"Education Minister confirms no
return to PPSMI policy"
We are not living in isolation from the rest of the world…in as much as UMNO wants it to be so…we are simply unable to live in a vacuum. Speaking for myself I have had my ‘education’ in life by being exposed to life in London and in Australia – academically all I have is an HSC – but from primary school I have been taught in English. That ability to speak understands and communicates in the English language has enabled me to stand at par with the others in the country that I have lived in. I am all for having Bahasa as our national Language but for God sake equips our young so that they will be able to have a fighting chance in life.
Let me be more explicit. “No return to PPSMI” is not going to benefit the Malays – unless keeping the Malays at a disadvantaged is what UMNO wants to do! Think! The Chinese and Indians are not going to be hampered simply because there is no return to PPSMI. They simply go overseas, as they have been doing in the hundreds and thousands. So that leaves the Malays here - until these Malays too must go overseas to be better educated. You do not have to be a Nuclear Physicists to understand what these Malays are going to be up against when they have to compete with others who eat, sleep and communicate in English.
Again we see policies that are specifically design to keep the Malays at a disadvantaged from the other. Policies designed specifically by UMNO that is suppose to champion the Malays. Why is this so? Are better educated Malays a threat to UMNO?
So please this is not a question of a “need to dignify Bahasa Melayu as a national language”. Like the policy of bringing in Malay Pendatangs” - this is another ill concealed attempt by UMNO–this time with that new buzz word “DIGNIFY” – another way in which UMNO will be able to keep the Malays at a disadvantaged – and then UMNO comes charging in on their White Horse to ‘save’ the Malays with a another “Ketuanan Melayu” policy ..only this time it will be to “DIGNIFY” the Melayu race. If you want to give “DIGNITY” to the Malay race try having UMNO leaders who will make a stand against corruption, against greed and against deceit. Try having leaders who will give “DIGNITY” to our country by being leaders for all rather then for just UMNO. How about giving Malay students some self respect when they go overseas for further studies – make sure that have the ability to understand what it is they are being taught and that they are able to communicate with their peers at college or university – and they can do so when they are proficient enough in English!
They must be able talk in English, read in English, think in English if they are to come back educated to bring dignity to the Malays and to our country. Can’t you figure that out by yourself Mahyuddin? ...or is that priority of keeping the Malays continuously at a disadvantaged necessary to keep UMNO in power?
So please do not talk about “dignifying “ our National language…even if that is the latest buzz word coming out of your Ministry. Think! We Malays have enough on our plate to overcome without you guys in UMNO making it any more difficult for us to go out into the world and compete with others – something we must do if we are ever to regain our “DIGNITY” as a race! But then you talk of “DIGNITY” as if UMNO is full of it! We know what UMNO is full of…and it is certainly not DIGNITY!!