Friday, October 31, 2008

Consider Proposal For Minimum Wage

I applaud the decision by the Human Resources Ministry to establish a wage council to look into low salaries in certain sectors, particularly the electronic and textile sectors (The Star, Oct 8).

Although this is overdue and may be inopportune at this time in point as the world is facing an economic crisis, the effort is praiseworthy.

The proposed council should conduct an in-depth enquiry with the stakeholders, namely the MTUC and the employers' associations, on the issue.

Wage levels are still low in Malaysia in certain sectors. If one looks at EPF’s 2007 Annual Report, almost 75% of EPF active members have low savings.

A reasonable wage level has a positive effect on an employee's retirement savings. In this respect, MTUC's proposal of setting the minimum wage at RM900 should be given due consideration by the Government.

A reasonable level of basic salary will help members to accumulate sufficient savings for retirement as EPF contribution is based on worker's basic salary, excluding overtime payment, which does not attract EPF contributions.

Although wage determination is productivity-based, it also has a human rights dimension which warrants the attention of policy makers.

Our workers must be paid a decent basic salary. Private sector workers do not have lifelong pension to see them through their retirement years.


Taken from The Star Online, October 10, 2008.


Setting the minimum wage at RM900 in Malaysia will not solve the wages issue once and for all. An engineer with 1 year experience in areas other than Kuala Lumpur should be getting at least RM9,000 per month where 1 Euro equals to RM4.50. A production operator in areas like Seremban and Ipoh should be getting at least RM2,300 per month (without overtime pay). The appropriate base salary for a new technician in the same towns is about RM4,000.

Raising the workers' salary is the only way to boost the economy.

The investors will find it very difficult to relocate to other countries when workers in the rest of the South East Asian countries are also getting similar pay.

Senarai IPT India Bertaraf Dunia 2008

Menurut senarai THES 2008, IPT-IPT India yang termasuk dalam senarai IPT bertaraf dunia ialah:

1. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
2. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
3. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
4. University of Delhi
5. Indian Institute of Technology Madras

IPT-IPT lain yang berada di tangga 401-500 terbaik di dunia ialah:

1. University of Calcutta
2. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
3. University of Pune

IPT-IPT lain yang berada di tangga 500+ terbaik di dunia ialah:

1. University of Mumbai
2. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
3. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Kelebihan IPT-IPT di India ialah kos pengajian dan sara hidup yang rendah.

Senarai penuh IPT-IPT di India boleh didapati di link ini.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Mencari Calon PhD, MSc, MA


Ada research fund yang boleh dimanfaatkan oleh calon calon Phd, MSc. dan MA. Yang berminat dijemput memohon untuk memasuki program tersebut di bawah seliaan saya. Bidang-bidang:

1. Hydrology
2. Water Resources
3. Environment
4. Athropogenic impacts on the Environment
5. Integrated Water Resource Management

Bahasa disertasi adalah dalam Bahasa Malaysia atau Bahasa Inggeris.

Kalau dalam Hindi minta Datuk Shah Rukh Khan jadi supervisor.

Dipetik dari laman Prof Dr Hamirdin

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Beza Malaysia dengan Somalia

Malaysia ialah sebuah negara yang mempunyai sebuah syarikat perkapalan tersohor iaitu MISC. Baru-baru ini lanun Somalia menawan dua buah kapal milik MISC di perairan Somalia.

Somalia ialah sebuah negara yang sedang mengalami keadaan cacamerba. Ia tidak mempunyai syarikat perkapalan sehebat MISC. Namun ia mempunyai beberapa kumpulan lanun yang suka menawan kapal-kapal yang lalu di perairan negara itu.

Cuti bersalin yang termaktub dalam undang-undang Malaysia ialah 60 hari dengan gaji penuh. Cuti bersalin yang termaktub dalam undang-undang Somalia ialah 14 minggu dengan gaji separuh.

Mengurus Pekerja Berbakat

University of Hertfordshire, Regional Office, Kuala Lumpur menganjurkan satu program syarahan mengenai cara untuk mengurus pekerja berbakat.

Ia menjawab persoalan tentang bagaimanakah caranya sebuah organisasi dapat menarik minat, membangun dan mengekalkan pekerja-pekerja berbakat supaya organisasi terus berjaya dalam tempoh sepuluh tahun

Tarikh : 23 Oktober 2008 (Khamis)

Masa : 7 malam

Tempat : University of Hertfordshire, Regional Office, Lot S08A, Tingkat 8, South Block, Wisma Selangor Dredging, 142A Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

Penyampai : Eddie V Blass, penyelidik utama mengenai cara mengurus pekerja berbakat

Minuman ringan disediakan sebelum syarahan.

Tempahan perlu dibuat sebelum 16 Oktober 2008.

Untuk tempahan dan pertanyaan, hubungi

Tel : 03-21628560 (Indrani/Mary)
Emel :

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Safety Policy A Must In Schools

A form five student was killed recently in a bizarre incident in the study room of his boarding school when the wall collapsed on him at SMK Datuk Harun in Tanjung Karang, Selangor.

This is not the first time such a fatal accident has occurred in a school.
Over the years, a number of fatal accidents had taken place in schools involving innocent students.

In the wake of the latest tragedy, it is all the more urgent for the Education Ministry to emphasise and carry out a safety and health policy for all schools.

A matter of utmost concern is the quality of construction of the school wall by the contractor concerned.

The tragic accident should be thoroughly investigated and action be taken against those responsible.

The subject of "safe schools" should not be confined only to aspects concerning indiscipline, crime, threats to the safety of students, bullying and gangster-like behaviour but also to matters concerning the safety of school buildings, classrooms, equipment and all amenities.

In this regard, there is a need for schools to be aware of the existence and importance of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, 1994 and its application to educational institutions.

The application of the Act to the schools as "the place of work" aims to make all schools safe and healthy places of work for teachers, students and visitors alike.

In line with the provisions in the Act, it is the duty of employers (the school management) to formulate a safety and health policy, implement risk prevention through safety and health inspection and safety and health auditing to identify shortcomings and to decide on remedial measures.

Ensuring that all schools and educational institutions take an active interest in safety and health will also benefit the students who can learn more about safety and health and be safety conscious from an early age.

This will benefit them greatly when they enter the workforce.

Taken from The Star Online 7 October 2008
By Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye

Council To Look Into Salaries Of Electronics, Textile Sectors

Putrajaya : The days of low wages for workers in the electronics and textile sectors may soon be over.

The Human Resources Ministry has given a directive for a wage council to be set up to look into the salaries of workers in both these sectors after receiving complaints that they "consistently received low wages."

Its minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said several commission of inquiries and wage councils had been formed previously to look into issues of minimum wages for workers in several sectors, such as security guards, clinic assistants, hotel and catering and general workers in small holdings.

"The ministry is currently undertaking steps to look into wages in the electronics and textile sectors. The wage council will conduct a nationwide inquiry by interviewing workers in these two industries and come up with recommendations."

"We hope they will be able to finish their work by the end of next year," he told reporters Tuesday after receiving a memorandum on minimum wage from MTUC at his office here in conjunction of the World Day for Decent Work.

A similar wage council had recently approved a minimum wage for private security guards of between RM250 to RM700 to help ease their burden.

Subramaniam said while the Government did not agree on the implementation of a minimum wage for all workers, it recognised that it was necessary to offer decent salaries as the country was losing its skilled employees to its competitors.

"We are losing our skilled workers to Singapore and the Middle East. We may end up losing even more so we must come up with attractive salaries as a way of persuading them to stay on."

"I have requested the Malaysian Employers' Federation to come up with guidelines on what is the appropriate salary for workers in the different areas in the private sector and how to implement them," he said, adding that the ministry would also continue to hold dialogues with both employers and workers in sectors, which were not covered by the work of such councils.

He said the ministry was also taking steps to reduce the presence of foreign workers in the country, adding that the Cabinet had agreed on reducing the numbers by at least 500,000 persons and was thinking of ways and means of accomplishing this without it affecting businesses and the economy.

MTUC president Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud said the union would continue to pressure the Government on the issue of minimum wage of RM900 monthly for all workers despite the setting up of the wage councils.

"The wage councils are a separate issue for us and we are not against it. However, last year’s increase in salaries for civil servants have had a positive impact."

"So, we hope it's time to give those working in the private sector a similar increase as well," he said, adding that the memorandum also touched on the possible spillover effects of the financial crisis in United States and Europe on the workers here.

Besides minimum wage, the memorandum touched on issues such as unions and productivity-linked wage systems.

Taken from The Star Online 7 October 2008

By Sim Leoi Leoi

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

PhD Bertemakan Melayu di UPSI

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) mempelawa mereka yang berminat untuk melanjutkan pengajian ke peringkat PhD dengan pengkhususan berkenaan dengan sebarang topik tentang Melayu.

Keterangan lanjut mengenai syarat kemasukan, yuran, pembiayaan dan sebagainya, hubungi

Professor Emeritus Dr Abdullah Hassan
Pengarah Institut Peradaban Melayu,
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris,
Tanjung Malim,
Perak Darul Ridzwan

Tel : +605-4505506
Emel :

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Pameran Universiti-universiti Australia

Tarikh : 18 Oktober 2008 - 19 Oktober 2008

Masa : 12 pm hingga 6 pm

Tempat : Conference Hall 1,2 dan 3, Level 3, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center

Senarai universiti yang terlibat

1. The Australian National University
2. Curtin University of Technology
3. Charles Sturt University
4. The University of Western Australia
5. Deakin University
6. Monash University
7. University of Tasmania
8. The University of Adelaide
9. The University of Melbourne
10.Bond University
11.Griffith University
12.Queensland University of Technology

Keterangan lanjut, rujuk laman