Friday 23 October 2009

Cakap cakap....PPSMI a comment and my reply.

Blogger DFTunes said...

Salam buat pak HH,

I've been reading ur blogs for the past 3weeks,

this is the 1st time i'm giving my humble opinion in ur blog,

n hope u dun mind if it is in bahasa.

Sy tk merasakan bhw kerajaan memansuhkan dasar ppsmi dgn niat utk membiarkan rakyat trus "kekurangan" nilai2 kebolehsaingan dgn masy antarabangsa yg lain dlm arena ekonomi pasaran bebas..saya juga bersetuju bhw penguasaan bhs inggeris bisa menambah "nilai pasaran" kepada individu tk kira latar kaum,tp utk menjustifikasikan tindakan memansuhkan ppsmi oleh kerajaan adalah lgkah terkebelakang dan berunsur membiarkan masy. Menjadi trus "diperbodohkan" adalah kurang tepat,adakah ini bermakna pak HH bersetuju sekiranya dikatakan tindakan gabungan pemansuhan ppsmi yg dipelopori beberapa tokoh bhsa dan politik berniat sblm ini sbg langkah yg sama,yakni utk membiarkan masyarakat terus ketinggalan dlm arus pemodenan yg serba serbi inggeris? Ada byk impak negatif pelaksanaan ppsmi tehadap majoriti pelajar melayu di luar bandar,pelajar sekolah tamil di estet dan kemungkinan sdikit pada pelajar etnik cina..mgkin pada keluarga masyarakat bependapatan teguh di bandar mampu utk survive dlm dasar ini.

And for you info sir,im a big fan of ur son in law's band named butterfingers,and it's irony that they started the musical journey of them in english,and end up in 2 beautifully produced malay language album..utk malaysia saya percaya bahasa malaysia boleh jadi bahasa perpaduan dan kemajuan..

Maaf andai salah kata,
keep on writing pak!

Friday, October 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM CST
Blogger HusseinAbdul Hamid said...

Thank for reading what I write and making an effort to comment on what I write. I did not mind your doing it in Bahasa – so now you will have to ‘do not mind’ me replying in English…it took me long enough to read your Bahasa piece…but I got through it!

You remember Watergate? I believe Nixon when he said that he had nothing to do with it. It was only when I heard what he said on the tapes that made me change my mind…many years later! The same with Bush invasion of Iraq. When he said Sadam had weapons of mass destruction – I believed Bush! After Iraq has been destroyed – no weapons of mass destruction! Benazir Bhutto said that she was going to be assassinated. I told myself that that was just her trying to get sympathy and votes from the people of Pakistan. She was assassinated! Now to Malaysia. Puspakom. I put a proposal together with Goh Ban Huat based on the Singapore module because I was told that the Government was looking for proposals. Then I met aruah Yahaya Ahmad of DRB (a school mate from MCKK – same year) after I had submitted my proposal – and he told me “Hussein Mahathir is giving it to me”. I did not believe him….and you know what happened !

So my friend I know that it is hard to believe that UMNO will deliberately put in place policies that will deliberately put the Malays at a disadvantage. Think about this. UMNO has had 50 years of total power in Malaysia. Yes we Malays are better than what we are many years back – but can you see how much the Chinese have advanced despite – or should I say in spite of what UMNO is doing to slow down the Chinese progress. And we Malays with 50 years of UMNO are still playing second fiddle to the Chinese.

So in as far as PPSMI is concern – whether knowingly or otherwise – by continuing to advance Bahasa over English – what UMNO is doing is again putting the Malays at a disadvantage. I have met anak Melayu kita who are simply lost in trying to understand what it is they are against when thrown into the realities of the global community. They embarrass me and sadder they themselves are embarrass that they are unable to cope.

So if you say that the Government and our learned scholars etc mean well…yes possibly in all sincerity they mean well – but can they not see that this is one of the Malays Achilles heal when they go into the real world? And go into the real world they must if we Malays are to have our dignity and out sense of self back.

p.s. Butterfingers did the last two albums in Bahasa because they wanted to cross into the Malay market - they were confident that they would keep their non-Malay fans – so a good marketing ploy. I tried to listen to their songs and really had some in depth discussions with Emmett about what Butterfingers music was about…but truthfully …I am still unable to follow! ..but must support lah !

Please continue to comment – in Bahasa if you want – appreciate your support of steadyaku47.


  1. Pak HH. Congratulations. You are right on the dot. Mahathir did that to fool the malays, that is to make them stupid and backward. Just visit the net and you can find millions of site in english. If you are poor in English, how are you going to progress...unless your country is developed or has a big population like china. Reason is stupid people can be easily controlled and that's where BN controlled them for their votes.

  2. Actually our people are facing problem with English because of the system(kementerian pendidikan) and the way our school teach English. Our children should learn English from English subject not from Maths and Science.Our government keep changing the system to get the votes (piliharaya) to stay in power. So yang jadi mangsanya our future generation. We need to change the government.

  3. HH,

    One argument often used for giving BM prominence is that it would help the rural students compete with their more English-savvy urban counterparts.

    But by institutionalizing this policy, the whole country will be suffer as students will be handicapped globally.

    Internally it is within our means to help the weaker students. But how to offset the disadvantages imposed from day one of not having English language proficiency amongst our students?

    Yes we will still produce engineers, doctors, space scientists (albeit with lowered passing standard) and they will be heroes in Kampung Malaysia. But how will they learn and keep up up with the latest that evolves on an almost daily basis? It is said that even if a doctor spends all his time reading up on the latest journals and developments in his field, by the end of a year he will still be behind about a month! And that's on the basis the stuff is all in English.

    This debate will go on until the next politician comes along and decides to reverse it to the detriment of another generation of young Malaysians. But for now, perhaps our politicians' idea of success is something like what I saw on a T shirt somewhere: Before I couldn't even spell engineer. Now I is one!!

    Cheers HH.

  4. I agree that we Malaysian must command a good English in order to participate globally. I failed to understand how do we go about improving our command of English through mathematics and science??? wonder how!!! Those days we studied English Literature and we read Shakespear and Mark Twain and many other English related books. We have debates to be the platform to test our language proficiency and many other activities created by the by the school.
    I really can't figure it out how do we learn English through science and mathematics??? not for the next thousand years, I will never understand and the only thing I know is that the minister, and the leaderships at the education department in the country are not concerned and clueless or there is some hidden agenda. Wonder why? or shall I shout "Alice, who the fuck is Alice" or change that Alice to Mahathir or UMNO hehh...

  5. DFTunes,

    Bangsa Melayu ni nak jadi apa? Kalau dah depan mata nampak nyata yang pemimpin2 UMNO sendiri pun tidak yakin dengan Bahasanya sendiri, mengapa masih mati2 percaya kepada apa yang UMNO sendiri tidak percaya?

    UMNO memperjuangkan Bahasa Melayu namun selama itu jugalah pemimpin2 dan orang2 UMNO yang hidup kaya raya hasil perjuangan itu tidak putus2 menghantar anak dan keturunan baka zuriat mereka belajar diluar negara sedangkan mereka melaungkan perjuangan menegakkan Bahasa Melayu.

    Mengapa golongan elit UMNO tidak menerajui perjuangan itu dengan "bergelandang" bersama Melayu2 lain belajar dalam institusi2 Melayu dan membuktikan yang dengan ijazah Melayu mereka boleh berjaya menjadi pemimpin2 negara?

    Mengapa mereka saja yang dibenarkan memperlekehkan Bahasa Melayu dengan mendidik anak2 mereka ke luar negara hanya untuk membuktikan yang mereka sendiri tidak yakin untuk memimpin rakyat tanpa ijazah luar negara?

    Pun orang2 Melayu masih sanggup diperbodohkan oleh golongan elit UMNO sampai ke tahap itu, berdekad-dekad lamanya masih tak sedar2 juga?

    Berdekad-dekad lamanya dan orang2 Melayu dan DFTunes masih dengan harapan Bahasa Melayu akan jadi bahasa perpaduan dan kemajuan?

    Kita tidak sedar yang selama ini kita hidup bersebelahan dengan "Alice" not just 24 years, tapi beratus tahun lamanya untuk sekarang sedar apabila "Alice" sudah berangkat meninggalkan kita, untuk sedar betapa ruginya kita tidak memanfaatkan "Alice" hanya bila kita sudah kehilangan "Alice".

    "Who the fuck is Alice?" Alice was the nextdoor girl we had been living our life all these while with, to realise we should have been married to her long time ago.

    Cukuplah UMNO jangan nak terus memperbodohkan Melayu. Golongan elit UMNO dan pemimpin2 UMNO sebenarnya bukan orang Melayu selagi mereka meletakkan ijazah luar negara diatas semua ijazah Melayu hanya kerana mereka saja yang mampu menjadi lebih pandai dari semua Melayu.

    Minda orang Melayu tak akan bebas selagi kita dikongkong oleh Bahasa Melayu dan segelintir Melayu yang lebih suka melihat hanya mereka dan anak2 mereka terus memerintah Melayu dengan kepandaian yang mereka perolehi dari luar negara.

    Merekalah sebenarnya Neo Colonialist bangsa Melayu!

  6. Apakah lontaran idea dari otak berkarat ini ada kaitan dengan PPSMI, saya pun tak pasti. Pun begitu, izinkan saya berkongsi cerita tentang kesan dari kegagalan bangsa Melayu, bukan setakat menguasai tapi juga memahami.

    Menguasai dan memahami adalah dua tahap yang berbeza.

    Menguasai Bahasa Inggeris bererti kita bukan sekadar boleh memahami pertutura orang lain, tapi kita juga harus boleh berkomunikasi secara lisan dan tulisan.

    Apa yang sangat menyedihkan, majoriti orang Melayu khususnya penjawat awam di jabatan kerajaan bukan setakat gagal menguasai Bahasa Inggeris malah tidak dapat memahami pertuturan orang lain.

    Hingga hari ini saya masih ingat dengan jelas sepotong ayat dari puluhan ayat-ayat bahasa Inggeris yang rosak yang ditulis oleh seorang pensyarah UTM Jalan Gurney yang sedang melanjutkan pengajian di Amerika Syarikat.

    "I hope you no oppose to this cheque...". Ayat Bahasa Inggeris dari anak Melayu yang akan mendakap segulung Ijazah 'master' dalam bidang matematiks.

    Itu dua dekad yang lalu.

    Dua bulan lepas, saudara saya, seorang pendidik pun dapat ijazah 'master' dari IPTA tempatan. Ketika ditanya macamana dia menghasilkan thesis "cilok aje dari thesis lama orang lain" jawabnya jujur. Tidak hairanlah kalau 'pendidik' ini tidak kekal bekerja di pejabat swasta sehinggalah ada bantuan 'cable' semasa temuduga menjadi guru.

    Apa pula ceritanya tentang 'memahami' Bahasa Iggeris.

    12hb dan 13hb Oktober yang baru lalu...kementerian kesihatan telah mengadakan 'seminar jururawat' di Hotel Palace of the Golden Horses. Lebih seribu jururawat terpilih dari seluruh Malaysia termasuk Sabah dan Sarawak hadir. Seminar diadakan dalam Bahasa Inggeris.
    Oleh kerana majoritinya berbangsa Melayu yang tidak faham apa yang diperkatakan,ramai yang terlelap.
    Yang lainnya berlegar di luar dewan sementara menunggu jam jamuan makan malam.

    Pun begitu, yuran RM750 untuk seorang tetap juga dibayar kementerian. Itu belum lagi termasuk tuntutan perjalanan dan penginapan.

    The gist of the story atau intipati cerita ini ialah yang rugi dan terus rugi adalah orang Melayu sendiri yang bukan saja gagal menguasai Bahasa Inggeris malah tidak juga dapat memahami.

    Maka luncai yang terjun dengan labunya terus lemas dibawa arus.