Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting's inaugural visit to St Michael's, with Mr Phoon, SMI head.
From right (Brother Vincent, Dato" Seri Lee, state education chief, Ong and the Menteri Besar)
Brother Vincent Corkery, on behalf of all La Sallian schools, receiving the aid from Dato Seri Lee Oi Hian.
A token of appreciation to Dato Seri Ong Ka Ting.
Cabinet considering giving missionary schools full aid
IPOH: The cabinet will look into problems faced by missionary schools nationwide, including according them fully-aided school status.
MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, in giving this assurance, said the government would have to clarify the status of the schools first as they were usually built on privately-owned land.
He said this in his speech at the handing-over of cheques totalling RM400,000 to 49 missionary schools in Perak at SMK St Michael here yesterday.He said certain grants had been approved for the missionary schools. He did not elaborate.
Ong was responding to an appeal at the function by a representative of missionary schools, Phoon Chong Chee, who asked the government to turn the partially-aided missionary schools into fully-aided schools.
Currently, the schools' board of governors have to raise funds to buy teaching and learning aids, furniture and other facilities, including computers.
According to Ong, 53 of the country's 226 missionary schools were more than 100 years old and needed assistance.He also said the government had provided scholarships to more than 2,000 non-Bumiputra students to further their studies abroad in critical courses, including medicine, over the last eight years.
"The government does not discriminate against any race. If a student is qualified, he or she will be provided with a scholarship, regardless of race."
Also present were Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali, state MCA chief and MCA secretary-general Datuk Ong Ka Chuan and Perak Education Director Hussain Harun.
The cheques were handed over by St Michael's board of governors chairman Datuk Seri Lee Oi Hian to representatives of the missionary schools.Meanwhile, Tajol Rosli commended the missionary schools for their excellent education system and track record.
"They have produced prominent personalities in the country." NST