Monday, May 27, 2019

The Shoe Minister of Kangkong Education

Dr Maszlee Malik (left) caught heavy flak for his many pronouncements since he became Education Minister under the Pakatan Harapan government. 

So much so that he has been labelled Shoe Minister and Kangkong Minister. 

On May 16, 2019, he thought he was being very clever when at a town hall meeting at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, he decided to link matriculation quotas (90% of places are reserved for bumiputras) with what he alleged was unfair employment practices for bumiputras in the private sector (and conveniently ignoring public sector employment which favours the bumiputras). 

I guess he assumed it was pretty easy to connect the dots and make an intelligent statement from them. Besides, scoring political points.

Little did he know that you really can’t draw any logical inference from connecting the two pieces of disparate information. If he must know, we’re talking about two different sets of dots on two different pages lah! 

I'm already unhappy that nearly sixty-two years after Independence, we are still talking about quotas. And now with Pakatan Harapan as the government, it is still the same old, same old. 

Putting that issue aside, I would have very much preferred that Maszlee could have just focussed on the onerous task of revamping our messed-up education ecosystem. We all know all too well that we are producing half-baked graduates. Most of them anyway. 

And if the private sector as he hinted is discriminatory – kindly bring it up at Cabinet meetings and find solutions, damnit. 

I suspect it is not so much discrimination as lacking in English language proficiency as well as lacking in communication and other soft skills. And it’s got nothing to do with whether you’re Malay, Chinese, Indian, Iban, Kadazan or whoever you are. 

Wake up, please – anybody and everybody who needs help should be helped. No matter your ethnicity, religion, colour, gender and/or social status. 

Education, after all, is a right, not a privilege. Therefore, opportunities must be afforded to all. 

Maybe, it’s time we introduce free education. From early childhood education and all the way to tertiary education. Then there is no need to quarrel!

(After all, the government is already heavily subsidizing education at all levels. Think Tabika KEMAS, SKs and SMKs, matriculation colleges, MARA Junior Science Colleges).

The pitiable thing is Maszlee is not stupid – just check out his academic credentials:

But he sure as hell is acting brilliantly in the role of a buffoon. A bozo. A blockhead.

Can Maszlee please stop acting and just do your effing job?

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