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Breathtaking image of futsal court in remote Sabah goes viral.

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

PETALING JAYA: If Lord of the Rings’ Rivendell had its own elvish futsal team, this is where they would train.

This breathtaking image of a school futsal court in the interior of Sabah went viral after it was highlighted on the Harimau Malaya Facebook page.

A teacher from SK Logongon in Nabawan, Sabah, sent the remarkable drone image of the creeper-covered court, and Malaysians responded with awe and amazement.

Although the surroundings appear to be teeming with foliage, the court itself, which lies in the centre of a “green lake” of leaves, was kept neat and clean.

“It is intentionally left that way so as to avoid the heat of the sun and to provide fresh air,” read the page’s caption, which described the location as a “fantasy world”.

“According to the teacher, in order to get here, you have to drive two hours on logging roads using a four-wheel-drive and cross a river which can take one hour.

“From the school, to reach this futsal court, villagers or students must walk through hilly terrain for 15 minutes,” it said, adding that the school is located “far from the city.”

Nabawan is some 70km from Keningau.

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Students Must Excel In Studies And Sports – Raja Muda Of Perlis

Friday, February 17th, 2017

KANGAR, Feb 16 (Bernama) — The Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail called on students to excel in both their studies and sports to be truly excellent citizens.

“Though sports and education are synonymous and complement each other in the day-to-day activities of students, it is hoped that students will never ever neglect academic achievements.

“An athlete who excels in his studies will be able to manage himself better and is capable of planning a better life in the long term besides having good self-esteem and moral character,” he said when opening the ‘Titian Kasih Mega’ Programme at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Syed Alwi, here today.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin said the public should understand that the field of sports nowadays was not just a last option if one was poor academically.

“The field of sports can also be a long-term career option like other professional fields if carried out with dedication. Schools and parents should provide support to children to engage in sports because they can become certified coaches or athletes someday,” he said.


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Nicol David hailed as one of ‘the very best of athletes’

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

PETALING JAYA: British newspaper The Telegraphhas listed squash queen Nicol David as one of the 20 greatest athletes in the world.

“Not many athletes can claim to have enjoyed the sort of dominance Nicol David has had in the world of squash.

“The 32-year-old Malaysian was world number one for a record 109 months until September last year, and has won three gold medals at World Games, two Commonwealth golds, and a remarkable eight World Open titles,” The Telegraph said.

It listed her among “the very best of athletes”, which includes footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, sprinter Usain Bolt, tennis players Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic and swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky.

Nicol first appeared in the squash scene when she was 16, winning her first Women’s World Junior Squash Championship in 1999 before clinching her maiden major Tour title in February 2000.

She then went on to become the first Malaysian to win the Malaysian Open Squash Championship and the British Open and capturing the first of her eight World Championship crowns.

In January 2006, she became the first Asian woman to reach the world number one spot.

Nicol was unbeaten throughout 2008, when she had a 56-match unbeaten run, capturing the British Open title and her third World Championship crown. Her winning streak came to an end in 2009, when she lost to Natalie Grainger.

Nicol then went on to celebrate her 106th consecutive month at the top of the world rankings to surpass New Zealand’s Susan Devoy as the longest reigning world number one.

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‘One School One Silat’ Programme To Begin in April

Monday, March 28th, 2016

IPOH, March 28 (Bernama) — The ‘One School One Silat’ programme is scheduled to be implemented by the Education Ministry next month as part of the effort to introduce the Malay art of self-defence to students.

Malaysian National Silat Federation chairman (Pesaka) Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam said the move would also ensure the art continued to grow in the country.

He said it was also in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s announcement last September in recognising “silat” as the country’s official art of self-defence.

“Today, the silat is getting response from the non-Malays, like we (Malays) are interested in taekwondo and karate,” he said at a silat programme here last night.

Ali said with the recognition given by the government to silat, more universities in the country should make the art of self-defence as part of their co-curriculum activities.

So far, only Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has made the “Seni Silat Cekak Malaysia” as a co-curriculum subject with six credit hours.


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Student athletes recognised

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Well done: Idris (centre) with Khoo and Saritha (fourth and sixth from right, standing) together with the other athletes after receiving their incentives at the ceremony. — SAMUEL ONG/The Star

Well done: Idris (centre) with Khoo and Saritha (fourth and sixth from right, standing) together with the other athletes after receiving their incentives at the ceremony. — SAMUEL ONG/The Star

PURSUING a tertiary degree while being a national athlete is probably not an easy task.

But 196 students proved that it was possible to maintain their academic excellence and athletic endeavours at the same time.

They were honoured at the Higher Education Institutions’ Sporting Excellence Award 2015 ceremony held recently.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh was on hand to present RM300,000 worth of incentives to the athletes.

The award is an appreciation of the dedication and sacrifices of these student athletes who put Malaysia on the map in three international championships held last year and in 2015.

The three competitions included the World University Championship (WUC) 2014, the Asean University Games (AUG) 2014 and the World University Games (UNIVERSIADE) 2015.

Archer Saritha Cham Nong was the highest achiever taking home RM6,000.

She won one gold medal in AUG 2014 in Palembang, Indonesia and one silver medal at WUC 2014 in Legnica, Poland.

Meanwhile, swimmer Khoo Cai Lin took home RM4,250 for obtaining two golds, two silvers and one bronze medal during AUG 2014.

Idris congratulated the athletes, saying that the ministry hoped to develop “thinking athletes” who not only excelled in sports but also academically.

“We want athletes who can think and benefit the community,” he said.

He cited Khoo, who is currently pursuing a double degree in public relations and marketing, and Saritha, who is studying human development, as examples.

Idris added that the award does not only entail monetary incentives but was also a means of showing their appreciation to the athletes for putting the country on the map in the international sporting arena.


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    Beyond classes

    Sunday, July 5th, 2015

    Action: The drama team at SMK Jalan Bukit rehearsing their play named “Image”.2 We’re part of the team: The drama group from SMK Jalan Bukit..

    Action: The drama team at SMK Jalan Bukit rehearsing their play named “Image”.2 We’re part of the team: The drama group from SMK Jalan Bukit..

    Learning does not only take place within a classroom as students develop during extra-curricular activities too.

    MOST teachers will readily agree that a significant part of students’ character development happens outside the usual classroom setting and during extra-curricular activities.

    It is during activities such as camps, debates, drama, games and competitions that many important skills and qualities like leadership, team-work and perseverance, are actually developed and honed.

    To those of us who are more deeply invested into this, there is a definite and unique sense of fulfilment that comes with being part of these various stages of our students’ growth. We feel proud when we see our students become more confident, articulate, independent and capable. Beyond the school’s official records, we who have been there with our students have our own mental records of their progress — from the time they first came to us, nervous and a little uncertain, to the time they are able to stand with confidence and self-assurance on a stage. They are able to perform in front of a packed audience or ready to take command of troops of students under their leadership. It warms our hearts in a way no academic transcript ever can do, perhaps because here we are closer to life itself and get a better view of the kind of people they will become in the future.

    And yet there are times when this same situation that fills us with so much of joy also causes disappointments and discontent. It is both sad and frustrating when parents and sometimes even teachers fail to give the vital support that is needed to make a particular co-curriculum project succeed. Teachers sometimes have to deal with the feeling of frustration and helplessness when students who show so much promise or are exceptionally talented, are not allowed by their parents to take part in activities or competitions for the reason that it “interferes with their school studies”.

    Showing potential

    It is difficult not to bite our tongue at times like this or even feel a sense of righteous indignation when we hear about school leavers who fail to impress potential employers during interviews or are unable to project themselves well despite having a list of academic credentials. It is highly probable that the crucial life skills which may have been inculcated in school through activities outside the classroom, never even had a chance to take root in their entire schooling life.

    Although it is quite understandable that not everyone in school may share the same enthusiasm or passion for a certain student activity, it does rankle when your students’ extra-curricular efforts or achievements are passed off lightly or downplayed by other teachers who have little knowledge of the effort and commitment that has made them come this far.


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    Five Ways to Encourage Your Pre-Teen to Exercise

    Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

    Does your pre-teen seem more interested these days in playing video games and watching movies than engaging in physical activity? If so, now is the time to visit or re-visit the subject of exercise. Tweens (children nine to 12) are at a pivotal age for forming and maintaining exercise habits that will benefit them throughout their adolescence and for the rest of their lives.

    Pediatrician Debra Yeh, M.D., FAAP encourages parents to step up. “Monitor your child’s sedentary time and set exercise goals. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 15% of adolescents in America are considered overweight.” Dr. Yeh uses the Body Mass Index Scale (BMI) to track a patient’s weight. “If the BMI is 85% or higher, the person is considered overweight. A pre-teen may not mind being overweight, but as they get older there are more sociological and psychological issues attached to it. Physical issues may develop as well such as diabetes and sleep apnea.” Dr. Yeh adds, “If (a child) is overweight they must become and stay active because it is an integral part of weight management.”

    Here are five practical ways to encourage your pre-teen to exercise regularly:

    1. Talk About It. Without criticizing or falling into lecture mode, dialogue with your pre-teen about exercise. Ask her what activities she would be interested in trying. Be honest about your own thoughts and struggles regarding exercise. If you’re talking about this subject casually and openly, it is less likely to become something that escalates into a power struggle between you and your child down the road.
    2. Get Creative. Don’t worry if playing soccer or taking a dance class isn’t your child’s cup of tea, even if it once was. Help your pre-teen find an activity that suits them today. There are countless activities out there that not only provide a good workout, but are fun, too. Depending on where you live, introduce your pre-teen to surfing, cross-country skiing, boxing, bowling, fencing, skateboarding, or, perhaps, indoor rock climbing. Marsha Kunz, M.S., director of The Give Me Five Program which educates parents and children on the key principles of healthy living through balanced nutrition and physical fitness, says when it comes to exercise it is also fine to keep it simple. “It doesn’t have to be difficult or organized—just move!” And remember, for kids, especially, keep fun in mind. “Buy a stand to convert their bicycle into a stationary one. This way they can ride indoors while they watch their favorite television show.” Kunz suggests. Give Junior time and opportunity and he will find physical activities he enjoys. And when he does, he’ll be more likely to stick with them.
    3. Be A Friend. Like most things in life, exercise is more fun when you do it with a buddy. Encourage your pre-teen to invite a friend to take a class together. Better yet, Kunz encourages the parents to be that friend! “Find a way to do things together. What could encourage a child more? Too many times in our busy lives it is rare that a tweenager has her parents’ undivided attention.” Working out together is a great way to connect with your pre-teen and model a healthy lifestyle. While engaging in exercise with your child, Kunz recommends that parents let their children decide what to do. “Jump rope, shoot hoops, play catch…let them choose. The bottom line is to have fun—together.” Dr. Yeh recommends 45 minutes of vigorous exercise, four days a week. “Kids are not getting enough exercise in school alone. Parents need to help supplement.” Dr. Yeh adds, “Remember, there is a strong genetic component to weight gain. For instance, if a child has one parent who is obese, that child has a 50% chance of also being obese.” Exercising together, whether or not obesity is a factor, is beneficial on a variety of levels.
    4. Tune In. It may seem counterproductive to ask your potential couch potato to watch a T.V. show with you, but not all shows are created equal. There are several on the air these days, especially for the older pre-teen (“The Biggest Loser,” and “Dr. Oz”, for example), that not only entertain, but educate and motivate, as well. Tune in together from time to time and talk about what you’ve learned. (Do sit-ups during commercials!)
    5. Dig for Diamonds. Acknowledge your pre-teen’s efforts to stay in shape—even if they’re minor. Take note of the steps he takes toward more physical activity, then point them out and offer praise. Simple (and sincere) comments like, “I enjoyed watching you at karate today. You’re doing really well.” Or, “I like how you chose to shoot hoops with friends today” can go a long way to encourage him to continue making the effort to stay healthy.

    by Cathy McIlvoy.

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    Is Your Child Getting Enough Physical Education?

    Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

    Is Your Child Getting Enough Physical Education?

    With concerns about childhood obesity weighing on the minds of parents and educators, physical education is taking on new importance. The good news is that P.E. class is still part of most kids’ school experience. “One of the things that hasn’t really changed over time,” says Charlene Burgeson, executive director of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), “is the fact that most schools in the U.S. offer physical education to students.”

    But whether kids are receiving enough physical education is another matter. Experts recommend that elementary school students spend 30 minutes each school day in physical education. But, according to the American Heart Association, only 4 percent of elementary schools, 7 percent of middle schools, and 2 percent of high schools provide daily physical education class for the entire school year; 22 percent of schools don’t require physical education class at all.

    The benefits of physical education class are far-reaching. According to NASPE, a regular P.E. class not only improves kids’ strength, flexibility, and endurance, it can reduce stress, strengthen peer relationships, and improve self-confidence. In school, the benefits of gym class extend to reading and math. “When kids get moving, and they have their blood pumping, and have different body chemicals that are released it helps increase alertness and mental capacity,” says Burgeson.

    And those benefits take on more significance when considering that the Department of Health and Human Service reports 20 percent of kids in the US will be obese by 2010. In response to these frightening estimates, some states are working to increase the amount of physical education in schools. A new bill in Oklahoma will require elementary schools to provide students with one hour of physical activity each week. The governor of Florida recently signed a law requiring middle schools to provide a physical education class for at least one semester of the school year. And, in Virginia, local school boards are required to provide 150 minutes of physical fitness each week for all students.

    But all those measures would be a drop in the bucket compared a new piece of legislation introduced this summer called the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act. If passed, the act would require that schools include information about physical education in annual report cards, and would fund innovative ways to increase physical activities in school.

    The bill is currently in committee, and will be included with the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, which won’t make it through either the House or Senate until 2009. In the meantime, there are things that you can do to advocate for physical education in your child’s school.

    • First, know that P.E. class, formerly known as “gym” class is more than play time or recess. P.E., just like any other subject, teaches kids skills and abilities—in this case they can use what they’ve learned to construct an active and healthy lifestyle.
    • Ask your child what she’s doing in gym class: is she spending most of her time moving? “That may seem like a basic question, but it’s not.” says Russell Pate, Ph.D., professor of exercise science at the University of South Carolina. “We know from many studies that in some physical education programs kids stand around a lot more than they actually move.” He also suggests asking your child if she’s having fun, and if she’s learning lots of different sports and skills.

    by Samantha Cleaver.

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    ‘Let children play’

    Sunday, June 8th, 2014

    KUALA LUMPUR: Parents must encourage heir children to be active instead of just focusing on scholastic achievements.

    This is because any form of sport, whether it’s playing of badminton over the house gate, kicking around a football in the neighbourhood field or a competitive futsal tournament, has been shown to be the catalyst for an array of positive benefits for children.

    First and foremost, by simply participating in sports, children are able to generate endorphins, naturally-occurring chemicals that promote happiness, combat stress, give a general sense of wellbeing and provide an all-round positive approach which is invaluable in helping them cope with the issues they face in their daily life, not least of which is the constant pressure to perform well.

    Children will also pick up skills and life values through sports, as well as for parents to spend quality time with their children.

    “We have always known that sports is a vital component of a child’s development as it helps their cognitive skills, which is how they process information and understand things. said Hospital University Kebangsaan Malaysia child psychiatric expert Dr Fairuz Nazri.

    “This is especially true for children who are kinesthetic learners, which means they learn through doing things or by practical exposure rather than being taught through traditional teaching methods.”

    “To me, participation in sports is just as important as academic training because playing sports will keep our children both physically and mentally healthy, so that they can succeed. Parents should not think that sports will hinder their child’s academic progression as it’s essential to their proper development.” said Nik Muhd Radzi, technical director for the Milo Hidup Bola tournament.

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    Ugly side of a beautiful game

    Sunday, February 9th, 2014

    Malaysian football has become rather colourful of late, with a much publicised tunnel bust-up leading to a game being abandoned at half-time recently.

    Game over: JDT players leaving the field after T-Team refused to play in the second half at Stadium Larkin in Johor Baru. — ABDUL RAHMAN EMBONG/The Star

    Game over: JDT players leaving the field after T-Team refused to play in the second half at Stadium Larkin in Johor Baru. — ABDUL RAHMAN EMBONG/The Star

    FORMER national footballer Serbegeth “Shebby” Singh (pic) scoffs when asked about T-Team’s decision to walk out of a match with Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) last week after a tunnel bust-up during half-time.

    “The T-Team feared for their lives? OMG. How dramatic!” he remarks bitingly.

    He says it is normal in the heat of the moment that emotions run high and “things happen”.

    “Somebody hits someone, curses, swears or spits. There is pushing and shoving but then you get on with the game.”

    Blackburn's new manager Henning Berg, right, answers questions as he sits alongside the club's global advisor Shebby Singh during a press conference at Ewood Park Stadium, Blackburn, England, Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. Berg who won the Premier League title as a player with Blackburn Rovers in 1995 succeeds Steve Kean who resigned to end a troubled spell as manager. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    He points out that this “happens a lot” in the tunnel at football matches everywhere in the world.

    Chuckling, he says that even Manchester United’s (then) manager Alex Ferguson was not immune and had pizza chucked at him in the tunnel by an Arsenal player in 2004.

    So Serbegeth cannot understand why there is a “big hoo-ha” over the recent tunnel bust-up in Larkin when “such things are a norm in football”.

    “Come on, it is a man’s game. People should be ‘man’ enough to come out and complete the match.

    “It is ridiculous when a team refuses to come out and play in the second half. You have to play the game,” he stresses.

    If it was him who was roughed out in the tunnel, he would be even more motivated and determined to come out and play and trash the other team on their home ground in front of their fans.

    Serbegeth is a Johorean and he was at the Larkin Stadium during that tunnel bust-up. But he insists he is not speaking as a Johorean but as a national player.

    “If you speak to 10 footballers, all 10 will say what I am saying. But if you speak to non-football people, they will be on their high horse and think differently.”

    by Shahanaaz Habib.

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