Mukhriz: Hapuskan sistem sekolah vernakular

 

Exco Pemuda UMNO dan MP Jerlun Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir hari ini menyarankan agar sistem sekolah vernakular dihapuskan dan semua kanak kanak disemua peringkat dikehendaki menghadiri sekolah sukatan pelajaran Kementerian Pelajaran sepenuhnya.

Beliau mengatakan demikian dalam sidang media khas di Dewan Rakyat. Ini merupakan cadangan beliau untuk mengujudkan “Bangsa Malaysia”, yang mengamalkan satu sistem pendidikan, satu bahasa penghantar dan satu cara hidup, agar Negara boleh bergerak kearah haluan seiring. Perpaduan dan penyekutuan semua warga negara akan lebih berkesan lagi.

“Jika semua pihak mahukan kesama rataan, seharusnya Malaysia bermula dengan arah ini. Satu sistem yang sama rata untuk semua” ujar beliau “Sekiranya mereka menolak cadangan ini, bagaimana kita akan menjadi sebuah negara yang bersatu dan mengamalkan perpaduan, sedangkan kita tidak boleh membincangkan soal “Ketuanan Melayu”, tanpa dianggap sebagai mengamal perkauman?”

Ini dilihat sebagai satu penyelesaian konstruktif kepada isu perkauman yang sering dibangkitkan dewasa ini, terutama kepada pemimpin politik yang berbaur chauvinism. Sering kali, apabila orang Melayu menyuarakan isu soal bagaimana mereka tertinggal dalam segala aspek, ianya dianggap sebagai ‘perkauman’. Namun begitu, etnik lain sewenang wenang secara lantang mempersoalkan apa yang dekat kepada kepentingan orang Melayu dan mudah dianggap sebagai gerakan untuk membawa nada provokasi, yang semesti akan dibalas dengan emosi dan tindakan negatif.

Yang nyatanya, punca ini semua ialah soal polarisasi yang makin hari makin membezakan antara etnik. Polarisasi antara etnik sekarang banyak diakibatkan oleh perbezaan antara kaum sejak dari kecil. Oleh demikian, sekiranya kanak kanak Malaysia sudah di integrasikan sebagai satu Bangsa Malaysia dengan sistem yang sama, maka proses perpaduan dan muhibbah akan dipupuk dari asas lagi.

Saranan ini merupakan kenyataan tegas seorang pemimpin UMNO dan wajar dilihat dengan keterbukaan, agar masalah polarisasi antara etnik ini diperbetulkan  secara konstruktif dari puncanya.

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Laporan The Star:

Published: Monday December 1, 2008 MYT 4:44:00 PM


Mukhriz: Scrap vernacular schools, one system for all


By SA’ODAH ELIAS

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth chief aspirant Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir has called on the Government to abolish the vernacular school system as a means to enhance unity among people of various races.

He said a single school system was the only way to check the racial polarisation that was getting out of control in the country.

“The government should consider introducing only one school system with Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction, except for Science and Mathematics which are already being taught in English.

“Of course, pupils should then be given the option to study their mother tongues. Under this system, the Malays will also have the option of studying other languages like Mandarin and Tamil and this will further boost unity among them,” he told reporters at Parliament House on Monday.

The Umno Youth exco member said it was time for Malaysia to do away with the dual school system, which was practised by only a handful of countries in the world, as it had contributed to the problem of disunity in the country.

He said over 99% of countries in the world practised a single school system.

He expressed hope that leaders of Barisan Nasional component parties would not take his suggestion in a negative light as it was only meant as a suggestion to resolve, once and for all, the problem of racial polarisation affecting the citizenry.

“If they reject this suggestion, then they should explain why they are against it. How is it possible for them on one hand to talk about unity and question Malay rights, while on the other hand still insist on having a different school system for their race?

“If you want equal rights then you cannot have a different school sistem. You cannot have your cake and eat it too,” he added.

He also urged all parties to stop harping on issues that could create tension among Barisan component parties, including on the issue of Ketuanan Melayu or Malay supremacy.

Lately, he said, there were many statements made by leaders of component parties that had the potential to create anger among the Malays and Umno members.

“If they insist on making statements on that issue, then do not be surprised if the Malays start talking about the economic supremacy of the non-Malays.

“Despite all that has been said on the issue of Malay supremacy, the Malays do not feel in any way superior or the master when it comes to the country’s economy,” he said.


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