Tuesday, September 28, 2010

UMNO: Electricity switch board room blast. 2,000 over Simpang Lima Tamil school children escape death. Call for almost all 523 colonial era Tamil schools to be rebuilt.


No.6, Jalan Abdullah, Off Jalan Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur. Tel : 03-2282 5241 
Fax : 03-2282 5241 Fax: 03-2282 5245 

Your Reference :

In Reply :

Date : 27th September 2010

Y.B Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin Minister of Education Malaysia, Pejabat Menteri Pelajaran, Aras 10, Block E8, Complex Kerajaan Parcal E, Fax : 03-8889 5846 62604 Putrajaya. E-Mail: khairulam@moe.gov.my

UMNO electricity switch board room blast: 2,000 over Simpang Lima Tamil school children escape death. Call for almost all 523 colonial era Tamil schools to be rebuilt.

The Colonial era Simpang Lima Tamil school building housing their electricity switch board room and which doubled up as their store room suddenly exploded and burst into flames endangering if not the 2,000 ethnic minority Indian children escaping death. (See Malaysia Nanban 24/9/2010 at page 3 and Makkal Osai at page 8).

Hundreds of students currently sitting for their UPSR exams in the next two school blocks had suffered a shock and thereby disrupting their UPSR examinations.

To add insult to injury another colonial era Sg Tekal Triang Tamil school roof was blown away by strong winds again endangering the Indian childrens’ lives. This is again in today’s very same newsreport in Tamil Nesan 24/9/10 at page 6).

We regret to note that despite 53 years of Independence and with Malay-sia having the world’s tallest twin towers, colonial era Tamil school buildings have not been rebuild in contravention of Article 8 of the Federal Constitution which provides for Equality before the law meaning equality also between the 523 Tamil and Malay muslim schools and Article 12 of the Federal Constitution which states that there shall be no discrimination in education for schools receiving government financial assistance. Also Article 28 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 which Malaysia has rectified in 1995 which in effect guarantees compulsory and free education for all children. (NST 30/10/08 at page 10). But for almost all the 523 Tamil schools in Malaysia, the preexisting poor Indian parents have to come out with money to rebuilt the school, buy computers, sports equipment, stationary and even to pay the school water and electricity bills.

Why does all these have to happen only to Tamil schools? We have hardly read of these happening to a Malay, Chinese, Orang Asli, Kadazan or Iban schools. Why? Because of the poor and politically powerless state of the Malaysian Indians and with almost zero economic power and who are also soft targets and easy to bully?

On behalf of the Two and a half Million ethnic minority Malaysian Indian community and so that in particular this would no recur, we hereby urge your goodselves to within one week announce and also notify us in writing that all colonial era Tamil schools would be accordingly replaced with new four storey, smart and elite schools to at least undo the injustices meted out to the poor Malaysian Indians in over the last 53 years.

Kindly revert to us accordingly.

Thank You.

Yours Faithfully,



Secretary General (pro tem)


Mr. Kamal Malhotra UN Resident Coordinator United Nations Malaysia
Wisma UN, Block C, Kompleks Pejabat Damansara, Jalan Dungun, Damansara Heights,                                               Fax No: 603-2095 2870
50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.                                                                                                                                     Email: registry.my@undp.org
Please treat this as our formal complaint and take the necessary action. Your kind indulgence in this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
Simpang Lima 2 Sg Tekal Simpang Lima 1