A MALAYSIA CHAPTER: Communication and the ability to communicate between different races

Document Sample
A MALAYSIA CHAPTER: Communication and the ability to communicate between different races Powered By Docstoc
					                             A MALAYSIA CHAPTER
              Communication and the ability to communicate
                             between different races



1.0   Introduction


      Communication and the ability to communicate between different ethnic within

the society has been always a key factor in existence and development of every society

throughout the history of human being. As the matter of fact, this very important factor

plays a central role in achieving a sustainable developed society especially in Malaysian

context. However, before entering to any further discussion, we have to define the

meaning of a sustainable society and its relation with the concept of one nation.




2.0   Definition


      Based on the classical definitions, a sustainable society provides a high quality of

life for all of its members without harming the integrity and efficiency of the natural

systems and resources upon which all life depends. We have to pay attention that the

limit of the human desires is nature. Human can design its dreams based on the

borders of nature. Therefore, sustainability can be defined as achieving a pleasing

existence for everyone within the means of nature for now and in the future. On the

other hand, we have to be aware of this important fact that a sustainable society is not

just about environment and nature. In Malaysia, it covers a wider range of issues and

phenomena. A sustainable society has to provide opportunities for each member of the

                                            1
community to reach his or her potentials. Some issues such as cultural diversity,

providing adequate food, clothing, shelter, and a life of dignity for all people should be

also addressed in a sustainable society.


       Diversity among races and multi ethnic in Malaysia is one of the most important

issues that a sustainable society has to recognize and promote its existence as diversity

gives birth to strength and flexibility of the human community. This cannot be achieved

without a single system of common language designed to address these issues. There

fore a system of “Satu Bahasa Untuk Semua Kaum” for a sustainable Malaysia society

has to make a balance between the human needs and nation unity.




3.0    Discussion


       As it has been mentioned, an appropriate system of communication is a key to a

sustainable society. In order to achieve a successful inter-racial communication in

Malaysia, many elements should come into consideration such as; the education

system of the society, the geographical situation of the society, the population texture of

the society and the socio-economical background of the society. However, the issue of

designing and running a suitable system of communication in societies with mix-ethnical

backgrounds such as in Malaysia is very different from a single homogenous society.


       The issue of inter-racial communication has been always a challenge since the

establishment of Malaysia, 52 years ago. There has been always argues on how to

make policies and run this one system of common communication with considering an

equal and right for every member of diverse Malaysian society. For example, in 2004

                                            2
the government introduces the idea of a single multi-racial school system called The

Vision School. The idea of Vision Schools has been introduced to the Malaysian

education system in order to increase and promote the sense of understanding through

language and respect among the students from different racial and cultural backgrounds

of the Malaysian diverse society. The long term goal of this plan is to educate students

with a deeper degree of respect towards other members of the society who are racially

and culturally different from them. The Vision Schools follow the National Curriculum of

studying however, what makes them different from other schools is the multi-ethnic

environment of them. But surprisingly, the idea of Vision School and existing vernacular

schools such as Sekolah Kebangsaan and Sekolah jenis Kebangsaan (SJK Cina and

SJK Tamil) in our education system has been always criticized by different sectors of

the society as a barrier in front of sharing common experiences and inter-racial

communication among different ethnics.


      The role of communication in multi-ethnical and cultural societies in Malaysia is

vital to guaranty their sustainability of development. On the other hand, because of the

diverse nature of multi-ethnical and cultural societies and communities, designing and

applying a communication pattern which can answer the needs of each minority in

regards to its unique identity and promote tolerance, respect and understanding among

them is a challenging task.


      This will lead us to the notion of a multi-ethnic society and the challenges that the

inter-racial communication system of these societies faces to address the unity and

needs of every individual ethnic groups of that society. Based on official definitions, a

multi-ethnic society is in contrast to mono-ethnic societies; integrate different ethnic

                                            3
groups irrespective of differences in culture, race, and history under a common social

identity larger within one known language than one "nation" in the conventional sense.


       The issue of inter-racial communication and ethnic diversity makes many things

more complicated in a multi-ethnic society such as; the governing system, political

system, education system, economical system and of course ability to communicate in

one official language (Bahasa Melayu). The backbone of all these complexity is how to

address the needs and wills of each single ethnicity to communicate equally in the

frame work of national identity and solidarity.


       Malaysia is one of the examples of multi-racial countries around the world. In fact

Malaysia represents the true meaning of a diverse society in many ways such as; race,

language and religion. Population wise, Malaysian society is consisted of Malays,

Chinese, Indians, Kadazan, Iban, and others races. In term of language we witness a

huge variety such as; Bahasa Melayu (which is the official language), English, Chinese

(Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam,

Panjabi, Thai and several indigenous languages which most widely spoken in Sabah

and Sarawak are Iban and Kadazan.


       This shows us how difficult it can be to keep such diverse texture of society in

harmony and provide a standard and suitable system of communication for it based on

needs, understanding and respect. In such a diverse and inter-racial society, the one

system official language or Bahasa kebangsaan should be able to address the cultural

and ethnical needs of communicating between each group and at the same time keep

the society in the frame of national community.


                                             4
       Some of the main objectives of one national language, Bahasa Melayu as

Bahasa Kebangsaan used in inter-racial communication are aims to fostering solidarity

among the people of different races and backgrounds, instilling the spirit of integration

among them, producing a generation that is tolerant and understanding so as to realize

a united nation and encouraging maximum interaction among the different races and

ethnic background. But the imperative principle that has to be paid attention in a multi-

racial or multi-ethnic communication in Malaysia is the idea of making its people to be

aware of their unique racial identity in the frame work of respecting the ethnic and

cultural pluralism of their society and at the same time preserving ethnic cultures and

supporting inter-racial integration to sustain the national unity of the country.




4.0    Conclusion


       Without doubt, all the Malaysian from different ethnic background is obliged to

learn Bahasa Melayu as the official and national language of the country. As inter-racial

communication is one of the most important key factors in process of achieving

sustainability in every society, it is vital for all Malaysian to master and uses Bahasa

Melayu thoroughly in order to be able of communication with other races and ethnicities

and at the same time contributed to comprehend the notion of national unity and

harmony of One Malaysia.




                                              5
REFERENCE

Arora, Ranjit K. (2005). Race and Ethnicity in Education. Ashgate Publishing Limited.
USA.

Mark Orbe, Tina M. Harris. (2008) Interracial Communication: Theory into Practice. NY:
Sage Publication

Timothy P. Daniels. (2000). Building Cultural Nationalism in Malaysia. NY: Routledge

Vidhu Verma. (2005). Malaysia, State and Civil Society in Transition. Boulder, CO:
Lynne Rienner Publishers




                                           6

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Stats:
views:45
posted:3/28/2011
language:English
pages:6
Description: The issue of inter-racial communication has been always a challenge since the establishment of Malaysia, 52 years ago. There has been always argues on how to make policies and run this one system of common communication with considering an equal and right for every member of diverse Malaysian society. For example, in 2004 the government introduces the idea of a single multi-racial school system called The Vision School. The idea of Vision Schools has been introduced to the Malaysian education system in order to increase and promote the sense of understanding through language and respect among the students from different racial and cultural backgrounds of the Malaysian diverse society. The long term goal of this plan is to educate students with a deeper degree of respect towards other members of the society who are racially and culturally different from them.