Monday, June 04, 2012

Judas Asparagus

Through the eyes of a child:

The Children's Bible in a Nutshell

In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says, 'The Lord thy God is one, but I think He must be a lot older than that.

Anyway, God said, 'Give me a light!' and someone did.

Then God made the world.

He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren't embarrassed because mirrors hadn't been invented yet.

Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden.

Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn't have cars.

Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel.

Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something.

One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check.

After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat.

Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh's people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable.

God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments.

These include: don't lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbor's stuff.

Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humor thy father and thy mother.

One of Moses' best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town.

After Joshua came David. He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot.. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn't sound very wise to me.

After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets.

One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore. There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don't have to worry about them.

After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New. He was born in Bethlehem in a barn. (I wish I had been born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, 'Close the door! Were you born in a barn?' It would be nice to say, 'As a matter of fact, I was.')

During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Democrats.

Jesus also had twelve opossums.

The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him.

Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount.

But the Democrats and all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn't stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead.

Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again.

He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.
Tags: Funny, Humour, Children's Bible

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Improper Advert

Saw this advertisement placed by Groupon Malaysia on behalf of International Islamic University of Malaysia (''IIUM"). On the email section, we can see that the Construction Business MBA is being offered at a discount rate of up to 70% with a price of RM2,000. Just by reading this, you would have really thought that the actual price is RM6,666.66 and now that IIUM is giving a discount of RM4,666.66 and you only need to pay RM2,000.


Any person would have quickly click onto the advertisement to read further.

Well, on the actual Groupon page for this same advertisement, it reads "[30% Off] Construction Business MBA from International Islamic University of Malaysia for RM17,500 instead of RM25,050. Pay RM2,000 up front and remainder upon admission."
So, it's correct that you need to pay RM2,000 BUT that's just the up front fee.

This advert is to mislead you and purposely put it in a way to catch your attention or your curiousity got better of you.

I strongly advise Groupon Malaysia to put that email advert part right i.e. to change it to Discount up to 30% with RM2,000 (up front fee) being mentioned.

Although buyers are supposed to read the fine print or caveat emptor applies but I personally feel that such catchy words shouldn't be used. We must have ethics in whatever we do and the duty is ours, not just sitting there and hope that the other person sees it and act on it.

As this is an advert for education, we are not teaching the people the right thing even right from the beginning.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

How to seek redress when abused by Malaysian authorities

How to seek redress when abused by Malaysian authorities

If you know of anyone, let alone our citizens, who was abused, bullied, sexually harassed or mistreated by any member of our Msian police, immigration officers, army personnei or civil servants or any such like, you may lodge a formal complaint to the newly set up Enforcement Agencies Integrity Commission or SIAP which stands for Suruhjaya Integriti Agensi Penguatkuasaan.

Please visit its website http://www.eaic.gov.my/ to know the procedures to file the complaint. You can contact 03-88886618 or email aduan@eaic.gov.my.

FYI, Datuk Paul Low who heads Transparency International - Malaysia was appointed as one of the six commissioners of this Agency and is currently holding the position as Deputy Chairman. Datuk Paul is a God fearing believer and he is very committed to do his part in these positions to weed out corruption and see justice served.

Please inform others of this Agency ... and remember, be advised to lodge a complaint with SIAP besides making a police report (which may not be effective in punishing those responsible).
Tags: Enforcement Agencies Integrity Commission, SIAP, Suruhjaya Integriti Agensi Penguatkuasaan

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Global Bersih 3.0

MALAYSIA
Bersih 3.0 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah - https://www.facebook.com/events/315096545223703/
Bersih 3.0 Kuching, Sarawak - https://www.facebook.com/events/338388782891089/
Bersih 3.0 Sibu, Sarawak - https://www.facebook.com/events/207365332707350/
Bersih 3.0 Miri, Sarawak - https://www.facebook.com/miribersih3
Bersih 3.0 Melaka - https://www.facebook.com/events/371520759559030/
Bersih 3.0 Johor Bahru https://www.facebook.com/events/119455874852836/
Bersih 3.0 Ipoh, Perak - https://www.facebook.com/events/348148438566428/
Bersih 3.0 Penang - https://www.facebook.com/events/345004938892669/

SINGAPORE
1. https://www.facebook.com/events/264360016989333/
1. https://www.facebook.com/Bersih3.0SG (for alternative gathering)

HONG KONG
2. https://www.facebook.com/events/202681859843800/

JAPAN
3. Bersih 3.0 Osaka - https://www.facebook.com/events/174583425996400/
4. Bersih 3.0 & Himpunan Hijau Tokyo - https://www.facebook.com/events/147306445395330/

AUSTRIA
5. Bersih 3.0 Graz, Austria - https://www.facebook.com/events/187139828070890/

AUSTRALIA
6. Bersih 3.0 Brisbane, Australia - https://www.facebook.com/events/241055055993470/
7. Bersih 3.0 Canberra, Australia -
https://www.facebook.com/events/279494802131407/
8. Bersih 3.0 Perth, Australia -
https://www.facebook.com/events/174336752686691/
9. Bersih 3.0 Melbourne, Australia -
http://www.facebook.com/events/287379891340402/
10. Bersih 3.0 Sydney, Australia - http://www.facebook.com/events/240421162722843/
11. Bersih 3.0 Adelaide, Australia - https://www.facebook.com/events/357967494250048/
12. Bersih 3.0 Hobart, Australia -
https://www.facebook.com/events/261892757238557/

USA
13. Bersih 3.0 Houston, USA -h
https://www.facebook.com/events/193428054107323/
14. Bersih 3.0 Atlanta, USA - https://www.facebook.com/events/248161981947149/
15. Bersih 3.0 Pittsburgh, USA -
https://www.facebook.com/events/343547262359836/
16. Bersih 3.0 Minneapolis, USA - https://www.facebook.com/events/366929396684279/
17. Bersih 3.0 San Francisco, USA -
https://www.facebook.com/events/145554382237595/
18. Bersih 3.0 New York City, USA - https://www.facebook.com/events/423704660976318/
19. Bersih 3.0 Washington DC, USA - https://www.facebook.com/events/308587952547536/
20. Bersih 3.0 Los Angeles, USA - https://www.facebook.com/events/401400759871073/
21. Bersih 3.0 Boston, USA -
https://www.facebook.com/events/401846913167905/
22. Bersih 3.0 Chicago, USA -
https://www.facebook.com/events/341823889199079/
23. Bersih 3.0 Portland, USA -
https://www.facebook.com/events/260380270718932/
24. Bersih 3.0 Columbus, USA -
https://www.facebook.com/events/208738719241101/
25. Bersih 3.0 Wichita, Kansas, USA -
https://www.facebook.com/events/337774402952047/
26. Bersih 3.0 Ames, Iowa, USA https://www.facebook.com/events/295757087165788/

CANADA
27. Bersih 3.0 Toronto https://www.facebook.com/events/267059186716887/
28. Bersih 3.0 Montreal https://www.facebook.com/events/323057194426941/

NEW ZEALAND
29. Bersih 3.0 Auckland, NZ -https://www.facebook.com/events/400335439984089/
30. Bersih 3.0 Wellington, NZ https://www.facebook.com/events/382620375112069/
31. Bersih 3.0 Motueka, NZ https://www.facebook.com/events/364019953650378/

TAIWAN
32. Bersih 3.0 Taipei, Taiwan - https://www.facebook.com/events/262999993789440/
33. Bersih 3.0 Tainan, Taiwan https://www.facebook.com/events/291332090941433/

UK
34. Bersih 3.0 London, UK -https://www.facebook.com/events/325872910812269/
35. Bersih 3.0 Edinburgh, Scotland https://www.facebook.com/events/286649228081128/
36. Bersih 3.0 Newcastle, UK https://www.facebook.com/events/115168308615240/

IRELAND
37. Bersih 3.0 Dublin, Ireland - https://www.facebook.com/events/411739042187349/
38. Bersih 3.0 in Sligo, Ireland https://www.facebook.com/events/303511556384848/

SWITZERLAND
39. Bersih 3.0 Zurich, Switzerland - https://www.facebook.com/events/410237102336932/
40. Bersih 3.0 Geneva, Switzerland - https://www.facebook.com/events/209924649118739/

SWEDEN
41. Bersih 3.0 Uppsala, Sweden - https://www.facebook.com/events/363154950388342/
42. Bersih 3.0 Mälmo, Sweden https://www.facebook.com/events/396478140386224/

GERMANY
43. Bersih 3.0 Koeln/Bonn, Germany - https://www.facebook.com/events/342973759083659/
44. Bersih 3.0 Berlin, Germany https://www.facebook.com/events/266336840122360/

CHINA
45. Bersih 3.0 Shanghai, China - https://www.facebook.com/events/309688665763071/
46. Bersih 3.0 Beijing, China https://www.facebook.com/events/103722559763436/

FRANCE
47. Bersih 3.0 Paris, France https://www.facebook.com/events/278350172251366/

THAILAND
48. Bersih 3.0 Bangkok, Thailand https://www.facebook.com/Bersih3.0Bangkok/events

KOREA
49. Bersih 3.0 Seoul, Korea https://www.facebook.com/events/362590793778829/
50. Bersih 3.0, Busan, Korea https://www.facebook.com/events/213046255475980/

FINLAND
51. Bersih 3.0 Helsinki, Finland https://www.facebook.com/events/290951677651212/

RUSSIA
52. Bersih 3.0 Moscow, Russia https://www.facebook.com/events/229411847172930/

JORDAN - https://www.facebook.com/events/213015218812119/
53. Bersih 3.0 Amman, Jordan
54. Bersih 3.0 Mafraq, Jordan
55. Bersih 3.0 Irbid, Jordan
56. Bersih 3.0 Mu'tah, Jordan

BANGLADESH
57. Bersih 3.0 Dhaka, Bangladesh https://www.facebook.com/events/248246938607720/

NETHERLANDS
58. Bersih 3.0 The Hague, Netherlands https://www.facebook.com/events/321907097877088

INDONESIA
59. Bersih 3.0 Bali, Indonesia https://www.facebook.com/events/172964169492973/

SOUTH AFRICA
60. Bersih 3.0 Cape Town, South Africa
https://www.facebook.com/events/133149320143074/
 
Tags: Bersih 3.0, 428, Global Bersih 428, Dataran Merdeka

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Such Press Statement Won't Be Publicised

UMNO's lies & Personal and Public Safety Of Penang CM

Press Statement By Special Officer To Penang Chief Minister Zairil Khir Johari In Komtar, George Town On 1.4.2012

UMNO, Utusan Malaysia And TV3 Are Warned That They Will Be Held Responsible For The Personal and Public Safety Of The Penang Chief Minister For Repeatedly Publicising And Highlighting Lies That Lim Guan Eng Had Caused Mosque Land To Disappear.

The public safety of the Penang Chief Minister can not be treated lightly following dangerous racist lies by UMNO, TV3 and Utusan Malaysia that Lim Guan Eng had caused mosque land to disappear resulting in personal threats by Perkasa to confront Lim personally and violent and hate-filled language by UMNO leaders. These lies have been repeatedly played up again and again on TV and the BN-controlled press to create hatred against non-Malays and non-Muslim as well as Lim personally.

Penang UMNO Youth's lies against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng that he sold or caused mosque land to disappear can not be lightly dismissed as some stupid April Fool's Joke. Even though Lim had refuted these allegations as a desperate lie by UMNO Penang to claw back lost Malay support in Penang, UMNO and TV3 as well as Utusan Malaysia has continued to publicise and promote these dangerous lies.

It is most irresponsible and immoral that denials not only by Lim but also by Dato Seri Nazir Ariff, the Deputy Chairman of the developer that won the open tender bid for the 102-3 acre Bayan Mutiara land, were not publicized in the BN-controlled media. Many Muslims are very disturbed by these lies that have been played up and many have approached Lim personally for clarification. These Muslim members were completely shocked when they realised that these were bare-faced lies by UMNO and became very concerned about the safety of Lim.

These Muslim members of the public say that UMNO, TV3 and Utusan Malaysia playing such racial and religious lies against a non-Malay and non-Muslim leader like Lim, is sinful and unacceptable because they put Lim in personal danger. They advised Lim to be extra careful with his personal safety as such lies can inflame Muslim religious sensitivies and result in action by Muslims against Lim by those who believe in UMNO's lies.

Two days ago on Friday, Perkasa organized a demonstration against Lim on these lies in Komtar. I was informed that Perkasa behaved in a very crude and violent manner even threatening to confront Lim personally as reported in the New Straits Times on 31.3.2012 if Lim does not answer within 7 days. Would Perkasa organize the same demonstration and make the same threats against UMNO when these allegations are proven as lies?

Perkasa public threats to confront Lim personally are the type of threats to Lim's personal and public safety that Lim's Muslim supporters were concerned about. For this reason, UMNO, TV3 and Utusan Malaysia are hereby warned that they would be held responsible should anything happen to Lim as a result of such lies. The police should also take notice of the serious impact UMNO's lies exploiting religion on Lim's personal and public safety.

This is not the first time that Lim had been attacked by lies, as his son was also attacked by UMNO Online of sexually molesting his female classmate and that Lim paid RM 200,000 to cover-up the scandal. Even though the lies were exposed, to-date no action has been taken by the police.

UMNO's lies against Lim, comes close to the Johor Education Department intended seminar that warns of the threats of Christianization to Muslims. Even though the title of the seminar was changed, such attempted demonization of non-Muslims and non-Malays is extremely dangerous and harmful and must be stopped. UMNO's actions are contrary to Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak's 1Malaysia and incompatible with nation-building of a united harmonious multi-racial society.

- ZAIRIL KHIR JOHARI
-- Chief of Staff
Democratic Action Party Headquarters
Jalan Yew, Off Jalan Pudu,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-9200 5000 Fax: 03-9200 7000 HP: 6019-3212828

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My opinion - to do it this way is so unethical and playing with fire will surely
burn themselves in the end
Tags: Zairil Khir Johari, Penang Chief Minister, Dato Seri Nazir Ariff, Bayan Mutiara Land

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Understanding the Lynas Rare Earth Plant

Q1: What is rare earth (RE) ?

Rare earth (RE) is just a metal, as ordinary as other metals like iron,
silver and gold. The difference between them is we don’t encounter RE in
daily life, e.g. you don’t wear RE bracelets, you don’t build the bridge
with RE. It’s precious, valuable and essential for many high-tech
industries.

Q2: Who is LYNAS ?
LYNAS is the owner of the RE Mine and Gebeng plant, incorporated and listed in Australia. LYNAS (M) Sdn. Bhd is wholly owned by LYNAS Inc.

Q3: Where does the RE come from ? What is it like ?
Like other metals, RE is found in ore ( rock ) in West Australia.
The ore is mined, cleaned and crushed into sand or powder form, before being
shipped to Kuantan. The journey is about 5000 km.

The size of a single grain of powder can be 100 times smaller than the
diameter of a strand of hair.

Q4: Why do they take the RE from Australia and process it here ?
The official statement said that Australia cannot provide high-skilled
manpower, and that Australia cannot supply enough water, acids and natural
gas to process RE.

Q5: What do we get in terms of income ?
Malaysia was offered 12 years tax break by LYNAS, which means they do not
pay us anything during the first 12 years of operation.

Eventually, all revenue generated here will probably be channeled back to
the LYNAS Inc. share holders in Australia, and not to LYNAS (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Q6: What do we get in terms of job opportunities ?
Only a total of 350 employees are needed, including expatriate, skilled and
unskilled workers. The number of employees in a mid-size supermarket is
greater than this.

Q7: What do we get in terms of new world-class technology ?
Malaysia is not a traditional, major RE-producing county.
Transferring RE processing knowledge to Malaysia does not considerably
benefit the country and its people.

Q8: So, what actually do we get ?
Save the “ Jobs created, new technology and sales revenue of chemicals,
water and natural gas ”, strictly speaking, in the first 12 years – Nothing ! Except large quantities of waste. To be more precise, 500 cubic meters / hour of waste water, 100,000 cubic meters/hour of waste gas and 280,000 tonnes / year of solid waste.

Q9: Is RE dangerous ?
Most RE metals are harmless, but in natural ore RE is normally mixed with
the radioactive substances. During the separation process, valuable RE
is extracted and exported to US, Europe and Japan, leaving behind harmful
substances in Kuantan.

Q10: How dangerous is it ?
The radioactive substances release radiation and two major toxic materials –
radon gas and lead. Radon is a colorless, odorless toxic gas. When it
gets into the human body through inhalation, it can damage cells and cause
cancer. As for lead, many years ago petrol gas been changed from leaded
to unleaded, as we didn’t want lead to be released to the air through our
car exhaust. Lead can harm the nervous system, and cause brain and blood
diseases. In short, two key hazards can be found in Gebeng RE plant -
the Radiation and the Toxic Materials.

Q11: Where and when can the radiation, radon and lead be found ?
The RE raw material (in powder or sand form ) arrives at the Kuantan port,
then gets transported to Gebeng by truck, where it is unloaded,
transferred and processed. Waste gas from chimneys, the waste water
disposed into the Balok River, the solid wastes that are stored in Gebeng
- possibly in all of the above we can find the radioactive substances,
which can emit radiation, radon and lead, wherever and whenever they are
present.

Q12: Mr. A lives in Balok, 3km from Gebeng. Mr. B lives in Kuantan, 30km
from Gebeng. Mr. C lives in KL, 300km from Gebeng. Can the radioactive
materials endanger them ?

In short, the answer is NO for all of them if they stay more than 100 metres
away from radioactive materials. But, the answer is YES for all three if
they consumed these harmful substances, even if they stay hundreds of
kilometres away. WHY ? The radiation emitted in Gebeng doesn’t travel
long distance to harm us, hence if you stand a short distance away from the
materials without consuming it, all you will get is a slight Radiation.

Radon gas and lead in general do not affect our body externally, as we are
protected by our skin. However, if these radioactive materials contaminate the solid waste, waste water and waste gas, they will be released to the atmosphere, water streams and eventually the food chain. Once the radioactive materials enter the human body via inhalation, ingestion and wound penetration, the radiation, radon and lead will be released inside the body and these can cause very serious consequences.

Q13: Why did they say that it is safe ? Why did they say that the
radioactivity is low? Who should I listen to ?
You decide who you should listen to ! It’s your life, it’s your family,
it’s your home. See above to understand why they said the radioactivity
is low. The media, authorities and LYNAS have failed to report the
consequences of consuming radioactive materials

The questions were answered by Dr. Lee Chee Hong, Chemical Engineering
Expert on Metals.

Extracted from http://www.loyarburok.com
Tags: Dr. Lee Chee Hong, Chemical Engineering Expert on Metals, Lynas, Rare Earth Plant, RE, Australia, Lynas (M) Sdn Bhd, Lynas Inc, Ore, Radon, Radiation, Toxic Materials, RE Raw Material, Kuantan, Gebeng

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Doctor, Why Are You So Irresponsible?

The doctor was called one evening for an urgent surgery. He answered the call, rushed to the hospital in minutes & went directly to the surgery theatre.

The boy's father, waiting in the hall for the doctor, yelled at the doctor on seeing him, "Why did you take all this time to come? Don't you know that my son's life is in danger? Don't you have any sense of responsibility?"

The doctor smiled & said, "I am sorry, I wasn't in the hospital & I came as fast as I could after receiving the call...... And now, I wish you'd calm down so that I can do my work".

"Calm down?! What if your son were in this room right now, can you calm down? If your own son dies now what will you do??" said the father angrily.

The doctor smiled again & replied, "I will say what "Job" said in the Holy Bible: "From dust we came & to dust we return, blessed be the name of God". Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go & pray for your son, and we will do our best."

"Giving advices when we're not concerned is so easy" Murmured the father. The surgery took some hours after which the doctor came out happily, "Thank goodness! Your son is saved!"

And without waiting for the father's reply he was heading for the door. "If you have any question, please ask the nurse!!"

"Why is he so arrogant? Can't he wait a few minutes so that I ask about my son's condition?" Commented the father to the nurse.

With tears in her eyes, the nurse said, "His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was in the burial when we called him for your son's surgery. And now that he saved your son, he is getting back to his son's burial."
Tags: Doctor, Surgery

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Urgent Message from PAGE Malaysia

For your children, your children’s children and their children…..

Subject: Fwd: URGENT Message from PAGE Malaysia

URGENT Message from PAGE Malaysia

Please email, share and/or share this with all your friends so that we can quickly collect the numbers that we need to transform us all into a voice loud enough to be heard. Hopefully with everybody’s effort, we can make this go viral on the internet and strengthen our voice in the shortest time possible.

Dear Students, Parents and Malaysians,

MALAYSIANS APPEAL TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE OPTION TO LEARN SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS IN ENGLISH (RETAIN PPSMI AS AN OPTION)

You would have heard by now that the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English (better known as PPSMI) will be abolished in January 2012. The Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) has been in the forefront to champion the cause to maintain the policy for those who wish their children to learn these two (2) subjects in its lingua franca that is English.

Here is how the abolishment of this policy is going to affect you.

For Primary School Students

You have been learning Science and Mathematics in English since Standard 1, however when you enter into Form 1, you will have to learn these subjects in Bahasa Melayu until Form 5 and do your PMR and SPM in Bahasa Melayu. After SPM, you will revert the study of these two (2) subjects back to English.

For Secondary School Students

If you are entering Form 1 in 2012, then you have been learning Science and Mathematics in English since Standard 1, however in 2012, you will have to learn these subjects in Bahasa Melayu from Form 1 until Form 5 and do your PMR and SPM in Bahasa Melayu.

If you are entering Form 4 in 2012, be prepared ... you may have to switch to Bahasa Melayu for Science and Maths after learning these subjects in English for the past 9 years, do your SPM in Bahasa Melayu and then switch back to English when you enter college or university. Yes we know this is crazy and unless you are “super-adaptable”, you will most likely be stressed out and confused. We have heard that the choice of language for Form 4 in 2012 may be determined by the Gurubesar of the different schools (???).

If you are not in Form 1 or Form 4 in 2012, there is no escape either. You WILL eventually be affected by the change when you reach Form 4.

If you have just completed your SPM in 2011, then you are in the luckiest group !!! You will be able to go straight into college and continue to do these subjects in English.

For Parents and Malaysians in General

After only a few years of implementing PPSMI and despite strong evidence that PPSMI is good for our students and Malaysia’s future generations, the Government has decided to change its mind and will abolish this policy in 2012. They think that it is best for ALL Malaysian school children NOT to learn Science and Mathematics in English. They actually believe that learning these two subjects in Bahasa Melayu is adequate and equivalent (or better) than to learn it in Englsh !!! ???

The sad truth is that despite the constant voices that they hear and read wishing for the option of PPSMI, the authorities seemed determined to proceed with the abolishment with the excuse that PPSMI will be replaced with another policy known as MBMMBI, to improve the standard of English amongst Malaysian students.

They keep missing the point (maybe on purpose) that we want PPSMI, not to improve the standard of English but rather, we want PPSMI simply because of the need to learn the subjects of Science and Mathematics in its lingua franca, that is English, for our children to be globally competitive, and for our nation to progress in the desired direction and speed.

In realising that perhaps the voices speaking out for the retention of the PPSMI policy (for those who want it) are too soft or too sporadic, PAGE Malaysia has decided to go all out on a nationwide wide and international campaign to reach out to as many Malaysian students and Malaysians wherever they are in the world, to come together as one and to build up the voice of the “silent majority” to inform the authorities that there exists a large and substantial number of Malaysian citizens (children and adults) would like to have the option for our students to learn Science and Mathematics in English.

We are not against the MBMMBI policy nor are we against the wishes of other groups who prefer to learn Science and Mathematics in Bahasa Melayu, Mandarin or Tamil.

We are simply asking to be heard and for the right to have the freedom of choice for an option to learn these two subjects in English, alongside Bahasa Melayu, Mandarin and Tamil.

Where and how to make your preference known?

PAGE Malaysia has specially set up two (2) separate platforms for Students and for Parents and Malaysians to register their wishes.

Students are requested to visit: http://goo.gl/QHd42

Parents and Malaysians are requested to visit: http://goo.gl/cFSlD

1.2012 is just a mere two (2) months away … do visit the website, complete the form today and make a difference !!!2.Please email, like and share this with all your friends so that we can quickly collect the numbers that we need to transform us all into a voice loud enough to be heard. 3.Hopefully with everybody’s effort, we can make this go viral on the internet and strengthen our voice in the shortest time possible.

Thank you.

PAGE
Parent Action Group for Education (1266-10-WKL)
pagemalaysia@gmail.com
www.pagemalaysia.org
For Our Children. Demi Anak Kita
18 October 2011
Tags: PPSMI Option, MBMMBI, Malaysian Education, PAGE, Parent Action Group for Education, Education Minister, Mathematics, Science, Bahasa Melayu

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Many Malaysians Say YES to PPSMI Option

From: PAGE Malaysia
Date: Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 6:16 PM
Subject: MALAYSIANS Say YES to PPSMI Option
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Dear parents and friends,

The quality of Malaysian education has deteriorated to an alarming level, with our schools and local universities churning out TOO MANY unemployable graduates who possess a severe lack of ability to communicate or correspond in English despite numerous A's scored in examinations, and producing 'professionals' of worryingly poor calibre especially in the fields of science and mathematics.

The former Prime Minister took steps to rectify the situation by implementing the policy of English for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics and Science (Malay acronym: PPSMI) in 2003. The policy was fully embraced by the Government of the day, and ICT, hardware and software were acquired and designed and teachers were trained. Parents were greatly relieved that finally something concrete was being done to arrest the decline of the Malaysian education system.

Shortly after that, the general election was held and a new minister took over the Education Minister's portfolio.

* Shockingly, after only 6 years of implementation, without even allowing the first cohort of students who started with PPSMI in Primary 1 to complete the full cycle of schooling, the new Education Minister decided to abolish PPSMI in 2012, mainly for political reasons, despite huge public outcry and protests from parents and students alike;

* a massive number of letters and articles in newspapers and cyberspace from people in support of PPSMI, far outnumbering those against PPSMI;

* support for PPSMI from various professional bodies, business concerns and numerous concerned groups both local and international; and

* solid evidence that PPSMI has improved student outlooks and is advantageous for the future of our children and the country.

The Education Minister has IGNORED the pleas of parents and has blatantly disregarded the provision of the Education Act 1996 which stipulates that pupils are to be educated in accordance with the wishes of their parents.

The world is moving forward but yet Malaysia is going backward. We are going to remain stagnant in terms of progress and development.

Students in Form 1 next year will have to study Mathematics and Science in Bahasa Melayu after learning these subjects in English in primary school. Worse, for those who are going to Form 4, after learning Maths and Science in English for 9 years, they will be forced to switch to Bahasa Melayu for 2 years and then back again to English for their tertiary education!

Parents and friends, enough is enough. We are the Rakyat. The days of 'the Government knows best' are OVER! A democratic government must abide by the wishes of the majority.

We believe the majority of parents in Malaysia would choose PPSMI for their children if given the option. Unfortunately many choose to remain silent. Why? WE MUST MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD! Our numbers must be significant so that the Minister has no choice but to heed our wishes!

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. CLICK HERE AND SAY YES TO PPSMI OPTION !

If you want your children's school to be given the option of continuing PPSMI in 2012, attached is a simple form for you to REGISTER YOUR SUPPORT. It will take only a few minutes of your time to fill in. We urge you to register immediately as 2012 is just around the corner.

Please also help to forward the email to as many people as possible.

Please be assured that all information you provide will be carefully guarded and we will take great care to ensure that your personal information remains confidential.

Thank you for showing that you care about your children's future AND the future of Malaysia!

PAGE
Parent Action Group for Education (1266-10-WKL)
pagemalaysia@gmail.com
http://www.pagemalaysia.org/
For Our Children. Demi Anak Kita
Tags: PPSMI Option, Malaysian Education, PAGE, Parent Action Group for Education, Education Minister, Mathematics, Science, Bahasa Melayu

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Business Courses For Permanent Residents?

It was reported that six bus loads of 240 permanent residents purportedly of Indonesians, Cambodians and Bangladeshis were ferried to a remote Bangi resort to attend a business entrepreneurship course.

Our Home Minister has said he has no knowledge about such course being offered to permanent residents.

What a privilege we have here in Malaysia for the permanent residents.

Even the poor Malaysians don't even get to smell such a course for themselves.

This course is being funded by Malaysian taxpayers but if you, as a Malaysian is interested, sorry not for you brother because you are not a foreigner who had just obtained permanent residency.

It's not to benefit Malaysians. Who cares if you are unable to meet your high cost of living.

I wonder who organised the business course?

I wonder who gets paid to bring in those permanent residents?

I wonder who gets paid for renting those buses?

Can we as Malaysians request for such course to be provided on FOC basis by the government within the next two months? And I mean for all Malaysians .............

Reading: Biz course for foreigners: Hisham has no details - Free Malaysia Today
Reading: MyKad scam: Foreigners at resort for business course - Yahoo! News

Tags: Business Entrepreneur Course, Bangi, Malaysian Permanent Resident

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