Na­jib prom­ises more Chi­nese schools

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KUALA LUMPUR: More Chi­nese schools will be ap­proved for new growth ar­eas, says Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak but he wants SJKC stu­dents to be pro­fi­cient in Ba­hasa Malaysia.

Giv­ing the as­sur­ance that the Gov­ern­ment would be fair to the Chi­nese com­mu­nity in mat­ters con­cern­ing ed­u­ca­tion, the Prime Min­is­ter said that MCA pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had raised the need for more of such schools with him on many oc­ca­sions.

He said Liow had asked for the Gov­ern­ment to con­sider al­low­ing more SJKCs to be set up in new town­ships be­cause the per­cent­age of Chi­nese liv­ing in these ar­eas was high.

Na­jib said he would dis­cuss the mat­ter with Chi­nese-based Barisan Na­sional com­po­nent par­ties – MCA, Ger­akan, Sarawak United Peo­ples’ Party and Sabah’s Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party.

“Al­though I have been the ‘ shou xi­ang’ (Prime Min­is­ter in Man­darin) for nine years, I have ap­proved more al­lo­ca­tion in my nine years head­ing the Gov­ern­ment, com­pared to some­one who helmed for 22 years.

“You can check the records for your­self,” he said in ob­vi­ous ref­er­ence to for­mer prime min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad.

“I give you the pledge that we will make it hap­pen. I only ask of you that when we have more Chi­nese schools, please strengthen your pro­fi­ciency in Ba­hasa Malaysia,” he said.

Ad­dress­ing the crowd at the Chi­nese Com­mu­nity Pa­tri­otic Assem­bly, the Prime Min­is­ter said lan­guage was one key to unity, which is why Malaysia’s multi-racial so­ci­ety must be able to con­verse, read and un­der­stand the na­tional lan­guage well.

“The MCA pres­i­dent and the deputy pres­i­dent (Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong) speak good Ba­hasa Malaysia. They are very flu­ent in the lan­guage. Let’s not use ‘gua’ and ‘lu’ (me and you in Hokkien) when we speak,” he said.

Op­ti­mistic of Malaysia’s fu­ture, Na­jib urged the peo­ple to progress, say­ing that there was much for them to look for­ward to, es­pe­cially with the devel­op­ments that were tak­ing shape, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tional MRT Lines, High Speed Rail, East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), Pan Bor­neo and Ban­dar Malaysia projects to name a few, and the good re­la­tions en­joyed with many coun­tries.

The Prime Min­is­ter paid trib­ute to Tun Michael Chen, whom he said was in­stru­men­tal in help­ing his late fa­ther Tun Razak Hus­sein es­tab­lish good re­la­tions with China, which Na­jib has con­tin­ued.

Chen, a for­mer MCA deputy pres­i­dent, served as Min­is­ter of Hous­ing, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and New Vil­lages in the Razak administration.

“The good ties that I have es­tab­lished with the United States, Saudi Ara­bia, China, In­dia and Asean is for the ben­e­fit of the coun­try. We must be friends with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity but at the same time, firm in pro­tect­ing our sovereignty,” he said.

Na­jib said his good re­la­tions with China – de­spite ac­cu­sa­tions that he was “sell­ing the coun­try” – brought pos­i­tive im­pact to the coun­try in terms of in­vest­ments, con­struc­tion of the ECRL, higher palm oil ex­ports and an in­crease in tourist ar­rivals.

“Let us all move to­gether as a na­tion be­cause there is so much for us to look for­ward to. Let’s not waste our time with the Op­po­si­tion and con­cen­trate on bring­ing progress and pros­per­ity to the coun­try for all to en­joy,” he said.

One Malaysia!: Dancers of dif­fer­ent races pos­ing dur­ing the Chi­nese Com­mu­nity Pa­tri­otic Assem­bly at Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre, Kuala Lumpur.

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