Wednesday, December 21, 2011


International conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12-13 December 2011

With the advent of rapid globalization, emergence of information and communication technology (ICT) and international and regional competitions, significant challenges are faced by the education systems in the changing world of work, calling for the reorientation of Educators’ development, particularly in the TVET sector.

Within this context, the international conference on Preparing TVET educators for the Next Generation aims to reflect on the significance of global challenges in TVET Educators’ development. The meeting, which will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 12-13 December 2011, is organized by Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education(CPSC) (Manila, Philippines), UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre (Bonn, Germany), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit(GIZ) (Magdeburg, Germany) and the Department of Polytechnic Education, Ministry of Higher Education (Malaysia), and in collaboration with various partner organizations through EDUEXPO 2011.

The international conference will be attended by experts representing CPSC member countries in the Asia-Pacific region, national policy makers, curriculum planners and teacher educators, as well as the UNEVOC Network members. UNESCO-UNEVOC furthermore invited experts from the 5 different regions to also participate in the debate. The international conference has been designed to promote regional coordination and synergy, and its wide scope will ensure “TVET Educators’ Development” becomes a key part of the agenda to be followed for greening TVET.

Considering the recommendations made by decision makers and educators during previous UNESCO-UNEVOC International Consultation Meetings, the international conference aims to:

Reflect on the significance of global challenges in TVET Educators’ development;
Examine the emerging issues and challenges in TVET in training and developing educators;
Share innovative concepts and models in TVET Educators’ training and development; and
Promote best practices and approaches in TVET Educators’ development through cross-sharing of experiences.

Through this international conference, the quad partite organizers and its partner institutions strive to stimulate efforts and participation in discussions among decision makers, policy implementers, senior administrators, curriculum developers, and academic professionals to build awareness and information on emerging issues and cooperation frameworks for TVET Educators’ development

The meeting is expected to lead to policy recommendations regarding the strengthening of teacher education and training in view of the changing world of work, followed by a plan of action on how to implement the recommendations.

Information about the conference


News International IT contractor questioned over deleted emails

Keith Vaz orders Indian-based firm to reveal knowledge of emails that may reveal scale of phone hacking

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Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, Thursday 28 July 2011
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Keith Vaz
Keith Vaz, chairman of the home affairs select committee, has written to Indian-based IT firm HCL Technologies. Photograph: PA

One of News International's main technology contractors has been ordered by the home affairs select committee to answer questions by tomorrow about its knowledge of the deletion of emails seen as vital to discovering the scale of phone hacking at the newspaper company.

The letter has been sent to HCL Technologies, based in India, by Keith Vaz, the chairman of the home affairs select committee, after what was regarded by some committee members as narrow, to the point of partial, answers by the firm to a previous inquiry by the committee.

There have been allegations, denied by the company, that it has knowledge of the destruction of emails vital to the inquiry into phone hacking .

The exchanges about deletion of emails is a test case of whether News International is now encouraging co-operation with the authorities, including the police and parliament, or whether elements are trying to conceal an earlier cover-up that may have occured at the newspaper group.

Vaz yesterday sent a fresh letter to the Indian firm after initial correspondence prompted the company to insist it had deleted no stored emails. HCL has confirmed to the committee it still has a five year contract with News International signed in 2009.

Labour MP Tom Watson had previously claimed there had been an attempt to destroy News International data at the HCL storage facility in Chennai, India.

However, HCL Technologies said: "We categorically confirm that HCL Technologies does not and has not stored any data either in the UK or anywhere else in the world."

HCL Technologies chief executive Vineet Nayar said at press conference in India: "We have not stored any email data in India or anywhere else in the world. That responsibility is with some other vendor that News International has a contract with."

Vaz has written a fresh letter to HCL asking:

• When the police first contacted HCL Technologies regarding News International?

• Whether HCL Technologies holds or has held any other types of information for News International?

• Whether News International has ever asked HCL Technologies to instruct them on how to delete any kind of information?

• If this was the case, when did this occur?"

It is likely the committee will also be asking HCL whether it knows the identity of the other vendor to which the HCL chief executive referred.




Malaysia now the first country in ASEAN and developing countries to be accepted as Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) Authorising Participant member, a prestigious status within an elite group of only 15 countries worldwide

(KUALA LUMPUR) – CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI), today announced that Malaysia has been awarded the prestigious status of Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) Certificate Authorising Participant member. The official announcement was declared by the Chairman of Common Criteria Management Committee’s Mr. Dag Ströman during the opening ceremony of the 12th International Common Criteria Conference (12th ICCC) at the One World Hotel in Petaling Jaya earlier today.

“We are truly proud and honored that Malaysia, through CyberSecurity Malaysia, has achieved the International Common Criteria Committee’s recognition as a Certificate Authorising Participant member, the first in ASEAN and developing country to attain such status and to join an elite group of only 15 countries worldwide,” said Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia.

“With this recognition, Malaysia has proven its capabilities to the world in the field of information security. This would further bolster Malaysia’s competitiveness in quality assurance of information security based on the Common Criteria standard and build enduser confidence towards Malaysian information security solutions,” he added.

CyberSecurity Malaysia through its Malaysian Common Criteria Evaluation and Certification (MyCC) Scheme is now able to issue Common Criteria (ISO15408) certificates on ICT products, which are immediately recognized by all Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) member countries consisting of 26 countries worldwide. A Common Criteria evaluation provides an independent review and analysis of a product’s security against a defined set of assurance requirements. The independent security evaluation serves to determine the level of security and assurance of various ICT products including software, firmware and hardware as claim by the vendors.

In his keynote address, Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus highlighted that Malaysia’s ICT security services market is estimated to grow further to more than RM400 million by the year 2014. With the new Common Criteria member status, Malaysia’s ICT industry is set to grow even aggressively. He also urged captains of the industry to participate in the newly formed Global Cyber Security Alliance (GCSA) to drive cyber security as a new source of economic growth for Malaysia and to reinforce the capability and capacity of cyber security around the world.

Speaking to journalists after the opening ceremony, CyberSecurity Malaysia Chief Executive Officer Lt Col Prof Dato’ Husin Jazri (Retired) said that Malaysia can look ahead to offer ICT security assurance services to the ASEAN region as well as Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member Countries.

“The Common Criteria (CC) recognition has put certified Malaysian ICT products in good stead to penetrate international ICT markets, including government sectors which demand rigorous independent analysis and stringent certification process. Malaysian ICT products today can leverage the CC benchmark to compete effectively against similar categories of products on the global ICT market”, said Prof Dato’ Husin. “We call upon Malaysian ICT companies to approach CyberSecurity Malaysia to learn more about the Common Criteria Certification process and how it can benefit their product marketing edge.”

The three-day conference, hosted by CyberSecurity Malaysia, was officiated by Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia. 12 th ICCC is a major event by the global ICT security industry which facilitates valuable knowledge sharing among the region’s top technology security experts from various established certification bodies and evaluation laboratories. Some of the world’s most prominent chief technologists, policy makers, and product developers converged here today to exchange policies and ideas on the specification, development, evaluation and certification of ICT security products. The annual conference brings together Certification Bodies, Evaluation Laboratories, Experts, Policy Makers, and Product Developers from across the globe to discuss issues, updates in security evaluation, certification process and standards.

12 th ICCC is supported and sponsored by various partners such as MyCEB (Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau), SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation), INNOVATIVE INTELLIGENT INFORMATION MANAGEMENT LLC, Sdn Bhd, Microsoft, and Symantec Co.

For more Information on 12 th ICCC, please visit

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Malaysia gains new international ICT security status
AvantiKumar | Sept. 28, 2011

Malaysia being accepted as Authorising Participant member of CCRA

PHOTO - (From Left) Dag Ströman, Chairman of Common Criteria Management Committee, YB Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili and CyberSecurity Malaysia CEO, Lt Col Prof Dato' Husin Jazri

Malaysia is the first country in ASEAN and developing countries to be recognised as 'Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) Authorising Participant member.' The new ICT security status was announced during the 12th International Common Criteria Conference [12thICCC] in Malaysia.

Malaysia joins a group of just 15 countries worldwide, said the Common Criteria Management Committee's chairman, Dag Ströman, speaking on 27 September 2011.

Ströman said government agency CyberSecurity Malaysia, through its Malaysian Common Criteria Evaluation and Certification (MyCC) Scheme, is now able to issue Common Criteria (ISO15408) certificates on ICT products, which are immediately recognised by all Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) member countries, consisting of 26 countries worldwide.

"We are truly proud and honoured that Malaysia, through CyberSecurity Malaysia, has achieved the International Common Criteria Committee's recognition as a Certificate Authorising Participant member, the first in ASEAN and developing countries to attain such status and to join an elite group of only 15 countries worldwide," said Malaysia's Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI) minister, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili.

"With this recognition, Malaysia has proven its capabilities to the world in the field of information security," said Dr Maximus. "This would further bolster Malaysia's competitiveness in quality assurance of information security based on the Common Criteria standard and build end-user confidence towards Malaysian information security solutions."

He said that a Common Criteria evaluation provided an independent review and analysis of a product's security against a defined set of assurance requirements. "The independent security evaluation serves to determine the level of security and assurance of various ICT products including software, firmware and hardware as claim by the vendors."

The three-day conference, hosted by CyberSecurity Malaysia, was officiated by the MOSTI minister. 12thICCC is a major event by the global ICT security industry, which facilitates knowledge sharing among the region's top technology security experts from various established certification bodies and evaluation laboratories.


Scope International ICT Competition

By Rovina Akmal Lazarus
Published 14 December 2007

Scope International ICT Competition

Cool concepts take top spots

KUALA LUMPUR: Two high-technology concepts, that would benefit the visually handicapped if put into production, won top prizes at the Standard Chartered Bank ICT Competition last month.

One is a modified cane which uses GPS (global positioning system) technology and a Bluetooth wireless headset to help a blind person to better find his way around.

The other is a device that uses ultraviolet light and photodiode detection technology to help the sightless, especially those running a trade, to detect counterfeit money.

Technopreneurs Mun Yee Phang and Jason Lee from the two-man Columbus team, designed the cane and won RM 15,000 cash, a plaque, and a certificate of excellence. They were tops in the professional category of the contest.

Quah Kah Hin, Chen Say Hong and Hooi Ling Goh of Unversity Kebangsaan Malaysia, forming the UV-ICU team, came up with the counterfeit-money detector and took first place in the students category. They went home with RM12,000 cash, plaque and certificate of excellence.

Five teams each from the professional and student categories were shortlisted for the final round of judging.

Scope International (M) Sdn Bhd, a wolly owned subsidiary of Britain’s Standard Chartered Bank, organized the competition.

The contest is aimed at spurring ICT (information and communications technology) development amongst university students and ICT professionals; helping to increase the country’s pool of knowledge workers, and encouraging more students to enroll in ICT-related courses.

“It reinforces our belief that there is an abundance of Malaysian talent that can implement innovative ICT solutions and services that are second to none,” said Arif Siddiqui, chief information officer or Scope International.

The inaugural competition attracted 350 participants who submitted 145 entries – 109 for the professional category and 36 for the student segment.

Shortlisted entries included those from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Curtin University of Technology, University Teknologi Petronas Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology, and Tunku Abdul Rahman College.

Source: Star InTech, January 3, 2007


Chinese Version MOLePoints Payment System Launched

By NewsCentre Administrator
Published 13 February 2008
MSC Malaysia Status

Source: Bernama

Chinese Version MOLePoints Payment System Launched

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 (Bernama) -- MOL AccessPortal Bhd (MOL), a MSC Status company has introduced a Chinese language version of the MOLePoints micropayment system in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations.

The new version enables consumers who are Chinese-literate to perform online transactions without credit cards and provides a whole new experience of purchasing products and services online.

In a statement today, the company's chief executive officer Ganesh Kumar Bangah said that the Chinese market was a huge and an untapped market for MOL AccessPortal.

The company which specialises in Internet media and e-commerce, has three subsidiaries involved in the provision of media content and online payment services.

One of the key range of products on one of its operating programmes, MOLePoints, is a suite of more than 80 massively multiplayer online role playing games.

The launch of MOLePoints in Chinese would allow the company to tap a significant percentage of the market and also grow the gaming industry in Malaysia, Ganesh said.

In conjunction with the launch of MOLePoints in Chinese, MOL also announced a few new payment channels targeting the Greater China market, namely China UnionPay, China Post and a soon to be launched Bank of Taiwan payment option.


SHARJAH, 15 January, 2008 (Tuesday) – Multimedia Development Corporation’s (MDeC) chief executive officer Dato' Badlisham Ghazali (picture) today praised the efforts of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) in spearheading the initiative for the ICT industry to penetrate the Middle East market following the success of the MSC Malaysia delegation to the inaugural Malaysia Services Exhibition 2008 held in Sharjah this week.

Discussing how Malaysian technology companies are furthering their role as key providers of services to Arab businesses, Badlisham maintained that Malaysia’s ability to provide what he dubbed the four C’s – Credible, Comprehensive, Cutting-edge and Cost-competitive – has transformed the country’s IT industry into a world competitor.

“MSC Malaysia-status companies have the expertise, they have the human talent, and they have the experience. As the new world specialist, we have the tools, the cultural affinity and the capabilities to develop this region’s potential. Personally, I believe that we both can benefit from one another in terms of knowledge transfer and technology adoption,” added Badlisham.

“We’ve risen to become the third largest outsourcing hub worldwide (after India and China), thanks to our skills, our experience, and our ability to adapt to the changing needs of businesses and the technology sector,” explained Badlisham.

“This week we have had only 10 of the couple of thousand companies that MDeC represents, and yet we’ve managed to create such a strong interest around our capabilities and what we have to offer to the new world, emerging markets such as the Middle East.”

Generating over 99 business meetings and a number of agreements, including a memorandum of understanding between security solutions provider Extol and BenZ International for the MSC firm’s network security management solutions, the Malaysian IT sector has again proved its ability to be the partner of choice for local solution providers as well as the supplier of choice for the region’s businesses.

As a tribute to Malaysia’s leading role in the global IT industry, Kuala Lumpur will be hosting the bi-annual World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) this year. The WCIT is the signature forum of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), a consortium of 73 information technology (IT) industry associations that represents over 90% of the world’s IT market.

Some 2,500 industry captains, government leaders and distinguished academics from more than 80 countries are set to converge on Kuala Lumpur for WCIT 2008 from May 18 – 22. WCIT 2008 is regarded as the premier global ICT forum for business networking and the exchange of policies, ideas and technology, and Ghazali is looking forward to continuing the positive momentum from MSE 2008 over the coming months in the run up to WCIT 2008.

“Visitors to MSE 2008 have only had a taste of what we have to offer. I myself, my team at MDeC, and all the MSC Status companies present here hope to see even more Middle Eastern business partners in Kuala Lumpur to truly appreciate how far we’ve come as an industry and what we can give to the Middle East in terms of competitive, comprehensive, credible, and cutting edge solutions,” concluded Badlisham.

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MSC Malaysia to boost cloud ecosystem for SMEs

By Online News Source
Published 5 October 2011

MSC Malaysia’s Cloud Initiative to accelerate ICT adoption and promote locally made software and services
by: MDeC

Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) today launched the MSC Malaysia Cloud Initiative for SMEs, which is focused on stepping up development of the cloud ecosystem in Malaysia. Aimed at driving the adoption of Cloud based services, the programme will enable the MSC Malaysia Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to deploy cloud software and services as a utility, while catalyzing demand by local enterprises for Made in Malaysia cloud software and services.

“The potential in terms of the spending on cloud computing services, is expected to surpass USD160 billion worldwide by 2020. In Malaysia, Frost & Sullivan expects the Malaysian Business Application as a Service (BAaaS) market to reach a market size of USD161.4 million by 2017. With the MSC Malaysia Cloud Initiative for SMEs, we are seeking to capitalise on this potential by kick-starting a robust cloud ecosystem locally.

“Key to our success will not only be the creation of a ready marketplace for cloud services but also establishing a framework of standards and incentives to encourage users, particularly Malaysia SMEs, to adopt cloud computing services. Our target by end-2012 is to enable a total of 60 ISVs with an on-boarding programme and stimulus package to develop and promote Malaysian Made cloud applications and services,” said Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, CEO of MDeC.

Under the ISV enablement initiative, MSC Malaysia will collaborate with world-class Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) partners to firstly identify industry applications that are in demand and secondly to qualify MSC Malaysia ISVs that wish to participate in the initiative.

With the primary objective of lowering the barriers to entry for ISVs to migrate to the cloud, the aptly named Cloud On-Boarding Programme (COP) is being designed in collaboration with leading PaaS partners to cover comprehensive cloud training programmes, trial and proof-of-concept, hands-on to cloud software and tools, and guidance from expert technical consultants. Under the COP, the cost of on-boarding will be shared amongst the PaaS and IaaS partners and MDeC on an equal ratio. In conjunction with the ISVs we will subsidise the cost of infrastructure for the initial period whereby an allocation of RM30,000 (worth of disbursement and other benefits) per vendor has been set aside for ISV development under the INFOTECH cluster.

Under the SaaS Acceleration Programme, qualified ISVs will be entitled to a specially negotiated IaaS/PaaS package and subscription cost covering bandwidth, storage service and/or computer service.

The Programme for SME Adoption will allow local SMEs to adopt and utilize leading solutions by MSC Malaysia Status companies while enjoying incentivized subscription. A total of 1,500 SMEs by end-2012 are expected to benefit from this programme, receiving an allocation of RM1,500 per SME-recipient.

To be eligible for the ISV programmes, ISVs must be an MSC Malaysia status company, be minimum 51% Malaysian owned and be registered with official MDeC IaaS/PaaS partners.

The MSC Malaysia Cloud Initiative ties back to one of the key targets of MSC Malaysia Phase 3, which is the infusion of technology across all economic sectors to drive productivity and innovation by lowering the barrier of entry for ICT companies and SMEs alike.

As of October 2011, the confirmed infrastructure partners of the MSC Malaysia Cloud Initiative are Maxis and Jaring.


MDeC To Unveil IP Valuation Model In 2012

By Online News Source
Published 20 November 2011

By Dalila Abu Bakar and Nur Adila Abd Wahab

CYBERJAYA, Nov 18 (Bernama) - The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) is striving for Intellectual Property (IP) rights to be accepted as assets or collateral through the IP valuation model which is set to be introduced in the first quarter of next year.

MDeC chief operating officer Ng Wan Peng said currently there is no collectively acceptable IP valuation framework which financial institutions can adhere to when processing applications for financial assistance.

She said financial institutions are reluctant to accept IP as assets or collateral because of the difficulty in determining the value of Intellectual Property.

Ng said the introduction of the IP valuation model is the first step taken in assisting financial institutions to refer to a specific methodology in valuing IP rights.

MDeC, the driver of MSC Malaysia's National ICT Initiative, is working very closely with Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) in getting the necessary approvals for the IP valuation model.

At the 22nd MSC Malaysia Implementation Council Meeting (ICM), organised by MDeC last year and chaired by the Prime Minister, it was decided that MyIPO should formulate an IP valuation model in accordance with the National IP Policy, she said.

Since then MDeC and MyIPO, together with other stakeholders, have been collaborating in preparing an introductory IP valuation framework that looks into the different types of IP rights. MDeC and MyIPO are confident that the framework would be ready and be tested with a few IP owners soon.

"More needs to be done as it is a new area and not many have experience in this. We must start getting the financial institutions to value IP rights as something of high value. Educating and increasing the level of awareness is necessary in order to ensure more people understand and appreciate IP," Ng told Bernama in an interview.

Ng revealed that hundreds of MSC Malaysia-status small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) that possess IP rights such as patents, copyrights and trademarks are facing difficulties in getting financial assistance to commercialise their products.

"More than 1,000 SMEs with MSC Malaysia status have IP rights which range from patents to trademarks, copyrights and industrial designs. Not all need financial assistance to commercialise their products but most of them will be happy to have some kind of recognition that the IP created by them actually has value," she said.

According to Ng, the IP valuation model could serve as a guide for the financial institutions as well as stakeholders in conducting valuation or use it as a basis to get third party valuators to undertake the valuation process.

Ng said IP owners, financial institutions and Bank Negara have provided input for the valuation initiative for the IP. MyIPO together with MDeC had conducted feedback sessions with some financial institutions, industry players as well as IP owners to make them understand this area better as well as share their concerns in the valuation of IP rights.

"We are happy with the cooperation provided by the parties involved in this IP valuation initiative. MyIPO has been working hard in driving this initiative including looking at the amendments of the IP laws to allow the adoption of IP rights as security," she said.

Although the government has been promoting an innovation and knowledge-based economy, support from financial institutions is not forthcoming as they find it very difficult to accept IP rights as a collateralisable asset.

"I think they are more comfortable in giving out the loan based on business plans on tangible assets or proven business rather than looking at IP as collateral. It's not that they don't want to value the IP, the problem is that they don't know how to value IP rights," she said.

"We do not see financial institutions keen in readily accepting IP as collateral at this moment. We were told by some companies, most of them SMEs, that they have difficulties in getting banks to recognise their IP rights," she added.

Ng said the ultimate goal of the IP valuation initiative is for IP rights to be recognised by financial institutions as an asset that can be put up as collateral.

"These are also opportunities for the banks. Financial institutions have to start developing capability in these areas as more and more companies will have less and less tangible assets. In becoming more competitive, financial institutions would need to know how to value intangible assets and put a defensible value that can mitigate the perceived risk attached to assets such as IP.

"Eventually, we hope that local companies will continue to create IP which will be accepted as an asset that can be transacted and thus help increase our competitiveness as a nation," she said.

(Source: Bernama)


Government Targets 90 Percent Online Usage By 2015

By NewsCentre Administrator
Published 5 December 2011

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 1 (Bernama) - The government has targeted a 90-percent online usage of its services among the public by 2015, said Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan.

Saying websites must be user friendly, he described government portals as mediums which could close the digital divide with society.

"People don't just expect efficient service but want it quick and easy too," he said.

"Government websites should provide more online features to help people access their services easily, from anywhere and at anytime," he said during the presentation of the 6th Malaysia Government Portals and Websites Assessment report at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here, Thursday.

Also present at the event was Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) director-general Datuk Mohamad Zabidi Zainal and Multimedia Development Corporation chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali.

The report stated that 285 out of 1,155 public sector agencies achieved a 5-star rating for their portals and websites.

Among them was Malaysia's national news agency, Bernama.

Mohd Sidek said the increase in recipients this year was a laudable performance, compared to only 101 agencies last year.

It proved the public sector had taken the initiative and showed it was earnest and committed to achieve its objective to provide quality services to the people, he elaborated.

(Source: BERNAMA)

Thursday, December 8, 2011


This blog actually is created for my subject "BUSINESS DRIVEN TECHNOLOGY" which is one of my subject this semester and this is my first time to have my own blog. Special thanks to my lecturer, Tuan Syed Mazlan Syed Mat Dom Jamalullail for his teaching in creating this blog.=)