Friday, April 12, 2013

Vote PR for A Better Malaysia for All!

Speech by M.Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at DAP Ceramah held in Bercham, Ipoh on Thursday, April 11, 2013

Vote PR for A Better Malaysia for All!  

Despite the rain, the crowed stayed to listen to speeches.

 The nation’s most indecisive and kiasu Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib finally called for dissolution of Parliament on April 3. 

Yesterday, Election Commission has fixed May 5 to be the polling day for the nation’s 13 th general election.
The 13th general election is the most important in the nation’s history as this is the first time that a real 
possibility exists to topple the BN government which has caused much ruin to our blessed country. 

BN has launched its election Manifesto but this is a document which will not be able to cure the nation’s ills.
BN has produced many Manifestos in the past, but look at the nation today , has Malaysia really got better and can BN bring about a better tomorrow for Malaysians? 

The answer is a big No. 

Malaysians must therefore rise to the occasion and vote PR for total change and to bring about a better Malaysia for all Malaysians.

Bercham has over a population of 100,000 people and over 90% are Chinese. Over 60 years ago when Bercham was just a village, SJK (C) Bercham was built.  

Today the school has 33 class rooms and over 3000 pupils. The school has almost all its class rooms crammed with a student population of over 50 students per class room. 

Internationally, the recommended student population per class room is 25. 

Numerous times the Barisan Nasional government has been saying in Parliament that the long term objective of the Education Ministry is to achieve the ideal ratio of 25 students per class.  

Over the years, the SJK (C) Bercham has seen an increase in the enrollment of students and now the average number of students per class room is 50. 

It is obvious to all that the solution to this overcrowded problem is the building of a new primary school.  

In December 2007, MCA former Bercham Assemblyman Gooi Seng Teck said a new Chinese school could not be built in Bercham as there was  no available place for the construction of Chinese school unless a private land owner donated a piece of land for this purpose. 

I immediately issued a public challenge to him and MCA to look at a piece of land which had been reserved for the building of a school in the Bercham area.  

Just about 3km away from the present school compound, there is a parcel of land measuring over 5 acres which has been reserved for a school.  

DAP has over the years consistently stated our stand that this land should be utilized for the building of a new Chinese primary school.  

I had even said then that if the Government gives the approval, I will be making the necessary fund raising arrangement for the building of the new school.  

My challenge was however not taken up. 

It baffles me why cannot the piece of land already reserved for the building of a school be the new site of a new Chinese primary school to cater to the needs of the Bercham people?  

This shows that after having ruled this country for more than 5 decades, BN government is still not prepared to accord fair, just and equal treatment to Chinese primary school. 

This is the same for treatment of Untied Examinations Certificate (UEC) taken by students of Chinese independent schools. 

If reputable overseas universities can recognize and accept UEC, why can’t Malaysia recognise it?
PR is committed to accord fair and just treatment of all schools in Malaysia. We are also committed to recognize UEC if we capture Putrajaya government. 

Vote PR for A Better Malaysia for All!  
Later, I went to attend the 200 table dinner held in Sg Siput and  rorganised by YB Leong Mei Meng  .

Group photo: Spekers and local leaders

Specal  guest; YAB Lim Guan Eng

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