Monday, 19 December 2011

Launch of PKMS/SMNO Education Programmes

It has been acknowledge that Globalization have driven many changes in many spectrum of the economy. As such the learning paradigm needs to be reshaped in tandem and evolve, so as to meet the new challenges. The education of a country’s citizen is therefore a critical factor in determining its future.
With a vision of amplifying knowledge, skills and abilities, we believe SMNO Education Bureau would be able to add-value and complement the current quality driven education system hence providing a strong foundation and comprehensiveness of a broad base education in Singapore.
With that strong beliefs,Singapore Malay National Organisation (SMNO) will be re-opening its Tuition Scheme, integrated with the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) approach, to primary school students.  

The SMNO Tuition Scheme, or Ikhlas (Sincerity) Project, is managed by the Education Bureau of SMNO spearheaded by myself and assisted by a team of experience, well qualified tutors and motivational trainers.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an umbrella term that refers to students' acquisition of skills to recognize and manage emotions, develop care and concern for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships, and handle challenging situations effectively.

Briefly it refers to skills to manage self, relate to others and make decisions.
We strongly believe Social and Emotional competencies help students to achieve his or her academic best. 
For example;
-Self Management skills like impulse control and stress management help students to priortize. It also helps them to deal with negative emotions like anger and anxiety, so that they can concentrate better in class.
-Relationship Management skills help students to reduce interpersonal conflicts that result in negative emotions. These skills also enable students to be more effective in obtaining the help they need from others for their studies.
-Moral Education via Culture and Religion. Instill principle, code of acceptable behavior and conduct via teaching of ISLAM.

All of which would be further reitierate to the students via our Motivational Approach
  • Help motivate your child/student to be their best (Establishing Mentorship and Moral Support group)
  • Use tools that are innovative for learning  and effective (Mutlimedia,video, photo, graphic and etc)
  • Equip with practical and effective study skills

We want to equip students with the ideal learning skills, besides instilling the importance of education in their lives. In short, we intend to make learning meaningful and fun for them.

Details of Ikhlas Project

Fee: $10 per month only for Four Subjects [English Language, Malay Language, Mathematics and Islamic Foundation Studies] Student intake for all levels are capped at 150 in total. 
Classes will be held every Saturday for 42 weeks, except the June and December holidays at the SMNO building in Eunos.

Students will be categorised as follows:
Level 1: Primary One and Primary Two       [2.30pm till 4.30pm]
Level 2: Primary Three and Primary Four     [5.00pm till 7.00pm]
Level 3: Primary Five and Primary Six          [7.30pm till 9.30pm] 

Enrichment Classes will also be offered to students who wish to develop their skills further. This is separate and additional to that off  Iklas Project. For more details do contact us at 6447 0468 or 6345 5275.

Registration Details
The public may get their registration forms from the SMNO Secretariat at 218F, Changi Road, PKMS Building, Singapore 419737. The office is open Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 5pm. Email completed forms to or fax to 6345 8724. 


Saturday, 17 December 2011

The Past & Present Leaders of PKMS / SMNO

The Leadership Succession
Leaders are chosen by their peers, where all his successes and failures would solely be the responsibility of those who chose him in the first place. Ironically, PKMS evolved and changed its direction with every succession. This will be a tribute to all benevolent leaders of PKMS and their sacrifices. Their efforts had left us with a rich heritage and legacy to champion.

1953 till 1961
Tan Sri Tengku Abdul Hamid Jumat

1961 till 1965
Tan Sri Khir Johari

1965 till 1977
Haji Ahmad Taff

1977 till 1979
Haji Selamat Samsuri

1979 till 1986
Haji Abdul Rahman Zin

Ibrahim Ariff held the Chairman position in 1986 upon the sudden passing on of Haji Abdul Rahman Zin. During his tenure he made a constitutional change and rename the top position in PKMS to President instead of Chairman.


1986 till 1989
Ibrahim Ariff

1989 till 1993
& 1997 till 2000
Haji Sahid Sahooman

1993 till 1994
Haji Hashim Abdul Rahman

1994 till 1997
Haji Atan Rafiee

2000 till 2006
Haji Borhan Ariffin

2006 till 2010
Osman Hassan

2010 till 2011
Ali Asjadi

2011 till Date
Abu Mohamed

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Reminisce of the History and Formation of PKMS / SMNO

Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Singapura (PKMS) or also known as Singapore Malay National Organisation (SMNO) was originally formed with the sole purpose of championing and protecting the rights of the Malays in Singapore. Its genesis could be trace back to its early formative years back in the year 1926 with the leadership of Mr Mohamed Eunos bin Abdullah (b. 1876, Singapore – d. 12 December 1933, Singapore) who set up the Kesatuan Melayu Singapura (Singapore Malay Union).

Inspired by KMS activities and strive, similar Malay Pressure Group were later formed in other states in the Malayan Penisula. Significantly its such collective activism of these group that gave birth to United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) in 1946.

Right after the infamous World War II, the British return to Malaya. The Malayan Union was formed shortly but this was met with much dismay by the Malays due to its constitutional framework, which allegedly threatened Malay sovereignty over Malaya.

This had led to the Malays, who are the indigenous people of Malaya to protest against this directive. Forty (40) Malay Organizations throughout Malaya assembled at the Sultan Sulaiman Club in Kuala Lumpur to congregate its first Malay Congress and to initiate the course for uniting the Malays and their objectives. No longer shall Malaya be under colonial rule as the Malays of Malaya yearn for Independence. Singapore was then represented by Kesatuan Melayu Singapura [KMS]. Thereafter, they congregated at Johor Bahru at its third Malay Congress and it was there, UMNO (United Malays National Organization) was established on May 11, 1946. Datuk Onn Jaafar was chosen as its leader.

UMNO Singapore was officially registered on 20th February 1961. Prior to its registration UMNO Singapore first was a branch under the division of UMNO Johor Bahru. As its strength grew it spreaded over and became the Singapore division of UMNO in the year 1954.

On the 31st August 1957, Malaya achieved her Independence from the British and the Alliance Party which consisted of UMNO – MCA – MIC became the Government of Malaya.

From the year 1955 to the year 1959, the Alliance Party as mentioned, tasted its fruits of success in Singapore during the elections of the electoral Constituencies of the Southern islands, Ulu Bedok, Tanglin, Telok Blangah, Geylang Serai and Kampong Kembangan.

It was during this time where UMNO Singapore broke into prominence. Our then first Chairman of UMNO Singapore Mr Abdul Hamid Jumat managed to secure a seat in the General Election of 1955 at Ulu Bedok. He won with an overwhelming 61.04% vote against two other candidates Mr Toh Seng Sit from Democratic Party and Mr A.Hamid Rahmat from Progressive Party.
2nd June 1958. On the left the young Mr Lee Kuan Yew and on the right Mr Abdul Hamid Jumat the first Chairman of UMNO Singapore from 1951 till 1965.

 He went on to became the first Malay Minister in Singapore as the Minister for Local Government, Deputy Chief Minister and at one time Acting Chief of Minister between 1955 and 1959.

 In the City Council Election of 1957, saw for the first time a joint effort and coalition between UMNO Singapore and that of the People Action Party(PAP).This relationship was built since the last General Election of 1955.  UMNO Singapore secured two seats, at Telok Blangah and Tanglin.

Telok Blangah seat was secured by Mr Syed Ali Redha Alsagoff in which he won against Liberal Socialist Party's (LSP) Mr Chua Bock Kwee.

The seat in Tanglin was won by Mr Mohamed Shariff Bin Dollah. He managed to oust Mr Syed Omar Bin Abdul Rahman of the LSP.

 In 1959 General Election Mr Abdul Hamid Jumat once again secured a seat but this time round at Gelyang Serai with another convincing victory of 63.09% votes against that of three other candidates including Mr Roshan Bin Hassan from People Action Party. 
The General Election of 1959 also bear fruits for UMNO Singapore as two other of our representative manage to secure seats at Kampong Kembangan and Southern Islands.

The heroic Mr Mohd Ali Bin Alwi (a chief clerk) managed to secure victory for the seat in Kampong Kembangan against 5 other candidates including that of Mr Othman Bin Wok (a news editor) from People Action Party.

Another seat secured was by Mr Ahmad Jabri Bin M.Akib (a civil servant) at the Southern Islands against two other candidates including that of Mr Kum Teng Hock from People Action Party.    

Singapore became self-governing in the year 1959.

On the 16th September 1963, Singapore achieved her independence from Great Britain through merger with Malaya and became part of what is currently known as Malaysia.
UMNO Singapore assumed a high political profile in the Malay Community when it agitated for the socio – economic progress of the Malays in the late 1950s and early 1960s when Singapore back then was part of Malaysia.

On 9th August 1965, Singapore was separated from Malaysia.

After separation, UMNO Singapore had to adjust to the changes in the political landscape. This lead to UMNO Singapore having to be an independent entity hence severing its connections with UMNO Malaysia.

On 5th May 1967, UMNO Singapore assumed a new name – Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Singapura [PKMS] or Singapore Malays National Organization[SMNO].

With the separation of Singapore from Malaysia, PKMS had to make diplomatic compromises to remain influential on its own and as a political party. The odds are strongly against us as the perception of being viewed as a racial party was a tag that stuck till this very day. Besides remembering its roots and the reasons it was formed in the first place, PKMS also has to maintain its relevance in the multiracial nature of Singapore politics. Bearing in mind the Malays in Singapore just make up of 13.4% as of 2010 [Source via Singapore Department of Statistics]  This has not dampen nor waiver us in our continual struggle to instill our Foundations and Objectives which are as follows:

1. To safeguard and work for the full implementation of the special rights of the Malays in Singapore as enunciated in the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore.

2. To foster and to promote goodwill and harmony among the citizens of various races in Singapore and to promote the growth of a strong and united nation.

3. To take such steps as may be necessary for the welfare and advancement of its members and the citizens of Singapore generally.

4. To take whatever steps as may be necessary for the advancement of the Malay language and culture in accordance with Islam.

5. To safeguard and to promote the advancement of Islam without interfering in the affairs of other religions.

6. To uphold and safeguard the principles of parliamentary and democratic form of government.

7. To work against any form of colonialism.

To be continued..........................................

All About Me!

My first venture into politics began when I  joined Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu (PKMS) Singapore Malays National Organisation (SMNO) in 2007. An aspiring politician and writer, allow me to share with you all abit about myself.

I initially had begun my successful career in the financial service sector, where I had dealt with insurance, investment brokerage and banking. Amongst my accomplishments were attaining the Million Dollar Round Table award in 2006, which is internationally recognized as the standard for sales excellence in the financial services sector and attending the Asean Young Insurance Manager Programme in 2008 at Brunei Darussalam under the invitation from the Singapore College of Insurance.Moving on I then switched to the marine line in 2010, setting up my own consultancy and brokerage company which had facilitated successful oil and gas trading businesses.

Now at the prime of my life, aged 30,I'm currently holding the position of Vice President 2 of PKMS. I'm  also the Head of it's Education Department in PKMS and Chief Editor of UTUSAN / DELEGATE, a newly-minted newspaper by PKMS. Besides PKMS,I'm actively involved with the coalition political party Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) and holds the position as the Head of its Youth Wing. [PKMS is one of the two component party in SDA, the other party being The Singapore Justice Party(SJP)]

I have a Bachelor of Business (Management) from RMIT.
Currently I have plans to further my studies hence I will be quite preoccupied. My sincere apologies if I don't blog as often as I would have love too.

I hope this blog would be my small contribution to PKMS to bring about societal awareness of the relevance of the party and its importance in Singapore!

The past may have blighted PKMS with its debacles, but I am ever so confident that moving forward with an  envision of a new beginning, unity, progress, aspirations and stellar leadership..... Only time will tell. PKMS restored back to its glory and prominence will not be a far-fetched dream after all.