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Government mulls merger proposal


TANJUNG MALIM: The Government is prepared to consider the proposal to merge the 27 Malaysian Teacher Training Institutions (IPGM) into an education university, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Deputy Prime Minister however said the proposal must consider various aspects such as the duration of study, the subjects and skills to be taught and the form of education to be adopted.

"The status of the IPGM is also similar to that of a university. It's just that those trained there will become primary school teachers.

"Whether the IPGM will be moved, renamed or placed as a large university, this is a suggestion that we can study," he said at a dialogue session during a special meeting with the staff of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) at the Sultan Azlan Shah Campus, Proton City, here yesterday.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said this when replying to a suggestion by a UPSI alumni that the existing 27 IPGM in the country should be placed under the management of the proposed university.

Also present were Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and UPSI vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Zakaria Kasa.

Previously, the National Union of Peninsular Malaysia College Trained Teachers (KKGLMSM) had also called on the Education Ministry to raise the status of IPGM to that of a university.

On July 13, 2005, the Cabinet gave approval to the upgrade of the status of 27 Teacher Training Colleges in Malaysia to that of Teachers Training Institute (IPG), which could confer the Bachelor of Education degrees compared with only producing dip­loma or certificate level graduates.

Responding to another question concerning the placement of teachers, Muhyiddin said that only graduates in education who were truly qualified would be placed at primary and secondary schools nationwide.

He said graduates who had completed their studies at public institutions of higher learning and IPGM needed to apply for the posts of Grade DG41 to the Teaching Services Commission.

"We no longer implement the automatic placement procedure for teachers after completing their education. Beginning 2012, all graduates in education must submit their applications to the Teaching Service Commission (SPP).

"They (the graduates) must undergo a SPP screening process and interview. It is important to understand this," he added. — Bernama

Move to ensure bumis have assets


KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will build more affordable housing to ensure the bumiputra do not lag behind in non-financial assets, said the Prime Minister.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said this would be implemented under the third focus of the Bumiputra Economic Empowerment measures.

"The affordable housing will be increased through Syarikat Perumahan Rakyat 1Malaysia (PR1MA), Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad and state governments nationwide," he said.

Last Saturday, Najib announced new measures and strategies to strengthen the bumiputra's economy under the Bumiputra Economic Council, to be established and chaired by him soon.

That council will replace the Bumiputra Agenda Action Council in implementing the five main strategies of the empowerment measures.

One of the strategies is to handle the issue of bumiputra who still lagged behind in ownership of non-financial assets such as homes, industrial premises and commercial complexes. — Bernama

Cops tracking down Twitter user over threat


GEORGE TOWN: Police are working with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to track down the Twitter user who issued a death threat to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said they had recorded statements from four individuals and were tracing the user.

He added that police were investigating the case under Section 507 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation.

It was reported that Lim had, on Sept 12, received the death threat on his Twitter account. He then lodged a report at the Patani Road police station.


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