Compiled by C. ARUNO, MARTIN CARVALHO and R. ARAVINTHAN
EDUCATIONIST group United Chinese School Teachers’ Association (Jiao Zong) is urging that failed applicants of the Bachelor of Education (PISMP-UEC) programme be given a second chance to fill up remaining vacant spots, reports Sin Chew Daily.
Its president Cheah Lek Aee said the group received letters from some 30 Unified Examinations Certificate (UEC) graduates saying that they failed both the application and the appeal for their application to be re-considered.
“If the PISMP-UEC programme still has vacancies, I sincerely plead with the Education Ministry to give these applicants a second chance,” he told the daily.
On July 14, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon announced that the PISMP-UEC programme was once again open for applications, with 20 spots available for grabs.
However, he pointed out that they have never been completely filled up.
Over the last 10 years, there were 200 places allocated but the Ministry had only managed to recruit 55 UEC graduates.
The PISMP-UEC programme remains the only way for a UEC graduate to join civil service.
It was championed by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong who once served as the Deputy Education Minister.
His effort came to fruition when it was implemented in 2011.
> Filmmakers of crime-thriller The White Storm 3 incurred an estimated extra cost of HK$10mil (RM5.42mil) to build a new film set after plans to film in Thailand were scrapped due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sin Chew Daily reported.
The film, which starred big names such as Aaron Kwok, Louis Koo and Sean Lau, was shot at what is known as the “Thai Village” in Hong Kong built to look like streets in Thailand.
According to sources involved in the production, the props were constructed in China before being shipped to the film set in Hong Kong for assembly.
The White Storm 3 is directed by Herman Yau and serves as the sequel to the 2019 The White Storm 2: Drug Lords.
Production for the film began officially in June this year.
> Taiwanese singer Hebe Tien was seen celebrating her grandfather’s receipt of the “Model Father Figure” award after beating 16 other nominees from other villages, Sin Chew Daily reported.
The 38-year-old was spotted in a photo along with other family members while holding up a card which read “Love You”.
On July 29, Tien and her parents travelled to Hsinchu city to attend the grandfather’s award ceremony.
The grandfather Song Zengtu loves dancing, holds dance classes for other senior citizens in his community and has even once won a dance competition representing Hsinchu city.
Song worked as a farmer and has six sons and three daughters and is known to provide job opportunities to members in his community who had fallen on hard times.
Tien is a member of popular Taiwanese all-girl trio S.H.E together with Ella Chen and Selena Jen.
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.