MCA all for multi-stream ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem

> Di­verse ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem cor­ner­stone of na­tion’s suc­cess: Liow

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY ADRIAN PHUNG

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA will con­tinue to de­fend the na­tion’s multi-stream ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, par­tic­u­larly Chi­nese na­tional ver­nac­u­lar schools (SJKC).

MCA pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said di­ver­sity in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem is the cor­ner­stone of the na­tion’s suc­cess as it gives birth to gen­er­a­tions of highly ca­pa­ble and con­fi­dent Malaysians who can stand tall on the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional stage.

“In this con­text, I am hop­ing that the gov­ern­ment will ap­prove the es­tab­lish­ment of more SJKC, and re­lo­cate schools with fewer stu­dents to ar­eas with larger Chi­nese com­mu­ni­ties, par­tic­u­larly in ur­ban ar­eas.

“We are hop­ing that more Chi­nese schools can be built in ur­ban ar­eas be­cause such schools are part of the na­tional ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. For this, we need the gov­ern­ment to plan ahead so that these schools can grow ac­cord­ing to the com­mu­nity’s and coun­try’s needs,” Liow said dur­ing his speech at the party’s 63rd an­nual gen­eral meet­ing yes­ter­day.

Liow also hoped that Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak will con­sider al­lo­cat­ing land and funds for this pur­pose.

Re­spond­ing to the re­quest, Na­jib who of­fi­ci­ated the meet­ing, said he would work closely with Liow and MCA while as­sur­ing that the gov­ern­ment will help the Chi­nese com­mu­nity in what­ever way pos­si­ble.

“Al­though some­times there will be prob­lems in im­ple­men­ta­tion, we will push through what­ever is fair to the Chi­nese com­mu­nity. Hence, we will help you when­ever we can,” Na­jib said in his speech.

Liow thanked Na­jib for his pos­i­tive re­sponse over the mat­ter and re­vealed that the prime min­is­ter has re­quested him and party deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong to work out all the nec­es­sary de­tails.

Asked when the de­tails will be fi­nalised, Liow said it would be done af­ter the party com­pleted its se­ries of en­gage­ments with the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers.

On an­other mat­ter, Liow said MCA has pro­posed that a na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion agenda be part and par­cel of the 30-year Trans­for­ma­tion Na­tional 2050 that was rolled out by Na­jib when tabling the 2017 Bud­get.

Liow said the party had ac­tu­ally mooted the idea of es­tab­lish­ing a Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Coun­cil at its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing last year.

SHAHRILL BASRI/THESUN

(From left) for­mer MCA deputy pres­i­dents Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy, Tan Sri Lim Ah Lek and Tan Sri Michael Chen to­gether with deputy di­rec­tor­gen­eral of the In­ter­na­tional Depart­ment of the Cen­tre Com­mu­nity of The Com­mu­nist Party of China Rao Hui­hua, and China Am­bas­sador to Malaysia Huang Huikang at­tend­ing the MCA 63rd an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at Wisma MCA.

Na­jib with Liow af­ter the open­ing of the MCA an­nual gen­eral meet­ing yes­ter­day.

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