Sunday, December 25, 2011

MRCB to Start Works on Package 2 of Traffic Dispersal System Under Stimulus Package

Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB), today, kicked off the construction of Package 2 - building of a ramp from Kuala Lumpur Sentral to Lebuhraya Mahameru and Jalan Damansara in the proposed Traffic Dispersal System, under the stimulus package, for Brickfields and KL Sentral with a ground breaking ceremony held at Kuala Lumpur Sentral development.

The ramp is a part of the 6 packages under the proposed Traffic Dispersal system aimed at reducing the traffic situation in Brickfields. This ramp will provide a direct link for traffic users heading for Lebuhraya Mahameru and Jalan Damansara within Kuala Lumpur Sentral development by providing a direct access via Jalan Stesen Sentral 5.

The ramp under package 2 aims to bring traffic away from Brickfields by dispersing traffic from Kuala Lumpur Sentral development, via a ramp located at Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, directly into Lebuhraya Mahameru and Jalan Damansara. This will reduce approximately a few thousands vehicles from the need to enter Brickfields daily.

The Package will take 12 months to complete, beginning on 14 January 2010 and is expected to be completed by early 2011.

The ground breaking ceremony is officiated by YB Dato’ Raja Nong Chik bin Dato’ Raja Zainal Abidin, Minister of Federal Territories & Urban Wellbeing.

“This event marks yet another milestone as DBKL and the Bukit Persekutuan community were able to sit together and held 4 constructive dialogues to ensure the development benefits all concerned,” said YB Dato’ Raja Nong Chik bin Dato’ Raja Zainal Abidin.

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IMM President Gets Award for Changing Role of Institute

The World Brand Congress 2009 held in Mumbai recently (4 November. 2009) bestowed on Dato’ Sharifah Mohd Ismail, President of the Institute of Marketing Malaysia (IMM) with its much coveted award for “BRAND LEADERSHIP”, making her the first Malaysian woman professional to receive the international award.
Dato’ Sharifah Mohd. Ismail receiving the Brand Leadership Award from World Brand Congress Advisor.
The award was made in recognition of her efforts to institutionally re-position the IMM brand as the sole operable non-profit professional body in the country for professionals and practitioners in the sales and marketing sector and industry.
“The Institute’s efforts in bringing together marketing “gurus” and world speakers for the benefit of Malaysian marketers and professionals has gained due recognition and appreciation from the marketing fraternity in the region. It also provides us with a wider and continuing base for our professionals to exchange knowledge and practical information against a backdrop of global challenges,” said Dato’ Sharifah.
The World Brand Congress gave away awards for 15 categories including the Jury Special Award and the Brand Super Achiever of the Year Award. The Jury’s Special Award for Outstanding contribution to Social Marketing was given to Sangeeta Talwar, President – South Asia, Tata Tea Group & Executive Director – Tata Tea Ltd.
The Brand Super Achiever of the Year Award was given to Dr Bhaskar Das, Executive President, Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd.
About World Brand Congress
India has been host to the Asia Brand Congress since 2007. ( This being their third annual effort, the Congress provides an international rendezvous of best brains behind some of the world’s most successful and sought after brands. The Congress is also the meeting place for leaders from every sector and continent.
The theme of World Brand Congress (WBC) for this year is “BRANDS – Re:Charge; Re:Invent; Re:Engage in today’s times”. About 500 delegates representing various countries, industries and profession from around the globe attended the two-day congress to learn on the latest development in branding as well as its future trends.
The World Brand Congress is represented by 60 countries from across different parts of the world. World Brand Congress is a non-profit making activity & aimed at a professional cause of development and growth. The World Brand Congress is governed by an Advisory Council that guides the strategic intent of the event & leads it to its success.
World Brand Congress was presented by Hindustan Times and Canon, while Fly Kingfisher is the associate partner and domestic partner, and BigAdda its exclusive social networking partner.
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Prize-Giving and Closing Ceremony TrEES' School Programme 2011 ~ Young Voices for Conservation

Kuala Lumpur, 15 November 2011 : Young Voices for Conservation offers young students a unique opportunity to delve into themselves and discover their potential. The programme harnesses the spirit and energy of the youth to create positive change in themselves and the community around them.
This school programme is organized by Treat Every Environment Special Sdn Bhd (TrEES), a grassroots environmental organization.  With strong financial support from AFFINBANK, the programme involved 15 schools and aims to develop future leaders who are passionate about the environment.
"The greatest thing we can do for our young people is to prepare them for life, by providing them with tools and skills they will need to succeed. Young Voices for Conservation does just that" said Christa Hashim, director of Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES).  "The programme allows the youth to explore their creativity and unlock their hidden potential, and to achieve results they never knew possible.  From just talking to these students here today, and witnessing the work that they have done, we can see the extraordinary results these young people have achieved."
"When we made the decision to act as the main funder for the TrEES school programme, it wasn't just to fulfill part of our corporate social responsibilities," said Mr. Shariffuddin Mohamad - Executive Director, Operations, AFFINBANK.  He continued: "We're all on the same page here. Our main vision alongside TrEES is to assist in their mission of instilling a green culture, one school at a time. Ultimately, the education system plays a key role in shaping the beliefs and attitudes of our youths, so initiating a green mindset and exposing them to environmental issues at a young age is when we’re going to make a strong and lasting impact. "
The school programme run in partnership with the Forestry Department of Selangor and the Selangor Water Management Agency has the approval of the Ministry of Education.
"Another very important gift we can leave for our children is a healthy environment," continued Christa.  "Under Young Voices for Conservation, students came to realize that they can be active environmentalists no matter what career they pursue, or what field interests them.  The environment affects all things, and is in turn, affected by all things.  It was very heartwarming to see the care and passion for the environment expressed by the project teams throughout this programme."
Under the six month programme, participating students acted as mentors to their classmates, with the ultimate goal of running an outreach campaign at their school, to raise awareness on the individual’s role in conserving the environment.
And the students did more than just raise awareness, they taught their classmates how to take action to protect the environment.  Through their passion, the student teams motivated themselves and their classmates to "take shorter showers to save water" to "try and eat less meat" to "keep the wrapper in your pockets until you found a dustbin".
To prepare them for the outreach campaigns, student project teams participated in training workshops to build their capacity and skills to under take the outreach campaign, as well as fieldtrips to the forest, to strengthen their connection with the natural environment.
Said one student from SMK Taman SEA: "We gained communication skills that helped us with our public speaking and were able to overcome our stage fright."   A student from SMK USJ8 commented that:  "Before attending the programme, we knew that forests were important, but we had no idea that the forests supply our clean water."
The programme also introduced the student teams to new skills and information, some tools that they never utilized before.  One new aspect under our programme this year was financial management and budgeting.  We would like to thank AFFINBANK for collaborating with TrEES in this programme. In addition to providing funding for the programme, AFFINBANK collaborated with TrEES to financial training and mentorship to the student project teams. 
"AFFINBANK is proud to invest in these children", said Mr Shariffuddin.  "We see the changes that are taking place. We're a financial institution, so it's only befitting that we educate these kids on the importance of financial planning and developing and managing a budget as part of this project. We say you can never be too young to be financially smart. Some of them start out at the beginning not knowing what the word 'budget' means, and finally emerge at the end of this project with a whole new set of acquired skills."
One of the student participants said: "We learned how to develop a budget.  None of us had ever made a budget before and it was a great experience."  A student from SMK Wangsa Melawati also stated: "We had to do our budget, this was the most exciting part of the programme."
While most of the students had never prepared a proposal, produced a budget or run an entire campaign on their own before, with the training and advice they received under this programme, they progressed to a level that truly impressed the judges.
In keeping with TrEES approach to utilize forms of communication that youth today are used to, TrEES also proud to announce that next year's programme will be using the internet as a major source of communication.  Said Christa, "Young people are so well versed with socializing on the net, we want to tap that resource and help the students reach beyond this as well.  Next year, through the support received from AFFINBANK, TrEES will be introducing the IT aspect into the programme. The new TrEES website, will be used next year to make the programme more on-line, and allowing us to reach out to a greater number of schools".
The closing ceremony held on 15 November 2011, marked the conclusion of Young Voices for Conservation.  It was a festive event, and included exhibition booths set up by the project teams to display their work, as well as the awarding of prizes to the winning schools.
SMK Section 18, Shah Alam marked the start of the ceremony with an exciting fan-fare of home-made drums and percussions.  There was also a delightful drama performed by students from SK Perdana Jaya SS19, Subang Jaya.
There was much anticipation as the prize giving ceremony got underway. The creativity, commitment and high quality of work put in by the project teams made it a very close competition with narrow margins separating the top schools. Prizes were presented by Mr Shariffuddin Mohamad – Executive Director, Operations, AFFINBANK., who was accompanied by Puan Christa Hashim of TrEES and Encik Awang Shaffie from the Forestry Department of Selangor.
While the top performing schools won cash prizes totaling RM18,500 contributed by AFFINBANK,  the knowledge and skills gained under the programme made all the participants in TrEES school programme winners. 
About TrEES
Treat Every Environment Special Sdn Bhd (TrEES) is a grassroots organisation, founded in February 1995. The organisation seeks to re-connect the urban community with the environment that they are a part of, and depend on for their well-being. With over fifteen years of experience working on environmental issues, TrEES believes in engaging diverse sectors of Malaysian society, at both the local and national level, to work together in conserving the environment. We believe in empowering Malaysians through education and hands-on activities that allow them to be active in conserving the environment. For more information about TrEES

Friday, December 23, 2011

Brother Brings It On

Published: Friday December 23, 2011 MYT 6:09:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 23, 2011 MYT 6:10:39 PM
Brother International Malaysia has launched a new series of multi-function printers that not only print, scan, fax and copy but comes standard with WiFi connectivity built-in.
All models also come with iPrint&Scan function, which allows printing directly from Apple, Android or Windows Phone 7 smartphones via an application that can be downloaded for free from their respective stores.
There are six new models in the series - three A4 MFCs and three A3 MFCs.
The A4 models are the MFC-J430W (RM449), MFC-J625DW (RM549) and the MFC-J825DW (RM749) which are targeted at small office and home office environments.
The entry-level model are the MFC-J430W which comes with a 1.9in colour LCD screen, a four-cartridge ink system, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, print resolution of up to 6,000 x 1,200dpi and print speeds of up to 10ppm (pages per minute) in monochrome and 8ppm in colour.
Next up is the MFC-J625DW, which comes with duplex (two sided) printing, 1.9in colour touchscreen, four-cartridge ink system, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and print speeds of up to 12ppm monochrome and 10ppm in colour.
The top-of-the-line A4 model in this range is the MFC-J825DW,which comes with a 3.3in touchscreen, four-cartridge ink system, 802.11b/g/n, print speeds of up to 12ppm for monochrome and 10ppm for colour.
The A3 models, namely the MFC-J5910DW (RM999), MFC-J6510DW (RM1,299) and MFC-J6910DW (RM1,599) offer many of the same features, but with the added advantage of being able to print and scan in sizes of up to A3.
The MFC-J5910DW comes with a 1.9in touchscreen, a paper tray that can hold up to 250 sheets, 802.11b/g/n, Ethernet port, 12ppm monochrome and 10ppm colour print speeds as well as a "Super High Yield" cartridges that allows printing up to 2,400 pages in black and 1,200 pages in colour.
The MFC-J6510DW comes with a 3.3in widescreen colour LCD screen, 802.11b/g/n, wired Ethernet port, 35-page auto document feeder, super high yield replacement ink cartridges, up to 11in x 17in scan/print/copy and a large 250-sheet paper tray.
Lastly, the MFC-J6910DW shares many of the same features as the MFC-J6510DW but comes with dual paper trays that together hold up to 500 sheets of paper.
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Panasonic Rolls Out New Cameras

Published: Friday December 23, 2011 MYT 6:13:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 23, 2011 MYT 6:17:15 PM
Panasonic Malaysia has launched a slew of new cameras and the two most interesting ones amongst them are the Lumix DMC-GX1 and the DMC-3D1.
The GX1 is the latest model in Panasonic's range of Micro Four Thirds cameras, and sports a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor, 3in touchscreen, ISO settings of up to 12,800, a built-in flash and a new autofocus system which Panasonic claims is now the fastest on the market.
The GX1 also shoots 1080/60i HD video using either MP4 or AVCHD compression. It is also the first in the series to support Panasonic's LVF2 higher-resolution electronic viewfinder.
Another interesting new model is the Lumix DMC-3D1, which is a dual lens, dual sensor 12.1-megapixel camera that shoots 3D images and videos.
The camera's dual lens system takes advantage of folded optics (similar to how a periscope works) to pack in a twin 4x zoom lenses.
The camera can shoot either 8-megapixel 3D photos and 1080/60i 3D videos or can be set to simultaneously shoot 12-megapixel 2D stills while recording 1080/60i 2D video.
The GX1 will be available in either black or silver, and is available as a kit with the compact 14-42mm power zoom lens for RM3,099. Alternatively, consumers can also opt for the GX1 with a 14mm Lumix G lens together with the regular 14-42mm (non-power zoom) for RM2,999.
The Lumix 3D1 has a list price of RM1,999. - TAN KIT HOONG
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Smartphones eat into low-end camera sales in US, study

Smartphones are eating into sales of basic cameras and camcorders in the US, according to market researchers.
The NPD Group said the point-and-shoot camera market sold 17% fewer units over the first 11 months of the year compared to the same period in 2010.
It said the pocket camcorder market fell by 13% over the same period. 
iPhone taking a picture of Apple founder Steve Jobs
Its online survey of adults and teenagers suggested users were also more likely to opt for their phone camera to take footage "on the fly".
Respondents said they were more likely to opt for their smartphone, rather than a dedicated device, to take pictures or video of "fun, casual or spontaneous moments".
However, smartphones were less likely to be used when it came to holiday snaps.
SLR sales stay strong
NPD's data also suggested that the total share of photos taken on a camera had fallen below the halfway point for the first time.
The study suggested that 44% of photos were taken on a camera over the last year, down from 52% over the previous period.
By contrast the share of photos taken with a smartphone rose to 27% from 17%.
However, higher-end cameras appear to be immune from the rise of the smartphone - at least for now. NPD said 12% more detachable lens cameras - including SLRs - were sold over the last 11 months.
It added that sales of cameras with a 10x zoom lens or greater rose by 16%.
"There is no doubt that the smartphone is becoming 'good enough' much of the time," said NPD's senior imaging analyst Liz Cutting.
"But for important events, single purpose cameras or camcorders are still largely the device of choice."
Experts suggest the trend is in part due to the popularity of apps including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook which allow pictures to be uploaded to social networks immediately after they are taken.
"When you combine the fact that smartphone camera quality has increased roughly 10-fold from where we were five years ago and the fact that we have all these apps and services that make it easy to host the photos, it makes it a no-brainer that we use them rather than dedicated devices with which there is a huge faff involved to get the footage online," said Chris Green, principal technology analyst at Davies Murphy Group Europe.
Yahoo-owned Flickr's popular photo sharing site appears to confirm the point. Its statistics suggest that Apple's iPhone 4 is the most popular camera in its community.
The next device in line is the Nikon D90 SLR camera, while the closest performing smartphone by another manufacturer is the HTC Evo 4G.

Gardens of Time beats Cityville in Facebook games list

Facebook has named Playdom's Gardens of Time as the most popular game on its social network in 2011.
The Disney-owned firm's hidden-object title beat Zynga's Cityville to the top spot despite statistics suggesting it has fewer active users.
Facebook said it gave priority to games with the highest satisfaction scores.
Castleville start-up screen
The TechCrunch blog described the move as a "snub", but other analysts said the site might have wanted to promote its recommendation tools.
Reviews of Gardens of Time have praised its design and addictive gameplay. However, several internet bloggers have expressed surprise it topped Facebook's list.
Zynga's city-building simulation ranked third on the scoreboard behind Electronic Arts' The Sims Social. However, Zynga can still lay claim to being the most successful publisher after appearing four times on the list.
Rank reasons
Facebook's top 10 games of 2011
  • 1. Gardens of Time (Playdom)
  • 2. The Sims Social (EA)
  • 3. Cityville (Zynga)
  • 4. Doubledown Casino (Doubledown Interactive)
  • 5. Indiana Jones Adventure World (Zynga)
  • 6. Words With Friends (Zynga)
  • 7. Bingo Blitz (Buffalo Studios)
  • 8. Empires & Allies (Zynga)
  • 9. Slotomania-Slot Machines (Playtika)
  • 10. Diamond Dash (Wooga)

After Techcrunch questioned the methodology, Facebook amended its company blog to explain its decision.

    "This list was compiled by looking at the top games on Facebook with more than 100,000 monthly active users and giving priority to those games with the highest user satisfaction scores," it said.
    "The result is a list of the games that received the most user recommendations in 2011."
    The most up-to-date measurements of monthly active users based on Facebook's statistics and reported by the independent metrics firm Appdata suggested that Zynga's games Cityville, Castleville, Farmville and Texas Holdem were the four most played games on Facebook. Appdata said Gardens of Time was the 14th most played title.
    A direct comparison suggested that Cityville had 48.8 million monthly active users compared to 8.5 million for Gardens of Time.
    Notably it ranked Farmville as the third most played game with 32.1 million monthly active users. Farmville did not appear in Facebook's top 10 list.

    International ICT Capstone Pilot with Paris, France

    This spring, MPICT conducted an exciting pilot project, funded by the National Science Foundation, which created an international ICT capstone course for students from four community colleges in the MPICT region and the Centre des Formations Industrielles (CFI) in Paris, France, which has a “Digital Sister City” relationship with San Francisco, CA, where MPICT’s office is located.

    International collaboration is increasingly common in ICT workforce roles. This experience explored how we might better integrate international experiences into community college ICT education.

    Community College Student Photo From Paris

    For this project, 24 American students were recruited from Santa Rosa Junior College, Ohlone College and City College of San Francisco in California and Truckee Meadows Community College in Nevada, and 18 French students were recruited from CFI in France.

    The project was based on Cisco Networking Academy curriculum, because that is common around the world, and it provided a common background on which to build experiences. Students were required to be enrolled in or have completed CCNA4: Accessing the WAN.

    Ohlone College offered the specially created course, taught by Michael McKeever from Santa Rosa JC and Danijela Bedic from Ohlone, which was designed as a real world scenario. Students were asked to assume they worked for previously separate wine companies in the U.S. and France, which had recently merged. It was their job to work together to integrate their different network systems into a functional new system. This kind of situation is now common in real world ICT operations.

    Classes were delivered through CCCConfer, a California Community College version of the Elluminate (now Blackboard Collaborate) platform. That allowed everyone to interact in real time with teachers and each other to learn the scenario and relevant background. With the time difference, the course was delivered simultaneously at 8am Pacific Time and 5pm Paris time. Students who could not be online in the moment could later review recorded archives of the 8 sessions.

    Students were grouped in 6 teams, each made up of 4 American students and 3 French students from the CFI. Teams then tasked to work together to analyze the situation and come up with viable solutions. They had to discover and manage time and cultural differences and find ways to work together remotely. Cisco Packet Tracer enhanced with its Multi-User capability was used for the network environment.

    Student Work Session in Paris

    Thirteen of the American students were selected to travel to France to complete their project face-to-face with their French counterparts and present their solutions to Cisco executives and college professors. A Cisco hosted Telepresence session engaged U.S. students not able to travel to Paris.

    CFI students alternate 2 weeks in the classroom and two weeks with ICT employers. Most gain full employment at the completion of their two-year program. American students visited four work sites: (1) the data center of Paris City Hall; (2) a switching center of France Telecom (Orange); (3) the IT center of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and (4) the sophisticated network infrastructure of the Société Générale, one of the oldest and largest European financial services companies.

    On the last day of the visit, the American team invited their French hosts to a goodbye luncheon.

    Many of the success elements of this project are reproducible to enrich other ICT educational experiences: building relationships between programs at different schools anywhere, finding common backgrounds on which to build experiences, engaging students with real world scenarios, using effective collaboration tools, engaging business partners, integrating real cultural experiences and helping everyone understand the real world relevance.

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    ICT for Health Network launched in Tanzania

    A network which will focus on ICT for Health - known as Afya Mtandao (Swahili for Health Network) - was officially launched on January 31st 2008 in Mwanza, Tanzania. The network unites Tanzanian health workers and promotes the use of ICT in the health sector by providing a knowledge-sharing platform for health workers, raising awareness if ICT in the health sector and providing ICT support services for health institutions.
    Sponsored by the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), the network is open to all health sector stakeholders in the region. It is also working in close collaboration with the Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) in the process of being registered and becoming an independent organisation in June 2008. This development also comes in tandem with the launch of a dedicated web portal, to be found at
    Launching the network
    Doctors in charge of Faith based Organization (FBOs) hospitals in four regions Mwanza, Mara, Shinyanga and Kagera attended the launch workshop. The main objectives of the workshop, besides the launch, were to present Afya Mtandao; to discuss ICT tools and their use to improve the internal and external knowledge sharing of hospitals and to assess the information and communication needs of hospitals.
    The issues were addressed actively and many participants showed an interest in a continued collaborative relationship with Afya Mtandao. Organised into working focus groups, participants discussed topics including ICT support and training, Telemedicine, E-learning, Change Management to the challenges surrounding the introduction of an Hospital Management Information Systems (HMIS).
    Sharing vital experiences
    During the workshop, it became clear that some of the Doctors have already started to apply Telemedicine. A concrete example is from Dr.Leonard Washington, a Medical Officer in charge of Biharamulo hospital in Kagera region. Unexpectedly, one day he found himself applying telemedicine, when he was operating a baby. Within the process he found something abnormal, that he had never seen before, he decided to communicate with a Specialist Doctor from Tanzania National Hospital Muhimbili through mobile phone, using a headset. The specialist recognised the problem and began to direct him step-by-step. In the end, the operation was thankfully a success. But of significant importance is that they succeeded in solving the problem without having to transfer the patient over miles to another distant hospital.
    Being able to interact and question the doctor about his experience has had an enormous impact on the group. Many of the health workers are now buzzing with excitement about the potential of telemedicine for the region. It can bring specialist help to the remote hospitals without requiring face to face contact between patient and doctor. Mr. Dotto Bulendu, director of Radio SAUT Mwanza, who attended workshop, sees Telemedicine as “key” to saving lives. It reduces the currently huge financial burden of finding and receiving expert care, which in many cases is foregone due to financial constraints.
    Afya Mtandao is focusing on the Lake Zone as the pilot area for the project, but aims to scale up and cover the remaining parts of Tanzania in the near future.

    Burning Rubber on the Internet Superhighway

    Online commerce is in its prime. Never before has a similar priority been placed on Web presence by organizations in every industry. Even brick-and-mortar companies are scrambling to put their best foot forward in the online world and not be eclipsed by their more technology-savvy competitors. E-commerce vendors spend huge amounts of resources on elaborate, logical websites that are designed to lead the end-user to conversion. There is one factor, however, that is commonly overlooked in the process: performance.
    Since the proliferation of broadband Internet, user expectations of website performance have skyrocketed. A myriad of statistics support the fact that people expect websites, video and audio to load faster than ever before. According to Forrester Research, 36 percent of unique visitors will leave a website if it fails to load within the first three seconds. A 2009 survey by ResearchLine found that 26 percent of respondents would move to a competitor's website if a vendor's website failed to perform, resulting in an immediate revenue loss of 26 percent and a future loss of 15 percent. These statistics paint the picture of tangible, quantifiable consequences to performance deficits.
    The traditional answer to these performance issues is the content delivery network (CDN). CDNs attempt to improve performance by placing content as close to the end-user as possible, a technique known as "edge caching." Edge caching places expiration times on copies of the source data all over the world, and users are able to access these copies much more quickly. Some advanced CDNs also use unique algorithms and massive distributed networks to proactively identify trouble spots on the public Internet and reroute content around them.

    Ict for Education in Rural Malaysia

    Sekolah Menegah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tenom in a remote part of Sabah state boasts a wireless connection and computer-aided programmes for its students. This connection is meant to help these students keep pace with others in larger, more privileged districts in the state and across Malaysia.

      Abdul Aziz Mohamed Zain Headmaster of SMK Tenom says having ICT in place has promoted excellence in teaching and enhanced students’ learning. “Students are excited about using computers in their lessons. Interest in learning and computer skills has improved.”
      Under the 9th Malaysia Plan, the Education Ministry has allocated US$6.3 million for the replacement of ICTequipment and infrastructure.
      Recently, the internet service speed has been upgraded by the ministry from 2MB to 4MB and this infrastructure is shared by primary and boarding school students. Currently, there are 80 personal computers located in the computer labs, a kiosk, offices and classrooms. On average, one personal computer is allocated to every 13 students.
      Other than using ICT in school subjects, students are exposed to applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Flash and downloadable online software.

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