Some of you claim that it’s hypocritical for the minority race parties to want to merge with Umno and make the BN ‘satu aliran’ (one stream) as long as the education system still remains segregated.
You want Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua for the sake of “national unity”.
Creating 1School entails placing SK at its core and absorbing students from SRJK (C) and SRJK (T).
As a natural result of the move above, Chinese schools and Tamil schools will cease to exist.
Now, about the BN as 1Party: Umno would naturally form the core. Those members to be absorbed would come from MCA and Gerakan, MIC, IPF and PPP … (I use an ellipsis here because I’m uncertain as to the reception by the other component parties).
But never mind. This is an academic/conceptual exercise.
We proceed: After the integration, MCA & Co. would cease to exist. The 1BN might conceivably be called the United Malaysian National Organization as per Datuk Onn’s vision.
Hence in parallel, Umno = SK, MCA/friends = SRJK (C) and MIC/friends = SRJK (T).
Not too long ago, the BN cut a deal with Hindraf. Tengku Adnan as the BN sec-gen signed the Blueprint MoU.
Hypothetically speaking, if the BN (read: Umno) can horse trade with Hindraf, surely it can do the same with its own components.
For the sake of argument, let’s envision the merger of BN going hand-in-hand with the merger of schools.
This can be done through an amendment to the Education Act.
Umno has the numbers to pull it off if the party is backed up by the BN components.
Let’s just say that the ‘Chinese’, ‘Chinese-based’, ‘Indian’ and ‘Indian-based’ BN parties all agree to 1School as part of a quid pro quo, and these parties are willing to lend a veneer of communal endorsement to legitimize the development.
So the grand plan outlined above is leadership by example, with the older Malaysians showing the way for the young to intergrate. Fathers teaching sons the path of “national unity”. No more communalism in governance and no more communalism in the schools (on paper, lah).
I’ve sketched a proposal in theory to explore what arguments are being put forward by the various camps. Basically it’s to draw out a frank discussion on the two symmetrical subjects.
What I really want to know is why the proponents who are so vehemently for the idea of 1School are at the same time equally vehement against the idea of 1BN. Please consider this my “fact-finding mission”.
Anyone care to enlighten me with your views? Thank you.