Its youth leader says proposal for ‘Penang and DAP’ programme was made in jest to show federal government's practice of double standards.
Bukit Mertajam DAPSY chief Joshua Woo (third from right) at the press conference in Bukit Mertajam today.
GEORGE TOWN: A DAP leader said he had proposed a “Penang and DAP” programme in schools merely to see the response from Putrajaya if the opposition were to organise such an event.
Bukit Mertajam DAP Socialist Youth chief Joshua Woo said the proposal mooted by him and seven others was never meant to be taken seriously as DAP would never bring politics into the school.
He said despite modelling the programme exactly after the “Umno dan Kemerdekaan” event held at a Putrajaya school recently, the education authorities had chosen to reject their proposal, claiming it was “political” in nature.
“What we did was not to provoke but to expose the true colours of the federal government.
“The fact that they reject others from doing similar programmes shows their hypocrisy and double-standards.
“More importantly, it exposed their lie. What they did to our students was clearly political indoctrination. The BN government and ministers should stop giving lame excuses to Malaysians,” Woo told reporters in Bukit Mertajam today.
It was reported recently that teachers and students of Sekolah Kebangsaan Putrajaya Presint 14(1) had taken part in a class decoration and performance competition which carried the theme “Umno and Merdeka”.
Umno flags were visible in the school compound, while students waved small flags and sang the Umno song.
At one point, a banner with the words “Hidup Umno, Hidup Melayu. Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya” (Long live Umno, long live the Malays. Then, now and forever) was displayed on stage.
The authorities had said the competition was based on historical facts and not politics.
In what appeared to be a mockery of the Umno-themed event, Woo and seven others had written to the department to hold a DAP-themed event next year.
They had stressed that it was proposed under their personal capacity as residents of Penang.
Woo had also said that the proposed date for the event would be sometime in March next year when the opposition would celebrate the 10th anniversary of its rule in Penang.
He had said it was not to celebrate the DAP per se, but to recognise the rapid progress experienced by the state in the past 10 years of opposition rule and the glorious history of the state.
The Penang Education Department had said the proposal was rejected as it was political and that their application letter was devoid of signatures.