By Sakina Mohamed and Aisha Hani Nor Azmir
(This article is written in conjunction with the International Day for Education that falls on January 24.)
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Here is an interesting observation: parents today bend over backwards to ensure their children get the best of education because the logic is that good education equals good employment prospects.
However, the World Economic Forum in 2016 reported that 65 percent of children entering primary school at the time will ultimately work jobs that have yet to exist.
It also predicted over five million jobs would be disappear by this year. The trend is set to continue.
By Zaphne Philip
KUCHING, Jan 22 (Bernama) -- Any teacher who has taught in a remote school in Sarawak will attest that besides their teaching duties, they also have to play the role of parent, carer, well-wisher and mentor to the students.
Austin Albert Jalin had his first taste of teaching in a rural school 17 years ago when he was posted to Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Sungai Bebangan, a primary school in Kapit district in the central region of Sarawak, immediately after he completed his studies at Rajang Teachers Training College in Bintangor.
The Iban youth was 25 years old then and having lived in Betong, a fast-developing town about 130 kilometres from here, all his life, he dreaded the thought of being holed up in a remote outpost.
By Soon Li Wei
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- No Chinese New Year meal is complete without partaking of the traditional yee sang dish.
Consisting of a colourful array of ingredients such as stripped carrot, radish, pomelo and ginger, as well as slices of raw fish (usually salmon), and topped with condiments like crushed nuts and laced with plum sauce and lime juice, yee sang is as appetising as it looks.
Most of the dishes served during the Lunar New Year hold special significance for the Chinese as they symbolise luxury, wealth, happiness and prosperity.
By Fadzli Ramli
MELAKA (Bernama) -- Well-known 15th century mariner and explorer Admiral Cheng Ho's legacy is the game-changer that set the foundation for China's One Belt, One Road initiative, according to academics and historians.
Speaking at a seminar held in conjunction with the International Cheng Ho Festival here recently, they said the Chinese policy's roots can be traced to Cheng Ho's voyages which saw him building diplomatic relations with the countries he sailed to.
(China's Belt and Road initiative is an ambitious development strategy aimed at boosting trade and stimulating economic growth across Asia and beyond.)
By Nurfardlina Izzati Moktar
KUALA PILAH (Bernama) -- As a child, Anuar Nordin longed to play with one of those fancy remote-controlled planes he had seen on television.
But being a kampung boy, he thought his wish was merely a pie in the sky and had to contend with traditional pastimes like top spinning and shooting with catapults in his village in Johol here.
As he grew older, Anuar never gave up on his dream of flying his own remote-controlled aircraft although he put it in the back-burner when he joined the Royal Malaysian Navy in June 1987.
By Amirul Mohd Sajadi
Bernama reporter Amirul Mohd Sajadi recently completed a 10-month media exchange programme in Beijing organised by the China International Press Communications Centre.
BEIJING (Bernama) -- Rasa sayang hey rasa sayang sayang hey, hey lihat nona jauh rasa sayang sayang hey... the melodious rendition of this highly familiar Malay folk song by a local Chinese girl took this writer by surprise.
The song showcases the beauty and inherent values of the Malay language and back home in Malaysia, Rasa Sayang serves as a medium to foster unity among the various races.
Meeting Liang Liang, the Chinese girl who crooned the song when the writer met her at her workplace at China Radio International (CRI) here recently, was an eye-opening experience as she not only spoke Bahasa Melayu fluently but was clearly fascinated with the language as well.
By Shahrizan Jefri Aziz
SHAH ALAM (Bernama) -- In the stillness of the night, Muhammad Muslim Mat Sulaiman can be seen hard at work repairing the crank and bottom bracket of a customer's Cannondale Lefty bicycle.
Fixing bikes is what he does almost every night, operating from a makeshift workshop at his home in Puncak Alam here. But he is no full-blown bicycle mechanic, rather he was drawn to this work by chance after he was forced to take up cycling to improve his health sometime in 2015.
Muhammad Muslim, 36, who works as a sales executive during the day at a firm in Petaling Jaya, said he had no interest in cycling at all but decided to give it a try after he saw some of his friends riding mountain bikes.