MCA: Chinese not against Vision School

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  • Monday, 05 Jan 2004

BAHAU: The Chinese community does not object nor reject the Vision School concept in anyway, says MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting. 

“It’s just that the existing schools should not be forced to relocate. This is also in tandem with the Government’s stand that no force should be imposed on the school.” 

Ong said the pilot Vision School in SJK(C) Tun Tan Cheng Lock in Subang Jaya should be used as an example in promoting the concept where the chairman of the board of directors was an MCA state assemblyman. 

He added that the Vision School in Taman Seremban 2 should not be made into an issue as it was already “a thing of the past”. 

He was referring to SJKC Ladang Hillside declining to be part of the Sekolah Wawasan Taman Seremban, the first Vision School in Negri Sembilan. 

Ong said in line with the Barisan Nasional spirit, there was always a proper channel to discuss the issue amicably and all parties should cease issuing conflicting public statements.  

Speaking after opening a community hall in Rompin yesterday, Ong spoke on how the students integration programme could be put into practice. 

Ong opined that the programme would be more effective and comprehensive as existing schools could participate without having to relocate from their present premises. 

“If we choose to relocate the school physically, problems are bound to arise. So, I feel it is better not to force any school to shift.Instead, build new schools or give the integration programme a chance.  

“Students from different medium of teaching can then be assembled under one roof for sporting and other national integration activities. 

“I would like to see this issue discussed in a rational manner. Let’s not get emotional.”  

In GOPENG, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Samsudin said he hoped political and community leaders would help to explain to the people the Government’s objective in implementing the Vision School.  

“They should explain that the Government has no intention of converting the Chinese and Tamil schools (into national schools),” he said. 

“Under the Vision School, both (the Chinese and Tamil) schools are still in existence; only that they will share the same compound with the national school,” he said, adding that the schools would retain their respective administrations. 

In PENANG, Gerakan secretary-general Chia Kwang Chye said the ministry should highlight the success stories of Vision Schools to convince the Chinese about the benefits. 

“There should be more publicity, dialogues, road shows and consultation to promote it,” he said.  

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