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July 02, 2011

Malaysian Punjabi Education Trust To Get RM500,000 Annual Grant

By: Ramjit

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 participants.

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.