The mega rally initiated by the United Chinese School Committees' Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) to protest the National Education Blueprint 2013-2025 (NEB) has won the community's overwhelming support with over 580 organisations vow to send their representatives to the event at Petaling Jaya on Sunday.

NONEIts president Yap Sin Tian said (right) at a press conference on Tuesday that representatives from these groups will be invited to speak at the rally as it is a platform for them to voice their concern over the blueprint.

Currently the umbrella body for all Chinese schools' boards of directors is conducting nationwide briefings to garner support for the rally.

Yap said several resolutions would be adopted at the rally and later submitted to the prime minister and education minister.

The rally will kick off at 11am at Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya, the field in front of Amcorp Mall.

Yap expects the government to sabotage the rally by announcing empty promises or minor amendments to the blueprint to forestall the growing momentum of support.

"Dong Zong would like to call on everybody to stay alert and united against these conspiracies," he said.

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NONEYap claimed the real agenda behind NEB's apparent objective to enhance the English and Malay language proficiency of students, is to implement the ‘ultimate goal' of the 1956 Razak Report, which is to set up a single-stream education system with the Malay language as the medium of instruction.

The implementation of NEB would result in the rise of classes using Malay-language in Chinese and Tamil primary schools, thus changing their identities, and Chinese independent high schools as well as people's religious schools would be marginalised, warned Dong Zong.

It also claimed that NEB ignores the contribution of vernacular schools to the nation's development and fails to fairly distribute state resources to all schools from different streams.

The DAP has pitched in its support for the rally and will mobilise its members and supporters to attend the event.

NONEOn the other hand, Bernama reported that the Federation of Peninsular Malay Students (GPMS)  had urged Dong Zong to use the correct channels to voice its disgruntlement instead of calling rally which could lead to untoward incidents.

"Don't abuse the freedom of expression to the extent that can jeopardise social harmony,"said GPMS president Jais Abdul Karim (right).

He added that the timing, too, is suspicious because the nation is currently preparing for the next general election.