AIMST university should offer courses in Tamil studies. UM and UPSI wont.
Even with all the appeals to Prime Minister and Education Minister not to close down the Indian Studies Department in University Malaya, UMNO proceeded to close it down anyway.
Even as late as the NST news report on 21/2/2010 at page 24 there are still 600 temporary and untrained Tamil school teachers in the 523 Tamil schools nationwide. Whereas to the direct contrary UMNOs’ Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) is training graduate teachers to teach in the almost all Malay muslim pupils at the Permata kindergardens and within 2013 UMNO has targeted 100% graduate teachers for all primary schools.
The top of the icing for UMNO is 7,575 (over 75%) out of the 10,000 schools in the country are three to five star rating schools under the Smart School Qualification Standards (SSQS) with another 5% targeted to be increased by year end (The Star 13/2/2010 at page N26).
By this calculation over 80% of the Malay schools will become three to five star Smart Schools but 0% of the Tamil schools are slated to be so let alone one star school.
Now UPSI claims to offer degree course in Tamil studies and a propaganda was done in the three Tamil newspapers after a visit by the MIC Minister Mandore to UPSI (MN 20/2/2010 and The Star 20/2/2010 at page N42).
We have to take UPSI statement as not done until done as per UMNOs’ track record in over the last 53 years since independence.
Now AIMST has to set up degree courses in Tamil studies as UM and UPSI won’t. But MIC in existence for 64 years and a part of the ruling coalition with UMNO in Malaysia for over the last 53 years is powerless to do so because of UMNOs’ racist religious extremist and supremacist policies in Malaysia.
So we are back to square one.
The way forward is as per the “Malaysian Indian Political empowerment strategy the way forward”. http://www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com/books/TheWayForwardEnglishversion.pdf
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