|Language activists protest 'bad elements' tag|
|Jimadie Shah Othman Feb 17, 09 5:44pm|
The coalition against the teaching of science and maths in English (GMP) has criticised Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokhtar Radin for calling language activists “anasir” (bad elements) in the Dewan Rakyat today.
Hasni urged Bung Mokhtar to be a gentleman and apologise over the incident.
Earlier today in the Dewan Rakyat, Bung Mokhtar had touched on GMP’s visit to Parliament today and indirectly referred to the delegation as “anasir”.
The GMP delegation of about 10 people were in Parliament to hand a memorandum to several MPs and cabinet ministers, calling for the abolishment of teaching of science and maths in English.
Following Bung Mokhtar’s outburst, GMP members confronted him in the Parliament lobby and a short exchanged ensued over the “anasir” comment.
Hasni described the meeting with Bung Mokthar as “tense” as the latter and the GMP delegation had widely differing views on the language issue.
According to Hasni, the GMP delegation was eventually shown the door by Bung Mokthar who is also Barisan Nasional’s backbenchers club deputy chair.
The GMP delegation included national laureate A Samad Said, UKM mathematics professor Shahril Mohd Zain and UPSI Malay language lecturer Abdullah Hassan.
BN and opposition given memo
Among the BN leaders approached by GMP this morning were Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Shahrir Samad, Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Education Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.
“As usual, they said they would study (the memorandum),” said Hasni when asked about the BN leaders’ reactions.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, who is also Marang MP, received the memorandum for a second time. The first was during the Kuala Terengganu by-election campaign on Jan 17.
GMP, known in its Malay name as Gerakan Mansuhkan PPSMI, is a coalition of 14 NGOs. Some of its pro-tem committee members include opposition politicians such as Bachok MP Nasharuddin Mat Isa.
Jam 9.30 pagi, delegasi pemimpin-pemimpin GMP mula berjalan kaki dari Tugu Negara menuju Parlimen. Tiba di persimpangan jalan masuk ke Parlimen, kira-kira 40 orang polis beruniform sudah menunggu. Itu adalah halangan pertama.
Sdr. Rozan Azen membuka kain rentang spanduk anti PPSMI. Ia menyebabkan trafik bergerak perlahan kerana mereka cuba membaca tulisan pada kain rentang. Beberapa lama kemudian polis mengarahkan supaya kain rentang itu dilipat, kalau tidak dia mahu rampas kain rentang itu.
Dato' Ustaz Abu Bakar Chik tiba-tiba datang dari arah Parlimen lalu bercakap-cakap dengan pegawai-pegawai polis. Beliau meminta polis mengizinkan delegasi meneruskan perjalanan ke Parlimen. Lama juga proses tawar-menawar itu, lalu sebahagian delegasi berjalan terus ke hadapan menuju Parlimen.