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JENDELA increases 4G coverage in Hulu Selangor to 99.66 pct – Zahidi

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 — The National Digital Network (JENDELA) initiative has increased 4G coverage for populated areas in the Hulu Selangor parliamentary constituency to 96.66 per cent as of the second quarter of this year, compared with 88.89 per cent reported in the same period last year.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin, said that the number of premises with fibre optic access had also increased from 4,120 in the second quarter of 2020 to 25,007 in August.

“Apart from the construction of telecommunication and satellite towers, the government will also provide broadband infrastructure using the Point of Presence (PoP) method of fibre optic hubs, which is one of the alternatives in ensuring better network and coverage of broadband infrastructure, (which) can be expanded to areas around schools and more populated areas.

“This implementation will make locations near rural schools as hubs to provide fibre optic broadband infrastructure for use in schools, industrial areas, nearby government premises and the surrounding community,” he said at the Special Chamber session of the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.

He said this in his reply to a motion raised by June Leow Hsiad Hui (PH- Hulu Selangor) who wanted to know the impact of the JENDELA plan for Hulu Selangor.

Elaborating further, Zahidi said that phase one of the plan would involve 630 locations close to schools, and phase two would involve 3,693 locations near schools in rural areas nationwide.

He added that a total of 432,300 premises will receive high-speed broadband services when the project is completed.

“The total number of PoPs in rural areas in the state of Selangor is 224, and of that number, 54 are in the Hulu Selangor parliamentary constituency,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Huawei, WLF forge partnership to empower women leaders in digital era

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 — Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Huawei Malaysia) has forged a collaboration with the Women Leadership Foundation (WLF) to develop leadership programmes specifically for women leaders in the country.

Huawei Malaysia through the Huawei ASEAN Academy, reiterates its long-term commitment in training digital talent in the country, contributing to the development of women’s workforce and leadership as well as ensuring Malaysia becomes a leading digital hub in ASEAN.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the cooperation which was signed at Huawei Malaysia’s headquarters here, among others, focuses on sharing the expertise of both parties to organise relevant academic programmes such as workshops, seminars and training.

Both parties will also work with industry players and experts to provide insights and advisory services to women leaders on the latest trends and innovations of the rapidly evolving technologies.

Huawei Malaysia chief executive officer Michael Yuan, in a statement today said the initiative was aimed at providing the necessary training to women to boost their competitiveness and enhance social integration in the digital economy.

“The collaboration with WFL is also aimed at harnessing talent and unearthing women’s leadership potential in the face of these challenging times,” he said.

Meanwhile, WFL chairman Datuk Dr Hafsah Hashim said the MoU would pave the way for the two parties to nurture more women leaders in the digital age.

“It is hope that we will be able to produce 2,500 visionary women leaders who will be equipped with skills on business analytics, big data, AI and blockchain that will help them make the right decision.

The statement also said that the Huawei ASEAN Academy aims to produce 50,000 information and communication technology talents in the next five years to meet the industry demand in addition to improving the quality of professional workers.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Comply with directive to reduce tuition fees, Noraini reminds public universities

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — All public universities have been reminded to comply with the directive to reduce tuition fees by 20 per cent for the first semester of the 2021/2022 session.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad stressed that the directive had already been issued to public universities.

“The move is in line with the Ministry of Higher Education’s continued efforts in looking after the welfare of students, especially under the #KPTPrihatin initiative,” she said in a statement here today.

Noraini said there should not be tuition fee hikes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has economically impacted the lives of the people.

The Universiti Malaya Students’ Union (KMUM) recently urged Universiti Malaya to explain its decision to increase tuition fees for the 2021/22 session.

This is following a reported 10 to 60 per cent hike in tuition fees which KMUM felt was too steep and unreasonable, especially in current times.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Comply with directive to reduce tuition fees, Noraini reminds public universities

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — All public universities have been reminded to comply with the directive to reduce tuition fees by 20 per cent for the first semester of the 2021/2022 session.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad stressed that the directive had already been issued to public universities.

“The move is in line with the Ministry of Higher Education’s continued efforts in looking after the welfare of students, especially under the #KPTPrihatin initiative,” she said in a statement here today.

Noraini said there should not be tuition fee hikes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has economically impacted the lives of the people.

The Universiti Malaya Students’ Union (KMUM) recently urged Universiti Malaya to explain its decision to increase tuition fees for the 2021/22 session.

This is following a reported 10 to 60 per cent hike in tuition fees which KMUM felt was too steep and unreasonable, especially in current times.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Face-to-face school sessions for 47,000 students run smoothly – Radzi

DUNGUN, Oct 3 — Face-to-face school sessions involving 47,000 students in Terengganu, Kelantan and Langkawi, Kedah which commenced today went smoothly.

Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said overall, schools had successfully complied with the stipulated procedures and guidelines to prevent COVID-19 infection, including the ventilation aspect in classrooms which had been emphasized by the ministry previously.

“The ventilation in almost all classes is at the optimum level and students and teachers are wearing face masks in the classrooms.

“Everything is going well, including the rotation system. As we have announced before, only half of the students will be in the classroom while the rest will be studying at home. This will allow them to maintain physical distance and we also hope that the admission and dispersal of students can be done in an orderly manner.”

He said this to reporters after observing the face-to-face school session at Sekolah Menengah Sains Dungun here today.

Earlier, Radzi also visited several other schools including Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Sultan Sulaiman in Kuala Terengganu; Sekolah Menengah Agama Marang in Marang; and SMK Tengku Intan Zaharah in Dungun.

Meanwhile, Radzi said more than 80 per cent of Form Five and Form Six students nationwide had received the COVID-19 vaccine.

He said in general, the vaccination process for Form One to Form Five students was going well so far and the number of vaccine recipients among the group had increased quite quickly.

“Almost all Form Six and Form Five students have been inoculated. Now, (the vaccination process) is being implemented in stages. Some will be done in schools like SMK Sultan Sulaiman (Kuala Terengganu) today which is the vaccination centre for two schools,” he said.

In a related development, Radzi said the decision not to allow some 2,000 teachers who refused to be vaccinated to conduct face-to-face lessons would not affect the teaching and learning sessions either in school or at home.

“We have identified their schools and subjects that they teach. Therefore, when I said that there is a huge possibility of them being transferred out, it does not mean that they can conduct face-to-face lessons in the other school. No.

“There are cases where almost all teachers who teach the same subject refuse to be vaccinated. That is why we decided that these teachers need to be transferred out to ensure that the posts are not affected. But for now, these teachers are given other tasks,” he said.

Meanwhile, Radzi said the decision to start the 2022 academic calendar in March was made based on in-depth discussions with various parties including teachers, parent-teacher associations representatives in several states, principals, headmasters and experts.

“We make this decision so that we can make full use of January and February to ensure our children are truly ready to advance to the next class.

“We are confident that this approach will give enough time for our children to be prepared and ensure they achieve the minimum level of mastery before proceeding to the next class,” he said.

Previously, Radzi said the 2021 schooling session will be extended to March 2022 so that intervention among weak students can be carried out on the grounds that they have not attended classes for some time.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

UKM applauds Bernama for role in improving Arabic language proficiency

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 — The Arabic Language portal of the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) has become an additional source of reference for teaching Arabic at the Faculty of Islamic Studies of the National University of Malaysia (UKM), especially for students who are non-native speakers of the language.

Former deputy dean of the faculty, Associate Professor Dr. Zamri Arifin, said the portal provides a variety of local news in Arabic that caters to the needs of students.

“We cannot find reading material like this in that language except on Bernama’s official portal.

“Through (Bernama), our students can learn and know various Arabic terms through political news, economics, health, and so on; while other news agencies are used to increase knowledge on international news,” he told Bernama in an exclusive interview.

He said the various information obtained from the website supports the teaching and learning process of Arabic, such as language proficiency and article writing.

“By using this method, we have received positive feedback from the students,” said Dr Zamri.

Dr. Zamri added that the Arabic language portal has a bright future as it keeps up with the the times, and hopes that it will feature audio visual media and joint activities such as webinars.

Bernama established the Arabic language portal on Oct 24, 2002, to channel news on politics, economy, investment, tourism, education and Islamic religious affairs to 18 news organisations in Arab countries.

The portal contains translations of news, feature articles and special reports produced by Bernama, as well as quotes from authoritative newspapers that are related to the development of Islam in Malaysia or relevant to the relationship between Malaysia and Arab countries.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MCMC to implement KITAR Project to recycle old, damaged devices

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 20 — The Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will be implementing the Small Information Technology and Telecommunication Devices Recycling Project (KITAR) to foster the spirit of recycling, especially involving old and damaged devices (mobile e-waste).

As such, MCMC today announced a call for collaboration (CFC) to companies interested in submitting proposal papers for the KITAR project.

MCMC said the CFC covers several project scopes namely logistics, recycling operations, and tracking platforms.

“Any company interested can submit a proposal paper for one, two or for all three scopes,” it said in a statement.

MCMC said applicants need to ensure that the proposal paper submitted meets the criteria that have been outlined in the CFC document.

“All proposals submitted are subject to approval by MCMC,” the commission said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency