Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants all parties to pursue discussions on the proposal for a single stream education system so that all views on the matter can be explored.

Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Muhyiddin, who is Education Minister, said that although he agreed with the single stream arrangement, the country’s education system had taken the path of a multiple stream system.

“A single stream system has been the ultimate objective of the Razak Report but due to circumstances in the country’s history, we now have a multiple stream system.

“This is a huge issue and it is better that we discuss it extensively so that we can have a clearer picture, including from the points of view of politicians and the people,” he told reporters after the presentation of the national-level Ilham Desa Awards 2009 in Kampung Mawai Baru on Thursday.

He was asked to comment on the issue which was raised recently by academician and historian Tan Sri Prof Emeritus Dr Khoo Kay Kim.

Several government and opposition members of parliament spoke in support of a single stream system in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Muhyiddin said he would not object it if non-governmental organisations wanted to discuss the issue.

“We want to listen to the views of all, not just from one side,” he said, adding that a single stream system would be in line with the 1Malaysia vision.

Also present were Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman and Kota Tinggi MP Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

— BERNAMA