A delay in the announcement of the UPSR leaks has aroused suspicion that things might not be what they seem.
PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang questioned the “height of irresponsibility and gross negligence” of the Education Ministry which took 13 days to announce the leak of the UPSR Maths and Tamil papers.
Lim, the MP for Gelang Patah said in a statement, “What boggles the mind is that after the leak of the UPSR Science and English papers on September 10 and 11, which were discovered on the very same day, it took the Examinations Syndicate, the Education Ministry and the Education Minister almost a fortnight to discover that the UPSR Tamil and Maths papers had also been leaked.”
Lim called this “incompetence and lack of professionalism” on the part of the parties involved.
He related that Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had shouted “sabotage” when the Science and English papers were leaked.
“Has Muhyiddin found any evidence that the leak of these two UPSR papers were part of an insidious political conspiracy to attack his integrity and that of his ministry?”
He added, “Muhyiddin’s allegation becomes even more intriguing when a former Umno minister recently blogged on the need to protect Muhyiddin from being forced to resign by a faction in Umno promoting “Queen’s English” to Umno leaders!
“Is Muhyiddin again shouting “sabotage” to undermine his integrity and that of his ministry with the leak of the UPSR Tamil and Maths papers?”
Lim said the public wanted to know why the Education Ministry had taken an unreasonably long time to discover that the UPSR Tamil and Maths papers had also been leaked when it had announced on September 11 that it was investigating a possible leak in the Maths paper.
He said, “There can be no doubt that Muhyiddin has been most remiss in the discharge of his responsibilities as the Education Minister.
“Is he prepared to state publicly when he first learned about the rumours of the leak of the UPSR Maths paper and when he was first informed categorically that the UPSR Maths paper had been leaked?”
Lim stated that the 500,000 Standard Six pupils should not have to resit the Maths and Tamil papers next month as they “should not be made to suffer because of the shocking incompetence and lack of professionalism of the Education Minister, Muhyiddin and his Ministry”.