Deputy Minister of Education cum the Member of Parliament of Kulai, Teo Nie Ching arrives at the Parliament in Kuala Lumpur to attend the Dewan Rakyat. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 11 APRIL 2019 vernacular schools chinese schools tamil schools
Deputy Minister of Education cum the Member of Parliament of Kulai, Teo Nie Ching arrives at the Parliament in Kuala Lumpur to attend the Dewan Rakyat. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 11 APRIL 2019

PETALING JAYA –  The action by the Vice-President of Parti Bumiputera Pesaka Malaysia (Putra), Mohd. Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz who wanted to challenge the existence of vernacular schools in Malaysia at the High Court is only a waste of time and resources, said Deputy Minister of Education, Teo Nie Ching.

She said, the vernacular schools issue does not exist as the Federal Court has decided that the Minister of Education has the right to build Chinese and Tamil schools.

“I am disappointed by him again for making provocations.

“The Attorney-General and Federal Government’s lawyer will lead the defence on behalf of the government and the Ministry of Education,” she told Sinchew Daily.

According to Nie Ching, DAP will work together with United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) and Chong Hwa Independent High School, Kuala Lumpur to ensure that their intention to challenge the position of Chinese and Tamil schools will not succeed.

“We cannot stop anyone from bringing an issue to the court but we are not letting our guard down.

“If he wants to provoke, then, we would surely use our harshest attitude in defending our rights to learn our mother tongue,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chairman of the Malaysia Chinese Language Council, Peng De Sheng said that Mohd. Khairul Azam was making a procedural mistake and the Federal Court did not mention that the position of Chinese and Tamil schools are being recognised by the Federal Constitution.

Therefore, he requested the Chinese community to be fully prepared to face a bigger challenge at the High Court.

He further added that the Chinese associations cannot let their guards down with the Federal Court’s verdict, but need to unite in facing the organisations and individuals who challenge the existence of vernacular schools.

“The politics are pointing towards a racial model with organisations and individuals repeatedly talking about single-stream educational system.

“I think this is not an isolated case which happened in coincidence,” he told Sinchew Daily.

However, he was satisfied with the outstanding collaboration between the Chinese and Tamil language associations in facing the issue.

“The Chinese and Tamil schools systems are similar and we share the same fate.

“When the Chinese and Indian associations join hands, it will give a positive impact on the plight for our mother tongue education,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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