In a test case brought by four students, a High Court has ruled that it is constitutional to teach Mathematics and Science in English.
High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Mohd Zawawi Salleh decided Friday that two circulars on the execution of the policy over the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English in national and vernacular (Chinese and Tamil) schools did not contradict with the Article 152 of the Federal Constitution.
(Article 152 states that the national language shall be the Malay language.)
Therefore, the students – Mohammad Syawwaal Mohammad Nizar, Mohammad Fadzil Nor Mohd Rosni, Nur Najihah Muhaimin and Syazaira Arham Yahya Ariff – failed to get a declaration that the circulars dated Nov 27, 2002 on the execution of the policy was unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect.
Mohammad Syawwaal is the son of the former Perak Mentri Besar.
The students also failed to get a declaration that the Government had no power and privilege to introduce, enforce and implement the policy stated in the two circulars.
The students also failed to get the court to issue an order to compel the Government to change or restore the policy according to the provisions of the Federal Constitution and written law regarding the matter.
In his chambers, Justice Mohd Zawawi dismissed a civil action brought by the students with costs after hearing clarifications by the parties.
The four students were represented by lawyer Mohamed Hanipa Maidin while Senior Federal Counsel Suzana Atan acted for the Government – the sole defendant. — The Star