Govt urged to set up expert panel on Constitution

Tan Sri Goh

THE government should appoint experts and set a committee to clarify constitutional provisions to prevent misinterpretation of the Federal Constitution, Sin Chew Daily quoted Huazong (Federation of Chinese Associations in Malaysia) president Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan as saying.

Goh said the group could interpret and provide clarity on the Federal Constitution in a more comprehensive and professional way.

“This is to prevent individuals or parties from taking the Federal Constitution out of context and interpret it to achieve their selfish objectives, ” he said.

Goh said the recent move to challenge the existence of vernacular schools was an attempt to distort the provisions and spirit of the Constitution.

“The same thing happened at the Malay Dignity Congress where one of the resolutions was to abolish vernacular schools, ” he said.

Goh, who is also Sabah and Labuan Hokkien Associations chairman, said the proposal not only disregarded the feelings and dignity

of other ethnic groups but also violated the spirit of multiracial Malaysia.

The same daily also reported that the Malaysian Chinese Language Council cautioned that the latest court ruling on vernacular schools did not mean the threat against the existence of such schools was over.

Its vice-president Phun Teck Seng urged the public not to let their guard down.

“Based on the plaintiff’s statement on Nov 4, if the case was thrown out by the Federal Court, they will continue with their plan to bring the matter to the High Court.

“That will be where the next battle is fought, ” Phun told the daily.

On Oct 23, lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul filed a notice of motion at the Federal Court seeking a declaration on the constitutionality of vernacular schools.

Mohd Khairul said he did it to question why the national language was not used as the medium of instruction since the vernacular schools were government-funded.

The case was thrown out by the Federal Court on Monday.

Phun said the council welcomed the court’s decision but pointed out that there were other groups aiming to challenge the legality of vernacular schools.

Peng said the council would be working with other Tamil language groups to monitor the case’s development and would not allow anyone to question the status of vernacular schools, which had existed for more than a century in Malaysia.

> Hong Kong actress Jacqueline Wong, 30, has finally broken her silence on social media more than half a year after she was caught kissing married singer Andy Hui, reported China Press.

She wrote on Instagram on Sunday that she was worried that the scandal would be detrimental to dramas she acted in, citing Finding Her Voice as an example.

“The most poignant feeling was that I was terrified. I was terrified that it will affect the ratings of Finding Her Voice. I was terrified that because of my actions, I may have wasted everyone’s hard work, ” Wong said.

She added that she was grateful that the show was aired in its original form and thanked everyone for their support.

The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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