THE Malayan Christian Schools’ Council is shocked at the government’s decision not to include Bible Knowledge in the two additional SPM subjects as announced recently.
This is despite repeated representations and memoranda to the authorities concerned since June this year.
In a news report on The Star Online dated 8 Dec 2009, it was announced that the two additional SPM subjects are limited to Bahasa Arab, Bahasa Cina, Bahasa Tamil, Chinese Literature and Tamil Literature.
This decision appears to have been hastily taken without due consultation. It has unjustly excluded other subjects which are highly valued by ethnic and religious minorities in Malaysia.
Among these subjects are Bahasa Iban, Bahasa Punjab and Bible Knowledge. This marginalisation is a source of great consternation among the affected communities which constitute a significant percentage of Malaysians.
We urge the cabinet, in particular the education minister, to leave the choice of the two additional SPM subjects to the candidate. Surely, such an inclusive approach is more in line with the prime minister’s vision of 1Malaysia “People First, Performance Now”.
Yap Kok Keong
Malayan Christian Schools’ Council
17 Dec 2009
The Malayan Christian Schools’ Council represents the Mission Authorities of the Catholic, Methodist, Anglican, Brethren, Presbyterian and Basel Churches.