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Education can use 'em sin money

Haresh Says, as published in The Malay Mail today.

SIN taxes to fund education? Why not?

The idea, that 20 per cent of sin taxes be channelled to Chinese schools, was mooted during the MCA general assembly over the weekend.  This was following grouses by the community who believed funds from the government to vernacular schools were still lacking.

The proposal will be deliberated by the new MCA leadership as MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the matter would be discussed at the next central committee meeting.

Chinese education groups, known for their vocal stand on many issues, have welcomed the suggestion. However, they have their doubts if the government would agree to such a notion. They are simply being realistic.

United Chinese School Committees Association (Dong Zong) vice-president Chow Siew Hon had told The Malay Mail yesterday: “I think the government should fairly distribute the funds based on number of students in each school.”

I am among the few who strongly believes in Sekolah Kebangsaan — a single schooling system where students are exposed to various languages. This creates a sense of national identity from young, as seen in Indonesia and Thailand.

I am also a firm believer that money should be invested into education and proper healthcare service. These are two important elements that were given much attention in thriving civilisations.
So, why can’t money collected from gambling and lottery earnings be channelled into education — regardless of the school stream?

Read more in today's paper.

HD says: Let's not be hypocrites...


  1. Can money alone guarantee the aspiration of quality education?

    What about the other important issues concerning molding and character building....can money do the job?- most definitely can and cannot! Why do we think that only with money we can improve education. The supporting human capital development group such as the teachers, coaches and the society in general can also play their part if they really understand their responsibility towards nation building. Just look around us and we can see and witness how bad the society has become - Thanks to the ruling political parties under BN.

    What is the criteria to being a leader? MCA must search spiritually not just revive physically as wished by Wee Ka Siong.

    MCA have lost their way in the wilderness with no hope of return.

    HSKL says: With current leaders, Malaysia is KO'd!


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