Merdeka Award RM30000 & PM Outlines 3 Major Hurdles for Malaysia in Conjuction with 50th Anniversary Merdeka
Merdeka Award RM300000 & PM Outlines 3 Major Hurdles for Malaysia in conjunction with 50th Anniversary Merdeka.
ABOVE: Malaysiakini touches on the Pak Lah's Concerns for National Unity, details HERE and he has squeezed the oil companies to make the Merdeka Award in conjunction with the 50th Merdeka Anniversary and announced big plans for an Education Revamp at the Top universities in the Strategic Plan and the National Higher Education Action Plan 2007-2010
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MCA welcomes move to give universities more autonomy
“We hope that with this move, universities will be motivated to become world-class institutes or centres of academic excellence in
He said the newly-launched National Higher Education Strategic Plan and National Higher Education Action Plan 2007-2010 were in line with his ministry’s National Education Blueprint 2006-2010. “I have requested to hold the convention either in November or December so that we can make sure that there is continuity, from pre-school education up to the tertiary level,” he said after launching the Malaysia-Asean School Linkage Programme 2007 here yesterday. Hishammuddin also said he would be chairing an informal meeting with the Asean education ministers on Friday and Saturday, where they would be discussing issues such as core values in the Asean region, mobility and migration.= = == == = =
No Nation Wishes To Suppress Wages, Says Abdullah;
ABOVE: PM Abdullah addressing the 100 strong delegates from 200 trade union representatives in the Asia Pacific region and BELOW: He declared opened the conference
About 1,000 delegates from 200 trade union representatives in the Asia Pacific region are attending the two-day conference. Abdullah said nations must also understand the law of supply and demand, which means that nations and their workers must ensure that they can offer value to the world's market wages, welfare and well-being. Abdullah said that to ensure decent work conditions and fair labour laws, the nation and workers must find ways to offer greater value added by upgrading and improving incentives for their performances. "This is not only done by the government but also by business owners and their workers, as all of them have a shared responsibility to improve themselves," he said. Abdullah also applauded the Union Network International (UNI) for its constructive engagement with government organisations and hoped that the newly formed UNI Asean Service Employees Trade Union Council would have a fruitful dialogue with the relevant organisations on issues related to the liberalisation of the services within Asean by 2010.
ABOVE: Some of the delegates from the Asia Pacific region are attending the two-day conference
The liberalisation of the services would involve sectors such as information communication technology (ICT), aviation, tourism and health care industries. Abdullah congratulated UNI for working towards establishing a framework for the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers in the Asia Pacific region. With the market liberalisation, they could expect more cross border movement of labour and labour-related issues, he said. Abdullah said governments and workers alike had had to adapt to a rapidly changing world as the liberalisation of markets and sectors, as agreed under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Asean, had had great implications on how work and skills were valued.
"Due to the free movement of investment, work that involves skills will be under the greatest of pressure, whereas work that requires specialised skills will be prized and rewarded," he said. Minimal skilled work would continue to move to countries that had the lowest cost of labour.
"This is the reality faced by many developing countries and their people today," he said. During the function, Abdullah also presented the UNI Apro Outstanding Employer-Partner Award to five organisations from three Asean countries -- Telekom Malaysia and Star Publications Berhad (Malaysia), Banco deOro Universal Bank (the Philippines) and Oversea Chinese Banking Corp and MediaCorp (Singapore
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PM Outlines Three Major Challenges Ahead For
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launches the Merdeka Award. Looking on is Petronas president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican
Abdullah said these voices sought to deny the virtues of compromise and tolerance. "We must never allow them to gain ground. We must never give them the room to wreck our most precious identity and national unity as there are many naysayers and detractors, both within and outside
"Values such as our decency, our compassion, our tolerance for others, our integrity and our passion and dedication to the nation. He said that according to a survey carried out in April 2007 involving more than 1,000 Malaysians, 81 per cent said that things were favourable with respect to ethnic relations between the different races. On economic issue, Abdullah said the most difficult task would be transforming
The gap between urban and rural incomes also continues to be a work in progress," he said. On the award, he said it symbolised and rewarded individuals and institutions for their excellence and lasting contribution and hoped that this award and its recipients would become a source of pride for the nation. The Merdeka Award was initiated by Petronas, Exxonmobil and Shell as the founding members rewarding in five categories -- education, community, health, science and technology, environment, outstanding scholastic achievement and outstanding contribution to the people of
Each award category carries a cash prize of RM300,000 and comes with trophy and a certificate and winners will be selected from a list of nominees on an annual basis. The three oil fraternity, which set up a RM50 million trust fund for the award would give away the award to the first recipients in August next year. Also present was Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah,
Petronas president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican (ABOVE) Exxonmobil Subsidiaries Malaysia chairman Liam M Mallon and Shell Malaysia chairman Datuk Saw Choo Boon.
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Abdullah Chides Opposition For Spinning Out Issues
Lim had asked whether the Cabinet, in conjunction with the country's independence anniversary, would make a new pledge on the Merdeka social contract and the Malaysia Agreement that
The prime minister reiterated that
At the same time, the Cabinet comprises ministers who profess Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and others respectively, who reach consensus based on discussions and come out with the national development policies," he said. The prime minister said that this approach in administration had been practised by the Malaysian government for over 50 years, and the unique formula had been tested and its effectiveness had been proven. "I also dismiss the argument that it contravenes the social contract negotiated by our past leaders. We must remember that the Federal Constitution was successfully drafted on the basis of compromise and cooperation demonstrated by the three major races in the country when fighting for independence," he said.He stressed that the adoption of Islamic principles in the country's administration did not in any way change the social contract or the Constitution. On the freedom of speech, the prime minister said the government did give space for various parties to speak out but there was a limit to it.
"We must realise that too many things are at stake here - the economic, political and social stability will crumble if religious or racial sensitivities are not considered. "Therefore, the government will not hesitate to take legal action if there are parties who try to take advantage and abuse the freedom of speech given," he stressed. Abdullah said that in conjunction with the country's 50th independence anniversary, it was more important to give priority to unifying the people instead of raising issues that would only create tension among the communities.
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