Archive for January, 2019

Al-Sultan Abdullah sworn in as 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong

Thursday, January 31st, 2019
The Sultan of Pahang, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, took the oath of office and signed the instrument of office as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong during for the 252nd (Special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara, today. (NSTP/AIZUDDIN SAAD)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sultan of Pahang, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, took the oath of office and signed the instrument of office as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong during for the 252nd (Special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara, today.

The ceremony, which convened at 10.55am at the Balairung Seri (Throne Room), also saw the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, sworn in as the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The new Yang di-Pertuan Agong and his deputy will serve a five-year term beginning today.

Chaired by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the ceremony was attended by all the Malay Rulers except the Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V, who was represented by the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan, Tengku Dr Muhammad Faiz Petra Sultan Ismail Petra.

Other rulers were the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar; Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah; Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail; Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin; and Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir.

Also present were Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaakob; Penang Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas; Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud; and Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

Sultan Abdullah succeeds Sultan Muhammad V, who stepped down as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 6, after reigning for just over two years from Dec 13, 2016.

By NST/Bernama.

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SIDMA College Sabah Graduates Received their Scrolls

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

The Senate of SIDMA College Sabah has endorsed a total of 397 graduates and they received their scroll during the 5th SIDMA College Convocation Ceremony held at The Magellan Sutera Resort, Kota Kinabalu on 31 January 2019; in an atmosphere of pomp and grandeur.

Malaysia’s Early Childhood Education specialist, Prof Dr Bustam Kambrie who was given the honour to officiate the ceremony as well as to present the scroll to the respective graduates, praised SIDMA College as one of the leading private higher learning institutions in Sabah that is equipped with some of the latest technical infrastructure, and thus able to provide conducive atmosphere for the students to undergo and respond to the need of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to enable new possibilities.

He also commended the college for ensuring that they have vast resources relevant to the 21st century need, whereby the students no longer need to memorise things. They need to understand first; then they express their understanding through writing, speaking, acting, drawing, as well as other forms of creative engagement. Rather than lecturing, the students were trained to learn together, as well as learning from each other; and lecturers act as mentors and facilitators built around shared learning and aspiration.

Since its establishment in Kota Kinabalu way back in 2002, SIDMA College Sabah has proven to be successful in producing marketable and excellence graduates by combining conventional face-to-face lecturing, implementing web-based support system (SLMS) learning model to support students’ informal learning, as well as undergoing industrial training in order to expose them to the real working environment and equip themselves with the necessary skills so that they are able to adapt to the reality of their job as their future career.

At the convocation, Ms Chong Tsin Tsin being a 39 years old kindergarten teacher in Kota Kinabalu was awarded the SIDMA 2018 Chairman’s Award. Despite being a full time kindergarten teacher, she managed to perform exceptionally well by managing her time effectively and to remain focus on her studies. During her studies she has demonstrated her exemplary effort in various co-curricular and social welfare activities. Her ambition is continue to advocate for the unfortunate and needy children.

During the ceremony, Clarissa Rainer Mijin, a 34 years old kindergarten teacher at Penampang received the 2018 Top Student Award for demonstrating her outstanding academic performance throughout her studies. She got the highest CGPA from all other graduates as she has strong determination to complete her studies with the highest CGPA. Being the second eldest among her four siblings, she has to be the role model for her younger siblings. Apart from that, she believes that having good academic result will pave the way for a brighter future for her and her family, as she wish to set up her own kindergarten in the future.

Earlier Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, (Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College) welcomed and congratulated Prof Dr Bustam Kamri for his continuous passion, efforts and supports shown towards the college; as he has been ever willing to be with SIDMA College students, particularly during auspicious event such as this, despite his busy schedule. Dr Morni also felt honoured and acknowledged students, parents, and all invited guests for their presence and their continuous support towards the college.

Dr Morni relates to the history of SIDMA College which was first established in Sarawak in 1998 and has broadened its wings to Sabah in 2002 and later heralded the beginning of early childhood studies in 2009, through its home-grown Diploma in Early Childhood Education. Being in its 16th year of success, SIDMA College has produced marketable and promising graduates who are currently holding respectable position in various fields, both in the public and the private sectors throughout the country.

He also announced that SIDMA College Sabah offered a wide range of programmes through its collaboration with UNITAR International University (UNITAR) and Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) in various fields of studies which are tailored to complement and supplement the great demand of the growing economic of Malaysia from its diverse industries.

SIDMA College cordially invites school leavers with SPM and STPM qualification or its equivalent to pursue their tertiary studies in any of the following programme offered:

*     Foundation Course:

  1. Foundation of Management

*     Diploma Courses:

  1. Diploma in Early Childhood Studies
  2. Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
  3. Diploma in Business Administration

*     Bachelor’s Degree Courses:

  1. Bachelor of Education (Hons)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) (Hons)
  3. Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)
  4. Bachelor of Management (Hons)

*     Masters Courses:

  1. Masters of Business (MBA)
  2. Masters of Education (Educational Leadership & Management (MELM)
  3. Masters of Education (Early Childhood Education)
  4. Masters of Education (TESL)

For more information about courses offered at SIDMA College, do browse SIDMA College Website, or visit us at SIDMA College, Jalan Bundusan, 88300 KOTA KINABALU. Interested parties can also call SIDMA College Hotline: 088-732 000 or 088-732 020; or you may also visit SIDMA College’s Facebook page for enquiries and registration.

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Less conflicts, more harmony in Year of the Boar – feng shui master

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Jeanette (middle) answering questions from the participants of the workshop.

KOTA KINABALU: The Year of the Boar which starts on February 5 is set to be a well-balanced year as there will be less conflicts and more harmony.

Feng Shui consultant based here, Jeanette See said that based on the chart for the year, things would look up economically too.

“Last year, the Year of the Dog was the first of the five-year recovery period so things will be looking up in the Year of the Boar,” she said, adding that the feng shui chart also showed that there would be less international conflicts.

“We can look forward to a better year but the beginning part of the year will be a bit slow,” said Jeanette when met at her annual feng shui update workshop here recently.

She also pointed out that there are opportunities for wealth creation but efforts must be done to activate the opportunities.

“But remember, feng shui is only 30 per cent of the effort, the rest is up to you to work hard and ensure that the opportunities do not slip past your fingers. This means that after implementing the cures for afflictions and enhancers for the auspicious stars, you don’t just sit down and wait for good fortune to come to you.

“You must work hard and then reap the harvest of your good work,” she told the participants of the workshop.

She also disclosed that the younger generation would be leading in the generation of wealth in the Year of the Boar as they would be filled with ideas.

On the lucky colours for the Year of the Boar, Jeanette, who studies under Grandmaster feng shui consultant Lillian Too, said that all colours are good for the year but in order to enhance the element needed for you to succeed you should wear the colours that symbolise the element.

“For instance if you want more authority then have to activate the earth element and colours to wear will be yellow and light brown. Those who want to be creative should enhance the wood element and the colours are light green, dark green and dark brown.

“Fire is for wealth so wear more red pink and orange for wealth,” she said, adding that the colours for the metal element which enhances support are gold, silver and white. Wearing light blue, dark blue, grey and black will enhance the water element to help overcome competition,” she said.

Wearing the colour can be in the form of clothes, underwear, handbag, shoes and even the frames of spectacles, she added.

“I advise those who want to have a better year to apply the feng shui cures and enhancers before February 4, the eve of the lunar new year. Those who have any questions or are in need of assistance in the matter can come and see me at my shop, WOFS Sabah in Karamunsing Capital,” said Jeanette.

by Nancy Lai.

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Technology boosts safety, health

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
There is need to embrace technology to complement safety rules, which requires a paradigm shift in the mindset of owners, designers, employers and main contractors. – NSTP/ HAFIZ SOHAIMI

THE Association for Community and Dialogue, which is concerned about workers’ welfare, welcomes the proposed amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) 1994 by the Human Resources Ministry. This comes in the wake of a number of fatal accidents in the construction sector.

Under the proposed amendments, the maximum fine for an offence, which is currently RM50,000, will be raised significantly.

Under the amendments, which are set to be tabled in March, project owners and designers, alongside employers and main contractors, will be held responsible for construction safety and health.

It is hoped that the new proposals, if adopted, will compel project owners, designers, employers and main contractors to work in a coordinated way in ensuring that safety rules are adhered to through work practices that set high safety standards.

While such amendments are positive, there are general missing links on safety standards that need to be addressed.

There is much focus on systems and penalties with less attention on human factors in safety and health.

As a safety officer for 10 years in the manufacturing sector, I have come across accidents that are not caused by system failure but by psychological and physiological stress.

For example, when I did an investigation on two veteran employees who lost part of their fingers in an accident involving machine rollers in a manufacturing plant, they told me that at the time of the accident, they were extremely stressed, tired and thirsty. Thus safety procedures were not on their minds.

These workers have been operating and repairing the machine for 20 years, and had clear knowledge of safety measures and yet, all this failed in this situation.

I have come across fatal injuries as a result of workers wanting to finish up as fast as possible, thus resorting to using inappropriate methods at work, which led to accidents.

Safety procedures, training and risk assessment will not resolve safety issues.

There is a need for technological devices such as sensors to detect the state of the physical body to signal risks.

In an article last month in the Time magazine on the best inventions of 2018, under the heading “New way to protect workers”, a worker at a grocery distribution facility in New York strapped a sensor onto his chest. As he lugged heavy packs around the warehouse, the devices tracked how he moved.

Eventually, it gauged that he was at risk of serious injury, in large part due to the amount of stress he was putting on his spine. So the worker met his manager, and together they came up with a solution: the worker was given a hook to help with lugging, so he wouldn’t have to bend over as much.

This shows how safety rules and measures, complemented by technological devices, are effective and preventive in monitoring physical movements that can lead to injuries.

These sensors can be used on workers in high-risk situations such in construction and manufacturing plants.

There is need to embrace technology to complement safety rules, which requires a paradigm shift in the mindset of owners, designers, employers and main contractors.


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Drop education? No way!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
Education boosts their chances. ‘No education’ boosts their obstacles. – NSTP FILE PIC

A PERSON must one day drop out of life, but not out of school. So holds conventional wisdom. The first half of the aphorism is a cliché, but the latter half about staying in school continues to undergird much of the global development narrative. Some folks are not persuaded, though.

They would rattle off countless accounts of women and men who achieved much for themselves and humankind, but who received little to nothing in formal education.

They would cite examples of these ‘rich’ offspring of abbreviated education — Richard Branson, Li Ka-shing and Lim Goh Tong, Dickens and Wells. The first three come from the pantheon of wealth immeasurable, the other two are literary gods.

Why, some may even say, as Wilde did more than 120 years ago, that the “whole theory of modern education is radically unsound”.

The English genius, through Lady Bracknell, was thinking of the ‘threat’ of unlocking the power of the downtrodden. In the 21st century, it’s about the threat posed by education’s inability to unlock the potential of young minds for the much-hyped (and feared) Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Wilde may have been right to suggest that “modern education” is lacking. And some parents may rightly have doubts about the efficacy of the current system. Thankfully, they stick with it, doing what they can (and must) to ensure their children learn and grow.

Thankfully, too, reality speaks loud and clear to parents; not all school dropouts are able to make it in the world. Not in the sense of accumulating wealth beyond measure, but in the building of a dignified and worthwhile life.

Education boosts their chances. ‘No education’ boosts their obstacles.

But this realisation is not enough. If we think the nation can live with its current dropout rates, think again. Do we want to wait until we pass the tipping point? The NST most assuredly says ‘No’. The cost, literally and figuratively, is too high.

The preeminent Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) attests to this. In ‘The school-to-work transition of young Malaysians’ report which was released in December, KRI said that “these educationally marginalised young Malaysian men represent a lost source of human capital and a potential source of social and political instability”.

The report details startling numbers that cut across all racial lines.

Dropouts prefigure national troubles. If we are not ready to vigorously fight this battle, then be ready to add ‘young women’ into the dismal equation one day. And be ready for a tangled mess not so unlike Marie Antoinette’s France.

So act now, we must. The Education Ministry has already felt the early tremors, and is thus proposing to make it mandatory for students to complete their education until Form 5.

Malaysia will not be the first off the blocks in this regard. Many other nations, including our neighbours, have already lifted the bar.


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Monarchy to be further strengthened under Sultan Abdullah

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
Sultan of Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and his consort Tengku Ampuan Pahang, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah. – NSTP/ MUHD ASYRAF SAWAL

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sultan of Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah is set to take his oath and sign the instrument of office as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Istana Negara tomorrow.

According to the Federal Constitution, as the nation’s head of state, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong plays a role in the three branches of government, namely the executive, legislative and judiciary.

Article 39 of the constitution stipulates that the executive authority of the federation shall be vested in the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and exercisable by the King himself or the Cabinet or any minister or any other person authorised by Parliament.

Legal practitioner and former socio-cultural adviser to the government Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim is confident that, in carrying out his duties as stipulated in the constitution, Sultan Abdullah’s leadership qualities would come to the fore in cementing the institution of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and constitutional monarchy.

Pointing to the fact that the term Yang di-Pertuan Agong is mentioned more than 450 times in the constitution, he said this alone reflected the crucial role played by the institution in the administration of the nation, as well as in ensuring the well-being of the people.

The election of Sultan Abdullah as Yang di-Pertuan Agong has created history in the system of constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy practised by this country.

This is because the decision pertaining to the election of the Pahang ruler was made barely a week after he was proclaimed Sultan of Pahang on Jan 15.

Rais said Sultan Abdullah did not only possess extensive experience in state administrative matters but also boasts an educational background that can be considered universal, modern and practical, besides being rooted in a strong religious upbringing and Malay cultural environment.

“I’m confident that His Majesty will bring (more) development and glory to the nation. His Majesty has also proven his loyalty to the rule of constitutional monarchy in Pahang and we believe he will continue to excel at the federal level,” he said.

Sultan Abdullah, who was born on July 30, 1959, at Istana Mangga Tunggal in Pekan, Pahang, is the fourth child and eldest son of Sultan Ahmad Shah and the late Tengku Ampuan Afzan Tengku Muhammad.

He is married to Tengku Ampuan Pahang Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Almarhum Almutawakkil Alallah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj. Their marriage took place on March 6, 1986.

Rais also expressed hopes that as Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah would take into consideration certain key issues in the constitution, such as Article 152 pertaining to the status of Bahasa Melayu as the national language and language of knowledge.

“For matters involving the Malays, Bumiputeras and national language including culture, I hope His Majesty would stress on their importance… this is because many people are not serious about these provisions that are enshrined in our constitution.

“Article 160(2), for instance, defines a Malay as a person who professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language and conforms to Malay customs. Since the definition of Malay comes in three components, I hope it will once again be made a priority through His Majesty,” he added.

Pointing to Article 153, which grants the Yang di-Pertuan Agong responsibility for safeguarding the special position of the Malays and Bumiputeras and the legitimate interests of other communities, Rais said: “Action must be taken on the issues related to this matter so that the Malays and Bumiputeras, including those from Sabah and Sarawak, and the other communities can benefit.”

Rais said the firm action of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in relation to matters concerning articles 153, 152 and 160 of the Federal Constitution would create a more harmonious society because every individual, regardless of race, would know their respective roles, responsibilities and rights.

“Our nation’s institution of monarchy will be strengthened through the more distinct and bigger role shouldered by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” he added.

International Islamic University of Malaysia law lecturer Prof Dr Nik Ahmad Kamal Nik Mahmod, meanwhile, said the rakyat must pledge their loyalty to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and nation as stated in the Rukun Negara.

It is also the duty and responsibility of every citizen to defend the institution of monarchy from being belittled by any party, he stressed.

“The sovereignty of the institution of monarchy is not just based on the fact that it is the nation’s supreme institution but also on the understanding that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong safeguards Islam and special privileges of the Malays and the Sabah and Sarawak Bumiputeras. His Majesty is also responsible for safeguarding the rights of other communities in Malaysia.

“Any form of insult or unwarranted criticism against the monarchy is considered an attempt to tarnish the reputation of the institution. Legal action must be taken against the culprits involved,” he said.

Asked how the Malay saying, ‘Raja dan rakyat berpisah tiada’ (There is no separation between ruler and his people) can be revved up in the current scenario, Nik Ahmad Kamal said it would need the cooperation of all parties.

“In today’s context, the relationship tradition between the two has entered a more challenging phase because the current generations are less sensitive towards the monarchy and nation.

“As such, the people, the government and non-governmental organisations, as well as the institution of monarchy itself, should work together to nurture a better understanding of the importance of this institution so that it will continue to be respected,” he explained.

Nik Ahmad Kamal also said that in line with the changing times, the monarchy should also be sensitive to the changes in perceptions to ensure good relations prevail between the ruler and the people.

By Bernama .

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Suhakam, Suaram call for review on laws for juvenile detention

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioner Jerald Joseph says such laws must be adequate and stringent to protect juveniles from potential abuse against the juveniles. – NSTP/OWEE AH CHUN.

KUALA LUMPUR: Two human rights organisations call for a review on laws that provide detention against juvenile without trial including the Prevention of Crime Act (Amendment) 2017 (Poca).

Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), agreed that children detained under Poca was against the Convention on the Rights of Children (CRC) and that preventive detention was not the best interest of the children as it would give negative impact on them.

Suhakam commissioner Jerald Joseph said such laws must be adequate and stringent to protect juveniles from potential abuse against the juveniles.

“Any laws should not deprive a person’s right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty and to be given a free and fair trial before a court of law.

“It is important for the government to undertake all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and education measures to protect the child from all forms of abuse and maltreatment in the prison. However, as a last resort, detention on children shall be used.

“No children should be detained under Poca or any laws which allows detention without trial. In line with article 37 (b) of the CRC, it is recommended that the arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort, and for the shortest appropriate of time.

“As for children detained under Poca, the commission urges the authorities to either release them or charge them in open court.

“The government should also implement a wide range of measures to ensure children are dealt with an appropriate manner and proportionate to the offence committed,” he said in a joint press conference with Suaram on the children detained under Poca issue here.

The commission also suggested that the government shortened the detention without trial period towards children who are detained under Poca.

Jerald said the current 60-day detention without trial period was too long.

“Between 2015 and 2018, we received 59 complaints on the used of Poca. The detainees claimed that during the 60 days detention, there were abuse and ill-treatment by the police.

“Among the complaints were the detainees were brought to various district lock-ups before their detention under Poca. They also claimed that they were beaten and abused during the investigation process.

“They also did not receive proper medical treatment and were not allowed to meet their families during their arrest,” he added.

As of 2017, there are 142 children detained under Poca, of which 10 of them below 18 were arrested for theft-related cases.

Meanwhile, Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy urged the government to release all juvenile detainees who were detained without trial.

He said other lenient solution that the government could implement and assist the children was to put them in rehabilitation centre.

He also said these children should be given a fair trial in court if there was strong evidence on the offence committed.

Also present at the press conference were Suhakam commissioners Prof Datuk Dr Aishah Bidin and Datuk Lok Yim; and Suaram legal advisor Farid Mohammad.

Poca are among the laws that Pakatan Harapan government had described as oppressive and tyrannical in its election manifesto for the 14th general election.

In the manifesto, it promised to revoke Poca and abolish the laws including Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) and Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota).

By Esther Landau.

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‘Integrity, political will key to tackling corruption

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
The government must address issues pertaining to integrity to fight corruption, says Transparency International-Malaysia president Datuk Akhbar Satar. Pic by NSTP/ZUNNUR AL SHAFIQ

KUALA LUMPUR: The government must address issues pertaining to integrity to fight corruption, says Transparency International-Malaysia president Datuk Akhbar Satar.

“Sometimes, you can have the best plan, drafted by experts, but if those who are in charge of procurement or financial related activities have no integrity, there is no point in having the best plan,” he said today.

“I have always pointed out that we must address the issue of integrity first. If we can rectify the integrity problem, we do not need a complicated plan.”

From 2013 to May last year, Akhbar said 55.2 per cent of corruption convictions involved young adults.

He said a scientific study was needed to identify the root cause of the integrity problem; whether it was parenting, upbringing, social economy or education.

He lauded the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP), but said its implementation was more crucial.

He said the previous government had implemented various plans to eradicate corruption, and yet corruption was still on the rise.

“We had the National Integrity Plan and the Government Transformation Programme to fight graft.

“Nonetheless, the rate of corruption is still high. It shows that all those programmes have failed.”

He said strong political will was needed to ensure the success of NACP

“I think we already have it. Our prime minister (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) is very concerned about corruption.

“The ministers must also do the same by showing a good example through their leadership at their own ministries.”

Akhbar said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission had done its job well.

“They investigate without fear or favour, which is good.”

However, Akhbar said public support was lacking.

“We need full support from the public to fight corruption, particularly in willingness to forward information to MACC,” he said.

Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism executive director Cynthia Gabriel also stressed the importance of political will.

“It’s the first time Malaysia has a roadmap to reduce corruption.

“We congratulate the government on this first and important step.

“But, to make it work, the government needs to show tremendous political will to adopt zero tolerance to graft,” she said.

On Tuesday, Dr Mahathir launched NACP as a warning to all to steer clear of graft.

He said the fight against corruption would involve not only bringing offenders to justice, but also ensuring that mistakes were not repeated.

He also vowed that stern action would be taken against those involved in graft, which included the practice of civil servants being paid to provide special treatment to certain individuals, or looking the other way when wrongdoings were committed.

By Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi.

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Great news for unemployed graduates, non-graduate youths

Monday, January 28th, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: New opportunities await youths in Sabah after a memorandum was signed between DHS Hospitality Academy and Asia e University (AeU), offering training and work placement in the hotel industry for youths, especially those unemployed.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will see DHS Hospitality Academy Sdn Bhd and AeU’s School of Professional & Executive Education (Speed) offer unemployed graduates and non-graduate youths in Sabah training and work opportunities through their Speed Vocational Career Programme and Sabah Youth Career Programme.

DHS Hospitality Academy Human Resource and Training Director, Dr Sri Kumar Sivakumaran said that the programme will be opened to youths and graduates who are still unemployed in Sabah and throughout Malaysia.

“Both DHS and AeU are very excited about this new programme and both parties are enthusiastic about the results and benefits the programmes will bring to both the youths as well as the hotel industry in Sabah,” he said in a statement, here.

According to Sivakumaran, students who enroll into the programme will also get work placement opportunities in the hotel industry in Singapore.

“The Sabah Youth Career Programme will be offering various training courses such as management, hospitality and skill for the youths in Sabah.

“They will first go through a basic theory course in Malaysia, before they will receive work placement in Singapore for six months, where food, accommodation as well as a monthly RM1,500 allowance will be provided.

“For the youths, we will also be offering one-way flight tickets from Kota Kinabalu to Singapore, after they complete their one-month theory course, which will be done in either the AeU campus in Subang Jaya, Selangor or at our training centre in Sabah,” he said.

According to Sivakumaran, DHS will also be using the Hospitality Professional Programme to help unemployed graduates to start a career in Singapore.

“Unemployed graduates in Sabah can go through this programme, which offers 12 to 24 months’ work placement in Singapore, with a starting salary of RM7,200 a month. This programme is designed to improve their interpersonal skills as well as to develop their discipline and drive to start a career in the hotel industry.

“However, for the Hospitality Professional Programme, participants will need to source their own accommodation in Singapore, however they will be assisted by our partner, SG Quest Pte Ltd and interviews will be held in Malaysia for their convenience,” said Sivakumaran.

To date, the programme has seen more than 850 trainees undergo the various programmes. Sivakumaran said that the programmes are not only meant for educational dropouts, because the programmes are designed to provide industry-standard workforce.

“The hotel industry demands a great size workforce, comprising disciplined, driven and skilled people. We realise this and DHSHospitality Academy is ready to help those who are interested to have a strong career in the hotel industry.

“With highly experienced educators, trainers and team, we are able to train individuals within a short span of four weeks together with guaranteed work placement in Singapore,” said Sivakumaran, adding that DHS Hospitality Academy has become the preferred source of workforce for the hotel industry in Singapore.

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Study on mandatory schooling till SPM

Monday, January 28th, 2019

KULAI: The Government is currently reviewing the Education Act to make it mandatory for students to complete schooling from Standard One till Form Five.

Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said parents who failed to send their children to school could face a fine of up to RM5,000 or six months’ imprisonment.

She said at present, the Education Act only required pupils to complete schooling until Standard Six.

“Currently, more than 98 per cent of children are schooling (in primary schools) but our target is 100 per cent,” she told reporters after the launch of the national-level “Ziarah Cakna” programme at the Kulai District Education Office, here, Sunday.

Teo said the programme was a continuation of the “No Child Left Behind” initiative which began in July 2018, aimed at identifying the problems faced by families which lead to their children not attending school.

“Perhaps this way (by having the Ziarah Cakna programme) we can meet the parents and understand their problems.

“Parents who do not enrol their children to school at age seven can have action taken against them by the Government, but I think this way, the teachers and local leaders can go to visit parents at home and understand the problems they face and draw up an action plan for them,” said Teo.

She added that her ministry could also help these parents obtain assistance from the right channels if they had financial difficulties in sending their children to school.

However, Teo said there were also irresponsible parents who did not think about the future of their children

Meanwhile, she said the Government did not intend to reintroduce the class streaming system for children entering Standard One, saying it was too early to label children according to their aptitude at the age of seven.

“We hope we can give an equal opportunity to all children. In Finland, where there is no class streaming, their education system is one of the most brilliant, and the gap among students in school is also the smallest.

“I think this is what we should learn because we want to avoid the situation where the students are labelled from the very beginning,” she explained.


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