WITHDRAWAL OF PERSONAL SECURITY FOR TUN MAHATHIR – DOES HE DESERVE SUCH TREATMENT?

 

Who is that individual who had ordered the withdrawal of the personal security for Tun Mahathir? Earlier, the personal maids were withdrawn from his house. What else will be withdrawn?

This decision by whosoever is to me so amateurish, irresponsible, undignified and outright demeaning for a former national leader who had led the nation for 22 years, and had brought many economic and social achievements for the nation. Leaders of the world had given him high regards, and Malaysia was once held in high esteem during his leadership. During the 1998 world recession which sparked from the South East Asian contagion, it was Tun Mahathir’s decisive action that saved the economy. Regardless of what he is today, a man who is so out rightly opposed to the present ruling government for reasons that we all know, he certainly does not deserve such an unprincipled treatment by the government.

Now that he is deprived of a personal security, Tun Mahathir is therefore exposed to threats to his personal safety and well being. And if it was intended that he be exposed to threats, then it is incumbent upon all right thinking Malaysians to gather and give him protection wherever he goes.

I don’t think Malaysians who are patriotic would want to see their respected and deeply appreciated former national leader who is leading a call for a better Malaysia, be threatened and weakened in his highly spirited desire for an ultimate change in the current national leadership. Should anything untoward happen (God forbid) to the personal well being of Tun Mahathir, the members of Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan will put full blame upon the national leadership and the guardians of law and order, and will demand an investigation to expose the failure of the government of the day.

We in Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan make a firm commitment to defend and protect Tun Mahathir, and that no physical harm should befall upon him at anytime. We also call upon all those that claim themselves to be Patriots to make a similar commitment. One cannot be a ‘patriot’ of this nation if he or she becomes indifferent to national leaders who had served the people, nation and the Rulers  of Malaysia.

This latest deprivation of close security service towards Tun Mahathir challenges us Malaysians to show courage and reinforce our belief that defending our rights for a better Malaysia, is a cause that we all rightfully deserve.

 

Brig Jen DatoMohdArshadRaji (Retired)

President

Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan

(PPM-005-14-22052017)

 

 

 

A BETTER LIFE FOR THE INDIAN COMMUNITY?

A senior Minister in the present BN government had recently announced that, “the government is serious about listening to the problems of the Indian community and seeking solutions to transform their lives for the better” (Free Malaysia Today dated October 25, 2017). The announcement sounds sweet, and it is very timely with GE14 just a few months away.

The same can be said of the Malays where after 60 years of uninterrupted UMNO/BN rule, its leaders would continue to say that the Malays are poor and has to be supported. For how much longer will such a statement that the Malays are poor be drummed into the ears of the rural Malays?

If we were to make a comparison between the Malays and Indians, I would say that the former had received greater support from the government than the latter. This is obviously so because the Malay population is much larger than the Indian population.

The support to the Malays are in many forms, but what had the Malays achieved after 60 years that makes the UMNO/BN leaders say that the Malays are still poor?

Now, let’s take a look at what the Indians had received after 60 years. Definitely much less than the Malays, and if it is true that the Indians gets much less, then there is every reason for the community to be poor, and for them to remain poor for the next 60 years of UMNO/BN rule.

My question to the senior Minister is this…..after 60 years, didn’t anyone in the government, and even MIC took notice at the plight of the Indian community? Were there not voices among the Indian community leaders before that they needed much governmental help? Why is it only now that the government wants to seriously listen to their problems; only now when GE14 is just around the corner?

Now that the announcement has been made by the senior Minister to seriously look at the problems of the Indian community, why not the Indian community be told quickly, what are the probable solutions that the government have up its sleeves, to transform the lives of the Indian community.

Will this issue be one of BN’s manifesto for GE14?

Patriot

 

 

THE LIES OF ‘THE THIRD FORCE’

I don’t read Malaysia Today, but someone prompted me to an article posted in Malaysia Today dated 21 October 2017 titled, ‘Mahathir is bringing forks and spoon to sword fight’ written by someone who preferred to remain anonymous by using the pseudonym ‘The Third Force ‘. I have always avoided reading articles written by unnamed writers because for me, such people are simply cowards and I view them as a bunch of serial liars.

Yes, that’s what was written by ‘The Third Force’; an article rebutting an article I wrote titled ‘RPK instigating violence and hatred’, that appeared in Free Malaysia Today dated 20 October 2017.

I am not bothered what people write about me, but I take offence if it is a lie. What ‘The Third Force’ wrote about me and found honorable space in Malaysia Today is nothing more than a blatant lie. The article makes mentioned about Tun Mahathir and Gani Patial too, where only ‘dead brains’ of the likes of RPK and ‘The Third Force’ would want to believe what was written about them (Tun Mahathir and Gani Patail).

‘The Third Force’ wrote that “Mahathir forced Gani Patail to force ex-General (referring to me) to issue a warning”. It went further to say that.”I broke headlines the world over when I single-handedly rescued Pope Francis from a runaway bullet train in the nick of time”. What nonsense is this?

To “The Third Force’ I say this, “Please come out of your cocoon and face me if you are male enough. Otherwise, please keep wearing your bra and G-Strings”.

 

Brig Jen Dato Mohd Arshad bin Mohd Raji (Bersara)

President

Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan

(PPM-005-1422052017)

 

 

 

 

KETUA PENGARAH SPRM PERLU BERCAKAP BENAR TERHADAP PERTUDUHAN MELAKUKAN HUBUNGAN SULIT DENGAN ISTERI ORANG

Beberapa bulan kebelakangan ini, kita telah disajikan dengan berbagai kes rasuah yang melibatkan beberapa penjawat awan kanan dan ahli politik. Nilai rasuah mencecah jutaan ringgit yang disimpan dipejabat dan dirumah, selain dari jutaan ringgit yang berada dalam akaun bank masing masing. Kita juga telah disajikan dengan berbagai kes penipuan yang juga mencecah jutaan ringgit. Semua kes ini sudah menjadi satu ‘trend’, dan nilai nya sekarang sudah mencecah berbilion ringgit. Tidak mustahil akan berlaku pada satu ketika nanti bahawa nilai kes ‘kecurian, rompakan dan penipuan’  akan mencecah trilion ringgit pula, dan mereka yang telah melakukan jenayah ini dilihat olih segulungan masyarakat sebagai satu perbuatan yang tidak salah dan memalukan.

Dalam keadaan negara sedang berhadapan dengan rasuah dan penipuan melibatkan penjawat awam dan ahli politik, kita sekarang disajikan pula dengan kes dimana Ketua Pengarah SPRM telah dituduh melakukan kesalahan yang terlarang dan terkutuk dari segi agama, iaitu hubungan sulit diluar negara bersama isteri orang. Dalam kes seperti ini, kita tidak bolih elak tanggapan orang ramai bahawa kedua mereka ini berkemungkinan telah melakukan zina, dan sebagai umat Islam kedua mereka ini sudah pasti tahu akan hukumnya bila berhadapan dengan pencipta mereka nanti.

Walaupun umum tahu bahawa perbuatan mereka itu terkutuk dan hina, namum ada segelintir mesyarakat seolah tidak mahu melihat perbuatan itu sebagai sesuatu yang salah, dan perlu disiasat dan diambil tindakan segera. Sehubungan ini, terdapat saorang ahli politik yang telah mengeluarkan kenyataan rangsangan dengan menasihatkan supaya Ketua Pengarah SPRM itu ‘steadfast’ menghadapi pertuduhannya itu. Apakah maksud ahli politik ini bila dia mengunakan perkataan sedemikian? Adakah dia melihat perbuatan itu sebagai satu kes yang biasa yang tidak perlu dihebohkan? Ini bukan kes rasuah berbilion ringgit, tapi satu kes yang amat terkutuk dan terlarang olih agama. Ini juga kes yang melibatkan moral dan integriti saorang Ketua Jabatan yang juga pemegang jawatan penting dalam kerajaan.  Saya minta ahli politik berkenaan menerangkan kepada mesyarakat apakah maksud perkataan ‘steadfast’ itu.

Saya hairan juga mengapa para ustaz yang bijak pandai membisu dalam kes seperti ini. Sudahlah ramai dikalangan mereka membisu dalam kes penipuan dan rasuah berbilion ringgit; kes menjalin hubungan sulit bersama isteri orang pun tidak mendapat teguran. Adakah mereka menunggu hingga terbukti kes ini benar berlaku, barulah mereka bersuara? Atau mereka menunggu munculnya empat saksi?

Saya juga ingin bertanya, apa perlunya Ketua Pengarah SPRM muncul di TV 3 beberapa hari lalu untuk ditemuduga mengenai pertuduhan salahlakunya itu? Apa perlunya beliau membuat kenyataan seperti yang tersiar dalam Utusan Malaysia tempoh hari dengan memberi alasan bahawa ini semua adalah untuk “mencemar imej beliau selain melemahkan semangat anggota SPRM dalam melaksanakan tugas memerangi rasuah”. Bagi saya, ini kes peribadi dan tidak ada kaitan langsung dengan anggota SPRM.

Apa yang rakyat ingin tahu adalah pengakuan nya, iaitu samada pertuduhan terhadapnya serta rakaman video itu benar atau tidak. Tidak perlulah beliau memberi berbagai alasan, tetapi menggelak dari menjawab soalan asas, iaitu samada beliau melakukan hubungan sulit bersama isteri orang atau tidak. Selagi soalan asas ini tidak terjawab, maka rakyat akan terus beranggapan bahawa Ketua Pengarah SPRM itu telah melakukan perbuatan terkutuk dan tidak bermoral, dan olih itu beliau secara sukarela wajib melepaskan jawatannya sehingga satu siasatan terhadapnya diselesaikan.

Patriot

JAWAPAN BALAS KEPADA KENYATAAN JAMAL YUNOS SEPERTI YANG TERSIAR DALAM SINAR HARIAN

Beberapa hari lalu, Sinar Harian telah memuatkan satu artikel mengenai kenyataan Jamal Yunos terhadap surat terbuka kami kepada Pengerusi Kelab Veteran Komando Wilayah Persekutuan, yang menggesa supaya anugerah Ahli Kehormat Kelab Komando Wilayah Persekutuan ditarik balik dari Jamal Yunos. Surat terbuka kami telah dimuatnaik dalam FB ini pada 12 Oktober lalu.

Alasan penarikan balik anugerah tersebut dibuat atas dasar bahawa tindakan  Jamal Yunos dalam protesnya pemecah beberapa crate beer dihadapan pintu masuk utama ke Pejabat Kerajaan Negeri Selangor adalah keterlaluan, dan telah mencemar nama baik Kelab Veteran Komando khasnya dan veteran Angkatan Tentera Malaysia amnya.   Terdahulu dari insiden ini, Jamal Yunos juga telah melakukan berberapa protes yang lain hinggakan beliau telah menerima berbagai nama jolokan. Perlu saya ingatkan bahawa Jamal Yunos juga saorang bergelar Dato Seri dan Dato, dan saya rasa belum pernah dalam sejarah negara ini, saorang bergelar sedemikian melakukan tindakan seperti yang dilakukan olih Jamal Yunos.

Dalam kenyataan beliau pada Sinar Harian, beliau mengatakan bahawa kami, “tidak memahami dengan lebih mendalam isu berhubung pesta arak di Selangor yang mengundang isu sensitiviti terhadap umat Islam”. Beliau juga mengatakan bahawa tindakkan beliau itu adalah, “sebagai satu gimik bagi menyatakan bantahan penganjuran pesta arak”. Beliau juga mahukan kami menyatakan pendirian kami mengenai Pesta Arak ini.

Ingin kami nyatakan bahawa kami membawa isu ini semata mata bagi menjaga nama baik Kelab Komando Veteran, dan anugerah yang diberikan itu perlulah dijaga dengan baik dan terhormat. Begitu juga dengan gelaran Dato Seri dan Dato yang telah dianugerahkan olih Sultan Pahang.

Kami ingin ingatkan pada Jamal Yunos bahawa Sultan Johor adalah Kolonel Yang DiPertua Rejimen Komando, dan saya percaya Sultan Johor yang juga telah mengikuti latihan komando di Amerika Syarikat, dan kami yakin baginda tidak akan berkenan dengan tindakan Jamal Yunos itu.

Sekiranya Jamal Yunos tidak pemegang anugerah Ahli Kehormat Kelab Komando, kami tidak akan memperdulikan tindakan Jamal Yunos itu.

Mengenai pendirian kami berhubung Pesta Arak, kami berpendirian bahawa pesta ini boleh diadakan tetapi dikawal dan meletakan beberapa syarat kepada pihak yang menganjur acara, dan satu dari syaratnya adalah dengan tidak membenarkan orang Melayu menyertai acara ini. Kalau tempat perjudian terbesar dinegara ini, iaitu Genting Highlands bolih melarang orang Melayu dari memasuki tempat perjudian itu, mengapa pula kita tidak bolih melarang orang Melayu menyertai Pesta Arak ini.

Kami tidak melarang Jamal Yunos melakukan protes, tapi lakukan lah dengan penuh tertib, beradab dan bijaksana demi menjaga gelaran yang ada pada dirinya itu, dan keharmonian kaum negara ini.

Patriot

OPS LALANG WAS NOT A DIABOLIC, ILL ADVISED MEASURE BY ONE MAN

Over the last few days, there has been much debate in the various media relating to a statement made by Suaram’s Adviser Dr.Kua Kia Soong, “challenging  Pakatan Harapan leaders to state their position on Tun Mahathir’s continued denial that he was responsible for Ops Lalang”.

Ops Lalang was a “major crackdown carried out beginning 27 October 1987 by the Royal Malaysia Police, ostensibly to prevent the occurrence of racial riots in Malaysia” (Operation Lalang – Wikipedia). During this crackdown, a total of 106 persons of various preoccupations were arrested; most being political figures and activists. Tun Mahathir was then the Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs.

We, the members of Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan comprising of retired military and police officers take a firm stand on the statement made by Dr. Kua Kia Soong, given its serious nature. We oppose any attempt by anyone in trying to ‘revisit’ a thirty year old political crackdown by the government at the time on political figures and activists.

Dr. Kua Kia Soong ought to know that the decision to activate Ops Lalang was certainly not a decision taken by ‘one man’ as decisions of such gravity is taken upon the advice of the Royal Malaysia Police, the Special Branch in particular and other intelligence agencies given to the Prime Minister and his Cabinet members.

It is therefore morally, ethically and factually wrong to place the blame squarely on the Prime Minister then for activating Ops Lalang.

Most of our Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan members were in active service at the time when Ops Lalang was launched, and we  were cognizant and of clear conscience on the need and justifications for Ops Lalang. We do not deny that the operations was hard; and for some it came across as being ‘nasty’ but it had to be done at a time when the nation was going through a tumultuous period of political instability, that threatened the peace and security of the country and its people.

Dr. Kau Kia Soong may have overlooked at a statement made by Tun Mahathir as reported by Malay Mail dated 18 February 2017, where Tun Mahathir said, “Even if the decision was made by somebody else, the Cabinet and I accept responsibility”.

As a leader of the nation, Tun had the moral standing to declare that he has accepted responsibility for Ops Lalang. If this is not honorable, what else would Dr. Kau Kia Soong seem to want puzzles us veterans who served in the nation’s interest.

We would like to advice Dr. Kau Kia Soong to be not held back by what had occurred in the past as it was clearly a measure taken to secure the big picture for a progressive, peaceful nation. We believe and with reasons too, that focusing our attention and energies on what is happening currently to the nation is a proactive measure that weighs on the shoulders of all responsible, caring citizens and leaders. The call of duty to nation, King and democracy demands our collaborative understanding in view of the many troubling issues confronting the nation today.

Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan wishes to categorically state that we are apolitical and a non partisan NGO, and we hold dearly to our founding principles of wanting to see that this blessed nation of ours and its people of all races live in peace and harmony.

We are open to a dialogue with Dr. Kau Kia Soong if it will help bridge any imagined or real divides on the concern as registered by him in the public sphere.

 

President

Persatuan Patiot Kebangsaan

 

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT AND WORLD BANK REPORT

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Abdul Rahman Dahlan seemed quite unhappy with the way some have reported unfavorably about the Malaysian economy, misrepresenting what was actually reported in the World Bank report (Bernama Report dated 11 Oct 17). Rarely do we agree with ministerial statements, especially after the explosive 1MDB debacle. But in this instance we agree with the Honorable Minister that the World Bank report, ‘East Asia Pacific Economic Update, October 2017, Balancing Act’ and an earlier report undated in September, made several favorable remarks about the state of the Malaysian economy.

The Minister made the argument that Malaysia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew from 5.6% in Q1 2017 to 5.8% in Q2, which he rightfully said does not appear to be a worsening economy. However, critics quoted the World Bank report further that by 2018 the GDP would lower to 5%, and decrease further to 4.8% in 2019 which prompted certain critics to say our economy is heading into recession. Economic data, like statistics can be quite confusing and even misleading for those uninformed. In this respect, we in Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan have our independent views. We Patriots do not believe in spreading false news and do not condone such act.

With regards to recession, the commonly accepted definition is the continuous negative growth for two quarters in an economy. Merely based on the World Bank forecast that the GDP will decline from 5% to 4.8% in the next two years to conclude a recession is a mistake. The negative growth has to be measured to a base year. Hence, although decreasing from 5% to 4.8%, it may still be a positive growth. It also depends on whether our GDP is calculated in ringgit or US dollar. As it is, our government insisted in GDP calculation in ringgit, and hence the economy looks robust. Some economists argued that it should be calculated in US dollar, after all the GDP is also meant for global comparison. If so, then with our depreciating ringgit, from RM3.80 to USD1 more than a year ago to the current RM4.22 to USD1, calculated in dollar term, our GDP will be in negative growth for the past one year, effectively putting our economy in recession.

However, the GDP is not the only appropriate indicative measure to determine a recession. Other factors are also important, such as consumer spending, unemployment rate, bankruptcies, closure of SMEs, relocation of large corporate and multinationals, non-performing loans etc. Looking at all these other factors, one who is street wise should be able to see and hear the alarm bells in our economy. Whether we are already in recession or not, there is much to put right. Our government uses the GDP calculated in ringgit to proudly show a robust economy. What matters most is the gap between the haves and the have not’s should be narrowed. The wealth should be more evenly shared among the populace, to the poorer regions such as Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak. Furthermore, our public debt to GDP is 53.2% as at 2016. More than half of income going to debt payment can be horrendous if our economy is not properly managed. This is before the ECRL borrowing. The flood of so-called FDI from China over the past few years amounting to tens of billions, projects and deals done in opacity, such as the Forest City, Melaka Gateway, Kuantan Port Expansion, Kuala Linggi International Port, Robotic Future City and the temporary shelved Bandar Malaysia, on the contrary does not give confidence to our people with regards to long term benefits. Question mark arises on the commercial viability and funding for the projects. Construction contracts awarded to Chinese corporations on a near lock-stock-barrel totality is akin to imported services. Simply put, it is receiving one hand and giving away with another.

As Abdul Rahman Dahlan has made reference to the World Bank report, we wonder if he is also aware of a much earlier report. In the World Bank report 2008, ‘The Growth Report: Strategies for Sustained Growth and Inclusive Development’, it cautioned that money from foreign investment is sometime stolen and wasted. “Often it is collected and spent in secret, making it difficult to know how it is used. Foreign investment with properly negotiated deals have the potential to relax constraints on growth and development, providing a ready source of foreign exchange a country might lack. But they can also distort a country’s politics. Political leaders may fight for power not to serve the country, but to get their hands on the resource revenues, which they can then use to buy votes and stay in power”.

We leave it to those in position of power to search their conscience.

Patriot

FOR NATIONAL UNITY, WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR THINKING

60 years into our nation’s independence; how many of our citizens will proudly stand up to say, “I am proud to be Malaysian”? How many will take up arms to defend our country from a foreign threat? How many will call another countryman, “my brother or my sister”? Sadly, the truth is that the national fabric or inter- ethnic, inter-cultural and inter-religious has been torn wider.

The Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin (as reported in Free Malaysia Today on 10 Oct 17), blamed Malaysia’s segregated education system for the lack of unity in the country. The Minister attributed the disunity to the different types of schools. Putting blame solely on the different types of schools is both myopic and dishonest. Our public universities are good examples of poor integration among students of different races, despite many of them coming from national schools. Prior to coming to the universities, these students would have been influenced by their parents who have their own affiliation and societal influence. The way the students behave is reflective of the way their parents think, and how politics have shaped the minds of their parents. Any honest Malaysian will not deny that it is the divisive politics and politicking which is a major cause of today’s less than united nation after 60 years have gone by.

Different persons may have different perspective of what contributed to poor racial unity and national harmony. It ranges from stereotyped thinking towards other groups; thinking of others as ‘kafir’, thinking of being treated as second-class, of being uncared for, unwanted, and unwelcome; and even plainly thinking of others as enemies. With all honesty, we in Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan do not profess to know what caused the poor state of national harmony. But as veterans of the military and police, through our profession and experience, we know with certainty how to unite. In our organization, we do not have inter-ethnic disunity and animosity. We share common goals and objectives. As leaders, we treat our men fairly and equally, and many a time would die for them. It is not blind loyalty. But if we feel cared off; under necessary circumstances, we are prepared to give our lives to our leaders, King and Country.

It is now more than ever, we see it imperative to unite all Malaysians to reshape out thinking i.e.to think as one and as a whole nation of united people. To care, respect and help each other, to share knowledge, to motivate each other to excel, to make everyone feel important, to call each other, ‘saudara’, ‘my brother’ or ‘my sister’. We need to share a common goal of a united, progressive and harmonious Malaysia.

We must start by changing our thinking.

Patriot

SURAT TERBUKA KEPADA PENGERUSI KELAB KOMANDO, CAWANGAN WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN

Saya terpanggil bagi menyuarakan komen terhadap gelagat dan kelakuan Jamal Yunos, iaitu saorang Ketua Pemuda UMNO, Cawangan Sg. Besar, Selangor yang juga bergelar Dato Seri, dan pada awal tahun ini, telah dianugerahkan sebagai Ahli Kehormat Kelab Komando, Cawangan Wilayah Persekutuan.

Tidak perlulah saya huraikan satu persatu apakah gelagat yang telah dilakukan olih Jamal Yunos, yang saya rasa amat memalukan, dan menjadikan contoh yang tidak baik kepada anak muda Melayu dan bangsa Melayu. Kalaulah Jamal Yunos beranggapan bahawa  gelagat dan kelakuannya itu bolih menarik perhatian anak muda Melayu untuk melihat dirinya sebagai ikon dan pejuang negara, maka saya katakan bahawa hanya orang yang kurang siuman saja yang akan menerima baik perbuatannya itu.

Saya sebagai saorang persara Angkatan Tentera kurang senang bilamana Jamal Yunos dianugerahkan sebagai Ahli Kehormat Kelab Komando olih Pengerusi Kelab Komando Wilayah Persekutuan.

Saya ingin bertanya apakah criteria yang melayakkan Jamal Yunos diberikan penanugerahan Ahli Kehormat Kelab Komando tersebut? Adakah gelagat dan kelakuan nya itu dilihat sebagai satu perjuangan untuk bangsa dan negara? Adakah gelagat dan kelakuan Jamal Yunos itu bolih disamakan dengan perjuangan persara persara komando ketika melawan komunis pada era 60’an hingga 80’an dulu?

Saya kenal ramai pegawai pegawai komando dan juga dikalangan lain lain pangkat, dan saya beri penghormatan yang amat tinggi pada mereka semua kerana mereka adalah pejuang sebenar yang telah berkorban nyawa mereka demi pertahanan maruah dan kedaulatan negara. Pernahkah Jamal Yunos bersama pejuang komando kita dalam operasi melawan komunis? Sudah tentu tidak, dan apakah sumbangan Jamal Yunos pada pertahanan dan keselamatan negara yang melayakkan dia dianugerah sebagai Ahli Kehormat Komando?

Demi menjaga nama baik pasukan komando sebagai satu pasukan elit yang telah banyak berjasa pada negara, dan juga bagi menjaga nama baik ahli ahli komando yang sudah bersara, maka saya gesa Pengerusi, Kelab Komando Wilayah Persekutuan menarik balik anugerah Ahli Kehormat dari Jamal Yunos dengan sertamerta.

Patriot

 

HEED WORLD BANK’S WARNING ON OUR DECLINING EDUCATION STANDARD

We in Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan view with consternation the recent event at a primary school in Putrajaya at which pupils and teachers participated in class decoration,  waved UMNO flags and sang UMNO song. Such an event and conduct reflects a nation with leaders of first world infrastructure, but with a third world mentality.

Primary school children are supposed to learn to read, write and do arithmetic. Concurrently, they should be taught good values through properly designed civic lessons. Preferably, they should also be taught to think, to be inquisitive and ask questions besides learning to respect others. Primary school children, despite their young age must be treated with love, dignity and respect. Politics, political logo, political songs even under the guise of learning history, do not have a place in such institution of learning and molding for the vulnerable young. Allowing such event to happen at the primary school not only shows abdication of responsibility, but it painfully has corrupted the minds of our young. Shamefully, it is no wonder then that our education system has been fast on the decline as reported by the World Bank.

The 2013 World Bank report, “Malaysia Economic Monitor: High Perfroming Education”, pointed to Malaysia’s aim to gain high-income status, but achieved low education standard instead. The report also stated that the quality of cognitive skills of Malaysia students is not on par with the country’s aspiration to become a high-income country. Malaysia not only trailed high-performing education system in East Asia, but also poorer nations like Vietnam. We lack far behind our closest southern neighbor. In the benchmark for the trends in international mathematics and science study, our education system declined sharply in 2007 and much further by 2011.

It has often been said that the success of a country relies on the success of its education system. Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan urges our national leaders, and that in the Ministry of Education to heed the World Bank’s warning on our declining education standards. Politics, and politics in whatever guise, are out of bounds in our schools.

Patriot