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Chong accepts Teo’s challenge to a public debate

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Chong Sin Woon has accepted the challenge from the Rasah MP for a public debate with him.

The MCA Youth chief even told DAP’s Teo Kok Seong not to come alone but to include Lobak assemblyman Siow Kim Leong and Te­­miang assemblyman Ng Chin Tsai.

“We found from our ground survey that voters in their constituencies are unhappy with them.

“I dare DAP to retain them and see if the voters would vote for them again,” he told repor­ters after attending the closing ceremony of a seminar on Chinese language pedagogy at Wisma MCA yesterday.

Chong said DAP supporters had resorted to personal attacks and name calling to avoid addressing the issue.

Earlier in throwing a challenge to Chong, Teo had insisted that the open debate should be one-on-one on the state of education in the country, witnessed by the people.

Negri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall Youth wing has agreed to host the public debate on Aug 4 should both sides come to an agreement on the format and topic.

On another matter, Chong, who is also the Deputy Education Minister, said the ministry was working closely with the police and the army to find effective solutions to curb bullying among youths.

“We have been in constant discussions with PDRM (Royal Malaysia Police) and ATM (Malaysian Armed Forces) on this matter.

“We have also received reports from the police on disciplinary cases outside of schools.

“Bullying has many categories. We’re focused on addressing se­­rious cases involving physical as­saults,” he said, adding that the mat­­ter was being discussed in a ministry’s committee tasked to handle disciplinary problems among students.

The committee includes representatives from the police, Parent-Teacher Association, teachers and other government agencies.

“We invite all parties, especially communities, to come share ideas and suggestions,” said Chong.

In June, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said plans were in the pipeline to introduce a training model to equip all teachers with the skills and know­ledge to handle face to face and online bullying.

This followed two recent cases of bullying which resulted in the deaths of the victims.