Towards Improving Our National Education System

14 08 2012

Around circles of readers, many have discussed and asked among themselves the appropriateness and the need for Malaysia to streamline their education system and importantly, the effort to improve the quality of our schools as a whole.

Chief among the concerns is the legality of vernacular schools itself vis-á-vis the Constitution and the Education Act 1996.

This I may add has been discussed rather thoroughly here.

But this issue shall be discussed at another time.

My main interpretation of school’s education system is this:

It must be free from any religious or cultural extremities.

In a way, it should be secular. Secular sounds dirty these days. Mainly because the word had been bastardised to the extent, it meant atheism or a belief system that is devoid of any religious connotations. Worse, it meant anti-Islam. However, the definition of secularism with regards to our children’s education should not be taken to the extreme. Certainly it does not mean that one rejects religion and faith in totality.

What we need is moderation.

These days, the majority of school children in national schools are Malays. Therefore, inadvertently Islamic teachings made their way into the schools’ general rules and education philosophy. I assume, those who are more objective as well as those who are not a fan of Anwar Ibrahim will pin point the cause of this ‘Islamisation’ of our national schools and the reason why non-malays shun these schools stemmed from the period when Anwar Ibrahim was the Education Minister.

That too, is an issue that can be discussed in another place.

But what I imagine is a school system that do not put too much emphasis on skin deep outlook on what is Islamic and what is not. It means, an education philosophy that prioritises worldly skills and knowledge instead of just focussing to permeate an intense Islamic culture within a school’s environment.

Without a doubt, this has made non Muslims felt alienated in their own surroundings. Parents were not happy. Even the less conservative Muslims found it hard to digest some of the do’s and don’ts. The effort to educate the children properly seems lost in the midst of all this. As the result, we cannot develop a well rounded Malaysians who are capable to interact with each other with ease.

In other words, the recent education system is worse than the education set in the 60’s, 70’s and till the mid 80’s. Experts pin pointed it due to the degradation of national schools; both in quality and self respect.

The cliché now is the world is changing at a rate faster than our children’s ability to absorb and comprehend all the knowledge. If we burden them with misguided priorities, then our future generations are trapped in a cycle of ignorance, or being mediocre at best.

Toning down religious and cultural extremities enables the school to produce a much healthier environment where tolerance is paramount and it breaks down the barriers between races, castes and classes. Emphasising too much on the ritual demands will not breed respect in fact, will isolate the children from each other. It will be “it’s us against them” mentality. And this does not happen in malay majority schools only.

How to move forward and take that jump in order to escape the mediocrity of our education system?

It is about time the Ministry of Education take a stronger role in steering our children’s future away from the negative elements that have been plaguing it. Elements that have always been sniping and eating away the very fabric of one’s edification in growing up within our Malaysian universe.

The bigger objective here is always a two edged sword. One that can improve via knowledge, a whole generation of Malaysians and one that also inculcate the spirit of togetherness and racial harmony among the children.

Of course this can be done with a single stream national education system. Preferably at the primary level.

Delving into few discussions on the one school system, there are obviously few doubts being raised among the concerned readers. Among others, questions regarding the quality of education and syllabus, quality of teachers and their approach, learning environment and school’s infrastructure as well as its overall ability to coalesce different ideologies, religions and cultures into one symbiotic and workable system.

Generally, many agreed that the holistic performance of the students is very important for their own future and this can only be done if the MOE is not weak in steering its direction and truly knows how improvements can be implemented.

One of the reasons why national schools could not generate enough interests from all levels of society is due to its inability to churn good students across the board. Yes we do have excellent schools that produce a myriad of high achievers. But these schools are far from between. The MOE should make all national schools at par with their more affluent counterparts.

Fortunately, all the points above are being discussed in the national education dialog which have been running since April 2012. They have 9 priority fields which they ought to improve which are:

1. quality of teachers

2. quality of headmasters

3. quality of school

4. curriculum and its evaluation

5. multilingual proficiency

6. post-school opportunity

7. role of parents and community

8. knowledge resources in school and its effectiveness

9. teaching methods and administrative structure

This could be the biggest project MOE has embarked since Penyata Razak in 1956 and Rahman Talib Report in 1960.

On that note, I do hope the MOE will reinstate the PPSMI after reviewing the youtube video below.

Thank you.


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Jebat Must Die



9 09 2011


Artikel dari HELEN ANG

Ibu Pin menjaja teko raksasa DAP

Ogos 18, 2011

Ramachandran Muniandy, Hannah Yeoh dan bayi mereka yang baru lahir

Pasangan ini menafikan dengan sekeras-kerasnya bahawa si suami adalah seorang keturunan India. Si isteri lagi berkeras tidak mahu mengakui dia keturunan Cina.

Both Ramachandran and Yeoh had filled ‘Anak Malaysia’ to indicate their own race…  — Malaysiakini, 22 June 2011

Apabila mengisi borang sijil kelahiran anak mereka, pasangan suami isteri ini — sebagai Ayah dan Ibu kepada bayi tersebut — enggan memangkah kotak ‘India’ dan ‘Cina’ untuk menandakan keturunan masing-masing.

Ramachandran Muniandy telah menulis ‘Anak Malaysia’, iaitu menafi dia berbangsa India. Hannah Yeoh juga telah menulis ‘Anak Malaysia’, iaitu menafi dia berbangsa Cina.

Wadah Syuhada Hannah

Hannah ialah Adun DAP di kawasan Subang Jaya dan salah seorang nabi agama sesat Malaysian First.

Hannah juga seorang yang lemah dalam bahasa Melayu. Dia telah diminta Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) supaya mengisi ruang kosong bagi mencatatkan keturunan.

Kata dasar perkataan ‘keturunan’ ialah ‘turun’, iaitu perihal turun-temurun — sesuatu “yang diturunkan daripada” sesuatu yang terlebih awal.

Adakah Hannah Yeoh diturunkan daripada keluarga Arab kalau masih tidak mahu mengaku dia anak cucu kepada orang Cina?

Atau apakah Hannah berasal daripada benih dan baka Turki? Atau mungkin sasur-galurnya orang Kurd?

Sebenarnya Malaysian First (falsafah agama ‘Politik Baru’ DAP itu) ngak mengenal warisan nenek moyang. Nampak begitu malu mereka bilamana dikaitkan dengan salasilah Cina.

Hannah Yeoh mendakwa dirinya keturunan Anak Malaysia.

Bukankah seorang Anak Malaysia akan bertutur dalam Bahasa Malaysia? Menghantar anak ke Sekolah Malaysia (bukan sekolah Cina, ya).

Mengikut logik Hannah Yeoh, tiada wujudnya bangsa Cina di tanahair kita. Sebaik-baiknya biar semua orang bergelar Anak Malaysia — itulah ajaran agama Malaysian First yang giat disebarkan DAP. Maka tidak perlu dibina sekolah Cina kerana tidak lagi ada bangsa Cina yang duduk di sini.

Jika semua Anak Malaysia (bangsa Cina/bangsa India merupakan konsep kolot di dalam wacana pembangkang pasca-2008), buat apa kita hendak kekalkan sistem pendidikan aliran vernakular?

Panggil dia Hasnah, buang itu ‘Yeoh’

Di negara jiran, Anak Indonesia yang keturunan Cina memakai nama Indonesia.

Adakah anda kenal siapa Wang Lian Xiang? Beliau ialah jaguh Olympik sukan badminton. Namanya harum di dunia sebagai Susi Susanti.

Buah hatinya (kini suami) juga jaguh di sukan Olympik yang sama pada tahun 1992. Namanya Goey Ren Fang, memenangi pingat emas perseorangan lelaki badminton. Kita lebih mengenali beliau sebagai Alan Budi Kesuma.

Rudy Hartono adalah antara lagenda badminton yang terulung. Nama Cinanya Liang Hai Liang. Lain-lain jaguh badminton Anak Indonesia: Chandra Wijaya = Chen Jia Liang, Tony Gunawan = Wu Jun Ming, Mia Audina = Zhang Hai Li, Hendrawan = Ye Cheng Wan, dll

Anak Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra juga keturunan Cina tetapi apakah beliau langsung mempunyai nama Cina?

Sekiranya kita hendak mencontohi Anak Bangsa yang terdapat di negara-negara jiran, baik kita panggil saja Anak Malaysia kita Si Hasnah dan bukan Hannah.

Ratu Twitter

Hannah dan partinya telah memarahi JPN sebagai rasis ekoran jabatan itu tidak meluluskan Hannah mewujudkan istilah baru ‘Anak Malaysia’.

Lalu Hannah dan partinya bercadang hendak saman JPN.

Kepada para peminat (bahasa Inggeris sebut groupie) Hannah Yeoh, dia maksum. Hannah yang diminati hampir 30,000 orang di Twitter bagai malaikat kepada mereka.

Sebarang tweet yang dibuat Hannah akan ditweet semula berkali-kali.

Di bawah ialah tweetnya yang ditujukan kepada Perdana Menteri.

Nampaknya Hannah Yeoh masih berdegil mahu bayinya didaftarkan sebagai Anak Malaysia dalam sijil kelahiran.

Jika demikian, kenapa dia mendaftar anaknya sebagai Kristian pula?

Lebih baik dia kata berpegangan Agama Malaysia, barulah boleh padan dengan istilah keturunan Anak Malaysia.

Mesti semuanya Malaysian First: Anak Malaysia, Agama Malaysia weh barulah kira konsisten.

Teko raksana yang dahulunya bertapak di Sky Kingdom perkampungan Ayah Pin

Demi Negara ! For The Nation !

30 09 2009
Melentur buluh biarlah dari rebungnya”, says a Malay proverb. Where else to start to build a strong nation if it is not the schools where the young minds are being moulded?KijangMas Perkasa, the Demi Negara blog owner, is one of the patriots who wrote blog articles, many on socio-politics subjects. The theme revolves around nation building.

Now, have a thermal flask of hot coffee or tea, with some tidbits. Pour a cup, sit back and relax. Take your time to read his masterpiece here, “Racial Polarisation and the Forging of Bangsa Malaysia”. You will need a good 20-minute reading.


Your coffee is cold already and you have not even touched your tidbits!

KijangMas Perkasa’s masterpiece above and this article about vernacular schools here, have inspired the Demi Negara Community to conceive and finally gave birth to this very own “Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua (SSS)” website you are now reading. Read how it started here. Read also how Wee Ka Siong, the Deputy Minister of Education himself, in the capacity of Pemuda MCA, threatened to lodge a police report against the promoters of SSS. He did not even know the word “gejala” that he objected to has more than one meaning. Well, he met his match, here.

KijangMas Perkasa wrote this about SSS:-

Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua is the catalyst of this journey towards meaningful, cohesive nationhood, a key component of the blueprint of a raceless Malaysia that has been vigorously expounded in Demi Negara.”

Pour another cup and go on to read more of his blog articles. Come back another day to finish them and don’t forget your hot coffee or tea and your favorite tidbits. In the interest of nation building, and how some “Malaysians” live their lives which may jeopardize the efforts in building this nation, you may want to read these further:-

–          The National Language is being undermined, here and here. And what happened after much instigations?

–          Utterly Anti-National!

–          Aidil Fitri’s Open House is still ongoing. Thank God! So far, so good! Hope there is no more of these freaking manners!

–          Who is RPK ?

–          Malaysian Insider’s propaganda

–          A plain conversation in our daily life of “kau tim” culture which may eventually destroy a nation.

–          Religion and politics have not been spared too!

–          So you like politics, huh? With an episode of maid abused?

–          1-Malaysia?

Let us ponder now on KijangMas Perkasa’s latest posting. It will just take a minute or two of your time, but it will leave you pondering long enough to realize what makes you a true Malaysian.

You really a MALAYSIAN ka ?

Read this, understand this and recite this over and over. May we all be true Warga Negara Malaysia:-

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Bak kata pepatah Melayu, “Melentur buluh biarlah dari rebungnya”. Di mana lagi kita hendak mulakan usaha-usaha membina sebuah Negara yang kukuh lagi bersatupadu jika tidak sejak dari bangku sekolah lagi, iaitu di mana pemikiran anak-anak kita mula dibentuk?KijangMas Perkasa, citrawan laman citra Demi Negara, adalah salah seorang Wira Negara yang menulis banyak artikel-artikel  mengenai sosio-politik. Tema penulisan beliau berkisar ke arah usaha-usaha membina Negara.

Sekarang mari kita sediakan sebuah bekas untuk mengisi kopi ataupun teh panas, serta sedikit makanan ringan. Tuangkan secawan, mari kita duduk dan bersantai. Kita luangkan sedikit masa untuk membaca sebuah tulisan ulung beliau ini, “Polarisasi Kaum dan Pembentukan Bangsa Malaysia”. Anda memerlukan sekurang-kurangnya 20 minit untuk membacanya.

Habis membacanya?

Kopi anda telah sejuk dan anda belum pun lagi menyentuh makanan ringan anda!

Tulisan ulung KijangMas Perkasa di atas dan juga artikel berkenaan sekolah-sekolah vernakular ini, telah mengilhamkan komuniti Demi Negara untuk mencerna dan akhirnya melahirkan laman citra “Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua (SSS)” yang sedang anda baca sekarang ini. Bagaimana SSS bermula. Bacalah juga bagaimana Wee Ka Siong, Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran sendiri, di atas kedudukannya sebagai Ketua Pemuda MCA, telah mengancam untuk membuat laporan polis terhadap penganjur SSS. Beliau tidak pun tahu akan makna dan penggunaan perkataan “gejala” yang disangkalnya. Akhirnya, beliau telah menemui lawannya di sini.

Mengenai SSS, KijangMas Perkasa menulis (dialih bahasa):-

“Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua merupakan satu pencetus dalam perjuangan untuk membentuk sebuah Negara bersatupadu yang penuh bermakna. Ianya merupakan suatu komponen asas kepada “blueprint” bagi menyediakan sebuah masyarakat Malaysia tanpa perasaan perkauman, yang sentiasa diperjuangkan dengan gigih di laman citra Demi Negara”

“Minta lagi kopi sêcewãn!” dan mari kita terus membaca artikel-artikel beliau di laman citra tersebut. Kita luangkan lagi hari-hari selepas ini untuk menyudah membaca, tetapi jangan lupa secangkir kopi/teh panas beserta makanan ringan kegemaran anda.

Demi semangat membina Negara, dan juga untuk menyelami bagaimana sebahagian dari yang dikatakan “rakyat Malaysia” telah menjalani kehidupan seharian mereka, anda mungkin berminat untuk selanjutnya membaca seperti yang berikut:-

–          Bahasa kebangsaan telah diperkotak-katikkan. Baca di sini and di sini. Dan apa yang berlaku selepas perlakuan yang mencetuskan perasaan tidak senang hati itu?

–          Sememangnya Anti-Nasional!

–          Rumah Terbuka Aidil Fitri masih berlangsung. Syukur kerana setakat ini belum berlaku perkara-perkara yang tidak beradap ini.

–          Siapa dia RPK ?

–          Propaganda Malaysian Insider

–          Perbualan biasa kita seharian mengenai budaya “kau tim”  yang sebenarnya boleh menghancurkan sebuah Negara sekiranya tidak dibendung dan diambil perhatian.

–          Agama and politik juga tidak terlepas dari dipergunakan!

–          Jadi anda suka kepada politik? Dengan sebuah episod  penganiayaan pembantu rumah ?

–          1-Malaysia?

Mari kita renungi muatan terkini dari KijangMas Perkasa di laman citra Demi Negara beliau. Ia hanya mengambil masa barang seminit dua untuk membacanya tetapi anda mungkin akan mengambil masa yang agak lama untuk menjawab persoalan tentang apakah yang membuatkan seseorang itu dikenali sebagai seorang warga negara Malaysia yang tulen.

Betulkah anda seorang warga Malaysia?

Baca pepatah ini, fahaminya dan lakukan berulang-ulang kali untuk menghayatinya. Semoga kita menjadi Warga Negara Malaysia yang sejati:-

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Hot Potato / Kentang Panas

11 09 2009
The One School For All (Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua, SSS) Proposal came out of the realization that there is a strong need to unite all Malaysians, especially in the light of increasing racial polarization in the country. Many news items and comments in the mass media portray the widening gap of understanding among the various communities. The attitude and the mentality of the people have become increasingly opposed to one another as a result of the actions of one group that bring about dissatisfaction to another in recent times.


The aim of Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib’s 1Malaysia is clearly towards the unifying of Malaysians and the reduction in the disparity gap among various communities. But the methods of achieving that aim are not that clear yet. In fact, he himself has welcomed Malaysian citizens to give opinions and suggestions for his consideration by writing to his blog.

This SSS Proposal is one that was conceived and discussed publicly in the Demi Negara blog. Although this Proposal is still at the discussion stage, it has received media coverage since the time of its pronouncement in May 2009.  Various statements have been made by several quarters, including the mass media, activists in the field of education, politicians, government leaders including the Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Education himself.

We realize that the current political situation may be a stumbling block to our leaders to take positive action and pay serious attention on the SSS Proposal. It is suspected that the present Government leadership places more importance on votes from certain communities which are opposed to the SSS Proposal. Nevertheless, we are confident that there is a “silent majority” that wants the suggestions made in the SSS Proposal be acted upon by the leaders accordingly.

The question is:

Has our political leaders, specifically the Minister of Education, the ‘political will’ to take the initiative in a firm and positive manner, in the interest of Bangsa Malaysia and the Nation, to achieve the dream of a strong and cohesive society that is reflected by the slogan ‘Satu Bahasa, Satu Bangsa, Satu Negara.

Kempen Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua (SSS) ini lahir dari kesedaran betapa perlunya diadakan usaha-usaha untuk kembali menyatu padukan rakyat lebih-lebih lagi dalam keadaan polarisasi kaum di negara ini yang dikhuatiri kini semakin meningkat. Banyak berita dan komen di media massa yang membayangkan keadaan yang semakin meluasnya jurang persefahaman antara kaum. Pemikiran dan pendirian rakyat semakin bercanggah berikutan dengan tindakan-tindakan kumpulan tertentu yang membangkitkan perasaan tidak senang hati kepada kumpulan yang lain sejak kebelakangan ini.


Matlamat 1Malaysia Perdana Menteri, Dato’ Seri Najib, nyata berhaluan kepada penyatuan rakyat dan bertujuan untuk mengurangkan jurang perbezaan kaum. Tetapi cara-cara untuk mencapai matlamat itu masih belum begitu jelas lagi. Sememangnya beliau sendiri telah pun mempelawa rakyat untuk memberikan pendapat dan syor-syor untuk dipertimbang dan diteliti oleh beliau sendiri dengan menulis di blog 1Malaysia.

Kempen SSS ini merupakan satu syor yang diilhamkan dan dibincang secara umum di laman citra Demi Negara. Walau pun cadangan SSS ini masih di peringkat perbincangan, namun ia telah mendapat liputan sejak dicetuskan pada Mei 2009. Terdapat beberapa kenyataan mengenainya telah pun dibuat oleh pelbagai pihak termasuk media massa, mereka-mereka yang bergiat di dalam bidang pendidikan, ahli-ahli politik, pemimpin-pemimpin kerajaan termasuk Timbalan Perdana Menteri merangkap Menteri Pelajaran sendiri.

Kita sedar bahawa keadaan politik sekarang nampaknya agak menghalang para pemimpin untuk mengambil tindakan yang positif serta prihatin ke atas syor SSS ini. Adalah diprasangkakan bahawa pemimpin kerajaan sekarang ini lebih mementingkan undi dari kaum-kaum tertentu yang menentang syor SSS. Walau pun begitu, kami yakin terdapat golongan majoriti senyap yang mahukan saranan-saranan di dalam Kempen SSS ini diambil tindakan yang sewajarnya oleh pemimpin.


Adakah pemimpin-pemimpin politik, khasnya Menteri Pelajaran, mempunyai keazaman politik untuk mengambil inisiatif yang positif serta tegas , demi bangsa Malaysia dan Negara, untuk mencapai impian sebuah negara yang teguh lagi bersatu padu yang dilambangkan oleh ungkapan “Satu Bahasa, Satu Bangsa, Satu Negara”.

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Instilling goodwill and a spirit of togetherness should fittingly be done among children beginning from their days in school. The Malay proverb “Melentur buluh biarlah dari rebungnya” (literally: bending the bamboo should start from the shoot) reflects this. It is important to nourish the mind and guide the thinking of the children towards a sense of togetherness and genuine social cohesion in the interest of the Nation. For this the Government needs to appreciate the suggestions contained in the SSS Proposal and take steps to implement them. The leading suggestion in this Proposal is the carrying out of an in-depth study and recommendations on the existing education system, with the aim not just to produce intelligent and well informed pupils, but also to inculcate a sense of unity for the development of a cohesive and harmonious nation.


Towards that end, let us all contribute whatever within our means towards the efforts of building up our country. The least we could do is to give moral support to this Campaign by signing the SSS Petition. Additionally, we can ask family members and friends to do so. And we can help disseminate information on this Campaign as widely as possible.

Menyemai silaturrahim dan semangat bersatu padu sewajarnya dilakukan di kalangan kanak-kanak sejak di bangku sekolah rendah lagi bak kata pepatah, “Melentur buluh biarlah dari rebungnya”. Oleh kerana amat pentingnya untuk memupuk dan membimbing pemikiran serta pendirian kanak-kanak untuk mencapai persepaduan yang jitu di kalangan rakyat demi kemajuan negara, maka Kerajaan perlulah sedar betapa pentingnya syor-syor Kempen SSS ini diambil perhatian serius serta mengambil langkah-langkah proaktif untuk melaksanakannya. Syor utama Kempen SSS ini adalah supaya dilaksanakan suatu kajian mendalam terhadap sistem pendidikan negara dengan sasaran bukan hanya untuk melahirkan pelajar-pelajar pintar dan berpengetahuan, tetapi juga menyemai semangat kekitaan dalam membina negara yang bersatu padu serta harmoni.


Oleh itu, marilah sama-sama memberikan sumbangan termampu untuk sama-sama membina Negara. Sekurang-kurangnya setiap kita dapat menzahirkan sokongan terhadap Kempen ini dengan menandatangani petisyen SSS. Sebagai tambahan, kita boleh mempelawa keluarga dan rakan untuk turut sama memberi sokongan. Kita sebarkan maklumat Kempen ini seluas yang mungkin