PM delighted to see Punjabis learning their mother tonque

| 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.

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