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Teo (fifth, right) officiating the 10th anniversary celebration, opening of new secretariat and the Zhang Clan Association Sandakan Chinese New Year celebration.
Teo (fifth, right) officiating the 10th anniversary celebration, opening of new secretariat and the
Zhang Clan Association Sandakan Chinese New Year celebration.

SANDAKAN: Voters will exercise their right to cast their vote for their choice of candidates.

Minister of Special Tasks Datuk Teo Chee Kang said people living in urban areas, including other races, have used their rights as voters to express their dissatisfaction.

Compared to rural voters, urban voters were more inclined to support the opposition parties, he said adding that the dichotomy is not racial, but geographical.

For instance, Teo said the opposition won the Sandakan parliamentary seat in the GE13, but results showed that the Chinese community in Sandakan remained supportive of Barisan Nasional (BN).

Speaking when officiating the 10 Chinese New Year celebration of the Zhang Clan Association Sandakan recently, he also lamented that the State Government is being taken for granted.

The announcement by the Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem on recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) and allocation of RM 4 million for 14 independent schools in the state was in the limelight lately.

“However, we should not lose sight of the State Government’s contribution all these years,” Teo said.

Teo said the Sabah State Government has provided allocations for nine Chinese independent schools, conforming schools, mission schools, non­Islamic religious bodies and places of worship annually since the 80s.

Last year, he said the BN government in Sabah has allocated RM 12 million to Chinese schools in Sabah.

Under the state budget, Teo said a total of RM 32 million has been approved for schools and places of worship this year, including RM 12 million for independent schools and Chinese schools, as well as RM 20 million for non­governmental organizations, conforming schools, mission schools, temples and non­Islamic religious bodies.-Sayangsabah

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