Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bahasa Melayu atau Bahasa Inggeris?

Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik di dalam bahasa inggeris (PPSMI) telah hebat diperdebatkan tetapi tidak membuahkan sebarang kata putus. Pada hari ni, saya ingin membincangkan faktor-faktor yang menyebabkan keadaan sedemikian, serta cadangan saya sendiri.

Kedua-dua pihak pembangkan dan penyokong PPSMI telah gagal untuk mencapai kata sepakat menegenai isu ini kerana kedua-dua pihak ingin menjawab pelbagai isu melalui satu isu ini. Antara sub-topik yang diperdebatkan adalah kejatian diri, penerimaan ilmu dari ilmuwan barat, cabaran globalisasi, permintaan pasaran kerja dan sebagainya. Namun, semua sub-topik ini melihat masalah ini dari sudut yang berbeza, dan dengan setiap perspektif berbeza itu membawa objektif yang berbeza juga. Perbincangan yang inginkan objektif berlainan tidak akan membuahkan hasil. Apakah objektif PPSMI?

Seperti saya katakan, isu ini dapat dikupas dari pelbagai sudut. Kejatian diri, golabalisasi dan sebagainya. Namun, tidak ada sesiapa yang mempersoalkan pihak yang paling penting dalam isu ini: PELAJAR!!! Pelajarlah yang terpaksa mengharungi segala kesusahan untuk menyesuaikan diri, bukan ahli politikus, sasterawan, ilmuwan ataupun pihak majikan. Di dalam bahasa apakah pelajar dapat menunjukkan prestasi lebih tinggi? Di sekolah rendah dan menengah, keutamaan perlu diberikan kepada pemahaman dan minat terhadap subjek Sains dan Matematik. Jika tidak, maka akhirnya apabila pelajar tadi sudah menjadi graduan, kita akan mendapat graduan yang hanya belajar semata-mata untuk markah dan bukan untuk menjadi pekerja yang menyumbang kepada industri dan negara. Jika minat dan pemahaman sudah ada , halangan bahasa tidak akan menjadi persoalan.

Untuk pelajaran sains & matematik di sekolah rendah dan menengah, penggunaan bahasa melayu boleh diterima kerana ilmu yang diajar sudahpun berusia ratusan tahun, maka, pihak yang berkaitan tidak akan mengalami masalah dalam mengalih bahasakannya. Namun, bagi ilmu peringkat universiti, ilmunya dikemaskini dalam masa yang singkat maka adalah mustahil untuk di alih bahasa untuk pemahaman ahli masyarakat. Lagipun, kebanyakan syarikat menggunkan bahasa inggeris sebagai bahasa perniagaan, maka para graduan yang ingin mencari kerja tidak boleh lari dari realiti ni. Merujuk kepada PPSMI di sekolah tadi, saya bukan menyokong PPSMI tetapi yang penting sebelum mempersoalkan bahasa, pelajar perlu memahami dan menghargai ilmu tersebut tidak kira bahasa penyampainnya. Apatah lagi, subjek bahasa inggeris memang sudahpun diajar di peringkat sekolah renda dan menegah.

Namun saya amat menyetujui pembelajaran di dalam bahasa inggeris di universiti. Kepada mahasiswa yang degil untuk berubah atau mencuba, saya berikan sebuah analogi. Jika anda ingin menyertai perlumbaan F1, sudah pasti anda tidak akan menggunakan kereta kancil untuk perlumbaan tersebut, anda akan gunakan kereta F1 juga. Tetapi penggunaan F1 tidak menjamin kemenamgan anda, menggunakan kereta kancil akan pasti menjamin kekalahan anda. Lagi jauh, lagi tinggi, anda ingin capai di dalam kerjaya anda, lagi tinggilah keperluannya untuk menguasai bahasa inggeris. Kemahiran ini, tidak boleh dibentuk dalam sehari, mulakan sedikit demi sedikit setiap hari, nescaya, hasilnya akan anda rasai.

Kita tidak boleh nafikan bahawa setakat ini, peneraju ilmu adalah dipegang dunia barat. Seperti analogi perlumbaan F1 tadi, nak atau tidak, kena ikut juga. Cuba bayangkan, adakah kebangkitan ‘reneissance’ eropah selepas zaman gelap akan berlaku, jika ilmuwan eropah degil dan tidak mempelajari bahasa arab sebelum mengalih bahasakannya? Sehinga Malaysia, berada setanding dengan dunia barat dari segi ilmu, akui kekurangan diri, merendah diri, tetapi tetap bangga, yakin diri akan potensi yang ada, dan berusaha untuk memperbaiki diri sendiri. Ingat bagaimana Si Kura-Kura memenangi perlumbaan?

Sekian, Terima Kasih.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Help! I'm Addicted to FaceBook!

Pretty much everyone I know has a Facebook account. I use it for emailing, messaging, sharing pictures, and more. That sounds pretty reasonable, right? Well, Facebook has a way of creeping from something useful into a major contributor to carpal tunnel, burning eyes, procrastination, and mindless clicking.

Haven't seen people you went to high school with in ten years or more? With Facebook it's no problem. Since you can view everyone's friend list as soon as you connect with one person, the floodgates open, and you're back in your hometown, for better or worse.

Want to see what people are up to but have no interest in really talking to them? No problem with Facebook. If someone has an open profile you can click around on their page like you are their BFF, seeing all their pictures, friends' comments, and status updates. You can locate exactly where someone is and how they're feeling today in 3 minutes or less.

Got something to promote? It's no problem with Facebook. Set your favorite site as your status, create a link to your project and your friends will surely check it out. Got a new business? Create a Facebook group and your friends can join and keep in contact with all the updates of your company.

Ok, obviously I am a Facebook user. I enjoy seeing a picture of my friend when I send them a message. I am a fan of the status update. I even like notifications and am only mildly concerned when I am friend-requested by a total stranger. I enjoy clicking through pictures of my long lost friends' houses in the suburbs and seeing their kids covered in spaghetti. It's sort of exotic to a country girl transplant like me.

So here is the problem, well, my problem. And I am assuming I'm not alone on this one. I'm on Facebook all the time! I go to the site not even conscious that I am going to it. I turned on my computer this morning with the intention of opening Word first thing, and where did I find myself? You guessed it. Facebook. I am addicted! Admitting is the first step to recovery (bankers take note). Sign me up for Facebook rehab.

Pope Benedict XVI has warned us about getting in a pickle with Facebook. Now I'm not one to go around quoting any kind of Church, especially if you knew the extent of my Catholic grade school story, but this was sort of interesting. The Associated Press brought us his thoughts about how Facebook (and MySpace, a whole other topic mostly about kids and bands) can foster friendships and understanding, but warns that they also can isolate people and marginalize others. Benedict welcomes as a "gift" new technologies such as social networking sites, saying they respond to the "fundamental desire" of people to communicate. But he warns that "obsessive" virtual socializing can isolate people from real interaction and deepen the digital divide by excluding those already on the sidelines. He urges producers to ensure that the content respects human dignity, and of course the "goodness and intimacy of human sexuality."

What about burning eyes, carpal tunnel, hunched shoulders, stiff hips, and monkey mind? Those issues are more interesting to me as a health, yoga, and psychology geek.

I would friend-request the Pope. What would his status updates be? "Slipping into Prada loafers getting ready for mass."

So here I am, busted by the Pope! On one hand, he's got a point. Cyber-bullying is not a joke. The horrific suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meier from Missouri in October of 2006 was the direct result of her former friend's mom taunting her through MySpace. Being a teenager is hard enough. I can't even imagine what kids go through now. There are so many new ways to torture each other. I know a few teens in NY that have problems with teasing each on Facebook too. It's a mess.

I'm sure adults have had problems with taunting and other social blunders on Facebook too, but the majority of problems adults face is just plain over-use. Let me reference my "25 random things." If you're a Facebook user, you are well aware of the "25 random things" that have been going around in the last few months. Maybe you've written yours. Or, maybe you think you won't get pulled in. Good luck.

I should be writing at this moment. July 1st deadline will be here soon. FB is one big distraction really, but I do firmly believe in its usefulness. And its ability to deliver BlockBuster-esque horror, comedic, and dramatic episodes in the disconnected yet intimate way only the modern web experience can.

Correct me if I am alone on this one, but the reality of our lives displayed on Facebook splattered with debauchery is a big part of the fun!

I've come up with some warning signs here. This may be the start of developing a support group for Facebook addicts. The group will be listed on Facebook, where you can become a fan of the group, add pictures, look at pictures of other cute people who are in the group, and write on the wall.

10 warning signs that you may be addicted to Facebook

1. Facebook is your home page.

2. You update your status more than twice a day.

3. You have over 500 "friends" half of whom you've never actually met.

4. As soon as you step away from your computer you're on FB on your phone.

5. You are a FB stalker. You qualify as a FB stalker if you

a) click on someone's profile more than once a day even if they haven't messaged or tagged you in a photo.

b) have dragged and dropped more than 3 FB photos (not from your own profile)

c) actually go to a place mentioned on someone's page in hopes of seeing them in real life...creepy!

6. You change your profile picture more than a 12-year=old girl.

7. You have checked your FB page while reading this article.

8. You clean up your "wall" so it looks like you spend less time on FB.

9. You are a member of more than 10 groups and respond to every event invitation "attending" even if you have no intention of going.

10. You change your relationship status just to mess with people.

Taken from:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tara-stiles/help-im-addicted-to-faceb_b_166726.html


PS: I'm facebook-ing now

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Entrepreneurship is really is...

• Entrepreneurship is not only about making money

Just because you are selling dadih or keropok at your college does not mean you are an entrepreneur. And just because you’re not selling, does not mean you are not an entrepreneur. Go and search for Grameen Bank in the internet. This Bank were the pioneers of Micro-Credit Banking and it stated with a desire to improve the community. This is a good example of social entrepreneurship. You are using your entrepreneurship spirit, your skills, ideas and resources to make a change (not profit) in the society.

• Entrepreneurship starts with innovation, continues with skill and knowledge.

An entrepreneur starts with a good and unique idea. If all the colleges in UPM have people selling dadih and you also want to sell dadih, then, you are not entrepreneur. America is the number one country in product innovation and business process innovation. Why do you want to buy iPod and iPhones? Because it’s new, fun and innovative. Idea alone is not enough, you need the skill (managerial skills) and knowledge (experience and information) to turn the idea into reality. There are many people who have good ideas but why do they fail? Because they have no skills, desire and determination. So, if you say you are an entrepreneur,ask yourself whether are you creative? And are you good enough to turn dreams into reality?

• Entrepreneurship is not what you do, it’s how you do it...

What is the difference between McDonalds and your normal road side burger stall? They are selling the same thing, burgers, right? The difference is that McDonalds have a system. A business model, a system that manages marketing, operations, logistics, human resource and etc. In fact that is why McD is called a franchise. A franchise is the license to use a business model/system. So McD is not really selling burgers but it is is selling the opportunity to use a proven business concept. So, just selling burgers or kuih-muih at entrepreneurship carnivals is nothing, but how you sell it makes you an entrepreneur.

• Entrepreneurship is an attitude, mentality and a state of mind

In my previous 3 points, I talked about Ideas, Entrepreneurship spirit, skill, knowledge and system. Have I talked about money, products or investments? No. Because before you start thinking about those things you must understand that entrepreneurship is an attitude, mentality and a state of mind. If you have the right mind set of entrepreneurship, anything you do will be success. But if you don’t, you will easily get tricked like joining MLM, BuluhMas, Get Quick Scheme and etc.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Majlis Ramah Mesra Pelajar MPP

So yesterday I went to the 'Majlis Ramah Mesra MPP', I'm not a professional journalist but I wanted to go and see what did our votes get ourselves into.

Here are a few videos tha might be able to show what was the atmosphere at the event:




Well, I hope that can give you an impression of the event and of our newly elected MPP Cabinet.

Here are some the Qs and As. I had changed the question and answers to a very straight forward and blunt way so it's easy for u guys to read. The answers were very long winded (typical), if the answers were lost in my translation, I'm ok with rectyfiying it by apologizing in this blog and making any other changes necessary. And I will also add my own commentary when necessary.

The Issue: The perception of students to ward the MPP
The Answer: We cannot see what students and each other feel(perception), it is abstract, we are bound to each other perspective so there is resolution, we need to rectify this perception

The Issue: Conflict between the MPP and Administrators
The Answer: It's about looking for a win-win situation, diplomacy. Knowledge is important. Having boycotts unnecessarily might not be effective.
My views: The situation we are in might be a win-win situation, but i'm sure the students are not the one winning.

The Issue: Hapuskan Desasiswa
The Answer: A legal issue, the contract is made, cannot be made void, can be re-assesed
My views: Desasiswa is the contract owner that holds the cafe and rents to the small operators at a high rent. Where the cost is passed on to us students. If a government can buy again the concession agreements of highways, why not do the same for Desasiswa. New contracts/agreement can be made it's just a matter of political will. Afterall, by normal business standards there not many who do 15 year contracts.

The issue: K17 cafe and bus facillities sux
The answer: Will think of a way to urge the cafe operators to fulfill the needs of the students. The method is kaunter aduan. We need proof to show to administrators, that proof is your aduan.

The Issue: MPP is a medium not a 'penyelesai'
The answer: Agrees with the above statement.
My Views: Students have no where to turn to for their problems except you. If you cannot 'menyelesaikan' their problems who can, who will , who wants to. The administrators are already busy with their current job's KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)

My Issues: Students have no power
My Answer: The avenues we are given to address our issues are so limited. With all the MPP candidates that had been chosen, only the prez will go in the senate, You might be a good leader, but in the senate where there are all experienced deans and admins, you think your voice can be heard or considered?
The Jawatankuasa Kebajikan Pelajar is not compulsory to be joined by an MPP representatitve (as stated in AUKU 2006-the version i can find), Sabrie had started joining i last year, if i'm not mistaken. It's called Jawatankuasa Kebajikan PELAJAR, why are we not in it?Even in the AUKU the job description says any action needs approval of TNC, that's not really power. How can we influence anyone if we have no power? At least the power to initiate an effort by the relevant parties. If we can't make decisions, can we at least have the power to get the decision makers to make the decisions. Please think of ways to increase your influence. MPP might be medium between students and admins. But it means nothing if the admins dont care about us students and take us seriously.

My Issues: Students have no idea what you are doing
My answer: We have no idea what you are planning and how you guys do your work, procedures and such. Enlighten us with the process if you say we normal studenst, "just don't understand". Update us on the troubles you are going through in dealing with admins. In blogs would be best. We dont want to know what activties you are having, we just want to know if our bus will be operating good enough and etc.

My issues: There is no admin responsible for student satisfaction
My Answer: How come there are no one in UPM admin who has KPIs pertaining to student needs, whereby if he fails in taking care of students basic needs as defined in the KPIs he will be sacked.

From what i see, the MPP have no idea on how to manage themselves as an organization, they are good politicians and talkers I'm sure, but they do not know how to use proven managerial techniques. For example, that night they did show their mission and vission. But what as students we want to know their goals, action plans and priorities. Mission and Vision does not change every time a new MPP board is made. Only the middle and short term goals change.
Construct KPIs to show students your progress at the end of your term, publicize the effort you have put for student (if you have any). At the end of the night I have no idea in what way or what should be a new way for the MPP to handle these issues. The MPP have been facing the same issues for years and the results are the same. Think of new ways of adressing our issues effctively. Most of the problem lies in how to get the admins to help us, you dont need to worry about us students, if we do have a problem, you're the first person we'll meet ; p.

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." - Einstein.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

You think you're good enough?!!

Last friday, I had to take an interview at this Multinational Corporation, it was just for a 3 month interview but it was still a humbling experience.

Their written test were consisted of English, Mathematics, Logic and an Essay.

I did really bad in the English test, yes, I did. They would give you a text, with some of it underlined and you must choose an alternative text that can replace the underline text most effectively and correctly according to English language. So people, it's no more about grammatical anymore, it's also about getting your message across effectively. So all you students who are so afraid of English, you better get prepared. The higher you want to climb, the more English becomes a necessity.

The mathematics was more of arithmetic, I did quite well. The question was quite tricky in a way it doesnt ask you a straight answer. You need to read it twice, just to be sure.

I also sux at logic. At least that was what the interviewer said, well, he did not exactly say that, but something to that effect. I don't have much to say except to readers who are bookworms and always being spoon fed all this time, you think you can do those questions?

The Essay asked you to do a 3 PAGE ESSAY!!! You have to convey your arguments effectively and clearly. I did well, again that's at least what the interviewer said. Having good points is not enought, you need to get it across well. Brandon said the interviewer said employees need to write reports that their boss would understand in 3 minutes.

Another thing I wan to share is that my resume is not that much. At the interview I only had my AIESEC stuff. I did not have much from high school, I was not performing well then. However, I want to give a little advice, especially those who just want positions so their resume would look good. Make sure the student club that you had joined have given you a good learning experience. It's useless if you have som many positions but you do not learn when you're holding the position or you did nothing to improve that club. You can refer here to see what i think a good club should be.

I don't know whether I can get the internship or not, I did quite mediocre. After all, it was my first interview (other than my AIESEC interview la ;P). I hope I get it. I just be myself during the interview. Thanks for the tips, Dr. Teoh!

Anyway, I would lastly like to conclude there is a lot that university students are still not prepared about their future career. There are still a lot of people who do not know what their future career will be like. Even worse, are some who take the easy road and go to the public sector, without thinking about what they really want in life. Take an active role in shaping your life, you are in the driver's seat, take control.

Creating a Mission for your student organization

Last time, I discussed how to make a vision statement. The next step is to create the mission statement. What is a mission statement? They are to show what your organization does. According to MGM4171 Strategic Management class it must have 9 components:

• Customers: Who are the firm’s customers?
• Products/services
• Markets, technology
• Concern for survival, growth, profitability
• Philosophy
• Self-concept
• Concern for public image
• Concern for employees


This is PepsiCo's mission: "Our mission is to be the world's premier consumer Products Company focused on convenient foods and beverages. We seek to produce financial rewards to investors as we provide opportunities for growth and enrichment to our employees, our business partners and the communities in which we operate. And in everything we do, we strive for honesty, fairness and integrity." You can my see blog's mission here.

You don't need all of the 9 components in your mission statement because you are not a company just a student organization. The important thing is that your mission statement must tell who you are. I will short list a few of the components that I started above that must be in your mission statement. They are: Customers, Products/services, Philosophy, and Self-concept.

Customers
Who is your customer? As a student club/organization it is your members who are your members (not your pengetua, your felo or anything like that), you are making activities so that your members are learning. That’s why you are called a student club.

Products
What do you ‘sell’ to your ‘customers’? You are selling the learning experience. For example, a theatre club would ‘sell’ the opportunity to take part in the performing arts. An Aikido club would teach you Aikido lessons and etc. Remember, that your customer is students and your product is the experience. Some people are doing an activity just to get VIPs to come or just for the sake doing it or your pengetua/dean ask you to do it, than it means that you are not consistent with your mission. Because students is not your priority anymore.

Philosophy
You need to have some words in your mission statement that represent the philosophy and personality of your club. For example, my blog’s mission have “We strive with the desire to excel, passion to care for our university and the desire to actively shape our university life” in it. This represents what I am trying to do with my blog and also the attitudes that I put into my posts while I am blogging. Apply this same kind of mentality to your club because it can help motivate your club’s members and also help to shape your club’s branding in the future.

Self-Concept
What makes your club so special? What is its unique selling point (USP)? AIESEC‘s USPs is Leadership, Exchange and Global Learning Environment. This is what makes AIESEC different from other student organization. So try to find out or create something that makes your club different from other clubs.

So discuss your mission statement with all your team mates. Discuss them according to the 4 components I mentioned above. Make sure you have a consensus, because a good vision and mission works because everybody agrees on the direction the club is going. Once you have a good vision and mission statement, write it properly somewhere everyone can easily refer. Having a good vision and mission statement allows you to see whether the activities you do will add value to your organization or not. Don’t be afraid to change your vision and statement if necessary, but they are a long term thing and don’t require constant changing, if it does that means your vision and mission is not good enough, and you must seriously consider what you’re club is about.

Once the foundation is laid, we can start the real planning for your organization. Things are just getting started…

Read the previous article in this series, here.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Soal Selidik Kajian Sikap dan Pandangan Pelajar terhadap MPP/MTP

I want to check out what are the general perception of students towards their MPP/MTP, fill the google form below. I'll share the result here when it's finish ok? If I double spam to your e-mail, sorry la.



Thanks for filling the survey, leave some comments on your opinion about student politics, student elction and your feelings about MPP/MTP. What do you think?

PS: For those who dunno how to leave a comment, find the text 'comment', right below this post and click it....

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