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Old March 23rd, 2005, 07:29 AM   #101
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Who Says National Schools Are Not Great?
March 23, 2005 13:37 PM






By Muna Khalid

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 (Bernama) -- "Who says national schools are not great?"

The question was posed by renowned educationist Tan Sri Arshad Ayub who perceived the national school as not only an institution that inculcates the spirit of racial solidarity but also capable of churning out intellectuals in the various disciplines.

"Some people say the national schools are not great, the national type schools particularly the National Type Chinese Primary Schools (SRJKC) are really great. We cannot say this because there are no statistics to substantiate such statements," he said in an interview with Bernama.

Arshad, Chairman of the Federation of Malay Education and Development Organisations and the first Director of the Institut Teknologi Mara (now Universiti Teknologi Mara), said if there were people who felt that the national schools were not that great, then the first step that must be taken was to make the necessary improvements by studying and overcoming whatever weaknesses there were.

"We must strengthen the position of the national schools by improving the position of teachers, that is, by providing teachers who are truly skilled in their respective fields.

"To me, this is most important. If this can be done, then the problem of people wanting to increase the SRJKC would not arise," he said referring to the MCA memorandum asking the government to increase the number of SRJKC through the allocation under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.

However, Arshad said the demand for additional SRJKC was inappropriate in the context of strengthening the national schools.

In defending the crucial position of the national schools as the base for inculcating the spirit of solidarity, Arshad said: "If we want national solidarity, then we must strengthen the national schools."

For this purpose, he said, the National Education Policy and the Education Act 1961 which aimed to educate Malaysians to become good and united citizens must be upheld.

The Razak Report 1956 and the Abdul Rahman Talib Report 1960 were the basis of the National Education Policy and the Education Act 1961.

Paragraph 12 of the Razak Report states: "We believe the purpose of the state education policy is also to unite the pupils from the various races in the state by using an educational regulation covering all races through the use of the national language as the medium of instruction..."

Arshad also said that in ennobling the national language, the country could not brush aside the English language in the era of globalisation.

"Because of globalisation, we cannot ignore the English language. But the method of teaching, its position and level must be handled with wisdom," he said referring to the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Science in the English language.

On the Malays, Arshad felt that their position had improved compared to the 1950s because not many Malays were highly educated then.

"This was made possible through the opportunities and benefits provided by the government such as loans and scholarships, increasing the number of schools and facilities," he said.

Arshad said the Malays depended on their wisdom in capitalising on the opportunities and facilities provided.

"If the Malays are given the opportunity and guidance with commitment, they can be at par with any other race," he said.

Asked whether the Malays could be self-reliant without assistance (from the government), he said: "The Malays must always remember that government assistance will be withdrawn when the time comes, it's just a matter of how we can remove the assistance earlier."

"Preparation to withdraw the assistance must start from now by choosing which of the various assistance should be withdrawn earlier."

On the aspiration of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to churn out more of the "towering Malays", he said every Malay must make sure that they were respected.

"Each individual must become the best in whatever field they choose, it means that if I were a drain sweeper, I must be excellent in maintaining my drains.

"We must give our best. The best that we give may not be at par with the others, but let's do our best," Arshad added.

-- BERNAMA
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Digistar to gain from medical tourism, education hub plan
Wednesday March 23, 2005







Lee Wah Chong






DIGISTAR Corp Bhd is confident that the Government's plan to make Malaysia an international hub for higher education and medical tourism will help the company post higher turnover this year.

The information technology (IT) systems integrator posted a pre-tax profit of RM7.8mil on revenue of RM51.2mil for its financial year ended Sept 30, 2004.

Managing director Lee Wah Chong said the country's aspiration to become a higher education and medical tourism hub would create opportunities for IT system integrators.

“Although we have on-going jobs worth about RM30mil, we have also submitted bids for new jobs worth more than RM118mil,” he told reporters after the company's AGM and EGM in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.


Lee Wah Chong
Among the existing contracts are the integration of telecommunications and audio-visual systems for the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine check point in Johor Baru and Tunku Abdul Rahman University in Gopeng, Perak.

Lee said the company would increase the number of its marketing teams to handle more new projects.

“Our 20 years' experience in the total systems integration solution business and our sole distribution rights for some equipment used in the IT business will enable us to offer value-for-money contracts to our clients,” he added.

Lee said the company had started its efforts to offer services to companies in Thailand and Vietnam.

“Our long-term plan is to offer services to all countries in the Asean region,” he said.

At the EGM, shareholders approved the proposed bonus issue of up to 90.98 million shares on a 1-for-1 basis.
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Terengganu To Have Full-fledged University, Says PM
March 26, 2005 20:42 PM





KUALA TERENGGANU, March 26 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Saturday announced the setting up of a full-fledged university in Terengganu that will be known as Universiti Darul Iman.

Initially, the government would set up an administrative centre to handle the planning of the establishment and development of the university, he said when addressing a gathering to mark one year of the Barisan Nasional's administration of Terengganu, at the Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia (KUSTEM) near here.

(The Barisan Nasional recaptured Terengganu from PAS in the general election held on March 21 last year.)

"At this function, I wish to announce that the federal government has agreed to set up a full-fledged university in Terengganu. We will begin with the setting up of the administrative centre of the university, to undertake prudent planning of its establishment and development, along with the branches that will be set up later.






FULFILLING PLEDGE… Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at a gathering to mark one year of the Barisan Nasional's administration of Terengganu, at the Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia (KUSTEM) near Kuala Terengganu, Saturday. Also present Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (centre). Pix: Samsudin Mohamad




"It will be at the Kolej Seri Iman Kuala Terengganu where the administrative centre will be set up that will plan the establishment of the full-fledged Universiti Darul Iman," he said.

Also present at the function were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Salleh, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Tengku Putera Tengku Awang as well as about 8,000 leaders and supporters of the Terengganu Barisan Nasional.

Abdullah, who is the Barisan Nasional (BN) Chairman, said he hoped that the university would be the symbol of the success of the people of Terengganu in education in the future.

The prime minister said the BN felt that the setting up of the university was pivotal for the development and progress of the people of Terengganu, and that was the reason for its inclusion in the Terengganu BN's additional manifesto for the last general election.

"Such infrastructure is of most importance, and Terengganu has to have this facility if it wants to be a modern and developed state. That is why we stated that we will build the university.

"And, simultaneously, we will be able to experience progress, not only in education but also in other fields that we have to devote attention to,"he said.

The Terengganu BN had stated, among other things, in its supplementary manifesto that it would establish a full-fledged university in Terengganu if it recaptures the state from PAS rule.

At a press conference later, Abdullah said that once all the planning towards setting up of the university had been completed, construction could start next year.

"We have not determined its location. We are looking at London University (as the model for the full-fledged university).

"(However) everything depends on the Higher Education Ministry and the chancellery (undertaking the establishment of Universiti Darul Iman) to examine the pertinent matters, including the fields of study," he said.

Asked about the fields of study, the prime minister said they should be in keeping with the livelihood of the people of the east coast states.

Abdullah said the establishment of the university was important not only to the people of Terengganu but to all the people of the country because it offered more opportunities for higher education.

Abdullah also announced the development of the Islamic Civilisation Park at a cost of RM200 million over the next three years in Pulau Wan Man near here, which would enable Malaysia to offer a unique tourism product conceptualised on Islamic architecture.

"I feel that the construction of the Islamic Civilisation Park is most appropriate in terms of the approach to development adopted by the Terengganu government in accordance with Islam Hadhari (Civilisational Islam)," he said.

The park will be located on a cluster of islands over an area of 32.4 hectares (7.2 hectares of land and 25.2 hectares of water) close to the mouth of the Terengganu River and would be clearly visible from the Sultan Mahmud Bridge here.

The park, a brainchild of Abdullah, will be developed by the Terengganu State Economic Development Corporation and would incorporate, among other things, replicas of 21 monuments of Islamic history and an exhibition centre of Islamic arts, architecture and technology.

The Islamic monuments include the Masjid Jamek (of Malaysia), Kudus Minar (Java, Indonesia), Pattani Central Mosque (Thailand), Sultan Omar Ali Saifudin Mosque (Brunei), Taj Mahal (India), Badshahi Mosque (Lahore, Pakistan) and Kalyan Minaret (Uzbekistan).

A centre for weddings in the form of an Arabian palace and a crystal floating mosque will also be built at the park.

Earlier, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh called on the people of Terengganu to assist the government to develop the state, saying the people's cooperation was most necessary for success.

He said the development undertaken in the state over the past year was guided by the Islam Hadhari concept.

-- BERNAMA
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Terengganu To Have Full-fledged University, Says PM
March 26, 2005 20:42 PM





TERENGGANU BESTARI… Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at a gathering in KUSTEM to mark one year of the Barisan Nasional administration in Terengganu. Also present is Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (centre). Pix: Samsudin Mohamad



KUALA TERENGGANU, March 26 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Saturday announced the setting up of a full-fledged university in Terengganu that will be known as Universiti Darul Iman.

Initially, the government would set up an administrative centre to handle the planning of the establishment and development of the university, he said when addressing a gathering to mark one year of the Barisan Nasional's administration of Terengganu, at the Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia (KUSTEM) near here.

(The Barisan Nasional recaptured Terengganu from PAS in the general election held on March 21 last year.)

"At this function, I wish to announce that the federal government has agreed to set up a full-fledged university in Terengganu. We will begin with the setting up of the administrative centre of the university, to undertake prudent planning of its establishment and development, along with the branches that will be set up later.

"It will be at the Kolej Seri Iman Kuala Terengganu where the administrative centre will be set up that will plan the establishment of the full-fledged Universiti Darul Iman," he said.

Also present at the function were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Salleh, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Tengku Putera Tengku Awang as well as about 8,000 leaders and supporters of the Terengganu Barisan Nasional.

Abdullah, who is the Barisan Nasional (BN) Chairman, said he hoped that the university would be the symbol of the success of the people of Terengganu in education in the future.

The prime minister said the BN felt that the setting up of the university was pivotal for the development and progress of the people of Terengganu, and that was the reason for its inclusion in the Terengganu BN's additional manifesto for the last general election.

"Such infrastructure is of most importance, and Terengganu has to have this facility if it wants to be a modern and developed state. That is why we stated that we will build the university.

"And, simultaneously, we will be able to experience progress, not only in education but also in other fields that we have to devote attention to,"he said.

The Terengganu BN had stated, among other things, in its supplementary manifesto that it would establish a full-fledged university in Terengganu if it recaptures the state from PAS rule.

At a press conference later, Abdullah said that once all the planning towards setting up of the university had been completed, construction could start next year.

"We have not determined its location. We are looking at London University (as the model for the full-fledged university).

"(However) everything depends on the Higher Education Ministry and the chancellery (undertaking the establishment of Universiti Darul Iman) to examine the pertinent matters, including the fields of study," he said.

Asked about the fields of study, the prime minister said they should be in keeping with the livelihood of the people of the east coast states.

Abdullah said the establishment of the university was important not only to the people of Terengganu but to all the people of the country because it offered more opportunities for higher education.

Abdullah also announced the development of the Islamic Civilisation Park at a cost of RM200 million over the next three years in Pulau Wan Man near here, which would enable Malaysia to offer a unique tourism product conceptualised on Islamic architecture.

"I feel that the construction of the Islamic Civilisation Park is most appropriate in terms of the approach to development adopted by the Terengganu government in accordance with Islam Hadhari (Civilisational Islam)," he said.

The park will be located on a cluster of islands over an area of 32.4 hectares (7.2 hectares of land and 25.2 hectares of water) close to the mouth of the Terengganu River and would be clearly visible from the Sultan Mahmud Bridge here.

The park, a brainchild of Abdullah, will be developed by the Terengganu State Economic Development Corporation and would incorporate, among other things, replicas of 21 monuments of Islamic history and an exhibition centre of Islamic arts, architecture and technology.

The Islamic monuments include the Masjid Jamek (of Malaysia), Kudus Minar (Java, Indonesia), Pattani Central Mosque (Thailand), Sultan Omar Ali Saifudin Mosque (Brunei), Taj Mahal (India), Badshahi Mosque (Lahore, Pakistan) and Kalyan Minaret (Uzbekistan).

A centre for weddings in the form of an Arabian palace and a crystal floating mosque will also be built at the park.

Earlier, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh called on the people of Terengganu to assist the government to develop the state, saying the people's cooperation was most necessary for success.

He said the development undertaken in the state over the past year was guided by the Islam Hadhari concept.

-- BERNAMA
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ORANG ASLI SCHOOL FIRST TO RECEIVE FORENSIC TRAINING FROM TH GROUP BERHAD
Monday, March 28, 2005



KUALA LUMPUR, 28 March 2005 - Primary students from Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Lanjan, an Orang Asli school in Damansara Perdana, were the first recipients of TH Group Berhad's corporate social responsibility programme to promote a love of life sciences amongst Malaysian children.

Open for students from Standard 4 through 6, the programme, entitled "Promoting The Field Of Sciences Among The Young For A Better Tomorrow", was launched by TH Group Berhad and Professor Juli Edo, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Department at University of Malaya, and the first Orang Asli PhD recipient.

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Selangor MB Receives Doctorate From Australian University
April 03, 2005 20:54 PM





KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 (Bernama) -- Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo was conferred an hononary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) at its convocation here Sunday.

Khir received the doctorate from Chancellor of USQ, Don Stevens, in recognition of his services to education and training.

In his acceptance speech, Khir said he was brought up in a rural village and valued the importance of education and the impact of good education in a person's life.

"A person needs not excel academically to be a successful person. I believe that a person who persists in his chosen profession by continuously learning and upgrading his skills sets can achieve success," he said.

The doctorate recognises Khir as the driving force behind Universiti Industri Selangor's collaborative efforts overseas and its contribution to Malaysia's Bio-Valley project.

At the same convocation, USQ conferred Masters and Bachelor's degrees to 243 graduates of business, mass communication, information technology, education, engineering, science and financial planning.

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Call For Dialogue Between Ulama And Scientists
April 04, 2005 17:21 PM





KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 (Bernama) -- A scientist Monday called for dialogues between scientists and "ulama" (Muslim scholars) to establish rapport and close co-operation to promote the development of science and biotechnology in the country.

Assoc Prof Dr Zulqarnain Mohamed, president of the Malaysian Society For Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, said the dialogues were necessary to ensure uninterrupted growth of biotechnology in line with the teachings of Islam.

"We lack scientists who are experts in religion while ulama may not be experts in science. Hence the dialogues are important to resolve problems related to development of biotechnology since the field is a wide-ranging one," he told reporters after the opening of the 15th Scientific Meeting of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Malaysia, here.

He said ulama could help society to accept biotechnology through their interaction with scientists.

Earlier, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui said in his speech at the opening of the meeting that biotechnology had been identified as a new source of economic growth.

The text of his speech was read out by the secretary-general of the ministry, Dr Michael Dosim Lunjew.

"It is indeed an enabling technology which has great potential in catalysing national development, particularly enhancing the progress of related industries such as food production, textile, pulp and paper, chemicals and pharmaceuticals," said Chin.

The two-day meeting has drawn 155 participants, among them academicians, scientists and students.

The meeting, with the theme "Research In Biotechnology: Balancing the Interests of Scientists and the Public", is aimed at exchanging views and findings on biotechnology.

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Malaysian Student Wins Best Speaker In International Competition
April 04, 2005 16:29 PM





By Salmy Hashim

WASHINGTON, April 4 (Bernama) -- International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) student Melati Abdul Hamid won the "Best Oralist" award for her engaging performance in an international debate competition for law students from around the world.

Melati, 23, and her team mates, all law students at IIUM -- Siti Aliza Alias, Asma Mohamed Yunus, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri and Ng Boon Ka -- stormed to the finals Saturday finishing second at the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held at the Ceremonial Court here.

The prestigious cup went to law students from Queensland University, Australia.

The teams debated about an international legal issue involving transportation of nuclear material through the waters of another state.

A total of 102 universities took part in the international round of the competition.

Malaysian law students have been participating in the competition since 1994, and won the Best Memorial Award for written argument in 2000.

IIUM students reached the quarter finals last year.

"This is the closest we've come to winning the cup," said Melati at a dinner held in honour of the Malaysian participants at the residence of Malaysian Education Attache Rosllan Ismail in Oakton, Virginia, near here Sunday.

"We were not just carrying the Malaysian flag, but of Muslims of the world. Knowing what the West think of Muslim women -- we were able to tell them what Muslim women are all about," she said.

"We were nervous, but relieved that it is all over," she said explaining that the team had been preparing since last September when the competition began at the national-level debate against Universiti Malaya, University Technology Mara (UiTM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in January this year.

Winners of the competition usually graduate and become top international lawyers.

Melati hopes to do her internship at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague -- "it is very competitive."

Melati's father, Federal Court judge Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohamed, was on hand to give moral support to his daughter, and her team mates.

Proud that the Malaysian team had reached the finals, he said the competition was an excellent way for Malaysian students to be exposed to experiences outside of their universities and their country.

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Pupils' Understanding Of Science And Mathematics Improving
April 04, 2005 15:17 PM





KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 (Bernama) -- The level of understanding of science and mathematics among primary and secondary school students had improved since the two subjects were taught in the English language two years ago, the Dewan Rakyat was told Monday.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the achievements of pupils in Year One in science and mathematics which were taught in English had been encouraging, and pupils in rural schools were able to compete with those in urban schools.

The latest Analysis on Students' Level of Understanding (KTKM) showed that Year One pupils were fast adapting themselves to the two subjects, science and mathematics, as well as the English language, he said replying to the original question from Datuk Ghazali Ibrahim (BN-Padang Terap).

He said: "The average score for science was 69.3 per cent, mathematics (77.4 per cent) and English language (77.7 per cent).

"The performance analysis for Year One pupils in 20 of the best schools in the study showed that the rural schools could compete with the urban schools in terms of performance," he said.

Hishammuddin said that the performance of Form One students had also been satisfactory with the average score in science being 59.2 per cent, mathematics 58.2 per cent and English language 61 per cent.

However, the performance of students in rural secondary schools had been poorer than those in urban schools, he said.

He said that since the teaching of science and mathematics in the English language had only been implemented two years ago, the ministry intended to continue with the programme as the two-year period was too short to determine its effectiveness.

He said the ministry had proposed several measures to reduce the education gap between the urban and rural areas under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP).

The measures included improving infrastructure, addressing the problems of the deployment of teachers, shortage of teachers, and the location of schools.

On the number of teachers who opted to teach science, mathematics and English language in primary and secondary schools, Hishammuddin said it was still insufficient.

The ministry was endeavouring to increase the intake of teachers with the three subject options under the graduate teachers training programme and the distance learning programme and would deploy them to the schools which were facing a shortage of such teachers as soon as possible, he said.

On Jan 31, there were 18,576 teachers teaching English language in secondary schools, 21,558 teachers for mathematics and 20,957 teachers for science, including option and non-option teachers who taught one or more subjects.

As for the primary schools, there were 39,491 English language teachers, 61,819 mathematics teachers and 44,107 science teachers, he added.

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Education Ministry Collects Data On Teaching Of Science, Mathematics
April 08, 2005 22:44 PM




CYBERJAYA, April 8 (Bernama) -- The Education Ministry is collecting feedback from school teachers on the implementation of the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English.

Director General of Education Datuk Dr Ahamad Sipon said Friday the move was aimed at obtaining suggestions and views on the process to further improve it.

"I am in the process of obtaining the feedback from the teachers who have good suggestions on the implementation. Once we have the feedback in detail we will announce it," he told reporters after closing the One Sen 2004 campaign organised by the National Cancer Council (Makna) and the Education Ministry at the Sekolah Seri Puteri, here.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein was reported to have said last week that the government would continue with the process.

He had also said that the ministry had kept abreast of developments in the process since it was launched.

Meanwhile, Makna president Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin said the campaign had succeeded in collecting RM119,990.75 which would be used for the treatment of needy cancer patients. To date, Makna had collected nearly RM340,000 through such campaigns.

Makna intends to collect a total of RM500,000 through a campaign to collect five sen coins later, he said.

Earlier, he donated cheques to two cancer patients, Mohd Danial Amli, five, and Huzaifah Amir Fikri, 12, on behalf of Makna.

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Malaysia To Send More Students To The United States
April 10, 2005 13:23 PM





By Salmy Hashim

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Bernama) -- Mara plans to send more students to the United States next year to take advantage of the weaker dollar, Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Co-operatives, Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin, said here.

He said Mara planned to send at least 50 more students next year to the United States instead of Britain and Ireland because of the higher euro.

The agency planned to sponsor qualified Bumiputera students in the field of biotechnology, engineering and information technology in the United States to meet the needs of the country, he added.

"It costs us more than RM1 million to sponsor a student to study medicine in the United Kingdom while we can probably send two to the United States with a little bit more," he told Bernama.

Currently, 305 Malaysian students are studying in about 30 universities in the United States under Mara scholarship.

Mara generally sends 1,000 students overseas for further studies every year.

"After the Sept 11 attack on the United States, we were apprehensive about sending our students to the United States following reports of negative treatment of Muslims at US ports of entry, compounded by the difficulties of obtaining student visas," Mohamed Khaled said.

"But now that things are back to normal and there are no reported incidents of discrimination against and ostracisation of our students, we are planning to send them back," he said.

Mohamed Khaled was here to attend the 14th International Franchise Exposition and to meet with potential franchisors, in line with the ministry's effort to encourage more Bumiputeras to participate in the private sector through franchising.

The ministry and the Malaysian Franchise Association (MFA) will host the Franchise International Malaysia 2005 Exhibition and Conference in Kuala Lumpur from Aug 12 to 14.

Last year, the exhibition attracted 60 franchises while this year the ministry hopes for the number of booths to double.

There are 230 franchises in Malaysia, with about 60 per cent of them home-grown while the rest originated from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Singapore.

Mohamed Khaled left for New York yesterday evening and would meet Malaysian students there before returning to Kuala Lumpur.

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Tax-payer money is spent on Bumiputeras to study overseas: hope they bring Malaysia pride after they return home to contribute to our society. However, in order to be fairer I think the government should also sponsor poorer non-Bumiputeras overseas if they qualify. I still can't fathom the fact that after so many generations in Malaysia and being born there, non-Malays are still considered "outsiders" or not considered "sons of the soils" even though they contribute so much, if not more, to the building of our beloveed nation.....Bumiputeras, catch up yo, so that our society can be fair for all in the near future! Institutionalized racism should not be the norm of any society for extended periods of time.

Discrimmination against the Malaysian Bumiputera students in the U.S.? ......let's look back home first before we judge the Americans.
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UiTM Wins Big At Geneva Expo
April 10, 2005 20:21 PM





SHAH ALAM, April 10 (Bernama) -- Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM)'s 12-member team to the 33th International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products in Geneva, Switzerland, did the university proud when they came back with a haul of four gold, five silver and three bronze medals.

UiTM's gold came from its lecturers Prof Dr Lee Pat Moi who presented a paper on "Isolation and Stabilisation of Colourants from Orchid", Prof Madya Dr Siti Norbaaiyah ("Nata de Pina"), Prof Madya Dr Chek Zaini Hassan ("Guava Chips") and Prof Madya Dr Mohd Khudzir Ismail ("Novel Reagent for Cleaning Coal").

The silver medals were for Prof Dr Ku Halim Ku Hamid's study titled "Bio-based Absorber for Industrial Wastewater Treatment, Prof Madya Wan Yunus Wan Ahmed's study on "Non-Wax Resist Agent for Batik Printing", Mohd Azlan Mohd Ishak's "Practical Innovative Pre-Treatment Process for Coal Liquefaction", Prof Madya Dr Jasmer Jaafar's "Tree Mapping System" and Prof Ir Dr Shah Rizam Shah Baki's "Encrypted Verification ("Safe Cheques").

The bronze medals were achieved by Dr Ahmad Maliki Omar for his study on "The Single-Phase Stage High DC Voltage Multiplier Circuit", Shamsul Zakaria's "Wireless Control Remote Ring Main Unit (RMU) System and Muhammad Ridhwan Sikh Omar's "Survival Robot".

In its statement, UiTM said it sent 10 lecturers and two students to the expo from April 6-10.

In a separate statement, UiTM said that the Yang diPertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail, who is also UiTM's Chancellor, would present scrolls to graduates on the first day of its 61st Convocation from April 14-24. A total of 11,790 graduates will receive their scrolls during the convocation.

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Win pizzas and trip to Melbourne
Sunday April 10, 2005




BY TAN SHIOW CHIN AND HARKIRAN GILL

The Best School Newspaper Awards (BSNA) is back – with better prizes and lots and lots of pizzas!

After two months of build-up with tantalising hints of new and exciting prizes as well as student workshops on how to produce a newspaper, the BSNA 2005 was officially launched last Monday at Pizza Hut Wangsa Maju.

Amid much anticipation from students and teachers attending the event, The Star group editorial/education advisor Datuk Ng Poh Tip revealed that the grand prize this year is a week-long study trip to Melbourne, to be hosted by the University of Melbourne, for the winning team and their teacher-in-charge.

Another trip, this time a three-day-two-night holiday to Genting Highlands, awaits the two runners-up.

Unlike last year, all schools, both primary and secondary, will be competing for the same grand prize.






Izhar, Hon, Ng and Pizza Hut Malaysia deputy president C.W. Toh giving the thumbs up for the contest.




Another change to the competition format is that this time around all participating students and teachers will be rewarded for their hard work.

This year’s contest will also not run on a class basis anymore but be a team effort. Each team must comprise eight to ten students.

All students have to do is produce a four-page newspaper on the blank practice sheets The Star will be providing in its Newspaper in Education (NiE) pullout next Wednesday (April 13), and present it at the nearest Pizza Hut restaurant to get a free large pan pizza.

The best part of the contest is that there is no limit to the number of pizzas each team can redeem. If the team is capable of producing 10 four-page newspapers, then 10 pizzas will be waiting for them to enjoy.

However, they can redeem only one newspaper per visit to Pizza Hut. To redeem the pizza, at least four members of the team must be present.






SMK Raja Ali Upper Six students and their English teacher Lim Boon Yann posing with the contest poster showing the exciting prizes awaiting the participants.




As Ng said, “The Best School Newspaper Awards 2005, just like its predecessors, works on the premise that given the right rewards, students will work towards their goals.”

With such delicious and exciting rewards in store, Star-NiE and Pizza Hut are expecting an increase in the number of entries from last year's 60,000 participants.

QSR Brands Bhd group executive chairman Datuk Izhar Sulaiman said, “Given the many exciting prizes to be won, I am expecting a bumper contest this year with record entries.”

He said that Pizza Hut Malaysia, as a responsible and caring corporate citizen, is committed to improving the well being of the community and society at large.

This includes undertaking various educational projects with other companies that share its philosophy.

Pizza Hut is pledging more than RM3mil in prizes and sponsorship for this year's contest and NiE activities.

However, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Hon Choon Kim reminded students not to look only at the prizes, but also at how the competition benefits them.

“You should join this competition with the objective of improving your language skills,” said Hon who launched the Best School Newspaper Awards 2005 contest on Monday.

In his speech, Hon thanked Star-NiE and Pizza Hut for doing their part in raising the level of English in the country.

He said, “The Education Ministry cannot by itself improve the standard of education in the country. We need assistance from the community and private companies.”

According to Ng, Star-NiE has been running annual contests to benefit students since its inception in 1997.

“From promoting reading and language skills to harnessing journalistic talents, Star–NiE and its partners have sought to constantly improve the level of English in the country,” she said.

Except for a hiatus of two years, Pizza Hut has been Star–NiE's partner the entire time, providing sponsorship and prizes for the various annual competitions.
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UM not set up in 1905
Sunday April 10, 2005





I REFER to the article on Universiti Malaya (UM) in StarEducation, March 13 where it was reported that UM was established in 1905 and would be celebrating its centennial year this year.

As a 1954 graduate of the former University of Malaya (established in 1949) and a former employee of UM from 1959 to 1985 (as well as being its registrar from 1967 to 1985) I must point out that it is not correct to claim that UM was established in 1905. UM was established under the University of Malaya Act No. 44 of 1961 which only came into force on Jan 1, 1962.

The original University of Malaya was established in 1949 under the University of Malaya Ordinance 1949, resulting from the amalgamation of the King Edward VII College of Medicine and the Raffles College, both located in Singapore.

The former college was first founded in 1904 as “The Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Medical School”. The name was changed in 1912 to “The King Edward VII Medical School” in recognition of a gift of $120,000 (equivalent to £14,000 then) from the King Edward VII Memorial Foundation for the endowment of a chair in Physiology. The name was changed further in 1920 to “The King Edward VII Medical College”.

The existing UM was set up in Kuala Lumpur in 1959 as a branch campus of the former University of Malaya of 1949 and was then known as the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.

The campus in Singapore became the other branch and was then referred to as the University of Malaya in Singapore. Legislation was passed in 1961 in Malaya then and in Singapore establishing the existing UM and the University of Singapore (now National University of Singapore) in the respective countries, with Jan1 1962 as the founding date.

Although UM can be said to have its roots dating back to 1904 through its link with the former University of Malaya established in 1949, it would not be correct to claim that it was established in 1905.



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Manipal, magnet for medical students
Sunday April 10, 2005





Leaving home to study in an alien country can be scary. KAREN CHAPMAN follows a group of Malaysian undergraduates for the first part of their medical training in Manipal, India.

LOCATED on the picturesque Malabar Coast of southwest India is a thriving university town known as Manipal. From communications and journalism to medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health, engineering and hotel management, local and international undergraduates as well as postgraduates have made it home while they pursued an education.

It is no different for Malaysians as more than 2,500 local doctors have been trained at Kasturba Medical College (KMC) in the last 50 years. This amounts to 20% of all registered medical practitioners in the country.

Today KMC is one of the constituent colleges under the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) and according to an India Today report last year, is ranked third in a list of top 10 medical institutions in India.

In fact, Melaka-Manipal Medical College (MMMC) was established as a result of the vision of then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the need for greater South-South cooperation in the economic and social fields.






Some of the Malaysian students in front of the Melaka-Manipal Medical College building on the Manipal campus in India.




This led to the signing of an agreement between JVMC Corporation Sdn Bhd and MAHE to offer a twinning MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery). It was agreed that the Basic Sciences would be offered at the Manipal campus while the clinical programme would be at the Malacca campus.

MAHE provides the academic programme and extends administrative support for the whole course including the clinical programme in Malaysia. Teaching faculty are recruited from Malacca and from MAHE to ensure standards remain high.

“The aim was to share the Manipal advantage with students from Malaysia. Although we draw on the Manipal experience, the entire emphasis of the programme is to meet the regulations of the Malaysian Medical Council,” says MMMC dean Prof K Ramnarayan from the Manipal campus



The real thing



But as Prof Ramnarayan shares, nothing beats the real thing as he believes one of the strengths of the MMMC medical degree is the hands-on learning style prescribed for its undergraduates.

There is no substitute to dealing with a human body. From the very first day, medical students are taught to respect it. “We tell students that they are there as healers and not to look at the human body as a source of disease.

“A doctor must have a head for knowledge, a heart for sensitivity or feelings while the hands represent skills. What’s the point of developing skills if you are not sensitive to your patient's needs?” asks Prof Ramnarayan.

This is why the institution strongly believes in hands-on learning as using mannequins is not the same, he adds.






Students listening avidly during a lecture at the Melaka-Manipal Medical College in Malacca.




“Technology has its place in medicine but it cannot replace the importance of hands-on clinical work,” he says.

He adds that in India students also get many opportunities to observe cases such as tuberculosis, malaria or other gastro intestinal diseases which are no longer common in Malaysia.

When learning about anatomy, Prof Ramnarayan stresses on the importance of doing so hands-on.

“Some medical schools have done away with dissection because they do not get enough cadavers so it is done virtually but we believe that nothing beats the real thing.

“The institution is still able to obtain cadavers so students are able to receive hands-on training. We believe this is one of our strengths,” he says.

“We had our first dissection class on the third day of our first week. The smell of the formalin was overwhelming but dissecting the body was even worse. We are getting used to it now,” shares first year medical student Gurpreet Kaur.



One common goal



Manipal has two universities, 27 professional colleges, affiliated institutes and numerous primary and high schools. MAHE was born when the professional colleges were granted university status in July 1993.

(It was the first institute in the private sector to be recognised as a Deemed University by the Government of India. A deemed university means a college which has converted to a university.)

MMMC principal and chief executive officer Datuk Dr Megat Burhainuddin Megat Abdul Rahman shares that to date 265 students have graduated from MMMC and are now housemen or medical officers.

“I have been following their progress and am glad to know they are doing well,” says the former deputy director general of Health.

There are currently 700 students at the Malacca campus and another 750 at Manipal.






Group teaching in the clinical skills lab at the Malacca campus.




The MBBS programme which is conferred by MAHE is recognised by the Malaysian Medical Council and the Public Services Department. The National Accreditation Board (LAN) visited both the Manipal and Malacca campuses in 2003.

In Feb 2004, MMMC was included in the World Health Organisation list of recognised medical colleges and also in the International Medical Education Directory of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.

The MBBS programme is five years in duration. Students receive two and a half years of pre-clinical training in Manipal and spend the remaining two and a half years of clinical teaching and training at the Malacca, Muar and Tangkak hospitals as well as other community health centres and polyclinics.

“We believe one of the strengths of our programme is the excellent pre-clinical training received by students. India is reputed for its teachers in the basic medical sciences.

“This is very important as it is the foundation for every medical student,” says Prof Ramnarayan.

Final year medical undergraduate Ain Affnani Jasman who enjoyed her time in Manipal, speaks highly of the lecturers’ dedication.

“The lecturers are very down-to-earth and really cared about how we were coping with everything,” she adds.



Back to basics



MMMC wants to produce medical students who are able to develop clinical skills to diagnose and manage their patients’ health problems, evaluate problems in different perspectives, practise self-directed learning as well as develop the right characteristics and attitudes required for professional life.

But as Prof Ramnarayan shares, the emphasis is not on mastery of large amounts of information but on the management of information as applied to the problems and needs of the community.

“Readings start from the first day as we feel the first few weeks are the most critical. Students get to see the direction they are going,” adds Prof Ramnarayan.

Gurpreet who is part of the latest batch, says she felt overwhelmed with the workload in the first few days but is now better able to cope.

“Medicine is really tough and there are a lot of things to remember and study such as all the nerves and muscles,” she shares.

One of the unique features of the programme is that while Malaysian students have their own lectures, laboratory and clinical work sessions at the MMMC campus in Manipal, they share other facilities such as the library, dissection hall and hostels with other students under MAHE.

MMMC teachers teach only MMMC students and not KMC students. After classes, MMMC students are able to mix with the rest of MAHE students who come from more than 30 countries worldwide.

The anatomy museum at KMC is one of the largest in the world with over 1,700 specimens and a separate section on comparative anatomy with skeletons of reptiles and mammals.

Regular small group seminars and micro teaching is also done in the museum. Dr R P Pai who teaches community medicine, says the anatomy museum caters to the needs of various health-related programmes.

Final year student Ain Affnani Jasman found the anatomy museum very helpful as she says it is vital for students to know the structure of the human body such as which muscle is attached to the bone.

Another unique feature of the MBBS programme is that students are also exposed to traditional and complementary medicine such as the Ayurvedic Medicine Department, clinic and wards.
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Taking the essentials
Sunday April 10, 2005




BY KAREN CHAPMAN

DESPITE being a new institutionmedical students at the Melaka-Manipal Medical College have come up with unique ways to welcome new students into the fold.

Gurvinder Singh Sandhu from Batch 15 was determined that everyone take part in a welcoming ceremony. “It didn’t matter if they worked behind the scenes. We just wanted everyone to work together to welcome the new batch.

“It wasn’t easy getting 151 people to work together but we did it,” shares Gurvinder. He says that it is important that new students who come to India are made to feel comfortable.

Items included hilarious sketches, dikir barat, bhangra and Chinese dances. “We wanted to break the ice with the new students and have fun at the same time. This is why we even had games like musical chairs,” he adds.

Muhammad Fariz Abu Bakar who led the dikir barat performance was the only one with experience.






The red-bricked building houses the chancellery and the library while the building on the left is the Chandrashekar hostel.




“Everyone else had never done it before but I had fun teaching them what to do,” he adds.

Anusha Asairinachan and Toh Ee Lyn were part of the group who performed a dance from Devdas.

“To ensure everyone had the same sari and bangles, we went to a place in Udupi. We copied some of the movements from the movie but the rest we choreographed ourselves and practised whenever we had free time,” shares Anusha.
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New institute to train English teachers proposed
Tuesday March 29, 2005.




PUTRAJAYA: A new institute to train English language teachers has been proposed under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said yesterday.

“The institute is aimed at improving the skills and increasing the number of English teachers. We want to produce English teachers who are on par with their international counterparts,” he added.

Hishamuddin said the proposal had been forwarded to the Economic Planning Unit and the location of the institute and its intake would be announced at a later date.

“The institute will establish links with reputable universities overseas such as Oxford and Cambridge.

“We want the institute to be of global standard in line with Malaysia’s aim to be a fully developed nation by 2020,” he told reporters after receiving a 3-D pewter plaque commemorating the country’s five prime ministers from Tumasek Pewter Sdn Bhd.

On the proposal to review the policy of using English to teach Mathematics and Science, Hishammuddin said it was still too early to evaluate its success.

“We are doing a study and will make a decision based on facts and statistics. Any decision will have far-reaching consequences,” he added.

Commenting on Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh’s suggestion that jobless graduates be absorbed into the local education institutions, Hishamuddin said that the teaching profession required graduates who were of high calibre, passionate and dedicated.

“We do not want people to regard teaching as a last resort or something they can fall back on,” he said.
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