The Sarawak government will give RM6 million in financial aid to Chinese schools in the state, says Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg.
He said the financial aid was given as Chinese schools were not exclusively for the Chinese community.
“Chinese schools in Sarawak also cater to Bumiputera students,” he added at a Chinese New Year dinner organised by the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Miri and Sibuti parliamentary liaison committee tonight.
For example, the chief minister said, at one of the Chinese schools in his Satok state constituency, Kuching, there were Malay students.
One Malay girl from that school has since graduated from a university from Guangzhou, China, he added.
“As long as I am chief minister of Sarawak, I will support Chinese schools in Sarawak and recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC),” said Abang Johari.
In terms of official language, he said, besides English and Malay, the state government wanted Sarawakians to master Mandarin in view of the rising economic power of China.
On negotiations for the hike in oil royalty with Petronas, the chief minister said the state government was now exploring the possibility of a “win-win” situation.
“The negotiations are ongoing and an announcement will be made in due course. One day, I will tell you, not now, we will get ‘ang pau’ from Petronas,” he added.
SUPP president Professor Dr Sim Khui Hiang pledged the party would give Abang Johari its fullest support.
The state local government minister said one of the party’s priorities was to recapture the Miri parliamentary seat from the opposition by uniting the Chinese community in Miri.
Source : @ Bernama