The future:of Bahasa Melayu Does no one care? Chinese in self-isolation mode

Former information minister Zainuddin Maidin said while Chinese Malaysians do not wish to be called immigrants, they want to hold on to the identity of their mother-tongue. Zainuddin Maidin was telling it as it is and what it should have been. wonder why some Chinese were so peeved and just could not accept the truth. After all maybe in another 3 to 4 decades the Chinese population maybe only less than 10 percent of the total population. Then we may even have to do what Indonesia did. Abolish all vernacular schools and just have one common language – Bahasa Malaysia. That was why a Chinese Indonesian; Ahok and Jokowi were able to rise and accepted politically. They were Indonesians first in everything they do. Maybe what Dr. Mahathir recently said may be the reality by that time.
Does Malaysia have no future? If you were to listen to all the election rhetoric, that’s the honest takeaway. There’s so much chest thumping about vernacular schools But if our past was so great, if our leaders were so wonderful, our culture was so rich, how come we are in such a mess today? How come every time we boast about our achievements, we only wallow in shallow nostalgia? We are constantly copying others or ourselves. Worse, we do cheap Chinese style knock-offs
In April 1966, all Chinese schools in Indonesia(at the time numbering 629) were closed.[50] On 8 May 1966,

this side of Zam but as a non-Malay I’ll have to say that I agree with him 100%. Look at our neighbors like Indonesia and Thailand, Chinese there only speak Indonesian Malay or Thai. I’ve met many Chinese and Indians who can’t speak a word of Malay. How do you call yourselves Malaysians if you can’t even speak Malay.I’m all for the one school system. Too much emphasis is given to mandarin even in the private schools. Having said that, the government should purge the national schools of racist teachers. I know of many Malaysians who helm high positions in companies based in china, who can’t speak a word of mandarin because they are intelligent and talented. Malaysian companies should do away with advertisements which specify the need to be able to speak in mandarin. Isn’t that racist? Finally, while being in the company of people from different races it is rude to converse in mandarin. Change ourselves first and then ask what the government can do for us

Zainuddin said that even after 57 years of independence, the Chinese had to be advised to learn Malay, citing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s call at the recent MCA general assembly.
“But if even after 57 years, they can speak only broken Malay, then it is not impossible that this will not change in the next 50 years, unless a new realisation dawns on them and they can appreciate the hopes of the new MCA president, (Datuk Seri) Liow Tiong Lai,” Zainuddin had said.
He had also said that Najib made the call as many Chinese, including the new generation, were not able to converse, read or understand Bahasa Malaysia.
Ti told The Malaysian Insider today that Zainuddin was not helping the situation with his provocative statements.
“Whatever Zainuddin Maidin has said is of no real significance towards providing a healthy solution as he has always failed to understand the root or core problems,” the MCA leader said.
Instead Ti pointed out that in the 1960s and 1970s, Malaysians of all races had integrated in English stream schools such as Assunta, Methodist and various convent and LaSallian schools.
“There was little or minimal problems along racial lines from students of different backgrounds,” he said.
Ti added, however, that somewhere along the way since the 1980s, these national schools were converted by political indoctrination along racial and religious lines, causing some parents to feel uncomfortable and to look for alternatives for their children.
He added that this indoctrination of schools along racial or religious lines were also noted by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“But it was too late to make any reversal when the damage was done.
“So, the issue is not about refusing to master the Malay language or not wanting to go to national schools.
“The issue is about people seeking a proper education system with a good environment for their children, and that is why parents are going for private, international and chinese-medium schools, Ti added.
Ti also said that it was important for people to open their hearts and minds to study and understand the real reasons why the Chinese, and even other races including the Malays, were opting to educate their children in Chinese-medium schools.
Zainuddin, in his blog posting today, lamented that even though Chinese kids were taught Bahasa Malaysia in Chinese-medium schools, the teachers were Chinese and therefore they ended up speaking with a Chinese slang and are studying the language only to pass examinations.
“Why is it that they get so angry when they are called ‘pendatang’ when they themselves don’t want to be identified with the national language and instead prefer to be known by their ‘bahasa pendatang’ (foreign language).
“This is self-isolation,” Zainuddin had said.Cheras Umno chief Syed Ali Alhabshee  has urged MCA Youth to focus on inculcating patriotism among the younger generation of Chinese Malaysian

How close is  to achieving the PM’s vision of “cooperative federalism”? Very far I would say on current trends. Federalism itself is a distant goal, cooperative or otherwise.Frustrated by the lack  reforms, Malays are realizing that Najib is a pragmatic modernizer, not a liberal reformer like Margaret Thatcher. UMNO wants to transform Malaysia by changing attitudes and improving the functioning of the state — through better execution and efficient delivery of services. Without worrying about the colour of the cat (as long as it catches mice),  Najib will reform pragmatically like Deng. Liberals and human rights advocates are a queasy bunch with no stomach to face up to the honest truth that effective governance implies a better informed and more intrusive government.Light handed regulation is the mantra of neo-liberal economics. But such regulation fails unless the regulator can monitor compliance with the rule of law by acquiring more and better, real time data on individuals and business entities.

He is following Singapore’s modernizing Lee Kuan Yew, who proved that nations could be built upon an ethic of cleanliness. If India is to remain clean after the hype is over, Modi too will have to institute litter laws and deterrent fines. Cleanliness will also require relentless and persistent investments in sanitation and public health, and it will be money well spent.Widely hailed as an educational success story, Singapore, a multilingual island nation in Southeast
Asia, embraces an officially bilingual education policy. English is the medium of all content-area
education from the start of schooling, with students’ official “mother tongue” required as a single
subject. Although called the student’s “mother tongue,” these languages may not be the student’s

The lingua-franca of all Malaysian communication is Bahasa Malayu,   Malays nationalism must pushed Within all races however, lingering colonial thought structures and preconceived notions about the presumed intrinsic worth of specific languages have prevented attitudes towards Malay language from evolving at the same pace as the changing needs and realities.
Malay’s polity is unique in the world. It is the only country in the world which has a political system without any politicians. Which is like having a plane without any pilots to fly it. Or having a surgical procedure without any surgeons to perform it.
You change. Your thinking changes as well and so do the values you hold. How can one evolve and not their thinking? How can they evolve without change? Evolution is change. They evolve and so do their values.Malay ,Culture is the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behaviour. Culture, thus defined, consists of  Malay language, ideas, beliefs, customs, taboos, codes, institutions, tools, techniques, works of art, rituals, ceremonies, and other related components. The development of culture depends upon humans’ capacity to learn and to transmit knowledge to succeeding generations ideas, beliefs, customs, taboos, codes, institutions, tools, techniques, works of art, rituals, ceremonies, and other related components. The development of culture depends upon humans’ capacity to learn and to transmit knowledge to succeeding generations
The catch phrase of Indo-China diplomacy in the 1950s was coined by Nehru himself. But it fell into disrepair post the 1962 war and Nehru’s passing away. Today, 50 years later, even as border conflicts keep roiling our relationship, similarities between the two nations keep growing. Ambitions of high growth, super power status, and an indefatigable economy keep us tied together, as well as our burning desire to be accepted as global citizens. But there are a few glitches on the way.
Recently, the Chinese government came out with a booklet advising its citizens how to behave (or rather, how not to behave) while on a vacation overseas. What amazed me was how easily the Indian government could have translated the same booklet and issued it to us who travel abroad, without making any changes in the text. For we do everything the Chinese do when travelling abroad. We only do it better.
Here’s a look at the top 10 don’ts in the booklet:
1.Stop picking your teeth with your nails. (Ask for a toothpick. If that’s not available, go to the washroom and gargle. And yes, use your nails if you want to take out irascible food particles. Just don’t do it in front of all the other diners in the restaurant. No, it doesn’t make you popular.)
2. Don’t pick your nose in public. (What remains unsaid is avoid mining your nose in public and leaving sticky deposits under the table in restaurants or on the airline seat next to you. Some leave it as memorabilia inside books and magazines in public areas. Not exactly the best way to win friends and influence people.)
3. Don’t leave your footprints on seats of public toilets. (This is extremely popular. Either there are dirty footprints or the toilet seats are wet with you know what. In most parts of the world people avoid leaving telltale signs of what they were up to. We like to leave our footprints, no, not on the sands of time but on wet toilet seats.)
4. Avoid defacing monuments. (Not everyone in the world is interested in knowing who you are lusting after. As for dirty ditties, they are better emailed to your pals. History will only remember you as a vandal if you insist on telling the story of your life on monuments—or on the walls of public toilets.)
5. Don’t make loud slurping noises while eating. (We believe this is a sure sign of appreciation of the food served but others find it disgusting. Particularly if you also have the habit of emitting noises from other bodily orifices as well, while you eat. No, the chef does not see it as approval of his handiwork. Nor do others sitting in neighbouring tables.)
6. Don’t pee in swimming pools. Nor in public places, in full view of other people. (There are enough toilets and washrooms in most countries and you really don’t need to sneak a pee just because you think no one’s watching. People there think you are not properly toilet trained which is not exactly a good reflection on your upbringing.)
7. Trim your nose hair, and the hair on your ears. (Borrow a pair of scissors or a razor. Either will do the job adequately. And please don’t say if Laloo can keep his antenna up why can’t I? It’s plain etiquette, not showing people the hair you grow in places that no one is really interested in.)
8. Don’t steal life jackets from planes. (This must be the dumbest thing to do. Yet I know many people who collect stolen life jackets as trophies. It just shows you up for what you are: a compulsive thief, who steals for the heck of it. If you must steal, go rob a bank instead. Show us how cool you are.)
9. Don’t scratch your bits and pieces in public. (It’s popular out here, I know, trying to seek out the most secret nooks and crannies of your body and scratching them vigorously. But for most people elsewhere, it’s a rather unseemly sight best avoided. Particularly when you put your hand inside your trousers and scratch away in full view of others at the bus stop.)
10. Don’t occupy public toilets forever. (We tend to overstay our welcome in public toilets when we are overseas. It’s not exactly popular behaviour and others strongly resent it. Public toilets by definition belong to the public and it would be rather nice to share it with others who may also need it.)
Nehru got it bang on when he said: Hindi Chini bhai bhai. At least this booklet leaves me with that distinct impression.
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