Vernacular schools good for unity, says Gerakan

Party president Mah calls for an end to debate on the issue.

PETALING JAYA: Gerakan has called for an end to the debate on vernacular schools, now that both the Prime Minister and his deputy have said they won’t be abolished.

Party president Mah Siew Keong, in a press statement issued today, rejected claims that vernacular schools were a hindrance to national unity.

He criticised individuals and parties who questioned the existence and contribution of vernacular schools, saying they did not understand their “nurturing” role.

“Vernacular education has proven instrumental in fostering national unity among citizens of different races,” he said.

“It is an effective medium to promote national integration. Vernacular schools are certainly not a hindrance to national unity, but instead irresponsible politicking and unchecked ethnocentrism are the actual threats to national unity.”

In a recent interview with Utusan Malaysia, Prime Minister Najib Razak said vernacular schools would be retained, and speaking in Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said vernacular schools were part of the nation’s legacy and recognised in the National Education Blueprint.





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