Hornbill Unleashed

November 4, 2011

Nail in the coffin for PPSMI, says Muhyiddin

Nigel Aw

Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said today the decision to discontinue the teaching of mathematics and science in English (PPSMI) policy is final.

So, calls for the programme to be retained are two years too late, said Muhyiddin, who is also deputy prime minister.

“In 2009, (when the abolition of PPSMI was announced) there was no negative reaction. The majority accepted it well.

“I presented it in the cabinet, everyone agreed, I brought it to Parliament and everyone, including the opposition at that time, agreed.

“But now, because there are some groups opposed to it, they (the opposition) want to jump on the bandwagon.”

NONEMuhyiddin was responding to calls by non-governmental organisation Parents Action Group for Education (Page) to allow certain schools the option to continue with PPSMI.

“Maybe it’s like what (former prime minister) Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) said, that Malaysians forget easily. It was not raised then and a new policy has been implemented two years ago.

“Page doesn’t know what is going on, maybe they are ketinggalan zaman (behind time),” he said after attending an English language training project ceremony for teachers in Kuala Lumpur this morning.

Muhyiddin added that the focus now is to create a “soft landing” for the transition from PPSMI to the new Upholding the Malay Language and Strengthening the English Language (MBMMBI) programme.

“I will explain tomorrow on the leeway and the process of transition that will take place,” he declared, while acknowledging concerns by parents on how their children would cope with the change.

‘Majority understands PPSMI abolition’

Commenting on Page’s threat to vote for the opposition if the government remains adamant on this path, Muhyiddin brushed it aside as a minority voice.

“Even though they went overboard with political threats, the government will not bow to such threats. They are a small group, the majority understand (the aboliton of PPSMI).”

Responding to recent calls by MCA and MIC for the government to consider giving schools the option to retain PPSMI, Muhyiddin said that representatives from both MCA and MIC in the cabinet had agreed to its abolition in 2009.

Asked what would happen to the special allowance for teachers teaching PPSMI, Muhyiddin declined to comment, merely stating that it was “the government’s affair”.

On a separate matter, Muhyiddin said the decision on appealing the Court of Appeal ruling that Section 15 of the Universities and University Colleges Act is unconstitutional would be left to the Higher Education Ministry.

“However if (Higher Education Minister) Khaled (Nordin) needs advise, he can bring it to the cabinet and we will discuss it.”

Earlier, Muhyiddin met some 200 teachers who have undergone English language training by foreign trainers under a project undertaken by SMR Group, trumpeting it as a better means of improving the command of English language among teachers and students.

“The question is whether the best way to learn English is to learn English in maths and science or to bring in professional teachers? I believe this is a better approach.


  1. The Christian missionaries had brought education to Malaysia long before we had generator sets, clean water and roads and long before we had medical facilities to treat malaria and dengue fever. Many of our past leaders and academicians who were born before 1920 had benefited from education taught in English. Today the UMNO controlled BN government still has yet to connect electricity and water to many rural schools and had messed up our education system.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — November 4, 2011 @ 10:56 PM | Reply

  2. There shall be millions more nails on the head of Muhyiddin and UMNO controlled BN in the coming GE13.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — November 4, 2011 @ 3:35 PM | Reply

  3. Don’t blame DPM. It was the British (except for Louis Mountbatten). DPM and UMNO is just consolidating Malay ethnocracy further. The Malay elites will continue clinging to power. Only their offsprings can afford to learn English.

    Comment by Be Specific Please — November 4, 2011 @ 3:20 PM | Reply

  4. But why UMNO itself still using ENGLISH name?

    Even the Malay word ‘Hipokrit’ also copied the English word Hypocrite when in fact DBP should impose full sentence eg. Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin instead of Hipokrit.

    Anyway convenience matter the most, just like UMNO will keep using English name while asking others to respect BM.

    UMNO – United Malays National Organisation (ENGLISH)

    PEMENAB – Pertubuhan Melayu Nasional Bersatu (BAHASA MELAYU)

    UMNO should use a proper BM name like PEMENAB lah!

    Comment by Kamus — November 4, 2011 @ 1:09 PM | Reply

  5. Another nail in the coffin of education in Malaysia. the bn government is determine to keep the people stupid in order to maintain its fixed deposits of votes.

    Comment by IamStupid — November 4, 2011 @ 12:06 PM | Reply

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