“Fadhlina should acknowledge contributions of predecessors”

Letter to Editor

THE Education Ministry (MOE) recently announced that the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 has been a resounding success, 10 years after its launch.

In light of this achievement, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the dedicated endeavours of the MOE team particularly the educators, who have diligently brought the masterplan’s vision into tangible fruition.

Education is a complex matter in Malaysia, with many stakeholders sometimes having competing interests. It would not have been successful without the tenacity and commitment shown by the ministry staff.

 Be that as it may, Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek should acknowledge her predecessors’ past contributions in chipping in to make the blueprint a success. There have been five ministers before Fadhlina, since the blueprint’s launch.

Particularly, it was former premier Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, whose tenure as minister was from 2009 to 2015, who laid the foundations for a visionary and executable blueprint. The blueprint was launched when he was minister.

As a teacher then (now retired), I remember the blueprint contained key visions and aspirations for lifting the standards of education in the country with a practical roadmap, such as empowering state and district education officials and leveraging information and communication technology (ICT).

Since Muhyiddin, subsequent education ministers were (in chronological order) Tan Sri Idris Jusoh, Datuk Seri Mahadzir Khalid, Dr Maszlee Malik and Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin – each one of them played a role in the blueprint’s success. 

I wish Fadhlina, who took over MOE less than nine months ago, all the best in continuing the good work done by her predecessors and ministry officials. She would not have inherited such success without their resolute commitments, particularly the groundwork laid by Muhyiddin.

As the blueprint comes to the tail end of its implementation, it is time Fadhlina starts looking into a new masterplan that builds on the successes contributed by her predecessors. – Aug 23, 2023


Terence Munusamy
The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.


Main photo credit: Bernama

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