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Malay Language Elective Programme

‘Advocates of Humanitarian Values’ (Penggerak Nilai Kemanusiaan) 

Introduction

In 2012, Pioneer Junior College (PJC) was selected to be the 3rd Malay Language Elective Programme (MLEP) in Singapore. The Malay Language Elective Programme (MLEP) was introduced in 2001 by the Ministry of Education as a platform for students who have the interest and inclination to study Malay language at a higher level. The programme offers a wide range of activities to enhance students’ language skills and interest in Malay language, literature and culture. 

MLEP is a two-year programme which prepares students for the GCE ‘A’ Level H2 Malay Language and Literature with the option to offer H3 Malay. Aimed at producing Malay scholars who are ‘Advocates of Humanitarian Values’ (Penggerak Nilai Kemanusiaan).


Special Features and programmes

Features of the MLEP at PJC include specialised enrichment activities, leadership and management skills programmes, local and overseas immersion programmes, producing publications and attending work-shadowing in corporate opportunities. The work shadowing gives our students the opportunity to be mentored by distinguished professionals, so that they could be guided to make good choices in Higher Education and future career. All enrichment and immersion programmes are aimed to equip students with 21st century skills to build a confident Person, self-directed Learner, concerned Citizen and Active Contributor. 

MLEP students in PJC will attend local and overseas Immersion Programmes where they learn more about the Malay community, and the challenges which the community faces pertaining to preservation of identity, culture and language. 

Partners

In line with our mission to produce Malay scholars who are ‘Advocates of Humanitarian Values’, there is an emphasis on community partnership. Collaborations with the community is key in understanding the community as well as playing an important role as an active member of the community. PJC MLEP collaborates with external organisations such as Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP), MENDAKI, Malay Heritage Centre and Keat Hong Community Centre to develop the programmes.


Application

Students who wish to apply must have good overall results in the GCE ‘O’ Level Examination and score well in Malay-related subjects, or the equivalent based on Integrated Programme (IP) school internal assessment. Students selected for the MLEP will be granted two bonus points for admission to junior college. Outstanding MLEP students will be eligible to apply for MOE scholarships valued at $1000 per annum with exemption from school fees tenable for two years. Applicants must be Singapore citizens.


Official Opening of Legasi (MLEP room) on College Day 2012

PJC was selected to be the country’s 3rd Malay Language Elective Programme (MLEP) Centre by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in 2011. In 2012, the first cohort of 18 MLEP students was admitted into the programme. The programme aims to nurture and enhance students’ language proficiency and interest in Malay language, literature and culture. 

The college MLEP Rooms, named LEGASI were specially designed to cater to the needs of MLEP students in their pursuit to be ‘Advocates of Humanitarian Values’ (Penggerak Nilai Kemanusiaan), to attain a higher level of proficiency and better understanding of the Malay Language and culture, and to promote an appreciation of the language, literature, culture and the Arts among the larger student body. They were officially launched by Mr Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower on 19 May 2012. 

 
Some of the 1st cohort MLEP students involved in the performance 

 
VIPs at the official opening of LEGASI (MLEP Room) done by Mr Hawazi Daipi (Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Education & Manpower) on 19 May 2012 

 
Our 1st Cohort of J1 MLEP students took MLEP Pledge on stage during the Official Opening Ceremony on 19 May 2012 

 
Nur Izzah Bte Kamarudin (12A06) explained to Mr Hawazi the items displayed in LEGASI 

J2 MLEP Graduation Showcase

The Graduation Showcase is an annual performance by the JC2 MLEP students. After an enriching experience in MLEP, the showcase is a culmination of their involvement in the programme. Led by students and supported by teachers, the showcase is a theatre performance, incorporating acting, singing and dancing. The performance is an important aspect of their appreciation of the Malay arts and culture. 

Audience at the showcase also witnessed the launch of the graduands’ Literary Anthology publication. The publication is a compilation of the Literary works produced by the students, over the course of study in MLEP.

In 2017, MLEP celebrated its 5th anniversary. The Guest-of-Honour for the 5th MLEP Graduation Showcase was Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal bin Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

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Our 5th cohort of MLEP students receiving their Graduation Certificates from Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal bin Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

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Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal bin Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social and Family Development, launching the 5th MLEP Publication, entitled ‘Peta Kehidupan’. The publication is a compilation of literary works by the MLEP students.

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5th MLEP cohort students in their roles for their Graduation Showcase. Entitled ‘Pak Mat Boombox’, the production is an adaptation of traditional and animal folklore.


2017 MP Attachment with Mr Zaqy Mohamad and Keat Hong Community Centre

As part of community engagement, JC1 MLEP students were privileged to be attached to the MP for Choa Chua Kang GRC, Mr Zaqy Mohamad during the Meet-the-Residents sessions. During the sessions, MLEP students were given the opportunity to witness and understand community issues better and know what it is like to be a leader of the community.

This programme is part of their leadership training and provides students with exposure, broadening their worldview. MLEP prepares our students to be leaders of the community.

Future collaborations with Keat Hong CC will extend their involvement in the community. This includes leadership training and activities that centre on Malay Language and Culture.

 

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J1 MLEP students shadowing Mr Zaqy Mohamad, MP for Choa Chu Kang GRC, during the Meet-the-Residents session.


Upcoming Programmes
Malay Language Exhibition at Keat Hong Community Centre

As role models in the Malay Community, MLEP students will be given the opportunity to organise the Malay Language Exhibition with Keat Hong CC. This is an approach to bring the Choa Chu Kang community together and celebrate the Malay Language and culture. The cultural exhibition enables our students to showcase their expertise for the benefit of the community.


Special Programmes for MLEP Scholars
Leadership Training Camp with Sirius Scholars Programme and Keat Hong Community Centre

MLEP scholars will be given the opportunity to organise and facilitate the Leadership Training Camp for Secondary School students in the community, collaborating with Keat Hong CC, together with the Sirius Scholars Programme. This programme enables them to network and be mentors to our students in the community. We are confident that our MLEP scholars will become role models in the community.


Public Speaking and Interview Skills Workshop with Sirius Scholars Programme

The Public Speaking and Interview Skills workshop is part of confidence building. This is part of realising the diverse aspirations of our scholars and providing them the necessary support. This training will make them realise their great potential.


For Further Clarification

Please contact Senior Teacher, Malay Language and Coordinator for Malay Language Elective Programme, Madam Zainun Hashim at zainun_hashim@moe.edu.sg or at 65646878 ext 235.