Originally Posted by Thirdshifter
Excellent topic, and most of the post are pretty dead on, especially the one that youngyew re-posted from facebook.
Not much that I can add, but I would throw a grenade in this room and say, I agree with Khairy Jamaluddins theory about vernacular schools are in no way helping malaysias racial integration or assimilation. Defend it all you want, Vernacular schools may not promote racism or segregation, but it makes it easy once you graduate.
I can actually agree with that, in principle. The idea of vernacular schools, to me, doesn't help the cause of promoting racial integration at all, even if it doesn't also promote racism and the like. And I do think that having all Malaysians under the same roof for education would be a better option. The problem is that it's an ideal principle, but reality's quite different.
National schools in and of themselves are not at all bad ideas, but the problem is that these government schools now aren't even up to standard - and so the idea fails. Hence the demand for vernacular schools (among other reasons of course) remains.
Even if we could build excellent national schools, for unity and all that, I still wouldn't support abolishing vernacular schools - I mean, we're not calling for private schools or international schools to be ended are we? They have a right to open schools that cater to that niche, and if they want to preserve their cultures that way then it's up to them.