PM delighted to see Punjabis learning their mother tonque

1
1370
| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  | 16 Dec 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Khalsa Diwan Malaysia president Santokh Singh briefing Prime Minister Mohd Najib Razak who visited the PETM booth at the SEDIC booth on 10 Dec 2016 – PHOTO / SUPPLIED

By Anandpreet Kaur

The Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Razak visited a booth displaying the educational material used by the 47 Punjabi Education Centres (PECs) nationwide at a recent expo organised by a Government unit handling Indian affairs.

In the interaction at the booth, the Prime Minister pledged his support for the minorities in the country.

“He was impressed as to how a minority race has come together to overcome the learning and teaching of the mother tongue. The Prime Minister had glanced through the text books prepared by PETM,” said Punjabi Education Trust Malaysia (PETM) chairman Gurnam Singh.

PETM, the education arm of Ipoh-headquartered Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KDM), manages the 47 PECs nationwide catering to some 3,000 students.

Socio-Economic Development Of Indian Community (SEDIC), a unit under the Prime Ministers Office (PMO), had invited KDM, one of the SEDIC fund recipients, to set-up a booth at the Socio Economic Development Of Indian Community Expo 2016 in Kuala Lumpur on 10 Dec 2016.

The event was held at a government-aided Tamil school, at Batu Caves.

“The recipients of Government aid under this scheme were allotted booths at the expo to highlight their projects,” Gurnam Singh said in a statement emailed to Asia Samachar.

The booth displayed material used by PEC teachers and students, including material for teacher training, inspectorates/mentors, examinations and text book.

KDM president S Santokh Singh presented to the Prime Minister the latest issue of Awaaz, an annual magazine for the PECs.

“After a short briefing on the displayed material, the Prime Minister assured the Government support for the minorities and pledged continuous aid to the teaching and learning of Punjabi Language in Malaysia,” said Gurnam.

Todate, KDM has produced nine text books of its own viz Kindergarten 1 and 2, Primary 1 to 6 and Secondary 1 book. It is now in the midst of completing the remaining text books this year.

Also present was SEDIC director Prof. Dr. N.S. Rajendran.

ANSWERING THE CALL FOR PUNJABI LANGUAGE: Some of the officials from Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KDM) and its education arm Punjabi Education Trust Malaysia (PETM), together with some teachers from the Punjabi Education Centres (PECs). Sitting: (L-R) Gurnam Singh, Santokh Singh, KDM treasurer Sarjit Singh.

[ASIA SAMACHAR is an online newspaper for Sikhs in Southeast Asia and surrounding countries. We have a Facebook page, do give it a LIKE. Follow us on Twitter. Visit our website: www.asiasamachar.com]

RELATED STORIES:

SEDIC making an impact on B40 Indians – Bernama (Asia Samachar, 29 March  2016)

Malaysian Sikh NGOs urged to tap Federal Govt funding, deadline 11 April (Asia Samachar, 11 March  2016)

CMSO holds Project Funding Workshop on 19 March (Asia Samachar, 6 March  2016)

PM appoints Jagir, Dr Sarjit to Malaysia’s interfaith committee (Asia Samachar, 4 Feb 2016)

Sikh NGOs get help to tap Malaysian government funding (Asia Samachar, 3 Feb 2016)

Symposium to help Sikh NGOs tap SEDIC funding (Asia Samachar, 14 Jan 2016)

3,000 students begin Punjabi classes at 47 centres in Malaysia (Asia Samachar, 10 Jan 2016)

Single mum Sarnjit to start a business someday (Asia Samachar, 13 Dec 2015)

4 Malaysian Sikh NGOs receive RM950,000 Federal funding (Asia Samachar, 5 Aug 2015)

Sikh NGOs to attend Putrajaya funding briefing (Asia Samachar, 9 June 2015)

 

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY