The state government’s intention of aiding vernacular schools in Perak became apparent when state land was awarded to nine Chinese vernacular schools recently. The simple handing-over ceremony was performed by Dato’ Dr. Mah Hang Soon, Executive Councillor for Health, Local Government, Transportation and Non-Islamic Affairs at the State Secretariat Building, Ipoh on January 3. Mah handed over land grants (Borang 5A) to the representatives of Semangat Suwa Sdn Bhd, formed by the schools to manage the land.
Out of the total 3,642 ha of land which is located in Besout, Sungkai, 1,012 ha is allotted to the nine Chinese schools, 2,023 ha to religious schools and the remaining 607 ha to Tamil schools.
A private company has indicated its desire to develop the land by planting oil palm and is prepared to pay RM3.6 million annually for the privilege.
The money will come in handy for the nine schools, as they are now paying a hefty annual premium to the state government to operate independently.