Speaking the same language

Those who assume a rural-urban bias should take heed of the poll of 27,200 Malaysians conducted by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia that shows most rural parents – and an overwhelming majority of their children – preferring Maths and Science to be taught in English.

ON TUESDAY, I gave the opening speech for a press conference led by the Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE), allied with over a dozen other organisations, including Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM), campaigning for the option of PPSMI – the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English – in government schools.

The movement counts the support of at least five Tuns (including former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who was responsible for PPSMI) and 13 Tan Sris (there are too many Datuks to count).

The Government is miscalculating the depth of public anger on this issue at its electoral peril. Those who assume a rural-urban bias should take heed of the poll of 27,200 Malaysians conducted by JMM that shows most rural parents – and an overwhelming majority of their children – preferring these subjects to be taught in English.

We are supporting the campaign not because we feel one language is superior, but because of the overriding democratic principle of allowing parents to choose.

by Tunku Abidin Muhriz.

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