Our schools are commie factories
|Native Sabahan Erna is (not) Malay but loves Malay literature. Her hobbies: cats/gaming/blogging at ernamerin.com/Tweeting at @ernamh.|
MAY 23 — I don’t understand why our government vilifies Chin Peng or brings up the communist threat every so often. After all, our schools aren’t learning institutions as much as they are centres for indoctrination.
Instead of learning to use English effectively or appreciate the sciences, our government uses our schools as both cash cows and places to “instil values.”
Take Moral Education, one of the most useless subjects ever created.
You can’t “teach” kids to be moral in a classroom — at least not with a syllabus as pitiful as the one that exists.
If ethics need to be taught, then teach it to all kids regardless of religious affiliation.
The government — whether it will admit it or not — doesn’t want creative, innovative youngsters.
Our schools are set up to create obedient citizens. No more, no less. As can be evidenced at the following messages that are placed subtly (or not) in every single subject.
“The government knows what it’s doing.”
“Malays need to be protected.”
“Barisan Nasional is the best thing that ever happened to Malaysia.”
I remember reading about the late Onn Jaafar and his attempts to create a multiracial platform with the IMP in my history books and wondering, why the heck do the books (and my Malay teacher) make him out to be a “traitor”?
Onn Jaafar was vilified and ridiculed in the KBSM syllabuses, instead of being properly remembered for being a patriot and brave enough to ask Umno to step back from its communalistic policies.
When I’m not fuming about the idiocy of our politicians, I like killing virtual monsters. Right now I’m taking down mechanical squid creatures called “Reapers” in the game Mass Effect 3.
In some ways, Reapers remind me a lot of our government. In the game, Reapers “indoctrinate” living organisms, taking over their minds to the point the organisms truly believe they’re acting on their own volition.
I’ve met plenty of “indoctrinated” Malaysians who say and do the vilest things and justify them, despite being unable to give clear, cohesive arguments for their actions.
Look at the people justifying police brutality at Bersih.
The people who think a bunch of retired army veterans mooning Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan is acceptable. If a bunch of strange men appeared on my doorstep and flashed me withtheir behinds, I’d call them perverts and likely set the dogs on them or call the police. Unfortunately, Ambiga wasn’t able to do the same.
Now we have a new amendment to the Evidence Act that enables a person to be arrested for a vile comment made online, even if it cannot be disproved that the comment may have been made by someone else.
When are Malaysians going to make up their own minds instead of listening to the propaganda machines we call the mass media? When are we going to learn to accept dissenting views and realise the government has no place policing the way we think, feel or, in the case of the LGBT community, love?
Our government tells us we should all be obedient, heterosexual, God-believing citizens who think the government is above criticism.
I think our government needs to learn to mind its own business — since it’s obviously not doing a good job minding its coffers.
* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.