| What does the 'sponsorship' really mean? - By Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN Royal Malaysian Navy
| Monday, September 04, 2017
|Malaysiakini : COMMENT | “All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.” ― Walter Scott
If you are easily offended, please stop reading. I did not find the news story of a Chinese businessman sponsoring a Malay student from a Chinese school heartwarming. I do not think it represents a moment of “Malaysianess” when we so
desperately need it. Correction, I do not, and have never needed, these
moments of Malaysianess. I do think it represents the toxic nature of
race relations in this country.
When Muhamad Aidil said, “I was told to be a good student to avoid being transferred to a kebangsaan (national)
school. I took it as a challenge to study hard", I started laughing.
Here is a kid being told to work hard so as not to be transferred to a “kebangsaan”
school with the rest of the unfortunate Malaysians who, for some
reason, do not have access to better education and have to make do with.
In other words all that Islamisation and racial underpinnings of “kebangsaan”
schools means very little, and indeed poses a threat, to the education
of young people here in Malaysia. Better to send your kids to a
“Chinese” school or international schools, if you have the money – like
most politicians – than to the poisoned wells that are “kebangssan”
Moreover, let us be honest. It is not as if the cream of the Malay
crop are rewarded for their hard work. If that were the case, maybe
folks like me (and maybe even you) would not take it so hard when we, by
virtue of our ethnicity, are sidelined.
While rich Malay folks and their hanger-ons are immunised from the
machinations of the state, in this case, education as propaganda, the
rest of the Malay community have to make do with what the state thinks
is adequate to maintain the “bangsa” (race) and “agama” (religion) ideology. In other words mediocrity as a method of anesthetisation.
But make no mistake, this young man for all his hard work, is still
in a privileged position compared to the thousands of other young
non-Malay people who get equally good results but are:
(1) Denied educational opportunities in local educational establishments;
(2) Have to scramble for funding, which often means concerned parents
forking out huge sums of money for a chance at a better life for their
(3) Have to go begging to the various race-based political parties
and their proxies, hoping financial relief does not come at too high a
Non-Malays in competition with one another
Non-Malay young people, especially with parents who are not well-off,
receive an education about the harsh realities of life before embarking
on their academic education. Add to this that fact that non-Malays are
in competition with one another, which means that the social and
economic relationships of the Chinese/Indians/Others are further
strained with the life experience of competing not only on an uneven
playing field, but fighting against everyone else for a slice of the
diminishing economic pie
Read it all here...................
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 3:50 PM