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'M’sians more pragmatic than nationalistic in what they want from education'

Malaysians prefer an education system that makes them more marketable, rather than one built on nationalistic values, Merdeka Center's programme director Ibrahim Suffian said yesterday.

A recent survey conducted by the pollster and published by Singapore’s Iseas-Yusof Ishak Institute showed that Johoreans overwhelmingly support the return of English-medium schools.

The survey prompted certain education activists to argue that national schools should prioritise preserving national identity and promote local languages rather than English.

However, Ibrahim says otherwise...

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