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    Updated on Saturday, January 26, 2002 12:38 PM

Save Our School (SOS) Team to Indera Kayangan


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 (Hrkh) -The "Save Our School" Team will take the endangered 70 year old Damansara Chinese school SJK (C) Damansara issue to the voters of Indera Kayangan during the by-election.

According to the SOS chairman Ronnie Liu, the non
partisan SOS team will speak on the issue on any
platform offered to them at Indera Kayangan.

"We are not going to assist in the by-election but to
seek an appeal and assistance for the school. As long
as anybody invites us to speak - be they opposition
(Barisan Alternatif) or the ruling coalition (Barisan
Nasional) - we will explain the issue," said Liu.

Last January 2001, the Education Ministry issued a
directive for 1,400 students of the school to move to
nearby SJK (C) Puay Chai (II) temporarily until a new
school in nearby Tropicana is ready. Some 60 parents
protested the move.

Their children have been continuing lessons in
makeshift classes and after that, in air conditioned
containers at the temple grounds nearby after the
Damansara school was sealed off by the ministry.

On whether the decision to bring the issue to Indera
Kayangan was based on the fact that the two candidates are former educationists, Liu said it is not one of the reasons.

"We want the cadidates to help us campaign our cause
and the by election campaigning period is a time when
people will listen to issues," said Liu.

On whether MCA of BN, which has always endorsed the
closure of the school, will actually endorse the
appeal, Liu said that "if MCA is smart", the MCA
should change their stand now.

"We have more than 160,000 signatures now and 50
percent are non Chinese," said Liu.

A visit to the air conditioned containers showed
classes proceeding as normal and six new students
attending Year One. There are currently 58 students
and a teaching staff of twelve. The old school is
still sealed off, under police supervision.

On the first day of school this year, two personnel
from the Education Department visited the school but
the teachers and parents said that the two men excused themselves from questions by stating that they ar only "office boys from the Education Department and were sent there by their superiors".


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