Mayor Lai, there’s a big pot hole at Jalan Futtee Utama too

Mayor Lawrence Lai

Blocked drainage was the main reason for flash floods in Miri. Few years back, a major flash flood occurred at Piasau and it was due to the city council’s contractor failure to clean or remove sand/earth from the drainage system. The same problem caused the recent flash flood, whereby our main monsoon drain overflowed and spilt the excess water into many housing areas along Pujut-Miri, Piasau, Jalan Bulan Sabit, etc.

Also, nobody expect our monsoon drain was the main caused. All because nobody pay attention to its maintenance.

Nevertheless, the City Council have repaired sidewalks, backyard lane in my housing area. Thumb ups to those good contractors. To those who did not perform and only good in spending the collection from assessment rates – terminate them immediately! There are many other Class F contractors who can perform better but was not given the opportunity to do so.

Author do not have any Class F licence so no offend! And.. Mayor Lai, YB Andy, Datuk Lee, Datuk Peter.. our Science Museum is in need of a fresh paint too!

New Education Minister new policy

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Source: The New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR: The Cabinet has decided that the medium of instruction for Maths and Science will revert to Bahasa Malaysia in national schools and mother-tongue languages in national-type schools from 2012 onwards.

The reversal of the Teaching of Math and Science in English (PPSMI) policy will be done in stages, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said on Wednesday.

He however added that there will be greater emphasis on learning the English language.

English literature will be re-introduced, as will subjects on grammar and composition.

Beginning 2012, students in Year One and Year Four in primary schools, and Form One and Form Four in secondary schools, will learn Math and Science in Bahasa Malaysia.

The change will not affect those in Form Six and Matriculation.

The two subjects will be taught in two languages until 2014 for other students, he said.

“The gap between rural and urban students has widened since PPSMI started.

“Only 19.2% of secondary teachers and 9.96% of primary teachers were sufficiently proficient in English,” he said, explaining the Government’s decision to revert to the old system.

On efforts to emphasise the learning of English, the number of English teachers would be increased by 13,933 — retirees would be hired, as well as foreigners if need be.

Primary schools will also increase English classes by 90 minutes a week.

There have been calls from various groups for the policy to revert to before 2003, when the subjects were taught in Bahasa Malaysia in national schools, and either in Chinese or Tamil in national-type schools.

The issue has seen a rare alliance between Malay and Chinese educationists, who are against the switch, although there are also calls by many parents and entrepreneurs for English to be maintained.

How long will the current Education Minister hold his portfolio? Hopefully he will be there beyond 2012 to see the flip-flop issue happening.