Do not ignore him, he can cut you down to pieces before you know it.He is definitely the biggest blogger in the country and probably is the biggest in the region too.Just over a year his blog has received 20,906,770 hits.
Dr Mahathir Mohammad is not run of the mill critic, when he talks people listen and take notice.Cross his path and destroy his ideals and you would be damned. He has great following among the youths of this nation.The hundreds of comments he gets on his blog for every posting shows the kind of following he has. Translate this into votes and the multiplier effect you would be amazed how popular this man still is.
The government recent reversal of the use of English, mooted by him during his tenure, in the teaching of Science and Maths back to Bahasa Melayu, Chinese and Tamil is as misguided as the missile that missed to hit its target.The excuses given have no plausibility.The government should listen to the pulse of the people not the rhetoric of a few misguided nationalists and language extremists.
If the Malays in the rural areas can't cope with English and find it a verbiage it is not the language at fault, it's the fault of the Education Ministry, its implementing apparatus must have been faulty and failed miserably.Solutions should be found to remedy it, not kill it, to take the easy way out.There have been mission schools in the rural areas during colonial days and the native children of this country learn the language from day one.The excuse that rural children have difficulty dealing with the language is unacceptable.
It is also most disheartening and ridiculous for the Ministry of Education to say they can save RM40 million a year by not teaching English in the two subjects.What is RM40 million compared to the future of million of Malaysian children deprived of a critical tool for enhancement of knowledge and a medium for global communications.
It would be in the best interest of the nation that the government at least consider to retain it at secondary level.
As I have predicted earlier Mahathir will not simmer down until he proved himself right, as in the case of Abdullah, his constant attacks finally took its toll on Abdullah.
He has fired his first salvo at Najib here.