REFSA Quarterly Issue 1, 2016: Public Transport Matters
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Facebook IconJanuary 13, 2017 at 1:49 pm

Lam Choong Wah, penyelidik kanan Institut Kajian Kemajuan Sosial (Refsa) berkata, perkara sama pernah dilakukan kuasa barat lain, contohnya Britain dan Amerika Syarikat.

Bagaimanapun, Lam berkata kapal selam China di Lautan Hindi lebih mudah mencetuskan kebimbangan, tidak seperti kapal selam kuasa barat.

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Apa istimewanya kapal selam China 'berehat' di Malaysia?

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Seorang penganalisis pertahanan berkata banyak negara masih belum selesa dengan kuasa China, tidak seperti kuasa barat yang hegemoninya sudah biasa dilihat.

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Facebook IconJanuary 3, 2017 at 8:40 am

Fascinating content on urban sprawl in the United States from National Geographic. #urbanissues

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Northern Virginia Housing Development, Wallpaper, Download, Photos -- National Geographic

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See a photo of a Northern Virginia housing development near farmland and download a free desktop wallpaper from National Geographic.

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Facebook IconDecember 19, 2016 at 10:56 am

"By failing to take a leadership position on mobility apps, cities are ceding valuable ground and data to private companies who are most interested in their bottom line.

The result is a huge missed opportunity to upgrade urban transportation networks by making them more unified."

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The Most Important Transportation Innovation of the Decade Is the Smartphone

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So why don't cities and transit agencies take more advantage of it?

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Facebook IconDecember 13, 2016 at 9:47 am

"In a large, continuing study of upward mobility based at Harvard, commuting time has emerged as the single strongest factor in the odds of escaping poverty. The longer an average commute in a given county, the worse the chances of low-income families there moving up the ladder.

The relationship between transportation and social mobility is stronger than that between mobility and several other factors, like crime, elementary-school test scores or the percentage of two-parent families in a community.."

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Transportation Emerges as Crucial to Escaping Poverty

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The effect of transportation on social mobility is stronger than factors like crime, test scores or the percentage of two-parent families.

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Facebook IconDecember 6, 2016 at 10:04 am

A fascinating piece from Greg Clark in Guardian Cities on #globalisation and the proliferation of #cities.

"One important lesson to be drawn from the early waves of urbanisation and the long distance activities of cities is that prized assets and luxury possessions have often been drivers of interconnection and collaboration."

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How cities took over the world: a history of globalisation spanning 4,000 years

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From bronze-age Iraq’s market-driven cities to the riches of Antwerp to the tech revolution in India, Greg Clark identifies the many waves of urban globalisation

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Facebook IconNovember 29, 2016 at 10:23 am

Despicable!

"The migrants also say that their salaries were not received on time, leaving them unable to buy food or send money home to their families."

#defendlabourrights

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Workers for McDonald's in Malaysia say they were victims of labour exploitation

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Migrant workers employed through labour supply firm allege they were deceived about wages, cheated of payments and had passports confiscated unlawfully

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Facebook IconNovember 28, 2016 at 11:06 am

"The 20th century and the start of the 21st have seen urban renewal schemes that try to remove disorder from cities, ranging from slum clearances and construction of modernist housing estates post-war, to recent renewal schemes in social housing that build on Oscar Newman’s ‘defensible space’ principles to provide safer and more controlled urban areas, removing any space that could lead to antisocial behaviour. But removing disorder from urban environments can result in overplanned places with no vitality that disencourage social interaction or spontaneous activities. Sociologist Richard Sennett, in his first book The Uses Of Disorder (1970), said “certain kinds of disorder need to be increased in city life”, so people become more tolerant of difference and are better prepared to face the unexpected. He criticised modern planning for creating over-rigid environments. Today such schemes still aim to remove disorder from neighbourhoods."

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Can planners design disorder? | The Planner

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Planning tends towards order and rigidity. But a little "positive disorder" can generate informal, people-friednly spaces that ar emore widely used, says Pablo Sendra

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Facebook IconNovember 22, 2016 at 10:05 am

"To walk in the city at night is to extemporise. It is an escape from the interdictions of daily life; an exaltation of endless discovery and joy in being alive, attuned and attentive to the immediate surroundings. In whichever of these ways appeals to you, before the sun rises again, the nocturnal city awaits you."

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'When streets become supernatural': the joy of walking in cities at night

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With technology whittling away at our attention spans, our sense of place is vanishing. In an extract from his new book, Nick Dunn explains how a simple night-time stroll can help us to profoundly reconnect with our surroundings

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November 18, 2016 at 2:18 pm

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#WhatToReadThursday Student Activism in Malaysia, Meredith L. Weiss — Dissecting the evolution of student activism in Malaysia from the pre-Merdeka era to 2010, the writer argues that the apparent apathy of present-day Malaysian students — and Malaysians in general — is not natural, but is the result of systematic depoliticization by the state. 🇲🇾

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Malaysia is a seafaring state; the sea connects us to the world and we thrive largely because of sea trade. The sea also provided invading lanes for Portugal, the Netherlands, Britain, and Japan to conquer and colonise Peninsular and East Malaysia. The sea dictates the rise and fall of Malaysia.

However, we usually overlook the significance of the sea to Malaysia and take for granted the economic wealth we generate from it.

The Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) has gifted REFSA's Chairman with its publication "Malaysia's Maritime Realm Atlas." It has maps and insights for maritime researchers, analysts, and enthusiasts.

The atlas consists of nine parts:

Part 1 : Introduction
Part 2 : Maritime Jurisdictional Limits: Commentary and Maps
Part 3 : Geographical Settling and Ocean Basin Environment : Commentary and Maps
Part 4 : Traffic Monitoring and Maritime Safety : Commentary and Maps
Part 5 : Marine Parks, Protected Zones and Marine Resources : Commentary and Maps
Part 6 : Major Commercial Ports of Malaysia, Sea Lanes : Commentary and Maps
Part 7 : Glossary of Malay Words
Part 8 : Plates
Part 9 : Appendices

Part 9 is a comprehensive collection of primary sources about the maritime boundary delimitation of Malaysia, such as the 1958 No. 1517 Overseas Territories : The North Borneo (Definition of Boundaries) Order in Council, the 1958 No. 1518 Overseas Territories : The Sarawak (Definition of Boundaries) Order in Council, and the Treaty Between the Republic of Indonesia and Malaysia on Determination of Boundary Lines of Territorial Waters of the Two Nations at the Strait of Malacca.

This atlas is available for public use at the Library For Social Democracy.

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Facebook IconNovember 15, 2016 at 1:31 pm

#onlyinJapan, literally- Japanese efficiency is unparalleled.

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Japan fixes vast Fukuoka city sinkhole – in two days

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The 30 metre hole was repaired in 48 hours, although health and safety checks delayed the reopening

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Facebook IconNovember 15, 2016 at 9:57 am

"#Urbanisation drives #innovation and productivity. More #ideas are exchanged with proximity and #connectivity." - World Bank Malaysia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saw0_tJ__-c

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Transforming Urban Transport, Transforming Malaysia

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Malaysia’s rapid urbanization has led to increased levels of road congestion. Improving urban transportation is essential to reducing the high costs of traff...

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Facebook IconNovember 14, 2016 at 4:55 pm

A piece by REFSA's Senior Fellow on the Prime Minister's recent trip to China and its implications on national defence.

"When #China was deemed a backward and poor country many decades ago, it was nothing more than a source of ideological and revolutionary threats. There was no need for #Malaysia to pay attention to a China which could barely offer us anything, rather, it anticipated our economic assistance instead.

However, things have changed rapidly. After China embarked on a profound socio-economic reform agenda under the rule of second-generation Chinese ‘core leader’ Deng Xiaoping, it is now Malaysia which looks to China for offers."

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Of Littoral Mission Ships deal and Najib’s visit to China

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COMMENT | Parliament and the auditor-general are the best authorities to safeguard these deals.

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November 11, 2016 at 3:40 pm

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Facebook IconNovember 10, 2016 at 11:34 am

"The way cities grow should not be dictated by private interests, but by the government, which can identify the best places for development – to minimise transport distances and allow great parks to be created. Government intervention in land is crucial for the creation of good cities.

Wherever possible, we must protect the principal of the public good prevailing over private interests – meaning the power of “eminent domain” should be imposed frequently. It is crucial to maintain control of the land, and to be able to acquire land or buildings to public spaces, parks, roads and housing projects for the city."

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A bus in a traffic jam? It's as unjust as it once was not to allow women to vote

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For Bogotá’s mayor, the way cities are planned is fundamental to their residents’ future happiness. As the UN’s third Habitat conference kicks off in Ecuador, the Colombian politician tells the Guardian radical intervention is the only answer

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November 8, 2016 at 10:07 am

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Facebook IconNovember 4, 2016 at 10:29 am

"The traditional policy responses to congestion—build more roads and expand public transport—are too expensive for these cash-strapped times. Hence the appeal to urban planners of the idea of travellers combining existing mass-transit schemes with a growing variety of private services. It offers a way to attract private capital into “public” transport. By enabling a closer link between supply and demand it will make mass transport more efficient. Congestion at peak hours will fall as travellers are diverted from crowded routes to less-packed ones; varying prices by time of day could help here, too."

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It starts with a single app

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Combining old and new ways of getting around will transform transport—and cities, too

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Facebook IconOctober 31, 2016 at 9:00 am

REFSA quoted on Malaysiakini:

However, Lam, who is senior fellow at Research for Social Advancement (Refsa), pointed to Malaysia’s current predicament – that it is running out of money.

“So he (Najib) needs big projects. These kind of projects cannot be provided by the US and can only be provided by China.

“That’s why he goes to China to lobby for more investment for Malaysia,” Lam told Malaysiakini.

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Is Najib taking advantage of US-China power struggle amid 1MDB scandal?

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Analysts weigh in on the PM's power play between the two superpowers.

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Facebook IconOctober 30, 2016 at 9:00 am

REFSA quoted on Reuters:

"Malaysia could buy up to 10 of the littoral mission ships at a cost of approximately 300 million ringgit ($71.43 million) each, said Lam Choong Wah, senior fellow at REFSA, a Malaysia research institute. He is also the author of a book on Malaysian military capability.

"The truth is we could have bought these from a number of countries. But China is the only country that has provided political support for Malaysia during the 1MDB scandal. This is payback for that political support."

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Malaysia to buy navy vessels from China in blow to U.S.

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Malaysia will sign a contract to purchase Littoral Mission Ships from China when Prime Minister Najib Razak visits Beijing next week, according to a Facebook posting by the country's Ministry of Defence.

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October 29, 2016 at 6:21 pm

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October 28, 2016 at 10:42 pm

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#WhatToReadThursday Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, Jeffrey D. Sachs — Focusing on environmental decay, rapid population growth, poverty, and politics hindering global cooperation, this book assesses looming crises and offers sustainable remedies. 🌏

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Facebook IconOctober 25, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Amazing. An inspiring story from #Pakistan. #wastemanagement

"With her "team of environmentalists", Latif devises ways of using rubbish to create houses, water reservoirs, fodder for livestock and instant compost.

""This hasn't been easy," she says. "I realised I had to dedicate my whole life to it. Once you commit, you can't back out.""

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The woman turning rubbish into homes in Pakistan

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Facebook IconOctober 24, 2016 at 11:59 am

Menyifatkan cadangan belanjawan kelmarin sebagai belanjawan menguncup, felo kanan di Kajian Kemajuan Sosial (Refsa) Lam Choong Wah menyorot perhatian FMT kepada peruntukan Bajet 2017 yang kurang RM2 bilion berbanding 2016.

“Anggaran pengurusan terjejas besar, misalnya RM1.8 bilion telah dikurangkan daripada segi pengurusan.

“Logistik, latihan dan operasi 3 perkhidmatan ATM (darat, laut dan udara) akan terjejas juga. Ini telah dicerminkan dalam bajet,” katanya kepada FMT semalam.

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Pembangunan ketenteraan terjejas jika peruntukan dijerut

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Penguncupan Bajet 2017 akan menjejaskan logistik, latihan dan operasi tentera darat, tentera laut dan udara, kata penganalisis

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