– The Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua (SSS) proposal was conceived by a group of concerned citizens who felt a strong need for national unity and the forging of a truly united, strong and cohesive Bangsa Malaysia.
– They call themselves the Demi Negara Blogging Community.
– They are all Anonymous and they don’t belong to any political party.
– The SSS Proposal is also not political in nature.
– The proposal calls for a One School system which has the medium of instruction for all schools in Malaysia to be in one language – ie. in Bahasa Melayu.
– Bahasa Melayu was clearly stated under Article 152 of the Constitution of the country; it was later declared as Bahasa Malaysia and currently, it is the Official Language of Malaysia.
– Bahasa Malaysia is the National Language. Hence, every Malaysian must be fluent in the National Language.
– The usage of the National Language will nurture a sense of belonging to the nation and young Malaysians will interact with one another with minimal language barriers.
– Futhermore, Bahasa Melayu (or Bahasa Malaysia) has been the lingua franca or the medium of communication for everybody in this area which was at one time called Nusantara, stretching from the Malay Peninsula to Irian Jaya. Ancient travellers to this area, including the Chinese from Mainland China, the Indians from India, the Arabs, the Persians have stated this in their ancient written records.
– Sabah and Sarawak were a part of an ancient Malay Sultanate of Brunei where Bahasa Melayu was also the lingua franca of the area. This is also on record, in the history books and in official archives containing ancient documents
– Language is a strong unifying factor because communication is the most basic tool to interact with one another.
– Many countries have adopted the policy of having one language to unify the people
(eg. Mandarin for China, French for France, English for USA, likewise for our neighbours; Bahasa Indonesia for Indonesia, Thai for Thailand and Tagalog for the Phillipines).
– Malaysia currently has three different languages as medium of instruction: Bahasa Malaysia in national schools, Mandarin and Tamil in vernacular schools.
– This means three different systems: we should have only Bahasa Malaysia, the National Language as the medium of instruction for all schools.
– Mandarin and Tamil should not be a medium of instruction in schools because they are the official language of a foreign country and of a state in a foreign country respectively.
– Mother-tongue can be used and studied outside the framework of official business and public functions. Schools are deemed official business of the country.
– No it does not. As stated earlier, it seeks to nurture the mother-tongue language through elective subjects. Any student may enrol in these elective classes. Schools will provide options for the students too. This has already been done.
– The Government should carry out an in-depth study or review of the current education system.
– Yes, one of the recommendations is to review the quality of the national school syllabus.
– This encompasses the teaching and learning techniques.
– When the education system is properly reviewed, all aspects of the system – both national and vernacular schools – would be looked into thoroughly and recommendations will be made to rectify the system.
– In proposing the SSS, the Demi Negara community puts out the opinion that the vernacular school’s (SJKC or SJKT) enrolment is often not multi-racial; the children in their formative years study in a closed environment, not mixing with children of other races and these are not conducive to national unity and the forging of a united Bangsa Malaysia as envisaged in the 1Malaysia concept announced by the Prime Minister.
– Government policies like NEP are socio economical and political issues whereas the SSS is solely looking at uniting the children under one education system.
– Furthermore, the NEP is an affirmative action to correct any economic imbalance in the country. SSS and the NEP are different proponents aimed at achieving different objectives.
– SSS does not intend to victimise vernacular schools as these schools will be absorbed into the one national school system. In fact, these schools will ultimately be aided and funded fully by the Government should the SSS campaign is successful.
– The One School campaign is not about eradicating one’s culture. It is about unifying the children under One School stream.
– Children and parents are free to carry on with their existing cultural and religious practices.
– This campaign is merely seeking to standardize the education system with one unifying language.
– There is no veritable fact to show whether students from Chinese or Tamil schools perform better than their counterparts in National Schools.
– The campaign seeks to review the quality of the education system and improve on its weaknesses.
– The problem is not only the medium of instruction but also the lack of multi-racial atmosphere for children to learn respect for one another and experience togetherness as well as racial harmony. That is why the SJK school systems have to absorbed into the national school system.
– Those who argue that vernacular schools produce better results and that Malay parents have in recent years been enrolling their children in SRJKC do not substantiate their claims with facts and figures of SRJKC enrolment and results nation wide.
– Those who claim that the standard of teaching in National Schools has deteriorated also did not produce evidence but merely state their allegations, suspicions and possible isolated incidences. These possibilities occur in all types of schools.
– The SSS have proposed to the Government to commence an in-depth study review on the current education system in its totality.
– In a study carried out in 2002, the results of which were announced by the Deputy Education Minister in July 2008, it was found that nearly 25% of SRJKC dropped out of school before reaching Form 5.
– The study review should be done by using a highly qualified, experienced, non-partisan and independent team consisting of relevant experts to ensure that there is no bias.
– The team should include a few foreign academics with similar background in order to ensure credibility and enhance the integrity of the study report and recommendations.
– In the belief that the vernacular school system is not conducive to National Unity and the creation of a united Bangsa Malaysia, it is proposed that the vernacular schools be absorbed into the national school system.
– These schools may continue physically, but run with Government funding and given facilities like all other schools, using Bahasa Malaysia as well as using the national school syllabus and curriculum. This would then mean a unified and single education system for the country.
– Apart from improving teacher training and the organizing of refresher courses, the teaching, the syllabus, curriculum and extra-curricular activities of all National Schools must be aimed at creating national unity and the forging of a united Bangsa Malaysia.
– There shall be no racial references, labellings, indications and as such in the National Education system. Only one Malaysian race will be emphasized such that there is no necessity to teach any racial tolerance and acceptance in National Schools.
– Extremism in all aspects must not be allowed to fester within the education system.
– We want Malaysians to respect each other.
– It is high time we have a strong foundation for lasting peace and racial harmony in this country.
– With the SSS, the Ministry’s efforts can be focused on just one school system, one policy, one set of rules, procedures and regulations for all. Less divided attention, less headaches.
– From the socio-political angle, it is very clear the SSS is necessary for the well being of the country. Even from the economic angle, it does appear necessary to have it when the SJK(C) drop-out rate in 2002 was as high as 25% and many among the drop outs land in unscrupulous and economically unproductive activities. Reference here:
– What the Demi Negara Community calls for is a very reasonable and realistic effort at forging a Bangsa Malaysia.
– It is not a call for assimilation the militaristic way that was done in Thailand, or Indonesia or the Philippines where the immigrant communities had to adopt local names, use local attire, etc.
– SSS is only aiming at having all the children interacting freely with one another within one education system where Bahasa Malaysia is the medium of instruction.
– Unfortunately, in Malaysia today, race relation is at its lowest point.
– We must have a Bangsa Malaysia for a lasting peace, harmony and unimpeded progress for the country. Let us do something to achieve this dream of “Bangsa Malaysia” by having SSS as a start.
– We are not a “Bangsa Malaysia” yet. We still identify ourselves with and place our racial origins and interests above those of our country. We dream of the day when we all can proudly call ourselves Bangsa Malaysia and nothing matters more than the interests of our beloved country, MALAYSIA.
– History lesson is vital in knowing the nation’s heartbeat. Without history, our children will not learn the sense of belonging and not knowing each other’s role towards the future.
– Willingness to subscribe to the Bangsa Malaysia concept and the SSS proposal can emerge when Malaysians know, understand and fully accept the facts of history.
– History books need to be reviewed and new ones need be written by well qualified, established and respectable historians. The same should be done for history text books for schools and universities.
– Under the SSS, children at formative ages will mix and cross racial boundaries, learn and get used to the ways of the others since young.
– The chances are good that, as a result of the mixing, they will find no more racial barriers upon leaving school and regard everybody else as Bangsa Malaysia – friends, colleagues, fellow citizens and all.
– All Malaysians must respect the Constitution, abide by or follow what had been written in that document. It is the very foundation of our existence.
– Respecting the Constitution is a minimum requirement for being loyal as citizens. Every independent country, even in remote parts of the world, has a Constitution. It is the highest set of laws in any country; all other laws are derived from or based on the Constitution.
SK teachers have become one bone of contention among the anti-SSS people. It deserves special attention. Existing teachers need to be re-trained by refresher or such courses. In future,
– the Teachers Recruitment/Selection Committee needs to comprise people of high integrity, must be corruption-free and with experience as educationists.
– interest and aptitude in teaching must be the primary criterion for selection; the basis for determining that interest and aptitude must be drawn up by the Ministry and circulated to all members of the Recruitment/ Selection/ Interview Committee.
– if the recent report of a higher ratio of female to male teachers is true, it must be corrected. Performance based on gender may be arguable; to satisfy all parties and to maintain morale among the teachers, perhaps a 50:50 ratio should be maintained at all times.
– Racial tolerance (with the ultimate aim for a single Malaysian race in the future), respect for the Constitution, and love of the country and patriotism must be inculcated in school children.
– These can be done through civic or history classes, and/or extra-curricular activities.
– Done under SSS, there are better chances of a standardized and well coordinated method of instilling in the minds of the young such things as respect for the Constitution, abiding and living by it, concern for and love of our country.
– The ULTIMATE aim is a united Bangsa Malaysia where all Malaysians can identify with and be proud of being one.