`More push needed to develop MSC project' [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Petaling jaya: MORE push is needed to further develop the country's Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) programme, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who launched the programme in 1996.
Dr Mahathir said since he stepped down as the prime minister in 2003, the MSC project has been somewhat "neglected".
"We had a good start with the project and we must continue to push and give it full support. Currently, it is not well supported," he said.
Dr Mahathir was responding to a question from a member of the audience at the National ICT Association Leadership Summit 2013 here, where he gave a special keynote address titled "Convergence of Technology Leads to Economic Stability".
He was earlier asked on the progress of MSC since he left the government 10 years ago and if he was happy with the development.
Dr Mahathir said the MSC project, which is aimed at accelerating the Vision 2020 objectives and putting Malaysia on the world map as a modern state, may not have put Malaysia ahead of other countries in terms of technology and ICT, but "we are not that far behind and in some areas, we are still ahead of some".
"We are ahead of some and behind some (countries). We are not so bad. Everything is relative and nothing is absolute."
Asked what he would do if he was still in charge of the country, he said: "I just think it needs to be given full support. Currently it is not."
He added in jest, "that is why I want to become PM again."
On the reversal of his policy that Maths and Science be taught in English, Dr Mahathir reiterated his disappointment over the switch to Bahasa Melayu, emphasising that Science is a moving subject, unlike Geography or History which are static.
"If you study in English, you can have immediate access to new knowledge and Malay books are not keeping up with this as Science evolves fast. When the government decided to go back to using Bahasa Melayu, it was a sad thing to me. We go to school to acquire knowledge and today scientific knowledge is very important."
Dr Mahathir also urged teachers to be involved in developing teaching software that can improve teaching methods.
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