DECONSTRUCTING MAHATHIR’S RACIST RAGE AGAINST DONG ZONG

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 15 Aug 2019

The Prime Minister has called Dong Zong (the National Chinese School Committees’ Association) racist because of its opposition to the inclusion of khat in the primary school Bahasa Malaysia curriculum. According to Mahathir, “if the education organisation continued to instigate and incite people to fight against each other, it would be going against the law…If you look at the background of Dong Zong, it has never fought for Malaysians. It has only fought for one race in this country.”

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CELEBRATING 200 YEARS OF CHINESE EDUCATION

By Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser and Former Principal of New Era College, 14 Aug 2019

It is a sad irony that while the Prime Minister is casting aspersions on Chinese educationists and even threatening arrests, we are actually celebrating 200 years of the contributions of Chinese education to this country. When I first joined Dong Zong (the National Chinese School Committees Association) in 1983, I was truly impressed by the fact that our schools had been nurtured by the community since their inception in the nineteenth century. Indeed, this achievement by Chinese Malaysians is worthy of national pride, for there are few if any comparisons of such a community-run education system in the world.

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