Like many Malaysians I am heartened that there are more public moves within the Barisan Nasional establishment to support the maintenance of the teaching and study of Maths and Science in the English language.
Now we have PM Najib being quoted-
Najib had said that the Goverment would study the possibility of using two mediums of instructions in the teaching of Science and Mathematics in schools.
And, MCA Chairman Chua Soi Lek saying-
Parents should be given a choice to select the language for these subjects in schools where adequate qualified teachers are available.
“The teaching of the two subjects in English is a must if we are moving towards a developed nation status and want to compete on the global front,” he said yesterday.
My views on maintaining the teaching of Maths and Science in the English language is clear. Keep it.
But, I'm okay with where BN is taking this matter. Now they are framing it as a matter of choice. Parents and schools may be given the choice of whether to have Maths and Science taught in English or in Bahasa Malaysia.
This outcome will be sensible and, I dare say, it should be well-received by all sections of the Malaysian community.
On the matter of choice, it is interesting to see the slightly more sophisticated positioning of the MCA in public issues of late.
On the matter of the lottery ban in Kelantan, the MCA said the choice should be given to non-Muslims whether or, not, to buy lottery tickets.
On this matter of the teaching of Maths and Science in the English language (or, alternatively, in Bahasa Malaysia), the MCA wants parents to have a choice.
MCA is clearly trying to become the political party "of choice", if you'll pardon the pun.
It's a good trend that the MCA should keep at.