Lawyer now wants to withdraw suit to declare vernacular schools unconstitutional

Lawyer Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz earlier filed a suit to declare the continued existence of vernacular schools as unconstitutional.

PUTRAJAYA: Lawyer Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz, who filed a suit to declare the continued existence of vernacular schools as unconstitutional, is now proposing to withdraw it.

The lawyer said he preferred to drop the suit filed at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur because there were two other parties who had filed similar court actions.

“I have suggested withdrawing my action and have sent letters to all defendants,” he told FMT.

Meanwhile, lawyer T Gunaseelan confirmed that he had received a letter from Khairul’s lawyer on the matter.

“Details of what we intend to do can only be revealed in court later,” said the lawyer who is representing the Chinese Language Council, the Tamil Language Association and the Confederation of Former Tamil School Pupils.

On Feb 12, High Court judge Nordin Hassan also allowed 11 other political parties and organisations to be parties to the suit.

Nordin has fixed May 5 as the hearing date.

Khairul is seeking a declaration that Sections 28 and 17 of the Education Act 1996, which allow the use of Chinese and Tamil languages as the main medium in vernacular schools, are against Article 152 of the Federal Constitution.

Two other groups, namely Association of Peninsular Malaysia Students (GPMS) and the Islamic Educational Development Council (Mappim), also filed lawsuits to Sections 2, 17 and 28 of the Education Act.

Last week, Ikatan Guru Guru Muslim Malaysia also filed a lawsuit at the High Court in Kota Bharu to challenge the existence of vernacular schools in Malaysia.