Education as an Agenda of Social Action in Malaysia: The Search for Unity in a Plural Society

  • Kamarulzaman Askandar


Education has always played an important role in Malaysian society. It has been used not only as a tool for educating the children and youth of the country, but also as a means to propagate and maintain the interests of different groups. In the plural Malaysian context, education is closely related to safeguarding the interests of the different ethnic groups. A noted Malaysian educationist claimed that education in the country is an institution for coordination, continuation and survival for a particular society (Awang 1980). This is true of both the general Malaysian society as well as the more insular communal community within the country.


Rule Policy National Language National Unity Religious School Chinese School 
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