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LKS: Peratus Sekolah Terpinggir IT/Eletrik
By Kapal Berita
5/11/2000 6:31 pm Sun
Rencana ini dipetik untuk mempamirkan beberapa fakta angka. Angka tersebut secocok dengan Rencana Asia Week oleh Saifuddin Nasution. Ia adalah antara kenyataan Lim Kit Siang mengenai K-Ekonomi semasa mengulas kenyataan Menteri Pelajaran, Tan Sri Musa.
Musa's S-statement in K-economy
Media Statement (2) DAP National Chairman Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on
Friday, 3rd November 2000:
Time for Ministers to show they are serious about K-society and K-economy
by giving K-speeches and K-statements and stop making S-speeches and
The time has come for Ministers and government leaders to show that they are
serious about K-society and K-economy by giving K-speeches and K-statements,
which are based on knowledge and information, instead of giving S-speeches
and S-statements - speeches and statements which are downright stupid or
regard the listeners or readers as stupid.
The latest example of such a S-statement was the New Straits Times report
today under the heading "Students in rural areas won't be left out - Musa:
Computer education at all schools", which states:
"Malacca, Thurs. - The Government will provide all the required facilities,
including generators to schools with no electricity supply, to make sure
that computer education reaches the students in outlying and remote areas."
Said Education Minister, Tan Sri Musa Mohamad: "If there is no electricity
in the schools, then we will provide the generators'."
"We will make the arrangement to ensure that the students are not deprived
of this education."
"He was speaking after launching the Intel-Teach To The Future programme,
run in collaboration between the Ministry and Intel Malaysia at Maktab
Perguruan Perempuan Melayu Melaka in Durian Daun today. It is also supported
by Microsoft Corporation.
"For schools with no telephone lines, the Ministry will provide them with
mobile phones or the latest communication products so that the students can
access the Internet."
"Such efforts were ongoing, Musa said, adding that most schools in the rural
areas had been equipped with computers, except for a few schools in Sabah
As Education Minister and one who came from an academic background, Musa
should be the last Minister to be making S-speeches and S-statements.
Musa's S-statement made light of the grave problem of digital divide
particularly affecting the rural schools, a problem which the DAP had
highlighted in the past five years.
Four-and-a-half years ago, in the parliamentary debate on the Seventh
Malaysia Plan in May 1996, I expressed shock and outrage at the high figure
of 25 secondary schools and 1,295 primary schools in the country without
electricity and called for an emergency programme to ensure that they were
all supplied with power so that they would not be left out of the
In the Royal Address debate in March 1997, I declared that it was a national
scandal that three years before the new millennium and at a time when
Malaysia was promoting the Multimedia Super Corridor in the world arena to
attract companies with cutting-edge technologies to come to Malaysia, there
were 883 schools totally without power supply and 440 schools with limited
I had proposed in Parliament that the government should launch a Schools
Electrificiation Programme 2000 to provide steady power supply to all the
1,273 schools without electricity or with only limited power supply by this
I also urged MPs from all political parties, whether Barisan Nasional or the
Opposition, to take a clear-cut common stand to demand that all schools in
Malaysia, whether in the most remote areas in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah or
Sarawak, should be supplied with power by year 2000 and that the Education
Ministry should give a progress report at every Parliamentary meeting as to
the number of schools without power supply which had been provided with
electricity and the number of schools with limited power which had been
given steady and continuous electricity.
But neither Barisan Nasional MPs nor Ministers were really interested about
the full electrification of all schools in the country in the past four to
five years, as it ranked very low in their order of priorities.
In his 2001 Budget speech, Finance Minister, Tun Daim Zainuddin said that
"By the end of year 2001, all schools with electricity supply and telephones
are expected to be equipped with computers and software" under the
government's computer literacy programme.
However, Daim made a significant omission - he did not say when all schools
in the country would be provided with electricity supply and telephones as
to be able to be connected to the Internet. This is proof that the Finance
Minister is also quite adept at making S-speeches and S-statements.
Can the Education Minister give a full list of the number of schools in the
country which are still (I)without electricity; and (ii) with only limited
power supply and when all the schools in the country would be supplied with
electricity and connected to the Internet?
Musa's irresponsible and meaningless S-statement yesterday about the full electrification and Internet-connection of all schools is most deplorable as the Education Minister should belong to the group which should be most serious and concerned about the digital divide in the country, especially considering a recent study by the National Information Technology Council (NITC) which highlighted:
Musa should make amends about his S-statement yesterday and announce
concrete details on the full electrification and Internet-connection of all
schools in the country.
- Lim Kit Siang -