Education Minister wants to use our children for War Protest


When this was reported in the media yesterday, can you imagine what the parents of schoolchildren will be thinking?  Since when is the Minister of Education involved in mobilization for any protests, war or otherwise?  Did the Ministry bothered to ask the parents who ultimately are responsible for these kids if this can be done?

First, read the article right here.  Then our comments.


Gaza Under Siege: Ministry plans huge protest by schoolkids
By Regina Lee

2009/01/09

PUTRAJAYA: Nearly all schoolchildren in the country will be mobilised to protest against the Gaza offensive by Israeli forces. Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said about five million pupils and 360,765 teachers from more than 10,000 schools would be involved.

“This is to create a wave of pressure for the Israelis to stop their violence and oppression of Palestinian civilians.”

He said the ministry would be working with the Information, Foreign, and Youth and Sports Ministries, as well as Peace Malaysia, to expand the campaign to a mega scale.

“When we protested against the US invasion in Iraq, we managed to get 200,000 people into Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil.

“We are confident that youth leaders from political parties, including those in Pakatan Rakyat will join us in this fight against the Zionist regime,” he said after his ministry’s New Year gathering at Putrajaya International Convention Centre here yesterday.

Hishammuddin said the directive was passed in the cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Asked on the danger of exposing children to such atrocities, the minister said: “When they grow up, they will have to face global issue like peace, environment and the economic crisis.”

He said he would be using the Unesco platform, of which he is an executive board member, to voice out Malaysia’s concern over the Gaza crisis.

First, any public rallies in Malaysia must have a police permit.  In this case, if this massive protest is held, the Government can be assumed to have a legitimate permit to make this a legal event.  Most protests are illegal as they are generally organized by groups against the Government.  The recent gatherings of protests by various people yesterday against Israel’s offensive actions in Gaza may have been illegal, even if it was Tun M present. Maybe this is the Malaysia that oppositions to the Government must have permits and Government groups don’t.  We read about Opposition members being arrested for their assembly of protests but we don’t read about Umno leaders in the same.

Second, all participation in LEGAL assemblies should and must be voluntary.  Schoolchildren cannot be “volunteered” to go to such massive protest rally because it is NOT part of the school curriculum or even extra-curricular activities.  Underaged students must obtain parental consent prior to extra-curricular activities.  Who will be responsible for any mishaps which is very highly possible especially when Hishamuddin referred to squeezing 200,000 people into the Bukit Jalil stadium.  This is blatant overfilling beyond maximum capacity and if there is a stampede of any sort, how will our naive children be protected?  Adults are responsible for their own actions by law and by nature.  Children are under the responsibility of their parents and guardians and the Ministry of Education CANNOT compel parents to allow these innocent lives to be exposed to unnecessary risks.

Third, since when do Malaysians use innocent children as protest collaterals sanctioned by the Ministry of Education and the Cabinet?  For one, all the children of Ministers probably do not attend Government schools and not in town, and hence, exempted from this protest rally.  So, our voted leaders feel it is OK to use our children, no matter what the age is, to be party to this planned rally.  Then perhaps we might have voted in the wrong people who has little care and concern about the future of our children.  If the parents bring their children, so be it.  But if the Ministry takes our children for such purpose, that’s NOT OK!

Fourth, if the Government thinks it so important to fill up a stadium for a massive protest rally, perhaps they should be looking at ADULTS in the civil service.  Malaysia has the LARGEST civil service per capita in the world it seems.  There should be enough people to deploy to break the Malaysia Guiness Record, a Malaysia Boleh event to squeeze 300,000 civil service staff to the Bukit Jalil stadium.  Don’t use naive children.

Lastly, what was the purpose of the protest again?  How will this help halt the Israeli offensive at Gaza?  Nobody knows but it probably gives political mileage to whoever organizes it.  Is this what Hishamuddin hopes for?

P/S  In case you are interested to read what others are thinking about this issue, try these: The Malaysian Insider, Michelle Yoon – I Am Malaysian, and Pradeesh – Prasys’ Blog.

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29 Comments to “Education Minister wants to use our children for War Protest”

  1. Nice article there anyway that you have complied. I am going to through all of it. Its great to see someone who shares the true Malaysian spirit !

  2. Asked on the danger of exposing children to such atrocities, the minister said: “When they grow up, they will have to face global issue like peace, environment and the economic crisis.” – hishamuddin
    ———–
    How about university students? They were prohibited from taking part in political discourses and the draconian University Act makes sure that they could not. These students are on the cusp of adulthood and they will be the upcoming community participants. If they are being prevented to assume their proper role, why is this idiot of an education minister trying to turn our school children into potential future Hamas suicide bombers?

  3. Education could use the children to protest the Israel invasion. But how come the government detained the children in JERIT, merely by giving reason that the children were used in this case.
    Were the children not used by the government to regain their popularity?
    In short, we have a government which is double standard, and would not hesitate to whip out all the obstacles standing between them and their interests.

  4. OMG!!! exposing children to extremes..but then on the local front, children cycling around is an offence!!! Know what i mean??? What kind of impression would it leave on the kids anyway??

  5. This is like the Hamas fcukers lah, using human shields and this a*hole minister is using children shield!!!
    Damn!!
    Which stupid fellow voted him to become minister?

  6. Asked on the danger of exposing children to such atrocities, the minister said: “When they grow up, they will have to face global issue like peace, environment and the economic crisis.” – hishamuddin

    If I’m not mistaken,that’s what the kids who were involved in JERIT thought about

    Which is y they r willin 2 cycle across the country n ultimately 2 parliament, handin over a memorandum 2 remind the leaders 2 ensure the preservation of their rights as Malaysians

    But what did they get?Nationwide crackdowns,road blocks,their bicycles vandalised,one night in lockup under deplorable conditions, police threatenin 2 take legal actions against their parents despite their full consent

    N now kerismuddin wants 2 exploit our kids on the grounds that the young should develop an awareness on what’s goin on in the world 2day?

    N they say the JERIT organisers n Pakatan MPs r exploitin kids n r against the law

    Double Standard n Hypocrisy at the highest level

    If our Palestinians brothers n sisters got wind that ridin a bicycle is a crime here, we would hav been a laughing stock

  7. * * * * * * * *
    Hishammuddin said the directive was passed in the cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
    * * * * * * * *
    Hishamuddin is on a mission to out do himself.
    First the keris waving stunt and now exploiting underage children to stage a protest.
    He is definitely showing his “calibre” of a politician when addressing an issue. He is also showing everyone front role seat of simply yapping without thinking of the consequences.
    I think all of us agrees that all the points listed in this blog is COMMON SENSE!!

    The worst of all is this(staging a protest rally) is passed in the cabinet meeting. I am perplexed what is really going on in those cabinet ministers’ head.

  8. The only other logical explaination for this is that Hishamuddin must have his job scope mixed up with some other minister… =D

  9. Hey dipshit,yes,when they GROW up they will have to face global issues.For now let them be children,savvy?
    If you are so determined in your quest,you should consider fighting alongside Hamas in the Gaza strip.

  10. what an idiot is our education ministry and minister.
    Read the link below, he should instead concentrate in improving the quality of maths and science in our student.
    But anyway, it is the stupid voters who voted idiots like this into power…
    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/opinion/breaking-views/136-breaking-views/15657-time-hishammuddin-broke-silence-lim-kit-siang

  11. Great comments.
    How would a staged “protest” help to stop the war in Gaza. I think the Malaysia’s Education Minister is either plain stupid, using children for political gains since UMNO election is in march or he is just trying to distract people from the K.T by-election which he knows UMNO will loose big time. In order not to be implicated in the K.T election result, he wants to get busy with this protest and later when the BN try to find a scapegoat, he has an excuse. That would hopefullty not hurt his UMNO election in March.

    If the YB Minister wants to do something to help in Gaza, he should travel to Isreal or UN to launch a protest himself along with the Home Minister. bring along Pak Lah since he is doing nothing until he steps down in march.

    The other good option is to set the whole cabinet to Gaza and talk sense the Isreali generals and Hamas. And don’t come back until the Gaza fighting ends.

    People, the K.T by-election is watched closely by all oversea Malaysians, including yours truly. There are hundreds of thousands of oversea Malaysians who will be back to vote BN out in the next general election. K.T is the tip of the iceberg. The next general election will be a Tsunami, cum Typhoon and it will wash BN into the South China Sea.

  12. Gosh, what in the world are they thinking? It is an offence to use underaged children in any form of protest.

    Minister of Education, please use your brains to think and not any other parts of your body to do the rational thinking. (etc: buttock, tengorak, or other offending parts)

    Leave the children out of the politics. Pls settle the maths and science issue now and not after the by-election.

  13. Its obvious that the intention is to make one thing clear to students: that Israel and USA are bad and that the Palestine authorities are innocent bystander victims being shelled mercilessly.

  14. ARREST Hishamuddin because he is using the underage children as political tools. Since the police have acted against the Jerit cyclist, the police NOW must act against Hishamuddin.

  15. We ask the all the MPs who are true blooded malaysians to make it a law that no children of any race or nationality whatsoever can be used for any public protests for political agenda. God forbids

  16. Malaysians protest the Gaza situation while they have a genocidal mass murderer on holiday in their country by the name of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Please consider that when there is such evidence of hypocrisy how do Malaysians expect to be taken seriously?

  17. Who the Hell is this Monkey, who uses our kids for his own agenda..??

    We, the parents have to protect our kids.. Should any mishap fall on any of the kids, we’ll sue him till Kingdom come..

    These Barbarians are so desperate, they’ll do anything to regain the popularity of Barisan and BeeeNd…

    DO NOT ALLOW THIS BARBARIAN TO USE OUR KIDS…
    Make it compulsory for the Kids of all BN goons, kids of all Govt servants and Armed Forces to go and protest.. Teach them how to burn flags and effigies from a young age, with the KJ Beruk as their “Guru”…… But…..

    ..LEAVE OUR KIDS ALONE..!!! yOU bARBARIAN
    Hisham…

  18. “Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said about five million pupils and 360,765 teachers from more than 10,000 schools would be involved.
    “This is to create a wave of pressure for the Israelis to stop their violence and oppression of Palestinian civilians.”

    What an idiot of a education minister that we have. Using school children to protest against the Israeli invasion. Does he think the protest is going to make any difference?, the Israelis with the backing of the US ignored UN resolutions and do as they please and yet this fool thought mobilizing Malaysian school children to protest will halt the war…stupid.

    Asked on the danger of exposing children to such atrocities, the minister said: “When they grow up, they will have to face global issue like peace, environment and the economic crisis.”

    Let children be children, they are still school children, remember? they don’t need Idiot like you to teach them to protest when they don’t even understand what it’s all about. Why don’t you Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein sent your children to madrasah in Pakistan
    and teach them to hate the Jew and the United States.

  19. I see the complains of many people against the actions of our present government but when it comes to elections, Malaysians are too afraid of change. In the words of Gandhi, be the change you want to see. Do not just voice out your concerns, act on it. If you are really unhappy with the present government, the power is in your hands to make a change.
    One thing I noticed about Malaysians is how we all voice our complains but nobody seems to take any actions. We are only vocal in our views but when it comes to taking actions it seems that we are content.
    Isn’t it any wonder that the government does not listen to the voice of the people? The Opposition now presents us citizens with a chance of change and a better future for our country. But the chance will not materialise if we do not seize it and exercise our power as voters.

  20. This is terrible, particularly the use of the word “volunteered” when it’s clear that no volunteering is actually allowed. To me, it seems to be a form of brainwashing. If I had any children, I would be extraordinarily upset with this proposal.

  21. Children should never be used to make a political statement. They are innocent. If the child would want to protest, that is one thing, but to use them in such a way to draw a dramatic attention by those around the world and possibly against there will.

    Mainly Political Commentary

  22. If our school children must protest, why not we get them to burn the BN flag after they finish protesting? If BN politicians can condone burning the flags of other countries, nothing wrong with us burning their party’s flag, right?

  23. This is our Education Minister!
    Can somebody check his education background?

    Why are our BN MPs forever making unitellegent statements..?
    What about the Jerit cyclist..?
    Now want to use OUR children for your own agenda, sooo……. its okay yah………….?

    Our Sultan of Selangor should say something about this issue too……!

    DON’T exploit our children to your whims & fancy!

    Use your Universities students. They are itching to demo!
    Use your goverment servants. Thats what they have been paid for. Your servants…!

  24. Instead of protest, we call for nationwide general strike for 2 weeks!

  25. First we teach them to protest against Israel and US. Next are we going to teach them via an education ministry directive to throw stones at KFC, MacDonalds, Starbucks and other so-called American and Jewish business establishment. Well with so many of our ministers and their cronies owing shares in these profitable business entities , only “stone talk” will take place but not a tiny real pebble flying. After all it comes from a Kris Dancer no surprise! Let’s WAKE-UP to REALITY.

  26. You stupid dumb education minister with brains in the wrong end. If you want to teach your children to become suicide bombers and terrorists, go right ahead, but leave other peoples children out of it. You have no right to force anyone to protest against anything as everyone has their own opinion on issues. You only have the right to speak for your yourself. Why dont you just go to gaza and fight alongside Hamas if you care so much.

    Dont use other people especially children to do your dirty work

  27. Does anyone know where do this shit head send his childrens for studies,I taught he has a daughter in US.Why not bring her back for protest and see what your daughter think of you.Shithead….

  28. there are huge contrast between JERIT and this massive protest…first of all JERIT is more about politically agenda but massive protest againts israel is more about humanity although it is organised by someone in government side.and about not in their sylibus,lets just that its better to failed as a student rather than failed as a human being.if you can’t do anything to help,just dont do anything to make it worse.i’m not saying who is right or wrong,but take your time and think it deeply.use your clear mind.and dont forget,there is teachers that accompanying our childrent…put your trust in them as well as your child….salam…

    • I beg to differ from Marshal’s comments that the intended massive protest is different from JERIT. A protest by JERIT is a private affair by the members and their children. The Government’s protest can use civil servants. School children are not pawns of Government organized protest, no matter how you might view it to be humanitarian. I see the Government’s intent to be purely political and absolutely useless demonstration and to use school children would be a massive error.

      Children ought to learn to defend humanitarian interests but not this way. The school is to educate well and teach skills that they can grow up to use. Leave all demonstrations to adults. If Marshal lets his children participate, it’s his right. But no Government is going to take my children for such purpose, thank you! And I believe most parents share this view.

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