CELEBRATING 200 YEARS OF VERNACULAR EDUCATION

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 21 October 2019

How ironic that the publication of my ‘200 Years of Chinese Education in Malaysia: A Protean Saga’ today should jar with the first resolution of the just concluded ‘Malay Dignity Conference’ to do away with vernacular education in Malaysia. In fact, this book celebrates the fact that our schools have been nurtured by the community since their inception in the nineteenth century, well before colonialism. Indeed, this achievement is worthy of national pride and dignity for there are few if any comparisons of such an effective community-run education system anywhere else in the world.

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MICHAEL BELOFF QC AFFIRMS THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF VERNACULAR SCHOOLS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 2 September 2019

The Honourable Michael J Beloff QC, former President of Trinity College, Oxford, Treasurer of the Honourable Society of Grays Inn and Counsel for Merdeka University Bhd in the suit against the Government of Malaysia in 1981/82 has affirmed the constitutionality of vernacular schools in Malaysia. Ever since the 1982 Federal Court judgement against the establishment of Merdeka University, some politicians and constitutional lawyers have used it as an argument against the existence of vernacular schools in Malaysia.

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