(NIAT) DATUK THASLEEM MOHAMED IBRAHIM BERKATA FREE TO BE.. NOT ANYMORE PELAJAR KAUM MELAYU MEMAKSA SEORANG PELAJAR KAUM INDIA CAKAP ‘KELING BABI’

Novel Interlok, yang menjadi komponen sastera tingkatan lima dan kini melalui proses pindaan bahagian-bahagian yang sensitif terus dilanda kontroversi dan dikatakan memberi implikasi perkauman yang serius.NONEPengerusi Pasukan Tindakan Interlok Nasional (NIAT) Datuk Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim berkata terdapat beberapa kejadian kurang menyenangkan berlaku terhadap pelajar India sejak novel itu dijadikan bahan teks sastera di sekolah.

“Seperti di sebuah sekolah menengah di Sungai Buloh, dalam rakaman Youtube, kami dapati terdapat sekumpulan pelajar kaum Melayu memaksa seorang pelajar kaum India cakap ‘Keling Babi’.

“Inilah punca kenapa kami mahu Interlok dihapuskan. Interlok tidak sesuai dijadikan novel pelajar sekolah,” katanya pada sidang akhbar kepada TV Selangor, semalam.

Sehubungan itu, Thasleem berkata NIAT akan bermogok lapar sekiranya kerajaan tidak memansuhkan novel yang menimbulkan pelbagai kontroversi itu.

Langkah itu bertujuan membuktikan bahawa pihaknya benar-benar serius dalam pendiriannya menuntut novel tersebut digugurkan.

azlan“Saya ingin memberi amaran kepada kerajaan, jangan memandang rendah terhadap suara rakyat. Mereka tidak tahu apa kita boleh lakukan walaupun jumlah kita sedikit.

“Kita sanggup lakukan mogok lapar. Kami bukan berpuasa, tetapi berlapar. Tidak makan berhari-hari. Kita akan berjuang habis-habisan sehingga kerajaan menghapuskan novel Interlok ini,” katanya.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, bila mogok lapar itu bakal diadakan akan diberitahu kelak.

Dalam pada itu, Thasleem turut mencabar Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang juga Menteri Pelajaran agar berdebat dengan pihaknya.

Beliau berkata, dirinya tidak gentar untuk berhadapan dengan Muhyiddin semata-mata bagi memastikan Interlok edisi murid itu dapat dimansuhkan

azlan“Saya mencabar TPM untuk berdebat dengan saya bercakap mengenai novel Interlok, adakah ia bagus untuk negara dan bagus dari perspektif Islam,” katanya.

Pada masa yang sama, beliau turut menggesa Presiden MIC Datuk G Palanivel dan timbalannya Datuk Dr S Subramaniam meletakkan jawatan berikutan kegagalan mereka memastikan Interlok dimansuhkan.

Tambah Thasleem, pihaknya kini giat menjelajah ke seluruh negara bagi memberi penerangan kepada orang ramai mengenai Interlok.

“Ramai lagi yang tak faham mengenai Interlok ini. Jadi kami akan jelajah negara untuk memberi penerangan kepada mereka,” katanya.

NONEMuhyiddin yang juga menteri pelajaran sebelum ini berkata, novel Interlok akan kekal digunakan sebagai teks komponen sastera mata pelajaran Bahasa Malaysia tingkatan lima dengan pindaan dibuat kepada bahagian yang dianggap sensitif.

Katanya, pindaan itu dibuat selepas panel bebas mengkaji novel Interlok telah mengenal pasti bahagian yang dianggap sensitif itu.

Novel karya Sasterawan Negara Datuk Abdullah Hussain itu menimbulkan kontroversi berikutan keputusan Kementerian Pelajaran memilihnya sebagai teks sastera Tingkatan Lima tahun ini kerana didakwa terdapat perkataan yang menyinggung perasaan masyarakat India di negara ini.

Just how many dead teenagers, driven to end their own lives, is it going to take for adults to stand up and say, What the hell is going on? There was a time when the words “Free to Be” embodied a hope that whatever a kid was, was good enough. But “freedom” doesn’t describe the world of this generation. Or of their parents. One of those parents wrote to me on my Facebook page.
“Hi, Marlo,” wrote Kevin Jacobsen of New York. “Our son Kameron was bullied relentlessly and committed suicide on January 18th. He was 14. In lieu of flowers, we asked for donations to go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, my mom’s favorite for decades. I know you’re busy, but just wondering if you could take a look at our son. We have nothing else to lose.”
He then posted the link to a website he’d built to honor his son, calledKindnessAboveMalice.org. I logged on, but could barely look at the child’s face. He was beautiful.
Thirty-seven years — and two generations of children — after the creation of Free to Be… You and Me, I can’t help but remember the beautiful words lyricist Bruce Hart wrote that anchored the opening anthem:

“Every boy in this land grows to be his own man,
In this land, every girl grows to be her own woman.”

Kameron will never grow to be his own man.
For all the walls we thought we’d broken down with Free to Be – and all the stereotypes we thought we’d shattered — children today are not free to be anything they want to be, nor anything they are, and they are dying for it. And no beautiful lyric can fix that.
According to current statistics, one out of every four teenagers across America is bullied in their neighborhoods and schools; 160,000 students stay home from school every day because of their fear of being bullied; and each month, nearly 300,000 students are physically attacked inside their secondary schools.
Online, things are even worse: 43 percent of kids are cyber-bullied, while 53 percent admit to having said something mean and hurtful to another kid online.
Then came that tragic September — 2010 — when over a period of just three weeks, nine gay or questioning youths — all male, average age 15 — were “bullied to death,” committing suicide, no longer able to endure the never-ending harassment from their peers.
Like many people, much of what I know about bullying is what I read in the headlines: 15-year-old Irish migrant Phoebe Prince of Massachusetts, hangs herself in the stairwell of her family apartment, after yet another day of relentless bullying. The harassment continued on her Facebook memorial page. Or just this month, 14-year-old Ambriel Bowen of York, Pennsylvania, commits suicide at home when the daily terrorizing by bullies — which included two black eyes and a broken nose — becomes too overwhelming to bear.
Reading the horrid accounts of bullied kids is devastating. But hearing the voice of a bereaved father brings tears to your eyes
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I called Kevin Jacobsen after I read his Facebook post and my heart broke as he recounted his son’s tragic story.

“Bullying is not the same old issue it used to be,” Kevin said, softly. “With cell phones and social networking, it’s turned into an around-the-clock problem that our kids cannot escape from. And the other thing that’s different is that the bullies can be anonymous. And without that face-to-face encounter, it’s impossible to stop them.”READMORE http://melayukini786.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/niat-datuk-thasleem-mohamed-ibrahim-berkata-free-to-be-not-anymore-pelajar-kaum-melayu-memaksa-seorang-pelajar-kaum-india-cakap-keling-babi/

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