In latest case, High Court again finds vernacular schools constitutional

The High Court in Kota Baru yesterday dismissed a lawsuit by a Muslim teachers group I-Guru that sought to declare vernacular schools in Malaysia unconstitutional.

(MMO) – According to Malaysiakini, judge Roslan Abu Bakar said that while vernacular schools could be considered public authorities, the constitutional requirement for these to use Bahasa Melayu must not be taken in isolation.

“The High Court judge today said vernacular schools are public authorities. Nevertheless, he said it is constitutional because, looking at the history behind Article 152, it guarantees the use of the mother tongue,” lawyer T. Gunaseelan was quoted as saying.

Gunaseelan said he has been informed that the plaintiff intends to appeal.

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