Malaysian government monitoring students in India, Pakistan

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – The Malaysian Education Ministry said yesterday it is working closely with the Foreign Ministry for updates on the safety of Malaysian students in India and Pakistan following the escalation of tensions between the two South Asian neighbours.

Malaysian Education Minister Dr Maszlee bin Malik said the ministry was awaiting the updates from the Malaysian missions in New Delhi and Islamabad.

“We are trying to get access to further information on the situation there (in the two countries),” he told reporters after attending the launch of the national-level Road Safety Education Module for Primary Schools.

Tensions have escalated between India and Pakistan since a suicide car bombing that killed about 40 Indian paramilitary forces in Pulwama, India, on February 14.

On Wednesday, Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority closed the airspace over the country to all commercial aircraft following the escalation of tensions. India had also temporarily closed several northern airports. Several flights were cancelled or diverted yesterday after the move by Pakistan and India.

Maszlee declined comment when asked about the decree of the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, rejecting the proposed establishment of a campus of the University of Muhammadiyah Prof Dr HAMKA in Johor.

A newspaper had reported Maszlee’s expression of support for the setting up of the campus of the Indonesian university in Johor.