MP SPEAK | Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammed was wrong to label Dong Zong as 'racist', but Dong Zong was wrong to claim that the Chinese / Tamil Standard Bahasa Primary School Lesson of 2020 in Malaysia is the beginning of Islamization .
Both incidents illustrate the gravity of the misconception that covers the subject of hut in Chinese and Tamil primary schools.
I was in Chennai, Salem, Bangalore and New Delhi when the controversy on the topic in Hut broke out and yesterday the briefing of Deputy Minister of Education Theo Ni Ching at the DAP Malac Party was the first time I learned about the origin of the dispute over the khat theme,
There were conspiracy theories that the Hut contradiction was invented either by Education Minister Mazli Malik or the Prime Minister to serve their political ends.
In reality, however, the controversy on the khat topic was a legacy of the former government, since the final decision on new textbooks for Chinese / Tamil primary schools to introduce the khat subject for Standard Four students in 2020 was taken from the content of the Ministry of Education. Education Committee chaired by the then Minister of Education and the then two Deputy Ministers for Education at a meeting on 30 September 2015.
Deputy Education Minister Theo only became aware of the issue when the dispute broke out last month.
As I said in Skudai last weekend, if there had been no government change in the 14th general election on May 9, 2018, implementing the Education Ministry's decision for the new curriculum in September 2015 would probably have led to "Three Wishes "In new Chinese / Tamil standard textbooks Four elementary school students – want to be required, want to have an exam and want students to study cat.
As a result of DAP's intervention in the cabinet, the Three Wants turned into Three Noses – no compulsion, no exam, and no learning / writing at home, but just an introduction.
Suggests that the Hut be scrapped for Chinese / Tamil primary schools, although it has already appeared for many years in the current Standard Five textbook for Chinese and Tamil primary schools.
When I was in Salem, India last week, I noted the statement of the Ministry of Education that it "still accepts the views of different parties to ensure fair treatment" as indicative that the Ministry of Education is still open to the views and advice of all concerned groups and countries on the subject.
This is an opening that should be used entirely to re-examine the subject of Hut in Chinese and Tamil primary schools.
LIM KIT SIANG is the MP from Iskandar Puteri.
The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysian.