Hundreds Of Non-Govt Schools, Religious Bodies Share RM31 Million Annual Grant

Kota Kinabalu Diocese Roman Catholic ArchBishop John Wong, second right, gets his allocation from Musa, watched by Neil Mah, right, Teo Chee Kang and Raymond Tan, partially hidden, on Monday.
Kota Kinabalu Diocese Archbishop John Wong, second right, gets the Roman Catholic allocation from Musa, watched by Neil Mah, right, Teo Chee Kang and Raymond Tan, partially hidden, on Monday.

KOTA KINABALU – The usual Sabah government allocation for Chinese and mission schools as well as non-Islamic religious bodies amounting to RM31,398,000 statewide, was handed to recipients in the West Coast South and Lower Interior region of Sabah.

Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman said during the handing over of the 2016 financial assistance on Monday that of the sum, RM14,452,000 would be for schools, including Chinese independent and mission schools and kindergartens.

The allocation for non-Islamic religious bodies such as churches, Chinese temples, Hindu and Sikh places of worship totalled RM16,946,000.

Of the amount disbursed to non-Islamic religious bodies in Sabah, RM11,836,000 is allocated to churches; RM4,825,000 to Chinese temples and RM285,000 to Hindu and Sikh temples, said the Chief Minister.

Independent Chinese schools will receive RM3.15 million; national-type secondary schools or Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan are allocated RM2.1 million; national primary and secondary schools (Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan/Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan) will get RM2.08 million.

The largest sum of RM6.4 million was allocated to Chinese medium national-type schools (Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina). Kindergartens will receive RM485,000 and private mission schools were allocated RM220,000.

According to Musa a total of 567 places of worship and schools in Sabah will benefit from the grant.

He said that based on the feedback received, the past allocations were efficiently used and have allowed places of worship and schools to make repairs, extensions and to purchase items.

“We acknowledge that we cannot meet requests for the total sum schools and religious bodies have requested, but let me assure you we have done our very best to allocate what we can,” he stressed.