Dec 2, 2008
Before I start writing on this issue again, I know that there will be a group of people to attack my view. I welcome them to discuss but no personal attacks please. Let us make a healthy discussion in order to exchange our view to create a better Malaysia. In my first part of this post, I have only written about the significant obstacle to form the one education system is the different dialects of Malaysians. If the demand of vernaculars fulfilled, then the forming of one national school will be easier. So, make the Tamil and Mandarin as compulsory subject to Indian and Chinese students. Read my first part- Seal The Tamil Schools With A Condition (Part One)
I become more interested to write about second part of this issue after Jerlun MP Mukriz released statement that the vernacular schools must be closed down. (malaysiakini) He was of the opinion that the disunity in the community arose from the different education system and proposed that a single education system is implemented to foster greater unity. I’m glad to hear that young leader like Mukhriz has such a good thought. Yes, he is true at this point.
Mukriz’s suggestion to close down vernacular schools is only welcomed by some Malaysian. It’s because most of the Malaysian fearing that their identity and dialect may lost due to the one education system. Before that, there are few things to emphasis on and needed to reform before new education system introduced.
Please allay the fear on Malays by removing ketuanan melayu ideology. It can be done by restructuring the syllabus stated that everyone has equal rights in Malaysia. Eradicate the policies in schools that only favour to one group students. Mara should open to all Malaysian regardless of race and religion. The universities and government job intakes must be given on merit not by quota system or based on the race or religion.
Some parents are worrying that their children will be a victim of racial abuse in national schools. This excuse are acceptable, there are numerous cases that highlighting our local dailies that shows the teachers misbehave to the non-Malays students. In such cases, the teacher that inciting racial sentiments in class should be suspended; education ministry must take firm action on these teachers.
Muslim students in primary and secondary schools attend compulsory Islamic-studies classes several times a week, while non-Muslim students are divided out to study secular-based morals. As results, non-Muslim student never get the opportunity to increase their awareness in their own religion. Let the students from various religions and believes attend their own religious classes.
The role of vernacular schools are undeniable, however the schools are not relevant for current and future Malaysia. As we know the gaps between races are far more worrying. We must bring one system which only with national schools. This will make our education system become competent. All races combined in National schools striving towards one direction and vision with unity guaranteed.
Yes, it's a great effort to unite all Malaysian under one education system. This system even supported by Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, few other NGO leaders and politicians. We Malaysian should think rationally and look the reformation in positive factors. It’s doesn’t matter if the suggestions comes from UMNO, MCA, PAS, PKR, DAP or others, as long as it bring unity among the peoples of Malaysia and generate a competent education system.