Kuala Lumpur, Nov.5 : The Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) has lauded the Government's move to set aside RM 50 million to improve Tamil schools in the country.
The Star quoted party secretary-general Dr S. Subramaniam as saying that the allocation indicated that the government has not forsaken the Malay Indian community and wanted to improve the infrastructure of Tamil schools nationwide.
In winding up Budget 2009 at the policy stage, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who is also the country's Finance Minister, had announced that the Government would further stimulate national education, and taking into account the various races in the country, the Government would set aside RM 200 million for four categories of schools.
The four categories - government-funded religious schools, mission schools, Chinese schools and Tamil schools - will each receive RM 50 million.
Subramaniam, who is Malaysia's Human Resource Minister, said the MIC has identified Tamil schools in dire need of repairs and funds.
Party information chief M. Saravanan, who is also Federal Territories Deputy Minister, said if the government would provide the same amount for the next five years, then the woes of Tamil schools could be solved by 2013.
He said a list of Tamil schools that needed assistance had been handed over to the government and hoped that the Education Ministry would put this on fast track.