RETURNS TO MIC

New Straits Times - - News - N. GOBALAKRISHNAN

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.

PIC BY ZULKA­R­NAIN AH­MAD TAJUDDIN

(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.

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