GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Education Department says that the Education Ministry has never banned any traditional song performance at language, arts and cultural events.
The department added that it has taken necessary measures to ensure such a situation will not recur.
"The ministry is aware of the viral issue regarding the ban on a traditional song performance at the 2023 National level Tamil Language Carnival," it said in a statement on Friday (Nov 24), adding that such events are encouraged as it will boost interest among students and encourage the spirit of unity in a multiracial community.
It was reported that Penang executive councillor Saundarajoo Somu and Bagan Dalam assemblyman Kumaran Krishnan had urged Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to intervene following allegations that the songs "Kadavul Valthu" and "Tamil Valthu" were banned from being performed at the launch of the event.
"Kadavul Valthu" is a song about Hindu deities while "Tamil Valthu" is a song related to the Tamil language.
Sundarajoo, who is also Penang Tamil Schools Special Committee chairman, also alleged that a banner depicting Tamil philosopher and literature icon, Thiruvalluva was banned from being displayed. – Bernama