- #1 – MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, who made the announcement, said the Education Ministry has granted the approval to set up the private school there. “The wait is over. With support from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Chinese group leaders, we are glad to announce that the Education Ministry has approved the building of the school. It will be known as Sekolah Menengah Chong Hwa Kuantan or Chong Hwa High School,” he told reporters when announcing the news at the Education Ministry here Friday. Education director-general Tan Sri Abd Ghafar Mahmud presented the approval letter to Chong Hwa Independent High School Kuala Lumpur board of governors vice-chairman Lim Yew Jin at the press conference. During the rally, representatives from 163 Chinese associations, guilds and non-governmental organisations gathered at the MPK4 field near here to pen their signatures. A total of 4,374 signatures was collected.
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#2 – Chinese educationists here collected thousands of signatures in support of a Chinese independent high school to be built here. Various Chinese associations, guilds and non-governmental organisations nationwide sent their representatives to a rally held at Kampung Abdullah field on Sunday to support the request for the school. Also present were MCA leaders including Jementah assemblyman Datuk Lee Hong Tee and several opposition local leaders. Lee said the MCA never forgot its duty to defend Chinese education and his presence with other party members proved it. “We hope the Chinese community especially the Dong Jiao Zong (the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia) will work with MCA on this issue,” he said. Lee also urged the Opposition not to use the Chinese education issue for political mileage.
#3 – Six hundred undergraduates who attended the 1Malaysia Indian Student Summit have unanimously agreed that the quota system be reinstated to increase the enrolment of Indian students into public universities. 1Malaysia Indian Student Movement (1MISM) president D. Mahaganapathy said the students voiced that since the meritocracy system was introduced six years ago, the intake of Indian students into public universities dropped tremendously especially into high demand faculties such as the medical, dentistry, pharmacy and engineering faculties. Until recently, he noted that medical seats intake had increased from 55 seats last year, to 90 seats this year. “Under the previous quota system, Indian students were allocated nearly 10 per cent seats in the public universities. “However, under the merit system hardly two to three per cent were offered to the students (based on data obtained from the Senate) and Indian students are faring badly under the meritocratic system,” Mahaganapathy told reporters after the closing of the 1Malaysia Indian Students Summit’s Star Awards Night on Sunday. Reinstating the quota system was among the 10 resolutions passed at the gathering. “We would like to request the government to consider setting up a new mechanism to increase the enrolment of Indian students into public universities annually. “Currently, to seek enrolment in the public universities, students who sat for STPM will need to compete with the students who completed the matriculation and ‘asasi’ programmes. “We can generally conclude that a student who goes through the matriculation pathway has a better chance of securing a place in the public university compared to one who comes from the STPM pathway due to the high level of difficulty of the STPM examination,” Mahaganapathy explained. Among other resolutions were the request to set up a multi-racial office, similar to Universiti Malaya, to handle students’ needs and problems at universities, the need to set up 1Malaysia food cafeteria serving vegetarian food and a fixed grant to finance student activities. At the ceremony, Mahaganapathy also launched a RM30,000 grant for students to organise activities related to 1Malaysia concept and promoting unity among students.