Malaysiakini: Gov't has no hand in Astro rates: "Deputy Information Communications and Culture minister Joseph Salang Gandum said the paid services provided by Astro were not basic communications service but rather a choice made by subscribers to have a choice of more channels"
Also Mahathir said the government was exposing Malaysia to peril by reversing the policy of teaching maths and science in English. “English is the language of the Knowledge Age. Countries which do not master English will not only be left behind but risk being colonised either directly or indirectly.” Source: Dr M: Forsaking English is the nation’s folly.
Lots of very concerned Malaysian parents are desperate for good schools and desperate for their children to master English and are despondent over the sorry states of our Sekolah Kebangsaan (National Schools). English is now the International Language whether we like it or not, the language of commerce, language for science and technology and anybody and any nation must master English to be able to compete not only nationally but also globally. Why must our Government and some of our citizens not allow us to set up private schools which uses English if not as the medium of instructions while also using Bahasa Malaysia, then at least as the medium of instruction for Science and Mathematics.
I hope politicians will take up this issue and raise the matter in Parliament and fight for private schools which have greater latitude in deciding on the language of instructions. After all, a Minister had said "...the paid services provided by Astro were not basic communications service but rather a choice made by subscribers". That should be changed to "..the education provided the private schools the choices made by parents...".