Schools await clarity on RM30mil aid


Compiled by RAHIMY RAHIM, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

THE Education Ministry should clarify the status of the RM30mil allocation promised to Tamil schools by the Prime Minister last year, Malaysia Nanban reported.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim made the announcement during a special meeting organised by MIC regarding Tamil schools in June last year, the daily reported.

Many Tamil schools in the country are seen as underfunded, needing repairs, and lacking in facilities. While the ministry allocates funds for these needs, the allocation announced by the Prime Minister was supposed to be additional money.

The daily reported that, with 10 months gone, the Indian community is now questioning the allocation. Questions were also posed as to whether the funds had been transferred to the ministry and distributed to schools in need, and if so, who the recipients were.

Such questions have begun to emerge, and Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek could clarify these matters, the daily wrote.

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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