by Diyana Ibrahim
The Malaysian Insider
September 25, 2013
Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) stood by Putrajaya’s decision to pay RM20 million to consulting firm McKinsey and Co for the National Education Blueprint.
He said the sum was reasonable as it was a two-year-project involving large scale processes and input from international experts.
“I believe it was a reasonable sum as we needed assistance from experts. It was not something we could have done on our own,” said Muhyiddin who is also the Deputy Prime Minister.
Yesterday, DAP lawmakers demanded the Education Ministry to explain why it spent RM20 million in hiring a private consultant to prepare the National Education Blueprint when it could have been done by “capable personnel” within the government.
Describing the sum paid as a complete waste of taxpayers’ money, Serdang Member of Parliament Ong Kian Ming and Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari said the management consultant should not have been hired as the company was a general management consultant and did not specialise in education. – September 25,