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Old September 19th, 2011, 10:51 AM   #41
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Dana kebajikan RM1.4 bilion
25 Ogos 2011
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NAJIB (tengah) dan Shahrizat bersama warga emas, OKU,
ibu tunggal pada majlis pelancaran KAR1SMA di Putrajaya semalam.


PUTRAJAYA - Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata, sebanyak RM1.4 bilion diperuntukkan bagi membantu kira-kira 500,000 penerima bantuan kebajikan masyarakat melalui Program Kebajikan Rakyat 1Malaysia (KAR1SMA).

Najib yang juga Menteri Kewangan berkata, bantuan yang akan diberikan pada setiap bulan itu bagi membantu kumpulan sasar yang antaranya terdiri daripada warga emas, orang kelainan upaya (OKU), ibu tunggal termasuk balu askar dan polis.

Katanya, langkah itu bagi memastikan golongan tersebut tidak terus berada dalam keadaan terpinggir dan terbiar dalam masyarakat.

"Dalam kemelut ekonomi dunia, kita lihat ada ekonomi negara tertentu yang bukan sahaja tidak menentu tetapi menguncup, ada juga negara yang pencen orang bersara terpaksa dipotong dan bantuan kebajikan terpaksa dikurangkan.

"Tetapi alhamdulillah di Malaysia bukan sahaja kita dapat meneruskan program ini malah dapat menambah lagi jumlah peruntukan untuk rakyat dan mereka yang amat memerlukan," katanya ketika melancarkan program tersebut di pejabatnya di sini semalam.

Turut hadir Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil dan Ketua Setiausaha Negara, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan.

Peruntukan itu merangkumi bantuan untuk golongan kanak-kanak sebanyak RM290 juta, orang kurang upaya (RM332 juta), warga emas (RM455 juta) dan membiayai program-program kemasyarakatan di peringkat komuniti (RM303 juta).

Di bawah program itu juga, satu kategori baharu bantuan kewangan diperkenalkan bagi balu anggota tentera dan polis yang layak melibatkan peruntukan sebanyak RM4.1 juta.
KAR1SMA programme to aid the needy
Monday September 19, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...665&sec=nation

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the 1Malaysia people’s welfare programme KAR1SMA recently, which is expected to improve the lives of some 500,000 underprivileged people including senior citizens, the disabled, children and single mothers.

He said a sum ranging between RM100 and RM450 would be given to the recipients each month.

He also announced that widows of policemen and military personnel were also eligible to receive the financial aid, adding that it was the Government’s way of showing appreciation to the armed forces and the men in blue for their contribution and sacrifice in keeping the country safe.

The KAR1SMA programme has been allocated RM1.4bil for its cause, of which RM332mil is allocated for the disabled, RM290mil for underprivileged children, RM455mil for senior citizens, RM4.1mil for widows of police and military personnel and RM303mil for various community-based programmes.

Najib said the initiative was part of the Government’s continuing efforts through the GTP’s Low-Income Households (LIH) NKRA to improve the standard of living of the poor and ensure that no Malaysian was left out from the country’s development.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the widows of policemen and military personnel would also be entitled to receive a launching grant to start their own small businesses.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 12:53 PM   #42
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Basic literacy skills bridge to dynamic society — Raslin
Posted on September 25, 2011, Sunday
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KUALA LUMPUR: Acquisition of basic literacy skills served as a bridge for Malaysians to become a dynamic society, said National Library director-general Datuk Raslin Abu Bakar.

Striving to become a literate society was akin to aiming at a moving target because literacy was not static but evolved with changes, he noted.

“A good quality basic education equips people with literacy skills for life and with further learning, literate people are better able to access continuing educational opportunities, and literate societies are better geared to meet pressing development,” he said.

Raslin said this in his speech when launching the National Literacies Day 2011 at the National Library here yesterday.

He said according to the Unesco Institute for Statistic in 2009, the literacy rate for Malaysia was 91.9 per cent.

He said the reading behaviour of Malaysians had also improved as last year’s survey indicated that they read between eight and 12 books annually.

“To improve literacy, one has to increase and improve reading skills, but literacy, as we are all aware, extends beyond improving reading skills.

“Literacy is essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality and ensuring sustainable development,” added Raslin.

About 300 students and teacher trainees joined the one-day programme which included workshops, seminars, exhibitions and fun-filled activities.

The programme was co-organised with the Malaysian English Language Teaching Association. — Bernama
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Ensuring literacy with Linus
By NOEL CHANG Monday September 19, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...625&sec=nation

MUAR: The Education Ministry has set the target for all primary school children to be literate by Year Three under the Literacy and Numeracy (Linus) programme.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the programme, which was introduced as a focus area of the Education National Key Results Area (NKRA) of the Government Transformation Pro*gramme (GTP), aimed to provide a strong foundation in basic literacy and numeracy skills within the first three years of primary school education for all Malaysian children.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said the ministry was concerned as there had been cases where students who entered Form One were still unable to read.

He said the ministry intended to prevent this from reoccurring.

Students who face difficulties in reading, writing and basic arithmetic are enrolled in either a Linus-dedicated remedial class to improve their performance or a Special Education programme for those who have learning disabilities.

This approach has been designed to quickly identify problems at the early stage and rectify them before the students fall behind their peers.

To date, based on the two screenings done in March and June, Year Two students have already exceeded their 95% target, with a 95% for literacy rate and 97% for numeracy rate in the second screening.

Year One students have also shown some strong results, achieving a literacy rate of 83% and a numeracy rate of 90%.

On another note, qualified pre-school teachers who are currently unemployed are encouraged to set up kindergartens as the Ministry would allocate RM10,000 in funding assistance for these enterprises.
LINUS aiming to fulfil objectives by 2012
Monday October 10, 2011
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PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry has expressed confidence that all Year One students would possess the basic literacy and arithmetic skills by the time they reach Year Three with the assistance of the Literacy and Numeracy Screening (LINUS) Programme under the GTP's Education NKRA initiative.

The LINUS programme performs screenings three times a year on students to identify those who are found weak in reading, writing and basic arithmetic.

The identified students are then required to enrol in remedial classes.

Students with learning disabilities or special needs would attend a special needs education programme, which helps them keep up with their peers.

The ministry has taken great effort through its LINUS programme to ensure its confidence is well placed with the pilot batch of Cohort 1 students who were introduced to the programme in 2010.

The government has set its sight on ensuring the Year One students from last year, attain a 100% basic literacy and numeracy rate by the time they complete their Year Three studies in 2012.

Deputy director-general of education (operation education sector) Dr Zahri Aziz said the ministry was on track, adding that all schools are doing their best to meet the target.

The latest LINUS screening in June showed the ministry reached a 95% rate in literacy and 97% rate in numeracy for the Year Two students.
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Big breaks for education sector
By Bernard Yap Published: 2011/10/10
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KUALA LUMPUR: The issue of developing, attracting and retaining talent has come up a lot more in recent years. One of the reasons for that has to do with Malaysia's vision of attaining high-income status by 2020.

The government's focus on human capital was underscored by the establishment of Talent Corp Malaysia (TalentCorp) under the Prime Minister's Department on January 1. The government's continued commitment towards the area of human capital was also evident in the 2012 Budget speech by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Friday, with an allocation of RM50.2 billion to boost the nation's education sector.

To achieve its aspirations of becoming a developed and high-income country, the government recognises the need to develop the country's education system at the groundroots level in order to produce a highly-skilled, creative and innovative work force.

Private schools and international schools registered with the Education Ministry will now be granted tax incentives in the forms of:

* Income tax exemption (restricted to 70 per cent of statutory income) for a period of five years or investment tax allowance ("ITA") of 100 per cent on qualifying capital expenditure incurred within a period of five years;

* Double deduction for overseas promotional expenses to attract more foreign students; and,

* Import duty and sales tax exemption on all educational equipment.

These incentives should augur well for parents as the anticipated savings from the tax incentives may translate into a reduction in school fees, making private and international schools more affordable to middle-income families.

These incentives are timely, given the huge market potential and growing demand for private education.

They may very well act as a catalyst of growth to the private and international school segments of the education market.

These tax incentives should also attract more reputable international schools to set up branches in Malaysia.

In the long run, we hope to see foreign students choosing Malaysia as a preferred destination to further their studies, and for these talented students to add to the country's workforce.

To encourage the private sector's involvement in the development of human capital, three tax incentives have been proposed.

The Higher Education Ministry, in collaboration with TalentCorp, will implement a structured internship programme that includes technical, communication and business skills.

This programme will provide students with the opportunity to experience the real working environment while, at the same time, enable companies to identify potential employees.

Companies will be given a double deduction on the expenses incurred to implement this programme. The internship programme would be required to run for a minimum of 10 weeks with a monthly allowance of not less than RM500.

The tax incentive for scholarships will also be enhanced to further support companies in carrying out their social responsibilities.

Currently, scholarships awarded by companies to students are given a deduction when certain criteria are met. Under the new proposal, companies will now be eligible for a double deduction on scholarships awarded to Malaysian students pursuing studies at diploma and bachelor degree levels in local institutions of higher learning registered with the Higher Education Ministry.

With the availability of more scholarship funding from the private sector, students from families in the lower-income group can have more opportunities to pursue higher education.

Lastly, in line with TalentCorp's focus on bringing back Malaysians who are working overseas, tax incentives will be given to companies that participate in career fairs abroad.

Where companies would have previously qualified for a deduction, expenses incurred by companies participating in career fairs abroad that are endorsed by TalentCorp will now be given a double deduction.

The joint effort by TalentCorp and the private sector will definitely help to attract more Malaysians to return to the country.

The 2012 Budget has clearly demonstrated the government's emphasis on developing the education sector for the benefit of the rakyat.

The writer is a partner of Ernst & Young Tax Consultants Sdn Bhd.

The information contained in this article is intended for general guidance only. It is not intended to be a substitute for detailed research or the exercise of professional judgment. On any specific matter, reference should be made to the appropriate adviser.
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Sarawak Budget 2012: Priority on human capital
By YU JI Tuesday November 15, 2011
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KUCHING: Particular attention has been directed to social and community development in the proposed Sarawak Budget 2012.

The RM283mil allocation set aside for the sector stands at an encouraging 9% of the budget.

This amount will be spent in three key areas: Housing and resettlement schemes, sports and recreational facilities, and community and welfare services.

At the same time, RM266mil or about 9% will be spent on rural, agriculture and land development. This provision is mainly for plantation development, drainage and irrigation, assistance for farmers and fishermen, and agriculture research.

A further RM217mil or 7% will be used for connections and upgrades for water supply in urban and rural areas.

The three sectors combined represent the biggest-ever push by the Sarawak government at the strengthening of human capita.

Chief Minister and Finance Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud made these announcements yesterday when tabling the Supply (2012) Bill, 2011 at the State Legislative Assembly Complex here.

In his speech, Taib called upon Sarawakians to work towards a more diversified economy.

He said a broad-based economy would help ensure better sustainable growth. “The resilience and strength of our people, our stability and social cohesiveness are things we are all grateful for.

“We should be proud of our achievements. However, we should not rest on our laurels as the journey ahead is full of challenges,” he added.

He said that Sarawakians needed to adopt a renewed sense of urgency to ensure the objectives are met within the time frame.

“Our development will require a much more knowledgable, innovative and technically skilled work force.

“This is becoming more important as we move from primary resource-based industries to high-tech, value-added, knowledge-based ones.”

Taib said the bulk of the expenditure had been channelled to the economic and social sectors in rural areas, adding that the state’s plans had to be drafted with greater foresight.

He said a better-qualified society would ensure Sarawakians benefited from fiscal flexibility and state autonomy and would conserve their resources for future generations.

“We will continue to pursue additional financial allocations from the Federal Government for our state’s development.

“More funds are needed to develop our vast state to bridge the gap between our counterparts in Peninsular Malaysia,” he said.
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Malaysia, Unesco to jointly review education policy
Published: Friday November 18, 2011 MYT 12:37:00 PM
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PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to review the Malaysian education policy at all levels from pre-school to higher education.

Education Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Rosli Mohamed said the review was initiated to ensure that all Malaysian could realise their potential, as well as preparing a future work force with the required skills, in line with various government transformation programmes to achieve a developed and high income economy by 2020.

"The objective of the review is to evaluate the policies, strategies and achievements of the Malaysian education system. The review is expected to focus on priority areas such as curriculum development, technical and vocational training, information and communication technology (ICT) in education, teacher training as well as school-based assessment and examination.

"In this regard, I am confident that Unesco will be able to complement our efforts in formulating a comprehensive and holistic education policy to cater for the current and future needs of Malaysians," he said at the MoU signing ceremony between both parties here.

Also present were Unesco Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (Bangkok Office) deputy director Etienne Clement and Education director-general Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafar Mahmud.

Dr Rosli said the study would also serve as valuable input to the education policy review exercise currently being undertaken by the ministry.
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LINUS moving on the right track
By Noel Chang Monday September 12, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...223&sec=nation

PUTRAJAYA: The Literacy and Numeracy (LINUS) programme, which was introduced as a focus area of the Education National Key Results Area (NKRA) of the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), aims to provide a strong foundation in basic literacy and numeracy skills within the first three years of primary school education for all Malaysian children.

The programme conducts a screening process three times a year to identify students who face difficulties in reading, writing and basic arithmetic.

They are then enrolled in either a LINUS-dedicated remedial class to improve their performance or a Special Education programme for those that have learning disabilities.

This approach has been designed to quickly identify problems at the early stage and rectify them before the students fall behind their peers.

In 2010, the programme aimed to achieve both literacy and numeracy rates of 90% for the then-Primary 1 students.

While the literacy target fell short by 5%, the numeracy target exceeded the original aim with a 91% rate.

This year, the Primary 2 students have been set an increased target of 95 percent literacy and numeracy, while the current Primary 1 students must continue to uphold the strong results of 90% set for their cohort this year.

To date, based on the 2 screenings done in March and June, Primary 2 students have already exceeded their 95% target, with a 95% for literacy rate and 97% for numeracy rate in the second screening. Primary 1 students have also shown some strong improvements, achieving a literacy rate of 83% and a numeracy rate of 97%.

Based on these figures, the objective to achieve 100% literacy and numeracy rate among Primary 3 students by 2012 is right on track.
100pc literacy target
By SUGANTHI SUPARMANIAM AND SEAN AUGUSTIN, PUTRAJAYA 11 January 2012
http://www.nst.com.my/top-news/100pc...target-1.30557

LINUS TO THE RESCUE: Education Ministry hopes to achieve aim for year Three pupils by next year

THE Education Ministry is hoping to meet its target of 100 per cent basic literacy and numeracy skills for Year Three pupils nationwide by next year.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyid-din Yassin said this was based on the 96.8 per cent rate achieved last year among Year Two and Year Three pupils, following the introduction of the Linus (literacy and numeracy screenings) programme. Linus is a remedial programme tailormadeto ensure pupils acquire basic literacy (Bahasa Malaysia) and numeracy skills at the end of three years of primary education.

It is aimed at pupils weak in the 3Rs (reading,writing and arithmetic). Muhyiddin, who is also the education minister, said what had been implemented last year proved to be effective and that next year was crucial.

“After three years, we must achieve our targets. Pupils must be proficient in reading, writing and arithmetic,” he said after delivering a special message to Education Ministry staff at the Putrajaya International Conventi-on Centre yesterday.

Muhyiddin said the government, having taken into account weaknesses in the teaching-learning process, had introduced a National Key Result Area on literacy and numeracy to evaluate pupils’ capability from Year One. This included physical condition, hearing and vision. In a related development, the National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) said Linus was effective and had received positive response from teachers.

NUTP secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said when the programme was first introduced, many teachers had complained that it was tough and involved a lot of clerical and paperwork.

“But now, despite the extra work, teachers agree that it is beneficial."

Lok said although the ministry aimed to meet its 100 per cent target next year, it was also important to consider the plight of a small group of pupils who slipped through the system.

"We want to know what the ministry plans to do with these pupils who cannot follow the programme despite the best methods."

She said she was confident the ministry could reach its 100 per cent target next year only if it excluded pupils with special needs or learning disabilities.

On a related issue, Muhyiddin said the ministry would consider a special programme to address illiteracy among National Service trainees.

He said his ministry would liaise with the Defence Ministry to identify the trainees and their schools to resolve the issue.

"This is an important discovery as our records show that a handful of students have literacy problems, which was why we introduced Linus," he said, commenting on a report that about eight per cent of 6,667 NS trainees from 30 camps nationwide were illiterate.

Muhyiddin said the government wanted to find out which schools they came from -- urban or rural, national or national type.

"With the information, we will be able to sort out the matter."

Muhyiddin added that the ministry was considering adding more members to the panel in charge of reviewing the education system.

Late last year, seven prominent Malaysians were appointed to the panel.

They are Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Tan Sri Dr Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar, Tan Sri Prof Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hassan Shahabudin and Datuk Dr Ab Rahim Selamat.

They came from various backgrounds to get a holistic perspective of the education system since the implementation of the Razak Report 1956, which was aimed at reforming the education system.

Muhyiddin said the education system needed to be improved to ensure the country's education system was on a par with that of developed countries.

The review would focus on policy guidelines for achievements and developing the basics based on the challenges faced by the school system and to improve standards and narrowing disparities.

Muhyiddin said the panel would study a progress report submitted by the ministry's committee on the current education policies in meeting its objective as well as its strengths and weaknesses.
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Transformation In Education, Human Capital Vital For Developed Nation Status - Najib
January 15, 2012 18:53 PM
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PEKAN, Jan 15 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said efforts to turn Malaysia into a developed country would be futile unless transformation in the fields of education and human capital is done properly.

He said the government had allocated huge sums of money for education, and this must be supported by all quarters to realise the objective of Malaysia becoming a developed country.

"Education is a priority sector which must be championed, which must be boosted in terms of funds, infrastructure and moral support by all quarters, including the people," he said at the presentation of excellence awards to UPSR and PMR students in the Pekan parliamentary constituency, here.

Najib said 22 per cent of the national budget is allocated for education annually, reflecting the government's emphasis on education excellence.

"Furthermore, we supplement the allocation through organisations and foundations, such as in Pahang where the Pahang Foundation promotes education. We also seek from other sources for education. In fact, much of the allocation for elected representatives is channelled to education," he said.

"What we intend to achieve to become a developed country may not become a reality unless we can develop the necessary human capital, encompassing the important fields," he said.

Najib said all the people should support the government's desire to turn Malaysia into a developed country by 2020 by emphasising their children's excellence in education.

"This is our investment to achieve a developed country. It cannot be achieved without developing education," he said at the event where 328 UPSR pupils and 146 PMR students in the Pekan parliamentary constituency received RM200 each contributed by the Pahang Foundation.

Earlier, when speaking at the opening of the Kampung Padang Rumbia integrated housing community centre near Paloh Hinai, Najib said the efforts to transform Malaysia into a developed country required the support of all quarters.

"This integrated housing project, for example, is founded on the cooperation of the federal and state governments and the private sector. It is a good collaboration in the transformation of the country's development," he said.

Some 50 eligible poor families in the area were allocated houses for free.

-- BERNAMA
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Train more Sabahans in Sabah
By ALYCIA LIM Monday January 16, 2012
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SHAH ALAM: More places should be allocated to locals at teacher training colleges in Sabah and Sarawak, as it would benefit the schools and communities there.

Joint Committee Sabah-Sarawak Teachers’ Unions chairman William Ghani Bina suggested that the Edu*cation Ministry allowed 60% of the placements in teacher training colleges in Sabah and Sarawak be allocated to locals.

Currently, only 30% of the placements are allocated for local teachers.

“This will not only lessen the cost of sending teachers over to peninsular Malaysia, but the teachers will also understand the needs of the locals better,” he added.

He said many teachers from peninsular Malaysia who were sent to Sabah and Sarawak asked to return each year.

“I do not blame them. If you send me to Kelantan, I would also ask to go back to Sarawak,” he said during a press conference after a meeting with about 150 representatives from 27 teachers’ unions nationwide here on Saturday.

“If possible, we should train more teachers locally in every state because they are easily accepted in their communities.”

William, who is also Sarawak Teachers’ Union president and Joint Teachers Union Committee vice-president, also suggested that education be linked to the community.

“If the school is near an Iban longhouse, we should elect a headmaster who is Iban. If it is a Malay area, we get a Malay headmaster. If it is Chinese, we get a Chinese headmaster. And then, their assistants and teachers can be from other cultures.

“This would truly be 1Malaysia,” he said, citing examples of outstanding schools like SK Ba Kelalan and SK Ulu Lubai in Limbang, both of which had local headmasters.
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Transformation In Education, Human Capital Vital For Developed Nation Status - Najib
January 15, 2012 18:53 PM
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PEKAN, Jan 15 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said efforts to turn Malaysia into a developed country would be futile unless transformation in the fields of education and human capital is done properly.

He said the government had allocated huge sums of money for education, and this must be supported by all quarters to realise the objective of Malaysia becoming a developed country.

"Education is a priority sector which must be championed, which must be boosted in terms of funds, infrastructure and moral support by all quarters, including the people," he said at the presentation of excellence awards to UPSR and PMR students in the Pekan parliamentary constituency, here.

Najib said 22 per cent of the national budget is allocated for education annually, reflecting the government's emphasis on education excellence.

"Furthermore, we supplement the allocation through organisations and foundations, such as in Pahang where the Pahang Foundation promotes education. We also seek from other sources for education. In fact, much of the allocation for elected representatives is channelled to education," he said.

"What we intend to achieve to become a developed country may not become a reality unless we can develop the necessary human capital, encompassing the important fields," he said.

Najib said all the people should support the government's desire to turn Malaysia into a developed country by 2020 by emphasising their children's excellence in education.

"This is our investment to achieve a developed country. It cannot be achieved without developing education," he said at the event where 328 UPSR pupils and 146 PMR students in the Pekan parliamentary constituency received RM200 each contributed by the Pahang Foundation.

Earlier, when speaking at the opening of the Kampung Padang Rumbia integrated housing community centre near Paloh Hinai, Najib said the efforts to transform Malaysia into a developed country required the support of all quarters.

"This integrated housing project, for example, is founded on the cooperation of the federal and state governments and the private sector. It is a good collaboration in the transformation of the country's development," he said.

Some 50 eligible poor families in the area were allocated houses for free.

-- BERNAMA
'Focus on human capital'
More spent to develop people with higher qualifications, says PM
16 January 2012 | last updated at 09:17am
By M. HAMZAH JAMALUDIN AND T.N. ALAGESH
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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak arriving to open the Al-Wardah Club
Welfare and Education annual general meeting at Felda Chini Timur near Pekan
yesterday.Pic by Halim Mat Ali


PEKAN : Malaysia would not be able to achieve its target to be a developed nation by 2020 if it cannot produce sufficient human capital with proper qualifications and positive values.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Malaysia must use the benchmark of a developed nation, with at least half of its citizens having access to tertiary education.

"Compared with other developing nations, we are already at the forefront with 33 per cent of our people having pursued education up to tertiary level.

"Therefore, it is more appropriate for us to compare our country with the developed nations," said Najib at a function to celebrate students who excelled in Ujian Pencapaian Sijil Rendah and Penilaian Menengah Rendah examinations last year, in his Pekan constituency.

A total of 328 students who obtained 5As in their UPSR and 176 students who got 8As in their PMR received RM200 each from Yayasan Pahang at the function yesterday.

Present was Menteri Besar and Yayasan Pahang chairman Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

Najib said the government spent more than 22 per cent of its annual budget on education as it believed it was an investment which would ensure that the country's aspiration to be a developed nation could be achieved as planned.

"We have to intensify our efforts to excel in education. It will not only cover those in universities, but also students at primary and pre-school levels," said Najib, adding that the quest for academic excellence should be championed by all, especially parents.

Earlier, when launching the Padang Rumbia housing and community centre, Najib said the government's transformation plan had also benefited the poor, including those who could not afford to own a house.

He said the project in Padang Rumbia was clear proof that the government would continue to help the underprivileged, especially poor families.

"This project is also the best example of the close cooperation between the federal and state governments and also the private sector."

Some 50 families received their house keys from Najib at the function which was held at the housing project's community centre.

Apart from fully-furnished houses, participants in the project will also get monthly incomes from in situ economic activities, including fish and chicken rearing, handicraft making and rice production.

Najib later launched a similar project in Pulau Serai where 112 families received their house keys.

Anuar Mohd Yassin, 42, who received his house key in Padang Rumbia, said he was grateful to be a participant as it could help him provide a better future to his school-going children, aged 9 to 14. "Apart from receiving a free and comfortable home, I can also get a steady income through various agricultural projects that are being supervised by experts in the relevant fields," said Anuar, who previously worked as a construction worker.

Single mother Junaidah Jamaludin, 37, said that she would quit her job as a ticket counter clerk in Kuala Lumpur as she wanted to focus on rearing organic chickens and cultivating ginger at her new home in Padang Rumbia.

"I can also focus on my four children."
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Skills certificate accreditation system to be reorganised
Posted on January 31, 2012, Tuesday
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resources Ministry will reorganise the Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM) accreditation system to empower its graduates with industry requirements and job standards.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said, the reorganisation was a ministry’s agenda which would be discussed with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“We are an agency responsible for the implementation of the agenda, so we will ensure the discussion goes well and the reorganisation takes place soon,” he told reporters after attending a programme with providers of public and private training, here yesterday.

He said enhancement of the SKM course is carried out because a majority of graduates finished their studies after reaching Level 1 of the SKM, which only takes six months to complete.

“When the new system is implemented, graduates will be obligated to undergo a two-year course to complete Level 1, 2 and 3 of the SKM.

“They will then be eligible to go for Level 4 and 5 which will then qualify them to pursue a university diploma or degree,” he said. — Bernama
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Malaysia urged to develop more Internet content
Published: 2012/02/01
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KUALA LUMPUR: The government and industry players must develop more local contents on the Internet to encourage domestic consumption.

Malaysia has so far been successful in building its infrastructure, according to Google and McKinsey & Co.

They have estimated that the Internet contributed 4.1 per cent to the country's gross domestic product in 2010, or some RM30 billion in value.

The figure was highlighted in their survey - "Online and Upcoming: The Internet's Impact on Aspiring Countries" .

This placed Malaysia among the highest of the 30 fast-growing countries with greater exposure and dependence on the Internet.

However, the survey finds that although infrastructure growth is strong, the Internet contribution to the Malaysian economy is still low at two per cent.

"The strong infrastructure is actually opening up a lot of opportunities for the Internet industry, so businesses must keep up with that. If government and industry players can develop more local contents like MyEG and mudah.com, it will encourage more Internet transactions and activities," said Google Malaysia country head Sajith Sivanandan.

Yesterday, the group held a media briefing to share the findings of the report which measures Internet contribution to the economies.

It follows a series of similar reports by Google and its research partners across Europe, Hong Kong, Australia and Indonesia.

The report also finds that while Malaysian businesses sell more things online than many other countries with similar wealth, they have yet to invest in Internet advertising to the same extent as other countries do.

On average, local companies allocate only one per cent of their advertising and promotion budget to advertise online as compared to companies in a more developed economies with an average of 30 per cent.

This placed Malaysia in the bottom 10 per cent of the 57 countries that were ranked for the index.

"The Internet economy holds the key to future growth for Malaysia. To continue this trajectory, SMEs (small and medium size enterprises) that do business online are crucial, along with the continued development of domestic Internet consumption," said Sajith.

"If policies are put in place to support financial and human capital development, including raising venture capital and research and development spending, and lowering the cost of starting a business, the future of Malaysia's Internet eco-system looks strong," he said.

Multimedia Development Corp (MDeC) chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali pointed that the Digital Transformation Programme (Digital Malaysia) will further encourage digital initiatives and activities.

Digital Malaysia, launched in October last year, is projected to help increase the contribution of digital initiatives to 17 per cent, or over RM294 billion, in gross national income by year 2020, from 12.5 per cent currently.

MDeC's role is to transform the economy to digital economy with emphasis on innovation, creativity and productivity. By Zurinna Raja Adam
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Muhyiddin repeats call to improve quality of national education system
Posted on February 18, 2012, Saturday
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GEORGE TOWN: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today repeated his call for the quality of national education system to be improved to produce quality human capital capable of steering Malaysia towards becoming a fully-developed nation.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said quality was the most important aspect in the national education system and the efforts to improve it must be viewed seriously.
“We have formed a task force to study various aspects of national education and co-curriculum, Razak Report and the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English,” he said when opening the Empowerment of Penang Teachers’ Professionalism programme here Saturday.

Last Tuesday, Muhyiddin made the same call when addressing about 5,000 teachers from Kedah and Perlis at a similar event in Jitra.

He said the efforts to improve the quality of the national education system must be mounted by all quarters, especially teachers.

“I admit that this is a very big challenge because there are many more things to be done to assist the country achieve its vision to be a fully developed nation,” he said.

Muhyiddin said teachers must also be more creative and innovative in teaching in order to produce quality human capital.

“We don’t want to produce new generations that are too rigid and exam-oriented. That is why the Education Ministry introduced the One Student One Sport policy. It is to boost students’ marketability,” he explained.
Muhyiddin said the policy compelled students to participate in at least one sport to help the teachers identify their true potentials. –Bernama
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Quality standard for preschools to be introduced
Posted on February 26, 2012, Sunday
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GOOD SKILLS: Fatimah (left) presents a course certificate. Early Childhood
Education and Family Development Assistant Minister Rosey Yunus is at
second left, while UPM Human Ecology Faculty deputy dean Dr Zaid Ahmad is at third right.


KUCHING: The Early Childhood Education Development Council (MPAKS) will introduce a Preschool Quality Standard (PQS) next month.

Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said the PQS would cover five aspects – physical, learning programme, welfare, personnel and management.

“The standard will benefit 3,031 government and private preschools registered with the state Education Department and is expected to be introduced on March 27,” she said during the closing of ‘Malam Permata’ on Friday night.

Registration centres will also be opened at strategic locations across the state by the end of next month to encourage all private kindergartens to register.

The centres, Fatimah explained, would speed up the registration process for private kindergartens, which is around three to 11 months – if renovations are required for the premises.

She also announced a collaboration between Open University Malaysia (OUM)
and Mara to introduce an Executive Diploma in Early Childhood Management and Education.

“The course fees will be paid by Mara to those who are qualified where the 10-month course will include lectures, industry exposure and business plan,” she added.

Those who complete the course will have the opportunity to run a preschool or kindergarten with Mara financial support.

Meanwhile, 72 preschool teachers took part in the month-long ‘Pendidik Permata Negara’ course.

MPAKS organised the course in collaboration with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), the Prime Minister’s Department’s Permata, Yayasan Sarawak and the Sarawak Islamic Council Education Bureau.
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Addressing the lack of talent in the country
by Ronnie Teo , [email protected]. Posted on February 27, 2012, Monday
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KUCHING: With the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) currently ongoing, one key issue to address is the lack of talent particularly in the services sector in Malaysia.

HwangDBS Investment Management Bhd (HwangDBS IM) head of equities, Gan Eng Peng noted that to address this matter, the government has set up TalentCorp Malaysia to enlarge the talent pool needed, especially for the ETP.

“TalentCorp’s purpose is to help bring home Malaysian professionals working abroad under its Returning Experts Programme as well as engaging and retaining top foreign and local talents,” he told The Borneo Post in his response on the issue.

“Having said that, the government needs to address the root of this problem. They can tackle the root of this problem from a few areas such as reviewing the current education system and major improvements in the education system to equip the students with relevant skill sets that matches the demand of a globalised economy,” he guided.

“Enhancing English language proficiency should also be part of it.”

Another suggestion brought forward by Gan was a merit-based public tertiary education system, which meant equal opportunity of scholarship and university placements.

Apart from that, the HwangDBS IM head of equities encouraged an evolution from a lower value-chain export-oriented economy to a higher value-chain economy with focus on growing a pool of talent in technology, research and development, engineering skills sets for the hard sector such as manufacturing and the service sector such as financial sector.

“These should eventually lead to improved job satisfaction, with in turn, would make the country an attractive place for the talented,” he stressed.

“Therefore, in order to develop into a high-income economy, we have to change our game by instilling knowledge-based skills to be competitive in the business environment.”

When asked on whether it was sufficient to bring in overseas talent as a solution, Gan said this was merely a temporary solution to the problem.

“Drawing back overseas talents will not resolve this issue entirely, but the other part is retaining the current ones from leaving and developing a thorough infrastructure that can support the ongoing supply and development of local talent,” he added.

“There is no quick fix or immediate solution to these matters but it needs to start somewhere and progresses as we go along, and be mindful of not to regress as we take a step forward,” Gan concluded.
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'Jobs' galore for children
28 February 2012 | last updated at 10:09am
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Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin sharing a light moment with ‘pilots’ Kelvin Wong Kang
Wei, 10 (centre) and Lee Zi Hen, 9, at Kidzania in Mutiara Damansara
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian children can now experience "working life" by role-playing at up to 90 real-life jobs.

For the price of RM55 for MyKad holders or RM75 for non-MyKad holders, a child can choose to be a judge, banker, journalist, painter, actor, magician or other professions through the role-playing activities at the newly opened Kidzania Kuala Lumpur.

With a boarding pass, a map and a cheque for 50 kidZos (Kidzania's currency), a child can choose an occupation, learn about the job, wear the uniform and experience a simulation of real-life work environment at Kidzania.

Some of the activities include putting out fires, being a surgeon for a day, piloting an airplane, hosting a television programme or interior designing.

Kidzania has partnered with various local and international brands -- including the New Straits Times Press and Media Prima Bhd -- to add a touch of reality and provide educational experience to the children.

Other partners are AirAsia Bhd, CIMB Bank, Honda Malaysia, KPJ Healthcare Bhd, Marrybrown Sdn Bhd and Sony Malaysia.

At the Kidzania launching ceremony yesterday, Kidzania joint developer Themed Attractions and Resorts Sdn Bhd chief executive officer and managing director Tunku Datuk Ahmad Burhanuddin said the indoor education centre was all about freedom and fun for children.

"The unique concept of fun and learning that Kidzania has to offer will aid development growth and inspire confidence, creativity and innovation among children."

Kidzania was founded in Mexico in 1996 by entrepreneur Xavier Lopez, who dreamed of creating a place where children can have fun while enjoying real-life experiences.

Lopez, who was also present yesterday, described Kidzania as a place which inspires and empowers children.

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin opened Kidzania Malaysia yesterday.

Located at Curve NX in Mutiara Damansara, Kidzania can handle 1,700 people at any one time. It operates from 10am to 5pm on Mondays to Fridays while on weekends, school holidays and public holidays, it operates in two shifts, 10am to 3pm and 4pm to 9pm.

Kidzania is open to the public from today.
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UM, Microsoft M’sia collaborate in human capital development
Tuesday March 6, 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: The University of Malaya (UM) is collaborating with Microsoft Malaysia and Prestariang Bhd to provide its students with a human capital development programme called “Hedstart Program”.

Launched at UM yesterday, the programme would impart world class knowledge and resources to develop students to become highly skilled and confident to face the globally benchmarked accreditation, said Prof Dr Rohana Yusof, deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs), University of Malaya.

Hedstart Program is a significant achievement and an excellent example of a private-public partnership, that is in line with the government’s agenda towards transforming Malaysia, as well as to enhance creativity, innovation and competitiveness among students. “Microsoft’s continuous support to provide quality education and eagerness to invest in the country’s education strategy is vital to create an excellent education platform and to help Malaysia to achieve a developed status by year 2020,” Rohana said.

The roll-out of the campus-wide milestone will further improve the unversity’s education ecosystem and increase competitiveness and capabilities of the students.

Microsoft Malaysia managing director, Ananth Lazarus said the company’s decision to collaborate with UM is part of its over-arching National Plan, which is to help accelerate Malaysia’s transformation into a technologically advanced and high-income country.

“The effort we have put in through the Hedstart Program is to help transform Malaysia together with various communities and stakeholders,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr Abu Hassan Ismail, chief executive officer of Prestariang, one of the leading software licence distribution and management organisations in Malaysia, said: “Focusing on ICT training and certification, our role is to advocate, educate and prepare students with the right productivity tools.”

The Hedstart Program will empower UM’s 25,000 students with genuine versions of the Microsoft Office 2010 productivity suite which they are able to retain after graduating, as well to access more than 200 software under the MSD NAcademic Alliance programme. — Bernama
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By NOEL CHANG Monday September 19, 2011
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MUAR: The Education Ministry has set the target for all primary school children to be literate by Year Three under the Literacy and Numeracy (Linus) programme.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the programme, which was introduced as a focus area of the Education National Key Results Area (NKRA) of the Government Transformation Pro*gramme (GTP), aimed to provide a strong foundation in basic literacy and numeracy skills within the first three years of primary school education for all Malaysian children.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said the ministry was concerned as there had been cases where students who entered Form One were still unable to read.

He said the ministry intended to prevent this from reoccurring.

Students who face difficulties in reading, writing and basic arithmetic are enrolled in either a Linus-dedicated remedial class to improve their performance or a Special Education programme for those who have learning disabilities.

This approach has been designed to quickly identify problems at the early stage and rectify them before the students fall behind their peers.

To date, based on the two screenings done in March and June, Year Two students have already exceeded their 95% target, with a 95% for literacy rate and 97% for numeracy rate in the second screening.

Year One students have also shown some strong results, achieving a literacy rate of 83% and a numeracy rate of 90%.

On another note, qualified pre-school teachers who are currently unemployed are encouraged to set up kindergartens as the Ministry would allocate RM10,000 in funding assistance for these enterprises.

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Monday October 10, 2011
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PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry has expressed confidence that all Year One students would possess the basic literacy and arithmetic skills by the time they reach Year Three with the assistance of the Literacy and Numeracy Screening (LINUS) Programme under the GTP's Education NKRA initiative.

The LINUS programme performs screenings three times a year on students to identify those who are found weak in reading, writing and basic arithmetic.

The identified students are then required to enrol in remedial classes.

Students with learning disabilities or special needs would attend a special needs education programme, which helps them keep up with their peers.

The ministry has taken great effort through its LINUS programme to ensure its confidence is well placed with the pilot batch of Cohort 1 students who were introduced to the programme in 2010.

The government has set its sight on ensuring the Year One students from last year, attain a 100% basic literacy and numeracy rate by the time they complete their Year Three studies in 2012.

Deputy director-general of education (operation education sector) Dr Zahri Aziz said the ministry was on track, adding that all schools are doing their best to meet the target.

The latest LINUS screening in June showed the ministry reached a 95% rate in literacy and 97% rate in numeracy for the Year Two students.
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By Noel Chang Monday September 12, 2011
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PUTRAJAYA: The Literacy and Numeracy (LINUS) programme, which was introduced as a focus area of the Education National Key Results Area (NKRA) of the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), aims to provide a strong foundation in basic literacy and numeracy skills within the first three years of primary school education for all Malaysian children.

The programme conducts a screening process three times a year to identify students who face difficulties in reading, writing and basic arithmetic.

They are then enrolled in either a LINUS-dedicated remedial class to improve their performance or a Special Education programme for those that have learning disabilities.

This approach has been designed to quickly identify problems at the early stage and rectify them before the students fall behind their peers.

In 2010, the programme aimed to achieve both literacy and numeracy rates of 90% for the then-Primary 1 students.

While the literacy target fell short by 5%, the numeracy target exceeded the original aim with a 91% rate.

This year, the Primary 2 students have been set an increased target of 95 percent literacy and numeracy, while the current Primary 1 students must continue to uphold the strong results of 90% set for their cohort this year.

To date, based on the 2 screenings done in March and June, Primary 2 students have already exceeded their 95% target, with a 95% for literacy rate and 97% for numeracy rate in the second screening. Primary 1 students have also shown some strong improvements, achieving a literacy rate of 83% and a numeracy rate of 97%.

Based on these figures, the objective to achieve 100% literacy and numeracy rate among Primary 3 students by 2012 is right on track.
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Industries and universities are urged to produce skilled workforce
By ZAZALI MUSA Monday March 12, 2012
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JOHOR BARU: Universities and industries were urged to collaborate to produce highly skilled workforce to help transform Malaysia into a high income nation.

Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said by working together, they would better understand each other’s requirements.

“Industries have to engage more often with universities and technical institutions and tell them the right kind of workforce needed,” he said.

Mukhriz said on the other hand, universities and technical institutions must also offer right disciplines or training courses to cater for needs from companies and industries.



Oil and gas sector: An offshore oil platform off the coast of Terengganu.

He commented on this after visiting Asiaflex Products Sdn Bhd plant in Tanjung Langsat industrial park near here — a facility by Paris-based Technic Group.

The plant on 8.09ha site produces flexible pipes and umbilicals to serve the growing and Asia Pacific and Middle East subsea oil and gas markets.

Mukhriz said many industries and companies involved in high technology and precision engineering manufacturing activities were having problems hiring skilled workers.

“This is largely due to mismatch between the needs of the industries and graduates produced by universities yearly,” he added.

Mukhriz said Malaysia could no longer depend on labour intensive industries and the way forward for the country was to have more high technology manufacturing activities which required fewer workers.

He said for instance the country’s oil and gas sector required many highly skilled workers such as engineers, technicians and geologists but there were acute shortage them.

“Undergraduates should start looking what they want to be even before graduating from universities by choosing the right subject or disciplines.”
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More Than 250 Literary, Culture Figures To Join National Literary Day
March 13, 2012 15:42 PM
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/state...=651876&cat=st

MELAKA, March 13 (Bernama) -- More than 250 literary and culture figures as well enthusiasts from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and south Thailand are expected to participate in the 15th National Literary Day to be held on March 30 to April 1, here.

Co-Chairman of the National Literary Day organising committee, Datuk Wira Othman Muhamad said the event, which would be organised by the Federation of Malaysian National Writers Associations (Gapena), Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, the Ministry of Information Communications and Culture and the Melaka government, was in conjunction with the 750th aniversary of Melaka.

It is themed "Melaka As Malay Literature Centre in Regional Civilization".

"It is also to highlight the role of language, literature and culture to society," he said in a statement here Tuesday.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam is scheduled to open the event while the closing ceremony will be done by Information Communication and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

-- BERNAMA
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