Opposition lashes out at govt’s ‘dual-language programme’


KUALA LUMPUR: The government’s proposal to launch the dual-language programme (DLP) in 300 primary schools in the country has led Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar to transfer her children out of their existing school so they would not have to be a part of the programme, said Pena Chairman, Dr Ibrahim Ghaffar.

“I have been given the right to speak on her behalf. Nurul Izzah told me she had moved her children to a non-DLP school.

“Unfortunately, I can’t disclose her children’s names or the school they are currently in.”

Ibrahim said this at the anti-DLP press conference today that was also attended by Amanah President, Mohamad Sabu, and the party’s Communications Director, Khalid Samad.

Speaking to reporters, Mohamad Sabu said that Amanah fully supported the “Gerakan Bantah DLP” and would launch a nationwide programme to explain its disadvantages.

The climax of this movement, he said, would be a demonstration on March 26.

Mohamad, popularly known as Mat Sabu, added that while the party was not against any programme to improve the nation’s grasp of English, the implementation of the DLP would see the country regressing into an era of colonialism.

“We do not agree that English be the main medium for education. Doing so will see us having to overhaul the entire education system, complicating matters for our teachers and gambling away the future of our students.”

At the tabling of Budget 2016 last year, Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that 300 primary schools would come under the DLP pilot project.

Under the programme, schools nationwide would be given the option to teach Science, Mathematics, Information and Communications Technology, as well as Design and Technology, in English or Bahasa Malaysia.