Growing number of Malay parents in Malaysia send their children to Chinese vernacular schools

The subject of vernacular schools has always been a hot button issue in Malaysia. PHOTO: REUTERS
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KUALA LUMPUR - Seven-year-old Damian Mikail Mohd Khairul Anwar sometimes thinks out loud in Mandarin, making his mum chuckle.

The boy, who is from a conservative Malay family, is attending a Chinese vernacular school in Subang Jaya, in Selangor, where all of the subjects are taught in Mandarin, except for Bahasa Melayu, English and Islamic studies.

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