Which is which, Datuk Mary Yap?

— BH Toh
The Malaysian Insider
Jun 15, 2013

JUNE 15 — One of the earliest statement made by Datuk Mary Yap upon her appintment as Deputy Education Minister was “I believe that one of my roles at the ministry will be to ensure the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 is well-implemented”

Today, she was reported saying “the shelving of the policy to teach Mathematics and Science in English is only temporary.”

What a puzzling surprise! I do not recall reading or hearing any such statement from PM, DPM, Education Minister or Ministry ever they made the decision to abolish PPSMI. I am very certain because I have been following this issue closely as my son was almost a direct casualty of this decision made in 2009. Just to be extra sure, I even spent the afternoon googling but found zero articles that reported so – nothing from either the online or printed medias.

To top it all, this “temporary” was also not specified anywhere in the Malaysian Education Blueprint!

So, which is which, Datuk Mary?

When Prime Minister Najib announced your appointment, many lauded the decision for it supposedly brought a breath of fresh air very much needed in the education environment of our country.

But within a short few weeks, you appeared to have mastered the oratory skills of a politician. Why did you not just be outright as hoped for by the rakyat and make a courageous decision by talking straight – that the new cabinet (or at least you as Deputy Education Minister) has now decided to re-look into this PPSMI issue.

In another three years, a whole cohort of primary school children (beginning from those who started Std 1 in 2011 to those who will in 2016) would have been denied their option to study Science and Mathematics in English.

How long will this “only temporary” be?

It is time our leaders stop attempting to conjure something out of nothing. We parents are very sharp and constantly watching like a hawk.

  1. #1 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 16 June 2013 - 11:52 am

    She now eats the same food on the train so she now speaks the same language as everybody else on it. The food has magical effects on those who consume it as it makes them obedient, subservient and to tokkok. Notice the same effects on Paul and Moorthy and soon, others? This food is called, in nice language, ”Transform Nasi” and once eaten, you will become hooked mentally.

  2. #2 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 16 June 2013 - 1:40 pm

    Datuk Mary is a very highly regarded person in the education field, a ‘tokoh’, a ‘super headmistress’. Will she now do a ‘Paul Low’ and besmirch her hard-earned good name ? It is she who will have to decide.

  3. #3 by cinaindiamelayubersatu on Sunday, 16 June 2013 - 2:36 pm

    semua tokoh yang hebat di luar sana,bila masuk kerajaan umnob semuanya jadi kucing parsi…

  4. #4 by rjbeee on Sunday, 16 June 2013 - 4:00 pm

    Well cari makan story again like paul Low…., after 1 term dapat
    pension, why bother..spineless tokah.. don’t waste the raayat time..

  5. #5 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 16 June 2013 - 4:30 pm

    Mistress Mary, Quite contrary,
    How does your garden grow?
    With Silver Bells, And Cockle Shells,
    Sing cuckolds all in a row.

    From : 18th Century Version

  6. #6 by mauriyaII on Sunday, 16 June 2013 - 8:44 pm

    Paul Low was turned into a UMNOB mindless lackey the minute he accepted Najib’s offer as a minister in his cabinet. He started his role immediately by trying to be the errand boy to compromise Mahendran’s family through another Indian lackey, Ravi.

    Now we have Mary Yap who tries very hard to please her ‘Malay first’ chief. Instead of trying to shed some light on the muddle-headed, pea-brained education minister cum DPM not to do anymore stupid things like changing the medium of instruction on subjects such as Maths and Science unilaterally he should concentrate on more emphasis on English to upgrade the level of Maths and Science.

    It is very easy and profitable to be a running dog of a demented master but it takes courage, determination and unshakable scruples to stand up for your principles and to make sound judgement for the overall good of the Education Ministry.

  7. #7 by mauriyaII on Sunday, 16 June 2013 - 8:48 pm

    Oops! errata! Mahendran’s should read Dharmendran. Sorry of the typo.

  8. #8 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Monday, 17 June 2013 - 8:38 am

    Yeah, its only temporary wat. Dont know meh, you.

    Next time, science and maths will be changed to mandarin for 6 yrs and then to tamil for 6 yrs and then back to english for 6 yrs and then bm for 6 yrs.

    Rotation mah. Then only fair mah. Apa lagi you mau?

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