One by one important figures giving out their opinion on such ideas of implementing One Single Stream School. Yesterday, the latest important figure in Malaysia has voiced his opinion – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed. Here is the news reported by Bernama:
November 03, 2009 23:47 PM
To Be Malaysian, We Must Go To The Same School – Tun Dr Mahathir
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 3 (Bernama) — To become a Malaysian, one must at least go to the same school, said former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said a single stream school was an ideal system practised by other countries in the world.
“Well, I think that is an ideal system…no country in the world has got three streams…none…all the countries in the world have got only one stream each based on their own language.
“You can have some schools (of other stream) but the general education must be in one stream,” he told reporters after launching Rhythm of the 21st Century – Monologues of Raja Shahriman which showcased the latest artworks of Malaysia’s contemporary sculptor Raja Shahriman Raja Aziddin at Galeri Petronas, here Tuesday.
However, Dr Mahathir said in this country, you could not even talk about it because the Chinese educationists were very vehement that their children must be like Chinese.
“The Chinese educationists do not even want Chinese children to be near Malay children.. they mustn’t get into contact with Malay children… that is why they rejected our vision school,” he said.
However, he said it was bad to remain completely separate to the point where you did not allow your children to mix with other children of other races.
“We are very free, we allow you to retain your name, you culture, your religion but to be a malaysian, we must at least go to the same school,” he said.
With latest statement made by Tun Dr Mahathir, I verily believe that this matter will be more widely discussed from many point of views. With DS Najib given his thoughts, opinion made by MIC, Dong Zong and SJK Tamil Malaysia, it will be surely interesting indeed to see how the idea of single stream school will be discussed and debated over.
Some opposed, and some agreed. Some given their reasons for such disagreement on the idea (basically afraid that their heritage will be forgotten), and some gave rationales for the purpose of better unity for Malaysians.
I’m not rubbishing such opinions and thoughts that against the idea of one stream school, but please, can those who opposed give such rationale that not easily show what mentality and perception you have?
It has been quite some time that any ideas in regards to Malays and Bumis are considered as “racist”. Such reason of not supporting the idea (Dong Zong’s reason for example – every ethnic have their own heritage to preserve) for me can be considered weak. Why?
If such reason is given of preserving heritage of one ethnicity, then what about other ethnics in Malaysia? Have we ever hear reasons given that Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Melayu, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Iban, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Kadazan and Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Orang Asli to preserve Malay, Iban, Kadazan and Orang Asli’s heritage? For me, reason given by Dong Zong nothing more than just a selfish and show no enthusiasm in moulding a more united Malaysian.
Furthermore, how can a single stream school in Malaysia can make any heritage in Malaysia become extinct? Have you ever heard the Sabahans and Sarawakian lost their heritage due to Sekolah Kebangsaan in Sabah and Sarawak?
Sometimes, nasty thoughts come into my mind.. is it without “Jenis Kebangsaan Cina” and “Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil”, only the heritage of chinese and indians that easily can be extinct, but not other ethnic?
Can someone give me a very logical answer?
Questions on the street: If we are to wait.. can you tell me, until when we are ready to have one stream school?
So much for labelling some Bumis to be racist…