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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UEC RECOGNITION: CHINESE EDUCATION MOVEMENT PLAYED OUT BY DRM

承认统考:华教运动被老马玩弄

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 26 Feb 2019

The statement by the leaders of the Chinese Education Movement that the government can take all the time in the world to recognise the UEC is irresponsible, unwise and shows they have been played out by PM Mahathir.

The PH election promise is the only new factor

The UEC has not been recognised since Dr Mahathir refused to even allow Dong Zong to hold the exam in 1975. It is clear that PH won the vast majority of the Chinese votes during GE14 mainly because among other promises, the PH manifesto and the PH leaders pledged to recognise the UEC, the school leaving certificate of the Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools that has been maligned by UMNO all these years since 1975. Voters were given the impression that such recognition was part of PH’s reform in a new and inclusive Malaysia.  

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UEC RECOGNITION: RENEGING ON PH ELECTION PROMISE IS PATENT DISHONESTY

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 16 July 2018

Through all this pussyfooting over the recognition of the UEC by the PH government, does it not make you wonder how the PH election manifesto was drafted, such as who took part in the drafting and how it was endorsed by the PH leaders? One would have expected that the person they would finally appoint as the Education Minister to be in the committee to study the UEC before they endorsed it…

Well, from the backtracking that we have seen since GE14 and the utterances of PH leaders especially by the new Education Minister, you would think that the supposedly democratic process through which the manifesto was drafted and eventually endorsed did not amount to much. Was the PH election manifesto just “a piece of paper” to be ripped apart after the elections?

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SACRIFICING CHINESE SCHOOLS AT THE ALTAR OF THE DEBT MOUNTAIN

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 29 June 2018

The announcement by Education Minister Maszlee Malik to halt the construction of eight Chinese primary schools (SJKCs) that had already been approved by the previous administration because of supposed financial constraints is totally unacceptable. Is this his own opinion or is this a Cabinet decision? In a government committed to inclusion and transparency what possible rationale could there be for putting the brakes on such a small yet critically important project?

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CREATING THE FAIR and FARSIGHTED EDUCATION MALAYSIANS DESERVE

By Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 20 May 2018

Education does not make you happy. Nor does freedom. We don’t become happy just because we’re free – if we are. Or because we’ve been educated – if we have. But because education may be the means by which we realize we are happy. It opens our eyes, our ears, tells us where delights are lurking, convinces us that there is only one freedom of any importance whatsoever, that of the mind, and gives us the assurance – the confidence – to walk the path our mind, our educated mind, offers…” (Iris Murdoch)

Iris Murdoch’s sober reflection on the essence of education offers Malaysians a good wakeup call after the 61 years of being subjected to flip flopping education policies aligned to uncalled-for politicization. With a new government and a new Education Minister, it is time we start afresh to reconstruct a fair and far-sighted education policy for our country.

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