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Unity Schools, Work-home Balance, Enhanced Public Transport System Among Civil Servants’ Aspirations For TN50

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

PUTRAJAYA, May 31 (Bernama) — Single-stream schools to forge unity, work-family life balance and improved public transportation system were among the aspirations and suggestions voiced by civil servants at a National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue session with the prime minister, here, today.

When summarising these aspirations and suggestions which were described as stimulating by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the prime minister said he envisaged the formation of national schools that could build unity at an early stage.

He said that among the characteristics of such schools were making Bahasa Melayu as the medium of instruction, boosting English language proficiency, making Tamil, Mandarin and Arabic as strong electives, providing quality education and the composition of teachers and students from various races.

Najib said he did not make those suggestions but envisaged the characteristics of schools from which multiracial unity could begin.

However, he added, this was a very sensitive matter, a political landmine, as Malaysia had different school streams.

“Can we accept this (unity) school model? We all need to think about it. I am not suggesting it, just envisaging, as a lot of people say they want unity and that it should start from school. We want solutions. This, we need to think about as everything starts from school.

“It’s not that we want to decide now, but I am just visualising. What’s the solution? It’s not that we want to close down Chinese and Tamil schools but to choose the (appropriate) kind of national schools,” he said.

At the dialogue session involving about 1,300 young civil servants, among the aspirations expressed was the emphasis on unity through education by building single-stream schools with Bahasa Melayu as the lingua franca and empowering the English Language subject without sidelining Tamil and Mandarin.

Also raised was the matter of work-home life balance by setting the maximum hours that would not tie down civil servants to long working hours to the point of them sacrificing their time for their families.

On healthcare affordability raised at the dialogue, Najib said the fee of RM1 for treatment at a government health facility was not sustainable as the government spent RM21 billion to RM22 billion per year on the health industry but only collected RM400 million to RM500 million although Malaysia’s healthcare service was the best in the world.

He cited the case of patient Razali Tompang who had to pay only RM31.80 for his father’s cancer treatment at Kuala Lumpur Hospital when the actual amount was RM11,000. “Where in the world can one be charged so low (for cancer treatment)?” Najib said.

On the issue of public transportation, one of the civil servants said he wanted to see Malaysia not bogged down anymore by the problem of traffic congestion by 2050.


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