Dong Zong: Zero budget will affect schools’ op


Compiled by SIRA HABIBU, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

INDEPENDENT Chinese schools and three non-profit private university-colleges have been left out in Budget 2021, says Dong Zong president Tan Tai Kim, reports Sin Chew Daily.

In a telephone interview, Tan said the zero allocation to independent Chinese schools, New Era University College, Southern University College and Han Chiang University College will have an adverse impact on operations next year.

“In 2015, the cost of catering to each student at independent Chinese schools was RM4,859 per year. Hence, we hope the government can at least allocate RM20mil to the schools to ease their burden, ” he said.

It was reported that in a parliamentary reply on Dec 15, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Aziz said that there will be no allocation to independent Chinese schools or any of the three university colleges.

This was in stark contrast to last year’s Budget where a total of RM21mil was set aside for them.

Iconic role: Chow as Sao Feng in ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End’.Iconic role: Chow as Sao Feng in ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End’.

> Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-fat received praises online after he was seen helping an elderly woman who was injured during a hike, reports China Press.

A hiker named Chunip Ho wrote online that he saw the 65-year-old superstar straying from his hiking group to help an old woman who got injured during her exercise.

He managed to capture a photo of Chow, dressed in black, kneeling down and tending to the injured woman.

“Brother Fat continues to be warm and approachable, just like a breeze in spring, ” Ho wrote.

Chow is known to be an avid hiker and would often hike in groups with friends.

He is best known for his roles as Sao Feng in Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End and Li Mu-bai in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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