PUTRAJAYA, THURS: Sept 4, 2008
Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein today questioned the Perak state government's move to allocate 1,000ha of land to nine Chinese independent schools, saying it was politically motivated.
The Umno Youth chief also said Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin should be fair towards other schools in need of similar aid.
Nizar recently said the land was given to show appreciation and support to Chinese independent schools in the state.
He had said the land would enable the schools to generate revenue to pay for their operational expenses.
Hishammuddin said the move was only a populist step by Pakatan Rakyat as it was clearly one-sided and focussed only on one type of school.
"There are so many schools out there in need of land. I challenge the MB to approve immediately land to religious private schools, missionary, Tamil schools and other institutions in the state. It is only fair that these schools are given the same treatment as those given to the nine Chinese private schools."
He said the ministry welcomed any move by individuals or companies to contribute towards the country's education system and schools.
However, assistance given should be done sincerely and not politically motivated without considering the feeling and sensitivity of other parties.