Saturday, 18 May 2019

Education minister Maszlee ‘no different’ from BN politicians, claims Penang DCM / 槟第二副首长公开批马智礼, 跟国阵政客“没有什么不同”

Education minister Maszlee ‘no different’ from BN politicians, claims Penang DCM

BY OPALYN MOK

Published 9 hours ago on 17 May 2019


Penang second Deputy Chief Minister P. Ramasamy says some ministers are no different from those in power they replaced in using race and religion to ensure their political survival. 

GEORGE TOWN, May 17 ― P. Ramasamy today described fellow Pakatan Harapan (PH) colleague Maszlee Malik as “no different” from Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians after the education minister’s remarks about the matriculation quota and alleged private sector biases against Bumiputera jobseekers.

The Penang second deputy chief minister said some ministers and gave the example of Maszlee, are no different from those in power they replaced in using race and religion to ensure their political survival.

“It is shocking that Maszlee could link the continuation of the matriculation quota on the existence of unfair employment system for Bumiputera in the private sector,” the DAP lawmaker said in a statement.

Ramasamy was responding to Maszlee’s reported remarks that Bumiputera were denied job opportunities because they were Mandarin illiterate nor could they speak the language in justifying the government’s decision to keep the present matriculation quota system.

“So he says as long as the private sector, in other words, Chinese employers, are only recruiting on the basis of knowledge of Mandarin, then the government will maintain the present matriculation quota.

 “But now, there is realisation that some of our ministers like Maszlee are no different from the BN era politicians who used race and religion to ensure their political survival,” Ramasamy said.

He then accused Maszlee of being “entrapped in thinking along racial lines”.

“What is the difference between him and Umno politicians?” he then asked.

Ramasamy said that the employment of Bumiputera in the private sector would have been raised in Cabinet if there was a real problem.

“Why is he raising the matter in the public, does he want to score some political points in a predominantly Malay crowd?” he asked.

He said when PH won the government, some would expect racial policies in education and other areas would be in the past, but added that it was not the case with the matriculation system.

Ramasamy said a recent survey indicated that Indians face the most discrimination in the private sector while the public sector is completely monopolised by the Bumiputera.

“If this is so, what action the government is doing to rectify the situation rather to link it to the matriculation quota system?” he asked.

He pointed out that the employment of the ethnic Chinese and Indians is limited in the public sector.

He asked Maszlee if the ministry would take the initiative to change the quota system since Bumiputera constitute the vast majority of employees in the public sector.

“Maszlee after having said much on the colour of school shoes and the weight of bags seems to have nothing much to add in terms of forward looking policies to propel the education system,” he added.

He accused Maszlee of behaving like Umno politicians who think that race and religion are needed to safeguard his position in the current government.

“Well, with politicians like Maszlee, PH can say goodbye to bring about policies and reforms to move the nation ahead,” he said.

Yesterday, during a forum with university students at USM, Maszlee responded to a question on the matriculation quota by stating that the quota system should not be looked at in isolation as there were Bumiputera being denied jobs because they don’t know Mandarin.

“If we can make do without all that, if we can give equal business opportunities, then we can talk about being fair to all,” he reportedly said.
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槟第二副首长公开批马智礼,
  跟国阵政客“没有什么不同”

作者/来源:OPALYN MOK/<马来邮报>

槟州第二副首席部长拉玛萨米(P. Ramasamy)指责马智礼(Maszlee Malik)表现得像巫统政客,跟他们同样需要利用种族和宗教来维护他本身在现任政府中的地位。

[乔治市5月17日讯]  针对教育部长关于我国大学预科班限额(固打)和声称私人企业对土著求职者的排斥的谈话,槟州第二副首席部长拉玛萨米(P. Ramasamy)今日评论他的希盟同僚马智礼跟国阵政客“没有什么不同”。

槟城第二副首席部长说,一些部长(他举马智礼为例)跟他们取代的在前朝利用种族和宗教来取得他们的政治生存的部长没有什么不同。

这名民主行动党的立法议员在他的一份声明中说,“马智礼竟然可以将大学预科班限额的延续,跟私人企业里存在的对土著不公平的雇用制度相提并论,真是令人震惊”。

拉玛萨米是回应马智礼的公开谈话。马智礼说,土著因为不谙华语(指普通话)而失去就业机会,政府就因为他们(土著)不懂华语华文,而决定必须保持现有的大学预科班限额的制度。

“所以他说,只要私人企业,换句话说就是华人雇主,仅根据华语知识的基础来雇用员工,那么政府就将维持现有的大学预科班限额的制度。”

“但是现在,人们已经意识到,像马智礼这样的一些部长,跟使用种族和宗教来确保他们的政治生存的国阵时代的政客没有什么不同,”拉马萨米说。

他指责马智礼“陷入了种族路线思维”。

他随后问道“马智礼和巫统的政客有什么不同?”。

拉玛萨米说,如果土著在私人企业就业出现真正的问题,就应该向内阁提出。

“为什么他在公众场合提出这个问题?他是否想在马来族群中获得一些政治加分?”他问道。

他说,当希盟上台执政时,有许多人期望教育和其他领域的种族政策将会废除,但补充说,大学预科班限额的制度并非如此。

拉马萨米说,最近的一项调查显示,印度人在私人企业面临的歧视最为严重,而公共部门完全为土著所垄断。

“如果是这样,那么政府正在采取什么行动来纠正这种情况,而不是将它跟大学预科班限额制度相提并论?”他问道。

他指出,华人和印度人在公共部门就业机会是非常有限的。

他问马智礼,既然土著在公共部门就业占了绝大多数,教育部是否会主动改变非土著的限额制度?

他补充说,“马智礼说了许多关于学校鞋子的颜色和书包的重量以外,似乎也没有提出什么前瞻性政策可以用来推动教育的发展”

他指责马智礼表现得像巫统政客,跟他们同样需要利用种族和宗教来维护他本身在现任政府中的地位。

他说,“好吧!有了像马智礼这样的政客,希盟可以向‘制定改革政策、推动国家发展’告别了。”

昨天,马智礼在马来西亚理科大学(USM)举办的一个大学生论坛上,回答一个关于大学预科班限额的问题。他说,大学预科班限额的问题不应该孤立看待,这是因为土著由于不谙华语而无法获得工作机会的事实存在。

他根据传闻说,“如果我们能够做到这一点,如果我们可以提供平等的商业机会,那么我们就可以谈论对所有人公平。”

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