It was reported in The Sun today that English was the language of choice for 92.7% out of 53,638 students who took the Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) in 2008 - an increase of 0.8% compared to the previous year.
In fact, there has been a steady increase of STPM students who opted to answer in English. In 2006 and 2007, a total of 85.6% and 91.9% of students respectively answered in English.
It is good to note that 36,470 (67.99%) of students were bumiputra candidates, 12,484 (23.27%) were Chinese, 3,884 (7.24%) Indians and 800 (1.49%) were from other races.
So, I don't see the point why people go against Maths and Science being taught in English. Why all the protests and when it is shown here that the young generation wants English as the universal tool to communicate with rest of the world. And most importantly, getting a spot in a overseas university. But does it mean that they will forget the national language, Bahasa Melayu I asked a colleague of mine the other day.
"No !" said Abdul Radzif, aged 48, a father of four. His sons are currently studying in higher learning establishments.
"Tell me, why is there a problem teaching Maths and Science in English? You think you can go to overseas to continue your studies with an A+ in Maths and Science in Bahasa Melayu? And when that time comes, you think you can brush up your English to fit in and be competitive?" he said in disgust.
"I am English ed all this while, but it does not mean that we Malays abandon of our mother tongue or forget who we are, how absurd can they get? This issue is politically motivated." he added.
The GMP issued a meorandum to the King, asking for the abolishment of PPSMI, I would like to share a few of the topics here,
If it is about achieving goals, any language will do, as long as the education system is intact. But I have the opinion that we must emphasize on allocating the top students in our own universities no matter where they are from. In this context, race and religion should not be discriminated at all cost.
If someone in the Ministry of Education opening say , "Learn in Bahasa Melayu in all subjects and if you score well in your exams, you have equal chance like the bumiputras to enter local universities with the same scholarships provided by the government without any discrimination.", what do you think will happen?