Look into our plight, say Indian youths

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 13 Jul 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 100 youths staged a demonstration here, urging the Education Ministry to look into the needs of the Indian community, in terms of university intake, and to upgrade Tamil schools in the country. 

The group’s spokesman K. Sasikumar claimed that the ministry had neglected the education interests of Indian students, which was reflected in the reduced number of students given places to study medicine at local universities. 

“The Indian community has sacrificed a lot for the country’s development. If they are regarded as part of Malaysian society, then their educational needs should be looked into seriously,” said Sasikumar, who later presented a memorandum on the plight of Indian students to a ministry official at Pusat Bandar Damansara here. 

Sasikumar said there was a high number of Tamil schools which were conducting classes in dilapidated buildings but the ministry had not taken any measure to rebuild them despite requests to do so.  

“The Government should treat every primary school equally and give fair allocations to both national and vernacular schools,” he said.  

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