KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 (Bernama) -- MIC president Datuk Seri S.Samy
Vellu today assured the Indian community that the government will not
close down any Tamil school even if they are facing lower enrolment.
"Not a single Tamil school will be closed down. In fact, we (MIC) will
ensure that all existing Tamil schools are redeveloped," he said.
Samy Vellu was commenting on the reported statement by Malaysian Tamil
Council managing director Datuk S. Sivasubramaniam that about 100
partially-aided Tamil schools would likely be closed as they had low
The MIC chief chided those who claimed that Tamil schools with very low enrolment faced closure.
"There are solutions to the problem of low enrolment, but we must work out a reasonable one," he said.
Samy Vellu said the MIC was aware that there were Tamil schools which
only had two or three students, but stressed that the schools would not
be closed down.
He said the Indian community and related organisations should work with
the MIC to come up with workable solutions, which included relocating
the affected schools to areas where there were a sizeable number of
Samy Vellu said the government should not be blamed for not doing much for Tamil schools.
"The government is ready to assist in solving the problem. But we must give that solution first," he said.
He cited the special allocation for the redevelopment of Tamil schools
under the two economic stimulus packages last year amounting to RM130
million and another RM67 million in the 2010 Budget.
"Even the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri
Muhyiddin Yassin has pledged that no Tamil school will be closed down,"
Samy Vellu said.
He said the MIC would ensure the continued progress of Tamil schools, "whether they are fully-aided or partially-aided".