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  1. Making money from misery (ill health): Now there is a scare over poisoned eggs in Europe. China rejected our birds nest. Before that, Singapore rejected out veg. Yet, we rarely hear of domestic crackdowns on local or imported food. What about the tainted beef from Brazil. Is US beef any better – free from mad cow disease?

    A few years ago, Bolehland legalised imports of propretary, GMO soya. Despite the resistance of Codex Alimentarius, WHO condemned GMO as a strong carcinogen about a year ago. The dangers include not just the food molecules but unidentified microbes and especially the proprietary herbicide used. It penetrates the edible part of produce, and is unaffected by washing and cooking. The resulting diseases include birth defects, cancer, kidney failure. Even governments that prohibit GM crops overlook the misuse of glyphosate to wither the leaves of crops just before harvest – for wheat, oats, barley, peas, canola, beans, peas, lentils, fruits, sugar cane. It is also used in pastures and gardens.

    A “neighbouring country” exports chicken feed that contains arsenic – a common additive in the industry. Is it banned here?

    What proactive steps have been taken? What are the avenues and benefits for those with entrenched disabilities including the autistic, physically crippled and bed-ridden? There is only cheap talk of a “caring society,” duties of parents/children, etc. The consumer associations except for CAP only issue vague statements from time to time.

    I don’t consider these to be progress: insurance, medical “schemes”, private hospitals, medical tourism, kidney specialists, dialysis centres, exorbitant medicines displacing off-patent ones, government-funded research for the benefit of private business.

  2. The ugly truth of an open immigration policy in Sweden:
    What Is Sweden Trying to Hide?
    Donald Trump recently cited Sweden as an example of the dangers of open borders. While the media did their best to paint him as an idiot and maniac, widespread riots seemed to verify the President’s statement. Sweden repeatedly states that everything is fine internally, but riots and the burning of property don’t usually happen with content populations.

    What is really happening?

    • Germany and Sweden are cold countries – very cold for people from hot countries. Is the mass migration across mulriple seas and borders to these specific destinations accidental or casual? For the last stretch into Sweden from Finland, enterpreneurs even provided bicycles for hire; the immigrants left them at the destination.

      As for the riots, though Sweden followed EU rules in accepting the immigrants, they could only provide minimum help – very expensive in a cold country. Moreover, the later are culturally alien, abrasive and unused to the independent lifestyle. So, just as in Germany, some of them realised they had been misled. Their response was to riot.

  3. FREE ADMISSION! Due to limited seats, registration is encouraged.
    Kindly register your interest at this link.

    Penang In Asia – Affirmative Action & Human Rights
    by Penang Institute

    Thu, March 2, 2017 / 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM MYT
    Penang Institute, Jalan Brown, George Town, Pulau Pinang

    * What are the human rights arguments for and against AA?
    * What are the relevant categories to identify marginalisation and introduce
    * What are the policy scopes suitable for AA?
    * Under what circumstances AA will cease to be effective or viable? What are
    the alternatives?

    Judge Navi Pillay will be joined by three panellists after her lecture for
    further discussion and insights. They are:

    Dr. Muhammed Abdul Khalid (Chief Economist, DM Analytics)
    Mr. Wan Saiful Wan Jan (CEO of IDEAS)
    Tan Sri Simon Sipaun (Former State Secretary of Sabah)

    Moderator: Dr. Wong Chin Huat (Fellow and Head of Political Social Analysis,
    Penang Institute)


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