MAKKAL SAKTI raised the issue in 2013
17 October 2017
ADUN SPEAKS | If the Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is serious about helping the Indian community, I suggest he gives them a Deepavali present in the form of an approval for the setting up of a Tamil secondary school in the state of Penang immediately.
Hundreds and thousands of Indians in the country will be celebrating their annual Deepavali festival tomorrow. For most, like other festivals in Malaysia, Hindu Indians will be inviting their relatives and friends for their open house functions. Deepavali will be a joyous occasion for most Indians, something that they and their families look forward to.
It is during Deepavali that they forget their worries and concerns to celebrate the festival of lights; a festival that symbolises the victory of good over evil. But surely, even if Indians do not expect much from the government, it would be wise for the federal government to make some important announcements that will benefit the community.
Such announcements will go down well with the community that has contributed in blood and tears for the development and modernisation of the country.
Indians do not expect an earth-shaking announcement from the federal government, but surely Najib who has been recently declared as the “father” of Indian development can come up with one or two announcements before Deepavali to show his appreciation for the community.
On this matter, I would like to suggest that Najib should announce that he has given the approval for the setting up of a first Tamil secondary school in Penang.
Why Penang? It was the Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who first mooted the idea of a secondary Tamil school in the state some years ago. He wrote two letters to the education minister on this matter but unfortunately, the proposal was shot down on the grounds that it contradicted the Education Act.
MIC that regards itself as the “mother” party of Indians refused to take up the matter, but on the contrary, suggested that Indian parents should send their children to primary Tamil schools rather than to think about a Tamil secondary school. This remark came from none other than the Deputy Education Minister, P Kamalanathan (photo), the infamous “yes” man for Umno.
It is not that a Tamil secondary school should be located in Penang; it can be located in other states that have sizeable Indian population. But at least in Penang, the chief minister has promised that if the federal government approves the proposal, the state government would provide a piece of suitable land free of charge.
This is the reason why Penang is attractive for the establishment of a first secondary Tamil school. Perhaps after Penang, Tamil secondary schools could be established in other states provided other state governments are willing to come up with the suitable land.
Najib knows very well the position of MIC and other “slavish” parties that are aligned with BN. He should not be interested in their views, because they have none that are for the betterment of the community. He should be bold enough to make some unilateral announcements for the future well-being of the community.
If he could give the green light for the setting up of a Tamil secondary school in the country for Indians, then this would be the best Deepavali present for Indians.
The establishment of a Tamil secondary school in Penang would be the best start not only in terms of strengthening Tamil education in the country but also as recognition that the Tamil language is on par with other languages such as English, Malay, Chinese, Japanese and Arabic.
Such a move will be in line with the respect and dignity that Indians deserve.
P RAMASAMY is Penang Deputy Chief Minister II and Perai assemblyperson.
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16 October 2017
Guan Eng asks Putrajaya for Tamil secondary school
PETALING JAYA: Lim Guan Eng wants Putrajaya to allow a Tamil secondary school to be set up, saying it is one of several moves needed to instil confidence among the people in the federal Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB) initiative.
The Penang chief minister said for Indians to be empowered, they required not only the proper maintenance of the many Tamil primary schools in the country, but also for a secondary school project to be given approval.
“There is no reason why the education ministry refuses to permit a secondary Tamil school even though there are secondary schools that use Arabic, English or Mandarin as a medium of instruction,” he said.
“The federal government only needs to spend on building the school since the Penang state government is willing to offer land for free,” he added in his Deepavali message today.
In 2013, Lim announced that the Penang government was offering a parcel of land in Butterworth to build the country’s first Tamil secondary school.
He had sent a letter to then deputy prime minister and education minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is now PPBM president and Pakatan Harapan deputy president, to give approval for the project.
Deputy education minister P Kamalanathan then reportedly called on Indians to enrol their children in Tamil primary schools first before asking for a secondary school.
Education department director-general Khair Mohamad Yusof also rejected the state’s application for the school in a letter dated January 8, 2014.
According to Lim, the letter stated that there were no provisions under the Education Act 1996 to build Tamil secondary schools.
Lim today said the government should also ensure that Indian students at public universities, were allowed to pursue “good courses”.
WANTS TO BUILD MALAYSIA’S 1ST TAMIL SCHOOL!
It wants the school to be in Sungai Siput, Perak.
Makkal Sakti seeks nod for first secondary Tamil school http://bit.ly/1EnOKlk
The Makkal Sakti Party has applied for a permit to build a secondary Tamil school, the first of its kind in the country, to provide higher education in Tamil language.
Makkal Sakti president RS Thanenthiran said 10 acres of land was received from the National Land Finance Co-Operative Society Ltd to build the school.
“If the noble effort becomes a reality, it will become a hub for the development of Tamil in the country, especially for Indian students who wish to continue their studies at a higher level.
“The school which will have hostel facilities will be build in Sungai Siput, Perak at a cost of RM20 million,” he told Bernama in Kuala Lumpur today.
Makkal Sakti seeks approval to build first Tamil secondary school http://dlvr.it/77F4WX
KUALA LUMPUR: Makkal Sakti Party has applied for a permit to build a secondary Tamil school, the first of its kind in the country, to provide higher education in Tamil language.
Makkal Sakti president Datuk R S Thanenthiran said a 10-acre land was received from the National Land Finance Co Operative Society Ltd to build the school.
“If the noble effort becomes a reality, it will become a hub for the development of Tamil in the country, especially for Indian students who wants to continue their studies at a higher level.
“The school which will have hostel facilities will be build in Sungai Siput, Perak at a cost of RM20mil,” he told Bernama
“The people need not worry that building a Tamil school (secondary) will affect their proficiency in Bahasa Melayu. They should instead be glad that they can master another language.”
A Tamil Secondary school? Why not?
Just make sure that deserving students come from all over the country, make English compulsory, and provide them with the necessary funds. The fact that the Tamil-speaking seem to have little political clout should not blind us to the fact that their contribution to the nation will not be insignificant.
Strong ground movement among the Tamil community – P.Ramasamy
THERE has to be a strong ground movement among the Tamil community in order to create a push for the country’s first Tamil secondary school, said Deputy Chief Minister (II) P. Ramasamy.
He said the ground movement, which can comprise community leaders, parents, teachers, and non-governmental organisations, should be consistent, passionate and must take root unlike previous attempts that fizzled out eventually.
“There is a need to upgrade the Tamil language in this country but there have been no strong or consistent attempts apart from occasional talks. I think it is an idea that must be pushed through in order to make it a reality.
“We don’t see why there can’t be Tamil private independent secondary schools similar to Chinese schools, international schools or even language schools.
“I think that people have a right to ask for a Tamil secondary school and it is something that I am very interested in doing. At seminars, some Tamil teachers tell me that there ought to be a secondary school in Penang.