Monday, November 3, 2008

Thank you, Dato' WCW... and readers

My sincere appreciation goes to Dtk WCW for his posting which came in support of my 'Introduce Mandarin and Tamil at primary level'. As far as comments from readers go, about 90 per cent were with me and WCW while the rest were bound to their own perspective.

My intention was clear - to inculcate more marketable Bumiputera workforce and to promote national integration. I didnt say anything about abolishing the Chinese or Tamil medium schools. As Malaysians, they deserve every rights to their own set of education.

I was more concern about the Malays and Bumiputeras. After so many remarks made by our politicians pertaining to the lack of commitment from non-Bumi companies to employ more Malays, it raised concern about the future of the Malay generations now studying at higher levels.

As competition for good jobs is getting stiffer while the public sector, too, does not excercise heavy annual intakes, the issue of placing Malay fresh graduates and school-leavers on the job sector must be taken up seriously. Politics and sentiments aside, the ability to converse in Mandarin and Tamil will augur well for these jobseekers.

As what WCW said, China is becoming one of the world's largest economies. And so is India. Do you have any idea how many Malaysian companies are investing and doing business in this 2 countries? How many Bumi are on their payroll?

While many Bumi-status companies do not practice any 'race gap' in employing the Chinese and Indians, we the Malays and Bumiputeras must not blame the non-Bumi companies for imposing, among others, a proficiency in Mandarin as a compulsary element. About 20-30 years ago, most of the workers in sewage and rubbish-collection businesses were Indians, and so were drivers for 'bosses'.

However, the Indians standard of living has changed, thus leaving it to the Bumiputeras. While the Chinese and Indians can be mobilised by all sectors for being bi-lingual or tri-lingual, the Malays are getting it harder to move around, hence making some of them (including our politicians) to harbor discontentment and prejudice towards the non-Bumiputras.

Thank you, WCW. For those, especially the Malays who are against my personal view, I cant change such a perception as each and everyone of us should stand by our views, just like some politicians who will go on fighting for the wrong cause.

I believe many Chinese companies will be happy enough to employ more Mandarin-speaking Malays as this will enhance them socially and politically. We cant please everybody but we can close what 'gaps' may there be. We just dont want the police and armed forces to become the last resorts for the Malays to get jobs.

I rest my case.

15 comments:

datuk Z, pahang said...

bujai,
while we deserve the ultimate rights to stand by our own views, some of us do not possess the right mind.

with regard to your writings, i totally agree that the malays should acquire knowledge in other major languages like mandarin, tamil, arab, japan, french etc to enhance their standings.

i came from sekolah melayu and found it difficult during the 80s to browse around with the non-malays due to my poor command of english.

after a year of intensive lesson, i found out that extra language brings me more wisdom... and TUAH!

YUSRI, ampang said...

YOU AND WONG CHUN WAI SHOULD WRITE MORE ABOUT THIS.

AS A MALAY, I FEEL ASHAMED THAT OUR POLITICIANS KEEP ON BLAMING THE NON-MALAYS FOR THEIR LACK OF COMMITMENT TOWARDS HELPING THE BUMIPUTERAS.

SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE HERE... FOR GOOD

Anonymous said...

walaupun saya kurang setuju dgn pandangan sdr mengenai hal-hal lain, kali ini saya terpaksa mengangguk bahawa orang melayu perlu menguasai banyak bahasa untuk bersaing. dalam dunia yang makin mengecil ini, kemampuan berkomunikasi amat penting dalam apa juga urusan yang kita jalankan. semoga hasrat sdr akan menjadi kenyataan suatu hari nanti

Anonymous said...

kata nak jadikan bangsa malaysia.kenapa hendak membuang identiti bangsa dengan mengenepikan bahasa melayu.kenapa sektor pekerjaan mengutamakan bahasa lain.kenapa bahasa melayu diabaikan.

kita sendiri yang menjadikan sesuatu perkara itu penting.contoh dari segi bahasa.sepatutnya subject matter(bahasa) itu lagi penting dari object(orang yang berbahasa).sekarang kita cuba menjadikan bahasa lain lagi penting.kenapa?kenapa tidak hanya memperkasakan sektor pekerjaan dengan menggunakan bahasa melayu.kita bangsa malaysia.ada identiti bahasa.

tidak salah mempelajari bahasa lain.malah amat2 digalakkan.tetapi kenapa perlu diketepikan bahasa induk atas dasar kononnya multiracial,sedangkan di satu sisi lain memperjuangkan bangsa malaysia yang perlu ada 1 identiti.

BlueMoon said...

Still my opinion is that the national languane reigns supreme and english is the second language of this land. I'm also in the opinion that malaysian can optionally learn foreign languages and mandarin is one of those. There is no need to impose any mandatory requirement outside BM and BI. Citing china to justify the use of mandarin is a flaw since there is no data to proof that that the booming chinese economy will directly benefit us. In contrary, chinese economy, like any other developing nations is vulnerable to more established economies in the west especially US and europe. So lets not be excited about this country flourishes as the chinese economy grows.

In conclusion I strongly feel that the malays and bumis should master the skills and knowledges above anything else. If they're strong in this department then they can opt for mandarin, german, french or even spannish.

si pitak said...

saya terbaca komen seorang anon yang mengatakan bahawa bahasa melayu akan terpinggir jika kita menguasai bahasa lain.

satu pendapat yang kolot.

adakah orang arab, china, jepun, korea dan inggeris yang menguasai bahasa antarabangsa yang lain tidak lagi mengekalkan penguasaan bahasa ibunda mereka?

saya rasa anon ini seorang yang cetek fikirannya.

Anonymous said...

sooner or later, someone at the top level will make an issue out of this. u gotta be careful, bro

SARAJUDIN, perth said...

bujai,
saya seorang melayu yang sudah 16 tahun menetap di perth, australia. walaupun bahasa seharian saya di sini adalah inggeris, saya tetap mampu bertutur dan menulis dengan baik di dalam bahasa melayu.

saya juga berkemampuan berbahasa jerman, itali dan sepanyol. ini meningkatkan daya saing saya di bidang yang saya ceburi.

saya sokong pendapat saudara bahawa adalah lebih baik diperkenalkan bahasa mandarin atau tamil atau bahasa lain sebagai subjek pilihan (tetapi bukan wajib) di peringkat sekolah rendah.

saya rasa ramai yang akan menyokong usaha ini.

donplaypuks® said...

Like so many, including the much discredited WCW, you keep making the mistake of equating Bumiputra with Chinese, Indians and others.

Bumiputra is an economic grouping and NOT a Race. A M'sian Portuguese, Sarawakian Christian, a Muslim Malay, an animistic Penan have all been given Bumiputra status by an amendmend to the 1957 Constitution which did not make any distinction between the Races other than the 'Special position' of the Malays. There is only 1 type of Citizenship which is equal for all.

You then draw a further distinction between Malays and Bumiputra. Why? Non-Malay Sarawakians and Sabahans outnumber Malays & Muslims in E.M'sia by a long way.

Let's stop this mish-mash nonsense and just talk about Malaysians and what affirmative-action policies are necessary to correct economic and educational imbalances among M'sians!!

http://donplaypuks.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

bro, u dont have to share the views of chun wai. he is just another chinese hardcore!

ustaz single, maran said...

buat apa la susah2 nak belajar bahasa diorang sebab diorang pun bukan pedulik sgt bahasa melayu ni. kalau tak cakap melayu pun, diorang ada duit hantar anak ke overseas.

elok la belajar bahasa al-Quran

Anonymous said...

good ideas normally go down the drain, bro.


ooppss... sorry

Iskandar said...

Tamil dan Mandarin di sekolah rendah?

Saya baru saja daftar anak utk tahun 1 di sebuah sekolah kebangsaan di Segamat, Johor.

Kata guru besarnya, bahasa Arab diwajibkan manakala Tamil dan Mandarin akan diajar utk yg berminat.

Jadi, persoalannya bukan samada perlu atau tidak kerana ia telah pun diperkenalkan.

Persoalannya, bagaimana mahu membuka kepala mak abah agar melihat kepentingannya dlm 30-50 tahun akan datang.

Harap2 generasi Melayu akan datang jadi generasi :-
1. yg mahir 4-5 bahasa
2. peniaga
3. bijak dan berakhlak mulia
4. utamakan agama dlm apa2 benda.
5. kreatif dan cinta ilmu.

Moga harapan saya ini jadi kenyataan.

adamharris said...

Hello Jai,

Well on this issue, it seems that Datuk WCW is liberal enough but on other issues especially on the Social Contract and the bumiputera privileges, he seem to differ.

I am in the opinion that, Datuk WCW is a babbling brook if not an Avatar.
I recommend him to be a politician rather than a journalist. What say you?

Omong said...

the chinese are rushing to learn English

some countries have used mandarin to gain an advantage in trade dealings with china

but the china chinese still regard them as outsiders

i rest my case