Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Perak Mission Schools Receive Aid

Cheque Presentation of RM400,000 for 45 mission schools in Perak.

Yang Berbahagia Dato' Seri Ong Ka Ting will be at St Michael's to present a cheque of RM400,000 on Friday, February 29, 2008 at 12 noon. The money is to be divided among 45 primary and secondary schools in the state of Perak.
Among the VIP guests expected to be present at the function are Dato Ong Ka Chuan, MCA Perak chief, other state MCA leaders, Brother Vincent Corkery, Board of Governors chairman Dato Seri Lee Oi Hian, St Michael's PTA chairman Mr Joseph Michael Lee Onn Hean and OMA president Mr Adrian Tsen Keng Yam.
Representatives of schools, some as far as Taiping and Teluk Intan will also be at the function.

1 comment:

michael said...

Dear Peter,

I do not consider this money as aid just as I do not consider paying my taxes as giving aid to my country but as my obligation and a privilege. SMI presents an opportunity for MCA to perform on behalf of the government of the day its duty to her citizens.

I do appreciate the gesture and am grateful. However, the sum of money divided equally amounts to RM8888 for each school. For the schools who come from far they will take home less after traveling costs. A primary school in Bercham with less than 700 pupils recently received 300k compared to what SMI with a much bigger population will receive. Do parents from that school pay their taxes at a different rate than those from SMI?

AMC and Sam Tat are missionary schools but they are recipients of generous "aid". I do not begrudge them their "aid" and hope that they will continue to be favored.

Why have mission schools like SMI, ACS, MC and MGS been treated differently? Why should Chinese Malaysian parents who choose not to educate their children in the Mandarin language be treated lesser?

I wish that MCA will start being a party that represents all Chinese Malaysians and not be seen as only representing Mandarin speaking Chinese Malaysians. Our children should not be brought to suffer the injustice born out of the viciousness of political reality. I plead that our children be sheltered from inequality in their tender years.

It is sad that Michaelians will have to witness outright unfairness on 29th February 2008. Counting on the Michaelian Spirit I hope that this experience will instead motivate all Michaelians to champion equality and fairplay.

Joseph Michael Lee