MALAYSIA IS TOP
Kuala Lumpur beats 130 others to retain title for third year
TEH ATHIRA YUSOF KUALA LUMPUR firstname.lastname@example.org
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.