KOTA KINABALU: Language or types of school are not the indicator for giving financial assistance; instead it is the need to improve quality and support in upgrading the school’s infrastructure that is being considered.
Sabah Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, was speaking during the cheque presentation ceremony for SJKC and SMJK schools, and missionary schools at the auditorium of Menara Tun Mustapha, representing the Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Hj. Aman, this evening.
“Sabah is well known as a state that prioritize unity. Diversity in religion or language is not an issue and instead it becomes an example, such as the SJKC Pai Wen Ranau, where 65 percent of its students are not from Chinese ethnicity,” he said.
He said the scenario shows that types of schools is not an indicator for parents who can choose where to send their children to learn.
The assistance for 2015 which amounts more than RM20 million have been allocated by the federal government for about 100 schools.
“I believe that with the assistance, it will cover part of the financial costs for daily operation, programme implementations, and improvement for the schools’ institution and religious activities,” he added.
Also present were the Deputy Minister of Education II, Tuan Chong Sin Woon, Minister in the Prime Minister Office, Datuk Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong, and Sabah Education Director, Datuk Jame Alip.
The donation is the annual financial assistance for religious schools, private Chinese schools, and private (Mission) schools across the state. –SayangSabah