High Court allows MIC to intervene in lawyer's legal suit to declare vernacular schools unconstitutional

PETALING JAYA: MIC has always safeguarded vernacular schools for the Indian community in Malaysia since its establishment in 1946, says MIC Education Bureau chairman Datuk P Kamalanathan.

This follows the High Court's decision to allow MIC to intervene in lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz’s legal suit to declare vernacular schools unconstitutional.

“The Court has allowed MIC and other intended interveners to intervene in this matter, as the Judge specifically noted that the interveners have the legal rights to intervene, ” said Kamalanathan.

He thanked MIC president Tan Sri Datuk Seri SA Vigneswaran for his decision to pursue the role of intervener for the MIC in this landmark suit.

The hearing for the case came up on Wednesday (Feb 12), said Kamalanathan, who is also a member of MIC’s Central Working Committee.

He added that MIC was represented by Vasanthi Arumugam and Dinesh Ganesan, and the hearing of the matter is fixed for May 5.

A court order was sought by Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung and Majlis Pembangunan Pendidikan Islam Malaysia to declare the existence of vernacular schools as unconstitutional.

Khairul is Parti Bumiputera Perkasa vice-president and had claimed on Jan 6 that the decorations put up at SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1 were “unconstitutional.”

He had said that Muslim parents had complained against what they saw as an attempt to propagate a non-Islamic religion to students.

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