BATU KAWAN, 30 December 2012: The construction of three new National Type (Tamil) Primary Schools (SRJK[T]) is expected to begin early next year under a Federal Government special allocation totalling RM11.4 million for the development and welfare of the Indian community in the state, said Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Teng Chang Yeow.
Two sekolah jenis kebangsaan (Tamil) will soon be built in Sungai Bakap and Mak Mandin here early next year, in addition to SJK (T) Ladang Batu Kawan now under construction.
He said that besides the construction of the three new SRJK(T), another nine SRJK(T) would be renovated using a special allocation provided.
“The three SRJK(T) which will begin construction early next year are SRJK(T) Valdor in Sungai Bakap, SRJK(T) Mak Mandin, Butterworth and SRJK(T) Subramaniya Barathee, Bukit Gelugor.
“SJK (T) Mak Mandin involves a cost of RM3.5 million and SJK (T) Valvo RM4 million.
“BN is also looking at building more Tamil schools in the state,” he said, adding that 18 Tamil schools would be upgraded.
He said this at the groundbreaking of SJK (T) Ladang Batu Kawan yesterday.
Teng said the school, costing RM3.5 million, would accommodate about 200 students.
State Barisan Nasional (BN) chief Teng Chang Yeow said the two schools would accommodate the increasing need of students in the three areas.
“This is an effort by the government to ensure that all students receive equal rights on education, besides ensuring that they have comfortable environment in school,” he told reporters after making a working visit to the SRJK(T) Ladang Batu Kawan construction site, here on Sunday (30 December 2012).
Teng said the whole cost for the construction of the new building was RM6.35 million and it was expected to be fully completed in February 2014.
Present were state Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan, deputy state Umno chief Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir, State MIC chief Datuk G. Rajoo, deputy state MIC chief L. Krishnan, BN Batu Kawan coordinator A. Mohan, State MIC Youth Chief J Dhina, BN Bukit Tambun coordinator Lai Chew Hock and more.