Satu Sekolah Untuk SemuaPosted: May 12, 2009
anakpakross left me a comment in my previous post, asking me if I would support THIS. It is an initiative by Demi Negara (or one of the readers of the blog), sending a memorandum to the Education Minister, suggesting that vernacular schools be scrapped, and that ALL Malaysians should be going to National Schools, with lessons conducted in Bahasa Malaysia.
Do I think that vernacular schools are the main reason why our society is so broken up, and so racially segregated? No, I don’t think so. It is definitely ONE of the many reasons, but I wouldn’t call it “satu-satunya punca utama”.
But do I think that all Malaysian students should be learning in one language, namely Bahasa Malaysia? Yes I do.
I believe that I have written about this before, but I guess it doesn’t do any harm in repeating this. I don’t see it as a “right” for the Chinese and Indians to have schools that teach in the respective languages. I see it as a “privilege” that these schools exist.
So sometimes it frustrates me very much, because some people tend to equate “Chinese schools” to “Chinese rights”. I see them as separate entities. (And besides, there is NO such thing as “Chinese rights”. It’s all about human rights. But then again, that’s just me)
My belief is that schools teaching in languages other than the national language should not be included in the national budget. I don’t know if the existance of such schools can be totally scrapped, and maybe they don’t have to be. But I do think that funding for vernacular schools should not be coming from the national budget.
Perhaps I shouldn’t write too much here, as I think most of the issues have been covered by the memorandum on Demi Negara’s blog.
I may not agree with everything that is written there, but for what it’s worth, I agree with the idea of having one school for all (so, yes, I support the initiative). If for no other reason than my belief that language forms the first bonds of unity between people.