Malaysian Teacher Shares Why Non-Malays Prefer Vernacular Schools Over National Schools – National School Discriminate Non-Malay Students In Schools Every Day

In Malaysia, we have two major schools, the national schools (sekolah kebangsaan) and vernacular schools (sekolah jenis kebangsaan). Sadly, the vernacular schools have been blamed by certain parties as the cause of disunity among pupils of different ethnicity for the longest time!

However, a teacher named, Farizah Ahmad took to Facebook on July 19 to explain in a lengthy post about why vernacular schools are still preferable among non-Malay students.

Source: Facebook

She wrote in her post,

“Non-Malay students face discrimination in schools every day. Not only do Malay students have their prayers recited every morning, they are also the only ones who are provided with their own religious studies.

“Other students are being lumped into a class together, only to learn about ‘moral’ studies, whatever that means.

“We discriminate non-Malay students in our teaching, our lessons, and in our management. We mispronounce our students’ names a lot, not caring to learn to say it the right way. But when our students speak Malay with an accent, we make fun of them.

Source: NST

“When I was in secondary school, there were many teachers who started talking about other races and religions in a degrading way only because everyone in the class was Malay.

“There are quotas of how many non-Malay students get to be in the high-performing classes. In a school I had worked with, non-Malay students were required to sit with their Muslim friends while all of us recite the Yaasin every morning.

“Every single morning, for twenty minutes, these students were forced to sit and listen to something that they don’t understand and is in no way relevant to them.

“In the canteen, we serve beef alongside chicken and other food, completely ignorant of the Hindu students’ sensitivities. Imagine if pork were to be served, even if they are placed far away from other food. Can you imagine the reaction we will get from the Malays?

Source: The Coverage

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“It’s so easy for us to demand everyone to be in the same school when we are always being put first, and our needs are the priorities. But honestly, if I am a non-Malay parent, I would choose vernacular schools over sekolah kebangsaan for my child, no question about it.

“My child’s needs will always come first, they get equal opportunities given to their peers, they are constantly surrounded by their own culture, and they get the best of everything. The teachers too would pronounce my child’s name perfectly. So why the f*** not!”

The post circulated on Facebook and was even picked up by a local news portal. Several netizens fully agree on what Farizah said as they themselves have experienced some form of racial discrimination in schools, while one particular netizen suggested that none of the problems mentioned above would exist if vernacular schools were abolished.

Source: Facebook

Source: Facebook

Farizah’s intention was to point out the areas that needed improvement, not to stir up any racial tension, so don’t take it the wrong way! What are your thoughts on this? Share them with us in the comment section below!

(Source: WOB / Sinchew)

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  1. Chin Yew Meng

    September 4, 2018 at 14:26

    She tell no lies ! I have been studying in government school and Chinese private high school , I experienced all these back to 70s , even tough it is no serious compare to nowaday , but I do receiving a lot of negative remarks on SMK near my area , Chinese ,and Indian student get bully , and some time even Malays classmate also received this sort of treatment !
    This is why we seldom get traffic jam near the government school area , but , we are facing big problems for traffic near the SRJK area ! Number tell no lies ,and there are about 15 % of the non-chinese student get into that SRJK near my area , and we cannot turn them away !

    • Jonathan

      September 11, 2018 at 07:25

      All these problem came from Mahathir when he wrote the book: The Malay Dilemma. Please read that book and you know why Malaysia became what it is today especially in education and commerce sector.

  2. Evelyn Yee

    September 4, 2018 at 22:47

    To say that having only one type of school will UNITE THE PEOPLE? Pray, how does that work? Furthermore, how does it help without meritocracy , and putting different student grades in the same class without streaming, how does the teacher teach ? How fast or slow can the teacher teach? For the benefit of the fast learner or slow learner?…Just my thoughts.

  3. an

    September 6, 2018 at 00:19

    What is very true is in sk, only one culture & one religion is given attention & priority. The minute a visitor steps in, the atmosphere of that is very strong. While in sjkc, there is no emphasis on religion except for the muslim students, who are guided by an ustaz or ustazah specially sent to the school. A special room is even allocated for the islamic activities, as long as the school can spare the space. At the canteen, muslim students have their own tables. Do we see any such consideration in sk?
    Indonesia made all its citizens adopt Indonesian names & discard the use of Chinese. After decades, are its people more united? No, as long as there is no acceptance of ethnic Chinese among the pribumi, it won’t. In contrast, Thailand has been successful because the Thais accept the ethnic Chinese as Thai people.

  4. P Sivagam

    September 6, 2018 at 12:27

    I totally agree to the notion that these problem of discrimination and illtreatment by teachers, fellow students and the school system will still remain even if the vernacular schools are abolished. I was from SRJK(T) and went to stay in the school hostel in the last year (form 5) of my secondary. We were only 2 of us non-bumiputra out of 200 residents. We have been bullied to the maximum during our stay about 10 months. One of the common phenomena in schools nowadays is slaughtering of cows to celebrate Hari Raya Haji. Has the school management ever thought about Indians and others whom do not consume beef..

  5. Nair

    September 6, 2018 at 14:47

    Religion must not get into the school curriculum.way not recite the Rukun Negara,every morning.There must be a good racial mix of teachers and students in every school, Smk or vernacular. To start all schools will have the same syllabus.The 3 languages Malay, English and a 3rd. Languages must be taught in every school.In time there will be total integration

  6. Just an ordinary person

    September 7, 2018 at 14:44

    My respect to this teacher Farizah Ahmad for being so neutral and fair.I remember the old days when I was in form 1 or form 2 in National school, we were forced to learn Jawi and I was beaten for getting 1 correct out of 10 spelling given.I’m interested in Bahasa Malaysia but not in Jawi. How can during BM lesson we have to learn Jawi which is out of topic! This stupid teacherI can still remember her name until now for she gave me a bad impression on her

  7. Jade

    September 9, 2018 at 19:22

    Racism in Malaysia is caused by political strategy to divide and rule. Vernacular schools are not the problems. Racial harmony requires mutual respect for each other and tolerance towards differences. They Malaysian system of preferential treatment for one group of its citizens is an apartheid system by definition. Economic inequality should be addressed based on needs and income levels, not on race. Same with admission criteria – they should be based on academic results and not race.
    I went to a SJK(C) and I have learnt to embrace multiculturalism. I have worked in many different countries since and have no problem working with people from cultural and religious backgrounds very different from mine. I hope the new Government in Malaysia learnt from established education systems elsewhere – eg Finland where their education system is among the best – both for learning and for fighting corruption

    • Dennis

      September 11, 2018 at 07:23

      All these problem came from Mahathir when he wrote the book: The Malay Dilemma. Please read that book and you know why Malaysia became what it is today especially in education and commerce sector.

  8. Dennis

    September 11, 2018 at 07:23

    All these problem came from Mahathir when he wrote the book: The Malay Dilemma. Please read that book and you know why Malaysia became what it is today especially in education and commerce sector.

  9. Zosimo Jimeno

    September 14, 2018 at 09:59

    One must see the Janusian approach of Sekolah Kebangsaan; it is two-faced.
    One one face it is the NATIONAL school and definitions of the word national to many Napoleons within the establishment of any ministry in the country, can’t even resist using the word national to interchange with UMNO, Malay or Islam. It has been on going for decades.
    Why should we wonder why some Malays actually believe the defeat of UMNO to be synonymous to the demise of the Malays language or the sidelining of Islam.
    For years, Sekolah Kebangsaan has been orchestrated to keep non-Malays out; not by restrictions but by non-inclusive environment. The more 100% students tend to be Malays, the easier the system thump their chest of how ‘national’ the Malays are, even at the expense of of non-Malays as anti-nationalistic examples. Should any non-Malay students or their parents raise a concern, those complaints are just easily dismissed as ‘isolated’ case. We have heard the “Just too few complains about it to take any actions”, answers.
    While one group wants to keep non-Malay students to be enrolled, another group calls for the closing of vernacular schools, on grounds of vernacular schools being hotbeds of anti-nationalism. However, the contrary is more true.
    There are more tax payers created when these vernacular school students enters the job market as working citizens than national schools could. It was never about the race but the employability skills they come ready upon hiring. Just communication skill alone already trump those from national schools. Another glaring advantage is their admissibility to go abroad if higher education or employment is limited within the country. There are just too many macro edges vernacular schools.
    While national schools insidiously focus on the indoctrination of skewed ‘nationality’, vernacular schools churns our individuals for tertiary studies or employment.
    Look, even is the far right gets what the want, i.e., the closing vernacular schools, those schools do not get closed at all. Instead, they get converted into national schools. Mission schools get name change to Islamic correct names. . . . names that have nothing to do with the history or identity of the school. Meantime, the many senior teachers cum little napoleons in other Sekolah Kebangsaan gets their transfers and promotions to the newly converted Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan.
    Parents are not blind to what’s happening. They are just baffled as to why the authorities continue to be in a stupor state or denial.

  10. Maria Sonnebrand

    September 18, 2018 at 05:14

    That is the problem with muslims all over the world, They are total intollerant they want we adopt theit rules. Thats also the reason we dont like them. We live in a world of today they live in the world of yesterday.

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