According to The Sun, national laureate A. Samad Said has denied that he was being used by the opposition to push the government to revert to the use of Bahasa Malaysia for the teaching of Mathematics and Science*, from English currently (as was early reported by the press) :
He said his presence at talks organised by the opposition parties should not be misunderstood as what was important was for him to explain the matter to the public.He also said he was disappointed with the limited space provided by mainstream newspapers to publish works by new writers.
"It is not wrong for me to speak on the Malay language, which I have been fighting for, no matter at which political forum. My presence there is to save my language.
"I'm now 76 years old and it is time that I fight for my mother tongue before the language disappears"...
I can well understand and sympathise with all those who are worried on behalf of the Malay language. But ... if you want my tuppence worth as a mat salleh ex-English teacher and teacher trainer, I would say that I strongly endorse the teaching of maths and science in English and find the argument that "Our teachers aren't good enough to teach in it," absolutely lame. (Bloody hell, you are supposed to be professionals, get with the programme!).
This is my short version of the argument and I have a vast amount to say on the subject. Anyone who wants it can buy me a coffee!