Tuesday, December 27, 2011

BERITA
Rabu Disember 28, 2011
Tiada Lagi Yuran Sekolah, Bantuan Tambahan Diterima

KUALA LUMPUR: Kira-kira 457,000 murid Tahun Satu akan memasuki alam persekolahan tahun depan tanpa perlu membayar yuran buat pertama kalinya dalam sejarah pendidikan negara.

Mereka adalah sebahagian daripada 5.3 juta pelajar sekolah rendah dan menengah di sekolah-sekolah kerajaan seluruh negara yang mendapat faedah daripada dasar pendidikan percuma yang diumumkan baru-baru ini dan juga menikmati bantuan tambahan RM100 sebagai persediaan untuk sesi baru persekolahan akan datang.

Pelajar Tingkatan Enam, bagaimanapun, akan menerima baucar buku bernilai RM200 sebagai gantian kepada bantuan persekolahan itu.

Pengumuman mengenai pendidikan percuma dibuat Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak semasa membentangkan Belanjawan 2012 di Dewan Rakyat pada Oktober lepas dan disambut baik rakyat.

Semasa mencadangkan perkara itu, Najib berkata ia bertujuan memastikan semua kanak-kanak Malaysia tanpa mengira latar belakang sosio-ekonomi mempunyai akses kepada pendidikan berkualiti dan mampu.

Sebelum ini, pelajar sekolah rendah dan menengah, masing-masing dikehendaki membayar RM24.50 dan RM33.50 untuk ko-kurikulum, kertas ujian dalaman, yuran Majlis Sukan Sekolah-Sekolah Malaysia dan premium perlindungan insurans.

Penghapusan bayaran tersebut melibatkan peruntukan tambahan RM150 juta.

Di bawah Belanjawan 2012, RM50.2 bilion diperuntukkan untuk sektor pendidikan di samping RM1.9 bilion untuk perbelanjaan mengurus.

Ini menunjukkan komitmen kerajaan dalam mengarusperdanakan bidang pelajaran dan usaha menjadikan Malaysia sebagai pusat kecemerlangan akademik.

Banyak pihak khususnya Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru Nasional menganggap pemansuhan yuran pelbagai bagi pelajar sekolah rendah dan menengah mulai sesi persekolahan akan datang ini sebagai hadiah sangat bermakna untuk rakyat.

Bantuan RM100 kepada pelajar Tahun Satu hingga Tingkatan Lima itu bertujuan membantu meringankan bebanan ibu bapa yang mempunyai anak yang sedang bersekolah, lebih-lebih lagi yang mempunyai ramai anak.

Bantuan itu yang disambut baik dan dinanti-nantikan oleh orang ramai, telah dipersoalkan oleh pembangkang di Dewan Rakyat, dengan mengatakan pengagihan wang itu yang dilaksanakan sejak November lepas, sebagai " tidak mengikut prosedur kerana peruntukannya hanya diluluskan bagi tahun 2012."

Kementerian Pelajaran bagaimanapun menjelaskan bantuan itu diambil terus daripada Dana Akaun Pembayaran Perbendaharaan Yang Disatukan untuk tahun ini, yang sudah diluluskan oleh Perbendaharaan, jadi kementerian tidak perlu menggunakan peruntukan daripada belanjawan tahun depan bagi tujuan itu.

Ada juga sesetengah sekolah yang tidak menyerahkan kesemua wang RM100 itu kepada pelajar yang telah menyebabkan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berulang kali mengingatkan sekolah-sekolah berkenaan supaya mengembalikan baki wang bantuan itu.

Selain memberi pendidikan percuma dan bantuan kewangan itu, keputusan Kabinet mengenai program Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik Dalam Bahasa Inggeris (PPSMI) turut menjadi topik hangat perbincangan pada tahun ini.

Muhyiddin yang juga Menteri Pelajaran mengumumkan baru-baru ini bahawa program Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam Bahasa Malaysia akan dilaksanakan sepenuhnya di sekolah rendah pada tahun 2016 dan di sekolah menengah pada 2021.

Keputusan itu membuktikan kerajaan sedia menyahut dan menimbangkan supaya pelaksanakan dasar-dasar baru itu tidak menyusahkan sehingga boleh menjejaskan prestasi pelajar di sekolah. Pelajar yang sudahpun mengikuti pelajaran di bawah sistem PPSMI boleh meneruskannya sehingga tamat, dan pada waktu yang sama murid-murid yang baru memasuki sekolah dikehendaki mengikut sistem baru dikenali program Memartabatkan Bahasa Melayu dan Mengukuhkan Bahasa Inggeris (MBMMBI).

PPSMI diperkenalkan oleh bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad pada tahun 2003 bagi tujuan meningkatkan penguasaan mata pelajaran Sains dan Matematik. Namun implikasi PPSMI ke atas identiti kebudayaan dan keperibadian negara telah dibahaskan sejak ia mula dilaksanakan.

Dalam Belanjawan 2012 yang diluluskan baru-baru ini, sektor pendidikan juga menerima beberapa peruntukan lain termasuk dana khas RM1 bilion bagi pembinaan, pembaikan dan penyelenggaraan sekolah-sekolah serta baucar buku untuk pelajar di institusi pengajian tinggi.

Tanpa melupakan golongan guru, Perdana Menteri juga mengumumkan lima kaedah kenaikan pangkat untuk mereka yang akan berkuat kuasa 1 Jan, 2012.

Lima kaedah itu yang hanya terpakai bagi profesioan perguruan terdiri daripada kenaikan mengisi kekosongan, kenaikan khas untuk penyandang, kenaikan berdasarkan tempoh, kenaikan untuk pengetua atau guru besar cemerlang dan kenaikan pangkat guru cemerlang.

Kaedah baru kenaikan pangkat itu diharapkan dapat menaikkan semangat kira-kira 480,000 orang guru di seluruh negara, untuk memberi perkhidmatan pendidikan yang lebih baik kepada negara.

Muhyiddin berkata insentif tersebut adalah sebahagian daripada usaha kerajaan menambah baik perkhidmatan awam pada keseluruhannya. - BERNAMA

http://mstar.com.my/berita/cerita.asp?file=/2011/12/28/mstar_berita/20111228102640&sec=mstar_berita

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Fernandes and Azman among seven selected to review education system

PETALING JAYA: A new panel to review the country’s education system has been formed with AirAsia Group boss Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Khazanah Nasional Bhd managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar among its seven panellists.

Appointed by Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the panel will be headed by Albukhary Internatio­nal University president Tan Sri Dr Dzulkifli Abdul Razak.

Fernandes, who praised the panel members as “game changers” from the public and private sector, said the panel would look into ways to cultivate a new education system which would build “global Malaysians”.

He said students needed an environment where creativity could flow freely and experimentation was encouraged.

“Education is beyond academics. It is art, culture, drama, sports, leadership, idea and thought generation,” he said yesterday, adding that students needed to possess strong character to survive in today’s era of globalisation.

Other panel members include Securities Commission Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar, Sunway Group chairman Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin and Tokoh Guru 2011 recipient Datuk Professor Dr Ab Rahim Selamat.

The panel will report its findings to Muhyiddin but no specific deadline has been set for it to complete its task.


http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/12/17/nation/10115548&sec=nation

Friday, December 09, 2011

MUET SPEAKING TOPICS DEC 2011

1 Which of the following people contribute most in society?

2 Challenges students face while studying abroad.

3 The best way to help the sick children.

4 Who should impart sex education to children?.

5 The most important thing in life.

6 Suitable person to give talk to pre-u students on life in University

7 Qualities necessary to make relationship stronger and better.

9 Youths now has many ways to express their feelings.

8 Issues teenagers and parents differ most.

10 What movies appeal to Malaysian Audience?.

11 Options available for graduates who cannot find employment.

12 Ways to reduce global warming.

13 What profession should be paid the highest salary?

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New pay scheme lauded

Friday December 9, 2011
New pay scheme lauded

PETALING JAYA: Teachers on the whole are happy with the new civil service remuneration scheme as there will be more opportunities for them to move to higher grades, National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said.

Lok said teachers were happier with the new scheme compared with the present Malaysia Remuneration Scheme as the time-based promotion period between grades were shorter.

She was commenting on the announcement by Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah on Wednesday that the pay increase for the civil servants would be based on four principles: hierarchy; talent and experience; position and subject matter expertise; and performance.

Abu Bakar said the increments would be performance-based, which means that if the top civil servants do not do enough to merit bonuses, there would be no pay rise for them either.

The performance of the top-level civil servants will be evaluated through their Key Performance Indicators.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced during the Budget that the biggest change for the civil service was the introduction of the new civil service remuneration scheme to replace the current one.

Lok, who is also Cuepacs secretary-general, gave an assurance to clerical staff, who are unhappy that they will only receive salary adjustments and not be promoted to higher grades, that there was still room for discussion with PSD.

Johor Cuepacs chairman Mohd Shaman Jaes thanked the Govern­ment for listening to its call for a salary review but wants the PSD to consider giving a special allowance for civil servants in Johor because of the higher cost of living there.

“Prices of food and other items are higher in Johor than in other states,” he said here yesterday.

Malaysian Medical Association president Dr Mary Suma Cardosa said the new scheme would boost performance and create an environment of greater professionalism.

However, Dr Cardosa called on the PSD to give her members more time to sign up for the scheme.

“We are only given until Dec 31 to decide if we want to apply for the new scheme, but we need to know more details such as; what sort of measurements do we use to gauge a doctor’s performance? What is the increment scale like? We hope that the department will provide us with more information soon,” she said.
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/12/9/nation/10062522&sec=nation

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MUET - Information Transfer 800/4




http://ain79.edublogs.org/2011/06/20/tips-for-muet-writing-task-1-graphic-analysis/

Information transfer from graphic representation to text

MUET MOMENTS

By DR KOH SOO LING

2011/09/04

LESSON 10
Information transfer from graphic representation to text
Common problems related to describing and interpreting graphic representations are:

- Not Understanding the Data (I) — Not Reading the Labels: students do not correctly
understand the data in the charts: often they do not carefully read the labels (e.g. students write “15 people were involved in the national street performance event in January 2011”, when they should write “150 people were involved in the national charity event in January 2011”.)

- Not Understanding the Data (II) — Not Applying Common Sense to your Interpretations: students do not apply their common sense to the interpretation of data in the charts (e.g. in the example above, common sense should tell us that it was impossible that only 15 people were involved in the national street performance event in 2011; we should then analyse the chart carefully to find a more satisfactory interpretation).

- Just “Listing” the Data: students simply “list” data from charts or graphs without trying to indicate what is more or less important. You should take note of large differences or changes and present them first.

- Not “Translating” Note Form to Grammatical English: labels or titles are usually in note form, so you need to change them into grammatically correct English in your writing. For example, in a chart describing the activities related to those who participated in the national street performance, one event label would be “stilt walking”. It would therefore be ungrammatical to say “the stilt walking were very agile and entertained the crowd tremendously”. Instead it should be “the stilt walkers were very agile and entertained the
crowd tremendously”.
Mid-2010 MUET Writing Question 1 Information Transfer (Suggested Answer 2)

The chart shows the number of visits to 3 music websites namely, Music Network(MN), Music Connect(MC) and Era Music(EM) by teenagers in the month of August while the table shows the promotional activities of the websites during the same period.
Except for EM, the other 2 websites MN and MC witnessed significant changes in the frequency of visits.
The number of visits to MC fluctuated while MN experienced a gradual decrease in visits for the first 3 weeks followed by a sudden sharp rise during the last week of August.
Promotional activities significantly impacted on the frequency of visits to MN and MC compared to EM.
The MN website saw a sharp decrease from 40,000 visits in the first week of August to 22,000 in the second week to its lowest at 20,000 in the third when no promotional activity was held. Week 4 witnessed a steep rise and a return to 40,000 visits as in Week 1. The promotional activity ‘Name the Singer’ seems to have had a negative effect while the absence of promotions in Week 3 caused a further slight drop.
MC saw drastic increases in visits in Week 2 and 4 due to the promotional activities ‘Free Music CD’ and ‘Free Concert Ticket’. The number of visits fluctuated from around 12000 in Week 1 to sharply rise to almost 35000 in Week 2 when free music CDs were distributed. As there was no promotion in Week 3 it dropped to around 28000. Free concert tickets offered by MC in Week 4 pushed the number of visits to rise drastically to more than 50000 by far the largest at any one time of any of the 3 websites.
The sole promotion of EM in Week 2, ‘Name the Movie’ did not elicit any significant response. From 10000 in Week 1 visits rose to 12000 in Week 2, remained stagnant at Week 3 and returned to 10000 in Week 4.
MN had the most number of promotional activities, was most popular in Week 1 but came in second to MC which offered 2 freebies, in terms of attracting the highest number of visits.
One unusual feature is that when no promotions were held in Week 3 visits to MN and MC dropped, though MC remained the most visited and EM maintained status quo at 12000.
In conclusion, freebies offered made MC the most popular website while and EM which had only one promotion attracted the least number of teenagers.

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Mid-2010 MUET Exam - Writing Question 1 Information Transfer (Model Answer 1)


The chart shows the number of visits to 3 music websites namely, Music Network(MN), Music Connect(MC) and Era Music(EM) by teenagers in the month of August while the table shows the promotional activities of the websites during the same period.
Except for EM, which saw a consistent number of visits during the 4 weeks, the other 2 websites MN and MC witnessed significant changes in the frequency of visits.
The number of visits to MC fluctuated while MN experienced a gradual decrease in visits for the first 3 weeks followed by a sudden sharp rise during the last week of August.
The promotional activities had an impact on the frequency of visits to MN and MC but not much effect on EM. The only promotional activity ‘Name the Movie’ in Week 2 caused a nominal increase of about 2000 visits.
The MN website saw a gradual decrease from 40,000 visits in the first week of August to 22,000 in the second week to its lowest at 20,000 in the third week when no promotional activity was held. Week 4 witnessed a steep rise and a return to 40,000 visits as in Week 1. The promotional activity ‘Name the Singer’ seems to have had a negative effect that resulted/caused a drop while the absence of promotions in Week 3 caused a further drop, albeit slightly/a slight one.
MC saw drastic increases in visits in Week 2 and 4 due to the promotional activities ‘Free Music CD’ and ‘Free Concert Ticket’. The number of visits fluctuated from around 12000 in Week 1 to sharply rise to almost 35000 in Week 2 when free music CDs were distributed. As there was no promotion in Week 3 it dropped to around 28000. Free concert tickets offered by MC in Week 4 pushed the number of visits to rise drastically to more than 50000 by far the largest at any one time of any of the 3 websites.
EM which had only 1 promotion, ‘Name the Movie’ in Week 2 /The sole promotion of EM in Week 2, ‘Name the Movie’ did not elicit any significant response. From 10000 it rose to 12000 in Week 2, remained stagnant at Week 3 and returned to 10000 in Week 4.
Although MN had 3, which is the most number of promotional activities, it turned out second to MC which offered 2 freebies, in terms of attracting the highest number of visits. MN was most popular only in Week 1.
One unusual feature is that when no promotions were held in Week 3 the number of visits to MN and MC dropped, though MC remained the most visited and EM maintained status quo at 12000.
In conclusion, freebies offered made MC the most popular website while the most number of promotions reigned in MN as second and EM which had only one promotion attracted the least number of teenagers to its website.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

MUET Writing 800/4 questions

Year End 2008
"People are becoming more materialistic. They are concerned with making more money and what money can buy." What is your opinion on being materialistic?

Mid 2009
Information and communications technology (ICT) is the cause of today's many social ills. What is your opinion? Support your answers with examples.

Year End 2009
People commit crime for selfish reasons. Discuss.

Mid 2010
The world today is turning more to electronic communications such as the e-mail, Facebook and short Message System (SMS). What is your opinion of this growing trend? Discuss.

Year End 2010
In an arranged marriage, the choice of a husband or wife is made by parents or elders. What do you think of this practice in today's society? Discuss. You should write at least 350 words.

Mid 2011
The most valuable thing in life is friendship. Do you agree? Discuss.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Ibu bapa boleh semak sekolah ajar dalam bahasa Inggeris Disember

KUALA LUMPUR: Mulai bulan depan, ibu bapa pelajar Tahun Enam yang mengikuti program Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam Bahasa Inggeris (PPSMI) boleh menyemak sekolah yang menawarkan program sama di Tingkatan Satu bagi sesi persekolahan 2012.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, berkata ia bagi memastikan proses peralihan berjalan lancar.
Beliau berkata, proses semakan itu hanya membabitkan pelajar yang mengikuti program PPSMI sepenuhnya iaitu kira-kira lima peratus daripada jumlah kelas di 7,495 sekolah rendah.
Ibu bapa pelajar boleh memindahkan anak mereka ke sekolah lain jika sekolah yang ditawarkan tidak melaksanakan program atau dasar berkenaan.

Beliau yang juga Menteri Pelajaran berkata, pelajar yang tidak mengikuti PPSMI atau menggunakan dwibahasa dalam pengajaran dan pembelajaran (P&P) Matematik dan Sains, tidak perlu membuat semakan kerana dijangka tiada masalah berbangkit.

“Saya sudah arah kementerian dan Ketua Pengarah supaya semakan dibuat bermula Disember ini. Kita mengambil tempoh lebih awal sikit. Biasanya mereka masuk Januari, kita minta mereka menyemak di sekolah mana dan guru akan beritahu untuk memastikan tidak ada kejanggalan.

“Kita akan maklumkan semua sekolah. Pegawai Pendidikan Daerah akan memanggil pengetua dan guru besar untuk memaklumkan cara mengelakkan masalah tadi (kejanggalan)... kalau ibu bapa tidak membawa anak pun tak apa, cuma untuk menyemak kesesuaian sekolah menengah yang mengamalkan dasar yang sama,” katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian dalam rancangan Soal Jawab yang dihoskan Pengarah Eksekutif Berita dan Operasi Editorial Media Prima Berhad, Datuk Ahmad A Talib melalui TV3, malam tadi.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri berkata, bagi murid Tahun Satu yang memulakan sesi persekolahan awal tahun ini, dasar PPSMI sudah dimansuhkan dan digantikan dengan dasar Memartabatkan Bahasa Malaysia dan Memperkukuhkan Bahasa Inggeris (MBMMBI).

Katanya, proses berperingkat atau dikenali sebagai ‘soft landing’ itu akan berterusan sehingga murid Tahun Satu tahun ini menduduki Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) sepenuhnya dalam bahasa Melayu pada 2016, manakala Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) pada 2021.

Menjawab soalan sama ada MBMMBI mampu meningkatkan penguasaan bahasa Inggeris di kalangan pelajar, Muhyiddin berkata, kementerian melaksanakan pelbagai langkah penambahbaikan termasuk aspek perguruan dan pengisian kandungan kurikulum mata pelajaran berkenaan.

Katanya, seramai 47,887 guru Bahasa Inggeris sentiasa diberikan kursus bagi memastikan kualiti pengajaran ditingkatkan, di samping latihan kepada 6,000 guru di institut perguruan seluruh negara dan pengambilan secara kontrak guru bersara yang kini 200 orang.

Di samping itu, katanya, kementerian turut membawa masuk 360 ‘master teacher’ pakar Bahasa Inggeris daripada 10 negara termasuk United Kingdom, Kanada, Denmark dan Australia untuk memerhati dan memberikan pandangan untuk menambah baik kualiti P&P guru Bahasa Inggeris serta pengambilan 50 tenaga pengajar dari Amerika Syarikat bermula awal tahun depan.

“Cabaran kita, bagaimana nak tentukan ada peningkatan lebih ketara dalam penguasaan bahasa Inggeris... satu yang tak ada ialah ukurannya... saya fikirkan adakah wajar kita wujudkan satu lembaga untuk memberi penanda aras untuk mata pelajaran ini.

“Mungkin kita boleh bekerjasama dengan Universiti Cambridge cara mengukur pencapaiannya... bila kata di sekolah penguasaan bahasa Inggeris baik, adakah baik yang setanding dengan antarabangsa.

“Saya percaya cabaran besar tetapi harapan untuk melihat MBMMBI berjaya tidak mungkin berlaku jika tidak ada kesungguhan ibu bapa dan komitmen pelajar,” katanya.


http://www.bharian.com.my/bharian/articles/IsuPPSMI_Pilihsekolah/Article/
RM100 school aid to be paid out by end of month
By KAREN CHAPMAN
educate@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: The RM100 school assistance is to be paid out by the end of the month.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is also Education Minister, is expected to make a major announcement today on how the payments will be made.

It is believed the payments will be given out in two batches – one for pupils from Year Two to Five and another for students from Form Two to Four.

Those who will be starting Year One and Form One next year will only receive the assistance then.

It is understood that the payments need to be made soon as the last day of school is next Friday.

The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia is scheduled to start on Monday and some schools are expected to break early to prepare for the exam.

According to guidelines from the Education Ministry and available on the Selangor Education Department website, the money will be deposited into schools’ Bank Simpanan Nasional accounts while a special account will be opened for schools which do not have one.

It advises school heads who are withdrawing up to RM10,000 to be escorted by two other teachers and to be accompanied by a police escort if they are withdrawing more than RM10,000.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the allocation when he tabled Budget 2012 on Oct 7. He said it was given to help ease the burden of parents.

It is understood that schools will be asked to disburse the cash directly to their students.

It is believed that the money has already been deposited in the accounts of some schools.

School heads in Negri Sembilan were briefed on the matter on Tuesday and informed that the money would be deposited in the schools’ accounts.

They were also asked to disburse the money to students before the last day of school.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said last month that the RM100 assistance for 5.3 million students nationwide would be distributed in December.

He had said that although the Budget would only be implemented in January, the monetary aid would be handed out in December in time for the new school term.

In addition, vouchers worth RM200 for purchasing books would also be given to students in tertiary education.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Muhyiddin: PPSMI students can continue to Form 5


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Kohort PPSMI boleh diteruskan hingga Tingkatan Lima, kata Muhyiddin


PUTRAJAYA: Kerajaan bersetuju membenarkan murid kohort Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam Bahasa Inggeris (PPSMI) untuk meneruskan pembelajaran kedua-dua mata pelajaran itu dalam bahasa Inggeris sehingga Tingkatan Lima.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata ini bermakna murid kohort PPSMI boleh memilih sama ada untuk meneruskan Sains dan Matematik dalam bahasa Inggeris, bahasa Malaysia atau dalam kedua-dua bahasa apabila mereka memasuki Tingkatan 1 bermula tahun depan.

"Jadi pengajaran dan pembelajaran matematik dan sains di sekolah rendah hanya akan dilaksanakan sepenuhnya dalam bahasa Malaysia pada 2016 manakala di sekolah menengah adalah pada 2021.

"Dengan keputusan itu, pemansuhan PPSMI adalah kekal. Kerajaan tidak bercadang untuk melaksanakan semula PPSMI seperti yang dituntut oleh sesetengah pihak," katanya pada sidang media di sini hari ini.


Beliau berkata kerajaan berharap dengan keputusan membenarkan kohort PPSMI untuk meneruskan pembelajaran dalam bahasa Inggeris sehingga tamat Tingkatan 5 dapat melegakan ibu bapa.


Muhyiddin yang juga Menteri Pelajaran berkata perkara itu diputuskan dalam mesyuarat Kabinet hari ini.

Muhyiddin berkata kerajaan yakin dengan keputusan itu, pencapaian murid kohort PPSMI dalam peperiksaan Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR), Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) dan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) tidak akan terjejas.

Dengan pemansuhan PPSMI kelak, beliau berkata murid di Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) akan mengikuti pengajaran Matematik dan Sains dalam bahasa Cina dan bahasa Tamil di Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT).

Sementara itu, Muhyiddin berkata kajian Kementerian Pelajaran ke atas semua sekolah di bawah kementerian menunjukkan bahawa kebanyakan sekolah telah melaksanakan pengajaran dan pembelajaran sains dan matematik dalam Bahasa Malaysia.

Beliau berkata kajian menunjukkan kurang lima peratus daripada jumlah kelas di 7,495 buah sekolah rendah menggunakan bahasa Inggeris sepenuhnya dalam pengajaran dan pembelajaran matematik dan sains.

"Manakala di peringkat sekolah menengah, kurang sembilan peratus daripada jumlah kelas di 2,192 buah sekolah menggunakan bahasa Inggeris dalam pengajaran dan pembelajaran matematik dan sains.

"Dapatan kajian ini membuktikan bahawa PPSMI tidak dapat dilaksanakan sepertimana yang dihasratkan," katanya.

Menurutnya, hasil kajian lapangan yang dijalankan kementerian menunjukkan pengalaman guru dan amalan di bilik darjah serta temu bual dengan murid-murid mendapati murid sukar memahami mata pelajaran matematik dan sains dalam bahasa Inggeris.

"Pemansuhan PPSMI tidak bermakna kerajaan mengabaikan kepentingan penguasaan Bahasa Inggeris," katanya.

Untuk meningkatkan penguasaan bahasa Inggeris di kalangan murid, Muhyiddin berkata pelbagai inisiatif baru dan lebih efektif sedang dilaksanakan di bawah Dasar Memartabatkan Bahasa Malaysia dan Memperkukuhkan Bahasa Inggeris (MBMMBI).

Antara inisiatif itu, katanya ialah penambahan masa pengajaran dan pembelajaran Bahasa Inggeris, penambahbaikan kurikulum Bahasa Inggeris di bawah pelaksanaan Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah (KSSR) dan daripada segi penyediaan guru.

Inisiatif lain termasuk pengambilan penutur jati bagi meningkatkan kapasiti pensyarah dan guru Bahasa Inggeris, penyediaan bahan sokongan berkualiti seperti bahan bacaan tambahan dan bahan digital bagi menyokong pelaksanaan pengajaran dan pembelajaran di bilik darjah, katanya. - BERNAMA


Written by Bernama
Friday, 04 November 2011 19:10
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PUTRAJAYA (Nov 4): The Cabinet has agreed to allow all students in the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) cohort to continue learning the subjects in English until Form Five.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said on Friday this meant that primary school pupils in the PPSMI cohort could opt whether to continue learning Science and Mathematics in English or Bahasa Malaysia, or in both languages when they enter Form One beginning next year.

"Thus, the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Science in primary schools will only be implemented fully in Bahasa Malaysia in 2016 while in
secondary schools it will be implemented in 2021.

"With the decision, the abolition of the PPSMI is upheld. The government does not intend to reimplement the PPSMI as demanded by certain groups," he said at a media conference.

He said that the government hoped the decision to allow the PPSMI cohort to continue learning in the English Language up to Form Five could please the
parents. - Bernama

Sunday, November 06, 2011

TRAIN BOUND FOR PAPAR COLLIDED WITH A FUEL TANKER









(GOOGLE IMAGE)

TIME : 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION : Near a Shell station at Jalan Kepayan-Jalan Lintas junction near the Kota Kinabalu international airport.

Train collides with tanker in Kota Kinabalu
12 seriously hurt as train slams into fuel tanker (The Star)

By Muguntan Vanar, Ruben Sario and Durie Rainer
newsdesk@thestar.com.my

Tuesday November 1, 2011

KOTA KINABALU: A train carrying 200 passengers collided with a fuel tanker at an “unmanned” railway crossing, causing a massive explosion in Kepayan here. Twelve people were seriously injured and 34 passengers could not be traced.

Most of the passengers scrambled out from the rear driver's compartment to flee the inferno that erupted after the collision.

Police have ascertained that no one was inside the four wrecked carriages.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said the train rammed the tank section of the lorry carrying some 27,000 litres of petrol as it was heading into a petrol station to deliver the fuel.

The first carriage derailed upon impact while the second one landed atop the tanker that exploded at the crossing which Sabah Railways director Mohd Zin Mohd Said had classified as “illegal.”

A huge ball of fire rising from the front of the train after it rammed into the tanker carrying 27,000 litres of fuel.

The Star learned that at least two injured passengers were rushed to hospital by members of the public while six others were taken by ambulance.

It is learnt that the commuters were picked up at the Sembulan and Tanjung Aru stations here and were mainly office workers returning from the city to their homes in Papar town about 45km away.

Hamza said police had detained the oil tanker driver for questioning while the train driver Ali Ramli, 50, escaped injury.

The horrific crash comes hardly seven months after Sabah Railways restarted its services on Feb 21 with a massive upgrade of its 134km rail track and new diesel engine train sets.

The colonial railway is the only commercial rail line in the island of Borneo.

It operates services from Kota Kinabalu to west coast towns and interior Tenom.

Since the reopening, there have been several accidents at “unmanned” crossings though there were no serious injuries until yesterday's incident.

“This is the worst mishap in our history,” said Mohd Zin.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pandangan Mengenai Tingkatan Enam




Pembelajaran di tingkatan enam adalah taraf tertinggi dalam sistem pendidikan sekolah di negara kita. Pelajar yang terpilih akan mengikuti pembelajaran mereka selama dua tahun dan diakhiri dengan peperiksaan awam Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). Namun demikian, sudah sekian lama masyarakat mahupun di kalangan pelajar sendiri yang menganggap belajar di tingkatan enam bertaraf rendah dan membuang masa.Pandangan negatif itu menjadi fobia kepada sesetengah pelajar dan mereka yang terpilih ke tingkatan enam seolah-olah mengalami perasaan rendah diri kerana rakan lain layak ke kolej matrikulasi, politeknik atau institusi pengajian lain. Tanggapan umum ialah pelajar tingkatan enam terdiri di kalangan mereka yang tercicir untuk ke IPTA.

Sesungguhnya persepsi itu mesti dikikis segera kerana sistem pembelajaran di tingkatan enam adalah gerbang kedua untuk ke universiti. Pendapat mengatakan peluang pelajar tingkatan enam untuk melanjutkan pelajaran ke universiti adalah tipis boleh dipersoalkan. Jika kita perhatikan syarat kelayakan ke IPTA, kita dapati syarat minimum kelayakan masuk termasuk mempunyai STPM. Di samping itu, ada beberapa kelayakan lain yang setaraf dengannya seperti sijil matrikulasi, diploma, A-Level atau kelayakan lain yang diiktiraf.


Jadi, di sini jelas menunjukkan kedudukan STPM dimiliki pelajar tingkatan enam diiktiraf kerajaan. Mungkin tanggapan negatif itu berpunca daripada kebanyakan pelajar cemerlang melanjutkan pelajaran ke pusat matrikulasi. Situasi sebegini menjadi sindrom kepada pelajar yang gagal ke matrikulasi untuk menerima kemasukan ke tingkatan enam lantaran berasa malu kepada rakan. Inilah fenomena saban tahun pelajar tingkatan enam, berasa diri terpinggir dan tercicir.
Di samping itu, ada sesetengah pelajar beranggapan tempoh dua tahun di tingkatan enam terlalu lama dan mereka perlu benar-benar bersedia sama ada dari segi mental dan emosi untuk menghabiskan pembelajaran. Apatah lagi belajar di tingkatan enam pelajar masih terikat dengan peraturan dan disiplin sekolah sebagaimana pelajar junior lain. Belajar dan berada di bawah satu bumbung yang sama dengan pelajar tingkatan lain meninggalkan ‘rasa terpencil’ dalam sanubari mereka.
Sebenarnya keadaan berkenaan tidak timbul langsung jika pelajar menyedari mereka sebenarnya berada di gerbang universiti. Soal di mana kita belajar tidak penting.


Yang perlu pelajar fikirkan bagaimana untuk merangkul kecemerlangan. Kesedaran dan komitmen menjadi tunjang dalam menjana kejayaan dalam mana-mana sistem pembelajaran. Belajar di mana-mana sebenarnya sama saja kerana tiada jalan mudah mencapai kejayaan.
Memang benar kejayaan itu milik semua, tetapi yang berusaha keras saja mampu mencapainya. Jika kita meninjau prestasi pencapaian pelajar STPM setiap tahun, ia menunjukkan kualiti sangat tinggi dan sentiasa berlaku peningkatan dari segi peratusan kelulusan. Hal ini menggambarkan pelajar tingkatan enam mampu muncul cemerlang sebagaimana rakan mereka di matrikulasi, politeknik atau kolej swasta.

Belajar di tingkatan enam banyak kelebihan. Antaranya pelajar akan mengikuti pembelajaran secara sistematik berdasarkan kurikulum Kementerian Pelajaran bersesuaian dengan kehendak IPTA dan IPTS. Dokongan kuat dan sentiasa di bawah bimbingan guru juga adalah faktor utama membolehkan seseorang pelajar itu mencapai kejayaan cemerlang. Hal itu tidak ada pada rakan mereka di matrikulasi atau di pusat pengajian lain kerana mereka terpaksa lebih berdikari.


Tingkatan enam adalah landasan terbaik untuk seseorang pelajar ke universiti. Sebenarnya peluang pelajar tingkatan enam melanjutkan pelajaran ke universiti lebih terbuka berbanding lepasan diploma. Ini kerana lepasan matrikulasi dan diploma tidak secara automatik layak ke universiti jika mereka gagal mencapai merit dan kelulusan ditetapkan.
Perlu diingatkan, pembelajaran tingkatan enam diadakan bukan untuk menampung pelajar yang gagal ke IPT, sebaliknya sistem pembelajaran tingkatan enam itu adalah wadah terbaik untuk pelajar mempersiapkan diri bagi menghadapi cabaran lebih luas yang bakal mereka tempuh di IPTA/IPTS.

Justeru, selama dua tahun di tingkatan enam membuka ruang dan peluang kepada pelajar untuk merenung diri dan menilai kemampuan sebenar ke arah masa depan yang lebih cerah. Halangan dan cabaran di tingkatan enam adalah jalan mudah ke universiti.
Ini kerana mereka yang memperoleh kejayaan cemerlang dalam STPM, laluan ke universiti amat mudah dan mampu menyesuaikan diri untuk mengikuti pembelajaran di universiti. Apa yang penting, pelajar harus bijak merancang pembelajaran dan mesti sentiasa bersedia dari awal. Kepahitan dan kegetiran pelajar mengharungi masa dua tahun di tingkatan enam memerlukan ketabahan dan kecekalan. Tetapi, semuanya adalah lumrah ketika belajar.

Ingatlah wahai pelajar pesanan Imam Syafie yang antara lain berkata, “Ilmu itu umpama ladang, maka berbanggalah kamu dengan ilmu. Dan jangan sampai kamu kehilangan ladang kebanggaan itu. Tuntutlah ilmu sebanyak-banyaknya walaupun terpaksa berkorban dan menderita. Mungkin suatu hari nanti apabila engkau menghadiri suatu majlis dan engkau yang memimpinnya, maka engkau akan menjadi kebanggaan majlis itu.”
Sesiapa yang tidak pernah merasakan pahit getir menuntut ilmu, meskipun sedetik, tentulah ia akan terjerumus ke dalam kejahilan seumur hidupnya. Demikianlah, betapa pengalaman getir ketika belajar adalah ubat mujarab untuk mencapai kejayaan cemerlang dalam pelajaran.

Sesungguhnya sistem pembelajaran tingkatan enam masih boleh dipertingkatkan dengan lebih baik. Antaranya ialah mengadakan sistem kolej seperti pusat matrikulasi. Setiap negeri dibina satu kolej pra-U untuk menempatkan pelajar tingkatan enam. Ini tentu meninggikan imej dari segi fizikal dan mampu memantapkan emosi pelajar. Selain itu, pelajar tingkatan enam seharusnya lebih kerap dibawa melawat sambil belajar di universiti untuk memberi pendedahan awal kepada mereka mengenai suasana kampus universiti. Ini tentu merangsang minat pelajar untuk belajar bersungguh-sungguh.

Di samping itu, tenaga pendidik ditugaskan di tingkatan enam hendaklah dipilih daripada kalangan guru yang berpengalaman luas. Ini penting untuk meyakinkan pelajar bahawa mereka berdepan dengan tenaga pengajar berkebolehan tinggi yang sekali gus mencambah semangat meneruskan pembelajaran.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sample SPM Essays

Essay #1
Essay #2
Essay #3
Essay #4 (Letter writing)
Essay #5 (Letter writing)
Essay #6 Saddest Experience
Essay #7 Teenagers Don't Smoke
Essay #8 Admire
Essay #9 Finish up Story
Essay #10 I need Your Love Forever
Essay #11 Speech

Essay #1
QUESTION: Write a story with the ending, "If only I had been more careful, that wouldn't have happened". Your story should not be less than 350 words.

Tonight was a cold and stormy night. The doors slammed shut as the rustling sound of the leaves could be heared. The storm had been like this for the past three days. I sat on my bed thinking if I had upset the Gods above in heaven. As I lay my head down soft and gently on my comfy pillow, I wondered if mom and dad were ok. They had gone for a vacation to the bahamas and I had to stay back because of my exams. I wasn't worried about it as I've stayed alone many times.

Suddenly, the lights went out. My heart raced in agony as the storm got worse. I could see lightning lashing onto my gate and the roaring sound of thunder that came along. I pulled myself together and realised I needed to light some candles. So I headed downstairs with my trusty torchlight and worked my way to the storage room. I found the candles and begun to light them all over the house. I couldn't stand the fact that the darkness was playing games with my mind.


An hour had passed till I realised something wasn't right. I felt as if something else besides me was in the house. I panicked. My mind filled with fear but I had to be sure I was right. So, I searched all the rooms on the same floor and found nothing. So I carefully walked down staircase. As I was walking, I realised all the candles that I had lit were put out. I was surprised but aware that there could be someone else in the house. My mind pondered as to how i was going to sneak around without alerting the possibly dangerous stranger.


Then, it happened. As I hid behind one of the room's doors. I saw someone walk by me. He was a huge muscular guy who wore a beard and had hair that was so curly a fly could get stuck if it went through it. I was puzzled. Why would someone want to break into my house, I asked myself. I noticed the man had a huge revolver on his belt. The same one the cops used. I didn't want to stick around and aak questions. I had to call the cops. So I crept towards the phone and thank God it was still working. I made a distressed call and the cops said they would be at my house in five minutes.


As I crept back upstairs, I accidently knocked over a small lamp and it broke. By this time I knew the stranger had been alerted. I was scared and feared for my life. My fears turned into my worst nightmare as I heard a loud noise. I was shot in the chest. I could feel blood oozing all over my shirt. The stranger walked towards me while mumbling words I just couln't understand. I thought I was a dead man. Then a miracle happened just as the stranger was about to finish me off. I heard a second gunshot and the stranger was down. It was the cops who had arrived.


I was rushed to the hospital and the doctors commenced emergency surgery on me to remove the bullet. I was then transferred to the Intensive Care Unit(ICU) as the bullet had hit my lungs and I was unable to breathe properly. My parents rushed back as soon as they got the news. I was lucky to be alive. The doctor had explained that if the bullet had hit me a bit more to the left , it would have hit my heart and I would be dead. Nobody knew who the stranger was or what he wanted. If only I had been more careful, that wouldn't have happened.


THE END

Essay #2

I could see by her face that she was really angry. I was almost convinced that I saw steam emitting from her nostril as she tried to go out from recently crashed space ship that was piloted by me from the International Departure Station (IDS) in south Russia.

Slowly, I approached her and apologized. "I'm sorry Lena, I know I should not force the ship to enter the 'worm hole' during low ship energy", I pleaded softly. Actually this was my first experience working as a captain for the Earth Defense Association(EDA) in a very important mission which was to ensure Metaoreon that was Earth traditional enemy cannot use its sub-bases to launch any attack on our controlled areas including Earth and 1.3 Light Years Cube in the center of the Milky Way.

Based on information that our association recently receivd, the sub-bases would be completed in 48 hours from the start of this mission and if it was completed maybe nobody could reach the area because from the information the defense would came out with a fourth generation technology.

Our group consists of 10 elite army soldiers who were commanded by me and my assistant Commander II Captain Lena Kagari. But during the transmission we had some technical problems. We failed reach to the targeted destination and the space ship seemed unable to activate.

"Captain, what should we do? The space ship's control system is definitely damaged". Suddenly the ship technician shocked me from the back. I stunted a while. Again I stared at my assistant hoping for suggestion but there was no reaction from her as I had expected.

"I want you to request help from our nearest ally, Corrono Alliance. Tell them our location and tell to send support as soon as possible." I pleaded after a few minutes thinking. After that, the technician left to announce the decision to other units. But at that time Lena looked at me angrily.

"I don't know why you were selected to handle this important mission since you don't have any experience in real space battle." She said.

"Now look we are in trouble, our distance from the enemy is not secure and the probability they can detect our presence is high. It is not impossible the enemy will attack us first when the ship is not in ready for battle." But before I had the opportunity to explain, the red light and alarm turned on to indicate dangerous objects approaching this space ship. Lena and I quickly entered the Captain's room to prepare for any attacks that might occur. I could see via main screen that there were five black ships moving toward us.

"All units... prepare to attack and Lena please identify the ship whether they are enemy or not." I quickly gave the command. Even though I has passed virtual battle many times but real situation was absolutely different. I didn't have enough time to have deep thought before making a decision.

"Can't activate to battle mode, captain. Some parts of this ship are still malfunctioning." A second after one of my units said these words suddenly our ship shook. The black ships definitely were our enemy. They had started firing without waiting for any discussion from us. From that behavior, I could confirmed that the black ship were Metaoreon 's armies. In this situation, we could do nothing except defend our ship as long as possible. So, I have commanded my units to install our best protection layer around the space ship.

At this time I just hoped a miracle could occur. I tried to hack onto the black ship's system. By applying my knowledge in 'reverse engineering'. I analyzed the signal emitted from the black ships then did reversal techniques to decrypt the signal to form readable data. I looked into the deciphered data and found the 32-bits round key. I entered the key to my special programme to listen to the Control Channel on the black ships. Thanks to God. About 5 minutes later, the programme recovered the password of the black ship's main control system.

After getting the system password, I quickly sent fake instruction to the hacked system caused them to fight each other. At the same time our ally Corrono Alliance arrived and help to destroy the black ships. They also lent a hand to repair the damage on our ship.

"Amazing! I've never before seen someone who is able to control the enemy's system in a short period and to get our ally's help easily like you did". Lena said, after we expressed our thank to Corrono Alliance units.

I Stared into her eyes and replied."It was a great miracle but I think you should accept our General Commander's decision. He would not have chosen me without looking at my qualification".

After I said that, for the first time she flashed me her million-dollar smile. After that, we took 4 days to complete the mission. The Association hoped I would be successful in the mission even though I did not have any experience in battle. And it's now safe for me to say that their hope is well founded

Essay #3
A sample essay entitled ‘A difficult life’
SPM ENGLISH
By JUGDEEP KAUR GILL

“BEING illiterate is like a curse. It closes all doors to your life even before they can be opened!”

My mother’s words rang loud and clear in my mind.

She had literally been plucked from a remote village in India and brought to the then Malaya by my father, a man she had obediently married some sixty years ago.

Being the only daughter of a well-heeled man, she had believed that her aunt had got her a good match. My mother was fair, tall and willowy. Everyone had remarked on her big eyes and thick lashes when she entered her husband’s house as his bride.

The marriage celebrations had gone on for three days and she had yet to see what her groom looked like. As custom dictated, she had kept her head bowed and eyes downcast throughout the numerous ceremonies that went on during the three days.

The fact that her head scarf had been drawn low to cover her face did not make things any easier.

When she was finally introduced to her spouse, she was shocked. He was stocky and quite dark while she was as white as snow, by North Indian standards.

The fate that awaited her shattered all the dreams that her aunt had spun for her, the very aunt who had made the match.

Being the typical Indian bride, she became a dutiful daughter-in-law to her husband’s childless aunt and uncle who had cared for him ever since he had been orphaned at the age of seven.

Life was difficult as there was nothing of the luxury that she had been used to in her father’s house but she did not complain.

When her in-laws, asked her to pawn her jewellery to release their land from mortgage, she did so without question.

When her husband’s aunt insisted that she wove blankets for them, she did so submissively. After all, she was illiterate and her only skills included cooking, sewing and embroidery.

Six months later, her husband announced that they would be leaving India to seek their fortunes in Malaya. She cried for days but remembered her father’s parting words,

“Your husband decides your life for now. Go with God’s blessings.”

The trip to Malaya took almost a week by ship. All sorts of fears tortured her but she did not dare utter a single word for fear of displeasing her husband.

Upon arrival in Penang, they travelled to a little town in Perak where they lived with another uncle until her husband secured a job.

Life in Slim River was not easy. Her husband often left her alone, unaccompanied for days at times as he eked out a living as a lorry driver at a tin mine.

The kind Malay ladies, sensing her loneliness, tried to make small talk with her, despite knowing that she did not understand a word of the local language.

Undeterred, they slowly taught her simple words which she would need in her daily life. This life went on for three years.

There was no electricity or water supply. She did her washing and bathing by the river.

Despite her frail form, she could carry two pails of water all the way home for cooking and drinking. Every night, she cried herself to sleep.

A few months later, she gave birth to a daughter. Her husband had not been pleased and he had refused to see the new child.

He had expected his first born to be a son. His ego had taken a slight dent, but he did not know that there was a worse fate awaiting him – the tin mine ceased operations and he lost his job.

They had no money and no savings. Not about to give up, he decided to take her and their little daughter to the capital.

For the next few years, they lived with his second uncle and his wife who were also childless.

Life for the young couple was no bed of roses. Jobs did not come easily those days and after failing to secure a job, her husband gave in to the demands of his uncle and aunt.

For two meals a day, he had to wash the drains on the five-acre piece of land and cut the grass while she had to do all the tedious household chores.

Without fail, the old woman would insist that she scrub all the brassware (even though it had not been used) with ash every day before beginning the day’s chores.

She had to wash second uncle’s white trousers and white shirts by boiling them in caustic soda over a charcoal fire and then scrubbing then clean before ironing them using a hot coal iron.

Her daily chores kept her busy and she barely had time for her first-born.

The poor child was often hungry as second aunt did not provide them with breakfast. Deprived of essential nutrients, the poor little girl was thin, almost skeletal.

The young couple endured this terrible life for several years. Even when her husband got a job as a watchman she still had to submit to the will of second aunt.

The couple had a second child, a boy, but he died when he was ten months old. Three years later they had me, another girl. This time my father was not so disappointed. I suppose the hard life had made him more accepting.

“Why did you allow these things to happen, ma?” I asked furiously as she related her painful past.

I held her battered hands in mine; the cuticles were swollen and the nails had turned yellow due to all the washing with caustic soda.

“... because I was illiterate and I had no one.”

That was her simple answer. She had no options as she was financially dependent on others for every single need. She could not go out to work as her husband’s uncle and aunt had a reputation to maintain. They were the cream of the town. No one knew or even suspected that she and her husband were being ill-treated. Worse still, she had to tolerate all forms of verbal abuse.

“My father had never raised his voice. He showered me with love after the death of my mother when I was five.”

My father, who himself had lost his mother when he was twenty-six days old and his father when he was seven, could not do much.

I am now thirteen. I know mother is telling me these stories so that I will be resilient. I also know she wants me to study hard so that I will not have to have a difficult life.

As much as I admire my mother and her perseverance in the face of adversity, I will not allow a similar fate to befall me.

Essay #4 (Letter writing)

Read the sample question below

You are the Secretary of the Residents’ Association in your housing estate. Write a letter to the director of the local municipal council to complain about the problems you and the other residents are facing.

In your letter, include the details below:

■ rubbish not collected
•causes terrible stench

•stray cats and dogs scatter rubbish
■ clogged drains • breeding ground for mosquitoes

• increase in cases of dengue fever
■ street lights not working •cause accidents at night

• increase in crime
■ playground not well- maintained •overgrown grass

•playground equipment damaged
When writing your letter, you should remember to: •set it out in the correct format

• include all the points given

• address the letter to the director of the local municipal council

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Rajvind Gill,
10, Jalan Jujur,
Taman Jayadiri,
68000 Ampang,
Selangor

The Director,
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council,
Bangunan Mentari,
Ampang Jaya,
68000
SELANGOR.

15 SEPTEMBER 2009

Dear Sir,

Poor Maintenance of Taman Jayadiri

I am writing this letter on behalf of the residents of Taman Jayadiri to complain about the dismal conditions we have been putting up with for the past three months.

2. One of the main grouses of the residents concerns uncollected rubbish (point 1). Initially, rubbish was collected three times a week. However, since June this year the garbage collectors have only been coming once a week. Our litter bins are always filled to the brim and we have no choice but to leave our bags of rubbish next to the bins. The rotting waste causes a terrible stench (point 2). Worse still, stray cats and dogs scatter the rubbish (point 3) while looking for food. This is not only unpleasant but also unhealthy.

3. Most of the drains in Taman Jayadiri are clogged (point 4) with rubbish resulting in the water becoming stagnant. It is not uncommon to see plastic bags, bottles and dry leaves in these drains. There is an urgent need to clear these drains as the stagnant water is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes (point 5). The residents are worried as there has been a sharp increase in dengue cases (point 6) in the last two months.

4. The street lights along several roads are also not working (point 7). This has caused several accidents at night (point 8), mostly involving motorcyclists as they are unable to see in the dark. Unfortunately, the dark streets have also led to another problem – an increase in crime (point 9). Several residents, especially women, have fallen victim to snatch thieves.

5. The one and only playground in our area is also not well-maintained (point 10). The grass is overgrown (point 11) as it has not been cut for almost three months. Besides, the playground equipment is damaged (point 12). Many of the see-saws and swings have been spoiled by vandals.

I hope the council will look into our complaints and take prompt action to solve our problems.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

RajvindGill
(RAJVIND GILL)

Essay #5 (Letter writing)

Sample Question

Your younger sister, who is studying in a boarding school, has written to complain that she finds the compulsory co-curricular activities very tiring. Write a letter to her to explain the benefits of co-curricular activities.

Use the notes given below to write your letter.
> help you become a better person
> instil discipline
> learn good values - cooperation
> respect for others
> develop leadership skills
> learn to organize activities
> provide opportunities - to develop social skills
> to take part in competitions
> keep you healthy
> get a good testimonial

When writing your letter, remember to include the following:

> your address
> a proper salutation/greeting
> a complimentary close
> all the notes given above

Sample answer 1

10, Jalan Mega Minang, Taman Minang Sari,
68000 Ampang, Selangor.
7th September 2009

Dear Lina,

It was lovely to hear from you. All of us miss you very much. Mum and Dad are glad that you are slowly adjusting to life in a boarding school.

In your letter you complained about the compulsory co-curricular activities. Well, let me tell you that you can reap many benefits through active participation in these activities. Firstly, the various co-curricular activities help you become a better person (point 1). Participation in uniformed units, clubs and societies, sports and games will help you discover your talents and develop your character. You will become a more confident and well-rounded person. The strict rules and good behaviour expected of you as a member of a uniformed unit will instil discipline (point 2) in you. This is important if you are to become a law-abiding citizen.

Besides, you will learn good values (point 3) through the various co-curricular activities. You will learn about the importance of cooperation (point 4) and respect for others (point 5). These values are very important in a multi-racial society like ours.

You have always said that you admire great leaders like Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln. Well, co-curricular activities will certainly help you to develop leadership skills (point 6). There will be ample opportunities to enable you to become a good leader. Besides learning how to plan events, you will learn to organise activities (point 7). Sometimes, you might even have to handle a challenging situation and this will teach you how to make on-the-spot decisions.

More importantly, co-curricular activities provide you with many opportunities (point 8) to help you develop social skills (point 9). As you know, a person with good social skills has an edge these days. Extra-curricular activities will also provide you with opportunities to take part in competitions (point 10) at various levels. Schools usually select their representatives for competitions at zone, state or national level by looking at their students’ performance in school-level competitions.

These activities also keep you healthy (point 11). Who knows, you might finally shed your baby fat! Most importantly, you will get a good testimonial (point 12) if you are active in co-curricular activities. This will definitely boost your chances when applying for a scholarship or a job.

There is no need for you to worry that participation in these activities will affect your grades. On the contrary, it has been proven that students who are actively involved usually do well academically.

I hope you will take the opportunities co-curricular activities provide to experience new things and discover your strengths.

I have to stop here. I have to study for my trial examination, which is in two weeks’ time. Till I hear from you, take care.

Your loving sister, Shuhada

Sample answer 2

10, Jalan Mega Minang,
Taman Minang Sari, 68000 Ampang,
Selangor.
7th September 2009

Dear Wani,

Thank you for your last letter. All of us miss you very much. Mum and Dad are happy that you will be coming home next month.

In your letter you complained that co-curricular activities are very tiring. Well, let me tell you that these activities have many benefits. Firstly, they will help you become a better person (point 1). They will instil discipline (point 2) in you. This is important if you want to become a good citizen.

Besides, you will learn good values (point 3) such as cooperation (point 4) and respect for others (point 5). Co-curricular activities will help you to develop leadership skills (point 6). You will also learn to organise activities (point 7).

Moreover, co-curricular activities provide you with opportunities (point 8). They help you develop social skills (point 9). Extra-curricular activities also give you opportunities to take part in competitions (point 10). Co-curricular activities can keep you healthy (point 11). Most importantly, you will get a good testimonial (point 12).

I hope you will take co-curricular activities seriously.

I have to stop here. Till I hear from you, take care.


Your elder brother, Izzan

The sample above is meant to show weak students how they can get marks for format and content.

Most of the sentences are simple sentences and the points are not elaborated. If you are a weak student, try to insert some sentences to elaborate on the points given.

Remember when you write an informal letter:

> Do not use slang words.
> Do not use words which are in a language other than English. This means you cannot write ‘Dear Abah’, or ‘Dear Amma’ even if that is how you address your parents.
·Do not sign off with ‘Love and Kisses’. Keep that for your personal letters.

Essay #6 Saddest Experience

"It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." Intriguing it truly is how Shakespeare could bring out one's emotions through such doleful words. Nevertheless, it is true. Life is but an unfathomable tale of sorrow and misery, masked behind the sounds and faces of joy, leading only to the inevitable revelation of the truth, where one would realize that dreams are but an empty flask, easily shattered into oblivion.
It came like a spear, prickling my soul. Perhaps it was the blanket being too thin, if only I had added one, no two, no it just would not have sufficed. Before then, I had always imagined a campfire to be the ultimate source of warmth and comfort in dark times... I stood corrected. For all I knew at that point, I could've been lying naked in the midst of a blizzard, the unforgiving gelid winds wailing proudly as they struck despair down to my very core. Accompanied only by a surfeit of queasy sensation patrolling by my uvular. It was incontrovertibly a one-sided battle. One which no adolescent should have to face without an ally.

It must have been the fever, though one could have erroneously believed the source to be the merciless wind, howling plaintively across the campsite as it disturbed the rustling leaves, as if on purpose. The others have gone to restock on more wood to burn and I was left to rest in my tent. I would have gone with them had I not been cursed with this horrible fever at this wicked hour. Hiding from the coldness beneath the safety of my blanket was probably not the most courageous act, but it was a wise one. To follow them into the woods in my condition would be plain suicide.

Before long, the wind wailed even louder in an utmost sorrowful manner. I reached into my pocket in search for my pills, my lifeline to be blunt, as it kept my illness to a minimum. Somehow, as if things could not have gotten worse, they were not there, go figure. That was it, in a matter of moments the ascending fever would triumph over my natural resistance and incapacitate me, as would asphyxiation slowly sink in. Then, through the glass my memory a sliver of hope came to be. They must have still been with Percy. That fool wanted to 'take a look at them' earlier on and must have brought them along with him. It was simply a no-brainer, suicide or not, I must retrieve them, to endure the intensifying sickness would be worse than death itself.

With a long, deep breath and a whole lot of foolish bravery, I rushed out, embracing the tempest and broke off looking for Percy. The trees grew thicker as both light and warmth from the campfire dimmed and faded away into cold and black despair.

There was simply no time to adjust to the darkness. I scurried blindly forward towards who knows where, yelling out the names of my campmates as I shivered in the midst of grieve and fear. I had just about given up when a shout retaliated my efforts, it was of my name and I was sure the voice belonged to Percy. My tired eyes lifted and tried their best to search for the voice despite the overwhelming darkness. A dark figure spawned in the distance and I charged towards it, only to have it scream something in my direction, vaguely I assumed it to be in a warning tone. But unfortunately, the desperation for the illness to end got the best of me. And to be honest, I could not have cared less at that moment what the scream was all about.

It all happened in haste. My foot felt nothingness, my vision descended, adrenaline surged through my veins. Was it a hole or a cliff, I could not remember. Miraculously enough, I had survived the fall, but miracles do not just happen everyday without a price, and I had paid every last bit of it. Ever since then, I had been paralyzed from waist down. And now I sit patiently in a wheelchair, sharing my story every now and then, awaiting nothing but a sad end to my life.

Essay #7 Teenagers Don't Smoke

Smoking is one of the worst things teenagers can do to their bodies. Yet every day,almost 5000 teenagers under age of 18 try smoking for the first time.

No wonder, tobacco companies spend billions of dollar ever year on advertisements and other ways to make sure that these young people start smoking and buying their product. The companies count on them to become hooked for it keeps in them in business.

The nicotine in cigarettes is a poisonous drug. It even be used to kill insects. Nicotine and dozens of other poisonous chemicals in tobacco can cause illness like heart problems and certain kinds of cancer. Some of these illness take years to develop but others can show up right away.

Generally, smoking makes a teenager's body less fit and more susceptible to infections. For example, teenagers who smoke are much more likely to get a cold on pneumonia. Each time they like up, it hurts their heart, lungs and brain. And the longer the smoke, the worse the damage becomes.

Smoking has such a long list of bads points that wonders why teenagers smoke. Along with bad breath and stinky hair and clothes, smoking makes it harder to run and to play sports. It also cause a difficulty for blood to move around in the body.

Smokers often feel tired and cranky and cannot think quickly, not surprisingly, there are more likely to get in trouble in school and get lower grades. There are also more likely to lie to their friends or their parents about their activities; what they do and how they spend their money.Smoking therefore not only brings about health problems but may also develop undesirable traits. Teen smokers can become lazy, irresponsible and dishonest.

Essay #8 Admire

Lady Gaga, stage name for Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is a recording artist in New York, United State America (USA). She developed interest in the music industry at an early age as demonstrated by her interest and ability to play the piano while she was 4 years old of age. Later, she joined New York University where she studied music opened up her song writing skills. She composed analytical papers and essays that focused mainly on social issues, politics, religion and arts. Then, she withdrew from school to concentrate more on her career.

Anyhow, there are three quotes from her that I think it is really meaningful to me. "You have to be unique, different and shine in your own way", "Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put on some sunglasses" and "Whether life's disabilities, left you outcast, bullied or teased rejoice and love yourself." It is no wonder this lady from a good Italian New York, turned into the exhibitionist, multi-talented singer songwriter with a talent or flair for theatrics that she is today, Lady Gaga.

She is openly unique, creative, does not follow stereotypes and more surprisingly she does not care what others think about her and she is doing what she loves to do. She also takes frequent political standings to support her ideals. She is a driving force in today's society and I admire her because she is easy for me to relate to. I find a deep connection to her, in the sense that she shares my personality. The major reason I admire her is the way she expresses herself. She is openly quirky and thrives off the fact that people think so. I relate this because I also like to express myself in a way that most people consider odd. Despite she receives constant criticism, she maintains her pride wisely. The other reason I admire her is the way she takes a stance. She is frequently seen promoting her ideas and supporting various national movements.

To be quite frank, I have never been one to openly admit that I love this lady who wears scandalous clothing and basically acts like a diva a lot of the time. However, she is different for some reasons. She seems genuine and strong in her quaint dresses. I believe she does it all for herself and also her fans. This lady has done so many performances on so many different shows. Besides, every time I see an interview with Lady Gaga, she really inspires me. She has a straightforward way of communicating that I love. You can say she is annoyed with or in love with the interviewer because she does not hold anything back. I love that type of honesty.

Despite her big personality and quirky dresses, I would have never paid attention to her if it were not for the fact that I love her music. It makes me want to sing along and dance every time. Whenever it gets stuck in my head, it puts me in a good mood. It is because the rhythm of the sound is really catchy and the lyrics are overwhelming and passionate. Plus, with her voice of an angel that soothes to my soul.

Essay #9 Finish up Story

Write a story that ends with: To this day, I wondered if I did the right thing in accepting the offer.

I was still sleeping when suddenly my hand phone rang. The ringing tone broke the silence of the night. I slid off my bed and quickly accepted the call. It was so weird to get a call at the wee hours of the morning. I heard the voice at the other end of the line and ascertained who the caller was. The voice that I talked to at other side of the phone was my boss, Messy.
“Why do you call me in the middle of the night? Anything happening ?” I queried.

“Sorry to disturb your sleep but there is an important assignment. I need your help again,” Messy answered.

“It’s ok. What needs my professional skill?” I joked.

“Ha, ha. ” Messy gave a dry laugh and then he continued, “Just now a man in black jacket came to see me. He asked our organization to make a delivery. Tomorrow morning, come to my office and I will tell you the other information then. Go back to your beauty sleep and I hope you have a nice dream. Bye,” said Messy and the line went dead.

I hung up the phone. I could not go back to sleep immediately. I wondered what the new job would be. I tossed and turned. Gradually I fell into a sleep.

On the next day, the sun rose with a ball of fire. I woke up and got dressed. I wore my favourite black silk shirt, black long trousers and a black Italian leather shoes. I looked at my appearance in the mirror and I liked what I looked. Then I drove my black shiny BMW to my boss’s office.

Upon arrival, Messy invited me to sit down and began to talk to me about of the importance of this task. My job seemed very easy. All I had to do was to deliver the things from Messy’s client and safely send them to the destination. Having done that, then my work was considered accomplished. In my line of duty, I had had delivered many kinds of things such as weapon, bomb and others. But this time, Messy warned me that I might encounter danger during my job because some people might try to stop me from delivering “the things” safely to the destination.

“Can you do it? You can refuse if you don’t want to,” said Messy.

“Don’t worry. It’s ok. I can do it,” I answered confidently.

“So your final decision is to accept the job, right?” asked my boss.

“Sure, I am a pro. Every time I did a nice job, didn’t I?” I said.

Messy nodded as he smiled. After that he gave the two things that he had received to me. It was a brown envelope and a small green box. Seriously, he reminded me the rules of our profession : 1. Never ask questions, just deliver the things. 2. Never open the packages from the clients for they are classified as confidential.

I looked at the envelope and I realized that the destination was in Singapore. I booked the next flight and flew to Singapore. When I went to the address that was on the envelope, I found the house unoccupied. According to the neighbour, the owner, Hamid who was a scientist had moved away six months ago. Hamid had an ex-wife, Mary who lived in Australia. They gave me Mary’s address in Australia.

I quickly went to Australia to find Hamid’s ex-wife. His ex-wife had black silky hair blue eyes and rosy cheeks. She gave me an address and said that her ex-husband might be there. She also gave me a paper with a code but I could not understand what the meaning was. As I left her, I sent the code to my friend who could decode it. After a while, he telephoned me to say that the code actually represented the chemical things. Because of my curiosity, I broke the rules and opened the box. Inside the box, there was a test tube with the chemical and labeled “Biochemical DNA”.

I hastened my pace to the address that Mary gave to me. It was an old warehouse. As I entered the building, I saw many big test tubes inside the building. It looked like a laboratory and somebody was carrying out the experiment. As I approached nearer, suddenly I saw a naked person who looked similar to my son was inside one of the test tubes. I could not believe what I saw and I tried to convince myself he was not my son, Harry. No, it was somebody else! As I saw the label on the table, I froze. It was clearly written -‘Harry Bond’. “NO! Impossible!” I cried. Harry was pursuing his studies in Camford University. However, the truth was just in front of my eyes. I swore that I would bomb the building so that my son would not suffer after they changed him into a beast. He would be better off dead than become a beast which would kill people.

The bombs were put in every corner of building. Tears roll down my furrowed cheeks as I ignited the bomb. Finally, the laboratory was destroyed and I lost my son. Feeling sad, I went back to my country, Malaysia. If only I had declined to accept the work, I wouldn’t have to know the truth. If only I had refused to do the job, I wouldn’t have to kill my son with both my hands. To this day, I wondered if I did the right thing in accepting the offer.

Essay #10 I Need Your Love Forever

was the reason why I think the start and the ending of my story happen at the same time. Why we must seperated with each other when we fall in love? Tell me,why it is very difficult to forget someone who always remember us? Every smile,every happiness that we used to share together before,now it's gone.
I used to have a prince in my heart. Our story was like Romeo and Juliet or Cinderella. Unfortunately,i cannot be the princess although i have found my prince. My prince has a florist shop,and he also has an employee that falls for him. Nicky,the employee was falling in love with her own bos. Hafiz,her boss,could make Nicky dance like crazy,Jumping like a child. Hafiz love flower so much,that make Nicky attracted to him.

One day,Nicky was running all over the florist shop. Her childish attitute never changed although she already turned 20 years old. She was too happy on that day. Suddenly,Nicky almost slippered at the door,but Hafiz quickly hold her from her back to prevent her fell on the floor. "Nicky,be careful next time",he advised Nicky. Nicky was like in seventh heaven when that incident happened. Her prince charming was come like a superhero to help her.

Nicky was very happy. She decided to tell Hafiz about her feeling. She went upstairs to the roof section and practising."Hafiz,i love u!".She shout it happily. I was sitting next to her,but she did'nt realised i was there. Only when she realised i'm there,she screamed like a scalded cat. I told her to be quiet. i told her that i am Hafiz friends. "Please,promise me that you will not tell Mr.Hafiz about this?"Nicky beg me silently.

I promised her i would not tell Hafiz about that. Since that day,Nicky always came to the roof and have some chat with me. I realised that she love Hafiz so much. I knew that she can take care of Hafiz. Maybe the time has come for me to..."Esya,i heard that Mr.Hafiz make her girlfried dead six years ago,is it true?"Nicky asked me,waiting for the answer unpatiently. "No,it was not true"i replied softly and hurled a smile. Before Nicky continued her job,i wish her good luck for her love.

Kring...Kring...The phone ringing. The call was for Mr. Hafiz,but I did'nt see Mr.Hafiz anywhere. "Tasha,do you see Mr.Hafiz?"i asked the cashier of the florist shop. Tasha told Nicky that she saw Mr.Hafiz went upstairs. Nicky quickly climbed the stairs,the costumer was waiting to talk something with him. But Nicky tears falling without her permission when she saw Hafiz was hugging me. She seem very dissapointed. "Good luck for your love?"she repeated my words yesterday and run away,leaving me and Hafiz.

"Hafiz,it is not fair for her. Look at me,i still the same person as i do six years ago. I have stop grown up.." I advised Hafiz to let me go. While Nicky ran away after she saw me with mr.Hafiz,she accidently push a table in the shop,and Hafiz wallet fell on the floor. Nicky saw a picture in that wallet,a picture of me and Mr.hafiz,before i die. Nicky understood that i were Hafiz girlfriend that dead six years ago. Nicky quickly went upstairs. "Esya,you...??

". Yes Nicky,i only a spirit,i am not exsist. The accident that happen at this roof was not Hafiz fault,the gate was broken,that's why i fell downwards. I explain to Nicky.I only came to give perfect ending to Hafiz. Hafiz seem surprise when he knew Nicky could see me. I tolk Nicky to take good care for Hafiz. It was the time,perfect time for me to go. I only want to give perfect ending to Hafiz because he love me. I kissed hafiz before i go and missing. There was only birds that flying with my souls,bring all my love for Hafiz.

Hafiz cried."You come back for me,why you must go again?
"Hafiz screamed. Nicky realised that she cannot replace me in Hafiz heart.We were same,we found our prince,but we cannot be the princess. Hafiz,i aleady give you a perfect ending. We said our last goodbyes and never see each other again.

Essay #11 Speech

"Ways Towards Becoming An Excellent Teenager"

A very good morning to the respected headmaster, Encik Ramlee bin Abdullah, teachers and my beloved friends. This peaceful and wonderful morning, we all gather in this hallowed hall and I will be talking about "Ways Towards Becoming An Excellent".

Friends,
Do you want to be an excellent teenager or just an average teenager? How many of you want to be an excellent teenager? I am sure all of you want to be an excellent teenager. So here is how to be one.

Firstly, we must lead to a healthy life style. In order to do so, we must eat according to the balanced diet. Consume less oily food but eat more vegetable and fruit. Moreover, we must exercise at least twice a week. We also must not smoke the harmful and deadly cigarettes as they could cause many dangerous effect. Therefore, my dear friends, do not smoke a lot but eat healthily and exercise a lot.

Boys and girls,
The next step to be an excellent teenager is by choosing our friends wisely. If we chose to be friends with a smart and kind teenager, then, we will too be kind and smart like them. On the contrary, if we choose to hang out with some useless teenagers, we will too end up useless like them. So girls and boys, choose your friends wisely!

Aside from living a healthy life style and choosing our friends wisely, we must also respect the elders. Such as parents and teachers. Even the Form 5 students are counted as elders. It is very crucial for us to respect them, especially our parents since they have done a lot for us. Plus, you guys do not want to go to hell for disrespecting your elders.

Teachers and friends,
To become and excellent teenager, we must be a good listener. Listen well to our parents', teachers' or friends' advice. Our parents and teachers know better than us so we should listen to them.

Last but not least, make reading your habit. It is not necessary for us to read educational books. We can read comic books, magazine, novels or whatever tickles our fancy. What more important is that you read because by reading we can learn a lot of things.

Ladies and gentlemen,
In conclusion from my speech, we must lead a healthy lifestyle, choose our friends wisely, respect the elders, be a good listener and read a lot to become an excellent and successful teenager. That is all from me, thank you.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

‘Copycat judge should resign’

Karpal: ‘Copycat judge should resign’

GEORGE TOWN: The DAP today called on the judge Abdul Malik Ishak, who is alleged to have plagarised a judgement , to resign immediately to save Malaysian judiciary from further embarrassment.

If he failed to do so, DAP national chairman Karpal Singh called on Prime Minister Najib to advice the King to establish a Royal Tribunal to investigate and take stern disciplinary action against the judge.

He said Najib can advice His Majesty to form the tribunal under Article 125 of the Federal Constitution, in similar way it was constituted against former Lord President Mohamed Salleh Abas in 1988.

Karpal also called on Rais Yatim to quit from the Cabinet as well for being an irresponsible law minister by adopting a ‘no action’ stance even though the government knew about the alleged breach of copyright at that time.

He said the case of judiciary plagiarism was an intellectual dishonesty affecting dignity of the whole country.

“The judge should resign because his position as a judge has become untenable due to this judicial scandal.

“It’s a source of embarrassment for our judiciary,” Karpal, a lawyer by profession, told newsmen during his constituency visit here today.

Now Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais, formerly a lawyer, was ticked off as well for not initiating any affirmative action on the judge

“Rais should resign immediately for being irresponsible. Being a law minister, he just sat on the case,” said Karpal,

Citing public examination, Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal argued that a student would be ejected out of the examination hall if he was caught copying.

“But here the judge was promoted,” he chided.

Noting that the alleged judge was currently sitting in the Court of Appeal bench, the veteran politician raised public fear on possible scenario of Abdul Malik adjudicating cases involving death sentences.

Last week, 60 Pakatan Rakyat MPs led by Karpal pushed for a motion to censure Abdul Malik for an offence he committed as a High Court Judge in early 2000.

Abdul Malik allegedly committed the offence while serving as a High Court judge in Johor in early 2000.

The judge was accused of plagiarising a judgment by then Singapore High Court judge GP Selvam and the irony of the matter was that Malik was hearing a case regarding copyright.

On Thursday, Rais admitted that the government knew about the allegedly plagiarising judge and the matter had been handed over to the Chief Justice of Federal Court then to settle it.

Last week Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz said the government could not take action against Abdul Malik as it was a matter for the current judiciary to settle.

Karpal called on the current Chief Justice of Arifin Zakaria to publicly explain what action the Chief Justice Office initiate on the issue.

Stressing that it was an important public interest issue, he said the people have every right to know about the standard and quality of the country’s judges.

This is first case of its kind in the country. Relevant authorities should have taken a strong and firm affirmative action to deal with it to save the judiciary from international embarrassment.

“The Chief Justice must tell all what happened after alleged plagiarism took place,” insisted Karpal.

A law graduate from the University of Singapore – graduating in 1974, Abdul Malik was appointed as a Judicial Commissioner on Oct 1, 1992, and subsequently, as a Judge of the High Court of Malaya on Aug 17, 1994.

He had also served as a magistrate, deputy public prosecutor, state legal adviser, senior Sessions Court judge and advisory board chairman at the Prime Minister’s Department.

The Johor-born Abdul Malik was appointed to the Court of Appeal on July 16, 2007. -FMT