State to form special unit to look into affairs of Chinese schools

Abang Johari receives a cabbage from the lion dance troupe in symbolic to prosperity. Presenting the gift is the event organising chairman Datuk Dr Chai Khin Chung (second left).

By Nigel Edgar

KUCHING, Feb 16: The state government is looking to form a special unit to look into the affairs of Chinese schools in Sarawak.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the government has studied the request of various Chinese schools across the state and the proposed special unit will assist these institutes in every aspect including funding.

“Our Chinese schools need assistance because education is important to us. I have studied their request and I’m looking into it.

“Perhaps we shall have a special unit to assist the Chinese middle schools as well as primary schools,” he said at the Sarawak Hakka Association Chinese New Year dinner at SJK Chung Hua No 3 here today.

Abang Johari added that the special unit, once it has been set up, would collaborate with the state government especially in terms of sourcing funds.

Abang Johari (fifth right) and other VIPs giving their well wishes to the dinner guests.

“I dare to say this (funding for Chinese schools). We have imposed sales tax on our oil and gas. We hope the money will help the state give back to the people,” he continued.

With the extra revenue from the petroleum sales tax for the state, he said the government would be able to use the money to implement good, holistic economic policy that will have positive impact on Sarawakians. — DayakDaily