24 March 2020
Press statement by MCA Secretary General Datuk Chong Sin Woon
Pointless to question the Constitutional guarantees of vernacular schools : MCA will never budge from defending mother tongue education
Without mincing our words, MCA rebukes any attempts by any quarters challenging the validity of vernacular schools through legal channels. MCA is duty bound to defend the Constitutional right of vernacular schools and will never cave in.
It is regretable that Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) President Aminuddin Yahaya has filed a lawsuit, thereby following other parties which have filed legal challenges against vernacular schools ie Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS), Majlis Pembangunan Pendidikan Islam Malaysia (Mappim), Ikatan Guru-Guru Muslim Malaysia (I-Guru), as well as lawyer Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz.
During such an extraordinary period when the Covid-19 virus has rampaged uncertainty unto the public, the entire population should stand in solidarity to combat the pandemic. However, ISMA chose to provoke an issue during these critical and challenging times. This is simply unreasonable. More upsetting is that this body ignores the Federal Constitution.
Allow me to stress: It is meaningless and time consuming for anyone or any organisation to question the Constitutional right of vernacular schools, because the right to mother tongue education is already enshrined in the Federal Constitution and the Education Act 1966.
Therefore, I urge everyone and all quarters to cease from attempting to disregard the Federal Constitution or deliberately provoke consternation against the validity of vernacular schools. However, if anyone wants to stir trouble, MCA will step up to the plate and fight the cause till the end.
As before, MCA via our lawyers will apply to be an intervener in the case and defend the validity of vernacular schools in court. Defending the Constitutional right of vernacular schools is sacrosanct which MCA will never give in.
Datuk Chong Sin Woon
MCA Secretary General