Using English as Teaching Media opposed by ultra-nationalists with blind patriotism to fish grassroots’ votes

Using English as Teaching Media

opposed by ultra-nationalists with blind patriotism

to fish grassroots’ votes

By Imran Imtiaz Shah Yacob

Note: I have edited out the names to improve this very good article’s neutral point of view and for my safety. I hereby apologize to the author.

“What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” – George Bernard Shaw.

The policy of the previous government to teach science and mathematics in the English language was and still is exactly what this country needs.

 

  • Our universities have consistently been ranked down in international rankings year on year,
  • our human capital uncompetitive with science and maths being the Achilles’ heel of our education system. 
  • Learning science and maths in English is not a half-baked policy to be sure.
  • The implementation of this crucial policy is in reality a half-baked attempt by the present administration and attempts to reverse this policy is akin to refusing to treat a patient causing disability. 

 

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The cycle of blaming foreign workers for its woes has begun in Malaysia

The cycle of blaming foreign workers

for its woes has begun in Malaysia

Imran Imtiaz Shah Yacob

The Malaysian government’s recent decision to send home at least 200,000 foreign workers by 2009 and to push more out of the country by 2015 hints at the deep divisions that the migrants, legal and illegal alike, have stirred in their host country.

As with most countries, when hard times start to appear – and Malaysia’s economy is starting to turn downmigrants get the blame for rising crime, stealing jobs from the locals, cultural pollution, overloading school systems, not carrying their share of the tax burden and even spreading HIV, almost none of which is true. Nonetheless, the government  feels it has no choice but to put a stop to the influx in an effort to solve many of the country’s problems, which analysts say isn’t going to do much good, and in fact could do considerable harm.

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Bolivia joins Myanmar, Venezuela on drugs blacklist: Bush

17 Sep 2008, 0407 hrs IST,AFP

WASHINGTON: US President George W Bush has declared that Bolivia, Myanmar, and Venezuela failed over the past year to live up to their obligations to battle the narcotics trade, the White House said.

Bush’s move, announced in annual US presidential findings on the illegal drug trade, added Bolivia to Myanmar and Venezuela, which were already on the list in 2007 as countries that “failed demonstrably” in that regard.
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UNSG Ban Ki-moon: release Suu Kyi

UNSG Ban Ki-moon: release Suu Kyi

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told The Associated Press in an interview that he would use the assembly’s ministerial session to hold talks with world leaders on issues ranging from climate change to the detention of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Speaking about Suu Kyi, Ban said Myanmar’s military junta “should release her from house arrest,” to allow the 63-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner who has been on a recent hunger strike to lead “a genuine and free life.”

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New UNGA president chides UNSC

 

                                       New UNGA president chides UNSC 

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 17 (APP):

The new UN General Assembly president, Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua, created a stir here as he strongly denounced western dominance and the power of the Security Council over the world body as the 192-member assembly’s 63rd session opened Tuesday.

 

“In the case of some of those members, the veto privilege seems to have gone to their heads and has confused them to the point of making them think they are entitled to do as they please without consequence.”

US, Britain, Russia, France and China have veto power and are the five permanent members in the 15-member council.

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AP:Myanmar monk attempts suicide at famous temple

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Buddhist monk slashed his throat in a suicide attempt at Myanmar’s most sacred temple, the scene of several pro-democracy protests that erupted a year ago, witnesses said Wednesday.

A trustee of the Shwedagon temple said the monk became desperate after running out of money to pay for medical care. It was the second suicide attempt by a monk at the pagoda this year.

The temple has a history as a center for mass political gatherings, and was a focus for Buddhist monks and pro-democracy protesters last September.

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