I cannot help but butt into this news about canteen tenders. I read on Malaysiakini that :
Since 2003, ‘Uncle Lim’ had been operating the sole Chinese food stall in the entire campus. But last May, University Malaya authorities rejected his application to continue running the business.
Despite numerous appeals and even intervention by MCA, the authorities have refused to budge.
And how does this concern me? Well, St. Xavier Primary school has a balance of Chinese, Indian and Malay students. But for some strange reason, last year, they no longer have any Chinese preparing the foods. Of course, it is not an issue whether the canteen operators are Chinese or not. But we have to remember that Chinese children age 7 years old are not used to eat nasi lemak, roti canai, Malay style bee hoon and other spicy foods. Yet, they have to get used to it or eat those cheap deep fried nuggets, sausages and burgers.
All my three older sons grew up on canteen foods provided by the Chinese operator. They eat on credit whereby they just take whatever foods they want and at the end of the month, we pay the canteen aunties. During their first year at school, these canteen Chinese aunties will look after the Standard One kids to see that they are eating normal foods like fried rice, fried bee hoon, mee soup, fried chicken wantan and etc. They will report to me if the kids are buying junk foods or not eating well.
I was pissed when I heard SXI primary school no longer have Chinese canteen operator but since it was my #3 son’s last year in school and he can eat spicy foods, I just leave the matter as it is. I do not know the cause why there wasn’t a Chinese canteen operator last year. I do not know if they have one this year because my son has gone to Form One in SXI. But I suppose it is just a case like UM. Excuses, excuses, excuses. I really cannot understand why people from the West Coast of Semenanjung Malaysia cannot be as relax as the East Coast states like Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang where they have Malay owners, Chinese cooks and Malay serving staffs. West Coast people seem too paranoid. Or maybe it is all about politics?
(malaysiakini news here)