The National Education Blueprint (PPPM) 2013-2015 will be implemented as planned beginning Sept 6 in spite of the protests from the United Chinese School Committee's Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong).
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said there was no reason for Dong Zong to continue protesting the government's move to transform the national education system because it would not affect the status of the Chinese language in national education.
"When I want to launch it, they started to protest. Recently, Dong Zong had even held a convention in protest of the implementation of the PPPM, which they claimed would diminish the Chinese language.
"I would like to challenge them to read every sentence in the PPPM and try to find any word that proves that we are trying to diminish the Chinese language. Let me tell them, there is none.
"The government wants to uphold the status of Bahasa Melayu and to improve the quality of education in national school where Bahasa Melayu is used as the medium of instruction. What is wrong with that?" he asked.
Muhyiddin said this at the breaking of fast and presentation of business tithe paid by Uda Holdings to be disbursed to the 'asnaf' (poor) group at Surau Saadiah, Batu Satu Bakri here today.
Also present were his wife, Puan Seri Norainee Abdul Rahman and Uda Holdings managing director, Ahmad Abu Bakar.
The deputy prime minister also said the PPPM had no ulterior motives or hidden agenda to sideline other language.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the government would really like to see all children in the country, regardless of their race, be it Malay, Chinese, Indian, Orang Asli or the ethnic group in Sabah and Sarawak, to attend national school for the sake of racial unity.
He said this was also in line with the government's aspiration to turn national school into the most preferred school in the country.
If Malaysia did not give focus to education, it will lag behind and won't be able to compete with developed countries in the world, he added. - Bernama, August 1, 2013.