Dr M takes on Ministry of Education, core Cabinet expected today
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PRIME Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be taking charge of the Education Ministry, a position he last held some four decades ago between 1974 and 1977.
Dr Mahathir also announced yesterday that Deputy Prime Minister-designate Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be in charge of Women Affairs & Welfare Ministry.
Dr Mahathir said he decided to be the education minister because âmany people are uneducatedâ, and the issue needs his attention.
He said Malaysiaâs way of teaching is âoutdatedâ and he hopes that more Malaysians will become computer-savvy, adding that he will introduce an online software to teach students in schools.
âWe should devise new ways of teaching,â he told a press conference at Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysiaâs office in Petaling Jaya yesterday.
Dr M ahathir said there will be only one ministry in charge of all matters regarding education, unlike the previous administration that governed with the Education Ministry and Higher Education Ministry.
He said about 13 ministers, excluding him, will be sworn in on Monday, pending agreement from Istana Negara. âThe remaining ministers, I hope to name tomorrow (Friday). If I canât, then I will do it on the weekend,â he said.
The prime minister said the remaining eight core Cabinet positions will be divided equally between the parties in Pakatan Harapan â" meaning two for each party.
âThis doesnât represent the strength of each party. Some will get more, some less. âAt this stage, we are not taking into account the strength of the parties, but wewill do so when we appoint the other ministers, so that we have a size of 25.â
As for the delay in the naming of the Cabinet, Dr Mahathir said there are four parties in the coalition that need to be consi dered, with each having their own demands.
He added that they had to make sure the candidates for each ministry are suitable.
Dr Mahathir also announced the appointment of former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull as the new head of the graft buster.
Shukri will be taking over from Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad, who resigned from the post last Monday, and returned to his previous position in the Attorney Generalâs Chambers.
Shukri went on mandatory retirement in 2016 when he was investigating several high-profile cases, including those related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir said he will be heading a task force to address issues pertaining to minority communities in Malaysia, especially the Indians.
The prime minister will be chairing the taskforce alongside Home Minister-designate Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, and will address the promises as meted out in the Pakatan H arapan manifesto for the recent general election.
âThe taskforce will be looking at issues which need immediate attention for the Indians, women and youth, as well as the Orang Asli community,â he said.
Pakatan Harapan had pledged to resolve issues plaguing the Indian community, including stateless Indians in the country and Tamil schoolsâ development in the country, which include the countryâs first Tamil-medium secondary school.ï¿© ï¿« xSource: Google News