Friday, 13 January 2017

Malaysia Public Universities to Implement Gap Year Programme for Undergraduates Starting September

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh
New Strait Times:

Gap year option: Varsity students to get a year off from study

The Higher Education Ministry will implement the Gap Year 2017 programme starting September to allow undergraduates to take a year off from studying to pursue their interests.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the practice, which was common abroad, would affect eight universities.

“These students can take a year off to gain industrial work experience or pursue their interest in arts. The universities can also make it as their programme. It can be a part of the National Service Training Programme,” he said after delivering a speech during the Amanat 2017 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.

Idris said the ministry was looking into working with the police, army or the Immigration Department on the programme.

He said among the universities that would take part in the programme were Universiti Utara Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sabah.
Why only Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) instead of all Malaysia public universities? What about Universiti Malaysia (UM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)?

Additional details from The Malay Mail Online hinting that other public universities might also implement the Gap Year Programme in the future:
When met after the event, Idris told reporters that these eight universities had agreed to implement the gap year programme, indicating that there “could be more” in the future.

“This university programme, you can do national service or you can go to the industry that you want to work with or you can go and travel around the is open, there are so many ways it can be implemented,” he said when commenting on the wide variety of choices that gap year participants can take.

He said university students could spend their gap year serving the country by working with government agencies, adding that the ministry is currently “working it out” with bodies such as the police, the army and the Immigration Department.

When asked whether the gap year programme would cover post-graduates or those who wish to defer their university enrollment, Idris said it would be for undergraduates who have completed at least their first year of studies.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Borang Permohonan Pendaftaran Skim 1 Pelajar 1 Perniagaan SSM

Borang Permohonan Skim 1 Pelajar 1 Perniagaan SSM
Borang Permohonan Pendaftaran Skim 1 Pelajar 1 Perniagaan SSM


Berkuatkuasa 1 Januari 2017, pelajar Institusi Pengajian Tinggi Awam/Swasta (IPTA/S) yang ingin mendaftarkan perniagaan mereka dengan Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) di bawah Akta Pendaftaran Perniagaan 1956 akan dikecualikan daripada dikenakan sebarang bayaran.

Inisiatif ini diberikan melalui geran RM10 juta yang telah diperuntukkan khas oleh SSM yang mana ia akan dibahagikan sebanyak 1 juta setiap tahun bagi tempoh 10 tahun.

Melalui geran tersebut setiap pelajar yang memohon hanya layak sekali sahaja mendaftarkan perniagaan sama ada di bawah milikan tunggal (nama perniagaan menggunakan nama sendiri seperti di kad pengenalan atau nama tred) ataupun perniagaan perkongsian menggunakan nama tred untuk tempoh satu tahun sahaja.

Tanpa geran yang diberikan ini, golongan pelajar berkenaan wajib membayar fi pendaftaran perniagaan seperti berikut:
  • a) Perniagaan milikan tunggal menggunakan nama sendiri seperti di kad pengenalan – RM30.00 setahun;
  • b) Perniagaan milikan tunggal atau perniagaan perkongsian menggunakan nama tred – RM60.00 setahun; dan
  • c) Cetakan maklumat – RM10.60 termasuk kos GST.
Penambahan cawangan perniagaan adalah tidak termasuk di dalam inisiatif ini. Inisiatif ini dibuat bertujuan untuk menggalakkan dan memberi kesedaran kepada golongan muda terutamanya di kalangan para pelajar yang berkecimpung dalam bidang keusahawan untuk mendaftarkan perniagaan mereka secara sah di sisi undang-undang. Selain itu menerusi inisiatif ini ianya merupakan tanggungjawab sosial korporat (CSR) SSM dalam membantu para pelajar untuk menjadikan perniagaan sebagai pilihan kerjaya mereka pada masa hadapan.

Syarat-syarat Skim 1Pelajar 1Perniagaan SSM

Berikut merupakan syarat-syarat bagi skim di atas:
  1. Pemohon adalah warganegara Malaysia berumur 18 tahun dan ke atas;
  2. Sedang mengikuti pengajian secara sepenuh masa di mana-mana IPTA/IPTS/Politeknik/Kolej/Institut Kemahiran/Pusat Kemahiran di dalam negara;
  3. Permohonan yang boleh dipertimbangkan adalah bagi satu pendaftaran perniagaan baharu untuk tempoh satu tahun sahaja bagi setiap pelajar di sepanjang tempoh pelaksanaan skim ini;
  4. Pemohon boleh memilih untuk mendaftar perniagaan pemilikan tunggal atau perkongsian (rakan kongsi hendaklah terdiri dari kalangan pelajar sahaja); dan
  5. Pembaharuan pendaftaran perniagaan setelah tamat tempoh setahun akan dikenakan bayaran seperti biasa.

Proses Pendaftaran Skim 1Pelajar 1Perniagaan SSM

Bagi melaksanakan skim ini, proses pendaftaran perniagaan adalah seperti berikut:

1) Permohonan hanya boleh dikemukakan melalui kaunter perkhidmatan pendaftaran perniagaan SSM di Semenanjung Malaysia dan Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan dengan mengemukakan dokumen-dokumen seperti berikut;
  • a) Kad Pengenalan;
  • b) Dua (2) salinan kad pelajar yang masih dalam tempoh sahlaku; dan
  • c) Salinan asal surat perakuan pelajar IPTA/IPTS/Politeknik/Kolej/Institut Kemahiran/Pusat Kemahiran.
Sebarang pertanyaan lanjut boleh hubungi pusat panggilan SSM di talian 03-77214000 atau emel ke


Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Ignorant UIA student claimed all English words are taken from Arabic

Erna Mahyuni wrote on Malay Mail Online in a piece titled "When local universities make our children stupid":
I had an online encounter yesterday with a UIA student who did not seem to understand the concept of academic rigour.

Tweeting from the account @IIUMsterdam, the student glibly stated: "semua words english diambil dari bahasa Arab. English takda sejarah" (All English words are taken from Arabic. English has no history)

When pressed for a source, said student replied it was from the book Malayonesia written by Mat Rofa Ismail. Upon being asked why Mat Rofa, a math professor, would be writing about linguistics history, the student said that Mat Rofa was "strong in metaphysics."

I might sound like an old person but the question must be asked: "What are they teaching kids in school these days?"

One thing academics has in common with journalism is the discipline of verification. A single source is not enough, and said source must be vetted.

English IIUM Arab Twitter
People with linguistics qualifications laughed a lot at this one.
Unfortunately after peering into Mat Rofa's activities and publications, I am of the firm opinion that he not be allowed to talk about anything not related to maths. There is no evidence he is qualified to write about history, anthropology, linguistics or whatever else he seems to be going around sharing his opinions about.

A quote of his particularly disturbs me: "Sejarah yang rasmi tidak semestinya benar, dan sejarah yang benar tidak semestinya rasmi.” (Official history might not be truth, and true history might not necessarily be official."

You know who else says things like that? Holocaust deniers.

In this information age, it becomes even more important for our youngsters to be able to make sense of it all; to be able to properly tell the difference between made-up nonsense and actual plain facts.

Apart from spreading non-facts about language, this unofficial UIA Twitter account seems to be rather anti-English, even Tweeting about how it was nothing to be proud of to be fluent in English. It wasn't just the Tweet but other people's reactions that bothered me -- one girl even thanking the account for the Tweet.

This anti-English stance is still alive and well, it seems.I will say this a thousand times: English matters. If it didn't, other countries wouldn't bother making it a part of their curriculum. The most popular pop culture phenomenons wouldn't be in English and neither would most tech. English is the first or base language for most popular software applications.

To have university students openly championing ignorance is a terrible thing. It is time that we start questioning universities when they begin peddling not pure knowledge but religion as well.

Like politics, religion has no place interfering in places of learning. Pardon me, but why is this trend of adding religious spice to everything only getting worse? It's certainly not improving our standards.

Only thing i can say is, to wannabe metaphysics professors, please stay in your lanes. And to language-rejecting students: don't blame the English-speaking competition who will get hired over you.
While this person is definitely ignorant, naive and a shame to all IIUM academic staffs and students, it could be reflective to the level of education local undergraduates receive at public universities. Also, interesting comment:
Erna, you just gave me a early morning shock! But then again I should not be shocked. Since a long time the rot had started in the schools and it has now reached the universities. What kind of university students can you expect when national universities are promoting mineral water, anti-hysteria kits and very soon USM is holding a science seminar on Malay curse of 'santau'. The local universities are not only making our children stupid but also dangerous.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The Art of Healing by Medical Students - Annual Inter-varsity IMU Art Competition


IMU encourages students to express ideas on healing and health through art
Art Competition International Medical University (IMU) campus
Guests admiring the beauty of the art pieces
Kuala Lumpur, 3 January 2017 – Medical students from eleven colleges and universities participated in the annual inter-varsity IMU Art Competition that was held recently at the International Medical University (IMU) campus.

Upholding the theme, “Determination”, the art competition saw 19 unique and eye-opening entries competing for 2016’s top honours.

In the end, it was Sim Li Mei from Taylor’s University who clinched the grand prize of RM3,000 with her piece titled, ‘Willpower’. The art piece depicted a human tower built upon family support, followed by nurses, doctors and surgeons in providing hope to heal the patient.

“Art teaches me to see things in a wider scope and be more conscious with my surroundings. In my opinion, the competition has challenged us to use art to express our thoughts and feelings on the given theme and taught us to look at healing and health from a different perspective,” said Sim Li Mei.
Art Competition Sim Li Mei from Taylor’s University
Sim Li Mei with her art master piece titled ‘Willpower’
A special prize was presented to Michele Fernandez A/P Joseph Hath from IMU for her artwork entitled ‘The Sculptor’, which portrayed that ‘impossible is nothing’, as long as we are determined to bring forth waves of change especially for the betterment of our health.

Ghavinassh A/L Kanabathy from Perdana University also took home a special prize for her piece entitled ‘Epitome of Determination’, depicting a colony of ants lifting the stethoscope that represents the determination and passion of all healthcare professionals towards upholding the quality of the ever-evolving healthcare system. A third recipient of the special prize was Tung Yu Zhen from University of Malaya, for her piece entitled ‘I might limp, but never Wimp’, portraying that true limitations come not from an ill body but a chained mind.

“The art competition encourages young Malaysians to visualise their perspective of health. The expression of the year’s theme, ‘Determination’, in relation to health reveals insightful views and perspectives for us to contemplate upon, especially as we train and groom future healthcare professionals. We look forward to more students participating in this annual competition in the coming years,” said Ms. Sheba D. Mani, Project Leader of the IMU Festival of the Arts.
annual inter-varsity IMU Art Competition
Sim Li Mei (right) receiving the grand prize from Dr Caryn Koh, one of the judges of the art competition (middle). Looking on is Ms. Sheba D. Mani, Project Leader of the IMU Festival of the Arts (left).
The entries were judged by Harris Rashid and Dr. Caryn Koh, two young established Malaysian artists. Harris Rashid was involved in group and solo exhibitions such as Beauty in the Beast, HUMANIMAL, VICE VERSA and many more.

Dr. Caryn Koh, an IMU alumnus, is notably recognised for her #sekolahseries illustrations and was shortlisted for ‘Your Art, Your Story’ Nando’s Art Initiative 2016 and won the second place in Printmaking Category, Tanjong Heritage Competition 2016.

“It is important to encourage arts as it's a form of expression and explores the possibilities of unlocking our own potential. It also helps with critical thinking and being able to think outside the box when faced with challenges in our course or workplace in the future. IMU has done amazing efforts thus far in promoting the arts and humanities in their courses, now it is about taking it a step further and bringing forth more contentious issues that could spark more interest and conversations in art and healthcare,” said Dr. Caryn Koh.

Organised by the IMU Festivals of the Arts under the leadership of the Department of Language, Communication and Culture, this year’s entries came from I.M Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy, IPG Kampus Sultan Abdul Halim, KDU University College Penang, Multimedia University Malaysia (Cyberjaya), Perdana Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Perdana University, Taylor’s University, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UITM), University of Malaya, UNIKL Royal College of Medicine Perak (RCMP) and IMU.

About International Medical University

International Medical University (IMU) is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university with over 24 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education. Established in 1992, IMU pioneered the world’s first Partner Medical School programme and has since gained international recognition with over 30 world class university partners in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, US, Ireland and China. IMU’s main campus is located at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur with branch clinical schools located in Seremban, Kuala Pilah, Batu Pahat and Kluang.

Committed to its brand promise, “Delivering the Future of Better Healthcare”, in 2010, IMU became a fully integrated healthcare institution offering Education, Healthcare services in both medical and complimentary alternative medicine and Research to serve and improve the quality of lives.

IMU is part of IMU Health, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IHH Healthcare Berhad (IHH). IHH is a leading international provider of premium healthcare services. Known as the World’s second largest listed healthcare operator, IHH presently operates close to 10,000 licensed beds in 49 hospitals across their home markets of Singapore, Malaysia and Turkey, and key markets of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and India. IHH is also present in Brunei, UAE, Macedonia and Iraq.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Jadual Waktu Tarikh Peperiksaan UPSR 2017 Exam Date Calendar


Jadual Waktu Peperiksaan UPSR 2017
Jadual Waktu Peperiksaan UPSR 2017
UPSR 2017 Exam Date Calendar
UPSR 2017 Exam Date Calendar
Jadual Waktu Tarikh Peperiksaan UPSR 2017 Exam Date Calendar
Jadual Waktu Tarikh Peperiksaan UPSR 2017 Exam Date Calendar

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

CIMB Talent Trail Registration Deadline Extended till 6 January 2017

Malaysia CIMB Bank Talent Trail Undergraduate Student
Malaysia CIMB Bank Talent Trail for Undergraduate Students
CIMB Malaysia:
Last call, students! Registration extended till 6 January 2017. Join CIMB Talent Trail for a chance to win cash prizes worth RM25k, and test your employability skills while you’re at it. So, sign up now!

About CIMB Talent Trail 2017

What is the CIMB Talent Trail?
The CIMB Talent Trail is an annual outdoor event, a collaboration between Talent Corporation Malaysia (TalentCorp) and CIMB Group for Malaysian university students to enhance their employability skills. Together with CIMB Fusion Partners – Hewlett Packard Enterprise, PwC, Teach for Malaysia, ZICOlaw and Accenture, CIMB Talent Trail aims to help university students test their readiness as they transition from academics to the corporate world. Participants will be challenged on their:
  • English language skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Teamwork
  • Self-confidence
  • Preparedness in facing challenges
  • Mental and physical fitness
Want to be a CIMB Talent Trail participant? You must have a lot of energy – be mentally and physically fit as there will be intensive walking/running, as well as puzzles to complete the challenge. If you qualify for the Grand Finale, be prepared to navigate around Kuala Lumpur using public transport.

Be prepared for real fun and win attractive prizes!

Blaze Your Way to the Top and Win Cash Prizes Worth RM25,000!

Calling all Malaysian university students! Come together for a challenge made fun with exciting activities, and find out how employable you are in the corporate world.

Sign up for the CIMB Talent Trail now and put your skills and English language proficiency to the test!

Preliminary Registration
  • Gather your team and register by 6 January 2017! 
  • Answer the Quiz section correctly in the Registration Form to qualify for Regional Rounds!
Regional Rounds
  • Regional Rounds are happening on these dates! 
    • Kuala Lumpur : 17 January 2017
    • Johor Bahru : 19 January 2017
    • Penang : 23 January 2017
Grand Finale
  • 60 Teams from 3 Regions will battle it out on 25 February 2017 at CIMB, Menara Bumiputra-Commerce, Kuala Lumpur!
Cash prizes totaling up to RM25,000 are for grabs!

1st Prize: RM5,000
2nd Prize: RM3,000
3rd Prize: RM2,000
4th Prize: RM1,800
5th Prize: RM1,600

Friday, 23 December 2016

The struggles of fresh graduates

The struggles of fresh graduates
The Star Online:
But before even getting the job, these young people will have to go through interviews and convince the prospective employers they could meet their requirements and expectations.

Some will lose out because of lack of experience. But how could a new graduate not be given any opportunity to develop their professional skills in the first place? For some, rejection may even affect their confidence. They should be given the opportunity to be hired and trained so that they could learn to perform their best.

For those desperate to uplift their family’s status by coming out to work and alleviating their parents’ financial burden, the task of finding a job can be daunting. Furthermore, our parents have drummed into us that education is our ticket to a better life. Indeed, many of us have studied hard for our future.
Not true. Everyone goes through the same process of finding job, sending resume, attending interview. Employers never expect fresh graduates to have years of experience. Survey has shown that in Malaysia fresh graduates do not get a job because of unrealistic salary and poor command of English. This letter should have been more aptly titled as "the laments of fresh graduates not able to get a job".