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MOE’s year of strides

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik. NSTP/ROSELA ISMAILBy Rozana SaniRayyan Rafidi – December 26, 2019 @ 11:55am

WITH the year fast drawing to a close, Higher ED looks back at the highlights and events that have shaped and influenced the tertiary education space.

This year, Malaysia took great strides to provide inclusivity and quality education to various levels of the society.

Increased pathways were created for access into education at various higher education institutions (HEIs). There was a keen focus on making tertiary education provide graduates with relevant skills and knowledge that would fit both industry demands and society needs as well as push further the pursuit of knowledge.

These were all drawn up via a clear framework stipulated in the Education Minister’s 2019 Mandate that was unveiled in January where four key directions were cited for higher education ― quality, autonomy, collaboration and internationalisation ― that aimed to bring back credibility to universities.

To achieve quality higher education, research from universities should be aimed at solving society’s problems.NSTP/SHARUL HAFIZ ZAM

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik advocated increasing the visibility of academics’ works and nurturing a discourse culture in universities to solve society’s problems and develop the nation as a means to achieve quality higher education.

Ethics and integrity were given emphasis where university publication should reflect the mastery of academicians and be regarded as universal references.

The quality of research grants should be increased to ensure knowledge transfer and translation of great works.

Maszlee announced that student empowerment woud be emphasised through efforts like the abolition of Section 15(1)(c) of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971.

Students’ Unions would be established to increase students’ decision-making roles. International Islamic University Malaysia was selected as the first university to be the pioneer.

In preparing students to become society’s troubleshooters, *universities must create collaborations with various parties, such as schools, polytechnics and vocational colleges.

To help local communities, public universities could provide training to improve the quality of the teaching and learning process in schools.

To make Malaysia an international education hub, Maszlee said there must be an increase in international students and local universities must establish more campuses abroad through the satellite university method.

For Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the ministry would continue to improve its institutional capabilities to be on par with other educational pathways.

A harmonised accreditation system with quality assurance would be established to enable student mobility in TVET institutions.

The quality and delivery of TVET programmes would be increased to improve the skills of graduates through an industry-led approach, removing duplication of programmes and resources, increasing cost effectiveness and expanding TVET funding.

Disabled students are among the priority groups given special routes for entry into public universities.. NSTP/AZHAR RAMLI

HAPPENINGS in the tertiary education gradually ramped up from early March prior to the release of SPM and STPM results.

Plans on access, wider pathways for furthering education, autonomy and quality education were generally made good on as the year progressed.


The Education Ministry announced special pathways to public universities for four groups, namely, people with disabilities, athletes, Orang Asli and those in the B40 group in early March.

Students from these priority groups do not have to compete with the mainstream group to pursue their tertiary studies.

In line with the ministry’s Education for All concept, this initiative follows in the footsteps of developed countries in prioritising the admission of athletes into varsities.

Some 51,191 students from B40 group benefited from the special routes to public universities and special training institutes, of which 32,282 made it into public universities.


Also in March, Universiti Malaya made history when its campus election became the first in 50 years to be independently run by students.

It is a testament to students’ capability to uphold democracy and be responsible citizens.

The electoral process was organised by the Campus Election Committee 2019 comprising 19 student leaders who were given the mandate by UM’s vice-chancellor last year with full autonomy.

Improvisations were carried out to benefit students such as coalitions were allowed to be formed and contest under one logo.

The election was conducted in the second semester to familiarise new students with the university environment and their student leaders.

Campus elections at all public universities this year were independently run by students.NSTP/AZIAH AZMEE


Decision on whether to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) continues to be a hot issue.

On April 3, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that only the government could make the decision to recognise the UEC.

The UEC is the unified examination for Independent Chinese Secondary Schools which does not follow the national education system.

The Unified Examination Certificate Task Force, an independent three-man panel appointed by Education Ministry in 2018, updated the NST that it was actively gathering views on this matter from various stakeholders, individuals and entities including associations, political parties, scholars and parents.

As of last month, the task force was reported to be in the midst of finalising the report.


In April, the Education Ministry announced that it was increasing the student intake into the matriculation programme to 40,000 from the present 25,000.

While the quota system, which allocates 90 per cent of seats to Bumiputeras continue to be in place, seats for non-Bumiputeras increased proportionally to 4,000.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the system is in line with the matriculation programme’s vision to encourage more Bumiputera’s involvement in the sciences.


To formulate more relevant policies to implement the TVET agenda according to industry needs, the TVET Empowerment Committee named Maszlee chairperson in May.

Later in August, the committee (JKKPTVET) was formed in line with the government’s hopes to make TVET a mainstream choice, instead of an alternative. The move is expected to help create a skilled workforce by 2030.


Twenty Malaysian universities were featured in the QS World University Rankings 2020 released in June.

Produced by global higher education consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds, the list ranks the world’s top 1000 universities.

In its second consecutive year in the top 100, Universiti Malaya made Malaysia proud by climbing up to the 70th position from 87th globally.

In the 200 rank are Universiti Putra Malaysia ― from 202 to 159; Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia ― 184 to 160; and Universiti Sains Malaysia ― from 207 to 165.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia climbed from 228 to 217.

UCSI University went from 481 to 442, the highest for a private university in the country.

According to Quacquarelli Symonds, Malaysia’s progressive performance was due to improving results in two key surveys ― Academic Reputation and Employer Reputation.

However, Malaysian universities’ research impact has room for improvement. Only five of Malaysia’s 20 entrants improved their performance in Quacquarelli Symonds’ Citations per Faculty indicator.


The Education Ministry announced that a new Act would be created to abolish and replace several higher education-related Acts, including the Universities and University Colleges (AUKU) Act 1971 and Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996 (Act 555).

According to the ministry, the move was aimed at having a more efficient and sustainable governance and financing structure in efforts to support universities’ academic freedom and autonomy.

Chaired by Maszlee, a meeting was held on June 22 to discuss the policy framework and findings of studies by independent academic researchers.

The abolition of the Acts was in line with the government’s promise to bring back credibility to local universities.


In July, the Malaysian Qualifications Agency revealed that there would soon be alternative pathways to provide opportunities for working adults and undergraduates to have a PhD qualification.

MQA chief executive officer Datuk Dr Rahmah Mohamed said the agency was carrying out an implementation study of the next phase of the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) programme where work experience could be translated into a masters or doctoral degree, or speed up the process of getting a PhD.

Defined as a systematic process involving identification, documentation and assessment of prior experiential learning, the programme thus far has created access to certificate, diploma, bachelor’s degree and master’s degree study programmes to individuals with working experience but lack or are without proper academic qualifications.

MQA targeted to introduce APEL T-8 and APEL Q next year that would give access to PhD level qualifications. APEL T-8 is an extension of APEL A, which provides higher education opportunities based on a person’s working experience.

APEL Q awards master’s and doctoral level academic qualifications without class attendance.

The purpose of the various initiatives is to ensure there is a growth in the number of postgraduate degree holders, in line with the country’s aspiration of becoming a high-income nation.


In September, the Higher Education department shared that it had instructed all universities to identify and reshape their academic programmes to enhance students’ job opportunities and be in line with industry needs.

This led to a confusion among students currently pursuing certain courses and their parents were particularly anxious about the status of the said programmes that would no longer be offered by public universities in the country.

The then Higher Education department director general Datuk Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir highlighted that the idea behind the move was essentially to revise strategically and systematically courses currently offered at universities to keep abreast of change and market developments or risk stagnation.

International Islamic University Malaysia was selected as the first university to establish a Students’ Union to increase students’ decision-making role.NSTP/SALHANI IBRAHIM


To level up human capital in the country, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, when tabling Budget 2020 in Parliament in October, announced an allocation of RM64.1 billion in 2020 for education ― reflecting the government’s commitment to provide quality education at different stages of life for the rakyat.

From the sum, a whopping RM5.9 billion is dedicated to mainstreaming TVET which include, among others, funding to strengthen the synergies between the public and private sectors through increased allocation for State Skills Development Centres and Public Skills Training Institutions as well as expanding pathways for TVET graduates to pursue further studies and secure jobs.

To encourage adult learning, Lim said the Employees Provident Fund will be allowed to facilitate the withdrawal for qualifications attained at certificate level, especially for accredited programmes that are in line with the nation’s IR4.0 aspirations.

The withdrawal scheme will include members’ parents and spouse.

A RM20 million allocation will be made available to be matched by another RM20 million from the Human Resource Development Fund towards having working adults take up professional certification examinations in fields relating to IR4.0.

Emphasis on learning opportunities under MARA and Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera for low-income and rural bumiputeras through education institutions such as Kolej GIATMARA and Universiti Kuala Lumpur will be continued with an allocation of RM1.3 billion for education institutions under MARA for 2020, with a further RM2 billion allocated for student loans, benefiting 50,000 students. In addition, RM192 million is also allocated for professional certification programmes under Yayasan Peneraju.

To drive economic growth in the digital era, the government encourages the provision of technology scholarships, training and upskilling for digital skills for communities in need through the concept of Digital Social Responsibility (DSR).

DSR is the commitment by businesses to contribute to digital economic development while improving the digital skills of the future workforce.

Enhancing the research and development framework was also cited as a key strategy to drive economic growth in the new economy.

For that, Lim announced that the government will allocate RM30 million for R&D matching grants for collaborations with industry and academia to develop higher value-added downstream use of palm oil, specifically tocotrienol in pharmaceuticals and bio-jet fuel.

“To promote commercialisation of R&D from the public sector, research universities, beginning with UM, will establish a one-stop Innovation Office to transform intellectual property into commercially exploitable opportunities,” said Lim.


In November, the Education Ministry announced the replacement of the science/arts streaming system in upper secondary into a system where students can choose from 89 elective subjects grouped in two packages: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), and Arts and Humanities under the new Secondary Schools’ Standard Curriculum (Upper Secondary) or KSSM Menengah Atas.

This will give students a taste of what they might pursue at tertiary education level and maybe even get a headstart in their desired future careers.

In a briefing, Education Ministry deputy director-general (policies and development) Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim advised students to pick their subjects wisely because it paves the way for their future.

She added that the students can change subjects midway through schooling but noted that it will not be an easy feat because there will be a lot of catching up to do.


Comment: * University Tun Abdul Razak (UniRazak), an IPTS, has signed an MOU with ISE Education Sdn Bhd, a JPK accredited institute for VTO & induction course programmes, to provide an unique pathway for TVET/SKM/DKM graduates & experienced TVET personnels to further studies in UniRazak, even without SPM.

The executive URise program (Professional Diploma & Executive Bachelor):

1. Acts as a bridging program to matriculate TVET/SKM/DKM graduates to university.
2. Provides an opportunity for TVET/SKM/DKM graduates to enhance career, especially to managerial position with better leadership skills.
3. Elevates social status of TVET/SKM/DKM graduates and experienced skills personnels

Pelbagai persoalan mengenai Kolej Vokasional (KV) terjawab

Untuk masuk KV, pastikan pelajar tu BETUL2 minat dan betul2 rajin. Bukan ikut kawan.

Di KV, ramai pelajar yg kecundang tengah jalan sebab tak minat dan tak rajin. Sebab:

1. Bila tak minat, jadi malas.
2. Bila malas, kerja x siap dan bertangguh, serta tak boleh nak catch up.
3. Bila kerja x siap, markah PB (Pentaksiran Berterusan, 70% utk matapelajaran vokasional, 30% utk matapelajaran akademik) rendah. Bila tak mencapai tahap minimum, gagal PB. Gagal PB, sia2 je dtg exam akhir, sebab pointer akan gagal jugak.

Pelajar KV bukan automatik dapat diploma. Diorg kena lalui 2 tahun sebagai pelajar SVM (pradiploma atau pelajar sijil), bila lulus dengan minimum 3 kredit (2 kredit Vokasional, 1 kredit lg lulus BM setara SPM), baru ditawarkan ke peringkat DVM (Diploma).

Itu pun, bergantung pada prasyarat program. Ada program yg pelajar wajib lulus Matematik, ada yg wajib lulus BI, baru ditawarkan ke DVM. Da diorg wajib lulus satu kursus khas bernama Core Abilities (CA).

Bermakna utk layak ke DVM, wajib:
Lulus matapelajaran vokasional minimum 2 sem (1 sem = 1 kredit)
Lulus BM setara SPM
Lulus CA
Pointer minimum 2.67 Vokasional n 2.00 akademik.

Utk yg nak tau ttg sistem pembelajaran di KV, ok begini.

Pelajar sijil wajib menghadiri sesi PDPC dari jam 8-5 (rehat jam 1), manakala pelajar diploma, jadualnya agak relax kebanyakannya paling lewat akan habis kelas jam 4. Tp ni pun bergantung pada program. Sb setiap program, tak sama jam kredit. Pelajar masih ambil matapelajaran akademik:

Untuk SVM:
BM (setara SPM)
Sejarah (setara SPM)
Maths (Teknologi atau Sosial, bergantung pada program)
Sains (Teknologi atau Sosial, bergantung pada program)
Core Abilities (mcm pelajar SKM di ILP)

Untuk DVM:
Pengajian Am
Bahasa Komunikasi (Arab/Mandarin)
Matematik (bergantung pada program)
Sains (bergantung pada program)
Dan beberapa matapelajaran lg bergantung pada program yg diambil.

Tapi kena tahu juga, yg SEMUA pelajar DIWAJIBKAN untuk terlibat dlm SEMUA aktiviti kolej, tanpa mengira SVM atau DVM. Yuran PIBG, dan asrama pun tiada perbezaan utk pelajar SVM atau DVM.

Kurikulum di KV tak sama dengan SMK. Kami tak guna buku teks sekolah, melainkan BM n Sejarah. Contohnya Akaun, pelajar bukan diajar prisip, tp pelajar terus didedahkan dgn cara utk buat kitaran perakaunan terus. Daripada proses kutip dokumen (pelajar akan pegang dokumen), pemfailan, hinggalah tutup akaun. Dan di peringkat diploma, pelajar akan belajar cara mengaudit akaun yg diorg dh buat tu.

Pelajar KV jugak kena sangat2 rajin. Sebab mcm sy sebut kat atas, diorg ada PB. PB ni diuji dlm kelas, amali n teori. Soalan2 yg digubal dipantau oleh pegawai dari Lembaga Peperiksaan sendiri dari semasa ke semasa. Jd tiada alasan kata KV tak diiktiraf. Pelajar yg kerap tak hadir, akan ketinggalan banyak benda, terutamanya ujian PB. Bila tertinggal, maka gagallah dia.

DVM pulak, syarat2 mcm dekat UA applied di sini. Cthnya kehadiran minimum 80%. Lulus LI. Dan sebagainya.

Selain dari tu, kena tau juga, walaupun pelajar KV dah boleh masuk IPTA, tp sasaran KV adalah utk menghasilkan 70% graduan BEKERJA, bukan utk sambung degree terus. Kalau nak sambung study, kami akan sarankan pelajar utk sambung SKM 4 n 5 berbanding degree, sebab degree lebih kepada teori, berbanding SKM, kurikulumnya lebih sepadan dengan pelajar KV.

Pelajar KV TIADA SPM. Tapi mereka WAJIB ambil BM dan Sejarah Setara SPM yg mana, dua subjek ni boleh digunapakai utk pelajar KV memohon utk bekerja dlm sektor awam menggantikan SPM (ada pekelilingnya). Yg ni, pelajar KV ramai ambil mudah. Sangat ramai pelajar KV gagal dlm dua matapelajaran ni, secara tak langsung, menggagalkan mereka dari sambung ke peringkat DVM jugak.

Tp untuk makluman jugak, SEMUA soalan Penilaian Akhir (final exam) yg diadakan pada setiap hujung semester, adalah dikelola oleh Lembaga Peperiksaan sendiri. Penggubal soalan dan Pemeriksa adalah yg pegawai dilantik oleh LP. Bukan cikgu sendiri yg buat soalan. Even result pelajar pun dikeluarkan oleh LP. Bukan bawah kolej. Yg menentukan pelajar lulus atau gagal, layak ke peringkat DVM pun, LP. Kolej tiada kuasa dlm bab ni.

Ada yg bertanya, lepas SVM boleh sambung diploma kat UA ke? Tak boleh. Tp diorg boleh sambung ke peringkat DVM di mana2 KV lain yg menyediakan program yg sama. Ataupun sambung diploma profesional & bachelor eksekutif di Unirazak, KL (IPTS), di mana ada laluan khas direka untuk graduan SVM/SKM/TVET

(Please refer to latest update by KPM. According to some KV teachers, students now can continue their studies in IPTA).

Sumber: Dikongsi oleh seorang guru KV di FB
Sila rujuk dengan Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia untuk maklumat lanjut dan terkini untuk segala pertanyaan tentang KV sebab min bukan pakar dalam sektor ni ya.

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Kredit: Artiket & gambar dipetik dari FB Shahzalina Ghazali

Insentif TVET RM500

Kementerian Sumber Manusia akan membentangkan kepada Kabinet cadangan pemberian insentif RM500 sebulan seperti di Singapura kepada pekerja tempatan yang mahu menambah kemahiran dalam bidang Latihan Pendidikan Teknikal dan Vokasional (TVET). – NSTP/Sairien Nafis

Oleh Irwan Shafrizan Ismail dan Suhaila Shahrul

PUTRAJAYA: Sejajar usaha melahirkan pekerja berkemahiran tinggi, Kementerian Sumber Manusia mencadangkan pemberian insentif kepada pekerja tempatan yang mahu menambah kemahiran menerusi Latihan Pendidikan Teknikal dan Vokasional (TVET).

Kertas kerja bagi pemberian insentif khas berkenaan sedang disediakan kementerian sebelum dibentangkan kepada Kabinet.

Menteri Sumber Manusia, M Kulasegaran, berkata pihaknya mengambil contoh Singapura dan beberapa negara lain yang memberikan setiap pekerja insentif dalam lingkungan RM500 sebulan jika mereka mendalami bidang kemahiran.

“Saya memberi contoh, anda bekerja sebagai pemberita, hendak sambung belajar kemahiran lain selepas waktu kerja, bolehlah pergi belajar.

“Mungkin tiada wang untuk bayar yuran, jadi kita sediakan insentif dari institusi tertentu atau daripada sumbangan anda (pekerja) kepada Tabung Pembangunan Sumber Manusia (HRDF), jadi kita gunakan dana itu,” katanya dalam satu temubual dengan BH di pejabatnya di sini, pada Selasa.

Menteri Sumber Manusia, M Kulasegaran. – NSTP/Ahmad Irham Mohd Noor

Kulasegaran percaya pemberian insentif itu antara langkah mencapai sasaran kerajaan dalam Wawasan Kemakmuran Bersama (WKB) bagi melahirkan 35 peratus pekerja berkemahiran tinggi menjelang 2030.

“Sekarang pekerja berkemahiran dalam negara ada dalam lingkungan 28 peratus, dan ini masih jauh berbanding sasaran itu.

“Kalau banding dengan negara maju seperti Singapura, mereka mempunyai kadar 55 peratus pekerja berkemahiran.

“Jadi, kenapa kita perlu ada pekerja berkemahiran, sebabnya dengan ada kemahiran gaji diperoleh lumayan, produktiviti akan tinggi dan meningkatkan mobiliti dalam memperkasa pekerja.

“Ini yang kita sedang difikirkan apa yang boleh kerajaan lakukan supaya setiap pekerja tempatan dalam negara boleh dapatkan kemahiran dan TVET memainkan peranan itu,’ katanya.

Selain itu, katanya, pemikiran baharu perlu diterapkan supaya pelajar menjadikan bidang TVET sebagai pilihan pertama untuk melanjutkan pelajaran.

“Malah bagi kementerian sendiri, di institusi latihan sedia ada kita mempunyai 16,000 penuntut bidang kemahiran tahun lalu dan jumlah ini meningkat kepada 18,000 penuntut tahun ini.

Kementerian masih menyediakan kertas kerja bagi pemberian insentif khas untuk pekerja mengikuti latihan TVET.

“Dengan trend ini, kita yakin tidak ada masalah untuk mencapai sasaran 23,000 penuntut TVET tahun hadapan.

“Kalau kita lihat negara maju seperti Switzerland, Jerman, Korea Selatan, Taiwan dan Jepun, di sana selepas menamatkan pelajaran, 60 peratus golongan mudanya melanjutkan pengajian dalam TVET dan bukannya akademik. Walaupun akademik mustahak, tapi bezanya sekarang perlu ada sokongan dengan TVET,” katanya.

Sehubungan itu, katanya kerajaan menyeru ibu bapa lebih memahami perubahan semasa berbanding zaman dahulu yang lebih memberi tumpuan kepada akademik dan menjadikan TVET pilihan kedua atau terakhir.

Tambahnya, kementerian juga akan turun padang ke segenap pelusuk, termasuk kampung dan pedalaman bagi bertemu generasi muda dan mereka yang sudah berusia bagi menerangkan kelebihan bidang TVET.


1. Harap mekanisma pemberian insentif RM500 ni tidak disalahguna dan hanya terhad kepada pilihan belajar di Pusat Latihan Awam sahaja.
2. Bidang TVET sebagai pilihan pertama untuk melanjutkan pelajaran
sememangnya adalah pilihan bijak. Sekiranya masih teringin sangat meneruskan sehingga mendapat Diploma/Ijazah Sarjana Muda dari Universiti, sekarang dah ada haluannya, samada bidang teknikal di 4 Universtiti Teknikal Tempatan (MTUN) ataupun bidang pengurusan industri di Universiti Tun Abdul Razak di Jalan Tun Razak, KL.


Hari pertama Sambutan Hari Profesion Teknikal Negara (HPTN) 2019 telah berlangsung dengan jayanya di Pusat Konvensyen Telekom Malaysia, pada 3 Disember 2019.

Sambutan HPTN bertemakan ‘Profesion Bidang Teknikal Teras Kemakmuran Bersama’ buat julung kali itu sebagai tanda penghargaan dan pengiktirafan atas jasa disumbangkan profesion teknikal dalam landskap pembangunan negara.

Pelancaran Sambutan HPTN 2019 dimulakan dengan ucapan aluan oleh YB Tuan Baru Bian, dan seterusnya dirasmikan secara rakaman video oleh Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Di dalam ucapannya beliau berkata, pekerja bidang teknikal perlu dilengkapkan dengan kemahiran terkini secara ‘upgrade’ dan ‘upscaling’ berdasarkan perkembangan teknologi dan keperluan industri masa hadapan. Menurut beliau lagi, ia selaras dengan perkembangan global terkini, khususnya Revolusi Industri 4.0 (IR4.0) berpaksikan kepada teknologi terkini yang menyasarkan persekitaran industri, ekonomi dan kehidupan lebih pantas, pintar dan dinamik.

Kejayaan sesebuah negara tidak akan dapat dicapai tanpa adanya sumber tenaga kerja terlatih, kompetitif dan mempunyai kepakaran dan keupayaan terkini. Beliau berkata, negara maju seperti Jepun, Amerika Syarikat dan Jerman menekankan pendidikan Sains, Teknologi, Kejuruteraan dan Matematik (STEM) serta Pendidikan dan Latihan Teknikal dan Vokasional (TVET) sebagai agenda utama pendidikan untuk menghasilkan lebih ramai profesion teknikal.

Katanya lagi, Malaysia juga tidak ketinggalan dalam memastikan STEM dan TVET diutamakan. Menurutnya, di negara maju profesion teknikal memberikan sumbangan besar kepada pembangunan negara, sebagai contoh tujuh daripada 10 syarikat terbesar negara di Jerman bernilai Euro 170 bilion adalah berasaskan teknikal seperti ICT, telekomunikasi dan automotif. Negara maju berkenaan sentiasa menekankan inovasi dan penghasilan teknologi terkini, sehingga menjadi antara negara paling banyak mendaftar paten antarabangsa.

Di antara aktiviti yang telah berlangsung sepanjang hari pertama Sambutan HPTN 2019 adalah seperti berikut:

1. Pameran Teknikal, Kerjaya dan Akademik

2. Pembentangan Teknikal, Akademik dan Selebriti:

Encik Azrin bin Aris
Tajuk: Mengoptimumkan Kos Operasi Melalui IoT & Big Data
Agensi/Syarikat/Institusi: TM One, TM Malaysia

Pembentang: Mr Ooi Joon Kit
Tajuk: Advance Cooling Technology For Server Room
Agensi/Syarikat/Institusi: Acson Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Platinum)

Pembentang: Puan Heryanti Hilmi
Tajuk: Program Pentauliahan Penyeliaan dan Pengurusan CIDB
Agensi/Syarikat/Institusi: Lembaga Pembangunan Industri
Pembinaan Malaysia (CIDB (Platinum)

Pembentang: Dato’ Norman Bin Abdul Halim KRU
Tajuk: Opportunities In The Creative Industry

Pembentang: Encik Senthil Balan A/L Danapalan /
Syed Othman bin Syed Salim
Tajuk: Unlocking The Economic Benefits of Infrastructure Development / Modernization Through World Class Connectivity and IoT Adoption
Agensi/Syarikat/Institusi: MAXIS (Platinum)

Pembentang: Nurizzati Athirah binti Muhamad Yusoff
Tajuk: Jurukimpal Wanita Dalam Air Bertaraf Antarabangsa Memecah Dominasi

Pembentang: Ir. Abdul Aziz bin Omar
Tajuk: Teknologis Kejuruteraan
Agensi/Syarikat/Institusi: Lembaga Jurutera Malaysia, BEM

3. Pertandingan E-Sport

4. Pertandingan Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) antara sekolah rendah, menengah dan institusi pengajian tinggi.

Di antara aktiviti yang telah berlangsung sepanjang hari pertama Sambutan HPTN 2019 adalah seperti berikut:

1. Pameran Teknikal, Kerjaya dan Akademik

2. Pembentangan Teknikal, Akademik dan Selebriti:

Encik Azrin bin Aris
Tajuk: Mengoptimumkan Kos Operasi Melalui IoT & Big Data
Agensi/Syarikat/Institusi: TM One, TM Malaysia


Komen: Maaf, min tak dapat hadir sebab terlalu sibuk dengan projek penyediaan graduan TVET ke Universiti

Malaysian Skills 2.0 a wise and apt move — Sultan Nazrin

IPOH (Dec 3): The launching of the SkillsMalaysia 2.0: SKILL4ALL Towards New Collar Jobs programme, which is the initiative of the Human Resources Ministry, is a wise and timely move, said the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah.

He hoped the move pioneered by the ministry could fortify the development of the best human capital in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in line with the challenges of technological changes, hike in global worker migration and world climatic changes.

“It is hoped that the effort can stabilise skills training to support industrial development and technological mastery and subsequently reduce national dependency on technology and skilled manpower from abroad,” he said in his speech at the launching of SkillsMalaysia 2.0: SKILL4ALL Towards New Collar Job at the Ipoh Industrial Training Institute here today.

He said current data proved that TVET graduates could more easily find jobs, when overall 92% of its graduates obtained employments, compared to 30,765 graduates or 59.9 graduates at the first degree level and upwards who had yet to find work a year after graduating.

He said this situation proved that there was a mismatch between the qualifications of the graduates produced by the Institutions of Higher Education with the skills needed by the industry and it must be rectified.

Realising this reality, Sultan Nazrin said the approach and training at TVET institutes should be engineered by introducing the best practices in management, drafting together and designing programmes and training deliveries.

He said focus must be given towards boosting the ability of independent learning with the approach depending on problem-based learning, project based learning and production based learning approaches.

“The learning of this new method will provide the exposure to the students on the real working world. The National Occupational Skills Standard which is the foundation of training curriculum development must be boosted in line with the development of digital technology,” he said.

In addition, Sultan Nazrin said TVET programmes must ensure that trainees were equipped with soft skills encompassing non-academic skills such as positive values, leadership, team work, communication and continuous learning.

He said the aspect of ethics and moral must mandatorily be made important components so that technocrats and skilled workers produced adhered to the principle of trustworthiness, integrity, sincerity, being anti-corruption and not abusing power.

Sultan Nazrin said the employment world would change significantly in the Fourth Industrial Revolution era including, among others, the automation technology minimising the involvement of humans in many job sectors.

He said a study by the World Bank together with agencies under the Human Resources Ministry, Talent Corp and the Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis in 2018 revealed that 50% of jobs in Malaysia faced a high risk of being automated, while 25% more faced a moderate risk.

He said employers in the Fourth Industrial Revolution era would need workers who had holistic skills encompassing emotional intelligence, analytical thinking, active and wise in decision-making, able to think creatively and critically and had effective communication ability.

“Employments in the future require workers who have social interactive skills, artistic expression, collaborative attitude, empathy and intelligence,” said Sultan Nazrin.

On the term new collar jobs which was introduced by IBM chief executive officer Ginni Rometty at the end of 2016, Sultan Nazrin said it made effort to identify the new types of work that would exist a must.

“New types of technical jobs stress specifically on skills and no longer academic degrees which are general in nature to simultaneously show the tendency of demand for manpower by the industry currently will no longer depend on academic qualification but but more dependent on the skills possessed,” said Sultan Nazrin.


Education ministry signs partnership agreement with O&G players

Education Minister Maszlee Malik (centre), representatives from the four O&G companies and officials at the signing ceremony.

PUTRAJAYA: The education ministry today signed a strategic partnership agreement with four oil and gas (O&G) companies to widen job prospects for polytechnic and community college graduates.

The partnership is an initiative to provide opportunities for graduates in the O&G field by bringing the four industry players into a focus group.

The companies are EEW Malaysia, Dynac Group, Malaysia Marine Heavy Engineering, and Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said this is the first focus group under the initiative.

He said that by grouping businesses into such groups, it would be possible to address issues specific to the industry, achieve greater efficiency and drive better synergy in the initiative.

“Having focus is indeed a critical factor for any success, especially when we are moving towards having an industry-led and industry-certified framework for technical and vocational education and training.

“If the accountancy profession has ACCA, CIMA, MICPA and others, I hope today’s TVET O&G cluster will lead to a similarly dedicated group that strives to make education and training in the industry world-class and forward-looking,” he said.

The signing ceremony at Putrajaya International Convention Centre was attended by Thorsten Petermann, managing director of EEW Malaysia; Jasman Bongkek, Dynac Group CEO; Mashitah Wan Abdullah Sani, managing director and CEO of Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering; and Tajul Ariff, head of KL Office Operation, Brooke Dockyard & Engineering Works.

Also present were Abdul Rahman Mohamed Shariff from the Industrial Secretariat, TVET Cabinet Empowerment Committee, and Mohammad Naim Yaakub, director of the Polytechnic and Community College Department.


ECRL project expects to employ 70 pct Malaysians from its 23,000 workers

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) and its Chinese partner China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCC) will embark on a recruitment roadshow from December to tap local talents for the 640-km East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project.

MRL, in a statement today, said the ECRL project seek to recruit professionals, skilled workers and general workers.

The construction of the rail infrastructure also offers job opportunities in various disciplines including engineering and construction, quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), health, safety and environment (HSE), as well as commercial, public relations and administration.

“The recruitment roadshow is in line with ECRL’s role as a catalyst for economic equality between the west coast and east coast of the peninsula. Hence, we take this opportunity to highlight to Malaysians that there are ample job offers via the ECRL project which prioritises a local workforce.

“We also encourage Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia and Sijil Kompetensi Kemahiran certificate holders in the construction field to apply,” MRL added.

MRL chief executive officer Datuk Seri Darwis Abdul Razak said Malaysians in particular those with interest in the construction or railway industry could leverage on the recruitment roadshow to develop a career with ECRL project, adding that various positions including those for immediate hire would be appealing to fresh graduates, unemployed graduates or certificate holders among others.

“We will use various platforms including social media channels to reach out to professionals, skilled workers, and general workers in Malaysia to join the ECRL project that would enable them to embrace the most efficient construction methods and the latest rail technology from China,” he said.

Darwis said the ECRL project was optimistic of employing the optimum number of Malaysians that would help facilitate the completion of its rail network by end-2026, with 70 per cent of the 23,000 workers having been designated for Malaysians.

“This recruitment roadshow provides an avenue for local talents to truly understand the ECRL project’s scale and the vast job opportunities it presents. The ECRL project is set to create more jobs for the local community during project construction phase, and an additional 4,000 jobs during its operation and maintenance phase,” said CCC.

The company added: “Among our flagship initiative in developing and upskilling local talents is through the East Coast Rail Link Industrial Skills Training Programme (PLKI-ECRL), which will be resumed to benefit more than 5,000 talents in railway construction and railway operation and maintenance. We sincerely welcome more talents who have passion for railway work and would like to be part of Malaysia’s game-changing mega-project.”

The roadshow will first take place in areas positioned along the 223-km Dungun to Mentakab mainline as the project’s construction works to be expanded from 17 locations to 27 locations along the stretch by year-end would require adequate supply of manpower in the near term.

It will kickoff at the East Coast Mall in Kuantan, Pahang on December 5-8.

It will continue covering destinations along the ECRL rail network in the east coast states and the Klang Valley throughout 2020.


Human Resources Ministry mulls introduction of Tahfiz Skills Certificate (SKM)

Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar speaks at the launching the Modular Professional Certification program in Shah Alam, November 25, 2019. — Bernama pic
Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar speaks at the launching the Modular Professional Certification program in Shah Alam, November 25, 2019. — Bernama pic

SHAH ALAM, Nov 25 — The Ministry of Human Resources (KSM) plans to introduce the Tahfiz Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM) in an effort to improve students’ academic performance.

Its Deputy Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar said armed with this certificate, students in the tahfiz stream would have more job opportunities.

“Currently when the tahfiz students complete their studies, they will only obtain an educational certificate from the institution. However, with the Tahfiz SKM, they will be equipped with several other skills apart from the ability to memorise the Quran.

“So far, I have met over 70 tahfiz centre operators in Kedah and they seem to agree that the move will provide a brighter future for tahfiz students. I hope Kedah will be a pioneer in this endeavor,” he told reporters after launching the Cyber Security Modular Professional Certification Programme here today.

Also present was Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT) president Tan Sri Dr Ts. Ahmad Zaidee Laidin and the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Amir Omar.

Mahfuz said efforts to introduce the Tahfiz SKM was akin to the objectives of having the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programme, which was introduced earlier to enable the students to obtain TVET certificates.

“As such the first step (in the introduction of the Tahfiz SKM) is to upgrade the tahfiz centre management and for the teaching staff to attend similar courses adopting TVET teaching and management methods,” he said.

Earlier at the event, MBOT together with the Department of Skills Development (JPK) and CyberSecurity Malaysia held a strategic collaboration to develop the certification programme.

A total of 14 memorandums of understanding were exchanged between MBOT and representatives of institutes of higher learning, among them Perdana University, Taylor’s University, Institution of Civil Engineers, Centre of Applied Data Science and Open University Malaysia (OUM).

Source: Bernama

Govt wants parents to erase negative perception against TVET

KUALA LUMPUR: The negative perception that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is a second choice for weak students compared to conventional academic field should be eliminated by parents, said Deputy Human Resources Minister, Datuk Mahfuz Omar (pix).

He said parents should place more confidence and support on their children taking TVET as this field is capable of producing the local manpower needed by the industry and nation to face Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0).

“The government sees it (TVET) as a necessity. Those who hold diplomas in skills are eligible to continue their education at degree level through Universiti Teknikal Malaysia (MTUN) network project.

“The move is seen as giving confidence to the people in TVET,” he told a question and answer session at Dewan Rakyat here today.

Mahfuz was replying to a supplementary question by Datuk Seri Ismail Abd Muttalib (BN-Maran) on the statistics of TVET student intake which is still low compared to developed countries such as Germany, Holland and Australia and wanted to know what are the measures taken towards empowering the field.

To empower TVET, Mahfuz said via a 2025 plan under the National Skills Development Council which involved six ministries, his ministry is also focusing on TVET Tahfiz programme as the first step to extend skills training to young Tahfiz students.

“We want to ensure Tahfiz students also have a future to enter the employment sector,” he said.

Mahfuz said he had held a meeting with Kedah State Islamic Religious Council recently which was attended by 70 Tahfiz centre representatives to discuss the government’s plan for Tahfiz TVET

Source: Bernama

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HRDF registration on steady rise, says chairman

Human Resources Development Fund chairman Datuk Noor Farida Mohd Ariffin speaking in an interview at Balai Berita in Kuala Lumpur recently. – NSTP/ Rohanis ShukriBy Esther Landau – November 21, 2019 @ 12:02pm

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of registered Malaysian employers and employees under the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) has steadily increased after Pakatan Harapan took over the government in May last year.

HRDF chairman Datuk Noor Farida Mohd Ariffin said as at last Thursday, 29,163 employers have registered with the fund compared with 28,991 as at last month.

She said 2.42 million employees have registered with HRDF compared with 2.41 million as at last month.

HRDF expects to register at least 30,000 employers, or 30 per cent, by year end.

“The total number of employers that are supposed to be registered under the Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Bhd Act 2001 should be 42,824, or 68 per cent. For employees, we have covered about 93 per cent of an estimated 2.60 million.

“We register about 100 local companies in a week. In order to encourage them to register with us, we constantly engage with them through various platforms and initiatives.

“So far, we have engaged with 20,233 employers and these initiatives are mainly to update or register employers on the latest offerings, services and many more,” she told the New Straits Times in an interview at Balai Berita here recently.

Touching on absenteeism among employers and workers during training programmes conducted by HRDF, Farida said the trend was worrying.

She said the problem occurred mainly among the small and medium enterprises, as many of them were reluctant to conduct training programmes for their employees, claiming it was a waste of time.

“Therefore, we constantly engage with the employers to convince them of the benefits of training. The workers need to be upskilled to prepare them for future challenges.

“We are trying to overcome this situation through such engagements. Perhaps we can introduce new methods, such as a facial recognition system, to aggressively encourage them to attend the training programmes. However, this is still under discussion,” she said.

HRDF chief executive Elanjelian Venugopal said they were looking at developing a comprehensive system to predict fraud elements in the data collected.

He said the Fund conducted about 130,000 training sessions in a year, and with such a system, they could predict areas which were likely to be fraudulent.

“Once it is in place, we can identify who actually attends the training programme or stays throughout the session.

“Another method we are looking at is Geofencing technology, which can trigger a response when a mobile device enters or leaves a certain area or location.

“The system can track your attendance and whereabouts when activated. With such a technology, we are able to identify anyone who is cheating.

“They will be charged within our act and we have the right to penalise the employers and training providers caught cheating.”

On the 2020 Budget allocation announced by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng last month, Farida said the RM50 million would be utilised for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and other upskilling and training programmes.

She said RM30 million would go towards TVET initiatives, aimed at reducing the unemployment rate.

She said HRDF would continue to collaborate with the Human Resources Ministry, industry players, employers and many other stakeholders.

“They will provide the TVET programmes to at least 3,000 youths from the low-income groups, mainly the B40.

“The remaining RM20 million of the allocation, plus an additional RM20 million from us, will be used for upskilling at least 4,000 Malaysians through professional certification examinations related to the Industrial Revolution 4.0.”

HRDF, she said, would continue to implement other initiatives for housewives, disabled (and differently-abled), retirees, graduates and school-leaver groups.

She said among them were the Housewives Enhancement and Reactivate Talent Scheme, Graduates Enhancement Programme for Employability 2.0 and the National Dual Training System.

“We have a scheme specifically designed to assist the disabled in securing employment by furnishing them with appropriate knowledge skills and competencies required in the industry.

“One of the schemes is OKU Talent Enhancement Programme. A total of 413 disabled people have been trained as at last month.

“The modules include English Proficiency Conversation online, Certificate in Hospitality Operations, Professional Certificate Retail Operations and Electrical Machinery Skills Training.”