Malaysia moves to tighten security over exam papers

Malaysia moves to tighten security over exam papers
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

SUNGAI SIPUT- A specially convened meeting of high-level Education Ministry officials is scheduled to be held today to tighten existing procedures on exam paper security and secrecy.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who will chair the meeting, said he did not want a repeat of such an incident.

He said although such meetings were usually left to the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate, he wanted to know in detail all the processes and procedures covering the security of the exam papers.

He said the existing measures where exams papers were kept in secured storage rooms would also be tightened with the cooperation of the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Corporation.

"Only those authorised are allowed to take the exam papers a day before the exams in a secure manner.

"It is important to ensure that officers appointed for the task are trustworthy. This is usually the normal procedure but yet the leak occurred.

"As this (the leak) has happened, we must not take the easy way out but further strengthen the procedures," he told reporters after opening the Sungai Siput Umno division building here yesterday

He urged parents and pupils not to worry, as everything would be settled after Sept 30.

In his speech earlier, Muhyiddin said the Government hoped to come up with measures to alleviate the burden of the people caused by the increase in the cost of living.

"In the coming Budget we hope to come up with plans to increase household earnings.

"We have come up with various assistance programmes which are still insufficient so we will look at mid- and long-term measures to help the people," he added.

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