KUALA LUMPUR: The Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) has urged the Education and Health Ministries to work together and set up eye clinics for all schoolchildren.
Its president Datuk M. Kayveas said schoolchildren should have access to the service because 40% of them had eyesight problems.
He was speaking to reporters after accepting 10 scholarships worth RM530,000 for optometry courses and 200 spectacles worth RM24,000 from England Optical Group (EOG) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Chin See Keat yesterday.
Kayveas said that under monthly checks conducted by EOGs mobile optometry team, It was found that children from primary schools in the East Coast were not even aware that they had eyesight problems.
Parents think their children are not studying well but in reality they have eyesight problems, he added, saying the spectacles would be distributed to selected schools in Bentah, Kuala Lipis and Raub after the Chinese New Year while the scholarships are open to all.
For more information on the scholarships, call Ramasamy of the PPP headquarters at 03-2273-8199.