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Public Transport – Has it Improved?


The Government Transformation Programme to improve public transport system in the country does not seem to meet the aspirations of the rakyat. For the past two years I have done some informal studies of my own on public transport system, especially on buses in Perak. One major flaw I find most wanting is the lack of bus stops along bus routes. Commuters are forced to fend for themselves in the event of inclement weather.

A year ago I approached the Teluk Intan Municipal Council to request for a bus stop in front of the district hospital. This is to enable visitors and the sick to take the bus outside of the hospital rather than walking over 300 metres to the present site. My pleas, however, fell on deaf ears.

The Perak Transit buses plying the Ipoh-Kuala Kangsar-Ipoh route are no better. The other day while waiting for the bus in front of the LaFarge Cement Factory Chemor to take me to Ipoh, two buses went past me without stopping. Luckily, the third bus stopped.

I lodged a complaint with the company the following day. After an inquiry the management said that the nonexistence of a bus stop was the reason why the drivers did not stop to pick me. I later found out that the existing bus stops are located at Ladang Dovenby and Kantan Baru – over 3 km apart. The drivers, therefore, have a good excuse not to stop to pick passengers although the cement factory employs many from outside of Chemor.

I hope the authorities acknowledge this deficiency and take remedial measures to resolve the problem. It is pointless to talk of transformation on a grand scale when nothing has transformed on the ground.

Chris Ng

Olympia – Where Opportunities Are Boundless…



Students  from Olympia College’s Cyber Club and the Executive Business Club built a haunted house to raise funds and to create some fun and excitement at the college recently. In line with the college’s encouragement of diversity in all activities, students are encouraged to be creative and in this project, visitors who wanted to experience eerie apparitions were taken on a tour of the ‘haunted house’.

Olympia College Ipoh is a name to be reckoned with, having produced many qualified and competent professionals since 1995. Founded to meet the growing need for private higher education in the nation and a member of the renowned Raffles Education Group, the college is recognised as an institution for higher learning not only by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia but also internationally, having strong partnerships with leading universities in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, Switzerland and Canada.

Olympia has a long tradition of welcoming students from all over the world, and is home to a diverse community. Their reputation for embracing diversity has created a strong international profile and a dynamic environment-culturally, socially and academically. It is clear from speaking with Olympia students that they believe studying in an international environment is both enjoyable and contributes to their educational fulfilment.

At Olympia, all programmes are developed systematically to ensure students are equipped with all the knowledge and skills needed to forge a successful career in tertiary education. Olympia students can either study on a full- or part-time basis, depending on individual needs.

The six schools in Olympia Ipoh are: School of Business Studies, School of Hospitality Management, School of Information Technology, School of Accounting, School of English Language and School of Engineering.

Students can enrol at certificate, diploma, degree or post-graduate level. Olympia emphasizes on quality and excellence in their system of learning and training, as a way to adapt to the economic, social and technological changes taking place around the world. The college produces approximately 1,000 graduates each year, graduates who are innovative, have applicable skills and possess leadership qualities that are sought after in the employment market.

The affordable tuition fees and easy payment schemes attract many students from different income groups.  Financial assistance such as PTPTN and scholarships are available for deserving students. 

A student’s experience at Olympia is not wholly academic. While practical knowledge is important, the college also places emphasis on soft skills – leadership, teamwork, management skills, Corporate Social Responsibility and public speaking. This is achieved through extra-curricular activities organized by the college.