JOHOR BARU: A state executive councillor is upset that his words have been twisted by certain parties thus putting him in a bad light.
Johor Unity, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Dr S. Ramakrishnan (pic) said his remarks at the recent state assembly sitting were taken out of context and played out on social media.
“I never said that Chinese and Tamil schools are causing disunity among the people.
“I have a copy of the Hansard on my reply to a question by Layang-Layang assemblyman (Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi),” he said.
Ramakrishnan clarified that he merely quoted Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s recent statement that Sekolah Kebangsaan (national type schools) were becoming more Islamic these days.
“What I said was many non-Malay parents were sending their children to Chinese and Tamil schools.
“But I also pointed out all schools, including vernacular ones, use the syllabus from the Education Ministry and that there should be no worries,” he said, adding that as a multiracial country, it was good for children to pick up more languages.
Ramakrishnan said he would lodge a police report on the matter.
“I hope politicians from both sides of the divide would stop harping on this non-issue for personal gains,” he said, adding that everyone should play a part in forging the country’s unity, including schools and non-governmental organisations, and not leave the matter to the National Unity and Integration Department.
Ramakrishnan said he had no issue with vernacular schools as there are ministers who are now serving in the government after completing their studies in Chinese and Tamil schools.
Iskandar Puteri City Council councillor N. Kunasekaran defended Ramakrishnan, describing the allegations on social media as “fake news”.
“Recently, Dr Ramakrishnan came to see a piece of land in Kempas for a Tamil school.
“It is disappointing to see such allegations being spread to confuse the public,” Kunasekaran, who is Pulai PKR deputy chairman.