Wednesday, December 31, 2008

PMR, PPSMI dan web generasi berikut tidak dalam bahasa Inggeris semata

Tahniah pada anak-anak yang berjaya, sama ada dengan cemerlang mahupun biasa sahaja. Jalan masih panjang dan harap terus konsisten. Buat yang tidak gah dan megah dengan 8A, jangan kecewa, ada laluan lain untuk berjaya dan kuatkan usaha.

Salah seorang yang berjaya mendapat 8A adalah anak saudara (anak kepada kembar saya) di Perlis, Mohd Khalek Khairi. Dia adalah anak ketiga dari 8 adik beradik (6 lelaki dan 2 perempuan).

Berita besar tentunya seperti mengenai kehebatan penggunaan bahasa Inggeris dalam pembelajaran matematik dan sains, kerana ada tentangan mengenai PPMSI. GAPENA yang selama ini sibuk mencari Melayu seluruh dunia tiba-tiba tersedar dan mahu menyaman kerajaan United Malays National Organisation kalau meneruskan PPMSI. Baca GAPENA Ugut Hishamuddin Supaya Meletakkan Jawatan Sebelum 15 Mac 2009

Petisyen Membantah PPSMI

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Menurut Berita Harian yang ruangan Sastera dan Budayanya begitu memperjuangkan martabat Bahasa Melayu terutama dalam PPSMI:
BI makin mantap
Oleh Abdul Razak Raaff
raaffar@bharian.com.my

Penguasaan bahasa Inggeris dalam Matematik, Sains meningkat

PUTRAJAYA: Keputusan Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) tahun ini yang diumumkan semalam, sekali lagi membuktikan dasar Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik Dalam Bahasa Inggeris (PPSMI) tidak menjejaskan pencapaian pelajar dalam subjek berkenaan.

Malah, prestasi cemerlang gred A dalam mata pelajaran Matematik menunjukkan peningkatan ketara kepada 25.6 peratus berbanding purata 22.1 peratus dalam tempoh lima tahun sebelumnya, manakala 87.3 peratus melepasi tahap penguasaan minimum (gred ABCD).

Prestasi gred A bagi mata pelajaran Sains turut meningkat kepada 17.2 peratus daripada purata 16.4 peratus purata dari 2003 hingga 2007.

Seramai 472,060 calon menduduki peperiksaan itu tahun ini dengan 26,378 pelajar atau 5.96 peratus mendapat gred A dalam semua mata pelajaran yang diambil, meningkat 0.83 peratus berbanding purata keputusan PMR dari 2005 hingga 2007.

Daripada jumlah itu, 3,396 pelajar mendapat 9A dalam semua mata pelajaran, 17,969 (8A) dan 5,013 (7A).


Tetapi, berita dibawah tentunya memberi gambaran berbeda dari sebuah negara yang menjadikan bahasa Inggeris sebagai bahasa utama dan menguasai dunia IT tetapi tidak mampu mencipta sesuatu yang hebat. SIfuPTS ada menulis Bagaimana Bahasa Inggeris Menumpulkan Kreativiti Jurutera IT Bangsa India dan Padamnya Mentol Kreativiti Jurutera India.

Writing the Web's future in numerous languages



The globalization of the Web has inspired entrepreneurs like Ram Prakash Hanumanthappa, an engineer from outside Bangalore, India. Ram Prakash learned English as a teenager, but he still prefers to express himself to friends and family members in his native Kannada. But using Kannada on the Web involves computer keyboard maps that even Ram Prakash finds challenging to learn.

So in 2006 he developed Quillpad, an online service for typing in 10 South Asian languages. Users spell out words of local languages phonetically in Roman letters, and Quillpad's predictive engine converts them into local-language script. Bloggers and authors rave about the service, which has attracted interest from the cellphone maker Nokia and the attention of Google Inc., which has since introduced its own transliteration tool.

Ram Prakash said Western technology companies have misunderstood the linguistic landscape of India, where English is spoken proficiently by only about a tenth of the population and even many college-educated Indians prefer the contours of their native tongues for everyday speech. "You've got to give them an opportunity to express themselves correctly, rather than make a fool out of themselves and forcing them to use English," he said.

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Malaysia's The World's Biggest Companies - Malaysiakini

This is from the Forbes List



RankCompanyCountryIndustrySales ($bil)Profits ($bil)Assets ($bil)Market Value ($bil)
623 Malayan BankingMalaysia Banking 4.16 0.92 74.12 13.90
625 Tenaga NasionalMalaysia Utilities 6.66 1.16 19.34 12.27
691 Sime DarbyMalaysia Conglomerates 7.94 0.74 9.68 21.82
704 Bumiputra-CommerceMalaysia Banking 3.82 0.84 54.90 11.07
780 Telekom MalaysiaMalaysia Telecommunications Services 5.35 0.76 13.21 12.28
822 Public BankMalaysia Banking 2.79 0.64 52.14 11.08
1038 MISCMalaysia Transportation 3.24 0.83 8.09 10.48
1198 GentingMalaysia Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure 2.54 0.60 9.04 7.94
1326 IOI CorpMalaysia Food Drink & Tobacco 2.60 0.43 3.94 15.40
1518 PPB GroupMalaysia Food Drink & Tobacco 0.89 2.08 3.60 4.01
1648 RHB CapitalMalaysia Banking 1.83 0.21 31.47 3.34
1679 Cahya Mata SarawakMalaysia Banking 1.75 0.00 29.21 0.21
1771 AMMB HoldingsMalaysia Banking 1.60 -0.06 22.50 2.91
1780 Hong Leong Financial GroupMalaysia Banking 1.07 0.14 22.33 1.54
1791 Petronas GasMalaysia Oil & Gas Operations 0.86 0.36 2.75 6.26

Singaapore:-


RankCompanyCountryIndustrySales ($bil)Profits ($bil)Assets ($bil)Market Value ($bil)
344 DBS GroupSingapore Banking 7.75 1.58 162.42 18.86
359 Singapore TelecomSingapore Telecommunications Services 8.67 2.49 20.83 43.96
378 United Overseas BankSingapore Banking 6.44 1.47 121.66 19.69
467 Oversea-Chinese BankingSingapore Banking 5.08 1.44 121.39 17.18
542 Singapore AirlinesSingapore Transportation 9.55 1.40 17.13 13.05
545 Wilmar InternationalSingapore Food Drink & Tobacco 16.47 0.58 15.51 20.10
751 KeppelSingapore Conglomerates 7.25 0.79 10.99 12.27
790 CapitaLandSingapore Diversified Financials 2.64 1.92 17.97 12.68
842 Flextronics IntlSingapore Technology Hardware & Equip 24.46 -0.43 19.60 8.46
1263 Golden Agri-ResourcesSingapore Food Drink & Tobacco 1.95 1.22 5.01 8.08
1286 SembCorp IndustriesSingapore Conglomerates 5.99 0.37 6.03 6.16
1342 Neptune Orient LinesSingapore Transportation 8.52 0.55 4.99 3.31
1543 Singapore TechnologiesSingapore Aerospace & Defense 3.51 0.35 4.12 7.35
1640 Singapore PetroleumSingapore Oil & Gas Operations 6.10 0.35 3.00 2.56
1725 CapitaCommercial TrustSingapore Diversified Financials 0.17 0.98 3.67 2.06
1745 City DevelopmentsSingapore Diversified Financials 1.66 0.23 7.17 7.80
1773 Fraser & NeaveSingapore Conglomerates 3.19 0.26 8.66 4.88
1805 United Industrial CorpSingapore Diversified Financials 0.37 0.82 5.01 2.94

UAE's

RankCompanyCountryIndustrySales ($bil)Profits ($bil)Assets ($bil)Market Value ($bil)
726 Emaar PropertiesUnited Arab Emirates Diversified Financials 4.02 1.74 11.35 20.65
855 Emirates Bank GroupUnited Arab Emirates Banking 1.60 0.51 26.11 17.17
910 National Bank of Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates Banking 1.75 0.57 27.49 9.75
1025 Abu Dhabi Commercial BankUnited Arab Emirates Banking 1.48 0.57 22.08 7.08
1055 Dubai Islamic BankUnited Arab Emirates Banking 1.14 0.42 17.55 9.45
1069 MashreqbankUnited Arab Emirates Banking 1.19 0.43 15.45 9.81
1197 First Gulf BankUnited Arab Emirates Banking 0.97 0.42 13.01 7.68
1225 DP WorldUnited Arab Emirates Transportation 2.29 0.07 17.46 14.94
1387 Dubai Financial MarketUnited Arab Emirates Diversified Financials 0.31 0.39 2.78 13.57
1607 Union National BankUnited Arab Emirates Banking 0.95 0.32 15.10 3.96
1730 Aldar PropertiesUnited Arab Emirates Diversified Financials 0.07 0.34 1.39 7.33

A dog is worth more than a Palestinian child - Malaysiakini

Does the title shock you? Good! Because it should. It is a sad statement on the lives of the poor Palestinians in Gaza whose lives have been shattered since 1948. This huge prison that is Gaza, had been so-called liberated in 2005. Yet would you like to live there?

by Mishal Kanoo
They have no proper access to continued electricity or running water. And they are run by different militias all who are trying to prove a point that is useless — they all want to be the top dog in the junkyard.
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Pagi itu, Televisyen Israel (Yahudi) Channel 1 menyiarkan rancangan TV Pendidikan. Saya menonton suatu rancangan yang dirakam di sebuah nursery. Guru yang mengajar anak muridnya menyanyi dengan diiringi sebuah piano, menyanyikan lagu berikut:
“Makanan paling sedap daging orang Arab, minuman paling sedap darah orang Islam”
Ya, itulah yang saya baca pada subtitle rancangan tersebut.

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2008 : The Day The Earth Stood Still - Malaysiakini

The last day of 2008, I read Faidhi's piece 2009 with pride esp. on, The most obvious change is the global crisis which the whole world is trying to solve. Money is and has always been a huge factor in the world, no matter what other people say.
Commentary by Thomas Soon also spots on year 2008: If there is any lesson to be learnt at all and to keep things on an even keel, Malaysian politicians must mature first and foremost.
I do not have any resolutions, just keep moving with open mind and open heart. Lower expectations, higher workrate, more creative works. Continue living within my own means, constraints, limitations and be grateful for whatever possessions that I own as well as those things I want but can never own in my lifetime. Life is too short and live the life to the fullest.

2008 is gone forever, 2009 is here, europe beckons and then move to Canada a year after......hopefully.



By all accounts, the latest Keanu Reeves blockbuster, The Day The Earth Stood Still, is as apt a movie as any to signal the close of this tumultuous year, a grim but timely reminder of humanity’s destructive nature.
2008 was indeed a year the world turned upside down — all of humankind’s doing — when old battles were renewed and intensified. Coming to the fore were the titanic struggles between socialism and capitalism, race and nationhood, sustainable and extreme exploitations of resources, government and private enterprises.
This was a year of financial meltdown, bailouts, food shortage, record oil prices, civil and political strife, tumbling equity markets, continuing wars and millions more falling into poverty. A year where investments found no safe haven and when cash was literally “king”. Yup, it was certainly a year to forget.
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In Malaysia, 2008 may be cast in history as the year of political awakening. By any measure, the March 8 general election would long be talked about as a watershed event that foretold impending changes in the domestic political landscape.
The loss of its two-thirds majority in parliament prompted Barisan Nasional component parties to deeply reassess their well-tested alliance. It also forced incumbent Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to barely hang on to power and to salvage whatever legacy he could make of it towards the end of the year.
In no small measure, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was a potent force of that change. But he faces fresh allegations of sodomy — one that he alleges are trumped up to politically neutralise his rise to power.
The changing landscape also revealed Malaysians’ ugly sides — that have been simmering beneath the surface — in some at least, of racism, narrow communal politics and political expediencies.
For Malaysia to face the challenges head on, the rule of law and separation of powers among the three branches of government have to be restored — for people’s and investors’ confidence to be restored.
If there is any lesson to be learnt at all and to keep things on an even keel, Malaysian politicians must mature first and foremost. This is a prerequisite for the return of confidence amongst Malaysian consumers, towards spending again and keeping the economy afloat.
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Stop the New Year Celebration in KL - Malaysiakini

Pak Lah for his final legacy in the office, should follow the right decision by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who has ordered the cancellation of all forms of celebrations marking the New Year in Dubai emirate, as an act of solidarity with the Palestinian people.


Let Malaysians of all walks of life join the solidarity and welcome the 2009 with new fresh hopes for peace around the world...not wasting energy, time and money waiting the final seconds of 2008 with trash entertainment.


I would like to share the below article from The National Abu Dhabi.
There’s going to be a protest… but what can we Arabs do?
Mohamed Fadel Fahmy
Last Updated: December 31. 2008 12:59AM UAE / December 30. 2008 8:59PM GMT


My mind tries to grasp the graphic bloody images from the latest Gaza massacre portrayed on the news, but I still cannot justify any human rationale, nor do I see an end or solution to the problem we have all endured for decades. I watch the news broadcasts about protests brewing across the globe and wonder what they are going to achieve.

Later, my friend’s mobile phone bleeps to announce the arrival of an SMS highlighting a call for a protest set at noon outside the Palestinian consulate in Dubai. Scores of people have already protested in Sharjah… so even the apolitical UAE is getting in on the act – and no one is being arrested, either. Do I attend the protests and vent my anger or do I remain the objective journalist and contribute with another article?
My coverage of the Iraq war and the Nahr El Bared catastrophe in Lebanon has left me discouraged and defeated as an Arab but also curious to the reality on the other side – in Israel.

My friend Mohamed, who has just returned from a journalistic assignment in Tel Aviv, gives me a word of warning in case I do set off: “What ever you do, don’t let them stamp your passport with any Hebrew welcome.” Although I am a Canadian passport holder, my friend tells me that I would not hear the end of it if I returned with an Israeli stamp.
Actually, you do have the right to ask for a “no-stamp” upon arrival at passport control, he says, but be prepared for a grilling or two by immigration officers, who will dig deep into your past before releasing their verdict. The whole process takes a good – or, more accurately, agonising – three hours, including the nerve-wracking wait in the non-smoking room. My friend, who comes from three generations of Mohameds, survived the ordeal. He confirmed to the immigration officers that he does not know any Palestinians residing in Tel Aviv but purposely “forgot” to mention his girlfriend from Gaza who now lives in Dubai.

“The hatred was innate in their every stare at me,” he said.
I replied: “We are also bred from our elementary Arabic curriculum in school to hate the Zionist enemy… and so the saga continues.”When Mohamed was finally given permission to enter without having his passport stamped, he was met by a bilingual female immigration officer who greeted him in Arabic. She stamped a plain piece of white paper that he was instructed to hand over to passport control at the exit of the airport. Surprisingly, the blonde female officer there ripped the paper and signalled him to enter.
Out in the street, he welcomed the street signs written in Arabic, English and Hebrew. A Palestinian taxi driver hauled him across town as he rid his soul of the ghosts of racial profiling, the echoes of war and the inherited history he had to endure during the three-hour interview. The trick, he tells me, is to try and stay fresh, honest, and watch your body language in order to survive the provocations they throw at you.
Mohamed escorted his Christian American boss for a taste of religious tourism in Jerusalem on the last day of their three-day trip. He snapped photos of her rushing inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site where Jesus is said to have been crucified and buried. The two of them then visited the Jewish Wailing Wall, donning the traditional Jewish kippah on their heads and posing for the camera. Their fun ended when his boss was not allowed to enter the site of the gorgeous Al Aqsa mosque because she is not a Muslim. Mohamed went in alone as his boss waited outside rejected.
“Why can’t we all live in peace and forgive?” I ask him with sarcastic naivety.Mohamed almost missed his flight on his way out of Tel Aviv airport after a female immigration officer humiliated him with a goodbye strip-search before she went through every image on his digital camera. And so the saga continues and so does the tragic shelling and unjustified spilling of innocent Palestinian blood.

On a lighter note, Mohamed arrived back in Dubai with three presents for his Palestinian girlfriend, who collects fridge magnets from all over the world. She was glad to stick up the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Last Supper but she absolutely refused to entertain his humour and let the magnet decorated with a Jewish menorah join the others on the door of her refrigerator.

Mohamed Fadel Fahmy is a senior producer with Al Hurra television