It is clear that the Barisan Nasional government has refused to learn from the lessons of the Lunas by-election last November and insists on implementing the the Vision Schools on a big scale under the Eighth Malaysia Plan in utter disregard of the legitimate concerns of the Chinese community about the preservation of the identity and character of the Chinese primary schools.
The Malaysian Chinese community will fully support all government efforts to promote greater national unity among the diverse races in the country, but this must not be at the expense of preserving the country’s multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-religious diversity which is in fact Malaysia’s greatest heritage and resource to compete with the rest of the world in the Information Age.
One MCA Minister had suggested after the Lunas by-election that the Vision School Concept should be reconsidered by the Barisan Nasional, but this proposal was immediately shot down by the MCA President, Datuk Seri Dr. Ling Liong Sik.
It is most regrettable that without a new reconsideration of the Vision School Concept and the fullest consultation with all concerned segments of the population, the government has decided to proceed with the full implementation of the Vision School Concept under the Eighth Malaysia Plan.
The events of the past five months after the Lunas by-election have
only reinforced concerns and anxieties about the actual agenda of the Vision
School Concept, such as:
In fact, the MCA, Gerakan and SUPP Ministers should explain why they had agreed to the proposal to increase the number of Vision Schools under the Eighth Malaysia Plan when they should be fully conscious and sensitive to the widespread and deep-seated public objections to such a move, as highlighted in the Lunas by-election.