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One year on, Dr M for education minister and Nobel Prize petitions still getting support

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — One year later, Malaysians are still signing on to two online petitions started in 2018 for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to be the education minister and to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Despite Maszlee Malik having helmed the post of education minister for a year now, Malaysians appeared to have not given up on having Dr Mahathir spearhead “much-needed reforms” to the country’s education system. 

The online petition to ruling coalition Pakatan Harapan for Dr Mahathir as education minister was started by Raveen Dev on Change.org on May 18, 2018, and had chalked up over 30,000 signatures in less than 24 hours after it was launched.

Hundreds of signatures continued to pour this morning for the petition, which has now reached 120,837 signatures at the time of writing.

On May 17, 2018, Dr Mahathir who had served as education minister in the 1970s said he is taking on the post again with plans to revamp the education module and introduce new technology to the outdated education system.

But Dr Mahathir dropped the education portfolio on May 18, 2018 in order to honour the Pakatan Harapan election manifesto, which had in its 12th promise said that the prime minister “will not hold the positions of other ministers, especially the position of finance minister”.

Despite acknowledging the demand for him to take on the education portfolio, Dr Mahathir had then said he cannot break the position in the manifesto. Maszlee was later named education minister.

Maszlee, who was formerly an assistant professor at the International Islamic University Malaysia and is a first-term Simpang Renggam MP from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, had announced various initiatives and plans for changes in the education system.

Maszlee had also recently outlined achievements by his ministry in Pakatan Harapan’s first year of administration, such as a 60 per cent admission rate in fully residential schools for students from the low-income B40 group and a zero reject policy for students with disabilities.

As for the other petition seeking to have Dr Mahathir nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the petition launched on May 26, 2018 currently has 193,318 signatures at the time of writing — with some added on as recently as yesterday and last week.

Yesterday, the petition’s founder Alexandria Abishegam posted an update to thank those who have supported the campaign, adding: “We are still looking to nominate Tun for upcoming prize but will be doing so once we reach around 250k”.

Crediting Dr Mahathir with inspiring Malaysians to a non-violent change of government by using the ballot box, the petition had also described him as being akin to Nelson Mandela for leading a peaceful transfer of power and for saying that the new administration is not out to “seek revenge”.

The team behind the petition had last May explained to Malay Mail that it recognised Dr Mahathir’s chequered past in his first stint as prime minister spanning 22 years, but said that it wanted to change the international dialogue on Malaysia.

Upon hearing of the signature drive for him to be a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Dr Mahathir had in a witty and cheeky response last year said: “I’m not so noble”.

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 has been jointly awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”, according to the Nobel Prize’s website.

Getting Dr Mahathir nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 may also be out of reach if it has yet to be done, as nominations for this year’s edition has already closed on February 1 with a record high of 301 candidates.

These two petitions are currently the ones with the highest number of supporters out of 105 petitions found on Change.org that are either petitions to Dr Mahathir or relating to him.

That is apart from a petition started by Marie Claire Malaysia last month to Dr Mahathir as part of its campaign to seek for the release of Iranian women’s rights advocate Nasrin Sotoudeh from Iranian jail, which has garnered over 158,000 signatures so far.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/05/19/one-year-on-dr-m-for-education-minister-and-nobel-prize-petitions-still-get/1754387

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Jh Chin Especially with the present stupid minister who had demonstrate again and again that he was totally incompetent and unfit for the job.
20/05/2019 10:05 AM
qqq3 Jh Chin Especially with the present stupid minister who had demonstrate again and again that he was totally incompetent and unfit for the job.

the present Education Minister is an intellectual.....already better than u.....
20/05/2019 4:30 PM
qqq3 https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/476786

an attack on Mazlee is an attack on Lim Kit Siang.............
20/05/2019 4:33 PM
qqq3 https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/476786

an attack on Mazlee is an attack on Lim Kit Siang.
20/05/2019 4:34 PM
jasonor we have an 'uneducated' education minister who is also an ultra malay.
20/05/2019 5:05 PM
qqq3 I put on trust in Lim Kit Siang
20/05/2019 5:07 PM
qqq3 be happy and positive.... under PH, Chinese and Malays can grow together. Malaysia got bright future
20/05/2019 5:08 PM
qqq3 Chinese already dominate private university... u want the 23% to also dominate public Universities... what do the Malays eat?
20/05/2019 5:10 PM
qqq3 Maszlee is a liberal intellectual at heart..... and DAP and liberal intellectual can work well together, if the public don't mess it up
20/05/2019 5:12 PM
qqq3 what DAP cannot tolerate are Umno warlords and corrupted officials
20/05/2019 5:13 PM
jasonor the racial unfairness in IPTA caused IPTS to flourish. if every high achievers regardless of race can enter local university, u think people want to pay minimal 30k till over 100k to study private university? alot private students are doing freelance job, selling products online, work at restaurants, roadshows and events etc to pay for their study fee and also cost of living during their studies.
20/05/2019 5:15 PM
qqq3 Jason... happy and positive... everything will be better
20/05/2019 5:18 PM
qqq3 Jason.... Chinese cannot eat meh? no food to eat meh?
20/05/2019 5:19 PM
qqq3 23% want every thing..... where got like that one?
20/05/2019 5:20 PM
jasonor go to the streets at rural areas. u can see many poor chinese. some even homeless. meanwhile at the same place, i can show u big mansion of umno leaders that are 3 stories high.

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Posted by qqq3 > May 20, 2019 5:19 PM | Report Abuse

Jason.... Chinese cannot eat meh? no food to eat meh?
20/05/2019 5:22 PM
qqq3 jason...don't use the meritocracy banner and grab every thing ....no need one.......

I am confident Mazlee and Mahathir can find the right balance for the country.
20/05/2019 5:25 PM
qqq3 babablackship > May 20, 2019 5:26 PM | Report Abuse

V just ask for equality that's all.
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the malays also asking for equality only ma.....

in education.....how many percent of malays are educated vs how many for chinese?
20/05/2019 5:35 PM
qqq3 governance and management is about finding the right balance......PH government only a few months old , u want to ask for the sky......where got like that one?
20/05/2019 5:46 PM
qqq3 in the name of meritocrazy , take away every thing, even their last hope for a better life.......that is a declaration of war....not meritocrazy.......
20/05/2019 5:52 PM
qqq3 Mahathir is a visionary far better than ordinary folks. In the 80s, Mahathir promised the Chinese the cake will grow enough , not to be afraid of the NEP........Mahathir was right, wasn't he? And if all the Malays are fishermen and farmers, u think Malaysia can have peace meh?

Education is a big hot topic for chinese. .....That is unavoidable. And as long as the government allows liberalization....more and more private education at all levels from primary to university...we Chinese should be happy enough.

Problem for the country when the government decides to cut off all private university....that is when even I will be unhappy.

in the name of meritocrazy , take away every thing, even their last hope for a better life.......that is a declaration of war....not meritocrazy.......so, I say let calm heads rule and I place my trust in PH in finding the right balance.

the bottom line is this......how many percent of Chinese are educated vs how many percent of Malays are educated? In a sustainable Malaysia, it needs a blue print, a long term plan to up lift the Malays, some times even at the expense of some Chinese..........
20/05/2019 6:03 PM
qqq3 Chinese are very proud their children can get a lot of As......................But Chinese has some thing they should be equally proud..................Chinese are very flexible, very practical people,, good businessmen, can overcome all adversity, and maintain peace with other people....................lets not forget all these.



don't ever make the malays angry with the Chinese.....................don't do that in the name of meritocrazy.


Tell your Chinese neighbors, don't be so proud their children gets so many As in school. It is a stupid test in schools. ........be even more proud if the children like mine from standard one to Form 5 , just right in the middle pack for my son has his own mind.


SPM is no longer like O levels of long ago..............SPM tests stupid stuffs. Max A does not mean best student.
20/05/2019 6:42 PM
qqq3 when it comes to race relations under PH.................happy and positive is the best attitude.....Have confidence in the PH leaders.
20/05/2019 7:20 PM
qqq3 when it comes to race relations under PH.................happy and positive is the best attitude.....Have confidence in the PH leaders.

blah blah no help
20/05/2019 9:06 PM


 

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