Marahkan nyamuk kelambu dibakar

June 12, 2013 at 9:25 pm 141 comments

Petang tadi ada seorang pengomen yang melenting pada kaum Cina. Anda boleh membaca komennya (screenshot) di bawah.

Giving the Chinese what they voted for

Pengomen tersebut @ 2013/06/12 at 4:00 pm marahkan Lim Kit Siang dan Lim Guan Eng.

Kit Siang bukan seorang lepasan sekolah Cina. Dia belajar di Batu Pahat English School (nama sekolah tersebut pada tahun 1940-an).

Kit Siang bersekolah Inggeris selama 6 tahun sekolah rendah and 5 tahun sekolah menengah di Batu Pahat English School yang kemudiannya ditukar nama kepada High School Batu Pahat dalam tahun 1957. Hari ini ia dikenali sebagai Sekolah Tinggi Batu Pahat.

Guan Eng mengikut jejak langkah bapanya masuk Batu Pahat High School.

Guan Eng belajar di La Salle Primary English School, Petaling Jaya dan selepas itu berpindah ke Batu Pahat Montfort Primary English School.

Seperti juga Kit Siang, Guan Eng berpendidikan Inggeris sepenuhnya. Dia menuntut di sebuah universiti di Australia dan bukannya di Taiwan.

DAP SuperCyber Bully Hannah Yeoh and DOKTOR (PhD) Ong Kian Ming juga tidak belajar di sekolah Cina.

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Hannah Yeoh dulu belajar di SMK Subang Utama.

Gambar di atas menunjukkan tanda yang dipamerkan di kawasan sekolah itu juga ketika acara Subang Rally (“It’s time to rise up and take Subang for Jesus”) dijalankan.

Tetamu kehormat di acara Subang Rally ialah YB Hannah Yeoh beserta setiausaha politiknya Edward Ling.

Anda boleh tengok lambang serta cogankata ‘Change’ (Ubah) pada tanda plakat di atas.

Sila lihat di bawah pada lambang serta cogankata ‘Change’ yang sama. Ia sebenarnya merujuk kepada “Change for [Jesus] Christ”.

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Kit Siang dan Guan Eng bersekolah Inggeris. DAP SuperCyber Bully Hannah Yeoh dan DOKTOR (PhD) Ong Kian Ming adalah evangelis.

Akan tetapi orang Melayu yang tidak menyukai DAP boleh pula memarahi sekolah Cina yang tidak berlandaskan budaya Barat mahupun Kristian.

Sebaliknya orang Melayu tidak menyedari bahawa Guan Eng belajar di sekolah mubaligh La Salle and sekolah Montfort yang diasaskan oleh Christian Brothers.

Orang Melayu mahu mendesak kerajaan agar menghapuskan sekolah vernakular.

Orang Melayu menyangka bahawa perangai Dapster dipupuk di sekolah Cina.

Cuba anda renung sejenak.

Katakan hari ini si Dapster berumur di antara 25 dan 30 tahun. Ini bermaksud si Dapster itu disekolahkan di sekolah rendah kira-kira 25 tahun dahulu.

Apakah cikgu-cikgu di sekolah Cina pada tahun 1994 mengajar anak murid mereka yang berusia 6 tahun itu agar berperangai Dapster?

Dalam pilihanraya umum 1995, BN menang besar 162 kerusi daripada 192 kerusi semuanya di Parlimen. Dalam PRU tahun 1995 itu juga, MCA menang 30 buah kerusi manakala DAP hanya menang 9 buah kerusi.

Sentimen masyarakat Cina pada pertengahan dekad 1990-an adalah pro-kerajaan.

Adakah ia masuk akal bahawa guru-guru yang mengasuh anak kecil Cina – yang itu ketika itu berusia 6-12 tahun (dan sekarang sudah dewasa berusia 25-30 tahun) – supaya membesar menjadi Dapster kelak?

Kalau MCA menang 30 kerusi dan DAP menang 9 kerusi dalam PRU9, maka ia bermakna MCA yang popular dan bukannya DAP.

Malah dalam PRU10 pun, MCA menang 28 kerusi dan DAP menang sekadar 10 kerusi. Masih ia MCA yang lebih popular tatkala pilihanraya tahun 1999.

Sekiranya anda menganggap bahawa orang Cina golongan muda pada hari ini kurang beradab, adakah ia kerana mereka dihasut politikus DAP masa kini (yang kebanyakannya evangelis) ataupun mereka dihasut cikgu-cikgu sekolah vernakular 20 tahun lepas pada zaman di mana BN popular dengan masyarakat Cina?

Bahasa Inggeris, bukan?

Ada di antara kalian yang bertanggapan bahawa komen-komen di media sosial adalah kurang ajar.

Adakah anda telah membaca maki-hamun itu dalam bahasa Inggeris atau dalam tulisan Cina (hanzi)?

Yang baru-baru ini perbuatan menghina YDP Agong di Facebook pun bukannya ditulis dalam bahasa Cina. Yang ditahan polis itu semuanya berFacebook menggunakan bahasa Inggeris.

Ada juga di antara kalian yang bertikam lidah dengan para penyokong Cina DAP di forum di alam maya. Adakah anda bertengkar dengan mereka dalam bahasa Cina?

Yang saya nampak ialah ketegangan kaum dicetuskan oleh persaingan politik semenjak prestasi DAP melonjak naik.

Namun sudah berpuluh-puluh tahun sekolah aliran Cina ini wujud. Berbanding politik benci yang baru timbul dalam beberapa tahun sejak kebelakangan ini.

Jadi adakah anda hendak salahkan politikus evangelis DAP ataupun cikgu yang mengasuh budak Cina 20-30 tahun lampau?

Bolehkah anda tunjukkan kepada saya budak berumur 6 tahun, 8 tahun atau 10 tahun yang mana yang ada menaruh minat terhadap politik? Ingat, SRJK (C) itu sekadar dari Darjah 1 sampai Darjah 6.

MCA yang sayangkan sekolah Cina.

Sejak bila DAP mengambil berat kerja-kerja kebajikan dan kemasyarakatan? Tengok sahaja pada kerjaya politik Kit Siang yang menggolek dari satu tempat ke satu tempat. Penduduk orang biasa di kawasannya pun tak akan nampak kelibat Kit Siang lagi setelah tamatnya musim berkempen.

Boleh anda sebut nama sekolah Cina yang pernah dibina DAP? Adakah dengan tertutupnya sekolah Cina maka perkembangan Dapsterisme akan boleh dihindar sedangkan pada masa yang sama gereja-gereja evangelis tumbuh bak cendawan lepas hujan?

Setahu saya ianya gereja-gereja evangelis lah yang paling giat berpolitik pembangkang semasa PRU12 dan PRU13.

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  • 1. zack  |  June 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    You are one of a kind Helen.

    Trend anti-kerajaan ini disemarakkan oleh pihak gereja dan segolongan ulama’ dalam Islam sendiri. Termasuk dalam kumpulan ini adalah mereka yang terpengaruh dengan idealisme barat dan mereka ini adalah golongan yang berpendidikan barat dan menggunakan bahasa Inggeris dalam percakapan seharian mereka.

    Dengan kefasihan berbahasa Inggeris mereka mudah membaca bacaan2 di Internet yang anti-kerajaan. Cuba lihat siapa yang banyak menulis opinion pieces dalam Malaysiakini, kebanyakannya orang India. Salah seorang KJ John adalah penganut kuat agama Kristian.

    Ini diburukkan lagi dengan segolongan ulama dalam Islam yang memang sudah anti-kerajaan sejak dari dulu.

    Agama dan politik tidak sepatutnya dicampur. Lihat macam di Amerika dan negara-negara Barat lain yang tidak menggunakan agama sebagai modal politik. Malaysia sepatutnya tidak mencampurkan agama dalam politik. Hanya pendapat saya.

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  • 2. moya  |  June 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Tadi di Plaza Shah Alam ada orang minta signatures to support “STOP Cruelty TO CHILDREN “, I did not respond. I have the strong feeling that Anwar Ibrahin had started to get 1,000,000 signatures for his very sick purposes. This is one of many exercises that he using. NGOs and students, survey companies being paid to get names, ic no and signatures. BUT, they will say STOP to any kind of “DRIVE”.
    Stop killing whales, stop killing yellow blue birds etc…All these will be for names, ic no and signatures…..BEWARE

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    • 3. MYQ  |  June 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Terima Kasih kerana “share” ;-)

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  • 4. chen man hin  |  June 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    no vernacular school campaign has been going on since 1969. The campaign went for a cooling period during mahathir time even though anuwar was trying to promote “bahasa baku” and using vernacular school as the reason of “bahasa baku” not picking up by the chinese.

    marah kan kelambu nyamuk dibakar in this case indicate back in the 1990s/80s/70s there wasn’t enough people rallying against BN. every chinese knows this. with the coming of PKR and PAS rolled together, now chinese see that they can become a force and throw away BN.

    Before, BN is just another batu loncatan until the chinese manage to split the malay vote. There are so confidence with PKR and PAS vote that every chinese vote for DAP.

    Most chinese racist? yes. they were racist before (why would vernacluar school exist, what is the mission/vision/objective?) why now? now they see the split in malay votes and its time to cash in (oppurtinistic).

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    • 5. Helen Ang  |  June 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      I think it’s fair to say that we want to keep our language. Eat Chinese food, watch Chinese entertainment, maintain some of our traditions and customs, and generally live among Chinese in Chinese-majority neighbourhoods as well as socialize mostly with Chinese.

      Fair enough to call these traits communalism.

      However, the ethnic polarization has recently gotten so bad that confrontation is on the cards.

      Dr M with his 60 years of political experience sees this coming. Tun Daim has cautioned similarly. So would other more neutral and objective observers. It is only those with vested interests of seizing power who are feeding their cult worshippers with In Denial.

      I will give credit to the BN for managing race relations while walking a tightrope. I will not give the same credit to Pakatan.

      If you study the development of confrontational politics, you will see the big hand that evangelism has played in all of this. Previously the Chinese (who were not Christians) did not say that Umno is “evil” or “immoral”. This is the Christian vocabulary just like how PAS employs the Islamic coin in their politics, e.g. Doa Pecah Perut / hancurkan Umno.

      Similar to PAS politics, it is the element of religion mixed into politics that spurs the fanaticism. Throughout history, wars have been fought in the name of God.

      The Chinese have been voting since 1959. The new element that makes GE12 and GE13 different from previous elections is the factor of evangelism. It explains why in the 1970s-1990s, we did not witness Chinese revolt reaching this tsunamic scale.

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      • 6. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 6:03 am

        “I think it’s fair to say that we want to keep our language. Eat Chinese food, watch Chinese entertainment, maintain some of our traditions and customs, and generally live among Chinese in Chinese-majority neighbourhoods as well as socialize mostly with Chinese.”

        Rejecting multicultural shared space??

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        • 7. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 7:27 am

          Reality bites?

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          • 8. Setem  |  June 13, 2013 at 8:49 am

            why the same Cina who mati-mati support SRJKC, tiba-tiba migrate to Australia or other orang putih countries?

            suddenly learning Chinese, maintain Cina traditions and customs, bla-bla-bla, etc., are no longer important to them since they migrate to orang putih countries?

            i find a sense of hypocrisy in orang Cina, Helen!

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            • 9. Setem  |  June 13, 2013 at 8:52 am

              why the demand everything Cina in Malaysia, but when these people migrate to orang putih, tak de pulak nak demand Cina things in their new countries?

              arrogance? Cina in Malaysia mau ketuanan Cina? but once in orang putih country, no such demand is made by them.

              * geleng kepala *

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            • 10. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 8:57 am

              Because orang putih countries are Christian.

              They fit in. They’re happy.

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              • 11. i am not okman  |  June 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

                Chinese treat other races according to the shade of thier skin. The darker one is the more they are dispised (Malays, Indian, African Americans). The lighter their skin the more they are admired (caucasians, jews). In fact the Chinese are willing to be exploited by the Whites. Strange psychology. Someone should do a PhD on this. Definitely better than DOCTOR’s PhD

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              • 12. Teresa Ng  |  June 13, 2013 at 11:16 am

                Reason so weak.
                Try harder and more honest, please.

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          • 13. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

            You betcha, which is why the chinese tsunami is inviting total backlash.

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            • 14. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm

              “Backlash” is a dirty word like “race”. Methinks the DAP have a banned/taboo list. You use such words, they immediately go ape shit on you.

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              • 15. Fakin' Fake Calvin  |  June 13, 2013 at 2:46 pm

                Let’s document the words then. Get everyone to contribute so we can have a list of Malaysian First taboo words.

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                • 16. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm

                  Okay. I’ll put up.

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      • 17. MYQ  |  June 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm

        Saya memahami dan meyokong aspirasi semua suku kaum diMalaysia untuk terus bertutur dalam bahasa ibunda masing-masing serta mengamalkan kebudayaan suku kaum masing-masing, makan dan minum makanan serta minuman tradisi mereka dan sebagainya … Ini akan mengekalkan identiti Malaysia sebagai sebuah Negara Majmuk yang baik untuk industri pelancongan Negara tetapi juga memberikan Malaysia kelebihan kepada Malaysia dibidang perdagangan antarabangsa – bukankah hakikatnya dunia masa kini hanyalah sebuah global village?

        Walaubagaimanapun, saya berpendapat Malaysia harus hanya mempunyai satu aliran persekolahan sahaja, iaitu Sekolah-sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) dan Sekolah-sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) ….

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  • 18. dosh li  |  June 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    MCA can’t even make its newspaper to toe the line and instead seems as allowing the newspaper to undermine them. MCA has also abandon the calling to serve the ‘rakyat’ after losing major ground in the recent GE.

    I think its best for MCA just like UMNO to listen to what the rakyat want ie both the Malay and Chinese. The days that MCA knows best what the rakyat wants is numbered and so is it for UMNO.

    LIke you said Helen..listen, listen, listen..have to applied to all politician with certain consistency.

    I dont see the calling for one stream school with a single unifiying language of the national language as undermining racial harmony. It does sound more that absurd that it is MCA who want to lodge report all the sudden when they also support for a one party for all inclusive all races for BN. Lets provide our children with the facility to communicate in our official languange first before they can be represented one day soon in the super one party for all.

    Consistency please..listen..listen..listen

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    • 19. Helen Ang  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      re: “It does sound more that absurd that it is MCA who want to lodge report …”

      It’s even more absurd for MCA to threaten that they will “not tolerate” criticisms of the vernacular school system. They are hardly in any position strong enough to mount a defence and like you said, MCA can’t even control the newspaper that it owns from backstabbing their party leaders.

      re: “Lets provide our children with the facility to communicate in our official language first before they can be represented one day soon in the super one party for all.”

      The mental block to speaking Malay is a matter of attitude. Chinese are talented polyglots y’know — just go to the pirated DVD stalls and see how many languages the vendor can speak.

      One of the readers here ceritakan how a China national selling mobile from table to table is able to speak better BM than can our local Malaysian Chinese.

      You can bring a horse to water but you can’t force it to drink. The refusal to communicate in BM is not a matter of the school. It’s a matter of our race relations. Just like the knee-jerk sentiment to close Chinese school is, I believe, an expression of anti-Chinese sentiment too.

      Can you be honest about this? Aren’t the calls to close down Chinese school getting louder and louder the more the Malays feel aggravated with DAP (Chinese oppo voters)?

      Chinese schools are bearing the brunt of the rising anti-Chinese sentiments.

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      • 20. dosh li  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm

        re : “The mental block to speaking Malay is a matter of attitude.’ Attitude could be shaped and moulded with early introduction of the needs via a systematic approach such as in school. Lets try asking schoolchildren do they memorize Negara ku part of ‘Raja kita selamat bertakhta’ or do they understand it as kerajaan Raja Perlembagaan.’

        re: ‘just go to the pirated DVD stalls and see how many languages the vendor can speak.’ – i seriously dont think their vocabulary of official languange could match yours to enable them to represent effectively the rakyat in the Dewan. Maybe thats why the YB are either absent or kept themselves busy tweetiing or fbooking whilst the Dewan is in session.

        The danger of disunity and polarization is indeed on racial ground and we need to add also its on religious ground. Not just evangelist but also the PAS led religious colours. Are we tackling the vernacular school issues to solve the race division or both? Take your pick. Are we so sure that the evangelist are not eyeing the vernacular school as we speak. They werent there like you said 20 – 30 years ago. Within the next 5 years ?

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        • 21. Helen Ang  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:57 pm

          re: “Are we so sure that the evangelist are not eyeing the vernacular school as we speak. They werent there like you said 20 – 30 years ago. Within the next 5 years ?”

          Sigh. I believe you.

          They’re everywhere.

          One of the most upsetting episodes for me was the Buddhist temple in Penang allowing Betty Chew and her DAP colleagues to pull the head-shaving stunt in their premises.

          The way I see it is that when MCA was strong, we didn’t have the boiling temperatures that we’re experiencing now.

          And the significant difference is that MCA was not Christian but DAP 3.0 is assuredly evangelical.

          TDM foresees a possible religious confrontation, which in Malaysia falls along the race divide as well.

          The evangelical churches were high octane during the election campaign and they’re still in politicking mode.

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          • 22. dosh li  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:32 am

            Introducing the one stream school would not solve our current racial tension created by the religious bigots. We need another formula for that of which no one seems to figure it out

            But i sincerely believe, on the other hand, the one stream school with less religious fervours, more multicultural exposure and respect would give our children greater chance to survive and prosper as Malaysian of multi ethnic origin when they grow up. Its for the future and not now.

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            • 23. MYQ  |  June 13, 2013 at 10:29 pm

              Setuju … strategi jangka masa panjang semestinya adanya satu sahaja aliran persekolahan diMalaysia

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      • 24. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm

        Helen

        Not just the chinese schools, dearie, the chinese business too, going by various blogs.

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  • 25. beastofburden  |  June 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    The breeding ground of racism …..no need to join a political party, just enroll your child in a National Type Chinese/Tamil School. What shit is Wee Ka Siong talking about ” as their remarks can undermine racial harmony ” . What racial harmony are you talking about , you stereotype your children and you have the gall to use the word racial harmony.

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    • 26. Helen Ang  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Can you cite any Malaysian field study to back up your claim that 1school will significantly improve race relations or promote nationalism?

      This is a THEORY that finds favour with generally the Malays who want to abolish vernacular school.

      The theory that urban Malaysians today are colour blind finds favour with the Firsters too. They believe that if they say it loud enough and repeat it often enough and get enough people to chorus the mantra, it will become more believable or viable.

      But Dr Mahathir doesn’t buy it tho.

      Dr M said in his speech in Parliament in 1965:

      “It is a peculiarity of this country that those who openly accept the fact of racial division are the people less prone to racialist politics. The Alliance is based on racialism where its party structure is concerned, but its decisions are the results of mutual ‘give-and-take’ amongst its constituents and no longer represents a purely racialist stand-point.

      “On the other hand, the so-called non-communal parties are the most communal and racialist in their attitudes. Basically, they are pure Chinese chauvinists, or they derive inspirations from a common dislike for the Malays.”

      It was 48 years ago that he said the above (Hansard here).

      Dr M’s 50-year-old wisdom and insight has not been proven wrong as yet.

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  • 27. PakKaduk  |  June 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Helen, adakah anda maksudkan…

    kelambu == sekolah cina ?

    Pusat penternakan perangai cina komunis DAP adalah bermula di sekolah cina. Noktah.

    Mereka inilah pengikut “tegar” pemimpin2 DAP. MCA/Gerakan pun dah jadi sebahagian daripada DAP sekarang ni disebabkan hendakkan populariti di kalangan masyarakat cina.

    Sekarang semua cina di negara ini sama saja. 5% saja patuh pada Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Selebihnya hendak rampas tampuk pemerintahan daripada BUMIPUTERA.

    Jika mereka patuh pada PERLEMBAGAAN mereka tak akan minta sekolah asing khas untuk mereka kerana mereka hendak mencinakan negara ini.

    Itu saja dan saya harap anda faham kenapa sekolah cina perlu ditukar menjadi sekolah kebangsaan.

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    • 28. Helen Ang  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      re: “5% saja patuh pada Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Selebihnya hendak rampas tampuk pemerintahan daripada BUMIPUTERA.”

      Bukannya budak berusia 6-12 tahun yang mahu merampas tampuk pemerintahan daripada kaum bumiputera.

      Juga kanak-kanak Cina tiada minat untuk menukar ideologi negara, sama ada kepada komunisme (yang sudah lapuk daya tarikannya, remaja zaman i-Pad lebih cenderong kepada konsumerisme) ataupun kepada Confucianisme.

      Bukannya budak Cina hendak memurtadkan Melayu untuk menjadi mengikut Tao.

      Yang mahu mengKristiankan Melayu ialah puak evangelis. Masih ingat lagi pada peristiwa DUMC?

      Sepanjang sejarah kita, tanahair pernah dijajah oleh Kristian Portugis, oleh Kristian Belanda and oleh Kristian Inggeris.

      Tidak pernah semenanjung tanah Melayu dijajah oleh negara China.

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      • 29. wangsa  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:41 pm

        you are exactly right Helen

        actually malay kings/sultans from kepulauan melayu were bff with China Emperors and their people during the golden age

        it’s the western colonial was the one divided-ruled both China and South East Asia

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      • 30. PakKaduk  |  June 13, 2013 at 9:48 pm

        1. Kenapa perlu ada sekolah cina ?

        2. Pemikiran dibentuk dari kanak-kanak. Jangan guna alasan budak-budak nak rampas tampuk pemerintahan. Amatd angkal hujah tu.

        3. Anda tidak mahu anak-anak Malaysia belajar bersama ?

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  • 31. nizam  |  June 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Perspective menarik dari Helen as usual. Melayu tak faham psyche cina. Cina tak faham psyche melayu.

    I don’t know what to think now. Something is not right somewhere. Malay bashing, chinese hating used to be simple and straightforward.

    I guess the intellectuals in Malysia baik melayu atau cina atau india are bored. Need to find a cause. Jadi mangsa Malaysians strata bawahan.

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  • 32. Lousy.Engineer  |  June 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Hey Helen, I just drop by here to thank you for writing this piece to defend Chinese school.

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  • 33. Fakin' Fake Calvin  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I would like to think that mission schools are not breeding grounds for past, present & future racist bigots.

    I’ve had the privilege of having my entire primary & secondary school education in a La Sallian school. There were crucifixes & holy pictures above every door & classroom. There still is an 8 feet tall statue of the school’s patron saint outside the administration building. Catechism was taught during school hours to Catholic students. Period exemptions were given to students to attend mass on church feast days as the church was just across the road. Twice a year, a day of prayer is held where programs catering to the different religions are organized.

    We mixed freely with those from other races & religions. Respect came naturally to us all. And I’m proud to say most of my friends from school has remained the same in that respect until today.

    As for your inference that evangelical churches are playing an active role in promoting & campaigning for DAP/PR, can’t say I disagree. When you claim to act on God’s express instruction in a divine mission, those gullible enough to give you 10% of their income will surely be eating out of your hands.

    What started out as a political fight turned into one that pitted the two biggest races against each other & eventually ends up with a religion driven battle. If race can make some go crazy, religion can escalate them to being murderous.

    And therein the danger lies.

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    • 34. Fakin' Fake Calvin  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Lest I forget, I have nothing against vernacular schools as well. I just think they should not ignore the importance of BM & English in their curriculum. I suppose that’s something they need to look into.

      Btw, is it just me or do the kids from Chinese vernacular schools end up being damn good in Maths?

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      • 35. nizam  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:48 pm

        I have decided that I am no longer against vernacular school. It should be celebrated not vilified.

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        • 36. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:07 am

          Hahahaha.

          I suppose what I’m saying is that we should try to be realistic and pragmatic, like how the Tun saw Malaysia as it really was (and not through rose-tinted glasses pretending) when he made his 1965 speech.

          For the Firsters, it’s convenient to blame “race-based parties” as if it were evil and kurang sempurna compared to their own party structure.

          Malays wanting to do away with vernacular school is like the Chinese wanting to do away with the BN’s “race-based parties” as if it is a sure-fire cure for our social ills.

          It’s a solution worked out on paper. We need to take into account the actual flawed model that we’re saddled with.

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      • 37. shamshul anuar  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:57 pm

        Helen,

        Separate school system is the product of colonialism. And it fits the “divide and rule” mantra perfectly.

        Not all racial issues were solved at the birth of independent Persekutuan Tanah melayu. Citizenship issues was solved due to Malay rulers’ consents to Chinese and indians becoming citizens. And for a period of time, Malays felt secure with their position as enshrined in the Constitution. Namely the position of bahasa melayu, Islam , priority in civil service and most importantly the position of “raja raja” not to be challenged.

        One issue that was not solved is education. Separate school was meant to be a temporary affair.

        And back then, race relation was quite superb. while southern states in USA were still in ‘separate” mode with separate school, separate toilet, separate bar, separate churchs for different races, Tanah Melayu embraces diversity whole heartedly.

        Chinese becomes Governor of Malacca. An indian as first local born admiral. Another chinese as Minister of finance. And one Chinese became ffamous as he while being High Commision to Australia has a ‘fling” that caused embarassement to Tunku.

        But the cordiality changed (for the worse) when PAP tried to take over MCa’s position. LKY’s battlecry “Malaysian Malaysia” (meaning Chinese Malaysia) agitated the Malays.

        Forward to 2013, situation is fast reaching “boiling point”. DAP that embraces “Middle Malaysia(meaning Chinese Malaysia) poisons the chinese that they can upstage the malays. And Chinese despite being praised for financial prudence(partly due to generosity of Malay led govt) took the bait.

        They rejected UMNO wholeheartedly. But surprise surprise,. Despite the onslaught, UMNO still rules albeit bruises and wound in the election.

        BUT WHY CHINESE WAS NOT ABLE TO “READ” the Malay mood?

        Because they have superficial understanding of Malays. Why? Because they are separated from the Malays.

        How they are separated from the Malays? By “being separated” from tender age. How?

        BY GOING TO SEPARATE SCHOOL.

        Separate school alone will not cause racial clash. ONLY WHEN a racist party(DAP) plays its part to Chinese who are separated from Malays, then it becomes the problem. And when the government of the day is “pondan” , then it becomes a disaster waiting to happen.

        REMOVE THE SEPARATION, DAP will be exactly like fish out of water.

        Let us not kid ourselves. Separation literally separate us. By all mean. leran mother tounges but under one room.

        There is a saying “tak kenal maka tak cinta’. Because Chinese do not “understand’the malays, they believe what nonsense DAP is feeding them.

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        • 38. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:37 am

          re: “BUT WHY CHINESE WAS NOT ABLE TO ‘READ’ the Malay mood? Because they have superficial understanding of Malays.”

          Shamshul, would you agree if I said that I’m reading the Malay mood quite correctly at present?

          re: “Why? Because they are separated from the Malays. How they are separated from the Malays? By ‘being separated’ from tender age. How? BY GOING TO SEPARATE SCHOOL.”

          In both my primary and secondary, there were barely 2 (max 3) Malays in my class.

          It’s not the children who are going to confront each other over politics. It’s the adults.

          What is necessary to cool the racial temperature is not to meddle with the schools but to get more adults to weigh matters rationally.

          In order to be rational, one must be open minded enough to evaluate info. I do agree that language has got an influence but it still boils down to how the mind works rather than in what language the mind does the thought processes.

          Math for example is the language of symbols.

          A Malay-speaking person can be duped by a deviant Islamic sect. A Chinese-speaking person can be duped by the Ciy Harvesters. Both are dupes even though they do not have a language in common.

          The most important is that whatever language stream education the person is subjected to, he is able to think.

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          • 39. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 6:13 am

            So Helen

            We want to hear your justification for the MCA (Buddhist) chinese voting DAP (evangelist) chinese.

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            • 40. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 7:31 am

              Very pointed and indeed relevant question. I could probably hazard a good guess but I shan’t ,)

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          • 41. shamshul anuar  |  June 13, 2013 at 8:38 am

            Helen ang,

            Yup. you read the Malay mood quite well. But you are a rarity in chinese community.

            Why vast majority of Chinese “do not understand” the Malays? Not a rocket science to understand they do not ‘understand” the Malays as they create invisible wall between races.

            Picture this. A child enters Standard One in vernacular school. He mixes with his race only most of the time. With Dong zong insistence that all teachers in SJKC must be proficient in Mandarin(meaning all non Chinese teachers must be out), he does not meet people from other races.

            in university, he feels awkward to mix around with non Chinese . either his Malay command is bad or simply he does not know how to interact with them.

            He does not read Utusan Melayu. A noble effort by a SJKC to supply Utusan Melayu several years ago created an uproar among Chinese community.

            His interaction say with Malays is limited to say “hye” to neighbour over the fence or paying summon at “Balai polis”.

            And when reaching puberty, he is bombarded that “chinese” are treated as 2nd class. And how ‘racist “UMNO is (meaning how racist Malays are”.

            His understanding of “sejarah” is so shallow. He did not know that at eve of Independence, a world record was created by Malay rulers( from race accused as racist) granted citizenship to his grandparents, changing them from immigrants to citizens.

            As he seldom mix with other races(especially darker complexion), he does not realise that they receive salaries lower from Chinese with same rank and qualification in Chinese companies.

            HE IS A PERFECT CANDIDATE WHO DAP CAN USE AS PAWN to achieve political power.

            Let us not kid ourselves. Separate school separate us.

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      • 42. dosh li  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:09 am

        Its the Kumon techniques Calvin. if its applied at all the school, you can safely say math is ‘kacang putih’.

        On the language proficiency, i found both set of schools produced students with an alarming deterioration of English languange command. Most if not all, would not pass any interview in the private sector for executive position when the interviewer requested them to speak in English. It used to be better 20 years ago.

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        • 43. Fakin' Fake Calvin  |  June 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

          Tell me about it mate.

          I conduct around 150-200 interviews annually for executive & management positions. Despite the Indians making up only around 15% of the applicants, their hiring percentage is significantly higher (approx 50% of applicants) compared to the Malays (20-25%) & Chinese (30-35%) primarily due to their language mastery.

          Thanks for the info on Kumon. Heard of it before & will read up on it.

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  • 44. wangsa  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks Helen for your brilliant analysis to the same issue that i have been thinking long time ago

    please look around and count how many missionary schools that our country has?? by right what is the purpose for having so many missionary schools at so called Islamic country?

    at my small town somewhere at Perak, just imagine that there are few schools – convent, holly methodist, st anthony – both primary and secondary located very nearby to one another

    as well as there are few churches at such a small town.
    and sorry to say that i also studied at missionary school…..huhu
    then most of my friends as well are from missionary schools

    and yet we are malaysian -what i mean is we are malay, chinese, indian and not mat salleh or minah salleh and each one of us supposedly are having own faith to our religion …and yet we studied at missionary schools

    then it is sort of feeling very proud for having studied… again at missionary school

    anyway Helen, you dulu sekolah mana ? (sorry …just joking)

    don’t we ever see the silent and hidden agenda of missionary schools as what Helen has brought up the issue here?

    tapi I memang hairan.. sebab mana2 pergi sure jumpa gereja… kat keyel saja ada berapa banyak gereja di merata2 tempat

    i tak lah hairan… tapi just wondering for seeing so many missionary schools and churches everywhere in malaysia

    untuk apa dan untuk siapa semua tu ???

    we should remember who is zionis/jesuits then….

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    • 45. nizam  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Can I blame Sekolah agama rakyat too?

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      • 46. MYQ  |  June 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm

        Blame S.A.R. for what, specifically?

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  • 47. D  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Where did you go to school Helen? If at all. Your grammar is atrocious. But worse, is your intellect. By all means pick a fight with the man or the party. But the race and religion? That shows you for what you are…….Nothing.

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    • 48. nizam  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      Are you a jew? Not that anything is wrong with that.

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    • 49. dosh li  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:46 am

      Wow..Is that D for DENIAL ir is that just you Ms Deborah? (my english class primary scool teacher…having a Dejavu here)

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    • 50. MYQ  |  June 13, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Teramatlah ganasnya komen ini … Walau apa pun, terima kasih kerana menunjukkan belang anda yang sebenarnya – ikut resmi padi …

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  • 51. RINA  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I tak setuju sangat pandangan you kat sini. Saya dari Convent dan begitu akrab dgn semua classmates (infact 2 classes from Std1 to Std6), baik Cina atau India. Once a month we organize potluck kat rumah to keep the bond strong after 42years not only bet us girls but together with our hubbies and kids).

    My son who works in Utusan shares a room in KL with a Seremban Chinese boy for the last 4yrs, cook, eat even emergencies share seluar baju. In his apartment there are 2Malays, 2Chinese and an Indian boy – (all products of SK/SMK) happily living together for the last 4years.

    I strongly feel SJKC is the culprit today somehow, come to my place if you are free, I will provide you free board, meals including laundry, stay at least a week and you will feel and see for yourself why I said so. Very shocking DAPster community. RACISTs to the core.

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    • 52. Helen Ang  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      But you attended convent school 42 years ago.

      Things are not the same now as they were back in those days and nor can we recreate them.

      You might even have had orang putih in nun’s robes teaching your class. We don’t have those kind of teachers anymore.

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      • 53. MYQ  |  June 13, 2013 at 11:11 pm

        Sekolah menengah yang saya hadiri sekitar lewat 70an dan awal 80an ialah sebuah sekolah yang “tua” – dari cerita-cerita pelajar-pelajar terdahulu dizaman pra-merdeka dan pra-Malaysia, guru-guru orang putih teramat mengambil berat mengenai ugama Islam serta bahasa, budaya dan adat istiadat Melayu semasa mentadbir dan mengajar disekolah saya … malah, merekalah yang menanam kesedaran kemerdekaan dan nasionalisma Melayu kepada para pelajar bahkan juga kepada guru-guru Melayu disekolah saya pada masa itu

        Katakuncinya ialah “hormat” – guru-guru orang putih ini menghormati ugama, bahasa, budaya dan adat orang lain … Persoalannya : Adakah guru-guru sekolah vernakular pada masa ini “menghormati” ugama, bahasa, budaya dan adat suku kaum-suku kaum lain diMalaysia, baik semasa mentadbir / mengajar disekolah vernakular tersebut mahupun diluar kawasan sekolah? Sekiranya tidak, apakah ada pilihan lain untuk memupuk perpaduan kaum diMalaysia ini selain dari memansuhkan sarang-sarang dakyah perkauman?

        Berkaitan PRU13, perkara yang menyedihkan saya bukanlah fakta Kaum Cina Malaysia (KCM) secara pukal mengundi Pakatan (kerana setiap pengundi berhak mengundi siapa saaja yang mereka suka) tetapi kerana tindak tanduk serta lontaran perkataan-perkataan yang tidak baik dan/atau kurang matang terutamanya yang menghina bangsa dan ugama sebelum, semasa dan selepas PRU13 …

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        • 54. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 11:42 pm

          re: “tindak tanduk serta lontaran perkataan-perkataan yang tidak baik dan/atau kurang matang terutamanya yang menghina bangsa dan ugama sebelum, semasa dan selepas PRU13 …”

          Lagi teruk daripada itu adalah fitnah begitu dashyat yang mereka taburkan di merata-rata.

          Mustapha Ong @ 2013/06/12 at 9:40 pm memberi komen perangai mereka ibarat “nang boti nang! kui boti kui” (tidak serupa manusia, tidak serupa hantu, entah apa lah … makhluk perosak).

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  • 55. lol  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    My take on the comment are these:

    1. He/she could be one of those RB CT that posed as a Malay just to investigate the racial hatred in here, so as to hurt the 10% pro BN Chinese in here. It is common for RB CT to impersonate anyone to their advantage. They have been doing it for umpteenth time, hack they even pose as “Pak lebai Pas” or as Malay Girl in Tudung in other blogs.

    or

    2. This is the result of the new breed of ultra-Malay racist in the rise. Admittedly his/her choice of words is totally “kurang ajar” but he is no different from those CINA DAP that have uttered the same to the Malays in Chinese within their community and in their own blogs. I don’t support his/her choice of expletives but his/her opinion or stance reflects the opposite of ABU for the 90% Chinese.

    Am I happy with this development? Yes and No.

    YES because now I see more and more Malays who are often viewed by the CINA DAP as TIMID and “DUNGGU” have become more vocal and are no longer bound by ” merendah diri itu bukan bererti lemah” and “Cakap Beralas”.

    NO because if this is going to persist the “inevitable” like that of Indonesia in 1998 economic crisis might happen here in this country if the CINA DAP keep pushing the envelop. PAS and PKR leaders may be seating in the same table with DAP leaders but I don’t think the majority of Malays will do the same when they are being pushed to the brink. The CINA DAP have been doing that more and more now. Memetik kata rakan saya tidak lama dulu ” Kita orang Melayu ini kalau diam tak berdecit, tapi sekali berbunyi mau makan santau dia orang ni semua”.

    I have heard and read worst than this before which was written and uttered by CINA DAP and even my close CINA DAP Friends in FB during the “KFC IOI Mall Case” not long ago. and Remember NAMAWEE, Melinda Gooi and the guy who flash the lude sign to the Raja Permaisuri Agong in Penang, plus those who posed as Muslims and Malays and insulting Islam in FB. or a Chinese teacher in Gelang Patah who recently uttered verbal abused about the government to her Malay students.

    Ini bukan isu “Marahkan Nyamuk Kelambu Di Bakar” tapi “For Every Action There Is Equal and Opposite Reaction” case more like it and unfortunately. Sebagaimana 90% Cina DAP itu memandang Melayu itu UMNO begitu juga majoriti Melayu sekarang ini yang melihat semua CINA itu DAP.

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    • 56. Helen Ang  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      The sentiments expressed against LKS and LGE are wholly understandable. I can’t say that I blame the commenter at all.

      I agree with you that the Chinese oppo supporters are pushing things too far. They’re asking for trouble.

      re: “Sebagaimana 90% Cina DAP itu memandang Melayu itu UMNO begitu juga majoriti Melayu sekarang ini yang melihat semua CINA itu DAP.”

      I understand.

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      • 57. shamshul anuar  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:01 am

        Helen,

        The situation is reaching “boiling point”. It is a matter of time, the patience snaps.

        I must say that DAP is way out of line. And many chinese in social media are plain “biadap’.

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        • 58. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:23 am

          My observation is that perhaps in the Chinese social media it is true that they do use profanities (kata-kata kesat dan kasar, maki-hamun, mencarut).

          But one can still be absolutely biadab without resorting to any vulgar words at all.

          For example, saying that a well-qualified Hindraf leader must be drunk on samsu is biadab but the insult is not vulgar nor through using four-letter words.

          I find that the Jerusubang people fall in this second category.

          Their tipu and putar-belit on the kalimah Allah memang kurang ajar. It’s possible that the second category of biadab has the capacity to raise more anger.

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        • 59. MYQ  |  June 13, 2013 at 11:20 pm

          Setuju dengan anda bahawa “DAP is out of line” tetapi saya rasa keadaan masih jauh dari titik didih, terutamanya keran terdapat pihak-pihak dalam PAS (yang sedar bahawa ramai pengundi Melayu telah lari dari PAS semasa PR13 kerana persengkokolan PAS-DAP) yang terang-terang menentang instigasi DSAI untuk membangun secara keras menolak keputusan PRU13 …

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  • 60. antihipokrit  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    hakikatnya YES… Vernakular, sampai Universiti yg menjadi puncanya. SJKC sbg permulaan. kalau tak dtg drpd mana KIASU nak mampus tu?

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    • 61. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:13 am

      Kalau Melayu dari tadika Islam, ke SK, ke sekolah asrama penuh, ke MRSM, ke matrikulasi, ke UiTM tak kenal bangsa lain tetapi tidak kiasu,

      tetapi Cina dipandang sebagai kiasu, maka kelemahannya bukan terletak pada SRJK (C) tetapi harus kita lihat sama ada ibubapa mereka ada ajar ataupun si ibubapa sendiri yang menjadi punca kekiasuan itu ,)

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      • 62. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 6:21 am

        Anyway what role does the vernacular schools play in modern Malaysia? During those pre-merdeka days, the main aim was to SEND back the imported labour to their countries of origin.

        But today they are Malaysians, why still the need for “passage of return”?

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        • 63. MYQ  |  June 13, 2013 at 11:22 pm

          Satu soalan yang menarik …

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  • 64. antihipokrit  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    kalau dah dari tadika, SJKC, SMCP, Kolej Cina, Uni Taiwan mana nak kenal bangsa lain. Melayu walau dari kecil bersekolah di SK sampai Universiti tetapi tidak KIASU seperti Cina. Boleh menerima kehadiran bangsa Cina,

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    • 65. Helen Ang  |  June 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm

      Kalau Melayu dari tadika Islam, ke SK, ke sekolah asrama penuh, ke MRSM, ke matrikulasi, ke UiTM pun tak kenal bangsa lain kan? :)

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      • 66. shamshul anuar  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:06 am

        Helen,

        Walau ke UITM pun, Melayu tak kurang ajar mencaci cela orang Cina.

        Memang ada pelajar Melayu tak guna macam Adam Adli sewel tu. Tapi bukan perkauman. Orang melayu tak pertikaikan kepercayaan Cina tak seperti ahli politik DAP.

        Jika melayu nak perkauman, dah buat 54 tahun dulu. Ingat tak pada 1957, hampir 70% kerusi Parlimen milik UMNO.

        Jika nak perkauman, bila bila masa boleh dibuat ketika itu. Tetpi Melayu kerana ugama mereka tidak zalim seperti DAP.

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        • 67. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:16 am

          DAP masa kini macam conquistador.

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          • 68. shamshul anuar  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:30 am

            Helen,

            Betul tu. Kalau DAP berkuasa, habis le kita semua. Helen pasti disumbat kat Penjara sg Buloh.

            Sengsara hidup dibawah pemerintahan Yahudii.

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      • 69. ABCD  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:32 am

        Apakebenda jawapan si Helen ni? Pusing2. Macam ni, bila nak habis? Penyelesaiannya mana? Ke Helen ni anti 1 sekolah, yakni sama je dengan lain2?

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        • 70. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:38 am

          re: “Ke Helen ni anti 1 sekolah”

          How about just anti-sekolah, full stop?

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          • 71. ABCD  |  June 13, 2013 at 1:02 am

            Kenapa tidak mengaku sebagai anti-perpaduan sahaja? Bukankah lagi senang jika kita melentur buluh dari rebungnya? Kalau dah jadi buluh besar tu…elok buat chopstik je laaa… tak pun layang2. ;P

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            • 72. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 1:16 am

              Take Dr M’s 1965 speech. He supports the BN communal formula as working better in practice.

              But the Firsters scream that what they call “race-based formula” is racist.

              Is the Tun anti-perpaduan? During his 22 years as PM we did not experience any serious racial clashes.

              DS Najib is the most Chinese-friendly PM we’ve ever had. But under his watch, race relations have deteriorated to this extent.

              It’s not necessarily so that those cooing the sweetest unity talk will eventuate the best possible outcome. Realistically, we have to look at the raw materials that we have in hand (for us to working with).

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              • 73. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 6:24 am

                You should not blame Najib. It is the anwar factor under paklah’s era that started it.

                When anwar was sacked the chinese supported Tun Dr M.

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              • 74. ABCD  |  June 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

                Saya percaya yang communal formula yang formula yang Mahathir maksudkan ialah race-based party, bukannya race-based school.

                Kalau begitu, kenyataan yang bawah ini macam mana pulak?

                “It’s already a fact from the very beginning that vernacular (schools) can be set up by the different communities, which has resulted in our young people not being together and that has become a hindrance towards unity among the people,” Dr Mahathir.

                http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/dr-m-more-chinese-independent-schools-will-divide-people

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                • 75. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 9:43 am

                  Why should “unity among the people” be the Holy Grail?

                  Let’s say we have a one-foot long ruler to represent Malaysia.

                  Where do you think we now are on that ruler, realistically: Closer to lovey-dovey United Colours of Benetton hand-holding mark or closer to a point where “we should be thankful that we’re not yet race rioting”?

                  Refer to Warrior 231’s comments on this page. He’s the fella who calls the Chinese “Chingkie” and says his “course is firmly welded with [his] fellow Ultras”.

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      • 76. Budak melayu kampung  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:44 am

        Melayu ke SK sebab mahu bercampur dgn bangsa lain (maybe im speaking for myself). Malangnya, bangsa lain sgt kurang mahu ke SK. The unintended consequences is that Melayu yg ke SK tidak dpt mengenal dan berkawan dgn bangsa lain… Tidak seperti yg diharapkan.
        Adakah org Malaysia kena pergi ke SJKC atau missionary schools untuk dpt bergaul dgn bangsa lain? Isnt that a paradox?

        Fyi, i went to SRK in town, far away from my kampung because my father wanted me to mix with other races. So i learned to know and befriend non Malays. Even though i then furthered my studies at MRSM, my early childhood experience in SRK provided good grounding in interracial relations. Hence, for myself (i cant say for other people), based on my experience, it is the primary school experience that matters.

        I sent my daughter to an SK near my house (setapak is a multiracial place), hoping that she could have the experience that I had. Unfortunately, 99% is malay. Salah siapa?

        Now i wonder if i should send her to a religious school instead, since it makes no difference in terms of interracial (or lack of it) environment.

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        • 77. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:47 am

          Home schooling is an option.

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          • 78. sarah  |  June 13, 2013 at 1:17 am

            That not a solution for me. I never agree with home schooling for the reason of communication between people need to be learn by experiance not by theories.

            :) sarah

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            • 79. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 8:09 am

              There are advantages and disadvantages.

              The disadvantage, admittedly, is the lack of exposure to peers and the school environment.

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          • 80. lol  |  June 13, 2013 at 2:21 am

            “Home schooling is an option.”

            Itu juga akan jadi masaalah kalau MAMA DAPSTER JURUSEBANG yang jadi mentornya untuk seluruh warga JURUSEBANG dan yang sewaktu dengannya.

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            • 81. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 7:56 am

              Apa benda-benda lain pun akan menjadi masalah andaikata ianya Mama Dapster yang dijadikan mentor bagi usaha tersebut.

              Dia tu sudah dijulang menjadi Speaker dewan bah, dan The Jerusubang Star telah mentweet-kan “berita baik” (istilah Kristian “good news”, “glad tidings”) itu sebanyak 10 kali dalam jangka tempoh sehari suntuk.

              Jangan lupa, Kumpulan Media Star ini mempunyai modal berbilion ringgit serta audien seramai 5.63 juta orang dewasa.

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          • 82. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 6:25 am

            That option is even more reclusive.

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            • 83. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 7:25 am

              Granted that it’s not for everyone and it requires the parents to have some means to be able to carry it out. But I have met home schoolers before.

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  • 84. Warrior231  |  June 13, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I notice that everyone here and pretty much everywhere else have lost the plot. The starting point of any analyses of human generated data, in this case general election data, is the psychoanalysis of the main actors i.e their motivations, their worldview, their perceptions of truth and reality, their insecurities etc. I have written in many fora since 2008 that divisions along racial and religious fault line would be the inevitable outcome post GE 2013 and it has come to pass which I am not surprised about, even an iota.

    You, the blogger as many of your readership, are not attuned to the subtle shifts in the socio scape. It has been accumulating silently all along, the fissures expanding ever so slowly yet imperceptibly, the fault lines growing by the day. Many, in denial, fail to notice or simply dismiss warning signs like communal land slips, interethnic erosion, sectarian sinkholes etc. as inconsequential events simply because dwelling on it will shock them to the unpalatable reality, they so desperately want to avoid. But shock them it will. The first tectonic shift has taken place and more serious aftershocks will be on the way before the seismic activity subsides. And as in any seismic event, casualties will be unavoidable.

    The Malay polity is sullenly silent. It has spoken clearly that any threat to ketuanan Melayu Islam will be met with resistance. In its rejection of PAS and the Malay faction of PKR, and its embrace of UMNO and the PBB, the Malay mindscape is intimating the obvious to whoever is driven to overreach himself with foolhardy bravado, ‘push your luck too far and live ( if one is lucky) a life of regrets’. I can feel the Malay pulse, its strong, throbbing with an intensity of purpose, steeling itself for the obvious, inshaallah.

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    • 85. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 6:32 am

      Setuju 100%

      Better report that delinquent child to the authorities for remedial and corrective measures if you can’t handle him.

      No matter how much you love him, nip the cancer in the bud for better relations in future. Long term harmony for the family.

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  • 86. alba  |  June 13, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I think we should ask our selves what is the purpose of SJKC? For me school is kind like a sacred place. Place where we acquire our knowledge. place where we dare to dream. To blame the school itself, its just not right. school represent knowledge, wisdom, technology, science, happiness. how can these thing breed bad/racist kind of thing? For me its the people. The parents, teacher(maybe) or society who actually contribute to this sad scenario. leave alone the children, they are too young to think or bother of politics. if Chinese still want SJKC so what is the issue? If Indian still want SJKT so what is the issue? the main thing is schools serve their purpose; education. as for unification, they are a lot of thing we can unite our people(Malaysian), if not through school, definitely there is a way. it is up to us to keep on striving towards the unification of our people. it is a very very long process my friend but as long as we consistently keep on working on this matter, nothing is impossible. if not happens in our generation, maybe we can see during next generation (from heaven perhaps). Even US took about hundred of years to resolve this racist issue, what you aspect from Malaysia; a 56 years old country… But nevertheless DAP still sucks and super racist and PAS is really sesat and jumut.

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    • 87. lol  |  June 13, 2013 at 2:13 am

      “Even US took about hundred of years to resolve this racist issue, what you aspect from Malaysia; a 56 years old country”

      Very true and the issue still persist until now. Even Kimora Lee on her recent visit to KL said this ” I love it here because everyone looks like me, in the US it is either White or Black.”

      The truth is the race issue will always be a never ending story anywhere and at any point of time. In the US it is the white vs black vs Hispanic vs Asian; in China the Han vs the Urgur vs the Mogolian; in India the Hindi vs the Tamil; In Iran the Syiah vs the Sunni (this is more of a religious issue but still they are of from different ethnic group I think), in Sri Lanka the Ceylonese and the Tamil, etc. etc. In some and most of these countries unfortunately there have been bloodbath.

      My question is “are we heading toward that example”?

      Once I asked my CINA DAP friend this question ” What will you do if the first bomb drops on this country?

      His response was “there is no life after death thus he will save his life first by leaving” and my response was ” even without military training, I will put my life out there to defend this country”.

      In another instance, my international passport was about to expire few years back and my ex-housemate (Cina DAP) told me to renew it just in case. I asked him, just in case of what? His response was ” oh never mind you all Malay need not worry if something happen here”.

      In another instance, an acquaintance (not sure CINA DAP or MCA or Gerakan) who is a structural engineer and a Cambridge graduate migrated to the US during the 1998 Crisis. In 2008 during the US economic crisis he came back and since worked here in KL. In the conversation that we had, he said he would love to go back to the US when things get better. ( I hope he is reading this and I would like to say this “Kau ingat negara ni TONG SAMPAH ke? Bila kau sesak kat tempat lain kau datang balik sini, bila kau senang kau pergi berbakti ke negara lain”).

      Can anyone see a typical pattern here that can be said about the Chinese in Malaysia or these are just the three out there?

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      • 88. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 8:17 am

        re: “Can anyone see a typical pattern here that can be said about the Chinese in Malaysia or these are just the three out there?”

        But the Chinese (90 percent now support DAP-oppo wor) proclaim so very loudly that they’re the First-est ones of all. Even you pun akan kalah kat diorang if it comes to a contest as to who can declare Malaysian First patriotism the loudest.

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    • 89. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 5:57 am

      School days are the best time to unite the races, being the longest time spent together.

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      • 90. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 7:28 am

        re: “the longest time spent together”

        It could also be the time spawning a lot of misunderstanding and fights.

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        • 91. Setem  |  June 13, 2013 at 8:57 am

          at least the kids will be able to face with racial sensitivies at such a young age and learn to deal about it early. if they dont mix up with one another at all, how will they learn to live with one another?

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          • 92. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

            The Chinese – I’m generalizing as I’m obviously not the community spokesman – are afraid that the linesmen (teachers), referee (principal) and the FAM (Education Ministry) will not be fair in the case of disputes and in conducting the game.

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        • 93. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 11:48 am

          Helen Helen

          Kids of the same race also fight each other but being kids they make up faster and more easily.

          Inconsequential fights during childhood is peanuts to serious fights in adulthood especially in a racially charged context as in right now. If denied and not handled now, worse scenarios will happen.

          Already calls for boikot of chinese business is ringing loud and consistent.

          MCA quietly resents Malayness, so strategically voted DAP.
          DAP quietly resents Islam, so loudly profess democratic multiracial multireligious lofty principles but DAP leaders are evangelists

          DAP also swears by CAT but CEC fiasco proves otherwise.

          I think the chinese wants to unite Buddhists, Taoists, Christians to form a majority against UMNO but using PKR and PAS to split the majority Malay votes.

          Anwar as “Prime Minister” is really a wool over Malay Muslim’s eyes as long as the Bumi Christians are not solidly with DAP. DAP still needs anwar for his Malay Muslim face as a political mask.

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          • 94. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

            re: “Kids of the same race also fight each other but being kids they make up faster and more easily.”

            Being kids, they can also be traumatized, and victims of bullying are emotionally scarred. See http://helenang.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/cyber-bullies-drive-15-year-old-girl-to-suicide/

            re: “Inconsequential fights during childhood is peanuts to serious fights in adulthood especially in a racially charged context as in right now.”

            But if the fighting takes a racial hue in school (similar reports in the National Service training camps among the 18 year olds), then the kids will grow into adulthood with the mindset that this is the way of the world in Malaysia.

            re: “Already calls for boikot of chinese business is ringing loud and consistent.”

            Has it expanded beyond an online campaign? (I’m asking to glean more info.)

            re: “MCA quietly resents Malayness, so strategically voted DAP.”

            Okay but we did not have Sino-Malay racial clashes the last 40 years.

            re: “DAP quietly resents Islam, so loudly profess democratic multiracial multireligious lofty principles but DAP leaders are evangelists.”

            And that’s why even the Tuns (including an ex-IGP) do not discount the possibility of religious confrontations occuring.

            re: “DAP also swears by CAT but CEC fiasco proves otherwise.”

            DAP will swear by their mother’s grave too … asal menang.

            re: “I think the chinese wants to unite Buddhists, Taoists, Christians to form a majority against UMNO …”

            QED and kow tim oredi wor.

            re: “Anwar as “Prime Minister” is really a wool over Malay Muslim’s eyes as long as the Bumi Christians are not solidly with DAP. DAP still needs anwar for his Malay Muslim face as a political mask.”

            Can get a Sarawak Christian. Bumi. Got legitimacy.

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            • 95. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm

              re: “Being kids, they can also be traumatized, and victims of bullying are emotionally scarred”.
              = Haiya Helen, teenage suicides also occurred in neighbouring Singapore, no need to blame Sekolah Kebangsaan.

              http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/singaporescene/why-spate-recent-teen-suicides-041551371.html

              re: “But if the fighting takes a racial hue in school (similar reports in the National Service training camps among the 18 year olds), then the kids will grow into adulthood with the mindset that this is the way of the world in Malaysia.
              = Which is all the more reason for 1Sekolah. You remember the nyonya and Baba, where have they gone to?

              re: “Has it expanded beyond an online campaign? (I’m asking to glean more info.)”
              = Only time will tell but the fact that this campaign is done openly is very troubling, no?

              re: “Okay but we did not have Sino-Malay racial clashes the last 40 years.”
              = It was on the backburner catapulted during Slumberjack’s era with anwar’s help.

              re: “And that’s why even the Tuns (including an ex-IGP) do not discount the possibility of religious confrontations occuring.”
              = So are you on board for national reconciliation vis-a-vis 1Sekolah?

              re: “DAP will swear by their mother’s grave too … asal menang. QED and kow tim oredi wor.”
              = Scary huh, DAP can even mobilise overseas Chinese Malaysians at personal costs.

              re: “Can get a Sarawak Christian. Bumi. Got legitimacy.”
              = For the majority??

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              • 96. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm

                re: “You remember the nyonya and Baba, where have they gone to?”

                Since you bring this up, nyonya and Baba are failed experiment (?)

                “the fact that this [boycott] campaign is done openly is very troubling, no?”

                I am troubled by it yes but I’m a 10 percenter, remember.

                re: “So are you on board for national reconciliation vis-a-vis 1Sekolah?”

                Nope. I want Chinese school to continue.

                re: “Scary huh, DAP can even mobilise overseas Chinese Malaysians at personal costs.”

                DAP vely, vely scary. The outrageous fitnah that they can fabricate, the two-facedness, the victimhood act.

                re: “Can get a Sarawak Christian. Bumi. Got legitimacy.”
                = For the majority??

                Majority and minority is matter of the mind. Haven’t you noticed that the oppo have made “minority government” a buzzword.

                And Malays are only 54.6 percent of the population anyway according to the 2010 census. It is only added to the Sabah & Sarawak natives that the ‘bumiputera’ segment is expanded to 67.4 percent. Muslims are 62.3 percent.

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  • 97. Dina  |  June 13, 2013 at 2:04 am

    This is Malaysia not China.
    If want to speak in chinese then do it at home.
    Nowadays even at work the chinese speak chinese on purpose to alienate the other races… proof how racists they are.
    Send these cinabengs back to China!

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  • 98. Ellese  |  June 13, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Dear Helen,

    The point against vernacular school is to show how racist DAP is.

    DAP has been saying anyone playing racial card is racist. Any Malay who call themselves Malay Malaysian is racist. Any Malay unity is racist. Why? Because for DAP anyone who doesn’t put Malaysian first is racist.

    The vernacular school clearly doesn’t put Malaysian first. It segregates our children by race. My children don’t even have non Malay friends in their classes for many years. They are deprived from befriending non Malays and growing laughing and crying together. If we separate them from young certainly we cannot expect them to be Malaysian first when they are adult. If You don’t lentur Buluh from rebung, you shouldn’t expect them not to carry racial prejudices and be able to empathize and put Malaysian first..

    Is vernacular school right or wrong? It depends whether you recognise our racial differences and the compromises we made. But it is wrong if anyone who believes in calling others racist but support a segregation education policy by not putting Malaysian interest first. In other words its wrong for DAP to call others racist when they themselves are racist by their own definition.

    This is the problem I have with DAP and its supporters. They like to call others racist ikut suka hati but they themselves are racist. They are total hypocrites.

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    • 99. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 8:08 am

      I totally endorse your line of argument, Ellese, about the DAP’s hypocrisy.

      I saw this (their cakap tak serupa bikin) years ago. That was among the reasons why my sympathy for the opposition began to ebb.

      However from your own bad experience with the Jerusubang and Bangsar Malaysia lot, you yourself know that while the racism and hypocrisy is bad enough, it is further coupled with and compounded by the most malicious and conscienceless deceit.

      https://hakbersuara.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/the-extent-of-lies-these-christians-do-to-win-the-allah-argument/

      How they can putar and belit and belit and putar.

      I really have to take my hat off to your fortitude.

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  • 100. kratonmaya  |  June 13, 2013 at 5:23 am

    The elimination of vernacular school may not eliminate racial divide among Malaysians once and for all. But it is in fact the very first crucial step to do it. We have to start from somewhere Helen. Look at Sabahans and Sarawakians. They are still Kadazandusun and Iban even after attending National Schools. They could push for their own schools you know because statistically speaking, their populations are way more than the Malaysian Indians and at some point, on par with the Chinese populations.

    GE14 could be a decisive point of the existence of vernacular schools. If the DAP-sponsored Chinese tsunami is to continue, then I believe the Malays would go all out to shut down the vernacular schools after the GE14.

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    • 101. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 7:49 am

      re: “GE14 could be a decisive point of the existence of vernacular schools. If the DAP-sponsored Chinese tsunami is to continue, then I believe the Malays would go all out to shut down the vernacular schools after the GE14.”

      I agree with your prognosis. It can happen as you say.

      I want Chinese schools to be maintained, and DAP is a threat to this. However the Chinese voters blinded by the politics of hate are not being rational to the long-term interests of the Chinese community.

      Despite the sabre-rattling by Wee Ka Siong (refer screenshot of TMI report), MCA Youth and its weakened parent MCA are no longer in any position to defend the continued existence of Chinese schools. MCA has already lost Umno’s ear and Umno’s goodwill.

      Like Najib pointed out the other day, Umno alone has 88 seats whereas the 3 oppo parties combined only have 89.

      By going on this collision course with the majority, the confrontational Chinese majority will not get anything more and may lose what we presently have, such as our Chinese schools.

      Truly, the DAP evangelista leadership is al-Nakba.

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  • 102. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Helen dear

    The chinese tsunami PROVES that the chinese will close ranks when it comes to economic and political consolidation.

    The sekolah cina graduates listen to and trust the sekolah inggeris graduates simply because they are more vocal and loud.

    But the point is this – chinese UNITE, with the English educated leading and the rest following. Which is why MCA chinese also voted DAP.

    While it is impossible to shut down churches and temples, it is politically correct to streamline the education system to be one unified and consistent policy – much like neighbourly Singapore.

    No Malaysian should oppose the 1Malaysia school.

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    • 103. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 7:39 am

      re: “While it is impossible to shut down churches”

      No it is not.

      The “RM2″ ones in Subang Jaya are registered as business entities. They are violating the law by operating as houses of worship.

      Even the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC)’s Dream Center which is in a light industrial area – Petaling Jaya’s Section 13 – is not licenced to be the host venue for religious activities.

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      • 104. Warrior231  |  June 13, 2013 at 9:02 am

        In all the arguments you have proffered thus far, Helen,you display the classic Chinese defensive ‘denial and evasion’ syndrome when confronted with the evidence.

        The crux of your argument is sly evasion. You conveniently blame the Christian extremists when they only constitute only 9% or so of the Chingkie polity. Pray, tell us how that 9% can hold the 92% to ransom if not for the willing acquiescence of the 90%. They are in this together, period. And they are in this together because of the supremacist ‘Chingkiness” sown by the Chingkie school system, period. Don’t hoodwink us with crap about 5 years of evangelista garbage being the primary cause. The evangelista shit worked because there were willing minions to go along. The situation today is much the same as in the 1960s. Throughout that decade it was the English educated Chingkie farangs who were leading the revolt. People like Kuan Yew, Lim Kean Siew of the Labour Party, Lim Kit Sial, Chen Man Hin why even Lim Chong Eu was not your typical Chingkie apek but hold sway they did over the Chingkies aided by apriori Min Yuen indoctrination in Chingk schools Thats why LKY did what he had to do in Spork for he knew about it all along.

        Why even the anti 1948 Federation of Malaya secessionist movement in Penang was helmed by anti ketuanan Melayu English educated Chingkie bigots. And I am not going back in time to the GheeHin, Hai San days yet.

        I predicted this in Rocky years ago but I am not here to claim bragging rights, its fact.. Your effusive praise of Tun M misses the point that he was an astute student of history and all students of history know Santayana’s maxim that one is bound to repeat history if one doesn’t heed its lessons.

        The evangelista garbage is not clothed as purely Christo talk. It knows which pulse points to press to get the requisite response from the Chingkies. Responses that were behaviouristically conditioned in the Chingkie vernacular system. You study the methodology and you will see the point. It was a full frontal assault on everything the Malays hold dear, from religion to culture, from mores/ethics to the Malay worldview, from the Constitutional provisions to the the Rajas. What else was all that but the assertion of race supremacy, of dissing the Other, to establish one’s superiority. And to exaggerate the melodrama, ‘victim talk’ buttered with”pervasive” corruption was brought into the equation effectively creating a “master-slave” discourse and thus invoking the old rebellion frames so replete in Chingkie history. You know from Mao’s peasant-landlord crap right back to the palace- laity stuff that underlay the Taiping rebellion and many before it notwithstanding the barbarian-civilized dialectics against the Mongols etc etc. yeah, and that frame beautifully melded with the effingly damned ‘good-evil’ Christo eschatological drivel!

        You come across as a typical Chingkie spewing condescending dross to cover up for her naughty and evil siblings uncouth behavior. Hope you haven’t climbed the pulpit and start preaching unctuous homilies like Harlot Yeoh. But you ain’t brainwashing us discerning Malays into believing your squalid rationalizations. Abolishing vernacular education would be the first step towards rebuilding MALAYSia.

        Back on National Day 2009, I offered the compromise route in the haris Ibrahim’s blog as they contemplated banning me. Today, more than ever, my course is firmly welded with my fellow Ultras for in actuality there is no middle way anymore to walk on. It was all a make believe fable from the very start. .

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        • 105. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 9:28 am

          re: ” Pray, tell us how that 9% can hold the 92% to ransom if not for the willing acquiescence of the 90% ”

          The oft-quoted “9 percent” (9.2%) figure refers to all Christians — natives of Sabah & S’wak, Serani, Indians, Chinese — as a fraction in the Malaysian religious population of 28-plus million.

          How many percent of urban Chinese today are Christian is not known.

          If you believe him, then one reader here claims: “For your info, fully half of all urban Chinese are Christian …”

          The evangelists are very aggressive and ruthless in their dakwah. If they were not, they’d not have been so daring as to try and convert Malays as well as openly stake a claim on kalimah Allah.

          Their efficiency and success is proven in that they can convince urbanites to part with 10 percent of their income to be paid as tithe to these evangelical fly-by-night pastors.

          As to the size of their achievement, Google for photos of City Harvest Church.

          So although I do not have the stats on this one, I wouldn’t believe that the Christians among urban Chinese is only 9 percent.

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          • 106. HY  |  June 13, 2013 at 10:39 am

            helen, i think to be exact is 26%, because 26% is the ngam ngam number to hold the 74% to ransom…..bla bla bla.

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  • 107. AK47  |  June 13, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Who is responsible for opening the Pandora’s Box ?

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  • 108. Ibni Ismail  |  June 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Helen,

    Saya berfahaman maksud anda adalah marahkan DAP, SRJK di bakar..

    Saya menentang sekolah yang diasingkan ber asaskan kaum. Ini bukan semata kerana marahkan DAP tetapi juga kerana saya gagal melihat akan keperluan mengapa perlu ada pengasingan diperingkat yang paling penting dan kritikal untuk anak anak kita.

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    • 109. shamshul anuar  |  June 13, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Ibni,

      Separate school was meant to be a temporary affair. At birth of the nation, children already studied separately. Logistical limitation was the reason why vernacular school were not abolished.

      But a young nation faced a turbulent days. Communist insurgency, Indonesian Confrontation, Singapore LKY made the then leadership put the problem of separate schools down the priority list.

      Some mistakes were made. My father told me how Malays chided Tunku when he rrepeatedly reminded the Malays the importance of English as a medium in Schools. Tunku warned us that replacing english as a medium will naturally bring decline in English proficiency.

      50 years ago, we mocked him. Today we may want to accept reality that what Tunku said is simply the tyruth.

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  • 110. Setem  |  June 13, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Helen – As far as the SRJKC and SRJKT are concerned, I don’t agree with you completely. I am a strong proponent of 1-Malaysia school where all Malaysian kids study under the same roof. 1-Malaysia school will eventually meet its target to unite Malaysians, maybe not everybody, but at least some of us will be able to learn to each other’s ways. I’ve always felt that it is ludicrous to separate our kids at such tender age of 6-12 years in schools.

    I don’t agree that having SRJKC around is the main reason why 90% of Cina voted for the opposition in GE13. Singaporeans who are schooled under one school system are beginning to throw their support to the opposition in recent years.

    If this 1-Malaysia school is ever going to be implemented, Malays, Chinese and Indians must be forced to make difficult compromises.

    But no one has the iron-strong political will to do just that.

    At the mean time, we can continue to be seen as ‘living together harmoniously’ but in reality, it’s the opposite.

    Maybe Malaysia needs another major social and racial unrest like the dreaded May 13 1969 for all communities to sit back and seriously reevaluate our social relationship.

    The Malays woke up from their slumber when the Brits wanted to form Malayan Union. The Cina got a bitter medicine when Govt implemented NEP from their failure to share the wealth with the other Malaysians and ignorant of racial sensitivies. Hindraf jolted the Indian communities of their long misfortunes.

    Time is getting short by the day.

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  • 111. Jamie  |  June 13, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I’ve a mixed feeling about this. What Helen said is true and at the same time, what I observe on what’s really happening isn’t quite the case.

    Some of the sites on social media (on facebook for example), with the most followers and doling out the biggest amount of brainwashing are conducted wholly, or almost exclusively in Chinese language. These sites constantly churn Singapore-worshipping material, political quotes and campaigns from DAP (and occasionally PAS n PR), woes about rising cost of living/other problems and attributing it to the ‘rot’ that is the government. I’ve had a few friends (6 in total) share this on their feed, and when I asked them what it means, some would tell me, some would pretend not to read what I asked.

    All these friends are also from Chinese vernacular schools. I do not need to tell you they’re definitely not BN supporters. What about the followers of these sites? Not all of them would be Chinese-ed, but I’m guessing most are.

    One chinese-ed friend now would talk to another friend wholly in Chinese even if I’m there (making it 3 of us) in the group. Terkulat2 saja saya mendengar, hanya mampu tersenyum walaupun ingin tahu apa yang diceritakan mereka. Tapi bila saya tanya apa cerita sampai khusyuk sekali, jawapannya pendek sahaja.

    I agree that Chinese must be allowed to keep their language and tradition. But is the purpose of vernacular schools really to protect the language of their ancestors? Most Chinese I know are of Hakka, Hokkien, Foochow or Cantonese ancestries. None of those language/ dialect are taught in Chinese-ed schools, and yet these are the dialects of their ancestors. Mandarin is NOT a traditional language of our Malaysian Chinese. It’s not.

    Do our Malaysian Chinese who do not attend vernacular schools lose their ties to their tradition? From what I observe they do not. A lot of ancient Chinese traditions are still celebrated to this day, with even more zeal than before I might add. Yesterday we celebrated the Dumpling/Dragonboat festival. Is this attributed to vernacular schools?

    I’ve friends who attended sekolah kebangsaan who are still very rooted to their Chinese tradition, and are well-versed with the literatures and history of the China. And I also have friends from Chinese vernacular school who don’t even know who P. Ramlee is.

    I still think one school, ONE school system for all our children is the best way to go for Malaysians. Don’t segregate them at an early age. Teach the traditions and language of each races in school, but DON’T, for god’s sake, DON’T segregate them.

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    • 112. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

      re: “Mandarin is NOT a traditional language of our Malaysian Chinese.”

      Chinese have unified hanzi. Although the different dialect groups speaking Chinese language (hanyu) would pronounce words differently, the written character is still one and the same (within the writing system).

      Speaking Chinese in whatever dialect in one thing but reading takes mastery of the language to another level.

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      • 113. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:06 pm

        I believe Mandarin is a political tool.

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      • 114. Jamie  |  June 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm

        re:’ Chinese have unified hanzi. Although the different dialect groups speaking Chinese language (hanyu) would pronounce words differently, the written character is still one and the same (within the writing system).’ <—-then I learnt something new today. But regardless the school does not preserve the ancient language of most our Malaysian Chinese who speak different dialects – those are passed down through spoken tongue in families.

        But regardless, I still stand by the idea that if Chinese/Tamil language can instead be taught in a sekolah kebangsaan, the way Bahasa Iban are taught in certain national schools here in Sarawak, then we have no need for vernacular schools.

        I mean c'mon, if the argument that vernacular schools help preserve the ancient tradition of the Chinese, then the different tribes in Sarawak and Sabah, Iban, Melanau, Kenyah, Kayan, Penan, Kelabit, Kadazan would have even more grounds to have different schools conducted in their own language and tradition to be preserved. But most of them choose to integrate with others through national schools. This is what I observe here in Sarawak. If they can, then why can't we?

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        • 115. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm

          ‘Cos the Chinese schools are already there, some <1,300 of them and they have behind them a long tradition.

          It's different if the Iban want to build them from scratch, tho' it's might still be a good idea to have an Iban Institute like Goethe for German and Alliance Francaise for French, and Confucius Institutes for the Chinese.

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          • 116. Jamie  |  June 13, 2013 at 6:41 pm

            re ‘‘Cos the Chinese schools are already there, some .<

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            • 117. Jamie  |  June 13, 2013 at 6:50 pm

              I think my reply got truncated. goddamnit and the ONE time I chose to not copy my reply just in case the internet went down haha

              anyways re: ‘Cos the Chinese schools are already there, some .<). But now there're PRIVATE vernacular schools sprouting here and there, and these REALLY do not follow the national syllabus at all, and they demand for the gov to support them financially. Not many people know this but vernacular schools are supported by the gov. by having the gov. pay for the teachers and staff, allocation of land as well as utility bills. Paying for some private schools that don't even follow the mainstream culture is .. I don't know.. pointless? :(

              Why can't we just concentrate and spend that money on building great national schools with great teachers where all our children can go?

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          • 118. Jamie  |  June 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm

            re:’It’s different if the Iban want to build them from scratch, tho’ it’s might still be a good idea to have an Iban Institute like Goethe for German and Alliance Francaise for French, and Confucius Institutes for the Chinese.’

            Ah, but notice that the institutes you mentioned are meant to promote the NATIONAL culture of each of these countries? Having a Goethe-like Iban Institute is not representative of Malaysia, only a part of it. We still need a mainsteam culture and a national language to represent us all. Notice that it doesn’t say ‘Goethe Institute of Frisian German’ or ‘Alliance Francaise for Iberians’ (I don’t even know if Iberians still exist these days – either they’ve assimilated or got killed by Roman conquerors, who knows), or Confucious Institutes for Ughyurs’. Each of these institutes are meant to represent the national culture of each countries. If we’re to have one like that – it’d have to be Institut Warisan Malaysia (ok I suck at giving names).

            This is what I mean. We still need a national identity, and a somewhat mainstream culture. Some of our ancestors gave up a small fraction of their racial identity to embrace a piece of something bigger – to be a part of Malaysia. Now we can’t even instill that to our children through our schools we’re all messed up. It’s all wrong now – now we just have different races fighting to be ‘dominant’ and be crowned the ‘mainstream’ one.

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    • 119. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Hey Jamie

      “These sites constantly churn Singapore-worshipping material, political quotes and campaigns from DAP (and occasionally PAS n PR)”.

      Then they should be VERY happy to support the:
      1 abolition of vernacular schools,
      2 clampdown on street protests
      3 race-quota for housing,
      4 GRC representation,
      5 sacred ISA
      6 the new online media licence

      all clearly IMPLEMENTED in singapore.

      I think these behavioural display is termed “hypocritical”.

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  • 120. Adrians  |  June 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Most of us ignored the fact that Sekolah Kebangsaan can also be categorized as Vernacular School too. Too many Muslim proselytisation act were implemented. And most of the non-Malay will feel uncomfortable because of this.

    I’m not saying the students, but mostly the parents will feel that way. So, it is understandable when most of the non-Malay parents will send their kids to Chinese School instead.

    This case is always happened for Sekolah Rendah Students. Once they finished the primary study, most of the kids who can’t get into Chinese High School, had to go to Sekolah Menegah Kebangsaan, and it became hard for them to mix with the Non-Chinese students.

    I went to Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan, where the majority of the student are Chinese, 10 years ago. At this school, ‘pergaduhan’ has become normal, pretty much every day it happened. You can say that it is normal for teenagers to act like that, but can you still say it is normal when the fight at this school is always : Melayu VS Cina, or Melayu VS India.

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    • 121. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Thanks Adrians. I’ll highlight your comment in a couple of minutes.

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    • 122. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Adrians MUST accept that Malaysia’s context of Islam and Bahasa Melayu is the very essence of nationhood.

      Dimana bumi dipijak disitu langit dijunjung.

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  • 123. AK47  |  June 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Is there enough room for the Lion of Jelutong, the Tiger of Menglembu, the pussy cats of Subang Jaya and the Lion of Singapura in the DAP ?

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  • 124. AJJ  |  June 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I share Zack’s (the first commentator) view that religion and politic should not mix. Unfortunately, PAS is getting stronger supports by the day, and Christian influence is growing in DAP.

    Malaysia has proven that all races can live in harmony for years and this, in my view, was partly because religion is about spiritual faith and was practiced with an open mind, with everyone respecting each others beliefs and culture.

    Malays will be Malays no matter what, and Chinese will still be Chinese, and Indians will be Indians. No one in the whole wide world can change the blood that flows in our veins (well, via blood transfusion maybe but it still does not change who you’re).

    However, they can change one’s belief in religion. It is not the religion per se that worry me. The concern is about the growing emergence of Shi’a influence and new age Christian evangelists. They believe their leaders are sinless, and non-followers are sinners. These religious extremists, in my opinion, are the one causing our nation to be divided.

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    • 125. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Do you reckon that the strange bedfellows, the sinless PAS ulama and the pure as driven snow DAP evangelistas will quarrel and turn on each other?

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      • 126. Warrior 231  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        1. Unfortunately, PAS is getting stronger supports by the day.

        response; the simplistic notion that all Malays are PAS Wahhabi cuckoos and Deobandi/Salafi affociandos!! Malays are by nature moderate and that shows in their politics. No Malay rabble jumped on the bandwagon when the Wahhabis , deobandis, Salafis of PAS were beating their syariah pogo drums.

        If you care to analyze GE data in Malaysia, you would notice that PAS’ support has topped at 15% (achieved in 1999). In 2013, even with all that pulpit thumping rhetorical garbage, PAS only gained 14.7% of the popular vote. Even in 2008, it was only 14.05%. Pas will not break beyond that 15% barrier, inshaallah because the Malays are discerning enough to reject its band of militant Wahabbism/deobandism as being deleterious to national harmony and the concept of give and take.

        Increasingly, Malays also realize that the PAS way is a no way for its is grounded in obscurantist Kharijism, that ancient anti-Islam heretical ideology that lives on strongly in contemporary Wahhabist/Salafi ideology.

        2. And Christian influence is growing in DAP.
        English educated christian dominance had always pervaded the DAP. Only in the 1970s was there a rise in the non-Christian cohort, people like Chien Heng Kai, Chan Kok Kit, Chan Teck Chan gave the DAP a veneer of being dominated by the Chinese educated. But even then, they played second fiddle to Kit Sial, Fan Yew Teng, Gooi Hock Seng, Patoo, Peter dason etc. These motherfucking bastards were well known sabre rattlers and social anarchists. For example, Yew Teng got disqualified from Parliament after his conviction for sedition in allowing Ooi Kee Siak’s (Penang DAP boss) seditious article to be published in the Rocket.

        That many of the DAP political thugs hail from Penang is no accident of history for the northern port served as the first infiltration point of the bastard Chingkie tongkanese runaways and sundry riffraff in its role as the Brits Straits settlement. It was also the place where the Chingkies honed their skills as astute Brit cocksucklers and arselickers. The very place where they instigated the Brits via their (Chingkie) kongsi gangsters Hai San/Ghee Hin to seize the ownership of tin mining areas from the Malays (note Malays were already mining tin since eons ago as attested in history and Dutch colonial documents) under the guise of the Pangkor Settlement. Penang was also the place that gave birth to the Penang secessionist movement helmed by the Chingkies.

        You see the contemporary ‘growing’ christian influence in the DAP because of the lantangness of bitches like Harlot Yeoh, Theresa Cock and their ilk. But it had always been there. Only now has it asserted itself as a convenient substitute for rational policy discourse. For bitches like Harlot Yeoh and her ilk have nothing between their ear lobes and everything below their breastbone and between their crotches. Cari makan mah……no wonder people like Fong Po Kuan bolted the stables!

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        • 127. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm

          “The unkindest cut of all – Hannah Yeoh tried her stunt with the ‘Anak Malaysia’ thing to register her daughter’s birth but ended up choosing to state that her daughter is Chinese instead of Indian. What a great hypocrisy and insult to the Indian man who is her husband. It only shows that she is so ashamed of her husband’s race that she kept her more superior race.

          “Yes, even though she tried to explain that she just accepted what was typed in by the counter clerk at the registration office but really – would the counter clerk do such a thing and take such liberty without reference to her? And even if she did, then why did Hannah Yeoh NOT OBJECT to such an insertion of Chinese as the race of her daughter?”

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  • 128. AK47  |  June 13, 2013 at 10:12 am

    If we treat the Mandarin language as a language and not politicise it as though it belongs only to one community, then the recognition of Mandarin is a very strong possibility. For those who knew about the history of this particular language, in the late 1970s, the Mandarin vernacular schools were having difficulty in gaining new students. During the same period, the ‘Mission’ schools gained strength. Then, with perceived unfavourable political events, these schools flew from then on till this day.

    I find it puzzling why some of my English speaking compatriots just wanted their kids to attend Mandarin vernacular schools.

    As long as the Mandarin language is politicised, it will be treated as a political football and always in play, for better or for worse only time will tell.

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    • 129. i am not okman  |  June 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

      Actually nobody cares about the welfare of the kids. In a globalised world studnets shouild study as many languages as possible (like in China, CCTV is given free to to the public on air in French and German) but they are caught by the boundary protection of the adults. Dong Zong, Hindraf etc. Why Tamil and not the global Hindi? Why must you only study Mandarin in a Chinese school and not in any schoold? Does anyone want to learn Japanese, French, German etc?

      Our brains are only cemented in a trilingual mindset. There is no place for more than 3 languages. How can we become a developed nation?

      And when they switch from Malay to English then back to Malay/Mandarin/Tamil they assume children are like your BluRay player which pop up menus adults can press.

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  • 130. AK47  |  June 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I support AJJ comments

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  • 131. Peminat Helen  |  June 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Saya sebagai org tua sangat risau dengan keadaan race relation di my skarg mungkin akan bertambah buruk dimasa hadapan . Sangat banyak kesilapan telah di lakukan bukan sahaja oleh orang politik tetapi juga rakyat yang menuntut itu dan dan ini tanpa dapat melihat yang sesuatu itu boleh backfire, org politik pula cuma mahu undi. Antara Contoh nya orang Melayu nak tunjuk sangat kekuatan agama mereka hingga mereka menjadi riak dan ini menaikan rasa benci terhadap Islam itu sendiri oleh Cina antara sebab org Cina tak hantar anak mereka ke sekolah kebangsaan.

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  • 132. Yuyu  |  June 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Helen,

    Menghormati antara satu sama lain adalah kata kunci bagi perpaduan. Untuk hidup aman kita perlu menghormati amalan, kepercayaan dan tradisi masing-masing. Saya amat menghormati perpaduan yg telah wujud. Tidak akan timbul isu sesuatu bangsa ingin mengamalkan apa jua kepercayaan dan tradisi.

    Disebabkan itu saya mendaftar semua anak saya disekolah aliran Inggeris/mubaligh. Walaupun agak jauh kira2 15km daripada rumah dan melalui 4 buah sekolah sepanjang perjalanan ke sekolah. Hari pertama anak saya bersekolah, semasa rehat saya melihat anak saya bergaul dan duduk makan bersama bangsa lain. Dan saya bersyukur saya telah membuat keputusan yang betul. Saya merasakan pentingnya toleransi didalam penerimaan semua bangsa di Malaysia.

    Walaupun saya bersekolah kebangsaan dan akhirnya UITM, saya tidak pernah merasakan perlunya bersikap terlalu rasis didalam hidup ini. Cuma yang menjadi masalah nya bila ada pihak berkepentingan ingin memecah belahkan perpaduan itu. Dan adanya pihak yang terlalu ingin membolot apa yg patutnya dikongsi bersama. Mereka melaungkan perkongsian tetapi ingin membolot semuanya. Bila kita didesak dan ditolak hingga ke tepi tembok, kita tiada pilihan lain selain bertindak untuk mempertahankan hak.

    Salah ke kita pertahankan hak dimana pihak yang satu lagi ingin sekali melebarkan hak mereka dan menekan pihak yang lain.

    Salam hormat,

    Yuyu

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  • 133. wb  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Dear Helen,

    Mind boggling blog u have helen. 100 comments to an article, Much, much more than most bloggers or even malaysiakini, malaysiainsider, etc, Congrats.

    However i cannot digest all the comments. Phew, politics is so complicated, more so in our dversified country with it’s unique multiracial composition. I bet u even obama would not be able to manage a country like ours. That is why the british ruled malaya using the concept of ‘ divide and rule , rather than having one solution for all races.

    I think u are right and spot on. It’s not the chinese school teachers that’s been breeding the hatred of the chinese towards BN now, but more so coming from the DAP and their evangelists. Thanks for making me realise this.

    DAP have been using the disunity among the malays to their advantage. This sowing of hatred campaign by DAP have been going on for quite sometime, that I think it is now difficult to put a stop to. BN and especially UMNO have much to do.

    On the subject of racism, I don’t think that fighting the causes for your own race can be considered racist. Let’s live with the facts. There are some racial imbalance in terms of wealth and hold of the economy that need to be addressed. Thus i would not say that the malays are racist in wanting more equitable distribution of the wealth.

    If the chinese want more schools, that is also not racist. Let’s not talk abt corruption, nepotism, cronyism, etc.as this is seen in all the political parties. In all, However all these issues lead us to the current mess that we are in now.

    I view with pessimism Najib’s 1Malaysia or DAP’s Malaysian 1sters or even Star’s We Are All Malaysians campaigns.

    Forgive my opinion but i think merit-based policies are good only if u address the social and economic imbalances first, so that everyone starts from the same spot.

    In the US, the whites have the superiority in terms of numbers. They also have the wealth and the economic clout. Simplistically, that is why they can talk abt freedom of speech, meritocracy, etc. The minorities were treated equally.

    In malaysia, we do not have this luxury. All we have is one party wanting to destroy another party to kingdom-come. In Penang and Selangor, we have the ruling party talk abt having zero opposition in the states. Will that augur well for the country?

    BN and UMNO especially, have much to do…….

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  • 134. Jamie  |  June 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    also apologies if my point are all berterabur – I’ve lots of thoughts but still aren’t articulate enough to lay them out in a comprehensive manner. It’s just that – in the long run, a fractured education system isn’t good for our country. It has to be unified. Maybe we can’t be rid of vernacular schools overnight, it won’t be a total cure to the racial problem in our country, but I do feel it contributes to large part of it. And while it’s not possible to shut down vernacular schools overnight due to logistics, it’s something we have to think about in the future if we want a unified Malaysia.

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    • 135. ray  |  June 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Dear Jamie

      Singapore has done it and the chinese there acquiesced till today.

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  • 136. Orang Sebarangan  |  June 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Saya menanam sebatang pokok yang asalnya dari benih..
    Selepas tiga bulan, pokok tesebut sudahpun menjangkau ketinggian tiga kaki.. Selepas itu Helen pun membeli sebatang anak pokok yang tinggi tiga kaki juga lalu menanamnya.

    Selepas beberapa lama, anda rasa pokok mana yang lebih kuat daya tahannya?.. Pokok pertama tadi yang akarnya telah lama ‘mencengkam dan memasak’ bumi, sudah tentulah pokok itu yang lebih kuat..

    Jadi, inilah sebenarnya yang kita harapkan untuk anak bangsa kita di masa hadapan.. Jika perpaduan telah diterapkan dari masa kecil, InsyaALLAH kekuatan bangsa Malaysia akan wujud dalam 20 tahun akan datang..

    Tetapi bukannya penyatuan di alam universiti atau alam pekerjaan yang boleh dikatakan sudah terlambat.. Itupun belum tentu sebab kalau Ahmad nak bekerja dengan Gomen, Ah Chong pula pilih nak berniaga dan Aaru nak mengusahakan estet.. Masa bila nak ‘kenal’?..

    Caranya?.. Satu sekolah iaitu Sekolah Kebangsaan.. Bahasa Mandarin dan Bahasa Tamil?.. Takda masalah.. Bahasa tersebut boleh diajar di sekolah kebangsaan termasuk Bahasa Arab jika mahu..

    Jadi?.. Mahu apa lagi?..

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  • 137. baulu  |  June 13, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Sikap kiasu dan ultra terjadi kerana tiada sikap hormat menghormati antara lain. Ia terjadi kerana tidak mengetahui apa perkara-perkara sensitif pada pihak yang satu lain. Kes, mulut tak ada insurans dan otak di lutut.

    Jadi, apa salahnya hanya ada satu sekolah kebangsaan sahaja? Kalau sudah mampu, hantar sahaja anak itu ke sekolah antarabangsa yang sepatutnya hanya mengajar silibus pendidikan negara2 yang menjadi kiblat sekolah antarabangsa ini.

    Sekurang-kurangnya selama 11 tahun anak-anak mentah ini dididik dalam suasana yang memaksa mereka hormat adat resam, cara hidup dan pemikiran budaya kaum lain yang terdapat di sekolah mereka.

    Esok-esok, sekiranya mereka memilih PKR ke, DAP ke, MCA ke, UMNO ke atau parti-parti di Sabah Sarawak untuk memperjuangkan kelangsungan etnik masing-masing sekurangnya kelakuan kurang ajar mungkin jadi sesuatu yang luar biasa dan dicemuh sekiranya berlaku pada waktu itu.

    Hapuskan saja sekolah missionary dan vernacular. Nak belajar agama, buat sistem seperti sekolah agama sesi lain seperti sekolah agama islam.

    Kalau semangat patriotik dan nationalist pergilah sekolah kebangsaan.

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  • 138. AK47  |  June 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I support Warrior 231.

    I sent my kids to the Sekolah Kebangsaan and my grand kids also. They have no deficiencies in the Bahasa Melayu or the other subjects.

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  • 139. azue  |  June 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I love you, Helen!!!

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  • 140. Aku Pelat  |  June 13, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Mengikut pemahaman saya dari artikel ini, apa yang cuba disampaikan disini adalah mengapa perlu menyalahkan keseluruhan kaum Cina rentetan dari keputusan PRU 13 lagi dan sekolah vernakular cuba dijadikan kambing hitam dan diheret ke dalam isu yang melibatkan ketegangan perpaduan ini.

    Secara peribadi, saya tidak menentang kewujudan sekolah vernakular malah biarlah kesemua sekolah jenis sekolah yang sedia ada dikekalkan memandangkan situasi semasa seolah-olah mengekang perdamaian yang cuba dilakukan oleh pihak kerajaan. Saya tidak menentang kewujudan sekolah vernakular tetapi masih menyambut baik pengwujudan sekolah 1 Malaysia atau sekolah wawasan sebagai langkah perlahan-lahan mewujudkan keseragaman pendidikan dan model penyatuan bangsa dengan acuan sendiri tanpa bergantung kepada pendidikan tinggalan kolonialisme. Biarlah BN kekal dengan komponennya tanpa menjadi gabungan parti tunggal. Isu penghapusan sekolah vernakular timbul juga adalah kerana kehendak sesetengah pihak yang merengek BN supaya parti politik tersebut disatukan menjadi satu parti tunggal. Jadi kepada pihak yang menjadi pencetus, maka mereka terpaksalah menerima timbal balas yang mereka sendiri berat untuk menerimanya.

    Sekadar ingin berkongsi, saya sempat menghadiri 4 jenis sekolah yang berbeza sepanjang hidup saya. (1) Sekolah Rendah Agama Rakyat di bawah JAIS (2) Sekolah Kebangsaan (3) Sekolah Mubaligh. (4) SMK
    Jujur saya katakan, sekolah mubaligh merupakan antara model terbaik perpaduan antara kaum di negara ini. Sekolah mubaligh memberi pendedahan kepada pelajar-pelajarnya agar kompetetif dan bersaing secara sihat serta berkomunikasi secara universal dengan menggunakan bahasa Inggeris sebagai bahasa perantara. Semasa membuat pilihan samada untuk menerima Sekolah Agama Persekutuan atau meneruskan pelajaran di sekolah mubaligh, saya telah membuat keputusan untuk meneruskan pelajaran di sekolah mubaligh. Ini adalah kerana saya tidak mahu berada di dalam kepompong persekitaran di mana semua rakan-rakan saya terdiri dari satu bangsa tanpa cuba mempelajari, memahami dan berkongsi budaya dengan bangsa lain. Bukannya berniat untuk menidakkan pelajaran di Sekolah Agama Rakyat/Sekolah Agama Persekutuan, tetapi saya perlu memilih untuk berada di dalam arus perdana untuk mendalami aliran sains & kejuruteraan supaya tidak jauh ketinggalan.

    Namun saya tidak menafikan peranan Sekolah Agama Rakyat. Sesetengah ilmu kerohanian/keislaman tidak mampu diperolehi sepenuhnya dari rumah, sekolah kebangsaan dan persekitaran. Di sini saya berterima kasih ke atas JAIS kerana memberi alternatif kepada pelajar untuk mendalami ilmu tersebut disamping mempelajari ilmu arus perdana.

    Saya sempat belajar di SMK di kawasan luar bandar pada tahun terakhir persekolahan selama 1 tahun. Ianya amatlah berbeza dengan suasana belajar di sekolah mubaligh. Di sekolah mubaligh, kami diletakkan untuk duduk bersama-sama bangsa lain sebagai partner di dalam kelas. Manakala di dalam kelas sekolah baru saya ketika itu (SMK) hanya ada 8 pelajar bukan Melayu. Masing-masing dengan kelompok mereka sendiri. Syukur saya mempunyai seorang rakan yang juga berpindah dari sekolah mubaligh masuk ke dalam kelas saya. Saya bersama rakan terpaksa memecahkan tradisi dengan mewujudkan study group bersama pelajar bukan Melayu yang lebih cemerlang di dalam subjek matematik & sains, kawan Melayu saya berkongsi ilmu bahasa Inggerisnya dan saya memindahkan ilmu bahasa Melayu kepada rakan-rakan lain. Formula study group kami benar-benar memberikan hasil yang ketara berbanding rakan-rakan Melayu saya yang hanya belajar sesama mereka sendiri. Siapa kata kaum bukan Melayu kedekut ilmu. Jika kita tidak mahu mencuba untuk meminta ilmu dari mereka, mana kita tahu hasilnya. Kita juga janganlah kedekut ilmu.

    Pemikiran pelajar di sekolah mubaligh di bandar dan sekolah menengah harian di luar bandar ketika zaman saya juga berbeza. Di sekolah mubaligh, pelajar dilepaskan berdikari tanpa bantuan guru sepenuhnya dalam melaksanakan aktiviti sekolah seperti mencari sumbangan bagi menjalankan aktiviti, menjalankan hari kantin, mencurah kreativiti untuk membuat majalah sekolah.
    Ketika di SMK di luar bandar, pelajar kebanyakannya mengharapkan bimbingan guru ketika menjalankan aktiviti. Jarang sekali mereka mewujudkan inisiatif sendiri.

    Berbalik kepada isu sekolah vernakular. Sesetengah masyarakat Melayu juga menghantar anak-anak mereka ke SRJK(C). Jiran saya menghantar anaknya ke SRJK(C) dan anak saudara saya juga pernah menuntut di SRJK(C). Namun apa yang saya lihat, kehidupan mereka masih dikelilingi dengan budaya Melayu dan masih berlegar di dalam persekitaran rakan-rakan Melayu. Kelebihannya hanya tahu bertutur dan menulis di dalam bahasa Mandarin tetapi tidak terarah kepada pergaulan. Selebihnya tidak ke mana pun. Pokok pangkal di sini, bagaimana pelajar itu tahu membawa diri dan melakukan asimilasi bersama pelajar lain. Sekolah tidak pernah mengajar perkara ini 100%.

    Ibu saya tidak menamatkan sekolah menengah. Ibu saya tidak pernah diajar tentang apa itu perpaduan antara kaum. Tetapi ibu saya tidak berasa kekok untuk bekerja dengan Cina, berjiran dengan Cina, mempunyai rakan baik kaum Cina dan makan di rumah kaum Cina. Malah ibu saya juga sempat mencungkil beberapa kemahiran kulinari Cina disamping kemahiran yang lain.

    Ketika tahun pertama di IPT, 2 rakan kuliah saya yang pernah belajar di MRSM ditendang keluar kerana gagal semester pertama. Ianya agak menghairankan saya, kerana sesetengah dari kami hanya bersekolah di sekolah menengah harian. Seorang rakan saya yang pernah bersekolah di MRSM memberitahu saya. Sebelum mengambil SPM, mereka didedahkan dengan soalan-soalan ramalan yang dihasilkan oleh panel-panel pembuat soalan SPM. Mereka mengulangkaji set-set soalan tersebut berkali-kali sebelum menghadapi SPM. Pelajar perlu dibiasakan dengan soalan-soalan ramalan supaya mudah untuk menjawab ketika peperiksaan sebenar. Berbanding kami yang belajar di sekolah harian, kami perlu mengulangkaji keseluruhan buku teks dan soalan-soalan ramalan yang dijual melaui buku rujukan di kedai adalah sama sekali tidak keluar ketika peperiksaan sebenar. Jika ada pelajar MRSM ingin menafikan, tidak mengapa. Saya juga hanya sekadar mendengar perbualan jujur dari pengalaman rakan tersebut. Mungkin juga perkara itu tidak berlaku ketika ini kerana cerita tersebut berlaku berbelas tahun dahulu.

    Rakyat Malaysia seharusnya beruntung dengan pilihan yang serba ada terutamanya dalam soal pendidikan. Mungkin tidak sesempurna negara lain, tetapi rakyat masih bebas untuk membuat pilihan. Kita cuba menjadi jaguh kepada kaum masing-masing tetapi tanpa kita sedar pemimpin politik tidak melalui apa yang kita lalui. Lihat saja contoh latarbelakang pemimpin DAP di atas. Apa perjuangan mereka ke atas sekolah vernakular sedangkan mereka sendiri tidak mempunyai asas ke arah itu. Lihat pula pendidikan pemimpin beberapa pemimpin UMNO di bawah :

    Najib Razak – St. John’s Institution
    Rafidah Aziz – Convent Bukit Nanas/Convent JB/V.I
    Khairy Jamaluddin – United World College of South East Asia, Singapore
    Hishammuddin Hussein – MCKK/ St. John’s Institution/ Alice Smith School

    Cara mereka dibesarkan juga berbeza. Bagaimana mereka mampu memahami denyut nadi rakyatnya. Kita bertelagah pendapat sesama kita tetapi mereka tidak pernah berada di dalam situasi sebenar seperti yang kita hadapi. Kedua-dua pihak saling mempengaruhi dan meyakinkan rakyat untuk memanjangkan jangkahayat survival politik mereka, tetapi mereka sendiri tidak pernah menjadi rakyat marhaen. Inilah pilihan terbaik yang kita ada setakat ini. Penghapusan sesebuah institusi pendidikan bukanlah jalan penyelesaian sekiranya penghayatan dan hasilnya masih ditakuk lama. Pemimpin parti politik berusaha mencipta legasi sendiri ketika mentadbir, tetapi kesan jangkamasa panjang diterima generasi seterusnya setelah mereka meninggalkan politik. Selagi itulah kita terus menjadi bahan ujikaji tanpa titik noktah oleh kerana tiada ketetapan di dalam perlaksanaan sesebuah dasar. Kita sibuk membincangkan kepentingan sekolah vernakular dan sekolah 1 aliran tetapi kita terlalu mementingkan diri sendiri dengan meminggirkan dan tidak memberi penekanan kepada kadar buta huruf dan kadar bisu/kelu bahasa kebangsaan.

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    • 141. Helen Ang  |  June 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      TQ. Nice write-up.

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