BEIJING - MALAYSIA wants an exchange programme with one of the most excellent schools in China to improve its students' overall performance, said Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
'It is my fervent hope that Malaysian schools can have an exchange programme with your school so that we can learn more on how to improve our sports programme and enhance our students' overall performance.
'A particular area of interest is curriculum development, integrating sports activities into academic programmes,' he said on Tuesday.
He added that Malaysia was also interested in having teacher capacity building programmes to share expertise on integrated sports education.
Mr Muhyiddin was on an official visit to The Experimental High School, which is attached to Beijing Normal University and has won accolades for its excellent international exchange programme.
He said Malaysia hoped that cooperation between the schools of both countries would benefit their students. -- THE STAR/ANN
KUALA TERENGGANU - The state's Education Department's decision to send 66 schoolboys with effeminate tendencies to a boot camp has drawn flak.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said such boot camps should be abolished as these were harmful and not in the children's best interest. 'It is in clear violation of the Child Act,' she said, adding that under the Act, every child was entitled to protection and assistance in all circumstances, regardless of characteristics like race, language and physical, mental or emotional disabilities.
PETALING JAYA - The 'king of fruits' comes early this year compared to the usual mid-year harvest season. But the morsels of delight come at a price.
Durian now is more expensive compared to last year, said vendor Cheah Kim Wai.
PUTRAJAYA - MALAYSIANS aged 18 and above will be assigned an e-mail account each to receive statements, bills and notices from the Government.
Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, who announced this on Tuesday, said the '1Malaysia (1MY) E-mail' initiative would allow 'direct and secure' communication between citizens and the government while enhancing the delivery of government services to consumers and businesses alike.
THREE People's Action Party (PAP) strongholds - Ang Mo Kio, Tanjong Pagar and Sembawang GRCs - look unlikely to be contested on May 7.
But if the opposition goes for broke and fields weaker teams there, just for the sake of contesting all Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs), it might actually give a boost to the PAP's national average at the polls.
WITH all but three of the 15 GRCs expected to be contested, the People's Action Party (PAP) is facing the widest challenge on the GRC front since the system was launched in 1988.
In six of them, the PAP teams will likely be led by ministers who are helming Group Representation Constituencies for the first time, including two who have never faced a contest before.
THE date of the long-anticipated general election was finally disclosed yesterday when the President dissolved Parliament and issued the Writ of Election.
Nomination Day will be on Wednesday, April 27, and Polling Day, on Saturday, May 7.
AFTER a close battle in Aljunied GRC in the last General Election, when the PAP team won 56.1 per cent of the votes cast, the MPs and activists there have been on a campaign to win the 'hearts and minds' of the nearly 60,000 residents who voted for the Workers' Party.
Five years on, has the PAP team 'made good'? As the team heads into battle with the WP again, will the hottest battle of GE 2006 also be the hottest contest of GE 2011?
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