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Do not double park your vehicle!

05:52

NETIZENS on social media are divided over the double-parking road rage incident that happened in Bentong recently. Some feel the action of the pickup truck driver in ramming the car that was blocking his vehicle was justified. Others say that no matter how angry the driver was, he should not have taken the law in his own hands. They also stressed that the owner of the car should be punished for double parking and obstructing another vehicle.

To me, what was very disturbing about the affair was that there were other parking spaces available and there was no reason for the owner of the car to double park. The owner claimed that he had left a name card in his car. But this is absurd because it would be difficult to read the phone number on the card.

My car has been blocked a few times and I have encountered different reactions from the owners of the offending vehicle. On one occasion, I was coming out of a bank when I saw my car, which was parked in front of the building, blocked by another vehicle. I tooted the horn for several minutes but no one responded. Then I walked back into the bank to ask around for the owner but no one spoke up. After 15 minutes, a lady whom I had seen at the customer service counter emerged.

I scolded her for not responding to me earlier but instead of apologising, she angrily said: “Wait for a few minutes, can die meh?”

I was so angry I nearly slapped her but I quickly realised I might get myself in trouble for doing that.

On another occasion, the owner of the car that blocked mine left a note with his name and phone number on the dashboard. The note said “I am sorry for blocking, please call xxxxxxxx.” A young man emerged immediately after I called the number and he apologised before removing his car.

I hope that owners of vehicles will display a note with their phone numbers prominently on their dashboard and respond immediately when they get called (pic).

The authorities should restrict parking time in lots in busy areas to 30 minutes between 8am and 5pm. This will ensure that some parking spaces are always available, thus preventing double parking and ugly road rage episodes.

A heavy fine, like RM300, must be imposed on vehicles that exceed the 30-minute parking time. The authorities must also have personnel patrolling these areas to ensure that people comply with the ruling. A heavy fine must be imposed on those who double park and block other drivers in order to deter motorists who have a bad habit of doing this.

Many of my relatives and friends park in front of my gate when they come to visit although there are parking spaces available near my house. On many occasions, I had to ask them to move their cars to allow me to drive into my porch. Sometimes when I get annoyed with the visitors, I would park my car somewhere else, enter my house and either casually acknowledge them or ignore them to show my displeasure. Some have got the message and stopped parking in front of my gate.

As habits are hard to change, stopping illegal parking will be difficult so we hope that the authorities will constantly patrol the busy areas and book those who commit the offence. Tow away the offending cars instead of clamping them. This is because the owner of the car that is blocked will not be able to drive away until the offender pays the fines to remove the clamp from his/her vehicle.


Do not double park your vehicle! Do not double park your vehicle! Reviewed by Abam Kie on 05:52 Rating: 5

Kedai Eco RM2 Menipu Pengguna

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Pada awal Ramadhan yang lalu abam kie ada membeli sedikit barangan di kedai Eco RM2 di Tanah Merah, Kelantan. Kedai tersebut baru saja dibuka jadi ramailah orang yg dtg. Abam Kie membeli pinggan, mangkuk dan talam melamine berharga RM26. Kalau namanya kedai 2 rial maka brg2nya harga rm2 seunit. Brg2 di sini juga kurang berkualiti. Padan la dengan harganya.

Bila isteri abam kie balik pejabat hari tu dia kata pinggan2 tu x perlu guna sebab masih ada byk lg kat dlm kabinet. Menyesal plak beli. Lalu abam kie bercadang nak tukar brg2 tu dgn barang lain spt makanan. Lalu esoknya abam kie pergi ke kedai 2 rial tu. Mula2 seorang staff dia kata boleh tukar jd abam masuk la dan pilih brg2 makanan yg bersesuaian. Lepas tu kena berbaris panjang giler. Tup2 bila tiba di counter siap cashier tu kata brg2 di kedai tu x leh tukar dgn brg2 lain. Kalau nak tukar pun brg2 yg sama. Tu pun sbb rosak atau kecacatan kilang. Hmm...bengong tul dia ni. Setahu aku boleh je tukar apa2 brg asalkan jgn minta kembali duit. Abam malas bertekak lalu abah terus beredar dgn marah n geramnya!

Sampai di rumah, abam terus google no telefon ibu pejabat kedai tu. Rupa2nya ia berpusat di Segamat, Johor. Lalu abam call no yg dijumpai. Staff yg jawab kata mereka akan bagi jawapan sekejap lagi. Dekat sejam menunggu tiada panggilan balas pun! Lalau abam call kembali. Hanya 30 minit kemudian barulah seorang staff perempuan Melayu menelefon n memberikan penjelasan kpd abam kie.

Huh! Mmg polisi sykt mrka x bagi tukar brg dgn alasan brg2 di situ sudah murah. Heran tul aku! Satu lagi hak pengguna diragut. Tambah pompuan tu lagi kalau tukar brg yg berlainan jenis akan menyebabkan susah kpd mrka nak check brg2 keluar masuk. Satu lagi alasan bodoh. Lalu abam cakap kat dia sy nak hebohkan kisah benar ini di media aliran perdana. Baru mrka sedar!

Mulai detik itu abam kie haramkan kaki ini menjejak kaki ke kedai RM2. Sekian. Terima kasih.

Kedai Eco RM2 Menipu Pengguna Kedai Eco RM2 Menipu Pengguna Reviewed by Abam Kie on 02:38 Rating: 5

Malay Proficiency Test Is Necessary

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LANGUAGE proficiency tests have gained popularity over the years and are widely used now by university admission centres, employers and even immigration officers to test an individual’s competency in a language. Examples of such tests include the Test of Proficiency in Korean (Topik), Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and Chinese Proficiency Test (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi).

One of the most widely taken language tests is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), a globally recognised test used to assess non-native speakers’ proficiency in the English language. The test assesses language proficiency based on four key skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. A person is given a score of between 0 and 9 (0 being a non-user and 9 being an expert user).

Every year, thousands of Malaysians take the IELTS for a wide range of purposes including admission into overseas universities, seeking employment or obtaining a visa.

Despite its long history as our national language, there is no IELTS-equivalent proficiency test for Bahasa Malaysia/Melayu (BM) yet. At present, the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination’s BM result is used to gauge one’s proficiency in the language.

However, the SPM BM result is not a competent tool to test one’s proficiency in the language and should not be used in the same way as other similar tests (IELTS, for example). For one, SPM BM places great emphasis on writing skills while listening and speaking are less important. The SPM BM examination does not include a listening test; and while students are evaluated on their speaking skills in school, private candidates do not have to sit for an oral test. Paper One of the exam requires candidates to write two essays, one short (around 200 to 250 words) and one long (at least 350 words). These two essays make up about 60% of the total marks.

In comparison, the writing component of the IELTS makes up only 25% of the test taker’s total marks and the minimum word count for the IELTS short essay is 150 words (as opposed to 200 in SPM BM) and 250 words for the long essay (as opposed to 350 in SPM BM). To a foreigner or an international student learning BM, this can be overwhelming.

One of the biggest complaints concerning SPM BM is the literature component (also known as Komsas). SPM candidates are required to study several poems, dramas, short stories and novels specified in the BM syllabus.

While it is true that language cannot be separated from literature, and vice versa, private candidates find the study of such literary texts “useless” and serves little to no purpose in the evaluation of their language skills.

The language used in the required readings of the SPM BM examination is significantly different from the language used in everyday conversation. Also, none of the more recognised language proficiency tests (like IELTS, Toefl, Topik and JLPT) have a literature component.

Last year, medical graduates got the shock of their lives when they were told they had to have a SPM BM qualification or its equivalent to do their housemanship. This meant that medical students who did O-Level would not be able to do their housemanship since they did not sit for SPM BM.

Uproar ensued as the medical graduates claimed their BM proficiency was of the required level and they did not need the SPM certificate to prove it.

Therefore, a BM version of IELTS should be created promptly. The new test could be modelled on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which is a guideline used by educators and test makers to evaluate one’s achievement in language learning.

Not only will this benefit non-SPM students, it can also help in enhancing the status of our national language. If we want BM to become a globally recognised lingua franca like English, Chinese or French, we should create a standardised proficiency test for it that can be used by organisations in the country and potentially worldwide.

The creation of such a test could also have potential benefits for the economy.

Since the growth of IELTS, language centres have mushroomed across the world to teach students to prepare them for the test. The creation of a BM version of the IELTS may also start a similar trend across the nation.

To make it well grounded, this BM version of IELTS should be:

1. Accessible: This means Malaysians throughout the country and foreigners too can take the test. It should start nationwide, and after ironing out any teething problems, can be expanded across the South-East Asian region. Test centres could be set up in Singapore or Thailand for people who are planning to seek employment in our country.

2. Affordable: The test should be affordable to all classes of society. Discrimination cannot be tolerated in the education system, and this includes discrimination on the basis of economic situations.

3. Safe and secure: The IELTS employs various security systems to ensure no fraud is practised by the test takers or any outside parties.

The test taker’s thumbprint is scanned before he enters the examination hall. If, for some reason, he needs to leave in the middle of the exam, his thumbprint will be scanned again when he returns.

4. Valid: To put it simply, a person scoring high on the test should be a more proficient BM user than a person with a lower score. The BM proficiency test should assess all dimensions of language acquisition (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and also the test taker’s range of vocabulary and grammar patterns.

I am confident that the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka has the ability and resources to create a standardised BM proficiency test. Perhaps the Education Ministry can facilitate this process.

Malay Proficiency Test Is Necessary Malay Proficiency Test Is Necessary Reviewed by Abam Kie on 03:37 Rating: 5

The Reasons Why I Love Form 6

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As what the title stated, I know a lot of my non Form 6 friends would definitely call me crazy. But the truth is I really did enjoy my life as a Form 6 student! I graduated in 2013 and yes, I was one of the guinea pigs for the new system of semester based STPM examinations. Basically, I chose Form 6 because I wanted to pursue my undergraduate studies in the United States of America that I was still working on. Before I start, let me just tell you that all the information presented in this article are based on my own experiences and further research I did out of curiosity. I’m not being paid to write or even represent any organizations. It is just my opinion and point of view. So enough about me, let’s get into the reasons why I thought Form 6 was a great choice!

First, flexibility!

I know what you are thinking. How can Form 6 be flexible since the system is so rigid and limited in subject choice? What I meant about flexibility is you could choose to pursue your studies abroad or locally after Form 6. This is probably the best choice for people whom have no idea what they want to do after SPM. Most countries especially the Commonwealth countries recognize STPM. Of course, as a citizen of a country where English is not the first language, you are required to take an English proficiency test such as the IELTS or the TOEFL.

“What about A Level? They could choose to study locally or overseas too right?”

While that statement is valid. A Level leavers are provided a choice of all IPTS or very few IPTA, for instead, USM and overseas universities. Unlike STPM leavers which has the advantage of ALL IPTS and ALL IPTA plus overseas universities to choose from. But keep in mind, for any pre university students, if you choose to study abroad after your chosen pre university program, make sure you know what are the requirements and procedures for your chosen destination. The main reason for this is application to overseas universities are usually done a year ahead of the academic year which you would like to admit into the university. For example, if you want to study in the USA by the fall (that is August/ September) 2017, you should have submitted your application between November 2016 till January 2017.

Secondly, STPM prepares you for university studies.


You could probably say that about majority of the other pre university programs, but I felt that STPM does the job best. Why? Let me just take time to explain to students whom are still in secondary school. If you think that SPM was tough on you, then I’m really sorry to say that tertiary education is much much much harder than Form 5. Secondary school education basically spoon feeds you knowledge and the questions on the SPM are really direct. Tertiary education requires you to have critical thinking. Especially in the STPM which loves to set questions with hidden implications that you spend more time thinking what the question wants than answering the question. Overall, SPM requires you to name a theory or asks you to explain a process whereas STPM provides you a situation and you have to act as a consultant and give advice based on the theory you have learnt and relate it to the situation of the question which is commonly the style of teaching and questioning in university. Moreover, the new system of STPM is not solely exam oriented but it requires Form 6 students to do PBS and presentations just like in university. But compared to the lecturer in universities, you are guided extensively by your subject teachers where they take time to even instruct you on proper citation formats for when you take other people’s work as reference.

Third, choice of friends.

My mom used to be very strict with my choice of friends when I was Form 1. She even went to the extend of meeting a friend’s parents before I could go hang out with their child and now I can see why. In secondary school, most of us would spend more time with our friends than our family. We are who we are because of the people we mixed with. In my opinion, majority of my classmates in Form 6 are either from a below average income or an average income family. There are still those who are well off, of course. Why is this point very important? Well because having friends whom like you the way you are and not liking you because of the money you have is really easy to find. Form 6 students are more humble, not so judgemental of how you dress and there’s no such thing as peer pressure. We helped each other a lot especially in terms of studies as we all did horribly in the 1st semester. Form 6 students are more serious about doing great in studies compared to college students where they go around the town splashing money. Not to say that we are antisocial people because we do have hang out like once a week or once a fortnight but we don’t go burning money in any possible way.

In a nutshell, these are the top 3 reasons why I loved Form 6. If only I had more time to explain more! Lol…. Thank you for reading!
The Reasons Why I Love Form 6 The Reasons Why I Love Form 6 Reviewed by Abam Kie on 21:15 Rating: 5

Educators doing their best to teach English

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TEACHERS have often been blamed for the poor standard of the English language in the country.

Many have argued that today’s English language teachers are not competent and can hardly speak English fluently and have no passion for teaching.

Some go on to blame the selection and training of teachers which is based on their academic qualifications.

If teachers are to be blamed for their poor language skills, it means that universities and teacher education institutes have failed in producing linguistically competent teachers.

A majority of today’s teachers are the product of the post 1970’s era when Bahasa Malaysia was the medium of instruction for all schools.

This was about the time when English language was taught as a single subject.

Before the switch, all subjects were taught in English except Bahasa Malaysia and the vernacular languages.

With regard to their selection and training, today’s teachers have excellent academic qualifications.

Many of the English language teacher trainees have obtained A1 or A2 in the SPM examination for the English language paper and go through a stringent oral interview to check their proficiency in the language.

In the teacher education institutes, the English language teacher trainees are drilled and grilled in grammar, language skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing), pedagogy, methodology and teaching practice.

When these teacher trainees graduate they are prepared and equipped to cater to the needs of their students and the schools.

Many rural schools are facing a shortage of trained English language teachers because trained and experienced teachers are not willing to teach in the remote areas.

In rural schools, non option English teachers (teachers who have been trained in other subject disciplines other than English language) are directed to teach the English language.

There are more than 10,000 non option teachers teaching English in the country. They have voluntered to teach English because of the shortage of English teachers in their schools.

Many of them are in their late 50’s and have an English schooling background. They are competent and proficient in the language.

It is not fair to blame these teachers for the poor state of English.

Some English language teachers have been accused of using workbooks, worksheets and revision books to teach English to cover up their oral and verbal interaction with the children in the English Language classroom.

English language teachers use workbooks and worksheets because of the emphasis on exam-based learning.

Teachers teach English for students to pass examinations. The emphasis is on examinations and testing.

Teachers are therefore unable to use interactive language games, songs and other fun activities in their teaching because they have to complete the syllabus and prepare children for the examination.

Let us not be too judgmental about the competence and proficiency of our English language teachers. They are doing their best despite the odds heaped against them.

SAMUEL YESUIAH
Seremban
Educators doing their best to teach English Educators doing their best to teach English Reviewed by Abam Kie on 20:59 Rating: 5

Tanda-Tanda Kolestrol Tinggi

18:53

Tanda-tanda KOLESTROL tinggi dan jika di biarkan, lama kelamaan boleh membawa maut.

1. Timbul bintik-bintik putih (biji lemak) pada bahagian bawah mata, kawasan muka atau leher
2. Mudah letih
3. Penat dan cepat mengantuk
4. Sakit pada bahagian kaki
5. Lesu, kurang keinginan pada sex.
6. Selalu Rasa Kembung
7. Jantung terasa sakit atau berdebar-debar
8. Muncul lebam pada beberapa bahagian badan
9. Kram terutama di malam hari
10. Kuku berubah kuku menebal dan tumbuh lebih lambat ketika anda potong
11. Rasa tegang di tengkuk

Produk Usana boleh membantu, jika anda ada tanda2 di atas, sila whatsapp saya di 016 4119055 atau layari 2926925.usana.com
Tanda-Tanda Kolestrol Tinggi Tanda-Tanda Kolestrol Tinggi Reviewed by Abam Kie on 18:53 Rating: 5

Dirty jokes to brighten your days!

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*1. Kamasutra says : If you suck one nipple, the women herself offers the other one. And that was the origin of "buy one get one free"!*

*2. Did you ever notice: everything on a woman's upper body starts with a "B". Blouse, Bra, Bikini, Boobs and lower body with a "P" Peticoat, panties, pussy... That's origin of "BP"!* *
3. Before sex, you help each other get naked. After sex, you dress only yourself. Moral: In life no one helps you once you're fucked.*

*4. Success is like pregnancy. Everybody congratulates you but nobody knows how many times you got fucked to achieve it.*


*5. What is the difference between frustration and satisfaction? What the Fuck! and What a Fuck!*

*6. 3 people having sex is a threesome, 2 is a twosome. So next time someone calls you 'HANDSOME', don't take it as a compliment!*

 *7. Life is like a dick, sometimes it becomes hard for no reason.*

 *8. Practical thought: A husband is supposed to make his wife's panties wet, not her eyes. A wife is supposed to make her husband's dick hard, not his life..!*

 *9. When a lady is pregnant, all her friends touch her stomach and say "Congrats!". But none of them come and touch the man's Penis and say "Well done!".*

 *Moral: Hard work is never appreciated: Only result matters.* *Don't delete it unless forward it to a group of naughty Friends*😉
Dirty jokes to brighten your days! Dirty jokes to brighten your days! Reviewed by Abam Kie on 19:43 Rating: 5
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