Obesity among Asia-Pacific children is a growing health crisis, say researchers.

April 22nd, 2018
Unhealthy diet: The rise in the consumption of processed foods, which often contain excess fats, salt and sugar, is one of the main contributors to the rapid rise in obesity among young people in Asia-Pacific.

Unhealthy diet: The rise in the consumption of processed foods, which often contain excess fats, salt and sugar, is one of the main contributors to the rapid rise in obesity among young people in Asia-Pacific.

OBESITY rates among children in Asia-Pacific are rising at a rapid rate, and more action is needed to encourage healthier lifestyles and ease pressure on fledgling healthcare systems, researchers say.

The number of overweight children under five rose 38% between 2000 and 2016 in the region, and the problem is growing, according to Sridhar Dharmapuri, a food safety and nutrition officer at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Bangkok.

“The rate of growth in obesity in Asia-Pacific is higher than in many other countries,” Dharmapuri told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“While the United States leads the way on obesity rates, the number of overweight children in Asia-Pacific is rising rapidly, and many countries in this region are now among the most health-threatened in the world.

But the rapid rise in obesity among young people in Asia-Pacific is worrying because overweight children are at higher risk of becoming obese as adults and then developing serious health problems like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and liver disease.

Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand are among the most overweight countries in South-East Asia, while Samoa, Tonga and Nauru are the most overweight in the Pacific. Australia also has high rates of obesity.

Many of these nations are also struggling to tackle malnutrition among their citizens.

The cost to the Asia-Pacific region of citizens being overweight or obese is US$166bil (RM646.2bil) a year, a recent report by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) said.

Rising wealth levels over the last 20 years have played a major role in the rise in obesity levels, researchers say.

“The region has undergone economic growth, so food has become available at a relatively cheaper price,” said Matthias Helble, an economist at ADBI in Tokyo.

“For the last 20 years the economic growth has been almost uninterrupted,” said Helble, who has researched obesity levels in the region for three years.

In addition to consuming more, as economies have grown, people in Asia-Pacific have moved away from farming into manufacturing, and then to service sector jobs – which are more sedentary.

Cities in Asia-Pacific have also seen unprecedented growth over the last two decades; this year more than half the region’s population will for the first time be urban, the United Nations has estimated.

City-dwellers in Asia-Pacific can spend hours commuting – due to poor transport systems and infrastructure – and when they finally reach home they have little time to cook. Many opt to eat out.

This new lifestyle has caused a rise in the consumption of convenience and processed foods, which often contain excess fats and more salt and sugar.

People in the region also struggle to maintain a balanced diet, said Dharmapuri, with meals often lacking vegetables.

“The diet is largely rice-based,” he said. “On anybody’s plate, rice takes up between 50-70% of the space.”

When people are overweight they often suffer from other health problems, economists said, and this is likely to put pressure on public healthcare systems that are only just being established in many Asia-Pacific nations.

Absenteeism from work is also higher among obese people, said Helble, adding that overweight people often die earlier than those who lead healthy lives, so have a shorter productive life.

“The term ‘obesogenic environment’ has been used to describe an environment that promotes obesity among individuals and populations,” Elizabeth Ingram of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – a government statistics agency – said by e-mail.

“It includes physical, economic, political, and sociocultural factors.”

Fixing the problem will likely take years, and researchers said a joint effort by business and governments was needed.

Better labelling on foods to promote healthier options, education about healthier diets and lifestyles, and even healthier school meals would improve the situation, analysts said.

Sugar taxes, which have been introduced or are being discussed in the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia, are also one way to change people’s mindset, said Helble.

Building more sports facilities at schools and ensuring urban planners include recreational areas for cities and make them more walkable and less polluted, is also crucial.

Governments must work with retailers, like in Singapore, to create a coordinated approach on packaging and promote a balanced diet, researchers said.

Working with retailers to ban unhealthy and sweet foods from checkout areas, and pushing street vendors to switch from fried foods to healthier, more traditional options, are also key.

And countries should adopt a “farm to fork” approach, which encourages farmers to diversify what they grow and be less reliant on growing just rice, said Dharmapuri.

“In some Pacific island countries, it’s actually easier to buy soft drinks and processed foods than buy fruits and vegetables,” he added.

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Simple ways to save the environment

April 22nd, 2018
Make conscious choices to reduce your water consumption. FILE PIC

SAVING the environment is easier than we think. You can do your part by changing your habits.

We can cut down on our energy and water usage, and change our eating habits to conserve natural resources.

We can redesign our homes to be more environment-friendly. Once you’ve changed your lifestyle to be environment-friendly, you can educate others to do the same.

Start with switching off household appliances that are not in use, such as lights, televisions, computers and printers.

Leaving devices, such as laptop chargers and toasters, plugged in can take up “phantom” energy. Even when an appliance is turned off, it still uses power because the applications in the appliance use electricity.

It is best to unplug appliances that you do not anticipate using in the next 36 hours, or more.

Trade in your dryer for a good, old-fashioned clothesline. Air drying leaves your clothes smelling fresh and is environmental-friendly.

Tumble dryers are among the biggest energy users in households, after the refrigerator and air-conditioner.

If you use a dryer, keep the vent clear for safety, as well as energy efficiency.

When using a washing machine, make sure you have a full load of clothes. Do not put a couple of dirty clothes into the washing machine as it will not help to conserve water and electricity.

You can hand wash clothes in the sink or buy an energy-efficient washing machine that doesn’t use a lot of water.

Run your air-conditioner sparingly. Air-conditioners use a great deal of electricity. Use natural ventilation or a fan to keep cool as much as possible.

If you do use an air-conditioner, set it to a slightly lower temperature than the outdoor temperature.

Remember that setting the temperature lower means using more electricity.

Conserve water. The average family of four uses about 1,500 litres of water every day. Make conscious choices to reduce your water consumption.

Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth. Install low-flow faucets (taps) or aerators, low-flow shower heads and low-flush toilets.

If you hand wash your car, park it on your lawn and use buckets and sponges. Use the hose to rinse. Use a hose nozzle to stop the water flow or turn the nozzle off between rinses.

If possible, use eco-friendly detergent.

Most of us are aware of the benefits of recycling. In these times, it’s good to save some money.

Recycling used materials like aluminium cans or glass bottles is a great way to cultivate the recycling culture in the home as it brings long-term benefits.

To encourage people to recycle, the government and independent organisations have introduced various programmes. Besides organising your garbage and recycling glass, metal or paper, there are many ways to contribute to the cause.


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Producing self-directed learners

April 22nd, 2018
Students, rather than educators, are the central figure in self-directed learning. FILE PIC

EDUCATORS in the higher education sector have an important role to play in nurturing self-directed or independent learners.

They must know how to design programmes that promote self-directed learning, while maintaining educator control.

To succeed, they need to devise learning activities and facilitation strategies according to
the learners’ level of self-direction.

I believe instructional design should be intellectually challenging, but within the learners’ zone of proximal development (the difference between what learners can do without help and what they can’t do).

Educators are responsible for matching the instructional design with the learners’ level of self-direction while prepa-
ring them to advance to higher levels.

Educators are also responsible for guiding learners from their preferred and comfortable learning style to a greater self-directed style.

This can be achieved by initiating a challenging and supportive learning context on a gradual basis, without learners feeling discouraged.

It is obvious then that self-directed learning requires a transformation of educators from an authoritative role to a facilitator of learning.

The rationale is that to promote an active learning approach, educators should acknowledge learners as equal learning partners who make decisions about their learning.

The shift from teaching to facilitating means that learners, rather than educators, are the central figure in the learning and teaching process.

This shift, thus, requires educators to empower learners to take responsibility for and control of their learning.

Educators’ role in supporting learners’ direction of learning has provided new insights into our understanding of self-directed learning.

However, not all Malaysian educators have accepted their role as facilitators of learning.

Instead, they remain attached to their traditional roles of knowledge experts, comfortable with one-way knowledge transmission.

While recognising learners’ role in the self-directed learning context, I would like to highlight the need to blend the conventional mode of teaching with contemporary self-directed learning approaches to ensure meaningful learning experiences for learners.

Most importantly, it is suggested that in fostering self-directed learning:

EDUCATORS should establish a positive and collaborative relationship with learners;

EDUCATORS should recognise learning resources and restrictions in the learning context, as this allows for implementation of self-directed learning; and,

UNIVERSITIES should assist educators to plan their teaching strategies by conducting training programmes and encouraging self-development.


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Assessing the nation’s STI standing

April 19th, 2018

SCIENCE, technology and innovation (STI) must converge with economy and finance, geopolitics, society and culture to fuel a robust ideation process for the nation’s socio economic transformation.

This is the key takeaway within Science Outlook 2017, the recently unveiled second edition of a flagship initiative by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), which presents an independent review of key trends in STI in Malaysia and which aims to provide evidence-based insights and new perspectives on the Malaysian STI landscape.

Asma Ismail

ASM president Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail said results from the findings called for transformative thinking, growth mindset, integrated planning and inclusive implementation.

“Malaysia’s aspiration to be an advanced nation requires all sectors to have the capacity for developing knowledge capital to fuel Malaysia’s drive to be an advanced economy.

“Industry 4.0 has made it more urgent for stakeholders to collaborate in making sure that the country is capable of coping with potential socioeconomic uncertainties brought about by technological upheavals to the global economy.

“The country’s progressive and innovative society must have the necessary STI robustness for the country to navigate the deep waters of knowledge-based economy for sustained growth and inclusive development,” she said.

Driven by an extensive network of ASM fellows and associates, Science Outlook 2017 tracked where Malaysia is in STI as a nation, identified gaps in relation to where it wants to be in the future, studied best practices and transformation trajectories of other competitive nations, as well as prescriptions to ensure Malaysia’s aspirations can be realised.

The report found that coordination of the ecosystem in Malaysia’s STI landscape remains a challenge.

Also highlighted was the fact that although Malaysia enjoys a reasonably good position in global competitiveness — holding the 23rd position in the Global Competitiveness Index, 2017-2018, in innovation indices under Pillar 10 on Product Innovation — Malaysia is ranked 130th out of 137 countries.

Science Outlook 2017 chairman Professor Datuk Dr Halimaton Hamdan said the multitude of actors in the national STI landscape has to be revisited

Halimaton Hamdan

“Too many actors and funding agencies become self-competing, hence diluting available funding and resources. The weak link between the federal and state governments on the STI issues must also be bridged to cascade policies and decision for effective transformation of the nation towards joining the paradigm shift towards a knowledge-based economy,” she said.

As for the country’s low rank in innovation, Halimaton said part of the problem lay in the fact that little emphasis was being put on experimental development.

She said research and development (R&D) done in Malaysia was not industry-led, as most of the country’s researchers were concentrated in institutions of higher learning.

“If you look at countries like France and Japan, they are now spending more on the experimental part of research, which takes findings from the fundamentals to commercialisation and on to application.

“In advanced countries, they do research at all levels, not only at the university-level. Even industries are doing research for product development.

“Researchers in our country are mostly concentrated in universities, and do not receive much funding. The industry should support experimental research at their industries. Researchers at universities should be engaged to do this research for them,” she said.

Launch of Science Outlook 2017

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) talent pipeline also remains a concern.

Halimaton said there was a decline in interest in enrolling in STEM and related fields, and that the quality, based on major national level examination results, was about average.

“Is the STEM field unattractive, or is the pedagogy losing touch with the learning style of millennials? Our survey showed that almost 47 per cent of STEM teachers from secondary schools had not received STEM-related training. Future jobs will be technology-based. There are also critical STEM-related jobs which may not be filled by national talent, since the numbers are declining.

“But then again, is our industry ready to hire STEM talent? With 98.5 per cent of our industry being small and medium enterprises (SMEs), most do not adopt technology and do not invest in R&D. Only six per cent are creators.

“The productivity of our SMEs is low; the contribution to our gross domestic product is less than 40 per cent, and most SMEs do not have the capacity to hire knowledge workers,” she said.

STI enculturation — the process through which science culture become integrated in the mind and habits of the people — was something the report focused on. STI culture includes scientific literacy, public understanding, acceptance and awareness of science and scientific methods, as well as the applications of science in day-to-day life.

The report found that the Malaysian young public’s STI literacy benchmarked against other countries are below the international average. A STI enculturation survey showed that Malaysian adults generally scored below the international average, lower than the adults in most developed countries.

Science culture is highly influenced by the level of education, mass media coverage and cultural mentality. Halimaton said that it was clear that more was needed to make science mainstream in Malaysian culture.


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SIDMA College Sabah Cultivate 21 Century Skills Teaching and Learning

April 19th, 2018

In the era of globalisation and digitalisation, it is a big challenge for educators to deliver new learning experiences and prepare students to meet the 21st century requirement. Students need to be equipped with ICT and various skills such as collaborative, critical and creative thinking and communicative skills as well as instilling values to them, part of which they need to be interested in their lifelong learning.

In order to equip fresh graduates with the necessary 21st Century skills to face the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), educators need to determine the types of classrooms activities which can help prepare students to communicate in real life beyond the allocated classroom time, as well as to respond better realistically to technologically enhance teaching methods. Technologically enhanced learning will not only appeal more to the students of the 21st century, but will also provide greater avenues for problem solving, creative thinking as well as collaborating with one another.

SIDMA College Sabah, through the dynamic leadership of Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, the Founder and Chairman, as well as  Madam Azizah Khalid Merican as CEO, in responding to the rapid technological advances which have given rise to trends such as automation, globalisation and workplace change within industries; have been enthusiastic to be geared towards producing graduates who would have a broader set of 21st century skills and talents; such as the ability to think independently, identify and solve problems on their own, work collaboratively, learn new knowledge and skills and knowledge that will enable them to thrive the future.

As SIDMA College Sabah had held its fourth edition of brainstorming session, with the theme “Into the Horizon”, on Friday 8th February 2017 at Shangri-La’s Resort and Spa, Tanjung Aru, part of the outcome of the brainstorming session held was the plan to implement in 2018 the Blended Learning and flipped classroom teaching methodology whereby it is a hybrid teaching methodology which is a combination of e-learning, the traditional classroom interaction methods, independent and group study. Basically, it is a fundamental change in the way educators and students approach their learning experiences.

SIDMA’s flipped classroom is a blended learning concept adopted to improve students engagement and to generate effective learning outcome. It includes students meeting, collaborating or working together in groups or among peers for purposeful activities. For this purpose, traditional learning environment may be converted into involving debate, creative movement, drama, singing, teacher demonstration sessions and more. Apart from during normal lectures, such scenario is more commonly seen during their tutorials and enrichment sessions where even the car park at the basement of SIDMA building are being used to accommodate their music and creative movement, drama, play activities and the like. Thus for the students learning takes place in the lecture rooms, on stages at the atrium, and the like.

The outcome from such teaching and learning models are proven as students are more creative and more communicative, collaborative, innovative, socially confident, and  increases their willingness to come forward and showcase their new knowledge, skills and attitude acquired during their individual, peer or group inquiries session.

What was interesting is that in the recent weeks the college’s atrium area is buzzed with students collectively arranged various programme to showcase their “creative and innovative” assignments and activities.  It has also been a very stimulating time for the lecturers who have to assess students’ live performances as compared to previously only marking their answer scripts.

Among some of the programmes conducted during these few weeks are as follows:

  1. The Bachelor Early Childhood Education (Hons), Bachelor of Education (Hons), Bachelor of management (Hons), Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) and Bachelor of Hospitality Management (Hons) students collectively organised an Entrepreneurship Month in March 2018 to showcase their entrepreneurship skills as well as their ability to meet the social needs of the general community. The main purpose of this programme is to provide students with hands-on practical knowledge with regard to the process of starting up their own business; help students to acquire the skills of how to plan their business, present their proposal, manage their finance, to manage a small business, or partnership, choosing the relevant pricing strategy, as well as on how to promote their products.
  2. Event Management students for this semester collectively organised an Event Management Week to prepare the students in becoming a successful event managers, as well as to enable them to work together to accomplish their vision and mission. Based on the theme “Malaysian Traditional Games Competition” the students were exposed and have developed various skills and knowledge in areas such as problem solving, promoting and marketing their events or product; the processes involved in a project or event planning, understandings of customers’ behaviour, and many other related issues. Through such activities, students were indirectly provided with the real- life exposures to reflect upon in order to become efficient managers.
  3. Students from Early Childhood Education had organised Music and Creative Movement Week which have provided opportunities for them to understand the importance of providing high-quality musical environments for the young children growth and development; particularly in their musical skills as well as the development of their other related skills and possible talents. Other than showcasing their skills in in singing, creative movement and dances; the participants also created traditional and contemporary music and children songs, and even improvised musical instruments from recycled products such bottles, cans and more.
  4. Various other platforms were also arranged for other students to present their creative and innovative products, conducting professional presentations and more through the whole of the February 2018 semester.

Dr Morni who took time off to attend each of the programmes was amazed at the students’ new knowledge gained, new skills developed during their presentation. He praised them for their collective and collaborative efforts to showcase their new discoveries.

He hoped that through such initiatives, more students will be aspired to pursue the benefits of blended learning, through UNIEC, SLMS, and related sources introduced by their facilitators. Any students from any location in this world with a device and connectivity can learn more, as the Millennial children in this millennium requires learning experiences that must match the technology of their era.

Dr Morni also congratulated SIDMA lecturers for the efforts in transforming their teaching (lecturing) and significantly have a more direct impact on the experience and lifelong skills of students. “Lecturers continuous application of their innovation skills and expertise is very much needed now than ever today”, he added.

On what’s next after their graduation; Dr Morni suggested to the students on the idea of controlling their own destiny by starting their own business based on their knowledge and skills gathered from their studies, and not relying to the typical job-seeking from employer but to be their own boss hence provide more job opportunities. He added that the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization reported that 50 percent to 70 percent of students had started a business whilst in schools or hoped to start one in the future. Beside than that, all the famous success stories such as Microsoft, Netscape, FedEx and Apple, all of which are founded by college students.

SIDMA College Sabah, since its establishment back in 2002 in Kota Kinabalu has prosper jubilantly over the years; and rapidly emerged as the first and largest regional centre in Malaysia running UNITAR programmes, in addition to its home-grown academic programmes. Its infrastructure and technology can support the ambitions and goals of students who want to create a brighter tomorrow. Not only that, as proven, the teaching methodology used are engaging and will bring out the best from each students. Because of that, SIDMA College aim to do more than just teach, it strive to be the “Champions of Change” and change is what drives us ALL to success.

The following is the list of Academic Programmes Offered at the college for its 2018/2019 Academic Year.

Foundation Courses:

  • Foundations in Management

Diploma Courses:

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education Studies
  • Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
  • Diploma in Management

Bachelor’s Degree Courses:

  • Bachelor of Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Management (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons)

Masters Courses:

  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Masters of Education (Educational Leadership and Management (ELM))
  • Masters of Education (Early Childhood Education)

Our June 2018 Intake of new students is now in progress. Various financial assistance are available. For more information about courses offered at SIDMA College, please browse SIDMA Website, or like our Facebook Account – SIDMA College.

Students interested in pursuing their tertiary study with the college in Foundation Programme, Diploma, Degree or master Level are encouraged to apply online by visiting SIDMA College Website or to call our hotline number 088-732 000 or 088-732 020, or through fax @ 088-732 015 or 088-732 019. Potential students are welcomed to visit us at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU.

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SIDMA College Collaborated with MOSTI To Empower and Inspire Youth Towards TN50.

April 17th, 2018

As we advance further into the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), inevitably science, technology and innovation will tremendously improve the competitiveness, boost productivity, upgrade industrial structures and address future challenges. Malaysia in advancing into building a knowledge economy and a knowledge society by mobilizing Science, Technology and Innovation by year 2050 recognizes Science, Technology and Innovation as powerful instruments of social change. The impact of it can be felt through the modernisation of technologies and systems, changing lifestyle at every level – from individual to societies and the nation.

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College acknowledged that the development of solutions to these key national transformations will require the mobilization on the waves of creative, innovative and entrepreneurial youth across the country to paint a clear strategy that places science, technology and innovation at its core. Towards this end, he collaborated with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and collectively organised a “Youth Dialogue Session with Minister of MOSTI” (Program Bicara Siswa Bersama Menteri) on our “Youth Aspiration towards TN50” (Aspirasi Belia ke Arah TN50).

The dialogue between Y.B. Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau (Minister of MOSTI) and the youths from Institutions of Higher Learnings was held at IPG Kent Campus, Tuaran on 12 April 2018. The event which was jointly organised by MOSTI, SIDMA College, IPG Kent, Tuaran and KK Event House S/B was attended by more than 300 youths mainly from IPG Kent Campus, Tuaran, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, SIDMA College Sabah, University College Sabah Foundation, Asian Tourism International College, Almacrest International College, IPG Gaya Campus, Penampang Community College as well as upper secondary schools students from Tuaran and in and around Kota Kinabalu where each institute/ college or school have send representative to participate in the dialogue session.

Y.B. Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Tangau, in his key-note address noted that in order to enhance Malaysians in facing the current complex economic, societal, environmental and cultural challenges, the vitality of science, technology and innovation need to be woven into the fabric of society.

Towards that end, the government is committed in putting science, technology and innovation at the heart of its economic policy; creating an innovation-centric economy which can also be referred as an ecosystem that is supportive, vibrant and inclusive. It is an environment that empower every citizens particularly the youths to go beyond their abilities to help in advancing the socio-economic development of their immediate and extended community.

According to him, the National Transformation 2050 was launched with a vision of propelling Malaysia into the world’s top 20 nations within these three decades. He added that we naturally began our TN50 starting from youths who are the custodians of Malaysian future. Apart from that, TN50 engagements covers all segments of society, including senior citizens, women, industry, civil servants, and academicians; as Malaysian’s future belongs to all Malaysians as a whole.

During the event; dialogue and forum session were held to enable the participants to interact and exchange their views on their roles as the agents and catalyst of Science, Technology and Innovation in their respective community.

Dialogue Session:

Speaker     :     Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau

Theme       :     Negaraku Berinovasi

Facilitator   :     Dr. Morni Hj Kambrie

The organising committee have appointed three panel members to discuss in depth according to their respective field of specialization based on the theme “Aspirasi Belia: Ke Arah TN50” via the forum session whereby the panels appointed are:

  • Professor Madya Dr Ramzah Dambul; Deputy Secretary General Office (Science, Technology & Innovation), dan Deputy Director of Centre of Excellence Teaching & Academic Quality, Universiti Malaysia Sabah.
  • Benreza Hezery Uzair (Ben Uzair) – Youth Ambassador TN50 dan Juara Gym Founder.
  • Farah Adilah Binti Jamil; IPG Kent Campus Graduate and Winner of Public Speaking at the national level

Dr Morni on the behalf of the organising committee thanked Y.B. Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred for his valuable time with the youth of Sabah despite his busy schedule. He also thanked the key organisers, especially KK Event House S/B and IPG Kent, Tuaran for allowing the activity to be conducted at the Campus Hall. He also extended his appreciations to the main speakers and the panel members for sharing their expertise during the session. Dr Morni also stressed that the realization and achievement of Malaysia National Transformational 2050 (TN50) cannot be possible without active engagement, creating and enhancing opportunities for and with the country’s youths.

For more information on how SIDMA College can improve your competitiveness in tertiary study in Foundation Programme, Diploma, Degree or Master’s Level, you are encouraged to apply online by visiting SIDMA College Website or to call our hotline number 088-732 000 or 088-732 020, or through fax @ 088-732 015 or 088-732 019. Potential students are welcomed to visit us at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU.

Our June 2018 Intake of new students is now in progress. Various financial assistance are available. For more information about courses offered at SIDMA College, please browse SIDMA Website, or like our Facebook Account – SIDMA College.

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Dr Morni brought “Gelombang Motivasi Perdana” to SMK Tungku Lahad Datu

April 14th, 2018

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Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah recently collaborated with the Student Counselling Unit of SMK Tungku, Lahad Datu and presented his signature address “Gelombang Motivasi Perdana” for the benefit the Form 3, Form 5 and Form 6 (Upper Six) students of the school. Cikgu Murshida and Cikgu Anna Kamila, the school counsellors that took the initiative to organise the event on 04 April 2018 at SMK Tungku Lahad Datu school hall which was attended by more than 400 Form 3, Form 5 and Form 6 (Upper) students and teachers.

Dr Morni kicked off his lecture by congratulating and praising all the school teachers for their excellence service to the school and to the students. He told the students that they are very fortunate as their parents is willing to sacrifice themselves in order to allow them to be in school today. However he reminded the students that even the best teachers in the best school with the most supportive parents will not be able to unleash the excellence potential of the students to excel if the students themselves do not appreciate the efforts contributed by the teachers and parents.

He stressed that all students can achieve excellent result in their studies if they stay focus on the teachers’ teaching while in class, respect and listen to their parents while at home, manage and put to good use on all the available resources and facilities provided to them during their studies. He urged the students to manage their own personal resources, particularly their precious time well; as any carelessness in terms of managing their own time will have a negative impact on their studies. He advised students to meet their school counsellors, should they faced any problem, particularly on their academic achievement.

He added that under normal circumstances, everyone can achieve excellence in education; and presented himself as a possible example the students could learn from because he too came from a poor family background. He mentioned that when he was in Primary 3, his family did not even have their own house and they have to stay at a house that belongs to his father’s friend.

He advised students to dream big, as their hopes and dreams can be the key to understand of who they are, what they want; and even on how to reach their goals. Dr Morni also took the opportunity to continue sharing his own personal experience from being a “kampong” boy, selling cakes made by his mother every morning from house to house in his village; but by holding on to his precious dream of earning his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), plus his strong personality of always aiming high, have brought him as to who he is today.

On examinations, Dr Morni asserted that examinations are the most wonderful thing in any human’s life. Examination result are the litmus test of their abilities, strength and self-management. Students who are well prepared and confident will be ready to face it without any hesitation; however those who are scared of it might failed. Thus he advised students to prepare well in advance, and must never be scared of examinations. “Learn to like it, and when you like it, you will love to take any examination.”

On what’s next after their SPM / STPM, Dr Morni advised them to pursue their aspiration and maximise their potentials by furthering their tertiary education in their personal’s field of interest that will lead them to the top of their dreamt career. He also shared various opportunities and options available for them to choose from; and advised them seek further explanation and consent from their parents and school counsellors. They can also consult SIDMA College’s very own Student Counsellor, Ms Melissa Marcus Molijol (Tel:  088-732 000) for further explanation.

Dr Morni and his team from SIDMA’s Corporate Marketing and Business Department were warmly welcome by the school representatives, the staff and the students. He conveyed his special thanks to the School Principal, the organising team and all the school staffs and parents for their strong support to ensure that their children can benefit from such activities. He too announced that he will be conducting similar talk at SMK Membakut II on 14 April 2018 and another one at SM St Peter, Membakut soon. Any schools interested to collaborate with Dr Morni to conduct his “Gelombang Motivasi Perdana” at their respective schools are most welcome to call SIDMA College Sabah at Tel: 088-732 000 or 088-732 020.

SIDMA College Sabah, since its establishment back in 2002 in Kota Kinabalu has prospered jubilantly over the years; and rapidly emerged as the first and largest regional centre in Malaysia running UNITAR programmes, in addition to its home-grown academic programmes. Its well-equipped infrastructure and technology can support the ambitions and goals of students who want to create a brighter tomorrow. Because of that, SIDMA College aim to do more than just teach, it strive to be the “Champions of Change” and change is what drives us ALL to success.

The following are the list of Academic Programmes offered at the college for its 2018/2019 Academic Year.

  • Foundation Courses:
    • Foundation in Management
  • Diploma Courses:
    • Diploma in Early Childhood Education Studies
    • Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
    • Diploma in Management
  • Bachelor’s Degree Courses:
    • Bachelor of Education (Hons)
    • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Hons)
    • Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)
    • Bachelor of Management (Hons)
  • Masters Courses:
    • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Masters of Education (Educational Leadership and Management (ELM))
    • Masters of Education (Early Childhood Education)

Our June 2018 Intake for new students is now in progress. Various financial assistance are available. For more information about courses offered at SIDMA College, please browse SIDMA College Website, or like our Facebook Account – SIDMA College.

Students interested in pursuing their tertiary study with the college in Foundation Programme, Diploma, Degree or Master Level are encouraged to apply online by visiting SIDMA College Website or to call our hotline number 088-732 000 or 088-732 020, or through fax @ 088-732 015 or 088-732 019. Potential students are welcomed to visit us at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU.

Read more @ http://www.sabah.sidma.edu.my/index.php/others/144-dr-morni-brought-gelombang-motivasi-perdana-to-smk-tungku-lahad-datu

School syllabus to include environmental issues next year.

April 13th, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Syllabus on the environment will be introduced in schools nationwide next year, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

He said the Cabinet had on April 6, approved its working paper to introduce the syllabus in 2019.

“A lot of ministries will be involved so that it will be comprehensive, from forestry, land, sea and air,” he said.

Dr Wan Junaidi said the syllabus would be taught from Primary One to Form Six.

He pointed out Malaysia would become the third Asean country to introduce the syllabus, after the Philippines and Vietnam.

“I am hoping all Malaysians will become environmentalists,” he told reporters after giving a keynote address during the last day of Asiawater Conference and Technology Symposium 2018, organised by UBM Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here.

In his keynote address, Dr Wan Junaidi said it was important for issues on water and its sustainable use to not be politicised.
Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/04/13/school-syllabus-to-include-environmental-issues-next-year/#1PDQGBDYqcG4paLE.99

Early risers and better mental health

April 13th, 2018

There is much truth in the adage, ‘early to bed, early to rise will make you healthy, wealthy and wise’.

Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day but how are some able to accomplish great things while others turn in mediocre results.

Time management is the key to success and failure for it gives that edge in achieving our dreams.

Waking up early is a virtue that needs to be cultivated among the young. Many youths have the habit of waking up just in time to hurry through the early morning chores before rushing off to work.

There is no time to pause, plan and profit from reflection. Not to mention the stress that goes with it.

We need to cultivate the habit of waking up early from an early age.

When you win the battle of the bed and put mind over the mattress, it will allow you to take control of the day rather than the day dictating terms to you.

You have the extra hours to do the things that you always wanted to do in a day but which you could never do because of your hectic schedule.

The early morning is the most crucial part of the day and setting off on a good early start will unfold a wonderful and beautiful day.

Science now tells us what others have been saying through the ages, that early risers enjoy better mental health and are more productive.

By getting up early, you have ample time to care for yourself which will make you a better spouse, parent and professional.

The adage “the early bird catches the worm” amplifies the re wards of waking up early in a dog-eat-dog world.


Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2018/04/356687/early-risers-and-better-mental-health

Need for age discrimination law

April 13th, 2018
Discriminating against people because of their old age is not only harsh but also disrespectful. FILE PIC

People recognise racism and sexism rather easily but not ageism, a term that refers to discrimination on the basis of age.

Like racism and sexism, ageism is wrong and we should do all we can to put an end to it quickly.

Ageism, or age discrimination, happens when someone is treated in an unreasonable manner because of one’s age.

It is hard to say how ageism originated but some point to misplaced theories that state people of old age or seniors — as they are sometimes called — are incapable of performing certain tasks like one who is young.

This might be applicable to tasks that relate to physical and manual work, but not when it calls for mental fitness and intellectual prowess.

Such cerebral activities require experience and generally the older one is, the better one is at excelling at such activities.

For this reason alone, age discrimination must be legislated against. Otherwise, the talents of an ageing population such as that of Malaysia will go to waste.

Many jurisdictions have emplaced laws against age discrimination and we can look to them for guidance.

The United States has its Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which is essentially a labour law that forbids employment discrimination against anyone 40 years or older.

ADEA specifically prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotions, wages, and termination of employment and layoffs, specifications of age preference or limitations, and denial of certain benefits to older employees.


Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2018/04/356689/need-age-discrimination-law