Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Najib: GE13 will be Malaysia’s first social media election

Facebook and Twitter will be a key battlefront to Barisan Nasional’s defence of Putrajaya and Election 2013 will be the fascinating period for people in both politics and the Internet.

                                  Datuk Seri Najib Razak

While launching the Malaysia Social Media Week 2013 summit, BN Chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib said, “the coming general election will be Malaysia's first “social media election”

He said this was because politicians were already using social media to engage with people online.

“Of course, it will not be the biggest factor in the elections, but it is certainly increasing the tempo of political debate,” he said after launching the Malaysia Social Media Week 2013 summit.

He has more than 1 million followers on Twitter and some 1.2 million “likes” on Facebook, Najib was given a special Leadership in Social Media Engagement Award at the event organised by the Malaysia Social Media Chambers.

He said social media had encouraged greater openness. “With social media, everyone has a voice, and can broadcast it to the world.It allows people to reach across traditional boundaries and barriers, to engage in real discussion, in real time,” he said.

He said the Government had put in a lot of effort to ensure every Malaysian had access to social media.

“Initiatives like Digital Malaysia offer smartphone vouchers to young people and expand broadband access in rural areas,” he added.

Najib also posted his first Instagram picture of the audience which he took using his iPad on his newly set-up Instagram account @najib_razak.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Woody Bio Fuel

The volume of forest residue from logging activities in Malaysia is very valuable but remains largely untapped.As the woody bio fuel has become an alternative to petrol, logging residues are an important source for biomass. 
Forest residues are defined as wood pieces 10 cm and above in diameter, generated by construction of forest roads, skid trails and landings, felling, skidding and transportation. They originated from the felled trees and trees damaged or overthrown during the logging operations.
The residues can roughly be divided into the following groups:
   i.           High stumps
   ii.          Stem section above first branches (top log)
   iii.        Branches
   iv.         Off-cuts, rotten log parts
   v.          Trees broken or severely damaged in the crown
   vi.        Trees severely damaged (butt trunk and root damaged)
   vii.       Splintered trees and logs
   viii.      Logs, lost down and not recovered

Significant volumes of forest residues are left in the concession area after logging.

According to the Malaysia-DANCED bilateral project “Study On Extraction and Processing of Forest Residues and Small Dimension Logs” on the basis of the Government Agreement signed between Denmark and Malaysia in December 1996, based on the current logging and extraction methods, the volume of forest residues is about 2 times the volume of logs removed from the area.

Approx 1/3 of the wood residues originates from the felled trees and the rest originates from residual trees are either destroyed or damaged during logging and extraction.

The calculation of the estimated volume of biomass (forest) residue from logging activities thus is as follows:

Volume of biomass (forest) residue from logging activities in the year 2011 is 8343942 m3. (Total log production in the year 2011 is 4171971(m3) x 2 = 8343942 m3).