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Old March 2nd, 2005, 02:50 PM   #61
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Mara To Sue Student Borrowers For RM200 Million
March 02, 2005 20:39 PM




PETALING JAYA, March 2 (Bernama) -- Mara will take study loan defaulters to court to recover RM200 million in instalment arrears, its chairman Datuk Seri Brig Jen (R) Abdul Hamid Zainal Abidin said Wednesday.

He said Mara would publish the names of the defaulters and their guarantors in the newspapers before resorting to the legal process.

"Since 1996, 191,623 students took Mara study loans amounting to RM6 billion but 20 per cent of them did not pay back," he told reporters after closing a seminar of the Mara Education Institute Cooperative.

He said until last year, Mara had summoned 150 borrowers to court for failing to repay their study loans.

"They placed repayment of their Mara loans on the lowest priority and instead give more attention to paying their car and housing loan instalments and other debts," he said.

Abdul Hamid also said Mara would start sponsoring students for studies in West Asian countries like Egypt and Jordan as early as September as they were cheaper.

"University fees in Cairo are only US$3,000 (RM11,400) per student. For a degree, Mara has only to spend RM72,000 per student there compared to RM700,000 in Europe," he said.

On the assault case in the Mara Junior Science College in Pendang, Abdul Hamid said the students involved would be expelled if they were found guilty by the college's disciplinary committee.

He said the case was caused by a quarrel over a girl.

In the incident on Feb 23, a form five student was brutally beaten by five other students in a hostel at the college.

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Chinese Education In Malaysia
Updated:2005-03-01 17:29:16 MYT



Malaysia's Chinese education development is the most comprehensive and thriving other than that in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Malaysia is a multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious country, and the right for Malaysians of different ethnic origins to receive mother tongue education has been protected under the country's Constitution. And this is the principal factor why Malaysia's Chinese education, in particular Chinese primary education, can be preserved and developed for so long here.

Currently there are a total of 1,286 Chinese primary schools in the country, and these national-type primary schools have been incorporated into the country's mainstream education.

In order to perpetuate the Chinese education here, the Malaysian government has also allowed private education bodies to set up independent Chinese secondary schools, as well as tertiary institutions of learning using the Chinese language as the principal teaching medium. There are a total of 60 independent Chinese secondary schools in the country at this moment.

In Malaysia, more than 90% of Chinese Malaysians send their children to Chinese primary schools. Other than using the Chinese language as the major teaching medium, Chinese primary schools also teach Bahasa Malaysia (the national language) and English, and are the national-type primary schools giving equal priorities to the learning of these three languages.

Nevertheless, about 80% of Chinese primary school students subsequently further their studies in national secondary schools, and are thus given the opportunity to learn together with students from other ethnic origins, such as the Malay and Indian students, thus achieving the national aspiration of inter-racial harmony.

In Malaysia, Chinese language newspapers are the important "food for thought" for Chinese readers. Those who make it possible for the Chinese newspapers to survive are those who have received Chinese language education and are able to read Chinese. As a result, the survival of Chinese language newspapers is closely associated with the development of Chinese primary schools, which produce the readers of Chinese language newspapers.

Latest statistics show that Sin Chew Daily, the Chinese newspaper with the largest circulation and readership in Malaysia, has a daily circulation of 346,000 and a readership of 1,109,000.


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PM Expected To Announce University In T'ganu In Three Months
March 03, 2005 16:44 PM




KUALA TERENGGANU, March 3 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is expected to announce on the setting up of a university in Terengganu in three months.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said preparations were being made for the establishment of the proposed university as pledged by the Barisan Nasional (BN) in its supplementary manifesto in the last year's general election.

"We have had a series of discussions with the Higher Education Minister (Datuk Dr Shafie Salleh), met the Prime Minister himself and submitted four working papers to the federal government on the matter," he said.

He was speaking to reporters after opening the ninth Expo on Education, Training and Career at the Terengganu Trade Centre here Thursday, organised by the Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia (Kustem).

Idris said the university's concept would be determined by the federal government.

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Old March 3rd, 2005, 09:44 AM   #64
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More polytechnics and community colleges under 9th Malaysia Plan
Thursday, March 03, 2005
News Update by S. INDRAMALAR of The Star





PETALING JAYA: The Higher Education Ministry will expand the number of polytechnics and community colleges under the 9th Malaysian Plan.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh said the focus would be more on capacity building and the development of human capital.

“We will be increasing the range and number of diploma level courses and building more polytechnics and community colleges.

“Also we want to do away with lavish campuses for these types of institutions as they can occupy shop lots. The focus should be on the outcome and not the facilities,” he said.
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Special ICs for foreign students
Thursday, March 03, 2005
News Update by The Star Newsdesk





PETALING JAYA: Foreign students in private higher education institutions will soon be issued special identity cards containing their vital information so they need not carry around their passports whenever they move about.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh said the cards, would be issued by the Home Ministry and would be valid for four years.

“This idea was proposed by the private education institutions for the safety and convenience of their foreign students and was approved by the Cabinet some time back.

“The cards should be issued by this month,” he said Thursday after launching the National Accreditation Board’s workshop on learning outcomes.
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Education Depts Urged To Manage Transport For Pupils' Outdoor
March 03, 2005 20:30 PM




KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 (Bernama) -- The National Union of the Teaching Profession, Thursday urged district education departments to manage the transportation of pupils involved in activities outside the school to avert teachers using their own vehicles for the purpose.

"In view of the fact that teachers are not taxi drivers and many of them take third party insurance, transporting pupils is wrong under the law and also not part of their duties," the union's secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said in a statement Thursday.

She also urged the Education Ministry to supply buses and vans to all district education departments to facilitate transportation of pupils.

Tuesday, two teachers died and seven pupils were injured, two of them seriously, when the Proton Wira they were travelling in crashed into the back of a crane at the 62.5 km of the Kota Tinggi-Sungai Rengit road near Kota Tinggi.

The accident happened at 8.15 am when they were on their way to the Bandar Penawar stadium in Kota Tinggi to participate in a Kota Tinggi District Sports Council meet.

Lok also said that school principals should also be responsible for the safety of pupils, whether in or out of school during school hours.

"They shouldn't allow teachers to use their own vehicles to transport pupils to ensure road transport laws were observed, including passenger limits," she added.

In JOHOR BAHARU, state executive councillor Zainal Abidin Osman, who visited the injured at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital here, said the two boys who were seriously injured in the head were reported to be in stable condition.

He said Mohd Kamsan Kamijan and Mohd Azizan Asri, both 12, were still unconscious in the Intensive Care Unit but were reported to be recovering.

Zainal Abidin added that the Johor Islamic Religious Council (MAIJ) would provide immediate aid of RM1,000 to each of them.

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SPM Results To Be Announced Next Week
March 03, 2005 20:17 PM




PUTRAJAYA, March 3 (Bernama) -- The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination results will be announced on Wednesday, Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Thursday.

Students who sat for the examination in November last year will be able to get their results the following day.

"The SPM results will be released on Wednesday and I will announce it myself," he told reporters after the ministry's post-cabinet meeting here.

Hishammuddin said that he had been informed by the Malaysian Examination Board that the results were ready and can be announced at any time.

The minister however said that he was still undecided as to when to announce the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination results. "Because I've got to know whether they are ready or not," he said.

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Higher intake of female at local University
August 2003


The Prime Minister expressed his concern about the recent enrolment at local universities where the majority are made up of females students with 70:30 ratio.

The Prime Minister wanted to see a 50 : 50 ratio of male and female students and told the Malay males to increase their number in universities to equal that of females.

Event : Merdeka Festival Cum Virtual Ground Virtual breaking of Universiti Teknologi Mara second Campus at Bandar Puncak Alam


Fast Info : Malaysia spent 26% of its annual budget on education.
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UiTM To Take More Medical Students In July
March 05, 2005 19:54 PM




JERTIH, March 5 (Bernama) -- The Medical Faculty of the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Shah Alam, Selangor, will take 100 medical students during the third intake in July this year.

Its Vice Chancellor Datuk Seri Prof Ibrahim Abu Shah said its medical faculty took 20 students in the first intake in July 2003 and 63 students in July last year.

The faculty now offers courses in Pure Medicine, Pharmacy, Radiography, Physiotherapy and Environmental Science.

He told this to Bernama after speaking on "The Challenge and Survival of the Malays" to the local community and students at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Pangkalan Nyireh here Saturday.

On unemployment, Ibrahim said UiTM graduates did not face the problem.

In fact, he said, they often received praises from their employers and the relevant authorities for their good performance and contributions.

Speaking at the function, he urged the Malays to remain humble while striving to improve their living standard.

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Ministry To Make "Premier" Schools As Centres Of Excellence
March 05, 2005 21:49 PM




KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 (Bernama) -- The Education Ministry will make "premier" schools such as the St John's Institution, here, into secondary education centres of excellence.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said as centres of excellence, the schools would be the models for all secondary schools nationwide in line with the objective to establishing a world class education system.

The ministry would also introduce several methods to achieve the objectives including creating healthy competition among the premier schools not only in the academic aspect but also in sports and other co-curriculum activities, he said.

"With the competition, I am sure that we can enhance the status of the schools.

"We will study the infrastructure required by each school to enable them to compete and march towards excellence," he said in a statement here.

Earlier this afternoon, Hishammuddin attended the gathering of former students of the St John's Institution officiated by the Raja Muda Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah. Both Raja Dr Nazrin and Hishammuddin were former students of the school.

The "Welcome Home Johannians" function was held in conjunction with the school's centenary celebration.

Hishammuddin said the ministry would asssist the premier schools to establish linkages with reputable schools overseas to enable the school administrations, teachers and students to share their experiences.

This would boost the existing excellence, hence turning them into schools with distinguished reputation in the aspect of quality, he said.

He said the premier schools' excellence should be shared with secondary schools in the rural areas.

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Dean: UPM Working To Turn Agriculture Courses More Glamourous
March 06, 2005 14:58 PM




KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 (Bernama) -- Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) is working towards transforming agriculture courses into a "glamorous" field so that graduates with agriculture degrees are recognised as professionals like doctors and lawyers.

UPM Agriculture Faculty Dean Prof Dr Mohd Khanif Yusop said the current global trend showed agriculture was no longer an "easy and trivial" job done by poor farmers but a crucial sector that yielded lucrative returns.

"UPM wants to open graduates' eyes and mindset to see this stark reality," he told BERNAMA.

He said the main obstacle to produce professionals in the agriculture sector was not lack of infrastructures and expertise but the attitude and passive response of graduates and society to the agriculture field.

Agriculture-related programmes had never been listed in course options opted by students when choosing their field of study in universities.

"Never as first choice, even as last choice is rare," he said.
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Teach Pupils Good Values, Abdullah Tells Educators
March 06, 2005 15:14 PM




KOTA KINABALU, March 6 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today advised educators to emphasise the fostering of good values in school children to develop them into knowledgeable and well-mannered individuals.

It was important to enable the children to assimmilate the good values at an early stage of their growth, he said.

"Schools should teach children to appreciate property, including public property in whatever form, and they should be taught not to scribble on their books or dirty them.

"They should never allow their books to get torn ... they have to care for their books because they need them to study. If they have the habit of nurturing their possessions, they will take care of their tools as good carpenters just as they safeguard their books in their youth," he said when closing the retreat of the Barisan Nasional Back Benchers Club (BNBBC) at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Pengiran Siti Hafsah Karambunai, near here.

Earlier, Abdullah joined members of the BNBBC in a "gotong-royong" programme in the school compound.
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Education Ministry Seeks Views For Education Policy Under 9MP
March 06, 2005 19:50 PM




KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 (Bernama) -- The Education Ministry will seek the views of various groups to help the government formulate its education policy under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP).

In a statement Sunday, Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said seminars which would be held shortly, would be used as an additional channel besides circulars, and memorandums for the people to express their views.

Hishammuddin said he had also instructed Deputy Education Minister Datuk Hon Choon Kim to gather feedback from all MPs and Parliamentary Secretary P. Komala Devi to contact Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

Education Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Amrin Buang has also been instructed to get in touch with government officers while Director-General of Education Datuk Dr Ahamad Sipon has been told to seek the views of teachers.

"I hope with the space and opportunities provided, all parties can come together in making education plans for the 9MP," he said.

He hoped proposals given would be specific, be supported by credible studies and take into consideration the needs and interests of the many groups.

"At the ministry level, I have emphasised that each officer must be fully responsible for his proposal and if problems arise later they would not be let off lightly even if they are retired," he said.

For the states, Hishammuddin said he had asked all matters concerning locations, site suitability and infrastructure to connect schools to their neighbourhoods be completed first, before schools, colleges or matriculation colleges were built.

Hishammuddin hoped all parties would learn from experiences in the Eight Malaysia Plan which ends this year, so that education programmes and development projects under 9MP could be done well without overlapping and wastage.

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Instil good values, PM tells schools
Monday March 7, 2005

BY MUGUNTAN VANAR AND RUBEN SARIO






Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and members of the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) repairing a wooden platform during a gotong royong at Sekolah Kebangsaan Pengiran Siti Hafsah Karambunai, near Kota Kinabalu on Sunday. - Bernama picture




KOTA KINABALU: The nation’s focus in developing its human capital must start in schools with the instilling of right values among young children, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

The Prime Minister said schools could impart more than just knowledge through community based activities like gotong royong which would teach children values such as working hard and cooperating.

“We have to mould our children into adults of good character with a sense of social and civic consciousness while being responsible to the community,” he said after joining Barisan Nasional backbenchers in sprucing up the SK Pengiran Siti Hafsah primary school at Karambunai near here yesterday.

The gotong royong involving more than 100 MPs, Senators and also Sabah state assemblymen was among the programmes of a three-day retreat of the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club led by Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad.

Abdullah said instilling these values among young children would require them to do some community work towards the upkeep of their schools.

“If children are involved in keeping their schools orderly, they will develop a sense of belonging and they will learn to appreciate public property,” he said, adding that parents should not criticise teachers if their children were asked to do such work in school.

Similarly, he said if children were taught to appreciate their books and not to scribble or damage them, they would learn to take care of the tools of their trade when they become adults.

Abdullah said community projects like gotong royong were part of the nation’s culture and through such efforts the people could assist the poor.

The Prime Minister also reminded school authorities to repair any damage immediately as, if it was left unattended, it could only worsen the condition.

“If there is one piece of floorboard to be replaced, it's just a matter of buying one board and a few nails. Don’t wait until the damage becomes worse as the costs will escalate,” Abdullah said.
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Hishammuddin Arrives In Brunei To Boost Cooperation In Education
March 07, 2005 22:33 PM




KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 (Bernama) -- Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, leading a team of senior ministry officers, arrived in Bandar Seri Begawan, Monday to explore opportunities for cooperation in education with Brunei.

The two-day visit is at the invitation of Brunei Education Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Umar.

In a statement here today, Hishammuddin said the visit was in accordance with Malaysia's aim to further strengthen bilateral ties with all Asean countries besides exchanging ideas on educational development in the region.

"I am aware we are not alone in raising the educational level in the country. We need the support of others too, especially Asean countries, he said.

Earlier, he had visited Singapore and Indonesia.

While in Brunei, Hishammuddin will have a meeting with Abdul Aziz to discuss areas of cooperation, especially in the education field, for mutual benefit.

Besides this, he will also visit educational institutions and also the SEAMEO Education Centre for Vocational and Technical Education.

Hishammuddin said Malaysia, among other things, hoped to increase cooperation through the sharing and exchange of information on research into school curricula, staff development, physical planning and development of curricula for technical education in schools.

Malaysia also wanted to establish cooperation among school administrators to share opinions and experiences in school administration; teachers training and "training of trainers" at the Institut Aminuddin Baki, Institut Perguruan Bahasa Antarabangsa and English Language Training Centre, Malaysia, and also exchange information on the teaching of information and communication technology besides the teaching of Islam in schools.

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Agong Advises Students To Pay Education Loans
March 08, 2005 20:04 PM





From Sharifah Nurliza Syed Muhammad

TOKYO, March 8 (Bernama) -- The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail, Tuesday advised Malaysian students in Japan who borrowed educational loans from the government to repay them once they started working.

He said that many of them received the loans from the Malaysian government which borrowed money from the Japanese government.

"So, complete your studies fast, go back, work, make a lot of money and start paying back your loans," said the King in a meeting with the Malaysian residents and students here.

The faster they could pay back their debts the better, he said, because the government could also repay the loans taken from the Japanese government.

There are about 2,000 Malaysian students in Japan, with about 300 based in Tokyo.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid, are on a three-day visit to Japan.

The King also advised the students to bring back the experiences they gained in Japan to help develop Malaysia more effectively.

He hoped while outside the country, they should always portray a good image of Malaysia through good behaviour.

"We are the guests to the Japanese government, so we should show we are good guests. I don't want to hear complaints that they are among us who do not respect the custom here. Please don't give our embassy unnecessary problems," he said.

In the morning the royal couple visited the Tsukuba Agricultural Research Centre and was given a briefing on the new technology used in the country to prevent the seismic effects of earthquakes.

The King and Queen will leave for Nagasaki and Osaka, Wednesday.

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Special Panel To Be Set Up To Probe Lecturer's Claims, Says Dr Shafie
March 08, 2005 21:42 PM




PUTRAJAYA, March 8 (Bernama) -- A special investigation committee will be set up to probe allegations by a Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) lecturer of 128 wrongdoings by the university staff, including its vice-chancellor.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh said Higher Education Department director-general Prof Datuk Dr Hassan Said had been instructed to set up the committee.

"I will select the committee members. They are people with integrity," he told reporters after presenting his ministry's financial aid to 20 Malaysian students whose study in Aceh was disrupted by the tsunami tragedy.

The students were given 1.5 million rupiahs (about RM700) each as cost of living allowance to continue their studies in Jambi, Indonesia.

Dr Shafie said the committee would conduct thorough investigations, including questioning Assoc. Prof Abdul Hamid Yeop Zainuddin of the Mathematics Faculty and Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Zulkifli Ghazali.

"We will not take sides in the investigations," he said, adding that the committee would be set up in a week and its findings would be submitted to him within a month.

The police and Anti-Corruption Agency would also carry out their own probe following reports lodged by Abdul Hamid," he said.

Asked whether what action would be taken against Abdul Hamid if his claims were found to be false, he said: "We have to investigate first. We will see after that."

On Saturday, Abdul Hamid lodged a police report against the vice-chancellor for libel after he was issued a show-cause letter over an allegation on the sale of information on the setting up of the science faculty's grading information system.

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MCKK: National Heritage Which Produces Many Malay Intellectuals
March 08, 2005 15:29 PM





KUALA KANGSAR, March 8 (Bernama) --The Kuala Kangsar Malay College (MCKK) is indeed a very big name in the Malay history. In fact, eight of the 12 Yang di-Pertuan Agong and a former Prime Minister were its former students.

Besides that, throughout its 100 years of existence, the college has been recorded in history as a school which produces the highest number of intellectuals, including leaders, administrators and corporate figures.

Since its inception in 1905, the glory of the MCKK as an educational institution continues to be upheld, while its main building which is of Roman-Greek architecture, still stands strongly.

Though in the beginning the MCKK's establishment was mainly to provide education to the sons of the Malay rulers and aristocrats to prepare them as administrators in the British colonial government, the change of era saw its door opened to excellent Malay male students, irrespective of their ancestral background.

Therefore, if the MCKK at one time was known as "The School for the Kings", it is now known as "The King of Schools".

It is for these contributions and glory that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail will declare the MCKK as the People's and National Heritage on March 26.

Reading the history of the MCKK is like reading the old and modern history of Malaysia which provides a long list of the founding leaders, fighters, planners, administrators and implementers to fulfil the demands of their respective eras.

Apart from the national level, the MCKK has also produced thousands of Malay technocrats, known at the international level.

They included the former Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah, the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah and the Yang DiPertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Jaafar.

It also produced one of Umno founding members Datuk Onn Jaafar, the second Prime Minister the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, nationalist Datuk Ishak Muhammad (Pak Sako), former Chairman of the DRB-Hicom the late Tan Sri Yahaya Ahmad, former Inspector-General of Police Tun Haniff Omar and the Yang DiPertua Negeri of Melaka Tun Khalil Yaakob.

Among the MKCC's pride are the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, former Agriculture Minister Tan Sri Sanusi Junid and former Renong Group Chairman Tan Sri Halim Saad.

A number of Brunei royalties were among the students of the college.

Some of the well-known teachers at the MCKK were C. Bezell (Headmaster to Tun Razak) and Zainal Abidin Ahmad, popularly known as Za'ba.

MCKK Principal Mohd Rauhi Mohd Isa, said one of the contributing factors to the college's success was the existence of the students hostels, making it the country's first fully residential school.

According to him, not less than 150 "tokoh pertama" (first in their fields) who were produced by the MCKK included the first magistrate, the first judge and the first Prime Minister.

To uphold its position, the MCKK holds firmly to its motto "Fiat Sapientia Virtus" or "Manliness Lies Through Wisdom".

Mohd Rauhi said that based on the motto, the MCKK had advanced with a number of objectives to maintain its level of excellence by producing excellent students in the academic field and at the same time, had high leadership and personal qualities.

The MCKK's history is closely associated with the Malay sultanate because the idea to establish it was mooted by a number of sultans or rajas, including the late Sultan of Perak Sultan Idris Murshidul Azam Shah 1, the late Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sulaiman, the Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad and the Yang DiPertuan Besar Mohd Shah of Negeri Sembilan.

During the Rulers' Conference in Kuala Lumpur in 1903, Sultan Idris had criticised the British education policy in the Federated Malay States which he said was aimed at only producing better farmers and fishermen.

He then called for a more positive effort by the British Colonial to provide proper education to the people of the country for the benefit of the Malay States.

The Inspector of Schools in the Malay Federated States R.J. Wilkinson had also objected to the education policy which was aimed at simply making the Malays educated kampung residents.

He suggested that the policy be amended to enable the Malays to play active parts in the state administration.

The effect from the dissatisfaction of the Sultans and Wilkinson's proposal had resulted in the establishment of the MCKK on a site not far from Istana Iskandariah here, offered by Sultan Idris himself.

The birth of the MCKK, known as the Malay Residential school, was managed based on the public school method, practised in England, with William Hargreaves made the first principal.

The Malays took over the posts of its principals beginning from 1965.

While the MCKK was specifically for the Malay male students, it did once take a girl (Datin) Zahariah Mokhtar, in 1953.

Her stint, however, lasted for about eight months only, while she was waiting for a scholarship to further her education elsewhere.

Zahariah was the first female student at the MCKK and was probably its last.

The conditions to enable the children of the ordinary citizens to be enrolled at the MCKK was relaxed after the Pacific War (1941-1945) ended, following the increasing sense of awareness among the Malays and the contemporary political development.

Mohd Rauhi said the MCKK was the only educational institution at that time to succeed in putting the Malays at par with other races in the country.

The objective was easily achieved because it had no competition what-so-ever for about 50 years.

Mohd Rauhi was convinced that the birth of the 54 fully residential schools throughout the country since Independence in August 1957 and the emergence of a number of colleges with similar educational and administration concept, including the Mara Science Junior Colleges, would not stop the MCKK from maintaining its excellence and glory.

The declaration of the MCKK as the People's and National Heritage on March 26 starts at the Istana Iskandariah.

The ceremony to receive the letter of proclamation by The Yang di-Pertuan Agong will be held at the college compound.

About 200 dignitaries, including a number of Brunei royalties who had studied there, are expected to be present.

-- BERNAMA
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4,410 Students Score Straight As In Last Year's SPM Examinations
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Nur Amalina Che Bakri has set a record by scoring 17As in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.Pix: Zid Omar


JOHOR BAHARU, March 9 (Bernama) -- A total 4,410 students scored straight As in last year's Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination, Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Wednesday.

Announcing the 2004 SPM results, he said out of the 4,410 a total of 662 students scored A1 in all the subjects they sat for.

"Of these outstanding students, 32 scored A1 in all nine subjects they took, 362 in all 10 subjects taken, 198 in all 11 subjects, 56 in all 12 subjects and 11 in all 13 subjects.

"One student scored A1 in all 14 subjects and most heartening of all is that another student scored A1 in all 17 subjects she sat for," he said when announcing the results at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Ulu Tiram, here Wednesday.

The student who achieved the feat, Nur Amalina Che Bakri, is from the school. Anushree Lalitha a/p Subramaniam of Sekolah Menengah Sri Aman in Petaling Jaya scored 14 A1s.

Hishammuddin also said Nur Amalina's achievement in obtaining 17 A1s, which was a record for the examination, also drew the attention of the Cabinet and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at their weekly meeting Wednesday.

"The Cabinet extended their congratulations while the Prime Minister said she was an example of an outstanding student," he said.

Meanwhile, Hishammuddin said the overall achievement by SPM candidates last year was good, with 324,590 (91.2 per cent) out of a total of 416,741 candidates who sat for the examination obtaining the certificate, with at least a pass in the Bahasa Melayu paper (a condition for awarding the SPM certificate).

He said 56,557 (14.9 per cent) succeeded in obtaining a combined grade between A1 and 6C while 119,792 (31.5 per cent) obtained a grade combination between A1 and 8E.

A total of 197,353 (51.9 per cent) obtained a grade combination of A1 and G9 while 2,483 (0.7 per cent) candidates failed in all the subjects they took, said Hishammuddin.

On the overall performance in the 96 subjects offered in the examination, Hishammuddin said it was very encouraging with more than 10 per cent of students scoring top grades, A1 or A2, in 57 of the subjects.

"Performance in the core subjects of Bahasa Melayu, English, Islamic Studies, Moral Studies, History, Mathematics and Science is also very encouraging," he said.

He said in 79 subjects, 60 per cent or more candidates scored credits to distinction (C6 to A1) and in 59 subjects, 90 per cent or more scored passes to distinction (E8 to A1).

The scoring of passes to distinction in elective subjects, he said was also high, for example Additional Mathematics was 73.8 per cent, Physics 97.1 per cent, Chemistry 94.9 per cent and Biology 95 per cent.

For Geography, it was 82.9 per cent, Principles of Accounts 78.9 per cent while for 22 subjects including all 10 vocational subjects it was 100 per cent.

Asked if the results were better than the previous year, Hishammuddin said:

"The Malaysian Examinations Board (LPM) will need a little time to analyse the results but from what can be seen outstanding students come not only from selected schools in the cities but also rural ones".

He added that the ministry would intensify efforts to ensure students from rural areas could compete with their urban counterparts.

-- BERNAMA
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