KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chinese vernacular schools, independent schools, kindergartens, temples and associations received financial assistance totalling RM19.7mil from the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) state government on Monday (Feb 1).
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said these funds are part of a RM43mil grant, with vernacular and mission schools receiving RM18mil and non-Muslim religious bodies receiving RM25mil for the year 2020.
Of this amount, a total of RM13.5mil was distributed among: seven Chinese national-type secondary schools or SMJKC (RM2.1mil); nine independent schools (RM3.65mil); 83 national-type primary or SRJKC schools (RM6.92mil); and 142 kindergartens (RM801,500).
“RM5.29mil was also approved for the development and maintenance of 145 temples in Sabah, ” Hajiji said at the presentation ceremony here.
Various Chinese associations in Sabah received a total of RM1mil to hold activities in conjunction with Chinese New Year.
“Hopefully, the funds would lessen the burden in the development and repair of schools and houses of worship, besides providing comfort and benefits to non-Muslims at the grassroots level, ” Hajiji said.
He said this financial aid shows that the GRS government prioritises fairness in all aspects and renders aid to all the people irrespective of religion and race.
Hajiji said the State Government Grant Committee for schools and religious bodies had set up a technical committee on Nov 2 to scrutinise applications received from schools and non-Muslim religious bodies throughout the state, and that the funds given out on Monday were the result of its efforts.