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Budding artists, unlike tomorrow#8217;s scientists, are often left untended until someone like respected artist-art educator Choong Kam Kow comes along. He tells VERONICA SHUNMUGAM of the long path of learning and discovery he took to become an artist and teacher.
Concluding our look at the state of begging in the country, MARSHA TAN visits a place where beggars, the homeless and those with no place to go are sent.
As a king without a kingdom, the Maharawal of Jaisalmer in India now plays the role of a people#8217;s man, writes TERRY FRIEL.
Hugging steep mountain slopes and resembling giant steps leading to heaven, the ancient rice terraces of Luzon in the Philippines have earned themselves the name Stairway to the Sky. Painstakingly carved out from harsh terrain by Ifugao tribesmen thousands of years ago, the World Heritage Site has drawn many visitors but not the ones that matter most #8211; farmers to work the fields. Years of neglect and environmental degradation are threatening to destroy the spectacular structure.
THE last swathe of pristine forest in Kedah may soon succumb to helicopter logging if a project to harvest timber in the state gets under way. While the immediate economic gains may seem attractive, the environmental cost may just be too much. The Ulu Muda forest reserve which was earmarked for Phase One of the project, is not only rich in flora and fauna, but also serves as a vital water catchment area, providing water for the states of Penang, Perlis and Kedah. TAN CHENG LI reports.
The tilapia has been identified as one of the priority fish species by the National Economic Action Council to boost fish production.