— Ravinder Singh
The Malay Mail Online
September 11, 2013
SEPT 11 — Well, well, thank you Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh for confirming what many Malaysians have long known.
He has spilled the beans, not realising that when you point a finger at someone, you have three pointing back at yourself.
Please tell us dear minister, how many children of how many elites in the country are attending Sekolah Rendah/Menengah Kebangsaan in Malaysia?
Do us a favour please. Besides having leaders of the country declare their assets, get them to also declare the schools their children are attending.
When the rakyat could see that the children of the leaders are also attending the local schools, you will not need any other promotional campaigns to tell Malaysians that our local schools are “setanding” (i.e. of equal standing) with schools in advanced countries such as Germany and the US.
So why tell parents who are not happy with the proposed changes that if they are not happy with the education system here, they should send their children overseas when the elites in the country, including some if not all of the top politicians, have already been doing so for donkey years?
Your call should therefore be to these elites and politicians to bring back their children to Malaysia and enrol them in the local schools for they are wasting money sending their children away from home when schools at home are just as good, if not better.
Actions speak louder than words. When the elite and political leaders all enrol their children in Sekolah Rendah/Menengah Kebangsaan, then you can ethically chide those who have no faith in the local schools. Until then, you do not have the ethical credentials to claim that the local education system and schools are among the best in the world.