No races side­lined: Min­is­ter

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PU­TRA­JAYA: No races in the coun­try will be side­lined in the pur­suit of ed­u­ca­tion, in­clud­ing the orang asli group.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the govern­ment has never lost its fo­cus in en­sur­ing that the in­dige­nous group is on equal foot­ing in terms of ed­u­ca­tion.

He said in Penin­su­lar Malaysia, there are more than 90 schools built near orang asli set­tle­ments to serve them.

“There are some who said we did not pri­ori­tise the orang asli group, when in fact we did,” he said.

“In states such as Perak and Pa­hang, we pre­pared the ‘as­rama desa’, where they can gather, but go to a dif­fer­ent school,” he said in his speech at an aid pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony at the min­istry’s build­ing here.

The cer­e­mony saw Tan­jung Off­shore Ber­had con­tribut­ing a per­ma­nent build­ing block to Seko­lah Ke­bangsaan Sun­gai Berua in Tereng­ganu, where most of its stu­dents con­sist of orang asli.

Mahdzir said the govern­ment al­ways pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for Malaysians to pur­sue their stud­ies, re­gard­less of their back­ground.

He cited the ex­am­ple of Nor Syak­ina Jam, an orang asli cur­rently pur­su­ing her doc­tor­ate in Glas­gow Cale­do­nian Univer­sity, Scot­land.

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