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Links – the National Flower of Malaysia edition

Saturday April 11th, 2009 by fathersez


Our national flower. Bright red and so pretty. 

Our national flower is the hibiscus, called Bunga Raya or Grand Flower. The five-petaled Bunga Raya (Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis) has been Malaysia’s national flower since 1960. Symbolically, the five petals of the bunga raya represent the “Five Principles of Nationhood” – Malaysia’s national philosophy in strengthening national unity and tolerance while the red colour represents courage.

The flower can be found throughout the country and parts of the Bunga raya’s shrub have medicinal and cosmetic uses.

I can only remember seeing the bright red flowers when I was young. Now with the advance of bud grafting etc., there are varieties in a myriad of colours. 

See here for some fascinating shots of the varieties of Bunga Raya that abound in our country.   

FMF outlined the steps he took to challenge the assessment on his home’s taxes. I must admire his methodical approach. Though he did not get all he wanted, the fact that this act is even possible will astonish any Malaysian. Here, the local Authorities give us a take it or leave it choice.  

CFLiew has signed up to become an organ donor. As he says, our bodies rot and become just a bundle of bones after a few months, so why not give away our organs to someone and do a world of good. This is a difficult decision to make for many people and I congratulate Liew for his noble and selfless act. 

WiseBread wrote about the launch of the Tata Nano, the world’s cheapest car. I am sure the car will do well in India and in most other places. My most uncomfortable driving on the road experiences were in India and I hope the stripping of the safety features does not result in more accidents. 

Chris gives his reasons why he prefers bookstores and cafes over his office. I agree with him completely. I love having meetings in coffee shops. It’s so informal and incidentally, we can’t sit there forever. There are also less interruptions.

Looks like Starbucks might be a reincarnation of something that has existed since a 100 years ago. Look at what the Malaysian Life has dug up.

KC Lau, one of Malaysia’s most known, if not THE best known PF blogger has just released an eBook, eMoney Tips April 2009 edition. This eBook is a group effort coordinated by KC. I contributed an article to this maiden edition. KC is planning to make this a monthly affair. I plan to be a regular contributor.  

Congratulations again, KC! 

One review of the book has already been posted. 

I found this visual guide to the fall of General Motors fascinating. We, a country of 27 million people, have 4 companies that produce so called national cars. Buyers of these cars get preferential tax breaks and duties on other cars are jacked up to make them expensive. Now that even GM, nay even Toyota and Honda are feeling the pinch, I wonder how long would our so called national car companies be around. I think the management of these companies should have a look at this visual guide.  

That’s it for this week, folks. Have a great, happy and productive weekend.

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