MALAYSIA: The 13 Punjabi Education Centres (PECs) in Perak will each get RM5,000, carved out from the RM500,000 budget allocated for the Sikh community by the state government.
The centre representatives formally received their allocations at a ceremony in Ipoh, Perak, yesterday (7 Feb 2015).
“The allocation is to defray their operating expenses,” said Keshvinder Singh, Chief Coordinator of Non-Muslim Affairs Perak Chief Minister’s Office.
Among others, the centre overheads include teachers salary, books, fees and teacher training courses.
In December, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir announced the RM500,000 allocation for the Sikh community in the state budget speech at the Perak state legislative assembly sitting. It was the fifth allocation in as many years. The community has received similar a allocation annually since 2010.
Keshvinder was formerly an elected Perak state representative for Malim Nawar [corrected].
The 13 PECs in Perak are in Taiping, Chemor, Tanjung Rambutan, Ipoh, Batu Gajah, Sitiawan, Kampar, Tapah, Teluk Intan, Sungkai, Bidor, Tanjung Malim and Parit Buntar.
The centres, now totalling 47 nationwide, are run by Punjabi Education Trust Malaysia (PETM), the education wing of Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KDM).
“We hope the state government will make this an annual allocation for the teaching of the Punjabi mother tongue. We have requested to the state government for an allocation made direct to KDM which manages these centres,” said KDM president Bhag Singh.
He said the Penang state government has made annual allocations for the Punjabi education centres in the state for some years now. KDM is now working on similar grant for PECs in Selangor. – ASIA SAMACHAR (8 Feb 2015)
[ASIA SAMACHAR is an online newspaper for Sikhs in Southeast Asia and surrounding countries. Go to www.asiasamachar.com]
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