Lim Guan Eng today labelled the RM50 million in federal funds for the country’s Chinese vernacular schools as “miserly.”
Lim, who is also Penang chief minister, further said the sum was meant to be disbursed last year.
“They should give it in 2016 but they gave it in 2017; it is one year late but up till now, the schools still did not receive the allocations yet,” he said.
“To compensate for their failure to pay the schools the allocations in time, the ministry must pay interest for one year too,” he said at a press conference in his office today.
He then urged the federal government to issue the allocations without delay.
Lim also claimed the funds were only for operations, and Chinese vernacular schools still depended on public donations to fund expansion and development.
“These schools’ curriculum is run by the federal government and these are also government schools so the federal government has the responsibility to give both development and operating expenditure to these schools,” he said.
“We have a Chinese school in Kedah where the floor collapsed and a teacher was killed, the government can’t refuse to give development funding to Chinese schools, otherwise, don’t call these government schools,” he said.
Lim was responding to MCA Youth chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon who accused DAP of misleading the Chinese community on the RM50 million allocation.
Chong had said the RM50 million is a special allocation for Chinese vernacular schools for maintenance and development.
Source : @ Malay Mail Online