Educators must be licking their lips in anticipation of a radical revamp in the education system when Prime Minster Tun Dr Mahathir exercised prime ministerial prerogative and named himself Education Minister. At the same news conference on Thursday afternoon, the PM also announced the appointment of Datuk Seri Wan Azizah as Women's Affairs Minister. At last perhaps, we will. Plus, our way of teaching is also outdated and we need new ways of teaching, with computers and other technologies.
Pakatan leaders at the presidential council meeting did not object when Dr Mahathir said he wanted the education portfolio, the site said. "We will try to get 13 ministers sworn on Monday if the Istana (palace) agrees to it", he said.
Asked why he was taking on the Education portfolio, the 92-year-old premier remarked: "I took over education because so many people are unenducated in this country".
Dr Mahathir had previously named PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the Minister of Home Affairs, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as the Minister of Finance and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu as the Minister of Defence.
"The presidential council will have a smaller body, the top six".
He also announced that the new head of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission will be its former deputy chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he plans to visit Malaysia on Saturday (May 19) to meet the country's Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to tell him that he looks forward to working with him again for "mutual benefit". We haven't fixed any subject. We will have a discussion and if he raises any issues, we will discuss them.
"But, at the moment, I'm still trying to figure out our stand with regard to certain issues, which is not finalised yet".