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Sejauh manakah penerapan deklarasi pendidikan antarabangsa dalam Dasar Pendidikan Nasional?

Beberapa Ahli Parlimen dan wakil-wakil NGO yang hadir:

Kesilapan Umno-BN yang boleh memberi kesan negatif kepada generasi masa depan

Rakyat dan Pakatan Rakyat terpaksa bertungkus lumus menyedarkan Kerajaan Umno-BN dalam hal ini. Adakah itu mesti dilakukan setiap kali kelemahan dan kesilapan pentadbiran Kerajaan Umno-BN berlaku? Bayangkan kerugian yang hebat dan bertimpa-timpa kerana sistem pendidikan yang sering diubah tanpa penyelidikan dan penelitian yang sempurna…
Pentadbiran Umno-BN sudah terpalit dengan imej semberono yang mencari untung tanpa kisah kemudaratannya terhadap rakyat.

Lihat saja cara setiap Rang Undang-Undang di Parlimen diluluskan…tiada penelitian, tiada diaudit oleh pakar, semuanya dilulus dengan tergesa-gesa, khususnya dalam meluluskan sesuatu bajet…soalan-soalan yang dikemukakan hampir keseluruhannya tidak terjawab secara objektif dan tepat…seolah-olah persidangan hanya memenuhi peraturan untuk mendapatkan kelulusan kerana BN sudah ada majoriti…realitinya kerajaan Umno-BN bersidang di parlimen bagi memastikan agenda sempit Umno-BN diluluskan dan terlaksana…bukan atas kepentingan rakyat biasa…

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Language-switch policy scrapped


Jul 8, 09 2:50pm

The government has admitted that the policy of teaching Science and Mathematics in English has failed to meet its objectives and will be scrapped.

NONEDeputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also education minister, said beginning 2012, the two subjects will be taught in Bahasa Malaysia at national schools.

As for national-type schools, the subjects will be taught in the respective mother-tongues.

The policy was initiated by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 2003, despite vocal protests.

Muhyiddin said the cabinet today approved the ministry’s suggestion to revert to use of the Malay language and to strengthen the teaching and learning of the English language at all levels of schooling.

“This strategy was drawn up based on the study and monitoring carried out by the Education Ministry on the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in English since the policy was implemented in 2003,” he said at a press conference arranged to make this announcement.

The first batch of pupils who studied science and mathematics in the English language since Year One sat for their Ujian Penilian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination last year.

Reversion in stages

Explaining the mechanism, Muhyiddin said reversion to the Malay-language policy will be carried out in stages in Year One and Year Four in primary schools and Form One and Form Four in secondary schools beginning 2012.

NONEHowever, he said, the change will not involve students in Form Six and matriculation class.

In order to ensure that implementation does not affect the performance of students who have been taught the two subjects in English, the teaching and examination of the two subjects will be conducted in both languages up to 2014, to cover the final batch of students taught in English.

He said the government made the decision after scrutinising the findings of studies and surveys carried out on the teaching and learning of the two subjects in English. These have shown that implementation has left a lot to be desired.

Teachers incompetent

Muhyiddin also said not all teachers have taught the two subjects fully in English, and that they have used a combination of English and Bahasa Malaysia.

“On average, English usage is between 53 and 58 percent of the total time allotted for science and mathematics,” he said.

He also revealed that only a small group of mathematics and science teachers in secondary and primary schools who took the English- language Proficiency Level Evaluation test last year had attained the required standard.

education school books 280804 teacher and studentHe said the percentage of students who scored grade A, B, and C for science in the UPSR last year had dropped from 85.1 percent to 82.5 percent in urban schools and from 83.2 percent to 79.7 percent in rural schools.

And for mathematics, the performance of urban schools dropped from 84.8 percent to 80.9 percent while the performance for rural students dropped from 80.9 percent to 77 percent.

Curriculum overhaul

The government has also decided to strengthen the teaching and learning of the Malay language and English at all school levels.

For this, the education ministry will implement comprehensive measures to enhance the command of both languages among students.

And in line with this, there will be a major transformation at primary and secondary school levels, in terms of focus on enhancing language skills among students.

“It will be implemented through an integrated, balanced and holistic modular approach. It will cover skills like listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as grammar and proficiency.

“At primary school level, the Malay language curriculum will focus on fun learning and the appreciation of the language.”

In secondary schools, the Malay-language curriculum will focus on appreciation of the Malay literature as well as bolstering the students’ skills in grammar, reading, listening, writing, speaking and overall fluency.

“The emphasis on Malay literature is to enrich the students’ command of the language as an art, apart from demonstrating the Malaysian people’s value system, culture and thinking,” the minister said.

On the teaching and learning of English, he said the ministry will appoint an additional 13,933 language teachers – 1,000 from abroad, 600 who are retired and who will be re-employed and 12,333 from the Malaysian Institute of Teachers’ Education, as well as from private and public institutions of higher learning.

english medium for maths and science education in chinese school“The ministry will also provide DG41 English assistant teachers for Year One and Year Two classes which have more than 35 pupils, to increase the contact time between teachers and pupils,” he said.

The English period for Years 1-3 will be increased by 90 minutes a week to make it 330 minutes. For Years 4-6, there will be an additional 90 minutes a week to bring the total teaching period to 300 minutes.

The face of Umno Assembly

Beauty is in the eyes of the Beholder.

And Beauty is handy thing to have, esp. for someone who ain’t handsome.

Umno beauty?

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Hot rhetoric and Pakatan-bashing

Syed Jaymal Zahiid | Mar 25, 09 8:24pm
That time of the year, where folks dressed in white baju Melayu, red samping and songkoks congregating at the Tun Hussein Onn Hall in PWTC in their thousands and passionately indulging in verbal trashing of the opposition political parties, has arrived.

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umno 59 agm 2009 puteri youth wanita mt campaign 250309 01It is the ‘Umno season’, where in each of the 59 years the party has convened its annual general assembly, the tradition is to begin with waves of oral shelling fired from the trenches of the party’s Youth wing.

This year is no exception when delegates of the Youth wing kicked off the debate session with scathing attacks, often with racial overtones, against Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

One delegate from Johor, Rohazam Shah, blasted Pakatan leaders, chiefly PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim, as arrogant after the coalition had taken over five states and denied BN the two-third parliamentary majority in the last general elections.

anwar ibrahim 02 060207Anwar was also labelled a traitor to the Malays by Rohazam when he argued that a leader who tries to question Malay special privileges should be described as enemy number one to the race.

“He tried to abolish the Malay rights that is enshrined in the Federal Constitution when he suggested to do away with the New Economic Policy,” said Rohazam and it was followed by thunderous applause from the audience.

For him, no one and certainly not non-Malays, can question the special Malay rights and call for Umno and the Youth wing to fight to the end to defend such privileges.

Pakatan had insulted the MalaysHe also blasted Pakatan for the Perak constitutional crisis and said that the opposition coalition had tested the patience and insulted the Malays when they question the sultan’s decision to appoint Zambry Abdul Kadir as the new menteri besar.

umno agm 250309 hishammuddin wield keris 02Rohazam’s offensive was then followed by fellow delegate, Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said from Penang, who accused the DAP government of Penang of being  racists.

“It is DAP that controls Penang and not Pakatan. There is no such thing as the Pakatan coalition in Penang,” said Zaidi, implying that the state is controlled by the Chinese and not a multi-racial coalition as claimed by the state’s Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

guan eng respond to ong tee keat 020209 02“You know what Guan Eng first did when he became chief minister? He had all the posters that you can see in state government buildings changed to Yang Berhormat Tuan Lim Guan Eng,” he added.

Zaidi said the term “tuan” or master in English was only used by the Malays when addressing English governors when Malaysia was colonialised by Britain.

He then said the resignation of Mohd Fairus reflected the inability of PKR to serve and protect the interest of the Malays in the state and called for his resignation not only as Penang’s deputy chief minister, but as the state representative as well.

After he was done with DAP, Zaidi shifted his attacks on PKR by ridiculing Anwar.

He said the Malays should not be fooled by the leader who is “only good at giving promises but not delivering.”

‘Biggest mistake was to free Anwar’

“He can promise you everything, he can even promise you the front and the back,” said Zaidi in an apparent insinuation to Anwar’s sodomy case.

“The biggest mistake we ever did was to free Anwar (from jail),” he added and was accompanied by stomps from the floor.

Kelantan delegate Mohd Affendi Yusof, when taking his turn to debate, said Umno has been very lenient and patient towards Pakatan’s antics.

nizar jamaluddin interview 250309 04He also touched on the Perak fiasco and blasted ousted Perak menteri besar Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin for his now legendary statement: “Mohon maaf tuanku, patek mohon derhaka.” (Your highness, forgive me for I plead to commit treason).

“In Islam, there is no forgiveness for those who commit treason against the sultan,” he said, claiming that the sultan is considered as God’s representative on earth.

“When he faces God, he will have no excuse when God asks him why he had committed treason against the sultan. He would not die as a man, but would die as a bangkai (rotten corpse),” he added.

Instigating the crowd, Affendi said now is not the time for Umno to be soft and patient, and said it was time the party uses force to crush its Pakatan rivals.

“We cannot be soft anymore. We must use force. And we will use it immediately after the annual general assembly ends,” he said.

Video: Kelesuan Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita dalam menghakis Diskriminasi Gender

Tahniah Wanita Saudi

At last! Woman in new Saudi government
Middle East Online

Saudi King makes biggest cabinet shakeup since taking helm, appoints first-ever woman deputy minister.

By Paul Handley – RIYADH

King Abdullah on Saturday made sweeping changes to his government, axing the head of the religious police and appointing Saudi Arabia’s first-ever woman deputy minister in the biggest shakeup since he took over the throne.

Analysts said the changes continued Abdullah’s cautious modernisation of the country’s arch-conservative education, legal and social environments.

The reshuffle included naming new education, justice, information and health ministers, a new leader of the consultative Shura council, new central bank chief and the appointment of a woman deputy education minister for female education affairs.

Norah al-Fayez, currently an official at the Saudi Institute for Public Administration, became the first holder of the new job, the most senior ever granted to a woman in the Muslim kingdom.

In another major change, Abdullah sacked hardliner Sheikh Ibrahim al-Ghaith, the head of the Muttawa religious police, seen by many Saudis as a force opposed to some of the liberalisations proposed under his regime.

Under Ghaith, the Muttawa, who enforce Saudi Arabia’s strict-but-eroding Islamic social mores, such as complete separation of unrelated members of the opposite sexes and Saudi women shrouding themselves completely in black while in public, have been widely feared.

Ghaith was replaced by Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Humain, who quickly gave notice of changes to come.

“We will try to be close to the heart of every citizen. Their concerns are ours,” Humain told Al-Arabiya news channel.

“This is a turning point. It is the biggest change that happened in this country in 20 years,” Mohammad al-Zulfa, a member of the Shura council, said.

“It is a new start for King Abdullah. People are expecting changes,” Zulfa said.

Abdullah, who ascended the throne after the death of his half-brother King Fahd in August 2005, had made mainly minor changes in the government since then, and expectations had grown for him to put his mark more deeply on the administration.

But the most powerful cabinet positions of defence, interior, and foreign affairs remained unchanged, remaining in the hands of the key princes of the royal family who have held the jobs for many years if not decades.

The changes announced Saturday included naming Ambassador to Lebanon Abdulaziz al-Khoja as information and culture minister, legal expert Sheikh Mohammed al-Issa as justice minister, and senior national guard official Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Saud as education minister.

At the central bank, Vice Governor Mohammed al-Jasser was named to replace outgoing Governor Hamad Saud al-Sayyari.

Other significant changes included naming a new leader of the official Saudi Human Rights Commission, which last submitted the country’s record for review for the first time ever at the Geneva UN Human Rights Council.

A progressive board member of the council, Bandar al-Iban, was named to the post.

The country’s justice apparatus, widely seen as stuck in archaic and inconsistent traditions based on Sharia Islamic law and targetted by King Abdullah for changes since he came to the throne, was also a focus of the reshuffle.

New heads of the administrative court, the supreme council of justice, and the supreme court were named.

“These are new faces who can bring change,” said Zulfa.

“Some of the old people were not willing to change.”

Also, for the first time the king named representatives of all four Sunni Islam schools of religious law to the Council of Ulemas, the leading clerics of the kingdom.

Previously only thinkers from the Hanbali school which dominates the conservative Saudi version of Islam were represented on the council.

Terkini Trajedi Tanah Runtuh Bukit Antarabangsa

Penduduk yang terlibat masih lagi mengusung keluar barang-barang milik mereka dari kediaman yang belum selamat dalam keadaan tanah boleh runtuh lagi pada bila-bila masa.
Pihak berkuasa sedang meluaskan laluan kenderaan sementara agar trafik dua hala boleh bergerak serentak. Tidak seprti ketika ini, kenderaan terpaksa mengikut gikiran untuk naik dan turun. Aturan sedemikian sememangnya menyukarkan pergerakan para penduduk di situ untuk memenuhi keperluan seharian mereka.
Bekalan elektrik terputus siang tadi kerana didapati ada paku yang telah menembusi kabel sementara eletrik. Pihak TNB telah menyambung semula bekalan elektrik dengan saluran kabel baru di samping yang sedia wujud dua hari lalu. Saluran yang baru itu akan bertindak sebagai “grid” sekiranya berlaku lagi bekalan elektrik terputus kerana sesuatu sebab.

Kawasan Bukit Antarabangsa adalah termasuk kawasan tadah air yang tidak sepatutnya dibenarkan sebarang pembangunan berlaku.
Ia menjadi satu garis panduan yang perlu penguatkuasaan yang ketat kerana melibatkan nyawa manusia dan kemusnahan harta-benda yang sia-sia.
Laporan geo-teknikal yang telah lengkap dilaksanakan beserta gesaan yang terdapat di dalamnya perlu segera di hebahkan kepada umum.
Dalam perbahasan di Parlimen semalam mengenai tanah runtuh Bukit Antarabangsa, Menteri berkenaan tidak memberikan jawapan yang memuaskan dalam rangka para penggubal dasar di Dewan Rakyat mencari suatu penyelesaian mengenai kemelut dan bahaya yang dihadapi oleh penduduk di sana.
Tentunya pemetaan tentang risiko yang ditanggung oleh penghuni di Bukit Antarabangsa perlu diketahui oleh para penghuni agar pilihan tepat mengenai masa depan tempat kediaman mereka boleh diambil.
Seringkali masalah dalam pentadbiran negara di Malaysia ini ialah Rakyat senantiasa dalam kegelapan tentang perkara-perkara yang menjadi keutamaan yang perlu diketahui oleh mereka. Kenapakah sukarnya kerajaan Malaysia membenarkan maklumat yang berkaitan tentang keselamatan Rakyat sentiasa dihebahkan tanpa lengah?
Kelihatannya sekarang ialah, kerajaan telah mempetaruhkan nyawa Rakyat bagi kepentingan segelintir elit yang beroleh keuntungan daripada pembinaan perumahan dan kondominium di Bukit Antarabangsa.
Bolehkah dijamin seperti dakwaan Khir Toyo bahawa pemantauan dan langkah-langkah keselamatan akan mengelak tanah runtuh berlaku di Bukit Antarabangsa.
Menurut suatu kajian oleh badan yang membantu kerajaan Selangor Umno-BN dahulu, Bukit Antarabangsa merupakan kawasan perlindungan, tadah air yang tidak boleh membenarkan sebarang bentuk pembangunan, apatah lagi yang besar-besaran, kerana risiko tinggi runtuhan tanah dan juga batu. Kawasan sedemikian sepatutnya dibiarkan sahaja dalam keadaan asalnya tanpa disentuh oleh pembangunan yang boleh memusnahkan segala apa yang di tinggal dan dibina di atasnya.

Siapakah yang telah meluluskan projek-projek kediaman yang membawa risiko yang sengaja kepada penghuni Bukit Antarabangsa?
Mereka yang betanggunjawab itu, wajib dibawa ke muka pengadilan.

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Bukit Antarabangsa… Multiple tragedy

December 10, 2008 by drrafick

Today is D5 of the Bukit Antarabangsa tragedy. During the highland tower incident, I was part of the medical team assisting in the rescue and support effort but today I am a victim of a similar tragedy. Something that I never thought that would have an impact on me. Relatively in comparison, what happen to those families who loss their love ones is nothing compared to what me and probably 2000 other residents had to endure past 4 days. Many tragedies took place this time around. I am not going to be diplomatic about it. I will say it the way I see it.

Within 2 hour after being made aware of landslide, I and several resident of Taman Bukit Utama activated an Ops Centre (known as TBU Ops Centre). We look at importance issues that we need to tackle mainly water supply, waste disposal, security, food distribution and medical evacuation. What was supposed to be our Taman Ops centre became the Ops Centre to eight “Taman” surrounding ours who were cut off from the outside world. We had no electricity, water, fixed telephone line internet. Most people had limited food in their house as they had already plan to travel for Raya and did not stock up any food.

Within an hour after meeting, we setup and completed a temporary water supply by laying pipes to get mountain water for the resident. Ops centre was up in the next hour and we started communication channel with the outside channel via SMS and arranging food and drinking water supply. We took preventive measures to manage disease outbreak by managing waste. All this was done by a handful of people from Taman Bukit Utama Resident Association (PPTBU). We setup the helipad for the rescue team to come in.

With the help of a friend DSP Kumar, we manage to evacuate by air (Medivac) a total of 39 patients which consist of stroke patients, elderly people, kidney failure patients etc. The patients were evacuated by police air wing which was arranged by DSP Kumar from the UTK through his personal contacts. We did all this independently without the support of any help from the Base station at Ground zero.

Within the first 48 hours, while in darkness several homes was reported to be broken into by unknown people in residential areas adjacent to TBU where there was no or minimal residential coordination among the residents. Food was shortage and cooked food from PBSM (Persatuan Bulan Sabit Merah) did not arrive in timely manner. The longest time was dinner that only reaches us in the morning which was not consumable.

While we are stuck, we had VVIP visitors that come to our area. I would say out of many people that came only a handful was actually helpful. YB Elizabeth Wong, a state Exco came with a working group and arrange generators, fuel, candles, garbage bags and others. She came by foot with very few people and carried the relevant information without empty promises. The IGP came and given me his personal commitment and blessing that, I continue to handle all air evacuation with the support of Police Udara. I was told that the Minister of Information visited only the UMNO relief center at a Condo nearby. He did not come to our place.

The NGO that is worth mentioning is Mercy who gave me some drugs, INSAF who open a small medical clinic for 2 days and MAVFCL (Kapt Bala and his crew) which open a temporary access between Athenaeum condo and a generator set to charge hand phones and Bukit Utama which allows people to leave by foot. It is a regret to note that NO government agency deserves any mention in the first 36 hours of tragedy except for Polis Udara and Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat. I think they forgot about us.

While 2000 people were surviving in the darkness and the absence of proper food, Concord Hotel, Ali Maju restaurant, Burger King and many others donated tons of food. Unfortunately, no one attempted to send the food to us. Residents that were not affected by the tragedy and the rescue workers were enjoying them. The kind of food they get down there was lavish. There was fresh roti chanai, tosai mee goreng etc. The best word to describe the situation down there is “food fiesta”. Someone commented that there is so much “Teh Tarik” that you can wash your shoes with it.

The landslide is a major tragedy. The bigger tragedy is that the failure of the government to act fast enough. While multiple agencies went into action fast, most of them work independently. On the 3rd day, we had 10 soldiers from RAMD with two officers with the rank of Major that came to our centre. I ask them a basic question on their role and the officers could not give me a straight answer. He was very blur. To me his presence was a liability to the ops center as we had to feed an additional 10 mouth with our limited stocks.

This is not the first time a tragedy takes place. The disaster relief operation was not well coordinated. The command and control was lacking. Information dissemination to the media was scattered and causes panic among the people. Many friends and relatives outside calls us and we could not entertain them, as our battery power was limited.

In terms of political publicity, I would say UMNO was a clear winner. This is because they control the media. Unfortunately, I would say that in the hearts of the people UMNO loss big time. The high-level conduct of their people on the ground and their selective helps that was given out was too much to bear. In fact, the Putri Umno head that I had known past few months was behaving in such a highhanded manner that really shows her true colours. They were hoarding food and distributing them to “their people”. Their action has only reinforced my idea that the Federal and the State Government must be from different parties. This is needed for check and balance.

Malaysian must realize that for the sake of our own lives and our own children lives, we have to have balance of power. It was because of lack of balance of power; the water catchment area that is a state land was given to MBF and is now known as “Bukit Antarabangsa”. In my assessment, the government is liable. In this case, the government was led by BN in the state of Selangor and at National level past 50 odd years that is liable for the suffering of the people of Bukit Antarabangsa. They are liable because they alienated unsuitable land for development. They are liable for giving the people the false sense of security by approving development plans and projects. They are liable for hiding information from the people that shows that the area that we are buying is not safe for living.

I will only vote for balance of power in the future and UMNO will not be part of that balance.

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Guidelines for hillside development are not good enough

December 8, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 – In the wee hours of Saturday morning, the earth around the hill slopes of Bukit Antarabangsa, a suburban development in a thickly forested water catchment area in the city, groaned, shook and surged forward, buckling roads, overturning cars, snapping lamp posts, and flattening 14 houses in its wake.

Four people died, 14 others have been injured and over 2,000 people have been told to evacuate their homes.

Almost 15 years ago, 48 people, including the son of former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Musa Hitam, died after one of the three Highland Towers condominium blocks located within the same Bukit Antarabangsa area came crashing down as a result of yet another landslide. At the time, then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad put a stop to further hillside development.

Was anyone listening?

One doubts it. Said Benjamin George, an 80-year-old doctor who survived the Highland Towers tragedy: “In three months, the tractors will start work again,” he told the press bitterly. “I have survived long enough to see all this nonsense repeated.”

Predictably, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, whose private secretary’s house was also crushed in Saturday’s landslide, echoed much of what his predecessor said 15 years ago. Saying that enough is enough, Abdullah decreed that there would be no more hillside housing projects in the area.

“Malaysians never want to learn from past experience,” said Abdullah, waxing philosophical. “They only want good views and developers only want to profit, but no one takes safety and soil stability into consideration.”

Abdullah is seriously missing the point here. In the first place, Bukit Antarabangsa isn’t an isolated case.

Last week, the earth moved in the swank suburb of Damansara Heights, burying 15 cars and forcing the staff of two buildings, including the headquarters of Malaysia’s largest investment bank CIMB, to flee.

And yet, residents of nearby Medan Damansara protesting a massive development of a hill slope area in their backyards have largely had their protests ignored.

Indeed, the developer has sued at least four members of its association for defamation. Even so, the hill slope has been largely denuded, leaving a gaping red wound in the area. Incidentally, Medan Damansara is about a kilometre or so from the CIMB building.

Abdullah should ask who are the people who approved such developments. Which are the agencies who agreed to allow potentially dangerous places to be sliced and diced into houses with a view? Clearly, some procedures aren’t being followed.

If they were, we might not be pondering the imponderable. How was a forest gazetted by the British as a water catchment area allowed to be developed in the first place?

All it takes is for the rules to be strictly enforced. There is, for example, a guideline issued by the Federal, Town and Country Planning Department which says that all development of slopes exceeding 25 degrees should be strictly prohibited.

But these strictures are largely ignored because they aren’t laws but mere guidelines. The solution is obvious. Parliament should make it a law. If it had, the nightmares in Bukit Antarabangsa and Damansara could have been avoided.

And proper drainage systems in a city that is palpably overdeveloped are a must. Anything less is neglect of criminal proportions. One only ignores nature at one’s peril. – Business Times Singapore

Kenyataan Media: Saranan Mukhriz”Satu Sistem Pendidikan” Berniat Politik

Kenyataan Media
2 Disember 2008

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (keADILan) membantah keras kenyataan Ahli Parlimen Jerlun, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir berkenaan “pelaksanaan satu sistem pendidikan” yang cuba mengapi-apikan sentimen perkauman bagi membantu kempennya untuk merebut jawatan Ketua Pemuda Umno dalam pemilihan parti tersebut.

Di dalam laporan akhbar Sinar Harian yang bertajuk “Melayu boleh pertikai ketuanan ekonomi, wujudkan sekolah satu aliran: Mukhriz” pada 2 Disember 2008 dan laporan Malaysiakini yang bertajuk “Mukhriz: Close Down Vernacular School” pada 1 Disember 2008, Mukhriz mencadangkan agar sekolah-sekolah vernakular di negara ini ditutup sebagai reaksi kepada pemimpin-pemimpin parti komponen BN yang mempersoalkan ketuanan Melayu.

Menyedari Malaysia sebuah negara yang terdiri daripada pelbagai kaum, KeADILan berpendirian bahawa adalah wajar memperkasa sistem pengajian sekolah kebangsaan di samping mempertahan dan meninggikan sistem sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan.

Hal ini kerana hanya dengan menghormati hak kaum masing-masing untuk mempelajari bahasa ibunda dan menggalakkan perkembangan pelbagai kebudayaan serta kesenian di negara ini, akan dapat melahirkan masyarakat Malaysia yang bersatu padu.

Maka cadangan Mukhriz berkenaan”Satu Sistem Pendidikan” yang jelas berniat menonjolkan dirinya sebagai “pejuang bangsa Melayu” supaya menang Ketua Pemuda Umno pada Mac tahun depan, bukan sahaja membantutkan perkembangan pendidikan pelbagai aliran, malah turut menjejaskan hubungan sesama kaum.

Sekiranya Mukhriz benar-benar seorang “pejuang bangsa Melayu”, beliau seharusnya menentang Dasar Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Matematik dan Sains dalam Inggeris (PPMSI) yang menyebabkan kemerosotan mutu pendidikan khususnya di kalangan masyarakat Melayu luar bandar yang miskin, dan bukan menghapuskan aliran pendidikan lain.

Hakikatnya sebagai calon yang bakal memimpin barisan Pemuda Umno, Mukhriz telah gagal mengemukakan pandangan yang lebih terbuka dari segi pendidikan tetapi mengikut jejak lama pemimpin sekarang yang bersifat perkauman, malah lebih ekstrim bagi melanjutkan polisi perkauman Umno-BN.

Akhirnya KeADILan menyeru rakyat agar tidak terpengaruh dengan provokasi Mukhriz yang cuba mengapi-apikan pergaduhan kaum demi kepentingan politik sendiri, dan terus menggesa kerajaan BN kembali kepada sistem pendidikan yang adil kepada semua.(tamat)

NURUL IZZAH ANWAR
Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, WP