KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) today defended the Chinese education group Dong Zong after it was branded racist by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently.
In a statement today, SAPP deputy presidents Richard Yong, Edward Dagul and Japiril Suhaimin said Dong Zong has a duty to voice out what it feels is best for education, especially those affecting Chinese schools.
“Those of us who know the leaders of Dong Zong and the various school committees will realise that they are ordinary citizens who care for the schools under their care.
“They have to spend much time, energy and their own money to support these schools.
“They also have to work tirelessly to raise funds to supply the hardware and software in the schools.
“They also have to update themselves and do study tours in Malaysia and overseas in order to keep abreast of the latest developments in the education sector,” he said.
Yong said Chinese schools in Sabah are fortunate to have the support of the state government, regardless of political affiliation, with financial grants pouring into Chinese schools.
As such, he said the schools, Dong Zong, parents and students are grateful and they always contribute towards the good of the people and the country.
“This is the positive spirit and culture of our beloved Sabah. This must be maintained and enhanced further.
“Therefore, we call on the federal government, the Sabah government and all the political leaders holding political power today, to be responsible and handle the issues of education properly and correctly.
“Do not agitate the people. Do not blame others for the failures of the government.
“Quickly solve the problems because that is why you were elected to be in power,” he said.