Lau Hoe Chai: Demands by Chinese independent schools and Chinese education issues should be addressed to BN - Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

Lau Hoe Chai: Demands by Chinese independent schools and Chinese education issues should be addressed to BN

Gerakan Vice President cum Chairman of National Publicity & New Media Bureau

Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai

Press Statement

11 February 2014

In response to several requests pertaining to Chinese education raised by Dong Zong during the Chinese New Year celebration, Gerakan vice-president Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai stressed that BN is the only party that could meet those demands based on current political conditions. Chinese education has missed the best timing to solve all pressing problems such as teacher shortages, recognizing Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) and lack of allocations after the 13thGeneral Election. It will have to wait until 2018 for the next opportunity to come, running the risk of slowing down the pace of the consolidation of Chinese education. Hence, we noticed the need for the Chinese and Indian education communities to engage with BN in order to reach a consensus on education issue to create a win-win situation. BN continues to be in power after the 13thGeneral Election and it is the real policymaker. Hence, Chinese education related problems should be issued to the BN government, not PR.

Lau noticed the insufficient progression of multi-stream education in our country since 1970s. It was true that Chinese and Tamil primary schools at rural areas were closing down or relocating due to the number of students is decreasing, which resulted in the reduce of vernacular schools. However, it was also obvious that the government had not closed down any vernacular schools forcefully but continued to support them financially. It might be that BN component parties including Gerakan is not good or active enough in the past. However, we do witness a great leap in terms of the government’s action to preserve the multi-stream education in our country, despite some administrative failures. One good example would be the abolishment of the Education Act 21 (2) 1961 that grants government the right to close down Chinese primary schools in 1996.

“These achievements might be relatively “small” to mention, but it represents the common efforts and achievements of BN senior politicians including Gerakan as well as all educational bodies who fought for the educational rights of people. Have we forgotten all the familiar faces such as Koh Tsu Koon and Kerk Choo Ting who fought hard on this issue? Where is PR at that time? Even Anwar was then a member of the Parliament who was also the Deputy Prime Minister,” stressed Lau.

Lau hopes that all educational bodies include Dong Zong would regain their confidence towards BN. Gerakan promises to be work harder and to be more active on future national issues to provide the country a professional and fair educational system.

“I will announce a new Gerakan national education policy after the Chinese New Year. At the same time, we will also advocate for amendments in the Education Act 1996 and propose for a fairer educational system. I hope that through the effort of all parties, we can settle the issues of “ultimate objective – monolingual educational policies” and unfairness in allocation of funds, in an attempt to resolve them once and for all,” added Lau. 

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