Sunday): The MCA is organizing
a major forum on August 10
on the 10-year Education Development Blueprint 2001-2010, inviting a
cross-section of representatives from various organizations including Dong Jiao
Zong to participate and give their views including counter-proposals to
each chapter of the Blueprint.
The MCA would have completely forgotten that there is such an Education Development
Blueprint 2001-2010 to build an education system comparable to those of
developed countries if the DAP had
not organized an education seminar on May 23 and pointedly asked what had
happened to Education Development Blueprint, and since then kept up a
constant and unrelenting pressure to demand a full accounting from the Education
Minister, Tan Sri Musa Mohamad as to why the Blueprint was never tabled in
Parliament in the past ten months and there had been virtually no public debate
on it, except for the first few days after it was publicly unveiled by Musa in
October last year.
The forthcoming MCA major forum on the Education Development Blueprint on August 10 is the
most outrageous example of
the inimitable “Unknowing, Unfeeling”
or “Last to Know, Last to Feel” MCA style of
leadership, despite their top leaders being represented at the apex of the
federal government - as
Ministers in the Cabinet.
The MCA should be organizing such forums more than a year
ago to gather public feedbacks and
to transmit them to the highest government authorities , before the Blueprint
was officially adopted as government policy – and the latest by 20th
June 2001 when the Cabinet
gave its approval to the Blueprint –
and not now after more than a year of “nasi jadi bubuh”!
Reading the Education Development Blueprint 2001-2010,
there are no indications whatsoever that it is a Draft Report as everything
point to it being approved by the Cabinet
as a 10-year policy document– with only room
for public feedback on its implementation as the policy aspects have been cast
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, for
instance, in his foreword to the Blueprint, said it was to complement the Third Outline Perspective Plan
(2001-2010) and the Eighth Malaysia Plan to realize
“The Education Development plan details realistic and futuristic strategies geared towards increasing access, equity, quality of education and effective educational management. The restructuring of the education system is in line with the Government’s efforts at producing a national education system that is comparable to other developed nations.
“I pray that the envisaged changes are successful so as to produce individuals who are highly knowledgeable, skilled and capable of becoming ‘global players’ grounded in Science and Technology, especially in the fields of Information and Communications Technology.”
or mention whatsoever that
this document was a mere draft and
that the final draft would depend on public
feedbacks and inputs!
Similarly, Musa in his foreword to the Blueprint, made no
mention that the document was a mere draft
or that public feedbacks and
reactions were welcome to give the
Blueprint its final shape.
“Pembangunan Pendidikan ini akan memberi tumpuan kepada pendidikan prasekolah dan rendah, pendidikan menengah, pendidikan tertiary, program sokongan, pembiayaan pendidikan, pengurusan, dan ICT dalam pendidikan. Kementerian Pendidikan memberi focus utama kepada aspek-aspek di atas kerana sebahagian besar isu dan cabaran yang sedang dan akan dihadapi dalam jangka masa 10 tahun perancangan adalah berkaitan dengan matlamat negara untuk melahirkan rakyat yang berketrampilan dalam pelbagai bidang terutama dalam bidang sains dan teknologi.
“Strategi pelaksanaan dan pelan tindakan yang dikemukan adalah hasil analisis yang komprehensif berdasarkan kepada status semasa serta isu dan cabaran. Pendekatan ini diharap dapat diterjemah dan direalisasikan menerusi pemantauan secara berterusan oleh semua agensi yang terlibat bagi memastikan akses, ekuiti, dan kualiti pendidikan dapat dipenuhi.
“Kejayaan dan keberkesanan pelaksanaan Pembanguan Pendidikan 2001-2010, Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (PPKPM) ini bergantung kepada kerjasama dan komitmen semua pihak yang berkepentingan. Kementerian Pendidikan sebagai peneraju utama akan memastikan pembangunan pendidikan ini dapat dilaksanakan dengan cekap dan berkesan.”
This is not a foreword of an Education Minister seeking
public feebacks to finalise the Education Development Blueprint, but the
language of an Education Minister expressing his commitment to implement the
Blueprint as it has received Cabinet approval.
If the Education Development Blueprint has already been
approved by the Cabinet as an
official government policy document,
with room only for public feedback on implementation but not the policy
aspects which are cast in concrete, what is the use of the MCA holding a grand
forum on August 10 to invite public
comments and counterproposals to each chapter of the Blueprint?
And why hold the forum more than a year after the Blueprint had been
approved by the Cabinet?
If held, the MCA Forum on the Education Development Blueprint 2001-2010 on August 10 would be the most outrageous and laughable example of the “unknowning, unfeeling” or “last to know, last to feel” mentality of the MCA leadership, including the MCA Ministers.