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JBPM’s International Success in Changi’s Firefighter and Paramedic Challenge

The Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (JBPM) achieved commendable success by securing both the champion and runner-up titles in two major events at the Firefighter and Paramedic Challenge 2023 held in Changi, Singapore.

Senior Superintendent Alimaddia Bukri, emphasized the significance of this victory, considering the intense competition from various countries and the challenges posed by sophisticated equipment and vehicles.

Alimaddia shared with Daily Metro, saying that they are giving their best with the experience they have, coupled with the guidance of their coach.

They have successfully brought the championship to Malaysia, proving that they are just not champions within our borders but also internationally capable.

Having participated in the competition multiple times, Alimaddia credited the team’s success to their continuous efforts and commitments. He also highlighted the thorough selection process for officers and members, focusing on their high physical fitness, technical expertise, and experience.

In the competition, JBPM secured victory in the ‘Rip It Off’ event (group) by triumphing over formidable opponents. Additionally, in the ‘Braveheart’ event, JBPM claimed the second spot.

Largest Rooftop Public Park in the Heart of the City

TRX City Park, situated atop the bustling lifestyle hub in Kuala Lumpur, stands as the largest rooftop public park in the city, covering an expansive 10 acres.

According to the Head of Retail and Project Director for the Exchange TRX at Lendlease Malaysia, the park aims to establish a gathering place for people of all backgrounds, breaking away from the conventional perception of financial districts as solely transactional spaces dominated by concrete, glass, and steel.

He emphasizes the uniqueness of TRX City Park, highlighting it as the first major urban park developed within Kuala Lumpur in the past two decades. The goal, according to Wilson, is to foster social interaction and movement, transforming the area into a vibrant and inclusive community space.

Within the park, visitors can explore a variety of features, including a playground, a unique ‘play cave’, and a garden, creating an ideal setting for contemplative evenings. For those in search of fresh air and a connection with nature, the “Forest Walk” trail provides a serene journey surrounded by lush greenery and a skyline.
Escape theme park on the island of Penang includes a 3,645-foot waterslide that has smashed world records. and the world’s longest Zip Coaster (described as a combination of a zip liner and roller coaster).

When questioned about their groundbreaking achievements, Sim Choo Kheng, the CEO of Escape’s parent company Sim Leisure Group, humbly stated that their primary aim was to create an immersive ride experience that lasts several minutes, rather than specifically aiming for a world record.

The waterslide is twice as long as the previous record holder which was in New Jersey and only stretched 1,975 feet.

During the COVID-19 lockdown in June 2020, the concept of the zip coaster was conceived, leading to an investment of approximately RM700,000 for the installation of the track. With the zip coaster’s introduction, visitors now have the opportunity to relish the sensation of free-flying on a steel track connected to the treetops

SJKT Sungai Salak Students Illuminate National Day with Tapestry of Patriotism

In a striking demonstration of collaboration and dedication, students from SJK Tamil Sungai Salak have made an achievement that has never been created before by setting a new record for the ‘Longest Malaysia Madani Flag’ to mark the 66th National Day.

Under the guidance of the school’s headmaster, Mr. Sivakumar, and with the help and support of the teachers, parents, and staff, students as young as five have accomplished crafting an impressive 99.4-meter-long banner with meticulous attention to detail, with the word ‘Malaysia Madani’ inscribed 17,356 times in four languages; Malay, English, Chinese, and Tamil to emphasize the nation’s multicultural identity.

Taking inspiration from the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Anwar Ibrahim, the banner starts with the silhouettes of the last 10 prime ministers from Independence Day until today, presented in Tamil, Malay, and Chinese. This thoughtful addition serves as a historical tribute to the leaders who have shaped the nation.

The banner also thoughtfully shows representations of each ethnic group in Malaysia, as well as each state and its distinctive features, including iconic historical landmarks. Noteworthy examples include Kuala Lumpur’s KLCC and Negeri Sembilan’s Minangkabau, drawn to capture the uniqueness of each state.

Adding a touch of national pride, the hibiscus or bunga raya, Malaysia’s cherished national flower, is prominently featured throughout the banner. The inclusion goal is to enliven the spirit of patriotism among the students of SJKT Sungai Salak.

The detailed paintings not only showcase the artistic level that primary school students are able to achieve but also serve as a captivating backdrop for the entire display. The phrase ‘Malaysia Madani’ prominently graces the top of these illustrations, creating a fusion of language, history, and art.

To make the record attempt more special, the District Education Officer of Port Dickson, Tuan Hj. Kamanizam bin Hj. Tindek became the witness to the accomplishment of the students and also participated together in the memorable record attempt national certificate and medal handover on 22 November 2023.

The collaborative effort of SJKT Sungai Salak’s students in creating the ‘Longest Malaysia Madani flag’ is a noteworthy accomplishment. It not only shows that there is no age limit in creating an achievement but also exemplifies the values of unity, diversity, and patriotism ingrained within the school’s community. The commitment of the students, coupled with the support of the people around them has resulted in a visual masterpiece that will remain in their hearts forever.

Scooping Success: The Malaysian Love Story Behind Inside Scoop

If you’re a frequent visitor to Klang Valley malls, chances are you’ve come across the delightful world of Inside Scoop, an ice cream haven that might surprise you with its distinctly Malaysian origins.

Owned by Edmund Tan and his wife, Lim Shiew Li, Inside Scoop was inspired by their love for ice cream and their desire to create happy memories for Malaysians. Their goal is to make great ice cream that is made fresh locally, creating imitable natural flavors and smooth, ultra-creamy textures, unlike mass-produced ones.

But the husband-and-wife duo has no background in culinary, aside from having years of ice cream tasting experience. They both had careers in finance, with Tan as an investment banker and Lim as an actuary. However, due to their burning passion for understanding the science behind ice cream, Shiew Li enrolled at Gelato University in Italy.

And that is how The Inside Scoop began in 2013, when they opened their first store in Bangsar with 16 flavors. After a decade in the business, Inside Scoop now offers over 70 flavors on rotation with more than 20 outlets across Malaysia. Not only that, they now sell ice cream cakes and buttermilk waffles that can be enjoyed with ice cream.

Escape Theme Park in Penang Owns Two World Records

Setting a remarkable precedent in Malaysia, the renowned Escape theme park in Penang has etched its name in history as the country’s first and sole themed destination boasting not one, but two Guinness World Records.

Escape theme park on the island of Penang includes a 3,645-foot waterslide that has smashed world records. and the world’s longest Zip Coaster (described as a combination of a zip liner and roller coaster).

When questioned about their groundbreaking achievements, Sim Choo Kheng, the CEO of Escape’s parent company Sim Leisure Group, humbly stated that their primary aim was to create an immersive ride experience that lasts several minutes, rather than specifically aiming for a world record.

The waterslide is twice as long as the previous record holder which was in New Jersey and only stretched 1,975 feet.

During the COVID-19 lockdown in June 2020, the concept of the zip coaster was conceived, leading to an investment of approximately RM700,000 for the installation of the track. With the zip coaster’s introduction, visitors now have the opportunity to relish the sensation of free-flying on a steel track connected to the treetops

Khadijah Khatib: the Malaysian Artist Behind Percy Jackson Book’s Cover

The name Percy Jackson resonates with readers worldwide, captivating audiences with its gripping narrative of a teenage Greek demigod and his enthralling Olympian escapades. However, little is known about the talented illustrator behind the captivating UK editions of Rick Riordan’s renowned series, a Kuala Lumpur-born artist named Khadijah Khatib.

At the age of 26, Khadijah is a versatile freelance artist with a diploma in illustration, movie, and game art, lending her diverse skill set to a range of creative endeavors.

According to Khadijah, being a fan of the novel since she was 14 has helped her a lot when it came to designing the book covers. She adds that it was also helpful that her art director provided sketches for each of the books.

Before she collaborated on the Percy Jackson series, Khadijah had already made her mark by illustrating covers for Riordan’s “The Daughter of the Deep” and “The Sun and the Star.” Her artistic prowess extends beyond literature, as she has delved into conceptual art for both film and gaming projects, including her notable contribution to K-Pop sensation AleXa’s album cover

Bibi’s Astounding Achievement in Dice Stacking and Record-Breaking

Many might not know that cats too are just capable of breaking world records. Siew Lian Chui from Puchong proved that with his pet cat, Bibi was able to achieve the record ‘Most Dice Staked on a Cat’s Paw’.

Bibi managed to balance 10 dice on his paw and the record is one of the daftest entries in the Guinness World Records book of 2019.

His owner, Siew Lian Chui from Puchong, Selangor, might have discovered the black and white feline’s talent by accident.

Borneo: Home for the World’s Smallest Elephant Species

Renowned for its remarkable biodiversity, Malaysia is recognized as the habitat of the Borneo Pygmy Elephant, the world’s smallest elephant species. These unique creatures are predominantly found in the forests of northeastern Borneo, spanning across Malaysia and Indonesia.

Measuring under 8.2 feet in height, the pygmy elephants represent the smallest subspecies of elephants globally. They are characterized by their distinctive large ears, rotund bellies, and lengthy tails that often sweep the ground as they traverse their habitat.

Known for their peaceful nature lead, these elephants are notably more docile compared to their Asian and African counterparts, which some scientist believes they are descendants of a domestic herd.

Initially speculated to be descendants of a domesticated herd presented to the Sultan of Sulu during the 17th century, research conducted by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) confirmed the genetic distinctiveness of Bornean elephants from other Asian elephant populations. DNA analysis revealed that these elephants became isolated approximately 300,000 years ago, branching away from their relatives on the Asian mainland and Sumatra.

Tragically, the Borneo Pygmy Elephant faces the critical threat of endangerment primarily due to the loss of their natural habitat, resulting in a stark decline in their population. Presently, it is estimated that only around 1,500 of these remarkable creatures remain in the wild, underscoring the urgent need for conservation efforts to protect and preserve their vulnerable existence.

Malaysia owns the Record of the ‘Largest Legal Banknote in the World’

Malaysia is the proud owner of the largest banknote globally, measuring a significant 22cm by 37cm. This sizable currency was introduced as one of two special edition banknotes released by Bank Negara Malaysia in December 2017 to commemorate Malaysia’s 60th Merdeka Day.

This notable achievement surpassed the previous record held by the 100,000 pesos banknote from the Philippines, which measured 21.59cm by 35.5cm and was printed in 1998 to mark the Philippines’ independence after over 300 years of Spanish colonial rule.

On one side of the RM600 and RM60 notes, there are depictions of 15 different monarchs and heads of state encircling the royal throne. On the reverse side, there is a portrayal of the nine rulers signing the Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement, alongside the silhouette of the first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, and four iconic landmarks in the country: The National Palace, Perdana Putra, the Parliament building, and the Palace of Justice.

To witness these unique banknotes, individuals can visit the Bank Negara Malaysia’s Museum and Art Gallery, as well as its offices in Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, and Kuala Terengganu, where these exceptional displays are showcased.

Completion of MRSM Ranau: Pinnacle of Education in Malaysia

Perched amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the North West Coast Division of Sabah, the MARA Junior College of Science (MRSM) Ranau now stands tall as the highest MRSM in Malaysia. This educational landmark, nestled in the lap of natural diversity and rich cultural heritage, has been meticulously made to cater to the promising young minds of Sabah and Ranau, fostering an ideal setting for their academic pursuits.

Completed through a collaborative effort between the State Government, Petronas, and MARA, the 30-acre campus represents a significant milestone. The project, initiated in October 2017 under the stewardship of the former Chief Minister, Tan Sri Musa Aman, reflects a shared commitment to nurturing educational excellence in the state.

Designed with a main focus on cultivating interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), the college endeavors to nurture a new generation of skilled professionals in STEM-related fields. Anticipated to accommodate 450 students, the campus boasts its facilities including academic blocks, science laboratories, hostels, multipurpose hall, sports facilities, living quarters for educators, and a surau.

MRSM Ranau serves as a beacon of hope, aims to empower young learners and pave the way for a brighter future for the students.