Ever since the Sungai Ara Tamil Primary School in Penang became the talk of the town for its innovative approach to education – which was heartily endorsed by Education Minister Maszlee Malik during his recent visit – it appears that some quarters are unhappy.
Maszlee spent a lot of time engaging with the pupils and talking to the principal Sangga Sinnayah during his much-anticipated visit to school on 17 May. He obviously came away impressed – and he said as much to the press.
Yesterday, however, a Penang city councillor spoke out against the children’s participation in a climate change protest on 24 May. She felt that the pupils had been manipulated by participating NGOs to be critical of the Penang transport masterplan.
Others are believed to have lodged a report with the Education Department in Penang, which then sent officers to investigate. Full story on Aliran website