Thursday, January 30, 2014

Why the delay in charging deputy minister’s assailant, asks DAP’s Kula

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Why the delay in charging deputy minister’s assailant, asks DAP’s Kula

January 30, 2014-Malaysian Insider

DAP today demanded an explanation from Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail on the delay in prosecuting the schoolteacher who assaulted deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan.

Party national chairman M. Kula Segaran (pic) said Abdul Gani should file criminal charges against the teacher, Muhammad Rizuan Suhaimi who is also the Hulu Selangor Umno youth secretary, regardless whether Kamalanathan withdrew his police report.

"A strong message should be conveyed to the rakyat that aggression does not pay and there is a price to be paid if one resorts to violence," Kula said in a statement today.

The Ipoh Barat MP noted that Kamalanathan had reportedly said he would not be withdrawing the police report he had filed against Muhammad Rizuan, although the deputy minister had said he had "forgiven" his assailant.

"Even if Kamalanathan withdraws his report, it does not change anything as Abdul Gani can proceed with the criminal case.

"The investigation papers were submitted to Abdul Gani on January 15. There has been no action taken almost two weeks later," said Kula.

He pointed out that even Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin was quoted as saying that he could not condone Muhammad Rizuan's act.

Khairy had reportedly said that whatever the reason or pressure faced by Muhammad Rizuan, there was little justification to resort to violence.

Kula also questioned if Muhammad Rizuan would be subjected to disciplinary action by the Education Ministry.

He said that Khairy had called for a teacher who made her students wear bells around their neck and offered them grass to eat for not completing their homework, to be sacked.

The Education Ministry had not sacked the teacher, merely issued a stern warning and transferred her to a different school.

In a twitter posting, Khairy said the teacher in question should be sacked and not transferred to another school.

"Does Khairy view a violent assault by an Umno Youth member as a more serious offence than the teacher's actions?" Kula asked.

"Will he demand that the Education Ministry sack Muhammad Rizuan too?"

Kamalanathan was assaulted when he attended the Hulu Selangor Umno division meeting on January 13.

The deputy minister was allegedly punched when he declined to accelerate the transfer of Muhammad Rizuan's wife from her school in Batu Pahat, Johor back to Selangor. – January 30, 2014.

Attorney General must explain what is causing the delay to prosecute Muhammad Rizuan Suhaimi.



Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Attorney General must explain what is causing the delay to prosecute Muhammad Rizuan Suhaimi.

The Star has today reported that Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan will not withdraw the police report that he lodged after he was assaulted by a teacher.
The report said that according to an aide, they are currently not aware of the status of the police investigation.

“But the last we heard was that it had gone to the Deputy Public Pro­secutor’s office,” he said.

Such stand is welcomed and it is hoped that Kamalanathan will not change his mind after he has recently said that he has decided to forgive the teacher Mu­­ham­mad Rizuan Suhaimi who attacked him.

In any case even if  Kamalanathan decides to withdraw the police report, it has little significance as a criminal wrong can be proceeded by the Attorney General (AG) by disregarding the withdrawal.

In fact it's highly appropriate for the AG to file charges at the soonest to convey a strong message to the people like the aggressor and to deter others.

In view of the fact that Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan had said that the investigation papers on the attack incident were submitted to the A-G’s Chambers on January 15, AG Tan Sri Ghani Patail must explain why no action has been taken till today.

What is causing the delay?

On Jan 16, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin had also said that he could not condone the teacher’s act, adding that whatever reason or pressure faced by the Umno Youth member concerned; there was no justification for such an aggressive act

Let’s see if the teacher will be subjected to disciplinary action by the Education Ministry and Umno.

In fact, after announcement was made by the Education Ministry on January 27 that the teacher who made her students wear bells around their neck and offered them grass to eat for not completing their homework would be issued a stern warning and transferred to another school, Khairy had called for the immediate sacking of the teacher.

 In a Twitter posting, Khairy said the teacher in question should be expelled from the Education Ministry, and not merely transferred to another school.

I am sure Khairy would view a violent attack by a teacher on a deputy minister as a more serious offence than the “cow bell” incident.

The question is has he or will he press the Education Ministry to sack Mu­­ham­mad Rizuan?





Monday, January 27, 2014

Kamalanathan’s decision to forgive his attacker is disappointing and baffling



Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on Monday, January 27, 2014
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Kamalanathan’s decision to forgive his attacker is disappointing and baffling

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan in a statement yesterday said that he has forgiven the man who assaulted him at his service centre in Hulu Selangor on January 12.

He said the incident was a personal matter between Hulu Selangor Umno Youth assistant secretary Muhammad Rizuan Suhaimi and him, and what transpired was an unintentional act of emotion.

"To err is human and I have no reason to continue being upset with this incident," he said in his yesterday’s statement today.

Kamalanathan’s decision is disappointing and baffling as no violent act should be easily forgiven.

It is true that to err is human and to forgive is divine. But should Kamalanathan, as a deputy education minister forgive a violent attacker who is a teacher?  What kind of message will his act of forgiveness send to our school children?

I am sure that many members of the public not only do not agree with his decision , many also will question if he was under any political pressures from Umno to be big hearted or it was just his own lack of courage to face up to Umno.

The nation and political parties were shocked to hear of the violent incident.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang had immediately announced that DAP lawyers namely myself, Gobind Singh and Sivanesan were prepared to offer free legal services to Kamalanathan to seek justice.

On Jan 16, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin had also said that he could not condone the act, adding that whatever reason or pressure faced by the Umno Youth member concerned; there was no justification for such an aggressive act.

5 days ago, MCA Youth’s legal bureau stepped in and expressed its readiness to help the Attorney General’s Chambers to prosecute Muhammad Ridzuan Suhaimi.

So can Kamalanathan explain why he has chosen to be big hearted when he ought not to?

In view of the fact that Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan had said that the investigation papers on the attack incident were submitted to the A-G’s Chambers on January 15, the Attorney General Tan Sri Ghani Patail must explain why no action has been taken till today.

I also call on MIC President Datuk Palanivel to publicly declare if he has agreed with Kamalanathan’s decision to forgive and if not, is MIC prepared to seek justice for him.

Foot your own bill for proposed media course, opposition MPs tell ministers

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Foot your own bill for proposed media course, opposition MPs tell ministers

BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY
January 27, 2014

Cabinet members should foot their own bill for a proposed media training course asked by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic), and not resort to using public funds in the current austerity drive, say opposition lawmakers.

They also said media training was not going to fix any problem brought about by the ministers' failure to comprehend the problems faced by the public following rising prices of goods and services.

"When Ministers cannot even speak sensibly, they surely need to learn and improve, but that is their personal problem. The people should not be made to pay for them (ministers) to learn how to speak to the media," said DAP national vice-chairman M.Kulasegaran.

"This must be the first time in Malaysian history whereby cabinet members have been asked to undergo media training so that they can speak sensibly. This decision is a laughing stock itself."

The Ipoh Barat MP and lawyer said that undoubtedly, while a few ministers have made remarks which have embarrassed the government and angered the public recently, the issue at hand is not because the leaders lacked tactfulness.

"Is it just because they don’t know how to speak to the media?

"I don’t think so, as I think the real cause is because the ministers are out of touch with ordinary people," he said.

Kulasegaran then cited two key examples of situations to support his stand.

"First being the remark made by Minster in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Wahid Omar that the people should stop using alternative roads if they did not want to pay toll on highways.

"The second example is the infamous kangkung (water spinach) gaffe committed by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, himself.

Kulasegaran said by making such a remark, Najib clearly did not understand the pressures of rising cost of living and price hikes faced by the people.

"Did he (Najib) really think that the people can just eat kangkung every day, or that the people must really feel thankful to the government because the price of the kangkung has gone down when cost of living has gone up?

"How could the Prime Minister who has often shouted the 'People First' slogan make such insensitive remarks?" Kulasegaran questioned.

"The answer could only be that he is out of touch with the people on the ground. He simply does not understand the feelings of the public."

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang felt sending ministers for compulsory media training is no real answer to bringing an end to the administration of bloopers led by Najib.

Lim said Najib should take a firm grip of himself, end the auto-pilot administration and demonstrate leadership for a change.

He said Najib should sack half the cabinet members who fit the definition of the previous Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as “half-past-six ministers” and produce a cabinet which commands respect and confidence of Malaysians.

Kuala Terengganu MP Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad said certain ministers are sometimes unable to accept criticism pertaining to their leadership skills, resulting in them making "stupendous remarks".

"They seem to forget sometimes that people just want responsible replies from them when any issue arises.

"Ministers should learn to retain composure when taking questions from the media and be prepared to answer harsh questions with intelligence. You must remember that you are an elected leader, so you are responsible," he told The Malaysian Insider.

Raja Kamarul Bahrin, however, said that if ministers themselves don't pull their acts together, no amount of media training can change them for the better.

"Change comes from within and if you don't like being put in a spot although it is your duty to answer, then retire," he added.

Pahang PKR liaison chief Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman said that first and foremost, only those with commendable leadership skills should be given a ministerial status and portfolio.

"From the way some of the ministers have been speaking in recent days, it shows their mentality and is a shame to a government institution.

"Instead of a media training for which taxpayers money will be obviously used, ministers should be given study leave and told to submit a full report, detailing what they had learnt pertaining to their ministry's roles," he said.

Fauzi said that the problem with some ministers is that they rely too much on their officers to sort out their work for them.

"This is why they make ridiculous remarks when asked about key issues affecting the people. They don't do their work," he added.

The opposition leaders were commenting on The Malaysian Insider's report that a mandatory media training had been directed by Najib for his ministers, to prevent more missteps that have made his administration a laughing stock among Malaysians.

“The prime minister wants ministers to undergo media training to avoid repeatedly delivering foolish remarks,” a source had said on condition of anonymity in the report yesterday.

The Malaysian Insider understands that Najib was unhappy that such statements by ministers had only served to portray Putrajaya in an unfavourable light.

A minister had confirmed that Najib had given the directive during the cabinet meeting on Wednesday that ministers were to undergo a course and seminar on how to deal with the media.

The minister was quick to add that it was common practice for cabinet members to attend trainings, seminars and courses, and that it is not because of their shortcomings.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hassan Malek had also confirmed the media training and said it would be done soon.

“Any time soon, We have to upgrade our media presentation,” he had said without wanting to be drawn on it further.

Putrajaya has received much criticism from the public and the opposition over its stream of subsidy rationalisation that began in September 2013.

While economists lauded Putrajaya’s move to cut subsidies to reduce its fiscal deficit, the hike in prices drew negative responses from the people who felt the immediate effects of the rising cost of living. – January 27, 2014.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ministers’ media gaffes caused by their being out of touch with the people



Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ministers’ media gaffes caused by their being out of touch with the people

It is reported today that to avoid more gaffes which have made his Cabinet a laughing stock, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib has directed mandatory media training for the Cabinet members. 

This must be the first time whereby Cabinet Ministers in Malaysian history have been asked to undergo media training so that they can speak sensibly. This decision is a laughing stock itself. 

Undoubtedly, a few Ministers have recently made remarks which have embarrassed the government and angered the public. 

But the question is –is it just because they don’t know who to speak to the media? 

I don’t think so as I think the real cause is because the Ministers are out of touch with ordinary people.
When a Minister is out of touch with the ordinary voters, he will not understand the people’s problems, feelings and needs. He cannot look at issues from the people’s perspective. 

There are two classic examples whereby the Ministers are so obviously out of touch with the people.

First being the remarks made by Minster in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar that the people should stop eating chicken if the prices were too high and to use alternative roads if they did not want to pay toll on highways. 

The second example is the kangkung gaffe committed by the Prime Minister himself. 

Datuk Seri Najib obviously did not understand the pressures of cost of living and price hikes faced by the people.

 Did he really think that the people can just eat kangkong everyday or that the people must really feel thankful to the government because price of kangkong has gone down when cost of living has gone up? 

How could the Prime Minister who has often shouted the People First slogan make such insensitive remarks? 

The answer could only be that he is out of touch with the people and the ground. He simply does not understand the public feelings.

In any case, the government should be reminded that if media consultants are engaged to train the Ministers, the Ministers must pay for the course out of their own pockets in line with the austerity measures recently announced. 

When Ministers cannot even speak sensibly, they surely need to learn and improve. But that is their personal problem. The people should not be made to pay for Ministers to learn to how to speak to the media.


'Ministers need sensitivity - not media savvy lessons'


 
5:29PM Jan 26, 2014-Malaysiakini

'Ministers need sensitivity - not media savvy lessons'


DAP national vice-chair M Kulasegaran said cabinet ministers needed to be sensitive to the plight of the people rather more than lessons in being media savvy.

The MP for Ipoh Barat was alluding to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s latest instructions to his cabinet to take lessons on how to speak to the media following public gaffes by some ministers that have exposed them as being out of touch with the people.

“These gaffes have made them laughing stocks,” said the federal legislator.

“This must be the first time cabinet ministers have been asked to undergo media training as that they can speak sensibly,” observed Kulasegaran.

He rounded in on the remarks made by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Wahid Omar that people should stop eating chicken if they felt the prices of the item were too high and that motorists should use alternative roads if they did not want to pay tab on tolled highways.

The DAP leader also cited as an example of the government being out of touch the lament by the PM that the government’s gets no credit for reduced prices for the kangkung vegetable when prices of other goods have gone up.

Wahid and Najib’s remarks have come in for popular derision because the comments were taken as examples of a government that does not feel the ordinary rakyat’s pain at the recent round of prices of goods stemming from slashed or removed subsidies for oil and sugar and raised tariffs on electricity.

Kulasegaran said if media lessons are given to ministers their cost should be not be met from the public purse but charged instead to the ministers’ accounts.

He said the government had already incurred unjustifiably high consultancy fees such that further debits to the public purse by reason of acquiring media skills would be intolerable, particularly in these times of the rakyat’s pain at the high cost of living.   

Saturday, January 25, 2014

10-point solution akin to a 'bounced' cheque

8:14AM Jan 25, 2014-Malaysiakini

10-point solution akin to a 'bounced' cheque


COMMENT It would be an understatement to say that the pronouncement by the prime minister yesterday that the 10-point solution to the ‘Allah’ issue must be subject to state laws comes as a huge disappointment to those hoping that he would exhibit bold and distinct leadership in this matter.

So that we are all clear as to what Najib Razak has done, let us look at the specific wording of point no 9 of the 10-point solution:

“Beyond the Bible issue, the government wishes to reiterate its commitment to work with the Christian groups and all the different religious groups in order to address interreligious issues and work towards the fulfilment of all religious aspirations in accordance with the constitution, taking into account the other relevant laws of the country.

“In order to bring urgency to this work, in my capacity as the prime minister, I will meet the representatives of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) soon to discuss the way forward.”

Note that point no 9 starts with the words "Beyond the Bible issue". This means that what follows in point no 9 is intended to cover other inter-religious issues apart from the immediate issue of the importation, printing, publication and distribution of the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia, which would have used the word ‘Allah’ for God. These would have been dealt with in points no 1 to no 8. The meaning and intent of the words are very clear.

For the prime minister to now suggest that the reference to “other relevant laws of the country” meant that the 10-point solution was always intended to be subject to the various state enactments to restrict and control the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam is to fly in the face of the logic of the wording of the 10-point solution.

It is, with respect, a pure afterthought.

A non-solution

If it were not, then the situation is actually far worse. It would mean that the government had not a single iota of sincerity when it offered the 10-point solution as a "solution". It would have known then that such a "solution" would not prevent state religious authorities from raiding premises and seizing copies of the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia or Bahasa Iban.

So the bibles would on the one hand cease to be impounded by the federal authorities, only for it on the other hand to be confiscated by the state authorities. If that was the idea behind a "solution", then it was no solution at all.

After all, the law in this regard has not changed from March/April 2011, when the 10-point solution was being crafted. It should not be forgotten that the 5,100 bibles impounded since March 2009 had been stuck in Port Klang, in the state of Selangor no less. The law in Selangor should therefore have been of primary consideration.

Given that the 1988 Selangor enactment was in full force and effect at that point in time, for the cabinet to have crafted the 10-point solution using the words that it did must either be evidence of a huge failure on their part to appreciate the full legal implications of their proposed remedy, or a clear example of an intention to deceive and defraud the Christian community in Malaysia.

It is uncomfortable for one to think that one's government is intentionally out to hoodwink its own people, in this case the Christian community in Malaysia. Which is why it is suggested that the prime minister's statement is nothing but a convenient afterthought that he has been advised to believe gives him a way out of his present predicament.

It does not.

The prime minister has yet to clearly confront his sworn duty and responsibility to protect and defend the twin freedoms of expression and religion of non-Muslim communities in Malaysia, enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

Apart from the rights of Bumiputera Christians (who comprise 64 percent of the Christian community throughout Malaysia and who live in Semenanjung, Sabah and Sarawak) who use Bahasa Malaysia as their language of choice to worship God, there are also the rights of other Bahasa Malaysia-speaking Christian congregations, and the rights of the Sikh community throughout Malaysia. All refer to God as "Allah".

The prime minister has also seemingly failed to be advised as to the true meaning and purport of Article 11(4) of the Federal Constitution. The right of states to "control" and "restrict" (the Federal Constitution does not use the word "prohibit") is one that is directed at "the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam".

The framers of our Federal Constitution were clear: it is not about the mere use of words and phrases. Even Section 9 of the Selangor enactment which criminalises the use of 25 words and 10 phrases places their usage in four particular contexts, and is not an outright ban on their use.

Nitpicking over words

The prime minister has ill-advisedly ignored these small but significant legal niceties and instead rushed to embrace the false "solution" to his present political predicament provided by a calculated misreading and misinterpretation of point no 9 of the 10-point solution. Namely, that it is all up to the states.

He has ignored the opinion given by his own attorney-general, and weakly reiterated his support of the 10-point solution. He is quick to point out that the states of Sabah and Sarawak, which do not have such an enactment as Selangor, are not affected. But he totally misses the point that Sabahan and Sarawakian Christians are.

Sadly, like a "bounced" cheque, the prime minister's so-called 10-point solution of April 2011 when applied has now come to be seen as no solution at all. By resorting to what can only be called ‘nitpicking’ over words, he has shown to all that the trust bank is empty and his account is lacking of credit and he of credibility.

But if ‘nitpicking’ is to be the preferred method of the day, what then should we make of point no 6 of the 10-point solution:

"In the spirit of 1Malaysia and recognising that many people travel between Sabah and Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia, there should be no prohibitions and restrictions for people who bring along their bibles and Christian materials on such travel."

Would "Christian materials" cover a church newspaper?



ANDREW KHOO is co-chairperson of the Human Rights Committee of the Bar Council Malaysia. He writes in Malaysiakini in his personal capacity.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ex-SJK (C) Damansara team backs Seaport school

10:28AM Jan 22, 2014

Ex-SJK (C) Damansara team backs Seaport school

-Malaysiakini

Former SJK (C) Damansara Save Our School action committee members yesterday visited the Seaport Tamil primary school to show solidarity with the parents who want the school to stay for their children.

Several former members of the committee, including advisers Tang Ah Chai and Bock Tai Hee, as well as then acting chairperson Hew Wah, were present at the school, over which controversies have been sparked over its forced relocation.

After their meeting with the school’s de facto headmaster G Murugasu and Malaysian Tamilan Today Welfare Association national secretary K Gunasekaran to learn about the latest development on the matter, they held up a banner in front of the main gate of the school to show their support for the struggle.

The banner was then hung up in the school compound, facing the main road.

The Selangor Education Department has instructed the pupils to move to a new school in Kampung Lindungan, some 4km away, saying the school site is owned by Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS).

However, although the Selangor government, which owns PKNS, said it was prepared to gazette the said land for the school, federal authorities are insisting that the Seaport Tamil school moves out.

So far there has been no concrete decision from the state government on the land ownership.

'Let the school stay there'

Speaking to Malaysiakini, Tang, who also the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSAH) chief executive officer, called on the Selangor government to let the school stay at its original site and at the same time, to build a new school in Kampung Lindungan.

He said both the new and old schools could co-exist without any contradiction, so as to provide education opportunities to both communities.

Tang said KLSCAH will also organise a forum to provide a platform for parents of children in Seaport Tamil school to tell the public, especially the Chinese community, the whole episode of this issue and why they are refusing to send their children to the new school.

He also said KLSCAH will run a fund raising campaign to assist the school to make sure that the pupils’ lessons will not be interrupted.

“The teaching and learning process of the school must not be stopped. It must have stable resources in terms of teachers and be able to hire teachers. We cannot rely on volunteer teachers, because teachers have to earn a living,” he said.

Tang said the former members of the action committee would also share some of their technical and organisation experiences with the parents.

Gunasekaran - who is serving as a volunteer teacher at the school - expressed his gratitude and described the support from the former SJK (C) Damansara Save Our School action committee members as “very good”.

“We will learn from their experience… We would like to take their chairperson as our adviser,” Gunasekaran  said.

Ramasamy to write to Khalid Ibrahim

Later, after a visit by DAP’s Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy also visited the school.

Speaking at a press conference, Ramasamy said he will write letters to both Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and the Education Ministry to ask both the federal and state governments to leave the school be at its original site.

“I will write to the Selangor menteri besar and ask him if PKNS can decide to stop building any bungalow there. Maybe the bungalows can be relocated.

“I will also write a letter to the Education Ministry to ask them what’s wrong with keeping this school here,” Ramasamy said.

The Perai state assemblyperson also slammed Deputy Education Minister II P Kamalanathan for failing to protect Tamil primary schools in the country and said Kamalanathan should resign for his incompetence.

“He is not doing his job. He should resign. He is not fit to be deputy education minister II,” Ramasamy said.

Kamalanathan has called on the parents to send their children to the new school in Kampung Lindungan as soon as possible and he also insisted that the school has been relocated.   

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Call on the Indian community to voice their support for the struggle to keep Seaport Tamil primary school at its original site.



Press Conference Comments by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat during visit to the original site of Seaport Tamil primary school on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Call on the Indian community to voice their support for the struggle to keep Seaport Tamil primary school at its original site.
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Volunteer HM MUregan, Kannan, myself and volunteer teacher Segar


I am here to express my support for parents who are fighting to retain Seaport Tamil primary school at the original site. 

To my shock the present school was itself relocated some 30years ago due to development.  Now why has this school has to move again? 

Tamil schools are becoming an "endangered species". I am pleased to note as to date there are 27 students from its original figure last year which was 115 students.

It is obvious that the Selangor Education Department has not learned from the Save SJKC Damansara campaign launched in 2001.

The campaign to preserve the original SJKC Damansara school and for the new Damansara school at Tropicana was successful as the campaign won the support of the people.

One would have thought that after the issue, the Selangor Education Department would have understood the need to adopt a community friendly education policy.  

Sadly and unfortunately, the Department has not adopted such a policy.

Discussing the land issue with parents

More discussions

Seaport school

School compound

support from Dong Zong


Last week, MIC President Datuk Palanivel said that Tamil schools with low enrolment would not be closed down and such schools would instead be relocated to areas with a higher density of the Indian population.

While his remarks are welcomed, they did not address the issue of the relocation of the 80 year old Seaport Tamil primary school relocation controversy.

Is Palanivel following the example of the Prime Minister?

While the Prime Minister has remained silent after Jais ‘s carried road on Bible Society of Malaysia in total disregard of the Cabinet’s 10 point solution, Palanivel has also not shown the leadership and courage to help resolve the Seaport Tamil school relocation issue.

Since Selangor government which owns the land through the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) may be considering to gazette the land at the original site for the school, what is so difficult for Palanivel to tell and convince the Cabinet that the relocation controversy can be easily resolved by a win win formula - to keep the Seaport Tamil school at its original site and allowing the new building at Kampung Lindungan to be opened as an additional school.

I therefore repeat my last week’s call on Palanivel to raise the issue in the Cabinet and propose the win win formula.

I also wish to call on the Selangor state government to immediately and formally gazette the land for use by Seaport Tamil school.

If the BN government is not prepared to adopt the win win formula, I call on the Indian community to support the struggle to retain the original Seaport Tamil school.

If the Save SJKC Damansara Campaign could succeed with the support from the people, the efforts to retain Seaport Tamil school at its original site too can succeed with public support .


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