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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dewan Negara: Thai Schools Here Need Aid Too, Says Senator

A SENATOR has called for financial aid to be given to Thai language schools run by temples in the northern states.


Senator Siew Chun Eam, a representative of the Thai community, told the Dewan Negara yesterday that there were 60,000 Malaysian Thais who depended on government grants for their activities.

She said the government gave a lot of money to Chinese and Tamil schools, but not a sen to the Thai schools which were known as Wat Siam.

"It is time for the government to give some aid to these schools."

"I am not asking for the same amount of money given to the Chinese and Tamil schools, but some money to help run their classes," she said during the debate on the Mid-Term Review of the Ninth Malaysia Plan.
Siew also urged the government to consider giving better perks for teachers teaching in the rural areas.

"We often get teachers asking for reference letters from the local MP or assemblyman not to be posted in the rural areas. This can be avoided with better incentives for them to teach in the rural areas."

Senator Datuk Yip Kum Fook expressed concern that the spiralling cost in the construction industry might result in many projects being abandoned.

"The cost of raw materials is going up daily. I fear in another six months there are going to be a lot of abandoned projects. I hope the government is prepared for this possibility."

He asked for the latest statistics on the number of abandoned projects in the country and hoped the government would set up a fund to revive them.

"The Mid-Term Review is silent on this aspect."

Newly-appointed Senator Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar, who was previously the Marang MP, applauded the way the senate did its work.

He said everyone was civil towards each other and did not raise their voice unlike the Dewan Rakyat where things got boisterous and rowdy almost all the time.

"I hope this continues. Congratulations to the senate members on this," he said. 

Sumber: NST Online » Local News2008/07/22

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