Maszlee dismisses talk of changes in education ministry

Education Minister Maszlee Malik.

PETALING JAYA: Education Minister Maszlee Malik has dismissed speculation of impending changes in the ministry, saying the matter was not discussed in his recent discussions with Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“Yesterday, I was with the prime minister. We did not discuss that. What we discussed was about enhancing English language proficiency and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

“Every time we meet, he (prime minister) would ask to be updated on this,” he said here.

Maszlee, who was attending a volunteer group’s education project for the poor, was asked by reporters whether there would be changes in the education ministry, with speculations that the higher education ministry would be re-established.

He said the merging of two ministries previously into the education ministry had been a success as it provided for streamlining of policies under one roof.

Questions about the ministry’s status arose after speculation about a Cabinet reshuffle. Mahathir has denied news reports about a reshuffle but said he might make some portfolio changes among Cabinet members.