RETURNS TO MIC
Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam yesterday.
In his speech, Dr Subramaniam announced that MIC had accepted Gobalakrishnan’s application to rejoin the party.
Gobalakrishnan was national MIC Youth secretary when he left the party in 1999 after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was sacked as deputy prime minister.
He joined the latter to form Parti Keadilan Nasional.
He won the Padang Serai parliamentary seat in the 2008 general election but left the party in 2011 after losing his faith in the party’s leadership in addressing issues concerning the Indian community, and became an independent lawmaker.
“I was touched when Dr Subramaniam highlighted the campaign by the Indian non-governmental organisation in Padang Serai to build a Tamil school in YouTube. I use the NST to teach pupils new words and to discuss topics for comprehension,” he said.
Former Curtin University Singapore English lecturer Lisa Ng said newspapers were underutilised and often overlooked as a teaching tool.
“Articles in newspapers encourage a pupil to think independently. the area.
“In February last year, Najib opened SJKT Paya Besar, the first new Tamil school built in the country since our Independence in 1957.
“Najib’s administration also approved six more Tamil schools to be built nationwide and that speaks volumes about the government’s commitment to help the Indian community.
“This effort is further cemented by the launch of the MIB,” Gobalakrishnan said.
In his press conference after the ceremony, Dr Subramaniam said MIC had always opened its doors to welcome back former party leaders and members to strengthen the party.
He praised Gobalakrishnan for making the right move to return to the party and help realise the blueprint for the Indian community.
In February last year, Najib opened
SJKT Paya Besar, the first new Tamil school built in the country since our Independence in 1957.
“It is a good conversation starter. Some people think newspapers are outdated but that’s not true.
“As a teacher, newspapers can be used in so many ways.”
Meanwhile, Jelta president Vincent D’Silva praised the teachers’ enthusiasm to learn new things during the workshop.
“The activities in the workshop helped teachers to face ever-increasing challenges in the classroom. I believe with their attendance, they will become ambassadors in providing knowledge to others,” he said.
Johor Education Department English supervisor Muhammad Hilmi Ismail said the collaboration by Jelta and the NST was in line with the department’s focus on 21st century teaching methods.
(Standing from left) Johor English Language Teaching Association president Vincent D’Silva, Johor Baru Education Office English officer Vijayan Narayanan and Grand Bluewave Hotel general manager Long Cheow Siong distributing the newspapers to teachers at the NST-NIE workshop at Grand Bluewave Hotel in Johor Baru yesterday.