The struggle to re-open the SOS Damansara enters 1000 days

Media Statement
by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew

(Petaling Jaya, Friday): SJKC Damansara Save our School Committee (SOS Damansara) marks the 1000 days of struggle with a series of events from 26 September to 28 September. All events will be held at the Yuan Liang Temple in Section 17A Danmansara New Village.

The BN government has been relying on its delaying tactics, hoping to wear out the fighting spirit and capacity of the SOS committee members and supporters. This tactic has obviously failed as the struggle enters 1,000 days, with a collection of public contributions amounting to around RM800, 000.

Educationists like Cikgu Loot Tin Yee, Quek Suan Hiang, Dr Yap Sin Tian and several Members of Parliament will join hundreds of other supporters all over the country to reaffirm their support for the SOS Damansara team.

News has it that the Education Ministry has sent a team to take pictures of the original SJKC Damansara. Some has even claimed that there was a team of contractors being sent to carry out some renovations and cleaning for the security guardhouse and the school buildings. Many have seen this latest development as positive sign for the re-opening in time for the next general election.

The Chinese community have been pressuring the BN Government leaders to respect the aspiration of the community in the country by immediately re-open the original SJKC Damansara. Tommy Chin Keh Kong, the secretary of the committee, has openly invited the two new MCA leaders Ong Ka Ting and Chan Kong Choy to pay a visit to the Damansara School in June this year. He described the re-opening of the Damansara School as a real and immediate test for the new MCA leadership.

Every community deserves its own school. The forefathers of this village built the original Damansara School more than 73 years ago. It happens to be the first Chinese primary school in Petaling Jaya, long before Chin Woo, Yoke Chai, Puay Chai and other schools set foot in Petaling Jaya. Its student intake had reached more than 1,450 before it was ordered to close down in January 2000 as a result of a strong lobby by the MCA local elected representatives.

* Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP national education bureau chairman