MIRI, May 3 – Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem yesterday announced a RM2 million development grant to the Riam Road Secondary School here. In announcing the allocation at a dinner organised by the school’s management yesterday night, Adenan said the assistance from the state government was part of the RM5 million allocated to all Chinese independent schools in the state this year.
He also pledged that the funding from the state government to Chinese independent schools in Sarawak would be increased from RM5 million to RM6 million next year. He said, in 2015 and 2016, he allocated RM4 million and RM5 million respectively to all Chinese independent schools in Sarawak. He said he can pledge that it will be increased to RM6 million next year.
“I would persuade the Federal government to change its current policy to recognise the United Examination Certificate (UEC). I am the first CM (Chief Minister) to give allocations to Chinese independent schools, recognise them and the UEC. I will persuade the Federal government to follow our step too,” Adenan said.
UEC is the standardised test for Chinese independent high school students organised by Dong Zong, the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (UCSCAM). At the dinner, Adenan also signed on the foundation stone for the construction of a new building for SMP Jalan Riam, on a 4,046.86sq ft plot of land, behind the school.
Also present at the dinner were BN candidate for Senadin, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, BN candidate for Piasau, Datuk Sebastian Ting and SMP Riam Road chief executive officer Datuk Seri Law Kiu Kiong. Meanwhile, Lee expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister and the state government for recognising the contribution of Chinese education in the development of Sarawak.
He said thank you CM for being the pillar of strength to continue providing quality Chinese education to the whole community. He said Adenan’s people-friendly policies were testimony of a strong leadership and a true leader. Early voting for the Sarawak election starts on Tuesday while polling day is fixed for May 7.