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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