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 | May 9, 2012

MIC Youth stages a peaceful protest, demanding the Selangor MB keep to his 2008 pledge to provide free education at higher education institutions.

SHAH ALAM: Selangor MIC Youth members today staged a peaceful protest in front of the state secretariat (SUK) demanding for free education at higher education institutions.

They submitted a 10-point memo to Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, urging him to keep to his 2008 general election manifesto to provide free education should Pakatan win Selangor.

The memorandum was received by Khalid’s press secretary Hazuri Ismail, who promised to looking into the demands.

“We are disappointed with the state government which has failed to provide free education at the state level as promised,” said Shanker Raj Ayanger, the state MIC Youth chairman.

The three higher education centres under the Pakatan state government are University Selangor (Unisel), National Institute of Valuation (Inspen) and Selangor International Islamic University College (KUIS).

“It has been four years since their election victory and until today the state government has done little or nothing to fulfill its promise,” said Shanker.

He also lashed out at the state government for shifting the blame on to BN for it inability to provide free education.

“This is utter rubbish. The state government has all the means to provide free education in their higher education institutions,” said Shanker.

He added that MIC Youth is eagerly waiting for Khalid’s response. He challenged Pakatan leaders to provide free education in Pakatan-ruled states instead.

“Instead of calling for the federal government to abolish PTPTN loans, I urge Pakatan to implement their pledge to provide free education at the state level first ,” said Shanker.

The demands

Among the other demands in the MIC Youth memo are:

  • Abolish WiFi fees in I-City (MIC claims the state government charges student RM100 per semester)
  • Abolish health fees for students in Unisel, Inspen and KUIS
  • Ensure transparency when allocating scholarships to students
  • Upgrade sports utilities in Unisel Shah Alam
  • Provide free shuttle service for students to fulfill their religious obligations at their respective places of worship
  • Allocate vegetarian food facilities inside the campus
  • Tamil be to implemented as an elective subject
  • Adequate facilities for associations and clubs to carry out their activities
  • Upgrade the quality of lecturers and professors

MIC national Youth secretary, C Sivaarraajh, who took part in the protest said that Pakatan has the responsibility to cater for students education.

He also warned Pakatan leaders to keep away from students and desist from feeding them with inaccurate information.

In another development, MIC central working committee member, KP Samy, questioned the Selangor MB’s motive to offer legal aide to all those detained by police during the Bersih 3.0 rally.

“How come he did not do same for all the Hindraf supporters who were detained on Nov 25, 2007 during the Hindraf rally?

“It smacks of racism as the case was ongoing when he took office. He could have easily extended the same offer” said Samy, who provided financial help out his own pocket to several of those who arrested and charged for taking part in an ‘Illegal’ assembly.


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