DONG ZONG IS IN THE FOREFRONT OF CHINESE EDUCATION IN MALAYSIA.
4 July 2017
Are ‘Chinese schools’ really the cause of disunity?
KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 ― Local “Chinese schools” or schools that heavily feature Mandarin have been criticised as stumbling blocks to a united and harmonious Malaysia, but is that really true?
Datuk Vincent Lau, chairman of the leading Chinese education group United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong), disagrees that vernacular schools or schools that teach in the students’ mother tongue are an obstacle to national unity.
“We don’t think that Malaysia should insist or go for single-stream education,” he told Malay Mail Online recently, arguing that such a move would not necessarily achieve racial harmony and that the advantages of allowing vernacular schools to co-exist with Bahasa Malaysia-medium national schools far outweigh the disadvantages.
While there has always been a strong push for the adoption of Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction in all schools for the sake of unity, detractors of vernacular schools have further claimed that their very existence perpetuates the segregation of Malaysians according to ethnic and language silos.
While acknowledging that some graduates of Chinese independent high schools and national-type primary schools (SJKC) may have a weaker command of English and Bahasa Malaysia, Lau said all three languages are taught to students in such schools and considered equally important.
He said language proficiency depended on the individual students and was confident that the foundation built during their studies is sufficient for them to interact with others later on.
Instead of language mastery, he said what matters most in the nation’s bid for harmony is tolerance and the willingness to accept each other.
“But I think what is very important is we have to embrace the differences, I think that’s very important. Even if you speak the same, think the same… there are differences.
“In a multiracial society like Malaysia, we must be very tolerant, we must embrace the differences,” he said, adding that the government could instead come up with programmes to promote interaction among different ethnic groups.
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3 July 2017
What you should know about Chinese schools in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, July 3 — Not all Chinese schools in Malaysia use Mandarin as the medium of instruction. Surprised? Why are they called Chinese schools then?
That is because the term “Chinese schools” has been used indiscriminately to group together disparate types of schools with a common historical background under a very wide umbrella.
In reality, there are two broad categories for Chinese schools here: those that are private and those that are government-aided. Some of their key distinctions revolve around funding, medium of instruction and syllabus used.
According to the Education Ministry, the self-funded Chinese independent high schools are private schools while those called national-type Chinese primary schools (SJKC) or national-type secondary schools (SMJK) are public schools that receive either full or partial financial assistance from the government.
Chinese independent high schools
Chinese independent high schools may sound like an odd moniker but it can be traced back to the history of local Chinese-medium schools, which United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) chairman Datuk Vincent Lau told Malay Mail Online were first established by the migrants originating from China to provide education for their children.
SJKC and SMJK: Government-aided schools
There are also primary schools where Mandarin is used to teach all subjects. These existed before Malaysia was formed in 1963 and are now known as SJKC, where the vernacular language is allowed to continue to be used as the medium of instruction as an alternative to the Bahasa Malaysia-medium national primary schools (SK).
SK schools are located on public land and accorded the status of “government schools” which the ministry fully maintains and funds.
SJKC schools adopt the same national syllabus used by SK schools and offer the same school-leaving UPSR examination. But because they are built on private donated land, they are given the status of “government-aided schools” and receive less government funding compared to SK schools.
23 September 2013
MCA Labis MP Datuk Chua Tee Yong said under-enrolled schools, be it Chinese, Tamil or national schools, should be retained as long as they are needed.
Dong Zong deputy president Chow Siew Hon said there is “no difference between merging and closing Chinese schools”, and urged the boards and parent-teacher associations of the schools not make any compromise on this “very important issue”.
Proposed merging of Chinese schools ruffle feathers
Last updated on 23 September 2013 – 10:42pm
PETALING JAYA (Sept 23, 2013): The suggestion by the Perak and Johor education departments for under-enrolled Chinese primary schools to merge did not go down well with MCA and several Chinese organisations.
MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said MCA is against any such move while Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees Association) deems it an attempt to close down Chinese schools.
Under-enrolled Chinese schools can be relocated to places where they are needed, such as Selayang and Rawang, Liow told reporters after addressing the Selayang MCA division meeting on Sunday.
MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said when he was the deputy education minister, he stopped education officers from bringing up the merger topic as “it is not acceptable to the Chinese community”.
“Why are they insisting on merging these schools, when we can relocate them instead under the National Education Blueprint (NEB) to overcome the problem?” he asked.
MCA dissatisfied with low number of Chinese offered IPTA places
MCA HQ, 12 July- MCA Youth Chairman Datuk Dr Ir Wee Ka Siong today expressed his dissatisfaction with the Education Ministry for the low number of Chinese students offered places to study in public institutes of higher learning (IPTA) this year.
Lowest record ever
Pointing out that Chinese students only consisted of 19.9% of the 41, 573 total places offered, Ka Siong said that this was a sad number because previously the percentage of Chinese students offered places went as high as 32.3%. “I urge that this be looked at objectively to see why this has happened,” said Ka Siong, adding that the small percentage recorded this year was very worrying and is the lowest ever.
Urging that a post mortem must be set up to look into this, Ka Siong also said that this year MCA intends to look at the profile of each university which was offered to the Chinese students to see whether or not they are research universities or normal universities.
The former Deputy Minister of Education also pointed out that they had received complaints from many quarters about “four flat” students (those who achieve a CGPA of 4.0) who were not given the courses that they applied for. “To me, this 19.9% does not mean anything if there is a mismatch of courses. If someone applies for medical but is offered to study economy, then there is no significant achievement,” he added.
“Now is the time to prevent brain drain”
“The percentage of those offered critical courses also suffered a significant drop,” said Ka Siong. “I urge the government to offer all “four flat” students the courses that they applied for,” he added, warning that failure to do so will see these high achievers going off to study in other countries.
A CALL FOR PAY-BACK: CHINESE DIDN’T VOTE FOR US, SO DON’T HELP THEM AS PROMISED!
1 Gabungan NGO Melayu-Islam urged the government not to bow to the demands of the “chauvinistic and extreme” United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong).
2 They urge the PM, as well as the education ministers I and II, never to hold any meetings or official visits (with Dong Zong) to discuss any of their claims, including applications to increase the number of vernacular schools, recognise the Unified Examination Certificate and strengthen the teaching of Mandarin in vernacular schools.
A coalition of Malay-Muslim NGOs has called on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to rescind all election promises he made to increase and upgrade Chinese higher education institutions in three states.
This, the group said, was because Chinese Malaysian voters “broke their promise” to support BN.
“Rescind all promises made … to increase and upgrade Chinese higher education institutions in Negri Sembilan, Johor and Penang,” it said.
The coalition, comprising 130 NGOs led by the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia, also said the existence of vernacular schools was an “obstruction” to Najib’s goal of national reconciliation.
The group further said, among others, that the government:
- Must abolish all vernacular schools, with the exception of private schools;
- Make private vernacular schools adhere to a syllabus skewed towards national goals and aspirations, and based on the federal constitution;
- Empower the teaching and use of English as an international language; and
- Encourage the study of Arabic, Mandarin, Tamil and other languages of commerce and trade.
Unless all this is done, Gabungan NGO Melayu-Islam said, vernacular schools will continue to be the polemic that divides society and threatens racial harmony.
Putrajaya tells Dong Zong to adapt for UEC approval
By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
May 21, 2013
PUTRAJAYA, May 21 – The United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) must be “prepared to make changes” and meet conditions set by the Ministry of Education if the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) is to be recognised, the government said today.
Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin revealed that the bilateral talks on Dong Zong’s push for recognition of the UEC have not progressed as the association has not declared its willingness to agree to the conditions as yet.
“Any parties that want recognition must be ready to make some changes that is in sync with the existing laws and policies on education.
“The government at this level has not decided on the matter because on the Dong Zong side, as an example, it has yet to make any changes,’’ the deputy prime minister said today.
Putrajaya’s hardball stance is in contrast to charm campaign it rolled in the run-up to polls. Since elections, there have been calls within Umno and Malay newspapers for the Barisan Nasional (BN) government to be less accommodating with Chinese community.
“On our side if they are ready to make the changes then we have no problem,” he told reporters after chairing a meeting with senior officials from the Ministry of Education here.
Just before Election 2013 was held, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had convened a meeting with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education to find a solution that will be acceptable to all on the recognition of UEC to enter local public higher learning institutions (IPTA).
Putrajaya and Dong Zong subsequently issued a statement that the meeting had, among others, discussed on the issue concerning the recognition of the UEC which relates to applications for entering IPTA.
There was a discussion on requirement of students from Chinese medium schools to have at least a credit in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Bahasa Malaysia paper along with the UEC, as a condition for applying to IPTA.
“There was also discussion on the issue of accreditation to the UEC Bahasa Malaysia subject,” it said.
Just three days after dissolving Parliament, the BN caretaker government has issued the approval letter for the upgrading of the Dong Zong-owned New Era College into a university college. The approval was made in late March but the letter was only issued today.
However, the BN denied today that the move is an election gimmick to woo the support of the Chinese community in the coming general election.
“This has nothing to do with the election. It’s merely a coincidence,” Deputy Higher Education Minister Hou Kok Chung said when asked about the timing of the approval letter issuance, so soon after Parliament was dissolved.
Hou said the minister, Mohamed Khaled Nordin, approved New Era College’s upgrading on March 29, days before Parliament was dissolved, so the move did not go against the caretaker government guidelines and it was not ethically wrong, either.
He further explained that New Era College had met the requirements needed for its upgrading at the end of last year and some months were needed for the upgrading to be approved.
Upgrading assessments and approvals for higher learning institutions are part of the ministry’s daily process, Hou claimed.
The United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) today hoped that its first meeting with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak will herald the recognition of United Examination Certificate (UEC).
Dong Zong’s chairperson Yap Sin Tian said that his delegation had hoped for a major announcement from Najib today, but a firm answer, if any, may take some time.
Yap said this after an hour-long meeting with the premier today at the latter’s office in Putrajaya.
“We had hoped for an announcement – good news from the prime minister today – but due to prevailing technical issues, more discussions are required.
“We are hoping that an announcement to recognise the United Examination Certificate (UEC) for entry into public universities can be done before the next general election,” he told journalists after the meeting outside the Prime Minister’s Department in Putrajaya.
Yap added that due to a time constraint, Dong Zong had discussed exclusively on the recognition of UEC, a certificate for independent Chinese secondary schools.
“There was a discussion on requiring students from Chinese medium schools to have at least a credit in SPM along with UEC as a condition for application into public universities.
“There was also a discussion on the issue of accreditation of the UEC Malay language subject,” he said.
SUPPOSE BN PROMISES TO RECOGNIZE THE UEC…
If BN loses Putrajaya, it won’t be able to keep any promise it made during the election campaign.
If BN retains control of Putrajaya, it will not keep its promise. NO, IT WILL NOT KEEP ITS PROMISE SINCE IT HAS TO PANDER TO UMNO YOUTH, PERKASA AND UMNO MEMBERS WHO WISH TO PUSH MALAY SUPREMACY.
Pakatan Rakyat has urged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to recognise immediately the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) and not to use it as a vote-buying tactic during the general election campaign period.
PKR vice-president Tian Chua said that the government should show its courage by accepting the Chinese high school examination as entrance qualification to public universities and the public service.
“We think (the recognition) should be taken in a bipartisan approach. The prime minister should announce the recognition before the general election.
(There is) no need to wait for Pakatan to implement it after (we) win the election. The credit will go to the prime minister if done now,” he told a press conference at the PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya today.
AT THE DONG ZONG CHINESE NEW YEAR OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, 17 February 2013 10:45
Anwar the choice as NEW PM: ‘Sulking’ Najib comes empty-handed to Dong Zong CNY
Written by Wong Choon Mei, Alaa Soleiman, Malaysia Chronicle
I LOVE PM – but Anwar not Najib!
Soon after Najib’s departure, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and other leaders of his Opposition party including MP for Cheras Tan Kok Wai and MP for Klang Charles Santiago arrived to a thunderous reception. PAS vice president and MP for Pokok Sena Mahfuz Omar was also given a rousing welcome.
But the crowd saved their best for Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. It was clear from the din they raised with their shouts and cheers when the 64-year-old Anwar had arrived. Anwar was accompanied by PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and other party leaders including MP for Batu Tian Chua.
More significant than any lion dance or red carpet welcome were the ‘I LOVE new PM anwar’ cards the crowd flashed spontaneously at Anwar when he arrived. Their reaction bolsters the view that Anwar is the choice of the Chinese community as the nation’s next prime minister.
The de-facto head of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition is already rated by many political analysts as having more than an even chance of creating history and effecting Malaysia’s first-ever regime change by wresting the federal government in the coming general election.
NAJIB HAS COME AND GONE BUT GAVE NO RED PACKET TO DONG ZONG
Dong Zong in its invitation letter listed three demands it has long been making: the recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), the building of more Chinese independent schools and a review of the National Education Blueprint.
But he did not come with any gift…
Despite Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak not bearing any good news for Chinese education at Dong Zong’s open house today, the group said Najib told them he was willing to discuss their demands after the Chinese New Year celebrations.
“He (Najib) asked me to arrange a meeting with him after the Chinese New Year celebrations,” Dong Zong or United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia chairperson Yap Sin Tian said.
“When exactly this will happen, it depends on the prime minister fixing a date. He said he will get in touch with us after Chinese New Year,” Yap added at Dong Zong’s Chinese New Year open house in Kajang today.
Asked if he was disappointed that the prime minister did not announce any goodies for Chinese education during the event, Yap merely smiled and replied: “What do you think?”
Najib Abdul Razak today became the first prime minister in more than 50 years to attend the Chinese New Year open house held by the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong).
However, expectations that the prime minister would announce greater recognition for Chinese education during the unprecedented visit faltered, for no such announcement materialised.
Flanked by Dong Zong chairperson Yap Sin Tian, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Koh Tsu Koon and MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek, Najib was welcomed with a lion dance performance as he made his entry.
He was greeted by some 5,000 attendees, who stood up and applauded.
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim arrived at 11.20am, 20 minutes latter than scheduled, along with his wife and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar.
DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang had arrived earlier, at 10.50am.
Asked if Najib was to announce that the government would finally recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), Anwar is unperturbed.
“The recognition of UEC is a common policy that we (Pakatan) have approved three years ago… Najib only respond to this issue a month before the election – that’s the big difference,” he said.
Pakatan supremo Anwar Ibrahim said he had no problem should he run into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak tomorrow at the United Chinese School Committees Association’s (Dong Zong) Chinese New Year open house tomorrow.
“My battle is not personal. What is the problem of meeting him (Najib)? It’s not a fight, you know,” he jested at a press conference after attending Batu parliamentary PKR Chinese New Year open house.
Both leaders are expected to attend the Dong Zong’s open house tomorrow.
However, according to China Press, Dong Zong has appealed to both Najib and Anwar not to arrive at the same time.
This is to avoid the open house being turned into a political event
Now, if Najib were REALLY SINCERE about winning the hearts (read, VOTES) of DONG Zong and its supporters, he would announce, “WE RECOGNISE THE UEC!”
BUT THEN, WHAT WOULD UMNO DIEHARDS AND PERKASA (not to mention, Dr Mahathir) DO TO NAJIB?
|1:47PM Feb 16, 2013|
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s presence at the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia’s (Dong Zong) Chinese New Year open house tomorrow may be unprecendented, but he will not be bearing any gift for the Chinese education coalition.
This is according to the premier’s political secretary, Wong Nai Chee.
Wong was quoted in China Press as saying that the premier will not distribute any gifts during his 30-minute stay at New Era College, the private college established by Dong Zong, and the location of the open house.
However, he added that he is not sure whether Najib will make any impromptu announcement.
Dong Zong and other Chinese educationalists have been struggling to get recognition of Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) examination, a private examination sat for by students in all 60 Chinese independent high schools nationwide.
Despite the UEC being widely accepted as entrance qualification in Singapore, Australia, China and other countries, the Malaysian government, however, does not.
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s agreement to attend the Chinese New Year open house of the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) on Sunday does not worry the pressure group that it will be seen as a tool for the premier to woo Chinese voters.
Dong Zong is inviting politicians from both sides to attend the event, besides Najib, and it hopes they will understand, and therefore solve, the fundamental problems faced by Chinese schools, the NGO’s president Yap Sin Tian said today.
“Dong Zong’s principles go beyond political parties, so we also invite all the parties (to attend),” Yap told a press conference.
Najib to make milestone visit to Dong Zong open house
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak will call on Chinese education group Dong Zong’s Chinese New Year open house in Kajang on Sunday as he drums up support for Election 2013.
Sin Chew Daily today quoted Dong Zong, whose full name is the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (UCSCAM), as saying that Najib’s visit — a first by a prime minister in the group’s 58-year history — would be an “ice-breaking” session.
“We cannot ask the prime minister to bring us any gifts, but if the prime minister has some good news to announce, of course we’ll graciously accept,” Dong Zong deputy chairman Chow Siew Hon was quoted as saying.
An endorsement from Dong Zong, which runs the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) examinations for Chinese schools, will likely influence many Chinese voters.
Dong Zong confident of meeting exam criteria
Last updated on 20 January 2013 – 09:14pm
PETALING JAYA (Jan 20, 2013): The United Chinese Schools Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) indicated today that Chinese independent high schools have never compromised on issues now put as conditions for the government to give full recognition to the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).
“Over the last two decades, Dong Zong has been working closely with Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka (DBP) to promote Bahasa Malaysia to students, and History and Geography subjects in schools were localised since the early 1950s,” he said in a statement.
He was responding to news reports that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak had set two conditions to recognise the UEC, a standard certificate for all Chinese high school students, during a meeting with the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia.
Students must have at least a credit in the SPM Bahasa Malaysia paper, and that Geography and History subjects taught must include more Malaysian content.
He added that the association has set up a specialised task force to conduct reviews and improvements on History and Geography subjects to meet the requirements of the changing times.
- 5 Jan 2013
- Metro Perak
- By FOONG PEK YEE email@example.com
The rise of Dragon babies
Independent schools in Perak are on a better footing
From page 1 SOME people say the surge in the enrolment of Form One students at Chinese independent schools this year is due to the number of Dragon babies born in 2000, entering secondary school.
It is the Chinese belief that the Dragon is a symbol of power and prosperity, and some plan their babies to be born in that auspicious year.
But the enrolment surge this year, is extraordinary.
In Perak, the total number of Form One independent school students saw a 36.38% increase — 1,919 this year against 1,407 last year.
However, it is good to know that schools are able to cope with the demand.
Ipoh’s SM Poi Lam, for instance, is able to accommodate the 45% surge in the Form One intake — 480 students this year against 330 last year.
The increase for other independent schools are: SM Hua Lian, Taiping (350%), SM Yuk Choy, Ipoh (23.7%), SM San Min, Teluk Intan (27.3%), SM Nan Hwa, Sitiawan (14.3%), SM Yik Ching, Pantai Remis (22%), SM Pei Yuan, Kampar (3.1%), while SM Tsung Wah, Kuala Kangsar and SM Shen Jai, Ipoh did not release their statistics.
Where Chinese independent schools are concerned, the community sees it as more than a place to study, sit for examination, and as a stepping stone to a good career.
Like it or not, the schools also somehow reflect the survival of mother-tongue education and Chinese culture.
The community, including former students, will rally behind the schools; especially in terms of donations to keep them going or expanding.
The community, especially the Chinese educated, can get quite emotional over any perceived threat to the existence of such schools.
This is something that politicians from both sides of the divide are aware of.
For instance, independent schools’ Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) graduates could apply for National Higher Education Loan Fund (PTPTN), and also entry to public teachers’ training colleges. The UEC is equivalent to STPM. While the Government has yet to accord the UEC full recognition, it, however, has started giving scholarships to 50 of its top scorers each year.
Each recipient gets RM45,000, and they are not subject to any form of bond.
But what is even more meaningful to the nine independent schools in Perak is that they jointly get an average of RM3.6mil or RM400,000 per school a year for 30 years, starting last year.
This was made possible when Barisan Nasional via Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, gave the schools a 1,000 ha plot of land in Sungkai, Perak, for them to venture into oil palm cultivation, and obtain a steady income.
The schools via Semangat Suwa Sdn Bhd (a company co-owned by the schools) has started their joint venture with Sawit Langkap Sdn Bhd last year.
With an estimated RM800,000 monthly operating expenses per school, the income from the venture certainly makes a difference to the schools which depend a lot on public donations to survive.
- 1 Jan 2013
- Metro Perak
- By ELWEEN LOKE firstname.lastname@example.org
Big jump in intake
Chinese schools report increase in enrolment as Dragon Year students enter secondary level
CHINESE independent schools in Perak are all geared up to receive their biggest batch of Form One students — a phenomenon which happens once every 12 years, as those born in the Dragon Year in 2000 enter secondary school tomorrow.
1 Except for SM Kampar Pei Yuan and SM Tsung Wah in Kuala Kangsar, all Chinese independent schools in the state have recorded a drastic increase in intake of Form One students in 2013.
2 SM Hua Lian, Taiping has 7 classes of Form One comnpared to 2 in 2012. Twenty new teachers have been hired.
3 In SM San Min in Teluk Intan, the higher demand for enrolment in Form One has led to the school offering an extra class.
4 SM Poi Lam principal Leong Ping Chow said as of last week, the school in Ipoh had accepted 480 students. “We are prepared to accept up to 500 students, which equates to 10 classes….That is the maximum number of students we can accommodate,” he said.
5 Sitiawan’s SM Nan Hwa had stopped accepting students to avoid overcrowding in classrooms.
6 SM Yik Ching: the number of Form One students registered with the school in Pantai Remis has increased by 69% this year, resulting in it having to offer two additional classes for the year.
1 SMJK Yuk Choy principal Chen Hen Huan said the school had accepted about 500 Form One students whereas similar intakes in previous years was only about 350.
2 SMJK Kampar Pei Yuan principal Tan Lek Soon said the school would open up two additional classes due to a 34% increase in intake of Form One students.
“We have 340 students this time compared to only 225 students last year,” he said.
Free Malaysia Today
Chinese priority: First-class education
The Chinese are not intent on having schools in Chinese as a means of preserving their culture. They just want the best education environment.
If we read our Federal Constitution, vernacular education should have by now been replaced completely by a national school education system.
Having allowed the continuity of vernacular schools, the government cannot undo it now. No way can we expect Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to have the gumption and the courage to enforce the constitutional provision that there should only be one type of school – national schools.
The fact is the Chinese are after high-quality education because their own culture is best preserved in their home environments and other cultural-enhancement activities.
What if our national schools have first-class facilities and resources and produce top results?
Believe me, Chinese parents would gladly send their children there, forgetting the supposedly overriding need to preserve their culture.
If national schools have only one agenda – to produce the best results using the best facilities and resources and not imposing one group’s hegemony on others – I think the Chinese will enrol their children at national schools.
The writer is a former Umno state assemblyman but has now joined DAP. He is a FMT columnist
Seeking equality for Chinese education blueprint
Posted on 29 November 2012 – 09:57pm
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 29, 2012): A coalition of 25 NGOs reperesenting civil society has called on the Education Ministry to recognise and acknowledge the contribution of national-type Chinese secondary schools (SMJKC) in the National Education Blueprint as these schools have produced as many bright students as other national secondary schools.
Coalition on Plan of Action of Malaysia (PoAM) chairperson Tan Yew Sing said the government should give SMJKC schools full entitlement as had been agreed to in the 1960s when they were made to convert to national schools.
“The lack of appreciation or mention of the SMJKC in the blueprint is very disappointing. We proposed that all education streams be recognised as national schools and be entitled to equal treatment,” he said yesterday when announcing the coalition’s final list of recommendations.
The demonstration in Petaling Jaya by Chinese education group Dong Zong against the National Education Blueprint (NEB) today drew some 10,000 people.
The group, backed by some 700 NGOs, is protesting against the blueprint over claims that it was unfair to vernacular schools.
Like previous four rallies organised by Dong Zong, the event attracted mostly middle-aged people and to a lesser extent youths.
Many youth participants were clad in green and yellow T-shirts. Many told Malaysiakini that they will join Himpunan Hijau’s march later this afternoon.
Dozens of banners are strung around Dataran PJ, the venue of the event, are targeting MCA and Education Minister Wee Ka Siong for neglecting the community’s needs.
During the two-hour rally, two resolutions were passed:
1. To oppose the NEB on grounds that it is ultimate objective is to implement a single stream education system and do away with vernacular education.
2. To urge the federal government to revamp the NEB in line with world education development trends, with respect to the national language and protection of language and culture of minority groups.
Thousands rally in PJ against education blueprint
PETALING JAYA, Nov 25 — Thousands of unhappy citizens today took over a football field here during a rally organised by Chinese education group Dong Zong to protest against the government’s newly-announced National Education Blueprint (NEB), over fears that vernacular schools will be sidelined.
Other protesters sat on the platform and in a few white canvas tents, while RELA officers were spotted.
White canvas banners with slogans such as “Membantah KPM mempinggirkan SJKC, SJKT, Sekolah Tamil, Sekolah Mubaligh, SMJK (Protest against the Ministry of Education in sidelining SJKC, SJKT, Tamil schools, mission schools, SMJK)” written in Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia and Tamil were strung up along two sides of the field.
Political parties made their presence known, with PAS and PKR flags, as well as banners sporting the DAP logo being held aloft at the field.
CHINESE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
|5:02PM Nov 23, 2012|
The education ministry’s embarrassing move to amend a parliamentary reply on the issue of Chinese independent schools has exposed the BN federal government’s true colours, says DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
“Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin finally told the truth in Parliament. He said the current 60 Chinese independent high schools in the country do not abide by the national curriculum under the Education Act 1961.
“Hence the government will not allow the establishment of new Chinese independent high schools. In other words, it is impossible to establish new Chinese independent high schools,” Lim said in a statement today.
The question is of great concern to the Chinese community as Chinese education groups are currently seeking clarification from the ministry whether the recently approved Kuantan Chong Hwa High School is a genuine Chinese independent school with Chinese as the language of instruction with its students allowed to sit for the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) test.
Many Chinese education groups, including the influential United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong), have claimed that the approval letter from the education ministry is equivocal over the medium of language and the school’s main qualification examination.
But both the MCA and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak have clarified that it is a ‘genuine’ Chinese independent school.
Dong Zong also reiterated that the reply has again confirmed that Kuantan Chong Hwa High School is not a Chinese independent high school, merely another private national school.
Hence ,the group called on the people to attend its mega rally on Sunday at Petaling Jaya to protest the National Education Blueprint 2013-2025 which it said will result in a single-stream education system with the Malay language as the medium of instruction.
DONG ZONG RALLY
MPM, which claims to be an umbrella group for Malay NGOs, is planning an education convention as a counter measure to the Dong Zong protest against the National Education Blueprint.
Free Malaysia Today
Dong Zong shrugs off MPM outrage
It doesn’t expect trouble at Sunday’s rally.
PETALING JAYA: Dong Zong (United Chinese Schools Committees Association) has chosen to disregard expressions of outrage over its plan to hold a rally this Sunday, saying it sees no reason to beef up security for the event.
“Every organisation has the right to adopt its views on certain issues,” said Dong Zong’s deputy president, Chow Siew Hon, in response to yesterday’s statement from the Malay Consultative Council (MPM), which denounced the upcoming rally as an “irresponsible act”.
“We believe the Malays are generally a peace loving group,” Chow added. “They might have emotions over certain issues, but we don’t expect anything drastic.”
..The ministry had replied that applications for Chinese independent schools were “no longer open” because such schools run a curriculum not conforming to the national curriculum.
It was a case of “now you see it, now you don’t” at Parliament yesterday when the Education Ministry scrambled to amend a written ministerial reply, possibly to avert a backlash from Chinese voters.
Two days ago, the ministry had issued a written reply to Pandan MP Ong Tee Keat who had sought an explanation on the whether there are different considerations for applications to set up private schools, international schools and private Chinese schools.
Ong, who is former MCA chief, had also asked what were the restrictions that were imposed on such schools.
Among other issues, the ministry had replied that applications for Chinese independent schools were “no longer open” because such schools run a curriculum not conforming to the national curriculum.
Following this, the Education Ministry sent out a revised copy of written reply to the press in which references to the cessation of applications for Chinese private schools were removed.
Instead, the new reply stated that 60 Chinese independent high schools exist because of legacy reasons. [Scroll down to see comparison of both replies.]
|10:38AM Nov 22, 2012|
The mega rally initiated by the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) to protest the National Education Blueprint 2013-2025 (NEB) has won the community’s overwhelming support with over 580 organisations vow to send their representatives to the event at Petaling Jaya on Sunday.
Its president Yap Sin Tian said at a press conference on Tuesday that representatives from these groups will be invited to speak at the rally as it is a platform for them to voice their concern over the blueprint.
Currently the umbrella body for all Chinese schools’ boards of directors is conducting nationwide briefings to garner support for the rally.
Split over Chinese education issue
Posted on 18 November 2012 – 10:41pm
Kong See Hoh
PETALING JAYA (Nov 18, 2012): The two key Chinese education groups are divided on how to fight for amendments to be made to the preliminary report on the National Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
While Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees Association) believes a rally on Nov 25 would galvanise public support over its demands that long-standing issues regarding Chinese education be addressed, Jiao Zong (United Chinese School Teachers Association) says it is not the right time to hold such a rally.
Free Malaysia Today
Tamil and Islamic Groups may attend Dong Zong rally on 25 November 2012
Nov 25 protest against the National Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
Dong Zong, or the United Chinese School Committees Association, last week invited other education groups as well as political parties to join them in next week’s protest, which will be held at Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya.
Groups that may participate:
1 Pusat Pendidikan SRI-SMI Berhad (Musleh), an umbrella organisation for Islamic schools.
2 The Tamil Foundation will meet Dong Zong
Criticising the blueprint as fraught with flaws, they told FMT they would meet Dong Zong representatives within the next few days and would probably accept that organisation’s invitation to the rally, which will be held at Padang Timur in Petaling Jaya.
Sunday October 21, 2012 MYT 6:14:11 PM
PM announces RM30mil grant for Chinese schools
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has announced an allocation of RM30mil for the development of Chinese national-type secondary schools (SMJK) in the country.
During his address at the MCA annual general assembly here Sunday, Najib said he had discussed the matter with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the Education Minister, and they had agreed to grant RM30mil for the schools.
Earlier in his presidential address, MCA chief Datuk Seri Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek had appealed to the Prime Minister for assistance for these schools, saying there was currently no allocation for them.
“There are 78 conforming schools with more than 125,000 students. They should be given an allocation of RM50mil next year,” he said.
Under BN, Chinese education will always be recognised, says Najib
Assistant News Editor
KUALA LUMPUR, OCT 21 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak today offered Barisan Nasional’s (BN) promise that under its rule, Chinese schools will always remain a part of the national education system, touching on an emotive issue that has been central to the pact’s campaign for the Chinese vote.
The Prime Minister and BN chairman acknowledged that access to Chinese education was among one of the four key demands of the country’s second largest ethnic group, which is today seen BN’s biggest stumbling block in the coming polls.
“The Chinese want education… because the Chinese know that what is important to them is their values.
“They believe that good values can be imparted through the schools that we have, especially the Chinese schools.
“This government will ensure that Chinese schools will remain as part of our education system,” he pledged, to loud cheers from delegates.
The squabble between Dong Zong and MCA widens: Minister in the Prime Minister Department Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz states his personal opinion (backing Dong Zong)…
Nazri’s statement on Dong Zong is his personal opinion, says Muhyiddin
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 — Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today said that the statement made by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz’s concerning the demands of United Chinese School Committees Association or better known as ‘Dong Zong’ on Chinese education in the country, was his personal opinion.
“I also explained to him that we have already taken a stand on the matter. The government’s policy on the matter is also clear and we have made a few decisions on that,” he told reporters after closing the Language and Literature Fest 2012 here today.
Minister in the Prime Minister Department Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz has brushed aside the claim by MCA leaders that his support for Dong Zong’s eight-point demand for Chinese education is mere diplomatic manoeuvring.
“Of course we have to be diplomatic, we are politicians – but not in the sense that I am a hypocrite.
“I did not just say that to play to the gallery, you know me, I am a man of integrity,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby this afternoon.
Chinese education NGO Dong Zong has been irresponsible in holding a rally in Kuala Lumpur, said Deputy Education Minister Puad Zarkashi.
Puad said the ministry had provided ample assistance and allocations to both vernacular and national schools.
“I can say that they are irresponsible. We have done many things to help vernacular schools, but they still want to make demands.
The police later allowed 20 representatives, led by Dong Zong president Yap Sin Tian, to enter Parliament to submit a memorandum to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.
The delegates also distributed copies of the memorandum to other MPs in Parliament.
The memorandum listed eight issues:
1. Shortage of qualified Chinese teachers.
2. Non-Chinese speaking teachers being assigned to Chinese schools.
3. Non-recognition of Unified Education Certificate.
4. Delay in the registration process of Chinese school boards.
5. Problems concerning the status of a new private Chinese school in Kuantan.
6. Refusal of government to approve Segamat private school.
7. Funding problems for Chinese schools.
8. Scarcity of land for new Chinese schools.
After meeting Nazri, a triumphant Yap returned to the protesters to proclaim that their exercise was a success.
Despite the rain, some 1,000 people showed up this morning at a protest rally outside Parliament to voice their disgruntlement with the government’s alleged discriminatory policies in relation to Chinese education.
The rally, dubbed ‘926 Save Chinese Education Protest Action’, was organised by the influential Chinese education coalition Dong Zong and held at Padang Merbok, which is about 1km from the Parliament building.
Wearing raincoats and holding umbrellas, the protesters, mainly elderly Chinese, unfurled banners urging Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to address problems faced by Chinese education, and sang a popular Chinese song Unity is Strength.
Deputy president Chow Siew Hong claimed Wee has conspired to get rid of him and Yap as both of them have been vocal in asking the government to address a range of Chinese education problems.
Free Malaysia Today
Dong Zong warns of political conspiracy ahead of 926 rally
Its deputy president Chow Siew Hong claims interferences of “certain political parties” in a school committee board tussle as attempts to control Dong Zong.
KLANG: The United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) today defended the planned Sept 26 rally at the Parliament House as a move to safeguard the autonomy of board of directors in Chinese schools.
Its deputy president Chow Siew Hong claimed that certain politicians were looking to manipulate the schools’ boards so that they can control Dong Zong.
“Once they control Dong Zong, they will then command the mother-tongue education,” he told some 300 attendees in a rally’s public briefing session today.
Meanwhile, the briefing session also saw four motions being passed unanimously, as to fully support the Sept 26 rally dubbed “Save Chinese Education campaign”; to urge the authorities to review relevant education acts and provide fair treatment to vernacular schools.
They also demanded the education ministry to immediately resolve the teachers’ shortage in Chinese schools, the school committee conflicts and to amend the approval given to Kuantan Chinese independent schools.
Chua told to study history
On another note, Chow asked MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek to “study history” over the latter’s remark that Chinese independent schools should not receive government funding.
Chua had told reporters on Thursday that the government was right not to institutionalise funding to the schools, as such move will draw backlash from other private schools.
“Chua might not understand Chinese independent schools, or even the struggle of Chinese education in Malaysia, he should go back and study the history,”
“Chinese independent schools were founded by the local Chinese, and they are non profitable. This differs vastly with international schools and private schools.
Free Malaysia Today
Chua: Right not to fund independent schools
MCA chief says if Chinese independent schools get government funding, then they will not be independent anymore.
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek says that the government should not be funding independent Chinese high schools, otherwise they will not be independent.
He said if the government allocates funding for independent schools others will also ask for funding.
“You must understand that there are more than 500 independent schools in the country, some of which are English independent schools and independent Muslim religious schools.
“If you gives allocations to the Chinese independent schools, the other private schools will also start asking.
“We do give funds [to them] as when the need arises ,” he said, adding that the allocations should not be fixed.
He was commenting on the National Education Blueprint unveiled on Tuesday. He agreed that the Chinese independent schools should continue to be excluded from the list of government-aided schools.
The Chinese educationists have been lobbying for the government to allocate funds to some 60 independent high schools, as a recognition for what they have achieved.
Dong Zong was actively involved in three rallies this year, on 25 March, 20 May and 29 July, to urge the government to solve the teacher shortage problem and build two new Chinese independent schools.
It is now calling for a 4th rally on 26 September.
Free Malaysia Today
No personal agenda in Dong Zong rally’
MCA veteran Yap Pian Hon says MCA members are not involved in organising the rally against Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong.
PETALING JAYA: MCA veteran Yap Pian Hon today dismissed allegations that the ongoing hostility between United Chinese School Committees Association (Dong Zong) and Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong was an extended party infighting.
He said the MCA members have played no role in organising the rally on Sept 26 to call for Wee’s resignation, although many of them are the board members of certain Chinese schools.
“This is totally not related [to infighting]. While many MCA members could be [Chinese schools] board members, none of the top leaders of Dong Zong are affiliated to MCA,” he told FMT.
|5:37PM Sep 7, 2012|
Meanwhile, in a one page open letter handed out at a press conference today, Dong Zong urged all Chinese educationist to attend the Sept 26 protest.
It also called Najib to look into a few issues, namely lack of teachers and school board of directors’ registration problem in Chinese primary school, as well as the demand for new Chinese Independent secondary school.
Litany of woes sounded
The letter also listed out five issues where Wee Ka Siong, who is also MCA youth chief, has proved that he is unfit to be deputy education minister, hence should step down.
- The long time shortage of teachers for primary schools;
- Teachers with no proficiency in the Chinese language transferred to these schools;
- Lying about being punched at the March 25 rally;
- Failure to fulfill the promise of providing Kuantan with a genuine Chinese independent school; and,
- Sitting by and watching several Chinese primary schools board of directors being usurped by rivals.
May 20 Rally succeeds: There will be a new Chinese Independent School in Kuantan. Next target: another in Segamat. The original Seg Hwa Independent Chinese High School in Segamat was converted into a national secondary school after the introduction of the Education Act 1961.
Unfortunately, the new Chinese school in Kuantan will be national secondary school.
EXCERPTS FROM THE ARTICLE
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 17:41
SHAMEFUL & PATHETIC: MCA’s Record on Education – Koon Yew Yin
Written by Koon Yew Yin
Various thoughts come to my mind on reading the report that the Selangor MCA will build more Chinese schools if Barisan Nasional regains the state at the coming election. According to the Selangor MCA chairman, Donald Lim Siang Chai the MCA “will help the state government approve more land for Chinese schools, particularly in predominantly Chinese areas in Selangor”.
One is of disbelief that the MCA leaders can stoop so low in their attempt to win a few seats in the coming elections. But perhaps we should not be surprised that the MCA is scrapping the bottom of the barrel in terms of political integrity.
The second is to question why this proposal to build more Chinese schools has come now. After all, before Pakatan took over in 2008, the MCA was part of the Selangor state government for 50 years.
Why was this community and national need been pushed aside?….The reason why state land was not approved for Chinese schools in the years leading to the 2008 elections is that the MCA leaders were busy requesting land for their cronies and business partners.
Not only has MCA failed Chinese education dismally it has also been a leading partner in the decline of our national school system. Today our national schools are characterized by regressive language and religious dogmas, dismal performance, low standards and unemployable products….This national disgrace has AS one of its leading stake players the MCA which has held the Deputy Minister of Education portfolio for umpteen years.
Let’s take the system of government scholarships. During the last 40 years of the NEP, tens if not hundreds of thousands of parents of non-Bumiputera students with excellent SPM results have complained of discrimination when their children have been rejected in their applications for government scholarships.
Let’s take another sore point in education. The establishment of the matriculation college system has discriminated against the deserving non-Bumiputeras. Malaysian public universities offer a one-year matriculation programme. These courses have largely catered to the Bumiputera population and are deemed as having a much lower standard, qualifying criteria and final examination requirement for entry into university. This situation is in contrast to that which non-Bumiputera students face as they are required to sit for the much tougher two-year STPM in Form 6.
Many Malaysians, including myself, fully support the policy that attention should be given to the educational needs of the underprivileged in society, with appropriate consideration and greater weight to those in the poorer rural-based Bumiputera (Malays and non-Malay Bumiputera) community. However, the needs of deserving non-Malays should also be treated fairly and equally.
Koon Yew Yin is a prominent citizen and business leader
MCA vows to build more Chinese schools if BN regains Selangor
Last updated on 19 August 2012 – 01:50pm
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 18, 2012): The Selangor MCA will build more Chinese schools if Barisan Nasional (BN) regains the state at the 13th General Election, said its chairman, Senator Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai.
“We’ll help the state government approve more land for Chinese schools, particularly in predominantly Chinese areas in Selangor,” he said during the Selangor MCA Convention at Wisma MCA, here today.
The Finance Deputy Minister also announced that on Aug 14 the central government had started distributing the RM5.28 million allocation, under the 2012 budget, to 31 Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina throughout Selangor.
Friday July 27, 2012 MYT 1:35:09 PM
New Chinese independent school in Kuantan gets go-ahead
By TAN EE LOO
PUTRAJAYA: The Government has given the green light to build a Chinese independent school in Kuantan.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the new school would be based on the model used by Chong Hwa Independent High School in Kuala Lumpur, offering the UEC and SPM examinations.
The news came more than two months after the May 20 rally in Kuantan to push for the setting up of a Chinese independent school there.
- New Chinese independent school in Kuantan gets go-ahead
- New Chinese high school in Kuantan finally gets nod
AT LAST, THE MCA PRESIDENT SPEAKS SENSE!
But will he fight UMNO to retain Chinese vernacular schools?
Chinese schools good for the country, says Soi Lek
KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 ― Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek today sought to shield Chinese vernacular education from its detractors, telling them to weigh the economic benefits the system has brought to the country.
According to The Star today, the MCA president pointed out that the Chinese education system has contributed towards the country’s pool of Mandarin-conversant workforce, while pointing out that it did so without racial discrimination.
“Malaysians with multi-lingual ability are valuable assets that enable the country to tap into the booming market in China,” he was quoted as saying during an Ipoh event today by the newspaper.
Such was the importance of Mandarin that government has made the effort to dispatch Malaysian students to study the language in China, he noted.
“Even Barisan Nasional’s top leaders acknowledge the role of Chinese education amidst economic globalisation,” he was quoted further.
Chinese vernacular education is an emotive issue for the local Chinese community, and is popularly defended by politicians seeking to appeal to this electorate.
National language agency Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) has blasted leading Chinese education group Dong Zong’s demand for multilingualism to be adopted in the national education policy as “chauvinistic”.
At a press conference after launching the institute’s action plan today, DBP director Awang Sariyan (right, in green) listed chauvinism as one of the rising challenges to Bahasa Malaysia, against which he said the institute must stand its ground.
www.malaysiakini.com/news/203546 – Cached
Kajang Town Blog
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Withdraw claim, Dong Zong told
The Star, Thursday July 5, 2012
Withdraw claim, Dong Zong told
Kajang Town Blog: Withdraw claim, Dong Zong told
The division passed the resolution calling on Dong Zong deputy president Chow … Burglars tie up Mawi and family · 325 Assembly (Dong Zong)/ Perhimpunan …
Thursday June 21, 2012
Nine Chinese schools receive money from oil palm cultivation
By FOONG PEK YEE and ELWEEN LOKE
IT WAS a day in history for Perak’s nine Chinese independent schools last Saturday when they jointly received RM1.1mil — money from their venture into oil palm cultivation.
The instalment was the first out of 30 annual instalments due to them over the next three decades to help ease their financial burden.
They will receive RM1.1mil for the first five years and then RM5.1mil thereafter.
The beneficiaries are SM Shen Jai, SM Yuk Choy and SM Poi Lam in Ipoh, SM Nam Hwa (Sitiawan), SM Yik Ching (Pantai Remis), SM Pei Yuan (Kampar), SM Hua Lian (Taiping), SM Sam Min (Teluk Intan) and SM Tsung Wah (Kuala Kangsar).
NO TO ANOTHER CHINESE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL! says Dr Mahathir.
Dr M: More Chinese independent schools will divide people
PUTRAJAYA, June 20 — Setting up more Chinese independent schools and recognising its United Examination Certificate will create further obstacles to national unity, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
“It’s already a fact from the very beginning that vernacular (schools) can be set up by the different communities, which has resulted in our young people not being together and that has become a hindrance towards unity among the people,” Dr Mahathir (picture) told a press conference today after launching the Maybank Foundation-Perdana Leadership Foundation essay competition here.
“If we recognise Chinese education and their certificates, we will have three different people talking in three different languages and I think we will not be able to live together as a whole,” he added.
The former premier pointed out that “in every country, the national language is the original language of the original settlers”.
He added other migrants who wished to be naturalised as citizens of said country “would accept the language and culture system”.
The former premier explained the problem had arisen because “the founding fathers” had made concessions on use of Bahasa Malaysia.
“They agreed upon something that is keeping us apart,” he said.
“The reason we talk about Chinese, Indians and Malays is because we need to be apart, we don’t want to be one country, we want to be three separate entities,” he added.
Yesterday, the MCA said Kuantan is expected to gain approval for a Chinese independent high school within two weeks.
Yes, when elections are near ….
What a rush, hoping that it will be just in time to get a few votes for the BN in Kuantan?
Kuantan to get Chinese independent school soon, says MCA
KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 — Kuantan is expected to gain approval for a Chinese independent high school within two weeks, MCA said today, in what will be a feather in the party’s cap ahead of an impending general election.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said party leaders met Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday to fast-track the application submitted by the Kuala Lumpur Chung Hwa independent high school.
“We hope to get the approval within two weeks,” he told a press conference at the MCA headquarters today.
www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/kuantan–to… – Cached
|1:50PM Jun 17, 2012|
The Malay Consultative Council (MPM), a Malay NGO umbrella body, has warned Chinese educationist group Dong Zong’s campaign for more Chinese independent schools would cause chaos.
In a press release today, MPM secretary-general Hasan Mad said Dong Zong’s campaign had gone against the spirit of the Razak Report in 1956 and Rahman Talib Report in 1960, which is the foundation of the country’s multi-stream education system.
Hasan said the MPM considers Dong Zong’s campaign as an attempt to raise an issue which have been resolved by the two documents and incorporated into law vide the Education Act 1961.
He said that if Dong Zong is allowed to dispute an issue that has been deemed “resolved”, this will invite others to follow suit.
“If all ethnic groups in Malaysia are allowed to dispute issues resolved 50 years ago, imagine what will happen to the development, racial unity and public peace in this country?” he asked.
Hasan urged all quarters to not to renege on the so-called social contract and urged the federal government to ignore Dong Zong’s campaign.
“If (Dong Zong) insist on their campaign, it means they are not interested in the efforts to instil unity among Malaysians.
“This will threaten the peace that we have achieved. We are worried that if this situation is allowed to continue, the country will plunge into chaos,” he said.
Malay groups says Dong Zong courting trouble – Malaysiakini
www.malaysiakini.com/news/201100 – Cached
CHINA UNIVERSITIES BECKON!
- 16 Jun 2012
- The Star Malaysia
- By TAN EE LOO email@example.com
Recognition for 674 more varsities in China
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian students will have more options now as 674 more institutions of higher learning that offer degrees in China are recognised in Malaysia.
This brings the total number of such Chinese institutions to 820.
The news came yesterday, just three months after the first announcement by Deputy Higher Education Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung in March that the Government had recognised academic qualifications of 146 institutions in China.
Dr Hou said this would mean that nearly all of the universities in China were recognised.
“It was based on the Malaysia-China Mutual Recognition Agreement inked on April 28 last year. We have submitted a list of 64 institutions for recognition by the Chinese government,” he said at Universiti Malaya (UM) after meeting He Guoqiang, a senior Chinese leader.
For professional programmes such as medicine, however, Dr Hou said approval should still be sought from the Malaysian Medical Council.
Meanwhile, Kong Zi Institute at Universiti Malaya (KZI-UM) received a boost for its Chinese language and culture programmes with the contribution of teaching tools from the Chinese government.
Recognition for 674 more varsities in China
Chua Soi Lek must have whispered in Muhyiddin’s ear, “Man, do you want us to lose ALL THE CHINESE VOTES in Kuantan, maybe in Pahang?! How could you say NO? Aiyah, die-lah!!!”
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has made a U-turn on the federal government’s decision not to review the status quo on Chinese independent schools in the construction of news schools.
At a press conference in Penang today, Muhyiddin said he had discussed the matter with the prime minister, cabinet members and MCA, and found several suggestions to resolve the issue.
He said there was no point in blaming the MCA or himself, or politicise the issue extensively.
“What is more important is the children’s future, whether we can provide the place for them, ” he told reporters after attending an event with workers at the Western Digital in Penang today.
DPM U-turns on Chinese independent schools – Malaysiakiniwww.malaysiakini.com/news/201064 – Cached
Chua Soi Lek says DPM did not shut door on new Chinese independent schools!
This man, Chua, thinks he know the mind of that man, Muhyiddin! Whatever, he had better tell that UMNO man that he will lose all the Chinese votes in Kuantan!
The consensus on maintaining the status quo on the number of Chinese independent schools is “not important” even if it did exist, according to MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek.
He stressed that this did not mean that the national education policy would remain static even if the understanding did exist.
Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said there was an understanding struck in the 1960s that there would be no more new Chinese independent high schools constructed in the country.
No insistence on new construction
However, Chua explained that Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, did not say that the government will not allow construction.
“He just pointed out the 1960s’ understanding to the people, he didn’t insist (on not building new schools), it’s you (the media) who insist on that,” said Chua.
Chua: Consensus not vital for independent schools – Malaysiakini
www.malaysiakini.com/news/200996 – Cached
my.news.yahoo.com/chua–consensus–not–vital–independent… – Cached
The federal government will not review the status quo on Chinese independent schools to allow the construction of new schools due to its historical context and the future direction in which the country is heading.
DPM shuts door on new Chinese independent schools – Malaysiakini
www.malaysiakini.com/news/200905 – Cached
Dong Zong dares govt to build school
Posted on 11 June 2012 – 08:49pm
Kong See Hoh
DONG ZONG (United Chinese School Committees Association) says the government should approve the application to build an independent Chinese school in Kuantan if there is no “deal” or “contract” that limits the number of such schools in the country.
Similarly, the government should also give full recognition to the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), it said, to clear the air over the controversy surrounding the “deal” – the cause of much enmity between Dong Zong and MCA lately.
The Chinese in Pahang want a Chinese Independent School in Kuatan. The land for this has been made available for this but the state government will not give permission.
Rally in support of Chinese school in Kuantan well received
KUANTAN: Over 4,300 signatures were collected at a rally organised by Chinese educationists here in support for a Chinese school. A total of 163 Chinese associations
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/5/20/nation/… – Cached
No agreement to limit number of Chinese independent schools, says MCA
There was no agreement reached between MCA and the government to limit the number of Chinese independent schools when the amendment was made to the Education Act in 1996 as alleged by the Chinese education movement, United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia or Dong Zong.
MCA presidential council member and former human resource minister Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn said Dong Zong’s claim that the number of Chinese independent high schools was fixed at 60 and that problems related to Chinese schools remain unresolved due to that agreement, was not true.
1 No agreement to limit number of Chinese independent schools …www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/no… – Cached
2 No agreement to limit number of Chinese Independent Schools www.nst.com.my/latest/no–agreement–to–limit–number–of…
Double Talk over Mother Tongue Education
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 admin-s
The recent proliferation of international schools in this country and their liberal enrolment of rich Malaysian students also make a mockery of the government’s claim to implement a National Education Policy (specifying Malay as the main medium of instruction) for all Malaysians. Why does the English-language have priority over the mother tongue of Malaysians?
Dr Kua Kia Soong
The Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin maintains that his “hands are tied” over the demand by the community for an independent Chinese school in Kuantan “unless there is a change in the education policy or the Education Act.” (The Star, 23.5.2012:12)
This statement by the Education Minister at least explains why, despite the constant claim by the government that they support mother tongue education, the number of Chinese and Tamil schools has been decreasing. The politics of education policy in Malaysia certainly flies in the face of logic and consistency.
- Double Talk over Mother Tongue Education
Malaysia Today – May 22 10:34pm
28 May 2012 | Last updated at 12:51AM
Dance drama to raise funds
IPOH: THE state government raised RM1.2 million through a drama performance entitled “Journey to the West” by the Guang Zhou Acrobatic Troupe .
The event, organised by the state government and Gerakan Belia Bersatu Malaysia, was held at Stadium Indera Mulia. The funds will be channelled to nine private high schools in Perak — Poi Lam, Sam Chai, Yuk Choy, San Min, Pei Yuan (Kampar), Hua Lian (Taiping), Yik Ching (Pantai Remis), Tsung Way (Kuala Kangsar) and Nan Hwa (Sitiawan).
Guest-of-honour MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek donated RM600,000 on behalf of MCA.
The Perak Govt raises funds for 8 Chinese Independent schools in Perak.
This is the fund-raising performance, which was in Singapore in April.
Journey To The West returns to S’pore
Thursday, Mar 22, 2012
Acclaimed acrobatic drama Journey To The West will be staged once again in Singapore after a successful run in 2009.
On from April 6 to 8, the award-winning stage production will be performed by the renowned Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China.
Combining dance, martial arts, puppetry and modern stage techniques, this world- class circus act and award- winning production is definitely one to watch.
The Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China has won over 100 awards at national and international … Cabby in Ferrari accident cremated on Thursday; Family of Ferrari driver
www.nst.com.my/streets/northern/raising-funds-to-promote… – Cached
22 May 2012 | Last updated at 12:28AM
Raising funds to promote culture
The show, at Stadium Indera Mulia from 6pm, comprises 70 dances and lasts 90 minutes.
Perak state Local Government Committee chairman, Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, donated RM90,000 to the organising committee board recently on behalf of the state government.
Dr Mah said the show was in aid of education funds for eight private high schools in Perak.
The schools are Poi Lam, Sam Chai, Yuk Choy, San Min, Pei Yuan (Kampar), Hua Lian (Taiping), Yik Ching (Pantai Remis) and Tsung Wah (Kuala Kangsar).
- 21 May 2012
- The Star Malaysia
- By SIMON KHOO firstname.lastname@example.org
Red rally in Kuantan
Thousands gather to push for independent Chinese school
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KUANTAN: Thousands of people, mostly clad in red T-shirts, turned up at a rally in the city to push for the setting up of a Chinese independent school here.
Sunday May 20, 2012 MYT 7:25:56 PM
Rally in support of Chinese school in Kuantan well received
By SIMON KHOO
KUANTAN: Over 4,300 signatures were collected at a rally organised by Chinese educationists here in support for a Chinese independent school.
A total of 163 Chinese associations, guilds and non-governmental organisations nationwide sent their representatives to the rally held at the MPK4 field on Sunday.
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5,000 rally for Chinese high school in Kuantan
|Lee Long Hui
6:55PM May 20, 2012
More than 5,000 people attended a peaceful assembly at Kuantan today to urge the government to set up a Chinese independent high school in the Pahang state capital.
The crowd, mostly dressed red, gathered at the PK4 field, in tents decorated with banners prepared by Chinese education groups and political parties.
The one hour gathering was organised by the Pahang Federation of Chinese Schools Management Board to request that a branch of the Chong Hwa Independent High School in Kuala Lumpur be set up here.
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Muhyiddin: Dong Zong’s pull out will not affect committee’s work
MUAR, May 19 — The United Chinese School Committees Association’s (Dong Zong) decision to withdraw from the roundtable meetings of the Education Ministry’s special committee to address the shortage of Chinese school teachers will not affect the committee’s work, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Muhyiddin (picture), who is also Education Minister, said this was because there were four or five other representatives from Chinese education bodies on the committee.
“It’s okay (the action of Dong Zong in pulling out from the committee).”
Without Dong Zong, it will be easier to resolve the problem,” he told reporters after visiting the Seri Pekembar complex in Pagoh here today.
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