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Education Ministry told to investigate why non-Malay pupils at SK Taman Hi-Tech, Kulim were shown for two consecutive mornings the “violence and sex” Tamil movie Pokkiri (Thug)
(Parliament, Tuesday) : Yesterday, I received a complaint on my blog from Vimaleson Gunaratnam, a parent of a seven-year-old pupil at SK Taman Hi-Tech, Kulim that non-Malay students in the school were separated from Malay students last Wednesday and Thursday for the whole morning session until recess time and shown a Tamil movie, Pokkiri, which is full of violence and sex.
He sent a letter of protest to the school principal and I read out his letter in Parliament a few hours later during the committee stage debate of the 2006 Supplementary Estimates on the Education Ministry, and asked for a full investigation by the Education Ministry.
This is Vimaleson’s protest letter which I read out in Parliament yesterday:
20hb April, 2007
Seperti yang dimaklumkan di atas, saya sebagai waris, ingin mendapat penjelasan daripada pihak tuan, rational mengapa gambar Tamil ditayangkan semasa waktu persekolahan baru-baru ini. Kejadian tersebut berlaku berturut-turut 2 hari pada 18 dan 19hb April, 2007. Pada masa tersebut pelajar-pelajar bukan Malayu diasingkan ke sebuah bilik.
Gambar yang ditayangkan bertajuk
Pokkiri. Ia dibintangi oleh Vijay.
Saya hendak pihak sekolah memberi
Vimaleson is particularly incensed that the movie Pokkiri, starred by Vijay (translated the meaning is “Thug”) and which is full of violence, is shown in school when he would not allow such a movie at home.
He asked: “What kind of values the school trying inoculate to the kids;; violence, sensuality, etc?”
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman