Malaysia:Members of the Sikh community here were all smiles recently after receiving RM400,000 in aid from the Perak state government.
The presentation ceremony was hosted at Greentown Gurdwada and officiated by state executive councillor, Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, who said it was government policy that no race or minority group be left out of its assistance programmes.
“The RM400,000 aid had been an annual contribution by the state since Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir became Menteri Besar,” he said, noting that Barisan National delivered its promises to the rakyat.
“The Federal government had disbursed a total of RM21 million for the Sikh community since 2009. The money was channelled through various programmes which benefited the Sikhs,” Dr Mah added.
Notable allocations included RM5 million for the development of the Punjabi language and RM3 million for youth development through the Sikh Naujawan Malaysia.
“Perak under Zambry has allocated about RM2 million since 2009 and it is the only state in Malaysia that has an annual budget allocated just for the Sikh community,” said Dr Mah, who also handed out land approval letter to Greentown Gurdwada. By Kalavaani Karupiah
Source:News straits Times