Saturday, April 30, 2011
The shitter in PAS should keep up the good work and keep on oppressing the traders.
They are doing it when the retail space given to them was smaller than what had been promised earlier by the state government.
Bravo to Nik Aziz for showing how good a so-called Islamic state government (or the real truth is that it is a PAS state government using Islam to lie to people) can be.
Moreover, PAS who champions itself as a Muslim leader who are more Islamic than the rest of us supports and are in cohort with the same one they had been blasting before when he was in government, the infamous Al Juburi.
Yesterday, New Straits Times published a news titled "Upset traders to vote out Pas state leaders".
Don't threaten, just do it because the state government had proven not to be trustworthy or able to keep to their promises.
When people fucked with you, just fuck them back good time!
Since PAS had monkeyed around with you, don't get mad, but get even. Just vote them out and don't just say it, DO IT in the 13th General Election.
If a state government had proven itself not be acting in the good faith of the people, just kick them out. Kick ass and vote for Barisan Nasional.
And if Barisan Nasional wrestles back Kelantan from PAS, it's not because of the UMNO leaders at the grass root is doing their job, it's because PAS is dumb and thinks the voters are dumber than them.
UMNO leaders in the grassroot in Kelantan are complacent with the way it is because they still got their money from the Federal Government even though they don't have to lift a finger to work to win back Kelantan.
The only person I see working hard is Datuk Mustapa Mohamad and I see no one else helping him. It's a bit like Datuk Seri Najib going down to meet the people but his actions are not emulated by other UMNO leaders in the grass root.
If you want to be a lazy bum and drag BN down with you, just quit from being an UMNO or Barisan Nasional leader. We need working leaders not sleeping leaders.
And that goes to you to Chua Soi Lek. If you porn actor thinks that being with DAP is better, just get the hell out of Barisan Nasional.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Look for the title "Panas Berapi..!! Mari Lihat Video Seks Anwar Ibrahim Full Version - Sebarkan..!!" and click there. Proceed to watch the YouTube separately.
Then care to share what do you feel about it after watching Al Juburi in action.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
'1Melayu, 1 Bumi' idea will not hamper 1Malaysia conceptSERDANG: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is confident the government is making continuous efforts to promote the 1Malaysia concept despite claims by certain quarters the recent "1Melayu, 1Bumi" idea by Malay daily Utusan Malaysia is blatantly challenging the concept.
“That is the personal opinion of the writer. From the government’s point of view, our vision is clear and we will continue our efforts. For the Malay people, it is important to support Umno.
If we want to unite from a political viewpoint, give your support to Umno,” he told a Press conference this morning after launching the Farmers, Livestock Breeders and Fishermen’s Assembly this morning at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (MAEPS) here.
On the public’s outrage of the RM50 million 1Malaysia email project by Tricubes Bhd, Najib said: “Let them (Tricubes) explain. It’s their proposal."
Najib reiterated the 1Malaysia email was a private sector initiative and did not involve the public’s money.
At the same function, Najib highlighted the importance of the agriculture industry in contributing to the nation’s transformation.
“Do not think the focus is only given to the corporate sector or the Klang Valley only. Changes and a huge transformation like this must also cover the rural areas in the country.”
Najib said there was a need to emphasis on food security to prevent a food supply crisis and increases in food prices.
"In line with the food security policy, we must look at how we can give a new injection to the agricultural sector so that it will be more dynamic and fresh in terms of its growth and image."
The two-day event, which will gather about 10,000 participants, also saw the launch of Kor Tani and the AgriBazaar portal.
Also present was Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar.
The Malay Mail
Oh yes. '1 Melayu 1 Bumi' is so dangerous because if the Malays are united, then they will be stronger and the Chinese will not be able to get control of the political power of Malaysia.
That is the one and only reason the Chinese or Indians are rejecting that. UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL!
Hey! This is a free country. If you fucking Chinese kiasus and racist Indians can do and say whatever the fuck that you like, SO CAN WE!
By the way, notice how MALAYsia is named. Before indepandence it was known as TANAH MELAYU not India or China.
If you think that I am racist, so what the hell! Do you think I care anything about what you think of me? Go back to China and India if you are not satisfied.
It's okay for you to be racist and united with each other of the same race, but when there are hints about Malays getting united, well you will make brouhaha about it.
FUCK YOU! You can bet that I am racist because you are that as well. I don't see any Indians or Chinese defending the rights of the Malays so only Malay leaders and other Malays will do that.
You fucking Chinese and Indian racists can go to hell for all I care. But if you go back to China or India, that would be better.
I don't whether you want to kill yourself or go back to your own country which is China or India, I care about the Malays.
So, what are you going to do about it? Just fuck off, okay? But personally I think that the most stupid bastards and bitches are the Malays who are the members and leaders in DAPig communist. Are you dumb?
Why on Earth would you be in a party which upholds communism? Have you forgotten what the communist had done to the Malays during the Malaya Emergency?
Stupid fucking assholes! Just go and die together with the other communist.
Mahathir: Foundation to send aid to PalestinePETALING JAYA: Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) has pledged to deliver humanitarian aid to Palestine.
The aid includes food and materials for the reconstruction of water and waste treatment facilities in the Gaza Strip.
PGPF president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the foundation would send help to prevent outbreaks of fatal waterborne diseases.
The foundation, he said, would highlight illegal siege and violation of human rights across the globe where the victims needed urgent help.
“Our objective is to spread the idea that war is a crime and action must be taken against the aggressors,” he said after launching the foundation which was previously called the Perdana Global Peace Organisation.
Dr Mahathir said the campaign to achieve world peace would take a long time but the foundation was ready to help change the mindset on war and violence.
PGPF is a vehicle to raise sustainable funds for humanitarian aid missions and conferences aimed at criminalising war.
Dr Mahathir said a ship called Spirit of Rachel Corrie would take food, medical supplies and construction materials to Gaza, but he did not mention the date the aid would be delivered.
After the launch, UiTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar presented to Dr Mahathir a cheque for RM92,206.15 donated by UiTM students.
This is so great! I don't see PAS who vocally praises itself as being more Islamic than any other Muslims in this country doing that or sending their volunteers to Palestine to fight the Jews. Just admit that you are afraid to die.
That is why even Nik Aziz do not dare to go to Southern Thailand where Muslims are being systematically murdered there. You said that you are the champion of Islam. Yet you are afraid to fight for Islam. Is there a paradox here?
This proves that it is easier said than done. Everyone have a big mouth and they can say whatever the hell that they want but most will not do the things that they condemned others of not doing which they themselves are not doing it. So just shut the fuck up will ya?
What about PKR since they are so vocal in saying that they want a reform. Any PKR AMK members willing to go and die for Islam or are you afraid to die?
One more thing. Mat Rempit is ready to die on the road by racing against each other. Do you dare to go for Jihad, helping other Muslims oppressed and killed by the Jews in Palestine? At least you will die and go to heaven if you die while defending Islam and Muslims being massacred there on a daily basis!
Fuck you PAS! Fuck you PKR! Fuck you DAP! I hope that you are happy fucking each other.
'Nasi Lemak not main source of obesity'"Parents should instill healthy food habits in children from as young as three years-old as it will be difficult when they reach adolescence."
KUALA LUMPUR: Nasi lemak is the not the main source of obesity among school children as it can be due to uncontrolled intake of high calorie diet, said Nutrition Society of Malaysia president Dr Tee E Siong.
"We must be wise in controlling our daily food intake," he told reporters at the launch of Nutrition Month Malaysia 2011 with the theme "Healthy Children, Healthy Nation-Start Early" at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre, here today.
In this aspect, parents should instill healthy food habits in children from as young as three years-old as it will be difficult when they reach adolescence.
Dr Tee said preschool and primary school children are the most at risk of malnutrition as it will impact their physical, mental, emotional and social development.
"Overweight and nutritional deficiencies not only impact growth but bring undesirable effects to children as they will have high risk of hypertension and diabetes," he added. - BERNAMA
I can attest to the fact that Nasi Lemak can be the main source of obesity since I had experimented with it myself.
A couple of years ago, I ate Nasi Lemak every morning for a whole month when I was working because I was feeling like eating Nasi Lemak and I was FAT like a pig.
If you eat Nasi Lemak once a week, it's still okay. But if you gobble it up like a starving African for a whole month, you can be FAT.
If you think that I am joking, why don't you try it yourself? But make it easier to be fat by gobbling down Nasi Lemak for breakfast, lunch and dinner plus supper.
And see for yourself how fat you can get in a month! I bet you will be fatter than I had been when I ate it for breakfast every morning.
Fuck! You just turn left and right in your bed restlessly while your mind is still active and thinking about things.
I kinda having an imsonia tonight.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
PETALING JAYA: Amirul Fitri Zainol Abidin and Wong Li Chin had plenty to smile about at the secondary category of the RHB New Straits Times National Spell-It-Right Challenge yesterday.
The two SIR 2010 Selangor and Johor state champions not only defended their state titles but did so without tripping up on a single word.
Amirul Fitri, 16, of Program Pendidikan Menengah Tinggi Permata Pintar UKM, retained his crown when he correctly spelled all his final round words -- "drupe", "rasbora" and "bacillosis".
Studying the etymology of words is his secret to success.
"I looked up the prefixes, suffixes and root words of terms that I came across.
"Knowing this makes spelling easier, especially for medical terms," said Amirul Fitri, who beat 239 other hopefuls at the Selangor competition.
Aside from the RM3,000 prize and plaque, Amirul Fitri will represent his state at the National Challenge on July 16 in Kuala Lumpur, where he hopes to improve on his performance last year. He won third place at last year's national finals.
Wong, who was placed fourth in the national finals last year, sailed through the Johor competition yesterday to emerge state spelling champ.
She took home the top prize of RM3,000, a plaque and the honour of representing her state at the national challenge.
She had correctly spelled "quirt", "taffrail" and "rubidium" in the finals to keep her crown.
Like Amirul Fitri, she was the only one of 15 state finalists able to correctly spell all the words in her final round.
Her competition experience from last year had helped but it was the extensive reading that led her to victory.
"I memorised and read a lot as well as used and spelled the funny words I found in the dictionary," said the fifth-former who aspires to be a doctor and intends to save her prize money for college.
She added that she could not have made it this far if not for the support and encouragement of her family, friends and teachers.
Wong is relieved the state challenge is over and has only one immediate goal -- "to get some sleep!".
In Selangor, winning second place was bittersweet for Nicola Anne De Bruyne Choon Ming Wey, 17, from SMK Assunta as she had aimed to represent her state.
"However, I am happy to have improved from last year," said Choon, who had come in fourth at last year's state challenge. For her second placing this year, she walked away with RM2,500 and a plaque.
Third-place winner Atikah Adzhar of SMK Taman Desa Dua was jubilant that her hard work had paid off this time.
"I make it a habit to refer to the dictionary every time I come across an unfamiliar word instead of leaving it to the last minute," said Atikah, who was also a finalist last year.
She attributed her win to her newfound confidence.
"Before, I was so nervous that I misspelt the words, but not anymore," said Atikah who walked away with RM2,000 and a plaque.
Taking risks proved to be fruitful for Kan Wai Min of SMK Hulu Kelang.
The fifth-former managed a fourth placing and a RM1,500 cash prize and plaque in his first ever -- and, regretfully, final -- showing in the contest.
"It's just my luck that I reached the top five. I didn't try out in previous years because I didn't know if I was good enough. Now I realize that sometimes in life, you have to take chances," said Kan.
Pint-sized Adelina Zulkifli of SMK (P) Sri Aman, who came in fifth, is extremely happy with her achievement.
"My participation in spelling bees at school level has increased my confidence and that's what helped me in this competition," said Adelina, who won RM1,000 and a plaque.
In Johor, Nur Yasmin Ahmad Rizal, 15, from Sekolah Tun Fatimah took home the RM2,500 second prize and a plaque, while Michael Ho Poon Yew, 16, from Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar won the third prize of RM2,000 and a plaque.
Nathanael Devakumar Murugiah, 15, from SMK Sultan Ismail won RM1,500 and a plaque for coming in fourth, while Nur Azhani Nadzri, 16, from SMK Taman Seri Saujana took home RM1,000 and a plaque for her fifth placing.
Nur Yasmin, who had won fifth placing last year, is happy with her improved standing this year.
Ho, a first-time contestant, did not expect to get very far because he had not even opened a dictionary to prepare for the contest.
"I was busy organising an event the day before the competition," he said, adding he had not decided whether to save his prize money or splurge it on a new computer.
Though tough, Ho thinks he lucked out on getting some of the "easier" words. He hopes to have another crack at the state title next year.
A total of 197 students from schools around Johor vied for the state title yesterday.
McDonald's Malaysia provided the participants with lunch at both venues.
The SIR Challenge continues on April 23 and 24 at Kuantan Parade, Kuantan, and Mahkota Parade in Malacca.
Monday, April 18, 2011
The increasing popularity of RHB New Straits Times National Spell-It-Right Challenge indicates the growing awareness of the importance of mastering the English language, writes NURJEHAN MOHAMED
IF last weekend is anything to go by, spelling is winning popularity with schoolchildren.
The RHB New Straits Times National Spell-It-Right (SIR) Challenge saw record numbers of participants turning up at the first two venues in Sungai Petani, Kedah and Arau, Perlis.
A total of 116 primary and 206 secondary students tried their luck in the Kedah leg while 55 primary and 63 secondary students vied for the crown at the Perlis competition.
Last year, there were 64 primary and 84 secondary entrants in Kedah, and 28 primary and 32 secondary contenders in Perlis.
Looking at current registration numbers, a similar trend may continue at other state challenges in the coming weeks.
Among the reasons for the fourth season’s early success could be a change in rules.
Instead of school teams of four, participation is on an individual basis and up to 10 students per school can enter.
This means that those keen on spelling can enter without having to find a group to be eligible to do so.
This has also paved the way for several good spellers from the same school to advance to the finals.
Three of the top five spots at the Perlis secondary competition were taken by three of eight SMK Derma students, with second-former Pang Zheng Bin leading the pack.
And SMK Sultan Badlishah’s Vivien Khor Wei Wen and M. Dharshana took home the second and third prizes in the Kedah state challenge.
Opening the competition to students from private schools which use the Malaysian national curriculum might have also contributed to higher numbers.
This development comes at a time when English in Malaysia is increasingly being used as a shared language across communities and an international medium of communication, which underpins the relevance of activities such as the SIR Challenge.
In the recently released English First (EF) English Proficiency Index (EPI), Malaysia came out tops among non-native-speaking Asian countries and ninth globally. Malaysia is the only country outside of Europe placed in the “high proficiency” category.
The 42 countries and two territories included in the exercise undertaken by education provider EF were placed in five categories ranging from “very high proficiency” to “very low proficiency”. The EPI calculates a country’s average English skill level using the best available data from four English tests completed by hundreds of thousands of adults every day. All the tests include grammar, vocabulary, reading and listening sections.
The index was calculated using combined test taker data from 2007 to 2009, which included test results from 2.3 million test takers.
EF states, however, that the EPI is not guaranteed to be representative of the country as a whole as the test takers are self-selected.
Still, the dominance of English at the workplace is undeniable and this is an important factor in encouraging students to master the English language.
This was recently highlighted by University of Malaya (UM) vice chancellor Professor Datuk Ghauth Jasmon.
UM, as the country’s oldest university, had to “buck up on the command and use of the English language to improve graduate employability”, he said.
This was based on feedback from employers who evaluate the institution’s students during their industrial training.
It is said that spelling is the cornerstone of language.
The participants of the SIR Challenge — winners or not — stand to gain much more than just the tangible results of monetary reward and certificates of participation.
They may also find a greater desire to expand their vocabulary through reading as well as the confidence to use the English language more frequently.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
WHEN it was announced that the policy of teaching Science and Mathematics in English would be abolished, Noraini Yaacob was among the many parents who rushed to move their children from national schools to international schools.
"At one international school, more than 400 parents queued up to register their children. The ratio was about eight locals to one foreigner. Despite the long waiting list, parents were still persistent in getting their children in."
Noraini managed to put two of her three children in an international school but admitted that it was woefully expensive.
She, therefore, welcomed the statement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak that the government will study the possibility of using two mediums of instruction in schools for Science and Maths.
Two languages? How can it be executed? Should some schools teach in English, and others in Bahasa Malaysia? Or should each school offer two mediums of instruction?
Former Bar Council president Ragunath Kesavan said a referendum should be held in schools.
"Science and Maths will be taught in the language agreed by parents at the referendum. As such, some schools will teach the subjects in Bahasa Malaysia and some in English."
Another option, said Ragunath, was to pick a few schools in a town or district to teach Science and Maths in English.
The third option, he said, would be to divide the number of classes in one school equally or based on needs, with some classes teaching in Bahasa Malaysia and the rest in English.
"There are three options currently in terms of the language the two subjects can be taught in at primary schools, namely Bahasa Malaysia in national schools, and Mandarin or Tamil in national type schools, so why not another option?"
He said well-to-do families had the means to send their children to international schools but the poor did not.
"This widens the divide between the rich and the poor. Every citizen should have equal means to education."
Malacca Action Group for Parents in Education chairman Mak Chee Kin said all parent-teacher associations across the country should take a stand on the matter during their annual general meetings or perhaps even call for an extraordinary general meeting.
"If the majority of parents want the two subjects to be taught in English, then let it be, or vice versa.
"Once this has been done, logistics and planning will be easier. The authorities can easily mobilise teachers, distribute books and software accordingly."
Mak said the option of choosing the medium of instruction could help the government save the millions of ringgit that had been invested.
"English-based books, materials and software need not be discarded. Also, the amount spent on training teachers to teach in English will not go to waste."
Education authorities, he said, should not assume that all rural schools wanted the subjects to be taught in Bahasa Malaysia and all urban schools, in English.
"Wherever the schools are, let the parents decide. You will be surprised with the outcome."
Parents Action Group for Education chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said each parent must be allowed to indicate to their children's school the medium of instruction that was preferred.
The school will then collate the preference and this will determine the number of Science and Mathematics classes to be conducted in Bahasa Malaysia and English.
"While most of the classes will be taught in the language chosen by the majority of parents of the school, each school will also offer a minimum of one Bahasa Malaysia and one English option class at every level."
Azimah said examination questions and textbooks could continue to remain bilingual. She stressed that a decision on this matter should be made immediately.
"The propensity to learn is highest between pre-school and primary school, and by allowing the English option to begin as soon as possible will ensure a smooth and seamless transition into Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia, diploma or pre-university levels."
Azimah said the ministry should consult parents before making a decision.
"The preamble of the Education Act 1996 states: '...pupils are to be educated in accordance with the wishes of their parents.'"
Muhammad Haykal Muhammad Bakhtiar, 15, said, however, the students should be the ones to decide.
"I prefer it to be taught in English, so I should have that choice. The same goes for others who prefer it in Bahasa Malaysia."
Friday, April 15, 2011
The report called for the police to investigate the 4 persons that had been named by RPK, namely Nik Azmi Nik Daud, John Pang, blogger Din Merican and Lt-Col Azmi Zainal Abidin.
However, they had forgotten to mention the most important person in the conspiration plot which is the de facto of PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who surely do not want to see anyone else filling the post that he had long been dreaming about, a post where he nearly got his hands onto until he was ousted by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for misusing his power as the Deputy Prime Minister during his reign of terror, sodomy and bribery.
Meanwhile, Datuk Seri Najib expresses his gratitude on the turnaround of the event where the truth finally prevailed.
Many bloggers had been commenting on the issue. Read what had been written about it by marahku, bigdog, barkingmagpie, apanama and rockybru.
Meanwhile, earlier in the news tonight, Lim Guan Eng seems to be avoiding the questions posed by reporters about the latest development in which he said sometimes things can be taken out of context.
Lim Kit Siang on the other hand seems to prefer to remain mum on that issue. However, I am sure that those leaders in Pakatan Rakyat had been aware of the real culprit who conspires to bring down Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak but being true to themselves, they will still support Anwar Ibrahim.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
By HARIATI AZIZAN and LEE YEN MUN
PETALING JAYA: It does not matter if you are top of your class or have a string of degrees, that dream job will not be yours unless you can speak and write well in English.
Feedback from local and international employers shows that verbal and written communication skills in English remain the most sought-after attribute in prospective employees.
According to a recent Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) survey, it is the most important trait employers look for when recruiting graduates.
The MEF Salary Survey for Executives 2010 revealed that 68% of the companies surveyed named communication skills as the top quality required in job applicants, followed by working experience (67%), interpersonal skills (56.2%) and passion and commitment (55.7%).
MEF executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said globalisation had changed the nature of jobs, making communication skills, specifically in English, a valuable asset for today's worker.
He added that this was an essential criterion even for professions traditionally seen as “backroom” staff such as engineers, technical personnel and scientists. “It is especially so for those working in multinationals and bigger firms,” he said.
“Today, our clients are worldwide. In factories, for instance, engineers are a different breed from the past,” said Shamsuddin.
“Now, they have to be involved in various aspects of business and interact with clients.”
Shamsuddin expressed concern that many local graduates today could not speak or write proper English, saying this was a reason why they faced difficulties getting jobs in the private sector.
The company is one of the top headhunters in the country.
Norman said it was important to master English as it was widely used among the business community, both in Malaysia and internationally.
The Kelly Global Workforce Index survey released in 2010 listed “communication skills” as one of the top five most desired skills within the corporate sector.
“We have encountered local graduates who are weak in spoken and written English and have limited vocabulary,” said Norman.
“These candidates can only manage to secure jobs in small-medium enterprises and small businesses.”
Various industry and business leaders also warned that the decline in English was affecting Malaysia's global competitiveness.
Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers President Tan Sri Mustafa Mansur said the young ones who could not communicate in English were unable to negotiate the best deals in business transactions or investments.
“We need to send people out to market our products, negotiate deals or get contracts signed. If they cannot communicate well in English, we will lose out,” he said.
Pemudah co-chair Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon pointed out that, contrary to popular belief, it was important for civil servants to have a good command of English due to a growing borderless world.
“The standard of English also affects the quality of the public sector as civil servants have to interact with international citizens and the business world as well as articulate Malaysia's stand on issues to the international community. These include negotiations on important agreements such as trade agreements.”
Noting that the quality of English in the country had declined over the last two decades, former Human Resource Minister Tan Sri Fong Chan Onn warned that the country would lose out to its neighbours that did not teach English in schools previously.
“Thailand, Indonesia and China are making efforts to improve their English through their education system,” he noted.Related Stories:
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That article had been taken from The Star. Anyone who are not well-versed in English will not go far in life since English is the lingua-franca and used widely around the world.
If your knowledge in English is limited, the choices in your life will also be limited as employers especially from international companies are looking for people who can converse well in English.
Don't be petty minded and follow those closed minded people who will criticize you if you converse in English.
They are actually jealous of you, that is why they bitches about you.
The detractors are actually people who cannot see anyone else go ahead in life, leaving them behind.
That is why they want to make you become worst than them. Employers even complaint that local graduates can't even answer interview questions when those questions are asked in English.
Mostly everything about anything on the internet is in English as well especially those new tech and science being researched about by scientists all around the world.
Even those criticising about PPSMI are overseas graduates and they will send off their children to study overseas when the time comes.
So, ignore those back-stabbing people who wants others to be lower than them.
Friday, April 8, 2011
For those of you disappointed not to be able to view the porn video put up on YouTube which had been blocked due to 18sx footage, though there are no sexual contents in that video, fret not!
You guys and gals can go here to view the porn video by Al Juburi.
CLICK THE LINK ABOVE AND YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER VIDEO.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia came out tops for English proficiency among Asian countries where English is not the mother tongue.
In the Education First English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) 2011 report released on March 30, Malaysia overtook Hong Kong (at second place), South Korea (third place) and Japan (fourth place).
Malaysia is the only Asian country rated as "high proficiency" for the English proficiency level in the report. All the countries were rated at five different levels -- very high proficiency, high proficiency, moderate proficiency, low proficiency and very low proficiency.
Malaysia is also ranked ninth place globally.
Education First, a global education centre, conducted online English tests on 2.3 million working adults globally from year 2007 to 2009. English proficiency was tested in four categories -- grammar, vocabulary, reading and listening.
The EP EPI measures the average English proficiency of an entire country and compares English skill levels between countries. It was the first index of its kind to give countries a standardised measure of English competency in adults.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong was happy with the results but said there was still room for improvement.
"Although we topped other Asian countries, we are still in the ninth place globally.
"I believed with the ministry increasing the period for English language in schools, it will help our students to improve their command in English," he told the New Straits Times yesterday.
Asked whether the ranking will bring back the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English (PPSMI), he said the ministry would look into the possibility.
On Monday, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek had said that PPSMI should be allowed to continue especially in selected urban schools where adequate qualified teachers were available.
He added that teaching both subjects in English was crucial if the country wishes to move towards a developed nation status.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, said that the government would study the possibility of using two mediums of instruction in the teaching of Science and Mathematics in schools.
Last July, the Cabinet decided the medium of instruction for Mathematics and Science would revert to Bahasa Malaysia in national schools and mother-tongue languages in national-type schools from next year onwards.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Education: Give them the option to study in English Read more: Education: Give them the option to study in English
DATIN NOOR AZIMAH ABDUL RAHIM, Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) Kuala Lumpur
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
M'sian gay couples, political activists seek UK asylum
by R. Nadeswaran
LONDON (April 3, 2011): Gay couples and those seeking political asylum make up the 180 Malaysians who have sought asylum in the United Kingdom since 2005.
However, of the 180 applications received over the past five years, only 10 were allowed to stay while five cases are pending.
Home Office records show that only 25 applications were received in 2005 but increased to 40 in 2009 and to 55 the following year. These figures were made available to theSun following a request to the Home Office under the Freedom of Information Act. While not everyone recognised as refugees are granted asylum, some were granted permission to stay on "humanitarian protection grounds".
The most notable is leader of the outlawed Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) M. Waytha Moorthy who was granted permission in 2008 on the basis that he would be "politically persecuted" and "detained without trial" if he was sent back to Malaysia.
It is learnt that his wife and daughter have since joined him.
The other is Mohammed Fazdil Min Bahari, or Fatine, a transvestite married to Briton Ian Young. Although Mohammed Fazdil’s application for permanent stay was initially rejected, he was granted leave to stay in UK indefinitely after the couple expressed fears of reprisal and prosecution if he was sent back to Malaysia.
The Home Office could not provide the details of the reasons given by all Malaysian applicants because of costs. In a note, it explained that as part of the Home Office, the UK Border Agency "is not obliged to comply with any information request where the prescribed cost of supplying you with the information exceeds £600 (RM2,940)".
However, legal sources here said that two of the five who were granted asylum were a gay couple in a relationship. They had strenuously argued that they could not maintain the relationship if they returned to Malaysia and were almost certain to be prosecuted.
Among the 45 applicants whose claims were rejected last year, 25 left the UK but it cannot be ascertained if it was to Malaysia or another country. Five applications are pending as it can take up to a year for the Home Office to investigate and process asylum applications.
Some of those whose applications were rejected were deported while some left voluntarily and some left under various "Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes" of the UK government. -- theSun
Don't fret. Vote for change. Vote for Anwar Ibrahim as the Malaysian Prime Minister.
That way he will become the 1st gay Prime Minister in Malaysia, which until then, had been a Muslim country but will be changed to a gay country after he took office.
Same sex marriage will be legalise, you can have homosexual relationship and live together with your partner even if you are not married because Malaysia will become a country which welcome gayness and homosexuality.
Malaysia will even be a heaven on earth for gays from other Muslims countries because they can seek asylum here.
Gay bars will soon be sprouting out like mushrooms after a rainy day and anyone can have sex in the open just like in the decaying West.
I am sure that you gays out there are loving this, so don't forget to vote for Anwar for change.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
By Wan A. Hulaimi
YOU can now insert a symbol in your school essay and argue with your teacher till your face turns red, “but miss, it’s a verb, and it’s in the Oxford English Dictionary!”
Well, I the OED, but LOL, OMG, what’s happened to the OED? It used to be august and staid and venerable like Bede, but now it’s turning into the side road to be among the jabberwocky.
I say this as someone who once owned the complete OED, in two door-stopping bulks coloured blue, one volume of which dropped on my toes, producing instant liberation and a most marvellous facility of speech that the air turned blue in a way that the OED would have disapproved.
The two-volume set was printed in a font size so miniscule that it came with a rectangular magnifying glass that regularly disappeared like your TV remote control, and so eventually my trips to the shelf became less frequent for, without the glass, even the big words became much too small for me.
I now have the shorter OED that comes in two volumes that are more friendly to the eye, but toe-curling thoughts still enter my head whenever I think of them jumping in the air. And then came the news, still unconfirmed, that the OED that is still only in its second edition since its first publication in 1884, will no longer be publishing its third in print, promising access only to the Internet and perhaps also the CD.
OED2, the second edition, came out in 1989 in 20 toe-crushing volumes, and OED1 took more than four decades before the full complement could take their rightful space on the bookshelves, when the last section, Wise to Wyze, came out in April 1928.
If you’re looking to buy OED3, hold on to your tinfoil hats, for 80 lexicographers have been working hard on it for the past two decades.
So there you are, (love, v.) and tinfoil hats, added meanwhile to Oxford’s word list in its online dictionary as trumpeted last month, and from there we can have a foretaste of what’s coming electronically in, well, perhaps 2020 or thereabouts or so.
Should the most august reference book of English words bother itself with trivialities such as the heart symbol (and it isn’t even a word!)?
Well, I don’t know, but I feel that the OED ought to be prescriptive, didactic, exemplar and more things in words that track the same vein and not just a recorder of the flow. Egad, you’re not the rakish uncle Tom who brings in whatever’s going in the shops, you’re the prim and proper Aunt Sally, natch!
Perhaps dictionaries are meant to be corpus these days, and I have a thing about corpus dictionaries and that is something I have acquired while thumbing through current Malay words. Or do I see a conspiracy here? If so then I'll be forced to eat my tinfoil hat before I believe that initialisms like LOL (laughing out loud, int. and n.) and OMG (Oh my God or gosh, int. and n. and adj.) and BFF (best friends forever, at B, n.) should be in the OED. And tinfoil hat, by the way, is also a new entry and rightly so as you’'ll judge from the rants in this column.
A tinfoil hatter, according to the updated OED, is a believer in conspiracy theories about mind control, someone who wears a tinfoil hat to protect his mind from bad vibes, hence a paranoid, delusional chap.
Madness and delusions have never been far from the OED though if you go back into its history.
In 1857, when the OED project started under the chairmanship of the legendary Professor James Murray, one of its most resourceful voluntary contributors (by correspondence) was an American by the name of Dr William Chester Minor. Dr Minor contributed more than ten thousand quotations and citations to the committee, enough to earn him many invitations to Oxford which he declined.
Intrigued, Prof Murray himself offered to go down to visit him, which Minor agreed, giving his address as the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum about 80km from Oxford. Murray discovered that Dr Minor was not a doctor working at the asylum but an inmate who was committed after murdering a complete stranger in London.
Moore was lucid except for his delusions about being molested in his sleep.
He had a huge book collection in his room and was engaging enough in his conversations to encourage Murray to continue writing and visiting him.
Following a successful petition to the English court by his stepbrother, Minor was later transferred to an American asylum.
When Murray died in 1915, he wrote to Lady Murray offering his books to the OED Scriptorium. Dr Minor died in 1920, six years before the completion of the OED project.
This meeting of two minds can be read in a book by Simon Winchester, The Surgeon of Crowthorne, published in Britain in 1998, and later in the United States as The Professor and the Madman.
Wan A. Hulaimi’s latest book, A Map of Trengganu (written under the pseudonym Awang Goneng) is now in the shops. He may be reached at email@example.com
The question I would like to post to our readers today is how many of you out there are still using dictionaries?
I do. How about you? I can still remember my father used to tell me to use the dictionary whenever I came across words I do not understand.
I used to feel so mad and lazy to do that when he said that but now I know his advice had the benefits to improve my English.
Anything goes when it comes to improving yourself. My English is way better than my Malay since I got a distinction for my English and only a credit for my Malay in my SPM.
I also think that English is easier than Malay but that could be due to my father exposing me to reading English books since I was small since my father had been a replacement teacher for about 3 months a long, long, long time ago.
So, give us some tips on how to improve your English as there are so many of us out there nowadays are incompetent to speak or write in English.
Friday, April 1, 2011
It's never too late to change when the benefits are clearly in favour of our younger and future generations.
My experience studying both Bahasa Melayu and English right from kindergarten to "O" levels has made me bilingual. Whatever my peers and I went through during our schooldays can be reintroduced to national primary and secondary schools now without much problem.
It is only logical to teach Mathematics and Science in English, and let the choice of language to be used to teach the rest of the subjects be decided on the availability of qualified and experienced teachers in the schools.
Twenty or 30 years ago, when the country was going through a very rapid development stage in all sectors, jobs may have been aplenty and because of the demand that existed then, it did not matter much with employers if graduates were not fluent in English.
However, the situation has changed. The first priority of all Malaysian graduates, either those who returned from overseas universities or those who graduated from local universities, is to get a job, either locally or abroad.
In order to stand a better chance of securing a job of their choice, especially with foreign multinational corporations as well as private companies, all graduates are required to be fluent in English.
I am assuming that after 11 years studying Bahasa Melayu, they are fluent in the language.
When talking about giving more emphasis to English in schools and universities in the country, many argue that France, Germany, Japan, Korea and China did not need English to succeed and all these countries are developed countries with First World status.
I agree to a certain extent, but these countries have a lot to offer to people outside their countries and those who want to grab the opportunities or products and services that they have, must know those countries' respective languages in order to get them.
Let me ask this question: "does Malaysia have things to offer (products and services) that those people outside our country cannot get from anywhere else, so much so that they must know our language in order to get them?
My answer is, "no". So, we cannot really compare our country to the other countries in Europe and Asia.
It is also untrue if one insists that those countries are not concerned about English because in Germany, for example, almost everyone understands and speaks English.
Also, an increasing number of people in those countries are studying English from elementary to tertiary levels. There are no lecturers and professors in any German university who cannot write a research paper in English.
I also know a senior professor in linguistics who teaches English language at one of the top Japanese universities in Tokyo. There are many other highly qualified local and foreign professors, lecturers and teachers teaching English at all levels throughout Japan.
I believe the same applies to France, Korea and China.
I was raised and educated in Singapore from kindergarten to pre-university, before proceeding for higher studies elsewhere, and I totally disagree with W.H. when he said: "Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore admitted that his two-language policy of using English as the first language was a failure, as the young generation of ethnic Chinese and Malays were suffering from inferiority complex and the loss of pride and ethnic identity."
No such thing is happening to the young generation of ethnic Chinese and Malays in Singapore before or now. The two-language policy has been very successful.
I don't know why Lee said that. But he has been known to change his mind frequently.
Like many forward-thinking Malaysians, I am very concerned about the unfavourable situation affecting our fresh graduates and the generations of Malaysians to come. We want to address this situation as soon as possible.
Malaysians will do much better if they know English as well as they know the national language. We don't lose anything at all if our people are fluent in both Bahasa Melayu and English.
English can be a catalyst for the country to achieve the tenets of Vision 2020. It can help turn the country into a First World nation and ultimately make our economy a high-income one.
HUSSAINI ABDUL KARIM
AS usual, many students who achieved a string of As in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination would feel excited and hopeful about getting a place in local universities to further their studies.
To be exact, 9,239 students scored straight As and 91.2 per cent passed the examination last year.
Every year, when I see all these students so excited about their straight-A results, I have mixed feelings on how well they will fare in their higher studies and, finally, in their careers.
In my 30 years of working life, I have interviewed quite a number of local graduates and, to my disappointment, a majority of them failed to meet the average job expectations mainly due to their weak command of English.
Two months ago, I interviewed a local graduate in his early 30s to fill up a vacancy for an information technology (IT) manager.
The candidate was quite knowledgeable in IT, but he was miserably weak in communicating in English, let alone in writing proper English.
As this post required him to communicate with foreign guests and attend seminars, I had no choice but to give the job to another candidate whose command of English was better.
I believe thousands of local graduates are handicapped by their poor command of English, thus creating a stumbling block in career advancement.
Many of these unfortunate graduates managed to get in as rank- and-file staff for many years with no prospects of promotion to executive and managerial levels.
Obviously, the attractive certificates they received upon graduating could provide them with only temporary excitement but not real hope.
I have also come across a couple of doctors who could not even write a proper reference letter. Grammatical errors and improper sentence constructions were obvious.
They may be dedicated doctors, but I am not too sure they can remain smart by continuing learning from websites, printed materials and attending seminars as the medical field is evolving so rapidly.
About 10 years ago, a problem with my little finger was misdiagnosed by a general practitioner as experiencing a non-serious swelling instead of a tendon rupture.
For weeks, the upper part of the finger had no strength to move and was slightly numb. Much later, the same doctor discovered that it was a tendon rupture.
I was referred to a plastic surgeon for surgery. A smart and correct diagnosis would have saved me from unnecessary suffering.
Although I had my tendon surgically connected, my finger was shortened by at least 1cm due to the long delay. My finger is slightly bent after the surgery because of the tendon pull.
Science and technology is evolving rapidly, thus we need to keep ourselves updated constantly.
To keep ourselves up-to-date, there is no shortcut but to read and be exposed to relevant materials constantly. More than 90 per cent of these technical subjects are published in English.
I am sad to observe that there are many high-ranking employees, especially in the civil service, who are laidback and prefer to remain computer illiterate even in this day and age.
Many make no serious effort to learn and improve, while many young executives treat English as a foreign language instead of a lingua franca.
How will they keep up with changes to remain smart and efficient in carrying out their duties?
I hope the Education Ministry will heed the views of many parents to provide their children with an opportunity to continue studying mathematics and science in English.
It is every parent's hope that our local universities produce not only employable graduates, but also graduates who can compete globally.
Letters to the Editor, NST, 30th March 2011
Malays, especially those involved in professional work have to brush up on their English mastery so that other races don't look down on you.
Don't be lazy to improve yourself even though you are 30, 40 or 50 because it's never too late to learn.
Islam is a religion which promotes its followers; either male or female to gain knowledge throughout their lifetime.
Knowledge seeking does not stop after you graduated from the university. It's a life long affair.