Chinese groups told to stay away from education rally

Chinese groups told to stay away from education rally
Chinese Malaysian job applicants at a recruitment event for the civil service held on 4 September 2010 at the premises of the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia, or Hua Zong, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A Malay-dominated civil service is often listed as one of the factors that cast a bad light on the authorities among non-Malays. With little input from the minorities, it has raised concerns about policy implementation.

Several established Chinese guilds and associations will not be attending the 531 rally on Sunday to protest against the National Education Blueprint 2013-2025, China Press reported.

The rally, at the Thean Hou temple, is organised by Dong Zong (United Chinese School Com­mittees Association) chairman Yap Sin Tian and his deputy Chow Siew Hon.

Some of the Chinese leaders said since Dong Zong did not send an official letter to invite their organisations to attend the rally, they would not send representatives there.

However, they will not stop their members from attending it.

The Federation of Chinese Asso­ciations Malaysia (Hua Zong) president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah said the federation would not attend the rally as it was an event organised by Yap and Chow.

Malaysia Chinese Language Coun­cil chairman Tang Wei Jie said the council has yet to receive any invitation from Dong Zong so most likely they would not attend the rally.

Former Dong Zong chairman Foo Wan Thot said he would not be attending and urged Yap to retire so that a new leadership could take over.

On Sunday, Yap said that about 2,000 people had agreed to attend the rally.

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