Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Facing the Music - Education Malaysia

"It will not do to cling to the cause and wish the result away.
Reality does not play mind games.
What is more, to anesthetize the mind in order to abort what comes to birth
when wrong ideas are conceived and borne in the womb of culture,
will only kill the very life-giving force of the nation that nurtures the idea."

- Ravi Zacharias

It is surprising that NST should come out with something deemed as "controversial" or "sensitive" as "Malaysian Education: Revert to Old School Set-up"!
Truly impressive in its honesty - but we need more truth like this, for us to start trusting NST once again.

A whole generation of people have been deprived of a decent education, despite all their schooling. In this interesting article, Mr. Hassan Talib has rightly said, "After completing school, these children would envy those who are articulate in English".
To quote G.K Chesterton, "What we need is a Leadership that is not only right where we are right, but right where we are wrong". But no - what we have is a leadership that is bent on perpetuating their rule at whatever cost - even if it means that they have to corrupt & destroy the minds of the people via the propaganda machinery that masquerade as "MSM".

In "Where is the Spirit of Merdeka?", I had written -
"The spirit of Merdeka has been subverted by racists and the religious zealots over the years, and has been replaced by chauvinism – racial and religious..... Unfortunately, we are a society so paralyzed by symptomatic solutions one has to wonder whether we will learn anything from this mindless atrocity.......

Having failed in its shortcut to an economic miracle, the advocates of the system (clamouring for issues and a new agenda to perpetuate their greed and envy) the now choose to preach intolerance, “arabisation”, and religiosity in the name of God, to further isolate, and “drug into a stupor” a beautiful people that was once open to change.

Even if we aren't too accurate in our assessment, much of what has been passed off as Islamisation by the govt was nothing more than frothy God-talk - mindless, thoughtless;
and in its exploitation of people, heartless.
The “one upmanship” practised by the various institutions that espouse religious chauvinism, is in fact a pathetic display of their failures and insecurities......

Malaysia today is a nation that has lost its conscience. "

The writer has rightly said that our education system bred "envy", despite all the trumpeting of Mr. Hishamuddin or his predecessors under Umno - Najib, Anwar and Mahathir - who set the stage for the destruction of an excellent education system (which was the envy of other nations) using NEP as an excuse.
The outcome of these "smart & modern" systems has been the production of "educated" but unthinking automatons -youngsters/politicians who suck up to primitive godmen or politicians, and get upset by the prospect of meritocracy, a different creed or skin color.

"Revisionist" history and ideas were used to reinforce and justify the idea of the "indispensibility of ignorance", which made 'envy' produce its offspring - the six other deadly sins.
What we had was the teaching of the seven deadly sins in school.
Envy is the root of all the evils perpetrated by pirates who pretend to be wise leaders in Malaysia.
It is this very envy that was and is increasingly used to manipulate the NEP into a racist concept. Envy is the root of the fascistic Ketuanan Melayu concept, which breeds hatred, racism, narrow religiosity, xenophobia, etc ,etc, etc.

To make matters worse, the narrow religious ideas are touted as the panacea for all the ills of the prevalent system, and infused into young unsuspecting minds. Evidence of this can be seen all around us today - in the urban/ rural, mental/ physical "ghettos" nationwide, with a mindless adoration of a morally and intellectually bankrupt leadership.

For all this, we can thank the great grand-daddy of this ideology of hate - an old man in the political sidelines itching for his salvation, so as to perpetuate his legacy of an ignorant and apathetic citizenry.
Only then will the pirates be able to plunder the nation with scant regard for accountability.
This has-been may well rise again to provide a political platform for his progeny, by using ISA on those suspected of "money politics" in Umno, after his political demise (and soon to be, physical too).

The salvation of the rakyat and the nation lies in the dismantling of the racist ideas driven into the minds of our young ones at school through a certain "Biro", and quasi-political institutions masquerading as religious police.

A liberal education is what the people need, so as to do away with feudal mindset, to herald a mature and open society. A more mature society with the ability to adapt and accept progressive ideas, would understand why the so-called socio-economic crutches deemed necessary (when they are actually given pittance and held at ransom to facilitate the plunder by the elite) should be done away with.
It can help inculcate the virtues and positive values which are sorely lacking, in the corrupt and politicised system prevalent in our educational institutions, which promote the "ghetto" psyche in our children.

Yes - bring back English education, Bring back the La Salle/missionary school system!!
But we cannot do this at the expense of the National Language. We need to have this education, which can complement, preserve and enrich Bahasa Malaysia for a more progressive nation!!

"Where is the life we have lost in the living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information ?
The cycles of heaven in twenty centuries
bring us farther from God and nearer to dust."
- T.S. Elliot

Ronnie Liu arrested !!!

Found this on AnilNetto:-

Ronnie Liu arrested

Selangor state exco member Ronnie Liu has been detained or arrested, according to two sources.

He is believed to have been arrested in Shah Alam in connection with a 2007 case for obstructing MPSJ officials from carrying out their duties.

A 2007 case?

Ronnie of course played a prominent role on Sunday, 9 November during the candlelight vigil and was one of the 23 arrested that night - but he was subsequently released.

And now this.

This time, he is expected to be released on bail at 4.00pm.