Straight-talking Rafidah to speak on how to reboot Malaysia’s education system

The Malaysian Academic Movement (Gerak) and the National Patriots Association (Patriot) expect that Rafidah, without mincing her words, will expose why the rot has set in in Malaysia’s education system and what we can and must do about it.

The details of the forum are as follows:

Gerak-Patriot forum series

  • Speaker: Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz
  • Topic: The Current State of Malaysia’s Education System and the Way Forward”
  • Date: Saturday, 29 June 2019
  • Time: 2:30pm
  • Venue: Law Faculty, University of Malaya

To register, please contact Rosli Mahat (016-620 5242) or Rodiah Zawawi (012-386 5616).

The Bigger Picture – the Gerak-Patriot concern

Even before the stunning and historic election victory of Pakatan Harapan in May 2018, both the Gerak and Patriot had been deeply concerned about the state of Malaysian education and the direction it was taking.

Among others, questions of quality, discrimination and segregation from primary right through to tertiary education had been raised in so many different forums, yet had been virtually ignored by the previous BN administration.

Instead, political interference in the education system of a more destructive nature appeared to be the order of the day, leaving our education system with a variety of problems.

At the pre-2018 general election forum Aspirasi Rakyat, organised by Patriot, to look ahead, Gerak was invited to share the academic organisation’s vision for an inclusive Malaysia. Here, for the first time, Gerak released its proposals for education reform which have since been expanded upon and presented to the Education Minister Maszlee Malik.

In numerous meetings, Maszlee has assured us of his support for our education reform agenda, which talks about inclusion, cultivating excellence and removing undesirable political interference.

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Despite this, reform indeed has been going on at snail’s pace. We are aware of the political and economic implications of reform.

Nonetheless we believe we must start now and we must move fast to save the present and future generations of Malaysian students from more mediocrity. We have to truly prepare them to meet and overcome the challenges of a fast-changing world

This event

Aware of the importance of excellence and equality in education, Gerak has organised numerous talks and seminars over the past two years under its “Reclaiming Higher Education in Malaysia” agenda.

This talk by an eminent public intellectual and distinguished former academic and minister, Rafidah Aziz, is in line with that agenda and represents an ongoing part of Gerak-Patriot collaboration.

In her presentation, we anticipate Rafidah, without mincing her words, will expose why the rot has set in in Malaysia’s education system, what we can and must do about it, and how it can be done with all of us playing a necessary role.

A corresponding motive of this event is to help raise funds for Gerak so that we can continue conducting our conferences, seminars and workshops – many provided freely for the public – and work towards excellence and equality in education.

The speaker

Rafidah doesn’t need further introduction.

What she does need is a platform to provide her thoughts and valuable insights based on decades of experience, first as an academic in the Universiti of Malaya for 10 years (1966-1976) and then for more than three decades as Malaysia’s longest-serving woman MP, interspersed with long stints as head of the women’s wing of Umno and outspoken public enterprises minister.

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Since 2011, she has served as non-executive independent chairman and director of AirAsia X.

Rafidah doesn’t suffer fools gladly. On 5 May 2018, she was sacked from Umno for appearing with Daim Zainuddin on stage with Dr Mahathir Mohamad at an opposition Pakatan Harapan rally in Melaka on 4 May 2018. Since then, she continues to speak out against government misdeeds and misdirection.

Like many of us – certainly in Gerak and Patriot – she is deeply concerned about the state of our education system and what she believes to be the negative influences. She has her ideas about where we should be heading, and although we may not necessarily agree with all that she proposes, she is a voice worth listening to at this stage of our journey towards developing a new Malaysia.


We acknowledge the valuable support provided by a few good friends, particularly the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and Astro Awani. This forum encourages interactive participation and we welcome the public’s presence and support.

Gerak-Patriot forum organising committee

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SNaidu, (Dr.)
SNaidu, (Dr.)
27 Jun 2019 1.58pm

Thanks to Gerak,Patriot.My humble regards to Rafidah. She was our UM teacher,early 70s.
1. She has to come clean regards the ‘AP’ permits fiasco.Still qns…Many unscrupulous individuals became rich. (Alleged) Corruption.
2. Nobody shd talk down to other Msn taxpapers.
3. Inclusion, equality in OUR new Msia-equality per the COnstitution.Special assistances should have all ended 1990-fr 1970,Tun Razak, Dr. Ismail.The future Bumiputeras do not deserve a disservice with pampering. We have seen so much of it. That is part of the rot. Help all when deserved.
God is watching always. Many ‘Others’ have had to work so very hard with recognition? Quality fr ALL citizens can PROSPER Msia forward.
Power can corrupt quietly. All HAVE to answer to the ALMIGHTY.

26 Jun 2019 5.03am

To begin, Kick that unless minister out

For better malaysia
For better malaysia
25 Jun 2019 3.24pm

Hapuskan sekolah Vernacular for better Malaysia…lets have mandarin and tamil to be teaching at sekolah kebangsaan..

Foo Lai Sin
26 Jun 2019 9.51pm

Before you even thought of “Hapusing ” anything, hapus your poor English first. Obviously you are not from a vernacular school.

Tony Tan CL
24 Jun 2019 9.52pm

Mazlee should attend and listen to her advice

Kimberry Lee
24 Jun 2019 8.30pm

Talk what also no use . Mazlee koyak will go ahead with no science and maths in English

Yusof Rahmat
24 Jun 2019 4.54pm

We DON’T need advice from a AP peddler ex minister. Just get lost.

Kam Chee Ng
24 Jun 2019 2.48pm

We need your advice to wake up those blindly supporters for being (loyal) to those Alibaba theif