Green Technology And Environment New Fields Under Look East Policy

Posted on March 10, 2011. Filed under: Environmental Policy |

PUTRAJAYA, March 10 (Bernama) – Green technology and environment are new fields that will be introduced under the Look East Policy (LEP), said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

It will breathe new life into LEP by exploring new cooperation with Japan as well as inviting the business comunity to strengthen cooperation to achieve high income economy.

Nazri said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wanted LEP retained as it is the main thrust of bilateral ties between Japan and Malaysia.

“The only thing he asked was for the Japanese government to provide new fields for us to explore.

“With the move, we can send our students for new fields other than engineering,” he told reporters after addressing Japan bound students sponsored by the Public Service Department (PSD) here Thursday.

The brainchild of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, LEP was launched in 1982.

Some 229 students sponsored by PSD this year will take first degree and diploma in engineering and social science at universities and colleges in Japan.

Nazri said that PSD is sponsoring 1,041 students in various universities and colleges in Japan.

Over 15,000 Malaysians have benefited from LEP, with many holding high and middle positions in the public and private sectors.

The government spends up to RM380,000 on each student for the four years course. Some 400 Malaysian students are pursuing engineering course in South Korea.

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