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Shock and awe: Weaponising education

A recent directive issued by the Ministry of Education requesting school students to participate in a show of support for Palestine is nothing but weaponising education and politicising schools with ethnocratic overtones to influence the minds of school-going children who have nothing to do with the prevailing Middle East crisis.

The Attorney General or Solicitor General must find and make time to explain to Putrajaya that Chapter 8, Application to ‘States’ of Sabah and Sarawak that includes Articles 95B, 95C, 95D, 95E of the Federal Constitution needs careful analysis as to what laws or which part of the Federal Constitution applies to Sabah and Sarawak despite the dubiously misleading label ‘States.’

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school,” remarked Albert Einstein.

What wounds, scars, fears and doubts are being planned and portrayed by Putrajaya when it demands school children’s participation in a show of support for a distant conflict that is killing thousands everyday? Is this necessary? Were parents consulted? Don’t the decisions of parents matter in what their children participate in and out of school?

The irony of this planned show of support for Palestine is that the governments of the United Kingdom, France, the United States and other stakeholders in the socalled Palestine-Israeli conflict are at a total loss as to how to resolve this issue which these imperialists began during the turn of the 20th century when the Ottoman Empire was waning.

This is the realm of geopolitics, not educational policies to be shoved down the throats of Sarawak’s schools and school children.

Requiring school-going children to participate in a show of support and solidarity for Palestine is meaningless and ridiculous as this exercise, and other diplomatic acts of persuasion, will never resolve the conflict that began because of European nations’ focus on the greed for Middle East oil, and the establishment of an anchor state in the region to safeguard western imperial interests.

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