Back to basics

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPEAK UP -

“MAKE Rukun Ne­gara the pre­am­ble to the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion” (Com­ment, Sept 28) is rel­e­vant and timely. The five prin­ci­ples em­body val­ues needed by Malaysians to keep this coun­try peace­ful, har­mo­nious and pro­gres­sive.

The Rukun Ne­gara is re­cited in school dur­ing the weekly assem­bly. But for most students – and teach­ers – it has no mean­ing in their daily lives.

Schools do not give respect to the prin­ci­ple, “Be­lief in God”, es­pe­cially to the nonMus­lims. Many be­lieve that it is rel­e­vant only to the Mus­lims and dis­re­gard the oth­ers. Cir­cu­lars from the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry and its of­fices do not up­hold this prin­ci­ple.

This is one of the prime rea­sons for the “na­tional schools” not hav­ing trans­formed into real “Bangsa Malaysia” schools af­ter 59 years of in­de­pen­dence. Even in the ver­nac­u­lar schools, this prin­ci­ple must be given cre­dence as there may be students of dif­fer­ent be­liefs.

Non-re­li­gious schools should be non-par­ti­san in­so­far as the be­liefs of the students are con­cerned.

When Tun Ab­dul­lah Ah­mad Badawi be­came prime minister, he did make a try, and his “Is­lam Had­hari” con­cept and his “summer camps” for pupils of var­i­ous races when he was ed­u­ca­tion minister were points of note.

The sanc­tity of the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion seems to be in­ter­preted to suit groups that have their own agenda – and the lead­ers of the na­tion seem to take a neu­tral stand, and these in­ter­pre­ta­tions have cre­ated un­wanted ten­sion.

Like­wise the Rule of Law prin­ci­ple seems to have been com­pro­mised.

Loy­alty to the King and Na­tion is an­other prin­ci­ple that is taken for granted, as there are many whose loy­alty is to­wards race and/or re­li­gion and not to the Na­tion and King.

The Good Be­hav­iour prin­ci­ple is the most flouted, es­pe­cially in so­cial me­dia, as ha­tred is spread daily.

We can have all the schools col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties to cre­ate a lit­er­ate com­mu­nity, but with­out the no­ble val­ues em­bod­ied in the Rukun Ne­gara in­cul­cated in the minds of our ci­ti­zens, we can’t dream of “Bangsa Malaysia”! But, do our na­tional lead­ers have the courage to take a stand on this and get back to the basics for the sake of Malaysia?

K. Narayanasamy Malacca

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