Ibraco in Sarawak education deals

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PETALING JAYA: Sarawak-based property developer Ibraco Bhd has entered in a series of agreements to further education opportunities in the state.

According to a Bursa filing, Ibraco’s associate Ibraco HELP Education Sdn Bhd (IHE) and CMS Education Sdn Bhd (CMSE) agreed to enter into a build and lease agreement with Ibraco as well as a management agreement with HELP Education Services Sdn Bhd to establish, maintain and operate a private school at pre-school, primary, secondary and pre-university levels.

The venture involves a proposed four-storey school building with sports facilities and any other places mutually agreed on by IHE and CMSE, the filing said.

The project cost is estimated at RM50mil and will be funded by Ibraco’s internally generated funds and bank borrowings.

CMSE shall shift its current Tunku Putra School at Kasuma, to the proposed new school building when it is ready.

“This partnership aims to position Tunku Putra-HELP International School as a school which delivers world-class education with world-class facilities, at affordable fees to all who live and work in Sarawak,” said Ibraco.

The project is expected to be completed in September 2019 and is not expected to have any material effect on Ibraco for the financial year ending December 31, 2018.

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Manyin wants state among top 10 in school performance

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KUCHING: Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin wants to see Sarawak make it to the top 10 as far as school performance is concerned.

According to him, the academic performance of Sarawak at primary and secondary level “has been second or third from the bottom for many, many years”.

“We do not want to be placed at 15th or 14th out of 16 states in Malaysia. Hopefully in the near future, we can go up to number eight, seven or five,” he said  when representing Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at the launch of Tunku Putra-HELP International School at the Waterfront Hotel here yesterday.

Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud launched the new private school, which is expected to have its first intake in January 2020.

Manyin pointed out that Sarawak needed to put quality education in place in order to achieve the top 10 target.

He said quality education will play a role to prepare young Sarawakians for the future especially in the digital era.

“What we need is quality education and we have to make sure that our young boys and girls will be ready to compete in the digital era.”

He believed that the new private school would offer an alternative for parents and students while hoping that Sarawak would see more affluent parents who can afford private education.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari in his text of speech read by Manyin said: “Today, education goes far beyond the normal textbooks. The new teaching and learning strategies include collaborative, experiential, project-based, problem-based and enquiry-based learning.

“These strategies foster 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, leadership and self-motivated learning.

“Students should be encouraged to take ownership of their own learning while teachers empower, provide guidance and help them to develop their full potential in all areas of life,” said Abang Johari.

The Chief Minister stressed that teachers should adopt digital technology to facilitate learning and students ought to do their own studies and research through countless educational portals.

He said these approaches would help produce tech-savvy Sarawakians as the state pursues its digital economy agenda.

“On a softer but no less important note is the lesson of mutual respect among race and religion that educators are tasked to instil in the minds of the young.

“It must be engrained in the day-to-day education at school that for our multi-racial society and country to thrive, we must go beyond mere tolerance and strive to inculcate mutual respect,” added Abang Johari.

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New private school in the offing for S’wak

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KUCHING: Sarawak will see a new private school, to be set up by January 2020 with an aim of bringing the quality of the state’s private education to greater heights.

The Tunku Putra-HELP International School is a joint partnership between Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS), Ibraco Bhd and Higher Education Learning Philosophy (HELP) Education Group.

With a purpose-built campus, the new institution is set to deliver world-class education and facilities at affordable fees to Sarawakians.

The private school, to be located at the North Bank of Tabuan Jaya, is able to house 1,500 students, with both national and international curricula for kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, up to A-Level.

Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud launched Tunku Putra-HELP International School during a ceremony at the Waterfront Hotel here yesterday.

In his official address, he said: “I pray that this project would show how strategic partnership can contribute best to improve private education in Sarawak.”

He said CMS, without any education background, had done well in developing Tunku Putra School (TPS) in Petra Jaya near here.

TPS was set up in 1996.

“Today, I’m much more pleased to say that CMS has done a good job in bringing in new partners to develop a better private school for us in Kuching,” he said, hoping that the new international school would emerge a great success in the future.

He also thanked CMS, Ibraco and HELP for their contribution in developing the private education sector in Sarawak.

Earlier, CMS Group executive director Datuk Syed Ahmad Alwee Alsree said the company had played a role in providing top-quality international education locally to achieve academic excellence for the local community.

“Underpinning our philosophy is the belief that every student is a unique individual with unique skills and abilities, and that it is our responsibility to help students achieve their potential in a nurturing and supportive educational environment.”

Syed Ahmad Alwee also pledged to all that the Tunku Putra-HELP International School would deliver world-class education and facilities to Sarawakians.

“The school remains a multi-cultural, diverse and integrated school with an understanding that the growth and opportunity of our state can only be achieved by nurturing and investing in our youths, and also in facilities and architecture that meet the needs of the rapidly-changing state and global economy.

“This new partnership will position Tunku Putra-HELP International School ahead of existing international schools in Sarawak with the promise of delivering excellent academic performance and quality education by capitalising on the school’s existing holistic learning approach.”

The new school will have the best Western and Eastern education, equipping students with higher order thinking skills (HOTS) and four languages – English, Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia and Spanish.

It is believed that such skills would enable its students to work or conduct business in over 70 per cent of the world’s countries.

Taib’s wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin who represented Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, Assistant Minister of Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datu Len Talif Salleh and HELP University president Prof Datuk Dr Paul Chan were among those present.

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Malaysia’s Ibraco To Construct Building Under Build-Lease Pact With CMS Education

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KUALA LUMPUR (Mar 09) – Malaysia’s Ibraco, a property developer and construction company, said Friday it plans to construct a building for 50 million ringgit ($12.79 million) under a build-lease pact with CMS Education.

Under the plan, CMS Education will shift its current Tunku Putra School to the site when it is ready, the company said in an exchange filing. The deal was entered into via its associate company Ibraco Help Education.

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More private, international schools needed to improve Sarawak’s education quality, says Manyin

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Opening of TPHIS, Tunku Putra-HELP International School

Taib (fourth left) along with Manyin (second left), Tunku Putra School chairman and CMS Group Executive Director Datuk Syed Ahmad Alwee Alsree (third left) and HELP University Vice Chancellor and President Prof Datuk Dr Paul Chan (right most) perform the launch gimmick for the new Tunku Putra-HELP International School at a hotel in Kuching.

KUCHING, March 9: It is hoped that the education quality in Sarawak will be improved with the establishment of more private and international schools.

Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong said due to the poor performance of education in the state in recent years, holistic steps need to be taken to tackle this problem quickly not only to produce quality school leavers and graduates from the state, but also to produce a quality workforce for Sarawak as it strives to become a digital economy and a high income state by 2030.

Speaking during the official launching of Tunku Putra-HELP International School at a hotel here today, Manyin said for several years, Sarawak schools’ performance in UPSR and SPM had been between second to third bottom out of 16 states in Malaysia, and if nothing were to be done, it would be impossible to achieve the state’s aspirations.

“These performances will not be helpful if we want to achieve Industry 4.0. Therefore we need quality education with creativity and innovation.

“Thankfully private and international schools like Tunku Putra School are preparing its students for that. I hope many more private and international schools to be set up in the state provide quality education.

“This will be very challenging for us, but if we don’t do it, we will be left behind by other states in Malaysia,” he said.

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Seated from left, Ibraco Bhd Managing Director Datuk Chew Chiaw Han, HELP University Vice Chancellor and President Prof Datuk Dr Paul Chan, and Tunku Putra School Chairman and CMS Group Executive Director Datuk Syed Ahmad Alwee Alsree signing an agreement to collaborate for the new Tunku Putra-HELP International School, witnessed by Taib (back row, centre), Manyin (back row, second from left) and others.

Tunku Putra-HELP International School in Kuching

Tunku Putra School Chairman and CMS Group Executive Director Datuk Syed Ahmad Alwee Alsree (right) shows Taib the signed agreement while Manyin (left) looks on.

Meanwhile, Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud urged the private sector to lend a helping hand in improving the standards of education in the state.

He said strategic partnership between corporations or companies as well as education providers was the best approach for such efforts.

“At first, I wasn’t sure if Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS) would be able to do a good job in helping the Tunku Putra School to develop. But now I am very pleased to see CMS not only being a good partner but also bringing in more good partners in ensuring high quality education at the school.

“I am confident that this sort of strategic partnership would bring greater success to the school in the future. I pray that this partnership will show how strategic partnership would be the best approach for better education in Sarawak,” he said.

Taib said Tunku Putra School was established in 1996 and was built to provide a specialised and conducive environment to bring out the best in its students.

The Tunku Putra-HELP International School is a collaborative effort between Tunku Putra School, HELP University, CMS and Ibraco Berhad to deliver world-class education and world-class facilities at affordable fees to the people of Sarawak.

The new Tunku Putra-HELP International School will begin its first intake in January 2020 at its new purpose-built campus, which will have a capacity of 1,500 students.

HELP University Vice Chancellor and President Prof Datuk Dr Paul Chan (left) presents a memento of appreciation to Taib.

Located strategically in the NorthBank at Tabuan Jaya, one of the residential hubs of Kuching City, the school will offer both national and international curricula, for students at kindergarten, primary and secondary school levels as well as A-Levels.

The school’s international programme will offer the British Education Curriculum culminating in the widely-recognised IGCSE and GE A-Level qualifications, which are accepted by the world’s best universities. The national programme will offer the Primary School Standard Curriculum (KSSR) and Secondary School Standard Curriculum (KSSM). Mathematics and Science are further complemented with Singapore and British syllabi.

Combining the best of Western and Eastern education, students will develop higher order thinking skills (HOTS), and will master a minimum of four languages: English, Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia and Spanish. This will enable them to work or conduct business in over 70 per cent of the world’s countries. — DayakDaily

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Cahya Mata Sarawak, Ibraco team up to set up private school in Kuching

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KUALA LUMPUR (March 9): Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd’s education unit CMS Education Sdn Bhd (CMSE) is forming a 30:70 joint venture with Ibraco Help Education Sdn Bhd (IHE) to set up a private school in Kuching, Sarawak.

“IHE has agreed for CMSE to participate in the said joint venture company, HELP Ibraco CMS Sdn Bhd, and in consideration, CMSE shall shift its current Tunku Putra School at Kasuma to the proposed new school building when it is ready,” said Cahya Mata.

It added that CMSE and IHE will enter into a build and lease agreement with Ibraco Bhd, which will build the new school building on a 6-acre leasehold land which it owns in Kuching, Cahya Mata said in a filing today.

Cahya Mata said the joint venture will capitalise on HELP Education Services’ capabilities in the education industry, and Ibraco’s participation through the development of the new school building, which will be located in the wider Tabuan Jaya residential area.

“This partnership aims to position Tunku Putra-HELP International School as a school which delivers world-class education with world-class facilities at affordable fees to all who live and work in Sarawak,” it added.

The new building, slated for completion by September 2019, has an estimated development cost of RM50 million, said Cahya Mata. Ibraco will fund the project through internally generated funds and bank borrowings, it added.

Shares of Cahya Mata dipped 6 sen or 1.45% to close at RM4.08, giving it a market capitalisation of RM4.38 billion. Shares of Ibraco Bhd dropped 10 sen or 13.25% to 65.5 sen, for a market capitalisation of RM325.15 million.

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