From May, 2010

The ubiquity of bottled water

My university has joined in the bottled water craze. I have just seen UPM’s bottled water about two weeks ago. Though the water is purified tap water and not groundwater or springwater, we, the lecturers, were unashamedly gulping it down once they started to distribute the bottles. Faster than you can say “Universiti Putra Malaysia”, some…

The audacity to learn English

Ever since the Malaysian government decided to revert to using Bahasa Malaysia as the language of instruction at schools, there have been screams of protests in the form of letters and articles in newspapers. Yes, we all know the importance of English. Yes, it is the lingua franca in international politics, business, and education. Yes,…

Learning Management System (LMS)

Last week, I was “forced” by a certain person to participate in the Putra LMS workshop. I say “forced” because I was actually planning not to attend the workshop, even though attendance was supposed to be compulsory. Putra LMS stands for my university’s Learning Management System. Essentially, Putra LMS is a system where lecturers can…

Complain for complain sake

Lim Kit Siang, the leader of DAP opposition party, recently complained about an Iraqi chap doing his Ph.D. at  USM who could not understand or speak in English. “PhD student in USM who does not understand English or Malay!” screams Kit Siang’s blog title. This is his response to Bernama news article. However, if you…

LOKI: Important but poorly implemented

“Local undergraduates are often timid, immature, passive, and lack of hands-on experience,” say employers. So, what’s the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) to do? Enter LOKI, an odd acronym because it is a mishmash of English and Malay words. LOKI stands for “Learning Outcome and Kemahiran Insaniah,” where “Kemahiran Insaniah” means “Soft Skills” in English.…

Hindsight wisdom is of no use

Several years ago, I presented the progress report for one of my research projects in front of an evaluation committee, set up by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The committee people were from various background and institutions, but it was the head of the committee whom I remember most vividly. Perhaps he was…

So I blog

Yeah, right, so I have a blog now. I have been thinking about starting one for quite a while, but I was reluctant, thinking my blogging activities would eventually degrade into maintaining some Japanese cyber pet, or better known as Tamagotchi, where I have to remember to upkeep my blog; otherwise, my blog will just,…

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