Saturday, July 11, 2009
PPSMI: Dr Mahathir's poll gets more votes
At the time of writing this morning, the poll on Tun Dr Mahathir's blog stands at almost 54,000 votes and 85% said No to the reversion to BM for Maths and Science.
Be heard and go to his blog to express your position here.
One nervous young official at the DPM's office was frantically calling few bloggers to seek for support. When these bloggers refused, they were labelled as taksub pemimpin and assummed are void of intellect to have any basis to support PPSMI.
He goes to the point of claiming a non support for the reversion to pre-PPSMI policy means anti-Government. Nasty words was expressed of certain respectable person in his SMS and it is now spreading like fire.
For not a distance moment, he can be seen at every other function attended by the person he demonise. Wa ... bila santan diambil, serpah dibuang or some Malay idiom like that.
That is a truly childish and immature words and act. Do grow up. Learn to respect an individual's stance on a specific issue. He better behave appropriately and stop being nasty.
Taking a position on PPSMI has got nothing to do with support or non support of Government. These people are UMNO activist and loyal BN voters. They are anti-Government?
My PAS blogger friend, Bakaq the Penarik Beca support PPSMI? PAS and PKR are behind Gerakan Menentang PPSMI. Is he anti-PAS or Pakatan Rakyat? This would be a convenient case for the young official to label him as anti Government. Do you call him pro-Government when PPSMI was a Government policy?
My good friend and late night kawan sembang is in Tan Sri Muhyiddin's inner circle. He has Muhyiddin's ear and he agree with PPSMI. Does that make him disloyal to his boss or friend, Muhyddin?
I bet with everything I've got that my good friend and fellow Johorean is still an UMNO man. I believe he will not mind maintain "the Museum", if UMNO lose next election. I said IF!
Wake up and learn boy!
Keep discussion of issues as issues. It should not be taken out of context and politicise. Let PKR and PAS do that. Unfortunately, this issue which is educational but is being turned political.
Simply because the pejuang bahasa immerse themselves in politics by leveraging on PAS and PKR. With UMNO taking a populist direction with liberal policy announcement shoved to the Malay throats to appease the vocal non Malay voters, PPSMI issue could be dumped to balance and revive the Malay voters.
My stance is somewhere caught from pragmatism and nationalism. I have no problem taking any side on the issue. The question is what do we want? What do the nation need? I want to know what the people and nation want.
One Tan Sri I met recently said, for selfish reason, he wanted PPSMI. But he is willing to secede to the new Government position for national integration sake. It means he will make his own effort for his children and now grandchildren to achieve English proficiency.
I am in a similar position with Tan Sri. To some extent, I hate to deal with this issue. It's damn if I do and damn if I don't.
I have personally heard Tun Dr Mahathir arguing the issue with his strong grasp of logic. And I've heard Prof Awang Sariyan speaking convincingly. I was trying to seek a private time with him but he already left for Beijing.
I went to English stream school and benefited from it. To be like a pejuang bahasa, it is just not me. I will not repeat my earlier point of arguments on PPSMI (read here), which is more disappointment with the pejuang bahasa.
The problem with pejuang bahasa is that they are too romantic and lost in their dream world of sajak and syair. Perhaps I should awake them.
They argued that Bahasa Melayu should be the National Language and it is the language of communication of the region. What comes with their position on PPSMI is the vernacular schools reverting to vernacular language?
Then the issue is why not Maths and Science in Iban, Kadazan, Senoi, Bajau, etc. These languages are indigenous languages of Malaysia and not Chinese and Tamil.
We should ask the pejuang bahasa what have they done to strengthen the language in technical subject like Maths and Sciences? It's minimal and behind. I don't see them capable of being effective in advancing Bahasa Melayu in academic subjets because they are not science or whatever technical subject students and right brain minded. Most are pathetically slow moving pencil pushers orang gomen.
They argued that students performance are affected by PPSMI. The feedback from some teachers are that the same children have problems in all subjects. THey felt it is not the problem with PPSMI but the children.
I can understand why Muhyiddin is rolling it out in 2012. We have time to revise it and cool the political heat. Hopefully sensible head would prevail. It seems the GMP is planning a major demonstration on August 1st to call for immediate change. This will not make the issue find a resolution.
Let say I support reverting back to Malay, how is the program to enhance English? If I understand it correctly, the English they taught is similar to thew Communication English 122 paper I used to sit. How about enhancing English 121 again? Where will English be applied to enhance proficiency?
I was a science student and have a science degree. Although most students struggle with Maths and Sciences, it was quite a breeze for me.
But later in life, I wished I had the oppurtunity in school to learn Shakespeare and Malay Hikayat like Merong Mahawangsa. Malaysians should have a balance educational experiance.
Not only, we have a real grasp of language in English and Bahasa Melayu by learning these classics, we will have scientist and managers with soul and poets with heads.
To end it, why not have a people's referendum on this issue? I know it is crazy. Perhaps, we can see if this nation has a soul and/or a head?
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