FMT had earlier reported that the Selangor government allocated RM4
million for Tamil schools annually, of which RM2.4 million was given
directly to Tamil schools while the remaining RM1.6 million was
distributed for the TSP through three NGOs.
The three are the
Tamil Foundation (TF), Educational Welfare and Research Foundation
(EWRF) and Child Information Learning Development Centre (CHILD).
allocation through the NGOs was questioned by the Tamil Schools'
Parent's Association of Selangor (TSPAS), with its president S Murali
claiming that allocation for the TSP was being mismanaged.
Murali had said that the money should have gone directly to the Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) of Tamil schools.
asked why the Selangor government chose to disperse the money to the
NGOs instead of to PTAs, TSP coordinator K Arumugam said: “We have the
EWRF special adviser S Pasupathi chipped in: “We are
not ordinary NGOs. Most Tamil schools know about us. The EWRF has been
around for 34 years. We've been doing these (programmess) for a long
According to Arumugam, the three NGOs first approached the Selangor
government with a proposal for “developing soft skills” for Tamil
schools in mid-2008. They were then given the RM1.6 million in 2009.
it comes to Tamil schools, there are two aspects: Physical and student
(development),” said Pasupathi, adding that TSP was in a better position
to take care of them.'We don't rely solely on state funds'
to elaborate, Pasupathi said that the services included English
proficiency classes for students and transport allowances for volunteer
EWRF is also involved in the printing of a
five-times-a-year trilingual magazine known as Elanthalir, which is
provided free for upper primary Tamil school pupils.
said the three NGOs did not depend on the state money alone. “What we
(EWRF) get from the state amounts to 25% to 30% (of EWRF's total
budget),” he said.
The EWRF adviser told FMT that his organisation had an annual budget of RM2 million.
“We get (most of) our money from the (Indian) community, and we have partners such as Hong Leong Bank,” he added.
Pasupathi also confirmed Selangor state exco Xavier Jeyakumar's affiliation with the EWRF.
Murali had earlier claimed that Xavier was “very close with the EWRF” and that “he had no business with the NGOs”.
was an EWRF member for a long time,” Pasupathi said. “He was part of
our Klang branch, and has contributed much to the NGO for more than 10
He did not see Jeyakumar's involvement with the
organisation as something amiss as many in the state administration have
“But what about Murali? What credentials does
he have? EWRF has been around for many years, while TSPAS has been
around for two,” he shot back.
When asked about Murali's gripe
with the TSP, Arumugam said: "With these programmes in Tamil schools,
NGOs are powerful. If the NGOs are removed, then it would be easier for
him to take control.”
When asked if he had any evidence to
support his claims that TSP was mismanaging funds, Murali said: “No, but
I have the audit report of these NGOs that might shed some light.”
Give Tamil schools direct funding, Khalid urged
By Athi Shankar
SHAH ALAM: The Tamil Schools Parents'
Association in Selangor is demanding that the RM4 million state
government allocation for Tamil schools be channelled directly to
individual schools’ Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) and not via
irrelevant third parties.
The association president S Murali (photo) said the 400-member strong
association also wants Tamil school affairs to be handled by the state
executive councillor in charge of education, and not by irrelevant
He said the demands would be highlighted in an eight-point memorandum on the development of Tamil education in Selangor.
He said the memorandum will be submitted to Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim in the next few days.
their reasons, Murali said the PTAs were in a better position to manage
the funds, which are state allocations under the Tamil Schools
Development Fund, as they have first-hand information of their
respective schools’ needs.
Selangor has 97 Tamil schools.
Pakatan Rakyat Selangor government allocated some RM4 million in annual
funds last year for development programmes to Tamil schools.
only RM2.4 million of the allotted sum was dispersed directly to
schools.The remaining RM1.6 million was channelled to three
non-governmental organisations, namely the Education Welfare Research
Foundation (EWRF), Tamil Foundation and Child Information Learning and
It’s learnt that the money was allotted to the three NGOs to carry out Tamil education development programme in the state.
For this year, the state government recently approved similar funds to be dispersed among Tamil schools and NGOs.Unhappy with exco's work
said the association was against the state government’s decision to
divert part of the funds for Tamil schools to the NGOs.
suggested instead that the state government allot separate funding for
these NGOs while dispersing the whole RM4 million directly to the
“We don’t understand why the money for Tamil schools is
being diverted to these NGOs. Such diversion of funds is not happening
in allocations for Chinese and religious schools,” Murali told FMT.
memorandum will demand that Khalid's government walk his talk on
multiracial governance by assigning only the state executive councillor
in charge of education, higher education and human capital development
portfolios, currently Halimah Ali, to handle Tamil school affairs.
said the association members were strongly against the current
arrangement in which another state executive councillor Dr Xavier
Jeyakumar, who is in charge of health, plantation workers, poverty and
compassionate government, is made responsible for Tamil school affairs.
PTA leaders criticised Khalid for emulating typical Umno-MIC politics
by giving the mandate to an irrelevant Jeyakumar to distribute
allocations for Tamil schools.
It’s learnt that Jeyakumar, formerly a dentist by profession, has close links with the three NGOs receiving the annual funds.
The state government cyber information portal, SelangorKini online, has disclosed that “Xavier is active in EWRF.”
school PTAs in Selangor have also expressed their dismay with the
manner Jeyakumar has been handling the Tamil schools' issue.
Tamil school affair is not his business, he is trying to promote
himself as the Indian leader in the Pakatan government and state PKR,"
said several PTA leaders, who spoke to FMT in anonymity for fear of
They fear Jeyakumar would sabotage funds to their schools if he knew their identities.
Jeyakumar was not available for comment despite numerous calls made and text messages sent to him over the past three days.Free land sought
memorandum would also demand the state government allocate free land to
all landless Tamil schools in Selangor and change land title ownership
to the schools, which are already sitting on government land.
said his association would demand that the Pakatan government include
all Tamil schools into the state's mainstream national school
“In short, we want the Pakatan state government to be different from BN,” said Murali.
of the memorandum are expected to be distributed to all executive
councillors and elected representatives in Selangor and, the state and
national PKR leaders as well.