Why not consider using SPM trial exam results instead of SPM forecast results for initial entry into pre-university and foundation programs?

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 2nd of October 2014

Instead of listening to the voices of the parents and students who will be affected by the latest Ministry of Education ruling to stop the use of forecast results for the initial entry into foundation and pre-university programs in private colleges and universities, the Minister of Education II, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, has chosen to defend this foolish decision made by his Ministry.

The Minister of Education II was quoted to have said that the prohibition against SPM students using their forecast results to enrol into private colleges is “nothing new”.[1] In addition, in a statement issued by the Ministry of Education on Tuesday, 29th of September, 2014, the Ministry said that to say that the forecast results “can no longer be used” is not accurate since only actual SPM results were needed to enrol for matriculation, pre-university and diploma courses approved by the Ministry.[2]

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The Ministry of Education should immediately withdraw the restriction that SPM Forecast Results cannot be used for entry into pre-university and foundation programs in private higher education institutions

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 29th of September, 2014

Many people were shocked when it was reported yesterday that the Ministry of Education had imposed the condition that SPM forecast results would no longer be acceptable for entry into pre-university and foundation level programs in private higher education institutions or IPTS.[1] This move was met with much criticism over social media.[2] The Ministry of Education should immediately withdraw this restriction as it is tremendously unfair for the students who want to pursue their studies in private colleges and universities.

By disallowing SPM forecast results from being used as entry into pre-university and foundation programs, the Ministry is unfairly punishing students who want to enrol in programs in private colleges and universities. A majority of such students enter pre-university and foundation programs in private colleges and universities in January using their forecast results. Many of them have plans to pursue an overseas education. The academic calendar of these pre-university and foundation programs are planned with the intake dates of overseas universities in mind.

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Will Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan fulfil his promise in Parliament to disclose the tender documents for the Waste to Energy (WtE) plant in Taman Beringin, Kepong or will he be exposed as a liar?

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 24th of September, 2014

It was reported in The Edge on the 22nd of September that four companies have been shortlisted to build the Waste to Energy (WtE) plant in Taman Beringin, Kepong, namely UEM Environment Sdn Bhd, DRB-Hicom Bhd, Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB) and Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd.[1] The Minister of Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Government also was reported to have said that the award of this project will only be announced in June 2015 pending a Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA).

There has been much speculation over the potential cost of this plant which will be built as a Private Financing Initiative (PFI). In order for the public, especially the rate payers in Kuala Lumpur, to properly assess the financial and environmental impact of this plant, the tender documents for this PFI must be made available publicly as soon as possible.

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