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ing
16-11-2002, 10:28 PM
Did you all watch TV1 8pm & TV2 6.30pm news ?

Dong Jiao Zong is being attcked by the barbarians
on the people's TV using the people's money.

Hope you can record them down and if the TV stations are
being sued in the future, we all can be witnesses.

yschia
18-11-2002, 10:39 PM
MCA and Gerakan Ministers should explain why they allow the RTM to carry
out a most biased, unfair and distorted propaganda attack camouflaged as
news on Dong Jiao Zong and DAP on the various television news programmes
last night.

DAP has received widespread public complaints outraged by the latest
abuse of government resources and machinery by RTM when a blatant political
propaganda broadcast, entitled "Dangers of Chauvinism Part I" was slipped
into prime-time news in the various television language channels last
night, with Part II of the programme to be telecast in the various news
programmes tonight.

The political propaganda programme painted Dong Jiao Zong and DAP as
"chauvinists" which posed threats to the national well-being and distorted
issues like the 1999 Suqiu Election Appeals, Sekolah Wawasan, Damansara
Chinese Primary School relocation and the controversy of the use of English
to teach mathematics and science.

What is even more shocking, the propaganda programme last night went as far
back as 1959 to claim that it was the Dong Jiao Zong Chinese educationists
who were responsible for the MCA-UMNO political showdown before the 1959
general election, when the MCA "Young Turks" led by the new MCA President,
Lim Chong Eu demanded at least one-third allocation of the parliamentary
seats and which was regarded as a "stab in the back" by the UMNO President
Tunku Abdul Rahman and that Chong Eu later capitulated and apologized to
Tunku and explained that his action was forced by the Chinese educationists.

Are the RTM television channels prepared to telecast the historical truth
of the background leading to the UNMO-MCA confrontation in the run-up to
the 1959 general election, allowing Chong Eu and the Dong Jiao Zong
representatives the freedom to give their correct historical versions? If
not, RTM is being doubly unfair to distort the present as well as the past.

Last night's programme repeated the attack of the Prime Minister, Datuk
Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on Dong Jiao Zong over Suqiu as "extremists and
like communists".

The 1999 Suqiu Election Appeals, which were fully endorsed by the
Chinese-based Barisan Nasional parties and were even given approval in
principle by the Cabinet before the 1999 general election, stand as an
object lesson that pre-election promises of the Barisan Nasional parties
and leaders cannot be trusted supporting Suqiu before but denouncing it
after the election!

If the RTM piece, "Dangers of Chauvinism", is objective and serious, it
should show Malaysians the real faces of chauvinism and extremism, such as
the demand by the UMNO Youth Education Bureau chairman, Dr. Adham Baba on
Thursday for the closure of Chinese primary schools or the August 2000
episode where UMNO Youth leaders demonstrated outside and threatened to
burn down the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in Kuala Lumpur because of the
Suqiu election appeals which the Chinese-based Barisan Nasional parties and
Cabinet had earlier endorsed

At a time when Barisan Nasional Ministers are talking about compulsory
"national service" to foster patriotism and national unity, the telecasting
of such divisive and biased propaganda programmes camouflaged as prime
time news can only raise many questions including the true purpose of the
"national service" proposal.

DAP will decide on the course of action to take after studying
the tendentious and mischievous political propaganda camouflaged as
prime-time news over the various RTM television channels, including the
second part of the programme tonight.


Lim Kit Siang

kraid
19-11-2002, 05:07 PM
barbarians .... sue them

yschia
19-11-2002, 11:19 PM
Bernama reports:

Najib Tun Razak says:
"Malaysia is the only country which allows Chinese schools to continue to
exist, this shows the government's sincerity. Even in Singapore there are no
Chinese schools.]]

The existence of Chinese schools predates the Malaysian government.
Secondly, it's guaranteed under the Constitution and does not require the
sincerity of the present administration. Thirdly, if the present
administration is sincere in upholding the Constitutional guarantees it must
arrest certain people in Umno Youth for their seditious act in calling for
the closing of Chinese schools. Fourthly, culture is transmitted by various
means. Singapore's Confucian revival campaign, for example, is one way to
preserve the Chinese heritage. The island's popularization of Mandarin is
another. In Malaysia some universities have even disallowed the celebration
of certain Chinese festivals, the holding of Mandarin classes, etc. It would
be ridiculous to think that Chinese culture is in any danger in Singapore.

When compared with the rest of the world it must be noted that since Merdeka
the bulk of public money for national development has come from the Chinese
community. One of the slogans of the American Revolution is: "No taxation
without representation." Chinese Malaysians have the right to see that their
money is used in a fairer, more equitable manner. And, by the way, this
means more financial help for Tamil schools as well, not to mention
development aid for the many Indians who're left to languish in what's left
of the former plantations.

Umno must drop the idea that the country belongs only to them -- "them" means
a few selected people from one community and one party. They must drop the
ridiculous idea that they are GIVING this or that community this or that
privilege. The country belongs to all, including the real bumiputras -- the
Orang Asli and the natives of northern Borneo such as the kadazans -- as well
as later pendatang such as Malay Malaysians, and the Indian as well as
Chinese Malaysians. More important than thinking in such communal fashion is
the principle that the culture of each group, no matter how small or when
they arrive, must be preserved and even nourished. In that respect, Malay
Malaysians' culture too must be preserved though they arrived later than the
Orang Asli.

Dropping aside the matter of culture, there is also the matter of economic
development. In Malaysia the biggest victims of the present administration
are the poor of all races, and that includes the rural Malay Malaysians, the
urban poor of all races, and in particular the Orang Asli and the Indian
Malaysians. Eighty percent of the latter group are living at or below the
poverty line -- an astonishing figure that dwarf the situation faced by
America's inner city blacks. The politically weak Indian community cannot do
anything except to appeal for the nation's sense of fairness, but until now
their cries have fallen on deaf years. Though part of the reason lies in the
perfidiousness of their own leaders who, whether in the government or in the
Opposition, seem to worry only about power and status, the national neglect
is criminal. The Rawlsian theory of fairness -- basically a sound theory
despite some problems in certain parts -- states that social and economic
inequalities should be arranged such as that they are of the greatest benefit
to the least advantaged. Taking a hundred ringgit away from an MCA
millionaire means nothing to him. Take it away from a poor peasant or estate
worker and the consequence could be devastating.

LC

janeng
20-11-2002, 12:05 AM
LC is just such a great commentator on the stupid language switch issue.................

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LKS says:

>condemn the Barisan Nasional propaganda feature telecast over
RTM for its unfair, biased, dishonest and malicious attack on the
DAP and Dong Jiao Zong, to falsely paint them as anti-Malay,
anti-national and unpatriotic by distorting history]]

The malicious propaganda shows why some people in the West
refuse to believe in whatever Muslims might say, given the fact
that there are many like those RTM black sheep bleating around.
That RTM could resort to such lowdown tactics during Ramadan
is evidence that they do not hold even their own religion sacred.

>Thirdly, to ask the Cabinet tomorrow to respect the month of
Ramadan and uphold justice]]

This is like asking the leopard to change its spots.

> The multi-part Barisan Nasional propaganda feature "Bahaya
Cauvinisme" is particularly heinous and dishonest in the
unscrupulous manner in which it exploited the visual clips
and images to expand its dishonest]]

The sheer temerity of the whole exercise is that they're
committed by people who've, since Merdeka, used everything
in their power for chauvinistic ends. The consequences of
Umno chauvinism is experienced daily by every so-called
"nonbumiputra" whenever he or she applies for scholarships,
business licenses, renewing or confirming land deeds, etc.
The rcall for the closure of Chinese schools is but the latest
manifestation of those people's extremism, chauvinism, and
antinational behavior.

>DAP's pull-out of the Barisan Alternative on Sept. 22, 2001
purely on disagreement with PAS on the issue of Islamic State
when PAS refused to abide by the Barisan Alternative common
manifesto]]

And despite DAP's pull out, Pas is, as Malaysiakini's James
Wong pointed out, nevertheless sticking to its decades-old view
that attacks on DJZ and threats to close down Chinese schools
are wrong, immoral, and smacks of "assabiyah."


>'That it is not the DAP, but UMNO and the Chinese-based
Barisan Nasional parties such as MCA, Gerakan and SUPP
which had violated the 45-year fundamental constitutional
principle and nation-building cornerstone in supporting the
"929 Declaration"]]

A declaration, it must be pointed out, that came shortly
after those hypocrites screeched at DAP for supporting Pas's
Islamic State proposal. It was at the time that MCA came
up with the ridiculous oxymoron "secular Islamic state."

> If the Barisan Nasional and RTM want to warn Malaysians
about the dangers of chauvinism, communalism and extremism,
are they prepared to show on TV the UMNO Youth Rally of 17th
October 1987 which, according to the 1988 Government White
Paper "Towards Preserving National Security" on the 1987
Operation Lalang arrests, carried banners with the words
"MAY 13 HAS BEGUN" and "SOAK IT (KRIS) WITH CHINESE
BLOOD", the August 2000 episode where UMNO Youth leaders
demonstrated outside and threatened to burn down the Selangor
Chinese Assembly Hall in Kuala Lumpur because of the 1999
Suqiu election appeals which the Chinese-based Barisan Nasional
parties and Cabinet had earlier endorsed or the seditious call by
the UMNO Youth Education Bureau chairman, Dr. Adham Baba
last Thursday for the closure of Chinese primary schools?]]

Will a prostitute dare expose her income-generating organs in
public?

> I can quote from the writings by Bapa Malaysia Tunku Abdul
Rahman in the 70s and 80s where he described the present
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as a "Malay
ultra" who attacked him "for being fair and impartial" when he was
the first Prime Minister. ]]

For more about what the Tunku says about Dr. M, everyone
should read "The Tunku Tapes." I think Dr. Kua Kia Soong is
the editor.

> I challenge Barisan Nasional leaders to list out the "policy
compromises" which the Chinese-based Barisan Nasional
parties dared not accept or agree in the past 36 years ]]

They cannot list out because there is NOTHING the
Chinese-based parties would not agree to -- including a poke in
their rear. What often sounds like "compromise" is like this:
One party (read Umno) makes an extremely outrageous demand
and then waters it down to it being simply outrageous. The final
outrageous demand is then seen as a compromise by the eunuch
parties. It's like someone saying: "I'll rape you and then murder
you" and then compromise by saying "ok . . . I'll only rape you."
Then the Chinese-based parties will say "Ooooo! I love it! I
love it! Ooooooo! Yes! Yes! YES!" and call it "a win-win solution."
Such "negotiating" tactic is not original: as Winston Churchill
pointed out, the NAZIs were particularly good at it.

> Muslim theologians have taught that according to the Quran,
the good effects acquired through puasa in the month of
Ramadan can be destroyed by five things: the telling of a lie,
slander, denouncing someone behind his back, a false oath, and
greed or covetousness. ]]

Hahahaha! All apt descriptions of BN and their media flunkeys!
BTW, the Prophet also reportedly said, "There are three signs of
a hypocrite:

1) Whenever he speaks he tells a lie.

2) Whenever he is entrusted he proves himself dishonest.

3) Whenever he makes a promise he breaks it.

Sounds so much like the ruling party! Remember Suqiu?

LC

edteam
20-11-2002, 06:01 AM
MALAYSIAKINI.COM
4:19pm Tue Nov 19th, 2002

LETTERS
Unreasonable to attack Chinese educationists
HCH Prai

The language issue — the switch to English in the teaching of Science and Mathematics in all primary schools next year — is actually blown out of proportion by Umno and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad himself.

If I remember correctly, it started off with a statement from Mahathir throwing a challenge to the public regarding the language switch. He possibly assumed the majority of the people wanted the switch, based on a few favourable statements from some leaders. Little did he know that a large portion of the people, particularly the Chinese educationists, opposed the switch because they fear such a move would prove detrimental to their students who have scored well, studying Science and Mathematics in Chinese.

Umno politicians have since seen it fit to launch vitriolic attacks on the Chinese educationists for voicing their opposition to the language change. The dissenters have been labelled ‘chauvinists’ and ‘selfish’, among other things, for having the interest of the students at heart. This is really unreasonable and uncalled for.


SOURCE:
http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/200211190033533.php

edteam
20-11-2002, 06:13 AM
MALAYSIAKINI.COM
4:45pm Tue Nov 19th, 2002

DAP seeks air-time to rebut RTM's 'Bahaya Chauvinisme'


"Unfair, tendentious and malicious" - these were the words opposition party
DAP chairperson Lim Kit Siang used to describe RTM's nightly airing of
"Bahaya Cauvisnisme" (The Threat of Chauvinism) in its prime news slot.

According to Lim, the five-minute clips depicted DAP and Chinese
educationist movement Dong Jiao Zong (DJZ) as 'anti-Malay, anti-national and
unpatriotic by distorting history' for their opposition to the government's
move to switch to English as the medium of instruction for Science and
Mathematics next year.

In a press statement today, Lim called on the cabinet - which is meeting
tomorrow - to allow DAP and DJZ the right to reply on television.

The multi-part documentary, also shown on the 6.30pm Mandarin news and late
news over RTM, uses irrelevant video clips and images to insinuate to
Chinese viewers that DAP had supported PAS in the Islamic state concept,
said Lim.

The filmlet also attempts to portray DAP as 'chauvinistic' and a threat to
the national harmony by recalling the 1978 case when six DAP Perak
assemblyperson did not take their oath of allegiance to the Sultan of Perak.


The flashback showed a one-word newspaper headline quoting the Sultan of
Perak who had described the action as 'derhaka' (treason).

Not fair

"The segment was most irresponsible, mischievous and seditious in not giving
a fair, balanced and proper picture of the incident," said Lim.

Lim, then DAP secretary-general, explained that he had publicly apologised
to the Sultan of Perak for the 'unintended disrespect' which took place
because of a provision in the state constitution that 'non-Perak national'
need not take such an oath.

"The six Perak DAP state assemblyperson also realised their mistake and
tendered their apology to the Sultan of Perak and took their oath of
allegiance," he explained.

Lim said RTM should also air the Umno Youth rally in 1987 in which they had
threatened to 'soak the kris with Chinese blood' and the Umno Youth leaders'
demonstration outside the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in 2000 where they
vowed to burn down the building.

"We will wait for the cabinet to respond to our public call today, and if it
is not prepared to heed the dictates and injunctions of justice, we will
decide on the next course of action to seek justice," warned Lim.


SOURCE:
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/200211190018253.php

janeng
20-11-2002, 11:59 PM
Wrote the letter below to Malaysiakini early in the day,
in reply to Josh Hong.

LC
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Democracy comes in many flavours

3:03pm Wed Nov 20th, 2002

I commend Josh Hong for his interesting letter "Misplaced democracy?" on
Keadilan's call to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamadbs administration to
follow China's Communist Party by initiating a smooth transfer of power to
the younger generation.

Just as he understood "the good intentions of the statement issued by
Keadilanbs central publicity bureaub, I too understand his good intentions
in reminding readers that China is still ruled by an authoritarian
government.

Nevertheless, he ought to be a little bit more circumspect when accusing
Keadilan's central publicity bureau with Chinese nationalism, knowing full
well that Umno likes nothing more than to hurl such charges at the opposition
in order to deflect attention from its own chauvinistic/ racial supremacist
agenda.

Of course, Keadilan's call reflects an appreciation of the Chinese Communist
Party's smooth transfer of power, and in this, the central publicity bureau
is not alone in echoing this sentiment. Moreover, recognising a positive step
forward does not mean wholesale approval of the Chinese Communist Party:
everyone is keenly aware that real power remains in the hands of Jiang Zemin,
who continues as chairperson of the central military commission.

One can applaud the pre-war Germans for introducing the people's car,
Volkswagon, without necessarily supporting Nazism, or commend Mahathir for
his timely currency peg during the Asian financial crisis without supporting
Umno's brand of politics.

In short, Keadilan can and should be allowed to ask the Mahathir
administration to emulate the smooth power transfer undertaken by the Chinese
Communist Party.

It is not a total transfer of power, but only the most rabid anti-China
observer would deny that some power has been transferred, and that it does
signify important progress in the long road to Chinese democracy.

Regarding Taiwan: Hong's phrase "this nation of Chinese-speaking people"
seems to suggest that island country is not Chinese. It is and its history as
a Chinese province stretches back to over a thousand years. It was during the
Sui dynasty (in 607 AD) that an official was sent by the Chinese Emperor to
administer the island.

During the Mongol (Yuan) dynasty, Taiwan was governed as part of Fujian
province. When the Dutch invaded the island in 1624, there were already over
30,000 Chinese settlers. In 1661 Ming nationalist Cheng Cheng-kung (Koxinga)
defeated the Dutch and set up his own capital on the island. Taiwan became a
prefecture of Fujian province in 1683. It became a full province in 1886,
with a population of about 2.5 million.

The island was ceded to Japan after the infamous1895 Sino-Japanese war, but
was restored to the Republic of China as a result of the terms of the
Japanese surrender at the end of World War Two. The United States secretary
of state declared on Jan 6, 1950, that "for the United States government at
this date to seek to establish a non-Chinese government on Formosa (Taiwan) .
. . would be almost universally interpreted throughout Asia as an attempt by
this government to separate Formosa from China in violation of its pledges
and contrary to its long-standing policy of respecting the territorial
integrity of China."

Throughout all these years, despite the ups and downs of Sino-American
relationship, the United States has kept to the promise that it recognises
only one China. That is why, until today, Taiwan or the Republic of China is
still not recognised as a separate country by the United Nations.

Not only is Taiwan Chinese b about ninety percent of its population are of
the Han (Chinese) race. The so-called "Taiwanese" dialect b so beloved by
Western reporters b is what we Malaysians call bHokkienb, a dialect spoken
by more people on the mainland than on Taiwan.

So, from a historical and legalistic viewpoint, Taiwan is part of China.
However, from a moral viewpoint, Taiwan has every right to be independent if
it so desires: it already is independent b de facto, anyway.

Centuries ago, the vast majority of Americans were of British stock, spoke
the same language and shared the same culture when they fought their former
homeland during the American Revolutionary War. Taiwan, as a democratic
country, has every right to take all measures necessary to defend its freedom
and independence, all the more so when China is still under a one-party
dictatorship. We all hope, however, that a peaceful solution could be found.

About this matter of "older Chinese Malaysians" who're allegedly
China-centric: There are a small number of such people, just as there are
Malay Malaysians, old and not so old, who're Indonesian or even
Arabian-centric. Most of these Chinese Malaysians, however, are to be found
not in the opposition, but within the MCA. Whatever the case, their
identification with China comes partly from a shared culture, but mostly
because they are stigmatised as the other by a government that considers them
perpetual non-bumiputera or pendatang-pendatang (immigrants).

Now to the idea that "democracy is democracy." It is not that simple.
Participatory democracy is almost non-existent anywhere in the world. Even in
ancient Athens, democracy was limited to its citizens b minus the women who
were not allowed to vote b and off-limits to its large slave population. It
was also not the kind of democracy we would like to imagine: citizens, for
example, didn't have the right to privacy nor freedom of dress. In one
city-state, men were not allowed to shave their beards.

Nevertheless, humankind has come a long way since ancient Greece and today
progressive nations try to practise democracy by decentralising power. This
is done not only through responsive and transparent government institutions,
but also through civil society groups.

Today, Switzerland is probably the nearest thing to a participatory
democracy. Most other countries are of a more representative type, moderated
by large numbers of representative institutions such as state and city
legislatures. In the United States, the power of Washington is also checked
by the considerable powers granted to individual states. It is not a perfect
democracy, as money tends to corrupt the system, and it's not exactly a
"government of the people, by the people, for the people." But it's still
more democratic than most countries of similar size.

In other words, there are various degrees of democracy, and our duty is to
enlarge as much as possible our democratic space. Taiwan has come a long way
on this road since Kuomintang rule, and China, despite its totalitarian
structure, has made small but nevertheless significant steps. Malaysia,
however, appears to have gone backwards, from the relatively benign democracy
under Tunku Abdul Rahman to that of an authoritarian state under the present
administration.

There are other simplistic and rather contentious statements in the letter,
including the jump from "older Chinese Malaysians" to "many Chinese
Malaysians" who "are still obsessed with a misguided nationalism," but
perhaps we can discuss those claims another day.

jeffooi
22-11-2002, 07:27 AM
MALAYSIAKINI.COM
9:29pm Thu Nov 21st, 2002

<FONT SIZE="+1">Dong Jiao Zong contemplates legal action against accusers</FONT>
Beh Lih Yi

Chinese education movement Dong Jiao Zong said today that it may take legal
action against those who have branded it as being extremist and chauvinistic
for its opposition to the language switch.

Dong Zong's chief executive officer Bock Tai Hee said the movement's legal
advisor is studying the matter.

"Our lawyer is compiling the related information. We will continue to
monitor media reports and will initiate defamation suits against those who
called us extremist and chauvinist" he said when met at the movement's
office in Kajang.

Dong Jiao Zong came under the crosshair of government leaders, and the media
for its vocal opposition to the teaching of Science and Mathematics in
English.

...Last week, the education movement sent a protest letter to Malay dailies
Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian for their controversial frontpage
headings.

Utusan's headline read 'Chinese chauvinists reject new formula' while Berita
Harian said, 'Two Chinese NGOs object'.

These were published a day after Dong Zong and Jiao Zong met to discuss the
issue.

Meanwhile, the state-run Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) has also recently
started airing a multi-part, five-minute segment entitled Bahaya Cauvinisme
(Dangers of chauvinism) during prime-time news on its two channels.

Two-hour dialogue

Earlier, a delegation comprising more than 60 Malay and Chinese university
students held a two-hour dialogue with Dong Jiao Zong regarding the language
switch.

The students, from eight universities nationwide, expressed support for the
movement's stand on the matter.

They also relayed their concern on how the issue is being turned into a
racial one by the media which creates the impression that only Chinese
Malaysians are against the switch.

"What about the 36 non-governmental organisations that voiced their
opposition during their meeting with the deputy premier on Aug 24? The Malay
mainstream media has stirred racial sentiments and has attacked Dong Jiao
Zong. This development has worried us," said a spokesperson for the
students, Ng Chong Soon.

Ng is a fresh graduate from Tunku Abdul Rahman College (Tarc) and also
Malaysia Youth and Students Democratic Movement (Dema) secretary for
national affairs.

Meanwhile, the students also stated a four-point appeal regarding the
language switch.

They are urging that the policy, which will come into effect next year, be
retracted. And to stop all racist remarks and to respect people's opinion,
without resorting to threats.

The students also suggested that an education system reformation committee
comprising educationist, NGOs, ruling and opposition parties be set up to
re-study the language policy.

Ng also told reporters that a national students alliance to oppose the move
is expected to be established early next month.

"We have launched our roadshows in each campus and lobbying them to
participate in the alliance without considering their background, race and
religion.

Previously, the delegation held a talk at Tarc and will hold another in
Terengganu's Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia (Kustem)
tomorrow.

Media blackout

Several Malay Malaysian student leaders who spoke at the dialogue said they
regretted that the Malay community's opposition to the switch has been
totally blacked out by the Malay mainstream media.

Bock later told the students that he was happy with the dialogue.

"Undergraduates and youths should be encouraged to be brave enough to tell
the government that they have committed a mistake. This younger generation
give us hopes," he said.

Also present at the dialogue were Jiao Zong vice president Loot Ting Yee and
New Era College (NEC) principal Dr Kua Kia Soong.


FULL STORY:
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/200211210018303.php

gilbertgoh
24-11-2002, 08:17 PM
MALAYSIAKINI.COM
1:49pm Thu Nov 21st, 2002

Who is Dr Too Chee Cheong?
James Wong Wing On

Out of the blue, Dr Too Chee Cheong has become a media 'star' and household
name in Malaysia. His statement condemning Dong Jiao Zong and supporting the
language switch as proposed and decided by the Umno-dominated Barisan
Nasional has evoked mixed feelings and sentiments in the Chinese Malaysian
community whose collective memory is rather long.

Malaysian media of all languages, including electronic media such as TV3,
has introduced the man as a 78-year-old medical doctor and a former
chairperson of Dong Zong (the United Chinese School Committees Association
of Malaysia) who operates a private clinic near Petaling Street in Kuala
Lumpur. These are indisputable facts, although his public attack on Dong
Jiao Zong is subject to dispute and debate.

Before exploring his substantive arguments against Dong Jiao Zong and those
of his nemeses, it is worth knowing more fully the personal background of
the politically controversial man, infamous to the older generation of
Chinese Malaysians. There is a dossier in Chinese on the ex-MCA man who
later defected to the Singapore-based People's Action Party (PAP).

Education background

According to the dossier, parts of which were published by Sin Chew Daily
(formerly Sin Chew Jit Poh) on Nov 20.

Before the outbreak of the Pacific War in December 1941, Too graduated from
lower secondary of the Chinese-based Confucian High School in Kuala Lumpur.
Confucian High School had been alleged to be a 'hotbed' of 'communists' and
'Bolsheviks' during colonial times.

However, a source knowledgeable in pre-war Chinese politics in Kuala Lumpur
revealed to malaysiakini that Too's father was a staunch supporter of the
anti-communist Nationalist Party of China or Kuomintang who operated a
pro-Kuomintang small-scale private school in Kuala Lumpur.

After completing his lower secondary, Too then enrolled in an English-based
Christian missionary school in Kuala Lumpur for his upper secondary
education in which he performed well enough to be admitted to the medical
faculty of the British-run Hong Kong University. He returned to Malaya "in
the late 1950s" with a medical degree.

It is not clear what Too did and how he survived in Hong Kong during the
Japanese occupation, or whether he was in Hong Kong at all during that
period (1942-1945) where many Chinese in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaya and
mainland China, especially the educated ones who refused to become
quislings, suffered brutal treatments and victimisation meted out
indiscriminately by the Japanese occupiers who organised public sook ching
(purges and executions).

Chinese education

In any case, according to the dossier, after returning to Malaya in the late
1950s, Too "attempted very hard" to "insert himself into the circle of
Chinese educationists" and finally succeeded by becoming a committee member
of a Chinese secondary school in Kuala Lumpur.

In 1965, Too became the second chairperson of Dong Zong on the basis of his
position as the chair of the school's committee.

During his very short (only one year or less) tenure as the head of Dong
Zong, Too reportedly attempted to influence Chinese schools to change their
medium of instruction from Chinese to English, but failed. At that time,
China was popularly perceived, rightly or wrongly, by many English-educated
Chinese, especially those in the upper classes, in Malaya and Singapore as
poor, backward, chaotic and weak.

About a year later, after losing his top post in the school's committee, Too
quit chairing Dong Zong and, according to the dossier, "since then, he has
disappeared from the circle of Chinese educationists for 30 years without
making any public remarks on educational issues".

So what made him speak up now after 30 years of silence? The answer could be
either political or psychological, or both.

A Chinese-language newspaper yesterday reported Too as recalling that he was
verbally "abused" as "a running dog of British imperialism" for attempting
to change the medium of instruction of Chinese schools.

Lost on PAP ticket

Too's involvement in politics was a little longer. According to the dossier,
Too first joined the Malayan (later Malaysian) Chinese Association (MCA)
which was formed as a British-sponsored anti-communist political party
catered exclusively for Chinese Malayans/Malaysians who were collectively
perceived as communists or potential communists. However, he later deserted
MCA and crossed over to the Singapore-based Chinese-predominated People's
Action Party (PAP).

PAP was formed on Nov 21, 1954 at an inaugural meeting held at the Victoria
Memorial Hall in Singapore by English-educated intellectuals and
professionals who admired British Fabianism such as Lee Kuan Yew, and other
Malay, Chinese and Tamil-educated leaders of mass organisations such as
trade unionists Fong Sween Suan and AK Kuruppiah, journalist A Samad Ismail
(popularly called Pak Samad) and Chinese school teachers like Chan Chiaw
Thor. (see Fong Sip Chee, The PAP Story - the Pioneering Years, Singapore,
Times, 1979)

However, in 1961, PAP split into two factions, one led by the so-called or
self-styled 'moderates' like Lee Kuan Yew, and another by the alleged
'communists' or 'communist sympathisers' like Samad and the late James J
Puthucheary. After an intense power and ideological struggle, Lee's faction
gained control of PAP's leadership, while Samad and Puthucheary broke away
and formed the Socialist Front.

In 1963, Singapore under the rule of PAP joined peninsula Malaya, Sabah and
Sarawak to form Malaysia. The Singapore-based PAP thus entered into politics
in the peninsula, arousing fears on the part of Umno, MCA as well as leftist
opposition parties such as the defunct Labour Party of Malaya and People's
Party (PRM). The Labour Party of Malaya and PRM formed the Socialist Front
in peninsular Malaysia.

In 1964, PAP participated in the general election, attacking Umno's ideology
of "Malay dominance", Socialist Front's "leftism" and MCA's
"feudal-comprador'ism". Despite the apparent charisma of Lee, PAP lost
rather badly. One of the PAP losers was none other than Too who contested in
the famous Batu constituency against the late Dr Tan Chee Khoon of the
Socialist Front.

Brief, unsuccessful public life

It was after Too's defeat in the 1964 general election on the PAP ticket
that he became the second chairperson of Dong Zong. It is unclear if he held
any party membership between 1965 and 1966.

He does not seem to have impacted memorably on either the PAP or Dong Jiao
Zong. His public life also seemed brief and unsuccessful, taking into
account his academic achievements and his 30-year 'silence' on the Chinese
education front.

Too's involvement in MCA is not well documented. However, it is said that he
was active in MCA Youth where he met and worked with Sim Mow Yu, then the
Youth vice chief. Sim was later sacked by the party in 1967 when MCA was
headed by Tan Siew Sin.

Tan, an acknowledged Anglophile and a law graduate from London, once worked
for the British 'Information' Service's Far East Affairs Bureau based in
Delhi, India during World War II.

Like Sim, Tan was born and based in Malacca, but unlike Sim, Tan did not
understand the Chinese language even though he led the MCA for some 13
years.

Incidentally, Sim, 90, now Jiao Zong's honourary advisor after heading it
between 1966 and 1994, was attacked by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as
an "extremist" earlier this year.

Brother a psy-war expert

It is highly interesting to note that Too's elder brother, the late Chee
Chiew, popularly known as CC Too, was the ' legendary' anti-communist and
counter-insurgency psychological warfare expert of the British (and later
Malayan) police Special Branch during the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960).

Family connections, of course, do not necessarily suggest political or
organisational linkage between them.

Given his 'colourful' background, it is not clear if the press conference
held two days ago by Too is a solution to a problem, or the problem itself.
Some of his nemeses may say: "Doctor, heal thyself first."

For historians, especially of the Pacific War, Dr Too Chee Cheong's story is
certainly a goldmine of primary sources for a Master's or doctoral
dissertation.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
JAMES WONG WING ON is chief analyst of Strategic Analysis Malaysia (SAM)
which produces the subscriber-based political report, Analysis Malaysia.
Wong is a former member of parliament (1990-1995) and a former columnist for
the Sin Chew Jit Poh Chinese daily. He read political science and economics
at the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. While in Sin Chew, he and
a team of journalists won the top awards of Malaysian Press Institute (MPI)
for 1998 and 1999.


SOURCE:
http://www.malaysiakini.com/opinion...21121004916.php


__________________

gilbertgoh
25-11-2002, 10:17 PM
From Malaysiakini
Dr Too Chee Cheong b the mystery of survival
James Wong Wing On
4:05pm Sat Nov 23rd, 2002

Dr Too Chee Cheong, the 78-year-old seemingly obscure
medical doctor in downtown Kuala Lumpur who has become a
media bstarb in the last few days for his public outburst against
Dong Jiao Zong and his comrade-turn-nemesis, Sim Mou Yu,
is now a subject of debate of many Chinese Malaysians in the
streets .

Breaking himself out of a time capsule and 30-year
political isolation, Too has certainly made himself an object of
historical inquiry among young Malaysians, and subject of
passionate and nostalgic speculations for the elderly. History,
like news, has always had more than one side of the story.

A retired general clerk of a Chinese clan association in
Kuala Lumpur who is now a taxi driver told this writer that Too
belongs to the Cantonese clan, and that his grandfather was
Too Nam who migrated to British Malaya in the early 19th
century. It is also revealed that the bilingual (Chinese and
English) mausoleum of Too Nam is still located at a cemetery
in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.

Too Nam is well known among other older Chinese in
Malaysia as a follower and supporter of Dr Sun Yat Sen, the
Chinese revolutionary leader who overthrew the last dynasty in
China and established a republic in 1911. These oral accounts
have been verified by a written and open English-language
source.


According to an English-language biography of Toobs
elder brother, Chee Chew, Too Nam (1854-1939) was a bChinese
tutor to Dr Sun Yat Sen in Hawaiib and also ba fellow
revolutionary against the Manchu Ching dynastyb. Too Nam is
also said to have founded the Too Nam School in Kuala Lumpur.
(see Lim Cheng Leng, bThe Story of a Psy-Warrior - Tan Sri C.C.
Toob, Kuala Lumpur, 2000; pp. 21-22; Lim, the biographer, also
worked as a police Special Branch officer in charge of
psychological warfare and rose to the rank of Superintendent of
Police before retiring in 1984.}

Printing business

According to the biographer, the Too brothersb father was
Too Choo Sun who was born in China but brought to Malaya
when he was still a little child. Later, Choo Sun became a
businessman who ran a printing press in Kuala Lumpur.
(ibid: pp. 21-24)

Although not mentioned in the biography, an oral source
knowledgeable in the pre-war history of Kuala Lumpur recalled to
Malaysiakini that he continued to operate the Too Nam School
founded by his father. The Too Nam School is said to be
ideologically pro-Kuomintang (Nationalist Party of China)

According to biographer Lim, Too Choo Sun was a bvery
strictb father of six children, five male and one female who are all
described as bbrilliantb because two males are medical
practitioners (one of which is Dr Too Chee Cheong), another
three, bin the business circleb while the famous or infamous C.C.
Too, the eldest, was the blegendaryb head of the British/Malaysian
police Special Branchbs anti-Communist and counter-insurgency
psychological operations from 1956 to 1984. (ibid: p. 24)

At the time of the publication of the biography in 2000,
Dr Too Chee Cheongbs mother was still alive and living at 94
years. She is portrayed in the book by Lim to be a bconservativeb
mother. (ibid: p. 26)

It seems that the Too family was wealthy and well
established in Kuala Lumpur in the pre-war years when British
colonialism still reigned supreme. The father of Dr Too Chee
Cheong is said to be bnon-supportive of the Communistsb and
his elder brother, Chee Chew (C.C.Too), bhad nothing against
the colonial system and the British colonial mastersb. (ibid: 36)

Survive well

Despite the many atrocities perpetrated by the Japanese
security apparatuses, especially the Kempeitei (Military Police)
in Malaya and Singapore against the Chinese for their
widespread support for the Allied cause and the anti-Japanese
resistance in China, the Too family in Kuala Lumpur seemed to
somehow survive well and still prosper.

For, according to Lim, b During the Japanese occupation
and particularly in the priod 1942-1943, Too Chee Chew (C.C.
Too, the elder brother of Dr Too Chee Cheong) had so much free
and idle time that he was able to read all the books in the Kuala
Lumpur book club.b

bThat public library in English was spared any interference
by the Japanese occupation authoritiesb. (ibid: p.35)

How could a well-known pro-Kuomintang family and their
members stay in peace in Japanese-occupied territories such
as Malaya when the majority faction of the Kuomintang
government in China was fighting the invasion and occupation
on the Allied side?

All established accounts of war history have by now
confirmed that while hundred of Indians in Malaya were sent to
the China-Burma border as slave-labourers to build the bDeath
Railwayb over River Kwai, thousands of Chinese were killed,
buried alive, detained, tortured and raped in what has been
known as sook ching or bpublic purges and executionsb.

Working hypothesis

The defeated armed forces of Britain (including a huge
number of its Indian infantrymen) and Australia were
incarcerated and tortured, and some were also sent to the
China-Burma border as slave-labourers.

In short, the Japanese occupier were determined to root
out and exterminate in Malaya and Singapore all anti-Japanese
elements, real or merely suspect, such as members and
sympathisers of the Communist Party of Malaya and MPAJA
(Malayan Peoplebs Anti-Japanese Army), anti-Japanese faction
of Kuomintang, and the pro-Allied Force 136?

A working hypothesis can be found in a recently
published research monograph of the origin and growth of the
pre-war British Police Special Branch, which also gives a
comprehensive account of the then prevailing political situations
in British Malaya (including Singapore) and China. The book is
titled bAbsent History - The Untold Story of Special Branch
Operations in Singapore, 1915-1942" (Singapore, Horizon
Book, 2002)

According to Ban Kah Choon, the author of the book, in
the 1930s, Kuomintang in China was split into two factions, one
led by the anti-Japanese Chiang Kai Shek and another by the
pro-Japanese Wang Ching-wei.

Wang, according to historian Ban, bwas one of Sun Yat
Senbs trusted lieutenantsb and after Sunbs death in March 1925,
bWang for a while had an opportunity to take over the leadership
of the KMT (Kuomintang)b, however, bWang mouthed but never
subscribed to Sun Yat Senbs principles of national unity and his
lack of sincerity soon became obviousb (ibid: p.221)

Japanese support

In a protracted intra-party power struggle with other
factions of the Kuomintang, Wang finally sought Japanese
support, and in 1940 he agreed to head a pro-Japanese quisling
government based in Nanjing. Historian Ban records that Wangbs
quisling government had sent their men to British Malaya and
other parts to influence Chinese opinions and induce them to
support the Japanese bGreater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphereb, and
that Wang succeeded to a certain extent.

Using military and security intelligence now declassified
in Singapore and Britain, Ban records with details how the British
Police Special Branch based in Singapore also reportedly
monitored the activities of Wangbs networks and cells in Malaya
and Hong Kong before the outbreak of the Pacific War on
Dec 7-8, 1941.

Chinese political opinions and loyalty in British Malaya,
especially those in the Kuomintang circle, were split. Some of
them, especially the wealthier ones, actually supported the
Japanese invasion and occupation of Malaya and Singapore
(ibid: 221-233).

Could the Too family in Kuala Lumpur then be actually
sympathetic to, or supportive of, the pro-Japanese cause of
Wang? Even without a positive or negative answer to this
question, it can at least be safely reasoned that the publicly
known pro-Kuomintang family of Too in Kuala Lumpur was
certainly not regarded by the Japanese invaders and occupiers
as anti-Japanese, or sympathetic to, or supportive of, the
cause of the Allied forces.

Disturbing question

A more disturbing question is how could a publicly
well-known pro-Kuomintang family in Kuala Lumpur remain
bneutralb and acceptable to the Japanese occupiers who
maintained an Orwellian system of surveillance, intelligence
and security, and who conducted sook ching operations as
matters of routine?

How could the political background of the Too family
who was well known to so many people at that time, escape
the preying ears and eyes of the Japanese intelligence agents
who had already established wide and deep networks in British
Malaya since early 1930s?

(For researches into the pre-war Japanese intelligence
networks and activities in British Malaya, see Ban Kah Choon,
ibid; Peter Elphick, bSingapore - The Pregnable Fortressb,
London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1995; Peter Elphick, bFar Eastern
File - The Intelligence War in the Far Eastb, 1930-1945, London,
Hodder & Stoughton, 1997)

Of course, the more interesting and bcolourfulb story of the
Too family comes from Chee Chew and the blegendaryb head of
psychological warfare of the British/Malaysian Police Special
Branch from 1956 to 1983. It will be discoursed in due time.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

gilbertgoh
28-11-2002, 12:10 AM
Menaruh garam pada luka

Lee Ban Chen

2:58pm Wed Nov 27th, 2002
http://www.malaysiakini.com/columns/20021127013680.php

Maklumlah kebelakangan ini, gerakan pendidikan Cina, Dong Jiao Zong yang menentang penggunaan bahasa Inggeris bagi matapelajaran Sains dan Matematik di Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) sedang menghadapi serangan terancang dari alat-alat propaganda kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) seperti Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian dan RTM.

Dalam masa genting di mana ia amat memerlukan bantuan, Dr Too Chee Chong, bekas pengerusi (1965-1966) Persekutuan Persatuan Lembaga Pengurus Sekolah Cina Malaysia (Dong Zong) tiba-tiba muncul, bukan untuk mempertahankan pendidikan bahasa ibunda, sebaliknya ditikamnya dari belakang!

Dr Too sedar tindakannya yang ibarat "menambah garam pada luka" itu tentu tidak akan diterima baik oleh masyarakat Cina amnya dan Dong Jiao Zong khasnya. Oleh itu, awal-awal lagi Dr Too menjelaskan bahawa beliau tidak "diarah" atau "dibayar" untuk berbuat demikian, dan bersedia "sekali lagi dilabelkan sebagai pengkhianat pendidikan Cina".

Hakikat bahawa Dr Too dilayan sebagai"bintang media", terbukti sekurang-kurangnya beliau telah diperalatkan oleh media propaganda kerajaan untuk menjejaskan pergerakan pendidikan bahasa ibunda yang dipelopori Dong Jiao Zong, sungguhpun beliau telah berundur (mengikut versi Too sendiri) atau disingkirkan (mengikut versi Loot Ting-yi, seorang pemimpin Jiao Zong yang berwibawa) 36 tahun lalu.

Dia menyifatkan tindakan Dong Jiao Zong menentang dasar pengajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam bahasa Inggeris, sebagai satu tragedi kepada masyarakat Cina. Penulis kasihan melihat seorang bekas pemimpin Dong Zong, setelah disingkirkan 36 tahun lalu kerana terlalu mengagung-agungkan bahasa Inggeris, masih tidak menginsafi kesalahannya.

Kasihan juga melihat Dr Too yang berlagak sebagai wakil "majoriti senyap" masyarakat Cina, kerana tidak dapat membezakan tujuan peningkatan tahap penguasaan bahasa Inggeris yang disetujui semua pihak, dengan kaedah penggunaan bahasa Inggeris untuk matapelajaran Sains dan Matematik yang dipertikaikan sekarang.

Salah-tafsir

Lantaran itu, sungguhpun selama ini SJKC dan Sekolah Menengah Cina Swasta (SMCS) menitikberatkan pengajaran dan pembelajaran bahasa Melayu dan bahasa Inggeris di samping bahasa ibunda/Cina, beliau tetap tidak mengaku bahawa SJKC dan SMCS sebenarnya melaksanakan dasar tribahasa.

Oleh itu, beliau masih bermati-matian menganggap dasar bahasa Dong Jiao Zong sebagai dasar ekabahasa sepertimana salah-tafsiran Sin Chew Daily dalam tinjauan pendapat oleh akhbar itu pada tahun 1980-an.

Berikutan itu, sudah barang tentu majoriti pembaca Sin Chew Daily menyokong dasar tribahasa (yang telahpun dilaksanakan Dong Jiao Zong), dan menolak apa yang dinamakan dasar ekabahasa Dong Jiao Zong yang telah disalah-tafsirkan dalam tinjauan pendapat berkenaan.

Dong Jiao Zong mengemukakan bantahan keras terhadap tinjauan pendapat yang mengelirukan itu tetapi tidak dilayani pihak Sin Chew Daily. Akibatnya, akhbar dipulaukan oleh Dong Jiao Zong dan penyokongnya.

Tanpa menjelaskan latar belakang di atas, Dr Too boleh dianggap tidak bertanggungjawab dalam menggunakan statistik tinjauan pendapat terbabit untuk sekali lagi mengelirukan pembaca.

Menentang pengajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam bahasa Inggeris, tidak bermakna Dong Jiao Zong menentang dasar dwibahasa seperti anggapan Dr Too. Dong Jiao Zong amat menitikberatkan dasar tribahasanya melalui pengajaran dan pembelajaran matapelajaraan bahasa, iaitu bahasa Melayu dan bahasa Inggeris di samping bahasa ibunda.

Dasar dua landasan

Sekolah pujaan Dr Too ialah Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan Chung Ling yang disifatkannya sebagai sekolah yang melaksanakan dasar "dua landasan".

Yang melaksanakan dasar "dua landasan" itu hanyalah sekolah Cina pada namanya saja. Yang diutamakan ialah peperiksaan kerajaan, sama ada berbahasa pengantar Inggeris atau Melayu. Hanya matapelajaran bukan-peperiksaan sahaja yang menggunakan bahasa Mandarin.

Tidak dapat dinafikan, sebagai sekolah elit, Chung Ling agak berjaya di segi kelulusan pemeriksaan kerajaan, tetapi lebih banyak Sekolah Menengah Cina Swasta, terutamanya yang menampung pelajar desa, yang menjadi kucar-kacir setelah mencontohi Chong Ling. Ada yang hampir ditutup kerana kemerosotan pencapaian akademik dan kekurangan pelajar.

Oleh itu, mulai tahun 70-an, satu kempen pemulihan SMCS tajaan Dong Jiao Zong yang berlandaskan falsafah pendidikan bahasa ibunda telah dilancarkan, dan hasil memuaskan dari segi pencapaian akademik dan bilangan pelajar.

Perkembangan pesat pergerakan pendidikan bahasa ibunda dalam puluhan tahun terakhir ini sengaja diabaikan Dr Too yang masih mengenang Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan Chong Ling yang menggunakan bahasa Inggeris sebagai bahasa pengantar utama.

Dr Too amat marah, kerana pendirian ini telah menyebabkannya digelar sebagai "Anjing Imperialis British" ketika beliau disingkir daripada pergerakan pendidikan bahasa ibunda itu. Kini, ia seolah-olah hendak membalas dendam kerana pendiriannya telah merupakan dasar kerajaan BN!

Tidak beretika

Sungguhpun tidak setuju dengan pendapat Dr Too, kita hormati haknya untuk bersuara. Namun, ini tidak bermakna dengan sokongan media kerajaan, beliau bebas untuk menyelar Dong Jiao Zong secara tidak berasas dan beretika.

Memang tidak dapat dimaafkan keterlampauannya dalam menyahut serangan kerajaan yang menuduh Dong Jiao Zong berfahaman cauvinis. Harus ditekankan bahawa mempertahankan hak pendidikan ibunda adalah hak asasi manusia semua kaum di negara kita. Ia langsung tidak kena-mengena dengan fahaman cauvinis yang ingin memaksakan bahasa, pendidikan atau kebudayaan sesuatu kaum ke atas kaum yang lain.

Dalam kes dasar bahasa Inggeris, kerajaan ingin memaksakan bahasa Inggeris menjadi bahasa pengantar Sains dan Matematik bagi menggantikan bahasa ibunda semua aliran sekolah. Oleh itu, jika ada mana-mana pihak yang patut digelarkan sebagai cauvinis, ia sudah barang tentu bukan cauvinis Melayu, Cina atau India!

Pun tidaklah berpatutan Britain dituduh sebagai cauvinis dalam kes ini, kerana bukan mereka yang cuba memaksakan bahasa Inggeris ke atas pendidikan ibunda pelbagai kaum di negara kita. Yang bersalah ialah Dr Mahathir Mohamad dan konco-konconya yang berjiwa barat, termasuk manusia seperti Dr Too Chee Chong!

Justeru itu, tentu tidak adil Dong Jiao Zong dikambinghitamkan, sedangkan mereka yang berjiwa barat sebaliknya dilepaskan.

Dalam perkataan lain, yang mempertahankan pendidikan bahasa ibunda pasti bukan cauvinis. Sebaliknya mereka yang sanggup menggadaikan bahasa ibunda pelbagai kaum, yang patut dipersalahkan kerana bersikap anti-nasional dan tidak patriotik.

¡®Hak setiap kaum

Lebih tidak masuk akal Dong Jiao Zong dipertanggungjawabkan oleh Dr Too bagi kewujudan fenomena polarisasi masyarakat Cina menjadi "orang Cina yang cakap bahasa Cina" dan "orang Cina yang cakap bahasa Inggeris".

Selain bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa kebangsaan semua kaum di negara kita, adalah wajar sekali orang Cina cakap bahasa Cina, seperti orang Melayu cakap bahasa Melayu, dan orang India cakap bahasa India.

Jika ada orang Cina yang hanya dapat bercakap bahasa Inggeris, dan langsung tidak tahu bercakap bahasa Cina, ianya adalah umpama "kacang lupakan kulit", yang harus dipertanggungjawabkan kepada dasar penjajah British, bukan Dong Jiao Zong yang memperjuangkan pendidikan ibunda sebagai hak manusia dan hak setiap kaum.

Apatah lagi Dong Jiao Zong sebenarnya melaksanakan dasar tribahasa, bukan ekabahasa seperti dakwaan Dr Too. Dalam hubungan bahasa , di samping bahasa kebangsaan, bahasa ibundalah yang wajib diutama dan didahulukan, sungguhpun kepentingan bahasa Inggeris sebagai bahasa antarabangsa dalam zaman globalisasi, tidak dapat dinafikan.

Adalah keterlaluan jika hendak menjadikan bahasa Inggeris sebagai lingua franca masyarakat Cina, malah rakyat Malaysia . Harus diingati Malaysia bukan Singapura, meskipun Dr Too pernah menjadi penyokong kuat Lee Kuan Yew sehingga mewakili PAP (People's Action Party) untuk bertanding di Kawasan Batu melawan calon Front Sosialis, mendiang Dr Tan Chee Khoon, dan gagal dalam pilihanraya umum tahun 1964 .

Tidak lama dahulu Dr Mahathir mendakwa beliau mendapat sokongan "majoriti senyap" masyarakat Cina. Kini, dakwaan tersebut terbukti "benar" kerana beliau telah mendapat sokongan Dr Too yang mendabik dada mendakwa dirinya sebagai mewakili mereka, sungguhpun beliau hanya seorang bekas pemimpin yang telah disingkirkan oleh Dong Zong 36 tahun lalu kerana terlalu mengagung-agungkan bahasa Inggeris!

great
13-01-2008, 11:41 PM
First time,I read some background from English,before I know Dong Jiao Zong only in Chinese.very fewer English news about Dong Jiao Zong .

Chia Hak Soon
14-01-2008, 10:13 AM
Looks like DAP have just landed in usj.com.my.

Weezy
14-01-2008, 10:21 AM
MALAYSIAKINI.COM
4:19pm Tue Nov 19th, 2002

LETTERS
Unreasonable to attack Chinese educationists
HCH Prai

The language issue — the switch to English in the teaching of Science and Mathematics in all primary schools next year — is actually blown out of proportion by Umno and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad himself.

If I remember correctly, it started off with a statement from Mahathir throwing a challenge to the public regarding the language switch. He possibly assumed the majority of the people wanted the switch, based on a few favourable statements from some leaders. Little did he know that a large portion of the people, particularly the Chinese educationists, opposed the switch because they fear such a move would prove detrimental to their students who have scored well, studying Science and Mathematics in Chinese.
Umno politicians have since seen it fit to launch vitriolic attacks on the Chinese educationists for voicing their opposition to the language change. The dissenters have been labelled ‘chauvinists’ and ‘selfish’, among other things, for having the interest of the students at heart. This is really unreasonable and uncalled for.


SOURCE:
http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/200211190033533.php


strange. sometimes, we gotta read the news carefully.
i left my chinese independent middle school (under the umbrella of dong jiao jung) some 20 years ago. our science and maths classes were conducted mostly in english.

i really dun see what the fuss is???

racheljansz
14-01-2008, 11:01 AM
strange. sometimes, we gotta read the news carefully.
i left my chinese independent middle school (under the umbrella of dong jiao jung) some 20 years ago. our science and maths classes were conducted mostly in english.

i really dun see what the fuss is???Wow.. 2002 thread being revived?
The fuss is that many chinese school students relies on chinese alone. When these high achievers goes to the secondary school, suddenly they cannot perform as well as they did.

Mandarin will be very important in the near future but being Malaysian, these students need to be more than competent in just mandarin. Currently, there is a high demand for Malaysian who are competent in both Mandarin and English, globally and in Mainland China. When these students graduate, in 10 years time, there will be even greater demand for Malaysian who have both these language skills.
Even Singapore’s Minister Mentor acknowledge this
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/11/26/business/19569498&sec=business

Rocky19
14-01-2008, 11:16 AM
use the diversity in Malaysia as a strength. if you don't, you are just not going to have a competitive advantage over others and loose out and it will be not be a win win for any malaysians.

Weezy
14-01-2008, 11:36 AM
Wow.. 2002 thread being revived?
The fuss is that many chinese school students relies on chinese alone. When these high achievers goes to the secondary school, suddenly they cannot perform as well as they did.

Mandarin will be very important in the near future but being Malaysian, these students need to be more than competent in just mandarin. Currently, there is a high demand for Malaysian who are competent in both Mandarin and English, globally and in Mainland China. When these students graduate, in 10 years time, there will be even greater demand for Malaysian who have both these language skills.
Even Singapore’s Minister Mentor acknowledge this
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/11/26/business/19569498&sec=business

when i was in middle school, chinese was never the sole teaching language....

science and maths in english/bm, geography and history in mandarin AND BM (i.e. different sets of classes, covering different syllabus spm and dong zong) whilst language classes on whatever the language was.

chinese school students was NEVER schooled in chinese only.

that is the reason, there are many non-chinese students in chinese schools!

racheljansz
14-01-2008, 11:51 AM
Primary school different, was Chinese, before introduction of english for science and maths.

Weezy
14-01-2008, 01:02 PM
i went to a chinese primary too!
we did not start english classes until standard 3.

but most chinese primary are govt schools (with very few private ones). AND Dong Zong got nothing to do with the primary schools curriculum... if we are talking about primary school, what does it have to do with this thread???

further, even if we started english classes late, doesnt mean that students are not schooled in only chinese???

i just think that we got to really read the reported carefully. not always the truth.

Shaneburger
14-01-2008, 02:41 PM
use the diversity in Malaysia as a strength. if you don't, you are just not going to have a competitive advantage over others and loose out and it will be not be a win win for any malaysians.

Well said Rocky19 :D

Dong Jiao Zong has to come up with a plan that embraces English in Chinese school and do a good PR else one sided RTM/Govt will poison the minds of all Malaysians.

jianwei85
14-01-2008, 02:44 PM
old thread la..i thought wat happened..and wat attack had taken place..SWEAT..well, i think this time around, there will be no attack on dong jiao zong. "ALL VOTES ARE EQUALLY IMPORTANT FOR US." - BN

scorgio
14-01-2008, 06:04 PM
The fuss is that many chinese school students relies on chinese alone. When these high achievers goes to the secondary school, suddenly they cannot perform as well as they did.

This is plain nonsense.
Did you go to Chinese Primary School & Chinese Independent High School?
You go ask around Inti, Taylors or whatever College or Uni. Ask those straight-A performers (especially those who originated from Chinese Primary School), did the medium of teaching affect their studies?

Weezy
14-01-2008, 06:11 PM
i certainly did... that's why i said read the news carefully.

there are frens from the same route who went to uni without having to do pre-u becos of their attainment in the senior middle 3 exam (where dong zong is the exam board). these graduates have gone very far in life. :cool:

uchangeng
14-01-2008, 06:46 PM
This is going to cost BN., MCA in particular, a large chunk of vote swing to LKS..

Election fever is now enter "white hot" stage!

sinleong
15-01-2008, 11:55 AM
this is outrageous! i have stopped watching rtm and tv3 news for a long time because each time i felt they were insulting my intelligence with all these spin and propaganda. never trust what you hear or read in prime time news.

can someone please get hold of copies of these reports in mandarin? i want to stand in front of all the chinese schools in KL and selangor to distribute them. people have the right to know the truth!

Shaneburger
15-01-2008, 12:33 PM
...The fuss is that many chinese school students relies on chinese alone. When these high achievers goes to the secondary school, suddenly they cannot perform as well as they did.


Agreed with Scorgio :D

from experience, top students in singapore schools O and A levels are usually malaysians from chinese primary schools :D

in fact, I would like to see the list of Asean scholars - Malaysia Boleh!