Ministers Too Send Their Children Abroad


SHAH ALAM, 11 SEPT: Ministers of the Federal Government who send their children abroad to study indicates the serious crisis of confidence in Malaysia’s education plan.

Member of Parliament for Batu, Tian Chua said this in response to the statement by the Minister of Education II, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh who said that those who do not agree with the national education plan can send their children overseas.

“That is because they do not care about the development of national education, because they are more concerned about the future of their own children with the education abroad,” he stressed.

Idris recently said that there has been no objection and criticism that can stop Putrajaya’s plans to implement the Malaysian Education Development Plan 2013-2025 (PPPM).

The plan has received negative reaction from Chinese organisations such as Dong Zhong and also the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) political party.

“The Minister of Education should hold a second round of discussions with the public intensively to receive the views of different interest groups to be applied in the final document of the education plan as promised,” explained academic, Ong Kian Ming in a press statement.

The Member of Parliament for Serdang explained that there are many concerned parties who have asked the Ministry to not rush in implementing the PPPM, but to provide more time to study the plan.

According to Ong, critics such as those mentioned in the internal memo of the Malaysian Independent Review Panel, headed by Vice-Chancellor of the Albukhary International University, Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, is of the opinion that the changes mentioned in the PPPM is ‘incremental’ in nature and not a critical reform that is necessary to restore the education system country.

According to him, proposals such as the construction of According to him, the proposed construction of schools such as the flow of the People’s Religious Schools (SAR) in accordance with the needs and demands of parents ignored the Girl Guides Association.

Among the things neglected includes the coordinating of technical, vocational and skills schools between the ministries, and the expansion of the role of State and District Governments.

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