KUALA LUMPUR, The Ministry of Education (MOE) will extend the intake of candidates for the Bachelor of Teaching Degree Programme (PISMP) to include Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM), and Matriculation Programme graduates starting this year.

In a statement today, the MOE announced that this initiative will provide opportunities for more candidates interested in becoming teachers to apply for admission to the PISMP programme.

It added that the objective is to ensure the best candidates are selected for the programme.

“This initiative demonstrates the MOE’s continuous commitment to addressing the shortage of teachers while ensuring the selection of the best teacher candidates who can contribute to the national education reform agenda,” the statement said.

The MOE stated that selected candidates will undergo training at the Institute of Teacher Education Malaysia (IPGM) in various specialised fields in a four-year course.

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BIDOR, The Automotive High Tech Vlley (AHTV), a mega project in Tanjong Malim, Perak involving an investment of RM32 billion will give a positive impact in terms of price and development of property, not only in Batang Padang but Bidor as well.

Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad said the project will transform Tanjung Malim into a global automotive hub for new energy vehicles (NEV) while expanding to include talent development, research and development, urbanisation as well as offer job opportunities to 370,000 throughout the construction and 160,000 once completed.

He said the state government through the Lembaga Perumahan Hartanah Perak (LPHP) will take the initiative to prepare new housing projects to cater for the high demand in the district.

Saarani said the AHTV mega project would certainly demand the availability of housing units to meet the demand for accomodation in the long run.

‘A part of the important aspect will be that it would influence the development of social community in the
surrounding areas through various projects being carried out in the Bidor area,’ he told reporters after opening a housing project and Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house, here today.

Also present were State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Sandrea Ng Shy Ching; Perak Human Resources, Health, Indian Community Affairs and National Integration Committee chairman A. Sivanesan and Demi Hartajaya Sdn Bhd managing director Vincenns Lim.

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MELAKA, The Melaka government will channel a one-off allocation of RM100,000 for restoring and preserving Villa Sentosa in Kampung Morten here.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh stated that the allocation would be handed over to the inheritor and manager of Villa Sentosa, Ibrahim Hashim, 85, in conjunction with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Villa Sentosa held today.

“Villa Sentosa is the only traditional Malay house in Melaka left by the late Hashim Abd Ghani which was built in the 1920s and received recognition as ‘The Malay Living Museum’, thus becoming a must-stop destination for tourists to the state.

“The various historical materials on display at Villa Sentosa include traditional Malay clothing, traditional musical instruments and antique furniture,” he told reporters after the celebration ceremony.

The ceremony was officiated by the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Melaka, Tun Mohd Ali Rustam. State Tourism, Heritage, Art and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Razak Abdul Rahm
an was also present.

Commenting further, Ab Rauf said it was important to preserve Villa Sentosa to ensure that its heritage, art and history could be passed on to future generations.

He said since it was opened to the public for free, more than 200,000 domestic and foreign tourists had visited the villa, with more than 50 per cent being tourists from France interested in experiencing the culture of the Malay community in Melaka, as well as the traditional architecture of the villa.

“Villa Sentosa is an icon or tourist attraction for visiting Kampung Morten, which is the only traditional Malay village in Melaka located in the city centre and along Sungai Melaka,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ibrahim stated that the grant received from the state government would be utilised to maintain and restore Villa Sentosa to continue receiving visitors in the future.

“Villa Sentosa is 100 years old since its construction on Oct 23, 1923, and some parts of the house are deteriorating and require gradual repairs.

“As the inhe
ritor of this traditional house, I am very grateful to the state government for the financial assistance to preserve this heritage because we do not receive any periodic assistance for restoration and preservation works,” he said.

He said Villa Sentosa was open to visitors daily from 11 am to 5:30 pm, where visitors would be taken on a tour of the house and given brief explanations regarding its construction and history.

About 400 heirs of Villa Sentosa’s founder involving 10 generations had also gathered to celebrate today’s momentous event.

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KOTA KINABALU, A family of farmers from the interior of Keningau is seeking assistance for one of their members who was diagnosed with pneumonia last month, and was admitted to a ward in a hospital in South Korea.

The family also appeals to the government to help pay the hospital bills, which have reached RM90,000, as they are unable to afford it themselves.

Juitah Laimin, 35, who flew to South Korea on April 8 said her brother Eddy, 27, the eighth of 11 siblings, works as a welder in the country.

“At first, we thought it was just a common lung infection but after a week, the doctor told us it was more than that and that Eddy had pneumonia,” she told Bernama.

Since then, she said they have been trying to raise funds through social media to help settle the hospital bill, but it keeps mounting because Eddy has to be hospitalised for treatment, and the doctors would not release him until he is healthy enough to fly back to Malaysia.

Juitah said her brother’s case also caught the attention of several non-gov
ernmental organisations including Solidariti Anak Sabah, which is based in Selangor, to help spread the news.

“A pastor in South Korea is also among those trying to help him arrange things and raise funds,’ she said, adding that they have received over RM20,000 so far, including RM350 from the Keningau MP’s office.

When asked if Eddy received assistance from the company where he works, Juitah said there has been no help from the company so far.

Meanwhile, Solidariti Anak Sabah president Sem Kulian said the NGO tried to draw the attention of local leaders and ministers from Sabah to help the family.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Traffic on major highways heading towards the Klang Valley was congested tonight, with many city folks returning from their hometowns after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays.

A Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) spokesman said that, as of 10 pm, traffic was congested from the north towards the Klang Valley, including from Alor Setar Selatan to Gurun, Sungai Petani Selatan to Bertam, Seberang Jaya to Perai, Juru to Taiping, Simpang Pulai to Tapah, Bidor to Sungkai and Bukit Beruntung to Sungai Buaya.

He added that traffic was slow-moving from the south to the Klang Valley from Yong Peng to Pagoh, Jasin to Bemban, Ayer Keroh to Simpang Ampat and Pedas Linggi to Port Dickson.

“From the east coast direction on the East Coast Expressway 2, traffic is congested from Kuala Dungun to Kerteh and from the Rest and Service Area in Paka to Kuantan,’ he said when contacted.

According to the spokesman, traffic on the East Coast Expressway 1 heading towards the Klang Valley is also reported to be congested
due to the increased number of vehicles from Lancang to Karak, Karak to Lentang and Genting Sempah to the Gombak Toll Plaza.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency