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Penang Umno: Reveal funds given to other religions

 | July 26, 2014

The Penang government has been urged to give a breakdown of the allocation of funds for non-Islamic organisations and vernacular schools since 2008.

Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman Nibong TebalGEORGE TOWN: Penang Umno wants Pakatan Rakyat state government to reveal details on the allocation to non-Islamic organisations and vernacular schools from 2008 until now.

Penang Umno also demanded the state government to disclose the land transferred to the Penang Islamic Council (Mainpp) for infrastructure and facilities since Pakatan came to power in the state in 2008.

Its chairman, Zainal Abidin Osman, also wants to know on whether the state government had allotted the funds to the various religious groups proportionately according to population ratio.

He said Chinese comprised 42.9%, Malays 40.7% and Indians 9.8% of Penang’s 1.65 million population.

“Population difference between Chinese and Malays were more or less balanced.

“Did the state government take in account population ratio of the ethnic and religious groups when allocating funds?” he asked.

“We want to know how much have had allocated for development and administration for Chinese, Tamil and missionary schools,” said Zainal in a statement here yesterday.

Zainal was commenting on a statement yesterday by the state Islamic religious and, domestic trade and consumer affairs executive councillor Abdul Malik Kassim, who had said the Pakatan government had never blocked funds for Islamic growth in Penang.

Malik was responding to such a claim made by former Chief of Justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad at a recent Islamic discourse in Kuala Lumpur.

He released statistics of allocations to Islamic activities since 2008 until this year to prove his statement.

His record showed that Pakatan government had allotted RM25.49 million in 2008, RM35.78 million in 2009, RM37.85 million in 2010, RM63.21 million in 2011, 64.03 million in 2012, RM54.55 million in 2013 and RM51.17 million this year for Islamic development and administration in the state.


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