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31-10-2002, 07:21 AM
<font size="+1">Is vocal Chinese education movement 'extremist'?

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31-10-2002, 07:21 AM
<font size="+1">Is vocal Chinese education movement 'extremist'?
Dr Mahathir Mohamad: Yes!
Rais Yatim: May be?
Chor Chee Heung: No!</font>

Thursday, October 30, 2002

<font size="+1">Rais: Groups opposed to English should beware of Sedition Act</font>
Annie Freeda Cruez

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 29: Minority groups opposing the teaching of Mathematics and
Science in English can be charged under the Sedition Act if it is proven
that they do not have the national interest at heart and are seeking to
foment dissent and division in society.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said
the Government would not hesitate to use the instruments of law against
anyone if there was sufficient evidence to prove their seditious acts.

"The reality is that there is a voice of the majority against the voice of
the minority. In a democracy, the voice of the majority ought to prevail,
but in this case, we seem to be listening too much to the minority.

"It is about time the reality of democracy was practised and the essence of
the democratic process be put to work," Rais said after an hour's meeting
with Umno Youth Public Complaints Secretariat leaders at his office.

Rais said the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English must be adopted
as it had received the approval of the majority, while the minority ought to
stand aside and give the Government a chance to perform.

"We do not like to use threats, but if the minority groups continue to harp
on seditious matters, then the Sedition Act will be used against them," he

In response to a question, Rais said no community could resort to taking the
law into its own hands after the Government had decided to implement the
policy, consented to by the majority, that Mathematics and Science be taught
in English.

"Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad listened to their views
despite having made the decision to implement it. Once it has been decided
and approved by the Government's highest body, then no one should object,"
he added.

He said if certain quarters want to pursue the matter, instigate people,
make seditious statements and cause disunity, action could be taken against
them under existing laws.

Rais called on minority groups opposed to the teaching of Mathematics and
Science in English to stop "spoiling the show" for the sake of narrow
political or socio-cultural concerns.

He said it was time such minority groups placed national interest first, as
the proposal's implementation would benefit Malaysia and Malaysians.


31-10-2002, 07:26 AM
8:18pm Wed Oct 30th, 2002

<FONT SIZE="+1">Vocal Chinese education movement not 'extremist': Chor</FONT>
Beh Lih Yi

The government does not consider Chinese education movement Dong Jiao Zong
'extremist' despite its vocal opposition to the language switch policy, said
Deputy Home Minister Chor Chee Hueng (photo) today.

He said the Home Ministry divides extremists into two categories - religious
and racial. The education movement does not fall under any of the two.

"They are not considered extremist. We (the ministry) do not think
so...usually those who deliver their opinions in a non-extreme way, we
accept them," he added when met at the Parliament lobby.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had branded the movement "extremist" when
it opposed Umno's proposal that Science and Mathematics be taught in English
for all schools.

The movement wanted the mother tongue to be retained as the medium of
instruction for the two subjects in Chinese schools.

The premier - whose initial idea to revive English-medium schools to arrest
the decline of students' proficiency in the language was shot down by the
Umno supreme council - had also warned the movement not to "play with fire".

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01-11-2002, 06:32 AM
12:58pm Thu Oct 31st, 2002

<font size="+1">Uproar over Rais' threat to shush 'minority groups'</font>
Yap Mun Ching

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Dr Rais Yatim yesterday came
under fire from several quarters for issuing another threat to use the law
against "minority groups" opposed to the teaching of Maths and Science in
English[/u] in all schools.

Among those unhappy with Rais' remarks was human rights organisation Suaram,
which also questioned Rais' "grossly simplistic view" that the essence of
democracy simply meant that the voice of the majority would prevail.

"The threat to use sedition laws...is incredulous given the fact that it was
spoken in the same breath with his 'essence' of democracy. Sedition is an
anti-thesis to the ideas of democracy," said Suaram coordinator Eric Paulsen
in a press statement.

Suaram also expressed concern over the coverage of the issue in Malay
language newspapers which gave the impression that only the ethnic Chinese
was opposing the language switch.

"There are also massive objections from the Malay and Indian communities,
which the Malay newspapers chose to disregard completely.

"We urge the Malay media to stop playing up racial sentiments in
manufacturing unreal racial disagreement," Paulsen said, adding that such
deliberate slant appears to be aimed at providing the government grounds for
the use of the Sedition Act.

However, editors for Malay language dailies [i]Utusan Malaysia and Berita
Harian were unavailable for comment.

Meanwhile, Chinese educationist Bock Tai Hee also disputed Rais'
interpretation of "minority voices", saying that sections of the Malay
Malaysian population were also opposed to the sudden move to change the
language of instruction for both Maths and Science.

"Not only are a majority of the Chinese community opposed to it, so are
sections of the Malay community. Rais should not threaten people with the
laws," said Bock, the chief executive officer of Dong Zong, a national
Chinese school association.

...Previously, Rais had also threatened to use the Internal Security Act
against Chinese educationists labelled as 'extremists', if they are found to
have jeopardised racial harmony in the country.

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