By Fadzli Ramli & Ahmad Muliady Abdul Majid

KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 (Bernama) -- Of late, the high cost of living is often highlighted in the social media platforms being a major issue faced by the majority of Malaysians, and yet many are unaware that there is a difference between the cost of living and the cost of lifestyle.

By Ahmad Muliady Abdul Majid

JASIN (Bernama) -- It is an established fact that those who live in cities have access to better facilities than those in rural areas.

By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Malaysians are avid online shoppers, as numerous surveys in recent years have shown.

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- For two years, industrial designer Ahmad Johari Ismail and his brother Mohd Azahari worked hard to develop a product that enhanced road safety.

Their prototype, called Multi-Purpose Barricade System, has a dual function: besides serving as a road safety feature, it can also be used as a panel for advertisements.

The innovation is not ready to be marketed yet but the siblings have realised the importance of patenting their product.

"I know how crucial it is for us to patent our product in order to protect our intellectual property rights and prevent others from plagiarising our idea.

"Patenting our product would also enhance its value. Besides that, we want to make sure that the sweat and effort we had put into our research and developing our product do not go to waste, " said Ahmad Johari, 26, a graduate in the field of industrial design from Universiti Kuala Lumpur.

By Erda Khursyiah Basir

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- When Norjauharatul Wahidah Zakaria finally succeeded in buying a house in 2016, it was a dream come true for her.

"To be honest, I had not reached a stage where I could afford a roof over my head but then I was thinking it was time to make an effort to buy one because house prices have been rising every year," said the 32-year-old former spa employee who is now an executive at a private company, here.

When she heard of the My First Home Financing Scheme or MyDeposit - implemented by the federal government in April 2016 to enable middle-income earners to buy their first home - she became hopeful of her chances of owning a house; in fact, she was among the scheme's early successful applicants.

By October 2016, Norjauharatul Wahidah, her husband, who is a private sector employee, and two children aged six and eight had already moved into their own house, a single-storey, three-bedroom unit at Bandar Kinrara in Puchong, Selangor.

"My dream came true, " she said, smiling. "It doesn't matter how big or small our house is, the important thing is my husband and I, and our children have our own roof over our head."

By Dr Prasant Subramaniam

Dr Prashant Subramanian, a primary care practitioner shares his concern over the prevalence of obesity among Malaysians. The Penang based doctor with an executive masters in preventive health, majoring in wellness, also points out the health hazard posed by sugar, a key ingredient for obesity.

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Looking at the fact Malaysia has earned the dubious honour of having the highest obesity prevalence in Southeast Asia, I am compelled to write on the dangers posed by excessive sugar intake by Malaysians.

By Sakini Mohd Said

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Rashdan (not his real name) seemed to have it all - a good job in the private sector that paid him well, as well as a lovely family, house and savings.

Then, he met an old friend who introduced him to an investment scheme that purportedly yielded lucrative returns. Having fallen for that hook, line, and sinker, Rashdan, 39, handed several hundred thousand Ringgit to his friend.

Then, his life turned topsy-turvy. The so-called investment scheme went bust, he lost all his money and whatever property he owned. He was declared a bankrupt and, worse still, his wife and three children left him.

Rashdan can be forgiven for falling for the scam as it was the first time he had invested in a scheme he had very little knowledge of.

On the other hand, Bakar (not his real name) has been scammed previously, yet he would willingly fork out his money if someone told him of an "attractive" investment scheme.