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