Friday, 21 January 2011

Build our school or lose Tenang, PM told

Build our school or lose Tenang, PM told


Friends of Suaram Working Committee (Johor) together with Persekutuan Persatuan-Persatuan Bekas Pelajar-Pelajar Sekolah-Sekolah China Johor, Persatuan Persahabatan Phoenix Malaysia (Jawatankuasa Johor Bahru), Persatuan Kwang Sai Segamat, Jawatankuasa Mempertahankan SJK(c) Damansara Asal, Kluang, Gerakan Demokratik Belia Dan Pelajar Malaysia (DEMA), Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit) Johor had released “Tenang (DUN) by-election Demand” on 20th Jan 2011 2pm at Segamat Tiong Hua Association Meeting Hall. Below is the report published by Malaysiakini :


Seven NGOs in Johor have urged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to make good BN's promise to build an independent Chinese high school in Segamat or risk losing the Tenang by-election.

The NGOs have been campaigning for the revival of the Seg Hwa independent Chinese high school or the establishment of another new independent school in Segamat since the 1980s.

The original Seg Hwa independent Chinese high school in Segamat, a town 30 km North of Labis, had been converted to national secondary school after the introduction of Education Act 1961.



NONESpokesperson for the groups Nyam Kee Han (left) said that this was a “rational and appropriate” demand.

"We are of the view that national integration and development will only be achieved if the government recognise people's rights to accept mother tongue education and ensure multiculturalism in national education and cultural system," said Nyam.

In March 1986, 73 Chinese associations in Segamat began the campaign to revive the Seg Hwa independent Chinese high school before the general elections.

According to the chairperson of Segamat Kwang Sai Association Lai Hee Sang, the BN government then had given the green light before the polls but went against their promise right after the election.

"This had angered the people there and eventually BN lost the Jementah and Labis state seats (as it was called then), for the first time, in 1990 general election," said Lai.

"I hope the prime minister will take heed of the lesson in 1990."

'Prove 1Malaysia is real'

The group had submitted a memorandum on the matter to Najib during his visit to Labis two days ago.

"If the 1Malaysia is indeed true instead of a political slogan, our application should be approved," answered Lai when asked whether he is optimistic of a positive answer from the premier.

The seven NGOs comprise Segamat Kwang Sai Association, Federation of Johor Chinese Schools Alumni Associations, Friends of Suaram Johor, Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit) Johor and Malaysia Youths and Students Democratic Movement (Dema).

The groups called for a press conference at the Segamat Tiong Hua Chinese association office today to release a list of demands to government ahead of the Jan 30 Tenang by-election.

Among others, the groups are demanding equal treatment to all Malaysians, the abolish of draconian laws such as the Education Act 1996 which aims to eliminate Chinese and Tamil education in the country and Internal Security Act, ensure government funding to all education institutes for minority groups, abolish racial quota system in all sectors, and recognise Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) used by independent Chinese high schools.

They also wanted government to restore the citizenship of the late Lim Lian Geok, a Chinese educationist and activist who was stripped of his Malayan citizenship and his teaching licence in 1961 due to his involvement in mother tongue education movement.

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作为坚守“独立自主”和“与民同在”的立场的一个民间组织,人民之友在今年9月24日对即将来临的第14届全国大选投票,发表了一篇以华文书写的“意见书”,题为:投票支持"反对国家伊斯兰化的候选人": 反对巫统霸权统治!莫让马哈迪帮派"复辟"!

这篇意见书的英文译稿(标题是:Vote for “candidates who are against State Islamisation”: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent “the return to power of Mahathir’s faction”!)已于10月22日张贴在本部落格。马来文译稿(标题是:Undilah "calon yang membantah pengislaman negara": Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Mencegah puak Mahathir kembali kepada kuasa!)也已接着在11月13日在此贴出。

此外,人民之友也将通过电子邮件、微信、WhatsApp等方式,尽可能向全国各民族、各阶层、各行业、各宗教的团体和个人,传送我们的这份“意见书”供参考。我们欢迎跟我们对下届大选的立场和见解一致的团体和个人,将这份“意见书”传送到更多的人手中去!

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Pandangan Sahabat Rakyat terhadap PRU akan datang telah diterbitkan dalam tiga bahasa (Melayu, Cina dan Inggeris)

Sebagai sebuah pertubuhan masyarakat yang berpendirian teguh tentang prinsip "bebas dan berautonomi" dan “sentiasa berdampingan dengan rakyat jelata”, Sahabat Rakyat telah menerbitkan kenyataan tentang pandangan kami terhadap Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 yang bertajuk "Undilah calon yang menentang Pengislaman Negera: Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Jangan benarkan puak Mahathir kembali memerintah! " (投票支持"反对国家伊斯兰化的候选人": 反对巫统霸权统治!莫让马哈迪帮派"复辟"!)dalam Bahasa Cina pada 24hb September 2017.

Penterjemahan Bahasa Inggeris kenyataan tersebut yang bertajuk Vote for “candidates who are against State Islamisation”: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent “the return to power of Mahathir’s faction”! telah diterbitkan dalam blog kita pada 22hb Oktober 2017 manakala penterjemahan Bahasa Melayu telah diterbitkan pada 13hb November 2017.

Selain daripada itu, Sahabat Rakyat juga akan menyebarkan kenyataan ini seluas mungkin kepada pertubuhan dan individu semua bangsa, strata, profesyen dan agama seluruh Negara melalui email, wechat, whatsApp dan pelbagai saluran lain. Kami amat mengalu-alukan pertubuhan dan individu yang berpendirian dan pandangan sama dengan kami untuk turut menyebarkan kenyataan ini kepada lebih ramai orang!

Kami berharap pendirian dan pandangan kami berkenaan pilihan raya kali ini yang dinyatakan dalam kenyataan tersebut dapat disebarkan dengan tepat dan meluas untuk diuji dalam kalangan rakyat semua bangsa semua strata sosial melalui penglibatan mereka dalam amalan pelbagai parti politik dalam pertempuran pilihan raya umum kali ini mahupun amalan masa depan.


The Chinese, English and Malay renditions of Sahabat Rakyat’s opinions about next election have been published consecutively

As an NGO which upholds “independent and autonomous” position and "always be with the people" principle, on 24 September 2017, Sahabat Rakyat had released a Chinese-written statement of views with regard to the voting in the upcoming 14th General Election, entitled “Vote for candidates who are against State Islamisation: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent the return to power of Mahathir’s faction!” (投票支持"反对国家伊斯兰化的候选人": 反对巫统霸权统治!莫让马哈迪帮派"复辟"!)

The English rendition of this statement entitled "Vote for “candidates who are against State Islamisation”: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent “the return to power of Mahathir’s faction”!" and the Malay rendition entitled "Undilah "calon yang membantah pengislaman negara": Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Mencegah puak Mahathir kembali kepada kuasa!" had been released on 22 October and 13 November respectively.

Apart from that, Sahabat Rakyat will also make every effort to disseminate this statement as widely as possible to organizations and individuals of all ethnic groups, religions and all walks of life throughout the country via email, WeChat, WhatsApp and other channels. We welcome organizations and individuals with the same position and views to spread this statement to more people!

We hope that our position and views pertaining to the next General Election expressed in the statement will be accurately and widely disseminated and also examined by the popular masses of various ethnicity and social strata through their involvement in the struggle of the next General Election carried out by various political parties and their practices in all fields in future.

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