Posted: 11:33 am, March 16, 2017 by editor
KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 16: MCA Youth chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon has condemned the DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng for “intentionally confusing” the Chinese community by hyping up the issue of RM50 million allocation for Chinese vernacular schools.
“I urge DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng to stop hyping the issue of the RM50 million allocation for Chinese primary schools (SJKCs). Lim Guan Eng should not continue to use specious and obscure remarks to confuse the Chinese community,” he said in a statement.
Chong, who is also deputy education minister, claimed that Lim and pro-DAP websites have repeatedly hyped up the issue of the RM50 million allocation to SJKCs in an attempt to incite the sentiment of Chinese community and mislead them with false impressions.
“It is not beneath the Rocket to portray that SJKCs will not even receive 1sen from the RM50mil allocation, and thus, the school cannot operate normally, while teachers will not be paid their salaries, pupils will not receive an education and so on.
“In reality, allocations by the federal government are institutionalized. Every year, the government allocates to all school streams including SJKCs fairly including allocations for development and operations which run into several hundreds of millions of Malaysian ringgit.
“Lim Guan Eng’s half-baked demand that the Federal Government “emulates” the institutionalised allocation by the Penang state government is actually only a trick to slander the federal government but DAP ends up contradicting itself,” he added.
Chong said that: “Government allocations for schools can be divided into two categories, which are administrative and a special allocation for maintenance and development,” he said.
“As for the RM50mil allocation issue which has been widely reported in the media, this allocation is in fact a special allocation for maintenance and development.
“This allocation is provided for schools specifically for the development and maintenance of school buildings,” he said.
(The Malaysian Times)