From June, 2010

Over-parenting: Parents who won’t let go

In my ten years teaching at UPM, I have met several students (some of them First Class Honors) who have shared with me about their problem with their parents, or more specifically, their problem of parents who won’t let go. Although these students are in their mid-twenties, their parents still see them as small boys…

No more hullabaloo over English?

“Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) contribution to the national education system proves that Bahasa Malaysia can be used in higher education,” so says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is both the Deputy Prime Minister and the Education Minister of Malaysia. “Much work [such as academic papers, books, and doctoral theses] have been produced in the Malay…

Malaysia statistics: social, development, consumption, and environment

ChartsBin is an excellent site that compiles and plots some world statistics from various sources. Below are some helpful statistics for Malaysia and the World that are related to several social, development, consumption, and environment aspects. The links to the charts are also provided. Statistics Malaysia World Description 1. Oil Consumption Per Capita 18.5 31.1…

Deforestation in Malaysia: Why pick on us?

Tan Sri Datuk Dr Yusof Basiron is the CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board Council, and he often cites the criticisms particularly by foreign NGOs on Malaysia’s oil palm expansion through deforestation as unfair, hypocritical, and careless. “How is it,” Tan Sri says incredulously, “that the UK produces 18 million tonnes of coal per…

Deforestation in Malaysia

Palm oil is Malaysia’s largest agriculture commodity and has recently become Malaysia’s second largest income from exports. It is no surprise then that under the new 10th Malaysian Plan revealed today, Malaysia aims to increase the annual export earnings from palm oil by RM21.9 million to RM69.3 million. It is difficult to see how this…

We can fix you

My sister has started to send her three-year-old daughter to tuition! When I was growing up, it was unheard of to send kids to tuition (or extra classes) even at primary school level. I know of some primary schools that require an entrance exam for Year One hopefuls! Today is a dog-eat-dog world. Everyone wants…

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