YOUR SAY | “The case should have been struck out in the first place.”
High Court declares vernacular schools constitutional
Dr Raman Letchumanan: While we welcome the judgment of High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, who ruled that vernacular schools are constitutional, we must note that this case should not have gone to court in the first place.
The Constitution is very clear on this provision, one of the few “privileges” granted to non-Malaysians such as vernacular schools, freedom of religion and worship, etc. other day.
Imagine if a non-Malaysian challenged Section 153 or even asked for fairness in its implementation. Hundreds of police reports were reportedly drawn up, and the person was allegedly slapped on multiple counts, including sedition.
But this case goes to court, and luckily a judge of integrity has ruled in accordance with the Constitution. The case should have been struck out first.
Even more alarming are the educated plaintiffs and their learned lawyers, people whom we expect as liberals, tolerant and democrats. Many would have been educated in the West in Western languages.
To me, these are the people who are agitated for these kinds of divisive issues, not ordinary Malaysians. The fact that many Malaysians enroll their children in vernacular schools is because they want a better education for their children.
They cannot afford to send their children abroad, like those elite troublemakers who demand the closure of vernacular schools but send their children to international schools or overseas.
Either way, the case is not over yet. There will be appeals to the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court, where decisions can be made by simple majority. I wonder what punitive fees were paid by this judge to stop such frivolous prosecutions.
As the judge said, we are fortunate that the Constitution is clear. He warned that he would not intervene on matters of the legislature like national unity, national identity, etc. This is a disturbing warning.
Malaysia Bahru: Thank you, Mohd Nazlan, for your good judgment which has helped allay the fears of those who support mother tongue education and the existence of vernacular schools which have been an integral part of the education system since pre-independent times.
Those who challenge vernacular schools as an obstacle to national unity must understand that the main cause of disunity is the lack of a level playing field where Malaysians are treated fairly and equitably without racial or religious discrimination.
Dividing the people at all times and crying out for national unity is doomed to failure. Get this right and the unit will automatically snap into place.
While Bahasa Malay is accepted as the national language and has its rightful place in our education system, the idea that a monolingual education system is the panacea for national unity is a misconception.
Mat M Din: The blame should be squarely on the government’s shoulders for pivoting non-Malaysians for the overwhelming need to create vernacular schools. They need it to ensure that their children have access to a good education.
National schools, which place a strong emphasis on Malaysian nationalism instead of Malaysian nationalism and less on the quality of education, have resulted in a deterioration in the quality of education. This is the main reason why non-Malays and elite Malaysian parents are reluctant to send their children to national schools.
The government should seriously think about its folly in its high investment in education which can only produce half-baked educated children.
To address the failure to improve the quality of its education, the government should take bold steps to make radical changes in its education system.
It has been suggested that two languages ââof instruction, Malay and English, should be used in national schools – English for teaching math and science, and Malay for the rest of the subjects. It is also suggested that the teaching of the vernacular languages, Chinese and Tamil, be upgraded and improved.
If these new measures could be properly implemented, which would result in an improvement in the quality of its teaching in national schools, there is no reason why they are still necessary for the establishment of schools. vernacular.
The dream of all Malaysians to see their children study and blend harmoniously in national schools, and not in vernacular schools, will finally be realized.
BobbyO: We must prepare our future generations to reach for the stars. With the evolution of IT (information technology) every day, our children must stand the test of time. Otherwise, they will end up as slaves working for their “progressive” foreign masters.
China and India are going to be future giants in the economic sense of the term. The combined population figures represent almost half of the world’s population.
That is why we must encourage our future generations to add as many foreign languages ââas possible into their curriculum. This will help them climb the ladder of success much faster.
Vijay47: At first glance, it may seem that the news items – the resignation of economist Edmund Terence Gomez and the decision of the vernacular school tribunal – are two separate issues. Not so.
To our eternal shame and grief, they reflect how a once vibrant united nation has been brought to its knees by crooks, racists and fanatics. Yet, desperate as the future appears, we can be beaten down but not excluded, not while there are courageous voices standing up for honesty and justice.
When it comes to the MACC panel, I, like most Malaysians, will believe the Gomez version of what really happened. Shockingly, but perhaps not unexpected, the Guardian allows the wolves to run wild wearing sheep’s clothing. The only more pathetic facet are the sad stories the Shepherd tells.
Corruption, abuse of financial authority, the inevitable projects of brothers-in-law have passed from aberration to vocation, the authors being in reality accepted as national heroes seeking only to improve their golf handicap.
Corruption has become a virtue and for some Malaysians it is as much a part of the culture as the nasi lemak. How far we fell from August 31, 1957 to September 16, 1963. Our various races, cultures and religions were then warmly welcomed as our strength and pride.
Where else in the world can people celebrate Christmas one day, Chinese New Year the next, followed early enough by Deepavali, Hari Gawai and Kaamatan, and Hari Raya. The ability to speak multiple languages ââwas the icing on the cake, another feather in the hat.
Today, the forces are there to unravel what the Constitution has wisely planned and protected. The movement against vernacular schools was only spawned out of envy and the doggy attitude in the manger because, as New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary put it, “there he is.”
They will keep trying, even relying on imported mercenaries as they themselves don’t have the spirit to achieve anything without crutches.
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