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Wednesday August 17, 2011

Yen Yen: Govt backs growth of Chinese-medium schools

RAUB: The Federal Government supports the growth of Chinese-medium schools as it reflects the spirit of 1Malaysia, said MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.

Dr Ng, who is also the Tourism Minister, said the Barisan Nasional-led government had spent RM345mil to develop such schools since the March 2008 general election.

She said the amount included the construction of seven Chinese-medium primary schools and the relocation of 12 schools.

“We are very clear about the importance of Chinese-medium primary schools as they do not compromise the spirit of 1Malaysia.

“Instead, the schools enhance our diversity and create healthy competition with other schools,” said Dr Ng.

The Raub MP said this after handing out 40,000 reference books to representatives of 10 Chinese-medium based primary schools at SJK(C) Chung Ching here yesterday.

In PUTRAJAYA earlier, she said her ministry would coordinate the hiring of foreign therapists for health spas in the country.

She said spa centre owners had been told to list down their requirements for therapists, adding that this would be vetted by the ministry before being submitted to the Immigration Department.

Speaking to reporters after presenting spa rating certificates, Dr Ng said the recruitment of spa therapists had been frozen due to the 6P comprehensive registration exercise for all foreign workers, legal or illegal.

“The ministry will be the regulatory agency in monitoring applications for foreign spa therapists. One of the requirements is that the spa must be rated at least three stars,” she said.

The star rating of spas will also be listed in the ministry’s website as soon as possible.

Dr Ng urged spa owners not to be dependent on foreign therapists and to make more efforts to train locals to do the job.

“They can adopt a village and provide incentives like internships or scholarships for youths to become therapists,” she said, adding that a centre of excellence had been set up to train local therapists while three more centres were expected to be set up by year-end.

Dr Ng said 208 spas in the country had been inspected, with 24 accorded five-star status, 31 four stars, 27 three stars, 14 two stars and five one star.

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