Irrelevant varsity subjects dropped


Compiled by DEREK YONG, OH ING YEEN and R. ARAVINTHAN

As many as 38 university programmes, mostly in science and engineering, have been cancelled due to their decreased relevance to the current and future progress of Malaysian industries, reported Berita Harian.

The programmes were offered by 19 public universities which were also assessing other subjects.

Higher Education Department director-general Datin Paduka Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir (pic) said the move was in line with efforts to ensure graduates could find jobs that were related to their qualifications.

Among the programmes dropped are those related to sports psychology, entrepreneurship and commerce, animation and creative technology, and electric and electronic telecommunication engineering.

Siti Hamisah said the programmes needed to be replaced with new ones to meet the needs of industries.

> Prize money of between RM5,000 and RM165,000 is a huge motivating factor behind illegal motorcycle racing, reported Harian Metro.

An illegal racer, who wanted to be known as Danny, said he could earn up to RM6,000 a month if he wins races.

He said the amount was 10% of the bets and he only raced when the bets were between RM5,000 and RM160,000.

Danny said he was a “jockey” and belonged to a group of riders based in a workshop since two years ago.

He continues to race despite having been arrested by the police three times already.

“One-on-one races involve bigger bets, which are managed by workshop owners.

“I have raced in many locations, ” he added, naming Kuala Lumpur, Perak and multiple locations in Selangor.



> Actress Ruhainies (pic) felt hurt by criticisms on social media that her relationship with “Mr E Johan” would not last, reported Berita Harian.

In an interview, Ruhainies drew a distinction between healthy and unreasonable criticism.

“I can’t always be praised because I’m not a perfect human being. When I am criticised, it means that other people are observing and concerned about my life.

“However, it is unreasonable when certain people speak as if they are hoping that my relationship will not last, ” she said.

• The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.


   

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