IPOH: Aug 31, 2008
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin has debunked his predecessor's prediction that the Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak would fall today.
“I have been waiting for this date. It is Merdeka for us all. Today will be a day of true independence for all Perakians.
“On Aug 31, Pakatan will still have 31 state assemblymen and women and we are celebrating the true Merdeka,” he said.
Former mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali made the prediction early last month.
Nizar, who launched the centennial celebration of SM Yuk Choy in Jelapang here yesterday, said the Perak Government had approved 1,000ha of land to be given to the state’s nine Chinese independent schools.
He said the state executive council had already approved the allocation in principle but had yet to identify a location.
“We are doing this to show the state’s recognition and appreciation of these nine si hua (independent) schools because we know that they have survived all these years without a single bit of government aid.
“Since the state government has limited funds, we decided to help the schools by giving land,” he said.
Later at a press conference, Nizar said the state government would ask the nine schools to form a company to manage the land.