New Straits Times - - Letters -

IREAD with in­ter­est Mo­hamed Ghouse Nasaurud­din’s let­ter “We have to ad­dress core is­sues” (NST, April 25). As stated by the learned writer, vernacular schools seg­re­gate and in­ten­sify racial strat­i­fi­ca­tion of our young at a ten­der age. It’s an open se­cret and ev­ery­body knows this is the core is­sue seg­re­gat­ing our peo­ple but no­body dares to men­tion it openly as they are all “bogged down with vested po­lit­i­cal and chau­vin­is­tic in­ter­ests”.

We are all avoid­ing the fun­da­men­tal is­sue: the tick­ing time bomb, which one day may rear again its ugly head. It is no use to talk about the re­vamp of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem with stop­gap mea­sures with­out con­sid­er­ing the tremen­dous, long-term im­pact of seg­re­ga­tion these schools have on the lives of our young, in­no­cent chil­dren.

Most of our neigh­bour­ing coun­tries faced with sim­i­lar is­sues have tack­led them. In Thai­land, the Chi­nese have long been as­sim­i­lated and ac­cepted into main­stream so­ci­ety as they share sim­i­lar re­li­gious be­liefs with the Thais. They have will­ingly al­lowed as­sim­i­la­tion to take place

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017

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