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Penang State MIC Chairman

I would like to thank Education Minister YB. Puan Fadhlina Sidek and YB. Dato’ Seri S. Sundarajoo, who attended the “Upacara Penanaman Pokok & Lawatan Ke Tapak Pembinaan Blok Baru” SJKT Subramaniya Barathee. Thanks to YB. Minister for the small contribution, which was extended today.

But it is a big disappointment that the Education Minister representing the government of the day decided not to deliver a speech at this event. Being only present psychically and not delivering her message to all was a big shock for those present at the function.

The YB Minister should have used the platform to reach out to the Indian community on the government initiatives and programs.

From the very beginning, there were many protocols and conditions outlined to the organisers by Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri (JPN) and Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah (PPD). The event organisers were pushed maximum as if it was an event involving our royalty or governor. Was all this done with the knowledge and instruction of the Education Minister, or was it an effort by PPD and JPN to impress the Minister.

Evan, the “Tamil Valthu” song was initially forced to be scrapped, but upon learning about this, I approached YB. Dato’ Seri S. Sundarajoo, who than gave instructions to the JPN officials to play the song at the event.

It is sad to see the Minister’s response towards Tamil school and it suits the malay proverb “Seolah acuh tak acuh”.

The event was a golden opportunity to show the Education Ministry’s responsibility to the development of Tamil schools in the country.
But the reluctance to even give a speech is clear indication that the education ministry has little regard for the Tamil school issues.

The Penang MIC is clearly disappointed with the attitude of the Minister as well as the state and district education departments.

Everyone should realise that the government promotes national unity and there is no place for little Napoleons to make their own rules in the country.