One of the banes of having race tied to religion is the fact that anything and everything about the race becomes Islamic all of a sudden.
While our constitution says Malay = Islam and Islam = Malay it inadvertedly has caused many things Malay (not necessarily Islamic) to be associated with being Muslim.
Perhaps the failure of the BM medium schools at fostering unity today can be attributed to that fact? Given that Malay = Islam and Islam = Malay constitutionally, it makes the Malay lingo the Islamic lingo in this country and with that the opportunity for the school ostards and ostazahs to exert pressure on the school administration by flexing their administrative muscles so to speak.
With the last 31 years seeing the added on arabization into Malay culture kononnya to appear more Islamic, it has now unofficially become Malays = Islam and Islam = arabs. So we shouldnt be surprised to find ridiculous overdoses of arabization in schools simply because the instruction medium is tied to institutionalized religion which in turn is tied to arabization.
Not everyone wants to be arabs and not everyone can afford sending their kids off to private or foreign syllabus schools to avoid arabization. The solution is to bring back the tried, tested and proven English medium schools. If not as an all out mainstream medium then at least as an option for those who want it.
English is the lingo of knowledge. There are more publications in English than in any other lingo. It is useful yet neutral enough to act as a bridging medium for all races while it carries enough value to make it attractive enough for most.
Most importantly, in this day and age English is universal enough not to be tied to any specific race or faith. Please bring back the English medium for all our sakes