“The continued existence of vernacular schools is likely to be among reasons why such attitudes have survived the decades post independence and why the majority of Chinese association and temple heads keep the Malay-Muslims away from certain business domains. It is also the reason Chinese employers are unwilling to hire more Malays in the spirit of nation building”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
The Government of Malaysia (GoM) should never consider recognising the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) nationwide and should instead do away with Chinese vernacular schools.
Earlier today, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik was reported as saying that the GoM was awaiting reports from a special task force on the UEC before deciding if the certificate should be recognised.
However, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had previously noted that Dong Zong was racist for incorrectly associating the introduction of jawi script and khat calligraphy into the primary school curriculum with “the Islamisation of education in Malaysia.”
Mahathir was spot on.
The fact that the UEC is organised by Dong Jiao Zong raises concern as the association was clearly attempting to ingrain in the minds of the Chinese that the Malay-Muslims were up to no good with the jawi-khat issue.
It is ironical that Dong Jia Zong seeks to introduce a separate certification system for Chinese schools as the goal in nation building is always to assimilate the various races into mainstream culture through unification policies.
Not only does continued existence of vernacular schools run contrary to the idea, the move to introduce the UEC is a further step backwards and sign that Dong Zong does not prefer Chinese students to be assessed alongside the Malay-Muslims and Indians.
It also shows that the association is not willing to work with the federal administration to improve existing systems of certification and raises the question if it fears that the Malay-Muslims may one day outperform the Chinese in spheres of life currently monopolised by the community.
Dong Zong’s position on jawi is a clear indicator that it prefers every element of association with Islam to be eliminated from textbooks, even if it is meant only to educate Malaysians on a religion practised by the majority.
The continued existence of vernacular schools is likely to be among reasons why such attitudes have survived decades post independence and why the majority of Chinese association and temple heads keep the Malay-Muslims away from certain business domains.
It is also the reason some Chinese employers are unwilling to hire more Malays as these employers are products of a vernacular system that subconsciously makes them believe its ok for the Chinese to “be amongst themselves only.”
If indeed Lim Kit Siang aspires that the concept of a “Malaysian Malaysia” be realised, he should be the first to propose that vernacular schools be abolished and demand that the UEC concept be aborted.
He should then work with the Education Ministry towards including Dong Zong in education policy discussions so as to ensure that the Chinese are satisfied with the quality of education in Malaysia and will contribute towards nation building as members of a united Malaysian race.