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MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Kindergartens, Childcare Can Open Again!

MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Kindergartens, Childcare Can Open Again!

In yet another U-turn, the Malaysian government ordered kindergartens and childcare centres to close and within 24 hours, allowed them to open again in MCO areas!

Find out what is the latest U-turn in MCO restrictions by the Malaysian government!

 

MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Kindergartens, Childcare Can Open Again!

On 9 May 2021, the Ministry of Education issued a notice to all kindergartens, pre-schools, childcare centres, international schools in MCO areas, ordering to IMMEDIATELY cease operation until 6 June 2021.

Parents had to rush over to collect their children, because all those pre-school operators were asked to close right away.

The notice only affected private operators, as government childcare centres under the Welfare department were allowed to continue operating.

Then on 10 May 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced that MCO restrictions across the nation, but also stated that kindergartens, daycare and childcare centres are ALLOWED to operate during MCO 3.0.

On kindergartens and childcare centres, the Malaysian government came into a full circle – two U turns in just over 24 hours. Remarkable.

 

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Selangor Schools + Ramadan Bazaars To Close!

All schools and Ramadan bazaars in Selangor have been ordered to close, in line with the new MCO measures.

Here are the details…

 

All Selangor Schools Ordered To Close For 2 Days!

The day after the Malaysian government announced MCO measures for 6 districts in Selangor, the Selangor state education department ordered all schools to close for 2 days.

Therefore, all schools in Selangor will shut down on Thursday, 6 May 2021 and Friday, 7 May 2021. After that, the extended Hari Raya holidays begins on 8 May 2021.

Effectively, the schools are set to close for some 39 days, in an effort to break the COVID-19 chain of infection.

Boarding school students who were allowed to return home for the Hari Raya holidays can do so, but they are asked to follow the schedule set by the Ministry of Education.

 

All Ramadan Bazaars In Selangor MCO Districts To Close From 8 May!

The Selangor state government also announced that all Ramadan bazaars in the six MCO districts must close from Saturday, 8 May 2021 onwards.

The government chose to offer a small grace period to allow bazaar operators and traders the chance to clear their existing stock.

 

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Ryan’s Autism Journey – Be The Miracle!

In support of Autism Awareness Month, I want to share with all of you – Ryan’s Autism Journey, and how your child can be the miracle too!

Updated @ 2021-05-05 : Added credit to the great therapists who helped Ryan, and more of my thoughts.

Originally posted @ 2021-04-30

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : Be The Miracle!

It’s been a full decade since my son, Ryan, was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), just 3 months shy of his second birthday.

Today, he’s like any other kid his age. He goes to a normal school, keeps up with his studies, and can interact with people pretty normally.

Take a look at how Ryan went from being completely non-verbal, with poor motor skills and no eye contact, to the boy he is today.

Look at how far he has come along in the last 10 years. Your child too can become your miracle!

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : How He Became Our Miracle!

I’m sorry, but your child exhibits behaviours consistent with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

That is something no parent ever wants to hear. That is something no parent deserves to hear. But it is what it is.

It would explain his inability to speak or stay still, his lack of eye contact, repetitive behaviours, screaming fits at night (night terrors), etc.

Acceptance

IMHO, acceptance was KEY to our success.

Over the years, many people confided in me how their friends or relatives refused to acknowledge the diagnosis, which prevents them from moving to the next stage – helping the child.

If it helps, ignore the label. The diagnosis really doesn’t matter.

All you need to know is that your child is missing key milestones, and he/she needs help. That is all that matters.

Every Day Counts

Everyone goes through the stages of grief when you get the diagnosis. But time is of essence. Every day counts.

So I decided right away to speed right through to acceptance, and get right down to work.

That meant reading up on the latest studies and treatments, and getting urgent referrals to the best doctors and therapists in the area.

It may be somewhat easier for me, because I already underwent a similar baptism of fire when my wife had two strokes just 1.5 years earlier.

So I would understand if you may have trouble moving past this stage. If I may offer a personal suggestion, try focusing on the fact that your child urgently needs your help.

How can we not fight for Ryan???

Neuroplasticity

It soon became clear that the key was THERAPY, and the earlier he started, the better; because young brains are especially “plastic”

Neuroplasticity – the ability of our brains to “rewire” itself – is how stroke patients regain function through therapy, and it’s the same reason why therapy works in children with ASD.

The key is to start therapy as early as possible, to take advantage of the developing brain of young children, which is highly plastic.

You don’t even have to wait for a diagnosis. As our developmental paediatrician, Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan, once told me – as long as a child has developmental issues, therapy should begin.

Recommended : Autism + Special Needs Q&A With Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan

The writer with Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan

Therapy, Therapy, Therapy

We put Ryan on occupational therapy with Madam Teo Lee Fun to work on his sensory and behavioural issues, as well as his fine and gross motor skills.

We also put Ryan on speech therapy with Dr. Cindy Lian, to help him learn to speak, and later, to improve his pronunciation.

Finally, we managed to get a slot in an Early Intervention Programme – Bridges EIP – for two hour sessions, twice a week.

This is an incredibly useful programme, where special need kids are taught cognitive skills at the table for about 30 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes of gross motor activities.

Then they learn to eat by themselves, and interact with other children during snack time. After that, they usually have some kind of art and craft activity, and end with singing.

Many thanks to great teachers like Jeremy Yong, Rachel and Lois Fu!

Therapy Is Brain Exercise

Therapy is literally brain exercise. The harder you exercise, the better you get.

The weekly therapy sessions alone are NOT ENOUGH.

We not only made sure we do not skip therapy sessions, we made sure we attended every session ourselves.

Why? So that we can learn to perform the same therapies, and repeat them at home. The key is to repeat, repeat, repeat at home.

Even if you are rich enough to afford daily sessions, that still amounts to just a few hours a week. It cannot beat parents teaching their kids at home too.

Don’t Give Up

Looking back at my records now, it looks like Ryan did not improve much for quite some time – at least 1.5 years.

But I never considered stopping his therapies, even as I watched other parents give up to try alternative treatments.

As expensive in money and time as they are – I attended most of them, and we repeated the therapies at home – I understood that therapies are literally the only proven treatment for ASD.

Then suddenly, Ryan started to show improvements, and by golly, when that happened, it just kept snowballing.

In just 1.5 years, he went from speaking a few words with awkward motor skills, to normal speech and mastering the waveboard in just two weeks!

He improved so much, we ended up sending him to a Chinese school – to keep pushing the envelope.

He is now in a public school, where he even won an award for being the most improved student in his class!

Don’t Chase After Miracles!

To parents with children on the spectrum, please don’t fall for what’s easy and what’s miraculous.

Biomedical treatments that promise quick solutions, or supplements that promise a fast cure – they are all enticing, I’m sure.

But don’t listen to what they have to sell. Find out what WORKS, and seek advice from those who actually SUCCEEDED.

Don’t chase after miracles. BE THE MIRACLE!

No Special Treatment

This is not part of therapy, it’s just common sense.

Don’t pamper or coddle your child, or treat him/her differently from the other siblings.

We made the conscious choice of making sure Ryan is treated no differently from his siblings.

Not only is he FULLY VACCINATED, he has NO SPECIAL DIET / SUPPLEMENTS, and certainly NO PASSES for bad behaviour.

We are not going to be here forever. If we want him to be fully independent as an adult, he has to learn to eat, drink and behave like everyone else.

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : Why It’s Important To Speak Up

While we are still working with him on his social skills, it truly is amazing how far we have come in the last ten years.

I spent hours creating the video and writing this article, because it is important for those who have succeeded to lend a hand, and help those who are struggling to understand ASD, much less cope with the enormity of the task at hand.

I hope Ryan’s journey will inspire all of you to persevere and trust in the evidence, trust in the science.

He did it, and so can your child.

All we ask is that when you succeed, you too will lend a helping hand to other parents, and a voice for other children on the spectrum.

Thank you!

 

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SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closed For 2 Days!

Parents were just informed, at the last minute, that SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 was ordered to close for 2 days, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here is what we know so far….

 

SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closed For 2 Days!

At approximately 9:30 PM, the principal of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 sent out a WhatsApp message, informing the parents that the school would be closed for TWO (2) days, starting tomorrow.

On orders from the Selangor State Education Department, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara will be closed on Tuesday 4 May 2021 and Wednesday, 5 May 2021.

The teachers will instead conduct online teaching and learning classes for their students during these two days.

 

SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closure : WhatsApp Message

Here is the original WhatsApp message, and our English translation, on the closure of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 over their COVID-19 exposure.

(03/05/2021)

MAKLUMAN: PENUTUPAN SEKOLAH

Ibu bapa yang dihormati,

Adalah dimaklumkan pihak sekolah telah mendapat arahan daripada Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Selangor untuk menutup premis bagi kawalan perebakan penyakit berjangkit. Surat rasmi akan menyusul dari JPN.

Oleh itu sekolah akan DITUTUP berkuatkuasa esok, 04 MEI 2021 (SELASA) sehingga 05 MEI 2021 (RABU).

Sepanjang penutupan sekolah, sesi Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran di Rumah (PdPr) semua murid akan diteruskan secara online. Jadual PdPr adalah mengikut jadual waktu kelas sekarang. Mohon ibu bapa dapat memantau dan memastikan anak-anak hadir kelas pembelajaran online selama tempoh penutupan sekolah ini.

Maklumat terkini akan dikemaskini melalui saluran rasmi ini.

Harap maklum.

Terima kasih.

#kitajagakita
#patuhSOP

AINI WARDIAH ADENAN
Pengetua, SMKBUD4

(03/05/2021)

NOTICE: SCHOOL CLOSURE

Dear parents,

Please be informed that the school has received instructions from the Selangor State Education Department to close the premises to control the spread of infectious diseases. An official letter will be issued by JPN.

Therefore, the school will be CLOSED effective tomorrow, 04 MAY 2021 (TUESDAY) until 05 MAY 2021 (WEDNESDAY).

Throughout the school closure, Home Teaching and Learning (PdPr) sessions for all students will continue online. The PdPr schedule is according to the current class schedule. Parents please monitor and ensure that your children attend online learning classes during the school closure.

The latest information will be updated through this official channel.

Please take note.

Thank you.

#kitajagakita
#patuhSOP

AINI WARDIAH ADENAN
Principal, SMKBUD4

 

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UPSR Abolished! PT3 Exams Cancelled This Year!

The Malaysia Mnister of Education just announced that UPSR is permanently abolished, and the PT3 examinations are cancelled this year!

 

UPSR Abolished! PT3 Exams Cancelled This Year!

On 28 April 2021, the Malaysia Mnister of Education, Datuk Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that UPSR is permanently abolished, and the PT3 examinations are cancelled this year!

  • UPSR is abolished from 2021 onwards
  • PASR (Primary School Alternative Assessment) for special needs children is also abolished
  • Entry into Form 1 (secondary school) will be based on school assessments
  • Entry into Form 1 of boarding schools will be based on PKSK (Special School Admission Assessment)
  • PT3 exams is cancelled for 2021, but not abolished
  • Form 3 students will be assessed by their schools or through PKSK.

 

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Schools Closed For 2 Weeks After Extended Raya Holidays!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that the Raya holidays will be extended, and schools will be closed for two weeks after that!

Here are the details…

 

Schools Closed For 2 Weeks After Extended Raya Holidays!

On 26 April 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education made two major announcements that are meant to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections in schools, which have been on the rise.

Extended Raya Holidays

Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays were originally scheduled to start on Tuesday, 11 May 2021.

However, the Ministry of Education has decided to bring forward the Raya holidays, extending it :

  • Group A : 7 to 15 May 2021
  • Group B : 8 to 16 May 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

Schools Closed For 2 Weeks

After the Raya holidays, the schools will remain closed for another two weeks.

Instead, the teachers will conduct Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes for those two weeks :

  • Group A : 16 to 27 May 2021
  • Group B : 17 to 28 May 2021

After that will be the 2-week mid-year term holidays.

  • Group A : 28 May to 12 June 2021
  • Group B : 29 May to 13 June 2021

All-in-all, the schools will be closed for 37 days (5 weeks and 2 days).

 

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79 Selangor Schools Closed Over COVID-19 Cases!

The Selangor Education Department just closed 79 schools for two days after COVID-19 cases were detected!

Here is the full list!

 

79 Selangor Schools Closed Over COVID-19 Cases!

The Selangor Education Department ordered 79 schools to close for two days, after COVID-19 cases were detected.

Those schools would be closed on 26 and 27 April 2021, and Teaching and Learning at Home (PdPR) will be conducted instead.

It is unknown why they are being closed only TWO DAYS, instead of 10 days or longer, like they did for 19 schools earlier. Or until the teachers and students have been tested for COVID-19.

 

List Of 79 Selangor Schools Closed Over COVID-19 Cases

Here is the list of 79 schools in Selangor that have been closed over COVID-19 cases.

Petaling Perdana District

  1. SK SEKSYEN 19
  2. SK SERI SELANGOR
  3. SK BANDAR ANGGERIK
  4. SK SEKSYEN 1 BANDAR KINRARA
  5. SJK (C) CHEE WEN
  6. SMK DARUL EHSAN
  7. SMK PUCHONG
  8. SMK SEKSYEN 7
  9. SMK PUSAT BANDAR PUCHONG 1
  10. SMK BANDAR PUNCAK JALIL 1
  11. SMK SEKSYEN SEBELAS
  12. SMK USJ 4
  13. SK SEKSYEN 7
  14. SMK BANDAR PUCHONG JAYA B
  15. SK SEKSYEN 20
  16. SMK SEKSYEN 7
  17. SMK TTDI JAYA
  18. SJKC TUN TAN SIEW SIN

Hulu Langat District

  1. SK TAMING JAYA
  2. SJK(C) BATU 9 CHERAS
  3. SJK(C) KG BARU AMPANG
  4. SMK TAMAN TASIK
  5. SMK BANDAR DAMAI PERDANA
  6. SMJK YU HUA
  7. SK LEFTENAN ADNAN
  8. SK SEMENYIH
  9. SK BANDAR TUN HUSSIEN ONN 2
  10. SK KAJANG UTAMA
  11. SMK BANDAR BARU AMPANG
  12. SMK ABDUL JALIL
  13. SK BANDAR SERI PUTRA
  14. SK KANTAN PERMAI
  15. SMK TAMAN SERAYA
  16. SMK DUSUN NANDING
  17. SMKA MAAHAD HAMIDIAH KAJANG
  18. SMK PANDAN MEWAH
  19. SMK BANDAR SERI PUTRA

Gombak District

  1. SJK(C) SAN YUK
  2. SJKC KHEOW BIN
  3. SK 1 GOMBAK
  4. SMK KEPONG
  5. SMK SERI GARING
  6. SMK TAMAN SELAYANG
  7. SMK SELAYANG BHARU
  8. SK TAMAN DESA
  9. SK SG. TUA BHARU

Petaling Utama District

  1. SJK(C) YUK CHAI
  2. SK BANDAR BARU SRI DAMANSARA 2
  3. SK TAMAN MEGAH
  4. KOLEJ TINGKATAN ENAM PETALING JAYA
  5. SK TAMAN MEDAN
  6. SMK SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD
  7. SMK TROPICANA
  8. SMK (P) SRI AMAN
  9. SMK BANDAR SRI DAMANSARA 2

Klang District

  1. SK RANTAU PANJANG
  2. SK BUKIT CERAKA
  3. SJK(C) KHE BENG
  4. SJK(C) WU TECK
  5. SMK JALAN KEBUN
  6. SMK BUKIT TINGGI KLANG
  7. SMK MERU
  8. SK TAMAN KLANG JAYA
  9. SMK LA SALLE
  10. SMK RAJA LUMU
  11. SMJK KWANG HUA
  12. SMK SRI ANDALAS
  13. SK TAMAN SRI ANDALAS
  14. SMK RAJA MAHADI
  15. SJKC HIN HUA

Sepang District

  1. SK DATO’ ABU BAKAR BAGINDA
  2. SK TAMAN PUTRA PERDANA

Hulu Selangor District

  1. SK GEDANGSA
  2. SK BUKIT BERUNTUNG
  3. SMK BANDAR SUNGAI BUAYA
  4. SK BATANG KALI
  5. SMK AMPANG PECAH

Langat District

  1. SMK BANDAR BANTING
  2. SJKT JENJAROM

 

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Sarawak CMCO / PKPB Extended To 10 May 2021!

The Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) just extended the CMCO / PKPB restrictions in Sarawak to 10 May 2021!

 

Sarawak CMCO / PKPB Extended To 10 May 2021!

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) just announced the extension of CMCO / PKPB restrictions in Sarawak to 10 May 2021.

The existing SOP for CMCO / PKPB in Sarawak remains in place, including :

  • Travel within the CMCO / PKPB area is allowed.
  • Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate until 12 midnight.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 midnight. Those on highways can operate 24 hours.
  • Laundry services are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

 

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Teachers To Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 In Phase 2!

It’s confirmed – teachers will be vaccinated in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme!

This is great news for the teachers and their students!

 

Teachers To Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 In Phase 2!

More than half a million teachers in public and private schools across Malaysia will be vaccinated in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme!

This was confirmed by National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on 19 April 2021.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health is now compiling the names of teachers in public and private schools to be entered into the distribution system, before their appointment dates are given out.

Phase 2, which kicked off on 19 April 2021, is targeted at senior citizens, the disabled, and vulnerable adults with co-morbidities.

Photo Credit : NST

 

Why Teachers Should Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 In Phase 2!

The Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) had earlier decided that teachers should be prioritised according to their age and vulnerability, like the rest of the population.

Basically, they would receive no special privilege in obtaining COVID-19 vaccines ahead of anyone else. However, it appears that they realised what a mistake it would have been.

From 1 January until 20 April 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that 4,868 teachers tested positive for COVID-19 in 83 clusters.

  • Primary + Secondary Schools : 39 clusters with 1,420 cases
  • Tertiary Education Institutes : 19 clusters with 1,870 cases
  • Others : 25 clusters with 1,578 cases

Even though schools and teachers are expected to comply with COVID-19 SOP like wearing face masks and maintaining physical distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene, they remain very vulnerable as the statistics above have shown.

Since their students (below 18 years of age) cannot be vaccinated, it is very important that teachers are vaccinated earlier, in Phase 2.

 

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SJKC Puay Chai 2 : Reopens After Multiple COVID-19 Cases

SJKC Puay Chai 2 in Bandar Utama has been allowed to reopen, after multiple students tested positive for COVID-19!

Find out what’s going on, and whether you need to be concerned!

 

SJKC Puay Chai 2 : Reopens On 22 April 2021!

SJKC Puay Chai 2 just announced that they have been allowed to reopen on Thursday, 22 April 2021.

All classes will return to school, except for Class 2B, which is still under quarantine.

They also announced that all teachers and school staff underwent a PCR test on 15 April 2021, and they all tested NEGATIVE.

The school also asked that parents and guardians please DO NOT SEND their children to school, if :

  • colleagues (of parents and guardians) tested positive for COVID-19
  • parents and their family are on sick leave
  • any member of the family has a cough, fever or flu symptoms
  • any member of the family has symptoms
  • any member of the family underwent a swab test or is waiting to get one, or waiting for the results
  • family members of PUI (Patient Under Investigation) or PUS (Patient Under Surveillance).

 

SJKC Puay Chai 2 : Closed Over Multiple COVID-19 Cases!

On 7 April 2021, SJKC Puay Chai 2 in Bandar Utama announced that a student in the 2M class tested positive for COVID-19.

On 9 April 2021, they announced that another two students in the 2U and 5B classes also tested positive for COVID—19. They too were infected from outside the school.

On 11 April 2021, another two students (from the same family) tested positive for COVID-19.

All five affected classes were closed, and their students and teachers asked to quarantine at home.

However, on 14 April 2021, the District Health Office ordered that Puay Chai 2 be closed indefinitely.

  • the afternoon session on 13 April 2021 is suspended
  • the school will be closed from 14 April 2021 onwards
  • the district health office will notify the school when they are allowed to reopen.
  • online learning and teaching at home (PDPR) will begin on 14 April 2021.

Puay Chai 2 has suffered multiple COVID-19 cases despite sanitising the classes every day. A year ago, they shared these pictures and videos of how they sanitise their classrooms after a positive COVID-19 case.

To be frank, sanitising schools will not prevent COVID-19 cases, as the SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted through droplets.

So it is far more important for teachers and students to strictly wear their face masks and maintain good hand hygiene, since physical distancing is impossible.

 

SJKC Puay Chai 2 : Official Statement On COVID-19 Cases

Here is the official statement by SJKC Puay Chai 2 (in Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia) on their opening after multiple COVID-19 cases.

 复课通知 Pembukaan Semula Sekolah 

1.校方刚接获县卫生局指示,学校将于22.04.2021 (星期四)全面复课,除了2 B 班学生仍在隔离期间。 

Pihak sekolah menerima arahan daripada Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah(PKD)Petaling, pembukaan semula sekolah bermula pada 22.04.2021 (Khamis). Murid Kelas 2 B masih dalam tempoh kuarantin. 

2.本校全体教职员已按照卫生局指示在15-4-2021进行新冠肺炎检测。全体教职员的报告均为阴性(NEGATIVE)。 

Semua cikgu dan staf sekolah telah menjalani PCR Test pada 15 April 2021. Dengan sukacitanya, dimaklumkan bahawa keputusan bagi kesemua guru dan staf adalah NEGATIVE. 

3.复课后,校方恳请家长给予合作,如有以下的情况,暂时不要把孩子送来学校,并通知班主任: 

Pihak sekolah berharap semua ibu bapa dan penjaga dapat memberi kerjasama agar tidak menghantar anak ke sekolah, sekiranya: 

>家庭成员的工作地点有人确诊 

Rakan sejawat ahli keluarga disah Kes Positive Covid -19 

>父母/ 家庭成员因不适请病假 

ibu bapa / ahli keluarga yang memohon cuti sakit kerana kurang sihat 

>家庭成员患上伤风感冒, 咳嗽及发烧等 

ahli keluarga yang menghidapi batuk, demam dan selsema dll 

>家庭成员有(新)的症状 

ahli keluarga yang bergejala 

>家庭成员等待进行检测 /检测报告 

ahli keluarga diswab atau perlu diswab / belum dapat keputusan 

>家庭成员是受调查病患(PUI)和受观察人 (PUS) 

ahli keluarga PUI (Patient Under Investigation) & PUS (Person Under Surveillance) 

4.校方会严格遵守卫生局所制定的标准作业程序, 以确保所有师生的安全。 

Pihak sekolah sentiasa mematuhi arahan dan SOP yang ditetapkan demi menjaga kesihatan semua warga sekolah. 

敬请垂注,谢谢。Sekian ,terima kasih. 

“齐心抗疫, 人人有责” 

“Bersama Memerangi Wabak COVID-19” 

万达镇培才华文学校(二校) 启 

Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Puay Chai 2 

 

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19 Schools In Petaling Closed Over COVID-19 Exposure!

19 schools in the Petaling district were just ordered to close over COVID-19 exposure! Here are the details!

 

19 Schools In Petaling Closed Over COVID-19 Exposure!

On 19 April 2021, the Petaling District Education Officer ordered 19 schools in the district to close after multiple COVID-19 cases!

  1. SAM Bestari Subang : 4 cases
  2. SMK Bukit Jelutong : 1 case
  3. SK Puchong Perdana : 1 case
  4. SK Bandar Baru Sri Damansara 2 : 1 case
  5. SK Bukit Kuchai : 1 case
  6. SMK Bandar Sri Damansara 2 : 1 case
  7. SK Bandar Sri Damansara 3 : 1 case
  8. SJKC Yuk Chai : 1 case
  9. SMK Damansara Jaya : 1 case
  10. SK Bukit Jelutong : 1 case
  11. SMK Seksyen 7 : 1 case
  12. SK USJ 20 : 2 cases
  13. SMK USJ 23 : 2 cases
  14. SMK Puchong : 1 case
  15. SMK Puchong Utama 1 : 4 cases
  16. SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara : 1 case
  17. SMK Bandar Puncak Jalil : 1 case
  18. SMK Seksyen 20 : 1 case
  19. SMK Puchong Perdana : 1 case

All 19 schools would be closed indefinitely from 20 April 2021 onwards, and reopen at a later date with 2 days notice.

Teachers in those schools are expected to conduct online classes for their students, while these schools remain closed.

In addition, the Petaling District Health Officer ordered that :

  1. The school authorities must disinfect their schools.
  2. All close contacts to the positive COVID-19 cases must be quarantined.
  3. The school authorities must provide the list of contacts to the Petaling District Health Office.
  4. All close contacts to the positive cases must undergo a swab test or receive a quarantine notice.

 

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Autism + Special Needs Q&A With Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan

In support of Autism Awareness Month, we are sharing this exclusive Q&A session on autism and special needs with Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan!

May her knowledge and insight continue to help and inspire parents of children on the ASD spectrum, or with special needs!

 

Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan : Who Is She?

Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan is a Consultant Developmental Paediatrician at ParkCity Medical Centre and the Baby & Beyond Child Specialist Clinic.

She specialises in diagnosing and treating children with autism, ADHD, ADD, behavioural problems, cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders.

Her waiting list is as long as her professional credentials – MBBS HONS (UK), M MED Sc (Leeds, UK), MRCP (UK), MRCPCH (UK).

We were very fortunate to be able to invite her to a Q&A session with the parents of autistic and special needs children at the Bridges EIP Centre on the 5th of September 2015.

Sadly, we could not accommodate more parents for this talk. That’s why we recorded the entire session so that parents who could not make it for the event can benefit as well.

Dr. Rajini covered many topics, so we will not just provide you with the full video of the session. We have also prepared 18 smaller video clips that are specific to certain topics.

 

Autism + Special Needs Q&A with Dr. Rajini (Full)

For those who want to view the Autism And Special Needs Q&A session in its entirety, here is the full video. It is about 1 hour and 15 minutes long.

 

Autism + Special Needs with Dr. Rajini (Specific Topics)

Part 1 : Latest Treatments For Autism

Part 2 : Does ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) Work?

Part 3 : Should A Child Start ABA?

Part 4 : Occupational & Speech Therapies

Part 5 : iPad & YouTube As Therapy

Part 6 : Dealing With Giggling / Laughing Episodes

Part 7 : Don’t Focus On The Hours Spent On Therapy

Part 8 : Do Enrichment Classes Help?

Part 9 : Sensory Integration & Sibling Issues

Part 10 : More Sibling Issues

Part 11 : Handling Inappropriate Behaviour

Part 12 : Handling Temper Tantrums

Part 13 : Shopping Mall Woes

Part 14 : Dealing With Inferiority Complex

Part 15 : Dealing With Difficult Behaviour

Part 16 : Biomedical, Neurofeedback, Chlorine Dioxide & Diets

Part 17 : Vaccines For Children With Autism / Special Needs

Part 18 : Prognosis For Kids With Autism

 

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Latest RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

Here is the latest RMCO / PKPP SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed, from 10 March 2021 onwards!

For CMCO / PKPB SOP, please see CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

 

No More MCO, Now CMCO + RMCO Until 18 March 2021!

Starting 5 March, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Johor will no longer be under MCO (Movement Control Order).

They will join Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Kedah, Perak and Kelantan as states under CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order).

Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan will join Perlis as states under RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order).

On 9 March, MKN announced that the island of Langkawi would be placed under RMCO starting 10 March 2021.

CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Negeri Sembilan
Kedah (except LangkawI)
Perak
Kelantan
Melaka
Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah
Putrajaya
Labuan
Langkawi island

The new CMCO and RMCO restrictions will extend from 5 March until 18 March 2021.

If you are wondering about Sarawak, it is still under CMCO / PKPB, which was extended earlier to 15 March 2021.

 

Latest RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

Here is the new, updated MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in RMCO / PKPP areas from 10 March 2021 onwards :

TRAVEL

  • Travel within the RMCO / PKPP area is allowed.
  • Travel to other RMCO areas, CMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity. However, vulnerable individuals and children are not encouraged to go out to public, open and crowded areas.
  • Goods and services vehicles are allowed to carry people up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • Travel of private, government and company vehicles for commuting to work and official business is permitted, up to vehicle capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Interstate travel for couples in long-distance marriage are allowed with police permission.

TRAVEL BUBBLE TOURISM

  • Interstate tourism is allowed between RMCO areas, but only through tour packages from tour agencies that have registered with the MOTAC (Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture), except in Sabah.
  • Private travel is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel is only allowed using tour vehicles registered with MOTAC.
  • Tour agencies must obtain PDRM permission for interstate travel.
  • Tour vehicles must travel directly to RMCO areas and are not allowed to stop in CMCO areas.
  • Travel from CMCO to RMCO is FORBIDDEN.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN SABAH

  • Travel within Sabah in allowed within these district zones :
    Zone 1 : Kota Kinabalu, Kota Belud, Ranau, Tuaran, Penampang, Putatan and Papar.
    Zone 2 : Beaufort, Kuala Penyu and Sipitang.
    Zone 3 : Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas.
    Zone 4 : Sandakan, Beluran, Telupid, Kinabatangan and Tongod.
    Zone 5 : Tawau, Semporna, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Kalabakan.
    Zone 6 : Keningau, Tambunan and Tenom.
  • Travel between district zones is not allowed, except with police permission.

ACTIVITIES WITHIN RMCO / PKPP AREAS

  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate as usual, according to the existing SOP.
  • Petrol stations and laundry services are allowed to open as usual.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed to open as usual.

MEDICAL SERVICES

  • Private and public clinics, hospitals and medical labs are allowed to operate 24 hours a day.
  • Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to operate as usual.

HEALTH PROTOCOL FOR BUSINESS PREMISES

  • Premise / business owners must ensure there is a 1 metre physical distance between customers at the entry and exit points of their premises.
  • Hand sanitisers must be provided at entry points, and customers must use them before entering.
  • Premise / business owners must provide the MySejahtera QR code and a logbook for registering customers.
  • Registration using MySejahtera app is mandatory in areas with Internet coverage. Exceptions will be given to areas with no Internet coverage, like rural areas.
  • Premise / business owners must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera or write their names and telephone numbers into the logbook and scan their body temperature. Those with body temperature exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter the premise.
  • Premise / business owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk status in MySejahtera are allowed to enter their premise.
  • Premise / business owners must limit the number of customers within their premises to ensure a 1 metre radius at all times, and publicly list the maximum number of people allowed in their premise.
  • All workers, suppliers and customers must wear face masks correctly while they are inside the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation at all premises.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear face masks in all crowded public places, except these places / activities :
    – your own home, with your own family members
    – hotel room / paid accommodation, with your own family members
    – your own work space
    – indoor and outdoor sporting activities
    – your own vehicle, with your own family members
    – indoor and outdoor public areas, without other individuals
    – eating and drinking at public areas, without other individuals

WORK ACTIVITIES

  • Travel in and out of CMCO / RMCO areas for work is allowed, with employer’s letter or work pass.
  • Travel into EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN.

SPORTS + RECREATION

  • All individual and team sport and recreational activities are SUBJECT to the Sports & Recreational SOP.
  • State and community competitions and championships are allowed, with the permission of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), and without spectators / supporters.
  • National competitions and championships that involve interstate travel (like MFL, MHL and STL) are allowed, with police permission, and without spectators / supporters.
  • National or international competition or championship MUST obtain permission from the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), and without spectators / supporters.
  • Phased Centralised Training Programs for teams involved in MFL, MHL and STL through home / camp quarantine is allowed.
  • Centralised Training Programs by the National Sports Council and state sports councils using camp quarantine are allowed.
  • Group sports or recreational activities WITHOUT PHYSICAL CONTACT, with physical distancing and supervision, is allowed,

INDUSTRIAL + ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All industrial and economic activities can operate as usual, according to the SOP.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel is permitted for all vehicles used for business, industry and manufacturing activities.

FISHING, PLANTATION + FARMING

  • The fishing, farming, plantation, livestock and related food chain industries are allowed to operate as normal.

TOURISM + CULTURE

These domestic tourism activities are allowed to operate with physical distancing, wearing of face masks and compliance with SOP :

  • Tourist attractions like zoo, farm, aquarium, edutainment centre, recreation park, extreme park, adventure park, nature park and so on.
  • Art, culture and heritage sites like museum, library, art gallery, heritage centre, cultural performance and so on.
  • Theme park and family entertainment centre

All other tourism and cultural activities, OTHER than those in the Negative List are subject to the Tourism and Cultural Sector SOP.

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

  • Activities at mosques and suraus are allowed.
  • Activities in non-Islamic houses of worship are allowed.

MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions)

  • Seminars / workshops / courses / conferences / meetings / tradeshows and related activities including meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) are allowed to operate at maximum premise capacity.
  • They must ensure physical distancing, the wearing of face masks, and compliance with the MICE SOP.
  • Business travellers from permitted countries must use the One Stop Center (OSC) platform, and comply with existing entry requirements.
  • Face-to-face meeting for official or work reasons in office, hotel and other venues are allowed, subject to physical distancing and wearing of face masks.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY

  • All events, shows, performances, live music and live band activities in hall, auditorium, art premise, convention centre, studio, stadium and hotel lounge are allowed with audience with physical distancing.
  • Events are limited to special and licensed locations like convention centres, galleries, trade centres, art premises and other licenced MICE premises.
  • Lounge hotel performance is allowed with audience at full capacity with physical distancing.
  • The management staff, artistes, and crew are allowed at full capacity.
  • Music, animation, film, drama and documentary production, inside and outside the studio, are allowed.
  • Busking activities at cafeteria, food court, food stores and shopping mall are allowed.
  • Cinemas and drive-in theatres are allowed.

CHILD + SENIOR CARE

  • Childcare centres, kindergartens and daycare facilities are allowed to operate, with permission by the relevant ministry / agency.
  • Parents sending their children to childcare, kindergarten or daycare are allowed to use vehicles up to the licensed capacity.
  • Daycare facilities for the disabled, senior citizens, women and all other care facilities are allowed to operate.

EDUCATION

  • Public and private schools, higher education institutes, training institutes, tahfiz centres, kindergarten, tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, enrichment centres and all other educational institutes are allowed to operate.
  • Candidates for SPM 2020 and 2021, STPM, SVM, STAM, SKM, DVM and entry assessment for special schools (Form 1 and Form 4) and international examinations are allowed to travel into any MCO / CMCO / RMCO areas, with letters from the Ministry of Education.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel, with letters from Ministry of Education or Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Boarding school students must obtain permission letters from their institutes for interstate travel.
  • Tuition class, music class, dance class, language class and so on are allowed.

CELEBRATIONS

  • Official and unofficial, public and private, events and social gatherings such as feast, Akad Nikah, wedding, engagement, reception, aqiqah ceremony, tahlil, anniversary, birthday, reunion, retreat and so on, are allowed.
  • Such events must follow the Government & Private Event SOP and Social Event SOP.

NEGATIVE LIST (FORBIDDEN ACTIVITIES)

  • Pub and night club
  • Participation of foreign athletes or sports officials without permission from the Malaysia Immigration Department.
  • Group activities with physical contact, without supervision.
  • Championship / competition WITHOUT permission from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
  • Championship / competition (international or local) with spectators.
  • Mass and group activities that makes physical distancing impossible, like fun run, fun ride, marathon, triathlon and so on.
  • Tourism into MCO, CMCO and EMCO areas.
  • Overseas tourism.
  • Domestic tourism involving foreign tourists, except those from permitted countries.
  • Foreigners travelling to Malaysia, except those with permission from the Malaysia Immigration Department, and in compliance with existing entry requirements.
  • Any group activity that makes it difficult for physical distancing or compliance with DG Health orders.
  • Any other matters that will be decided by the government from time to time.

 

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Latest CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

Here is the latest CMCO / PKPB SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed from 10 March 2021 onwards!

For RMCO / PKPP SOP, please see RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

 

No More MCO, Now CMCO + RMCO Until 18 March 2021!

Starting 5 March, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Johor will no longer be under MCO (Movement Control Order).

They will join Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Kedah, Perak and Kelantan as states under CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order).

Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan will join Perlis as states under RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order).

On 9 March, MKN announced that the island of Langkawi would be placed under RMCO starting 10 March 2021.

CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Negeri Sembilan
Kedah (except LangkawI)
Perak
Kelantan
Melaka
Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah
Putrajaya
Labuan
Langkawi island

The new CMCO and RMCO restrictions will extend from 5 March until 18 March 2021.

If you are wondering about Sarawak, it is still under CMCO / PKPB, which was extended earlier to 15 March 2021.

 

Latest CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

Here is the new, updated MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in CMCO / PKPB areas from 10 March 2021 onwards :

TRAVEL

  • Travel within the CMCO / PKPB area is allowed.
  • Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are considered one zone, and travel between them is allowed.
  • Travel to other CMCO areas, RMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity. However, vulnerable individuals and children are not encouraged to go out to public, open and crowded areas.
  • Goods and services vehicles are allowed to carry people up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • Travel of private, government and company vehicles for commuting to work and official business is permitted, up to vehicle capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Interstate travel for couples in long-distance marriage is allowed with police permission.

ACTIVITIES WITHIN CMCO / PKPB AREAS

  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate until 12 midnight.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 midnight. Those on highways can operate 24 hours.
  • Laundry services are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

MEDICAL SERVICES

  • Private and public clinics and hospitals are allowed to operate 24 hours a day.
  • Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 12 midnight.

HEALTH PROTOCOL FOR BUSINESS PREMISES

  • Premise / business owners must ensure there is a 1 metre physical distance between customers at the entry and exit points of their premises.
  • Hand sanitisers must be provided at entry points, and customers must use them before entering.
  • Premise / business owners must provide the MySejahtera QR code and a logbook for registering customers.
  • Registration using MySejahtera app is mandatory in areas with Internet coverage. Exceptions will be given to areas with no Internet coverage, like rural areas.
  • Premise / business owners must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera or write their names and telephone numbers into the logbook and scan their body temperature. Those with body temperature exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter the premise.
  • Premise / business owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk status in MySejahtera are allowed to enter their premise.
  • Premise / business owners must limit the number of customers within their premises to ensure a 1 metre radius at all times, and publicly list the maximum number of people allowed in their premise.
  • All workers, suppliers and customers must wear face masks correctly while they are inside the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation at all premises.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear face masks in all crowded public places, except these places / activities :
    – your own home, with your own family members
    – hotel room / paid accommodation, with your own family members
    – your own work space
    – indoor and outdoor sporting activities
    – your own vehicle, with your own family members
    – indoor and outdoor public areas, without other individuals
    – eating and drinking at public areas, without other individuals

WORK ACTIVITIES

  • Travel in and out of CMCO / RMCO areas for work is allowed, with employer’s letter or work pass.
  • Travel into EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN.
  • The number of public sector workers permitted is based on the JPA circular.
  • The private sector is limited to 30% of their Management team, and a limit set by the employer for their Operations team.
  • Vehicles ferrying workers, including private vehicles, are allowed to operate.

SPORTS + RECREATION

  • All individual and team sport and recreational activities are SUBJECT to the Sports & Recreational SOP.
  • State and community competitions and championships are allowed, with the permission of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS).
  • National competitions and championships that involve interstate travel (like MFL, MHL and STL) are allowed, with police permission, and without spectators / supporters.
  • Sponsorship of any national or international competition or championship MUST obtain permission from the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS).
  • Phased Centralised Training Programs for teams involved in MFL, MHL and STL through home / camp quarantine is allowed.
  • Centralised Training Programs by the National Sports Council and state sports councils using camp quarantine are allowed.
  • Group sports or recreational activities WITHOUT PHYSICAL CONTACT, with 50% capacity limit, physical distancing and supervision, is allowed,

INDUSTRIAL + ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All industrial and economic activities can operate as usual, according to the SOP.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel is permitted for all vehicles used for business, industry and manufacturing activities.

FISHING, PLANTATION + FARMING

  • The fishing, farming, plantation, livestock and related food chain industries are allowed to operate as normal.

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

  • Activities at mosques and suraus are allowed, with attendance limit set by the state religious authorities.
  • Activities in non-Islamic houses of worship are allowed, with attendance limit set by the Ministry of National Unity or the Ministry of Federal Territories.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY

  • All events, shows, performances, live music and live band activities in hall, auditorium, art premise, convention centre, studio, stadium and hotel lounge are allowed with audience at 50% of venue capacity.
  • Events are limited to special and licensed locations like convention centres, galleries, trade centres, art premises and other licenced MICE premises.
  • Lounge hotel performance is allowed with audience limited to 50% of venue capacity and physical distancing.
  • The number of management staff, artistes, and crew are limited to 70% of usual capacity.
  • Music, animation, film, drama and documentary production, inside and outside the studio, are allowed.
  • Live television programs, inside or outside a studio, are allowed with audience at 50% of venue capacity and physical distancing.
  • Busking activities at cafeteria, food court, food stores and shopping mall are allowed.
  • Cinemas and drive-in theatres are allowed.

CHILD + SENIOR CARE

  • Childcare centres, kindergartens and daycare facilities are allowed to operate, with permission by the relevant ministry / agency.
  • Parents sending their children to childcare, kindergarten or daycare are allowed to use vehicles up to the licensed capacity.
  • Daycare facilities for the disabled, senior citizens, women and all other care facilities are allowed to operate.

EDUCATION

  • Public and private schools, higher education institutes, training institutes, tahfiz centres, kindergarten, tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, enrichment centres and all other educational institutes are allowed to operate.
  • Candidates for SPM 2020 and 2021, STPM, SVM, STAM, SKM, DVM and entry assessment for special schools (Form 1 and Form 4) and international examinations are allowed to travel into any MCO / CMCO / RMCO areas, with letters from the Ministry of Education.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel, with letters from Ministry of Education or Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Boarding school students must obtain permission letters from their institutes for interstate travel.

MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions)

  • All business events involving meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions are allowed to operate at 50% of premise capacity.
  • They must ensure physical distancing, the wearing of face masks, and compliance with the MICE SOP.
  • Face-to-face meeting for official or work reasons in office, hotel and other venues are allowed, subject to physical distancing, wearing of face masks and up to 50% of the room capacity.
  • Video conferencing for meetings is encouraged.

TOURISM + CULTURE

These domestic tourism activities are allowed to operate at 50% of the premise’s capacity, with physical distancing, wearing of face masks and compliance with SOP :

  • Tourist attractions like zoo, farm, aquarium, edutainment centre, recreation park, extreme park, adventure park, nature park and so on.
  • Art, culture and heritage sites like museum, library, art gallery, heritage centre, cultural performance and so on.
  • Theme park and family entertainment centre

All other tourism and cultural activities, OTHER than those in the Negative List are subject to the Tourism and Cultural Sector SOP.

CELEBRATIONS

  • Official and unofficial, public and private, events and social gatherings such as feast, Akad Nikah, wedding, engagement, reception, aqiqah ceremony, tahlil, anniversary, birthday, reunion, retreat and so on, are allowed at up to 50% of premise capacity.
  • Such events must ensure physical distancing, wearing of face masks and follow the Social Event SOP.

NEGATIVE LIST (FORBIDDEN ACTIVITIES)

  • Pub and night club
  • Concert or live event with audience
  • Championship / competition WITHOUT permission from the Ministry of Youth and Sports
  • Championship / competition with spectators
  • Group activities with physical contact, with over 50% capacity, without supervision.
  • Activities outside of the CMCO area, unless with permission.
  • Mass and group activities that makes physical distancing impossible, like fun run, fun ride, marathon, triathlon and so on.
  • Tourism outside of the CMCO area, or in an MCO / EMCO area.
  • Overseas tourism.
  • Domestic tourism involving foreign tourists, except those from permitted countries.
  • Interstate travel without police permission.
  • Any group activity that makes it difficult for physical distancing or compliance with DG Health orders.
  • Any other matters that will be decided by the government from time to time.

 

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Malaysia : All Schools To Reopen In March / April 2021!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that all schools will reopen in March and April 2021.

Here are the details of this shocking change in policy by the Ministry of Education!

 

Malaysia : All Schools To Reopen In March / April 2021!

On 19 February 2021, the Minister of Education, Datuk Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will reopen in March 2021 :

  • Preschool / Standard 1 / Standard 2 : 1 March 2021
  • Standard 3 until Standard 6 : 8 March 2021
  • Group A Secondary Schools : 4 April 2021
  • Group B Secondary Schools : 5 April 2021
  • Vocational Colleges : 1 March 2021
  • Private Schools : Same dates as public schools
  • International Schools : 8 March 2021
  • Private Education Centres, Tuition Centres : 8 March 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories.

He explained that the younger children are being asked to return to school one week earlier, to prepare them on how to comply with the SOP.

He also explained that the reopening of secondary schools are being delayed to April 2021, to allow for SPM examinations to be carried out in safer conditions.

Even for schools that are not registered with the Malaysian Ministry of Education (KPM), they are recommended to follow the same dates.

All schools must comply with the SOP, to ensure the safety of both students and teachers.

The Minister also pointed out that one of the greatest risk that the Ministry will address with the schools is the time when parents drop off and pick up their children. The schools will be required to make sure there is adequate physical distancing.

 

Reopening Of Schools In Malaysia Before Vaccination?

We have to wonder why the Malaysia Ministry of Education decided to reopen schools in Malaysia, before the COVID-19 vaccination programme kicks off.

We would have expected them to at least wait until the teachers were vaccinated, before reopening the schools.

The third phase, which would include all public and private teachers, would have kicked off in May 2021.

Recommended : Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : 15 February 2021 Edition

 

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ntv7 Becomes DidikTV KPM On 17 February 2021!

ntv7 is finally shutting down for good, and will become DidikTV KPM under the Ministry of Education on 17 February 2021!

 

ntv7 Becomes DidikTV KPM On 17 February 2021!

After 22 years, ntv7 finally bites the bullet, ending its broadcasts on 16 February 2021.

On 12 February 2021, the Ministry of Education announced that they will take over ntv7, and rebrand it as DidikTV KPM on 17 February 2021.

DidikTV KPM (KPM is short for Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia, Malaysia Ministry of Education) will focus on educational programs for students.

Primary School Subjects

  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Moral Studies
  • Civil and Nationality

Secondary School Subjects

  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Technical and Vocational
  • Islamic Studies
  • Moral Studies

DidikTV KPM will broadcast for 17 hours, running from 7 AM until 12 AM daily. It will also feature edutainment programs, news on education, and student-produced content.

 

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MCO 2.0 Changes : Driving + Flight Schools Can Reopen!

Malaysia just announced that driving and flight schools will be allowed to reopen in MCO areas!

Find out what has changed, and what it means for the MCO SOP in Malaysia!

 

MCO Changes Today : Driving + Flight Schools Can Reopen!

On 11 February 2021, Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that the government has decided to further liberalise the MCO SOP, to protect the economy.

Here are the changes announced by Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob :

Driving Schools

  • Driving schools may reopen from 12 February 2021 onwards.
  • Both practical and theory classes are permitted.
  • Operational hours : 7:30 AM until 8:30 PM
  • Both teacher and student must wear face masks at all times.
  • Only the student scheduled for that time slot is allowed to be present at the premise.
  • Physical distancing of 1 metre must be maintained at the counter and waiting area.
  • The vehicle must be sanitised after each training session.

Flight Schools

  • Flight schools may reopen from 12 February 2021 onwards, with hybrid training.
  • Trainees must remain within the Approved Training Organisation (ATO).
  • Trainees must obtain letter of authorisation for inter-state or inter-district travel

 

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Updated SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0 : What You Need To Know!

Take a look at the updated SOP for the stricter MCO / PKP 2.0 lockdown of Malaysia!

Updated @ 2021-02-04 : Barbershops, hair saloons and car washes are now allowed.

Updated @ 2021-01-29 : Added changes to night markets and allowed businesses.

Updated @ 2021-01-21 : Added the extension for eateries to 10 PM.

Updated @ 2021-01-13 : Added the MCO SOP video, and additional SOP.

Originally posted @ 2021-01-12

 

MCO / PKP 2.0 : Why The Need For New SOP?

The MCO (Movement Control Order) 2.0 initially applied to eight states and territories in Malaysia on Wednesday, 13 January 2021.

The MCO 2.0 was soon extended across the entire country, except for Sarawak, from 26 January 2021 onwards.

The government then introduced a new SOP to balance the massive spike in COVID-19 cases, with the economic losses of the original MCO lockdown.

 

Updated SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0 (29 Jan 2021) in Malaysia!

On 12 January 2021, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced some details of the new SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0.

This was followed by various changes to the SOP announced by MKN over time.

Please follow this SOP, because failure to do so could result in a compound of up to RM1,000 per offence!

Travel

  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities.
  • Up to 3 people (including the patient) are allowed to leave each household to seek healthcare.
  • Travel is limited to a radius of 10 km from your household, unless there is no supply / availability within 10 km.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN.
  • Tourism is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel for emergencies like funerals are allowed with permission from the police.
  • Travel because of natural disasters are allowed.
  • PCA and RGL travel arrangements between Malaysia and Singapore are allowed to continue.

Food & Beverage Industry

  • Restaurants (including those in pubs and night clubs), cafes, hawker stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food trucks are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • No dine-in is allowed. Only takeaway, drive-through and delivery are permitted

Petrol Stations

  • Operation hours : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations on highways and expressways allowed to operate 24 hours

Markets

  • Morning and farmers’ markets : 7 AM to 2 PM
  • Wholesale markets : 11 AM to 4 PM, or 12 PM to 6 PM
  • Night markets and late night bazaars : 4 PM until 10 PM.

Healthcare

  • Hospitals, clinics, medical labs : 24 hours
  • Pharmacies : 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Veterinary clinics + pet food stores : 6 AM to 10 PM

Shopping + Services

  • Supermarkets are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Laundromats, including self-service laundromats : 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Hair saloons + barber shops : until 10 PM.
  • Optical shops : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Car washes : until 10 PM.
  • Clothing stores are FORBIDDEN.

Schools + Education

  • Students who will undertake major examinations like SPM, SVM, SKM, STPM, STAM, and DVM for 2020 and 2021 are allowed to attend school with strict SOP.
  • Matriculation colleges are allowed to operate.
  • Students in boarding schools and universities are allowed to continue hybrid studying.
  • International and professional exams are allowed.
  • Research activities requiring lab access in institutes of higher learning are allowed.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel to teach classes with examinations.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and day care facilities are allowed to continue operating.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : MOE Directive On Schools In MCO, CMCO + RMCO Areas!

Sports

  • Running and jogging allowed, but limited to maximum of two (2) family members
  • Cycling allowed, but limited to one (1) person, up to 10 km from household.
  • Group cycling is FORBIDDEN.
  • Physical distance of 2 metres should be maintained
  • All other sporting activities are FORBIDDEN.

Entertainment

  • Night clubs and pubs are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaoke and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.
  • Concerts and live events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Spas, reflexology centres are FORBIDDEN.

Social + Religious Activities

  • Parades and religious gatherings like Thaipusam are FORBIDDEN.
  • Up to 5 committee members may manage mosques and other religious houses of worship.
  • Weddings, parties, engagement parties, receptions, anniversary celebrations, birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats and other social events are FORBIDDEN.

Manufacturing + Business Activities

  • The government has identified five (5) essential economic sectors that will be allowed to operate – manufacturing, construction, essential services, trade and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities.
  • However, only 30% of the management team is allowed to be in the office.
  • For unlisted sectors or non-essential services, employees are required to work from home.
  • Conferences, meetings, seminars, courses and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) activities are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : 2021 MCO : Business Sectors Allowed By MITI

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During MCO!

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Ministry of Education Website Uses Plain Text CAPTCHA!

It is unbelievable, but the Malaysia Ministry of Education’s website uses plain text CAPTCHA that can be copied and pasted!

Take a look at this incredulous security lapse, and find out why it could put your data at risk!

 

Ministry of Education Website Uses Plain Text CAPTCHA!

The recent threat by Anonymous Malaysia to attack government websites over their lack of security appears to be well-justified.

Qusyaire Ezwan spotted an incredulous security lapse in the official Malaysia Ministry of Education website – plain text CAPTCHA!

On top of that, the code can actually be copied and pasted!

 

Ministry of Education Plain Text CAPTCHA : A Serious Cybersecurity Risk!

The CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) test is something most of us are familiar with.

It is a test that helps to identify real humans, and weed out bots, before they are allowed to access a service. This prevents bot fraud and hacking attempts.

In the Ministry of Education website, the plain text CAPTCHA was used to “secure” the retrieval of forgotten passwords for their Student Management Module.

A real CAPTCHA uses distorted images to prevent a bot from “reading” the numbers or letters, thereby ensuring that only a real human being would be able to key in the correct code.

As this screenshot shows, the CAPTCHA used in the Ministry of Education website just uses random sequences of letters and numbers in PLAIN TEXT!

This means a bot can easily copy and paste the plain text code, and bypass the CAPTCHA test.

Frankly, this doesn’t even qualify as a CAPTCHA test, because it cannot differentiate between humans and bots.

Now, the password is still sent to the registered email accounts, not to the hackers or bots. So your data is not in immediate danger.

However, this is still a SERIOUS cybersecurity risk, because a hacker can pair this design flaw with compromised email accounts.

It would allow their bots to easily and quickly make password retrieval requests for compromised email accounts, and then retrieve your Ministry of Education password.

Having access to the Student Management Module would give hackers access to a ton of information on children and their parents :

  • child : name, date of birth, telephone number, home address
  • school : location, class name, teacher’s name,
  • parent : name, occupation, workplace address, contact number, declared salary

On top of that, many people reuse their passwords, so hackers will use the password retrieved from the Ministry of Education website on other websites and online services you may use.

If you use the same password for your banking account, for example, that would expose your banking account to the hacker.

That is why CAPTCHA is important. It doesn’t prevent hacking attempts, but it greatly slows it down by blocking bots from making mass requests.

The use of plain text CAPTCHA in an official government website is a fiasco. A basic cybersecurity checklist would have prevented software vendors from using plain text CAPTCHA in government websites.

The Malaysian government needs to take the security of official websites seriously. This is a disgrace.

 

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Whole Malaysia, Except Sarawak, Under MCO Lockdown!

Malaysia has just extended the MCO / PKP lockdown across the entire country, except for Sarawak!

Here is what you need to know about this new development!

 

Whole Malaysia, Except Sarawak, Under MCO Lockdown!

On 19 January 2021, Malaysia announced the imposition of the much stricter MCO / PKP lockdown of all states and territories across the country, except for Sarawak!

For these states and territories already under MCO / PKP, the restrictions will remain as originally announced.

For these new states that will come under MCO / PKP 2.0, the restrictions will start from 12:01 AM on Friday, 22 January 2021 and tentatively end on 4 February 2021.

  • Perlis
  • Kedah
  • Perak
  • Pahang
  • Negeri Sembilan
  • Terengganu

 

Malaysia MCO / PKP 2.0 : What’s The SOP?

Here are the SOP for MCO / PKP in Malaysia, as released by the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) in January 2021.

Please follow this SOP, because failure to do so could result in a compound of up to RM1,000 per offence!

Travel

  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities.
  • Up to 3 people (including the patient) are allowed to leave each household to seek healthcare.
  • Travel is limited to a radius of 10 km from your household, unless there is no supply / availability within 10 km.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN.
  • Tourism is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel for emergencies like funerals are allowed with permission from the police.
  • Travel because of natural disasters are allowed.
  • PCA and RGL travel arrangements between Malaysia and Singapore are allowed to continue.

Food & Beverage Industry

  • Restaurants, cafes, hawker stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food trucks are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • No dine-in is allowed. Only takeaway, drive-through and delivery are permitted

Petrol Stations

  • Operation hours : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations on highways and expressways allowed to operate 24 hours

Markets

  • Morning and farmers’ markets : 7 AM to 2 PM
  • Wholesale markets : 11 AM to 4 PM, or 12 PM to 6 PM
  • Night markets and late night bazaars are FORBIDDEN

Healthcare

  • Hospitals, clinics, medical labs : 24 hours
  • Pharmacies : 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Veterinary clinics + pet food stores : 6 AM to 8 PM

Shopping

  • Supermarkets are allowed to open
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 8 PM.
  • Laundromats, except self-service laundromats : 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Barber shops and hair saloons are FORBIDDEN.
  • Optical shops and clothing stores are FORBIDDEN.

Schools + Education

  • Students who will undertake major examinations like SPM, SVM, SKM, STPM, STAM, and DVM for 2020 and 2021 are allowed to attend school with strict SOP.
  • Matriculation colleges are allowed to operate.
  • Students in boarding schools and universities are allowed to continue hybrid studying.
  • International and professional exams are allowed.
  • Research activities requiring lab access in institutes of higher learning are allowed.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel to teach classes with examinations.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and day care facilities are allowed to continue operating.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : MOE Directive On Schools In MCO, CMCO + RMCO Areas!

Sports

  • Running and jogging allowed, but limited to maximum of two (2) family members
  • Cycling allowed, but limited to one (1) person, up to 10 km from household.
  • Group cycling is FORBIDDEN.
  • Physical distance of 2 metres should be maintained
  • All other sporting activities are FORBIDDEN.

Entertainment

  • Night clubs and pubs are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaoke and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.
  • Concerts and live events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Spas, reflexology centres are FORBIDDEN.

Social + Religious Activities

  • Parades and religious gatherings like Thaipusam are FORBIDDEN.
  • Up to 5 committee members may manage mosques and other religious houses of worship.
  • Weddings, parties, engagement parties, receptions, anniversary celebrations, birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats and other social events are FORBIDDEN.

Manufacturing + Business Activities

  • The government has identified five (5) essential economic sectors that will be allowed to operate – manufacturing, construction, essential services, trade and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities.
  • However, only 30% of the management team is allowed to be in the office.
  • For unlisted sectors or non-essential services, employees are required to work from home.
  • Conferences, meetings, seminars, courses and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) activities are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : 2021 MCO : Business Sectors Allowed By MITI

 

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23 FREE Minecraft Items To Own, As Of 1 December 2020!

Here are 23 FREE Minecraft items to own and add to your account, as of 1 December 2020!

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23 FREE Minecraft Items To Own, As Of 1 December 2020!

Free Minecraft Item #1 : Fall Buddies

Where To Download : Get it here!

Fall is here and these group of friends are prepared with their scarves, sweaters and turkey hats! Here are five fall skins by The Lucky Petals!

Celebrate the coming of winter and the beauty of fall with these skins! The tree skin has a little surprise on the back of it, turn the skin around to see what’s behind!

Free Minecraft Item #2 : Way Of The Nether

Where To Download : Get it here!

Requires update 1.16 to download. A dimensional rift has appeared overnight in Poppy Isle & the mayor has gone missing! It’s up to you to venture into the Nether & figure out what happened.

  • Discover all the new Nether biomes
  • Study mobs & learn which are dangerous & which are useful
  • Mine & craft using the new mineral, Netherite
  • Research the Nether & save the mayor!

Free Minecraft Item #2 : Rockett Adventures 1 (Dinosaur City)

Where To Download : Get it here!

Meet the Rockett family! Mom’s time machine exploded and dinosaurs are all over the city.

Play as Jake or Nora and take on T-rexes, Velociraptors, Brachiosauruses, and more. Help mom put her time machine back together.

  • 2 free skins
  • 6 rideable dinosaurs
  • A fully-voiced adventure
  • Single-player
  • Many more episodes to come

Free Minecraft Item #4 : Lessons In Good Trouble

Where To Download : Get it here!

Good Trouble is a tour of social justice movements through history based on the life and teachings of Civil Rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis.

Created by educators from Lewis’ home district with support from Teaching Tolerance, this educational map shows the “good trouble” that various historic leaders catalyzed around the world in acting against injustice.

Free Minecraft Item #5 : Builders & Biomes

Where To Download : Get it here!

To celebrate the release of the new Minecraft Builders & Biomes: Farmer’s Market board game expansion, here is a fun skin pack to add some style to your homestead!

Live off the land and enjoy the simple life with these farm-tastic skins! Whether you aspire to be a skilled gardener or a busy builder, now you can look the part!

Free Minecraft Item #6 : Astronaut Training Center

Where To Download : Get it here!

Wondering what’s beyond our Earth or how to drive the Mars rover? Learn more about space and what it takes to be an astronaut!

Visit the Space Center and follow classes to teach you the basic principles of the universe and redstone. Feel like you know everything?

Test your knowledge with the tests! + Fun learning experience! + Over a dozen classes! + Includes 4 skins!

Free Minecraft Item #7 : Graduation Celebration

Where To Download : Get it here!

To help those holding virtual celebrations, we’ve created a custom Minecraft world that provides a fun way to gather together online to celebrate graduation when it is difficult to meet in person.

Instructions are provided within the game on how to run the experience.

Free Minecraft Item #8 : International Space Station

Where To Download : Get it here!

Did you know that humans have been living in space for almost 20 years? Minecraft is celebrating this historic milestone in partnership with NASA with a new International Space Station world for you to explore.

Researchers have conducted thousands of tests on board, and you’re next! Design a new module for the station and describe what experiments you’d like to run.

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Free Minecraft Item #9 : The Human Eye

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Explore the inner workings of the human eye with this scientific model. Observe how light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen.

Use this world as inspiration to think about how you might create other natural systems or parts of the human body to bring biology to life.

Free Minecraft Item #10 : Minecraft X Uniqlo Skin Pack

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Let’s celebrate the new Minecraft x Uniqlo UT T-Shirt collection with this free Marketplace skin pack!

This skin pack features the 7 new t-shirt designs as well as some other fun surprises. Embark on your future adventures in UT style!

Free Minecraft Item #11 : 57Digital Christmas Skin Pack

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Hello lovely Minecrafter! As a way of saying thanks for supporting us and all the talented Minecraft Marketplace teams… we’ve made an extra special skin pack for you!

Wear these six hand-crafted Christmas gift skins with pride and stay awesome. Merry Christmas!

Free Minecraft Item #12 : Safari World

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Immerse yourself in a land of rare species with Safari World! Study animals in need of help and capture a moment in time with your very own camera.

Be careful though, don’t fall prey to the panther, lynx, or even the cheetah!

  • Discover 35 animals within their natural habitats
  • Find and listen to 30 unique audio files for each creature
  • Includes a safari bus and buggy

Free Minecraft Item #13 : Summer Beach Party

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The best way to kick off summer is a party on the beach! These skins make chilling out on the sand well within your reach. Take to the surf and ride a wave or be the lifeguard and act really brave.

When the music starts, it’s time to dance, so don’t be shy, this is your chance. Now is the time to enjoy the sun, summer fun has just begun!

Free Minecraft Item #14 : Marine Biologist Roleplay

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Dive into the exciting life of a marine biologist! Explore several ocean biomes while discovering amazing creatures.

  • Peaceful scavenger hunt based gameplay
  • 20 new aquatic animals
  • Drivable submarine
  • 16 hidden collectibles
  • Custom soundtrack
  • Detailed roleplay lab and aquarium

Free Minecraft Item #15 : The Traveling Trader

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Trade us absolutely nothing, in return, we’ll give you a Traveling Trader adventure!

Explore multiple villages, meet a cast of delightful villagers, and learn terrific new trades. Do we have a deal?

  • The Pillager outpost has attacked – help the poor village it pillaged!
  • Save the kidnapped villager from the Pillager Stronghold!
  • Trade, trade, and trade some more.

Free Minecraft Item #16 : Classic Texture Pack

Where To Download : Get it here!

The classic Minecraft look you know and love! Why not try both packs and compare them yourself?

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Free Minecraft Item #17 : Lumen City Challenge

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Design, build and manage your own entire city in Lumen City Challenge. Keep an eye on pollution levels whilst growing your city population to create the greatest city you can!

  • Single-player city building game!
  • Collect taxes and upgrade buildings
  • Choose your energy sources wisely!

Free Minecraft Item #18 : Minecraft Texture Update Beta

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The extraordinary Minecraft Texture Update has been on the Java Edition in beta for quite a while and now It’s finally on Bedrock!

We’re renovating the old textures of Minecraft and polishing them up for a new beginning. Don’t panic! This won’t completely overhaul the look of Minecraft – these new textures just give it a much-needed update!

Free Minecraft Item #19 : Mount Olympus

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Roleplay as your favorite Greek deity! Climb Mount Olympus, delve into the Underworld, or explore the docks.

Discover powerful enchanted weapons forged by the gods. Greek myths come to life in this multiplayer-friendly survival spawn!

  • 9 free skins and 100+ textures
  • Underworld dungeon
  • Fully furnished city with 50+ buildings

Free Minecraft Item #20 : Inspiration Island

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Visit Inspiration Island, a floating theme park world filled with creative challenges.

Whether you are new to Creative Mode or just need a little extra inspiration, a visit here sets you on the path to craft your own groundbreaking worlds.

By the time you leave the island, you’ll be a true blue creator, armed with loads of skills to make awesome things!

Free Minecraft Item #21 : Norse Mythology Bonus Skins

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Need a mini-horde of Vikings to get your midwinter festival started? Have these free Norse Mythology skins and party till Ragnarök. Skål!

Free Minecraft Item #22 : Legacy Skin Pack

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Get cracking with these starter skins and old favorites brought over from Minecraft editions of yore. Widen your wardrobe, turn out in a tux, or rock it as a croc!

Free Minecraft Item #23 : Lumen Power Challenge

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The town of Lumen is losing power! Learn all about energy as you solve the town’s problems in this fun, educational map.

Explore methods of power generation such as wind, solar and nuclear, then test your knowledge by taking the energy quiz!

 

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Influent + 3 DLCs : How To Get Them FREE!

The language game, Influent and 3 DLCs, are FREE for a limited time!

Find out how to get Influent and the three DLCs for FREE, and make sure you tell your friends!

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Influent

Influent immerses players in a fully interactive 3D environment where the names for absolutely every object in the game can be gleaned with a single click! Even more information can be learned with a double-click!

Every door, drawer, and cabinet can be opened with a right-click here and a right-click there, revealing more and more things to be learned!

Packed to the brim with hundreds of native audio pronunciations (painstakingly recorded specifically for this game), Influent offers players a unique opportunity to enjoy learning both vocabulary and pronunciation in the language of their choice.

  • Audio from native speakers
  • Synonym swap functionality
  • Learn at your own pace!
  • Fully interactive modern apartment
  • Over 420 words to collect and master
  • Includes Nouns, Adjectives, and Verbs
  • 15+ Languages to choose from (more to come!)

 

Influent : How To Get It Free!

Adding to your Humble Bundle Account

Humble Bundle is giving away Influent for FREE up till 1 December 2020, at 4 PM MYT (GMT+8).

  1. Log into Humble Bundle, or create your free account.
  2. Go to the Influent page.
  3. Click on the green Add To Cart button.
  4. Click on the green Checkout button.
  5. In the pop-up window, click on the Get it for free! button.
  6. Scroll down and click on the Get It Now button.
  7. Go to the Purchases page and select Influent to get your Steam key, or click on the Redeem Now link in the Humble Bundle email.
  8. You will be given access to the Windows, Mac and Linux direct download links, as well as the Bittorrent torrent link.

Direct Downloads

You can also skip all those steps if you don’t want to add it to your Humble Bundle account, and use these direct download links :

 

Influent + 3 DLCs : How To Get Them Free!

Note : This method may no longer work. Please let us know if it no longer works!

Follow these steps to get Influent as well as the French, Italian and Korean DLCs for FREE :

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to https://store.steampowered.com/account/licenses/ using a web browser.
  3. Open the Console in your web browser
    – in Google Chrome, use Ctrl+Shift+J (Windows) or Ctrl+Option+J (Mac)
    – in Firefox, use Ctrl+Shift+K (Windows) or Command+Option+K (Mac)
  4. In the Console, copy and paste the code below, and press Enter
jQuery.post('//store.steampowered.com/checkout/addfreelicense',
{action:'add_to_cart',sessionid:g_sessionID,subid:451929});

jQuery.post('//store.steampowered.com/checkout/addfreelicense',
{action:'add_to_cart',sessionid:g_sessionID,subid:43186});

jQuery.post('//store.steampowered.com/checkout/addfreelicense',
{action:'add_to_cart',sessionid:g_sessionID,subid:39871});

jQuery.post('//store.steampowered.com/checkout/addfreelicense',
{action:'add_to_cart',sessionid:g_sessionID,subid:39884});

That’s it! You now have Influent and the three DLCs in your Steam account!

 

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Skull Breaker Challenge Continues To Injure Children!

The damage caused by the Skull Breaker challenge on TikTok and other social media platforms cannot be understated. Even after TikTok was forced to ban those videos, the prank continues to injure children…

It did not help that many people thought it was a hoax, or dismissed it as a childish prank. So we decided to compile this list of injuries that have been confirmed to be attributed to the Skull Breaker challenge.

Please make sure you share this list out, so that parents and schools can warn children about the dangers and consequences of the Skull Breaker challenge.

 

The Skull Breaker Challenge Explained!

The tripping jump challenge appears to have originated in South America as the Skull Breaker Challenge on TikTok, so you may hear it referred to as Rompcráneos or Rasteira in Spanish.

Many people pooh-poohed the initial reports of the Skull Breaker TikTok challenge, claiming that it was a hoax.  But it quickly spread across the world, as kids and even adults try to record themselves pranking others with it.

The challenge is simple in concept, but takes two to play it and an innocent victim to trick.

  1. Trick the victim into thinking that the two of you want to record a slow-motion video of all three jumping.
  2. Set up a camera to record the action, or have someone record it for you.
  3. As the victim jumps, you both kick his / her legs, so the victim falls flat while you guys laugh.
  4. Share the video on TikTok for likes!

Although at least one girl died from the challenge, it took months of public outrage before TikTok agreed to remove all such videos from their platform.

 

Skull Breaker TikTok Challenge Continues To Injure Children!

While TikTok may have agreed to remove Skull Breaker videos when they find them, children (well, bullies) are apparently continuing with the challenge!

Either TikTok has not been particularly diligent, or the pranksters and influencers have given the challenge a new name. But the fact still remains – children continue to be victimised and injured by this stupid challenge.

We are also greatly concerned by some people who insist that this is an Internet hoax, or a mass hysteria event; and that parents and schools should not scare children with such silly tales.

Therefore, we decided to compile this public record of the injuries caused by the Skull Breaker TikTok challenge, so that there can be no doubt that the Skull Breaker TikTok challenge is REAL, and it continues to injure children.

11 November 2019 : Emanuela Medeiros (Killed)

16-year old Emanuela died after hitting her head on the ground during the Skull Breaker challenge (known then as the rasteira challenge) at the Antônio Fagundes Municipal School in Mossoró, Brazil.

Recommended : Skull Breaker Challenge Killed This Girl : Warn Your Kids!

Circa January 2020 : Lilian Calabianqui (NA)

Lilian was tricked into performing the Skull Breaker challenge by her own sons, the social media influencers who call themselves Irmaos Fuinha.

They were the ones who popularised the Skull Breaker challenge on TikTok, and arguably made it go global.

In their video, it was obvious that they knew about the danger and caught their mother before she hit her head on the floor.

Unfortunately, they did not warn the millions of young fans about that – and so, it set off a chain of injuries across the globe.

Recommended : Irmaos Fuinha : Thank These IDIOTS For Skull Breaker!

Late January 2020 : Marc and Stacy Shenker’s Son (Physical Therapy)

Marc and Stacy Shenker’s 13-year old son suffered a concussion in the Skull Breaker Challenge at the Cherry Hill middle school in New Jersey.

A month after that incident, he still complains of lethargy and headaches, and is on academic restriction. He is also starting physical therapy.

4 February 2020 : Unknown Student (NA)

The video of the Skull Breaker TikTok challenge being performed on a student at the Santo Tomas de Aquino School in Caracas, Venezuela went viral.

The very next day, the Chacao municipality posted this on Instagram, warning against the challenge :

4 February 2020 : Unknown Student (NA)

A 16-year old girl was bullied by two students into performing the challenge at the South Dade Senior High School :

According to the victim, two other students at the school asked her to jump as high as she could. One of the students jumped with her to see who could jump higher while the other stood off to the side.

“They kept asking me until I said yes,” the 16-year-old freshman said.

When the victim jumped, the two students swept her legs out from under her, causing her to fall backwards and hurt her neck and head.

“I jumped really high and I remember them kicking me off my feet and I fell on my head,” she said.

The two perpetrators including the student filming the challenge were disciplined, but the victim had to transfer to another school, and is currently being treated for her injuries.

5 February 2020 : Justin Hodson (Hospitalised)

Justin was tricked into the Skull Breaker TikTok challenge, and hit his back and head. He lost consciousness trying to get up, and fell forward, injuring his face as well.

He was hospitalised with a head injury, stitches to his face, severe cuts inside his mouth and two front teeth injured.

Recommended : Skull Breaker TikTok Challenge : One Mother’s Warning!

Early February 2020 : Olivia Ross

In Portland, Oregon, Olivia Ross was tricked into performing the Skull Breaker challenge by two upperclassmen seniors at the Mountainside High School. She blacked out and had a headache after hitting her head :

“These seniors asked me if I would jump for their TikTok video. I remember like blacking out for a second and I started to get like an instant pressure headache,” Ross said.

You can clearly see from the screenshot below, that the two school seniors then posted the video on TikTok.

Olivia’s mother, Lindsay Zobrist, pointed out that anyone who types “Skull Breaking Challenge” or “Jumping Prank” or “Jump Trip” into TikTok will see hundreds of such videos.

11 February 2020 : Parker Smith (Broken Arm)

12-year old Parker Smith from Alabama broke both the radius and ulna bones of his right arm, after being tricked into participating in the Skull Breaker Challenge.

14 February 2020 : Aubrey Ortiz (Hospitalised)

12-year old Aubrey Ortiz from the South Brook Middle School was tricked by a boy and a girl at her school, who asked her to “learn a dance”.

“They kicked my legs over, and (one girl) grabbed my legs and slammed them to the ground,” Ortiz said. “I went numb and couldn’t do anything. I struggled getting up.”

23 February 2020 : Kathleen DeJesus (Hospitalised)

13-year old Kathleen DeJesus was targeted at the Lawrence Massachusetts Middle School, and spent two days in the hospital for a severe concussion :

“I was screaming that I needed an ambulance,” said Kathleen. “I was thinking like ‘Oh my God I’m going to lose my life over this game.’ I should have never done it.”

25 February 2020 : Ke’Avion Hearn (Hospitalised)

Ke’Avion Hearn – a brain cancer survivor – was tricked into performing the challenge, and knocked unconscious by his classmates at the Southeast Arkansas Preparatory High School :

“They said all you go to do is jump,” Ke’Avion recalled. He says he never knew what those classmates were about to do to him.

“I jumped, they kind of kicked me out under my legs so I can’t land,” he said. “All I remember is being on the floor.”

His mother, Kimberly Hearn said, “He doesn’t deserve that, no child deserves that. You made him fall on his head. That’s got to be so cruel, and you found it to be so funny.”

Hearn pointed out that getting hit on the head was even more dangerous for Ke’Avion, who underwent multiple surgeries and chemotherapy a few years ago for a large brain tumour.

 

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Samsung Malaysia B40 Children’s Outreach Programme!

As part of their CSR initiative, Samsung Malaysia ran their B40 Children’s Outreach Programme from 17 to 20 December 2019.

Find out what the Samsung B40 Children’s Outreach Programme is all about, and how it could make a huge difference in the lives of these children!

 

The Samsung Malaysia B40 Children’s Outreach Programme!

Held from 17 to 20 December 2019, the Samsung B40 Children’s Outreach Programme was a major project carried out in partnership with Me Books Asia, with support from:

  • Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Selangor (PPAS),
  • Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (YAWAS),
  • Persatuan Taska Negeri Selangor (PTNS),
  • Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ),
  • CoBlix, and
  • Atom & The Dot.

The four-day workshop, with twenty-two sessions, introduced over 200 children from six schools to fun and interactive STEM learning activities, like storytelling workshops, coding and VR experiences, and hands-on science experiments.

The idea is to expose children from families with household income of less than RM3,000 (B40) to the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and inspire them to expand their education in STEM subjects.

The B40 children used Samsung Galaxy devices, like tablets and the Galaxy Note10 to explore the magic of coding, and virtual reality.

Samsung not only sent their employees to facilitate the STEM workshops, as part of their Love & Care programme, they also donated several Samsung Galaxy tablets and Samsung TVs to the six schools, to encourage continuous STEM learning through technology.

Samsung partners also provided other basic necessities like whiteboards, marker pens, stationery sets, as well as Me Books Theatre and Me Books Plus app accounts.

 

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Rabbids Coding! A FREE Coding Game For Children!

Rabbids Coding! – a fun educational game that teaches the basics of coding – is FREE to download and play!

Find out how to get Rabbids Coding! for FREE, and make sure you tell your friends!

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Rabbids Coding! is FREE for a Limited Time!

The Rabbids invade space, and in true Rabbids-style, turn your spaceship upside down! Using blocks of code, you need to give them instructions to clear up the mess they have created.

Rabbids Coding! is aimed for players from the age of 7 and upwards. It was created to introduce people of all ages to the joys of digital skills and reach as broad an audience as possible, including families and schools, and via partnerships with charities and media libraries.

It is a resource to teach players the basics of programming and algorithmic logic. It introduces notions like sequential programming, loops and conditions. No prior knowledge of programming is necessary to play the game.

 

Rabbids Coding! – How To Get It Free!

Rabbids Coding! is free to download and keep from the Ubisoft store.

There are two ways to get it for free on Ubisoft.

Using Uplay Launcher

  1. Download and install the Uplay launcher
  2. Run Uplay, and sign up for an Ubisoft account, if you have not already done so
  3. You can now add it to your account! It’s that simple!

Directly From Ubisoft Website

You will still need to install and use the Uplay launcher, but this method lets you claim the game quickly, and more importantly, do it on non-Windows PCs (think Mac or Linux).

  1. Go to the special Rabbids Coding! giveaway page.
  2. Click on the PC icon.
  3. You will need to log into your Ubisoft account. Register for one, if you have not already done so.
  4. It will now state that Rabbids Coding! has been added to your account.

If it glitches and the page does not load properly after logging in, refresh and it should work.

 

Why Is Ubisoft Doing This?

Simple – to get you to register with them, and check out the games they are offering in their store.

They will also get to send you notifications on new games or promotions, and who knows – you might buy an extra game or two from them?

 

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Kambyan ManUsIA + AleX Laser Cutting Drone Technology!

Kambyan Network recently invited us to a demonstration of their AleX laser cutting drone, which is designed to harvest oil palm fruits.

They also invited David Cirulli from the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and Associate Professor Sagaya Amalathas from Taylors University, to talk about the ManUsIA digital agriculture technology and the future jobs available to young teens today.

 

Kambyan ManUsIA Digital Agriculture

Kambyan Network has been working with David Cirulli of the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Singapore to develop what they call the ManUsIA digital agriculture technology.

Manusia is actually a Malay word for human, and it is an apt moniker because according to David Cirulli, ManUsIA stands for Man Using Intelligent Applications.

ManUsIA is a digital agriculture platform that Kambyan is developing as a SPaaS (Solution Platform as a Service) offering to improve yield and reduce manpower in agriculture.

It combines the use of drones with artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities on the cloud to make use of surveillance data and weather information to maximise yield and reduce manpower requirements for dirty, difficult and dangerous jobs.

ManUsIA will start with drones that are remotely controlled using mobile device integration, and eventually hope to integrate intelligent drones that work independently.

 

Future Jobs For Teens Today

Kambyan also invited Associate Professor Dr. Sagaya Amalathas, a Programme Director at Taylors University to talk about future jobs that teens today should consider.

She points out that the future will be highly dependent on new digital skills in the areas of Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, as well as Blockchain technology, and the Internet of Things.

She also shared some really useful information on what careers will remain stable in the fast-changing times, and what jobs will be lost and what new opportunities will arise.

 

The reason why Kambyan invited her was because their training arm, Adroit College offers a Drone Operator & Robotics course.

The Professional Certificate in Robotic Process Automation – Field Operations (RPA-FO) course combines a 5-week intensive workshop with an apprenticeship and internship program at Kambyan, allowing the student to graduate with a Professional Certificate in 11 months.

 

Kambyan AleX Laser Cutting Drone Demonstration

The star of the event was the Kambyan AleX laser cutting drone – the Airborne Laser Cutter Mark 1.

Designed to be a laser harvesting drone for the oil palm industry, it weighs 3 kilograms and is approximately 70 cm in diameter.

Powered by a 150 watt pulsed laser in the operational model, it is capable of cutting through 6 inches of plant material.

Piloted remotely by a drone operator in the current iteration, it will be used to trim the fronds of the oil palm trees and cut through the stem of oil palm fruit bunches to harvest them.

Using drones will not only reduce manpower, it will allow plantations to let their oil palm trees grow much higher, reducing the need to cut them down so often.

This will increase profit over the long term, while reducing the oil palm industry’s impact on the environment… in particular their contribution to the slash and burn activity that results in terrible haze in Southeast Asia.

In the demo, they used a less powerful laser for safety reasons. But as this video shows, that itself is a danger!

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Fortunately, the operational drone uses a much more powerful laser to cut at a safer distance. This would prevent the drone from getting hit by falling oil palm fruits or flying debris.

 

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Microsoft + IDC : APAC Higher Education Can Double Innovation With AI!

Microsoft Asia and IDC Asia Pacific just released findings of a study which suggests that higher education institutions in APAC can double their rate of innovation with AI (artificial intelligence)!

 

APAC Higher Education Can Double Innovation With AI!

The Microsoft-IDC study – Future Ready Skills : Assessing APAC Education Sector’s Use of AI – found that AI (artificial intelligence) will help double the rate of innovation for higher education institutions.

This involves using AI to better manage student performance and enhance student engagements, while optimising operations to reduce work amongst the faculty and administrative staff.

Based on the study, the top business drivers to adopt AI in higher education include better student engagement, higher funding, and accelerated innovation.

Institutions that have already adopted AI say that they are seeing improvements in the rate of 11% to 28% in those areas.

By 2021, Microsoft and IDC predict that institutions using AI will experience the biggest jump in funding – 3.7X, which is higher than most industry sectors in Asia Pacific.

 

AI In Higher Education Case Study

Developing a globally engaged citizenry is one of Japan’s key priorities. However, many students avoid studying or going abroad, as doing so can delay them from taking classes they need to graduate.

The Faculty of Engineering at Hokkaido University, for example, has chosen to implement AI as part of its mission to encourage students to study abroad.

They developed a Microsoft Azure-based e-learning system that leverages AI and automation capabilities. This system lets students keep up with coursework back home, with course preparation streamlined from days to mere hours.

 

AI Skills Required For The Future Of Higher Education

Both education leaders and their staff are equally positive about the impact of AI on higher education jobs.

A large majority (61%) of both segments believe that AI will either help them do their jobs better, or reduce repetitive tasks.

21% of education leaders, and 13% of their staff also agree that AI will help create new jobs in higher education.

However, the requisite skills for an AI future are currently in shortage. The top three skills that education leaders believe will face a shortage in the next three years include :

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  • IT skills and programming
  • Digital skills
  • Quantitative, analytical and statistical skills

The Study also noted a disconnect with the perception of education leaders of their staff’s willingness to reskill to adapt to an AI future.

26% of education leaders believe that their staff have no interest to reskill, but in reality, only 11% of their staff had no interest to reskill.

 

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The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology – NUS Partnership

As part of the Acronis CyberFit Week, the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology announced a partnership with NUS, the National University of Singapore, for their Master of Computing programme. Here are the full details!

 

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology is a private research and higher-education institute, founded by Serguei Beloussov, the CEO and Founder of Acronis and Parallels.

Located in the heart of Switzerland near the spectacular Rhine Falls, it is just 35 minutes from Zurich and an hour or two away from major cities in Europe.

Its stated mission is to advance knowledge and discovery in science and technology, with open research challenges and the potential for commercial applications.

Therefore, the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology will feature educational programs at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels, as well as research laboratories and a technology park.

 

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology – NUS Partnership

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology – NUS partnership involves the enrolment of selected SIT students into the NUS Master of Computing program.

These selected students will embark as full-time Master students in NUS Singapore, and will complete both taught courses and a dissertation.

The students can select from one of the four specialisation tracks the NUS Master of Computing offers in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Security and Artificial Intelligence.

This partnership will see NUS helping the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology co-train their initial batches of Master of Computing students.

 

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World’s Oldest PM Learns Coding From Two 10 Year Old Girls!

Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the world’s oldest PM, just showed the world that you are never too young or too old to learn coding, when he got a lesson in coding by two 10-year old girls!

 

The Importance Of Learning To Code

Businesses all over the world are racing to digitally transform into intelligent organisations.

In the digital economy of the future, digital skills and STEM will become the new passport to success for the individual as well as the nation.

Here in Malaysia, the government already understands the importance of coding and STEM skills, launching the STEM4All campaign with Microsoft Malaysia.

 

But Coding Is Not Just For The Young…

However, while coding and STEM skills will be critical to the future of our students, they are already very important in the world place today.

The digital transformation of businesses and organisations depends on the coding skills of their employees today.

Therefore, it is also critical for the employees of today to learn how to code. Coding is not just for the young…

 

As World’s Oldest PM Learns Coding From Two 10 Year Old Girls!

The world’s oldest Prime Minister – Dr. Mahathir Mohamad – at 94 years and counting, recently sat down for a coding session with two 10 year old girls.

These girls, who are Microsoft Malaysia Ambassadors, are part of the new generation of children who are as comfortable coding, as they are playing with Legos.

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In their exclusive coding session, Chloe Soh Ke Er and Serena Zara Taufiq taught Dr. Mahathir how to code, proving that everyone can learn to code!

“As Malaysia continues its digital transformation journey, technology plays an important role. Mobility, Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence (or AI), and Big Data Analytics are among the most important drivers of digital transformation.

With that, STEM needs to be democratized in order to develop Future Ready Malaysian Talent,” said Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad

The video was released by the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia, as part of the Malaysian government’s effort to break down barriers to STEM education and digital literacy amongst Malaysians.

 

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Microsoft Malaysia Rated Top 10 Tech Employer In 2018!

Microsoft Malaysia was just announced as a top 10 tech employer in the 2018 Graduates Choice Award! Here are the full details!

 

Microsoft Malaysia Rated Top 10 Tech Employer In 2018

Microsoft Malaysia was just ranked as a top 10 tech employer in the 2018 Graduates Choice Award.

Organised by HRINCAMPUS and supported by various University Board Members such as Taylor’s University, Sunway University and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, the 2018 Graduates Choice Award features more than 360 nominees in total, as nominated by Universities nationwide.

The award also received the support of the Ministry of Education, MDEC and Career Development Centre Club Malaysia (CDCC).

Undergraduates from across Malaysia were then given the opportunity to vote for their favorite graduate employer brands. With 10 winners per contesting category, and 10 contesting categories in total, only 100 brands emerged at the top and were declared as the recipients of the Graduates Choice Award.

 

Microsoft Malaysia’s Record As A Tech Employer

With over 44 years of experience in the industry and 25 years in Malaysia, Microsoft Malaysia has long invested in the development of talent in Malaysia, with education-linked initiatives as one of its top priorities.

Events such as the Imagine Cup, which was hosted in Kuala Lumpur in April this year, provides an avenue for Microsoft to reach out to students who are keen to dive deeper into the tech industry.

Microsoft has also partnered with educational institutions, as well as the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports for the introduction of Digital ILKBS and the Ministry of Education to launch the STEM4ALL campaign.

These initiatives allow students to witness the work that is being done by Microsoft in Malaysia, inspiring them to join the company upon graduation.

The work culture in Microsoft has also evolved over the years, providing its employees with an inclusive and diverse work environment.

 

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