There's a Mandarin forum tonight on the Chinese education with the following details:
"Hishamuddin Vs Ong Tee Keat: Chinese Education in Crisis"The Speakers include:
Date: 28 September 2006 (Thursday)
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Venue: The KL and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
No. 1, Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur
- Dato' Bong Hon Liong, President of the KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
- Mr. Chew Seh Yong, Vice President of the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia
- YB Chong Eng, MP for Bukit Mertajam
- YB Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader
I had the privilege of hearing some of the latest poll statistics as at the end of June 2006 conducted by Merdeka Centre recently. There appears to be major contrasts in perception on the Government's handling of the Education policy among the 3 major ethnic groups. The Malays and the Indians gave fairly good ratings to the government with "strong approval" ratings in excess of 60%. On the other hand the Chinese respondents gave only a 4% response for "strong approval". And this was before the recent storm over vernacular education.
I believe the Government will do well to pay heed to the disgruntlement faced by the Chinese community.