Friday, October 30, 2009

Does 1 Malaysia also incorporate 1 Single Stream School policy, Mr. Prime Minister?

When presenting he 2010 Budget speech in Parliament last Friday, the Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib has said that "The 1Malaysia concept, People First, Performance Now, is a continuous effort in strengthening unity among the rakyat.

This concept is based on positive values centred on social justice and acceptance of a multiracial society."Despite intensive promotions of his 1 Malaysia concept over the last few months, till today, many Malaysians have still not understood what 1 Malaysia concept really means. Nevertheless the figure 1 is very popular now and it also seems that many things can be associated with 1 Malaysia .

Now we have 1 Malaysia FI racing team, 1 Malaysia Camp .It was also recently announced that 1 Toilet policy will be implemented in Terengganu!I have always believed that it will be a matter of time when some UMNO politicians will stand up in Parliament chamber and call for 1 School policy where there will only be single stream schools in the country.

Last Wednesday, BN MP for Ledang Hamim Samuri did that . He said the current multi-stream schooling system did not help people understand the meaning of unity or the 1Malaysia concept promoted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.He said the present system should be restructured where all secondary schools would be in a single stream, thus placing all races under one roof.

In response to the call, the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday that he was all for single stream schools to promote unity and 1Malaysia.Such schools, he said, were the ultimate objective of the Razak Report but due to circumstances involving the country's history, it ended up with a multiple stream system.

How could non Malay communities who oppose single stream stream school system feel comfortable when a Deputy Prime Minister did not state the government's opposition to Hamim's call but yet voiced his personal approval ?In fact, Muhyiddin's mention of Razak Report very likely means that he was talking about his personal approval for single stream schools for primary schools too, not just the secondary schools which Hamim mentioned.

The 1956 Razak Report has recommended that "the ultimate objective of education policy in this country must be to bring together children of all races under a national education system in which the national language is the main medium of instruction".DAP opposes a single stream school educational system as our stand is that all races have a right to learn their mother tongue language and that the existence of multi stream schools is not a cause of racial disunity.

Najib should clearly state whether a single stream school policy is a part of his 1 Malaysia concept.

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