NEW EDUCATION REFORMS OR DR. M’S OLD OBSESSIONS?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 2 Feb 2020

Since the prime minister’s “temporary” takeover of the Education portfolio, the country has waited with bated breath wondering what radically new education reforms Dr. Mahathir has in store for us. Now he has announced the reintroduction of the old policy of his first term in office that English will be the medium of instruction for the teaching of Science and Mathematics. His Deputy Education Minister has tried to fend off opposition to such a move, by saying that this is not yet policy despite the fact that the Prime Minister’s announcement is clearly stated in the video broadcast.

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HYPOCRISY OVER UTAR GRANTS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 8 Nov 2019

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (LGE) has asked the board of trustees of MCA-owned Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC) to relinquish their posts if they want more government funding. Thus, UTAR which is ranked 2nd in Times Higher Education (THE) in Malaysia World University Rankings 2020 received only RM1 million under the 2020 Budget when it had previously received RM5.5 million for development. Lim said if MCA relinquishes its control over the institutions, Putrajaya will immediately reinstate funding of RM30 million for this year and next year.

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DECONSTRUCTING MAHATHIR’S RACIST RAGE AGAINST DONG ZONG

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 15 Aug 2019

The Prime Minister has called Dong Zong (the National Chinese School Committees’ Association) racist because of its opposition to the inclusion of khat in the primary school Bahasa Malaysia curriculum. According to Mahathir, “if the education organisation continued to instigate and incite people to fight against each other, it would be going against the law…If you look at the background of Dong Zong, it has never fought for Malaysians. It has only fought for one race in this country.”

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CELEBRATING 200 YEARS OF CHINESE EDUCATION

By Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser and Former Principal of New Era College, 14 Aug 2019

It is a sad irony that while the Prime Minister is casting aspersions on Chinese educationists and even threatening arrests, we are actually celebrating 200 years of the contributions of Chinese education to this country. When I first joined Dong Zong (the National Chinese School Committees Association) in 1983, I was truly impressed by the fact that our schools had been nurtured by the community since their inception in the nineteenth century. Indeed, this achievement by Chinese Malaysians is worthy of national pride, for there are few if any comparisons of such a community-run education system in the world.

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KHAT OUT THE DIVERSIONS MAZLEE, FOCUS ON REFORMS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 5 Aug 2019

Ever since he was appointed, the Education Minister has consistently failed to bring about the promised education reforms that Pakatan Harapan promised in their GE14 manifesto. Is he in the grip of the ineluctable “Deep State” that explains his series of diversionary “new” policies?

The latest diversion to introduce khat calligraphy in our primary school curriculum has led to an uproar in the non-Muslim communities even before the UEC controversy has been settled. Is this an attempt by Pakatan Harapan to win Muslim votes for the future elections? Alas, they seem to be taking their non-Muslim support at GE14 for granted…

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