频道361 - Channel July 6 at 10:56 AM ·
郭素沁部长又大嘴巴,惹起公愤了,再次滥用部长职权打压民间。 现在连学校也不放过。请看988电台视频。


The Education Project of an International school was under the attack of  Primary Industries Minister as well as Education Ministry unnecessarily. They should leave the international school alone in the name of freedom of speech and government should not shoot down anyone who are disagreeing  with government policies. 

International school under probe over anti-palm oil performance

PETALING JAYA: A Kuala Lumpur-based private education institution is under investigation for alleged “anti-palm oil propaganda activities”.

In a statement, the Education Ministry said the probe would be carried out in accordance with the Education Act 1966 (Act 550).

“The ministry will not compromise with any propaganda and indoctrination in private institutions that tarnish the image and name of the country,” said Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin (pic).

He said they took a serious view on the matter, and that the involvement of students was against the country’s policy.

“We will also release a reminder to all international schools to ensure such an incident does not happen again,” he said.

On Tuesday, Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok chided the international school for purportedly staging a performance, involving primary school pupils, depicting a protest against oil palm plantations.

She described the performance as “sowing hatred” towards oil palm plantations among the pupils.

A one-minute, 10-second video clip of the performance, uploaded on YouTube, showed children dressed in environmentally-themed costumes giving a presentation about environmental issues surrounding unsustainable oil palm plantations.

The students said orang utan in Malaysia were disappearing at an alarming rate due to the production of unsustainable palm oil.

The performance referenced the controversial “Rang-tan” anti-palm oil cartoon by supermarket chain Iceland Food and Greenpeace UK, which told the story of an orang utan that was forced from the forest to make way for palm oil production.

In November 2018, Kok joined palm oil associations in condemning the Iceland-Greenpeace video campaign as an “unfair and biased political propaganda”.

Facing growing anti-palm oil sentiments from the European Union, a year-long “Love My Palm Oil” campaign was launched in January to fight anti-palm oil campaigns.

Source: The Star

Hannah defends school students over 'anti-oil palm' performance

Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh (left in photo) has sprung to the defence of the international school students who received criticism for a performance which depicted oil palm in a negative light.

"I am the MP for the area where this international school is located.

"The uproar over the video and presentation by children related to orangutans and sustainable palm oil industry is unfortunate," she said in a Facebook post today.

"The video in circulation is only a small cut of a 24-minute performance by Year 3 students (7-8 years old). The students performed this at their weekly assembly. The performance covered a wide range of issues concerning the environment from climate change, global warming, solar energy, protection of oceans, plastic use, recycling effort to preservation of orangutan, and the forest."
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"I have personally watched the full video, and I am convinced that there was no agenda to undermine the government's effort to promote palm oil," said Yeoh, who is also deputy women, family and community development minister.

Her reaction contrasts starkly with fellow DAP leader, Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok, who was far from amused over the performance.

Urging the headmaster and teachers to stop emulating European countries, Kok accused them of doing a disservice to the nation and spreading "untrue and one-sided" messages to the children.

She equated the action as "sabotage" of the ministry's efforts to promote palm oil.

Striking a conciliatory tone, Yeoh said she welcomed Kok's statement today to engage in dialogue with the school and students.

"After all, this is the essence of education - to equip the next generation with information and the opportunity to make an assessment of the situation on their own without coercion," she said.

She did, however, hit out at those who were sharing the video indiscriminately.

"I appeal to you to stop circulating it as it shows the faces of these children. Children have rights too, and it is about time Malaysians learn to respect that," she said.

Source: Malaysiakini

The following is Chinese 988 Radio Station video interview on the subject

郭朝河:一场油棕表演的悲剧


一所国际学校因呈现对油棕业不利的表演后,遭到原产业部长与教育部谴责,甚至不排除援引教育法令对付。听到这则新闻时,我还以为自己仍活在国阵执政的年代。先别说执法的正当与合法性,我们就来看油棕种植业本质。

其实,并非所有“绿色行业”都环保,例如油棕种植。

“明明都是植物,应该都会吸收二氧化碳并制造氧气,怎么会不环保?”很多人应该会纳闷。
这么说好了。站在环保角度而言,油棕本身并没错,而是错在种植方式。

如果远离市区,开车前往各州的路途中,会发现七成的路边风景几乎被油棕树包围。朋友曾打趣,幸好大马积极发展棕油业,否则这些土地一定会大兴土木。
油棕地开发争议

其实,这样的说法也并非完全正确,因为对土地发展来说,油棕种植只能算“不幸中的大幸”,却依旧归类为“不幸”。

为何这么说?

其实,很少人知道不少油棕地是种在泥炭地。泥炭地的特质是土壤贫瘠,比较少种植物能生存,因此用泥炭地来种植油棕,看起来算是一种土地使用及经济再生的最好方式。

表面上两全其美,实际上是剥削人类生存品质的经济活动。虽然泥炭地无法种植对人类有高经济价值的作物,却是热带雨林的牢靠温床。许多百年树木原本就是泥炭地的主人,它们生命力强,也维持著强大的生态平衡,若将原本枝繁叶茂的高大老树让给油棕发展,看起来是“以树代树”,实际上却会间接降低供氧的来源之馀,在泥炭地改种油棕时,过程中甚至还会排放出大量的碳。

同时,热带雨林与油棕的根扎实度也不一样。将一个盘踞多年的树连根拔起,改成新装待养的油棕,扎根的深浅不同了,也会间接导致土地下陷,并会引发洪水。

但这并不是最糟糕的例子,最令人不可信任的是一些本地各大型种植公司的信誉。

大家可能不知道,挂著上亿令吉营业额的各大种植公司,光鲜亮丽的招牌背后,可是用许多不怎么漂亮的手段换取到的成果。

有些公司曾经采取高压与法律手段,逼迫当地的原住民搬迁;有些乱砍伐森林来开辟油棕园,有些甚至就直接烧芭,不仅破坏目前珍贵的森林资源系统,导致大批动物流离失所外,造成的空气污染,甚至都化成了大马天空最浪漫的风景,成了每年催咳流泪的霾粒。

由于上述原因,才导致欧盟委员会禁止进口大马的棕油。其实,他们否定的并非是棕油的真正用途与价值,也并非是偏好西方种植的大豆和小麦,而是油棕种植背后的各种破坏环保的方式,那是种相对热带雨林的永续经营来说更不值得的投资风险。

采用陈腐教育手段

欣慰的是,过去几年大马政府也察觉到这点,因此才推行各种认证,包括保护现有的森林地,建立可追溯产源和透明化的供应链,并加强推行更有利的经济变革等,让油棕发展成为可持续性的工业。

不过,这并不能免除掉油棕业对环境的不友善,无论在人文社区(特别对原住民而言)或大自然发展上都不环保,这是不容置疑的事实。

姑且不论采取的表演方式为何,学校针对油棕业种植的不环保现象来取材,本质上绝对没错,却因为抵触“国家利益政策”而遭受对付,这听起来不就像是集权国家如朝鲜才会有的口吻吗?

重点是,这并非是课堂上正式传授的功课,只是舞台上一种激发思考空间的呈现手法,但内容的真实度与国家经济发展相违,就换来了排山倒海的抨击。选举时说好的“言论与教育自由”,希望联盟政府此刻还记得多少呢?

就算认为内容不妥,原产业与教育部应趁机透过这次机会,顺势传授较合理的教育观点,包括政府正努力改善产业链的努力等,这才是将危机化为转机的智慧应对。

可惜的是,他们选择了用最陈腐的教育手段,采取恐吓与责骂的方式,这不只扼杀了教育改革的机会,捏碎师生对教育思考的眼神,也磨灭国民对政府承诺改革的想像。

一场小表演,撕下的却是繁华舞台背后的真实悲剧,唉。

Source: Oriental

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