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Old August 15th, 2019, 02:37 PM   #1841
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Civics education in M'sia to focus on four core values — MoE division director
Bernama August 14, 2019 02:07 am +08
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KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 13): The implementation of Civic Education in schools beginning in June this year will focus on four core values of love, happiness, respect and responsibility.

Ministry of Education Malaysia’s (MoE) Curriculum Development Division director Dr Mohamed Abu Bakar said that based on these four values, the ministry could also provide suitable topics for inclusion in related subjects.

“These four core values were actually inspired by Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik himself, during discussions with the experts involved.

"These values are broken down into smaller topics with a focus on issues related to current challenges, such as social issues, health, sexual education, road safety, basic rights as citizens and unity," he said, after appearing as a guest on the ‘Ruang Bicara’ programme aired on Bernama News Channel today.

Civics Education is conducted for one hour on the fourth week of each schooling month in the subjects of Bahasa Melayu, English, Islamic Education, Moral Education, and History.

Children in preschool will be taught Civics for 30 minutes, while the core values would also be reinforced during assembly and curricular activities. — Bernama
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Old August 22nd, 2019, 08:53 PM   #1842
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UTM, McD deal opens doors for career advancement
By Rayyan Rafidi - August 21, 2019 @ 10:35am



Professor Datuk Dr Wahid Omar (second from left) exchanging documents with Azmir Jaafar at the MoA signing between UTM and McDonald’s Malaysia in Putrajaya recently. With them are (from left) Professor Dr Nur Naha Abu Mansor, Professor Dr Mohd Cairul Iqbal Mohd Amin and Hilmy Sulaiman.
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UNIVERSITI Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with McDonald’s Malaysia to enable selected modules of the fast-food chain’s internal training programmes to be recognised as transferable credits for the former’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme at the Azman Hashim International Business School (AHIBS).

The MoA was inked by UTM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Wahid Omar and McDonald’s Malaysia managing director and local operating partner, Azmir Jaafar, in Putrajaya recently.

Wahid said the collaboration featured a new education model in redefining academia-industry partnership that adapted to the changing landscape in higher education.

“At UTM, we emphasise strong industry linkages and we actively push for collaborative programmes. In this collaboration, UTM experts will provide advice to enhance McDonald’s Malaysia’s in-house programmes in line with our established MBA programme. This is a professional input to produce a holistic approach in talent development,” said Wahid.

Azmir said this partnership was the first of its kind for McDonald’s worldwide.

“We are thrilled to partner with UTM in its MBA programme. This underscores the quality of McDonald’s Malaysia training programmes in providing our people with career advancement opportunities.

“At McDonald’s Malaysia, we offer an enriching environment for our employees to grow. We are proud to say that our 14,000 strong workforce is 100 per cent Malaysian.

“This collaboration with UTM will enable our people to pursue an MBA, which will help them in their personal and professional growth trajectories,” said Azmir.

The linkage was made possible due to UTM’s recognition of the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning, or APEL, as an alternative entry requirement in its master’s programmes. Azmir said UTM’s APEL admission system acknowledged the prior experience gained by McDonald’s employees.

“Based on the outcome of the module mapping, our managers will be eligible for this credit-transfer MBA programme upon commencement in February 2020.”

Education Ministry Higher Education Department deputy director-general Professor Dr Mohd Cairul Iqbal Mohd Amin, who witnessed the signing, said Malaysia was always on the lookout for disruptive changes to enhance the country’s education model.

“A seamless integration between conceptual knowledge and practical skills is needed. To achieve this, universities and the industry must collaborate to produce a skilled and relevant workforce.

“It’s a pleasure to learn that UTM and McDonald’s Malaysia are joining forces in this talent management collaboration.”

Present were AHIBS dean Professor Dr Nur Naha Abu Mansor and McDonald’s Malaysia’s legal and franchising director Hilmy Sulaiman.
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Beginning January 2020, Malaysia will launch free breakfast programme for pupils in primary schools nationwide.

Under this programme, school children in Peninsular Malaysia will be provided food worth RM2.50 per day for 190 days per year, while those in Sabah and Sarawak will be provided food worth RM3 per day for 190 days in a year.

Malaysia's Government imposed sugar tax from July 2019 and they intend to use the money collected from the sugar tax for this free breakfast programme.

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Free breakfast for primary school children nationwide from next January

A free breakfast will be provided for all primary school children beginning January next year, says Dr Maszlee Malik.

The Education Minister said his ministry cares about the pupils' diet and always push forward various incentives to ensure the children have access to nutritious food.

"Our children need a precise eating schedule and balanced eating habits to ensure that they continue to stay healthy and active, while they stay focused in their studies every day," he said in a statement on Monday (Aug 26).

"Through this programme, the children will be provided with a tasty breakfast based on a healthy menu, and it is free," Dr Maszlee added.

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Malaysia's Ministry of Education also released frequently asked questions (FAQ) for this free breakfast programme.

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How will the Education Ministry determine the Free Breakfast Programme menu and ensure its quality?

The process to determine the Free Breakfast Programme is based on continuous discussion with the Health Ministry and nutritionists in a few local universities.

The Education Ministry, in cooperation with the Health Ministry, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry and nutritionists in local universities, will also take suitable measures to ensure a quality breakfast is served.

What about the allocation to implement the Free Breakfast Programme? Is it coming from the sugar tax collection?

A special committee will be set up to discuss in detail the allocation that will be used for this programme. Using the collection from the sugar tax is one of the proposals being looked at by the committee.

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RM1.2m to repair Islamic centre
Published on: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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KENINGAU: The Federal Government through the Prime Minister Department will channel a total of RM1.2 million for repairing existing buildings at the Sabah Institute of Islamic Studies and Preaching (Ipdas) Keningau branch and Ipdas Kudat branch this year.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Hajah Fuziah Salleh, said the repairs would be carried out from August to December this year.

“I hope that in cooperation with the Sabah Islamic Religious Council (Muis) will find a way to bring the concept of Waqaf University into Ipdas,” she said in her speech at the Keningau Ipdas 14th Convocation Ceremony here on Saturday.

Fuziah said it aimed to develop additional buildings in the form of a waqaf concept and to accommodate the need for additional courses, especially Contemporary Dakwah courses.

The event was officiated by Minister of Law and Native Affairs, Datuk Haji Aidi Moktar. In his speech, Aidi hoped that the Federal and State government would continue to work together in developing Ipdas infrastructure.

He said spiritual and intellectual development needed to be supported by modern and latest infrastructure to enable Ipdas students to pursue education in a conducive environment.

“Therefore, I propose that facilities at Ipdas to be enhanced such as additional lecture halls and tutorial rooms, hostels, auditoriums, library, skills workshops, sports complexes as well as upgrading of existing buildings.

“I pray that Ipdas will continue to succeed in the field of Islamic education and become a University College or at least a new branding that can compete in the future,” he said.

Aidi said Ipdas is the only state-owned institution with 104 acres of land to be developed and the institute that comparative of public university in the country. During the ceremony, he reminded the graduates to stay true to the teachings of Sunnah Wal Jamaah scholars and to learn to celebrate diversity in the cultural and ethnic context in Sabah to avoid misunderstandings and slanders that could threaten the harmony of the community.

Therefore, he said, graduates need to be preachers who can unite the community so that unity, prosperity and harmony will continue to be achieved. At the convocation, a total of 232 graduates of the Islamic Preaching Diploma Programme and the Islamic Studies and Dakwah Certificate Programme were honoured and given recognition.

Johana Naharuddin was selected as the Head Of State Award recipients followed by Syafwan Jalal and Norazni Usai who received the Chief Minister Award while Mohammad Halimulamin Abdul Halik and Zuhairah Dumatin recipients of the Minister in the Prime Minister Department Awards, Muhammad Ekmal Kadir and Norhainah Geet Abdullah recipients of Muis President Award, Rasmidah Mohd Basri and Muhammad Zulkifli recipients of the Director General of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia).
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Penang Govt ready to assist schools to start aquaponics farming
Bernama August 30, 2019 22:26 pm +08


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BUKIT MERTAJAM (Aug 30): The Penang Government is prepared to assist any school in the State which requires funds to start aquaponics farming, an environmental-friendly agriculture method, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said today.

He said interested schools could approach the Penang Science Cluster (PSC), an organisation under the State Government which promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education, for assistance.

“Over the years, many schools have already set up their laboratories (through PSC assistance) and they may consider venturing further by setting up farms which promote awareness of food security and reducing waste,” he said after touring a farm run by Aquaponics Science Park Sdn Bhd here.

"Aquaponics is one of the answers to (address) our ordeal of food security and to create a sustainable future, where our food source is grown locally in a safer, greener and healthier way," he said.

Meanwhile, Aquaponics Science Park director Goh Toh Sin welcomed the State Government's commitment to this initiative which could shape the next generation and create a healthy society, and leaders who appreciate the environment and concern about food security and sustainable agriculture.

“We also hope more corporate organisations would come forward to start this initiative as part of their CSR (corporate social responsibility) programme,” he added.
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RM78 million to repair dilapidated schools in Sabah
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KOTA KINABALU: The Federal Government has approved an allocation of RM78 million for Sabah to carry out repair works on 30 old and dilapidated schools in the state.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said yesterday that the funding was for this year. He also said that they have adopted a new formula whereby the Sabah government will have an active role in monitoring the work status of the schools that are being repaired or replaced with a new one.

He said that this was to avoid being informed that the repair works have already been done, but in reality it is otherwise.

“I hope this will benefit the schools,” he said.

Lim also said that Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Shafie Apdal had requested for more fundings to repair the dilapidated schools, some of which are in dire state.

“The Prime Minister (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) has instructed me to find the money so we can start the work,” he said.

He said that on August 30, his ministry had issued the approval for the RM78 million allocation for Sabah.

Lim was speaking after attending a dialogue with industry players in Sabah which was held in conjunction with the upcoming Budget 2020.

Shafie, who was also present at the event, said that the dialogue was a new approach adopted by the Federal Government so that the voice of the people and industry players could be heard and allow the government to consider their proposals in the upcoming Budget 2020.

He said the interaction is not merely for allocation sake but also to address other problems such as policies that are not industry growth-friendly.
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“UM will continue to look for more funding and investment that will enable the institution to increase international collaborations and industry partnerships, and strengthen strategic research and alliances,”
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Paper on hydrogen production by UKM lecturer makes top journal
By Rozana Sani - September 25, 2019 @ 12:48pm



Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia vice-chancellor Professor Dr Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor (left) with UKM researcher Dr Abdul Rahman Mohmad showing a copy of the latter’s article published in Nature Materials.
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A three-year effort came to fruition for Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) researcher Dr Abdul Rahman Mohmad, 35, when he recently became up the first among local academia to have an article published in Nature Materials, a top global journal featuring cutting-edge research in materials science and engineering.

A research fellow and senior lecturer at UKM’s Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics (IMENs), he also made history as the first Malaysian to be listed as a lead editor of a paper in the journal.

Titled “Ultrahigh-current-density niobium disulfide catalysts for hydrogen evolution”, the research finding is expected to have a major impact on the green energy industry — both locally and abroad — as it provides a solution that can reduce the cost of producing hydrogen for industry usage.

The research, which was part of his postdoctoral studies at Rutgers University — a public research university in New Jersey, and IMENs, saw the collaboration of scientists from top universities worldwide, including Princeton in the United States, Cambridge and Queen’s University Belfast in the United Kingdom, France’s University of Montpellier, China’s Shenzhen University and South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology.

Rahman said: “Hydrogen is a key agent in industrial processes, such as the refining and chemical industries, food processing and electronic sector, as well as a driver for the automotive industry. In 2017, the global market size for hydrogen production was US$115 billion and is expected to grow to US$155 billion by next year. So, it is lucrative to tap into it.”

He said most of the hydrogen for industrial use is made from natural gas, a limited resource that will soon be depleted. A sustainable method is electrolysis, where water is split into hydrogen and oxygen molecules.

“Platinum is usually used as electrodes in electrolysis, making the production of hydrogen costly.

“This study looks at the use of niobium disulfide as a substitute. The ingredients of niobium disulfide — niobium and sulphur at RM10 per gramme and 50 cent per gramme, respectively — are cheaper than platinum, which costs RM1,000 per gramme.”

The two materials were put through a process called chemical vapour deposition, where a nanomaterial was produced.

Its characteristics are comparable to that of platinum and it exhibits high current conductivity and exceptional stability.

“The results of this study have the potential to reduce the cost of hydrogen-based green technology to be more competitive and accessible not only to developed countries, but also developing nations.

“This study contributes to achieving the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations.”

On his role in the research, Rahman said he brought to the table his knowledge and skills in material synthesis.

“Even though I have experience in material synthesis and detailing, we still lacked skills in other areas.

“So, I decided to do a postdoctoral study in the US in 2016 with sponsorship from the Education Ministry and UKM. I chose niobium disulfide as the subject of my research.

“I came back to Malaysia in January last year and continued the research in UKM, which is a form of technology transfer with the setting up of the lab at IMENs. We wrote the manuscript and submitted it to Nature Materials.

“I hope to continue with the research with Professor Manish Chhowala, who led the group at Rutgers University. He has since moved to Cambridge University.”

Hailing from Batu Pahat, Johor, Rahman studied at Kluang High School until Form 3. He then studied at SM Sains Johor after getting straight As in his Penilaian Menengah Rendah. He obtained 10As in his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia and was one of his school’s best students.

After his pre-university studies at Mara College in Banting, Rahman went on to do a degree in microelectronics at University of Sheffield in 2004, where he won the Hector Aitken Wainwright Prize from the university for academic excellence.

He came back to Malaysia and got offers from companies like Motorola, but he chose to join UKM as a research fellow and tutor. In April 2009, he returned to University of Sheffield to pursue his PhD in semiconductor materials to be used in laser and light-emitting diodes.

UKM vice-chancellor Professor Dr Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor said there is a huge economic value to Rahman’s achievement in his research on niobium disulfide.

“We are formulating a patent for his techniques. Hopefully, we will have the property rights to the techniques. The close collaboration with experts and universities on the project should be an example to researchers in Malaysian public universities to move towards being world-class players.”

Hamdi called on the research community in Malaysia to work on the frontier research and show that “we are capable and can work with best people”.

“When best brains work together, we get the best results. There is a high economic income to be gained and jobs can be created. We believe more success will be produced.”
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Metallic transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs)1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 are good catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). The overpotential and Tafel slope values of metallic phases and edges9 of two-dimensional (2D) TMDs approach those of Pt. However, the overall current density of 2D TMD catalysts remains orders of magnitude lower (~10–100 mA cm−2) than industrial Pt and Ir electrolysers (>1,000 mA cm−2)10,11. Here, we report the synthesis of the metallic 2H phase of niobium disulfide with additional niobium (2H Nb1+xS2, where x is ~0.35)12 as a HER catalyst with current densities of >5,000 mA cm−2 at ~420 mV versus a reversible hydrogen electrode. We find the exchange current density at 0 V for 2H Nb1.35S2 to be ~0.8 mA cm−2, corresponding to a turnover frequency of ~0.2 s−1. We demonstrate an electrolyser based on a 2H Nb1+xS2 cathode that can generate current densities of 1,000 mA cm−2. Our theoretical results reveal that 2H Nb1+xS2 with Nb-terminated surface has free energy for hydrogen adsorption that is close to thermoneutral, facilitating HER. Therefore, 2H Nb1+xS2 could be a viable catalyst for practical electrolysers.
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AI-based platform to match students to digital tech courses launching soon
By New Straits Times - September 13, 2019 @ 6:48pm
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With the advent of the 4th Industrial revolution and growing adoption of digital technologies across all sectors, there is a growing demand for digital tech jobs.

However, there is a lack of awareness among students on digital tech careers, and quality digital tech tertiary courses available.

To scale this awareness and to empower parents and students to make more well-informed decisions about which tertiary education pathways to take - in not just the digital tech industries but across many other sectors too, the Malaysian Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) is joining forces with Genesis Data Asia Sdn Bhd to launch an AI (artificial intelligence)-based platform which will profile and match students to in-demand tertiary-level digital tech courses and scholarships.

Happening this weekend, the Digital Tech Tertiary Matching Platform will be made available to the public during the #mydigitalmaker Fair 2019 which will be held on Sept 14 and 15 at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur.

“Many students lack information about which digital tech tertiary courses and education funds they qualify for, and which universities have industry-relevant courses with high employment rates. The only way to find out at the moment is for parents and students to spend hours researching each individual university.

"With this AI-based platform, students will receive personalised guidance on recommended pre-University or University level courses and scholarships in just minutes, thus simplifying and speeding up their decision-making process,” said Dr. Sumitra Nair, vice president of Tech Talent, MDEC.

By entering their academic results into the platform, students will receive personalised recommendations to guide their applications to universities and scholarship providers. Students will also be guided on subjects they need to improve should they wish to target specific digital tech courses offered by Premier Digital Tech Institutions (PDTI). PDTIs are universities and polytechnics that have proven track records in high graduate employability, industry engagement and career services.

"This platform will empower students to make better decisions about their tertiary education, and help school counselors to play a more prominent role to promote tech tertiary courses and prepare students for their tertiary pathways that lead to high-value digital tech careers.

"Importantly, the platform is one of the many initiatives undertaken by Malaysia to ensure that the country has a sustainable supply of digital and technology talents to power the ecosystem," said Sumitra.
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UNITEN confirms merger of Muazam Shah, Putrajaya campuses next year
By Bernama - September 28, 2019 @ 7:30pm



Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) has announced that it will centralise campus operation through the merger of its two branches – the Rompin and Putrajaya campuses. - NSTP/ROSELA ISMAIL
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KUANTAN: Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) has announced that it will centralise campus operation through the merger of its two branches – the Rompin and Putrajaya campuses.

According to a press statement issued by UNITEN vice-chancellor’s office today, the implementation of the new operation would see the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Campus (KSHAS) in Muadzam Shah, Rompin, and Putrajaya Campus to be merged as one entity in Putrajaya.

“UNITEN board of directors who convened on Sept 24 has approved the ‘Reimagining UNITEN’ initiative and mandated the management to carry out the centralised campus operation.

“The implementation of centralised campus operation is expected to take place in stages from June 2020,” the statement said.

UNITEN management also gave its assurance that the centralised campus operation would run smoothly and would take into account the interests and well-being of students, staff and stakeholders in the matter.

It added that the ‘Reimagining UNITEN’ move was aimed at boosting the university’s competitiveness at the national and international levels, particularly in the challenges faced in today’s higher education landscape.

The statement also said that Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) would continue to assist the local community in Muadzam Shah even after the implementation of the centralised campus operation.

“UNITEN and the Real Estate Ventures Department (REVD) and TNB will cooperate in ensuring that KSHAS premises’ operations to remain under TNB for continuous viability of TNB’s roles in Muadzam Shah, while helping to improve the socioeconomic status of the people there,” it said.

On Saturday, media reported protests voiced by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) over the closure of KSHAS which started its operations on Feb 13, 2001, and was officiated on May 4, in the same year by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was then the fourth prime minister. - BERNAMA
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Melewar Group, MAI ink MoU to conduct aviation university feasibility study
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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 2): The Melewar Group and the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct a feasibility study towards the setting up of a fully-fledged aviation university in Malaysia.

In a statement today, Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said the MoU will pave the way in spearheading high-tech and aviation engineering capabilities, serving as a catalyst for human capital and innovation development in the Malaysian aerospace industry.

He said the two parties will also be planning university foundation and technical specialist courses for aviation-related fields in Kuala Lumpur, adding that the parties will also be discussing with the Malaysian and Russian governments on their involvement to jointly develop a fully-fledged aviation university in Malaysia.

The Minister is currently in Moscow for the inaugural Joint Russia-Malaysia Commission for Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation (JCESTC) meeting which was held earlier today.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Azmin said the JCESTC has decided to form the Working Group on Industry and Trade, to be co-chaired by Malaysia’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry and Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The working group will explore economic, trade and investment opportunities from both countries.

“Malaysian and Russian officials have also agreed to hold further discussions on the formation of other working groups by year-end,” he said, adding that the second JCESTC meeting will be held in Malaysia next year.

The JCESTC is the result of a series of positive bilateral meetings between Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore on Nov 13, 2018 and at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Sept 5.
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Repairs more urgent than free school breakfasts: NGO
Published on: Sunday, October 13, 2019


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KOTA KINABALU: The free breakfast programme proposal for primary school children should be reviewed thoroughly before its full implementation in January 2020, according to the Community Empowerment Initiative Sabah (CEI).

The free breakfast programme which will cost between RM800 million to RM1.67 billion was recently announced by Education Minister, Maszlee Malik.

Maszlee said the aim was to ensure that pupils have a nutritious meal to start their day, provide the opportunity for teachers and students to bond when having breakfast together and to improve racial unity among the students as well as with teachers. 🤔

“We are constantly told that our nation has serious financial constraints. If this is so, we have to get our priorities right in spending,” read CEI’s statement.

It questioned if all 2.7 million primary school children need assistance with breakfast, noting that it certainly isn’t the case.

“There is a substantial number of families who do not need the government to provide breakfast for their children.

“These children can bring their own food to school and be taught and encouraged to eat and share. Food science should be emphasised in schools and parents can be encouraged to prepare healthy meals.

On top of that, unlike Japanese homogeneous society, we are a multicultural society who have different preferences for meals,” it said.

It also noted that many have different requirements – vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc. All of these factors need to be taken into account. For those who cannot afford, yes, the government should assist.

It stated that there is already a RM289mil annual budget in place under a food scheme for students from underprivileged families in all schools where free meals and milk is supposed to be provided.

How successful has this programme been? This has to be evaluated and results reported before embarking on a new programme with an explosive budget. Especially for the poor students in the deep interiors of Sabah and Sarawak, have our pupils benefitted from this programme?

“In short, spending on those who are not in need is a waste of our resources,” it stated.

While in West Malaysia, people complain of schools without air-conditioning or fans, in Sabah we have schools without power and water supply and hundreds of dilapidated buildings which need urgent repairs.

The Sabah Education Ministry has estimated that Sabah needs more than RM3 billion to repair 587 dilapidated schools and this includes 91 schools which have been condemned as unsafe. This is an urgent need.

However, recently, it was announced that Sabah will get only RM78 million to repair 19 dilapidated schools for its first phase for replacement schools. And in the Budget 2020, RM783 million was announced to restore dilapidated schools – this budget is for the whole nation.

“While RM1.67 billion can be allocated for free breakfast for all students, only RM783 million is set aside for urgent basic building facilities and amenities?🤔🤔


“As to how much will be allocated to Sabah and Sarawak, we have to wait and see,” it stated.

The statement pointed out that the breakfast for all to improve racial unity is flimsy reasoning. 🤔🤔🤔

“Let’s not scratch the surface in addressing the elephant in the room. While we have political leaders calling for the triumph of one race over the rest, how does breakfasts of 7 to 12-year olds catch up for a cure for national unity?

“Seriously, our curriculum, including our co-curriculum and extra-curriculum activities need a revamp. We need subjects on culture and unity and practical focused activities towards this goal. But let’s start with our history books, they need a total overhaul. Be honest with our history and anthropology and we will be on the right track,” it said.
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RM3b still needed for school repairs
Published on: Sunday, October 13, 2019
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KOTA KINABALU: The State Education and Innovation Ministry is still in need of RM3 billion to restore dilapidated schools within Sabah, despite the allocated RM738 million in Budget 2020.

Its Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob (extended his gratitude to finance minister for the allocation and is thankful there is a positive interest in investing in education.

However, he hopes that more funds can be allocated to solve the issue of dilapidated schools throughout the State.
“Sabah has 1,300 schools. 587 are dilapidated and of the number, 91 have been declared unsafe
,” Yusof said in a statement.

This was echoed by his Assistant Jenifer Lasimbang who said “half of Sabah’s schools are dilapidated….we need RM3 billion to fix all the schools’.

“The more we wait, the more schools will be declared unsafe,” she said, after flagging off a Salt Trail Challenge organised by Mercy Malaysia Sabah Chapter, here, Saturday.

Jenifer also said the Ministry had yet to see a breakdown of the allocated RM738 million to restore dilapidated schools.

“So now we have to be proactive…when there is lacking for Sabah, it’s not what is given to the State Government that matters. What we really need to do, as Sabahans, is write to different ministries creatively to get the allocation from each ministry,” she stressed.

She said federal ministers are "more sympathetic"(?) of the situation in Sabah.🤔🤔🤔

“They understand more🤔🤔🤔...not just the ministers, but the MPs also understand the situation in Sabah and they are willing to share their resources.

“I’m organising at a smaller scale, in my constituency, the women’s group, the youth group…and we need to group together and study where the allocations are and apply for it.
“Again with the “Kemakmuran Bersama” Vision 2030, that should be our entry point into getting more funds from the federal (government),” she said
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KUDAT: Primary school pupils of Sekolah Kebangsaan Pulau Balambangan who live in remote areas on the island which is an hour’s boat ride from Kudat town on Sabah’s northern coast, will soon get to stay at a newly-constructed RM5 million hostel, funded by Petronas.

The hostel which comprises separate buildings for girls and boys, with 60 beds in each building, replaces a previous facility which catered for 10 boys and 10 girls, and was in a state of disrepair.

Also featuring a dining hall, surau (place of worship) and office for the hostel administrator.

The school which has 80 pupils and 11 teachers, caters for the island’s population of 400 people who are mainly fisherfolk and who live in four areas, comprising Kampung Selamat, Kampung Kok Simpul, Kampung Batu Sirih and Kampung Tabunan.

According to school headmaster Salmat Abi, the hostel will be particularly beneficial for children from Kampung Kok Simpul who need to walk for an hour to school, and also for children from Kampung Batu Sirih who travel by boat for 20 minutes to get to school, as the attendance of these students dips during bad weather especially during the monsoon season.

Akmad Nulizan, 50, the village headman at Kampung Batu Sirih, who takes his daughter and other children to school by boat, believes more families will place their children at the new hostel. – Bernama
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Serba Dinamik’s unit to launch content platform in Asia, Africa
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CYBERJAYA: Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd’s wholly owned subsidiary, Serba Dinamik IT Solutions Sdn Bhd (SDIT), will launch its cloud-based online content sharing platform in Indonesia, India, Qatar and several African countries next year.

SDIT chief technology officer Kalaikovan Antony said the online platform, known as the Global Content Exchange Club (GCE Club), provides users with an unlimited access to an extensive collection of contents, including books, journals, thesis, audio files, multimedia, videos, drawings and images in a unified marketplace.

“Through GCE Club, anyone from any part of the world can sell and purchase academic contents. We believe that valuable content should be made easily available for those who want it.

“As such, we made content-sourcing easy, simple and seamless. We aim to have 50,000 GCE users worldwide by end-2020,” he said.

Kalaikovan said this to reporters after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between SDIT and Geomatika University College at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre here yesterday.

He said under the MoU, Geomatika students and academicians can create, exchange, digitise and monetise their write-ups, thesis or even assignments on GCE Club by sharing the contents with the international market. — Bernama
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UKM, RCSEd to promote rural surgery training
By Rozana Sani - October 30, 2019 @ 6:22pm



Negri Sembilan Yang di-Pertuan Besar Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir (standing third from right) signing a document held by RCSEd vice-president Dr Pala Rajesh to launch RCSEd’s International Strategy in UKMMC in Kuala Lumpur recently.
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THE issue of having adequate housemanship placements for medical graduates could be addressed by encouraging them to take up postings in rural areas.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), in collaboration with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC) and through the Tuanku Muhriz Travelling Fellowship, is looking at drafting up a programme to train doctors in rural healthcare.

RCSEd vice-president Dr Pala Rajesh said the shortage of surgeons in Malaysia, a growing elderly population and trends towards increased healthcare utilisation had contributed to a higher demand for the profession.

“The country needs more surgeons and RCSEd wants to encourage junior doctors and medical students at their clinical years to pursue a career in surgery,” he said.

He said if RCSEd and UKMMC could get a model in place, they could share the programme with Asean countries that more or less faced the same challenges in rural healthcare.

“Modern surgery is delivered in state-of-the-art infrastructure, with conditions that comply with a particular specialised surgeon’s needs.

“But in rural areas, the surgeon needs a wider skill set that may not necessarily be comprehensive, but more generic in nature. That may be an attractive option for those thinking of embarking on a career in surgery,” he said.

Dr Rajesh was speaking at the sidelines of the launch of RCSEd’s International Strategy at UKMMC in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, which was officiated by Negri Sembilan Yang di-Pertuan Besar Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir, who is the royal chancellor of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and honorary fellow of RCSEd.

The launch showcased the parties’ commitment to deliver, promote and influence excellence and advancement in surgical practices and healthcare.

It also aimed to promote the surgery as a career of choice among medical practitioners.

The RCSEd’s International Strategy is aimed at supporting surgeons and dentists, and to advocate for the highest standards of surgery and dental care.

“RCSEd’s role is not just developing the profession, but also to develop individuals. Surgical training is among the longest career pathways in medicine. Surgery is physically demanding in terms of daily routines in managing patients and performing practical procedures at all times of the day.

“To be a surgeon is not just about technical ability, but one needs to be technically excellent and pose good academic knowledge,” said Dr Rajesh.

The event saw Professor Dr Angus Watson — a RCSEd council member — becoming the first recipient of the Tuanku Muhriz Travelling Fellowship.

He shared his experience in visiting indigenous communities in Sarawak to observe the rural healthcare services there for two weeks last month.

The fellowship, which is open to fellows and members of RCSEd, provides a 10-year funding for surgeons to share their expertise in providing support for rural surgical services.

During his stint, Dr Watson was able to meet fellow surgeons working in remote communities and experience first-hand the issues they faced.

He travelled to Kuching, Sibu, Kapit, Mujong and Ibau to observe, learn and build up an understanding on the culture of rural surgery.

He spent time observing hospital wards, clinics and visited local communities in long houses with health workers.

“When I arrived in Kapit, I went to a hospital that was built in the 1960s. I was impressed by the attitude and standard of the young people working there,” he said.

“They were outstanding young people, taking responsibilities to be there in Sarawak, probably more responsibilities than what they might get from most hospitals in the United Kingdom.

“It was also interesting to see assistant medical officers in action for the first time as these people can assist in emergency cases. They are not doctors, but they have been trained properly.”

The trip to the clinic in Mujong by boat took about two hours. While access was challenging, Dr Watson was impressed by the clinic’s cleanliness.

He said it was well-organised, “complete with a consultancy room that is better than most general hospitals in Sarawak”.

During the event, RCSEd held its first “Career Day” in Malaysia and introduced its international office in Kuala Lumpur, which would coordinate its activities and support international medical students.

Last year, UKM partnered with RCSEd to launch the international office, which is located at the Advanced Surgical Skills Centre (ASSC) in UKMMC.

The event was attended by Deputy Director-General of health Datuk Dr Rahaizat Yon and around 100 medical students and young doctors.
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Universiti Malaya is world's 15th best university for engineering
By New Straits Times - October 23, 2019 @ 8:40pm
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KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Malaya’s Faculty of Engineering has been recognised as among the world’s best in the engineering studies category after being listed in the Best Global Universities rankings.

The ranking, published by leading college and universities ranking website US News & World Report, encompasses 1,500 of the world’s best universities.

UM’s Faculty of Engineering obtained 84.1 points, placing it in 15th spot behind the faculty from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland; Imperial College London, United Kingdom; Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan; and Southeast University, Nanjing, China, from 11th to 14th spot.

Apart from UM’s engineering faculty, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia was also listed in 40th place.

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China secured top spot with 100 points, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US at second (92.5 points) and National University of Singapore in third place with 91.6 points.
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Malaysia ranks high in women’s educational attainment, says Dr Wan Azizah
Thursday, 07 Nov 2019 05:34 PM MYT
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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 — Malaysia is ranked one of the highest achieving countries in women’s educational attainment in the Global Gender Gap Report of 2018, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Dr Wan Azizah said that in 2018, the female enrolment rate in tertiary education was 48 per cent compared with 38 per cent for men.

“I am happy to report some of the progress Malaysia has made in the Global Gender Gap Report of 2018.

...and girls consistently outperform boys in standardised learning assessments, including in math and science,” she said in her video-recorded keynote address at the plenary session titled “Unlocking Women’s Full Potential” in conjunction with the Malaysia Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit 2019 here today.

Elaborating, Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said the United Nations has generously acknowledged Malaysia to be a world leader in encouraging girls and women to participate in science.

While throughout the world female researchers have been under-represented, in Malaysia it is quite different where almost half of all Malaysian researchers are women.

However, despite these achievements, Malaysia has struggled to unlock women’s full potential beyond educational attainment.

She pointed at the female labour force participation rate of 55.2 per cent, which shows women represent an underutilised source of talent for Malaysia that aims to become a high-income and developed nation.

All around the world, women are laden with a “double burden”, that is women participate equally in paid employment but spend a bigger proportion of their time on unpaid care work compared with men.

Out of economic necessity, some of these women resort to working in informal settings, risking their safety, wellbeing and incomes being protected.

“While we have steadily increased female labour force participation since 2010, there remains significant gaps between men’s and women’s economic opportunities.

“These are the issues that my ministry, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, is studying closely,” she said, adding that many studies have proven the economic case for closing these gaps.

The World Bank estimates that removing barriers to women’s economic participation could increase income per capita by 23.7 per cent in the short term and up to 26.2 per cent in the long term.

“This implies an average income gain of about RM9,400 for each Malaysian each year,” she said.

Moving forward, she stressed that it’s the government’s priority to address sources of gender disparities.

One such area that offers tremendous potential is the use of technology to promote the empowerment of girls and women.

“My ministry has been actively exploring new technological tools to improve our policies and interventions, such as disseminating sexual and reproductive health education materials through our [email protected] mobile application, gathering public input on sexual harassment via a mass online survey that was shared on social media, and spatial mapping of various social issues, including teenage pregnancies,” she said.

She added that the recent completion of my Ministry’s Gender Mainstreaming Framework, done in collaboration with the United Nations, will focus on the key role of sex-disaggregated data in integrating gender perspectives and targets into all government planning and budgeting.

This effort mirrors the importance of gender mainstreaming across all 17 SDGs, she said.

In September 2015, all 193 member countries of the United Nations unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its implementation framework. The SDGs chart in detail a way forward to ensure a future that is sustainable for people, planet, peace and prosperity.

The 2030 Agenda is the most transformative and ambitious plan ever crafted by the global community with 17 goals, 169 targets and 232 indicators that balance the economic, social and environmental pillars of development. — Bernama
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No more arts/science streams for Form Four next year
By Kalbana Perimbanayagam - November 18, 2019 @ 7:36pm



Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching today said the government would replace it with more relevant subjects, including electives. (BERNAMA)
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KUALA LUMPUR: The arts and science streams for Form Four will be scrapped next year.

Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching today said the government would replace it with more relevant subjects, including electives.

She said the arts and science streams would be replaced with STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Arts, Music) education.

She said a letter on the changes had been sent out to secondary schools nationwide.

“The letter/circular contains advice to schools across the country on how to encourage, evaluate and explain about the new subjects available from next year.

“This (the abolition of arts and science for Form 4 students) needs to be done according to the capabilities, availability, suitability (facilities/infrastructure), as well as considerations of each school,” she said at the Parliament lobby, today.

Streaming is the practice of sorting students into different “study path/direction” based on their intellectual capability and interest.

The streaming segregation at schools was based on the PT3 results. Students go into the Arts stream, choosing subjects like Accounting, Commerce, Economics, and Arts, or the Science stream, opting for subjects such as Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Additional Mathematics on top of the core subjects taught in schools.

However, earlier this year, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik had proposed that a new educational approach had to be adopted by introducing more practical and career relevant subjects, matching students’ talents.

“We want schools to encourage students to choose a path or stream which they are keen on, so that they will excel in that subject.

“In the letter/circular we also explained on how the school can attract and separate its students accordingly without misleading them,” Teo added.

The study paths that Form Four students can choose include engineering, science, maths, living skills, technical studies and a few other options which are still in development stage.

“Students can also pick up to five elective subjects and mix between the subjects in this new system.”

Meanwhile, touching on the growing number of local students seeking education at international schools, Teo said it was up to the parents to decide.

“The decision to send a children to private or international school lies with a child’s parent.

“However, this does not mean that our national education system is less effective or substandard.

“We constantly learn and improve on our study syllabus to make sure the education taught at government schools are on par with the international standards,” she said.
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King opens RM26m Labuan Complex
Published on: Wednesday, November 27, 2019
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LABUAN: Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Tuesday officially opened the RM26 million Darul Kifayah Complex at Jalan Tanjung Taras on his maiden visit to the island since his coronation in July.

The King accompanied by Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, signed a plaque to mark the opening of the Complex upon their arrival at 2.50pm. His Majesty said the complex should equip the children with necessary religious knowledge for their future and to build a holistic personality.

He also urged the Islamic Religious Centres across the country, including tahfiz centres, to adhere to the safety rules.

The state-of-the-art complex owned by the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) was built to serve underprivileged students, converts and orphans.

The Complex which began operations in January 2018 consists of a hostel, multipurpose hall, food theatre, administration building, sports field, surau and staff quarters
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The 5.83-acre Complex can accommodate up to 200 students at one time and it is currently home to 68 orphans and underprivileged children from Labuan, Sarawak and Sabah.
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