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Headmistress goes on transfer after visit to Tamil school by Guan Eng

 | November 17, 2017

Penang Deputy CM II P Ramasamy says the chief minister was there to hand over a RM100,000 donation for the school’s expansion fund.


Penang CM Lim Guan Eng presenting mock cheques to the SJKT Mak Mandin trustees in Butterworth recently. The CM’s visit has resulted in the transfer of the school’s headmistress.

GEORGE TOWN: A Tamil school principal in Butterworth has been transferred to another school after Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his delegation visited her school for a cheque presentation.

Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy said Lim and his exco members went to the school recently to give a donation for its expansion fund.

Ramasamy said the delegation included himself, Lim, state executive councillor Lim Hock Seng, and Bagan Dalam assemblyman A Tanasekharan.

The visit was at the invitation of the administrators of SJK(T) Mak Mandin.

A RM100,000 donation was presented by Lim at the event. The school is in Lim’s parliamentary constituency of Bagan.

“The HM is a very hardworking woman. Now, she has been asked to collect her transfer letter to go to another school.

mak-mandin1“Is it a crime for Guan Eng to enter a school, as the CM and the MP of his constituency?

“So, I suppose Umno leaders can waltz into any school as they please and sing their party anthem with schoolchildren, and the HM does not get any action,” Ramasamy told FMT.

When contacted by FMT, the headmistress confirmed being told that she would be transferred after serving in the school for about a year.

She said she would meet the state education director later today to discuss her new posting.

Lim’s administration has been highly supportive of Tamil schools in the state and has set up a Special Committee on Penang Tamil Schools Development.

Yearly, RM1.75 million is allocated for the 28 Tamil schools in the state. An additional RM200,000 is given for the development of pre-school classes.

The Penang government had also given additional land to deserving schools with a high intake of students.

A member of the special committee, Satees Muniandy, said it should not be a crime for the headmistress to allow the chief minister and his delegation to enter the school to hand over a donation.

“We wonder if the Putrajaya school HM would be treated the same way?”

In early October, teachers and students of Sekolah Kebangsaan Putrajaya Presint 14 (1) took part in a decoration and performance competition which carried the theme “Umno and Merdeka”.

Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Mansor attended the event where the Umno flag was displayed and the party song sung.

Lim had called the event an “Umno rally” reminiscent of something that would not be out of place in communist North Korea.

He also had trouble entering a Chinese-medium school in Bukit Mertajam, where he was turned away for not having obtained permission from the education authorities to enter the school.

Lim had said it was grossly unfair to him as he was there to assess a damaged portion of the school to consider making a donation.

FMT has contacted Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan for comment and is awaiting his response.

State Education Department director Shaari Osman said it was not only the headmistress in particular who was transferred but many others too.

“Not one. Many are involved in transfers to strengthen the organisation. It is a normal practice for any organisation.”

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