Don’t fall for opposition trick, Chinese told

Syed Jaymal Zahiid

November 9, 2012

Chinese schools will continue to be safeguarded under Barisan Nasional rule, says Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said today Chinese education remain secured under Barisan Nasional rule and reminded the Chinese community not to buy the opposition’s attempt to politicise the issue.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, has been at the centre of a recent controversy on Chinese schools when an independent body representing them claimed the government was attempting to control its directions though proxies.

Speaking at the launch of the World Chinese Book Fair here, he said no vernacular schools will be sidelined under the New Education Blueprint – the government’s recently unveiled plan to overhaul the limping education system.

“I give you my assurance that Chinese schools will continue to be safeguarded under Barisan Nasional.

“We will continue to ensure its growth according to the needs of the Chinese community,” he said.

Vernacular education has always been a thorny issue for the BN as it struggles to deflect accusation of negligence allegedly in favour of Malay-dominated state-controlled national schools.

The longstanding controversy was seen as one of the major reasons behind the Chinese voter swing towards the opposition in the 2008 general election.

Non-Malay schools are purportedly stifled financially mostly due to suggestions that the schools provide a platform for the opposition to spread anti-government propaganda.

Both sides have denied the allegations.

Muhyiddin said the Chinese, Malaysia’s second largest ethnic population, should not be bought over by the opposition’s attempt to politicise the issue.

“Do not be tricked by the political agenda of the opposition which only wants to politicise the issue for its own interests.

“We should not gamble our and our children’s future [by voting the opposition into power],” he said.