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Tuesday, November 1, 2011



MIC president Datuk G. Palanivel today urged the Education Ministry to reconsider its controversial decision to scrap the teaching of maths and science in English.Last week, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the government had made up its mind to do away with the pro-English policy, better known by its Malay abbreviation of PPSMI, and would not provide any alternatives as it would bring chaos to the education system.

“It is still not too late. We can still reconsider the decision,” Palanivel said.

“We have considered the ongoing public reaction to this issue. We do not want a backlash from angry parents,” he added.

The Parent Action Group for Education (Page) submitted a memorandum yesterday to the prime minister in support of PPSMI.

The growing row over the education policy has split the country along racial and political lines ahead of national polls likely to be called early next year.

Vocal fundamental groups are using the issue to champion their version of nationalism.

Several non-partisan civil society groups have recently banded together to counter this tide but the powerful Malay-dominant political parties appear to be reluctant to commit to this hot potato issue ahead of the 13th general election.

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