Dong Zong's intention to safeguard mother-tongue education is reasonable, says MCA

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 15 Aug 2019

PETALING JAYA: Chinese educationist group Dong Zong's intention to safeguard mother-tongue education is reasonable, says MCA.

Its deputy president Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said Dong Zong was founded to safeguard the constitutional right to mother-tongue education.

Dr Mah also questioned whether there would be a need for Dong Zong if the Chinese educationist group kept silent on any attempts to alter the characteristics of Chinese primary schools.

"Just as Kesatuan Guru-Guru Melayu Malaysia Barat (KGMMB) aims to safeguard the interests of Malay teachers, Dong Zong’s intention to safeguard mother-tongue education is also reasonable, " he said in a statement Thursday (Aug 15).

Dr Mah claimed this was not the first time Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had accused Dong Zong of being "racist".

He questioned whether this was an attempt by Dr Mahathir to "drive hatred between Malays and non-Malays".

Dr Mahathir had previously described Dong Zong as "racist", claiming that it frequently protests the government's education policies, including the introduction of khat in schools.

"I would like to remind Dr Mahathir that when his political relationship with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim turned sour, which led to a split in the Malay vote, it was via calls by Dong Zong and MCA to support Dr Mahathir that Barisan Nasional emerged victorious in the 1999 General Election.

"Dr Mahathir should also note that in the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018, if 95% of Malaysian Chinese had not supported him, Dr Mahathir would not be Prime Minister today, " he said.

Dr Mah noted that it has not just been Dong Zong that opposed the teaching of khat but also former Cabinet Minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz and other Malay scholars.

"Thus, why should Dr Mahathir target Dong Zong?" he asked.

He also questioned whether Dr Mahathir was facing a leadership crisis in Pakatan Harapan and thus had used the issue to divert attention.

"Even if Dr Mahathir continues to snub public opinion, even if DAP’s 42 MPs quietly listen to him, the majority of the Malaysian Chinese are bent on safeguarding the constitutional right to Chinese education, " he said.

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