By the year 2020 and in line with Wawasan Bangsa Malaysia, it’s possible that Chinese primary schools will begin to be abolished.
There is nothing to stop a future BN federal government (one that has no Chinese representation) from deciding to close down the SRJK(C).
The Education Ministry can order the medium of instruction in all existing Chinese schools to be changed to the national language while maintaining the physical infrastructure.
I believe that if Mahdzir Khalid remains as Education Minister post-2018, he would have the gumption to carry out such a decision.
A future BN federal government without any Chinese representation is going to be a reality. It has already happened at state level in Negeri Sembilan where BN is the ruling party and there is not a single Chinese Yang Berhormat in its ranks. (See donut chart above)
BN reps in the Negeri Sembilan state legislative assembly comprise 21 Umno and one MIC Adun but zero Gerakan and zero MCA.
MIC and Gerakan have zero reps in Perak although the two parties contested both together a total of seven DUN seats.
MCA lost in the other 14 DUN seats that the party contested in Perak. The only MCA man to win his state constituency is YB Chenderiang. His area has 21 percent Orang Asal voters – see pie chart right (click to enlarge).
If only Chenderiang had a bigger Chinese electorate, the MCA candidate would have lost. Nasib ada undi orang asli dan MCA boleh mengemis meminta nyawa.
What the Chinese tsunami of 5 May 2013 proved is that the Malays can rule this country without needing to share power with the Chinese. Apart from Negeri Sembilan, Terengganu is another state without any Chinese Adun in the ruling party.
Kelantan also does not have any non-Muslim Adun among its ruling party YBs comprising 32 PAS and one PKR rep.
Johor has 32 Malay reps (Umno) against three Chinese reps (two MCA, one Gerakan). DAP will ensure this BN Chinese trio lose their seats in the next general election.
In a political scenario where the Malays don’t need Chinese allies, then similarly the Malays do not need to consult the Chinese or bow to Chinese demands.
Umno does not have to jaga hati MCA or Chinese voters anymore because MCA will not be able to deliver any Chinese seats. Additionally, the Chinese voters adamantly refuse to support BN.
Responding to the MCA’s displeasure with him, Deputy Agriculture Minister Tajuddin Abdul Rahman retorted, “Mereka boleh buat bising sehingga kiamat, I don’t care”.
He is not the only Umno leader yang dah tak peduli dah with MCA and the Chinese clamour. Former Minister Zainuddin Maidin, who advised Tajuddin to just ignore the MCA, had himself (Zam) previously told the MCA “pergi mampus”.
MCA has lost its influence over Umno and is no longer in any position to pressure, persuade, negotiate or drive any kind of bargain with the BN anchor party.
The following is their comparative political strength – MCA has seven Parliament seats; Umno has 88. MCA has 11 DUN seats; Umno has 241.
Hence there is nothing that any Chinese can do should Umno decide that it wants to shut down Chinese schools.
Seriously what can the Chinese do?
The pie chart below shows the ethnic composition of the army (tentera darat). The data refers to non-officers.
Chinese soldiers make up 0.2 percent of the army. Even among the tentera darat officers, the Chinese are only 1.4 percent.
The law does not guarantee the existence of vernacular schools.
According to eminent law professor Shad Saleem Faruqi who is an expert on the Federal Constitution, vernacular schools are not protected by the constitution.
The call to shut down Chinese school is snowballing and coming from all quarters.
A few days ago, MCA Publicity Bureau chairman Senator Chai Kim Sen admitted that “DAP has subtly turned Chinese primary schools into their dumping ground where they spread all sorts of malicious messages to incite the Chinese community against the government”. His press statement here.
This girl (below) who stepped on Najib’s portrait during the Bersih 4.0 rally is 15 years old.
This other girl was 19 when she stepped on Najib’s portrait a couple of years back. She’s seen wearing handcuffs in the photo below because police arrested her.
She’s a product of Chinese school and a pro-DAP youngster. She was also featured in the DAP’s music video parody Gangnam Style.
The Malays are reacting to Chinese schools in response to the behaviour of Cina DAP. We do not hear loud calls to shut down Tamil schools.
The Malays find it astounding how the Chinese can isolate themselves in Chinese independent high schools and thereafter enrol in private colleges but still claim they’re Malaysian first.
It is actually the DAP that has paved the path for scrapping Chinese schools.
DAP accuses the MCA of being “racist” because the party has the ‘C’ word in its name – Malaysian CHINESE Association – and in the eyes of the DAP, anything race-based is bigoted.
Likewise Umno (United MALAY National Organization) and MIC (Malaysian INDIAN Congress) are accused by the DAP of being “racist” because the parties are ethnic-oriented.
Using the logic of the DAP’s argument, Sekolah “Cina” is racist too because it is like Umno and like MCA – whom all the DAP supporters have unanimously declared to be racist entities.
Because the DAP is so hysterically race-allergic, then all the more reason Sekolah Cina – which mentions one particular race in its name – should send the DAP Firsters into a hissy fit screaming “racist! racist! racist!”
Sekolah Kebangsaan is not racist because unlike Sekolah Cina, the Sek. Keb. it does not reference any race.
The DAP’s Malaysian First ideology insists that there are “zero Chinese” and “no Malays” as well as “no Indians too”. Since this is the case, then what is the need for “Chinese school”?
With a “zero Chinese” Malaysian First population, Chinese schools serve no purpose and nobody.
Furthermore, all of us are Malaysians. The DAP is very insistent on this logic by extension – Malaysians should attend Malaysian school which is the national school.
Why are Malaysian Firsters attending Chinese school? Going by DAP logic, SRJK(C) is “racist” because this school caters for race, i.e. to impart the mother tongue of the majority inhabitants of the People’s Republic of China.
Chinese school is not compatible with the concept of Malaysian Firstness. Since 90 percent of the Chinese community are such staunch DAP supporters, Umno should take it that the Chinese are in full support of the DAP’s Malaysian First ideology.
And the Chinese moreover have rejected MCA – which has been responsible for promoting all things Chinese – in favour of the multi-racial, non-racist and patriotic DAP.
It is the DAP-crazed Chinese voters that have enabled this development.
A right wing Umno – which arose as a consequence of the Chinese tsunami, Bersih 4.0 and other Dapster turns of events – have got enough power concentrated in their hands alone once they combine forces with PAS.
A Malay nationalist-and-Islamic fundamentalist government can do as they wish because there is no need anymore for hardliners to accommodate or defer to the powerless MCA.
So once the MCA has been consigned to the footnote of Malaysian history, all the things that the MCA has fought so hard to preserve – like Chinese schools – can similarly be made a relic of the past.