Give Chinese schools more allocations, Government urged

Give Chinese schools more allocations, Government urged

MALAYSIA - The Government should give Chi-nese schools more allocations on par with what is given to national schools, says Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

This is because Chinese schools are conforming schools and also part of the national education system.

"These schools have become conforming schools and thus,they should also be given due consideration," the Ayer Hitam MP said in debating the Budget 2014.

Dr Wee also said sufficient allocation was needed under the Special Fund for Building, Upgrading and Maintenance of School.

He suggested that steps be taken to win back Chinese support, particularly from youths from the Chinese new villages, rather than creating the impression that they have been left out.

On another issue, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim called on the Government to end sugar monopoly to allow free market forces to apply following the sugar subsidy rationalisation exercise.

"The industry must be liberalised to avoid ongoing monopoly to continue, which could put pressure on sugar prices following the reduction of subsidies.

"Liberalisation will allow other companies to come into the industry," he said during the debate.

Anwar (PKR-Permatang Pauh) said only two companies held the monopoly over sugar supply in the country.

He claimed that the companies stood to make some RM1bil annually while the rakyat had to bear the cost of higher sugar prices.

On the GST, Anwar said that the Opposition would fight against it.

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