MCA seeks to intervene in suit to declare vernacular schools unconstitutional

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  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2020

Datuk Chong Sin Woon

PETALING JAYA: MCA has filed an application to intervene in Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz’s legal suit to declare vernacular schools unconstitutional, says Datuk Chong Sin Woon.

"The MCA’s lawyers, Messrs Ben Chan of Solaris Mont Kiara, has filed a Notice of Application under Order 18 Rule 6 of the Rules of Court on Tuesday, Jan 14 2020," said the MCA secretary-general in a statement on Thursday (Jan 16).

"The first case management was held today, Jan 16.

"At the next case management on Feb 18, 2020, the court will fix the dates of the hearing for the MCA’s application for leave to intervene," he said.

According to Chong, even though Khairul's leave application to have his case heard by the Federal Court was dismissed earlier, he had since then re-filed his application in the High Court.

"Should he succeed, Khairul’s suit may result in all Chinese and Tamil vernacular schools in Malaysia being declared unconstitutional, and facing immediate shutdown or being forced to convert into Malay-medium schools," he added.

Chong said this was of utmost concern to the MCA, as the party was an organisation that upheld, championed and supported the rights of minority races in Malaysia to pursue an education in their preferred vernacular.

As such, the MCA had to initiate the process to intervene in the suit, he said.

Chong also said Mohd Khairul Azam had been drawing media attention by initiating frivolous suits such in order to stir up racial tension.

"His gleeful attitude announcing that he had “won” when the SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1 (Chinese New Year decoration) issue flared up is proof of his true political intentions.

"The MCA will not stand silently by," said Chong.

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