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DPM: Malaysia-Cambodia bilateral cooperation a milestone in education sector

DPM: Malaysia-Cambodia bilateral cooperation a milestone in education sector

PHNOM PENH: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Malaysia is  looking forward to enhance collaboration in the education sector with the  Cambodian government.

Muhyiddin, who  is also Education Minister, conveyed the country’s interest to cooperate with  Cambodia during a bilateral meeting with the Cambodian Education, Youth and  Sports Minister Dr Hang Chuon Naron this afternoon.
In  his speech, Muhyiddin also described the Malaysia-Cambodia bilateral cooperation  as a very important milestone in the education sector for both  countries.

“Education has always  been our (Malaysia) number one agenda.

“Through  education, we believe that it could raise our standard of living.

“The Malaysian  Parliament approved up to an average of 21 per cent of the country’s budget, to  spur the country’s education from pre-school to tertiary education level,” he  said during the meeting.

Present  were Higher Education Department deputy director-general Datin Ir Dr Siti  Hamisah Tepair, International Trade and Industry Ministry ASEAN Economics senior  director P. Ravindran, Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron, Malaysian  Ambassador to Cambodia, Raszlan Abdul Rashid and representatives from the  Cambodian government.

Muhyiddin  hoped that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in higher  education that was signed after the meeting would help to raise the quality and  standard of education for both countries.

“I  am happy to observe that there are quite a number of Cambodian students studying  in Malaysia.

“I hope that the MoU  that will be signed later would spell out more areas that Malaysia and Cambodia  could work together in the education sector as well as increase the number of  Cambodian students studying in our country.”

Muhyiddin  later proceeded to the MoU signing ceremony at the same event representing  Malaysia.

Under  the MoU, the Malaysian government will help Cambodia to develop its human  capital by providing more place for Cambodian students to further their tertiary  education in Malaysia.

Today,  is the second day of Muhyiddin’s first official visit to Cambodia.

Earlier, Muhyiddin paid  a courtesy call on the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen where both leaders spent  about an hour during the meeting at the latter’s office.

Muhyiddin,  later paid a courtesy call to one of Cambodia’s five deputy prime ministers, Sok  An.

– New Straits Times, 20 Feb 2014