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Khalid gets another memo on Indian grouses

 | May 10, 2012

A group demands transparency on dealings associated with the sale of land originally meant for the Midlands Tamil School.

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government today received its second memorandum in two days from Indian-based organisations over grouses regarding education.

Today’s memorandum, from the Alliance Association of Concerned Malaysians (AACM), focused mainly on issues surrounding the newly built Midlands Tamil School. It was addressed to Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, but was received by an aide of state executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar.

Yesterday, Selangor MIC Youth submitted its own memorandum to Khalid, urging him to honour Pakatan Rakyat’s promise, made in the run-up to the 2008 general election, to provide free tertiary education.

AACM is demanding a detailed explanation of the dealings involved in the sale of four acres of land originally earmarked for the Midlands school but subsequently sold and developed into a cyber technology district known as I-City.

The Midlands Tamil School, opened last month, became a matter of public interest after the Klang Consumer Association raised similar questions.

The land in question was allocated for the Midlands school in 1995. After Pakatan took over the state in 2008, the school administration accepted the new government’s offer of an alternative four-acre site and a RM3 million grant to build the school. The site offered was in fact the same one the school was already occupying with temporary classrooms.

The consumer association said the state should have given more than RM3 million for the school because the land where I-City now stands was rumoured to be worth more than RM20 million.

Subsequently, MIC Youth Chief T Mohan challenged the state to respond to allegations that the Midlands school’s convention centre had been leased for 10 years to a crony of Jayakumar.

Today’s memorandum also alluded to this allegation.

“We are here not to condemn Pakatan Rakyat, but the Indians are eagerly waiting for the Menteri Besar to speak about this issue,” AACM secretary K Vijayakumar told reporters.

‘Wonderful job’

Nearly 300 people turned up to show their support for the memorandum.

Vijiyakumar said the state government had done a “wonderful job” in building a modern Tamil school, but added that this did not mean it was completely transparent with the Indian community.

“If it is true that the state government is making money from the school, then this is disaster for Indians in Selangor,” he said.

He said the Pakatan government must ensure that the entire amount it had made from the sale of the land to I-City Bhd is channelled towards the betterment of Tamil schools in Selangor.

Vijiyakumar also urged the state to explain why it had leased the convention centre to a private party.

“We will give two weeks for the MB to come up with a proper explanation,” he said.


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