continue to champion the re-opening of the Damansara Chinese primary school
although DAP MPs felt “stabbed in the back” by the SOS SRJK Damansara
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Saturday): DAP will continue to champion the cause of the re-opening of the SRJK (C) Damansara although DAP Members of Parliament felt “stabbed in the back” by the Save Our School (SOS) SRJK Damansara Committee.
I have been informed that the four DAP Members of Parliament from Kuala Lumpur and other DAP national leaders had stayed away from the third SOS SRJK Damansara anniversary dinner last Saturday because the organizers had slighted their contribution to the cause by inviting a Gerakan State Assemblyman to be a speaker while sidelining them in refusing to invite anyone of them to be a speaker – although the DAP MPs had in the past four years consistently highlighted in Parliament the issue of the unfair and arbitrary closure of the Damansara Chinese primary school and the demand for its re-opening.
What happened last Saturday was most unfortunate and deplorable, “causing pain to intimates, joy to enemies”, especially when there had not been a single protest by any MCA or Gerakan national or state leader to a Malay media front-page report on June 19 with the headline equating demands for the re-opening of the SRJK (C) Damansara with “Tuntutan melampau”.
DAP was the only one to point out that such an irresponsible report, if not corrected, will reinforce the belief among UMNO Cabinet Ministers, leaders and members and the Malay society that the call for the re-opening of the SRJK (C) Damansara premises is most unreasonable, extremist, anti-national and unpatriotic, “menyinggung perasaan masyarakat lain”, posed a threat to inter-racial harmony and must be resisted for the sake of building a united Malaysian nation – when all these are totally unfounded, baseless and misconceived.
At a time when there should be a renewed effort of all supporters of the SRJK (C) Damansara issue to make UMNO Ministers, leaders and the Malay opinion-leaders understand the truth of the SRJK (C) Damansara controversy – that its root cause is the failure to build enough Chinese primary schools to meet ever-increasing demand for Chinese primary school places not only by Chinese pupils, but also by non-Chinese pupils with some 70,000 Malay and Indian students in the Chinese primary schools – the new attitude of the SOS SRJK Damansara committee is very sad and most unfortunate.
Be that as it may, DAP will continue to distinguish between right and wrong, and always make a distinction between the issue of the re-opening of the SRJK (C) Damansara from the SOS SRJK Damansara Committee, and will continue to champion the former whatever the stance or attitude of the latter vis-ŕ-vis the DAP MPs.
It is for this reason that I have submitted a question on the re-opening of the SRJK (C) Damansara for the July Parliamentary meeting as follows:
“Lim Kit Siang (Ipoh Timor) minta Menteri Pendidikan menyatakan bila masa Sekolah Rendah Damansara yang berada di tapak asalnya akan dibuka semula, dan sekiranya kerajaan telah mengambil keputusan muktamad untuk tidak membuka semula sekolah berkenaan, apakah rancangan kerajaan bagi premis sekolah asal itu.”
My other parliamentary questions for the July meeting of Parliament includes:
* Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader,
Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor & DAP National Chairman