Jangan benarkan sekolah Cina bebas

NGO Sekolah Sekolah Cina Dong Zong telah mendesak agar dibenarkan sebuah sekolah Cina yang bebas diujudkan semula di Segamat. 3,000 orang, majoritinya ketrurunan Cina telah mengadakan demosntrasi untuk mendesak tuntutan ini.

Dong Zong rallies for Segamat school

More than 3,000 people today rallied in Segamat, Johor to pressure the federal government to allow the revival of a Chinese independent high school in the town.

Organised by Chinese educationist group Dong Zong and local Chinese guilds, it is the third of its kind in four months.

Held at a field in Kampung Abdullah, rally participants mostly wore red to symbolise their struggle.

The event, which lasted one hour, saw two resolutions being passed.

Firstly, participants expressed their support the establishment of a branch of Batu Pahat’s Hua Ren independent school in Segamat.

Secondly, participants urged the education department to respect the board of governors of Chinese schools and allow it to have more say.

26 year campaign

Organisers are hoping that the Segamat rally would have the same impact as two previous rallies, which has seen some success in the campaign to revive an independent school in Kuantan.

Segamat was once home to the Seg Haw independent school which uses Mandarin as the medium of instruction.

However, it was converted into a national type school following the introduction of the Education Act 1961. A campaign to revive the independent school started in 1986.

Many participants carried numerous homemade posters to voice their support for the campaign, including a newlywed couple.

The couple’s arrival caused a bit of a stir, attracting hordes of photographers and hoots of approval from the rally participants.

Reps from PAS and MCA

Bride Tey Pei Pin, 22, said she is a resident of Kampung Abdullah and hoped that the future generation would be able to enrol in an independent school in Segamat.

“This is our right,” she said, in explaining why she and her husband took time off for this event.

Another participant who was warmly received by the crowd was Normala Sulaiman, PAS’ candidate for the Tenang by-election in 2011.

Normala (left) was seen signing a petition in support of the school.

Oddly enough, an MCA representative was spotted among the crowd, despite MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek’s earlier criticisms of the campaign.

‘Work with MCA’

Lee Hoon Tee, the state assemblyperson for Jementah, said he was present because he was representing the Segamat MCA division as their leader.

He said his party was with the Chinese people of Segamat, which is why he is donning the campaign’s official T-shirt.

“I hope Dong Zong and other Chinese groups work together with MCA because our goals are the same,” he said.

However, Lee accused DAP and PKR of attempting to hijack the event because their personnel were seen holding banners at the event.

Previously, Chua had accused Dong Zong of launching campaigns at the eve of every general election to cast MCA in bad light.

Dong Zong president Yap Sin Tian denied this, pointing out that the campaign was initiated in 1986 and there has been no official reaction from the government since.

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Ini merupakan demonstrasi ketiga dalam tempoh empat bulan.

Tuntutan Dong Zong ini bertentangan dengar Akta Pelajaran 1996.Tuntutan ini juga wajar dilihat sebagai keterlaluan kerana di Johor, sudah pun ujud 214 sekolah jenis kebangsaan Cina dan 8 sekolah persendirian Cina. Ini jelas membuktikan bahawa kepentingan dan sensitiviti masyarakat Cina untuk mengekalkan budaya mereka sebenarnya dilayan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan, melalui lesen lesen yang dikeluarkan oleh Kementerian Pelajaran.

Sekolah Cina bebas bermakna sukatan pelajaran bukanlah sebagaimana yang diguna pakai oleh Kementerian Pelajaran. Keujudan sekolah Cina bebas bukan sahaja tidak menepati akta dan dasar pelajar, malah dilihat usaha untuk terus menentukan polarisasi antara kaum makin besar jurangnya. Pelajaran dan sekolah menjadi alat dan platform untuk membentuk masyarakat Malaysia yang saling memahami, bersefahaman, memupuk kesahabatan dan kerjasama dan akhirnya, penerimaan perbedaan dan bukan lagi menyisihkan antara masyarakat. Sekolah Cina bebas adalah platform menjurangkan lagi apa yang ada dan kemudian, akan menjadi pemangkin kepada jurang antara kaum yang lebih besar.

Tuntutan ini wajar dilihat sebagai usaha minoriti terlalu menjaga kepentingan sendiri tanpa menimbangkan keperluan masyarakat majmuk dan suasana muhibbah oleh golongan yang taksub dengan agenda rasis mereka. Ianya wajar dilihat sebagai keterlaluan kerana susah tentu mengundang reaksi, yang jelas akan mengakibatkan rasa kurang senang antara pihak pihak tertentu dalam masyarakat.

Jelas golongan minoriti yang mendukung agenda sebagai yang diketengahkan oleh Dong Zong ini tidak menghargai konsep ‘Sosial Kontrak’ dan bertapa pentingnya untuk bertoleransi dan tolak ansur dalam masyakarat plural dan majmuk seperti Malaysia, dimana sensitiviti masyarakat majoriti sebenarnya perlu dipelihara. Mereka juga tidak menghargai agenda untuk mengintegrasikan semua etnik dalam sekepakatan dan bergerak sealiran sebagai satu bangsa yang berpelebagai latar belakang.

Menteri Pelajarean dan Menteri Besar Johor mesti sepakat dan tegas dalam isu ini. Lesen untuk sekolah bebas Cina tidak wajar dikeluarkan lagi. Masyarakat Cina di Segamat mempunyai pilihan lain untuk menentukan anak anak mereka mendapat pelajaran yang berkualiti, tanpa mengabaikan keperluan untuk menjaga sebahagian dari kebudayaan Cina mereka.

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