“Result yenna achi?” I asked…
“Na, na number 1 class le. Ninety ke mele” Said the sweet angel.
“Nee, uneke result yenna achi?” I asked her best friend.
Showed me a thumb down sign and a sad face… “Yelameh uttikichi na…”
I could hardly contain my laughter; these are 7 year olds communicating to me. Such innocence. I later found out that she is actually an above average student. Then I looked around…
The school was infested with termites and it had bitten through almost all the school building. The building itself looks more like an animal shelter than a classroom. Recently the fan fell off from the ceiling because of the termites but luckily it happened early in the morning when the kids were not there yet. It was raining when I was there that particular day and the roof was leaking, and water was pouring down right in the center of the class. I witnessed this with my own eyes.
This is not an isolated case. These are the things that I’ve seen over the past 6 years during my visits to schools. And it has not changed even a single bit, like termites; the politicians had been eating away the development of our society for 50 odd years.
As much as they want to deny, most of the money that is going to Tamil schools are being managed by MIC fellows. A couple of years back, a new Government agency was formed to study, identify and upgrade all the existing infrastructure in current Tamil schools.It was announced; as usual, last year that RM 540 million had been allocated to upgrade the existing infrastructure of Tamil schools.
My question is; enada maire studies pandringge to upgrade the infrastructure? Your budget and manpower is given, what else do you need other than to go and immediately upgrade all these schools? Are you waiting for some classroom’s to collapse and for innocent kids to get killed before taking any action?
The answer is PM Najib had allocated the money; the problem is none of these are reaching the kids directly. The bastards in between comprising of local politicians and contractors are swindling almost all the funds that are allocated to upgrade these schools. The politicians are awarding the contracts to upgrade these infrastructures to their cronies and family members and low quality materials are used to save the cost. Quotes are given 5 times higher to make extraordinary profit, at the expense of underprivileged estate kids.The money is swindled mostly by the contractors, and as a token of appreciation, the contractors pays the local politicians in the form of vandis, money or alcohol.
Next, just in case if you’re not aware, our Tamil schools are divided into two schemes. Out of 523 schools, 372 of them are partially aided schools while the rest are fully aided.First tell me, why these schools need to be in ‘Separuh Bantuan’. Why it should not all be fully funded? Who’s going to fund the other half? Ungge tata va? Our tax money is being used to sponsor pandas, but we can’t fully sponsor the schools and kids?
The moment you pose these questions to the parties involved, no answers would ever come forward. Government secret it seems, can’t disclose financial details. But if you don’t disclose all these details, how will the people ever trust you? We deserve to know what you’re doing with our fucking tax money.
You expect the kids to come up in life when even the initial primary school education is not given properly to them? Say even when one or two of these kids managed to score some excellent results, still they’re sidelined when it comes to higher education due to quota system and race-based entries. These underprivileged kids who struggled all the way with excellent results so that they would be able to enroll in public universities are denied the opportunity and given a turnaround, and forced to take up loans. Even when offered public universities, they’re given a course that they’ve not even listed in their initial selection.
MIC fellows are known thieves, but what about Pakatan Rakyat? They planted high hopes that our education would be given priority, but I don’t see any improvement in Selangor either…
Most of the schools are still in a deplorable condition!
We’re also partly to be blamed in this, we’ve never bothered to check on what’s happening to our kids. As long as your kids are not studying in that particular school, we just don’t need to give a fuck. All we do is go to temple and pray “Mariatta kaliatta ene kapathe yen kudembethe kapathe” and then put the money inside the temple donation box and pray for your safety. If you invest that money for these schools, we would have less machas roaming around in the street with parangs to rob you. Donate to living beings, not statues. The Supreme Energy of the Universe do not need your money, they’re the Supreme Creators a.k.a God.
Attah yeppeda kase kettechi, yanda ipedi buta va aleyeringge… If you’re willing to donate to the ‘God’ you’ve not seen; why not to the ‘angels’ you can see?
All these politicians have public Facebook profiles; highlight the issue right on their wall. Put it direct to their face, call them and harass them. Tell them about the issues that are happening in your schools or nearby schools. Visit the Tamil schools, Orang Asli schools and Sekolah Pondok that are in a deplorable condition nearby and highlight it to the medias. If you’re out drinking with your friends, collect money from them (possibly when they’re drunk) and contribute it to nearby schools.
There are many ways you as an individual could do to change the future of these underprivileged and poor innocent angels.
Fight the right fight and donate to the right cause!