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Putrajaya allows Sarawak to use RM1b loan repayment for school repairs
Education Minister Maszlee Malik speaks during a press conference at its ministry in Putrajaya February 14, 2019. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa KUCHING, Feb 20 — The federal government has agreed that an RM1 billion loan repayment from the Sarawak government will be used to repair dilapidated schools in the state, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said today.He said the federal Cabinet has given its approval for the loan repayment to be utilised to fix dilapidated schools in Sarawak.“This decision followed an agreement reached between Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg and myself during a courtesy yesterday, during which issues that would benefit 436,000 students in Sarawak were discussed,” Maszlee said in a statement this evening.He said a special committee, with members from the Education Ministry, Finance Ministry and Sarawak government, will be formed to ensure that the management of the fund is clean and a transparent process can be implemented.“At the implementation stage, the Sarawak Public Works Department has been entrusted as the implementing agency,” he said.Maszlee said the federal Cabinet has also agreed for the fixing of dilapidated school projects to be closely monitored to ensure that the RM1 billion will be used in the most efficient manner and benefit all the students and teachers of the schools involved.“I would like to the federal government and the Sarawak chief minister for agreeing with me to ensure that access to quality education is a reality in future for all the children in the state,” he said.Last year, Sarawak offered to loan RM1 billion to the then Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government to fix dilapidated schools in the state.However, the loan offer was rejected by the new Pakatan Harapan federal government.The state government had also suggested two years ago for it to use its outstanding loans to fix dilapidated schools or build new ones, instead of repaying the federal government.State Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin had said there were 1,020 dilapidated schools in the state, of which 415 were considered critically dilapidated.He had also said 371 schools did not have electricity supply and were fully dependent on generator sets, while 428 schools lacked treated water supply.In addition, he had said 721 schools did not have proper road access, including 200 which were only accessible by river or sea. [...]
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Kaiser Permanente’s New Medical School Will Be Free for Its First 5 Graduating Classes
Kaiser Permanente’s new medical school will be free to attend for its first five graduating classes, the school announced Tuesday. The newly formed Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine will begin accepting applications from prospective students in June 2019, following the receipt of primary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, Kaiser announced in a release. The school, which will be located in Pasadena, Calif., will welcome its first class of students in the summer of 2020. Those students, as well as the four following classes, will attend the school for free for all four years of their medical education. “The school will help shape the future of medical education and train physicians for medical excellence and the total health of their patients,” said Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard Tyson in a statement. “The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine will also reflect our long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion by training diverse physicians to serve the needs of society.” The school will take advantage of Kaiser’s network of hospitals and clinics to teach students in a hands-on environment, focusing on three pillars of medical education: foundational science, clinical science and health systems science, according to the announcement. Population health, health equity, health care quality and diversity will be emphasized in students’ learning, the medical school says. “Our students will learn to critically examine factors that influence their patients’ health in their homes, workplaces, schools, and communities — and become effective health advocates for their patients,” said founding Dean Dr. Mark Schuster in the statement. Kaiser’s medical school follows in the footsteps of New York University’s School of Medicine, which in 2018 began waiving tuition fees for all students in an effort to ease both student debt and the ongoing physician shortage. Separately, NYU also announced Tuesday that it will open a three-year medical school on Long Island. NYU Long Island School of Medicine will focus on training primary care physicians — who according to a new study are becoming less common on a per-capita basis in the U.S. — and will also be tuition-free. As of 2017, 76% of medical students graduated with education debt, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Total costs for a student residing at a private U.S. medical school averaged nearly $60,000 in 2018-2019, according to the AAMC. [...]
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Ulu school flooded, classes cease
MIRI: (SK Ulu Sungai Arip in Selangau district in central Sarawak has shut down temporarily due to floods on Thursday morning (Feb 14). [...]
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Politics cannot be taught or learnt in school, says Rais Yatim
Tan Sri Rais Yatim speaks during the launch of the ‘History for Nation Building’ book at Silverfish Books, Bangsar Village II, Kuala Lumpur May 6, 2018. — Picture by Ham Abu Bakar GEMAS, Feb 9 — Do not evaluate a leader based on his or her academic qualifications because politics cannot be fully taught or learnt in school, said the Head of the Leadership Body of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Negri Sembilan, Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim.He said, however, a leader must have a strong base in education, that is, having the academic qualification even merely having the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) as basic qualification.“The political field cropped up from the individual’s personality with the ability to lead, being helpful and liking to interact with other people.“To enter politics, we only need to have basic qualifications. Even the SPM is sufficient. Not necessary to have a degree...if we have that it is very good but the community nowadays likes to make their own evaluation.“We just take the example of Tun Ghafar Baba, he only had the SPM academic qualification but had been appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister. So there is no issue that one must have high academic qualification to be involved in politics,” he told Bernama after attending a programme on Following the Struggles of Bersatu at the Tampin Division, here today.He disclosed this when commenting on the issue that several Pakatan Harapan leaders including a deputy minister who were alleged to have cheated on his academic background recently.Nonetheless, he added, cheating on one’s qualification should not be done by any individual.On the programme today, Rais said it was to explain the strength of the Bersatu struggles which were frequently criticised to get public opinion.“Through this tour we can get closer to the people and explain the basis of our struggles so that it is not likened to Umno,” he said. — Bernama [...]
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Hotel cooking school awarded Michelin star in Switzerland
Michelin stars for Switzerland have been announced. — Picture courtesy of rkristoffersen/Istock.com via AFP-Relaxnews PARIS, Feb 6 — Michelin inspectors have bestowed a professional educational restaurant at prestigious hospitality management school L’Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne with a star, a first for Switzerland.Culinary students who worked at Le Berceau des Sens in 2018 are well on their way to greatness, it seems, as they helped their culinary training restaurant unlock the ultimate in gastronomic validation for many in the fine dining world.L’Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne is renowned as one of the leading hospitality management schools in the world.Other big winners in the Michelin Guide Switzerland 2019 include restaurants Pavillon at the Zurich-based hotel Baur au Lac and focus in Vitznau, both of which received two stars.The new additions round up the number of two-starred restaurants in Switzerland to 20. The same trio of restaurants which earned three stars last year retain their status this year: Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville, Schauenstein and Cheval Blanc by Peter Knogl.Of the 105 one-starred restaurants, 21 are new additions.The results also highlight Vitznau as an emerging gourmet dining destination, editors note, with a sprinkling of Michelin-starred restaurants elevating the local culinary scene. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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Terengganu JPJ detains eight illegal school van operators
KUALA TERENGGANU, Jan 30 — The Terengganu Road Transport Department (JPJ) detained eight operators of illegal school vans in the district of Kemaman in a four-day operation beginning on January 20.Its director, Zulkarnain Yasin said the detention followed public complaints and investigation by the department’s intelligence unit and offenders could be prosecuted under Section 23 (2) of the Road Transport Act 1987 which carries a minimum fine of RM1,000 or a maximum of RM10,000 or imprisonment or both upon conviction.“All those detained are aged between 30 and 50 years and inspection by the National Anti-Drugs Agency (NADA) found that they were not involved in drug abuse.“They will be charged in court as the offence was very serious and currently the cases were being mentioned in court,” he told reporters after launching “Ops Tahun Baru Cina” here tonight.He gave a serious warning to illegal operators of school vans who were still operating in other districts and to stop their activities as they endangered the schoolchildren’s safety as they had no insurance coverage.Meanwhile, he said Terengganu JPJ was targeting to reduce accident cases involving motorcycles to 60 per cent only throughout “Ops Tahun Baru Cina” from yesterday (January 29) until February 12. — Bernama [...]
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Secondary student run over by school bus in Segamat
SEGAMAT, Jan 29 — A secondary school girl was killed after she was run over by the very school bus she had boarded, at Jalan Mutiara 8, Taman Tenang here this afternoon.M. Ranjani Devi, 18, from Johor Labis Estate, Chaah here suffered severe head injuries and was confirmed dead at the scene in the 3pm incident.Segamat District Police Chief, Supt Raub Selamat said in a statement that initial investigations revealed the accident occurred while the bus driver was driving Ranjani and other students home.“The victim was believed to be standing on the steps of the bus’ exit door, when she suddenly fell down and was run over by the back left tyre,” he said, adding that further investigations were being carried out under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987. — Bernama [...]
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When kids go to school, so do their parents
Parental involvement with your child’s school is more than just attending PIBG (Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru, or Parent-Teacher Association) meetings. Parents who are actively engaged with their child’s school and schoolwork can make a crucial difference to their child’s success academically, socially and in life. Best of all, you will also feel a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction in making a difference in their education by using a hands-on approach. Little things such as getting them ready for school or attending school events show them that you value their education. Being involved helps improve their school attendance, have a positive attitude about school, make more friends, learn lessons better, have adaptive behaviour, and form a stronger relationship with you. How to get involved? Here are some simple steps that can help create a positive learning environment in your home: • Be curious about their interests and ideas about the world around them. • Set goals with them based on their abilities and work together to achieve them. They can be both short- and long-term goals. • Spend quality one-on-one time with them to talk about their day at school, and who their friends and teachers are, even if it’s just five to 10 minutes, but be sure to give them 100% of your attention. • Revise their lessons together by asking them to teach you – this helps solidify their own understanding. With new changes to the syllabus compared to our school days, who knows if you might actually learn something yourself! • Fix a time for homework assignments and discuss those assignments with them to see if they need help. Ensure they are rewarded in some way for carrying out their work at the specified times. • Take note of their weaknesses for discussion with their class teacher at the appropriate time. • Inform their class teacher if there are any issues (e.g. health conditions, loss of a loved one) that may affect their school performance. Be more active at school Helicopter parenting is a strict no-no as your child needs the space to grow and flourish. — TNS Some schools offer opportunities for parents to be more actively involved. This includes turning up to support your child at school performances, sports day, canteen day, etc. Some schools encourage parents to volunteer for certain tasks, e.g. recycling day, canteen day, sports day, etc. Do check with the teachers to see how you can contribute your time. One more important aspect that should not be neglected is the parent-teacher relationship. Focus on building a positive relationship with your child’s teacher. The relationship with their teacher is very important, so strive for a problem-solving partnership, even if you disagree with the teacher’s methods. When meeting their teacher, do so with the intention to collaborate to help your child. It is important to be consistent with the teacher at school in managing your child’s learning and behaviour. Getting confrontational and scolding/lecturing the teacher would only sour the relationship and may make things awkward for your child, especially if it was done in their presence. Don’t become over-involved Remember, you are your child’s most important partner in their education, so give them all the support they need, but not to the extent of doing everything for them. The goal is to encourage them to be more independent and learn how to do things on their own, not to have them depend on you for everything, so let them pack their own school bag, do their homework or assignments (e.g. art or projects) on their own, etc. Doing their homework or assignments for them may help in the short term with their grades, but in the long term, it will impede their resilience, independent learning skills and experience. Instead, they are likely to become dependent and helpless with low self-efficacy when they reach late adolescence. Avoid helicopter parenting and give them the space they need in order to flourish and grow. With the right encouragement, they will be able to go far as an adult. Make the extra effort to be involved now to reap the rewards in the long term. You are also a model for independence. So rather than do things for them, show them how it’s done and let them go through the trials and errors so that learning becomes more personalised to your child. Assoc Prof Dr Alvin Ng Lai Oon is a clinical psychologist and vice-president of the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology. This article is courtesy of the Malaysian Paediatric Association’s Positive Parenting programme in collaboration with expert partners. For further information, please email starhealth@thestar.com.my or visit www.mypositiveparenting.org. The information provided is for educational and communication purposes only and it should not be construed as personal medical advice. Information published in this article is not intended to replace, supplant or augment a consultation with a health professional regarding the reader’s own medical care. The Star does not give any warranty on accuracy, completeness, functionality, usefulness or other assurances as to the content appearing in this column. The Star disclaims all responsibility for any losses, damage to property or personal injury suffered directly or indirectly from reliance on such information. [...]
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MOH denies RM100 medical check-up for Govt school students
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 4): The Health Ministry (MOH) has refuted claims that students will have to pay of up to RM100 for medical check-up for... [...]
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Police officers in school to maintain discipline
KOTA KINABALU: On the first day of school today, pupils of Sekolah Menengah (SM) Maktab Sabah weren’t just greeted by teachers, but police officers, too.The Kota Kinabalu Police District Back To School Programme launched at the school is aimed at preventing discipline problems.Kota Kinabalu police chief, ACP Habibi Majinji, said 54 senior police officers and 112 lower-ranking police officers will be stationed at 27 secondary schools and 56 primary schools, respectively, as school communications officers (PPS).“Last year, there were seven reports connected with student discipline. This year we hope there won’t be any,” said Habibi.SM Maktab Sabah principal, Nuinda Alias, said the programme will motivate students to behave well. — Bernama [...]
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With three days left, parents throng bookshops and malls for ‘back to school’ shopping
Sharmilah Anbalagan (left) helping her daughter to choose a pair of shoes ahead of the first day of school on January 2 next year. ― Pictures by Yusof Mat Isa PETALING JAYA, Dec 30 — With less than three days to go until the first bell of the new school year rings, parents are still hunting for uniforms and stationery for their children.Checks by Malay Mail in various malls and hypermarkets around Subang Jaya, Klang and Shah Alam has seen a busy “Balik Sekolah” (back to school) shopping spree ahead of the first day of school on January 2 next year. Housewife Sharmilah Anbalagan, 37, said she had n choice but to do it the last minute as she was busy throughout the past five weeks. “I was back at my hometown, Mentakab, Pahang from the start of December until last week. I usually do my shopping much earlier and this is the first time I’ve experienced what it’s like shopping at the last minute.She admitted that she would like to avoid a similar incident next year as it was troublesome finding the right pair of school uniform for her Year Three daughter, Keswininair Ragawan. “I had to visit two to three places before I could find the right uniform. Shoes and stationery were not a problem,” the mother of one said.  To her surprise prices remained the same although she had cheekily hoped for a slight discount.“I thought prices would have gone down by now.”Clerk Siti Fatimah Ratman, 37, was busy rushing around finding for socks, shoes and stationery for her Year Three daughter Nur Amani Aqeela when Malay Mail approached her for an interview. Parents hunting for stationery for their children at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur December 30, 2018. Siti Fatimah, a mother of three, said she has always been a last minute shopper as she had to wait for her payday.“I’m used to the packed shopping malls during this period (last minute shopping). It feels like war at times. “I couldn’t shop earlier as I cannot afford to buy what my two schooling children need in the middle of the month,” she said.She said back to school expenditure would usually cost about RM250 per child, which includes two complete sets of uniform, a pair of shoes and stationery.“RM500 is quite an amount but it is my responsibility to provide my children with what they need for school,” she said when interviewed at a hypermarket in Subang Jaya.Electrician Lee Keng Song, 44, who was spotted outside a mall in Klang said he was discouraged upon seeing the crowd.“I’d usually shop about a week before school reopens but the number of people waiting to be served and those lining up to buy items is just too much.“I went in there and came out to let the crowd settle down for a bit, I’ll still have to go in there and get my son’s uniform,” he lamented.Mother of three, Hafizon Abdullah, 33, said she always schedules her shopping much earlier but often falls back due to several other plans throughout the month.“I’ll tell my husband and children that we have to purchase their schooling items by November-end, but it never happens.“I guess shopping at the last minute is quite a Malaysian culture,” she joked.“I’ll try to stop this habit next year as it gets quite tiring, the lining up and rushing from one mall to another is too much.”Businessman Hisham Norizan, 36, however shared a different sentiment.The father of three said he had done his shopping before school closed in 2018.“I love to do my kids back to school shopping in advance as it saves time and I don't have to worry about not getting the right size.“Prices are the same and I do not know why some love waiting until the last minute,” he said.Hisham said he had allocated about RM1,000 by the end of November to buy school items.“It is definitely not getting any cheaper, I’d say my expenditure has gone up by about 25 to 30 per cent in the last four years or so.“RM800 was enough for all three of them before, but as parents, we really do not have an option but to put aside money for this is as important as paying our house or car bills.”School reopens at all states on January 2 while it commences a day earlier at Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.According to the Education Ministry's website, there will be 214 school days and 73 holidays in 2019. [...]
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1,709 secondary school students found to be drug positive
Most of students were found to be positive on the methamphetamine type of drugs. — Reuters pic KAJANG, Dec 28 — A total of 1,709 secondary school students in 176 high-risk areas was found to be positive on drugs as of October this year, said the Director-General of the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK), Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah.He said high-risk areas in Sarawak, Kedah and Kelantan recorded the highest percentage of students involved in drug abuse.“A total of 41,741 students ranging from 13 to 17 years old in the high-risk areas has undergone urine screening and of this figure, 1,709 were found to be drug positive. Most of them were found to be positive on the methamphetamine type of drugs,” he said at a media conference, here today.Meanwhile, he said that besides school students, the screening also covered public and private sector agencies to track down those involved in drug abuse.“Next year, we will empower further the screening to assist in the detection of drug abusers at the work place.“We want to help those with problems, not to find fault with anyone. Even at the AADK, we have implemented drug screening on 2,841 staff and four of them had been detected to be drug positive,” he said.He said that action would be taken against staff involved in drug abuse according to the existing legislations.Earlier, Zulkifli launched the AADK 24-hour Hotline as an early measure for the public to report drug abuse in their respective areas besides obtaining advisory services regarding treatment and rehabilitation at AADK facilities.Members of the public can contact the telephone line 03-89112233 or 019-6262233 if they require advisory services or to report drug abuse activities. — Bernama [...]
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Domestic Trade Ministry: No complaints of price hike of school supplies in Perlis
A shopper chooses fresh vegetables from the fresh produce section at a supermarket. — Picture by Choo Choy May KANGAR, Dec 24 — The Perlis branch of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) has not received any complaint of prices of school supplies including black shoes being costly.Its director, Khairul Amin Talib, said that the monitoring carried out since yesterday also found that the price of 16 regulated items were still below the ceiling price.He said the monitoring would continue until January 6 to ensure that traders did not take advantage (of hiking up prices) especially ahead of the opening of the new school session next week.“KPDHEP welcomes public complaints and if there are doubts about the prices on display, they should contact the office for immediate action under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011,” said Khairul Amin after launching the Christmas Celebration Price Control Scheme 2018 at the Giant Supermarket here today.He added that the supply of essential items during the Christmas festive season was adequate and the public need not be concerned as enforcement has been stepped up, he added.Consumers can channel their complaints to the ministry via 03-8000 8000 (Malaysia Government Call Centre (MYGCC)) or the toll-free line of the Strategic Operations and Information Centre (PIGOS) at 03-8882 6245 / 6088.Khairul Amin said complaints can be lodged via the smart phone application Ez ADU, email to e-aduan@kpdnhep.gov.my or by sending an SMS to 15888 by typing ‘KPDNHEP ADUAN’ to report to any of the 73 KPDNHEP offices across the country, or by sending a WhatApps message to 019-2794317. — Bernama [...]
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Bront Palarae, DIGP Noor Rashid, Harimau Malaya football coach honoured by school
Actor Nasrul Suhaimin Saifuddin or Bront Palarae as he is popularly known was given the honour of being part of their 110-year-old alma mater Sultan Abdul Hamid College's (SAHC) Hall of Fame. — Picture by Choo Choy May KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22 ― Popular actor Bront Palarae, top cop Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim and Malaysia's football coach have been given the honour of being part of their 110-year-old alma mater Sultan Abdul Hamid College's (SAHC) Hall of Fame.The Sultan Abdul Hamid Old Collegians Association (Sahoca) last night inducted 10 new additions to its Hall of Fame, listing them by the year they graduated.The new names include Malaysia's first Malay chartered accountant Tan Sri Hanafiah Hussain, a 1947 SAHC graduate who was also Umno treasurer from 1965 to 1970.Former MP Hanafiah had also in 2017 received both the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) Lifetime Achievement Award and Umno's Tokoh Melayu Terbilang award.The national football team Harimau Malaya's coach Tan Cheng Hoe (Class of '86), actor Nasrul Suhaimin Saifuddin or Bront Palarae as he is popularly known (Class of '95) were the youngest additions.Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIGP) Noor Rashid (Class of '75) was inducted, along with the late former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Hashim (Class of '40) who was given the honour posthumously.Others inducted are Impressive Communications CEO Tan Sri Abd Halim Karim (Class of '73), former Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh (Class of '76), Treasury secretary-general Datuk Ahmad Badri Zahir (Class of '78), Etiqa Insurance Berhad chairman Datuk Karunakaran Ramasamy (Class of '66) and Bank Rakyat managing director and president Datuk Zulkiflee Abbas Abdul Hamid (Class of '73).Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is himself a graduate of SAHC from the class of 1946 and the life president of Sahoca, was present onstage when the names were read out.Kedah-born Dr Mahathir's father Mohamad Iskandar was the first principal of SAHC, when it was then known as the Government English School (GES).The SAHC in Kedah is also the alma mater of various other prominent individuals such as Malaysia's first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, four former Kedah Mentri Besar, five who were the top judge as either Lord President or as Chief Justice of Malaysia, former ministers including Tun Daim Zainuddin and the late Tan Sri Mohamed Khir Johari. Mirzan Mahathir speaks during Sultan Abdul Hamid College’s (SAHC) annual dinner in Kuala Lumpur December 21, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Time to shine againYesterday was Sahoca KL's annual dinner, with its president Mirzan Mahathir noting that SAHC had became a top school in the past with many graduates playing important roles in the country's development.“Our academic performance over the past few years have not been encouraging, our sports performance and prowess has only had few bright spots and overall our school looks worn and tired,” he said, encouraging the alumni to offer their ideas and efforts to help SAHC regain its previous status as a top school.“I think this legacy is important, but we don't want to just see those that have done well up to this stage, we want that to continue, and therefore we should be looking at ways to improve the school,” he added.In a separate speech at the same dinner, Dr Mahathir said Malaysia needs graduates of better quality for it to catch up with developed countries“Malaysians have a role and certainly students in SAHC must pay attention to their studies, must do well, so that we can be proud again of the SAHC,” he said, also calling on the school's alumni to encourage the mastery of the English language.Memorable yearIn a video clip played during the dinner, Sahoca highlighted 2018 as “a year to remember” with two major events.The video showed footage of Dr Mahathir being sworn in as the seventh prime minister at the age of 93.Footage of the installation ceremony of the 29th Kedah ruler Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah (Class of '61) at the age of 76 was also shown.In his speech, Mirzan alluded to the 14th general elections, which resulted in a change in government from being under the Umno-led Barisan Nasional to Pakatan Harapan.“Every year is unique and different, this year has been one especially different, we all participated, witnessed the history of this country,” he said, adding that change happened through everyone's effort despite the little hope initially.He said the change lifted the gloom in the country, adding: “Much hope and expectation arose and there's a way for us to look forward for ourselves and our children.”* A previous version of this story contained errors which have since been corrected. [...]
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You have to die before having a school named after you, Dr M quips
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrives for the inaugural Dr Mahathir Mohamad Leadership Series at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur December 19, 2018. ― Picture by Firdaus Latif KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 ― Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad left his audience in stitches tonight after explaining that one has to die first before having schools named after oneself.“I normally don’t allow my name to be attached to any significant things,” he said during theDr Mahathir Mohamad Leadership Series event here.“In fact the first thing I did when I became Minister of Education, was to stop the practise of naming schools after ministers.”Dr Mahathir had served as education minister between 1974 and 1977, before changing portfolio to trade and industry.“So now you don’t find anybody naming schools after ministers. I promised them that they can have the schools named after them, but for that they must die first,” he added, earning thunderous applause from guests.Dr Mahathir explained that such a move was unjust and smacked of self-glorification.He was speaking at Malaysian Institute of Management’s (MIM) Inaugural Dr Mahathir Mohamad Leadership Series at Hotel Istana here.After Pakatan Harapan (PH) won Putrajaya this year, Dr Mahathir had again taken the education portfolio.He however let go of the post just days afterwards, abiding by PH’s election manifesto which prevents a prime minister from holding any ministerial portfolio.First-term Simpang Renggam MP and former academic Maszlee Malik from Dr Mahathir’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s was later named education minister. [...]
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Press sec claims Maszlee only said 1MDB is part of Malaysian history, not school syllabus
KUALA LUMPUR: Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik did not say that the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) case would be part of the new History syllabus, said his press secretary Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari. [...]
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