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Sunday, August 11, 2019

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Car Loans for Graduates / Students in Malaysia and Tips for First-Time Car Buyers

As a student, you must have dreamed of owning a car and driving it to your school/college every day. But it is not easy to own an automobile when you are a student or you have recently passed out from a university. Expenses and maintenance costs of a four-wheeler vehicle are sky-high and you need to have an employment to maintain the automobile. Either you can wait for your parents to get it for you or you can take a loan and fund it from your own pockets.

If second option is sounding preferable to you, you should start researching on car loans in Malaysia. This will include, which providers/banks offer car loans, eligibility criteria for it, interest rates and tenure involved, etc. After all necessary research is done, you will get an idea about the most suitable hire purchase plan for you.

So, if you are a graduate and looking for funding for your first car, here are some plans by top banks that can help you out:

Bank Islam Vehicle Financing-i GradHitz

You can opt for the bank’s Vehicle Financing-i GradHitz programme which is based on the concept of Murabahah. Here, you can get 100% financing and flexible tenures up to 9 years. If you fulfil the eligibility criteria, you can get financing for your first car.

Eligibility criteria

  • Age criteria:
    • Minimum age: 20 years
    • Maximum age: 30 years
  • You must be a graduate and qualified with at least a diploma from an accredited university
  • You must be employed at any of the following:
    • Semi government and government sector
    • Selected public listed firms
    • GLCs (government linked companies)
    • Other noticeable private limited companies listed by the bank
    • If your are a fixed income earner
Bank Islam offers financing rates from 2.90% p.a. to 3.60% p.a., depending on the type of your vehicle. The profit rate is calculated on a monthly basis with ‘Sum of Digit’ method.

Bank Muamalat Vehicle Financing-i GradPack

This is another option to get financing for your first car. The scheme is based on Bai' Bithaman Ajil which is a contract based on ‘deferred payment sale’ where you make the payment for your purchase (vehicle) on a fixed later date. You can obtain this facility as per the bank’s usual profit rates. You can acquire a minimum financing amount of RM20,000 for tenures ranging from a minimum of 4 years up to 9 years.

Eligibility criteria

  • Age criteria: 20 years to 30 years old
  • Income criteria: Minimum RM1,500 per month
  • Minimum qualification required: Diploma from institutions recognised by Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, or Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
  • Application must be made within 3 years from your graduation date

Maybank My First Car Plan

The bank offers a car financing plan with repayments staring from RM268 per month. The financing scheme is available for graduates with employment, undergraduates, and also for government professionals, nurses, teachers, etc.

Eligibility criteria

For a graduate with an employment:
  • You need to be a degree holder
  • You must be employed for at least a month with minimum income of RM2,500 per month
  • Age criteria: 21 years to 30 years old
  • If you are employed for less than 6 months, you need to provide a guarantor (either a parent or a sibling) who fulfils the eligibility criteria and has a good CCRIS (Central Credit Reference Information System) record
For undergraduates:
  • You must be pursuing a degree course at a recognised institution
  • Age criteria: Between 18 years to 30 years
  • You need to present a guarantor (a parent or a sibling) who fulfils the eligibility criteria and has a good CCRIS record

Documents required

If you are opting for a hire purchase plan as a graduate and a young earner, you need to provide the following documents:
  • A copy for your NRIC or MyKad
  • A copy of driving license
  • A copy of your authentic degree/diploma certificate
  • Employment confirmation letter from your employer or salary slips for the period suggested by the bank
  • Any other document as requested by the bank

Tips for First-Time Car Buyers

  • You can get car financing for national car models as well as for foreign car models. Loans are also available for used cars.
  • You need to keep your car insured under any standard car insurance policy. You can choose any policy that offers any of the following covers: a Third-party cover, a Third-Party, Fire and Theft cover, and a Comprehensive Cover.
  • Purchasing and maintaining a car is expensive. Hence, choose a car model that you can afford to pay for. You can also consider a used or second-hand car that could be much cheaper than a new model.
  • You should get a detailed estimation of payable premium according to your preferred model, your income, etc. You can use an online car loan calculator for this.
  • Compare multiple car financing schemes before opting for one. This will help you getting the best possible deal for your purchase. Read terms and conditions as well as analyse associated fees and charges carefully before deciding on any facility.
Compare multiple car financing schemes before opting for one. This will help you getting the best possible deal for your purchase. Read terms and conditions as well as analyse associated fees and charges carefully before deciding on any facility.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Biasiswa PETRONAS Scholarship Education Sponsorship Programme

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Biasiswa Petronas Scholarship Education Sponsorship Programme

Petronas Scholarship Closing Date 

21 March 2019 (5PM)

Biasiswa Petronas Scholarship Education Sponsorship Programme

Since 1975, PETRONAS has awarded education sponsorships to more than 36,000 deserving students possessing high academic calibre who dare to push boundaries with a performance mindset and leadership capabilities. This continues to be pursued by PETRONAS which focuses on nurturing the right talent that will ultimately contribute to the growth of the company and the nation.

Application for the Petronas Education Sponsorship Programme (PESP) is once again open to outstanding Malaysians to pursue undergraduate studies in oil and gas related fields. Eligible candidates will be shortlisted and interviewed prior to final selection.

The sponsorship is opened for students aspiring to pursue their undergraduate studies at the higher learning institutions as follows:-
  • Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS including 1-year Foundation Programme.
  • Overseas Universities including up to 24 months at Pre-University Programme in Malaysia.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Malaysian citizens aged between 17 - 19 years old in 2019
  2. Strong leadership skills and active participation (demonstrable) in extracurricular activities
  3. Academic qualification required for the sponsored programme:
University Programmes Qualification Required
UTP
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Petroleum Geoscience
Minimum 9A- in SPM 2018, with minimum A for the following subjects:
  1. Chemistry
  2. Physics
  3. Mathematics
Overseas Universities
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Instrumentation)
  • Geology/Geophysics
  • Material Engineering/Material Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
Minimum 9A- in SPM 2018, with minimum A for Mathematics

PETRONAS YoungStars Day (PYD)

The shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend PYD at identified date and venue. During the PYD, the candidates will be assessed to measure the students’ potential via series of assessments which consist of the following:-
Phase Assessment Tool Detail
First phase (Online) Cambridge Personal Style Questionnaire (CPSQ) To assess candidates’ personality /potentials
Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) To assess cognitive abilities focusing on Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
Second phase (Interview) Student Potential Assessment (SPA) To measure leadership and interpersonal skills

Process & Schedule

Process Schedule
Online Application System opens 14 March 2019
Online Application System closes 21 March 2019
Announcement & Invitation for PETRONAS YoungStars Day (PYD) April 2019
PETRONAS YoungStars Day (PYD) April 2019
Announcement of Sponsorship Award May 2019
Reply on acceptance/rejection of Sponsorship Award June 2019

How to Apply Petronas Scholarship / Cara Permohonan Biasiswa Petronas?

  1. All applications must be submitted via online application system at https://educationsponsorship.petronas.com.my.
  2. NO processing fee is required for PESP application.
  3. Notification of successful candidates for the PYD will be announced via https://educationsponsorship.petronas.com.my. The same username and password will be required for log-in purposes.
  4. Incomplete or late application will not be processed.
  5. Applications open from 14th March 2019 and closes on 21st March 2019 (5.00 pm).
  6. Click Guideline for PESP Applicants 2019 and FAQ for your reference.


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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Biasiswa JPA Scholarship National Sponsorship Program 2019

Biasiswa JPA Program Penajaan Nasional 2019

Tarikh Tutup Permohonan Biasiswa JPA

Permohonan online bagi Program Penajaan Nasional Tahun 2019 mula dibuka pada 15 Mac 2019 (Jumaat) jam 5.00 petang sehingga 21 Mac 2019 jam 5.00 petang.

Biasiswa JPA Program Penajaan Nasional 2019

Program Penajaan Nasional (PPN) tahun 2019 merupakan penajaan kepada 20 orang pelajar paling cemerlang lepasan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) tahun 2018 untuk melanjutkan pelajaran ke universiti terkemuka dunia.

Calon-calon yang terpilih akan ditawarkan penajaan secara pinjaman boleh ubah (PBU) bagi mengikuti pengajian peringkat persediaan sehingga ke peringkat ijazah pertama tertakluk kepada syarat- syarat yang ditetapkan dan pengiktirafan bidang pilihan di Universiti terbaik dunia di USA dan di UK seperti yang disenaraikan dalam QS World University Rankings dan / atau THE World University Rankings.

Peringkat Pengajian

Kursus Persediaan Ijazah Pertama
Pelajar-pelajar akan mengikuti kursus persediaan di Kolej Yayasan UEM (KYUEM). Pelajar-pelajar akan ditaja untuk mengikuti pengajian peringkat Ijazah Pertama di Universiti terbaik dunia di USA dan di UK seperti yang disenaraikan dalam QS World University Rankings dan / atau THE World University Rankings.
Senarai bidang dan universiti adalah seperti di LAMPIRAN A.
Sekiranya pelajar menamatkan kursus persediaan dan melepasi cut-off point (COP) yang ditetapkan untuk melanjutkan pengajian ke peringkat ijazah pertama namun tidak mendapat tempat di 10 universiti terbaik dunia di US dan 10 universiti terbaik dunia di UK seperti yang disenaraikan di LAMPIRAN A (QS World University Rankings dan / atau THE World University Rankings), pelajar akan ditamatkan dari program PPN dan diserap masuk ke program dalam negara.

Pelajar hanya ditaja untuk mengikuti pengajian di universiti di dalam negara tertakluk kepada pelajar mendapat tempat pengajian di institusi pengajian dalam negara yang ditetapkan Kerajaan dan melepasi syarat-syarat akademik.

Syarat Penajaan Biasiswa JPA

Syarat Umum
  1. Warganegara Malaysia;
  2. Mempunyai kesihatan yang baik;
  3. Tidak disenarai hitam oleh JPA atau sedang dalam tindakan undang-undang oleh pihak JPA; dan
  4. Tidak menerima bantuan kewangan / tajaan dari mana-mana agensi untuk peringkat atau pengajian yang sama.
  5. Menduduki peperiksaan SPM tahun 2018 kali pertama di mana-mana sekolah menengah termasuk sekolah khas, sekolah swasta atau calon-calon persendirian; dan
  6. Umur belum mencapai 18 tahun (19 tahun bagi pelajar peralihan) pada 31 Disember tahun peperiksaan SPM diduduki.
Syarat Khusus
Mendapat keputusan sekurang-kurangnya kurangnya 9A+ dan minimum gred A bagi mata pelajaran lain (sekiranya ada) dalam peperiksaan SPM dengan mendapat gred A+ bagi mata pelajaran berikut:
  1. Bahasa Melayu;
  2. Sejarah;
  3. Bahasa Inggeris;
  4. Matematik;
  5. Matematik Tambahan;
  6. Fizik;
  7. Kimia; dan
  8. Dua (2) mata pelajaran lain.

Program Persediaan

Pelajar-pelajar yang ditawarkan penajaan di bawah program ini akan mengikuti kursus persediaan di Kolej Yayasan UEM (KYUEM) selama 24 bulan.

Mekanisme Perjanjian Pinjaman

Calon-calon yang berjaya ditawarkan penajaan di bawah program ini dan bersetuju untuk ditaja oleh JPA adalah tertakluk kepada terma ikatan perjanjian JPA seperti berikut:
  1. Pinjaman akan ditukar kepada biasiswa dan dikecualikan daripada bayaran balik sekiranya pelajar berkhidmat dalam Perkhidmatan Awam; atau
  2. Bayaran balik sebanyak 25% daripada jumlah pinjaman yang diterima sekiranya pelajar berkhidmat dalam syarikat berkaitan Kerajaan (GLC); atau
  3. Bayaran balik sebanyak 50% daripada jumlah pinjaman yang diterima sekiranya pelajar berkhidmat dengan syarikat swasta dalam negara; atau
  4. Selain daripada keadaan seperti di atas, pelajar dikehendaki membayar balik sepenuhnya nilai pinjaman.

Cara Memohon Biasiswa JPA Program Penajaan Nasional 2019

Pelajar yang berminat perlu mengisi profiling secara atas talian (online) di http://esilav2.jpa.gov.my yang dibuka khusus kepada calon terlibat sahaja. Calon dibenarkan mendaftar, mengemas kini meminda maklumat permohonan sebelum tarikh tutup permohonan. Hanya pindaan yang terkini sahaja diambil kira untuk tujuan penyimpanan data.

Pertanyaan mengenai program tajaan dan masalah teknikal boleh dibuat dengan menghubungi talian 03-8885 3297 mulai 11 Mac 2019 hingga 21 Mac 2019 (hari bekerja) dari jam 9:00 pagi hingga jam 4:30 petang atau kemukakan maklum balas melalui Sistem Pengurusan Aduan Awam (SISPAA) di http://jpa.spab.gov.my/eApps/system/index.do


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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Biasiswa JPA Scholarships: Japan, Korea, France & German

Biasiswa JPA Program Penajaan Khas Jepun, Korea, Perancis dan Jerman Tahun 2019

Tarikh Tutup Permohonan Biasiswa JPA

Permohonan online bagi Program Khas Jepun, Korea, Perancis dan Jerman Tahun 2019 mula dibuka pada 11 hingga 20 Mac 2019 mulai jam 2.00 petang. Permohonan yang diterima selepas tarikh tersebut tidak akan dipertimbangkan.

PERMOHONAN PROGRAM KHAS JEPUN, KOREA, PERANCIS DAN JERMAN TAHUN 2019

Permohonan adalah dipelawa kepada calon-calon yang menduduki Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) pada tahun 2018 bagi kali pertama untuk mendapatkan penajaan Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) dalam bentuk Pinjaman Boleh Ubah (PBU) di bawah Program Khas Jepun, Korea, Perancis dan Jerman (JKPJ) Tahun 2019.

Program penajaan ini dibuka kepada semua pelajar lepasan SPM tahun 2018 yang berminat dalam bidang kejuruteraan, sains dan teknologi (S&T) dan sains sosial di negara Jepun, Korea, Perancis dan Jerman.

Pelajar akan ditaja untuk mengikuti program persediaan sebelum melanjutkan pengajian ke peringkat diploma atau ijazah pertama di negara-negara berkenaan.

Struktur Pengajian Program Khas JKPJ

Struktur pengajian bagi Program Khas JKPJ adalah seperti berikut:

Program/Tempat Persediaan Ijazah
Kolej Kursus Tempoh
Kejuruteraan Teknikal Jepun International Education Centre (INTEC) Persediaan Teknikal Jepun 24 bulan Dip: 3 tahun
I.P: 2 tahun
Khas Korea
  1. International Education Centre (INTEC)
  2. Pusat Pengajian Bahasa di Korea
Persediaan dan Sijil Bahasa
  1. 9 bulan
  2. 12 bulan
CGPA 3.75 Ke Atas –
I.P: 4 tahun
CGPA 3.74 Ke Bawah
Dip: 2 tahun
I.P: 2 tahun
Khas Perancis International Education Centre (INTEC) Persediaan 15 Bulan Diploma d’ingenieur: 5 tahun
Malaysia France Institute (MFI) 22 bulan DUT: 2 tahun
IP: 3 tahun
Khas Jerman International Education Centre (INTEC) A-Level 22 bulan Bch: 3 tahun
Ma: 2 tahun
Sunway College AUSMAT 15 bulan Bch: 3 tahun
Ma: 2 tahun
German Malaysian Institute (GMI) A-Level 22 bulan Bch: 3 tahun
Ma: 2 tahun
Nota:
Dip: Diploma
I.P: Ijazah Pertama
Bch: Bachelor
Ma: Master
DUT: Diplom Universitaire de Technologies

Syarat – Syarat Permohonan Biasiswa JPA

Calon-calon yang berminat mestilah memenuhi syarat-syarat umum dan khusus permohonan seperti berikut:

Syarat-Syarat Umum Biasiswa JPA

  1. Warganegara Malaysia;
  2. Mempunyai kesihatan yang baik;
  3. Menduduki peperiksaan SPM buat pertama kali pada tahun 2018;
  4. Umur belum mencapai 18 tahun (19 tahun bagi pelajar peralihan) pada tahun peperiksaan SPM diduduki;
  5. Tidak disenarai hitam oleh JPA atau sedang dalam tindakan undang-undang JPA; dan
  6. Tidak menerima bantuan kewangan/ tajaan dari mana-mana agensi untuk peringkat pengajian yang sama.

Syarat Khusus

Perincian bagi syarat khusus mengikut bidang yang ditetapkan adalah seperti berikut:
  1. Bidang Kejuruteraan
    • Negara Pengajian: Jepun / Kolej Persediaan: INTEC
      • Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya gred A (kombinasi gred A+ dan gred A sahaja) dalam lima (5) mata pelajaran berikut:
        • Bahasa Melayu;
        • Matematik;
        • Matematik Tambahan;
        • Fizik; dan
        • Kimia.
      • Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya gred A- dalam dua (2) mata pelajaran berikut:
        • Bahasa Inggeris; dan
        • Sejarah;
    • Negara Pengajian: Korea / Kolej Persediaan: INTEC
      • Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya gred A (kombinasi gred A+ dan gred A sahaja) dalam lima (5) mata pelajaran berikut:
        • Bahasa Melayu;
        • Matematik;
        • Matematik Tambahan;
        • Fizik; dan
        • Kimia.
      • Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya gred A- dalam dua (2) mata pelajaran berikut:
        • Bahasa Inggeris; dan
        • Sejarah;
    • Negara Pengajian: Perancis / Kolej Persediaan: INTEC/MFI
      • Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya gred A (kombinasi gred A+ dan gred A sahaja) dalam lima (5) mata pelajaran berikut:
        • Bahasa Melayu;
        • Matematik;
        • Matematik Tambahan;
        • Fizik; dan
        • Kimia.
      • Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya gred A- dalam dua (2) mata pelajaran berikut:
        • Bahasa Inggeris; dan
        • Sejarah;
    • Negara Pengajian: Jerman / Kolej Persediaan: INTEC/SUNWAY COLLEGE/GMI
      • Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya gred A (kombinasi gred A+ dan gred A sahaja) dalam lima (5) mata pelajaran berikut:
        • Bahasa Melayu;
        • Matematik;
        • Matematik Tambahan;
        • Fizik; dan
        • Kimia.
      • Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya gred A- dalam dua (2) mata pelajaran berikut:
        • Bahasa Inggeris; dan
        • Sejarah;
  2. Bidang Sains dan Teknologi
    • Negara Pengajian: Korea / Kolej Persediaan: INTEC
      • Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya gred A (kombinasi gred A+ dan gred A sahaja) dalam lima (5) mata pelajaran berikut:
        • Bahasa Melayu;
        • Matematik;
        • Matematik Tambahan;
        • Fizik; dan
        • Kimia.
      • Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya gred A- dalam dua (2) mata pelajaran berikut:
        • Bahasa Inggeris; dan
        • Sejarah;
    • Negara Pengajian: Jerman / Kolej Persediaan: INTEC
      • Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya gred A (kombinasi gred A+ dan gred A sahaja) dalam lima (5) mata pelajaran berikut:
        • Bahasa Melayu;
        • Matematik;
        • Matematik Tambahan;
        • Fizik; dan
        • Kimia.
      • Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya gred A- dalam dua (2) mata pelajaran berikut:
        • Bahasa Inggeris; dan
        • Sejarah;
  3.     Bidang Sains Sosial
    • Negara Pengajian: Perancis / Kolej Persediaan: MFI
      • Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya gred A (kombinasi gred A+ dan gred A sahaja) dalam lima (5) mata pelajaran berikut:
        • Bahasa Melayu;
        • Matematik;
        • Matematik Tambahan; dan
        • Dua (2) mata pelajaran yang lain.
      • Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya gred A- dalam dua (2) mata pelajaran berikut:
        • Bahasa Inggeris; dan
        • Sejarah;

Mekanisme Perjanjian Pinjaman

Calon-calon yang berjaya ditawarkan penajaan di bawah program ini dan bersetuju untuk ditaja oleh JPA adalah tertakluk kepada terma ikatan perjanjian JPA seperti berikut:

  • Pinjaman akan ditukar kepada biasiswa dan dikecualikan daripada bayaran balik sekiranya pelajar berkhidmat dalam Perkhidmatan Awam; atau
  • Bayaran balik sebanyak 25% daripada jumlah pinjaman yang diterima sekiranya pelajar berkhidmat dalam syarikat berkaitan Kerajaan (GLC); atau
  • Bayaran balik sebanyak 50% daripada jumlah pinjaman yang diterima sekiranya pelajar berkhidmat dengan syarikat swasta dalam negara; atau
  • Selain daripada keadaan seperti di atas, pelajar dikehendaki membayar balik sepenuhnya nilai pinjaman.

Cara Memohon Biasiswa JPA

Permohonan dibuka secara atas talian (online) di http://esilav2.jpa.gov.my/ selama sepuluh (10) hari mulai 11 Mac 2019 sehingga 20 Mac 2019. Calon boleh merujuk Frequently Ask Question (FAQ) yang dimuat naik di Portal JPA bagi maklumat lanjut berhubung program yang ditawarkan.

Calon dibenarkan mendaftar, mengemas kini/ meminda maklumat permohonan sebelum tarikh tutup permohonan. Hanya pindaan yang terkini sahaja diambil kira untuk tujuan penyimpanan data. Calon hendaklah memastikan proses permohonan telah sempurna dengan mencetak Slip Pengesahan Permohonan Penajaan Program JKPJ Tahun 2019 sebagai bukti permohonan telah dibuat.Tawaran penajaan ini akan disiarkan melalui laman web JPA di http://www.jpa.gov.my atau http://esilav2.jpa.gov.my/

Pertanyaan mengenai program tajaan dan masalah teknikal boleh dibuat dengan menghubungi talian 03-8885 3297 mulai 11 Mac 2019 hingga 20 Mac 2019 (hari bekerja) dari jam 9:00 pagi hingga jam 4:30 petang atau kemukakan maklum balas melalui Sistem Pengurusan Aduan Awam (SISPAA) di http://jpa.spab.gov.my/eApps/system/index.do.

Keputusan Permohonan

Keputusan permohonan penajaan Program Khas JKPJ ini dijangka akan diumumkan melalui laman sesawang http://www.jpa.gov.my atau http://esilav2.jpa.gov.my/ selewat-lewatnya pada 10 Mei 2019 (Jumaat) jam 5.00 petang.


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Sunday, January 06, 2019

Malaysia School Holiday 2019 Calendar (Kalendar Cuti Sekolah 2019)

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Related Malaysia 2019 Calendars:
Kalendar Cuti Sekolah Malaysia 2019 School Holiday Calendar
Kalendar Cuti Sekolah Malaysia 2019 School Holiday Calendar

Malaysia Festive School Holidays 2019 Dates (Tarikh Hari Cuti Perayaan Sekolah Malaysia 2019)

Semua sekolah hendaklah mematuhi cuti perayaan yang diperuntukkan oleh Kementerian dan cuti ini tidak perlu diganti.

Chinese New Year CNY School Holiday Dates (Cuti Sekolah Tahun Baru Cina):
3 - 7 February 2019 (Schools in Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu)
4 - 8 February 2019 (Schools in Perlis, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya)

Tarikh Cuti Sekolah Hari Raya Aidil Fitri:
5 - 9 June 2019 (Schools in Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu)
5 - 10 June 2019 (Schools in Perlis, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya)

Tarikh Cuti Sekolah Hari Deepavali:
27 - 29 October 2019 (Schools in Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu)
25 - 29 October 2019 (Schools in Perlis, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya)
25 - 28 October 2019 (Schools in Sarawak)
Cuti Sekolah Perayaan Malaysia Tahun Baru Cina Hari Raya Aidil Fitri
Cuti Sekolah Perayaan Malaysia Tahun Baru Cina Hari Raya Aidil Fitri
Perayaan Hari Keamatan: 30 & 31 May 2019 (dalam cuti pertengahan penggal tahun 2019)
Perayaan Hari Gawai Dayak: 1 & 2 June 2019 (dalam cuti pertengahan penggal tahun 2019)
Perayaan Hari Krismas: 25 December 2019 (dalam cuti akhir tahun 2019)

Malaysia School Holidays 2019 Dates (Tarikh Hari Cuti Sekolah Malaysia 2019)

Ministry of Education Malaysia has released the official Malaysia school holiday dates 2019 which should be very useful if you are planning your family trip this year or to book flight tickets during AirAsia Free Seats promotion 2019.

Schools in Perlis, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya

Term 1 School Holidays 2019 (Cuti Pertengahan Penggal 1):
23 March - 31 March

Midyear School Holidays 2019 (Cuti Pertengahan Tahun):
25 May - 9 June

Term 2 School Holidays 2019 (Cuti Pertengahan Penggal 2):
10 August - 18 August

Year End School Holidays 2019 (Cuti Akhir Tahun):
23 November - 31 December
Cuti Penggal Persekolahan Tahun 2019 (Sekolah Kumpulan B)
Tarikh Cuti Penggal Persekolahan Tahun 2019 (Sekolah Kumpulan B)

Schools in Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu

Term 1 School Holidays 2019 (Cuti Pertengahan Penggal 1):
22 March - 30 March

Midyear School Holidays 2019 (Cuti Pertengahan Tahun):
24 May - 8 June

Term 2 School Holidays 2019 (Cuti Pertengahan Penggal 2):
9 August - 17 August

Year End School Holidays 2019 (Cuti Akhir Tahun):
22 November - 31 December
Kalendar Cuti Penggal Persekolahan Tahun 2019 (Sekolah Kumpulan A)
Kalendar Cuti Penggal Persekolahan Tahun 2019 (Sekolah Kumpulan A)
Source: Ministry of Education Malaysia


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Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Malaysia Public Holidays 2019 Calendar (Kalendar Cuti Umum Hari Kelepasan Am)

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Malaysia Public Holidays 2019 (Tarikh Hari Cuti Umum Malaysia 2019)

The Malaysia Public Holidays 2019 Calendar (Jadual Hari Kelepasan Am Persekutuan & Negeri 2019) below is useful for your next holiday trip planning and you have no more excuse not to buy overseas flight tickets during next AirAsia free seats / zero fares promotion.
2019 Long Holiday Malaysia Cuti Panjang

Malaysia Public / National / Federal Holidays 2019 Calendar (Kalendar Jadual Hari Cuti Kelepasan Am Persekutuan Malaysia)

  1. February 5 (Tuesday): Chinese New Year (Tahun Baru Cina)
  2. February 6 (Wednesday): Chinese New Year Second Day (Tahun Baru Cina Hari Kedua)
  3. May 1 (Wednesday): Labour Day (Hari Pekerja)
  4. May 19 (Sunday): Vesak Day (Hari Wesak)
  5. * June 5 (Wednesday): Hari Raya Puasa
  6. * June 6 (Thursday) Hari Raya Puasa (Hari Kedua)
  7. * August 11 (Sunday): Cuti Hari Raya Haji / Qurban
  8. * August 12 (Monday): Cuti Hari Raya Haji / Qurban (Hari Kedua)
  9. August 31 (Saturday): National Day (Hari Kebangsaan / Merdeka)
  10. September 1 (Sunday): Awal Muharam (Maal Hijrah)
  11. September 9 (Monday): Agong's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong)
  12. September 16 (Monday): Malaysia Day (Hari Malaysia)
  13. * October 27 (Sunday): Deepavali (Hari Deepavali)
  14. November 9 (Saturday): Prophet Muhammad's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Nabi Muhammad S.A.W. / Maulidur Rasul)
  15. December 25 (Wednesday): Christmas (Hari Krismas)

State Holidays 2019 (Jadual Hari Cuti Kelepasan Am Negeri)

  1. January 1 (Tuesday): New Year 2019 (Tahun Baru 2019)
  2. January 14 (Monday): Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan)
  3. January 20 (Sunday): Sultan of Kedah's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Kedah)
  4. * January 21 (Monday): Hari Thaipusam
  5. February 1 (Friday): Federal Territory Day (Hari Wilayah Persekutuan)
  6. February 6 (Wednesday): Chinese New Year Second Day Holiday
  7. March 4 (Monday): Anniversary of Installation of Sultan of Terengganu (Hari Ulang Tahun Pertabalan Sultan Terengganu)
  8. March 23 (Saturday): Sultan of Johor's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Johor)
  9. April 3 (Wednesday): Israk dan Mikraj
  10. April 15 (Monday): Declaration of Malacca as a Historical City (Hari Perisytiharan Melaka Sebagai Bandaraya Bersejarah)
  11. April 19 (Friday): Good Friday
  12. April 26 (Friday): Sultan of Terengganu's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Terengganu)
  13. * May 6 (Monday): Awal Ramadan
  14. May 7 (Tuesday): Hari Hol Pahang
  15. May 22 (Wednesday): Hari Nuzul Al-Quran
  16. May 30 (Thursday): Harvest Festival (Pesta Kaamatan / Pesta Menuai)
  17. May 31 (Friday): Harvest Festival (Pesta Kaamatan / Pesta Menuai)
  18. June 1 (Saturday): Perayaan Hari Gawai Dayak
  19. June 2 (Sunday): Perayaan Hari Gawai Dayak Holiday
  20. July 7 (Sunday): Georgetown World Heritage City Day (Hari Ulang Tahun Perisytiharan Tapak Warisan Dunia)
  21. July 13 (Saturday): Penang Governor's Birthday (Hari Jadi Yang di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang)
  22. July 17 (Wednesday): Raja Perlis' Birthday (Hari Ulang Tahun Keputeraan Raja Perlis)
  23. July 22 (Monday): Sarawak Day
  24. * August 12 (Monday): Hari Raya Qurban / Haji Hari Kedua
  25. October 5 (Saturday): Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Johor
  26. October 5 (Saturday): Sabah Governor's Birthday (Hari Jadi Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sabah)
  27. October 11 (Friday): Malacca Governor's Birthday (Hari Jadi Yang di-Pertua Negeri Melaka)
  28. October 12 (Saturday): Sarawak Governor's Birthday (Hari Jadi Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak)
  29. October 24 (Thursday): Sultan of Pahang's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Pahang)
  30. November 1 (Friday): Sultan of Perak's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Perak)
  31. November 11 (Monday): Sultan of Kelantan's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Kelantan)
  32. November 12 (Tuesday): Sultan of Kelantan's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Kelantan)
  33. December 11 (Wednesday): Sultan of Selangor's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Selangor)
Note: * Subject to change (tertakluk kepada perubahan).

Kalendar Jadual Hari Kelepasan Am Malaysia 2019 Persekutuan & Negeri (Click to Zoom In)

Malaysia Public Holidays 2019 Calendar (Kalendar Cuti Umum Hari Kelepasan Am)
Malaysia Public Holidays 2019 Calendar (Kalendar Cuti Umum Hari Kelepasan Am)
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Why School Matters? from the Perspective of a Form Four Student

Guest post by Janelle Lee (Share your thoughts with 60,000+ Malaysian students)

A few days ago, I watched this viral video “What is School for?” on YouTube. It was made by this  famous YouTuber called Prince Ea (should really go and check him out). But this video in particular (along with another one called “I Sued the School System”) really spark some of my wild thoughts.

In my opinion, after I watched it, I really do agree with it. But to tell the truth, I thought it was just incomplete. Don't get me wrong, I'm still in high school and I know what the struggles are. But school doesn't have to be like a prison or a 12 year compulsory jail sentence, it could be much much more.

It's just really confusing for students on whether studying is worth it or not, which is probably right considering how vulnerable us teens can be. I know that the video didn't say stop trying in school or was encouraging kids to dropout from school, but the message could really easily be misinterpreted as an excuse for students who are not doing well. While reading the comments, I can ensure you that it has really put a big question mark (and not just mine) on the very thing students are focusing their lives about.

So, I wrote this (pretty long) article to answer the little question marks plus the big question “What actually is school for?” (and hopefully to give some encouragement).

THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IS BROKEN, BUT YOU CAN STILL WIN DESPITE IT

“Why learn this when it is not going to help me in the future?”

I can swear that this question will or has popped into every single students' heads one time or other. But first things first, what is the school system? The school system is an establishment of education from kindergarten, all the way up to university. It is built in such a way that it is a versatile way to teach students certain knowledge, the basics of what certain people need for their future careers. For example, Physics, Chemistry and Additional Mathematics for STEM fields, Biology for Medic, Accounts and Economy for Finance etc.

I have certain heard my fair share (and me being one of them) of students complaining about how this topic was so boring  or they were just simply not interested or they were being force to study a certain subject, be aware I am not talking about those compulsory subjects (that's another article for another day), but those elective subjects that you could choose from.

Remember those career weeks or counselors you have in school, it is their job to help assist you, to help you find your talents and capabilities, carefully crafting a suitable school programs for you. My advice (for those who are choosing) : know what you are capable of before moving the next step. Not brave enough to ask the counselor, well just ask a friend. I know there is no harm trying but just don't land yourself in hot water, leaving you drenched in disappointment.

Don't try to be the “Jack of all traits” when you can always be “the Master of one”. Don't be greedy, it's okay to let go, it does not mean that you're not smart, what it means is that you are smart enough to know what's best for you. “You are the product of your choices, not others”, in the end, it's all up to you, you make the choice you think is right for you.

So, to answer that question, it is simply your choice, your choice to study what subject, what kind of field. That's why it is important to look carefully at the choices at hand and choose correctly. Remember: “You have to deal with the consequences of your choices”.

ONLY HUMAN

I get a lot of people say school kills creativity, killing the important speck for humans to thrive on this monstrous world. Schools become more like those factories in Star Wars, producing clones, programming humans to become robots, making artificial intelligence as the utmost standard for humans to achieve.

Being Chinese, I most certainly understand that. Having to memorize a whole book of essays and karangans just so I could score a perfect in a test is not writing. But having broken English on your midterm exam is not exactly 100% is it? But after a decade of that, I wonder if  the As were more important than experiencing the joy of writing?

But I do get it, at a tender age of just 10 years old, many students may not be able to fully grasp the language to translate it into fine vocabulary to get themselves an A. But is it really worth it? After probably a decade of ongoing guidance, is getting an A more important than having the skill to express your thoughts and emotions? Is it that the most human natural thing to do just irrelevant?Excluding the perfect language, bombastic vocabulary and beautiful phrases, “the art of writing is discovering what you believe”.

Be brave and have courage to know your opinions matter, take risks. It's okay to fail, whatever friends or adults may say, it is always a learning process. Education is just trying to refine natural talents and human abilities. Without school, where else to better equipped yourself for the world ahead of you.

DON’T KILL YOURSELF GETTING As

I will straight up say this “ YOU ARE NEVER YOUR GRADES”. Yeah, having good grades may lend you to some privileges, scholarships, etc., but never ever let that number or alphabet on that piece of paper get into your head. Whether you are a straight A student or a straight D student, do not let it affect you or define who you are as a person.

But on the other hand, it does not mean you can slack off or anything. It means that grades are still something but not everything.

“You don't need to be the top student, being middle is fine, only this kind of person has enough free time time to learn other skills” - Jack Ma

If you are a straight A student, question yourself: if I rip off every single achievement I have, who am I? If you can still answer that and be proud of it, congratulations and keep up the good work. But if you cannot, don't be sad, keep searching!

If you are the weak student, thank your past and focus on your future. Do not let the guilt of your past be the boulder of your future. Let those scars be stars to help motivate you to seek and thrive. Yes, the climb will be tough but I promise you the view will be beautiful. And maybe go and try out something new, you just never know right?

All in all, seek balance in your life. Being successful in school, does not mean you will be successful in life; Not being successful in school, does not mean you will not be successful in life.

FRANKLY SPEAKING, WE ALL DON'T KNOW WHAT ARE WE GOING TO BE.

Being a teenager is hard. With a pot full of insecurities,a splash of hormones plus a cup of the undying fear for the future, and you will end up getting a stressed, confused and worthless recipe of what I called “I DON’T KNOW!!!”.

But guess what - school is actually letting you grow, teaching the art of growing in a society, letting you have a taste on what you one day could be. A school is like a small mock up community that you will be able to try and explore things, do well and also fail , all of that plus guidance from teachers that will educate you to a right way of living in a society. Yes, these experiences may differ from certain people but living in a big place called world, is a whole bigger scale.

“We are the products of our environment” , understand that the environment you are in is for a reason. Giving you the pathway to lead you to a better life, past experiences and relationships, a better attitude to face the world, the right perspective for the bigger picture.

You will never know, amidst your scavenger hunt, you might even stumble upon a pot of gold.

SCHOOLS WILL ONLY CHANGE, WHEN THEY ARE EDUCATED CORRECTLY


In my head, there are two perspectives of education. The first one being : “You must study hard, get straight A+ then go to a very good college, then can get a very good job and make a lot of money, then only can get a good wife, big house, big car and so on.” The second one being: “Why study so hard? After that also cannot get money, better go and work better.” I am not trying to insult anyone or any part because I also do fall into one of these categories myself.

Because of society’s high standards, schools are imposed to have an achievement focused system. Students are stressed by teachers; Teachers are stressed by officials; Officials are stressed by the Government; the Government is stressed by ongoing international standards. And the chain reaction goings on.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” - Nelson Mandela
If education focuses on overall well being and growth rather than the statistics of achievement, will it be healthier for the nation to process further? Not just learning academia stuff, but also stressing on physical, emotional and even spiritual health.

But in real life, the school system is solely based on only one temperament: Extroverts. The psychology of classes labels introverts as “shy” and “quiet”.But to all introverts, don't fret because there is still power in introverts that can move and shake the nation.

If being different is what makes us special, learning differently is all the more common. The society's defectiveness towards this has not help a bit. Peer pressure may be one of the most deadly (and also most successful) factors among humans. So well, it's time for everyone to step up, its time for change.

Schools will change, when people change. So stop whining and be the change.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

Everybody knows that the education system is horribly flawed. But what is the ultimate objective of education? Are we just going round and round in circles not even knowing the purpose of spending a decade(or two) cracking our heads (and butts!) to score well?

Education is so much more than achievement, a job, a bright future, a better career. All of that are just embellishments.

It's all about LEARNING. Falling in love with it, growing, constantly improving yourself, advancing to greater heights, being intrigued to things around and still having the curiosity to ask “Why?”.

Interestingly, when I started to ask some friends and adults if they loved learning in school, most answered that the worry of getting the answer right and doing what the teacher expected took out the joy of learning. And frankly speaking, I do have the same feeling too. But, somehow, somewhere, I always knew that behind all those covers, there was this hidden passion to learn.

I may not know certain things about this world. But I am most certain that I love learning.

IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT SCHOOL, IT’S ABOUT LEARNING

Understand this, from all of the CEOs of big corporate companies to all the well-known movers and shakers that transformed the world, they NEVER EVER STOP LEARNING. Even though they were college dropouts or didn't even go to school , they never stopped learning.They learned through reading books, attending courses, listening to talks... School is just a medium for education to be taught, but there are still many many ways to learn outside of school.

“Education is what remains when one has forgotten all about school” - Albert Einstein
I believe that education is the main building block of what school can and will be. Yes, I understand that the system has its flaws but still, nothing's perfect, right?

To all those people who are waiting to graduate to stop “school”, well bad news for you cause you can never drop out from this never-ending school called LIFE. But again - it all depends on you. You can have a good education, just see education in different eyes.

BE GRATEFUL

I can 100% assure you that there are people in this world that are dying to go to school. People who wait several hours to catch a bus or walk several kilometers just to get to school. Moreover, how could you not forget that during the olden times, girls were not even given the chance to go to school.
We people in this generation are given opportunities to learn and to get the best education. The privilege of going to school provides us a shorter pathway to success. Maybe you would argue with me that the best of the best didn't even go to school, well this is my answer to that: They all took a much much harder and longer road to find true success. Because of all of their hardships and great determination, they chose because they truly wanted to learn.

I am blessed enough to have amazing teachers and mentors that truly inspire learning, who were gracious and patient to answer my unending questions and to teach me the world upside down. Not forgetting, having friends that are understanding enough to still tolerate my 3-year-old ‘kepochi’ ways.

Be grateful that we have teachers, schools, the system to rely on in getting the education we need. Amidst all the stress, expectations, worries, fear, doubts, insecurities (seriously, I go on and on with this),work hard and use this precious time to explore. Always respect and be humble to learn. Be positive that you can do it! and have an open mind about education.

Last but not least, all the best to all students on going on your great adventure called school. Don't forget that no matter what the results are - never stop enjoying the journey, enjoying the climb. But most importantly,

Enjoy Learning

Maybe many of you might said that “of course, this is what a “good” student will say” or “Oo, teacher’s pet” or maybe you might think that I'm defending some kind of title or just want to stir up some havoc, but this is only my opinion.

I acknowledge that I am young and still learning. I also do understand that we are all from different environments, different cultures, so it is normal to have different views on things. And like always, there are always two or more sides of an argument.

But anyhow, thank you for reading this far and do leave a comment below, I really want to know your thoughts. ;)

Having a passion for all things worth learning, Janelle Lee from Seremban is crazy enthusiastic about EVERYTHING. You could always find her sitting in front of her class, being distracted on her newest craze or just binging on Youtube videos.


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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Top 5 Reasons to Study in Malaysia

Top 5 Reasons to Study in Malaysia

Guest post by Sophia Jones (Share your tips with 60,000+ Malaysian students)

Malaysia is fast becoming a flourishing hub for domestic and international students. The booming economy, political stability, dazzling landscapes and a matchless brand of multiculturalism, the repute of Malaysian domestic universities is ever increasing. But what actually makes the country more distinctive is its affiliation with leading universities around the globe. There are many international universities that have their branch campuses in Malaysia. Malaysia is one of Asia's top education destinations and not only local Malaysians take the benefit of low-cost international education but also the international students as well who come here from around the globe for education purposes. Along with the quality of education, here are top 5 reasons that why you should study in Malaysia:
top reasons study malaysia students

1. Receive US and UK degree

Malaysian state has hugely invested in higher education and one of them is its increasing affiliations with global universities. There are over 600 private higher education institutions and Universities in Malaysia. There are many foreign universities, especially UK and Australian that have their branch campuses in Malaysia. For example, UK’s University of Nottingham and Australia’s Monash University have branch campuses in Malaysia and both are one of the top universities in the world. So as a student, it gives you the much stronger reason to study in Malaysia.

2. Save cost

In Malaysia, you will get a quality education but with affordability as well. The undergraduate course at the Malaysian campus would cost approximately £6,000 while the same course at the University of Nottingham would cost around £12,000.You can see a huge difference in the cost of the same courses. Also, keep in mind that the course has the similar module, similar marking scheme and the similar evaluation criteria, that provide the exact degree with the equal status, but at a considerably lesser cost. Moreover, in comparison to that of the UK, the cost of living in Malaysia is significantly lesser too, so your maintenance costs will also not put any burden on you as well.

3. Multiculturalism

If you like to mingle and meet people with diverse culture and backgrounds, Malaysia is the top destination for you. If you decide to study in Malaysia, you will have the time of your life by meeting people of different cultures. The population in Malaysia consists of Malay, Chinese and Indian and Malay is their official language. The language of English is widely spoken and well recognized in Malaysia. This wide recognition of English provides a great basis for worldwide students to make them feel at home apart from having a sense of belonging and fitting in with people. The Malaysian global community allows for cultural and social recognition and is an indication of the fact that Malaysia is home to thousands of international students. Remember that studying at university campus should not solely be an academic experience. You must have the chance to explore the diverse facets and cultures that blends the Malaysian character and that itself is a learning curve as well.

4. Opportunities for skilled people

Malaysia is in need of expert workers with a growing economy and certain industries on the rise. The Malaysian industry contributes to a major part of the GDP with oil, gas, and manufacturing of palm oil. Their export markets are on leaps and bounds as well. Moreover, there is a specific need for top graduates in many different fields such as accounting, computer science, and telecom. Since there is a huge demand for skilled graduates and professionals forced by Malaysia’s booming economy, the doors of success regarding your career are always open. So when you decide to study in Malaysia, you bound to meet and explore opportunities that will set your life for good.

5. Beautiful landscapes

Every now and then, a break is definitely well deserved when you are a full-time student. So when you decide to study in Malaysia, top class education is not the only thing you will receive as the beautiful landscape awaits you. You can always get some time to set off and discover the stunning and varied landscape Malaysia offers. From the jungle in Taman Negara National Park to the rainforest in Malaysian Borneo, everything you see is simply superb. To receiving peace and calm by routing up to the Cameron Highlands or walk through George Town, Penang before relishing the culinary delights there, every location is worth watching. Wherever you wish to explore, Malaysia has somewhere that will accommodate to your likings. So if you plan to study in Malaysia, you find and discover beautiful landscapes that will certainly amaze you and that will surely become the experience of a lifetime.

Sophia Jones is a senior academic writer at Assignment Help. She is a regular blogger, article writer and loves to write about the development in education field around the world.


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

UM Law Students Express Concern on Child Marriages in Malaysia

by Christina Erin Ong, Vice Secretary of the UM Law Society (Share your thoughtful opinions)

The students of the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya are gravely concerned on the government’s reluctance to impose a blanket prohibition on child marriages, which is a troubling issue that has prevailed to this day. We wish to emphasise the notion that child marriages should be banned in Malaysia, and under no circumstance, should it be allowed.
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This issue on child marriage resurfaced on the 18th of June 2018, where a social media post of a marriage between a 41-year old man in Gua Musang, Kelantan, with an 11-year old girl from Thailand sparked national outrage on various media platforms. Prior to this, there have already been several cases where child marriages were allowed. Remembering the time in December 2010, where a 14-year old girl married her 23-year old teacher with leave from the Syariah Court, and not forgetting when the Kulim Syariah Court allowed the marriage between the 12-year old wife to her 19-year old husband. Hence it is clear that this issue is not alien to the country.

In a poll that we ran to gather feedback and opinions of the students of our faculty, 97.7% of the respondents clamoured for a standardized minimum age for one to marry across religions and customs. The current legal age for parties to marry in Malaysia is 18 for non-Muslim parties unless a license is granted by the Chief Minister or Menteri Besar to allow the female to marry after she has completed her 16th year based on section 10 of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (Act 164). Meanwhile for Muslim parties, the minimum age of the solemnization of marriage is only when the man has reached the age of majority (18) (S. 2 Age of Majority Act 1971, Act 21) and for the woman is 16, under the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territory) Act 1984 (Act 303). In this case, a woman under 16, may get married to her husband if a Syariah Judge has granted his permission to do so under certain circumstances.

Meanwhile, all our respondents believe that our new Pakatan Harapan Government should take further action to harmonize the definition of ‘child’ to eliminate inconsistencies and contradictions. This was also stated in Commitment 4, No. 2 of their manifesto, which was to raise the minimum marriageable age to 18 years old. Girls Not Brides, a global partnership with an aim to eradicate child marriage across 95 countries, has highlighted that there is limited data about child marriage in Malaysia, as the most recent statistic of child marriages revealed by the Deputy Minister for Women, Family, and Community Development was in 2010, where it revealed that nearly 15,000 girls under the age of 15 were married in Malaysia.

Unfortunately, there have been no recent updates on these statistics in the recent years. We also agree with the suggestion forwarded by Dr Wan Azizah who says that the issue of child marriage should be viewed in a holistic manner to determine whether or not these cases involve elements of paedophilia, child exploitation and child pornography. Therefore, we would like to urge our new government to take swift legislative reform to not only fulfil their election promises, but to harmonise the definition of a child in various legislations to avoid unnecessary discrepancies in the law.

In addition to that, 82.8% of our respondents believe that the minimum age for marriage should be final, without taking consideration of any other factors. Currently the subject of debate, it is argued that any exception to the minimum age to marry should be done away with. Although some may argue that child marriage may put an end to social ills or benefit impoverished families, we believe that it does more harm than good. Entering into a lifelong commitment at such a tender age, these child brides would barely comprehend the commitment and responsibility that comes with legal wedlock. These child brides would have to sacrifice their childhood in order to fulfil their legal and social obligations as wives, which require a degree of maturity.

We acknowledge the existence of a religious narrative on why child marriage is allowed. We are however of the opinion that such narratives must be practiced based on the current state of social morality, as laws are derivative of the societal norms of a locality. We must also take into account higher objectives for the society’s common good in the era of modernisation, such as the right to education every child is entitled to and also the importance of preventing sexual exploitation of children. Thus, we believe that child marriage should not, under any circumstance be allowed. It should not be an excuse to curb premarital sex, resolve unwanted pregnancies, or to allow a perpetrator of rape to marry his victim as to escape punishment for rape.

We, the Law Society of the University of Malaya, on behalf of the students of our faculty, strongly advocate that child marriages should be banned in Malaysia as it contravenes several articles in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which Malaysia is a signatory. We say so as it deprives a child of their right to education (Art. 28, Convention on the Rights of the Child), their right against separation from their parents (Art. 9, Convention on the Rights of the Child), and the right to be protected against all forms of exploitation which affects the welfare of a child (Art. 36, Convention on the Rights of the Child). We stand with NGOs, children’s rights groups and activists who have voiced out that we will not tolerate child marriage under any circumstance. We also stand with a statement by Tan Sri Razali Ismail of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), saying in a statement to oppose the imposition of a standard operating procedure (SOP) for marriages involving minors as it would once again condone the sustenance of child marriages instead of eradicating it. To impose such an SOP would not further the social and moral fabric of the society, and is instead a regrettable decision of the new ruling government to appease the conservative voting pool. We once again expound the need to impose the minimum age of marriage at 18 years of age. In the eyes of the law, we believe that a child still should not marry until she is competent to consent, as it is a decision which will greatly influence the future of the child, for better or most likely, worse. These excuses to moralize child marriage should be completely disregarded as every child deserves to live the childhood they deserve.

Edited by Iqbal Harith Liang, President of the UM Law Society.


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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Malaysian Universities World Rankings: UM 87, UKM 184, UPM 202, USM 207, UTM 228

New ranking! Meet Malaysia's top universities for 2019. University of Malaya takes the top spot, followed by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - UKM and Universiti Putra Malaysia!
Malaysia Universities World Rankings 2019

UM RANKED 87, BREAKS INTO TOP 100 IN QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2019

The newly released Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2019 reported a Malaysian university being positioned among the world top 100 universities for the first time. University of Malaya (UM), ranked 87, made this landmark achievement in the history of higher education of Malaysia by moving up 27 places from last year. The rapid rise in its ranking by 80 places since 2014 placed UM within the top 9% of 1,011 institutions ranked by QS in its latest release. Globally, UM is within the top 1% of approximately 26,000 universities.
Universiti Malaya World University Rankings 2019
New Straits Times: University of Malaya achieves its highest rank, according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings for 2018 released today. It now ranks 87th in the world from 114th last year.

The fifteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings, released today by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, sees all Malaysian ranked universities rise, except one which remains stable.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (184th) joins the world’s Top 200, an achievement only narrowly missed by Universiti Putra Malaysia (202th).

Two other varsities that made it to the top 200 are Universiti Sains Malaysia which rises to 207th position from 264th and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, which jumps to 228th from 253rd in the world.

Ben Sowter, Research Director at QS said: “Malaysia shines in this edition of the rankings. Its higher education system has a solid reputation among both international academics and employers. To support this positive ascending trajectory, the local universities should continue to focus on increasing the impact of the research they produce.”


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