The government is planning to have Year One pupils in primary schools start learning mathematics and science in Bahasa Malaysia from 2011, a year ahead of schedule, following the failure of the government's English policy.
The transition is going to be difficult for some in that batch. When I was in primary school, my Mandarin was so bad, I couldn't do Maths. Of course at that level, it's not a matter of Maths terms that they used, but it was the object names that I couldn't understand. E.g. I knew what a measuring tape was in English, but not in Mandarin. It was unnecessary embarrassment and stress, and I hated that subject. Then I graduated from that hell hole and went to high school. I got dumped from a Mandarin vernacular to Malay. Life wasn't easy when you're struggling with all your subjects being taught in a new language. My results turned out disastrous ("C" not that bad wert right? Apparently someone else thought otherwise.) and I got threatened to be sent to a private all-girls school (imagine the level of bitchiness one would be surrounded in). I suck so bad at Malay, I speak to my dearest Minah in English.
Whatever it is, I'm telling you, the future is f**ked.