Wee: Fair allocation of govt funds for all schools

KULAIJAYA: The Government has never marginalised any type of school, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said.

He said the Government had always stressed the importance of education as a key factor to ensure the country became a high income nation within the next several years.

He said the Barisan government had always been fair in allocating financial assistance to all schools.

“Whether it is a Chinese, Tamil or national school, the Government never fails to help. All schools in Malaysia receive the same per capita grants given by the Government,” he said after officiating at the ground-breaking ceremony of SJK(C) Pei Cheng Kulaijaya near Bandar Putra here yesterday.

Dr Wee, who is MCA deputy president, said for Chinese schools, their respective board of governors were responsible for spending the funds allocated to the schools.

He said the board was held accountable if it mismanaged the allocated funds.

“Each month, the board has to send its financial report to the Education Ministry as this will help it get more financial assistance from the Government in the future,” he added.

On the event, Dr Wee said the school was originally located in Pengerang but due to development there and the number of pupils, SJKC Pei Cheng was relocated here.

“The school was under-enrolled and it had to be moved to ensure it would not close down,” he said.

Dr Wee said the Government had allocated about RM5mil to the school board, adding that the first phase of construction was expected to be completed by the year-end.