I recently published an article on FMT. While doing the first draft I accidentally press sent and withdrew it. Then later I sent the final draft. FMT mistakenly published my first draft which contains my previous write here. Just to put on record I published here my last draft. It’s a water down version of my previous write.
“The PR manifesto is highly disappointing. Any hope of seeing positive changes in values since 2008 perishes with this manifesto. It just entrenched our division by race. It just put politics on the top most pedestal. Malaysian first concept is just a slogan for gaining power.
The current generations of Malaysians are certainly divided by schism and race. We practice and live with discrimination. We employ based on race. We socialise with the same race. We eat with the same race. But these are of our generations. Why must we perpetuate this with our children?
The PR manifesto is highly disappointing in supporting vernacular schools. It entrenches and affirms the policy of segregating our youngs based on race. It is the policy which renders my children having no non-Malay friends in class. The policy which deprives my children of having Chinese and Indian best friends like I had. The policy which denies children of all races to mix grow and laugh together. Why must PR then persists with a policy denying my children to mix with other races.
This is not about denying the people of mother tounge education. There is no such law in our country prohibiting or denying one to learn one’s mother tounge. One can do it at their own time and place. But it’s a different thing when you use public funds and institution to promote segregation of our youngs by race. These are two different distinct issues.
This fight for mother tounge has been a mainstay of DAP and has nothing to do with the quality of education of our sekolah kebangsaan. They were fighting for this cause since Merdeka when we followed the English syllabus then. It was thus never about quality education but about protecting one’s culture.
But most problematic with the mother tounge education argument is the selectiveness and biasness. Our country has more than 30 ethnic groups. The bidayuhs, ibans, dusuns, kadazans, senois etc etc have their own ancestral mother tounge language. Are we then to fragment further our schools to have 30 or more sekolah Jenis kebangsaan? Are we to promote our children to learn and grow separately by promoting mother tounge education? Can we foster Malaysian unity then when we segregate all Malaysians since young? Surely not.
And if we disallow the ibans kadazans muruts etc of their “mother tounge” education but allow only the chinese and the Tamil language schools, what makes, say the Chinese mother tounge, superior than other people’s mother tounge. Is mother tounge’s education a right for selective group only? It cannot be.
I have always thus found the argument for vernacular school as racist in nature. For example one of the common reason given to justify these segregated schools is that the Chinese puts education as top priority. Aren’t this purely chauvinistic. Hello! Please lah! Other non Chinese too are concerned with education.
This is where PR manifesto is most dissappointing. It entrenched further our racial divide. PR is simply in this for the glory of power. Real sad 08 just comes to nothing.”