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Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment Application Deadline Extended to February 29, 2016

The Merdeka Award Secretariat is pleased to announce that the closing date for applications for the 2016 Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment has been extended to Monday, February 29, 2016.

This follows calls from institutions of higher learning as well as prospective applicants, who have requested for the extension to accommodate research and exam schedules. The extension will allow for more young Malaysians to submit their applications for this prestigious Grant.

The Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment is a signature outreach programme of the Merdeka Award Trust. It is designed to identify and recognise outstanding young Malaysians, between the ages of 22 – 35, who personify the Spirit of Merdeka, and those who, in their own way, demonstrate a commitment to excellence. The Grant provides them the opportunity to expand their network and to enhance research collaborations through a short-term attachment at selected, internationally-recognised host institu…

Senator: Unqualified English Teachers in Kelantan Lead to Poor English Standard among Students

New Straits Times:
Some schoolchildren in Kelantan are being taught to pronounce the word ‘cucumber’ as “Chu Chum Ber”.

They are also being told by their teachers that hibiscus should be pronounced “Hee Bis Coose”.

This was the startling claim made by a Dewan Negara senator today in relation to the supposedly poor standard of English teachers in Kelantan schools.

Senator Khairiah Mohamed said the problem is only the tip of the iceberg as students are exposed to countless grammatical errors. This should not be viewed in isolation as a problem unique to Kelantan. In fact, many local university graduates are unable to converse in proper English. The bigger problem is the whole education system and the implementation of English in Malaysian education system.

USM Denied Masturbation Policy Notice

Sinar Harian's report in Malay "USM nafi keluarkan notis onani":
University of Science Malaysia (USM) has officially denied the masturbation policy notice widely circulated on social media below:


Universiti Sains Malaysia MASTURBATION NOTICE Masturbation in the showers and bathrooms stalls is a violation of the University of Science Malaysia Hostel Code.
Our drains are not built to withstand semen.
Every year, USM spends thousands in maintenance because of the excessive amount of semen stuck in the pipes. The repair cost is applied directly to your hostel agreement next year. This cost cannot be charged to the bursar, as the repair is done through independent contractors, not USM personnel.
It's your semen, it's your money.
PLEASE, masturbate in your bedroom.
Contact your Ketua Aras if you have questions regarding masturbation policy.

Survey: Fresh Graduates Have Poor Command Of English & Unrealistic Expectations

KUALA LUMPUR, 7 December 2015- According to a recent JobStreet.com survey, fresh graduates have some catching up to do as employers are not too happy about their quality levels. A significant 70% of respondents said that the standards of fresh graduates were just average, while 24% believed that they were bad and only 6 % said they were good.  The poor ratings were not generally linked to their academic qualifications, but rather their poor attitudes and communication skills shown during interviews or at work.

Top 5 reasons why fresh graduates don't get hired

The employers were asked why it was hard for fresh graduates to get hired, the top cited reason by 68% of respondents was, fresh graduates ask for unrealistic salaries and benefits. A previous JobStreet.com survey disclosed that 60% of fresh graduates expect a salary of RM3, 500 for their first job while 30% want to be paid as high as RM6, 500 in order to live comfortably. However, the average salary offered to fresh graduat…