GEORGE TOWN, July 10 (Bernama) -- Representatives of the Parent-Teacher Association of Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (SRJK) Tamil Ladang Batu Kawan today expressed disappointment at not being able to meet Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to hand over a memorandum on the application for additional land for the school.
Association chairman A. Govindasamy said he was disappointed and hurt that they could not meet the chief minister when the Indian community was faced with a problem and needed assistance from the state government.
He expressed his disappointment to reporters after he and three other representatives of the association were informed that the chief minister was attending to matters outside his office.
They were referred to the office of Deputy Chief Minister II Prof Dr P. Ramasamy who was represented by the chairman of the Special Committee for Tamil Schools in Penang, Dr K. Anbalakan.
"We have waited four years on our application for additional land (of 0.8 hectare) from the state government but there has been no concrete reply. The school has 130 pupils and they are without facilities such as a field, canteen and library," he said.
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Govindasamy claimed that the chief minister did not help the Indian community and that they did not want to be cheated further.
Anbalakan criticised Govindasamy for the remark and the two men engaged in a heated argument for about 10 minutes before the association representatives were asked to hand over the memorandum at the chief minister's office as the document was addressed to him.
Govindasamy explained that the application for the additional land was an important issue as it was necessary to provide basic facilities for the pupils of the school.
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