NO PLACE FOR INTELOK IN 1MALAYSIA!
Lie, more lies, misrepresentation, betrayal, deception, slander and we think that the rest of the human race is in ‘political and administrative comatose’ as we are!
Truly, we are specialist at doublespeak – a skill we do with such perfection even without blinking an eye lit!
Even if we do not have the skills today we import it and pay millions for this outsourced service!
How else can we reconcile or interpret our statements in international fora with what is happening right before our eyes?
We preach to others but are we practicing?
You do not have to answer that – We all know the answer!
If we are really honest to ourselves – the first thing we would do is withdraw that controversial and repulsive vulgar book called Intelok!
This is not about winning or losing but doing the right thing!
If we do not then by all yardstick of universal norms – we are all but hypocrites and pathological liars preaching at international fora but not adopting these universal standards domestically?
Let us look at the facts:
If the following are the said guidelines as highlighted by my learned friends why is the said controversial book â€˜Intelokâ€™ not immediately withdrawn as a teaching text?
1. Firstly and more specifically â€œSensitive Elements and Negative elementsâ€ such as stipulated below MUST NOT be included:â€œMatters which may be misconstrued, discriminatory, deemed insulting or offensive as pertaining to race, religion, culture, gender age or occupation.â€
â€œMatters pertaining to attitudes, thoughts, and behavior which are contrary to values in the societyâ€
The book in fact abounds with a multitude of such sensitive and negative elements to the extent that it has been referred to as â€œa classic work of Malaysian racismâ€.
2. Other matters that MUST BE observed include the inculcation of â€œnoble values and positive thinkingâ€.
The ethnic and racial stereotyping that runs through the entire work totally negates and ignores this guideline.
3. The factual material must be â€œaccurate in content and be consistentâ€ The facts must be â€œvalid based on ICT methods and must be reliable in theory and practiceâ€.
The work is a fictional and imaginative novel and therefore these dimensions do not apply in the first place.
4. An important dimension repeatedly emphasized the need for critical thinking provisions stated as follows:
This should be â€œthe platform for teaching and learning so as to stimulate and develop pupilâ€™s imagination through thinking strategies and creative thinkingâ€.
The book makes no attempt whatsoever to adhere to this guideline.
Does not common decency, ethics, and our adherence to rich religious teaching move us to take a collective decision to withdraw the said racist book which stereotypes and racially profiles Malaysian Indians?
We cannot have it both ways!
We cannot tell the United Nations, Washington, London, Paris, Brussels, Canberra, Delhi and Chennai and the rest of the worldâ€™s capitals one thing and do just the opposite!