Cutting off the nose to spite the face

I read in one of the yesterday papers (or was it day before? memory is failing, 🙂 ) that certain  officials in the ministry of education mentioned that if English is to be made a compulsory pass subject in SPM, more than 130,000 students will be without SPM certificate because apparently this number of students  fails the English exam , going by past statistic.  These students  also constitute about a third of the total students who sit for the SPM exam. What is implied is that English should not be amde compulsory.

But that is exactly why English should be made a compulsory subject.

Imagine, a third of those who sit for SPM canot even pass the  English Exam, when the passing marks are already set  so low.

 Some people told me – those of you in the education field  please correct me if I am wrong- the passing marks can be set as low as 30, depending on how the marking curve is shifted. If that is the case, and if passing mark is raised to  60 (as in the case during our time), then I suspect, maybe 60% will fail the English exam.

This is precisely why English must be made a compulsory subject. Granted, weakness in teaching must be brushed up. As I have suggested in a post few days ago, we can employ foreign teachers to come  to teach English, but if we let the trend continues and close our eyes to this serious problem, this problem would only get more serious.

Examination is a tool to assess the general standard of the students studying a subject. This tool enables us we to  gauge the effectiveness of our teaching processes and programs, as well as the quality of our teachers.

If the assessment tells us that something is very wrong in the teaching a a certain subject, we must immediately adopt measures to overcome the problems, instead of sweeping it under the carpets, or worse still, to lower the passing standard.

By lowering the passing standard, we may have a lot of passes, but it really defeats the purpose of having the examination in the first place.

It is like someone making bicycles with square wheels as this someone does not know how to make round wheels. So at the end of the day , he still makes 100 bicycles as required, but these 100 bicycles cannot even be ridden since they dont have round wheels. Instead of trying to teach him how to make round wheels, we allow him to continue to make square wheels, just to make up the number of bicycles produced.. Is this the right way?

It is like workmen putting square pegs in round holes, since they do not know how to make round pegs, and in the end, the whole strucutre collapses since anything made with square pegs in round holes will not be stable.

It is like when your doctor tells you that one third of your lung has cancer and he needs to remove the affected parts, you tell him back that you will have only two third of your lung left after the operation.  Because of that , you object to having the one third of the affected lung removed, , only to find yourself dead from cancer in 3 months’ time, because by then , the cancer has eaten up the whole lung.

As I see it, we must acknowledge this serious problem in English subject and try to strengthen the teachings by getting qualified people to teach (instead of allowing foreign workers to come and work in stalls, we should try to get a few thousands of English teachers to come and teach English), while at the same time, we must make English a compulsory subject, so that students will be forced motivated to take the subject seriously .

Only by doing so, can we really bring down the failure rate in English from 130,000 to a manageable level.

Be more farsighted, and at the end of a decade, I am sure we can slowly crawl back to be respectable again in our English standard.

The same argument can be given to our education system as a whole, as well  as so many other things in our civil service..

Tackle problems head on and do not sweep everything under the carpet.

Above all,  do not lower the standard to make mediocrity looks like excellence.

 It will only be like cutting off the  nose to spike the  face..

 

(This post is carried in the blog link of Malaysia today and malaysiakini letter column).

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46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chauncey Gardener
    Jun 15, 2009 @ 14:28:19

    Your bicycle analogy is so apt.

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  2. klm
    Jun 15, 2009 @ 16:13:15

    Yes. Malaysian bicycles have square wheels. No wonder so many potholes. ;D

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  3. Peter Yew
    Jun 15, 2009 @ 17:22:39

  4. serendipity hopeful
    Jun 15, 2009 @ 20:21:50

    Lowering the passing marks to accomodate more passes – the logic of it must escapes many of us. The only conclusion is the govt. desires to look good. The instruction to lower the passing marks must have come from the education ministers. They should shoulder the blame for the poor standard of English in our nation now. But after 50 years of such blundering decisions nothing no move is being made to right the wrong. How sad! It is the poor children who are suffering from such cowardice.

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  5. Disgusted
    Jun 15, 2009 @ 21:39:48

    The time will come when mainland China, students’ proficiency in English will surpass those in BolehLand.
    Even in Taiwan, the standard has already surpassed students here.

    Ain’t we proud of our government here? And of course, the stupid supremacy issue.

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  6. Jarod
    Jun 15, 2009 @ 22:13:33

    FYI, normal passing mark is at 40%. However, like you say, government can lower the passing mark…this will definitely be shameful and further lower our education standard.

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  7. charis14
    Jun 15, 2009 @ 23:10:48

    An interim compromise may be to make it compulsory for university applicants to pass the English paper. Despite the low passing mark, this may hopefully ensure that every university student know how to read in English.

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  8. 过路客
    Jun 15, 2009 @ 23:18:48

    哈! 哈!
    A very good one!

    Malaysian bicycles have square wheels.

    No wander it is very hard for malaysia to move forward in tandem with the world. Now for malaysia to move forward one inch, it need to be PUSH one inch.

    Not like China, or even the indonesia, can roll forward easily and freely.

    It’s the education policies by the BeeNder that make the young generation of malaysian today #@#@#@

    过路客

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  9. Amin
    Jun 15, 2009 @ 23:20:55

    The percentage set as passing mark is just one aspect to determine the level of proficiency. The other more vital factor is the standard of the examination questions. Easy questions of low standard coupled with low % of passing mark seem to be the order of the day, and yet the showing is all but dismay.

    For reasons best known to the all mighty politicians, a lost generation of pseudo intellectuals has been engineered.

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  10. 过路客
    Jun 15, 2009 @ 23:26:20

    Dr. Hsu,

    Started with HCG and now that the Gerakan Boat in Penang is rocked by it’s own member. Whatever dignity/respect the party have with the people in Penang is going, going and will be gone very soon…

    Can a kiss of KTK hand by HCG at parliment today good enough to safe Gerakan …?

    agerakanmember will be ashame to be agerakan member..

    过路客

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  11. daffodils
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 00:26:33

    I was given to understand that a score of 25 to 30 % is good enough for one to pass the English Language paper. Making English a compulsory pass is long overdue. Look at the amount of damage done. We have now a generation of students who cannot speak the language coherently. If only the importance of the language was not suppressed.

    English poses no danger to the national language. But then it is not going to be easy to implement the compulsory pass in the English Language paper. One can expect a lot of stiff opposition if the proposal is put in place. Until now we still have not decided whether to continue with the PPSMI policy.

    Writing and speaking correctly gives you the appearance of credibility. There is nothing special about the English language. But it is becoming increasingly important in the world today. It has long been the main language of diplomacy as well as international commerce and communication, but now, in the information age, it is also the predominant language, by far, of the Internet, the world of computers and so on. English language is our window to the world.

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  12. Justin Choo
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 00:44:19

    You can still ride the bicycles with square wheels. Haven’t you seen them in the circus??

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  13. Observant
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 01:16:15

    “Change we must!, change we can!” : Obama

    “Change or we”ll be changed next GE” : Najib

    “Change of government, 916” : Anwar

    “Courage to change, creating new values” : OTK

    “Change my party to PKR” : Zaid

    “Change from Camry to Mercedes” : Heehee!

    “What!, change of government again in Perak?”
    : Perakians

    “Change to move forward” : Dr. Chua

    “Change! Gerakan, Change!” : Dr. Hsu

    “Change to English for Maths & Science” : Dr. M

    “English as compulsory subject, to change or not to change?” : Muhyiddin

    “Change of passing marks if we want more to pass” : Education Ministry

    Change is a fashionable word today. Do not fear change if we change for the better….. !

    Nothing is constant but change itself; make way for change if it can bring us a new and better way of living.

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  14. romerz
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 01:53:48

    Dr Hsu,

    Unrelated to your article on English but I would like to bring your attention to an interesting article I read about Indian politics.

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/200051

    I think it’s significance is relevant to your party much as I dislike helping your party in it’s present form and with present leadership.

    Nevertheless, for the sake of a better Malaysia, choices must be made available to the people including your idea of a 3rd force.

    Power must be spread about so that no one group of people can let it get to their heads!

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  15. fong
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 03:06:04

    “Racial polarisation in the country is not caused by the country’s vernacular school system but more by the government political, education and economic discriminative policies.” – an educationist said today.

    The prime minister and all the Umno ministers will never admit that polarisation arises more out of the race-based policies and privileges one race gets over another.

    Similarly, there are other areas of our daily lives where terminologies used have made us view certain practices as privileges rather than sacrifices. For instance, the bumi discount for houses.

    The total sale value to the developer is still the same. It is just that the non-malay buyer is likely to be required to pay for some of the discount given to the malays.

    But the longer the NEP policies continue and the greater the vehemence with which Umno politicians issue threats, terminologies will change and more people will talk about these practices or policies in words that may not sound as pleasing to the ears of the beneficiaries.

    Obviously, at that point we shall probably see a new round of discriminations and disagreements. Unfortunately, as long as only weak people take on leadership roles within Umno, threats will continue, NEP policies will be sustained and corruption will prevail.

    That unfortunately is the legacy we have as Malaysians.

    The basic building blocks of unity, whether you are uniting different ethnic groups in a country or trying to re-engineer a corporation of differing cultural values, are the same.

    The principal parties have to be treated as equals – nor special privileges no favours that would favour one group over another. Any privilege that is given should be given to all on the same basis – for example, special privilege given to the financially poor regardless of race or ethnic origin.

    It is only on this equitable footing that you can foster true nationalism and build lasting unity, since each component group will have the same stake in the nation and has equal likelihood in reaping the rewards or suffering the consequences.

    My recommendation to the government, not simply as a businessman but also based on pragmatism, is not to waste any more taxpayer ringgit on nationalism programmes until it has established the pre-conditions for its success.

    What is sad is that, after almost five decades of independence, we have been unable in Malaysia, to bring globally vision leaders to the forefront – leaders who can see beyond racial boundaries to recognise the immense sociological and economic potential that can benefit all Malaysians.

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  16. genesispassion
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 10:20:14

    dont blame us in the private sector for not taking any of these graduate we are commercial enterprise..!

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  17. Ben
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 15:31:16

    Dr Hsu,
    can gerakan survive without Huan Cheng Guan?

    He is one of the superstar in gerakan.
    At least, there is someone caring about the party grassroot.
    U think kok tsu koon care about the party grassroot?

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  18. vsvsv
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 15:48:56

    Dr,

    The problem of this English issue comes out is because of another issue, that is, the lack of competent english teacher. My daughter told me their english teacher has so many grammer mistakes even the students can pinpoint out during the class and yes the teacher is a malay teacher. So, is our government ignoring this poor english teacher issue or supporting them ? All this issues perhaps comes back to the question of our government policy issue.

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  19. vsvsv
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 16:03:26

    The bicycle shopowner aka the government only worries those bicycle workers who only knows how to make square wheels ran out of job if they uses new recruits who knows how to make round wheels.

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  20. cilipadi
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 17:49:36

    monk,

    Your PM and his team have no time to solve all the problems created by them. Now, Malaysia is more like circus, they have no time to solve all these mess, but planting ‘moles’ in the other side of the divide to create issue like Unity govt with PAS, reporting to MACC for alleged malpratices that don’t involve large sum.

    The only concern to them is not your problems, but their problems to remain in power. Worse still, your so-called great statesman, instead of voicing up good advice, chose to spew venom at another MM, but at the end, bombarded by his own countrymen here,

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/29570?task=view#pc_111731

    Malaysia is really a circus. Your neighbor is laughing at you after a triumphant trip round peninsular Malaysia. At last, they still get your best brains. Whose lost?

    Only hope for Malaysia, in my eyes as non-Malaysia, is Pakatan Rakyat in Federal + States, no way out.

    circus makan cili, circus rasa pedas

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  21. Pip
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 17:54:53

    One really needs lots of stamina and patience to continue talking, writing and discussing about such obviously logical need-to-do remedy.
    We need Good leaders in the Prime minister and his cabinet and parliment to make good policies.
    We need Good Heads in the Universities and Schools to execute these policies.
    Looks like they have short changed us, by the look of the quality in education we have.
    We citizens MUST demand that we get what we pay for, be critical of the actions of our Govt Servants.Yes, That’s what they are.
    It is quite beyond us ordinary citizen to tackle big things like the education policies or suggest a fair passing marks for entrance examinatios.
    But I believe we simple people should promote the awareness amongst our immediate realm of associations to demand quality service from our govt servants without fear. I have observed many being bullied at govt counters, and also Schools,.. we need a paradigm shift, that we are entitled to receive good service.
    Perhaps we should start from our very local spheres. allow the effect to permeate so that the SERVANTS realise they have to provide quality service to their customers.
    Maybe, like the birdwatchers who watch and report on birds , we can have SERVANT-WATCHERS to watch and report on the state of quality of our points of service.
    Perhaps those in political parties who happens to read this may suggets how to go about this?

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  22. Disgusted
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 18:01:27

    Cilipadi,

    You know, it has been a circus for a long time except people recently woke up to realise “IT IS” a circus!

    We also have a zoo and a few animals there too, after being re-elected again and again. Yet the constituents still sleeping not realising they voted in animals.

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  23. cilipadi
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 18:23:23

    monk,

    For whatever reason, your old monastery not covering MM Lee’s triumphant visit to Malaysia was a silly move. They seem to forget in this internet age, alternative news can be obtained by just a click of mouse. We cannot get here, but still can get there. MI is smarter by copy and paste from The Straits Times.

    http://www.straitstimes.com/

    I hope their integrity and dignity still intact (I have doubt in this since they aborted the ‘interview’. What a pity).

    Will they read my message or just scrolling over? Circus within a circus?

    mkini makan cili, mkini rasa pedas

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  24. leekumkee
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 18:55:54

    Hmm… no suprise there in regards to how sad the situation is with Malaysians and their level of english.

    Put it this way, as a Malaysian of non-bumi background the only way I felt I could advance myself was I I looked outwards towards the world, hence why I embraced the English language moreso than anything else. If one wanted to perform on the world stage anywhere else other than Malaysia, then I believe the mastery of English and another major world language (e.g. Mandarin, Japanese, German, French) is the way to go. It really helps with your CV and interviews.

    Unfortunately this is not the common belief in Malaysia, infact I could still recall the many derisive comments from both bumis and non-bumis regarding the fact that I speak near perfect Queens English and a good working vocabulary of both German and Japanese, which is to say better than other languages that I do learn.

    It’s funny looking back at all that, at 28 I’m in a rather stable and well paying job and am able to have almost 65% equity in a nice townhouse in a good suburb overseas and a newly purchased japanese marque car. I’m hardly rich by local comparison, but I do admit I’m doing better than many of those who gave me a hard time in Sekolah Menegah.

    Hell, I admit I do gloat at times, but I also do feel sorry for many of those still shrouded in ignorance regarding how poorly our national syllabus compares to many other developed nations. Others may argue that we are a developing state and on the basis of national pride, but all that is moot when all you’re producing are an entire generation of semi-literate workers.

    I do strongly urge my fellow Malaysians still in school, be it bumi or non-bumi to embrace the english language and other global languages as well. If that means scoring just a C6 in BM for SPM, so be it. As long as you can read and have a functional knowledge of BM that’s fine. Your school teachers may frown at the fact you didn’t score an A1 in BM. But what’s even worse is the fact that you’ve shut down your many other avenues of potential employment around the world.

    REMEMBER the SPM isn’t the end of the world/ your education.

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  25. May
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 18:59:15

    Lowering the passing mark for public examinations such as the PMR and SPM is already unacceptable. What is even more depressing is the quality of the examiners and the marking. On top of that, if anyone can get their hands on to the marking scheme for the PMR and SPM papers, you’ll be shocked beyond words at the expectations set in the scheme both in terms of the level of proficiency and the thinking skills required.

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  26. leekumkee
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 19:02:47

    Oh and just to add one more piece of advice, try picking up publications like The economist, Time, Newsweek, Asian Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, etc. instead of our local gossip columns like New Straits Times and The Star.

    Our local publications unfortunately had to stoop down to being able to cater to the intellectual needs of those who can at best understand “Gila-gila” and “cleo”

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  27. Morning Dew
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 20:46:21

    Statistics are often used in public exams to normalise the degree of difficulties of test papers from year to year. Unfortunately it is also a tool that could be used to fiddle with the numbers.

    When I was still a student some years back when malaysia decided to set up their own exam board I had teachers who were invited into the boards and on occasions he shared with us what he knew of what was going on in there. There was a belief – unconfirmed of course – that different histogram graphs were used to decide the grades in different places. This means an A in one place would be different from an A somewhere else. I wouldn’t believe this until I went into the university and started meeting others with A in maths as well – in the engineering faculty. When the chap asked me to explain to him how to do simple differentiation for some functions it left me bewildered.

    I am not surprise this is done with the passing of english as well.

    HsuDarren also wrote :

    “It is like when your doctor tells you that one third of your lung has cancer and he needs to remove the affected parts, you tell him back that you will have only two third of your lung left after the operation. Because of that , you object to having the one third of the affected lung removed, , only to find yourself dead from cancer in 3 months’ time, because by then , the cancer has eaten up the whole lung.”

    Not a very good anology. After you have cut off the diseased lung the condition, the environment that brought about the disease state remain. What you have done is basically postpone the inevitable. Chemotherapy ? That’s further stupidity compounding the initial stupidity.

    The problem is not the cancer cells. The problem is the environment that had allowed it to develope.

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  28. pohwatchdog
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 21:16:43

    Standard of English in schools is below substandard.
    Time to really change our English Language syllabus.
    Stress more on grammar, spelling, dictation and essay writing. We must admitted our weakness in the system. Even there is two standard in our teaching system where incentive been paid for those who teach English. Is it time to change?

    Imagine teacher of no passion teaching English make the situation worst. MOE officers open one eye and close my eye make English Language in Malaysia is going to be behind Thailand and Indonesia. Even Indonesia education system stressed on the important of English language with their English paper. MOE must be proactive to evaluate the standard of English and not sweep everything under the carpet. Set a minimum passing marks and not to make public examination result look good. Even Form 3 students fail all their subjects managed to promote to Form 4. A failure in our education system and we are in “deny syndrome”. Our new MOE need to visit school in urban area and talk to students to get proper feedback.

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  29. Disgusted
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 22:55:34

    No idea, why, Cilipadi. I didn’t quite realize it till you mentioned it.

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  30. Samson
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 23:46:34

    We will slowly be overtaken by the Phillippines for outsourcing jobs which accounts for the largest income earner for India, China and eastern Europe. Later the best brains will slowly leave Malaysia as they also excel in science, maths and English. So our learned local graduate Professors with poor English will continue to lead the way and oppose any move to produce higher quality grads.
    So nice of these people who continue to push our country into the dark ages, a trait so similar with all Muslim countries. If Tun Mahatir was a Al-Azhar grad and not a product of English education, we would not be an envy to all the Muslim-backed countries from Africa to the Middle-east.
    Try pondering to that fact! Btw, we do not need to have English or American accents like the wannabes studying in local colleges who crowd around Starbucks and other watering holes but just to get our grammar correct is good enough! This is not be taught in school anymore. The sms generation is contributing to the declining standards of English in this coutry.

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  31. Atila
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 01:28:57

    DrHsu

    My generation is where parents sent us to church kindergartens for English exposure.

    Eversince this Tadika Kemas came into the picture, what happen eh?

    For as long as the govt do not tackle this low income and broad based group from young,
    the standard of English will get worst and Malaysia will one day have a pool of workers loosing out to English mastered nationalities from India, Philliphines, etc.

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  32. Meng
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 08:57:52

    After reading the intellectual comments posted, it struck me hard and become disgusted and sad.

    Arises in my mind:

    Do we mean to say Ministers don’t not know what is happening on the ground and it takes a DPM to bring it out. Why now, I am sure when he was just a minister he should have known all along or because he is deaf & dumb to the happenings on the ground. The general public know this problem.

    There were demonstrations held and PAS also mentioned to go back to bahasa malaysia/melayu. Why no demonstration held after the comments made. ??

    Is he trying to score points and appease the general public of non malays.

    There are examples on the ground where those malays who speak and write good english are better off in the job market. Even in the blogs we have malays who write good english and some are of high standard many times better than mine.

    Are they blind not to see this. No I don’t think so, they are merely diverting from the real issues on the ground.

    In my mind they may make english a compulsory subject but not a mandatory pass to get into the U. Back to square one.

    It is so confusing with the confused mind/brains running the country.

    The whole of malaysia is just a circus with the clowns running the country.

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  33. klm
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 10:54:57

    Dr. Hsu. What has happened to your successor to the chairman of the education bureau of Gerakan?
    Dont he want a say in the debate. Looks like Gerakan dont have an interest in education issues anymore.

    And it looks like KTK is only interested in defending his legacy in Penang. It seemed to me that nothing works him up more when the question is on the past development of Penang. Even to the point of ignoring the standing order of Parliament.

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  34. Atila
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 11:10:24

    Meng
    I agree with you.

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  35. Dr Hsu
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 13:30:24

    klm,
    The Head of education bureau is YB lau Chin Hoon, ADUn and cc member from JOhore and up and coming young man in the party.

    We should give him some time to settle down and perform..

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  36. A true Malaysian
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 14:22:20

    Just look at rhetoric being played by PAS top two leaders, we can see the true colours of ‘opportunist’ politicians. They burn their own fingers trying to undermine Nik Aziz’s influence in PAS.

    It is good for Pakatan Rakyat to rid these opportunists earliest possible before the next GE, for the benefit of the political parties and of course, Malaysia as a whole.

    Political culture of the country needs revolutionary change. New political will is needed to clear all these rubbishes once and for all.

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  37. a gerakan member
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 16:09:21

    if a person need so long to settle down, then he should let other people to lead the education biro.
    I think it has been so many months since you resign from the education biro and the new biro chief need to start work.

    THe problem in this party is KTK only choose people who KOW TOW and bow to him to be leaders (or should i say loyal slave).

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  38. pohwatchdog
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 20:29:25

    Education issue is a still an important for the development of our nation. What direction are the MOE taking us ? Are we really world class in our education system? Are we satisfy with the standard
    of our teaching staff? No doubt they are still a numbers of teacing staff are dedicated, committed, professional and caring in their profession. But there still overlapping of certain subjects in our system, it is still very examination oriented. We need to stress on reading, writing and calculating. Back to basic

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  39. klm
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 21:50:10

    Correct me If I am wrong.

    (1) up and coming young man heading the education bureau was selected by Dr. Hsu. Therefore, he must be man of conscience

    (2) but he is a politician and need the support of the leaders to be selected to stand for election

    This is the problem. He is between his conscience and the devils. If both forces are in equilibrium, then he is in mental paralysis.

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  40. Dr Hsu
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 22:45:25

    klm,
    I hardly know this young man, and I have no say in the appointment as this is the prerogative of the president.

    He is in his 30s and a ADUN for the second term, one of the few that survived the 308 tsunami.

    He seems to me to be quite hard working, and it was not wasy to win a second term in 308..

    So i would want to see him perform and it would only be fiar to give him time to settle in. Education is a field that requires certain knowledge and vision. AMd it may take some time to acquire that.

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  41. a gerakan member
    Jun 18, 2009 @ 11:55:04

    Dr Hsu,
    i found out that he is from Johor and Gerakan won all the state seat there (except the state chairman).
    So, there is nothing special about him and we cannnot say is hardworking just because he won the ADUN last time.

    For your info, i also heard that he got problem with his division chairman. So, he is now depending on KTK to support him.

    But I heard that this person is not really a good person…….looks nice but very deceiving. Go and ask gerakan member in Johor.

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  42. Atila
    Jun 18, 2009 @ 17:01:44

    “Racial polarisation in the country is not caused by the country’s vernacular school system but more by the government political, education and economic discriminative policies.” – an educationist said today.

    I was in secondary convent school 1980-1984, we were discriminated of seating places in our own canteen by chinese- removed students.

    At age 14 we complaint to our white headmistress but she told us to be patient becoz we are multiracial mix from primary 1-6 unlike those removed still adjusting in our school.

    Are these removed chinese students not from vernacular schools?

    Sekolah kebangsaan with one kind of malays geng up everywhere they go and speaking only “partial Malay”..you can hear gua lu mali….all joargons..

    Racial polarisation rooted in this country from kindergarten into schools into universities and workplace. To start with, majority malays go tadika kemas/ taski…chinese go to private kindergartens/churches with almost no malays around…

    Please politicians, racial polarizarion must be minimize from young.

    Look into the streets…out of 10groups of school kids, how many of at least two different race? You would be lucky to have 5.

    Race polarisation & lack of understanding each others religion and culture is unbelieving today.

    I was doing my daily evening walk yesterday and one chinese lady came up tome & asked “are you not hot wearing tudung”. She must aroung 45. Being a Malaysian Malay Muslim, I did my part explaining A to Z.

    This applies to Malays too claiming Muslims but not behaving Muslims.

    I wish our education system introduces
    “understanding our multiracial multireligion multicultural society”, theory & practical aspects of it.

    Otherwise, race polarisation is detrimental to the country longterm.

    For now, BN Govt, “tidak apa attitude” with race polarisation more so UMNO.

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  43. rubenloh
    Jun 19, 2009 @ 15:56:40

    Dr Hsu,
    i hope if you can take up a more significant place in the main body such as heading back the education biro.

    Most people in the biro is just a dog of KTK. Not doing any good job or don’t even know the function of the biro. Some are not even qualified to be the biro head.

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  44. Dr Hsu
    Jun 19, 2009 @ 16:39:56

    rubenloh,

    I am too independent minded to toe the leadership line.

    I also do not believe that by holding seminars we can solve our education/political problem,s especially when most seminars are attended by our own members, the so called converted.

    TO be effective head, you need to have bullets to fight the war. We need to walk the talk. read my latest postings (19-june-09) ‘you cannot win a war with empty shells” … that posting is for fighting cyber war, but the same principles apply for bureaus.

    The party must be seen independent of UMNO and not subservient to UMNO … that will be real bullets and shells.. and then we can fight the war. (Like in the case of Perak, I have been harping on statement to call for going back to the people, in the end, I cannot tahan any more and issued my own statement without getting the approval of the party…)

    I have been pushing for the party leadership to be more vocal, so what we step on certain UMNO leaders’ toes. So what if UMNO wants to expel us… Stand up to them and we will be seen as an equal partner… That would be bullets and shells to fight the war.

    Our ideology is our best bullets and shells, but we keep these potent bulets under wrap…. So we can only use empty shells ..

    At the moment, We have good tanks (think tank ) but with only empty shells… So we have to depend on the rotten tanks of UMNO. How to run a cyber campaign effectively? How to run bureaus effectively when all you can do is perhaps organise seminars?

    The latest National Youth seminar on Law and MArriage, less than 40 attended ( this is my estimate), despite the 200 seats arranged, and despite very good speakers .. ANd 20 of these came with the speakers, so the speakers were actually talking to 20 members who are the already converted people..

    Seminars and forums can play a part if what is professed there can be submitted to the power-that-be and be adopted as national policy.. So far, I do not see any such things happening.

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  45. Atila
    Jun 20, 2009 @ 01:22:17

    DrHsu,

    sad…

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  46. Trance
    Jun 27, 2009 @ 17:36:12

    I found this fascinating quote today:

    This is why I’m creating my own cheap pools; You play a crucial role in this area.

    Fusion, cheap above ground swimming pools

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