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.

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Trial over, Fernandez eyes political career

Baradan Kuppusamy | Dec 8, 08 12:12pm
After winning a gruelling 13-year court battle against a charge of ‘maliciously publishing false news’, human rights crusader Irene Fernandez is seeking a political career to continue defending migrant workers and other vulnerable sections of society.

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irene fernandez interview 251108 08“I refused to yield, I was focused and relentless and in the end won,” said Fernandez, executive director of Tenaganita, a migrant rights NGO.

“It is also a major victory for human rights activism. The authorities now know that we will fight, and fight good and hard, and will not be cowed.”

Fernandez now plans to run again for Parliament. She did not succeed in her first attempt in the 1999 general election, when she stood in the Subang Jaya parliamenary constituency on a Keadilan ticket.

“It’s important that I have the opportunity to be a member of Parliament, to be a voice for the communities that I have been working with,” she told IPS.

It was believed by diplomats, the political opposition and human rights organisations that the authorities had targeted Fernandez for her persistent efforts to champion Asian migrant workers and to protect them from mistreatment and exploitation by employers and enforcement agencies.

irene fernandez court 03Her ordeal began in 1996 when she was charged under Section 8A(1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, with publishing ‘false news’, punishable with a mandatory minimum of 12 months’ imprisonment.

That year she had circulated a memorandum to the media, foreign missions and international human rights bodies, in which she drew attention to deplorable conditions in overcrowded immigration detention centres.

She alleged, in the memorandum, that migrant workers were mistreated, poorly fed, abused and regularly beaten.

The memorandum, based on research conducted by her staff and other experts, sparked an international outcry that severely embarrassed the government, but brought immediate relief to depressed migrant workers.

The government took steps to improve camp conditions, provide more nutritious food and medicine and assure the international community, but charged Fernandez in court.

After a long and harrowing trial and despite international objections, she was found guilty in 2003 and sentenced to a year in jail.

‘Political persecution’

She appealed the sentence immediately but for five years she was dragged from one court to another as her appeal suffered numerous delays and postponements.

On Nov 24, eight years after she filed her appeal, the attorney-general finally made the decision to withdraw the charge on the grounds that the appeal record was incomprehensible.

“The trial and sentence were hanging over me like (the) sword (of Damocles) for 13 years. I suffered hugely but remained unbowed,” Fernandez, 62, said.

“The trial was a heavy burden. I could not travel, stand for elections, raise funds or even speak at some forum. This was a case of political persecution designed to force me to give up on my campaigns and retire.”

By persecuting her the authorities had wanted NGOs to do charity work and leave advocacy and political activism alone, Fernandez claimed.

“They wanted to cow human rights activists by making an example out of me. They wanted to show the people that rights activism is dangerous and dirty work and anti-national.”

immigration department and refugeesShe has vowed to step up her work helping migrant workers, women and HIV/Aids campaigns.

“The struggle is far from over…there is a significant rise in the number of cases of sexual and physical abuse, torture of migrant workers. Conditions at detention centres and prisons remain deplorable.

“In fact the struggle has just started with the world economy in turmoil and millions of migrant workers on the front line of unemployment. Nearly four million – legal or undocumented – Asian migrant workers in Malaysia might end up being jobless if the turmoil persists.

In 2005 Fernandez won the Right Livelihood Award – the alternative Nobel Prize – in recognition of her wide-ranging human rights activism.

“Migrants are human beings. They have the same rights as all of us,’’ she said.

ambiga sreenevasan 030507 bar councilBar Council chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan said of the trial: “It is bad that Fernandez had to suffer for 13 years before justice was finally granted. The ordeal is over for her but for the judiciary, the journey ahead is long to regain its lustre as an equal and capable branch of a democratic government.”

Brad Adams, Asia director of the New York-based Human Rights Watch, said: “If Malaysia had respected rights, freedom, democracy and an independent judiciary, the system would have never charged her in the first place,

“It was a trial where freedom of expression was challenged, where human rights defender was criminalised and where there was absolute disregard for the rights of detainees and minorities like migrant workers and refugees.” – IPS

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