Friday, September 1, 2023

First-ever Soka International School opens its doors in Seremban, Malaysia

Hi Everyone,

Soka International School Malaysia (SISM) has proudly launched its inaugural academic year on August 24 in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, ushering in a fresh era of education grounded in humanistic values. Malaysia now hosts the world’s first secondary international school under the renowned Soka education system.

SISM warmly welcomed its pioneering batch of 112 students, aged 11 to 15, who will be part of an international student community that showcases the school’s commitment to creating an inclusive learning environment aimed at nurturing conscientious global citizens. For the 2023/24 academic year, SISM is offering the Cambridge curriculum for Years 7 to 9. The sprawling 10-acre campus, nestled within a picturesque 50-acre green expanse, also boasts boarding facilities.

The entrance ceremony, held at its campus, was graced by distinguished guests including academician Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Dato' Dr Syed Jalaludin Syed Salim, Pro Chancellor at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM); Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Dato' Dzulkifli Bin Abdul Razak, Rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM); and Professor Dr Mok Soon Chong, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of the New Era University College.

The grand event also saw the presence of 800 attendees, encompassing SISM’s board of directors, parents, students, and international visitors. Additionally, representatives from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), New Era University College, University of Malaya, Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) and International Baccalaureate Programme Development and Recognition were among those celebrating this significant milestone.


At SISM, education revolves around the Soka (Japanese for "value-creating") philosophy, which celebrates every child's boundless potential. This belief champions the idea that children can lead lives of contribution, establishing a harmonious balance between personal growth and societal well-being. The end goal is to foster global citizens endowed with wisdom, courage, and compassion.

Speech by Chairman & CEO, Mr Michael Kok Fook On P.K.C

SISM’s educational approach is anchored on the principles established by Daisaku Ikeda, the founder of the Soka school system. His vision of a humanistic, student-centred education serves as the cornerstone, aiming to shape a society that is peaceful and celebrates the sanctity of life.

Quoting Ikeda, “Education that builds human character is the bridge that connects us to the future and is the very hope of humankind. It is a cradle for global citizens to deepen their bonds of friendship. This new school building surrounded by a rich natural environment where palm leaves glitter in the tropical sunshine, is where students of diverse races and nationalities gather from Malaysia and around the world to study together, encourage one another and bring their creativity to full bloom.”

Speech by Principal, Dr Wendy Yee

At SISM, the educational goal centres on empowering and supporting its students. The emphasis is on nurturing present-day happiness, enabling students to discover the joy and purpose in their learning. This paves the way for them to lead value-creating lives while fostering a heightened social consciousness. As a pivotal component of this humanistic, student-centred approach, SISM will integrate Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) into its curriculum.

Officially Enrolled Founding Batch Students

Students will thrive under the school's blended learning model, which is multifaceted in its approach:

1. Inquiry-Based Learning: Encouraging students to pose pivotal questions, thereby cultivating essential skills.

2. Interdisciplinary Learning: Bridging various subjects to provide a holistic educational experience.

3. Purpose-Based Learning (PBL): This involves students undertaking projects that address real-world issues, enhancing their critical thinking, communication, and analytical prowess.

4. Dialogic Learning: Fostering meaningful dialogues that stimulate critical reflections.

5. Mastery-Based Learning: This student-centric method allows individuals and groups to learn at their own pace, tapping into their unique potentials.

SISM's Chief Executive Officer, Michael Kok Fook On P.K.C., elaborated on the school’s vision further, “The students now studying at SISM are at a significant transition between childhood and adulthood. It is at this stage that they are searching for and developing their self-identity, seeking autonomy, and wanting to have more meaningful connections with their peers. Hence, it is important for educators to support students in this crucial stage of their development, to help develop their sense of purpose for being who they are.”

Addressing how SISM will prepare its students to meet the challenges of globalisation, Principal Dr Wendy Yee Mei Tien remarked, “Our education philosophy represents a transformative paradigm that will foster our students with a greater sense of social consciousness to become engaged global citizens with rich humanity. They will open their minds to possibilities and life with meaning and purpose, creating values in whatever they do in the future as a global citizen under any circumstances. This aligns with the spirit of Soka education, where students not only seek meaning in their own lives but also contribute positively to the well-being of others.

For more information about SISM, parents are cordially invited to visit our Visitor Centre located at:

Persiaran Sendayan-Mambau, 
Bandar Sri Sendayan, 
70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

Visitor Centre Operating Hours:

· Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

· Saturday & Public Holidays: By Appointment Only

· Closed on Sundays

To schedule an appointment, please visit our website.

Contact Details:

Telephone: +606-775 4171 | +6012 261 2023

About Soka International School Malaysia (SISM)
SISM is a non-sectarian international school located in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan and opened its doors in August 2023. It is part of the Soka education system which consists of Soka schools in Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Singapore, and Malaysia as well as universities in Japan and the United States of America. SISM offers the Cambridge Curriculum

Tuesday, August 29, 2023


Hi Everyone,

BenQ, the leading DLP 4K projector brand, today introduced its latest offering for audio-visual enthusiasts – the all-new 4LED 4K home projector W4000i, which provides an enhanced and immersive home theatre experience with unrivalled picture quality as directors envision in any room.

The W4000i incorporates BenQ’s pioneering HDR-PRO projector-optimised high dynamic range techniques, including Local Contrast Enhancement to reveal fine details in bright or dark scenes. It also delivers consistently balanced brightness well-suited for various environments, from dedicated AV rooms to daytime living rooms. Furthermore, the W4000i offers professional-standard colour gamut performance, meeting the standards of future-generation BT. 2020. In addition, the W4000i features an LED light source that provides long lasting life span and colour accuracy.

Recreating Genuine Cinema Experiences at Home

Home theatres have become more popular as consumers demand high- quality video and immersive viewing experiences in recent years, with the new wave of streaming platforms such as Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime becoming widely available. On a global level, video accounts for 65% of all Internet traffic, with a large proportion attributed to streaming platforms such as Netflix and YouTube.

"BenQ is delighted to meet the needs of those looking to recreate an immersive cinematic experience at home with the new W4000i,” said Jeffrey Liang, President of BenQ Asia Pacific. “The W4000i delivers an unparalleled cinematic experience through the true 4K resolution combining our cutting-edge HDR-PRO and CinematicColor Technology, presenting images as directors envisioned. The certified Android TV comes with native Netflix and 5000+ other apps, redefining home entertainment for audiences.”

Meticulous Details from Bright to Dark Scenes with BenQ HDR-PRO

BenQ-proprietary HDR-PRO technology takes home theatre experiences to the next level by imbuing HDR10+ / HDR10 / HLG content with magnificent depth, revealing previously hidden cinematic details in bright and dark scenes.

The W4000i is equipped with HDR-PRO technology that enhances the projectors’ overall dynamic range with industry-leading Local Contrast Enhancement and optimal HDR Tone Mapping, enabling perfect details in shadows and highlights for better stereo perception. The Local Contrast Enhancement is a cutting-edge algorithm that divides each scene into 1000+ zones and optimises each zone’s gamma independently. It also preserves fine details in bright regions as well as shadowy areas of the screen, which sets BenQ’s home projectors apart from the competition.

CinematicColor Presents Authentic Colors as Directors Envision for Optimal Home Theatre Experiences

The W4000i provides true 4K HDR image quality with CinematicColor technology. It conforms precisely to the 100% Rec.709 HDTV colour space, the wider 100% DCI-P3 digital filmmaking colour spectrum, and even the super-wide BT.2020 ideal-colour future standard. Harnessing a LED light source, the W4000i produces ideally balanced brightness and colour performance in different rooms of the house. In addition, the W4000i comes with CinematicColor Factory Calibration Report to ensure out-of-box colour accuracy.

Google-Certified Android TV with Netflix and Installation Flexibility Brings Home Entertainment to the Next Level

The W4000i 4K home cinema projector is equipped with a Google-certified Android TV and a preloaded Netflix app for endless streaming and movie enjoyment, augmented by comprehensive AV connectivity, wireless capabilities, and integrated immersive audio systems to complete your home theatre experience.

The W4000i also features a 4LED light source, 3200 ANSI-lumen high brightness and the flexibility of projecting 1.3X big zoom on a 100” screen from just 2.5m, 2D lens shift (Vertical 0%-60%; Horizontal ±15%) and 2D keystone, which can fit in any rooms.

The BenQ W4000i is available for purchase at RM 14,999 on Shopee from 15 August 2023 onwards. For more information about BenQ W4000i 4K home cinema projector visit BenQ Official Page.

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Sesi Masterclass Membuat Sushi dengan Daging Lembu dan Bebiri Muda Australia sempena promosi #DinewithChef Cash Fong di Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

Hi Korang,

Hari tuh kak lily dapat jemputan ke sesi masterclass membuat sushi dengan daging lembu dan bebiri muda Australia bersama Chef Cash Fong di Grand Hyatt KL.

Kalau korang nak tau yang daging lembu dan bebiri muda kambing halal terbaik Australia adalah hasil padang rumput ternak hijau yang subur, udara segar, cahaya matahari dan air bersih. Daging lembu Australia sentiasa menjadi pilihan unggul, dengan rangkaian tekstur, kelembutan, profil rasa dan kualiti pemakanannya. Rangkaian besarnya termasuk produk daging lembu yang diberi makan rumput berkualiti, bijirin, organik beserta baka yang berkualiti tinggi seperti Wagyu, Hereford dan Angus. Kambing Bebiri muda Australia adalah sumber protein yang bermutu tinggi, lazat dan sihat juga.

Daging lembu dan bebiri muda kambing Australia halal sungguh segar, berperisa dan serba boleh sehingga sesuai dengan pembuatan sushi Jepun. Lagipun sushi yang baik tidak semestinya dengan makanan laut. Sushi yang dibuat dengan daging lembu Australia Wagyu, Hereford dan Angus, misalnya, akan menaikkan beberapa tahap dalam rasa dan tekstur. Tidak hairanlah bahawa sushi dengan daging lembu khusus baka ini menjadi trend.

Bebiri muda dalam Sushi sememangnya jarang diketahui dan sebenarnya memberikan satu lagi dimensi rasa yang menarik kepada sushi dan onigiri. Bebiri muda Australia ialah pilihan protein yang sihat.

Daging & Ternakan Australia (MLA) dengan kerjasama Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur mengadakan Masterclass berkenaan Membuat Sushi dengan menggunakan daging lembu dan bebiri muda Australia. Acara itu juga bersempena dengan Siri #DinewithChef hotel yang menampilkan Chef Cash Fong 'A Japanese and Australian Epicurean Affair' dari 24 Ogos hingga 3 September.

Chef Cash Fong yang merupakan Chef Eksekutif Jepun dari kumpulan restoran Tung Lok di Singapura, mengendalikan masterclass eksklusif ini di THIRTY8 Restaurant, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. Chef Fong menunjukkan cara yang lazat untuk membuat sushi dan onigiri menggunakan daging lembu dan bebiri muda Australia.

Kami para media juga telah dijemput untuk merasai hidangan Jepun dalam Siri #DinewithChef. 

Antaranya ialah Platter Rasa Wagyu Australia, Wagyu Tataki Australia, Stik Kohitsuji Miso (bebiri muda Australia) dan Stik Wasabi Australia.

Daging lembu Australia Grassfed dikatakan mempunyai rasa yang mantap, bersahaja dan tekstur yang sangat baik. Sebagai makanan berkhasiat semulajadi, daging lembu yang diberi makan rumput dilihat sebagai komponen penting untuk diet yang sihat, secara semulajadi rendah lemak dan kolesterol. Ia mengandungi 12 nutrien penting yang diperlukan untuk kesihatan yang baik, termasuk vitamin Zat Besi, Zink, Omega-3 dan B.

Daging lembu Australia yang diberi bijirin termasuk daging lembu Wagyu Australia berasal daripada lembu yang telah diberi makanan yang seimbang dari segi pemakanan dan bercatuan tenaga tinggi untuk tempoh tertentu. Ini menghasilkan marbling yang dipertingkatkan, dengan kelembutan yang ditambah baik, lebih berjus dan rasa yang lebih baik.

Bebiri muda Australia, yang diternak terutamanya di padang rumput, menghasilkan daging tanpa lemak yang berkhasiat serta mengandungi 12 nutrien penting yang sama seperti daging lembu Australia.

Sempat juga kami mempelajari cara membuat sushi dan seni hiasan yang cukup mudah lagi kreatif dengan mengambil masa beberapa minit sahaja. Seriously memang sangat mudah dan kak lily boleh praktikkan di rumah.

Terima kasih kepada Cheh Fong dan team MLA kerana menjemput kami, selain daripada mempelajari seni kulinari sushi yang begitu mudah

Mengenai Daging & Ternakan Australia

Sebuah syarikat milik pengeluar, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) menyampaikan perkhidmatan pemasaran, penyelidikan dan pembangunan bertaraf dunia untuk pengeluar daging lembu, kambing dan kambing Australia, sambil menyokong pengeksport untuk memasukkan produk mereka ke pasaran.

Australia kini mengeksport daging merah dan ternakan ke lebih 100 negara, eksport mewakili lebih 70% daripada pengeluaran industri. Mewakili daging merah Australia yang berkualiti tinggi dan dihasilkan secara mampan, MLA juga mereka bentuk dan menyampaikan program pemasaran yang disesuaikan dengan setiap pasaran dengan objektif keseluruhan untuk meningkatkan akses pasaran, bahagian pasaran dan jualan daging lembu, kambing dan kambing.