Is it feasible for us, Malaysians to adopt this culture, sustainable living for long term benefits? Should we do it for the sake of our children?
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These are home gardens in Geneva, Switzerland. Today, 900,000 Swiss allotments are the equivalent of 3,000 medium sized farms.
Quoted from another source: Each yard has a vegetable garden and neighbours consult & plan what each will grow so they can trade.
Some Malaysians probably be thinking that the image above is called “no development”. Buurps.com thinks that you got it all WRONG!
“Development in a nation” is not represented by merely having more concrete cities, tall sky scrapers or even having world record sizes of buildings or monuments, such as our Petronas Twin Towers.
These are physical materials for the eyes to see and for us to “shiok sendiri” or feel good about it. Being one of the world tallest building; we wondered whether is it the world most expensive property investment at that time?
At the end of the day, who is paying these bills? It is us, “rakyat”. We think that this is NOT the REAL development.
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Just like our Petronas Twin Towers, what is the point of having world record building when it cannot even serve the country at the maximum capacity? To us, this thing is just item that can be copied by others. That’s why we hear other world tallest buildings/monuments else where in other countries.
So what, having the tallest or biggest world record? It is a never ending chase of a mirage and we ended up spending more than we can produce, while our debt is pilling up. It is just a waste of country’s money, resources and with the ever increasing nation’s debt, it is bad for the economy in long term.
We think this is not the way to set ourselves apart from other nations in terms of development. Just like in the construction of the Petronas Twin Tower, the REAL benefactor of this whole charade is not us, Malaysia but the companies who spearheaded this mega project. The existence of the Petronas Twin Tower is a showcase of their intellectual property.
As a result of the Malaysian government specifying that the buildings be completed in six years, two construction consortiums were hired in order to meet the deadline, one for each tower. Tower 1, the west tower (right in the top-right photograph) was built by a Japanese consortium led by the Hazama Corporation (JA Jones Construction Co., MMC Engineering Services Sdn Bhd, Ho Hup Construction Co. Bhd and Mitsubishi Corp) while Tower 2, the east tower (left in the top-right photograph) was built by a South Korean consortium led by the Samsung C&T Corporation (Kukdong Engineering & Construction and Syarikat Jasatera Sdn Bhd). Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petronas_Towers
We need not to talk on the scale of a nation, let’s go to something closer to home, you as individual. How do you set yourself apart from others? Investing in fashion alone; will it set you apart from others? Mind you, the fact is you can be easily copied by others. Those with more money can even out-do you.
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Our perspective should be right as fashion is just a tool to assist you in setting yourself apart from other, however the real deal is what the knowledge & maturity (to coin it as development) in you that represent you as an individual. It is this IDENTITY that will set you apart from others.
We think that the REAL substance of DEVELOPMENT of a nation is the development in our THINKING & MINDSET. It is a key to success.
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Back to the scale of a nation; we, “rakyat” serve as building blocks to our nation. We, “rakyat” have to set our perspective RIGHT that is to set our eyes on the REAL DEVELOPMENT.
In life, it is better to observe our surrounding, assessing by running the feasibility test before adopting anything as we cannot follow blindly. If it is something proven good over a period of time, it is wiser to learn from others than going thorough hard knocks on our own, stubbornly upholding something that has not stand through series of test.
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Now as we go back to our earlier question, what does this lengthy talk has to do with adopting sustainability living in Malaysia? The argument above is just to address question of some that may think the first diagram of the sustainable living in Geneva is not development.
We think that the REAL development of a nation is about co-existing with the nature & the earth, while sustaining the natural ecosystem. By doing so, it should be able to improve the quality of life for both man & nature as a whole.
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We, MAN should not be the ONLY benefactor and trampling over the earth & nature to achieve our selfish dream. As we had set the time-bomb for ourselves, it is a matter of time. While we, man are busy chasing for more concrete cities, we had bulldoze our way into terrorizing the nature & it’s natural ecosystem. What goes around comes around. Without us realizing about the fact at this current era, we are actually haunted by our past actions.
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How wonderful is Malaysia if today, we are in tune with such green measures by adopting sustainable living in all homes, like the first image of Geneva’s homes. It is something that we should learn from others.
In long term, we are transforming Malaysia to a better living space for all Malaysians. Literally every home can function on their own when comes to families having food on their table. Is it good news, a beneficial method for survival?
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All it matters that we, “rakyat” enjoys fruits of “tanah airku” or our homeland – more fresh food on our table as it is freshly picked from own backyard plantation; less worry over high dosage of chemicals used or genetically altering on our food; earn extra cash from own plantation by trading food supplies with neighbours; no need to worry about food crisis if other countries are experiencing food shortages due to natural disasters; no need to worry about shortages of food in our local community which may in turn lead to hiking of food prices; more greenery means more fresh air, lesser occurrences of air pollution & haze, and etc. while the list of benefits goes on.
All in all, consuming freshly produced & chemical free food means healthier for our body; by having more greenery means having more natural air filtration system installed in our living area which cleans & filters the air from harmful toxic that may affect us & nature, in doing so we have more fresh air and able to sustain and maintain the nature’s natural ecosystem of flora & fauna; which ALL in turns be translated to a better quality of life for all Malaysians and appreciating the value of our nation asset, the beautiful nature of our homeland.
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However while adopting this, we may face challenges pertaining to the mindset of our “buatan Malaysia” or local produce goods. If we cherish our homeland, we should be able to love the fruits of its yield but why many of us think that imported goods are better than “buatan Malaysia” or home produces? Why do we think that imported goods are of higher quality than Malaysia’s produces?
This is another issue that we will not tackle in today’s article, we will only ask these questions. Are we, Malaysians loosing our sight on attaining QUALITY of life in our homeland? Is it the “chicken-or-egg” dilemma? Which is more important to you? Why do we have such dissatisfaction of our homeland? These questions are put forth for you, Malaysians to ponder.
Before we end, let’s have an understanding on what is “sustainable living”:
Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources and personal resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet. Proponents of sustainable living aim to conduct their lives in ways that are consistent with sustainability, in natural balance and respectful of humanity’s symbiotic relationship with the Earth’s natural ecology and cycles. The practice and general philosophy of ecological living is highly interrelated with the overall principles of sustainable development.
Below is a video that sums up on the lifestyle of “sustainable living”.
Lastly we, Buurps.com; a Malaysian food blog wish lists: 1) We want Malaysia to be a better home for all Malaysians, undifferentiated by any race or colours; 2) to be a nation that cares to maintain the beautiful nature, an important asset of a country; 3) to have a wise & responsible government in managing country resources and spearheading sustainable living projects, working collaboratively & listening to us, rakyat and encouraging us to healthy living for the benefit of both the nature, us, rakyat and also for our future generation.
Well, many viewers will probably say that it is just our wishful thinking and do you know what are you muttering about?
One thing for sure, we only have one objective in mind that is to make a difference to our nation by creating an awareness of our current issue of our food system and how everything interlink with the socio-cultural-economical-political aspect of a country.
Below is a video of a Thai advertisement. We cannot help but to think that the issue brought up in this advertisement is very close to our home, our nation. It may be a funny advertisement but it got the message through.
For the rest, we will leave this question to you, fellow Malaysians; “Is it feasible for us to adopt this culture, sustainable living for long term benefits? Should we do it for the sake of our children?” Malaysia have come a long way since our independence. What do you think? Do share your thoughts with us as we would like to hear from you.
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