KUCHING: The state government will continue to support Chinese schools in Sarawak, assured Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
He said Chinese primary schools in the state have been attended not only by Chinese but also by Malay and Dayak children.
“Chinese schools in Sarawak are for all races. It is not surprising to find more Malay and Dayak students than Chinese students in some of the Chinese schools in Sarawak.
“The Sarawak government has been supporting Sarawak Chinese Independent (Secondary) schools since 2014 during then chief minister, the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem’s tenure with RM3 million allocation given the first time around.
“Now it is continued by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg with RM9 million this year. Also, starting this year, the state government will give financial support to Chinese primary schools,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
Earlier, Dr Sim attended a ceremony to hand over land title for 3.5 acres of state land for the relocation of Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Chung Hua Batu 11, Matang.
“Thank you to the chief minister, we are able to do the handover of the land title for 3.5 acres of state land worth more than RM1 million for relocation of SJKC Chung Hua Batu 11, Matang.
“The school board told me they have been applying for state land since 1999. Next part is of the relocation plan to raise funds for building its classroom block,” he said.
Also present during the ceremony were Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman and Association of the Boards of Management of Aided Chinese Primary Schools in Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Division president Jonathan Chai.