Selasa, 26 Oktober 2010

World Cup 2010 - Paul the Octopus dies

Paul the Octopus, the cephalopod who became a global sensation after successfully predicting matches at the World Cup, has died peacefully in his sleep aged two.

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Stefan Porwoll, general manager of the Oberhausen Sea Life centre in Germany - where Paul made his predictions - confirmed the news.

"He died last night, a peaceful and natural death," Porwoll said.

Paul, who was born in January 2008 in Weymouth, correctly predicted the winner of all seven of Germany's matches at this summer's World Cup in South Africa. He then correctly chose Spain over the Netherlands before the final.

Paul made his predictions by choosing between two feed boxes which bore the flags of the two nations involved in the next match.

Time and again his predictions came true, transforming him into a global sensation who attracted big-money transfer offers after the tournament.

Yet the Oberhausen Sea Life centre insisted on keeping their star attraction - and are now devastated at the news of his passing.

"We all loved him and we will all truly miss him," added Porwoll.

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Guru bimbang pelajaran murid terjejas

SIBU, 26 Okt (Bernama) — Jabatan Pelajaran Negeri sedang memantau paras air Sungai Rajang yang kelihatan menurun hari demi hari.

“Kami amat bimbang keadaan ini akan memberi kesan kepada kehadiran murid di beberapa sekolah antara Nanga Merit dan Belaga di Bahagian Kapit.

“Kami juga bimbang kemungkinan kontraktor yang dilantik, tidak dapat menghantar bekalan makanan dan diesel pada masa yang ditetapkan,” kata pengarahnya Mortadza Alop kepada pemberita di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata terdapat 11 sekolah rendah dan dua sekolah menengah di Daerah Belaga, kawasan paling teruk terjejas oleh penurunan paras air sungai itu di Bahagian Kapit.

“Terdapat 45 sekolah rendah dan empat sekolah menengah lain di daerah Kapit serta dua sekolah menengah di daerah Song.

“Secara keseluruhannya, terdapat 8,000 pelajar sekolah menengah dan 12,000 pelajar sekolah rendah,” kata Mortadza. — BERNAMA

Tiga waris mangsa bot karam terima bantuan pendidikan

Posted on October 26, 2010, Tuesday

TATAU: Mangsa-mangsa bot karam yang terbunuh dalam tragedi hitam di Sungai Anap dekat sini pada 18 Oktober lalu terus mendapat perhatian pelbagai pihak dan organisasi di seluruh negeri.

Semalam, syarikat korporat Naim Holding Berhad dari Kuching turut tiba di sini untuk menghantar bantuan mereka yang berjumlah RM50,000 untuk ahli keluarga dan waris 13 orang mangsa yang terbunuh.

Pengurus Besar Kanan Perhubungan Awam, Jualan dan Pemasaran Naim Holding Berhad, Alaric Soh ketika mengumumkan mengenai sumbangan Naim Holding Berhad di Bilik Mesyuarat Pejabat Daerah Tatau di sini semalam memberitahu sumbangan itu juga termasuk untuk tiga penerima bagi membiayai persekolahan mereka.

Beliau mewakili syarikat itu berkata pihak Naim Holding Berhad melahirkan sedih dengan tragedi yang berlaku dan sumbangan yang diberikan itu merupakan sebahagian daripada Tanggungjawab Sosial Korporat (CSR) syarikat.

“Kesemuanya berjumlah RM50,000 dan daripada jumlah itu, RM20,000 akan diberikan kepada Desmond Roy Peter, 10, yang kehilangan ibu bapa dan adiknya dalam tragedi itu khusus untuk tabung pendidikannya sehingga dia berumur 18 tahun.

“Kita akan menjaga kebajikan dan membiayai pelajarannya melalui wang yang diperuntukkan itu dan sekiranya dia terus cemerlang dalam pelajaran sehingga berjaya memasuki universiti, pihak kita akan memberikan bantuan tambahan berupa biasiswa serta keperluan lain untuk persekolahannya,” ujar beliau.

Desmond kehilangan ibu bapanya Bremas Nyuweng, 26, dan Peter Julan,29 serta adiknya Sisa Peter, 3, dalam tragedi malang tersebut kini bersekolah dalam Tahun Empat.

Alaric berkata, di samping itu, pihaknya turut memberikan bantuan pendidikan berjumlah RM10,000 untuk Noria Lina Wilfred, pelajar tingkatan dua yang turut kehilangan bapanya dalam tragedi itu iaitu Wilfred Ukir Salleh, 56.

“Ini diikuti bantuan untuk Nickonimus Imang Jau, pelajar tahun satu iaitu anak kepada Jae Daeng, 43 yang turut ter-korban dalam tragedi itu,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, enam lagi waris akan turut menerima sumbangan berjumlah RM10,000 yang dibahagi sama rata daripada jumlah wang sumbangan itu iaitu terdiri daripada Fong Ai Ying, Leka Bom, Daniel Kho, Ibin Apeng, Sumping Minggat dan seorang lagi waris yang belum dinamakan.

Enam penerima itu adalah waris kepada lapan mangsa yang turut terkorban dalam tragedi itu iaitu waris kepada Wong Siew Guan (21 tahun); Meas Rengan (75 tahun); Undah Engkamat(23 tahun) bersama anaknya Jennifer Yak (10 bulan); Lily Manggi (38 tahun) dan anak Lenny Eben (10 tahun); Alicia Emelda Sumping (5 tahun) dan Empam Untam.

Terdahulu Desmond semasa ditanya mengenai cita-citanya oleh Alaric menjelaskan yang dia ingin berkhidmat sebagai anggota polis apabila dewasa kelak.

Sementara itu Pegawai Daerah Tatau, Nyurak Keti berkata, pihaknya amat berterima kasih kepada Naim Holding Berhad kerana begitu bermurah hati untuk membantu dan menyumbang kepada mangsa-mangsa tragedi terbabit.

Dalam perkembangan lain Ketua Menteri Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud dijangka akan ke daerah Tatau untuk menyampaikan sumbangan kepada 13 mangsa tragedi itu sekitar jam 2.30 petang Selasa.

Manakala Jabatan Tanah dan Survei (JTS) akan turut menyampaikan sumbangan untuk keluarga mendiang Wilfred Ukir Salleh yang merupakan kakitangan juru ukur JTS Bintulu sekitar jam 8.50 pagi di BDA Walk Up, Flat Jalan Tun Zaidi esok diikuti dengan majlis doa selamat untuk mangsa-mangsa yang terselamat dalam tragedi itu.

Majlis itu akan dihadiri oleh Pengarah Jabatan Tanah dan Survei Sarawak, Datu Sudarsono Osman.

Dalam tragedi ngeri pada 18 Oktober itu, bot ekspres yang dinaiki oleh semua mangsa karam di selekoh Sungai Anap di hadapan kem pembalakan

Kelebu pada jam 2.30 petang selepas juragannya cuba memintas bot penunda kayu balak yang dalam perjalanan ke hulu Kakus, 60 kilometer dari bandar Bintulu.

Tragedi itu menyebabkan 13 penumpang terkorban yang terdiri daripada orang dewasa, ka-nak-kanak dan bayi. Manakala 17 lagi penumpang terselamat.

Taib’s Secret Bomoh – Exclusive!

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 GMT

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Me, Dad and Ustaz ('teacher') on Uncle Taib's private jet - Yakub Tufail reveals the Bomoh's favoured family status on facebook!

Sarawak Report can reveal that the aging Chief Minister of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud, relies on a personal witchdoctor, or so-called Bomoh, to make all key personal and government decisions!

The extraordinary state of affairs, which has remained a carefully guarded secret among his entourage for many years, has now been explained in detail by insiders.

“He will always consult the Bomoh before he makes an important decision, like which minister to hire or fire, or which investments to make”, one senior politician has confided.

Black magic!

Another member of the inner circle, linked closely to the family, also described how one particular Bomoh (see right) had a ‘Rasputin-like’ hold over the superstitious Chief Minister for many years. This Bomoh died two years ago, shortly after the death of Taib’s wife Laila, and the 73 year old leader is said to be frantically searching for a new supernatural advisor, who he can trust to take him through the up-coming election period.

“He hired an interim Bomoh” one source explained, “but he clearly was not satisfied, as he has been going around Indonesia looking for a more powerful magician and he has just engaged a new one!”.

Bomoh’s are practitioners of ‘black magic’ and are widely condemned for exploiting simple people, who do not have access to modern science and education. Taib Mahmud’s dependence on such guidance can only be judged as unhealthy and malign.

Taib consults ‘demons’ to fight his enemies

Not so effective? Taib's new Bomohs were publicly at work praying loudly in favour of Tufail Mahmud during a court case this year.

The devotion to such a primitive cult also seriously undermines the Chief Minister’s claims to be a progressive force in Sarawak. Perhaps even more damaging is the impact on his carefully cultivated reputation as a devout Muslim. The Muslim faith strictly bans any consultation of these pre-Islamic practitioners of magic and dark arts, who are considered to be bad and dangerous. The majority Christian population of Sarawak will be equally dismayed for similar reasons.

The tradition of Bomohs derives from ancient witchdoctor cults based in the Indian sub-continent and these individuals claim to gain their ‘supernatural powers’ through doing business with ‘fallen angels’ or ‘djins’ (demons). The Islamic faith recognises the existence of such evil spirits, however it forbids attempting to make contact with them.

Indeed, Muslim teachers warn that to seek favours from Djins is to bargain with evil forces and that eventually these forces will extract a terrible price. Moreover, people who do consult such spirits are considered to be engaging them to do unacceptable harm to others and to be attempting to effectively ‘cheat in life’. Taib is believed to have sought to mobilise these forces against his political enemies and the insiders believe he is now using them in his current battle against the Malaysian PM, Najib Razak (who would dearly like the tarnished kleptocrat to step down before the next election).

Dependent on soothsaying

'Ustaz' - real identity Abdul Rahman Hazrat from Pakistan

The dismayed insiders have told Sarawak Report that they would be inclined to laugh at an old man’s obsession if the implications were not so alarming, given his position. The Bomoh who held Taib enthralled for over 30 years was always known in inner circles as ’Ustaz’ (meaning teacher). He would frequently accompany the Chief Minister, who, to conceal his real role, would refer to him publicly as ‘My Uncle’ .

Ustaz liked to boast that his black magic ‘talent’ was given from God. He claimed to be able to foresee the future, heal the sick and, crucially, make the right political and economic decisions.

“An advisor or family member might query some decision” said one of our sources, “but if Taib replied that the Bomoh had ruled on it, then they knew there could be no further argument”.

The death of Ustaz and the loss of this advice over political and economic decisions is said to have put immense pressure on the Chief Minister as he enters his 30th year in power still determined to fight another election.

Rise of a part-time shop-keeper

Ustaz, whose real name was Abdul Rahman Hazrat, never spoke fluent Malay. He arrived from Pakistan in the 1960s and according to our sources was selling rings, spectacles and Islamic items in the town of Sibu at the time that Datuk Stephen Kalong Ningkan was the first Chief Minister. Hazrat claimed to be the disciple of a 130 year old teacher, who is allegedly still residing in his home country, Pakistan.

Taib, then 28 and State Minister for Natural Resources in Nignkan’s cabinet, was apparently introduced to to the stall-holder by the late Datuk Awang Hipni, a Melanau State Minister from Matu-Daro. It was after the ambitious young minister was sacked after failing to get along with Nignkan, that he is said to have first turned to the bomoh for advice.

Key advice

Bottles of Djinn - in this black magic 'exorcism' Bomoh's were reported to have captured evil spirits and imprisoned them in jars. The Chief Minister would appear to be a believer.

Ustaz later confided that he told Taib not to confront Ningkan directly but to lobby for a ministerial post at Federal level and from there to plot the downfall of Ningkan. This he did and soon Taib was appointed by Tunku Abdul Rahman as a Deputy Minister in the Federal Cabinet.

People in the know describe how it was with the advice of Ustaz that Taib used this position to topple Ningkan and eventually to succeed him. The strategy was to first place Penghulu Tawi Sli as a puppet CM, who then passed the position to Taib’s uncle. According to Ustaz, Tun Rahman, a Melanau by race (just 4% of the population) could not succeed Ningkan directly for fear of a revolt from the Dayak community (about 50%).

The plan succeeded, according to people who have talked with Ustaz. Tun Rahman was appointed Chief Minister in 1968 and passed the post to his nephew Taib in 1981, 29 years ago. From then onwards Taib relied heavily on the Bomoh and kept him as his personal advisor.

Member of the Taib household

Grace and Favour Residence - The Bomoh's home in Sibu

Proud of being ‘personal advisor’ to the Chief Minister, Ustaz whispered to his friends in Sibu that Taib made arrangements for him to enjoy a comfortable life. To hide the relationship he continued to base the soothsayer in Sibu, where the Chief Minister’s younger brother Tufail was tasked with taking care of his needs.

The guru was bought a bungalow on Bandong Road and enjoyed an allowance of over RM 10,000 a month, courtesy of a timber company, whose main shareholder is Tufail. He was also supplied with a car and a driver, free services and a shop house at Cross Road where he was able to sell Islamic religious items.

Insiders say that if anything further was needed it was Tufail’s job to sort it out. Tufail, unlike some of Taib’s other brothers, apparently shares the Chief Minister’s interest in Black Magic.

However, whenever Taib had to decide anything of importance he would summon Ustaz to Kuching. The guru would usually make use of the Government-funded private jet, which Taib keeps for his own use and even had a special bedroom put aside for him in the ground floor of Taib’s home in Demak Jaya, right next to the Chief Minister’s office.

The Bomoh was transported in the Government Cessna jet reserved for the Chief Minister - described by his nephew Yakub (son of brother Tufail) as the fastest business jet currently flying.

The Bomoh would often stay at Demak Jaya for nights at a time, say those in the know, and when he was being consulted he would always rise early in the morning (often 3am) and start a laborious ceremony of prayer and meditation as he sought the guidance of the Djins (evil, dead spirits). Unnervingly, Ustaz was frequently considered by those around the Chief Minister to be able to provide very astute guidance.

“He was able to provide an intelligent and objective perspective of events and situations”, explains the political insider, “but I don’t call it supernatural, I call it much-needed common sense!”

Meanwhile, the Bomoh also offered the support of his magical powers around others of Taib’s inner circle. He would intercede in cases of illness to ‘discover from the spirits’ whether the sick person’s ‘time had come’. If this was the case he would under-take to ‘buy a little more time’ from the devils, so they could enjoy some more life. Unsurprisingly, family members were always grateful for this intercession at a time of need.

“He was always kind” says one beneficiary, “I don’t think it was a negative, evil influence. He just used his magic to help people”.

Bomoh used magic to help BN!

Azimat - On Taib's instructions these 'magic charms' have to be carried by all BN candidates to make voters 'warm' to them!

However, the Bomoh, with the encouragement of Taib, was not above using his magic in elections as well. All BN candidates in Sarawak were handed special amulets or ‘azimats’, designed to be carried in their pockets on the election stomp. The azimats were supposed to have the magical effect of making people who met the BN politicians warm to them and support them. However, it can be noted that Taib has never failed to take the insurance of also offering large amounts of cash to prospective voters as well.

Similar azimats were also handed to family and insiders for other occasions, such as to help pass examinations and achieve wealth and success. For those who believe in such old superstitions, such favours could be construed as attempting to gain an unfair advantage to Taib and his supporters, which was clearly Taib’s own intention.

Falling out

However, this relationship which was so close for many years did not end happily. Sarawak Report has received further fascinating inside information detailing how Taib fell out with his advisor in recent years, culminating in the old man’s return to Pakistan shortly before his death as a broken man.

The fact that insiders have been breaking ranks to inform Sarawak Report of such negative issues is being regarded by many as a sign that the Chief Minister’s grip on his party is failing. Others of a more superstitious bent may consider that he has lost his magic touch!

Source ; Sarawak Report.org

Kursus jangka pendek di Kolej Komuniti Miri

Lee (duduk dua kiri) dan Tan (dua kanan) semasa sidang media mengenai kursus jangka pendek di Kolej Komuniti Miri.

Oleh Hazel Lee

MIRI — Kolej Komuniti Miri sedia menawarkan kursus jangka pendek yang bersesuaian berdasarkan permintaan orang awam.

Menteri Muda Komunikasi dan Sukan, Datuk Lee Kim Shin berkata, sehubungan itu orang awam yang mempunyai cadangan mengenai kursus tertentu yang diperlukan, boleh mengemukakan cadangan itu kepada beliau atau pihak kolej.

Beliau berkata, setakat ini Kolej Komuniti Miri menawarkan kira-kira 13 kursus jangka pendek yang diadakan mulai semalam hingga pertengahan tahun 2011.

Antara kursus yang ditawarkan ialah keusahawanan, menaip, asas Excel dan Power Point 2007, asas solekan dan seni merias kuku, simen ferro, pastri dan kek, masakan menu barat, jahitan/sulaman, fotografi, gubahan bunga, pengurusan jenazah dan bahasa Inggeris untuk komunikasi.

“Kita sedia menerima cadangan daripada orang awam untuk mengadakan kursus lain yang bersesuaian. Kita akan berunding dengan kolej untuk mendapatkan tenaga pengajar yang mahir dalam bidang tersebut,” katanya semasa sidang media selepas mesyuarat dengan pengurusan Kolej Komuniti Miri di Bandar Baru Permyjaya di sini hari ini.

Hadir sama Pengarah Kolej Komuniti Miri, Tan Chee Kiong.

Menurut Lee, kursus ini terbuka kepada semua warga Malaysia dengan bayaran RM20 seorang untuk satu kursus dan percuma kepada warga emas yang berusia 60 tahun ke atas, ibu tunggal dan Orang Kurang Upaya (OKU).

“Tenaga pengajar merupakan dari kalangan pensyarah kolej dan pakar dalam industri berkenaan. Setiap peserta yang tamat kursus juga akan menerima sijil penyertaan,” katanya.

Sementara itu, kursus jangka panjang pula akan diadakan mulai Julai tahun depan.

Orang ramai yang berminat boleh mendaftar nama di Kolej Komuniti Miri di Jalan Permy Jaya Utama atau menghubungi 085 – 653545 untuk keterangan lanjut.

Dalam pada itu, Lee mencadangkan kepada kolej agar mengadakan forum awam untuk mendapatkan maklumbalas daripada orang awam mengenai kursus yang ideal.

Katanya, forum itu harus melibatkan semua golongan termasuk Dewan Perniagaan dan Perdagangan Cina Miri, ketua-ketua masyarakat dan orang awam.

Habis RM17,000 rawat rambut


MAHATHIR menunjukkan pakej rawatan rambut yang ditawarkan oleh pusat rawatan rambut Yun Nam Hair Care di George Town semalam.


GEORGE TOWN – Berhabis sehingga RM17,000 bagi merawat masalah rambut, namun hasil yang diperoleh mengecewakan.

Tidak berpuas hati dengan alasan yang diberikan pusat rawatan rambut Yun Nam Hair Care, juruteknik sebuah kilang di sini, Mahathir Taib, 24, memfailkan kesnya ke Tribunal Tuntutan Pengguna Malaysia (TTPM) di sini pada bulan lepas.

Dalam perbicaraan semalam, Presiden TTPM, Datuk A. Mutalib Mohd. Razak mengarahkan pusat rawatan rambut itu membayar ganti rugi RM1,500 serta memberikan 12 rawatan rambut percuma kepada Mahathir.

Dua wakil Yun Nam Hair Care turut hadir pada perbicaraan itu.

Dalam tuntutannya, Mahathir dari Sungai Petani, Kedah mendakwa tidak berpuas hati selain berasa terpedaya kerana tidak diberi penerangan yang jelas berhubung rawatan yang diterimanya.

Mahathir memberitahu, semasa pertama kali dia berkunjung ke pusat rawatan itu di sebuah pusat beli-belah di Bukit Mertajam dekat sini pada Oktober tahun lalu, dia diberitahu masalah rambutnya boleh dirawat lalu jururunding di situ menawarkan pakej rawatan berharga RM1,500.

Untuk pakej itu, dia menerima 10 kali sesi rawatan rambut menggunakan formula herba termasuk empat botol produk berharga RM216.

3rd - PESTA BERSAUG DALAT - 24.10.2010




















Photographer : Lucas Charlie Lawai

KURSUS YANG DITAWARKAN DI SMV/T TAHUN 2011

BIDANG TEKNIKAL
1 1101 KEJURUTERAAN MEKANIKAL
2 1201 KEJURUTERAAN ELEKTRIK
3 1301 KEJURUTERAN AWAM
4 1401 PERDAGANGAN
5 1602 AGROTEKNOLOGI


PENDIDIKAN VOKASIONAL
1 2101 AUTOMOTIF
2 2102 PENYEJUKAN DAN PENYAMANAN UDARA
3 2103 AMALAN BENGKEL MESIN
4 2104 KIMPALAN
5 2201 ELEKTRIK DAN ELEKTRONIK
6 2301 BINAAN BANGUNAN
7 2401 PENGURUSAN TEKNOLOGI PEJABAT
8 2402 PENGURUSAN PERNIAGAAN
9 2501 FESYEN
10 2502 KATERING
11 2503 SENI KECANTIKAN
12 2504 PERKEMBANGAN DAN PERKHIDMATAN KANAK-KANAK
13 2505 BAKERI
14 2506 PELANCONGAN
15 2601 HORTIKULTUR HIASAN DAN LANSKAP
16 2604 TEKNOLOGI TANAMAN
17 2605 AGROINDUSTRI TANAMAN
18 2606 AGROINDUSTRI TERNAKAN
19 2701 PENGATURCARAAN KOMPUTER

LATIHAN KEMAHIRAN
1 3101 PEMESINAN AM
2 3102 JURUKIMPAL
3 3103 PELUKIS PELAN KEJURUTERAAN MEKANIKAL
4 3104 MEKANIK KENDERAAN MOTOR
5 3105 MEKANIK PENYEJUKAN & PENYAMANAN UDARA
6 3201 FURNITURE MAKER
7 3202 JURUBINA BANGUNAN
8 3203 JURUBINA BANGUNAN BERASASKAN KAYU
9 3204 JURUPAIP
10 3205 PELUKIS PELAN SENIBINA
11 3206 WOOD PROCESSING AND FINISHING TECHNOLOGY (FURNITURE)*
12 3301 JURUTEKNIK ELEKTRIK
13 3302 JURUTEKNIK ELEKTRONIK INDUSTRI - PERALATAN
14 3304 JURUTEKNIK ELEKTRONIK AUDIO VISUAL
15 3501 DEMI CHEF
16 3502 PEMBUAT DAN MEREKA PAKAIAN WANITA
17 3503 PENDANDAN RAMBUT
18 3504 JURUKECANTIKAN
19 3601 JURUTEKNIK AKUAKULTUR
20 3602 JURUTEKNIK LADANG PERTANIAN
21 3801 PROGRAM INDUSTRI EKUIN ATAU EQUINE*
JUMLAH ALIRAN KEMAHIRAN
* Program Apprenticeship bersama Industri

2nd DAY - PESTA BERSAUG DALAT - 23.10.2010




















Guru BI dipantau 370 pakar luar



PENGAJARAN Bahasa Inggeris di sekolah bakal dipantau oleh pakar bahasa itu yang dibawa dari luar negara mulai tahun depan. - Gambar hiasan


MELAKA – Seramai 370 pakar bahasa Inggeris dari luar negara akan diambil bekerja untuk memantau pengajaran bahasa itu di sekolah-sekolah bagi merealisasikan pelaksanaan dasar memartabatkan Bahasa Melayu dan memperkukuhkan Bahasa Inggeris (MBMMBI) mulai tahun depan.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata, semua pakar tersebut akan memantau pengajaran bahasa Inggeris khususnya untuk pelajar tahun satu sekolah rendah di seluruh negara.

“Pengambilan pakar itu amat penting memandangkan usaha untuk memperkukuhkan bahasa Inggeris agak mencabar dan mereka akan melihat bagaimana guru-guru mendidik anak-anak kita dalam bahasa Inggeris,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada sesi dialog program Titipan Naluri bersama guru pelatih Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG) Melaka, Johor dan Negeri Sembilan di IPG Kampus Perempuan Melayu Melaka di sini semalam.

MBMMBI diperkenalkan bagi menggantikan Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam Bahasa Inggeris (PPSMI) yang akan dimansuhkan pada 2012.