Wednesday, June 19

Stop Calling Our Cultural Attire "Costumes"


Our past colonizers left us a wonderful gift in the form of the English language, but neglected to also include an understanding of the nuances that permeate their language. After reading this headline, "Traditional costumes can be office outfits", about the laudable move to allow civil servants in Sabah to dress in cultural wear on Thursdays, I cringed at our continual use of "costume" to describe the clothing from our culture.

I'm sure you're thinking...
What's your problem? You're too sensitive! We've been saying that since the good ol' days.
Actually, the words we use really matters quite a bit. I.e., describing the same student as "problematic" or "challenging" matters, because it reveals our underlying beliefs & attitudes towards the subject.
We learned English from the white man & little did we know that we've mimicked their underlying beliefs & attitudes as well.
Therefore, ladies & gentlemen, it's time to decolonize...

Saturday, June 1

Soalan: PdPk Mate/Sains Dalam Bahasa Inggeris Di Sarawak

Bukan setiap hari ada celebriti berkomen dalam page saya! 🤩
Tengok cara dia menyoal. Matang. Menggunakan intelek, tanpa unsur perkauman / politik. Inilah yang menjadikannya seorang netizen yang saya kagumi.

Tuesday, May 28

Gawai: Child's Education vs Mabuk Ngirup


This Gawai, I want to highlight an issue that has plagued our people in Sarawak for decades.

Recently, a principal at a rural school in Sarawak told me of a toxic social media encounter she experienced when she questioned the need for parents to spend money, that should be put towards their children's EDUCATION, on DRINKING to a stupor during the Gawai celebrations.


Instead of thoughtfully considering her rhetoric, trolls began questioning her loyalty to her race, her knowledge of her culture, her use of English, & her right to question as she's just a teacher.

As a principal who encounters parents who complain about not having enough money for their children's education while spending excessively on alcohol during the festivities, I think her points speak for themselves. Have a read.

Thursday, May 16

Stuff You Don’t Wanna Miss For #HariGuruMcD 2019

This.
We often get so caught up in the grind & rush for deadlines, that we forget those who are most important to us, our family & friends. Take them out this weekend!
   
**Disclaimer this post is sponsored by McDonald’s Malaysia**

#TerimaKasihCikgu! Happy Teacher’s Day!

Thanks to Wesak Day, we have a long weekend! Remember to make your way to the nearest McD from today until 20 May 2019 to redeem a free meal with your voucher!

For those of you who have to travel long distances to get to a McD, there are 2-for-1 promos on the McD app that you can take advantage of to make your trip worthwhile. Bring the entire family! Use this time to put away your smartphones & cherish the people you love the most, your family & friends.

Tuesday, May 14

Recipients of the Anugerah Guru Inspirasi McDonald’s 2019

McDonald’s Malaysia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, awarded 25 teachers the Anugerah Guru Inspirasi McDonald’s 2019 during the National Teachers’ Day celebration on 13 May.
  
**Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by McDonald’s Malaysia.**

Congratulations to the 25 inspirational teachers awarded Anugerah Guru Inspirasi McDonald’s 2019! I can’t wait to read your stories here: mcdonalds.com.my/en/anugerahguruinspirasi/winners/2019

This award is about them, so let's name them first. They are Mr Muhammad Nazmi Bin Rosli (Sarawak), Madam Chung Sze Meang (Sarawak), Mr Arman Bin Ab Sani (Sabah), Mr Lee Chiong Tee (Sabah), Mr Mohd Fadli Bin Salleh (Selangor), Mr Soonufat A/L Supramaniam (Kedah), Ms Koh Bee Ching (Perlis), Mr Saifulnizan Bin Che Ismail (Kelantan), Madam Nor Azimah Ismail (Terengganu), YM Tengku Rahimah bt Mahamod (Pahang), Madam Zanariah bt Mohd. Zudin (Pahang), Mr Ahmad Mustaqim Bin Khairuddin (Pahang), Madam Lim Cheng Imm (Kedah), Dr Haji Joohari Bin Ariffin (Kedah), Mr Narizan Bin Hj Baserah (Perak), Ms Nor Faridah (Perak), Mr Kamal Khairi Bin Ghuslan @ Ruslan (Perak), Mr Mohd Eirwan Bin Halim (Melaka), Ms Padmavathy Velayadhan (N Sembilan), Mr Mohd Izranuddin Bin Jelani (Johor), Madam Hilyanti Nordin (Penang), Mr Shaiful Redwan Bin Abdul Karim (Selangor), Madam Nam Wai Ling (Selangor), Madam Wong Sok Peng (KL), & Mr Mohd Farez Bin Atan (KL)!

This is the third year that McDonald’s Malaysia has run this award for teachers & it has only gotten bigger, from 1,000 nominations in its first year to more than 7,500 this year. I am sure it wasn’t easy picking 25 out of the thousands of amazing teachers who were nominated. I agree with Melati Abdul Hai, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of McDonald’s Malaysia, when she said, “the increase in nominations was an unmistakable sign that Malaysia has an immense pool of exceptional teachers that are willing to go the extra mile.”

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