Sunday, March 25, 2012

Protest Rally 325 华教救亡大集会






遇到了两位外教朋友,“你没去教堂?” 。









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Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong (center short-sleeve shirt)

Being a graduate of Chinese language school and resident of Kajang, I must attend the rally, if not, I would call myself an asshole! After all,the venue is just across my church.

To be there is to show my support and solidarity with the community.

Since independence, the ruling coalition and UMNO government's ultimate aim is to eliminate Chinese and Tamil schools from its education system. For the past half a century, the government through legislation, imposed many unfair laws and regulations and biased implementation to restrict the development of Chinese language education.

The most serious problems facing by the Chinese community are: shortage of Chinese primary schools and teachers.

However, due to dedications and sacrifices of many education activists and strong commitment of Chinese community, the best and most complete Chinese education system outside greater China region is found in Malaysia!

Today, The United Chinese School Committees' Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) organised a protest rally at its premises in Kajang to highlight grievances and problems faced by Chinese schools for the past many decades.

They demanded the government to take the following 3 measures:

1. Transfer out all teachers who do not speak Mandarin.
2. Allow employment of temporary teaches to ease the shortage of teachers in Chinese primary schools.
3. As a long term solution, train more teachers, from basic level, to solve shortage problem.

About 8000 people from all states in Peninsular Malaysia, including representatives from political parties, associations, NGOs and chambers of commerce, attended this rally which was held from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

A small delegation from Tamil Schools Foundation also present at the rally.

The arrival of Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong was a surprise. However, the crowd booed and heckled him throughout the rally. Poor fellow! (I think it has been overdone ... but the crowd is too large to control)

It was a peaceful rally. The police and Rela members were there to control traffic and crowd control around VIPs seating area only.

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