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KUCHING, Oct 4: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Youth secretary-general Milton Foo urges Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (Pas) Youth not to sensationalise an RM15 million allocation for Chinese independent schools.
Foo believed the political party should not play politics when it comes to education adding that sensationalising it could be destructive to the established harmonious multi-racial and multi-ethnic society in Malaysia.
He noted Chinese independent schools in Sarawak have been receiving grants from the Sarawak government since 2014 through the late Chief Minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg with grants totalling RM52 million from 2014 to 2021.
Foo asserted education must transcend politics and not to be confused with race and religion.
“It is valid for the MP to question the Education Ministry as to how much allocation was provided to private tahfiz schools throughout the pandemic without the need to sensationalise the RM15 million allocation for Chinese independent schools and demanding for explanation.
“Schools from different streams should be treated fairly and equitably, be it national schools, Tamil schools, Chinese schools or tahfiz schools, and mission schools,” he said in a statement today.
Foo was responding to a news report about Pas Youth Deputy Chief Ahmad Fadhli Shaari who is also Pasir Mas MP urging the Education Ministry to explain a RM15 million allocation for Chinese independent schools. — DayakDaily