Thursday, January 18, 2007

Chinese Language Society Only For Chinese?

This is what it seemed when UPM's student affairs deputy vice-chancellor Prof Dr Azali Mohamed was quoted in the society's bulletin as saying registration was not allowed because the society was only for one race and language. "Malaysia is a multiracial country. A race-based society would disunite the people," he was quoted as saying.

However, the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)'s Chinese Language Society president Wong Keen Yee begged to differ. He said that a language society should not be blamed as the cause of disunity. I support his argument.

As a matter of fact, more than 60,000 students in the chinese vernacular schools are not ethnic Chinese. Yayasan Kajian Strategi Melayu's Radzi Latif, who heads an UMNO linked think tank, sends his son to a Chinese vernacular school to learn mandarin because of the visible market opportunities in China.

If the government is consistent and serious about national unity, it should abolish all race-based societies and organisations including UMNO, MCA, MIC, Malay Colleges and others.

Why pick on other races?

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