GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED students who wish to further their studies overseas will be required to pass the Kursus Tatanegara.
This is to enable them to increase their understanding about the inner self and the country's administration.
Berita Harian quoted Datuk Noh Omar, chairman of the special committee for monitoring overseas students, as saying that the course had been made compulsory after it was found that students overseas were exposed to negative influences that could affect national security.
Noh, the parliamentary secretary to the Prime Ministers Department, said those who did not attend or failed the course would not have the chance to study overseas even though they had already gained entrance into the university.
He said the course was essential for all government students, including those doing the A-Levels, adding that before this, the students were not subjected to the condition.
The course had been made compulsory for students sponsored by the Public Services Department, Petronas, Mara, Telekom Malaysia Bhd and Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Bhd.
Noh said the four-day course conducted by Biro Tatanegara had already been carried out 10 times since last April and it was found that 15 out of the 1,000 students doing post-graduate courses did not understand matters like inner self or national administration.
He did not rule out the possibility that corporate-sponsored students might be made to follow the same ruling.
In another report in Berita Harian, Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) chairman Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar said the permits for any heavy vehicle involved in accidents before and after Hari Raya would be suspended immediately.
He said CVLB would go after the owners or drivers of these vehicles, which were still on the road, pending court proceedings.
He said the board was still waiting for a list of heavy vehicles involved in accidents, from the Road Transport Department and the police.
As soon as we receive the report, CVLB will suspend the vehicle permits immediately, he added.
JPJ director-general Datuk Emran Kadir said that the department's officers and personnel would be allowed to use firearms by December, adding that initially 246 firearms would be used and those involved were undergoing training on how to use and handle the weapons.