- As ‘Allah’ appeal nears, JAKIM calls for ‘holy struggle’ among Muslims
- Lim’s Malay political secretary branded a traitor for suggesting a UiTM type college for ...
- ‘Usno Baru has own agenda’
- Ex-IGP Musa leaves MyWatch
- English ‘must pass’ subject from 2016
- New education target: World class students
- Malaysia Risk Tops Philippines on Najib Budget Gap
- In Umno polls, race is for vice-presidencies, supreme council seats
- LDP in Turmoil/ Let delegates decide which ‘chief’ they want
- PM can do it, says Zaid of social contract review
- Sabahans say time to clear haze of fuzzy history
Posted: 05 Sep 2013 04:44 PM PDT
(MMO) - Just days before the "Allah" row returns to court, Islamic authorities today slammed their opponents for deigning to challenge for the use of the term, and called upon Muslims to unite in a "holy struggle" against enemies of the faith.
In today's Friday sermon read out at mosques nationwide, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) also laid claim to a list of words asides from "Allah" that it purports to be exclusive to Muslims and prohibited to non-Muslims.
"It is only natural in life, something which is renowned and staunch will always suffer from threats and attempts to shake its superiority," said the sermon uploaded online.
Posted: 05 Sep 2013 03:18 PM PDT
Rita Jong, TMI
The young Malay political secretary to DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang is being called a traitor to her race - all because she proposed that an institution like Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) be set up for non-Malays.
Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud has been heavily criticised by several quarters for even suggesting the idea, and has been labelled as "a Malay who does not know her history" by Umno leaders.
Umno Selangor state liaison chief Datuk Seri Noh Omar said Dyana Sofya has also been used by DAP and that she should understand the philosophy behind the setting up of UiTM which was founded by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara).
He also urged the young girl to read up on how DAP was set up with the help of PAP in Singapore.
"She should understand the background of DAP. Tunku Abdul Rahman himself was willing to exclude Singapore from Malaysia.
"The 'Malaysian Malaysia' slogan by PAP was clearly against our country's principle.
"She made a racist statement. She does not know her history and hence, she has no patriotic spirit. UiTM is clearly protected under Article 153 of the Constitution. This is our right. Don't question it," he told The Malaysian Insider when asked about Dyana Sofya's suggestion.
He said Malays had sacrificed a lot for other races, for example the Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) which has set a quota for non-Malay students to enrol in the college.
Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah echoed Noh's sentiment.
Saifuddin, who was also the former Higher Education deputy minister, said UiTM's objective was clear, that was to help Bumiputera students, especially those from rural areas.
He said this privilege should not be questioned, as there were 19 other higher learning institutions, which were open to other races with no entry quota limitations.
"Leave UiTM be. This university needs to play a role in helping Bumiputera youths. We don't see a need to open UiTM to other races.
"Some people said that the small group of non-Bumiputera students who entered UiTM would affect the Malay students' excellence. This, however, has no scientific evidence.
"There are many other institutions which focus on one race and still be successful, for example, Kolej Melayu Kuala Kangsar and Kolej Tuanku Kursiah. Both have excelled despite the dominance of Malay students," he said.
Saifuddin also said Malays had never questioned other non-Malay parties in setting up colleges or universities for themselves.
UiTM former vice-chancellor Tan Sri Ibrahim Abu Shah also took offence with Dyana Sofya's suggestion and said that Bumiputera students were still lagging behind compared to the achievements of other races.
He said the Malay students ratio based on critical learning fields was still low, hence UiTM was set up to bring a balance of expert workforce in Malaysia
"If UiTM accepts non-Bumiputera students, our country will deteriorate as there would not be an understanding between races in Malaysia.
"I don't see a need for this," said Ibrahim.
Posted: 05 Sep 2013 03:08 PM PDT
Usno Baru chief Dulli Tiaseh slams Sabah Umno deputy chief Salleh Said Keruak for alleging that the new party had nothing to do the original struggle.
Luke Rintod, FMT
Newly-registered Usno Baru or United Sabah National Organisation said Sabah Umno should not be unduly worried by Usno Baru's inception in Sabah.
Usno Baru president, Dulli Tiaseh, when contacted by FMT today, said Usno Baru did not wish to compete with Sabah Umno.
"Usno Baru has its own agenda…It is sufficient if the people of Sabah know that Usno Baru has been successfully registered and the Usno spirit resurrected," he said.
Tiaseh was commenting on Sabah Umno liaison deputy head, Salleh Said Keruak, who reportedly said the advent of Usno Baru poses no threat to Sabah Umno's popularity and that it had nothing to do with the original Usno.
Dulli, 57, however, lambasted Salleh, saying that contradictory to what Salleh believed, the new Usno would continue the struggle of previous Usno's leaders like the late Mustapha Harun.
"We wish not to compete with Salleh. It is enough if the people know Usno is here again for them," Dulli said reminding Salleh that majority of the Usno Baru lineup were former original Usno members.
"As a proof that we were formerly original Usno members and wanted to continue its struggle, even the Registrar of Societies (ROS) compelled us that at least 60% of our pro-tem lineup were Usno's members, and this we proved with our original Usno membership when we lodged our application five years ago.
"We have our "sijil asal ahli Usno lama" and in fact more than 80% of our pro-tem have them.
"So it is pure nonsense when Salleh argued that our struggle has nothing to do with the original Usno," Dulli said adding that currently Usno Baru has only 36 members including 13 as supreme council members.
Salleh reportedly said: "We are not worried about or concerned over the registration of United Sabah National Organisation.
"Sabah Umno is solid and gained landslide support from the people, winning almost all allocated state seats (for Umno), except Klias, in the recent general election."
Dulli said that top of his agenda now is putting in place the party's administration and management before embarking on a membership drive.
"We are having lots of brainstorming right now," he said disclosing his party would for the time being operate from an office in Putatan near the state capital.
Posted: 05 Sep 2013 03:05 PM PDT
The former IGP has formed a crime prevention NGO, Malaysia Community Care Association, with reason for his departure from MyWatch unknown.
P Ramani, FMT
Former IGP Musa Hassan has left the crime prevention NGO MyWatch and the reason for his departure to form a similar NGO – Malaysia Community Crime Care Association (MCCCA) – is unknown.
However, a MyWatch official told FMT that the NGO had been allegedly used by certain quarters as a front for their personal gains.
Posted: 05 Sep 2013 02:59 PM PDT
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin also said that vernacular schools will receive equal support as public schools from the government.
(FMT) - Muhyiddin also said that English teachers will be made to undergo the Cambridge Placement Test (CPT) to gauge their knowledge in the language.English will be made a mandatory passing subject for all students sitting for their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) from 2016, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister announced today.
He said the government has placed emphasis on English to strengthen students' grasp of the subject, with an intention of producing a globalised generation.
"English will be given emphasis and as announced earlier this year, it will be made a compulsory passing subject for SPM students by 2016," Muhyiddin said today during the launch of the National Education Blueprint (PPPM) 2013-2025 here.
"To realise this, the ministry is currently in the process of increasing contact hours (between teachers and students) in classes so deeper immersion in the English language for the students," he added.
Muhyiddin also said that English teachers will be made to undergo the Cambridge Placement Test (CPT) to gauge their knowledge in the language.
"The first batch of 5,000 teachers have participated in the training by the British Council. Nine thousand English teachers will undergo the same training in October," he said.
Along with English, Muhyiddin said that the government will continue to place strong emphasis on the Malay language to uphold unity and national identity among the people.
"To strengthen both languages, the PPPM has highlighted a few initiatives. Among those are to improve the Malay curriculum in vernacular schools.
"For students who are weak, additional classes will be conducted outside schooling hours and this will not affect teaching time and their other classes," he said.
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Posted: 05 Sep 2013 02:49 PM PDT
The national education blueprint launched today also aims to create students with richer school experience.
(Bernama) - Students with world-class knowledge and skills, strong moral values and capable of competing with their peers from other countries are among the major impacts envisioned by the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.According to the Malaysia Educational Blueprint 2013-2025, launched by Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today, students will also learn in an environment where the fundamental belief is that all students can learn and all students can succeed.
"Students will have a richer school experience, both academic and non-academic, so that they can excel in life. Students will have a greater say in shaping their learning experience," it said.
Its impact on the teacher is that it will develop the world-class capabilities needed to facilitate desired student outcomes and gain more enjoyment and fulfillment from their jobs.
"Teachers will have the support they need to succeed and will enjoy better working conditions, performance-based rewards and enhanced pathways and will be immersed in a culture of collaboration and professional excellence," according to the blueprint.
Meanwhile, school leaders will become excellent instructional leaders and act as agents for change and enjoy closer support and enhanced services from federal, state and district education officers.
"They will have the support and resources they need to guide their schools effectively," it said, while ministry officials will receive targeted support, training and resources needed to fulfill their new roles and responsibilities.
They will work in a collaborative and transparent environment and will receive greater operational flexibility and accountability.
The blueprint said parents will see tangible and sustained improvement in the educational experiences of their children.
There will be increased transparency around a school's performance and priorities, and parents will be constantly kept in the loop as to how their children are performing at school, both in terms of achievements and areas for development.
"Parents will have better understanding of how their children are developing and how they can help them improve and also have more opportunities to provide input into their school's improvement strategies," said the blueprint.
Below are the highlights of the Education Blueprint;
- aspires for Malaysia to be in the top third of countries in terms of performance in international assessments, as measured by outcomes in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) within 15 years.
- aspires to halve the current urban-rural, socio-economic and gender achievement gaps by 2020.
- aspires to create a system whereby students have opportunities to build shared experiences and aspirations that form the foundation for unity.
- aspires to further maximise student outcomes within the current budget levels.
- has identified 11 shifts that will need to occur to deliver the step change in outcomes envisioned by all Malaysians, which each shift to address at least one of the five system outcomes of access, quality, equity, unity and efficiency.
- is to increase compulsory schooling from six to 11 years, starting at the age of six years supported by targeted retention programmes.
- is to launch the Secondary School Standard Curriculum or Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Menengah (KSSM) and revised Primary School Standard Curriculum or Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah (KSSR) in 2017 to embed a balanced set of knowledge and skills such as creative thinking, innovation, problem-solving and leadership.
- is to lay out clear learning standards so that students and parents understand the progress expected within each year of schooling.
- is to revamp the national examination and school-based assessments in stages, whereby by 2016 at least 40 per cent of questions in Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and 50 per cent in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) are higher-order thinking questions.
- by the end of 2013, is to build academic and career counselling services into the secondary school timetable to help students make better informed choices about the various education pathways on offer.
- by 2025, is to ensure that Orang Asli students, other minority groups and students with physical or learning disabilities go to schools with the facilities and equipment needed to create a conductive and supportive learning environment.
- from 2016, is to ensure that English is made a compulsory subject to pass for SPM.
- by 2025, is to ensure that every student is encouraged to learn an additional language in the move to equip them well for entering the workforce in a globalising world.
- will focus on building up its cadre of Chinese, Tamil and Arabic language teachers to ensure that the supply of teachers matches student demand, besides expanding the provision of other important languages such as Spanish, French and Japanese.
- from 2013, is to ensure that the entry bar for teachers is raised to be amongst the top 30 per cent of graduates.
- from 2013, is to ensure that teachers enjoy a reduced administrative burden so that they can focus the majority of their time on their core function of teaching, with some administrative functions moved to a centralised service centre or to a dedicated administrative teacher at the school level.
- by 2015, is to ensure that all schools meet basic infrastructure requirements, starting with Sabah and Sarawak.
- is to ensure that the Trust School model is expanded to 500 schools by 2025, including by alumni groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as potential sponsors.
- will publish an annual report on the progress made against each initiative outlined in the blueprint.
- will undertake a stock-take at key milestones in the blueprint journey in 2015, 2020 and 2025.
Posted: 05 Sep 2013 01:47 PM PDT
Posted: 05 Sep 2013 01:37 PM PDT
(TMI) - The real race in this year's Umno polls is for the three vice-presidencies and a seat in the supreme council with the top two positions almost certainly retained by party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Party insiders attribute the crowded race for these posts to the possibility that the next party election three years down the road could offer a new leadership before the country's 14th general election.
"Everyone is preparing for a leadership change in the next polls, so they have to position themselves now," an Umno warlord told The Malaysian Insider in Kuala Lumpur.
Nominations for the various posts are on September 28 while the party elections are slated for October 19. The party general assembly is in early December.
"Najib and Muhyiddin might stay on for the next general election but after that, it will be the ones who are vice-presidents and supreme council members to take charge of the party," the warlord added.
Another warlord said this was reflected in the challenge to the three incumbent vice-presidents - Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal - who have confirmed they are defending their posts by forming alliances.
Their challengers are Tan Sri Isa Abdul Samad (pic) and Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, with Datuk Seri Musa Aman the only one who has yet to openly declare his candidacy.
Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir is also said to be weighing his options in the vice-presidential race where almost 150,000 members are set to vote in top office bearers, following voting amendments.
Prior to the last party election and amendments to its constitution in 2009, only some 2,500 delegates had voting rights.
Hishammuddin had said alliances were part of a growing awareness by members to strengthen Umno by banding together to put the interests of the party ahead of individuals.
"As Umno vice-president, the cooperation among myself, Zahid and Shafie has always been very close… if it is beneficial to the party, then it should be continued," Hishammuddin had said.
Forming alliances will enable the candidates to leverage on each other's strength and support, but it will not guarantee them a win.
Kedah Umno secretary Datuk Othman Aziz said being part of a group will not guarantee a win as members look for visionary, reliable and trustworthy leaders that can lead the party into the next phase.
Posted: 05 Sep 2013 11:19 AM PDT
(The Borneo Insider) - LDP President Datuk Liew Vui Keong should let the 800 party congress delegates to decide on the fate of the so-called 'rotten fish', instead of sacking them, said its vice president Lim Kai Min.
The division also supports Datuk Teo Chee Kang to contest for the presidential post.
Posted: 05 Sep 2013 11:11 AM PDT
The privileges had meant to be temporary, Zaid insisted, accusing Umno of rejecting this interpretation.
(MMO) - Former Umno minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has suggested that Datuk Seri Najib Razak take the lead in reviewing the social contract, saying there was no need to commission expensive studies or form special committees to stop racial discrimination here.
The maverick politician said the most important element in the pre-Merdeka contract that should first be understood is the privileges given to the Malays under Article 153 in exchange for the granting of citizenship rights to the non-Malays.
The privileges had meant to be temporary, he insisted, accusing Umno of rejecting this interpretation.
"To the party, Article 153 conferred special rights to the Malays," Zaid said in a statement here last night.
"The difference is not semantic but substantive. Part of Umno believes in the concept of Ketuanan Melayu because special people have special rights."
The former law minister had in the past voiced his disdain for the concept of Ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy), earning major backlash from his fellow Malays when he once called it a failed doctrine.
At the time of his statement, the government was still reeling from its lacklustre performance in Election 2008. Zaid, once a lawmaker under Umno's banner, had just quit his government post after disagreeing with the administration over its use of the Internal Security Act (ISA) to quell opposition dissent.
In his remarks, the politician had told the government to embrace a fresh perspective of the social contract, which he maintained had not meant to glorify one race above another.
In last night's statement, Zaid said the best way to move ahead in the struggle for racial harmony and national unity is by way of a "strong and fair leadership".
He disagreed with a suggestion by Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin that a special committee should be formed for the sake of renewing the 1950s agreement, saying it was enough to have the prime minister himself take the lead in things.
"There is no need to revise history, form committees or spend money on McKinsey-type studies. The Prime Minister can do it if he wants to," he pointed out.
Khairy had last week mooted the idea of reworking the social contract, saying there was a need for a new commitment among the country's races to ensure national unity.
But Zaid dowsed Khairy's suggestion on the need for education to foster integration in cold water, calling it "typical" of Umno leaders to believe that values and ideals can be shaped through creating compulsory subjects in school.
Education's primary purpose, the politician said, should be in giving youths the necessary skills needed for their survival in society.
"Besides knowing to read and write, they must learn the ability to think critically," he said.
"From these basic tools they can then articulate and defend their opinions while remaining open to the ideas of others, make sound and informed decisions, and navigate the sometimes tricky moral landscape we find ourselves in."
Integration, Zaid said, should come naturally, and be born of an environment where the education system is void of political interference and teachers are permitted to educate instead of being "so busy with political activities".
"If we want integration then we must go back to the basics. That means removing politicians altogether from the education system.
"That means letting educationists set the curriculum, letting the children have good teachers regardless of their race, and choosing the best among them for higher learning, again regardless of race," he said.
"That means removing the institutionalised discrimination that alienates our young," he added.
The social contract in Malaysia is a quid pro quo arrangement pre-Merdeka that was arranged as a trade off with the Malays for the granting of citizenship to the non-Bumiputeras here.
It is not expressly mentioned in the Constitution but has always been the point of contention among politicians here, particularly over the special rights accorded to the Malays, the country's most dominant ethnic group.
Oftentimes, the social contract has been used to defend the concept of Ketuanan Melayu, a controversial terminology that the non-Malays have argued suggests the supremacy of one race above another.
Federal opposition pact Pakatan Rakyat (PR), a loosely form coalition of multiracial PKR, secular DAP and Islamist PAS, has been fighting for an end to the era of Ketuanan Melayu, insisting that it propagates the concept of master and slave.
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Posted: 05 Sep 2013 11:07 AM PDT
(TMI) - We are not 'in' Malaysia. We formed this nation as partners and Sabah should be recognised for its contributions.
This is where the sun hits first, before it claims West Malaysia in the morning. Sabah is beach and sweet sea, forest and fresh water, bountiful on the surface and rich with resources deep below ground.
Its natives are still celebrating only their fourth national independence day together with their West Malaysian neighbours, so how do people here in Sabah feel about it?
Borneo Youth Revolution co-founder Sabrina Aripen responds with questions on why there is still so much focus on Merdeka Day.
She argues, "Malaysia Day marks the day when Malaysia was born as a nation and it is more important than Merdeka Day. Malaya, North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak were colonised and gained their independence separately before Malaysia came to being.
"I feel it too way too long for the rest of the country to acknowledge the crucial fact that Malaysia was born on September 16. There is not enough emphasis on this fact, and it is just fleetingly mentioned in our history books."
Sabah Youth Council president Kevin Lim says, "Some in West Malaysia think that Malaysia is an upgraded name for Malaya when in fact, it is a nation. "Independence of Malaya, and later of Sabah (and Sarawak) and the formation of Malaysia are two different incidents in our history, but many are still unclear about this. This confusion also happens among Malaysians in Sabah."
Mother-of-one Joan Goh is someone who acknowledges the fuzzy history, saying, "As to how old Malaysia really is, it seems that some people are either confused or refuse to acknowledge this fact.
The solution to the problem of fuzzy shared memory is an open discussion on revising the history of Malaysia that is taught to children, argues clergyman Carrey Yubong. This, he said, could be done by roping in historians from the state.
But there is also a sense of Sabah remaining excluded from the centre.
"As a Malaysian from Sabah, I feel excluded, as we are always treated like the stepchild," declares Joan, the mom.
Some netizens from Sabah have in recent weeks aired their disappointment over announcements and billboards that state Malaysia is celebrating its 56th and are annoyed with wordings used on billboards that indicate Sabah has been "in" Malaysia for 50 years.
"Even though Malaysia Day is now a national holiday, I feel our shared history means nothing. We are not 'in' Malaysia. We formed this nation as partners and Sabah should be recognised for its contributions," says Aripen.
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