Interlok – The Next Steps
By Sharifuddin A Latiff
There will be a press conference organised by NIAT in response to the continued rebuff by the deputy prime minister cum education minister, Muhyiddin Yassin.
Details of which are as follows:-
Date: 7th May 2011
Time: 11 am
Subject: “Turun Padang”
This press conference is essentially meant for the media but NGO representative(s) who are interested are encouraged to participate to show their solidarity on the matter.
And speaking of ‘The Next Steps’, Penang announced that public libraries in the state will henceforth no longer prominently display ‘Interlok’ in their book archives.
While HartalMSM applaud this initiative by DAP-led Penang, we are equally dismayed that such a move did not seem to include the ‘liberated’ states of Selangor, Kelantan and Kedah because the ‘Interlok’ imbroglio should be considered as a national issue.
The DCM was responding to a question by Seri Delima assemblyman RSN Rayer during today’s session of the state assembly sitting, and explained the move to be a protest of the federal government’s insistence on using the book in schools.
Suffice to say, if the Penang state government consider their action as a protest to the Federal government of Barisan Nasional, shouldn’t the official response be a Pakatan Rakyat effort as well?
Various NGOs of different colours and shades are coming together to tackle the ‘Interlok’ issue as shown by the efforts of NIAT/LLG/CPI, etc and it would be prudent for PR politicians to take notice of this positive development.
Penang may have taken the lead but it would have been a lot more effective if Pakatan Rakyat as the national opposition is the ringmaster from the outset.