Posted in Current Affair, Travel

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 56,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 21 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Posted in Current Affair, Opinion

MMM’s Everything is Possible : 2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 100,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Posted in Current Affair, Economy, Flora & Fauna, History, Life, MALAYSIA, Science & Technology

MR269; Malaysia New Padi Variety

MR 269

In conjunction with the launching of the Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Agro-Tourism International Show (MAHA International 2012) and the National Farmers, Breeders and Fishermen Day 2012 at the Malaysian Agricultural Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS), Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, launched a new padi variety MR 269 on 24th November 2012.

MR 269; Malaysia’s New Padi Variety

MR 269 is a new variety which has a better resistance against the leaf blast disease and pests in order to boost Malaysia’s rice production.  It’s said that MR 269 is possible to produce 9.9 MT per hectare.

MR 269 variety was a new strain developed by Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) which was suitable on land in the various rice bowl areas.

MR 269 rice


Posted in Current Affair, Johor, Life, MALAYSIA, Today's Photograph, Travel

Today’s Photograph : The New Johor State Assembly Building, Kota Iskandar

The New Johor state Assembly building featuring a combination of Moorish and Andalusian architecture

Kota Iskandar (Johor state new administrative centre) is a 320-acre integrated development comprising Johor State and Federal Government offices, set amidst landscaped gardens and parks. Kota Iskandar’s milieu of state and federal government complexes within one area will contribute to facilitate the government machinery’s efficiency befitting the status of a modern and progressive administration. With improved facilities, connectivity and efficiency, the public sector administration will offer enhanced support to existing business within Nusajaya and to attracting companies that have greater positive impact on the economy and quality of life.

The components that will establish Kota Iskandar as the seat of Johor’s government are the Johor State Assembly, Chief Minister & State Secretary Complex, Dataran Mahkota Plaza and the State Government Departments Complex that will be completed during Phase 1. The development of the Federal Government Department Complex is scheduled for completion during Phase 3.

Kota Iskandar was launched by Johor Sultan Sultan Iskandar Ismail on 16 April 2009. Kota Iskandar will eventually house 76 state and federal agencies and have a total staff strength of more than 6,000. is a sprawling complex covering more than 130ha. It features a combination of Moorish and Andalusian architecture. The total development cost of Kota Iskandar is RM1.5bil and it will take several more years to be fully developed.


Posted in Current Affair

We are being monitored

According to some recent data obtained by WorldFutures, the USA is making a lot of efforts to woo Jakarta as one of its strategic partners in the SEA region and by such, putting it under strong US influence altogether. The reason for it is not only the appropriate geo-strategic location of the country and its rich natural resources, but its great authority over ASEAN countries as well as over the Muslim world and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) specifically.



The U.S. offered at least 5 Radars to Indonesia , to be installed within the Malacca Straits vicinity. An article posted in the Indonesian Embassy website (in U.S.) says in order to support maritime security in South East Asia, the US government had provided five reconnaissance radars to be installed by Indondesia along the Malacca Strait.



The five radars were still in the process of being installed (as of February 2008)and would be part of the Integrated Maritime Surveillance Sytem (IMSS). Indonesia itself had installed four radars in the Malacca Strait.



The radar equipment already installed in Indonesia has a really wide range of abilities. It can take observations not only over Indonesia itself but also over the whole Malacca Straits region, which means the U.S. can monitor Malaysia right from Indonesian soil.



Posted in Art & Culture, Current Affair, Islam, MALI, Mopti

President Toure and Prince Aga Khan in Mopti : THE GREAT MOSQUE REGAIN ITS MAGNIFICIENT

Prince Aga Khan IV

The Great Mosque Mopti, whoich has been restored has been listed as National Heritage in 2005.

Yesterday 24th April 2008, Aga Khan IV was in Mali to visit two Great National Heritage Mosques.  Prince Aga Khan visited Grand Mosque in Mopti and later to Dyingery Ber Mosque in Timbuktu.  Both great mosques are part of National Heritage as declared by UNESCO in 2005.

Prince Aga Khan IV

Grand Mosque Mopti

The Great Mosque Mopti, was built between 1936 and 1943 on the site of an earlier mosque dating from 1908.  The mosque was restored and funded by Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) began its restoration in 2004.  The work lasted two years.  The restoration of the Great Mosque was made using traditional techniques of using mud.

These activities are part of the overall framework of the Aga Khan Development Network and the Aga Khan Agency for microfinance in Mali.