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Maxis, AirAsiamain sponsors for RTMWorldCupbroadcasts BY TIMOTHY ACHARIAM newsdesk@thesundaily.com

there weremore sponsors currently in talks with RTM, but he could not reveal themas negotiations were ongoing. “We are confident more sponsors will come on board in the days to come,” he said at an event at the ministry yesterday. He added that interested parties have to go through RTM instead of the ministry. “We let RTMnegotiate with potential sponsors because they are the experts,” he said, adding that the RM30million sponsorship only covers the purchase of the rights for the games.

PUTRAJAYA: Communications and MultimediaMinister Gobind SinghDeo has announced that Maxis will be the platinum sponsor and AirAsia will be the gold sponsor for RTM’s FIFA World Cup coverage, that kicks off tomorrow. Maxiswill be sponsoring RM18millionwhile AirAsia’s sponsorship amounts to RM12 million, whichmakes up the entire RM30million needed to air theWorld Cupmatches in Russia. Gobind also revealed

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Gobind (left) andAirAsia Malaysia chief executive officer AzadAsmat poses with a quartet of the airline’s flight attendants during the sponsorship announcement

ceremony yesterday.

Trust deficit ingovt agencies: Survey

PRESS DIGEST JiaoZong tomeet MaszleeoverUEC BY KONG SEE HOH newsdesk@thesundaily.com WILL the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) issue finally be resolved? An upbeat Jiao Zong (United Chinese School Teachers Association) chairmanOng KowYee said EducationMinisterMaszlee Malik has agreed tomeet its representatives after Hari Raya to discuss recognition for UEC, SinChewDaily reported yesterday. Ong, who disclosed this in his speech to associationmembers gathered inGenting Highlands on Sunday for their annual general meeting cumexecutive committee election, said Jiao Zong is expected to raise a number education issues it is grappling with, including problems faced by Chinese primary schools and Chinese independent schools, as well as its proposal for the formulation of an all-inclusive new education policy. He expressed hope themeeting would be a fruitful one for the association, which has been fighting for better treatment of Chinese schools for decades. On the change in administration at the federal level, Ong said Jiao Zong will repeat to the PakatanHarapan government what it had been asking the previous government for, and hopes that Chinese educationwould receive fair treatment and be givenmore space to develop under the new government. He saidwhat is urgently needed now is the formulation of amore open education policy that ensures the propagation of themulti- streameducation systemand fair treatment for and development of all mother-tongue education.

BY RAJVINDER SINGH newsdesk@thesundaily.com PETALING JAYA: Some 90%of respondents in a survey conducted by Centre For a Better Tomorrow (Cenbet) were of the opinion that federal government agencies need to be reformed. Based on the Trustworthiness of Public Institutions Survey 2018, Cenbet president Gan Ping Sieu said there was also a low level of trust in local government officials, hence the push to bring back local elections. >Findings also indicate people are ready for local elections

“The third vote, should be heldmainly for mayors and town councils and this would require amendments to the Local Government Act before it can be carried out,” Gan told a press conference when releasing the first part of findings of the survey, that was conducted in February. He said the peaceful handover of government at the federal and state levels show that the people aremature and ready for local elections. The survey also found that corruption (80%), crime rate (75%) and cost living (74%) were among the top concerns of the respondents. Gan said one surprise finding was that the respondents did not prioritise independence of public institutions, with

only 32% indicating it was important. “This survey can be a guide for the newly elected government as it reflects the views of the people before the election and it also reveals the urgent need to reform government institutions,” he said, adding that people’s perception of these institutions won’t change overnight. He pointed out the findings were not tailored for the present government but they could use it as a baseline for their reformagenda. Gan said Cenbet would be presenting the detailed findings of the survey to the newly- established Committee on Institutional Reforms as input for the government to enhance trust and public delivery in key institutions. “We are happy and honoured to be Kyaw’s award beneficiary,” he said. Founded in 2015, the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity is a global humanitarian award established to recognisemodern day heroes and the exceptional impact their actions havemade on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes in the face of adversity. – Bernama

Mercynominated Auroraprizebeneficiary KUALA LUMPUR: Mercy Malaysia has been nominated as a beneficiary of a recipient of the 2018 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity for providing critical medical aid to Rohingya communities in Myanmar. The homegrown non-governmental in Sittwe, Rakhine in the last fewyears and more recently in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh in providing humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees and displaced people. President of MercyMalaysia Datuk Dr Ahmad Perdaus said the grant it would receive will help support the organisation’s work to provide essential relief aid to the

organisationwas named by the recipient, Myanmar lawyer and activist Kyaw Hla Aung, after seeing the organisation’s work

underserved Rohingya communities in Myanmar, Bangladesh andMalaysia.

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