Malaysia education : Thinking not allowed
Dr Azly Rahman just wrote his view on the english teaching in math and science.
Bahasa Melayu has its own dignity but do not have the power to become a language of postmodern science and technology. In its current form, Bahasa Melayu is being destroyed by its own internal contradictions and suitable only as a language of literature and Malaysian bureaucracy. Everytime it tries to transform itself into a language of science and technology it become closer to becoming yet another periphery of the Center; it becomes subservient to the English Language.
Bahasa Melayu is fast evolving into a language of Ketuanan Melayu; abused for political reasons. Language is an expression of culture and helps construct the social reality of that culture. The phrase “kedaulatan Bahasa Melayu” is not a necessary slogan. No language has a dimension of Divine Sanctity unless it is pegged to the concept of “kerajaan” or the maintenance of this or that status quo however oppressive it may be. In this case, no race in Malaysia is challenging the dignity of the Malay language. I believe it is merely a political play.
And the gems is hiding in within.
To erode the influence of Ketuanan Melayu and to start thinking of being Malaysian and to start asking critical questions about history, teach the subject in English. It is a liberal enough language to accept many points of view.
That’s the key on how Malaysia lift the colonisation mindset, to THINK in order to rediscover people around us. The country already late for 50 years.