Violence not the way to champion education: Malaysian Deputy Education Minister

Violence not the way to champion education: Malaysian Deputy Education Minister
MCA youth chief Chong Sin Woon (L).
PHOTO: The Star/ANN

PUTRAJAYA - Violence is not the way to champion education matters, said Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon.

Referring to Sunday's chaos at the United Chinese School Committees' Association (Dong Zong) extraordinary general meeting (EGM), he said educationists should bear in mind that the focus should be on education itself.

"I am saddened to see the acts of some people at the EGM. We are all focused on helping the education. Violence is not part of our culture," he told reporters yesterday.

A group of people gatecrashed the Dong Zong building before the EGM that was held to elect a new leadership.

Chong said the new leadership that was chosen at the EGM was one that was "recognised by the court" and he hoped that it would represent a new chapter for Dong Zong.

"I hope to work closely with them in the near future," he said.

Chong, who is MCA Youth chief, said he would arrange a meeting with the leaders "when things settle down".

Earlier, Chong met with professors from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is offering two scholarship places for its five-year Bachelor of Medicine programme in the Chinese city.

"The deadline is Sept 6. Those interested must apply before Sept 1 through MCA," said Chong.

Successful applicants will have their study fees and textbooks sponsored throughout the five years. They will only need to pay for living costs.

Chong also said that the course was recognised by the Public Service Depart­ment.

The requirements are a minimum 3.5 CGPA in the STPM examination.

Those who take up the course will be able to continue their postgraduate studies at the university under the scholarship and do their housemanship in Shanghai.

Those interested can contact MCA at 03-2203-3888 or visit its website at www.mca.org.my.

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