Mohd. Puad a representative from UMNO Johor on teaching of maths and science in English-
‘‘Kita melihat dalam ruang lebih luas, pandangan lebih jauh ke hadapan. Kita mahu maju dengan acuan sendiri. Malah tidak ada negara di dunia yang maju dengan meminjam bahasa orang lain.’’Well I can only agree! Why wasn't the issue brought up during Tun Mahathir administration, when we were so eager to teach maths and science in English? Maybe those people have got no courage to speak up against Tun M wishes.
Now we realised that we are actually moving our Malay language backward, instead of forward! The Japanese and the German, not to say the French are developed nations. Did they learn maths and science in English?
Did UMNO realised rural malay kids are having difficulties in understanding maths and science, not because of technical or educational aspect of it, but due to the language barrier? While the malays are left behind in business and even no of technocrats, we are making it harder for our kids to catch up with the rest of non-malays urban.
As I remembered, the reason why we shifted to English was due to competitiveness and the worry number of unemployed graduates. The myths was, local graduates (mostly malays) inability to converse fluently in English compared to the non-malays graduates. Is this true?
Maybe and maybe not? It has been a well known secret that employers from the private sectors prefers non-malays rather than the malays, not due to the fact of quality, but more on sentiments.
Admit it or not, this is the fact, and mainly because most private companies are owned by non-malays entrepreneurs. Asking for mandarin as a pre-requisite, the issue of 'tudung' for the muslim female and many more ridiculous conditions put on to malay graduates who is seeking employement.
I have seen many companies, who employed malays as tea-ladies, office boys or drivers. I have seen organisations recruits selectively and selective promotions that based on race.
This is a known secrets. It has got nothing to do with the English language proficency. I wonder what people and readers at www.malaysiakini.com would say this time around about UMNO Johor proposal.