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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STILL FLIP FLOPPING OVER MATHS & SCIENCE

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 23 July 2019

It is truly amazing that we are still flip flopping over the language medium to teach maths and science in 2019. The Prime Minister now wants to revert to using the English-medium to teach these subjects.

It was in 2002 that this was an issue and I had written about the main issues involved then. It was ironic that the controversy over the teaching of Maths & Science in English in our schools at the time should coincide with the news that the country had run out of gas and we had to import gas from Indonesia’s Pertamina.

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REGRESSIVE MATRICULATION POLICY PERPETUATES DISCRIMINATION

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 25 April 2019

Education Minister Maszlee Malik has announced that the Bumiputera quota for matriculation programmes would remain at 90 per cent while increasing the intake from 25,000 to 40,000. Non-Malay admission would only receive an increase from 2,500 to 4,000 places despite the hype about constructing a “New Malaysia” after the majority of Non-Malay voters contributed to PH’s victory at the 2018 general election. The perpetuation of this deeply flawed and racially discriminatory policy is cause for a sense of betrayal amongst democratic Malaysians who had been led to expect more inclusivity and meritocracy from the “new” Pakatan Harapan government.

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