KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian youngsters are receiving better education than children in the United States, Britain and Germany.
Quoting the World Economic Forum's global competitiveness report, Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Malaysia was ranked 14th among 142 countries and second in Asean for quality education.
“For those who have come to me complaining about our education system, it seems the report contradicts their claims,” he said when closing a national higher education carnival at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.
Muhyiddin, who is Deputy Prime Minister, reiterated the Government's commitment to give quality and affordable education to every citizen.
“Only with quality education can we increase the nation's intellectual and human capital capabilities towards becoming a high-income nation by 2020,” he said.
“As we head there, wages will go up and labour intensive industries will become less competitive as investors look elsewhere for cheaper labour,” added Muhyiddin.
“Our nation's success will be determined by our ability to produce intelligent, highly skilled workers for these industries.
“In this context, investment in the education sector is critical,” he said.
At another function, Muhyiddin called for closer rapport between the public and the police to combat crime.
“Once a close relationship is fostered, the community will not hesitate to work together with the police to relay information on crime as well as participate in crime prevention activities,” he said when opening the 19th annual general meeting of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF).