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Johor HA start planing for future

JOHOR BARU — Johor HA(JHA) are preparing a team for next season’s Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).

JHA president Datuk Jais Sarday said 40 players, all from Johor and aged below 18, have been roped in to play for the state.

Jais said setting up a team was important because local players with talent will have an opportunity to showcase their talent on an elite stage like the MHL as well as to prepare for the 2020 Malaysia Games Johor will host.

“We are not setting any specific target. The main objective is to give the team exposure,” said the Education, Information, Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Committee chairman.

Jais was speaking at the launch of the Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) Under-21 Championship by Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Ibrahim.

During the launch, the total sponsorship received was RM1.45 million.

SOJC, held for the sixth year from Oct 31 to Nov 6 at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium, will see six teams — Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, England and Japan in action.

Malaysia will open their campaign against England. Followed by Australia (Nov 1), Pakistan (Nov 2), Japan (Nov 4) and New Zealand (Nov 5).

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Danial sends Bukit Jalil into final

KUALA LUMPUR — Bukit Jalil Sports School defied the odds to make the final of the Minister of Education League Cup (MELC) Under-14 event when they beat SMK Seri Kota 2-1 in an intense second leg, semifinals at Mini Stadium SMKSK in Bukit Serindit on Sunday.

Following a scoreless first leg at Bukit Jalil, the pressure was on Seri Kota to take advantage.

However, a brace from Danial Amaly (10th, 60th) made the difference for the visiting team. Seri Kota pulled one back in the 31st minute through Said Alif Akmal Jamaluddin but it was too late.

“The players continued in the same way as they had done in the first leg at home where we controlled possession,” said Bukit Jalil coach Wan Rohaimi Wan Ismail.

“We were better in front of goal this time and scored twice.

“The players showed a lot of commitment. They played seven games in nine days. After the first leg last week, we left for Bangkok where we played five matches before coming back for the return leg.”

Seri Kota coach Jeraie Sitan said the failure to stake their claim in the middle of the park cost them.

“The battle was always going to be in midfield and we lost out. That allowed Bukit Jalil to press us considerably,” said Jeraie.

In the Under-17 final, Bukit Jalil will take on SMK Seksyen 11 of Selangor who beat Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSMTMI) 2-1.

The Selangor side won 3-2 on aggregate.

The score at the end of regulation was 1-1 after Ahmad Anwar Fauzi’s 64th minute lead was cancelled out by an own goal from Amirul Naim Shahruddin in the 70th minute.

But Adim Muzahhir Saiful Rizuan emerged as Seksyen 11’s hero when he slotted home the winner in extratime.

The final match is on Oct 23 in Bandar Penawar.

Where are you, 
Teong Kim?

KUALA LUMPUR — FA of Malaysia (FAM) have yet to receive an explanation from National Football Development Programme (NFDP) project director Lim Teong Kim as to his conduct during a recent tour of South Korea.

Pohang Steelers, a club the Malaysian Under-14 faced during the tour, accused Teong Kim of refusing to proceed with the match after the first half on Sept 29.

Teong Kim was incensed Pohang had fielded three overaged players and while 4-0 down in the first half, did not appear for the second period.

The South Koreans sent a complaint letter saying they had informed Teong Kim of the overaged players prior to the match and offered to show their identifications, but their efforts fell on deaf ears.

Although Teong Kim has chosen to remain silent, National Sports Council director-general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail revealed they would be meeting with FAM to discuss the matter.

“We will go through what happened. We have to proceed even though we have not heard from Teong Kim as we need to reply to Pohang,” said Shapawi.

The 53-year-old Malacca born coach was brought into the NFDP setup in 2013.

He was highly sought after having worked with Bayern Munich for 12 years.

Among the players he coached there were attacking midfielder Thomas Muller and centreback Holger Badstuber.

“We have not decided on any action because we haven’t received an explanation,” said FAM general secretary Datuk Hamidin Abdul Hamid.

“We would like to wait for the response from NFDP before deciding what to do.”

Teong Kim has never been one to mince his words and we wears his emotions on his sleeve.

Last year he was shown a red card for remonstrating with officials during a friendly in Bukit Jalil.

It is the same passion he showed during a playing career which saw him win the 1989 SEA Games gold medal as well as three Malaysia Cup titles with Kuala Lumpur in 1987, 1988 and 1989.

Meanwhile, TV1 reported NFDP want Teong Kim to extend his contract for another three years with added responsibilities.

First will be as Director of Football at the Mokhtar Dahari National Football Academy in Gambang and second as head of the elite youth team in FAM.

NFDP lead director Safirul Azli Abu Bakar told the television channel: “The two roles will run concurrently. He will be tasked with overlooking the elite players from the Under-13, Under-14 and Under-15 from next year if the contract goes through.”

Previously, when contacted, Safirul had told Mailsport the matter pertaining to disciplinary action must go through Shapawi and Sports Minister
Khairy Jamaluddin.

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‘Make them’ count

IT is a mark of how far Tottenham have come that they start as favourites to win what could be a pivotal Champions League Group E fixture away to Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow (3am) despite the absence of key defender Toby Alderweireld.

In Alderweireld’s absence, Pochettino can either play Eric Dier or Kevin Wimmer alongside Jan Vertonghen
in defence.

Wimmer has been on the periphery this season but was a capable replacement
last term.

But Tottenham’s less than clinical finishing is a bigger worry and midfielder Dele Alli (below left) urged his teammates to “put their chances” away tomorrow.

“We played really well (against West Brom), maybe we didn’t put away the them we had but we were creating chances, which is always a positive. We have to do better in the Champions League,” said Alli.


Great minds to the fore

PETALING JAYA — Innovation took a more secure step into the country’s future with the launch of the Design Thinking Association of Malaysia (DTAM) at the Genovasi Foundation here yesterday.

Officiating the launch, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Nancy Shukri said Genovasi, launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in August 2012, played a pivotal role in delivering the Design Thinking (DT) methodology to cultivate a thinking culture.

“Under the stewardship of Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) the initiative’s i-Think Higher Order Thinking Skills Programme and the International Baccalaureate Middle Year Programme will ensure future generations of Malaysians possess the skills, qualities and aptitude to thrive in a 21st century workplace,” she said.

Nancy (centre) in a light-hearted pose during the DTAM launch at Genovasi’s

office in Petaling Jaya. On her right is AIM CEO Datuk Mark Rozario, with Genovasi CEO Datuk Lee Yew Meng standing next to him. On her left is Genovasi DT senior lead coach Mike Cannon. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim


OPERATORS who want their businesses licensed must comply with regulations set by local authorities. There will be no compromise on the safety and security of guests, says Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.


Govt staff among 3,500 trained at Genovasi

Since it began operations in February 2013, Genovasi has trained over 3,500 participants via government-sponsored training programmes.

Sixty per cent of them are employees of the public sector, including the Health Ministry, Education Ministry, and the Public Works Department.

The Design Thinking Association of Malaysia (DTAM) is a platform for the professionalisation of design thinking (DT) methodology usage, to further improve innovation culture for cross-industrial applications.

This enables DT practitioners to network, collaborate and advance the use of DT as a core problem-solving innovation skill, through a formal channel.

“DT has transformed the training for our public services sector, such as Genovasi’s collaboration with the National Institute of Public Administration, where all its administration and diplomatic officer cadets have been taught DT as a core competency since 2013,” Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Nancy Shukri said.

Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) chief executive officer Datuk Mark Rozario said Genovasi was the third school of its kind in the world, after the d.school, also known as the Stanford Centre for Professional Development at Standford University in the United States and the Hasso-Plattner Institute School of Design Thinking at Postdam University in Germany.

“There are a lot of DT enthusiasts who would then open up their own schools that are not necessarily under Genovasi,” Rozario said.

“By being a part of the DTAM, there are certain qualities and standards to adhere to when it comes to DT practice.”

Rozario said the response from organisations in the private sector that had sent their young executives to participate in the Genovasi programme had been enthusiastic.

“Everyone who come through this programme has been able to find some new tools in improving their professional capabilities. In some instances, it has changed their lives,” he said, adding some participants go on to start up their own DT-influenced consultancies or start-ups with their own ideas.

Rozario said more and more ministries and government agencies were starting to send their members for the Genovasi programme.

“Naturally, there is a need to ensure the upper management is convinced as well, such as our yearly three-day boot camp where two DT professors from Stanford educate senior civil servants and senior C-level executives, allowing them to gain some appreciation of what DT is all about,” he said.

Gathering minds
for design thinking

PETALING JAYA — Better management of organisations and response to change in the digital landscape can be fully achieved with one’s ability to absorb the power of design thinking (DT).

This design thinking methodology has enabled many in the public and private sector to think innovatively on a professional level since its inception in 2013.

“Design thinking programmes and its flagship Innovation Ambassador Development Programme (IADP) has resulted in the greatest benefit to its public sector participants,” said Genovasi Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Lee Yew Meng yesterday.

“Since opening our doors in February 2013, over 3,500 have joined, 70 per cent of whom are administration and diplomatic officers from the National Institute of Public Administration as well as various in-service government personnel, with the rest from government-linked companies and the private sector,” he said.

Working in concert with their peers in Germany’s Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Postdam and the United States Standford Centre for Professional Development at the famed Stanford University, Genovasi sought to realise the government’s objective for a first class public delivery service, starting from the front counter.

Guided by Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM), Lee said Genovasi had engaged in various endeavours, such as the ongoing collaboration with the government’s National Blue Ocean Strategy unit, aiming to provide up to 21 services in a single Urban Transformation Centre counter.

“That is a pursuit in good governance. It is as judicious to provide as best a public delivery service as it is an independent judiciary or a professional police force,” he said.

Lee is a realist when it came to the formation of the Design Thinking Association Malaysia (DTAM).

“DTAM’s primary role is to defend and promote authentic design thinking practices,” he said.

“Our peers at the HPI raised this concern, which we share as well. They felt people who attended their five-day courses may not be able to practise DT adequately,” he said.

“Even though the methodology is well-researched and well-packaged, if a person is not properly trained in DT or practises it, it could lead to a negative impression of the methodology,” he said.

By functioning as a formal channel for DT practitioners to conduct networking and collaborations while advocating its use as a core problem-solving innovation skill, Lee said DTAM would safeguard the methodology, ensuring proper forms are adhered to.

“Ultimately, our objective is to ensure DT becomes the core competency among as many Malaysians as possible, as this can enhance the application of any experience, training and skill sets they have,” he said.

Nazri: No compromise on safety in homestays

GEORGE TOWN — Operators of homestays and guesthouses protesting outside the venue of the World Tourism Conference yesterday over the state government’s refusal to legalise them, failed to make a dent.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said they must abide by the requirements of the local authorities for the safety and security of their guests.

“They have to understand that they are taking people to live there. Their safety and security must be a priority,” he told reporters after delivering the keynote address at the conference at Eastern & Oriental Hotel.

“In order for them to obtain the operating licence, they have to comply the regulations of the local government.”

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai agreed with Nazri.

He also insisted that operators contributed financially to the government just as hotels were doing.

Taleb said there should be a fair playing field and homestay operators should also pay taxes.

“Once in Paris, a landlord said she could not afford to pay the taxes but upon checks by the local government, they found that she was operating about 50 units used for short term rentals,” he said.

“Any sort of tax payment should be imposed on them, United Kingdom is having it for personal income rather than commercial income. Here it should be done too.”

Taleb stressed the need for the operators to comply with the minimum standards especially in hygiene and security requirements.

He said operators should not be excused from the requirements in order to run the business.

Some 50 homestay operators held the protest to urge the state government to legalise their short term rental operations.

Their spokesman, Ong Hock Soon, 38, said the operators were currtently operating on temporary licence which would expire by the end of the month.

He said their application for a licence had been rejected.

“We hope the state will reconsider our application, we earn a living from this and our livelihood will be affected if the authorities reject our applications,” he said.

There are about 200 operators in the state who are yet to be given a permanent operating license due to their failure to comply with the safety regulations of the local government.

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