*This is a non-political/non-racial/non-religious personal musing. Just my thoughts as a student and my wish for my children.*
My father sent me to an English school which eventually turned to Sek. Kebangsaan after one year being there. I was the only Chinese girl in class. I grew up with Malay and Indian friends. So, I am very, very at ease with the different races in Malaysia. Both my husband and I speak loghat Penang like Malays. We make sure that we never make any racial jokes in front of our children.
Admit it – each of us Malay, Chinese and Indian do have our own racial jokes. I grew up listening to them but somehow, I know it just doesn’t seem right to openly joke in front of the children.
The reason being – my kids are all in Sekolah Kebangasaan and they have close friends with all these races. Therefore, I do not want them to have any misconceptions about their friends.
However, I notice that nowadays, Chinese go to Chinese schools, Indian goes to Tamil schools and Malays go to Sek. Kebangsaan and Islamic schools. Once in a while, I may heard of Chinese talking about the other races and some of these talks, makes me cringe. Many of these are because the Chinese never got to know the other races and understand their way of thinking.
It does worry me, as a mother, what will become of us when children are flocked into their own races with very little chance of mingling together as a muhibbah nation? So, I do wonder……is it so hard for our country to have only one type of school, fit for all races?
Why must some dumb people up there, making fusses and doing circus? Don’t they realise that the future of our nation depends on how well our children grow as rakyat Malaysia? Can someone tell me why children must learn Mathematics, Science and etc in Mandarin? Can’t they just learn Mandarin/Tamil as a language? (Do you know that those poor Chinese school kids have to take two exams for each paper? In Mandarin and in English.)
Is it too far fetched an idea that we just have one type of school? Lump all the children in one melting pot and let them grow as Bangsa Malaysia?
I pray that our country leaders are aware that all those bloodsheds in our neighbouring countries are the result of these races/religions conflicts. Let’s make sure that our kids have a peaceful, harmonious, multi-racial, multi-religion Malaysia to live in.