Dr M says Najib can save PPSMI

(The Malaysian Insider) – LANGKAWI, Nov 4 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that Datuk Seri Najib Razak can stop his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin from scrapping the Teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) policy that was introduced by the former prime minister before he stepped down in 2003.

Dr Mahathir, who is still widely influential in Umno after serving as PM for 22 years, said the current prime minister should do so for the good of the country.

Dr Mahathir introduced the PPSMI policy before he stepped down in 2003. — File pic
Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, is due to announce the “soft landing” reinstatement of Malay as the medium of instruction for science and maths (MBMMBI) this evening.

The deputy prime minister said yesterday the government’s controversial decision to scrap PPSMI was final in response to lobby groups such as the Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE).

PAGE chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim had bluntly said Barisan National (BN) risks losing votes in the upcoming general election if it continues to bar students from learning science and maths in English in schools.