This morning, I held a press conference to announce that the Selangor State government has issued a letter of support to award four pieces of land for the purpose of building four chinese primary schools.
The Petaling District chinese primary schools committee (Jabatan Kerja Kemajuan Sekolah Rendah Cina Petaling) applied to the Land Office for eight pieces of land last year.
YB Dr Halimah (EXCO for Education) office and I both checked with the Land Office and received confirmation that four of the eight pieces of land which they applied for are indeed available for schools.
With this confirmation, 3 weeks ago, Menteri Besar’s office wrote a letter to the committee to inform them of the fact and that the state government welcomes any chinese primary school to be built upon it. The committee has already submitted their application for the four pieces of land.
Now, the decision of whether these four pieces of land are really turned into schools or not lies in the hands of Education Ministry and not in the state government.
I urge the Education Ministry and the federal government, especially MCA, to approve the application for these 4 pieces of land to be used for building chinese schools.
I recall how during the Hulu Selangor by-election, MCA president Chua Soi Lek openly accused Selangor state government of not giving land to chinese school. This was an irresponsible and unfair statement because education and the building of schools falls under Federal power, not the state’s, as Chua Soi Lek should well know.