Monthly Archives: November 2009

Safety of all is the key PRESIDENT,Board of Architects, Malaysia.-Star Online Saturday November 28, 2009

Saturday November 28, 2009

Safety of all is the key

THE entry to any profession requires a rigorous examination of a person’s ability to perform with an accepted level of competence.

Architecture is no different. As correctly pointed out by One Malaysian Architect, in this country, to become a profes- sionally qualified architect, one has to undergo a prescribed course including a minimum of two years’ practical experience, for which a log book and a Practical Experience Evaluation Report of such experience has to be kept and submitted, passing an oral examination, and finally proceeding to a written examination.

The recent building collapses underline the need for candidates undertaking the Part III Examination to realise that architects in practice are not just designers of buildings, but have to take on a host of other responsible actions including supervision of construction works and contract admin- istration to bring a project to a successful conclusion.

Of paramount importance is the safety of all who will use the structures that we as architects design, and that is why under the Street, Drainage and Building Act, architects have been designated as a “Submitting Person” with all the legal responsibilities that come with it.

Hence the core competencies of the architect encompass not only professional knowledge and experience that he or she has acquired during the training period in the workplace, but also the moral responsibility that comes with any job.

At the same time, an architect must be able to carry out his advisory, contractual and fiduciary duties in an accurate, efficient and professional manner so that his clients, who are the catalyst for development, will experience higher profits and enhancement of their reputation.

These core competencies are what the Part III Professional Examination seeks to ascertain.

The Part III Professional Examination has been in existence for almost 40 years, and in its present form consists of two papers with questions derived from a published syllabus whose subject matter a candidate is required to have sufficient knowledge of to perform competently as a professionally registered architect.

The examination questions are set in both Bahasa Malaysia and English, and candidates have the option of choosing their language of preference to answer in.

In the past, candidates had to pass both papers to fulfil the exam requirements, but recently this was changed so that candidates who passed one paper was only required to retake just the paper they did not pass.

The method of assessing the papers is done in such a way that there is no room for bias.

In the absence of a better system to gauge the candidates’ readiness for professional practice, the Part III examination procedure at present seems to be the most appropriate form of assessment. LAM affirms that those who have passed the exams have successfully demonstrated their ability to do so by thoroughly understanding all the elements required to become a professional.

PRESIDENT,

Board of Architects, Malaysia.

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Blaming the system is simply work of the lazy Star Online Monday November 30, 2009

Monday November 30, 2009

Blaming the system is simply work of the lazy I WAS amazed to read the comments of some people who were preparing for a career in architecture and their disdain for the system in which everyone has to go through to get to the top stage. That only 9% of about 300 candidates passed is a shameful indication of how prepared our future acrchitects would be. Architects not only need to have the knowledge of statutory regulations and law but also artistic talent and social responsibility. Surely the professional exam is a test of their full range of knowledge, including these. I am a practising architect who has gone through the mill just like everyone else. I got through in my first attempt because I worked hard to prepare for the exams. It is unfair to blame the system or the seemingly “stringent” exam for the failure of those who did not pass. For the information of those interested, we were informed at a workshop before the exam that firstly there was no quota for the number of candidates passing, and secondly that the pass mark for each paper was just 50%. We were also told that we would be allowed to read our questions for 15 minutes before starting to answer, and that our papers would be marked by two examiners. In case of disagreement between the two, a third examiner would re-mark the paper. Perhaps the candidates who did not pass did not bother to listen to what was said at the workshops. As far as I know, no other professional exam, such as the CLP for the legal profession or the accountant’s licensing exams, divulges marks or reasons for a candidate not passing. LAM allows one to resit as many times as is required to pass. Are some so spoilt that they expect everything to be given to them on a platter? Are they saying that we may have colluded to get a pass from the “few individuals who decide our fate”? It is an insult to all those who have worked hard and who understand what being a professional is all about. AR.I PASSED, Subang Jaya.

Thanking the current management of Multimedia University

I would like to thank the current management of Multimedia University for its resolution of our dispute. Alhamdulillah Syukur Pada Allah yang Maha Adil Lagi Pemurah.

Tawaran palsu ke IPT-harian metro

Tawaran palsu ke IPT

Oleh Hayati Ibrahim
yati@hmetro.com.my

PUTRAJAYA: Penggodam e-mel kini semakin licik meraih keuntungan ‘atas angin’ apabila menjadikan e-mel kakitangan sokongan di kementerian atau agensi kerajaan tertentu dengan menghantar tawaran palsu kepada ibu bapa pelajar yang gagal tersenarai melanjutkan pelajaran ke institusi pengajian tinggi (IPT) tempatan.

Dalam e-mel yang dihantar, penggodam yang dipercayai bergerak dari luar negara dikatakan menggunakan ayat yang seolah-olah ‘ayat rasmi’ Kementerian Pelajaran bagi menyakinkan ibu bapa supaya memasukkan sejumlah wang, kononnya bagi membantu nama anak mereka disenaraikan semula sebagai penuntut IPT.

Kegiatan terbabit dikesan berlaku lebih tiga bulan lalu, tetapi tidak dilaporkan apabila ibu bapa yang terpedaya memasukkan wang terbabit mendapati nama anak mereka memang tidak tersenarai sebagai penuntut seperti yang dijanjikan pengirim e-mel, kononnya dari kementerian berkenaan.

Taktik yang digunakan penggodam terbabit dengan menyamar sebagai pegawai di jabatan pentadbiran atau sistem sebelum mereka menghantar e-mel supaya kakitangan terbabit mengemas kini akaun e-mel masing-masing dalam tempoh yang ditetapkan bagi mengelak mereka dikenakan tindakan tegas.

Apa yang mengejutkan, sebaik kakitangan berkenaan selesai mengemas kini akaun e-mel, penggodam boleh mendapatkan kata kunci, sekali gus mengakses e-mel kakitangan berkenaan.

Mereka kemudian menggunakan e-mel kakitangan kerajaan terbabit bagi menghantar e-mel kepada individu lain, sekali gus mengelakkan tindakan dikesan pihak berkuasa atau individu terbabit.

Kegiatan terbabit didedahkan Naib Presiden Dapat Vista Sdn Bhd yang juga pengasas dapat.com, Azli Paat, yang percaya penggodam terbabit tidak berniat memperolehi keuntungan daripada pemilik e-mel yang digodam, sebaliknya pemilik e-mel dijadikan ‘kambing hitam’ bagi mengaburi pihak berkuasa, selain menyakinkan pihak yang ingin dijadikan sasaran penipuan.

Beliau berkata, kebanyakan kes berlaku di kalangan kakitangan sokongan di Kementerian Pelajaran yang diminta mengemas kini e-mel mereka kononnya dihantar pegawai di jabatan tertentu.

Menurutnya, bagi kakitangan yang sudah terperangkap, penggodam akan menggunakan e-mel untuk menghantar tawaran palsu kepada ibu bapa kononnya anak mereka berpeluang mengikuti pengajian di IPT.

“Tetapi, disebabkan kuota sudah dipenuhi, anak mereka gagal terpilih dan jika ibu bapa memasukkan sejumlah wang, mereka boleh membantu menyenaraikan nama anak mereka ke dalam senarai,” katanya.

Azli berkata, kebanyakan mangsa menyedari ditipu selepas mendapati nama anak mereka tidak tersenarai walaupun sudah memasukkan wang yang diminta.

Menurutnya, penggodam dipercayai kebanyakannya dari luar negara juga bijak menggunakan taktik dengan menterjemahkan kandungan e-mel dari bahasa Inggeris kepada bahasa Malaysia bagi meyakinkan mangsa.

“Jika menggunakan bahasa Inggeris, mangsa sukar mempercayainya kerana kebiasaannya kementerian atau agensi kerajaan menggunakan bahasa Malaysia sebagai bahasa perantaraan.

“Mereka menggunakan ‘Google Translator’ bagi memudahkan kerja penterjemahan,” katanya.

Azli berkata, kejadian itu dikesan sejak empat bulan lalu, tetapi jarang dilaporkan kerana kurang kesedaran di kalangan kakitangan untuk melaporkan perkara itu kepada pihak berkuasa.

Sehubungan itu, beliau meminta kakitangan sokongan yang menerima e-mel supaya mengemas kini maklumat masing-masing, mengesahkan dengan pihak pengurusan syarikat untuk memastikan emel itu adalah sah.