Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Finally, a politician who thinks like me

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth chief aspirant Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir has called on the Government to abolish the vernacular school system to enhance unity among the people.

He said a single school system was the only way to check racial polarisation.

“The Government should consider introducing only a one school system with Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction, except for the teaching of Science and Mathematics, which is already in English,” Mukhriz told reporters at Parliament House yesterday.

“Of course, pupils should then be given the option to study their mother tongue. Under this system, the Malays will also have the option of studying other languages like Chinese and Tamil, and this will further boost unity among the races,” the Umno Youth exco member added.

In an immediate response in his blog (www.ongteekeat.net), MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat made a very short posting on the subject.

“Datuk Mukhriz is just one of the many who are now repeating the same polemics that are a few decades old, simply because of the advent of their party’s poll.

“It is saddening because politicians cannot think out of the box,” he said.

Earlier, Mukhriz said it was time Malaysia did away with the dual school system, which was practised by only a handful of countries in the world.

He expressed hope that the leaders of Barisan Nasional component parties would not view his suggestion in a negative light as it was meant to resolve once and for all the problem of racial polarisation.

“If they reject this suggestion, then they should explain why they are against it,” he said. “If you want equal rights then you cannot have a different school system. You cannot have your cake and eat it too,” said Mukhriz.

He also urged all parties to stop harping on issues that could create tension among Barisan component parties, including talk of Malay supremacy.

He said there had been many statements made by leaders of component parties that had the potential to create anger among the Malays and Umno members.

“If they insist on making such statements, then do not be surprised if the Malays start talking about the economic supremacy of the non-Malays,” he added.

“Despite all that has been said on the issue of Malay supremacy, the Malays do not feel in any way superior or that they are the masters when it comes to the country’s economy.”


Gallivanter said...

I agree in principle too, whether it's possible, is another matter. So many areas to tackle. Lots of sensitive people living in Malaysia.

balan said...

He thinks like me too,

Do read my take on this issue.

Perantau said...

If we can get rid of the "ketuanan" mentality then it is a good idea. Otherwise those who are not "tuan" will be required to follow this rule and that rule made by the "tuan", from types of food to eat to type of co-curricular activities that are allowed. This is the main reason why non-Malay and non-Muslim do not want a single education system. Plenty of examples in local government universities. Same can be said about the relationship of BN component parties to UMNO. Equality between races is the key.

When will Malaysian Malays realise that racial discrimination is not consistent with Islam?

Jeg said...

It is not really about racial discrimination. When will you realise that it's still all about narrowing the gap?

If equality sets in as in NOW, the Malays and Indians will still struggle to cope with the Chinese economically. Narrowing the gap is the key.

What if the majority Malays will still be stuck behind other races in terms of equity and economic power? Will there not be an uprising? You think the majority Malays can accept this just like that? Is it not a form of economic apartheid where the minorities control the economy?

I am all against irrational ideas. Let us all be practical lah!

Concentrate on the original values of NEP. Eradicate poverty regardless of races. If there are more Malays who still live in poverty, so we must help them. We as in the Malay people, the Chinese people, the Indians, the Ibans, the Kadazans.. all Malaysians who have more disposable income.

Must avoid the mentality that 'I only want to help my race. It's in our blood.'

On Mukhriz's statement, it is being told it caused a stir among the Chinese leaders. But I'm just puzzled when Islamic Law and Malay rights are being questioned, they do not think it's seditious?

Chauvinists. Racists leaders.

Anonymous said...

hmmm.. interesting.

mukhriz did well exposing this chauvinists. bangsa malaysia my foot ! very hollow concept.

Jeg said...

chauvinists shits stink!

syigha said...

jeg im here
hehe sebok