Pagoh Education Hub not an empty promise made by govt: DPM


PAGOH: The Pagoh Education Hub is not an empty promise made by the government, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said he was told that certain parties have questioned the validity of the project, saying that the signboard have been put up but no universities are in sight.

 “Whenever we promise something we will deliver. This is not a small project that is worth one or two million, we will be spending up to RM4 billion to develop the hub.

 “There will be four universities, a polytechnic, a secondary school and other amenities at the hub. The people of Pagoh should be very proud as it is the only such hub in Malaysia,” said Muhyiddin.

 The Deputy Prime Minister said this in his speech during a Pagoh Deepavali celebration at the Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara (IKBN) here yesterday. Also present were his wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman.

 Muhyiddin said he have told Sime Darby Bhd, the hub’s developer, and Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin that work on the hub should start early next year.

 “The first university is expected to be ready to receive its first intake in 2015 and students from Pagoh will be given priority. This is a privilege for Pagoh that does not exist anywhere else,” said Muhyiddin.

 He said this is not a vanity project as Pagoh needs to be a new growth centre for northern Johor.
 “Southern Johor already have the Iskandar Malaysia development region so to balance it we came up with the education hub,” he said.

 In another matter, Muhyiddin urge the Indian community to continue to support the Barisan Nasional government.

 “We need a government that we can trust and able to help. There is no other government that can be more trusted and able to help than Barisan Nasional,” said Muhyiddin.

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