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The King is on the right side of popular opinion

Sunday, November 1st, 2020
Will we be getting a real people’s budget for 2021, with everyone giving input and the opposition demurring to object when it is tabled in the Dewan Rakyat soon? - NSTP file picWill we be getting a real people’s budget for 2021, with everyone giving input and the opposition demurring to object when it is tabled in the Dewan Rakyat soon? – NSTP file pic

WILL we be getting a real people’s budget for 2021, with everyone giving input and the opposition demurring to object when it is tabled in the Dewan Rakyat soon?

Will it be a budget by committee with all sides of the political divide having their say? This would be great given the parliamentary circus that accompanies the tabling of the government’s annual spending bill in the past few years.

It is not because politicians have come to their senses following the king’s wishes via his much-publicised statement on the need to dial down the politics to pass 2021 Budget in this time of Covid-19.

It is because the royal communique had sort of checkmated politicians from doing what they do best, which is to cause a ruckus lest they be seen to be insolent and disrespectful.
The royal advice came as people were weary of Covid-19 and its consequences on the economy.

Keeping up with the new normal is not a very pleasant endeavour, especially with businesses scaling or closing down, many people are either having less money or out of jobs, kids are out of school, and uncertain times ahead.

People are feeling helpless looking at the numbers of increasing daily Covid-19 cases, and at the same time, hapless of the endless politicking.

The pandemic may break the spirit of many, but politicians have the unerring extraordinary resilience and obtuse insensitivity to pursue politics as usual, over all else, even during a global health crisis.

The prime ministership, for instance, is no longer coveted with humility and deference, but instead in table-thumping style. It is as if all the hardship facing the people is to be used as another excuse for politicking.

All these political plays may excite the political junkies, but for the rest of the people, it is yet another thing that we don’t really need.

Hence, the strong resonance to the king’s statement to ease off politics, to swallow each other’s pride and for everyone to work together to pass the budget. I suppose the astute politicians would have sensed the people’s relief with the king’s statement.

To not incur the wrath of voters most of the key players have promised, perhaps grudgingly, to work towards ensuring the people’s welfare and presumably see the 2021 Budget through.

Obviously, everyone will want his fair share of opinions, and pound of flesh too. Whether it is more assistance and breaks for businesses, money for regular folks, the moratorium on loans or their favourite causes.

Some say the royal advice is a lifeline for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and presumably has taken the legs out of the planned attempt to bring down his government. It was loudly suggested that defeating 2021 Budget would be a proxy vote of no confidence, and hence him losing support and the authority to lead.

It was all thought out and planned by both the government — hence the proposed emergency that has been put on hold — and the opposition, who has been tallying up potential votes and sharing promises of the spoils of victory.

However, the pandemic and politicking has lessened the appeal of persons of all-political persuasion with the public.

Someone as influential and seemingly above the fray, such as the king, stepping in to call for calm is almost like a window in a stuffy room being cracked open.

The politeness and respect to the king are not surprising, despite them all knowing that constitutionally, the government is not bound to take heed of input from the palace.

While the king’s advice or opinion is non-binding constitutionally, and in most instances, is likely be taken note of rather than be a basis for a political ceasefire and collaboration, the unholy tryst of a pandemic and unfettered politicians and political ambitions has given weight and consequence to it.

Having the king’s statement made public has also taken the wind out politicians’ sails. One not only will be seen to be impolite and discourteous to disregard his advice, but would also be dismissive of popular opinion.

I suppose people will have to swallow their pride so as not to appear “biadap” (disrespectful) to the king and be tone deaf to the people’s fears and insecurities to get the 2021 Budget going, and ironically, stave off any plan to dislodge Muhyiddin.

It will be interesting to see who would vote down the 2021 Budget, if any. Also, who would be willing to be the boor brandishing the constitution, citing the roles and responsibilities of the monarchy and the executive.

It is ironic that some politicians, given their enthusiasm for regime change, have snookered themselves. If they choose to continue to pursue their agenda despite the royal reminder, they may live to regret it.

While the palace has no role in governance, this time the king is on the right side of popular opinion. I suppose everyone will now hunker down and prepare for the 15th General Election, which is likely to be called sooner than itis due, subject to Covid-19 cooperating, of course.


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Government green lights Education Ministry’s sports in schools guidelines

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the guidelines will include face-to-face sports and co-curricular activities including practical outside the classroom for Physical and Health Education and Sports Science subject. - NST/file picSenior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the guidelines will include face-to-face sports and co-curricular activities including practical outside the classroom for Physical and Health Education and Sports Science subject. – NST/file pic

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry’s guidelines on holding sports and co-curriculum activities at schools have been approved and will be implemented on Sept 1.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the guidelines would include co-curricular activities, sports and practicals for physical and health education and sports science subjects.

The activities must be held in a controlled environment.

“We understand that some students are pressured being in classrooms daily because they are not able to do physical activities outside. Some parents have expressed their concerns that their child might have a mental breakdown.

“Among the guidelines need to be followed are written approval from parents or guardians; the use of bathrooms or changing rooms should be limited based on capacity; ensuring physical distancing between 1m and 3m for static activities and 3m to 5m for dynamic activity.

“All sports equipment need to be sanitised. All these activities must adhere to the guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma), Health Ministry, Youth and Sports Ministry as well as the Education Ministry.

“The guidelines can be obtained from the Nadma’s website and Education Ministry beginning Sept 1,” he told a press conference today.

On the teaching and learning programme (PdP) for technical and vocational classes, Ismail Sabri said the government had also approved its guidelines for practical activities effective Sept 1.

He said the PdP guidelines would involve 89 selected vocational colleges, secondary and technic schools.

“Among others, the guidelines cover the sanitisation of practical equipment and area. Students with Covid-19 symptoms are not allowed to participate in practical activities”.

On the mandatory quarantine, Ismail Sabri said 481 spot checks were held yesterday to ensure those who were under mandatory quarantine to abide by the SOP.

He said during the spot checks, the authorities had taken action against four individuals.

At the same time, Ismail Sabri said since July 24 until Aug 17, 12,646 individuals had returned to the country and placed in 63 hotels and five public training institutions in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Penang, Johor, Sarawak, Kelantan, Perak, Kedah and Labuan.

Of the total, he said 43 people had been sent to the hospital for treatment, while 5,216 were discharged.

He said returnees who wished to return to the country were encouraged to provide Nadma with the complete details of their flights and arrival, as well as the quarantine centres that they had selected.

“Nadma will develop a website on the information processes and quarantine centres soon.

“There are also some who wishes to order food from outside (quarantine centres) through food delivery services. Therefore, the government allowed them to do so.

“However, they need to sign an agreement and take responsibility if anything happens (food poisoning from outside food, among others) to them,” he said.

He also reiterated the public should not worry on whereabouts of those categorised as Persons Under Surveillance (PUS) as those who were tested negative would have to undergo mandatory quarantine, while those tested positive would be immediately sent to the hospital.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said any state government must seek federal approval if it wished to implement its Covid-19 prevention measures.

Ismail Sabri said this also applied to the declaration of lockdown in certain areas in a state.

“(Otherwise) the federal government can challenge (such) decisions made by the state government at court.”

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Improving lives through exercise

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

TODAY is April 2, and while it’s yet another Tuesday to most of us, it’s also World Autism Awareness Day.

As such, we now have a chance to show our support for people living with the challenges of autism, their families and perhaps even organisations out there that show them their due respect and empower them.

This is why I am highlighting Care2Run and the work they do every Sunday at Taman Aman in Petaling Jaya to help children, teenagers and young adults with autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Down Syndrome among other challenges.

Speaking to Care2Run co-founder Prem Kumar Ramadas, I got a better idea of how Care2Run operates and why it meets every Sunday to help people with intellectual challenges.

He said that Care2Run began in 2015, and shared with me how it began working with children and youth with learning challenges.

“We did research beforehand to find out what was needed by the community in Petaling Jaya and found that there was an under-served community in schools from dysfunctional and poor families that did not belong to a welfare home,” said Prem.

“In the beginning it was predominantly for high-risk children, eventually parents who saw us while we were working with children at the University of Malaya asked us if we could work with children with learning challenges. That was the beginning of phase two for Care2Run,” he added.

Prem said that Care2Run had operated at several places before coming to Taman Aman, adding that they shifted to Taman Aman as the park is very friendly for people with disabilities.

He also said that Care2Run worked with three schools up to 2018 as part of the school’s co-curricular activities – SMK Sri Permata, SMK Kelana Jaya and SMK Sunway.

“We are going to be expanding to different schools which have students with learning challenges in 2019. Currently we are working with adolescents with learning challenges who are not with any schools. Those in our programme right now came in through word of mouth,” said Prem.

He explained that on an average Sunday, Care2Run aims to support 20 youth with learning challenges from the age of nine to 34 and support is on a one-to-one basis.

Prem also shared with me how Care2Run designs the sporting activities in which the 20 youth participate in – a form of sports Care2Run calls “developmental sports”.

“Developmental sports are sports that recognize individual learning needs. We do not compete with each other, we compete with ourselves to do better. For example, we have combined the traditional hopscotch with an exercise ladder and developmental education as a way to teach them numbers,” said Prem

“Our hypothesis is that developmental sports can help young people with learning challenges to be more active, and enhance quality of life and cognitive functions,” he added.

I then spoke to Care2Run volunteer Gregory Phua, who helps design Care2Run’s sporting activities to get a better understanding of what goes into creating them.

“They might be on the autism spectrum and live with dyslexia at the same time, and this compounds the challenges for them. As such, I design the activities to help bring about specific behavioural actions. For example, some children are driven by sight and touch and we need to take this into account,” he said.

Phua also said that there is a need to ensure that change happens on an intellectual level with the activities.

“All the exercises and activities have to incorporate safety, a learning experience and the activities need to be visually connected for children so they can identify it and participate right away. We need to be clear and precise as possible,” he said.

Phua basically said that the aim of all of Care2Run’s initiatives is to give the youth with us the skills to lead at least a semi-independent life as they move into adulthood, adding that these concepts and skills were woven into the games he designed.

He also shared with me why Care2Run’s activities take place outdoors.

“If you put people behind four walls, you don’t get a natural environment. When you get a natural environment, you begin to see how they interact with other people,” he said.

It was at this point I asked Prem how the public could help Care2Run with their efforts, and he said that there are three ways people can help – the first being by helping the organization with research it is doing on developmental sport.

“We would love to get 20 high-functioning youth who have Down Syndrome or autism to help with our research on the efficacy of our programme. Currently Care2Run has 10 high-functioning participants along with 10 who are moderate to low-functioning. We need 10 more high-functioning students,” he said.

Prem also said that Care2Run also needs mentors.

“As youths join us we will need more mentors, and we would welcome 20 highly-energetic mentors to come and assist us on a three-week basis,” he said.

Prem also said that Care2Run needs financial help to run.

“We need about RM20,000 to operate every month to build and store learning aids and to have several employees so we can run these activities on a consistent high-quality basis,” he said.

And if you’re questioning why you should help Care2Run, this is what Prem had to say:

“We are doing something novel – developmental sports – to help enhance the cognitive functioning of these young individuals and their quality of life. We help them gain a measure of independence as their cognitive function improves.”

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Best practices from top minds in sports.

Sunday, July 1st, 2018
Staff, students and visitors taking part in the interactive exercise class during the Health and Fitness Expo.

Staff, students and visitors taking part in the interactive exercise class during the Health and Fitness Expo.

EXPERTS in physical education and sports from all over the world were in Kuala Lumpur recently to attend the Third International Federation of Physical Education (FIEP) Asia Conference on Physical Education and Sports 2018.

Hosted by Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC), the gathering brought top scientists, experts and students together where they shared and discussed ideas and best practices in the field of physical education and sports.

This was carried out over two keynote sessions, three plenary sessions, six regular sessions, 47 parallel sessions and 13 poster presentations.

The conference with the theme “Physical Education and Sports Help Build a Healthy Society”, offered networking opportunities with 100 leading experts, inspiring speakers and researchers from across the globe such as the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Sweden, Ireland, Singapore, Australia and Slovakia.

The conference was held in 2014 and 2016 at Kogakuin University in Japan before TAR UC was offered the honour of hosting the third edition in partnership with FIEP Europe.

TAR UC is the second higher education institution to have ever hosted this conference.

Prof Dr Raha Abdul Rahim who is director of Excellence Planning for Higher Education Institutions Division, Department of Higher Education under the Education Ministry, was present to officiate at the conference.

She commended TAR UC for successfully bringing the prestigious conference to Malaysia to promote a healthy lifestyle and at the same time, support its aspiration to be a sports powerhouse.

“Physical fitness is a lifelong activity.

“I strongly believe there is a lot to offer and learn from this conference through its network of contacts, experts and exchange of ideas among individuals and organisations,” she said.

This is in line with Malaysia’s aim to promote a healthy lifestyle and eventually become a sporting nation in the future, she added.

TAR UC vice president Assoc Prof Dr Ng Swee Chin in her in the welcome speech, elaborated on the importance of the conference in relation to the learning and teaching of physical education.

“This conference highlights the importance of a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and sports in society.

“I hope that we can adopt some of the good practices presented in this conference and put them into our implementation plan for the diverse modes of education including physical education in TAR UC,” she said.

Dr Ng said the conference is part of the run-up to TAR UC’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2019.

“TAR UC will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee Anniversary.

“This conference is certainly a wonderful addition to our calendar of Golden Jubilee celebration activities,” she said.

During the conference, three TAR UC staff from the Faculty of Applied Sciences received special awards for their dedication in the field of physical education and sports.

Assoc Prof Dr Wee Eng Hoe was conferred the Medial Manuel Gomes Tubino Award for his immense contribution to the field, while Assoc Prof Dr Loke Chui Fung and Dr Ler Hui Yin were awarded the FIEP Commemorative Medal for their contributions to the development of physical education and sports at the international level.

In conjunction with the conference, a Health and Fitness Expo 2018 was also held at the TAR UC Kuala Lumpur Main Campus.

With the theme “Healthy Living for a Better Tomorrow”, the expo featured 27 exhibition booths showcasing various elements on a healthy lifestyle such as nutrition, sports gear, innovative exercises, supplements, health monitoring, physiotherapy and many more.

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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

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

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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