_DSC6391KOTA KINABALU, November 7, 2016

The State government should put its foot down in no uncertain term when it comes to safeguarding the autonomy of the state and interest of its people

We agree with the hardline position taken by the Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem in safeguarding the interest of Sarawak and its people insofar the closing of the two IPG is concerned

We urge our State government and our Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman in particular, to adopt a similar stand in protecting the interest of our state and its people, and to send a clear message to the Federal government to object any plans in closing  down the two existing teachers’ training colleges in Sabah and to convert them  into some vocational colleges, as reported recently.

It is time that our Chief Minister speaks up in the best interest of the state and the people. Don’t just simply accept decisions passed down from the Federal government, especially when they are detrimental to the interest of the state and the people of Sabah. Worse still when such decisions were made without any consideration nor consultation with the State government.

This is clearly another glaring example where our State government had failed to exercise its autonomy, if it really exists.

There is no justification for the Federal government to attempt to close down the existing two teachers training colleges in Sabah, instead, the Federal government should further upgraded the two teachers’ training colleges in Sabah to meet the state’s increasing demand for homegrown teachers, especially for the semi rural, rural and interior of Sabah.

I call for the State government to reclaim its jurisdiction and management over education, so that it could have a better say on it, in the best interest of the State and its people and emulate its Sarawak counterpart in recognizing the importance of English language, and to strive to reintroduce it in public schools, as well as in the government departments and agencies.

Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar said, Malaysian politicians are hypocrite in playing politics with education by talking about nationalism when they too send their children to boarding schools in overseas.

Sultan Ibrahim is popularly-recognized as a staunch advocate in championing the restoration of English as the medium of instruction in public schools

The Sultan also cited Singapore as a good example where it had not only through English education system achieved development way ahead of Malaysia, but also successfully forged national unity.

YB Christina Liew
Acting chairperson for Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah.