We got Federal level Hindu Endowment Board?

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I was quite surprised to read that one the portfolio to be handled by newly minted Minister in PM Department, (Gerakan President and recently elected Teluk Intan MP) Mah Siew Keong is overseeing the Hindu Endowment Board.

Mah, who is Gerakan president, also has the responsibility of overseeing the Hindu Endowment Board, which administers endowments such as land, property, burial grounds or funds given for the benefit of the Hindu community.

source: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/07/02/Mah-portfolio-minister-pm-dept/

I asked MIC via tweet, but as usual, no response. I think asking the party office bearers also would be get same results.

Google search also didn’t reveal anything other than the Penang Hindu Endowment Board.

If such a board exists, who are its members? When was it established? Where’s the accounts? Why no info about it on PM Dept (JPM) website? How to contact the board? What does it administer and how? Added: Doesn’t creation of a board requires an Act of Law?

How many Hindus in Malaysia are aware such a board exists?

BTW, a frivalous question, is Mah a Hindu?

 

UPDATE 10/7: According to futher clarifications, the HEB referred to Mah’s portfolio is the Penang HEB of which chairman is currently Penang DCM Dr Rama. Mah’s job is to oversee the board which basically consists of presenting the board’s accounts in cabinet (sort of overglorified report presenter). That’s all. He has no power in running the board since Penang HEB is under Penang HEB Ordinance. A bit of history, the British created a Mohammedan and Hindu Endowment Board Act in 1906 to centralise and organise funds for these two religions (Islam and Hinduism). The Act was for straits settlement states (Penang, Malacca and Singapore). Prior to Malaya’s independence in 1957, the laws were streamlined, and all concerning Islam went into respective state jurisdiction. Only Penang enacted the Penang HEB Ordinance to maintain its board at state level. Singapore after splitting from Malaysia also maintained its Act. Thus there is not Act nor Ordinance (except in Penang) in Malaysia for establishment of any HEB.

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.