Friday, February 22, 2013
60,000 Petition for Puchong Schools
PUTRAJAYA: Calls for the approval of Catholic High School 2 and SJK(C) Yak Chee in Puchong are gathering momentum after campaigners submitted 60,000 petition cards to the Education Ministry here. Catholic High School 2 Development Committee chairperson Chong Fat Leong said the group had previously met separately with Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib Razak and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin but their appeals had fallen on deaf ears. “That’s why we launched a signature campaign to show Tan Sri Muhyiddin (who is also Education Minister) that the public is demanding for the schools,” said Chong.Chong, along with 31 other representatives from Catholic High School, SJK(C) Han Ming, SJK(C) Sin Ming, and SJK(C) Yak Chee demonstrated outside the ministry before handing over the cards. They had approached Muhyiddin on Dec 24 last year while they also met Najib on Feb 17 to raise their concerns. There are currently 3,000 students in Catholic High School, which is situated in Petaling Jaya, and about 1,000 of its students live in Puchong. Chong said students from Puchong have to wake up as early as 5am and may only arrive home at 7pm due to the long distance of commuting. Due to the limited space available in Catholic High School, approximately 1,000 applications from parents have to be rejected as well each year. He also said the ball is now in the federal government’s court as the state government had already allocated land for the school. “The state government had already alienated a piece of land for the school, right now we are only waiting for the federal government’s approval,” said Chong.
Source: Selangor Times