Study ACCA Part-time in MCKL with Top Lecturers

Study ACCA Part-time in MCKL with Top Lecturers

Study ACCA Part-time in MCKL with Top Lecturers

In January 2017 Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL) officially opens its doors to students enrolling for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) part-time evening classes. Students can now study part-time and prepare for the ACCA examinations with a team of world-class lecturers, who conduct evening classes on weekdays and on Saturdays at MCKL.

Students will be taught by some of the best lecturers and leaders in their respective fields of specialisation. The ACCA Programme at MCKL is headed by Ms Christina Chong, Fellow of the ACCA, UK since 2000. With over 18 years of experience in accounting, audit and corporate finance, including leadership positions in multinational companies, Christina leads a team of highly qualified and experienced lecturers.

Outstanding Lecturers

Mr Low Chin Ann, Course Advisor and lecturer, is a Fellow of ACCA, UK and has produced several top prize winners over the course of 15 years teaching in professional accountancy courses and various degree programmes. He has lectured widely, both in Malaysia and internationally – in Singapore, China, Vietnam and Cambodia. He also conducts corporate training programmes in corporate governance, taxation and auditing related topics for multinational companies.

Another experienced lecturer is Mr Ian Lim, a Fellow member of the ACCA (UK), Chartered Accountant of Malaysia and Certified Financial Planner. His interest in teaching began in 1999 when he taught accounting, financial management and management accounting subjects. Ian specialises in financial reporting, financial management and performance management courses in the ACCA programme. He understands students’ needs well and he has embarked on international teaching and training assignments – in countries like Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Brunei and Africa.

Ian is also a mentor for ACCA students who opt for the B.Sc. in Applied Accounting degree from Oxford Brookes University, UK. His commitment and dedication, his simple yet effective teaching techniques are evident in the students’ results; earning him awards by SAA Global Education Singapore (education arm of Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants) for producing the most number of prize winners for ACCA Fundamental Level in 2013 and 2014.

Mr. Daniel Ho is another well known lecturer who has been teaching various finance modules, such as Securities Analysis, Portfolio Management, Derivatives and Fixed Income Investment. He is known for simplicity and clarity in his teaching. Due to his wealth of knowledge and experience, Daniel has been invited to conduct lectures in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia and even in Mongolia.

MCKL: ACCA Approved Learning Partner

At MCKL students will be provided with a conducive teaching and learning environment at affordable fees, leading to a professional accounting qualification which is recognised globally and is well accepted by international accounting firms and corporations. Full-time students will have the added benefit of enjoying the all the facilities and services of a centrally located urban campus near KL Sentral and being eligible to apply for scholarships and financial awards.

MCKL is a Gold Approved Learning Partner of ACCA,UK and the programme is fully accredited by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). MCKL aims to educate and train qualified accountants of integrity, imbued with high ethical standards and values and who will become outstanding nation-builders; in line with its vision to be The College of Excellence for Life.

As Yang Berhormat Datuk Johari Bin Abdul Ghani, the Hon. Minister of Finance II puts it,

“….. Accountants play key roles in the development of an economy; not just as the financial backbone of organizations but also as advisors, strategists and administrators. Our journey towards becoming a high income nation by 2020 envisages strong demand for professional accountants.”

Entry Requirements

Applications are accepted from school leavers with STPM/A Level/UEC certificates. Graduates can be accepted with advanced standing in the ACCA programme. School leavers with SPM/O level certificates can enrol in the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) programme and proceed on to the ACCA programme.

Scholarships and rebates are available to students who qualify*.

For further information on MCKL and
the ACCA, CAT programmes:

03-2274 6711 (Marketing) / 03-2274 1851 (General)

Or visit our website

Visit MCKL Website   and   Visit ACCA2U Website

It’s a Clean Sweep for APU!

It’s a Clean Sweep for APU!

It’s Clean Sweep for APU!

APU bags all three academic awards at National Big Data Challenge

Kuala Lumpur,
21 December 2016

3 student teams from Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) attained all of the top 3 awards, as they emerged as the Champion, 1st Runner-Up and 2nd Runner Up award winners of the Academic Track of Big App Challenge 3.0. The results were announced at the awards ceremony, which was held at Hilton KL Sentral on the 9th of December 2016.

The competition was organized by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), in line with its efforts to encourage and increase the adoption of Big Data Analytics across all sectors in the country. Through the challenge, MDEC provided a platform for the nation’s brightest application developers to tap into the power of Big Data to solve socio-economic problems.

Participants in the semi-finals of the challenge came from various hackathons nationwide, which were organized by educational institutions and members of the industry. In August, the Asia Pacific Center for Analytics (APCA) organized the APU Data Science Week & the APU Big Data Week Hackathon at its campus in Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil.

The multi-level challenge took place over several months, in which participants gained advancement into the Semi Finals and Grand Finals after several rounds of ideas and prototype presentations, workshops and debate sessions from the panel of judges, who were appointed by MDEC.

The winning team from APU stood out among all participants with the project, Affinity Analysis and Prediction (AAP), which aims to reduce university drop-out rates by identifying students’ strengths and interests through data analytics.

1st runner-up for academia track

2nd runner-up for academia track

The team comprises Chin Koh Shian, Dickson Pang Yee Sheng, Hiew Ming An and Manigandran Raamanathan; they walked away with a cash prize of RM10,000.00.

In addition, two more projects from APU teams, WG – Movie Theatre Advertising System using Analytics, and Superlon – Analytics System that reduces the risk of underweight babies bagged the 1st Runner Up and 2nd Runner Up awards of the Academic Track at the Big App Challenge 3.0 respectively.

“We are delighted to know about our victory; but what overwhelmed us the most was the moment when we knew that our friends from other teams also won the two other awards! It’s all three awards for us – it’s amazing!”

said the winning team, as they received the award from Dr. Karl Ng Kah Hou, MDEC Innovation Capital Director.

The winning team from APU developed the Affinity Analysis and Prediction (AAP) project to reduce universities’ drop-out rate. From left: Hiew Ming An, Chin Koh Shian, Dr. Karl Ng Kah Hou, MDEC Innovation Capital Director, Manigandan Raamanathan and Dickson Pang Yee Sheng

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities. APU offers a wide range of degree programs in collaboration with Staffordshire University, UK with Technology as a common core. These programs nurture students into professionals and prepare them for challenging careers and roles in business and society globally. Professionalism, problem-solving skills, and creativity & innovation are some of the key attributes of APU graduates. The multi-cultural student community comprises both Malaysian students as well as International students from over 110 countries. APU was also Rated No.1 in Asia and Malaysia for Multicultural Learning Experience by the Student Barometer Wave 2015, ‘Studying with people from other cultures’.

APU has earned an enviable reputation as an award-winning University through its achievements in winning a host of prestigious awards at national and international levels. It was announced as among the Highest Rated Universities in Malaysia, being rated at TIER 5 (EXCELLENT) under the SETARA 2013 Ratings by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) on 1st November 2012 and has maintained this Excellent rating in the latest SETARA 2013 Ratings announced on 17th November 2014.

By enrolling at APU you will gain invaluable insight into the world of opportunities and to be better equipped towards positioning yourself for the lucrative career you seek.

For more information and full course listings

Please call

03-8996 1000

or visit APU website

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Career paths opted by Malaysian parents

Career paths opted by Malaysian parents

Top 10 Career Paths of 2016

Malaysian parents picked out for their kid website has published their top 10 list of courses most viewed by families in Malaysia. (Source:

#10. Aviation

Despite recent plane crashes, the urge for human to travel or fly remains strong.

Didn’t make the chart in 2014 (because you know why). But quickly making a comeback in 2015 and 2016.

#9. Pharmacy

Job mobility, stability, flexibility. Need I say more?

Pharmacy has always been close to the top 10 chart in recent years. But this year, students interest in the field had improved.

#8. Computer Science

The dream to insanely make a lot of money online lives on.

In 2014, the field wasn’t as popular on However, in 2015 it picked up significant steam; and in 2016 it is in the top 10 list.

#7. Actuarial Science

Top paid jobs with high demand in the marketplace.

Actuarial science was one of the most researched courses on in 2014. But this course didn’t make it to the top 10 last year. This year, actuarial science picked up steam because prospects are looking better again.

#6. Business & Marketing

Who wouldn't want to see their son all grown up in a suit?

Not even in the top 10 in 2014, this course has suddenly jumped to #5 last year. This year, you guys – our cool students – have shown slightly less interests.

#5. Biomedical Sciences

Give back to the people. Give back to the environment.

Students are opened to the opportunities in various fields like medicine, pharmacology, lab technologies, information technology in healthcare, communicating and educating the public, law, and environmental impacts. Therefore, the interest is understandably higher than before.

#4. Psychology

No monkey business. New jobs are created for workplace psychology everyday.

Students are smarter and capable of understanding the importance of psychology in the marketplace. Institutions that provide studies in this field are helping parents and students understand even better.

#3. Medicine

What parents wouldn't want their child to be a doctor, right?

Health is one of the most important aspects that contributes to the longevity of human and directly impacts productivity. Traditional and Veterinary Medicine are also on the rise.

#2. Accounting & Finance

There are worse job than counting money.

Tons of scholarships dedicated to increase the talent pool in this field. Competition also gets greater every year.

Top 1

#1. Chemical Engineering

Does your eyes sparkle when someone tells you he works in the Oil and Gas industry?

Oil and Gas industry isn’t the only field closely related to Chemical Engineering. But the riches in this industry (in dollar signs) is certainly a compelling reason for many.

Do you agree with the choices your parents made for you? Or did you make your own choices? Tell us your story.

MCKL Alumnus amongst Most Innovative Engineers in Australia

MCKL Alumnus amongst Most Innovative Engineers in Australia

For many young Malaysians, simply gaining entry into a university overseas is enough of an ambition. For the hardworking few, receiving awards in prestigious universities overseas may be more of a reality than most dare to dream.

Damien Balachandran completed his A Level studies in Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL) in 2008, and proceeded with a Bachelor of Engineering at Australian National University (ANU) with the International Undergraduate Scholarship Award. Upon graduating from there, Damien began working as a Hardware Engineer at Seeing Machines and was recently named one of Australia’s most innovative engineers for his role in developing ‘Guardian’, a product that can manage driver fatigue through computer vision.

In recognition of MCKL’s contribution to Damien’s personal and academic growth, his father wrote to MCKL to express his endorsement and gratitude:

“…This was his stepping stone which took him to complete his Hons in Engineering at Australian National University in Canberra. He graduated in 2012 and was chosen as the graduated speaker. From here he was offered employment as an undergraduate in Seeing Machines based in Canberra.

“We as parents of Damien made the right choice in choosing MCKL for his foundation studies. Thanks to all lecturers in nurturing him for achievements.”

Students who have similar aspirations may consider enrolling for MCKL’s courses such as the Cambridge A Level, Western Australian Matriculation, American Degree Transfer Programme, Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Diploma in Social Work or Accounting Studies (ACCA). Scholarships are available for deserving students. For further information on MCKL and its programmes: call 03-22746711 (Marketing) or 03-22741851 (General), email or visit our website

Increase the starting salary for graduates ASAP!

Increase the starting salary for graduates ASAP!


Increase the starting salary for graduates ASAP!

Zan Azlee, Writer, Malaysia

20 December 2016

I started working as a journalist 16 years ago. It was my first ever job and it was at The Sun newspaper. I remember my starting salary. It was RM2,100 per month and naturally, it wasn’t enough. It never is enough, right? But it was okay for me as a fresh graduate.

I was able to pay my bills. Of course, there weren’t many since I was only 22 years old and I was still single and living with my parents. I could even save up to buy a car and also a medium-cost apartment slightly outside of the city.

During those days, the issue of low starting salaries for fresh graduates entering the workforce wasn’t something that was a problem. 16 years later today, it is a problem. Fresh graduates now are complaining that their starting salaries are not enough.

Today, the starting salary for most jobs in Malaysia is approximately around RM2,000, depending on the industry.

This means that after 16 years since I started working, the starting salary has not increased. In fact, in some industries, it seems to have even decreased.

So many people I talk to have said that the expectations by graduates these days are unrealistic and that all they want is a high salary to feed their spoilt lifestyle. Some of them even say that if they could survive on their starting salary, then these new graduates should, too.

But I have to disagree. I would not expect a graduate starting to work today to survive on the starting salary that I received almost two decades ago. Economically speaking, wouldn’t it be natural for us to actually equate inflation into it?

My parents, who are both university graduates, used to tell me that their starting salary when they first started working in a bank in the 1970s was around RM800 per month. This was more than 40 years ago.

If according to the logic of these people who say that the graduates are being unreasonable, then everyone today should be able to survive on a starting salary that my parents received more than four decades ago.

When I started working, an affordable car (in my case, it was a Proton Satria) cost me roughly RM40,000. I needed to save up 10 percent of that (RM4,000) for a downpayment and the monthly installment was about RM200.

A medium-cost apartment (I found an affordable one in Sunway) cost RM90,000. Again, I just needed to save up 10 percent for the down payment and legal fees, which came up to about RM12,000. The monthly installment worked out to around RM450.

On a starting salary of RM2,100, these two initial but essential commitments were affordable. I managed to save up and also pay off the installments (which didn’t come to more than 30 percent of my monthly income).

Making a comparison

Now, let’s take a look at the cost of living today. To keep things simple, let’s just take the two costs that I have mentioned, a vehicle and residential property, to make a comparison with what I had to go through years ago.

What is a cheap car these days? A Perodua Axia would be one of the cheapest and currently, it is running at an on-the-road price of roughly RM40,000. It is almost the same price as my Proton Satria way back then.

But an Axia is not equivalent to a Proton Satria. A current equivalent to a Satria would probably be a Proton Persona and that is currently selling for close to RM50,000. So clearly, there has been an increase in cost, if not slightly.

Now we take a look at residential property. Now here is where the significant increase in cost can clearly be seen. A medium-cost apartment like mine (which cost me RM90,000) would now cost about RM400,000 to purchase.

Saving up for the downpayment would take forever for someone who has just started working.

And then there are the monthly installments to worry about. A 90 percent loan over a 30-year tenure would roughly be RM1,300. A little too high for a monthly salary of RM2,100.

Realistically, there are so much more increases in costs in our lives these days than just property and vehicles. How many of us have mentioned to others or ourselves that a packet of nasi lemak used to cost only RM0.50 whereas it now costs RM2?

It is impacting everyone and I think to improve this situation, employers need to think really hard to provide proper wages for their employees. Of course, the authorities also play a very key role because they have the responsibility of forming policies.

If cost is really the problem, then employers probably need to make sure that their revenue stream is stronger. And if the economy is the problem, then those in the government need to ensure that is stronger. Those are their responsibilities.

And those who are already in the workforce should stop sabotaging the younger generation by saying that they are spoilt and have delusional expectations.

We need to make sure that our society develops and progresses into a high-income nation.

When my parents entered the workforce in the 1970s, they could buy a terrace house for RM30,000 and the loan tenure in those days were rarely even over 10 years. A decent car cost RM10,000. So their starting salary of RM800 to RM1,000 was adequate.

It’s simple logic, really.

ZAN AZLEE is a writer, documentary filmmaker, journalist and academic. He continues to work hard to provide for his family and realises that nothing comes easy in life. Luckily, he really enjoys his job. Visit FATBIDIN.COM to view his work.

I graduated. What now?

I graduated. What now?

Millennials vs. Gen X

So… what now?

Zameen Datta, Intern, Malaysiakini

2 December 2016

Congratulations, you’ve finally gotten your degree.

Finishing your final year involves a great deal of stress, with exams and assignments and internships that all suddenly need to be completed and handed in yesterday. It requires many late nights pouring over textbooks and frantic study sessions in the library. At the end of it all, being handed your degree can feel like a sweet, sweet victory.

But once you’ve taken the pictures and tossed the hats in the air, things suddenly become complicated. The real world is very different from the structured, organized life you got used to in university, and it can be confusing or disheartening to many recent graduates taking their first steps alone.

So what do you do once the party’s over and the realities of adult life begin hammering on your door?

For a recent graduate, there are three basic paths available:

1. Continue studying

The most straightforward option: more university!

Many graduates choose to continue studying in order to receive a Masters or even PhD qualification. While this can increase your work value and allow you to learn more about a subject you love, it is important to consider whether or not this is the right path for you.

Going for a Masters means sacrificing short term profits in the hopes of a long term pay off. While having more qualifications can be good, the path of research and academia may not be suited for everyone. In addition to the highly competitive nature of the field, getting a higher qualification can actually lower your job prospects by making you too specialized in a certain subject.

2. Get a job

The “sensible” choice: start working, earn a salary and pay off your debts as soon as possible.

A lot of people decide to go straight into the working world once they graduate. This gives them the chance to immediately start earning money as well as learn new skills and make valuable contacts that will serve them well in the future.

However, while getting a job was once considered the ‘safe and stable’ option, the economic problems of the past few years has led to many companies downsizing and made it harder for new graduates to find work. While the economy is recovering in many places, the idea of staying in one job until you retire is considered outdated and inflexible. Be prepared to switch jobs or even careers several times throughout your lifetime.

3. Do something else

The third and final option represents a lot of things, including: building a business, taking a gap year, becoming a housewife, volunteering to work for an NGO, and many, many more.

This option is available to you because right now you are at what is possibly the most free period of your life. You have all the freedoms and responsibilities of an adult without needing to worry about having to take care of a house or children. In short, this is possibly the best time for you to take a risk because you can afford to make a big gamble.

Whichever path you want to take, make sure you think carefully before deciding. These next few years will possibly be the most important in your lifetime. You should plan your next steps ahead of time in order to ensure that the path you pick is the right one for you.


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