Yeah, there are a lot of inverted commas up there.
Words placed in inverted commas denote emphasis (needing attention) or caution (need not be taken literally) or cynicism, or merely stating legally constituted facts. In the few articles given below, let’s see which is which. This is not an attempt at labeling; merely pointing out the kinds of Malaysians we have in this beloved country of ours in the hope of helping to create a better understanding among ourselves and thereby promoting unity.
Responding to a suggestion to make Mandarin and Tamil compulsory subjects in schools, the Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Education said he would study it. The Berita Harian writer said it should be supported, though he pointed out the importance of Bahasa Malaysia. No mention of its inconsistency with, even contravention of, the Constitution Article 152 on the role of Bahasa Malaysia as the National Language. Or the fact that Mandarin and Tamil can be studied as elective subjects in national schools. He spinned it by saying the language is spoken by 1.3 billion people in China. No mention of its international usage compared to English.
The Berita Harian write-up was republished by Malaysian Insider. Perhaps to emphasize the fact that the DPM/ MOE said it or to spread the message they want others to believe in. We print it here to show what has been going on. We may be perceived as the “Unliberal Malays”. But we wish to promote national unity through the National Language and single-stream schooling, in line with Article 152 of the Constitution. A few readers have commented in the previous post that they don’t mind whatever label as long as there will be single stream schooling for the sake of long-term unity in this country.
The DPM/ MOE was merely responding to a suggestion and it was politic for him to answer, on the spot, that he would study the suggestion. Hopefully he would not decide agreeing to it. If he does, then it may be a case of being a “Loyal Malay”, being loyal to a boss who has been bent on getting PRU12 run-away non-Malay votes, particularly the Chinese. We urge him not to do that. Loyalty may be shown in other ways.
The Berita Harian spinner and the Malaysian Insider publisher of the write-up may be “The Others”. Quite a number of them are clinging to Mandarin and Tamil as the medium of instruction in schools. thestar.com publisher of the last article below may also be “the others”. The writer appears to be a “Loyal Malay”, loyal to his employers, an organization owned by “the others” some of whom are suspicious of the intentions of Perkasa and the Melayu Bangkit Rally organizers and want to downplay the significance and the support for their activities. He talks in terms of only “hundreds” of attendees at the Rally in Kuala Trengganu. Yet one person who attended it fully from start to finish, and did a “serious estimate” based on the number of rows of seats occupied and the average per row, said the number was 2,500 – 3,000 (out of 5,000 targeted), despite it being held on a working day and distracted by late night World Cup Football watching.
A lot has been said about the “Liberal Malays” in the previous post and comments. We can continue discussing them as well as the “Unliberal Malays”, “Loyal Malays” and “The Others” in here. Also on “The Average Malay” about which not much has been talked about so far.
Mandarin and Tamil teachers may be made compulsory
KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry will study a proposal to ensure
Mandarin and Tamil language teachers are compulsory in national
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said there was already
such a policy in place, but that it had not been implemented.
He said he wanted to ensure that such teachers were available so that
People’s Own Language classes could be carried out properly in all
In his opening speech at the Federal Territory PPP convention at the
Putra World Trade Centre here, he said it would be good for all races
to know more than two languages. It fostered racial unity and expanded
knowledge, he said.
“The people, regardless of where they are of Indian or Chinese
ancestry or other ethnic groups, can learn more than two languages.
“The national language and English are important but other languages
such as Mandarin and Tamil should also be learnt.”
Muhyiddin said by understanding the languages, Malaysians could better
appreciate the way of life, values and cultures of the country’s
Earlier, PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas had proposed to Muhyiddin to
make Mandarin and Tamil compulsory subjects in schools.
Kemampuan kuasai lebih satu bahasa beri banyak kelebihan — Berita Harian
June 15, 2010
Penguasaan lebih satu bahasa memberi banyak kelebihan dalam kehidupan dan dunia kerjaya. Kemampuan menguasai lebih satu bahasa selain bahasa ibunda juga mampu meningkatkan keterampilan pada peringkat antarabangsa. Dalam konteks masyarakat majmuk seperti Malaysia, penguasaan bahasa kaum lain seperti Mandarin dan Tamil adalah bertepatan dengan tuntutan semasa. Melalui bahasa yang difahami bersama akan dapat mengeratkan lagi perpaduan serta lebih memahami budaya kaum lain selaras konsep 1 Malaysia.
Kenyataan Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin merangkap Menteri Pelajaran bahawa kerajaan sedia mengkaji cadangan mewajibkan subjek Bahasa Mandarin dan Tamil di Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) bagi membolehkan murid pelbagai kaum di negara ini menguasai lebih daripada dua bahasa, termasuk bahasa Melayu dan bahasa Inggeris wajar disambut baik.
Jika murid di Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) dan Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) mempelajari bahasa Melayu dan Inggeris, tidak ada sebab murid di SK tidak boleh mempelajari bahasa Mandarin dan Tamil serta menguasainya dengan baik. Kita sedia maklum, bahasa Mandarin adalah bahasa paling ramai ditutur di dunia, berdasarkan jumlah penduduk negara China berjumlah 1.3 bilion, manakala India adalah penduduk kedua teramai di dunia, kira-kira 1 bilion yang turut menggunakan bahasa Tamil. Jika ia dilaksanakan murid yang mahu menguasai bahasa Mandarin atau Tamil, tidak saja boleh ke SJKC atau SJKT, mereka juga boleh memperolehnya di SK. Pada masa sama, murid di semua sekolah terbabit dapat berinteraksi dengan lebih berkesan, walaupun mempunyai aliran berbeza, tanpa polarisasi kaum.
Pada masa depan, barangkali kita tidak lagi berasa wujud diskriminasi ketika membaca iklan pekerjaan keperluan menguasai bahasa tertentu oleh majikan sebagai antara syarat utama permohonan. Apapun langkah ini tidak wajar hanya tinggal cadangan atau hanya pada peringkat kajian. Semua aspek berhubung pelaksanaan perlu diberi perhatian serius seperti menyediakan tenaga pengajar mencukupi, memperhalusi kurikulum yang akan diguna pakai, mahupun menentukan mata pelajaran ini dijadikan subjek teras atau wajib lulus.
Bagaimanapun, ketika melaksanakan matlamat ini, semua pihak terutama Kementerian Pelajaran sendiri tidak wajar mengabaikan penggunaan bahasa Melayu kerana bahasa itu adalah bahasa kebangsaan yang patut dipelajari semua warga negara ini. Perlembagaan Malaysia, Perkara 152, Akta Bahasa Kebangsaan, dengan jelas menyatakan bahawa bahasa Melayu adalah bahasa kebangsaan bagi negara ini dan ia patut dikuasai semua kaum tanpa mengira asal usul mereka. Semua pihak perlu melihat langkah ini sebagai satu kewajaran dalam perspektif lebih terbuka tanpa prejudis, bukan sebagai retorik politik atau perkauman. Menguasai bahasa bermakna menguasai cabang ilmu dalam bahasa sumber dan ia tidak akan merugikan sesiapa, hatta bahasa Arab, Perancis, Greece dan Parsi yang suatu ketika dulu pernah membina tamadun dunia.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or the publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.
Published: Monday June 14, 2010 MYT 5:48:00 PM
Low turnout at Melayu Bangkit rally
By SAZALI M. NOOR
Dr Mahathir, in keynote speech, blames PAS and PKR for Malay disunity
KUALA TERENGGANU: The anticipated 5,000 people failed to turn up at
the Melayu Bangkit rally here Monday, and the organisers blamed the
FIFA World Cup for the low turnout.
“Probably, they (locals) were all tired after watching the World Cup
telecasts, while many of those employed could not get leave,” rally
organising chairman Razali Idris of Gerakan Kebangkitan Rakyat
(People’s Consciousness Movement) told The Star.
However, Razali expressed his delight over the initiatives of 58 Malay
non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to ensure their representatives
were present at the rally.
The hundreds who turned up heard former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir
Mohamad deliver his keynote speech, in which he warned that the Malays
risked becoming marginalised like “Singapore Malays”, if they
continued to be mired in political diversion and were unable to tackle
any crisis effectively.
He said Malays could end up as a minority in their own country if the
community was disunited due to the agendas of political parties. He
insinuated that Opposition leaders were responsible for Malays’
Dr Mahathir observed that the Malay electorate’s support was now split
into three Malay-based political parties, including Umno.
“Although Malays consists of 60% of the population, our votes are
divided, eventually triggering feuds among the community. They (PAS
and PKR) are only interested in power and not race or religion.
“They are willing to go to any extent to become prime minister,” he added.