KUALA TERENGGANU, Jan 13 (Bernama) — The Barisan Nasional (BN) government has always been fair to all races including in the field of education, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said the government gave scholarships to all students who scored a minimum of 9As in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) to further their studies at local universities.
“How can anyone say the BN is not fair? We are fair. Malaysian children irrespective of whether they are Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans or Ibans, if they get 9As in the SPM they are given university scholarships. Automatic, skin colour or big or small eyes has nothing to do with it. This is the BN government,” he said at an arts fest in Kampung Tiong here on Tuesday.
Najib said when he was Education Minister in 1993, he took the decision to amend the Education Act 1966 whereby the Education Minister’s powers to close Chinese schools were abolished.
As such, he said, the existence of Chinese schools should not be questioned anymore.
Najib also urged the people not to look for differences among them but more on what was common.
“This way won’t have problems amongst ourselves,” he said.
Najib said leaders before like Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Tun Sambathan and others cooperated with each other to gain independence for the country without any bloodshed.
He said Malaysians should not “forget their roots” and should appreciate what their leaders have done for them.
“If we draw water to drink from a well, don’t forget who dug the well. We owe gratitude to the person who dug the well,” he added.
Nomination for the by-election is on Jan 6.
Source : Bernama