Instead of a street protest, the Federation of Malay Writers Association (Gapena) has opted to lodge a police report against the government for using English to teach Mathematics and Science in schools.
The so-called 152 street protest - or Feb 15 rally - which wasmooted last month, did not go ahead today. However, Gapena went to Brickfields police station to lodge a report with about 50 supporters in tow to show their support for the cause.
Gapena president Ismail Hussein, speaking to journalists after filing the report, lambasted the Education Ministry for violating “Section 17 (1) Act 550 of Education Act 1996 and Section 152 (1) and 152 (6) of the Federal Constitution”.
Section 17 (1) of the Education Act states that Malay language, being the national language, should be the language of instruction for all education institutions except for vernacular schools.
Article 152 (1) of the constitution states that Malay language is a national language and no one has the authority to stop the use of Bahasa Malaysia in schools.