Susi Susanti (王蓮香) & Alan Budikusuma Wiratama@Goei Ren Fang (魏仁芳)
The Chinese community, especially United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong), need to realize that there is no other country in the world that allow the Chinese people to ‘live like Chinese’ except Malaysia.
Hence, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)’s Malay Civilization And World Institute research fellow Prof. Datuk Dr. Teo Kok Seong want Dong Zong to stop making extreme demands but instead use a more considerate approach, reports Utusan Malaysia today.
He said the reality that Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country with the Malays taking a dominant role should be acknowledged by all races, including the Chinese.
Thus, he said, Dong Zong should not make a big issue over the appointment of ministers who are not fluent in Mandarin.
“This is just too much when the issue of Chinese, who are not fluent in Bahasa Malaysia (BM), was not even mentioned. The Chinese community too are not fixing this situation. This is not good, I feel that now is the time to really discuss the goal and aspirations of the Chinese living in Malaysia,” he said.
“If you go to Indonesia, the Chinese community have to change their names and there is no Chinese school at all, the same also goes in Thailand.
“But here in Malaysia, we can be Chinese, go to Chinese schools and celebrate all sorts of festivities,” he said.
Teo was speaking at the ‘Program Bicara Eksekutif Budaya 2013′ at the Mahkota Trade Complex yesterday.
He said that Dong Zong should not question the appointment of two Cabinet members, Senator Datuk Paul Low and Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching, who were both said to be not fluent in Mandarin, because the national language is BM.
“Many were saying that the duo are not worthy to lead the community, it was that serious. (But) despite after 55 years of independence, there are still some Chinese who could not speak or understand BM.
“We have our own national language. This should not be an issue because a leader do not need to be fluent in Chinese to communicate.”
Meanwhile, Teo said the call for national reconciliation by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak recently was timely.
He said that the best way to settle the unity problem in the country was by establishing the Sekolah Wawasan.
“The current school system separates the younger generation. So we have to think up ways to solve this. I feel Sekolah Wawasan is the best solution. We build these schools side-by-side so in the end we have integration between students.” he said.