Need for action on schools

  • Nation
  • Monday, 17 Feb 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Brave, firm and effective actions by the Government are needed to enable national schools to produce quality individuals who can adapt with international values, Datuk Zainuddin Maidin said. 

The Deputy Information Minister said national schools had turned into “Islamic Malay schools.”  

“It began with the directive to newspapers in the 1980s to refer 'Bahasa Malaysia' as 'Bahasa Melayu'. 

“However, not all followed the directive, with some still abiding with the directive of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj who wanted 'Bahasa Melayu' to be referred to as 'Bahasa Malaysia',” he said.  

He said the Tunku was of the view that this would be more acceptable to the country’s plural society. – Bernama  

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