I won’t allow unjust criticisms to break my spirit – P. Kamalanathan
Kuala Lumpur – It is just not ethical for the particular Tamil daily to treat me unfairly, said Datuk P.Kamalanathan, Deputy Education Minister II, as he claimed that it is rather challenging when unethical reporting particularly evolving around tamil schools and implementation of Dual Language Programme (DLP) serve as an hindrance instead of motivation.
“I welcome constructive criticism but not wild allegations that made with the intention of diminishing ones reputation,” he said yesterday in an exclusive interview with Kuala Lumpur Post.
“Since my appointment as the Deputy Education Minister in year 2013, I have carried out my duties and responsibilities with utmost dedication to ensure that I deliver the best for the betterment of our community and the vision of our Prime Minister, Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak.”
“In fact, when I came into the ministry, the construction of 39 new schools had not begun; today half of it are completed and are in operation. The rest of it are at different levels of completion,” he continued.
“All tamil school projects are going on as per schedule as our Ministry had drawn out the plans meticulously to ensure the schools are built and handed over on time. At times, there are some minor glitches and we take immediate steps to rectify it and put everything in order.”
“We are at times embroiled in land issues , local government requirements and other non ministerial related issues that dampen the progress of projects. However the Ministry takes all the necessary measures to expedite the completion of all projects as speedily as possible.”
“All proposals with regards to tamil schools are discussed in our ministry and not merely the decision of me alone. The Education Minister, Dato Seri Mahdzir Khalid, will be briefed on every tamil school development details. Once the related MOE departments get the approval from him, we will proceed with the implementation.”
“As a deputy minister, I am carrying out my duties with clear conscience. It’s just ridiculous to accuse me of awarding the tamil school consultation projects to a relative of mine. This is a wild allegation. The projects were awarded even before I took office and the person is not my relative.”
“Furthermore I don’t carry any ‘baggages’, none of the project developments are related at all to me. If I would have committed any wrong doings, it would have triggered the MACC by now,” he continued.
“I have worked very hard throughout my life and rose up the ranks to be where I am today. Honesty and integrity is my success mantra and I’m unperturbed even if 100 MACC reports lodged against me as my hands are clean,” said Kamalanathan who is the MP of Hulu Selangor.
“There is a small group opposing the implementation of DLP. I have held series of discussions with the concerned group of NGO representative and majority had accepted the implementation of DLP. Just a small fraction is not for it. Well, we have studied the pros and cons of the implementation of DLP diligently and concluded that it will benefit the students tremendously. As such, we will proceed with the implementation of this program as part of Ministry’s effort in uplifting the english proficiency among our students.”
“The Prime Minister, Dato Seri Najib Razak and MIC President, Datuk Seri Dr.S. Subramaniam has entrusted me with great responsibilities and I must ensure that I execute my duties well in order not to let them down by any chance,” he added.
“It is difficult to satisfy everyone. I will proceed with the initiatives as has been approved by the Ministry of Education and the cabinet without fear or favour. The obstacles and challenges that come my way will be the stepping stones for me accomplish the responsibilities bestowed upon me. I will not allow unjust criticisms break me nor my spirit,” he stressed.