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15-16 September 2020 bersamaan 27-28 Muharram 1442H:- PKPIM di bawah seliaan Jabatan Dakwah dan Pembangunan Insan (JDPI) PKPIM telah menganjurkan Tamrin Safwatul Mukhtarah di Anjung Rahmat, Bangi bersama 25 orang aktivis-aktivis muda PKPIM berusia 19-24 tahun dari pelbagai Badan Gabungan Negeri (BGN) dan Kampus. 

Tamrin ini adalah merupakan antara agenda pembinaan dan pemberdayaan generasi dalam menuju sambutan ulangtahun PKPIM yang ke-60.

Antara yang hadir memberikan perkongsian, inspirasi dan sumbangsaran adalah Prof Dr. Razali Nawawi (Presiden Pertama ABIM), Prof. Dato' Dr. Redzuan Othman (Pengerusi Majlis Syura Kebangsaan), Tuan Haji Ahmad Azam (Presiden WADAH) dan wakil-wakil pimpinan PKPIM Pusat sendiri.

Hidup Biar Berjasa!

 

18 September 2020, Kota Kinabalu:- Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) Negeri Sabah merujuk kepada suasana Pilihan Raya Negeri (PRN) Sabah kali ke-16 yang kini dalam fasa berkempen. Kehangatannya dirasakan bermula dengan penamaan calon pada 12 September 2020 yang lalu, dan berakhir dengan kemuncak hari pembuangan undi pada 26 September 2020 akan datang.

PRN Sabah kali ini menyaksikan sejumlah 447 orang calon bakal berentap merebut 73 kerusi bagi seluruh negeri Sabah, dengan jumlah pemilih berdaftar sekitar 1.124 juta orang yang akan menentukan masa depan mereka, iaitu kurang sepuluh (10) hari lagi dari sekarang.

Pihak kami meyakini bahawa Pilihan Raya yang dijalankan di Sabah kini, merupakan suatu medan bagi memanifestasikan kuasa rakyat dalam menentukan masa depan bersama dengan memilih wakil mereka di Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN).

Oleh yang demikian, Pilihan Raya haruslah menjadi suatu medan yang benar-benar telus dan berintegriti. Justeru, keputusan Pilihan Raya nanti haruslah dihormati kerana ia mencerminkan penghormatan kepada pilihan rakyat.

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Namun begitu, ABIM Sabah menyatakan kekecewaan kami atas fenomena pengkhianatan terhadap mandat rakyat yang berlaku mutakhir ini, baik di peringkat nasional mahupun di peringkat negeri Sabah, sehingga menuntut kepada pembubaran DUN seterusnya membawa kepada Pilhan Raya yang terpaksa diadakan dalam suasana negara menghadapi ancaman COVID-19. Keadaan ini jelas menunjukkan betapa para politikus begitu rakus merebut kekuasaan sehingga sanggup menggadai prinsip dan nilai serta mengkhianati mandat rakyat. Adakah mereka menganggap bahawa rakyat boleh diperlakukan sewenang-wenangnya?

Hampir 80 peratus calon yang bertanding bagi PRN Sabah kali ini berusia 40 tahun ke atas dengan calon paling tua berusia 75 tahun. Muka-muka lama dengan budaya politik lama masih membayangi medan siasah Sabah. Adakah kita masih mampu mempercayai para politikus yang sekian lama “bermain wayang” di persada politik Tanah Air ini?

Oleh yang demikian, ABIM Sabah, mewakili sebahagian segmen belia dan anak muda Sabah, dengan ini menyenaraikan empat hasrat dan tuntutan sempena PRN Sabah kali ini:

Pertama, “Katakan Tidak kepada Politik Kotor”: Kami mendesak calon-calon yang bertanding sama ada mewakili parti-parti politik ataupun bebas supaya meninggalkan budaya politik kotor yang selama ini menjadi norma dalam Pilihan Raya seperti rasuah, samseng, fitnah dan budaya politik tidak matang. Fokus kepada perancangan untuk berkhidmat kepada rakyat.

Kedua, “Hormat Mandat Rakyat”: Kami memberi amaran kepada calon-calon yang bertanding agar menghormati mandat rakyat sekiranya terpilih sebagai wakil rakyat, dan jangan sewenang-wenangnya berubah menjadi “katak jijik” yang “melompat” dan mengkhianati amanah dan kepercayaan yang diberikan. Rakyat bukan mainan, dan jangan sesekali menyangka bahawa rakyat boleh dibodohkan. Rakyat Sabah mempunyai karamah insaniah (kemuliaan insan) yang wajib dihormati dan dipelihara.

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Ketiga, “Orang Muda Mesti Turun Mengundi”: Kami menyeru golongan muda khususnya belia berusia dalam lingkungan umur 21 hingga 40 tahun yang merangkumi 43.74 peratus daripada keseluruhan pemilih berdaftar, agar turun mengundi pada 26 September 2020 ini, dan bersatu hati dalam merubah landskap politik Sabah. Walaupun kecewa dan muak dengan situasi politik negeri ini, namun jangan berputus asa.  Laungkan suara kita dan tunjukkan kuasa kita!

Keempat, “Hukum Calon Korup, Undi Calon Berwibawa”: Kami menggesa para pemilih dan pengundi di kesemua 73 DUN Sabah agar menghukum para politikus korup dengan memilih calon-calon yang berwibawa, setia, ikhlas, fokus untuk berkhidmat, berintegriti, dan hormat kepada rakyat. Jangan beri muka kepada “politikus muka lama yang zaman-berzaman korup”. Pilihlah mereka yang berwibawa, serta calon-calon wajah baharu yang segar dan kompeten.

Sehubungan dengan itu, dalam tempoh berbaki beberapa hari lagi menjelang hari pembuangan undi, ABIM Sabah bersama-sama para aktivis anak muda serta organisasi berbasis belia dan kepemudaan di Sabah akan berusaha sebaik mungkin untuk meningkatkan kesedaran dalam kalangan rakyat khasnya generasi muda untuk sama-sama merealisasikan kesemua hasrat dan tuntutan yang disenaraikan seperti yang tersebut.

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Beberapa siri aktiviti sedang dan akan dijalankan sepanjang tempoh kempen ini, termasuklah kempen anak muda keluar mengundi #SBHBGKT, pengaturan tampungan tambang penerbangan bagi warga Sabah balik mengundi, mendukung calon-calon anak muda berwibawa rentas parti, ceramah pendidikan demokrasi dan kewarganegaraan, dan melibatkan seramai mungkin anak muda Sabah dalam memahami proses Pilihan Raya.

Dalam kesempatan ini juga, pihak kami berhasrat mempromosikan sebuah filem pendek terbitan ABIM berdurasi 6:46 minit berjudul “Buang” yang memberi mesej betapa pentingnya penglibatan rakyat dalam Pilihan Raya (akses di https://youtu.be/uL3zVWGMguI). Pemuda pemudi semua marilah, bangunlah bersatu semua! #SBHBGKT

“MENEGAKKAN KEBENARAN DAN KEADILAN”

MOHD NUR HILMIE BIN MILUS,  Yang Dipertua Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) Negeri Sabah

 

Datuk Wan Ramli Wan Daud speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur February 6, 2020. 


KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 — A coalition of education NGOs and several national laureates have urged Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to reverse his proposal to revert back to teaching Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI).

The Movement to Abolish PPSMI said it would be better for the Ministry of Education to focus on improving the teaching of the English language in schools, as opposed to using it to teach those subjects.

“There is sufficient evidence indicating the failure of the policy to teach Science and Maths in English, when it was first implemented from 2003 to 2012,” said the movement’s chairman Prof Datuk Wan Ramli Wan Daud during a press conference at the Islamic Youth Movement Malaysia’s (ABIM) headquarters here

He cited the country’s performance in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

“Malaysian students were above the global average for TIMSS from 1999 to 2003, but subsequently dropped by nearly 100 points below that in 2007, 2011, and 2015.

“Our ranking in 2015 increased slightly, after English for Science and Maths was abolished in 2012,” he said.

Similarly Wan Ramli said Malaysia’s PISA standing in 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2018 was still below the global average, despite the government choosing Dual-Language Programme (DLP) students to sit for the assessment’s tests.

“Our students are far behind when compared to countries such as Vietnam, who learn Science and Maths in Vietnamese and whose standing is much higher.

“So it is puzzling why Dr Mahathir seeks to repeat a policy which has affected nearly three million students and cost over RM3 billion to carry out, without producing any tangible benefits,” he said.

He also stressed that the coalition is not opposed to the English language in itself.

“Many educators advised the government in the past to review how English is being taught in schools, since as it stands there are considerable weaknesses on how its taught.

“For example, back in 2012 Malaysia used a European-based standard to teach English, but which was originally meant to teach students in Spain, and as such was imported wholesale for our pupils.

“This meant our students were using a a system not calibrated to the local context, and which was carried out without first properly studying its impact. Hence why the current teaching of English in schools is so problematic, yet alone using it for Science and Maths,” he said.


Tamil Foundation vice-president Subramaniam Ramasamy concurred with Wan Ramli’s views, stating this has been his organisation’s stance ever since PPSMI was first mooted in 2002.

“When they carried it out in 2003, it was so sudden. No trial period or sufficient number of teachers to see it through.

“It proved to be immensely difficult to switch from the vernacular medium of instruction like Tamil to English, the schools simply were not equipped to do so. The ministry might as well boost our English subject skills than pursue PPSMI,” he said.

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia secretary-general Stanley Yong said a portion of the Chinese community have expressed concern that PPSMI would lead to the loss of the pupils’ mother tongue.


“Quite a number of people in the Chinese vernacular schools are of the view that teaching Science and Maths in the pupils’ mother tongue as it is the only way to let them understand the subjects better.

“The results are there, especially for primary schools. Though PPSMI has good intentions, as it stands we cannot do so without negatively impacting future students since we do not have the properly trained teachers to do so,” he said.

Abim president Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz said that ultimately the prime minister should not have made the decision himself.

“It is no longer like the old days of how the government knows best, making decisions without first seeking a consensus.

“Tun Dr Mahathir ought to know better that it is not a one-man show. They should have focused on other more pressing issues to the rakyat than on this,”

The policy was first implemented in stages in 2003 despite strong resistance from educational, cultural and intellectual figures at the time. It was one of the last decisions by Dr Mahathir during his first tenure as prime minister, shortly before leaving office that year.

It was eventually implemented in full by 2007, but five years later was reversed by then-education miinister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who introduced its replacement policy of upholding Bahasa Malaysia and strengthening the English language.

Earlier today Dr Mahathir, who is acting education minister, said the Cabinet has not yet made a concrete decision on implementing PPSMI, with a committee being set up to study its impact- The Malay Mail Online. 

 

National laureate Professor Dr Siti Zainon Ismail (right) and Gerakan Mansuhkan PPSMI chairman Professor Datuk Wan Ramli Wan Daud (centre) protesting against the proposed reimplementation for teaching of Science and Mathematics in English, in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Also present are Islamic Youth Movement Malaysia president Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz (front row, second from left) and representatives of non-governmental organisations. PIC BY EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN (New Straits Times).

KUALA LUMPUR: The direction of the education system should be in tandem with the qualities outlined in Vision 2020 by emphasising on local cultures to shape the identity of the country.

Former Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka director-general Professor Datuk Dr Awang Sariyan said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed’s Vision 2020, introduced in 1991, had the ingredients of a wholesome vision.

He said Dr Mahathir, who is acting education minister, had wanted to shape the future through local cultures back then.

“Dr Mahathir must have remembered that his Vision 2020 introduced policies that included the Look East Policy, which would have enabled us to become successful in our own mould.

“He (Dr Mahathir) was impressed by the Japanese. They have been successful despite using their own language (for education),” he said.

Dr Awang said this at the Islamic Youth Movement Malaysia’s (Abim) press conference to protest against the proposed reimplementation for teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) in schools.

Abim president Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz said Dr Mahathir should not have made any decision by himself.

“It is no longer like the old days when the government makes decisions without getting a consensus (from others).”

He said the government should have focused on other pressing issues.

National laureate Professor Dr Siti Zainon Ismail recalled the time when she met Dr Mahathir when he visited the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka office.

“He told me that his Bahasa Melayu wasn’t very formal because it has a strong Malay dialect, but I feel that local dialects should be preserved, while the formal Malay language can be introduced in an education setting,” she said.

Dr Siti urged academicians and cultural experts not to be afraid to express their opinions about PPSMI.

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