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MANILA - The government aims to find the best solution soon to improve the management of Islamic educational institutions, including tahfiz schools, especially those that are privately operated across the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said for that, a meeting between the school operators and local authorities at the national and state levels would be convened to discuss and exchange information that would be needed to formulate long-term strategies and solutions to the issue.

"It is hoped that this move would avoid finger-pointing when problems occurred, such as the tragic fire at the (Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah) tahfiz school in Kuala Lumpur recently," he told the Malaysian media here today.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, arrived here yesterday evening to lead the Malaysian delegation to the 11th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) which began here today.

Elaborating, he said the current system in which the management of religious and tahfiz schools being under the jurisdiction of state governments probably had some weaknesses that hindered improvement efforts.

He said the situation had also resulted in many

KOTA KINABALU - Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the existing Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) would continue to be held until a time appropriate for the system to be replaced.

He said a study to identify a suitable system to replace the UPSR was still being carried out by getting feedback from interested parties, including parents.

"UPSR will continue to be held until we have discussed with all the quarters involved. This engagement takes along time, with parents

KUALA LUMPUR - Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai is the main character in the short video by multi-talented Pete Teo and Liew Seng Tat's new project titled 'Citizens', produced in conjunction with the upcoming National Day celebration.

In the five-minute video which was released on YouTube today, Liow played dual roles as a minister and a citizen conversing to each other on the spirit of nation building.

Teo in a statement issued in the Facebook of 'Citizens' last Friday said the

SHAH ALAM - The Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) today expressed sadness and concern over the issues that have tarnished the good name of Universiti Selangor (Unisel), which was set up by the then BN-led state government in 1999.

Deputy chairman Datuk Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan said the state government's intention at that time was to make Selangor a distinguished regional education hub, but now the fate of the university's students and staff continued to be neglected by the non-stop issues

PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia is expected to be free of the El Nino and La Nina phenomenon this year, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

He said based on the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) report, the country is expected to receive normal rainfall for September and October this year while occurrences of exceptionally high temperature, drought and haze are also not expected.

"MetMalaysia's forecast since last year until now is very

PUTRAJAYA - National Day should be celebrated with a sense of awareness, responsibility and cooperation among the people, said National Civics Bureau (BTN) director-general Datuk Ibrahim Saad.

He said this celebration could instil patriotism, the spirit of love and affection for the country to Malaysians, especially the youth.

"The people should appreciate the fruits of independence and the contributions and sacrifices of past generations need to be remembered as they are responsible for

KUALA LUMPUR - The government still bear the medical cost of its employees and their dependents , federal retirees and the less affordable patients seeking treatment at the National Heart Institute (IJN), said Health Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min.

However, he said, they would have to meet certain stipulated conditions to be able to enjoy the facility.

One of conditions, he said, was that they would have to get reference letter from specialists at any government

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