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TANAH MERAH - The Education Ministry is in the midst of upgrading internet access to high-speed in all schools to facilitate teaching and learning using the latest technology.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said of the 10,000 schools in the country, internet access had been increased to high-speed in 6,000, mostly in the urban areas.

"Another 4,000, including those in the rural and interior areas are being upgraded and this will be completed by 2018," he told reporters after launching the Kelantan Teachers' Day celebrations at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Belimbing here Thursday.

Also present were Education Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad, Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohammad Yusoff and Kelantan Education director Jaafar Ismail.

Mahdzir said high-speed internet access would not only facilitate teaching and learning in the classroom but would also help teachers and school staff perform their duties.

He said teachers should master the latest technologies in information technology and communications, especially in education.

Earlier, in his speech, Mahdzir said Parents-Teachers' Associations (PTAs) and related non-governmental

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police will tighten security at the nation's borders, especially in the waters near the Philippines, following the declaration of martial law by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in the Mindanao region.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said, however, that the department will not increase the number of personnel required for the task.

"We have taken precautions, and are always aware of what is happening in the Philippines," he told Bernama

BANGKOK -The Malaysian Army and Royal Thai Army will further enhance existing ties and cooperation through the signing of the Terms of Reference (ToR).

Malaysian Army Chief General Datuk Seri Zulkiple Kassim said ToR would ensure the relationship between the two armies is expanded to include matters outside the General Border Committee (GBC).

"The Terms of Reference will open up more opportunities for both armies to further develop the existing ties and cooperation," he told Bernama in an

SEPANG - About 80 per cent of the 6,389 National Service (NS) Training Programme 2.0 Group 1 Series 14/2017 who graduated on Sunday, agreed to accept the offer to pursue their studies in technical skills at several Public Skills Training Institutes (ILKA) and Private Skills Training Institutes ( ILKS) nationwide.

Defence Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharum said trainees might be offered further education through the second phase of the NS programme, where they would have the

PETALING JAYA - Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has given his approval for the three PAS executive councillors to remain in the state government until the next general election. 

In a statement issued by the Sultan's private secretary Datuk Munir Bani on Thursday, the Selangor Sultan said that the position of the three PAS exco members should remain for the betterment of the people and in efforts to develop the state. 

"His Royal Highness has taken into consideration the mandate given


PUTRAJAYA - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recognised arts activists as 'role models' who are influential in spurring the direction of the nation and the shaping of the National Transformation 2050 (TN50).

He said the influence of arts activists could not only shape the national direction in the creative and entertainment industry but also in shaping the face of the nation and an excellent society.

"Arts activists are outstanding role model and par excellence. They shape the

KENINGAU - Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said it is safe for international tourists to visit Sabah.

He said he has full confidence in the control of security by the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) and thus the Land Below The Wind is safe for international tourists.

"Security for international tourists in Sabah is assured," he told reporters after opening the 1M Voluntourism Plant A Tree Programme under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS)

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