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Tuesday, January 18, 2011KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 — Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong has confirmed the government has no plans to backtrack on its decision to abolish the teaching of Maths and Science in English despite relentless efforts by a pro-English lobby group to reverse the policy.
Wee also denied that the decision to stop the policy, known as PPSMI (Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam bahasa Inggeris), was politically motivated as alleged by the group, the Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE).
“The reversal of the PPSMI was done through four roundtable discussions, so after much deliberation the Cabinet made its decision based on the findings,” he told The Malaysian Insider yesterday.
Wee shook his head when asked if the move was the Barisan Nasional’s strategy to recoup its loss of the Malay rural vote in Election 2008, as alleged by PAGE members.
“No, no. Even the Chinese schools wanted the teaching instruction of the subjects to be in Bahasa Malaysia. Just take a simple example and seek comments from some professional groups and you will know,” he said. More hereGua malas mau cerita banyak banyak…
Kalau betul Alhamdullilah…..and why stop at 2 subjects?If you really wanna know what they actually said with regards to PPSMI
Chinese Organisations’ Rejection Very Dangerous, Says Najib
November 12 , 2002 19:50PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 (Bernama) — The rejection of the Chinese organisations Dong Zong and Jiao Zong of the move to teach Mathematics and Science in English at national type Chinese primary schools is very dangerous, Umno vice president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Tuesday.
Najib, who is also Defence Minister, said that the Chinese organisations’ rejection was dangerous as it was a form of sedition and Umno would monitor them very closely.
“It’s very dangerous because it can tantamount to being seditious…we will monitor very closely. I’m sure they are being monitored very closely,” he told reporters after chairing the meeting of the Special Cabinet Committee on National Service at the ministry here.
However, Najib said, the rejection of the Chinese organisations should not be seen as a disaster and called on them to allow a certain period of time for the government’s efforts to succeed and should not reject it outright.
“It’s not a disaster. They should give it a chance to work. I think we have to accept this positively but if you reject this at the outset, then you are not giving it a chance to work,” said Najib.
Meanwhile, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Rais Yatim, when met after the meeting, said that the Home Ministry was monitoring the recent statements by the Chinese organisations.
On his part, he said, he would advise the Dong Zong and Jiao Zong to no longer play up racial issues over the use of English in the teaching of the two subjects.
“I understand that the Home Ministry is already fully aware of such consequences and we would like to tell the extremist groups to no longer raise racial issues over the use of English in the teaching of Mathematics and Science,” he told Bernama.
He said that it was not wrong if the Chinese organisations were to question the use of English on the academic aspect but it was another thing to venture to undermine certain races.
“…if they had expressed their anger or to undermine matters pertaining to a race, this concerns sedition and an offence under the law,” he said.
Umno Youth chief Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein who is also Youth and Sports Minister, when met by Bernama, said that the Chinese organisations only displayed their narrow thinking in raising matters that were baseless.
“By their rejection, I regard them as a small group who are still narrow-minded, still playing up racial issues and still playing politics,” he said.
The stand taken by the government on the use of English, according to him, was well accepted by the people and should proceed even if rejected by the Chinese organisations.
Another Umno vice president, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister, said that the Chinese organisations should respect the government’s decision and the wish of the majority.
“If they choose to reject it, that’s their right. But they should respect the voice of the majority expressed through parties in the Barisan Nasional. They have been elected by the people,” he said at the launching of a guidebook for new car buyers here.
He said that the Dong Zong and Jiao Zong only represented a group of race and was narrow-minded when asserting that the mother tongue would lose its importance following the teaching of the two subjects in English.
Deputy Education Minister, Senator Datuk Abdul Aziz Samsudin said that he would not dismiss the possibility that the Chinese organisations’ rejection of the move was more of personal interest.
He said that they felt that their stand would show to a small section of society that they were doing their job especially those who were members of schools’ board of governors.
“That’s possible. They will not be seen to be doing their job if they don’t reject,” he told reporters at the lobby of parliament house here.
— BERNAMA Go hereStrange don’t you think……in 2008 they UGUT the Government of the Day.Jiao Zong warns of mammoth demo
By: Kong See Hoh (Tue, 09 Dec 2008)
JIAO ZONG (United Chinese School Teachers Association) president Ong Chiaw Chuan warns that Dong Jiao Zong will launch a massive protest action should the government decide to continue with its policy of teaching Science and Mathematics in English, the Chinese press reported yesterday.
Dong Jiao Zong, which comprises Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees Association) and Jiao Zong, has maintained a firm stand that the government should revert to the use of mother-tongue languages to teach the two subjects in primary schools.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is expected to make a decision after chairing the fifth roundtable discussion on whether or not to continue teaching Science and Mathematics in English.
“The Chinese community has to act if the issue is not resolved,” Ong said on Saturday.
He believed the majority of people from the various communities wish to see a reversal to the use of mother-tongue languages to teach Science and Maths.
He urged Chinese-based political parties and Chinese ministers, especially those from MCA, to be firm in fighting for the use of Mandarin as the medium of instruction for Science and Maths in Chinese primary schools.
“They also need to be mentally prepared, as once the government decides to carry on with the policy, Dong Jiao Zong will launch a massive protest action,” said Ong.
He said Dong Jiao Zong feels that the teaching of Science and Maths in English is currently the greatest threat to Chinese education. More hereI pity Azimah…….
But the third instalment of a forum held at the Bar Council building here last night saw feeble response, triggering talk that it was time for PAGE to throw in the towel.
Admitting that the struggle had nearly reached a dead end, PAGE chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim suggested at the forum that the group call it a day.
“We speak about blasting (promoting) this out through the Internet and all that, and we blasted for today but look at what we have.
“We did blast and blasted for a week so if this is an indication of the so-called tsunami we hope to achieve … I think we should throw in the towel,” she said.
Her suggestion met with protests from participants but the crestfallen Noor Azimah pointed out that “it has already been two years, you know.”
“And it’s not that people do not know about us. The media has given us fantastic support … some politicians even envy me because I get more media coverage than they do,” she said.
PAGE activists and members also conceded during the forum that the major stumbling block in their fight was politics and in their decision to avoid using violence and aggression to achieve their goals.Azimah…azimah……
Takkan 2 tahun nak give up?
Stay true to your struggle…..it is constitutionally OK anyway……refer here
Perhaps you should look at the Satu Sekolah Project…..
Ask yourself a simple question…..
Do you as a Law abiding citizen of Malaysia close one eye to the RAPING of OUR CONSTITUTION by allowing the SEKOLAH HARAM TO CONTINUE?
Let us not USE VIOLENCE OR AGGRESSION….
Let us USE THE LAW………
And we’ll see if Politics can supersede the Law………..
Ask yourself another question….
DO YOU THINK THEY GOVERNMENT WAS AFRAID OF THE GERAKAN ANTI PPSMI OR DONG ZHONG?