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NATIONAL DUTY: They should return and help develop country, says Muhyiddin

   MALAYSIAN graduates from foreign universities are beneficiaries  of the country's comprehensive education system, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday.

He said they should draw on the knowledge and skills they have gained to serve the country because they were the country's assets and future.

Addressing a dinner gathering of more than 200 Malaysian students from various universities in the United States Midwest here, Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said students, especially among the younger generation, should realise that education was a capital investment.

He said a good and sound education system provided the best returns on investments, especially in the country's human capital development.

"Education has always been an important agenda of the government. The government is committed to providing accessible and equitable education for everyone, especially our young, to prepare them for the global demands of the 21st century.

"This is evident with more than 20 per cent of the national budget being set aside for education.

"In our pursuit of a developed nation status, the country must have a capable workforce of graduates who can push the country's development to greater heights."

Responding to questions on the change in the policy of teaching Mathematics and Science in English, Muhyiddin said the decision was made after a lot of thought and feedback from various parties.

He said the shortage of proficient English teachers in the two subjects was among the reasons for the policy change.

The deputy prime minister also reminded students that the country's stability and national unity should be safeguarded.

He later presented prizes to winners of the Tun Abdul Razak Chair Oratory Skills in Bahasa Malaysia competition organised by Ohio University's International Malaysian Students Association and supported by the Education Malaysia office in Washington.

Muhyiddin is here to launch the Malaysia@Ohio University Outreach Programme and deliver a keynote address.

The one-day programme, an initiative of the Tun Abdul Razak Chair at the university, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the strategic partnership with Ohio University, which began in the mid-1960s.


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