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School lockers a concrete step to alleviating heavy school bags issue, says MCA

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PETALING JAYA: Education Minister Datuk Dr. Mohd Radzi Jidin’s recent announcement that the first phase of locker installation in primary schools will start at the end of September is welcome, says MCA spokesman Wong Siew Mun. (Photo).

She said in a statement on Wednesday (Sep 7) that school lockers were a concrete step to alleviate heavy school bags and also suggested that the Ministry of Education should consider digitizing aspects of the education system.

Below is Wong’s statement in full:

EDUCATION Minister Datuk Dr. Mohd Radzi Jidin recently announced that the first phase of locker installation in primary schools with two sessions will start at the end of September, as an initiative to ease the heavy burden carried by primary school students.

For all these years, concerned parents have always raised the issue of heavy school bags.

Therefore, this RM37.3mil locker initiative will be one of seven approaches by the Ministry of Education to tackle the problem.

Furthermore, the conceptualization of this initiative dates back to former deputy education minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon, who was an advocate for lockers in the SJKC.

It is a constructive effort on the part of the ministry to listen to feedback and find new ways to address these everyday problems.

I would hereby also suggest that the ministry look into the digitization of education itself, such as the introduction of electronic textbooks or textbook sharing, to further reduce the burden on students.

As society continues to evolve and grow, approaches to simple things like textbooks can also be innovated. Additionally, introducing students to a new presentation method can also enhance the learning experience and help maintain their interest.

WONG SIEW MUN

ACM spokesperson


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Selangor Sultan grants audience to Anwar

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PETALING JAYA: Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor granted an audience to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at Istana Bukit Kayangan, Shah Alam.

The matter was announced in a post on the Selangor Royal Office Facebook page on Tuesday (Dec 6).

Anwar was appointed prime minister on November 24, the publication added.


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Anwar: Don’t call me ‘papa’

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PETALING JAYA: Social media users have coined the term “PMX” for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Photo), who has made it clear that he does not want to be called “dad” or by any other paternal nickname.

PMX refers to him as the country’s 10th Prime Minister, PM being the acronym for Prime Minister, while “X” is 10 in Roman numerals.

There have been several news articles and social media posts referring to the Tambun MP as PMX since the Yang di-Pertuan Agong took office on November 24.

On Tuesday (December 6), Anwar had

asked Malaysians not to call him dad after a netizen wished him “Good morning dad” on Twitter.

Anwar had responded with “Please don’t do that”.

Anwar, who is married to Datuk Seri MP Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail of Bandar Tun Razak, is called “dad” by his six children.

Anwar’s refusal to use a paternal nickname with the rakyat is considered to be a departure from the practice of former Prime Ministers Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who were comfortable presenting themselves as the father figure of the nation.

Ismail Sabri and Muhyiddin were referred to as “Pak Long” and “Abah” respectively.

A tech-savvy Anwar has always been active on social media, where he could be seen interacting and joking with netizens.

On December 4, Anwar, who is also the chairman of PKR and chairman of Pakatan Harapan, said that despite the increased responsibilities after assuming the country’s highest post, he will still find time to respond to tweets.

“Many complain that I rarely reply to tweets. The responsibility is increasing, but I still follow my friends’ comments on Twitterjaya. InshaAllah, I will try to find space and reply to all my friends’ tweets,” he said in a post.


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Don’t challenge me, Anwar tells Muhyiddin

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PUTRAJAYA: There were several processes and procedures that former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyuddin Yassib did not follow, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The prime minister said this includes the participation of companies linked to his relatives.

“I would like to remind Muhyiddin not to challenge me as it is clear that various processes and procedures were not followed,” he told the media after registering with the Finance Ministry on Monday (Dec 6).

Anwar, however, did not elaborate on the companies and the nature of the businesses they are involved in.

He said that while his intention was to focus on economic growth and people’s well-being, the matter needed to be addressed as it was being questioned.

He said certain parties had claimed they were clean.

“However, they are not, since it was found that there were approvals made without following the rules.

“This includes approvals made during the movement control order,” he said.

There have been calls for an ICR on government spending during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Muhyiddin, who is also the president of Perikatan Nasional, said he never embezzled or embezzled funds meant to help people and if he had, investigations would have started long ago.


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