KUCHING: DAP candidate for Bandar Kuching Chong Chieng Jen has labelled BN’s on-off allocation to Chinese schools as ‘bait for votes’.
He told a press conference here yesterday that the allocations were seasonal in nature, depending on when an election would be held.
Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong claimed that mission schools in the state also faced the same fate.
“We (Pakatan Rakyat) have an alternative policy whereby the government will give allocation to all national, Chinese and vernacular schools at a rate of RM300 per student per year.
“This represents funds for maintenance of school buildings and equipment. We will give fair treatment to all schools. With our policy, school boards of management don’t have to beg for money from the government.”
On a related matter, Chong called for the setting up of another Chinese school in Stutong as Chung Hua Primary School No. 2 can’t meet demand.
“Each year, there are only about 300 vacancies for Year One (at Chung Hua Primary School No. 2) but there are about 500 applications. That means 40 per cent of the parents and pupils who wish to study in the school will be disappointed.”
“In fact, what we need is to have Chung Hua Primary School No 7 and 8.”
During the press conference, Chong launched the party’s third edition of its pamphlet which highlighted the consequences if BN were to implement Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the worsening security situation in the state.
Also present at the press conference was DAP Stampin candidate Julian Tan.-theborneopost