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PUTRAJAYA – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Education Ministry and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture in conjunction with the “Pertandingan Seni Negaraku” (My Nation’s Arts Competition) at the Bangunan Perdana Putra, here today.

The competition, involving 10,176 schools and more than five million students throughout the country to develop the spirit of patriotism through the expression of visual art among school students.

In addition, the programme beginning May 1 to Aug 31 aimed to develop resilience and patriotism among students besides instilling appreciation for creativity and artistic talents at the young age among students.

The MoU was signed by the Director-General of Education Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamed Yusof and the Director-General of the National Visual Art Development Board Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Najib Ahmad Dawa.

Also present to witness the MoU signing ceremony were Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, Secretary-General of the Education Ministry Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad and the Secretary-General of the Tourism and Culture Ministry Datuk Ab Ghaffar A. Tambi.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said an overall prize worth RM100,000 would be awarded to the winners of each category.

In addition, Najib said a special prize would be given to the school sending the most number of participation for the primary, secondary and district schools.

Results of the competition would be announced in the official Facebook of Balai Seni Negara and the website www.artgallery.gov.my – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – Gerakan will submit its list of potential candidates for the 14th General Election (GE14) to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for screening before the list is finalised by Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Gerakan President Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said the list, comprising both state and parliamentary candidates, would be screened by MACC to ensure they are cleared from corruption cases.

“If such a record is detected, we will straight away change before (the list) is submitted to the BN chairman. We want to ensure all Gerakan candidates have good records,” he told reporters after attending the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry ‘Semarak’ Integrity programme here today.

Also present was MACC deputy chief commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Shamsun Baharin Mohd Jamil.

Mah said Gerakan had previously announced four individuals to be highlighted as its candidates in Selangor for GE14.

Nevertheless, he said the announcement would resume after MACC completed its vetting process.

Mah also said Gerakan would ink a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MACC on Saturday to allow both parties to cooperate to fight against corruption.

“We will seek advise from MACC on what we should and should not do,” he said. – BERNAMA

SINGAPORE: First conceived in 2013, the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail (HSR) has been three years in the making.

Work on the historic rail link, a key bilateral project for both Singapore and Malaysia, will formally start once the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is completed.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was in Putrajaya on Tuesday (July 19) for the signing of the agreement with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak.

The rail project has been dubbed a “game-changer” that will boost connectivity, strengthen economic ties and forge closer ties between people of both countries

Here are eight points to note about the HSR project:

1. COMMENCEMENT DATE

Both Singapore and Malaysia are working towards starting HSR operations by around 2026.

2. EIGHT STATIONS

The line will consist of eight stations, seven of which will be in Malaysia. The Singapore station will be located at Jurong East, where Jurong Country Club is currently located.

The 40-year-old club is expected to hand over the land by November 2016.

The planned stations are Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, Iskandar Puteri and Singapore.

3. TRACK WILL BE 350KM LONG

The project will involve the construction of a brand-new line with dedicated tracks, which will allow trains to reach a maximum speed in excess of 300kmh; 335km of the track will be set in Malaysia, with the Singapore stretch spanning 15km.

4. SHORTER TRAVEL TIME

The HSR is expected to trim travel times to just 90 minutes, compared with the four to five hours needed to travel by road between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

5. THREE SERVICES WITH TWO SEPARATE OPERATORS

The HSR system will consist of three services, helmed by two different operators, OpCo International and OpCo Domestic.

The Express and Shuttle services by OpCo International will consist of the Kuala Lumpur to Singapore stations stretch and the Iskandar Puteri and Singapore stations stretch respectively.

The Domestic service will consist of stations within Malaysia only, from Kuala Lumpur to Iskandar Puteri stations.

Having two different OpCos will allow the HSR to better cater to the different needs of their passenger profiles.

OpCo Domestic will also give Malaysia more flexibility to regulate its own internal service.

The Express and Shuttle service will be given scheduling and operational priority over the Domestic Service.

6. EACH COUNTRY IS IN CHARGE OF ITS OWN STATIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

The Singapore and Malaysia governments will be responsible for developing, constructing and maintaining the civil infrastructure and stations within their own countries.

This will be undertaken by MyHSR Corporation in Malaysia and the Land Transport Authority in Singapore.

7. IMPLEMENTATION OF A BILATERAL COMMITTEE

A Bilateral Committee will have oversight over all matters that may affect the Express and Shuttle Services.

A working level Joint Project Team will also handle all matters that require coordination and joint engagement between Singapore and Malaysia.

8. CO-LOCATED CIQ CONCEPT

Both nations have agreed that the Singapore and Malaysia Customs, Immigration & Quarantine (CIQ) facilities will be co-located at three locations – Kuala Lumpur, Iskandar Puteri and Singapore.

International-bound passengers will only need to go through CIQ clearance by both Singapore and Malaysia authorities at the point of departure, ensuring swift and seamless travel. – The Straits Times/ANN

PETALING JAYA: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Governments of Malaysia and Singapore on the High-Speed Rail (HSR) linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore has been signed.

In a joint statement issued by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Tuesday, it was announced that the Mou was signed between Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan and his counterpart Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan.

The agreement stated that there would be eight HSR stations between Bandar Malaysia and Singapore. The six intermediate stations will be located at Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri.

“All stations will be designed to integrate with the local public transport systems to ensure seamless connectivity.”

It said that the HSR trains would run at a top speed of more than 300km/h.

“Both Governments agreed to work towards commencing HSR operations by around 2026,” it said

The signing of the document was also witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The statement also said that the MoU “captures” key points of agreement on the project, including the technical parameters, commercial model, customs, immigration & quarantine (CIQ) clearance, safety & security matters, regulatory framework, as well as project management.

“The MoU will guide the development of a legally-binding bilateral agreement to be signed by both Governments towards the end of this year.”

Both Malaysia and Singapore had also agreed to take responsibility for developing, constructing and maintaining the civil infrastructure and stations within their own countries, which will be undertaken by MyHSR Corporation and LTA (as InfraCos) in Malaysia and Singapore respectively.

“Through international tenders, an assets company (AssetsCo) will be appointed to provide and maintain the HSR trains and its associated systems (e.g. track, power, signalling and telecommunications), while two train operating companies (OpCos) will be appointed to operate the HSR services.”

“It also reiterates the Governments’ commitment to ensure that all project tenders are conducted in an open, fair and transparent manner, so as to encourage participation from technology and service providers worldwide,” it said.

Meanwhile, OpCo International will be in charge of operating cross-border services while OpCo Domestic will operate the Domestic Service within Malaysia.

A Bilateral Committee comprising representatives from both Governments was also agreed in order to manage and regulate aspects of the project that might impact the cross-border services..

The HSR is expected to cut travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to 90 minutes.

JAKARTA:Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Research and Technology Application Agency of Indonesia (BPPT) and 15 universities in Indonesia.

UKM Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Noor Azlan Ghazali said the MoU includes the chance to pursue Phd, student and lecturer exchange programme between UKM and Indonesian universities.

“The MoU allows studies conducted by the universities involved to be published in journals at international level,” he said.

They were Universiti Malikusslah, Universiti Sumatera Utara, Universiti Islam Negeri Sumatera Utara, Universiti Sriwijaya, Universiti Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara, Universiti Medan Area, Universiti Muslim Nusantara Al-Washliyah,

Akademik Teknik Indonesia Cut Meutia, Universiti Bung Hatta, Universiti Putra Indonesia Padang, Universiti Serang Raya, Universiti Mercu Buana, STIE Bisnis Indonesia, Universiti 17 Augustus 1945 Cirebon and Universiti Islam Indonesia.

The MoU was signed by Noor Azlan, who represented UKM, while the universities were represented by their respective rectors and vice-rectors.

The ceremony was witnessed by the Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim and BPPT chairman Dr Unggul Prianto.

About 15,000 students from Indonesia are studying at universities in Malaysia while about 5,000 Malaysian students are studying at universities in Indonesia.

— BERNAMA

LANGKAWI – Malaysian Marine Department today signed amemorandum of understanding (MoU) with three universities namely Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) to carry out research on several areas.

Its Director-General Datuk Baharin Abdul Hamid said the three universities would help the department to conduct studies at the Maritime Transport Training Institute, an institution that is recognised as a Regional Maritime Training Centre of Excellence in Asean.

“UTM will cooperate with us in the research field to develop ship engines that are environmentally friendly and meet international standards in terms of greenhouse gas emissions,” he told Bernama today.

He said that UKM would assist in conducting studies to identify aquatic organisms found in the country’s waters.

“We will create a baseline study and identify the level of aquatic organisms that exist in the Melaka Straits and also around the major ports in the country,” he said.

He said UniKL, through Universiti Teknikal Mara would collaborate in the field of human resources to help train the best seafarers.

For the signing ceremony, the Marine Department was represented by Baharin, while UTM was represented by its vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Ir Wahid Omar, UKM by its deputy vice-chancellor Prof Imran Ho Abdullah and UniKL by its president Prof Datuk Dr Mazliham Mohd Su’ud.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. – BERNAMA