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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Discounts & Offers: 1Malaysia Student Discount Card (Kad Diskaun Siswa 1Malaysia, KADS1M)

1Malaysia Student Discount Card (Kad Diskaun Siswa 1Malaysia or KADS1M) was launched by Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-Operatives and Consumerism with the objective to help undergraduates and students at private and public education institutions of higher learning to reduce the daily cost of living. Students need not apply for this card. The higher learning institutions are responsible to submit the information of the students to Bank Rakyat instead.

KADS1M are given for free to students who pass all the following criteria but the government is considering to include overseas, distance-learning and part-time students:
  • Currently pursuing higher education with minimum 1 year term (certificate, diploma, degree, masters, phd) in Malaysia
  • Full-time students
  • Malaysians
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The Star Online wrote,
Kad Diskaun Siswa 1Malaysia (KADS1M)
1Malaysia Student Discount Card
Govt to extend 1Malaysia discount card to overseas and part-time Malaysian students
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians studying overseas and part-time students at higher learning institutions will soon be able to enjoy the benefit of the 1Malaysia Student Discount Card (KADS1M).

"However, after receiving positive feedback, the ministry is considering to extend the scope to include overseas, distance-learning and part-time students.

Rohani added that 927,397 cards have been distributed and students who had applied could collect their card by the end of the month.
1Malaysia student discount cards are being distributed in batches to students at local public universities since September while local private universities, colleges and other higher education institutions from October 2012 onwards.

Using 1Malaysia Student Discount Card, students will enjoy the benefit of up to 60% discounts at various retail outlets and shops around the country. Specific discount rates offered by participating merchants are only for selected products and services according to the terms the conditions set by the respective merchants.

Discount Highlights for 1Malaysia Student Discount Card Holders

  • Desa Water Park: 15% Discount on Ticket
  • Bukit Merah Laketown Resort: 10% discount for waterpark, watereco & waterpark combo
  • The Lost World of Tambun: 10% discount on up to 6 entrance tickets per card
  • i-City: 10% discount at Snowalk & Water World
  • Clara International Beauty: 10% discount
  • KLIA Transit: 30% discount on one way ticket
  • Malaysia Airline System (MAS): 10% to 25% discount on Economy market fares, additional 10kg baggage allowance, parent to get 10% discount from applicable Economy market fares to parents of student for Induction and Graduation ceremonies
  • FireFly: 50% discounts on Y class fare, 20kg complementary checked baggage, complementary refreshment on board
  • Rapid KL: Student RapidPass 50% discount for bus 33% discount for bus, LRT and Monorail
  • A&W: 50% discount on regular and large root beers
  • Daily Fresh: 10% discount
  • KFC: 5% discount for transaction below RM20
  • Little Taiwan: 10% discount on minimum RM30 purchase from ala carte menu
  • Marrybrown: 10% discount on total amount in a single receipt
  • Station One Cafe: 5% discount
  • The Chicken Rice Shop: Special student meal @ RM9.90nett
  • Focus Point: 20% to 50% discounts on selected frames and sunglasses
  • Optical 88: 5% to 10% discount
  • Kinokuniya Book Stores: 10% discount on normal price book
  • Koperasi Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka Malaysia Berhad: 5% - 15% discount
  • MPH Bookstores: 10% discount on normal price book and stationery
  • Times Bookstore: 10% discount on normal-priced books, 5% discount on stationery and magazines
  • Metro Driving Academy: RM200 Discount for New Driving License Class B2 (Motorcycle below 250cc) and D (Car)
  • Mydin: Special price on selected non-food items
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

School Calendar 2013 (Kalendar Persekolahan, Tarikh Cuti Sekolah, Takwim Sekolah 2013)

Malaysia School Calendar 2013 (Kalendar Sekolah 2013)
The Star Online wrote:
More school days next year
PETALING JAYA: Parents who want to book holidays with their children next year should bear in mind that there will be more school days.

There will be 205 school days two days more than this year. Students will also get a shorter break with 84 holidays next year compared with 87 days this year.
However, the good news is that there are many state public holidays which would coincide with school breaks.

Those celebrating Good Friday on March 29 would be able to enjoy a longer break that month.

The Harvest Festival and Gawai in May and June coincide with the mid-year break as does Hari Raya Aidilfirtri which is expected to fall within the two-week break in August.

Next year's school calendar, as shown on the Education Ministry's website, showed that students go back to school on Jan 2 in all states except Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, where classes start a day earlier (see chart).

School heads can apply for four days of cuti peristiwa (occasional holiday), which need not be replaced.

They can also apply for cuti ganti (replacement holiday), which is subject to approval by the respective state education departments.

The year-end break will start on Nov 15 next year, except in Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu where the holidays start a day earlier.

School Calendar/Planner 2013 (Tarikh Persekolahan, Kalendar Cuti Sekolah, Takwim Sekolah 2013)

Kalendar Takwim Sekolah 2013

Takwim Kalendar Persekolahan 2013
Source: Ministry of Education (Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia)

Related 2013 Calendars:
Malaysia Public Holidays 2013 Calendar (Kalendar Jadual Hari Kelepasan Am Malaysia) UPSR, PMR, SPM, SPMU & STAM 2013 Exam Dates / Examination Calendar (Kalendar Takwim Peperiksaan)

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Monday, October 01, 2012

Free MUET Tips & 10 Reasons Why This MUET Guide (Panduan MUET) is Essential & Resourceful for You

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Malaysia Budget 2013 Report (Bajet 2013 Malaysia) Highlights on Education, Students and Youths

Malaysia Budget 2013 Report (Bajet 2013 Malaysia) Highlights
Update (2) 1/10/2012: Finance Ministry issued clarification: BR1M 2.0 not for tertiary students
Tertiary students aged 21 and above are not entitled to the RM250 under the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) 2.0 which is meant for single unmarried people aged 21 and above earning less than RM2,000 per month, the Finance Ministry clarified Monday.

The students were, however, entitled to receive the 1Malaysia Book Voucher to be given out a second time, with the sum raised by RM50 to RM250, to benefit 1.3 million students nationwide, it said in a statement.
Update 1/10/2012: Deputy Finance Minister, YB Datuk Dr. Awang Adek Hussein, said that students and unemployeds are eligible for RM250 one-off payment under Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) 2.0 as they fulfil the requirements - single unmarried individuals aged 21 and above and earning not more than RM2,000 a month. He also added that BR1M 2.0 will be distributed starting from January 2013 onwards.

Meanwhile on another occasion today, Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai, another Deputy Finance Minister, contradicted what Datuk Dr. Awang Adek Hussein has said. Lim said that university students, who already have the RM250 book voucher, are not eligible for the cash aid, but unemployed university graduates are. Application forms for the second round of the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M 2.0) cash aid are expected to be distributed this month. Those who had previously applied for BR1M 1.0 need not re-register for BR1M 2.0, while those who think they are eligible would have to make fresh applications.

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Malaysia Budget 2013 Report (Bajet 2013 Malaysia) Highlights on Education, Teachers and Students: RM100 for primary and secondary school students, RM250 book vouchers for IPTA students, PTPTN loan discount, RM250 smartphone rebates and many more exciting news!

Prime Minister announced that Malaysia Budget 2013 is themed "Prospering The Nation, Enhancing the Well-Being of the Rakyat: A Promise Fulfilled".

Malaysia Budget 2013 (Bajet 2013 Malaysia) Allocation for Students

  • RM10,000 rebates and 2% interest subsidy on loans to purchase new school buses, to replace buses which are 25 years or more. (Capacity 12 to 18 seats)
  • RM2.6 bil in welfare aid for schoolchildren
  • One-off payment of RM100 for each primary and secondary school student
  • RM250 book voucher (Baucar Buku 1Malaysia, BB1M) for each IPTA student
  • 20% discount for National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) loans for those who pay off the entire amount outstanding (valid until Sept 30, 2013)
  • 10% discount for PTPTN loan repayment for those who pay consistently
  • 100 neighbourhood internet centres

Malaysia Budget 2013 (Bajet 2013 Malaysia) Allocation for Education and Labour

  • RM1 bil to improve school infrastructure. RM400m for national schools, and RM100m each for Chinese, Tamil, mission, religious, boarding schools (Sekolah Berasrama Penuh, SBP) and Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (MRSM).
  • RM1.2 bil for pre-schools under government programmes including Permata
  • RM10,000 launching grants for private pre-school operators
  • Five-year tax holiday and building allowance for pre-school operators
  • Six pilot pre-schools for the disabled
  • RM3.7 bil for vocational training
  • RM38.7b or 15 per cent of the entire allocation allocated for Education Ministry
  • An added allocation of RM500mil to improve teachers’ skills in core subjects: Bahasa Malaysia, English, Science and Mathematics
  • RM2 million to be allocated for the Graduate Employability Taskforce to help unemployed undergrads improve their marketability
  • RM50m allocated to train and equip 3,200 Indian students with skills in demand by the job market
  • Free health checks, twice a year, for Perkeso members

Malaysia Budget 2013 (Bajet 2013 Malaysia) Allocation for Research and Development (R&D)

  • RM600 million R&D grants for five universities. Focus: Nanotechnology, automotive, bio-technology and aerospace technology
  • Tax holiday for research and development investment (10-year tax holiday for statutory earnings)
  • RM2 billion for green technology scheme

Malaysia Budget 2013 (Bajet 2013 Malaysia) Allocation for Youth and Sports

  • Velodrom in Seremban, Negri Sembilan and a Badminton Academy in Bukit Kiara,Kuala Lumpur
  • Subsidy of two percent of interest rates business loans for young entrepreneurs for loans up to RM100,000
  • RM200 rebate for smart phone purchase for those aged 21 to 30 years.
  • Update: Unemployed graduates can apply Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) 2.0 too! RM250 cash for single unmarried individuals aged 21 and above and earning not more than RM2,000 a month.
Source: Live Twitter Tweets updates and Malaysiakini

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Finance Minister YAB Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Razak's Budget 2013 Speech Highlights

Stimulating the Capital and Financial Markets
45. The SC will introduce the Graduate Representative Programme to increase the supply of professionals to support growth of the capital market. The programme will be implemented in collaboration with the private sector to train 1,000 graduates to meet the needs of the securities and derivatives industry.

Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013 – 2025
58. Since independence, the Government has promoted education as the main agenda of the nation. The Government is aware that investment in education and training is a pre-requisite for prosperity of the country and the well-being of the rakyat. In this respect, large allocations have been provided annually. In 2013, the allocation for education and training accounts for 21% of the total budget. However, the outcomes are not commensurate with the investment made. Thus, on 11 September 2012, the Ministry of Education launched the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013 – 2025 Preliminary Report to ensure the national education system is capable of optimising the potential of each Malaysian child.

59. In the 2013 Budget, a sum of RM38.7 billion is allocated to the Ministry of Education (MOE) for operating and development expenditure.

60. Measures to increase the competency and quality of teachers are critical to support the success of the education system. Thus, in addition to the allocation of RM38.7 billion to MOE, the Government will allocate another RM500 million to enhance teaching skills in core subjects such as Bahasa Malaysia, English, Science and Mathematics through the Higher Order Thinking Skills approach. The allocation includes the establishment of an Education Delivery Unit to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the transformation plan.

61. In the 2012 Budget, the Government allocated RM1 billion under the Special Fund for the Building, Improvement and Maintenance of Schools, particularly to cater for immediate needs to refurbish school buildings, maintenance, purchase of school equipment and construction of additional blocks. I am pleased to announce an additional RM1 billion to this Special Fund. Of this amount, RM400 million will be channelled to national schools; RM100 million to national-type Chinese schools; RM100 million to national-type Tamil schools; RM100 million to mission schools; RM100 million to Government-assisted religious schools; RM100 million to boarding schools; and RM100 million to Maktab Rendah Sains MARA.

Strengthening the Role of Pre-Schools
62. In early childhood education, the quality of pre-school education is critical to equip children with basic education. For this, RM1.2 billion will be allocated for preschool education to Jabatan Kemajuan Masyarakat, MOE, PERMATA and Department of National Unity and Integration. In addition, RM380 million will be allocated to the MOE for placement of kindergarten teachers.

63. High quality pre-school and childcare services are imperative to ensure children receive proper care while nurturing foster positive mental development. For this the Government proposes the following incentives:
First: Launching grant of RM10,000 to assist operators of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) private centres in opening new high quality pre-schools. It is estimated that 1,000 new private ECCE centres will benefit from this initiative;
Second: A double deduction on the allowance or subsidies provided to the employees and expenses for the maintenance of childcare centres be given to the employers;
Third: Income tax exemption for 5 years and industrial building allowance at the rate of 10% a year be given to operators of pre-school and private childcare centres; and
Fourth: Income tax exemption for 5 years and industrial building allowance at the rate of 10% a year be given to operators of private pre-schools.

64. Currently, there are many disabled children from low-income families who do not receive early education due to lack of pre-schools for disabled children (TASKA OKU). For this, the Government will implement a pilot project for TASKA OKU in six categories of disabled children, namely down syndrome, autism, blind or partially sighted, hearing and speaking disabilities, physical disability and learning difficulties.

Skills and Training
65. Moving on to the issue of knowledgeable, creative and innovative human capital, training programmes will be developed to hone new skills in line with future needs of industry in a high-income and developed economy. For this purpose, RM3.7 billion will be allocated in 2013 to train students in technical and vocational fields.

66. Every year about 180,000 students graduate with diplomas and degrees from institutions of higher learning. To assist unemployed graduates, the Government will launch the Graduate Employability Blueprint by end-2012. The Blueprint will focus on strengthening the employability of graduates. In this regard, the Government will establish the Graduate Employability Taskforce with an allocation of RM200 million.

67. The Government has implemented the 1Malaysia Training Scheme Programme, also known as SL1M, to increase employability of graduates through soft skills training and on-the-job-training in private companies through double deduction on expenses incurred by the companies. This incentive is effective from 1 June 2012 until 31 December 2016.

68. The Government will allocate RM440 million to the Skills Development Fund Corporation (PTPK), to provide loans for trainees to undergo skills training. This measure will benefit nearly 40,000 trainees undertaking the Malaysia Skill Certificate Level One to Five. The Government will allocate RM366 million to upgrade as well as purchase equipment for Industrial Training Institutes and National Youth Vocational Institutes (IKBN).

69. In line with the objective to transform the country’s key industries towards high technology, innovation and high income, various skills training programmes will be implemented. Towards this, focus will be given to create a professional and talented workforce in selected industries, including oil and gas, shipping, ICT, creative and biotechnology. In 2013, about 5,000 trainees are expected to enrol in these programmes. Additionally, PETRONAS will utilise IKBN in Pengerang, Johor to train 300 youths for the oil and gas sector by end of 2012 to meet the needs of the RAPID project.

70. The Government is aware of the plight of poor Malaysian Indian students in the estates who do not achieve good results in examination and are unable to find jobs. In line with this, the Government will allocate RM50 million to train 3,200 Malaysian Indian students in the estates to equip them with skills in line with market demand. The training will be conducted by Industrial Training Institutes and colleges under the Dual National Training Scheme.

71. In ensuring that private sector workers remain healthy and productive to contribute to their companies and economic development, the issue of health must be given priority. In this regard, SOCSO will allocate RM200 million to enable its 1.4 million members to undertake free health screening in Government hospitals or SOCSO’s panel clinics. The health screening is for all workers aged between 40 and 55 years to detect non-communicable diseases.

Research and Development
73. Research and Development (R&D) activities will continue to be emphasised. Various R&D findings and output of public research institutions have the potential to be commercialised. To support this effort, the Government will allocate RM600 million to five research universities to conduct high-impact research in strategic fields such as nanotechnology, automotive, biotechnology and aerospace.

Youth and Sports
113. Sports is the best catalyst for national unity as it involves all segments of society. Sports personalities such as Lee Chong Wei, Nicol Anne David, Pandelela Rinong, Azizulhasni Awang and Muhamad Ziyad are among the highly regarded heroes and heroines in sports. The nation is proud of their success and achievements in the international arena. The Government places emphasis on continuous sports development and for this, an allocation RM738 million is provided for youth and sports development.

114. The Government will allocate RM15 million to prepare athletes for international sporting events, including the South East Asian Games and ASEAN Para Games in 2013 as well as the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2014. In addition, a sum of RM50 million is allocated for four years, specifically in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Rio under the Road to Rio programme.

115. To encourage the development of cycling and badminton, the Government will build a covered velodrome in Seremban and a Badminton Academy in Bukit Kiara with an allocation of RM80 million.

116. In efforts to produce a young generation with towering personality and integrity as well as creative, innovative and competitive attributes, the Government will launch the Y-Creative Programme involving youth societies nationwide. The Government will also organise the Putrajaya Youth Festival, which will be the largest youth gathering in Malaysia, in conjunction with 2013 as the National Volunteer Year.

117. To assist young ICT entrepreneurs, a New Entrepreneur Foundation (NEF) will be established with an initial allocation of RM50 million. The NEF will be the platform to provide training and guidance programmes.

118. In addition, a Young Entrepreneurs Fund will be established with an allocation of RM50 million by the SME Bank. The soft loans, aimed at youths aged 30 and below, offers a 2% interest rate subsidy for loans up to RM100,000 with a 7-year repayment period.

119. The Government recognises the role of youths in aspiring Malaysia’s development. In this regard, the Government will launch the 1Malaysia For Youth Blue Ocean Competition (1M4U) to enable the youth to present creative and innovative ideas through competition at local, state and national levels. The best three ideas will be awarded funds from the 1Malaysia Volunteer Fund.

120. A majority of the 22% of Malaysians who use smartphones to surf the Internet are youths. To enable the youths to access the information highway, a special package will be introduced by the Government with the cooperation between the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) and telecommunications companies. Through the Youth Communication Package, a one-off rebate of RM200 will be provided for the purchase of one unit of 3G smartphone from authorised dealers. The initiative is for youths aged between 21 to 30 years with a monthly income of RM3,000 and below. A sum of RM300 million is allocated benefiting 1.5 million youths.

Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M)
136. In line with the move towards targeted subsidy, the Government is committed in ensuring every segment of the society is able to enjoy the wealth of the nation. This can only occur if the economy continues to record sustainable growth and the nation is able to generate income, I am glad to announce the distribution of Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M 2.0). The criteria remains the same, where the head of the household earning less than RM3,000 is eligible for the assistance. In addition, I am pleased to announce that this assistance will be extended to single unmarried individuals aged 21 and above and earning not more than RM2,000 a month. This assistance amounts to RM250.

137. As the matter of fact, the assistance to household and single unmarried individuals is not a populist move, but the reflection of a Government that is responsible and capable of managing the nation’s finance prudently. This will benefit 4.3 million households and 2.7 million single unmarried individuals and involve an allocation of

Easing the Burden of Bus Operators
147. The Government is concerned about the safety of children travelling by school buses, particularly buses in poor condition. These buses are in poor condition because the operators are unable to bear the rising cost of maintenance as most of the buses have exceeded their economic life span. For this, the Government proposes school bus operators to be given, firstly, assistance of RM10,000 cash rebate and a 2% interest rate subsidy on full loans for the purchase of new buses to replace buses that have exceeded 25 years with new 12 to 18- seater buses. This loan scheme, managed by BSN, will be offered for a period of two years commencing 1 January 2013.

148. Secondly, provide insurance coverage in the event of accidents, total and permanent disability and death for all school children who travel by school buses with permits. This effort will benefit two million students with maximum coverage of RM100,000 and premium cost of RM40 million per year for a period of two years that will be regulated by Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

Reducing Students’ Cost of Learning149. The Government is very concerned about students’ welfare, particularly those from low-income families. The Government continuous to provide special allocations to primary and secondary school students which include per capita grant, hostel meal assistance programme, Food Supplement Programme (RMT), purchase of text books and assistance for payment of additional school fees. For this, RM2.6 billion will be allocated for 2013.

150. In the 2012 Budget, I announced Schooling Assistance of RM100 to all primary and secondary students. Towards easing the burden of the low and medium-income families, the Government will once again provide the Schooling Assistance of RM100 to all primary and secondary students. This assistance is expected to benefit 5.4 million students involving an allocation of RM540 million and will commence January 2013.

151. The Government will continue the 1Malaysia Book Voucher programme for all students in institutions of higher learning (IPT) and at pre-university level. I am pleased to announce that the value of the voucher will be increased from RM200 to RM250. The measure will involve an allocation of RM325 million and benefit 1.3 million students nationwide.

152. The Government is very concerned about the cost of higher education. To ease financial burden of parents, the Government proposes that the existing tax relief on the children’s higher education amounting to RM4,000 per person be increased to RM6,000, commencing from year of assessment 2013. The measure reflects the Government’s commitment and focus on investment to enhance the level of education of the young generation that will benefit the country in the future.

153. To encourage the savings habit for education, I am pleased to announce that the current relief of RM3,000 for savings in the National Education Savings Scheme (SSPN) will be increased to RM6,000.

154. According to the law, debts must be repaid. The PTPTN loan is a privilege, not a right. If the loan is not repaid, it denies the rights of future students to access financing. Therefore, to facilitate loan repayment process, the Government will introduce several incentives. First, repayment of full loan within a year upon this announcement effective from 1 October 2012 until 30 September 2013, a discount of 20% will be given on their loan.

155. Meanwhile, for those with consistent repayment of PTPTN loan in accordance to their repayment schedule, a 10% discount per annum on their repayment will be given effective from 1 October 2012. As we are aware, there are parties who propose to abolish the overall PTPTN debt. This action is deemed irresponsible. If abolished who shall bear the outstanding debt of PTPTN amounting to RM30 billion. Would it not be the rakyat who will be burdened? Is it an act of responsibility if we are the borrowers, but the rakyat are the ones who have to pay?

Broadband Programme for Urban Poor
156. The Government will establish 100 1Malaysia Internet Centres from 2013 to 2015 in suitable areas in the city such as PPR locations. The centres will be equipped with computer facilities and broadband services for daily usage and will enhance the socio-economic activities. For this, SKMM will provide an allocation of RM150 million.
Download 2013 budget speech full text (teks ucapan bajet 2013) in English or Malay from Ministry of Finance official website.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Complete Collection of SPM 2012 Tips, Trial Papers, Exam Timetable (Koleksi Kertas Soalan Peperiksaan Percubaan, Jadual SPM 2012)

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The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), or the Malaysian Certificate of Education, is a national examination taken by all fifth-year secondary school students in Malaysia. It is set and examined by the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate (Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia).

SPM is equivalent to the O-Level and is the second last public examination at the secondary school level before the entry into a first bachelor degree course at a university. The Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), being a pre-university study and equivalent to the A-Level, is the last public examination at the secondary school level. Other available pre-university studies in Malaysia include matriculation, foundation study, A-Level, etc., which are conducted at a college or university. (Source: Wikipedia)

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SPM 2012 Trial Papers

Soalan Percubaan SPM 2012 Terengganu
Bahasa Melayu - K1  (Skema Pemarkahan), K2 (Skema Pemarkahan) | K1, K2 | K1, K2 | K1, K2 | Jawapan K1, Jawapan K2
English - P1, P2
Physics - P1 (Answer), P2, P3
Chemistry - P1, P2
Biology - P1 (Answer), P2
Mathematics - P1 (Answer), P2
Additional Mathematics - P1, P2
Science - P1 (Answer), P2
Sejarah - K1 (Jawapan), K2 (Jawapan)
Ekonomi Asas - K1, K2
Bahasa Arab - K1, K2

Soalan Percubaan SPM 2012 Pahang Trial Exam
Bahasa Melayu -  K1, K2 (Skema Pemarkahan K1, Skema Pemarkahan K2) | K1 (Skema Pemarkahan), K2 (Skema Pemarkahan) | K1, K2
English - P1 Answer, P2 Answer
Chemistry - P1 Answer
Sejarah - Jawapan K1,  Jawapan K2
Additional Mathematics - P2 Answer, P2 Answer, P2 Answer
Perdagangan - Jawapan K1
Pendidikan Islam - Jawapan K1, Jawapan K1
Pendidikan Syariah Islamiah - Jawapan

Percubaan Melaka SPM 2012 Malacca Trial Papers
Bahasa Melayu - K1, K2 | K1, K2 | K1, K2 | K1, K2
Bahasa Inggeris - K1, K2
Sejarah - K1 (Cover, Jawapan), K2 (Cover, Jawapan) | K1, K2
Sains - K1, K2 (Jawapan)
Matematik - K1, K2
Matematik Tambahan - K1, K2
Fizik - K1, K2 (Jawapan), K3 (Jawapan)
Biologi - K1, K2, K3
Prinsip Perakaunan - K1, K2
Pendidikan Islam - K1, K2

Kertas Soalan Peperiksaan Percubaan Perlis SPM 2012
Bahasa Melayu - K1, K2 | K1, K2 | K1, K2
Bahasa Cina - K1, K2

Sarawak Zon B Kuching SPM 2012 Trial Papers
Bahasa Melayu - K1, K2 | K1, K2

SPM 2012 Johor Trial Exam Papers
Bahasa Melayu - K1, K2 | K1, K2

Soalan Percubaan SPM 2012 Pulang Pinang / Penang
Bahasa Melayu - K1, K2 | K1 (Jawapan), K2 (Jawapan) | K1, K2 | K1, K2
Bahasa Inggeris - K1, K2, Jawapan
Sejarah - K1, K2
Science - P1, P2
Physics - P1, P2, P3
Chemistry - P1, P2, P3, Answer
Biology - P1, P2, P3, Answer
Mathematics - P1, P2
Additional Mathematics - P1, P2, Answer
Prinsip Perakaunan - K1, K2
Perdagangan - K1, K2
Pendidikan Moral - K1, K2

Kertas Soalan Peperiksaan Percubaan SPM 2012 Kelantan
Bahasa Melayu - K1, K2 | K1, K2

SPM 2012 Negeri Sembilan Trial Examination Papers
Bahasa Melayu - K1, K2 | K1, K2
English - P2
Sejarah - K1
Science - P1, P2
Sains Gunaan - K1, K2
Mathematics - P1, P2
Pendidikan Islam - K1, K2
Pendidikan Moral - K1, K2

Percubaan SPM 2012 Selangor Trial Exam Papers
Bahasa Melayu - K1, K2 | K1, K2 | K1, K2

Percubaan SPM Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur WP KL SPM Trial
Fizik - K1
Matematik Tambahan - K1, K2, Jawapan
Ekonomi Asas - K1, K2 (Jawapan)

Perak SPM 2012 Trial Examination Paper
Bahasa Melayu - K1, K2K1, K2Skema Pemarkahan K1, Skema Pemarkahan K2 | Jawapan K1, Jawapan K2 | K1, K2
English - Answer | Answer
Mathematics - Answer
Add Maths - P1, P2, Answer
Physics - Answer | P2 Answer
Chemistry - P1 P2 AnswerP3 Answer
Biology - Answer
Sains - Jawapan<
Sejarah - K1, K2, Jawapan
Ekonomi Asas - Jawapan
Pendidikan Islam - Jawapan
Pendidikan Moral - Jawapan
Kesusasteraan Melayu - Jawapan
Bahasa Cina - Jawapan

Kertas Soalan Percubaan SPM 2012 Kedah
Bahasa Melayu - K1 (Skema Pemarkahan), K2 (Skema Pemarkahan) | K1, K2 | K1,  K2 | K1, K2
Bahasa Inggeris - K1 (Jawapan), K2 (Jawapan)
Sejarah - K1 (Jawapan), K2 (Jawapan)
Sains - K1 (Jawapan), K2 (Jawapan)
Kimia - K1 (Jawapan), K3 (Jawapan)
Biologi - K1 (Jawapan), K2 (Jawapan), K3 (Jawapan)
Pendidikan Islam - K1 (Skema Jawapan)
Pendidikan Moral - Kertas Soalan (Skema Pemarkahan)
Pendidikan Seni Visual - K1 (Jawapan)
Bahasa Cina - K2 (Jawapan)

Sekolah Berasrama Penuh (SBP) SPM 2012 Trial Papers
Bahasa Melayu - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan | K1K2 | K1K2 | K1, K2 | K1K2
Bahasa Inggeris - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan | K1K2
Sejarah - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan | K1K2 | K1K2
Fizik - K1, K2, K3, Skema Jawapan | K1K2K3
Kimia - K1, K2, K3, Skema Jawapan | K1K2K3
Biologi - K1, K2, K3, Skema Jawapan | K1K2K3
Matematik - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan | K1K2
Matematik Tambahan - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan | K1K2
Prinsip Perakaunan - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan | K1K2
English for Science and Technology (EST) - P1, P2, Answer Schema
Pendidikan Islam - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan | K1K2
Pendidikan Moral - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan
Pendidikan Syariah Islamiah - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan
Pendidikan Al-Quran dan Al-Sunnah - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan
Teknologi Kejuruteraan - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan
Lukisan Kejuruteraan - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan

Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (MRSM) SPM 2012 Peperiksaan Percubaan
Bahasa Melayu - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan | K1, K2 | K1, K2

Jadual SPM 2012 Timetable

Countdown to SPM Date (Tarikh SPM 2012)

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

STPM 2012 Tips, Trial Papers, Exam Timetable (Kertas Soalan Peperiksaan Percubaan STPM)

Last Updated: 28 September 2012

The Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM, English: Malaysian Higher School Certificate) is a pre-university examination taken by students in Malaysia. It was formerly known as the Higher School Certificate (HSC). The HSC was the precursor to the GCE A levels in the UK, and is still the name of the pre-university examination in some states in Australia.

The STPM is set and run by the Malaysian Examinations Council (Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia) since 1982, which also runs the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) since 1999, unlike Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM, English: Malaysian Certificate of Education; taken at the end of Form 5), Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR, English: Lower Secondary Assessment Test; taken at the end of Form 3) and Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR, English: Primary School Assessment Test; taken at the end of Standard/Year 6), which are all set and examined by the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate (Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia), both of whom, however, are under the Ministry of Education.

STPM is one of the two major pre-university systems for admission to Malaysian public universities. The other is a one-year matriculation programme conducted by the Ministry of Education. STPM is not the only qualification accepted besides the matriculation programme and Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM, English: Malaysian Higher Religious Certificate; taken by religious schools' students). Candidates technically may apply for admission to degree-level courses with a variety of pre-university examinations considered equivalent with STPM, including A-Level. All those applying for universities, however, must have taken the MUET.

STPM is internationally recognised by many universities, especially those within the Commonwealth of Nations as well as the United States and the Republic of Ireland. Most universities consider STPM results equivalent to GCE A-Level results.

From year 2012 onwards, new modular system will replace the existing terminal system for STPM. Besides, examination results under the new STPM assessment system will be monitored by a representative from Cambridge Assessment to maintain standards and quality. (Source: Wikipedia)

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STPM 2012 Trial Papers Collection (Koleksi Kertas Soalan Peperiksaan Percubaan STPM 2012)

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Perak STPM Trial Papers
Bahasa Melayu - K1 (Skema Jawapan), K2 (Skema Jawapan)
Pengajian Am - K1 (Skema Jawapan), K2 (Skema Jawapan)
Sejarah - K1 (Skema Jawapan), K2 (Skema Jawapan) | K1, K2
Ekonomi - K1 (Skema Jawapan), K2 (Skema Jawapan)

Kertas Percubaan STPM Kedah
Maths T - P1 (Answer), P2 (Answer)
Sejarah - K1 (Skema Jawapan), K2 (Skema Jawapan)

Soalan Percubaan STPM 2012 Johor Trial Papers
Pengajian Am - K1 (Jawapan), K2
Maths T - P1 (Marking Scheme)

Soalan Percubaan STPM 2012 Kelantan Trial Papers
Pengajian Am - K1, K2 (Jawapan)
Matematik T - K1 (Jawapan), K2 (Jawapan)
Chemistry - P1 (Answer Scheme), P2 (Marking Scheme)
Physics - P1 (Answer), P2 (Answer)
Biology - P1 (Answer), P2
Bahasa Malaysia - K1 (Skema Jawapan), K2 (Skema Jawapan)
Sejarah - K1 (Jawapan), K2 (Jawapan)
Geografi - K1, K2 (Jawapan)
Ekonomi - K1 - Mikro Ekonomi (Jawapan), K2 - Makro Ekonomi (Jawapan)
Pengajian Perniagaan - K1 (Skema Pemarkahan), K2 (Skema Pemarkahan)

Pahang STPM Trial Papers
Pengajian Am - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan
Mathematics T - P1 (Answer), P2 (Answer) | P1, P2, Answer Schema
Mathematics S - P1, P2, Answer Schema
Physics - P1, P2, Answer Schema
Chemistry - P1, P2, Answer Schema
Biology - P1, P2, Answer Schema
Ekonomi - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan
Pengajian Perniagaan - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan
Perakaunan - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan
Sejarah - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan
Geografi - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan
Bahasa Melayu - K1 (Skema Jawapan), K2 (Skema Jawapan) | K1, K2, Skema Jawapan
Sains Sukan - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan
Seni Visual - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan

Melaka / Malacca STPM Trial Papers
Pengajian Am - K1 (Jawapan)
Biology - P1 (Answer)
Mathematics T - P2

Kertas Percubaan STPM 2012 Negeri Sembilan Trials
Pengajian Perniagaan - K1 (Skema Jawapan), K2 (Skema Pemarkahan)

Kertas Soalan Peperiksaan STPM 2012 Terengganu Trials
Pengajian Am - K1, K2, Skema Jawapan

STPM 2012 Tips / Notes / Forecast Question Papers (Ramalan, Nota Tip Peperiksaan STPM 2012)

Soalan ramalan Pengajian Am untuk STPM 2012 by Cikgu Razali Samad
Laras Sastera: 1. Pekerja Asing 2. Pelancongan
Laras Sains: 1. Tanah Runtuh 2. Alam Sekitar
Bahagian D: 1. Graf Bar Piramid 2. Carta Pai
Tip: Tahukah anda, jika Graf Bar Piramid (Umur) tidak dirapatkan ke paksi X, markah akan ditolak 2 markah keseluruhan. Bahagian D - Untuk mengelakkan anda mendapat markah 06/15 pastikan dalam graf anda lengkap sepenuhnya iaitu: 1. Tajuk - pastikan ada tempat,angkubah dan tahun 2. Label Paksi - pastikan ada %, nilai @ jumlah besar 3. Petunjuk
Soalan Latihan, Soalan Ramalan dan Nota Sejarah STPM by Cikgu Rasman b. Samsudin

STPM 2012 Examination Timetable (Jadual Waktu Peperiksaan STPM 2012)

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Friday, September 14, 2012

2012 STPM SPM PMR Tips/Notes/Forecast/Leaked Question (Kena Tepat 100% Tip/Nota/Ramalan/Soalan Bocor) Found on Facebook

Editor's Notes: A little bit digging reveals the now-deactivated 2012 SPM Tips/Notes/Ramalan (Official) Facebook page with 23,596 likes.
2012 SPM Tips/Notes/Ramalan (Official)
SPM Selangor Chemistry and Ekonomi Asas 100% Kena Tepat Trial Paper Tips
Chemistry and Ekonomi Asas SPM Selangor Trial Tips

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Forget books, answers are on Facebook

KUALA LUMPUR: A Facebook page has become the toast of students sitting for the SPM trial exams it has “Tips/Notes/Forecast” which have been found to be identical, or almost identical, to the actual exam questions.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said the ongoing SPM trial exams had been devalued as students had been converging on the page for tips.

He said that since the first day of the exams on Aug 29, students found the tips for the Bahasa Melayu papers for Selangor schools to be accurate.

At press time, the page had a recorded 23,626 “likes” compared to the 2,000 before the trials began.

Lim visited the page yesterday and found eight photos stamped “Kena Tepat 100%” .

“It is obvious that the photos are proclamations of reliability of the tips provided by the Admin', a term used by the account holder to address itself,” he said, while promising to raise the issue of leaked trial exam questions in Parliament.

The Star checked the page and found two other notable photos.

One was a post announcing purported payment from a fan while the other was a shot of a leaked question.

The question posted was identical to the actual one, with some rephrasing on the points to guide the candidates.

A few students vouched for the tips accuracy.

According to a KL student, who identified herself as LMH, the accuracy of the tips was “beyond belief”.

“The page has appeared on my Facebook as friends of mine like' and share' it,” she said.

Another student, who identified herself as CWJ, said everyone at her school was talking about it.

A Federal Territory Education Department source said the distribution of the leaked trial exam papers was not illegal as the papers and the administration of trial exams did not fall under the ambit of the Official Secret Acts (OSA) or contravene any other Acts.

“The papers are distributed to the schools and it is up to the schools to ensure they are not leaked,” he said.

The Star found that several schools had been preparing their own exam questions to counter the problem.

National Union of Teaching Profession deputy president Tey Meng Seng said he was aware of the leaks and had heard about such cases in the past, but added that with the new School-Based Assessment system this issue would no longer be a cause for concern.

The Facebook page has since been deactivated.

Source: The Star Online

Education ministry to probe SPM trial examination paper leak

SHAH ALAM: The Ministry of Education will investigate alleged leaks of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) trial examination papers alleged by various online postings.

Its Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said he will instruct his officers to investigate the allegations, which were spread through social sites such as facebook.

"I have not received any report on the matter. I will direct my officers to investigate this immediately. However, the public need not panic as the trials did not measure students' success.

"The students' achievements are tested through the real examinations in the end," he said after presenting prizes Toyota Eco Youth Challenge yesterday.

Wee said his ministry had a high level security system that ensured examination papers did not leak out.
"We have a vault to store the papers and it cannot be broken easily," he said.

Meanwhile, Wee encouraged SPM leavers with good results to apply to be teachers.

"I urge those who had scored more than seven As or more to apply for teachers training programme," he adviced.

On teachers who had only diplomas, Wee encouraged them to take up degree studies.

Source: New Straits Times

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

UM Ranked at 156 in QS World University Rankings 2012/2013 (UKM: 261, USM: 326, UPM: 360)

UM Ranked at 156 in QS World University Rankings
Source: London-based QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings Year 2012

Rank    University
1           Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US
2           University of Cambridge,UK
3           Harvard University, US
4           University College London (UCL), UK
5           University of Oxford, UK
6           Imperial College London, UK
7           Yale University, US
23         University of Hong Kong
25         National University of Singapore (NUS)
30         University of Tokyo
47         Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
156       Universiti Malaya (UM)
261       Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
326       Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
360       Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

The Star Online wrote:
PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya (UM) is the only Malaysian institution that has made it to the top 200 of the QS World University Rankings 2012/3 for the second consecutive year. It moved up 11 places to 156 this year compared to 167 in 2011 and 207 in 2010.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Univer-siti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), the International Islamic University Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Mara have all improved in the rankings while Universiti Putra Malaysia dropped slightly. (see table)

Congratulating UM, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said he believed that this was a direct outcome of a Cabinet's decision for the university to be chosen as the key player in international rankings.
QS World University Rankings Malaysia
“A special monetary incentive was accorded to UM with the specific objective that it should be among the 100 best universities in the world by 2015. The fruit of that initiative is showing now,” he said in an interview.

Mohamed Khaled said that although a more detailed scrutiny of the criteria used was needed, the ranking results generally showed that the focus and resources invested by the research universities were paying off.

Intelligence Unit head Ben Sowter for QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd, which conducts and compiles the annual World University Rankings, said 2,586 institutions were considered this year.

“The six indicators - academic peer review, employer reputation review, international faculty ratio, international student ratio, student faculty ratio, and citations per faculty and overall weightings - are the same,” he added.

Sowter said UM was the best-performing Malaysian university in both the academic and employer reputation surveys, making it the global top 200 in both.

“It also improved its faculty/student ratio relative to its international peers, contributing to its improved position,” he said.The biggest climb, said Sowter, among Malaysian institutions was by UTM, which re-entered the top 400 after slipping down last year.

UM vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dr Ghauth Jasmon said it continued to push for higher quality research and publications in the past year through its High Impact Research projects with the special funding.

“It is clear that UM's greatest gain has been in its total citations, which was our main weakness before this,” he added.

UTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Zaini Ujang said it had undergone a massive transformation since 2009 by focusing on graduate studies.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology topped the QS World University Rankings this year followed by Cambridge University and Harvard University.

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