Other states should follow Sabah
Published on: Saturday, January 15, 2022
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On behalf of the Chief Minister, Masidi (right) receives a memento from Goh (center), meanwhile FCAS vice president Datuk Susan Wong (left) looks on, at the presentation ceremony on Thursday.
Kota Kinabalu: The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) praised the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) State Government for its generosity in allocating RM47 million for non-Muslim religious bodies as well as vernacular, Mission and independent schools in the state this year.

Its President Tan Sri T.C Goh described the allocation – the largest allocation of its kind so far – as timely that would benefit more civil society organisations in Sabah, especially when many of them are struggling to stay afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

He also welcomed the State Government’s allocation of RM164.12 million for the implementation of educational and religious development programmes under this year’s state budget. 

He acknowledged that this reflected well on the state government’s commitment to the development and welfare of all races and religions in the state.

He noted that such benevolent move is unheard of in other states and should be emulated by the other state governments as well in the spirit of “Keluarga Malaysia”.

Goh said this after attending a presentation ceremony of financial assistance (for 2021) to vernacular and mission schools, churches and temples, as well as handing over of the lion dance heads to various Chinese organisations in conjunction with the coming Chinese New Year celebrations, at the Sabah International Convention Centre, Thursday. 

The ceremony was presided over by State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, on behalf of Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor.

Goh said the allocation had been gradually increased from RM33 million during the Barisan Nasional (BN) government to RM43 million when the Warisan-led coalition government took over in 2018.

It was maintained at RM43 million in 2021 when Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) coalition took over the helm and further boosted to RM47 million this year.

He also commended the State Government for allocating RM1 million for the purchase of lion dance heads that would be distributed to the various associations and lion dance troupes in conjunction with the coming Chinese New Year celebrations statewide.

Goh who is also President of the Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS), one of the beneficiaries of the allocation where, would be organising its Chinese New Year carnival on Jan. 22-29, and its Chinese New Year gathering on the 5th day of the lunar New Year which falls on Feb. 5.

The State Government allocated RM1.82 million to 83 Chinese primary schools and eight Chinese independent schools in the state, late last year, where each school received RM20,000 for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) besides computer software and hardware.

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