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KUALA LUMPUR: RHB Islamic Bank becomes the first bank in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region to introduce an eco-friendly recycled plastic debit card, through its collaboration with WWF-Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT).

The RHB Visa WWF Debit Card-i forms part of RHB Islamic’s initiative under its flagship initiative “Ocean Harmony” that aims to raise public awareness in the conservation and environmental sustainability of the marine ecosystem.

In a statement Tuesday, the bank said the first edition of the eco-friendly card features the Green Sea Turtle, one of the most endangered sea creatures in the world today.

RHB Islamic managing director Datuk Adissadikin Ali said the bank’s new recycled plastic card is its way of contributing directly to the conservation of ocean life through global affiliated NGOs such as WWF-Malaysia, and local champions including UMT.

“Each new RHB Visa WWF Debit Cardholder-i will also enjoy a 10% discount on WWF-Malaysia merchandise purchase on its online shop, pandashop.my,” he said in the statement.

This initiative by RHB Islamic contributes directly and indirectly to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) particularly SDG14 (Life Below Water) and SDG17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

RHB said the initiative is also in line with its commitment towards sustainable and responsible banking, one of the three key pillars of the group’s sustainability framework.

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The RHB Visa WWF Debit Card-i forms part of RHB Islamic’s effort under its flagship initiative “Ocean Harmony”. - NSTP/File pic

KUALA LUMPUR: RHB Islamic Bank Bhd has strengthened its commitment to sustainable practices by becoming the first bank in Asia Pacific to introduce an eco-friendly recycled plastic debit card in collaboration with WWF-Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.

The RHB Visa WWF Debit Card-i forms part of RHB Islamic’s effort under its flagship initiative “Ocean Harmony”.

The initiative aims to raise public awareness on the importance of conserving the marine ecosystem.

The first edition of the eco-friendly card features the Green Sea Turtle, one of the most endangered sea creatures in the world today.

“Most discarded plastics end up in the ocean to the detriment of marine life. Our new recycled plastic card is our way of contributing directly to the conservation of ocean life through global affiliated NGOs such as WWF-Malaysia, and local champions including UMT,” said RHB Islamic managing director Datuk Adissadikin Ali.

Customers, he said, are given the option to support ocean life conservation by contributing up to 100 per cent of their profit rate or ‘Hibah’ and channelling a donation of RM3 to support ocean research and development studies conducted by UMT.

Each new RHB Visa WWF Debit Card-i holder will also enjoy a 10 per cent discount on WWF-Malaysia merchandise purchased at its online shop, pandashop.my.

The initiative contributes directly and indirectly to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) particularly, SDG14 (Life Below Water) and SDG17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

RHB Islamic said the initiative is also in line with RHB Group’s commitment towards Sustainable and Responsible Banking, one of the three key pillars of the group’s sustainability framework.

The card will be made available to all existing and new RHB customers in July 2020.

Sophia Lim, WWF-Malaysia CEO, believes that marine turtles play important roles for maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and their survival affects human survival in the long run.

“This initiative is a good opportunity to showcase how industries can work together with us to conserve the environment and our marine life,” Lim added.

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KUALA LUMPUR: RHB Islamic Bank Bhd (RHB Islamic) menjadi bank tempatan dan Asia Pasifik pertama memperkenalkan kad debit plastik kitar semula mesra alam, menerusi kerjasama dengan WWF-Malaysia dan Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT).

RHB Visa WWF Debit Card-i adalah sebahagian inisiatif RHB Islamic di bawah ‘Lautan Harmoni’ yang menyasar untuk meningkatkan kesedaran awam terhadap pemeliharaan dan kelestarian alam sektar ekosistem marin.

Edisi pertama kad mesra alam sekitar itu menampilkan spesis penyu hijau, salah satu hidupan laut paling terancam di dunia hari ini.

Pengarah Urusan RHB Islamic, Datuk Adissadikin Ali, berkata kad plastik kitar semula yang diperkenalkan itu adalah cara pihaknya menyumbang terus kepada pemeliharaan hidupan laut menerusi pertubuhan bukan berasaskan keuntungan (NGO) sekutu global seperti WWF-Malaysia dan universiti tempatan, UMT.

Katanya, pengguna juga diberikan pilihan untuk menyokong pemeliharaan hidupan laut dengan menyumbang sehingga 100 peratus kadar keuntungan atau hibah dan menyalurkan derma RM3 bagi menyokong penyelidikan laut yang dilaksanakan oleh UMT.

“Semua pemegang kad RHB Visa WWF Debit Card-i akan turut menikmati diskaun 10 peratus pembelian cenderahati WWF-Malaysia di kedai dalam taliannya, pandashop.my,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan.

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KUALA LUMPUR (June 2): RHB Islamic Bank Bhd has become the first bank in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region to introduce an eco-friendly recycled plastic debit card, through a collaboration with WWF-Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT).

In a statement, RHB Islamic Bank said the RHB Visa WWF Debit Card-i forms part of RHB Islamic’s initiative under its flagship initiative “Ocean Harmony” that aims to raise public awareness in the conservation and environmental sustainability of the marine ecosystem.

It said the first edition of the eco-friendly card features the Green Sea Turtle, one of the most endangered sea creatures in the world today.

RHB Islamic managing director Datuk Adissadikin Ali said customers are also given the option to support ocean life conservation by contributing up to 100% of their profit rate or ‘Hibah’ and channeling a donation of RM3 to support ocean research and development studies conducted by UMT.

“Each RHB Visa WWF Debit Cardholder-i will  also enjoy 10% discount on WWF-Malaysia merchandise purchase on its online shop, pandashop.my,” he said.

RHB Islamic also said this initiative contributes directly and indirectly to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) particularly SDG14 (life below water) and SDG17 (partnerships for the goals). It is in line with RHB group’s commitment towards sustainable and responsible banking, one of the three key pillars of the group’s sustainability framework.

WWF Malaysia chief executive officer Sophia Lim said: “WWF-Malaysia is in strong support of this collaboration with RHB’S “Ocean Harmony” as we believe that marine turtles play important roles for maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and their survival affects human survival in the long run.

“Furthermore, the marine turtle population is either endangered or critcially endangered in Malaysia, due to egg consumption and trade, as well as poaching. Therefore, WWF-Malaysia strongly advocates strengthening turtle legislation for a better protection,” Lim said.

Meanwhile, UMT vice chancellor Professor Datuk Dr. Nor Aieni commented that through this initiative, tremendous opportunities will be created for the students to reach out to communities, enhancing ocean literacy among the public.

“Promoting ocean literacy is vital, as an ocean literate person will be able to understand their influence and function of the ocean and our life in relation to it. Thus, advocating towards greater awareness for the sustainable of ocean resources and its conservation,” she said.

According to RHB Islamic, the cards contain state-of-the-art contact and dual interface transaction technology for seamless payment convenience, offered by IDEMIA, a global leader in Augmented Identity. The RHB Visa WWF Debit Crad-i will be made available to all existing and new RHB customers in July 2020.   

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KUALA NERUS: Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) terus mengiktiraf peranan saintis wanita dalam bidang kelautan dengan menampilkan Pengerusi Program Biologi Marin, Pusat Pengajian Sains Marin dan Sekitaran UMT, Dr Roswati Md Amin sebagai Ketua Pelayar bagi Ekspedisi Saintifik UMT ke Pameran Aeroangkasa dan Maritim Antarabangsa Langkawi 2019 (LIMA 2019).

Roswati akan mengetuai pelayaran menggunakan kapal penyelidikan UMT, RV Discovery mengelilingi Semenanjung Malaysia menerusi dua laluan maritim, Laut China Selatan dan Selat Melaka selama 20 hari bersama 25 saintis lapangan dan makmal, termasuk lima daripadanya saintis wanita.

Beliau berkata, pelayaran yang bermula 13 Mac hingga 23 Mac itu akan melalui lebih 45 lokasi kajian sepanjang dua laluan maritim berkenaan bagi melakukan kajian berkaitan sains marin dan perubahan iklim di negara ini.

“Fokus kajian saya dan pasukan adalah bagi mengkaji kesan pencemaran alam sekitar dan perubahan iklim terhadap hidupan marin dan mengkaji terumbu karang serta ikan karang di lokasi-lokasi yang telah ditetapkan termasuk lokasi utama di Pulau Perak, Kedah.

“Dari situ, kami akan ambil sampel bagi mengkaji sama ada hidupan marin di situ seperti phythoplankton (tumbuhan) dan zooplankton (haiwan) tercemar atau tidak, (ini kerana) kesan pencemaran itu memberi impak kepada masyarakat kerana ikan yang menjadi sumber protein rakyat negara ini menjadikan kedua-dua organisme tersebut sebagai sumber makanannya,” katanya kepada Bernama dalam satu temu bual eksklusif, di sini.

Beliau berkata, Pulau Perak dipilih sebagai lokasi kajian utama berdasarkan bentuk fizikal pulau itu yang terbentuk daripada batuan metamorf berusia ratusan juta tahun dan tebing curam berketinggian lebih 100 meter yang para pengkaji boleh melihat terumbu karang sehingga 40 meter ke dasar laut kerana kejernihan airnya.

Mengulas cabaran yang bakal digalas sebagai ketua pelayaran wanita buat pertama kali dalam hidupnya, Roswati menyifatkan ia satu pengiktirafan kepada penglibatan golongan wanita sebagai penyelidik yang sebelum ini kejayaan mereka jarang didedahkan kepada umum seperti kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB).

Urusetia ekspedisi berkenaan, Dr Hasrizal Shaari berkata, ekspedisi itu merupakan pelayaran dan penyertaan kedua UMT dalam pameran berprestij yang berpangkalan di Langkawi, Kedah, selepas penyertaan pertama pada 2015.

“Pelayaran RV Discovery itu nanti juga akan berhenti di Gelang Patah, Johor, iaitu kami akan mengadakan projek bersama komuniti di sekolah-sekolah sekitar Johor Bahru bagi mempromosi UMT sebagai antara universiti yang mempelopori bidang sains marin di negara ini dan satu-satunya yang mempunyai kapal penyelidik (RV Discovery).

Sultan Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin dijangka berkenan melakukan pelepasan ekspedisi tersebut di jeti Duyung Marina, Kuala Nerus pada 13 Mac ini.

Pelayaran itu dijangka berakhir di Pulau Langkawi pada 23 Mac, seterusnya kapal RV Discovery akan terlibat dalam pameran LIMA 2019 yang berlangsung dari 26 hingga 30 Mac depan. – BERNAMA

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Pelancongan adalah antara penyumbang terbesar kepada sektor ekonomi negara. Pendapatan yang dijana daripada industri pelancongan negara mencecah RM86.14 bilion pada tahun 2019. Rentetan daripada kerancakan industri ini pelbagai promosi dijalankan oleh kerajaan bagi menjana lebih banyak pendapatan kepada negara.

Namun seperti pepatah yang biasa kita dengar ‘disangkakan panas hingga ke petang rupanya hujan di tengah hari’. Momentum kemeriahan industri pelancongan yang kita jangkakan dapat diteruskan pada tahun 2020 secara tiba-tiba menjadi sendu akibat penularan pandermik-covid 19 yang melanda seluruh dunia.

Salah satu komponen industri pelancongan yang sangat terkesan akibat penularan pandermik Covid-19 adalah aktiviti pelancongan di pulau-pulau peranginan terkenal di dalam negara seperti Sipadan, Mabul, Redang, Perhentian dan Tioman. 

Pulau-pulau peranginan berkenaan diketahui umum menjadi tarikan pelancong dari dalam dan luar negara kerana kepelbagaian biodiversiti terumbu karang yang kaya.

Secara saintifiknya, terumbu karang merupakan organisma marin yang unik kerana mempunyai ciri dwi-fungsi iaitu sebagai haiwan dan juga tumbuhan. Ciri dwi-fungsi ini terbentuk melalui hubungan simbiosis di antara kolono haiwan kecil seperti buran atau sea-anemone yang terdapat pada kerangka keras kalsium karbonat dan alga simbiotik zooxanthelae yang menjalankan proses fotosintesis.