Friday, May 25, 2012

ROOMS FOR RENT, KOTA WARISAN


I have three fully-furnished rooms for rent in a fully-furnished Prima Apartment, Kota Warisan.

The Master Bedroom with attached bathroom is available now.

The Corner Bedroom is available now.

The Middle Bedroom will be available later in the year (tenant extended tenure).

For details, please send an email to azlan.landlord@gmail.com

Revised: August  24, 2012


Copyright 2003-2012 Azlan Adnan 

Monday, May 14, 2012

New Column at APOSL




Harithabhoomi
Azlan Adnan
Founder, Green Party of Malaysia

I’m delighted to have been invited to contribute to APOSL. My column is called Harithabhoomi, which is Sanskrit for Green Earth. In this column, I plan not just to inform you on matters green, but also to challenge your way of thinking. For it is only by discarding our current thinking and accepting new paradigms that progress in science is made.

Every major advance in science was first met with disbelief and the innovative thinker ridiculed and persecuted, even. But the truth has a way of prevailing and wins out in the end. For thousands of years, it was accepted without question that the sun, stars and planets orbited around the Earth. When Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler introduced the idea that the Earth and planets revolved around the Sun, their novel idea was met with much resistance. More recently, similar reception was afforded to an Australian physician by the name of Barry Marshall when he declared that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori is the cause of most peptic ulcers, reversing decades of medical doctrine holding that ulcers were caused by stress, spicy foods, and too much acid.

It is only by pushing the envelope, questioning everything that we take for granted, that a space is created for new ideas to flourish and for progress to be made. So some of the ideas I present in my column may disturb you but I hope it would be a creative disturbance ~ some food for thought for you to ponder upon and wonder about. And maybe even improve upon.

The fact is, for most of the 200,000 years that the human species has roamed this planet, we were quite benign. In the last 50 years, however, we have more than doubled in population, from 3 billion to more than 7 billion. Such a dramatic increase in numbers in such a tiny fraction (0.025%) of our existence has put tremendous and unprecedented demands on resources and the environment.

We are living in exceptional times. We are in a unique position in the history of human existence, for it is within our lifetime that it will be decided whether we will destroy this planet, irrevocably and forever, or not. If we want to keep the planet fit for human habitation, we have to make changes. Big changes. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic change of the Earth's climate. The “business as usual” type of thinking that got us into this mess, is not the type of thinking that will help us get out of this quagmire. Radical new thinking is required to ensure our collective future, the survival of the human species and, indeed, survival of the planet itself.

And remember, the planet does not need humans. In fact, the planet would be much better off if humans became extinct. Life on Earth without humans is very feasible. But humans need the planet. This planet is our home, our only home. If we want to survive as a species, we need a home ~ this planet ~ to live in. The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and I implore you to take a message of mobilization out to every human being to ensure our collective future. Welcome to Harithabhoomi.

Copyright 2003-2012 Azlan Adnan Legal Notice Copyright 2003-2012 Azlan Adnan. This blog post is sponsored by The Green Party of Malaysia

Monday, April 23, 2012

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SG KAYU ARA: Fully-Furnished Smaller Bedroom for Rent

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Fully-Furnished Smaller Bedroom for Rent

Location:

Rumah Pangsa Kayu Ara
29 Jalan Teratai PJU 6A
Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara
Damansara Utama
47400 PETALING JAYA
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Suitable for Single Professional Male working in Bandar Utama (IBM, KPMG, TV3, Media Prima, etc.)

Description:

This is a fully-furnished smaller bedroom in a furnished medium-cost flat. All furniture and fittings from IKEA. What you see is what you get in furnished medium-cost flat for rent to non-smoker males only.
Lift.
Free Car Park.
Restaurants, mini-markets and shops downstairs.
7-Eleven, Carrefour Express, Budget Hotel, Internet Cafe within walking distance.
Easy access to NKVE, LDP, Penchala Link
Rent includes water, electricity and high-speed (20Mb/s) Wi-Fi

Rent: RM350/month for single occupancy only. Not suitable for double occupancy.

===> AVAILABLE FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 <===

Newly repainted and refurbished. Fully furnished with furniture from IKEA. Includes sofa, coffee table, cabinets, bookshelves, kitchen shelves, dining table, dining chairs all from IKEA. Also beds and mattresses.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Security Deposit: 3 months' rent
Utility Deposit: 1 month's rent
Tenancy Agreement and Stamp Duty: RM150 (lump sum).

This is my property. I am not forcing you to rent it. But if you want to rent it, you have to agree to my terms and conditions. Forget about "normal" as "normal" does not apply to this property. This is an exceptional property, so the terms and conditions are hence not "normal." If you can't afford it, please don't waste my time. You also must be able to make a fast decision once you have viewed the property. None of that you want to sleep over it, your papa needs to sleep over it, you mama needs to sleep over it, your whole bloody clan needs to sleep over it nonsense.

SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY WELCOME
If you are interested, please send an email to

azlan.landlord@gmail.com

requesting for a Rental Application Form.

Incomplete forms will not be considered. Once I have has determined that you are eligible to become my tenant, I shall invite you to view the room. If you like the room, you have to pay the Booking Fee of One Month's Rent immediately. You have to pay the Security Deposit of Three Month's Rent and Utility Deposit of One Month's Rent before you can have the keys and move in.

NON-SMOKERS ONLY NEED APPLY.

STRICTLY NO TIME-WASTERS OR PEOPLE DOING SURVEY-SURVEY (YOU CAN FIND SOMEBODY ELSE WHO HAS NOTHING BETTER TO DO TO LAYAN YOU).


Link to even more Photos at Facebook

Video of this bedroom

RM350/month

Link to this video at Facebook
Link to this video at YouTube
Larger Bedroom also available
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A video of the Living and Dining Area



Video of the kitchen

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Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya

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Revised: September 3, 2012. Copyright 2003-2012 Azlan Adnan Legal Notice

Friday, March 16, 2012

Going Green for Our Collective Future

By Lucia Lai
Originally published at http://cj.my/post/4581/going-green-for-our-collective-future
Extra bits added in this revision for clarity.
Fancy eating fried grasshoppers? It is crunchy and crispy apart from being delicious. What about sago beetle larvae saut├ęd in black pepper sauce with kai lan shoots?


Entomophagy (eating of insects) is what Azlan Adnan, the founder of the Green Party of Malaysia promotes as one of the options his party advocates to reduce environmental impact. Insects are delicious and the cheapest source of natural protein, requiring less land and feed than raising farm animals. By weight, termites, grasshoppers, caterpillars, weevils, houseflies and spiders are better sources of protein than beef, chicken, pork or lamb according to the Entomological Society of America.

Insects are also easy to raise, and to harvest, and they are highly nutritious to eat. For example, a termite contains approximately 14 grams of protein and 36mg of iron. In comparison, lean beef contains 27 grams of protein and only 4mg of iron. Additionally, if you are looking to add calcium to your diet, try eating crickets. One cricket contains 13 grams of protein, 10mg of iron, and 76mg of calcium. Overall, insects provide a good source of nutrients and when prepared properly, can be quite tasty as well.

While insects are high in protein, low in cholesterol and relatively low in fat, they are also a "clean" food source because many feed off fresh plants. For example, grasshoppers and crickets eat fresh, clean, green plants whereas crabs, lobsters and catfish eat any kind of foul, decomposing material as a scavenger (bottom water feeder).

Along with nutrition comes the added benefit of good taste. Taste is also a factor in selecting insects, as many can be eaten either raw or cooked, while others are used as ingredients to produce other food items, such as being used as an additive to flour. 

If Malaysians could tolerate more insects in what we eat, farmers could significantly reduce the amount of pesticides applied each year. It is better to eat more insects and less pesticide residue. Besides, the only more eco-friendly alternative to getting our proteins from insects rather than from mammals is to go vegetarian.
The Green Party of Malaysia is a soon-to-be-registered political party which seeks to unite all Malaysians under the banner of environmentalism.
Azlan Adnan, 53, single father of two grown children, is an entrepreneur and activist. His interest in the environment dated back in the 90s, when he accepted a position as a Research Officer with the Malaysian Timber Council’s London office where he helped develop strategies to counter the boycott of tropical timber that was prevalent in Europe.
When Azlan was asked what made him start the Green Party approximately two years ago, he said it was basically to give political clout to environmentalism in Malaysia and  push the green agenda into the Malaysian political consciousness.
“For a long time, the human species has adapted to the world around it, to the natural environment, but once man received a certain amount of knowledge and gained technology, man was able to change the environment to suit himself.
“We have come to the point we have changed the natural environment so much, in such negative manner, that it is no longer sustainable, or even natural, for that matter.
“We’ve changed it for short term gain in such a way that we jeopardize the long term future of the planet,” he said.
He believes that the Green Party would appeal to anyone who is concerned about the environment and the future – what he termed ‘our collective future’, means a future not for human beings only but for animals and plants as well.
‘Our Collective Future’ was the title of a talk he gave in Penang recently.
Next, he will be going to Sarawak in May, to give a similar talk.
“The way to a collective future is to be green. The future is not just our collective future, but our collective green future,” said the environmental activist.
How does the Green Party plan to get us to Our Collective Green Future?
Basically, it is for us to adopt a mindset and lifestyle of health and sustainability (LOHAS).
Apart from giving talks as a way to promote his Green Party, Azlan said that there will be press interviews and he’s plannig radio talks about green architecture with various architectural gurus.
For now, he relies on the internet and the alternative and social network media to promote his party.
There are more than 70 videos on environmental and social justice issues faced by Malaysians uploaded at the party’s youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/GreenPartyofMalaysia

Azlan Adnan, the founder of the Green Party of Malaysia
Those interested in being part of the pro tem committee, please  contact Azlan at harithabhoomi.malaysia@gmail.com.
Copyright 2003-2012 Azlan Adnan Legal Notice This blog post is sponsored by The Green Party of Malaysia

Friday, March 09, 2012

PRELUDE


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Copyright 2003-2011 Azlan Adnan. This blog post is sponsored by The Green Party of Malaysia

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Time not ripe for green politics?

Time not ripe for green politics

Teoh El Sen
 | February 21, 2012. Edited for accuracy. Originally published by Free Malasia Today.
Many doubt that the Green Party of Malaysia will make any impact in the immediate future.
PETALING JAYA: The all new Green Party of Malaysia has stirred up some excitement among political observers, but the question that seems to be on everyone’s mind is whether it can survive the rough and tumble of Malaysian politics.
Analysts whom FMT interviewed generally welcomed the emergence of a political organisation dedicated to protecting the natural environment, but agreed that it would take some time—perhaps decades—before it could make any impact at the polls, largely because there are not many Malaysians who are passionate enough about green issues.
“Anybody can form a party, but whether it can grow and get the support it needs is another thing,” said Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Jayum Jawan, a professor who teaches politics and government.
“I don’t think they will be able to deliver the votes. They don’t have the political base.”
The party, which is yet to be registered, was founded by Azlan Adnan, a 53-year-old former journalist who is now an environmental activist. He told FMT recently that the party was looking at the long term in trying to “change the political landscape” and was not likely to field candidates in the next general election.
Jayum said he was confident that the party would get the support of NGOs and environmentalists, but not the public in general.
“Environmentalists are not a significant portion of the electorate and mainly live in Kuala Lumpur. The environment is only now becoming important, but still not as important as it is in western society. The party will get support from the middle class, who like abstract things like that.”
KS Balakrishnan, a senior lecturer in politics and international relations at Universiti Malaya, said it would take Malaysians another 20 to 30 years before they could accept a political party with a green agenda.
Bread and butter issues
“The party will be a failure,” he said. “It can’t exist at this moment. We’re a long way away from that. Malaysia is not ready yet.
“Environmental issues are important, but Malaysians are still looking at bread and butter issues, about political stability, efficient delivery of the public service system.”
The Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA) has declared its support for Azlan’s (photo) initiative and urged other NGOs and environmental groups to do the same. Its president, Wong Tack, told FMT: “There is a total absence of a green voice in Parliament right now, and this man’s effort in building a green party is timely. Our current politicians are ignorant about environmental issues.
“We have a country without concern about global warming. Our rivers are polluted. Our mangrove forests are disappearing, and oil palm wastes go into our river systems. We just don’t have the political will to do anything about all this.
“The Green Party is necessary and I respect Azlan. I hope he can carry on and promote this party.”
Political analyst Wong Chin Huat of Monash University said the party should push for local government elections, noting that Europe’s green parties initially gained ground through such elections.
“I’m happy to have a green party coming on board,” he said, “but at this point, they don’t have a chance of winning at the federal or state level. If you have local government elections and you win, and people see how well you work, you can later make inroads into Parliament or the state assemblies.”
Even in urban areas, he said, a green party would not get more than 15% of the votes in a general election.
“The current election system is very much against smaller parties, and even Pakatan is not keen on changing it,” he said.
He suggested that the Green Party band up with other small parties, such as PSM.
Emulating Germany
Wong also said small parties would probably gain some ground if Malaysia had a “mixed member proportional representation” electoral system like in Germany.
“This system is where voters would have two votes, one vote for the constituency candidate and one for the party list. After meeting a threshold of a certain percentage of votes, the party would be entitled to a proportionate number of seats on the party list even if its candidates don’t win. That’s a fairer system than the one we have now.”
Wong also suggested that the government provide political financing to parties who win a certain number of seats. “Currently, the ruling parties would pass funds to their representatives and in turn they pass the money to cronies, which would support them financially too. Basically, both BN and Pakatan Rakyat are in the same game.”
Lim Teck Ghee, who heads the Centre for Policy Initiatives, also applauded Azlan for his initiative.
“Anything that can take us away from the destructive and negative influences of race and religious politics is welcomed,” he said. “Green politics is certainly on the rise in other parts of the world. It was only a matter of time before Malaysia followed.
But he said that party would probably need to align itself with bigger and more established parties like its counterparts in Europe had done.
“Eventually, as we see in Europe now, they have become popular and influential stake players in European politics,” he said.
“It’s going to take time, but we have to start somewhere. It is a party of the future, but the future really can come more quickly than we realise it.”
Lim said there were enough environmental issues for the party to address. He mentioned deforestation, water and air pollution and congestion and overcrowding in urban areas.
“The challenge for the Green Party is to try to integrate these with other concerns of the public, such as corruption, poverty and the rising cost of living.”
He said the party would draw many young voters and the educated middle class.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Green Party to stay out of polls


Green Party to stay out of polls

Teoh El Sen
 | February 17, 2012 Originally published by FMT. This version edited for clarity and accuracy.
Party founder Azlan Adnan says that more time and resources are required before the Green Party can contest in an election.
INTERVIEW
PETALING JAYA: The soon-to-be-registered Green Party of Malaysia will most likely not be fielding any candidates for the upcoming general elections.
The party’s founder, Azlan Adnan, told FMT that the party was still in its infancy and required more time and resources.
“Forming this party is a long-term plan to change the political landscape, a general election is a short-term thing,” he said.
Azlan said that to win a seat, it was the bare minimum to “cultivate” a constituency for at least a year and spend RM1 million to fund ceramah, donating to funerals and other welfare work.
“Because I don’t have RM1 million to spare and neither have I identified a constituency, it is unlikely for me to stand at this moment. There is no point standing and losing; and losing the deposit as well. It is not an ego trip to stand as a candidate.
“We are not in politics to make money. Others may become MPs just because they get certain privileges and to be privy to certain information… which they can turn into money. We, on the other hand, are here to make a difference,” he added.
Asked about the party’s alignment, Azlan said that at present, the Green Party was more inclined towards Pakatan Rakyat.
On how he differentiated his party from other environmental NGOs, the father of two said he would still continue to work with them and build on the good work of environmental NGOs.
“But because they are NGOs, there are boundaries to what they can do, primarily because they are funded by government grants. So as to not jeopardise these grants, they can’t be too vocal on certain issues. Their mentality is to do some good work rather than making too much noise and not getting any grants and can’t do any work at all,” he said.
Azlan said that as a political force, he wanted the Green Party to influence public policies which were often “already written about and researched by the NGOs themselves but not implemented because of the lack of political will”.
“For example, there have been things written about sustainable public transport, which is the industry with the biggest usage of energy. If we can have more sustainable transport, then you consume less energy and become more green,” he added.

Nuclear is not the way forward

Azlan said Malaysia could also change the way it managed its energy production to renewable energy.
“For a long time, I really believed that nuclear energy was the future and that it would save us. But look at the Fukushima disaster in Japan, a country where everything is so orderly and we know there is really so much unpredictability that it is not worth the risks,” he added.
He said renewable energies were the way forward, but this should be limited to small-scale projects such as solar, mini hydro and wind energy and “not like the big Bakun Dam project which is increasingly proving to be a white elephant”.
“When you flood an area of forest as big as Singapore to make a dam, what it really means is that there is land as big as Singapore ripe for clear cutting for someone to make money from timber,” he added.
Azlan said that a hydro-electric system, called the Gorlov Helical Turbine, could even be inserted into normal SYABAS water pipelines.
“These are very efficient, do-able, things but the present goverment does not have the political will to make it happen. So these things have to be people-driven, you have to demand it,” he said.
Lynas the first battle
Asked about the political party’s first agenda, Azlan said it would definitely be the Lynas rare earth plant in Kuantan.
“There is a war and Lynas will be our first priority. The Lynas project is symptomatic of bigger problems. It will affect health and you are contaminating the environment,” he said, noting that the 1987 Bukit Merah disaster was still undergoing a RM300 million clean-up.
Other issues the Green Party would take up include food security, water, housing, poverty and other basic human needs.
“Food security is not a national priority in Malaysia, it is very sad. When there is flood in Thailand, food prices here go up. We should be insulated from that but we are so dependent on Thailand,” he said.
Azlan said that big companies like Sime Darby had enough resources to go into full-scale food farming but were only interested in the more lucrative oil palm.
“We should have these big companies diversify into other food, including fruit, items. An example is mangosteen; it is not grown commercially because it takes around eight years to harvest. But if we continue that (thinking), it will become extinct,” he said.
Azlan said, among other things, Malaysia should explore other sources of food that were available, adding that there were numerous indigenous food sources consumed but not sold commercially.
“There are so many things grown in the kampungs but not sold in the market, whereas there are some things not grown here but flown in halfway across the world. Malaysia should be exploring plants which are growing in the local habitat and then we'll have real organic food,” he said.
Azlan said he did not consider “organic” food to be green if it is packaged in plastic and shipped around the world.
Change in mindset needed
On the logging situation in the country, the Green Party leader said what Malaysian companies were doing was not “forestry” but “timber mining”.
“It is not ecologically sound to be cutting down the forest which has 800 species of trees per acre and only replant with one species, which is usually going to be oil palm. We are actually changing the physical landscape and the ecosystem,” he said.
Azlan said one of the main goals of the Green Party was simply to “make things work”.
“Because when things don’t work, we have a lot of wastage; we want to be more efficient and use our resources more optimally,” he added.
“Take a Coke can. You use a lot of energy to process aluminium, ship it and put sugar, water and caffeine into the cans. Contrast that with coconut water, which is in a biodegradable container. The coconut water is so sterile that in an emergency you can inject it into someone in lieu of glucose. It is also isotonic and has some electrolytes,” he added.
Azlan said the nation needed a change in mindset and must develop a “LOHAS” (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability) mentality.
He said right now, the Green Party’s main task was to disseminate more information to more people.
“Knowledge empowers. You want people to be aware and make right decisions. At the end of the day, we want a better place and if everybody is green, we can have a better place to live in,” he said.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Going green towards colour-blind politics

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Monday, December 12, 2011

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AVAILABLE FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2012.

CORNER BEDROOM ROR RENT 
IN PRIMA APARTMENT 
KOTA WARISAN, 43900 SEPANG
AVAILABLE FOR NON-SMOKING MEN ONLY


Fully-furnished Corner Bedroom for rent in furnished Prima Apartment, Kota Warisan, Persiaran Warisan, Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi, 43900 SEPANG.

If interested, please send an email to:

azlan.landlord@gmail.com

to request for a Rental Application Form or download from here. Then, please print out, fill in, sign, scan and email or fax back with the required supporting documents as requested. Only fully completed Rental Application Forms with supporting documents will be considered.

Location Address:
Prima Apartment
Persiaran Warisan
Kota Warisan
Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi
43900 SEPANG
GPS: 2.8230649 North, 101.6981 East


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The colour concept for the Prima apartment is pine and black so the colour of the furniture will naturally reflect this. However, to break the monotony and provide a central focal point, the only major piece of furniture not in this colour scheme is the burgundy full leather 2+1 Fella Design sofa set.

Ideal for professional men with transport ~ a bit too far to walk to ERL station in AsiaAir uniform and high heels.

FOR RENT
Corner Bedroom
Please note the steel double-decker bed shown in the video above has been replaced by a wooden double-decker bed as shown in the photo (top) and in the video below:


Corner Bedroom comes with double-decker bed, Venetian blinds (from IKEA), wardrobe (from IKEA), bedside table (from IKEA), bedside lamp (from IKEA), rug (from IKEA), towel rack (from IKEA), hat rack (from IKEA). Rent: RM295/month for single occupancy, RM345 for double occupancy (two people stay).

=== AVAILABLE NOW! SEPTEMBER 2012 ===



TERMS & CONDITIONS
Combined Security, Utility & Key Deposit = Three (3) months' rent
SYABAS = Below RM6/month, free of charge, subsidized by PKR government of Selangor (yay!). Above RM6/month, got to pay.
TNB = Below RM20/month, free of charge, subsidized by government of Malaysia (yay!). Above RM20/month, got to pay.
Booking Fee = One (1) month's rent payable in advance. It will be forfeited if you change your mind before paying the Combined Security, Utility & Key Deposit. Once you pay the Combined Security, Utility & Key Deposit, the Booking Fee will be regarded as your first month's rent.
Tenancy Agreement & Stamp Duty = RM150 (lump sum)


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Once you have requested and obtained the RENTAL APPLICATION FORM, please print out, fill in, sign, scan and email or fax back with the required supporting documents (photocopy of IC/Passport, Letter of Appointment or 3 months’ Bank Statement) as requested. Only fully completed Rental Application Forms with supporting documents will be considered.

HOW TO APPLY (PROCEDURE) 

STEP 1 
Fill in the Rental Application Form. Fill in completely because I shall decide if I want to rent to you or not based on your answers, supporting documents, references, and etc. I shall later prepare the Tenancy Agreement based on the info you submit.

STEP 2 
If I think you would make a good tenant, I shall invite you to view the property. Once you have viewed the property, you will have to decide on the spot whether you want to rent the property or not. If yes, pay the Booking Fee on the spot. You need to pay the Security, Utility & Key Deposits before you get the keys. You also need to pay for the Tenancy Agreement & Stamp Duty = RM150 (lump sum) Please also indicate how long do you want to rent my property: 3 years? 5 years?

Thank you for your interest in renting my properties.

Revised: August 24, 2012

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