KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 – Lim Kit Siang (pic) has advised Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik to stop talking about socks and shoes so that he does not fall into the trap of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Umno propagandists.
The DAP senior politician said that both Najib and Umno propagandists wanted to project the image that he is a very mediocre minister who has very limited vision and objectives in the transformation of education in the country.
Najib had “lauded” Maszlee for his “farsightedness” in looking to change the colour of school students’ shoes and socks and suggested that he should look into the colour of school uniforms and buildings next.
“This is a very low blow by Najib and Malaysians cannot but ask how much lower Najib would descend in order to distract attention from his world infamy of a global kleptocracy – the international 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal,” said Lim in a statement on Tuesday (Oct 16).
Utusan Malaysia had reported that issues regarding the colour of socks will be decided by the Education Ministry after a discussion with its stakeholders are completed.
The report quoted Dr Maszlee as saying that the discussions were to ensure the best solutions would be obtained for the betterment of students.
Lim said that this was not the first time that Dr Maszlee has been given “shabby” and “deplorable” treatment, pointing out that during a live interview in July, Dr Maszlee had spoken in length about various subjects including reform of education but his statement about black shoes made headlines.
“This is why Dr Maszlee must quickly learn from the lessons of modern communication and focus his energies on proving that he is a better Education Minister than Najib himself, who held the Education portfolio from 1995-2000,” said Lim.
Dr Maszlee on Tuesday chided the media for sensationalising the issue and focusing on trivial matters.
“Media should talk about more educative things,” he said after officiating the smart schools awards programme at Bukit Kiara, reports The Malaysian Insight.