Title : Malaysia : Making Patriotism Trough Primary School Education.
Discussing about creating the nation-state in all country seems to be the same. It should include too many times, property or self-sacrifice in order to making the “intelligence typical patriotism stereotype” among the citizens. It is depends on the strategy that applied to achieve the goal of “united people”. Taken from Malay aphorism “melentur buluh biarlah daripada rebungnya” seems to be the correct words to explain the strategy of creating this sort of thinking to the Malaysian people. The meaning is, when we want to “train” somebody, we should to start from the beginning of his life. Back to the point, Malaysia consist of more over 28.3 million of population and separated into more than 50 ethnic randomly, and also consist a various believe and religion. However, they believe that they live in a peaceful and harmony country that no discrimination according to their ethnicity because they are in “one nation-state”. Thus, this mean the succeeded through the education able to abolished this sort of thinking. Primary school, is the first medium to educate the “fresh citizen” in order to create the citizen who love their country. Basically, Malaysia had two different elementary school that can be divide to three categories. There are “Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK)” which teach all Malaysian student with “no specific priority” and “Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (SJK)” which we can divide to two, there are “Sekolah Jenis Kebangsan Cina (SJKC)” for the Malaysian Chinese and “Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT)” for the Malaysian Indian. For instantly, there is no obstacles to create this patriots even the school are separated. The question is, how do Malaysia do to overcome this problem? In this article, I will revealed how, through the study of Literacy, Art and “Spiritual and Morality” that teaching to the “fresh citizen” in a primary school, contribute to the creating of...
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