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Q1 2016 Promotions

posted Feb 22, 2016, 10:07 PM by Coway Malaysia

In celebrating 2016 and as part of our solution to households having low water pressure, we are bringing in our latest Coway Nanotrap Technology which will allow sufficient safe-for-drinking filtered water in high crowd areas like factories, colleges, schools, masjid and surau.


The Nanotrap filter uses an electromagnetic force that absorbs 99.99% of viruses and 99.9999% of bacteria onto the filter. It provides more hygienic and cleaner water than general UV and UF water filtration systems. It provides high quality drinking water with high flow rate, even without pressure drop. Compared to a conventional filter such as UF filter which has 0.2µm, the 10 times larger pore size (2µm) of Coway’s Nanotrap filter produces abundant drinking water with high flow rate – even still effective in low water pressure areas.

The Nanotrap technology is currently available in Neo CHP-260N.
Oh yeah, the 
Nanotrap filter effectively eliminates odor yet does not affect the essential minerals that creates healthy and refreshing water.

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PERCUMA TETAPI MEMUDARATKAN

posted Feb 22, 2016, 9:45 PM by Coway Malaysia

Oleh Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd. Hasni Jaafar


MENJADI lumrah sege­lin­tir rakyat negara ini secara mudah me­ngambil apa sahaja yang percuma dan tidak dikawal. Mungkin ada antara kita yang biasa melihat aktiviti seperti di dalam foto, di tepi le­buh­raya atau jalan berbukit di se­ki­tar Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor. Ka­lau dulu, botol kecil yang di­gu­nakan untuk mengumpul air bukit, tetapi sejak akhir-akhir ini, botol besar turut digunakan, mungkin untuk keperluan sendiri atau keluarga, mungkin juga dijual secara kecil-ke­cilan.

Satu kajian kuantitatif air lelehan batu telah dilakukan oleh pelajar Sarjana Kesihatan Masyarakat, Fakulti Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) dan mendapati air tersebut boleh memudaratkan kesihatan untuk jangka masa panjang. Kontaminasi air tersebut boleh berlaku secara semula jadi atau akibat aktiviti manusia berhampiran dengan punca air tersebut.

Justeru pengambilan air lelehan bukit tersebut harus dihentikan segera. Berikut antara kawasan tersebut.

Alam Damai
Tempat pertama dianalisis adalah lelehan air di tepi jalan Persiaran Alam Damai. Sekelilingnya kawasan rekreasi, perumahan serta hutan. Kandungan plumbum dan kadmium di dalam air lelehan adalah 4.48 dan 15.22 bahagian per bilion (ppb). Jelas bahawa kandungan kadmium air adalah lima kali lebih tinggi daripada yang dibenarkan dalam air minum (iaitu 3.00 ppb). Kadmium adalah bahan penyebab kanser yang boleh mendatangkan pelbagai masalah ketumbuhan dalam 15 hingga 20 tahun akan datang sekiranya terus diminum. Kadmium juga boleh menyebabkan gangguan buah pinggang, urat saraf, hati dan pemikiran kita. Kandungan plumbum adalah di bawah tahap yang dibenarkan iaitu 10.00 ppb.

Lebuhraya SILK
Berdekatan dengan susur keluar ke Kajang. Air tersebut lagi teruk tercemar dengan kepekatan kadmium tujuh kali (21.29 ppb) lebih tinggi daripada dibenarkan. Kan­dungan plumbum (1.80 ppb) adalah di bawah tahap piawai. Pengguna seharusnya tidak boleh menggunakan air lelehan tersebut untuk masakan atau air minum sama sekali. Selain kemudaratannya, tindakan mengambil air percuma ini juga berbahaya kepada pengguna lalulintas lain kerana boleh mengundang kemalangan dengan deretan kende­raan diletakkan di bahu lebuh raya tersebut.

Sungai Tekali
Terdapat mata air yang didakwa menyihatkan dan telah digunakan hampir 40 tahun. Analisis juga me­nunjukkan bahawa air tersebut mengandungi kadmium sehingga tujuh kali (21.50 ppb) lebih tinggi sepatutnya dan sangat memudaratkan. Terdapat beberapa industri kecil dan sederhana serta kawasan perumahan berdekatan dengan sumber mata air tersebut yang mungkin menjadi sumber kepada logam berat tersebut. Kandung­an plumbum (3.15 ppb) dalam air tersebut di bawah tahap yang dibenarkan.

Batu 18, Hulu Langat
Satu lagi punca air bukit yang menjadi tumpuan orang ramai adalah terletak di Taman Damai, Batu 18 Hulu Langat berdekatan dengan balai polis. Hasil temubual mendapati ramai penduduk Taman Damai menggunakan air tersebut untuk penyediaan keperluan makanan harian mereka. Sekali lagi, kandungan kadmium adalah tinggi (21.87 ppb) melebihi tujuh kali ganda tahap sihat. Kandungan plumbum (8.33 ppb) juga menghampiri tahap tidak sihat bagi air ini. Disarankan agar semua penduduk Taman Damai atau sesiapa sahaja tidak menggunakan air dari punca ini untuk kegunaan masakan atau minuman. Tidak digalakkan juga untuk siraman sayur­an atau buahan.

Jalan Sungai Tua, Ulu Yam
Sumber air di sini turut menjadi tumpuan orang ramai, tetapi bukan untuk makan dan minum sebaliknya digunakan sebagai titis mata yang menyegarkan dan mencerahkan penglihatan. Hasil analisis me­nunjukkan kandungan bahan logam kadmium dan plumbum yang tinggi. Kandungan kadmium 23.00 ppb adalah hampir lapan kali tinggi daripada tahap sihat. Sementara kandungan plumbum 21.02 ppb, melebihi dua kali tahap dibenarkan. Memang benar kadar serapan kedua logam pada bola mata adalah rendah, tetapi lebihan air yang masuk ke rongga dalam boleh menyebabkan kesan kesihatan di usia tua.

Sungai Gahal, Hulu Langat
Ini adalah juga salah satu punca air yang digunakan oleh penduduk setempat dalam penyediaan makanan dan minuman mereka. Terdapat juga peniaga makanan turut mengambil air dari sumber ini. Kajian menunjukkan bahawa kandungan kadmium yang agak tinggi (8.92 ppb), hampir tiga kali ganda tinggi dengan kandungan plumbum yang rendah (4.10 ppb). Sememangnya air ini tidak sesuai untuk makan dan minum serta tidak sesuai untuk kegu­naan peniaga-peniaga tersebut.

Bukit Ampang
Kawasan ini menunjukkan tahap air yang paling tercemar dengan tahap kadmium dan plumbum yang masing-masing tinggi, 23.00 ppb dan 37.34 ppb. Namun punca air ini tidak digunakan untuk penyediaan makanan. Ia hanya digunakan oleh orang setempat untuk membasuh kenderaan mereka. Sekiranya ada yang menggunakan air dari punca ini, segeralah berhenti.

Rumusan
Hampir semua punca air lelehan atau mata air yang menjadi tum­puan ramai di kawasan Kuala Lumpur dan sebahagian Selangor telah tercemar dan tidak sesuai untuk digunakan sebagai minuman atau untuk penyediaan makanan, bahkan tidak sesuai untuk air siraman sayuran dan cucuk tanam kerana logam tersebut mampu menyerap dan mencemari sayuran hijau.

Justeru, janganlah kerana air itu percuma, kita berebut-rebut menggunakannya tanpa mengambil kira mudaratnya. Berhati-hatilah de­ngan kandungan air percuma tersebut kerana anda mungkin meracuni diri sendiri atau ahli keluarga tanpa disedari.

PENULIS ialah Pakar Kesihatan Persekitaran dan Toksikologi, Pusat Perubatan UKM.

Pencemaran udara dalaman

posted Sep 12, 2015, 6:26 PM by Coway Malaysia   [ updated Sep 12, 2015, 6:36 PM ]

Selalunya apabila negara dilanda jerebu berikutan cuaca panas dan kesan daripada pembakaran terbuka, ramai mula mencari topeng muka sebagai salah satu langkah mengurangkan debu, zarah dan partikel halus berbahaya memasuki rongga pernafasan.

Namun, tidak ramai pula yang berasa risau tentang pencemaran udara dalam sesuatu kawasan kecil seperti ruang pejabat, bilik tidur atau rumah.

Amat jarang sekali perkara ini diberi perhatian kerana kebanyakan daripada kita begitu yakin, udara dalaman lebih bersih daripada di luar.

Presiden Persatuan Alergi dan Imunologi Malaysia, Dr. Amir Hamzah Abdul Latiff berkata, sebenarnya udara dalaman yang tercemar juga boleh mendatangkan kemudaratan kepada kesihatan manusia.

Katanya, sebanyak 30 hingga 40 peratus penduduk di negara ini mengalami alahan sinus berpunca daripada udara dalaman yang tidak bersih.


Alahan terjadi akibat kekuatan reaksi sensitif pada sistem ketahanan badan. Bagi individu yang tidak tahu sama ada mereka mengalami alahan beberapa ujian boleh dilakukan. Selepas dipastikan, barulah dikenalpasti punca alahan.

Biasanya alahan bawaan udara yang sering berlaku pada manusia ialah daripada habuk, hama, bulu binatang dan sebagainya.

Terdapat juga alahan yang berpunca daripada pemakanan, pengambilan ubat yang tidak bersesuaian dan akibat sengatan serangga tertentu," kata Dr. Amir Hamzah yang ditemui di Kuala Lumpur, baru-baru ini.


Beliau berkata, antara punca lain pencemaran udara dalaman ialah disebabkan asap rokok, karbon monoksida dari luar, gas memasak, karosen dan banyak lagi.

Atas dasar itu katanya, orang ramai perlu mengetahui tentang kawalan kualiti udara dalaman kerana semua jenis pencemaran udara dalaman yang dinyatakan tadi berpotensi menyebabkan alahan.

Habuk dan hama contohnya terkumpul daripada partikel bulu manusia, fiber daripada fabrik, bulu binatang dan kutu yang ada pada bulu tersebut.

Menerusi pengalaman saya, hampir 90 peratus alahan yang dialami pesakit adalah berpunca daripada hama. Hama memang tidak boleh dilihat dengan mata kasar, sebab itu ia perlu diberi perhatian oleh ibu bapa supaya anak-anak tidak mengalami alahan yang berpunca daripada hama," tambahnya.

Menurut Dr. Amir Hamzah, para doktor akan memastikan tahap alahan dengan melakukan beberapa ujian seperti ujian gores kulit serta ujian darah igE dengan menggunakan bukti asas diagnostik.

Namun katanya, apa yang merunsingkan tentang alahan ialah apabila seseorang ahli keluarga mengalaminya, seluruh keluarga juga berpotensi menghidapinya.

Adakalanya juga sesuatu penyakit daripada alahan boleh menjadi punca terjadi penyakit lain yang juga mempunyai gejala sama seperti reaksi alahan.

Para doktor akan memastikannya, sebagai contoh hidung berair, tersumbat atau gatal. Pemeriksaan perlu dilakukan agar alahan tidak menjadi lebih berbahaya.

Sindrom alahan berbahaya ini dikenali dengan nama anaphylaxis. Jadi masyarakat perlu tahu bahawa alahan bukan sekadar hidung gatal berair malah turut berpotensi mengancam nyawa.

Sistem ketahanan tubuh manusia mempunyai banyak sel yang akan memberi tindak balas kepada bakteria normal. Apabila sesuatu menjadi tidak betul, maka sistem tersebut akan secara semula jadi bertindak untuk melawan jangkitan.

Namun, tidak semua masa sistem boleh bertindak dan apabila ini terjadi maka keadaan individu akan menjadi lebih serius seperti serangan asma," jelasnya.

Udara dalam rumah bersih

Sebagai ibu bapa bertanggungjawab, beliau menasihatkan agar memastikan kualiti udara dalaman adalah selamat untuk seluruh ahli keluarga.

Antara yang boleh dibuat ialah dengan memastikan cadar, sarung kusyen dibasuh menggunakan air panas pada suhu sekurang-kurangnya 60 darjah celsius seminggu sekali untuk mematikan hama.

Disarankan juga agar menggunakan penyedut hampagas untuk membersihkan lantai rumah seminggu sekali dan jika mampu gunakan pendingin hawa dengan suhu bilik 24 darjah selsius untuk mengurangkan kelembapan dalaman.

Selain itu ibu bapa juga boleh memberikan bayi susu ibu kerana kajian telah membuktikan pemberian susu ibu kepada bayi mengurangkan risiko ekzema sebanyak 50 peratus.

Ibu bapa juga boleh menjadikan suplemen yang mengandungi probiotik dan prebiotik sebagai makanan tambahan untuk menguatkan sistem imunisasi. Adalah amat digalakkan untuk anda semua berhenti merokok," kata Dr. Amir Hamzah lagi.


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In pursuit of purity

posted Sep 12, 2015, 6:21 PM by Coway Malaysia   [ updated Feb 22, 2016, 10:12 PM ]

One of the test and research labs at Coway’s R&D centre in Seoul National University.

One of the test and research labs at Coway’s R&D centre in Seoul National University.

THE AIR and water we take in are among the most important things for a healthy life and this has a major concern in many Malaysian households.

Evidence of this concern can be seen in how quickly South Korean air and water purifier company Coway Co Ltd (M) Sdn Bhd has grown since it set up its Malaysian arm Coway (M) Sdn Bhd in 2006.

In that time, enough Coway products have made their way into local households that the company recently diversified its product lineup by introducing a range of juicers.

“In Malaysia, we are one of the most successful Korean companies and we rose quickly to become the top brand for water and air purifiers here,” said Coway Co Ltd overseas business executive director Kim Yong Seong.

Kim added that Coway Malaysia once again recorded monthly sales of 10,000 units in April this year and exceeded its own expectations by reaching 230,000 customers to date.

“It was our best sales performance this year, even though April was the month Malaysia started implementing the goods and services tax (GST),” he said.

Based on this progress, Coway Malaysia will now be expanding into smaller towns in Malaysia, throughout the second half of 2015.

This is to help Coway Malaysia reach its target of more than 500,000 customers and yearly revenue of RM800mil by 2020.

“Our ultimate goal is to have at least one Coway product present in every household in Malaysia,” he said.

Kim believes this is possible because in South Korea, they are able to sell one product every 30 seconds.

In most restaurants and companies in South Korea, there is at least one Coway product present, be it a water purifier, air purifier or both.

To help hit its targets, Coway Malaysia will continuously bring in new products built in with the latest technologies developed by their technicians in Seoul.

Among the new products that will be launched in Malaysia this year are two new water purifiers, a new juicer and an air purifier.

The juicer, which is the newest addition to the Coway family, is meant to promote a healthy lifestyle by encouraging customers to make healthy drinks.

The company says the juicer boasts a extraction rate of over 48%.

In addition, the new juicer’s “frozen” function can make smoothies with frozen fruit and vegetables.

“We are also introducing a new filtration system we developed here in our research centre in our air purifiers,” he said.

Currently, Coway Malaysia is most well known for its reverse osmosis (RO) water filtration system.

All the technologies used in its appliances are developed in the company’s research and development centre in Seoul National University’s research park.

In South Korea, Coway has been dedicated to researching and developing environmental solutions since 1989.

What started with only 90 researchers in 1993 has now expanded to over 250 researchers working at the R&D centre, which was set up in 2007.

“It is so much better working at this research centre as it is bigger and fully equipped.

“We are also the only recognised water lab in South Korea, with eight water ‘sommeliers’ working here in our R&D centre,” said Coway’s technology team’s senior manager Oh Chae Yoon.

At the centre, there is also a section where water from different parts of the world is collected and analysed to help with developing suitable filtration systems.

Choi Byung Hua, a Cody, cleaning and servicing an air purifier in a customer’s home.
Choi Byung Hua, a Cody, cleaning and servicing an air purifier in a customer’s home.

Special filters were developed to ensure the company’s products work well in India, where the quality of water is very different from water in South Korea.

“We learned form experience where our filters lasted less than three months in India, compared to six months in South Korea.

“So we had to re-test the water and develop a new filter system just for India which will last six months,” she said.

The company is so focused on quality, it encourages customers to send water every year to the company’s water lab to be tested to ensure the quality of water produced from its water purifier is up to par and safe to be consumed.

In a similar vein, the R&D centre also has an air purifier testing room, where different types of air is tested to help develop the best filter for each country.

All these products are then sent for testing in an environmental testing room, where temperatures are set anywhere from between -55ºC to 200ºC.

This is done to test how the products will perform in the different environments and temperatures in various countries, along with how tough the products are.

“We actually have over 20 years worth of water and air mapping, which we collected from all over the world to help with out testing and product development,” said Coway’s environmental research and analysis centre quality manager Han Doo Won.

He explained that the data was compiled by their own staff during overseas work trips and also with the help of their partner companies overseas which send them samples.

This data is updated accordingly, to ensure they always have the latest samples on hand to help improve their new products.

To run the R&D centre, Coway invests over RM100mil annually.

In an effort increase sales in Malaysia, Coway took on the challenge of obtaining halal certification for its products.

“We are the first company in this product category in Malaysia to get the certification and it was not easy.

“In 2010, when we first tried, we got rejected but we persevered and finally we received the approval,” said Coway’s R&D centre division research director Kang Sang Hyeon.

To get the certification, Coway went to the extent of taking the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) on a tour to their factory and R&D centre in South Korea to check their products and processes.

With the halal certification in hand, Coway introduced an innovative rental scheme to make their products more affordable to all Malaysians.

Introduced for the first time in South Korea in 1997, scheme came at a time of economic crisis, where many customers could no longer afford Coway products.

“This scheme was welcomed by our customers quickly and it also brought us new customers,” said Coway’s environmental home appliances department managing director James Park Jae-Young.

Park, who is the former managing director of Coway Malaysia, said the rental scheme is the first of its kind in the world.

Customers who choose the rental scheme will be tied down for about five years, before either upgrading to a newer model or keeping the old one. As an added benefit for those who choose the rental scheme, Coway provides free servicing and maintenance for the products.

“From this we actually created a new job for ladies which we call Cody (Coway Lady), comprising of mostly single mothers,” he said.

Cody is also now a recognised job market in South Korea and here in Malaysia, it is slowly getting there.

The ladies will first be taught about Coway products and taught how to service them before being allowed to meet customers.

“This is not a part-time or freelance job, our Cody actually gets to move up the ranks as in a regular career.

“The only difference is that they are not really required to enter the office and so time is more flexible and suitable for single mothers who need to look after their children,” he said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/metro/smebiz/news/2015/07/27/in-pursuit-of-purity-south-korean-company-successfully-grows-market-for-air-water-filters-in-malaysi/

Coway rancang terus teroka pasaran Malaysia

posted Sep 12, 2015, 6:15 PM by Coway Malaysia   [ updated Sep 12, 2015, 6:27 PM ]

BERITA HARIAN, KHAMIS, 4 JUN 2015 @ 3:41 PM

SEOUL: Pengeluar penulen udara dan penapis air terbesar Korea Selatan, Coway Co Ltd, merancang untuk berkembang ke 15 kawasan baru di Malaysia pada tahun ini. Naib Presiden Eksekutif bagi Unit Perniagaan Luar Negeri, Kim Yong Seong, berkata rancangan pengembangan itu didorong prestasi kukuh di Malaysia, selepas unitnya Coway (M) Sdn Bhd mencatatkan jualan sebanyak RM268 juta pada tahun lalu, meningkat 22 peratus berbanding 2013. Kawasan baharu yang akan diterokai termasuk Temerloh, Seri Manjung, Mersing, Kuching dan Miri, katanya kepada wartawan Malaysia pada majlis pelancaran produk terkini syarikat di pusat penyelidikan dan pembangunannya di sini. Kim berkata, syarikat yakin dapat mengukuhkan perniagaan di Malaysia selepas meraih jualan lebih 10,000 unit pada April 2015, dan merancang untuk menjadikannya hab Asia Tenggara untuk kawalan berpusat.

Bagi sepanjang tahun ini, syarikat menjangka jualan sebanyak 90,000 unit bernilai RM380 juta dengan pelaburan sebanyak RM35 juta. Coway Malaysia dengan asas pelanggan sebanyak 210,000, mengendalikan 60 cawangan, 19 pejabat jualan, 23 Cody (Coway Lady) dan 18 pusat perkhidmatan Dream dan mensasarkan RM800 juta dalam perolehan dan 500,000 pelanggan pada tahun 2020. Prestasi Coway Malaysia merupakan yang terbaik dalam kalangan anak syarikat Coway di luar negara, mengatasi di China, Thailand dan Amerika Syarikat. Coway yang mempunyai dua kilang pengeluaran iaitu di Yugu dan Incheon di Korea, juga memberi tumpuan kepada pengekalan pelanggan, mengukuhkan produktiviti cawangan Cody dan melancarkan enam produk baru tahun ini. Syarikat merancang untuk membangunkan anak syarikat baru di luar negara melalui usaha sama atau pelaburan sendiri di Indonesia dan Vietnam. - BERNAMA

Malaysian business became Coway’s best overseas subsidiary

posted Jan 3, 2015, 4:03 PM by Coway Malaysia   [ updated Sep 12, 2015, 6:29 PM ]

Coway (M) Sdn Bhd, the Malaysian arm of South Korean appliance company Coway Co, recently announced the appointment of its new managing director. After eight years at the helm, James Park Jae Young has passed the baton on to new managing director, Kyle Choi Ki-Ryong.

When he first set foot in Malaysia in November 2005, Park saw the growth prospects for the Coway brand of water purifiers in the local market. “Throughout 2005 to 2006, Malaysia’s economy was burgeoning. As the nation’s income grow, it was a right time for people to invest in products that enhance health,” he said of Coway’s establishment in the country.

During his tenure, Park successfully led the Malaysian business to become Coway’s best overseas subsidiary, recording the highest return on investment of 114% and a peak of 200,000 customers in Malaysia. “Coway Malaysia is an important achievement for my career,” said Park, the company’s first managing director.

At his official introduction, Choi stated that the company’s next step was to increase its presence in Malaysia. “We will be expanding our branches to the east coast states, and we plan to build our brand into every corner of the country,” he said. Choi revealed that the company was aiming for revenue of RM300mil this year, and was targetting an increase of 20% next year.

While stating he has large shoes to fill due to Park’s accomplishments, Choi is confident that the target will be achieved. Since its inception in 2006, Coway Malaysia has consistently seen 20% improvements in revenue every year.

Choi is not a stranger to the Malaysian arm of Coway, as he previously held the role of chief financial officer in 2006 and was responsible for helping to localise the business here. Prior to returning, Choi managed the South Korean company’s US operations as the managing director. In addition to expansion plans, Choi said the company will launch a new home sanitation service in coming months. “We expect to bring in more home appliances, with about five or six new product models alone,” he said.

To accommodate the developing business, Choi also said heavy recruitment is expected next year, especially in its Coway Lady (Cody) workforce, the company’s team of female service experts. In line with its CSR efforts, Coway Malaysia constantly offers job vacancies and career advancement opportunities to single mothers and housewives. “We have 750 Coway Ladies now and we are looking to increase up to 1,000, or more depending onthe growth of our business,” explained Choi.

Bacteria in your drinking water

posted Aug 18, 2014, 6:57 PM by Coway Malaysia   [ updated Aug 18, 2014, 7:15 PM ]

PETALING JAYA: The water you buy from vending machines may not be as clean as you think.

Twenty-nine samples of water were drawn from such machines throughout the Klang Valley – and almost all were contaminated.

There were harmful E. coli, Coliform and Clostridium perfringens microbes – the same kind of bacteria found in untreated sewage.

Coliform and Clostridium perfringens are also the same bacteria found in human and animal faeces.

These bacteria can cause cramps, diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal problems.

The Star conducted the tests together with Forum Air Malaysia, an organisation formed to assist the National Water Services Commission.

Forum Air Malaysia tested 14 samples in April while The Star screen 15.

The samples were from vending machines here and in Subang Jaya, Cheras, Klang and Kuala Lumpur.

Under Malaysia’s Safe Drinking Water Act, there should not be any trace of Coliform or E. coli in drinking water.

Forum Air research and policy executive Jesslyn Pek said it was worrying that many of the samples did not have traces of free chlorine or fluoride, which are chemicals needed to kill bacteria in water.

“From the tests on the 14 water samples, six were found to have either Coliform or E. coli – and did not contain any free chlorine or chloride,” she said.

“Free chlorine must be present, because it is a disinfectant,” Pek said.

“There are standards to determine how much free chlorine is needed to be used to treat water, but as it cannot be detected at all in these samples, it shows that an insufficient amount was used.”

In the tests conducted by The Star with an accredited lab, all 15 samples tested positive for Coliform and Clostridium perfringens.

Water vending machines are found in office and residential buildings and universities or colleges.

People prefer to buy this water as it costs only about 20 sen a litre compared to bottled water, which can cost more than RM2 for the same amount.

According to an industry source, the Health Ministry began a nationwide effort to license owners of water vending machines last year.

However, to date, many have not responded.

To obtain the licence, operators need to fork out RM450 per machine and send water from the machines for quality tests at the Department of Chemistry.

They also have to pay a licence processing fee of RM130.

A two-year licence costs RM150.

Regulation 360 (c) (for “vended water”) was added to the Food Regulations 1985 in August 2012 to regulate water vending machines.

The ministry has requested for full water test results after being alerted by The Star.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/08/19/Bacteria-in-your-drinking-water-Germs-in-human-and-animal-faeces-found-in-vending-machines/

Experts: Filtration system must be serviced regularly

posted Aug 18, 2014, 6:52 PM by Coway Malaysia   [ updated Aug 18, 2014, 6:54 PM ]

PETALING JAYA: The filtration system in water vending machines can become breeding grounds for bacteria if not serviced regularly, say experts.

Malaysian Association of Standards Users CEO Ratna Devi Nadarajan said the purpose of the system is to filter out bacteria, but if it is not maintained or serviced regularly, it can breed bacteria.

Besides the filter, she said the exposed nozzle could also collect bacteria if not maintained or cleaned.

“The fact that faecal Coliform has been found in water shows that it is already very bad.

Ratna, however, said Coliform could be easily treated with chlorine.“We cannot compromise on this. Such bacteria should not be there at all,” she said.

She said the presence of free chlorine in water was an indication that the disinfectant was still working.

“But in many of the water samples, there were no traces of free chlorine, which meant that the treatment of water was not done properly.”

Ratna said the presence of Coliform in drinking water could cause diarrhoea or other stomach problems, especially in children and those with existing health problems.

Forum Air Malaysia research and policy executive Jesslyn Pek said the Clostridium perfringens bacteria that was found in water samples tested was not hazardous in water but could cause food poisoning.

“It usually causes stomach problems for about a day and people may not know that is due to the water.

“Food poisoning can result if this water is used for cooking,” she said.

Pek said the condition of many of the water vending machines was also found not to be in accordance with Part 5 (55) of the Food Hygiene Regulation 2009.

“According to the rules, the machines must be ‘equipped with self-closing, tight-fitting doors on the dispense compartment when the water vending machine is not in use’.

“Some machines had doors which could not shut on their own while others did not even have doors,” she said.

Pek urged the Health Ministry to take immediate action by screening the operators of the vending machines.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/08/19/Experts-Filtration-system-must-be-serviced-regularly/

Minum air buah ketika sahur untuk kekal cergas

posted Jul 1, 2014, 3:04 PM by Coway Malaysia

MINUM air buah semasa bersahur adalah antara tindakan yang baik dalam memastikan umat Islam sentiasa bertenaga dan sihat sepanjang hari pada  bulan Ramadan ini, menurut pakar dietetik.

Ketua Jabatan Dietetik dan Sajian Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), Ridzoni Sulaiman berkata dengan meminum air buah-buahan segar, ia dapat mencegah tubuh daripada mengalami dehidrasi pada bulan puasa ini.

Air buah-buahan ini mengandungi pelbagai jenis nutrien seperti vitamin, potasium dan glukosa, dan berperanan sebagai bekalan tenaga di dalam badan, katanya kepada Bernama baru-baru ini.

"Sebenarnya rasa letih, penat dan mengantuk bukannya disebabkan kekurangan makanan tetapi ia adalah disebabkan kuantiti air di dalam badan berada pada tahap rendah.

"Bila berlakunya dehidrasi, tubuh kita kehilangan air serta garam galian seperti sodium, potasium, kalsium, fosfat dan  sebagainya, sebab itu air memainkan peranan penting di dalam tubuh kita," tambahnya.

Memandangkan bulan Ramadan kali ini jatuh pada musim Monsun Barat Daya dengan cuaca yang panas dan kering, serta diburuk dengan jerebu yang tidak menentu dan ramalan fenomena El Nino akan melanda Malaysia pada pertengahan tahun ini, maka adalah perlu bagi umat Islam memastikan bekalan air dalam badan sentiasa dijaga.

Ridzoni berkata selain meminum air buah-buahan, orang ramai perlu mengelak daripada meminum kopi ataupun teh pada bulan puasa kerana minuman itu mempunyai kesan deuratik.

Minuman tersebut akan merangsang pengeluaran air kencing, dan akibatnya, badan akan mengalami dehidrasi dan tekak menjadi sangat haus, katanya.

Sementara itu, Pegawai Dietetik Pusat Pengajian Sains Kesihatan Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Mohd Hairil Nizam Abdul Hamid turut bersependapat pengambilan air yang mencukupi amat penting dalam menghadapi musim panas ketika berpuasa.

Katanya, kekurangan air ini boleh menyebabkan tubuh menghadapi masalah kerana 70 peratus daripada komposisi tubuh terdiri daripada air.

"Tubuh badan memerlukan sekurang-kurangnya lapan gelas air sehari bagi memastikan sel-sel tubuh dapat berfungsi dengan baik.

"Apabila tubuh mengalami dehidrasi masalah utama adalah buah pinggang kerana bila tubuh kekurangan air, buah pinggang akan kecut yang boleh menyebabkan kerosakan buah pinggang, malah antara perkara lain yang boleh berlaku adalah pening dan pitam," katanya.

Tambah beliau, walaupun pengambilan air yang mencukupi dititikberatkan namun orang ramai turut dinasihat memakan makanan seimbang.


Ramadhan Tips: Drinking Fruit Juices During Sahur Can Conserve Energy, Say Dietitians

posted Jun 27, 2014, 9:40 PM by Coway Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Drinking fruit juice during the sahur meal will ensure that Muslims are energized and remain healthy throughout the day during the fasting month of Ramadan, according to dietitians.

Head of Department of Dietetics and Catering Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), Ridzoni Sulaiman, said drinking fresh fruit juice could prevent the body from becoming dehydrated when fasting.

Fruit juice contains a variety of nutrients such as vitamins, potassium and glucose, and serves as a significant source of energy for the body, he told Bernama recently.

"Actually, the feeling of exhaustion, tiredness and sleepiness is due to lack of water in the body rather than lack of food. When dehydration occurs, our body loses water and minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphate and so on, thus water plays an important role in our body," he added.

Considering that this time Ramadan has fallen during the Southwest Monsoon season with hot and dry spells, along with the haze and the forecast that El Nino will occur in the middle of the year, it is necessary to ensure the supply of water in the body is constantly maintained.

Ridzoni said people should also avoid drinking coffee or tea during the fasting month because the drinks have a deuretic effect.

Meanwhile, School of Health Sciences Campus Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Dietetics Officer, Mohd Hairil Nizam Abdul Hamid, agreed that adequate water intake was very important during the hot spell when fasting.

Seventy per cent of the body's composition is made up of water, it is a major constituent of our bodies and vital organs and lack of water can cause health problems.

"The body needs at least eight glasses of water a day to keep the body's cells functioning properly. Lack of water can cause kidney problems, fainting and dizzy spells," he said.

He also advised people to eat a balanced diet.

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v7/ge/newsperspectives.php?id=1049851q

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