malaysiakini has an interesting article on education. The article asks Why not maths and science in Bajau, Dusun, Iban too? and is a valid one as the latest "flip-flop" is based on the premise that children learn best in their own mother-tongue.
These so-called education policies are not cast in stone and the guy is just being obdurate - two wrongs do not make a right. According to the Malaysian Insider, he has declared that the latest policy is final.
It sounds much like the "Final Solution" of Hitler during WWII. Should we excuse this poor specimen of a Minister of Education as he is clueless? After all he resorted to blackmail and bribery in Manek Urai without batting an eye.
The best overall solution for Malaysia is as follows:
1.teach Math and Science in English at the secondary level
2.improve the teaching of English in primary schools and secondary schools
3.upgrade the quality of the teachers in all schools
4.allow primary schools to operate independently using any medium of instruction as long as they follow approved guidelines for teaching English and BM. Annual budgets will be granted based on student numbers.
But don't be surprised if some of those unemployable graduates are soon recruited to be teachers. For the MoE, that will kill 2 birds with 1 stone. The only collateral damage will be your child's education.