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Why are so many non-Chinese enrolled in this Johor Chinese school?

China is expected to play a growing influence in this region Photograph: South China Morning Post

A Chinese vernacular school in Johor has received a record number of new non-Chinese Malaysians pupils, who make up more than half of its latest intake for the current year, raising eyebrows among many Malaysians.

This report from theSun:

PETALING JAYA: Non-Chinese make up more than 50% of the new intake of SJK© Masai, Johor Baru, this year, making it probably the Chinese school with the highest ratio of non-Chinese pupils down south.

According to a report in Sin Chew Daily today, the school received 233 new pupils out of which 130 are non-Chinese.

The school has a total of 1,559 pupils at the last count, and 667 of them or 43% are non-Chinese.

SJK(C) Masai parent-teacher association president Zhang Fu Kai told the daily that this year, for the first time ever, the school saw Chinese pupils out-numbered in its new intake.

He said Malays accounted for the bulk of the 130 new pupils with 77, followed by Indians with 14, and 39 from various ethnic groups from Sabah and Sarawak.

He attributed the climb in the ratio of non-Chinese pupils in the school to a drop in the Chinese population in relation to other races and the fact that the school is located in an area populated by non-Chinese.

What conclusions can we draw from this, if any?

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