‘Protect vernacular schools’


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 29 Aug 2020

Compiled by C. ARUNO, SIRA HABIBU and R. ARAVINTHAN

HUAZONG has urged the government to introduce legal provisions that would put a stop to attempts seeking the abolition of vernacular schools, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Its president Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan said there should be specific terms to remove existing grey areas that gave an opportunity for others to question the legitimacy of these schools.

“The way forward is to start with the Federal Constitution and the Education Act.

“The government should appoint experts in constitutional law, members of the judiciary, the Education Ministry and representatives from a diverse range of political parties to study specific provisions in the Federal Constitution and the Education Act,” he said in a statement.

His remarks came in the wake of a youth leader from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia who had called for vernacular schools to be abolished in stages, claiming that these schools had not instilled a strong national identity among students.

Goh said that some groups had even attempted to reinterpret the Federal Constitution on the matter and challenged the legitimacy of these schools in court.

About 18% of the pupils in Chinese schools were non-Chinese, he said, adding that this proved that vernacular schools were not an obstacle to national unity.

> A woman was strolling with her boyfriend at a night market near Kajang, Selangor, on Monday when the man who was walking beside her abruptly disappeared, Sin Chew Daily also reported.

For a brief moment, she thought her partner had been “abducted” by supernatural forces since it is the Hungry Ghost month during which spirits from hell are believed to be wandering about in the human world.

But she soon heard some sounds coming from the ground.

It was her boyfriend, who was swearing, as he had fallen inside a six-foot drain.

As it turned out, there was no metal cover over the manhole.

It is believed that the cover had been stolen.

She posted pictures of her boyfriend’s injuries online, which showed scratches on his shin, chest and arms.

The above articles are 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 a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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