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‘No personal agenda in Dong Zong rally’

 | September 10, 2012

MCA veteran Yap Pian Hon says MCA members are not involved in organising the rally against Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong.

PETALING JAYA: MCA veteran Yap Pian Hon today dismissed allegations that the ongoing hostility between United Chinese School Committees Association (Dong Zong) and Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong was an extended party infighting.

He said the MCA members have played no role in organising the rally on Sept 26 to call for Wee’s resignation, although many of them are the board members of certain Chinese schools.

“This is totally not related [to infighting]. While many MCA members could be [Chinese schools] board members, none of the top leaders of Dong Zong are affiliated to MCA,” he told FMT.

The relationship between MCA and Dong Zong soured recently following Wee’s perceived ineffectiveness in solving the issues of teachers’ shortage in Chinese schools and applications for independent Chinese schools in Kuantan.

Wee was also accused of being biased in endorsing a rival board of directors in SJK Jinjang Utara. The Dong Zong’s president Yap Sin Tian has not taken kindly to this as he was previously the school board’s chairman.

Sin Tian , without a place in the board, would arguably have no chance to stand for another term as Dong Zong president.

The Dong Zong rally is scheduled to be held outside Parliament demanding Wee’s resignation.

Commenting on Sin Tian’s motive, Yap said it is up for the public to judge him.

“There are reports in the newspapers today saying that parents are staging protests to ask Sin Tian to go,” said Yap, the Selangor BN information chief.

Middle ground

He added that the latest documents available to the public also show that the Federal Territories Education Department was the one that endorsed the school’s board of directors.

Yap said Sin Tian Yap was being “unreasonable” in confronting Wee, saying that they both should work together to find a middle ground.

“Wee has done his job. Recently many approvals were given to new Chinese schools and some were allowed to be relocated. This has never happened in the past,” Yap said.

However, Yap’s support for Wee was not shared by a MCA grassroots leader, who said the deputy minister is indeed ineffective.

The leader, who requested anonymity, said instead of solving the issues, Wee likes to grab media limelight.

“He prefers to bring everything to the press before the issue is discussed,” he said.

Asked if the rally was being organised because of a personal agenda, the leader dismissed the accusation, saying that it involved a lot of people.

“There were times in the past where Dong Zong held their internal elections as well, but why now and why him [Wee]? Why are they only targeting Wee?

“Besides, the decision [to hold rally] was not made by Yap alone, but representatives from various states. Are they not wise enough to see if this was for a personal agenda?” he said.


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