MIC Handling Sungai Salak Tamil School Issue
MIC handling school issue
Negri Sembilan MIC chairman Datuk T. Rajagopalu said Murugiah should check with the party rather than give the wrong impression by expressing shock when he visited SJK(T) Ladang Sungai Salak which is operating from two rented double-storey shoplots.
He said the party had laid the groundwork to relocate the school to a nearby land acquired by the Education Ministry for RM1.5mil.
He added that MIC secretary-general Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, who is also the Human Resources Minister, had already spoken to Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on the matter.
It was reported that Murugiah, who made an unscheduled stop at the school on Tuesday, was dismayed to see the pupils studying in cramped conditions in the shoplots, adding that he would raise the matter with Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
Rajagopalu said that the school headmaster S. Krishnamoorthy and the parent-teacher association had asked the state MIC for help when the school closed down in 2000 to make way for a development project.
The school, in the meantime, was operating from the rented premises while waiting to be relocated.
In Port Dickson, Murugiah said that MIC politicians need not be upset with him for highlighting the plight of the 120 pupils as he was only doing his job in his capacity as the deputy minister in charge of public complaints.
“I don’t understand why anyone wants to be upset with what I am doing. I don’t get politicians from other component parties getting upset with me when I help a Malay or Chinese,” he told reporters after a meeting with representatives from several government agencies at SJK(T) Ladang Sungai Salak.
Murugiah said he visited the school on Tuesday following complaints from the PTA that the children had been studying in the rented shoplots for the past two years.
He had earlier chaired a meeting with officers from the Public Works Department, land office, state Education Department, the school PTA and board of governors on the school’s future
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