Malaysia - DSM

Activities:

Most important initiatives:

Development of the Young Consumer and Standards Workbook in 2006 along with the A-Z on standards. Organised nationwide essay, photography and video competition based on standards-related themes (since 2005 till present). Organization of a teachers training programme between 2006 and 2010. Competition and award entitled 'SPEAK UP' where teams from various schools identify a local / community problem and use standards as tools to provide and implement solutions to the problems / issues identified. Currently working on incorporating standards-related subjects into the syllabus of schools and institutes of higher learning.

Agreements exist with the following organizations:

Relationships exist with these organizations:

Ministry of Education (MOE) representatives form the membership of the committee reviewing workbook contents and also a task group on standards in education. The MOE has been providing approval for the extra-curricular activities involving standards on an annual basis since 2006.

"Standards Users" has an agreement with Standards Malaysia with regard to promoting standards, including initiatives to promote education about standardisation among school students.

Types of agreements with these organizations:

The Ministry of Education (MOE) provides approval for the extra-curricular activities involving standards on an annual basis. Since DSM is a governmental agency, no agreement is required. The governmental inter-agencies are the responsible entities.

"Standards users" has an agreement with DSM that is valid for a specific term.

Impact of initiatives in figures:

Number of schools or students reached: Approximately 25,000 students since 2006 and more than 100,000 during general outreach programmes ('blitz') ¿ both in 2011 and in 2012.
Number of publications or copies distributed: 2000 copies of each work book (three types) and 200 copies of the A-Z on Standards, 20,000 brochures on Standards and You, 10,000 booklets on standards issues namely: product safety, labelling, toy safety, food safety, etc.
Other indicators: Pre and post surveys for each initiative indicates increased awareness of the role of standards, the national standards body and other relevant agencies. "SPEAK UP" is an initiative to promote the application of standards as tools for providing solutions to selected community problems such as energy efficiency, food safety, product safety and social responsibility. It encourages project participants to actively search for information related to standards and use this information, among others, to implement solutions that overcome problems faced by the community.This project is an effective means for promoting community leadership at the school level.

Impact on public authorities, stakeholder groups or others:

Awareness of the importance of standards: Feedback to a survey showed interest even within the Ministry itself (2008). Knowledge about standards gained through the "SPEAK UP" initiative has been applied in resolving selected problems.
Higher engagement: Testimonials from teachers and students admitting their lack of knowledge of such an important topic. Activities they started under the "SPEAK UP" since its introduction in 2011 have been sustained.
Actions in support of standardization: Some projects have provided feedback to the NSB through the organizing committee on areas where standards can be developed or improved.
Other qualitative impacts: A private institute of higher learning has begun to show interest in standardization.

Materials for primary and secondary education in Malaysia

Title / Abstract Types Lang
Young Consumer and Standards
Students, just like the rest of society are consumers. Every purchase of products or services makes them consumers. At the same time, students are also exposed to risks and threats due to the use of unsafe or substandard products or services. The welfare of the consumers, especially students, will ... more
Targets: Teachers, Primary school students, Secondary school students
Author(s): Standards Malaysia
Dedicated textbook, Teacher guide English, Malay
The World of Standards
Entitled the "World of Standards", this book is aimed at consumers at large. The contents are arranged in such a way so as to facilitate easy reference and not overwhelm consumers with tech-heavy contents. This book is an enhancement of a previous publication entitled "A to Z on Standardization ... more
Targets: Teachers, Primary school students, Secondary school students
Author(s): Standards Malaysia
Dedicated textbook, Teacher guide English, Malay