Friday, July 31, 2009

UiTM Professor Looking for PhD Candidate

Thanks to John for forwarding me this.

Ph.D. studentship opportunities
Master's degree holders interested to pursue Ph.D. in any of the following research themes at Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA are invited to forward their CVs A stipend will be provided for the suitable candidate to support his/her study.
The research themes are:
1) Hazardous waste treatment (e-waste; soil, water and air decontamination).
2) Synthesis and application of nanoporous materials.
3) Life cycle assessment
4) Clean technologies
5) Brownfield management
Candidates that show excellent progress during their study shall be considered for paid short-term research placements in either Japan, South Korea, Australia or Germany. The selection criteria for this Ph.D. studentship are listed in the following:
1) Good written english;
2) Published at least an ISI-indexed journal article as the first author (preferably - not essential);
3) Graduated either cum laude or has at least an Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate engineering or science degree.
Thank you.

Warm regards,

Yin Chun Yang, Ph.D., AMIChemE
Faculty of Chemical Engineering
Universiti Teknologi MARA
40450 Shah Alam
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +603-55436348
Fax: +603-55436300
Mobile: +6012-3654641

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Biasiswa Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Tahun 2009

Thanks to my anonymous loyal blog reader for the info.


Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia (JPA) sukacita memaklumkan bahawa Kerajaan telah bersetuju untuk meneruskan pelaksanaan program pencapaian Biasiswa Yang di-Pertuan Agong yang telah mula diperkenalkan pada tahun 2006. Program penajaan ini adalah khusus kepada calon yang mempunyai prestasi akademik dan bukan akademik (ko-kurikulum) yang amat cemerlang untuk melanjutkan pelajaran di peringkat Sarjana dan Kedoktoran (Ph.D) di dalam atau di luar negara.Maklumat lanjut »

Monday, July 27, 2009

Gear Up for Career Success in a Turbulent Economy

This is a free public lecture organized by MCA Lifelong Learning and UTAR Center for Extension Education, and presented by .

It would be on "Gear Up for Career Success in a Turbulent Economy" - "Tips for Young Working Adults".

It will cover:-
a) Insight of current job market trends.
b ) Career development at the crossroads: Career Switch, Further Studies or Start Your Own Business
c) Key Skills to Survive and Thrive in the Job Market

Date:- 30th July 2009
Time:- 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Venue:- 13th Floor, Wisma MCA, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

Chook Yuh Yng, Head of Sales,
Yeoh Chen Chow, Product Manager, 

To sign up, contact MCA Lifelong Learning Secretariat at 03-21618044 ext 418 or 421

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Scholarships for the needy

Thanks to my loyal anonymous blog reader for highlighting this.

Kook Yew Yin is offering RM1 Million worth of scholarships. Details are below:-



Scholarships for the needy

I wish to offer scholarships to 50 poor students for the next academic year to study finance and accountancy in University TAR, Kampar, Perak on the following conditions:-

1. Each student's family income should not be more than Rm 2,000 per month.
2. Students will be selected more on the basis of their financial need and not merely on their academic achievement.
3. Each scholarship is worth Rm 20,000 which should be enough for each student to cover the cost for the first year foundation course and the first semester of the degree course in finance and accountancy until he or she secures the PTPTN loan. This Government loan is given to all students irrespective of race and financial position who are doing a recognised degree course.

4. Students who receive my financial aid do not require to pay back the money or work for me after they graduate. But I want them to promise me that they will help other poor students when they have graduated and are financially solvent.

UTAR takes in students in January and June every year. Students who are currently doing SPM can submit their applications to U TAR this October with their forecast results to start in January 2010.

Needy students who are currently doing SPM or have passed the SPM can submit their applications to me:

Koon Yew Yin,
yewyin AT gmail DOT com
27, Lengkok Harimau,
31400, Ipoh, Perak

The Other Side of ‘Test Optional’

Thanks to my anomymous loyal blog reader.

This is an article on more and more schools are not looking into standardized tests.

Do Elite Colleges Produce the Best-Paid Graduates?

Thanks to my anonymous blog reader for the link.

This article from NY Times look into the salary of fresh graduates and also those on mid career and compare the average salary of those from various elite universities.

In general, those who have worked for about 10 years would earn double what they had earned when they were fresh grad.

Young Corporate Malaysians - 15th CEO Series of Talks

Hello all, we present to you our 15th series with Mr Afzal, CEO of TIME dotCom. In line with our last session's (Dr Nikolai, Head of New Business Strategies for Maxis) talk in the telecommunications field, we urge you to read a little and come up with constructive questions for our Q&A session. (Biodata attached below)

Do feel free to bring your friends to this event, there's no charge to attend any of our series and our sole purpose for doing this is to nurture young corporates to excel in their respective fields and to learn a thing or two through those who've successfully climbed up the corporate ladders to become industry leaders.

[ Read more about us via our group site: ]


Map to venue as per attached to this event page.

Date: Thursday, 30th July 2009
Time: 7.30pm - 10.00pm
Dress Code: Just turn up in your working clothes :)
Venue: Bilik Seminar
Aras 2, Wisma Sejarah

For any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact me through Facebook, or at the following numbers:
Christopher at 012-2351165 (
Chen Chow at 019-6888666 (
Firdaus at 012-3902877 (

Please get your friends to join our mailing list via this link:

Afzal Abdul Rahim, Malaysian, aged 31, was appointed as Director & Chief Executive Officer of TIME dotCom Berhad on 7 October 2008. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering with Electronics, specicalising in Acoustic Wave Theory from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. 
He served as the Chief Executive Officer of The AIMS Asia Group and Global Transit International prior to joining TIME dotCom.
He is also the Chairman of Communications and Multimedia Licensee Associate and founded of the Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) in 2006.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

19th HR Networking Even

Want to know about the market condition today, do sign up for the 19th HR Networking Event. is pleased to organize the 19th JobStreet HR Networking Event (HRNE) on
6 August 2009 with the theme "Recession Reports: How To Prepare For The Roller Coaster Ride".

Why this theme?

With the global economic recession, the year has been filled with erratic and unpredictable ups and downs, forcing companies to tighten their budgets and streamline their businesses. In hopes of addressing today's economic landscape, this year's HRNE theme emphasizes on analyzing HR trends and challenges in the current market outlook. JobStreet believes the time is right for practitioners to utilize HRNE as a platform to share, learn, and network from one another to get through the recession.

What will you gain by attending this event?

  • An in-depth understanding of the role HRM plays during the global recession.
  • Find out what others are doing and how HRM can make a difference.
  • A comprehensive and all encompassing view on the employment market outlook.
  • Learning from distinguished industry experts on their experiences and knowledge that will give you the needed insights into crisis management.
  • An opportunity to network with industry peers to share ideas, experiences and make new contacts.

Who should attend?

  • HR Managers and Executives
  • Recruitment/Hiring Managers
  • Strategic Business Unit Managers
  • HRD Practitioners
The details of the event are as follows :

Pyramid 1, Level CP3, Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre
(View Map)
3 Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway,
46150 Petaling Jaya 
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Date6 August 2009 (Thursday)
Time8.00 am – 5.30 pm
AttireOffice wear
Fee**RM175 nett per person
(If you are unable to attend, a substitute is welcomed at no extra charge. Please provide the name and designation of the substitute delegate at least three days before the event. Regrettably, no refund can be made for any cancellation)
Early Bird Participants who register and pay by 28th July 2009 will receive a limited edition Teddy Bear.

ST Article on English Language Policy

Thanks to Carolyn for forwarding this to me. Thanks to Carolyn for arranging for Hazlin to interview me on the eve of my trip to China. It is published in The Straits Times Singapore, and it was also published in the Malaysian Insider.
Thanks to Wee Lee for the SMS, when I was in the grass land in Inner Mongolia.


Pitfalls of KL's half-hearted policy
Ferocious debate over U-turn in scheme, which was badly implemented

By Carolyn Hong, Malaysia Bureau Chief

Parents disappointed with the government's decision to reverse the
policy of using the English language to teach maths and science
discussing the topic outside a Bukit Damansara school on Wednesday. --

LISTENING to Mr Yeoh Chen Chow now, you would not have realised that
his English was once so shaky that he needed remedial classes in

But when he first enrolled in Cornell University in the United States
to study electrical and computer engineering, he was one of the eight
out of 3,000 students who needed English lessons.

'My grammar was okay but my pronunciation was weak. In school, if we
spoke English, we'd be seen as showing off,' he told The Straits

Today, the Chinese-educated 28-year-old from Bukit Mertajam, a small
town on mainland Penang, helps young Malaysians in their applications
to US schools.

Mr Yeoh, who believes that the standard of English has continued to
decline, is convinced that the government should keep its policy of
using English as the language of instruction for mathematics and
science in schools.

On the other hand, Ms Sheema Abdul Aziz, 31, a conservation officer
who studied in England after Malay-language schooling, said she had no

'But I already spoke good English to begin with, so I wasn't
particularly handicapped,' she said.

The two are among the thousands contributing to the ferocious debate
on the government's recent decision to scrap a six-year-old policy to
teach maths and science in English. It announced on Wednesday that
teaching will revert to Malay, Chinese and Tamil from 2012.

The move immediately drew strong opposition, despite the government's
attempt to explain that the policy had hampered rural children's
ability to learn the two subjects.

Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin quickly swung into action to
defend the change of policy, taking questions live over an Internet
chat hosted by the New Straits Times the next day.

On the other side, former premier Mahathir Mohamad, who opposes the
move, used his blog to run a poll on the government's decision. Of the
26,000 who voted, about 80 per cent said they were against the

'I will then try to let the government know your opinion,' wrote Tun
Dr Mahathir.

A separate poll on the issue, as part of the independent Merdeka
Centre's survey on Prime Minister Najib Razak's first 100 days in
office, showed that 58 per cent of the 1,060 respondents wanted the
policy to continue.

But it is unlikely that the government will change its stand.

The policy was introduced in 2003 for two reasons. One, to increase
proficiency in English, and two, to familiarise students with
technical terms in English to enable them to pursue higher education
in these fields.

It was hailed with joy by English-speaking students, mainly in urban
areas, but it soon ran into protests from nationalists who feared that
Malay or vernacular languages would be sidelined.

Joining the protests later were students, mainly those in vernacular
or rural schools who could not cope with lessons in English because of
poor teaching.

A third group opposed it because they felt that it was a misguided
policy that would not have the desired impact.

It was one of those rare moments in Malaysia where the divide
transcended political and ethnic boundaries.

Malay and Chinese linguistic nationalists joined hands in a temporary
alliance, while politicians and activists of different persuasions
sang with one voice.

There was not a lot of public support for arguments about cultural
pride, but there was sympathy for the children.

There is also some truth in the complaints that the policy was badly
implemented. Many of the teachers were not up to the mark, and stories
abound of teachers using dictionaries in the classroom to translate as
they went along. Or primary pupils correcting their teachers.

According to education director-general Alimuddin Mohd Dom, only a
quarter of the teachers had adequate language skills.

The government is now under pressure to reinstate the policy in
secondary schools, or to allow urban schools to use English.

It has resisted such calls, but has instead promised to raise the
standard of English by flooding schools with another 14,000 teachers,
and to reintroduce English literature classes in primary schools. It
is now taught in secondary schools as an elective subject.

Prime Minister Najib Razak said the government was only changing methods.

'The government is aware how important it is for Malaysians to be
proficient in English for their own advantage and for the future of
the country,' he said.

But Malaysians remain sceptical. Dr Santhi Sivalingam Moorthy, 41,
told The Star newspaper that she might send her three children to
Singapore schools.

Despite assurances, the U-turn also sends out a different message -
something the language nationalists were quick to spot. Opposition
leader Anwar Ibrahim has seized the opportunity to slam the policy as
'treachery to the struggle to raise the dignity of the national

It was a well-intentioned policy, but in the end, it was doomed by
haphazard implementation, and may now set Malaysia well back.

It is a lesson learnt that a half-hearted policy can do more damage
than no policy at all.

Additional reporting by Hazlin Hassan

A good resource on university applications and scholarships

Thanks to my loyal anonymous blog reader for this link. -  The author has since helping some SPM leavers on how to obtain admissions and scholarship. Mainly trying to answer the some questions and helping to proof read resumes and CVs.

US Applications Workshop by Descartes Education Centre

Education Talk: Top Universities in the United States


Are you good enough for Harvard or Yale?  Many may not have the confidence, but of these, many will be surprised that they are actually well qualified.


So come hear out these outstanding Malaysians who have succesfully gained entry and graduated from these top universities. They will give you direct advice and information on the application process to these US universities and liberal arts colleges.


Descartes Education Centre are holding a FREE education talk featuring former and current students from Ivy League universities in US, such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Yale and Cornell, as well as other top liberal arts colleges such as Swarthmore, Middlebury, Bates and Colby.  Who knows, you would soon be on your way to a top quality education in these schools.


So come along and join us at our talk:


Title       : Top Universities in the US – The Gateway to a Bright Future

Date       : 25th July 2009 (Saturday)

Time      : 11am-4pm

Venue    : Auditorium 4, Sunway University College             


Areas covered during the talk:

  • Current and former top US university students sharing their personal insights and experiences
  • Thorough explanation of the US University system
  • Information about liberal arts education and its advantages
  • How to select the right university or college
  • How to apply and secure yourself a place in top US schools
  • Some tricks to secure a US financial aid, unusual perks and opportunities ie. foreign study programmes, self-designed curriculums, freedom to explore personal academic interests, etc.
  • Interactive session for students to mingle and ask questions to panelists
  • Student life and culture in the US


For more information, please contact Ms Ally Pua @ or 016-2208867


There is also another US application workshops (3-day workshop) on 1st, 2nd and 15th August. Do check out details at 

Monday, July 13, 2009

Greetings from Inner Mongolia

Greetings from Inner Mongolia.Just rode camel in the desert and horse
in grassland.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Conversations on Climate

Thanks Emily for the link! Do check it out! 


The Malaysian Youth Climate Justice Network (myCJN) is organizing a series of discussion-centered forums on the issue of Climate Change.

As young people, climate change is one of the biggest issues of our generation; we will be the ones bearing the brupt of the impacts because of today's actions. Considering this, what are young people in Malaysia doing about this - what can we do and how can we do it?

MyCJN hopes that the COCs will be a platform for young Malaysians to share their views and challenge their understanding of climate change in order to think of realistic and possible solutions. Here, we invite young Malaysians to enter an open, earnest and ultimately hopeful discussion of the "what's going on, how am I interconnected with it and what I can do" to work towards a reality that reflects the hopes of a better, collective future.

This Saturday 11th July is "Business in a Climate Changed World". We will be talking about the market shifts we are seeing as a result, directly and indirectly, caused climate change; how this will influence our future career opportunities, business strategies, economic model; possibilities as youth to help determine what this future will look like and much more.
More details can be found at

Future topics include:

Saturday, 18th July "Food Security for Thought"
Saturday, 25th July "Alternative Energy"
Saturday, 1st August "Green Tech for a Better Future?"
Saturday, 8th August "Inspirations From Youth Around the World"

Time: 2 - 4pm
Venue: Ukuya, 9 Jln Terasek 1, Bangsar

Free and open to all young Malaysians! Please visit our facebook page to register.
Contact Emily Chan 012 672 1796/ emchanly AT gmail DOT com for more info.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Maths and Science - Malay Language and Mother Tounge

Maths and Science will be taught in Malay Language and Mother Tongue up to Form 5.

Dr. Nikolai Dobberstein - CEO Series of Talks

The 14th Young Corporate Malaysians CEO Series of Talks presenting Dr. Nikolai Dobberstein, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy & New Businesses of Maxis.

Details are as below, followed by Dr. Nikolai's biodata.

Date: 15th July 2009
Time: 7.30pm - 10.00pm
Venue: Just behind Jalan Duta Bus Terminal.
Direction:- From the roundabout at Jalan Duta, turn left at 2nd junction into Persiaran Duta (Same junction as Jalan Duta Bus Terminal). Go straight. Menara Integriti is on your right, about 500m from the junction.

For RSVP, go to . Do spread the words around!


Dr. Nikolai is the Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy & Head of New Businesses, responsible for strategy, business planning, product development and marketing, as well as building Maxis' new infotainment and broadband businesses. Nikolai joined Maxis in December 2004 to drive the development of Maxis 3G and broadband businesses.

Before joining Maxis, Nikolai was 12 years with McKinsey & Company, where he was the Managing Partner of the Malaysian office since 2002. Nikolai came to Malaysia in November 1996, after having worked in the German, Italian and Indian offices of McKinsey.

Nikolai has been involved extensively in telecommunications and high-tech work in Asia, including issues of telecommunications transformation, national technology strategy development and R&D commercialisation.

Nikolai holds a Ph.D. in Technology and Innovation Management from University of Kiel, Germany. He is also a Director of Scicom (MSC) Bhd, a Mesdaq-listed customer care operator.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Creativity Seminar/Workshop

Malaysian Mensa Society, Penang Branch is organizing a Creativity Seminar/Workshop for Mensa and MINDS members and guests.

You will have the opportunity to explore exciting new ideas in the world of creativity. Everyone, from the earliest caveman to the rocket scientists of today, needs to develop a more creative mind, both for their own benefit and the betterment of mankind.  With various points of view from three speakers, you will have the opportunity to see different perspectives of creativity development from contemporary theory and hands-on workshops to Energy Psychology and the Tao of Creativity. This program consists of talks and fun workshop activities. It will be a weekend of fun and games for all.

Mensa Creativity Seminar / Workshop

July 26, 2009 (Sunday)
Registration fee: 
RM35/participant inclusive of lunch and drinks.
RM40/participant without reservation.

The fee consists of direct expenses only and there are no professional fees involved.  A presentation of this nature would normally cost a few hundred Ringgit per attendee.

Number of Participants: A maximum of 30 participants based on first come first serve basis, so make your reservation before July 17.

9.30am to 5.30pm

Auditorium, Masyarakat Penyayang (Caring Complex, Penang)

Open to: 
Mensa members, MINDS members, and guests
Medium of seminar: 

Prerequisite of Participant: 
Proficiency in English

Dr. Terence Ooi, PhD: How to be creative? Learn the tools of creativity.
Nick Miller, MBA: What is creativity? See the world in a new perspective.PC Sim:  Energy psychology and ancient Tao model of creativity.

Please confirm your reservation before 17 July, 2009 by contacting PC Sim(012-4052157) or email
Thank You.

Cornell & UPM Collaboration Launching (8th July, 3pm, UPM)

This Wednesday will mark a significant milestone between the partnership of my alma mater, Cornell University and UPM. Prof. Rosemary S. Caffarella from Cornell will be in UPM campus, to grace the occasion with YB Senator Dato' Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil on the launching of CaRE (Cancer Information, Education and Support).


Dengan sukacitanya Y. Bhg Tan Sri /Puan Sri / Datuk / Dato' / Datin /Prof / 
Dr./ Tuan / Puan di jemput ke Majlis Perasmian Pusat Sumber & Pendidikan 
Kanser (CaRE). Butiran majlis adalah seperti dibawah: 

* * 

*Tarikh : 8 Julai 2009 (Rabu)* 

*Waktu : 3.00 – 6 petang* 

*Tempat : Dewan Kuliah Utama 
Fakulti Perubatan & Sains Kesihatan, 
Universiti Putra Malaysia 
43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.* 


* * 

03.00 ptg - 03.45 ptg : Ketibaan Tetamu Jemputan 

03.45 ptg - 04.00 ptg : Ketibaan Naib Canselor UPM 

04.00 ptg - 04.05 ptg : Ketibaan Tetamu Kehormat 

04.05 ptg - 04.10 ptg : Nyanyian Lagu Negaraku & Putra Gemilang 

04.10 ptg - 04.25 ptg : Ucapan Aluan oleh Naib Canselor UPM 

*Y. Bhg Prof. 
Datuk Dr. Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah* 

04.25 ptg - 04.45 ptg : Ucapan Perasmian oleh Tetamu Kehormat 

*YB Senator 
Dato' Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil* 

* * 

04.45 ptg - 04.50 ptg : Perasmian Pusat Sumber & Pendidikan 
Kanser (CaRE) 

04.50 ptg - 05.00 ptg : Penghargaan Rakan Usahasama 

05.00 ptg - 05.10 ptg : Persembahan Multimedia 

05.10 ptg - 05.45 ptg : Lawatan ke CaRE (showcases) 

05.45 ptg - 06.00 ptg : Jamuan Ringan 

Sukacita dipanjangkan jemputan ini kepada teman, keluarga, dan sesiapa 
sahaja yang berminat. Sila maklumkan kedatangan anda / tetamu lain *sebelum 
3 Julai 2009* dengan menghubungi: 

*Tel:** 03 8947 2706 (Cik Shida/Cik Fiza) / 03 8946 8529 / 03 8946 8572 atau 

*Faks:** 03 8947 2706 / 03 8941 2970* 

*Apakah CaRE?* 

* * 

CaRE merupakan salah satu komponen inisiatif Cancer Information, Education & 
Support (CiES) yang dijalankan secara kerjasama oleh UPM, Cornell 
University, dan lain-lain rakan kongsi daripada sektor awam, swasta dan 
NGO. Inisiatif CiES bertujuan untuk mengumpul, memproses, dan menyebar 
maklumat dan ilmu pengetahuan mengenai kanser kepada mereka yang 
berkaitan. Pusat 
Sumber & Pendidikan Kanser (CaRE) ditubuhkan sebagai satu pusat penyediaan 
maklumat, pendidikan dan sokongan kanser. Selain dijadikan pusat sumber 
maklumat, CaRE juga merupakan satu fasiliti dimana program-program sokongan, 
pendidikan, dan kesedaran diberi kepada mereka yang berkaitan dengan kanser 
dan orang awam. Antara perkhidmatan yang di berikan di CaRE ialah: 

1. Bahan-bahan pendidikan kanser 
2. Bilik sumber rujukan kanser 
3. Sokongan rakan sebaya oleh KanWork (Persatuan Kanser) 
4. Program pendidikan kanser 
5. Program kaunseling oleh kaunselor profesional 
6. Maklumat kanser secara "online" 

7. Direktori sumber kanser 

8. Perkhidmatan KanHelp Line oleh jururawat terlatih 

Mereka yang berhadapan dengan kanser / dan memerlukan maklumat mengenai 
kanser boleh mengunjungi kami di alamat di atas sepanjang waktu pejabat atau 
menghubungi kami melalui: 

1. Talian KanHelp Line +603 8947 2706 

*Mengapa anda perlu menghadiri Majlis Perasmian CaRE?* 

* * 

Disamping menyokong usaha memberi maklumat, pendidikan dan sokongan kepada 
mereka yang berkaitan dengan kanser, dengan menghadiri majlis di atas, anda 
dapat melihat sendiri kemudahan yang disediakan dan program-program yang 
dijalankan di CaRE. Anda juga berpeluang berjumpa dengan mereka yang turut 
terlibat dalam usaha ini seperti professional kesihatan, pesakit/survivor 
kanser dan keluarga mereka, penyelidik, wakil-wakil NGO, pendidik/agen 
"outreach"/pembangunan komuniti, rakan kongsi/sponsor, dan lain-lain yang 
terlibat dengan kanser secara langsung atau tidak langsung. 

*Jumpa anda di CaRE pada 8 Julai 2009 (Rabu) jam 3 petang di Fakulti 
Perubatan & Sains Kesihatan, UPM.* 

* Dr Nora juga dijemput hadir ke Majlis Perasmian CaRE. Minta kerjasama Dr. 
Nora untuk forwardkan jemputan ini kepada Cornell club di Malaysia. Prof 
Rosemary S. Caffarella dari Cornell University akan turut hadir pada majlis 
Sekian terima kasih. 

Norsidawati bt. Abdul Gani 
Project Officer 
UPM-Cornell University Project (CaEd) 
Institute for Social Science Studies 
Universiti Putra Malaysia 
43400 UPM Serdang 
Selangor, Malaysia 
Tel/Fax: +603 8947 2706 

Rumah Nur Salam - Children's Shelter in Chow Kit

Thanks to Yang Jerng for sharing this. Do check it out and see whether you would like to support their initiatives.


Rumah Nur Salam ( a children's shelter in Chow Kit, is trying to raise about RM50,000 in funds for a school of living skills / entrepreneurship, possibly modelled after the School for Life in Thailand (

Monday, July 06, 2009

Inviting Malaysian Mensans to connect with Indian Mensans

Got this mail from Pradyot from Mensa India. If any of you are interested, do check out this site!


The hIghQ Plaza - Meet Mensan Minds is a discussion forum for mensans worldwide. It is an open forum and its differentiator is that topics are organized by subject (technology, puzzles, trivia, books, travel & adventure among others) so that people can easily find, read, and contribute to areas of their interest.

The plaza was started a few years ago and has so far been restricted in membership, primarily to Mensa India.

However, the plaza is now open to all mensans worldwide, and as a first step towards making the membership more global, I'd like to invite members of Mensa Malaysia to join. Membership is free and I believe that having a global membership base will benefit all members.

The plaza is at and registering takes less than a minute:

I request you to forward this to the Malaysia Mensans mailing group and should you have any questions/ clarifications, please feel free to get in touch with me. Thank you and I look forward to seeing members from Malaysia on the plaza soon!

A bit about me: I've been a Mensan since 2001 with Mensa India. I was the co-founder of Mensa India (Hyderabad) and the former secretary for Mensa India (Bangalore). The national secretary of Mensa India, Mr. Nirav Sanghavi, can vouch for my credentials, if required.

Best Regards,

Leaderonomics Entrepreneur Academy's Entrepreneurship Workshop

To those who are interested to attend Leaderonomics Entrepreneur Academy's Entrepreneurship Workshop from 5th to 9th August.


Hi guys & gals,

LEA was on air @ BFM 89.9 (The Business Station) today.

We're running a contest on BFM and will be giving out 2 passes to our Entrepreneurship Workshop that will be happening on the 5th - 9th August

To WIN 2 FREE Passes just send in your answers to these questions:

1. What does LEA stand for?

2. Who is the most inspiring entrepreneur to you and WHY?

*We're looking for the most creative & genuine answers.

Send your answers to
SMS the answers to 0162019000 before Friday 10th

And listen to Toolkit 1pm on Friday 10th to see if you have won!

Peace out


The summer is well upon us and it's time to celebrate:
Two important dates to save this month
18 July, Saturday Annual New Student and Alumni Satay Reception
30 July, Thursday, International Whiskey Tasting
We are also pleased to inform that an esteemed Cornellian professor, Professor Campbell, will be in town to give a talk on vegetarianism this month on the 18th and 19th July as well. If interested, please note details attached.
We look forward to seeing you this month!
Sonia Ong
Join us at this FREE annual event celebrating the summer, the satay and our fellow Cornellians and Cornellians-to-be. 
A break from tradition this year, we are holding it at the Redot Gallery on Blair Road. Owner Giorgio Pilla has offered us the use of his lovely gallery for a very generous subsidy. We will also be having whiskey compliments of Bill Hedman of Delemere Enterprises, distributor of Sullivan's Cove whiskey from Tasmania, one of the top thirty whiskies in the world. 
It is the one time we bring together our alumni and current Cornell students as well as welcoming the incoming freshman class to our community.  Please come and share your experiences, stories and advice with them, and re-connect with friends you had from your time in Ithaca.  We want to see everyone there!
Save the date: 18 July, Saturday, 5-7pm
Venue: Redot Gallery (NOT Red Dot Museum)
Cost: Free
RSVP Shawn Tripp at by Wed, 15th July 2009
About Redot Gallery
ReDot Gallery was established by Giorgio Pilla who developed a passion for Aboriginal art and culture in his frequent visits to Australia over the last 15 years and who has been collecting Fine Aboriginal Art ever since.  
ReDot Gallery is the first and only dedicated Aboriginal Art Gallery in Singapore, indeed throughout Asia-Pacific.  It has been in operation since 2004 and is located in the heart of Singapore's arts and antiques precinct and features a superb range of Aboriginal Art at both affordable prices for art lovers and more important collectors' pieces for investment purposes.  The gallery represents artists from areas across the Northern and Western Deserts of Australia where the majority of the Aboriginal Art Centres are located.  
ReDot Gallery holds the work of some of Australia's most significant indigenous artists, and their works are sourced from the most important Art Centres in Australia.  

ReDot Gallery is committed to promoting the work of indigenous artists, and creating opportunities for a wider understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal art and its culture. Furthermore, it is one of the aims of the gallery to explore the cultural diversity, which exists in Aboriginal art and to actively promote a range of work that displays this rich variety of cultural expression.  

ReDot Gallery purchases the majority of its work in the primary art market - i.e. the first point of sale (the art centres and co-operatives established to nurture and develop the artistic expression of the varied Aboriginal communities).  ALL of the works are 'ethically' sourced, with guaranteed provenance from the leading art centres. The work is selected directly by the gallery principal in his frequent visits to the communities in Australia. 

ReDot Gallery works directly with Aboriginal communities in order to source the best quality of work from an aesthetical, stylistic and spiritual viewpoint. 

ReDot Gallery offers a comprehensive service including fully documented submissions of works in stock and complete management of packing, freight and export arrangements, if necessary. 

Every work is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity issued by the Art Centre representing the artist. 

Special offer for Cornell Alumni: If you find anything you like on the day of the reception, Redot is offering 2,5% off any piece purchased with proof of membership or a copy of the newsletter with ReDot Gallery.
The Gallery is open:
Tuesday to Saturday   12pm till 7pm
Sunday/Monday/Public Holiday  By Appointment.
Following the strong turnout for our last whisky tasting for which we were surprised with a visit from the Bowmore ambassador to Asia who treated us to a highly subsidised Bowmore vertical from 12-25 years, the international whisky tasting will finally be held by popular demand end of this month.
Whiskies on the menu (subject to change) include
1) Springbank 10 YO - Scotland
2) Wild Geese - Ireland
3) Elijah Craig - America
4) Crown Royal - Canada
5) Nikka Taketsuru - Japan
Date: 30th July, Thursday
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Quaich Bar, Grand Copthorne Hotel
Dues Paying Alumni Price: $31.50
Non Dues Paying Alumni and Guest Price: $35
RSVP Sonia at by the 27th July 2009 
It's never too late to pay your dues!  Your dues are needed to help strengthen and expand The Cornell Club of
Singapore's programs.  Help us spread the Cornell name throughout the community, and increase your own personal network by paying your dues.  You can pay online at or mail a check made out to Cornell Club Singapore to Andrea Quach, 16 Stirling Road #17-18, Singapore, 148957

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Cartisans SAT workshop in August

Received this email from Christine (Cartisans) on SAT Workshop that is conducted by her. If you are interested, do contact me, and I can link you with her for further information.


Hi Chen Chow,

I am enclosing some information about our SAT workshop in August, if you think it might be useful information for some of the people attending your workshop. At least it's an option for those who need more guidance because not everyone is good at self-studying, and we're half the price of other prep provider.

We had some good results from our April workshop. Five of them took the May SAT and improved 342 points on average. The 13 students who took May, June or both improved 318 points on average. I thought it was fantastic considering that all the students were simultaneously preparing for AS exams or end-of-term exams. A few more are postponing till October because they couldn't juggle both, so I expect the final average improvement to be even better.

The information is as follows:

Dates: Saturdays, August 8, 15*, 22, 29
(*I know the 15th clashes with your follow-up workshop but we're planning to move it to a date that works for everyone because one of the students is not available that weekend)
Time: 8.30am - 5pm for August 8 & 29, 9am - 5pm for August 15 & 22
Venue: Sky Terrace, Mont Kiara Bayu, Jalan Kiara 2

There will also be two refresher workshops from 9am to noon on Saturdays, September 12 and 26 at either Mont Kiara Bayu or Cititel Mid-Valley (location to be confirmed).

We encourage students to sign up early for two reasons:
1) The book list will be released only upon full payment, and one of the books is cheapest on Amazon if they allow for one month shipping time (the book is not available locally).
2) The earlier preparation is started, the better the chance of improving the Critical Reading score, which is the main weakness of students in Malaysia. Upon confirmation of payment, work will be assigned for the entire duration before the workshop starts.

Interested students can either email or call me. Thanks and have fun with your workshop!

Warm regards,

Saturday, July 04, 2009

MIRC eSME Week Complimentary Workshops



In conjunction with the SME Solutions Expo that will take place from 9th to 11th July, 2009 (Thursday-Saturday) at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre (MVEC), the MCA ICT Resource Centre (MIRC) took this golden opportunity to held the MIRC eSME Week Complimentary Workshops.  There will be 3 workshops that will take place from 13th to 15th July, 2009 (Monday-Wednesday) at  Level 12, Wisma MCA, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.


The main objective of these three knowledge enriching workshops are to help fellow entrepreneurs in nurturing and expanding their business ideas. To kick start the week, a one-to one consultation workshop will take place on the 13th July (Monday), focusing on helping fellow entrepreneurs to start their online businesses. Among the consultants that will involve for this workshop are the experts from Neowave, iPay88, Google and BrandLaureate (invited speaker). This by appointment only workshop will start from 2 pm until 5 pm.


Following the one-to-one consultation, a "Practical Workshop on How to Start Your Online Business" will take place the next day. One of the interesting topics that will be presented is the "E-Commerce 101: How to Start Your Business Online? " where the critical aspects of online business will be put on close look.  This workshop that will take place from 9 am to 5 pm on the 14th July (Tuesday) will also explore in depth important issues clouding online businesses such as the online gateway, fraud, branding and many more. A case study will be presented as well at the end of the program. This workshop is definitely something not to be missed!

Closing the week, the "Online Marketing – A Channel to Maximize Your Sales Workshop" will take place on 15th July, 2009 (Wednesday) from 9 am to 5 pm. In this workshop participants will learn more about the new rules of marketing, Google AdWords and online branding. Besides that, participants will also learn on how to maximize their sales through free online marketing tools such as Twitter, FaceBook and corporate blogs.

These workshops are FREE OF CHARGE and LIMITED TO 50 PARTICIPANTS ONLY! For more information and registration, please call 03 - 2161 1618 or email















.::9TH – 11TH JULY 2009::.

Venue: Mid Valley Exhibition Center, KL
Time: 9 am - 5 pm

.::13TH JULY 2009::.

Time: 2pm – 5pm (By Appointment)
Venue: Level 12, Wisma MCA, Jln Ampang, KL
• Neowave – Online Shopping Cart Solution
• iPay88 – Online Payment Solution
• Google – Google Adwords
• BrandLaureate (invited) – Online Branding

.::14TH – 15TH JULY 2009::.

Time: 9.30am – 5pm
Venue: Level 12, Wisma MCA, Jln Ampang, KL

**Practical Workshop on How to Start Your Online Business Agenda**

09.30am Registration

10.00am E-Commerce 101: How to Start Your Business Online?
• What are the aspects to look into to start up an online business?
• Shopping cart solutions available in the market

11.30am Latest Technologies For Online Business Owner

01.00pm - Break –

02.00pm Online Payment
• General features of online gateway
• Fraud issues
• How to prevent fraud problems?

03.00pm eBay – Another option to sell online
• An effective platform to sell
• How to start selling in eBay?

04.00pm How to Brand Your Business
• Brand enhancement
• Customer service & Analysis report
• Case studies

05.00pm End of Program

*The itinerary above is tentative and subject to change.

**Online Marketing – A Channel to Maximize Your Sales Agenda**

09.30am Registration

10.00am New Rules of Marketing
• How to reach your buyers directly?
• How to drive traffic to your website?
• How to compete more effectively?

11.30am Google Adwords
• How to advertise online effectively?
• Advertising impact to your online business

01.00pm - Break –

02.00pm Online Branding
• How to enhance your brand with online tools?
• Best practices

03.30pm How to Maximize Your Sales with Online Marketing Tools?
• Facebook Marketing
• Twitter Marketing
• Blogging for Business

05.00pm End of Program

*The itinerary above is tentative and subject to change.


Office: 03 - 2161 1618

Friday, July 03, 2009

TNB Power Outage

Thanks Yi Xiang for the info.


TNB is conducting upgrading work. There will be power outage based on area/time in Malaysia. Details at the link.


Calling all Jit Sin Alumni,

Fund Raising for Song Ban Kheng Education Fund, in conjunction with the 30th Anniversary of Jit Sin Alumni Association, Central Malaysia.

Lets support our alma mater!



6-3A & 6-3B, Jalan PJU 1/3A, Sunwaymas Commercial Centre,

47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor








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Entrepreneurial Events

Gotten this from Michael Teoh from Youth Entrepreneurs Malaysia


Hey Aspiring Youth Entrepreneurs!

We have a jam-packed week of entrepreneurial activities for you all, sourced by all our partners nationwide.

Check out the events below.

TieCon Asia Pacific.
Business Matching, funding and ideas pitching.
2nd – 5th July 2009;

UnReason @ Ureka
Crowd sourced funding and iniative of 100 simple ideas that will change Malaysia
3rd-5th July 2009;

CEO Live @ Studio V inconjunction with Trade and Career Fair
6th and 7th July 2009;

MVCA – TiE Elevator Pitch
3rd July 2009;

An Entrepreneur's Quest - A forum for Women Entrepreneurs
8th July 2009;

SME Solution Expo
9th to 11 July 2009;

Hope you can visit one of these event and visit UnReason to support one of the 100 projects that will change Malaysia.;

Credit to: Malaysia Entrepreneurs -; for the infoes above.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Datuk Vinod Sekha

LAST MINUTE - Datuk Vinod Sekhar In-Person Roundtable Discussion

Host:   Youth Entrepreneurs Malaysia
Type:   Meetings - Informational Meeting
Date:   Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Time:   7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Westside Room 2 & 3, Boulevard Hotel
Phone:  0136337609 (Eu Ginn)
Email: (Our strong Youth Leader in KL)

Youths between the age of 18-25 are invited to join us for a round-the-table discussion hosted by Datuk Vinod Sekhar, President and Group Chief Executive of Petra Group and Chairman of the Sekhar Foundation.

Dress code: smart casual

Who is Datuk Vinod? Well, Forbes recognised Datuk as the 16th Richest Man in Malaysia and an entrepreneur during his university days - Interested?

Come join us!