Dr. Chua meets PM over appeal cases for PSD scholarship

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 (Bernama) — MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek today met Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over appeal cases for Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships.

“I have handed over a report to the Prime Minister on the PSD scholarship appeal cases compiled by MCA.

“MCA has received a total of 1,086 appeals. After going through them, only 364 cases require attention from PSD,” he said in a statement today.

He said that 59 appeals with straight A+ in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) should be offered scholarships for degree courses overseas.

“A total of 82 cases with 9A+ in core subjects, which were originally offered scholarships for diploma courses, should also be offered overseas scholarships or at least a local degree scholarship based on the applicant’s first choice,” he said. — BERNAMA

JAMESJG.com hope the appeal includes our deserving Chinese students from Sarawak and Sabah.

Deputy Education Minister respond via Twitter:

Of course, regardless of region & race! RT @jamesguang: @weekasiongmp, does the PSD appeal includes deserving students from Sarawak?

Najib Razak is later by a day

JAMESJG.COM predicts that GE13 will be on 10 September 2011. Maybe our YAB Prime Minister wants it after Aidil Adha. Polling on 10th and sworn-in as the Prime Minister on 11th.. just a prediction!

KUALA LUMPUR, May 6 (Bernama) -– Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak keeps the guessing game alive over the date for the coming 13th general election, saying in jest that it could fall on a day or month containing his favourite number — the number 11.

Najib, who is Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said the number reflected important dates in his life, prompting many to speculate that the election might be called on Nov 11 this year, which translates into the date 11.11.11.

The prime minister was speaking in a one-hour special appearance at the Hot FM radio station at Sri Pentas, here.

When met by reporters after the programme, Najib said the date came from those whose “favourite pass time” was speculating about the election date.

“I think it’s good to let this guessing game continue,” he said.

The prime minister, however, stressed on the need for the BN to keep the momentum going in implementing what had been set out under the Government Transformation Programme.

“The election can be held anytime, not necessarily in the month of November or on the 11th day of any month.

“This is a process; as long as the signal has not been sounded, we should continue to work,” he said.

When asked whether the date was a highly probable date to hold an election, Najib said, “The date resonates with my life, but whether the election will be held on that date, God knows.”

Earlier during the programme, Najib revealed for the first time the significance of the number 11, saying it relates to several important events in his life.

His father, the late Tun Razak Hussein, he said, was born on March 11, 1922, while his mother Tun Rahah Noah was born on June 11, 1933.

His first son’s birthday falls on the 11th and Umno was formed on May 11, 1946, Najib said.

Najib was also the 11th Menteri Besar of Pahang, holding the post between 1982 and 1986, and he is also the 11th Orang Kaya Indera Shah Bandar.

His official car bears the plate number 11.

Gov’t does not fear bloggers, wants to be part of them

KUALA LUMPUR, April 24 (Bernama) — The government does not fear bloggers but wants to be part of them and know their views even if it is constructive criticism, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“I believe this relationship will be an important relationship based on mutual respect. We might not agree all the time but we cannot be disagreeable.

“What is important for us is to put forward your (bloggers) views, even your constructive critism and together we can build a better Malaysia and future for us,” he said in his keynote address at the First Malaysia-Asean Regional Bloggers’ Conference, here, today.

Also present were the patron of Blog House Malaysia Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, president of Blog House Malaysia Syed Akbar Ali and Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Najib said the era of government knowing everything was over and the government needed to know from bloggers who represented the Malaysian community, their views and criticism.

“But we should draw the line; if we use the cyberspace to tell lies and half truths, that is wrong. I agree with Tun Dr Mahathir that there must be a line that we cannot trespass.”

He said if bloggers worked within those parameters, he believed they could indeed play a vital part in shaping a better future for Malaysia and Asean.

Najib said the governments of today were being challenged not just with the use of guerillas and mercenaries armed to the teeth with deadly weapons, but also by the deployment of cybertroopers who waged viral warfare with the might of their keyboards, keypads and smartphones, as the Iran “Twitter” and Egypt “Facebook” Revolution manifested.

“We are also one of the most ardent Facebook fans – there are 10.1 million FB users. I have no doubt whatsoever that Malaysia has one of the liveliest blogospheres in the world and definitely one of the freest if not the most free.

“Malaysians have to thank Tun Dr Mahathir again for this. When he was prime minister and Malaysia was developing its Multimedia Super Corridor, Tun made the promise to the world that Malaysia would never censor the Internet. My government is fully committed to that wisdom; we intend to keep his word,” he said.

Najib believes that the Internet is an engine for economic growth, the portal that opens up to a knowledge society.

“This is applicable to all societies, even a government that is not too keen about the democracy part of ‘digital democracy’ should embrace the digital part, as the economic implications are simply too great to ignore.

“The social media, blogging and microblogging are capable of bringing nations closer as for the first time in the history of mankind, people are
able to communicate with each other in real time and without having to wait for days or even weeks for the mail,” he said.

The two-day conference, starting yesterday with the theme of “Blogging Mindfully and Responsibly” is organised by Blog House Malaysia, an association that provides a platform to derive defensive mechanisms to protect the plethora of bloggers in blogosphere, especially on Malaysia and Malaysia-centric postings.

The objective of this conference is to bring together regional bloggers from the Asean region and to highlight the obstacles faced by these bloggers as well as the adversity that bloggers might experience in their day-to-day tackling of various issues. — BERNAMA