A petition calling for Malaysian Education Minister Maszlee Malik to be replaced has garnered more than 156,000 signatories, as he continued to face pressure over controversial remarks linking pre-university entry to job discrimination against bumiputras.
Dear YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad,
One of the reasons why your popularity has seen a dip is because you have failed to listen to the complaints of the Rakyat.
For the past 11 months, many Malaysians have raised complaints regarding Dr Maszlee Malik over his nonsensical policies such as black shoes and socks, his idea of introducing cashless payment in schools, setting up petrol stations on university ground, and so on.
One particular policy to introduce swimming as a co-curricular activity in schools is worrying to parents. Recently, a schoolboy died in Sabah during his swimming lessons. Maszlee has failed to understand that schools do not have enough teachers to supervise the children when they are in a swimming pool.
Early this year, he was also whacked for his statement urging teachers from Kelantan to stay on in Sabah and Sarawak to make the two East Malaysian states their MEDAN DAKWAH. He gave a lame excuse saying that the work dakwah has nothing to do with the spread of religion to the children in these two states. The damage has been done and parents in Sabah and Sarawak have expressed their concerns over his statement.
There are so many issues involving our government schools which have been highlighted to his attention, but till today, he has not even met up with the various parents’ groups. One particular group had asked to brief him on what is happening on the ground but instead of meeting them, he delegated the job to his PRESS OFFICER!
This is an insult of the highest order to us as parents who are concerned with what is happening to our children’s schools. A complaint that I intentionally posted on the ministry’s complaint website shows how defiant the school is towards the Circular No 1/2000 regarding the use of additional workbooks for children at Level 1 (Std 1-3).
Maszlee is a newbie in politics and has little or no experience in any administrative position. Even his PhD has nothing to do with public administration. To expect him to run a ministry that is so important to all Malaysians is like bringing the Pakatan Harapan Government to a political suicide.
Despite complaints being raised to your kind attention, YAB Tun, either directly or indirectly, you have not taken the necessary actions to replace him with other more capable people.
We are concerned that the Pakatan Harapan government will lose many of its votes because of this minister that you have appointed.
WE, therefore, urge you to give more thoughts to the complaints raised by the people. It is for the sake of the future generation of Malaysians.
Please read another piece by a columnist of Malaysiakini:
“QUESTION TIME | Instead of worrying about the colour of students’ shoes and a cashless system in schools, Education Minister Maszlee Malik needs to focus on improving education, the most vital ingredient to upgrade skills, increase incomes, raise living standards and dispel ignorance……..”
Source : Online Petition