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PUBLISHED: Sep 26, 2015 10:30pm

Politics, not vernacular schools, hampers racial unity, says MCA man

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SEAN AUGUSTIN By:
Sean Augustin

MCA Central Committee member Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker wonders why Chinese vernacular schools are being singled out when many non-Chinese parents are sending their children to such schools. — TRP file pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26, 2015:

Abolishing Chinese vernacular schools and implementing a single language stream system would not lead to greater unity among Malaysians, MCA said.

Its Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said this was because the politics in the country itself was very divisive.

“This would be the case even if Malaysians were of one race or religion,” he told The Rakyat Post, stressing that Malaysians generally had no problems among themselves.

He was responding to the support from the Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma) for a single-stream school system in the country.

Kimma president Senator Datuk Seri Syed Ibrahim Kader had yesterday said that a single stream school system would be effective in fostering greater unity among students and this in turn would enhance national unity among the different communities.

Syed Ibrahim said this after Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid asked leaders of all the communities in Malaysia to discuss whether there was a need to create single-stream schools.

Ti went on to say the issue here was politics and not unity or education.

The MCA Central Committee member also asked why Chinese vernacular schools were singled out when many non-Chinese parents were sending their children to such schools.

Which was why, he argued, it was not wise to prescribe a simple solution to a complicated subject such as unity.

“Next, are we suggesting to do away with race, religion or language identification?  What about the special rights and privileges under the Constitution? These are all guaranteed by the Constitution in spirit and we should not be barking at the wrong tree.”

Rather than shutting down vernacular schools, which had a proven track record, Ti suggested it was better to improve and expand existing national schools to make them more attractive to all races.

Issues like education, he added, should be best left to educationists and not politicians as some have done enough damage to the multicultural fabric of Malaysian society.

“So stop politicising education or picking on vernacular schools.”

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