Sunday, December 18, 2011

Who's Children?


A child is defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as 

"Every human being below the age of 18 years unless under the law applicable under the child majority is attained earlier"

other related information :


 Article 19 of the convention specifically addresses child abuse and recommends a broad outline for its identification, reporting, investigation, treatment, follow-up and prevention


Role of the healthcare community in monitoring and reporting child abuse, as a channel of advocacy and direct technical support in other countries. 


"Child’s social, spiritual and moral wellbeing and physical and mental health to achieve of fullest possible physical development in all areas.” 

The role of planners

I was read an article by Mildred Warner regarding "Child care and Economic Development : The Role of Planners". It is a good article actually. This article opened my eyes on the scope of planner which is not only focus on development and economy but the truth is "PLANNING is EVERYTHING". It makes me proud of my field. Ok..let move on to the input of this article.

Firstly, the writers touch on the problem facing among working parents nowadays where they need a place or person to take care of their children. The problems is not only to FIND a place or a PERSON to take care of their children, BUT the financial problem caused this scenario become serious. In addition, an increasing in living cost give pressure among parent especially for low income family. 

Warner, Ribeiro and Smith 2003 stated that child care is now being recognized as part of the social infrastructure for economic development. The writer said that the challenge of child care extends beyond the concerns of working families. It affects land use planning, economic development strategies and both public and private finance.

Basically, there are three fundamental issues :
1. The structural challenges of an economy that fails to produce jobs that pay a family wage
2. The lack of workplace policies that support the dual role of parents workers.
3. The failure of planners and policymakers to build an adequate infrastructure for child care in America.

The Evolution of international standards on child rights


The League of Nations adopts the Geneva Declaration on the Rights ofthe Child. The declarationestablishes children’s rights to means for material,moral and spiritual development;special help when hungry, sick,disabled or orphaned; first call on relief when in distress; freedom from economic exploitation; and an upbringing that instils a sense of social responsibility.


The UN General Assembly passes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which refers in article 25 to childhood as “entitled to special care and assistance.”


The UN General Assembly adopts the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which recognizes rights such as freedom from discrimination and the rights to a name and nationality. It also specifically enshrines children’s rights to education, health care and special protection.


The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights are adopted. The covenants advocate protection for children from exploitation and promote the right to education.


The International Labour Organizations adopts Convention No. 138 on the Minimum Age for Admission to Employment, which sets 18 years as the minimum age for work that might be hazardous to an individual’s health, safety or morals.


The UN General Assembly adopts the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which provides protection for the human rights of girls as well as women. It also declares 1979 as International Year of the Child, which sets in motion the working group to draft a legally binding Convention on the Rights of the Child.


The UN General Assembly unanimously approves the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which enters into force the following year.


The 1990 World Summit for Children adopts the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children along with a plan of action for implementing it in the 1990s.


The International Labour Organization adopts Convention No. 182 concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour.


The UN General Assembly adopts two Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child: one on the involvement of children in armed conflict, the other on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.


The UN General Assembly holds a Special Session on Children, meeting for the first time to specifically discuss children’s issues. Hundreds of children participate as members of official delegations, and world leaders commit themselves to a compact on child rights, ‘A World Fit for Children.’


The five-year follow-up to the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children ends with a Declaration on Children adopted by more than 140 governments. The Declaration acknowledges progress achieved and the challenges that remain, and reaffirms commitment to the World Fit for Children compact, the Convention and its Optional Protocols.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Project 5 (DEBATE)

WhOOAAaa!!! How do u feel after got a title " BEST SPEAKER" ??? hehe..My schoolmate n i got this title! "HIDUP MUZAFARIAN" ahaks! Both of us came from Bota Kanan, Perak Darul Ridzuan. BTW..there are two topic given which is Planning Slyllabus should focus more on technical matter then theoritical and the other topic is land reclamation benefits to people (if i'm not mistaken la) .

I'm on government side with the topic is Planning Slyllabus should focus more on technical matter then theoritical. In my personal view, it's important as a planner to expert in technical aspect. It's basic element in order to be a better planner on the future.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


P .  S . A 
Planning Student Assembly

Universiti Sains Malaysia
School Of Housing Building and Planning


27th OCTOBER ~ 30th OCTOBER 2011

It is my first experienced handling such a big event which involved other universities and polytechnic as our delegates. 

episodes in the making of PSA 2011

S C R E A M i N G
L A U G H i N G



Land Reclamation is my research topic. This project expose my friend and i on how to do thesis. I like to do something different from others and challenging!! yearghh..!! At first, i want to do research about heritage. I proposed 3 topics..Heritage, Land Use and Land Reclamation. At last, i choose this topic because i found that there are many issues regarding to this activity. It gives impact on social, economy and also   environment. It has pro and con but no matter how successful this activity, it gives serious impact to the environment. The picture shows the development of land reclamation in Singapore. Land reclamation in S'pore was started as early 1820s but in small scale. In 1960s, this activity was carried out in large scale. Based on the picture, it looks amazing at night with thousands light and we need to pay for these :

Loss of Mangrove/wetlands
Damage to sensitive marine habitat
Impact on coastal processes/ coastal erosion
Impedance of natural drainage

BTW, my site study area located along Jelutong Expressway, Pulau Pinang. FYI, there is new development which is land reclamation activity. It's under IJM Land Corporation Berhad called "THE LIGHT WATERFONT". Below is the image of THE LIGHT WATERFRONT by the designer.


Community Interactive  Space is the theme for my first project. Jeti Semeling, Sg.Petani Kedah has been chosen for my site. I've never been in Kedah and this is the best opportunity to explore and discover what is Kedah actually.... WOW!! PADDY FIELD is the main element in Kedah! That's why the symbol of Kedah is the paddy. There are another 3 groups which is their site at Kedah. 

Kota Kuala Muda (The Bisik2) is site study area for Siddiq, Dila and Shafa, 
Tg.Dawai was chosen by Shila and Shazliza, 
Tikam Batu by Syafiqah and Cathy

Seems that Kedah has many attraction area which has potential to develop either new development or upgrading the place. BTW, Mohd Azahar Yusof is my partner for this project. He is a good buddy, handsome?? haha YOU DECIDE!!. Both of us have our own strength.. :D So, i think, we can deliver our tasks and run it smoothly. Hurmm...EVEN we feel that we have done a good job..BUT there is still need improvements in every single aspect like presentation skills, read more to gain knowledge and refer to others project done by professional planner either local or overseas. Well back to our site, Jeti Semeling is located at Sg. Petani. It's such a wonderful place with mangrove along Sg.Merbok and the Mangrove Complex. Our first impression: 

WOW!!! I fall in love with this place!! Beautiful scenery, facilities is provided for both OKU's and Normal people, the complex is awesome and i was thinking what kind of development need to be done here? Everything was PERFECT!! One of my friend said "Hampa nak develop apa lagi?" 

Even it was perfect (first impression) but LESS VISITOR!! I was surprised and wondering why not many people come here even this place has its attraction. Both of us looked around to find out why this scenario happened at Jeti Semeling.