This is one of them,
There were however a few who disagreed, such as this one,
The following is my personal opinion on the matter.
The whole debate is actually a waste of time and energy.
The Chinese schools are here to stay.
The Barisan Nasional government has pledged not to close down the Chinese schools or convert them to any other type of schools.
I was personally present when former education minister TS Muhyiddin Yassin, who was then also the deputy prime minister made the pledge to a group of Chinese community leaders during campaigning for the Sungai Limau by-election in November, 2013.
That was just months after the Chinese tsunami of the last general election.
It was not the first time Muhyiddin, who is still now the deputy Umno president made such a pledge.
PM DS Najib Razak also repeatedly made similar pledge, especially in the run-up to the last general election.
The opposition parties were also promising the Chinese community the same.
In fact, they even went around telling the Chinese that the BN government was discriminating the Chinese schools.
It was one of their main selling points in the 2013 general election.
So, even if you replace the current government, you will not be able to change the current status quo of our multiple education systems.
That's why I'm of the opinion that all the huffing and puffing over the matter was such a waste of time and energy.
Anyway, have you all ever wondered why despite the existence of the Chinese schools in the country, we are still relatively at peace with one another?
Bear in mind that Bosnia, Sri Lanka, and other countries which tore themselves apart because of racial and religious differences of their people didn't have multiple school systems.
A single school system doesn't guarantee everyone will love each other very much, okay.
All those Arab countries which are now embroiled in civil strife and horrific blood letting also didn't have multiple school systems.
Maybe race relations could be better in this country, but so far, we are not yet at the level of hating each other so much that we are willing to kill one another.
Do they teach the Chinese kids to hate the Malays in such schools?
I don't think so.
Most of the Chinese schools, especially the independent ones have been around longer than the national schools.
They were set up by the Chinese migrants when they settled in this country over 100 years ago.
The schools are part of their heritage.
My mother is a product of the Chinese education system.
She studied in a Chinese school since standard one all the way until she graduated from a university in Taiwan.
It's true that she didn't mix much with Malays until she met my father.
But she never hate the Malays or even look down on them.
I did ask her once what she thought of the Malays before she met my father, who is actually her first true Malay friend.
"I don't really have any opinion of the Malays at that time. They are just a different kind of people than us Chinese. I definitely didn't hate them," she said.
For me, it doesn't matter which type or types of schools we have as long as the end results are good.
It's the good values promoted by the schools that matter.
Maybe our educationists from the different types of school systems should sit together and come out with workable ideas on how to bridge the interaction gap between their students.
I think that's a better idea than all these wasteful debate on whether to abolish the Chinese education system.
Another solution is for all politicians to stop exploiting racial sentiments to further their ambitions....but then again, that's asking too much, isn't it?