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SJKT Ladang Bukit Jalil new building proposal

November 19th, 2009
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Malaysiakini digs some info on the proposed new building for SJKT Ladang Bukit Jalil. The annexe is 1.1km away from main building (according to Google Map) which is a breach of the existing guidelines (laws?). Also, the 1.1km route is going to house a LRT station, so can imagine the traffic on that road. Looks like accident and fatality statistics will be increasing over there.

More importantly, with the Kg Pandan Indian Settlement residents being asked to relocate temporarily (2 years can easily become 15 years!) to Puchong, the school will be overcrowded. Another few rooms not going to make any difference. So, how many rooms should the new building have. 15? 20?

SJKT Ladang Bukit Jalil still waiting for building

November 10th, 2009
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DPM Muhyidin came and went. 2 million promised (and reported by all major newspapers). Building to be ready in time for 2011 intake (another 13 months left). And forget to mention that there’s no field, no place for expansion.

Last cabinet committee on Indian community saw news that funds allocated were not enough, and the MIC requested for extra RM85 million or so. So, what’s the fate of this school?

Uthayakumar’s Human Rights Party organised a protest at the site:

One of the PIBG committee members, V.Shanthi, said that the committee were kept is dark by the Education Ministry, DBKL and the Wilayah Minister on the supposed extension building to be build at present school site.

At the proposed new site:-

1) With One acre only it is insufficient for future expansion.[this is normal. No thought is even given for future use. Typical planning (in)capability]

2) The classrooms are much smaller then the standard size. [this is serious accusation!]

3) There is no space for school field.

4) There is a future plan to build a LRT station nearby. This will cause a massive traffic jam and it is unsafe for the children.

5) There is no proper planning by DBKL because it involves a Tamil School. But when come to Malay and Chinese schools they will take into consideration the future expansion. These are the injustices that we are against.

Meanwhile at the present site, there is around 26 acres of reserved land and it is in a safe place for children away from main roads. Why can’t the UMNO government give 6 acres out of the 26 acres land to this Bukit Jalil Tamil School? They will have enough places to build a school field, an assembly hall for children and for future expansion.

Going back to history, when Bukit Jalil was slated to build a mega Sports Complex there RM Billions was for Commonwealth Games in 1998. During that time the UMNO government spent Billions building the Stadium, sports complexes, apartments, schools and etc but when it comes to this 80 year old Tamil school UMNO did not bother to upgrade as they had done for the Malay schools.

The Indian settlement in Kg Pandan KL will also be developed and majority of the residents are to be shifted to Puchong. Another big load of students will be coming in. How is SJKT Bukit Jalil going to cope with the sudden increase? Or would the students be pushed into national type schools?

The school was embroiled in controversies since last 2 years – flooding, relocation to cemetery plot, etc. (Just search in this blog). The parents and PIBG have done alot, putting to shame those in power. Even hired own contractors to fix proper drainage!

Today, The Star reported that the school is in the dark and no communication from the relevant government agencies.

THE SJK (Tamil) Bukit Jalil Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), School Board and Residents Committee members are in the dark over a proposed new Tamil school.

School Board chairman K. Venkata Ramani said when Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhiyiddin Yassin visited the school in April, he gave an assurance of an allocation of RM2 million for the new school, which would have additional facilities.

“Tan Sri Muhiyiddin added that the proposed new school would be ready by 2011. There is now a signboard for a proposed SJK (Tamil) Bukit Jalil Tambahan about 1.1km from the existing school.

“We want the new school to have a field and more classrooms.

“We also want the existing school to remain here as it has been here for the last 80 years and has rich history,” said Venkata, who queried why the Education Ministry had not informed the PTA nor sought its suggestions on the project, although they had sent a letter to Muhiyiddin, the Education Ministry and Public Works Department last month. [because of inaction from the officers, the Minister is in a tight spot.]

“Our present committee wants to settle this before the next committee takes over,” he said.

SJK (Tamil) Bukit Jalil school board treasurer Gunasingam Veerasingam said that the school had 114 pupils and 15 small classrooms which could accommodate 10 to 15 pupils each. It has only a badminton court for the pupils to play sports and the grounds are hit by frequent flash floods.

SJK (Tamil) Bukit Jalil PTA chairman Balakrishnan Sadaian added that Deputy Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk M. Saravanan had said 200 Indian families from the Kampung Pandan Indian settlement would be shifting to Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s People’s Housing Project (PPR) Kampung Muhibbah flats next to school soon.

“The existing school won’t be able to cope with the influx,” he said.

The SJK (Tamil) Bukit Jalil PTA, School Board and Residents Committee members want a detailed report on the proposed new school.

So, who is going to do the fire-fighting this time? The Deputy Minister for KL, Saravanan? Maybe ask the parents and schools to look at the “bigger picture!”  🙂

Its this kind of news that erodes the faith of the community on the government and its leaders. Promises not fulfilled. Or promise something that is stop-gap measure. No long-term solution. Regardless of which coalition, the problem still remains.

Anyway, I did suggest that in 10MP, a project is created to convert about 30 schools a year from partially-aided to fully-aided status. Within 5 years, at least 150 schools will be converted, which is nearly  half of the total number of partially-aided schools. Let’s see if any action is take this time, or more empty talks only.

Muhyiddin visits SJKT Ladang Bukit Jalil

April 24th, 2009
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Today’s papers splashed photos of DPM Muhyiddin who is also Education Minister visiting two schools yesterday. One of the schools is the controversial SJKT Ladang Bukit Jalil. This is a school which have been flooded 13 times over since 2007, and its new site was proposed to be next to cemetery. This is the school where parents chipped in to hire contractor to widen a drain.  The Ex MP also cried after visiting this school. And, last but not least, this is the school that was missing from KL City Master Plan.  Yup, THAT school.

The people living there were given eviction notices, and the school given a plot of 0.4 ha only, that too to be shared with the temple.

Utusan mentioned that Muhyiddin asked some changes to b made to the building plans so that it can accommodate 200 students in 2011 intake. The school has 90 student now, and the new building is expected to cost RM2 million. The 70-years old school will be rebuilt on government land in 18 months, in time for the new intake in 2011. At that time, it will be a fully-aided school. So, is it still going to be built next to cemetery, on a small piece of land? Anyone already briefed new Education Minister about this? That’s because he announced that the school will be build on City Hall land, measuring a smaller 03.ha area while Star quoted 0.4ha.

SJK (T) Ladang Bukit Jalil headmistress Tamilselvi Suppiah said the 75-year-old school was originally built on estate land, and had six classrooms for 92 pupils from Years One to Six, and 14 teachers.

“Our enrolment figures started to drop after the school was affected by floods 13 times in the last two years,” she said.

Anyway, with current interest for parents to enrol in Tamil schools, 200 places will not be enough for SJKT Ladang Bukit Jalil in two years time.  The area is surrounded by townships that has significant number of Indian families. So, we will be back to square one – lack of facilities and overcrowded school.

The point is, if do things, do it properly. Research the suitability of the location for school. Do some study on future needs and then do the allocation.

SJKT Ladang Bukit Jalil missing from KL City Plan

June 17th, 2008
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Remember SJKT Ladang Bukit Jalil? It is the school that is being relocated to a cemetery area. It has the infamous publicity of being flooded 3 times in a month. Well, looks like its not on the KL Draft City Plan 2020 ! I don’t suppose the idea to temporarily house the school in ground floor of the flats has anything to do with its disappearance?

Chin, who paid RM150 for the two-volume draft plan, complained that there are mistakes in it. He pointed out that SJK (T) Ladang Bukit Jalil school and the detention camp are not included in the plan.


Can our FT Deputy Minister do something about this?

from cemetery to basement for SJKT Ladang Bukit Jalil

April 11th, 2008
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Well, this school never leaves the limelight. From floods to cemetery, and now a crying MP! Just search this blog to see the related issues to this school.

School relocated from cemetery to basement
Chan Kok Leong | Apr 10, 08 5:16pm

The SRJK (T) Ladang Bukit Jalil earned a reprieve of sorts when the Deputy Education Minister Dr Wee Ka Siong visited them on Tuesday.

For instead of moving the 102 school children to an area meant to house the dearly departed, Wee suggested the ground floor of Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) low-cost flats instead. The flats are part of a relocation plan for estate workers, who for years tapped rubber in the area before the land was reclaimed by the government.

While most of the land was developed into the Bukit Jalil national stadium for the Commonwealth Games in 1998, condominiums and even medium cost housing, scant attention was paid to the rubber tappers who were there prior to Independence.� Of the 1,600 acres which were bought by the government, only 40 acres are left for the rubber tapping community of mostly Indian descent.

To add to their misery, according to a DBKL development plan, 13 hectares are already earmarked as Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Christian burial sites. In a report last November, a plot of land among the cemeteries measuring 0.4 ha was reserved for the Tamil school and a Hindu temple.

At a press conference today, the Tamil Foundation Malaysia (TFM), EWRF, Group of Concerned Citizens and other NGOs expressed their unhappiness with the new proposal made by the deputy minister. » Read more: from cemetery to basement for SJKT Ladang Bukit Jalil