Daily Archives: January 13, 2020

More support for Dr Mahathir as interim Education Minister

KUALA LUMPUR, The Public Universities Vice-Chancellors and Rectors Committee (JKNC/R) today expressed its full support to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the interim Education Minister.

The committee, in a statement today, expressed its full support and would always be ready to extend cooperation to Dr Mahathir in implementing initiatives to improve the quality of the country’s education, in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0), digital innovation and the Internet of things (IoT) centered on the National Education philosophy and the principles of the Rukun Negara.

The JKNC/R is also committed to promoting the country’s quality, inclusive, and conducive higher education towards global prominence, it said.

The committee also congratulated Dr Mahathir who assumed the post on Jan 3 and hoped that he would continue to drive and empower the country’s educational excellence.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia

Expand overseas, PM tells companies in railway sector

SERENDAH, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged railway companies to export their expertise abroad and look for businesses to better serve the country.

He said the government believes in exporting not only raw materials but also finished goods and expertise.

We made the decision for an electrified double-track railway because trains previously could not move at high speed as we had only one line. Now we have two lines and I think in ASEAN, Malaysia is the only one that has electrified the rail line. But it is costly, so we’ll have to do it part by part, he told reporters during his visit to Dhaya Maju Infrastructure (Asia) Sdn Bhd’s (DMIA) Serendah railyard today.

Dhaya Maju LTAT Sdn Bhd, a joint venture between DMIA and the Armed Forces Fund Board, is the contractor for the RM4.475 billion Klang Valley Double Track 2 (KVDT2) rehabilitation project.

Dhaya Maju is also the contractor for the RM1.41 billion KVDT1, which involves upgrading the Rawang-Salak Selatan and Sentul-Simpang Batu lines. As at June 30, 80.3 per cent of KVDT1 had been completed, with the project slated to be delivered next year, a slight delay from its earlier target.

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government re-negotiated that contract and brought the cost down by 15 per cent to the current price of RM4.475 billion compared with the original RM5.26 billion.

Asked if he was satisfied with the cost saving on the project, he replied: If we save money but have to import (expertise) from others, there is no use. We need to learn. If we want to learn, we need to pay the cost.

Initially, it may not be good; but over time, we (local firms) will improve and achieve the same standard as those in developed countries.

Dr Mahathir also acknowledged Malaysian companies’ efforts in improving their skills in the industry.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia

Tun M to step into Education Minister’s office soon

HULU SELANGOR, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said he will be stepping into the Education Minister’s office soon.

He said his immediate priority as acting Education Minister would be to study the problems in the ministry before making any decision.

As soon as possible, he said in jest, in reply to questions from reporters on when his first day in the Education Ministry would be.

There are many problems in the Ministry of Education. So, I have to know why the problems are being raised and find the solution, he explained.

The premier said this after visiting the Dhaya Maju Infrastructure (Asia) Sdn Bhd (DMIA) Serendah depot here today.

Asked whether the Education Ministry would be split into higher education and education ministries, Dr Mahathir answered: That will be something I will consider according to your (reporter) suggestion.

On the issue of influenza, the prime minister said the Health Ministry was currently accessing the situation to see whether the outbreak was widespread or still in the early stages.

Last Wednesday (8 Jan), the Health Ministry was reported to be investigating the latest development of the infection at all educational institutions after students tested positive for influenza.

As of yesterday, a total of 103 students from 52 primary and secondary schools in Penang were reported to be infected with influenza, and two Year 2 classes in SJKC Li Hwa Butterworth, Penang, have been closed since last Wednesday.

Today, Sekolah Menengah Sains Teluk Intan (SEMESTI) in Perak was closed after 10 of its students tested positive for influenza.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia

Tun M to step into Education Minister’s office soon

HULU SELANGOR, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said he will be stepping into the Education Minister’s office soon.

He said his immediate priority as acting Education Minister would be to study the problems in the ministry before making any decision.

As soon as possible, he said in jest, in reply to questions from reporters on when his first day in the Education Ministry would be.

There are many problems in the Ministry of Education. So, I have to know why the problems are being raised and find the solution, he explained.

The premier said this after visiting the Dhaya Maju Infrastructure (Asia) Sdn Bhd (DMIA) Serendah depot here today.

Asked whether the Education Ministry would be split into higher education and education ministries, Dr Mahathir answered: That will be something I will consider according to your (reporter) suggestion.

On the issue of influenza, the prime minister said the Health Ministry was currently accessing the situation to see whether the outbreak was widespread or still in the early stages.

Last Wednesday (8 Jan), the Health Ministry was reported to be investigating the latest development of the infection at all educational institutions after students tested positive for influenza.

As of yesterday, a total of 103 students from 52 primary and secondary schools in Penang were reported to be infected with influenza, and two Year 2 classes in SJKC Li Hwa Butterworth, Penang, have been closed since last Wednesday.

Today, Sekolah Menengah Sains Teluk Intan (SEMESTI) in Perak was closed after 10 of its students tested positive for influenza.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia