Hornbill Unleashed

August 7, 2013

Mr Education Minister, are you powerless, heartless, or both?

JENNIFER GOMEZ

The SK Seri Pristina issue is not over yet with new allegations that the whistleblower’s daughter is being intimidated and bullied by schoolmates and teachers.

This has led DAP vice-chairman M. Kula Segaran (pic) to charge at Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyuiddin Yassin for his inaction in coming to the aid of whistleblower Guneswari Kelly’s nine-year-old daughter.

The girl has allegedly been the target of abuse and is now ostracised after her mother posted on social media a picture of non-Muslim pupils eating in the school’s shower room. (more…)

June 5, 2013

Malaysia Continues Under a Cloud

Najib: do I need this?John Berthelsen

National elections on May 5 haven’t cooled political and racial tensions

Any hope that May 5 national elections in Malaysia would cool the political atmosphere appears to have been misguided, leaving a country entangled in deepening racial problems and creating the risk of a real threat to the legitimacy of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s reign.

While not calling for Najib’s removal, the prime minister’s most potent critic, former Premier Mahathir Mohamad, damned him with faint praise, telling Bloomberg News in an interview in Tokyo last week that the United Malays National Organization will continue to support him “because of a lack of an alternative.”

(more…)

March 26, 2013

Dr M: Najib will be challenged if he fails

 M Jegathesan

With a rising opposition promising to end authoritarianism, Mahathir is seen trying to protect his legacy.

Four years after leading a charge to oust Malaysia’s previous prime minister, authoritarian ex-leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad is making his sizeable influence felt again as a close election looms.

Mahathir, who towered over Malaysia for 22 years with his grand development projects and hard-nosed politics, is 87 but has peeled back the years to step from the shadows and whip up support for the long-ruling regime he moulded. (more…)

January 18, 2013

Muhyiddin’s honorary doctorate and RM23m deal

Ida Lim

The DAP’s Ong Kian Ming today urged Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to explain if his honorary doctorate from the United States Sports Academy (USSA) is linked to a RM22.9 million Education Ministry deal involving the institution’s local agent, allegedly helmed by a Puteri Umno leader.

The USSA, which yesterday awarded Muhyiddin (picture), the education minister, an honorary doctorate, had last June sent its staff to Malaysia to train 1,000 physical education teachers under its “International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IPDESS)” programme. (more…)

January 9, 2013

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS AT MUHYIDDIN’S DOOR: No direct denial from Najib, only ‘healthy’ claim

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS AT MUHYIDDIN'S DOOR: No direct denial from Najib, only 'healthy' claim

Nawawi Mohamad, Stan Lee

Regardless of whether Prime Minister Najib Razak is telling the truth about his health, his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin has managed to make another advance. Umno watchers say the die has been cast and Najib’s failure to issue a categorical denial he did not suffer a stroke recently will not stop Muhyiddin, who is now on high gear to take over as the next Umno president.

And the target timeline remains the same – before the 13th general election which must be called before June this year.Yes, the writing is on the wall for the underperforming Najib and his unpopular wife Rosmah Mansor. (more…)

December 17, 2012

Nightmare for Najib & Rosmah: What goes around comes around INCLUDING C4

Victor LimNightmare for Najib & Rosmah: What goes around comes around INCLUDING C4

YES! As the window to the 13th General Election shuts on April 28, 2013, we will surely be seeing more and more public revelations on scandals linked to Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders, especially to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and Umno.

That’s because the ruling BN is now actually Umno, all other coalition parties are just irrelevant and are there to just make up the numbers for multi-racial multi-religious Malaysia.

The logic and reality is simple to Malaysians – Umno falls, BN falls, thus the public’s rallying cry for ABU (Asalkan Bukan Umno or Anthing But Umno). (more…)

December 12, 2012

‘Explain plunge in maths, science scores or quit’

Koh Jun Lin

Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has been urged to explain Malaysia’s drop in science and mathematics scores, failing which he should resign.

DAP publicity chief Tony Pua said that Malaysia’s drop in the scores of both subjects since 1999 is the highest among 42 countries surveyed in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS) 2011.

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said Muhyiddin should resign if he could not explain this or outline convincing steps to redress the issue. (more…)

November 2, 2012

Daydreaming or plain cocky?

Jeswan Kaur

Just why does BN/Umno find delight in playing the racism card when the issues beleaguering the rakyat are one too many?

The Barisan Nasional government is doing its worst to prevent the opposition alliance of Pakatan Rakyat from setting foot in Putrajaya and calling the shots.

Much castigation and accusations have been thrown upon Pakatan and its leaders by Umno, BN’s patronising arm.

Still, the rakyat seem eager to give Pakatan a chance to administer the nation, having had enough of ruling government BN’s domineering and rhetorics post-1957. (more…)

October 26, 2012

Muhyiddin’s boys target Nov 30

Toffee Rodrigo

According to Muhyiddin Yassin’s camp, campaigning in December will give BN a strategic advantage, given that the middle-class and Christians will be distracted.

Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin’s boys want the general election this year. They are pushing Muhyiddin to pressure Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to dissolve Parliament by Nov 30.

Muhyiddin’s supporters feel Nov 30 should be the latest date, or else Umno and Barisan Nasional will be in trouble. (more…)

September 12, 2012

Allies scramble to mend Najib-Muhyiddin cracks

Syed Jaymal Zahiid

The friction between Umno’s top two leaders not only threatens Najib’s position but the entire party with regard to the general election.

Umno is on high alert as the friction between the party’s top two leaders has reached a “worrying level” and allies close to both president Najib Tun Razak and his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin are now scrambling to “manage” the fray, party sources said.

Umno sources told FMT that the recent distribution of posters calling for Muhyiddin to succeed Najib as prime minister in the latter’s home state of Johor indicated “disturbing developments” on a feud that could threaten the party’s preparations for what may be the ruling coalition’s toughest election yet. (more…)

September 11, 2012

New education blueprint – salient points

Filed under: Education — Hornbill Unleashed @ 2:25 PM
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(Full Downloadable Blueprint link inside) Below are the salient points from the blueprint. Members of the public will be able to view the blueprint during open days in the next three months. The final plan will be presented to cabinet in December.Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin unveiled the country’s new education blueprint today, a process which began in October last year when the government embarked on a national dialogue with the aim of revamping the education system.

Language

  • All Year 1 to Year 3 students to undergo Literacy and Numeracy screening (Linus) twice a year in both English and Bahasa Malaysia (currently Linus tests are done only for BM).
  • After-school remedial classes for Years 4-6 (to phase out ‘remove’ classes for those with problems with English and BM after Year 6 by 2017). (more…)

September 8, 2012

Patriot-producing history syllabus – an act of hubris

Terence Netto

The announcement by Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin that the new history syllabus being drawn up would promote a high level of patriotism must have raised a chuckle on the part of some pundits.

These can see a Pakatan Rakyat government in the near future tinkering with the curriculum to achieve some purpose they consider would be an antidote to the legacy of those they replaced as governors, particularly if they can show that that legacy was pernicious.

Quite apart from the dubious notion that the study or practice of a subject or activity – music, sport, art, etc – can engender virtues, such as patriotism, there is also the problem of whether politicians are the ones equipped to determine the content of curricula they consider suitable for fostering a moral good. (more…)

September 6, 2012

OPEN REVOLT: Umno warlords give Najib due notice – PACK YOUR BAGS!

Maria BegumOPEN REVOLT: Umno warlords give Najib due notice - PACK YOUR BAGS!

It’s finally out in the open. The tussle between Prime Minister Najib Razak ad his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin is gaining steam as the country hurtles towards its 13th general election in which the ruling BN coalition is expected to lose its 55-year hold on the federal government.

“I am not surprised at the latest developments. There have been rumblings of the rivalry for a long while now. Muhyiddin’s men can smell blood and they want to ensure he gets his turn at the PM’s chair while they get their share of the goodies accordingly,” PKR vice president and Johor chief Chua Jui Meng told Malaysia Chronicle.

“They blame Najib for delaying the general election until now when it is obvious BN has lost its edge and all of them will have to struggle and fight on the ground to defend their seats.” (more…)

September 5, 2012

‘Muhyiddin the next PM’ posters: Umno warlords give Najib DUE WARNING

Maria Begum

'Muhyiddin the next PM' posters: Umno warlords give Najib DUE WARNING

It’s finally out in the open. The tussle between Prime Minister Najib Razak ad his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin is gaining steam as the country hurtles towards its 13th general election in which the ruling BN coalition is expected to lose its 55-year hold on the federal government.

“I am not surprised at the latest developments. There have been rumblings of the rivalry for a long while now. Muhyiddin’s men can smell blood and they want to ensure he gets his turn at the PM’s chair while they get their share of the goodies accordingly,” PKR vice president and Johor chief Chua Jui Meng told Malaysia Chronicle.

“They blame Najib for delaying the general election until now when it is obvious BN has lost its edge and all of them will have to struggle and fight on the ground to defend their seats.” (more…)

July 27, 2012

IT’S WAR! Muhyiddin & Rozali are creating a WATER tsunami for BN to DROWN

Mathias GomesIT'S WAR! Muhyiddin & Rozali are creating a WATER tsunami for BN to DROWN

There is a popular saying, ‘when Elephants fight the grass gets trampled’. The Malay version is no less powerful, ‘Gajah sama gajah berlawan pelandok mati tersempit di tengah’.

In the case of the boiling hot ‘water crisis’ in Selangor, the residents of the state are the grass. They will get trampled and they will suffer. The Federal Government led by Prime Minister Najib Razak appears determined to play politics to the hilt. Since the state has already fallen into the hands of the Opposition, what better way to teach the people of Selangor a lesson for voting the Pakatan Rakyat in the 2008 general elections than to hold them to ransom over a ‘manufactured’ water shortage. (more…)

July 16, 2012

Muhyiddin WORRIED about Gelang Patah, tells BN to go all out to defend seat

Muhyiddin WORRIED about Gelang Patah, tells BN to go all out to defend seat

Bernama

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants Barisan Nasional (BN) to go all out to defend the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat at the 13th general election, which he said, will be held ‘anytime soon’.

The deputy prime minister, who is also BN deputy chairman, said BN should retain the Gelang Patah seat as the state administrative centre, Nusajaya, was located in the parliamentary constituency.

“I call on every member of Umno and BN component parties in Gelang Patah to go all out to defend the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat. There’s no time to rest now. We must work hard 24 hours a day to ensure victory for BN.” Muhyiddin said this when opening Gelang Patah Umno delegation meeting, which was also attended by its chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Sapian. (more…)

June 7, 2012

Tiananmen terror

Dean Johns

The criminals who run the totalitarian kleptocracy they call the “People’s” Republic of China are still so terrified of the spectre of their massacre of protesting students and workers on June 4, 1989, that even today, 23 years later, they shudder at the very words “Tiananmen Square”.

So it is vital that those of us who deplore governments that employ fear, secrecy and lies to perpetuate their power to plunder the people, be it in China, Malaysia or anywhere else, persist in keeping the spirit of the Tiananmen protesters alive. (more…)

April 5, 2012

To dupe voters, thick-skinned Muhyiddin praises sky-high a flawed education system

To dupe voters, thick-skinned Muhyiddin praises sky-high a flawed education system

Moaz Nair

As election is approaching the Malaysian education minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, has no choice but to praise sky high to dupe the people into thinking that all is well with the country’s education system.

It is a known fact that education in this country is tinkered with politics. And as long as education is not kept out of politics, Malaysians can never see a learning environment in schools and universities that can truly enlighten the masses.

Many Malaysians fed-up with the dreary and lacklustre education given in schools have opted out of school and are doing surprisingly well in the vocational world. (more…)

December 12, 2011

PM and DPM’s ping-pong match: A delayed telecast with results already known

PM and DPM's ping-pong match: A delayed telecast with results already known

Maclean Patrick

The 2011 UMNO General Assembly has come and gone, leaving little impact on the Malaysian political scene except that we know now what the party’s strategy going into the 13th General Election will be.

The UMNO game plan will be positioned on race and religion, and make no mistake it will also be one played out to the very end by a coalition desperate to stay in power.

The dominant and the submissive

The stance taken by UMNO is interesting, as it has been endorsed by both deputy UMNO president Muhyiddin Yassin and president Najib Razak.

The fact that Najib has given up on his multiracial 1Malaysia concept is an indication of how great a store UMNO places on race championing to win the GE-13. (more…)

December 8, 2011

Najib’s dilemma: What to do with Shahrizat?

Najib’s dilemma: What to do with Shahrizat?

Nawawi Mohamad

Prime Minister Najib Razak’s strategy to win the next General Election is to ensure that all UMNO-BN candidates are “winnable”. Najib also wanted to make sure that the squabbling over who got chosen stopped, thus he had to make sure that all the UMNO delegates agreed that he would get to have the final say on who should be the chosen ones.

In the recent UMNO general assembly, the UMNO president got his wish, with delegates agreeing to give him this all-important mandate. But did they have any choice and will the squabbling really end here, even though he also managed to squeeze from them a promise not to lobby, or face immediate disqualification as potential candidates. (more…)

November 5, 2011

Muhyiddin ‘flip-flop’ in PPSMI issue,

NONE

Bernama

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has defended the government’s action concerning the policy on the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English, or PPSMI, stressing that there was no “flip-flop” on the matter.

Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said the decision to scrap the policy was made after a careful study.”All Members of Parliament, including those from the opposition, supported when we decided to implement the Upholding Bahasa Malaysia, Strengthening the Command of English policy, or MBMMBI, which replaces the PPSMI,” he told reporters after handing over sacrificial cows in conjunction with the Aidiladha celebration at Sri Pekembar Hall in Muar, Johore, today.

He said a study by the ministry showed that only between five and seven percent of schools under the ministry were using English when the PPSMI policy was in force from 2003, while the rest either used mixed language or Bahasa Malaysia in full. (more…)

Overrule Muhyiddin, Dr M tells Najib

Syed Jaymal Zahiid

Peeved with Muhyiddin’s decision to abort his brainchild, the former premier tells Najib to hit the brakes on his deputy’s plan.

In a fresh twist to the PPSMI saga, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s mentor Dr Mahathir Mohamad has asked the former to overturn his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin’s plan to scrap the policy.

He said maintaining PPSMI, which was Mahathir’s brainchild, is good for the country’s future and urged Najib to stop Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, from substituting the policy with the national language instead of English.

“The idea of going back to Bahasa (Malaysia) in (to teach) Mathematics and Science will make us all very backward. (more…)

DPM: Last PPSMI batch allowed to finish in English

Clara Chooi

Students already in the PPSMI system (science and mathematics in English) may continue in it until the completion of their secondary education, the government announced today.

But Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin stressed that it did not mean the government was making a U-turn in its decision to scrap the policy.

“With this decision, the abolition of PPSMI stays. The government does not plan to reintroduce the policy, as requested by several parties,” he told a press conference today.

Muhyiddin explained that today’s decision meant that students between Year Three and Form Five next year would be allowed the option of learning science and mathematics in Bahasa Malaysia, English or both languages, as allowed under PPSMI, until they complete their primary and secondary education. (more…)

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.” (more…)

Page: Malays lose most from scrapping of PPSMI

Patrick Lee

The parents group fears that rural children will end up speaking only Malay.

Rural students are the biggest losers from the government’s decision to stop the teaching of science and mathematics in English, according to the Parents Action Group for Education (PAGE).

PAGE chairperson Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said rural students, especially Malays, would end up speaking only Malay because they would have no context in which to apply English.

She questioned the wisdom of the decision, saying Malaysia was going against the tide when “countries all over the world are pushing for English”. She said she was now convinced that Barisan Nasional was not the right party to govern the nation. (more…)

Decision on PPSMI final, says DPM

Teoh El Sen

The matter is closed. PPSMI is not here anymore, says Muhyiddin Yassin.

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said today that the government’s decision to abolish the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) is final.

“The matter is closed. I can say that as of this year, PPSMI is not here anymore; we have started a new policy. Maybe people have misunderstood, we’re now actually looking at the beginning of the soft-landing of the MBMMBI (Upholding the Malay Language, Strengthening the English Language) policy,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after attending the English Language training mentor programme where Primary Year 1, 2, 3 English teachers are being trained by foreign native English-speaking teachers.

“It’s final. Period,” Muhyiddin said, adding that he would be explaining this in more detail tomorrow to finally put the matter to rest. “As far as the government is concerned, we want to put this issue to rest.” (more…)

November 2, 2011

Anti-PPSMI: It’s about quality, not language

Anti-PPSMI: It's about quality, not language

Feizrul Nor Nurbi

A question to start off today’s discussion:

“Will teaching Mathematics and Science using English as the medium of instruction at school-level, significantly improves the quality of learning experience leading to the improvement in the proficiency of learners in those two subjects?”

Here are a few reasons why I decline to answer in the affirmative to this question.

Firstly, there is the issue quality. To answer with a yes, a proponent will agree that teaching school-goers M&S in English will improve the student’s understanding in the two subjects. The reason cited, among others, is the abundance of references available in English. (more…)

Muhyiddin confused about language

Joe Fernandez

He speaks about ‘Bahasa Melayu’ when he really means ‘Bahasa Malaysia’.

Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has finally bared his fangs and prematurely declared that the teaching of Maths and Science in schools will be in Bahasa Melayu and no longer in English, as it has been conducted for the past decade or so.

He definitely means Bahasa Malaysia, not Bahasa Melayu, which is in the dustbin of history.

Bahasa Malaysia, a work in progress, is Bahasa Melayu plus local dialects and languages plus English.

Bahasa Melayu is an old Khmer dialect plus Sanskrit plus Pali plus Arabic. The Bahasa Melayu used as the bahasa kebangsaan (national language) in Malaysia is the Johor-Riau-Lingga dialect. (more…)

November 1, 2011

Our school children are sacrificial lambs

Lim Teck Ghee

Over the past year three controversies have arisen from regressive policy decisions of the Education Ministry, which have set our educational system backwards.

These revolve around:

1.    The teaching of science and mathematics in Malay instead of English for students in Form 4

2.    The use of ‘Interlok’ as a compulsory textbook in schools.

3.    The decision to make history a compulsory subject as well as a pass requirement for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) certificate (more…)

PPSMI: ‘Give us the option, we’ll give you your 2/3s’

Filed under: Education,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM
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Page

Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) said both parents and children were “devastated” by the government’s move to deny schools the option over the Teaching of Mathematics and Science in English (PPSMI) policy.

“After running this policy for nine years, all science and mathematics teachers, should be able to teach in either language so there is no shortage,” said Page chairperson Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin rejected the idea of giving schools the option of continuing the learning of Mathematics and Science in English as it would complicate matters. (more…)

October 31, 2011

PAGE warns BN of polls backlash from PPSMI snub

Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

Children stand next to a PAGE poster, during the group’s launch event in Petaling Jaya, March 7, 2010. — File pic

Barisan Nasional (BN) risks losing votes in upcoming polls if it continues barring students from learning science and maths using English in schools, a parents lobby group said today.

The Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) wants the 10-year-old policy of teaching science and maths in English at national schools (PPSMI) to be made an option for students in primary and secondary schools.

“If it is political (decision on PPSMI) give us the PPSMI option in national primary and secondary schools, and we will give you the two-thirds majority, which you are making increasingly difficult for us to do. (more…)

October 30, 2011

Data shows better Maths, Science results during PPSMI

Page

The Parent Action Group for Education (Page), who are at the forefront in the struggle to have Maths and Science taught in English, today said that research findings found that the performance of students in the subjects of English, Mathematics and Science improved when the latter two subjects were taught in English.

Quoting research by the 2010 update report for the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals for Malaysia, Page said that results show that the policy was starting to work when the decision to abolish it was made.

The results also showed an improvement in performance in mathematics and science in rural schools.

“PPSMI is working, even for the rural students… (The examination results) show improvement in English, no reduction in Bahasa Malaysia and improvements in Science and Mathematics in the last few years,” Page said, referring to the policy by its Malay language acronym. (more…)

October 11, 2011

Najib now vulnerable: Budget 2012’s biggest gainer is Muhyiddin

Najib now vulnerable: Budget 2012's biggest gainer is MuhyiddinMaclean Patrick

If Prime Minister Najib Razak had hoped to ‘wow’ the country with his record-size Bugdet 2012, then he must have been disappointed with the response. Not only were the opposition and independent financial analysts scathing about his lack of long-term planning, the deafening silence from the public gallery could not have gone unnoticed by his peers in Umno.

Already, the camp supporting Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to take over is stronger and outnumber those who side his boss. To Umno watchers, the Budget 2012 presentation now confirms that Najib has run his full course. He and his advisers appear bereft of ideas, they seem to have exhausted their savvy.

What more can Najib offer? (more…)

October 7, 2011

Muhyiddin’s error in judgment bodes ill for Malaysian kids

Muhyiddin's error in judgment bodes ill for Malaysian kidsMaclean Patrick

It is one thing to over-quote a Unesco report and bend it to one’s liking, it is another to listen to the opinions of the nation. Yet, Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin took little notice of what Malaysian parents had to say about the use of English to teach Math and Science.

Muhyiddin’s announcement that Bahasa Melayu would remain as the language of instruction for both Math and Science was condemned and accused of being contrary to the justification he stated.

“In schools where the majority of the students are Malay, it may be best to use BM. But for rest, let’s be realistic, English is still the better choice in terms of keeping up with the rest of the world and affording our kids a better chance to get into good schools overseas since the current government is still unwilling to drop all its disproportionate quota of students intake into the national higher-education system. Once the quota stops, perhaps then they could implement this, to be fair,” a citizen, who wanted to be known only as Mrs A, told Malaysia Chronicle. (more…)

October 6, 2011

Malaya fiasco: Muhyiddin cleans up for Najib but faces ‘distrust’ roadblock

Malaya fiasco: Muhyiddin cleans up for Najib but faces 'distrust' roadblockWong Choon Mei

Unlike his boss, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin seems to be pressing all the right buttons. Instead of foolishly trying to rely on a technicality to subvert what is a long-standing fact and well-accepted by the people in the country, Muhyiddin finally admitted Malaya was to all and intents and purposes a colony of the British prior to receiving Independence in 1957.

His response immediately won him points, and he is already being perceived as the more steady and reliable statesman compared to Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Instead of common sense, Najib had reverted to dark threats and the long arm of the law to charge PAS deputy president Mat Sabu for criminal defamation over the Bukit Kepong incident, which harks back to how and who were the heros who had helped Malaya gain independence from the British. (more…)

April 17, 2009

Shadow cabinet – a fulcrum for a two-party system

by  Sim Kwang Yang (SKY) @ MalaysiaKini

Last week, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim announced that the Pakatan Rakyat coalition would form a shadow cabinet in Parliament. The move is one year overdue, but it is better late than never.

The immediate reaction of the newly installed Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was that this was a “power grab”, and “designed to topple the government”.

The DPM’s knee jerk reaction is a left-over of the old political narrative in our country. Its implied ramification is that the opposition parties and their shadow cabinet are like terrorist entities trying to topple the legitimate government of the day.

His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition
Muat learn governing very quickly

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