Malaysia Look East Policy

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Malaysia Look East Policy

The Look East Policy (LEP) is announced by former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on the 8th February 1982 during the 5th Joint Annual Conference of MAJECA/JAMECA in Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The policy was essentially an attempt to encourage the Malaysian to change their traditional perspectives of Western countries as role models and instead look towards the East. The underlying assumption was that Malaysia had much to learn from the experiences of countries in the East especially Japan and Korea, which succeeded in achieving remarkable economic progress. Therefore, Tun Dr. Mahathir felt that enabling young Malaysians to learn in Japan would contribute to the economic and social
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* Programmes such as the Japan Study Support program and Dispatch of Lecturers program has allowed for Japanese experts to be sent to Malaysia. * Since 1982, about 14,000 Malaysian have headed east for the Japanese language programme for teachers, studies at technical colleges and university, and industrial. (Appendix: Table 2) * In 2012, 268 students went to Japan to start academic life under the Look East Policy (LEP). * In September 2011, established a Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) at University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) international campus in Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur, to introduce Japanese-style engineering education. * 7 Japanese professors presently teaching in Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) and in 2 to 3 years’ time more than 30 Japanese professors would be installed in the institute. * In 2011, Japanese government awarded 33 scholarships to Malaysian students to study in Japan.

iii. Training Programmes * As part of the national car partnership agreement, Malaysian workers were sent to Japan for a maximum of 6 months to be trained through intensive training programmes.

iv. Expatriates * At 2011, there were about 1,400 Japanese affiliated companies in Malaysia and about 10,401 Japanese living in Malaysia.

v. Youth and Student Exchange Program * Initiatives such as the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth Program and
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