Compiled by C. ARUNO, SIRA HABIBU and R. ARAVINTHAN
DONG Zong will not respond to lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul’s challenge to debate on the issue of vernacular schools, reported Sin Chew Daily.
“Will not respond. No need to respond, ” said Tan Tai Kim, chairman of the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia, in a phone interview.
Tan said they were willing to hold talks with other races on the matter but Mohd Khairul was merely attempting to pick a fight with them.
“They are approaching us with the intent to oppose us. Why should we dance to their tune? I don’t think this is necessary, ” he added.
On Wednesday, Mohd Khairul, who goes by the name Buzze Azam on social media, posted an open letter on Facebook challenging Dong Zong to a debate, two days after the Federal Court dismissed his application for leave to challenge the legality of vernacular schools.The title of the proposed debate was “Vernacular Schools Contribute to Unity Among Races in Malaysia”, with Mohd Khairul on the opposition side.
He suggested that the debate be held at Wisma Chinese Chamber in Kuala Lumpur and broadcast live.
The daily also reported Dong Zong secretary-general Ng Chai Heng as saying that the organisation welcomed discussions on education but Mohd Khairul’s challenge came with questionable intent.
“We are very clear on whether their intentions are pure. There is no need to waste time with them, ” he said.
In his petition, Mohd Khairul had argued that since Chinese and Tamil national-type schools used their own language as the medium of instruction, it went against Article 152 (1), which states that the national language shall be the Malay language.
After the Federal Court threw out the case on the grounds that it was within Parliament’s power to form such schools, Mohd Khairul’s lawyer Datuk Shaharudin Ali said their next step was to file a new motion on the issue to the High Court.
> The sweet interactions on social media between newlywed singers Lee Ronghao and Rainie Yang have warmed the hearts of many fans, Sin Chew Daily also reported.
The most recent was Lee’s attempt to promote his wife’s new song Jie Ri Kuai Le (Happy Festival).
“Come and support your sister-in-law’s new song!” he wrote on Weibo, implying that all his fans were his “brothers” and “sisters”.
Though it was a brief message, many fans said they could feel Lee’s love for Yang in it.
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.