I totally agree with LCH in his letter when he relates the experience of his brother who was from an English-medium school.
Like his brother, my brother too was also from an English-medium school. Throughout his education he formed very close friendships and relationships with a group of Malays and Indian friends. Forty years later, he was still in touch with many of them.
They gathered once a year and visit each other with their wives and children. When my brother passed away last November, many of them came with their families and paid their respects. They shed tears.
For the good of our nation, our policy makers must have the political will to do what is practical and workable. Even many of our senior politicians are products of such schools. I believe many of them know the benefits of these schools, but the political reality speaks otherwise.
If only they exercise a resolve as strong as the one that recently raised toll rates, maybe we won't need half-plus-five measures like the national service to promote integration.
Our policy makers must match their words with deeds, not just perform a 'wayang kulit'.