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Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Compulsory Subjects Introduction

Compulsory subjects are subjects which every private higher education institution (PHEI) student is required to take.
The Private Higher Educational Institution Act 1996 (Act 555) provides that every private higher education institutions shall teach the following Compulsory Subjects:

  • National Language
  • Malaysian Studies
  • Islamic Studies for students professing the Islamic religion
  • Moral Education for non-Muslim students.

There are two syllabuses for National Language - Syllabus A (advanced syllabus) is prepared for Malaysian students while Syllabus B (introductory syllabus) is prepared for international students.

The Act states that ALL Malaysian students are compelled to attend classes and pass these compulsory subjects as a pre-requisite to the award of a certificate, diploma or degree. Student who are non-citizens are given options whether to attend or not these classes and it is not compulsory for them to pass these compulsory subjects.

(For more information, go to the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) website at

For Foundation, Diploma & Degree Students

MPW 1113 Bahasa Kebangsaan Malaysian citizens Mr.Barry Lian
MPW 1133 Malaysian Studies Malaysian citizens / Non-Malaysian citizens (optional) Ms Valerie Velina Nagreg
MPW 1143 Islamic Studies Malaysian students professing the Islamic religion Mr Malsiron Rogikin (part timer)
MPW 1153 Moral Studies Non-Muslim Malaysian students Mr.Barry Lian

(For more information, go to the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) website at

For further information, please contact:

Beena Giridharan
School of Foundation & Continuing Studies, Learning Centre and T & L
Curtin University of Technology
Sarawak, Malaysia

Telephone: +60 85 443939
Fax: +60 85 443950