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Old May 27th, 2012, 04:03 PM   #81
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Govt allocates RM500 million as skills development loans annually
Posted on May 24, 2012, Thursday
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resource Ministry allocated RM500 million each year to the Skills Development Fund Corporation (PTPK) to finance skills training for youths and workers, said its Deputy Minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan.

She said RM300 million was specially for PTPK skills training loans for school leavers pursuing the Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM), Malaysian Skills Diploma (DKM) and the Malaysian Skills Advanced Diploma while RM100 million was towards the workers to improve their level of skills.

“Out of the remaining allocation, RM100 million is channelled towards the State Skills Development Centre in the form of a grant to implement various skills programmes for youths in the respective states,” she said when presenting zakat amounting to RM200,000 to the Zakat Collection Centre and cheques to recipients of the 2011 PTPK Excellent Service Awards here, yesterday.

Since the fund was set up in 2001, more than 200,000 people have benefitted from the financing of between RM750 and RM24,000 for the workers and between RM4,000 and RM24,000 for school leavers depending on the programme and level of training attended.

“About 58 per cent of the borrowers repaid their loans each year and to date, summonses had been issued to about 300 borrowers for not servicing their loans,” Maznah said. — Bernama
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KPJUC plans programmes to train medical specialists
Published: 2012/06/04
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New.../KPJX/Article/



KUALA LUMPUR: KPJ Healthcare Bhd is planning to start educational programmes to train specialists for the country.

KPJ Healthcare University College (KPJUC) a subsidiary of KPJ Healthcare, is in the midst of preparing the programmes and getting approval from the medical authorities.

The training programme will be implemented through its newly established School of Medicine that will initially focus on post-graduate programmes.

Professor Datuk Dr Lokman Saim, former dean of the Faculty of Medicine and director of UKM Medical Centre, was appointed as president of KPJUC and dean of the School of Medicine in February to spearhead the project.

With the start of this programme, Malaysia will see a new era in the education and training of medical specialists.

KPJUC will be the first private medical education institution in the country to introduce a post graduate medical specialty programme.

Thus far, all medical specialty programmes are conducted by medical faculties of public universities.
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Ministry Targets To Reduce Dropout Rate Among Orang Asli To 15 Per Cent By 2015
April 30, 2012 17:41 PM
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BANGI, April 30 (Bernama) -- The dropout rate among Orang Asli pupils has gone down to 25.9 per cent this year from 29 per cent last year, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said.

Through the Orang Asli Development Strategic Plan 2011-2015, the ministry, in collaboration with various agencies, has set a target to further reduce the rate to 15 per cent by 2015, he said.

Speaking to reporters after presenting the Orang Asli Excellent Students Award here Monday, he said, the community had shown strong resolve towards achieving progress in education, which can be seen from the increase in the number of students scoring good results each year.

He said last year, seven Orang Asli students obtained excellent Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia results with a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 and above, while 42 others obtained 6As and above in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia.

Ninety students scored 5As and above in Penilaian Menengah Rendah and another 48 obtained 4As and above in Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR), Shafie said.

-- BERNAMA
Orang Asli book launched
By Mohamed Farid Noh 11 June 2012 | Last updated at 11:55PM
http://www.nst.com.my/streets/johor/...unched-1.93171



Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein autographs a copy of the book.
Looking on is Ongeh Gantuk (left). Pic by Adnan Ibrahim


SEGAMAT: Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein launched a book on the daily lives of the Orang Asli community in Kampung Sungai Peroh, Kahang, recently.

The book is entitled Antara Kasih & Naungan: Program Dian Desa Perkampungan Orang Asli Parlimen Sembrong.

It is the work of 15 students and 15 staff, including Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) lecturers, who spent two months studying the lives of the villagers.

The book was published by UTHM, the Orang Asli Development Department and the Sembrong parliamentary constituency.

Hishammuddin, the Sembrong member of parliament, thanked UTHM for doing the research work.

"It is time that the Orang Asli community is given the appropriate attention so that the development and the quality of lives of this people are enhanced," he said.

Village chief Ongeh Gantuk, 92, said the book was an honour for his community and thanked those who had worked on the book.

"We are proud and happy that the book will be a reference for students so that they can better understand the lives of the Orang Asli.

"I welcome the publication of the book. We are willing to welcome anybody who wants to get to know our lifestyle," said Ongeh.

Also present were Kahang assemblyman R. Vidyanathan and UTHM vice-chancellor prof Datuk Dr Mohd Noh Dalimin.
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Rosmah encourages Orang Asli to acquire knowledge
29 June 2012 | Last updated at 09:57PM
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BANTING: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor today encouraged the Orang Asli community to seize the opportunity to acquire knowledge and use it to enhance their socio-economic status.

The prime minister's wife, who is also Malaysia Orang Asli Foundation (YOS) patron, said acquiring knowledge in various fields was very crucial in the current era to ensure the success of an individual.

"Education forms the backbone of the economic structure, hence with knowledge we will not be left behind or feel inferior.

"People with education will turn each trial or problem into an exciting challenge," she said at the launch of a family wellbeing programme at the Busut Baru Orang Asli village, here.

She noted that Orang Asli parents were now becoming more aware of the importance of education as evidenced by their initiative to send their children to study in urban schools.

She said the government had also been proactive in narrowing the gap between the Orang Asli and other communities, especially in the urban areas, by allocating RM22.5 million annually for their children's free education. -- BERNAMA
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Rosmah: All taska to be upgraded as Permata Centres
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TUARAN: All government-run preschools (Taska) will be upgraded as Permata Centres to strengthen early education in the state.

National Permata Programme Patron Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said initiatives had already been undertaken to ensure the success of the government’s vision including physical adjustments.

“These centres will adopt the Permata curriculum while teaching staff would be trained for six weeks to improve their skills,” she said during a function, ‘Apa Khabar Anak Permata’ at the Tuaran Anak Permata Centre near here yesterday.

Also present was State Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun.

The Tuaran Anak Permata Centre which was set up in 2007 presently has 21 pupils.

Rosmah disclosed that two more centres with a capacity of 40 children each would be built in the state this year, in Beaufort and Kota Belud. These would start operations in August.

She said the Permata Programme had been expanded to 600 preschools throughout the country involving about 20,000 children.

“To date, 32 Kemas preschools and three Perpaduan preschools in Sabah have adopted the programme benefiting about 1,500 children,” she said.

Rosmah also urged parents to give attention to their children’s early education as brain development was critical in the first four years of the latter’s life. — Bernama
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ROSMAH dan Mohamed Juhari pada majlis pelancaran Konsert Permata Seni di Lambang Sari, Istana Budaya.
http://www.bharian.com.my/articles/K...idiIB/Article/
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Rosmah: Takeover of Permata programme by ministries deferred
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Serious matter: Rosmah discussing with a representative during the press conference at the Prime Minister’s residence in Jalan langgak Duta yesterday.
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Gifted: Rosmah and Orynbayev (right) meeting students of the Permata Pintar school in Bangi Friday.
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Rosmah chatting with schildren at the Tuaran Anak Permata centre. BERNAMA
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Rosmah launches programme for youths
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Baking time: Rosmah joining (from left) Zulkhairil Fikri, Muhd Fazeri Salam and Nuratikah Rahim in baking cupcakes at the Permata Perkasa Youth Community Centre in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
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Push for more Malaysians at Juilliard School
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The prime minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, chatting with Malaysian music prodigy Tengku Ahmad Irfan Tengku Ahmad Shahrizal during a visit to the Juilliard School in New York on Thursday.
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Permata expands in Kelantan
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Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor giving gifts to pupils of the Jeli Permata centre during her one-day visit to Kelantan yesterday. Pic by Syamsi Suhaimi
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All smiles: Rosmah posing for 11-year-olds Mohd Hariz at the closing of Permata Pintar camp at UKM Bangi.
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ROSMAH bersama Orynbayev (tiga dari kanan) dan pelajar Pusat PERMATA Pintar Negara ketika lawatan Timbalan Menteri Kazakhstan ke Pusat PERMATA Pintar Negara UKM, Bangi, semalam.
http://www.bharian.com.my/bharian/ar...cle/index_html
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Permata scheme to nurture gifted students
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Young Einsteins: Rosmah sharing a light moment with students after the launch of Yayasan Permata at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Thursday.
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Curtin honours Rosmah
Monday February 13, 2012
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Recognised contribution: Rosmah receiving her honorary doctorate from
Dr Gill during the convocation at Curtin University in Perth. — Bernama


PERTH: The Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has been conferred the honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Australia’s Curtin University in recognition of her efforts in the development of education, particularly children’s education through the Permata Negara programme.

Curtin University chancellor Dr Jim Gill presented the doctorate to Rosmah at the institution’s convocation here on Saturday.

Also present at the event were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, Malaysia’s High Commissioner to Australia Datuk Salman Ahmad and Malaysia’s Consul-General in Perth Hamidah Ashari.

More than 500 graduates of the university, a number of them Malaysians, received their respective degrees at the convocation.

Rosmah, in her acceptance speech, said many of the world’s social ills could be mitigated if education was made accessible to all, including rural people and the urban poor.

She said that when the young were prepared from an early age, they would be mentally, emotionally and psychologically more adept in projecting the best of themselves by the time they reached tertiary education.

“It is proven that the formative years of a child, to at least five years of age, significantly determine his or her ability to succeed later in life.

“There could potentially be a lost opportunity if we do not invest in the right kind of early education for our children,” she said.

Rosmah said the setting-up of the Early Childhood Education and Care Programme under the Permata Negara banner was to ensure that Malaysia’s education focused on holistic human development from an early age and to ensure that the country could build profound human capital.

Curtin University conferred an honorary doctorate in technology to former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2006. — Bernama
PERMATA PROGRAMME: A gift to gifted children
29 June 2012 | Last updated at 01:18AM
http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letter...ildren-1.99532



PERMATA pintar programme students working on an experiment in a
laboratory at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The programme caters to for
the needs of gifted and talented children in the country.


WE refer to the report "All girls camp for the gifted" (NST, June 26), where 52 students -- 20 from Saudi Arabia, two from Indonesia and 30 from Malaysia are taking part in a three-week summer camp organised by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's PERMATApintar programme.

The programme is one of five Permata Negara programmes, the brainchild of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The programme caters to the needs of gifted and talented children. All children can have access to the programme.

The PERMATApintar is an important programme for three reasons.

FIRST, it provides much-needed space, environment and guidance for gifted and talented children to develop to their full potential.

Thus, gifted children will not be neglected owing to the lack of qualified teachers to deal with their extra intellectual needs.

Partnership has been formed with institutions such as Johns Hopkins University to train teachers in alternative pedagogies to meet the needs of these children;

SECOND, it allows Malaysia to cultivate its own talents with a stronger potential for these children to serve the country in the long run. In other words, we will not suffer from a brain drain; and,

THIRD, the programme serves as a model for harnessing human capital for developing countries.


At present, countries such as Indonesia, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia are looking to Malaysia in their efforts to develop their own future leaders among gifted children.

The programme also provides special attention to young gifted girls who can be vulnerable to societal pressures or cultural discrimination that may hinder them from pursuing their education to a higher level.

Every child has a right to education, and right education, among other things, must fit the child's ability and promote his or her potential to the fullest.

Hence, gifted children need education that is envisioned by UKM PERMATApintar school, just like disabled children who need special education.

UKM is proud to be part of this endeavour to give service, knowledge and skills in guiding the gifted children.

To meet this objective, UKM's approach is to offer education from cradle to career so that no gifted child is left behind. This is a major contribution to this country.

UKM is committed to contributing to the initiatives of providing expertise to gifted and special needs education.

In providing education for the gifted, the programme at PERMATApintar looks beyond Malaysia, as can be seen in the current summer camp.

Mawhiba-UKM All Girls Summer Camp is one of the many programmes organised by PERMATApintar UKM in making good its commitment to this greater goal of egalitarian education.

In the words of Dr Amal Abdullah Al-Hazza, the deputy secretary-general for female section of Mawhiba, the training given to the gifted is to assist them "to be better able to contribute to their society and religion".

We must look at providing education at both ends of the capability spectrum, not as a privilege but as a right for the children and their families, but most importantly, as a right for the nation.

It is hoped that the PERMATApintar programme will receive due recognition from all segments of society in and outside Malaysia.

Dr Rashila Ramli and Dr Sharifah Mastura Syed Abdullah, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor
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TalentCorp heads for Taiwan to network with Malaysians
Wednesday July 4, 2012
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...&if_height=202

PETALING JAYA: TalentCorp will be spreading its wings to Taiwan, where it will meet Malaysian healthcare professionals based there.

Together with deputy health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad will be organising international Outreach and Engagement sessions this weekend which includes a networking dinner and hi-tea in Taipei and Kaohsiung respectively.

“The Outreach and Engagement sessions serve as ideal platforms for the creation of structured global networks, which not only ease the search for professional opportunities by returning Malaysians, but also enable leading Malay-sian companies to tap into a wider talent pool to meet their growing industry needs.

“Additionally, these engagements help to establish channels for Malaysians to contribute from abroad, and potentially initiate conversations that lead to new ideas for cross-border business and professional opportunities,” said TalentCorp in a statement yesterday.

The Professional Networking Dinner will take place on Saturday at Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei while the hi-tea session will be on Sunday at the Howard Plaza Hotel Kaohsiung.

Bringing together Malaysian professionals and Malaysia’s leading healthcare companies including KPJ Healthcare, Pantai Parkway Limited, and Mahkota Medical Centre, the events would explore the scope for collaboration and profssional opportunities that are available in Malaysia.

TalentCorp was set up last year to address the brain drain problem in light of the economic transformation programme.
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NiE pullout for schools in 10 states, thanks to 1MDB
Tuesday July 3, 2012
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Wider outreach:
Shahrol and Wong sharing a light moment as they look through the NiE pullout.


PETALING JAYA: 1Malaysia Development Berhad, in acknowledging the importance of English in nation-building, has contri- buted RM100,000 to bring 125,000 copies of The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) pullout to secondary schools in 10 states.

Its chief executive officer Datuk Shahrol Halmi presented a cheque for the amount to The Star executive director and group chief editor Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai at Menara Star here yesterday.

“We are now at the juncture where the world is becoming more and more competitive,” said Shahrol.

“The Star-NiE sponsorship programme is one of the ways we can help because in 1MDB, we are all about building human capital.

“To have good human capital, people need to be able to communicate in English, which is a key language (worldwide),” he said.

This is the second time the Government-owned strategic development company has made such a contribution.

It contributed RM100,000 last year to bring The Star-NiE pullout to 50 schools.

“We hope we will be doing it for a lot longer,” said Shahrol.

Wong said The Star’s NiE project was divided into two: the Star-NiE pullouts for national-type schools, and the Step Up pullouts for Chinese schools.

“We feel that Malaysia needs English to keep its competitive edge in the global market as well as in its workplaces,” he said.

“The purpose of the project is to support the use of English language in schools,” he added.

Wong, who brought Shahrol and his team on a tour around The Star’s gallery and editorial floors, said the newspaper had taken to making reading a pleasure by introducing videos, visuals and more “colour” to the stories its editorial team produces.

This included making more visuals and videos available and interactive through The Star’s e-Paper and iSnap feature of the newspaper’s mobile app.
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200 more rural libraries to be opened nationwide
30 Jun 2012 | Last updated at 07:01PM
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TUMPAT: The National Library plans to open about 200 more rural libraries nationwide this year, particularly in Sabah and Sarawak.

Its information and knowledge infrastructure director, Salbiah Mohd Yusof said this would help inculcate reading interest and enrich the knowledge of the rural community.

"To date there are 1,091 rural libraries nationwide, of which 585 were set up by the federal government while the rest by state governments," she told reporters at the launch of the 1Malaysia Reading Carnival and the Kampung Telaga Bata Rural Library here today.

Salbiah said the National Library would continue to upgrade rural libraries, including bridging the information communication technology divide by equipping them with broadband access.

"We also welcome the donation of books, novels and magazines for rural libraries," she added.

Meanwhile, Pengkalan Kubor assemblyman Datuk Noor Zahidi Omar, who officiated the event, was delighted that about 1,000 of 1,200 Kampung Telaga Bata residents had registered as members of the rural library.

Kelantan Public Library Corporation director Wan Mohd Suhaimi Wan Mustafa was present. Bernama
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Vocational training in high schools by 2013
By TASHNY SUKUMARAN Updated: Monday July 9, 2012 MYT 11:48:42 AM
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resources and Education Ministries are aiming to begin vocational training in high schools by 2013, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam.

"We want to make the vocational education a system of choice, attracting even the brighter students," he said, speaking at the 2011 International Skills Conference at the Putra World Trade Centre here on Monday.

He said vocational education was important, and students would be exposed to it from Form One upwards.

Students would also receive vocational certification along with SPM certification.

Subramaniam explained that the Higher Education Ministry was also in talks with several universities to discuss giving out degrees in learned skills instead of diplomas so that vocational school graduates could have both the paper qualifications and necessary hands-on experience.

"I hope it will jive with the private sector so we can obtain synergy," he told delegates at the two-day conference.

"Exposing students to vocational education at a young age allows them to continue... By 2020, 60% of employment will be skills-based."

Speaking to reporters at a press conference later, the minister also said that the Government and the World Bank were currently conducting a study on Malaysia's human resources and what areas to focus on.

"It aims to assess supply and demand," he said, saying a preliminary report had already been prepared.
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Najib to teachers: Prepare children to think creatively
By JOSEPH SIPALAN Published: Thursday July 12, 2012 MYT 4:58:00 PM
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PUTRAJAYA: Teachers need to find ways to build students' "intellectual capital" to prepare them for the future, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said rapid progress in technology has created numerous jobs that did not exist 20 years ago, and the trend would only become more prevalent in years to come.

"The question is how do we prepare them to take on jobs that don't exist yet? The answer is we can't, because we don't know what will come in the future," he said.

He said what could be done was to prepare them with the ability to not only think but think creatively.

"This will give them the flexibility to adapt to whatever situation the may face in the future," he said at a gathering of excellent teachers at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here.
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RM100mil fund for iM4U
By MARTIN CARVALHO and RAZAK AHMAD Monday July 16, 2012
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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arriving at the 1Malaysia for Youth
(iM4U) event at KLCC, which saw a huge turnout. Najib announced a special
RM100mil fund for the iM4U programme. - RAJA FAISAL HISHAN / The Star


KUALA LUMPUR: A special RM100mil fund will be set up to spearhead the iMalaysia For Youth (iM4U) Programme to instill the spirit of volunteerism among Malaysian youth, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said the initiative underlined the Government's commitment to ensure that programmes under the iM4U are provided with “seed money” to enable youths to implement volunteer programmes for the betterment of the country.

Najib would personally head a iM4U board of trustees to oversee the smooth running of the youth volunteer programmes.

“With this programme, we will start, not a wave of riots and street demonstrations but a wave that will spread throughout the country for a better Malaysia through the spirit of volunteerism among our youths,” he said at the programme's launch at the KLCC Esplanade here yesterday.

On the iM4U slogan, Najib said: “I am for you. The government of today is the government for the youths, and we will do all that we can to ensure that your future will be filled with hope.”

More than 50,000 youths from 15 ministries, agencies and non-governmental organisations attended the event.

They took part in 16 volunteer programmes in several venues in the Klang Valley and Selangor. Youths can sign up for the iM4U programmes at http://www.1m4youth.com.my.
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Najib-led government ready to invest big on first class human capital
Posted on July 16, 2012, Monday
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KOTA KINABALU: The government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is ready to set aside major allocation for the development of first class human capital in the country, says State Assistant Finance Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan.

He said the government was also ready to offer various forms of loans and assistance to help the youth in the field of entrepreneurship.

When the young people take up the opportunities available to them, they also help to drive the state’s business sector, he told reporters after officiating a conference here on young leaders’ role in the new economy transformation.

Also present were the Director of Youth and Sports Department (Federal) Sabah Mohd Dahali Matsin and the President of Sabah Youth Council (MBS) Kevin Lim.

Tawfiq said the young generation must equip themselves with skills in all aspects in order to compete in the business world which has become increasingly challenging.

“For those wanting to enter the world of business, it will be better for them to start on a small scale first before expanding the scope of their business to a larger scale,” he said.

The three-day conference is being participated by 152 participants from various parts of Sabah, 16 from the Labuan and 10 from Sarawak.

Participants include youth leaders, young entrepreneurs and representatives from the public and private sector Institutions of Higher Learning. — Bernama
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Talent Corp to work with more companies to attract premium talent
Last updated on 19 July 2012 - 06:12pm
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GEORGE TOWN (July 19, 2012): Talent Corp Malaysia Bhd will work with more firms in order to attract and retain high-quality talent in the country.

Its chief executive officer, Johan Mahmood Merican, said for Malaysia to emerge as a global talent destination by 2020, it was critical to ensure that the public and private sectors work together to address the talent requirements of the country.

"We have worked with some of the companies who are present today ... we have programmes like outreach abroad and upskilling young graduates.

"We hope to do more, undertake more activities and work with more firms," he told Bernama at JobStreet.com's Human Resource Networking Event 2012 here today.

Also present was JobStreet.com's country manager, Chook Yuh Yng.

Johan said JobStreet.com's event would enable Talent Corp to engage with companies and recruiters to understand some of the talent management issues. He said it was good that the event was held here because Penang is a major destination for top talent and it also has strong sectors --electronics, information and communication technology and healthcare.

Johan said Talent Corp was now working closely with JobStreet.com in undertaking more programmes for university students, graduates and women.

"We are working closely with Jobstreet on two major initiatives. The first is the internship programme to encourage young graduates to get good internship. This collaboration includes the Higher Education Ministry," he said.

Johan said another initiative with Jobstreet.com and also in collaboration with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, was to launch a portal which aims to woo women to go back to work, to be launched in September.

Meanwhile, Chook said over 20,000 jobs were available on JobStreet.com's job site daily and in Penang alone there were over 2,500 jobs available daily.

She said in the tight talent market, employers faced challenges in hiring and retaining the right talent in their organisation, hence new ideas for talent management were important.

"In the northern region, the top industries facing the talent crunch include production manufacturing, electric and electronics manufacturing, wholesale and retail, construction, property and hospitality," he said. – Bernama

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TalentCorp goes abroad to woo Malaysians
Published: 2012/07/30
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PETALING JAYA: Talent retention and shortage of local experts remain a challenge in meeting the needs of 12 key areas under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), says Talent Corp Malaysia Bhd (TalentCorp) chief executive officer Johan Mahmood Merican.

To overcome the problem, Johan said, TalentCorp and employers from various sectors in the country would continue to work together to attract as many as possible local experts abroad to return and work in Malaysia.

He said TalentCorp, through its Outreach and Engagement programmes, will travel to more than 10 countries to meet with Malaysian experts.

"TalentCorp, with employers in various sectors, will be going to several countries like Australia, Qatar and Bahrin to meet with Malaysian talent there."

Johan said the Outreach and Engagement programmes will be implemented on a regular basis so that they are confident with employment opportunities in Malaysia.

"We will talk with them about job offers and provide further interviews if they are interested," he told reporters after delivering a speech at the Human Resources Network Programme, organised by JobStreet.com.

Also present were JobStreet.com CEO Suresh Thiru and IBM human resources director Kenneth Ho.

Over 40 employers from various sectors participated in the Outreach and Engagement programme, through which the firm has successfully met more than 1,000 Malaysian experts in countries like the UK, Japan, the US and Taiwan. It has also established the Returning Expert Programme, a scheme that offers several incentives to the experts overseas like buying a car without tax, a flat 15 per cent tax for five years and permanent resident status for their children or wives who are not Malaysian citizens.

Johan said about 1,080 applications have been approved through the scheme. "Oil and gas, finance and electrical and electronic industries are the most critical sectors in the country as they are competing with the whole world for talents and experts."
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Bigger role for youth
By SEAN AUGUSTIN |
02 August 2012 | last updated at 10:37AM
http://www.nst.com.my/top-news/bigge...outh-1.118558#



Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak shakes hands with member of
Genovasi's Board of Visionaries Prof Datuk Jimmy Choo after the Genovasi
Dialog at Perdana Putra Building in Putrajaya. -- NSTP pix by Fariz Iswadi Isma


This will take place under a new government initiative called Genovasi, said to be the first of its kind in Asean.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the initiative would develop youth to become the country’s new generation of innovation ambassadors.

He said Genovasi (a combination of the words generation and innovation) would partner with global innovation leaders to impart innovation, skills, expertise and methodologies to the ambassadors.

These ambassadors, he said, would use their creativity and skills in three areas: community-centric projects to benefit people, economic-focused projects that generate wealth, and government-enhancement projects to improve the delivery service.

Najib said the initiative would provide an avenue for the youth to integrate with the nation and offer their passion and commitment to take Malaysia to greater heights.

“Genovasi will be launched early next year as an innovation organisation, where bright young minds will have opportunities to receive induction into innovation.

“I expect it to be granted university status within five years. A board of visionaries will guide and advise Genovasi,” he said after attending a dialogue session with several leaders in innovation at the Perdana Putra building yesterday.

He said the youth would learn skills and methodologies and how to apply them to real situations to progress, obtain a better quality of life and solutions for the nation.

“We understand and appreciate that youth are no longer content with just being passive spectators.

“They want to engage in improving the country that they are going to inherit. So, the current and future generation of leaders will work hand in hand for the collective good.”

Present were Special Innovation Unit (Unik) chief executive officer Datuk Kamal Jit Singh and Malaysian Innovation Agency chief executive officer Mark Rozario.
Unik will spearhead the initiative.

Najib said innovation was an effective and proven strategy in dealing with a volatile, complex, uncertain and ambiguous environment.

"All leading countries have used innovation to achieve a quantum leap in their progress trajectories," he said, adding that innovation was key to making Vision 2020 a reality.

He said Malaysians needed to change their mindsets that failure meant the end of the road, but in countries like the United States, it was a precursor to success.

Najib said happy citizens were a national aspiration, as much as a healthy gross domestic product.

"We want people to be emotionally happy. Quite often, we forget about the happiness index."

Kamal Jit said Genovasi would be made into an entity next year and youth, especially graduates, would be invited to apply as participants. He said it would work with universities and other agencies to rope in participants.
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MySkills Foundation grateful for RM1.5 mln govt contribution
Posted on August 31, 2012, Friday
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KUALA LUMPUR: Human Resource Minister, Datuk Seri S Subramanim described the government’s RM1.5 million contribution to MySkills Foundation as proof of its concern and care in assisting the nation’s teenage school dropouts and underprivileged students.

“The contribution, an initiative by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, will assist MySkills to continue carrying out its programmes to help such teenagers.

“We hope it will specifically help Indian teenage dropouts who number about 9,000 a year,” he said after the handing over of the cheque, here yesterday.

He said the government always supported the efforts by non-governmental organisations in helping such teenagers from getting involved in social ills and dropping out of schools.

Meanwhile, S. Sasitaran, 21, an Electronics student at the Primus Institute of Technology said he had worked at odd jobs in a paint factory, fast food restaurant and also been a despatch rider in his home state of Perak after leaving school.

“I’m lucky to be able to continue my education after being brought to Kuala Lumpur by my Aunty, who wants a better life for me,” he said.

P Megalaavaani, 19, a Legal Secretary student who has a full scholarship from MySkills, said her teacher advised her to apply to the Institute.

“I hope to get a good job after I complete my studies and help my family,” she said.

MySkills Foundation was established in 2010 and works hand in hand with Primus Institute of Technology offering various courses in electronics, electrical maintenance and legal secretary. — Bernama
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PM: Genovasi to produce 5,000 young ambassadors to spur country’s progress
By JOSEPH SIPALAN Thursday August 2, 2012
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Glad to meet you: Najib meeting Choo (right) and other local and
international partners of Genovasi at a dialogue session in Putrajaya.


PUTRAJAYA: The Government has launched an ambitious plan to develop 5,000 youths as “innovation ambassadors” under its latest initiative called Genovasi.

Genovasi - which is a combination of the Malay words generasi and inovasi - aims to progressively train the ambassadors over a five-year period so they can eventually take the lead in spurring progress, a better quality of life and solutions for the nation.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who announced the new unit yesterday, said Genovasi would partner with global innovation leaders to impart innovation, skills, expertise and methodologies to the new generation of Malaysian innovation ambassadors.

“Genovasi will be launched early next year and I expect it to be granted university status within five years. A board of visionaries will guide and advise Genovasi,” he said in his speech after attending a dialogue session with several leaders in innovation at the Perdana Putra building here yesterday.

The Prime Minister said Genovasi would be set up as an innovation organisation where bright young minds would have tangible opportunities to receive induction into innovation.

He said three tracks would be offered for the participants to apply their new innovation skills.

The tracks are community-centric projects to benefit the masses; economic-focused projects that generate new waves of wealth, and government enhancement projects to help improve the delivery service.

Genovasi will be set up and managed by a new agency under the Prime Minister's Department called Unit Inovasi Khas (Unik).

As an innovation organisation, Genovasi will work with various international and local partners to develop a training and learning curriculum for young Malaysians to pick up innovation.

Among the renowned experts and organisations that have come on board to assist and guide Genovasi are shoe designer Datuk Jimmy Choo, the Hasso-Plattner Institute and its School of Design Thinking, Pearson, Singularity University, Stanford University, The Millennium Project and The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Unik chief executive officer Datuk Kamal Jit Singh said they would need another four to five months to work out the details on how exactly Genovasi would be run, but noted that their target would be university graduates in their 20s.

“Their involvement will not be full-time. It will be akin to an internship, and we will probably work out a stipend for them,” he said.

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Developing world class talent
Last updated on 30 August 2012 - 01:06pm
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In its mission to humanise financial services across Asia, Maybank’s Senior Executive Vice-President Head, Group Human Capital Nora Abdul Manaf recognised the need to create a talent pool of world-class future business leaders and competent financial experts for the region. Developing these fresh talents embodied the bank’s value proposition for their stakeholders wherever they had a foot print. A steering committee consisting of three key senior officials including Nora, spearhead this programme.

Drawing inspiration from some of the popular reality and game shows on television, Nora’s capable team drew-up plans for a business challenge like no other.

The start-up
Selected participants went through various stages of the competition being tested on various aspects until the national levels. 30 of the top performers from Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and Hong Kong who made the cut were flown to KL for the final showdown. At this stage, individuals were now grouped in sets of five – each from different nationalities. Nora underlined here, the agenda in creating an Asean like grouping where contestants would have to work as a team despite their diverse nationalities, backgrounds, strengths and personalities.

Overall the participants were put through the rigours of starting up a business from scratch. At the end of this exercise, each team had to sell the stock (erasable pens) while proceeds from the sales would be given to a welfare home.

Catch some of the best highlights of the whole Go Ahead challenge at: http://www.goaheadchallenge.com/

Rather than select top graduates based purely on academic results, as Nora pointed out, seeing employees in action is the only way to know if they can perform in the real work environment. “We strove to take them away from the controlled environment that they were used to in the classroom experience, in order to compel participants to be resourceful and creative in finding solutions,” Nora disclosed further.

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US to send English teaching specialist to S’wak
by Lian Cheng, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on September 6, 2012, Thursday
http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/09...alist-to-swak/



MARKING HISTORY: Richard Harvey, 63, (centre) who served in Sarikei,
Sarawak as a Peace Corps volunteer between 1965 to 1966 pinning his story
up on a board specially made for other members of the public with Peace
Corps connections while Tourism Assistant Minister Datuk Talib Zulpilip (left)
and Jones look on.


KUCHING: In keeping with the voluntary spirit of the Peace Corps, the US government will be sending an English teaching specialist to Sarawak next week to work with local secondary school teachers and students on enhancing their English teaching proficiency.

“He is going to work with scores of Sarawakian Malaysian secondary school teachers and students, as part of the effort to broaden and grow our English language connections,” said US Ambassador to Malaysia Paul W Jones at the launch of the photo exhibition entitled ‘An Enduring Bond: Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Celebration in Malaysia’ .

In response to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s request to the US government on building closer educational ties, Terengganu, Pahang and Johor became the first beneficiaries of the Fullbright English Teaching Assistant programme.

This programme slated to be expanded next year has already seen 50 young American college graduates volunteering.

Yesterday’s launch of the photo exhibition is almost 50 years to the day the first Peace Corps volunteers group arrived in Kuching on Aug 23, 1962.



TRANSCENDING LANGUAGES: Jones was impressed with the publication and
translation of his editorial in all three See Hua Group publications, particularly
the Iban version in Utusan Borneo’s Berita Iban section shown by The Borneo
Post features editor Margaret Apau.


The exhibition features the background history of the Peace Corps as well as personal stories published over the last few months in The Borneo Post as part of the US Embassy’s run-up activities to the launching.

The stories contributed by former Peace Corps volunteers and those who had personal connections captured the nostalgia of friendships that transcended borders and time.

The Peace Corps programme concluded in Malaysia in 1983.

The photo exhibition at the State Library here marks the first stop on its East Malaysian leg and will be open to the public for the next three weeks.

Jones said the first group of Peace Corps arrived in Sarawak in August 23, 1962 and over the 21 years, thousands more joined, making Peace Corps Malaysia the largest Peace Corps Programme in the world with almost 600 volunteers here during 1968.

“Most volunteers taught in schools, in Bahasa Malaysia and in English, helping address the urgent needs for teachers after Malaysia, opened secondary schooling to all in 1964.

“And others worked in healthcare, agriculture, all varieties of fields. Some made major contributions, for example, to university medical training programmes, or the documentation of flora and fauna of Malaysia, to name a few.

“Volunteers served in all Malaysian states, often in rural areas, far from towns and cities … sometimes only reachable by boat. Many studied Bahasa Malaysia for months before arriving and spoke the language in their daily lives.

“American Peace Corps are proud to play a small part in the great story of Malaysia development in the decades after independence,” said Jones.

Jones, however, pointed out that beyond their concrete contribution to education, health and development, perhaps the most significant legacy of the Peace Corps was the personal and human ties the volunteers formed.

He said the connection made was so strong that many volunteers actually stayed on after the conclusion of their programme, finding their lives permanently intertwined with their adopted Malaysian communities.

“Over my two years here in Malaysia, I was struck by how alive the connections are between Peace Corps volunteers and Malaysian hosts,” said Jones.

He thanked The Borneo Post management and editorial team for its participation and contribution in promoting the event and sharing the inspiring stories of Peace Corps volunteers and those with connections to them.
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Education system overhaul to produce students with 'HOT' skills
Posted on 9 September 2012 - 07:03pm
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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 9, 2012): Come Tuesday, parents of school-going children, especially those in lower primary school, will be unusually excited over what the preliminary Education Blueprint will offer, especially in terms of producing students who can compete with the best internationally and equipping them with "HOT" (Higher Order Thinking) skills.

Among other attributes, the transformation of the country's education system is also to produce knowledgeable students with strong leadership qualities and better bilingual proficiency.

"HOT" skills refer to more than just an ability to read, write and count. In today's competitive world, students also need to do more than just memorise or retell the facts.

"HOT" skills take thinking to a higher level among students rather than just restating the facts. They should be able to understand the facts, connect them to each other and apply them as solutions to problems in their work environment in the future.
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