Category: Features

Class acts: The academic backgrounds of 15 M’sian leaders

BY JAFWAN JAAFAR of FREE MALAYSIA TODAY Sultan Dr. Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, 59 Position: Sultan of Perak Qualifications: Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government, Harvard University Master of Public Administration, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University B.A. (Honours) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Oxford University Trivia: The Sultan’s fields of academic interest encompass political and economic development in East Asia, and economic history. He has written and spoken extensively on a broad range of nation-building issues, ranging from socio-economic development to Islamic finance. Honorary distinctions: Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge University Doctor of Economics, Soka University, Tokyo. Honorary positions:...

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What Our Education System Really Needs

Neelofa’s sister, Nur Ameera Mohd Noor, recently kicked up a storm on Facebook when a video of her condemning the local education system, entitled “Q&A Education”, went viral with more than 45,000 views. “Government schools in Malaysia, they only focus on the Malaysian history, the Malaysian culture, and its all about Malaysia. The students don’t get a chance to learn about other countries as well. “The teachers in a government school, they do not need to be as qualified as the teachers in an international school and the teachers there don’t think outside the box for children. They do...

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