July 02, 2011
Malaysian Punjabi Education Trust To Get RM500,000 Annual Grant
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today announced that the government
would be making an annual grant of RM500,000 to the Malaysian Punjabi Education Trust to help the country's Sikh
community develop education programmes in their mother tongue.
He urged Khalsa Diwan Malaysia, which would be handling the programmes, to utilise
the grant effectively for the benefit of the community.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, made the announcement when opening the
Guru Nanak Institution's new premises here.
He said although Bahasa Malaysia was the national language, the government recognised
the teaching of vernacular languages for all communities.
"We encourage everyone to learn their mother tongue...we encourage the use of
other mediums of learning because it is not the policy of the government to shut down vernacular schools," he said,
adding that this was one the factors that made Malaysia unique and highly respected in the world. Khalsa
Diwan Malaysia formed the trust in 2000 to restructure education in Punjabi in Malaysia.
Muhyiddin, who was one a one day-visit to Perak, had earlier officiated the
national-level 1Student 1Sport 1Malaysia run in Taiping which
entered the Malaysia Books of Record for having a simultaneous run across the country involving 4.1 million
He also made walkabouts in Kampung Baru Pokok Asam and the Taman Kaya market in
Taiping before attending a people's feast in Alor Pongsu, Bagan Serai.
He then left for the federal capital.