KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 — Umno’s top leaders should discipline its Youth vice-chair Khairul Azwan Harun for undermining the government’s educational efforts, including Chinese schools, MCA Youth said today.
The Chinese party wing’s secretary-general Datuk Leong Kim Soon said Chinese education played an integral role in the country’s development and that the party had achieved a “consensus” with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the matter.
“The Prime Minister reassured that the Chinese community need not worry about the lack of SJKCs (Chinese schools), because as the then Education Minister, he had once worked with the then MCA Deputy President, Tan Sri Lim Ah Lek regarding relocating and building new SJKCs.
“And MCA has reached [a] consensus with the Prime Minister, which is to not neglect the development as well as allocation for SJKCs,” Leong said in a statement.
He also pointed that Najib, who is also Umno president, had also reiterated the pledge at MCA’s recent general assembly.
Leong said this after Khairul Azwan warned that the Chinese community would receive less attention, including less preference to Chinese vernacular schools if Umno and other Bumiputera-based parties emerge victors and subsequently form the majority of the government in the coming elections.
“I urge the BN and Umno to act against the Umno Youth vice chairman Khairul Azwan, so that he can stop issuing extremist statements that undermine the Chinese community and education.
“If Khairul Azwan does not understand what the Prime Minister meant, he can lead the Umno Youth members to ask the Prime Minister, so as to understand the promises made to the Chinese community in supporting the SJKCs,” he said.
Yesterday, the Umno Youth vice-chief, who is tipped to be its next chief, suggested reviewing the current BN consensus, claiming that Umno’s allies in the coalition were not doing their part in winning support.
He identified the Chinese community, in particular, as unappreciative of BN’s aid.