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Chinese schools in Malaysia hold rally to protest education overhaul

Published on Nov 25, 2012 4:27 PM
More than 2,000 people attended a rally in Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya, organised by United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia, known locally as Dong Zong, on Sunday to protest against a government plan which they claim to have sidelined vernacular schools. -- PHOTO: YONG YEN NIE

KUALA LUMPUR - An influential association of Chinese schools held a rally on Sunday against a government plan to overhaul the education system that the group and its supporters say disregards the importance of the mother tongue and sidelines vernacular schools.

More than 2,000 people, including opposition members and civil liberties groups, attended the two-hour peaceful rally held by the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia, also known as Dong Zong.

They carried banners that say "We protest against the National School Curriculum replacing Vernacular Schools Curriculum".

The rally was the second held by the association in two months, amid a growing discontent over the country's education system.

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