Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Great MCA Deception

MCA has been telling Malaysian Chinese that they place great importance on Chinese education. “MCA has come a long way in promoting and seeing towards the development of Chinese schools which indicates that (the) party has shouldered the responsibility of Chinese education”. This was part of a press statement by MCA Youth Education Bureau Chairman Chong Sin Woon on November 30, 2011 (Webpage http://www.mca.org.my/en/while-mca-works-to-defend-chinese-education-vs-dap-only-knows-how-to-blabber-away/, accessed March 25, 2012).

This statement rings hollow. Today, the frustration and fury of fed-up Chinese educationists and the community over the decades-old problems faced by Chinese schools reached boiling point. This was evidenced by the fierce treatment meted out to Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong when he made a surprise appearance at the protest rally organized by the United Chinese School Committees Association (Dong Zong) at New Era College in Kajang, Selangor. [By the way, the Malaysia Tamil Foundation lent their support to the event when their president, Pasupathi Sithambaram gave a speech in support of vernacular education]. Anyway, Wee was not only booed and heckled by an ill-tempered crowd of over 7,000 people, but someone even managed to throw a punch at him as he was leaving the event, according to The Sun at webpage
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/330224.

Among the Dong Zong issues is the lack of teachers in Chinese primary schools, which has been a sore point among its educationists for many years, made worse by the government placing non-Chinese speaking teachers as stop-gap measures.


Picture by Choo Choy May

Image credit: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/330224

Dong Zong had lashed out at the government, saying that it had not kept its promises in the past. The United Chinese School Teachers’ Association of Malaysia (Jiao Zong) also said that they had conveyed their concerns many times to the government but the matter remained unresolved. Obviously, MCA had been making empty boasts about helping Chinese education all this while!

Wee had the audacity to echo the oft-repeated claim that his ministry would continue to work towards resolving the issues raised. However, he was evasive when pressed as to whether the government would give a commitment to resolve the problems. Who wouldn’t be angry? This situation had persisted for over 40 years and Wee’s response was unacceptable and worse, lame.

Does the MCA think that Malaysian Chinese are so stupid that they will lap up MCA lies? Does MCA believe it can survive the Chinese wrath? Does MCA still have a future? The writing’s on the wall. MCA is finished. Soon, it will be wiped out. And GE13 will bury this party six feet underground.

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