Thursday, March 31, 2011

Perlis Flood Updates: DEFCON 2

Date: 31st March 2011
Time: 6.00pm
Situation: DEFCON 2

Thank god. The water seems to recede a bit.
As at 6.00pm, there was no rain...
Everybody seemed to enjoy the water then...
See photos:

Have a nice day....

Perlis Flood - Situation: DEFCON 3.

Date: 31st March 2011 (Thursday).
Time: 10.00am
Weather: Sunshine in the morning, expected rain in the late afternoon.
Flood Situation: DEFCON 3.
 all six doors opened..
Road Closed....
It was a relief to see sunshine this morning... No rain for the moment, maybe in the late afternoon or early evening.
But, roads still remain closed because the water level in most places are still knee high. Water from the dam is still flowing out (all six doors opened) but at a slower phase..
Traffic from outside entering Kangar are adviced not to do so yet.., except for 4x4's.
A few shots I took around Kangar this morning:
Usain Bolt (Kangar's version) in town..

Have a nice day....

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Perlis Flood - 2998 evacuated....

As at 10.00pm today, 2998 flood victims (729 families) in Perlis have been evacuated from their homes and placed at 31 relief centers.
1992 of them are from Kangar area.
Most roads in Kangar are under water.
Latest photos:
cars turning back due to unpassable roads..
SMK Derma at 11.00am this morning..
Teacher's staff room..
 The road to my residence at 11.30 am this morning..
 Jalan Penjara, Kangar..(in front of SMK Derma).
 6.30 pm at school...
 the swollen Perlis River at 7.10pm today...

That's the situation at the moment.... Will continue updating if god permits... (Flood is getting worse...)
Have a nice day....

16 Schools in Perlis Closed due to FLOODS.

12.00pm, Wednesday 30th March, 2011.

LATEST updates:
1.    16 schools in Perlis closed due to floods. They are: SMK Derma, SMK Syed Hassan, SMK Agama Kangar, SMK Putra, SMK Perlis, SM Vokasional Kangar, SM Vokasional Arau, SMK Datuk Sheikh Ahmad, SK Seri Indera, SK Padang Melangit, SK Bukit Ketri, SK Bintong, SK Abi, SK Tengku Budriah, SK Padang Kota, SR Islam II.

2.   416 people have been evacuated and 13 Relief Centers opened. Areas badly hit are Bintong, Sena and Santan.

3.   The water level at Sungai Korok is over the danger level, and it's still rising...

4.   Roads in Perlis are mostly under water...

5.   The Timah Tasoh Dam is at 29.8 meters and it is at DANGER level. Water is still being released (all 6 doors)...

Will update regularly...
One comment received from my previous post:
Anonymous said...
Salam Mr. Dess. First, I say ameen to your prayers. God let there be no more fload in Perlis again. Second, I wish to thank you so much for your very informative blog. I live in Kangar, Perlis as an International student with UniMAP. I must tell you, during the floods last November, you were my best source of news/updates, and I am very sure I was not alone in this regard. The few English newspapers available were not helpful at all. Their coverage was very scanty, infrequent and so abstract. But yours was so down to earth and very frequent. Moreover, you were there on ground with your valuable camera to give the real picture of the happenings – they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Please keep up the good works and know that there are many helpless ones like myself depending on you and very appreciative of your efforts.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

RED Alert - Water Level is Rising..

Yes, it's been raining continuously in Perlis for the past 26 hours and it is still......
The local radio station, RTM's Perlis FM, is on air 24 hours today to update the current flood situation. As at 7.00pm, low lying areas in Arau, Beseri, Mata Ayer, Repoh and certain parts of Kangar are under water...
Things might be worst because water from the Timah Tasoh dam is being let off, twice already..  All four main rivers in Perlis are at Danger level...
See these photos:
Water from the dam being released..
 Four doors of the dam being open..
 The swollen Repoh River in Kangar...
 Some roads are already under water..

I just hope the flood this time won't be as terrible as the one we had last November..
Pray to god...
Thanks Miss Idayu Aziz (ex-Dermarian) for the photos...
Have a nice day..

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Most Important Language to Learn.

ENGLISH., of course.
Why? Simple... It's the global language. Be it business, education, entertainment, science... What else?
Of course, your mother tongue language is important. It's your means of communication at home. If you are a Malay, you speak Malay. If you're Chinese, you speak Chinese. If you're Indian, you speak Tamil. Since we are in Malaysia, we speak Bahasa Malaysia to communicate with each other. We all understand that move to stay united as Malaysians... We speak Bahasa Malaysia in coffee shops, supermarkets, bus stations, at 7-11's, KFC's.. oops!! They speak English at KFCs !!!! "Good morning, sir. Makan sini or take away?" That's their first words when you place your order...
Almost every country in the world have the English language as an important subject in schools. It's being taught in Primary and Secondary level (1st grade until 10th grade). Even China does this in their education system...

English today is probably the third largest language by number of native speakers, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. However, when combining native and non-native speakers it is probably the most commonly spoken language in the world, though possibly second to a combination of the Chinese languages (depending on whether or not distinctions in the latter are classified as “languages” or “dialects”). Of course, Mandarin is the most widely spoken language because the population of China alone is over 1.36 billion..
Talking about China, the established universities in Beijing are conducting their classes in Mandarin and English for both local and foreign students. My son is in one of the universities there, and I got this information from him.
Look guys, even China is acknowledging the importance of the English language, why can't we, Malaysians??
Why are the students of the Faculty of Bahasa Melayu in University Malaya protesting against the university's Vice-Chancellor's advice on the importance of the English language today??
Why are parents (including teachers) protesting the usage of English in learning Maths and Science (PPSMI) in schools??
Why are Malaysian politicians against the PPSMI??
Why are we moving backwards??

A look at complains and suggestions in the national newspapers have fallen into deaf ears.. WAKE UP guys !!!!!!

Monday March 28, 2011

Master English or lose out in job hunt

STUDENTS at the tertiary level who neglect English are doing so at their peril.
Instead, they should not make every effort to master the language.
Though no one can force our undergraduates to study English, they must understand that mastering it would be an asset to them.
They should not blame employers for not accepting them as most companies require graduates who are competent in English, especially at the supervisory and executive levels.
In my research on the kind of skills 73 companies in the country look for, the 12 top needs related to English are to be abe to:
> Communicate justly when there’s a difference of opinion;
> Communicate efficiently to convince clients;
> Communicate effectively to win business opportunities;
> Communicate convincingly over the phone;
> Communicate with proper etiquette or manners;
> Adapt to formal and informal situations when communicating;
> Draft and write proper letters to clients;
> Write short reports on business dealings and events;
> Understand and report what others have discussed;
> Understand and clarify information, letters and reports received;
> Present facts plainly to an audience; and
> Conduct meetings in a brief and effectual manner.
Are our graduates prepared for this?
Students must remember that English is not only for them to seek better jobs after graduating. It has become an indispensable tool for them in their everyday life.
From the tiny electronic gadgets to the Internet and books, English is the main language used. Most newsprints and journals are written in English.
Most popular international news channels on television are in English. In fact, the more languages one acquires the better standing he has in the business and across the globe.
Students who ignore English are by design “localising” the value of their degrees. Many IT graduates from India, for instance, can find jobs in the developed world aided by their good grasp of English.
If our graduates think that they can secure a job as a civil servant where the language may not be a prerequisite, the bloated civil service would not be able to accommodate that many employees.
Even then there are sectors within the civil service that require graduates to be competent in English.
In the case of China, English is taught to all schoolchildren and some universities are now giving emphasis to English. There are now Chinese universities offering graduate courses in English with well-defined programmes. In the main, some universities are offering the sciences in English.
China is now able to draw many international students to study at these universities and the quality of education has improved tremendously as there is a high level of competition among university students.
The focus now is for local and foreign students in China to be able to speak Mandarin and English.
Graduates from these institutions are able to find jobs with local and foreign companies thus making their degrees naturally “internationalised”.
Malaysia cannot talk about globalisation and at the same time ignore the English language.
We cannot dictate to the world to accept what we want. It’s the world out there that will dictate what we should do with our graduates to make them more competitive.
Kuala Lumpur.
The Star.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Off to BUKIT KIARA - the National Singles Championship 2011.

Daeng Dhadyry and Dessy Dhabita.

Daeng Dessy Dhabita and Daeng Dhadyry are both representing Perlis in the National Singles Lawn Bowls Championship to be held at the Bukit Kiara Complex, Kuala Lumpur, from 28th March to 31st March 2011.
It's a four day competition and all the best ranked players will compete.
Perlis will have 3 men and 3 women competing in the tournament. They all took off last night.
the pep-talk before boarding the Express bus..
 the Sri Maju Express bus.
 boarding the bus.... and bye-bye Kangar.., hello Bukit Kiara..

Good Luck Dessy Dhabita and Daeng Dhadyry !!!
Have a nice tournament...... 

UPDATES: 28th Mac 2011 (1st day).
1.  Dessy Dhabita lost to Siti Zalina (PDRM): 5-13, 4-10. 
     Lost to Maisarah (Selangor): 8-9, 1-10.
2.  Daeng Dhadyry lost to MPK (Klang): 7-8, 7-8. 
     Lost to Melaka: 3-10, 14-3, 1-3. 
     Lost to Pahang: 6-9, 4-7. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

SPM June Paper 2011.

Mar 31 deadline for private SPM candidates

The deadline for registration of private candidates sitting for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia 2011(November) and Sijil Pelajaran Ulangan (June Paper) is March 31, 2011. The Education Ministry in a statement said registration forms for private candidates can be obtained from their respective state Education Departments.
The statement said all private candidates must register within the deadline because late registration would not be entertained.
Further information can be obtained via the Examination Board's website at http://www.moe.gov.my/lpm.

For those of you who wants to retake the Bahasa Melayu and Mathematics in June, please do so before this 31st March.
For those of you who wants to resit the whole SPM papers, do so before the same date.

Have a nice day....

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The SPM 2010 Results.

 Mixed feelings today when the SPM results was released.... Why?
1.  Proud - because once again, SMK Derma tops in quality. SMK Derma produced 3 straight A+'s students out of the 5 in the state of Perlis. SM Sains Tuanku Syed Putra @ SM Sains Perlis had only 1 and the other 1 is from SMK Agama Arau.
2.  Sad - because there were only 17 other straight A's (A+, A, A-) students.. It should have been more - maybe 26 - just because of a subject that only registered 4 students getting A+. Some of the students obtained 8 A's and 1 B+ because of that subject....

Anyway, it' all fated and we cannot do anything with it..
Congratulations to those getting straight A's. For those who missed the flight, it's not the end of the world. Be strong and do better in your tertiary education... Good Luck !!!
one of my favourite student...

Have a nice day.......