Indians to get Permata centres


  • Nation
  • Monday, 05 Nov 2012

Festive delicacies: Guests taking food from the buffet spread during the MAICCI Deepavali ‘Heart2Heart’ celebration.

KUALA LUMPUR: Permata Negara is looking to establish more children learning centres to cater to the Indian community especially in the rural areas, said its patron Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Rosmah, who is the Prime Minister's wife, said that Permata Negara was still waiting for the recommendations by NGOs and other relevant bodies to identify the locations of the centres in the rural areas, including in the estates.

“We have the allocation to build about four to five more centres and I hope it will give the chance for the Indian community to have easier access to quality early education,” she said in her speech at the Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) Deepavali “Heart2Heart” celebration in Batu Caves yesterday.

She said it was important that all children, regardless of their race and religion, were given quality education and not be left out.

She also said she would be presenting a paper for the Asian early childhood education programme in Qatar on Nov 14 as part of a cooperation to provide the most extensive education for children and teenagers, especially those who did not have access to the best possible education.

At the event, some 250 Indian families and 200 orphans received contributions in conjunction with the coming Deepavali celebration.

MAICCI president Datuk K.K. Eswaran said the group had identified several locations for the setting up of the learning centres including in Selangor, Perak and Kedah, as there were many Indians residing in the estates there.

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