Register first, non-govt religious schools told

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 23 Oct 2011

BANTING: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said non-governmental religious schools can register as government-aided schools so they can receive government funds to improve their facilities.

“You are asking us to look into your salaries but, unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about that because your schools are not under the Government.

“The only way to address the matter is to register as government-aided religious schools,” the Deputy Prime Minister said at a dialogue session with Islamic teachers at the Kuala Langat Industrial Training Institute here yesterday.

Several teachers had asked Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, to look into their welfare.

“There is no politics here, it (the invitation) is open to all.

“The Federal Government is not going to take over your schools. We want to help and this must be done according to procedures,” he said.

In SERDANG, Muhyiddin told reporters he had earlier met six Barisan Nasional component parties to discuss their election preparations.

He told leaders and members at all levels, especially the divisions, to remain united.

“If there is a problem, admit it and solve it now. Do not say everything is okay if it is not.

“This goes for all divisions and wings. We should never compromise on party unity,” he said during a Barisan briefing for the people of Selangor at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

Also present were Selangor Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Noh Omar and component party leaders including MCA vice-president Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai.

At a press conference later, Muhyiddin said he was worried about infighting.

“I have already met with a few division leaders and told them to take immediate steps to resolve relationship problems among them.

“My worry is that they may take too long. But we can manage this,” said Muhyiddin, who is also Barisan deputy chairman and Umno deputy president.

“We are working hard to ensure Selangor returns to Barisan,” he said.

On a recent report by OSK Research that Barisan is expected to fare much better than 2008 and clinch more than 63% of seats, Muhyiddin said he was pleased with the findings which was a “good sign”.

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