The world pays little attention to Malaysia. But on May 5, it should. That is the day that Malaysia’s 13 million voters, of whom 20% are casting ballots for the first time, will choose a new parliament and decide their nation’s future. Without question, these will be the most important elections in Malaysia’s history, as well as the closest and most hard-fought. For the first time, there is a strong and united opposition, and Malaysia’s voters have a genuine choice. Voter enthusiasm is high, and both government and especially opposition rallies are attracting people in the tens of thousands.
We read with interest the article entitled “Abolishing PPSMI is not the answer” by Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim (September 10, 2012), in particular, the fallacious arguments made in the name of science policy.
Before going into the details of the argument, it is best to remind oneself what the term “PPSMI” means Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam bahasa Inggeris or “The Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English”. What this obviously implies is that everyone, regardless of background or first language, is, have been and will always be obligated to learn the two subjects, science and mathematics, in English.
If the father of the nation was alive today, one wonders what he would make over the present tug-of-war over the “naming rights” of our 55 th Merdeka Day celebration. What would the late Tunku Abdul Rahman say of the words and actions of some so–called leaders who have soiled Merdeka Day and the memory of his legacy and our nationhood? Never has Merdeka Day — a unifying factor for all Malaysians — if only for a day — been relegated to a source of divide and a pawn in the political one-upmanship of those to whom we have entrusted this country to. From slogans, songs, themes and logos, who has the right to claim exclusivity in naming our National Day festivities?
How does a Muslim village boy who faithfully attends Quran classes and goes home to the works of Lao Tzu and Confucius, grow up to view the world — and his country? The scope of Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s worldview is matched by the breadth of his political ambitions. Having risen from the ashes, the leader of Malaysia’s opposition is raring to prove his mettle at the upcoming elections.
Many Sino-Singaporeans who try to criticize the Malaysian formula due to their ignorance of the reality of Malaysian politics of race duly claim superiority with the implementation of their so-called “meritocracy” system. It is also claimed that by the enforcement of the Malay special rights as provided for in Article 153 of the Malaysian Constitution, Malaysia is actually making an “apartheid”-like policy. Other than the fact that the ideologies and policies of both countries are radically different, the truth is that while the so-called implementation of the “apartheid” policies have brought about socio-economic balances and harmony in Malaysia, Singapore’s so-called “meritocracy” system has caused much misery to those other than the Sino-Singaporean majority and the formulation of many draconian policies that formed the basis of the currently Sino-dominated Singaporean government.