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JAPAN’S FRIENDSHIP TIES PROGRAMS JENESYS 2019 ASEAN INBOUND PROGRAM 23RD BATCH

131 university students who will be a future leader from ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and Timor-Leste, are scheduled to visit Japan from February 9th to 18th, 2020 as part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs, JENESYS 2019 promoted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA).

In the Program, the participants are divided into 5 groups based on the theme of common issues in Japan and Asia, such as Over tourism and sustainable tourism development Foreign Workers Quality education Food loss Awareness of disaster mitigation. They will visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Aichi, Osaka, Miyagi prefecture respectively, under the common theme of What the Youths in Southeast Asia countries can do for the peace and stability, and have lectures, fours of theme related facilities, opinion exchange related to each themes. They will also exchange opinions to find solutions and improvement plans of the issues, as well as to think how they can contribute to Asia and Japanese society and deepen the mutual understanding among students. On an equal footing, the participants aim to create, sustain, and realize the collaborativeness network to slave social challenges. Furthermore, by visiting local areas, they will experience traditional cultures to deepen the understanding of culture, traditions, and life styles of Japan.

Through the program, we hope the friendly relationship among Japan, ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste will be strengthened, and the participants proactively share the attractiveness of Japan which they experienced in Japan after returning to their home country.

[For reference] Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS 2019

People with the ability and future mission to deliver messages between Japan and the countries and regions of Asia and Oceania are invited and dispatched in order to promote an understanding of Japan with regard to politics, economics, society, culture, history, foreign policy, and the like, and pro-Japanese people and experts on Japan are discovered in order to strengthen Japan’s message to other countries and expand Japan’s diplomatic foundation by having the guests and dispatches take the initiative to spread information about the diplomatic stance, appeals, and other facets of Japan.

Source: NAM News Network

Free Breakfast Programme only For Underprivileged Students, Says Dr Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, The government’s free breakfast programme (PSP) in schools will be targeted at underprivileged students only, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today.

According to Dr Mahathir, it will not be fair to provide such assistance to students from families with sufficient means.

We will continue with the existing programme but the focus will be on those in need.

If many of those (students) with money, who are rich, and who have food at home, also receive it, it’s not fair, he told reporters after opening Kompleks Balai Islam An-Nur Tenaga Nasional Berhad here.

Dr Mahathir said the recipients of the programme will be increased from time to time.

Prior to this, the Education Ministry had announced that the first phase of the programme would begin on Jan 20, benefiting 37,000 students from 100 schools across the country at an estimated cost of RM22 million.

The programme features a menu with a Grab ‘n’ Go concept and comprises nutritious drinks including milk-based drinks, and simple food such as bread, biscuits, cereal snacks, local cakes, sandwiches, fruits and boiled eggs.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia

Dr Mahathir checks in at Education Ministry

PUTRAJAYA, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today checked in at the Education Ministry for the first time following his appointment as acting Education Minister on Jan 3.

On his arrival at the ministry at about 2.40 pm, Dr Mahathir was greeted by secretary-general Datuk Dr Mohd Gazali Abas, as well as other members of the ministry’s top management.

Dr Mahathir was then ushered to his office on the 18th floor, where he was given a briefing by Mohd Gazali, with Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching also in attendance.

Following this, the premier met with the ministry’s top management on the 17th floor for another briefing.

On Jan 8, the Cabinet decided that Dr Mahathir would serve as acting Education Minister, effective 3 January, following the resignation of Dr Maszlee Malik the day earlier.

Dr Mahathir was reported to have said recently that he would occupy his office at the Education Ministry soon, and his priorities included studying problems faced by the ministry before making any decision.

The Prime Minister was also reported to be considering the re-establishment of two education ministries, as had existed in previous times, and which comprised the Education Ministry and the Higher Education Ministry.

Dr Mahathir was Education Minister from 1974 to 1978 during the administration of prime ministers Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and Tun Hussein Onn respectively.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia

Dr Mahathir already has ideas to improve education system

KUALA LUMPUR, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he already has ideas on how to improve the education system in the country.

Having been appointed as acting Education Minister hardly two weeks ago, Dr Mahathir said he was still in the process of attending briefings by the Education Ministry to understand its functions and responsibilities.

We find there are many things that need to be reviewed, (to see) whether they are good or not.

We also find that people normally make comments and we will take into consideration their comments and decide if we need to make changes or not, he told reporters after attending a Bank Rakyat conversation session with the Prime Minister here today.

Dr Mahathir was appointed the acting Education Minister effective last Jan 3 following Dr Maszlee Malik’s resignation from the post .

Dr Mahathir said the aim of the Education Ministry is to educate students so that they could live a perfect life.

Our aim is to educate children so that when they grow up, they can live a good life, able to earn a living, become a productive person and not one who is solely dependent on assistance, he added.

On a request by the from National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) for the government to consider adding Influenza A to the list of infectious diseases that requires quarantine leave, Dr Mahathir said he would think about it.

The prime minister said he was also studying on the call for the government to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC),

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

Malaysia’s Mahathir hails Seoul’s ‘Look South Policy,’ affirms plan to embrace Pyongyang

BUSAN, Nov 26 � Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad held out expectations Tuesday for this week’s special summit between South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), saying they can further develop win-win partnerships.

We welcome Korea’s looking south policy, he said in an exclusive interview with Yonhap News Agency and Yonhap News TV during his trip to Busan for the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit.

He was referring to the Moon Jae In administration’s New Southern Policy intended to strengthen Seoul’s strategic ties with ASEAN.

Mahathir pointed out that South Korea is not like before, having made tremendous progress, especially in terms of technology.

So, it is important that ASEAN develops good relations with (South) Korea because we can benefit from your experience, your ways of doing things and also investments from Korea, he said.

He stressed that Malaysia is very suitable for interacting with Korea, given his country’s English-speaking human resources and stable politics.

Reflecting Malaysia’s diplomatic pragmatism, the prime minister also said the country is reaching out to North Korea as well.

The Southeast Asian country is preparing to reopen its embassy in Pyongyang, partially closed since the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February 2017.

We want to be friendly with all countries in the world Even North Korea can provide some trade for us. We don’t like confrontation, he said.

He described the talk of the North Korean government being behind the assassination as suspicion and said it has not affected Malaysia’s security.

So, now it is time to resume the normal relations between Malaysia and North Korea, he said in the interview held at his Busan hotel room.

Asked about the exact timing, Mahathir said, We are meeting them, we are talking to them.

North Korean officials plan to visit Malaysia. We will talk to them as to the appropriate time for us to open the embassy, he added.

He said, though, his government will be more careful to ensure that internal affairs of other nations do not spill over into his country.

He reaffirmed support for Moon’s regional peace initiative.

I appreciate President Moon’s idea. He is making some progress, he said.

But the international community should avoid an attitude calling on North Korea to do everything before relieving sanctions.

The 94-year-old leader arrived in this southern port city on Sunday. He promptly visited Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), a major aerospace and defence company. He’s also planning to tour Hyundai Rotem, which also produces defence goods.

Asked about his schedule, he said Malaysia is looking for suitable partners for the supply of required weapons for its own defence and security.

He was prudent about South Korea’s push for a free trade agreement (FTA) with Malaysia.

FTA is always good, but we have to understand the weakness and the strength of countries involved, he said, adding Malaysia’s industrial strength is still in the stage of infancy.

He likened it to a golfer’s handicap. In order to contest with Tiger Woods, an amateurish golfer might need to adjust his handicap to allow for a fair match, Mahathir said.

On South Korea-Japan disputes over history, he suggested forward-looking efforts to resolve confrontations on the basis of what can contribute to their growth and development.

He’s scheduled to head to Seoul right after attending the Busan summit. He will have one-on-one summit talks with Moon at Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday.

Source: Office of the Prime Minster Malaysia