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Revamping Malaysia’s education system: Should our schools be boring?

Let’s begin by stating the obvious: schools must be fun, and schools must be lively and dynamic. Heaven forbid that schools should become boring. This is because we believe boring schools means inefficient use of school time and resources and that learning has failed. We believe boredom is bad because it brings mental stagnation, and…

Manipulating the net: How much can we trust what we read on the net?

Evgeny Morozov’s “The Net Delusions: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom” is one of the most important books I have read. Having read it two years ago, I now often treat web news, in particular those coming from social media (e.g., Facebook and Twitter), with plenty pinches of salt. Recently, another important book “Trust Me,…

Unscientific Malaysia: How declining science literacy endangers our nation

Two international assessments paint a disturbing picture on Malaysia’s level of science literacy. In 2009, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) revealed that Malaysia’s science literacy among 15-16 year old students ranked 52 out of 74 countries. Malaysia scored 422 points, which was below the international average of 463. At this score, Malaysia was ranked…

Effect of climate change on oil palm yield in Malaysia: Some simulations

Projections by MOSTE (now called MOSTI or the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation) in 2000 established that oil palm was relatively robust to climate change compared to rice, rubber, and cocoa. Oil palm yield was rather insensitive to increases to air temperature by up to 1.4 degrees Celsius. Oil palm was instead sensitive to…

Electricity demand and supply in Peninsular Malaysia: Energy efficiency, renewable energy, or nuclear? (Part 2)

This is Ir. G. Lalchand’s second article in his series of Malaysia’s energy challenges. As mentioned in the Part 1 of this article, adequate, reliable and affordable electricity supply has been, and will remain, as the cornerstone of economic development in Malaysia. Minister of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), YB Datuk Seri…

Where’s my water? Water rationing and water shortages in Selangor

Update (Jun 28, 2012): This blog entry was published today in the New Straits Times newspaper. There may be talks about water rationing soon in this country, but for my family and I, our neighborhood in Selangor has already been experiencing water rationing as early as February this year. The water to our home would often…

Homeschooling: Hacking Malaysia’s education system

The Malaysian education system is in dire straits for a long time, with little signs of improvement in the near future. Chong Wai Leng, book author of “Learning Beyond Schooling: Bringing Out Children’s True Potentials”, remarks that our school system has seen almost no improvement in the past three decades. Our education system is still…

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