Muhyiddin To Visit Japan, Australia

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will represent Malaysia at the Unesco World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development during a two-day working visit to Nagoya, Japan from Sunday, followed by a trip to Australia. In a statement, the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office said Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, would join other participants at the event which carries the theme ‘Celebrating a Decade of Action’ taking place at the Nagoya Congress Centre.

“Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is scheduled to deliver a statement at the high-level roundtable session at the Nagoya gathering on Monday,” it said. He is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Japanese Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Hakubun Shimomura on the sidelines of the conference. From Nagoya, the deputy prime minister will travel to Canberra for a three-day working visit beginning Tuesday to the Australian capital as well as Perth.

In Canberra, Muhyiddin is scheduled to launch the Global Malaysian Studies Network Centre, a collaboration between the Australian National University and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The statement said he would preside over the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two prominent institutions of higher learning on the establishment of the centre.

Muhyiddin will call on Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss before leaving for Perth, the capital of Western Australia. His itinerary in Perth includes a visit to Fremantle Port where he will attend a briefing on the new phase of the search operation for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The Malaysian Boeing 777 jetliner with 239 people aboard was en route to Beijing when it vanished about an hour after taking off from KL International Airport on March 8.

The current phase of underwater search for the aircraft is being conducted in the southern Indian Ocean where it is believed to have gone down after veering off course in mysterious circumstances. Muhyiddin’s visit to Perth will also be marked by a courtesy call on Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett. He will conclude his visit by opening the Malaysia Hall Perth in Newcastle Street.

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