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PATRIOT Slams Wan Fayhsal, Questioning The Need To Abolish Vernacular Schools

PATRIOT Slams Wan Fayhsal, Questioning The Need To Abolish Vernacular Schools

Vernacular schools have been around since pre-Independence, so what’s the problem?

Hakim Hassan

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Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (PATRIOT) disagrees with the statement made by Armada chief, Wan Fahysal Wan Ahmad Kamal to gradually abolish vernacular schools.

They feel that it’s unnecessary to do so as these schools have been around even before Malaysia gained its independence in 1957.

They remain around until today, and I do not see any problems with that. Whoever wants to send their children to mainstream schools can do so. All of this is very political so I disagree with Bersatu Youth’s stance.

Brigadier General (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji via Malay Mail

The retired General questioned the need to make an issue out of it as he said that these vernacular schools makes Malaysia more vibrant.

Malay-Muslim groups next to challenge constitutionality of vernacular  schools | Malaysia | Malay Mail
Picture Credit: Malay Mail

Meanwhile, Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia Secretary-General Rosli H Mahat was not impressed with the rhetoric pushed by the Bersatu Youth leader saying that it shouldn’t be an agenda in the first place.

What does language have to do with whether or not you are patriotic? Whatever language you study does not determine how much you love the country. If the intent is to state that only the Malay language can make one patriotic, then make sure everyone has to learn it, from kindergarten up to the PhD level. But is that what we want?

Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia Secretary-General Rosli H Mahat via Malay Mail

Rosli argued that instead of eroding the national identity, the country benefited actually from the diverse backgrounds in education and said that it’ll be better to let market forces determine which types of schools will survive.

They should also look at the bigger picture. Why are some Malay parents to Chinese vernacular schools, instead of the national ones? Is it the best system that we have? We should look for answers to these questions instead of simply condemning at will.

Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia Secretary-General Rosli H Mahat via Malay Mail

Wan Fayhsal found himself in hot water recently after criticising the existence of vernacular schools, saying that they need to be abolished to create a, what he calls as, “strong national identity“.


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