Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dr M was Education Minister who messed up system

From Malaysiakini:

Yoursay: Maszlee didn't start education rot, but isn't stopping it

Yoursay  |  Published:   |  Modified: 
YOURSAY | ‘Nothing has changed since Dr M held the portfolio, except the colour of shoes.’
Anonymous 1421406986: How does it benefit a nation when only one particular community benefits from religious lessons to become better human beings, without allowing other races to have a better understanding of their own religion?
What is the motive of the government here? The intent to create racial and religious enmity seems to be inherent to our education policy. It is as though we don't want to see Malaysians united.
Pokok Kelapa: It’s never-ending. Maszlee Malik is talking about religion, which should be completely left out from schools. Schools should focus purely on non-religious matters, except when it a component of other subjects, and only when the need arises.
It’s very clear that Maszlee is not capable of handling this portfolio. 
We must not forget that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the man who put him there, and the same person who messed up the system when he held the portfolio.
That has led to the current dire state of the education system. Sad to say, nothing has changed since Mahathir’s time – except the colour of the shoes.
JW: Ok, we got it. No to teaching all religions except Islam.
Is it any wonder Maszlee cannot be trusted to come up with an education policy for all Malaysians? And who says you cannot teach about other religions and still have cross-cultural activities?
More and more, Mazslee, you are showing you are the one further poisoning the education of the young through devious race and religion policies.
Anonymous b3cdc05: Columnist S Thayaparan is right in saying that the linking of the matriculation quota system to job discrimination in the private sector is not just a narrative perpetuated by BN, but also Pakatan Harapan.
Discrimination in the private and public sectors is constant, and racist and religious bigotry is the bread and butter of our politicians.
People like Maszlee merely reaffirm the similarities between the old and new coalitions. 
The much touted ‘New Malaysia’ by Harapan operatives was a mere red herring.
It is now left to people like Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy – who slammed Maszlee for his remark – and Harapan voters, the conscience of the nation, to set the narratives and vociferously salvage ‘New Malaysia’ from the Harapan traitors.
A good education system is one that is free of discrimination, not tainted with race, religion and political sentiment, but based on the country's educational and economic needs and administered on the basis of meritocracy. 
This will take us to the next level in pursuit of national stability and prosperity.
We don't have to look very far. Singapore is a living example. It is a small island nation that started later than us, but had a leadership that was determined to be successful. 
It is now an international educational hub and an economic miracle and is among the global top nations.
And we who ditched them for nothing more than their stand for equality and meritocracy remain a pale shadow consigned among the lower rung economies in the region.
Quigonbond: There may be certain Harapan policies that are still linked to race and religion, but Thayaparan misses the point of why Maszlee is receiving tonnes of brickbats now. 
It's his argument. Being an academic, one would expect Maszlee to have the brains to make appropriate comparisons.
The matriculation quota – purportedly designed to let Malays have an easy ride into universities – is already wrong to begin with, because it means non-Malays, poor included, have to work much harder to get in. It's a racial policy.
Sure, the current government hopes they can increase the places so that more non-Malays can also get in, but they fail to appreciate the irony of it, which is more unqualified Malays will also get through.
So taxpayer money is not being used efficiently to train the most talented and qualified, all in the name of affirmative action. There is still hope yet that over time, the system will be more balanced, but the damage was already done in the past and until it is fixed, non-Malays cannot hope to become Malay and get an easier pass to university can they? That's what makes it a racial issue.
Whereas, people hiring those who can read or speak Mandarin are making a business decision. If a Malay is proficient with Mandarin, they would be in an advantageous position – perhaps even more so.
So whose fault is it that they are not learning Mandarin? The previous BN education ministers for starters. 
And then those ultra-nationalists, including people like Negeri Sembilan Bersatu chief Rais Yatim who keeps yapping about Bahasa Malaysia. And then there is also the class of ultra-nationalists who want to ban national-type schools.
The bottom line is, whether someone wants to hire somebody else for a position depends on need. Is there anything wrong if a company advertises Japanese or Tamil as a qualifying language? It can be learned. It's not racial.
So when Maszlee compares a racial and non-racial issue, he deserves every brick falling on his head.
Anonymous_1536078333: What a shame, so many bright potential education ministers within Harapan, and Maszlee keeps putting his foot in his mouth.
What has happened to education quality since Harapan took over? We keep gazing at our navels, and the world will pass us by with the revolutions in technology sweeping the world. 
Keep the same education system and there will no jobs in the future.
Everything starts with education – unity, values, jobs and economy. But with Maszlee wanting to make schools a ‘medan dakwah’ there will be no future for the poor kids of this generation, no matter what colour shoes they wear.
The people gave Harapan a massive opportunity to chart a new course in last year’s general election. Will it be squandered?


  1. QUOTE
    Nothing has changed since Dr M held the portfolio, except the colour of shoes.

    That's correct.

    But why didn't the following Education Ministers correct Toonsie's mistakes? Toonsie was Education Minister from 1974-1978, ie more than FORTY YEARS AGO. If you don't correct mistakes for FORTY YEARS then you must take the blame for the mistakes too.

    Musa Hitam
    Sulaiman Daud (2X)
    Abdullah Badawi
    Anwar Ibrahim
    Najib Razak
    Musa Mohamad
    Shafie Salleh
    Mustapha Mohamed
    Mohamed Khaled Nordin
    Muhyiddin Yassin
    Idris Jusoh(2X)
    Mahadzir Khalid

    1. he was also PM until late 2003 - who dared?

    2. That is a moot point. Bloody bias to blame everything on him.

      He wasn't the one who introduced the religious/moral studies, he wasn't the one who effect the changing of the fact of history (e.g. founder of KL), he wasn't the one that allowed substandard personnels to become teachers etc etc.

      If you claim his non objection meant he condoned them then that is bullshit. All those EM after him could have introduce things positive instead of negative and he probably will also just condone them!

  2. Mahathir was Education Minister for 4 years 1974 - 1978.
    You mean the 16 other Education Ministers since then were all OK ?

    This is a dictionary definition of scapegoating.

    1. he was also PM until late 2003 - who dared?

    2. Sorry, don't buy that.

      Toonsie was succeeded in 2003 by Badawi then Toonise till 2018, and for FIFTEEN YEARS there were TWO PMs, SEVEN Education Ministers, all from UMNO. They all DID NOTHING to correct whatever mistakes from Toonsie's administration.

      WHY WHY WHY?

      So for 15 years (2003-2018) we had SEVEN Education Ministers who all failed but we don't apportion any blame to them but we expect ONE USELESS MINISTER (Maszlee) to correct them all in ONE YEAR?

    3. from 1974 to 1978, then DPM and PM from 1981 to 2003, 30-year old system already set in concrete by then, who wanted to or could stir shit anymore?

  3. I wonder at which point in time are Education Policies considered as messed up?

    Is it during Razak Report (1956) or after Rahman Talib Report (1960) or after The Education Act ( 1996)?

    Affirmative policies on the education system based on Race and Religion expanded after The Education Act was passed in 1996 which gave wide ranging powers to the Education Minister with an Education Advisory Council consisting of members nominated by the Minister.

    What happens for the past 20 years+ is that Race and Religion (2 key political ideologies of UMNO) became the main thrusts and crept into the education system and affirmative policies were slowly transformed to become Ketuanan policies of race and religion. And thus has become a Ketuanan Rights issue instead of an affirmative policy for social justice.

    Even though, the demographics have changed so much since the 1990s, this continual perpetuation by race and religion as a Ketuanan Right instead of by needs to fulfill social justice reengineering seems to have taken hold and instead continued to be enjoyed by those Bumiputeras (especially Malays) who clearly do not need anymore affirmative actions to afford the education at Universities or without meritocracy as the yardstick for entrance into certain field of studies.

    What we are hearing from the statements and explanations by the Minister, politicians, academics, NGOs for the continuing need of maintaining the Matriculation quotas are just plain excuses so as to enable the continuing free ride of the gravy train of those who think it is their right and where greed knows no bounds.