Saturday, May 03, 2008

No Need To Increase Non-Bumi Enrolment In Government Residential Schools, Says Hishamuddin

There is no need to increase the enrolment of non-Bumiputra students into government residential schools, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said it was difficult to produce a formula that could please everyone and that the present arrangement would remain.

"If we talk about residential schools, then people will start talking about the exclusivity of the agama schools and the SJKC and SJKT schools.

"I, for one, am happy with the diversity as this is our strength ... we should celebrate this diversity," he said Saturday after visiting SM Sains Tuanku Ja'afar, near here.

Hishammuddin was asked if more non-Bumiputras should be allowed to study in residential schools which normally did better than regular schools in the academic field.

Of the country's 54 residential schools, only the Mara Junior Colleges reserved 10% of its seats for non-Bumiputra students.

Hishammuddin said what was more important was that all schools taught the same values to all students so that they could continue to live in harmony and remain tolerant.

"We must tell our children that although we are of different races, we are still Malaysians. As long as we can do this, I don't see why we cannot continue with the present system," he said.

He said the system, which had been in place before Independence and way before he was Education Minister, was working well.

On a separate matter, Hishammuddin said his ministry would consider providing financial aid to Parent Teacher Associations to reduce the burden on parents when it came to paying certain types of school fees.

"Let me make it very clear here that as far as the Government is concerned, school education in this country is free. There isn't any compulsory fee.

"If parents feel they can't afford a certain type of fee, they need not pay.

"However, we will help the PTAs to pay for certain types of fees imposed by schools that cannot be done away with," he said. (The Star)

***** Such perverse logic in his lame arguments not to include non-bumis in residential schools. The education minister needs to be educated on his portfolio and be continuously reminded that his sworn duties and responsibilities encompass all Malaysians and not just those whom he has a preference for or is biased towards.

There should be no room for overt or covert racism in deciding the education of children. If he feels that he is not up to it, the public would not fault him for tendering his resignation at the earliest. In fact the grateful nation will accept it with delight.

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Anonymous novice101 said...

Any government which has a Printing Presses and Publications Act can shout at the top of its voice, for as long as it wants, that it has press freedom, no one is going to believe it! Why do you think Mahathir has always found this an albatross around his neck, all these years?

10:39 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What warped logic!
You mean just by reminding the students that we are multi racial and teaching the same values, then everything will be OK.
Mr Kerismuddin, you are wrong.

WE have never been so divided especially among the students in schools and varsities because of these racial policies.
Why not let the students enjoy the experiences of living with other races in the hostel and just maybe they will learn to respect and be less suspicious of each other.

How can you say the system has worked for so many years? It has not.Why not trying mixing the different racial groups together and see whether it will work better?

This only confirms that the present depressing situation in our country arises from a cock eyed and arrogant leadership.
Please, if you cannot do your job,
just quit.
Don't impose your sermons on to us.

9:46 AM GMT+8  
Blogger PL said...

hyprocrite & double-headed snake

10:15 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

Come on we exoect anything different from Krsiamuddin or UMNO?!
They will NEVER change their Racists ways!
DON"T expect anything from these liars, crooks, corrupted Racists!

11:33 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous malaysia born said...

The reason why they lock out non-malays from residential schools are that they doesn't their children to have a culture shock when the students start to have a craving for fried hokkien mee, mandarin pop songs and indian dances.

National unity is just a tired worn-out slogan that the government will shout without shame come any national day.

12:45 PM GMT+8  
Blogger PL said...

Just admit it that you're against fair competition. Do you think the students themselves who benefited from spoon-fed culture are proud of it? Get real man.

1:04 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is still living in the dark ages.....
Racism as it's peak yet again !

4:46 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Jed Yoong said...

why did he bother with the apology over the keris incidence? actions speak louder than words. another bola-less UMNOputera.

7:23 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Navi said...

Kerismudin forgets he is one of the reasons for the racial divide. Everytime he brandishes the keris and waves it around irrespective of the damage he does, the non malays are being marginalised and hatred rather than love is nutured.
Unless there is a mindset change amongst the malays that there should be no racial inclination in education, racial polarisation will continue and disunity amongst the races flourish. To do away with this racial thinking, we should do away with the likes of Kerismudin. Thery never learn from their mistakes.

1:54 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really tis guy is impossible, whenever he opens his mouth he shows the whole world how damn stupid & bigot headed he is, SIT DOWN Man & shut your trap!!

5:47 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous vj said...

residential schools are overrated anyway. day school with competent teachers could do just as well as the boarding types. and talking about spoon-fed culture- during my spm years(not too long ago) of doing as many mock exam questions we can lay our hands on, the residential school's paper bore very close resemblance to the actual papers (of various subjects) for that year; coincidence?

10:06 PM GMT+8  

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