Tag Archives: Education

Why Malaysians Are Struggling to Keep Up with English

Having a curious and talkative sibling around can be quite a handful to entertain. Once when we were visiting my mom’s hometown, my brother was surprised to see that our cousin had set up his phone settings to Malay. “Words like ‘tetapan’, ‘hantar’ and ‘terima’ are funny to say out loud,” he said laughingly. My […]

Plight of the Voiceless Majority

Young people are easily the most misunderstood population in Malaysia. We have been labelled as greedy, unrealistic, ungrateful, too comfortable — you name it. We are blamed for our poor grasp of languages, inferior soft skills, minimal working experiences, poor grades…and the list goes on. But has anyone ever thought whether it is fair to […]

Sepetang Bersama Tuan Ambassador

*Penulis sengaja menggunakan rojak bahasa Melayu-Inggeris untuk menggambarkan dinamika Melayu urban di ibu kota. Petang itu panas bahangnya bukan seperti yang biasa aku rasai. Terik mentari terasa sungguh biarpun aku duduk dibalik teduh Royal Golf Club Café. Sengaja aku pilih untuk merehatkan mata di kawasan luar café — pemandangannya lebih menarik kerana berdepani lapangan golf yang hijau […]

Roda Pusingan Pendidikan Tinggi

“Hooray! Hooray!” Riang gamatnya pagi itu tatkala tersebarnya berita baik dari kota London. Ahmad, si pembawa berita, terkial-kial memaparkan tweetfeed—yang telah sejak tadi ditelaah beliau—kepada Pak Menteri. “World Champions: Varsity Team from Malasia Defeated Oxford University to Win the Intellect Championship” Pak Menteri tergagap-gagap membacakan paparan berita ringkas tersebut dalam bahasa Inggerisnya yang kurang fasih. […]

Towards A Free-of-Charge and Merit-Based Public Varsity System

Soon enough, most undergraduate students would be checking-in to their respective campuses; be it in the sleepy town of Sintok, the bustling urban life of Lembah Pantai, or across the South China Sea in Kota Samarahan. It’s that time of the year again when students await nerve-wreckingly for their sponsors to bank in some cash […]

Reversing the Psychology of Classroom Learning in Public Schools

One may say that having an 11-year old gap with your siblings is nothing to shout of, but I have had a rather unique opportunity to observe how similar yet different my twin brothers are when it comes to their personalities. They might share the same values from the almost-always simultaneous exposure to different things, […]

Optimising Malaysia’s Multi-Stream Education System

I grew up knowing no colors. In the mornings of my primary school assembly, we lined up side by side and spoke interchangeably in Malay and English—be it to gossip on that cute new girl in school, or in re-calling van Nistelrooy’s goals against Arsenal…while several others updated each other on their latest collection of […]

Di Sebalik Tabir #SayaZahra: Satu Kerapuhan Pemikiran Mahasiswa Tempatan

#SayaZahra. Ungkapan tersebut semakin kuat bingitnya semenjak-dua ini. Siapa yang boleh lupakan ucapan Zahra yang lantang menyuarakan kegusaran anak-anak muda tentang kenaikan kos sara hidup? Memang tidak boleh dinafikan bahawa keadaan ekonomi semasa semakin dirasai oleh lepasan ijazah yang sentiasa mendahagakan lebihan rezeki untuk dibawa pulang. Penulis sendiri bersetuju dengan gusaran hati saudari Zahra, dan […]

The Disparity of Private-Public Malaysian Education Standards: What Can We Do About It?

Confident. Eloquent. Responsive. I was torn between the two ends of hope and despair when I recently attended a student-held event at an international school in the posh neighborhood of Sierramas, although initially it felt like there is light at the end of the tunnel upon seeing bright and passionate teenagers whom mostly possess the […]

Qualifying the Qualified

*This article was written for IIUM Law Faculty Press As many other law students from all over the world, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to read law. Other than politicians, law students might be the only ones standing a chance to amend and make new laws for the benefit of the society. The […]