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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The English and Malay renditions of Sahabat Rakyat’s opinions about next election will be published here consecutively

As an NGO which upholds “independent and autonomous” position and "always be with the people" principle, 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!”

The English rendition of this statement will be published in our blog in the near future whereas the Malay rendition will be published next month (November). Please stay tuned!

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 ethnicities 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.

Akan datang: Penerbitan penterjemahan pendapat Sahabat Rakyat mengenai pilihan raya ke-14 dalam Bahasa Inggeris dan Bahasa Melayu

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 akan datang yang bertajuk "Undilah calon yang menentang Pengislaman Negera: Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Jangan benarkan puak Mahathir kembali memerintah! "

Penterjemahan Bahasa Inggeris kenyataan tersebut akan diterbitkan dalam blog kita dalam waktu terdekat manakala penterjemahan Bahasa Melayu akan diterbitkan pada bulan hadapan.

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 masa depan.

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