MCA will submit details of Chinese schools needing grants to ministry

MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

JOHOR BARU - The MCA will submit a list to the Education Ministry, detailing government-aided Chinese schools which require maintenance grants for various projects.

MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the party was working with its counterparts in Sabah and Sarawak to get the list ready for submission by next week.

He said the aid was part of the RM50mil allocated by the Government for 890 government-aided Chinese schools nationwide.

"This allocation will be used mainly to upgrade the drainage and sewerage systems, repair roofs and classrooms and to purchase tables and chairs," he said during a Chinese New Year gathering here yesterday.

Dr Wee said the Education Ministry would carry out its own assessment before a decision was made and before the funds were released by the Finance Ministry.

"The Education Ministry will then channel the funds to the schools.

"We have done our best to ensure we are able to accommodate all the requests as the initial sum asked by all the schools touched RM174mil," he said, commending the Johor government for its continuous assistance to Chinese schools in the state.

Dr Wee pointed out that the Johor government through its local councils had given speedy approvals for school relocation and school buildings.

"The state had also allocated tens of millions of ringgit towards Chinese schools over the years," he said, adding that at least 20 Chinese schools had been relocated from areas with low student population.

Dr Wee said MCA was now looking towards relocating Chinese schools to new growth areas such as in Bukit Indah, Adda Heights and Plentong.

"We are also hoping for RM2mil to RM3mil aid for Chinese schools from the Johor government," he said.

On politics, Dr Wee said the state MCA was intensifying efforts to win back at least four seats - Johor Jaya, Pengkalan Rinting, Stulang and Gelang Patah.

Meanwhile, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin paid tribute to the Chinese community for its role in helping to boost the state's economy.