Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
So what is Ramadhan without "bazaar"? I am sure everyone would agree that "bazaar Ramadhan" is a must-go place for food hunters especially during the month of Ramadhan. When most of Parit Raja community will flock to the "bazaar Ramadhan" at the pekan itself, there is another choice to go that is at UTHM main campus which is located at Dataran Masjid parking.
With varieties of food offer from various stalls available, you can expect dish like nasi kerabu (traditional Kelantanese rice with various condiments like salad, smoked beef and fish sauce(budu), nasi lemak, laksa and varieties of traditional kueh as well as other local favourites. Plus all that you can also expect a warm welcome form the sellers! So put "bazaar Ramadhan UTHM" in your list for those who are always hungry for more.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
At the UTHM Mosque this morning, some volunteers were busy preparing bubur lambuk (rice porridge) that will given away after the Asar prayer today. So come early to get it. However, if you don't get your share, you can always come back next Wednesday.
The wet condition however has not dampened the spirit of Ramadhan among the Muslims in here. Life goes on as usual with the fasting during the day and tarawikh prayer and tadarus (recitation) of Quran every night at mosques and suraus around this place.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Meanwhile, there are also several banners seen in the town announcing distribution of free bubur lambuk on the 16 and 17 August in front of the CIMB building beginning at 2.30 pm. The banner says that thie event is jointly-organised by the Seri Gading Member of Parliament, Parit Raja State Assemblyman and Skuad Sayang of the Womans' Movement of Seri Gading UMNO. So come early to get your share or you will have to line up in a long queue.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
The month of Ramadhan marks the return of Bazaar Ramadhan to many places around the country including Parit Raja. In the heart of this small town, there are two notable areas where people throng to buy food to break their fast. The bigger bazaar spot is in front of the Kompleks Niaga Parit Raja food court while the other one is along Jalan Besar in front of the shop lots building. There are many types of food available ranging from western food to traditional Malay cuisines.
Meanwhile, canopies are also seen erected in front of the CIMB building. It is believed that the canopies will be rented out to traders selling dry items such as attires, accessories and also dry food such as all kinds of kerepek, a sort of traditional Malay crisps which is widely produced in cottage industries in many parts of Parit Raja. Business in this area however usually only starts operating in the second half of Ramadhan.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
In conjunction with the Students Activity Carnival which started on 6th August until 10th August 2010, the Anti-Corruption Secretariat of UTHM organizes an 'Anti-Corruption Debate Competition'. The competition is opened to all teams representing residential colleges at the University. Teams representing Tun Dr Ismail Residential College and Non-Residential Students made it to the final stage of the debate competition. The motion of the final round, which took place on 8th August, was 'Corruption Practice in the Country is at a Worrying Level'.
The Opposition team, 'Non-Residential Students'
The sole Chinese participant in the debate competition
There were 9 judges led by Miss Ng Wee Fern of the Students' Affairs Unit (HEP). The winner of the debate competition will be announced tonight (9th August 2010) at DTII during the closing ceremony of the carnival. Based on the performance of both teams, it was a very close fight between them. The judges must have had a tough time in choosing the winner. If you want to know which team will emerge victorious and win the Vice Chancellor Trophy, come over to TDII Hall tonight at 8:30pm to find out.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
The rakyat wasted no chance to shake hands and took photos with Sultan Ibrahim who in turn sportingly mixed around and chatted with them. HRH and his princes were later ushered to a nearby royal tent for a light refreshment.
Kembara Mahkota Johor Phase II is scheduled to begin today. This 3-day-777km expedition, led by the Sultan of Johor, HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, will see the entourage riding on motorbikes visiting several districts in Johor. This will include Pontian, Batu Pahat, Muar, Ledang, Kluang and Mersing. Apart from the Royal family, the expedition will also be accompanied by the heads of departments and the media.
The expedition is expected to make a brief 15 minute stop at Parit Raja at around 11.45 am before heading to Syarikat Air Johor, Sri Gading. ParitRajaDaily team will post more stories and pictures later.
Friday, August 6, 2010
There was a massive traffic congestion along Jalan Batu Pahat-Seri Gading at around 5.30 pm this evening. As it was the time people were going home from their workplace, bumper-to-bumper crawl could be seen from Pura Kencana housing area to the Road Transport Department (RTD) Station at Seri Gading. The traffic jam was due to a road block by the RTD who were most probably looking for errant motorists. Several officers from the National Anti Drug Agency (AADK) were also seen nearby. Perhaps they were also investigating drug-related cases.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
The content in Parit Raja Daily now not only can be read but also can be listened to thanks to the Odiogo application. This allows readers to read as well listen to English words. This adds value to the portal as it can serve as a source for learning pronunciation of English vocabularies.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Parit Raja Daily, a news portal meant for the residence of Parit Raja, Batu Pahat Johor, is slowly capturing the attention of netizens around the world. As this entry was written, the portal has received almost 500 hits. True to its tag line, "By the locals, for the global audience" it is not only viewed by Malaysians but also people from Perth, Australia, the USA, the UK, Ireland as well as from the Asia Pacific Region.
With the growing number of writers (currently there are 11 writers in the team), this news portal will surely try to update and provide its readers with the latest happenings in this small town of Parit Raja. More people from different backgrounds and agencies (private and government) have also expressed their intention to become the writers.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Parit Raja Daily has been receiving some thumb-ups from the visitors to its booth during this festival. Some prominent academicians in the University namely Assoc. Prof Dr Hussain Othman and Prof. Dr. Zarar Mohd Jenu expressed their confidence that the news portal will be a hit especially among the locals. The latter also jokingly suggested that to increase traffic, the portal should contain 'juicy' and controversial news such as scandals, secret love affairs etc. Well, Prof. the news team can take that into consideration.
Parit Raja Daily is a blog-based news portal for the residence of Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia. The portal serves as a platform for school children, university students, school teachers, university staff and lecturers, government and private agencies as well as the public at large to share news that take place around the Parit Raja area. In other words, the portal is an example of the practise of community journalism for this place. It also aims to provide a space and encourage writing in English language among the locals about this small but rapidly developing town.
Community journalism is locally oriented, news coverage that typically focuses on city neighborhoods, individual suburbs or small towns, rather than metropolitan, state, national or world news.
Community tend to cover subjects which usually larger and established news media do not, such as students on the honour roll at the local schools, school sports, crimes such as vandalism, zoning issues and other details of community life. Sometimes dismissed as "chicken dinner" stories, such "hyperlocal" coverage often plays a vital role in building and maintaining neighborhoods. As such, Parit Raja Daily aims to provide a platform for the locals to write in English language and therefore creating a ‘local-flavoured’ information source written in the language.
Potential partnerships can be forged with many parties especially around the localities. These include businesses that want to advertise their products and services, industries that want to advertise job vacancies and learning institutions that want to inform the public about their activities. Government agencies such as the Police Department and Health Department can also convey the information through this news portal.
Monday, August 2, 2010
UTHM will be organising the Research and Innovation Festival 2010 on 3-5 August at the Dewan Tunku Ibrahim Ismail and Dewan Terbuka UTHM. The festival will showcase researches and innovations by UTHM academic staff and students. Admission is free.