'Probe status of $216m funds for Tamil schools'

'Probe status of $216m funds for Tamil schools'

The Government should set up a special investigation commission to look into the disbursement of the RM560 million (S$216 million) in allocations between 2009 and 2013 for the development of Tamil schools nationwide, Malaysia Nanban reported.

Malaysian Tamil Schools Students Recruitment Campaign president Datuk N. Muniandy, who made the call on Sunday, said the commission should identify the status of the allocations and whether they have been properly utilised.

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had expressed unhappiness with the rate and speed of implementation during the launch of the action plan for the future of Tamil schools at a convention in February.

Najib had proposed giving Tamil schools direct access to development funds to bypass red tape.

He had also suggested that school boards take over the responsibility of tendering out projects, which is currently under the purview of the Education Ministry.

Muniandy said the Indian community was in the dark over the allocations.

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