If ever there was even the remotest possibility of the existence of a Silent Majority, it would have to be Malaysian parents whose children are in the Primary and Secondary schools that are subjected to the National Syllabus.
Education is a perpetually hot issue in every country anywhere in the world. Malaysia is no different.
The Education Ministry has sought to offer free text books. Under the 2012 Budget, it is seeking to remove school fees. All these, in an effort to pander to parents.
In the life of Malaysian parents, we wear many hats, of course. At work, we wear one hat. With friends, we wear another hat.
Surely the most important hat that we wear must be that of a parent to school-going children.
Children are a constant reminder to parents that there is a need to protect the future. The future of our children are the future of Malaysia. Malaysian children embody the future of Malaysia. They personify the Malaysian future.
So, it is not hyperbole when I say that I am angry with the Minister of Education. Yes, I'm very angry.
When Najib ascended to the Prime Ministership of Malaysia he was quoted as saying that the era of Government knows best is over.
Obviously the Minister of Education didn't read about it. Or, maybe he doesn't believe that statement to be true. Possibly, he thinks the Prime Minister was making a lighthearted, jocular remark. Maybe he doesn't care what that statement was intended to mean.
The fact is that the position of the Minister of Education is that PPSMI is a policy that will be revoked.
This is the thing that pisses me off.
WHY was a policy change made, in the wake of a strong electoral message in 2008, without prior consultation with all stakeholders in Malaysia's Primary and Secondary education?
WHY was the consultation restricted to some doctrinal and dogmatic and myopic few, whoever they may be?
There is recent evidence to show that so-called experts or academics in Malaysia are wobbly in their reasoning. An immediate example would be the Council of Professors who declared that Malaysia was never colonised. They did not understand the difference between a de jure position and a de facto reality.
Were these some of the people that the Ministry of Education consulted with in deciding to reverse the PPSMI?
The revocation of the policy on PPSMI is, to my mind, a clear and unequivocal sign that the ruling coalition or, at the very least, the Minister of Education, believes that the "Government knows best" philosophy is still the way to go.
I, for one, am making PPSMI an election issue.
In this coming GE13, I am voting as a PARENT.
I'm not going into the polling booth with any other hats. I'll only be wearing the hat of a PARENT.
I can only hope that the rest of the Silent Majority of PARENTS (and all other concerned Malaysian voters) will do likewise.