TAWAU: Barisan Nasional (BN) government in the state is clear with its objective to help SJK schools and non-Muslim religious bodies.
Sabah Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan, said the recognition of status for nine private secondary schools in the state has not become an issue, instead many students from these schools received scholarship and education assistance from the state government.
He said the BN government is not being selective in giving assistance to SJK schools and non-Muslim religious institutions as it will bring encourage development for non-Muslim education and religions in Sabah.
He was speaking at the Sabah Government Assistance Presentation at SJKC Yuk Chin Hall, yesterday.
Tawfiq also said the despite the diverse religious and cultural background of the people in the state, they still respect and understand each other, live in peace and has been helping the government to develop the state.
“We should not get influenced by certain quarters who have their own agenda. Ignore the calls to close Chinese schools by these people who have run out of political issues,” he added.
The Apas assemblyperson also said this year’s annual allocation will not only reduce the burden of expenditures of schools and houses of worship in the interior, but it will also ensure they can acquire better facilities for the community.
“We are aware that education institution is integral in producing highly knowledgeable society that will gear up the nation’s development while religious bodies play the role of cultivating positive moral values,” he stressed.
The RM14 million allocation for this year, he said, is a clear indication that the BN government does not sideline any schools in Sabah as it understands that education is a key component in creating the landscape of human resource for the state in the long run.
Tawfiq also said this commitment will be upheld and implemented by the BN government as to ensure all schools in the state can benefit from the government’s education policies. –SayangSabah