TANJUNG KARANG: The Prime Ministers Department has formed a committee to monitor the affairs of Malaysian students abroad.
Its parliamentary secretary, Datuk Noh Omar, said the panel would ensure that the students concentrated on their studies and not got involved in activities that could divert their thoughts from studies.
The committee, which he chairs, comprises representatives of agencies involved in sponsoring the students studies. They include the Education Ministry, Mara, Public Service Department, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Telekom Malaysia, Petronas and Permodalan Nasional Berhad.
Officials would visit the students overseas to find out their problems and progress in their studies, he told reporters at a Chap Goh Mei function organised by the Tanjung Karang MCA here, on Saturday night.
Noh said for a start, the committee would visit England, Ireland and Moscow from Feb 24 to March 8.
During their visits, the committee will urge students, and those who have completed their education and are government officers, to sign the loyalty pledge, he said.
He added that from next year the Government would conduct preparatory courses for students going overseas.
There will be three courses -the first before students go abroad, the second two years later when they are required to return to Malaysia and the third upon completion of their studies.
The Prime Minister's Department will also standardise all benefits enjoyed by government officers studying abroad.
We found that students, who are government officers, receiving full salary and also full benefits, and can afford to take along their spouses, he added. Bernama