Monday, October 6, 2014

Will action be taken against Mohamad Azli for calling for the abolition of Chinese vernacular schools?



Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on October 6, 2014

Will action be taken against Mohamad Azli for calling for the abolition of Chinese vernacular schools? 

Petaling Jaya Utara Umno deputy division chief Mohamad Azli Mohemed Saad was reported in yesterday’s New Straits Times as saying that the upcoming Umno General Assembly should discuss the relevance of maintaining Chinese vernacular schools.
He was quoted to say:-

 “Many are of the opinion that Chinese vernacular schools have been exploited by opposition parties to incite hatred towards other races, and spread racial and anti-government sentiments.

“We should debate on whether Chinese vernacular schools should be abolished, or to increase the intake of Malay and Indian students, and teachers to 60 per cent (in such schools).”

I wish to firstly rebut Mohamad’s claim that the Chinese vernacular schools have been exploited by opposition parties to incite hatred towards other races.

Such claim is totally baseless and utterly irresponsible.

Is Mohamad not ware that many MCA and Gerakan leaders and members went to Chinese vernacular schools and have also sent their children to such schools?

Is he not aware that many past and present MCA Ministers received their primary education at Chinese vernacular schools?  

DAP‘s stand is that the draconian Sedition Act should be repealed. But since the Prime Minister has yet to fulfil his promise to repeal the Act and in view of the recent sedition blitz aimed at government critics, we shall see if action will be taken against Mohhamad for calling for the abolition of vernacular schools.

I also wish to call on MCA and Gerakan Ministers as well as Umno President Dato Seri Najib to take an open and strong stand against Mohamad’s call so as to let the nation know that such insensitive, baseless and irresponsible remarks cannot be tolerated.

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