Government considering early education aid

Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah presented the motion to Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. Also seen (from left) Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan at the PBB mini convention here in Sibu today.

SIBU: The Sarawak government will consider giving early education aid between RM300 and RM1,000 to Sarawakian students who are going to further their studies at any local institution of higher learning.

At the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) mini convention here, PBB Women chief Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah delivered four key motions and one of them was to propose that the Sarawak government provide RM300 to RM1,000 in early education assistance to Sarawakian students who are offered to further their studies.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said if the mandate is returned to Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), then the motion — especially in the areas of education — will be implemented.

“God willing, we will consider giving the aid,” he said when officiating at the mini convention at Kingwood Hotel, today.

He then said the state government has been helping every Sarawakian — from newborns to the elderly.

“We have given the Endowment Fund Sarawak (EFS) worth RM1,000, maternity assistance worth RM450, including the Death Compassionate Assistance (BIK) worth RM3,000 for funeral expenses,” he said.

Abang Johari said he has one principle, which is, “if we help others, our income will increase as in the last three years.”

“So give GPS the mandate for another five years, and I am confident that our income will further increase,” he said.