I joined the PPSMI support group on Facebook last night and just 24 hours later the number of supporters has grown from about 136,000 to 146,000, a sharp 73% increase. The momentum has gathered speed since the DPM rejected outright the demands by PAGE to maintain PPSMI as an option, belittling it as a small group, a very unwise and careless remark from a national leader who did not count on the growing power of social networking against the insensitive and rigid education minister. And the promoter of PPSMI, no less than the former PM, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, has come into the fray asking the current PM, Najib Razak, to save the PPSMI. DPM cum education minister Muhyiddin countered that the PM has supported the termination of PPSMI. Dr. Mahathir suggested a referendum to decide once and for all if the majority view is to keep or disband with PPSMI.
The manner DPM Muhyiddin deals with the PPSMI issue reminds me of how PM Najib himself mishandled the Bersih 2.0 electoral reform protest on July 9. The coming days will decide who is in control of crucial national policies: the people or the government. Thus far the impression I get is when Dr. Mahathir steps into the ring anything goes. Especially when one tries to reverse his work.