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We also cannot deny that, this kind of separation in our education system had affect our racial unity, for example, students in their tertiary education are segregated based on their color, which suggest it is a direct effect of isolation from other races in the secondary education. And the vast majority of them go on to National Secondary schools. In my humble view, vernacular schools are constitutional. It cultivated a lot of talents for Malaysia. Malaysia can achieve racial harmony if the country adopts a single-stream “national” education system and puts an end to vernacular schools, newly-appointed deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told an interview with Berita Harian. Kerismuddin was an example of stupid leaders who seek to disenfranchise Malaysian citizens of their rights by classifying them as inferior to the Bumiputra. Copyright 2020 | MH Newsdesk by MH Themes, Umair Jamal is a freelance journalist and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Otago, New Zealand. We all sound the same! In fact that's where the polarisation starts. A Ultimately, with regards to the issue of vernacular schools in Malaysia, the onus lies on the national schools (and thus the state) to prove itself as a better option to the general public. Otherwise, they fear detractors will pounce on any signs of weakness to destroy vernacular education in this country.”Base on this alone, I don’t see the importance of protecting the existing vernacular education. Don't forget about the kampungs in foreign universities, which show the lack of ability to mix and integrate irrespective of the type of schooling.Hafiz, the best social contract I give you is the ability to fish, and I give this gift to whoever wants it irrespective of looks or social background. The city state abolished vernacular schools in 1987 and made English the main language of instruction, and its education system is widely commended. "And one more thing, John- who's complaining about those keris-waving politicians? "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. The growing sense But the most wonderful thing is that all of us became more at ease with each other.2. This schooling system was introduced to promote the languages and cultural values of these communities. and universities concentrate too much on politics and religion to the detriment Hafiz,If we want to help the poor Malays, then only open the MRSMs to the poor. I've said it before and I'll say it again, schools should not be places where we divide our children into different ethnic groups. Such an approach in schools could lead Malaysia’s students towards extremism. The vernacular school system is currently holding Malaysian progressing forward as a nation. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) professor Teo Kok Seong, an expert in ethnolinguistics, said vernacular schools were an obstacle to national unity as the majority of children enrolled there were only proficient in their mother tongue. ideologies are gaining and Reproductive Health Education program, ASEAN students offered full scholarships to study overseas. We have a Malaysian identity, but we deny it and cling to separate racial identities. “The trend is that only the smart ones know Malay and English. These schools have existed long before Malaysia's independence, but it was only after independence that these schools became financed by the state and became part of Malaysia's education system. Vernacular schools are often neglected or treated with suspicion due to their ethnically Chinese or Tamil nature. social inequalities among the diverse ethnic groups in the country have found 99% of Malays attend a national school. They must fully believe in its rhetoric that “multiculturalism is an added advantage and a strength for this country”, and take concrete steps to demonstrate its sincerity to the people. It's really a precaution not to be cheated again and losing our cultural identity.They can built a thousand more MRSM for all we care. The figures are quite stark. The writer suggests that all vernacular language schools are abolished and a system similar to the “mother tongue system” in Singapore be introduced in the new stream of "Bangsa Malaysia" schools. but im looking at those petronas ads right now and not seeing the parallel in my interactions with malaysian students here in the US when the differences suddenly become more magnified. transgender (LGBT). KUALA LUMPUR: Despite Putrajaya’s assurances that Chinese and Tamil schools are here to stay, the recent “red-shirt” rally reignited calls for the government to shut down vernacular schools for the sake of racial unity. What does that tell you about our self-assuredness? Vernacular schools are not the problems. Give us assurances in preserving our culture and do it with transparency and we will support all plan for any mergers. hnleemk:I agree with you that we must have self-confidence in preserving our roots. The country’s education system has not been decolonized. "- John Dewey. If MRSM and SBP are not in the edu system, I don’t see how underprivileged kids (not only bumi, but non bumi) from the rural area can turn their economic status upside down. To foster greater ethnic integration, it is vital that the Malaysian education system is desegregated as soon as possible. When used as an adjective (as here) it means: a) (of language) spoken as one's mother tongue; not learned or imposed as a second language. In Malaysia, politicians rely on ethnic voters for support and have never pushed to stop no wonder they park their funds in aussie, with PRs,and discrimate others job applicants in private sectors....at the end, the Land loss.It is time to change,if only the kampong folks majority can be changed. 94% of Chinese attend a Chinese vernacular school for their primary education. outside their own ethnic groups A consideration of the debate on vernacular schools, and the important roles that both national and vernacular schools have to play in Malaysia. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator. this way, existing political, economic and to make friends Boundary among Students in Malaysian Primary Schools and Social Interaction: A And i find that chinese students from chinese schools are especially clannish. I have since mingled freely with others, whether they are Sings, Indons, Thais, Europeans or even homosexuals. The vernacular stream is only one of them. Conceptual Framework found that the existence of ethnic boundaries via Do you think majority of Bumi are happy with this? All the others will have to struggle through the local University admission system, with major race-based policies.Its government race-based policies which teach kids to be racists, not vernacular schools. This schooling system was introduced to promote the languages and cultural values of these communities. The vernacular school system has been embedded deep within the tapestry of the Malaysian education system. other conservative attitudes. at policy level, Malaysia is sitting on a ticking time bomb. About 75% of Indians attend a Tamil vernacular school. Presently, there are five stages of formal education in Malaysia; Pre-School, Primary School, Secondary School, Pre-Graduate and Higher Education. Maybe you didn't mind the Kerismuddin event, but I'm sure you mind it when people call you a second-class citizen. The principal root cause of the serious racial polarisation in this country is the NEP, not Vernacular schools. Can we make more choices? There should be minimum set of goals for all of us, and give maximum freedom at the local level to do what is best for them. "Bangsa" and "Budaya"- different, you know? Since 2014, It supported one national educational system but maintained the It has been a mean of cultural identity preservation just as how Islamic religious school is a mean to preserve and strengthen the Islamic religious identity of the students enrolled. My best friend was a Malay, and my next best friend an Indian. mandatory for Muslim students but at times also enforced on non-Muslim students. "He has violated the vernacular schools under Education Act and destroyed the harmony of Malaysian pluralistic society." ― Nur Farrah Nadia Najib | Malay Mail. Adding to this, all schools must have qualified language teachers that can teach these languages.3. )but option of chinese, malay, tamil schools in RURAL areas,with flexibilty, the dilema solved,but CLASS clash surface.... yeah, yeah"our VIP-ministers,jet-send their kidsto private, international, UK schools,not national malay schools!that tell ALL,SHAME shame", If national unity is to be achieved, as Hafiz puts it, through the abolishment of vernacular schools and at the expense of Cultural identity and tradition, then I would rather vote for its continuation.Look back into history and see all the "raw deals" Chinese schools were given on empty promises the politicians had made.Once bitten, twice shy. But your whole post totally ignores the crux of my question: why is it necessary to segregate ourselves in schools for different races to preserve a particular cultural identity? Though we argue that the students don’t compete in a comparable level, but still the system does affect my chance and lots of other Malays to get into the critical course. And I respect this judgment not because Im a Malay but because it is plain logic. Defending vernacular school means withholding progress of a nation. It is a backwards step. No. Another important factor that exacerbates ethnic segregation in Malaysia’s education. at schools due to the ongoing segregation of different ethnic communities at Dear John.Dear Hafiz, Points noted. ... market advantag e in vernacular school education . that their children are made to sit in Islamic teaching classes and at times are not even given the opportunity to take influenced by Islamic teaching from first grade right up to university, has There is no such thing as privileges (only special position) in the original constitution of 1957. Where I come from, it was a non-event. This way, it doesn't matter whether the school system is vernacular or not, they can still learn these languages equally well in any setting. ~, I agree with DKR. We have seen renewed calls for the abolition of vernacular primary schools in Malaysia. It has been a mean of cultural identity preservation just as how Islamic religious school is a mean to preserve and strengthen the Islamic religious identity of the students enrolled. Vernacular school in Malaysia is now irrelevant to progress and should be abolish. people to ask tough questions about sexuality, religion and the role of I am of Malay-Chinese parentage and have always straddled the racial lines. Learning different language is indeed good but do not make as an excuse for a political agenda in which just because of chinese or indian language we want to put aside national unity.abolish vernacular schools and focus on national schools where we can make the system better than the present. "Bad implementation and lack of sincerity is what we are afraid of. I am writing about a matter that is close to my heart and been unspoken for a long time, despite reading countless baseless allegations towards vernacular education system in Malaysia. Malays do not have the monopoly to be poor. And yet if you insist on segregating yourself from other Malaysians (I am not just talking to Chinese but to all Malaysians who prefer the status quo), how can you demand the right to call yourself a full Malaysian? become a source of tensions and youth radicalization. By Zhi Wei Lee. big bird:I got no clue in what you mean. He complained that “the culture of having an Ministry of Education aims to “warn” all school children about what it Malaysia's Ministry of Education. Our education policy had downgraded some of the best schools we had, robbed a generation of Malaysians the ability to fully participate in their children's education by changing the medium of instruction. Oftentimes, the range of voices over issue definition and interpretation is linked to a process of inter-ethnic negotiation and contestation with media becoming an important platform for public debate. In Malaysia, education is becoming a battleground for the moderate and the extreme right. I was just reminding the friends of this blog that history has shown us the many failings of our politicians. Vernacular school system has been embedded deeply within the tapestry of Malaysian Education System. The figures are quite stark. Should we have Dusun schools then? I ended up picking the issue of vernacular education for it appears to have the biggest relevance to national unity in this country. I say this because much discourse and opinions about vernacular schools have a dangerous tendency to suffer from oversimplification; you are either for the vernacular school, or you are for its abolition. stuttering mother tongue language programmes, http://www.infernalramblings.com/articles/Malaysian_Education/173/, Stifling Students at the LSE and Cambridge, Recognition of Beijing and Tsinghua degrees. recent study entitled Ethnic You’d also quoted Tony "Hence, the only way to break this self-perpetuating cycle of combativeness and mutual distrust is, well, to build trust. "Yes, to break this mutual distrust is to build trust. The idea of national unity by one group forcing the value onto another group is totally wrong and misconceived. That's the fact of it. Issues surrounding vernacular schools have been a subject of contentious debate since the early stages of independence; with Ops Lalang being the biggest government crackdown in history against the opposition over the administration of … Do we need vernacular schools in Malaysia? Cool down young man. recruitment purposes. It is divisive by definition. At some point during their secondary school education, most kids will have serious discussions with their parents and friends on their future prospects beyond Form 5. children” by human rights lawyer Siti Kasim, Malaysia’s national In Singapore, vernacular education refers to education conducted in the native languages of the main resident communities, namely Malay, Chinese and Tamil. Hello,Interesting to see that the Chinese are very protective of their Chinese identity (i.e. Even the term vernacular means 'expressed or written in the native language of the place or people'. I think we all should too, thanks to non Bumi who respect this though I think it is hard to, my million thanks. They have proven themselves to be capable of ruining even the best ideas.I just want to know why there are people who will defend the right to voluntarily segregate themselves from other Malaysians at any cost, while claiming at the same time that they are as Malaysian as anyone else. tion in Malaysia’s education system. In the end, it comes down to the education system, and when there are few (if any) truly Malaysian schools, it's no wonder that there are few truly Malaysian students:http://www.infernalramblings.com/articles/Malaysian_Education/173/. What does that tell you about our confidence in our ability to retain our roots? However, some people insisted that they be allowed to follow their own culture, the culture of the countries they came from. But John, what's a Malaysian Identity without cultural history and values? Just to say that MRSM doesn't really provide education for rural malay but to city folks as well.I study in a national secondary school in KL and most of my Malay friends who grow up in cities and have good financial background go to MRSM.It's a school that provide education to best Malay student,not just rural malay. Moreover, Id observed that school leavers from vernacular school have limited ability to converse in Malay which is very crucial towards racial integration as communication is very important. The proliferation of Islamic teaching in schools has fostered Another important factor that exacerbates ethnic segregation in Malaysia’s education. For instance, parents from each of the three major ethnic groups—Chinese, Indian, and Malay—prefer to send their children to vernacular schools, where their individual languages and cultures are taught. Then, all schools must also offer mother-tongue languages as elective subjects open to all students regardless of their ethnic origins. to develop interethnic friendships. ... (Vernacular schools), also known as Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (SRJK). That's all we are asking for.An why have you taken such an offensive stance when I did not even mentioned RACIAL in my posting? National schools are … About 75% of Indians attend a Tamil vernacular school. Ethnic segregation has become a major problem Malaysia’s security agencies fear that extremist “The education system that divides the students How about English School in city areas? Mazilamani: Vernacular schools existed in Malaysia, albeit in a non-organised manner, even before the country gained independence and the Federal Constitution was … Faith is now an essential part of schooling in Malaysia education. This is particularly so when one reads Article 152 of the Federal Constitution in totality and appreciates the historical context of vernacular education in Malaysia. It should have been obvious that Wan Fayhsal’s statement was built on an unsubstantial ground. establish rapport between the different races in Malaya through a standardized education system. The British introduced secular education with English as the medium of instruction and later other vernacular schools, classified according to the language of instruction, were the Malay, Chinese, and Tamil schools. Race comes from our family not school.I'm a Dusun from Sabah. I couldn’t agree more with DKR.“Chinese and Tamil educationists on the other hand, fear the strengthening of national schools will erode the future character and viability of vernacular schools. But after 5 dacades of contribution the 'debts ' should have been paid off. Malaysia’s national education of promoting reading, writing and thinking. For instance, many Malay parents are unaware that their children are receiving four hours of Islamic-related teaching per week. Though, I agree that some vernacular schools produce quality students in our past exam oriented system, but that doesn’t mean national school didn’t do well, In fact, national exams top scorers came from the national school. students have been arrested for assisting the group’s militant In the ideal world, vernacular schools are not necessary in Malaysia. Advocates of single-stream education say all children should integrate under one school system to … Well, I believe in true equality and it’s true that Malays have privilege in education though it has been slowly changed like the introduction of meritocracy system, which we can’t deny had affect Bumi admission to critical courses in public universities. 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