Archive for October, 2017

Don’t measure success by just good grades.

Sunday, October 29th, 2017
Despite dropping out of college, the late Steve Jobs was a successful entrepreneur and billionaire.

Despite dropping out of college, the late Steve Jobs was a successful entrepreneur and billionaire.

MOST educators and parents focus on making sure their children obtain good scores in school tests or major exams.

Attaining high grades, is seen as the “passport” to high-paying jobs and future success.

This is a statement of fact for there is no one who would want to hire someone without knowledge, skills and competence in the work place.

However, let me point out that there are more successful people and self-made millionaires who did not earn good grades or grade point average (GPAs) in their studies.

More successful people have not always been A students. Who or where you are from in terms of one’s background or status, does not determine who you will be.

To achieve something successful, you need to work for it. It is loaded with entanglements, impediments, disappointments, and oversights.

Achievements require consistency, and mental and emotional toughness, in defeating these entanglements.

Successful individuals are good at postponing satisfaction.

They are capable of holding temptation and overcoming fear in order to do what they need to do. They are bold and brave.

Such qualities require mental strength and toughness, so it’s no coincidence these are some of the traits of successful people.

Successful people go for lifelong learning, they never try to stop learning and getting all the knowledge needed.

Just because you were once a ‘C’ or ‘D’ student does not necessarily mean you will be that way forever.

Your IQ can change, but you are the one who needs to change that.

Successful people will definitely not sit idle, they think out of the box and come out with unique concepts and innovations.

The late Steve Jobs dropped out of college yet he became a successful entrepreneur and was co-founder of Apple Incorporated.

Among those who dropped out of school but pursued their passion to have highly successful lives are singer Elton John and Bill Gates.There are many different types of intelligences and exam scores and grades only measure a select few.

A GPA does not measure a person’s ability to think outside of the box and solve problems. It does not measure a person’s emotional intelligence nor does it look at a person’s leadership ability.

These qualities are just as important to an individual’s success in life and almost none of them are measured by grades.

Grades, GPAs and standardised test scores largely measure one’s ability to answer questions and regurgitate information and not much else. This is why our world isn’t run by valedictorians and straight A students. For every CEO of a major company that graduated with a 4.0 GPA, there are scores more who did not.

What matters in business, and in life, is pursuing goals with a sense of purpose. There are many who are not as ambitious when it comes to academic goals.

by AZIZI AHMAD
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Have good grasp of Bahasa Malaysia, students told.

Sunday, October 29th, 2017
Sultan Nazrin presenting an award to top student Lai Zhong Xun at the ceremony. –Bernama

Sultan Nazrin presenting an award to top student Lai Zhong Xun at the ceremony. –Bernama

THE Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah said vernacular schools must make sure their students were proficient in the national language.

They should have a degree of fluency in Bahasa Malaysia that is comparable, if not better than students in national schools.

He said the efforts of students in mastering the national language should be accepted as a challenge, and the achievement of the students in mastering it should be made one of the key indices of vernacular schools.

“The success of vernacular schools in getting their pupils to master the national language will help in building a united nation and minimise the uneasiness of some communities towards such schools,” he said.

He was speaking at the recent excellence awards ceremony of SMJK Sam Tet in Ipoh.

Also present at the event were the Raja Permaisuri of Perak Tuanku Zara Salim, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and his wife, Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli.

When the National Education Policy was drafted, Sultan Nazrin said the concept of single school stream was introduced, but over the years vernacular schools were granted permission to continue operating.

He said the stand of the Government must therefore be appreciated and vernacular schools must prove that they are able to inculcate unity.

Meanwhile, he said non-Chinese schoolchildren in vernacular schools should be proactive in exploring the environment of students of various religions, races, cultures and languages to understand and cooperate with each other.

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Fourth SIDMA College Convocation 2017

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

SIDMA College is very pleased to announce that the 4th Convocation for the Diploma Early Childhood Studies graduands will be held on Friday, November 18, 2017 at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa.

The Convocation will witness 130 graduates from SIDMA College Sabah and Sarawak who took Early Childhood Studies since 2015, receiving their Diploma in Early Childhood scrolls.

Prof Dr Bustam Kamri, a renowned Early Childhood Education Specialist in Malaysia, will be given the honour to officiate this auspicious event, and subsequently present the academic scrolls to the graduating students.

The Admission and Student Records Department cordially invites all convocation members (graduands) to visit SIDMA College Convocation Ceremony 2017 page HERE for more information on the following:

  1. Registration
  2. Fees and Payment
  3. Convocation Rules and Regulations
  4. MOHE Tracer Study
  5. List of graduating students, and more.

For more information on the 4th SIDMA Convocation Ceremony, please visit us at SIDMA College Kota Kinabalu or by visiting visit SIDMA College Convocation Ceremony 2017 page. Graduands are also encouraged to call us 088-732 000 or 088-732 020 for details and registration.

On the same note, Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College), Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Marketing and Business Development), Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Managers and Heads of Departments would like to begin by saying congratulation to the 2017 graduands of SIDMA College. “It is your hard work and sacrifice that has brought you to the finish line of your studies here, and to the start line of your next journey; that is towards your professional careers, as well as the rest of your future lives. This will be a big day, and we know you will enjoy and remember it”. They also take the opportunity to praise and congratulate the parents and families of the graduands as their sacrifices and support of these students is very essential to what they achieved. They want the graduands to relish it as it is their moment to enjoy and remember.

Dr Morni, on the behalf of the College, also convey sincere thanks and appreciation to Sabah Education Director and officers of Sabah Education Department, District Education Department Officers, School Headmasters and Management, as well as to all teachers (both the public and private institutions) who have contributed and assisted these students, particularly during their interns at their  respective school.

Heartiest Congratulations to all our graduands.

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Sarawak aims to improve students’ standard of English.

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

KUCHING: Sarawak will “intervene” to improve the standard of English among students in the state.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this was necessary because the general perception of the public, especially employers, was that the standard of English was declining despite the Education Ministry’s initiatives to improve it.

In addition, he said the state Education Department often had insufficient funds to cover the wide geographic distribution and remote location of many schools in Sarawak.

“The state government can intervene and support the department in critical areas such as training teachers to be more proficient in English.

The three-day symposium was organised by the state Education, Science and Technological Research Ministry and attended by over 800 English language teachers, school administrators, academics and researchers.

Abang Johari also said he would continue to pursue the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s policy of using Bahasa Malaysia and English to ensure that Sarawakians are proficient in both languages.

“While we are just as patriotic and protective as other Malaysians about the status of Bahasa Malaysia as our national and official language, we need to be pragmatic and recognise that for us to succeed internationally, we must also master the global language of business and technology,” he said.

Abang Johari added that promoting the use of English among students was not enough to upgrade its standard in Sarawak.
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Education for all students

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR : THE Education Ministry is holding true to its promise of increasing access to education for all, by giving due attention to special needs students and continually finding ways to improve special education.

With 78,310 special needs students in the country registered with the ministry up till today, the ministry and the government are not hesitant to invest in them with hopes that they will in the future be among contributors to a greater Malaysia.

A spokesperson for the Special Education Division said, since 1990, Malaysia had been showing significant progress in special education, primarily on its curriculum, teacher supply, pedagogy, as well as the establishment of the Special Education Department, which has now become the Special Education Division, a clause on special education in the Education Act 1996 and the introduction of the Education Rules (Special Education) 1997.

“Currently, we have special needs students in 34 special education schools, 2,272 national schools that offer the Integrated Special Education Programme (PPKI) and 4,995 national schools that offer the Inclusive Education Programme (PPI).”

The PPKI sees special needs students study in the same school as mainstream students but in different classes, while the PPI sees special needs students immersed with mainstream students in the same classes.

The Special Education Division was in charge of special education schools which are made up of 28 Sekolah Kebangsaan Pendidikan Khas, two Sekolah Menengah Pendidikan Khas and four Sekolah Menengah Pendidikan Khas Vokasional nationwide

“Education Rules (Special Education) 2013 defined special needs students as those among six categories, which are hearing-impaired, sight-impaired, speech-impaired, physically-impaired, learning difficulties and multiple disabilities.

“The Malaysia Education Blueprint (2013-2025) also called for increasing enrolment of special needs students in the PPI by improving the quality of the programme offer holistically.”

With the aim to produce quality human capital, special needs students are not trained to just follow instructions but to also have knowledge, skills and good character, constantly be on the road to self-improvement and have the ability to work with minimal supervision.

In relation to achieving the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) and producing an excellent younger generation in 30 years to come, teachers must be creative in educating students, including special needs students.

“The mode of learning for every special needs students is different and they need well-planned, relevant and realistic pedagogy modifications.

“Teachers must be the thinkers of pedagogy in planning, moulding and producing dynamic approaches to the teaching and learning process.”

Sekolah Menengah Pendidikan Khas Vokasional Shah Alam is one of the four special education schools that specialises in vocational education.

The school’s administration senior assistant, Khairulanuar Suhib, said the school offered 10 courses for special needs students, including desktop publishing, hairdressing, housekeeping operation, furniture production and operation, as well as batik production and operation.

“All our courses have been certified by the Skills Development Department (Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran) and consists of three phases.

“The school currently has 205 students, where 101 of them have learning disabilities, 97 have hearing disabilities, six have multiple disabilities and one has physical disabilities.”

The classes, he said, have an average of eight students and two teachers, making it easier for lessons to be individualised and focused on each student.

The teaching and learning process ensured that every student is given their own time and space to learn according to their own ability and not more than that.

In addition to specialised classes and top-notch teachers, special needs students are also given allowances of RM150 a month, which adds up to RM1,800 every year for each student.

“One hundred per cent of their food is sponsored while they are in school and they can even go back home from their hostels every week.

“To go to school, they only need to bring personal belongings, other than that, the ministry has been gracious enough to sponsor,” he said.

By AINA NASA.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/education/2017/10/295271/education-all-students

Transformation in teaching and learning

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: SJK(T) Ladang Edinburgh in Taman Bukit Maluri is the first Tamil school in the country to fully involve teachers, students and parents in utilising the Frog Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platform as a primary tool for teaching and learning.

This strong and proactive support from parents and teachers served as a catalyst for the adoption of the programme under the 1BestariNet initiative.

The 1BestariNet project is an effort by the Education Ministry to connect schools across Malaysia to the Internet. YTL Communications Sdn Bhd provides YES 4G connectivity, which enables schools to benefit from the Frog VLE platform by FrogAsia Sdn Bhd.

This leap in learning culture is in line with the seventh shift under the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025, which aspires to utilise information and communications technology (ICT) to improve the quality of education.

Headmistress Theresa Ayyakkannu said in March last year, the parent-teacher association (PTA) had an annual-general meeting which included a brainstorming session on the new technology.

“The intention to join the transformation in learning was well-received by parents. Our school has 309 pupils with 25 teachers. Our teachers are young, aged 35 and below,” she said.

Theresa said many parents and pupils were excited to embrace the new age of learning.

Frog VLE teacher Muhammad Amirul Syafiq Md Yusof at the Frog Classroom.

She said by using the Frog VLE, the school had also moved towards the digital community and gone paperless, including replacing notices and circulars to parents with online announcements at the school’s very own Frog VLE portal.

Theresa said by going towards the digital path, the school had also managed to record a consistently high Frog VLE login.

“For example, during the weekly evaluation, our school achieved the top 10 rankings for Frog VLE logins among schools at the national level,” she said.

The school was also selected to have a YTL Foundation Frog Classroom makeover that was launched by Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan on March 16.

Besides that, the school was also selected to be in the pilot project for the usage of Altitude smartphones by Yes 4G among teachers.

To aid in learning, she said the school received 41 Chrome Books from the government.

Theresa said with the overwhelming response to this technology, other schools had come to learn from SJK(T) Ladang Edinburgh.

She said 21st century learning had allowed for better time management for both teachers and pupils.

As a science teacher, Theresa is also a tech wizard herself, and leads by example to inspire all teachers to use the Frog VLE.

“Teachers can prepare the teaching materials on-the-go and students will have their time filled with learning activities, even during school holidays or after the syllabus has been completed,” she said.

For example, the school is part of the smart collaboration in learning and facilitating of Year Six pupils for activities post-Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah among selected schools nationwide.

“The pupils are learning in fun ways by answering various questions in Kahoot! and Quizizz involving 2,000 pupils at the same time,” she said.

Theresa said the pupils were further exposed to the usage of technology by utilising Google Slides, Google Sites, Google Sheets and Google Drawings among others. For example, they use Google Maps to explore places of interests.

A Frog VLE teacher, Muhammad Amirul Syafiq Md Yusof said the Frog VLE had shifted the role of teachers to that of a facilitator, thus encouraging independent learning.

“At the Frog Classroom, each subject teacher has to use the classroom at least once a week for a 30-minute lesson,” he said.

Amirul said the students were seated facing each other at the Frog classroom, with its curved tables, creating an environment for teamwork to thrive.

“The teachers can prepare the material beforehand, and upload it to Frog VLE portal where students can gain access to it,” he said.

He said pupils could give explanation about the subject, thus building their sense of confidence in public speaking.

Amirul said the Frog VLE also promoted a spirit of continuous learning as the students could do online revision via FrogPlay.

“Upon completion of the revision, the pupils will unlock a game. With this technology, students can learn and play at the same time,” he said.

He said with Frog VLE, teachers had a large pool of resources as they could also view the content shared by other schools for learning purposes.

Pupils enjoying their lessons at the Frog Classroom. With them are headmistress Theresa Ayyakkannu (second from left), Frog VLE teacher Muhammad Amirul Syafiq Md Yusof (fourth from left) and ICT teacher Valaiyabathi Shanmugam (second from right).

An ICT teacher, Valaiyabathi Shanmugam said prior to implementing the Frog VLE, he was selected to be part of Frog Teacher Advocate programme.

“We were given training and exposure on the Frog VLE,” he said.

He said by using the programme, the school was fully in charge of the content that it wanted to share with the public or only among the school community.

He said the Frog VLE made it easier for teachers to carry out their work, such as assignments for homework via the YES 4G phones given to the teachers.

“We can use the Frog Assignment to give homework specific to each class. Students can also upload their homework online, making it easier for marking purposes,” he said.

Valaiyabathi said by doing this, parents were well informed on their children’s homework.

By Sarah Rahim.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/education/2017/10/295583/transformation-teaching-and-learning

Islamic view of river care

Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Its location at the confluence of Sungai Klang and Sungai Gombak in Kuala Lumpur gives Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad a unique character. FILE PIC

WORLD River Day has been held annually on the last Sunday of September in dozens of countries since 2005. It marks the commitment and enthusiasm of river conservationists to cultivate awareness of the need to protect and rehabilitate our water resources.

Recently, the government initiated the River of Life (ROL) Project, an Entry Point Project (EPP) of the Greater Kuala Lumpur/-Klang Valley national key economic area that aims to create a vibrant and livable waterfront along Sungai Klang. The project involves river cleaning, river master planning, and beautification, as well as river development.

The Islamic tradition is replete with the imagery of rivers, implying its significance to the Muslim psyche. In a hadith narrated by Ibn Majah, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) commented on the excessive use of water, even while performing ablution in a flowing river. In another hadith, the Prophet highlighted the similitude between those who perform the five daily prayers to someone who bathes in a river flowing in front of his house five times a day. During the auspicious event of Isra (the Night Journey), the Prophet was reported to have seen four rivers flowing out beneath the Great Tree below the Throne (Sidrath al-Muntaha), when the Archangel Gabriel informed him that the two hidden rivers were from Paradise, whereas the other two were the Nile and Euphrates.

Recognising the importance of rivers in the Muslim mind, it is pivotal to identify messages from the Islamic teachings that revolve around river protection and rehabilitation. We believe that river protection and rehabilitation are best presented via the framework of the higher Syariah objectives or maqasid.

This framework constitutes three main levels i.e. the essentials, exigencies, and enhancements that also encapsulate the five elements of religion, life, intellect, progeny and wealth at each level. Such a framework is important as it reflects purposeful, systemic, hierarchical, and pragmatic approaches of Islam to social issues and public policies.

Protection of religion with regard to river and water relates closely to the need to perform ablution for daily prayers and other acts of worship. At the level of exigencies, water is indispensible for hygiene and cleaning. At the enhancement level, riversides can become magnificent backgrounds and landscapes for mosques, beautifying their surroundings and infusing soothing effects for those who perform prayers therein.

Protection of life is impossible without water. Rivers and seas are the main sources of food and drinking water. The Quran highlights this life-giving quality of water: “And Allah has sent down the water from the sky and therewith gives life to the Earth

after death.” (Quran 16:65). At the exigency level, protection is extended to the different species of animals and plants, which in turn, also benefit humans in terms of food sustainability and balanced nutrition. Even the preservation of insects and algae is vital in sustaining rich bio-diversity and the cycle of life in a population. In a hadith, the Prophet said that there was a reward for serving any animate (living) being.

With regard to the human intellect, rivers provide man with scenery and ambiances that foster peace of mind. There are many scientific findings, including a recent one by Natural England last year, indicating that interacting with Nature reduces anxiety, stress and depression, and ultimately contributes to happiness. Rivers also provide nourishment and habitats for birds and other creatures. Rivers provide recreational spaces for humans to rest their minds and bodies, and improve their wellbeing.

River protection is essential to ensure inter-generational justice, so that future generations can enjoy natural resources of the same quality that we do or better. However, in some contexts, where overpopulation is the main contributing factor for river pollution and degradation, family planning can be considered one of the solutions at the exigency level of Islamic objectives.

At the enhancement level, it is important to promote rivers as national heritage and natural treasures collectively shared by all citizens across generations.

From the Islamic perspective, rivers are owned by the community as a whole. Therefore, no one has the right to claim exclusive ownership over them. The Prophet succinctly stressed that “people are partners in three things: water, pastures, and fire”. However, at the exigency level, allowing any party to have concessions over water supply management is permissible in Islam as long as no injustice is caused by imposing, for instance, unreasonable water tariffs.

Finally, rivers can become tourist attractions that provide economic benefits to local communities and the rest of the country, provided that their natural state and beauty are carefully preserved.

By AHMAD BADRI ABDULLAH

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2017/10/295555/islamic-view-river-care

Look into welfare of urban schools too, says SMK Petra Jaya PTA

Saturday, October 28th, 2017
SMK Petra Jaya Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) chairman Awang Zaidel Awang Jamil says the welfare of schools in the urban area should also not be sidelined. NSTP pic.

KUCHING: The RM1 billion allocation to repair dilapidated schools in Sarawak as stated in the 2018 Budget will create a more conducive studying environment for students especially in the interiors of Sarawak.

SMK Petra Jaya Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) chairman Awang Zaidel Awang Jamil said the welfare of schools in the urban area should also not be sidelined.

“We understand that there is urgency for the respective authorities to repair schools in dilapidated condition located in the rural areas.

“However, we also hope that the state government and other related agencies will also look into the financial assistance sought by schools in the urban areas.

“Most of the schools in the city are more than 30 years old and are in need of repair works, especially wiring at the premise,” said Zaidel when asked to comment on the 2018 Budget tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday.

Zaidel also said the operating cost of running a school has increased over the years as many schools are establishing 21st century classroom.

“Most of the schools in the state utilises unused classroom and turn it into computer rooms without designating a special area to house the computer server.

“This will not only lead to higher use of electricity, which needed stringent monitoring to avoid any electrical issues.

By ADIB POVERA.

Read more @https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/10/296316/look-welfare-urban-schools-too-says-smk-petra-jaya-pta

SIDMA College 2017 Staff Day Out at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Friday, October 27th, 2017

SIDMA College Kota Kinabalu recently organised a Staff Day Out for all its 150 SIDMA College and UNITAR International University Sabah Regional Centre staff from 20-22 October 2017. It was jointly organised by SIDMA’s Human Resource (HR) and Students Affairs Departments (STAD).

It was really an outing to remember as all SIDMA staff headed by Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder SIDMA College), Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Relations and Business Development), Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Madam Izah Muhilin (Head, Human Resource), Mr Terence B. Stephen (Acting Head, STAD), Head of Departments, lecturers and staff of SIDMA College and their family participated in the two days event held at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Tuaran

The highlight of the significant outing was the SIDMA Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation which was held on 21 October 2017 at Rasa Ria Grand Ballroom 1. During the event, Dr Morni presented Long-service Award to SIDMA staff who have contributed their five (5), or ten (10) years of their continuous service to the college.

The “Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation for their loyal and dedicated service” was presented to two categories of staff as follows:

  1. 5 Years Award – 33 staff Recipients
  2. 10 Years Award – 13 staff Recipients

Dr Morni who personally handed the award to each of the respective staffs conveyed his congratulations and heartfelt appreciation to them for their excellence and loyal services to the college. Each of the recipients will also receive monetary reward which will be banked into their personal account.

Earlier, during his Year End Mandate Address, Dr Morni thanked all staff for having continuously demonstrating their excellence services to the college. According to him, SIDMA staff have worked together just like the dragon boat paddlers where the entire team currently “row” with the same rhythm, thus enabling SIDMA College to consistently excel and outperform its competitors. He said in a dragon boat team, they have to work in the same direction. If the paddles don’t hit the water at the same time, they will knock each other, creating inefficiency causing the team to lose. In the meantime, if the paddler don’t reach far enough with the paddles, they don’t deliver enough power and the boat goes slower. If it is not deep enough, then the paddler are wasting energy and power. Every person has to work in sync. Dr Morni applies this concept in business. If a particular department is not delivering the right kind of service or performance, other will be affected and eventually then the business might risk failure.

However, he added that with the emerging of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0), the latest evolution in the digitisation and automation of manufacturing processes, which incorporates advanced sensors, machine-to-machine communication links, robotics, artificial intelligence, big data analytics and cloud computing technology, Dr Morni added that SIDMA team need to be at their very best, both professionally and physically mature, and also the undivided collective team efforts. Like during a dragon boat race, individual success of team-mates add up to greater success of the whole team. Thus he urged all SIDMA members to focus on forming a collectively strong teamwork, emphasising on helping team members to understand, excel and seek opportunities to apply their strength, learn new skills and perspective, and ensure that everyone on the team stay relevant all the time.

Dr Morni admitted that he have harboured personal ambition, such as travelling round the island of Borneo in his own boat, or riding on a big bike with other Big Bike members around Sabah. However, because his priorities are for the welfare of his SIDMA staff and students, he deferred his personal interests first, and stay focus and concentrating only on SIDMA staff and student’s needs.

The SIDMA Staff Day Outing, the staff bonus, supply of school uniforms for staff with schooling children in January 2018 and more are some of the examples that Dr Morni and SIDMA’s Board of Directors (BOD) have shared their harvest with all the staff members and their families.

SIDMA Live Band performed by SIDMA very own staff presented various music and songs to keep the staff entertained throughout the Dinner night. Meanwhile, Mr Harman B. Mastari and Ms Nur Fatin Hazirah Binti Ibrahim were selected as the Prom King and Queen of the night, based on their unique and best attire that observed to the Dinner theme, “floral”. Throughout the evening, a total of 27 lucky draws with attractive hampers and prizes were won by staff.

Earlier, on 20 October 2017, all SIDMA staff were invited to participate in a tele-match that was organised with the collaboration of Rasa Ria staff. Five teams of SIDMA staff competed joyously in the game, amidst loud cheers and laughter. Team Magenta (Dark Pink) emerged as the champion of the tele-match. Team Blush (Light Pink) was the 1st Runner up while the remaining three team from Team White, Team Purple and Team Blue shared same point thus sharing the same spot for second runner up.

Dr Morni and the BOD have also sponsored lunch for the staff prior to them check-in into their respective rooms. Dr Morni also took the opportunity to send his gratitude to Kupi-kupi FM for sponsoring SIDMA Grand Prize Lucky Draw of a Philips 43” LED Smart TV won by Mr Bryan. He also congratulated Madam Izah and Mr Terence for org

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KKCCCI disappointed over first reading of amended EIS Bill — President

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

KOTA KINABALU: Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKCCCI) president Datuk Michael Lui expressed his disappointment over the first reading of the amended Employment Insurance System (EIS) Bill 2017 in the Dewan Rakyat.

He said reduction of the proposed contribution rates for employers and employees at 0.4 per cent (employers and employers each contribute 0.2 per cent) was merely a way to appease the people.

He said the government should not keep on coming up with amended versions of the EIS Bill.

Lui reiterated that the government should consider incorporating the job search allowance and reduced income allowance under the proposed law as extra welfare for Social Security Organisation (Socso) members.

At present, he said the existing monthly contribution by employers and employees at 1.75 per cent employer’s share and 0.5 per cent employee’s monthly wages — to Socso was more than sufficient. Take a monthly salary of RM 3,000, as example, he said the employer would contribute RM51.65 and employee RM14.75 to Socso.

“Incorporating the financial assistance under EIS into Socso rather than imposing additional insurance scheme should be the way to go,” Lui said in a press statement yesterday.

Read more @ http://www.theborneopost.com/2017/10/26/kkccci-disappointed-over-first-reading-of-amended-eis-bill-president/