Sunday, November 15, 2009

Malay and Iban outnumber Chinese students in rural schools

Last month I travelled to Maludam in Betong Division, specifically to meet the headmaster of SJK Chung Hua, Maludam, Mr. Lai Ngit Sin ( red shirt in above photo). While there I was very well taken care of by Mr. Lai who is extremely friendly and hospitable.Two days ago Mr. Lai together with some of his colleagues and also a group of primary six pupils paid a brief visit to Sibu.I was very happy to have an opportunity to reciprocate his hospitality. With them were also the headmaster, teachers and some primary six pupils of SJK Chung Hua,Roban.
The Sibu tour was educational and also fun for the group.We visited Jubilee Park, Civic Centre's Heritage Museum, Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum, Wong Nai Siong Memorial Garden and an ostrich farm.

The majority of the group's 22 pupils are Malay and Iban who study in the 2 rural Chinese schools.Every where we went people were amazed by these Chinese-speaking bumiputra, each of them also has a Chinese name.

Here are some photos showing the bumiputra students at SJK Chung Hua, Maludam.

A story highlighting SJK Chung Hua, Maludam, has recently been published in The Star. For further reading please click the following link.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/11/15/education/5074846&sec=education

8 comments:

William said...

Philip,
This is also happening in some urban Chinese School in Miri where almost half of the students are bumi.
It is a shame that some of the Chinese didn't treasure the opprotunity. I have bumi colleague whose children excel in Chinese school.

melorna said...

my parents used to sent me and my bros (3 of us) to Chinese primary school... until now 3 of us doesn't have much difficulties to communicating with Chinese.

1ondoncalling said...

Culture exchange after all!
Not too bad?

But it's always one-way exchange, not sure if that's good or bad...

Philip said...

William:Thanks for your info about the great number of bumi students in urban Chinese schools.Do you know about the situation in Sabah and West Malaysia?

Melorna:Great! May I know under what circumstances did your parents send you and your brothers to Chinese primary school?

1ondon:To me it is always good to learn a few languages.

housewife9988 said...

When I read your Ulu sch. in Maludam it just crossed my minds over the past 20 years, I used to visit such sch.. I just couldnt u/stand why much funds from govt were not channelled to those sch. sch i saw in Suai there were far broken in the mid 80 time n chidlren there were smart but couldnt get further due to facilities..
May I add that the Funds from govt shud be wasted more again on unnecesarily projects than those ..

melorna said...

Im not sure about that... i think because they knew that if me n my bros attend Chinese school it will be easy for us to find job in future. but i'd realized that the teaching method in Chinese school is different from gov-school... Chinese teacher are really strict... they really teach their students... from poor performance into a higher achiever...

eiling lim said...

That's the case where chinese can't get into chinese schools while malays can. Heard so many people complaining even here in KL. Malaysia boleh!

Philip said...

eiling:Is it?It is news to me that Chinese can't get into Chinese schools because there are too many Malay students. In rural Sarawak there are more native students in Chinese primary schools because there are fewer Chinese living in that particular areas and because more native parents want their children to be Chinese educated.