By Emma Victoria
CHIEF MINISTER Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg has hinted that a vote for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) in the next state election would ensure continued annual funds for Chinese schools in the state.
He said he has allocated a total RM17 million for Chinese schools in Sarawak, including RM9 million for secondary schools and RM8 million for primary schools.
“That’s a total of RM17 million for Chinese schools from GPS government.
The allocation will be given every year, it can be more if we have more (revenue), as long as I continue to be the Chief Minister and GPS continues to lead the state.
So, you know what to do,” he said at the launch of SJK Chung Hua Bako in Kota Samarahan today.
A special unit will be set up under the Local Government and Housing Ministry, to manage applications, grants and issues related to the Chinese schools in Sarawak.
He said over 60,000 students studying at Chinese primary schools in the state, 20,000 of whom are Bumiputera children.
“So, supporting Chinese education is not about helping a single race as we have multi-racial students in the schools.
Although education is under the purview of federal ministry, we are willing to do more for the future of our children,” he added.