Sarawakians are unhappy that the BN government has not only failed to deliver its promise of RM50 million in allocations for Chinese primary schools but also its promised RM50 million allocation for mission schools.
According to Abdul Aziz Isa, a special assistant to DAP state chairman Chong Chieng Jen, the allocation for Chinese and mission schools was announced in October 2015 and was supposed to be disbursed in 2016.
“The delay and ultimately the non-delivery of the promised allocation frustrates the Chinese community, especially those who have been waiting for financial assistance to help complete their new school buildings or for upgrading works.
“All this while, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) have been claiming that they will champion Chinese education. Yet, the promise of a small allocation of RM50 million (compared to a total of RM250,000 million expenditure allocation in 2016) for Chinese education cannot be delivered by the BN government which SUPP is a part thereof,” Abdul Aziz added.
He revealed that the allocation was one that had been budgeted for and approved in Parliament which meant that the money was ready to be disbursed since the beginning of 2016.
He questioned where the money had gone to and wondered if the money had been channelled to other areas for other purposes.
“As part of the government, SUPP cannot excuse themselves from such non-delivery of promise as it clearly indicates that SUPP is sleeping on the job, while hoping that the Chinese community will forget the announcement made in Oct 2015.
“Was SUPP trying to cover up the matter for a good part of 2016 until finally 2017 came and the allocation is still not disbursed?
“Whatever the answer may be, this is clear proof that the BN government has no intention to develop Chinese education,” he said.
“All the talk of fighting for Chinese education by the BN government is merely lip-service on the part of the Chinese-based BN parties, the likes of MCA, Gerakan and SUPP. All this drama has been played so many times that the script and play acting is stale,” he said.
“Come 14th General Elections, will there be another similar script by the same SUPP and BN? I am sure the Chinese community will be fooled again and again by these same old tricks of SUPP and BN,” he commented.
Source : @ The Borneo Post Online