Removal of allocations for Chinese schools leaves them begging again

Chong Chieng Jen – Picture from SarawakVoice

By John Isaac

THE future of Chinese schools in the country is uncertain following the removal of the systematic allocation which was introduced by the Pakatan Harapan administration.

Sarawak DAP chairman, Chong Chieng Jen said with this, Chinese schools were once again back to begging for allocations – similar to the time Barisan Nasional was in power.

“The systematic allocation put in the annual budgets the PH government has now been totally removed by the Perikatan Nasional government in the latter’s 2021 Budget.

“Now, the Chinese schools are back to the old BN days of uncertainty in allocation for maintenance and repair for the schools and the school boards and management have to resort to the constant “begging” for the goodwill of the Prime Minister and Minister of Education for allocations,” he said.

Chong said during the PH administration, not only was there fixed allocations in the Budget for Chinese schools, the disbursement was also very prompt and much of the fund was released in the beginning of the year.

“This allowed the school boards to do the necessary planning for the year.

“With the removal of the systematic allocation, the Chinese school are now left to beg for allocations, not knowing how much will be allocated and when the fund will be allocated, making it very difficult for them to do the necessary planning.

“It seems that, with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Umno and PAS forming the core of the Federal Government, it is now back to the old days where the Chinese school boards will have to wait for elections to get their allocations, if any,” added Chong.