KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 — Datuk Zaid Ibrahim today urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to remove Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh as the higher education minister, claiming the latter’s alleged link to an education programme trainer with supposedly extremist views was tarnishing the “moderate” image of the federal Cabinet.
The former de facto law minister added that the trainer whose name was given as Mat Taib is known to run neuro-linguistic programmes for university lecturers, vice-chancellors and also teachers but often appeared to hold extremist views on social media.
He questioned if Idris condoned the views of Mat Taib.
“When I suggested that a documentary be filmed to explain the Indira Gandhi issue, and that it can be funded by raising money from the public, he said I should collect money from ‘DAP pigs and those NGOs who are anti-Islam and anti-Malay’,” Zaid wrote in his latest blog entry today, referring to Mat Taib.
“This is the quality of Malays that are roaming our universities. This is the type of Malay who is brainwashing younger Malays into having a dangerously skewed view of the world,” he added.
He said that such individuals would not have the platform to sell their “sick ideas” if it was not for an approval by the minister himself.
“Idris needs to answer for his relationship with Mat Taib. He needs to explain what he expects from the motivational courses that people like Mat Taib give and how our educationists will benefit from them,” he added.
He also urged Idris to explain the worth of the contract given to Mat Taib to conduct those trainings.
“If Idris cannot explain these issues satisfactorily, then he is too dangerous, and at best he should be made Minister in charge of Malaysian soccer,” Zaid said.
Zaid also said that there are only two Cabinet ministers who can temper the “rabid education policy” that Malaysia currently has and create one that is more useful for the 21st century – and named Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and also International Trade and Industries Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
But Zaid seemed sceptical if such a change will be made.
“Because the PM does not understand that only a good education policy will produce intelligent and moderate Malays, he will not make any changes,” he said. – The Malay Mail Online