Sunday, February 28, 2010

Has MCA become an aggressive tiger in the Tiger year or is it still a sick cat which cannot deliver?

In December 2007, I had thrown a challenge to the MCA on the question of building an additional primary Chinese school in Bercham.

I stated that if the MCA could secure the necessary approvals, I would undertake to raise the money from the local community to build the urgently needed school.

But till today, the MCA has not been able to deliver.

In fact, I was merely counter challenged the MCA when on the 20th of December 2007, I had publicly accepted the challenge by the then Exco member YB Ho Chang Wang to build a new Chinese school in Bercham.

Although it was absurd for a government Exco to make such a challenge as ought to be the responsibility of the government to build a new school, I nevertheless took up his challenge.

I gave him 14 days to get the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities following which the DAP would commence the construction of the new school.

But MCA cannot deliver when counter challenged although one MCA Member of Parliament is the Deputy Minister of Education and there are four MCA Cabinet Ministers!

So the lesson that Ho Chang Wang should learn is never to simply throw a challenge.

He too must always remember what the present MCA president Datuk Ong Tee Keat had many years ago commented about MCA’s position in the Barisan Nasional coalition government --that MCA was “dang jia bu dang quan (当家不当权) ” which means “in office but not in power”.

It is obvious to all that due to the high demand and overcrowding in other nearby schools, a new primary Chinese school be built in Bercham.

In fact a secondary Chinese school needs to be built in this area too to cater for the increasing number of students as there is no secondary Chinese school around Bercham at all.

MCA can choose to ignore my challenge but I will not forget my responsibility as the peoples’ elected representative.

I will bring the aspirations and voices of the Bercham voters on the issue of additional schools to the Parliament meeting session which will begin in March.

I challenge the MCA Members of Parliament to give me their support when I bring up the issue in Parliament.

Let’s see whether MCA has become an aggressive tiger in the Tiger year or is it still a sick cat which cannot deliver..

(怡保28日讯)

行动党怡保西区国会议员M.古拉说,马华前任行政议员何章兴曾于2007年底,发出针对在怡保巴占加建一所华校的挑战。虽然兴建新的学校以满足日益增加的需求是政府必须承担的责任,所以作为政府一分子的何章兴发表此等挑战实在于理不合,不过M.古拉还是乐于接受有关挑战,甚至反挑战何章兴如果能够取得建校所需的批文,行动党责无旁贷的负责向地方上募捐建校所需的资金。

也是行动党全国副主席的M.古拉在文告中指出,虽然马华公会当时拥有包括副教育部长在内的多位正副部长,可惜有关建校的批文却有如石沉大海,何章兴豪言壮语的挑战结果落得无疾而终。M.古拉在文告中提醒何章兴莫忘了马华现任总会长翁诗杰多年前曾经感叹地说过,马华公会在国阵里面当家不当权,何章兴应该从这起事件吸取教训,不要胡乱发出没有把握兑现的挑战。

M.古拉强调,由于学生人数的急速增加,在巴占区增建华小是急不可待的。虽然马华公会对上述问题选择沉默以对,他可不能忘却作为人民代议士的义务与责任。M.古拉表示,他将会在3月展开的国会会议中,把巴占选民的意愿以及心声带进国会。作为一个尽责的人民代议士,M.古拉挑战马华公会的国会议员在国会里,为了人民的利益而勇于支持他针对增建华小的动议。


M.古拉
行动党怡保西区国会议员

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