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Jul 10, 2009

We should continue in English!

UPDATED ON 12.14AM, 13 JULY WITH LATEST RESULT FROM CHEDET:

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THE RESULT FROM TUN DR MAHATHIR'S BLOG AS OF 4.25PM, JULY 9th

THE RESULT AS OF 1.29PM, JULY 10th

THE RESULT AS OF 1.08PM, JULY 11th

THE RESULT AS OF 12.14AM, 13 JULY

Tun Dr Mahathir's poll in his blog shows that Najib's administration not listening to the people's voice. It's important to continue the policy on using English to teach Mathematics and Science (PPSMI). Emphasis must be given on English, it does not mean that I’m not respecting Bahasa Melayu and mother tongue as English is really assisting a lot in the future of Malaysians. I dread to think what will happen to our future generations while the government and these ethnic based groups gamble with our student’s future.

I am particularly concerned that the government is considering changing the teaching of Mathematics and Science from English to the Bahasa Melayu and mother tongue. I always believed that the government made the right decision to change the teaching of these two subjects to English back in 2003 and we should not make a U-turn now.

Furthermore, with English, you can do research on the Internet to supplement and enhance our knowledge, much more than what you can get from books. More often than not, you will also find up-to-date information on the Internet compared to what the books contain. However, to use this important tool, you need to be well versed in English, not Bahasa Malaysia or Mandarin or Tamil.

Considering the critical shortage of textbooks, journals, and other literature in other languages, teaching the two subjects in English would facilitate the acquisition of new knowledge by our students. Some parties also fear the threat of the erosion of their ethnic roots, culture and customs in this country and they believe that the way to prevent this erosion is by ensuring that schools teach important subjects in their respective mother tongues.

But is this a threat real? Let me be the first to tell you that I am a Malaysian Indian that received primary education in Chinese school. Besides learning Mandarin, of course I did not fail to remember Tamil, my mother tongue. My English is not excellent when further my study to secondary school. Because of that, I had difficulties in my class. All the subjects in primary school were in Mandarin. The subject that only in English is English, there were no any action or effort to allocate extra hours to the subject. This crisis does not happen to me alone. I believe most of the students in Malaysia experienced that.

So, let’s support PPSMI for a better Malaysia. Cast your vote in Tun's Blog- http://chedet.co.cc/chedetblog

10 comments:

Munir Simpang said...

apa khabar saudara?

saya setuju dengan saudara, walaubagaimanapun pelajar lura bandar masih ketingglala dalam aspek Bahasa Inggesis... jadi apakah yang harus dilaksanakan untuk menangani masalah ini?

valaiya said...

As Dr.M said, de gov is x listening 2 de voice of de people.
wasting pupils money.

i personally feel dat, v sud continue in english.its lot more easier than malay, tamil or mandrin.

I oppose the decision to teach Maths and Science in Bahasa Malaysia.

vasantarao appalasamy said...

Khabar baik Munir,

perlu diakui bahawa, pelajar-pelajar luar bandar tidaklah begitu ketingglan dalam Bahasa Inggeris..
statistik menunjukkan bahawa tidak begitu perbezaan pencapaian sebelum dan selepas PPSMI dilaksanakan.

jadi saya rasa bahawa PPSMI relevan dan pelajar luar bandar mampu mengikut perkembangan semasa

alex sebastian said...

personally i feel irritated with these decision.. we, student, are been used like toys..we are forced 2 study in dual languages...which i adapt very fast...but not every1 is like dat..changing the terms in malay 2 english and now from english 2 malay gng to burden the students too much...

vasantarao appalasamy said...

yes Alex,
furthermore its wasting millions of taxpayers money besides burdening the students.....

i don't know what they are thinking.

Anonymous said...

we are growing the world's most stupid students i guess by emphasizing on Malay language!

jonathan ong said...

Saudara Munir,

Izinkan saya untuk menjawab soalain, saudara. Saya setuju bahawa pelajar di kawasan desa lebih menghadapi kesukaran untuk menguasai BI berbanding dengan pelajar di bandar. Akan tetapi, ini bukanlah satu alasan untuk membubarkan PPSMI. Pihak kerajaan haruslah peka dan sedar akan hakikat bahawa BI ialah bahasa pengantar antarabangsa. Menguasainya tidaklah menjadikan kita semua lebih Barat ataupun kurang Timur.

Oleh itu, saya cadangkan pihak kerajaan menumpukan lebih perhatian kepada sekolah-sekolah desa dan menjadikan inisiatif untuk membantu pelajar-pelajar di sana menguasai BI sebagai keutamaan. Bukankah PPSMI dimansuhkan atas sebab pelajar di desa kurang fasih dalam BI? Oleh itu, wajarlah masalah ini diselesaikan di akar umbi dan bukan menjadikan PPSMI sebagai kambing korban.

Salam :)

joshua said...

Now 85%!

vasantarao appalasamy said...

yes bro.. increased...

initially it was only almost 70%, then round 80%.. bow its already 85%..
I think government get clear messages from here...

Satish said...

Sad & dumb decision made. To please the minority, they're going to get killed by the majority.