- Malaysia's GDP to moderate to 4.4pc in Q2
- Kedai Rakyat takes off
- July 9 rally groups summoned to Bukit Aman
- M'sia not a terrorist target, says Hisham
- D-day for Datuk T men
- Malaysia elected to chair UN committee
- Hisham promises to probe Ambiga death threat
- Najib says 1 Malaysia more than just rhetoric
- Rakaman ceramah Mat Sabu menjelang Bersih 2: ari kita turun beramai-ramai ke Kuala Lumpur 9hb Julai ini…
- Refuse to wear ceremonial attire – DAP’s showing true spirit of ‘pendatang’
- Bersih and the Aftermath of Libya
- Never ending search for the missing
- Three killed, nine wounded when Shia minoritites were gunned down in Pakistan.
- Dr M blames press for worsening race relations
- SMS death threat against Ambiga making its rounds
- Mutual agreement for Samy Vellu-MIED case
- Federal scholarships for undergrads, not SPM top scorers from 2012
- Kedah Pas Drops Mahfuz Omar And Taib Azzamuddin In State Line-up
- Improving The Odds For Our Disadvantaged Students
- Hema (Student) looking for financial aid
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 10:58 PM PDT
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to moderate to 4.4 per cent in the second quarter of this year, mainly due to the impact of devastating earthquake in Japan and social uprising in the Middle East and North Africa, says Kenanga Investment Bank Bhd.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 10:53 PM PDT
PETALING JAYA: The first Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia thrift store opened yesterday with prices of goods 30 to 50 per cent lower than the market price of similar products to help urban families reduce their monthly grocery bills. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who opened the store at the Kelana Jaya LRT station, said it was in line with his 1Malaysia concept to unite the people and help lessen the people's burden.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 10:27 PM PDT
KUALA LUMPUR (June 22, 2011) : The three groups planning to have separate rallies on July 9 were summoned to Bukit Aman police headquarters yesterday.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 10:18 PM PDT
KUALA LUMPUR (June 22, 2011): Malaysia is not a terrorist target although Indonesian leader of the militant Islamic Jihad Abu Bakar Bashir is confirmed to have visited a religious school in the country some years ago, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said yesterday.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 10:06 PM PDT
KUALA LUMPUR: The trio known as Datuk T is expected to be charged here tomorrow for screening a video that showed a man resembling Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim having sex with a woman believed to be a foreign prostitute.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 09:56 PM PDT
NEW YORK: Malaysia was elected on Wednesday to chair the Third Committee for the forthcoming 66th session of the United Nations' General Assembly.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 09:50 PM PDT
KUALA UMPUR, June 23 — Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today that the police will investigate the death threats made against Bersih chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 09:43 PM PDT
KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 — Two years after coming to office with his 1 Malaysia concept, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today that the slogan was more than empty rhetoric but a policy that will improve the lives of the public.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 09:46 PM PDT
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 09:33 PM PDT
By: Fareed Dawood
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 09:29 PM PDT
By: Terrence Fernandez
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 08:12 PM PDT
They came in their hundreds in search of their loved ones. Almost all returned empty handed.
Nearly two thousand Tamils have visited the police in the northern Sri Lankan town of Vavunia over the last ten days to find details of those missing during the war and since the military declaring it's victory over Tamil Tigers more than two years ago.
Ten days ago Sri Lankan police announced they will release information about those held by the police to relatives.
Police spokesperson SP Prishantha Jayakody told BBC Sandeshaya that the information will not be made available to "any body other than the close relatives".
Three centres established in the north, south and the capital Colombo will provide details of those held by the police Terrorist Investigation Division (TID), he said.
Only one man out of thousands who went to the centre in Vavunia was told where his son is. As soon as he was told that the detainee is held hundreds of miles away in the southern town of Galle, he rushed to board the first available train out of town.
Due to the large number of relatives approaching the Vavunia centre, police only meet 200 people each day.
Journalists barred by the police were only able to talk to desperate and tearful relatives by the wayside.
Those who were unable to gather information of their missing relatives were desperate.
"My 26 year old son Pradeep was taken by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) when he went to Colombo to get his passport. That's all we know," Mylu Shanmugathas from Tellipalai told the BBC after his search since 2008 drew a blank once again.
Mr. Shanmugathas has been to police stations, military camps and human rights offices in search of his son.
Some were looking for their sole breadwinner.
"There is no one to provide me. Who will look after me or care if I fall ill?" cried a frail looking Tamil woman who said that her son had gone missing since been taken by the police in 2007.
The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in place since 1979 gives the authorities power to hold detainees for 90 days incommunicado.
The defence secretary is the sole authority to renew or revoke a Detention Order (DO) under the PTA.
Brother of the president Gotabhaya Rajapaksa currently holds the position.
United Nations, European Commission and India alongside human rights organisations have called for the repeal of teh PTA.
TID officials in Vavunia say that they are unable to provide details of the 'dissapeared'.
The Committee for the Investigation (CID) in Sri Lanka say that they have recorded details of over five thousand dissapearances that took place since 2006.
Relatives in Vavunia keep coming to the TID information centre daily with gradually diminishing hope.
Leading the Sri Lankan delegation Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told the UN Human Rights Commission in early July that over five thousand suspected Tamil Tigers are held in what he called rehabilitation centres.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 08:09 PM PDT
The shooting happened in Akhtarabad, on the outskirts of Quetta–Photo by AP
Gunman kills Shia pilgrims in bus attack: police
QUETTA:AFP news in DAWN: A gunman opened fire on a bus carrying Shia Muslim pilgrims in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing three people and wounding nine others, police said.
The shooting happened in Akhtarabad, on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of oil and gas-rich Baluchistan province, which borders Afghanistan and Iran.
"At least three people were killed and nine others were wounded when one of the four gunmen riding two motorbikes opened fire on a bus carrying Shia pilgrims to Iran," senior local police official Farid Breach told AFP.
He said it appeared to have been a sectarian attack but that the shooting was under investigation.
Local intelligence officials also confirmed the incident and casualties.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Baluchistan is rife with militancy, sectarian violence between majority Sunni and minority Shia Muslims and a regional insurgency waged by separatists.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 08:06 PM PDT
KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad blamed press freedom today for poor race relations which, he claimed, had worsened since he stepped down as prime minister in 2003.He said that this was because press freedom has allowed racial and religious tension to ferment in Malaysia.
Dr Mahathir says race relations today are not as good as when he was prime minister. — File pic
"Those days we didn't talk so much about race, showing disrespect to others. Today we talk about race and religion, putting a wedge between the different races.
"Race relations today are not as good as when 'a dictator of 22 years' was leading the country," the former prime minister told a forum of chief executives today.MORE TO COME
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 08:04 PM PDT
(Malaysiakini) Several journalists and some members of the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih) have received an SMS threat late last night and early this morning.
The SMS from the number 601119732179 was sent containing a death threat against Bersih chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan as well as leaders of PAS and PKR who may participate in the proposed July 9 rally for electoral reforms.
Ambiga, when contacted by Malaysiakini, confirmed that she had received a similar SMS.
"Yes, I have received it and will make a police report," she said.
The SMS in Bahasa Malaysia says: "Korg ni buta hati ke?? buat apa sokong ambiga keling paria haramjadah tu? dia ni kapir laknat. korang tau tak dia ni jadi alat anjing2 politik untuk musnahkan keutuhan melayu. dia kata je nak BERSIH kan SPR. bersih kepala bapak dia.
"puak2 PAS n PKR pun buta tuli n pekak badak.. kalau SPR tak bersih, boleh ke diorang menang kat Sgor, Kedah, Penang, Kelantan n perak dulu? DAP cina sial tu pulak lagi haram jahanam. dia tengok je melayu bertekak. hujung2 dia perintah negara ni dan kristiankan kita semua. aku nak kasi amaran kat korang semua.
"kalau perhimpunan ni jadi, aku dan org2 aku akan bunuh ambiga dan korang2 keliling dia satu persatu, termasuklah orang2 politik bangang yg bersekongkol ngan kafir laknat tu.. ini amaran aku. Korang tengokla nanti."
(Don't you have any sense? Why should you support that pariah keling haramjadah Ambiga? She is a scorned infidel. Don't you know that she is a tool of those political dogs who are out to destroy the Malays. She claims she wants to clean up the Election Commission. Clean up her father's head.
These PAS and PKR lots are deaf, dumb, blind and illiterate. If the EC is not clean then how did they win Selangor, Kedah, Penang, Kelantan and Perak? The damned Chinese DAP are even more despicable. They just watch the Malays go at each other's throats. In the end, they will rule the country and Christianise all of us.
I am warning you. If this rally takes place, my people and I will kill Ambiga and you kelings one by one, including these stupid politicians who are hand-in-hand with this scorned infidel... this is my warning. You watch.)
Yet to be told about Bukit Aman meeting
Last Sunday, Malay rights pressure group Perkasa had torched and stomped on pictures of Ambiga at a rally, calling her a "Hindu woman".Meanwhile, Ambiga said that she had yet to receive any notice to go to the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman.
Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has yesterday announced that Bersih had been summoned to go Bukit Aman over its plan to hold the July 9 rally.
Two other groups - Perkasa and Umno Youth - which vowed to hold counter-rallies have also been summoned.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 07:59 PM PDT
All parties reached out-of-court settlement and wished to withdraw the suit.
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here struck off the case brought by former MIC deputy president S Subramaniam and two others against Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) chairman S Samy Vellu and its trustees.
Judge Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof was informed by T Rajasekaran, representing the three plaintiffs, that all parties had reached an out-of-court settlement and wished to withdraw the suit.
Defence counsel Intan Azlina Mazlan confirmed the case had been resolved out of court on May 20.
The court struck out the suit without liberty to file a fresh civil action and made no order on costs.
A High Court interim injunction preventing MIED from admitting new members
until the suit was settled, dated April 18, was also set aside.
Subramaniam and the two other plaintiffs, former MIC Youth chief S Vigneswaran and Kedah MIC deputy chairman S Ganesan had filed the injunction on March 1 against Samy Vellu and nine others, preventing them from increasing MIED's membership pending the MIED's board of trustees meeting onMarch 7 this year.
On March 1, the trio had submitted a requisition to MIED's company secretary to call for the EGM to remove Samy Vellu and T Marimuthu, who werethe signatories of MIED cheques following huge losses suffered by the MIC-owned education institution.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 07:56 PM PDT
PETALING JAYA, June 23 — The Najib administration has decided to only give Service Department (PSD) scholarships to university entrants instead of SPM top scorers from 2012 to avoid the distress they have caused in past years.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak however said those who do well in the Form Five SPM examination will receive small bursaries instead to pursue their foundation studies.
"Scholarships will be reserved if you are able to get very good results (at foundation) and (a) place at top universities," said Najib (picture) in an interview with the Chinese-language One FM radio station today.
"Giving out scholarships at SPM level is not a good idea... Just because you do well at O-levels doesn't mean you'll do well at A-levels," he added.
Putrajaya gives out 1,500 scholarships annually and has asked government-linked companies to also offer money for top scorers.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek had said last week public examinations are too easy, leading to a high number of top scorers seeking scholarships.
Asked which universities were deemed "top" institutions, Najib said they would be identified in due course.
The PM also stressed that not all top students will be given overseas scholarships.
"Our universities here need top students as well. Here, we complain our universities are not ranked highly in terms of the world ranking," he said.
"At the same time we insist on sending our top students abroad. It is a contradiction in terms of what we want to achieve," he added.
The ranking of public institutions in Malaysia has dived through the years to the point of dropping out of the top 200 universities in the QS World University Rankings last year.
Six out of seven Malaysian universities, however, improved their ranking on the QS Asian University Rankings this year, with Universiti Malaya climbing three spots to 39th, although no Malaysian university entered the top 10 ranks.
Despite Putrajaya handing out 500 special local scholarships ly on top of the 12,000 PSD grants it gives out annually, many top scorers were still disappointed they did not receive government funding to study overseas.
The main bone of contention in the annual allocation of PSD scholarships centres around the 1,500 overseas grants, of which only 20 per cent are decided based on merit.
Nine hundred are given out based on racial quotas, with Sabah and Sarawak natives getting 75 grants each and the remaining 10 per cent to special needs students.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 07:48 PM PDT
ALOR SETAR, June 20 (Bernama) -- PAS vice president, Datuk Mahfuz Omar and the Member of Parliament for Baling, Datuk Taib Azamudden Md Taib have been dropped from their positions as Kedah PAS deputy commissioners II and III for the term 2011/2013.
The decision to drop them was made at the special meeting of the PAS State Liaison Body at the Kedah PAS Complex at Batu 9, Kota Sarang Semut, near here last night.
The Menteri Besar who is also Kedah PAS commissioner, Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said they were replaced by the State Exco for Health, Dr Ismail Salleh and the former State Assemblyman for Belantek, Md Isa Shafie.
The State Exco for Housing and Local Government, Datuk Ir Phahrolrazi Zawawi was retained as deputy commissioner I while the posts of secretary, treasurer, information chief and state director of election had also been filled with new appointees.
The special officer (Information) to the Menteri Besar, Musoddak Ahmad, was appointed secretary, State Exco for Agriculture Datuk Ir Amiruddin Hamzah (treasurer), and former Kedah PAS secretary, Senator Yusuf Husain (state director of election).
Musoddak took over the post of state PAS secretary from Senator Yusuf who had been appointed Kedah PAS director of elections while Ir Amiruddin replaced State Exco for Religion and Education, Datuk Taulan Mat Rasul.
According to Azizan, the post of information chief, which was previously held by Ir Amiruddin was handed over to his Political Secretary, Mohamad Sanusi Md Nor while the post of assistant secretary went to a Committee Member of the Kedah PAS Youth movement, Aizat Zakaria.
Posted: 23 Jun 2011 12:51 AM PDT
Improving The Odds For Our Disadvantaged Students M. Bakri Musa (a target=_blank rel=nofollow href=http://www.bakrimusa.com[link]/a) Students from a disadvantaged background face many challenges; thus it is not a surprise that they lag academically. This has always been true and accepted as normal. The consequence to this acceptance is that the studentsamp;rsquo; disadvantaged background becomes too ready an excuse for teachers and policymakers not to address the issue of widening educational achievement gap, blaming instead such factors as poverty and lack of parental involvement. While those are relevant, there is much that schools, teachers and policymakers can do to turn disadvantaged students into amp;ldquo;resilientamp;rdquo; ones. A recent OECD study, Against The Odds. Disadvantaged Students Who Succeed in School, (a target=_blank rel=nofollow href=http://www.pisa.oecd.org/dataoecd/6/12/47092225.pdf[link]/a) confirms this. amp;ldquo;Resilientamp;rdquo; students, as defined by the study, are those from a disadvantaged socio-economic background relative to students in their country, and attain high scores by international standards. Across OECD countries, nearly a third of disadvantaged students are resilient; in Finland and South Korea, nearly half. The bottom line, as the report confidently asserts, is: amp;ldquo;Disadvantaged students can and often do defy the odds against them when given the opportunity to do so.amp;rdquo; Note the reportamp;rsquo;s emphasis. At first glance the report may be stating the obvious. We all can readily recall examples of those from disadvantaged backgrounds who have successfully overcome their many obstacles. Some would attribute their success to their innate ability, sheer grit, and unwavering determination. Those of humbler persuasion would generously credit other factors amp;ndash; talented teachers, superior schools, and opportune openings. This OECD report marshals impressive data to support its contention that when the disadvantaged are given equal opportunities to learn, foster their self confidence, and effectively motivate them, they can exploit their potential. It then carefully collates and sensibly summarizes the experiences of those member countries that have successfully executed their strategies and achieved those desirable objectives. Learning From OECDamp;rsquo;s Experiences Suitably adapted and with some enhancements, Malaysia could usefully adopt the findings of the OECD report. Granted, the disadvantaged in an OECD member country are a universe away physically, economically and in many other ways from their counterparts in Malaysia. Consider that in America students from poor families get free textbooks, transportations and school meals. They are also spared the expenses of uniforms and examination fees. Malaysian parents are burdened by these ancillary expenses. They make a mockery of our amp;ldquo;freeamp;rdquo; schooling. A good beginning would be to get rid of such burdens. We could go further and reward parents who pay attention to their childrenamp;rsquo;s schooling. Brazilamp;rsquo;s Bolsa Escola and Mexicoamp;rsquo;s Progresa pay parents if they were to keep their children in school. Such amp;ldquo;Conditional Cash Transferamp;rdquo; initiatives are powerful incentives. If we pay our poor fishermen and rice farmers to keep their children at school, we would dramatically reduce the dropout rates. If we add a bonus in the form of extra payments if their children were to excel, then watch those parents become diligent in ensuring that their children attend school and do their homework. A universality of the human trait is that we respond to incentives. The secret is to find the right one. For many, it is still cold cash. The key finding of the OECD study is that resilient disadvantaged students attend more regular lessons at school than those who are not. Thus extend the hours of our rural schools to a full day, and increase the number of school days from the current 180 to 220 per year, as in Japan. This means single-session schools. If these disadvantaged children are in school for much of the day, well fed, well taught and well supervised while there, then we could not care less if their parents were unable to help them with the homework or read to them at bedtime. Further, with an extended school day, the afternoon could be devoted to enriching extracurricular activities like athletics and fine arts. Thus instead of loitering in the afternoon or otherwise getting into mischief, they would be in school practicing their music or participating in sports. Those extracurricular activities help nurture a more wholesome development; they are also true and tried confidence builders. Nurturing Self-Confidence As for self-confidence, the OECD report emphasized the importance of instilling this, especially in disadvantaged children. This cannot be achieved merely by participating in cheerleading rallies and endlessly proclaiming our supposed glorious past. Instead, and this is another key finding of the report, resilient students spend more time studying science. Excelling in science boosts their self-confidence; this in turn spills over in other areas. This benefit is particularly pronounced with disadvantaged students; the more disadvantaged they are, the more they benefited. Resilient students spend more class hours on the subject. In France, Germany and the Netherlands these students spend an hour and 45 minutes more in science classes per week than disadvantaged low-achievers. Thus we must not only expand the school day of our rural schools, which are mostly attended by disadvantaged children, but also increase substantially the hours devoted to science classes. Their enhanced literacy in science, apart from boosting their self-confidence, would also greatly improve their employability later in life. For disadvantaged Malay students, another effective way of boosting their self-confidence would be to enhance their English proficiency. Our leaders endlessly exhort our students to learn English, as if that can simply be wished upon or achieved by waving a magic wand. Instead we should, as the experience with science proficiency of resilient students in OECD countries demonstrates, devote more hours to the subject. Additionally, more subjects should be taught in English so students could practice their English skills outside their language classes. In this regard, the greatest burden of the recent decision to end the teaching of science and mathematics in English falls disproportionately on our rural (meaning, Malay) students, the very group our leaders profess to champion. That fluency in English could greatly boost a studentamp;rsquo;s confidence is dramatically demonstrated in California. The state has a large number of immigrant children with severely disadvantaged backgrounds and who cannot speak English. In the days of bilingual education they would be taught in their mother tongue (most commonly Spanish) as well as English. That policy ended with the passage of an amp;ldquo;English Onlyamp;rdquo; referendum in 1998. Today these students have to spend their first year in an English immersion class, and only when they are sufficiently fluent would they join the regular stream. The results of that experiment are now clear. Whereas in the past these pupils would perpetually be handicapped by their limited English ability and remain at the bottom of their class right up to their final years in school, with the mandatory immersion classes, their ability to speak and write English improved quickly. That boosted their self-confidence, which in turn spills over onto other areas. Today those students readily mix in the playground with the other children and fully engaged socially and other ways while at school. In the past they would segregate themselves as they felt inadequate; they had low self-esteem because of their language handicap. Today no one would wish to return to the bad old days of bilingual education, most of all those children and their parents. Californiaamp;rsquo;s success, now widely acknowledged, directly contradicts the opinion of a widely quoted UNESCO study that purported to show that mother tongue-based bilingual education has a positive impact on learning and learning outcomes. The self-confidence of Malay students would similarly be boosted if they were to be fluent in English. We could achieve this by replicating Californiaamp;rsquo;s experience of English-immersion classes. We had something akin to that with our amp;ldquo;Special Malayamp;rdquo; and amp;ldquo;Removeamp;rdquo; classes of yore. Better yet, bring back the old English schools back to our rural areas where the need for enhanced English fluency is the greatest. If we supplement that with an increase in the hours they stay in school, enrich the curriculum to devote more hours to science, and have a full offering of extracurricular activities to include sports and the performing arts like music and drama, then While parental and social factors are important, there is much that our schools and teachers can and should do to improve the current abysmal academic performance of our kampong kids. The key lies with the teachers and schools. In the next essay I will explore the experiences of those countries that have highly effective schools and how they have managed to attract the best to be teachers. Learn from the experiences of the OECD countries. If we adopt the measures discussed here, then watch the miracles unfolding in our rural students. We can break the link between disadvantaged background and low academic achievement. Next: Attracting the Best To Teaching
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 07:53 AM PDT
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