Exams not the real test (The Star 4 Aug 2009)

Link: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/8/4/focus/4446011&sec=focus

The Education Ministry has announced that Year Six students sitting for next month’s Primary School Assessment Test (UPSR) would have to sit for an Aptitude Test too. I have some reservations over the impact this additional test can have on our children.

The grading system for this particular test ranks from Very Good User (Band Six) to Extremely Limited User (Band One) like the Malaysian University English Test (MUET).
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What’s there to boast when we’re speaking Manglish? (The Star 21 Jul 2009)

Link: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/7/21/focus/4355461&sec=focus

WE Malaysians have always been praised by foreigners because we can speak several languages and dialects.

Most of us are able to at least master basic English and a few other languages.

We like to boast before our Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and Korean friends that our English is better than theirs.
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别和政客一般見識 (南洋商報 31 Dec 2008)

教育視窗: 别和政客一般見識 2008/12/30 18:08:42
●姚文傑

屈指一算,原來我國推行英文數理政策已經六年了,回頭看看過去的決策和實施過程,再看看我國現在的英文水準,不禁搖頭歎息,無語問蒼天。英文數理政策不是錯,錯是錯在實施得太早,也錯在我國領袖不明白這個政策不可以由一個英文水準低落的師資體系來推動。
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名銜與英雄 (南洋商報 31 Oct 2008)

輕彈淺唱:名銜與英雄 2008/10/30 17:57:30
●姚文傑

在10月中旬,我出席了新加坡國立大學李光耀公共政策研究院主辦的一項講座。當天的講座主題是〈對全球經濟的思考〉,主講者是前美國聯邦儲備局主席保羅•沃克(Paul Volcker),主持人則是該院院長馬凱碩(Kishore Mahbubani)。 Continue reading “名銜與英雄 (南洋商報 31 Oct 2008)”

察言觀色 (東方日報 25 Jul 2008)

察言觀色
這星期與朋友茶敘,席上有一位我們剛認識不久的Sophia,完全不需言語對話來旁敲側擊,就可以「察言觀色」,往往一擊即中。我和其他友人十分好奇,於是輪流讓她以「有色」眼光來探索每一人的顏色。
我的顏色是白色偏黃,代表我目前像一張白紙那樣,正在聽取各方建言,偏黃則代表我最近想要擁有更活躍的生活。最近桃花不斷的Joey,只是靜靜坐在那裡,馬上就被她識穿秘密:「妳的顏色是粉紅色,怎樣?白馬王子出現了吧?」Joey滿臉通紅,微笑默認。其餘在座的友人,皆一一被她講中,座上一片嘖嘖稱奇,紛紛追問她如何做到。Sophia說,「察言觀色」是一門人人都可以做到的功夫,只是看這能力有無被開發而已。此話一出,眾人紛紛探問個中秘笈,Sophia不知該從何說起。 Continue reading “察言觀色 (東方日報 25 Jul 2008)”

瑪拉向英國學習 (南洋商報 21 Aug 2008)

天窗亮話:瑪拉向英國學習 2008/08/20 18:14:49●姚文傑

雪州大臣卡立提議瑪拉工藝大學開放10%名額給非土著以提升土著競爭力之後,瑪拉學生靜坐示威抗議,校長抨擊卡立此番言論侮辱馬來人云云,我不禁慨歎:原來我們從小學英文,卻一點也沒有學到英國人的智慧。

倫敦金融中心改革成功
香港精電國際執行董事蔡東豪曾在一個電視節目上說過,以前的倫敦證券交易所做生意講究身份地位,股市交易員是哪一所大學畢業比個人專業還來得更重要,而且還有最低傭金制,抗拒外國人才,服務怠慢,各大金融機構無不怨聲載道。1986年,鐵娘子首相戴卓爾夫人主導的保守黨政府決定大刀闊斧改革英國金融界,展開了大改革。在這新政策之下,倫敦金融中心開始重用各國金融人才,不斷改善金融服務,以吸引更多跨國企業前往倫敦上市集資或設立總部,結果倫敦股市風生水起,發展成今天名副其實的世界金融中心。 Continue reading “瑪拉向英國學習 (南洋商報 21 Aug 2008)”

拋諸腦後 (南洋商報 15 Aug 2008)

輕彈淺唱:拋諸腦後 2008/08/14 17:58:38
●姚文傑

全國高等教育文憑狀元江韻兒因課外活動分數較低而無法到馬大就讀醫學系,卻被大名鼎鼎的新加坡國立大學和香港大學醫學系錄取,再一次證明我國制度之荒謬。

高等教育部副部長何國忠博士針對此事說明了兩個重點。一、我國升大學的計分制度之所以如此,是因爲不想栽培只會讀書不參與課外活動的書呆子;二、即使是劍橋牛津,也不是完全以學術成績來錄取學生。何副部長以上兩點都沒錯,錯就錯在實行的漏洞。 Continue reading “拋諸腦後 (南洋商報 15 Aug 2008)”

Watching Taiwan’s election (Taipei Times 26 Mar 2008)

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008, Page 8

Kudos to Taiwan’s democratic system, which showed the world the essence of democracy in its 12th presidential election. I am glad that candidates of both sides were able to humbly accept the outcome of the election. I see this election as a victory for the Taiwanese people and the democratic system of this wonderful island, rather than seeing it as a zero sum political battle between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
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Report those using govt resources in campaign: DAP (Malaysiakini 14 Feb 2008)

Yeow Boon Kiat | Feb 14, 08 5:36pm

DAP strongman Lim Kit Siang has urged voters to lodge a police report if they find any candidate utilising government resources in their election campaign.

“Whenever you see the prime minister, deputy prime minister, ministers or deputy ministers arrive in government vehicles or using government funds to campaign, lodge a police report immediately and call the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to investigate”, he told a press conference in Petaling Jaya today.
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The Umno Factor in Penang Politics (Malaysiakini 5 Feb 2008)

Yeow Boon Kiat | Feb 5, 08 12:46pm

Umno is to be blamed for the present downturn in economy in Penang, charged DAP’s national E-campaign director and popular blogger Jeff Ooi.

He added that Umno’s hands were seen in many of the policy initiatives that have to come from the federal level to the state.

Ooi said that although the Penang state government led by Gerakan may have many economic plans to implement, but the foreign direct investment (FDI) flowing into the state was still being filtered by the powerful Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office.
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