Govt monitoring safety of students in India and Pakistan

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 28 Feb 2019

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Education Ministry says it is working closely with the Foreign Ministry for updates on the safety of Malaysian students in India and Pakistan following the conflict between the two countries.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik (pic) said the ministry was awaiting the updates from the Malaysian missions in New Delhi and Islamabad.

"We are trying to get access to further information on the situation there," he told reporters after attending the launch of the national-level Road Safety Education Module for Primary Schools here on Thursday (Feb 28).

Tensions have escalated between India and Pakistan since a suicide car bombing that killed about 40 Indian paramilitary forces in Pulwama, India, on Feb 14.

On Wednesday (Feb 27), Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority closed the airspace over the country to all commercial aircraft.

India had also temporarily closed several northern airports. Several flights were cancelled or diverted after the move by Pakistan and India.

India and Pakistan both claimed to have shot down each other's fighter planes near the disputed border of Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Dr Maszlee declined comment when asked about the decree of the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, rejecting the proposed set up of a campus of the University of Muhammadiyah Prof Dr Hamka in Johor.

A newspaper had reported Dr Maszlee's expression of support for the setting up of the Indonesian university's campus in Johor.

Dr Maszlee said the Education Ministry always welcomed prestigious foreign universities to set up their campus in Malaysia in line with the government's effort to make Malaysia an international education hub.

"Many foreign universities have expressed interest to venture into Malaysia of late. We know of two universities in Japan which have had their applications approved to set up branches in the country.

"The University of Sheffield of the United Kingdom wants to initiate collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia," he said. – Bernama