Day by day, Malaysia is sinking deep into the black hole of misunderstandings and misconceptions especially concerning our multi racial and multi religious make up. We heard politicians championing ‘colour blind Malaysia’, but questions arise, are they really true to their pledge, or are they being blindfolded by a more promising personal greed that is to benefit their political careers only?
First, we quarrel about the term ‘ketuanan Melayu’ or Malay Supremacy. For me, it is a false and very misleading terminology to start with. When we are talking about ‘ketuanan’, it involves two parties, the master and the servant. Let’s be honest and be fair in our judgement, boldly put, do you see Chineses or Indians being the servants for the Malays in Malaysia? The Malays are struggling to get hold on Malaysia’s economic pie, we are lacking behind in terms of numbers of Malays in critical professions and if we speak about number, Malays are the majority in this country.
Put aside the debate on who dwell this land first, whoever living in this country regardless of skin colour, religious beliefs, sexual orientations must agree to this mutual point that is there is a need to reduce social, economic, and educational disparities between races in this country. Some politicians really are a disappointment to me, personally. They talk rhetorics, they do none. When they make a statement, the only thing at the back of their heads is this question; will my popularity increases within certain group of people after making this statement? And that’s the only thing that concerns them.
Today, yet another bombshell was dropped on Malaysia’s promising future, people who talk about building Malaysian Malaysia is suggesting that they are not for one school system, they think children of different racial backgrounds should be educated in different schools. And will that unite them Mr.? Well, they are talking cock all this while, talks about gaining Malay support to their party served just as a smoke screen. Nothing more nothing less.
Had Malaysia started to dissociate itself from racial-based, sectarian politics? You can find the answer in this past few days development in Malaysia.
I remembered quite clearly, during Projek Amanat Negara 5 held by UKEC in London this year, I was one of the discussion group moderator. I made a suggestion quite similar to the formation of a single school system for Malaysia, to promote unity. And the discussion went on from that motion. When it came to this one particular Non-Malay member of the group, he threw a question back at me, and It sounded pretty much like this; If we are to sacrifice our SRJKC, will you be ready to sacrifice your monarcy system?
I gulped in shock and at the same time was really amazed by the way the school system is being likened with monarchy system, in a way. If that’s how they see their SRJKC as, I could really understand why the issue of vernacular system is a taboo to them as how Malays will jump around when the concept of ‘ketuanan Melayu’ (although it is a misleading term) is poked at. In my humble opinion, It is a matter of comparing orange and apple, they are not the same. Malaysia monarchy can be a symbol of unity to Malaysians, but the vernacular school systems only show how segregated we are, even from early childhood.
There must be a way to solve this, if Malaysia is really moving towards a non-racial, non-sectarian socio politics, therefore, Politicians (with hidden agendas) please stay out of the way.
If some of us say, Chinese schools pupil turn out to be better that national school pupil, won’t you want all anak Melayu, anak India, and anak lain-lain to get the best as how anak Cina get? Isn’t that what Malaysia desperately needs? A better younger generation that can lead to a better nation in the future.
Oh, and am I going to be charged with Akta Hasutan for saying this, as suggested by Kit Siang here? I hope not.
Ahli sejarah, Prof. Tan Sri Dr. Khoo Kay Kim menyifatkan cadangan Mukhriz itu sebagai sangat baik dan menyamai cadangan dalam Penyata Razak 1956 dan Jawatankuasa Barnes 1951.
“Malangnya cadangan itu tidak dapat dilaksanakan dan kemudian dilupakan begitu sahaja ekoran orientasi pendidikan yang lebih menekankan markah ‘A’ dalam peperiksaan.
“Pelajar belajar tanpa matlamat positif untuk perpaduan, hanya untuk peperiksaan. Seringkali mereka tidak faham apa-apa yang dipelajari… mereka hanya tahu menghafal,” ujarnya.