KUALA LUMPUR – MCA is opposed to parties challenging or questioning the position of Chinese education in the country, especially calls for vernacular schools to be abolished, says is president, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said Chinese educational institutions had produced many quality and highly skilled professionals who contributed to the country’s development.
“Calls for national-type Chinese schools (SJKC) to be abolished will not help Barisan Nasional gain public support.
“The government should take appropriate action to ensure continued multi-lingual education in this country,” Liow said in his policy speech at MCA’s 61st Annual General Assembly at Wisma MCA, in Kuala Lumpur, Sunday.
The assembly was opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also Barisan Nasional chairman.
Liow said MCA would continue to strongly support and fight for equal educational opportunities for all Malaysians.
“MCA will always play a major role in championing quality education from the primary to the secondary and up to the tertiary level,” he said.
In his speech, Liow thanked the prime minister for allocating RM50 million for national-type Chinese primary schools (SRJKC) and RM25 million for national-type Chinese secondary schools (SMJKC) in the Budget 2015.
On another development, Liow said more than 200,000 of the young from various races benefited from higher education at the two MCA-initiated institutions, namely Kolej Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).
In this regard, he hoped the government would approve the setting up of a specialist hospital in Kampar, Perak to be managed by UTAR.
He said besides helping the people, it would also be a platform for developing research and to learn western medicine as well as traditional and complementary medicine. – BERNAMA