During the Thaipusam festival in Penang, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, alluding to the goals of the Penang2030 Vision, emphasised the government’s dedication to the development of the Indian community, announcing an increased allocation from RM1.5 million to RM2 million. This additional funding will be directed through the Penang Hindu Endowments Board (HEB), which has been instrumental in providing educational assistance to students from underprivileged backgrounds since its establishment in 2008.
Over the years, HEB has played a crucial role in supporting the education of economically challenged students, with a total of 3,264 eligible students benefiting from scholarships valued at RM4,578,617.33. These scholarships have empowered students to pursue higher education and contribute to the overall growth of the community.
Acknowledging the importance of quality education, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow also highlighted the government’s commitment to the development of Tamil National Type Schools (SJKT). The state government has increased its allocation from RM1.75 million to RM2 million, aiming to create a more conducive teaching and learning (PdP) environment. This will contribute in nurturing Tamil students with a quality education.
This financial boost is designed to facilitate the transformation of Tamil schools in Penang, ensuring they rank among the best in the country. The focus extends beyond basic facilities to encompass a comprehensive improvement in physical infrastructure, including advancements in information and communication technology (ICT) facilities.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow also emphasised the pivotal role of the government in shaping the state and fostering national development. Beyond the religious significance of Thaipusam, he expressed hope that the celebration would serve as a catalyst for strengthening the spirit of unity and harmony within the community.
Source: Malay Mail