Friday, August 27, 2010 Q2 2010 results

Last week, announced its Q2 earnings results, and I would say that it is great to see that there is record revenue for the quarter, and the profit figure looks pretty good too.

---- Reports RM11.1 Million Net Profit for Q2 2010


JobStreet Corporation Berhad posted its unaudited quarterly results for the second quarter of 2010 with consolidated revenue and net profit attributable to shareholders increasing 29.9% and 52.4% year on year respectively. Generally, the strong quarterly earnings posted by the Group is a reflection of the ongoing economic recovery in the region.

The increase in revenue for the quarter was mainly resulted from higher revenues from JobStreet ESSENTIAL (online job posting service) which grew 58.3% year-on-year. This growth was combined with improved operating margins.  The Group's investment in 104 Corporation (104 Corp) in Taiwan also contributed approximately RM 1.4 million to the profits as 104 Corp is now equity accounted for as an associate.  Altogether, the Group's pre-tax profit recorded an increase of 78.5% against the same period last year.

In line with the financial performance of the Group and the revised dividend policy of the Company, the directors are happy to announce a second interim single tier dividend of 1.25 sen per share.

A year-on-year comparison:-



Q2 2010

Q2 2009






Profit before taxation




Profit after taxation and minority interests









Cumulative Period Ended









Profit before taxation




Profit after taxation and minority interests





Mark Chang, CEO of JobStreet Corporation Berhad says "Our Regional Job Outlook Report for the 3rd quarter of this year revealed that most respondents and employers are generally feeling more optimistic about job outlook and hiring activities. With our database of 7 million jobseekers regionally of which 1.5 million are from Malaysia, we see as a catalyst in helping companies develop a quality workforce and indirectly contributing to the achievement of the country's goal of becoming a high income nation pursuant to the New Economic Model unveiled in March this year. Similarly, we hope to play this role in every other market that we're operating in."


JobStreet operates the ( online recruitment websites presently covering the employment markets in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, India, Japan and Thailand. The Group currently services over 60,000 corporate customers and over 7 million jobseekers. JobStreet is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities (JOBST).

Colby-Sawyer Global Beginnings

Thanks to Shu Wen for sharing on this.


Just something that might interest those who are applying to US universities this year. There is a first semester freshmen study abroad program at Colby-Sawyer College and the locations for Fall 2011 will be Florence, Italy and Strasbourg, France. Also, the Colby-Sawyer financial aid will be applied to the cost of the program!! Check it out at



Undergraduate Scholarship - DAAD

Thanks to my loyal blog contributor for sharing this info.


Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.

Eligibility Requirements

Each year, an independent selection committee of academics and international education experts is assembled to select the Undergraduate Scholarship grantees. This committee is looking for students who:

* are currently second and third year students and will be in their third and fourth year during their stay in Germany
* are seeking DAAD support for a 4-10 month period in Germany during the German academic year.
* possess outstanding academic records and personal integrity, as evinced by both their grades and letters of recommendation.
* are US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents thereof. Foreign nationals are eligible if they have been full-time students at an accredited US or Canadian university for more than one year at the time of application and will return to the US or Canada after the scholarship period to complete their Bachelor's degree.
* have well-defined study, research or internship plans for their stay in Germany.
* submit the DAAD language evaluation form with their application, although German language competency is not mandatory.
* demonstrate an interest in contemporary German and European affairs and who explain the significance of their project in Germany to their future studies, research or professional goals.
* are enrolled, full-time students in an undergraduate degree-granting program at an accredited North American college or university.

Terms of Award

Scholarships may be granted for a minimum of four (one semester) and a maximum of 10 months (one academic year). Recipients will be awarded a monthly stipend of approximately € 650, plus additional funds to help defray travel and research expenses as well as health insurance.

Note: The scholarship periods must take place during the German academic year (anywhere from October 2010 through July 2011)

The Application Process
The application form must be completed online.

You must send:

* our supplemental documents and materials

Submit all pages in one package (NO STAPLES, BINDERS, or FOLDERS) to the DAAD New York office. Be sure to submit all materials and the correct amount of copies of each. Do not staple or bind any part of your application! Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Please disregard the last page of the online application, entitled "Information regarding your application." The information relevant to your application includes supplemental documents listed below, as well as the instructions DAAD New York provides in the Online Application Guidelines and the Instructions for Completing the DAAD Online Application. Applicants do NOT need to submit a photo.

Your paperwork should be in English or French (if you are Francophone Canadian), not in German.

Supplemental Documents are:

* Resume
* Project Proposal (approximately 3 pages, see FAQs for tips)
* Two Letters (no more, no less) of Recommendation: If you have two majors, please submit letters from professors in both of your major fields of study; Otherwise, please submit a letter from a professor in your major field of study, and a letter from a professor in one of your minor fields of study. Please make sure to tell your professors not to send letters in German!
* Statement of Support and Credit Eligibility.
Click here to download the Statement of Support and Credit Eligibility.
* One of the following: Acceptance into Study Abroad Program, Exchange Program, letter by mentor or invitation from a German university. (see FAQs if you have questions)
* Transcripts (for the Undergraduate Scholarship Program only college transcripts!)
* Language Evaluation Certificate (Sprachzeugnis). (All applicants are required to submit this, even if your study program is in English.)
Click here to download the Language Evaluation Certificate (Sprachzeugnis).

Submit a total of FOUR copies (1 original, 3 photocopies) of all the above application materials. You have to submit at least one sealed document of each of your original recommendation letters and official transcripts.

* Please do not call our office; you will receive an e-mail or letter of acknowledgment approximately four weeks after the deadline. If you want proof of receipt right away, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard in your application.

* Applicants will receive notification of acceptance in May 2010.

* Please provide your documents in the order listed above and do not staple or bind any of your documents!

* Mail your application to:
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Undergraduate Scholarships
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Application Deadline
All applications for the academic year 2011/12 must be postmarked by January 31, 2011.

UPenn Admission Talk

Thanks to Christine Lim for sharing on this.


The University of Pennsylvania Office of Undergraduate Admissions and The Secondary School Committee of Malaysia cordially invite you and your parents to join us for an 
Introduction to Pennsylvania

Elisabeth O'Connell, Associate Dean for International Admissions and University alumni will be present. A film of campus life will also be viewed.

Wednesday, the Sixth of October, 2010
from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur
Ballroom, Mezzanine Floor
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Students and parents interested in attending are required to RSVP by email at by 2 October 2010, stating name, school and number of persons attending.

Taman Sri Nibong Hari Malaysia

Krista has always been very supportive of various initiatives that I have done in Penang, as well as many other initiatives. 

For the upcoming Malaysia Day, she has the following initiative. If you would like to reach her, feel free to leave a message in my blog or email me, and I will connect you to her.

I'm on the organizing committee of my Taman Sri Nibong Hari Malaysia
celebration and we need some sponsors for the treasure hunt to be held
on 16 Sept itself.

Sponsors will get their logo on our hunt banner (to be hung around the taman)
and mentioned in the Taman's blog ( 

This taman is made up of lots of middle-class families, with many working in MNCs like
Agilent, Motorola, Intel, Jabil etc. and a very good target demographic for most businesses. 

If you know of any businesses or biz owners in Penang whom I can reach via email/phone,
do let me know.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Research Study on Malaysians Abroad

John Teng, a Cambridge student is doing internship at . He is doing a research study below. Do help him out.

Hi amazing guys and girls, hope you are having a good summer. I'm doing an internship now and I need your kind help to participate in a survey for my internship research. message as follows;

Studying abroad? Let me know what you think!

I'm conducting research for an online recruitment website into the ways Malaysian students abroad search for jobs. The purpose of this survey is to measure level of awareness of Online Recruitment Websites brands, identify the prevalent methods of job search and get a broad picture of the aspirations of overseas Malaysian students. 

If you have some time to help, please participate as it would be invaluable feedback for my research. All thoughts and responses are highly appreciated whether or not you are searching for a job now. Complete the 5-minute survey and get a FREE Job Hunting Guide.

To participate in this survey, please click on the survey link below

Please feel free to forward this survey to all your friends who are Malaysian / Singaporeans studying abroad.

Thanks a million! Much appreciated. 

John Teng

Building Solid Applications To American Universities Workshop (September 22, 2010)

Thanks to my loyal blog contributor for sharing this.


Building Solid Applications To American Universities Workshop (September 22, 2010)
Application forms? Admission essays? Letters of Recommendation? Come attend this FREE workshop and learn how to prepare solid applications to US universities.


Want Rock‐Hard Apps?
Building Solid Applications to an American Universities

The Malaysian‐American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) is offering a two‐hour workshop to help you prepare your applications for admission to universities and colleges in the United States.

Learn more about effective ways to:
  • begin and write required essays;
  • request letters of recommendation; and
  • complete your applications to American universities, with special emphasis on the Common Application Form.
Workshop Information on Developing Sold Applications:

Instructors: Doreen John, Coordinator ‐ MACEE Educational Advising Centre (MEAC)
                  Jay Getz ‐ Director AICP, BA English, Master of Urban Planning
Goal: After taking this workshop, students will be better equipped to write strong applications for admission to American colleges and universities.

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Time: 2:00‐4:00p.m. Registration at 1:45pm

Location: MACEE Office, 18th Floor, Menara Yayasan Tun Razak, 200, Jln. Tun Razak, KL

Cost: There is NO FEE for this workshop, but you must sign up to attend this workshop.

Sign up no later than Monday, September 20, 2010 on‐line (form provided) or by phone.
Sign up by submitting this form to: or call MACEE at 03‐2166‐8878.

Where Do I Apply? - Navigating Your Way Through The University Selection Process Workshop

Thanks to my loyal blog contributor for sharing on this.



Where Do I Apply?
"Navigating Your Way through the University Selection Process"

The Malaysian‐American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) is offering a 90‐minute program to help you prepare for selecting and applying for admission to universities and colleges in the United States.

The USA is noted for its excellent educational system and facilities, as well as for its diversity. With over 4000 choices of colleges and universities, how do I find ones that are best for me?

Learn more about:

Factors you should consider when selecting universities

Practical Tips for University Selection

Practical Tips for Applying to US Colleges and Universities

Instructor: Doreen John, Coordinator ‐ MACEE Educational Advising Centre (MEAC)

After attending this workshop, students will better understand the process of university selection and application for admission.

Venue: MACEE Office, 18th Floor, Menara Yayasan Tun Razak, 200 Jln. Tun Razak, KL

Cost: There is NO FEE, but you must sign up to attend this workshop.

Date: Wednesday, September 8th

Time: 2:00pm‐3:30pm

Interested? Sign up by phone (03‐2166‐8878) or submit online registration to MACEE: by Tuesday, September 7th.

20yrPoA Public Forum: No More Subsidy? What Do We Do Now? 1/9/10, 8pm, klscah

Thanks to Afif from IDEAS for the info below.




 a public forum on subsidy removal (in English)


Date: 1 September, 2010 (Wednesday)

Time: 8.00pm

Place: Seminar Room, 1/F, KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, No. 1,   Jalan Maharajalela, KL.

<Light halal refreshment is provided>




 YB Charles Sentiago

  Member of Parliament, Kelang, Negeri Selangor


Encik Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Chief Executive, Institute for Democracy &Economic Affairs (IDEAS)


YB Khairy Jamaludin

Member of Parliament, Rembau, Negeri Sembilan


Mr. Ong Kian Ming (UCSI)

Political Analyst & Lecturer



Encik Amin Ahmad, Fellow of IDEAS


Jointly organised by:

Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS)

KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Socio-Economic Committee (KLSCAH-SEC)


Supported by:

A 20 Year Plan of Action (20YrPoA) Economic Committee, Huazong


For further information, please visit  or contact 20YearPoA Secretariat, Ms Fanny Chew at 03-2273 4008.


"Full ride" scholarships at Private Liberal Arts College in Michigan: Hope College

Thanks to my loyal blog contributor for the following scholarship info.


Each year, Hope awards one "full ride" (tuition, room, board, and activity fee), one full tuition and scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $13,000 per year. In a typical year, Hope receives approximately 130 international applications. Applications must be complete by the end of January for consideration.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

MACRI Talk - Managing Memory with Creativity

Malaysian Association of Creativity and Innovation (MACRI) Face-to-Face Forum for August 2010.

Topic:- Managing Memory with Creativity

Date:- 28th August 2010, 10:30am

For more details, go to 

Harvard Model Congress Asia

Thanks to Sharon for sharing with me on this Harvard Model Congress Asia, to be held in Singapore in January 2011.

Bar Camp JB

Got this email from Daniel Cerventus.

BarCampJB is upon us on 28th and 29th July in Sunway College JB.

There will be tonnes of talks and session sharing from Social Media, to how to get Funded, to really fun stuff like Powerpoint Karaoke. Learn and share from experts and enthusiast alike.

What is barcamp?
BarCamp is an international network of user generated conferences (or unconferences) - open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants.;

Details of the events as below:

August 28 at 12:00pm - August 29 at 2:00pm
Location Sunway College JB
No 3, Jalan Austin Heights Utama, Taman Mount Austin
Johor Bahru, Malaysia

More Info Barcamp in JB then Buka Puasa with our Muslim friends on the 28, Resume schedule on Morning 29-August 9am.
28-Aug: 12pm - 9pm
29-Aug: 9am - 2pm

Registration Form -;

Dialogue with Wing Lee, CEO YTL Communications - Round Table Gathering

Thanks for this email from Aidan.



                    Dialogue with Wing Lee

                  CEO - YTL Communications

                            Inviting Fellow

  Code Warriors, Entrepreneurs & Developers!

                     ROUND TABLE GATHERING


DATE       :   Thursday. 26th August, 2010

VENUE    :   TEEQ, LOT 10 Rooftop. KL

TIME       :   8.30 pm

*Free Flow Drinks provided*


You are invited for an exclusive round table & drinks. To explore development possibilities of applications & solutions on the world's first nationwide 4G network 


v Face-2-face chat & meet with YTL Comms' CEO – Wing Lee

v Applications & solutions development discussion

v Collaboration opportunity with 4G platform, network & new devices

v Business sourcing & development matching

v Commercialization opportunities for developers & innovation network


RSVP your place  *seats are limited*


OR Call: 012.932 4184



* Exclusive Access to YTLC's NOC (Network Operation Centre) *

Attendees for next Thursday's Round Table have the first privilege to book their places for a tour visit to our NOC (Network Operation Centre)

Which includes YTLC's 4G Data & Command Centre on the 11th September(Sat)


Thank you!

See you there!

YTL Communications Team



Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship Program

Thanks for the sharing by my loyal blog contributor.



The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship Program provides expenses for a four-year course of study toward a bachelor's degree for up to eleven exceptionally able Asian students annually from these countries and regions: the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by January 1, 2011.
  • Students are advised to register now for SAT (or ACT) and TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Notification by April 1, 2011.
  • Japan notification by March 1, 2011.

Wesleyan notifies all applicants electronically for all admission programs.  Instructions on how to view your online decision letter will be sent via e-mail prior to the notification date.  Related materials will be mailed to students who are admitted, deferred or waitlisted.   For those students whose application is denied, decisions will be available online only.

Wesleyan is now accepting applications for participation in the Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship Program. The chosen applicants will join 2,800 other Wesleyan undergraduates from throughout the United States and nearly 50 countries for study with an outstanding teaching and research faculty in the sciences and mathematics, the arts, the humanities, and the social and behavioral sciences.

This program is made possible by Wesleyan University and the Freeman Foundation, which aims to improve understanding and to strengthen ties between the United States and the countries and regions of the Pacific Rim.

Wesleyan University is located in Middletown, Connecticut, halfway between New York and Boston in the historic and colorful New England region of the northeastern United States. It is a private, nonsectarian, liberal arts and sciences institution founded in 1831. A number of early Wesleyan graduates were influential educators and ministers in Asian countries, and the modern Wesleyan has formal ties to several prominent universities in Asia. The campus is home to a diverse population of 2,800 undergraduate students, equally divided between men and women, approximately 26 percent of whom are of African, Asian, or Hispanic descent, and nearly 190 students from foreign countries.

Approximately 200 graduate students, a number of whom are from Asian countries, are pursuing advanced degrees, principally in the sciences, mathematics, and music.

Wesleyan provides instruction in 47 major fields of study. Unlike some university systems abroad, in which students focus on one academic field, most American universities are based on a curricular tradition of liberal arts and sciences, in which breadth and depth of study are deemed equally important. At Wesleyan, the major programs of study involve one-third to one-half of a student's course work, with the remaining time devoted to exploration of a variety of fields through which a student may broaden his or her background and understanding. More than 900 courses are offered, in which interdisciplinary pursuits are encouraged and an international perspective is fundamental.

Wesleyan graduates go on in high numbers to the best graduate and professional schools in the United States and to successful careers in engineering, business, law, medicine, education, politics, international relations, social service, and the arts. The primary purpose of study at Wesleyan, however, is not to provide vocational training in a specific area. The objectives of a Wesleyan education include the development of self-educating men and women who have mastered a major field, have learned to think critically, are cognizant of the variety of human experience, and have acquired the habits of imaginative and disciplined minds.

The liberal arts at Wesleyan are founded on an atmosphere of freedom, small college traditions, faculty resources, and student diversity. The University provides the facilities and opportunities of a research university while retaining the emphasis on teaching and the intimacy of a small college. The undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1, enabling the faculty to provide direct and particular attention to undergraduate education. Wesleyan's more than 330 teacher-scholars believe that scholarly research and active teaching are mutually reinforcing. The University's curriculum is unusually flexible, and students work closely with a faculty advisor in planning all programs and majors.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Applying to Oxford

Thanks to Melissa Kong for sharing on this event. This is for Oxford aspirants.


Hey, How about Oxford?

If you are interested in applying to the University of Oxford, one of the world's most prestigious universities, then come along to the talks that will be conducted by members of the Oxford University Malaysia Club (OUMC). Malaysian students who are pursuing their studies at the University of Oxford will be giving presentations on life at Oxford, and will be available to answer any questions you have regarding anything to do with Oxford. There will also be handbooks that will be distributed free of charge, but we only limited copies available. These books will go through and shed light on many misconceptions people have Oxford, and also contain anecdotes from Malaysian Oxonian alumni. Details of the talks that will be held are below. Please note that these talks are open to all students, regardless of which institution or school you attend.

Date: 24 August 2010 (Tuesday)
Venue: Audi 5, Level 2, South West Building, Sunway University College
Time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Date: 25 August 2010 (Wednesday)
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Taylor's College, Subang Jaya Campus
Time: 2.15 – 3.15pm

If you are interested in applying to Oxford but cannot attend our talks, visit our website at, as the handbook will also be made available online. If you have any queries, please contact the OUMC president, JJ Tan at


FACEBOOK EVENT:!/event.php?eid=100685049990575&ref=mf

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Perfect10 Charity Walk Hunt

To those of you who have a kind heart and would like to participate in this charity walk hunt.





As a benefit for Patient's Welfare Fund, MAA-MEDIcare will be organizing The Perfect 10 Charity Walk Hunt.

Come all… team up with your friends, colleagues and neighbors. For just RM 50 per person, join the hunt while contributing for a noble cause.


Event Details :

Type of Event         : Walk-A-Hunt

Status                        : Open to public

Date                          : 10.10.10 ( Sunday)

Venue                      : Berjaya Times Square

Participation fees  : RM 200 per team (RM 50 per person)




When we first opened our doors in 1994, we had only 7 machines and 20 patients. Today, we have become the second largest dialysis provider in this country. With over 150 hemodialysis machines, keeping 700 people alive, MAA Medicare Kidney Charity Fund (MEDIcare) has become one of the most dynamic and progressive charitable organizations in this country. 


Fro more info contact:

Fundraising Department

MAA MEDIcare Kidney Charity Fund

Secretariat Office

2nd Floor, Wisma MAA-MEDIcare

51200 Kuala Lumpur

T : 03 4044 4468

F: 03 40434468


CALL FOR PAPERS: The 2010 International Conference on Governance and Accountability (ICGA)

Thanks to Ong Mooi Lian for sharing on this.


CALL FOR PAPERS: The 2010 International Conference on Governance and Accountability (ICGA)

Assalamualaikum and Salam Sejahtera,

We are pleased to inform that UiTM-ACCA Asia-Pacific Centre for Sustainability (APCeS) together with the Indonesian Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research and Development (ICSEARD), Social Responsibility Research Network (SRRNet), DeMonfort University's Centre for Research into Organisation Governance (CROG), Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility Research Unit, Curtin University of Technology, and Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey will be organizing an International Conference on Governance and Accountability on December 5-8, 2010 at Sebelas Maret University- Solo Paragon in Solo City.


The conference will be a deliberately informal gathering of researchers, teachers, students and practitioners concerned with governance and accountability, social and environmental accounting, teaching and research in the very widest sense. The emphasis of this gathering is on a high level of interaction, discussion and debate in a friendly, supportive and relaxed atmosphere.


Academics and researchers worldwide are invited to submit full-length papers, research-in-progress papers, case studies, abstracts, or special session proposals for the 2010 International Conference on Governance and Accountability for suggested topics included but not limited to:

  • Governance and regulation
  • National v supra-national governance
  • Free markets and governance
  • Multi-national corporate accountability
  • Social responsibility and free markets
  • Globalisation and corporate activity
  • Regulation of corporate social and environmental behaviour
  • Governmental influences on corporate accountability
  • CSR and corporate governance
  • CSR and stakeholders
  • CSR and corporate risk
  • Corporate responsibility and triple bottom line
  • Sanctions for non-compliance in a global market
  • Regulating the regulators
  • Social and environmental accounting
  • Ethical issues in accounting and financial reporting
  • Accounting for the Costs and Benefits of CSR-related Activities
  • Accounting and Disclosure of Environmental Liabilities
  • Corporate Environmental Strategy
  • Corporate social responsibility and management control
Deadline for paper submission: Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Preference will be given to full papers, however, abstracts of 200-500 words will also be considered. All papers and abstracts should be sent by August 31, 2010 by email to Dr. Hasan Fauzi.( )


In this conference also will be running a doctoral colloquium on one day of the conference. The aim will be to give detailed feedback to doctoral researchers concerning their papers. Feedback will be specific to each person and their research, and will be given by an experienced academic in the field. The colloquium will be an integral part of the conference and all delegates will be expected to participate fully in the conference but the sessions will give extra time to presenters – to allow for discussion and formal feedback. In order to allow detailed feedback full papers will be required and should be sent by 31 August 2010 by email to Dr. Haslinda Yusoff ( and to be coded Doctoral Colloquium on top of paper cover.

UKM Economic Essay Competition

Thanks to Ong Mooi Lian for the sharing.

Do check out UKM Economic Essay Competition.

Sedar Institute

Thanks to Melissa Kong for the info below.


Are you forward-looking, open-minded and radicalized in mindset and approach?


SEDAR Institute is a non-profit and independent organization seeking to develop ideas and strategies to help build a united, democratic, just, egalitarian, liberal and progressive nation for all Malaysians, transcending the barriers of race, gender and religion.


SEDAR Institute is looking for suitable candidates to fill in as a full-time intern and a policy analyst. The intern and the policy analyst will cover a wide scope of duties including media analysis, organizing and attending seminars and conferences and doing research on government policies.


This position requires proficiency mainly in English and Bahasa Malaysia. Other languages and dialects would be an added advantage. The candidate shall be versatile and must also possess basic ICT skills. We are not particular about tertiary education background. Applicants from various fields such as economics, law, journalism, political science or other disciplines are welcomed.


A suitable amount of remuneration and the time-frame of internship can be negotiated. As for the position of policy analyst, we are looking forward to hear those who are committed and dedicated in the pursue of research and development of socioeconomic and political issues to the benefit of our institute.


If you think you have what it takes to contribute to human capital development of our institute, kindly contact:


Mr Khaw Veon Szu
Executive Director
SEDAR Institute
Suite 6.02, Level 6, 
Tower 1, Menara PGRM,
No. 8, Jalan Pudu Ulu,
56100 Kuala Lumpur.
Office: + 603 9283 2380
Fax: + 603 9283 2387

Project E.P.I.C

Do check out this project of UKEC.


Project E.P.I.C. is about 'building homes, not just houses'. The plight of the Orang Asli is not one for more money or more possessions but truly to be able to have a nurturing and comfortable environment where they can strive to be better. This is a simple plea but is made difficult by many circumstances that surround them such as the lack of proper amenities, or even food on the table. These are things that many of us take for granted. However, we do not realise that because we don't have to worry about such things that we can build a better future for ourselves and our children.


Phase 1 of the project will be on the 4th and 5th of September where we aim to:

1.      Replace zinc roofs and repair broken doors

2.      Clean up the village area

3.      Rebuild 1 house that is on the verge of collapsing

4.      Extend the house of Bapa Oto (one of the village leader) where it is used as a village hall

5.      Teach the children how to play with educational toys (which have been sponsored)

We are looking for volunteers: This will be a wonderful opportunity to give what we can, and that would be our time and youthful strength. In return, we will be guaranteed a fun, interesting and fulfilling experience, and hopefully take back some building and fixing skills which we would be able to reapply in future projects.

For PHASE 1, we are calling for volunteers to help out in the following different ways:

-Construction and repairs of houses

-Teaching and playing with kids

-Cleaning up the village

To sign up as a volunteer, go to

To download the information pack, go to

If you have spare/idle household equipment or clothes that you'd like to contribute but can't make it for the trip to Kg. Hulu Tamu, please send us an e-mail at to arrange for your contribution, and we'd be deeply thankful for generosity.

So come on, guys! We don't need to wait to attend the event just to contribute to the Orang Asli! We're already doing it now, just by reading this and acting upon it!

For more information, please e-mail

Thanks to Gabrielle for sharing on this.

To those book lovers and also those who would like to be intellectually stimulated daily, can check out

Monday, August 16, 2010

Wellesley College

Gabrielle wrote this informative piece to help Malaysians who would like to know more about Wellesley, as well as other Liberal Arts Colleges in US. Do check it out at 

Friday, August 13, 2010

Nat's US Universities Guidance - Engage Education

Nathaniel Tan, an alumnus of Harvard University started Engage Education, where he would be conducting coaching sessions for those who are applying for US Universities. It is a paid service that he provides, and he would be putting in a lot of his time to coach and mentor the students.

Last year, he initiated his classes, and a number of his students managed to get into their dream universities, including a bunch of Ivy League admits.

His information session is on:-
Time: 4.30pm, Wednesday, 18th August
Venue: 58 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (3rd Floor)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Global Engineering Education Exchange

Thanks to Su Jun for sharing on this Global Engineering Education Exchange. Quite an interesting program.

Global Student Entrepreneurs Award Malaysia 2010 (GSEAM2010)

Thanks to Muhammad Hafiz for sharing on this great opportunity.


Hi fellas!

I represent the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) program presented by Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO). We recognize student entrepreneurs for their efforts in balancing their education while running a business. The program operates as an international competition series where students present their business to a panel of high level entrepreneur judges.

We are hosting a competition to identify the top student entrepreneur in Malaysia. The winning applicant will advance to the 2010 GSEA Global Finals with expenses paid to represent Malaysia. The Global Finals will be held from 17-19 November 2010 in Kansas City, USA during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

If you know of any eligible students who may be interested in applying to participate in our prestigious awards program please feel free to forward my contact information or nominate the student directly at our website. There is no cost and the students will have the opportunity to engage with high level entrepreneurs, receive international media exposure, join a global entrepreneurship peer group, win cash and donated business services and more.

Find attached some supporting documents - GSEA magazine, GSEA FAQ and our logo.
If you have a blog, you can make a post about our competition or you can post about it on your facebook. We would like to raise awareness to get as many nominations as possible :)

One more, if you want to nominate a student, or wanna know the how-to nominate a student, please click the link here :

Thanks and regards,

-- Muhammad Hafiz

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Seminar on Climate Change and the Role of Youth, Organized by Young Progressive Southeast Asia (Malaysia)

Thanks to Phyo Win Latt for sharing on this.


Dear All,


Greetings form Young Progressive Southeast Asians, an umbrella organization made up with 16 organizations and observers from the Southeast Asian Countries.  Malaysian chapter of Young Progressive Southeast Asians is hosting a seminar on Climate Change and the Role of Youth on August 14. So we would like announce about that conference. The details of the invitation and related materials are posted on our blog at and below is the brief description of the event.


Will you also distribute the invitation to your colleagues, friends and network who might also be interested in Climate Change, Global Warming, and Environmental issues.


Should you or your friends wish to attend our seminar, please send the contact No.s and emails to me at, no later than August 10, so that we can arrange necessary logistical arrangements.


A university level course book and lectures  titled 'Global Warming: Global Threat' by Professor Michael B. McElroy  from Harvard University will be provided to all the participants and buka puasa to break your fast at the end of the seminar will be served, including famous local delicacies Satay Kajang. Detail directions to the event place, New Era College will be sent to all participants and will also be made available on our blog.


Phyo Win Latt
M4-2-248, Pangsapuri Baiduri,
Jalan Persiaran Institute,
Seksyen 7 Shah Alam 40000
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel:      +60-355103106
Mobile: +60-163909194 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

UCSI-PLF Joint Forum: Malaysians in a Globalized World

Thanks to Kian Ming for sharing this. Do check it out!


UCSI-PLF Joint Forum: Malaysians in a Globalized World




To discuss the topic "Nurturing the Minds of Future Leaders" as part of the larger theme of "Malaysians in a Globalized World" with the intention of getting UCSI students and faculty thinking and talking of this and other related issues.


Proposed Panelists:


Wan Mohamed Firdaus Wan Mohd Fuad

Director of IDEAS


Zarina Nalla


International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS)


Zarina Abu Bakar

General Manager

Perdana Leadership Foundation (PLF)


Moderated by:


Ong Kian Ming

Faculty of Economics and Policy Science (FEPS)





Informal free flowing discussion session

Each panelist given 10 to 12 minutes to share their experiences and thoughts on the topic followed by Q&A session




Thursday, 12 August, 2010




UCSI North Wing (see Attached Map)

Jalan Choo Lip Kung

Taman Tayton View

Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur



Doors open at 500.

Forum starts between 530 to 6pm.

Forum ends between 7 to 715pm.

Buka Puasa Meal will be served after the forum (buffet style)


Who should come:


UCSI students

Press especially those covering the education industry


Contact people:


Ong Kian Ming (FEPS, UCSI)


Zarina Abu Bakar (Perdana)


Press Invite / Write-up:


The reality that we, Malaysians, are competing in the global marketplace either as individuals seeking career opportunities and advancement or as part of larger organizations seeking market and profit share can no longer be denied. Our companies are only as good as the people who lead them. Our workers want to be inspired and to be led by leaders who they admire, respect and want to emulate. Is there a 'formula' by which such leaders can be nurtured, trained or produced? Are there any leadership 'models' from which we can learn from in the Malaysian context? How did some of these Malaysian leaders, past, present and future, actually became leaders? To answer these questions, and more, UCSI-PLF (UCSI University together with the Perdana Leadership Foundation) have put together an interesting panel under a jointly organized public forum entitled "Nurturing the Minds of Future Leaders" as part of the larger theme of "Malaysians in a Globalized World". This is also the essay title of the PLF's 2010 essay writing competition. We anticipate this forum to be as interesting (if not more so) as the 10th Malaysian Plan forum (featuring Khairy Jamaluddin, Tony Pua and Wan Saiful Wan Jan) organized by the Faculty of Economics and Policy Science (FEPS), UCSI, in the month of June, 2010.  The panelists include Wan Firdaus Wan Mohd Fuad, former UKEC Chairman and currently a director at IDEAS, a libertarian think tank based in Kuala Lumpur, Zarina Nalla is the co-founder of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies and Zarina Abu Bakar is the general manager of the Perdana Leadership Foundation.