Friday, October 30, 2009

I am angry

Found this article on utusan online, and I TOTALLY DISAGREE on what they are saying. I mean, if the system works beautifully, we wouldn't be seeing people click with their own kind all the time. Just look at school canteens, malls, buses, everywhere..people tend to stick to their own race, speak their own language. Why? Because we grew up that way! We never got the opportunity to fully understand each other when we were young, at the age where we try to comprehend everything, learn everything, know everything. When we got bigger, we had already been 'told' that this race this and that race that, and and they have stuck almost permanently in our heads. We tend to develop stereotypes towards other races due to our weak understanding towards others.

I mean, really, just look at other multiracial countries like the US. Everyone comes in from different background. They learn how to speak, read, and write in English. They go to American school. They introduce themselves as Americans, although at the same time, they are proud of their roots. The same goes to other multiracial countries like Indonesia. Why aren't these people fighting for their own schools?

It's weird, isn't it? Everytime someone suggests on having a one school system, there'll be lots of people against it. Why? What do they want, actually? Don't they want our country to unite? Don't they love their own country? I mean, as Malaysians, we should not be scared when we are asked to learn in Bahasa Malaysia or to mix with other Malaysians. Plus, I seriously believe that they will still teach Mandarin and Tamil in the school, so they should not be scared that the languages will finally extict, because they won't. Why are they so against it? Do they really want to be Malaysians, or do they want to be citizens of other countries? And plus, if they really serious about merging and unifying everyone together, they should have realized that the main reason that divide us is our school system. I mean, hello~ everyone else knows this~ duhh~

1Malaysia won't work if they stick to this attitude. 1Malaysia requires sacrifice from everyone, especially the leaders.

But instead, our leaders said these:

"Bagi sekolah Tamil, pelajar (India) akan berpeluang bergaul dengan kanak-kanak daripada kaum lain apabila mereka memasuki sekolah menengah,” -Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu

My @$$. Try going to those secondary schools and see how many students actually mix with other races.

"Ia bukan penghalang kepada perpaduan nasional, sebaliknya bantu menerapkan semangat bersatu padu di kalangan masyarakat majmuk,” -Datuk Dr. Wee Ka Siong

And you are calling yourself the Deputy Minister of Education? Bullsh*t. Tell me how it has helped in uniting us together.

Stupid. Frustrating. VERY frustrating. Deym.

I am angry.

p/s: Remember having chinese, indian, singh, and aboriginal in my class when I was in standard 1-3 and it was beautiful.

MIC dan MCA tidak setuju sekolah satu aliran
30/10/2009 7:52pm

KUALA LUMPUR 30 Okt. — MIC dan MCA menentang cadangan melaksanakan sistem pendidikan satu aliran, dengan mengatakan bahawa sekolah jenis kebangsaan yang ada sekarang tidak akan menghalang usaha ke arah mewujudkan perpaduan nasional.

Presiden MIC, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu hari ini berkata, sekiranya cadangan itu dikemukakan dalam usaha menjalin perpaduan kaum, ada banyak cara lain lagi untuk melakukannya dan bukan melalui sistem pendidikan satu aliran.

"Bagi sekolah Tamil, pelajar (India) akan berpeluang bergaul dengan kanak-kanak daripada kaum lain apabila mereka memasuki sekolah menengah,” katanya kepada pemberita sebelum menyerahkan cek bernilai RM1 juta kepada lebih 50 kuil Hindu di sini.

Sementara itu, Ketua Pemuda MCA, Datuk Dr. Wee Ka Siong berpendapat sistem persekolahan pelbagai aliran patut diteruskan kerana ia tidak akan menjejaskan perpaduan di kalangan masyarakat majmuk negara ini.

"Ia bukan penghalang kepada perpaduan nasional, sebaliknya bantu menerapkan semangat bersatu padu di kalangan masyarakat majmuk,” kata Wee kepada pemberita selepas mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Pemuda MCA di Wisma MCA hari ini.

Dr. Wee yang juga Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran berkata, walaupun bahasa pengantar di sekolah pelbagai aliran bukannya bahasa kebangsaan namun ia tidak menggugat pelajar untuk menghayati konsep 1Malaysia.



thecuriousmind said...

Buat skolah satu aliran and bagila option belajar bahasa Mandarin/Tamil. I strongly encourage kids to learning another language while they're still young cuz that's when the brain's plasticity wrt language is at the maximum potential.

We often hear sekolah tamil is under-funded, terletak dkt ladang getah je. By merging jadi skolah wawasan, wouldn't this solve the problem of funds?

Tapi kan, ada 2 family fren aku hantar anak ke SRJK cina as they want their kids to master the language. Now their kids are fluent in speaking Mandarin. Hebat la. I would probably do that too if I want my kids to master Mandarin.

kumitaa said...

to be fair, even if there is only one type of school, that doesn't necessarily guarantee that all the races will mix better with the others. i think majority still tend to gravitate towards their own race, maybe because of language and cultural similarity, who knows?

although it is true that they can always introduce languages such as mandarin and tamil as an option (which they do, pol class, once a week in primary school i think), i think it is also true that you may not necessarily master a certain language that way. take me for example, i am quite ashamed to say that i cannot fluently talk in tamil although it is my mother tongue.

i think the ministers said what they said because they feel it is important for each race to still maintain their culture and language. (kinda like how BN is a mix or UMNO, MCA and MIC so that each racial component has a say), if that makes sense.

i am not saying i agree fully with them. but i also think that 1malaysia cannot simply evolve from getting rid of the other schools. i think that our stereotypes are probably instilled in us since young, even before we start school. therefore, if u can nip the problem in the bud, maybe that would be a better solution. how? i don't know, but i hope someone figures it out eventually...

Fiza Pushie said...

It is true that one type of school doesn't guarantee that all the races will mix together, but if all the kids go to the same school since young, there is a higher possibility that they will mix with each other, and try to speak the same language with each other. I would say mixing them since primary school years will produce the best result..melentur buluh biarlah dari rebungnya, right? Secondary school is a little bit too late.

As for the languages, that needs a more structural and functional curriculum. After all, what is the percentage of students who can master English perfectly despite having learned it for at least 11 years in school? That also leads to another question: what is the percentage of students from SJK who can master BM perfectly despite having learned it for years in school? My dad once encountered a Malaysian who PROUDLY said he could not speak BM. How bad is that?

I believe stereotypes exist due to the lack of understanding of why people do this and that. The kids learn about all the stereotypes from their parents--who are the result of the current education system. If only we can put all the kids under one roof, they will be friends with each other, and eventually talk about their different cultures with each other, which will slowly diminish the stereotype.

And plus, without the one type of school, where else do we get the chance to make friends with other races? Again, make friends, not just simple encounters at the mall etc.

Although coming up with one type of school is not the ultimate step to unite everyone, it is indeed, I believe, one of the steps that work. It may take a generation for us to see the result, but we should take whatever steps that could unite us together.

And yes, maintaining the language and culture is important, but I think we can still maintain it perfectly despite not using it in school. I mean look at those tribes in Sabah and Sarawak and other races such as Banjar and Jawa..they still retain their culture and languages although they don't have their own school.

Why aren't they fighting for one?

O-man said...

hello world!! apa khabar Malaysia?

Fiza Pushie said...

Malaysia barang mahal tapi gaji kecik?

*emo comment sbb tgh pokai. Argh!*

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