The Straits Times
Published on Nov 25, 2012

Chinese schools in Malaysia hold rally to protest education overhaul


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.