KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Territories Foundation has allocated RM9 million for education development programmes and schemes within Federal Territories this year.
The allocated funds would be used towards various educational seminars for teachers and students, higher education scholarships, and food assistance for students, said Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
“Every year the foundation spends millions of ringgit to strengthen the education sector within the Federal Territories to benefit schools, teachers and students.
“It also ensures poor students receive the assistance they deserve,” he said in his opening speech at the Anugerah Pelajar Cemerlang 2017 at Dewan Perdana Felda, Kuala Lumpur last night.
Tengku Adnan also encouraged parents to tell their children about the good deeds Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition has done to the country and the rakyat.
“BN makes decisions based on consensus with its component parties.
“Umno has brought in a lot of good things for the Malay. MCA fought for the establishment and the maintenance of the Chinese schools’ in the country,” he said.
Malaysia has a comprehensive Chinese school educational system outside of China, which is not available in other countries in the world, according to Tengku Adnan.
“The same goes to Tamil schools – which use the Tamil language as the medium of instruction – is available outside of India, was done by MIC for the Indian community,” he said.
Tengku Adnan reasoned that people are forgetful, and thus, they sometimes needed to be reminded of the good deeds BN has done.
Parents were also told to encourage their children to befriend people from different racial backgrounds.
This, the according to the minister, is crucial, to uphold the diversity and unity of the country.
More than 500 students in the Federal Territories who scored excellent results in UPSR, PT3, SPM and STPM were presented with awards for their achievements at the event. -NST