Community worried over closure of schools

  • Letters
  • Monday, 24 Feb 2003

THE Indian community in Hilir Perak are worried over the closure of Tamil schools in the near future as more estates are taken up for development projects reported Malaysia Nanban.  

The daily expressed the community's fears and concerns over the declining number of Tamil schools in the district. 

It said there were once 50 Tamil schools in the district but the number has dwindled to 28 now, a situation brought about by the implementation of the Government's policy to merge small schools with bigger schools several years ago.  

Tamil schools in Edward Estate, Perak River Estate and Batang Padang Estate were closed in recent years and the last on the list was the Melintang Estate Tamil School in Bagan Datok. It was closed last year when the estate's living quarters were merged with another estate under the same group.  

Bagan Datok division MIC chairman A. Periasamy has pledged to prevent such incidents and has joined hands with non-government organisations in campaigning to preserve Tamil schools in the district. 

A Parent-Teacher Association chairman, who declined to be named blamed the headmasters of Tamil schools for not co-operating with them during campaigns to register Year One pupils in previous years. 

In another development, Malaysia Nanban reported the story of a 30-year-old man who was helpless as he watched his wife being raped by two robbers in his house. 

The daily quoted Kuala Muda district OCPD Asst Comm Yusoff Azid as saying on Saturday that police have arrested the men who were allegedly involved in the incident in Padang Buluh, Sungai Petani, recently. 

He said four men who were wearing mask robbed the couple of RM1,800. 

Two of them raped the 26-year-old woman. The men aged 22 and 23, from Sungai Petani and Kulim, are believed to be involved in 11 other robberies in the district. 

Meanwhile, Tamil Nesan urged the police to disclose the cause of death of a detainee Prakash Moses, 47, who died in hospital recently.  

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