Friday, April 29, 2016

"Celaka UMNO" is not Seditious

Today in George Town, Penang, the Sessions court acquitted and discharged DAP lawmaker RSN Rayer (left) of a sedition charge over his “celaka UMNO” (Damn UMNO) remark.
Justice Roslan Hamid said the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case against the Seri Delima state assemblyperson. “While the prosecution has proved that he has said those words in a speech, it has failed to prove the seditious element as UMNO (are) not a racial group but a political group,” he had said.
The court also found that the prosecution had no case against Rayer for an alternative charge, under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.
Rayer was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948 for allegedly uttering “celaka UMNO” during a Bukit Gelugor by-election ceramah at Jalan Delima on May 22, 2014. He also faced an alternative charge under Section 504 of the Penal Code for the offence.
In spite of being vindicated, Rayer still faced yet another sedition charge for uttering a similar “celaka, celaka, celaka UMNO” remark made on May 20, 2014, during the state legislative assembly sitting. He was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948 and is liable to be jailed up to five years or fined RM5,000 or both if found guilty.
The trial for this case has already begun and a judgment is expected in June 2016.
Common sense has won. For now.
I watched the first leg of the Europa League live early this morning (3:00 AM Malaysian time). Liverpool and Villarrreal were to end the match 0-0 – until injury time, when one disorganized moment and precise counter-attack saw the former concede a goal. Adrián López’s ninety-second minute winner leaves the Reds in need of another Anfield recovery next Thursday's return leg.

Villarreal players celebrate their victory.
Liquid Gold Advanced Toastmasters Club has achieved 5 DCP points – thus making us a Distinguished Club. In just 6 months.


The BRT-Sunway Line: Passengers Shy Away

On June 08, 2015, I had blogged about the seven-station BRT Sunway Line – Malaysia’s first ever Bus Rapid Transit service that was launched in June last year, and meant to benefit half a million people in Bandar Sunway and USJ Subang Jaya.
Star Online carries an interesting report today that steep fares are keeping passengers away. Sunway Group chairperson Jeffrey Cheah himself had said 13,000 people rode the BRT when it was free during its initial months in June and July 2015 but this number had dramatically declined to 4,000 when the fare was introduced.
The BRT line runs 5.4 km from one end to the other, and the ticket price for that is RM5.40! A crazy fare, if you ask me.
And I also didn’t know it had cost RM634 million and that the BRT-Sunway line was 70% funded by Prasarana, 15% by Sunway Bhd and 15% by the Government’s public-private partnership facilitation fund called UKAS.
So this whole project was about making money and serving the community was never their intention at all. Hasn’t Prasarana heard about corporate citizenship?

Nicol David (right) crashed out of the 2016 Women’s World Championship squash, despite home ground advantage yesterday, ending her dreams of a ninth world title.
The Malaysian ace was dispatched by fifth seed Nour El Sherbini of Egypt 14-12, 4-11, 11-3, 11-7 in the quarterfinals.
David, one of the game’s all-time greats, is a national icon – her matches this week have been played at the Nicol David Arena. The 32-year-old was seeking to win the PSA World Championship on home soil in Malaysia for the first time after falling short on two other attempts.
Nicol David had enjoyed a far easier second-round outing to set up a rematch with Nour in the quarter-finals. She had clinched an 11-9, 11-3, 11-5 win over world No. 11 Alison Waters in the second round on Wednesday. And a day earlier, she had survived a five-set scare against Australia’s Rachael Grinham in the first round.
Low Wee Wern, the world number 45, playing under a wild card ticket, however, failed to advance beyond the first round after losing to world number nine Joelle King of New Zealand; 9-11, 6-11, 7-11. It is tough for her because she has been almost out of action for a year after recuperating from a knee surgery.
I was in Wisma Naza at No. 12, Jalan Sungai Besi, KL  to attend the Metro Toastmasters meeting yesterday.

I was the Grammarian. In addition, I presented my CC #5 speech titled “My Nerves Got the Better of Me”.
A good speech, both speaker and evaluator reckoned. Yet, KF Yee was brutally honest when giving his feedback and identified at least three areas of improvement for me to consider. It was comprehensive, cogent and compelling! BTW, I had told him I wanted a ‘no-holds barred’ evaluation.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Police Chief Suspended to Restore Confidence

Unlike us Malaysians, the Brits are quick to act.
Yesterday, South Yorkshire’s police chief was suspended in a bid to restore confidence after an inquest found the force was partly responsible for Britain’s 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster.
South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings, the elected official in charge of policing in the northern English region, said he had suspended David Crompton “based on the erosion of public trust and confidence”.
“I have been left with no choice other than to suspend David from his duties as chief constable of South Yorkshire police,” he said.
“I have reached this decision with a heavy heart following discussions with David both in the run-up to and following the delivery of the Hillsborough verdicts".
The inquest outcome on Tuesday found that ninety-six Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed following a series of police errors at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
Opposition Labour home affairs spokesperson Andy Burnham, a long-time campaigner for the disaster’s victims and who had called for the chief constable’s resignation in parliament earlier yesterday – said the police could have apologized during the inquest.
“But they didn’t and they put the families through hell once again,” he said.
In Malaysia, this outcome is never expected because it will never happen!
Our politicians and public service officials are always in denial and even if the evidence point out that they are in the wrong – they have this super-ability to pretend as if nothing is amiss! And then, we have the cover-ups and everything is back to being normal. Malaysia Boleh!
I was in Brickfields and thanks to Johnny Yong’s kindness, I was given a speaking slot.
I delivered my CC #4 speech titled “The Sound of Silence” and among the five project speakers last evening – I was voted Best Speaker.

Note to self: Six more speeches before I complete my CC manual, Round 35.

Additionally, I was the Table Topics Evaluator and for part of the meeting, I was also the Grammarian.
It was great to see twenty-seven of us gracing the MIA Toastmasters meeting! And t’was good to see Lee Min Onn – the (just-retired) Senior Partner of KPMG – as the General Evaluator. It has been a long time!


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Teaching Strategies with ICT Integration

I came across this visual guide – the Padagogy Wheel V4.0 – and it just makes total sense! And I’m sharing this!
Dedicated to the academics who want to incorporate tech into the classroom.
The iPadagogy Wheel – originally discovered on the website of Paul Hopkin’s education consultancy site, adopted by Allan Carrington at the University of Adelaide, Australia and further modified for teachers at Zeeland Public Schools in Michigan, USA.
App Selection Criteria – Some useful notes.
REMEMBERING CRITERIA. Remembering: Apps that fit into the "remembering" stage improve the user's ability to define terms, identify facts, and recall and locate information. Many educational apps fall into the "remembering" phase of learning. They ask users to select an answer out of a line-up, find matches, and sequence content or input answers.
UNDERSTANDING CRITERIA. Understanding: Apps that fit into this "understanding" stage provide opportunities for students to explain ideas or concepts. Understanding apps step away from the selection of a "right" answer and introduce a more open-ended format for students to summarize content and translate meaning.
APPLYING CRITERIA. Applying: Apps that fit into the applying stage provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their ability to implement learned procedures and methods. They also highlight the ability to apply concepts in unfamiliar circumstances.
ANALYZING CRITERIA. Analyzing: Apps that fit into the "analyzing" stage improve the user's ability to differentiate between the relevant and irrelevant, determine relationships, and recognize the organization of content.
EVALUATING CRITERIA. Evaluating: Apps that fit into the "evaluating" stage improve the user's ability to judge material or methods based on criteria set by themselves or external sources. They help students judge content reliability, accuracy, quality, effectiveness, and reach informed decisions.
CREATING CRITERIA. Creating: Apps that fit into the "creating" stage provide opportunities for students generate ideas, design plans, and produce products.
It would appear that I am still an academic at heart!
Yesterday, I was in TTDI in KL to attend the WIM Toastmasters meeting. I took up the role as a Timekeeper.