A total of 134 Tamil schools in Perak received a set of text and reference books each from the Government of India. The books were given free as a token of understanding between both countries.
State Legislative Assembly Speaker, Dato’ S.K. Devamany told reporters that the books were part of an overall gift by the Indian Government to 523 Tamil schools throughout the country.
“The objective is to compare measures used here and in India in the teaching and learning of the Tamil language,” he told reporters. The event was held at the State Secretariat Building, Ipoh recently.
He thanked Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and executive councillors for their efforts in enhancing the economic standards of the Indian community.
“The state government gave 2000 acres of land to the Indian community for the construction of the educational facilities. Such assistance will bring the community closer to the government,” he implied.
Indian High Commissioner, T.S. Tirumurti said that the gift of books would help improve bilateral relationship between India and Perak. He too hoped that the books, which included compact discs, would be used wisely.
Present at the brief ceremony were the Executive Councillor for Education, Science, Environment and Technology, Dato’ Dr Muhammad Amin Zakaria and Adviser on Indian Affairs, Dato’ V. Elango.