Congratulations to team Malaysia at IJSO 2019

The Malaysian team won one Silver Medal and five Bronze Medals at the International Junior Science Olympiad 2019 (IJSO 2019) that took place in Doha, Qatar from 3rd to 12th December 2019.

This good news is reported in The Star today:

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/12/20/teenagers-make-malaysia-proud

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Congratulations to all team members, as well as the team leaders Mrs. Anis Shahira and Ms. Nur Fadhilah. Both of them are team members at ArdentEdu, the organizer of the Malaysian IJSO program.

Thank you to all coaches, family members, teachers and supporters who have contributed towards the Malaysian IJSO success.

The Malaysian IJSO program consists of several events throughout the year:

  • Kancil Science Competition (Kancil) — the preliminary round for the IJSO program, held annually in May. Kancil is open to all primary and secondary students, but only winners from the lower secondary category are invited to the IJSO program, as the IJSO is only open to students 15 years old and younger. The Kancil contest is run remotely at students own school, and is endorsed by the Ministry of Education;

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  • Malaysian Junior Science Olympiad (MyJSO) — the final selection round for IJSO. MyJSO is organized at a centralized venue for one day. The participation is by invitation only, among the winners of Kancil. The MyJSO format includes an MCQ paper, a Theory paper, and an Experiment paper, as per the IJSO format;

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  • IJSO Training Camps — the top winners from MyJSO are invited to a series of training camps that are held for about one week each. Students are given lectures on scientific topics, as well as tutorials and lab experiments, in the topics of physics, chemistry, and biology. Bear in mind that IJSO candidates are in Form 3 or younger, yet students in the Malaysian national school system do not encounter the three subjects as standalone subjects (but rather as a single Science subject) until they are in Form 4, which makes the training program even more demanding.

For those interested to learn more about the program, or to participate in Kancil 2020, do visit the official site of Kancil at https://kancilscience.my/

Kancil 2020 will take place on 5 May 2020. Mark your calendar!

 

About the IJSO

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From the official website (http://www.ijsoweb.org/):

The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is an annual individual and team competition in the Natural Sciences for students who are under sixteen years old on 31st December of the competition year. IJSO has been established in recognition of the significance of the Natural Sciences in the general education of young people and in all aspects of their lives. It is a purely educational event.

Our Aims

  • To promote and reward the pursuit of excellence in scientific endeavor.
  • To challenge, stimulate and encourage gifted students to further develop their talents in Natural Sciences.
  • To create friendship and relationships among students around the world from an early age.

Our Objectives

  •  To stimulate the active interest of students in the Natural Sciences.
  •  To promote their careers as scientists.
  •  To enhance and develop international contacts in the Natural Sciences.
  •  To promote future scientific collaboration.
  •  To encourage the formation of friendships within the scientific community.
  •  To offer the opportunity to compare the syllabi and educational trends in science education within the participating countries.

Welcome back

My wife Shazni is part of Operation Star Light, a mission of the Malaysian Armed Forces to set up a field hospital in the Rohingya refugee camp situated at the resort town of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

The camp housed several million displaced Rohingyas fleeing prosecution from nearby Myanmar.

The Malaysian Field Hospital (MFH) was set up by the Malaysian Government under the purview of the Ministry of Defense. It is funded jointly by Malaysia and other national governments, with help from the host country Bangladesh.

It is a full-service hospital complete with a clinic, an operation theater, wards, and an ICU.

My wife runs the MFH obstetrics & gynaecology department for the past 3 months (she’s an O&G specialist). This is a video of her team in action:

The MFH was set up two years ago and will continue to operate until 2021. The hospital officers and staff are members of the Kor Kesihatan Diraja (Royal Medical Corps), sent in batches on a rotating basis: my wife is part of the 4th batch, which started service at the end of August 2019.

She has completed her tour of duty and will be back in KL in a few hours. I am leaving home shortly to pick her up from the airport.

Welcome back!

It has been fun being a “single” parent with a toddler for the past 3 months during her deployment, and as a result, I grew very close to my son. Although before her departure, we dreaded her being away for months, Alhamdulillah everything worked out pretty well for our family.

Well done to our men and women in green, who not only serve our country honorably abroad, but also putting forth selfless service towards the sick, the oppressed and the needy, regardless of where they are, and where they came from.

A service for humanity.

First Post

Hello everyone

This is my newest personal website, the third after the defunct BAL website (bal.mit.edu) and the previous WordPress site, which I have cleaned out and restarted.

I plan to write serious opinion pieces as well as less-serious takes on various issues, and occasionally updates on my various projects.

Stay tuned!

PS: Congratulations to Khairul Anwar (Bird), CEO of Pandai.org, the company we co-founded, for winning the 2019 SUPERB grant worth RM500,000.

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