Only 1394 out of 1500 matriculation 2014 seats for Indian students filled up?

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Was watching TV2 Tamil news yesterday. Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan was talking about the recent matriculation intake. Out of the 1500 seats allocated to Indian students, 1394 was taken up. Initially more than 6000 students applied, and in the first round nearly 1200 were selected. some of the rejected their places and thus the balance 4000+ who appealed (nearly all who applied appealed) were review and few more were selected.

My question is, out of the 4000 over applicants, we can’t even get 1,500 candidates? Even after review those who appealed? Very strange.

 

Have a look at the minimum qualification required to apply matriculation:

SYARAT KELAYAKAN MINIMUM

a) Syarat kelayakan minimum bagi mengikuti Program Matrikulasi ialah seperti berikut :

Jurusan Sains

1.   C    Bahasa Melayu

2.   C    Bahasa Inggeris

3.   B    Matematik

4.      Matematik Tambahan

5.      Kimia

6.   C dalam satu(1) mata pelajaran daripada berikut :

  • Fizik
  • Biologi

 

Jurusan Perakaunan

1.  C     Bahasa Melayu

2.  C     Bahasa Inggeris

3.  C     Matematik

4.  C     dalam dua (2) mata pelajaran daripada berikut :

  • Prinsip Perakaunan
  • Ekonomi Asas
  • Keusahawanan
  • Perdagangan
  • Sains Tambahan
  • Fizik
  • Kimia
  • Biologi
  • Mata Pelajaran Teknik (Pengajian Kejuruteraan Awam / Pengajian Kejuruteraan Mekanikal/ Pengajian Kejuruteraan Elektrik dan Elektronik / Teknologi Kejuruteraan/ Lukisan Kejuruteraan

5.  E     Matematik Tambahan

 

Aliran Teknikal

1.  C     Bahasa Melayu

2.  C     Bahasa Inggeris

3.  B     Matematik

4.     Matematik Tambahan

5.     Fizik

6.  C    dalam satu (1) mata pelajaran daripada berikut :

  • Pengajian Kejuruteraan Awam / Pengajian Kejuruteraan Mekanikal/ Pengajian Kejuruteraan Elektrik dan Elektronik atauTeknologi Kejuruteraan

7.   E   E

8.  B  Lukisan Kejuruteraan

source: http://apps5.moe.gov.my/matrikulasi/permohonan/min_o.cfm

I have two relations with string of As who didn’t get the place even after appealing. So what gives? Logically, if you got 6000 over applicants, who all meet the minimum requirements, you can easily fill up the 1500 seats. And yet got 106 places left vacant. That’s 7% gone, and probably the chance for 106 students to get education. did the 106 reject after appeal approved? Didn’t turn up last minute due to campus allocation?

Anyway, I don’t think will get answer to the question.

UPDATE July 5: According to reply from Dep Minister P Kamalanathan via twitter (reply link here): 

Yes sir 4 d remaining 318 places offered 356 students a place 2 do Matrics, but only 212 students accepted d offer

So out of the 356 appellants offered place, 212 (59.5%) accepted and 144 rejected (40.5%). Quite high rejection rate. Maybe due to late appeal results which means they have taken other options, or wrong appellants given offers. 

 

BTW, application for 2015 intake is now open. Refer http://apps5.moe.gov.my/matrikulasi/permohonan/login.cfm

Malaysian passport 9th in the world for visaless travel according to Henley and Partners Visa Restriction Index

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Our Malaysian passport is able to take us to 163 countries without the need for a visa. Quite an accomplishment, putting us into 9th place based on The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index. You need to register (for free) to download the index (but you can also download it here [pdf format] since they have a poor of enforcing the registration process). Or if you are lazy, just refer to images below 🙂

 

The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2013 page 1

The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2013 page 1

 

The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2013 page 2

The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2013 page 2

 

We are tied with Malta for 9th place. Out of the 28 countries occupying top ten places, 20 are in Europe, and 6 in Asia+Australia+NZ. The remaining two are US and Canada. The worst 4 countries are Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Pakistan which are accepted in between 28 and 36 countries only.

small caveat, this is based on data up to 2013 July 1st regulations.

It will be interesting to see an index of countries allowing visitors without visa. Wonder where we will stand.

 

 

Dialog Perpaduan NUCC Schedule

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If you feel you can contribute some idea towards national unity, or want to show support to the National Unity Consultative Council, then do try attend any of the dialogue sessions below. They are also preparing the National Unity Action Plan.

Schedule for Dialog Perpaduan NUCC[Click for larger image]

 

World’s Largest International Debating Championship

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When you read the title above, what comes to your mind? Let me guess: People from all over the world take part in some sort of debating competition?

How about:  “world’s largest high school International Debating Championship”?

Now, it would seem like this debate competition is for high school students from all over the world.

Reading this info:

“For the first time ever Limkokwing University of Creative Technology will play host to the world’s biggest high school debating championship with the inaugural of International Debating Championship that will take place from the 20th to the 23rd of February 2014, at the University’s Cyberjaya campus.

With over 200 teams participating from all over Malaysia, this challenge is an open competition where schools from the various parts of Malaysia are invited to participate and compete in front of the international panel of adjudication.” [I set some of the terms to be bold]

source: http://www.limkokwing.net/malaysia/news/article/worlds_largest_international_debating_championship_by_limkokwing_university

Wait a minuted! 200 teams from…. all over Malaysia….is a biggest international event? Oh…the “international” is for the judges, not participants.

Is this what we call “pakar kelentong”? Marketing gimmick at its best. Ethics and integrity…”what is that”?

If you want to know about largest/biggest debate competitions among nations, refer:

http://www.schoolsdebate.com/ or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Schools_Debating_Championships where more than 40 nations take part.

or how about this one: http://cambridgeschools.cus.org/ which has more than 600 teams participating?

I wonder if China or India would have similar competitions which will be sized accordingly or even bigger with the local participants they can gather. Having hundreds of thousands of schools means sure got lot of participants.

Maybe should rename competition to “World’s Largest N0t-so-International Debating Championship hosted by LimKokWing University for Malaysians Secondary Schools With An International Panel of Judges under the Patronage of YBhg Tan Sri Dato Dr Lim Kok Wing”. Then it would be accurate.

Yeah its a good effort, noble intention and I truly support such events, but but but, please reduce the tahap kelentong la, even though its like second nature to you. Or do some proper research to back your “biggest”, “largest” etc claims.

Note: I know that education is a business, and competition is tough. Plenty of hanky panky happens in these IPTS, but some are worse than others.

Housing Income Index: RM14,500 income to buy house in Klang Valley

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The Star frontpaged an interesting article today. How much should a family earn in order to afford a house in Klang Valley? A question that we all wonder about. Well, according to a survey done by Sime Darby Property Bhd in collaboration with the Faculty of Built Environment of Universiti Malaya, its….RM14,580!

The survey covered 1,529 respondents, of whom 1,183 were home owners at 12 locations: Bukit Jelutong, Denai Alam, Bukit Subang, Bandar Bukit Raja, Subang Jaya, USJ, Putra Heights, Ara Damansara, Mont Kiara, Melawati, Kajang and Nilai. I suppose the balance 346 respondents were (i) renting, (ii) not from those areas, or (iii) refused to divulge house ownership info.

Wonder why areas like Puchong, Cheras, Dengkil, Banting, Kapar, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, Semenyih, Serdang, Klang, Shah Alam, Sg Buloh, Rawang etc not covered. Hope they conduct a second round of survey to cover these areas.

Average household income

Average household income

[image from The Star] [click on image to view larger size]

Some analysis of the respondents: 94% are married. 73% are male. 59% work in private sector; 20% are self-employed, and 14% work in government. No mention if the income is from both spouse or single spouse.

13% have post-grad qualifications, 40% have bachelor degree, and 21% have a diploma. 68% are Malay/bumiputra; 30% Chinese and just 2% Indians.  Looks like not many Indians live in these places. And seems like the affluent Malays/bumiputera are quite alot.

Quite importantly, the age group of respondents is missing. Show this info to any adult below age 30 and see if they fit into this income group. If the respondents are into their late 30s  or more, then the young adults can’t even think about buying houses in these places. 10-15 years down the lane, how would it be? As it is, our parents could afford to buy house in these locations when they were young. Read another article in the Star where Mr Gill (age 63) bought house in SS12 Subang Jaya way back in 1985 (age 34) for RM200k that took quarter of his combined income with wife. Now at age 34, what can you buy?

It will interesting to also identify the household size of the respondents. Does the average income consider the household size (kids, maid, parents, siblings etc)?

The other part of the survey covered their expenditure information. So, 12% of income goes into savings, translating into RM1749.60 on average.  How many percent can the rest of us save? Transportation is 16% (Rm2,332.80), Food 15% (RM2,187), mortgage 14% (RM2,041.20), another 15% for other loans (RM2,187), 13% for other expenses (Rm1,895.40), childcare/education 7% (RM1,020.60) and insurance 6% (RM874.80). Most likely these houses have two or more cars. How is your expenses like?

Ok, let’s look some other statistics from DOS and EPU which both refer to Household Income Survey (last done in 2012). All stats below refer to Klang Valley and/or urban figures wherever possible:

  • The top 20% of urban dwellers earned a monthly average of RM13,654 while the middle 40% earned average of RM5,294. Don’t bother looking at the bottom 40%, middle 40% already can’t own house in those 12 places (and I suspect many other places) even with double income).
  • 41% of urban dwellers earn RM5,000 or more.
  • The average monthly income for urban dweller is RM5,742. Selangor residents earned RM7,023 while KL residents RM8,586.

Looking at HIS statistics, using average salary earned by those staying in Selangor or KL and double it (both spouse working), then you can buy house in those areas. However taking into account that 41% earn more than RM5,000 and that the top 20% earn average of RM13.6k, then we are looking at a small pool of between 20-40% of people affording to buy houses.

The survey covers affluent areas, and I suspect its to plan for building more affordable homes for the those households who can afford to earn nearly triple the national average income.

BTW, looks like I can’t afford a house in Klang Valley if want to buy now.

Below is the article from the Star:

You must have an average household income of RM14,580 a month to afford a home in the Klang Valley, according to a recent study.

The study – spearheaded by Sime Darby Property Bhd in collaboration with the Faculty of Built Environment of Universiti Malaya – takes into account the current household spending trend, price of homes and mortgage rates.

It found that certain groups of buyers interested in strategic areas can have access to houses that are priced at 56 times their household income.

The study also found that this same group can afford to spend up to 26% of their monthly household income to service a mortgage.

It identified strategic areas in the Klang Valley that are considered not only accessible but have the potential to appreciate in value. They include Nilai, Denai Alam, Bukit Jelutong and Bukit Subang.

A report of the study said that houses in selected areas in the Klang Valley remain accessible to homeowners who may be looking to invest in a second home.

The Housing-Income Index which was launched here yesterday by Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, who said the survey results would be useful for potential house buyers.

“The Index and its key findings had been reviewed by the ministry, and we find that the information is valuable as it can help policy makers and developers work hand-in-hand to build more houses that are not only accessible. but which can appreciate in value,” he said.

Abdul Rahman hoped that other property developers and the academia can carry out similar surveys in the country.

Based on the findings, Sime Darby said that 68% ofplanned housing schemes in the Klang Valley were in the accessible range.

“We intend to utilise the results to develop innovative, high quality products that are accessible and meet market needs,” said Sime darby Property managing director Datuk Seri Abd Wahab Maskan.

Household Expenditure
[image from The Star]

The Housing-Income Index was developed to gain a better understanding of home-owner profiles, specifically household incomes and spending patterns in relation to owning a home.

The study covered 1,529 respondents, of whom 1,183 were home owners at 12 locations: Bukit Jelutong, Denai Alam, Bukit Subang, Bandar Bukit Raja, Subang Jaya, USJ, Putra Heights, Ara Damansara, Mont Kiara, Melawati, Kajang and Nilai.

source: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/02/18/Klang-Valley-still-affordable-A-household-needs-monthly-income-of-RM14580-to-buy-a-home/