Archive for September, 2019

Islamic Funeral Course at SIDMA College Sabah

Monday, September 30th, 2019

SIDMA College Jamiatul Fathi Madrasah organized a one day short course to prepare SIDMA Muslim community about the rituals and rites when preparing and sending off family members who have passed. The one day program held at SIDMA Atrium and Surau on 26 September 2019 taught the participants to look at the custom and rituals regarding on how to handle the body appropriately and to address the spiritual fate of the deceased or praying for the soul.

Two key speakers, Ustaz Jasimin Bin Haji Mohd Rashid and Ustazah Lilis Mulyani Binti Mamun, both from Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Negeri Sabah (JHEAINS) were specially invited to share and immersed the 60 registered participants on the obligatory of Muslim funeral rituals (fardhu kifayah). The participants were mainly the staff and students of SIDMA College. There were also participants from the general public, including a few students from Institut Latihan Perindustrian (ILP). They were split into two groups; the male participants were placed in the Male Surau, while the ladies had their session in the Female Surau.

According to Islam, when someone passes away, one will naturally be sorrowful, but is discouraged from crying too much. Muslims need to recite the Surah Yassin, to pray for the soul of the deceased. As death is part of a life cycle predestined by Allah the Almighty, thus the body of the deceased must be treated with honour and reverence, and handled gently with utmost care at all time, the speakers explained. The sharing session focused on three main areas: (i) washing and shrouding the body of the deceased; (ii) performing the funeral prayer; (iii) the burial process.

The washing and shrouding of the deceased’s body is known as the ghusl procedure, and is performed preferably by the family members of the same gender, according to Islamic rites.

After the shrouding process is completed, the kafan process will be next. Here the deceased is wrapped in plain white cotton cloth that has been coated with camphor, powdered sandalwood and non-alcoholic perfume. This is to protect the deceased’s privacy and dignity.

Upon ghusl, a congregation is then formed so the jenazah prayer for the deceased can be performed. The jenazah prayer will be led by an Imam, facing the Qiblat (direction of Mecca), usually at home or at the mosque. After the prayer, the body is brought to the cemetery in a coffin for burial.

The burial process involves gently lowering the body into the ground; without the coffin and with the deceased facing the Qiblat. The grave is then fully covered with soil. The completion of the burial process is followed by a talkin, a funeral sermon that will be read at the grave of the deceased.

The speakers, both the Ustazah and Ustaz immersed the participants with discussion and hands-on activities, giving opportunities to share their knowledge and skills with their friends. The speakers ended the sharing session with discussion on the post-funeral rituals that is the organizing of tahlil on the 3rd, 7th, 40th and 100th days after the funeral. The tahlil comprises of prayers for the deceased, and usually followed by a simple meal prepared by the bereaved family.

At the end of the course, all participant received certificate of attendance from the organizing committee. Overall, the participants are satisfied with the organizer for the on the whole as not only the course was conducted professionally but SIDMA College only charge a minimal fee of RM5 with no compromise on the quality.

For more information regarding the college’s various programme and activities, visit its official Facebook and Instagram pages (SIDMA College) or contact us at 088-732000 or 088-732020.

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Empowering students through professional networks

Sunday, September 29th, 2019
International Council of Malaysian Scholars and Associates (ICMS) committee members and participants in Industry Insights 2019. Pictures courtesy of ICMS.

BEFORE entering the competitive job market, it is imperative to equip oneself with industrial knowledge to win the hearts of prospective employers.

“Upon graduation, youths today often face a dilemma in choosing from a myriad of career options. Many of us have limited understanding of what industries, companies and their roles entail,” said Clement Sim Shi Jie, a member of the Industry Insights (I2) 2019 committee and student at Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland.

“Through I2, we help participants to understand how each industry functions, and how they can take ownership of their professional development.”

The International Council of Malaysian Scholars and Associates (ICMS) organised the seventh installment of I2 at Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa. Attracting 80 participants, the event was themed “Advocates of Society 5.0”.

The I2 organisers had partnered with leading industry players, namely Sunway Group, Maybank Bhd, Ernst & Young (EY), Axiata, Samsung and their longtime strategic partner, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), to provide young Malaysians with an immersive experience in various industries and career opportunities.

A participant pitching her ideas after solving a case study related to smart cities during the Ernst & Young session.

As a platform for participants to showcase their critical thinking and presentation skills, I2 comprised a series of workshops, each followed by a presentation, debate or case study set in the context of the Olympics.

Sim said the organisers took a new approach by adopting the Society 5.0 theme and Olympic storyline to deliver a unified message.

“We wanted to push participants to think how youths should leverage technology responsibly to empower others while learning about different industries,” he said.

In his opening address, I2 2019 project director and Monash University student John Woo Jia Jun expressed his gratitude to the organising committee, partners and sponsors like Axiata, Samsung and Sunway Group.

“A year ago, I was sitting right here as a participant, clueless, nervous and not knowing what to expect. But today, that journey has led me here to assure you that this is a safe space to make mistakes, to learn and develop yourself.

“I hope you will leverage this opportunity to experience the steep learning curve and utilise the key takeaways in your future endeavours,” said Woo.

Sunway Group human resources chief Foo Shiang Wyne stressed on the importance of leading from the heart, in line with the humanising sentiments of Society 5.0.

In a session conducted by EY, participants engaged in sustainability-related cases while the workshop by Sunway Group centred around the integration of technology and community wellbeing.

Maybank’s workshop saw participants engaging in a digital board game, an Olympic vendors’ “auction” and a pitching session. Participants had to allocate their budget accordingly and improvise according to the vendors they chose to become.

Axiata conducted a simulation of a data breach, where participants had to assume the role of C-Suite executives, such as the chief executive officer of the affected company, and conduct a press conference to resolve the situation.

This was followed with a debate by Samsung on whether bionics should be allowed in the Olympics.

“Students learn to deal with unexpected crisis professionally, manage various stakeholders from distinct industries and be creative and innovative in proposing strategies,” said Sim.

The two-day event ended with a conference featuring ICMS alumni from diverse fields.

“Seeing how they took ownership of their growth affirmed me that their learning would transcend beyond those two days.” — John Woo Jia Jun (left), I2 2019 project director

It allowed participants to network and gain valuable insight from talented representatives of various industries, such as engineering, law and consultancies.

The highlight of the event was a networking session which enabled participants to gain valuable insight from experienced talent representatives of various industries.

The closing ceremony saw the winning group taking home a prize of RM1,200, while the most collaborative team and best speakers received RM100 each.

Organising the event itself was a talent development affair for the I2 committee members, who had to overcome many barriers.

“Our planning team cuts across geographical boundaries. Due to the time zone differences, our online meetings could stretch into the wee hours for some associates, or start before dawn,” said Woo.

“It was difficult to organise an event as huge as I2 in the online space, and it involved a lot of personal sacrifices. Another challenge was calibrating the workshops at a level that was accessible to participants, yet challenging enough to stimulate them.

“By working together with our experienced partners and sponsors, we, as organisers, had learnt a lot about their industries.”

Participants of Industry Insights 2019 engaging in a lively discussion to solve a case study.

Noting how rewarding it was to inspire fellow students, Woo added: “Seeing how they took ownership of their growth affirmed me that their learning would transcend beyond those two days.”

ICMS is a non-profit professional network committed to the development of Malaysian youths in leadership, intellect and career development since its inception seven years ago.

It consists of higher-learning students from Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, United States and Canada.

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How Malaysian students make decisions on tertiary studies

Sunday, September 29th, 2019
Majority of Malaysian students want to find a job or continue their studies at postgraduate level after graduation.

What motivates Malaysian students to go to university and what factors are important to them when making decisions on their application to attend a university?

The key findings from the Malaysian Domestic Student survey by QS Enrolment Solutions released recently presented that a career focus, wanting to progress to postgraduate studies and personal interests were key motivations for prospective students from this country to continue their tertiary education.

The survey, the first of its kind, aims to understand the decision-making criteria that Malaysian students consider when deciding which university to enrol in.

Conducted between November last year and March this year, the inaugural survey had the participation of five universities, with more than 800 individual respondents.

QS Enrolment Solutions managing director Andy Nicol said the report did not just cover the results of the surveys, but outlined recommendations to help Malaysian institutions.

“In an increasingly competitive market, it is crucial that institutions listen to the views of prospective students carefully, particularly in terms of how universities can increase perceptions and ratings of student satisfaction.

“The report can help universities adapt to the changing expectations students and harness the opportunities presented by the shifting higher education market.”

Besides its Domestic Student Survey, QS Enrolment Solutions had also conducted International Student Surveys for more than seven years now. Its sixth International Student Survey had the participation of 75,000 prospective students from 191 countries, giving insights to the interests and behaviours of students.


According to the report, the key motivation for Malaysian students wanting to go to university was reflective to what many prospective students plan to do after they graduate, namely finding a job or studying at the postgraduate level. They were also motivated solely by their passion for the subject matter.

Twenty-nine per cent claimed that the main reason they wanted to go to university was because they were looking for a pathway to further study, while 28 per cent thought that a degree was necessary to compete in the workforce. At the same time, 23 per cent were motivated by their own personal interest.

Looking at the order in which these students made decision gave an indication of the typical route most of them take when filing a university application.

The report said the first thing prospective students decided on was the wider field or area of study before moving on to look at their specific choice of course. Some made these decisions simultaneously. The final stage of the process was deciding on which university they would apply to.

The most important factor for students when choosing a course was the teaching quality. It was what they thought about at the start of the application process, scrutinising and comparing institutions in great detail.

With this being the main consideration, it would also influence their choice of university, reiterating the need for universities to have a wide range of courses for students to choose from.


Nicol said teaching quality and technology were two of the key considerations when measuring the student experience.

However, based on other research that QS Enrolment Solutions conducted on what constituted a “good” student experience was “a highly subjective exercise” that to define it “will vary considerably, depending on the students’ life-stage, background and subject interest”.

Nevertheless, he said: “The student experience, which has always been important, is emerging as a critical area of differentiation and a key measure of success for universities around the world.”

However, Malaysian students relied heavily on numerical indicators, such as university rankings (61 per cent) or percentage scores in the form of graduate employment rates (64 per cent) as a means to judge teaching quality.

The same goes for assessing student experience at the university they are considering to study. The most widely used tool by our students to judge student experience is rankings and ratings (81 per cent) followed by the institution website (76 per cent) and word of mouth from people they know (74 per cent).

The report said this sat in contrast to prospective international students, who focused less on rankings or numeric scores and instead focused on technology and teaching staff as the primary indicators of teaching quality at a given institution.

The largest indicator (68 per cent) for Malaysian students when assessing the teaching quality was that the institution had received recognition of its teaching quality via a countrywide measurement scheme.

According to the report, while Malaysia Qualifications Agency (MQA) had proven useful in helping prospective students compare various aspects about individual courses and universities, it didn’t go as far as to compare institutions based solely on the quality of their teachings.

It was suggested, given the importance of this aspect to prospective domestic students that it could be worth expanding the scope of the MQA to enable it to compare institutions on teaching quality alone. Suggestion from the report was that for MQA to distil this broad subject into a series of easily digestible figures to help prospective students in their decision-making.

Another important indicator of teaching quality was a high graduate employment rate (64 per cent). As future career considerations took place right at the start of the application process for prospective students, so it made sense that they would focus on graduate employment rates as an indicator of teaching quality


Whilst teaching staff wasn’t one of the biggest indicators of teaching quality to Malaysian

students, it was worth looking at the survey on how they defined a “good” teacher.

When asked how they judged a “good” teacher or lecturer, the largest indicator was that they were passionate about the subject they teach.

As one of the biggest motivations for many Malaysian students to go to university was that they have a personal interest in the subject, it was clear that they expected their passion for the subject matter to be reflected by their teachers as well.

Another important indicator was that the teacher had “real-world” experience extending beyond academia.

Nicol said: “This report highlights how a greater focus on celebrating the quality of

teaching, and importantly how an education in Malaysia can lead to international study opportunity, could help universities to attract more students.

“Communicating the passion staff have for the subjects they teach and their ‘real-world’ experience beyond academia could have a major impact, in comparison to purely communicating their academic credentials.”

Nicol added that QS Enrolment Solutions hoped that the results from the surveys would help Malaysian institutions adapt to students’ changing expectations and harness the opportunities presented by the shifting higher education market.

By Hazlina Aziz.

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Gleneagles launches 24-Hour Heart Attack Centre

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Gleneagles Kota Kinabalu has recently launched its 24-Hour Heart Attack Centre for the public especially those who are at risk of having heart attack anytime of the day.

Its Chief Executive Officer Noel Cheah said the private hospital has already been providing city folks the service since 2015.

He added that the centre provides 24/7 service for those who feel that they are at risk of having a heart attack or those who recently suffered a heart attack. The centre carries out emergency life-saving procedures such as primary angioplasty, which is a micro-surgical procedure used to open up blocked blood vessel.

Malaysia has 25,000 heart attacks per year and the average age of people in Malaysia having heart attack is 35 to 40. The age range is quite shocking as Malaysia has the youngest average age for heart attack compared to all other South East Asian countries.

“Therefore Gleneagles is committed to provide this service to the public 24/7. If we are able to access and treat the patient fast, this will further enhance their chances of surviving the attack and have better recovery,” he said.

He said this when met by reporters during the event at Gleneagles, which was officiated by Health and Wellbeing Minister Datuk Frankie Poon on Thursday.

Medical evidence has shown that a patient who receives such medical treatment during the first few hours of a heart attack will have a greatly enhanced survival rate and improved long-term recovery.

Meanwhile, he also disclosed that the hospital has also collaborated with Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents in providing free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training for their tour guides. So far, Gleneagles has trained 65 tour guides.

“This training is important as we realised that the tourism industry is very big in Sabah. With many tourists coming to Sabah every year, sometimes they may come into health trouble such as cardiac arrest.

“Therefore we collaborated with MATTA to equip their tour guides with necessary skills because you may not know when unwanted incidents happen; for example, a person collapsing in the middle of the sea or while on a boat ride to an island.

“Therefore, if they are equipped with the right skills, they know how to stabilise the patient, while evacuating the patient to the hospital.

“Actually CPR should be learned by everyone who is capable of learning it. The CPR training only takes two or three days,” he added.

Poon applauded Gleneagles for organising the life-saving event.

“I think this is an excellent tool for the industry players and the victims can be saved if they receive proper early treatment.

“We are getting more tourists and we need to take care of them including their health,” he said.

In conjunction with the newly-launched heart attack centre, Gleneagles will also conduct a mass CPR training for the public for two days on Oct 5-6 at Imago Shopping Mall here. The training is free and open to the public.

It is one of the hospital’s ongoing efforts to educate the public with emergency response skills for them to be able to help anyone suffering from cardiac arrest and save lives.


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Sabah government recognises UEC

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Shafie (middle) with other invited guests at the Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) Mid-Autumn Festival 2019

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has officially recognised the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal made the announcement during the Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 celebration here last night.

“We have to ensure that we can build a future for the younger generation – so that they can have education and schools. With that said, the state government has decided to recognise UEC in Sabah.

“We have decided that UEC will be a recognised certificate – a Unified Examination Certificate,” said Shafie.

The UEC is a standardised test for Chinese independent secondary school students organised by the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (UCSCAM or Dong Zong) since 1975.

He explained that there are still a few other things that have to be reconsidered.

The state government plans to recognise the UEC not only at the Public Higher Learning Institutions (IPTA), but it also looking at recognising it at the state’s civil sector.

“This is what we have done. This is what we are going to do and there will be more to come

“But what is important for us is to ensure that we can administer Sabah well. There is no need to fight about race and religion. That is not the way forward,” said Shafie.

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Never too early to save

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

It is important for parents to start saving early to ensure children are not debt-ridden when they graduate.

PARENTS want the best of everything for their children and that includes education.

However, it is no secret that education cost, whether locally or abroad, is constantly on the rise.

One of the best ways parents can adopt is to start saving early to not only ensure children are not debt-ridden when they graduate but it will also be less stressful for parents themselves when the time comes.

With that in mind, the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) has created the National Education Savings Scheme (SSPN), a savings plan to encourage parents to save for their children’s higher education.

With SSPN, PTPTN has been educating Malaysians on the importance of saving early for education through its SSPN-i and SSPN-i Plus savings scheme.

Aside from free takaful coverage, SSPN-i savings scheme entitles depositors to tax exemption of up to RM8,000 per annum and competitive dividends.

Meanwhile, SSPN-i Plus is an improvised version of the SSPN-i, a government-guaranteed savings scheme which provides affordable and comprehensive takaful coverage to depositors from as low as RM30 per month and with more benefits added.

Through SSPN-i Plus, depositors are eligible to enjoy a tax exemption of up to RM15,000 per annum (RM8,000 in SSPN-i and RM7,000 in takaful contribution) for civil servants under the pension scheme, takaful protection of up to RM1mil in the case of death or permanent disability, funeral expenses, attractive dividend, and eligibility for PTPTN loan for tertiary education, but not including the matching grant incentive scheme that SSPN-i depositors will enjoy.

In addition to that, the saying “a penny saved is a penny earned” could not ring more true for depositors with a household income of not more than RM4,000 as they will also be eligible to receive a matching grant for their children who pursue higher education.

To help parents or guardians from low-income households (B40) in their children’s education, the matching grant incentive is given free for up to RM10,000.

For instance, if parents deposit RM5,000, PTPTN will give them additional RM5,000 until the permissible limit of RM10,000, subject to the terms and conditions.

In an effort to encourage parents, regardless of background, to start saving and take advantage of these benefits, PTPTN continues to disseminate these incentives through its Jelajah SSPN 2019 programme.

The programme is to further promote the matching grant incentive scheme to ensure the public, especially the B40 group, fully utilises the benefits provided by the government.

On top of that, PTPTN is also looking at collaborations with the private sectors as well as state governments to further enhance the publicity of the incentive in hope that more parents would take advantage of these benefits by opening the SSPN saving accounts for their children.

The public is encouraged to visit the carnival-like event to learn more about how PTPTN products can assist in financial planning as well as inculcate the culture of saving among both parents and children.Catch Minggu Menabung SSPN from Oct 4 to 6,2019 at the Aeon Mall Shah Alam, where the public can join the various fun activities lined up such as Colouring Contest, Kahoot Game, Junior Makeover, Musical hair, Beyblade competition as well as special appearance by Didi and Friends and many more.

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Maszlee: Govt still waiting for UEC review committee report

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

KLUANG: The government is awaiting reports from the special task force on the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) before deciding if the certificate should be recognised nationwide, says Dr Maszlee Malik (pic).

“We need to get reports from the committee’s findings first before we can decide on it.

“Once we have received it, the ministry would then bring it forward for the Cabinet to make a decision,” said the Education Minister.

He said this to reporters after attending the Sentuhan Kasih Program at SMK Dato Abd Rahman Andak in Simpang Renggam here Sunday (Sept 29).

Dr Maszlee was reported as saying in Parliament that the special committee would consult with stakeholders, collect feedback and compile data on UEC.

When asked to comment on Sabah’s decision to recognise the UEC, Dr Maszlee said it was a choice the state had made on its own.

It was earlier reported that the Sabah state government had given the nod to UEC, making it the fifth state to do so after Sarawak, Selangor, Penang and Melaka.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the state Cabinet had made the decision to recognise UEC holders for enrolment into local institutes of higher learning as well as employment in the state civil service.

However, this comes with conditions including getting a credit in Bahasa Melayu and a pass in History at the SPM level as well as a pass in the Malaysia University English Test (MUET).

The UEC is a standardised test organised by the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Jiao Zong) based on the curriculum taught in Independent Chinese Secondary Schools (ICSS).

UEC is recognised as an entrance qualification in many international tertiary educational institutions in Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, China and some European countries, as well as most private colleges in Malaysia.

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Consider business fields to avoid unemployment, graduates advised

Friday, September 27th, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Graduates must not limit themselves to just seeking jobs but also consider creating new opportunities by starting their own business to avoid the fate of long-term unemployment.

“Job seekers need to keep an open mind on building their future careers, the field of entrepreneurship offers bright prospects with the potential of generating stronger returns on investment than getting employed in the public and private sectors,” said Deputy Minister of Human Resources Dato’ Mahfuz Omar.

To avoid getting mired in the trap of unemployment, he highlighted graduates need to look beyond the scope of employment, and adopt a more creative and innovative approach to develop their future careers.

Calling for a change in mindset on identifying future career paths, Mahfuz said graduates starting their own business not only help them to be self-employed but also create new jobs, opportunities and drive economic growth.

“Adopting a broader view and being innovative is key to consider other possible career options to prevent long term unemployment,” he said when met by reporters after officiating the state-level Sabah Labour Convention (Konpens) 2019, at Universiti Teknologi Mara Sabah campus here, yesterday.

The rate of unemployment in Sabah remains high acknowledged the Director of the State Labour Department Kamal Pardi who said effects is primarily felt in the plantation sector as well as economic activities related to agriculture.

“There are also locals working in the plantation sector apart from foreign workers, and the government has been collaborating with plantation owners to introduce automation to attract more locals to work in this sector,” he said.

Kamal noted the department has successfully matched 12,000 job seekers in Sabah to secure employment at various industry sectors this year through 22 job carnivals organised throughout the state.

Additionally, Mahfuz said he was aware the state government is looking to generate better job opportunities through efforts to attract high tech industries to set up their operations in Sabah.

“This is a positive step because the entry of high tech industries creates quality, better-paying careers, and generates demand for skilled expertise,” he said, adding qualified workers can be sourced from vocational training and polytechnic installations as well as higher education institutions.

Earlier in his speech, Mahfuz underlined the need for the national education system to move in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) in adapting to the demands of future workplaces as well as new jobs generated from the advances of technology.

Based on the current trends, it is forecasted that IR4.0 will require comprehensive changes on main aspects of the education system which encompasses content, delivery, pedagogue and the structure of education administration.

“It also demands changes in content not only in technical education but also overall, with new emphasis on certain skills as well as the need to add new content. With this, a new programme for education needs to be developed to fulfill changing demand of IR4.0 era,” he said.

In this new era, jobs that require innovation and creativity are more likely to remain intact. Regardless of disciplines and fields of expertise, education 4.0 must be able to produce graduates that possess creativity as well as the critical thinking ability,” said Mahfuz.

The event saw 600 students from various private and public higher education institutions as well as skills training facilities in Sabah attending the convention which was also attended by UiTM Rektor (UiTM) Sabah Professor Datuk Dr Abdul Kadir Rosline.


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Educated person without ethics and manners is doomed – UMS Vice Chancellor

Friday, September 27th, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: An educated person without ethics and manners is doomed, says Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Vice Chancellor, Professor Taufiq Yap Yun Hin.

“Ethical values such as integrity, honesty, fairness, responsibility, efficiency and trustworthiness should not only be applied in the business or career worlds but in our daily lives as human beings.

“Conflict caused by etiquette problem happens in our daily life, workplace is no exception.

“Workers who hold to ethical values will tend to be good employees, perform well and have a positive impact on the department,” Taufiq shared at the opening of a Business Ethic Workshop.

His speech was delivered by UMS Assistant Vice Chancellor, Professor Marcus Jopony.

The one-day event was held at the university’s Recital Hall on Tuesday. Held for the third time since 2017, it was jointly organised by Repsol Oil & Gas Malaysia Ltd, UMS Career Centre and Alumni, Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

He added that the workshop enables students to understand more on the true value of ethics in business and career.

Also, he stressed that such further discussion on ethical issues in careers and business are important as students are often involved in such issues throughout their studies.

“I am sure this is also crucial for their future careers,” Taufiq asserted adding that good ethics lead to one’s success. Meanwhile, Senior Manager (Legal Services) of Repsol Oil& Gas Malaysia Ltd, Dayangku Marianah Pengiran Mahmuddin said that the oil-based company is passionate about giving back to the local communities.

“We focus our community social investment activities in four main themes namely safety, education, health and human capital development.”

For education, Repsol thrust is on developing young Malaysian talents through its scholarship programme which was launched since 2008.

“UMS was included as a new partner in 2014 following the MoU signing, with the objective of tapping into the pool of young talents from Sabah.

“This scholarship programme presents our commitment to support and contribute towards Sabahans.” More than 300 UMS first and final year students of Engineering attended the event.


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Skilled professionals to help manage TVET programmes

Friday, September 27th, 2019
PETALING JAYA: The Human Resources Ministry plans to get skilled professionals to participate in managing the nation’s TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) programmes. Minister M. Kulasegaran (pic) said this initiative is to ensure graduates produced by TVET institutions meet the needs of the industry. “This is so that they can provide inputs towards the continuous betterment of programmes and courses at the TVET institutes,” he said at the sixth edition of Asian Summit on Education and Skills (ASES) held in Banglore, India on Tuesday (Sept 24). Kulasegaran said the government is also making an effort to increase the percentage of skilled workers from 28% to 35%.

He added that the government is introducing more incentives for workers who want to enrol in TVET courses, including opening up more night classes and have private sectors encourage their employees to take up upskilling courses. ASES was jointly organised by the India Didactics Association with India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development, government think tank NITI Ayog, and its Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Ministers and ministerial delegations from over 15 countries took part in the event. The conference was officially inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka and Minister of Higher Education, Information Technology and Bio-Technology, CN Aswath Narayanan.

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