Migrants who wished to be naturalised as citizens of the said country “would accept the language and culture system” - Dr Mahathir (Inset : Dong Zong chairman Dr. Yap Sin Tian)
KUALA LUMPUR - Few bloggers recently pointed out that Dong Zong had gone too far this time around with their demand for the government to build another independent Chinese school.
They said the government had been too "soft" in dealing with these demands, adding that, the consequences will be bad as other races will feel that the government is pandering to the demand of one and ignoring others.
Blogger Big Dog, in his posting, argued that Dong Zong's demand for another independent school to be built in Segamat, Johor, is actually against the National Education Act 1996 (Act 550).
Big Dog claimed that the demand is considered as "too much" since there are already 214 Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) and 8 independent Chinese schools all over Johor.
"The existence of independent Chinese schools, not only can be seen as not (being) in tandem with the Act, it is also indirectly leading to a greater racial polarisation.
"Thus, this demand should be seen as an effort by the racist minority to protect their own interest, without being sensitive enough on harmonising the whole community," the blogger said.
Big Dog said, Ministry of Education, together with Menteri Besar Johor, should be firm on this matter and stop issuing more licenses on allowing more independent Chinese schools.
Echoing the same sentiment, blogger Eddy Daud viewed the demand as absurd, saying that instead of helping to unite races, Chinese schools were only encouraging segregation and for Malaysians to live separately, oblivious to the majority of the population.
"A nation that is going into its 55th year as a sovereign and independent entity should be celebrating unity of its multiracial population, but sadly, there are still citizens of this country who demand that more Chinese Independent School which curriculums are derived from a foreign country be built in this blessed country of ours," he said.
In an article carried out by a news portal, Dr Mahathir pointed out that that “in every country, the national language is the original language of the original settlers”.
During the hour-long rally, Dong Zong as the main organiser, passed two resolutions.
First, participants expressed their support for the establishment of a branch of Batu Pahat’s Hua Ren independent school in Segamat.
Secondly, participants urged the education department to respect the board of governors of Chinese schools and allow it to have more say.
The Star had also reported that a few MCA leaders were seen including Jementah assemblyman Datuk Lee Hong Tee and several opposition local leaders.
Lee was quoted as saying that the MCA had never forgotten its duty to defend Chinese education and his presence with other party members proved it.
However, a spokeperson from MCA Johor claimed that Lee does not have the right to speak on behalf of the party.
"What ever he said, was only in his individual capacity. You should get reactions from the State MCA liaison chairman (who is MCA president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek)," the spokeperson added.