THE Penang government has allocated RM5mil towards the development of primary and secondary schools next year, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
He said the allocation was on top of the Federal Government’s yearly budget provided for all schools in the country.
“In the past, education affairs have always been under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, and not the state.
“However, now under the new Pakatan Harapan leadership, Penang will be allocating RM5mil to support primary and secondary schools next year, ” he said on Sunday.
Chow said the decision by the state was made after considering the importance of education.
He also said the state would continue to pay attention to all levels of society and urged the people to be united towards development of the nation.
“We are a multi-cultural country with people of diverse background, and each with roles to play to contribute towards the economy, education, religion and cultural sectors.
“As a government, it is our responsibility to ensure that talents and capabilities of the people are developed, ” he said.
He said among the ways to reach out to all were through the state excos, who will ensure all government policies and state budget are catered to and ensure nobody would be sidelined.
Earlier, Chow, who is Penang DAP chairman, attended the party’s Deepavali open house at the Jawi multipurpose hall.
Some 200 guests were present including assemblymen, councillors and party members.
Among those present were Jawi assemblyman Jason H’ng Mooi Lye, Nibong Tebal MP Datuk Mansor Othman and Penang Deputy Chief Minister ll Dr P. Ramasamy who is also DAP deputy chairman.
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