Archive for July, 2009

July 30, 2009

Questions Unanswered – Remains Unanswered


The death of Teoh Beng Hock at MACC Shah Alam office remains a mystery before the inquest begins today and now adjourned to 5 August (the inquest was adjourned today).  So many questions, so few answers, and more questions arise each day.  Will we get any answers to the untimely death of Teoh or will this chapter be closed with little public accountability?

There are many blogs that have the public scrutinizing this very high profile public incident.  Lots of budding amateur CSIs analyzing from pictures taken at the crime scene (Rights2Write – read here).  Lim Kit Siang provided a precursor to the inquest on his interview today (read here).  Another curious article by Raja Petra (read here) strokes more questions to be answered (compare the two pictures in that article).

The following crime scene picture is graphic and may be offensive to some viewers.  Viewer discretion is adviced.  Continue only if you know what you are doing.

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July 9, 2009

Reversal of using English to teach Maths and Science by 2012


Today, we read of the Government’s decision to “end the policy of teaching mathematics and science in English or PPSMI in both primary and secondary schools effective from 2012” (read here).

Muhyiddin Yassin, the Education Minister, says it was a fair decision that was carefully made after analysing the implemention for six years.

Muhyiddin had admitted in Parliament last month that students had not shown significant improvement in the two subjects over the past six years.

Interestingly, he and MOE officers had supposedly “briefed” Tun M on this decision probably to avert a backlash from the person who pushed for the teaching of Maths and Science in English six years ago (read here) and said that Tun M accepted this policy change.

Virtually immediately, Tun M came back saying he expressing “disappointment with the government’s decision to scrap his policy of teaching mathematics and science in English, saying it will affect future generations” (read here).  He claims his recommendations was not taken into consideration after giving them to Muhyiddin during their meeting.

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