Lake Diving at Tasik Puteri, Bukit Besi with Scuba Dobedo Divers

So, I went lake diving again. This time, a change of scene. Instead of my regular playground at Saujana Putra Lake, I went to explore Tasik Puteri, Bukit Besi at Dungun with Scuba Dobedo Divers. It was a quickie weekend trip from Kuala Lumpur to Dungun, Terengganu.

We started our journey after working hour on Friday evening and reached our accomodation in Kelab Golf Bukit Besi just before midnight, and here’s giving you a glimpse on how our room at Kelab Golf Bukit Besi looks like.

I was booked into a triple share room where I shared it with my husband and son. It’s pretty much a basic room, but very spacious and comfortable to stay in. There are no entertainment unit in the room; eg- TV, but that is understandable cuz this is a golf club, and it doesn’t make sense to have a TV in the room when most of the guests are golfers and stays out playing golf all day and only return to the room to rest afterwards.

Here’s my view in the morning, accompanied by chirping birds. The scene is very serene, isn’t it?

Day 1- Diving spot: The Slipway

I did some Taichi practice in the morning before heading to breakfast, and our dive commence at about 9.30am.

Gearing up is done by the shore.There are no changing room whatsoever near our first diving spot, so if you’re diving here, it would be best if you wear your diving attire first thing after taking your breakfast. Sure, you can change by the lake shore if you don’t mind joggers giving you an eyeful, but if totally recommend you to get change first before heading there. Alternatively, you can bring a pop up changing tent so that you can get change by the shore.

Lake diving squad for the weekend

We did a quick shore entry at The Slipway

This is the best lake I’ve dive in so far.

I was expecting a limited visibility dive, as most lake I’ve been before kinda lacking in the visibility department, but apparently it’s not. The Vis was about 8-10m.

I was armed with two torch and a knife as I usually would whenever I go for a lake dive.

But ended up I didn’t even have to use the torch to see at all. It was an easy and extremely leisurely dive for me and I can tell you that I’d probably be back for more in the nearest future. I enjoyed the dive immensely.

This particular dive spot at Tasik Puteri is called ‘The Slipway’. The site features a couple of car wrecks, a submerged house, tree roots and an abandoned railway. We didn’t managed to find the submerged house and railway, but we did manage to see the car wrecks.

So is this suitable for Open Water Divers? Yes it is. And I’d say it’s a good training ground for those who are doing Open Water and Rescue or specialty courses as well. I recommended for those who like freshwater diving to try this spot at least once.

I have this habit of hunting for stuff and picking up rubbish whenever I go diving, so this is my loot during my most recent trip; a couple of plastic bottles, food containers and some plastic trash.

I forgot to get my mesh bag, but luckily our guide have one so I didn’t have to let the rubbish remains in the lake. Special thanks to Yin Chao for helping me carry all the rubbish while we’re diving and helping me dispose them afterwards.

People, please stop littering and throwing things into the lake or the sea while you’re having picnic. These stuff don’t belong in the sea or lake, okay??? I found loads while diving in both sea and lakes and this stuff is endless. If I get paid to pick up the rubbish in the sea and lake while diving, I have no doubt I can be a rich woman in just one week. Will you please just stop?

I bet there are more from where these are coming from. I think the next round I’ll make it my personal mission to find more rubbish around the area and get it out of there. Next round can be my lake clean up dive.

One for the album. Happy faces during the lake dive trip.

More pictures from my diving trip last weekend. This was taken during our second dive at Tasik Puteri, Bukit Besi in Dungun.

I have yet to dig for underwater pictures from the GoPro, so I’m just gonna share these pictures pics taken by my Shi Jie first. Pretty, ain’t it?

The water was crystal clear in shades of blue, and one can easily mistaken the picture for a picture in the sea. Again, it was an easy dive for me.

The weather was good on the surface and wasn’t windy, so there were no current down there. This is a clean dive site and no trash was spotted underwater. But there are some at the shore.

Buoyancy control is crucial over here cuz you can easily kick silts up and create a storm of clouds, but wasn’t a limited visibility dive. No torch was necessary to dive here during the day, just like the first dive site at The Slipway and I can see my buddies around me easily for about 8-10m, and my guide made me lead the dive for a little at the end and and we did some simple navigation practice with the compass before ending the dive.

This site features plenty of slopes, tree roots and grasses near the shore, and again, I can say it can be a great training ground for Open Water Divers or those taking courses. Highly recommended for those who would like to practice skills but hated the pool like me. Yes…I kinda hate the pool with a vengeance. I can’t stand the crowd and the cold pool temperature, so I avoid the pool like a plague unless I’m taking course and is training.

If this place is near Kuala Lumpur, you’d probably spot me lugging the tank pretty often to Tasik Puteri for a weekly weekend dive. Tsk. I’m just so sad now I won’t be able to go to this place often cuz it’s far from Kuala Lumpur.

Day 2- Historical Tour

The second day is practically a non diving day if you choose not to proceed to Tenggol after your lake dive.

So what did we do? We visited the the Bukit Besi Museum and go for the Heritage Tour by bus.

Visit to the museum is not included in the Scuba Dobedo Divers Lake Dive package, but here’s the rate if you’re interested to visit.

Opening hours of the museum

There are plenty of educational exhibits here that tells the history of iron ore mining in Bukit Besi.

If you’re ever here, I’d recommend you to go for the museum first before signing up for heritage tour. That way, you’d have more insights on what it’s all about.

Bukit Besi Heritage tour with my Shi Jie and family.

Our tourguide Ms. Wazie Ab Hamid, guiding us throughout the entire heritage tour.

This is a part of Scuba Dobedo Divers
Tasik Puteri Lake Dive trip’s package and we’re supposed to join the tour with other divers, but only 4 of us ended up going together cuz the rest either had to rush back to KL for work or went off diving in Tenggol.

I skipped Tenggol in favour of this, and I’m glad I opt for this instead of continuing to dive in Tenggol. Everywhere is fullhouse in Tenggol anyway and can’t manage to make arrangements to dive there. 😅

You know, family is not always by blood or by marriage, but those who comes into your life and be there for you during your toughest times.It’s been a real privilege for me to have my Shi Jie in my life. Last year’s lockdown was mainly bearable because of both her and my Laoshi accompanying me.

Anyway, back to the heritage tour.

The tour took about 1hr 30 min. It’s a very interesting tour and we learned quite a few things about iron ore mining today.

All things considered, I’m really glad I opt for the heritage tour instead.I had so much fun with them, and hopefully one day can be back there for a repeated experience. We weren’t dressed for hiking, so we kinda skipped some checkpoints.

So, did I enjoy my time there in Dungun? Yes, of course. Do I want a repeated experience? Yes, definitely.. hopefully one day I will go again.

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Al-Issa and the Addressing of Ummah from Arafat to Kuala Lumpur

This year, one million pilgrims are looking forward to the Day of Arafa, the day of the Great Hajj, in which millions of Muslims will be listening to the sermon on the Day of Arafa in their languages on television, and whereby His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, Secretary-General of the Muslim World League, will address for the first time at the stage of Arafat, the podium of the Messenger of Allah and the companions as well as those who followed them in goodness from the seniors and the leading scholars of the Ummah.

Al-Issa’s sermon at the Nimrah Mosque that will be heard by a million pilgrims, is to present his scientific and advocacy effort in this immortal sermon.

And for Al-Issa to be an ambassador for the discourse of moderation extending from the pure stage of Arafat in the west to East Asia and from there to all over the world.
Sheikh Al-Issa, coming from a strong academic background on the field of Shariah, and then strengthened by high positions he assumed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, placed him as one of the shining figures of moderate Ulama and Fuqaha, not only at the level of Saudi Arabia and the Arab world, but of the world as a whole.

Sheikh Al-Issa gained, through his journeys as Minister of Justice and a member of the Council of Senior Ulama, which is considered the first fatwa reference in Saudi Arabia and many Muslims in the world, a lot of experiences besides his solid knowledge on Shariah that he received from the hands of senior Saudi Ulama, and made him combine the strength of knowledge and good skills of management, and qualified him to assume the position of Secretary-General of the Muslim World League.

Since Al-Issa gained this confidence in receiving this important and vital position, he took the League, which is based in Mecca Al-Mukarramah as its main headquarters, from its traditional framework of work to a broader and more welcoming horizon, and corrects many of the misconceptions that distorted the image of moderate Islam. Starting from its conferences in Umm Al-Qura to all parts of the world, east, west, north and south, he spreads the message of moderation and corrects a lot of misunderstandings that distorted the image of the Moderate Islam.

Sheikh Dr. Al-Issa, who, in addition to his duties as Secretary-General of the Muslim World League, also holds various positions, including the head of the Association of Muslim Ulama, and the President of the Association of Islamic Universities.

He also leads an Enlightening Project launched by the Kingdom for the world that aims to correct misunderstandings and present the true image of Islam that calls for coexistence, and put first dialogue as a means to perpetuate these understandings.

Dr. Muhammad Al-Issa emerged as an international official in charge of an international organization that handles issues of dialogue, coexistence and tolerance between religions, and between peoples and nationalities. The League and its affiliated organizations work on issues of dialogue, spreading moderation, humanitarian relief, and managing dialogue in global forums.
Sheikh Al-Issa, with his wisdom and foresight, realized the value of East Asia, the most important depth of the Islamic world, with its countries characterized by large populations and modern progress at all levels, and their peoples’ inclination towards moderate discourse and the exclusion of extremism and terrorism.
In fact, there have been several forums, conferences and symposia in this regard that had produced a positive and great impact, and perhaps the most important of them was the Forum: “Youth of Southeast Asia” that was called for by His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Muhammad Al-Issa, and then came out with important recommendations to enhance the role of youth in representing the tolerance of Islam and spreading Islam.
The role of the League was not limited to forums and dialogue conferences only, but extended to documenting Islamic history in the east of the yellow continent through the signing of the Muslim World League and the Biography of the Prophet Foundation in the Republic of Indonesia, an agreement to launch museums and exhibitions of the Prophet’s biography and Islamic civilization in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, as the first station of these museums that the League will adopt worldwide.
Perhaps among the latest contributions of the Muslim World League under the leadership of the venerable scholar Al-Issa is the Forum of Ulama of Southeast Asian, which was hosted by the Kingdom of Malaysia under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Bin Yaqoub, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Malaysia.
His Excellency Dr. Al-Issa’s speech came to confirm that this meeting is exceptional and extraordinary as it brought together Ulama, in countries that have importance and weight in the map of our Islamic world and the world at large, “which are the Southeast Asian countries.”
This important meeting was distinguished by the fact that it was in Malaysia, which, according to everyone’s testimony, is a model of harmony between all its religious and ethnic components.
This meeting will be a good opening for a permanent council whose Ulama meet from time to time under the global umbrella of the Islamic peoples, which is the Muslim World League, where its headquarters is in Mecca al-Mukarramah, under the patronage of the League.

One of the most important outcomes of this international conference was the approval of His Excellency the Prime Minister, Mr. Dato Seri Ismail Sabri bin Yaqoub, to establish this council in Kuala Lumpur, to sponsor it, and to open it for its first session next year.

The statement of the Kuala Lumpur Conference summarizes the policy of the League in the era of Al-Issa, which is based on the fact that human relations and human unity are based on innate human principles and love of security, peace, justice and equality.
And that all human beings must know that differences between them in terms of color, custom, belief, culture or religion are not a cause for differences and conflicts. Because we are all brothers in humanity and we like to play a role to maintain security and coexist peacefully in this world.
This is in fact a legitimate demand and one of the purposes of Sharia that must be supported and acted upon by all parts of the Islamic Ummah. The starting point of the discourse from Mecca to the Asian East was a sign of its value as an Islamic depth and a strategic starting point for a moderate discourse that fights fanaticism as well as extremism and establishes the values of coexistence, peace and love.

-Dr. Mohammed Gharawi
Saudi journalist based in Malaysia

Fundive Trip in Bidong Island with Big Blue World DC, Terengganu

So, you’re a scuba diver, but you’re married and with kids in tow. You’d like to dive, but it’s difficult to find a place that offers loads of fun to both divers and non-divers, so you ended up at home most of the time while the rest goes on diving trip everywhere. Listen up, buddies! If you’re like me; would like to dive but it’s inconvenient for you to just ditch your family, this is just the thing that you need.

I just found the dive centre that caters to both divers and non-divers divers alike; the Big Blue World DC, Terengganu. They usually organized scuba diving and freediving trips in Bidong and neighbouring islands around it. Located just about 5 minutes walk from Merang Waterfront Jetty, this is the one DC that I’ll recommend. One thing I would like to highlight about this dive centre is that apart from accomodating non-divers, they are special needs and differently-abled individuals friendly as well. And another brownie point? Big Blue World DC is pretty much flexible can customise trips for you upon request; eg- private weekday group trips. Now, that’s really cool, isn’t it?

I did 6 dives with Big Blue World DC and explored plenty of dive sites around Pulau Bidong&Merang areas. Here are some dive sites that we explored over the weekend;

-Bidong Underwater Gallery
-Pulau Karah
-UMT Christmas Ghost Wreck
-Pulau Yu Kecil
-Pulau Tengkorak

So, was it a yay or a nay? I must say that it’s really exciting. We did plenty of deep dive and drift dive, and I can tell you that it’s definitely an unforgettable adventure. But before I share with you my adventures, here’s sharing with you all about the Big Blue World DC first, in case you are curious about their facilities.First of all, it’s not exactly a high-end resort but more to a cozy place for divers to crash for the night during their diving trip. If you’re looking for some high end resort with full room service with bathtubs and jacuzzi in the room and whatnot, then forget this place. It’s not for you. If I were to describe it, I’d say it’s homey and comfy with above and beyond hospitality.

Big Blue World DC have 4 contena cabins turned into cozy rooms. These rooms can accommodate up to 3 pax each and each rooms are well equipped with clean bathroom+hot water shower and air cond. And yes, for all of you social media addicts out there, the DC does offer free WiFi, so no worries about being disconnected from the rest of the world during your trip.

The rooms are clean and cozy. Great for a family of 3 or a group of 3 each. My room was equipped with 1 queen sized bed and 1 single bed.

Towels are provided, along with extensions. So yay to that.

Bathroom ensuite, with hot water shower. But as a scuba diver, I won’t exactly recommend you to shower with hot water immediately after your scuba dives. You should know better what it does to your body.

What else do they offer apart from comfortable rooms? Well, there’s common areas for you to gather and chill and kitchen where you can cook your meals.

Free flow of hot drinks and tidbits in the common area.

You are welcome to use the kitchen to cook your meals, but you are required to clean up after yourselves or cleaning fees will be imposed. It’s absolutely convenient to prepare your own meals over here, there’s stove and refrigerator and stuff here but if you’re not into preparing your own meals during your holidays or diving trips, then just walk over to the restaurant in front of the dive centre or drive to the local restaurants nearby.

There’s also BBQ pit ready should you wish to have a BBQ night party, but this have surcharge as well if I’m not mistaken.

The DC offers equipment rental, so no worries if you don’t have any scuba gears with you. But if you do have own scuba gears with you and prefers to use your own gears during your dives, you’re welcome to store your equipments in their equipment room with no extra charges.

Place to clean your equipments after your dive is also available at your disposal.

Common toilet& shower room. This is for you to shower after your diving trip and wash off all the salty sea water and the sand before going into your room.

Those who prefers a quiet and laid back place should they go diving around Bidong Island and Merang areas, then this is the place you would wanna go. Now, enough about the dive centre. Here’s sharing with you the exciting part; the diving trip itself. There’s so much to tell, but I’d start by telling you that our trip is very special, as the trip caters to scuba divers, adaptive diver and snorkelers. It’s unlike any other trips that I used to join, where they usually accommodate divers only.

Diving Day 1

Breakfast is provided on diving days to ensure you’re full of energy for your dives, and we head out with the dive centre’s van as shuttle service is provided to the jetty. There’s no need to walk or drive to the jetty on your own.

We head out at about 8.30am in the morning.

The dive centre have 2 comfortable boats that can accommodate up to 12 pax each, and they can customize diving trips according to your timing and needs.

Pictures taken while I was diving last weekend with Big Blue World DC.

Dive no: 2
Dive site: Pulau Karah

Sorry, I have to start my story with this dive site. Our first dive was at Bidong Underwater Gallery, but I have no pictures of that cuz I did not bring any camera 😭. It was an excellent dive site, by the way.

The current at Pulau Karah was mild and we were drift diving along with the current. I’ll be honest with you, being someone who dives in the lake more than anything else, I was quite terrified when I was told that the current in the sea can be quite unpredictable and we’ll most likely be drift diving throughout our trip if the current is strong.

But once I’ve jumped in and started blowing bubbles, I discovered that drifting along with the current is extremely enjoyable and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Yes. I want to drift dive again. Preferably in every dive cuz it was not only exciting but terribly relaxing as well cuz you don’t even have to fin that much.

All you need to do is just drift along together with your buddies and you practically get to see just about everything in the dive site. It pretty much feels like a free train ride in the sea. All you need is just sit tight, and just enjoy the ‘ride’ with beautiful view. We dive for almost 1hr, and I still have more than half tank left by the end of the dive, cuz it was simply energy and air efficient. It’s perfect for lazy ass diver like me.

Special thanks to our guide and Instructor Figo for introducing drifting to me. You’re right. It’s really fun. And I’d do it again in the next opportunity presented to me.

Surface interval and lunch time at Bidong Island. One thing that I commend about Big Blue World DC is that lunch meals comes in a lunchbox instead of disposable plastic containers. That’s very thoughtful and environmental friendly.

Those who wish to do some snorkeling during lunchtime can do so at the jetty. I did some snorkeling with my son at the jetty and I can assure you that the underwater view at the jetty is breathtaking, with corals and loads of friendly fishes around. We proceeded to our third dive of the day after lunch.

Dive no: 3
Dive site: UMT Christmas Ghost Wreck

I have always wanted to see sunken ship wrecks, and this time, I was privileged enough to see not only one, but two of them at the same dive site.

There are two shipwrecks at this dive site and the ships were sunk at about 24-26m. I was abit nervous about the strong current and was watching my NDL closely. I’ve done 2 dives prior to this dive and I was diving conservative this time. I didn’t want to hit my NDL as it would be nasty if I have to perform a deco stop before ending the dive cuz my air wouldn’t be enough to complete my deco stop obligation on top of the safety stop at 5m since this is already a deep dive to begin with and air consumption is definitely alot more than my previous dive, which was a drift dive. I heard divecoms beeping from other divers in the group, but I’m glad mine didn’t til the end of the dive, despite ending the dive with just 50 bar of air to spare.

The vis was excellent. I can see the entire ship, but there’s no penetration cuz I’m not a trained wreck diver and I didn’t really explore at the bottom side of it. I tried to just maintain my depth at 22m and explored the ship from that depth, but even at 22m and above, the wrecks are mesmerising. It has become a habitat to all sorts of marine creatures and schooling fishes can be seen swimming around.

The ships has also become somewhat a home for beautiful white corals. I’m no coral expert, so I’m not sure what these white corals are called, so I’d appreciate if any of you out there can ID it for me. All I know is that the wrecks gives somewhat a wintry and Christmassy feel, with snow white corals everywhere on the wrecks around alongside with the strong current and cold temperature.

I’ve seen wrecks at other sites before, but not as big and as beautiful as this one. Hopefully this will not be my last shipwreck. 🙏

Diving Day 2

Again, after breakfast and loading up our gears into the van, we were shuttled over to the jetty where the boat awaits us to bring us to the dive sites. Our location for the day; Pulau Yu Kecil and Pulau Tengkorak.

Dive no: 4
Dive site: Pulau Yu Kecil

Here’s presenting to you the mesmerising Pulau Yu Kecil. Not quite a well known or overly commercialised dive site, so the ecosystem there remains quite untouched despite having spotted some old ghost nets lying around the site.

All things considered, this is the green lungs of the sea, people. It’s a huge green garden down there. Definitely a sight for sore eyes. The current was quite strong, hence we drift dive again instead of fighting the current when we were there.

Our world on the surface of the Earth could have been like this; surrounded by beautiful greens and being nourished by green lungs. Sadly, humans are overly populated and on top of that, greed and developments cleared out whatever green land there is in exchange of lifeless concrete jungle. It’s really a wonder that the surface human still does not realize why they’re getting more and more infertile, weaker, sicker, and plagued with all sorts of diseases year after year.

Dive no: 5
Dive site: Pulau Yu Kecil

Interesting thing that happened during this dive; an encounter with a horny, sex deprived Remora fish while we were minding our own business during our safety stop. Okay, okay. Maybe the Remora fish wasn’t sex deprived or even a pervert, but it did somewhat want to hitch a free ride by trying to latch onto our buddy Mamat Samad ‘s crotch.😂🙈🙈🤦

The fish was unprovoked, mind you. It simply appeared out of nowhere and starts checking us out one by one before getting really interested in Mamat. The Remora must have detached from it’s host somewhere and mistaken our buddy for a whaleshark or something. All of us had a good laugh when we got back into the boat after ending the dive, but looking back, it was really a close call. I can’t imagine what we would do if it really latched onto Mamat’s private part. Remoras are known to suck onto it’s host like crazy and won’t let go. What would we do if that happened? This is not something we learned during our certification course. Well, at least we didn’t learn this skill in our Open Water or Advanced Open Water course. Do we learn how to detach sucking fishes in Rescue course or something?Do we pull it off and risk causing injury to our buddy? Or do we stab the Remora with a knife and consequently injure both the host and the sucker? OMG. Either way, it won’t be a good end and Mamat would probably have ended up being stitched up and had to abstain from intimate moments with his wife for months. 😨😩🙈

Moral of the story: Always wear proper, protective clothing while diving. Don’t take it for granted, thinking that you dive in warm waters and it won’t be necessary to wear protective clothing. Wearing proper clothing is not just to protect yourselves against low temperature but to protect yourselves against other elements as well. As Mamat was wearing a proper wetsuit, the Remora had difficulties latching on. Now, imagine if he was just wearing some fancy beach shorts or was diving nude? He would definitely have been a goner. 🤣

Anyway, we had a surface interval on the boat after our first and second dive of the day before heading back to Bidong Island for lunch and some snorkeling for the non divers. For those who are prone to seasickness, please pop some non-sleepy seasick pills as you would need to spend some time on the boat in between dives on the second diving day. I’d recommend you Veloxin. That’s a good one and does not make you drowsy. I was genius enough not to pop some pills in ghe morning and I ended up being miserable during my surface interval on the boat, fighting off nausea.

Dive no: 6
Dive site: Pulau Tengkorak

Our 6th and final dive was in Pulau Tengkorak. Our final dive was an adaptive dive. We dive together with an Adaptive Diver, Mastura Mahamed. She’s a Cerebral Palsy hero. Despite being differently abled and is physically challenged, she does not stop herself from doing what she wants to do. She’s a lecturer by profession, and goes around as an Adaptive Scuba Diver in her spare time- yes, this means she’s also a scuba diver. Her diving license stated that she can dive down to 12m deep with assistance of qualified Adaptive Buddies. She was assisted by Ms. Majidah and Teha last during the dive.

I have nothing but pure respect and admiration for her. If Mastura can learn how to scuba dive, so can you. How many of us are fully abled and yet keep making excuses for ourselves? I bet there are many. At the end of the day, you are your worst enemy, not someone else.Yes. Big Blue World DC does cater to special need individuals and adaptive divers. So if you need to have your dive trip customized, they are the perfect DC for you.

We ended our trip with a BBQ party once we got back from our last dive. Here’s night time at Big Blue World DC.

BBQ-ed fresh seafood for dinner with buddies on our last night there. Nope, we didn’t prep all the ingredients ourselves. The dive centre prepared it for us with just RM38 per pax. A real good deal, in my opinion.

The food was delicious and protein packed, perfect to provide nourishment for famished divers.

One for the album. Beautiful memories made during my diving trip with Big Blue World DC. It was a weekend well spent, I must say. I’ve enjoyed the dive sites that I’ve visited, and definitely will plan a trip with them again in the future. A big thank you to our guide Figo and Big Blue World DC ground and boat crew for your hospitality and service.

For more information on Big Blue World DC, please hop over to their Facebook page HERE.

Big Blue World DC

Address:125, Jalan Jetty Merang, Kampung Merang, 21010 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

PADI Re-Activate Session with Scuba Dobedo Divers

Diving has been taking somewhat a back seat since Ramadan 2022 and I haven’t been diving for about two months, give or take. That’s not so long, right? But I signed up for a PADI Re-Activate session with Scuba Dobedo Divers anyway.

PADI Re-Activate is a session designed for scuba divers who haven’t been diving for more than 6 months or those who would like to refresh their skills before diving again in the open waters.

I know that it’s not really necessary for me to go for this, cuz my last dive was before Ramadan started, but I take diving seriously, and I find that I rarely get to practice certain skills during fundives, and this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Plus, I have a diving trip coming up and I wanna run some checks on my equipments to see if they needed a last minute service or something and what better way to do it than having it checked in the pool, assisted by an instructor?

Here’s some of the things that we did during the PADI Re-Activate session. Originally there were only 4 compulsory skills that needed to be performed during the session but I practically asked to practice everything.

We did some written knowledge review by the poolside before proceeding with these skills in the pool:

*Equipment assembly&checks
*Regulator recovery
*Mask clearing
*Fully flooded mask clearing
*Fin pivot
*Buoyancy
*Take off the mask and putting it back on
*Dump weight and surface swim
*Out of air procedure: Share alternate air-source and ascend to the surface with buddy
*Reciprocal navigation with compass
*BCD Removal
*Deploy DSMB

Buoyancy practice with Instructor Naim

I think it’s important for us to keep revising skills that we rarely used so that we won’t go rusty. We’ll never know when we needed to do it when we’re really out diving now, wouldn’t we?

Thank you Instructor Naim, Nor Farah Linda and Faliq for your time. And thank you so much for being so accommodating to my requests and spending so much time teaching me the skills that I want to brush up on. You guys are the best. Hope to dive with you again soon.

PADI Re-Activate with Scuba Dobedo Divers is RM150 per session at UCSI Swimming Academy, Cheras.

For those who would like to sign up for courses or would like to do a refresher, you may contact Scuba Dobedo Divers on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/scuba.dobedo.divers/

10 Must Visit Viral Attractions in Selangor

The state of Selangor is famous for its own tourist attractions. It is complete with aspects of local culture, protected greenery, cultural diversity, and a variety of dishes and menus, from street stalls to fine dining. The age of social media and the era of globalization are changing the trend of tourism which makes tourism activities a necessity in the lives of the current generation. Tourists are looking for – find other unique and interesting places for them to visit. The State of Selangor is not to be missed in developing various new and innovative tourism products to provide a wonderful experience to its guests. In this week’s article, Tourism Selangor has put up a list of 10 Viral Places for you to look out. Make sure you select the one that fits your budget and needs. Here is a list of 10 “Viral” tourism attractions that you must visit in the State of Selangor, that you may not be aware of.

D Virtual Park, Evo Mall Bangi

D Virtual Park, EvoMall Bangi is a virtual reality theme park located inside the mall, giving you a revolutionary gaming experience that will satisfy your virtual hunger! D Virtual Park, Evo Mall Bangi is the first virtual reality park in Peninsular Malaysia with a hologram theater. View 10 -minute holographic animations created entirely by their own creative team using the most sophisticated and complex animation software and tools. It also has eight virtual reality attractions and one augmented reality attraction. D Virtual Park at EvoMall Bangi is open from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm, with different prices according to the price package.

Address : Lot T.14. T.25 Level 3, Evo Mall Bangi, Jalan Medan 2D, Seksyen 9, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor.

Splatter Art Factory, Subang Jaya

Art is a type of stress -relieving activity. Visit Splatter Art Factory in Subang Jaya if you want to try a unique artistic expression. You will be introduced to a very unique and also fun art experience. Their package includes a take -away canvas, as well as brushes, equipment, acrylic paints, safety ponchos shoes and goggles or other eye protection. Then, based on imagination and choice, you can create art using a variety of approaches. Some use a brush to sprinkle paint, others use a toothbrush to sprinkle color, and some even blow up balloons to color the canvas. Open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm except Mondays. Any inquiries about your payment can go directly to the official Splatter Art Factory website at https://splatter-art-factory.business.site.

Address : 49 & 50, Block C, Lot 777, Jalan Subang 4, Ultramine Industrial Park, 47610 Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Ruma Pokok, Sepang

Ruma Pokok is a cafe plant shop located in a small town, Sungai Pelek, Sepang. Highlighting elements (cafes, works & nature) that are closely related to art, nature and western food such as meatballs, coated fish & potatoes and even butter chicken rice. Ruma Pokok is seen as a new attraction in this area because the decoration with a variety of green tree species fills the cafe space making a different atmosphere for the cafe here and attracting young people to “OOTD”. At Ruma Pokok, a quiet atmosphere with light meals is suitable for a relaxing hangout here. Not only is the atmosphere quiet with simple food and while enjoying drinks, customers can also buy various types of trees available here. Open from 4.00 pm to 12.00 am every day except Monday.

Address : No 1, Kedai PLB, Taman Sri Merbau, Taman Seri Serbau, 43950 Sungai Pelek, Selangor.

Riverine Splash, Pulau Carey

The resort features a tribal -themed Riverine Splash Water Theme Park. There are over 12 attractions and slides for you to try, including the Anaconda Tube Slide, Rimba River, Survival Park and even Kiddie Beats reserved for children. The Riverine Splash Water Theme Park is closed every Tuesday and is open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Admission for adults is RM58 while for children it is RM38 for all day tickets.
Address : Jalan Pulau Carey, Mukim Jugra, 42960 Pulau Carey, Selangor.

Stars Archery, Petaling Jaya

Stars Archery is the largest indoor archery long -distance operator in Malaysia, with the aim of introducing everyone to the unique and entertaining sport of archery. Stars Archery is an attraction that attracts many tourists, visitors, especially teenagers and students to their outlets as it is a sport that many have never experienced. Archery is a sport and a kind of entertainment that is suitable for archers who are new to archery and experienced. Open daily from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm.

You can go directly to the official website of Stars Archery about the packages and prices offered at https://www.starsarchery.com.

Address : F1.26, 3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Nafas Cube & Nanas Montel Cafe, Serdang

Why do you need to experience NAFAS Cube @ MARDI located in MAEPS Serdang, Selangor? For guests looking for a unique vacation location in no time. With its distinctive and comfortable accommodation, NAFAS Cube provides a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The site, which is fully operated by the National Farmers Organization (NAFAS), is a popular destination for visitors looking for a unique and thrilling agro -tourism experience. NAFAS Cube offers hotel style rooms with a container and sewer -based concept (concrete sewer pipes). NAFAS Cube also provides the concept of glamping, or camping with beautiful lake views, for individuals who enjoy a camping holiday. For those who prefer culvert type accommodation and toilets are available not far from the room. The price offered for a culvert is between RM120 to RM150 per night for a queen bed or two single beds. Container accommodation provides bathrooms and toilets in the room and room rates range from RM150 to RM250 per night.

The pineapple -based dish is definitely appetizing. The nearby Nanas Montel Cafe is also a visitor’s choice as the Nanas Montel Cafe offers pineapple ice cream that you have never tasted, refreshing pineapple juice, delicious pineapple poppies and pineapple curry and more. Open daily from 9.30 am to 7.00 pm. Experience the delicious meal and also stay at the NAFAS Cube which is so comfortable and peaceful.

Address : Jalan MAEPS 4/1, 43400 Serdang, Selangor.

Saville Wonderland, Semenyih

Welcome to Saville Farm which is an agro farm located in Semenyih. It is also a hatching center, breeding and selling village chickens. Attractions available at Saville Wonderland are also the Kancil/Pelanduk Mini Sanctuary, freshwater fishing, petting zoo, ATV ride, Ulaman and Herbal Garden. Saville Wonderland will be open every weekend and also offers a premium “Barn Stay” container homestay. You also have the opportunity to experience living in a garden equipped with various facilities, beautiful views and quiet. There is a fish pond and creek in front of our garden residence and enjoy the view and atmosphere of the livestock farm and fruit crops. Any questions you can directly to the official Facebook Saville Free Range Agro – Saville Wonderland https://www.facebook.com/SavilleWonderland/.

Address : SAVILLE FREE RANGE AGRO, TAMAN AGROTEKNOLOGI, 1A, Jalan Sungai Lalang, Kampung Pasir, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor.

20 Laman Cafe, Bangi

Why not pay a visit to 20 Laman Cafe if you’re still looking for a place to eat? It opens the appetite of anyone who visits with the desire to taste the traditional cuisine of Negeri Sembilan and Malay cuisine, as well as various types of ulaman. Cooked Lemak Cili Padi Ikan Salai and Daging Salai are two of the most popular specialties. There are over ten different types of Malay cuisine, in addition to the rice chili dishes served daily. Customers also enjoy Asam Pedas Melaka and Tempoyak Ikan Patin Pahang. 20 Laman Cafe is open daily except Friday and Saturday, open from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.
Address : 20, Jalan Damai 8, Taman Desa Damai, 43650 Bangi, Selangor.

Paya Indah Discovery Wetland, Dengkil

The 1,111 -acre lush greenery and large lakes that make up the Discovery Wetlands are natural sanctuaries where animals have built their homes. Plant and animal populations have grown into the hundreds due to continuous conservation efforts over the years, producing a diverse environment that is suitable for today’s life and activities. The largest wetland park in the Klang Valley will be home to new and exciting outdoor activities. It’s more than enough for everyone, whether for a quick weekend getaway or a fun family day out! One of the best ways to learn and experience Malaysia’s biological diversity is by visiting Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands. You can visit their website for more information on the price and ticket at https://www.discoverywetlands.com.my/

Address : Pantai Kelanang Beach, 42960 Pulau Carey, Selangor.

Future Land Fun Zone, Petaling Jaya

Are you looking for a fun way to spend quality time with your friends and family? Just take them to Sunway Pyramid’s Future Land Fun Zone! Futuristic family entertainment center, offering entertaining virtual reality activities with cutting -edge technology. Get ready to be entertained with a variety of 360 simulator games that are sure to thrill you! 360 Flight Simulator and ExoJet, Mirror Maze, VR Hero, 6D Cinema and VR Car simulator are just a few of the main attractions that use state -of -the -art technology and equipment. Future Land is perfect for a fun weekend with the family or if you want to give your kids a school holiday. Operating hours are from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm daily.

Address : F1, 20, Sunway Pyramid Mall, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

There are many more interesting places to visit in Selangor, especially in 2022, than the ones listed above. Since Selangor is one of Malaysia’s most popular and sought-after tourist destinations, there’s no better place to spend your vacation bucks, than Selangor. Let’s “Pusing Selangor Dulu!”. To maintain the well-being of the public, tourists are reminded to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Malaysian National Security Council in complying with the National Recovery Plan, such as ensuring social distancing, wearing face mask at all times in public, and a frequent use of the hand sanitizer.

You may log on to Tourism Selangor’s official website, www.selangor.travel for inspiration on your travel to Selangor, or follow Tourism Selangor’s official social media accounts; Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Tourism Selangor’s YouTube channel. #PusingSelangorDulu!

Exciting Activities You Can Do At Carey Island, Selangor

There are many interesting places to explore in Selangor. You can see for yourself the specialties of the state, including its cultural diversity. Although modern architecture can be seen in Selangor, old structures can still be found in some historic locations. Carey Island is a small island in Kuala Langat that you may not know. It is located south of the port of Klang and is known as an attractive, relaxing and recreational location for individuals who love to travel. Carey Island’s tourist attractions are mostly famous for their indigenous people of Selangor or indigenous settlements. These are 7 mandatory locations you should visit on Carey Island in 2022!

Amverton Cove Golf and Island Resort

Amverton Cove Golf & Island Resort in Selangor is located on Carey Island and offers family -friendly accommodation. On site, there is an approved and award -winning golf course. It has fitness facilities, a spa and an on -site restaurant to satisfy your hunger. Guests can make use of the free WiFi available throughout the resort. The air- conditioned rooms are nicely decorated. Each room has a flat -screen television, and some rooms have a lounge area for your convenience. Rooms come with a private bathroom with shower. At the front desk, staff can be accessed 24 hours a day. Guests arriving by car will also receive free parking.

Address : Jalan Pulau Carey, Mukim Jugra, 42960 Pulau Carey, Selangor.

Amverton Cove Golf

Amverton Cove Golf 18 -hole golf course is fun for both professional and amateur golfers. The golf course is located in a beautiful location with sand, ponds, lakes, mangrove forests and lush vegetation. Six holes are bordered by a mangrove forest, and a path leading to the back of hole 4 takes you for a 70-meter walk through the tidal forest.

Address : Jalan Pulau Carey, Mukim Jugra, 42960 Pulau Carey, Selangor.

Riverine Splash

The resort features a tribal -themed Riverine Splash Water Theme Park. There are over 12 attractions and slides for you to try, including the Anaconda Tube Slide, Rimba River, Survival Park and even Kiddie Beats reserved for children. The Riverine Splash Water Theme Park is closed every Tuesday and is open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Admission for adults is RM58 while for children it is RM38 for all day tickets.

Address : Jalan Pulau Carey, Mukim Jugra, 42960 Pulau Carey, Selangor.

Riverine Survival Park

Another attraction you should visit is Riverine Survival Park! Built amidst a beautiful cluster of Beringin trees, this garden will provide shade and you can breathe the fresh air around the garden. Among the interesting attractions you can try is to run through their Garden Maze or explore obstacles or climb tree houses built around native trees. Don’t forget to try the new Flying Fox zip line too! All these attractions are suitable for children aged 3 and above and adults. Also plan a relaxing picnic with your family at Riverine Survival Park with our picnic basket promotion! Drinks and snacks for 4 pax only Rm30nett including rental of picnic baskets and mats for 3 hours. Adults can relax in our garden while letting your children run and play outside in a safe environment.

Address : Jalan Pulau Carey, Mukim Jugra, 42960 Pulau Carey, Selangor.

Pusat Kebudayaan Dan Kraftangan Orang Asli Sungai Bumbun

Sungai Bumbun Orang Asli Culture and Handicraft Center is a local center for Orang Asli arts activities, especially the Mah Meri tribe. The Mah Meri tribe is famous for its wood carving art and Jo’oh dance culture. Among the activities that can be participated by visitors are such as demonstrations of carving and weaving crafts, chopsticks, jooh dance packages, traditional wedding packages, traditional house accommodation as well as sales of handicraft and herbal products. Admission for adults is only RM20, and the handicraft center is open every day except Friday from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Address : Kampung Manikavasagam, 42960 Carey Island, Selangor.

Mah Meri Cultural Village

Mah Meri Cultural Village is a place built after the aboriginal villages. While in the village, you can feel the atmosphere of the aboriginal community, complete with aboriginal costumes, handicrafts, and dances. Entrance fee is RM 20 for adults and RM 15 for children. Operating hours are only on Saturdays and Fridays from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. There are several stalls in the village selling aboriginal food and handicrafts.

Address : Jln Kampong Orang Asli Sungai Bumbun, Kampung Manikavasagam, 42960 Pulau Carey, Selangor.

Pantai Kelanang

Kelanang Beach is an attractive area on Carey Island where you can enjoy fun activities with the family. You can picnic, camp, play kite flying, watch the sunset and eat with the family. If you come in the morning or evening, make this a place to relax. The beauty of Kelanang Beach is amazing.
Address : Pantai Kelanang Beach, 42960 Pulau Carey, Selangor.

Apart from the places mentioned above, Selangor offers many more interesting places that you should visit, especially in 2022.

As the state of Selangor is a leading tourist destination in Malaysia, activate the “Pusing Selangor Dulu!” because the state of Selangor will make your trip experienced and unique, which is definitely interesting; So what are you waiting for?

To maintain the well-being of the public, tourists are reminded to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Malaysian National Security Council in complying with the National Recovery Plan, such as ensuring social distancing, wearing face mask at all times in public, and a frequent use of the hand sanitizer.

You may log on to Tourism Selangor’s official website, www.selangor.travel for inspiration on your travel to Selangor, or follow Tourism Selangor’s official social media accounts; Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Tourism Selangor’s YouTube channel. #PusingSelangorDulu!

Best Moving House Service by Mover2U

House moving can be exciting but exhausting at the same time as it involves many tasks to handle. So why not find a trusted moving company in KL such as Mover2U that can handle your moving problems?

No matter when and where you are moving to, Mover2U is always ready to serve. Listed here is the list of services they offer:

  1. House moving services – Despite the size and weight of the furniture, you can always rely on their experts to handle all your precious furniture. In case you need any packing and unpacking service, it is also available at Mover2U.

  1. Office moving service – With the help of the office movers at Mover2U, you can relocate your office with peace of mind. Apart from office fixtures, they could also help to move heavy furniture and equipment.

  1. Cheap piano moving – The piano requires the most attention of care when moving as it is expensive and bulky. Mover2U is the perfect fit for this role as their team has many years of experience in handling this task. What is best is that you can get this good service at an affordable rate!

  1. Lorry transport – They offer a wide range of lorry sizes that you can choose from. Rest assured that their lorries are well maintained to ensure the safety of the lorry driver and items transported.

Mover2U has been proven for their good quality of services as you can see by the positive feedback from their customers who had engaged their services before:

  • “I am very impressed at how fast Mover2U handled the urgent request for my house move. Within hours, I got the quote and confirmation. They came on time and they handled the furniture well. Very good movers indeed! Keep up the good word!” – Toby

  • “Our small family business had a smooth moving experience with Alwinz Biz Resources. They were courteous, efficient, and carefully packed and safely moved all our belongings into our new shop in SS2. Great job done! ” – Ruth Tan

For more information or to book an appointment, you can check out the contact details listed below:

Website: https://mover2u.com/

Company Name: Alwinz Biz Resources

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Service Areas: Kuala Lumpur and Selangor

Southeast Asian Ulama Conference 2022

Prime Minister of Malaysia and Secretary General of the World Muslim League
Opening the “Southeast Asian Ulama Conference” event in Sunway Resort Ballroom, Bandar Sunway,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 30th June 2022.

The conference appreciated the Malaysian Prime Minister’s approval to establish the Southeast Asian Ulama Council in Kuala Lumpur under the umbrella of the World Muslim League.

PM Malaysia: I am proud that Malaysia was chosen to host this conference by the Muslim World League. This is certainly an acknowledgment of our country, and highlights Islam as a religion of harmony, security and prosperity.

Al Issa: We find similarities between religions that guarantee the achievement of national harmony and unity for all, and human brotherhood.

Al Issa: The Muslim World League is always happy to support any conference that brings together the Ulama Muslim

Malaysian Minister of Religion: Islam calls for tolerance and coexistence with non-Muslims and safeguarding their rights

President of the United Nations General Assembly: Let’s use this platform to strengthen solidarity in our society and to root out the forces that undermine that solidarity

The Capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, witnessed the “Southeast Asian Ulama Conference”, which was officiated by His Excellency the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaqoub, and His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, Secretary General of the Muslim World League, with the participation of His Excellency Senator Dato’ Haji Idris bin Haji Ahmed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office for Religious Affairs, and 44 religious leaders and figures from 17 countries. The conference appreciated the Malaysian Prime Minister’s approval to establish the Southeast Asian Ulama Council in Kuala Lumpur under the umbrella of the World Muslim League.

The conference also recommended that the unity of the ummah must be based on the principle of tolerance and good interaction among human beings as instructed by Islam. The participants emphasized on confronting and rejecting extremism, and endeavoured to instil the principles of love and compassion in human hearts regardless of religion and races.

The participants also recommended that the principles of tolerance and respect for the rights of others should be a priority to achieve global peace and security, while emphasizing that future peace and security plans should be developed by the nation’s leaders based on general Maqashid Shari’ah in order to build a country full of security, peace, progress, and unity, just as the Qur’an has called for in His Almighty word: “Baldatun Thayyibatun wa Rabbun Ghafuur”. The conference also recommended that Fiqh of Coexistence, which known as the fiqh of life, must be the basis for the agenda of every country to build a new future based on complete unity and harmony among all people of the nation.

The conference participants also recommended strengthening the unity of the ummah by adhering to the aqidah of Ahlussunnah wal Jamaa’ah to ensure that Islamic teachings reach the community in the right way and approach. The conference also stressed that the differences that occur among Muslims must be stopped, and Muslims must play a more effective role and commit to Islamic brotherhood and solidarity with each other to build the ‘Khairu Ummah’.
The conference opened with a speech by His Excellency the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Bin Yaqoub, in which he thanked the Department of Islamic Affairs Malaysia and the Muslim World League for holding this conference under the syi’ar “The Unity”, saying: “I am proud that Malaysia was chosen to host this conference by the Muslim World League. This is certainly an acknowledgment of our country, and highlights Islam as a religion of harmony, security and prosperity in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious manner. Representatives from abroad, especially the Muslim scholars, attend this conference. So I welcome all of you.”

His Excellency the Prime Minister conveyed that the holding of this conference took place at a time when Muslims are still facing various challenges, including differences among themselves, provocations from some parties, hatred of Islam or thoughts that endanger Islam, and in my opinion a solution must be found for that. That obviously requires the commitment and cooperation of all parties to maintain the purity of Islam and the solidarity of the Muslim ummah.

His Excellency the Prime Minister stressed the need for all Muslim Ulama to discuss, agree, unite and mobilize their ideas to reach solutions to the challenges facing Muslims around the world.

In closing, His Excellency the Prime Minister said: “We are knitting and strengthening the unity with bonds of love and tolerance as one nation, and it has started with the spirit and strength that unites us today. My great hope is that all Muslim Ulama can find common ground to play an effective role towards unity and forming a khairu ummah.”

After that, His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, Secretary General of the Muslim World League, delivered a speech in which he said: “We are all delighted today by this extraordinary gathering that brings together Ulama, in countries that have importance and weight on the map of our Islamic world and the world in general, namely the countries of Southeast Asia.

His Excellency emphasized that the diversity of humans and their differences, especially their religion, is a divine destiny determined by the wisdom of the Creator, as stated in His word: walau syā`allāhu laja’alakum ummataw wāḥidataw wa lākil liyabluwakum fī mā ātākum (If Allah wills , He would have made you one people (only), but Allah wants to test you against the bounty He has given you). So as long as religious and ethnic differences are universal problems that cannot be eliminated, then at least what everyone should do to ensure a “safe and just” coexistence is to prevent differences from turning into hatred and hostility towards others, then targeting them with exclusion and deprivation of their rights to decent life.

Dr. Al-Issa explained that we find similarities between religions that guarantee the achievement of national harmony and unity for all, and human brotherhood. And religion (actually) is not a call for division (both in the national level and humanity), but the religion of Islam “specifically” welcomes peace, and makes peace sentences in the worship of a Muslim and his social

interactions, promising His servants heaven as a place full of peace, and He Almighty Allah also refers to Himself as the Most Peaceful Essence, and says of the enemies who fight with the words, “wa in janaḥụ lis-salmi fajnaḥ lahā” (But if they are inclined towards peace, then accept it). This is the reality of Islam, and not as faked by extremists and terrorists.
His Excellency pointed out that Islamic law can only be taken from Ulama Rabbani who inherited beneficial knowledge from their Prophet, our Prophet Muhammad PBUH, (just like the Ulama at this noble gathering). Emphasizing that the truth of Islam is not taken from an ignorant person, or from someone who goes down the path of extremism, violates Islamic guidelines in terms of convenience and does good to everyone, or who chooses to carry an ideology with goals that are contrary to Islam, such as a person who reduces this great and comprehensive religion to a narrow political goal. Just as Islam was not taken from the intent and purpose of falsifying facts, nor from people who hastily accepted religion from a single source and wrong perception, or who deliberately misled.

Dr. Al-Issa gave an example that among these misperceptions is the generalization of mistakes by some people who are affiliated with Islam so that they are considered as representations of religion, as has been reminded in the Charter of Makkah Al-Mukarramah, which was signed by more than 1,200 muftis and ulama (under the protection of the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud) May Allah protect him.

His Excellency stressed that the gathering of Ulama Muslim at one and the same level is an urgent need to address major issues, and because Southeast Asian Ulama have become an important association close to issues in general. That is why this historic conference was held in the capital city of peace, harmony and moderation, Kuala Lumpur. This is in addition to the geographical proximity to all, which also has an impact on a number of shar’i legal issues, where fatwas and legal decisions differ according to time, place and conditions.

Sheikh Al-Issa said: “We are pleased that this conference is a good start for a permanent assembly whose Ulama will meet from time to time under the global umbrella of Muslims, the World Muslim League, whose headquarter is the mecca that unites us all, and the Muslim World League is always happy to support any conference that brings together the voices of the Muslim Ulama, especially on the main issues of this ummah. I am also Happy with the approval of His Excellency Prime Minister Dato Seri Ismail Sabri bin Yaqoub, to establish this Assembly in Kuala Lumpur and to sponsor and open it for its first session next year, Insyaa Allah.

His Excellency concluded his speech by thanking everyone who contributed to this conference by praying for it, participating in its activities or directly sponsoring it, especially to the Malaysian government led by His Excellency the Prime Minister, who has shown all what is worthy of appreciation.

Furthermore, the Minister of Religious Affairs, Senator Dato Haji Idris bin Haji Ahmed, explained that Malaysia is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country, and is known internationally as a harmonious and safe country, and diversity in traditional and cultural life is not something new today, but rather something that has been passed down for a long time from previous generations, where every race, ethnicity and whole society cooperate with one another and enjoy equal freedom to practice religious and cultural beliefs in a peaceful and secure environment.

He also noted that Islam calls for tolerance and coexistence with non-Muslims and safeguarding their rights. Therefore, harmony between different races and religions must exist in every country.

At the end of his remarks, Senator Idris expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the World Muslim League for choosing Malaysia as a strategic partner to organize the conference, which was held for the first time in Southeast Asia, to show the solidarity of Islamic unity.
Meanwhile the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr Abdullah Shahid, thanked the Muslim World League and the Malaysian government for hosting this conference, and their continued efforts to advance the true values of Islam. Humility, tolerance, empathy and cooperation among our people are the same Islamic values this conference seeks to promote and spread in this difficult time, where the world is witnessing deep trauma that we have not seen for generations.
Mr. Shahid also explained that “the world is currently facing the impact of the conflict with (Covid 19) and the climate crisis. So it is these values that will unite us and help our people to increase their strength. Let us use this platform to strengthen solidarity in our society and to root out forces that undermine such solidarity, such as the forces of religious extremism and violence that have no place in the laws of our society, and the realization that this vision requires the collective efforts of all of us, including religious, intellectual and civil society leaders.”

McDonald’s Malaysia Contributes RM180,000 Corporate Zakat to Melaka

McDonald’s Malaysia is not only a restaurant company that serves good food, but an organisation that gives back to the community as well.

As a fully Muslim-owned company, McDonald’s Malaysia is always committed in fulfilling its responsibilities to contribute their Annual Corporate Zakat. On 17 May 2022, McDonald’s Malaysia organized a Corporate Zakat Presentation Ceremony in Melaka, to hand over their corporate zakat of RM180,000 for the year 2022 to Zakat Melaka – Majlis Agama Islam Melaka (MAIM).

The Corporate Zakat Presentation Ceremony was attended by YBhg. Datuk Haji Ibrahim bin Haji Fadzil, Chief Executive Officer, Zakat Melaka, Pn. Shakina binti Mohd Said, Head of Zakat, Majlis Agama Islam Melaka, Pn. Arina Saffura binti Alim, Head of Human Development, Majlis Agama Islam Melaka, and En. Azhar Darbi, Vice President of Human Resources and Chairman of the Internal Halal Committee, McDonald’s Malaysia

To date, Melaka is the 6th state to receive corporate zakat from McDonald’s Malaysia this year. Up until 2022, McDonald’s Malaysia has contributed corporate zakat amounting to RM9.85 million for states throughout Malaysia since they started paying their corporate zakat back in 2017.

At the ceremony, McDonald’s Malaysia also organized a memorable Hari Raya celebration  to spread the festive cheer to underprivileged children residing at  Kompleks Anak Yatim Fatimah Al-Zaharah. The children were given duit Raya and indulged in Hari Raya goodies, inspiring positive vibes and spreading smiles among the children.

In line with their corporate vision, McDonald’s Malaysia has always instilled positive values by giving back to the communities where it operates across the country and is committed to fulfilling its responsibility to contribute Corporate Zakat as prescribed by Islamic teachings for many more years to come.

For more information on McDonald’s Malaysia, please hop over to McDonald’s official website HERE.

 

Murad Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum and City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Review

I’m in my late 30s, very active individual and loves martial arts and extreme sports. Problems with this kind of lifestyle? Despite the fact that most activities that I partake in helps in boosting my health and cardiovascular system, it does have some down side to it. Eg: All the activities are usually done outdoors and I’m mostly exposed to the sun and it can be really harsh and damaging on the skin. The painful sunburns, and the uneven skin tone as well dark spot isn’t exactly the bonus I’ve been looking for, as it does speeds up the signs of ageing.

So, the solution? Get something to stop such things from happening and fix up the skin.

A friend of mine introduced to me these;
Murad Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum and City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF50.

Murad Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum

City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF50

Initially I was quite skeptical about this product by Murad, but after using it for just a couple of days, I discovered that it is is the perfect skin care combo. Simply put, I see healthier and better skin after using them.

BEFORE and AFTER using Murad Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum and Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF50. ( The picture on the right was taken after 14 days of usage)

Murad’s new product, the Murad Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum, corrects the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots, and you can see the difference in as little as 14 days.

Dark spots can appear on any skin type and complexion and are part of natural aging. This serum targets hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, enhances radiance for all skin tones and minimizes the appearance of dark spots, effective on skin tones.

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF50 is the ultimate supplemental sunscreen with a quick dark spot correction serum that protects skin from heavy damage and photo damage, whether it’s indoor blue light from screens or outdoor UVA and UVB. Provides broad-spectrum sun protection against harmful and aging UV rays. It also protects the skin from the 5 major causes of damage that accelerate the signs of aging: UVA, UVB, sweat stains, blue light and infrared radiation from devices. An advanced polymer matrix helps inhibit the adhesion and translucency of environmental toxins, while vitamin C helps brighten the complexion.

If you are an active outdoor person like me where you get exposed to the sun alot, these products will do great in protecting your skin from further damage.

Murad Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum and City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF50 can be purchased at Murad official website https://www.murad.com.my/.