Chinese First, Malaysian Second
(The Malaysian Insider) – Datuk Wee Ka Siong was chased away after a rally protesting a lack of Chinese school teachers where it was alleged someone tried to punch the deputy education minister.
The MCA Youth chief said he was “shocked” and “saddened” by the jeers, scuffles and alleged attempted punch from frustrated rally-goers who made up part of over 5,000 who had gathered here.
After the rally organised by the United Chinese School Committees Association (Dong Zong) ended, an angry swarm of people chanted for him to resign and it was alleged someone attempted to land a punch on his body but was prevented by a large security detail…….
As an ordinary citizen of Malaysia, the above news item by Malaysian Insider is just SHOCKING. My simple question is…why put the burden on the Government to provide teachers for PRIVATE vernacular schools like the Chinese-typed schools?
It has long being accepted that the Government is only responsible to fully finance the NATIONAL SCHOOLS, both primary and secondary schools. NATIONAL SCHOOLS use Bahasa Melayu, our national language, as the medium of teaching. However, under our Federal Constitution, PRIVATE vernacular schools are allowed to exist. PRIVATE vernacular schools, including Chinese-typed schools, Tamil-typed schools and Islamic Schools(Sekolah Agama Rakyat) are meant to be financed privately….with small subsidy from the Government under ‘per capita’ scheme. Under the scheme, the Government would allocate certain subsidy to schools based on the number of students the schools have enrolled…including to subsidise the salary of their teachers.
How can associations like Dong Zong are making demands to the Government in such a THREATENING manner….after all, their Chinese-typed schools are basically PRIVATE SCHOOLS. Are they taking advantage of the fact that the country is moving closer to the 13th GE?
Overwhelming majority of Chinese in this country have continually support a ‘multi-racial’ party, DAP. And, DAP has from its inception in late 1960s has been advocating ‘Malaysian Malaysia’….meaning, Malaysia first and then only races. The paradox is, DAP are the most staunch supporter of the continued existence of CHINESE-TYPED schools. For the benefit of our readers, its interesting to note that no other South-east Asian countries allow CHINESE-TYPED schools as we do in Malaysia. Ask the Chinese in Indonesia, Thailand, Philipines, Brunei, or even Singapore!!!!
Is DAP a party which ‘cakap tak serupa bikin’? Why talk about ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ when deep in your hearts and souls, ‘its always Chinese first, and the others second’.