SELANGOR Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari has come to the defence of the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) after a purportedly opposition-slant netizen put up a sarcastic post “thanking” the unity government of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for funding Chinese private school education.
“Today the Chinese Private Secondary Schools (SMPC) received the largest allocation in history amounting to RM18.9 mil from the Federal government,” tweeted netizen Abuk (@duaTepek). “A total of 63 SMPCs received an allocation of RM300,000 each school.”
Terima kasih Madanon. Hari ini Sekolah Menengah Pendidikan Cina (SMPC) terima peruntukan terbesar dalam sejarah berjumlah RM18.9 juta daripada Kerajaan Persekutuan. Sebanyak 63 buah SMPC mendapat peruntukan RM300 ribu setiap sekolah…
— Abuk (@duaTepek) February 5, 2024
In his rebuttal against the post by Abuk, Amirudin took a swipe at those who dreamed of defending the race and religion but eventually resorted to stirring up sheep fight with half-truths.
“Their hope is that the Malays get angry because they no longer feel safe (that the government is funding Chinese education) without realising that they are also lowering the confidence of the nation,” chided the Gombak MP and Sungai Tua state assemblyman on X (previously Twitter) platform.
Ada yg bermimpi ingin bela agama & bangsa tapi beraspalkan adu domba & cerita tak lengkap. Harapan mereka orang Melayu marah dengan rasa x selamat, tanpa sedar mrk jatuhkan pula keyakinan bangsa. Sedikit data belanjawan madani 2024 — Peruntukkan pendidikan Islam adalah RM 1.9… https://t.co/8ILvBMvtLn
— Amirudin Shari (@AmirudinShari) February 6, 2024
“A little bit of data the Madani Budget 2024 data. Allocation for Islamic education is RM1.9 bil, including returns of allocation for construction of public religious schools that were not implemented by PAS during its stint in the government.”
Recall that an allocation of RM15.75 mil allocation was set aside for 63 Chinese private schools nationwide in 2023 following the request for allocation by Dong Zong chairman Tan Tai Kim which was later approved by PM Anwar who is also the Finance Minister.
All 63 Chinese private schools have also received similar allocations previously. According to Sin Chew Daily, RM15 mil was allocated for Chinese private schools in 2021 with a similar amount allocated in 2022. – Feb 8, 2024