Monthly archives of “December 2013

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Why it failed: Malaysian Emergency Response Services 999 Project (MERS 999)

As we approach the end of the year, and I have some free time to blog again, I thought I’d re-visit the Auditor Generals report for 2012, and focus specifically on that one project everyone is talking about, the MERS 999 project.

This wonderful project, that cost Malaysian citizens upwards of RM800 Million, was a monumental failure on behalf of the government and for all contractors and sub-contractors involved, however to be fair the blame probably lies squarely on the shoulders of those over-seeing the procurement of the service as opposed to the IT folks–but they have to take some heat as well.

As someone with years of experience delivering IT projects, I think this is an area that I comfortably call myself an expert in, so I think I’m fluent enough in IT to take a sneak peek at this particular project to find out what exactly went wrong and what could have been fixed. Unfortunately, the results aren’t that good, but if you’d like to hear a self-proclaimed expert dissect this, then please continue reading.

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3 issues with the Malaysian education system

Every other year, we receive fresh results from PISA or TIMSS, and every other year we see our children continue their slide to near insignificance on the global scale. I can’t phantom how the Education Ministry can remain so obtuse about such a catastrophe, and instead put on a fa├žade of confidence, when there isn’t an iota of data to be confident about.

The education policies of this country and flawed in near every sense, and what we have are politicians continually failing and children–the same politicians who get re-elected year after year.

Satu sekolah untuk semua is destructive

Consider for a moment, that Malaysia is a diverse country, one of many races, religions and creeds–yet, there’s an entire sub-section of bloggers who think that having just one school system is valid for this country. I’m looking at the people behind satu sekolah untuk semua initative, an initiative that is well-intentioned (maybe) but definitely not in the best intention of our children.

Children need individualized learning, and if for what ever reason some of them prefer to learn Science and Maths in English or Malay, or Mandarin, Tamil or whatever language or dialect–then they should be encouraged to learn it in their preferred language. The parents who claim the need to learn science in the ‘lingua franca’ of science are both mis-guided and mis-informed, the lingua franca of science isn’t English–it’s MATHS. Maths is the language of science, and everything else is superfluous–there are countless thousands of Malaysian children who will struggle to learn science and maths in English–why don’t we strive to make it easier for them, by teaching English in English classrooms, and science in science classrooms–in the language of their choice.