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When Wall Street Journal or New York Times pays attention to Malaysia

 
When international media that does serious journalism is paying attention to Malaysia and for all the wrong reasons. The American goverment may be cosy with ours but it is the public  or potential business people /investors who reads the news…
And The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are heavyweights in commentary on international events. Not tabloids to be brushed off.
 
New York Times

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — When he organized a get-together for dog lovers and their canine-averse neighbors, Syed Azmi Alhabshi thought he was doing a public service.

But after hundreds of people showed up to the event, billed as “I Want to Touch a Dog” on Facebook, and when pictures started circulating on the Internet of Muslim women in head scarves happily hugging dogs, Mr. Syed Azmi became an unwitting protagonist in the latest chapter of Malaysia’s culture wars.

In the week since the event, Mr. Syed Azmi, a pharmacist, has received more than 3,000 messages on his phone, many of them hateful and a dozen of them threatening physical harm. The police advised him to stay at home.

Malaysia’s Muslim leaders, who cite Islamic scriptures stating that dogs are unclean, lashed out at him in the news media. “I feel the anger, and it is real,” he said in an interview.

Over the past two weeks, Muslim leaders in Malaysia have denounced Halloween as a “planned attack” on Islam and Oktoberfest parties as a public vice “the same as mass-promoted adultery.”

The culture wars have waxed and waned in multicultural Malaysia in recent years as conservative Muslim groups have pushed back against what they describe as libidinous and ungodly Western influences in a country that has rapidly modernized and become more cosmopolitan.

The dispute over touching dogs has underlined the fault lines in what has increasingly become a country polarized between members of the Malay majority, who are overwhelmingly Muslim, and ethnic Chinese, Indians and other minorities, who are typically Christian, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist.

The dog controversy joins the decades-old disputes over the availability of pork, the imbibing of alcohol and the pressure on Muslim women to wear conservative clothing.

Although many Muslims in other countries do not view touching dogs as forbidden, conservative Islamic groups here say the Shafie school of Islamic jurisprudence that they follow views dogs as unclean and requires the faithful to undergo a ritualistic wash if they come into contact with canines.

The Malaysian authorities described the “I Want to Touch a Dog” event as an offense to Islam. Othman Mustapha, the director general of the federal Islamic Development Department, which has the official mission of protecting the “purity of faith,” said the event was a challenge to the authority of religious leaders.

The religious authorities in Malaysia have the power to crack down on practices they view as going against Islam, but Muslim law is selectively enforced and highly politicized. Many Malaysian Muslims own dogs, drink alcohol in public and have very westernized lifestyles.

Criticism of the dog event has led to a backlash by a small but vocal group of moderate Muslims in the country who view the strictures of the religious authorities as oppressive.

“All we are getting these days is how to hate an ever-growing list of people and things,” Marina Mahathir, the daughter of a former prime minister and a leading liberal voice, wrote in a newspaper column published last week. “How much energy are we to spend on hate? And how does hating anything and everything make us happy and better Muslims?”

Mr. Syed Azmi, the pharmacist, said he thought he had his bases covered. Before the event, he contacted and received acknowledgment from the state religious authorities.

He also invited an Islamic scholar who showed Muslims how to conduct the ritual washing after they had touched the dogs.

“I expected it to be in the news, but not to the point where people would get so angry,” said Mr. Syed Azmi, who is Muslim.

 

A fatwa from Malaysia’s religious affairs ministry telling Muslims there they cannot celebrate Halloween is not the only troubling development to have hit the Southeast Asian country recently.

As The Wall Street Journal’s James Hookway writes, a Muslim religious edict denouncing Halloween parties in Malaysia might not seem like a significant move. Plenty of Christian groups also view the commerce and frivolity that accompany the celebration as vaguely pagan and a little bit off-color.

But the role of Islam in public life is becoming a combustible issue here, driven on in part by the deepening conflict between government supporters and backers of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, whose trial on sodomy charges at the country’s highest court is gaining momentum.

Muslim leaders recently criticized a dog-petting event in Kuala Lumpur, accusing the organizer, himself a Muslim, as spreading un-Islamic practices. Dogs are considered unclean in some interpretations of Islam. Oktoberfest beer celebrations, while aimed at Malaysia’s large ethnic-Chinese and Indian populations, have also been criticized. The edict, or fatwa, against Halloween, posted on the “e-fatwa” website of the religious affairs ministry, warned that the day “cannot be celebrated by Muslims.

 

sourced: Wall Street Journal

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Racial politics masquerading behind Islamist front, WSJ says

US daily Wall Street Journal reported that a fatwa banning Muslims from ‘celebrating’ Halloween is indicative of a growing use in Islamist rhetoric to repackage racial politics.

KUALALUMPUR, Oct 31 — A fatwa banning Muslims from “celebrating” Halloween is indicative of a growing use in Islamist rhetoric to repackage the racial politics that has blighted the nation for decades, the Wall Street Journal reported today.Pointing to the National Fatwa Council’s edict as well as recent controversies stemming ostensibly from offended Muslim sensitivities, such as the Oktoberfest furore and the “I Want To Touch A Dog” row, the US daily asserted that the growing clash between religious conservatives and moderates is actually a proxy battle by supporters of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) with those backing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

“But while Islamic beliefs have seen a renaissance in Malaysia, as they have done in other Muslim countries around the world, political analysts say what’s really going on here is an attempt by some of the country’s ethnic-Malay majority to use Islam to ensure they hold onto the reins of power here, as they have done since independence from Britain over 60 years ago.

“Briefly put, the rise in Islamist rhetoric in Malaysia is racial politics by another name,” the WSJ wrote in an article today.

Since the so-called political tsunami of Election 2008, race-based politics has gradually waned but found a new lease on life — or so critics contend — under the auspices of Islamic-centred groups such as Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma).

This is facilitated by the ethno religious identity of the Malays, which is inexorably tied to Islam by dint of the constitutional wording that describes Malays as Muslims.

While Isma professes the “defence” of Islam and Muslims as its stated goal, it has been forced to fend off accusations of racism. This view has been compounded by a sedition charge for Isma president Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman for categorising the ethnic Chinese as “intruders” into the country.

“Malay supremacy was the old school. People like Abdullah Zaik and others like him belong to the new school, and that’s Islamist supremacy,” James Chin, Monash University’s head of political science, told the WSJ.

“It’s potentially more volatile,” Chin added.

The use of religion as means to curry favour with the electorate was also palpable in the tussle for “Allah”, the Arabic word for God that Muslims here consider to be exclusive to Islam.

The division was also clearly along political lines, with the ruling Umno and the BN it underpins staunchly against non-Muslim use of the word while the federal opposition PR adopted the view that there was no issue with Christians calling their God “Allah” in Malay.

The WSJ noted that president of Malay rights group Perkasa Datuk Ibrahim Ali had last year made the call to burn Malay-language bibles containing “Allah”.
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shamocratic gomen and their shamocracy system.

The Malaysian InsiderUM takes disciplinary …

Will the ruling Goverment ever realise that it is precisely high handedness such as this punitive action of the student, plays right into the the opposition claims of the Goverment’s power abuse and that the higher learning institutions in the country are nothing more than places of brainwashing of the best and brightest young minds in our universities..If anything, the very clear message is that the goverment will do anything in the “suppression of discord / discontent ” . for it is not tolerated, .
Another message is that the country is , anything but , a functioning democracy.
Perhaps they can quiet the vocal voices,but they just increase the intensity of the outrage of the silent marjority more convinced and determined that the current ruling dictatorial Goverment must be voted out..Restless hearts and minds are not easily quelled.Their underestimating the sentiments of the citizens or public perception will be their undoing..All the opposition has to do is to observe in glee as the rulng coalition consistently trip themselves or jump into inextricable self created quagmire of public disapproval and occasionally reminds all, ” SEE , What we said , were we right or were we right ?
In this instance, making an example of a student, who merely seems to be championing freedom of speech and thought ,in a nutshell, is just counter productive in the long run.
So,like it or not , both a Professor and now a Student leader of UM have been made into targets of persecution by the shamocratic gomen and their shamocracy system.
.That is the real damaging public perception of our Goverment now..

And what can be said of the Chancellor..

It is either her job or her principles ,if she has any,, something has to give..,guess being pragmatic is what this Rohana chose..If she allow the students to proceed, kiss her comfy lucrative and dignified position goodbye…As long as our national institutions of higher learning and academia don’t cut off the umbilical of Goverment influence..then there will never be independence of political thought stemming from there.
Guess it shows that the attempts of indoctrination starts from ” the baby sarung to the kubur” .
.Or this Rohana is indeed a stooge,planted to ensure the institution does not stray from the prime objectives of indoctrinating our brightest young minds into subservient slave mindsets to serve Big Brother
. IF so, she failed miserably. Judging from the reaction of the Students,it is uplifting to observe that it is not easy to tamper with their minds,or that it achieved a reversed effect of the main design.
.Can’t help but wonder, besides those who were present, how many more of these young minds are amidst the next up and coming generation who have exactly the same sentiments and perspectives as those students who broke the barriers,forcibly pushing the University gate open,a potent symbol of what our young generation will eventually achieve.
If the ruling Goverment still choose to ignore what the students are expressing,it is to their own peril..!

Hate triumphs,extremism wins!

Sourced from The New York Times /world/asia/dog-petting-event-underlines-malaysias-culture-wars

It is so embarassing as a Malaysian  ,dis-heartening and shameful of our society in general to even allow something like this to happen.
Here is a example of a youth in a noble gesture that can indirectly be seen as building bridges and clearing negative misconceptions of his own community and faith , being villified and demonized, and so, instead of something postively encouraging which basically promotes mutual understanding among communities and also generating awareness in the muslim community about dogs and that there are acceptable ways on how the muslims can approach the noble lovable creatures , but the ugliness of the haters overwhelmingy surfaced in full force , hell bent to ensure continuation of Hatred and Ignorance .
Therefore,yet again , message being sent is of violent intimidation on even their fellow brothers/sisters for merely suggesting another interpretation,not even disagreeing.

And the victim is thereby forced to apologize to the haters,in fear of reprisals,for the sake of merely wanting to organize a event that ought to have been a positive step of goodwill among the communities in coming together from common love for the noble creature.
Yup, guess .. Extremism triumphs ! And moderates suffer in silence.

Measure this article vs the speech of moderation and stance against religious extremism that the Malaysian PM Najib Razak made in the UN and the international community gets a pretty good idea what substance and where he is coming from,

His house is in a mess and He really need to get his  own house in order before he goes around preaching to everyone else about neatness ?

Otherwise how can anyone ,domestic or international , ever take him seriously when his credibility is questionable?

Bear in mind that The New York Times is not tabloid news, They have some serious journalism going on.

Our PM need to read between the lines .

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MistyClarity  commenter from Malaysian Insider.

It’s a real pity and a shame to have to come to this. In my humble opinionsyedazmi need not apologise. In just 2 hoursSyedAzmi had succeeded in uplifting the consciousness, compassion and understanding of many of his fellowbrethrens. This is something thatJAKIM andMAIS had failed to do in over a few decades.What do I as a non-muslim learned from this

a. There isn’t a single statement in the quran that said that dogs are dirty or haram. Dogs are mentioned only 3 times in the quran and none of them negative.
b. In the quran it was also mentioned that whatever a dog catches a muslim could partake of it. There was no mention or special prescription as to how the meat should be cleaned because of contamination by the dog’s saliva.

c. Hadis are not edic. It is like a commentary in other spiritual traditions which guide us and help us understand the depth and breath of what was written in the quran. There is a simple rule in this tradition and i.e. anything that is contrary to what was stated in the quran is automatically rejected as fabrications or false reporting of men.

d. Fatwa is also not an edic but an opinion. The final judgement is between each individual and his God.

And for all these understanding and for your love and compassion let me tip my hat you.

I have also learned the ugly side of name-sake muslims who not only demonstrated their total lack understanding but also in their ignorance acted in ways that had undermined and diminished the reputation and standing of islam in the eyes of many – muslims and non-muslims.

In a few days these ruffians in the name of islam had undone all the good that Syed Azmi had achieved and more.

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It is more alarming to note that the ignorance or a segment of the ignorant comes in the guise of ostensibly learned scholars who claim to a moral /intellectual authorities of the faith,and it is their wisdom and interpretation that must be followed..! OR ELSE..?! Compassion is an alien concept to these closed mindsets.Threats to intimidate and even resorting to verbal attacks/insults or more scary , physical seems to be a natural recourse.
And whatever noble sincere gesture Syed Azmi had intended the event to be, it has been totally overshadowed by the ugliness of the haters.Such a shame..! Like it or not ,it reflects back on Malaysians as a society and of course on those who govern us..

long live extremism…hate and ignorance triumphs…again.!.zealots win the day
” halle…. gut wrenching …luyah..
.Poor Syed Azmi spreading goodwill is like a non halal thing to do and he is forced to apologize,under the shadow of insults,threats and intimidation..the fear of reprisal is very real..
Wish i could say to him,”hey “i ve got you covered,got your back,but then, can only lend a voice..Where are the moderates ? Suffering in silence? Where are the voices of them who govern,Cowering in their prudent silent cowardice.
Meanwhile,the ” Moral authorities or guides,many in robes, continue to insist their moral compasses,pointing to the place named Malice..is the right direction/destination..Dented psyches is the fare for the journey

   Bryanbb

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/i-want-to-touch-a-dog-organiser-says-sorry-over-furor

The Malay Community and Taboos

It may not have been Syed Azmi’s design with this “Touch dog” awareness to foster appreciation and mutual understanding among the ethnic communities,and was just simply about demonstrating that Dogs are really loveable misunderstood creatures yet inadvertently,a more significant and positive message was sent out,which is that,Not all in Malay community are resentful lot . and religious fundamentalism has not totally taken root in shaping a fanatic fervour of the entire Malay community. if indications from recent outburst /statements from certain public figures and NGOs are used to gage sentiments.,

Its feels a bit of a relief to know that the likes of Ibrahim Ali or even Reduan Tee’s brand of ethno/religo extremism is not the overwhelming portrayal of the Malays and feels encouraging and reassuring that there are a lot more “Syed Alis ” ..in our diverse cultural society. “Hope is Kindled.”
All the while , Malaysians across the ethnic divide have always known about the the natural disposition of the Malays as being a gentle ,kind-hearted ,courteous patient and reasonable community..
But the attempts to suppress that psyche with the noble traits ,beginning from the TDM era and consistently , adamantly and forcefully reinforced by Perkasa and similar organizations have been damaging to that image and mindsets..
So whether Syed Ali realizes it or not , he showed that Noble side of him and in-default representative of and reflects the true nature of a segment of his own ethnic community, .that is appreciated and respected .
The main undertone of this “i want to touch a dog ” event is a important message to all across all communities… Make an Effort , Overcome Prejudices, Time for the Mslims to “,Make a Geat Leap Forward

Thank You indeed Mr Syed Ali..so many positive inferences from one sooo simple an event

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But instead of encouragements, Syed Azmi gets death threats..

At this rate , even among the Malay community, a petty issue such as this ” touch a dog” event has quite successfully alienated the moderates from the extremist. And this time it will be a stretch to blame this on the nons, ,.since the debate is amongst themselves , scholars school of thought.and differing interpretations. , from really extremist verging on a call to arms to to the more seemingly common sense views. ,while the nons observe from the sidelines.and forming their own opinions. From violent threats of physical harm to the organizer , to positive encouragement along progressive views and approach to their faith.
Sensible people of the faith with a handle on their emotional disposition regarding ,what is outrageous or extreme and what is simple common sense will have respective opinions.and decide which interpretation from the intellectuals on the faith they prefer..or reject..

but then..

i-want-to-touch-a-dog-organiser-says-sorry-over-furor

It is so embarassing ,dis-heartening and shameful of our society in general to even allow something like this to happen.
Here is a example of a youth in a noble gesture that can indirectly be seen as building bridges and clearing negative misconceptions of his own community and faith , being villified and demonized, and so, instead of something postively encouraging which basically promotes mutual understanding among communities and also generating awareness in the muslim community about dogs and that there are acceptable ways on how the muslims can approach the noble lovable creatures , but the ugliness of the haters overwhelmingy surfaced in full force , hell bent to ensure continuation of Hatred and Ignorance .
Therefore,yet again , message being sent is of violent intimidation on even their fellow brothers/sisters for merely suggesting another interpretation,not even disagreeing.

And the victim is thereby forced to apologize to the haters,in fear of reprisals,for the sake of merely wanting to organize a event that ought to have been a positive step of goodwill among the communities in coming together from common love for the noble creature.
Yup, guess .. Extremism triumphs ! And moderates suffer in silence.

…………………………………………………..

MistyClarity  commenter from Malaysian Insider.

It’s a real pity and a shame to have to come to this. In my humble opinionsyedazmi need not apologise. In just 2 hoursSyedAzmi had succeeded in uplifting the consciousness, compassion and understanding of many of his fellowbrethrens. This is something thatJAKIM andMAIS had failed to do in over a few decades.What do I as a non-muslim learned from this

a. There isn’t a single statement in the quran that said that dogs are dirty or haram. Dogs are mentioned only 3 times in the quran and none of them negative.
b. In the quran it was also mentioned that whatever a dog catches a muslim could partake of it. There was no mention or special prescription as to how the meat should be cleaned because of contamination by the dog’s saliva.

c. Hadis are not edic. It is like a commentary in other spiritual traditions which guide us and help us understand the depth and breath of what was written in the quran. There is a simple rule in this tradition and i.e. anything that is contrary to what was stated in the quran is automatically rejected as fabrications or false reporting of men.

d. Fatwa is also not an edic but an opinion. The final judgement is between each individual and his God.

And for all these understanding and for your love and compassion let me tip my hat you.

I have also learned the ugly side of name-sake muslims who not only demonstrated their total lack understanding but also in their ignorance acted in ways that had undermined and diminished the reputation and standing of islam in the eyes of many – muslims and non-muslims.

In a few days these ruffians in the name of islam had undone all the good that Syed Azmi had achieved and more.

……………………………………..

It is more alarming to note that the ignorance or a segment of the ignorant comes in the guise of ostensibly learned scholars who claim to a moral /intellectual authorities of the faith,and it is their wisdom and interpretation that must be followed..! OR ELSE..?! Compassion is an alien concept to these closed mindsets.Threats to intimidate and even resorting to verbal attacks/insults or more scary , physical seems to be a natural recourse.
And whatever noble sincere gesture Syed Azmi had intended the event to be, it has been totally overshadowed by the ugliness of the haters.Such a shame..! Like it or not ,it reflects back on Malaysians as a society and of course on those who govern us..

long live extremism…hate and ignorance triumphs…again.!.zealots win the day
” halle…. gut wrenching …luyah..
.Poor Syed Azmi spreading goodwill is like a non halal thing to do and he is forced to apologize,under the shadow of insults,threats and intimidation..the fear of reprisal is very real..
Wish i could say to him,”hey “i ve got you covered,got your back,but then, can only lend a voice..Where are the moderates ? Suffering in silence? Where are the voices of them who govern,Cowering in their prudent silent cowardice.
Meanwhile,the ” Moral authorities or guides,many in robes, continue to insist their moral compasses,pointing to the place named Malice..is the right direction/destination..Dented psyches is the fare for the journey

threats-to-kill-beat-up-touch-a-dog-organiser-surface-online
And the victim is thereby forced to apologize to the haters,in fear of reprisals,for the sake of merely wanting to organize a event that ought to have been a positive step of goodwill among the communities in coming together from common love for the noble creature.
Yup, guess .. Extremism triumphs ! And moderates suffer in silence.

It is more alarming to note that the ignorance or a segment of the ignorant comes in the guise of ostensibly learned scholars who claim to a moral /intellectual authorities of the faith,and it is their wisdom and interpretation that must be followed..! OR ELSE..?!

Compassion is an alien concept to these closed mindsets.Threats to intimidate and even resorting to verbal attacks/insults or more scary , physical seems to be a natural recourse.
And whatever noble sincere gesture Syed Azmi had intended the event to be, it has been totally overshadowed by the ugliness of the haters.

Such a shame..! Like it or not ,it reflects back on Malaysians as a society and of course on those who govern us..

Bryanbb

See How Vicious / Unclean The Dog Is.!

Sunday’s ‘I want to touch a dog’ event was a success with almost 1,000 people turning up but many Malays have taken offence at photos of Muslims petting and holding dogs. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 22, 2014.

Conscience of the Malaysian judiciary

Mention the word Bar Council,and what comes to mind are lawyers whose specialties and livelihood is from interpretating and arguing the laws in our courts,a component of the judicial branch , besides the executive and legislative. upon which the country is founded.

The Bar Council in effect represents the voices of the legal fraternity in Malaysia,the specialist of Malaysian laws,The lawyers we go to for help because they know the laws of the land inside and out.,more familiar with the Laws than many of our legislators or lawmakers.
For the council to voice protest against the sedition act, there must really be something seriously wrong with the sedition act that threatens the foundation of our society premised on just and fair constitutional laws.

In a way , the Bar Council’s protest is like the conscience of the Judiciary speaking out against the sedition act. because it goes against ,  the spirit of our laws and  justice and concept of basic freedoms that upholds and defend the democratic system and principles  that Malaysians have chosen to be governed by..

A crude analogy will be akin to .

The Doctor’s Diagnosis telling the patient that the medication they are using is worsening their condition but the patient is insisting the doctors  are wrong,stubbornly refusing to change the self -prescribed medication ,despite being told its bad for their health..

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It is a good feeling to know that Malaysians are not alone in the frustrations and sentiments over the oppresive sedition act. The world is paying attention especially the legal fraternity among Commonwealth nations , and following developments,calling for end to the perceived abuse of power….

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KJ and UMNO

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Interesting indeed,given that many have ascribed Kadir Jasin to be a de facto mouthpiece for TDM.
Reading his post, can’t help but feel that it is a endorsement of KJ as a alternative moderate minded leader to replace Najib.,who has rubbed TDM in all the wrong spots,
And also in light of all thats been going on in the country,the ethnic/religious spates ,the sedition blitz etc etc add nausea. God only knows ,what path Najib wants to go and take the country..? That has even got the ole man concerned enough to send out warning?

One have to admit begrudgingly from amongst the sorely lacking or dearth of intellectual talent within the UMNO stable. KJ isn’t among the ranks.He has done some shrewd PR to endear his image to the public.

In the realm of wishful thinking and terms of preference over names like anwar, azmin, rafizi , zaid hamidi, ,mukhriz , hisham and even najib..that we fancy imagining as PM. Think Rafizi and KJ are evenly positioned and ranked highest.,by virtue of how they have managed to present their images/persona to the public as simply “smart capable dudes”.

The personification of the UMNO stereotype will be like Muyhidin.whose aura simply oozes malay ethno-centrism with that perpetual sneer/frown and consistency in statements that reflect his so very “Malay first” mindset..that , KJ and few others in UMNO.don’t seem to fit in that mould..KJ has a image that has a certain appeal to it.,which can be exploited to his advantage,if milked right.
And the grand ole man TDM himself, maybe sensed that..to consolidate all within UMNO,the smart and the dumb, ignorant or well informed..he is going to need all the help he can muster to send a message to Najib and put a stop to where Najib wants to go and take the country along, esp his pro US stance among many other things that Najib did that has rubbed him the wrong way..most know how TDM feels about the west ,particularly the US.
So his personal feelings on KJ may be set aside for time being.,for there is also the consideration of what may be in the best interests of Mukhriz.

vernacular schools

Just because vernacular schools are not a common thing in many countries is all the more reason it ought to be maintained, for it is truly uniquely Malaysian . and the cross cultural multi ethnic religious composition that we have.
Why abolish a good thing, Tweak it to accomodate a more Malaysian emphasis.The vernacular schools system seem to be successful to a degree in producing quality students, why not use it as a template for national schools?
..It isn’t the language being taught that is the problem, but the psyche of the students who attend vernacular schools.
.And it really isn’t that difficult to instill patriotism ,love for the country and the national language in impressionable young minds..If vernacular schools can be made successful and uniquely Malaysian,who knows, perhaps we may even have other countries copying us and adopting the vernacular school system .
But the problem is the resentment of the marjority community in coming to terms with vernacular schools and acknowledging it may be a educational system that works ,and of the resistance in accepting and acknowledging it as a Malaysian concept..
Still it is encouraging that there are those who see further ahead in the best interests of their children in ensuring they have a good grounding to a well balanced and informed views that formative education can provide.as their kids grow up in the progressing world that waits for no community..

 

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Not this time,remember the incident when school kids were made to have meals in the toilet because the sensitivities of the marjority must be respected?

What about respecting the dignity or in this instance the freedom to have a bit of festivity of the minorities?

How different is this from that kind of thinking?

By all means, stay away,alcohol is taboo to the devout, we get and respect that but stop trying to impose your views on the Nons and interfere with how they choose to live.

Meantime cheers ,yam seng and bottoms up to PAS

 

 

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