kanser prostat yang jarang didedahkan berbanding kanser yang lain.

“Ia seperti kempen yang mudah tapi kami berharap mesejnya sampai kepada kaum lelaki mengenai pentingnya pemeriksaan kesihatan berkala serta usaha awal mengesan penyakit ini,” katanya.

Kempen ini dimulakan di Australia pada 1999 bagi meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap isu kesihatan lelaki termasuk kanser prostat, dengan menyimpan misai pada November.

Seorang pesakit kanser, Harikrishnan Maniam, 26, berkata pembabitan orang awam dalam kempen ini sangat dihargai kerana penderita kanser sememangnya memerlukan sokongan moral dan kewangan.

“Ketika saya menjalani rawatan dulu, saya kehilangan rambut dan menjadi botak, jadi saya tahu bagaimana perasaan tanpa rambut,” katanya.

Seorang lagi bekas pesakit kanser, May Lui, 41, berkata inisiatif itu harus diadakan secara tahunan bagi mengalakkan masyarakat lebih memahami penyakit tersebut sambil mewujudkan kesedaran mengenai kanser prostat.

Kanser prostat adalah penyakit keempat daripada 10 kanser yang sering berlaku di kalangan lelaki Malaysia.–Bernama