GEORGE TOWN: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is in Penang to officiate the national Teachers Day celebrations.
He was welcomed with applause by more than 3,500 educators as he entered the ballroom at the Setia SPICE Arena in Bayan Lepas.
Dr Mahathir was accompanied by Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.
This year, it is Penang's turn to host the national Teachers Day celebrations.
Themed "Guru: Obor Hemah Menyinari Pertiwi" (inspired by a poem by A. Samad Said) the celebration this year is aimed at highlighting the dedication, sacrifices, responsibilities, challenges and committment of an educator.
Dr Mahathir is expected to present the National Teacher Icon Award 2019 and the National Education Leadership Icon Award 2019 at the event.