Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SRJK (C) is not for Chinese only!

"I wanted to enroll my 7-year old daughter at a Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) in Ampang. I went to see the headmaster but upon seeing that my daughter wore a 'tudung', he asked me to send her to a Sekolah Kebangsaan.

"He said there is no place for a Malay student in a Chinese school, especially those with 'tudung'," he said, anguish and frustrated.

"He also said that Chinese schools are supposed to be for Chinese only."

I am checking on the allegation.

However, the public general perception has always been stereotype - that whenever a non-Chinese pupil enrolls at any SRJK(C), his or her intention is to take up Mandarin and acquire Chinese knowledge.

This is actually wrong, totally not right. All Sekolah Kebangsaan, SRJK (Cina) and SRJK (Tamil) are government-aided schools. It belongs to the government, right?

So, while all Sekolah Kebangsaan accepts non-Malay students, the Malays too deserve all rights to enroll at any SRJK(C) and SRJK(T), am I'm not right? These are all government schools.

But why must there still be abrasive remarks about the system? I don't want to call the headmaster 'a racist' for his attitude but it reflects more on the government's hands-on policy on non-Sekolah Kebangsaan matters.

The Education Ministry, I believe, only ensures that the schools are under good management and with ample facilities but it fails to monitor the type of teachers being deployed. Whether its a Sekolah Kebangsaan, SRJK(C) or SRJK(T), the teachers, especially headmasters must be tuned to the fact that they are on the government's payroll.

Most important is, the schools are open to all Malaysians, not for a single race.

And I am also of the opinion that the 'Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua' will be most practical to address such a situation.

37 comments:

cindy lim said...

eh... so whats wrong if a malay enrolls at srjkc?

the headmaster must be taken to task. lodge a report to the education ministry.

we dont need that kind of teacher in our education system, whether he is a malay, chinese, indian or what.

guru cina di sekolah melayu said...

that headmaster should be expelled from school. he sound a bit racist!

i am sorry for your friend but investigation must be conducted by the ministry.

penangan said...

semua sekolah adalah untuk semua rakyat malaysia, tanpa mengira kaum dan bangsa.

tak salah anak cina ke sekolah aliran melayu, tak salah anak melayu ke sekolah aliran cina atau tamil dan tak salah bagi anak india ke sekolah aliran melayu dan cina.

jadi, salah siapa bila hal sebegini berlaku?

macam yang sdr sebut, kementerian hanya tau memastikan semua sekolah lengkap dan peralatan dan tenaga pengajar yang cukup tapi tak ambil berat mengenai masalah yang wujud!

Anonymous said...

waddafuck man!

all govt schools are open to all races.

that headmaster must face the music for making such statements!

stupid bugger!

aloy said...

tan sri muhyiddin doesnt read blogs. he only reads mainstream newspaper bro.

so, no action can be expected.

Anonymous said...

Tell that to your beloved UMNO and its leaders, Dah nama pun Malay, Malay je lah ahlinya. Familiar, isn't it? And yet here you are, complaining about what is done to you, when your beloved UMNO/BN has been practicing this for 50-odd years.

No need to politicize the schools policy lah, unless you intend to voice this "injustice" towards your beloved UMNO/BN-led central government.

Once a bigot, always a bigot.

Ahmadi Abdul Latif said...

stern action must be taken to this 'bodoh sombong guru besar'...

mademoiselle ten said...

tell him.... you shld b thankful tht such school still allowed to exist in malaysia... read n understand why it was allowed in the 1st place... n in the agreement it was not supposed to last tis long...:P

wak sentil said...

guru besar tu patut hantar ke kem bina diri dan bina semangat.

dia patut disedarkan bahawa ini malaysia, rakyatnya pelbagai bangsa.

sekolah adalah untuk semua, tidak kira aliran apa sekalipun.

willy said...

i am a malaysian chinese but i would like to see more malays and indians enroll at srjk(c).

the perception that they are here to learn mandarin and the education system, is wrong. i agree with u.

all are govt schools. so, everybody has the rights to enroll at any of these schools.

i regret that the headmaster made such remarks. he needs to be re-educated about malaysia!

Anonymous said...

another racist remarks by a teacher, a headmaster some more.

whats wrong with us nowadays?

anti-perkauman said...

ini semua akan merosakkan hasrat menjadikan malaysia sebuah negara yang rukun dan bersatu padu.

sama ada kita orang melayu, cina, india, sikh dan bangsa lain, sifat saling menghormati dan mengiktiraf hak masing2 amat perlu.

sistem persekolahan kita mungkin perlukan satu kajian semula. sistem satu sekolah untuk semua dirasakan baik untuk mencapai hasrat penyatuan semua kaum ini.

lip service said...

ask the headmaster, where was he born?

if china, then tell him to go back to china.

if malaysia, tell him to become a true malaysian!

Anonymous said...

ada tak murid melayu belajar di sekolah tamil?

rasanya aku tak pernah nampak lagi...

ex-teacher said...

sad that this things still happen in malaysia, 54 years after independence.

i thought we are a moer matured society by now...

lincoln yap said...

if there is a a base to the allegation, then an official report should be lodged to the education ministry, or even the police.

we cannot tolerate racism anymore, not in a country that has seen many racial problems after merdeka!

its time to consolidate, bro!

Anonymous said...

blame it on our education system.

had we implemented the one school for all concept a long time ago, such a problem will not persist anymore!

Anonymous said...

Going by Cinapek argument, then:

Why not promote "Tanah melayu" for Melayu ONLY!


Mat Bonk

Anonymous said...

Bro Jai,

Tu lah dio, bagi muko sgt dgn apek2 berak calit ni...kang dah kono bangang dgn cino ni...padan la muko aii!

Dgn org kito dapek la 500 jo, sekolah cino camni kek setiawangsa tu buleh sampai 2.5juto! Amik kaw...

Ni la jadi bilo bangsat2 camni x konang budi, kong aja nak kono ni...den dah koba jgn buek baik sgt!!! Den dah koba...

kalai said...

i was shocked to read it on your blog, sir. i thought all this while nobody would hi-lite it.

it happened to me, an indian, in 2001 when i tried to enroll my boy at a chinese school in kl.

what is actually wrong here?

the govt must investigate and straighten it up before it gets worse!

Anonymous said...

this is not healthy for our malaysian society.

all schools are open to all races. why should there be discrimination?

although its a remote case, we cannot tolerate it!

Anonymous said...

Buat laporan supaya boleh diambil tindakan. Kalau selama ini hanya kakitangan Melayu sahaja yang dianggap rasis, mengapa tidak Guru besar sekolah tersebut. Buat laporan, dan kami akan sokong anda.

Pak Zawi said...

Jai,
I didn't have any problem when I sent my son to such a school in Gua Musang. My friends sent their children there too and the Malay girls wore tudung. No problem at all.

ah meng said...

talak salah woo, melayu masuk cina punya skolah. muleh melaja cina punya cakap. bila pandai woo, muleh sama2 meniaga....

manyak cilaka itu cikgu!

Anonymous said...

tak guna cakap ajer bro..tolong buat laporan kepada Kementerian Pelajaran dengan segera..

Anonymous said...

actually many Chinese Schools open for all race even i can see a girl students wearing tudung there . Unluckly still got many Chinese School with their racist headmaster and teachers .. an action must be taken !!!

JJ said...

Some info about SJK(C)/SJK(T) to share here, so that people from same/other race could understand more about their background. There are few types of SJK(C)/SJK(T), listed as below:
1) Sekolah Bantuan Penuh
- Properties are owned & financed by government
- All assets are owned & financed by government
- Teacher's salary and school's administration expenses paid by government
- Similar as most SK
2) Sekolah Bantuan Modal
- Properties are owned & financed by Board of Governor(NGO from Chinese/Indian Community)
- All assets are owned & financed by Board of Governor(NGO from Chinese/Indian Community)
- Teacher's salary and school's administration expenses paid by government
- Most of SJK(C)/SJK(T) fall in this category

Anyway, no matter what type of ownership it is, SJK(C)/SJK(T) never block Malay/other races to enroll in SJK(C)/SJK(T). This against the Board of Governor wills to promote Chinese/Tamil Language, Culture, Teaching, Ethics & Moral Values etc. BOG is happy to encourage people to learn about their Language, Culture, Teaching, Ethics & Moral Values etc.

Please complain this to the Board of Governor, and they will do their investigation. The headmaster would have to answer to the Board of Governor on this issue.

Anyway, would also like to highlight some problems facing by SJK(C)/SJK(T).
Scarcity of placement in each SJK(C)/SJK(T) due to obstacles as below:
1) Government restriction on the numbers of SJK(C)/SJK(T) in Malaysia even they are high demand and low supply. Board of Governor is not allowed to build a new SJK(C)/SJK(T) without government permission.
2) Scarcity of fund in building a new SJK(C)/SJK(T) as community of its own need to raise the fund to materialize it. It had been a burden and stress to the community many years ago till today.

The headmaster may block you from enrolling into the school due to scarcity of placement. However his/her racist statement is irresponsible and shall be punished. Approach BOG and let them investigate.

Anonymous said...

see their double standards and their clannish attitude

even when the funds come from the govt, they can still behave like this

Harvey said...

I'm sorry about your daughter's problem but I honestly don't think that the headmaster rejected your daughter merely because of she is on "tudung". I support the Headmaster's decision to reject your daughter's enrollment at this moment, until the government has built enough SRJK for the Chinese who wish to send their kids to learn their mother tongue, priority should be given to the Chinese.
We chinese fight with the limited space in the SRJK, until some of them have no choice but to send their kids to SRK. Why you want to join in the fight for the limited space when your natural choice should be SRK?

Anonymous said...

harvey

why should the queue for placement be based on race?

you are justifying racism and blaming the govt for limited place in chinese schools?

see harvey, your racism is clear to all except to yourself

cheng said...

all Sekolah Kebangsaan accepts non-Malay students, the Malays too deserve all rights to enroll at any SRJK(C) and SRJK(T), right? These are all government schools.U are right !But, do U really want your child to learn about their Language, Culture, Teaching, Ethics & Moral Values etc.If not ,go to Sekolah Kebangsaan...

cheng said...

all govt schools are open to all races.Yes ,But SJK(C)/SJK(T). wills to promote Chinese/Tamil Language, Culture, Teaching, Ethics & Moral Values etc. If you are happy to learn about their Language, Culture, Teaching, Ethics & Moral Values etc. Then is fine, if not ,GO to SRK.....

Anonymous said...

I think it's not tat the headmaster wanna reject her bcos she is pakai tudung, we do not know the actual conversation, n we all make a big fuss.

Yes, I agree to Harvey that our gov do not provide enough srjk and even Chinese themself have to fight for the chance to get a place in the schoolto learn their mother tongue.

Not that we dun welcome other races, infact we want all races to play, learn, work together. it's even better to cultivate the kinda environment for the young generations to come and be the true malaysians.

The problem here is the whole education system in Malaysia is getting poorer, confusing, and has become no or low quality sad to say. I do want my children to have the quality learning in their school.

Just look at the issue on languages using English on math or otherwise! Why does it take so long to decide such important issue. While all the menteri menteri kids study overseas, but left millions of us, the true people of Malaysians, coming generations to suffer and drown us with what is not wanted by all this orang besar kids, but to leave us fight with each other...

If the education system is good, y do Malays want to enter their kids in Chinese school? Or indian to Chinese school? Especially these few year, more n more malays wanna enter chinese school? Y? Maybe the teachers and the method of teaching is slight different or slight better.

Dun the government know? They know Malaysia is lacking of Chinese teacher, Chinese school, y dun they build more Chinese schools? Y do we as the people of Malaysia have to fight among ourselves, and start condemn each other for different colours or races? It's not the issue of races, if we dun cut this racist issue out , forever,Malaysian is not gonna unite as one. N this will continue to poison our children n generation to come.

Think about it...

Anonymous said...

Cheng,
It is up to the parents to decide whether to enrol or not their child. If the parents find out that the school is not suitable for their child, they can always go the SRK. This is what we call as freedom of choice. Don't you agree?

Anonymous said...

we as a malaysian always say this cannot, that cannot but did you ask your self are we also the same as the victim.!nor the blamer.jangan hanya cakap orang lain kena ajar.tapi saya percaya semua kamu pun sama tapi tak kata keluar aja. sudahlah ....just use your head and think ok.dun just say here is malaysia or america. use your brain malaysian that good enough to keep peace and harmony.
ok! let say contoh 1: a chinese or other races girl enrol in muslim school with tudung do you think no one say anything meh? or contoh 2: chinese girl went to tamil school wear cheong sam, you think no one comment also meh. so many thing is by human brain crete problem not the goverment wrong...ok brother sister. just be aware lah. thank for reading. sorry justbeh tahan loh.

Anonymous said...

we as a malaysian always say this cannot, that cannot but did you ask your self are we also the same as the victim.!nor the blamer.jangan hanya cakap orang lain kena ajar.tapi saya percaya semua kamu pun sama tapi tak kata keluar aja. sudahlah ....just use your head and think ok.dun just say here is malaysia or america. use your brain malaysian that good enough to keep peace and harmony.
ok! let say contoh 1: a chinese or other races girl enrol in muslim school with tudung do you think no one say anything meh? or contoh 2: chinese girl went to tamil school wear cheong sam, you think no one comment also meh. so many thing is by human brain crete problem not the goverment wrong...ok brother sister. just be aware lah. thank for reading. sorry justbeh tahan loh.

marduk said...

I've smart Malay friends who have children enrolled in Chinese Schools. They asked for my recommendations (just give them the reputable school names near their homes and they did the rest) and so far no problem whatsoever. No complaint and infact they now speak a word or 2 in Mandarin they learned from their children! As such, I would love to know the school that you mentioned and get the bottom of it. How many Malay and Indian students are studying Chinese schools? I'm cocksure, that 'tudung' won't be an issue for rejection. Else, you must have met the wrong guy( a racist bastard!) at that school.