Wednesday October 10, 2012
Wee: No ulterior motive in building Tamil schools
Reports by NIK MAZWIN NIK ANIS, RAHIMY ABD RAHIM and YVONNE LIM
THE Government has no ulterior motive in building new Tamil schools other than to fulfil the pressing need for such schools for the Indian community, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He denied accusations that the Government was pulling off a political gimmick when it announced that RM370mil had been allocated for Tamil schools from 2009 up to now.
“Accusations that the funds given are a political ploy to woo Indian voters before the general election are baseless.
“This is because the Prime Minister has been consistent with his announcement on allocations for Tamil schools,” he told M. Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat).
Dr Wee said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had announced in March 2009 a grant of RM50mil for Tamil schools, another RM70mil in 2010 and RM70mil for 2011-2012 period.
He said the ministry was working to solve several issues related to land acquisition and discussing them with the Land and Mines Department in order to build new Tamil schools.
“Six new Tamil schools will be built. They are in Petaling Jaya, Taman Sentosa in Klang, Bandar Mahkota in Cheras, Taman Keladi in Kedah, Sungai Siput, Perak and Bandar Sri Alam in Johor,” he added.