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  • Sunday, 08 Feb 2015

Treasure hunt

THE Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) School of Arts and Science Alumni Society is organising a Treasure Hunt on March 7.

The treasure hunt is open to all TAR UC staff, students, alumni and their family members. Professional and master hunters are not eligible to take part in the hunt. Attractive prizes worth RM10,000 are up for grabs at the Hunt.

The hunt will start at TAR UC KL Main Campus at 9am and end at Carey Island at 5pm.

For more information, contact SN Tai (016-220 0058), Simon Kong (019-228 6418), Ted Lee (012-410 1763), Tracy Tee (012-387 1961) or 03-4145 0100/23 ext. 456 (Serene Ong) / ext. 354 (Jenson Ng).

Writing competition for students

Scholastic Malaysia, a subsidiary of the world’s largest children’s book publisher and distributor, Scholastic Inc., is holding its seventh annual Scholastic Writers’ Award, a writing competition that is open to all students across Malaysia and Singapore.

Recognised and supported by the Education Ministry, the Scholastic Writers’ Award aims to encourage literacy by providing an avenue for students to creatively express themselves in writing. Winning entries will be showcased in a published anthology, For Kids by Kids.

Scholastic Malaysia welcomes students aged 10 to 18 to join its annual Writers’ Award competition and to submit an original short story from the seven titles listed online. The submission deadline is May 31.

In addition to becoming published authors, this year’s two Grand Prize winners will also walk away with an Apple MacBook Air and US$200 (RM722) while their schools will receive a trophy and book vouchers worth US$500 (RM1,805) from Scholastic to equip their school libraries. The two first-runners up will win an Apple iPad Air and US$200 (RM722) each, while two second runners-up will take home an Apple iPad Mini and US$200 (RM722) each. The 12 honourable mentions will take home USD$100 (RM361) each.

To enter, students will have to submit their story through e-mail to along with an entry form.

For full details on the 2015 Scholastic Writers’ Award and entry forms, visit

Workshop on grief and loss

HELP University is organising an advanced workshop on grief and loss, facilitated by Prof Robert Neimeyer, an award winning author and clinical psychologist.

Its aim is to provide workshop participants with therapeutic practices, intervention techniques and content based on solid research in the field of grief and loss.

The workshop will be held at Wisma HELP, Jalan Dungun, Kuala Lumpur from March 28 to 30. For more information, e-mail

Speech and drama programme

THE Actors Studio Academy will be holding pre-school drama workshops, for children age three to six; and speech and drama classes for seven to 18-year-olds, every Saturday and Sunday. The pre-school programme will be conducted from 10am to 11am, and 11.15am to 12.15pm, while the speech and drama programme will be held from 10am to 12pm.

For more information contact or, or call 03 4047 9060.

Speak well

LEARN how to speak up and lead by joining the Malacca Toastmasters Club.

Through their regular meet-ups on the first and third Thursday of every month, they are offering opportunities for people interested in picking up communication, public speaking and leadership skills. Meetings are held at Semabok Inn, Malacca from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

For details, call 0126251533 (Erik Wee), 0166682502 (Lim Hui Ping), 0172796681 (Becky Tang).

IB information

THE International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) will host an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Information evening at it’s Ampang campus on Feb 10 at 7.30pm.

Prospective scholarship applicants who have completed the 2014 SPM examinations are encouraged to attend.

To confirm your attendance RSVP to or call 03 4259 5622.

Anniversary bash

ST Joseph’s School, Johor Baru is celebrating its 60th reunion dinner with its former teachers and students on Feb 14. The event will be held at the Persada Johor International Convention Centre at 7pm.

For details on the reunion, contact Paul Netto 012 722 5218, Donald Culas 012 711 3992 or Ng Chai Meng 016 794 0335.

Appeal for school donations

PINTAR Foundation is appealing to the public to donate cash to help students and schools affected by the floods. All donations from now until March 31 will ensure that students are equipped with basic items such as school uniforms, shoes, bags, stationery and exercise books.

The foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to bridging equity among rural and under-served schools in Malaysia. There are currently 385 schools under the foundation. Eighteen of them suffered in the recent floods.

To contribute, members of the public can visit the foundation’s website at, and donate cash via the online donation form.

Alternatively, transfer cash to the foundation’s Maybank account: 5642 5833 6274.

For more updates and information, follow the organisation on Facebook and Twitter: PINTAR Foundation.

Programme on national unity

THE Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) invites youths and young professionals aged 20 to 30 years old to apply for a special National Unity Youth Fellowship Programme.

The programme is run by IDEAS with the National Unity and National Integration Department at the Prime Minister’s Department.

The Youth Fellowship Programme aims to develop and support a group of 20 young leaders by providing them with the skills and knowledge to champion the moderation and national unity as envisioned in the Rukun Negara.

The Youth Fellows will participate in three training workshops and taught strategic planning, organising, messaging and advocacy.

They will also be given basic exposure to topics like integrity, ethnic and religious relations, nation building, economics, globalisation, radicalism and other relevant issues.

There will also be 11 engagement roundtables in which the Youth Fellows will meet directly with community and religious leaders in different parts of Malaysia to get first hand exposure of the real issues on the ground.

Candidates must be Malaysian citizens between 20 and 30 years old; be able to attend and participate actively in all activities; travel to different parts of the country; have a proven youth leadership record; and be committed to the values advocated by the Rukun Negara.

For more information, visit

Real estate course

THE International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), the Thai Real Estate Business School and the Thai Appraisal Foundation are organising a course called “Fundamentals of Mass Appraisal” from May 11 to 15, at the Arnoma Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

For more information email or, or visit

Materials competition

THE Institute of Materials, Malaysia and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Malaysia Chapter are jointly organising the Materials Lecture Competition 2015 on May 14.

The winner of this competition will represent Malaysia at the IOM3-UK Annual Young Persons Lecture Competition in Dublin in October.

The Materials Lecture Competition is open to all students under the age of 28 from Malaysian universities (except academic staff) who must deliver a 15-minute presentation on a topic related to Materials or Minerals Science and Engineering.

For details call:03 58823574, Fax: 03 5882 3524 or e-mail or log on to

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