Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Thank God the Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 has been passed by Dewan Rakyat

Despite the vocal protest of a small minority lead by the Bar Council, the Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 has been finally passed with all BN MPs voting for the Bill to become Law:

I call this a watershed Bill, a historic moment in our blessed nation history, a moment where democracy is allowed to mature, now street protests are banned and children cannot be used by their irresponsible parents as a shield in any protest. The Bill protects the security and peace of majority Malaysians who do not bother about assembling and protesting and those who think assembling and protesting in public is their right. Kudos to the BN MPs who voted for the Bill.

Too bad about the DAP, PAS and PKR MPs who refused to take part in the democratic process to debate the Bill and take part in the voting process, their walkout is a disgrace and a slap in the face to those constituents who voted them to become their Wakil Rakyat. I suspect the Pakatan MPs agreed to the Bil overall but had to abstain as they want the votes of the minority such as the Bar Council and like minded anti anything Gomen NGOs.

Final word on the Bill by Minister Nazri:

“They are like apes (beruk), they say they are lawyers but they don’t behave that way. They act more like apes. They are not mature enough for this Bill,”

Monday, 28 November 2011

A racist politician in our midst, DAP must show it does not condone unbridled racism

I have no words to describe this DAP  politician who could utter such racist attack on the Perak Menteri Besar:

Describing the MB of Perak skin color and calling him "haram jadah" in public is offensive behavior and smacks of  unbridled racism.

If the DAP do not punish this disgraceful behavior then they stand accused of condoning  racism which have no place in a multi racial Malaysia.  DAP itself do not have a future with this kind of politician in their midst. 

Lim Kit Siang cannot just sweep this racism in his party under the carpet. There will be a price to pay, don't blame the Malays if they see DAP as a racist party which incites hatred against others in the years to come.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

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The Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011: The Gomen should stand firm on the Bill

What started as a good idea by the BN Gomen is turning into an ugly spectacle by the very people who demanded and insisted on their rights to protest anywhere they like be it on the streets or in front of anybody's house.

The Gomen tabled the Peaceful Assembly Bill for first reading in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday 21 November 2011. Among others the main points of the proposed law are:

30 days' advance notice for assemblies, except for those in designated areas as defined by the home minister;

after notification, the assemblies can proceed, unless there are objections from the police;

no street protests are allowed;

no protests in or anywhere in a 50-metre buffer zone around prohibited areas defined in a list, which includes hospitals, schools and places of worship;

Section 9(5) allows the police to fine organisers up to RM10,000 if no advance notice of a planned assembly is given to the police;

Section 20(1)(c) allows police to arrest anyone who brings, allows to come or recruits children for an assembly;

those under 21 years of age are not allowed to organise assemblies; and

children under 15 are not allowed to take part in assemblies, except in cultural or religious events such as funeral corteges or events approved by the home minister.

The Bill can be read in full here.

I am not a demo type of person, I have other things more interesting to do then protesting in or assembling in any place to protest about anything. I think its kind of old fashioned, use twitter, facebook or blogs etc to voice your support its more effective as the social media reach out to millions.

Anyway for what its worth I think overall the PA Bill 2011 is satisfactory and acceptable and it seems the drafters had made much effort to be fair to both the small minority who wants to assemble and demonstrate and those majority Malaysians who just want a nice life without being disturbed by protestors assembling in front of their house or workplace together with the security road blocks. I like that children are banned from demonstrating and their parents will be held liable. Maybe with certain adjustments namely:

The 30 days period is quite long, I don't think it will take the authorities that long to ask the opinions of residents or commercial vendors whether the assembly can be allowed or not at the "undesignated" areas. Seven days should be OK.

Designated Areas must be defined in the Bill, the Home Minister cannot be given the power to define designated area as he think fit. If Putrajaya is defined as non designated area then it must be clearly written into law. 

Designated areas must not be in city centers, places such as Stadium Merdeka or Dataran Merdeka cannot be designated areas, we don't want troublemakers like the illegal Bersih2 protestors spilling into the city streets causing untold problem to innocent bystanders Malaysians and visiting tourists alike.

As predicted the Opposition and their Pakatan friendly NGOs who loves to street protest are up in arms against the PA Bill.  Ambiga and Kit Siang say Myanmar are more freer than Malaysia in allowing people to assemble, such ridiculous statement can only come from twisted mind bent on having their way without due regards to the feelings of the silent majority. For their information the Myanmar security shoot to kill their own citizens using machine guns there and any comparison to the Army controlled Myanmar is just a complete nonsense. Malaysia does not need to take any lessons from Myanmar or any other countries for that matter, we make our Laws to suit our environment not somebody else's.

As usual where matters concerns the Pakatan folks is concerned the Bar Council follow along with gusto and now they want to Walk against the PA BillAnyway here is a good response by blogger Fatimah Zuhri to Kit Siang and his supporters who are against the PA Bill 2011:

I say Malaysia's progress towards developed nation status depends on the political stability and hard work of its people and a Government committed to the well being of this country. Unfettered freedom to assemble and protest anywhere in Malaysia will only cause chaos which will be difficult to manage in the future. 

The Gomen should not capitulate to the demands of the loud minority who wants their pound of flesh their freedom to assemble and protest anywhere, DO NOT open the Pandora's Box. The Gomen must always keep in mind the security and comfort of the Silent Majority, come the GE our voice will be very loud, louder than the roar of the tiger.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Twitting is a lot better than participating in illegal assemblies

I am quite hooked on Twitter, it makes me feel alive and in touch with people and friends all around me, on Twitter you can make your thoughts known about something that interest or that you disproved almost immediately, its a micro-blog and it does gives me ideas on what to blog.

Something to share about Twitter:

Twitting is a hell lot better than participating in illegal assemblies trying to make a statement.

Monday, 21 November 2011

MOE and UNESCO joint review of education system: One big step towards a Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua system?

 “To build a nation, first build a school.”
 Rabindranath Tagore 

“Communalism not communism is the real threat in Malaya.”
Prof. K.G.Tregonning (1959)

Very Big news...perhaps one big step towards the long and arduous road towards a Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua System: 

Read in full here 

This is a detailed report of what the joint Kementerian Pelajaran and UNESCO study will entail:
Please read this superb piece by blogger SatD here:
And this too from Voices Around blog:
                                    Perjuangan KEMPEN SSS kini berputik!

Read this email attributed to Professor Emeritus Khoo Kay Kim:

"MANY years ago, Tagore said: “To build a nation, first build a school.” He was talking about the need to integrate and socialise the young people who form the citizens of a country. In Malaysia, concern was raised even before World War II, not long after the British had experimented with preserving separatism and found the situation difficult to control. Sir Shenton Thomas (governor and high commissioner), in about 1940, actually thought seriously of adopting a policy to Anglicise the Chinese. But war broke out before he could act.

It is not at all well known that, in the early years of British administration, there was no consciousness of the need to build walls between the ethnic groups. For instance, those appointed to official bodies (such as sanitary boards or state councils) represented industries or commerce. It was only after World War I that the decision was made to appoint ethnic representatives.

The British treated non-Malays as aliens and therefore provided facilities for them to continue to live as citizens of their countries of origin. Hence also, hardened non-Malay criminals were banished, meaning they were sent back to their original countries and could not return.

Malays (as distinct from those of more recent Netherlands East Indies origin) were deemed to be subjects of the Rulers. Those committing serious crimes were exiled, meaning they could return because this was their land of origin. It was to protect their interests, after the first rubber boom of 1910, that the Malay Land Reservation Act was passed in 1913 which also defined, for the first time, who a Malay was. This same definition is preserved in the Federal Constitution.

When plans were laid for the establishment of a nation-state in the course of World War II, the British began to plan seriously the best way to integrate the ethnic groups. The Communities Liaison Committee was formed at the beginning of 1949, chaired by E.E.C.Thuraisingham.

The Barnes Committee, a year later, recommended the integration of the education system. All government schools, as distinct from private schools, would use Malay and English as the main media of instruction but pupils could learn their own ethnic languages. Later, the Razak Report of 1956 stated categorically that “the main objective of Malaya’s educational policy is national unity.” Its recommendations were substantially similar to that of the Barnes Report.

But throughout the late “forties” and “fifties”, various efforts made to integrate the people proved futile. They preferred to remain separate. Hence, ethnic political parties were formed. Socialism and communism tried to use ideology to break down communalism; both failed. I remember a question set for my final year examination (in 1959) by Prof. K.G.Tregonning (an Australian): “Communalism not communism is the real threat in Malaya.” Most of the students who answered that question agreed with the statement.

Singapore is very well aware of that and has adopted, from the beginning, an integrative approach towards education. But its requirement that a pupil must study his/her own ethnic language is too hard. If an Indian pupil wants to study Mandarin instead of Tamil, he/she is not allowed to do so.

Our political leaders also could not solve the problem on the eve of independence. They left many issues unresolved hoping that, after independence, reason and not emotion would prevail. But even now there is no sign of it. When I told the reporter of the Chinese paper that the time had come to adopt a “one-system national school” approach, I specifically mentioned Singapore as an example. But she could not understand what I was saying and reported that I had said non-Malays must forget their mother tongues.

“Mother tongue” is another misunderstood term. It should be the language used by members of a particular family, not the language used by a nation. Therefore, Tamil is not the “mother tongue” of every Indian. The Bengalis, Punjabis, Malayalis and Telegus have their own “mother tongues”. In Sarawak and Sabah, the indigenous people have numerous “mother tongues”.

Like it or not, young Malaysians must make it a point to acquire three languages at least: the national language, an international language (English is the most useful) and each person’s own ethnic language. The schools can provide for the learning of a few of the major ethnic languages: Mandarin, Tamil and Arabic; but it would not be practicable to try to provide more.

When discussing national problems, why must leaders of the nation allow themselves to be overcome by strong ethnic feelings? Their main responsibility is to integrate the nation not separate it. And, by the way, the nation rejected assimilation a long time ago but acknowledged that integration is the right approach. There are still educated Malaysians who do not know this.

I have lived through two serious ethnic riots – one in 1945 and one in 1969. When I plead for a rational approach why should I be accused of not knowing my own people? My research into the history of the Chinese in Malaysia takes into account minute details. But the simple question is, if I choose to be an ethnic champion would I be able to contribute to national unity? Am I to understand that confrontation is the wiser approach? Have we not seen the calamities that have taken place in some countries even in recent times because of ethnic confrontation?

The preservation and practice of ancestral culture is not wrong but when one lives in a complex society, social relations cannot be taken for granted. Certainly accommodation is more likely to lead to greater happiness than stubborn confrontation." Around December 2008.

Go HERE to sign the petition for a Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua, lets help our blessed country towards a peaceful and great future for our young ones.

Thursday, 17 November 2011


A major demand of the outlawed Bersih2 movement is the use of indelible ink purportedly to prevent voters from voting twice so they say.

I have always voiced my opinion against the use of indelible ink:

1. I hate the sight of colored ink on my fingers, its hard to wash off and will disturb my concentration when I pray to God Al-Mighty.

2. My Constitutional Right to vote cannot be denied if I refuse to use indelible ink when my IC card is perfectly acceptable for identification even to take out money from my bank.

3.In our progress towards developed nation status lets not regress by using old technology which can be abused, lets use finger print biometrics, we already have fingerprint information embedded in the chip of our MyKad, just clean the electoral roll.

It makes me sick that the Bersih2 supporters and their sponsors the Pakatan parties forcing the Gomen to use indelible ink when it will be an obvious failure and will indeed cause chaos during the polls, we have for fifty four years gone through elections where citizens were allowed to vote without let or hindrance and as long as they bring their IC to prove that they are who they are in the electoral list. Let not this idiotic demand be the cause of violent confrontation between the political divide. In a democracy the minority's right cannot subdue nor over rule the right of the majority who does not want questionable indelible ink on their fingers.

Blogger PAPAGOMO proved that with cheap chemicals that can be bought from hardware stores in Malaysia, the so called indelible ink can be removed:

Blogger Tuan Syed has this to say:

I agree with Tuan Syed, if we must reform the elections let us reform these:

"if they want real electoral reform - lets just do three things.
i.   Lets limit the tenure of the Prime Minister, Menteri Besars, Chief Ministers to two terms only.
ii.  Lets fix the Polling Date, no more guesswork.
iii. All political parties MUST declare their funds. Where they get their money, how they spend it etc."

Gambar saya kebas dari Papagomo di sini

So over, So irresponsible, So sad

Rumor mongering, striking unfounded fears into the common people knows no bounds for Pakatan Rakyat:

Courtesy from SMALL TALK blog:

So much over reaction, So Irresponsible, So Sad..the Lynas Plant at Gebeng is not  a Nuclear Reactor Plant lah you silly woman.

PPSMI: its never about language says former PM Tun Dr. Mahathir

I consider the  following article written by our former PM Dr. Mahathir to argue for the reinstatement of the PPSMI as the best and most eloquently persuasive post I read so far:

"Saya telah cuba menjelaskan berkali-kali bahawa penggunaan Bahasa Inggeris untuk mengajar sains dan matematik bukan untuk mempelajari Bahasa Inggeris atau memperbaiki penguasaan bahasa itu. Tujuannya ialah untuk menguasai ilmu sains dan matematik"

Continue reading the superb well written article here.

It is my fervent hope and that of many parents in Malaysia that YAB Najib and YAB Muhyiddin understands what Dr. Mahathir their former boss had to say about the PPSMI.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

What has a RM10 million Condo got to do with rearing cattle?

Updated 14 Nov 2011:
Read more here

Original Post:
Still on the NFC fiasco, Friends, can you believe this:

RM10m cattle condo was an investment, says Khairy

I can't believe my eyes when I read the news, what a lame excuse for using Public Fund meant for a National project to buy a Condominium. And what a Super luxury Condominium it is:

I think YB Khairy should stop being spokesman defending the NFC and its Management, macam tikus membaiki labu, the damage control is not working. His replies are like petrol thrown on to fire. Public funds for the NFC cannot simply be used to purchase items for investment, there must be  Laws which disallow this kind of thing. Read this critic:The Bangsar beef pie in the sky.

If this kind of "investment" nonsense using Public fund meant for specific purposes is allowed to pass without punishment, its precedence will cause problems in the future if some smart alecs and there are many smart ass in Malaysia who are generous with money not their own, who could given the chance will be willing to buy paintings say by Van Gogh:

A Very expensive investment 
I am no fan of the PKR or the PR for that matter, but matters such as Public Fund use or misuse should transcend politics, the NFC Management needs to answer a lot of questions and allegations against them, please be reminded rhetoric and attacks on PKR or PR will not be enough to get you off the hook. 

The ETP the Government Economic Transformation Plan has brought much changes especially to the Construction sector where jobs created and funded by the Government are becoming competitive every year, and those tendered out costing less than RM10million ringgit will have scores of hopeful Contractors bidding for the job. Now many Engineers and Technicians in the construction sector are facing pay cuts some even the axe and here we have  a Company given a soft loan by the Government for a National Project and have the temerity to use public money to invest in a Condominium? I have not begun to ask who benefits from the purchase, who allowed the purchase and who is staying in the RM10 million condo.

It is time for the MOA Minister in charge of the NFC project to stand up and take charge of the situation, do not leave it to an MP to explain the scandal away because it won't go away. In fact I think the PAC should start an inquiry about the way Public Funds for the NFC is utilised. 

Malaysians have the right to know.

Friday, 11 November 2011

The NFC issue, just bite the bullet before it spirals out of control

When the Auditor General told us Malaysian public that the National Feedlot Center project is in a mess, I believed it.

"Headless" National Feedlot Centre project

The project was such a great idea when it was first mooted, the target was to reduce the nation's dependency on imported meat. It was a good project, unfortunately, it was a good project that went terribly wrong. It does not help that the project was given to a company owned and managed by family members of a serving Cabinet Minister never mind when her family got the job she was not a minister yet.


MOA Minister and Khairy tried to make a defence of what I think is an indefensible situation. Read here and here. Pity the PM had to be dragged into this mess too. Read here.

Now the Opposition PKR, picking on the AG's report has made some very serious allegations here:


Rafizi Ramli of PKR have almost practically boxed in the BN Gomen on the NFC issue:

"The debate on National Feedlot Corporation’s success (or failure, depending on which target you use) has dragged on for three weeks unabated. Judging by the intensity of comments made on the Internet, there is a strong possibility that it will snowball to become a national issue in the coming weeks if proper explanation is not forthcoming from the authorities."

The BN Gomen has been warned, the Opposition has got their teeth firmly on BN's soft underbelly and would not let go easily considering the political capital that can be gained by playing up the NFC issue. When the Minister involved finally spoke up. it was not at all convincing:

She was rightly criticised for bringing in Wanita UMNO into the growing scandal:

Where’s the beef, Shahrizat? 

As the heat in the kitchen gets hotter, the Malaysian public is being told:

Buying a condo using funds for cattle production? Now this is a really serious allegation which is growing hotter in its intensity as the PKR tries to dig as much dirt about the NFC as it possibly can. The BN cannot use the tired old statements that it is a load of crap and fitnah from the Opposition, remember, it was the AG who first said that the NFC project is a mess.

I think it is time the Husband and children of the Minister concerned,  give a public statement to defend the NFC and stop these allegations before things get out of control.

Rafizi ramli speaks for all when he said:
"Our society has evolved in recent years that it is no longer acceptable that a minister’s family can easily secure a RM250 million soft loan and a vast tract of land to breed cattle, when there are thousand others more experienced breeders who could have qualified for such a grant.
It disgusts the public that the minister’s family can spend close to a million ringgit on overseas travel and entertainment when the company has to dish out huge discounts to its customers in order to compete with imports.
The NFC debacle is not about technicalities. It is about the moral leadership expected of our public office holders to safeguard the public funds."
Wise words which transcends the political divide and a reminder to all public office holders when utilising public fund.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

A tale of a good apple and a not so good orange

I am just wondering what the DAP is up to now? Have a read at this news report:

Anwar to be PM, even from jail

GEORGE TOWN: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be Prime Minister if Pakatan Rakyat forms the next government, says DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
Lim said this in response to MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s question of who is going to be Prime Minister should Pakatan Rakyat win the general election.
“The answer is obvious. It is very clear that it will be Anwar as decided by all three parties,” Lim said after presenting RM100,000 to the Kong Hock Keong board of trustees chairman Datuk Lam Wu Chong for the restoration of the Goddess of Mercy temple on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling.
When asked what would happen if Anwar were to be jailed, Lim said he would still be Prime Minister, citing Turkey as an example.
“Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan couldn’t contest because he was in jail.
“But when they won, they allowed him to contest and he became Prime Minister,” said Lim, who is also Penang chief minister.
Guan Eng citing the case of distinguished Turkish PM Erdogan going to prison and then emerging triumphant as PM when his party won  is too much for me bear. No, its not the going to the prison part, but what the two men were prosecuted for before they got into prison that set them far apart and what makes Erdogan a  great Turkish PM and Anwar just a PM in waiting whose time will not come. Its like comparing a good apple and a not so good orange.

For starters Erdogan went to jail for reading a poem banned by the then Turkish Government:

excerpts from BBC News, read in full here.


But his pro-Islamist sympathies earned him a conviction in 1998 for inciting religious hatred.

He had publicly read an Islamic poem including the lines: "The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers..."

He was sentenced to 10 months in jail, but was freed after four.

However, because of his "criminal" record, he was barred from standing in elections or holding political office.

Parliament last year changed the constitution to allow Mr Erdogan to stand for a parliamentary seat." Source BBC News

On the other hand, among others, Anwar Ibrahim was imprisoned because he committed crimes under the Malaysian Penal Code, he was initially prosecuted on four counts of corrupt practice under section 2(1) of the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance No 22 of 1970 (the Ordinance), on 5th October 1998 found guilty by the High Court and was found guilty on all four charges, as amended at the close of the prosecution case, by the High Court. He was convicted and sentence to six years imprisonment on each of the amended charges, the sentences to run concurrently, to take effect from the date of conviction. He appealed all the way to the Federal Court but was unsuccessful. Source here.

Anwar was also prosecuted for sodomising his driver, Azizan Abu Bakar, excerpts from Big Dog blog (a letter by lawyer Mathias Chang):

Yes the Federal Court which let Anwar free from the sodomy charge on his driver made a very pertinent finding:

“even though reading the appeal record, we find evidence to confirm that the appellants were involved in homosexual activities and we are more inclined to believe that the alleged incident at Tivoli Villa did happen, sometime, this court, as a court of law, may only convict the appellants if the prosecution has successfully proved that the alleged offences as stated in the charges, beyond reasonable doubt.”

After serving time in prison for criminal wrong doing and released in 2004, Anwar Ibrahim was charged for sodomy this time with a former assistant Mohd Saiful in 2008:
The sodomy trial has just been completed and await final submission by both the prosecution and the defence likely on 23 and 24 November 2011. The High Court Judge's decision is expected to be by the end of December 2011. Anwar faces a maximum of 20 years jail if found guilty. Read here.

Now I would like to tell the Pakatan leaders to please spare us the agony of trying to equate Anwar's predicament with that of the distinguished Turkish Prime Minister. You guys can try but it would not stick, I can tell Guan Eng that. 

Again I just wonder why the DAP is so adamant to have a convict, convicted for committing corrupt practises when he was the deputy PM to lead the Pakatan. Death Wish? Suggestions any one?

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The bitter the medicine, the better the cure

This letter among others should make the BN Gomen stand up for PPSMI and make it for ALL our young generations:

Thank you to the writer, Dr Kamal Amzan and MI:

PPSMI, a tough pill to swallow — Dr Kamal Amzan
November 08, 2011

NOV 8 — This is déjà vu.

Back in Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s day, we saw many U-turns and flip flopping of government decisions.

The decision to build a crooked bridge, double tracking rail project, comes to mind. Malaysians were so tired of such fickle-mindedness that they voted the Opposition into a few states in March 2008.

Three years later, we usher in the era of PPSMI.

Within a week we saw two big announcements by the education minister. One was to uphold the abolishment of PPSMI, while the other was to extend PPSMI until 2021.

After quoting numerous studies and expert opinions on why they have to shelve the teaching of science and mathematics in English, and how teaching in the Malay language will be better for students, the education minister decided that the country could still prolong the teaching of said subjects in the English language.

What were his decisions based on? The proximity of the next general election, or because our students and Malaysia deserve a better future?

Should we expect another U-turn after the general election? Or should we be fickle and vote someone else in?

Whatever the answer, education for Malaysians must not be used as currency to garner support or votes. No matter how unpopular a policy vis-a-vis our education is, the government and the rakyat must swallow bitter pills to ensure a progressive and developed Malaysia.

Gambling with our children’s education is never the answer.

The teaching of science and mathematics in English will not only improve our children’s command of the language, but will hasten the knowledge transfer to make our younger generation more marketable, attracting high income companies in their wake to make Malaysia a high income nation.

Critics who scream violation of the national language should be made to understand that as long as Malaysia is regarded as a third world country (no matter what the politicians want us to believe), as long as our graduates are unemployable, and as long as Malaysia remains behind technologically, Bahasa Malaysia will never be looked up to by the world.

Only a developed Malaysia will allow the respect Bahasa Malaysia deserves, and its proliferation as the next lingua franca in the region if not the world by our world-class, English proficient, sought after graduates.
How many more generations do we need to experiment on before we accept the fact that English language goes hand in glove with advancements in science and mathematics, which will unmistakably lead to national progress?

As with any policy in their infancy, we are bound to encounter problems. Solving them as we move along will be a teaching experience for the teachers, parents and officials in the education ministry and the nation, as long as everyone is committed to such lessons in the English language.

That is called a learning curve, and maturing into a more advance nation.

Crying wolf, giving PPSMI a bad name, getting people to scream and protest against it, and attempting to erase them from history because they are too difficult to handle, or too complicated for the ministry to handle is not the answer.

Malaysians are a mature lot that understand sacrifices for the sake of the future. No sane, rational parent will object to the use of English in the classroom for the teaching of science and mathematics unless they are politically motivated, or are ignorant of world affairs.

The government should be firm in implementing PPSMI, and not bow down to presumedpressure from NGOs and other politically motivated parties. The government must act as a guardian to our children’s and nation’s future, and not let a handful of ill informed parties hijack the policy meant for a better future.

Start making tough decisions and sticking to them please. Bitter pills to swallow, for a better Malaysia.

* Dr Kamal Amzan reads The Malaysian Insider.

No matter what other friends says, I read TheMalaysianInsider everyday.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Remember 4 November 2011, the day the Gomen came to their senses on the PPSMI

Education Act 1996 explicitly states that, “pupils are to be educated according to the wishes of their parents”.

In May 2010, the High Court in Kuala Lumpur decided that PPSMI did not contravene Article 152, the Education Act 1996 or the National Language Act 1963/67.

Datin Azimah of PAGE. Source here.

Remember Friday, 4 November 2011 friends, its a historical day when finally the Gomen did something sensible, they actually listened to the Parents! I guess the threat not to support BN in the next election was one credible threat not taken lightly by the Gomen:

PPSMI to continue for students already in it: DPM

The Cabinet decision today is only a delay tactic to let off pressure from PAGE and other pro PPSMI NGOs, Other Parents, individuals, bloggers, twitters and of course the man who introduced the  PPSMI when he was then PM of our country, Dr. Mahathir. Some people especially the lallang politicians from the Opposition calls it a flip flop, I say it is a good flip flop but though this battle is over the war is still ongoing, the objective is "reinstatement of the PPSMI as an option". 

PAGE's Datin Azimah has this to say:

I have no doubt that PAGE means business and I will support them how ever I can.

Dr. Mahathir has this to say:

"The idea of teaching Science in Bahasa Malaysia is like taking a step backwards.

"Not that I don't have any respect for my national language but the fact is that Science is a different subject. It is not a static knowledge. It keeps on going and improving.

"Everyday people do research and come out with new developments in the scientific field," he told reporters.

He was asked on the transition from the PPSMI into MBMMBI (Memartabatkan Bahasa Melayu dan Memperkasakan Bahasa Inggeris) -- a policy to uplift the usage of the national language and strengthening the command of English among school students.

Dr Mahathir, who introduced the PPSMI policy in 2003, said it was fine to teach other subjects using Bahasa Malaysia. He said he would support such move, as he was an advocate of the usage of the national language.

"However, when it comes to the future of our country, I have to be practical and make the necessary decision.

"I don't want Malaysians to be ignorant in this age of science and technological developments.

"If we cannot master the knowledge of Science, we will not progress. We won't be able to take the country to new heights in terms of scientific development," he said, adding that the issue had nothing to do with being disloyal towards the national language.

Asked if Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak could override the decision made by Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Dr Mahathir said that it could be done if the government decided it was the best move for the people.

Some people still thinks that PPSMI is about language, NO it  is never about language, it is about having the right tool for keeping pace and acquiring  knowledge in Maths and Science, changes that are happening rapidly everyday around the world. 

Actually the BN Gomen which introduced the PPSMI in 2003 before deciding to abolish it in 2009 need not  think too much nor worry about the votes, just do a nationwide referendum as suggested by Dr. Mahathir here.

Just remember, it ain't over until the fat lady sings.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha

Warm Wishes and a Blessed Aidil Adha to all my friends

Friday, 4 November 2011

Seksualiti Merdeka banned;Thank You Polis DiRaja Malaysia

I am thankful that the festival celebrating sex against the order of nature (seks songsang) has been banned by our Polis DiRaja Malaysia, I think human rights must have limits otherwise this nation will go to the dog:


The news of the ban here:

The following are quotes by PAS's spiritual advisor on the Seksualiti Movement festival:

“Kebebasan secara mutlak sememangnya tidak ada dan saya khuatir tidak lama lagi akan ada yang menyebut tentang soal kebebasan merompak dan menyamun atas nama kebebasan” 

" sesungguhnya Islam tidak menyekat hak asasi manusia tetapi ia hendaklah selari dengan hak asasi yang diciptakan Allah SWT kerana sebarang aktiviti yang bertentangan dengannya akan mengakibatkan keruntuhan terhadap tamadun manusia"
Tok Guru Nik Aziz. Source here.