Surind, read Barisan Rakyat’s commitment to multiculturalism

This is from Surind, a proactive citizen from PJ:

“At this point (in my opinion), I would also like to say that Bahasa “Malaysia & English” is our “Anak Bangsa Malaysia” language! Every other language should take a back seat in this country & highly specialised & globalising learning world / economy that we live in! There is simply not enough time & the ethnic Chinese, Indians, DLL should not be wasting time fighting for Tamil & Chinese schools! We should be working towards (transition stage), only 1 type of school system where these languages & more, should be offered as a full examinable subject. Practice is important & for a child, it is the parents responsibility to use these languages at home. Do not underestimate the importance of this & working towards it!”

Surind, in your excitement to promote Barisan Rakyat, please care to take some time to read the People’s Declaration. In its page 2, it upholds as a principle in Malaysia’s constitution “Bahasa Melayu as the national language but safeguarding the unfettered right to use and learn other language”.

See more of its detailed programmes related to mother tongue education in page 13.

You may of course argue that your proposed solution (unifying all schools into one single stream but having the minority languages as full subjects) is already “safeguarding the unfettered right to use and learn other language”.

And it is perfectly fine for anyone to propose the abolition of minority language education. It is your freedom of speech, just like anyone who wants to advocate for an Islamic state or Christian state or Hindu state.

But do not take your position as that of Barisan Rakyat, and certainly not as the mandate from the election results.

I believe at least half of the voters casting their votes for the opposition believing that the opposition will respect the parents’ right to decide what schools – SK, SKC, SKT or SR – to enroll their children.

If pushing for a single stream of school is what Barisan Rakyat is all about or what its supporters believe to be, communicate it clearly to the electorate during the campaign. Don’t try to push any agenda through back-door after elections.

For your information, eight parliamentarians and eight state assembly persons elected in this election (including DAP’s four from PJ) have committed themselves to a more consultative town planning process which will respect demographic pattern and cultural preference with regards to land use for educational and religious purposes.

As for your “simply not enough time” argument, is it not up to everyone to decide how to use his or her time?

I have been learning one line or two of Hungarian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Slovak, Greek, Arab, Turki and many other languages that many Malaysians and perhaps most people in the world do not speak. I plan to pick up my abandoned broken Tamil and Punjabi again.

I am happily wasting my insufficient time that should be better used for preparing myself for globalization, if you like.

Is it the business of the state to tell me how to manage my time or my life?

I advocate for welfare state as a replacement for NEP, but never a nanny state – whether theocratic or secular!

In fact, that’s my very reason to oppose an Islamic state despite my respect for the religion. I believe it’s the same for most liberals.

2 responses to “Surind, read Barisan Rakyat’s commitment to multiculturalism

  1. “Surind, in your excitement to promote Barisan Rakyat, please care to take some time to read the People’s Declaration. In its page 2, it upholds as a principle in Malaysia’s constitution “Bahasa Melayu as the national language but safeguarding the unfettered right to use and learn other language”.”

    Yes Chin Huat, I had read the People’s Declaration when it first came out & that part which you quoted, came to mind when I wrote that post. Thanks for your sarcasm in this post though🙂

    I put in brackets, (my opinion) on some specifics of what our “Anak Bangsa Malaysia” language aka National Language should be. Added in English… my vote. So 2 National Languages.

    I do not speak for BR & / or played a role in drafting the People’s Declaration.

    It is not just freedom of speech, it is what “I” believe, & I will promote what I think is an ideal “Anak Bangsa Malaysia” in my books; this is not without seeking feedback, doing the research & insights from all the countries I have been to, books I have read, documentaries, personal values, etc. I am a freethinker & atheist as we’ll & so, you can get some rough impressions on how I conduct myself. Thanks for your feedback here as we’ll.

    There is no such thing as a Hindu-state!🙂

    “I believe at least half of the voters casting their votes for the opposition believing that the opposition will respect the parents’ right to decide what schools – SK, SKC, SKT or SR – to enroll their children.”

    I’m aware of that & don’t give in to utilitarianism & herd mentality either.

    “If pushing for a single stream of school is what Barisan Rakyat is all about or what its supporters believe to be, communicate it clearly to the electorate during the campaign. Don’t try to push any agenda through back-door after elections.”

    Again, thanks for your feedback to Barisan Rakyat. As for me, I will push & promote for what I want, whenever I want & not just wait for every elections to put my inputs & thoughts in.

    “As for your “simply not enough time” argument, is it not up to everyone to decide how to use his or her time?”

    It sure is! Maybe we should take a vote on this specific issue🙂

    One hypothetical scenario: We vote, rough outcome… the larger lower middle class & lower class combined, beats the middle class. Yes, we are now back where we started. Not only that, Malay is probably not taught in all Chinese schools as we’ll! The Malay & Chinese community grow more & more apart. Yes, victory for our cause!

    “I am happily wasting my insufficient time that should be better used for preparing myself for globalization, if you like.

    Is it the business of the state to tell me how to manage my time or my life?”

    I am a very liberal person (far left), so I fight for individual freedom & expression. I wonder if you have ever visited my blog & seen the symbolisms there expressing some of my philosophical view points.

    At the same time, I have my principles, refuse to embrace mediocrity & take an immature lower path. Yes, it’s highly subjective & the state or nobody for that matter, can tell me how to run my life! But there are always rules & law makers.

    What makes some Malaysians think, that the ministers of education have done such a good job of using the education system to promote religious & racial tolerance & unity in this country?

    Many of the intellectual I know (local & abroad), have all felt that the education system has failed in doing so. It is not even up to a high standard & so, we lag behind.

    Your kampong fellow or average Malay family whom has sent all their kids through local Universities free would probably tell you something else. There are more of them, compared to people like me. Go figure…

    As for me, I would never put my child through what I see as a f’ked up education system in Malaysia! Neither can I afford private education & nor would I put my child through a chinese or tamil school, ever!

    So, I guess I would just migrate than. More brain drain indeed. Guess what, I know I wouldn’t be the first doing so. Many have packed up & left because of this.

    We are all motivated by something & for a complicated person like me, that’s a little of my story.

    Sorry for taking up too much of your time, If I did so.

    Cheers.

    Thanks for your reply. I did not go through all your posts but did scan through some. I read your post on Mauritius. I hold a different view on how this nation should go. We are of course entitled to our opinion and I believe healthy debate is necessary for democracy. My sarcasm was for your patronizing tone. I will write a more formal reply over the weekend. Thanks.

  2. G’Day,

    Thank, you are welcome, no worries, respect😉

    “I hold a different view on how this nation should go.”

    I would like to hear your thoughts on how we should proceed for a total education system overhaul (high standard). Building up towards the next GE, this could be a major platform that the BR works off to get reelected.

    I wonder if its possible to start now, some test groups on systems that could be used.

    Oh yes, I’m not sure how true this is. A friends told me today that she bumped into a group of people (in this country) whom totally home school their kids. Something about learning through the internet there as we’ll. She did not have the specifics & details.

    If this is true, than there is hope for me!🙂

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