KOTA KINABALU: The state government will continue supporting Chinese education amid the community’s concern over dwindling allocation for their primary schools in the state.
Giving the assurance, Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said the state government would continue to give moral support and financial allocations to Chinese schools in view of their contributions towards nation building.
“All independent Chinese secondary schools in Sabah have benefited a lot from this government policy as education is very important to national development,” he said when opening the inaugural Chinese primary schools (Chinese) chess tournament on Tuesday.
Musa said that in Sabah, many in the bumiputra community sent their children to Chinese-medium schools, adding that this had indirectly imbued harmony and integration among multi-ethnic Sabahans.
The Chief Minister’s reiteration of the state’s support came amid concerns from the community over plummeting state allocations for Chinese-medium primary schools over the past four years.
However, they welcomed the state’s allocation of RM1.8mil over the past two years for independent Chinese secondary schools.
Musa said Chinese schools could help in achieving the state’s hope of becoming an education centre in the region.
On the Chinese chess or Xianqi competition, Musa said the board game should be promoted among bumiputra students as the game was known to harness one’s mind and character.
He said the game promoted fine values like being considerate, respecting one other and tolerance.
He said that Chinese Chess Clubs should be set up at various schools, adding that competitions should also be held.
Musa also gave away 120 computers worth RM200,000 to nine private Chinese schools in the state. The computers were donated by PBS MP for Tanjung Aru, Dr Yee Moh Chai.