Sultan Nazrin : Vernacular School Students Should Master Bahasa

Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah of Perak said vernacular schools must ensure their students master the Malay language comparable to, if not better than, students in national schools.

He said mastering the national language should be made one of the key indices of vernacular schools.

“The success of the vernacular schools in getting their pupils to master the national language will help build a united nation and minimise the uneasiness of some communities towards vernacular schools,” he said.

The Perak ruler said it was contradictory and ironic that a Malaysian citizen could not understand, speak, write and read in the national language, which is the identity of the nation.

He was speaking at SM Jenis Kebangsaan Sam Tet 2017 Excellence Award presentation in Ipoh today. Also present at the event were the Raja Permaisuri of Perak Tuanku Zara Salim, Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir and his wife, Saripah Zulkifli.

Sultan Nazrin said vernacular schools should appreciate the government’s openness in allowing such schools to operate, and they should translate their appreciation by making the schools a place to foster unity among students of various races in the country.

“The founding fathers of this country, when drafting the National Education Policy and the Razak Report, have introduced the concept of a national school stream to unite people from diverse backgrounds.

“But the dynamics that have taken place later presented various new challenges that required modifications. Following that, vernacular schools were given permission to continue operating.”

He said non-Chinese students in vernacular schools should explore the environment of students of various religions, races, cultures and languages ​​to understand and cooperate with each other.

Sultan Nazrin said this was because the harmonious relationship among the various races played an important role in building a more united and glorious future for Malaysia.

Masalah pertuturan calar identiti bahasa kebangsaan

Prof. Emeritus Datuk Dr. Nik Safiah Karim

KUALA LUMPUR 26 Okt. – Nada rakyat Malaysia yang gagal bertutur bahasa Malaysia dengan betul adalah sungguh buruk lebih-­le­bih lagi jika percakapan mereka dipengaruhi bahasa ibunda ma­sing-masing.

Tokoh bahasa, Prof. Emeritus Datuk Dr. Nik Safiah Karim berkata, perkara itu biasanya berlaku bermula dari sesetengah sekolah vernakular yang mengabaikan kepentingan bahasa kebangsaan seterusnya ia merebak tanpa kawalan.

“Perkara ini bukan sahaja tertumpu kepada cara sebutan, malah sikap tidak endah pihak sekolah vernakular yang lebih gemar menggunakan bahasa ibunda masing-masing sebagai bahasa pertuturan antara faktor yang menyumbang kepada permasalahan tersebut.

“Memang bahasa Malaysia tidak wajib di sekolah-sekolah jenis itu, namun sebagai rakyat Malaysia, para guru harus membentuk jati diri pelajar mereka untuk menguasai bahasa kebangsaan dengan baik,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Nik Safiah berkata demikian ketika mengulas saranan Penasihat Sosiobudaya Kerajaan, Tan Sri Rais Yatim supaya sebutan yang betul dalam bahasa Malaysia perlu ditekan pengajarannya di sekolah-sekolah vernakular.

Katanya, kerajaan juga mungkin perlu melihat semula dasar-dasar yang berkait dengan taraf kewarganegaraan agar nilai bahasa kebangsaan tidak dipandang sebelah mata.

“Kita perlu bertegas dalam hal ini kerana jika permasalahan ini dibiarkan berlarutan, golongan tersebut akan memberikan persepsi negatif kepada imej Malaysia dan akan dianggap seperti tidak mempunyai identiti bahasa kebangsaan yang tersendiri,” katanya.

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