SMK Terusan Lahad Datu Career and Education Carnival 2018

August 17th, 2018

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College Sabah was officially invited to conduct a motivational talk in conjunction with Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Terusan, Lahad Datu Career and Education Carnival 2018 held at the school hall on from 10 to 12 August 2018.

The main aim of the event was to facilitate and give direct exposure about industries in various field such science, technology, engineering and management, and let the students explore the different fields and career paths that suits them. SMK Terusan has a total enrolment of about 2,000 students and majority are from various communities of Sabah; and it’s through such Career and Education Carnival that could provide relevant information for them to select and realised that future dreamt career.

Other than focusing on SMK Terusan students in making decision about their future choice of tertiary education and career path, the carnival also aimed at providing relevant information to parents so that they could advise their children accordingly on their choice of tertiary education and career path. Other than that parents and students from all primary and secondary schools of Lahad Datu were also being invited to attend.

The programme was officiated by Honourable Datuk Mohammadin Ketapi, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture who is also the MP for Silam on 11 August; whereas the closing ceremony was officiated by the Honourable Tuan Haji Dumi Bin Hj Pg. Masdal, Assistant Minister of Rural Development and Assemblyman for N.50 Lahad Datu. Various government and private agencies were invited to set up exhibition booths to provide relevant information and exposure to both students and their parents on the actual pre-working environment and give a chance for students to know and reflect on the necessary requirements in recruiting new staff.

Dr Morni, who hold a MBA and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and has lectured for several universities, namely Edith Cowan University, Australia, Bath University, Malaysian Institute Management and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) prior to becoming a successful businessman in the field of education; has always been portrayed as an unique motivational speaker, well-known for his entertaining, captivating, highly interactive and energizing when he is on stage delivering his message, was given the  honour to motivate the students and parents on the importance of securing good education achievement (both in basic and tertiary education) in order for them to materialise their dreamt future.

According to Dr Morni, students can have the best teachers, and from the most supportive parents, as well as be in the best schools; but if they are not focused and lack direction in their studies; they will not be able to unleash their best potential and achieve the peak or the highest grade that they could get.

When students put in their best effort and full commitment to their studies, Dr Morni stressed that everyone can achieve their highest potential in education. He presented himself as a possible example that of an ordinary average student could learn and become successful in their education achievement, despite being from a poor family.

He took the opportunity to share with the parents, teachers and students on his success stories from being a humble ordinary kampong boy selling homemade cakes to the public, but because of his strong personality to aim high and willing to work hard and sacrificed, as well as being committed to his studies, he finally earn his PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and that was what brought him as he is today.

Touching on the aspect of examinations, Dr Morni affirmed that examinations are the most wonderful thing in any human’s life, as it provide opportunities for us to test our abilities, strength, self-discipline, self-management and more. Those who are scared of it have failed from the very beginning. Thus, he advised all students not to be scared of examinations, but to take it positively and faced the challenge, and come out stronger and fitter to face the world. He advised them to learn to like it, and when you like it, you will love to take more examinations, and thus developed and equipped themselves with more knowledge and better skills which is very much needed for their future career.

Dr Morni also advised the parents and students to think and consider very carefully on what’s next after their SPM (and STPM) examinations. He also advised the students to discuss with their school career counsellor in order to understand themselves better. He told them that their hopes and dreams for the future can only be materialised if they understand who they are, what they want, and also how to reach their goal. He added that it’s through finding out which field of study that they are interested in that will enable them to determine a good career that will match their future dreamt career. He advised the students to visit all the exhibition booths and counters and discuss in depth with eligible personnel, prior to their making decision on their choice of tertiary education and career.

Dr Morni also took the opportunity to sincerely thank Mr Che Aziz Bin Othman, SMK Terusan School Principal, for special inviting him to share knowledge and experience, and he felt honoured to be given the chance to welcome the teachers, parents and students of Lahad Datu. He hope that his sharing session could inspire the students to take positive actions, view their situation from a broader perspective, and discover their own strength before progressing into their future career.

Dr Morni was also very grateful to note that six SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah B. Edu (Hons) graduates are currently serving in the school. He hoped that they have and will serve the school with full dedication and ambition; and are able to defeat their ignorance and accomplish the extraordinary. “Good luck and congratulations to you all”, he added.

Mr. Che Aziz thanked Dr Morni and SIDMA College top management for participating in the carnival and personally congratulated Dr Morni for his inspiring motivational talk and sharing sessions. He hoped that Dr Morni and SIDMA top management will always be blessed with the necessary strength, resources and supports required for them to continue providing similar activities in complimenting and supplementing their existing programme to other schools as and when needed. He added that it’s through such collaboration and cooperation between the public and the private sectors in the field of education that will ensure the success of our students to meet the country’s demands for the 21st Century Skills Development.

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Parliamentary committee on gender equality boosts reform efforts

August 16th, 2018
THE formation of a parliamentary select committee is a promising move to reform Parliament. As you decide what parliamentary select committees (PSCs) to form, we urge you to establish a PSC on gender equality. (File pix)

THE formation of a parliamentary select committee is a promising move to reform Parliament.

As you decide what parliamentary select committees (PSCs) to form, we urge you to establish a PSC on gender equality.

The Pakatan Harapan manifesto includes a commitment to ensure “the legal system protects women’s rights and dignity”, including to “review all laws relating to gender equality to ensure that every woman enjoys legal equality”.

Achieving this requires a review and reform of the legal system, which the PSC on gender equality would facilitate.

Forming a PSC would demonstrate Parliament’s commitment to gender equality, especially after the failure of government to fulfil its commitment to 30 per cent women representation, in cabinet and state assemblies, except eventually Selangor

The Manifesto Wanita, a civil society 14th General Election initiative, also demanded a PSC on gender equality.

This manifesto was endorsed by 47 civil society organisations and 18 political candidates or politicians.

The manifesto includes a promise to “make our human rights record respected by the world”.

The previous government did not fare well in its review by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (Cedaw) earlier this year.

To improve, Cedaw informed the government about the “crucial role of the legislative power in ensuring the full implementation of the Convention (Cedaw)”, and urged Parliament to “take the necessary steps” to implement the observations.

Forming a PSC on gender equality would demonstrate the new government is making efforts to meet Cedaw’s recommendations.

Many other jurisdictions have parliamentary committees on gender equality and women’s rights.

In the United Kingdom, the PSC for Women and Equalities examines legislation, policy, and expenditure of the government in relation to gender equality issues.

The select committee can call upon experts and hold public conferences when investigating and auditing the government’s performance on these issues.

Other examples of parliamentary committees on gender include the Committee on the Empowerment of Women (India), the House Standing Committee on Equal Opportunities for Men and Women (Cyprus), the Gender Equality Committee (Croatia), the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (European Parliament), Senate Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men (Belgium), and the Equity and Gender Committee (Mexico).

In the previous Dewan Rakyat, a women’s parliamentary caucus existed , but it was established without a resolution by Parliament.


M’sia’s fertility rate drops to lowest level ever recorded

August 16th, 2018
(File pix) National fertility rate this year is expected to decline to the lowest level recorded since the formation of Malaysia in 1963, with 15.8 births per 1,000 people compared to 16.1 in 2017. Pix by Fathil Asri

KUALA LUMPUR: The national fertility rate this year is expected to decline to the lowest level recorded since the formation of Malaysia in 1963, with 15.8 births per 1,000 people compared to 16.1 in 2017.

According to the 2018 Malaysia’s Selected Demographic Indicator, the overall fertility rate of Malaysian women aged 15 to 49 is estimated at 19.1 children, which is below the replacement level of 2.1 children.

This means that the Malaysian population is shrinking, as the average number of babies born to a woman during her period of fertility is not sufficient to replace her and her partner, Chief Statistician of the Department of Statistics Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidi told Bernama.

“This decline in the overall fertility rate is also one of the demographic factors that contributes to population aging,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile the gross mortality rate in 2018 is 5.1 deaths per 1,000 people – a drop from 5.2 deaths in 2017.

As a result of the lower mortality rate, Malaysia’s population in 2018 is estimated to increase by 0.4 million to 32.4 million people, the report said.

In terms of lifespans, a female born in 2018 could live for 77.6 years, while a male could live for 72.7 years.

As for gender indicators, the number of males is estimated to increase to 14.69 million this year, outnumbering females at 14.37 million.

According to the Indicator, Malaysians in the 15 to 64 year age group will increase to 22.58 million in 2018; while those in the 65 years and up category will increase to 2.10 million.

The 0 to 14 year group, meanwhile, is estimated to drop to 7.71 million this year, compared to 7.73 million in 2017.


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51,147 cases of HFMD diagnosed in Malaysia this year

August 16th, 2018
(File pix) Malaysia recorded 51,147 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) between Jan 1 and Aug 14 this year, said Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. Pix by Rasul Azli Samad

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia recorded 51,147 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) between Jan 1 and Aug 14 this year, said Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

Sarawak recorded the highest number of cases at 6,209 or 12.1 per cent of the total, he added.

“Of the 6,209 HFMD cases in Sarawak, a majority were reported in Kuching where 1,387 cases or 22.3 per cent were recorded from Jan 1 until Aug 14 this year.

“One death was reported on July 28 in Sarawak, involving a 27-month-old child from Mukah.

“The sister was also diagnosed with HFMD symptoms, but has recovered with no complications,” he said during the minister’s question time in the Dewan Rakyat here, today.

Dr Dzulkefly was responding to a question posed by Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen (DAP-Bandar Kuching) who had asked the minister to state in detail, the number of HFMD cases in Sarawak and the preventive measures that have been implemented; as well as the criteria used to ascertain whether a childcare centre has to be closed down due to the current outbreak.

Dr Dzulkefly further said that the HFMD outbreak in Malaysia is not as severe as in other countries such as China, which has recorded a high death rate.

He said it is crucial to observe five hygienic practices: proper hand washing, ensuring environmental hygiene, conducting screening at the entrances of school premises, and disinfecting contaminated surfaces.

Meanwhile, Dr Dzulkefly said the closure of nurseries, kindergartens, or preschools would only be carried out in the event an HFMD outbreak has been detected on the premises.

He said HFMD cases are classified as an “outbreak” if there are two or more cases on the premises during the HFMD incubation period.

By Farhana Syed Nokman .

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No internet for Malaysian teens from 12am to 6am daily?

August 15th, 2018
The government is looking at emulating Japan and South Korea by preventing internet access for those under 17-years-old, between 12am and 6am. (File pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is looking at emulating Japan and South Korea by preventing internet access for those under 17-years-old, between 12am and 6am.

Deputy Health Minister, Dr Lee Boon Chye, said the initiative was among the measures being studied by the government to curb teen addiction to online gaming and social media applications nationwide.

“The government is studying whether such a measure can be carried out here.

“There are also gaming providers which prevent users under-17 from accessing their games for a period of one to two hours.

“These are among the steps being studied to ensure that video game addition can be brought under control,” he said.

Dr Lee was responding to a question from Lukanisman Awang Sauni (GPS-PBB Sibuti) in the Dewan Rakyat on whether addiction to games and social media applications are categorised as mental problems.

The minister said, the country’s Health and Morbidity Studies last year showed that 34.9 per cent of Malaysian children between 13 and 17 show a prevalence towards internet addiction.

He said checks by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on internet usage trends last year showed that 80 per cent of the 24.1 million users use the internet for social media.

“Checks also showed that the average user spends about four hours online daily,” he said.

He said addiction to video games and social media applications could have a negative impact on individuals, apart from being habit-forming.

He said the latest updates from the World Health Organisaiton in its International Classification of Diseases (11th series) stated that video game addiction is listed as a mental health illness.

By Fairul Asmaini Mohd Pilus.

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PM: If I ask you to murder someone, will you do it?

August 15th, 2018
Administrative and Diplomatic Service (PTD) officers have been told not to blindly follow orders that are against the laws and government policies. (Pix by LUQMAN HAKIM ZUBIR)
By NSTP Team - August 15, 2018 @ 1:21pm

PUTRAJAYA: Administrative and Diplomatic Service (PTD) officers have been told not to blindly follow orders that are against the laws and government policies.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad issued the directive today during a townhall session with more than 3,000 (PTD) officers, here.

“When you are asked to do something that you know is wrong including hiding any wrongdoings and even campaigning for certain parties, you should say no.

“Granted, the government expects you to be loyal. But, if we ask you to do things against the law, you should reject. Don’t do it.

“If I ask you to murder someone, will you kill?” he said, to which members of the floor replied with a solid no.

If the PTD were to unanimously reject orders that were wrong and against the law, Dr Mahathir believed action would not be taken against them.

“When something is blatantly wrong, you should not do it. A crime is still a crime. Only abide by orders that conform to government policies and the law,” he said.

By NSTP Team

(Azura Abas, Hashini Kavishtri Kannan, Mohd Husni Mohd Noor and Zanariah Abd Mutalib)

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‘E-commerce a boost to female entrepreneurs’

August 15th, 2018

EWIDER AUDIENCE … Janie Lasimbang (sitting, centre) with the organiser and participants.

KOTA KINABALU: Digital technologies expand with huge promises for women empowerment and strengthening the development of online entrepreneurship in Sabah.

Assistant Minister of Law and Native Affairs, Janie Lasimbang said micro businesses are poised to become a major growth sector in the future.

With that in mind, e-commerce marketplace can unlock growth opportunities for local sellers.

“E-commerce can generate more potential female entrepreneurs and can assist them in challenging times, she said at the opening of a seminar held at the Kepayan Police Officers’ Mess yesterday.

Janie Lasimbang who is also assemblywoman for Kapayan, said the modern way of interacting and dealing with trade is becoming increasingly complex regardless of place and time with sophisticated technology.

“The Government also strives to enhance the country’s digital economy through the digital platform provided and facilitates the process of communication and business domestically or internationally.”

Hence, she emphasized that the purpose of the seminar is a valuable opportunity and exposure to participants. The seminar is one such effort because it equips women with skills and knowledge in social media, which they might not otherwise have access to.

“Also they will know better how to leverage the various online platforms makes good business sense and it provides access to an incredibly huge consumer base, and knowing how to utilise social media for business can help enhance women entrepreneurs’ business acumen as well as operations. This allows them to promote their products and services to a wider audience,” she said.

Held for two days, the seminar was organized by Consumer Front of Sabah (Cfos) which brought together about 50 women entrepreneurs for. Topics focused on enhancing digital technology, in broadening entrepreneur’s ability to do business within the globe value chain.

Its secretary-general Hashima Hasbullah Yahya said seminar was organised collaboratively by Pusat Khidmat DAP Penampang and Persatuan Keluarga Polis (PERKEP).

The seminar aimed to help businesswomen to establish their brands and their online presence by setting up and maintaining active websites and social media accounts as well as online business etiquette.


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SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah September / October 2018 Intake of New Student

August 15th, 2018

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Intake is in progress and we invite SPM, STPM or Diploma holders or those with other equivalent qualification to enrol their tertiary education with SIDMA College for the September / October 2018 intake of new students.

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah offers the following study programmes for the September / October 2018.

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

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah since its establishment in Kota Kinabalu Sabah back in 2002, has been working very closely with UNITAR International University, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan; a university with strong and significant network of academic collaborations with both the academic and corporate sectors, as well as the industrial partners around this region to offer affordable, relevant and demanded study programmes which are professionally aligned with these industrial players – both nationally and internationally.

In responding to the rapid technological advances which have given rise to trends such as automation and globalisation, thus demanding workplace changes within industries, SIDMA College Sabah through the dynamic leadership of Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College) and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) have reassured that the college basic infrastructure and technology are in place and geared towards producing graduates who would have a broader set of 21st Century skills and talents upon graduation. Blended learning and technology immersed teaching ala flipped classroom model has been adopted to ensure that its students and graduates will be equipped with ICT knowledge, collaborative skills, critical and creative thinking skills, communicative skills, human values, as well as be interested in lifelong learning to ensure that its graduates can function effectively on both current and in future time.

Potential students who registers for UNITAR Diploma programmes are entitled to a rebate of RM 1,000.00, whereas for those who want to register for the Bachelor Degree programmes, they are entitled for a rebate of RM2, 000.00. Terms and conditions applied.

For more information on any of the above courses offered at SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, please browse SIDMA College Sabah Website, or at SIDMA College Facebook Account “SIDMA College”. Potential students are also welcome to visit SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Campus located at Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu; or call the campus hotline number: 088-732 000 or 088-732 020.

Online registration is also available. Please 

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SIDMA College Sabah EEP and English (I &II) Students Experienced Living Underground like Ants

August 15th, 2018

SIDMA College Sabah through the dynamic leadership of Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA College) and Madam Azizah Khalid Merican, in their continuous effort to produce local young graduates who are proficient in the use of Bahasa Malaysia (a common national language) and English as second language (the international language of communication); continues tirelessly to improve the proficiency of English among the students of the college through various teaching approaches, including taking learning outside the classroom to make learning English an engaging and enjoyable experience for all.

Puan Jenifah Abdullah, chief facilitator and module writer of the programme have motivated the current 30 students taking semester June 2018 English Proficiency Programme (EEP) and English Paper I and II by bringing them outside the classroom and letting them to explore, inquire and discuss about “what it would feel like to be living underground like ants” by organising an Educational Tour to Borneo Ant House – Your Mini Theme Park on 10 August 2018.

The 2018 EEP and English Students Education Tour to the recently open Borneo Ant House located in Tuaran; is also the Malaysia’s first underground gallery. The gallery is divided into three (3) rooms and the walls are filled with crawling ants; with a total of over 463 ants’ replicas inside the nest (gallery); provide a stimulating and provoking environment for the students to explore, inquire, think and discuss with their friends as well as with the Director of the Park, Madam Sufiah Abdul Rahim Lee (an ex Education Officer in Sabah Education Department)

Upon arrival, the students were welcomed by the Director of the Park who took her time off to get to know the students and their motive of the visit. She also took time to explain what the nest and the mini theme park can offer to them for their assignment. Madam Sufiah also explained that the nest has three Gallery, with the first one filled with “crawling” ant replicas. The second is Culture Gallery, is filled with cultures of majority from Tuaran population (Bajau, Dusun Lotud, Iban and Bidayuh). The third is the Sword Gallery, showing a collection of swords which are symbols of great power from various ethnic groups of Borneo.

Prior to let the students to explore and think and discuss in depth regarding their assignment question, Madam Sufiah explained further on what’s inside and outside of the nest or the mini theme park. Madam Sufiah added that outside of the nest, students can experience and explore the canopy walk, a modern tree house prior to stopping at the cafeteria for their coffee break. Local handmade handicrafts is also available at the souvenir shop nearby.

Madam Jenifah, on behalf of the SIDMA Board of Management thanked Madam Sufiah for her time and efforts to entertain the students and assisted them on completing their project. She hoped that the students can benefit from such visit and able to present their findings from the study tour.

Madam Jenifah also took the opportunity to thank Dr Morni, Madam Azizah, Madam Nancy Pishori (Manager, Property Administration Department) and staff of SIDMA College Sabah who have assisted throughout the tour to ensure the success of the project. She added that the students benefitted from such visit as they were using simple English to communicate with the resort management as well as with their friends throughout the tour. She added that even inside the SIDMA bus, the students selected and sang English song for their Karaoke entertainment. She too hope that the management will continue to support the organising of similar teaching and learning activities for the other batches of students in the coming future.

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Special Prayer for Examination Success

August 13th, 2018

The pressure of an examination can be overwhelming due to the fact that the test is the culmination of a whole semester or more of study. Perhaps the students’ future, or their parents placed great emphasis on the outcome of their study. In such circumstances, one tend to be facing  intense situation, and what one write on their answer script may get wrong as they keep on worrying about the outcome of the result.

Having special prayers session for SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students prior to sitting for their semester examinations has been one of the core activities of SIDMA College’s United Islamic Students Council (GAMSIS) to enable students to get the pleasure (keredhaan) from Allah SWT prior to sitting for their final exam and pray for success in their studies.

GAMSIS held a special prayer (Solat Hajat for Final Exam) and pep talk session at SIDMA Atrium on 9 August 2018 for all Muslim SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Semester June 2018 students who will be sitting their semester final examination beginning 11 August 2018.

Ustaz Candra Murthy, who was given the honour to conduct the Special Prayer as well to give a special pep talk to the students, stressed on the following ideals:

  1. Be the LIGHT that benefits others such as the sun
  2. Before you succeed, you will be burned with hardship to gain success.
  3. Do not make GOD a goal for you to succeed in the exam or achieve something. Make Allah SWT the ultimate goal during difficult and convenient time that is; when you face any pleasure and difficulty, perform your prayer.
  4. Try not to get panic or worrying by staying quiet (less talk) and to put your trust to Allah SWT in any effort that has been done.
  5. When praying, pray with high hope instead of “if God give or not, it doesn’t matter, at least I prayed”

GAMSIS Chairman, Mr Mohd Faridzwan Bin Abdul Salleh took the opportunity to convey his sincere thank you to Ustaz Chandra for taking time off to be at the college with SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students. He hope that through such initiative, SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students will remember to pray and make that important connection with God that will transform their anxiety into positive energy.

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