By Johnson Doss,
The Education Minister have broken his silence ...He said "The government today confirmed the retention of the controversial “Interlok” novel for the secondary school syllabus, choosing only to amend parts deemed insensitive to the country’s Tamil community.
At last we know , he have made his stand on the interlok issue.
Now , what are we going to do about that?
Lets be united now in this issue of INTERLOK , lets state our disagreement about this book for our children in School . Our panel have staged a walk out and still they don't want to listen to the views of 3 Indian educationist . what does that means then ...and why are the 3 was put into the panel for what purpose.
According to a friend of mine, a secondary Bahasa Teacher said , Interlok is a Bahasa Malaysia paper 2 subject of which interlok is one of the novel to be studied by the students. In SPM examination , these questions pertaining Interlok carries a mark of 20% the maximum. ( pleas correct me if i am wrong in this issue)
So, Indian students need this 20% for getting a A+ or A- or A for SPM Bahasa paper. That's a reality and a fact now.
Lets examine these carefully through this 2 examples of choices :-
1) Say that our INDIAN students refuse to take up INTERLOK and just sit in the class ... They will be asked to do work on interlok as homework , failing to they can be given 3 times warning , then suspension and thrown out of school. If this students sit for SPM exam and just leave it blank on INTERLOK question ,,then they will lose abt 20% of thier marks making them to obtain a B or C for Bahasa Malaysia.They can secure few % if they write somethings in the interlok issue as this is a written paper and it carries some marks and maybe our students will get about 5 or 6 % out of it. This students will not get all straight A's for SPM for sure . They will able to secure a place in Universities or collages too. If they opt out to work , they still can find a job in government sector for a credit in Bahasa Malaysia.
That's how I look at it at this moment of time ? Are we ready to accept this fact and continue to ask our kids not to study INTERLOK.
2) Say that our students take up INTERLOK but refuse to write the Bahasa Paper 2 on the part of interlok in the SPM examination ...just leaving it blank but doing homework at the classroom level... ignore but just write some nonsense into their homework sheets just like the Indian students doesn't understand INTERLOK ( buat blur aje), then the school can't punish them. if this students sit for SPM exam and leave it blank , They will lose abt 20% of thier marks making them to obtain a B or C for Bahasa Malaysia. This students will not get all straight A's for SPM for sure . They will able to secure a place in Universities or collages too. If they opt out to work , they still can find a job in government sector for a credit in Bahasa Malaysia. They can secure few % if they write somethings in the interlok issue as this is a written paper and it carries some marks and maybe our students will get about 5 or 6 % out of it.They can secure few % if they write somethings in the interlok issue as this is a written paper and it carries some marks and maybe our students will get about 5 or 6 % out of it.
So that's how i look at it .... Are we ready to stand firm in this matter ... shall we ask our Indian students to ignore or to follow the rules of the education ministry. I am abit upset about it now .... my fear is our INDIAN students become victims of a stupid INTERLOK.
My genuine suggestion ....
Lets united and fight against this stupid INTERLOK , we create rally and picket and sent our Indian's again to the street . Lets invite foreign TV network such as CNN, BBC, ALjazerra and others worldwide to televise our plights. Lets go again to the streets ( NON VIOLENCE and NO FIGHTING ) AND DEMONSTRATE OUR REMORSE OF INTERLOK ....
Listen dear Parents ,
HINDRAF fights an NON VIOLENCE fight .... be with us and come together for the sake of our own kids now and in future FORM 5 students . WE need to remove Interlok .... forget of other things especially which party we belong to or which group we belong to . Let us for once come as INDIANS , no matter what political parties we belong to. Be it MIC, PPP, DAP, KEADILAN, HINDRAF OR WHATEVER PARTY WE BELONG TO. LETS JOIN HANDS AND FACE THE INTERLOK ISSUE.
FOR PARENTS, COME AS IT INVOLVES YOUR KIDS FUTURE, NO MATTER YR SON OR YR DAUGHTER IS IN STANDARD ONE OR FORM 5, REMIND YOUR GOOD-SELF THAT ONE DAY YOUR OWN KIDS WILL GO THRU IT TOO ... THERE IS NO RUN AWAY CASE IN THIS MATTER.... LETS FACE IT.
I pledge and want commitment from all INDIAN'S from all background, profession, big, small, INDIAN Tan Sri, Datoks, and all layman ...come one come all ...for the sake of our poor INDIAN children ...please i beg all of you.
Start talking about Interlok and get a copy and read it yourselves and understand what a discrimination we are being held to... then only ...we would able to stand tall and demonstrate our non giving in to this stupid book called INTERLOK.