Monday, November 27, 2006

Beware The Arabization Of Our Schools.

It had to happen. When Islamic radicals are allowed free rein in our school system and the education departments stacked with those of the faith who don't know where to draw the line, the creeping arabization of our schools was an inevitability. For these 'educationists' who are unable or unwilling to see beyond their green tempurung, it is ok to forcefully impose their religio-cultural worldview, norms and values on others who have absolutely no interest in or love for whatever is being dished out.

These warped 'warriors' of the faith have currently targeted even the Year One classes as this report in TheStar shows.

Compulsory Arabic exam upsets parents.

Parents of Indian students of SK Sri Baki in Senawang are upset that their children, who are in Year One, were forced to take Arabic in school.

Many of the pupils were forced to sit for the examinations even though there were no classes for the first six months, reported Malaysia Nanban.

The school had said that Arabic was a compulsory subject and the children had to sit for the paper.

The parents had sought an explanation from the headmaster, who said the matter was under the control of the State Education director.

The officer in charge of languages in the state education department, Ustaz Hafizi, said headmasters were compelled to introduce Tamil, Chinese or Arabic to children of other communities.

The upset parents complained to state MIC chief Datuk T. Rajagopalu, and said they would forward their complaints to the Education Minister.

***** Is this the type of Malaysia the government is touting as tolerant and overflowing with muhibah? Should not the education ministry come down hard on this kind of 'semi-fascist' adventurer? Is the ministry truly unaware of the goings-on in schools or is it just pretending to and closing one eye, Jasin style, to the pahala garnering missionaries infesting our school system?

Teach all the Arabic you want to those who feel that they genuinely need it, but please spare those to whom Arabic is of no consequence and won't lose any sleep if the language were to become extinct or disappear from the face of the Earth today.

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Blogger warrior2 said...

the question some may ask is that whether the concern by some including THE MALAYSIAN is whether the language chosen is arabic. if it had been french or spanish or some other languages, would it had been an issue?

my advice to all is to distinguish arabic as a language and arabic in the context of religion.

12:18 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose there isn't anything wrong with learning arabic. Maybe the school didnt have the resources to provide Tamil or some other language. If the arabic classes used Islamic texts as teaching material, then that is definately cause for controversy.

12:29 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

Excellent question warrior2. Let's see the different opinions as they come in.

12:33 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a way, warrior2 has his/her point. But to me, I would like to view learning Arabic as a question of compulsory vs optional.

3:45 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Learning an additional language is always advantageous. However, it should not be a compulsory subject beyond Bahasa Malaysia and English.

Further, all schools should be equipped to provide the mother tongue of the 2nd & 3rd majority of the students.

4:13 PM GMT+8  
Blogger zaidi said...

my suggestion here is that we need to investigate bit further...theres world apart between teaching islamic/quranic texts and learning how to write using arabic alphabets and speak arabic..its still a blurred line!

or did he mean 'jawi'? need to listen from different angles.

4:28 PM GMT+8  
Blogger backStreetGluttons said...

if Arabic is an international language of business, science, technology and communications par excellence I'll be the first to want to master it , and so I think would many many others .

But sadly it isn't and the mere thoughts of intolerant robed holy men and their hand cutting and stoning antics n those lost souls in white tudungs and suicide bombers scare the hell out of all and sundry, cos it has that bad an image problem.

Arabic in schools ? u must b kidding !

4:28 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


There are Malays, Chinese, Indians and other race here. If the government wants to encourage 'Muhibbah' they should initiate the teaching of the language in primary school. I can understand that, (although Chinese and Tamul school teachers may object to it. we can understand that). But Arabic?

Is it going to solve our polarisation problem? Is it going to encourage 'Muhibbah'?
Is it an international language? Are we going to gain much by learning the language?

A big NO! What is going through these people's mind, for god sake.

I would rather that my children learn Iban and Kadazan languages!

4:51 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry about my spelling above. Just lost my cool a bit.

4:52 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Anon 4:51pm, our govmen is not sincere in promoting muhibah among its people. On one hand they said non-Malay were not marginalized, on the other, they restrict the use of chinese and tamil which are the people's mother tongues. The govmen prefers to promote foreign language than its people mother tongue. How non-Malay not marginalized?

How much the country benefits from Arab nations? I remember when they were hving disasters, we donated to them. But, do u ever hear them lending us a hand when we were facing economy crisis, tsunami,flood,.. How many tourists from arab come to visit us comparing to china or india? why most govement dept prefer to put up jawi than chinese or tamil?

Is our government sensitive to the needs of its ppl? Do arabization bring us any good? What goodness hs it for the country?

Before we can proudly tell the world we are Malaysians, we hv lost our identity. Our cultures together are in anytime more significant than arabian's, why discard our identity?

5:25 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, if these students feel really pissed abt learning the subject, there is a silver lining. The CIA and the Israelis have use for people who know the language but do not adhere to the extremist ideology of the region.

5:29 PM GMT+8  
Blogger devonic said...

If the teaching of Arabic language was optional,then this matter would not have arise..It was not the choice of language rather the way it was carried out..If you were forced to learn another language which is of no use to you, would you take it..If the school lacked a teacher in Arabic language and only had a teacher in Tamil, would it feasible for the school to force all students to take them(Tamil) as a compulsory education..
If it was the policy of the State to make such languages compulsory, why it was not known earlier..
The choice of studies should be at the hand of the students and parents with the advice of the teacher rather than dictatorship..

This is why we need a major revamp on our curriculum whether in primary,secondary or even tertiary as what we mould is what we get..

5:38 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you people think it would be funny if our gov spins this issue as a threat agaisnt race, religion, culture ...etc?

6:22 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't be against the learning of Arabic as a language per se. But I would want my child to learn a language that he can use to further his career and personal development in the pursuit of knowledge. Is Arabic an widely used international language? Are most books written in Arabic? Do people commonly converse in Arabic?

But if I want my child to further his studies in an Arab country, I would have no objections.

So the answer is no to the Arab language being made a compulsory subject. Let it be an optional subject for everyone to choose.

7:45 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Middle East is the fastest growing region in economic terms after China and India. So Arabic would not be a totally useless language to learn.

Is it totally improbable that the state education department actually has such foresight? Who knows...

8:26 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can't even teach english, bm and history properly want to teach arabic.

there is no need to force anyone to do anything in school, but that is the drill we all go thru. and when we become adults, we say, "it's all like that one lah" and complain in forums and in blogs. we're already stifled from the start. i can't help but emphasise that freedom of choice does not even exist in junior school.

8:54 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son was also asked to study arabic in his first year without my approval. When my son told me , I went to school and told the teacher that I do not want my son to study arabic.I do not trust what they will teach as my son is the only chinese in his whole school.

9:58 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the state had actually fore sighted,they should have made Chinese and Hindustan a compulsory subject based on the rate regions grow ,would that be logic my friend...

10:44 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you mean Mandarin and Tamil? Last I checked they are offered in most schools.

2:18 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Compulsory Arabic language?

In the middle of South East Asia?

Yes...the State or regional education authority does indeed have foresight.

Going by the monkey tricks by UMNO and its stooges in BN causing FDI to evaporate and Malaysian economy to go down the tubes...this move is indeed farsighted: It is training our next generation to be able to be of service as butlers and maids to the droves of Arabs our government is attracting into the country.

3:19 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Malaysia must attract more Arab money. The chinese and indian tourists do not spend enough. Let the Arabs come in their millions, and spend their billion petrodollars. I say go beyond making Arabic compulsory in schools... lets air Arab language programs on TV and radio. Lets print local Arabic newspapers. Lets put our women in black robes and lock them up in cages as to not offend our wealthy guests.

5:44 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The rational of the Ustaz is not in the teaching of arabic, its purpose is to subtly indoctrinate the non muslim children with islamic teachings. Parents will not understand what is being taught in arabic. Moreover arabic is important to those who want to read the koran.

As a non muslim I would not want to take such a risk as it is well known from so many cases before of the intentions of many of the ustazs and non ustazs muslims.

A friend whose son and his chinese friends were studying in a residential school one day happen to find out when during a chit chat , one of his son's friend leaked out that they were forced to go to the mosque to pray with the malay students and were warned not to let their parents know.

This is a real dirty trick. My friend took his son out of the school.

9:27 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I checked...Tamil and Mandarin were offered in most school..How many primary school you are pointing out...And how many of these schools have mandatory Tamil and mandarin classes...Have any one here has gone to a second language class in their secondary year i.e. POL classes..How deplorable is the state of these classes...It's like the language is just included in the curriculum for simplistic reason...Let the curriculum to be useful for us rather than intimidate us(the kids especially)..

11:55 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The chinese and indian schools all do dont they? People have a choice, if they want to learn mandarin go to a chinese school. I know many non-chinese who do so. I hate it when people complain and blame the government. You have a choice, people!

2:45 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many Chinese and Tamil schools are in most areas...Most of these school's especially the Tamil school's are not in conducive envirovemnet to study..How many Chinese and Tamil schools receive grant from the goverment..Most schools receive grants not even enough to maintain the school..Then how they want to prosper in teaching..Have you seen the conditions of these poor Tamil schools in the non-urban areas...And most parents are not been able to send their kids to these Chinese and Tamil schools due to limited places and far distances...Thus the only choice is the National school..But people are not complaining on the issue of Tamil and Chinese schools availability or conditions..
The issue is on why these kids are forced to take up a language that is not even listed as a practising language in M'sia at all...Be sensitive and logical at the same time pls...

5:13 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tonixe you are a xenophobe.
at least those towelhead holy men didnt barebacking their choirboys...

5:46 AM GMT+8  

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