SRK Tamil Ladang Bukit Jalil new site surrounded by proposed cemetery

November 9th, 2007 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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This school became famous due to the frequent flood that happened (read more here and here) and the slack work by DBKL. The parents got together to repair the drains and other maintenance works. As usual, after highlighted in media, MIC and govt sprang into action. The education ministry provided alternative land…which turns out to be small (with no field) and surrounded by cemetery.

Now, try convincing me that all the speeches at UMNO Assembly yesterday about being "sensitive to others", "we are all Malaysians", etc. are really true.

Quoting PM's speech: "Malaysia is a nation for all races and there is a future for every citizen" and "Issues must be addressed on the basis of the interests of the nation and the Malaysian people as a whole."

More quotes: “We are ready to seek intelligent resolutions and win-win solutions when dealing with sensitive issues relating to race and religion,” he said.

Let's leave out the race issue (it being a Tamil school), and consider if any sane person would put a school in such a place. I'm being Malaysian and questioning the logic of this move. This really takes the cake: "When contacted, Kuala Lumpur City Hall said the plans for the cemetery reserve land had not been finalised and that so far no complaints had been received." Need to for complaint ahh..? Where's your common sense la? Makes one wonder what these people been eating for food!

From wet to eerie for Tamil school

By : Evangeline Majawat and Choong En Han

Proposed location of SRKT Ladang Bukit Jalil

KUALA LUMPUR: The joy of moving into a new and better school was short-lived when parents of the pupils found out the site will be on reserve land for cemeteries. 

Less than a month ago, the Education Ministry approved RM650,000 to build a new school for SRK (T) Ladang Bukit Jalil which had been hit by floods five times in September. But the site for the new school, which is about 1km away from the present site, is on a large plot of land reserved for burial grounds. Parents were initially enthusiastic when Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu announced the relocation on Oct 16, as the 60-year-old school was in a state of dilapidation, especially after the floods. "We were shocked to find out that the new school will be surrounded by cemeteries," Ladang Bukit Jalil resident action committee secretary Thiakarjan Sathasivam, 54, said.

"It's unthinkable how the authorities can allocate such a piece of land. How do they expect the children to learn in such an environment?" To make matters worse, space is limited as the new school building would be alongside a temple on a 0.4ha plot. This is small in comparison to the surrounding burial grounds. The cemetery reserve land will be segmented according to the different religions: two cemeteries for Muslims (9.6ha); Buddhists (3.3ha); Christians (0.5ha); Hindus (0.4ha); and other religions (0.17ha). A detention centre will stand in the midst of the Muslim burial ground. "The land is so small, and shared with a temple too. There is also no field for the children to play." Thiakarjan said that the authorities should allot at least 5ha for the new school building. "The dead should be respected and a school should not be placed in the midst of dead people."

A parent, who declined to be named, is worried of the effect on the pupils. "No parent would want to send their children to study in such a setting. "Psychologically, the kids will be affected. These children seem to be discriminated because of their simple background," said the mother of two.

When contacted, Kuala Lumpur City Hall said the plans for the cemetery reserve land had not been finalised and that so far no complaints had been received. A visit to the present school site by New Straits Times found that the construction of the detention centre was under way. The empty plot beside the school was full of rubbish and a breeding ground for vectors.

Yasotharan Rajandren, 11, a pupil of SRK (T) Ladang Bukit Jalil said it was common for snakes and rats to enter the classroom. Yasotharan also said mosquitoes were abundant in the area. Flats and an upcoming gated community lie on the fringes of the proposed burial grounds.


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