~ By LEE YUK PENG, LOH FOON FONG and LISA GOH
THE delay in the construction of Chinese and Tamil schools has been because of problems in land acquisition.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong added that there were also the location to work out and the need to plan for the intake of schoolchildren.
He said this in his reply to a motion by Teo Nie Ching (DAP-Serdang) to cut RM10 from the Education Minister’s salary. The motion was rejected by the House after a lengthy debate.
In her motion, Teo said Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein had failed to deliver on his promise in January that the ministry would build six new Chinese schools in Wangsa Maju, Bukit Serdang, Rawang and Danga Bay.
Dr Wee gave his assurance that the construction of the schools would go ahead because the Government had allocated development funds of RM1.4bil for Chinese schools and RM552.9mil for Tamil schools.
“The ministry cannot just say okay, agree to build the schools and then forget about them afterwards.”
“For example, although the last Serdang MP lost in the March general election, he met various groups recently to plan out the right location for a proposed Chinese school.
“Even the former Rawang MP has helped out by seeking cooperation from a developer to give land for a proposed Chinese school there.
“We are also in the process of acquiring suitable land from six locations for a Chinese school in Sg Long. The present and former MCA presidents have also been to the ground to ensure that the six schools will be built.”
Dr Wee said a special unit under the Cabinet committee of Chinese and Tamil schools, headed by the Deputy Prime Minister, would monitor the development of such schools.
“In October, the Minister had called for a three-day meeting with 157 leaders and administrators from Chinese and Tamil schools and religious and mission schools to thrash out the problems they faced.
“The meeting resulted in the issuance of a working paper for the ministry to implement the construction of such schools in the country and the number of teachers needed,” he added.
Article taken from The Star.