Saturday, September 6, 2014

BN government must end its discriminatory practice and must immediately rescind its unjust policy of not reserving any land for the building of vernacular schools

Media Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on Saturday, 6th September, 2014
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BN government must end its discriminatory practice and must immediately rescind its unjust policy of not reserving any land for the building of vernacular schools
In the recent Perak State Assembly meeting held on August 26, DAP Assemblyman for Bercham YB Cheong Chee Khing had asked  the government to list the reserve lands meant for Chinese primary schools (SJKC) , Tamil primary schools ( SJKT)  , national schools ( SK ) , National secondary schools ( SMK)  and National type secondary schools ( SMJK ) in each Perak district from 1990 to 2014.

The reply stated that school reserve lands are only meant for the building of SK and SMK. No land is reserved for new SJKC and SJKT or for expansion on the present schools, except with the approval of the Prime minister or the Deputy Prime Minister.

The answer given was most shocking and unacceptable as it reflects the unjust and discriminatory policy of the government towards vernacular schools.
 
Right to mother tongue Education

The government’s policy is against the spirit and letter of the Constitution as the right to learn mother tongue education is enshrined in the constitution.

The policy is also contrary to BN‘s claim that it has and will accord fair treatment to all vernacular schools.

I find it shocking that MIC, MCA and Gerakan can give their support to such a unfair policy when they are fully aware of the urgent need for the building of more SJKC and SJKT due to the increasing number of parents sending their children to these schools.

According to statistics available, nationally, over 90 % of Chinese parents and 60 % of Indian parents send their children to SJKC and SJKT respectively. More and more non Chinese parents, especially from East Malaysia  are also sending their children to SJKC that today there are about 60,000 non Chinese pupils in these schools.

Population migration from rural to urban areas has resulted in the urgent need to build new SJKC and SJKT in areas where overcrowding of students have happened or where no such school exists. Yet the BN government has not addressed this long standing issue.

In Perak,  there are 134 SJKT’s and 15 of these schools have enrollment of 10 students and less. There is under enrollment as the 15 schools are in rural areas where the population have moved to towns.

Penang Government a model that must be followed

If Penang government can give lands to all schools, why can’t BN government do the same?

For the record, Penang government has recently allocated a piece of land in Butterworth for the building of a secondary Tamil school. This offer Is the first of its kind by any state Government in our country.

A good and caring Government cares for all and protects and provide for all a policy very much in the heart and policies of the Penang Government.

BN must end discriminatory policies

BN government must end its discriminatory practice and must immediately rescind its unjust policy of not reserving any land for the building of vernacular schools.

The best of students are leaving the country as many best qualified students fail to enter our universities to study the choice of their field.To stop further brain drain the implementing of meritocracy in the education system will be beneficial to all.

MIC, MCA and Gerakan must also explain why they have been supporting such an unjust policy when they have been claiming and shouting that they have and will fight for fair treatment of mother tongue education?

Clearly, this is another proof of their double speak, saying one thing to the voters and doing another during government policy making meetings.



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