Saturday, 18 February 2017

UM First Residential College's Fiesta Hari Terbuka 24 - 27 February 2017

University of Malaya (UM)'s ASTAR Fiesta Hari Terbuka

First Residential College, also known as Asrama Tuanku Abdul Rahman (ASTAR), is proudly entitled as the oldest residential college in University of Malaya. Along with ASTAR’s long establishment, here comes the 57th Fiesta Hari Terbuka (FHT) event in concordance with its legacy since 1959.

FHT is an annual college event that encourages the strengthening of relationship and goodwill among ASTAR residents from various racial and ethnic groups, as well as fosters the mutual understanding. It also serves as a platform to unleash and showcase the hidden talents of fellow ASTARians in different fields such as sports and arts.

In conjunction with the 57th anniversary, we churn out the theme “Enlace en ASTAR”, which brings the meaning of ‘Bond in ASTAR’ in Spanish. This year, FHT 2017 is emphasizing on the concept of bonding among ASTARians as a big family living under one roof. Just as how one would treat his family members with due respect and love, FHT 2017 strives to encourage the interactions in every aspect of life among every ASTAR resident.

From 24th to 27th February, FHT 2017 will be holding all sorts of events, ranging from competition to blood donation and even haunted house for all to experience. The highlight of our event would however be the Night of Remembrance with the theme of “Borneo Night”, which will be held on Saturday night (25/2). Traditional Borneo songs and dances will be performed by our very own ASTAR residents while games will be organized on that night. Hopefully, it will be a memorable night for everyone present.

Do visit our Facebook page: Fiesta Hari Terbuka ASTAR - FHT for further information.
UM First Residential College's Fiesta Hari Terbuka (FHT)

Kolej Kediaman Pertama, juga dikenali sebagai Asrama Tuanku Abdul Rahman (ASTAR), merupakan kolej kediaman yang tertua di Universiti Malaya (UM). Sempena penubuhan ASTAR sejak 1959, Fiesta Hari Terbuka (FHT) telah menyambut ulangan tahun yang ke-57 secara meriah.

FHT ialah activiti tahunan kolej yang bermatlamat untuk mengukuhkan hubungan penghuni-penghuni ASTAR dari pelbagai asal belakang dan membina pemahaman sesama. Aktiviti ini juga memberi peluang untuk mencungkil bakat ahli-ahli ASTAR.

Sempena dengan ulang tahun ke-57, kami mengemukakan tema "Enlace en ASTAR" yang bermaksud "Bond in ASTAR". Pada tahun ini, FHT mementingkan konsep pengukuhan ikatan keluarga ASTAR yang tinggal sebumbung dan menggalakkan interaksi antara satu sama lain.

Pada 24 hingga 27 Februari, FHT 2017 akan melaksanakan aktiviti-aktiviti seperti pertandingan, pendermaan darah dan rumah hantu. Kemuncak FHT 2017 ialah "Night of Remembrance" yang bertema "Malam Borneo" yang akan dijalankan pada hari Sabtu (25/2) dengan tarian dan permainan tradisi Borneo.

Sila kunjungi website Facebook kami: Fiesta Hari Terbuka ASTAR - FHT untuk maklumat lanjut.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

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Yuran Permohonan Kad Bantuan Pelajar Pendidikan Tinggi Bank Rakyat

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  2. RM8.00 * untuk tahun kedua dan seterusnya, sepanjang tempoh sah kad (Yuran ini akan dikenakan pada setiap tarikh ulang tahun kad tersebut).
  3. RM5 setiap tahun untuk K ad Debit Diskaun Siswa 1 Malaysia (KADS1M Debit) sepanjang tiga ( 3 ) tahun tempoh sah kad. Kad ini perlu diperbaharui setiap 3 tahun. Setelah tamat tempoh dan pelajar telah menamatkan pengajian, KADSIM Debit akan diperbaharui menggunakan produk Kad Combo - i Bank Rakyat.
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Fly Your Ideas - Malaysian students shine at international aerospace competition

Kuala Lumpur -- Malaysian students are flying high at Airbus’ bi-annual global Fly Your Ideas competition organized in partnership with UNESCO to challenge students from all disciplines to develop new ideas and innovate for the future of sustainable aviation.

A record 5,499 students making up 356 teams from around the world registered to participate in the fifth edition of Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas. Malaysia has 14 teams in the competition.

A group of 60 Airbus experts and innovators assessed the ideas submitted by 356 teams from 89 countries. The rigorous evaluation process took place at four different Airbus locations in France, Germany, Spain and the UK, with 50 student teams selected to reach Round Two of the competition, starting in January 2017.
Team Bunga Raya ready to roll with the power of sound, transformed into usable energy in-flight.
Team Bunga Raya ready to roll with the power of sound, transformed into usable energy in-flight.
Three Malaysian teams made it to Round 2 - Team Putra Space from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Team Bunga Raya from Universiti Kuala Lumpur- MIAT and Team SeeLab from Universiti Kuala Lumpur-MSI.

The teams have the option to participate in one of five categories.  The categories are – Manufacturing, Business models, Flight Operations, Passenger Experience, and Design Engineering.

Team Putra Space entered for the Passenger Experience category and it will explore the potential of improving cabin luggage storage technology to streamline and improve customer experience. Team Bunga Raya and Team See Lab will both compete in the Manufacturing category, with the former exploring the potential of harnessing sound energy from the plane to power electronics on board the flight, and the latter on the use of bio-inspired artificial intelligence to inspect and detect defects of composite aerospace structures.

The competition is led by teams registered in the Asia-Pacific region. The 50 teams comprise 202 students representing 38 different nationalities. With 52% of teams mixing male and female students, two thirds of all teams are diverse in some way, for example with members coming from different countries or studying different subjects. This reflects Airbus’ commitment to diversity which it sees as an essential driver for innovation and success.

“Fly Your Ideas is unique and we are proud of the company-wide engagement of Airbus employees who support the competition, either as assessors, mentors or experts”, says Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering. “We are offering students the rare opportunity to interact directly with senior specialists from across the business. In turn, these experts will benefit from their direct interaction with talents from across the globe, all sharing the same passion for one of the world’s most exciting industries.”

Team Putra Space wants to revolutionize storage so that you never spend unnecessary time placing and removing cabin luggage!
Team Putra Space wants to revolutionize storage so that you never spend unnecessary time placing and removing cabin luggage!
Since its inception in 2009, Malaysia and Malaysians have been keen supporters and participants of the Fly Your Ideas competition.

Malaysia’s first astronaut, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor was one of the panel judges for the first Fly Your Ideas Competition in 2009 while Team Malaysia on Mars and Team Embarker made it all the way to the finals in 2011 and 2013, respectively. In 2015, a record number of four Malaysian teams made it to Round 2 of the competition.

Each of the teams has 100 days to refine and develop their ideas. The top five teams to make it through to Round Three will spend a week at the “ProtoSpace” based at the Airbus HQ in Toulouse to prototype, test and visualise their ideas using state-of-the art equipment with personalised guidance from Airbus. The winning team will receive a €30,000 prize, the runner up team €15,000, at a live prize giving event in May 2017.

From January 2017, the 50 teams will start developing their ideas and share updates on their progress with photos, sketches and stories posted on

Team SeeLab hopes their concept of bio-inspired artificial intelligence defect detection can be brought to life at the next round of FYI'17.
Team SeeLab hopes their concept of bio-inspired artificial intelligence defect detection can be brought to life at the next round of FYI'17.

Key figures Fly Your Ideas 2017:

  • Number of ideas submitted: 356
    • Number of countries involved: 89 (85 different nationalities)
    • Number of universities involved: 348
    • Top 5 countries: India – 64 teams, China & HK – 44 teams, Spain – 29 teams, Indonesia – 24 teams, United Kingdom – 20 teams
    • Gender mix: 51% of teams are mixed gender
  • Number of ideas chosen: 50
    • Number of countries involved: 41 (38 different nationalities)
    • Number of universities involved: 57
    • Top 7 countries: China & HK -  9 teams, Singapore – 5 teams, United Kingdon – 4 teams, Australia – 3 teams, Indonesia – 3 teams, Malaysia – 3 teams, Spain - 3 teams
    • Gender mix: 52 % of teams are mixed gender

Airbus Fly Your Ideas competition – since the 2008 launch:

  • 5 competitions in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Partnership with UNESCO since 2012
  • More than 100 countries represented
  • Over 650 universities supporting
  • More than 20,000 students registered
  • Over 400 Airbus staff involved
  • 1,900+ ideas submitted

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.