School trends reveal cracks in Malaysia’s unity

Deciding on a language of instruction for their children – whether it is Malay, Chinese, English or Tamil – has become a conundrum for many families. It goes to the core of a larger question that nags this multiethnic nation: What constitutes Malaysian identity?

Is there one Malaysian way, requiring Chinese and Indian Malaysians to become ever more Malaysian? Or does Malaysian identity consist of varied cultures and languages that are, or ought to be, of equal standing? New York Times, June 7, 2005. Read more…

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