MCA says new housing estates should reserve land for all types of schools

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A call which is very long overdue (or maybe repeated often silently), but in many ways – worthless.  It will be a miracle if land is allocated for such schools in new housing areas or made part of condition for developers to develop housing projects, due to economic, social and political reasons. It goes against the national education policy it seems to build more vernacular schools. Flimsy reasons are given, when asked about secondary vernacular school, such as “increase enrollment in primary school first” [coming up in next blog post].

I think any housing development project must allocate land for primary and secondary schools [if can allocate land for private or international schools, don’t tell me can’t do it for national type schools!!!], places of worship (at least 5 different religion/denominations), community hall, nursery/kindergarten, daycare center, police beat, sports field,  one or two row of shoplots, among others.

As I said, all these noise is from the proverbial empty vessels. We all know the power lies in whose hands.

MCA has called on the government to reserve land for all types of schools, including vernacular schools, at new housing estates.

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the education department must be proactive in its planning for schools.

“The education officers must identify the locations and reserve the land for Chinese schools before the people ask for it,” he said after visiting the newly opened SJKC Kheng Chee, which has been relocated from Pahang in the morning.

Liow added that currently there are only reserved lands for the national schools.

He said MCA would continue to monitor the implementation of the Education Blueprint to ensure the continuous development of Chinese education since the government had recognised it as part of the mainstream education system.

source: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/02/17/Liow-says-reserve-land-for-all-types-of-schools/

Welcome 2014!

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Happy New Year Folks! Wishing everyone a great year ahead.

Its Visit Malaysia 2014 so let’s put up our best for our visitors.

Times are going to be hard so…

Tight belts

 

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Marriage and Divorce statistics in Malaysia 2008-2012

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Some stats on marriages between 2008 and 2012 (5 years period) in Malaysia:

Marriages: 1.2mil (estimated) Muslim marriages (if total up the figures from all the states, its 908,489 marriages only. Not sure how 1.2mil was derived) and 329,209 non-Muslim marriages. 21.5% of marriages are non-Muslims.

Divorces: 210,326 Muslims and 42,507 non-Muslims. 16.8% of divorces are non-Muslims cases. Divorce rate is 17.5% for Muslims and 12.9% for non-Muslims.

It would be interesting to see the marriage and divorce trends over the same period. Wonder if marriage rate is dropping while divorce rate is rising.

Obviously, one wonders why need to have this statistics divided by religion, in the first place.

About 1.2 million Muslim marriages were registered in the country between 2008 and 2012, the Dewan Negara was told.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the highest number was registered in Kedah, at 115,288, followed by Kelantan (108,675), Selangor (108,104), Johor (106,503) and Perak (80,880).

Sabah, he said, recorded 71,642), while Pahang had 69,647, Terengganu (66,427), Sara­wak (39,568), Kuala Lumpur (34,744), Negri Sembilan (33,717), Penang (29,196), Malacca (27,095), Perlis (13,408), Labuan (3,142) and Putrajaya (453).

Jamil Khir was replying to a question raised by Senator Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim who wanted to know the number of marriages and divorces in all communities.

He said 210,326 Muslim divorces were recorded over the same period, with Selangor topping the list with 28,570 cases, followed by Johor (17,075), Kedah (16,315), Kelantan (15,489), Pahang (12,552), Perak (12,309), Terengganu (10,918), Kuala Lumpur (10,690), Sabah (8,758), Sarawak (7,566), Negri Sembilan (7,279), Penang (6,968), Malacca (6,043), Perlis (2,864), Labuan (639) and Putrajaya (164).

The state Islamic affairs departments and the syariah courts undertook the registration of Muslim marriages and divorces, he said.

Jamil Khir said 329,209 non-Muslim marriages were registered during the same period. He also said that 42,507 cases of divorce were concluded in the courts. — Bernama

source: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/12/11/Jamil-Khir-12-million-Muslim-marriages-between-2008-and-2012.aspx

useful websites for kids

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The following slides are the ones displayed during the Vizuthugal interview session last week. Reproduced here for reference since it has many urls and was displayed briefly only.

Hope it helps parents to set some activities for their kids during school holidays.

There are many more websites for educational purposes, so do explore.

Still working on getting a copy of the interview session. Hope can put it on youtube soon.

 

Website for Kids - Slide1

Website for Kids – Slide1

 

Website for Kids - Slide2

Website for Kids – Slide2

 

Website for Kids - Slide3

Website for Kids – Slide3

 

Website for Kids - Slide4

Website for Kids – Slide4

 

 

Section 203A of the proposed amendment to Penal Code

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This is info I found for existing Act 574 Penal Code (source: http://www.agc.gov.my/Akta/Vol.%2012/Act%20574.pdf) :

 

Giving false information respecting an offence committed

203. Whoever, knowing or having reason to believe that an offence has been committed, gives any information respecting that offence which he knows or believes to be false, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both.

 

And this is the proposed amendment I found (source: http://www.labourlawbox.com/public/files/bills/pdf/2013/MY_FS_BIL_2013_09.pdf)

The Code is amended by inserting after section 203 the following section:
Disclosure of information
203a. (1) Whoever discloses any information or matter which has been obtained by him in the performance of his duties or the exercise of his functions under any written law
shall be punished with fine of not more than one million ringgit, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with both.
(2) Whoever has any information or matter which to his knowledge has been disclosed in contravention of subsection (1) who discloses that information or matter to any other person shall be punished with fine of not more than one million ringgit, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with both.”

 

There seems to be a whole lot of difference. The existing one talks about giving out information related to an offence that the person knows or believes to FALSE.  However the amendments in 203A doesn’t mention about anything on “knowing or believing offence being false”.

Or did I get the wrong Acts? Anyone can help?