DENGKIL - The online survey on single-streamed national schools induced fear in the Chinese community, said Chong Sin Woon.
The Deputy Education Minister told reporters he was bombarded by WhatsApp messages, questioning if the government plans to remove the vernacular school system.
"This is a very sensitive issue. We can't have a questionnaire asking if we should shut Chinese schools down," he said during a visit to SJK (c) Dengkil on Wednesday morning.
Chong said the Cabinet has decided that the vernacular schools system are here to stay, urging the public not to worry.
"Vernacular Chinese schools have existed since independence. It is not an isu remeh remeh (frivolous issue) which can be questioned," he said.
Chong, who is also MCA Youth Chief, also took the opportunity to lash out at participants of the Red Shirt rally who demanded to shut down Chinese schools.
"First, they say they are holding the rally against Bersih. They, they say move their target against Petaling Street traders," he said
He added that the organisers are "shifting the goal post".
"I urge the public do not bring education issues to politics. Let education be purely for educating our next generation," he said.
A questionnaire has surfaced online on Sept 29, seeking responses from netizens on whether there should only be a single stream education system.
The document was published via Google Forms, bearing the logo of the Information Department, which falls under the Communications and Multimedia Ministry.
Its minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak, however, has denied having knowledge of it.
The questionnaire was taken down after Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong placed a phone call to Salleh.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai reportedly approached Salleh before the cabinet meeting on Wednesday to discuss about the issue.