Moving students into a rage

The Education Ministry plans to organise ‘a mass movement’ among school students as well as teachers and the ministry staff with the primary aim of cultivating ‘hatred against Israeli atrocities on Palestinians’, reports Bernama.

One can understand the importance of sensitizing the students to the Zionists’ protracted assault on the Palestinians over the years because it involves not only the destruction of the latter’s lives, properties and livelihood but also impacts upon their collective dignity as a people and their dream of nationhood.

Having said that, it would be more intellectually useful and challenging in the long run if the students are taught as part of the curriculum to value peace, freedom, compassion, human rights, human dignity, justice and democracy.

In this way, these students would be sensitive to acts that violate justice, compassion, freedom, human rights and dignity that not only occur in Palestine but also elsewhere in the world such as Sri Lanka and certain parts of Africa. Put another way, this approach would be more holistic to enable the students to see a much bigger picture of the world’s conflicts.

Of course, this would also necessarily mean that these conscientious students would also be attentive to any action taken or policy made by the authorities in Malaysia that could be deemed unjust, undemocratic and at that the same time breach human rights.

Such an approach would also go a long way towards building a huge group of students whose care and concern for justice, peace, democracy and human rights transcend ethnic, religious and ideological boundaries.


PUTRAJAYA, Jan 8 (Bernama) — School students nationwide will be galvanised into a mass movement aimed at instilling hatred against Israeli atrocities on Palestinians, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

Hishammuddin said the mass movement would involve those in the teaching profession and education ministry staff.

“Through the mass movement, the students will be exposed and reminded that the peace, justice and comfortable living environment can be easily robbed by people with greed,” he told reporters after presenting the ministry’s new year address here today.

The movement to be launched soon would involve all quarters including non-governmental organisations (NGO) and ministries to make the voice of young Malaysians heard globally.

Hishammuddin said the mass movement was approved at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yesterday.


7 Responses to “Moving students into a rage”

  1. 1 Suria 9 January 2009 at 7:46 pm

    As if there is not enough hatred amongst us! Please leave the kids alone! Part of the problems in the middle east never ending crisis is due to the fact that the kids are seeded with hatred from very young age. The out come..look at the Midlle east! Never ending war between the Israel and Palestinians!

  2. 2 Antares 9 January 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Always thought Kerismuddin was an airhead – now I know he’s a gash..d (of the stinkiest variety). Nevertheless, he’s a dangerous gash..d as as his words and deeds seem to show him to be essentially dictatorial. I hope lots of smelly sneakers get thrown at Kerismuddin the next time he visits any of our poor, intelligence-forsaken schools.

  3. 3 Cat 9 January 2009 at 9:39 pm

    With this remark, this man MUST be removed from the Education Ministry. Our students are already taught to be disintegrated among themselves and now the Education Minister wants to instil hate?! Are you mad? What kind of a future generation do you want to produce – one who works towards peace, tolerance and respect or racial discrimination and hatred? How can you be sure that your plan will cause the students to hate Israel only and not anyone else? Is hatred towards Israel a virtue to be instilled? You can hate Israel and the US for all I care but LEAVE THE CHILDREN ALONE! I would rather they be taught to be a peacemaking and problem-solving generation. At least they would be more useful than you.

  4. 4 yh 9 January 2009 at 9:43 pm

    thought our wise CPO Khalid, IGP and the Govt advised people from using children in any protest?
    why change now, ah?

  5. 5 sinnerconman 9 January 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Kerismuddin, you better leave my children alone. They go to school to study. I do not give permission to my children to take part in any protest. Watch my word, Kerismuddin. If you dare, I will hunt you down and I am not afraid even if you wield keris and I will catch you and spank you for the whole world to see.

  6. 6 Samuel Goh Kim Eng 9 January 2009 at 10:33 pm


    At times students are kept in a ‘cage’
    Now they are being turned into a ‘rage’
    Why must they now be put on a selected ‘stage’
    When they should be encouraged to turn another ‘page’

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 090109
    Fri. 9th Jan. 2009.

  7. 7 siew eng 9 January 2009 at 11:16 pm

    a jew shows how we can have peace. it starts with looking in the mirror.


    – To know and see the enemy, you must let them into the story. They
    must become real to you, nuanced, distinctive as individuals. But when we let the Palestinians into the story, it changes. Oh, how painfully it changes! For there is no way to tell a new story, one that includes both peoples of the land, without starting like this:

    “In our yearning for a homeland, in our attempts as a threatened and traumatized people to find safety and power, we have done a great wrong to another people, and now we must atone.”

    – And if you’re not Jewish, if you’re American, if you’re white, if
    you’re German, if you’re a thousand other things, really, if you’re a human being, there’s probably some version of that story that is true for you.

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