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KUCHING, July 18: Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang suggests Yayasan Sarawak to set up a service counter to assist students and parents on issues such as further education inquiries.
Lo said Yayasan Sarawak is an institution which assists students of all ethnic groups in their studies, and it has assisted many Sarawak students over the years. Therefore, this service needs to be upgraded and expanded to allow more students and parents to understand the role played by the institution and the services it provides.
According to a press statement, he made these remarks to more than 100 students and parents from Batu Kawah and Batu Kitang during the SPM Excellent Award ceremony at Batu Kawa Min Lit Secondary School last Saturday (July 16).
Lo reminded those present not to forget the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) because it has a special significance for Sarawak and is also a privilege to protect Sarawak, so it must be well maintained.
“When I was young, I was reminded of the importance of MA63 by the late Datuk Amar James Wong. Today we all have responsibility to safeguard Sarawak’s status and rights, and our youngsters will shoulder this responsibility.
“If we don’t have MA63, then we have no way to get the five per cent tax on the sale of petroleum products. This would cause the Sarawak government to not be able to provide more assistance. Now the Sarawak government is able to give our schools and students more assistance and this was not the case before,” said Lo.
He said similar activities to reward outstanding students through Yayasan Sarawak will also be held in other regions through the elected representatives of Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP), in order to encourage learning efforts. — DayakDaily