KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20, 2016:

“What has happened to Parti Amanah Negara’s progressive stance? I am so disappointed with them.”

This was the response from Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (Page) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim following Amanah’s statement today that it might resort to a demonstration to oppose the dual language programme (DLP).

When told Amanah’s statement also included the claim that with DLP, Malaysia would be heading back to the time when it was colonised, she said that it was “mad”.

“I am surprised that this is coming from Amanah. I thought it was open-minded and progressive.

“Obviously this is not what it portrays itself to be,” she told The Rakyat Post.

She said the likes of Pena, which was also at Amanah’s Press conference today, were “selfish and only wanted to make the children stupid”.

“Did they not see the Pemandu videos which stated 400,000 graduates are unemployed, most of them Malay and mostly because they can’t speak English?”

Noor Azimah, who was part of the Pemandu lab, denied that stakeholders were never consulted before the DLP pilot project was implemented.

“It included consulting stakeholders, the ministry, parents and many industry people. It looked at it in fine detail.

“It is untrue that this was a rush job. It took 10 months to implement after a detailed study, including looking at all the weaknesses of Teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI).”

She said parents must have a say in their children’s education as stated in the Education Act.

“Let parents make decisions for their children.

“The ministry is holding true to the Education Act and if parents are not interested with DLP, they can choose otherwise, as it’s optional.”

She asked why this group objecting the DLP felt so threatened by it.

“Why does it feel so threatened when it’s optional?

“This is about being progressive and being globally competitive, if you do not want the people to be globally competitive then choose Bahasa Malaysia.”

Under the DLP programme, schools have been given the option to teach Science, Mathematics, Information Technology and Communication, as well as Design and Technology in English or Bahasa Malaysia.

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