Wednesday, November 13, 2013

‘Why racial segregation for matriculation exam?’ | Free Malaysia Today

‘Why racial segregation for matriculation exam?’

B Nantha Kumar | November 13, 2013
A DAP leader alleges that the Education Ministry had segregated Malay and non-Malay students sitting for a matriculation exam conducted recently.
PETALING JAYA: A DAP leader today urged the government to explain on why it had segregated Malay and non-Malay students during a matriculation examination conducted recently.

Perak DAP vice chairman A Sivanesan said that he had received many complaints from parents nationwide claiming two separate exam halls were used to separate Malay and non-Malay students during the exams.

He said that the matter was also highlighted in a Tamil daily on Monday, where non-Malay students in a matriculation centre in Gopeng, Perak were instructed to sit in a separate hall during the exams.

“Following the news report, I received many similar complaints from many other parents.

“One of the complainant, who hails from Johor, said that there were 2,500 students who sat for the exam in a centre in the state.

“But the non-Malay students, about 200 of them, were placed in a different hall from their Malay course mates,” said Sivanesan, via a statement.

Sivanesan then urged the Education Ministry to explain the matter, claiming the whole set up could be construed as being racially motivated.

“I do not see any reason why the ministry must have two separate halls for Malays and the non-Malays when they are sitting for the same exam,” said the Sungkai state assemblyman.

He also challenged Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister, to come clean on the matter.

“Is Muhyiddin brave enough to explain this matter to the public or does he plan to sweep it under the carpet?” asked Sivanesan.

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