Monthly Archives: August 2010

Did the Cabinet decide on undergrad politics? Rockybru

http://rockybru.com.my/2010/08/did-cabinet-decide-on-undgrad-politics.html

Did the Cabinet decide on undergrad politics?

UPDATED, 5.45pm 12/8 Aah, the Cabinet did discuss undergrads’ involvement in politics yesterday, and it was very clear that while undergrads may take active part in politics (which is already provided for under the Act), they should not hold any position in a political party. Original article:- NOTE TO EDITORS: AUGUST 11, 2010 [received 6:54:20pm yesterday] The Office of the Higher Education Minister has requested the media not to publish the news about Cabinet prohibiting undergraduates from involvement in politics.

The news that Bernama sent out earlier yesterday:-

CABINET PROHIBITS UNDERGRADUATES FROM INVOLVEMENT IN POLITICS

Putrajaya, Aug 11 (Bernama) – The Cabinet today decided not to allow undergraduates to be involved in political parties, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin. However, he said the decision did not prevent the undergraduates from keeping abreast with political developments in the country. “This is because Section 15 of the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) 1971 is sufficient where an undergraduate can be involved in political activities after obtaining permission from the Vice-Chancellor,” he said in a statement to Bernama, here today. Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the government would uphold the restriction on students of public institutions of higher learning to be involved in politics despite the call to allow university students to be involved actively in political parties. Muhyiddin said the amendments to the UUCA earlier were sufficient as it gave more freedom to undergraduates to voice their opinions in campus. – BERNAMA

So what’s the story, Khaled? Did the Cabinet make that decision, or not? If it did, why was the media not allowed to carry the news? And did you know that Khairy Jamaluddin, the Umno Youth chief, had already shot his response to the Cabinet decision to Malaysiakini, which reads like this: 11/8: Khairy Jamaludddin describes the cabinet decision not to allow student involvement in party politics as ‘gutless’ and ‘outdated’./MKINI at 1:25 PM

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Principles of Malaysian Land Law: Ainul Jaria Maidin & Others

Principles of Malaysian Land Law, Malaysia : Lexis Nexis Malaysia, 2008

This book is indeed beneficial to the legal fraternity be it graduates, undergraduates, practitioners and lecturers as well as other professionals such as surveyors and contractors. However the editing must be improved as the poor editing had somehow diminished the quality of the book. This book is written by many authors that consequently manifests different presentations. Ainul Jaria provides lengthy explanation in Chapters 1, 9, 10 and 12. However Sharifah Zubaidah does not provide enough information in “Indefeasibility of Title and Interests”. Her take on that chapter is more suitable for graduate students and those who have the issues at their fingertips as it is a critique rather than a descriptive explanation. Her writing on that chapter caters to “those in the know” . Nevertheless one would argue that it is her style of presentation and regurgitation of legal facts does not challenge the readers. They should not be lazy and must find the legal facts themselves. A reader of high intellect would be able to understand her piece on “Indefeasibility of Title and Interests”. I also view that Azlinor Sufian and Nor Asiah Mohamed could have provided more legal facts and substance in their chapters. Of course one would argue the following:

1.  “less is more”

2. “length does not matter”

3. “what is length without substance?” 

4. the book would indeed be too voluminous had all authors wrote lengthy explanations.

Anyhow, putting the arguments aside, as a person hungry for beneficial and substantive information, some chapters of this book satiate my hunger and others don’t. Kudos though for coming up with this book as it is indeed useful for law undergraduates.

Taking things for granted by Dr ARZMI YAACOB The Star Online > Education

Sunday January 17, 2010

Taking things for granted

By Dr ARZMI YAACOB

THE time is 9am. The student comes in an hour late for his lecture and nods at the lecturer as he takes his seat in the hall. He has done this countless times before yet he does not feel guilty, nor does he see the need to apologise.

After all, he feels justified in making the grand entrance — he had attended a rigorous sports training session the evening before, and was too exhausted to get up early for class.

Despite his minimum entry qualifications to varsity, the athlete has been accepted into a local university. The move is a special arrangement available only to sportsmen, to ensure they secure a better future once their stints in sports are over.

The athlete’s status in a national or state squad may be something the faculty and university are proud of, but his tardiness at lectures and tutorials and in meeting deadlines and assignments, is not acceptable.

The athlete is not alone. There are many sportsmen like him who tend to take the system for granted.

They blame the lengthy training sessions whenever they are questioned for coming in late to class, or worse, not attending class.

The athletes who represent the country and states at various international, national and state-level sports meets, should set good examples for their peers.

Just as they train hard in their chosen fields, they should do the same when it comes to earning their degrees.

The athletes are also given preferential treatment — they are allowed to take fewer subjects per semester, and given a longer period to complete their degree.

With such privileges, they should make it a point to be serious about their studies. Unfortunately, many of them don’t.

I must say that the special treatment accorded to them is part of a university’s social responsibility in helping national and state athletes. In return, it expects them to project a good name of the university. While some athletes have done their varsity proud, there are others who don’t.

When an athlete doesn’t make the academic grade and is asked to leave by the institution, letters to the dean arrive by the dozens.

They come from parents, coaches, managers and even organisations, all appealing that the athlete concerned be given another chance. Failure in accepting him back would be seen as a heartless act by the institution.

Then there is the constant interference by sport officials telling institutions how to deal with the athletes.

The officials seem to think they know how best to deal with them, even in assesssing their academic work!

Instances of sports officials from various organisations seeking the release of an athlete from the varsity for an indefinite period, so that they can attend training, in preparation for an international game or major sports event, are also common.

The patrons of such organisations, being people of high standing, expect the institution to give in to their request. Many athletes will attend training even before the dean of their respective faculty gives the official green light.

Once their training and the big event is over, the athletes don’t immediately get back to their books and lectures. Instead, they regard this period as time to recuperate not only from exhaustion, but to catch up and visit their families.

The games are then used as the perfect excuse to justify their poor grades!

Academics and fellow students do not usually resent the special treatment or privileges accorded to the athletes.

What they resent, however, is the athletes’ attitude, and how they take things for granted.

While others work hard and burn the midnight oil to catch up on their studies and projects, these athletes are privileged enough to have longer deadlines. Yet, they often break the rules and expect to get away with it.

They must realise that a privilege carries with it a sense of responsibility and obligation.

While many institutions are determined to provide assistance in ensuring athletes obtain the necessary paper qualifications, they also expect the sportsmen to put in effort, and be respectful and courteous to their lecturers and peers at the varsity.

Student athletes must therefore use the opportunities given to them. Once the privileges are abused, it is only right that they leave.

Being a national athlete and student is by no means easy. However, one can strike a balance with perseverance and self discipline.

It is these qualities that will distinguish those who seek to achieve from those who expect sympathy.

The sooner such athletes realise the importance of success and a sound education, the better it is for all concerned. They have to look beyond and choose a career path.

The athletes must bear in mind that many varsities go the extra mile in accepting them. The good name of an institution can be tarnished should the sportsmen act and behave irresponsibly.

The writer is an associate professor at a local university. He can be contacted at ucem@hotmail.com

University senates have no bite -The Star Online > Education

Sunday August 8, 2010

University senates have no bite

By DR ARZMI YAACOB

A UNIVERSITY Senate (consisting mostly of deans who are academics) helps with the governing of faculties and academic matters.

Academics however, are convinced that the actual power is not with the senate but with the varsity’s management.

Since it controls funds, those who are part of the management have the power and ultimate say in deciding where the funds should go to ensure their institution is among, if not, the best.

The varsity’s management will put forth the argument that since the bulk of funds come from the government, it is accountable to the government and not the academics, who are represented by the senate.

Like many other organisations, a university functions with limited resources.

To be effectively managed, these resources have to be centralised before being disbursed to respective faculties, centres and divisions.

Much of the funds is allocated towards the salary of staff members including the academics.

Centres of excellence

Of late there has been an increase in centres of excellence created by universities to promote their relevant expertise and fields of study as warranted by the industries.

The centres are to be staffed by academics who are there on secondment as administrators from other faculties.

These academics have their teaching load reduced to enable them to carry out their duties in the centres effectively.

To solve the work load left by these academics, those who do not hold any administrative positions are asked to help out by taking in more students into their respective classes.

There seems to be no choice. It takes time to recruit a new academician and to find the right one as good as the one who is seconded.

Administrative positions are held on rotational basis and seem to carry more weight, which is why it appeals to some academics.

Moreover, it is a convenient excuse used by the academics when they fail to present writings and research.

So, some may try their best to be appointed, and will try to hold on to their posts for as long as possible.

Holding on to the position over a long period of time can be detrimental to an institution of higher learning.

Ascendancy to excellence is never by accident. It has to be a system that has to be both strict and fair to all concerned.

If an institution wants to remain at the top, it has to have a gauging system of high quality, respected by others as fair and just.

Years ago there was no quarrel because the voice of the academics was powerful and the management listened to them on how best to produce good graduates needed by the nation.

The management was always there to lend support as an auxiliary force.

Now, the roles are reversed. It is the management that is becoming more powerful and the academics are just the followers.

To the students, the best academics are the most enthusiastic, constantly updating them with relevant facts, figures and events.

The academics, in turn, are constantly seeking to upgrade their knowledge without seeking favours or expecting a lesser workload from the the management.

Their pride is in their work in the form of publications, presentations and research papers.

Is it not ironic that despite doing so much, the academics are at the mercy of the varsity management?

Role of managers

What do university managers do?

No one denies that managers are expected to manage and become effective managers with the regular courses they attend to upgrade their skills.

The performance indicators are a good way to gauge their competence.

My point is that the university management should not be headed by academics.

Academics are not trained to do managerial tasks.

They will be able to discharge the delegated duties only satisfactorily.

True, those seconded are taught the techniques of administration through courses given, but their minds have been trained as specialists in their chosen fields and subjects through years of study from graduate to postgraduate levels.

Consider the tasks academics who hold administrative posts have to carry out, like managing budget, planning tasks and projects, developing strategies and other cost-effective actions.

It is impossible. They cannot see the relationship of the tasks delegated to them with the long-term needs of research and teaching of which they are trained to do.

If there is anyone among them who performs well, it is only a relative comparison among the mediocre. He is thus made to look good.

This will not be the case with the manager whose duty is to ensure that all rules drafted are followed accordingly and in accordance with government policy.

Who bears the blame for the poor preparation of a task in a faculty or a centre? It is none other than the academic.

They face the risk in the preparation and the execution of tasks, but with no power to see that they are implemented effectively.

The management has the power, but more often than not, none of the blame.

The writer is an associate professor in management at a local university.

He can be contacted at his e-mail address: ucem@hotmail.com

Kenapa Dato Seri Ali Rustam dikecam?

Iltizam Dato Seri Ali Rustam menubuhkan sekolah khas bagi ibu mengandung dikritik oleh Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran , Pertubuhan NGO serta pembangkang. Ada pula yang mengecam dan memandang sinis. Saya menganggap cadangan beliau sebagai suatu usaha membendung pembuangan bayi. Terdapat individu-individu yang sudah lama membuka rumah perlindungan untuk remaja yang hamil di luar nikah contohnya Rumah perlindungan KEWAJA. Justeru pembukaan sekolah dan rumah perlindungan buat remaja yamg mengandung tanpa nikah adalah pelaksanaan tanggung jawab sosial di peringkat kerajaan negeri yang turut sama berganding bahu dengan para individu tersebut yang membuka rumah perlindungan remaja mengandung tanpa nikah. Thus Dato Seri Ali’s action to save these women is merely extending the individual and personal effort of saving unmarried pregnant to that of the Malacca state government’s. Rather than letting individuals alone shoulder such huge responsiblily, Dato Seri Ali in his capacity as a Chief Minister shares the burden as well. Dato Seri Ali menangani realiti kehidupan yang memualkan ini secara pragmatik. Apabila bapa bayi lepas tangan dan keluarga remaja yang mengandung pula memulaukannya, ke manakah remaja malang tersebut dapat pergi mengadu? Ya nasi sudah menjadi bubur, kita tidak perlu menyalahkan remaja tersebut kerana berzina dan macam-macam kekhilafan yang dilakukannya lagi. Yang penting sekarang, remaja tersebut dan bayi dalam kandungannya memerlukan bantuan dan pembelaan………Justeru remaja tersebut tahu bahawa dia dapat memohon bantuan di rumah perlindungan yang disediakan oleh kerajaan negeri Melaka. Saya kecewa membaca kartun di dalam akhbar Harakah yang dikeluarkan oleh PAS (sebuah parti yang berlandaskan ajaran Islam) yang menyiarkan kartun bahawa anak-anak tidak sah taraf yang dilahirkan oleh remaja-remaja  yang tersilap langkah tersebut dibinkan atau dinasabkan kepada Dato Seri Ali Rustam. Astaghfirullah, adakah jenaka ini adab yang mulia dalam Islam? Kepada yang mengkritik lagi mengecam, sila tampil memberikan alternatif lain yang dapat menyelesaikan masalah ini. Talking semantics and drowning in polemics do not solve the malaise infesting our society today…..Walk your talk….. Stop ranting and pontificating…DO come up with long term solutions rather than exploiting this issue to gain political mileage!

I would like to highlight here a tragic news published by Harian Metro on 1st July 2009. Seorang bekas siswa UTM berusia 26 tahun ditemui mati dipercayai akibat pendarahan serius selepas melahirkan anak dalam keadaan serba kekurangan di sebuah bilik asrama di Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Semoga kita dapat mengelakkan tragedi ini berlaku lagi. AlFatihah.

1/7/2009

Tragedi di bilik asrama UTM

Oleh Intan Mas Ayu Shahimi
imas@hmetro.com.my

JOHOR BAHRU: Sedih dan menyayat hati! Itu nasib malang seorang bekas pelajar wanita berusia 26 tahun yang ditemui mati dipercayai akibat pendarahan serius selepas melahirkan anak dalam keadaan serba kekurangan di sebuah bilik asrama di Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Skudai dekat sini, petang kelmarin.

Lebih malang lagi, bekas pelajar tahun empat itu dipercayai menderita keseorangan ketika melahirkan anak dan hanya ditemui kira-kira jam 5 petang, selepas lebih dua hari Allahyarham menghembuskan nafas terakhir.

Kejadian disedari ketika minggu orientasi pelajar baru berlangsung apabila beberapa pelajar mengadu kepada ahli jawatankuasa (AJK) minggu orientasi ada sebuah bilik asrama berbau busuk.

Berikutan itu seorang daripada AJK minggu orientasi memeriksa bilik berkenaan yang berkunci dari dalam itu.

AJK terbabit membuat aduan kepada pengetua kolej kediaman sebelum pengawal keselamatan diarah menyiasat.

Sebaik pintu dibuka, pengawal keselamatan terbabit terkejut melihat sekujur tubuh tanpa seurat benang terbaring kaku dengan percikan darah di lantai.

Lebih mengejutkan, penemuan bayi lelaki yang sudah tidak bernyawa tidak jauh dari mayat wanita itu.

Ketua Polis Daerah Johor Bahru Utara, Asisten Komisioner Ruslan Hassan, berkata pihaknya menerima maklumat berhubung penemuan mayat wanita berkenaan sebelum bergegas ke tempat kejadian.

“Berdasarkan siasatan, mangsa berasal dari Kelantan dan belum berkahwin. Dia disahkan meninggal dunia sekurang-kurangnya dua hari sebelum ditemui.

“Kami percaya besar kemungkinan kematian mangsa berpunca daripada pendarahan serius selepas bersalin.

“Namun, kita tetap meneruskan siasatan bagi mengenal pasti punca sebenar kematian mangsa dan melihat sama ada wujud kemungkinan ada unsur jenayah,” katanya.

Ruslan berkata, pihaknya tidak menolak kemungkinan pasangan wanita terbabit pelajar di kampus sama.

“Buat masa ini kami dalam proses mengenal pasti pasangan wanita berkenaan bagi membantu siasatan, manakala mangsa sudah dihantar ke Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) untuk bedah siasat.

“Sesiapa yang mempunyai maklumat berhubung kejadian diminta menghubungi polis Johor di talian 07-2212999 atau tampil ke balai polis untuk membantu siasatan,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Penolong Pendaftar Perhubungan Media UTM, Sabri Ahmad, ketika dihubungi memberitahu mangsa sudah ditamatkan pengajiannya pada Januari lalu selepas gagal pada peperiksaan akhir Semester 1 sesi 2008/2009.

Menurutnya, bilik berkenaan disewa wanita terbabit sejak 11 Mei lalu kerana polisi UTM membenarkan orang luar menyewa bilik asrama ketika cuti semester.

Ditanya tindakan seterusnya berhubung kes itu, Sabri berkata, pihak kampus tidak dapat menangani kes berkenaan seperti kes biasa membabitkan pelajar memandangkan mangsa tidak lagi berstatus pelajar selepas ditamatkan pengajiannya.

“Bagaimanapun, kita akan berusaha membantu pihak berkenaan berhubung urusan berkaitan dengan kejadian ini,” katanya.

Berhubung dakwaan kemungkinan teman lelaki mangsa pelajar UTM, Sabri berkata, pihaknya tidak dapat mengesahkan perkara itu kerana buat masa ini belum ada maklumat mengenainya.

The integrity of Prof Dr Abdul Aziz Bari

The integrity of Prof Abdul Aziz Bari

Prof Abdul Aziz Bari tidak kedekut ilmu dan murah hati.

Beliau memberikan saya eceran jurnal yang amat bermanfaat.

However I discovered his lack of integrity the hard way.

He was appointed as the MMU’s school of law external examiner.

When I was persecuted by Ghauth Jasmon, Goh Pek Chen & Flora Teichner for refusing to manipulate marks (many students failed my paper), I called Prof Aziz Bari, asking him about the standards of the exam answers. He agreed with my view that the standard is low. So I said to him, “Can you please convey that to the management?’. To my surprise he answered, “It’s not good (for me to tell the management that the students are of low standards) to offend the management.” This is the lack of integrity displayed by Prof Dr Abdul Aziz Bari. He preferred to protect his self-interest rather than upholding the truth. Were you remunerated for being MMU’s external examiner? If so, does money silent you? Does remuneration prevent you from saying the truth?

Profesor UKM kena santau-Kosmo!

muka surat 54 Kosmo! 8 Ogos 2010

Prof Madya Dr Ahmad Suhaimi Abdullah, 52, yang merupakan seorang pensyarah fizik sinaran di Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia telah menderita terkena santau lebih lima tahun.