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Monday November 19, 2012

‘No’ to Dong Zong rally

THE United Chinese School Teachers Association (Jiao Zong) and the Federation of Chinese Associations of Malaysia (Hua Zong) will not attend the “1125” rally on Nov 25 to protest against the National Education Blueprint, major Chinese dailies reported.

This is the second time the two Chinese organisations have refused to attend a rally organised by the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong).

Previously, the two organisations did not attend the controversial “926” rally on Sept 26, which sought to oust Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong as the Deputy Education Minister.

Jiao Zong, which is the equally powerful sister arm of Dong Zong, is a Chinese education-based organisation closely aligned with the latter.

The two groups have traditionally worked under the umbrella body of Dong Jiao Zong.

In a statement, during its committee meeting, Jiao Zong had unanimously agreed that it was not a suitable time to organise such a rally.

Jiao Zong said it would continue to discuss the education issues with the Government, which was collecting views and opinions from various organisations on its blueprint.

“Although Jiao Zong and Dong Zong have chosen to use different approaches to handle the issues related to the blueprint, the two organisations have the same objective which is to urge the Government to implement a fair mother tongue education system under the blueprint,” it said.

Hua Zong president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah said the organisation had closely followed issues related to the blueprint and it would meet Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to discuss the issues.

Dong Zong chairman Yap Sin Tian respected Hua Zong's decision not to attend the rally.

> Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported that cigarettes have been offered as prizes for visitors, including children, at a funfair in Butterworth.

The funfair had offered 10 boxes of cigarettes as one of its prizes to customers who took part in games.

The public needed to pay between RM2 and RM5 to participate in the games and stood to win cigarettes worth RM102.

The offer caused anger and concern among residents living where the funfair, which is expected to operate until January, is being held.

Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.


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