Living with Dyslexia in Malaysia

Tea and Talk at Persatuan Tadika Malaysia

 Saturday 11 August 2007 (9am – 12pm)

This talk is to discuss the implementation of the National Preschool Curriculum (NPC)

There were 30 Pre-school Operators and teachers who attended this talk.

The Chairman,  Ms Jaya Perera welcomed everyone to the talk and hoped that participants would contribute their views on improving the NPC which would benefit  the  preschoolers.

Ms Jaya introduced the Persatuan’s Advisor Dr Ling Chew Poh who was allowed to give a 2 minute opening speech.  Ms Jaya then introduced the Facilitator, Dr Ng Soo Boon (Head of Preschool Unit, Curriculum Development Centre, Putrajaya).

Dr Ng  is here to collect data on the NPC.  Dr Ng explained the policies at the Ministry and also the Education for All (EFA) signed with UNESCO and UNICEF. The Ministry is looking into the current policy. As per their survey, statistics shows only 57% of preschoolers, age  4-6 years old attend school in Malaysia, whereby Indonesia showed a higher percentage. This does not bode well for our country. Most probably there are many Tadikas that are not registered, hence not covered under the survey.

As per my question of Dyslexia being implemented into the curriculum, Dr Ng mentioned that  this area is lacking but stated that this is being looked into by a different department.

Various points were raised and discussed by the Pre-school operators with Dr Ng .

Dr Ling was called upon to sum up before tea break.  Dr Ling brought us back to the 1970s   on the history of how this NPC book came about. During those days, the key word  was Play for pre-school or just Activities. Then it was changed to ‘communication- based’.  Then the integrated approach.  Now it has come back to Activities. 

Dr Ling felt that the child today has lost the sense of play. He suggested that a Project Approach be taken whereby webbing/theme approach be taken. All these should be associated with Activities .

Dr Ling also mentioned that children who are ahead be allowed to go ahead(gifted) instead of just following the Average/Standard Approach. Same goes for those who are slower.

This is where I interjected that this is not allowed in the current system as children are gauged and assessed according to  their biological age. Dr Ng explained that there are many programmes started for the GIFTED, also for SLOW learners etc…. It is just the implementation stage that needs to be boosted up.

After tea break, the operators were asked to fill in the questionnaire prepared by Dr Ng for improving the NPC.

Report by Cho Suet Sen


October 24, 2007 Posted by | Persatuan Dyslexia | 2 Comments

Cetdem’s centre – 13 March 2007

The morning on Tuesday 13 March 2007 started out bright at 7.30am with my 2 kids and Ika, my maid getting ready to go to Cetdem’s centre.

Had to dig out my drumstick plant, cut a few hibiscus cuttings and bring along the 3 bags of my homemade compost.  Of course, not forgetting all the ‘makan’ stuff after the garden ‘workout’.

Lost my way for 30 minutes. Was busy trying to decipher the map as to where I was, when I heard a ‘honk’ from behind.  What luck – it was Ms Tan and so we just followed her to the Centre.

Once there, we unloaded our things.  Chuy Fong also arrived whilst we were entering the house gate. CFong brought a friend, Rose another ardent gardener.  Rose gave us some ‘maiden hair’ fern to grow.

We toured Ms Tan’s garden and admired the Jackfruit tree(with many jackfruits), the starfruit tree(full of pink flowers)  and the papaya trees (full of papayas).

There were also many vegetable beds -full of corn plants already.  There were beds, newly planted just a couple of days ago -with vegetables like Sawi and kangkong.


CFong, my 2 kids, Ika and I helped out in weeding the corn beds.  Ika planted the Drumstick tree, aloevera and carnations in one of the beds.


We then rested and had a ‘picnic’.  My maid fried some ‘nien-koh’  with sweet potatoes.  Brought along some home made cookies – rock buns and almond biscuits.

Not forgetting my home grown sugar cane, of course.  CFong brought along some steamed sweet corn. My kids were looking forward to their Shandy drinks which is a rare treat for them.

During makan-time, passed around photos of my organic garden harvests – like star fruits, papayas, bananas etc… plus photos of my Ika’s kampong in Surabaya.

There she plants vanilla, coffee plants, salak, vegetables etc….Of course, they have their farm animals like goats and chickens.

After resting, CFong and I planted the maiden hair fern around the base of the Pinang tree.  I planted the hibiscus outside- along the road kerb.  Another pot of hibiscus plant was planted – the one with 2 tiered petals.

We called it a day at 11.30 am and said our goodbyes.

October 13, 2007 Posted by | Organic Gardening | Leave a comment