Sunday September 23, 2012
Blow to Dong Zong’s rally
By NG SI HOOI
PETALING JAYA: Another Chinese education-based organisation closely aligned with the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) has made it clear that it will not attend the latter's controversial 926 rally.
The United Chinese School Teachers Association (Jiao Zong) chairman Ong Chiew Chuan said although the group “stood side-by-side with Dong Zong on various Chinese education issues”, this time it chose to focus on the Malaysia Education Blueprint and not on issues with personal agenda.
Jiao Zong's decision is a big blow to Dong Zong, as the former is an equally powerful sister arm of the latter. The two groups have traditionally worked under the umbrella body of Dong Jiao Zong.
Ong, speaking to Chinese dailies, said Jiao Zong understood Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong's difficulties in handling issues pertaining to Chinese education and urged the Deputy Education Minister to continue raising its problems to the Government.
Ong said Jiao Zong hoped that all stakeholders participated in roundtable meetings to solve the problems faced by Chinese schools.
Dong Zong initiated the rally demanding for Dr Wee's resigna-tion when the Federal Territory Education Department rejected the incomplete list of SJK Jinjang Utara's board of directors submitted by school chairman Yap Sin Tian and his deputy Chow Siew Hon.
Yap is Dong Zong chairman and Chow is his deputy.
Earlier this year, the department accepted a complete list submitted by another group.
Yap had accused the ministry of trying to grab power from the school board by not accepting his list of names.
Moreover, the 926 rally is not gaining the support of most Chinese guilds and associations.
They include the influential Federation of Chinese Associations and the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia.
The two organisations had called on Dong Zong and MCA to bury the hatchet for the sake of the continued development of Chinese education.
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