Liaison With The Government Through KDM
As soon as we started operating Punjabi classes, contacts were made with the Education Department Perak followed by the Education Ministry Malaysia and currently we are in the process of knocking the door of the Government itself.
Our requirements range from facilities, finances, teacher-training courses, textbooks, transport and man power. The requirements by the Ministry Of Education that there must be at least 15 students per standard or form to request for the teaching of vernacular language and a qualified teacher to teach the language. By virtue of being small in population and thinly spread out, we hardly have 15 Punjabi students in the whole school, leave alone in a standard or form. Even if there are 15 students, it becomes extremely difficult to find a Punjabi Language qualified teacher as the government does not train Punjabi medium language teachers.
We have prepared a comprehensive memorandum on the problems of teaching and learning of the Punjabi language in Malaysia. This memorandum has been handed over to the Prime Minister’s Department.
Sine 2001, we have had several meetings with the various Prime Ministers of Malaysia who have always listened to our plight. We are always putting forth our grievances to the Government.
We have been given permission to conduct our Punjabi Classes on Saturdays in Government or Government-aided schools.
Since 2009, we have received some financial aid from the Government to help us run the Centres in various towns, but it is not sufficient.
We look forward to the Governments’ continued support.
We would also like to extend our deepest appreciation to the Perak State Government, the Selangor State Government, the Johore State Government, and the Penang State Government for having given us financial assistance from time to time to run the activities of the Punjabi Education Centres within their States.
Meeting with the Prime Minister of Malaysia in 2009 – Tun Haji Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawai – the first Prime Minister to approve aid for Punjabi Education in Malaysia. With the Prime Minister are (L-R) Sardar Santokh Singh President KDM, Sardar Professor Chatar Singh (Penang), Sardar Dheer Singh, Dr. Sarjeet Singh Sidhu.
At the Vesakhi Open House in Ipoh, Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak – Prime Minister of Malaysia,and Datuk Seri Zambry bin Abdul Kadir – Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Perak being met by Sardar Santokh Singh President KDM. together with the Chairman of UPSO Sardar Dheer Singh (in the background with turban).
Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Mahiaddin bin Md. Yasin, familiarly known as Muhyiddin bin Mohd. Yassin, Current Prime Minister of Malaysia, (then Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia) at the opening of the new 3-storey block built by KDM for Guru Nanak Institution.