So we can expect seven out of every 10 Chinese in the country to be able to speak Malaysia’s national language as their native tongue (just like the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines do their respective country’s native language) and also be willing to send their children to National School.
“Chinese” school should only cater for those three out of every 10 Chinese who view themselves by Race/Ethnicity First. The seven out of 10 Chinese who see themselves as Malaysian First must send their children to National School because vernacular school is only suitable for the Chinese Firsters.
Half of the total of vernacular schools where the Bangsa Anak Malaysia are enrolled can soon be converted to National School because the Chinese do not see themselves as Chinese and thus there is no purpose to having “Chinese” school.
These children and their parents are Malaysian First. Therefore they would naturally support the “Malaysian” (national) education stream.
Congrats to EvangeliSTAR for conducting this very useful data collection.
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This poll result from the J-Star‘s Moderation opinion survey should truly please Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Now he has solid feedback in hand to endorse the merger of our separate education streams into one integrated “Malaysian (First)” schooling system.
The J-Star online survey attracted 5,070 participants. 71 percent of the Chinese respondents consider themselves Malaysian First – see pie chart above. Story source: ‘Big plus for national identity‘ (The J-Star, 3 May 2015)
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Source: Merdeka Center
Meanwhile, a Merdeka Center survey from 2006 showed that only 35 percent of Malays see themselves as Malaysian First while 52 percent Malays anchor their self-identity primarily on their ethnicity, i.e. Malay First. See bar chart above
A tabulation of the results of the two surveys hints that Chinese are more patriotic than Malays because in both surveys, the Malays lag behind the Chinese in placing the utmost importance on their nationality. Malays on the other hand are more ‘race’ minded.