Media statement by Steven Sim Chee Keong, MP for Bukit Mertajam
10 OCTOBER 2017 | BUKIT MERTAJAM
It is very clear that in the “UMNO dan Kemerdekaan” controversy, UMNO was caught red handed abusing educational institution for its selfish party and political interest. It is totally disgusting that they are now attempting to brainwash our primary school students.
Our education system is in the decline. In international assessments such as PISA, not only our students lost to Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea, we are performing worse than students in countries such as Vietnam.
The biggest culprit is UMNO, which uses our schools to achieve their narrow political objectives instead of nurturing critical and independent thinking.
MCA failed to protect our schools from UMNO
Only less than two months ago, in late August 2017, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in his capacity as a state government official, was denied entry into SRJKC Sungai Lembu in the state of Penang. Yet an unelected UMNO division chief was previously allowed to enter the same school and mingle with the students.
Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon justified the blocking of Chief Minister Lim by falsely accusing that CM was using schools to “talk politics”.
It is clear that MCA and Chong are desperately trying to protect their big boss UMNO. Chong was even willing to make false accusation about the Chief Minister using schools to “talk politics” and yet Chong is utterly silent about the large scale celebration and promotion of UMNO which took place in SK Putrajaya Presint 14(1).
This is a big slap to the face of the Deputy Minister who is also MCA Youth chief. Not only MCA has consistently failed to safeguard the interest of Chinese schools, it has failed to protect our schools from UMNO’s abuse. This is another clear example of MCA being the accomplice of UMNO’s wrongdoings.
“UMNO dan Kemerdekaan” erased contribution of other parties in struggle for Independence
I totally reject any political parties organising party-related events in schools for students or teachers.
Yet to call the “UMNO dan Kemerdekaan” programme a narration of our national history is also a joke, as it only projected UMNO and denied all other parties’ contribution to the Independence of our country. However, MCA and MIC are both silent on this utter distortion of our history, even when UMNO attempts to erase the contribution of their former leaders. This is indeed another big slap on the faces of MCA and MIC.
Steven Sim Chee Keong
MP for Bukit Mertajam