THE National Tamil School Teachers Association is against the Education Ministrys move to appoint non-Tamil educated teachers in Tamil schools facing a shortage of teachers, reported Malaysia Nanban.
The daily quoted the associations adviser, Sahul Hamid Mydin Shah, as saying that the association had always been against such a move as it would affect the schools character.
He said the problem could have been overcome if the ministry had given the opportunity to more than 800 temporary Tamil school teachers to attend training programmes to become full-time teachers.
On another matter, the daily reported that kavadi bearers in Penang would not be allowed to go up to the hilltop temple during Thaipusam.
It quoted the Sri Balathandayuthapani temple chairman and the organising committee chairman A. Chandra Kanthan as saying that in previous years kavadi bearers carrying big steel frames had injured the old and children as they rushed up the hill.
On the foreign front, Malaysia Nanban and Tamil Nesan highlighted the arrest of the assistant chief priest, Vijayanthirar, of Kanchi Madam in Tamil Nadu, India.
The arrest was in connection with the murder of Kanchipuram temple staff K. Sankararaman who was hacked to death.