Kuala Lumpur beats 130 oth­ers to re­tain ti­tle for third year

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MALAYSIA has re­tained its top spot among 130 coun­tries as the favoured coun­try by Mus­lim trav­ellers. Ac­cord­ing to a press state­ment by Mastercard-Cres­cen­tRat­ing, Malaysia has been lead­ing in the Global Mus­lim Travel Index (GMTI) for three con­sec­u­tive years since 2015.

Malaysia sur­passed coun­tries, in­clud­ing United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) and In­done­sia, un­der the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC).

Sin­ga­pore emerged first fol­lowed by Thai­land, the United King­dom, South Africa and Hong Kong as the top five non-OIC des­ti­na­tions for Mus­lim vis­i­tors.

The sur­vey also found In­done­sia, Ja­pan and Tai­wan with the big­gest im­prove­ments in rank­ing on the over­all top 10 coun­tries in

“It is vi­tal for us to guide and nur­ture stu­dents even if they don’t co­op­er­ate well with you,” said Saidi, who has been teach­ing at SK Yaa­cob Latif 1 here for seven years.

Yeo Lay Hoon, an English teacher from SMK Seri Bin­tang Utara here said she al­ways en­cour­aged her stu­dents to come for­ward dur­ing lessons and ask ques­tions.

“I don’t want my stu­dents to be shy or hide from teach­ers as they will miss out on learn­ing.

“I love be­ing with chil­dren. I want them to grow and show progress. If they come up to me, I am more than happy to help,” said the three-time Ex­cel­lence in Teach­ing award re­cip­i­ent.

“I am happy and hon­oured that all my hard work has paid off and is recog­nised by my col­leagues and the Cheras Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion (YPC),” she said.

Dur­ing the Bes­tari Teacher Awards cer­e­mony, 56 ed­u­ca­tors from six cat­e­gories were awarded Bes­tari Teacher Award, Spe­cial Award for Ed­u­ca­tional De­vel­op­ment, Spe­cial Award for School’s Par­ents and Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion, Spe­cial Award for Head­mas­ter’s Lead­er­ship, Spe­cial Award for Prin­ci­pal’s Lead­er­ship and Spe­cial Award for YPC Chair­man.

The event, or­gan­ised by YPC, was launched by the Prime Min­is­ter’s wife, Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor.

Award re­cip­i­ents also re­ceived a tro­phy, a cer­tifi­cate, RM1,000 and an iPhone.

YPC contributed an amount of RM370,000 to 37 schools.

Ros­mah re­ceived the ex­em­plary award from YPC for her ef­forts in in­no­va­tion for chil­dren’s de­vel­op­ment.

Ros­mah, who is also the Per­mata pro­gramme pa­tron, was awarded for her ideas and lead­er­ship in fight­ing for is­sues re­lated to ed­u­ca­tion and un­lock­ing po­ten­tials in chil­dren.

Ros­mah was recog­nised through her pro­grammes such as Per­mata Ne­gara, Per­mata Kur­nia, Per­mata Pin­tar, Per­mata In­san, Per­mata Seni and also for cre­at­ing aware­ness in fight­ing against sex­ual crimes in­volv­ing chil­dren.

She also re­ceived a tro­phy and RM100,000 funds from YPC for Yayasan Per­mata Malaysia.

“This award was cre­ated in 2001 by YPC and it is the high­est recog­ni­tion for ed­u­ca­tors.

“I am pleased with this ini­tia­tive, which shows the de­ter­mi­na­tion and com­mit­ment by the YPC to as­sist the gov­ern­ment in em­pow­er­ing teach­ers and strength­en­ing this coun­try’s ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

“Hope­fully this award will push ed­u­ca­tors in Malaysia to be more ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive,” said Ros­mah dur­ing her speech at the award cer­e­mony here yes­ter­day.

Present were Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Ab­dul Jalil, YPC chair­man Datuk Sri Syed Ali Al­hab­shee and Ber­jaya Group founder Tan Sri Vin­cent Tan.


The prime min­is­ter’s wife and Per­mata pa­tron Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor and Cheras Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Syed Ali Al­hab­shee (third from left) with award re­cip­i­ents in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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