Discover data and insights on Malaysian current racial development and opinions on the current education system. Learn about the environment they grew up in, their perception of the single stream and vernacular school systems and their current struggles with the property and job market.

Some points to take note of are:

  • Only 35% say most of their closest friends today are of different ethnicities.
  • The top 5 states in Malaysia which respondents say they have not visited before are Sarawak (49%), Sabah (47%), W.P Labuan (46%), Perlis (34%), and Kelatan (30%).
  • Only 13% say they speak English every day, while 60% say they speak Bahasa Malaysia and 11% speak a mix of Malaysian languages.
  • 73% say they have faced challenges when looking for a job.
  • Challenges that respondents face when looking for a job are too many applicants applying for the same job (44%), jobs hiring only a particular race (30%), and companies who would rather hire fresh graduates/less experienced employees to reduce cost (25%).
  • 34% of respondents say they would take a job to work abroad with higher remuneration if it was temporary, while 34% say they would go if it was permanent. Only 12% say they would not go as they love Malaysia.
  • Respondents say when renting a property they face challenges such as the prices for a landed property being too high (55%), the prices for a condo/apartment are too high (48%), and landlords which have terms to rent to only a specific race (18%).
  • 51% of respondents believe that only single stream schools should exist, while 49% believe vernacular schools should also exist.
  • The top 3 reasons why respondents support single stream schools are because they believe it is a key to unity of all races (66%), they believe it is a better platform for children to mix with each other at an early age (51%), and they believe that students will have better exposure of other cultures (47%).
  • The top 3 reasons why respondents believe that vernacular schools should also exist are because they fear racial discrimination in single stream schools (39%), they believe there is a lack of discipline in single stream schools (19%), and they believe that using Malay is superior than other languages (17%).

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