From The Star:
Wee is willing to step down immediately as Deputy Education Minister if the move would solve the shortage of teachers in Chinese primary schools.
He said he arrived at the decision after discovering that many people who attended the United Chinese School Committee's Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) rally in Kajang on Sunday had chided the MCA for being unable to solve the long-outstanding issue.
He said some had called him to resign.
“There are other ways to solve this issue. Would jeering and hurling abuses resolve the shortage?
“And if stepping down would solve this issue once and for all, I, Wee Ka Siong would immediately do so,” he said in his speech at a dinner organised by Kota Melaka MCA here on Sunday night.
He stressed that the MCA would go all out to solve the Chinese education issue and the party's interest in the matter was no less than those who attended the demonstration.
It is apparent that Wee has failed to win over the confidence of Dong Zong and supporters of Chinese vernacular education. Wee's 8-point solution was a direct reaction to the Dong Zong's 325 rally call. It is unfortunate that the Deputy Minister did not do much to resolve the issue of a lack of qualified Chinese educated teachers since he was made a deputy minister of education 3 years ago.
Dong Zong is right to say that they are fed up and tired of listening to proposals and suggestions presented to them by the ruling regime but nothing has come out so far.
Barisan, especially Umno, has a severe problem. It is reluctant to do what is right for the Chinese if such action can be seen as giving in to the Chinese community. This 'Ketuanan Melayu' mentality is stopping a compliant party like MCA from doing anything for the Chinese vernacular education.
I have said it more than once, if the government accepts and recognizes the Chinese vernacular education as part of the Malaysian education system there is no reason for the government not to provide the vernacular education stream with all the assistance and help it deserves.
For this, Wee should resign not because it is going to help resolve the problem. But Wee should resign for not doing his job and for not recognizing this issue as one of the most important issues he should tackle upon being appointed as the deputy education minister.
Wee should hold up his head high and quit because he has lost the confidence of the Chinese education group and stakeholders. The reception he received at the 325 rally is too embarrassing for him to stay on as a deputy minister.